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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Time!

I shot some awesome videos of the hurricane today. Took a little break to eat dinner. I've been at the beach most of the day. I'm gunna head back tonight around 10 or 11, which is about when the storm should be at it's worst. I'll post my videos later tomorrow or Saturday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What amazes me about these

Is they still sound awesome just like this. It also is worth noting that neither of these guys have ever taken formal lessons.

These are the master tracks used in the studio versions of the songs. Pretty cool I think

OH yeah, I got job finally. Chik-fil-A yipee!

Friday, August 12, 2011

10 Reasons to come to Florida

Here are a few reasons to visit Florida. Some of these, you may already know about. A few of them, I bet not

1) Gators. How can you tell a native Floridian vs. a Tourist? A native will look at a 6 ft. gator and say "It's just a baby." It's okay though; gators might swim and run faster than people, but they can't climb trees.

2) Large, flying roaches. A native Floridian will look at a 2-inch cockroach flying by and say "eh." Secure small children.

3) Hurricanes. In 2004, we had 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks. Sure, wind sailing in a gale is extreme, but just imagine going it with 130 mph winds!

4) Sunburns. If you're going to the beach with your family for Thanksgiving, be sure to bring sunscreen. It's hard to enjoy a nice turkey dinner when you can't even put your back against the chair.

5) Venomous Serpents. There are three varieties of of poisonous snakes in the US. Florida is home to all 3. Doesn't that make you feel great. No? Keep this in mind: Thanks to idiots letting their pets free, the Everglades now has a thriving population of pythons.

6) Cougars. No, I'm not talking about geriatrics Miami Beach. I'm talking about the Florida Panther, a type of cougar. They're endangered. That means if one attacks you, and you defend yourself, FDLE will kill you anyways. But let it maul you.

7) No winters. Florida's season go like this: Light Summer from April to May, Summer From June to October, Light Summer again in November, Late Fall in December and January, and Early Spring from February to March.

8) It's Flat. Stand on a tuna can, see coast to coast.

9) Old People. You will always be able to find Prune Juice. Blue hair is abundant. Ask them about how things where done back in their day.

10) No one knows how to drive. more than 50% of Florida's population is under 25 and over 65. A great place to practice those first aid skills.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Because I don't talk about myself often enough

