June 04, 2007 - Msg 53058: Millie - I can send you a couple more CDs if you want. Just let me know. Mitch McVicker and Rich Mullins were in a jeep accident together. Rich did not survive but his music does. Mitch still does concerts around the country.

The Lord answered my prayers but not the way I wanted. It is okay though - humility is good for the soul.


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53059: Looks like I swept - Asa, could you get the dust bunnies for me?


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53060: Aw, he's probably busy eating something, somewhere. I'll get them for you, HM. Whenever I get an answer from Him that I wasn't expecting or didn't necessarily want, I think of that Garth Brooks song "Unanswered Prayers." Actually, the point of the song is not that a prayer was answered, but the answer was "no." Anyway, it lifts my spirits that God knows what's right for us and it will turn out for the best, if not sooner than later. Have a great day!


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53061: To Boo, feel free to keep on posting here when you need to talk to someone. Allow your period of grief to take its natural course.
I'm surprised that after viewing many television documentaries about WW2 and the Holocaust, I never heard of Corrie Ten Boom or her book "The Hiding Place". After a little internet searching, I discovered that "Rabbi Daniel Lapin has commented with regret on how little Corrie ten Boom is known among American Jews, and also how she has been ignored in the U.S. by the Holocaust Memorial Museum." Boo stated that Corrie could not lie when the Germans came looking for Jews. But one internet source states "the Jews they had been hiding at the time of their arrests had been hidden so well that they remained undiscovered and all except one survived the Occupation." I was also surprised to learn that Corrie was mistakenly released from a concentration camp in 1944 due to a clerical error.
I believe that if she (through her family) accepted the responsiblity to shelter and hide Jews, then betraying that trust is inexcusable. If she (through her family) promised the Jews safety through concealment, then answering the German's questions truthfully meant she lied to the Jews. See the contradiction? If she really felt guilty by lying, she could have just refused to answer any questions.

To Millie, too bad I missed you over at Sarah's last night. I arrived at 12:15am eastern time.

To Me-They, you bring up some interesting points about the Bible. What Christians "feel" is right is the reason why we have over 50 versions of the Christian Bible in existance today. Just as you mentioned, trying to determine what is or is not "God's plan" is beyond our capabilities. But because of God's gift of "free will", it can be hard to accept that we are following a plan. But until we come face to face with God, we have only the ancient writings of man (influenced by human faults) to guide us along with our own faith and beliefs.

from Poor Horatio

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53062: Good morning, all. Me-They, I agree, the scripture is not open to loose personal interpretation. I can't twist it to make it say what I want it to say, that's for sure. Certainly when God says "do not", He means it. I do think, however, that we must be very sure what He's telling us not to do. To "bear false witness against thy neighbor" is a very different thing, compared to lying to a vicious person who is bent on harming someone else. That's why I said we need to define "bearing false witness". It's very true that any given scripture may mean something to you one day, and something else the next, and something else again to me. That's how God meets us all at our point of need - He opens our eyes to a spiritual truth just when we need it most. That's not to say the meaning is being twisted by the individual, just that God is revealing layers as needed.

As for Corrie working within God's plan, who is to say that she didn't actually thwart God's plan at that moment? Maybe He put her there to help those people, and she didn't, in the belief that to lie at that moment would be sin. (That kind of if-in' will run if you give it its head.) Truly, it is a difficult question. I think I mentioned this once a long time ago, but here goes again.

Picture this: An intruder comes into my home and shoots me, thinking he has killed me. He then proceeds toward another room where another person is sleeping, intending to kill them too. I find my own gun, and have a clear shot at the intruder. Do I fire? Has God allowed me to find my gun in order to protect the other person? Would I be working within His plan, or would it be a sinful murder? In the time-honored words from many a movie, I think I'd "shoot first and ask questions later". Given the opportunity to protect an innocent person, I'd do it.

Mercy! What a moulage we have stumbled into, and a particularly sticky one at that. --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53063: Yep, I can think of a few prayers that I am really God answered with a "no".

I am loving this conversation about lying. It's so good to verbally hash through things like this. It can make us think "outside the box". I keep thinking about when Jesus told the Pharisees that they were keeping the letter of the law but not the heart of the law. "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath", etc. But, I feel alot like Me-They. Whether it was God's plan for things to happen the way they did with Corrie, I don't know but I know she was able to bring God's word and light to a place so dark that there was no hope. God can certainly work all things for good.

