Happy Easter!

Today is Easter Sunday; the holiest day in the Christian year, it commemorates the day that Jesus Christ arose from the dead. That single event became the basis for the entire Christian faith, and gave its followers hope that there is life after death.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)

Have a happy, safe, and blessed day.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Most of you regular readers know I’m not someone who really gets into St. Patrick’s Day, but my kids certainly do. They’ll be psyched for a corned beef dinner, Irish potatoes, and the like, while I’ll likely get pizza or something a little more appetizing.

For the occasion, Julia built a Leprechaun trap. She posted a drawing on the front window reading, “Leprechauns, free money inside!,” so if we’re robbed today, you know why. When said Leprechaun enters the home, it will likely snif out the change Julia left, and work its way toward the trap.

Then, as Julia surmised, it’ll be FREE GOLD! for the rest of us.

Yeah, I know, the girl is a wacko.

Happy Birthday Erik!

Today is my middle son’s 16th birthday, and he’s the boy who literally grew up on my blog, arriving less than a year before my first iteration of Support Your Local Gunfighter.

Erik has always been the shy, quiet kid who usually keeps to himself. He was always popular in school, and has many friends, but Erik was never a fan of big crowds. That said, he’s very smart, is completely sarcastic – he obviously takes after his mother – and the family’s most gifted athlete.

Kyle always had to work very hard for his success, but Erik makes it look easy. He’s played lacrosse, soccer, street hockey, and track and field. I’m convinced he could walk on to a cricket field and easily make the team.

Just last week he dropped another Second Honors award on us, and as always, we’re very proud. I told Mrs. Earp we should have a Sweet 16 party for him, but amazingly, I was shot down.

Happy birthday, Erik. We love you very much.

P.S. – Guess who made the cover of the UD Athletics page after yesterday’s game?

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Earp

Today is my beautiful wife’s birthday, and the start of our annual Three Birthdays in Six Days Event. I met Mrs. Earp when I was in high school, as she was my friend Mike’s younger sister. We were friends for a while, and when we started dating when she was in college. We got married in 1997, had four miserable lovely children, and are now counting the days until they’re out of the house.

Okay, not really. We all miss Kyle.

Mrs. Earp has put up with a lot lo these many years; my depression, the stress of the job, raising the kids alone every two weeks – thanks, shift work – and paying the bills. (I was told there would be no math.) So far, we’ve been lucky, and my salary helps us live a fairly comfortable life.

I’m not exactly what people would call a prize, but I definitely married the right woman…

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A Dream Unfulfilled?

As you all know, today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a celebration of one of the greatest civil rights heroes; a man who tirelessly worked for equality.

While Reverend King’s works were mighty, far too many have co-opted and transformed his original wishes. Today’s NAACP is closer to a hate group than one of action for African-Americans. Today’s “civil rights leaders” are mostly grifters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, focused more upon making a fast buck and tarnishing non-blacks than creating harmony.

It puzzles me how these grifters and their far-left acolytes can claim to be following Reverend King, when they obviously have ignored his most famous excerpt of the “I Have A Dream” speech:

Repeating the mantra, “I have a dream,” he offered up hope that “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” and the desire to “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”

I believe Reverend King would be thrilled to see the progress we have made in fifty years. I also believe he would be angered and disgusted by so many of his alleged followers.

Happy 2020!

So last night Kyle went to his friend’s house for New Year’s Eve. A half hour after he left, he called me – which is never a good sign – and said his tire blew out. I had to go get him, on New Year’s Eve, when I was in pajama bottoms and my fabulous Florida Gators hoodie I got for Christmas.

I get to the lot where he parked and he was alone. He was supposed to be taking his friend to the party, so I asked, “Hey, where’s Nate?” “Oh, Ant was close by so he picked him up and took him to the party.”

Okay, it’s 8pm, you’re in a dark parking lot with a flat tire, and dude leaves you there alone? Beautiful. Kyle gets in the car and asks me to take him to the party. I’m highly annoyed at this point, but it’s easier to take him than bring him home and sulk all evening. As we’re driving, Kyle gets a text from his friends, saying the party is being moved to Alyssa’s house. Fine. I ask where Alyssa lives and Kyle says, “In the suburbs.”

Can you be more specific, because I’m about to run the Jeep into a ravine?

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Goodbye 2019!

Well, another year has come and gone, and while mine ended on a fuzzy note, I am still is a pretty healthy position. My eye is getting better, and with the exception of a mild annoyance in my left shoulder, I’m good. Christmas food jumped me up to 186 pounds instead of 183, but I’ll make quick work of that.

Work is still work, and the two weeks away from that awful place has done me a lot of good. I don’t miss it. At all.

The blog has been fairly productive. I’m still averaging between 200-300 visits a day, and while that’s nowhere near my old numbers, it’s nice to have you guys around to keep me sane.

Tonight is New Year’s Eve, and while I say this every year, it’s important. Please do not drink and drive tonight. The highways will be filled with drunks, and they don’t care who or what they hit. Call a friend, hire an Uber, or just stay home. It’s not worth your life.

/sermon

Merry Christmas!

Today we celebrate the birth of Christ, our Savior. He who died for our sins so we may reach eternal life.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

I hope everyone has a terrific Christmas as well as a safe and healthy 2020.

The Greatest Christmas Carols

The second post every Christmas Eve features my two favorite Christmas Songs. While they would not be considered a “mainstream” as Silent Night, they always make me feel like Christmas is in the air.

The greatest Christmas Song ever is “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. Two of our radio stations play Christmas songs this time of year, and Christmas Wrapping gets some play, albeit sparingly.

The song is bittersweet because lead singer Patty Donahue passed away in 1996 of cancer. She was such a terrific talent to go so soon.

The second song is truly a classic; at least for us who grew up in the 80’s. “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC is a perfect rap song, but it’s also a terrific Christmas song.

I really like the Run-DMC/Peanuts mashup.

Oh, and this song really took off when it was featured in the first Die Hard, proving once again, that Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Enjoy your evening, and have a safe and happy holiday!

Santa, Call The Ball

For the last decade or so, there have always been two posts every Christmas Eve. The first one is a great site for the kids. NORAD Tracks Santa follows Santa Claus in real time as her makes his deliveries, and tracks where he is at any given moment.

This site is really cool. It tracks Santa’s route in real time utilizing NORAD radar and Google Earth. His position is updated every five minutes, and even shows real “footage” of Santa flying through the different countries. When my kids first saw this, they were hooked. They were laughing and pointing, and just getting excited for the holiday. It was great to see.

Of course, the first time I checked it, Santa was in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Naturally, I had to snark, “Jeez, I hope he gets out of there in one piece.”

You can track Santa by heading to the website here.