Saturday, February 28, 2009 gave ME a laugh...

I wanna share a funny email I got this morning. A good laugh first thing in the morning just helps the day along, and this one sure gave me a chuckle.

The Man Rules
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down

Finally , the guys' side of the story. ( I must admit, it's pretty good.) We always hear " the rules "From the female side.

Now here are the rules from the male side.
These are our rules! Please note.. these are all numbered "1 " ON PURPOSE!
1. Men are NOT mind readers.
1. Learn to work the toilet seat.You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.We need it up, you need it down.You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Sunday sports It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides.Let it be.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport.And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work!Strong hints do not work!Obvious hints do not work!Just say it!
1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one
1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done. Not both..If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, Please say WHATEVER you have to say during commercials..
1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is..
1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothings wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really .
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as BASEBALL, Football or golf.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!
1. Thank you for reading this.Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Excitement & A Discovery!

If you have never heard of the band Selah, well all I can say is you need to get in the know! They are only mine and my wives absolute favorite gospel group! I have to say they have the some of the best voices around! Want to know more about Selah? Checkout their website.
Like I was saying, they are only my fave gospel group....AND I GET TO SEE THEM PERFORM LIVE TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!! They never perform locally, So when I heard that they were doing a benefit concert for the Hope Clinic at Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee, I pounced on the opportunity. So me and Linz have a date night planned. she bought a new black dress (which looks she absolutely amazing in!), and I am going to dress nice, we are going to go out to eat and then on to the concert. Is there a better time to be had anywhere? I am going to get to spend quality time with my wife, eat good food, and see my fave group sing praises to the Lord! And you better believe I am going to be singing along....I love to sing praises to Jesus and his Father!

That was the excitement, now for the discovery...

I discovered last night, from my Auntie Bill, that my great-grandfather was a beekeeper!!! Can you believe that?????? I practically have beekeeping in my blood!! I am going to do some research and see if I can't find an old picture or something. That would be too cool to have a pic of my great grandfather with his bee hives!! I will post more about this discovery later, along with a story my aunt told me that she remembers about him and his hives.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

An interesting Email

I got an email the other day that I want to share with you guys. The last line, when it reveals who the student was that was talking, is meant to be the real catcher. I think what was said is more important and more of a catcher than who said it! Soooo I think I am going to just leave off the last line and if you really want to know who the student was you can email me or something. Also another reason I am going to delete who the student was is because I DON'T KNOW IF THAT PERSON REALLY SAID ALL THIS! I got this as an email and emails aren't always 100% reliable. So since I did not want to research it I took it out. Also, I cut and pasted this straight from my inbox, so don't hold any grammar or punctuation mistakes against me!


'Let me explain the problem science has with religion.' The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?''Yes sir,' the student says.'So you believe in God?''Absolutely.''Is God good?''Sure! God's good.''Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?''Yes.''Are you good or evil?''The Bible says I'm evil.'The professor grins knowingly. 'Aha! The Bible!'He considers for a moment, 'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try? ''Yes sir, I would. ''So you're good! ''I wouldn't say that. ''But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.' The student does not answer,so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is thisJesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?' The student remains silent. 'No, you can't, can you?' the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. 'Let's start again, young fella. Is God good? ''Er...yes,' the student says.'Is Satan good? 'The student doesn't hesitate on this one, 'No.''Then where does Satan come from?'The student falters, 'From God. ''That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world? ''Yes, sir...'' Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?''Yes.''So who created evil?" The professor continued, 'If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.' Again, the student has no answer. 'Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?' The student squirms on his feet. 'Yes.' 'So who created them?' The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question, 'Who created them?' There is still no answer.... Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.'Tell me,' he continues onto another student. 'Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?' The student's voice betrays him and cracks. 'Yes, professor, I do.' The old man stops pacing, 'Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?''No sir. I've never seen Him.''Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?''No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't.''Yet you still believe in him?''Yes.''According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?''Nothing,' the student replies. 'I only have my faith.''Yes, faith,' the professor repeats. 'And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.'The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. 'Professor, is there such thing as heat?''Yes,' the professor replies. 'There's heat.''And is there such a thing as cold?''Yes, son, there's cold too.''No sir, there isn't.'The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet.The student begins to explain...'You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.''Everybody 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 (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.'Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.'What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?''Yes,' the professor replies without hesitation. 'What is night if it isn't darkness?''You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and its called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?'The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. 'So what point are you making, young man?''Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.'The professor's face cannot hide his surprise this time, 'Flawed? Can you explain how?''You are working on the premise of duality,' the student explains...'You argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought.' 'It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it...''Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?''If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.''Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?'The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.'Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?'The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.'To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.' The student looks around the room, 'Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?' The class breaks out into laughter.'Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.''So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?'Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers, 'I guess you'll have to take them on faith.''Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,'the student continues, 'Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?'Now uncertain, the professor responds, 'Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example 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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How I got interested...

