Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
It appears that we are in for "round 2" of kiddos...
WHO is going to be next??? Hmmmm ;0*)
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
- If you're interested in seeing what we've had done to our condo, click on the pix[^] and then either go through the pictures manually or click on the show button. The show button is much more fun but then you don't get to see the comment.
This all came about as a result of the nexus of several circumstances:
- My desire to have a whirilpool tub
- Saying the heck with it and our decision to redo the whole master bathroom
- The sale of a rental property in Texas to fund major work by the Owner's Accociation
- The Association deciding not to do the major work
- Our realization that life is short
We certainly didn't start out with the idea of a major rennovation, but here we are and it is much more pleasant to enjoy our surroundings than it was to cash a small monthly rent check.
Anyway -come visit and enjoy it with us.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
This is my most favorite picture of my wonderful Husband of 14 years, Ozzy. As the kids say, He's "the man"!
Here's Randall. He looks just like his Dad, huh? (all grown up...)
He's looking more like him every year...
This is the big tree in our backyard...we just can't keep 'em out of it.
Randall and the boys at the waterpark...
Tyler...this is his last day of (Pre-K) school below. He loved it there.
(They're all superheros)...
These are some pics of them just having fun.....at Dominic's Birthday party...First, a couple of Randall and Kat.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Tomorrow on May 1st, a day synonymous with communism and communist movements we’ll reportedly have millions of illegals marching in the streets of major cities to show us their strength. Today I heard that not only will it be Hispanics but Muslims as well. The demonstrations are supported by state governments (California), churches (my own church, in California of course) and silly-assed feel good liberals of all stripes.
If the activities of May 1st do not move you to call your congressional representatives and take a stand, then: you, your grandchildren and all future generations deserve the results.
What are the results?
There is anarchy, a total disrespect for our laws and our sovereignty. We have no borders, certainly no national language (press 1 for English) and no national leaders willing to enforce the laws they have sworn to up hold.
Should our inept national leaders decide to implement the so called “compromise” that hasbeen discussed, those inept leaders will extend a form of citizenship to law breakers. You will hear statements in the current debate that these illegals are not law breakers, they’re simply people looking for a better life. Well, both statements are true but if a legal status is extended, the result will be horrific. Think not? Well, do the math.
Estimates tell us that there are 11,000,000 to 20,000,000 illegals currently in the country. Few of these are here with their families.
If we compromise and say it is 15,000,000 and the Senate and the president have their way, these 15,000,000 will be bestowed a legal status, the immediate impact will be twofold. First they’ll be able to lay claim on the entire range of social services, forcing higher taxes (property, income and sales) to support. Second they’ll be able to bring their families into the country. Now we can multiply the 15,000,000 by as much as 5, adding 60,000,000 to the population. That 60,000,000 would be on the lower end of the economic scale and ultimately be able to VOTE.
Get the picture?
60,000,000 new citizens or legal residents, considering a current population of 300,000,000 means the new population would represent 16% to 15% of our population, a dramatic shift in the demographics of our country. If you consider that more than half of our current population pays exactly no incomes tax, then in the future envisioned by the senate and silly-assed liberals, something like 65% of the population will pay no taxes and be able to vote. Guess how our professional politicians get elected. Here’s a hint, they promise the masses something for nothing. Here’s another question. How to they pay for the promise? Here’s a hint, if you pay taxes then the politicians are promising your money away and will be doing so on far more dramatic terms because they will have a larger, non-tax paying group to cater too.
Mad yet? Probably not. If you are, then what can be done?
Let me repeat. Call your legislatures. Call your representative. Call your senators. Call the Whitehouse.
For my money, what needs be done:
Build a real fence on the southern border.
