Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween and the Conference

Our conference started off bright and early this morning at the Omni. I made it into Richmond right around 7 a.m. If I had a room upstairs it would have been a good time to get some photos of the city.

Dr. Gaudio & Anita really got into the spirit of Halloween first thing this morning. It was great fun. He's the "Dentistry Wizard".

Our speaker, Dr. Brian Mealy, spoke to us about periodontial disease and diabetes. Although the presentation was a clinical one, the material covered was amazing. The group was all ears. By lunch time I felt like I had been through several levels of college biology. WOW! The connections were amazing.

I've got to give it to Brian, he did a great job getting the things together at the Omni for the conference. Since I had been out of the loop on the preparations it was great to walk in and find everthing done. THANKS! Brian. Loved the selections for the breaks and lunch.

We ended off around 5, but the day didn't end there. Brian had set up a great cocktail hour for the group - there were lots of comments on the fantastic job he did picking out the appetizers. We had crab cakes, mini quesadillas, spring rolls, meatballs, and another that was made up of artichoke and mushrooms on pita bread. Yum.

Of course since it was Halloween, we went on a Haunts of Richmond tour. We had a little bit of an transportation issue that we had to resolve, but four cabs and about ten minutes we all arrived at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum. Our tour started out in the garden behind the museum. This is the garden behind the Edgar Allen Poe Museum. The building in the back is a shrine to Edgar Allen Poe. The carriage house on the right, is thought to be haunted by a little boy. Moving on to a walking tour through Shockhoe bottom (lots of Civil War ghost in the old tobacco warehouses). Further along in the tour we moved into Shockhoe Slip to finish off the tour with he ghost of the brothel above the microbrewery on the corner just down from the hotel on Cary Street.

Now we didn't see any 'ghosts' but we did see some odd sights. Various goulish characters, a few sweet ones, the trashy group, and even an Elvis sighting! We stayed at the microbrewery for a late snack, one of the waiters had googly eyes all over his head. 'All eyes were on him.' One guy was dress in a late 70's get-up, platform shoes, bell bottoms, and full afro. What a flashback!

Then there were the was really funny Gingerbread man roaming the Slip with a Transformer. We caught sight of him after we heard a number of people hollering down the street from us.

The Gingerbread man was yelling something back. Which we thought should have been, "Eat me, Eat me." After peals of laughter, Anita (from NJ) had her picture taken with him. She even looks like she might get a bite in her photo.

All in all it was a really fun day. The group is really coming together and becoming friends. I really enjoyed the evening out with them, particularly Dr. Gaudio, Anita, & Dr. & Jules Gaeta. Great people!

Instead of heading back out to the apartment for the night, I stayed at the Omni for the evening. The room was great, and even had a nice view of the river.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday Crunch

Here it is pushing 6 p.m. and we're in the finally crunch of getting things together for the conference that actually beings at 7 p.m. tonight. Looks like I'll be putting in the hours here at the office getting the power point presentation printed out so that we'll have it for the meeting on Saturday. We could have put it off till tomorrow, but no one will be in the office. We are having a clinical session as part of the meeting this time, so everyone needs to be in attendance.

Walt will be coming in this evening from Franklin. It looks like he had a good week. He even sent me a couple of photos this morning, one of the sunrise and the other of the frost on the grass. I'll have to get those posted here a little later in the evening (while the presentation is printing). He's going to be watching out for Carla for me while the conference is in session.

Sean and Buddy (new name for the Puggle) will be coming over to the house on Saturday. Carla met Buddy last night and they got along fine. I don't think we'll have any trouble whatsoever. Buddy will sleep with Sean and Carla with me.

UPDATE: 10:00 p.m.

Would you believe that I’m still at the office? I can hardly believe it myself. I was scheduled to leave here around 4:00 p.m. for the Omni to help Brian set up for the meeting this evening and for the meeting in the morning, but that just didn’t happen. Doc got all wrapped up in surgery today and didn’t even finish his power point presentation for the meeting until 6 p.m. this evening. Well, of course, it has to be printed. So here I sit, waiting on the printer to spit out a few copies. Then staple and wait some more. The darn thing took almost 2 boxes of copy paper.

