Thursday, August 23, 2007

Across the street, Vacation and Radio

An appropriate title to the things that are on my mind.

The house across the street is coming along quickly. Less than a month ago, they poured the concrete foundation. Today the roof is complete. Here see:
















Fall vacation plans are stitched up and deposits made. I will be taking the family to Dillsboro, North Carolina. We will be staying at the picturesque Dillsoro Inn. This quaint inn sits along the Tuckasegee River. We will be treated to breakfast in our room. Our room will open up to a private porch overlooking the river.

While relaxing in the North Carolina mountains, we will be spending a day aboard the Smokey Mountain Railroad.

We will spend one afternoon aboard the Smokey Mountain Rail riding from Dillsboro to Bryson City, North Carolina - 1 hour layover - and back to Dillsboro. While in Bryson City, we will visit the Smokey Mountain train museum. Our trip on the rails will include an upgrade to the Crown Coach rail car. We will sit in luxury all the while watching the beautiful Smoky Mountain's roll on by.

Also in our trip, we hope to visit the Cherokee nation. Cherokee, North Carolina. There we will be enthralled in the "Unto these hills... A Retelling" outdoor drama. I am sure we will come back with plenty of great crafts.

Radio. I listen to an array of different music. My taste for radio varies like the wind. My mood, while riding in my SUV, can be full throttle to easy going. I have found my home for morning radio. It is the Rick and Bubba show. I hear it from a rural radio station out of Hogansville, GA. Magic 98.1

These guys are right up my alley. My age. My general views and funny as crap. They have a solid show filled with many laughs on my 20 minute commute. They are Christian men who can cut up and have a great time while putting on a radio show. Look them up at their website and see if they are on in your area - or listen to them via the Internet from one of their affiliates. You gotta check these guys out. Atlanta Radio has nothing on these Alabama boys!

I hope everyone is having a good week. Have a wonderful weekend. My wife has asked me out on a date tomorrow night. She isn't telling me where we are going. Only that I should dress comfortable. Be sure to guess where we are going. If you get it right, I will send you a prize.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Back to the routine

Okay, to say the last week has been off track would be close. More like upside down and twisted counter-clockwise would be better. I have taken a vacation day and bereavement day and traveled several times to here and there and back. However, today is a new day and it is back to the grind of every day life. I think I like that idea.

Hey LOOK everyone - Words off paper is back! How cool is that? I return from a week of twisted time and a favorite blogger is back in action. I am doubly happy.

More to come later - I am just happy to be back!

Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Patriarch has passed away

Dennis R. Thomas

For the last 10 years I knew "D.R.". Weekend visits to Anniston Alabama. Christmas's where upwards of 40 family and friends would gather at his house to celebrate the birth of Christ. I married into the family and was always welcomed warmly. D.R. was a Godly man who held his family close to his heart.

ANNISTON — Funeral services for Mr. Dennis R. Thomas, age 85, of Anniston will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2007, at Edgewood Congregational Methodist Church with Dr. Bill Snow and the Rev. Wilburn Clark officiating. Mr. Thomas will lie in state one hour prior to service. Interment will be at Forestlawn Gardens. Visitation will be at Chapel Hill Funeral Home this evening, August 15, 2007 from 6 until 8.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Mary Thomas, of Anniston; 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Thomas was a native of Limestone County and resident of Anniston for forty-nine years. He was employed as a cabinet maker with L & L Cabinet and Lott's Cabinet. He was a member of Edgewood Congregational Methodist Church.

Chapel Hill Funeral Home will be servicing the Thomas family.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Cuteness Defined

I ran across this photo tonight while organizing my picture folder.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Laziness / blissfull

Is it my laziness in not blogging or is it the blissfulness of life in general? Maybe both. The last part of the week was fairly uneventful.

With Little One starting school and all the homework she has, my evenings have been fairly full. I have been pretty busy at work also. My mind is very tired by the end of the day. That's my excuse for not blogging.

