Thursday, December 19, 2013

Did someone fart or was that a Duck Call?

** Disclaimer: Adult(?) content below. 
(Then again what children are reading my blog?)

Ok, time for me to put it out there. Phil Robertson. There, I said it!

"Boycott A&E"

"Ban Phil Robertson"
Which do I listen to? Why should I listen to either? Why should I care? What the hell did Miley do last night?

Now here's the question that is bouncing around in our, er, house. What is the best way to get HUGE amounts of free publicity? Cause a major controversy of course. How do you do that? Prey on peoples beliefs and feelings. Society has been shifting towards social acceptance of homosexuality. Homosexuals and those supporting their rights have been battling for years now to get them the same rights as heterosexual married couples. So you want to ignite a firestorm? Insult both sides. Then there will be chair chucking back and forth. That will get peoples attention. Just ask Jerry Springer.

Did I insult you?

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”  Phil Robertson said in a recent interview with GQ magazine.

I find this very interesting because, in a way, I agree. Ya see I am a straight male. I like women. I like women's parts. I don't like women's parts because it is logical, I like them for what they are. If I was to be logical about it I would have only had sex with my wife once for our one child. And like my wife knows I WANT more sex than I want children. But then again what does love have to do with logic?

Please please please? Come on don't make me beg.

Is Phil Robertson a representative of A&E? Or is he a very animated character that A&E is using to make money? LOTS of money! I tend to believe the latter. They know his beliefs, they were never hidden. Yes there are repercussions for what you say if you are a public figure, but does that mean that you should stop being you because of it?

I digress. The question that I asked above is, "What is the best way to get HUGE amounts of free publicity?"  I am looking at friends on FB and people across the internet blasting Robertson and A&E. I do not think I have ever been bombarded with publicity like this. It surpasses Miley Cyrus' twerking, the infamous Kardashian wedding and Michael Jackson's poor cuddle choices and all in less than 24, yes I checked, not even 24 hours ago.


Over the last few months I have not been able to go anywhere without being inundated with Duck Dynasty merchandise.You can buy copies of the show on DVD to watch again and again, Bobble heads, CH-CH-CH-CHIA, hat, socks, shirts, mugs, Koozies, Segways (yes I said Segway), ties, jewelery and let us not forget what they started with -- DUCK CALLS (QUACK QUACK).

You called?

So at this point I am interested (sorta) as to what will happen. Will A&E put Robertson back on??...  Will Robertson apologize for his comments??...  Will  Hannah Montana keep twerking??...(I hope not!)  

What do you think will happen? Leave your comments below. So, check back later...

Same Bat Time.
 Same Bat Channel.

"We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?" - Phil Robertson

Until next time...Enjoy the journey...

P.S.  For a great commentary on the view of a gay man who is supporting what Uncle Si said go to Talon Unplugged. It is a great post to read and nice to see positive perspective from someone who could easily argue and rant about. Thanks Talon.

Friday, December 6, 2013


~Another brief intermission from Blog Love~
The day before yesterday we were going to do some work on a boat at Lake Ray Hubbard and stopped to grab some lunch at a local burger joint. Ian's order was wrong so Carolyn went back in to remedy it when I heard what sounded like a large box falling off a truck. I looked in the mirror and saw the trunk of a white car pointed straight up in the air (not the direction it was suppose to be.) I immediately knew that someone got tagged so I grabbed my phone and went to see if I could help.

It turned out that there were four cars in a row that were involved and I was on the phone with 911 right away and walked from car to car checking on the occupants. One of the cars requested an ambulance so the 911 operator got things going for us. I sat with a nice, but very shaken, passenger of the white car that I first saw. Winifred appeared to be OK but was in a little pain. Since she was in advanced years and was the one that requested the ambulance I thought that I should stay with her.

I heard the sirens and looked up to see a Fire Truck... Stuck in traffic at the light about an eighth of a mile away. There were no apparent injuries so urgency was not vital, but it was annoying to see a Big Red Firetruck with lights and sirens stopped behind two cars waiting for a light to change. After about thirty seconds the light changed and traffic continued.

The Firetruck was going in the opposite direction as the accident so they passed us and attempted to turn around and come in behind us. Notice I said attempted! Being a Big Firetruck it had to move to the right side of the road so that it could make the turn. In doing this it gave all the cars that pulled over for the Firetruck further back, and the ones that were behind them to begin with, an opportunity to pass it on the left.

I stood there in disbelief and watched as midday traffic passed the Big Red Firetruck, with Bright flashing red lights and a really LOUD siren, as it tried to turn around. After about ten seconds I had enough. I walked around the broken car that held Winifred (who was waiting patiently in pain) and out into oncoming traffic. Carefully of course. Held up my hands and started yelling "STOP" repeatedly.

Four or five cars passed me in defiance as they were in some sort of hurry. Realize, I was not hard to miss. I happened to be wearing my diver down shirt. It was a red shirt with a white stripe on it on a well endowed belly. Not like you could miss it unless you were blind, and for the blind I was yelling, in my "Drill Sergeant" voice.

