If you do not know me (I mean, really know me) then there is something you need to understand before you read this blog: I value the truth above everything else... except a good laugh. A good laugh will almost always beat the truth as far as I’m concerned. Everything you read on this blog will be true, somewhat true, or something I made up in an effort to get a laugh. Sometimes I will go on a rant that I don’t really mean (or only kind of mean). Sometimes I will mean what I write only to completely change my mind a year, month, or day later. Such is life. By reading this blog you agree not to get offended by anything I write (or, at the very least, you agree not to tell me or anyone else that you are offended). It is worth noting that my employer does not endorse my blog (or even read it, to tell you the truth). The Wife also does not endorse my blog (though she will read it from time to time). I am not paid to write this... it’s just my way of giving back to the community. I have, and will, touch on a wide range of subjects and will give my opinion on these subjects. Again, most of what I say is for laughs but every now and then I will say what I really think and feel (see my views on Westboro Baptist Cult). How will you know when I’m serious and when I’m trying to get a laugh? You’ll know. And if you don’t know, well... maybe this isn’t the best thing for you to be reading. So, sit back, read and enjoy. Leave comments if you want and don’t be afraid to publicly follow me.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Cory!!!!!!!!!!!

I just wanted to swing by the I’m just sayin… offices to wish my buddy Cory a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! I hope Ashley and the girls make it a great day!

In honor of Cory’s birthday, I will share some pictures with you from Ethan’s birthday party a couple weeks ago…

This younger generation doesn't always wear their hat the right way...

Hmm... it fits in my hand...

I should try to eat it...

Me and Mary Ruth

Now that's how you wear a hat...

Trying to play hard to get with the cake

Now this is how I eat cake

This is also how I celebrate eating cake

Daniel's girlfriend with her future in-laws

I'm pretty sure his first kiss was with Maverick

and his second kiss was with this red solo cup...

what a clown


Lucas and Daniel having a good time at the party

Sassy clown

One of us is upside down

Getting ready to join the Four Horsemen... Wooooooooooo!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for their support of team I’m just sayin… in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year. Because of your support, we were able to raise over $4,000!!!!!!!! I know I like to joke around on here… but in this I am as serious as I can be: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Words cannot express how much I appreciate your support. For some, this was your first time donating to us and I am happy you decided to give. Many of you have been giving for as long as I’ve been asking and I am very grateful for your continued support. I know everyone has options when it comes to what they are going to do with their money and you chose to give not only to this cause, but to my team. Again, I thank you.

I would also like to thank the members of my team. I was (and still am) humbled by their willingness to help raise money AND give up their Saturday morning to come to the event. I’m sure I wasn’t the reason they came out, but I was still humbled by it. This was the most enjoyable walk for me because they were with me. Early on in my Walk participation, I was just there with people from work. Then Mary Ruth started joining me a few years into it. Once or twice, The Wife and all of The Kids would join me (but there were still some years it was just me and Mary Ruth or me and Mary Ruth and Susie). Last year we set a record for number of I’m just sayin… team members when my cousin Susan joined me, The Wife, Mary Ruth, Susie and Daniel. This year was bigger and better than ever! As you will see in the below pictures, we had 13 team members this year. Not only that… we also set an I’m just sayin… team record for money raised by people not named Greg. The Wife raised $1,000 making this the first year ever that team I’m just sayin… had two team members raise $1,000 or more (me and The Wife)!!!!! How great is THAT?!?!?! Before we get to the pictures, I just want to again thank all of you who supported us. I’d also like to thank:

Mom and Dad for leaving James Island on a Saturday morning to go to North Charleston (not something one does if they don’t have to when one lives on The Island) to participate in the Walk.

The Wife for really jumping into the fundraising this year and bringing in $1,000!

Mary Ruth for always being excited for the Walk each year and for being happy/excited/touched whenever someone donated to her.

Susie and Daniel for being good little walkers and not complaining (too much) on a two mile walk.

Teresa Lynn and Leah for raising money for the cause this year and for coming down for the Walk.

