Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It has been a busy day. I completed production on three magazines today, plus all the normal daily stuff.
Walter headed out this morning to the orthopedic and finally find out what was going on with his leg. The word is that the bone has finally healed. He'll be a few more months getting his muscles back to normal but it is really good news.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
It has been a fantastic Sunday. Sleeping a bit late, going out for 'brunch' with Walter, Jeff & Sarah.
We hit Aunt Sarah's for brunch. The meal was great, but the service today was an epic fail. Poor Walter & Sarah, both having worked in the food industry, they have high expectations. Which were most assuredly not met. We even did a bit of shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I haven't been out just shopping in a long time. It was great fun. I even found a wall hanging for the dining room.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Laura Loper Griggs, Donna Kelsey, Susan Terry Martin
middle row: Alan Blackmon, Jeff Creech, Diana Moon Morris, Tom Griggs, Steve Tuck
front row: Wendy Link Routhier, Joe 'Jose' Brame, Russ Bahorsky
Members of the Joe Simpkins' era Marching Cavaliers gathered together this evening for a march down memory lane. It was a great evening catching up with former band members, and watching a specially produced DVD of the 1980 Band Documentary with Bonus Video" edited and produced by Tom Griggs. It was an amazing evening, recalling fantastic times.
More photos from the band reunion.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Walter was a hoot. He played gargoyle for us and warded off any potential invasion from non-band members. We also enlisted him to take group photo.
More Homecoming Photos:
2009 CHHS Homecoming
2009 CHHS After Homecoming
Even though Friday morning started off rainy our spirits weren't dampened. We had a full house.
Dr. John Gaeta and Dr. Eric Compton during a communication exercise on mirroring.
Conference Weekend Photos
Thursday, September 24, 2009
We're holding our conference at a new venue this month, the Hotel Sierra out at Short Pump. Very nice facilities. The decor is very calming - the colors and general feel remind me of some places in Italy. They even have a roof top area for outdoor events that really reminded me of the roof top of the hotel where I stayed in Naples.
This evening we are having a pre-meeting meeting, just a small group get together to bat around some ideas. Many times these pre-meetings produce loads of great ideas, discoveries and ah ha's that may not have come about in the larger group setting.
Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
Saying of the Day:
Wear old sneakers every chance you get
Ride roller coasters with your hands up
Play hooky the first super sunny spring day
Don't settle for store bought cake
Stand up for the little guys
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On the way in I caught these geese flying over the field at the end of the road.
This evening I've got lemon chess pies in the oven, and a couple of more ready to go in. I haven't made these darn thing in almost 30 years. Lord, help if they don't turn out right because I'd never, ever, ever hear the end of it. Dad had already put in his order for one, so I just might end up making more than I thought I would.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I'll be busier than a March hare both days. We are having a conference at work on both days, prior to the evenings festivities. So I'll be racing from one event to the next.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I've been working on the final transfer of data and program installations to the new computer. The old one decided to work, at least temporarily, so that has been helpful in getting the information transferred and making sure that I have all the programs installed that I usually use. You know the first thing that would happen on Monday is that I'd find out there was something on the old one that I need to use during the day.
The band reunion is coming right along. In fact, it seems to be growing by leaps and bound. I am forward to Saturday, catching up with everyone. All you band members out there if you haven't signed up do so now so we'll know how many are coming! http://budurl.com/chhs
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Abby and Sam were particularly taken with the Indians. They were very informative. They even had a flint knapping demonstration. We were told that a group of the Indians had slept in the lodge last night.
There were various demonstrations: carpentry, blacksmith, traders, musician, cooking, tobacco farming, laundry, gardening, and medical treatments of the time. Everyone was informative and entertaining.
Both Abby & Sam were off almost from the minute we hit the fort gate, taking pictures of everything. They are really quite the shutterbugs. Once they had taken a photo they were off to find something new to see. Abby was having such a good time taking pictures of the chickens and turkey that were in the barnyard. We even got in a few bugs and a caterpillar.
