Hometown Surprise

Kewanee Motor Lodge   Starlight Drive-In

So I was driving to my home town and noticed something that looked very familiar on one of the billboards heading into town. The Kewanee Motor Lodge is using my Starlight Drive-In Theater illustration as part of their marketing campaign. If you look closely at the billboard you can see how they used every single element of my illustration in one way or another in the the layout of their ad.

If You Died Today

Goofy Grim Reaper

I hear so many people talk about regrets and would a, could a, should a moments in their lives. What is odd about the times where I hear these regrets mentioned, they are normally around times of little importance in the scheme of things. Such as "You didn't order the large piece of pie? You are going to regret that later." Or, "You didn't download the latest album on the day that it came out, you are going to regret that." Or "I really regret not going to the party last night, everybody was there."

When you are laying on your deathbed, these will probably not be moments you will look back upon with regret. In fact these will be moments you probably will not remember next week, or next year. In fact there are very few things like that you will ever really look back on with regret. Although it would be amusing to hear. "In my life, my greatest regret was not buying that silk tie I saw on sale that one day back in 2010.. gasp.. sigh."

But what about the things you will actually regret? I was thinking about this the other day when I heard a Doctor on TV talking about different ways to treat depression and other stress related illnesses. What they never discussed was making small changes, everything revolved around medications and therapy. Which made me think "why am I happy and they are not, it cannot always be a physiological issue." Then it hit me. I have tried to live my life without acquiring regrets. Don't get me wrong, I have missed out on things in my life, but what I mean is the things I can control. Let me give you some ideas of what I mean.

It's All Someone Else's Fault!

Flat Broke

So whether or not I think the government is doing a good job is beside the point. What amazes me most is the number of people, and groups, who are blaming them for the things they themselves have caused. The thing that is irritating me the most right now is the number of the people who are blaming the government for all of their personal financial problems.

I'm not saying that nobody is having financial difficulties as a direct result decisions made by the government. For a number of people who are unemployed right now it can or will result in financial turmoil; but those are not the people I am talking about.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell


Twenty-eight years ago I joined the Navy right out of high school. When I joined, the last three questions you were asked before you signed on the dotted line where as follows:



One of my freelance jobs that I worked on over the summer is up and running. I created the main character for the CampDoc website/service. The provide a service to store the medical records for kids who attend camps in a centralized spot, so if something where to happen to them while they were away, the local physician could access their records quickly and easily. Hence the doctor in camping or hiking gear in the character.

Entry Way Doors

Front Door 1

Even though I claimed to be done with home improvement projects for the year, I decided to work on on one more that ties in with the work I have already worked on this year. So today I completely redid my front doorway. The previous owners had replaced the door, but they never actually painted it so it was still the off-white primer color they are when they come from the factory.

PMG Scam - Revisited.


It's time once again for the PMG Scammers to make their way to college campuses everywhere. What is PMG you ask? Well, that is a really good question. Mainly because they change their name almost as quickly as they cash the checks of the people that they are scamming. (Actually now they are taking credit cards instead of checks to speed things up)PMG stands for "Professional Marketing Group", "Professional Mentoring Group", "PMG Mentors", "Private Mentoring Group", "Vermotion", "Sercure Gate" and the ever popular "College Pro Painters", "PMG Painters", "Campus Pro Painters."

SiliconDust Networked TV

SiliconDust HDHomeRun 1

So I was looking for an easy way to watch TV on my home computer systems. There are a couple usual ways to do it. One is to use a TV as your monitor and flip back and forth between the television mode and the computer as you need too. The other way is to add a TV tuner card to each of your computers and watch the television through the computer. This is my preferred approach, but it can be a little costly since you need to install a card in each computer and run a cable TV connection run in each room you have a computer where you want to watch TV. While looking into the various cards that was out there I stumbled across the SiliconDust HDHomeRun.

Hallway Refreash Stage 2

Hallway Before

I finished stage two of my hallway refresh home improvement project a few days ago. After the initial painting of the space, and before I painted the trim, I kind of took a step back to look around at what I was working with and decided that was going to make some changes.

Hallway Refreash

Hallway Repainting 1

So, it's been awhile, but I worked on a new home improvement project today. I am not a bog fan of beige paint to being with when it comes to house paint and rooms in my home.


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