…the parrots begin to jabber

This is what Willis was talking about!

Has it come to this? Defending Christmas?

Yesterday on my Facebook feed there were three consecutive posts about the pending Christmas season.  They were all predictable. Coming too early, too “commercial”, some in the comments were griping about the holiday itself.

So, allow me to interject a fact into the current mania.  Christmas is good.  Christmas is necessary.  And even if you deny the existence of a Christ, you benefit from Christmas.

Before this generation in the US, this holiday was so ingrained into our culture that it was our culture.  Hollywood legends, Bing Crosby and Jimmy Stewart’s vast film careers can be crystallized into two Christmas movie roles that are as indelible in our culture as Macy’s Thanksgiving parade (that ends with a Christmas celebration) or Charlie Brown’s little tree.  Christmas wasn’t an event; it was a day that the world stopped.  We need that stop.  Desperately.

We have as a society hardened to the truth.  We wait for nothing and anticipate even less.  I am among the worst at this.  I make busy work sometimes.  I check box scores on my phone because I don’t want to wait for the DVR version that I have waiting for me at home.  And I look at my watch during events that I should be enjoying.  I live in a world that doesn’t have time for anything but seems eternally bored.

Well, this is my Christmas 2013.  I will love my family, call my friends, wave at the neighbors, and be thankful that I live in a place that will allow me to do so.  This isn’t the day of the birth of my savior.  It is however, the day that we celebrate the coming.  I give gifts to symbolize the gift of salvation to my children who no longer believe in Santa.  I will build a fire and eat too much.  I know that even those here that are not believers (that will take the day for what it has been for hundreds of years in America) will share too in the blessing that is Christmas Day.

Bring the commercials!  Sell me stuff I don’t need.  And fill my house with reminders that Linus was right on.  “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

An early Merry Christmas to all my FB friends and to friends of the blog.


October 29, 2013 Posted by | social, Uncategorized, What the... | 1 Comment

Hey Dad! The Bimbo lady is here!


I’ll lay odds that this company has a hard time getting women delivery drivers.

February 5, 2009 Posted by | Things I've seen driving around Middle Tennessee, What the... | 2 Comments

The Learning Academy in Murfreesboro, Fantastic!


So, Mrs. Fullbug goes to the dentist.  There is no parking spot.  Next door? Someplace called The Learning Academy with an empty parking lot.  MFB does what anyone would do.  When she comes out, she is greeted with the following day brightener under her windshield wiper.  5 and 1/2 hours later, the Impala has still not turned into the threatened amphibian.  Maybe they should call it “The Lernin’ Academy”.  Maybe you should think twice before you send your little darling to this joint.  “Your” now warned.  Ribbit.

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Things I've seen driving around Middle Tennessee, What the... | , | 17 Comments

Dedicate one to the ladies… Now summertime’s here babe, need somethin’ to keep you cool

PETA Urges Ben & Jerry’s To Use Human Milk (link)

Man, I can’t wait to see the names of this stuff!  Boob Berry? Butter Cups?

September 24, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", Politics?, social, What the... | , , , | 1 Comment

When did Steve Spurrier start coaching hockey for Slovakia? Well, a 1996’ish Spurrier anyway

Bulgaria gives up 139 shots on goal in 82-0 women’s hockey loss (link)

Wow! They averaged one goal evey 44 seconds!  The best part (from the AP version of this story) was the report that the Bulgarian coach pulled the goalie after 76 goals.  Man, that 77th goal must have been really soft!

September 9, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", Sports, What the... | , , , , | Leave a comment

I guess Hillary Clinton was right They ARE an important part of our economy

Amid a surge of American kidnappings at the U.S.-Mexico border, a survivor’s story. (link)

As Mrs. FullBug said last night when we saw this story on CNN; “They’re doing the jobs that Americans won’t do.  Think of all that ransom money going uncollected.  Why can’t we just leave them alone and let them try to make a living?”  Then she called me a racist for saying that I’d rather illegals from another country not kidnap Americans and demand money for their safe return.

August 21, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", Politics?, social, TV, What the... | , , , | 3 Comments

“That deaf, dumb, blind kid sure plays some real hardball”

An Open Letter to the Old Fort Parkway Wal Mart in Murfreesboro, TN
Wal-Mart, More Hanna Montana than you can stand. Well, that's onr CD but you know what I mean.

Wal-Mart, More Hanna Montana than you can stand. Well, that's one CD but you know what I mean.

I find myself at a Wal-Mart about once a year.  Last night was this year’s time.  ‘Hoot’ (at about 4 years old) decided that she loves The Who.  So, I figured, a Who CD is just what that Disney, Cinderella, ‘Children’s Sunday School Sing-Along’ CD collection of hers needs.  I don’t know if it’s Roger Daltrey’s voice, Pete Townshend’s guitar, Keith Moon’s frantic drum pounding… Dunno.  I’ve never liked them that much.  But whenever they come on the radio in the truck or we pass by one of the dozens of commercials with their music in the background, she starts dancing and telling me to “keep it on this”.  Pretty remarkable, really.  I know their place.  Without them and Led Zep, rock music would be much different today.  So, to the CD section I go.

