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When did a Child’s birthday party become a full blown affair?

by Larre Green on April 22, 2012

Recently my daughter has attended several birthday parties for her friends.  And in each case, they have been basically blow outs.

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 They have been held either at venues with bowling or skating or even arts and crafts.  Now mind you, I am just as guilty as all these other parents, I have thrown her parties always somewhere else, in other words, outside of my home.  I have always used the excuse, at least my home isn’t being destroyed and I didn’t have to clean up.  But I guess because there have been so many recently, this got me to thinking…when did we stop having the fun, home, party games type birthday parties?

I remember when I was throwing my daughters first real birthday party (you know, the ones they can actually remember).  Being new at this, I reached out to one of the other parents from her school for advice.  I was given several themes (yes, themes!) for ideas and told to be sure not to forget the parting goodie bags for each child.  First of all, I get the theme idea that actually was helpful with decorating and the cake.  But the goodie-bag thing totally threw me.  I can understand giving goodie bags to sponsors at a fundraiser but “parting gifts” for a child’s birthday?  Really?  Isn’t the parting gift the fact that I just paid for this party!

Now before anyone thinks I am just being cheap here, think about this.  By the time you purchase the bags and stuff that goes in them, each bag can end up costing 4 to 5 bucks.  And that may seem like no big deal, until you invite 20 to 25 kids…then it really can add up!

However, just for the record, if you haven’t guessed, I did fall in line.  Each party has been as special as the last and each one has had goodie-bags!

Oh well, at least as the host, I could prepared my own personal goodie bag…it had wine bottles!

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Valentine’s Day…isn’t just a card event!

by Larre Green on February 14, 2012

I have heard from a couple of my friends that today is just an occasion made up by the card and floral industry to just make money.  Well I am not going to get into that but I do always point out, does that really matter?  So often we pass through time forgetting to just simply say “I Love You” or “I’m so glad you are my friend” or even “Thank You for being there for me.”  I for one am glad that there is a day to remind us to stop and appreciate those around us who have loved us…no matter what the relationship situation is.

Think about this…can you honestly say that if this were your last day on earth, your last conversation truly expressed how much you care about someone.  Don’t let this day go by without telling those around you how much you care.  You will get more back than the effort you put out!

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Eating a piece of fried chicken will NOT give you diabetes! So don’t blame Paula Deen!

by Larre Green on January 19, 2012

Just recently on one of the major television news shows Paula Deen revealed that she now has Type 2 Diabetes and has known for the past three years.

Well faster than you can say “start with butter,”  many of her  critics have jumped on board chastising Ms. Deen for having shared with the pubic recipes that they deem too high in fat and calories after she knew that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  Now I am not going to argue how many calories are too many calories but I am going to say that if you believe that eating one piece of fried chicken will give you Diabetes, please consult your doctor…and I am talking about the type of doctor that will lay you down on a couch!

Sadly, if you decided to fry the entire the entire chicken farm and consume it, or if your daily diet consisted high in fat and caloric meals, you probably are putting your health in jeopardy.  We are talking about moderation and common sense people.

I remember a popular phrase when I was growing up was “The devil made me do it!”  That always was followed up by a laugh.  In my opinion, that same laughter is what applies here.

If I ever hear “I am fat because Paula Deen showed me how to make homemade cookies,” I think I am going to have to toss mine!  Paula Deen’s recipes may be high in fat and calories but the choice to consume unhealthy amounts is our decision!

Always remember, one finger pointing out and someone has three fingers pointing right back at you!  Think about it!

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Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions? I declare this the year of honesty!

by Larre Green on January 5, 2012

Just like so many people, I decided to sit down and put together my list of resolutions for 2012.  And again, just like so many people, I listed the usual….eat healthier, get more exercise, lose weight and try to save more money.  Additionally, I have also listed one very important resolution….to blog more!

I have never really been very good at just sitting down and writing down my views or thoughts.  Oh, I know there are so many out there who think I just ramble on with my opinions in my weekly column; however, they would be wrong!  Quite frankly, those who believe this are only mad because their event sucked (remember, I did use the word “frankly”) and weren’t too happy to see that in print.

So now, get ready, this year it is going to be the year of honesty….and quite possibly, the year of losing friends.  Nah, this should be fun.  In fact, I am going to open this up to everyone!

If you want to chime in on some event, good, bad, sucked, ruined two hours of your life that you will never get back…let me know at  I will keep your name confidential if you want.  Here we go!  Let the chatter begin!

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National Tell a Joke Day and Blond Jokes

by Larre Green on August 16, 2011

Today, August 16, 2011, is “National Tell a Joke Day” and I thought I would share one of my favorites!  And being blondish, I can tell these!