The kids and I slipped away from Mom & Elda, and I got them big scoops of Bruster's ice cream. The little bunchkins wouldn't even give their mom a bit. They definitely enjoyed it.
I was so glad that we had gotten there early, the lines weren't long and we were able to get down to tour the Godspeed before the crowds really arrived.
The kids enjoyed the Colonial games and crafts that were available. Sam was having fun trying out all the different activities. Abby got very involved in to making a sachet. She spent a long time decorating the outside. She was being quite the little artist.
On the way out we caught up with a mother and her 4-year-old re-enactors. The little guy was just as cute as a button. He posed for us, and then started 'flirting' with Abbey. Doing some of the cutest things. His antics were a great ending to the tour of the fort.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I dashed out almost immediately and headed for home. I needed to pick up my CS4 software for installing on another computer. Then on to BestBuy for a new computer. While waiting for a 'geek' in the computer department, I was on the phone with Adobe verifying that the Creative Suite would run on the Windows Vista 64 bit system. Once I found out that it would I was set. Following the basic rule of thumb for computer purchase, get the most RAM, largest hard drive, and fastest processor you can. I have upgraded from my HP Pavillion d9000 to a HP Pavillion dv7.
Once back in the office I delved into the arduous task of setting up a new computer, with all the inital setup steps that you must go through. Once I had that done, well not quite all done. I went ahead and got my Creative Suite installed and was able to get to editing.
I've finally gotten the last of 56 Microsoft updates installed this evening. On top of all the normal Office programs. There are a number more programs that I still have to get done before Monday. But I'm not going to push too hard to get them done this evening.
Dr. Martin and Brian F. took me out to Firebirds for lunch in celebration of my birthday. It was a very nice lunch. While I was out Walter came by the office and fixed the door handle on my car door. Now I can get in and out of the car without rolling down the window.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The rest of my year seemed to be just about as eventful. Just after Christmas the Facebook community exploded! It is truly amazing how everyone is getting back together after 30 years or so. The monthly Monday get togethers are turning in quite the events.
In January, Walter (my son) bought a house and I moved in with him at the end of the month. That has been an experience. Construction everywhere for the first three or four months. Then, of course, once they completed the house, trees had to come down. Only 55!! Firewood is still everywhere.
During March and April we took a couple of impromptu trips to the Outer Banks. One was absolutely on a whim on a Saturday afternoon. We ended up in Ocracoke for dinner. What a drive that was. Our second trip was a little more planned and that time we took my mom with us. That trip too turned out to be a real adventure. We even managed to get in the Kenny Loggins concert at Innsbrook.
At the end of the Spring I enrolled at Sessions.edu in the Graphic Design Master Certification program. So far classes have been going well. All A's so far. I just really need to get over Typography class.
August brought Brian in from the frozen land of the UP of Michigan. We had quite the turn out for his Welcome Home/Going Away party.
September slipped right back around and has been filled with a flurry of activities. Planning Homecoming events and band reunion in addition to actually working.
All-in-all the year began and ended on a high note. Here's to another terrific year!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
1981 Florida Band Trip
Various CHHS Band Members
Various CHHS Band Group Photos
CHHS Band Random Photos
CHHS Band Random Group Shots
CHHS Band at Southside Plaza
CHHS Miscellaneous Slides
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I had a fantastic journey down memory lane today visiting with Diana (Moon) Morris, Joe Simpkins, Tom & Laura (Loper) Griggs. The photos and videos are priceless. I've got a whole box of photos on loan from Joe Simpkins to scan, so be on the lookout for new "old" band photos.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I got a big surprise this evening. I went out for an improptu dinner with Diane & Ryland at Glory Days Grill. The stinkers, had a birthday cake for me. It was very sweet and totally unexpected. Thanks guys!!
I caught Walter this evening before he was heading out for the evening. Amazingly he wasn't wearing the usual jeans and flannels. He does clean up well.
