Southern Man

Friday, April 18, 2014


Today was a long hard work day - first class at 7:30 AM, a long day of grading, an evening meeting about the upcoming trip to Spain, and then our monthly outing to the bowling alley!

Paul is the event organizer.

Got a strike, whoo hoo!

I got one too!

That makes three of us!

Princess alert!

Southern Man's geocaching buddy.

With one of the girls.

Adam has a big...ball!

Really, guys?

All three of you?

And afterwards we went to Chili's for food and drink and more fun times. It's good to end a long hard day playing with friends!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday In The Park

It was a gray morning and not conducive to photography but Southern Man's redbuds have finally bloomed. They always wait two weeks after the other redbuds bud out and make him think that they didn't make it...

We planted dozens and dozens of trees fifteen years ago and tended them and watered them and then one hot, hot summer Southern Man went out to The Land and they were all gone - eaten to the ground by deer or beavers or something. But these three redbuds came back from the roots. All three are native, harvested from a friend's estate. None of the store-bought trees made it.

Saturday morning the church group met up at a local park for geocaching and Frisbee Golf and walking...

Adam and his Frisbee Golf team.

We went one for six on geocaches but it was still a lot of fun.

And that evening was the monthly Christian dance...

Beware of Pool Sharks!

Our Lovely Hostess

The Boys

The Girls

And thus ends another busy and fun Saturday!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

A Sunday In The Life

7:00  Wake up
8:00  Arrive at gym, work out, shower
10:00  Arrive at church for Bible study (we're working our way through Hebrews right now)
12:00  Lunch with friends
2:00  Geocaching in the park
4:00  Haircut
5:00  Pedicure (Southern Man occasionally spoils himself; also, he can't reach his own toenails)
6:00  Grocery Shopping
7:00  Home for dinner and movies and relaxation

A day of rest, indeed. You didn't see "work" mentioned in any of that, did you?

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Coffee and Weddings and Caching, Oh My!

Saturday was a busy, busy day - Coffee Talk in the morning, an outdoor wedding in the afternoon, and geocaching well into the dark of night.

First off was our monthly meet for coffee and fellowship and Bible study. Our hosts recently moved (and to a location that's just a stone's throw from Southern Man's workplace) so this is the first one in a couple of months.

In The Kitchen

Paul chillin' out


Since work was nearby and there was plenty of work on his desk Southern Man slaved away in the office for a few hours, then headed into Southern City for the wedding.

The gift table and registration book.

Cake and punch!

"What really knocked me out were their red sunglasses..."

The Groom, an engineer, could not resist dealing with last minute technical details.

He also built this bridge so that The Bride wouldn't have to traverse that little ditch in four-inch heels.

What's a wedding without sax?

The Happy Couple.

And then Southern Man fell victim to a devious plot. Shirley (pictured above), without his knowledge, told her son Shane (also pictured above) that "Southern Man might want to geocache with you tonight." Then she told Southern Man "Hey, Shane really wants to go geocaching tonight!" He suspects that she just wanted him out of the house for a while so that she could have some "quiet time" with her boyfriend. But, hey, it's geocaching so no complaints. We 'cached until well after dark, then ate Mexican food and Southern Man got him home at ten-ish.

Shane nabs a cache.

And that was a full and fun Saturday. May there be many more like it! Lord, thank you for the friends and the freedom you've granted me. Amen.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Government Health Care

Southern Man had a question and, reluctantly, dialed the appropriate 24/7 toll-free number to ask it. The conversation went like this...
Computer voice: Thank you for calling [big government office]. You can say [list of options].

Southern Man: Representative.

Computer Voice: You'd like to speak to someone. Is that correct?

Southern Man: Yes.

Computer Voice: Great, I'll get someone for you...

...brief pause...

Computer Voice: We're experiencing high call volume at this time. If you like, we can call you back in...

...brief pause...

