Homicide House

Reposted from 25 February 2017

Twenty years ago, there was a quadruple homicide in this house.  The victims were teenagers and they were killed for accusing a young man of stealing a cell phone.

The guilty individual, as well as his two accomplices, were convicted and the house was eventually abandoned.

I drive by this house all the time and this week I was compelled to look inside of it.  It’s hard to describe how I felt entering the house.

There was a mixture of sadness and grief, due to the senseless murders that happened here.  I can’t even imagine how those poor teenagers felt as they realized their lives were coming to an end.  Also, I felt angry.  How can someone be so evil and callused?

I didn’t know the teenagers, but I feel for them and their families.  I wonder what they would have accomplished if their lives were not taken from them.

I left the house with a heavy heart and a lot of questions.

Update:  The house has been torn down since this was originally posted.


Cold Spell Confusion


The local meteorologist  is predicting a cold spell this weekend.  He even used a blue icy-wind graphic to drive home his point.  However, I am confused.

Admittedly, it will be cooler on Saturday.  It just seems a bit dramatic to use the term cold spell and graphics with blue icy-winds.  The coldest day will be in the upper 50’s and it’s still February.

Maybe the meteorologist has a different definition of cold than I do.  What do you think?

What’s the Difference


Reading the book, What’s the Difference by Marc Tyler Nobleman, was really fun.  The title and cover page do a good job at explaining the purpose of the book.

Here are a few examples:

  • Reptiles vs Amphibians – Reptiles have lungs and they can’t breathe through their skin.  Amphibians can absorb oxygen through their skin and they may or may not have lungs.
  • Fruit vs Vegetable – Fruit is the ripened ovary of a flowering plant.  Vegetables are any other edible parts of the plant.
  • Morality vs Ethics – Morals are what we believe regarding appropriate behavior.  Ethics is the formal study of morality.



Plan B – Putt Putt Golf

Ardmore High School’s football team had an away game tonight.  I was not familiar with the other school, so I searched on-line to find it.

We showed up at the school, but nobody was there.  We drove all around the campus and didn’t even find a football field.  I told Gwen to check the schedule, maybe this school uses an off-campus football field.

After a few seconds, Gwen figured out the problem.

We were at St John Paul Catholic High School in Madison, Alabama.  Ardmore was playing against Pope John Paul Catholic High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

It would take about two hours to get to the game, by that time the game would be finished.

Since we couldn’t go to the game, we decided to go to Insanity Skate Park to play putt putt golf.  The night didn’t go as planned, but we still had a great time.