Saturday, September 18, 2010

Duck Hunting

He and a friend go duck hunting in winter, and of course all the lakes are frozen. These two guys go out on the lake with their guns, a dog, and of course the new vehicle. They drive out onto the lake ice and get ready. Now, they want to make some kind of a natural landing area for the ducks, something for the decoys to float on.
In order to make a hole large enough to look like something a wandering duck would fly down and land on, it's going to take a little more effort than an ice hole drill. So, out of the back of the nw Navigator truck comes a stick of dynamite with a short, 40-second fuse.
Now, these two Rocket Scientists do take into consideration that they want to place the stick of dynamite on the ice at a location far from where they are standing (and from the new Navigator truck), and they don't want to take the risk of slipping on the ice when they run from the lit dynamite fuse and possibly go up in smoke with the resulting blast. They light the 40-second fuse and throw the dynamite as far away as they can.
Remember a couple of sentences back when I mentioned the vehicle, the guns, and the dog??
Let's talk about the dog: it's a highly trained Labrador used for RETRIEVING. Especially well trained at retrieving things thrown by the owner. You guessed it, the dog takes off at a high rate of doggy speed on the ice and captures the stick of dynamite with the burning 40-second fuse about the time it hits the ice. The two men yell, scream, wave their arms and wonder what to do now. The dog, cheered on, keeps coming.
One of the guys grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog. The shotgun is loaded with #8 birdshot, hardly big enough to stop a Lab. The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused, but continues on. Another shot and this time the dog, still standing, becomes really confused and of course terrified, thinking these two geniuses have gone insane. The dog takes off to find cover, under the brand new Navigator truck..
The men continue to yell as they run away. The exhaust pipe on the truck is still hot, so the dog yelps and drops the dynamite under the truck, and takes off after his master.
Then --BOOM-- the truck is blown to bits and sinks to the bottom of the lake in a very large hole, leaving the two idiots standing there with this "I can't believe this happened"look on their faces.
The insurance company says that sinking a vehicle in a lake by illegal use of explosives is NOT COVERED. He still had yet to make the first of those $560.00 a month payments!!!
And you thought your day was not going well.

Friday, September 17, 2010

hearts1 Love Is Great ... Welcome! Value Love when you have it!

I value the love I have. I love a beautiful girl named Marife, who is a great mother (of Merry Fe and Mark ... love them!), and a loving member of her family. After knowing her as a good friend since 2006, I finally met her in person January 15th, 2009 ... and that is when I fell for her. The minute I saw her I knew I wanted us to be together. Amazed me ... still does.
I also love my daughter Sarah who is a great daughter. I also love the friends and family I have who have been supportive and I have been supportive to them ... mutual caring is good ... some for many years and others for many days. People are caring and loving if you let them. And yes ... we have cats ... which are good for showing love (when they feel it is a good idea ... sigh).
Check your life and think about who loves you ... Life is worth living, there is love in pretty much everyones life if you pay attention. And don't forget to let those you love know that you love them ... and let them know often!
Love you Marife, Sarah, Merry Fe, & Mark! ... Gregg
Yeah, long time no see from me. I know. I could tell you I've been super busy. And that would be mildly true. But mostly I've been apathetic. Just keepin' it real. Apathetic to certain disciplines in my life that I generally try to keep up such as writing. But I don't feel bad about it.

That being said, there's a lot that's been begging to be blogged about in life and hopefully one day I will succeed. Until then, something has been on my heart this morning.

A few days ago I was trying to remember that proverbial saying...something about seeing a forest and trees...dangit how's it go?

Oh, I can't see the forest for the trees.

Thank you google.

Yes it's true that I, like so many others, tend to lose sight of the beauty of the forest because I'm all hung up in the dang trees.

The first thing that's important to say is that for a long, long time I have been craving time to just sit and read and journal and listen to music outside at a coffee shop. Just uninterrupted time to simply be. That's all I've wanted for months and somehow, I always miss my chance. We'll get back to that later.

Moving on, to be very real and transparent, one of my greatest struggles and sources of pride is about money. I don't crave it. I don't long to be rich. I don't "need" lots of things to be happy. I don't even need to make more than I need to eat and have shelter to be happy.


