Massive attacks on peaceful individuals this morning.

This morning I have recieved word that there has been a mass killing of thousands. They were all peacefully gathered together, like they normally are, and out of nowhere the lone assassin attacked. This assassin has to be a professional because in just a matter of a few minutes the thousands were all cut down with precision. Apparently, reports are saying this isn’t the first time something like this has happened either. It seems that this assassin strikes about once every couple of months. What is the world coming to?

A better question is where did this attack happen and who is this professional assasin?

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Mission Complete

It’s over. Finished. Done.

Last Thursday it became official. My long stretch of training, 8 weeks to be exact, to be a personal banker came to a close. Now it is time to get back to my bank and get ready to dig in. I have a little bit of shadowing to do, meaning I have to watch other bankers in my office work, and then it is time to kick off those training wheels and see how effective I can be as a banker. I feel pretty good about the process and the position. Of course there some areas where I feel a little shakier than others, but overall I feel like I can be effective for our customers.

With that in mind I am going to say that I will not really talk to much anymore about my training. I may have a few comments or stories to share in regards to some of my classmates or day to day happenings with interesting customers, such as the one that asked me if I needed mental help because I seemed a little mentally slow. That was a real confidence booster if I do say so myself.

Some non work related things to talk about. Well not much really, but I am sick of posting only about work so I am attempting to get back into the flow of writing regularly. The big thing is that deer season is only a few weeks away. To say that I can’t wait would be an absolute understatement. I told my Dad this morning that I had a dream about deer season and in that dream it was opening morning, I couldn’t hunt early but went out a little later and when I hit the woods there was about 2 or 3 feet of snow. I don’t know if I want to have that much snow, but hopefully that is a signal that maybe we will have a little bit of snow for the season. It makes it so much nicer to sit and easier to spot deer in thick underbrush cover. Although looking that the day out there today it is hard to imagine having snow within 3 weeks.

I picked up a couple of new books and cd’s over the course of my training, most recently a book that has an interesting take on religion. So far it has been pretty interesting. To set this up a little, over the last year or so as I have become closer to God and have really started building a strong Christian foundation for myself, I have started formulating a theory of sorts. There has always been a battle between science in religion, with each side saying that the other is completely off base and impossible. The biggest arguement here is probably the origins of the universe which is the famous “Big Bang theory vs. Creationism” battle. Science feels that the universe was basically created by some sort of large explosion in space while religion says that God created everything in just 7 days. As I continue to think and read through things I have started to come to the conclusion that both theories are correct to a point. Basically the science backs up the religion and vice versa. Essentially that I believe that God created everything and I believe strongly in faith in God, however the science doesn’t make religion null and void. Instead it backs up the religion. Think of it like this. If God is the “WHO” then science is the “HOW”.  God created everything and science is showing what it looked like when he did it, although it is important to note here that just because science is showing what it looked like doesn’t mean that science can reproduce what God did/does. Ok, so now that I have given you a very “out there” thought of mine I will get to the point. I bought a book by the Dr. Francis Collins. He is the head of the human genome project and one of the most prominent scientists in the world today. His book is called “The Language of God”. What he is attempting to do is show, with much greater detail and intelligence than I can, how science backs up all of religion. I am not very far into it, but so far it seems pretty interesting.

A couple of the other books I picked up were written by Neil Peart, drummer for the Canadian progressive rock band “RUSH”. As a drummer he is simply amazing. I didn’t know that he was a writer also and I stumbled across a couple of books he has written about life on the road, his musical influences, journeys he has taken and so on. I have read about the first 3rd of the one book and it is very interesting to read. I think the one thing that is interesting is when he talks about music that he is listening to and how he interprets some of the same music that I listen to. There was one spot early on where he was talking about driving on this road trip he is taking and how he was just cruising along, listening to music and drumming along on the steering wheel. I couldn’t help but wonder what it sounds/looks like to see a drummer as good as he is just tapping along to music on the steering wheel or a table or whatever. Sort of like trying to picture someone like Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen playing air guitar along with some music.

As for the cd’s I picked up….well they were mostly jazz cd’s with the exception of “The Who’s Greatest Hits”.

Anyhow, I think I am going to stop writing here for now and start watching some college football. Right now I have the Minnesota Gophers on and they are losing 7-0 already. Oh well, there is also a Michigan game and Ohio State game on at the moment so I have something else to flip to if the Gophers start getting blown out.

Have a good weekend.

That hits the spot….

I know, I know…..

