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God texting me ? great prank and joke

Is God really texting me?

I Picked my duaghter up from school today. It was a very interesting ride home.
First thing she did was complain that "She" was starving and she just had to eat something.

Ofcourse it has to be healthy [ I wanted chinese but no... ] , so Subway was the place to go [ or atleast she was making me go to ]. Lunch was good, healthy. We talked about how she got her "weirdness" from me and her crazy side from her mom, ofcourse she disagreed being crazy like her Mom... Lol atleast we agree Mom is crazy.]

So as we rode home after our healthy meal at Subways, she begins to Tell me about this prank that she was a part of on Sean (Sean, shawn how ever you spell his name ) is her freind, her special freind... I try real hard not to acknowledge him as her boy .... freind. I am a her dad after all and I still see her as my little girl.
But back to the prank. Personally I think it was a great idea and I wished I had thought of it myself.

funny silly God jokeSo as she explians the details, she tells me about a friend of hers that asked her to secretly change his name on Sean contact ( on seans cell phone from his name ) to God. The idea was to text him and have the text say: "Hello Sean, this is God. I am watching you". Sounds hilarious, honestly - I wish I had been there when he recieved the text message.

Apparently they did this a week ago and he ( Sean ) flipped out. He is still trying to figure out who is texting him ( I don't know if I should laugh or be worried that he fell for it). He happened to text her, while she was still telling me about the prank, to ask her who was God [ priceless... ] I told her she should have told him: "Who is God, the great I am, the Alfa and Omega, the big Kahuna..." I could have kept going but she was already cracking up [ luaghing ].

funy god prank jokeI should give the kid [ sean ] a break, after all it was a great prank ........

Hello Sean, this is God... I am watching you..... LOL....
Update: He is no longer her special friend - it could be due to his gullibility .... I'm so mean.

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Teacher of the Year - what is a good teacher?

People like to say that teachers do not do enough for thier students.
That the failing grade our schools are getting is becuase they [ teachers ] are not doing everything they can to help our children learn. Well, I am very envolved in the school system and I see what happens first hand. I see the teachers who do the minimum and I see the teachers who go all out.

memorial yuthinkI watched a school have their annual "Literacy Week" program. I watched as they encouraged kids to read, how they pushed them to do more. How children were excited about this week - "I love this book and I am going to dress up as my favorite character this friday" I was told by this one little girl.

Friday came and a large group of children came to school ready to show off their costume, ready to proudly walk the halls dressed as their favorite reading book character. I also saw teachers who were dressed up as some of the characters they have been reading about to their students. Not ashamed, but proud teachers who were encouraging students by not just talking at them but participating with them.
We should apreciate our teachers. we should also respect and honor those teachers who go above and beyond what is called for, to help teach and inspire thier students. we have one teacher [ I will refrain from mentioning his name - though he should get open praise for what he does, but becuase I did not get his permission and all this sopa & pipa nonsense I won't ] he always goes above and beyond.

He reminds me of my old history teacher in highschool. This teacher would dress up as characters to make history interesting. He would go on vacation [ he was a history buff so his vacations were centered around history ] and he would bring us home videos of his trip. I would have never passed history if it would not have been for him.

And as proof of what I am talking about - here are some pictures of our "Literacy Week" Parade.

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Some favorite funny images and pics I have seen

Oh, the internet is filled with so much wonder - but most times I just need a good luagh. So what do I do - I search the image section of Googles extensive search engine to see what i can find.

yuthink funny Most often times, I find junk, perversion and what not... The internet is filled with horndogs. But ocassionally I find some very funny images, pics and jokes that I thought I would share with you. After all the internet is a big place and who knows if I will ever find these pics again. So save them I do to past them here [ sound like Yoda from star wars - "save them I do".

So take a look, have a luagh and tell me what you think?

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What children do online, they should be banned

Ok, I've been very, very - did I say very? Well, I have been very busy and I am trying to catch up on my blogging. Much of my blog past are about my family, the funny things they do [ or what I consider funny - wife does not get my humor... ].

But all in all I create art [ you call it comics ], I write about the kids and sometimes about serious thing and occassionally I rant about politics [ don't get me started.

But this post is going to be about my baby girl.

You see, my kid and her friends do some very strange things. I remember once asking her what she was doing on the house phone. Apparently all her friends wanted to figure out how many people could they get on one call - so each friend did a three way call with some one else and she proudly exclaimed: "Dad, we're up to 20 people on one call - this is cool!" .. I cut that short.

Another time I found her and her friends trying to see how many people could answer [ comment ] on someones page. She told me they were going to blow up facebook.. Ok, have fun baby [ I got to get out more... ].

But what spured this post post was when I open my computer and click on my picture file I was hit with several [ about 20 or so ] pictures of my baby girls face. At first I thought they were duplicates - no they were not. Apparently she was making stills for her facebook account so she can have several different faces to show off. You know, the pic that show as your icon or what ever [ not a big facebook user ].

Sometimes I wonder about my kid and her friends.. Maybe the reason the internet and facebook are so popular with teens, is becuase their the ones who come up with the craziest ideas.... But, I did learn how to "crash her phone". When my duaghter decides to ignore my text messages, I simply send her fifty text messages [ all the same words ] and her phone just locks up: hey I am kid at heart.

President Praises Military forces and Pentagon wants to increase health insurance fees for military retirees and close bases in the United States

Who the hell do they think they are Kidding!

The President praises the Military for all they do and ask to have the budget on defense reduced and to use the money saved from the 2 wars we are no longer fighting to go to help the Union and the Pentagons response is: OK, lets cut raises and hike up health insurance benefits on the very solders who serve and protect.

Smack of another political game: "hey you said make cuts... didn't you..?"

Pentagon Plan Includes Base Closings and Smaller Raises

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon took the first major step toward shrinking after a decade of war as it announced on Thursday that it wanted to limit pay raises for troops, increase health insurance fees for military retirees and close bases in the United States.

Although the pay-raise limits are modest, and would not start until 2015, the proposed cuts are certain to ignite a political fight in Congress, which since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has consistently raised military salaries beyond what the Pentagon has recommended.

Increasing health insurance fees for former service members and closing bases are also fraught with political risk, particularly in an election year when the Republican presidential candidates are charging that President Obama is decimating the military.
* Pentagon Plan Includes Base Closings and Smaller Raises
Published: January 26, 2012

So, you want to cry wolf and say it's the Republicans right? Well, what if it was President Obama:
"Presenting an equal political challenge was an announcement by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta that President Obama will ask for another round of base closings and realignments — never popular with a Congress that tries to preserve military spending, and jobs, in local districts."

My father-in-law would argue that it is the Republicans that would be fighting to keep military growing because that's what they do to make thier millions... Well, what would you say to this Democrat:

"There were already objections on Thursday morning, hours before Mr. Panetta made his public presentation. Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters that until the United States shut down some American military bases in Europe, “I’m not going to be able to support” closing down bases in the United States."

And here comes the part where everything is reduced to a number on the bottom line. Forget the people, the human beings tide to that number - remember that you have to cut and it is a lot easier to cut people if you look at them as a number. After all, who needs to cut expenses on buying a one million dollar jet or cutting cost in these production cost that armament builders charge the USA - just cut the numbers [ people ].
" But Pentagon officials have made clear that military personnel costs are on a disastrous course — Mr. Panetta has called them “unsustainable” — and that it is imperative that they be brought under control. As it stands now, the Pentagon spends $181 billion a year, nearly a third of its base budget, on military personnel costs: $107 billion for salaries and allowances, $50 billion for health care and $24 billion in retirement pay. "

What is my argument, my beef? My beef with all this is that they are full of Sh*t. But we all play the same game, it's the Democrats, it's the Republicans, it's not our fault - desperate times call for desperate measures... right?

