Freedom comes with a price – Marietta National Cemetery

Last Sunday I was driving through Marietta  and realized I had never gone to the Marietta National Cemetery located at 500 Washington Ave NE, Marietta, GA 30060. You enter the cemetery through a large archway made of stone. A overwhelming feeling hits you immediately from the view of the 10,000+ graves. Seeing the thousands of tombstones brings to mind that so many gave their lives for freedom.

Freedom comes with a price.




Cheatham Hill/Dead Angle/Illinois Monument

This is a park that I pass everyday to work. Us locals kind of get used to,all the Civil War parks and battlefields here. I have to admit I forget the sacrifice both sides made and the lives that were lost. This battlefield is located in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. This is the most fierce battlefield in the Kennesaw line. It is better if you read it yourself to fathom the loss. I will say, calling a ceasefire for a few hours to bury the dead and care for wounded THEN start back shooting done, has to be the most unbearable feeling. Not to deminish friends and family in current tours of duty or have served but, the means they had to fight with back then is no match for present gear and worse conditions. There are no words I can think of about running out of ammo then resulting to bayonets and rifle butts. Remember the soilders at this battlefield and honor the dead.


Cruisin’ the Streets of Downtown Hotlanta

For a change I was in the navigator seat for this photo cruise. Had lots of fun. I was able to get shots that I normally wouldn’t get because I’m driving and trying not to wreck in to anyone. These photos were taken from the roof of my buddy’s Jetta via the sunroof. We drove around the blocks near Peachtree Street and West Peachtree found some nice spots to take some photos. Also drove by Olympic  Centenial Park in downtown Atlanta. The area has been changed over the years to be a safe place to enjoy. During the holidays there are loads of activities for the family. From Christmas decorations that fill the area to ice skating and rides for the kiddies, you will find entertainment for everyone. One cool thing is the Ferris Wheel of course. It has a long line but worth the wait. We also drove by the historic Fox Theatre in Downtown Atlanta. If you get a chance try to get tickets to an event there. You will not be disappointed with the visit. I do have vidoes of the excursion downtown , stay tuned for the next post for those.

Exit Ramps towards Worship: Sunrise at my back before church

This last weekend jaunt was not my usual weekend frolic in the sun with my Beetle. I drove to a church traveling west on I-20 with the sunrise at my back. A sunrise versus a sunset has more significance to me. It is more than just a beautiful display of colors. It’s a new day, a new beginning given to us, a daily reminder from God, through my faith in Him, it is a chance to reboot and star over. Let me explain.

My last year, like all of yours, has been a rollercoaster of emotions. For me, my life changed so much I stopped going to church. For many that know me I went through a divorce. God convicted me of my part I played in our situation that led to it. That alone had me dealing with emotions I have never felt. To add to the pain, many longtime Christian friends turned on me and were praying for my salvation. The idea of salvation is a core belief to a believer. Once saved, always saved is an integral belief and they know this.  SO, that idea too had me reeling, did I lose my salvation? Some would say that’s not a big deal, shrug it off and forget about it all and move on. From my perspective, my life was in a downward spiral, going down a road of guilt, depression and misery from which there was no return. By not staying faithful in my worship I had turned on a side road and abandoning my beliefs. As a believer God commands we need to make a 180 degree turn from our ways that separate us from Him and I was not.

I purposely write this post’s 2nd paragraph with a certain tone. Not to vent or point fingers at anyone close to me. Nor do I blame or have any hostility towards my friends or family members. My intention is to use examples of emotions to paint a picture of the pain we all can experience in life. I wanted to show how bleak it may seem at times in our lives by not reconciling ourselves with Christ.

God is gracious. When He sees us on that road to nowhere, He orchestrates an off ramp to make this 180 turn towards Him. In the Veggietales movie “Jonah” there is a song, Go is a God of Second Chances. Of course it goes with out saying Romans 8:38-39 states this quite simple, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This verse does not mention “a second chance” but it lets you know nothing you can do or will experience can separate us from Him. SO, when we are met with pain, misery or guilt from our actions, He is a God of second chances. I can keep going on  like some of these evangelist seminar pastors and give you warm fuzzy feelings, I’m not like that. I will let God’s Word and Veggietales dothe talking.

James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Utilize our new sunrse as a new beginnng God has given us. Use God’s exit ramp and turn around to a new life.

Excerpt from God is a God of Scond Chances

Praise the Lord, He’s the God of second chances

You’ll be floored how His love, your life enhances
You can be restored from your darkest circumstances
Our God is a God of second chances!

Ain’t it good to know a God who gives a second chance?
Why, that’s enough to get a smile from Mr. Grumpy-Pants
So, if you say you’re sorry for all the stuff you do
We know that He’ll be ready with a second chance for you

OH…there are pictures too.

Roadtrip with Elsa / Panama City Beach Part 8?!?!: Pictures of waves

Never did think it would take this long to download, edit and post all my pics from this trip…but I finally did. Two weekends ago I made this trip. Work and sleep have been getting in the way, weird how that works.  I have just four pictures of the waves. I use the term “waves” loosely because the gulf was very calm, almost like a lake. The way I took the pictures was mount my GoPro on the selfie stick, hold it upside down on the top of my foot and catch the water coming in. I rested the camera on my foot because the sand would wash away and needed something solid to brace on. One cool feature of the GoPro Hero4, and all others I’m sure, is when editing your vidoes you can screen capture a frame. SO, all of these were screen captures. Magicians are not supposed to reveal their secrets, but if you like taking pictures it is easy to do with these little cameras.

See you next time on my next trip…

Roadtrip with Elsa / Panama City Beach Part 7: FINALLY AT THE BEACH!!!

Enough cruising pictures, right? On with the sand, water, sunrises and sunsets and the occasional over weight man wearing a “marble bag” swim suit. (no explanation, you figure it out). Any hoo, I caught some video of the fishies and some sunset shots before going back to my non-smoking-smoke smelling room. I didn’t want to pay a lot for a room so like a dolt I went back inland to a hotel not in Panama City Beach. Never do that again. One great spot in the Beach City of Panama is the Pier Park area. Everything is there that your beach comber heart can desire: Food, entertainment, bar and grills and a movie theatre. During the day of course there are the proverbial T-shirt shops where you can get a multi-colored air brushed shirt with your high school sweetheart’s name on it then breakup with her by Christmas Break. One shop I always like to frequent is Ron Jon Surf Shop. I don’t surf, but I would like a surfboard hanging in my room, it looks cool that’s why!

Roadtrip with Elsa / Panama City Beach Part 6: More cruising’ down around.

Can’t really say much more about this post. It’s just like the last one, more video clips of me going down to Panama City. I stopped off at a small graveyard and I took some pictures. Then Elsa wanted to take off her Sunday shoes and wear flip-flops. I put some clips of that in the video too.


Roadtrip with Elsa / Panama City Beach Part 5: Cruisin’ down the highway!!

The drive down is a nice peaceful cruise. All the farmland is really cool to see with the different crops and produce growing. Only thing is with the crops come the bugs. Depending on the time of the year the bugs smashing on your windshield sound like heavy repaindrops, quite nasty really. Which reminds me of a joke, what is the last thing that goes through a bugs mind before he is smashed on a windshield…his butt. Anyway…Cotton is the one crop I have seen the most, so not as many bugs as produce draws thank goodness. Of course small towns are sometimes a nuisance with the speed traps but you can blast up to ludicrous speed once out of the city limits. All in all a great drive in the country.