Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Reposted from the Village Center Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:14 pm

Post subject: A little Christian humor

This is one of the best clean jokes I've seen in awhile!
Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering. Finally fed up, God said, "THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job." So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away. They moused. They faxed. They e-mailed. They e-mailed with attachments. They downloaded. They did spreadsheets! They wrote reports. They created labels and cards. They created charts and graphs. They did some genealogy reports They did every job known to man. Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell. Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off. Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming: "It's gone! It's all GONE! "I lost everything when the power went out!" Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work. Satan observed this and became irate. "Wait!" he screamed. "That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't have any?" God just shrugged and said, JESUS SAVES!

Posted by Lord Tor Magnusson

Monday, July 30, 2007

It is coming.... Run. I am so excited I can hardly wait. I wish I could stay downtown the entire weekend, but at $260 a night... just can not afford it on an Inn keepers pay. How much fun!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Well work is back. TGIF!!! I have a small group of Marriott Pilgrims this week at the Inn. There are only three of them. One fell ill on his journey and did not travel the others. The three have made excellent progress through the spiritual journey here learning much. Thus the weekend they have to themselves with not teachings to study. One gentleman plans to attend a tournament of skill and sport while the other gentleman and lady have not voiced their personal plans. I will enjoy a quite weekend away from the Inn. I may camp at the lake and live off the land for a day or two. The reality is I will in all likely hood stay at home and sleep. After such a grand trip I had last week this has been a very long week and I feel I need the sleep.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Today is the last real day of our vacation. It was a full day of all the touristy things to do in Chattanooga. We, of course, started our day at noon and then had breakfast at Long John Silvers... it would be the only non fast food meal we would get today.
First off was the Inclined Railroad. It is only one mile but it goes straight up Lookout Mountain. I had never ridden it and it was part of the packaged tickets. At the top of the Inclined Railroad was a cute little town with old houses (circa 1900-1920) and a large park. The park was only 3 blocks away so we walked down to it and took some amazing shots of the city and the park. The main feature of the park was a Civil War Monument honoring both the Union and Confederate solders that died here. At the very top of the monument were two solders shaking hands. A park ranger was telling another group that this is the only Civil War Monument to honor both sides on the same monument. The park had a real sense of peace. I would have liked to stay longer, but time was tight and we still have two more attractions to see.

Second attractions was Rock City. It was warm and this was taken at the end as we got back to the gift shops. Rock City has changed a little and added a bird show and a nice place for large groups. Oh, they have also piped in some yanni type music. There were lots of people and kids in Rock City so there was little peace here and while we took many beautiful pictures here without the sound of screaming kids and lots of people talking in the background it is not like you are there. In other words the pictures are better than being there. This shoot kind of shows that in our expressions.
Next we hit Ruby Falls! It was about 7pm and the Falls parking lot was thinning out so we got a spot right up front at the main building. This was the park, as a kid, I remembered Dad loosing his cool because they put a bumper wrap thing on his Cadillac. This had to be in the 70's. It was the family vacation and everyone came. Mom, Dad, Kevin, me and great-grand mother Bessie all in the car for hours. Well this is one place that was better than my memories. The walk to the falls was like I remembered with some extra signs here and there to point out different rock formations. When we got to the falls... it was more beautiful than I remember. The lighting was amazing and I would come back again. We did not take the camera with us... I wish we had. Brian and I both remember this as not being that cool, so we did not think we'd want cave pictures. Oh well, live and learn.
We stopped by the hotel to clean up for dinner and discovered that everything closes at 10pm here. After driving around for a little we stop at Wendy's, picked up some burgers, and drove back to the hotel.
All in all a great, if not too busy, day.
Tomorrow... back home.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Well today was another road trip. This morning we left Gatlinburg and drove down to Chattanooga to check into the Marriott Convention Center. It was a easy day on the road with little traffic. We arrived at the hotel about 3pm checked in and then went to the mall. While at the mall area Brian finial bought the PS3... now $100 less, free extra controller, and 5 free blue ray movies. This deal was more than he could resist. At the mall the theater was playing the new Transformers movie. We both have wanted to see it so we caught the 4pm movie.