Around 8:30 this evening I ran out to Staples to pick up another box of paper. Everyone was sure that we were going to have enough paper to print this thing….That was until I actually printed it out. He wanted a large number of the slides printed as single sheets, thus the need for so much more paper. It would have been a breeze if I had just had three slides to a page and could have done doubled sided prints I’d have been out of here in no time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Trip Memories

I've had real fun this evening. Cassie gave me a call, seeking information on Italy. I was more than happy to help her out. Alice even dropped by on the way home so that I could send her a bunch of visual aids for her class. I sent her three books, a DVD of my trip, model of a scooter, Euros, a mask from Venice, and a few maps from cities where I stayed. I do hope that it helps her out.

The price of gasoline around here is dropping like a rock. As I was coming in from work this evening the Wawa on the corner had regular gas for $2.15/gallon. Wow! Nearly a $2.00 drop in just over 3 weeks. It does seem that the price was artificially high with such a drastic drop. Oh well, enjoy it while we can because the next thing you know the price will rocket upward again - probably around Thanksgiving or Christmas. Then there'll be the heating oil 'shortage' after that, which will run the cost back up. 'Round and 'round we go.

Brrr....

Well, we started off the week wet and rainy, and looks like it'll be breezy today. It does appear that Fall has struck with a vengence, with Winter knocking hard on the door. We may actually have 'cold' weather this year. With that in mind, I've got to get on the phone to the apartment complex, again, and have them check out the heat in the apartment. I'm pretty sure the thermostat is not working correctly. It's just a ittle nippy for 80. Just guessing, but I'd say it isn't more than 65 in the apartment. For me to put on long sleeves and socks it truly has to be cold.

We've been working like mad at work, getting ready for our conference this weekend. I even came home last night and put in 4 1/2 hours just prepping customized documents. I've still got 2 to go plus a couple of sets that that need fixing.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Excursion

Walter & I headed off early this morning for the Richmond Highland Games & Celtic Festival. I even wore the new celtic dress. I was surprised that the dress was so 'warm'. The temperature was running around 60-degrees this morning and I surely felt like it was closer to the 90's. It gave me a huge appreciation for what women of the 14th century had to go through - I only had three layers on and they wore more than that. Wow! What a tough way to go through the day dressed in all those layers in the summertime. Now mid-winter it might not be too bad, but until then.... Bring on the AC. We ran by Mom & Dad's this afternoon, Mom wanted to see the dress. She took a bunch of pictures, and this one was one of the better ones.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For the Day:The government is best which governs least.” — Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday

It has been a wet and rainy day. The rain began here just after midnight and has been steadily continuing all day long.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Ah . . Sorry to bother you Mr. Obama, Sir

Excuse me Mr. Obama, I mean Senator Obama, sir. Um . . . know you are busy and important and stuff.. I mean running for president is very important and . . . ah . . . I hate to bother you. I will only take a minute ok, sir?

See, I have these missing pieces that are holding me up, and I was wondering sir, if you could take time out of your busy schedule and help me out. You know, no big deal, just some loose ends and things.

Hey, you have a nice place here! The wife sees houses like this on TV all the time and says boy she wishes she had digs like this you know? Is that painting real? Really? Wow. I saw something like that in a museum once!

Oh, sorry sir. I didn't mean to get off the track. So if you could just help me out a minute and give me some details, I will get right out of your way. I want to close this case and maybe take the wife to Coney Island or something. Ever been to Coney Island ? No, I didn't think so. .

Well, listen, anyways, I can't seem to get some information I need to wrap this up.... These things seem to either be "locked" or "not available'. I'm sure it's just some oversight or glitch or something, so if you could you tell me where these things are . . . I . . I . . . have them written down here somewhere . . . oh wait. Sorry about the smears. It was raining out. I'll just read it to you.

