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Unfortunately, most adventures are pricey ones - like my favorite hobby, flying airplanes. However, I'm taking my 9 year old son for his first day of paintball this weekend as a father-son adventure for his birthday. If he likes it as much as I suspect he will, I can see this becoming our regularly scheduled time away from the ladies.
Whether we like to admit it or not, men of all ages crave some adventure, but we find it harder and harder to find time between work, family, church, and other responsibilities to get out for those masculine times away from our spouses. It helps if you have a wife who understands the need and supports you in it. Only recently in my 10 year marriage have I felt as though she has started to understand and support my need to scratch that adrenaline itch, and it's making a huge difference in our relationship and in my relationship with my son as he sees a daddy who does some masculine things and wants to participate. It's not just good for our psyche to scratch the itch, it's good for our sons to see healthy ways to have some adventure time and to do it together with their father.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Scratch the Adventure Itch
I have given my wife a love letter for Christmas every year since 2008, when we were in such financial distress that we could barely afford gifts for our kids and couldn't afford anything for each other. We scraped up enough to give each other a couple of small items, but she told me that all she really wanted was a love letter. So that's what I did - wrote her a love letter and stuffed it in the tree, and it has been my tradition ever since. No matter what items and stuff she gets for Christmas, her favorite is always a letter from her husband.
1 year, 2 months ago on Christmas Love Letter
Coconut oil for the win! My wife never wanted to use artificial lubricants at all, in part because many of them just didn't feel right to her or irritated her a bit. Once I read about coconut oil we talked it over and decided to give it a try. Now, she loves it. It's not only a great, natural, and very healthy lube, but it makes a wonderful massage oil too that is fabulous for the skin. Oh - and it's great for cooking too!
1 year, 10 months ago on Got Lube?
Paul - where do you come in on the last part of the scripture, about marrying a divorced woman? I am married to a divorced woman. She was married for just over two years at the ripe old age of 20, and he left with his third mistress (that she knows of). Now, I'm happily married, love my wife with wild abandon, and am told by my church that I cannot be a deacon or leader in the church because I'm married to a divorced woman. I think this is a bunch of Bravo Sierra, and have told them as much. It tears her up every time someone suggests that I be involved in leadership and we have to tell them that I can't because, according to their interpretation, we're in a sinful marriage. Seems a bit outside the intention of this passage, don't you think?
1 year, 10 months ago on Jesus on Sexual Sin and Divorce
I cannot agree more. I work in higher ed and feel really bad for all these kids who come through thinking that they'll graduate into a $40k+ job. Instead, the ones who actually manage to finish either can't find jobs or are terribly overeducated for sandwich making, meaning that they either are stuck with loan payments they can't afford or have to go back to school and incur more debt just to delay repayment of the current one. They'd be better off taking their lottery scholarship money to the vocational schools to learn a trade that is in high demand, like welding, plumbing and pipe fitting, aviation mechanics, electrical, nursing, physical therapy, and plenty of others. Some of those trades make very good money with great companies. I just read today that Caterpillar's order books for heavy equipment are full to overflowing, but they're having a hard time finding enough qualified welders to be able to fill the orders on time. It's time that kids are told again that it's perfectly acceptable and profitable to go into a trade rather than going into college.
3 years, 3 months ago on Higher Education, Just Another Government Created Bubble
@johno Oh, don't get me wrong, I'll probably milk my own for personal use as needed, but I don't plan on running a dairy operation. You know, I like to take a vacation from time to time, and dairy cows wait for no farmer.
3 years, 3 months ago on Message to the FDA: "I Drink Raw Milk. Arrest Me!"
@Michael Boldin It's how pasteurization came to be the norm in the first place. After tainted milk sickened and killed several people in big cities in the early 20th century, pasteurization was touted as a short term fix until the dairies could get cleaned up and a more reliably clean milk supply could be secured. Unfortunately, the short term fix turned into one of those many regulations that never dies.
Oh believe me, I know. We live in a very rural area where Tyson, ADM, and Monsanto are the main controlling entities who have bought and paid for the FDA and USDA.
As one working now to start farming in a more holistic manner like Joel Salatin does, I find the threat of the FDA/USDA to be an ugly one. I specifically will not be a dairy farmer because of all of the issues with FDA coming down on raw milk, but there is even some FDA harassment going on now of people who milk their own cow in their own barn for their own consumption. The CDC says that raw milk is good for you and poses less of a health risk than packaged confinement raised chicken or feedlot beef, but the FDA and USDA want to control the food supply in its entirety so they crack down on people providing wholesome, healthy, clean food simply because they are not participating in the mega-corp food homogenization system. It's gonna' only get uglier from here...