But like always they never address the real problem, so you raise the fees on medical insurance to the military - but that doesn't stop the gross misuse of medical charges - spend 20 minutes in an emergency room and have the MD only look at you for 5 minutes and you get a $700 dollar bill - what the hell?

But no one says find a way to have the business that charges millions in building a military plane that does not get completed on time and cost the military even more to say: "I'm sorry, we missed the deadline so we wont charge you for our mistakes", no we take it and say we will makes the cuts on the backs of people who sacrificed life, limb and family.

Read full story here: Pentagon cuts

3 delicious "Recipes" for game day or fun - I love food

Have you noticed, when ever you go on a diet -your taste are not as picky as when you are free to eat what ever you want.

I took a short break from my UHmmm healthy eating habbits and now I am back on again, you know, watching what I eat, how much I eat and so forth. But I was thinking about the super bowl, the food we are going to have [ may have, after all I am the only one on this diet].

I just couldn't help search the internet over to find some very interesting recipes, not only for superbowl game day, but something we could enjoy when ever we wanted.
I guess, when you can not have something, you then feel like having it all becuase I am a picky picky eater and there were alot of things I would have never thought of trying, but boy do they all look good to eat.
Well, eventually I settled on these three recipies [ hope we can make them they look deliciouse ].

Tell me what you think?

When it’s game day, this recipe looks good.

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Liz Pack
Everyone knows that pigs in a blanket — little sausages wrapped in biscuit dough — are the first appetizer to go at any party. Liz’s grown-up version features smoked-cheese-filled mini sausages topped with caramelized onions and wrapped in puff pastry.

•1 package mini smoked cheese sausages
•1 box (17.5 ounces) puff pastry
•2 tablespoons brown sugar
•2 tablespoons butter
•1 large egg, beaten
•Sesame seeds (optional)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: About 24 servings

1. Caramelize onions in butter and add brown sugar.

2. Lay out strips of puff pastry and top each strip with a sausage and some caramelized onion.

3. Roll them up and top with egg wash and sesame seeds.

4. Bake in preheated, 450-degree oven until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

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Ralinda Watts
She tops her sliders with a quick and tangy barbecue sauce (a take on her dad’s recipe) that’s so easy to make, she’s able to bring this appetizer to the table in next to no time. The sauce is versatile too, since the key ingredients — ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and sugar — can be altered depending on how hot or sweet you like it.

•1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
•1/2 cup ketchup
•1/2 cup water
•1 tablespoon sugar
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
•1/4 cup tomato paste
•1/4 stick butter
•1 teaspoon garlic salt
•1 teaspoon mustard
•Louisiana hot sauce to taste
•Store-bought buttermilk biscuits
•Smoked sausage, thinly sliced
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 6 sandwiches

1. Sauté the sausage in a pan coated with non-stick spray for about 10 minutes.

2. Combine all ingredients for sauce, and add enough to the sausage to coat completely.

3. Split hot biscuits and put sliced sausage inside, then top with extra sauce if desired.

easy fun food recipe

Briana Valdez
Now a restaurant concierge in Los Angeles, Briana still prepares chili ’n’ chip pie, but has made some changes. Her passion is fresh ingredients, so she uses fresh jalapenos and leaves behind the canned chili. She even makes her own chili powder, roasting a blend of Mexican chili peppers and adding oregano.

•2 1-pound packages beef smoked sausage, sliced diagonally into 1-inch slices
•3 tablespoons chili powder
•1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup)
•5 medium cloves garlic, minced
•4-5 small jalapeno chilies, cored, seeded and minced
•1 cup water
•1 16-ounce can crushed tomatoes
•Juice from 1 medium lime (approximately 2 tablespoons)
•Garnishes: corn chips, sharp cheddar cheese (shredded), iceberg lettuce (shredded), pickled jalapenos, light sour cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes: About 12 servings

1. Heat a large, heavy soup kettle or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add smoked sausage and cook, stirring constantly, until sausage is lightly browned.

2. Add onion and cook, stirring constantly, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, garlic and jalapeno, and cook 30 seconds.

3. Add water, crushed tomatoes and lime juice; bring to a simmer. Continue to cook until flavors meld, about 30 minutes.

4. Transfer chili into a pie dish. Garnish with corn chips, cheese, lettuce, jalapenos and sour cream. Tip: It’s quick and easy to make your own chili powder. Simply combine 3 tablespoons ancho chili powder, 3 tablespoons New Mexico chili powder, 2 teaspoons ground cumin and 2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican). This is enough for a double batch of chili.

Tax Rich more? State of the Union speech 1-24-12

President Obama 1/24/12 - State of the Union

First let me start by saying I watched the speech, I believe in many of what he said, that changes are needed. What he said is true and should happen, govern't should stay out of what people can do for themselves [ his quote from President Lincoln]. Government should stop playing political games and work for the people. We should do away with ridiculouse red tape and buerucracy. Yes, even tax reform.

But how do we do it? Oh, lets tax the rich!

Tax reform is necesary, not tax the rich more - becuase if we say things should be fair, fair is not attacking one class over another, even if they are rich. Would you like it if they said, oh lets tax the middle class to help the poor more becuase they the middle class can afford it. No you wouldn't - but these are the facts: they are playing on our emotions. My father-in-law once said that it is unfair that he should pay for schools [ in real estate tax ] every year when he has no children in school. He said why should I pay taxes to feed children in schools by paying taxes when he had to pay for his children's lunches when his kids went to school. But this is the same man that says that the rich should pay more in taxes becuase it's fair.

So tell me, what is fair? Is fair whatever does not hurt or effect you. Is fair what you deem it to be at the time. If we are going to be fair we need a flat tax that does away with all these other littles taxes [ sales tax, gas tax, hotel bed tax, state tax ] as well as tax loop holes. Everyone pays a flat 20% tax. If you make 20,000 you pay $4,000 in taxes. If you make $50,000 you pay $10,000 in taxes. If you make $500,000 you pay $100,000 in taxes, but everyone pays 20%. That would be a "fair system". Oh but wait... what about the poor they can't survive paying those taxes... So then you want me [ a struggling family of four ], you and other people that are considered to be better off to subsidize them [the poor ] and they pay no taxes - doesn't seem fair to me does it? If we are going to talk "FAIR" lets make it fair and stop the non-sense. Becuase there is no way to make this work if first we don't cut government spending [ more money only means more programs and bigger govn't ] and oh, solve poverty while you're at it. Fair, really - you say it's fair becuase your looking at them being taxed, but your forgetting that the govrn't is looking at you to be taxed as well.

What is the Mantra - tax breaks for the middle class and higher taxes for the rich. Ok, lets do the math: how many rich people are there, 2 million? Ok, lets say 10 million. Now, how many middle class people are there: well, in 2009 it was estimated that 18 million people lived in florida alone so lets say 200 million people are considered middle class and that would leave us with a gigantic population of 100 million poor people who do not pay taxes [ get a refund at end of year ] if you consider there is an estimated population of 310,198,379 in USA.

That means to run the government, even if you took all the rich peoples money [ all 100% of it ] it would still not be enough even to pay the 15 Trillion dollar deficiet. So who do you think they will tax - the small group of people or the lager group of people? So don't talk as if taxing the rich more and giving the middle class a tax break is the plan, because it's not. The plan is to raise taxes on the rich and keep taxes the same for everyone else. Not because it's fair but because they [ govt ] want and need more money to keep spending.