Could you help me please find these things, sir?

1. Occidental College records -- Not released
2. Columbia College records -- Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper -- "not available"
4. Harvard College records -- Not released
5. Selective Service Registration -- Not released
6. Medical records -- Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule -- "not available"
8. Law practice client list -- Not released
9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate -- Not released
10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth -- Not released
11. Harvard Law Review articles published – None
12. University of Chicago scholarly articles – None
13. Your Record of baptism-- Not released or "not available"
14. Your Illinois State Senate records--"not available"

Oh hey listen! I know you are busy! Is this too much for you now? I mean tell you what. I will come back tomorrow. Give you some time to get these things together, you know? I mean, I know you are busy, so I will just let myself out. I will be back tomorrow.

Who wants to know these things? asked Senator Obama.

Columbo answered: THE PEOPLE!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday

The week has been eventful. We had a great little get together after work, a few of got together to just shoot the breeze for a while before heading back home.

Walter is back from Franklin. He'll be doing it again next week, then heading off hiking over the weekend.

Tomorrow we are thinking of heading off to the Richmond Highland Games & Celtic Festival, if it isn't raining. Otherwise, we'll be make the trip on Sunday.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For the Day:
The government is best which governs least.” — Thomas Jefferson

IN GERMANY, WHEN HILTER CAME TO POWER,
IT WAS A TIME OF TERRIBLE DEPRESSION

I do not know how many remember "Hitler's Children" by Bonita Granville, but what this lady is talking about was shown in that film. Believe me, this is something to Pray about, long and hard. Put God's Man in the 'seat of power' in Wash. D.C. Be not deceived by pretty words of 'change'. I am a democrat, but I fear the one that our 'party' has up for their candidate will be the DEATH of our America as we know it! - Edith Lines (age 81)

Hymn to Hitler
by Lori Kale

In Germany, when Hitler came to power, it was a time of terrible financial depression. Money was worth nothing.

In Germany people lost homes and jobs, just like in the American Depression in the 1930s, which we have read about in Thoene's Shiloh books. In those days, in my homeland, Adolph Hitler was elected to power by promising "Change." He blamed the "Zionists" around the world for all our problems. He told everyone it was greedy Zionist Bankers who had caused every problem we had. He promised when he was leader, the greedy Zionist bankers would be punished. The Zionists, he promised, would be wiped off the face of the earth.

So Hitler was elected to power by only 1/3 the popular vote. A coalition of other political parties in parliament made him supreme leader. Then, when he was leader, he disgraced and expelled everyone in parliament who did not go along with him. Yes. Change came to my homeland as the new leader promised it would.

The teachers in German schools began to teach the children to sing songs in praise of Hitler. This was the beginning of the Hitler Youth movement. It began with praise of the Fuhrer's programs on the lips of innocent children.

Hymns in praise of Hitler and his programs were being sung in the schoolrooms and in the playyard. Little girls and boys joined hands and sang these songs as they walked home from school.

My brother came home and told Papa what was happening at school. The political hymns of children proclaimed Change was coming to our homeland and the Fuhrer was a leader we could trust.

I will never forget my father's face. Grief and fear.

He knew that the best propaganda of the Nazis was song on the lips of little children.

That evening before he said grace at the dinner table, he placed his hands upon the heads of my brothers and me and prayed the Living Word upon us from Jeremiah 1:4-5…

'Now the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

Soon the children's songs praising the Fuhrer were heard everywhere on the streets and over the radio. "With our Fuhrer to lead us, we can do it! We can change the world!"

Soon after that Papa, a pastor, was turned away from visiting elderly parishioners in hospitals. The people he had come to bring comfort of God's Word, were "no longer there."

Where had they vanished to while under nationalized health care? It became an open secret. The elderly and sick began to disappear from hospitals feet first as "mercy killing" became the policy. Children with disabilities and those who had Down syndrome were euthanized.

