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Another Bad LP Jacket?

I was surfing this evening and found what looks like could be yet another in the series of "really bad album covers."

Though it's from the same era as many of the LP jackets, the picture below is actually of a well-known couple - a couple from the generation whose mantra was "Question authority."

Oh my!


"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

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Really Bad Album Covers

I've really enjoyed having all my favorite music from the CD's we own now on my new iPod. One of the features I haven't taken advantage of yet is to download the artwork from the covers from iTunes.

The CD covers got me thinking about an e-mail I received recently that had some of the most ghastly LP album covers. Below are two dozen of what I think have to be among the worst album covers ever made! (Actually there are many that are even worse, but I would not include them on my blog.) Of course, by virtue of the fact that these are album jackets for LP records, that already dates them - you'll definitely note some looks of by-gone eras. Some of these people obviously didn't ask close friends or family if they should go with the picture they'd chosen.

I'm posting most of the album covers without comment. Some of the album jackets are immediately hilarious, but for others, you will have to look at carefully to see why they are just plain wrong! Some that I have included are not necessarily for the faint-hearted, though, so be forewarned! Scroll on at your own risk!

In the one below (I'll translate the German), this album by Heino is called "Dear Mother... a bouquet that never withers." Then in the little blue circle, it says, "A gift for the whole year"


"You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question." - Lt. General Russel Honore, U.S. Army

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New Year’s Resolutions

On this last day of the year 2007, it's a time of reflection and of anticipation. For those of us who made resolutions for changes we wanted to make in our lives in 2007 - we'd better work fast! Not that many hours remain to accomplish them all! 🙂

Maybe it's because I'm a teacher and have lots of "new beginnings" in my life - new school years, new semesters, etc., but for some reason I'm not actully one for making "new year's resolutions," but I know that some people just love them.

As the new year brings a new month, I resolve to get more points this month than in December. I resolve also to eliminate as many items as possible from the "honey-do list" before the new semester begins on January 9, 2008.

I'd enjoy reading resolutions for 2007 that you kept or some of your resolutions for 2008.

I've seen some really funny lists of resolutions online. One motif went something like this:

2004: I will see my dentist this year.
2005: I will have my cavities filled this year.
2006: I will have my root canal work done this year.
2007: I will get rid of my denture breath this year.

Now on to some other unique lists of New Year's Resolutions...

Senior Citizens' New Year's Resolutions...

Be awake more than asleep


>> try and prune >>> all these >> chevrons
>> when forwarding jokes >>>, urban legends >>> spam >> false virus alerts >>> recipes and
pathetic >>> inspirational thoughts >>>> and chain
>>> letters >>>>>>

Remember the names of my kids and grandkids

See my family more often than my doctor

Learn a new game besides Bingo

Learn NOT to say "Whipper Snapper"

Learn NOT to say "In my day..."

Spend more time on the computer than the toilet

Attend all the meetings of Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous, where I shall take verbatim notes and then check them for spelling, syntax, and grammar

Learn to pronounce the names of all medications I have to take

Try to take things seriously, once in a while. (Note: I said "things" not people!)

Household Pets' New Year's Resolutions...

Dog: Try to understand that the cat is from Venus and I am from Mars.

Cat: I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.

Dog or Cat: Call PETA and tell them what that surgical mask-wearing monster does to us when no one is around.

Fish: Swim counter-clockwise this year.

Dog: Take time from busy schedule to stop and smell other dogs.

Cat: I will not perch on my human's chest in the middle of the night and stare into his eyes until he wakes up.

Hamster: Don't let them figure out I'm just a rat on 'roids, or they'll flush me for sure!

Dog or Cat: Always scoot before licking

Cat: Just because I hear voices in my head, I do not have to answer them.

Dog: Grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; decide for MYSELF how much food is *too* much.

Fish: Get out of the castle more

Dog: January 1 - Kill the sock! Must kill the sock! January 2 - December 31 Relive victory over the sock.

Cat: When the humans play darts, I will not leap into the air and attempt to catch them.

Dog: I will NOT chase the stupid stick unless I see it LEAVE HIS HAND!

Cat: When my human is typing at the computer, I will remember two things - my human's forearms are not a hammock, and I must not walk on the keyboard when my human is writing important emio gnaioerp ga3qi4 taija3tgv aa35 a.


It's been a while since I posted - we were all too busy and fulfilled for blogging! We thoroughly enjoyed this last week with many good family times together. It was a nice, restful week of doing things together that we all enjoy. It was especially nice to have everyone together several times. We didn't get to do our family Christmas celebration until we were all in town and together, on Thursday. We all went out to our son Mark and daughter-in-law Katie's house Saturday evening for a cookout. The picture below is from that evening.