Actually enforce the law against both the illegals and the businesses that hire them
One and two above are a start. I do realize that there is a need for foreign labor so we need a guest worker program. To do that correctly and in a manner that allows our laws to be enforced, we need to support the guest worker program with state of the art identification cards. Those cards would be issued not here but in countries where the workers (should) live. That includes many South American countries. Those cards would be issued by a US Government agency and be encoded with biometrics that identify the worker and possibly a GPS signal capability. Once a worker is qualified and issued a card that worker could then contact US employers via web-site that matched business needs to worker capabilities. Once the card is issued and an employer accepts the worker, then and only then can he come to the USA.
Once the engagement between employer and worker is completed, the worker must leave. I believe the employer should fund transportation costs, something as simple as bus fare. If the ID card is GPS enabled then we'd know the location of the worker.
Any illegal caught violating the law / rules would then lose all privileges of entry into the USA for all times.
What should be done if our government continues to fail us? Ultimately it is the citizens of the country who must be in control, after all our form of government is democratic and the people must speak and be heard.
How can we make them listen if they refuse?
A set of simple steps:
On January 1, submit a W-4 claiming 99 dependents. That will squeeze the nation's coffers since virtually no tax revenue will be collected.
On January 1, cash in any and all government bonds, further squeezing the federal government.
Cease any and all political contributions and when asked why, explain.
On January 1, contact your mortgage company and get the paperwork you need to fill out that says you no longer want them to escrow for your property taxes. Then refuse to pay those property taxes – that will squeeze local governments just as we did with the federal government. It will takes years of action for the local government to do anything significant in the way of collection activity. The minute they take action pay the minimum necessary to get them off your back.
On April 15th of the following year fill out the federal tax form that requests an automatic 4 month extension for your federal income taxes.
On August 15th of that same year make your personal decision whether or not you’ll pay. My guess is that by that time the federal government will have gotten the message or the country would have imploded.
I’m not sure which is worse. An imploded national government or a country that has been handed over to an invading army, which is what is now taking place.
I believe our country is committing national suicide, for corporate greed and silly-assed liberal feel good notions. The next time someone explains to you that these people just want a better life, remember that they got here illegally and achieved employment by using falsified social security numbers and utilizing other falsified papers – so, extending a legal status to these people is extending a legal status to people who have already proven they have no respect for our laws.
The point is, we lose and lose big if you don’t do something. The “something” today is as difficult as making a couple of phone calls and making your voice heard. Later it gets much much worse.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Here is what I did:
Identified the files I wanted to back up
Using winzip, zip up the files
Get on my Google gmail account and create yet another
Create an email from my old account to my new one
Attach the zipped file to the email and hit send
Now I have a redundant copy of those important file, 1 in my sent folder and 1 in my new in-box. Really works well, Google storing my files for me. Since they give you a little more than 2 gigabytes of space per account, I'm good for a while and have to find a new way to justify a new PC.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The title of this post is "eight of the people arrested were illegal immigrants" but I would like to point out that they ARE illegal immigrants. You have to understand that up here in the "Great Northwest", we seem to be very politically correct.
Three pounds of Meth and four pounds Pot? Eight of the nine "were" illegal?
No, there's no cause for concern here.... read the article for yourself.
I guess a fair question is; what would have prevented this? Would a change in our immigration laws have stopped this from happening? Maybe tighter border security, deploy the National Guard!
How can we rid our country of illegal immigrants? During World War II, we put a lot of people in internment camps to “protect” our citizens. Now understand that I’m NOT suggesting this course of action, but would like to point out that we have come a long way since then…..maybe too far.
We have to address the issues of illegal immigration and border security better then we have in recent history. Otherwise, our country will continue to arrest, prosecute and keep these illegal immigrants using our tax dollars and burdening a legal system they are not entitled to.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
In the current debate, these children are called, “anchor babies”. The idea being that “you” won’t want to deport the parents (here illegally) if their children, born here, are citizens.
The question becomes, what do you do where “you” is the United States of America.
First there needs to be an effective wall built on the Southern border.
Yes, it can be done – Google up some research on Israel to see how effective this can be.