People whispered, "Maybe it is better for them now. Put them out of misery. They are no longer suffering…And, of course, their death is better for the treasury of our nation. Our taxes no longer must be spent to care for such a burden." And so murder was called mercy.

The government took over private business. Industry and health care were "nationalized." (NA-ZI means National Socialist Party). The businesses of all Jews were seized. (Perhaps you remember our story in Berlin on Krystalnacht in the book Munich Signature)

The world and God's word were turned upside down. Hitler promised the people economic Change?

Not change. It was, rather, Lucifer's very ancient Delusion leading to Destruction.

What began with the propaganda of children singing a catchy tune ended in the deaths of millions of children. The reality of what came upon us is so horrible that you in this present generation cannot imagine it. Our suffering is too great to ever tell in a book or show in a black and white newsreel.

When I spoke to Bodie about some of these things, she wept and said she could not bear to write them. Perhaps one day she will, but I asked her, "who could bear to read our suffering?"

Yet with my last breaths I warn every Christian and Jew now in the name of the Lord,
Unless your course of the church in America is spiritually changed now, returning to the Lord, There are new horrors yet to come.

I trembled last night when I heard the voices of American children raised in song, praising the name of Obama, the charismatic fellow who claims he is the American Messiah.

Yet I have heard what this man Obama says about abortion and the "mercy killing" of tiny babies who are not wanted.

There are so few of us left to warn you.. I have heard that there are 69 million Catholics in America and 70 million Evangelical Christians.

Where are your voices? Where is your outrage? Where is passion and your vote?

Do you vote based on an abortionist's empty promises and economics? Or do you vote according to the Bible?

Thus says the Lord about every living child still in the womb…

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you…"

I have experienced the signs of the politics of Death in my youth. I see them again now.

Christians! Unless you stand up now, you will lose your freedom of religion. In America priests and preachers have already lost their freedom to speak openly from their pulpits of moral danger in political candidates. They cannot legally instruct you of which candidate holds fast to the precepts of scripture! American law forbids this freedom of speech to conservative pastors or they will lose their "tax exempt" status.

And yet I have heard the words of Obama's pastor Damning America! I have heard the words of Obama damning and mocking all of you in small towns because you "Cling to your religion…"

But I am a woman whose name is unknown. My life is recorded as a work of fiction.
I have no fear of reprisal when I speak truth to you from the pages of a book.. (Though the Zion Covenant books are mocked and condemned by the Left in America.)

I am an old woman and will soon go to be with my Lord. I have no fear for myself, but for all of you and for your children, I tremble.

I tremble at the hymns to a political leaders which your children will sing at school. (Though even now a hymn or a prayer to God and our Lord Jesus is against the law in public school!)

Your vote must put a stop to what will come upon America if Barrack Obama is elected.

I pray you will personally heed this warning for the sake of your children and your grandchildren. Do not be deceived. The Lord in Jeremiah 1:7-8 commands every believer to speak up!

"Do not say, 'I am only a youth,' for to all whom I send you, you shall go, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you, declares the Lord!"

I am in Prayer for you, and for the Church!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Seasonal Cartoon

I got this one in my email this evening. What a way to wrap the election campaigning in with Halloween.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Male or Female?

Freezer bags: They are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.

Photocopiers: These are female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong buttons.

Tires: Tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated.

Hot Air Balloons: Also a male object, becuase to get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under them.

Sponges: These are female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.

Web Pages: Female, because they're constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on.

Trains: Definitely male, because they always use the same old lines for picking up people.

Egg Timers: Egg timers are female because, over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom.

Hammers: Male because in the last 5000 years, they'ver hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.

The Remote Control: Female. Ha! You probably thought it would be male, but consider this: It easily give a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying.

Clerk Silence

A really huge muscular guy with a bad stutter goes to a counter in a department store and asks,"W-w-w-where's the m-m-m-men's dep-p-p-partment?"

The clerk behind the counter just looks at him and says nothing.

