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It All Began with an iPhone…

I mentioned in a recent post that I would like to get an iPad. A reader sent me a funny e-mail and I knew I wanted to share a version of it as a blog post. I don't know who wrote it, and so the I's and my's are not referring to me. Anyway, here it is, with a little family news at the end of the post.

It all began with an iPhone….

March was when my son celebrated his 15th birthday and I got him an iPhone. He just loved it. Who wouldn't?

picture of iPhone

I celebrated my birthday in July and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad.
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Who Drives Better?

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In today's post I am neither trying to claim nor to prove that one gender is definitely better at driving than the other. Why not? Not only because that's the safest position for a blogger whose goal is mainly to provide humor enjoyed by both his male and his female readers, but also because statistics do not always tell the whole story and are, hence, not totally conclusive.

I did a lot of reading online in preparation for this post. I read articles on this topic on news sites, insurance company sites, and more. Statistics (sadistics?) seem to show that woman are safer drivers than men. I did read, however, that that picture is changing. Officials are finding that young women drivers are becoming increasingly aggressive behind the wheel. One article I read stated

Plus, it seems as if female motorists are getting more aggressive. "It's true that men do take more risks than women," says Carolyn Gorman, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute. "However, [women] are partaking in more risky behaviors than ever before. The gap is closing quickly."

picture of wild woman driver

Though hardly scientific or conclusive, if my rear-view mirror is any indication, I am tailgated by far more young women than by any other type of driver. And judging from the speeders who whiz past me, the gender gap there is narrow at best. Hence, the humor in this next picture may now be outdated.
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Adult Ed Classes

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Many adults enjoy taking evening and weekend classes to continue learning, to pursue special interests, or to fulfill requirements for their work. Enjoyment, of course, may depend on the reason/s for taking the classes and the mix of individuals present. With Valentine's Day this next weekend I thought I would share some classes I have heard about — one list for men only and one list for women only.
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Why Women Live Longer than Men, take 2

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Have you noticed that there seem to be more old women than old men? Statics worldwide confirm that, for whatever reason, women do indeed live longer than men. There are all sorts of theories out there, from genetics to levels of risky activities. Whatever the reason(s), in nursing homes and other places where older people are in the majority, there are usually more older women than older men.

Almost two years ago, I did a post called Why Women Live Longer than Men that featured some funny pictures of men doing some insanely dangerous things in the workplace and in other settings. Several of the pictures showed me driving some work vehicles, and I assure you, I was far safer than everything around me was! Since that post I've come across more pictures that could help explain why men die younger than women do.

I found some pictures that show that men have been acting dangerously for a long time. Here are some old black and white pictures from construction sites in New York City.

This picture gives a whole new meaning to the expression "going out for lunch."

picture of men on girders

I hope these wooden boards were not old and ready to break!

picture of man sleeping on a girder

Look, Mom! No hands! (and maybe no brains?)

picture of man on girders

Not only has risky behavior been going on for a long time, it seems to start young too.

picture of boy trapped in chair

Although I enjoy air conditioning, I'm not sure I would go to these lengths to fix it.

picture of man doing repairs

I wonder how much this guy makes an hour at the stone quarry ... probably not enough!

picture of man doing some quarrying

When you don't have the right tools available, though, you have to improvise. For example, what do you do when you don't have a jack?

picture of man fixing car

Speaking of jacks, how about lumberjacks? Logging has its own dangers.

picture of man cutting wood

What do you do when you don't have the ladders or scaffolding you need? You come up with alternatives!

picture of man trimming hedges

picture of man on buckets

Movable scaffolding is great!

picture of man on mobile scaffolding

When it comes to working safely, hold no bars!

picture of man fixing car

Many of us men brave all sorts of dangers in vehicles. This bridge is not for the faint of heart!

picture of man crossing bridge

There doesn't seem to be any problem with this bridge, but crossing it was apparently not too easy.

picture of man crossing bridge

I guess as long as you can see through the holes in the lattice, it's OK.

picture of man in car

Here are three pictures that show that some men who are good at securing loads but who don't have much regard for seat belt laws ... or safety.

picture of man in back of vehicle

picture of man in back of vehicle

picture of man in back of vehicle

A lot of us guys enjoy working with wiring and electricity, even if we're not sure what we're doing.

picture of bad wiring

This gives a whole new meaning to the expression "man power!"

picture of man working on wires

I look forward to hearing your remarks about some of these pictures!


"Beware of those whose religion cares more for outward forms and ceremonies and associations than for genuine holiness of heart, justice, mercy, love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, and self control." - Dr. Drew Conley

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People are more violently opposed to fur than to leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

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Here Comes the Groom!

