Back From Romania

July 25, 2005

RomanianCoffeeCup

I have been in Romania for the last couple of weeks. About forty other Americans and I went to six different villages to help with church work there. The Romanian people were so gracious to us. They made us feel very welcome. It was good to be with them. I notice that I am still speaking in short sentences. I am still talking as if an interpreter is going to translate for me.

The only real problem I encountered while there was the size of the coffee cups at the hotel we were lodged in. They were very small. At home I drink out of a Starbucks coffee mug that is the size of a small barrel. I knew the first day I was in trouble. There was no way I could consume enough coffee in these tiny tea cups to fight off the inevitable caffeine withdrawal mega headache that was undoubtedly headed my way.

The coffee was in a pump top decanter with a little tap on the front. I considered bending down and putting my mouth under the spicket and draining the coffee straight into my mouth while no one was looking. Fortunately, I restrained myself. While this may be perfectly acceptable at a Jones family gathering it was probably not the impression we want to leave the Romanian people of an American.

(It is difficult to explain to someone living in another country the difference between a normal American and a Brother Jones American with an impending caffeine withdrawal headache).

The good news is I caused NO INTERNATIONAL INCIDENTS THIS TIME

…that I am aware of…

(unlike the unfortunate Morocco situation from a few years ago) but we wont talk about that right now.

I took a lot of pictures while in Romania. You can see a few of my favorites in my Portfolio Section.

The Comments

Doug Jones

maybe you should have used one of those big blue jugs in your photo for a coffee mug. I bet you could have taken one of them away from that kid pretty easy…. welcome back!

Don Jones

Fantastico! Glad to hear you got yourself detoxed off coffee while in Romania. What a novel idea… breaking from the evil clutches of caffiene by utilizing smaller and smaller cups. Brilliant man! I’m sure much good was done in Romania. Did your yard and garden turn a rich, crisp, crunchy sepia tone while you were away?

Dennis Jones

We had the boy from next door water for us while we were gone… the grass totally took over our vegetable garden… It now looks like we just planted a bunch of corn, tomatoes and misc other plants in the middle of our yard…

Don Jones

Our garden looks like that too and we didn’t go anywhere.

Dennis Jones

I think you and I are due for a little Plein Air Weed Pullin’…

Don Jones

Excellent idea shall we stay cool in our weed pullin’ Speedos?

Jennifer Ray (Romania team member)

That sounds like a bad idea. Weed pullin speedos? There would be car accidents as people drove by! Just kidding. Dennis… it was so great to get to know you. I hope we will meet again. Let us know when the bible will be out ok!

Dennis Jones

Hi Jennifer! Good to hear from you! Hope your flight back home was not too bad. If you spend much time on this web site you will see that all the weird, weed pullin’ speedo comments come from my two wacky brothers, NOT ME… I, of course, am the only mature, responsible adult that participates in the festivities here…

…of course, if I actually were a mature, responsible adult I probably wouldn’t be participating on this site at all… so… never mind..

I think that Bible is due out in October… Good meeting you in Romania…

Jennifer Ray

If we were mature adults I think life would be boring. The flight to Atlanta was ok. I had (still do) a cold so my ears got blocked really bad. I’m starting to feel better. I pray your trip was good. Your family is so awesome. It was so neat to get to work with you all. There is so much talent in your family. You need to bottle that and sell it! I look forward to spending time on your web site. I know my husband Chris and Casey have both enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the Bible. Also, we would like to know who has ALL of the pictures from Romania. We want to send some cd’s to get the pictures. I have the one the leaders got, but I know there is more. We didn’t get any of the group pictures. Well, I’m going to bed! Nite

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Space Marine

August 9, 2006

SpaceMarineSK

…pencil…

SpaceMarine

…color…

I was out of town for a couple of days on business and apparently our tomato plants went crazy while I was away. I got home last night and found 16 huge tomatoes waiting for me on the kitchen counter. I took a look outside at the garden and it seems there are half a kajillion more that are ripe and ready to be picked. I’ve either got to find someone to give the extras to or open up a salsa factory.

The Comments

Don Jones

Get yourself some cottage cheese and throw yourself a “garden party.”

