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Sunday Morning (1999 Project)

This is how it starts…

Not a bad way to spend the day if thereโ€™s a favorable outcome.

8:00 AM: Iโ€™m starting off the day trying to figure the problem out with the truck and these spark plugs. And I may have found the problem. I think itโ€™s the wrong set of plugs. Youโ€™d think the guy at the counter would have some knowledge as to what heโ€™s selling you but Iโ€™ve trusted too much in that. It would seem heโ€™s wrong.

(Further on Iโ€™ll be talking about Oโ€™Reillyโ€™s. I didnโ€™t get the bad plugs from there. – Credit where credit is due.)

Iโ€™ll be taking off to the parts place with a little more knowledge this time and the manual and truck info to back me up.

But first, church.

12:19 PM

Iโ€™m at Oโ€™Reilly Auto Parts and my man Chuck here confirmed part of a problem. I was sold single platinum plugs instead of double platinum plugs at the other parts place. The plug in five split and is causing misfire. These plugs couldnโ€™t handle the workload.

We may be onto something…

1:00 PM: I got back home, stepped out of the car and directly to the truck. I went to work on replacing the plugs.

The Usual Suspects

I started at one and went to six. I didnโ€™t pull a wire until I had the previous one gap checked, greased and seated. That fifth cylinder misfire was because of these old plugs. That would be number five in the lineup pictured above. Absolutely the wrong equipment for the application.

2:14 PM: After about an hour I was back on the road but it wasnโ€™t all rainbows and roses, no. The battery had died and a cell had went bad so I was off to another Oโ€™Reillyโ€™s to see about a new battery.

The truck isnโ€™t cutting back like it was and no check engine light. No misfire. This, for me, is huge! I love my truck but it has to be usable to stick around.

At this point I was only into this little adventure for blood, sweat, and $32.00 USD. I was dreading having to shell out for a new battery. They arenโ€™t outrageous but they arenโ€™t cheap either. And this battery was only a year old.

Mr. Gene

But then I guess there was a bit of โ€œwhiskers on kittensโ€œ. Turns out the battery I bought a year ago was under a two year warranty at Oโ€™Reillyโ€™s. Those fellas helped me out big time to day.

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Oโ€™Reillyโ€™s and to their employees. Gene and Jim in Camden, SC and Chuck in Lancaster, SC. They were super helpful and knowledgeable today.

And also, Iโ€™m thanking God. Itโ€™s getting hot and thereโ€™s no air in the Escape. The Ranger has super cold air. I prayed over the truck last night hoping that this was the problem. I needed it and it was granted. So thank you Lord for the hands and mind to work the problem and the grace to let this happen.

5:50 PM: I havenโ€™t eaten all day. I was all about getting this done. And now itโ€™s almost supper time.

Time to shower, eat, and relax. Tomorrowโ€™s Monday.

And itโ€™s gonna be a great day!

Thatโ€™s it. Thatโ€™s the post.


In My Way

I woke up at 4:30 AM today. I couldnโ€™t sleep anymore. I was exhausted last night and crashed a little after ten.

I was dreading today. I really wanted to just call in and do it tomorrow. But then Iโ€™d have to give up my Saturday, and that just wonโ€™t do.

So I made the coffee and was sitting there reading through a few things wishing Iโ€™d set a camera up for nightlapse because of the Lyrids meteor shower and getting ready for the day.

When you donโ€™t want to go, you make yourself go.

God puts things and people in your way.

By in your way I donโ€™t mean that as necessarily a bad thing.

Sometimes itโ€™s a hurdle to get over. Sometimes itโ€™s someone who is kind to you.

Sometimes itโ€™s just a thing. A thing you need at the moment.

I was driving along the same road I use most everyday to get to my first stop. Doing my windshield time. I can do this drive with my eyes closed. And I looked up and saw this.

At first I thought it was part of the Lyrids. I found out later from the wife that it was so much cooler. It was the SpaceX launch this morning.

This brought a huge grin to my face. I needed to be right there, right then.

I needed to see this this morning, to capture it, to make my morning better. To make my whole day better.

And it did.

Thatโ€™s it. Thatโ€™s the post.


Another Day, Another Storm

We had a severe thunderstorm warning here today. There was a possibility of tornadoes, again. The wind got up and it rained a bit.

