Sunday, August 10, 2014

2015 Military Pay Chart - For my fellow military peoples.

On May 23, 2014, the Senate Armed Services Committee released their mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act, 2015, and in it contains a recommendation for a 1% military basic pay raise which is in-line with the President's proposal (with pay freeze for pay grades O-7 though O-10). The bill will be debated in the full Senate where the 1% is expected to carry, and the difference with the House's version of 1.8% will have to be worked out in conference.

The United States military pay scales below would become effective on January 1, 2015 if approved. It is the basic pay amounts for the active components of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard.

Full chart (and credit goes to HERE:

Helpful Link for MYPAY HERE.

A small excerpt for the enlisted:

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday Mayhem! Thanksgiving Shopping Havoc!

Well happy turkey day everyone! That's right, it's my 6th annual Black Friday Post! -wow time is flying by.

This year, I only have the day after Thanksgiving off of work, so we will have to plan accordingly. We also are on a fairly tight budget this year, as times have been kind of hard as of late! This year we did the Chinese Buffet option aka ‘A Christmas Story’, and all went well, and then it was back to work for me. I’m already getting primed up snagging a few items off of Amazon’s awesome lightning deals!

We aren't any strangers to shopping on black Friday, so we are going to arm ourselves accordingly. We have high-tech strollers for Liam, which will be equipped with an ample supply of snacks, diapers, toys, to (hopefully) curtail the inevitable tantrum throughout the business. We have a list of the family members and a rough idea of a budget to work with. I have my best gel-inlaid sneakers and probably will strap on a powerful set of elbow and knee pads. Hey! It's a JUNGLE out there!

I will take no prisoners.

I fear for the worst, and expect that it will be bumper to bumper roads, and near-misses in the parking lots that day. Good thing we have decent insurance!
I said it was MY spot!

Well it certainly has been an eventful year, to be sure. Hopefully now that we got that turkey business out of the way, it will be time to jump start this economy a little bit. We're certainly going to be doing our part! These kids’ toys aren't cheap. That's a whole other topic, but really? –Why does the Legos Corporation insist that little plastic blocks, arranged in a simple pattern, should cost over $80-$130??

One of the things I’m wanting for my boys is a Estes Rocketry starter kit, which immediately brought back many great memories of building my own when I was a wee lad. It’s astonishing that the engines now cost as much if not more than the whole kit! [if you get both started and higher flying ones]. And unless you get the higher difficulty kits, they’re pretty much pre-built…that’s right you young engineers of America, you won’t have to stress your little minds and dexterity with anything such as manual labor on these babies. Just click, snap and launch…and hope they go straight.

Things just aren't made like they used to be, and yet they want 4 times as much money for them.

So do your homework, hopefully the list below will get you in the right direction. Keep an eye out for those lightning deals and utilize those smartphone apps that allow you to monitor those, as well as scan items to get an instant internet price check! Amazon has one, google shopping has one, Red Laser is another, they work great and will save you some money.

What do you all think?? Does anyone have any ideas?

I will leave it at that for now, did I mention yet that I luv the holidays? ;/

-And just so I didn't completely waste your time reading excerpts from my personal life, here's a few links to get you on your way. I'm sure they will be happy I led you there.

#1 sites: Black Friday and and (my personal fav) (for your favorite lovable nerd)

Google Shopping (a good all-around search for prices online and from local stores!) (my fav local store) (for you Oregonian/Washingtonians) (if u really have to..ugh) (for that angle-grinding,circular sawing,super-sanding, Makita-drilling, Tim Allen-worshiping dude on your list)

-and last but not least! (the most important one for this holiday season methinks)


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Zombie Jesus Day Everybody!

...Eastre (Ishtar, Astarte),'s still the pagan Goddess of Spring after whom your holiday was named.

With my penchant for anything zombie related- today seems like an interesting religious tie-in for discussion!

Today the Christian’s celebrate the death and subsequent undeath (so-called resurrection) of Jesus. From our modern vantage point we now know that there are only a handful of ways that the dead can walk the Earth. There are vampires, zombies, and of course folks like Keith Richards, Michael Douglas, and Leonard Cohen. Since Jesus was seen walking in broad daylight we can assume that he was not a vampire or a music industry celebrity, so he must have been a zombie.

The case for Great Zombie Jesus is strengthened when we look at the rituals of his followers, the Great Zombie Army. Great Zombie Jesus had his followers eat of his flesh and drink of his blood. This is how the zombie pathogens are transferred from generation to generation in an attempt to maintain the Great Zombie Army. Through the miracle of transubstantiation, consubstantiation, and even the sacramental union (all popular definitions of the Eucharist Infestation) people are eating the flesh of the Great Zombie Jesus and drinking his blood in an effort to be more Christ like, ergo, zombies.

Many a Sunday I spent in the presence of the Great Zombie Army as they feasted on the flesh and blood of Great Zombie Jesus while chanting and groaning in off pitch monotones. How I managed to escape infection I may never know. Perhaps I had a natural immunity to the pathogens. The liturgy was quite clear. Great Zombie Jesus will come again. He will judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end because it is made up of zombies that can’t die, eternal life.

So this Easter remember, aim for the head and torch the bodies. If they have no teeth and their greyish undead mobile carcasses have all of the body and blood of Great Zombie Jesus burned from them, they can’t infect you.

Must read--> challenge your christian friends with this Easter quiz---very interesting indeed, take a look-->


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bioshock: Infinite - Brand New Teaser Video: 'Columbia: A Modern Day Icarus?'

Really love the style of this promo teaser for the epically crafted, anxiously awaited PC game 'Bioshock: Infinite'. Reminds me of bygone days sitting in front of the ol' analog TV as a 6 year old watching Saturday morning cartoons...

Check it out!

Friday, January 25, 2013

HGTV Dream Home 2013 - Giveaway ends in 21 days!

From the Website HGTV:

Enter twice online per day — once on and once on — for your chance to win the luxuriously furnished HGTV Dream Home 2013, a low country Zen coastal cottage located on Kiawah Island in South Carolina, plus a new GMC® Acadia® Denali® and $500,000!

 It's built on an island people! wow.

Lots of light to view the natural scenery!
Looks like lots of privacy...except maybe 'gaters...
I could see myself kickin' back with a beer and a good book right here!
This year's home looks like it has a Zen theme going, simplicity, calmness and merging into the local unique coastal environment seems the goal. Last year, the dream home was valued at $1,500,000! While the final numbers haven’t been posted as of yet for next year’s model, I can tell you, from the looks of the last couple year’s homes, the amount of customization and care that goes into it makes it a very special house!
I will definitely take this garage...and the SUV.
I did this competition last year, tried faithfully to enter every single day, but probably had more of a 75% ratio when all was said and done. But nonetheless, it was fun…and nice to dream a bit for a month or so…”What IF we won it!?” … “What if YOU won it???”
Remember, you can enter through February 15, 2013, at 5p.m. ET for a chance to live the dream.

As I write this, there are 21 days, 3 hours and roughly 11 minutes until the winner is selected!   Let the fun begin!