Rob's Status

    Tears in Rain

    Psalm 45:1

    "My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."

    Galatians 2:20

    I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.



    Tuesday, December 25, 2007


    Well, finnaly I have the ability to post what i've been, like, wanting to post forever!

    It's a video, of course :)

    Hope ya'll like it :)

    Where have I been? Well, my system died and nothing has been working right but now I have a new systme and things are all better HE HE :) I'm so weird... Don't give yourself to much credit... Hey, don't interupt me! You, better shut your mouth or you just might wind up talking to yourself...


    ... Okay... It appears that what's embeded isn't working so try the link...


    O! Darby's back!!! YEAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

    Sob, cry, weez... There, my tears of joy have uplifted me. Come! Bound, dance, sing with me! It's Christmas!!! :)

    ~The Renaissance--Man


    Check out the pic :)

    Thursday, November 22, 2007

    Five Things I'm Thankful For

    My, my! Look at the time past and tell me you’re not amazed!

    Forgive the lack of diligence to keep you up-to-date but quite frankly not much has happened for the last 4 weeks… Sheesh! I shutter to think it’s been that long already.

    Well, to get to some more interesting aspects of life, its Thanksgiving time! And I’d like to take a moment to list five things I’m thankful for:

    5: Well, without life it would be quite impossible to be thankful at all so I am thankful for life but (to be more direct) I’m thankful for the creator who gave me lungs to sing and hands to work for the His Glory! God my Father.

    4: His Son Jesus Christ who died and rose again, who conquered death and vanquished sin for our eternity in heaven.

    3: My family: My mother and father who’s wisdom and council ever strengthens me; my brothers who’s diverse talents and abilities never cease to amaze, impress, and teach me; my little sister who has brought great joy and imagination to my life who’s famine perspective sheds new light of what it takes to be good gentlemen and one day a good husband and father.

    2: My friends: without friendship and companions to share life and joy; to fellowship and serve one another; to laugh and cry, win and loose, brake down and build up—life would be rather difficult and dull.

    1: My God given talents and the many, many teachers, councilors, and elders who have (by God’s grace) raised me up and brought be to a high place of understanding and preparedness for the future world to come.

    Hope you all have many things to be thankful and if you have never made a list I would encourage you to as you will find that blessings come in all shapes and sizes.

    Count your many blessings

    Name them one by one

    Count your many blessings

    See what God has done!

    God bless everyone and happy Thanksgiving!

    ~The Renaissance Man

    Saturday, November 3, 2007

    Oakley Audio Update!

    -----Hey ya’ll!!! We’re back and still kicking! We hope you enjoyed our audio update! We know we have a lot of fun putting it together for you and look forward to doing it again soon!!!

    -----Many of you may know that Ryan and I spent the week in San Antonio for the Independent Christian Film Festival and Academy. I got a whole lot of good theology, technique, and technological benefits out of the entire thing and best of all got to spend some time, in person, with our very good friend Darby. It was indeed the best of times from watching film entrees to creeping people out with magic tricks to listening to sermon after next (thanks for doing that btw ;) I hope you got as much out of it as I did) but most of all we got to hang out and enjoy the time well spent. Funny story, while Ryan, Darby, and I were waiting by the escalator for no apparent reason Ryan decided to come up to some stranger and do a magic trick for him and he stuck around us since which made the week even better so Josiah if you get a chance to read this, it was a pleasure bumping into you ;). So for the rest of festival it was Ryan, Darby, Josiah, and myself and an abundant sack of wonderful memories to bring home. I think the best time we had was getting to listen to Ray Comfort and play a couple of rounds of Master/slave which I happen to be no good at… But I’m determined to beat you next time Darby! So watch out ;) At any rate, I wouldn’t have traded that week for any other week in the world! Thanks for making it extra special.

    Well, we’re home now! Hope to hear from those of you who still blog soon!

    Your Fun-loving, wild, and crazy friend

    ~The Renaissance Man

    Wednesday, October 31, 2007

    Three Things I Strive to Be

    By Rob W. Oakley

    -----Sometimes I wonder why the moon is new where the stars are shooting to when they're shooting through the skies. There are wondrous things that I would like to know like how they make the winds and turn the tides and then I wonder why I wonder so.

    ~Hubie: from the Pebble and Penguin

    -----There are many of you who may not be the greatest fans of Disney but I grew up with several of these films one of them being the Pebble and the Penguin. The protagonist of this story is Hubie which is struggling to find that perfect pebble for the love of his life, Marina. Hubie is shy and always hesitant in letting Marina know how he truly feels but also conflicted with the intimidating antagonist Drake who wants the dazzling Marina only for a trophy. Realizing toward the climax of this colorful tale, Hubie comes to terms that Marina truly loves him back and that she rather have the penguin he truly is than a silly materialistic pebble. Mustering incredible strength through his many trials, Hubie finds his way back to defeat the horrible Drake and live happily ever after. At times I feel very much like Hubie but on many scales. Incline your ears to hear my story which I can assure the depth will wax your minds to a better understanding of who I am and what I stand for. Bright fame is my name, a wagon maker is the meaning of my middle, and an oak tree meadow defines the last—[my name is Robert Wayne Oakley and these three things I strive to be: kind, fun-loving, and passionate.]

    -----Hubie, although very timid, was very kind hearted to everything and everyone that surrounded him. There’s never a time where I don’t considered the feelings of my family and friends. Kindness many would define as simply being nice to others or doing good deeds; on the contrary, Kindheartedness reveals to me a much deeper meaning. Compassionate ways of thinking, a considerate mindset, and selflessness must embed their worth to the mind if any is to consider doing unto others as they would have done unto them—this defines my outlook of true kindness. I aspire to be kind to my family: kind to my parents, siblings, and distant relations. Whenever in need of someone to talk to, whenever in need of someone to listen, whenever in need of anything—I’ll do my best to be there for my family and friends. I take to heart the many teachings of my family and friends and Savior Jesus Christ. I am a firm believer in the sacrifice of God’s one and only son who He sent to die for our sins which was much more than an act of kindness. It is written, “That all have come short to the glory of God but who so ever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” By the many teachings of my Parents, the experiences I’ve had with my family, being the eldest of six, and by dwelling in the words of the Lord I have leaned the importance of being responsible, obedient, and kind, as well as, playful.

    HUBIE: Sometimes I wonder if there'll ever be someone right for me, someone who may wonder too who's wonderful Like y-y-y-y-I don't know. Like y-y-y--you must be bored to tears with all this wacky nonsense.

    MARINA: Oh, no! I don't think its nonsense at all even if you are a bit wacky.

    -----Hubie’s most remarkable characteristic trend is his stutter. Although I don’t stutter aloud, I feel that I do sometimes inside, but any chance I get to unwind, have fun, and enjoy life I waver the thought of having to worry about what I’m going to say and try to make the best of times. I may not be the heart of the party (which is the way I prefer it) I do my b-b-b-best to make those that surround me interested and happy. If I can get them to smile at a worthy cause and not to make them chuckle due to some embarrassment or vain jangling, I’ve completed my task of (hopefully) remarkable joy. It brings me great pleasure to be merry with the ones I love which inspires me to one day be a loving husband and Father. I admire little children because they constantly remind me to have childlike faith and always gaze upon the world God has made with wonder. I hope to one day raise a family of my own, a family dedicated to the Lord and each other. This leads me to share my passionate desires.

