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End of People Connecting

Batman says:

Struck me today, we have reached a point in history where we no longer talk “to” a person we talk “at” a person. Texting, blogging, news etc, all talk at people. There is no human interaction, no tremble in the voice when upset, no visible smile when happy. There are just typed words or talking heads on a television screen (substitute with phone screen or computer monitor).

As I get older I tend to look back a bit at how things were (just like everyone does eventually) when people actually talked to each other, either face to face or on the phone, even on Ham radio. I believe we have traveled half way down a road that eventually leads to us just not ever having to speak to a human being in person. Just take a look around you pretty much anywhere you are at the moment (yes even in cars, which is stupid and will get you or someone hurt or killed if your driving) and I would be willing to bet there is someone with their face glued to a phone screen or computer monitor (don’t fib, you know there is someone).

The art of communication is one we should try and keep, it helps make meaningful contact, establishes life long friendships, works out issues and it’s just plain better than any form of communication.

Read an article someplace recently that said Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban don’t text, they actually call so they can speak to each other, remember the concept of that? Have when gotten so far down the path that we can’t go back? I for one hope not and will make a conscious effort to actually talk face to face with whoever I need to communicate with from now on, I may be old fashioned but I’ve never really liked even phones, I prefer face to face, it’s more “human” and leaves a better impression I think.

Anyways that’s my two cents, don’t text me I won’t get it anyways, and take the time today to find a person and just say hello, bet your surprised at the result.

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Ready for Bed

Batman says:

What is it with getting ready for bed that takes some people so long? I mean, brush teeth, take medicine (if required) say prayers, get happy tuckus (rear, butt, bottom) in bed. Should be that simple, but no, some people (nope I ain’t pointing a finger so don’t even ask) take forever to actually get into bed. They find ways to make going to bed a crazy time consuming adventure and it leaves one wondering if they are ever really coming to bed. The bathroom portion takes at a minimum 10 minutes to get everything done. Then they come out and remember something they forgot and go back to the bathroom again.

Then of course they remember that they need to go to the kitchen to get a drink or family room to retrieve something they forgot, all the while the patient other half is in bed trying either to stay awake so they kinda go to bed ‘together’ or trying to fall asleep because they have to get up early and go to work.

Going to bed together as a couple is keen to a relationship, but apparently that doesn’t mean going to bed at he same time.

Love ya Peach

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Faith family life styles

What’s behind me

Batman says:

“What’s behind me doesn’t matter” interesting quote I saw on a movie when I was young (never you mind when that was) about a race car driver I think. He was talking about cars he passed as he ripped off the rear view mirror, but if we think about it, it fits life.We should not spend time worrying about what’s behind us, or ‘in the past’ because we cannot change it. We learn from our past and continually strive to improve and move forward. If we don’t, we are likely to live miserable ‘I should have’ lives in which all we can do is constantly think about how we should have or could have done something different or better.

Remembering past parts of our lives is normal and even healthy (no I’m by no means one of those head doctors) I think, it should help us learn about ourselves and how we have changed.

Dwelling (no not the place you live) on the past cannot be healthy, it tends to hold us back and keeps us from moving forward to get better and stronger. By all means, remember the past, relish the memories of childhood and youth, all the fun things, as well as the fun things that you did and happened. Then, look forward to where you are now and see how much you have grown, and how the things in the past (behind you) don’t really matter in the long run. Another quote I saw or heard in a movie a long time ago “son, remember this, God doesn’t care who you were, he cares about who you are now”.

See? “What’s behind me, doesn’t matter”

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Don’t Believe ALL the Bad News You Hear! (only some of it) and HAPPY Father’s Day!!

Peach says: First of all, I want to SHOUT OUT to my Batman for EVERY DAY WITHOUT FAIL rising to the occasion to be a father to our sons. No matter the weariness or obstacles, no matter, even once, what he ‘felt like’, he has every day, every moment rallied to the occasion to provide, set the example, and love unconditionally. He has loved with grace and with gruffness and with discipline (because love does that, read your Bible 😉) and with humor! He has loved with his presence and with his provision, and with his WORKThank You, Lord for such a man of Yours for my very own husband to do parenting, and all of life with!! May he be extra blessed today and throughout this coming year!!! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!

And now, some Father’s Day observations. I work in retail and today I saw such an interesting phenomena. Over and over into our store came families, with Daddy, most were young families, but there were a few older families.  Every one of them happy to be there humbly and graciously providing the cute clothes, sunglasses, shoes, and bathing suits for their kids.

Might not sound like much to you, but on the ONE day out of the year designated to honor and celebrate our Dads, I think it speaks volumes to their quality of charachter to be out shoping and providing, doing the fun and the ‘extra’ for their children and their wives.