Thanks for the kind words. I know that grief is a process and it shouldn't be avoided. I will always miss Karen but the pain will lessen in time and I will have so many wonderful memories. By the way, Ro, Karen's kids are in Orlando today visiting Disney World. They should be home on the weekend. I hope they are having a great time and can get their minds off things for awhile.

Better go, I've got 3 adolescent boys camped out in the living room and I need to get them out of bed and cleaning up after themselves...


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53064: Thanks, HORATIO, and I agree with the difficulty of submiting our own will to His. It's not something that somes easy, that's for sure.

Regarding your scenario, ROMEENA, I wouldn't have a problem with firing either. In my own rationalization, though, I may be killing but certainly not comitting murder, which is a sin. After all, at times God told the Isrealites to kill in battle and to use capital punishment in some cases, and God never, ever commands people to sin or sins Himself. So obviously when He says "do not murder" it does not mean killing in self-defense or just punishment.

As far as Corrie ten Boom's actions, I know a little bit--mostly what I've read or saw a long time ago--but it seems we may be having a bigger problem with what she did then the people she was trying to protect: she has been honored many times by Jewish groups and the government of Isreal. And I still stand by my belief that she the more difficult thing (for her). Think about it, if she had lied she might have gotten away with it, no problem. But telling the truth got her arrested and sent to a concentration camp as well. If not for Providence, she would have died there. Obviously, not the "easy way out." And, I would point out, that I believe all but one or two of the individuals she was hiding lived through the war. I'm not sure what happened to the ones that did die, but it sounds to me like God had the situation in hand. About her betraying the trust of those she was hiding, I imagine that the decison to hide (and be hidden) was done in great haste, with little pre-agreement or understanding. And they did successfully hide Jews for several years before the fateful end. Anyway, that's my thoughts on it, good, bad, or ugly!

"Wanna ask me what kind of a time I had last night?--ROTTEN!"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53065: Hey there, Poor Horatio. I didn't see you sitting there. I agree, there are an amazing number of "versions" of the Bible today. I think one must be very careful in choosing a favorite, but we must also keep in mind that the King James, the "real" Bible in the minds of a lot of people, is itself a translation. We would not be able to read the original texts, even if they still existed, which most probably do not. I'm certainly no scholar in this area, but it's my understanding that there were copies made of copies of copies, and so on. We must stand on faith that the copies were true. That faith is based on God's assertion that He will preserve His word to us.

When choosing my own Bible, to carry to church, to study, and for most purposes, I chose the New International Version, because it's a new translation, not a paraphrase. Many years were spent by many learned people, reading the same texts (or true copies) that were used by the King James translators, and making a new translation into today's English. For just reading for a quiet communion with God, I always choose the King James. The language, while archaic, is beautiful and makes my heart sing.

A paraphrase bothers me a tiny bit, because it's a translation of a translation. Copy of a copy is a very different thing. Each time someone "translates" a text, there is room for personal interpretation. A faithful, letter-for-letter copy should be safe, it just transfers old, crumbling texts into a fresh, new medium that will survive longer.

Perhaps I'm over-simplifying here, and in the end, it all comes down to this - we must have faith, and trust in God to reveal His truths to us by whatever means He chooses to employ. Sometimes, it just comes as that still, small voice within our own heart. --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53066: I should have explained myself a bit better in my last post: I meant to say that the letter of the law would be following the law to perfection (impossible, of course) and the heart of the law is love; love for God and love for man. The Lord said if we love God and man, then THAT is the law perfected. Live by love. I might even love the intruder but the more just thing would shoot him before he killed someone else (my opinion). Clear as mud?


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53067: BOO: You callin' me a Pharisee? Well, as long as I'm not dry as dust. ;)


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53068: And I like playing in the mud.


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53069: Oh man, I sound like a Birkenstock wearing, nuts-n-berries eating tree-hugger.


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53070: No open-toed shoes! Yuck!


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53071: Me-They, it has been many, many years since I read "The Hiding Place", and therefore I really shouldn't even be venturing opinions. I may not have all of my facts straight. If it's true that Corrie's truth-telling didn't lead to the deaths of the hidden people, but did land her in a camp, then one can see God's hand there. It put her where He wanted her to be, to bring hope and light into a very dark place. I wouldn't begin to argue with that.

