Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wall Street Journal Article

You can read the article and see more pictures of Dr. Martin in action at Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Charles Martin In the News

Dr. Martin appeared in an article in this morning's Wall Street Journal! It sure is going to make for an extra busy day at the office.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

NORAD Tracks Santa

It's that time of the year again. Santa is on the way and NORAD is following him. Check out his progress on his journey, at NORAD tracks Santa.


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Santa & Sarah

From my email:

Three years ago, a little boy and his grandmother came to see Santa at Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin. The child climbed up on his lap, holding a picture of a little girl. "Who is this?" asked Santa, smiling.

"Your friend?" Your sister?

"Yes, Santa," he replied. "My sister, Sarah, who is very sick," he said sadly.

Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby, and saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue.

"She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much, Santa!" the child exclaimed. "She misses you," he added softly.

Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged a smile to the boy's face, asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas. When they finished their visit, the Grandmother came over to help the child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but halted.

"What is it?" Santa asked warmly.

"Well, I know it's really too much to ask you, Santa, but ..." the old woman began, shooing her grandson over to one of Santa's elves to collect the little gift which Santa gave all his young visitors.

"The girl in the photograph .. my granddaughter . well, you see ... she has leukemia and isn't expected to make it even through the holidays," she said through tear-filled eyes. "Is there any way, Santa ... any possible way that you could come see Sarah? That's all she's asked for, for Christmas, is to see Santa."

Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave information with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see what he could do. Santa thought of little else the rest of that afternoon. He knew what he had to do. "What if it were MY child lying in that hospital bed, dying," he thought with a sinking heart, "this is the least I can do."

When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that evening, he retrieved from his helper the name of the hospital where Sarah was staying. He asked the assistant location manager how to get to Children's Hospital.

"Why?" Rick asked, with a puzzled look on his face.

Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah's grandmother earlier that day. "C'mon .... I'll take you there," Rick said softly.

Rick drove them to the hospital and came inside with Santa. They found out which room Sarah was in.

A pale Rick said he would wait out in the hall.

Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half-closed door and saw little Sarah on the bed. The room was full of what appeared to be her family; there was the Grandmother an d the girl's brother he had met earlier that day.

A woman whom he guessed was Sarah's mother stood by the bed, gently pushing Sarah's thin hair off her forehead.

And another woman who he discovered later was Sarah's aunt, sat in a chair near the bed with weary, sad look on her face. They were talking quietly, and Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the family, and their love and concern for Sarah. Taking a deep breath, and forcing a smile on his face, Santa entered the room, bellowing a hearty, "Ho, ho, ho!"

"Santa!" shrieked little Sarah weakly, as she tried to escape her bed to run to him, IV tubes in tact.

Santa rushed to her side and gave her a warm hug. A child the tender age of his own son -- 9 years old -- gazed up at him with wonder and excitement. Her skin was pale and her short tresses bore telltale bald patches from the effects of chemotherapy. But all he saw when he looked at her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His heart melted, and he had to force himself to choke back tears. Though his eyes were riveted upon Sarah's face, he could hear the gasps and quiet sobbing of the women in the room. As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the bedside one by one, squeezing Santa's shoulder or his hand gratefully, whispering "thank you" as they gazed sincerely at him with shining eyes. Santa and Sarah talked and talked, and she told him excitedly all the toys she wanted for Christmas, assuring him she'd been a very good girl that year. As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to pray for Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl's mother. She nodded in agreement and the entire family circled around Sarah's bed, holding hands. Santa looked intensely at Sarah and asked her if she believed in angels.

"Oh , yes, Santa ... I do!" she exclaimed.

"Well, I'm going to ask that angels watch over you, "he said.

Laying one hand on the child's head, Santa closed his eyes and prayed.

He asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her body from this disease.

He asked that angels minister to her, watch and keep her. And when he finished praying, still with eyes closed, he started singing softly,

"Silent Night, Holy Night - all is calm, all is bright."

The family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and crying tears of hope, tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed at them all. When the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held Sarah's frail, small hands in his own.

"Now, Sarah," he said authoritatively, "you have a job to do, and that is to concentrate on getting well. I want you to have fun playing with your friends this summer, and I expect to see you at my house at Mayfair Mall this time next year!" He knew it was risky proclaiming that, to this little girl who had terminal cancer, but he "had" to.

He had to give her the greatest gift he could -- not dolls or games or toys -- but the gift of HOPE.

"Yes, Santa!" Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright.

He leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and left the room.

Out in the hall, the minute Santa's eyes met Rick's, a look passed between them and they wept unashamed. Sarah's mother and grandmother slipped out of the room quickly and rushed to Santa's side to thank him.

"My only child is the same age as Sarah," he explained quietly.

"This is the least I could do." They nodded with understanding and hugged him.

One year later, Santa Mark was again back on the set in Milwaukee for his six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks went by and then one day a child came up to sit on his lap.

"Hi, Santa! Remember me?!"

"Of course, I do," Santa proclaimed (as he always does), smiling down at her.

After all, the secret to being a "good" Santa is to always make each child feel as if they are the "only" child in the world at that moment.

"You came to see me in the hospital last year!" Santa's jaw dropped.

Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed this little miracle and held her to his chest. "Sarah!" he exclaimed. He scarcely recognized her, for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were rosy -- much different from the little girl he had visited just a year before. He looked over and saw Sarah's mother and grandmother in the sidelines smiling and waving and wiping their eyes.

That was the best Christmas ever for Santa Claus.

He had witnessed --and been blessed to be instrumental in bringing about -- this miracle of hope. This precious little child was healed. Cancer-free. Alive and well.

He silently looked up to Heaven and humbly whispered, "Thank you, Father. 'Tis a very, Merry Christmas!"

Christmas with the Richmond Pops 2010

This years annual Holiday program was presented to the community on behalf of the Salvation Army. The Band, directed by Joe Simpkins, consists of approximately 60 dedicated volunteers.

This year the Richmond Pops Band was joined by the Richmond Choral Society, under the direction of Markus Compton; and Sara Dell'Omo, mezzo-soprano with "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, DC.

The evenings program was a very enjoyable experience and a great way to get into the Holiday Spirit.

Concert Photos

Live performance videos


The links below are provided courtesy of the Richmond Pops Band and hosted by Dixie Classics.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Photo Made it to Time Square!

The photo being displayed on the monitor in was taken by me at the DVI Gala on November 28, 2010 at the Jewish Heritage Museum, New York, NY.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

Walter & Kelly have been busy elves at the house, breaking out the Christmas decorations this evening. Candles and wreaths are at the windows, stockings and garland at the mantle and on the banister. The tree is up and awaiting decorations. We're waiting to see how Bounce behaves towards the tree before adding any ornaments.

Friday, December 10, 2010

My Facebook Email

Facebook and the internet in general is just utterly amazing. Here I was today just sitting there minding my own business when a name from the past showed up in my Facebook email. It is amazing who can and will find you.

A couple of emails later and here I was on the phone for over an hour! It was fantastic catching up with Melissa after all these years. I really was delighted to find out how the family was doing and just knowing that they were all doing great really was touching.

It is amazing at the number of stories that flood back to mind, even after that much time had passed. I am looking forward to keeping in touch.

Life's too short not to!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Trip To New York

I had a great time in New York!

It was an exciting time and I was able to do and see so much while I was there. I walked 5th Avenue, visited the Empire State Building, had a fantastic dinner at Marea.

I learned quite a bit about Jewish heritage as well. On Sunday, we were at the 30th Anniversary Gala for Dental Volunteers for Israel at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

New York Trip Photos

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dental Volunteers for Israel 30th Anniversary Gala

Michael & Laurie Goldberg
Proclamation from Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City declaring November 28, 2010 as Dental Volunteers for Israel Day in the City of New York.

Videos from the DVI Gala Program

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Sensible Solution

A Sensible Solution

Subject: Hats Off To Israel

FINALLY — A great alternative to body scanners at airports . . .

The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports.

It’s a booth you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.
They see this as a win-win for everyone, with none of this crap about racial profiling. It also would eliminate the costs of a long and expensive trial. Justice would be swift. Case closed!

You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system , "Attention standby passengers — we now have a seat available on flight number XXXX. Shalom!"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

An Evening with the Richmond Pops Band

Thursday's performance by the Richmond Pops Band and their special guest, "The Soldier's Chorus", United States Army Field

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Divorce

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says,"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams. We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this,"

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."

This was just so timely and too funny not to share. :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stuff from My Email

Thought For the Day:  Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

I was going through my email and such today and came across a couple of graphic freebies. Santas for use in digital creations from Psychotactics. Veer is giving away fonts, stock images, and more plus a weekly sweepstakes.

I ordered a mushroom pizza, not a pizza mushroom.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Urbanna Oyster Festival

I left Walter sleeping at the house on Friday and made a quick trip to the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

The oyster fritters cooked up by the Lions' Club were to die for. YUM!! I even made sure to bring Walt some home. He'd have surely been disappointed to find out that I had gone and he'd missed out on them. I even found him some alligator sausage and jalapeno crab poppers to sample too.

I found these really neat looking things called Hedgeapples.  They will look great in a bowl over the holidays, but turns out that there a lot of different things that can be done with them.  There is even a whole website devoted to them

Walter is even thinking of trying to grow one for the yard....We will see how that goes.

The funniest thing that I saw on my trip was the sign going into Urbanna which said, "Town Closed Friday".  You can go into town just not by car, but it is too funny.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Navy Drill Team

"When I was in Navy boot camp in 1968-69, the winters in Waukegan IL are to die for and some did, I got to see live the various Navy drill teams including the silent drill team. I had considered trying out for one of the drill teams because I was the right height and weight and there was no sea duty. Two things changed my mind.

You can’t see it in the video but the drill team guys I talked to all had multiple scars on their face and hands. It was also not uncommon to see them with black eyes. In case you were wondering those light weight weapons they are twirling like batons are WWII type M1 Garand’s that weigh about 11 pounds not including the [real] but chrome plated bayonet which weighs about 3 pounds. Yes the rifles have been balanced but try picking up a 4 foot piece of pipe that weighs about 14 pounds and spinning it around like a baton.

I’ve seen the Marine Corps drill team a couple of times and it is hard to say which is better. The Marines wear their dress blues which is the best looking military uniform on earth and certainly better looking than Navy summer whites.

