Archive for May, 2010

May 17, 2010

Volcano timelapse….

by Kyle Smith
May 13, 2010

Guns don’t kill people…people kill people…

by Kyle Smith

Now before this all begins just know i support guns, so i don’t want to hear about how great guns are. But do know I’m pissed about redneck joe down the street shootin guns off in backyards.

Now that’s out of the way, let me begin…..

The following takes place between 9:30 – 11 Pm Wednesday, May 12…..

Wednesday's are dog hunting days!

Wednesday's are dog hunting days!

9:30 PM – I’m watching TV, begin to dose off. But trying to stay awake b/c Nicole was on her way home.

9:45 PM – Begin drool phase in my sleep (I’m talking good sleep here)

10 PM – Four shots fired in my back yard….

10:00:005 PM – Burst into living room. Head pounding, i can hear my heart beat in my ears. Vision blurry from my drool-sleep.

10:00:10 PM – Make it to kitchen, see back door is wide open…(immediately think i’ve been robbed)

10:00:11 PM – Race into son’s room. He’s sleeping, nothing is waking him up.

10:00:15 PM – Hear voices outside, go into backyard to see my wife and neighbor talking. No one is screaming, no blood, no sirens. Panic ends.

10:05 PM – Pack, yes pack, of hunting neighbors with flash lights, dogs and guns wandering in and out of my backyard, my neighbors backyard and the 16 foot utility easement behind/still a part of mine and my neighbors yards. (we’ll refer to it as UE from now on, easier and quicker to type)

10:10 PM – My neighbor starts screaming for everyone to get off his property. They say it’s their prperty too b/c it’s the neighborhood easment….neighbor still insists they go else where and to stop shooting guns around his house. Adolescents of the hunters start cussing out neighbor and telling him they’re going to kill him…but thats not the point, i’ve digressed…but also what triggers the events to follow…

10:15 PM – Trying to calm things down, i talk to the pack of hunters, informed that stray dogs are killing all of the their cats (which if they just kept tabs on their cats and didn’t let them wander the neighborhood I’d still be sleeping in a good puddle of drool) Hunters inform me animal control told them to “take care of the animals themselves”. We inform them we’re not too thrilled with them shooting on our property, easement or no easement.

10:20 PM – My neighbor calls cops b/c hunters wont leave his property and for shooting on his property. They claim they’re in the UE.

10:30 PM – Cops show up. Tell us we’re in the county and you can shoot whatever and where ever you want as long as it’s not at a house. And since most of the houses don’t have fences it’s hard to say where private property is. But from what i gathered from the cops, you can honestly shoot on anyones property (grass) and it’s ok. I’m still kinda confused on this. I thought that it’s my private property…

10:40 PM – Still talking to cops. Getting cold and tired. Kinda pissed about the whole easement thing and the fact that people can go shooting guns in our neighborhood according to these 2 cops. Start thinking about how awesome of a sleep I was just awoken from.

10:45 PM – Cops go talk to hunters, neighbor goes in home to write letter to state officials, news stations, brothers, in-laws, home owners association.

11 PM – Go home and begin blogging…

Ok, so here’s everything I see wrong with this:

1.) We’re in a NEIGHBORHOOD, not some 100 acre ranch

2.) Who’s to say these dogs in question (that are getting shot at on this night) are actually stray and the same dogs killing cats. I mean, what if this is actually just someone’s dog that got out for the night!?

3.) If the cats weren’t running amuck, and peeing all over everyones porches, then they wouldn’t be getting eatin up. Heck, I guess I can start shooting at all the ?!@##$%@#$%# cats all over my property.

4.) I have a two year old, and even if you shoot away from my house that bullet could ricochet. It’s freakin’ pitch black at the back of the property, shooting into darkness is STUPID!! Though our lots are .5-.75 acres, we’re still in too close of quarters to be shootin at things going bump in the dark.

5.) The cops could have cared less that people are running around shooting at things. I know it’s legal in the county but c’mon.

I’d love to hear what everyone thinks about this. Can people honestly just go shooting at things even if they’re in my yard? I live in Brazoria County.

Here’s what my wife has to say about it all

“I just realized that the resale value of my house just went down because I offcially have the most white trash people living a few doors down. How do you explain to a potential buyer, “oh don’t be alarmed…Wednesdays are dog-hunting days! And no, those aren’t sailors they are just the hunters foul-mouthed trashy children.” ridiculous. If Jerry Springer made house calls he’d be down the street at their double wide right now. “

May 11, 2010

Technology is a distraction to our democracy…

by Kyle Smith

I was reading a recent Yahoo! tech blog about Obama’s recent commencement speech where he discusses how technology (iPads, iPhones, iPods, Xbox, PS3) is a “…distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy…”

Now I’ll be the first to say that as a parent you should make your kid put down the controller everynow and then and exercise, read or do something “productive”, but really???? pressure on our democracy? c’mon.

I know what he was doing, he was trying to throw in those catch phrases and hot topics into his “relevant” speech but I think dismissing the Xbox and iPods to a graduating college class might be the wrong audience for that. His hip, current persona is slowly fading and it’s only a matter of time before everyone starts to realize he’s just another middle-aged politician willing to say and promise anything for a vote.

The irony is that he’s saying how much of a distraction all these technological devices are yet, wasn’t he the one throwing a fit about having to give up his blackberry when he took office?? Newsflash…Blackberrys and iPhones are the same…except iPhones blow blackberry outta the water.

And are TV’s next? They’re just as much of a distraction. Laptops. GPS. Blu-Ray players. I guess anything you plug into the wall is a distraction and is putting pressure on our democracy….especially anything the government can’t control the message through…ugh….politics. And why would you take shots at both Microsoft and Apple, he must have stock in Acer…..