Doug Jones

I got exactly ONE tomato outta my garden this year. Everything else was eaten by the deer that sleep in my backyard. Oh… you didn’t know I run a B&B for deer?

roballoo

Now what do Space Marines and Tomatoes have in common? I do see a five star red circle on his shoulder. maybe he belongs to the 5-Star Tomato Regiment. Nice art btw. Looks like you had lots of fun on this one.

Dennis Jones

…yes, robalLOO… you are very perceptive here… this is indeed a member of the very elite, 5-Star Fighting Tomato Regiment based out of southern Mars and as you can see this trooper is using one of their hi-tech caulking guns…

…in related tomato news… last night for dinner we had… tomatoes… tomatoes with cottage cheese… bacon and tomato sandwiches… and fresh tomato salsa and chips…

Doug Jones

go ahead… rub it in, tomato king….

Dennis Jones

VOTE DENNY GENE TOMATO KING!

Don Jones

He’s the King of Indie Maters… He rules a vegetable home. A monster mater is his crown and the Craftsman is his throne…

Banshee

Nice Space Marine Dennis. [Notice I got away with the “All-Capitals” entry there-another point for me…

FOWA: week of 10 AUG 2005 ….I bet Space Marines fight for Freedom and Democracy too.

Mark Behm

Hey you have a blog. Whoohoo. I’ll be checking. Mark

Dennis Jones

Hey Mark! Good to see you stop by! As you can see, we have a real serious art forum going here… and some hot tomato talk…

…for the brothers n’ others… Mark is a phenomenal artist and his work inspired me to attempt digital painting… yes, I was a colossal failure at it, but nonetheless, Mark helped me along by sending me some of his custom Photoshop brushes…

…I would highly recommend you check out his web sight… you wont be sorry…

Doug Jones

digits will never replace good old grease paint…

Dennis Jones

…grease paint will never replace good old gouache…

Don Jones

Forget this sad little site… I’m going over at Mark Behm’s place!

Mark Behm

Thanks Dennis. The sheer number of Jones’ here is freaking me out. The place is lousy with them! 🙂

Dennis Jones

…ya got the lousy part right…

Don Jones

I’d like to think of us as lousy AND loose.

Doug Jones

hey Mark… I saw the stuff on your site… and I’m coming over to break your digits! No fair drawing so good… show us some lousy stuff once in a while to make me feel better…

Dennis Jones

…the sheer number of good pictures on Mark’s site is freaking me out. The place is lousy with ‘em… 🙂

black sunshine

OMG, i remember that old game . . . Space Hulk . . . ahhh!

Don Jones

I’m getting confused on this language here … what does lousy MEAN? Is it like calling something BAD even though it’s really good? Michael Jacksonesque… Please clarify Tomato King wannabe.

Banshee

I’ve now figured out why Dennis always has so many comments on his entries. He just leaves them up for a few days until he gets the required number to actually post a new entry. However, I tried that once, with the required number of 3 comments, and didn’t post an update for 5 months.
FOWA: week of 10 APR 2005 [You Jones boys can’t get rid of me!!! Hahahahah!]

Dennis Jones

…that’s right Banshee, I am persistent… I’m not letting go of a page until I have at least 20 comments on it… of course, once I get 20 I think, hmmm, 30 might be even better… then its 40… then 50… it’s a vicious cycle… and considering the fact that I dont actually have anything at all to say, one page every week or two is really all I need to do that with…

…and Don… when you hear someone in New England say something is wicked bad… that means it’s really, really cool… lousy with them is kinda like that… only different… in a similar sort of way… but really not at all… but kinda…

Mark Behm

Yes, none of us knows what it means, but our vocabulary is lousy with that term.

Don Jones

Louse on.

Banshee

…wicked!…

Don Jones

I can’t get over the fact that our FOW Banshee has been frequenting the hallowed halls of the Brother Jones site these past few days. Have you already committed the Black Hawk helicoptor handbook to memory?

Banshee

THAT’S what I was working on…  FOWA: 10 APR 2005

Sometimes I forget what I am doing. When I come back to consciousness I find I am at the brotherjones website.

tenke

how are the gourds this year?

Miami Vice

August 26, 2009

Achoo

My wife and I decided to do one last something before the summer was over, so we flew down to Miami and floated around in the water for a week. We did have one celebrity sighting… Dennis Rodman in all his glory. Of course, now I’ve got a soar throat and am sneezing, but I suppose that’s the price you pay for a little R & R on the beach… or perhaps that’s the price you pay for standing next to Dennis Rodman… not sure which.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Congratulations! You were selected to bring Swine Flu back from Miami to the poor folks of Indiana. They will forever be in your debt.

