Home for Sale


814 Bayshore Lane, Moore SC

Currently rented out.

Five bedroom, 3 bath home for sale in Sweetwater Hills Subdivision.  This is a great location between Spartanburg and Greenville, SC which means it is convenient to GSP airport..  The home is in Spartanburg County School District #5 - home of the Byrnes Rebels and one of the best high school football programs nationwide.  It is less than 3 miles from the new Tyger River Park and a mile from River Falls golf course.

Agents page: http://sptbgmls.fnismls.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=a67b0682-040f-4bc5-b41f-14e53ae0d44a&Report=Yes
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It All

Where did it all begin?

Some are amazed by the wonder of it all.

Some have it all.

Some end up throwing it all away.

Some have seen it all.

Some want it all.

Some want to get away from it all.

Some ask, “what is it all about”?

Try to sort it all out.

It all adds up.

When you do it all,

is it all over?

Try to stay above it all.

It all worked out.

Some know it all.

Jesus paid it all.

Was it all in vain?

That’s the long and short of it all.


Gnome Weather Widget Woe

On Ubuntu 11.10, running the Gnome shell, there is a weather widget that can be place on the bar across the top of the screen. The default location was Innsbruck and I wanted to change it for my location. The tool uses a WOEID (where on earth ID) instead of zip code for pulling the weather information. Found some instructions on how to change it. Basically, go to http://weather.yahoo.com, look up your city. The numbers you need will be in the URL of the resulting weather page. Sounds easy enough.

The only problem was that no matter what I put in, it would not save the changes. The preference box only has a button for closing the box. There is no apply button, no save button, etc.  I thought, well it is new, maybe it's a bug.  I thought, maybe I am not getting a valid WOEID string.
Finally found the answer, you have to hit ENTER after you put in your new WOEID code. I had been hitting TAB or clicking on other fields before closing the window.
It was one of those pound your head on the keyboard moments since the answer was easy but not apparent to this end user.  It is easy now that I know the answer, in my opinion, that is bad user interface design.


In the Ubuntu Unity interface, I just install the Weather Indicator item from the Ubuntu Software Center.  Once installed, ran it and it was easily configured.  Nice!


A Flash of Lightning (a story for Alina)

Chapter 1

Mac stepped out on the front porch.  The air was filled with the rich aroma of spring flowers in bloom.  She smiled as she saw the gardenia’s her mother had planted by the front walkway.  They were loaded with white blossoms and the little bees were very busy as they hovered over one flower and then buzzed to the next.  She breathed in deeply and stretched, enjoying the warmth of the day.

She walked along the front porch and descended the stairs at the side.  Mac gasped in surprise as she rounded the corner and caught sight of the corral.

“Oh, my!”, she exclaimed.

There, trotting around the corral was a young mustang mare.  Her black coat glistened in the morning sunlight.  She had a brilliant white tail.  The bottoms of her four legs were white too.  But the amazing thing was there was a streak of white running through her coat.  It started at the top of the mare’s head, zigzagged across her shoulder and down her side.

Mac said to herself, “I already know your name.”  “Your name is Lightning!”

When the beautiful mustang saw Mac standing there staring towards her.  She reared up and waved her forelegs in the air.  It was like the mare was saying, “Welcome.”

With a rush, Mac ran toward the corral fence.  She climbed up on the first rail of the fence, leaning over the top rail.  She began to clap her hands excitedly.

Just then, Mr. Reynolds came out of the stable, wiping his hands on the front of his leather apron.  He beamed a big smile when he saw his daughter leaning over the fence rail.  “She’s a beauty.”, Mac’s dad said as he walked up to her.

“Oh, Daddy”, Mac gushed “she is amazing!”  “How did you get her?"

Mr. Reynolds explained that Mr. Franks, from the farm in Millville, had asked Mr. Reynolds if he could take care of Lightning while his barn was being repaired.  When Mac heard her dad say, “Lightning”, she shouted, “I knew it!”  “The instant I saw her, I said to myself, her name is Lightning.”

“Oh really”, teased Mr. Reynolds.  “If you had heard the sound of her hooves running, you would say her name was Thunder.”  “If you saw her running, you would say her name was Tornado.”  “But, you are right, her name is Lightning.”

“So, we don’t get to keep her?” Mac asked.

“I'm afraid not.”, replied her dad.  “We are only keeping her until Mr. Frank’s barn is fixed.”

Mac wanted to be sad, but she couldn’t.  When she saw Lightning prancing around the corral she just had to laugh.  “Well”, she said, “I am glad we get to keep her for a little while.”

Mr. Reynolds stuck his hand in the pocket of his leather apron.  “Watch this”, he said as he pulled out two carrots.  He handed one of the carrots to Mac.

When Lightning caught sight of the delicious treats, she trotted over and nosed Mr. Roberts hand.  She gingerly nibbled the carrot and in a second it was gone.

“Now you try, Mac.”

Mac held up the carrot and watched intently has Lightning nibbled the carrot, her lips brushing across Mac’s fingers as she ate.

“That is so cool!”, Mac whispered.

About that time, Dahlia Roberts came out on the back porch and called out to them.  “Clyde, Mac, time to eat”

Mr. Reynolds said, “Come on, Mac.  You can visit Lightning again later.”

Mac reluctantly turned and headed for the bathroom to wash up for dinner.  She suddenly realized that she was starving!


Triple Homonyms

There are a lot of homonyms running around out there in the wild.  I’ve collected this list of triple homonyms over a period of time.  They are words that are spelled differently, have different meanings, but sound the same.  I’ve also avoided using proper names in my list.

  • aid, ade, aide
  • aisle, isle, I'll
  • balled, bawled, bald
  • bleu, blue, blew
  • boor, bore. boar
  • braise, brays, braze
  • by, buy, bye
  • cored. chord, cord
  • do, dew, due
  • doe, dough, do
  • eye, aye, I
  • flu, flew, flue
  • freeze, frieze, frees
  • heal, heel, he'll
  • heir, air, err
  • him, hem, hymn
  • idle, idol, idyll
  • kneed, knead, need
  • lier, liar, lyre
  • mall, maul, moll
  • meat, meet, mete
  • new, knew, gnu
  • not, knot, naught
  • or, ore. oar
  • pair, pare, pear
  • peak, peek, pique, peke
  • pore, pour, poor
  • rain, reign, rein
  • raise, rays, raze
  • right. rite, write
  • road, rode. rowed
  • seal, seel, ciel
  • sees, seas, seize
  • since, sense, cents
  • site, sight. cite
  • so, sew, sow
  • staid. stayed, stade
  • tee, tea, ti
  • there, their, they're
  • toed, toad, towed
  • two, too, to
  • way, weigh, whey
  • you, ewe, yew

It’s kind of exciting whenever I stumble across another one.


On Being a Reader

During my childhood and teen years I was a voracious reader.  But, as I entered my adult years with all the responsibilities of life, I gradually read less and less.  It got to the point, I could no longer remember the last book I had read.  I resolved to change that.

One of my life rules is: "Never stop learning."  Reading helps me to accomplish this. Read more...


The 360 Degree Leader

During my performance appraisal at work this year, my boss recommended I read, "The 360 Degree Leader" by John C. Maxwell.  So, I did.  I didn't know how well I would enjoy the book when the table of contents indicated a rigorous, methodical layout for the book.  But, as I began to read it, I came to appreciate the structure of the book. Read more...


Mother's Cole Slaw


Mother's Vegetable Salad

She used to serve this at Christmas and/or any other special occasion. It was one of her favorites. I have the hand written copy – apparently she gave me this recipe in the ‘70’s. Read more...


Great White Chili

One of my favorites.