Again, the mantra is tax breaks for middle class and raise taxes on the rich. sounds great, right? but how do you pay for the tax breaks to the middle class? We need to tax the rich just to almost pay our governments bills but if you give tax cuts to the middle class [ the larger of the two groups ] then all you are doing is spending more money that you do not have. The proposed "extending the payroll tax" they spent months arguing over - they say [ President Obama ] that we [ every employee ] would pay $40 dollars extra in taxes every pay check if we let the tax break lapse. lets do the math - 200 million middle class people at $40 each equals 8 billion dollars - but you promise to give middle class people more tax breaks and tax the rich more? The math does not make sense. Even if you gave only gave an extra $40 dollars in tax breaks to every middle class person, that is $8 billion you have to tax the Rich on a weekly basis on top of the social and government expenses you refuse to cut.
[ So if we took 200 million people at $40 dollars a pay check at 52 weeks we are looking at about $413 trillion in tax breaks??? I doubt they will give us anything that comes close to that. Oh, maybe they plan to give us a tax break of $40 dollars on an annual basis, that makes it easier I think ?]

We need government spending cut - I know, you go strait to the argument that we can't cut social security and medicaid, I did not say that. Try something more like the health benefit congress has? Try more like: cutting Congress' forever salary and spouse salary? Try cutting back on all those congressional aids... do some of your own work senator. Lets cut some of those salaries congress has that's outrageous compared to the real world. Especially the salaries of aides that get paid three times what an average American gets in corporate America. Let's talk about those cuts first before we even think about cutting medicaid and social security.

So my argument is - FIX the problem stop the lies.

People should stop believing the lies, stop allowing government to pull on our heart strings, play with our emotions and even greed - and we the people should tell government "Congress, Government - Do what your job requires you to do and no more".

Put the stegal act back that was only 35 pages long and forget this 2,300 page monster of a bill you forced down our throats. If agencies have no teeth to do their jobs in stopping financial fraud and so forth - give'em teeth. If agencies are not doing their jobs - fire the people and get people who will work. Cut the red tape and bureaucracy and help the people do what they need and don't force on them what they do not. Save the environment but do it right - if I sell yogurt why do I need a grease trap? [ * see notes below ]

Per President Obama on cutting unnecessary regulations and red tape

Milk Farmer have to pay $10,000 if fees to prove they know how to control and clean up a milk spill?
Three days earlier I read a news article by Guest Columnist Susan Stamper Brown [ jan 18 2012 ]

titled: Over-regulation is choking the life out of American business
Where she uses her brother [ who wanted to start a Yogurt business ]as a perfect example of over regulation: " He was told he needed to purchase environmentally friendly grease trap equipment, although no frying is invovled in serving non-fat yogurt."
And it didn't stop there. So - even though I do not fry anything I am obligated to get this extra expensive equipment? Why?

[ President Obama ] He made a pitch for smarter regulations. There will be "no bailouts, no handouts and no copouts," he said, a bit of hot rhetoric to reverse the idea that he is in favor of mindless government intervention. It was a version of Bill Clinton's 1996 pledge that "the era of big government is over."

President Obama 1/24/12 - State of the Union

Tax rich:
Obama was also using his speech Tuesday night to expand on the “fairness” theme he discussed in his Kansas speech last month.
He made the case for raising taxes on higher-income people such as legendary Omaha investor Warren Buffett who have income from capital gains and dividends.
"Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes," the president declared. "If you're earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn't get special tax subsidies or deductions. On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn't go up."
He added, "You can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense."

President Obama by my account [ hearing speech ] offered to create atleast three new agencies [ making bigger government ] but how do we pay for it - if we have to control spending. He asked for congress to give him the power to consoladate agencies to shrink govn't and save money by cutting red tape and redundencies but then turns around and wants to create 3 new large agencies?

* Meanwhile, Obama’s ability to get Congress pay for any new proposal he might make is boxed in by controls on spending which he signed into law last year as part of an accord with Congress to raise the limit on federal borrowing.
Any new program would likely come in the category of discretionary outlays, the part of the budget that Congress controls through annual appropriation bills. Discretionary spending amounted to $1.35 trillion in 2011, 40 percent of total outlays, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But the Budget Control Act which Obama signed last summer imposes limits on discretionary spending. For 2012 and 2013, the caps would keep spending for items other than the Afghanistan war below the 2011 spending level and would limit the growth of those appropriations to about two percent a year from 2014 to 2021, according to the CBO.

Meanwhile entitlement spending – the 40 percent of the budget that goes to Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor, and Social Security for the disabled and retired – continues to grow steadily, driven by an aging population.
Obama faces a House of Representatives with 242 Republicans – the most that any Democratic president has had to face since Harry Truman in 1947.

As Truman did in the 1948 presidential campaign, Obama is sure to lambaste the Republican majority as an obstructionist, do-nothing Congress. Republicans are returning fire by saying the House has passed more than two dozen separate job creation bills and the Democratic-controlled Senate hasn’t acted on them.

Cutting red tape in schools??
* Addressing the need for skilled workers, Obama made a proposal that was an echo of one made by President Bill Clinton in his 1996 State of the Union speech, Obama said, “I want to cut through the maze of confusing training programs, so that from now on, people...have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help they need. It's time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work."

Tax breaks for companies
don't get me wrong, punish companies for sending jobs oversees, give breaks to those who keep them here. But jobs are lots for several reason - ie. technology [ robots and so forth ] has replaced workers and made some jobs obsolite.
My issue - tax breaks for companies? The rich own companies - so instead of investing in thier own company to get a tax break ??? they just own the company out right. Also, companies have a tax rate of 39% - less taxes means less govn't revenue meaning someone has to pay the difference - who ? middle class and even poor [ thats why we have a tax for everything, gas tax,sales tax, add a 1 cent bed tax on hotels and on & on ].

* Obama also proposed a series of new tax breaks to encourage American companies to manufacture goods in the United States and not in foreign countries. Obama proposal’s to revive American manufacturing comes after more than half a century in which manufacturing’s share of employment has been falling.

Why I believe that his speech is more politics and less subtance: becuase if he really wanted all that he said to work - he "will work" with all sides of the table to make America great [ work now not later, this year not next ]. But it being an election year I doubt he will give up anything that will appear as Republicans care, are working and want the same thing that President Obama wants - a strong Union. If fact many commentors believe he wants to distance himself from congress period, Democrats and Republicans alike - so that he can say " It's them, not me - see I am trying to do something for you ".

** In a time of total political collapse, this State of the Union speech felt more detached from reality than usual. The president promised to "work with anyone in this chamber," but in this election year the chances for agreement on anything serious are tiny. But the long list of proposals that look like they are earnestly offered serves an important political purpose. Before you bash the GOP for doing nothing, you have to make it look like you've made a good faith effort. That's how he hopes to win in the future.
** quoted excerpt from: The Swing States of Our Union Are Strong Obama's tepid election-year State of the Union attempts to lay a trap for Republicans. By John Dickerson| Posted Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at 1:09 AM ET

* quote excerpt from :The Swing States of Our Union Are Strong Obama's tepid election-year State of the Union attempts to lay a trap for Republicans. By John Dickerson| Posted Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at 1:09 AM ET

Indonesian children make perilous journey to school over collapsed bridge

Indonesian children make perilous journey to school over collapsed bridge

Ok, I only have two things to say about this terrible situation:

children make perilous journey to school over collapsed bridge1. Why does this writter [ see copy of small article below ] act so cavalier about this story and the terrible situation these kids have to endure. I look at the pictures and I am shocked and surprised that no one has done anything. That there isn't a public outcry about fixing this old bridge and securing the safty of these children.

2. I feel for these kids, I do. But I cannot help wonder about my children and the generation that is growing up today in America. I know for sure that if that bridge was out in my town - every boy and girl in my town would be sitting at home watching TV or playing video games becuase they can't cross that bridge [ easy ready made excuse to cut ] . In fact I am pretty sure the teachers of my town would call out anyway becuase hey - I'm not crossing that dangerouse bridge. Yes, I know - you're thinking: Are you saying you would....... Probably not. But that is my whole point. We are soft, we give up easy.

