Remembering my mom…

June 9, 2008 1 comment
Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.  – Harriet Beecher Stowe

I wanted to share my day today.  It is June 8th.  3 years ago today I lost my mom.  It is not an easy day but with God’s help and a great family we get through it.  It is also one of those days where you can really see God in the details.


It started at church today when half way through worship we sang Blessed Be Your Name.  This was my song while my mom was battling cancer.  I heard it on the first day of her ordeal and almost anytime I was driving to the hospital I would turn on my radio and there it was again.  The song made me tear up but the words also kept me focused on how great God is regardless of what may be happening to us while we are here on earth.  Needless to say it brought a lot of emotion to me this morning in church. 


Of course we made a special stop to get ice cream on the way home from church.  Right before the first year anniversary of losing my mom, her sister (my aunt) sent me ten dollars and said to make sure I stop what I am doing and eat ice cream on June 8th.  I am not sure I would have thought about it but now every year it is a tradition.  My mom loved ice cream.  The last thing we had together was a drum stick.  As long as it was not chocolate chip mint then it was good ice-cream.


Almost home I saw a garage sale sign and made a hard right.  Another thing mom loved was garage sales.  We hopped out and looked around.  There was nothing really of interest there.  Some picture frames, a couple plates.  I know dad would have liked the ham radio antennas.  Right before leaving Abbe got all excited as she saw a big box of beads.  Right on top of the box was a bead counter.  One of those molded plastic things you lay out your design out in and get organized with.  That was the only thing that was left in Arizona when mom brought all of her beads up and gave them to Abbe.  That was the best 50 cents I had spent all week.  I did not even try to get it cheaper.  I should have offered a nickel because I know mom would have.  We got in the car and Trish noted that it was pretty interesting how we stopped at a single garage sale and Abbe got the one bead thing she had been wanting from her Grandma Weezy.


I will finish this message with a prayer my mom asked me to post on her website on May 11th 2005. 

I would like to share this prayer with all the friends and family who look at this site:

Hello God,
I called tonight
To talk a little while
I need a friend who’ll listen
To my anxiety and trial.
You see, I can’t quite make it
Through a day just on my own…
I need your love to guide me,
So I’ll never feel alone.
I want to ask you please to keep
My family safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence For whatever fate they’re bound.
Give me faith, dear God, to face
Each hour throughout the day,
And not to worry over things
I can’t change in any way.
I thank you God for being home
And listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice
When I stumble and fall.
Your number, God, is the only one
That answers every time.
I never get a busy signal,
Never had to pay a dime.!!
So thank you, God, for listening
To my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God, I love you too,
And I’ll call again tomorrow!!!



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Twisted Trees

May 25, 2008 Leave a comment
Being a barber is about taking care of the people.Anthony Hamilton
The category "Tales from the Barber Chair" is where I can share wisdom of the ages handed down through Blank history.  Primarily from Melvin A. Blank Jr. (a.k.a JB – my dad).
Alex Wright first coined the term "Tales from the Barber Chair" as I would often tell stories of my Dad at work.
Stay tuned for the complete history and knowledge of "The Blank’s" as told by my dad, JB.
For today enjoy a song that is about Dads and Grandpas and sounds like something you may hear my dad sing… (for better or worse…)  🙂

Failure x 2 – You be the judge…

May 3, 2008 Leave a comment
If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead & rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.
                        –  Benjammin Franklin
Ben may say I have failed at both options… but based on his poetic talent I would say he should stick with flying kites! 

Jeeps, Geocaching, & Rock Band!
(… & BitStrips & Spaces & Blogging & Feedburner to Twitter…)

Rock Ban Man
1st Place Costume
Rock Band Morale Event

Addiction Reference


Categories: High Speed, Low Drag

Livin’ on the Edge

April 14, 2008 Leave a comment
I’m off to sit on a cliff. – Nik Kershaw
I don’t normally grab an internet story and post it but this is definately worth sharing…


Look at the picture above and you can see where this guy broke through the guardrail
On the right side where the people are standing on the road (pointing). 
The pick-up was traveling from right to left when it crashed through the guardrail. 
It flipped end-over-end, across the culvert outlet, and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert,
facing the opposite direction from which he was traveling.
Now look at the 2nd picture below…

That is insane!

Snopes validates it and has a couple other pictures.

Categories: High Speed, Low Drag

If binary nats were treated like flies

April 7, 2008 Leave a comment
I’m like a Dilbert cartoon. – David Spade

David and I have a lot in common I guess…  See TeamBlank’s creations.

Terminology –

A bit is a binary digit, taking a value of either 0 or 1. For example, the number 10010111 is 8 bits long, or in most cases, one modern PC byte. Binary digits are a basic unit of information storage and communication in digital computing and digital information theory. Information theory also often uses the natural digit, called either a nit or a nat. Quantum computing also uses qubits, a single piece of information with a probability of being true.

The bit is also a unit of measurement, the information capacity of one binary digit. It has the symbol bit, or b (see discussion below). The unit is also known as the shannon, with symbol Sh.

Enter BitStrips


Bit Strips
My local stored image

The embedded Bitstrips player

Once again I have found a site on the web that will probably consume more of my time than it should.

A comic strip creation site that lets you create characters, emotion, stories, and just about anything you need to express yourself.

Fun stuff!

Categories: Gadget Factor

The 1st Wind Warning

April 1, 2008 Leave a comment
And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.Roy Bean
The weather these last few days have been crazy.  End of March with 3 days of snow sticking around.  Last night I had a bolt of thunder go off right above my head on the drive home.  It was earth shattering.  24 hours later my ears still feel like they are full of water.  WHAT?
Today the ground reacted to all that crazy weather.  Northwest trees do not like unplanned wind and saturated ground.
What started off as a decent day ended flat… 

Jeep AFter Tree




First Comic

Find GeoBlank on



Categories: Jeepin

Dragons 2.0

March 30, 2008 Leave a comment
I coach my daughter’s softball and basketball team. We go to all the school functions. We go out to eat at night and take the kids to the movies. We try to be as normal as we can.Tim McGraw
The new season is upon us! 
Under the watchful eye of coach Dave…

Coach Dave

…we enter our third year of softball, the second as "The Dragons".  Like all packaged products, the second major release has promise of having the kinks worked out, new features added, and a few buggy ones removed.  (Dohhhh)

Number 10

The team is looking pretty good this year.  As a father of number 10 of course I am biased but as part of the coaching staff I can say that the Dragons are looking good and it is going to be a very good season.
Yesterday we played at the Jamboree.  Final score 5-8.  The Tornadoes came back at the bottom of the last inning.  For the first official game on the field I think we played pretty good.
Play Ball!

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