The other reason I didn’t apply for the drill team program is that when I went into boot camp I was a very in shape 210 pounds. Eight weeks later after no heat in the barracks, a slight breeze coming off of Lake Michigan and a bad case of pneumonia I weighed 161 (that’s not a typo). Enjoy the video." - Bob Hage

Thanks to Jeff for passing this along to me.

Highland Games & Celtic Festival

We made our annual pilgrimage to the Highland Games & Celtic Festival on Saturday. They changed things up a bit this year on the location of the vendors and several of the competitions. The vendors were all located inside, which was a bit disappointing, after all those years of wandering through the outdoor market area it was definitely different. It seemed to change the atmosphere of the festival.

I was delighted to see the little fellow that I had photographed last year during the gathering of the clans back this year, grown up just a little but definitely just as cute. Kelly & Walt definitely think that the festival used the photo that I took last year in this year's program, granted it, it does look remarkably like the one I took.

Highland Games & Celtic Festival Photo Album

Friday, October 22, 2010

BlizzCon Friday Night

Some how this afternoon I have been roped into watch BlizzCon with Sean. For those who don't know, like me, it is a Blizzard's Convention (a gaming company).

Anyway, this is some strange stuff. So far this evening we have seen multiple people stripping off various pieces of clothing while on stage, and they aren't even the performers. During during a costume contest on of the contestants was proposed to while she on stage. She did accept. The crowd wasn't quite pleased with his proposal so they chanted "On your knee" "On your knee", which he did. She even accepted a second time.

Then during the dance contest there were some weird people doing some weird moves, but there at least four or five that could really dance. Then there one guy, that took the concept of 'breaking a leg' a bit too literal. He really was getting into his dance and ended up breaking his leg and he had to be carried off the stage.

A video of Sean's favorite moments to come...

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

A Different Slant On The Obama Presidency

One 82-year-old lady loves Obama and she may have a very good point. She says that Obama is amazing, and is rebuilding the American dream! She gives us an entirely new slant on the "amazing" job Obama is doing, and she says that she will thank God for the President. Keep reading for her additional comments and an explanation.

When discussing Obama, she says:

1. Obama destroyed the Clinton Political Machine, driving a stake through the heart of Hillary's presidential aspirations - something no Republican was ever able to do.

2. Obama killed off the Kennedy Dynasty - no more Kennedys trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home.

3. Obama is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes! Dennis Moore had never lost a race. Evan Bayh had never lost a race. Byron Dorgan had never lost a race. Harry Reid - soon to be GONE! These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed. By the end of 2010, dozens more will be gone. Just think, in December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles, they had picked up 14 Senate seats and 52 House seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. However, in just one year, Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the House - if not the Senate - back to the Republicans.

4. Obama has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Sadly, every generation seems to need to re-learn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. Obama is bringing home the lesson very well:
  • Liberals tax, borrow and spend.
  • Liberals won't bring themselves to protect America.
  • Liberals want to take over the economy.
  • Liberals think they know what is best for everyone.
  • Liberals are not happy until they are running YOUR life.
5. Obama has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year, he has rejuvenated the Conservative Movement and brought out to the streets millions of freedom loving Americans. Name one other time when you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America!

6. Obama, with his "amazing leadership," has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a "stimulus" to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded, or moved off-shore.

7. In all honesty, one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not afraid of the economy, but afraid of the direction our country was going. I thought, Americans have forgotten what this country is all about. My neighbors and friends, even strangers, have proved to me that my lack of confidence in the greatness and wisdom of the American people has been flat wrong.

8. When the American people wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them! Barack Obama has served to wake up these great Americans!

Again, I want to say: "Thank you, Barack Obama!" After all, this is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed!!

November 2nd is HUGE!!!!



~ Congressional Reform Act of 2010 ~

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when
they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately.

All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Public Restrooms, FedEx and Nigerian Scammers

What Do They All Have In Common?

Public Restrooms, FedEx and Nigerian Scammers: What do they have in common? They have have caused me some form of irritation during this past week.

Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are just that public. Now let's all be grown up we know what goes on in there, but we all should have some common courtesy that we use in public situations. The exhaust fan should be left in the ON position when it is needed. No one wants to enter into a restroom that has been, shall we say marinating for any length of time. Along this same line, what is it with people and the over use of an air fresher?

Isn't the idea to cover up an offensive odor, not overwhelm you with a new one? Being assaulted with some of the fragrances is almost nauseating, especially when the fragrance is not a match to the location being used. Candy in a restroom. Yuck!! Then again, I almost don't know what is worse having the odor ooze out of the restroom and into common areas or it oozing out with that same nasty odor with the addition of the smell of food. Both are disgusting.

The two lessons here: 1) use the exhaust fan that is why it is there and 2) don't over use air fresheners.


"When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight" - that is unless you need shipping boxes from them. Then you need to wait several days for them to arrive. You would think that they would hustle those things out right away, under the premise that people can't ship more stuff without them.

On another note, I did run out and try to wrangle up some boxes from local FedEx locations. I did manage to get some, but only because I needed them now! They really didn't even want to give any out at all. Hard to believe.

Nigerian Scammers

Over the past week or so I've been noticing that the internet at the office & home has been sort of dragging along. I hadn't given it much thought beyond noticing until I heard a commentator on the radio discussing it. He stated that one of "the reasons is that there are now nearly 2 billion internet users."