Here are children in a poor country who are faced with a ligitamate dangerouse obsticale, what do they do- they face it head on. Imagine that, my child, your child, America's children saying and doing anything possible, anything necesary to achieve thier goal, thier dream. sacrificing, putting everything at risk to do more, do better. What kind of a nation would we see if our children were more like that? Instead we have a nation of children, starting with mine, that don't want to go to school taday becuase of a little rain.....

Read the article below and you tell me.
What do you think about this?

Indonesian children make perilous journey to school over collapsed bridge

By David R Arnott,
For Sofiah and her classmates, the journey to school just got a whole lot harder.
The Indonesian schoolgirl lives on one side of the Ciberang River but her school in the village of Sanghiang Tanjung is on the other - and the river has been flooding.

On Monday, the rising waters broke a pillar supporting a suspension bridge that crosses it, the head of the village told Reuters.

Faced with an extra 30 minutes' walk to cross via an alternate bridge, Sofiah and her friends have chosen to undertake the precarious crossing of the collapsed bridge instead.

As word has spread, the media gathered to film a feat worthy of Indiana Jones. But the children don't appear to be perturbed, safely making it across and continuing to school.

At least they have something to say when their parents ask, "What happened at school today?"

10 tips: How to cut cost, stretch budget dollars

Title: 10 ways to cut down expenses and stretching your budget dollars

[ 01/18/2012 ] The World Bank warned Wednesday of a possible slump in global economic growth and urged developing countries to prepare for shocks that could be more severe than the 2008 crisis.

For the United States, the bank cut this year's growth forecast to 2.2 percent from 2.9 percent and for 2013 to 2.4 percent from 2.7 percent.
As reasons, it cited the anticipated global slowdown and the on-going fight in Washington over spending and taxes.

[ 01/19/2012 ] The people in the know believe that Gas prices will rise to $4 a gallon and possibly even up to $5 dollars a gallon. Fears of not just another slow down but a recession are building.

While the world is scrambling to fix the economy and the rich fight to keep their millions: I thought to myself - What am I doing?

What am I doing financially to improve my situation, prepare for another national financial meltdown or possibly even a far greater devastating event? I decided to make some changes - some I have already been doing, others I just recently realized or learned myself. But I guess doing something now is better than doing nothing and expecting that the government will solve the problem [ we saw how that turned out - bail out the banks, banks hoarded money ] and I struggled even more with millions of other average Americans.

So, I came up with some ideas that I thought I could share with you: Don’t be offended.

"10 ways to cut down expenses and stretching your budget dollars"
I am going to try to generalize much of my points [ so you don't read a novel ] but still give you enough info. to get you to understand clearly how, what and the why I do it and feel it works for me. So counting down from 10 to 1 - lets start with:

10. Stop Spending
You would be surprised how difficult a concept this is with many people: stop spending?

If you are having financial difficulties [ not enough money ]. You’re first step should be to stop spending right? Wrong. I know people [ personally and up-close ] that have told me to my face that they’re in financial trouble and when I ask them what they are doing about it – they say, nothing. Or if they tell me that their cutting back – their actions say differently.

I have a family member who we will name Billy-bob. He spent years, on a weekly basis, telling me how he never had any money to pay his bills. He recently confided that he could not and was not paying his mortgage on his house and was facing foreclosure. But whenever I ask him what he is doing this week-end, his response –“oh, taking the motorcycle out to Orlando and possibly spending the week-end out there” – which he would and did.

Billy-bob would upset me so because he would give me these sad stories about his money woes and then if I called him to ask him where he is – he is out spending money. Hello, any one home? Have you lost your senses?

Every-one should have a cash-flow chart, something, anything – a budget that lets them know how much they make [ income ] and how much they spend [ bills, expenses, etc. ]. You should pay your bills, save some money and live “with-in” your means. This is not rocket science – if you find yourself in need, financial trouble where you are falling behind on bills, getting your lights cut off, wondering how you are going to pay your mortgage this month your first reaction should be to: Stop Spending.

That is the first thing you should do. I am not talking about stop paying your bills; I am talking about all the other things. Stop eating out, stop taking daily trips or week-end trips, stop going to the mall and acting like your plan was not to buy something. Stop spending Billy-bob!

You would be surprised how much money you would save.

Stop spending and take an assessment of what your doing. How your doing it and even why you might be doing it. But above all things – Stop spending.

9. Manage your money
Ok, sounds strange: Manage your Money. How am I supposed to save money by managing my money? Don’t I already do that? No you don’t. If you’re having money trouble’s it is usually because you probably don’t even track your money.

Ask yourself this question: How much of my money [ percentage wise ] do I spend in miscellanies items?

Do you know, probably not? Why? We don’t think about it. We all do it. We pay for everything with plastic, the debit card, credit card and other cards. For a long time I didn’t even write down what I spent on my check register – I went by faith. I should have money in there, right? Then you get a notice in the mail informing you that the bank charged you an overdraft fee [ $35 dollar fee ouch ].

When most Americans did everything by cash, it was easy – you put your hand in your pocket and you knew what you had. When you reached in and had no more you knew you were out. With these bank cards and check books – if you don’t keep track of what you have and what you spend, no one else will until it’s too late.

I have a family member – we will call her Sharon-tilla [ to protect the innocent ]. She would come and ask me for help [ you know, borrow cash ]. One day we sat down and we had a long discussion about her check book [ trying to help myself out cause I wanted to stop giving my money to her ].

What she would do, and this may sound funny but I am sure many others do this as well. She would play chicken with the bank. She would write checks, and she figured since it would take 3 days to clear that she was safe because she had 3 days till pay day. So the first mistake she was doing was spending money before she even had it. The second mistake is: she was forgetting that things have changed. Over time you now have checks that clear like cash, you have automatic withdrawals of payments, debit cards that take cash instantly out of your account. So, she started to fall into the overdraft bank fee trap. Did that stop her? No. She just started using the overdraft fee as a sort of mini-loan kind of scam. She would buy something knowing she has no money, the bank covers it, charges her a fee and she goes on.

Well, she was living in a house of cards [ just like the banks were in 2005 -2007 ] and it all came crashing down. When we finally got around to looking at her bank statements [ she kept no records ] I could see she was in deep doo-doo my friend. Every time she was paid, hundreds of dollars were going out seconds after her pay check was deposited. In fact, she was paying hundreds of dollars in over draft fees and this cycle she was in had been going on for several months now. Imagine, committing fraud [ writing bad checks ] because most or all of your pay went to cover your banks over draft fees. And your only excuse is: well I have to pay my light bill.

Sadly enough that game ended badly. Sharon-tilla had to admit her error and face up to the facts. It took her 4 months of difficult and extreme measures just to break even.

My father in-law used to tell all the kids – pay your bills and live with-in your means. He would rather do without, than to ruin his credit or his good name.
Sadly enough, most of us are to busy living the life [ what we believe to be the high life ] and have come to realize that we cannot live on credit alone.

Number ten was: Stop – stop what you are doing. Stop Spending.

Number nine is: Manage your finances. Figure out, track and know what your expenses are and what you make as income. Call it a budget. Call it a cash flow chart. Call it what you want but track your money, manage your money.

* Step 10 and nine can be done immediately if you are serious about changing your situation.

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8. Cut your bills down [ cut waste ].

Sounds easy enough right: Just cut your bills.

I have always heard financial gurus tell the general public that all you need to do is cut down on your expenses. It’s a simple principal – you can’t deny that. I just never found a guru who actually told me how to do it. I mean in basic terms. You know? If I am totally broke living on the minimum, how can I cut my expenses – all I have is the Bills. You know – food bill, electric bill, water bill, cable bill, car bill [ payment] and so forth. How do I cut my expenses when I need to eat, I need electricity to keep the food I need to eat. I need my car to go to work in order to pay for the food I need to eat and so forth. How can you help me with that?
Well, I am no Financial Guru, but I can share with you what I have done to cut down the bills [ expenses ].

