Friday, September 30, 2005

this morning...........brrrrr.....

quick....shut the windows, turn off the ceiling fan, get those widow unit air conditioners in the basement...going outside? grab a jacket would ya!

Fall is here....welcome

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Life in NJ Chapter 53

Today my Black Finned tropical fish died....his name was Sharky and he looked nothing like the shark in the pic but he sometimes would think like the shark in the pic.
I am not sure how my wife disposed of him....I hope she flushed him...I used to think that fish would somehow come back to life when you flushed them because when they would swirl down the toliet thay would look like they were swimming.

Work has been slightly more intense then of my managers has pink eye and I am working her store this week. We did have an employee go is a pretty long story but to make it short..."everybody's a great person till you work with them". But as for this kid, I am not sure he is a nice person even when I am not working with him.

The IRS did not refund my large tax refund cause they were going to audit me and said I would hear from them in Sept....well Sept is almost up and I will have to look their # up again and ask them if they are going to give me interest on my money....I don't make enough to be audited!!
I started one thing on my Oct "To Do List" so I am ahead of the game.
I have also added 3-4 things .
Enjoy the is beautiful hear in fall weather all week....we almost turned the fan off the other nite 'cause it was so cool!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tuesday September 27, 2005

another day in the books.
each hour as precious as the last.
living life to live life.
brite sunshine.
cool air.

Today- A good friend will be operated on, minor operation but I know she is worried. Pray for her--Robin is her name.

Yesterday- A woman named Joyce who works upstairs in my building was crossing 4th & Market Streets to get a cup of coffee....a white van ran her completely over and killed her.

Tomorrow- __________

Sunday, September 25, 2005

October is coming, October is coming!

Hurry and get ready October 2005 is almost here! Are you ready for it? What do you plan to do for it? It will be here in just five days!
I am thinking of all kinds of things to do:
Take a fall foliage trip
Go to the Camp Booster dinner
Hit live music somewhere (Switchfoot 10/30)
Work on completing my hallway (it's now in print maybe it will get done)
Rework the entire fishtank
Work on Shangri-La before winter hits
Play the guitar every day...suddenly bar chords seem achievable
Buy and install new stove which will require running a gas line
Install a dishwasher
Install a new HD in my computer as well as a new CD Rom
Get a new ipod...Either a Nano, 40 gig or 60 this time Nano is leading the way (my ipod is being returned on it;s 2 year Cicuit City warranty and they will refund me my full purchase price and I can go buy another.
Go to Hawk Mountain and bird with Bill and Chet somewhere around the 9th
Finish work on the mentoring program
Plan the holiday program
Get the Low Ropes/CMAA Blog up n running
ok now I am tired and going to bed.
G'Nite-Love Tate

Saturday, September 24, 2005


sleep is an amazing thing...i love sleep but I also wish i could always be awake. but when you get a good sleep....there is nothing like it. it is the best.
incidently i wrote this when i was awake.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Lovely Rita

So it wasn't to long ago that if a hurricane was coming people did not evacuate. They rode the storm out and that was fairly typical of most hurricanes. Now we have a mass exodus in TX & LA. Why??? Cause Katrina was tangible and we all saw the damage/destruction that it caused....therefore the mass exodus. How come @ a funeral no matter how that person led their life....people feel the need to acknowledge that that person,who lies their dead, is going to heaven. It is not my decision whether they go to heaven or not, that is God's. He will judge us all.

When He does.... will you be ready or will everyone say "your in a better place now" because that's the PC thing to do?
We don't see the signs like they did in the old testament and per the hurricane example we can see that when things are tangible we understand them.
Given all of this...I promise you, as one man to another, if you read the Bible, if you pray and you surround yourself with others that do the same- seeking God....He, the great I AM, will become tangible. Imagine that....knowing God, one on one.

( for further insight on this subject matter and to see why I titled it Lovely Rita see my Katrina & The Waves post back a few weeks)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The 1st day of Autumn has arrived!

Today is the autumnal equinox, the first day of fall. What that means is that at 3:22 p.m., night and day will be precisely equal, each exactly 12 hours long. Flagpoles, people, and buildings on the equator will not cast a shadow.

This post is dedicated to my sister Paige who misses Philly cheesesteaks and other fine foods from the Southern New Jersey gourmet pantry. She deserves congratulations on her tennis victory!! My newest employee had turned the breaker on that controlled my baseboard heater yesterday...maintenance fixed it. To you folks South of the Border....move already!! How do you deal with that heat and not be on a Carribbean Island is beyond me.
On a somber note....from K-R, Rita is here. Pray, pray, pray and when your done praying....pray some more. He always listens.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Good Day Sunshine!!!

Let's start the day.....go and rock it!
Make it happen....
Believe in someone...
Smile @ strangers...
Give someone something when they least expect it....
Show the world love because in the long run that's all you have to give.

That being said if I see a maintenance worker today.....the heat is on in my office, in my building: WHY IN THE WORLD THE HEAT WOULD BE ON WHEN THE TEMPERATURE IS 75 DEGREES IS BEYOND ME....

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Moon

The moon is full right now and it is beautiful...stop and look.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

today's question

If you could name a street...what would you name it?

2nd post-Survivor soon to be outcasts

Look for Lydia, Jim or Brian to be gone by tomorrow morning.


with the morning came pure joy. not because of the sunshine or the hot coffee and crumb cake that awaited him...but for the fact that he was blessed to have another day to die to himself and let Jesus work thru him. there is no greater joy then to know Him.

Guitar Nite is hereby cancelled in lieu of Survivor's Guatamela episode that premieres tonight.
We will be having a MAJOR hot pepper fest with plenty of pizza. Everyone is invited. I think we will even sing Happy Birthday to the tot.
Kristen, James, Jeremy, Chopper 1, Rell and so on....everyone come on up to NJ; 505 Harrison Avenue, Collingswood. See you tonight.