However, I have a little time now on Sunday evening to sit and fill in the gaps since the last blog.

Friday evening our family took the evening to enjoy a night out on the town. We started off by eating at Texas Roadhouse. My wife had the chicken salad and I had the sirlon steak. Little One ate a cheesebuger. I love that place. I always get my fill of a good dinner.

Next on the list was a trip to the bowling alley. We took to the lanes and busted out a good game for the three of us. On my wife's first bowl, she broke her thumb nail. She hung on for a couple more frames and then Little One took over bowling for her. The bumpers were up for Little One's turn but not for her mom's. With the bumpers up, she rolled it right down the middle. With the bumpers down, she would bowl straight to the gutter.

With the exception of a few open frames in the middle, I closed with a strike in the ninth and two of the first three in the 10th.

Saturday, we slept in and took advantage of the pool later in the afternoon. We closed the evening down with some chicken fingers and a movie.

No poker lately. I guess I am still trying to adjust to this new schedule. I am sure I will get things worked out and get back to the tables soon.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Tuesday, Oh, Tuesday!

I was hog tied and placed in a room full of middle and executive management today. It seems we need a little training. We had some pesky yellow jacket stiffs there talking about lean manufacturing. It's good stuff-really. It's just I have heard it about a dozen times with the same big pep rally and then the eventual fizz of emotion only to be dropped along the curb in order to make way for more "production time" and less "non production time". We can't meet customer needs if we are sitting in some room talking and not out producing product. We never hang onto the training part long enough to see the results of a better employee.

Hence my question/discussion to my readers. What motivates an hourly employee these days? Our plant workers make somewhere between $10 per hour and up to probably $16 to $17 per hour. An 18 year old walking from his high school graduation dripping from his ears will start at $10 per hour. Then you build from there. At $10 per hour, that is $20,000 per year.

Now, let's talk motivation. Our plant is air conditioned, clean (Japanese style) and set up fairly nice. Good 401K, insurance and paid time off. Trust me, it's not labor intensive. What motivates an employee to get up and show up everyday?

The stiffs say it's employee empowerment and feeling of worth and trust. Walk out on the shop floor and all you hear is "we need more money". We joking use the phrase "the beatings will continue until morale improves". The culture is one where a director can only sign a purchase order up to $500. That doesn't sound like trust to me.

What motivates you to put a good days effort into a good days work?


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Family - After dinner tonight, I was out taking pictures of the house they are building across the street from us. Little One started posing and asked if I would take her picture. These are the results.

My plans are to take a photo just about every day until completion.
Then make a movie maker video of it.
(set to brooks and dunn - "hard working man" song of course)
That's my humble plan - execution of that plan is subject to my laziness.
























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Monday, August 06, 2007

Gymnastics

Tonight was Little One’s first night at gymnastics. I think she had a wonderful time. We went out to eat afterwards to steak and shake. She fell asleep on the way home. Fist day of school and first day of gymnastics. She was “plum tuckered out”.

Have a nice evening everyone.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Comments Wanted


Okay - now that summer vacation is in the books, it is time to start planning and booking fall vacation.





Come on commenters. Get busy and tell me where to go!

In general, the plan should be somewhere along the eastern united states in a mountainous environment.

The previous fall vacations were to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Due to just too many people now ascend onto that place in the fall, I am in need of a new fall home.

I have done a little research on places like: Brevard, N.C., Snowshoe W.V. and Dahlonega, GA. The events should center around peaceful events like Fall Festivals, BBQ gatherings or large Art shows.

I dropped a hint to Duckie at Duck notes to let me know when a good festival is planned. He seems to always get some good photos of local festivals around his area. Maybe he will comment????

The place should be within 6 hours of driving from Atlanta, GA.

Do you have a place that has impressed you in the past? Ashville?, Charlotte? Chattanooga? Kentucky?
Let me know - I have only been back to work a week and I am in need of a long weekend vacation. Or at least the promise of one on the horizon.

Please Help!