A.Food bill: you need to it, no doubt about that. So what did I do, I started couponing, I learned what local store had 2 for one deals and I visited those stores. I learn to buy the essentials and to figure out what was needed and do away with the extras. It sounds trivial, but I saved $101 dollars in one trip to the grocery store and I feed a family of four. Sometimes I save $60 dollars or $70 dollars – but it’s money I am keeping in my pocket. One particular grocery chain gives you money back on the purchase of gas for your car. Every penny counts right?

B.Electric Bill: if you are like most Americans you have a large electric bill. How do you cut down that, you’re not going to live in the dark right? No, but if you look around your house you are going to find that your home is filled with electronic devices. You have one or several TV’s, coffee maker, VCR, DVD player, clock radio and more. All of those devices use electricity even when you turn them off. My wife did not believe me, but when you unplug your TV you usually hear this faint “swoosh” sound – that is because the electronics in your TV is on to keep timers and other components working. So what I have done is, I put many of my electronic devices on surge protectors, and when we go to bed or go out I turn the surge protector off so there is absolutely no use of electricity. I unplug the coffee machine and so forth – really, why does my VCR have a digital clock, I don’t even set it because most people don’t even use it.

C.Electric bill: Air conditioner. I put the Air conditioner is a separate category because I live in Florida and it gets hot. You might live in the mid-west and it gets cold so the heater might be your problem. But this is what I realized. In the winter when it’s cool the air conditioner doesn’t go on as much and my electric bill comes very low. In the summer when it is hot – my bill comes very high. Why? Easy enough answer: usage. What we have started doing is: using more of the fans in my home – they are there so why not use them to circulate the air with less electricity and we set the air conditioner at a comfortable setting. I cannot speak for you but do you really need your house to be 30 below? My wife use to drive me crazy, she would make it cold in the house and then she would cover herself with a thick heavy blank to watch TV, Hello?

D.Water bill: I admit, I have a relatively small water bill. But, like the old saying goes a penny saved is a penny earned… Plus, I like to think I am conserving water and saving the planet and all that. So when it comes to cutting your water you can do the basics – fix any leaks, conserve water when you use it, buy a toilet that uses less water [ buy as in invest for long term benefit ]. Another one is, if you have a washer in your home, wash all your clothing together. My mother in-law is notorious for washing small piles of cloths every single day – she kills me when she visits.

E.Cable TV: now this one is tough. We went the extreme route. I got upset at my cable company and decided just to go without TV for awhile. You have to understand, I love watching TV, so it was difficult. But when I got my cable back [ thank God ] we took the package that best suited us. After all why pay for 3,000 channels of TV if you only have five that you watch day in and day out. Do you really need HBO, TNT, NetFlix, pay-per-view and all those other channels? Reduce your bill from say $100 to $70 and save the $30 dollar difference.

I could go on but I am not sure if you [ the reader ] would even care, like I said I don’t want to write a novel, just give some helpful tips.

7. Cut Cost as a family

Now here is an interesting tip: cut cost as a family.

Nothing destroys a plan faster than having one person in your group, office, business, and or family work contrary to your goals. What good is it to work hard on saving money, cutting cost if the people who live in the same home with you let the water run, never turn lights off, want to eat out every day and or do not understand what your trying to accomplish.

Besides, what better way to get something done – than by working together.
You may not be like me, I have a family of four and sometimes getting everyone on the same page can be extremely difficult. Especially with kids – hey believe every time you walk into a store your there to buy them something.

If you are in a financial crunch – don’t hide it from the kids or the spouse. Nothing good will come off it. Besides, they will find out eventually [ especially if someone drives off with the car – like say the repo guy... ] . It may be a tough subject to deal with and when it comes to kids – I understand – my daughter asked me once: Dad, are we poor? I was hurt, embarrassed, we weren’t but money was tight, she was just a kid back then. She didn’t know that we were struggling and that is why she assumed the worst.

Trust me, it just makes it easier. A family that works together – stays together and prospers together. It’s like recycling and my son. Grandpa came to stay with us for a while and he was really into recycling. He soon had us separating plastic bottles, tin cans and cardboard. The next thing I knew my son was helping him and even riding bike with grandpa [ a more than 2 mile ride ] to take the recyclables to the recycling bins.

You would be surprised: instead of the kids asking me why I don’t buy them this or that – when money is tight – the kids say to each other things like “ Don’t ask, dad doesn’t have the money right now” or “No not now, we need to save for this first”. It’s amazing. Ofcourse kids are kids and they forget, but don’t we all. That is why working together will help you save more money – because when your weak your partner will encourage you, when they are weak, you encourage them. Together things get done with less stress and less struggle.

6. Sacrifice something
Sacrifice can mean anything: I personally try to sacrifice impulse buying. You know, you walk in to a store or plan on doing something and instead of waiting you immediately act.

ie. We were planning our spring break camping vacation and while it is a good idea to reserve your lot ahead of time, my wife got upset at me because I told her to wait. Why wait? Because I wanted to wait until next payday to pay the down payment so I do not mess up any current plans I have set up for our money [ for bills, gas, emergency etc. ]. I know that she was upset that we might not have a spot available but considering that the camping trip was still almost 2 months away, I felt like I had time. After all I get paid next week- she can wait, we can wait.

So, the goal is to sacrifice: give up buying an expensive $5 dollar cup of cappuccino mocha chocolate cup of coffee every day. Give up cable if that is what you need to do. I know you are surprised – sacrifice? Why would I give up my cable? Well, if you can’t afford your bills and they cut off your cable anyway, what difference does it make? Wouldn’t it be better to cut the cable off when you decide and save that money than have a bill rack up, get cut off and then your scrambling to fix your credit?

You should try to sacrifice on luxury. Yes, luxury. If you’re cutting down on bills as #8 suggest, then it’s time to look at where you’re spending your money and cut that too. “Oh, but why rob me of the only few pleasures I have?” No, you can still treat yourself once in a while – just don’t make it an everyday thing. The goal is to cut your expenses and stretch your budget dollars because you’re in financial need: so do you sacrifice as in “I have the money to buy this but I won’t” or do you wait for “I wish I could buy this but I have no money”. Which option would you prefer?

I have a friend who taught me this lesson. He got into a bit of a financial bind, we all did when the economy went bust, but he decided to sacrifice in order to scrap up some cash for a family vacation. He realized that his baby, his sweet lovable 15 passenger van that he used to take his family everywhere was too much. He already had a mini-van he used to carry the family around. So he sold the van, got himself a decent used [ nice looking ] Truck and saved himself a lot of money. He no longer had a van payment – the money he received from the sale of the van was enough to purchase the truck clean with no monthly payments. The insurance was a little bit lower than the van, the amount of gas he used for the van dropped dramatically for the truck. All in all, he misses his van, it was his baby – but financially, this was better for him in the end.

So sacrifice, what is it that you have or do that is draining you financially that for now, while things are tough – you can do with-out?

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5. Create a plan and stick to the plan

Yes, your thinking – this doesn’t help me save money, but you are wrong.
Why do people fail, because they fail to plan?

In order to get where your going you need to know how to get there. I to many times in the past often planned on doing this, achieve that but always failed to make plans. Plans, it helps you figure out where you start, how you progress and when you finish. Am I right. Imagine you enter a race and they tell you to start running, you ask in what direction and they say which ever direction you want. You ask for how long and they answer – I don’t know, until you get tired. Chances are you are not going very far. Making plans is what allows you to accomplish what you need or desire.

Lets say your goal is to go on a dream vacation. You have to know first – how much it will cost. Then you will have to know how much money you have left over after to pay all your bills and expenses in order to know if you have extra to save toward this or if you need to make extra money [ income ]. Then you have to figure out depending on how much it is [ dream vacation] and how much you can save for it, how long it will take to reach that goal. If vacation will cost $2,000 dollars and I can easily save $100 dollars a month then it will take 20 months to achieve my goal. If I want to speed up the time I know that I have to find a way to increase what I am saving [ without affecting my ability to pay my bills or live ].

