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Posted 13 Oct 2009If its been one of those days... you're not alone...
Posted 9 Sep 2009A college teacher ! reminds her class of tomorrow's final exam.
"Now class, I won't tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury or illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that's it, no other excuses whatsoever!"
A smart ass guy in the back of the room raised his hand and asked, "What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?"
The entire class is reduced to laughter and snickering.
When silence was restored, the teacher smiled knowingly at the student, shaking her head and sweetly said...
"Well, I guess you'd have to write the exam with your other hand."
Posted 8 Sep 2009A 5 year old's first job...
Here's a truly heartwarming story about the bond
formed between a little 5-year-old girl and some
construction workers that will make you believe
that we all can make a difference when we give
a child the gift of our time.
A young family moved into a house, next to a
vacant lot. One day, a construction crew began
to build a house on the empty lot. The young
family's 5-year-old daughter naturally took an
interest in the goings-on and spent much of
each day observing the workers.
Eventually the construction crew, all of them
'gems-in-the-rough,' more or less, adopted her
as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with
her during coffee and lunch breaks and gave her
little jobs to do here and there to make her feel
important. At the end of the first week, they even
presented her with a pay envelope containing ten
dollars. The little girl took this home to her
mother who suggested that she take her ten
dollars 'pay' she'd received to the bank the next
day to start a savings account.
When the girl and her mom got to the bank, the
teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl
how she had come by her very own pay check at
such a young age. The little girl proudly replied,
'I worked last week with a real construction crew
building the new house next door to us.'
'Oh my goodness gracious,' said the teller, 'and will
you be working on the house again this week, too?'
The little girl replied, 'I will, if those a$$holes at
Home Depot ever deliver the f_ ckin' sheet rock.'
Kind of brings a tear to the eye - doesn't it?
Posted 27 Jul 2009
The Muscular Dystrophy Association or MDA is a USA based charitable organization created in 1950 to help combat muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous and muscular systems. In general they fund research, provide medical and community services as well as educate health professionals and the public. See this Wikipedia page for more information at Wikipedia Muscular Dystrophy Association .
I have been honored by being asked to volunteer for the locally held MDA Lock-Up donation drive and I have to admit it has been pretty fun preparing for it so far. If you are unfamiliar with these events, let me try to quickly explain them as well as tell some of our international visitors a little about MDA itself in case they are not familiar with them and may also feel compelled to donate to a great charity.
The MDA Lock-Up events are held locally in many communities and MDA then asks prominent local business and community leaders to volunteer to be "arrested" and contribute some of their time in their local fund raising events. They start it off by setting up their “Jail” in a prominent local pub or restaurant and each volunteer is then “arrested” and “brought in” to the location to be “jailed” until they can raise enough to cover their “bail” money. I am even told that we will be given “gourmet” bread and water while we “sweat” it out in jail. The “bail” this year has been set at $2000.00 per volunteer jailbird. Since that is not a small amount of money that each of us are trying to help raise, they have tried to set the event well enough in advance so that we have enough time to “raise our bail”.
The event itself promises to be a lot of fun not to mention being able to joke around about being “jailed” for it. Our local event is being held at a great restaurant and pub named Coach’s Restaurant & Brewery where they have a great selection of good food and a wide variety of games that include billiards, video games and the like. For those of you that may like a good beer, Coach’s does it right by making their own with their own in-house microbrewery as well as carrying a wide selection of the popular brands. The food at Coach’s always gets good reviews from everyone I’ve talked to& so try to get there a bit early and have lunch or just some appetizers and snacks, I’m sure you won’t regret it. I have even selected my “jail-time” to help take advantage of what Coach’s has to offer& the event is Wednesday Sept. 30, 2009 & my “incarceration” will begin at 1:00 pm with others being “jailed” throughout the day.
For those that may be close enough to join me in the festivities Coach’s is located at&
102 W. Main St.
Norman, OK 73069
Located on the south side of Main Street in downtown Norman, OK and is just west of the railroad tracks. If you are able to make it& come hungry& do not forget to bring your camera so you can help make fun of me being jailed & and simply have a great time with it.
I know that many of you may not be able to make it but do not let that stop you from donating if you are able to. MDA is a great charity, as many of you probably already know. All donations are tax deductible and I will issue receipts in person, deliver them or mail them for those that are not able to show up for the event.
For those that will be able to donate but are unable to make it to my “incarceration”, simply send a check written out to MDA to my office address listed below. My office address is much more secure than my home mailbox. Also feel free to PM me any questions.
c/o Computer Hub
330 W. Main St. Suite 405
Norman, OK. 73069
PS... Remember to make the check out to MDA & not to myself please.
