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The Modern Day Beatnik

You know who you are? You are sitting in Starbucks drinking your coffee on you Powerbook Pro sipping your Solo Espresso Macchiato writing existential thoughts about life, liberty and the pursuit of caffeinated bliss! Today's Beatnik no longer sits in the coffee shop openly playing out their thoughts on the bongos, but bangs the thoughts out on the keyboard instead. Well as I cross the earth I see the same thing at each Starbucks I patron the lonely beatnik sits putting out a new post for the Cyber world to contemplate. Funny how some things change and some don't!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 7:05 AM, , links to this post

When your son asks to borrow money, do you A) Give him the money, B) Tell him its time to get a job, or C) Throw all caution to the wind and shoot him

Father Shoots Son After Argument Over Money
Posted Apr 17, 2007 by Vidisha Priyanka
Updated Apr 17, 2007 at 11:43 AM

By Mike Wells
The Tampa Tribune

GIBSONTON - A father recovering from recent surgery shot his adult son Saturday night after their argument over money turned physical, Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

At 7 p.m., Freddy Peddy III, 55, fired a handgun once at his son, Freddy Peddy IV, 30, Carter said. The younger Peddy was visiting his parent’s home at 10926 Sonora Dr.

Peddy IV, of 3236 10th St. North, St Petersburg, was rushed to Brandon Community Hospital, where he died from the injury to his upper torso.

No charges have been filed.

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 7:50 AM, , links to this post

Half Life

As I approach what is known as half life some things become more and more apparent to me. Age is in your head, although your body has a mind of its own!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 7:42 AM, , links to this post

What it looks like when we go home to our Father!

This is what I imagine it is like when we go home to the Lord!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 9:45 PM, , links to this post


Al Gore is right, but this has to be global cooling cause I can't believe it is April and I am C O L D in Florida. We should be at the Beach right now!

So, what am I to do? Move to VI, my friend Brian Wahlen's mom and dad live there so it would not be like I wouldn't know anyone and I am sure I could get a job riding a Rik Shaw!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 12:07 PM, , links to this post

" W IS FOR WESTSIDE G!!!!!!!!!!"

Like they say at Abercrombie in International Mall here, straight up Gangsta Shopping!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 12:02 PM, , links to this post

Betting on the SURE THING!

Odds on that God exists, says scientist

Stewart Maclean, Catherine Bolsover and Polly Curtis
Monday March 8, 2004
Guardian Unlimited

A scientist has calculated that there is a 67% chance that God exists.
Dr Stephen Unwin has used a 200-year-old formula to calculate the probability of the existence of an omnipotent being. Bayes' Theory is usually used to work out the likelihood of events, such as nuclear power failure, by balancing the various factors that could affect a situation.

The Manchester University graduate, who now works as a risk assessor in Ohio, said the theory starts from the assumption that God has a 50/50 chance of existing, and then factors in the evidence both for and against the notion of a higher being.

Factors that were considered included recognition of goodness, which Dr Unwin said makes the existence of God more likely, countered by things like the existence of natural evil - including earthquakes and cancer.

The unusual workings - which even take into account the existence of miracles - are set out in his new book, which includes a spreadsheet of the data used so that anyone can make the calculation themselves should they doubt its validity. The book, The Probability of God: A simple calculation that proves the ultimate truth, will be published later this month.

Dr Unwin said he was interested in bridging the gap between science and religion. He argues that rather than being a theological issue, the question of God's existence is simply a matter of statistics.

"On arriving in America I was exposed to certain religious outlooks that were somewhat of an assault upon my sensibilities - outlooks in which religion actually competes with science as an explanation of the world," he said.

"While I could not be sure, having slept through most of the cathedral services I had attended during secondary school, this did not seem like the version of faith I had remembered. In many ways, this project was for me a journey home - a reconciliation of my faith and education."

Despite his findings, Dr Unwin maintains that he is personally around 95% certain that God exists.

However, Graham Sharp, media relations director at William Hill, said there were technical problems with giving odds on the existence of God. "The problem is how you confirm the existence of God. With the Loch Ness monster we require confirmation from the Natural History Museum to pay out, but who are we going to ask about God? The church would definitely confirm his existence."

Mr Sharp said William Hill does take bets on the second coming, which currently stand at 1,000/1. For this confirmation is needed from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

"We do take bets on the second coming, whether that confirms the existence of God is up to the theologians to argue, most people wouldn't believe that, though."

With all the things to bet on in this world it is nice to know that the odds are in favor of God existing. Better yet the odds are even greater that the Second Coming is going to happen? So, if the odds are 1000 to 1 on the second coming and 7 to 1 on God existing wouldn't that be contradictory irregardless of confirming the obvious of God's Existence or not?

Have a Great Good Friday and if you happen to be in Vegas put down a sawbuck on God for me!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 9:05 AM, , links to this post

You Choose Which One?

The fact is all of us at one time of our lives are faced with the ominous reality of using the "PUBLIC TOILET." I know for many of you just seeing the image makes you cringe. As a road warrior I can pretty much tell you within a fifty mile geographic region where the cleanest toilet is within a square mile radius. Funny thing is I never think about the dollar bills that pass through my hand throughout the day.

So the question is "Are We Getting Germs From Sitting on the Seat?"

"No," said Janse. "You're not going to get germs from your backside. You're going to get them from your hands." "Usually, actually the floor is the dirtiest, as you might guess."

* The floor test revealed about 2 million bacteria per square inch. Gerba says
that's about 200 times higher than a sanitary surface.
* Not surprisingly, the sanitary napkin disposal unit also failed the test and
rated as the spot with the most germs in our ladies' room.
* But our sink, an area that is usually a haven for germs, was found to be
unexpectedly clean. The biggest surprise was found on the toilet seat. It was deemed a sanitary surface.

A sanitary surface is something clean enough to eat off of, with no more than 1,000 bacteria per square inch. The toilet seat passed that test, but
a desk failed.

So, what about money? Well, a study at the University of California at San Francisco cultured 113 examples of "real life" cash from a deli, a post office, a newsstand, and so on. Most grew harmless organisms, but 18 percent of coins and 7 percent of notes had some less friendly bacteria on them, including the odd colony of Escherichia coli and the potential pathogen S. aureus.

What will be obvious by now is that anything that gets on hands can get on money. And hands are hardly germ-free. While not the germiest parts of the human body--they're too dry for that--hands have a local population of bacteria quietly grazing on their skin debris. In the late 1930s, the surgeon P. B. Price discovered something rather odd and shocking about our hands: no amount of washing with soap or antimicrobial agents can sterilize them. "Even after 10, 15 washings," says James Leyden, a dermatologist at the University of Pennsylvania, "bacteria are there by the thousands."

So, what do you do? Enjoy your life and live it to the fullest, I think washing hands is important, but equally so is realizing that many of the greatest fears in life are in our heads and not on our behind!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 8:54 AM, , links to this post

My Famous Wife

OK, I am probably going to get beat for this, but I was checking out the website to a church we went to four churches ago and guess what I see under their women's section! A picture of three women who have not gone there in years. I could not help but chuckle and think they might need to update their website or maybe not? You be the judge!

From Left to Right: Pastor Kerri, Stephanie and My Rachel!

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 9:52 PM, , links to this post