Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Facebook Rocks!

Researcher: social networking trumps porn in web searches

That Ars Technica article headline caught my eye! There is now more Internet traffic for social networking than for porn. I can believe it.

This year, I joined Facebook and now have 38 "friends" that I keep up with. I must admit it is addicting. I find that I login at least once a day and see what my friends are doing. I don't update my status that often. I change it every week or so. I am a firm believer that one can put out TMI (too much information).

Is social networking replacing old-fashioned person-to-person socializing? Or is it using technology to do better socializing? Opinions?

Tommie Powell

Tommie the Mommy

Born January 3, 1920 Died October 16, 2008

My mother-in-law passed to Glory recently. She was an awesome lady.

She was very active in her church and the choir. They had a group of like-aged folks that called themselves the "XYZ" and was the life of the party whenever they went on trips. She was an expert in Scrabble and practically unbeatable. She also was know to reprimand an AJC columnist if they violated a grammar rule.

When my wife and her sister were growing up, all their friends called her "Tommie the Mommy." She was much beloved by all.

You can read the obituary here.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival

Great Weekend Weather

This was the 29th annual fall Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. Trudie had done this show since the first year it was held. It was good to go back and spend time with Avery, Lewis, & Gracie. Avery has been an exhibitor for a number of years. Now, the promoters have given Avery the spot that Trudie used to be in. It was great weather all weekend and it was fun to see some of our friends.

It's a Tough Job but Somebody Has to Do It

That is being a grandPop to Gracie. She is now 2 3/4 years old and very much in the throws of the terrible-twos. The screaming show she put forth when she DID NOT WANT to take a nap yesterday was truly three-booths-down head-turning. I did take Gracie to the petting zoo. We had lots of fun together.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm Having Way Too Much Fun

People can't believe it!

I am totally enjoying the reaction that I'm getting when people first seem we without my mustache and beard. It is total shock and awe. I look SO different now. At church last Sunday, they introduced me in the big volunteer meeting as the "new face" on the team. Most people say they like the change. Most people also remark on how much younger I now look. The minimum they have said is that I'm 10 years younger. Some have even said 15 years. I'll take even 10 years younger.

"Pictures Please!"

I've had a number of requests for digital pictures. I will be happy to meet you at your convenience and you can take all the pictures you want :-). I'm having way too much fun to spoil the surprise and I want to see your reactions.

Where's the video?

I had some friends shoot the whole beardectomy process. I have 35 minutes of raw video I will put into a story. It will take time. Please be patient.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Shave Plus 3

It sho' feels weird...

I've been sans beard & mustache for three days. The barber shop shave was awesome. There's a reason shaver ads compare themselves to a "barbershop shave." My face was as smooth as baby's skin on Friday. So yesterday was the first time I've shaved it myself. It felt so weird to shave areas that I have so carefully avoided for decades.

It also feels weird not to have lip hair to comb. I still whip the comb to it when I fluff my coiffure. Woops! nothing there!

I'm slowly getting used to it. I'm also being mean to some friends. At church yesterday, I walked right up and stood in front of a fellow production team member, he glanced at me, and kept going about what he was doing. I didn't say a word so he had no reason to know it was me. I sent him a message later in the day and he was flabbergasted that he didn't recognize me.

I'm liking it more each day. I think I'll keep it.

Friday, October 3, 2008

It's Done

I can't believe I did it!

Yes, I did it. I shaved the whole thing off! I'm having a "reveal" party tonight so I won't show you what I look like just yet. This is almost the last picture of me with whiskers.

It took the barber over an hour for the haircut and shave. He did many passes with hot towels, shaving cream, oil cream, and the razor.

I'm going to create a video of the whole thing. It is going to be my next video story.

In the mean time. Here's a teaser photo:
From The Great Shave

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dave Ramsey on the Financial Mess

Check out Dave's take on the economic mess: http://tinyurl.com/4rpuq9. And guess what, he doesn't recommend going into more debt to solve it! [Surprise, surprise]

Most of all, we need to pray! pray! pray! for our countries leaders!