    -----Clumsy, apprehensive, but passionate—Hubie didn’t have many talents but knew his place and wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of his dreams much like his comrade Rocco the Rock hopper. Rocco wanted to fly but as everyone knows, penguins can’t fly! This wasn’t going to stop Hubie or Rocco from using their abilities to achieve their goals. Sometimes there are things we can’t achieve, certain task we are unable to perform but that doesn’t stop us from trying our best. The Lord has blessed me with many talents some of which are hobbies such as Graphic art and Photography. He has also blessed me with the gift of writing and leadership. I love to write and I feel that I was born to lead: only by the grace of God may I use these gifts for His glory! God has created man in His image; likewise, man has a longing to create. Although man’s inspiration and originality is dependent on the creator, God wants us to glorify Him through our artistic ability which is one of my passionate desires. To write, to paint, to shoot, to direct all for the glory of God—these are only a few things I long to do. Through my God ordained vision which He reveals more and more to me each day do I long to lead and direct understanding that a good leader is a good servant, responsible, and wise. It is my goal to write inspiring stories that reveal the wonder of the Lord and to one day direct films that will touch millions of lives. Above all else, however, I want to be a man who follows God and performs His great works, a man of God in my home, and around my friends—the people I love.

    -----At times, many would call me a perfectionist a name which I resent greatly; however, it is the truth and probably one of my greatest weaknesses. Although I aspire to be kind hearted, fun-loving, and passionate about a great many things, I am far from perfect. I know I will fall and falter but I also realize that this is simply part of the growing process. When I do stumble, I pray for wisdom for it is written, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask it of God who gives it to all many liberally.” And I also pray for forgiveness from God and those whom I failed. It brings me great comfort to know that my family and friends are there to catch me when I crash and it brings me abounding joy to return the favor by being kind, fun-loving, and passionate.

    Friday, October 19, 2007

    Case of the Last Doughnut

    Hey Everyone,

    As some of you may know, I and some friends entered the Apple Insomnia Film Festival .

    In order to win the grand prize our video needs as many votes as it can get so tell every living soul you know to register and vote for our video. We need a lot of votes and every vote counts.

    The voting process hasn't quite stated yet; however, you can still watch it on my blog.

    I sincerely hope you enjoy it and please remember to check the Insomnia Website periodically as the voting will begin soon!

    Thanks for your support and God bless





    Follow the link and tell everyone you know to VOTE!

    Click Me ;)

    Thanks once again for your support!


    Sunday, October 7, 2007

    Rob's Super Remix Paradise

    Hello blog Fans!

    Just like to thank you all for your support! I mean, you're part of the reason I'm here; without you, this would be simply life stuck in a box...

    Anyway, I promised to give out one of my prised resources of music, Video Game Remixes, and other things...

    First of all (and if you like game music) Try Mp3realm and search for any of your favorite game music...

    Not a video game fanatic like me? Well try these and see if you like them

    Zelda (or the legend of Zelda)

    Mega Man X

    [Final Fantasy]

    (My most favorite video game and music for that matter)

    (Keep in mind, there are like over 10 (ten) Final Fantasy adventures)

    The best music would have to be Episodes II, III, VIII , and X

    As mentioned in a post, Breath of Fire has some really good selections...

    But most of it you'll just have to browse over and pick and choose (I mean, some of it I can't bare to listen to) but on occasion you're bound to find something you like...

    Earth Bound is a good game to search as well.

    And as one more fact, many of these games are from the old SNES (Super Nentindo) and playstation systems.

    Finally, some links to some sites FULL of game music



    and there is one more but let me find it...

    I can't remember the site...

    Well that's it for now!

    Keep voting and never hesitate to give me your input!

    Peace be with you!

    ~The Renaissance Man

    Friday, October 5, 2007

    Robby is Sad...

    Robby is very upset and because of this Robby is going to speak in 1st person...

    Somebody doesn't like Robby's blog...

    Robby wants to know why?

    Maybe it would be better that Robby didn't know...

    However, Robby has found that many of you like Robby's blog but would like to see some changes.

    Robby doesn't worry too much either cause many of you LOVE Robby's blog but please express your thoughts in this post.

    Robby say bye bye


    Monday, October 1, 2007

    Rob an Italian Chief

    Would you believe I made this?

    O... My... Goodness!

    This is the best Italian food I've ever made.

    It's called Chicken Penne Gorgonzola.

    MMM... MMM... MMM...

    Here is the recipe

    2 cups penne pasta, uncooked

    2 tsp. olive oil

    1-1/2 cups chopped plum tomatoes

    2 cups cut-up grilled chicken (1-inch pieces)

    1-1/2 cups chicken broth

    1/2 cup diagonally cut asparagus spears (1-inch pieces)

    1/4 cup whipping cream

    4 tsp. minced fresh garlic

    1 pkg. (4 oz.) ATHENOS Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese

    1 pkg. Mushrooms (suggestive: Portobello)

    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

    COOK pasta as directed on package.

    MEANWHILE, heat oil in small skillet on medium heat. add Mushrooms and cook for 2 to 5 min or until lightly brown and crisp.

    DRAIN and rinse pasta. Place in large skillet. Add tomatoes; cook on medium heat 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, broth, asparagus, cream and garlic; mix well. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Add mushrooms, cheese and basil; mix well. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

    Although it's highly unhealthy it's an investment that promises high risk but massive reward!

    Do yourself a favor and try it sometime I know you're going to like it!


    Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    I Got a Face Book...

    Well, I thought a blog would be enough...

    But Face Book makes things a little more protected and spread out to only those in your own private community so why not take advantage of it?

    Maybe now I can keep in better touch with those of my friends and family who are out of state and out of town!

    Check it out!


    Sunday, September 23, 2007

    If You Were in the Largest Empty Room...

    What would you fill it with?

    It can be anything...

    just not everything...

    Where whould you dream?

    What do you dream?

    Who would you want to share your special place?

    What is the theme behind all your imagination?

    What is your alter ego?

    What laws of physics, among other things, would you brake?

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    My Final Fantasy


    New post…

    Think “new thoughts” or “old”


    All right, all right! Don’t get over stressed!

    What to say? What to do…

    I don’t know… Ever since school started and ever since I got a job, life has seem to go blasting by… I fear I’m missing out on way too much. I need to do something exiting!

    Like have an epic adventure with all my friends where we transport to some demission of infamous wonder!

    Ok… that was rather cliché…

    How about an epic adventure of fantastic aura blistering with suspense and conflict!

    We all long for something… My something?

    To have an adventure…

    The ultimate adventure…

    An adventure full of obstacles to conquer, enemies to defeat, battles to win, and someone to woe and sweep off their feet!

    This is my fantasy…

    This is my final fantasy!