Second, as MG stated there needs to be serious penalties for any business that employs an illegal, migrant worker. Maybe a hand slap the first time, a stiff penalty the second, and forfeiture of their business and jail time the third. The effect will be to dry up the opportunities for work. This should be followed by a voluntary migration back to thee home of origin for these people.
Third, create special migrant centers in Mexico and other countries. These migrant centers would issue biometric (possibly GPS enabled) migrant worker identification cards. Once issued to a potential migrant worker, the worker can then contact employers through a web-based system that is accessed in the migrant worker center. If they connect with an employer then their migrant worker identification card would be authorized to allow entry into the United States.
If the now legal migrant worker wants to become a citizen and his background permits, he can apply for citizenship through a formalized process.
Forget about and fight against the garbage about creating paths to citizenship for the illegals already here. Allowing that is the next step into turning our country into something you don’t want for your grandchildren.
Along those lines, at today’s march of illegals in Dallas the news captured a leader of LULAC as he exhorted the crowd with, “this is our land, we’re not going anywhere”. This “our land” exhortation is (as I’ve been told) the battle cry of Hispanics who are working to create a Hispanic homeland in our country. Read up on LULAC, LaRaza, the Reconquistador movement, MEChA (Aztlan) – think long and hard, then make your voice heard.
Dig into Lulac[^]
and read between the lines.
Dig into LaRaza[^] and read between the lines.
Dig around on some of the links provided by MEChA[^]
If you don't read anything else, dig into Aztlan[^] - this is what is at risk, a Hispanic homeland carved out of your country, helped along by cowardly poiticians.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
We are asking, no demanding that our elected leaders perform their constitutional duty and protect our borders. For them to guarantee our border security, more then a wall will be required.
A bi-partisan solution has to be created that will address border security and illegal immigration. I don’t think we can successfully address one without thoughtfully addressing the other. I don’t think we can put a wall up and deport every illegal in the country back to their homeland (even if we knew where their homeland was). Mostly because when those illegals give birth in the US, then they are US citizens according to the 14th amendment.
So when we ask our elected leaders to perform their constitutional duty, we cannot be selective as to which constitutional duties we are asking them to execute. There will have to be compromise to the extent where those in this country illegally have motivation to become legal US citizens. If not, then they will continue to be the financial burden of every legal citizen and community across America.
This motivation should come from those who employ non-documented workers. These employers should be severely fined, and if found to continually violate policy, be subjected to more harsh penalties such as liquidation, or forced retrenchment. This is similar to the policy for violations of the EPA. If there were no employers willing to hire them would they come?
I have agreed, in part, to almost each of the proposals recently talked about on the Hill. I think the real question is, are there a couple of leaders in this country willing to put forth a proposal that will possibly lose them the “swing” vote in the next election for the greater good of our country.
Those same buffoons have now converted the problem they have created such that it is now an immigration problem. So let me have the luxury of repeating myself, I AM SICK AND DAMNED TIRED OF THE POLITICIANS WHO REFUSE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS THEY HAVE CREATED BY IGNORING THE DANGER.
Sorry President Bush, as much as I respect you, it is not a problem with our immigration laws it is a problem with you and your partners on both sides of the political spectrum who refuse to do their constitutional duty and protect our borders.
The most recent farce was the idiotic dance in the Senate. If you didn’t watch it or pay attention to what went on, a couple of bills introduced in the Senate focused on creating a path to citizenship for people who are here illegally.
That would have been the equivalent of rewarding the guy who tried to jack your car by forcing you to buy him a new one. Just how stupid are these people?
Those Senate bills were roundly defeated, the most egregious being the McCain / Kennedy piece of garbage. That was soundly rejected.
Then there was the farce created by Frist / Reid. This was a “compromise”. This particular compromise INCORPORATED AND EXPANDED the McCain / Kennedy bill – the same bill that was defeated earlier that same day.