Two blondes were going to Disneyland .  They were driving on the Interstate when they saw the sign that said “Disneyland LEFT.”  They started crying and turned around and went home.


Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking, and one blonde says to the other, ‘Which do you think is farther away… Florida or the moon?’

The other blonde turns and says ‘Helloooooooooo, can you see Florida ?????’


A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died.  After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly.

She says, ‘What’s the story?’

He replies, ‘Just crap in the carburetor’

She asks, ‘How often do I have to do that?’


A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license.

She replied in a huff, ‘I wish you guys would get your act together.

Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!’


A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night…

It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature.

Her question was, ‘If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?’

She thought for a time and then asked, ‘Is it on or off?’

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Why Many People Hate Oncor!

by Larre Green on August 10, 2011

This morning my doorbell rang.  I actually wasn’t expecting anyone so I was rather surprised to see a Hispanic man wearing heavy duty clothing.  When I asked what I could do super cialis for him, he replied that he was with Oncor and needed access to my backyard to trim some of the trees and shrubs that were touching the power lines.  Having seen the previous “Chop” jobs that Oncor had done at other homes in the past, I decided to watch over this.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there ever second.  Let’s just say, the photo you see was the “after!”  Adding insult to injury, I did ask them to please trim the branches that were falling over the fence hoping that at the very least, there would be a uniform look, but was told that they could only cut the ones that were shooting up toward the power lines.  Now, I will have to pay someone else to come in and clean up the mess that Oncor caused.

Thanks Oncor!

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Happy Birthday Joy

by Larre Green on July 17, 2011

Today (July, 17th) a very special friend of mine was born 39 (hey, we will go with that) years ago!  It is funny, because not only is she one of my favorite people in the world, she is also my business partner!  I am truly the lucky one in this deal.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOY!

Hugs~ Larre

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If you go on a vacation, maybe we shouldn’t tell the house how long you will be gone!

by Larre Green on July 13, 2011

I just got back from a glorious week at a family lake house.  Had a blast!  Played golf, swam and skied.  However, I think my house wasn’t very happy that I left because while I was gone one of my pipes decided to get even with me for leaving by blowing up and pouring hot boiling water under my house for several days.  Why didn’t the hot water just run out you ask?  Well several years ago, I had this brilliant idea of replacing my hot water tanks with a system that is continuous…which is great until a pipe breaks and it never shuts off!   Well as anyone could imagine, boiling water underneath hardwood floors isn’t the best combination.  Yep, all floors have buckled and the floors underneath the carpet are destroyed as well.

As horrible as this was, my attitude was actually prepared earlier for this.  When driving home, I had the chance to drive through Joplin, Missouri and see firsthand the true devastation that occurred when on May 22nd, a one and one-half mile tornado tore through the heart of the city killing at least 24 people.   As I thought about that, that really put everything into perspective.  Yes, I may have a huge inconvenience on my hands, but that’s really all it is.

That being said, I really do wonder, the pipe could have burst any time but why did it choose to blow while I was gone?   I think next time I go out of town, I will tell my house that I may return every day just to check on it.  At this point….even the crazy idea is worth trying!

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For Me Every Day is Father’s Day

by Larre Green on June 21, 2011

Last Sunday celebrated fatherhood in the U.S.  Like many, I received the wonderful cards and accolades from my child.  In fact, this year, I received the “homemade” card, which made it even more special.

What was amusing was that on Monday, after my special day had come and gone, I walked into my family room where my daughter was watching TV ( a rerun of some kid show),  and the first thing she said was “you might not like this TV show but could you just come and sit with me anyway.”  As you can guess, I did.  She laid her pillow on my lap, and together we just sat and enjoyed the evening.

Little acts like these remind me that time does go by so quickly.  There is an old ABBA song called Slipping Through My Fingers with lyrics that state:

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
the feeling in it slipping through my fingers all the time

Funny, that was exactly what I was thinking…

Father’s Day may come only once a year but what Father’s Day is all about happens every day.

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Grilln-N-Chilln with Dan Grambort & Hired Guns

by Larre Green on June 15, 2011

Just short of two hundred guests partied and danced to the incredible music provided by Dan Grambort & Hired Guns at a member get-together, held on the driving range at Shady Valley Golf Club in May.

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Dan Grambort & Hired Guns - Photo taken by Mellie J Photography

Performing a variety of Texas country music, this band kept this party going until the city noise ordinance required them to stop!

This party was so successful that it was reported throughout the entire ClubCorp of America (parent company of Shady Valley Golf Club) newsletter and received prominent coverage on their corporate website.

Great Job Guys!

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