The truth is, we will never really know and understand God's ways and intents and purposes completely until we find ourselves in His presence, at which time everything will be revealed, there will be no more mysteries. Oh my! What a time that will be! --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53072: One of the first things I'm going to do is ask Him why on earth He made mosquitoes!! --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53073: Hahaha! I wish you could all see what I'm seeing right now. There are six squirrels in my yard, and the antics are hilarious, but one is really making me laugh. He's inside a thick shrub, I can't imagine why, and his tail is sticking out of the top, just waving and swishing around like mad. Can't see any part of the squirrel except his tail! It looks so funny! And here comes papa cardinal, just a bright red splash out there, as he visits the sunflower seeds. You want cardinals? Put out sunflower seeds. --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53074: ME-THEY, if the phylactery fits, wear it. (just kidding, of course).

It's been a long time since I read The Hiding Place, too, but I do remember that she had to make a choice about whether to tell the truth. I don't recall what happened to the people they were hiding but I do remember that her father, brother and sister all died in the camps.

Mosquitoes are a very important and pesky part of the food chain.


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53075: Well, could He not have made them nectar-feeders or something, instead of blood-suckers? --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53076: By the way, what is the JFK thing about that was mentioned earlier?


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53077: The food chain is a very delicate thing....(hand me my Birkenstocks....)


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53078: Pharisee - reminds me of a song

I don't want to be a Saducee (Repeated several times)
Because Saducees are sad, you see -

Don't want to be a Pharisee
Because Pharisees aren't Fair, You see

Can't remember it all but thought it was great!

Oh well - take care -


PS Mosquitoes are to remind us of how pleasant life is when there aren't mosquitoes!

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53079: Oh no - Birkenstocks and Boo . . .


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53080: Actually, my late husband may have had the right answer. He said God made mosquitoes to keep us humble, to keep us from feeling too important or powerful. I'll bet even King Solomon spent a sleepless night or two, battling a tiny enemy that hummed in his ear and bit him when he least expected it. --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53081: I'm on record as being against mosquitos. And open-toed shoes.

You're right, ROMEENA.

BOO: We are talking about the recently uncovered plot to blow up JFK airport. By peace-loving people, no doubt. By the way, stop using those college words!

"Wanna buy a ship in a bottle?"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53082: ROMEENA:About mosquitos and about what a time that will be.


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53083: Good Morning:

The state bird of Louisiana. The MOSQUITO.

The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53084: Romeena: I know you like Babe's fried chicken. What is your favorite BBQ in the Metroplex?

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53085: Hmmm. Good question, Dud. Actually, I like Spring Creek about as well as any. I wish I knew some wonderful little hole-in-the-wall place, but I don't. I'm sure there are many, and there was one that my husband used to take me to, but I couldn't find it, not even sure it's still there. It was out east of Dallas somewhere. BBQ "joints" are not a place that someone like me would frequent unescorted, and unfortunately, places like that are usually where you find the best BBQ. How about you? Do you have a favorite? --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53086: Romeena: Everybody in Dallas & the food critics say Sonny Bryan's. I say no, not bad but not the best...I frequent Spring Creek BBQ the most. My daughter and her mother love it and my mother enjoys it also...Their lunch special is a great deal.

Marshall's BBQ has 3 different kinds of sauce. To a diabetic like me most sauces are loaded and taste like a sugar desert...Marshall's has a BBQ sauce that is hot and hardly has any sugar in it. If voting with my dollars count, it is Spring Creek.

The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53087: To all you Texas people (you know who you are): When I used to visit Plano/Dallas each summer my aunt used to take me to a chain called Houston's for ribs. Gosh, they made good ribs. I have been waiting for years for that chain to expand to my neck of the woods. Are they still around?

Can you tell it's lunch?


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53088: Gotcha covered there, Me-they....luch catered from Bogart's. Your choice: NC style bbq sandwich with or without slaw on it, a reuben(or a turkey reuben for you health nuts) or a Sailor Sandwich.....served with potato salad or pasta salad and Cokes or pink lemonade to drink. Eat up!
(Having yet ANOTHER good day!)

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53089: My favorite BBQ place is Heinz' BBQ in Wharton, Texas (just south of Houston), right on the highway. In my opinion they have the best of everything...meat and side dishes. Yum! It's a modest, family-owned place and boy, I like it. We always stop there for dinner on our way home from Sean's dr's appointments in Houston.

Bruce and I are trying to plan a little weekend getaway (we sure need it) and I am thinking about going to Fredricksburg again...maybe Gruene this time. Have you been to Gruene, Romeena? We have decided to take the kids camping in June to a great church camp near Kerville. It's a great place for kids but we will be staying in screened cabins (no air conditioning)...guess I'll spend most of my time in the Guadalupe river. I may be sleeping in wet sheets at night, like MDC's relatives...


