Moving Things Around

Back when I was growing up, my Momma could not totally clean house without moving furniture around into new configurations.  Inevitably, when she got into one of these “cleaning jags”,  she would call on my assistance to move the heavy furniture.  I hated these times.

movingfurniture-briancraneI’m the type of person that once you set the furniture into a good spot, it should stay there.  But, I guess, that is not true when it comes to managing a blog.

I like creating new banners/headers and backgrounds to keep “On The Road With Dave” up-to-date and current.  A new photo always adds a little something to the appearance of the blog and readers aren’t met each day with the same old images.  About a week ago, I noticed that I had named some of the masthead headers/banners with the “header”or “banner” distinction.  It made finding the images a little more time-consuming when searching for the files.  So, I decided to “fix” the problem.

Let me explain.  Let’s say I wanted to post a OTRWD Header about Summer.  I would have an image named OTRWD-Beach-Header in .jpg format.  I might also have had an image named OTRWD-Beach-at-Night-Banner with a .png format.  The inconsistency in file names was bugging me, and I wanted to change ALL the headers, banners, and formats to one uniformed constant.  So, I set out on that mission.

First, I downloaded in stages, all the files that were named with “Banner” and in the JPEG format.  I changed all those files to the PNG file format and renamed them all with a “Header” designation.  I saved those images on my computer and then deleted the images from my blog library.

Then, I reloaded the images back to the blog with their new names and designations.

After that, I made sure the remaining OTRWD-Header images that were originally done in JPEG were then downloaded, converted, to the PNG format and upload back to the blog library.

dave-headerdave-headerCurrently, I’m tracking down any other OTRWD image that I use in the masthead; but is not named “Header” or “Banner” and renaming the file with a “Header” designation and PNG format.

All this did cause one large, but surmountable issue.

Because, on many of my blog entries, I use a Unique Header plug-in on my blog, and add a specific header images to particular posts; (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day–entries like that, have a special image apart from the regular rotating masthead images.) these entries have lost those images dues to the old image formats being deleted from the library.

So, now I have posts with no header at all.  I have to go back and individually add the unique headers back into the entries.  That’s gonna take a few more days.

If you happen to be perusing the “Archives” and come across a header-less entry, feel free to leave a comment and alert me. I’ll go back and fix it.

Now, to answer that burning question that is on everybody’s mind:

“Dave, Why In The Bloody Hell Did You Go To All That Trouble?!”

Apparently, I do like moving “furniture” around.

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“Sunday Thoughts”

norway-lake“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

–William Ewart Gladstone





Photo by Ranveig Marie

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Do It All!

Way back in 2013, while the blog was on hiatus; I was late to the party in discovering and listening to the band, OneRepublic. Now, if you know me, you know I’m a lover of the shmaltzy, sentimental, inspiring songs that make you want to turn up the radio and sing along. After listening to those types of songs, I can carry a little bit of that “feel good” with me for the rest of the day. Back then, I discovered OneRepublic’s single, Feel Again. To this day, it is still a favorite of mine and is even the ringtone for family members when they call my cell phone.

Last night I was searching for something to publish for tonight’s entry and OneRepublic came through again in providing me with another great song from 2014. I will admit, after hearing it and watching the video, I do recall when it first came on the radio, but I guess I wasn’t ready for it at the time. Last night, I was.

brian-ilivedThe video features a 15-year-old fan of the band, Bryan Warnecke, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Bryan Warnecke talks about living with cystic fibrosis in the music video. Following the video is a call to action to give to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

OneRepublic performed a similar service with the video, for my favorite, Feel Again. In that video, they solicited donations for the organization, Save The Children.

Tonight, I’m asking you to take 6 minutes and watch the video for I Lived. Maybe you are in a place where you need a little inspiration. If you want to sing along, I included a companion “lyric” video of the song. After those; and as extra added bonus, you can watch the video that began my interest in the band, featuring young people from Malawi on the continent of Africa.

This is your “Saturday Diversion”. I hope you do it all and in the end you say, “I lived”




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We Are America


Today is Independence Day; the 4th of July; our nation’s birthday. Half my family still went to work, today. I had a day off and my oldest son was off from his day job, but still working his second job, tonight.

Driving my wife to work, I looked at all the displayed United States flags that lined the city streets and hung from poles, and attached to houses. I have purchased an US Flag kit to mount a pole to my house and display the Stars and Stripes on future patriotic holidays.  Though, I am often labeled a liberal, (proudly) some of my online antagonistic Social Media friends would think it odd, that I would display our country’s flag in a patriotic fashion.  They would be wrong.  I love our country. I enjoy studying our history, and reaping the benefits of living in a democratic republic.  I often do not agree with our government legislatures or every elected President, but that again, is my right and my duty according to those same founding fathers that brought us to this day.

But, today, since most of the family would not be home until this evening, we had no particular plans to celebrate the day in some big fashion; no picnic, no day at the beach, no fireworks.

My youngest son called me at around 4pm, to let me know he was off from work and needed a ride home. He works at a local supermarket. He asked if he needed to pick up anything before he left the store. I told him I thought we were good on supplies.

“Do we need anything for supper,” he asked?

“I don’t think so”

“What are we doing,” he asked.

“I’m not sure”

“I was thinking”, he said, “I could pick up some Conecuh sausage and some hot dogs and we could cook out , kinda last-minute 4thy-julyee thing”

“Bring it on,” I said.

When I picked him up–he had Conecuh Sausage, Hot Dogs, Aidell’s Roasted Garlic and Gruyère Cheese Chicken sausages, King’s Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce and King’s Hawaiian Hot Dog rolls, potato chips, french onion dip, tortilla chips and salsa as well as some Milo’s Sweet Tea.

I wasted no time, once home, to fire up the grill and begin cooking.

We then settled down to a feast. As a family. First time for the Aidell’s meat and let me say I wholeheartedly, unpaid, endorse them. Delicious.

After all the flag-waving and fireworks, I think this holiday’s main purpose is to sit with family and reflect on the good of the country, and the good of the family.  We celebrate our time together because we still have that right to Happiness, as well as Life and Liberty.

And while we were finishing up our supper as average Americans, I re-discovered a video online from a few years back by Pro Wrestler John Cena (if you can believe that) and the good folks at Love Has No Labels.

The video shows John Cena walking through a city and describing the average American.  It’s not what you think. And that’s a good thing. After you watch it; watch it again and pay attention to the scenes and people in the background as he talks.  The direction and scene placements are great.  And I hope after viewing the video, that you try to shed placing a label on a neighbor and just remember #WeAreAmerica.  We are all family.











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