Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wal Mart

I got this today and thought I would share:

AFA Pass Along Sheet

Make Copies of this sheet and pass along to your family and friends.
Wal-Mart asks for, and receives, permission to join homosexual marriage group

Wal-Mart comes out of the closet



Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world, has asked for and received permission to join the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The NGLCC is a leading promoter of homosexual marriage.



Although Wal-Mart has never excluded homosexuals from being employees, customers, or suppliers, the company wanted to be more closely identified with promoting the homosexual agenda. Wal-Mart is now a “corporate member” of the NGLCC, putting their approval on the NGLCC’s efforts to abolish the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A Wal-Mart vice president will serve as an advisor to the NGLCC, helping them promote homosexual marriage.



Wal-Mart agreed to give $25,000 to the NGLCC and to pay for two conferences scheduled by NGLCC. Also, Wal-Mart will give homosexual-owned businesses special treatment when making purchases. Companies not owned by homosexuals will be moved down the list.



NGLCC called Wal-Mart’s action "part of the company's ongoing commitment to advancing diversity (homosexuality) among all of its associate, supplier and customer bases."



Wal-Mart is offering the same kind of support for homosexual marriage which Ford Motor Company has been giving to homosexual groups for years.



TAKE ACTION



1. To make sure your voice is heard, please call Wal-Mart's home office headquarters and ask for Chairman Rob Walton at 479-273-4000. Also, call your local Wal-Mart manager and express your concerns. Please, be polite when you call!

2. Send an email to Wal-Mart Chairman Rob Walton by visiting www.afa.net.



3. Print out and distribute this Pass Along Sheet.








.American Family Association – Tupelo, MS 38803

www.afa.net

Monday, August 28, 2006

Changing the Words of History

I received this today and wanted to share it:



SHALL WE HIRE A MONUMENT ENGRAVER TO GO TO ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY AND ADD THE MISSING WORDS ?

A MESSAGE FROM AN APPALLED OBSERVER:

Today I went to visit the new World War II Memorial in Washington , DC . I got an unexpected history lesson. Because I'm a baby boomer, I was one of the youngest in the crowd. Most were the age of my parents, veterans of "the

greatest war," with their families. It was a beautiful day, and people were smiling and happy to be there. Hundreds of us milled around the memorial, reading the inspiring words of Eisenhower and Truman that are engraved there.

On the Pacific side of the memorial, a group of us gathered to read the words President Roosevelt used to announce the attack on Pearl Harbor:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941-- a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked.

One elderly woman read the words aloud:
With confidence! in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.

But as she read, she suddenly turned angry. "Wait a minute," she said, "they left out the end of the quote. They left out the most important part. Roosevelt ended the message

with "so help us God.'" Her husband said, "You are probably right. We're not supposed to say things like that now."

"I know I'm right," she insisted. "I remember the speech." The two looked
dismayed, shook their heads sadly and walked away.

Listening to their conversation, I thought to myself, "Well, it has been over 50 years. She's probably forgotten." But she had not forgotten. She was right.

I went home and pulled out the book my book club is reading --- "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley. It's all about the battle at Iwo Jima . I haven't gotten too far in the book.

It's tough to read because it's a graphic description of the WWII battles in the Pacific.

But, right there it was on page 58. Roosevelt 's speech to the nation ends in "so help us God."

The people who edited out that part of the speech when they engraved it on the memorial could have fooled me. I was born after the war. But they couldn't fool the people who were there. Roosevelt 's words are engraved in their hearts.

Now I ask:



WHO GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE WORDS OF HISTORY??

People need to know before everyone forgets. People today are trying to change the history of America by leaving God out of it, but the truth is, God has been a part of this nation, since the beginning. He still wants to be... and He always will be!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I See...........Oh my word!!!

Yes, there was another one of "those" incidents today. Except this guy for SURE wasn't wearing roaches........or anything else for that matter. Yeppers. He shows up at our clinic, stands at the front door, strips down naked and runs across the parking lot to the holding pond where he is "Robin Hood living in the forest".

This time someone else called the law and the officers ended up using the taser on him and Baker Acted him and I don't know what else......."he's another one who refuses to take his meds".

I'm just amazed. One county, just one county over. I live in one county and work in another and you would think I worked in a foreign country. I just don't understand. I'm like, where do these people go??? Where do they live???? WHY DO THEY COME TO THIS CLINIC????? It was the same physician as the Roach Man and I said, Do you see any normal people???? Or maybe I should ask, do any of your patients take their meds????