Stole this from Kate

1. I hate Salad dressings. All of them. I eat my salads dry, or with olive oil.
2. I also hate Mayo, miracle whip, and anything similar.
3. Add sour cream to that mix.
4. I can be a very picky eater, but not as much as my sister Sarah. She still called tomatoes"ickies" even though she is now 24 years old.
5. I am the youngest of 6- 4 boys, 2 girls.
6.I am also tied with my brothers Micheal and Bryan as the Tallest.
7. I am the only sibling in my family who inherited my dad's hair- Thick, wavy, and prematurely graying.
8.I've been finding grey hairs since I was in 8th grade.
9. I am the only member of my family who studied music but never took professional lessons.
10. I am also the only member of my family who still plays.
11. I originality picked up guitar to get girls.
12. I gave up the guitar for a few years in high school.
13. to date, I've owned 7 guitars: A Squire Strat, a Yamaha ES Acoustic, a B.C. Rich Warlock (bronze model), a 1985 model Epiphone Explorer, an ESP-LTD V50, and a Jackson DKM2 Dinky Pro.
14. I've changed the strings I use many times. I went from 8-gauge Ernie Ball, to 9-gauge DR Colored, to 9-gauge EB, then to 9-gauge B-52, to hybrid-9 B-52, to 10-gauge B-52, and now I use 10-gauge Cleartones.
15. I also use string lubricant on my guitars. It helps, a lot.
16. When I was in Elementary School, my favorite band was Backstreet Boys.
17. If someone has known my for a very long time, they usually call me Boomer.
18. I cannot stand most Metal bands out today.
19. I haven't listened to the radio in YEARS
20. When I was younger, my mom would suppress my Southern accent. She would tell me to pronounce the "g" at the end of "something."
21. For the most part, she was successful. I have a very slight accent, which usually only comes out when I'm around someone else who has an accent.
22. I use a lot of Southern vocabulary, though. ("Yonder,'' " Y'all," " Fixin' to," ect.)
23. I love Southern Culture.
24. I love the South in general. I hope I never have to leave.
25. I am capable of speaking articulately, and I can hold my own in intellectual debates/ conversations; however, I don't make a habit of it. In the words of John Folgerty, "It ain't me."
26. I can be a serious grammar nazi at times, but I have forgotten a lot of rules on capitalization. Feel free to correct me when you see mistakes.
27. I hate when people use the improper word, such as there/their/they're. It's/its, and your'/you're will almost always irk me.
28. Interestingly enough, I'm not sure if it's "Your Welcome" or "You're Welcome."
29. I also have when people use commas to separate independent clauses without a coordination conjunction.
30. I am also peeved when people semi colons improperly, as well as when people use a colon incorrectly.
31. I love weather. The more severe, the better. If there is a tornado warning, I'll be the one running outside with a camera shouting "THIS IS AWESOME!!!"
32. I hate when people use metaphors and sayings from the scriptures in everyday speech. (My joy is/was full, my cup runneth over, ect.)
33. I found Mormons can be VERY rude at times. I'm not sure why, but members of the church seem to have no qualms with interrupting two people who are conversing, just to say "great talk." This frustrates me, and it makes me sad.
34. I've also found Mormons can be very ignorant and close-minded about other religions, opinions, and political views.
35. Interestingly enough, "high-ranking" members, and those whom most everybody respects the most, don't fall into the three categories above.
36. I'm already running out of things to say. I might not reach 100.
37. I am considering becoming a Free Mason. (Did you know Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Gordon B. Hinkley and Thomas S. Monson are free masons?)
38. I have two friends of mine who are high-ranking Free Masons.
39. I love reading.
40. I seriously cannot think of a more attractive quality in a woman than reading. Both girls I've ever loved read all the time.
41. I love baseball and football.
42. I played little league for a few years. I never practiced during the off season, so I never got good.
43. I played on the drumline in 12th grade. My friend said they needed someone who could read music.
44. I had wanted to join in 6th grade, but my mom said I needed to learn a real instrument. When I joined in 12th grade, she didn't find out until I had already done it. Then she was super excited to be a band mom.
45. I love having intelligent, thoughtful debates with my parents. Music, life, politics, anything.
46. I hate Rhetoric.
47. I hate political parties.
48. I'm not a fan of the 1950's "Stepford Wife" housewife. I want a wife who has goals, aspirations, and plans on achieving them.
49. That said, I do want a large family, and I hope to have a typical Mormon household. I'm not quite sure how these ideas will mesh.
50. I want my kids to be home-schooled. Every home-schooled kid I've ever known was FAR more advanced than public and private school kids.
51. I'm going to try and reach 100 facts. Wish me luck.
52. In my entire career in school, 1st grade through 12th, I studied for one test. That' it.
53. It was a spelling test in 2nd grade. I got a 90
54. I got 100s on every other spelling test in 2nd grade, even though I never studied.
55. I also rarely did homework.
56. I learn very quickly.
57. When I was in 5th grade, I was reading at a high school level.
58. When I was in 6th grade, I missed a perfect score on the reading test by one point. that Means I was understanding college-level reading material.
59. I tested out of reading a year later.
60. I am adamantly anti-standardized tests.
61. I graduated high school with a 3.5 GPA. I seriously under-achieved. I really wish I could go back and do it over again.
62. My drivers ed teacher told me I was the best driver he had ever taught. My ego doubled.
63. I have never owned a car.
64. I have only driven stick-shift twice.
65. I am the only person, aside from Vic, to have driven Vic's car.
66. I love cooking
67. I'm not such a fan of cleaning, but I am very good at cleaning.
68. I love the Atlanta Braves.
69. When I was 15, I got to go to Atlanta with my mom and sister to see the Braves live. It was the best day of my teenage years.
70. I want to see the Gators play in Ben Hill- Griffin before I die.
71. I am a fan of the Tampa Bay Bucs, but I can live without seeing them play live.
72. I prefer college ball over pro ball
73. I'm surprised I've made it this far with stuff to say
74. I never made it to Eagle, but I still did scouts and leaned a lot from it.
75. I look like I am a few years older than I actually am, and I have used this to my advantage many times.
76. I hate being clean shaven
77. I look terrible with a full beard, and silly with a mustache.
78. I pull off the goatee very well, though. Even my parents, who hate it, admit I look good with it. (Some people say I look better with it.)
79. My hair is dark brown, but my goatee has a lot of red. (and some grey)
80. I've only lived at two addresses my entire life.
81. I love Southern cuisine.
82. Grits are especially tasty.
83. Cracker Barrel is my favorite restaurant.
84. M&Ms are my favorite candy
85. I can't think of a favorite food.
86. I hope to serve a mission in Germany. I love that language.
87. My school colors were teal and black. Those also happen to be my favorite colors.
88. When I was 6, I wanted to learn to play Violin. My mom said "as soon as we can get you one." It never happened. (I can't blame her, though. Guitar is a lot less painful.)
89. I am very arrogant about music. When people tell me I would like such and such band, I usually say "doubt it."
90. Metallica was once my favorite band. Now, I can only stomach a few of their songs.
91. I'm almost done
92. I'll be 22 in 3 weeks
93. I think D.B. Pickles is the best local restaurant in Daytona Beach
94. I love being in the mountains. It's heaven. It truly is.
95. I think mountain hiking would make for an awesome honeymoon.
96. I love comedy.
97. George Carlin is my all-time favorite comedian. I can't stand most of today's stand-up comics. They suck.
98. MASH, Frasier, and House are my favorite TV shows.
99. I'll admit, I watch Family Guy and King of the Hill. Robot Chicken cracks me up.
100. I MADE IT!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's interesting

