Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Really Bad Sunburn

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I honestly don’t think I’ve been as sunburned as I was from this weekend’s kayak adventure in my life. I’m not one that usually tries to self diagnose, but after having swollen legs from the sunburn for what’s now 4 days later I couldn’t help but to. Looks like we were lacking so much sun from over the winter that 4 hours out in it likely gave us some degree of sun poisoning. I always thought that was just a saying, but turns out it’s real and can actually become very serious. Yikes! I’m glad that it seems to be getting better each day, and hopefully now that I’ve been cooked once this year, I won’t get roasted again.

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April 6, 2014


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A weekend of fishing and kayaking with my brothers!

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Celebrating Ben

by Shane Holden – April 3, 2014

Today I took part in celebrating the extraordinary life of a friend and former co-worker. Ben was an individual that will always be remembered by those that knew him. He served his country, had an incredible love for the outdoors, had solid beliefs and never waivered on those, and had a real love for life. Chase and I were lucky to get to spend many many days out in the field working with Ben—we’d alternate days so we each got some field time. We always enjoyed listening to him talk about things he’s been through, things he’d learned, and anything else that our many hours in the car allowed us to talk about. Ben passed on to his family, kids and grandchildren, his wonderful morals and ethics. Something they will continue to pass down. That’s one thing of many about Ben that will live on forever—making the world a better place by having lived.

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Way to go, Georgia!

by Shane Holden – March 25, 2014

It looks like Georgia may be taking a step in the right direction as far as preserving one of the liberties that we have that is clearly guarded in the Constitution. While I applaud the passage of the “most extreme gun bill in the country,” I must say that I am disappointed that it didn’t go further. Now it technically still isn’t law, but is expected to be signed. I’m disappointed because I would love for my state to stand up and be what we ought to be, a Constitutional-Carry state. People are so polarized when it comes to gun rights, but to allow the state to restrict your God-given right, means that you believe that your rights come from your government, and not your humanity—nonsense if you ask me.  The new law will definitely be a step in the right direction, but we have a way to go.

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Money is the barometer

by Shane Holden – March 25, 2014

Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.Ayn Rand

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LASIK Consultation – Unsure Now

by Shane Holden – March 21, 2014

On Wednesday Chase and I had an extremely thorough exam and consultation regarding getting LASIK. The exam couldn’t have gone much better than it did. We are very good candidates for the operation. But the answer to my first question left us disheartened and rethinking our decision that was almost already a 100% for getting it done. “How long does it take the flap to heal or grow back?” “It never grows back.”

I went into this with the unfortunate assumption that the body heals wounds in time. When you get a cut or injury on your body — it heals back. Unfortunately though the flap that they create on the cornea never heals, and is technically always a flap after it’s created. I know this is of no concern to alot of people that undergo the procedure. But for me, I can’t help but wonder what my interests, hobbies, and lifestyle may be in 20+ years. I can’t help but wonder if in a car accident, could the flap get dislodged. Or on the topics of eye infections, wouldn’t the flap, which I would really consider a now open wound, be the potential for a much greater infection?

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Retro Play: Donkey Kong Country

by Shane Holden – March 13, 2014

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Donkey Kong Country is our next choice of retro gaming fun. We’ve moved to another SNES title out of necessity, after hours of frustration trying to get the NES to play. I had forgotten this was one of those games with give you the progress of completion–which I love! I love knowing where I’m at on the road to completion. When we were kids, we always played and tried to beat each game we played 100%. This one so far seems like it will be easily beat, seeing as a little over 20 minutes and we are already at 18%. My favorite part is it being a tag-team 2 player game. This is another title that really brings back memories. We didn’t own the first in the series as kids, but without a doubt rented it a number of times to enjoy.

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What a Transition!

by Shane Holden – March 8, 2014

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I have never been drunk in my life, but the first little bit of wearing glasses feel like what I would imagine it would be like…awful. Glasses are such a step backwards from contacts. Your peripheral vision is shot. Your field of clarity is limited to the focal point directly in the center of the glasses. Everything has the fish-bowl look going on with doorways being curved instead of straight, things appearing further than they actually are, and everything having some movement as your head moves. I have no idea how my brother has worn them for so long, but once the next month is over, I hope I don’t have to wear another pair for a long time to come. I’m hoping the need for reading glasses isn’t this drunken-like, since there’s a big difference in needing to see everything, and only needing to read every once in a while.

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Down & Out, Sick!

by Shane Holden – March 7, 2014

I very rarely ever get sick, thankfully, with the exception of an occasional migraine. But the past couple of days I have felt the equivalent of what I think being hit by a truck might feel like. Freezing, coughing my lungs out, burning up, and aching all over—fun, fun. I would have guessed it would have come from burning the candle at both ends for a while now, but since Dad was sick a few days before, I’m fairly certain that’s where it came from. I slept close to 20 hours straight during yesterday and last night, which was much needed. 3 people sick with the same thing in the same house, talk about lots of coughing. I’m just glad the weekend is here so we can all rest up and hopefully start feeling like somebody again when Monday gets here!

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Excited for Spring

I am so excited for spring now that it’s right around the corner! Bring on the windows down weather!

by Shane Holden – February 28, 2014

Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you.— Madeline Bridge