Do you enjoy attending weddings? I'm sure that more women than men would answer yes to that question. I have to admit that in my younger years I didn't relish going to weddings, and Becka often went alone or with one or both of our daughters. Back in the last millennium, during my first term as a deacon at our church, Pastor David Yearick challenged us men to consider our responsibility of going to weddings, particularly those of the young people of our own church. He reminded us that in a day when marriage is taken more and more lightly, we needed to show our young men especially that marriage is just as important to men as it is to women by attending their weddings. I knew that what he was saying was right, and I began attending weddings regularly.

Living in a college town and attending a large church, we receive invitations to many weddings. It's not possible to make it to every wedding we're invited to, but we try to go to as many as we can. I actually enjoy them very much now, getting a little misty-eyed at many. And I almost always see someone I haven't seen in years! This past Friday evening we were invited to two weddings at the same time. We decided to go to the wedding of the young lady we'd known since she was a small child and we were really looking forward to it. However Becka was sick last week, so I went alone. Then the next day, Saturday afternoon, I attended another wedding alone, at another church in town, not only because Becka was still not feeling well, but also because she did not know the bride or the groom at all and I had been planning to attend it alone anyway. Don't I get some kind of purple heart for this? 😀

With all these weddings this summer, I've been meaning to post a piece that I had in my online archives before having to rebuild my website. It's a wonderful parody of something you might read in the society pages, but full of a delightful blend of typical minute detail and untypical sketchiness. I cannot find who wrote this originally. If/when I learn who wrote it, I will happily give proper attribution. On to the post....

Here Comes the Groom

Fed up with the way the bride invariably steals the show at her own wedding, the school at which Rob Tombes works carried in its news weekly its own unbiased account of his recent marriage there to Mary Beth Snyder. It reads as follows:

Mr. Robert Tombes, son of Dr. and Mrs. Averett S. Tombes of Fairfax, VA, became the bridegroom of Miss Mary Elizabeth Snyder today at Fairfax Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Tombes was attended by his brother Thomas Hamilton Tombes as best man. As the groom approached the altar he was the cynosure of all eyes. Blushing handsomely, he replied to the questions of the clergyman in low but firm tones. He was charmingly clad in a 3-piece suit consisting of coat, vest, and pants.

picture of a groom

The coat, of some dark material, was draped handsomely about the shoulders and tastefully gathered under the arms. A touching story was current among the guests that the coat was the one worn by his father and grandfather on their wedding days. Mr. Tombes would neither affirm nor deny the truth of this sentimental touch. The vest was sleeveless and met in the front. It was gracefully fashioned with pockets and at the back was held together by a strap and buckle of the same material.

The groom's pants were of some dark material and were suspended from the waist, falling in a straight line almost to the floor. The severe simplicity of the garment was relieved by the right pantelet which was caught up about four inches from the floor by a Boston Brighton worn underneath, revealing just the artistic glimpse of leather, laced with string of the same color. The effect was rather chic.

Beneath the vest the groom wore blue galluses attached to the pants fore and aft and passing in a graceful curve over each shoulder. His neck was encircled with a collar characterized by a delicate sawedge, and around the collar a cravat was loosely knotted so that it rode up under his left ear with a studied effect of carelessness which marks supreme artistry in dress.

The best man's costume was essentially the same as the groom's, and as the two stood at the altar, a hush of awed admiration enveloped the audience.

As Miss Snyder led the groom from the nuptials, it was noted that she wore the conventional white dress and veil and carried orange blossoms.


I chuckle every time I read that parody and hope you enjoyed it too. Most of the young men I've known would much rather have the attention on their bride than on themselves. In fact, some would rather elope and just skip the big, formal wedding. Come to think of it, while some of the young brides love every minute of "their big day," others I've known would have rather opted for a small, private wedding with much less attention on her.

What do you think of going to weddings, guys and gals? Do you find that the focus right in most of the weddings you attend? Have modern weddings gotten out of hand in their lavishness or in other ways?


We got a copy of So High The Price the latest CD from the Steve Pettit team this past weekend, which coincided with a post about it on My Two Cents, a blog I read. It's a great CD if you're interested in checking it out. The first link in this paragraph allows you to listen to demos of many of the songs on the CD.

I've put a new link in my sidebar to a DVD Dispatches from the Front. I hope you'll check it out. It's produced by Frontline Missions International.

I'll be back at you later this week with some more signs. Readers have sent me some great ones.


"It's reasonable to trust God if you know Him." - Dr. Dan Olinger

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Since Americans throw rice at weddings, I wonder if Asians throw hamburgers....

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