How much the numbers change when you get them from different sources.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

RMs and Dating

On the "Dear Bro Jo" discussion page on Facebook, a girl asked a question about dating guys who didn't serve a mission. This was my very opinionated response.

I see a "red flag" as "Stop and back-up." I'm not sure that's the correct way to look at someone who didn't serve a mission. I see it more as a "use caution," which is why I said it's a "yellow flag."

First off, I don't think it's something that should need to be brought up early on. I know a lot of women who ask guys if they served a mission right in the first conversation. I don't agree with that at all. Asking someone if they served a mission while you're just getting to know him is possibly asking them for information you don't need to know just yet, because let's face it, if he says no, you'll wanna know why.

Now, if it is a point where the subject is appropriate to discuss, and he says no, you have the right to know why. This is something that I think should be talked about around the stage 5/6 in the levels of a relationship. At that point in time, you know each other well enough to be asking that kind of information, you know enough about each other already to be able to honestly look at him for who he is now, and you're not too emotionally involved.

Already knowing the person is important though. Sometimes, people may have a very complex reason for not going. It's a legit possibility.

Now, some reasons are red flags. One of them being he wasn't worthy. Being unworthy all the way from 18 to turning 26 in the MTC is a LONG period of unworthiness. At this point, you should really be careful. Now, if he has truly repented, is truly a changed man, is a worthy priesthood holder, and has/is working towards a Temple Recommend, than I don't think you should hold it against him; however, if he isn't worthy or honestly working to change, than leave him be and move on, especially if his unworthiness involved pornography. Honey, if he isn't winning his battle, don't get involved. It WILL hurt you.

Another red flag is if he is nonchalant about not serving a mission. If he doesn't really wish he had served, than he isn't converted to the gospel. He may very well have a testimony, but there are a lot of inactive members with testimonies. A testimony doesn't guarantee a person has converted to the gospel, and only someone who is converted to the gospel is worthy of a righteous Daughter of God.

There are thousands of possibilities and things that could be listed, but the important thing to remember, is that being an RM doesn't mean he's a great guy, is converted, or is worthy. An old bishop at the singles ward i used to attend said the percentage of RM's who hold current Temple Recommends is "a lot less than y'all would think." Not being an RM doesn't automatically make someone less qualified to marry. Who he is now is a lot more important than who he was 5, 10, or 15 years ago.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Taxes rant

will be delayed while I gather numbers to back up my claims. Stay tuned.

Tomorrow's rant...

...will be on taxes. OOOOOHHHH man I am not going to make any friends with my opinions this time.