Now that is a big number and with people downloading files, watching videos and all the other activity that is done online these days it is no wonder that things do slow down, especially during 'business hours'. But taking it beyond those activities I bet of that of those 2 billion users that nearly 1 billion are purveyors of porn, info-marketers, and Nigerian scammers all out there working to sell the other 1 billion and each other something.

All those email offers from Nigeria wanting me to help them get large sums of money out of the country are just clogging up way too many email inboxes and give those involved in legitimate commerce a bad rap when they attempt to send out offers to consumers. Speaking of legitimate commerce - if you get email from some place and you don't want more click the unsubscribe button. Darn almost need to hit the easy button for that suggestion.

And just to throw in my last pet peeve for the week....

Random Callers

Back a few months ago, we had a land line installed at the house for those odd times when a cell phone just won't work. Anyway we have started receiving phone call on the land line for an in-law, who has never lived with us - does not have the same last name. I can only assume that they are beating the bushes to find this individual for some good purpose, but it is extremely irritating to get the calls.

The callers really don't seem to understand the concept - this person does not live here and never has. I even went so far this evening to tell them that we had only purchased the house a year ago and that I haven't a clue about the person they are trying to reach. Suggestions on some really good way to get them to quit calling the house.

Pre-Halloween Fun

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Autumn Underway

October is already halfway over.  It is amazing how quickly the time flies.  This weekend the boys, Kelly & I are all heading off to the Highland Games & Celtic Festival.  This has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts.  I'm really looking forward to the outing - so much to do and see.  It is always fun no matter what the weather (hot, cold, or wet).

In preparation for our outing, I'm having the car all fixed up.  After all the hard work in detailing that Walter put in a couple of weeks ago, it's time now to get the mechanical parts all back into tip top shape. Walt is absolutely convinced that I will actually 'feel' the difference in the way that the car handles after all the work is done.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Top This One For A Speeding Ticket in Kingsville, TX

Two Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Hwy 77, just south of Kingsville, TX.

One of the officers was using a hand-held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the town of Kingsville. The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour and climbing.

The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then it suddenly turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the mesquite treetops on Hwy 77 revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low flying exercise near this, its Naval Air home base location in Kingsville TX.

Back at the Texas Highway Patrol Headquarters in Corpus Christi the Patrol Captain fired off a complaint to the US Naval Base Commander in Kingsville for shutting down his equipment.

The reply came back in true USMC style:

'Thank you for your letter....

You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down.

Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment's location.

Fortunately, the Marine Pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position on the side of Hwy 77 South of Kingsville.

The pilot suggests you cover your mouths when cussing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.

Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar. It appears the filling is loose.. Also, the snap is broken on his holster.'

Semper Fi

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Very Productive Weekend

I have spent the weekend working a a video for non-profit group. I was thrilled that I was able to get the first finished draft out to them before midday today. So far so good. I'm looking forward to the input from the organization.

Now to get my own self back on track with what I need to be doing with school for myself. It was beginning to seem that things were conspiring against me in my goal of finishing up my classes. Yes there were some real problems, but they were only small hiccups that I allowed to snowball. Come Monday it will be the start of a new week and time to get things rolling in the right direction!

I was able to get out to visit with Mom this afternoon. We had a very pleasant visit. Dad even took a break from the sports broadcast to visit for a while as well.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Ten Commandments

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five- and six-year-olds.

After explaining the commandment to "honor" thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"

Without missing a beat, one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, "Thou shall not kill."

You're An EXTREME Redneck When.....
  1. You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.
  2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.
  3. You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
  4. You think a woman who is out of your league bowls on a different night.
  5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
  6. Someone in your family died right after saying 'Hey, guys, watch this.'
  7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
  8. Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
  9. Your junior prom offered day care.
  10. You think the last words of the Star-Spangled Banner are 'Gentlemen, start your engines.'
  11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
  12. The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.
  13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
  14. One of your kids was born on a pool table.
  15. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.
  16. You can't get married to your sweetheart because there's a law against it.
  17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.
  18. When you take the dog for a walk at night, you both use the same tree.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Few Laughs For the Day

This and that gleaned from my email this week.


Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Landing in the Fog

An airliner is coming into land at an airport obscured by fog. Visibility is practically nil, the ILS system is on the blink, so the pilot has to land on wits alone. "Flaps, check," he says to the co-pilot, "Landing Gear, check. Altitude, check. Right, we're going in. Hold on."

The plane lands and comes to a screeching, grinding halt; just short of the edge of the runway. "Wow!" exclaims the pilot, "This must be the shortest runway I've ever landed on!"

The co-pilot looks left and right and says "Yeah, and about the widest!"

Surgeon Roast

Harry hosted a dinner party. One of his guests was a surgeon.

While deftly carving the roast, Harry kept up a running commentary: "How am I doing, Doc? How do you like that technique? I'd make a pretty good surgeon, don't you think?"

When Harry had finished and the slices of meat lay neatly on the serving platter, the surgeon spoke up: "Anybody can take them apart, Harry. Now let's see you put them back together again."


Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the
necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man as their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.  Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Outing Photos

Photos from my trip to the Virginia Aquarium with Mom on Wednesday. Virginia Aquarium Photos

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Cough Remedy

The owner of a drug store walks in to find a guy leaning heavily against the wall.

The owner asks the clerk "What's with that guy over there by the wall?"

The clerk says, "Well, he came in here this morning to get something for his cough. I couldn't find the cough syrup, so I gave him an entire bottle of laxative."

The owner screams, "You idiot! You can't treat a cough with a bottle of laxative!"

The clerk replies, "Of course you can! Look at him. He's too afraid to cough!"


An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home."

"Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, 'Hon, why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"

"Did it save time?" the guy in the audience asked.

"Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven."

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It has been one heck of a day!!!

Meeting of Politicians
    • Power flicking on and off.
    • Computers shutting down and rebooting repetitively.
    • Email issues - jammed email accounts, then email that won't process.
    • Then to top it all off the phones go out!
    Talk about having a tough day of getting anything done.

    The laptop is off to HP tomorrow. The need it shipped back to repair the fan. I'll be going through withdrawl until I get it back, and then I'll be behind trying to get everything and it's brother reinstalled (they tell me that they are going to need to wipe the hard drive in order to fix it).

    Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

    Thought For the Day: "A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for a petty distinction. You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him" - Napoleon Bonaparte

    All Rain All The Time

    Looks like we're in for rain for at least another full day. The tropical storm coming up from the South is really providing some much needed drought relief. I heard that the State Fair of Virginia issued an apology this morning, on WRVA, for not coming opening sooner. As we all know, when the fair is in town, rain always falls!

    Friday, September 24, 2010

    Starting the Weekend Off with a Laugh

    There have been a number of moments this week that I've just had to shake my head and laugh.

    Overheard: "My GPS didn't work right and I got lost. Next time I'm going to Goggle it!" When asked about "Googling It". That's right I'm going to "Goggle It."

    I'm still scratching my head about that one. You never know what you'll hear in an office.

    The shredder had a temperamental moment - for a while there it would only run in reverse. Not that that was of much help to any one. Turned out it's problem was an overstuffed bin of shredded papers and a fickle switch. Thank goodness we did a double check on it before carting it off to the trash bin.

    Hope these bring a smile to your face and give you a good laugh to begin the weekend with.

    Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

    Thought for the Day: “Teamwork means not having to shoulder all the blame yourself.”


    Only a person in Texas could think of this.

    From the county where drunk driving is considered a sport, comes this true story.

    Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Austin, Texas. After last call, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so apparently intoxicated that he could barely walk.

    The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car and fall into it.

    He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

    Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off--it was a fine, dry summer night--, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights.

    He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons' vehicles left.

    At last, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road.

    The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyzer test.

    To his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all!

    Dumbfounded, the officer said, "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken!"

    'I doubt it,' said the truly proud Redneck. 'Tonight I'm the designated decoy.'

    Only in Texas!

    Great Orators

    "One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    "The buck stops here." - Harry S. Truman

    "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy

    And, from today's genius ' ...

    "It depends what your definition of 'Sex' is?'' - Bill Clinton

    "That Obama ... I would like to cut his NUTS off." - Jesse Jackson

    "Those rumors are false ... I believe in the sanctity of marriage." - John Edwards

    "I invented the Internet." - Al Gore

    "The next Person that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary beads up their ASS." - Joe Biden

    " America is ... is no longer, uh, what it ... it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was .. uh, and I say to myself, 'uh, I don't want that future, uh, uh for my children." - Barack Obama

    "I have campaigned in all 57 states." - Barack Obama (Quoted 2008)

    "You don't need God anymore, you have us Democrats." - Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006)

    "Paying taxes is voluntary." - Sen. Harry Reid

    "Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he." - Hillary Clinton (Quoted 1998)

    And the most recent gem of wisdom from the "Mother Moron":

    "We just have to pass the Healthcare Bill to see what's in it." - Nancy Pelosi (Quoted March, 2010)


    ''Life's tough ... it's even tougher if you're stupid.'' - John Wayne


    A recent bride called her mother one evening in tears.

    "Oh, Mom, I tried to make Grandma's meat loaf for dinner tonight, and it's just awful! I followed the recipe exactly, and I know I have the recipe right because it's the one you gave me. But it just didn't come out right, and I'm so upset. I wanted this to be so special for George because he loves meat loaf. What could have gone wrong?"

    Her mother replied soothingly, "Well, dear, let's go through the recipe. You read it out loud and tell me exactly what you did at each step, and together we'll figure it out."

    "Okay," the bride sniffled. "Well, it starts out, 'Take fifty cents worth of ground beef'…………."

    Learn From Your Elders

    A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight.

    The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easy.

    So the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.

    The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.

    The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun. I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me only $5. Then you ask me one, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500, he says.
    This catches the senior's attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.

    The lawyer asks the first question. 'What's the distance from the Earth to the Moon?'

    The senior doesn't say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

    Now it's the senior's turn. He asks the lawyer, 'What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?'

    The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he can find on the Net.

    He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail. After an hour of searching, he finally gives up.

    He wakes the senior and hands him $500. The senior pockets the $500 and goes right back to sleep.

    The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the senior up and asks, 'Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?'

