Big Don's Blog

At last, a place for me to ruminate and offer my own stylistic, sincere, and silly ideas.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


‘Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair…”

Mona has declared the word of the day as “Hair”. Now, I don’t have a head full of hair, because of my high testosterone level (thanks Grandpa!). My body makes up for it everywhere else, it seems.

What is curious is that last night, before I read Mona’s blog, I was thinking of that very song from the 60’s musical. It popped into my head after hearing “Aquarius” on a TV commercial. Yes, Madison Ave is still going back to our ‘Baby Boomer” roots. On the upside, there was some very good music written back then. But, again, I digress.

Although I am relatively comfortable with my baldness, I do often wonder what I would look like with a full head of hair, like in my youth. I started loosing my hairline when I was 20, and have had the recession continue ever since. Still, I have never felt that it kept me from being liked and/or loved. I never wanted to do the comb-over, so that has not been an issue. I had a professor in college who did the comb-over and I realized that it did look ridiculous.


There once was a woman so fair
With beautiful long blonde hair
She wore it around
In lieu of a gown
Which made all of the men stare.

(Yeah, I good!)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I'm back with a MEME...

A MEME from someone I really like and appreciate. (Lisa, may your days be filled with love and inspiration.)

1. I've come to realize that my last kiss.....
Was missing something: it was too platonic.

2. I am listening to.....
My local radio station on-line.

3. I talk.....
to myself a lot, these days. Loneliness can be disturbing. I need a hobby.

4. I love.....
myself and a few others. I am not so easily seduced as I once was and I reserve thoughts of real love (vs. lust) until I am really sure.

5. My best friend.....
lives in another state. I need a new one.

6. My first real kiss.....
was in a parked car with a girl who knew more about such things than I did.

8. I hate it when people ask.....
obvious (rhetorical) questions.

9. Love is.....
difficult to define, usually unrealized, and a seed that must be nurtured.

10. Marriage is.....
love with compromise.

11. Somewhere, someone is thinking.....
that they could be the next millionare by buying magazines.

12. I'll always.....
look for attention and affection. (I can be very needy!)

13. I have a crush.....
on bloggers who I have not even met in person.

14. The last time I cried was because.....
I was missing my father.

15. My cell phone.....
has a Jimi Hendrix ring tone.

16. When I wake up in the morning.....
I look for motivation to get out of bed and go to work. Sometimes sleeping in makes more sense than going to a place where I don’t feel like I am making a difference.

17. Before I go to bed.....
Take my Metamusel, brush my teeth, and then wonder how long I will be sleeping alone.

18. Right now I am thinking about.....
What other things I can be doing to look busy at work.

19. Babies are.....
The most enchanting things in the world. I can’t wait to be a Grandfather.

20. I get on myspace.....
to laugh at those who actually have accounts.

21. Today I.....
made a few people smile and helped a few others with getting their job done.

22. Tonight I will.....
Go buy Turbo Tax software and start entering data.

23. Tomorrow it will be....
better because I will have learned something, helped someone, or experienced something that will make me a better person.

24. I really want to be.....

25. Someone that will most likely repost this is.....
That is a good question.

Monday, October 16, 2006


My new favorite video:

Free Hugs


Monday, October 09, 2006

Back to politics

So, it seems that North Korea may have tested an atomic warhead. The underground explosion was detected by sensors and now (big suprise) China is now very upset! I think they are as worried about the crazy Mr. Kim as anyone else, but it will be the US who will spearhead the UN effort to try and so something about this. I think we should just sit back and take a full defensive posture on the whole matter and see how the rest of the world reacts. Let China and France work things out. I will speak more on this later.

I was also reading one of my favorite political blogs, From Birk to Kirk, and was pondering the American two-party system. It seems that whenever a third political party is formed it is headed by some rich guy who want to be president because he is sure that the is a simple answer to all our problems. But, when these parties do become a real political force, it also draws the other two parties back to the center. "See, we can be fair to all Americans."

I think we need that right now. It should be started now so that in the next general election, it can run people for Congress, not the Presidency. Perot had the right idea, he just tried too hard to make himself leader of the country, rather than the leader of a political party. Build a small team of supporters in the House, then go for a Senate seat. Now you have some real political clout to sway a vote or two. Then start thinking about an executive post after you have established your credibility.

Hey, it could happen

Friday, September 22, 2006


For some reason this thought popped into my head this morning. Here it is, Friday, also payday, and I am starting to realize a weekend where I may actually do something (have plans), then this idea formed.

I do not know if this is original. It probably is not my idea -- I do read a lot and I could just be ruminating someone else's thoughts. But, I knew I needed to write it down, lest I forget it, so here goes:


Think of life as a series of choices: when we wake up in the morning, what we eat for breakfast, how fast we drive to work, etc. Most of these choices have limited options and have small consequences if a wrong choice is made. But, these choices are our own.

Power can be defined as important choices. Your boss has more power than you because his choices can determine the options for your choices. In other words, your boss can choose to not employ you, and now you need to radically update your choices for things like food and housing. This means that the more people that are impacted by your choices the more power you have.

A good leader does not abuse his choices (power). A good leader does two things:
(S)he shows others that their individual choices are important, thereby elevating the perceived value of their choices;

and (s)he abdicates their trust to others by allowing them to make certain choices (empowerment). This can also be know as delegation or representation. It is what we do when we vote. We give our power of choice to someone else.

OK, that is all I have for now, but it felt good to get it documented.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Grammar and Punctuation

OK, so I need a little time with my Hobrace Manual.

Your English Skills:

Spelling: 100%
Vocabulary: 100%
Grammar: 80%
Punctuation: 80%

Actually I have noticed that I do tend to over-punctuate when I write. I find that an extra comma helps me clarify my written thoughts. When I read other people's works, especially those who write in run-on sentences, I find putting a comma in does help to separate several verbs.

Back to work...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Memed again.

Although this is really voluntary, I was memed by amused, but I am modifying the original meme to have a male slant.

Favorite hot dog: Basic ball park dog with mustard. Anything else just covers the taste of the meat.

Favorite cookie: oatmeal chocolate chip with walnuts (and a glass of cold milk)

Tech junkie or luddite: Techie. I assembled my own PC.

Favorite tv show as a kid: I was a real TV watcher growing up - 'The Rifleman'

Favorite tv show this minute: Studio 60 - premiered last night.

Favorite animal: Dog (man's best friend)

Favorite bird: Pelican

What I’m reading this week: C# programming guide, for work.

Favorite tool in my garage: Power drill

Famous woman I might run away with (if she weren't married): Bonnie Hunt

Famous people it might be fun to go drinking with: Anyone who picks up the check, including, Jon Stewart, Jack Nicholson, Senator Dole, (ex)President Clinton, I could go on, but this is taking too long.

Three words about me: eccentric, eclectic and errotic

Worst thing about me: I am dogmatic

Best thing about me: I am really a sweetheart

Favorite type of tree: A mighty oak

Which of the Monkeys: Mikey Dolenze. I was also a goofball growing up.

Favorite color: Navy Blue

Something I hate a bunch: My current lack of motivation

Something I adore: Reading and writing

In my junk drawer: Screwdriver, misc. hardware, a roll of breath mints, white glue, a photo of my children when they were very young.

OK, that was fun.