It's not that I haven't been around the mentally ill or that I don't have sympathy but I am not use to seeing them run around in public unattended as they seem to do in that county that I work. I don't understand. Is there no place for these poor people???? If they are unable to realize they need medication to function in society then shouldn't someone make that decision for them??? Either that or place them in a location so that society is safe. You can not tell me it is better for them to be tasered and toted off in the back of a police car. And you certainly can not tell me that he should be ignored.

When do the rights of the individual outweigh the welfare of the majority????

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Baby David

Today was a very special day for myself and my family. This morning my family and I went to visit another church family (where I once attended for many years) because it is where my brother and his family now attend. Today, we had a baby dedication service. My brother's oldest son, now has a son who was born very premature and weighed in at 1 pound. Baby David had the odds completely against him but that did not matter because God was completely for him. So today, we came together as a family to celebrate his dedication service at a grand weight of 10 pounds now. They had put together the most moving clip of before his birth, the birth and the days that followed, right up to today. How awesome.

I held Baby David and just marveled. What a miracle. What a testimony. It's just so awesome.

And I could not help but remember all the babies who weighed his weight at birth when they were aborted. If only those mothers could grasp the reality....Baby David is that reality. I whispered a prayer over Baby David as I held him, under my breathe, Baby David, hon you live for all those who could not. Who were not allowed to.

We all went out to eat together afterwards and it was just the grandest of days. So much joy. Baby David slept and we all rejoiced.

Thank you Lord!!!!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

New Site

I have successfully created a new blog site (listen folks, you have no idea what an accomplishment that is for me LOL). hope found it but clicking on something here that told her I had another site. I don't know.

At any rate, it's just for fun. I love a lot of the reality TV shows and it's fun to talk to others about the shows as they are going on. So this is a site for that and just to have some fun.

Trying to figure out who is going to do what and why, etc.

So this is an open invitation to anyone who enjoys that kind of thing. Otherwise it will be a completely boring site.

We all NEED to laugh and have fun and do so more than we stress or worry.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

KGB Alive and Well

As y'all know,I have been recovering from stone crusher procedure (I had a large, the size of a small marble I am told, kidney stone) They found it a year ago but at that time I was told just leave it alone. Well, a year later, I am told it has doubled in size and needs to go. I'm thinking okay, what the hay, let's do it. Had one done a few years back, no biggie. The size of the stone makes a difference people. Wish someone had explained that to me. So all week long I have been passing stones. Anyone who has experienced this knows what I am talking about. This has been an ongoing process since the procedure. Passing stones about every 4 hours or so every day. I have been and am miserable. So everyone pat me on the back and feel sorry for me.......thank you very much.

Now the REAL reason for my posting today. I find out (I have been off work, although I did go in for a few hours this morning) about something that has REALLY disturbed me not only as for my job but as a citizen. I work in a very, very poor county. All I hear about is how poor this county is. All I hear about is how in NEED this county is of medical healthcare. I mean I was "volunteered" to be a Board Member of a Health Council Committee for this county and I have heard about all the desperate needs for medical healthcare of this county. And it's true, I'm not denying that. So now you tell me how much sense the following makes to you. If you can explain it to me, go for it.

While I am off sick, (of course if something is going to happen, it will be when I'm off sick wouldn't you know) a man shows up and starts bullying my staff saying he's from some agency and he's there for an inspection. None of my staff know who the heck he is or what he is talking about so they ask him to please wait for them to call management. They politely (witnesses verify this) explained that I was off sick and they needed to talk to someone in management to know what to do. Well, he just got mad and blew his top........HOW DARE THEY QUESTION HIM!!! Meanwhile, my Front Office Supervisor calls me at home and I'm kinda looney on pain pills but trying to make sense of it all......I didn't have any audits on my schedule, couldn't figure out who or what she was talking about.......so I tell her to tell him/them to please hold on until we call corp. I call corp and find out it's ACHA and it's a surprise inspection, etc. For those who do not know, they are the people who can close us down in about one second. So my staff, once told, is as co-operative as they can be. Never were they rude at any point. Now also let me explain, the clinic is a mess right now because we are painting and renovating. I am trying to make this clinic nice, just because we work in a poverty county does not mean we have to LOOK like it. Our patients deserve a nice place to come to and I'm working to make it that. Plus my staff deserves a nice place to work. I'm making the most of what we have to accomplish that.

Well, from what I understand this man was not only rude but a bully. He of course wrote us up BIG time for things I am not sure about because I have not received the report but my boss says it's nothing we can't fix, that it read more like somebody who was mad because my staff didn't kiss his feet. He threw his threats around and was just a bully. Now my boss says he wished I had been there because he thinks I could have "handled him with my southern charm"......LOL.......yeah right......it would have been more me loosing my temper because he was rude to my staff.