    The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    An Afternoon Melody

    While in my office this afternoon, I heard piano playing and it wasn't from the radio playing in the office. Turned out that it was the UPS guy giving us an afternoon concert on the baby grand piano in the lobby. It was nice to hear someone playing it, especially when they are good.

    I really should have taken the camera out and snapped a picture at least, it would have been better to have gotten a video though. Oh well, perhaps he'll entertain us on another afternoon and I'll be prepared.

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Harvest Moon

    A beautiful full moon of the first day of Fall, a once in 50 year occurrence.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Pardon This Interruption

    I don't know who the idiot was that posted this to my site, but it surely wasn't me.  I apologize for the stupidity of others.


    Look -
    it's very good ;-)

    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Birthday Happenings

    I had a nice surprise on Wednesday evening, the boss gave me the day off on Thursday (my birthday). I scrambled around to figure something adventuresome to do with the day. I decided to head over to Maymont Park and take a walk through the gardens there to see what was still in bloom or if there were any butterflies, etc. still hanging around. I got a great bunch of shots and had a really nice time.

    My Birthday Outing Photos From Maymont Park

    Later on in the early afternoon I dropped into the VMFA, I thought that I'd take the opportunity to see the new building and some of the new exhibits. I was disappointed. Many areas were closed for construction/setting up new exhibits and access to the sculpture garden was limited due to landscaping going on.

    Then there were the guards. I know it isn't their fault, but they were down right annoying. Walk in a room and they follow you around, and around, and around. It made me feel very uncomfortable. It surely detracted from what I had hoped would be a very nice experience.

    To top the day off, I received a surprise delivery of a beautiful live arrangement. What a thoughtful thing for them to do.

    Today (Saturday) started off as a rather usual Saturday, that was until we got back from picking Sean up. As the boys started splitting wood in the backyard we noticed that someone had tried to pull one of the screens on the sun room out. Lovely, we hadn't been gone a full hour and this happened. Thankfully they weren't able to get into the house. The dogs were a great deterrent, I'd have hated to come home to find what they would have done to someone who came in uninvited.

    Walter did a through check of the house before letting anyone back inside. Nothing was missing, but we did go ahead and report it to the police. Who knows this could a link that helps solve something else down the road. Anyway after the officer left, Walter split wood and Sean and I started filling the woodpile. Somewhere in there Sean got a good portion of the yard mowed too. Looking good for the rest of the weekend.

    This evening we had a big birthday bash at Mom & Dad's to celebrate all the family September birthdays. We had a great time together with loads of laughter. What a nice way to end the day.

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Peaceful Saturday

    After a wonderful night's sleep - windows open yet again - I spent the day working on doing some video editing.

    The dogs, both, enjoyed spend a large part of the day outside. Carla slept in the sun on the deck and Bounce did the same in the side yard. It was truly nice to see them both being so peaceful.

    This evening we went out to dinner at Don Pepe's with friends. We all had a great conversation and food. It was nice to see new faces and catch up with others who hadn't been around in awhile.

    Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

    Weddings and Funerals

    Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next."

    They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.


    9-11 photos Pictures, Images and Photos

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Pedaling Towards A Cure

    Dr. Scott Krosser will be pedaling towards a cure for cancer in the 6th Annual Century for the Cure. They will be riding 100 miles through some of the most difficult hilly roads of Central NJ. To raise money for research at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Join me helping him reach his fund raising goal.

    Another School Year Begins

    The day began with school buses rolling down the road in front of the house, yet this is the first year that I have no children in the county school system. How did that happen? It doesn't seem that they should be old enough. Wasn't it just a few months ago that they were all bickering with one another about where they were sitting in the van as I drove them to school?

    Well I guess it is right, Walt's been doing his own thing for a number of years now. Danielle is married and putting her own children on the bus for school; and of course, Sean just graduated in June.

    Walt was complaining this morning on his way home from work about all the new traffic on the road. Getting everyone back on a 'school schedule' does disrupt the usual summer traffic slow down. Time to make adjustments in our travel schedules to accommodate the extra vehicles on the road.

    Time marches on and everyone moves on. I definitely noticed a big change in the kids that catch the bus at the corner. Everyone has grown so over the summer - next thing we know it will be time for them all to get out for the summer and we'll be scratching our heads wondering where the time went.

    Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

    So very appropriate for the first day of a new school year.

    3rd Grade Assignment

    My daughter's third-grade teacher had assigned the children to write a story titled "Biggest Surprise." Not until the end of the school year did we see Marina's work. It read: "I got up this morning and I ran into Mommy and Daddy's bed and hopped in. But it wasn't Mommy at all. It was Mrs. Del Campo!"

    What her essay neglected to say was that we had called Mrs. Del Campo late at night to stay with our children while I took my wife to the hospital to have our third child.

    Learning Through Play

    Our Lamaze class included a tour of the pediatric wing of the hospital. When a new baby was brought into the nursery, all the women tried to guess its weight, but the guy standing next to me was the only male to venture a number.

    "Looks like 9 pounds," he offered confidently.

    "This must not be your first," I said.

    "Oh, yes," he said. "It's my first."

    "Then how would you know the weight of a baby?" I asked.

    He shrugged. "I'm a fisherman."