I haven’t upheld my promise yet to tell the story about the skunks, speedos and suprise swimming. I have been busy and just haven’t had much of a chance to write. I was hoping to get to that this past weekend, but with another stellar showing of Attaboy on both Friday and Saturday night in the Cook, MN area, I just never really got around to it. Well, it was a stellar showing except for the fact I was sick as all get out, a warm thank you goes out to my loving wife for being kind enough to share her cold with me ;). Oh, I can’t forget about my acrobatic drumming that took place on Saturday night either. Saturday was just a bizarre night.

 Anyhow, I will still get to those items. I just wanted to share a “that hits the spot moment” that I feel coming on shortly. It will really hit the spot since we were fortunate enough to enjoy some crisp fall-like weather today! This is my favorite time of year and I am pumped to feel the weather changing, even if that means old man winter is close behind.

As for what is going to hit the spot…..that will be either a Caramel High Rise or whatever the minty flavored hot drink is at Caribou Coffee!

So what hits the spot for you on a crisp fall day?

My Apologies….

I want to apologize for not writing very much lately.

I had some grand ideas that while I was in training I would have all of this free time in the evenings to just write all evening. I have done some writing, none of which is intended for this site. Call it a little practice in writing some fiction, capturing some ideas, etc…

It seems that I was off in my assumptions about having so much time to write. Don’t get me wrong, I do have my evenings free. It is just that since I am sitting in a classroom all day long, when I get off of work for the day I have been spending more time outside of my hotel room. That includes at least 3 trips a week to my favorite store, Barnes and Noble.

Speaking of Barnes and Noble, last week while I was down there I glanced through this book that I thought looked very interesting. It is called “Imponderables”. Well, I had mentioned it to Omega and then she went and bought it for me when she came down and suprised me with a mid week visit! That was so awesome of her and I absolutely never saw it coming. In fact, just minutes before she was pulling in to the hotel I had been trying to call her and was starting to get a little mad and a lot worried because she hadn’t called yet after work and it was about a half hour after she was supposed to get off.

It was a great suprise!

Anyhow, back to “Imponderables”. It is basically a collection of wierd information that attempts to answer some of lifes biggest mysteries. Such as why do priests wear black, was there an actual “Dr. Pepper” and many other fun questions. I think this will be a lot of fun to share some of these with you here, so keep an eye out for some of those. For the record I am not going to just retype the book here. I will basically state the question and then do my best to summarize the answer, as some of the topics are more than a few pages long. I am also hoping that some of these will generate some discussion and ideas as to some more ideas for my little “Research Project” feature. I do still have the information that was suggested before and the next installment there will be in response to April’s question about the history of Vaseline.

As for right now though, it is bed time. I have to be up early tomorrow and work at the bank and then I will take off tomorrow afternoon for Duluth and another week of training. This week should go by pretty quickly though and I will have company on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Omega is going to come down and stay with me Wednesday to Thursday, coming home later in the evening Thursday night. It is her birthday on Thursday so it will be nice to have her down there with me!

Although, if you can all keep a secret, I still have no idea what I am going to get her for her birthday……I better get that figured out! But don’t tell her that I told you that, alright?….;)

If I get a chance I will give a little recap of a nice relaxing Labor Day weekend and what has been happening in regards to my training. Again I do apologize that I have been a little lax here on the site, but I promise that once training is finished it will get back to normal, if not better than normal!

Talk to you soon and hang in there with me for just a bit longer! Have a great week!

As the world turns….

Or something like that anyways.

Just a brief weekend wrap-up/preview of the upcoming week.

Home last friday night and watched the Vikings defense dominate in a preseason win over the Jets, visited a bit with my parents later in the evening and then came home. Saturday found Omega and I meeting up with my parents and my sister’s family at the Minntac Company picnic. That was a good time. I still can’t help but think how nice it would be as a company to have enough money in to just shut down all of Ironworld for a private party. Anyhow, Omega and I left there at around 1 or 1:30 roughly and she headed over to Hoyt Lakes to visit with our family over there while I headed up north to the South Switch, near Cook, where I came out of rock and roll retirement for the debut of Attaboy.

Attaboy is the band that Than has put together, consisting of Than on guitar and vocals, Liam on bass (switching off with Than at times to guitar) and myself helping with some of the vocals and of course, drumming. Going into the gig I admit I was a bit unsure. I felt like I really didn’t care if I played in a band or not.  I also was a little curious to see how this would all play out since prior to taking the stage on saturday evening, the three of us had not played as a group together even once. No rehearsal, just jumping in and going for it. Granted, Than and I have played together in the old band and Than and Liam have played together over the years, but as a group we had never played together.