Hannah Montana, Weezer, Jay Z, Timberlake, crap FM fill in the blank blah, blah, blah… Nothing from The Who!  I checked again.  What the?  So, I get this kid with a name tag that was working on some high school honeys to help out.  I asked him if they have any of their CDs.  He looked at me like I slapped him.  Remember when Macaulay Culkin was pounding Uncle Buck with tons of questions in the kitchen?  It kind of turned into that. 

Me: Hey, man.  Do you have any CDs from The Who?

Kid: The what?

Me: No, The Who.

Kid: Blank stare

Me: You know… Moon, Daltrey, The Who!  (Blank stare) Won’t Get Fooled Again? My Generation? The Kids are Alright? Behind Blue Eyes? Whooooooo Are You?  Who? Who? Who? Who?

Kid: (cricket sounds)

I’m e-mailing someone in a red vest today.  I did see this while I went back out to check on my tire!  I think it’s like Corn Nuts.  Part corn part nuts all delicious.  I wonder how many deer it takes to make a bag this big

August 12, 2008 Posted by | Music, social, Stuff, What the... | , , , , | 4 Comments

I want this doctor!

You're not eating enough butter, Bug.

I’ve been sick for a week.  No updates here, no work, no Bean, no anything.  Watching TV last night and I see this!  That’s why I’m still sick.  My doctor would never stroll through a hospital sucking on a lung dart.  This doctor could fix me.  This dude would “prescribe” me a shot of bourbon, a carton of Camels and tell me to pay the dame out front.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | social, TV, Uncategorized, What the... | , , , , | Leave a comment

Is this the right question?

Feminists cry foul over Fat Princess

Does Sony’s cartoony castle game cross the line? (link)

Saw this article online today.  Odd thing to upset the fems over.  Sure, it does add to the stereotypes and the minds of little girls, big girls, and people in general over body image.  As a fat guy with a blog, I understand.  I do.  Really.  But is this the biggest problem?

I guess you pick your wars.  Pointing fingers at the Japanese (who don’t understand our culture) and provide us with hour after hour of great video of their ridiculous pop culture game shows is easier than looking at the enemy within.  So, I’ll sign up.  Booo filling a princess with cholorestrol.  Hooray Grand Theft Auto for giving extra points for stabbing hookers after you steal their money and beat them!  Japan, when will you learn?  Steal a Corvette and drive over a woman on the street, highest selling game of the year, not a peep from the fems.  Feed a princess some cake slathered with 7 minute frosting, get picketed.  God bless ugh… Nevermind. 

July 29, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", Politics?, social, Spare time, What the... | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Throw down time!

Recently, SPORTSBEAN.COM expired and went into a domain name auction. We acquired it and, since you own the theSPORTSBEAN.com version of this domain name, we wanted to provide you with the opportunity to own the preferred SPORTSBEAN.COM version.

Our company specializes in recovering preferred expiring domains and either selling them to individuals such as yourself or building out our own web presence on those valuable domains.SPORTSBEAN.COM is a pretty darn good domain name and, the truth is, the SPORTSBEAN.COM is a far stronger version of the name than the theSPORTSBEAN.com is.


SPORTSBEAN.COM is more intuitive and easier to remember.  Odds are people trying to get to your website are inadvertently going to SPORTSBEAN.COM because they assume that’s where they can find you. SPORTSBEAN.COM conveys Professionalism that theSPORTSBEAN.com cannot match.

If you’d like to own SPORTSBEAN.COM, you can buy it now by covering our acquisition costs and a modest profit.


Please advise,Ken Palm

iTime Marketing, Inc
322 N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801

My reply:

Subject: RE: SPORTSBEAN.COM [THESPORTSBEAN.COM@domainsbyproxy.com]
From: <Scott_Herndon@Dell.com>
Date: Thu, July 24, 2008 1:08 pm
To: askthebean@thesportsbean.com


First thing, “professionalism that thesportsbean.com cannot match”?  You’ve obviously never been to this site.  I defy you to go there and find one instance of the ‘Bean attempting to be professional.  Just hang on to it, Ken Palm.  Maybe you can do something with it.  Make a site at sportsbean.com.  I’m afraid you’ve jumped the wrong claim, my man.  What you didn’t know is that the staff of theSprotsbeam.com has taken a solemn vow to always use an “article” before our websites.  That explains our other sites like TheThelionthewitchandthewardrobefanclub.org and others like it.  If we bought your site (which is really our site) we would have to attach another article in front of it like anSportsbean.com or some such nonsense like that.  Now, you’re not even making any sense at all, Ken Palm. 