    To imagine a world of magic and mystics, dragons and trolls, hobbits and hearty songs, dwarves and their crafts; gryphon riders and airships, space battles and laser swords; elves and their charming beauty, fairies and their mesmerizing talents. My final fantasy is to open my eyes and see it all come true, to sail upon a ship, a ship that will take me anywhere! To travel to the last star and back, to live a life remarkable…

    My fantasy is a reality and well within the making!

    My adventure is happening right now!

    It’s just depends on the way you look at it…

    Perhaps I won’t slay dragons or defeat corrupt kings or save damsels in distress…

    But perhaps the battles to be won are the ones inside… maybe this adventure isn’t as epic as I’d like it to be but would I really trade this life for more?

    Not a chance!

    I am well content with the friends I have, I am madly compassionate of my family, and wouldn’t give it up for anything!!!

    This isn’t my life to live anyway…

    It’s the almighty creator’s…

    Allow me to do thy great will o Lord! And work through me so that I may bring thee glory! Amen.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Hey Everyone!!!

    GO TO HBF!!!



    ummm... Yea! do it! I think you're going to like what you see!!!

    Peace out!


    Saturday, September 15, 2007

    Weekend update with Ryan,Rob, and Reece!

    Listen, laugh, learn, or just give us an absurd look of wonder!

    We hope you enjoy this weeks audio and look forward to next week!

    God Bless!!!

    ~The Oakleys

    Saturday, September 8, 2007

    NEW!!! Weekly Weekend Oakley Update!!! AUDIO!!!


    Reading is great! but how would you like to listien to our crazy stories once a week!

    Let me know how quickly it gets old... Just kidding...


    Did You Enjoy the Summer?

    Want more?

    Official Weekend Update

    Monday, August 27, 2007

    Some Quick Highlights of Summer 2007

    Let's see...

    Well, honestly not much happened this year but I'll do my best to jot down what I think is most memorable ;)

    1. The Blog Phenomenon!
    Who do I have to blame for getting me hooked on blogging? Brooke, was it you?
    I think the only reason I got started was because I was lead to the HBF... No wait! I know, I got myself started but I wasn't really bloging I was just show casing my graphics on Blogspot and that's were John told me about HBF! So it's Johns fault!

    Thanks John for getting me started! ;)

    As you may all may already know, I'm a graphic artist! A pretty good one if I may so boldly say but I'll let you decide ;) I've done quite a few graphics over the summer; exploring new realms of abstract, creating amazing subject footage including my best of yet "Nenaglarelendil," web design and redesign, and hopefully much more to come!

    3. Boy Scouts
    I'm a Boy Scout of America. Summer camp this year was exiting and although every year before seemed somewhat the same, this year turned out to be quite fresh and exciting!
    I was recently elected the Senior Patrol leader (highest leadership position ) for the next six months, I put together this quarters video slide show, and we just had our semi-annual planning meeting for next years events.

    4.La Madeleine
    I am an honest employ set at an honest pay at a La Madeleine Bistro and Cafe'/Bakery!
    Not my choice of vocation but it's my bread and butter for now. I have to say I was extremely fortunate to of had the training before hand not offered to anyone else applying as of now meaning to say I am now a trainee...

    More Highlights to come

    Okay, where was I?

    O Yea!

    5. Hearing from Darby!
    I must say it was quite a highlight for me to hear from such a good friend :)
    It was a most pleasant and unexpected surprise. I hope everyone will get to meet her someday :)

    6.My Book 500 GB External Hard Drive!
    I recently purchased a 500 GB External Hard Drive and for those of you who don't realize how extremely huge that is think of storing up to 100,000 songs of about 4 min in length!
    500 BILLION Bytes!!! I'll never run out of space again!


    Not! I'll probably be buying another by the time Christmas rolls in...

    7. Goodness! Is it possible I did or experienced at least ten memorable things?
    Rowan was born! That is most defiantly a highlight for me! I am so glad he is finally here!

    8. I am on the road and dangerous!
    I have a driving license and a car! that's pretty cool! I've been cruising for six months now!!!

    9. Cinenosin Film Academy
    I am part of a fresh, new film academy making an effort to reach homeschooling high school students across the nation. I can't wait till the San Antonio Film Festival!!!

    10. I got my Wisdom Teeth Removed!!!

    I wouldn't really consider that a huge highlight considering I got sick at the same time of recovery but I guess it's the thought that I won't have to do it again EVER again that makes it worth remembering...

    Well, there you have it! Ten things I found most memorable of Summer 2007... If I left anything out of significants it wasn't anything personal... Please remind me!

    O! Here is a bonus!

    Spending some AWESOME quality time at the Boriacks!!! I shared some moments there most memorable...

    Should I go into detail?

    Maybe next time...


    THIS... IS... SPARTA!!!



    For an Irish to speak to his equal he is forced to speak to the almighty...

    HE HE...


    Good times... Good times :)

    Look out school year! Here I come!

    Hasta Luego




    Sunday, August 19, 2007

    NEW POST!!!

    Hey Guys!

    This post is NEW!!!



    Saturday, August 11, 2007

    300 (imagine the world just shook)


    I need to find something better to do...

    I know!

    I'll watch 300 again!!!


    Sunday, August 5, 2007

    He Has Arrived!!!

    Nine months and two weeks early,

    Rowan Mathias Oakley has finally decided to join us for the long strenuous yet wonderful walk of life!!!

    Give him a warm, ferm (but gentle) welcome in your comments and in you hearts ;)

    O! and check out the ears and feet ;)


    Saturday, August 4, 2007

    This Movie Looks pretty SWEET!!!

    But then again, I am yet to read a review...

    All I know so far is that the movie is supposed to be about where the story of King Author came from and so on and so forth...

    I just saw the teaser today and said,"I can't wait to see that!"

    But then again it could whined up being another large disappointment like all those other "King Author" Movies...

    I personally never would ever get tired of the cartoon :)

    Tell me what you think!


    Monday, July 30, 2007

    Saturday, July 28, 2007

    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    Hey! Go to my production web site!!!

    I made some changes to OTM!!!

    Go visit it!!!


    Friday, July 13, 2007

    God is a writer!

    John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

    I was reading John this morning and I just thought to myself, “Wow! God can write!” Well of course he can, but to think that God could inspire man to create such master pieces within His very own word is very encouraging.

    I also was thinking how awesome it would be to witness all of the miracles Jesus preformed: the transformation of the water into wine, the healing of the sick, and five thousand fed. I’d also would of liked to of heard all of the conversations he had with His disciples and the Jews, in fact, it would of been really neat to of overheard his conversation with the Samaritan girl.

    But than again, I am very inspired and blessed to at least have the Word upon my lap so that even though I did not live during the time of Christ, I can still at least read about it and know! know that He is indeed Lord and that he has indeed saved the world!


    Thursday, July 12, 2007

    Good Morning!!!

    Well the sun isn't up yet but, hey! I'M AWAKE!!! and twitching with COFFEE FRAPOCHINO (SP?)

    I have to go to the dentist later to get inspected and the week after that my wisdom teeth get pulled WOO WEE!!!