So how does planning save you money? You do not affect your finances by buying something you cannot afford. You compensate where needed in order to get what you need and you wait for the right time to pay for it. Planning helps avoid impulse buying, using credit to buy what you cannot afford, and losing money on deposits that disappear because we find ourselves unable to complete our goal. A plan also keeps you honest – like a check book registrar: you have a balance a write a check and deduct the check. You can call the bank and get a balance, but you know it is not accurate because you have that check that has not cleared. A plan does that for you – if you have to save $100 everyone to make that twenty month deal line, you know that if you skip a month – it will cost you another month of waiting.

I remember one family camping trip, my wife bought all these things we needed to go camping, you now, ahead of schedule [ to save money and all that ] and then we ran into some money issues and had to pay for an unexpected hospital visit. We almost had to cancel our trip because we didn’t have enough money to pay for the camping spot. Sounds ridiculous but it’s true. She spent our extra money on all these camping gear and stuff and thought, Oh, well save the money for paying for the campsite when it comes close to the time we have to go – imagine how sad that would have been if we sat at home with all this camping gear, already schedule time off from work and we could afford to even pay for the camp site. Plan, plan, and execute your plan.

4. Stay Home
What I mean: after you figured out what to sacrifice, be it you or each individual in your house hold - You should now make plans around staying in instead of going out. We all do it - we all get that urge to go out and have a pizza, a burger anything just to get out of the house.

I was on a trip with my father-in-law once and he was explaining to me how the move had changed his life, especially how he had to rein in his budget. He explained to me that now that he moved to Florida he was spending more money than he did when he lived in New York. After going over some of the details I pointed out to him that he had it all wrong. He believed that he was spending more and that living with me [ us ] while he waited for his home to be remolded was causing him to spend more money. That in New York he didn’t buy groceries that he was too busy and never spent as much as he does here in Florida. I pointed out to him that the reason it looked like you didn’t spend much on groceries was because he was never home and ate out every night. The reason his fridge was empty was because he ate out. The reason your spending more money is not on buying groceries, it’s because you buy groceries, eat out and are paying for all these remodeling stuff on your home. On top of that, you have a lot of visitors who you invite over [ since you haven’t seen them in years ] and you feed them. So what do you expect? I’m not saying you can’t enjoy life, go to a movie, have a nice dinner, buy your self a nice dress or shirt. All I am saying is, if you go out every day and spend money when you live on a fixed income – what do you expect to happen. I have this saying I share with my wife when she ask me for money I don’t have to give: X amount of money in minus X amount of money out equals zero dollars left. She hates it, but it’s my way of telling her “ there is nothing I can do about it”. I would love to buy you things whenever you want them, but let’s face it, I live on a fixed income too. I’m not retired but I have a job that pays me X amount of dollars every pay day. If I spend X on burgers and friends don’t expect me to have the same amount of money left to buy the groceries.

You would be surprised how much money you would save if you stayed home and did a lot more things with your kids or significant other. People are always talking about that they never have time – could it be that you fill up your time with all these things you probably can do without?

A perfect example is a neighbor of mine. He has four boys a dog and a lovely wife. He coaches football after work and his kids play at minimum to different kinds of sports. They are rarely ever home. His job started cutting back on his overtime and money got a bit tight so his wife got a job. Then several months later I hear him talking about how he may lose his home. Then I hear that he lost his job, it was sad – terrible. But the one thing that has not changed was their lifestyle. They still have all their kids in several sports teams, traveling all day long and eating out every day of the week. On Saturdays they leave at 6 in the morning and don’t return until after five o’clock. I thought it crazy to keep that kind of life when he made good money; I am trying to figure out how he keeps it now that only his wife works.

Me and my wife occasionally try to save money by turning out all the lights, TV’s, and so forth and we play board games with our children. We built a simple campfire spot in the backyard and we go out there every once in a while and talk. We take walks and we visits friends – all these things we do build family bonds and surprise – don’t cost a single red cent.
Try it, you will be surprised.

3. Do it yourself
This one is a given isn't it. Usually when people get short on money, the wallet gets thin and your cash strapped - you automatically start to think - I can't afford to pay someone to mow my lawn, I guess I can do that myself?

This one will be short and sweet.

There are a lot of things we pay other people to do for us that we can do ourselves. We pay people to mow our lawn, wash our cars, and even watch our own children. I paid a man once $300 dollars to weld a crack in my shower head pipe, then seven months later I replaced the entire thing for less than $60 dollars – go figure. Not all of us are mechanically inclined or handy with tools – but there are a lot of things that we can do for ourselves that ready pay others to do. So, think of this: if you do not know how to fix it, do you have a family member or a friend that does? Get your children to mow the lawn and wash the car. Look around and check, if something comes up – before you call a professional, call your friends, family and ask them, can you help me out?

2. Pay off your debts
Sounds strange but part of saving money is also getting rid of your debt. Debt as in credit: credit cards, store credit, loans and so forth. My wife once took out a "payday loan", she borrowed three hundred dollars and being tight she paid it back in installment payments - she borrowed $300 and basically paid back in interest ….. - Wait for it ……. - $400 dollars.

Credit cards, loans - these kinds of debt carries with it compounded interest that builds up. So the best way to cut your expenses and save money is to cut down and pay off your debt. I suggest you start slow and with your lowest debt.
I learned to pay the minimum on my highest credit bills and take one small credit card or loan that had the smallest balance [ compared to the rest ] and put as much as I could toward paying that off. Then when that one is paid off you take the next one and add what you were putting towards the one you paid off [ ie. adding minimum and old credit card amount ] to quickly pay off this credit and so forth.
Ofcourse - the given should be that you do not create more or new debt. It profits you nothing if you pay off the card to go rack up another debt.

Side Note: Is debt bad?
Debt as in credit itself no is not bad. But there is a difference between good and bad credit - debt. Good debt is when you take a loan to start a business and that business pays for the loan and gives you a profit. Bad debt is: a credit card that you used to buy junk and stuff that you no longer even own [ something that does not pay for itself ].

1. Make more money
Make more money – I’m confused? I thought you said save money, not make money.
No matter how much we try to save and stretch our ever shrinking dollar, the only way we can get ahead is by, making extra money. One of the most important things about any budget or financial plan is to save. How can you save when more often than not you barely have a thin dime after your done paying all the bills? Plus, any good financial advisor is going to tell you to save money for retirement, unexpected financial emergencies and regular saving.

I don't know about you, but usually I have a lot of months that end in a zero balance leaving me nothing to save, and the only solution for that is, while cutting back on expenses I have to increase my income.

How? Well I leave that up to you: a second job, selling your ware n tares, whatever you can do. But, the goal is to save that extra cash not to spend it. It should not be a surprise to anyone that if you are short on cash you need to make more of it. The problem is that most people make extra cash to spend - so therefore remain in the same predicament they were in when they took that second job in order to make more money.

It was be nice to believe that all we had to do was cut our bills and expenses and we could save the rest. But the reality is we are more often than not so behind on our bills that we not only need to cut expenses but we need to make more income in order to just break even.

These are my 10 ways to cut down expenses and stretching your budget dollars. I hope you enjoyed it, are able to use and benefit from it, and if you have any tips of your own please feel free to share with us. I would be glad to hear from you.

Top ten camping campgrounds in florida

It is that time of year, Camping in March!

top 10 campgroung camp sitesI want to go back to my favorite campground site "Kelly Park" in Apopka Florida. I love the place, but after four years running of having our family camping trip at Kelly Park - my significant other wants to try someplace new. Why? Cause people are sick, why change what works?
But I have to give it to my significant other - doing some research, I have found some very interesting Campsites here in Florida. It does look tempting when I hear how some of these campsites have canoeing and even scuba diving [ always wanted to go scuba diving ].