The House of Representatives has it right. They have a bill that focuses on border security. Of course the senate can’t stomach it, because it makes sense.
What can you do? Don’t say nothing because it is time to wrest back your country. Consider the following:
Put them on notice. I mean you should let Washington DC (the President, your Representative in the House, your two senators) know how you feel. Call and email each and all.
When you call and / or email, tell them:
If they don’t do anything about border security, and I mean build a real wall like Israel has done, that you’ll mail in your voter registration card and sit out the next election.
Make sure they know you’re a voting Republican or Democrat.
Let them know your household income (you’ll see why below).
Tell them you’ll cash in any US savings bonds you happen to own, this will put a drain on the Treasury if there are any significant number of bond holders out there.
Tell them that on 1-1-2007 you’ll submit a W4 form claiming 99 (or the maximum amount) of dependents so the government will have a limited flow of income during the year.
And if we still don’t get something done, continue not voting and continue the W4 activity years into the future. No, it won’t hurt our country because we’ll have lost it anyway.
Well, we went to the circus the other day.....what did we see? Tyler the Tiger!! (Boy did we have fun with this one! I don't know what was more fun, getting ready and practicing, or the actual production at school).Of course Oz did all the make up and costume design. (remember Spiderman?)It was so cute! Just check out these shots.....He really fit the part! They had a wonderful time.
"A Star is Born..."
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Geez, this is taking forever. We've now nearly completed our painting project, but not totally.
- The office is painted and Margie did a superlative job. Instead of "just" a color Margie did sponging for the walls. What "we" did was create a Florida kinda room with a coral color. The way it was done was: 1) wash the walls and ceiling with a solution of TSP, 2) rinse the walls and ceiling with clean water, 3) prime the ceiling with Killz [a kick butt primer that hides everything], 4) prime the walls with a tintable primer that contained pigment that matched the first coat of color, 5) paint the ceiling with an off-white called "Honey Bloom", 6) paint the walls with an undercoat of Blaze Red, 7) apply a Coral color, using sea sponges instead of a brush or typical roller. The result is really slick and makes it look like high dollar wall paper.
- Three walls of the living area are painted a nifty green color. We went through the same drill on those walls: 1) wash, 2) rinse, tinted primer, 3) paint - but no sponging.
- The other wall in the living area is yellow, again the same drill. We carried the yellow color down the hallway. Unlike with the green, we did a special effects thing on the yellow. We mixed in some sparkling granite chips. The result on the yellow walls is a sparkling effect when the light hits it just right.
- The TV now sits inside one wall of the living area, in one of the green walls. It is really pretty, the 61" TV is framed in the green wall with a 3" wide frame, painted off white to match the ceiling.
All of this goes very nice with the bamboo floors.
This weekend we'll paint the kitchen. We're going to carry the yellow into the kitchen and get rid of that gawd-awful orange color I chose umpty-two years ago,
Next week we're having our remaining bathroom redone. This isn't as major an undertaking as the other bathroom was. Here we're going to install a stacked washer and dryer and use the bamboo flooring that remains instead of tile. This means our full size shower will be a half sized shower as the washer and dryer will go in that area. We'll install a new toilet, the black one just doesn't look right now that everything else in our home is brightly colored. Of course, this means more painting. We're going to try another sponging technique on this bath, using a glaze. It should be interesting.
Once the bath and kitchen are complete we're going to re-do the paint in the master bedroom. We aren't satisfied with the paint job the contractor did so we're going to re-paint it using the same color but use a technique called "dragging". That is a base coat of a high gloss (for color and slickness), with a top coat of the same color but maybe a slight variation. You put the top coat on over the base, then take a stiff bristled brush and drag it through the top coat creating lines in the covering. It will look something like a linen finish.
Once we finish that, I'm propping my feet up for a while.