They were having the chimney taken out of the house due water problems. It seems that Randy had decided to take up residence in the chimney this Spring, much to the dismay of the construction workers when they began tearing out the old chimney. Randy wasn't all too keen on the fact that his hiding spot had been discovered and retreated to the furthest point away from all the activity. Only to discover that they had only left him one means of escape...a straight path to the crawl space door and the freedom of 'raccoon world'.
Once Randy was safely out of the house, they did a little investigative work and found that he had apparently scaled the side porch. Then climb up onto the roof and then slid right down the chimney. There were sooty footprints left at the scene.
Just goes to show you never really know what you'll find when doing home improvements.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. "We don't have half dozen nuggets," said the teenager at the counter. "You don't?" I replied. "We only have six, nine, or twelve," was the reply. "So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?" "That's right." So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets.
I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those "dividers" that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the "divider", looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code she said to me, "Do you know how much this is?" I said to her "I've changed my mind, I don't think I'll buy that today." She said "OK," and I paid her for the things and left. She had no clue to what had just happened.
A lady at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM "thingy."
I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. " Do you need some help?" I asked.. She replied, "I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?" "Hmmm, I dunno. Do you have an alarm, too?" I asked. "No, just this remote thingy," she answered, handing it and the car keys to me. As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, "Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk."
Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, "I'm almost out of typing paper. What do I do?" "Just use copier machine paper," the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five "blank" copies.
I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in "Twister." I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in the back to make a sandwich.
My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a fire downtown?"
Police in Radnor , Pa. interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.
A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid was eating ants. The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and it should be fine .. The mother says, I just gave him some ant killer......
Dispatcher: Rush him to the emergency room!
And remember - these people can vote
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This evening I was off to a RAUG meeting. I was hoping that Alice would be able to meet up with me this month, but she's been swamped as well. Maybe in October? The meeting was very interesting we covered Kuler and ConnectNow as well as some templating issues in InDesign.
I almost forgot! Duh! The funniest thing that happened to me today. On the way to the RAUG meeting I thought that I would make use of the travel time to catch up with family. So I got Tim on the phone and was chatting away with him, when suddenly I noticed that I was crossing the Huguenot Bridge. Oops! I was suppose to have turned on to Chippenham Parkway. Talk about a "senior moment", oh well it worked out alright. I picked up the Downtown Expressway off Cary Street and made it back across the river to Artworks in plenty of time. Next month I'm going to have watch where I'm going more closely or else I'll wind up in the West End without even thinking about it.
Thought For the Day: When time are tough and your rope is short, just don't use it to the end, climb back up and start over again. - Tony Bowen
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Brian F. and I have spend virtually the entire day working on the PowerPoint Presentation. We've been synching an audio track to the individual slides. It is has come along way in a week. We're in the final stages of completion now, unless there is some change we'll be good to go tomorrow. We've got some video editing to do on another project that will need to be finished before the end of the week. It all just takes time, and heaven forbid if there is something that needs to be corrected after the video is rendered. Then it's time to start all over again. The computer is tied up for an hour or more.
I've brought home the video to re-encode this evening. It's being processed right along now. Taking what seems to be forever, but not really. In total it should take about an hour and a half. Then we'll see if it is the quality that I'm looking for. I surely hope so, making the adjustments just takes forever.
11:00 p.m. The video finally finished encoding!!! Only 4 1/2 hours after beginning. I sure hope that there aren't any changes tomorrow, otherwise it'll be tomorrow afternoon before it can be used.
Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
Thought For the Day: The race you are guaranteed to lose is the one you don't start. - David Bullock
This should get a "rise" out of you...
I'm sure that you have seen pharmaceutical advertising in doctors' offices on everything from tissues to exam table cover paper. Well, in my book, this one should get the prize...
My Chinese doctor emailed back. If the light stays on for more than 4 hours, call your erectician.
