2010 in Review

Wow, it is almost 2011. It seems like the year has flown by. It is time for my annual year in review of TheDeeZone highlights for the year.

January

Tim Tebow

So Long and Good Luck, Timmy

Originally posted 9 January 2010.

Last Friday’s Sugar bowl marked the end of an era for Gator Nation.  It was the last game for one of most accomplished classes in Gator Football history.  Tim Tebow had an amazing run as the quarterback for the University of Florida. He won the Heisman as a sophomore. I really wasn’t in favor of Tebow winning the Heisman as a sophomore because I believe the award should be reserved for seniors. Yes, I think players shouldn’t be allowed to go to the NFL until at least after their junior year.  Tebow also graduated in December 2009. Graduating in 3 1/2 years is accomplishment for any student especially an athlete. More

February

Rainbows and Surprise Blessings

Originally posted 1 February 2010.

One morning last week, I saw this rainbow one my way to work. The job I have now is certainly not my first choice or one I thought I would ever have.  A couple of years ago I lost a job that I really liked due to the economy. I was actually doing quite well at the job. Since I lost my job it has been a struggle.  Back in November, an unexpected job opportunity appeared. I really just took the job for finical reasons. More

March

Originally posted 22 March 2010.

My Word: Tuesday: Lake Wauburg

We have started hiking and exploring local parks. A few weeks ago we went to Lake Wauburg. Lake Wauburg is a recreational facility for University of Florida students as staff.

I really enjoy using the black & white settings on my camera. I like how the lake is peaking through the trees.

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April

Song of the Day: Lead Me

Originally posted 30 April 2010.

Since I heard Santcus Real’s song Lead Me on Air1 it has become my new favorite song. Lead Me is from their latest release Pieces of A Real Heart.

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May

WTG Big Guy!!!

Originally posted 29 May 2010

Several months ago the Big Guy submitted an article for this book.

June

Top 10: Random Tips for Life

Originally posted8 June 2010

#10: Never wash reds and whites together in hot water, unless of course you like wearing tiny pink clothes.

#9: Never mess with a nerd, he/she might be your boss one day.

#8: You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

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July

Would I Survive No Internet for a Whole Month?

Originally posted  20 July 2010.

Hmm… a month without the internet… could I make? That would be a tough one. It would probably be hard, especially if all forms of internet usage including email, Skpe and instant messaging were included in the ban.

Work usage of email and selected sites would have to be excluded. Email is one of the primary ways I communicate at work and many of the manuals, forms and databases for work are on-line. More

August

“I’m just a struggling Christian; not a good one like you.”

Originally posted 2 August 2010.

That statement from a conversation I had last month has haunted me. It is the kind of statement that just sticks with you and pops up when least expected. There are many aspects of that statement that get me.

First,  I’m a struggling Christian. Honestly, most Christians are struggling even if they are not willing to admit it.  Contrary to what many think being a Christian does not magically erase all struggle from our lives. It is a process or journey in which one’s faith grows. More

September

Rangers Win AL West

Originally posted 26  September 2010.

Rangers are the 2010 AL West Division Champs.

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October

Rangers win AL Championship!!!!!!

Originally posted 23 October 2010.

2010 AL Champs Texas RangersMore

November

Gifts

Originally posted 28 November 2010.

Friday marked be official opening of the biggest retail season of the year. Stores opened in the wee hours of the morning. Shoppers lined up even earlier to in hopes of getting a great deal on that perfect gift. There are some that get so caught in buying stuff that they even resort to violence.  With all of the events and preparations for the holiday it is easy to get caught up in “stuff” of Christmas and forget true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is about the ultimate gift — God’s gift of eternal life. More