I really feel bad that we are even considering not going to my favorite place, but the more I look the more I get that “Hhmm, interesting” feeling. Maybe it’s because we have gotten so close to not only the place but to some of the rangers there who see us and say hello like if we were long lost family. But I do admit, as I read about all the deferent things that can be done and enjoyed at these campground sites - I want to go visit these places.

But for now: read some of the info. I have on these interesting campground sites below:

Florida has lots of places to camp, but for families, these are some of the state's best spots.

1. Fort De Soto Park | Pinellas County

The county park has a 238-site, full-service campground that seems to have been created with families in mind. The amenities include picnic tables, grills, fresh water, electricity, washers, dryers, sanitary disposal stations, modern restrooms, showers, play areas and a camp store. The park has more than 7 miles of waterfront recreation, including two fishing piers, nature trails, paved bike trail and a canoe trail. Campsites range from $30 to $35 a night. Call (727) 582-2267.

cheap fun campground camp sites2. Oscar Scherer State Park| Venice

This is one of the best places in the state to see the elusive Florida scrub jay. Hike 15 miles of trails through the pine flatwoods or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle South Creek, a tannic stream that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Fish the creek or Lake Osprey, which is also open to swimming. Like most state parks, the full-service campground is clean and well-maintained. The park's nature center is a great place to introduce youngsters to the ecology of this unique area. Campsites are $22 a night. Call (941) 483-5956.

3. Myakka River State Park| Sarasota

It is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks, and as a result, there is no shortage of things to do. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through the heart of the 58-square-mile wilderness playground. Tour the lake on one of the world's largest airboats or take to the treetops on the canopy walkway. There's also excellent fishing, canoeing, kayaking, bike riding and bird-watching. The park has cabins and backcountry sites as well as a full-service family campground. Campsites are $22 a night. Call (941) 361-6511.

4. Lake Kissimmee State Park| Lake Wales

You will be taken back to a time when "cracker" cowboys ruled the Florida scrub land. No trip is complete without a visit to the park's 1876-era cow camp. Not much has changed since "cow hunters" ruled the prairie. You'll see white-tailed deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and wild turkeys. Anglers can catch bass on lakes Kissimmee, Tiger and Rosalie. There are also 13 miles of hiking trails, six of which are open to equestrians. The full-service campground is one of the best places in Florida for stargazing. Campsites are $17 a night. Call (863) 696-1112.

5. Anastasia State Park| St. Augustine

best campground camp siteThis park is a rare gem. The beach and surrounding wetlands have been preserved and look much the way they must have 500 years ago when the Spanish explorers first made landfall. Besides great surfing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, the park has an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to create the nearby Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest Spanish fortress in America. Explore the dunes and stunted oak hammocks via the nature trail or paddle Salt Run, a tidal salt marsh, in a canoe or kayak. Campsites are $23 a night. Call (904) 461-2033.

6. Tomoka State Park| Ormond Beach

This was once home to a thriving American Indian community. Visit the park's fish-filled lagoons and you will see the attraction. A water lover's paradise, Tomoka is also a great place to watch birds. Naturalists have identified more than 160 species. In the river, you can catch red drum, sheepshead, spotted sea trout, snook and tarpon. Visitors can also take a hike on the half-mile nature trail through a hardwood hammock that was once an indigo field for an 18th century British landowner. Campsites are $20. Call (386) 676-4050.

7. Blue Spring State Park| Orange City

The park has the largest spring on the St. Johns River. This area was once inhabited by American Indians, and in 1766, was home to botanist John Bartram. The spring's gin-clear 73-degree water is a haven for swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers and the West Indian manatee. The spring run provides a warm water refuge for these gentle sea cows during the winter months, and as a result, is closed from Nov. 15 through March 1. But visitors can still fish, boat and canoe the St. Johns. Camping is $20 a night. Call (386) 775-3663.

8. Silver River State Park | Ocala

The park is right next door to the Silver Springs and Wild Waters theme parks, home of the famous glass-bottom boat tours. You can spend your first day at this classic Florida tourist attraction and then head out on your own to paddle the Silver River. The state park also has a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center, which is open on weekends and holidays. You can also hike or ride one of the park's many nature trails. Camping is $21 a night. Call (352) 236-2121.

9. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park | Micanopy

Paynes Prairie Preserve is valued for not only its natural communities, but its history as well. In 1774, botanist John Bartram wrote a detailed description of this region and called it the "great Alachua Savannah." Park activities include hiking, bird-watching, fishing, picnicking and bicycling. Climb the 50-foot-high observation tower to see a wide array of wildlife, including alligators, bison and wild horses. You can also pick from eight trails for hiking, horseback riding and biking. Camping is $15 a night. Call (352) 466-3397.

10. Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park | New Port Richey

This park has more than 8,300 acres of forest, with bike, hiking and horse trails. The park, a joint venture of the Pasco County Parks Department and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, has a great, heavily wooded camping area. Stop by the Environmental Education Center and see artifacts from a 19th century "Cracker" homestead that was discovered, excavated and is now maintained by a local Boy Scout Explorer post. Camping is $10 a night. Call (727) 834-3247.

Monster Fish - Bluefin tuna giant fish.

Monster Fish - My goodness that can eat a small child!

I personally do not like fishing, sitting in a boat under the hot hot sun waiting for something to nibble on my hook. I tried it, did not like it, but maybe it was because I caught nothing that day.

I still think fishing is a bit boring [ no offense ] but it is. You spend most of your time just waiting [ could be why most fishermen drink – get drunk….. ]. But For some reason I still want to try it, maybe I just didn’t have the right experience, maybe it could be I wasn’t fishing for monster fish like bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen (about $746,797 Cdn / $747K US ) and 269-kilogram tuna.

Yeap, now that would be a fishing trip, hell that would be a trip of a life time. “Yeah buddy, there I was just me, the sea and this 5 foot blue fin fish. It shook the boat violently but I held on. It almost dragged me up and over the railing of my boat but I held steady. Yes, I showed that monster who was king of the sea…..”
But just in case you don’t believe in a monster fish the size of a large man read the story below.

monster fish bluefin tunaOfcourse with my luck I will catch nothing or get eaten by a giant shark. But looking at the stories of these huge fish - I may try fishing again.

Giant tuna caught in Tokyo fetches record $747K

monster fish bluefin tunaWinning bidder at auction heads sushi restaurant chain
This tuna caught in Japan is worth savoring: It cost about three-quarters of a million dollars.

A bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen (about $746,797 Cdn) on Thursday in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.

The price for the 269-kilogram tuna beat last year's record of 32.49 million yen (about $429,500 today).

The price translates to 210,000 yen per kilogram — also a record, said Yutaka Hasegawa, a Tsukiji market official.

Though the fish is undoubtedly high quality, the price has more to do with the celebratory atmosphere that surrounds the first auction of the year.
The winning bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., which operates the Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said he wanted to give Japan a boost after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

monster fish bluefin tuna

"Japan has been through a lot the last year due to the disaster," a beaming Kimura told AP Television News. "Japan needs to hang in there. So I tried hard myself and ended up buying the most expensive one."Kimura also said he wanted to keep the fish in Japan "rather than let it get taken overseas."

Last year's bid winners were Hong Kong entrepreneur Ricky Cheng, who runs the Hong Kong-based chain Itamae Sushi, and an upscale Japanese restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district.

This year's record tuna was caught off Oma, in Aomori prefecture and just north of the tsunami-battered coast.

'I can do nothing but smile'

monster fish bluefin tunaBluefin tuna is prized for its tender red meat. The best slices of fatty bluefin — called "o-toro" here — can sell for 2,000 yen (nearly $27) per piece at tony Tokyo sushi bars.