Monday, September 7, 2009
So Mom, Mamaw & I spent the afternoon together. We spent the time chatting and ordered in Chinese for lunch (so no one had to cook). It was a very nice afternoon of catching up on things and generally doing nothing much. Mamaw wasn't very talkative, she was just 'listening' to things.
This morning I received my final assignment grade from my InDesign professor. Yeah! Took the exam and have completed the course with an A. Now on to working on completing my Fundamentals of Typography class. I've been gathering the necessary elements to complete the first assignment and hope to have that finished before the end of the week.
The rain finally arrived here early this afternoon. It looks like it has settled in for a good long visit, until Friday according to NOAA.
Fortune Cookie Wisdom: Your present plans are going to succeed. (Oh boy!!!)
Sunday, September 6, 2009
We arrived in Yorktown at just the right time, the Alliance was out on the river. It was cool to see a ship that large using sails. Oh there were quite of few smaller sailboat, but it was impressive.
Sean hung out on the beach for awhile digging a huge hole, which he promptly got into and covered himself up with sand. Even going so far as to decorate himself with some spare parts! After having that much sand all over him, he spent the rest of his time in the water.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
We started out over on Genito Road as the moon was coming up. I got this interesting shot of the moon rise. (I was using manual settings and made it a bit too bright. It looks too much like sunrise.)
When we realized that we were in the wrong location we hurried thru Woodlake to Hull Street. We arrived just in time to quickly settled in, across the street from Woodlake, in the McDonald's parking lot to watch. It was a great vantage point.
We got there just in time to enjoy the show. It ran about 15 minutes was nice. I got a number of photos and a video too!
Sean commented about it being way too blue inside. I could agree with that there was a blue cast to the lighting in the store. Or it could have just been the light reflecting off all the blue signage.
Talked to Sean early this afternoon. He's going to come over and spend the night at the house and then we're going to head down to Yorktown beach on Sunday morning. Sean wanted to get out to a beach before the summer was truly over. I figured that Yorktown might not be nearly as crowded as Virginia Beach, but you never know. We may get there and just keep on going. Tomorrow will tell. Time to breakout the beachwear.
Blog of Interest: Navy Moms For Freedom of Speech
I believe the game plan for the weekend is to continue with the yard clean up. Mr. Sleepy is still in bed and I believe that he is enlisting one of the boys from next door in moving and stacking the remaining wood.
I need to get into my typography class exercises. Most of these are not online and require hand drawn letters and even a 'field trip' of sorts to find different font styles.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Patients, phones, radio, other staff, loads of different noises that we don't normally deal with, plus questions from patients, pharmacies, and other practices. YIKES! I definitely feel like a fish out of water up there. Some stuff isn't so bad, it actually reminds me of way back when I worked for Jefferson Ward as the PBX operator.
It really is the dental stuff that gets me. Thank goodness that Roz has been here to play back up to our stint in the 'receptionist' position, or rather hot seat. She's been able to tackle all those questions that neither of us have been able to field. Jami is dynamite dealing with all this everyday, God love her.
Walter started out the morning messing on Facebook. He and Jeff surely entertained themselves over my status updates. Hopefully he has gotten out and started finishing up clearing the woodpiles from out of the yard. It will look so nice once it's all stacked in the back. Just in time to enjoy a cleared yard for about 15 minutes before the leaves begin to fall. Then it'll be time to start all over again. It won't be as bad as it was when we first moved in, 55 trees gone and virtually all the previous years leaves gone as well. One season of leaves shouldn't be so horrible now.
As the day has worn on my appreciation level for Jami has risen as well, aside from all the other stuff that I ranted on earlier, she has to keep the office schedule in line. Now that is a job. Most people don't think anything about calling and cancelling a dental appointment at the last minute, but when they do it really throws a monkey wrench in the works and effects at least 3-5 other people as well. Then there is all the shuffling that is needed to fill the vacancy.
