Greetings and Regards from SBGville.

This spring, of course, has been slow to come, but last Saturday, we had some real warmth and melting. We have lived in our house since 2007 and never before have I ever seen a melt like this one. Normally, it has been relatively quick and I have seen no water problems whatsoever. This year, however, the ground on the south and east side of our house (south being the back yard) was covered in a thick sheet of ice, evidence of the extremely slow melt. On Saturday, water was pooling up against the East side of my house. Uh oh. There was an obvious water path from the back yard and my neighbor and I chipped through the 3 inch think ice down to the street to provide a path for water to run. That stopped the flow of water from the south. I figured everything was good. But, water continued to pool up against the house. It was then that I noticed a small area along the east side of the house that sloped toward the house. Nice. In addition, I pulled out some bushes late last fall, leaving some holes along the house, right in the path of that east to west slope. Bonus!

I ended up buying four bags of top soil and building a little dike to protect the house and direct water from the East side back over that tiny ridge and toward the street. That worked. I’m from Eastern North Dakota, don’tcha know, I should know a few things about redirecting water flow. Once the ice in the back yard completely melts, I’ll remove the dike and contemplate a more permanent solution.

Greetings and Regards from SBGville.

I made a goal to update this website every day during Lent. Close: zero entries during Lent. So, yeah, missed it by that much. I do want to post here, though, and I will try to do so periodically. I have some stuff to share and I would like to share it right here in this spot.

For now, though, I need to get to work. Consider this a re-start. It would be embarrassing to me if this is the last post at this site, considering that I just called it a re-start. Then again, I’ve been embarrassed before.

Greetings and Regards from SBGville.

Rachel Maddow is a left leaning jounalist, for sure. But, she’s also extremely intelligent and her long-form segments are astoundingly good. Here she is talking about the ATF and why it hasn’t had a director in over six years.

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, I exploded in rage about the NRA and the gun culture in this country. I knew about a lot of this stuff already, but in the confines of the no politics rule at The WGOM, I stayed silent.

Knowing this stuff and hearing about the horrific deaths of 20 young children as well as some of their educators, I just could not take it anymore. I continue to believe that the NRA is a terrible, awful organization that has caused much damage in this country. That they completely own one party (and many in the other) is a national disgrace.

But, I have hope. The deaths of these little children may be just the horror that will cause people to distance themselves from the disgraceful NRA and start to bring sanity back to our country re: firearms. People are willing to change. They want change. Only the NRA is stopping it. If people rise up and demand that their congress members act in defiance of this organization, we will get change. But, only then.

Greetings and Regards from SBGville.

My mother.

This morning, she called me to have me help her with a computer problem. Since she failed to wish me a happy birthday yesterday, I asked her if she realized it was my birthday yesterday. She said yeah, I had a funeral to go to and I was busy, blah, blah, blah. So, yeah, my mother doesn’t wish me a happy birthday. Or give me a card, or a present, or a Christmas present. But, when the computer needs fixing, calling me at 7:30 in the morning is a priority. Unlike her, my dad gave me (and all my siblings) a Christmas present. And, he gave me a birthday present and he called me on my birthday.

At some point, all of this stuff doesn’t really matter, of course. But, I will tell you that my mother’s disregard for me was a problem in my life. I recognized that this was a problem early on — when I was a little kid. Part of becoming an adult for me was to realize that the fact that my mother was less than loving toward me (and OMG does she play favorites) is something that I had to accept. She is who she is and there’s nothing I can really do about that. It is not a reflection on me or who I am. I have come to terms with her and the way she is.

But, don’t think that I wasn’t irritated that she couldn’t call me on my birthday but she got right on the old horn as soon as she needed something from me.

Greetings and Regards from SBGville.

Today is my birthday. I am now 48 years old. I really look forward to my birthday, because I think of it as a day to be thankful. I’m thankful to be alive, to be healthy to have my family, to live in a country where pretty much all of us are wealthy and able to live good lives. But, most of all, I am thankful for the place that I’m at mentally these days. Life can be a struggle. We have disappointments. Who knows what the future holds, tomorrow could bring tragedy. But, today, today I am at peace. I am happy with my job, my family, my life. I feel energized to do things for them and others. I really think that I’m as happy now as I’ve ever been.

Age is just a number, but as far as numbers go, four dozen is a good one.

Greetings and Regards from SBGville.

I don’t really want to write about politics a lot here, but when it comes to guns, I’m not willing to be quiet. Today, the president signed 23 executive orders to improve gun safety in this country and called on Congress to pass a comprehensive background check and an assault weapons ban. Who knows if this will pass (probably not), but it surely won’t if the President doesn’t try.

Meanwhile, the NRA… sucks.

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