December

Amazing Teen

Originally posted 15 December  2010

This one has been sitting in my drafts folder since October and I just haven’t gotten it written.   I first saw this on the ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer. On October 14Aaron Fortheringham was selected as ABC’s Person of the Week.  Like many teens Aaron is into extreme sports and can often be found at his local skate park. Unlike, other skaters Aaron uses a wheelchair to pull off back-flips. Aaron was born with spina bifida. He got his first wheelchair when he was 3 by the time he was 8 Aaron was using a wheelchair most of the time. Several years ago Aaron’s older brother Brian took him to a local skate park.  A bunch of skaters pushed Aaron to the top and he promptly fell out of his chair. Aaron got back up and tried again. Eventually he was dominating the skate park.  Aaron can even do a back-flip in his wheelchair. One day he would like to design a reasonably priced line of rugged wheelchairs for kids that would all other kids to get out and move.

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My World Tuesday: Hiking at Morningside Nature Center Part 1

The Morningside Nature Center is operated by the city of Gainesville and features several miles of hiking trails.

Recreation of a Timucuan village at the Nature Center.

Be sure to visit the That’s My World! blog.

My World Tuesday: Morningside Living History Farm

The Morningside Living History Farm at  Nature Center brings Florida cracker family living in the mid to late 1800s to life again. On Living History days (Saturdays, September to May) farm visitors can observe daily life in 1870 as costumed staff interpret bygone days through chores and activities. April 24th is the annual Farm and Forest Festival.



Side view of Cracker style house.

Loom

Garden behind the house.

This was an early school for African American children.
I think this is used in boiling sugar cane.


The Big Guy in Shiloh Forge.


Be sure to visit the That’s My World! blog.

My World Tuesday: Lake Wauburg

We have started hiking and exploring local parks. A few weeks ago we went to Lake Wauburg. Lake Wauburg is a recreational facility for University of Florida students as staff.

I really enjoy using the black & white settings on my camera. I like how the lake is peaking through the trees.

Be sure to visit the That’s My World! blog.

My World Tuesday: Cofrin Nature Park

We recently discovered that the city of Gainesville operates 20+ nature parks throughout the city.  Due to the increasing fees for state parks we have decided to check out the city nature parks. These parks are still free and serve as refuge from city life.  Cofrin Nature Park is a former horse farm that has been converted to a wild space refuge for both city dwellers and animals.

The entrance to the hiking trail is near where the riding ring once stood.

Thought the hollowed out tree looked cool.

Another interesting tree
From this angle the Big Guy is really tall.

Be sure to visit the That’s My World! blog.

My World Tuesday: Butterfly Rainforest

One my favorite things in Gainesville, FL is the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History.  These pictures were taken on a visit in December.

In the winter it is too cold for the butterflies to move. During the butterfly release they are placed on the tree.

Be sure to visit the That’s My World! blog.

My World Tuesday: My World of Contrast

The Big Guy and I are from Texas but currently live in Florida. Today I thought I would show the contrast between my two worlds.

Keene-Flint Hall

The world where I grew up is quite different from where I live now.  I now live in a world where things are green year round. Trees are very tall and everywhere.

During the spring and summer it rains most afternoons in Florida.

It is considered a drought if the rainfall is down thirty inches.  During the spring and summer it rains most afternoons in Florida. It is rarely windy unless there is a storm.  Sixty degrees is considered a cold winter day and that is a without a wind chill factor. In five years we haven’t had a summer day reach 100 degrees.

St. Augustine Beach
St. Augustine Beach

In Florida it seems that water is everywhere with the Atlantic on the east, the Gulf on the west and lakes everywhere.

Central Texas in the spring time.
Central Texas in the spring time.

What contrast from where I grew up. Things are green in the spring and then they turn brown.

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Much of  Texas just doesn’t have many trees and those  aren’t very big.Thirty inches of rain would be a good year. Water is often a very precious and scarce commodity.

Wind turbines in west Texas.
Wind turbines in west Texas.

It isn’t windy until the trees touch the ground.  The year we moved to our new world  by mid June we had already had 30 days over 100 degrees.

Be sure to visit the That’s My World! blog.