All this running my mouth to say this, where is he getting off???? This county is understaffed and BEGGING to get healthcare providers in this area and he comes in and threatens to close us up for what?????????? Because we didn't show him the respect he felt he deserved???? These providers could take another year or two in some specialty field and earn probably twice what they are earning now. The very least they could go somewhere more pleasant to work. They work here because they want to help those in need of help. These are good guys......the staff is good guys. We are audited more than any place I know because we accept all the government programs for the poor including those who have no coverage at all.....I mean our every move is watched and documented and questioned again and again....we HAVE to stay on our p's and q's at all times. Because we are owned by a hospital, we HAVE to follow ALL the rules that hospitals have to. So for this guy to come in and treat my staff like they are dirt or criminals or in any way badly is just uncall for. When I found out what all happened, I was livid. How dare he!!!!

I told my boss that if that man's true concern had been the patients, then he would have commendated my staff for not allowing someone they did not have a clear understanding of who he was or what right he had to come in and look at patient's records, etc. I asked if the guy's last name was McKinny. Please explain to me where the sense is in all that???? A county that is begging for help and then our government comes in and only makes it as hard and as impossible as they can for the ones who are working here and covering the shortage as best they can. This kind of thing happens every day. The public has no idea. It's a wonder there is any college students willing to go into medicine today. The students come in and only see a small bit of it because if they saw the whole thing, they would not. We are loosing excellent providers on a daily basis because they are fed up with it all. You have people who do not have a clue about medical care telling the professionals what they can or can not do. You have people who do not have a clue coming into medical facilities "inspecting" them and doing their best to intimidate all those who are working so hard to give medical care to those in need. I was told this guy who came by to inspect was a retired law enforcer who now does this for a living. EXCUSEEEEEEEEEE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

If anyone can explain the sense in any of that, please try to make me understand because for the life of me I can not.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Close Call

Someone sent this to me today and oh my word how I can relate. In my case it is work. How often I find myself loosing my patience at work!! But it could be anywhere such as in the line at a grocery store? It can come home to roost if you allow your temper to get the best of you.

Once again, there is no such thing as an unimportant act or word, because we touch people every second of the day.......will it be a good touch or bad?


MountainWings A MountainWings Moment
#6227 Wings Over The Mountains of Life
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Close Call
==========

My job is in patio home sales, and quite often I encounter some
unpleasant people. Usually I can contain my contempt and put on
a happy face. Other times it can be more difficult to be civil
in the face of nastiness and outright rudeness.

I find that if someone comes into the beautiful model that I
show and they start picking it apart with disparaging comments,
I have a tendency to shut down. I take any offensive comment
about our lovely homes personally and start judging the customer
for having a foul attitude.

This past summer I dealt with a lady who recently lost her
husband and was looking to down-size and simplify her life by
purchasing a patio home. I worked with her over a period of
several weeks as she moaned and groaned trying to make
decisions. Each time she came to visit with me she brought her
two rambunctious grandchildren who made a point to run amok
through the model, jumping on beds, tossing pillows and
overflowing the water tank. I came so close to telling her that
I would refuse to work with her and her grandchildren and she
would need to visit without them in tow. I found myself falling
short on patience as her critical spirit harped about this thing
and that. It was with great relief that she cancelled her
reservation and did not follow through on a contract.

Last Saturday night Tom and I ventured out to church to attend
our Empower Adult Bible Fellowship class at Southeast Christian.
For some reason or another, the room was more tightly packed with
people than usual. During the course of introductions, two women
were welcomed as first time visitors. One looked very familiar.
I reached across the table to the class secretary and asked if
she remembered the name of the dark haired lady. She did. It
was my "difficult customer." My mind started thinking back to
the summer months when I struggled to overcome my disdain for
the lady and her grandchildren. I wondered if she would find my
presence in the classroom as much of an offense as I had found
my interaction with her on the purchase of a new home.

At the end of class I saw her making her way to my table. I
thought, "Oh, oh! Now I'm in for it!" She got to the table and
I smiled and said, "Well, hello!" She looked at me and said,
"Judy, the minute I saw that you were in this class I looked
over at my friend here and said, 'Well, seeing her here explains
why she was so patient with me.'"

I was speechless.

Later, as my husband and I drove home I told him, "That was a
close call, you know? It could have gone another way
completely. If I had said what I wanted to say to her, then she
would have been totally turned off to our church and our class."

I was reminded of the song I sang as a child, "O, be careful
little mouth what you say." And, I'm more mindful today than I
was, that my every action, my every word, my every gesture, can
be a catalyst to bring glory to God or to bring shame to His
name.