The man repeats himself: "W-w-w-where's the m-m-m-men's dep-p-p-partment?"

Again, the clerk doesn't answer him.

The guy asks several more times: "W-w-w-where's the m-m-m-men's dep-p-p-partment?"

And the clerk just seems to ignore him.

Finally, the guy storms off in anger.

The customer who was waiting in line behind the guy asks the clerk, "Why wouldn't you answer that guy's question?"

The clerk answers. . . "D-d-d-do you th-th-th-think I w-w-w-want to get b-b-b-beat up?!!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The new puppy.

I've been enjoying the my new Creative Suite! There are so many new features and it does seem to speed along on the processing. I've been really impressed with the new Bridge software, I was able to create contact sheets in it without opening PhotoShop. To top it off it was 'really' quick too.

I was off to visit with Sean this evening. Although that I never thought that I would get there. There was an accident on 288 near the Hull Street Road exit. It backed the traffic up for around 3 miles. I sat in traffic for about 30 minutes just in that 3 mile stretch. In the end I did get a treat for spending all that time in traffic, the sunset was beautiful as I was popping the hill towards Sean's house.

Sean with his new Puggle puppy, Ramzey. Ramzey just got here today on his own flight in from Kentucky.

He was very laid back. All snuggly in Sean's lap. He did make some really cute puppy noises.

The guys told me that they had him in Pet Smart this afternoon to pick out a bed for him, and while they were waiting to pay, he climbed in the bed and put his head on the edge. Quite contented.

Rascal seems to be tolerating the 'invader', only time will tell on that one. I can see Ramzey sleeping in the bed with Sean, then Rascal jumping up unknowingly only to be surprised by the new addition.

Monday, October 20, 2008

An Observation

Just when I thought that the political banter of this election season could get no worse, I was proven wrong. Here's a really weird quote from the political realm:

"mark my words...watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, 'Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that decision. Because if you think the decision is sound when they're made, which I believe you will when they're made, they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound." - Joe Biden speaking at a fundraising event Sunday in Seattle.

After reading this, it really caused my head to hurt. With this train of thought it should make any reasonable person run to the polls on election day to vote for John McCain if for no other reason than to avert the 'generated international crisis' that is immenante should Obama/Biden ticket prevail in November.

And for an update on the Gun Show from this weekend...we'll I thought that was a safe place to head off to, but who knew that there would be a jewlery shop there!!! Of course, they had just the necklace that I had been on the look out for. The whole way home, Walter gave me a ribbing about being able to find something to buy at the gun show that wasn't a firearm related in any way. Although Walter didn't pick up anything but ammunition at the gun show, he did pick up a new toy later in the afternoon from Bob's. A real antique, 107 years old, and it still works!

We even did a run by the Harley Davidson shop off Hull Street to do some "window shopping." Walter showed me the model that he has his eye on, I even tried one on for size. Hmmm... maybe after the first of the year or so.

Sean gave me a call this afternoon to let me know that his birthday present will be flying in to Richmond on Wednesday afternoon. They'll be picking up his new Puggle. A really cute little guy. I'm going to hop over to meet the new addition after work on Wednesday.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For the Day: “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate—look to his character.” — Noah Webster

Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20." Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.

But what about the other six men - the paying customers?

How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).

The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I got"

"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man."Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had beers without him.

But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas; where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Georgia

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Curious Facts

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.

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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

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Coca-Cola was originally green.

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It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)

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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400

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The average number of people airborne over the U.S. In any given hour: 61,000

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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace

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Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession

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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you
would find the letter 'A'?

A. One thousand

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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All were invented by women.

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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey

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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day

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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... 'goodnight, sleep tight.'

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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.'

It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'

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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

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Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig, huh?

YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2008 when...

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Change of Plans

Last night I was all set to settle down this morning and work on my DVD of photos from my trip to Italy. Yet even the best laid plans sometimes go array. It seems that Walter's plans for the morning had fallen through, so...we're heading off this morning to the Gun Show at the Showplace. This is the one place I'm pretty darn sure that I can go shopping and not find something to buy. More later....