Walter sent a text to my phone to help me out with greeting patients. Here's the audio:
With that being said, here is a message that my phone 'read' to me one day recently about world domination:
As you can tell Walter has put a whole lot of time and thought into theses messages. It is surely a cheap way for him to entertain himself, and others. :)
Going backwards to the beginning of the day, as I was heading into work this morning I was greeted at the intersection of Hull Street & Fordham by five Chesterfield police cars all lit up like Christmas trees in front of the Sheetz. From the light I couldn't 'see' what they were up to and wasn't enlightened much further as I turned onto Hull. What i did find was yet another crusier slightly up the road. As I got closer to Courthouse Road, near Rockwood Park I saw four officers walking on the side of the road looking at or for something.
Much later this evening Walter found out that someone had been shot near the Sheetz. Although the report from the Sheetz is that they didn't hear a thing. I guess we'll eventually find out what happened on the news, sometime in the future.
Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
From today's edition of the Patriot's Post: "U.S. Soldier Demands Apology From Senator Claire McCaskill at Town Hall -- a soldier explains the difference between his keeping of his oath to support and defend, and McCaskill's eagerness to break that oath."
The True Story of a Great American Road Trip
by Matthew Algeo
Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.
The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.
When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year..
After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.
When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."
Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."
As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.
Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. (sic. Illinois)
Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!
I say dig him up and clone him!!
Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.
He inquired, "Where have you been?"
God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds,
"Look, Michael. Look what I've made.
Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"
"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put life on it... I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a place to test Balance."
"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."
God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I've placed a continent of white people, and over ther e is a continent of black people. Balance in all things."
God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"
"That's Washington State , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains.
The people from Washington State are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to travel the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of peace, and producers of software."
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God ? You said there would be balance."
God smiled, "There's another Washington . Wait till you see the idiots I put there.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Back when I was working for AT&T as an operator, we would get some really strange calls from men who it seemed didn't have much else to do late at night. Some of the propositions were quite graphic, needless to say they ended up being quite surprised when they found out they were talking to supervisors and not us.
I saw that Tropical Storm Erika was passing by the Virgin Islands today. I guess it is making for a soggy day in paradise, but tomorrow is another day and I bet the sun is back in full force. If things are like here, you always can use the rain, it just the pesky strong winds that are a problem. Here's hoping & praying that there aren't any big problems as a result of the storm.
It has been a cool evening. Walter & I ran out to the grocery store this evening. The stinker was out to get a couple of pieces of birthday cake. I was good. I picked up more salad for the weekend.
Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
Thought For the Day: "[T]he people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." --Samuel Adams, quoted in the Patriot's Post
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The office has been just a bit out of sorts as well, with Jami missing from the front desk Brian and I have been recruited to fill in during the afternoons and will be taking over the whole job of receptionist/administrative assistant. We even heard from one of the doctors, that we work with in Florida, who's had a really exciting day. A patient drove their car into his building! We hear that the damage was basically cosmetic, but nonetheless major event. Some of the jokes were horrible, others fairly funny. Particularly ones about sedating patient's before they get in the office and have a 'drive-thru' dental practice. I'm sure he'll have a few stories to tell at the conference at the end of the month.
[8 p.m.] It has been a great evening. Typography class is going smoothly and seemingly quickly. The hardest part that I can see right now is collecting the 10 type rubbings that I need to gather. There aren't alot of things that I am around on a daily basis with raised text. Lots and lots of print, but not too much signage. We'll see, there actually may be more than I realise once I get started.
We've still got the windows open here. I'm loving it. No ac or heat! Yeah! It is such great sleeping weather.
Just saw an add on television for getting certified as a massage therapist. At the office they tell that it would be a great 'third', 'fourth', or 'fifth' career. I think I'll stick with the graphic design for now. :)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
Thought For the Day: We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. - Harrison Ford
I don't want to worry you, but with all the hype and attention in the media recently concerning the spread of H1N1 virus I decided to ring the Government's new Swine Flu Helpline yesterday just to check on what the Symptoms are.
If you wake up looking like this ...