    I'm making a BOY SCOUT HIGH ADVENTURE DOC. I can't wait to show it to everybody! It's going to be A.W.A.S.O.M.E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I Screamed...

    Because I didn't know what else to do...



    Friday, July 6, 2007

    What a Game!!!

    Astros 4

    Mets ZIP!!!

    Go Rodriguez!!! 104 pitches all 8 innings and a half

    Way to start her up and shut her down!!!

    Thanks BIGGIO for getting us started!

    1 run RBI

    WHOA HOO Pence!!! Nice hit to bring in a couple more!

    O! By the way, The Mets serviced FOUR pitchers!!! HA HA!

    Lance Hit a HOME RUN!!!

    The end of the game I think was the best!

    Two strikes out and a thrown down to second after a passed ball

    Error on Rodriquez but, hey! It’s a good thing “Gluteus Ausmus” (as Ryan put it) has a gun for an arm!

    The fireworks where AWESOME!!! I thank God so much for allowing good weather!

    I still feel pretty cruddy about not inviting as much peoples as I originally intended, but I will make an effort to host something like this again soon!

    GO ASTROS!!!

    And as for those of you who could probably care less about the great game of baseball, at least show the courtesy of showing your support for the Stors in your comments!!!

    Thank you and God bless!!!

    I’d told you I’d make an effort to see some “REAL fireworks”

    ~Renaissance Man

    Wednesday, July 4, 2007

    Indapendnece Day and a new Revolution

    The sky of deep sapphire lit up with flame to remind us of nay not only the success of our fathers before but also to reminds us to continue to fight for freedom!

    Freedom, the flying eagle of justice and equal opportunity, the freedom of faith, the freedom of communication to articulate in matters most personal. Through flame do we remind ourselves of the muskets shot and the cannons fired to liberate and declare independence and justice for all!

    Ya, though we salute to the American flag who’s colors represent purity and innocence, hardiness and valor, vigilance, perseverance, and justice; but do we truly strive as we did in the past to own and understand these great things?

    Clearly I harken unto thee to not only celebrate independence and freedom but to resolve the purpose of man, to remember what this country stood upon—God and his love.

    This is the revolution, a revolution of love, look upon a new day with honor and glory—this country is indeed great—but do not forget your primary purpose: to honor God and to enjoy him forever!


    ~The Renaissance Man


    Well, for the first time I've had the opportunity to watch the Sherwood film, "Flywheel!"

    Excellent Story!

    Poor Dramatics and Cinematography, but for a low budget film, I think they did a great job in portraying the greatness of God!

    I want to make movies like that! Or, at least, write stories like that :)

    I have a new favorite verse!

    Psalms 37:4-7

    Delight thyself in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart! Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

    Sunday, July 1, 2007

    Mystery Revealed! ~Nenaglarelendil~



    Brooke's elvish name!

    It means, "Brilliant Star of the Water!"

    I am glad you liked it ;)


    Saturday, June 30, 2007



    I'M BACK!!!

    Comment soon!!!

    Hopefully I will see most of you Sunday!

    ------One can very well agree that getting out of the house to go camping to achieve an relaxing and memorable time would hold much effort and great expectation; however, it isn’t always perfect, on the contrary, I personally wouldn’t trade the moment rain or shine! Relaxation, so relaxing, a Lazy Boy couldn’t quite compete with the thrill of observing the stars while the Katydids sing you to sleep, and so memorable that even a Nikon Rebel or Olympus Evolt SLR couldn’t quite capture the perfect details of every waking moment!
    -----Truly anyone can agree that camping under the stars next to the emerald green San Marcos River is an experience not to miss, and although some are squeamish when it comes to tents, insects, and humidity, eventually the nature will get to you . . . hopefully in a good way. Now, I know you would love to assume that the river was filthy I assure you it was quite refreshing dirt and all, of course there were showers (thank goodness). The river, aw the river was great! I miss it all ready. The Troop actually won two of the four Aqua fest events including the canoe tug of war and the swim relay, but for the record I was highly unevenly matched when it came to the water melon wrestle and I do believe we hold the honorary right to say our scout master belly flop was indeed the best!
    -----Merit badges! I love merit badges, especially when there physically and mentally challenging for intense: rock-climbing and shotgun shooting! Rock-climbing blows me away every time I take to the rope and rocks. I hate heights but love that adrenalin rush as you reach for the next rock and up all the way to the top. Apparently I am an excellent marksman when it comes to shotgun! 18 for 20 and that’s counting two dead birds the size of my fist! The instructor advised that I should invest in a shotgun… I think I’ll take his advise (maybe a 12 gauge...but of course, Mom highly disagrees to that)!
    -----Aw! I miss camp but it’s good to be back home! After being senior patrol leader of 21 scouts making sure food got delivered on time and cooked properly day in and day out, taking care of the daily schedules, and insuring everyone did there best in the aid of earning the never before awarded “Ranch Award” I think I could use a breather. I’m not complaining but it is good to have my mattress and keyboard once again.
    -----Although this is my last year of legitimate scouting, I hope to one day return as a staffer or assistant scout master (Lord willing). I won’t soon forget the good times and I do my best to block out the bad yet hold on to the lessons learned and the wisdom gained. The BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!!! So spread the word around we’re hear to stay till the camping grounds call! YE HA!!!


    Saturday, June 23, 2007

    Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work


    This is one of my first "definition" essays!