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rainy Day Politics

The rain has been pouring down all morning, which has made it the perfect day to peruse the political pages doing catch up on the politcal commentary. The graphic on the left arrived in my email, very thought for provoking. The article that goes with it is just as interesting. Be sure to check out The Patriot Post for more.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday Again

Here we are at the middle of the week once again. Things have been busy over the past few days. Walt's been out of town in Franklin County for work, but he'll be coming in a day early.

This evening I took Sean out to celebrate his 16th Birthday.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
Two Little Boys

After a hardy rainstorm filled all the potholes in the streets and alleys, a young mother watched her two little boys playing in the puddle through her kitchen window.

The older of the two, a five year old lad, grabbed his sibling by the back of his head and shoved his face into the water hole.

As the boy recovered and stood laughing and dripping, the mother runs to the yard in a panic. Why on earth did you do that to your little brother she asks as she shook the older boy in anger.

We were just playing 'church' mommy he said, I was just baptizing him.....in the name of the Father, the Son and in...the hole-he-goes.'

Happy Birthday Sean!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lazy Weekend

Lucky & I went out Friday to the Byrd Theatre to see Step Brothers. It was a nice late night movie. I enjoyed seeing the architecture of the building. So much detail. The building was built in 1929 so there was much more detail than in much newer buildings. The theatre even has the original seats.

I spent Saturday morning with Mamaw Stapleton. We didn't do a lot of anything. We did have a movie on, but both of us ended up taking a short nap. I also worked on the photos from Italy. I am closing in on finally picking out the ones to put on a DVD. Once I get it put together I'm going to send out a copy to the couples that were on the tour with me. I still have the mini-videos to go through to see if they should be included. Most likely I'll set the whole thing to mandolin music (from the CD I purchased at the Piazza Nuvona from the musician).

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Motivating Others

John, a neighbor of mine, was annoyed because he had to search for his newspaper each morning after the paperboy tossed it. Often he would find it, covered with dirt, under the car in the gravel driveway. Then one-day the paperboy's mother mentioned that her son's ambition was to play professional basketball. John had an idea.

When he got home, he attached a basketball hoop to a post on the front porch. Sure enough, the next morning there was a resounding "plunk" as the newspaper sailed through the hoop and landed by the door.

John never had to search for his paper again.

This is an article written by Charlie Reese, a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. Very interesting perspective on the state of our Nation!

545 PEOPLE

(I'm pretty sure that I've posted this in the past, but I do think that this is worth reading once again.)
By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations.

The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation,' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable '100%' by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday

Walt's been out and about visiting this evening. This evening we're going to be packing him up for the company camping trip this weekend. He was going to put the twin mattress in the back to sleep on, but it was too long for the bed of the Jimmy to travel with, however...we pulled out the mattress from the sleeper sofa and it will fit in the back without any trouble. All he'll have to do at night is unfold the mattress. That should do him up right for the weekend. At least he won't need to sleep on the ground and it will keep his leg from hurting too badly.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
8 Amazing Holes!

These holes are not only amazing, but some of them are really terrifying - especially #8! The sheer scale of these holes reminds you of just how tiny you are.

1. Kimberley Big Hole - South Africa
Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed in 1914.
2. Glory Hole - Monticello Dam, California
A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir. This is the 'Glory Hole' at Monticello dam, and it's the largest in the world of this type of spillway, its size enabling it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second. 3. Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah
This is supposedly the largest man-made excavation on earth. Extraction began in 1863 and still continues today, the pit increasing in size constantly. In its current state the hole is miles deep and 2.5 miles wide.4. Great Blue Hole, Belize
This incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize. There are numerous blue holes around the world, but none as stunning as this one. 5. Mirny Diamond Mine, Serbia
This one is an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. At 525 meters deep, with a top diameter of 1,200 meters, there's even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters having been sucked in. 6. Diavik Mine, Canada
The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it has its own airport with a runway large enough to accommodate a Boeing 737. It looks equally cool when the surrounding water is frozen. 7. Sinkhole in Guatemala
These photos are of a sinkhole that occurred early this year in Guatemala. The hole swallowed dozen homes and killed at least 3 people. 8. And the most terrifying one of all
This is the famous 'Rat Hole' that you have heard about. It is capable of swallowing trillions and trillions of U.S. Dollars... Annually! Never to be heard from again.
Didn't see that coming. Did You?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hump Day