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    Family Fun

    The family gathered at Mom & Dad's this afternoon for a cookout. Dad did a great job of manning the grill, while Mom, ever the gracious hostess, had everything put together before any of us even arrived.

    It was nice getting everyone together, even if it was only for a short while. The nieces & nephews are all growing up so fast. Andrew & Cassie are starting 8th grade tomorrow!! And the babies (we can't call them that now) Abbey & Terry will be starting 3rd grade. Wow!

    Walking for Christ

    This morning I passed a man walking along Hull Street Road heading West. Now normally this wouldn't have attracted my attention, but this was not the usual walker. Nick Della Valle is out to walk 3,300 miles for Christ.

    Learn more about his storytelling and ministry at

    Sunday, September 5, 2010

    A New Backyard

    The boys worked so hard yesterday, I wanted to show everyone just how much work that they really accomplished.  I can now sit in the sunroom and look down the road that runs next to the house instead of just seeing a wall of green.

    new backyard - by Judy Parsons Smith

    And God Created Virginia

    God was missing for six days. 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 there 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 Virginia , the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The people from Virginia 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 good things"

    Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance..."

    God smiled, "Right next to Virginia is Washington , DC . Wait till you see the idiots I put there."

    The Problem with Cats

    I love sitting outside, but the darn feral cats are driving me crazy. Not so much there being around, but they are absolutely tormenting Bounce. No matter where he is there is one lurking just at the edge of the yard or on the woodpile. Clearing out the back of the yard of underbrush and trees can only help - taking away the ground cover that they have been hiding under. I surely do wish that I could put 'blinders' on Bounce so that he couldn't see them. At least then he/we could get some peace.

    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    Great Start to Fall

    We have had one busy and productive day around here today.

    Walter brought Sean over to the house first thing this morning. The two of them put in a full day of work in the yard. Sean was busy loading up a trailer with old landscape timbers, brush and felled trees. Walter was out machete in hand clearing out the back property line. He took out an additional 50 trees, granted they weren't very big around but there were sure a lot of them.

    While clearing out the corner of the yard, Walter stirred up a Yellow Jackets nest. They swarmed up and gave chase. He and Sean both lit out across the yard. Both of them ended up with at least three stings each. After a brief respite from work and to attend to the stings, the guys got back out to the yard to load up the trailer with additional stuff.

    I did get out in the yard with the camera for a bit while they were working.

    I grabbed the Talstar and hit the yard. I was able to eradicate the the Yellow Jackets' nest next to the tree that Walter had been falling. Then we found a second nest about 50 feet from the first. Took care of that one as well. I just love insecticides that work promptly!

    This evening, Miss Kelly came over to visit and have dinner with us. Walter cooked out on the grill and I roasted up some vegetable. Walter did a great job with the burgers and we had a great time visiting.

    September Photos

    Friday, September 3, 2010

    Hurricane Earl

    Hurricane Earl has been huffing and puffing out in the Atlantic this week.

    The Outer Banks (NC) were evacuated in anticipation of his arrival. Thankfully all that turned out to have been great practice should another storm come along. Earl lost a lot of strength and thankfully didn't hit there or Virginia very hard at all.

    I was expecting to at least see some rain here in Richmond, but that didn't materialize. Looks like clear skies for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

    Enjoy everyone!

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010


    As I have said, more than once this year, "Just where has the time gone!" Eight full months of the year already gone and so much has happened and there are oodles of things on the calendar for the remaining four months of the year.

    September ushers in a new school year for the nieces and nephews. They all are growing up so fast. Dang the youngest is in 3rd grade this year and the oldest two are in 8th!! They can't be that old already. I suppose that even the granddaughter will be going to school this fall, possibly pre-K? Maybe? As for myself, I need to finish up my Masters Certification program and do some further training at

    Sometime before the end of the year I'm going to try to fit in a mini-vacation to somewhere. Now only to figure out the when and where.

    Several of my work and facebook friends have new blogs:
    Check them out an be inspired!

    Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

    Barack Obama has Jumped the Shark
    By Rich Carroll

    In Hollywood circles, the death of one’s career is known as “jumping the shark." Happy Days fans will remember the episode when Arthur Fonzarelli jumped the shark. He water-skied, shirtless, and millions of American fans saw for the first time his sunken chest and thin little girl arms. “Fonzie” always hiding behind that cool leather jacket, had shown his weakness; a non-athletic body that resembled an anorexic emphysema patient more than a street tough. His popularity plummeted. Happy Days was now doomed.

    Remember the date of Friday, August 13, 2010 as the day President Barack Hussein Obama jumped the shark. From this day forward, he will be remembered as “that guy” who supported an Islamic memorial to 3,000 dead Americans in New York at ground zero. This is the day all suspicions were set-aside and Americans watched (and heard) Obama associate himself more closely with Islam than “we the people.” Any American second-guessing about this guy being a Muslim has been answered once and for all. Like the Fonzie’s missing cool leather jacket, Obama’s cool demeanor was missing when he blatantly endorsed a Mosque at ground zero. He has jumped the shark.

    Obama’s political career has ended. Effective August 14, 2010, Obama became a lame duck president. Oh sure his handlers are trying to tell us what we heard was not really what we heard, but even members of his own party are outraged and whispering behind closed doors. Who wants to be endorsed by someone who supports Muslims over mainstream America? What politician in the Democrat party wants to be seen with Obama now?