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53090: Me-They:

Houston's is still around. The one by my place in Dallas is always full and you have to wait for a table. Their wait staff makes a killing in Tips. They have expanded some in Texas but I am not sure about other states.
The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53091: Me-They: Googled Houston's restaurant and it shows that they have expanded quite a bit..Even 4 locations in NEW YORK!
The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53092: Thanks, DUD. They did/do have yummy ribs. Worth the wait, I expect. Happy customers leave big tips. I waited tables for 10 years, so I know first-hand.

BOO: How about a corner room at the Y? Of course, to get the breakfast special you have to get up at 4:00 a.m.

MILLIE: Great! One day at a time. I have a question: when I Googled Bogart's (because I forgot the site address), another restaurant by teh same name came up at another address in Richmond. Are you affiliated with it, too? Anyway, that reuben sounds great, only can I get kraut instead of slaw? As you may remember, mayo is not at the top of my list. Along with mosquitos and open-toed shoes.

The family is going to Chincoteague for a week next Sunday. Maybe we could take a detour grab one of those reubens!


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53093: APB for CHARLOTTE, STERLING, SPOT, BIG MAUDE, IDELLE, and a bunch of others.


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53094: I've never visited Houston's, so can't comment. We Irving folk don't get to the Plano area often, at least I don't. I agree on Sonny Bryan's - overrated, in my opinion. It's okay, I'd eat there if I couldn't find a Spring Creek, but since there's one just up the road....

No, Boo, I've never spent any time in Gruene. I've driven through, that's about all. I hear it's charming, like a smaller version of Fredbg.

Oh, how I envy you - tubing on the Guadalupe. My preference is the Frio, but it has been pretty much overrun by a pretty rough crowd every summer, just not the family place it used to be. I wonder how the Guadalupe is faring in that respect?

Well, I'm off to meet some friends for lunch. Olive Garden, I guess, though Spring Creek sounds pretty good, too. One friend asked for Olive Garden, so guess we'll go there. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53095: Hey me-they, the reuben is made with kraut(unless you ask for different) and eat all you want.
There are 2 Bogart's in Richmond, but we're not really afflilated much anymore. It's like this, the owner I bought from opened the one down there(in town) first and sold it about 15 years ago. They changed up the menu a bit. Now, the food is not as good, but they have a cool jazz club in the back. Come to MY Bogart's for the food, go there for music. BTW, my website is at bogartsincorporated.com.......there's a partial menu posted there, too. But right now the best special is the fresh softshell crabs. And I'm making lemon merengue pies today, so I'll make extra for the porch....line up!

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53096: Romeena: The Houston's in my area is on Beltline in Addison, Just east of the toll road. Next time you go to the Eisenmann Center head on up to Addison and get some of those good ribs...great burgers too...Spring Creek for those great freshly baked rolls and fried okra.

Millie: The soft shell crab sounds great...Have you had the soft shelled crawfish that we are growing in La? If I was ordering at Bogart's I would first order the "African Queen". Sounds tasty.

\The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53097: Thanks for checking out my little site, Dud. Your comments make my day. I know I'm crazy, but I just love the resaurant biz. Always have. I'm so lucky to now own my own.

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53098: Millie: Doing what you love makes all the difference. I like the name "Bogart's". Do any of the younger set ask to meet Bogart? Reply, go to Blockbusters and look in the classic movie section.

Crawfish still the heavy in the restaurant scene in La. The season has been good and prices are around $.99LB. live and in 40lb sacks.. Had a bunch last night...

The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53099: Good afternoon porch folks. I have been away for a while and thought I would check in with you all. My family and I took a much needed vacation last week, cambe back Saturday and I am back to work today. Millie, so glad to see you. You have been in my thoughts since I have been gone. Glad you are out of the hospital and are having a good day. I have not had time to read all of the archives but I will do so and check back in later. Prayers for all today. Big Maude

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53100: MILLIE: I wanted to recheck your menu, too. I'll take two of everything, thanks. I enjoyed my time waiting tables most of the time, and the money was very, very good (and I even--gasp--bartended for a couple of years in my early twenties). I worked in what used to be called "fine dining" places (not to sound pretentious--that's just where the bigger money was) in the days before most places went casual. But, I got tired of working evenings (I worked them instead of lunches, again, better money) and every single Friday and Saturday night. And I missed so many Easter and Mother's Day dinners with my own family. I loved working New Year's Eve, though. Best tip night of the year. It's funny, but I remember how great some holidays were to work (New Year's Eve) and others were miserable, tip-wise (Easter, Father's Day). I took great pride in my serving and still use many of the balancing skills I learned. Hey, you never know when you'll need a fall-back! However, there's no way I can memorize complicated orders like I used to without writing them down. Heck, sometimes I have to make a note to remind myself to get out of bed.