Of course, one of the things we enjoyed most was our grandson Drew's first Christmas. He is big enough to enjoy what's going on, although he has no real comprehension of it all. Below are some pictures we'd like to share.

Here's Drew being handed a gift to try to open...

Just sitting on the couch was too boring, so here he is getting at the presents under the tree...

Drew is on the verge of crawling - he rocks on all fours, goes in circles, and scoots backwards. Here he is "almost crawling" to get to a toy....

He also loves to stand, though attempts at walking have yet to be exhibited. Here he is at Mark and Katie's...

Grandma and I had a great time playing with little Drew! Here's a picture of Grandma reading to our little guy...

Our Christmas gifts involved a lot of things we made for loved ones ourselves. One of the really fun gifts this year was cornhole boards and bags that Jim and Megan made, one set for our son Mark and one set for our daughter Nora's boyfriend Aron. We all went outdoors for a while to try them out. Here's a picture of Becka and Megan trying their hand at tossing the bags to the board at Nora and Katie's end of the yard.

wellness challenge update...

picture of iPod

Many of the faculty and staff at BJU are participating in a wellness challenge for one full year - from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008. Rather than my repeating all the details of the wellness challenge here, if you want to know more, you can read about it by clicking on "wellness" under Tags in the sidebar on my blog. The end of November marked the end of the first quarter of the challenge. My wife and I both had accumulated enough points to be in the "gold" category. We could each choose between a nice cash prize or an iPod Nano. Becka chose the cash, and I chose the iPod. I'm enjoying it very much and listening to some of my favorite music as I put this blog post together. Its capacity is 4 GB, and though I put over 200 songs on it, I've not even used up 1/4 of the space. I'll have to explore putting some of my favorite pictures on the iPod.

It's a good thing the first quarter ended on November 30 instead of today! This past couple of weeks the wellness challenge has been ... well, a challenge! 'Nuff said....


"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me." - unknown

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In the new year ... First things first! But not necessarily in that order.

Merry Christmas!

Many of us are dismayed with the "war on Christmas" (read: war on Christ - check out the first six letters of CHRISTmas...) that ramps up more and more each year. I read on a blog some time ago (I should have taken note of the blog so that I could give due credit, but alas...) a post along this line. I thought I'd put it out there for your enjoyment.

Happy Whatever?

Please accept with no obligation - implied or implicit, on behalf of the wisher or wishee - my best wishes for an environmentally-conscious, socially-responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally-successful, personally-fulfilling, and medically-uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally-accepted Gregorian calendar year, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only America in the Western Hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, political affiliation, religious faith, or choice of computer operating system of the wisher or the wishee.

DISCLAIMER: By accepting this greeting you are accepting the terms of the greeting and all responsibility associated with it. This greeting is subject to clarification and/or revocation at any time at the discretion of the wisher. This greeting is non-transferable without the express written consent of the wisher. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for him/herself or for others. This greeting is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. Warranty is limited to replacement of this greeting or issuance of a new greeting at the sole discretion of the wisher, who assumes no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress this greeting may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit. Reading of this disclaimer constitutes your acceptance of the greeting. Oh, and I almost forgot...this disclaimer supersedes all local, state, federal, and international laws previously enacted to prevent such disclaimers from superseding all local, state, federal, and international laws.

Happy special time of year!


The following was a comment on that blog that I found good enough to save with that blog post....

Comment: My favorite politically correct contortion to avoid using the word "Christ" at any cost is the local government that gives Dec 25th off as the "December 25th holiday". One year they sent out a memo that said since Dec 25 falls on a Saturday this year, the "December 25th holiday" will be taken on December 24! Ooops! How did that derivative of "holy" get in there?


This is politically INcorrect Rob who thinks that the above is so ludicrous that it's actually funny. Since this is *my* blog, I'd like to wish you a joyous, Christ-exalting Christmas and God's best blessings in the New Year!

If you're still with me, I want to share a link that's related to the war on Christmas - it's called Merry TOSSmas.


I've enjoyed working with the gang back at IT Help Desk on campus this week. As I've gone from office to office on campus, I've seen many people I haven't seen in quite a while, and I've been regaled with wellness-counter-productive goodies, songs, and general merriment. Some of the funniest things I've heard were related to some recent events on campus - mainly the pertussis (whooping cough) blip and the faculty/staff men now being permitted to sport beards. There are some pretty scruffy-looking characters out there right now! One person suggested the school be renamed Bob Jones University and Rescue Mission. One friend greeted me with the season's greetings of "Merry Pertussis, and a Happy New Beard!" It's definitely been a fun week to work! But I'm really looking forward to some time off now.


