Obviously diesel vehicles aren’t quite as common on the road as compared to gasoline vehicles. Which is why most gas stations only have one or two pumps that include diesel, if they even have one at all. What I don’t like though is how those that do have them, have them combined with a gasoline pump, making a dual purpose pump. The pumps are always positioned on the outside, and for some reason people are more attracted to the outside pumps it seems. Because when they are need of gas, with multiple inside pumps free, which pump do they choose? Of course the outside pump blocking access to the diesel pump for any diesel consuming vehicles in need.
I’ve wasted so much time waiting for access to diesel pumps while driving the 2500HD Silverado work truck. I’m not usually a in-a-hurry type person, but when every minute you burn is burning potential sleep time that night that you’re going to miss out on, it’s easy not to like it.
Motorcycle ride through the mountains to Tellico Plains for Father’s Day.
A few photos from this set
A walk around the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama.
A few photos from this set
After living for a while in a state that has a ban on smoking in public places, you forget how truly awesome the ban is. May 2005 was the magic time when Georgia made the move. No more being asked smoking/non-smoking when you’re seated. The biggest problem that I have with the habit is the carelessness and manners, or lack thereof, that seem to follow the nasty habit. Especially like for children, who have to ride in cars with their parents while they smoke away.
I’ve thought about this before, even before running across this image, how we get so caught up in everyday life that we lose contact with those who we used to be in touch with almost everyday. I’m just as guilty as others, even though our circumstances may be completely different. Like a few of my friends from high school I haven’t seen in over a year now. Partly because of me working all the time, as well as them being caught all up in the married life. And some family, like cousins especially, I’ve not seen in over 5+ years. Social networks can help you keep in touch, but I think as time passes, people you know certainly become people you knew. Sure you know who they are, but you don’t really know them any more.
Seeing how siblings usually grow up and grow apart, my brothers and I sort of have this pact that we won’t end up like most families do. Both of my parents have an almost nonexistent relationship with one of their siblings, and as unfortunate as that is, it lies on the other side. The reason that I say that is because my parents are the type of people that will help someone if at all possible and would do as the old saying goes, “give someone the shirt off one’s back.” Being able to see how that is, we’ve all pretty much agreed that that is no option. If I want to call up one of them when I’m older just to see what’s up, I want to be able to do that w/o any awkwardness. With family, especially immediate family, there should be no awkwardness in contacting one another.
The whole spark of this post was a situation over the weekend. I gave my brother a little bit of advice/opinions regarding finances and wanting to try to steer him and his wife in a better direction. We have a great relationship as it is, from being able to joke around with each other between the different type of women we like, to being able to work together with no problems whatsoever. Given that, I wanted to just make sure that I didn’t make him mad or anything with anything I had said. His response was something like, “why would I get mad over something like that? I like to get other’s opinions on things. I think we all have a tighter relationship now than we ever have.” And he is right, we do.
This past weekend was spent re-shingling our house. It’s been overdue for a couple of years now, so since we finally had a break in the rain we decided to do it. My dad, Chase and I spent Saturday removing all of the old ones and Sunday we started putting them down. Chase and I did all of the nailing down while my dad made the cuts that were needed, which worked out pretty well. Dad ended up having to finish it on Monday and Tuesday because we were up in Knoxville working on a project. It’s not 100% yet, but should be in the next day or so. We still have the ridge cap to do and one shingle that needs some excess cut off. At first I wasn’t too sure how the color change would look, but I think it looks even better now. Before and after are below.
It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny. —