Trip To USA 2014 – Part 3

Don’t forget to read Trip To USA – Part 1, Trip To USA 2014 – Part 2 and Trip To USA 2014 – Part 4.

In the last two (2) posts, I talked about my flight to the States, getting my drivers license and getting a guitar for Bretney.  At this time, Ricky had decided he is going to be spending nights with me at the hotel and I would take him to school in the mornings, and pick him up after school, which is pretty cool, and this is how it worked for most of the time that I’m in the States.

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Trip To USA 2014 – Part 2

Don’t forget to read Trip To USA 2014 – Part 1, Trip To USA 2014 – Part 3 and Trip To USA 2014 – Part 4.

In Trip To USA 2014 – Part 1, I talked about my flight to the States and meeting with my friend, Eric at the airport.

T. G. I. FridaysWhile we headed to Eric’s car, we talked about what we would like to eat as it was about 5:30 p.m. (17:30).  After some discussion, we decided on T.G.I. Friday’s, as I haven’t eaten there since my second to last trip to England.  We ended driving around a mall looking for it, then decided to cross the road to see if it was on the other side, which it was.  Figures, lol.  We went in and sat down and ordered.  I decided to go with the Jack Daniel’s Burger and a beer.  Sorry, but I don’t remember what the beer was.  These things happen, but if Eric remembers, he’s more than welcome to tell us, lol.  The Jack Daniel’s Burger was actually pretty good.  Usually, T. G. I. Friday’s does really good burgers, and this was no exception.  Also, I’m sorry Eric, but I don’t remember what you had either.  After we finished dinner, we got on the road and headed to Etters, Pennsylvania, USA.  I kind of feel bad for Eric at this point, because I ended up zonking out on the way there, so he didn’t have anybody to talk to.

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Old Pathway

Ok, so I blog very seldom, but I felt the need to update this corner of the world (or corners, depending on how you look at it) on how I’m doing. The simple answer is great. I’m more stable now then I’ve been in the past few years, and good luck seems to be rolling my direction in all the unexpected ways like its supposed to. I’ve found every time you try to pick a fight with the way things go, you just dig yourself deeper in a bigger hole that’s harder to get out of. Wanting stuff to magically change on its own has proven to put more road blocks in things than clear them away.

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Trip To USA 2014 – Part 1

I just recently went on a trip to the USA.  It was a great trip, and I got to spend time with my kids and my dad and one of my sisters, which you will see.

April 17, 2014

Coffee At AirportI had to get an early start for this trip.  I was up at 2:30 a.m. to pack any last minute things, and then I walked out to the main road at 3:30 a.m. to get a taxi so I could be at the airport at 4:30 a.m. for my flight at 6:30 a.m.  Talk about an early damn morning!  LOL.  I got the airport and got checked in and made my way to the gate.  I finally found a coffee place that was open and sat down and tried to wake up a little bit.  The coffee was super hot, but very watered down.  I sat drinking my coffee, wishing I was at home with Tracy, but also excited to get to the States to see my kids.Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Megachurches

I came across this image today and had to take a step back. I’ve seen many images depicting the same message, but this image illustrates a point that I think is a growing trend on the internet.

megachurch

We live in an age where information can be portrayed in one image. Usually that image can depict one extreme to the other with a nifty invention we called Photoshop. I’m flabbergasted as to how many people can post such negative images and generalizing a way of life.

While it may be true that the images you see most of the time depict parishioners dressed in fancy suits that drive fancy cars, and seem to treat the church as a luxurious spending bonanza for themselves, a few years ago I was invited into one of these megachurches. They had helped a dear friend of mine get on her feet and establish good relationships to keep a supportive positive attitude. She kept on raving about the place and finally I agreed to go under a lot of duress because at the time lots of evil depictions were floating around Facebook that implied “God does not approve.”

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Shotokan

To read more about my Karate Journey, you can read about my First Ever Belt Test, Multiple Belt Test and 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test.

Japan Karate Shoto FederationI’ve recently decided to start again at the beginning of my Karate journey.  While living in Thailand, I’ve studied Muay Thai for about 6 months, and I studied Chen style Tai Chi for about 4 months.  While here, I’ve been here in Thailand, I’ve tried finding Matsubayashi-ryu or even Shorin-ryu, but the closest I can get for those is either New Zealand, China or Okinawa.  Outside of Muay Thai, what you mainly find here in Thailand is Taekwondo, which I’m not a very big fan of.  I had pretty much given up on going back to classes and started to relearn our katas from Osensei Shoshin Nagamine, which was OK for a while.  The problem being that with something like this, I’m not very good at learning on my own.  I had a few questions about some of the movements in the katas, and didn’t really have anybody to ask.  Some of the things came back to me as I worked through them, but not everything.

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Stargate

Recently I have had time to watch a lot of Stargate episodes. I always watched the FOX reruns on TV, and found them interesting, but never really knew that much about it. Then I had a few friends recommend the movie to me, which I had on my watch list, but never got around to it. Science Fiction is NOT generally my thing. In fact, I dislike most science fiction. I took a class on it, actually and found most of it is the same. I only like certain kinds, many of which only certain geekdoms know of. I have an entire hoard of people that will slay me for saying this, but as many Star Trek episodes as I’ve seen, I just was never drawn to either series. Although if I had to pick, the First Generation was better, and my favorite was Dr. McCoy. And trust me, even non-geeks have educated me and Trek, and it’s just something I can never get myself to geek into. I like the concept yes, but it does not have any addicting qualities, even though I’ve seen both series from the beginning.

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