ROMEENA: Olive Garden's all-you-can-eat soup, salad, and breadsticks for $5.99 can't be beat with a stick!


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53101: Hello everyone! Its just me, Miller. I have been busy at school(can't wait for it to get out!) and busy helping my mom. Oh, and this might be a bit late- Welcome to the porch Dud and Ray! Best wishes to all.


PS: When I eat at Bogarts, I always share a plate of Nachos and fries with my bro.

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53102: Hey Dud, that welcome was from my son, Miller, who is 10. He's a treasure, as all my kids are.

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53103: Hello Miller & Millie: Is Miller a future Chef or a front of the house kind of guy?

Millie: You got me thinking about food. I am gonna cook some crawfish etoufee, fresh green beans, corn on the cob, Garlic bread and a green salad with Oak Grove La. fresh tomatoes.

The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53104: Millie: I have one child, Robyn who is 10 also...It is a great age...they still want to hang out with Dad and not spend every waking moment on phone...she does like her video games...The "Dud"

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53105: Boo & Ro...
Gruene is a wonderful place. I've always wanted to stay in that Bed 'n' Breakfast two doors down from Gruene Hall. Regarding tubing... I like the Comal myself... Nice listenin' in again... Dragonfly

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53106: Hey, Dragonfly! Long, long time, no see! While lurkers are always welcome, we do enjoy it when you join in now and then, so come on - don't be a stranger.

Well, gotta go see if I can sleep for a couple of hours - have to go to work tonight and again tomorrow night. Raining very hard right now - good sleeping weather. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53107: One more thing - Millie, so glad you're having yet another good day. I'm praying for a whole bunch of those for you, one after the other. Give sweet Miller a hug from me, and tell him Sugarplum would love to play with him. --Romeena

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53108:
Hey porchster honey and dears! God bless ya all.
APB for all our missing folk.
Boo- prayers for you. It is indeed tough.
I had a good friend who did not return from a skydiving trip. It was very hard for quite a long time, but one can get thru it with the help of the Lord.
MD- good to see you again.
Auh20 and asa, you said it man!
Ya all have a good day and we'll meet at Meyers lake!
ole MDC

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53109: This may come as surprising news to those of you who know my religious beliefs, but "The Hiding Place" is one of my all time favorite books. I'm the type of person that can read a book over and over if I like it, and that book is right up there with the James Herriot books, as far as beloved books that I've read many times. I have an old copy, that I've had for years, that I have read so many times both the front and back covers have fallen off. Whenever I need a little pick-me-up, I get out my "The Hiding Place", and read it again. Which seems to be about every 2 years. To me, the title refers to not only the secret room they had in their house, which was a hiding place, but also to the spiritual place that people that know and love God have. The book is about not just that event in history, but Corrie's life, from a little girl, until she is released from prison. Her memories of the family house in Holland, where she lived with her parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and 3 aunts (her mothers sisters). All in a small house behind her fathers watch-repairing business. And, yes, she did lie, when the Gestapo agents raided the house. With questions like "Where are the Jews?!" and she would said "I don't know anything about any Jews!". She did the best she could, and she didn't betray any of the people hidden in the secret room, or in the underground. She was as "vague" as she could be to all the questions.
- Hazel

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53110: Ooops, I was so excited that you all were talking about one of my favorite books, that I forgot to keep my subject "TAGS" related. Here's a quote from Barney:
"We want to thank all of you for your cooperation. We'll take it from here. We'll analyze this rock chemically; that's to determine its' orgin. That way we'll know where the man came from and whether or not he brought the rock with him, or whether it's a local rock. Now, we also want your impressions of the mans appearance. Both physical and other aspects of his looks and appearance. Now, from this information, our staff artist will recreate his face, and we'll know exactly who we're after."

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53111: Millie - I made Lemon Crumb this weekend for my parents. Have you tried it yet? Wish I could cyber send you some. Now Asa - Lemon Crumb is good and it is nothing like my meatballs. . .which actually double as your golfballs - so I am good for something.

