Monday, June 6, 2011

My Thought on...: Landscaping

My Thought on...: Landscaping: "My Thought on Landscaping is that I would really benefit if I just replaced all of my grass with field turf. That shit looks perfectly gree..."


My Thought on Landscaping is that I would really benefit if I just replaced all of my grass with field turf.  That shit looks perfectly green 365 days a year!  Mowing gets old fast in Maine.  If I want to keep it looking good I have to mow like every other day in the spring due to all the rain.

I would lay down a couple flower beds with artificial bushes and other various plastic creations.  In the winter, I would just set my yard in the garage.  In the spring I would use a leaf blower to dust of my yard.  In the backyard I could paint a mini football field.  No maintenance compared to current standards.

I might be on to something here....

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bangor getting a new arena

My Thought on..Bangor getting a new arena is that will be a positive move for the city that will become clearer as time passes.  It was a controversial issue here because we are in a recession and the new facility costs an estimated $65 million.  Another factor that turned a lot of people off from it being built is that a huge source of funding is from profits earned by Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway.

I am basing this paragraph on comments I heard from a customer where I work.  He was a religious fanatic from what I could tell.  I say this because he told me Hollywood Slots was built by the devil and is run by his demons.  He also said the storage trailers out back of the building house the dead bodies from random murders that must occur there on a nightly basis.  I countered simply by telling him I thought they hold the chairs and tables for events that take place there, but thanked him for letting me know I was wrong.

The summer waterfront concert series has been a moneymaker so far.  Why not let that continue year round in a state of the art arena?  You think this city rocks hard when ZZ Top and Charlie Daniels come to town?  Wait to see what happens when a good band from now shows up!!!!!

Seriously though, the opposition gathered over 2200 signatures to get their cause to a referendum vote.  When it came time to vote though they could muster only under 2000 votes.  Crushing win by the devil in Bangor!

I guess people went to the circus this past weekend and looked at the building like I did wondering if I was going to come out alive.

New arena coming soon!  Better concerts, sporting events and political icons will be coming here.  Enjoy Bangor!

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 1st, 2011

My Thought On May 1st, 2011 is that this has been one of the best days of my life.  It started with our annual March For Babies (the annual March of Dimes fundraising event for premature babies).  We had over 25 walkers with us this morning and raised over $2500!  The sense of pride and happiness I had from this fact is overwhelming and is hard to put into words.  Looking around the gymnasium beforehand; I had a rush of emotions taking me back to the day ANP was born in 2007 (the scariest and happiest day of my life all in one).

I spent the day with my family.  We went to get ice cream.  Seems simple, but it made me so happy on this kind of day to be so close to my family.

And now tonight...

I read a report that Osama Bin Laden was dead and in US custody.  As I watched CNN's coverage, I found I could not change the channel.  I had to keep updating my Facebook status and check other friends' statuses.  I also had another rush of emotions and reflection over the last almost 10 years.

Every one's life changed on 9/11/01.  This nation changed.  I remember the sadness that lingered for weeks in me after the events transpired.  I also remember the hatred building inside of me for Osama Bin Laden.  So many innocent people were killed on his order by Al Qaeda.  He was enemy #1.  He also always found a way to be a step ahead of our intelligence and military efforts.  Today he was not so fortunate.

I am proud of my president for acting on the intel that he first learned months ago.  There have been times where we would bomb a cave, or a house in some remote village rumored to house Bin Laden, but kept coming up short of our goal.  For President Obama to commit US troops to conduct this mission inside a compound inside of Pakistan took GUTS.  His head is on the line if this mission fails.  We can rejoice that justice has been served by the sharp edge of our US Navy Seals tonight.  The main person responsible for 9/11 is dead.  It took almost 10 years, but we did not give up.

A lot has changed in my life in that time.  I moved from Ohio to Maine.  I got married to the girl I loved.  I switched employers.  We bought our first house together.  We had a baby, ANP, born prematurely in 2007, and another one, BAP, born prematurely in 2010.

I am happy now knowing that my sons will be able to read about the events of 9/11 in history someday, and know that the person mostly responsible for the death and sadness was brought to justice on May 1, 2011.  This is such a historical day.  One could argue that President Obama's speech tonight was the most important one by a president since Reagan ordered the Berlin Wall taken down. 

For what it's worth, that is My Thought On May 1st, 2011.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"dudes acting all that"

Ever see a couple guys walk down the street, and one of them has their pants (probably a size or two too small) around their knees, white t-shirt/tank top tucked into their underwear (easily visible) and wearing a bandana under a cockeyes baseball cap?  Sure...we all have.  My Thought on dudes acting all that is these are the same guys who go to bars and flash bills and buy drinks for all the ladies in hopes of wooing one of them, but when they get them pregnant probably won't pay their child support.  If you see a real gem, he may be one that hangs out with his buddies (all dressed accordingly) and then goes home to mommy each night.  I say it this way to make you think these are teenagers I am talking about.  I'm not.  This is the 25 year-old who passed up on a life that could have had a decent education, a hard working job building mufflers or some shit like that (banking around $15/hr) and being able to support themselves and at least a significant other and maybe a kid if they didn't drink or smoke too much.  (Note-there will be a seperate blog about My Thoughts on parents who drink and smoke too much).

Why is it that I END UP SUPPORTING this garbage?  I mean...seriously?  The Darwin effect DID NOT WORK on this one. If you catch your son hanging out with these ilk, immediately call an intervention.  If that fails then find a way to sterilize them because they will most likey reproduce.

There is always a brief moment when I see them while driving where I want to gently veer off the road and onto the sidewalk mowing them down, but I am not here to do God's work.  I just do as we all do, and nod my head disapprivingly at them and pass on by.  I do admit that if I have ANP and BAP in the car, I am saying a thousand silent prayers they happen to not see them or just laugh at them as I do.

Anyways, that was My Thought on dudes acting all that.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Fittingly, my first post for "My Thought on..." will be on blogs.  My Thought on blogs has evolved from one of not caring about them to seeing a relavent need for them.  I used to think that anyone who had a blog simply had too much free time and couldn't figure out how to use it constructively so he/she would sit at a computer all day and write shit up to post on the vast internet for other people who had too much free time to read.  This may still be true (wink). 

As time has gone on and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have given anyone a voice to be noticed, I have come to appreciate the variety of blogs out there.  Friends of mine have started their own blogs with a decent following, and I admit I am intrigued and curious to see if I will develop a following by the masses! 

My blog "My Thought on..." will consist of everything from simple posts about very unimportant and trivial topics to very contentious and controversial ones.  If I have a thought I feel like taking a little time to type up, you will see it.

So I hope you enjoy (whoever "you" is) :)