A Sushi-Zanmai shop in Tsujiki was selling fatty tuna sushi from the prized fish for 418 yen ($5.50) apiece Thursday.

"It's superb. I can do nothing but smile. I am very happy," said Kosuke Shimogawara, a 51-year-old customer, who pointed out that if sold at cost, each piece of sushi could cost as much as 8,000 yen ($106).

"It's unbelievable. President Kimura is so generous. I have to say thank you to him," he said.

Japanese eat 80 per cent of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught — the most sought-after by sushi lovers. Japanese fishermen, however, face growing calls for tighter fishing rules amid declining tuna stocks worldwide.

In November 2010, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas voted to cut the bluefin fishing quota in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean by about four per cent, from 13,500 to 12,900 tonnes annually. It also agreed on measures to try to improve enforcement of quotas on bluefin.

The decision was strongly criticized by environmental groups, which hoped to see bluefin fishing slashed or suspended.

See another monster fish, Alaska Halibut

Monster Fish - Alaska Halibut

Monster fish – Alaska Halibut

Ok, I said before that I didn’t like fishing. Tried it once and all I got was sun burn and a sore butt from sitting on my boat. Admittedly it was a small boat and I did not know what I was doing. But I always found fishing to be boring. My friend goes all the time and there are days he tells me he spends hours on the water only to come home empty handed.

alaska halibut monster fishThis fishing looks FUN!

Of course, these monster fish like the Alaska Halibut are nothing to sneeze at. Just looking at the pictures I can’t help but think: wow that must have been an exciting time. Imagine fighting with that thing and all you have is a pole and a string [ I know fishing rod but still].

The more I look at these stories the more I want to jump on a plain fly over to Alaska and catch me one of these monster fishes. Anyone have some extra money they can lend me – I’ll give you the fish I just want the pictures and the story of a life time.

alaska halibut monster fish

monster fish alaska halibut yuthink

So far here are some tips I picked up... Always have to bring me down with the technical stuff...

Monster Alaska Fish
Going Alaska Halibut fishing can be the highlight of any avid fisherman’s trip. These fish will give anyone a challenge to first bait them and then bring them onboard. You will find them in rich abundance along the coastal plains of the state. If you like sport fishing for halibut, follow these tips:

#1 Tackle.
Stout tackle is preferred for these large, strong fish. Most sport anglers use a heavy-action 5-6 foot rod equipped with a reel capable of holding up to 300 yards of 60-100 pound test line.

The most popular method uses circle hooks baited with herring, fished on the bottom with cannonball weights up to 36 oz. on a slider. You can also use only the head, tail, fins, or viscera of sport-caught salmon as bait. Lead-head jigs and other artificial lures are also effective for halibut, but baited circle hooks are recommended to minimize injury and mortality of small released fish.

Halibut that are small enough to be lifted aboard can be gaffed. Avoid using a gaff with a straight hook. Stick the gaff in the fish behind the gills and above the gut cavity and pull the fish into the boat in a continuous motion. Be ready to subdue the fish with several good whacks above the eyes and bleed it by cutting a few gill arches, the caudal peduncle (narrow part in fron of the tail), or both. Never gaff a halibut you intend to release.

Very large halibut can be shot in the brain with a .22 caliber pistol or small shotgun, but make sure you have control of the fish before doing this. The brain is located just behind (toward the tail) the upper eye. Large halibut can also be harpooned or stuck with a shark hook attached to a bullet buoy. The harpoon head must penetrate the fish completely in order to hold reliably. Large halibut can also be subdued without bringing them aboard by tying them to boat cleats with a tail loop and another loop of rope through the mouth and gills. The fish can then be bled outside the boat.

#2 When to Fish.
Success rates vary widely from vessel to vessel and from day to day, but good catches are made from mid-May through mid-September throughout Alaska.
Many believe the best Alaska halibut fishing is just before, during, and after high slack tide. This is the easiest time to keep your tackle on or near the bottom. Use modern, small diameter lines to minimize stretch and drag when fishing deep or in heavy currents.

#3 Halibut Charters.
Charter anglers, on average, have higher success rates than unguided anglers. Charter boats are available throughout the state. Although ADF&G cannot recommend a particular charter, charter boat associations and local chambers of commerce maintain lists of charter boats. You can also search the Internet for individual businesses.

Full-day trips are the norm, but many operations offer half-day trips at a reduced rate. Bait, tackle, and lunch are generally provided. Processing and shipping of your catch is based on weight, and is sometimes arranged by the charter operator.
You should always be prepared for a cool, damp day on the water. Wear layers of good outdoor materials such as wool or fleece. Bring rain gear or a waterproof shell for rain and spray. Long underwear, light gloves, and rubber boots or shoes are a good idea also.

#4 Regulations.
Most anglers 16-59 years old must have a current year’s Alaska sport fishing license. There are two exceptions for Alaska residents:
Alaska resident anglers 60 and older must have a free ADF&G Permanent ID Card.
Alaska resident disabled veterans (50% or greater) must have a free ADF&G Disabled Veteran’s Permanent ID Card.
Resident and non-resident anglers younger than 16 do not need a sport fishing license.
The open season for Alaska halibut fishing is February 1-December 31.
To learn more about Alaska halibut fishing and fishing in Alaska, get it now here

Read bout thegiant Bluefin Tuna that sold for Thousands : Monster fish bluefin tuna

Worst Magic trick ever - but funny

Ever been at work and been so bored that you started looking for anything online to pass the time? Wait, what am I saying - that has to be 90 percent of all the work force in America.
So there I was in the Mall Kiosk, late at night and not a single sole except the mall emplyees - who were roaming from store to store talking to each other... UMmmm .. why didn't anyone of them talk to me? Well, that's a defferent story.

So back to my story.. I was bored, had no one to talk to [ darn mall employess... hate them... ] and I decided to go online. Not facebook, you need friends in order to enjoy facebook. I post a comment and I am lucky to get a response from anyone in say three to tweenty four hours. Didn't have the time to wait, that is if I even get a response. So I did a Google search for funny jokes - this is one of the ones I really liked... Enjoy.

Today is a better tomorrow: encouraging words

Encouraging words for you and me.

When you have kids, or when you think about your own life: it sometimes becomes overwhelming - thinking about tomorrow. Be tomorrow the next day or the far off future, it's hard to see what you want to come about .... especially if you don't have a plan.
Because tomorrow and the future seem so far away we tend to look at it in terms of "it will never come" or "I can wait because I have time". Which is a mistake.

Take it from a dad who had all these plans for his daughter only fourteen years ago. I thought of college,a car, savings, and so many things.... now fourteen years later I realized I am not financially prepared to pay for her college, she wants to learn how to drive and i am not even sure I can get her a car? I know, no one can predict the future - who knew the recession would come, the real estate bubble, and all the rest. But I didn't get prepared, 14 years is a long time and even if I would have just put $100 dollars a month, I would be alot closer to my goal than I am today.

I tell my children that their children and they only think of having fun and rarely think about tomorrow much less the future. And yes, I want my kids to be kids. I want them to enjoy thier childhood - but I also want them to know that while they are young and have all this free time - remember that school and other things they do are preparing for them a better tomorrow, and brighter future, a greater opportunity to achieve what ever dreams they have. Today is how you make tomorrow.

Sadly enough I have to now scrabble and wonder how I am going to pay for my daughters’ college in 3 small years. Hopefully I wont make the same mistake with my seven year old son.

But the video, I hope you use to encourage yourself in what you are facing in your life. No matter what troubles you may be in... if you work today, you can have a better tomorrow.


Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.

A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.

Learn the past, watch the present, and create the future.

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.

If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men. -Chinese Proverb

Please leave me a comment about dreams or goals you've missed or fell short on?
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