I’ll tell you what.  We’ll agree to meet up in some alley and have a dance off to see who gets it.  Good luck, man.  Me and the entire staff of the ‘Bean gots mad dancing skillz.  We can do it up there in Iowa.  I don’t even care.  Let me know.  – www.theSportsbean.wordpress.com

July 24, 2008 Posted by | social, Sports, What the... | , , | 4 Comments

Consumer tip

Goodbye forever, Bumb!

Goodbye forever, Bumb!

When buying a cake at Publix on Memorial in Murfreesboro, TN, proofread the stuff before you get home.  Hoot (the 6 yr old) had a bump removed from her leg at Vanderbilt on Friday.  Surgery went well. The big, big welcome home cake didn’t go as well.  She has a brand new diploma from kindergarten so she does know a few things.  Among those are… A cut leg = bad.  A cake that she doesn’t know how to read = good.  Hang in there, Hoot.

July 19, 2008 Posted by | Stuff, What the... | , , , | Leave a comment

Finally! Someone has had enough of the crooked New Orleans police dept!

The face of corruption

The face of corruption

Never mind your stories of mass abandonment and looting from police “officers” during Katrina.  Looks like the days of bribery and unbridled corruption throughout the NOPD is over!  See story below.


July 9, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", Politics?, social, What the... | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Sorry folks, park’s closed. The moose out front shoulda told ya.”

Took this pic while scanning through my hotel TV in Portugal.  Glad they put the parental advisory sign on “Reality Porn 2”.  Sometimes you just can’t tell!

Thanks for the warning

June 26, 2008 Posted by | social, TV, What the... | , , , | 1 Comment

Back from Europe. Pics coming soon. I know an odd bald guy.

Click this

Friend of the Bean, Marc B. has a business proposition for you.  Anyone? 

June 20, 2008 Posted by | social, What the... | , , , | 1 Comment

Fine, smartass. Find your own way home.

Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address

TOKYO – When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.

Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor’s roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.

He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.

“I’m Mr. Yosuke Nakamura,” the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

Full Story (link)

May 21, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", social, What the... | Leave a comment

Going to Europe and (I guess) opening a store

carpet samples, Rubix Cube, midgets, folded Canadian flag, peanut butter, 2 small canned hams, collection of nesting dolls...

Mrs FullBug and I are heading off to Lisbon and Dublin in June.  Above is a short list of things MFB thought to jot down to bring on the trip.  She’s added to this since Sunday night.  Some of my favorites: “ponytail” holder, garbage bag, clock, nail polish, towel. 

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Spare time, Stuff, What the... | 3 Comments

Thanks, Marcy. You’re adorable.

Listening to talk radio today and heard a consumer type news break thing.  “Marcy” from Barrons Magazine had a report to tell me that my government check should be here shortly.  I’m pulling my hair out over this!  “You may have already received some free money from the government” spouts Marcy.  Free money?  Have we really gone this far?  The Dems and well… Over the last 5 years or so, the Repubs too have confiscated money from me all year long and have graciously decided to let me have some of it back like some peasant holding out a hand to a benevolent king!  I would say that there is some tea about to be dumped into Boston Harbor but it’s not.  When I see people still living in trailers in New Orleans and refusing to leave because the government owes them and a reporter from what was once a RESPONSIBLE, BUSINESS journal like Barrons says something so fundamentally stupid as government giving me money… We’re done.  I say, get to the airport early to get a window seat on the hand basket.  Now, I’m just kind of sick.      

Apologies to a friend Clay Wood (link).  His nut ball buddy, Ron Paul doesn’t seem to give a damn that radical Islam wants those bunch of aid giving, nation building, food program establishing, Americans dead but he wants to get rid of the IRS.  I’m rethinking my lukewarm, half-assed McCain support.     

May 7, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", I'll take that punch in the face now, Politics?, social, Uncategorized, What the... | Leave a comment

Wordpress question

Anyone know why everyone that comments on my blog now looks like they were in a quilting bee?  What’s with the designs?

May 6, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, What the... | 1 Comment

two and a half hours with 5 and no college football mentioned?!

Met 5 for lunch then across the way to Starbucks for some coffee and conversation. Snapped this pic of the fireplace while 5 hit the bathroom. The following is the list of categories on this blog. I’ve scratched through the ones we didn’t hit on. Great day!  *Bold type indicates when we spent the most time.  (not listed story of me almost killing myself with a gasoline fire in my backyard from the day before)   

“News stories”
Book Shelf
College Football
I’ll take that punch in the face now
Spare time
Stabbing deaths
Stupid complaint letters
The Mick
These made the man
Web brilliance
Wha had happened was…
What the…
What would you do?

May 3, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", Blogroll, Book Shelf, Church, College Football, I'll take that punch in the face now, Music, Politics?, social, Spare time, Sports, Stuff, The Mick, These made the man, TV, Web brilliance, Wha had happened was..., What the..., What would you do? | 1 Comment

These rays have had it! HAD IT!

The Crocodile Hunter was just the beginning.  (link) <– Click me!  Click me!

March 20, 2008 Posted by | "News stories", social, What the... | Leave a comment