One day last spring someone came in the courthouse where I work and said that there were a swarm of bees on a pillar in front of City Hall. City Hall is across the street from my office so I looked out there and WOW! The pole was black instead of the normal reddish brown color! And the air was full of black dots zipping around. The curious thing to me was that all the bees were in such a concentrated area. I had to get a closer look! By this time a small crowd had gathered, so I walked down the lawn and across the street, still within a safe distance of course!

By the time I got my camera and got down there the resident swarm catchers (Bobby Mckee & Greg Drake) had already surveyed the situation and started catching the bees. This is what sparked my interest. I mean I had heard of people handling bees, but that was just a myth...right? Nope! As I became more and more intrigued, I began to ask questions. Like why is the bees concentrated in one spot? I found out that bees want to stay close to the queen, that is why they are crawling all over each other on that pole, they are trying to stay close to the queen.

That really led to the answer of another question how are you catch them/get them to go into that box?? Well once again the answer was The Queen. What happened was that Bobby Mckee found the queen in the swarm (finding ONE particular bee in the middle of all those bees, you got to be kidding me!! Like much other aspects of beekeeping it is more of an art than a science) and once he found her he gently placed her in the box. That is all it took, then the bees slowly started making their way to their queen. To say that a person will get every single bee in the box this way is an overstatement. A few stragglers will just have to be left behind.

Being able to see someone handle and manipulate those bees like that...I mean come on that is just too cool! I had to learn how to do that!! So I guess you could say it was love @ first sight! If you would like to know why honey bees swarm check this out.

Monday, February 16, 2009

First Post!

Well I am finally doing it...I am blogging!
This is one of two firsts for me. The other first is the reason I started this blog, Honey Bees. Yes...Bees! Being a bee keeper is my NEW hobby, and I wanted a way to document my adventure, with this I can do more than document it, I can share it with the whole world! Isn't technology great?!!
For those of you who don't know me...
My name is Jarrod Evans, I am 27 years old, and I am very happily married to Lindsey Bunch Evans, she is 23, she is a nursing student, and she is currently Employed @ the Butler County Library. I grew up in Butler County KY, and I still live here (but I have lived other places). I work for the Butler County Property Valuation Administator, or if I wanted to sound important I could say that I am the GIS Coordinator for Butler County Division of the Kentucky Dept. of Revenue, we all have fancy titles for our jobs I'm sure, just in case...don't we? Oh, and in case you don't know what GIS is I think it would be easier for you to look it up on wikipedia than for me to try to explain it! I have two kids, a boy and a girl. They are both adopted. Baby Rae is the girl and she is 9 yrs old, Memphis Jones is the boy and he is 4yrs old. Baby is a shepherd mix and Memphis is just an ole' alley cat.

I said that it is my new hobby when in all truth I think this is actually my only hobby. I guess that is weird, ya know, me being 27 and this being my only hobby. I mean there are other things that I enjoy and things that I do often, but this is different. I like to cook and I like to travel (I have already been to Phoenix, AZ this year!! I will post some pics of that later), I'm always wanting to try new restaurants in different cities, and I absolutely love going to church. Going to church is not really something to list with all the those other things, because being a christian is a lifestyle! Not something that you just do sometimes, praising God should not only be done while @ church but I want to live my life so that it is a sweet savor to the Lord, not just while out in public but also behind closed doors. WOW guess I kinda got on a soap box there, I guess I could devote some posts to that later....
All those things I listed (and there are some others) are things I enjoy, but this bee thing, this is different. I have bought books, studied, went to some seminars, I am taking a class, and I have joined a bee club. That other stuff is casual, stuff that I do when I get time (not the church thing) and the money, But this; I am saving my money and I am making time! Anyways I am really excited, and I know that I probably sound like a geek...yeah I sound like a geek! But oh well.

This is how far I have got with my project so far:
  1. I have already ordered my honey bees. They arrive @ Kelley's Bee Co. April 11. I ordered two swarms. A swarm = 3lbs of bees. If anybody can tell me how much a single honey bee weighs I would be grateful!!
  2. I have picked a day (March 14) to go pick up my supplies. That way I can have everything assembled and ready by April 11.

Like I have already said, I am taking a class through the Butler County Extension office. Greg Drake and a lady from Warren County are teaching it. They are both beekeepers w/ multiple hives and they are excellent teachers!! We meet twice a month, the next class in the 26th of this month, and I think there are four more classes after that. I am not going to jump into this all stupid like, with no information or training!! Have you ever got stung by a bee? Yeah! Don't feel good does it! So I am empowering myself with all the knowledge I can get before I have to dump two swarms of bees out of a wire mesh box into hives. They say knowledge is power.

Well this is it, my first entry. I've covered the reason I started this blog thing, but I have a feeling I am going to end up posting about alot more than my bee adventure!

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