My issue was resolved today and you know what - I didn't think God had answered my prayers this morning but when I was in the middle of it - I got the right answer. I am soooo happy with the results. God is good and faithful.


June 04, 2007 - Msg 53112: Thanks for the chat, hm, you're a peach!

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53113: And Hazel and Poor Horatio, thank you for the chat. Love you guys!

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53114: Porchsters::: Everyone have a good night.

Millie: My crawfish etoufee was a hit. I hope you enjoyed your soft shell crab(s).

Spot: Are you back from the lake yet? Did you catch any fish in that big boat of yours?

Big Maude: I am a newbie but your place on the porch has been missed.

Dudley Wash (The "Dud")

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53115:
Hello porch family.

Spring Creek is a place I visit when in the Arlington area. Man it's good!

Welcome back Big Maude.

Miller...so good you checked in buddy. You seem to be a special young man. I know your mom is so proud of you.

Race fans...another first time winner this week. Good race.

Millie....I thank God that you are having these good days. Prayers!

Well can't stay long. Everyone have a Jesus filled night. Prayers for all!

June 04, 2007 - Msg 53116: Hi guys, just checking in.
Had a long, drawn-out post(one I'm sure everyone would like to read ;)), but the censor won't let me post it. I'm too tired to try to figure out what I said to p@ss off the censor tonight, so I saved it and will try tomorrow.

Night all!

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53117: That part in parentheses above should say something like "(you know, the kind that everyone likes to read;))".
That other one just didn't sound right.
See, I AM tired!

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53118: Darn, I would have liked to read your long post, Sterling. I'm up too early this morning...woke up and started thinking and worrying about things. You know how it goes...


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53119: Morning Boo. I was up at 4;45 today too. Hope you can have a good ay and stop worrying. Give it to God!
Love, Millie

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53120: Good morning everyone:

Hope you have a great day.
The "Dud"

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53121: Morning porch. Thanks for the welcome back Rev and Dud. Hope all is well today. Making effort to get back in the swing of things at work. Lets do lunch today at my house. tuna salad sandwhiches, chips, little debbie cakes and sweet tea to drink. I will try to get my back into my position as back up cook for you folks.
Have a great day. Big Maude

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53122: Hi All.
Big Maude I will right there for one of the sandwhiches ,
I love tuna.
Romeena one of the rose busch had a little bud on it and I just git thim in at the end of April, and you can keep all the rain,because it ben raining everynight this week.


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53123: Ok, having exhausted all possible routes as to what the people of Mayberry find offensive about my post, I have decided to break it up into several different posts, until it won't let me post it. Then maybe it will be easier to figure out the offending... thing.
I'll start on the next post.
Thank you for your patience.
(I know mine is wearing thin with that censor);)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53124: So glad you're back, Big Maude! Tuna is just what I wanted for lunch, thank you. Everyone have a great day!

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53125: I must have heard your APB, Me-They. Thanks for putting it out there.I must have heard your APB, Me-They. Thanks for putting it out there.
Guys, I need your good thoughts and prayers about a possible job that I would REALLY like to have. I know most of it is up to me, but I have seen God do some impossible things in my life, so I am sure some prayers wouldn't hurt.
-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53126: I was called into an interview at a company here for a customer service job.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53127: I must have heard your APB, Me-They. Thanks for putting it out there.
Guys, I need your good thoughts and prayers about a possible job that I would REALLY like to have. I know most of it is up to me, but I have seen God do some impossible things in my life, so I am sure some prayers wouldn't hurt.
I was called into an interview at an insur@nce company here for a customer service position. Now, while I may not be the most outgoing person, I have had some customer service experience at my last job, which also happened to be at an insur@nce company, btw.
Also, after my first interview (she said they have no fewer than three interviews, and five maximum) and getting to know a little about the company, I'm inclined to believe that an overzealous showboat is not what they are looking for anyway.
They had me do one of those "personality" tests, and I tried to answer honestly, but they only give you two choices for each question, and alot of the time I could see good points in each choice. I did pick a couple answers that I thought they would want to hear and would make me appear more "career driven". Because up until that point I thought I was looking kind of, well, boring. Of course, again, after I learned more about them I wish I hadn't. But as desperate as I was feeling about getting a job, and the nature of the corporate world, I thought they would only be interested in a money driven, proactive, networking yuppie. Or so I thought.
Then as I talked with the vp of operations and she began to tell me about the company, I began to see a very different side. She kind of surprised me when she mentioned that they have a certain philosophy here, and that is God first, family second, and career third. It was then that I looked up at the shelf behind her - and across the very same place I was taking my personality test - and noticed a big cross on the shelf. I didn't see that before, but that could've given me some idea of the kind of place this was, had I taken the time to notice it and not have been so intent on making myself seem like mr joe white collar worker.
She went on to say they understand when a person might want to take some time off to go to your kid's school functions and other things like that. I mean, don't get me wrong, they expect you to do your job, and I have never had a problem in that respect, but their philosophy just threw me for a loop. I guess I didn't expect it. The last job I had was with a billion dollar company, and their whole focus was on just making more.
Before I left the interview, I told her how much I admire their philosophy, and how much I would like to work there, especially now. What a wonderful place that would be to work at. Now, I am just hoping for a second interview. Any tips should I get a second one?