Computer Voice: ...sixteen hours and forty-five minutes. Would you like for us to call you back then?

Southern Man: (sighs) Yes.
If they're true to their word Southern Man should get his callback at about four tomorrow morning. The chances of him actually hearing the phone at that hour are slim to none. But he'll put the phone by his pillow tonight just in case...

[Added the next day...] They called back, a little ahead of schedule, and the representative was able to answer my question. How about that?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Break!

Ah, Spring Break, that glorious week in the middle of the semester. Alas, it was too brief...

Southern Man had Teen Daughter for the first half of break. Of course she took nature photos at every opportunity.

One of many sunset pics by Teen Daughter.

We had a lot of fun - saw the new Disney movie, went to the trampoline park, ate out any number of times - before she had to go back to her Mother on Wednesday.

Of course there was geocaching.

Southern Man did this one with the teen son of a friend and a couple of cachers from Kansas that we met early in the day. The caches were actually spread out around an area lake but it does make for lovely "geo-art."

Teen friend, the fellow from Kansas, and Southern Man. Photo by the wife of the fellow from Kansas.

He also went up into this tree to retrieve a cache.

On Friday evening we went bowling...


Knock 'em down!

One of The Girls.

And finally Southern Man had just a few days to get some chores done out at The Land but then Spring Break was over far too soon. Oh well summer is coming!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Lunch and Geocaching and Dancing, Oh My!

Today was the monthly geocacher's lunch, which is always a great time.

Forget geocaching - Little Gypsy came to sell cookies!

Bonnie wasn't aware that the question was "who wants to host the next luncheon?"

"Take this haunted Totem and recieve three free mushrooms!"

Little Gypsy and Hate To Be Lost mug for the camera.

After lunch Southern Man and Dr. Scissortail headed out to pick up a few caches...

"Can't get in that way..."

We were five feet from the cache but had to hike to the other entrance and break out the flashlights to get to it.

And that evening was the monthly Bible Study and Christian Connection dance...

Dancing fools

Pool Sharks

A Dancing Princess

Thank you, Lord, for a day filled with good people and good times. Amen.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Physical Therapy

So after numerous delays Southern Man finally gets his first appointment with the surgeon-recommended physical therapist to work on that ankle. But when Southern Man found out what it would cost ($200 per visit with insurance!) he decided that walking to distant geocaches would be both cheaper and more effective so he tackled one near the therapist called "Deer Trail" that was about a half-mile in to an undeveloped area.

One of the deer didn't make it.

So there will be no physical therapy this month, just lots of backwoods geocaching. Wait, isn't that how Southern Man broke his leg in the first place?

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Old Man Winter

Winter just will not let go, with another cold weekend and two, count 'em, two snow days for the public schools. Alas, Southern Man's employer only took one of them.

On Friday Southern Man went to a concert of local musicians hosted by a friend (from whom Southern Man once took guitar lessons)...

They are terrible cell phone snaps but they will have to do.

Saturday was spent running errands and eating out (Southern Man ate out a lot this weekend) and Sunday was too cold for much of anything after church and lunch and laundry and Monday was a snow day!

Bright and clear and very, very cold...

But by mid-afternoon it had warmed up a bit and Southern Man set out on a geocaching trip to pick up a few more in a series commemorating the Monopoly game board. One was in this snow-covered tree.

This one is "Income Tax" and Southern Man got nearly to "Jail" before quitting for the day and heading back into town to eat, again.

So a fun if cold weekend. Next weekend is a Teen Daughter weekend but we're supposed to get one more wintery blast. Southern Man is ready for winter to be over!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Another Political Quiz

This one claims to be able to predict your political outlook based on whether you prefer dogs to cats and your choice of web browser.

You may have to click on it to actually read the text.

So apparently Southern Man's only "liberal" qualities are a slight preference for cats over dogs, his use of a "modern" web browser, and his proclivity for fine art over crowds. But there's no arguing with the results.