Dennis Jones

…can you get swine flu from bacon?… ‘cause we have half a gajillion tomatoes coming out of the garden right now and we’re eating BaconLettuceTomatoSandwiches like there’re going outa style…

Jeff

As the official Medical consultant of Bro. Jones, No you cannot get the “Pig Fever” from eating bacon. However standing next to a hygiene bomb such as Rodman can lead to some serious problems. If you doubt the factual nature of my comment, just look up a current picture of Madonna..

Nik

I like the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer is in the hospital and he walks in a room to see a person who he thinks is a pigman, and the government is creating a race of “Pig Warriors”..LOL

Don Jones

Ironic you mentioned Miami Vice… a friend from church was dining in downtown Aurora, MO at Bootleggers last week and in the booth next to him was Don Johnson (Miami Vice). He was home visiting his mother in Crane, MO.

Dennis Jones

…hey Jeff… Hurricane Bill messed up our return flight from Miami and we got stuck in Texas and had to spend the night in Arlington… if it hadn’t been so late, I woulda given you a call…

Jeff

I worked in surgery 24 years remember? Late is not an issue…I could have saved ya hotel costs at least.

Dennis Jones

…it was that 24 years of surgery that landed you the plum job of official Medical Consultant to Brother Jones, you know…

Don Jones

Dr. Jeff,
I have a slight pain in my left elbow and I don’t even play tennis… please diagnose and forward a prescription to relieve this pain. Thanks.

The “Ripleys” Guy

Don, Don Johnson is my wife’s cousin so if you ever need him to play in the HAH Tour, just let me know! His grandfather and her grandmother were brother and sister, so they are obviously pretty close… (NOT) Believe It or Not!

Jeff

Don, this is an easy fix. Switch the remote control to your right hand and the pain should go away towards the end of football season.

Don Jones

I don’t believe it… yes I do. It’s a small world, especially down here in the sticks of Christian County.

JEFF

Dennis, Please add my son to your prayer list at church Sunday..It looks like his brain tumor has reoccurred..

Dennis Jones

…so sorry to hear about that, Jeff…

Home Grown Indiana Fungi

November 2, 2009

Fungus1

…slacker…

Fungus2

…overachiever…

It’s fungus growing season here in beautiful northeastern Indiana! Every fall, tourists flock to the hoosier state to see our fabulous fall fungus growing in it’s natural environment. These two treasures were found in the front yard and the woods behind our house. Indiana is quite the wonderland this time of year… Indiana is quite the wonderland any time of year…

The Comments

Don Jones

What do you do with those things? Put ‘em in a salad or mulch ‘em with the mower?

Doug Jones

What’s the big deal? It rained so much in my neighborhood this summer that you could just drive down the street and see mushrooms growing in everybody’s yard. I think you should try to punt that big one through the uprights for extra points.

Dennis Jones

…oh yeh… well, do your Nashville shrooms have hockey pucks growing in them like the Indiana ones do? …huh? …do they?

Doug Jones

well, no… around here they are full of guitar picks. you have to spit them out like seeds. Vince Young ate one yesterday that seemed to help him out a bit.

Dennis Jones

…he actually had a surprisingly good day… I was happy for him…

Jeff

You might try a 9 iron on the first one and go straight to the slaphot on the second one..

Dennis Jones

…the first summer that we moved up here, Karen and I decided to plant a garden…

…Karen came home with an entire flat of tomato plants (about 36 plants if I remember right) and if memory serves me correctly, those plants produced 16 kazillion tomatoes… We couldn’t even give them all away, so I did take a hockey stick to a ton of them…

…my youngest son, Pete, recently found some old video footage he shot of me demonstrating the proper way to execute a tomato slap shot…

Don Jones

The beginnings of the patented and delicious Weasel’s SlapShot Salsa.

Jeff

Good idea, bang all the ingredients up against the garage door, snow shovel them up, put it in a jar.. Packed with yummy goodness

Jeff

Of course the “Weasel’s slap shot salsa” must have a creative label.

Nik

And have a really cool distict looking jar like no other and lettering…

Dennis Jones

Jeff

I’ll take a case..I want the extra chunky..Thats when you don’t sweep the driveway before you make a batch.