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For the Day:It is freedom itself that still hangs in the balance, and freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.” — Ronald Reagan

Change ... Change ... Change!!!!!!!!!!

Not long ago I read what was, supposedly, a joke ... It said all the politicians running for president are promising change to the American people. We send them billions and billions of tax dollars and they send us the change.

Funny? Not really; there is too much truth in it to be funny. They ALL promise change. How about if they run on a promise of restoration rather than change. A restoration that would take e us back in time to a place where things ran better, smoother and life was more enjoyable. Change? That, in truth, is what they have been giving us all along.

We USED to have a strong dollar ... Politicians changed that.

Life USED to be sacred ... Politicians changed that.

Marriage USED to be sacred ... Politicians are changing that.

We USED to be respected around the world ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to have a strong manufacturing economy ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to have lower tax structures ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to enjoy more freedoms ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to be a large exporter of American made goods ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to be an OPENLY Christian nation ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to teach patriotism in schools ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to educate children in schools ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to enjoy freedom of speech ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to ENFORCE LEGAL citizenship ... Politicians changed that.

We USED to have affordable food & gas prices ... Politicians changed that, too .... and one could go on and on with this list.

What hasn't been changed, politicians are promising to change that as well if you will elect them.

When, oh WHEN, is America going to sit back with open eyes and look at what we once were and where we have come and say, enough is enough?

The trouble is, America 's youthful voters today don't know of the great America that existed forty and fifty years ago. They see the world as if it has always existed, as it is now.

When will we wake up?

Tomorrow may be too late.

When will America realize ... Politicians are what is wrong with America?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Another Week

The week is off to a running start. I've been working on creating a dvd for a trade show next week. I've got three banners to produce tomorrow so that they can be delivered in time for the crew to leave on Tuesday.

The weather here has been very nice. Cool enough for the new jacket, yet not warm enough not to need a lot of heat in the house.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Weekend

The conference went well on Saturday, I only ended up staying till about noon. It was nice seeing a bunch of the group members.

Natalie, presented me a copy of the new book that she had written a chapter for. It was very sweet of her. Nicely written chapter as well.

I arrived home only to find the the apartment over run by Mexican men...they were painting the exterior of the building and the decks. They were doing a nice job, but...it kept us cramped up in the apartment for the entire afternoon. I opened the door at one point to let Carla out to go to the bathroom only to find one of the painter's staring me in the face. Shocking.

All of the deck furniture is awry and the plants are just here and there. I've not really examined things that well yet, but I already know that the grill cover has big paint splotches all over it.

This afternoon, Walter is working on my car putting new speakers in.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Gruelling Cross Examinations

Attorney: Doctor, as a result of your examination of the plaintiff, is the young lady pregnant?
Witness: The young lady is pregnant, but not as a result of my examination.

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Attorney: Do you know how far pregnant you are now?
Witness: I'll be three months on November 8.
Attorney: Apparently, then, the date of conception was August 8?
Witness: Yes.
Attorney: What were you doing at that time?

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Attorney: Mr. Clark, you went on a rather elaborate honeymoon, didn't you?
Witness: I went to Europe, sir.
Attorney: And did you take your new wife?

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Attorney: She had three children, right?
Witness: Yes.
Attorney: How many were boys?
Witness: None.
Attorney: Were there any girls?
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Attorney: You say the stairs went down to the basement?
Witness: Yes.
Attorney: And these stairs, did they go up also?