    Tell me what you think

    By Robert W. Oakley

    -----Day by day the world continuously spins and shall continue to do so indefinitely. It is the same with people and their desires, their needs, and their dreams. Day by day we as humans will continuously want and need more and more. As children, the thrill of wanting that new toy, gadget, video game is so intense that if we could do anything to have the ownership of such an item we would do it; but there is always that devastating answer as we go to mom and dad asking so selfishly for them to give our hearts desire “Wait until a reasonable time, like your birthday” which of course is a month away. “But Mom, but Dad, that’s forever away” our unwilling to wait voice would cry out “I want it now” we would then demand. “You’ll just have to be Patient, end of discussion” mom and dad would finally exclaim withstrong authority and that unique parent like voice many parents tend to have and use. Even as we age and become parents ourselves it is very difficult to wait for the things we want and more importantly the things we need. Need and desire are two common things that we often wait for and often tend to be impatient about, but one other concept to waiting is waiting for an answer. During times of hardship and suffering we often ask the question “Why?” and “how long?” Say your home has been destroyed by unknown cause your first inquiry would most likely be “Why did that happen?” or “how did that happen?” Then you ask “What do I do now?” and “how long will it be till life is back to normal and will it ever be normal again?” James 1:2-4 says “ My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience, but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing“.
    -----Famine, drought, poverty—these are all good examples of divers temptations. The word temptation in James chapter one, verse two really means trials. Divers temptations can also be viewed as tests; like a master potter tests his material before he begins to mold it, God, our master potter wants to test us to see if we are worthy, much rather, ready to be molded so that He can effectively use us to His will. God will use divers temptations effectively as well to see how His work will react in certain scenarios (trials). In some cases we as mistake making people will tend to blame God for some of the more awful things that have occurred in our lives. In thinking this we would be gravely mistaken indeed, for the book of James 1:13 states “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man”. So if God does not tempt us, who does? Satan of course, but God can and will use Satan to tempt us so that God can make us stronger willed against such temptation and closer to Him. As far as divers temptation goes, Satan will use difficulties in our lives to try and lead us (tempt us) away from God. As a result and if we are patient, we will turn away from Satan and give praise unto the Lord for his working in our lives to help us develop and become more like Him. We’re not alone in this battle for souls, every one goes through trials, and God will always be on our side as long as we acknowledge Him and walk in His ways. One of the most tried men of God would have to be Job of the Bible. Job lost his crop, live stock, family, and home all in the same day. Did Job curse the Lord like Satan had suggested at the very beginning, no! Instead he fell before the lord, praised Him, and in the end Job received everything he had lost two fold. Another good example of the Bible is Joseph. Now here is a man who had it all. Education, luxury, and great potential, but all of that was stolen away by his jealous brothers. Instead of living like a king among his family and his friends he was thrown into a pit and sold into slavery. Did Joseph look to the heavens and curse the Lord, no; he instead gave thanks unto God, and because of Joseph’s patients, God aloud great things to happen. In the end, Joseph became second man of the entire country and wound up saving not only the people he governed from certain starvation and famine but also his family and the entire population of God‘s chosen people. As you can see, God has a purpose and plan for everything and nothing surprises God for He has preordained what so ever comes to pass. Trials are most essential to life. Without trails we would never grow and we would never strive to seek out God and his truth.
    -----Waiting for God to reveal His divine plan for us is not always easy and going through with God’s plan, is no walk in the park, but rather a long strenuous journey up the hill of difficulty. Good things always come to those who wait; especially to those who wait upon the Lord. Have patients and always reassure yourself that God will always be there to pull you through and into His arms. The Lord will not give anything, but one thing God will give liberally to all men (who ask of it) is wisdom. To be wise is much better then being rich and well taken care of. But most who are wise often are rich and well taken care of in the first place. A lack of wisdom often means a lack of patients; therefore, an impatient man is often a miserable one. So is it not profitable to wait for the things you want and depend solely upon the Lord for the things you need?
    -----Let patience have her perfect work, and all will be well. Ask of wisdom, wait patiently and God will work through you taking care of every need. Patience is probably the highest virtue anyone can have. If one can wait forever for his hearts desire, even unto death, he would most certainly be viewed as high in virtue and in principle. When struggling do not think that God is not there or he does not care, but rather be patient, pray persistently for wisdom, and God will give you justice. No matter what, God will be there for every battle, for every need, for every struggle. When going through strife in our lives we must not say “Curse be to God for leaving me behind” but “Thanks be to God he is working, molding, making me more like Him” This is the definition of patience--acknowledge He is God, walk with him, know that everything will be taken care of, and so shall it be and so shall you be deemed a patient man.
    -----We will be made perfect and entire wanting nothing: can you imagine wanting nothing, nothing at all for the rest of your life; can you imagine being perfect and entire? Once we realize that God will make every need, we will come to realize that God will take care and we shall want nothing. As we grow older, as we pray for wisdom and receive wisdom, and as we begin to realize that God will be there by our side ready to answer any need, we will naturally start to desire nothing already knowing that we have everything in God. Having a desire for something isn’t wrong but when we have faith in God we will want nothing of God accept his love, friendship, and wisdom. God wants us to walk with Him and to talk with Him. Not because God is lonely but because God loves us, and he wants us to learn to love him back. God has destroyed man time and time again because he new that they were so driven with wickedness that they could never love God. There was a time when he completely wiped man of the face of the earth except a chosen few. Why? Because not only is it good to be patient but also it is good to know that God is patient, much rather, compassionate with the sin driver monsters he sent his very own son to die for, because God is divinely patient. For God so loved the world that he gave his own begotten son and whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life. Should not this be enough to satisfy our insane, desiring, hearts? Finally once rid of all earthly, fleshly desires and we become fully entrusted to God and are willingly ready to wait as long as it takes even unto death for what ever God has in store for us, we will be made perfect and entire wanting nothing. This is exactly what God wants for us to be perfect and entire wanting nothing. Of course we as sinful natured men can not be perfectly perfect, but we can still strive for nothing but God and his truth. For patents is a virtue, and let every man who loves mercy, who does justly, and walks humble with his Lord be acknowledge as a patient man.
    -----The world will continue to spin, but will our selfishness continue to do so? In the very beginning of our lives we can be very unaware of what God intends to do with us. One must be patient, and ask for wisdom, for God gives wisdom to anyone who asks for it. Be patient; ask for an answer and one will be given in God’s due time. God is willing to wait for us but when our time starts to expire God will take drastic measures to insure we stay on the right path that He intends us to follow. Who are we to question God? Everything is according to plan; everything has a purpose, and NOTHING! takes God by surprise.


    BSA CAMP!!!

    see you guys next week!

    can't chat have to pack

    see you next week!


    I already said that!



    surprise me by leaving lots and lots of comments!

    that includes you Darby!



    Friday, June 22, 2007

    Don't Panic!

    As you can see, I've done some rearranging and all ready I can tell you're a little shocked to see that FROGGER IS MISSING!!!

    Rest assure it is resting peacefuly toward the bottom of the blog ;)

    So put your mind at easy and give it a shot! I know you will love it!


    Wednesday, June 20, 2007

    Survey !

    Would you agree that my blog is lengthy...

    YES or NO

    Your input will be much appreciated along with any other comments!


    Tuesday, June 19, 2007

    OK New post! MUSIC! Phenomenon

    Hey everyone!

    Do you like the music?

    To me it gets old after awhile but it is a great way to express the personality...

    It took me forever to find the right song and I still don't believe I've found the perfect one....

    O well, this one works for now...

    MP3 Realm! It's an awesome site, clean, and Blogger, Myspace friendly!

    Okay, they don't have everything, but, hey! it's better than nothing!



    Sunday, June 10, 2007

    Shepard of Boys

    By Robert W. Oakley

    -----A Design, a master design, created for us rather than by us; design and destiny, roads and gates, doors and passages—all chosen by us but put in front of us sometimes rather than sought by us: truly life is a complicated thing; however, I wouldn’t trade the honor, nay, the privileged of shepherding four wild, ambitious, talkative, and curious boys for anything other than my very own incredible three and soon to be four brothers and one precious, beautiful sister.
    -----Now, at this point, one would like to make the assumption that I am out of my mind; surely I say unto you I am far from mad. . . . Okay, maybe a little mad about HAVING A BLAST WITH FOUR LITTLE MONKYES! I can tell you right now there is nothing wrong with my circuitry, which should tell you I know what I am doing. One might ask as well, “Why on earth would you accept such terms and on only six bucks an hour?”

    -----“Why wouldn’t I?” would be my only response.

