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Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in CrisisHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All I can think about and could think about while reading this book was that I am so unbelievably ignorant of the world, and not just the world, but the good old US of A. This young man may as well live on another plant from me. His experiences have opened by eyes. May I be less judgmental, and more Godly in my associations with people. I can not possibly know their experiences, much less their hearts.

Kudos J.D. Vance - you have quite a story.

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This is my phone

This is my husband's phone

We drove to Colorado on Saturday and had both phone with us.  My phone (Blackberry Storm) had service about 90% of the time on the drive from Sandy, Utah to Grand Junction, Colorado.  My husband's phone (IPhone) had service about 60% of the time. 

Everyone knows that Verizon has better overall service than AT&T.  EVERYONE.  The millions of dollars you pay to have Luke Wilson try and tell us otherwise is wasted.  Big time wasted.  Not to worry though.  You do have exclusive rights to the IPhone.  That right there is all you need.  Millions of people will put up with your inferior service coverage just to have that phone.  The apps, the gadgets, the shine, the SPEED.  Oh, how I envy the speed.  AT&T is faster than Verizon, I will give you that.  Perhaps one day I will try the DROID, if I can get past the creepy commercials.  But I digress.

I have a suggestion AT&T.  Stop spending $$$$ on false advertising.  Donate …

S*&#t I let my kids and their friends do

In honor of this blog post:

Here is a list of a few of the things I let (or watched) my kids and their friends do: 
-Ride a Yamaha 90 cc dirt bike without shoes or helmets (starting at approx. 12-years old)
-Ride a Honda Metropolitan scooter without shoes or helmets (starting at approx. 12-years old)
-Play tag around the neighborhood with friends on aforementioned dirt bike and scooter
-Stack lawn chairs as high as they can and jump off onto trampoline
-Have 10 people on the trampoline at a time (only one rule: big kids can't jump with little kids)
-Running jump off elevated retaining wall onto trampoline
-Douse tennis balls with gasoline, light them on fire, send them through the pitching machine and hit them with either bats or tennis rackets
-Play with balls (all makes and models) in the house
-Make soda bottle bombs with dry ice - BTW you need to be 18 years old to buy dry ice
-Hold firecrackers in their hands to see wh…