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.


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


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


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.




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.



WTG Big Guy!!!

Originally posted 29 May 2010

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


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.



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


“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


Rangers Win AL West

Originally posted 26  September 2010.

Rangers are the 2010 AL West Division Champs.



Rangers win AL Championship!!!!!!

Originally posted 23 October 2010.

2010 AL Champs Texas RangersMore



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


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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Random Thoughts

Just as my tagline suggests today’s post  is the result of  a wandering ADHD mind.

  • If the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second, what is the speed of dark?
  • I find it ironic that in stores the smaller sizes are on the top and big the sizes are on the bottom.  Saw a petite lady struggling to reach an extra small size while  a guy the size of a linebacker was bent over looking for his size.
  • Can’t believe that some chic left her car running, door open and purse in front seat of her car at the front of the mall. Wonder if the car was there when she got back.
  • Amazed that by cutting out junk food for 5 days I lost 3 pounds this week. Also, drank water most of the time.
  • Is amused that a guy called the local police to report that a neighbor had stolen his pot. Yes, that’s right! He reported the theft of marijuana.

Song of the Day: Jesus Muzik featuring Lecrae, Trip Lee and Tedashii

In The News Today ….

news.jpgInteresting tibits I have found in the news today.

Florida Primaries

If you live in Florida head then it is time for you to the polls and vote for the presidential candidate of your choice. Sunday the New York Times published an interesting Op-Ed by Caroline Kennedy comparing Obama with her father. Essentially it is an endorsement for Obama.

Snow Storm Cripples China

I heard on Good Morning America (GMA) this morning that China has been hit by a massive snow storm. Hundreds of people were stranded at a train station. That sure isn’t the place I would want to be stuck in a snow storm but it is slightly better than being trapped in your car somewhere. Found this on CNN article about the snow storm

Wacky Whale Brains

A recent study of whales revealed that only half of their brain sleeps at a time. Whales remain in constant motion even while asleep. While sleeping they perform drift dives and the two sides of the brain alternating sleeping. You can read the story here. Being able to function while half of the brain is sleeping would explains some students I have had.

Word of the Day

From Dictionary.com sylvan: pertaining to woods or forests.

What to do when your computer is arrested

PC Magazine has an interesting article about the effects of cyber-crime on business. Businesses are liable if an employee uses a company computer to view/download child pornography or other criminal activities. Working as an IT tech I was always amazed at what people would do at work or to a company computer.

He said What?

Paul McGuinness, U2’s manager, blames the entire technology specter for the problems the recording industry is currently facing. According to McGuinness, all successful tech companies have made a fortune by stealing content from the recording industry. He believes all tech companies should pay royalties to the recording industry. So if Dell makes computer with CD drives then they owe a royalty to U2 and other bands because Dell’s computers are used to play music. It think McGuinness has had one to many pints of Guinness. You can read the article here.

In the News

news.jpgToday’s blog consists of some items I found interesting. A recent study by Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that there are brain differences between those prone to migraines and those who are not. Apparently, part of the cortex is thicker in those who are prone to migraines. This was a small study limited to 24 people who get migraines and 12 who do not. However, researchers seem hopeful that this and other current studies will lead to improved treatment for migraines. Personally, I hope they can find better treatments for migraines. To read the full-story …

A team of engineers at the University of Washington is developing a voice controlled joystick. They have developed a software program that controls joysticks or buttons by sound. This program has the potential to greatly improve the lives of the disabled. It is cool to see researchers using technology to improve the lives of the disabled. Personally, computers and other technology have improved my life. After, all I was the kid who wasn’t supposed to read & I can still barely write legibly. Oh, yeah and lets not forget about my poor spelling. No matter how many times my teachers tortured me with missing recess to practice my handwriting or write all of the words I missed on the weekly spelling test 10 times each I really didn’t improve. In fact it was such trivial and useless tactics that made me hate writing. The entire process of getting my ideas down on paper was just way too painful. That was until I got a computer. For me the computer is a great equalizer, I may barely be able to write my name legibly but I can do just about anything on the computer. Oh, don’t forget to check out the article.

According to a recent study through the University of Southern California it is beneficial to treat one’s kids and parents well. The study lasted 15 years and studied a group of 237 mothers and their children. At the beginning of the study the mothers were in their 50s and had living parents and young-adult children. The women who reported receiving the most emotional support and help from their own children provided similar care to their parents. They had also developed strong emotional bonds with their children. I am reminded of two biblical principles: honoring your parents and loving others as yourself. Ephesians 6:1-3 states that honoring ones parents is the first commandment that contains a promise, the promise is to enjoy a long life. Want to read the article?

A recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts found a link between declining test scores and a decline in reading. Simply put readers did better on standardized tests than non-readers. My first thought was well, of course. Reading comprehension is an important part of all standardized tests, especially subject tests like science and social studies. Reading is a skill and like any skill it must be practiced. The best way to improve reading ability is by reading. I once taught in a school for children with reading problems. New parents were impressed that 90 minutes each morning was dedicated to reading. Well, that sounded good on paper but the director was quick to jump on the band wagon for miracle cure programs. The students spent 15 minutes of that time doing bean bag exercises in the library and then they walked to the computer lab for 15 minutes on a computer program. Then they returned to their classrooms for 15 minutes of timed reading tests & flash cards. Subtract another 10-15 minutes for transition time. I was left with about 30 minutes of instruction time. I was assigned students reading on 8 different instructional levels ranging from non-readers to about a 4th grade reading level. I had very little time for actual reading. When I asked wouldn’t it be better if we just read with the students more I was belittled for suggesting something so simple and that severely dyslexic students couldn’t learn to read until their motor skills improved. The key to this seemed to be neat handwriting and yes my non-reader had the neatest handwriting in the group. Gee, my handwriting is atrocious, I am dyslexic, I never participated in such programs and I have been reading on a post-secondary level since 5th grade. How you might ask? Well, my mom cornered me on the red sofa every night and forced me to read. Simple but it worked. Link to the article.

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