All My Friends Jumped Off the Bridge

30 07 2006

I’ve never been too good with peer pressure (which may explain why I ended up with the phrase “Thanks for the Memories” tattooed on my rear end), so with wreckless abandon here I go off another bridge that apparently all my friends are waiting at the bottom of.

1. FIRST NAME?
Nick (short for Nichard)

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Nikolai Volkov
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Every time the White House holds a press conference

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Is that something I’m supposed to like?
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Turkey ‘fo shizzle

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Probably not.

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Isn’t that what this is?

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? If I don’t someone has some ‘splainin’ to do
9. Question #9 has gone off to fight the war in Iraq even though he didn’t want to, and doesn’t think we should be there. He joined the National Guard to make some extra money to buy all the little number 9’s a new tree house, but now he’s over in the desert being hot and missing Mrs. 9.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Lucky Charms

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Nope
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? If this question was “Do you think you are string?” I would definitely have to say “NO”!!

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Not a fair question…I would need at least a “Top Twenty” for this one.

14. SHOE SIZE? 9.5 -10 (same as Mary’s…that’s kind of weird)

15. RED OR PINK? Awww Mom, Do I have to?

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My lack of future social security benefits
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? President Bartlett

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? I’m not going to lose any sleep if they don’t…in fact it would probably just clog my inbox.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? N/A
20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Lemon Pepper Shrimp in bowtie pasta (that I made, thank you very much)

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The washing machine
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? plaid
23. FAVORITE SMELL? ice cream
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? General Mitch Williams
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? if they have a head
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Technically this wasn’t sent to me, I was harrassed into by Mrs. M. and she’s pretty alright! 😉

27. FAVORITE DRINK? Mixed: bourbon and coke; otherwise Beer (anything draught); Mt. Dew during work hours
28. FAVORITE SPORT? Ring and Run

29. EYE COLOR? plaid

30. HAT SIZE? 7 1/8 (you know what they say about people with small hat sizes…they need smaller hats)

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? no but I should I’m starting to go blind in my old age (shut it Marlowe)
32. FAVORITE FOOD? ice cream (haven’t we covered this already?)

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? Happy Endings?….that’s just gross, you people are a bunch of sickos

34. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? N/A
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? for what?
36. HUGS OR KISSES? kisses, but don’t discount the awesomeness of the white chocolate in a hug

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? ICE CREAM
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? No one

39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Archduke Francis Ferdinand

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector

41.WHATS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? only dorks use mousepads

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Syriana…gotta watch it again, I think I missed something and it sort of doesn’t make sense yet

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Thunderstorms

44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? Rolling Stones
45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Spain

46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? My wife told me I’m not allowed to say 😉

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? I was jettisoned from my home planet of Krypton as it was exploding killing my birth father Marlon Brando, I was raised in Smallville, Kansas by Bo Duke & his Old Lady

48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Again with the “who sent this to you?” No one did…Laura told me if I didn’t do it I’d have to go to bed without supper. 😦

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Wives Say The Darnedest Things

27 07 2006

So today I am at work when my cellphone rings, and it is of course the ravishing Mrs. M, so I take the call (as I am prone to do). Our conversation goes as follows:

me: Hey love, what’s up?

her: Hey. I need to ask you a question and I need you to be 100% completely honest with me.

me: Ok.

her: Do you think that because I slept until 10:00 a.m., and then got up and spent some time on the computer, and now am getting ready to leave to go have lunch with my mom that it is somehow causing Ali to be mentally underdeveloped?

me: ……(akward pause)

her: Hello?

me: (riotous laughter)…You really do ask me the funniest questions sometimes

her: Seriously, I need to know.

me: I promise everything is fine, let me remind you of three important words…”She’s A Dog”

General Mitch Williams…pssssssh…you think you have good phone calls at work! 🙂





She’s Baaaaaacck!!

27 07 2006

That’s right folks. Mrs. M is back from self-imposed blog exile. Be sure to check her out here, and check in on her as she keeps us updated on all that is going on (i.e. the silly things I’ve done this week or the cute stuff the dog does).





Some Updates

25 07 2006

Just a few things to whet your blog reading appetite while I seek out some deeper inspiration for future blogs (i.e. when I have some free time to sit down and think about stuff–probably about 40 years from now).

-Summer semester is almost over. I’ve got final exams next week, and all I know is that I really enjoy being in school (ok, so I know some other stuff, but it would bore you if I talked about it here). I like the learning part (obviously a sign I’m getting old). I also really like what I am studying, this government thing might just be for me.