Friday, February 17, 2006
On Valentine’s Day my son (and eldest Gaskey Grandchild) Randall asked for her hand in marriage and presented her with an engagement ring. (She accepted!) The neat part of the story is that this is the also ring that my husband, Ozzy proposed to me with, and my brother Michael also gave to his wife, Nani when they became engaged. (Isn’t that sweet! I think we’ve started a tradition here…) Wearers of “the ring” so far have been together for 15+ years…It has been at the beginning of at least two successful unions.
Randall will be the first “Gaskey Grandchild” to get married.
They are looking at dates between 7-12 months from now. (Doug will you be able to marry by then? hint, hint) Kat is a nice girl and just seems to bring out the best of Randall; and the most important part is that Tyler just loves Kat and Dominic both!
A little about Kat. She is 25 and the mother of 6 year old Dominic. She recently moved here from California. She is an Assistant Manager at Bed Bath and Beyond in Plano. She does not drink and they all attend church on Sunday as a family. She has definitely been a good influence on Randall.
I think that she is very lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of our unique and ever growing family; we are lucky to have her and she will certainly add a new aspect to our family in general. Our family is one of a kind and there is a deep love for one another. That’s not only the definition of “my branch of the family” but rather the “Gaskey Family” in general.
Tyler is in Pre-K, learning a Kindergarten curriculum at present and doing is very well. The plan is for Tyler to move in with them after school lets out in May. He is looking forward to it.
Now, that last part is what is going to be difficult for Oz and I, but isn't this a parent's goal? Tyler is so very excited. He especially loves having Dom for a playmate… they even have a puppy now.
It will be nice to enjoy the leisurely part of being Grandparents … plus we just got our hot tub!
Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them well.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
1. Grab a calculator. (You won't be able to do this one in your head.)
2. Key in the first three digits of your phone number (NOT the area code).
3. Multiply by 80
4. Add 1
5. Multiply by 250
6. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number
7. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again.
8. Subtract 250
9. Divide number by 2
Do you recognize the answer?
Pretty cool huh!
(this message was brought to you courtesy of my little brother)
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
We still haven't put everything back in it's proper place. We have 3 bedrooms worth of "stuff" (actually an office and 2 bedrooms) scattered on the balcony (hope nothing blows off) and in our living room, hallway and dining area. It really is fun to have to stumble over "stuff". Oh yeah, the dust is great too. I never in my wildest imagination (and I have an active one) would I have thought that a little sanding could generate dust dunes, but for sure we'll get that taken care of as well.
I haven't posted any pictures from Christmas, much less the renovations, since one of the things that is scattered all over the house happens to be our personal, non-work PC. With luck we can get that set back up and I can go back to ranting about things I can't control. Or not. Now that we've done the back of the condo (bath, bedroom, walk-in) it has become apparent that we need to do something about painting the rest of the place and re-carpeting. We're toying with not doing carpet but going with a bamboo floor. Bamboo is interesting, more expensive than laminate flooring (imitation wood) and less expensive than wood. Since it is a renewable resource (bamboo grows fast) it doesn't come at a premium. So we still have a decision to make, wood v. carpet v. laminate v. bamboo.
Oh, did I say the bedroom is red?
Monday, January 16, 2006
Everything on the home front is going well for us. We have a plan in the works that might get us back to the east coast around the June timeframe. We thought since we have already visited Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina it was time for an extended visit to the north in Virginia. Not to mention the fact that we have found the "Great Northwest" unappealing.
This is sort of nostalgic for me in a sense. I remember when we were in North Carolina and Grandpa and Grandma came to visit there. This is when I think Grandpa became a Republican! After their visit to see our youngest daughter (and the youngest Grand child) I actually thought there was a change in beliefs during this visit. During the visit to North Carolina there was the chance to see and experience many (a few) of the things that make our country great. This experience I think changed some beliefs, to an extent anyway.
