Thursday, July 31, 2008

I Want One!

Just figured out how to combine two of my most favorite activities. Someone please tell my wife because she has the darnedest time trying to find presents for me!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday Rambling

I hate flying.

Never thought I would ever say that. I used to love to fly. It was glamorous and fun. The steward-esses were gorgeous and the drinks were plentiful.

Now it's like a cattle car with no room and no air and crabby people in a hurry.

I flew to Washington DC last week for a quick meeting and when I got there, all I could do was wish that I had driven.

It sucked large.

But oh well, it's what you have to do when you need to go.

I did get to go eat at a fabulous Persian restaurant. The food was wonderful and very plentiful. If you don't like meat, don't go! Lots of lamb and beef and chicken and all those spices that you don't get in down home southern cooking.

Got back about 7pm on Friday to find my love on the couch with the beginnings of a migrane. She didn't get up until last night. Three days. Ouch.

I've never had one of those and don't ever want one. She was pitiful and there is nothing worse than watching someone you love hurt and knowing that there is absolutely nothing you can do.

But she's better today. Says that her head now just feels bruised.

You'd think if science can make a pill to give an old man a hard on, they should be able to make something to stop your head from hurting!

It's so freakin' hot here. Another 108 degree day. The A/C is working hard and it's still 75 in my office. I want to move to Alaska.

I have borrowed a motorcycle from a friend of mine for a while and it's been too damned hot for me to go riding. I just don't want to get out in this shit.

Just praying for Fall now. Even though we rarely get Fall. We get hot, then hotter, then hottest and one day you wake up and it's cold - then it gets hot again before lunch.

Crazy weather.

I guess it could be worse. Watch the old Ice Road Truckers show and see how the other half lives WAY up north.

Speaking of hot......I've been watching the new HBO series called Generation Kill. It's about a unit in Iraq at the beginning of this "war". It's pretty good. Not Band of Brothers good, but it looks like a very realistic look at the shit we're in. Check it out if you have a chance. It's worth the look.

So that's all the news that is news. I'm going back to sit under the fan!


Monday, July 21, 2008


OK, the Batman movie was very good and extremely creepy. The Joker dude was full on crazy. He was so crazy that he unnerved everyone in my party. I didn't go to bed until 2am Saturday morning because I was afraid that if I went to sleep that he would be waiting for me.

I can't see an academy award for a comic book movie role - but Heath Ledger was good enough. I guess the boy redeemed his gay cowboy thing before he died.

Gay cowboys, whoever heard of such?

Speaking of Cowboys - I almost died being one on Saturday. The match was wonderful and I had a blast - but with temperatures of over 100 degrees I almost lost it. And I mean all of it!

Finished the next to last stage and was hurting bad. Sweating like crazy and drinking water to keep hydrated. But the old heart started beating fast, it got harder to breathe. The world wasn't spinning yet but I could see it coming.

I was the second shooter on the last stage and as soon as the smoke cleared, I put my guns back on my cart and wheeled the entire rig back towards the truck and loaded it up. Took my shirt off and got in the air conditioning and just sat there. I found the strength to drive off, but had to pull of in about 30 minutes to collect myself again.

I finally made it home, unloaded the car, stripped naked and laid on the floor of the bathroom. Got up and drank a quart of gatorade and ate some watermelon full of salt. Took a handful of vitamins and got in a cool shower.

Then I took a nap.

Not just a regular nap, but a 4-hour sleepfest!

Then I got up and watched a little television and went back to sleep.

Woke up for church on Sunday morning and felt like I had been beaten with a stick and tarred and feathered to boot!

I guess I took it to far. It was so so so hot.

And on top of all that. I get to work today and my A/C is out in the office. Hottest day of the year - 107 degrees outside and my compressor had just given up the ghost.

As I type this, it's 97 degrees in my office and I've had all I need today so I'm headed home - where the air conditioning is wonderful and cold.

I wonder if there are any job openings in Alaska!

Hope everyone else is cooler.