My struggles come in other ways. Getting frustrated that I'm at a job where I don't get paid what other people in my field would get. Getting frustrated that I haven't gotten a raise because the economy is bad. Getting frustrated that I acquired debt in college that I now feel chained to. Getting fearful when unexpected expenses came up. Getting anxious when even the possibility of unexpected expenses come up.

I don't seek material things but I do seek financial security.

Yes, my independent streak ignites when it comes to financial situations and I want to be able to take care of myself.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

About a month ago I came up with a very clear budget and plan that would take me through December and would help me pay off some of that aformentioned debt. And at that time I prayed a very specific prayer, "God please. I beg you. No surprises. Nothing unexpected. Please." It was bold and maybe even selfish, but I asked anyway.

That's why when a few days ago the emergency brake in my car exploded, no really, and a dashboard light started flashing and the brakes started squealing my stomach sank.

Here it comes...the unexpected expense that always happens when I think I have a plan.

So, at 7:00 a.m. this morning I showed up at the car shop I most recently took my car to and asked them to fix a couple of specific things. They called 30 minutes later to tell me that I had about $800 worth of brake work I needed to get done fairly immediately in order for my car to be safe.

There it was. And I did it. I thought, "God, why?" No answer.

I sat in the coffeeshop I was in and let a few tears out, made a phone call for some much needed reassurance and went on figuring out how to make this work. After walking back to the car shop I told them I needed to go home and get my credit card and I'd be back.

On my drive I thought better of not getting a second opinion. I

Thursday, September 16, 2010


పలకరించిన ప్రతి మనిషీ
స్నేహితుడు కాలేడు కాబట్టే
ఏర్పడిన ప్రతి స్నేహం ప్రత్యేకం..
ఎదురుపడిన ప్రతీ ఎద స్పందించదనే
ప్రతి స్నేహితుడి ప్రతిగా
ప్రతి గుండెలో ఓ గుడి ఉంటుంది...

నీ చిరునవ్వుని నా మోములో చూడగలిగే
పారదర్శకత కదా మన స్నేహానిది,
మరిదేంటి ఇప్పుడు నా నవ్వుని కూడా
కనపడనీయని కాఠిన్యం ఎక్కడిది...

మొన్నటి దాకా మన మధ్య దూరమెంతున్నా
గుండె చప్పుడుని సందేశాలుగా
పంపించుకునే సాన్నిహిత్యం,
నేడు నీ ముందే నిలుచున్నా
గుర్తుకు రాని స్నేహితుడిగా
అజ్ఞాతంలో కూర్చున్న అనుభవం....
ఒకసారి విడిపోయాక
ఎన్నిసార్లు ఎదురుపడినా
ఆ ఎడబాటులోని తడబాటు మాత్రం పోలేదు.

మనం ఒక్కసారే కలుస్తాం, ఒక్కసారే విడిపోతాం
ఇప్పుడిప్పుడే తెలుస్తుంది
ఇక ఎప్పటికీ నీకు.................

my...beayty ful life.....

haiiiiiii............ frnds...............
my life is sooooooo beauty ful.......
my name is pawan am born on 03-may-1990.......


True friends are for life
 Until the end
 They're more than special
 They're your bestest friends.

 They're the ones you can go to
 When you're in despair
 The ones that'll help you
 Even when you got gum in your hair!

 They're the ones who'll laugh
 And go laughing with you all through the night
 The ones who'll help you
 Help you with all their might

 To have a good friend
 You have to be one
 So be nice to one another
 So you can be friends forever
 And that\'s how to be the best friend you can be.


A best friend
is always there,
whether you need advice,
or a pep talk,
or even a shoulder to cry on.
A best friend
listens with her heart
and is always honest with you,
even though the truth
may not be
what you want to hear.
A best friend
knows all your secrets,
understands your fears
shares your dreams.
A best friend
never stops believing in you
even if you give up
on yourself.
you are
that kind of friend
to me.
And no matter what happens,
you always will be.
You are my best friend....
my forever friend.


చిరునవ్వు విలువెంతో

అందుకొన్న అతిధినడుగు

సూటి మాట పదునెంతో

గాయపడిన మనసునడుగు

జారిన కన్నీటి బరువెంతో

తేలికపడిన గుండెనడుగు

చివరికి మిగిలేదేమిటో

కాలు నిలవని కాలాన్నడుగు

i love my dad.....................