"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14

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DISCLAIMER: No trees were harmed in the posting of these greetings, however, a significant number of electrons were inconvenienced.

Christmas caroling

My wife and I had a very enjoyable time last evening. Friends from our church who also work at school invited some other people about our age to their house for a potluck dinner followed by caroling in their neighborhood (which just happens to be the same neighborhood where our son Mark and daughter-in-law Katie live. Our hostess even had little lanterns with votive candles inside for each couple to carry. It was a lot of fun, and I think that it was a pleasant surprise to those that we found at home. We even had the opportunity to comfort one mom who had just been talking to her enlisted son on the phone. We hope our friends can be a source of some on-going encouragement for her. We were disappointed that our son and daughter-in-law weren't at home - but we called them on our cellphone and caroled them as they shopped! 🙂

Part of the fun of our caroling was singing Christmas songs with no songsheets and no instruments. It's amazing how many of the words are in our minds, and how many of the people we caroled sang along with us or mouthed the words themselves! Today's iv is a little fun with Christmas songs.

Christmas Songs Initials Puzzle

How many of these songs of the Christmas season can you identify using just the initials of the words in their starting phrases?


Answers to Christmas Songs Initials Puzzle

1. HYAMLC - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2. TFNTADS - The First Noel (the Angels did say)
3. GRYMGLNYD - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Let nothing you dismay)
4. ICUAMC - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
5. SNHNAICAIB - Silent Night (Holy night, all is clear, all is bright)
6. OTFDOCMTLGTM - The 12 Days of Christmas (On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me)
7. DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL - Deck The Halls (with boughs of holly. Fa La La La La La La La La)
8. YBWOYBNC - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (You'd better watch out, you better not cry!)
9. JTTWTLHC - Joy To The World (the Lord has come)
10. YKDADAPAVCACADAB - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen)
11. ISMKSCUTMLN - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (underneath the mistletoe last night)
12. CSBSDIHS - Silver Bells (City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, decked in holiday style)
13. HTHASGTTNK - Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Glory to the newborn King)
14. GGROBAR - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
15. OHNTSABS - Oh Holy Night (the stars are brightly shining)
16. AIWFCIMTFT - All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
17. DTTSIAOHOS - Jingle Bells (Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh)
18. WTKOOA - We Three Kings (of Orient Are)
19. IDOAWCJLTOIUTK - (I'm Dreaming of a) White Christmas (just like the ones I used to know)
20. CROAOFJFNAYN - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost nipping at your nose)
21. IBTLALLC - It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
22. OLTOBHSWSTL - O Little Town of Bethlehem (how still we see thee lie)
23. SBRAYLITLSIG - Winter Wonderland (Sleigh bells ring, are you list'nin'? In the lane snow is glist'nin')
24. IBHFC - I'll Be Home For Christmas
25. WWYAMCWWYAMC - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
26. IHTBOCD - I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
27. FTSWAJHS - Frosty The Snowman (was a jolly, happy soul)
28. JOSNLYETW - Jolly Old St. Nicholas (lean your ear this way)
29. GKWLDOTFOS - Good King Wenceslas (looked down, on the Feast of Stephen)
30. UOTHRPOJGOSC - Up On The Housetop (reindeer pause. Out jumps good old Santa Claus)
31. IHABCWY - (I'll Have A) Blue Christmas (without you)
32. WUNWTAGC - (LSN) Way Up North Where The Air Gets Cold (Little Saint Nick)
33. JHTSBRTTT - Sleigh Ride (Just hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling, ting, ting, ting-a-ling)
34. CTTMPRPPP - Little Drummer Boy (Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum)

The complete catalog of gifts in the old Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" today would cost you a total of $15,231.72. J. Patrick Bradley, chief economist at Provident National Bank in Philadelphia, figures the breakdown of prices for the 12 days as follows:

One partridge in a pear tree, $27.48 (partridge, $15; pear tree, $12.48)
Two turtle doves, $50
Three french hens, $15
Four calling birds, $280
Five gold rings, $600
Six geese-a-laying, $150
Seven swans-a-swimming, $7,000
Eight maids-a-milking, $30.40
Nine ladies dancing, $2,417.90
Ten lords-a-leaping, $2,686,56
Eleven pipers piping, $947.70
Twelve drummers drumming, $1,026.68

(update - be sure to check out the comments for some clarifications of several items in this post)


"You never know whose heart God is touching or what 'language' He's using to speak to them." - Dr. Drew Conley

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