MDA has also setup a secure website that people can make a donation for my “bail-out”. If you wish to donate and do not want to send a check simply go to the following website and click on the “Click Here –Help make My Goal” button and follow the instructions. The website address is at&MDA Lock-Up Donation Drive for Randy Stafford
While I do hope everyone is able to donate, I also know these have been tough times for many of us. So if you are unable to donate but can still show up at Coach’s, that would be great and will only help to make the event even better.
All donations are certainly welcome no matter the amount. For those that may want to know what some of the costs that MDA has to cover in order for you to help determine a donation amount & the following information may help you decide.
- $30 - Flu Shot
- $82 -1 Minute of Research
- $100 - Support Group Session
- $800 - Child to MDA Summer Camp
- $2,000 - Assist with Wheelchair or Leg Braces
- $4,000 - Cabin of 5 friends at MDA Summer Camp
Unfortunately, the MDA Summer Camps have been canceled this year due to the Swine Flu that is going around. MDA kids are more susceptible to it and after MDA conferred with doctors as well as the CDC, all agreed that this was the prudent thing to do.
Well, I’ve now made this post longer than intended so I guess I should bring it to an end. I really hope to see as many of you as can make it and hope to see a donation if you can IF you are able to help.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
- $30 - Flu Shot
Posted 3 Jul 2009I guess by now all of the forum regulars may have noticed the new look on the forum... if not, its time for new glasses...
Hopefully everyone will enjoy the new features of the board. There are still some changes needed to complete the update since its a major version update on the software. For instance a minor issue you may have noticed is that some of the old emoticons are currently missing... For now please be patient and perhaps Steeltrepid will get those addressed quickly ( slammed ya Ben, got ya ) ( I'll probably regret that one later )
I've also got to address remaking the logo so it fits the new format... so you can slam me for that one until I get it addressed.
But you can't call me a slacker... ( yet )
First for the "pretty stuff"...
The board by default, includes two color themes that you have seen at least one of by now ( the old ones would not import because of the number of underlying changes makes them incompatible... you have to love progress ). I've added 6 more to bring the total color theme count up to 8 now. The added color themes include Brown, Maroon, Olive, Teal, Violet and a Black and White theme as well just in case you either don't care for the others or you have a colorblindess issue that makes the others an issue for you.
To change which color theme you want... simply scroll to the bottom of the forum page and in the lower left corner you should see the drop down that will allow you to select another theme. Depending on your browser, it will automatically load after you switch it or on some you must push the Go button next to it.
Some of the other features I've noticed ( and I've been far too busy under the hood to look around very much yet )... for the browsers that support these features...
The forum now supports a two column mode with the main forum areas listed on the left and on the right can be a second column you can have showing ( if selected ) a "Recently Added Topics" area awith a "Watched Content" area below it. If you look at the top forum area on the right then below the logo/banner area you will see a "View New Content" and then just below that depending on your browser there is either an "X" or a "<" showing... clicking on this will toggle the second column on or off. ( again I remind you that your browser must support that option for it to work ).
In the main forum area where the forum subjects are listed is a similar feature. Look at the "Announcements & Info" forum subject header... On the far right you should see a "-" sign, if you click it that area will colapse down and the sign will change to a "+" sign instead. Clicking it again with then expand that area back again.
While we are on the subject of that little "-" and "+" signs... If you see little white corners around that symbol or on any other image areas of the forum... Then it is time for you to consider updating your browser to one that also fully supports PNG images and their transparency element. Internet Explorer 6 ( as one example ) supports PNG's but not their transparency. So if you see those little white corners on the images, just don't blame us it isn't our fault you are stuck in the past
Next, lets go back to that "View New Content" that I only briefly mentioned a moment ago. This replaces the old "View New Posts" feature and the results it shows are... lacking a better word for it "intellegent". When you click on the results in the list, it will take you to the next post in the thread that is new since you last saw it. The old method took you either to the first post of the thread ( if clicking on the subject ) or to the last post in the thread if you selected that link. Of course if you do want to go to the last post in a thread, you can still do that from the main forum area.
I suspect you've noticed that there is also a place for your picture up in the upper right corner of the forum. You can customize that in your profile/settings area. BTW, there are now two images you can add, one is called your picture and one is the old standard avatar. So if you have an avatar and are wondering why the other picture is still the generic image... that is because you haven't yet added a picture for it yet. Personally I just used my avatar for mine, I already have to look at my ugly mug in the mirror when I get up in the morning and that is more than enough already for me...
Hope you enjoy the new forum and its new layout...
Randy aka rdsok
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