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Sham Rock N’ Roll

Last night was the first ShamRock n Roll music festival the the NC Music Factory in Charlotte. Jes and I took the evening and went early. She had an interview with a family in Charlotte for a nanny position with their new baby. From there we stopped by the original Lupe’s Cafe on the way to the Music Factory. It was great! We both had one of the best burgers we have eaten in a long time and I definitely recommend the sweet tea. They served mine in a mason jar. Other people were ordering tea and it was coming in regular glasses so I’m not sure why mine came in a jar, but I liked it! I’m thinking I will start drinking everything from a mason jar.

After Lupe’s we stopped by to see some friends and then headed to the concert. We got there super early so we claimed out spots in the front and waited for an hour and a half until the show finally got started. Sister Hazel

was Jes’ favorite band in middle and high school and she has kept up with them for all these years. You may remember their biggest hit, “All for You”. We got to see them up close and personal.

I’m so glad Jes got to experience that. We left the concert and I was thinking was that the only thing cooler for her would have been to be able to meet them in person. So we did what any groupie or crazed fan would do and hunted down the tour bus and stalked them until they came out. And wouldn’t you know, it actually worked. After standing outside for a while and almost giving up

Ken Block, the lead singer, came out of the bus and greeted us and a few other hardcore fans that have been standing around with us. He gave Jes a big hug, shook my hand and thanked us for coming to see the show.  It was a very cool moment for Jes and I was so happy to be there with her. The concert was great and I actually have a short video clip of it on my youtube channel. I got about 20 seconds recorded before you can see the bald security guard come over and make me turn off the camera.

On the Street

A little mind reading on the streets of NoDa in Charlotte.

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Ice House

No, not the beer. We just received our first full month gas bill. Let me preface this by saying that we live in a 1300 sqft ranch house. I close the vents in all the rooms except the master bedroom, kitchen, and living room. Its just me and Jes and we leave our thermostat on 69. Our bill came and it was $217!!!

So Jes and I are making some changes.

1. Thermostat stays on 65… yes 65

2. Hot showers are now warm showers

3. Dogs sleep in the bed so they don’t freeze at night and to provide extra body heat for all of us (kinda like we’re foreigners)

4. Thermostat goes to 63 during the day while we’re gone. Sorry Jake.

5. All doors and windows stay closed when dogs are outside.

So, we aren’t quite that cruel. We put a heating pad in Jake’s bed and a little electric heater by his crate in the bedroom. We also added blankets to every possible place in our house. I never knew one family could own so many blankets. I counted 9 blankets for two people. This doesn’t include sheets and comforters. This is just blankets.

9 BLANKETS! Really…

So we are all huddled together trying to keep warm and here is alley, stretched out on our freezing cold floor.

She loves it. It takes a lot to keep her from being happy. That’s why I love my Alley.

I’ve only found one thing that makes her sad and that is being left alone. She hates being alone and I hate having to leave her, but every time I get home she is waiting on me with a huge smile. It makes my day.

If you feed them, they will come.

Ok, so if you are truly perverted you might catch the pun I really wanted to place in the title. I didn’t want to offend anyone in the title. I will let you get into the content of the blog before you get offended.

If you haven’t heard the “immoral” remarks of SC politician Andre Baure you should probably check out yahoo.com or any newspaper. He was the hopeful replacement for Gov. Sanford and in a few sentences has brought his political career to a screeching halt.

Here’s a quick quote from the Town Hall Meeting last Thursday, “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed (ok, now you will catch the pun if you haven’t already)! You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that.”

These remarks have been called immoral, disgusting, awful, etc. Democrats have, of course, ran Bauer out of town. How dare him compare people to squirrels!

I think Bauer’s grandmother was correct. In fact, these words are borderline prophetic. This is and will continue to be the end of the American Empire that we have been priviledged to experience in our lifetime. YES! I SAID IT! THE END…

Most great empires before us have lasted less than 100 years and very few successful empires have lasted hundreds of years. America has been The World Power for over a century and has had a great run, but like all that have come before, we are doomed to failure by our own hands.

How does this relate to the immoral comments of Bauer? I’ll tell you…

The second we forget that we are human, and humans are not entitled to anything, we begin our downfall. God has promised us enough to survive, but he has not promised to give it to us. We have to get it. We have to earn it and we deserve nothing more than that. We (Americans) have lost sight of this. We feel we are entitled to assistance, retirement, well-fare… We feel we deserve things much of the world would kill for.

We are people, just like Africans, Europeans, and yes, Haitians. We are entitled to no more, and no less than the street kid of Ethiopia. Why should we deserve more, because we live within a man-made hypothetical line that is drawn in the dirt? We think a law written on paper entitles us to more, a creed we think is above us. Don’t you think the Roman’s thought their laws would live on forever. We live by a “living constitution” that changes with time so it should forever change with the times, right? All this implies to me is that one day the constitution will be dead.

We deserve nothing, and our culture is a dependent culture. If we can’t afford to buy a house, we have a bank give us money we haven’t earned. If we “need” a car we don’t wait until we have a few thousand and buy a car that runs, we borrow money from a bank that we haven’t earned and buy a car with AC, power locks, bluetooth, and heated seats. When we can’t afford food we are given stamps that we trade for the cigarettes and alcohol we need to survive. And yes, we feel we are entitled to health care and higher education. I can’t afford to go to college, but my government tells me I deserve a higher education so they give me money to do it.

And the more kids you have the more you deserve, so it doesn’t matter whether you can afford a kid or not, the kid will be raised by the government because they are American.

We must not forget that we deserve nothing. We are given opportunity by the grace of God, but we are not given prosperity. We are given potential, but not essentials. We have to earn it. The second we forget that we are deserving of nothing we become self righteous and that has been the downfall of most great civilizations before us. Yes, there were others before us and there will be others after us. We are just hurrying it along by giving to people who feel they deserve it.

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