Can you see why I was a bit apprehensive about the situation? Needless to say, it went well. It actually pretty much rocked the house and we are already being asked to play some additional gigs because of how well it went on Saturday. So that was pretty cool and I had a lot of fun. I think more than anything it got me to be okay with life after the ‘Snakes, so that I realized that I can still have fun playing in a totally different group.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no intentions of jumping back into playing every single weekend like we used to. I think in a perfect world we would play maybe once a month. Just enough to have fun, makes some extra cash, but not have to tie up all of my weekends. Than and I talked about maybe trying to get things set up on sort of a once every 3 weeks deal, which would be okay I think also. It would just depend on the weekends and what I had going on.

Most importantly though, I got to be home with Omega for most of the weekend, except Saturday, which I needed greatly. I do want to mention that while I was away at training last week Omega took it upon herself to “remodel” the bathroom. I admit that when she told me on the phone earlier last week what she was doing I thought that maybe she was getting into a project that was a little too big for her to handle alone, as well as too big for our budget. By the time I got home last Friday evening though, she was just putting the finishing touch on the paint and it was about done. Let’s just say it was stupid of me to worry about it because it looks great! She did a wonderful job giving our bathroom a much needed facelift! To that I say to Omega, sorry for worrying about it and having doubts. You did a fantastic job and it looks great! Thank you for making our home look a little better! Love you 😉

So anyways, that was my weekend. I am all packed and ready to go now for another week of training in Duluth. I will be leaving town in probably an hour or so, just have to stop and get a haircut quickly then Omega and I are going to grab some dinner before I head out of town.

If I get a chance I will post some more over the week, otherwise I will get something up next weekend when I am home again!

Have a good week!

A new purchase…

The last week/weekend has been just a total blur and honestly right now I dont’ feel like recapping it all in detail. Lets just say last week was absolutely hectic at work and I just seemed to drag on. Friday I got off about noon, picked up my new glasses and sunglasses, drove a ton, then drove some more, had a nice relaxing visit with Omega’s parents and some of the family even though it was really short, drove a ton more, tried one of the new Dairy Queen Waffle Bowls and it was tasty, got home and started the work week over. That for me equals up to just a whole bunch more driving. That kind of sums up the last week and weekend for me, which brings me to my new purchase tonight. Not that it is anything really big or dramatic or even fun, but I bought my very first Weed Eater Lawn Trimmer. I will put it to use tomorrow night, as long as it doesn’t rain, when I plan on doing the yardwork. Our lawn is way past overdue to be mowed, which is a whole different story that I don’t feel like getting into either.

Random thought for the day: I wish I could find some sort of home based business, something along the lines of Omega’s Close to My Heart Scrapbooking business only more geared towards something that I know at least something about, that I could do on the side to make a little extra income. There just isn’t anything out there with the selling potential of scrapbooking and believe me, I have conisdered going into that and putting my sales skills to good use in a side job as well. I won’t do that at all though because A) I know nothing about scrapbooking, stamping or card making, B)It would look awfully strange for me to be selling scrapbooking, stamping and card making supplies and C) I want to see Omega make money at this and I don’t want to compete with her for potential customers as it would be pointless because they would all want to work with her since she knows what she is talking about!

Another busy week…

Well, I guess it isn’t so much a busy week as it is a busy first half of the week. As I have mentioned we have this project going at work the will finally be pretty much over this Wednesday! Even though that is only 2 days away it certainly feels about 2 months away. The days are long, mentally exhausting and most of all they keep me from doing my regular work, which means lots of fires to put out all at once. Those of you who have ever been in any form of sales can surely relate.

On top of work I have to get to Duluth sometime after work to pick up my new glasses and get them all fitted before the weekend, then I have to get all my work done so that I am ready to leave town late Friday afternoon/early evening. We are heading down to Omega’s parents near New Ulm, MN so I will be on the go all weekend as well. That is ok though, because in addition to being able to visit and get out of town for a few days, I will be able to hopefully get some nice pictures of spring-time in southern Minnesota.

I feel like I am running out of time to get everything done this week but then again it is only Monday night. Hopefully things settle down soon.

Things I would like to do this week if I have time:
1-see a movie, preferably Spider-Man 3.
2-either hit the golf course or at the very least the driving range after work.
3-do a bit more work processing the massive number of photo’s that I have on my computers hard drive.
4-do some grilling at the house here
and 5-get a little rest.

Speaking of rest, I think it is about bed time for me. So with that quick, probably incoherent update I bid you goodnight. If I get a chance I will try to make another post later in the week to let you know about how my “to do” list went. I am predicting that if I get 1 out of the 5 I will be doing good!