Three more days until Kai is out for the summer. I can see the anticipation on the kids faces. They seem a little brighter and full of more energy when they go home now.
I remember that "school's almost out" feeling when I was a kid. :)
-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53128: Ok, apparently the people of Mayberry have something against insur@nce. Didn't Emmett try to sell insur@ance at one time? Yeah, he wasn't really well received, was he?! ;)

But gosh, I wasn't even selling it.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53129: I mean, I'll start on the next post after Millie's. ;)

Hey Millie! Didn't mean to crowd you in with all my posts.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53130: Sterling: I work in the industry. The censor will not let me reply and the message is clean.

The "Dud"

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53131: I have my GLA license in 10 states and have been working for the same company for the past 9 years.

The "Dud"

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53132: Good morning everyone! Beautiful day here.

Good to hear from BIG MAUDE, MILLER, DRAGONFLY, STERLING and all you "dailies."

STERLING: FLOYD blocked that word a few months ago when we were getting that insur*ance-related spam on the porch. I don't have but a minute so I'll try and think of some sage advice and post it later when I have some time. But praying and being yourself, as simple as it may be, sounds like a great idea.

Where's SPOT? Where's breakfast? The two do go hand-in-hand.


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53133: DUD: It's that blamed Green River Ordinance.


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53134: Sterling: The company you applied for sounds very similar to the company I work for as far as the benefits and importance of the family. Yea it is insur@nce that kicks the dust off the censor.
The "Dud"

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53135: Sterling did you send a thank you letter to the person who interviewed you for that job? Always makes a person stand out, in my book. I hope you get it. My kids have 9 more days of school, they can't wait. Good drs appt today. Hope everyone is well here.
Big Maude, is lunch ready?

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53136: If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, then I have nothing.

Wow, am I lucky....I have both. I have it all. God is good.

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53137: Homemaker, I'm over at Sarah's but I keep getting knocked off. I am there, though, just gotta keep logging in.

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53138: Please help me somebody:

I have to make a trip to (Horrors of Horrors) the shopping mall. Yes Rev, the Pecanland Mall. Wish me luck, to bad it is not a shopping trip to Weaver's and then a bite a the Diner.

Spot: You wore out from that lake trip with the crew of 6 on the big boat..? Did it wear you out? I think ASA had to pay for his own lunch.

The "Dud"

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53139: Dud....every few minutes, remind yourself"it'll be over soon" and take a breath. You can do it.
(hates the mall too)

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53140: Pecanland? Sounds a little nutty to me. Hee hee. Hee. Aw, stop looking at me that way. It's funny!


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53141: Down here in Louisiana it is called the (Peh-Kahn) Land Mall and I survived by buying me a coke even though I ordered a Diet Pepsi. No Pop for sale signs at the food court. Squirrels really loving the Pecans on the trees and ground. Better than watching politicians Deflate, sorry I mean Debate.

The "Dud"

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53142:
"Staff artist? Barney, it's Ernest T Bass!"
(Hazel will get it! ha)
Sterling- sounds like barney gave you one of them aptitude tests! ha "Now Op, would you rather make something or read a book."
Sounds like a good company, hang in there. I like Mil's idea of a thank you letter.
ROY- did you ever put playing cards in your bike spokes to make it sound like a motorcycle? One lesson i learned was to NOT use my dad's best Bridge deck! ha I couldnt sit on my bike for about a week after that! haha
I have heard that Heelie shoes have been sending a lot of kids to the ER. (accisents) Be careful porchsters if your kids have them.
108 in Phoenix today, but they say some cooler weather is coming.
APB for Lucy, idelle, Mavis, Dixie and others.
God bless you all. God bless and be with our troops.