The storm passed to one side of our location.

On the plus side the new weather radio worked like a charm.

Iโ€™ve mentioned on here before about the tornado that passed over our home last year. I get nervous when we have severe weather. Itโ€™s just a little bit of PTSD from the aforementioned storm last year.

Iโ€™ve gotten better. Iโ€™m prepared for what might happen. And thatโ€™s what I can do.

Because, in reality, there isnโ€™t a thing I can do about the storm itself. I have no control. Iโ€™m just a man.

I can pray.

I can trust God to get me through them.

To protect my home and my family. And to help us through what comes next.

And thatโ€™s all there is.


Thatโ€™s it. Thatโ€™s the post.


Calmed Before The Storm

Weโ€™re about to have some severe weather here in the southeastern United States. I have been nervous about storms since last year when a tornado passed over (thank God) our home.

This morning Iโ€™m stressing out about the storms coming driving to work and Iโ€™m thinking.

I read that you donโ€™t pray for God to stop the storm, you pray for him to help you get through the storm.

And then in my head pops, โ€œSufficient for the day are itโ€™s own troubles.โ€ I canโ€™t remember chapter and verse, but thatโ€™s Bible. It wasnโ€™t just a thought. It was like it was spoken to me but I could only hear it in my head.

Yโ€™all, this tingle hit the back of my head and ran down my spine and I can only describe it as something touched me. Iโ€™m concerned about the storms coming, but I have a calm that has just descended on me.

I think He spoke to me and comforted me this morning.

Itโ€™s the only way I can describe it.

It was spiritual.

Prayers for our area are welcome.

Thatโ€™s it. Thatโ€™s the post.


I donโ€™t know what may happen in the next couple of days, do we ever? I may not be able to post.

But then, anything could happen at any time. I could die today in an accident. And there wouldnโ€™t be anything marking my passing here in this blog. It would be another blog that just stopped.

And thatโ€™s not this blog. I post every day. Iโ€™ll be back. Unless I canโ€™t come back at all.

Just had to get that bit outta my head.


I was looking at something a friend responded to today on Twitter. Some guy was asking how to handle a situation with his twelve year old. The child didnโ€™t like their given name and instead wanted to be called Ace. They wanted to change their name. Legally.

Well, be a parent. If the child wants to be called that as a nickname, sure. Bit no on the legal change. Theyโ€™re twelve. Youโ€™re a parent not a best friend. As a matter of fact, if youโ€™re looking to Twitter for parenting advice, maybe you shouldnโ€™t be taking care of children.

It amazes me that someone would do that. So I clicked on the profile and I found the problem.

Screenshot follows.

Thatโ€™s a lot of hate. I donโ€™t know for sure if this guy has ever met POTUS. But my first question is how can you hate someone so vehemently that you donโ€™t know? How can you hate an entire group of people that you donโ€™t know? What drives a heart like that?

I often say that both sides of our political system force me to the middle. Itโ€™s a circus, and Iโ€™m not their clown. But I canโ€™t hate. I can think a lot of things. But I cannot bring myself to hate.

Hate consumes the heart and mind. It takes over your life.

In looking to the Bible about hate I found this:

โ€œThere are six things the Lord hatesโ€” no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.โ€
โ€ญโ€ญProverbsโ€ฌ โ€ญ6:16-19โ€ฌ โ€ญNLTโ€ฌโ€ฌ

Hate is becoming very popular in Newmerica. Itโ€™s the order of the day.

Better to spend your time making the world better around you.

Watch out for family, friends, and those who would do right by you.

Ignore the haters and fools.



Iโ€™m not ashamed to say Iโ€™m a Christian. I pray every day. I read my bible. I go to church.

Iโ€™m scared of few things. But one thing I am scared of is big storms. Lightning terrifies me.

I always say a prayer and ask the Lord to watch over my house and family during storms.

Last night He did just that.

Graveyard wall. Buffalo Baptist Church, Kershaw, SC.

The graveyard wall at my old church here in the neighborhood took a hit. It got busted up pretty bad. Thereโ€™s more damage than is shown in the picture but thatโ€™s not what this is about.

Prayers are answered all the time. It might not be what you want, but itโ€™s always exactly what you need.