After the movie we shopped for some late night snacks at the Wal-mart across from the mall. It was only 6pm when we got back to the hotel... and I noticed that the flower fairy had not visited us... like she was paid to do... So I went to get us some "ice" wink, wink. At the desk they had no idea about the tickets I had ordered from the hotels on-line service, had no record of flowers being delivered or my comments that the flowers would arrive with boxes of chocolate... well one of the ladies at the desk ask a bellman that had been there all day and he located the flowers and chocolates and I got to bring them up to the room with me. Not the best service, but the end results were the same, Brian was impressed. He took the picture of his new flower in the rooms window. He kept the 2 dozen roses he received in Gatlinburg. I think he is happy and having a good time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Today was just hot. 90plus degree. We slept in and then walked around downtown Gatlinburg. It was so hot it did not take long to tire us both out. When we got back to the car it was 101 degrees... and the car was parked in the shade! We also took a nice drive over looking Gatlinburg... got lost a few times... turned around a few times then made it back to the hotel to take a much needed nap... ahhhhh this is relaxation.
I just point and shoot... whatever settings are on it are the settings that get used. Most of the time this is a great frustration for me...(Brian likes to change them) ...but I like this one of Brian overlooking Gatlinburg in black and white. It is sad when the camera is smarter than the user.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Today we had breakfast at a scary but good little local place called Little House of Pancakes. Then we stopped by the Food Lion for some supplies for our trip to Cades Cove. To get to Cades Cove you have to take the mountain road called Little River Road. This drive is 20 something miles of twist and turns that follow small rock filled rivers through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the tourist we stopped at many overlooks to take pictures of the mountains... the best part was driving the entire day with the top down. Amazing!

Cades Cove is a huge valley in the middle of the park that is breath taking beautiful. It has a one-way road that circles around the edge of the valley to end at the beginning. As a kid Mom would always make sure we came here once on vacation. This was her favorite place... memories. The reality was it was 90 degrees in the valley and it felt even hotter. the loop road was slow with everyone stopping to see the deer along side the roadway every few feet. It took until 4pm to get around the valley. I have more pictures I'll post later of Cades Cove.

On our way back down Little River Road we wanted to find the place we stopped at on the way in to Cades Cove and have lunch on the river.. well on the rocks in the river. We stopped at 2 places that were not it and I was sure we had already passed it when we stopped at the same place. It was our lucky day. Which it really is for today is our 11th Anniversary. So I gave Brian the card I have put in the glove box Saturday. and we eat on the rocks and listen to the sound of the river rushing over the rocky river bed.

We did not get back to Gatlinburg until 6pm and the flower fairy had put some roses and a cute little bear in our room when we return... (I can be so sneaky) After baths to get rid of the days road trip we had a really nice dinner at the Cherokee Grill. It rained while we ate and a little afterwards while we looked through some neat shops. All in all a good day!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Today we left for the mountains about 10am... the first few miles (until we dropped off Nibbler) were long and noisy. After Calhoun it was a nice and peaceful drive. That is until we reached Knoxville. I really hate tourist traffic even when I am one of them. It was slow and painful until we got to route 66 leading to Sevierville. The traffic did not really get any better but there was more to look at along the way. Traffic was bumper to bumper from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge but did let up between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It was perfect weather today and all in all a nice drive. (Sorry to pictures of traffic)

Friday, July 06, 2007

Jo-Jo suggest when looking for a hopps free beverage try Woodchuck Pear Draft Cider.... good enough for a god.
Also good with bonfires or Inn fires.
I think Jo-Jo favors the Woodchucks... they may be the chosen rodents, but it is good cider.

Do you know what the 7 wonders of the world are? Did you know that tomorrow on 07/07/07 a new set of 7 wonders of the world will be named. People from all over the world have been voting on the new list. Do you know how many of the original 7 wonders still exist? There is only one of the seven still around and it was taken out of the voting and given a spot above the new 7 wonders of the world.
Now go use the Internet to learn something about ourselves, not Kari Bryon nor Amazon not even Al Gore, but learn about mankind's greats achievements.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Ok I know I am not the best with the facts. So here is the link for the AIR CAR so you can read about it ourselves. I love my beetle, but would trade it in for a car that runs on air.

They look similar.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Ok! this is it. The MDI. Air Car. It runs on compressed air... so all that comes out of the tailpipe is more air. Plus it only cost about 7000 Euros. I have to give the French this one. Thank you and well done.

It is a sad day when American Industry is too busy making deals to keep the oil companies happy to think of something so simple...and the government is too busy keeping American Industry happy to enforce our own epa laws.

Ok... again well done!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

A little mess is ok...but this is out of control. Looks like our Pensacola Apartment Kitchen. Was it my turn to clean the kitchen or yours...Let's blame it on what's her name and go out to eat tonight!