Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Please note: the opinions I express here are solely mine at the time of writing, and may or may not apply any longer. If reading something that I've written in the past may change your opinion or thoughts of me, please proceed no further.
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Why I No Longer Support HoneyBaked Ham

by Shane Holden – December 16, 2014

One would think that if you were a weekly regular to an establishment, if they ever had any questions, they’d simply ask. Or just as good, they’d ask their employees if they ever saw anything that they thought was out of the norm. Or even better, they’d get to know their frequent customers, since repeat customers are the lifeline of many small businesses. But not Ms. Beechy, which I must say that last name needs a “t” strategically placed in it.

One would think that the corporate offices of a brand would care about how an owner has mishandled a situation, and reach out to the wronged. Or even better, ensure that it would never happen to any customer in the future. But not HoneyBaked ham.

My brothers and I have been weekly visitors to the Honeybaked Ham, or HBH as we called it, for over 5 years now. Sometimes eating there twice a week when they had a special sandwich like the pretzel bread sandwiches that came in around November. We really didn’t even have to order any more, we just walked in and paid, because the staff knew us enough to know that we always got our regular, and got it often. Tuesday was our regular day because of the infamous two-stamp Tuesday. Stamps meaning you got your loyalty card punched and after 10 punches you got a free sandwich. But from what we were about to learn, you better use them as you earn them, or Ms. Beechy would renege on the cards, refusing them, and apparently receive the okay from corporate since they their customers as much as she does. See the thing is, she never worked in her Dalton store, and only recently came in, changed up the staff, killed the friendly atmosphere, and ran that sucker into the ground. Some people aren’t meant to be in customer relations, and she is one of them.

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What Cancer Can't Do

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Woodworking

by Shane Holden – December 9, 2014

We’ve not started yet, but I think we’ve found a new hobby that will be both fun and beneficial. We’ve got a pocket hole jig kit on it’s way, because we’re wanting to give making tables and some other furniture a try. We’ve found some really great plans online, and the pictures look phenomenal of the finished product. We’re very patient and meticulous, so I have no doubts that we’ll be able to make some beautiful tables.  Who knows, a new side gig for the evenings & weekends? I’m looking forward to sharing the outcome of this new little hobby sometime in the future!

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Giant Sweet Tea Batch

I am doing it right today and making 4 gallons of sweet tea for the week. That should last us a few days atleast :)

by Shane Holden – November 30, 2014

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Thanksgiving Was Good

by Shane Holden – November 28, 2014

We had Thanksgiving at my brother’s this year and it was nice. We went down several hours early to help set up tables and chairs, and to get the turkey ready to cook. We also fixed the cranberry salad that we usually have since Billy didn’t have a chance to make it yet. Our aunts (Mom’s sisters) and one of their husbands, and their kids came as well as one of Billy’s friends and her kids. It was nice to see everyone. For some reason Dad didn’t feel the need to join us, so we’re a little sore at him about thatoh well. Man I’m telling you, it’s hard to beat a deep fried turkey.

We also took the opportunity to check out Billy’s hive of bees, and his is doing so well! I’m glad, since he only has one hive. I was afraid his may have looked like a couple of ours, but thankfully no.

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Fixed!

by Shane Holden – November 12, 2014

Cats are apparently the new rabbits when it comes to breeding. Our one stray cat has quickly become X cats now. I love them to death, but holy cow is she one fertile cat. There’s a stray male that comes often, we’ve named him Bruce, and he is undoubtedly the dad. It’s impossible to get anywhere near him, so we’ve taken the responsible approach this morning and dropped Mini (the Mom) and her 4 kittens (now cats) off to all be fixed. Strays seem to make their way to our house and end up being pets, but this will atleast stop ours from having more or having liters at others’ houses. The ride to the shop was pretty loud with some upset cats and I imagine when we pick them up this evening they are going to be ill.

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Missing Mom

by Shane Holden – November 4, 2014

Today marks 4 years since Mom was here. I’m spending the day 400 miles from home working with my brother helping our brother on a project. The drive gives you lots of time to think, and I’ve thought alot about how blessed we were to have had one of the greatest moms imaginable for 25 years. I know we’ll see each other again one day, and knowing that helps wipe away sadness.

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More Jelly!

We are making another batch of jelly. This time it’s crabapple! Pot is on the stove right now.

by Shane Holden – October 20, 2014

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Second Parents

by Shane Holden – October 14, 2014

I think most people that are fortunate enough to have a best friend growing up, whether they are always best friends or grow apart, end up with two people that will always have an irreplaceable place in their hearts. These are the parents that put up with you over summer breaks or after school, not because they had to, but because they wanted to. And because of the love they showed, they will always be your second parents.

We learned today that one of our’s may be having some health problems. This is part of growing up that they don’t each you anything about—what it feels like to learn something like this. We took this chance to drop a card by to let them know that we are thinking about and praying for them, and if they ever need anything, let us know. And we also took the chance to let them know something that we’ve wanted to for a while, that some of our greatest memories while growing up are those with them.

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Bike Accident

by Shane Holden – October 12, 2014

We were about 30 seconds onto the scene of a bicycle accident this afternoon. We turned onto the highway and what looked like something that had fallen out of someone’s vehicle was actually a man. We immediately jumped out and ran to the guy. He was covered in blood mostly from the injuries to his head. He was scared, so we talked to him and tried to keep him to lay still until some help arrived. Another guy that had stopped did the same. I think he will be ultimately okay, thankfully. It sucks seeing someone be involved in something that could have very easily had been death. But it also gives you an opportunity to see the good in people—how people will instinctively stop and try to care for a stranger.

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Retro Play: Smash T.V.

by Shane Holden – October 5, 2014

Smash T.V.

Unfortunately Smash T.V. is a game that we missed out on back when it was new. Even when the sequel came out on SNES it was unknown to us. We decided to give it a try, and it quickly became the next in our lineup. The controls at first took a little bit to get used to—for me atleast. I started and played over half the game using the A button, so I was at a strategic disadvantage. After beginning the game using that method, changing to the locked-aim method took a little practice to get it down, but that became the only way to play shortly after. It allows you not to have to constantly charge the enemies in order to kill them. Without a doubt, after enjoying this hit for a few weeks and finally beating it, we will be trying to get our hands on the SNES version and give it a play. I’ve checked out some video clips on it, and I’m looking forward to comparing it to the first.

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When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.— Henry Ford