    -----It really isn’t about money or keeping my sanity: it is my “want to” and I want to influence those who surround me like a shining star glowing with the intensity of Christ, burning with the Holy Spirit, and shedding the warmth of the Father’s great love and truth. Mixed and matched personalities is what makes every family very unique; however, very understandable when coming from a diverse history of being the eldest of brothers, so, as you can see, I am very well equipped for what is to come.
    -----Yes, there are four of them! Shall I name them off one by one? Alexander (five years old, full of life and knowledgeable of a great many things), Demetrious (four years old and very talkative), Maximus (Two years old and speaks his own language which I shall have to decipher with great diligence, but luckily I have two good linguists), and finally Nicholas (8 months old. . . . You heard correctly but I have some very unique and uncommon experience for this age). They are all everything I’d ever expect them to be and much, much more; I have every impulse to take in every moment although stressful at times, I have no doubt in my mind we will be the best of friends.
    -----God designed all of us very well and very thoroughly: God designed me to be a Shepard—a Shepard of boys—and I am very proud of that indeed. I get a real thrill when little children look up to me not just physically but spiritually: it gives me great sense of reward and ambition, ambition for leadership, counseling, teaching, and most importantly fathering. I look very much forward to having children of my own some day, and I hope that I will be able to leave a spiritual estate with them and their children that will last for centuries or even. . . forever! Amen.

    Friday, June 8, 2007

    Girls Drop Dead Everywhere

    To Our Stinky Feet!

    OOPS! How did that get in there?

    Thursday, June 7, 2007

    Rob and Ryan go to China!

    We've finally done it!

    We finished our hole to China…and “they” said it was impossible!

    The guy you see up top is the Emperor or, at least, the Emperor from the movies…

    Anyway, Ryan and I have been having an AWSOME TIME



    ~Rob and Ryan


    Wednesday, June 6, 2007

    I'm BACK!!!

    It's ME! (evil Tim Curry and/or Vincent Price Laugh)

    I feel sort of hypnotized and desaturated from our 1400 mile trip up and back from the Show Me State of Missouri.

    I let you in on the details in awhile; just bare with me ;)

    I feel like I'm still going 70+ mph and I'm sort of having highway flash back; every time I hit a bump i can feel it. WOW!



    Saturday, June 2, 2007

    Out of Office

    Dear Friends,

    I will be currently out of office and unable to post until further notice.

    Thank you,


    Be sure to Visit!

    Friday, June 1, 2007

    I just realized!

    It’s JUNE

    WOW this year is going by Fast

    I hope everyone has some awesome plans for the summer!

    I know I do! ;)

    I’ve been kicking myself for just realizing I can’t vote for the Astros online anymore because I’ve reached the limit; however, I was sure the Email I received form MLB said that I could cast one more vote today, but as I read the page over and over, I came to realize that I could cast my final vote JULY 1st and not JUNE 1st

    OOPS! 

    O, well

    It’s FRIDAY

    And speaking of Friday has anyone heard of Astro’s Friday nights?

    It is really cool! You go and watch a Stros game and during the Post game, Minute Maid Park lights up with FIRE WORKS!

    One of those Friday nights is July 6th

    On this particular day, the Astros will play the NY Mets! I thought it would be neat to Have a Forth of July Party; then go watch an Astros Game all in the same week!

    See you guys latter!


    Thursday, May 31, 2007

    Lets GO ASTROS!!!!

    Send The Reds Home!!!


    Monday, May 28, 2007

    Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 2007-05-28). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

    To read more visit:

    Don't just remember them--thank them.

    ~Renaissance Man

    Sunday, May 27, 2007

    The flower girl

    Isn't she precious?!?!?!

    she was so difficult to take a picture of (I think she was playing "hard to get")

    But it doesn't matter, the picture came out great!

    By the way, I had to hand individually select each and every peddle to sustain its color...I think my finger may fall off due to all that clicking LOL LOUDLY

    Friday, May 25, 2007

    Off to Dallas for the weekend!

    See you all later! The Oakley Family is off to Dallas to play witness in a wedding of a very good friend.

    I’ll post pictures of the wedding and what not if you’re interested in keeping in touch while we’re away.

    See you next week,


    Thursday, May 24, 2007

    Well, as we can all tell, this is just really cute or an accident waiting to happen.
    Of course, I’d like everyone to be the judge but let’s just use our imagination for a moment. First the cat, Tago, might just claw Russell’s eyes out; then (just for the hey of it) pounce onto Dante causing him to leap and yelp for help leaving two very upset children. Then again, we all like to have stories end happily so to finish on a good note…that’s rather cliché wouldn’t you agree? Finish on a good note. How about this: so to conclude on a point rather relieving in a wholesome joyous way, none of this really happened…yet.

    Friday, May 18, 2007


    HEY!!! It’s Saturday, and HCYA graduation!!!
    Congratulations from me to you Hip, groovy cats…Ok I am no good at this. Well it’s another large step for a large generation; I pray that each and every one of you go far in this world to change the way it is viewed forever!

    Financial tip: START SAVING NOW!!!








    And remember, it’s ok to stick around home till your 45...that is… if you’re parents don’t kill you ;) I’m just kidding.

    One more thing…CREDIT CARDS WRECK…Havoc!!!

    Have an emergency fund of $1000 then build on 3 to 6 months of annual income.

    You think credit cards are convenient 50% of 40k is 20k that actually belongs to you, and there’s no late fee! Think you could be debt free by thirty or younger? Avoid high student loans and only have a home mortgage of fifteen years or less and it can be done!!!


    I got all these tips from Dave Ramsey: listen to him at 950 from noon till two.

    Also check out his book “Total Money Make Over”

    It will change your life!

    Change you family tree and leave a legacy that will last for centuries!!!

    Don’t be normal…Be weird!!!

    Thursday, May 17, 2007

    Super Madi!!!...I Mean Mysterious Mistress We Do Not Speak Of

    By Robert W. Oakley

    One particular evening when the sun blazed across the mid day, a horrible heat stroke fell upon the feeble tribe of Oakontonotropolis, whose skin was quite frail. Feeling destined and doomed to melt beneath the Hot, hot sun the tribe felt their fate would meet them soon. Another brutal hour slowly passed by, and the tribe’s stamina running on fumes: could this be the end? No! What’s this? Is it a butterfly, a fairy princess, a beautiful Lady bug? No, it’s Madilyn! . . . I mean … the Mysterious Mistress we do not speak of!

    Surely she would devise a plan to save us all; in fact, she new of our distinct troubles before she arrived. “Hurray!” The Tribe of Oakontonotropolis cried
    “We are saved!”

    “I am Super Madi,” The Mysterious Mistress we do not speak of exclaimed “we should all go swimming” she suggested.

    GASP! The Tribe of Oakontonotropolis would never consider swimming for their frail and precious feet might get wet!

    “We mustn’t go swimming,” Robbopolis shrieked
    “There are sharks in the pool!”

    The Mysterious Mistress crossed her arms and smirked, “I’ll take care of THIS!”

    “SHE IS SO BRAVE” the Tribe of Oakontonotropolis screeeeamed

    She disappeared in a flash then surprisingly returned in a huff, “There are no more sharks; let’s go swimming!”

    “But there might be snakes in the grassy plains that surround the pool. Go and make sure,” Ryansurpopolis requested.

    SIGH! “Fine! I will go,” the Mysterious Mistress said beneath her breath.