Friday, July 18, 2008

No Joke(r)

Going to see The Batman tonight.
This is going to be huge. Throngs of people clawing over each other at the popcorn counter. Fights breaking out in the hotdog line. Violence everywhere.
Very American, don't cha think?
I think this one will be very good and we've got lots of boys coming. Don't think this is much of girl movie - but I could be wrong.
I'll be sure and give a review later so stay tuned.
With the movie experience and cowboy shooting the following day, I'm going to have testosterone running out of my ears.
Hope the lovely wife is ready!!!
So here's me lifting a glass to each of you - Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2008


I have missed the last three months of cowboy shooting - but I'm a goin' this Saturday!
I've got black powder loaded up and I've got all my shootin' irons cleaned and oiled up and all I need is for Saturday to dawn and I'm going to make the smoke and thunder.
My lovely wife doesn't get this at all. And I'm not sure that I can explain it either - but it's just about the funnest thing I've ever done that doesn't include her being naked.
There's something very calming about blazing away down range. The sound, the smell - hell, all of it. Plus I get to dress up like a cowboy!
And that's the part that gets her the most.
You see, I'm a shorts and birkenstock kind of fellow. Not so much on the cowboy side - but again, it's fun to dress up and step into something that is not so related to my life. To imagine yourself back "in the day".
So for those of you that are jealous - come join me. For those of you that think I'm an idiot, well, maybe I am. But I'll be the grinninest idiot you've ever seen come Saturday mornin'!


One of the absolute bestest things about living in the DEEP SOUTH is the food. And I'm not just talking about the fried chicken and biscuits and tomato gravy. Nope, I'm talking about all the stuff we grow down here that is just so damned good!
And on the top of that list is watermelon!
I love our watermelons. They are red and ripe and juicy and there is nothing that will make you feel better about yourself than sitting down and splitting one open and eating the heart out of it.
Prices have finally come down after the July 4th holiday so they aren't as painful to buy and there are still lots of pawpaws parked by the side of the road with a pick up truck full of them!
So my prayer for you is today that you'll stop and hand over a fiver to an old-timer in overalls and get you some.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Well, as of tomorrow it's been a year since I kidnapped my beloved and took her off to Vegas to make an honest woman out of her.

And it's been the best year of my life.

You'd have to ask her what she thinks because of all the things I've learned in the last year, not speaking for her is pretty darned close to the top of the list!

It's been quite a ride so far. The moving process was stressful but very much fun for me. I'm not sure she would agree with the fun part of my statement but we both agree that the final product was worth whatver we had to do in order to get where we are.

We had some friends over for dinner last night and once again, I was stuck by the oddness of proudly showing off my house. I just really, really love my house and I love showing it off. Somewhere inside of me I just know that is not a good thing - but I can't help it.

Anyway - Happy Anniversary to me. One down, a lifetime to go!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Which Entrance Would You Enter?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Our highest calling is to feed the hungry?
Clothe the naked?
Love one another?
Fill our tanks..............?

Monday, July 07, 2008


Just when you think life is boring.

Just when you're feeling a bit jaded, along comes a breath of fresh air!

One Andrew Thomas Burnett at your service.

He smiles, he coos, he cries, he poops, he does it all. And yet when he does it, it all seems so darned cute that you can't help but smile.

It's great being a grandwhateveriam.....................

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy Birthday America!!!

God Bless America and God Bless You.

It's an amazing country we live in, warts and all.

Since I'm a gun-toting, left wing, christian boy that loves poetry and sickly sweet love movies with happy endings, I believe I am uniquely qualified to sing Happy Birthday to our country.

Yep, I'm a walking - talking - contradiction. I defy any category that you try to put me in except devoted husband. I'll take that one and do it proud!

My in-laws will tell you that I'm a flaming liberal but I'm not. I'm a live and let live libertarian with a christian world-view that tells me that society is responsible for the weakest among us.

I'm for people putting their pants on one leg at a time except for the ones that can't or won't because they're so fucked up.

I'm still confused as to how the republican platform got hijacked by the chrisitan right. Everything christian-like about christians would fall under the social programs of the Kennedy Clan and universal health care.

None of it makes sense to me which is why I just stay on the sidelines observing all this craziness!

If my vote actually counted I would vote for everyone to love each other and for all of us to do the best we can. I would vote that no one would go hungry and that all of us would take turns making sure that those that can't help themselves were helped.

So let's all take a moment to thank our forefathers for the amazing thing they left in our care and after that toast, let's resolve to do a better job of it.