    On Friday August 13, Barack Hussein Obama hosted an iftar dinner in the White House State Dining Room. That’s the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. Not bad for a guy who cannot seem to find a Christian church to attend after two years in office. Over 100 Muslim guests listened to Obama’s strong endorsement of Park 51, the proposed Islamic community center and mosque to be built two blocks from the 911 ground zero terrorist attack that slaughtered 3,000 Americans. Some of the people present have ties to Muslim terrorist groups such as Hamas.

    Was Obama pressured by some of these Muslim friends to support this Islamic Mosque de Triomph? Since February of this year, Obama has rewarded Hamas accomplishments with $1.23 billion U.S. taxpayer dollars. Or is this some Alinsky move, intended to heighten contradictions and “rub raw” (in Alinsky’s words) the emotions of the public for yet-to-be revealed purposes?

    Obama’s remarks drew a standing ovation from his Muslim guests. His remarks drew bitter criticism from an outraged “We The People of the United States of America.” So, he tiptoed around his words on Saturday, August 14, by lying (recall this tactic from Rules for Radicals) to the American people and saying he did not endorse the construction of this mosque at that site.

    Oh? Did he lie to the 100 guests who roared with applause during a standing ovation, or did he lie to the press on a Saturday morning with a “courtesy lie” to the American people? With 70% of the country opposed to building this mosque, Obama’s support also plays into the great liberal narrative, their “noble calling” of their great commission, that they are bucking the odds, standing in the battlements waving the bloody shirt of social justice. In spite of great unwashed ignorant masses. If this sounds like adolescent nonsense, I have just described a Progressive.

    Before they race to their computers to call us Tea Partiers “prejudice, racist, or bigots" - that dog don’t hunt anymore! Whatever “cats” Obama had in his secret bag have been let-out. Defending the construction of an Islamic mosque at ground zero pretty much cemented his hatred towards Americans and this nation. Remember, the quote from his book, “Dreams of My Father” on page 261 he told us “If the political winds shift in an ugly direction I will side with the Muslims.”

    And he has. He wasn’t lying, so neither should you. This foreigner in our White House is a Muslim, born in a Muslim country, given a Sunni Muslim name and his allegiance rests with his Islamic brothers who have vowed to kill us all.

    Parallels of Abraham Lincoln and B. H. Obama

    I'm sure most of us have read the so-called comparison of Lincoln and Kennedy, but did you ever consider the relationship between Obama and Lincoln? You might be surprised.
    1. Lincoln placed his hand on the Bible for his inauguration. Obama used the same Bible.
    2. Lincoln came from Illinois . Obama comes from Illinois.
    3. Lincoln served in the Illinois Legislature. Obama served in the Illinois Legislature.
    4. Lincoln had very little experience before becoming President. Obama had very little experience before becoming President. 
    5. Lincoln rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration. Obama rode the train from Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration. 
    6. Lincoln was a skinny lawyer. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 
    7. Lincoln was a Republican. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 
    8. Lincoln was in the United States military. Obama is a skinny lawyer.
    9. Lincoln believed in everyone carrying their own weight. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 
    10. Lincoln did not waste taxpayers' money on personal enjoyments. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 
    11. Lincoln was highly respected. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 
    12. Lincoln was born in the United States. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 
    13. Lincoln was honest, so honest he was called Honest Abe. Obama is a skinny lawyer. 
    14. Lincoln saved the United States. Obama is a skinny lawyer.

    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    August Weekend

    Yesterday morning, I got out in the yard and did a bit of setting up for Walter's water diversion project. I strung a line along the property line on the side of the house. Wow, the neighbor's black top almost comes up to it and kisses it in one place.

    I took out the iPad and listed to the Glenn Beck - Restoring Honor Rally (on the C-SPAN app) while Walter & I pulled up rotting landscape timbers. I made it into the house in time to watch Glenn Beck's speech on C-SPAN.

    Later on in the afternoon one of the neighbor's cats was cautiously following something in our yard, turned out to be a Black Snake about three foot long. We left to take care of any moles or voles that it could come across.

    This morning Bounce took an absolute fit to get outside, turned out that he was on a mission to meet the neighbor's (across the street's) two new Labradoodle puppies. We walked over to let all the dogs get acquainted - which turned out very well. He was able to come home much calmer and I am sure that as the wee ones across the street get bigger, they'll will probably have a 'play date' in the the future.

    Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

    Thought For the Day: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 KJV

    Reason For Speeding

    A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. "Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-75, pushing the pedal even more.

    Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this!" and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.

    Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for speeding--a reason I've never before heard--I'll let you go."

    The old gentleman paused then said: "Three years ago, my wife ran off with a State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

    "Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    “One Man Can Change The World”

    Glenn Beck’s Rallying Cry To America: “One Man Can Change The World”

    Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally today (8/28/2010), on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech had some grandiose goals: bringing America back to God; restoring the honor, faith, and charity of the nation; and awakening America as to the impending political storm in our future.

    Read the story and watch videos of the speech here.

    Restoring Honor Rally Article - with photos

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Rascal 1994-2010

    August 1994 -August 23, 2010
    Rascal passed away this evening due to advanced kidney disease. He will be surely missed.