Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The other thing I have been doing - since I have my evenings to myself for the next two weeks - I have been playing SimCity 4 on my PC. I love playing it and building cities and towns. I have even named them because they have this really cool tool that you can use to show the name of the city, street, or section of town from an aerial view. You can also make volcano's, lightning, and tornadoes reek havoc on your cities. There is also a disaster mode for Aliens and Robots. Gee - do I sound like a total nerd or what? That was rhetorical of course.
What is with all the earth quakes? There was one off the coast of Taiwan, one in the Philippines, and in Iceland. If you go to MSN.com, you can see the fissures blowing steam and boiling mud in Iceland. My husband loves all the doomsday shows that they show on the History channel, Learning Channel, etc. and he tells me that this is the start of the end for us. The shows he has watched say that according to the Aztec calendar that it will all be over in December 2012. The Aztec also supposedly predicted several famous events in history thousands of years before they happened. I personally don't worry about that stuff because I am a Christian and Jesus said more than once in the Bible that not even he knows when the last days are coming, only GOD knows. That is okay with me, as long as when I leave this earth..... I go in the right direction!!!!!
One of my favorite poems by my favorite General!
THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY by Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
Through the travail of the ages, Midst the pomp and toil of war, Have I fought and strove and perished Countless times upon this star.
In the form of many people In all panoplies of time Have I seen the luring vision Of the Victory Maid, sublime.
I have battled for fresh mammoth, I have warred for pastures new, I have listed to the whispers When the race trek instinct grew.
I have known the call to battle In each changeless changing shape From the high souled voice of conscience To the beastly lust for rape.
I have sinned and I have suffered, Played the hero and the knave; Fought for belly, shame, or country, And for each have found a grave.
I cannot name my battles For the visions are not clear, Yet, I see the twisted faces And I feel the rending spear.
Perhaps I stabbed our Savior In His sacred helpless side. Yet, I've called His name in blessing When after times I died.
In the dimness of the shadows Where we hairy heathens warred, I can taste in thought the lifeblood; We used teeth before the sword.
While in later clearer vision I can sense the coppery sweat, Feel the pikes grow wet and slippery When our Phalanx, Cyrus met.
Hear the rattle of the harness Where the Persian darts bounced clear, See their chariots wheel in panic From the Hoplite's leveled spear.
See the goal grow monthly longer, Reaching for the walls of Tyre. Hear the crash of tons of granite, Smell the quenchless eastern fire.
Still more clearly as a Roman, Can I see the Legion close, As our third rank moved in forward And the short sword found our foes.
Once again I feel the anguish Of that blistering treeless plain When the Parthian showered death bolts, And our discipline was in vain.
I remember all the suffering Of those arrows in my neck. Yet, I stabbed a grinning savage As I died upon my back.
Once again I smell the heat sparks When my Flemish plate gave way And the lance ripped through my entrails As on Crecy's field I lay.
In the windless, blinding stillness Of the glittering tropic sea I can see the bubbles rising Where we set the captives free.
Midst the spume of half a tempest I have heard the bulwarks go When the crashing, point blank round shot Sent destruction to our foe.
I have fought with gun and cutlass On the red and slippery deck With all Hell aflame within me And a rope around my neck.
And still later as a General Have I galloped with Murat When we laughed at death and numbers Trusting in the Emperor's Star.
Till at last our star faded, And we shouted to our doom Where the sunken road of Ohein Closed us in it's quivering gloom.
So but now with Tanks a'clatter Have I waddled on the foe Belching death at twenty paces, By the star shell's ghastly glow.
So as through a glass, and darkly The age long strife I see Where I fought in many guises, Many names, but always me.
And I see not in my blindness What the objects were I wrought, But as God rules o'er our bickerings It was through His will I fought.
So forever in the future, Shall I battle as of yore, Dying to be born a fighter, But to die again, once more.