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Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

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Attorney: I show you Exhibit 3 and ask you if you recognize that picture.
Witness: That's me.
Attorney: Were you present when that picture was taken?

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Attorney: Were you present in court this morning when you were sworn in?

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Attorney: So you were gone until you returned?

Arrest Mistake

A man is being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly the light turns yellow just in front of him. He does the right thing and stops at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman hits the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she misses her chance to get through the intersection with him. As she is still in mid-rant, she hears a tap on her window and looks up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer orders her to exit her car with her hands up. He takes her to the police station where she is searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approaches the cell and opens the door. She is escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer is waiting with her personal effects. He says, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him."

"I noticed the "Choose Life" license plate holder, the "What Would Jesus Do" bumper sticker, the "Follow Me to Sunday School" bumper sticker, and the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk."

"Naturally I assumed you had stolen the car."

Government Pipe Specifications
  1. All pipe is to be made of a long hole, surrounded by metal or plastic centered around the hole.
  2. All pipe is to be hollow throughout the entire length - do not use holes of different length than the pipe.
  3. The I.D. (inside diameter) of all pipe must not exceed the O.D. (outside diameter) - otherwise the hole will be on the outside.
  4. All pipe is to be supplied with nothing in the hole so that water, steam or other stuff can be put inside at a later date.
  5. All pipe should be supplied without rust - this can be more readily applied at the job site. N.B. Some Vendors are now able to supply pre-rusted pipe. If available in your area, this product is recommended as it will save a lot of time on the job site.
  6. All pipe over 500 ft (153m) in length should have the words "long pipe" clearly painted on each end, so the Contractor will know it is a long pipe.
  7. Pipe over 2 miles (3.2 km) in length must have the words "very long pipe" painted in the middle, so the Contractor will not have to walk the entire length of the pipe to determine whether or not it is a long pipe or a very long pipe.
  8. All pipe over 6" (152 mm) in diameter must have the words "large pipe" painted on it, so the Contractor will not mistake it for small pipe.
  9. Flanges must be used on all pipe. Flanges must have holes for bolts quite separate from the big hole in the middle.
  10. When ordering 90 degrees, 45 degrees or 30 degrees elbow, be sure to specify right hand or left hand; otherwise you will end up going the wrong way.
  11. Be sure to specify to your vendor whether you want level, uphill or downhill pipe. If you use downhill pipe for going uphill, the water will flow the wrong way.
  12. All couplings should have either right hand or left hand thread, but do not mix the threads - otherwise, as the coupling is being screwed on one pipe, it is unscrewed from the other.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Crescent Moon

I was out at Lowe's last night and saw this beautiful crescent moon on the horizon.

While at work today, I was busy doing some video editing, by during the time that the video was loading into the editor I took a few minutes to make up a really cute characterization of one of the fellows in our group. It seems that he has one particular shirt that he wears to work that his office staff says makes him look like Nemo. Well, I couldn't resist....I have sent it to him with the wish to really enjoy it.

Walter & I had a great dinner out at Mom & Dad's this evening. Fried fish is fantastic. Thanks Mom! On the way home we stopped by Wally World to pick up some new speakers for my car, it seems that I somehow managed to blow my speakers. Not so much from turning them up too loud, but the radio was putting out more power than the speakers could handle. Oh well, Walt will fix it up sometime tomorrow or Sunday.

I had to drop by work on my way home to pick up my stylus for the computer, and ended up working about a half hour, and getting scheduled to attend the conference in town in the morning to assist with a presentation.

This evening as I was coming up the Boulders Parkway on the way home I got this photo of the moon just above the tree line.

I've been spending the remaining portion the evening watching House with Walter. I don't know which is funnier, Walter or House. Then sometimes they seem about the same.

Well, I'm off to bed. I need to be downtown before 8:30 a.m. It shouldn't be too bad. I'd missed seeing several members of the group. It'll be nice to catch up.