    “SHE IS SO BRAVE” the Tribe of Oakontonotropolis screeeeamed!!!!!

    Moments went by and the Tribe waited patiently. The Mysterious Mistress returned with snakes across her arms and around her legs. The Tribe was horrified!!!! What was super Madi going to do? When hope was to a minimum, The Mistress spun and used her super powers to rid herself of the horrid snakes. “Hurray!” The Tribe of Oakontonotropolis cried “she is saved!!!”

    “Now Let’s GO SWIMMING!!!” The Mysterious Mistress we do not speak of now demanded.

    “But what if the water is too cold?” Reeceopopo asked.

    “It won’t be TOO COLD!” the Mysterious very objectively stated.

    “LET’S GO SWIMMING!” Russelleezious shouted out but then hid himself out of embarrassment.

    “Fine, we shall go swimming,” Robbopolis ordered with a booming voice.

    “BUT ARE FEET WILL GET WET,” the Tribe of Oakontonotropolis screeeeamed!!!!!

    “Are feet may be moist but are tongue will remain dry”, Robbopolis exclaimed

    The tribe of Oakontonotropolis looked very confused; however, very convinced.
    The Tribe of Oakontonotropolis screeeeamed!!!!!

    “Thank you Mysterious Mistress we do not speak of”


    Waffels anyone?

    Ever since Mother acquired a Kurds waffle Iron for Mothers day, I’ve been making waffles like crazy. I’m not complaining: I’m just expressing on how wonderful a device such as the waffle iron truly is (especially when you use Bisquick!) Now, I am no simpleton; however, if the easy way still tastes good, so be it. It is as non difficult as one, two, three: mix the batter—1 1/3 cups milk, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and 2 cups of Bisquick; of course, you might want to try the modified recipe for an ever extreme taste: just add about ½ cup more Bisquick, cinnamon spread over the top, 1 ½ tablespoons of vanilla, and, POW! Quick, easy, non sticky cinnamon waffles!—spread ¼ cups worth of mix over each preheated, vegetable-oiled waffles iron slot, wait about four minutes, and, BAM! Waffles for everyone!!!
    It’s weird; I was researching for the word Dory, the fish from “Finding Nemo”, uses when trying to pronounce Wallaby on the back of that Diving mask. Well I found out that back when the Radio was every bodies favorite thing to do, there was a group of Wallas that would make this sound to imitate the murmur of a large crowd; check it out--->


    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This article is about sound effect.

    In American radio, film, and television, walla is a sound effect imitating the murmur of a crowd in the background. A group of actors brought together in the post-production stage of film production to create this murmur is known as a walla group. According to one story, walla received its name during the early days of radio, when it was discovered that having several people repeat the sound walla in the background was sufficient to mimic the indistinct chatter of a crowd. Nowadays, walla actors make use of real words and conversations, often improvised, tailored to the languages, speech patterns, and accents that might be expected of the crowd to be mimicked. Walla is called rhubarb in the UK and rhabarber in Germany, perhaps in part reflecting the varying textures of crowd noise in the different countries. Another similar phrase is "carrots and peas."

    Maybe this Sunday we could make a walla group?


    Have a nice day







    I don't think it is working...

    I'm done...

    Good MORNING!!!

    Yet another wonderful day in a wonderful world!

    Well I always like to learn something new and exiting: I hope most of you never heard of this, but then again most likely you have.




    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The god Thor, after whom Thursday is named, by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1872

    Thursday is either the fourth or fifth day of the week, falling between Wednesday and Friday. In countries that adopt the Sunday-first convention, it is considered the fifth day of the week. However, in ISO 8601 it is the fourth day of the week. In Slavic languages and in Chinese, this day's name is "fourth" (Polish czwartek, Russian четверг, pronounced CHET-vierg). Portuguese, too, uses a number for this day: quinta-feira, "fifth day", (see Days of the week for more on the different conventions).

    The contemporary name comes from the Old English Þunresdæg (with loss of -n-, first in northern dialects, from influence of Old Norse Þorsdagr), meaning "Day of Thunor", this being a rough Germanic equivalent to the Latin Iovis Dies, "Jupiter's Day". Most Germanic and Latin speaking countries use their languages' equivalents: German Donnerstag, torsdag in Scandinavia, Italian giovedì, Spanish jueves, French jeudi, and Romanian joi.

    In Thailand, the color associated with Thursday is orange, see


    In Latin the Genitive or possessive case of Jupiter was Jovis and as such in most Romance languages with the exception of Portugese it became the word for Thursday: Latin Jovis Dies, Spanish Jueves, Italian Giovedi, and Rumanian Jiuvidi.

    Astrological sign

    The astrological sign of the planet Jupiter represents Thursday with similar names in Latin-derived languages, such as the French Jeudi. In English, this became "Thor's Day", since the Roman god Jupiter was identified with Thor in northern Europe.

    Thursday in popular culture

    In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(which is an excellent film [if you like to poke fun at evolution]) by Douglas Adams, the character Arthur Dent says "This must be Thursday. I could never get the hang of Thursdays". A few minutes later the planet Earth is destroyed. Thor, for whom the day was named, also appears later in the Hitchhiker's series and in other Adams books.

    Thursday is sometimes referred to as "Friday Eve" in anticipation for the end of the work week on Friday.

    Named days

    Black Thursday refers to October 24, 1929 when stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange fell sharply, with record volume of nearly 13 million shares. Five days later, the market crashed on volume of over 16 million shares – a level not to be surpassed for 39 years. In popular imagery, the crash has come to mark the beginning of the Great Depression.

    Well, I hope everyone learned at least a little something admirable and superfluous

    Have a good THOR'sday :)

    Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    Crazy Story

    One Million, Five Hundred and Two Thousand, Six Hundred Seventy Seven

    (It’s Probably True)

    By Robert W. Oakley

    Ever since I acquired a `94 Dodge Dakota from my Grandfather (which was an incredible blessing) and my official license to drive, I’ve been cruising all over the place, but why is it every time I need to go out and do something the thing won’t start? “Dead? Again!” I exclaimed (quite loudly) “why must you torment me so? I have dry cleaning to pick up!” Rrrrrrrr. . . Then a CLICK, CLICK, and CLICK, (say this a thousand times, ten times fast and you’ll know what I mean) this is the sound it continuously made. Now, I understand this happens a lot and to everyone, but when it happens to me, nothing will stop the raging passion for fixing something from achieving his goal (especially a dead battery).

    I went to the garage to fetch the charger, hooked up the power, and switched it to start; 30 amps later . . . three seconds to the ignition . . . 3, 2, 1, and . . . NOTHING! That same CLIKING noise sounded off, and that same pain across my forehead appeared as I banged it across the steering wheel once more. I tried it again, and again, and again, but nothing. Depressed, I was in the depts. Of despair, I took the key out of the ignition, opened the door and headed inside to ask my father for advice. The battery wont charge: so what will I do? Fortunately, my dad still had that `97 Ford Mustang he’s been trying to sell; he told me that I could take the battery out of it until we could afford to buy a new one. Praise God! There is still a chance for success!

