My Happy Birthday (Literally)

Life
On the subject of my birthday, which just so happens to be today, let me tell you a little something about my birth. In 1973, my mom's water broke during the 1st trimester. The doctors were planning a D&C after that weekend, but stopped when they detected a heartbeat using technology that was new at the time. Instead of my life ending that day, a surgery was performed to assist my mom in carrying me as long as possible. She was warned that I still may not make it. She was told that if I did make it I would likely be deformed or experience mental challenges. She was placed on bed rest the remainder of her pregnancy. She prayed for me. I was born premature because my mother walked…
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There was a gun scare in my community this week and I’m angry

Life
Yesterday an alert was sounded that a white man wearing black clothes with a backpack and holding a rifle was seen in the vicinity of a Waukee school. This caused the schools to be put on lockdown, an outdoor elementary track and field event to be moved from the High School track to the elementary facilities, uneasiness among the faculty and students, and more. News reporters converged on the town. Everybody had a sense of dread, waiting for the next bit of news. And as the information trickled in, I began to become angry. Why aren't they giving us more information? Why isn't this all over the news outlets? Why haven't they hardened the schools against attack yet? The day continued on, more or less a normal day, and our…
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Buh-Bye YouTube Red. Facebook is on notice.

Airing of Grievances, Life
I've been a YouTube Red subscriber for years now. Ad-free videos, YouTube original content (which were pretty lame, to be honest), YouTube Music, and so on. It cost a little something each month, but in exchange, I had a wealth of information and entertainment in front of me. I could learn about sports, a diverse range of political ideas, woodworking tips, sermons, product reviews, marksmanship concepts, apologetics, concerts, cooking and more. YouTube has been established as the dominant medium of informational video on the Internet. My $9.99 a month was given in exchange for a world of uninterrupted content. But that world is just not worth it any longer. YouTube has been constricting certain viewpoints that don't march in lockstep with the social engineers of Google. This goes for thoughtful…
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Trying out wine for the first time

Life
Dayna has expressed an interest in trying out wine. Since I have VERY limited knowledge of wine, we discussed it and decided to try some red wines. I love shopping at Trader Joe's, their Kenya coffee is the bomb, and they also have a decent (I think) wine assortment. Most notably, they have Three Buck Chuck. So if we don't like a wine, we're not out too much money. I did some investigative research, which means I Googled it, and the top wines in that category I purchased were Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. $6 for two bottles. We'd have a few evenings of wine tasting, probably with chocolate or cheese or something like that. We would feel sophisticated and romantic. We'd find out what the big deal is! Except for…
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NFL Playoff Predictions: Wild Card Round

Life
Welcome to the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs, the one week where the home stadium is a true advantage, with the home teams historically winning 75% of the time. With that in mind, here are my predictions. Titans at Chiefs I live in Iowa, where you only see the Titans on television if they are playing the Vikings or Packers. Or if they are playing on a Monday or Thursday night. And that's assuming that I don't have something more important to do, which is likely because the Titans haven't impressed me since... Look for the Chiefs to take this game by at least a touchdown. Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking and Alex Smith with complete a pass that travels more than 10 yards in the air. Yeah,…
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