So here we are, close to twenty years of service to the Country, and still looking for a place to call home. Hopefully these next couple of years will help to clear the waters for us. It'd be nice for my oldest daughter Veronica, (the 14 year old named after her Great Grandmother and Aunt) to spend her high school years in the same school. You can wager that I'm going to work for that to happen. She happens to have a unique combination, academic and athletic ability. Guess where I place the emphasis.
Speaking of academic accomplishments, I'd be remised not to mention a March 5th graduation. I will be graduating with a Master's of Science in Management degree (MSM). If you didn't know me, you'd never understand. That's because somewhere along the way I grew up. Must have been on August 12th, 1988. That's when I married my wife, Sun Yon. She's the only person that has unquestionable stood beside and in front of me. She provided the needed direction and support, right on time. I didn't want to disappoint and didn't even know it until I really understood. Not bad for a high school dropout!
It's difficult for me to talk about my family without fully acknowledging some things my sister thought or may think I forgot. I have to say I never forgot anything, I just didn't find use for a lot of the things I do recall (that's for you Tina). That's just who I am. I do know and remember everything as it happened! I just want to live in today and work to be the best father and husband I can be. We are all imperfect; I just want those imperfections to be less pronounced so my children can have the best example of what to be.
Wow, didn't mean for that to happen, but I got to take it in stride. I only have to answer to a few folks, and they all just happen live under the same roof! If I left off here, I'd not have talked about Joseph or Shauna, and I couldn't do that.
Joseph is my only son and is 10 years old. He's a great guy. Smart as can be, sometimes too smart! He's in 4th grade but in 5th grade classes (how does that work)? Must be like an ace in the whole, like I ever had one! I think he's still looking for what he finds interesting, he finds interesting, not me. But that's cool, he's a great son. I'll do what I can to point him in a direction seemingly successful, but you just have to know Joseph. He is successful and I'm sure always will be.
Shauna is my little baby girl. She's the one who never gets in (real) trouble. She's just too cute for that! I sometimes worry about her in school, but have to realize what her strengths are. I'll be bold here and say that academics are not her strong suite. She is just too innocent for simple things. It must be hard for her to keep up with the rest of her class. Her birthday is the 9th of September and the cutoff for school was 1 September. So really she is a year behind in age compared to the majority of her classmates. This happened because I was selfish. Her brother was in the grade in front of her and I didn't want there to be two years separating the two of them. I thought it'd be cool for her big brother to be there for her in case a boy gave her trouble later. Regardless, she is a great compliment to her big sister, just the opposite.
Again, I intended this to be an update for those regular readers of the "A Random Chance" blog. I enjoy reading what is happening with the rest of the family and only wanted to help everyone see where we have been and might be going. I encourage those who have not submitted a post here to bring us up to date with you.
Friday, January 06, 2006
The 3 bedrooms were fairly small as you may remember if you ever visited. That really didn't matter much since one of the three was used as my office and the other just a junk room. The change we're making combines half of one of the bedrooms with the master bedroom, making it an actual master bedroom. Doing this makes the master bedroom and the rennovated bathroom a master suite. The resulting bedroom is roughly 23 feet by 18 feet, big enough for a party.
The remaining half of the bedroom (the other half is being added to the master) is being converted into a walk-in closet - giving Margie back her lost closet space. I get some too and really need it because in between the two combined rooms was a small closet that was a part of the original master bedroom(on the master bedroom side) and another small closet in the bedroom beng used as an office. The walk-in closet will be 16 feet by 8 feet. We'll outfit it with a closet system, We discovered that you can find some nifty such systems, custom designed, on line.
The other thing we're doing is embedding our large screen TV into the living room wall. The back of the living room is a closet so we'll lose half of that to house the TV. That is okay because, well, we're adding a walk-in as discussed above. The result will be more living room space.
Of course the Christmas Tree is still up and we have "stuff" sitting everywhere and everything is a complete mess at the moment. Once it is complete we'll have a very comfortable home, albeit shy one bedroom.