The House That Built Me

A few weeks ago I first heard a song that really spoke to me.  The name of the song is “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert.  When I heard the song and listened to the lyrics, it stirred up memories from my childhood growing up at 2119 E. Griffith Way.

This week I took a trip back to Fresno to visit my family, Mom, sister, two sons, and my two grandkids.  Since I had not seen my old house in many years, I decided to drive over to my old neighborhood a take a look at the house at 2119 E. Griffith Way.

I pulled the car to a stop, set the parking brake, and shut off the engine, ans sat across the street from from 2119 E. Griffith Way. It was very quiet on the street and I just thought that I would absorb the atmosphere.  As I sat in the car and just stared at the old house the old memories started flowing through my brain.

There in the front yard the crape myrtle that we used to jump over for years had finally gotten a chance to grow!  For many years that poor little tree never had gotten over about 3 feet tall.  The main reason for that was, as kids, we used to run and attempt to jump over it.  Sometimes we were not successful and would break off some of the tree trunk.

The visions of all four of boys playing “sock ball” over the years on the lawn up along the right side of the driveway flashed through my brain.  “Sock ball” was like baseball.  We would get our old socks that had holes in them and gather them, putting one inside another to make a ball.   Man some of those games were fierce!  As the years progress, we played wiffle ball, that would make the game a little different.

As I gazed over the back fence, there were still some remnants of Dad’s garden.  The peach trees and the orange trees were still thriving.  The boysenberries were gone, but the wires that they used to grow on were still there.

The old street has changed dramatically since Highway 41 came through and took most of the houses.  During my youth, there were some very competitive games of “home run derby” out in the street. Talk about competitive games, the “wheelie” contests on our bicycles were legendary!  Wow, the memories were now flowing like a raging river through my mind.  It felt like a dam had burst at its seams and all these memories were just gushing through my head like a raging river!

Then the realization set in, I had been sitting in my car for over an hour, reminiscing over memories that, in some cases, were over 50 years old!  That little blonde haired, snotty nosed kid that I saw running and jumping over the crepe myrtle, playing “sock ball”, annoying my siblings, popping wheelies, was none other than me!

It was at that point that, once again, that the Miranda Lambert song that I alluded to in the beginning of this article played in my head!

It was at this point that I realized that I was truly at “The House That Built Me”!

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Tiger Woods Is Back!

For the past five months there has been more “Tiger” stories  about all of his “conquests and infidelities” than I could deal with!  But having said all that, the thoughts in my head of the way the golf analysts could call Tiger’s every move at the Masters golf tournament could be very interesting and humorous!  In light of Tiger’s past transgressions, the commentary at The Masters could definitely have sexual connotations!

Think about the possibilities!

1. How about the possibility of the announcer describing Tiger’s first “hole in one” at The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club!  “Tiger put it in the bottom of the hole.  Or Tiger really nailed the hole.”

2. How about Tiger’s first errant drive.  “Tiger drives it deep into the rough? Or how about Tiger just drove it to the edge of the fringe?  He is driving it long and straight.”

3. How do you describe Tiger’s putting on the green?  “Tiger put in the bottom of the hole.  Tiger just missed the hole.  Oh Tiger just lipped that putt.  Tiger just drained that long one!  A solid stoke into the hole. All he has is just a little tap into the hole. He firmly strokes his putter.  Tiger laid it up short with only a firm tap to put it in the hole!”

4. Tiger’s aggressiveness could have some interesting comments.  “Tiger is going for the hole!  Tiger has grabbed the big stick and is going for the hole.”

I think that I have gotten all that out of my system now.  I hope that it was somewhat humorous, and if not my apologies to the offended.

Now that I have poked fun at Tiger Woods, I can tell all that I hope that Tiger Woods emerges Sunday as the victor of the 2010 Masters.  It would prove to the world that no matter what personal demons that he has had to exorcise, and through it all he is still only human, however he is still the greatest golfing machine to ever swing a golf club!

Go Tiger!


I Pray For You!

Growing in the Baptist Church, I would always here that phrase: ” I will pray for you”.  Well, it was always meant in a very good and positive manner!

But what happens when someone, your formerly significant other, has done you wrong and you feel like you have taken the biggest SCREWING in your life?

How do you as a person deal with it positively?  Well fret no more gang, I just heard a song that sums it all up very positively!  It is by Jaron and The Long Road to Love.  It is just started played on country stations, you should really check it out!  The video is after the lyrics.

To all those who have put the screws to me, I am going to church on Sunday and …..I Will Pray For You!!  LOL!

Here are the lyrics!

I haven’t been to church since I don’t remember when
Things were goin’ great ‘til they fell apart again
So I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do
He said you can’t go hatin’ others who have done wrong to you
Sometimes we get angry, but we must not condemn
Let the good Lord do His job and you just pray for them

I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are honey, I pray for you

I’m really glad I found my way to church
‘Cause I’m already feelin’ better and I thank God for the words

Yeah I’m goin’to take the high road
And do what the preacher told me to do
You keep messin’ up and I’ll keep prayin’ for you

I pray your tire blows out at 110
I pray you pass out drunk with your best friend and wake up with his and her tattoos

I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are, near or far, in your house or in your car,
wherever you are honey, I pray for you.


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Cellphone Angst

I have a Blackberry with at&t mobile service.  I have been a longtime at&t mobile customer, and I have been relatively happy with their product, until recently.

About two years ago I decided to get myself a Blackberry phone.  It would allow me to access many things that I needed, while away from my home flying to all point of the USA.  For the first year my Blackberry worked fine.  Then I inadvertently tried to teach my phone how to swim in the toilet!! (That in itself is another good story.)  I found out very quickly that a Blackberry can not do the backstroke, the breaststroke, the butterfly, nor the freestyle!

The replacement that I had to purchase, I inadvertently forgot to purchase insurance on the first phone, lasted a few months before it developed technical problems.  The second replacement lasted about 6 months before it developed technical as well as aesthetic physical issues.

I now have a third replacement Blackberry, now a total of 4 phones later, that is only 33 days old.  It, too, is now not functioning at 100% capacity.  It is very slow and it appears that the battery doesn’t last as long as it should.  When switching between applications, it goes into its “thinking” mode!  C’mon, dude, don’t start that “thinking” crap with me all the time!!

Well, I have talked to the at&t mobile store and they were not going to “work a deal” with me. I spoke to them about working a deal to change phones to an Apple iPhone.  They say that Apple has “their hands tied” contractually.  Well I said that if you show me what that knot looks like, I am sure that I can untie it and then we can play “Let’s Make A Deal”!!  The lady saw no humor in that part of our conversation, GRRRR.  She informed me that my account was not available for an upgrade until 9/6/2010, that’s five months away.  But if I wanted to pay full price-$499 for the iPhone- she would be more than happy to help me out.  I believe what she meant to say was that if I was that stupid and willing to pay double price for the iPhone before my contract was up, she would be MORE than happy to take my money and help me out, you idiot!

YGBSM!!  (You gotta be S####ing me!)  I believe that was was my reply to this young lady on the other end of the phone acting as a ‘customer service’ person.  There was a long pause and then she so eloquently replied…….”I take that answer to be NO, Mr. Hammack????”  I told her that I thought that she was brilliantly intuitive!

So what is a person to do when his cellphone starts to act up and the replacements aren’t any better equipment.  Additionally, it appears that your cellular company is into S&M bondage, informing you that their hand are tied up, and they really don’t want them untied!

Someone please help me!