Incidently I will be playing Fantasy Survivor just like y'all play fantasy football. On a quick glance I am going with Judd from NJ to end strong....let's say final 6.
Anyone named Judd from NJ....will finish strong.

Also if anyone has ever done any fall foliage trips me and the beautiful one will take any info you can give us.
Now go out there and LIVE LIFE!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The photo of the Praying Mantis is from my veggie garden last year and the giant tomato(e) worm is from Camp Manatawny a year or two ago. The tomato(e) worm is as big as your was huge!

Campers....thanks for hangin' out with me over the past few days...I have been in a spirtitual lull. I am finally coming out of it. Sometimes I take life to fast and to hardcore and I need my downtime.
I enjoy my blog time wit y'all and it helps make my day!
Let me be the first to pubicly start the celebration for the tot's 1st b-day. Happy B-day tot ( i know i am a day early)
Adam....I miss you already...I haven't seen you since ok?
Flick...dude! Take the Aldi's need a change (end of conversation).
To the most beautiful woman in the world...I love you.
And to my are the sunshine of my life
and to all the people everywhere....I love you Jesus loved me.

Monday, September 12, 2005


These things are very friendly and they bite. I have been itching so bad from chigger bites. IF one should try to talk with you not answer them. The resulting "bite" is in my opinion equal to a greenhead bite.

So here's this afternoons question....please....your favorite insect and your not so favorite insect. I will publish actual photos ( from my private collection) of my two faves tomorrow....till then--PEACE, LOVE & JIMI HENDRIX!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

The weekend ends

It was quite a busy weekend. I did my usual stint with my dad's race, the Pine Barrens Triatholon . This race is a lot of work for me. It went well.

Tomorrow nite is a CMAA meeting. It should be a VERY GOOD mtg. I am looking forward to it.

I cant' wait for the work week to start so it can end. I have a lot to accomplish this week. I have to finalize my preaching for Sunday as well as take care of some other things.
I was thinking tonite...this has been the best summer....thanks to all of you who made it so...YOU ARE ALL AWESOME. Please let Jesus work thru you this week.
See you all soon,

PS Survivor starts soon anyone know the date?

Friday, September 09, 2005

Planting and Harvesting

Well...this is the fruits from my 1st true harvest this has taken a long time for the plants to bear their fruit. Last nite, I picked my peppers (four varieties) and fried them up for the pizza...we had a house-full last nite and the peppers went like mad and they were nice-n-hot.
I really wish I would have planted them basil is overcrowding the peppers.

All in all is another stupendous day.....the last week or so has brought with it some of the best weather of the year....All of our lights here in Collingswood have been shining sooo bright that now we will have a different kind of harvest. I do not think that there is a better feeling then to know that someone you know and love has chosen to live a life of Christ and will stand committed to that.
It's a glorious day.....go live it.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Today's Question--

Which person in the picture is the Christian?
I don't know either....could be all of them, one of them or none of them. But if you were in the picture how would I know if you were a Christian or not....hmmmmm maybe by that beautiful smile on your face that God made in His own image or by the fact that you are actually talking to strangers.....would that clue me in? The deal is bright is your Christian light...can it be seen in a crowd? How would anyone know what you believe....what can you do to uncover that light of Christ and let it be seen in all things that you do.....even riding an escalator.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Gilligan is ez "little buddy". This show was a staple of my life back in the 60's-70's. I just wanted them to succeed!! They were always so close. Gilligan was honest and always gave his best effort.

the good 'ole days

used to be people would say...."what are you going to have written on your tombstone"

Just think of the horror movie possibilities....hmmm

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

1st Concerts for 1,000, Alex...

Who is Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the J. Geils Band.
That's my 1st show; all for 14.50 (including ticketmaster charges) on June 11th, 1976. Skynyrd was awesome! The show was held @ JFK stadium for 110,000 people...( I later saw U2 on the Joshua Tree tour there). It was quite an experience for a 13 year old sans parents.
The JFK Stadium was also the site for Live Aid and was the home for many a Army/Navy game before being imploded and replaced with the current Wachovia Center, home of the former world champion Sixers and Flyers. The albums depicted above represent the albums I bought prior to going to the show to become familiar with the bands...they were both double-live albums.
So....what was your 1st show?

Monday, September 05, 2005

Words of Wisdom- THE NARROW PATH

The road less traveled.
The narrow path.

Whatever you call it, it should be how you live your life. Do not look to others for answers but look to His word for not only the truth but for a guide of how to grow yourself. His word is the path for all of us...however few take this path. It is a narrow path...follow it and many things will happen including but not limited too:
1. Eternal life with our creator
2. Joy & happiness in ALL situations
3. Peace, Love & Understanding

Imagine stop and TRULY IMAGINE IT...think about it...happiness/joy...
stop disbelieving and doubting and seek Him with all your heart...did Jesus love? He sure you want to know that love? Then give him that love, that obedience and then and only then will you experience it. Imagine His love so great for YOU that He gave His life. Imagine if you sought Him with the passion that He has for you. If you can imagine that then you can not only know His love but live it and when you are living it you will experience joy, pure joy,
PURE HAPPINESS and all things will be for His glory all because of His love for you and your love for Him, that's all...
simple obedience to Him grants you more then you can ever even begin to imagine!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Question of the moment (don't blink)

What was the first full album you ever purchased and what format was it in?

I had just bought my first ever stereo and with it I bought Steve Miller Band's Fly Like an Eagle....on 8-track....yes on 8-track. I can still sing it all word for word.
Purchase is the keyword here....using your own $$