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Pasco County Firefighters – Bravo Zulu.

In writing a blog like this, we often – perhaps too often – focus on the negative things that happen in government and around the world. In a way, it is depressing because there seems to be so much out there that needs improvement. That’s why sometimes you see a post that has nothing really to do with much of anything other than giving us a break from fighting all the time about stuff.

Which brings us to the Pasco County, FL firefighters and EMT’s.

It all started one sunny day when homeowner Gene Work was laying sod down for his yard. As anyone who has laid sod knows, the work is labor intensive, exhausting, sweaty and dirty. There is also a small time frame to get the sod installed or else it dies on the delivery pallets rendering all of the sod useless and money wasted.

After laying some of the sod, Work wasn’t feeling well and came inside his home. While he rested, he wasn’t getting better and so his wife called 911. Later, it would be discovered that Work was having a massive heart attack. Pasco County firefighters and EMT’s showed up and took care of Work, rushing him to the hospital where he would later under go heart surgery.

On the way to the hospital, Work kept talking about the sod. He was worried that it would die. He was worried that his Home Owners Association would fine him for not having a yard and leaving the yard a mess.

In and out of consciousness, Melissa Work said her husband continued to worry about the grass. He had pawned his favorite gun to purchase the sod and if it wasn’t put down that day, it would all die.

“While he was having his heart attack, literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging me to figure out the sod and have it put down because he didn’t want it to go to waste and die,” the wife wrote on Facebook. “I calmed him and kept saying ‘Jesus will help us. It’s OK. Jesus will figure this out babe.’”

They didn’t want to get hit with the HOA fines, and 30-year-old Melissa Work — who needs a bone marrow transplant — had scheduled the painful and expensive procedure for next month. But she continued to reassure him that they would be all right, that it all would work out in the end.

Here’s where the story gets good….really good:
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Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill Best Quality In HD.

One of the first professional, live play we ever saw was a production of “Godspell.” While the movie was worse than terrible, we liked the play / musical and were fascinated with the production we saw because it was done in the round. The technical challenges and artistic challenges of having to do a production written and designed for a regular stage transformed into having audience members on all sides is a sight to behold.

We have loved productions that are done in the round ever since.

We are not a fan of Peter Gabriel, but we always like the song “Solsbury Hill” and to see this video of it being performed in the round is amazing to watch.

One has to appreciate the technology of all of the wireless mics and instruments being incorporated with wired instruments and yet still sounding so good. The closeness and interaction with the audience is fascinating to watch. Then you add into the mix that the outer “ring” of the stage actually rotates, you have something special.





Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mom’s out there!




Hole In One At Augusta.

Imagine being the grandson of the famous “Golden Bear,” Jack Nicklaus. Imagine being 15 years old and caddying for your Grandpa in a group that includes golf icons Tom Watson and Gary Player and their family members. Imagine being that person and being asked to hit a shot during the Par 3 Tournament at one of the most iconic golf courses known to mankind – Augusta National Golf Course – where they play the Masters every years.

Imagine having to hit that shot as the millions of people around the world watch you and every move you make as you address the ball. (“Hello ball…“)

Then you hit a hole in one.

And there was much rejoicing.



Happy Easter! That’s My King!

(Our traditional post on Easter here at Raised on Hoecakes.)

Once again, from our friends over at Igniter Media, comes the final statement on Easter. It isn’t about bunnies, chocolate and eggs.

It’s about a King.

The late S.M. Lockridge once presented an incredible message, describing our God and who He is. Though God can’t be described with just words, this is as close as you can get this side of Heaven.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.

His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:1-6 (NIV)




Why We Love Sports.

So much news around sports these days has been of the negative type. College basketball is in the midst of a scandal where top colleges and recruits are being accused of paying money – large amounts of money – to recruits to come play at a particular school. The NCAA is being sued for their roll and lack of oversight in the molestation of many gymnasts (make and female) by Dr. Larry Nassar who was convicted and sentenced in July 2017, Nassar to 60 years in federal prison; in January, 2018, sentenced to 40 to 175 years in a Michigan state prison and in February 2018, he was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison. As the sentences run consecutively, Nassar is looking at a total of 140 – 360 years in prison. Major League Baseball players are claiming collusion between owners as some big name free agents haven’t been signed by teams. (Apparently the thought that the player with their guaranteed contracts may not be worth the money has not crossed the players’ minds.) The NFL had the debacle of the kneel down protests and a loss of viewership based in part on the league’s lack of response to the protests and the lack of quality play this past year. The Olympics were a disaster in ratings and medal production. It also seems that most sports are suffering from the influx of politics into the sport. Instead of sports being a diversion or a break from the day to day humdrums, sports have become a platform for everything instead of competition and good sportsmanship.

At least our beloved lacrosse continues to grow without scandal and the Maryland Terps are ranked second in the nation with a monster game coming up this weekend against number one ranked Albany. (Fear the Turtle!)

But with all the bad and depressing news about sports in general comes the inspiring story of Shaquem Griffin.

Shaquem Griffin and UCF Coach Scott Frost celebrate win in 2018 Peach Bowl. (Courtesy Getty Images.)

Griffin was a standout linebacker for the University of Central Florida for the past few years. His career ended with an perfect, undefeated season over Auburn in the 2018 Peach Bowl.

By all accounts, Griffin is a leader. He is bright, articulate, funny, and never asks people to do what he will not.
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It Was In All The Papers, But Do We Remember Or Appreciate It?

Believe it not, 60 years ago this month in 1958, the United States launched its first satellite, Explorer 1.

The event was huge for the US and for the people of what would become the “Space Coast” of Florida.

There would be more successes and far too many tragedies within the space program, but reaching for the stars carries a risk of falling.

We can think of no greater legacy for Explorer I and the men and women who created and launched it, to commit to a return to the exploration of space.



Happy New Year!

To all our friends and even those with whom we disagree, we hope you, and your family have a wonderful and prosperous 2018.





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