    I rushed down the stairs, then back up (I forgot my tools), down the stairs again, and out the door. Quickly I examined both the truck and the Mustang; I thought this was going to be as easy as pie—pie. . . . Now there is a concept. Wouldn’t you agree that cake baking is easier then pie? All right then, easy as cake—this was no walk in the park. Of course, many a man struggles with repairing a vehicle and for that matter, everyone has issues, but why do these things happen precisely when you’d least expect it? Perhaps I’ll never know; then again, the trying of my faith worketh patience; thus, I do have something to gain. Time to get busy, and, if I fail to avoid, GREASY! Well, I guess one could easily say that if you’re hands aren’t dirty to many a respect then it wasn’t work.

    After several minutes of twisting and turning (left loosey) I finally detached the batteries of their original places. No need for the truck battery, I’ll toss that aside; now to hook up the new one. Well everything fits, what’s that? The bolts don’t quite fit, well I’ll adjust that finely; I’ll just take my pliers and, SNAP! NOOOOOOO! Impossible! WHY! O, why must you torment me? The screw which tightened the bolt (which was quite rusty) snapped into two embarrassing pieces. I thought I’d might cry with depression or shout with frustration! Slow to wrath, be slow to wrath Robby. Okay, this is nothing to get upset about; maybe you could find a replacement screw and nut from the Mustang? No, nothing there, well, I’m bound to find something in the garage.

    Painstaking and partially blinded by the sweat on my brow, I searched for my salvation when there it was: the perfect specimen. Upon an old, green, rusted bike I found a screw which played a major role in supporting the bell that once rang but rings no more. “Perhaps I could size it down with wire cutters,” I said aloud then thought to myself what a folly that would be, but what else can I do? Squeeze, pull, and bend, SNAP! After maybe 10 minutes of strenuous squeezing the thing finally broke. Hurray! Now I need to find some nuts. Okay, I didn’t have the greatest luck of finding exactly what I had intended but in conclusion, it worked! And that is all that matters. The sum of small nut, a wing nut, and one modified screw equals one tightened down bolt and one happy trucker.

    I suppose the lesson for today is: never give up, never, never, never! Although many of us will go through many divers temptations, to loose faith, to loose integrity, to give up, would be folly. Surly I say unto to you that the trying of you faith worketh patience. Now the truck works like a charm (it’s that gas that kills). For the longest time the radio failed to entertain simply because it wouldn’t turn on; now, it works every time and I can listen to the tunes without interruption. It’s exiting to find your way through, and although that light at the end of the tunnel is compelling, we still have to watch out for those trains; even when we get smashed, we still have to keep on trekking.


    Thomas Edison

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Thomas Alva Edison

    "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Alva

    Edison, Harper's Monthly (September 1931)
    Born: February 11, 1847(1847-02-11)
    Milan, Ohio
    Died: October 18, 1931 (aged 84)
    West Orange, New Jersey
    Occupation: Inventor, entrepreneur
    Spouse: Mary Edison, Mina Edison

    Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

    Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

    Media inventions

    The key to Edison's fortunes was telegraphy. With knowledge gained from years of working as a telegraph operator, he learned the basics of electricity. This allowed him to make his early fortune with the stock ticker, the first electricity-based broadcast system. Edison patented the sound recording and reproducing phonograph (or gramophone in British English) in 1878. Edison was also granted a patent for the motion picture camera or "Kinetograph". He did the electromechanical design, while his employee W.K.L. Dickson, a photographer, worked on the photographic and optical development. Much of the credit for the invention belongs to Dickson. [21] In 1891, Thomas Edison built a Kinetoscope, or peep-hole viewer. This device was installed in penny arcades, where people could watch short, simple films. The kinetograph and kinetoscope were both first publicly exhibited May 20, 1891. [21]

    On August 9, 1892, Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph. In April 1896, Thomas Armat's Vitascope, manufactured by the Edison factory and marketed in Edison's name, was used to project motion pictures in public screenings in New York City. Later he exhibited motion pictures with voice soundtrack on cylinder recordings, mechanically synchronized with the film.

    Officially the kinetoscope entered in Europe when the rich American Businessman Irving T. Bush (1869-1948) bought from the Continental Commerce Company of Franck Z. Maguire and Joseph D. Bachus a dozen machines. Bush placed from October 17, 1894 on the first kinetoscopes in London. At the same time the French company Kinétoscope Edison Michel et Alexis Werner bought these machines for the market in France. In the last three months of 1894 The Continental Commerce Company sold hundreds of kinetoscopes in Europe (i.e. the Netherlands and Italy). In Germany and in Austria-Hungary the kinetoscope was introduced by the Deutsche-österreichische-Edison-Kinetoscop Gesellschaft, founded by the Ludwig Stollwerck [22] of the Schokoladen-Süsswarenfabrik Stollwerck & Co of Cologne. The first kinetoscopes arrived in Belgium at the Fairs in early 1895. The Edison's Kinétoscope Français, a Belgian company, was founded in Brussels on January 15, 1895 with the rights to sell the kinetoscopes in Monaco, France and the French colonies. The main investors in this company were Belgian industrialists. On May 14, 1895 the Edison's Kinétoscope Belge was founded in Brussels. The businessman Ladislas-Victor Lewitzki, living in London but active in Belgium and France, took the initiative in starting this business. He had contacts with Leon Gaumont and the American Mutoscope and Biograph Co. In 1898 he also became shareholder of the Biograph and Mutoscope Company for France. [23]

    In 1908, Edison started the Motion Picture Patents Company, which was a conglomerate of nine major film studios (commonly known as the Edison Trust). Thomas Edison was the first honorary fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, which was founded in 1929.

    Leonardo da Vinci

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    Self-portrait in red chalk, circa 1512 to 1515.[1]
    Birth name Leonardo di Ser Piero
    Born April 15, 1452

    Flag of Italy Anchiano, Florence, Italy
    Died May 2, 1519
    Amboise, Indre-et-Loire, France
    Nationality Italian
    Field Many and diverse fields of arts and sciences
    Movement High Renaissance
    Famous works Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Vitruvian Man
    The Mona Lisa
    The Mona Lisa

    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (pronounciation (help·info), April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath: scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, and writer.

    He was born and raised near Vinci, Italy, the illegitimate son of a notary, Messer Piero, and a peasant woman, Caterina. He had no surname in the modern sense, "da Vinci" simply meaning "of Vinci". His full birth name was "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci", meaning "Leonardo, son of (Mes)ser Piero from Vinci."

    Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man", a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equalled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.[2]

    It is primarily as a painter that Leonardo was and is renowned. Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper occupy unique positions as the most famous, the most illustrated and most imitated portrait and religious painting of all time. Their fame is approached only by Michelangelo's Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also iconic.

    As an engineer, Leonardo conceived ideas vastly ahead of his own time, conceptually inventing a helicopter, a tank, the use of concentrated solar power, a calculator, a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics, the double hull, and many others. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were feasible during his lifetime.[3] Some of his smaller inventions such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire entered the world of manufacturing unheralded.

    He greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and the study of water. Of his works, perhaps 15 paintings survive,[4] together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and notes.