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53143: Well, I guess I can settle the pee'-can vs puh-con' debate. Pecanland Mall, huh? Try saying that with the two pronunciations. One sounds just fine, rather charming. The other is just ridiculous! Pee Can Land? Ugh!

Auh2o, Me-They gave you perfect advice. Pray and be yourself. Can't beat that formula.

Tom, I'm glad one of the bushes is blooming. I hope they grow into huge, beautiful rosebushes, and just bloom their little heads off. Now don't forget, when they finish blooming and start looking a bit peaked, you can prune them back a little. Then along about February, you'll want to cut them waaaay back, leaving them just about 12-15" tall. You won't believe how they'll come out next spring. Feed them now and then, spray for aphids and black spot (Rose Defense is a good product unless you're into organic gardening), and they'll thrive.

Millie, you've got me walking around here with a silly grin on my face. So glad you're feeling well. Isn't God good?

Well, gotta run. Have to be at work in less than half an hour. I'm glad it's only about ten minutes to the hospital. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53144: Hey ya'll - Millie and I are trying to chat in the early afternoon - if anyone is available, Sarah let's in early. So - grab your Phone and click it once. . .Sarah will be right with you!


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53145: A mall, what's a mall? Living here in Green Acres - don't see them fancy things much. But I hate going to Walmart. . .does that count?


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53146: Romeena - with Tom living in West Virginia - he may need to prune them (the roses)back in the fall and then before the really cold winter hits - cover them with a bucket. Winters here in the north are a little different than what you have. Just know from experience. . .


June 05, 2007 - Msg 53147: Homemaker: I agree Walmart is a beating. I took my 82 year old mother to Walmart and she walks very slowly with a cane. While walking in the authorized pedestrian crosswalk a driver talking on her cell phone nearly ran her over. She had to jump out of the way to avoid contact. She is still hurting two days later.

The "Dud"

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53148: oh, Dud, that's terrible....prayers for your mom's speedy healing!
I'm headed to Sarah's if anyone is around!

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53149:
Hello porch family.....I pray all is well with everyone.

Sterling...prayers for your job situation.

Millie...it's so good to hear of the good dr report. Yes...God is Good!

Dud....good ole PecanLand Mall. Fun fun! Which Walmart do you use....the one near Barnhills or the one on Thomas Road?

Maude....thanks for lunch.

I had a free day today so Mrs Rev and myself just enjoyed the day together here in Pigeon Forge. Got a concert here tomorrow.

Well I'm headed to the ironing board for the night. Prayers for all and remember that JESUS loves us!

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53150: Well gang I have got a lot of reading to do....been at the lake for the past 3 days and going back in the morning for 2 more...hope yall have been eating well...prayers to all...Hey Rev,boo,ro,Tom,possum,mdc,md,bwb,maude and all..keep the fire on the porch burning!...Spot will be back tomorrow night!.....Love yall!....SPOT

June 05, 2007 - Msg 53151: Thanks for the reminder to send a thank you letter to the interviewer, Millie! I had thought of it before, but I had been letting it go(I had always heard you should wait a couple days)and I almost forgot.

Thanks for the prayers, Rev.

Dud, since you've been in the biz for a number of years, maybe I've spoken to you on the phone. I used to take some calls from agents from all over at my former job.

Have a nice night everyone.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 06, 2007 - Msg 53152: Thanks for acknowledging my quote, MDC. I appreciate it, and Good Night!
- Hazel

June 06, 2007 - Msg 53153: Morning porch family, hope everyone is okay today. It is good to see evryone, Prayers for Millie and everyone. Breakfast will be: scrambled eggs, bacon, toast with jelly or apple butter, sweet rolls, coffee,tea, juice.
lunch will be at Olive Garden. see you all at breakfast. Have a blessed day. Big Maude

June 06, 2007 - Msg 53154: Wow, Big Maude, good breaksfast, I needed that this morning!
Everyone have a GREAT DAY!!!

June 06, 2007 - Msg 53155: Good morning friends. Hope all is well.

Millie, so good to see you backand feeling better. My prayers continue.

Homemaker, glad your issue was resolved. Sometimes we ask for Gods help and we don't understand his thinking at the moment, but if we are patient and faithful in going along with him it will become clear that by golly, he knows what he's doing.

Good to have you back Big Maude. I do have to ask a question to anyone. What exactly is apple butter. I hear folks mention it here at times, but I have never seen it. It sounds good if it's what I'm thinking. Can you make it yourself? Will you help?