-It’s strange to me to observe (and I think I’ve written about this before) the patterns people take in their lives and how the importance of church attendance play into those patterns. Here in “Millville” attendance is always way down during the summer (understandable due to family vacations, etc…), but after VBS is over this place is a ghost town until the first week of school. I know people want to have a break, but are we really taxing people out so much at church that they need a time out? Sure those that volunteer get tired, but they are the ones that still show up in the summer. I’m ready for school to start and to bring some semblance of order back into the lives of the teenagers especially.

-It is wrong (wrong I say) that I can take my car to the shop to get fixed and spend more on labor than I do on the actual parts to fix the car. Especially when it was done an hour after I took it in.

-You wanna hear something even more wrong than that? Churches in the state of Alabama are NOT TAX EXEMPT! Let me repeat that in case you missed something. Churches in the state of Alabama are NOT TAX EXEMPT Due to the mistreatment of the “not for profit tax exemption program” churches are not allowed to buy things tax exempt. That’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

-I miss fall. I’m ready for the kind of weather where you can wear a long sleeved t-shirt and a pair of shorts and be comfortable. That’s the kind of weather that you (and by you I guess I mean me) want to sit outside and drink coffee while smoking a cigar and playing Scrabble or doing the crossword puzzle. Hopefully those days will be here soon!





In Memoriam

20 07 2006

(As written in the local paper) 

Clyde Edward Campbell, 78, of Bowen (Illinois), passed away at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2006 at his home with his family near him.

Clyde was born February 27, 1928 in Oswego, Kansas the son of Clyde and Daisy (Landrith) Campbell. On November 3, 1945 he was united in marriage to his best friend, Ruby Nadean Smith in Columbus, Kansas. Clyde was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Bowen American Legion. He was also a member of the Bowen United Methodist Church and is a retired volunteer fireman for the Bowen fire department. Clyde drove a petroleum truck for the Hancock Service Company for over 30 years, retiring on March 1, 1988. Clyde enjoyed woodworking and working in the flower garden. He especially enjoyed having his kids and grandkids close.

Clyde is survived by his wife, Ruby, of Bowen; 5 children, Steve (Donna) Campbell of Bowen; Patrick (Lisa Miller) Campbell of Bowen; Patricia Lynn (Kent) Bacon of Smyrna, Delaware; Yvonne (Daniel) Mielke of Selma, Alabama; and David (Kim) Campbell of Bowen; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Everett (June) Campbeel of Hoyt, Kansas and Jimmy Lee (Barbara) Campbell of Parsons, Kansas; and one sister Letha Mae Kilgore of Windsor, Missouri.

He was preceeded in death by his parents; two sisters; and a grandson, Patrick Mielke.





Traveling Mercies

15 07 2006

Hey everyone. I have enjoyed reading all the blogs about marriage over the last week and I don’t know if I have a lot of original thought (beyond what has been said by all you brilliant people out there), but I do have a question. When do people stop asking: So, how’s married life? I mean it’s one thing if I haven’t seen or talked to you in a year or so, but I get that question EVERY Sunday (I don’t know if maybe they expect that something has changed since the week before or what) from people at church. It’s nice that they want to appear that they care, but most of the time my thought process is “oh, you don’t know what else to say to me so that is your go-to-phrase”. Just kind of silly I know.Please be keeping my family in your prayers over the next week. My grandfather passed away last night aftera long battle with cancer and we are all traveling to Illinois to be with the rest of our family for the memorial service. I’ll have some more to blog about when I get back. After all what good is a new blog if you don’t use it?

(for Lane and Valerie)

This blog is brought to you by: “I’m not in on the joke that I assume is in reference to the Prairie Home Companion movie that I am going to see at the Capri next week”…Coming soon to a theatre near you! 🙂





On Change

13 07 2006

I like change. I always have. I was talking to a friend recently who was struggling with whether or not to make a certain BIG change (job, location, etc…) the part of me that likes change and adventure said go for it, the other part of me (that has apparently creeped in while I was busy getting older) thought rationally about it and eventually advised him to stay where he is. I think it’s the right decision and I am very excited for him.

I do like change and as such I have decided to change my blog (yes again) and this time I followed the example of those smart people who have come before me and I have decided to use WordPress. I like it and I might stick with it for a while. You’ll just have to watch and see.