Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Every Problem

As the saying goes, when you have a hammer then every problem looks like a nail.

In my case, I got an angle grinder earlier this year, and now every problem looks like too much metal.

The angle grinder is much more fun than a hammer. The kids like seeing the showers of sparks.

So far, the angle grinder has helped me replace ball joints, brake pads, struts, and shocks. Plus it sharpened my mower blades.

Also note: the angle grinder will take care of a variety of problems with nails too.

Young men worked at the grinding mill, And youths stumbled under loads of wood.

Lamentations 5:13

Took Forever

I heard someone use the phrase “that took forever” and although it never bothered me before, now it does for some reason.

That reason is that if something really takes forever to complete, then it can’t have completed, therefore the phrase can’t be in the past tense.

Acceptable uses are “taking forever” or “takes forever”, but never “took forever”.

As for the agreement of which you and I have spoken, behold, the Lord is between you and me forever.

1 Samuel 20:23

eHow Summary

I like to do things, and I like to use the internet to help with instructions. Usually they’re helpful, sometimes they’re not. One gripe that I won’t go into here is that videos are not the answer to everything.

One thing that all my searches have in common though, is that a page from will appear in the search results. You can save yourself a lot of time if you just always avoid visiting that website. I have made that mistake enough times that I know better now. And I am passing that knowledge on to you. Learn from my mistakes.

In case you’re wondering what the problem is, I will summarize every eHow page:

How to Fix Your Widget

Step 1: Get your replacement parts
Step 2: Get the broken widget, remove the screws holding it together, and open it up.
Step 3: Remove the bad parts
Step 4: Put in the new parts
Step 5: Close the widget and tighten the screws holding it together.

You’re done!

Lest you think I’m being generic and leaving out details for my example, I’m not. The eHow pages that I’ve read are all like that – they don’t provide any details on the specific procedure I was looking for.

I’m my cases, I’ve usually tried to do the obvious stuff and got stymied by something that was not cooperating and then I look to the internet for tips unique to the particular item.

Other websites are more helpful – Instructables, just about any forum-type site, etc. Those all provide useful details. But eHow and its cousin Wikihow and also Justanswer I have found to be useless.

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.

1 Corinthians 12:31

When I Grow Up

I don’t remember what responses I had back when I was younger and people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up.

But now that I’m older and know better, let me tell you the answer I’d like to give:


Aim high, kids.

But at the age of fifty years they shall retire from service in the work and not work any more.

Numbers 8:25

Planet B

I saw someone the other day who was wearing a shirt that said “There is no planet B.” Something like this:

image of there is no planet B shirt

or this:

image of there is no planet B shirt

And I thought to myself, “But there is!”

That poor soul must not know the Bible well enough. There will be a new earth, likely resembling how things were before the fall of Adam and Eve. So it should be better than this current earth, which is apparently planet A.

To be correct, we should expect there is no planet C.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

Revelation 21:1

Construction Cam

One of the heavily-travelled intersections near our house is closed now due to construction. Heavily-travelled is a relative term. I’m sure some people in larger cities would scoff at the numbers of cars going through there, but locally it was known as a bad intersection.

Anyway, the roads around it are closed far enough from the intersection such that you can’t get close enough to see what’s going on. And the county work commission website shows only the start date and projected end date, with sporadic updates.


What they’ve done on this project is setup a web cam.

That helps a ton. In this day and age of round-the-clock news feeds and instant status updates, having that web cam will quell the impatience of the masses.

Plus it’s fun to watch.

Note to anyone in charge of a public works project, especially those affecting people’s commutes: setup a web cam.

You shall prepare the roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the Lord your God will give you as a possession, so that any manslayer may flee there.

Deuteronomy 19:3

Summer Book Thingy, 2016

Yes, I know it’s 2017. But I never wrote about the book I read during our vacation last year, so here it is:

The Collapse of Parenting by Dr. Leonard Sax

I’ve written some about his other books before. If you’ve read and enjoyed those books, then you’ll enjoy this book too. Maybe enjoy is not the right word – appreciate maybe. Because the picture he paints is bleak. It’s a book of warning – kids aren’t doing a good job of growing into adults because the adults are not doing a good job of parenting them.

Here are three main thoughts I had while reading this book:

  • Your child can have a variety of friends. He can lose friends, he can make friends. But he has only one set of parents. If you are trying to be his friend, then he has lost his parent. If you’re not being his parent, then who is? Kids don’t need friends; kids do need parents. Be a parent. Tell him no. Make him work. Let him play outside. Do things with him.
  • I am slightly concerned about my kids. This book makes you think about all the things that could go wrong. But I’m more concerned about my country. The younger generation is in trouble. Of course, every generation says that. And of course, it’s different this time.
  • This book should be read along with Lord of the Flies. Considering the themes of that book with the topics of this book will help you understand why I am concerned about the course of the USA.

And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.

Judges 2:10