I don't know about "all-y'all" but I learned when I was younger that you pulled over to the right and STOPPED for emergency vehicles. I know that if I was the one that needed help, I would certainly want others to have the courtesy to allow the emergency vehicles to have absolute right of way to assist me. So think about how you should drive when you hear a siren. Pull over and give them room. Do Not pass them, ever, if their lights are on unless you are told to do so by them; unless you are on your way to the hospital because you or your passenger is dying or a doctor who is going in for emergency surgery or a spy who has the antidote to the Zombie Apocalypse and will save the world, you get the idea, Pull over! 

Sorry, I digress...The Firetruck was able to turn around, finally, and they were able to help Winifred out. I am not sure of how she did as I went off to join my family, finish my lunch and go to work.

Thank you for letting me rant. So how did your day go?

Until later, enjoy the journey...


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Posting 43 Days of "Blog Love": Day 15 ~ "Sailing with Totem"

Photo courtesy S/V Totem

I'm in love!!! Yes, Hubby knows... Remember?  I shared with you before... about a week ago?  When we were sharing some 'blog love' with Adventure Us 2? Remember my sharing with you about my first experience sailing and despite Hubby's 'test' -- I fell in love with sailing.

Perhaps that is why from the first time that I read the blog "Sailing with Totem"  I just grew more enamored.  The Gifford Family is rich!  Not in monetary means, I'm referring to the way they capture and share so many facets of their unique lifestyle via their blog and articles that they contribute to other publications.  Quite honestly I don't believe it is possible to read posts on their blog without learning something!  We so appreciate this as we're life-long-learners for sure!

Photo courtesy S/V Totem

One of my favorite quotes (that you'll also find in my "About" on my Facebook Wall) is "You don't stop learnin' 'til you're dead!" ~ J.H. Peart ~  Who is J.H. Peart you ask??  One of the wisest men I've ever known; my grandfather.  (Miss you PaPa!)  Just a side note, Papa loved to sail also, but on smaller boats, as I recall.

But back to the Gifford's aboard the S/V Totem:  I encourage you to read a bit about the Totem Crew, I trust that you will find that they are much like many families you know... they just happen to live aboard a Sailing Vessel ... and learning is facilitated by real life experiences!  Isn't that awesome?  I think it is!

Photo courtesy S/V Totem

I very much enjoyed reading a couple of recent blogs that really made life sciences fun! This past weekend they posted a very informative post titled: What are the best field guides for cruisers?  I really enjoyed that and thought that it would be great to post to our Roadschool group on Facebook -- I mean really, the info is universal, it's not exclusive to cruisers, but I can see where all of the books recommended would be awesome to have cruising, for sure.

So, I thought I would share the 'field guides' post here as our main topic.  And then... their post today, (December 3rd) ... Giving back: citizen science programs for cruisers.  Oh my gosh!  I think this is a post that everyone should read. Regardless if you really have an interest in the ocean, perhaps it will broaden your perspective about how you can help with scientific research, that is beneficial to our environment, from wherever you are in the world !  So cool, huh?

Most recently Mom - Behan, Dad - Jamie, and kids (Niall, Mairen, Siobhan) are cruising toward Thailand in the Andaman Sea -- not sure where that is? You can follow along here: Where is Totem!  See!  A geography lesson!  Love it!  (Wonder what they do while cruising besides science?  Perhaps their post: Great games for cruisers might give you a peek.)

Photo courtesy S/V Totem

From our recent post about Green Global Travel I think that you may have gathered our awareness of sustainability and it's ranking of importance to our family.  I will admit that we have become much more eco-conscious since my hubby studied at the College of Natural Resources at Humboldt State University in California and while there also earned his Master and Scientific SCUBA Diver Certifications. 

His studies of the ocean have made us that much more passionate about it and also increased our desire to, at some point in the future, live aboard a sailboat. (We already have a name picked out, but perhaps we'll share that in another post. <<grin>> )

I could go on and on about the Gifford Family -- They (obviously) are on our list of families who we very much look forward to meeting up with!  Thank you Behan and Jamie for being willing to share so much (and such beautiful pictures) of your Cruising Adventures!  We look forward to following along and learning much more...

Photo courtesy S/V Totem

Thank you for reading all...  Stop by and share some 'blog love' with the 'Totem Crew' -- and perhaps learn something new while you're there!  Do be sure to tell them that the "Nomadic Jesters" sent ya!

Until tomorrow... Enjoy the journey...


Monday, December 2, 2013

Posting 43 Days of "Blog Love": Day 14 ~ ""

Hobbies are fun, don't you think?  We have a few, and Geocaching is one of them. For those of you who do not know, Geocaching is a 'treasure hunting' game of sorts.  All you need to play is a GPS and a computer (actually a smart phone can be used in place of both, if you'd like.)

