Don't Look Down by Michael Pommier en-us Downside to technology I am a huge fan of technology, but there are some glaring downsides to it. Here are just a few that I have found: 1. Cell phones take away the ability to aggressively hang up on somebody. Lets say that a man and woman are arguing about who was supposed to take the trash out and the discussion get heated and one wants to hang up on the other, you know to send a message of disapproval. When a cell phone is being used, you're not sure if you lost the call, if you battery died, or what. The best... Wed, 08 Dec 2010 14:53:39 -0600 One Stripe, Two Stripe I'm not one to complain about improvements to Fort Scott, however, there is one thing that really bothers me. It may seem minor so some, but to me it is glaring at me everyday. How difficult is it to stripe a road? I don't have any experience running any of that equipment, but I would think that there would be some way to make sure that the double line down the center of a road each start and stop at the same place, or at least close to it. I know that a huge topic around the country is the... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:53:31 -0500 Ah, the joys of home ownership Monday evening my wife and I were exposed to the joys of being home owners. Up until then things had gone pretty well and we were almost done finishing the rooms to make them our own. Yes, things were grand, until Monday. I was leaving work at about 4 p.m. when I called my wife to let her know I was on my way home. I left a little early to help her set up for the kindergarten music program in Nevada. As I am talking to her she asks, "Is the hot water heater supposed to be making a dripping... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 09:08:43 -0500 Kansas Gov. contradictory stances on smoking Back in January, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson made some bold statements during the State of the State Address. He made two statements that, to me, seem to be quite contradictory. The first being a statement to increase the sales tax on cigarettes as an effort to cut into the state's $400 million budget deficit; and the second being a call for a state-wide smoking ban. Let me make it clear before this get too far that I am not a smoker, I have never been a smoker, and I do not plan to start... Tue, 02 Mar 2010 08:52:54 -0600 Resolve to meet goals I am not the type to make New Year's Resolutions, but this year I have made one ... achieve my goals. A goal is something that can be worked toward, whereas a resolution is more of just a statement. This is kind of a backward way of looking at it ... most people make a resolution and stick with if for a few weeks then forget about it. In 2010, I have set the following goals: * Increase the amount of photography in my life * Lose 50 pounds * Clean the house and do the dishes more often *... Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:32:01 -0600 A dream to remember I don't know why, but I have not been having many dreams lately. In fact, until this morning I couldn't remember the last dream I had ... well that changed and boy was it a doozy. I just have to tell the world about it. For some unknown reason my dream began with me walking onto the property where Adam LaRoche lives. It was a picturesque autumn morning in the Midwest. There were three gentlemen each sitting on the tailgate of a pick-up truck singing songs to groups of high school students... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:35:55 -0600 To buy a car or to go to the World Series ... that is the question. On my way to work this morning I heard that there are still tickets available for tonight Game six of the World Series with the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. Two tickets were mentioned on the air as being located behind the Yankees' dugout at the price of $25,000 ... each. Know that nearly everything about the Yankees is outrageous, I decided to investigate to see just what kind of tickets were available for tonight's game. So I went to the Yankee's website and clicked on the... Wed, 04 Nov 2009 09:33:26 -0600 Michael Pommier is writing a blog It has been used to deliver well wishes, say happy birthday, display frustrations, tell friends what you are doing every ten minutes, it is ... the Facebook status. I joined the social networking site when I was in college and I have witnessed the evolution of the Facebook status from one-a-day notices on who things are going to 15 minute updates on what your friends are doing. Seriously, I'm glad that my friends are keeping up proper dental hygiene but I don't need to know that they are... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:23:41 -0500 NFL vs. the economy Apparently some people don't know the current economic state of our counrty. Either that, or Former Texas Tech wide received Michael Crabtree failed economics. Crabtree was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft when the Oakland Raiders selected Darrius Heyward-Bey seventh overall. Pre-draft talks stating Crabtree was a better receiver than Heyward-Bey, I guess, gave Crabtree the impression that he was worth more than $23.5 million ... guaranteed... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:19:07 -0500 Does Rose mean the end for Selig? ESPN reported earlier today that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is seriously considering the idea of lifting Pete Rose's life-time ban from baseball. Many sports writers and columnists are now typing away to express their opinion either for Rose or against Rose, I'm not. I will say that Rose has made it difficult to be elected into the Hall of Fame if the ban is lifted, however it is a likely possibility. In addition, I am not old enough to remember Rose's playing days and form... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 11:59:37 -0500 Hot dog of a lunch Last week I wrote an article about the hot dog cart run by Bob and Raylene Dennis, and today I decided to take the three block walk from The Tribune to his cart and partake in a polish sausage with kraut. I have made it no secret that hot dogs are my favorite food. I'm pretty sure that I could eat hot dogs everyday for the rest of my life. I don't know everything that goes into making a hot dog and to be entirely honest with you ... I don't care! I thought that for less than $5, I couldn't... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:40:16 -0500 Life's adventures and pleasures My fiancé and I just bought a house. We have been spending the last week and a half painting and moving all on top of planning for our wedding in two and a half weeks. The whole process of buying a home was very stressful for us. We dealt with a seller who wanted to sell and an agent who wanted more money (not our agent). On top of that we dealt with a mortgage lender who was very unaccommodating, whose office was in Branson, and would not answer her phone when we called. I fully expected... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:30:50 -0500 Meat loaf and a corkscrew I don't claim to be Bobby Flay or anything, but I like to think I know my way around the kitchen. I enjoy cooking and experimenting with different flavor combinations to see what I can create. Sunday evening I decided I was going to try my first crack at a meat loaf, sounds simple enough. Now, I can't just stop at a meat loaf, I have to add mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn. Coming from a larger family, I would cook a lot of food, not just enough for two people. I was smart to call my mother... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:23:05 -0500 World Baseball Classic It is no secret that I am a fan of baseball. There is something about going to the ballpark and watching a game ... even if it is the Royals ... that just puts a smile on my face. As many of you probably don't know, there is an international baseball tournament going on called the World Baseball Classic, a.k.a. the WBC. This tournament embodies that which is great about the growing culture of baseball. The WBC was created by Major League Baseball when the International Olympic Committee... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:43:52 -0500 Minimum wage = negative impact In my opinion the change in minimum wage couldn't happen at a worse time. In a few months the federal minimum wage will be increased to $7.25 per hour, which could cause a severely negative impact on the already deteriorating economy. I'm all for paying people a more reasonable amount for their work but I'm afraid the current economic situation plus the consequences of an increased minimum wage will equal bad news. The concept of an increased minimum wage is very noble and the action is... Wed, 04 Mar 2009 18:12:16 -0600 (Feb. 20, 2009) Pic's pick of the week This weeks pic of the week was featured in the Wednesday edition of The Tribune with the article titled "Family escapes house fire unharmed". The photo was taken by Rayma Silvers. Call me a pyro, weird, whatever but I am a fan of photos that involve fire or fire damage. Don't get me wrong, I do care about the people who have lost items due to the fire, but such an event lends to true emotion from the subjects. For me the thing that makes the picture a photograph is the use of the doorway. In... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:19:14 -0600 (Feb. 13, 2009) Pic's pick of the week This week's photo is a special photo. It was shot by Kathleen Hinkel who is a photographer from Vancouver, BC, Canada. I had the opportunity to talk to the photographer through e-mail to get a little information. This photo was taken in 2004 in a California ghost town known as Bodie. If you notice the corners seem to have been clipped as if the shutter was broken or the photo was shot through an opening of some sort. Well those corners, according to the photographer, were intentional. Hinkel... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 14:49:53 -0600 I'm getting married whether you like it or not There is something that has been eating me inside for a couple months now. That is the constant negativity surrounding me and my decision to get married. Ever since I decided that I wanted to get married, even before I proposed, people around me have been trying to talk me out of it. I have had people tell me, "you're making a huge mistake" or "being married is great for the first couple years." Frankly I'm sick of it. I firmly stand by my decision to get married to the woman of my... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:56:31 -0600 (Feb. 6, 2009) Pic's pick of the week This week's photo was taken by Katie Hueston and appeared in Thursday's edition of The Fort Scott Tribune. The reason I like this photo is not so much because it went well with the story, but because of its composition. I know that often times I stumble across a good photo without really trying to plan and compose the shot. I wasn't with Katie at the time, so I don't know if this was the case. The composition of this photo tells a story. The story of a some what rundown park. The purpose of... Fri, 06 Feb 2009 15:01:51 -0600 McGwire and Sosa in Cooperstown Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa should be in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. I know, I know McGwire may or may not have used performance enhancing drugs, and Sosa had the whole deal with the corked bat, but seriously I think what they did for the game of baseball should out weigh their mistakes. The popularity of baseball was at an all-time low after the strike-shortened 1994 season. The NFL was growing more popular everyday, as was the NBA, but baseball was no longer "America's favorite... Thu, 05 Feb 2009 17:19:47 -0600