Sonny for raising money and for leaving his home way too early on a Saturday morning to drive down to North Charleston… walk a couple of miles with his little… err… younger brother and then go with me to see where we are going to build the new I’m just sayin… office building… then drive all the way back to the upper part of this great state. Also, for giving Daniel a piggy back ride for some of the Walk. I think it’s safe to say Daniel LOVES his Uncle Sonny.

My brother-in-law Brent, Ansley and Meredith for giving up their Saturday morning to come down and be with us at the Walk.

I had other family that couldn’t make it this year to the Walk, but they still donated and asked other friends and family on social media to also donate and to them I also say THANK YOU! It was pretty cool when I would get a notification email letting me know we’d received a donation… looking at the name on the email and thinking, “Who is this?”… then going on the Facebook to find out “Oh… that’s so and so’s friend”. So I don’t want you to think I forgot about any of you just because you couldn’t be at the Walk.

If you wanted to donate, but forgot… don’t worry, we’re still accepting donations here...

If you couldn’t give (or just didn’t want to)… don’t worry, I’m not mad at you. I understand. Like my Labor Day Uncle DG told me, we all have choices to make (they chose me, by the way). So, for those who couldn’t/didn’t, I understand… but for those who did, just know that I will remember and always be thankful for your donation.

Below are some pics from our 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s…

Team I'm just sayin... is Meredith, Teresa Lynn, Sonny, Mom, Dad, Brent, Ansley, Susie, me, Daniel, The Wife, Mary Ruth and Leah

Sonny, me and Teresa Lynn

Mom and Dad with their favorite child (and Sonny and Teresa Lynn)

A pic of the crowd

Another pic of the crowd

Me and Sonny

Daniel catching a ride with Uncle Sonny

You can tell from their smiles which one is being carried and which one is doing the carrying

Susie with her Ansley

Leah, Mary Ruth, Ansley and Susie

Me and Ansley (and some older lady behind us who just walked around smiling at cameras/phones)

Me and Leah

Dad and Mom (followed by Daniel and Sonny)

This was the perfect walking combo... Daniel liked talking and Sonny liked not talking

Susie decided to jump on for a ride... until her cast almost choked me out

A view of the flower garden (fyi... this pics aren't in order)
Mom and Teresa Lynn

The could have walked faster if Mom hadn't had to carry Teresa Lynn...

I told the kids to act like a train was coming... I think he over-acted a little...
Susie was a little better in her expression

Mary Ruth also had a good look of concern

The happiest time of the walk for Mom and Dad was when I was beside them (*note: They never actually said this using words)

Susie and Ansley

Another pic of Susie on my back

A walk through the flower garden

My 3 little walkers

One last time... THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy 7th Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Today’s Pic

Today, we walk. I’m very excited because I like seeing all of the people gathered together in agreement on this issue. I hope to have some pictures to share with you tomorrow or sometime soon.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of the people (new and returning) who supported us this year with donations and/or words of encouragement. I know I joke a lot, but on this I am very serious… I really appreciate your support. It means the world to me in ways I’m not sure I can express in words. Thank you.

We at I’m just sayin… would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy 7th Anniversary! We have had another great year and we look forward to having an even better 8th year.

This year saw the end of our Medal of Honor segment, though I will update it from time to time as needed when new recipients are added. Now let’s look at some stats for the blog.

First Post Ever

1st Post – September 17, 2009
Patrick Swayze, President Obama, & the media

First Post of the Past Season

September 20, 2015
Battle Hymn of the Republic

Total Number of Posts


Total Post of the Past Season


Longest Streak


Longest Streak of the Past Season


Most Viewed Posts (Top 5) – All-Time

1. Is it Tuesday already? (825)

2. HAPPY 900TH POST!!!!! (791)

3. Halfway to the Weekend (605)

4. The mind of Ethan… as seen through my mind (189)


Top 10 Pageviews By Country

United States (48,209)

Russia (8,020)

Germany (4,354)

United Kingdom (2,278)

France (1,730)

Argentina (1,369)

Ukraine (1,143)

Japan (1,128)

Spain (755)

China (578)

Top 5 Pageviews By Browsers

FireFox (29,144 - 34%)

Internet Explorer (23,590 - 28%)

Chrome (12,301 - 14%)

Safari (11,894 - 14%)

Opera (3,612 - 4%)