~A MountainWings Original by Judy Gerdis, Shelbyville, KY~

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Once Upon A Time

Do any of you remember back when stories would begin like that? Once upon a time....wow, when you heard that, you knew you were about to go to a time long, long ago and on an adventure that would end happily ever after. Remember that?

Well, I want to share something and I want to start with Once upon a time, but the thing is, whether it ends happily ever after is up to each person who reads it.

Once upon a time, and may I add in my opinion not so very, very long ago, (LOL) there lived a handsome young man who grew up in a well to do home with two parents who loved each other very much and they traveled all over the world, giving the young man a life experience that only a few will ever experience. The young man, according to the secular world, had it all........good looks, good family, maybe not rich like high society rich but rich compared to most, well traveled, knew 3 or 4 languages fluently and had the IQ of a genius to boot. Wow. He had more opportunities before him than most of us could EVER, EVER even dream of much less ever have.

His teen years were spent in a boarding school so that he could receive the best of educations. Also, so his parents could go on with their lives without the bother.

His maternal grandparents were very poor. They were also Christians. You know, the kind that lived it. He was not allowed to have too much to do with them because of that, not the being poor, the being Christians because being around them made his parents feel guilty of the way they were living.

He knew nothing of his paternal grandfather because he up and left when his dad was very young. His paternal grandmother was a bitter woman.

The young man didn't want to go to college as his parents so wanted him to do. No way, he wanted to serve in the Army and go fight in the Viet Nam war and be a hero. So he joins the Army. He meets a young girl and falls in love. They marry. He gets his wish, he is sent to Viet Nam. This wonderful, handsome young man who met the love of his life and was oh so sweet and loving and caring of her.......went off to fight in the war. He never returned.

Some man came back in his place. He called himself by the same name, he looked like him, swore to be him but it was not him. This man had sold his soul over to drugs and hard as the girl he married tried, she could not find the man she loved and married.

They stayed together and had a child. Even though this stranger who returned was cruel and mean. I suppose the girl just kept hoping her love would return. He did not.

Finally the girl realized she had to put her child first and that the environment was not safe for the child, so she took her child and left. She and the child went on with their lives and succeeded to do as well as they could. The young man, he just grew old and wasted his entire life until one day, they just found him dead, all alone in his apartment. He lived by drugs and he died by drugs......all alone. Mark another one up for the devil.

But you remember those grandparents that were poor but Christian? Well, that young girl was introduced to Jesus Christ by those people. What a difference He made.

That young girl is not so young today.....hehehe.......not so old either but not so young. Her child grew up happy and knowing Jesus and married a Christian young man and they have given her the most special grandson in the whole wide world. The best gift of all, her grandson is growing up in a loving, Christian home with good values and he is ever so happy.........what more could a Mam-maw want?

I said back in the beginning that whether this would be a happily ever after or not would be up to each one of you. What I meant by that is that is who do you serve? Because we all serve some god. Whether it be the one and only true Almighty God or the liar and thief, Satan who comes under many disguises, such as drugs.......we all serve a god. Happily ever after? That all depends on who you serve. Who you are depending on.

And oh by the way, for those who have not figured it out yet, that young girl is........Me. And this is no hoax! The story may not be as awesome as the Einstein one but this I know because of Jesus Christ.....my story WILL end with and she lived happily ever after.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Albert Einstein Quote

Subject: ALBERT EINSTEIN QUOTE



Did God create everything that exists?

Does evil exist?
Did God create evil?

A University professor at a well known institution of higher
learning challenged his students with this question. "Did God create
everything that exists?"
A student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"

"God created everything?" The professor asked.

"Yes sir, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God
created evil and, since evil exists, and according to the principle that
our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."
The student became quiet and did not respond to the professor's
hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with
himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the
Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand andsaid, "May I ask you a question, professor?"
"Of course", replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked,"Professor, does cold exist?"

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you
never been cold?"
The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the
laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of
heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or
transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or
transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 F) is the total absence of heat; and
all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature.
Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we
feel if we have no heat."

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The professor responded, "Of course it does."
The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness
does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light.
Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism
to break white light into many colors and study the various wave lenghts
of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe whathappens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil
exist?"
Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have
already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's
inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence
everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.
To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God.
It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."
The professor sat down.
The young man's name -- Albert Einstein.



Therefore my beloved brethern, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I see........Roaches?????

I would like to share my day with y'all. Are you ready for this? And it's all true, I promise. I guess I need to explain that I work in a Medical Clinic. I am the Manager.

