Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


The Jazz beat the LA Lakers by four points last night. Ronnie Brewer did a great job of defending against Coby Bryant - A GREAT JOB - it was incredible to watch what went on in the paint and Ronnie never, ever backed off even a little. The referees let the game go a little and it got pretty rough in the paint. In my opinion that is what makes basketball worth watching.

A few posts ago I compared Coby to Wilt Chamberlain - since then I have done a little research - or should I say the commentators at the game did it for me---Coby has scored a lot of points in his career to date. Wilt had scored the same number of points 300 games earlier---not 300 points earlier 300 games---After Wilt set the scoring record he determined he would be the best defender out there---he stopped shooting and scoring and concentrated on defense. I don't know for sure but I bet he holds all the records for intimidation and blocked shots and maybe rebounds.

Brett Farve has decided to retire again - what's all the to do with the media??? The guy is and has been a great quarterback - if he wants to stay I bet there aren't many that could beat him out in head to head competition. GO BRETT---whatever you decide to do is OK with me---you've earned the right to choose and the media be damned.

Whoa what about them TAR HEELS? The seniors on the team are 4-0 against the Blue Devils on the Blue Devils court. The Seniors at Duke have also never beat North Carolina on their home court - that is an amazing thing for those two teams. WANNA talk about rivalries - THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS!!!!

A-ROD and the Yankees---I had one of my friends who is a Red Sox fan tell me quite a few years ago that he was really happy that the Yankees had signed A-Rod because they would never be a contender for the world series as long as they had him - YUP HE'S BEEN RIGHT.


(You know that an expert is defined as someone from out of town)

  1. Scale back significantly on your credit card debt and use.
  2. Own your home or have plans of how you are going to do that.
  3. Have skills that are marketable.
  4. Give money away (it makes you a better person and makes you appreciate what you have more).
  5. Know yourself.
  6. Know smart people.

All of those things will help you to be a better person and will help you enjoy your life a whole lot more - THOSE EXPERTS WERE RIGHT - this is the first time I have seen these in one place (and I stole them) but they are all correct principles. I can tell you they are CORRECT - if you can do all six by age 30 you will be way ahead of where I am at age 60. I am a slow learner.


Lindsay-Weaver said...

I love these random posts! They're my favorites.

PsychDoctor said...

Mine too...

PsychDoctor said...

And it is Kobe Bryant...he would probably be offended by Coby... :)

Lightning Strikes said...

I was going to say the same thing about it being Kobe...haha But I love the random posts too! And I was super pleased the Jazz won!!

Amber said...

great list, I think that I can say that I have all of those on the list - I don't know that I'll ever be able to own my own home though - i did a mortgage calculator the other day and it said that I could only afford a home that was $88,000 but that's okay, I'd rather rent and not worry about repairs and maintenance and be able to move more LOL :)

Dee Ice Hole said...

With us it was pretty clear with all the moves that we would never own a home - so - we started a 401K account and put money into it thinking when we retired we could use it to help buy a house. Well we did finally buy a house (and didn't have to use the 401K). I can tell you for sure that it was a really good feeling when the money in the 401K was more than enough to pay off the house.

Only thing I would have done differently on this is that I would have done it through a ROTH account.

And just for the record - we have borrowed money to purchase a car only twice in 39 years---I can pay myself the payment and interest and buy the car with cash in 2 1/2 years - as opposed to 4 years with payments to a bank or loan company.

Lindsay-Weaver said...

But just remember, you have to start somewhere. Just borrow enough that you can live within your means.

Native Minnow said...

Pretty sure you meant Kobe Bryant, right?

And I guess I'm pretty much screwed since I'm over thirty and have no idea how I'll ever get into a house.