If I recall correctly hubby and son started playing about eight (going on nine) years ago.  We found it to be a great learning adventure with our son, no matter his age.  Since that time the website that began as has evolved to include not only locations of Caches, but various membership levels, special events and of course a Blog.  We subscribe to the blog and find it a very enjoyable read.

A little navigation class.

Sometimes there are stories about events... other times there are stories that include unique Caches; you just never know what you'll find.  We got the latest blog post in our email today that included a story about some very special "travel bugs"!  Oh wait, if you're not familiar with Geocaching you're probably asking 'What's a travel bug?' ... "Is it a pet of some sort?"

It kind of sounds like something that you most likely would want to get rid of if it's contagious, that's for sure! But no, it's part of the game.  In this case the article shares about a new trackable "Lego Geocacher."  You see, the idea is that you have these special trinkets (in this case a Lego figure) that is attached to an I.D. tag.  You 'adopt' him/her/it, register it (trackable number), then "set it free" to begin a journey visiting Caches along the way!

It can be great fun!  Once you get into this game you'll no doubt find a huge variety of unique and fun 'trackables' that interest you.  There are even collectible coins, but I'll let you research that on your own.  When we first started, I found the trackable especially fun!  (I really love "Signal the Frog" -- shown below)

Photo from

Once you 'find it', you 'log it', sometimes include a picture with your log and then 'release it' into the wild via another Cache.  You'll find, though, that not all Caches are capable of holding travel bugs -- but again, I'll let you figure that out on your own... I have to leave some things for you to learn from their website, right?

Awhile back my hubby wrote a post titled:  "Am I a Bad Parent?" about a Geocaching 'mishap' shall we say??  So I've decided to share it here!  It looks like you can leave comments on the blog, though I never have. Perhaps you'd like to let them know that you read about Geocaching on our blog? Or perhaps you'll just share some 'blog love' and leave a comment for us below and tell us about your experiences Geocaching, or what you think about my Hubby's post.

Until tomorrow... Enjoy the journey...


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Posting 43 Days of "Blog Love": Day 13 ~ "Green Global Travel"

First off I want to say that somehow, at times, it seems that the line between 'blog' and 'website' gets very blurred these days.  I consider Green Global Travel a blog (on steroids perhaps... but a blog!) as the nature of a blog feels warmer, more personal.  In my view Bret and Mary have definitely brought their personality and heart to this wonderful resource ~ as their tag line shares: "Saving the world one story at a time."  

This is a blog that I have such great admiration for... In SO MANY ways!  My first visit to their blog I read:  Bret & Mary: A Story About Love (How Green Global Travel Was Born.)  Perhaps if you start there, you'll be just as smitten as I was. Then take time to meander through past articles and photos... Wow!!  Whether you enjoy travel inside or outside of the U.S. you'll find pictures to excite your soul and warm your heart -- with stories to go with them.

Photo from Green Global Travel

Given the season, today I found myself drawn to reading, and sharing with Hubby, their most recent post:  50 Christmas Traditions Around the World.    I then shared with him Bret & Mary's 'story about love' (link above - as I mentioned that was my first intro to them) ... we then followed a link to a past post: 5 Best Christmas Light Displays in Georgia.  It just seemed right ... I love looking at Christmas lights, don't you?

Remember earlier I mentioned about Mary and Bret bringing their hearts and personalities to this venture? Once you begin reading you'll realize how passionate they are about the environment and how this blog is SO MUCH MORE than just "any ol' travel blog".  To exemplify my point, I urge you to read:  "Open Letter/ Announcement for EcoAdventure Media" posted earlier this year.  Then more recently they announced "#EcoCostaRica: GGT's Next Big Adventure."  Passion! Pure Passion!!

Photo from Green Global Travel

I'll be honest, I was not one to grow up with the desire for global travel.   It was only recently, since I met my husband, that global travel has become more appealing.  As I shared Green Global Travel blog with Hubby tonight I realized that they have created an awesome resource not only for travelers, but for educators. Wow!  Definitely thinking of others outside of travelers and nomads who might enjoy this blog now...

We hope that this short introduction to Bret, Mary, Green Global Travel and EcoAdventure Media has whet your sense of adventure to visit their blog often and increase your awareness of sustainable travelPerhaps you have heard the expression "Take only pictures and leave only footprints" but don't really know what that means.  Or maybe you have yet to answer the question: "What exactly is EcoTourism and why is it important?"  I am certain that their writings will answer those questions for you.

Photo from Green Global Travel

Yes, this is an awesome blog that I love to visit often.  The writings of Bret, Mary and many other bloggers whom they are connected with share a plethora of information beneficial to the preservation of the ecosystems and resources around the world.  Many of which are currently in jeopardy!  I trust that you'll take time to visit "Green Global Travel" and when you do leave them some 'Blog Love'!  -- Tell them that the Nomadic Jesters sent ya!

Until tomorrow... enjoy the journey...