I am paged to the Front Office. I get there and as I round the corner the staff begins to tell me, "There is a man out there (the lobby) with roaches all over him!" Now I have not reached the point where I have a view and so I'm thinking, oh dear, poor soul, and picturing a poor old person probably in a wheelchair or something and I'm preparing to admolish my staff. I mean, think about it, what would your first thought be? My staff is like stunned and upset. Then I hear, "Oh my gosh, he just ate one! He just ate a roach!" I can't even tell you what I'm thinking then and I get to where I can see out in the lobby.

What I see first, is patients clearing a path with GREAT concern on their faces. Then I spot him. Wearing black. His back is to me and there on the back of his neck is a HUGE roach. (For those of you who watch Fear Factor......THOSE roaches they eat all the time.......that is what I'm talking about) I think, that can not be real.....then it moves and crawls and I'm like ohhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyy wordddddddddddd. This man is walking around the lobby at people just to see them back away.

Okay, get information.......who is he? Is he a patient here? What is his name? Does he have an appointment? Who is he here to see? WHAT AM I DEALING WITH HERE!!!!! I'm watching him closely as I try to get information before I confront him so I don't just walk into something blindly, you know????? Finally, I get a name, he does have an appointment and who he is there to see. I say, get the doctor or his nurse NOW. We can not find them, I say, page(the nurse by name) AND SAY STAT!!!! I don't want a panic on my hands and I have to do something pretty quickly. Do you think she answered the page????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO So that gets my blood boiling. The man walks outside.......okay, now I need to move and keep him outside. I go outside and what do I find? The man has now found a young girl (about 13) in a car and he's outside leaning down talking to her. The window was half way down and I could see fear all over this little girl's face. I approach and ask the girl if he's with her and she shakes her head NO with eyes as big as saucers.

I then address the man and ask if he's the one with the roaches. He tells me yes. I ask if he was aware that he had upset the people inside? He said, yes and that was their problem because he had a right to wear roaches if he wanted to and then asked me if I would like to remove it? (Won't eveeeeeeeeeennnnnnn tell you my thoughts on that one but I didn't respond) He then tells me he will make a deal with me. If I get him in there to see the doctor right away and out quickly, he will behave himself. I said, I'm not making any deals with him and I did not want him back in there. He said he had a right to go in there if he wanted and I couldn't stop him. I said, if you do, I will call the law. He said, you call the law and I will sue you. I'm walking away to go call the law and he's yelling at me "Do you know how much money I can make off you if I sue??????" I go in and have the staff call the law. THEN the nurse shows up saying she did not hear the page and when we tell her what is going on she says "oh him, he's crazy." Now THAT was suppose to make me feel better?????????

To make the rest of this longgggggggg story shorter. The law did come and of course the man denied everything and nothing was done and he got taken to the back and got exactly what he wanted. I was furious.

Come to find out the man is bi-polar and something else who refuses to take his medicine and has been known to do things like that and worse. I'm like, and he's just allowed to do so???? "Wellllllllllll he's crazy." That's the only response I could get.

The man is sick, has serious mental health problems, refuses to take his medicine, which is his right, but there is nothing anyone can do???? There is no place for this person???? He lives on the go......they aren't even sure of his living arrangements. The law has gone and picked him up many times and taken him somewhere else many times. He is allowed to roam and terrify people whenever he wants.

There seems to be a serious problem with what do you do with people like him??? I live in one county and work in another and the one I work in is an eye opener. I am learning so much. My anger was not at the man. My anger was at the fact there was no solution. And this is just one of many.

We hear about the health crisis all the time but I'm telling you, I think the mental health crisis is farrrrrrrr more of a crisis. And it just seems to be overlooked until someone is killed and then it's too late. Mental health problems are used as an excuse for dangerous behavior with no consequences because they are supposedly unable to control themselves or know right from wrong. Please do not misunderstand, I have compassion for those with mental health problems but I believe we as a society HAVE to do more.

I can't help but wonder if those with mental health problems are not pushed into dangerous behavior because it's the only way to get help. We as a society are just not equipped to help these people. I have a cousin with serious mental health problems and hon I'm telling you it's awful what he had to go through to get treatment and then if he has a crisis, all he can do is go to regular hospital ER and they don't know what to do.

The cost for treatment for mental health problems is way higher than the healthcare industry for physical problems. Most just can not afford it.

You would think we would have a better handle on this problem. Having said that, I still say, if a person is a danger to society, I don't care what the diagnosis is, they need to be put someplace where they can not harm people.

This man may have not harmed anyone but the possibility of next time he could is there.

People have a right to be able to go to their doctor's appointment without fear of being harassed by some "crazy" person. That little girl thanked me later and said "I was so glad when you came out". I'm so glad I did too.