It’s all too common to hear such divisive talk between our two genders. Male and female. But, don’t believe everything you hear in the news and social media. We sure do need a bunch more JESUS, but there are STILL good people out there everywhere you go!! Look around, and you will see them! Every time I could remember to tell one of the Dads ‘Happy Father’s Day’, they lit up like a Christmas Tree! Such a simple thing!!

Father God, thank You for being our Daddy! Thank You for making a way for us to be adopted into Your family!! Thank You for the GIFT 🎁 of Family!!! Please do Your work today, this week and this year in our families!! Strengthen, realign, heal, give clear vision and purpose, let there be proper order and sweetness of life in our families all across our land, transform America one life, one relationship, one family at a time!! And let all the Daddies rise up!! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!!

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Midnights

Batman says:

Those of us who work shift work, all know midnight shift, 11-7, 6-6, or whatever combination you work. Midnights are tiresome and strain a relationship when it’s new. But if it’s meant to be, the relationship will last, if we work at it and even prosper.

Blessed as I am with Peach, we have lasted well over 30 years, 24 of which I have rotated on and off of midnight shift. Hadn’t always been easy, missing birthdays and holidays and family gatherings, but with Peach’s understanding, we have made a great life.

Midnights is when the no so nice people are out, most decent people are home and not roaming the streets. Dealing with these people wears on a person and over the years one becomes hardened. This is when you need a ‘Peach’ who, when you come home, is there waiting, always willing to ‘fix breakfast’ even at 5 a.m. There to remind you why you do what you do and to help ‘soften’ you back up to the world.

Midnights are tough, but with your own ‘Peach’ it gets easier every day

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Ham (again)

Batman says:

Sooo again on the subject of ham radio operators, which Peach and I both are. Last time I posted about this was about how some hams have no (or little) in the way of manners when it comes to usage. Let me see if I can expound a bit but first let me explain who can do what on a ham radio.

There are three ‘classes’ of operators (the novice class for the most part doesn’t exist anymore)

The hierarchy goes like this from highest to lowest (in the range of frequencies you can legally use)

Amateur Extra

General

Technician

Now Peach and I are Technician class operators (studying to move to General) and as such we are extremely limited on what frequencies we can talk on (although there are proposals to open more up to technicians). We spend 98% of the time on what it known as 2 meter, sometimes we are on ‘simplex’ but it’s mainly line-of-sight so it’s use is limited.

2 meter however, if used through a repeater, can be used to talk all over town and to some extent, neighboring towns. Repeaters, basically take your signal and rebroadcast it so it can be heard farther (in a nutshell) I’m sure the technical geeks will pitch a fit and say it’s more complicated than that…don’t care really…it’s a signal booster, basically. Repeaters are put up by amateur radio clubs mainly, and sometimes by individuals, to be used freely by all (in most areas), and here lies the ‘rub’ so to speak.

Members, not all mind you, but certain few, seem to always be on the repeater, and when I say always, I’m talking pretty much 24/7. If they are not talking to each other, when they hear someone talking they find it necessary to get in on the conversation. Hams are generally social, so at most times this isn’t an issue, but when it’s obviously two family members conversing, the urge to butt in should probably be suppressed. It takes time for some hams to feel comfortable with their new skill set and they are mostly comfortable conversing with close friends or family, not strangers (in my line of work I speak on a radio all the time and for years it was able to be heard on scanners so myself it doesn’t bother).

We as hams are always trying to get more people to become hams, and join the thousands of others around the world. But here lately, the rudeness, the ‘taking over of the repeaters, has tainted some from wanting to participate. This type of usage is not what was intended I’m sure, and I hope for the sake of good radio it doesn’t last.

This type of behavior on basically the only frequency Peach and I can use is to be honest, the only reason we are trying to upgrade to General class. There we have many more ‘bands’ and frequencies to choose from if we need to do more than say ‘hello and I Love’ you to each other.

Now this sounds like I’m unsociable, and that’s not the case at all. I do like talking to others on the radio, I listen to the higher bands I’m not allowed to transmit on all the time, wishing I could talk to that guy in New Zealand or lady in Europe. But there are times I would like to say hi to Peach, see if she needs anything from town while I’m there, without being interrupted by the repeater hogs with hellos and who are you’s, don’t think I’ve ever heard you on here before and such, and if you are an unfamiliar female voice, it’s 50 times worse. Have some decency and radio etiquette at times and met some new voices talk to who they are comfortable with, and eventually they will expand their pool of contacts to maybe include even you.

Anyways, rant over, one day soon we will upgrade and be able to find a frequency where we can talk about the grocery list in peace…. I hope anyways