Top 2 Operating System

Windows (53,302 - 67%)

iPhone (7,213 - 8%)

My Top 5 Favorite Segments (All-Time)

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients (Not currently used)


The I’m just sayin… Bible Verse/Proverb of the Week/Gospel Verse (Not currently used)

The I’m just sayin… Countdown May

Flashback Friday - (Not currently used)

Top 5 Nicknames on I’m just sayin…

The Wife - My wife

Sonny - My big brother

Teresa Lynn - My big sister… the former Doubting Teri (and No-Name Teri)

Danny (yes, that Danny) – My friend Danny

The Twins - Susie and Daniel

My Top 15 Favorite Posts (All-Time)

An open letter to Trident Medical Center

BREAKING NEWS!!!! A Message from The Wife

Charleston City Paper Ad… (aka, Why I Walk)

The mind of Ethan… as seen through my mind

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hate what is evil...

HAPPY “4-OMG No-Name Teri is 40” BIRTHDAY No-Name Teri!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Jenn!!!!!! (better known for my story of Uncle George's immigration)

Talkin Baseball

My Funeral....Let’s set a record!

The Empire…err…Hospital Strikes Back


Story Time

Now it is official

I will now solve all racial problems!!!!! (You’re welcome)…

Again this year… I am not sure what my countdown will be next May. I might update one of my past countdowns. I might take suggestions (though I might not use them). We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, don’t forget to donate to my Walk to End Alzheimer’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tomorrow we walk…

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Today’s Pic

Hang on tight... A cure will be found!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Top 10 Tom Hanks Movies

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Today’s Pic

Even though we won't have Susan with us this year, Daniel is still excited for the 2016 Walk.

Today we are going to take a look at the Top 10 Tom Hanks movies. As with other Top 10 lists (with more options than just 10), I had to leave some good movies off. Still, I think I put together a pretty good list…

Top 10 Tom Hanks Movies

10. Turner & Hooch (1989) Roll: Det. Scott Turner; A great movie that co-stars a dog. Lots of laughs (and maybe a tear or two)…

9. The Da Vinci Code (2006) Roll: Professor Robert Langdon; Hanks helped bring to life on the big screen a great book.

8. A League of Their Own (1992) Roll: Jimmy Dugan; This movie had a lot of stars and Hanks was one of the best. His role as Jimmy Dugan was classic and his “There’s no crying in baseball!” rant is one of the best ever.

7. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) Roll: Charlie Wilson; Based on a true story, Tom Hanks does a great job playing US Representative Charlie Wilson in this movie.

6. Cast Away (2000) Roll: Chuck Noland; Hanks did a great job acting most of the movie with nothing to play off of but a volleyball.

5. The Green Mile (1999) Roll: Paul Edgecomb; Michael Clarke Duncan (RIP) stole this movie in my opinion, but Hanks was also great in it.

4. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Roll: Captain John H. Miller; My first memory of this movie is of my brother-in-law Brent telling me (after he saw it, but before I saw it), “It’s a chick-flick”. Sometimes people complain that a movie doesn’t “look real”… well this one looked all too real to me. I was in college at the time and I remember having nightmares after watching this thing. Hanks was perfect for the role of Captain Miller… a leader of men (even if he didn’t really want to be there).

3. Apollo 13 (1995) Roll: Jim Lovell; If all hell breaks loose while you’re up in space, the guy you want to be with is Tom Hanks. Or, at the very least, you want to be with Tom Hanks playing the role of Jim Lovell.

2. Forrest Gump (1994) Roll: Forrest Gump; This came real close to being number 1 on the list. It’s a great movie and Hanks does an outstanding job in the roll of Forrest Gump.

1. Big (1988) Roll: Josh Baskin; This may have been the first Tom Hanks movie I saw. It was pretty hard for me to decide which movie to put at #1 since he’s been in some great movies… but at the end of the day, I watch this movie and I believe that he is a 12 year old boy in the body of a 30 year old man. Hanks pulls it off so well that you don’t even notice it.

So there it is… there’s my list of the Top 10 Tom Hanks movies. I know I left off some good (perhaps great) movies, but that’s what happens when you’re making a Top 10 list of movies for a guy who has been in more than 10 great movies.