Saturday, July 7, 2007

What A Great Country!!!

I have since returned to Alexandria andI know it has been a while since the last post but I had been working 16 hour days to build a temporary town for the folks of Greensburg, Kansas. It felt good to be back in the operator's seat of dozers, trackhoes, and loaders to shape the earth to make a place for the people that were wiped out by the tornado earlier this year. Yes, the destruction was total. I think two houses and the motel at the edge of town survived, but not much else.

It also feels good to have met the crew of Pigmasters (, the folks that traveled for 20 hours from North Carolina to feed the towns folk with their style of barbeque pork while sharing the love of our fellow countrymen with the folks that really needed to know that others care. They brought everything they needed while a packing house in Dodge City donated the pigs to throw a celebration feast and get together for the folks that have lost almost everything.

All I can say is that we were very fortunate two years aqo when we had Katrina and Rita spare our city and all of you can be proud of the emmissaries Central Louisiana has sent forth to help as the general impression from the locals was that they were very thankful for such kind, polite, hard-working, respectful, and respectable folks to visit aid upon them.
Maybe we should count our blessings. We come from good stock.


Anonymous said...

Spanky, I can't believe you are wasting all this time and space on positive Americana stuff when you would be trashing Vitter and the city council. What is your take on the renewal of the city taxes? I have heard a groundswell of opposition to any renewal until those guys learn to behave.

Greg Aymond said...

Welcome back Spankey. And BTW, vote no for any tax renewals lol.

Spanky said...

Stress - / (Or What Do I Do With De Tar Baby)

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked
"How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, As the burden becomes increasingly heavy, We won't be able to carry on." "As with the glass of water, You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden." "So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down Don't carry it home You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, Let them down for a moment if you can." So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while. Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
Accept that some days you're the pigeon, And some days you're the statue.
Always keep your words soft and sweet,Just in case you have to eat them.
Always read stuff that will make you look good If you die in the middle of it.
Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be Recalled by their maker.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.
Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,Because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
When everything's coming your way, You're in the wrong lane.
Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
You may be only one person in the world,But you may also be the world to one person.
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you
today...I did.

In response to your question, I have felt for some time taxes are too high and there has to be some inefficiency somewhere. For those who feel it is "their turn", will enough people care to show up to vote down a tax renewal or to change leadership? If recent history gives any clue to the future, the twenty five percent voter turnout will be weighted in favor of renewal. I would suggest shaming everyone that you know that does not vote into realizing that they are now experiencing the government that they have earned by their malaise.
Meanwhile, I am looking for more wetbacks to recruit and move to Alexandria. Watch for the buses.