Friday, September 21, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Talk like a pirate day

ARRRRR! Today is Talk like a pirate day - for real.

From Reuters:

"September 19 is your once-a-year chance to don an eye patch, sport a ridiculously large hat and keep on saying 'Arrrrr.'"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New dog movie for Christmas

From the Huntsville Times:

"Sheree Le Mon has a passion for animals and for writing movie scripts. So the part-time Fayetteville, Tenn., resident, who also has homes in New York and Montana, decided to combine her two loves. She wrote "For the Love of a Dog," based on a true story about a military family whose dog, Semper Fi, survives cancer, thanks to a devoted family."

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Tennessee Valley, Fayetteville is about 30 miles north of Huntsville.

Read the article here.

Oh, and that's not the movie dog in the picture - that's my Jem.

Monday, September 17, 2007

USAF Marathon

We were in Dayton, Ohio this weekend so Charlie could run the Air Force Marathon. The race began and ended at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. It's quite an impressive place. The Air Force hosts a dinner the night before in the museum - imagine eating in the shadow of a B-52!

The marathon began at daybreak (7:30 a.m.), but the "before" photo of Charlie was taken about 6:45-ish. It was dark and cold, but CW insisted it was perfect running weather: cool, low humidity.

See the orange tag on Charlie's shoe? It's a chip that tells you exactly what time you crossed the finish line.

C-5s flew overhead. Unfortunately, this picture captures very little. The planes are humongous and loud!

I know, doesn't he look better in the after picture? When I greeted him at the finish line, he said "That was so much fun!"

They would not have been my words after running 26.2 miles.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Next stop, Graeters

Last stop on the Ohio food tour, Graeter's ice cream. My sister-in-law introduced me to Graeter's - as a matter of fact, I think my brother proposed to her at Graeter's.

You must go - or order and have it shipped. Yes, they will ship it to you. Kind of Rock Star, but acceptable.


Oh, yes it is. Hey Peipon! Guess what we're having for lunch?

My son reminded me that I would be traveling in Skyline country. I told him Charlie would eat a coney for him.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Happy Birthday, John!

It's a big birthday week. Today is John's birthday (he's on the left, his brother Thomas on the right). He was born 23 years ago today at 9:30 a.m.

My sons are such a blessing to me, and John is a delight. He spent his last spring break landscaping my front yard. He always makes me laugh, and is easygoing yet hard-working. And he's cute, too!

Thomas, call your brother and wish him a happy birthday.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dayton, Ohio

We're off to Dayton, Ohio for the Air Force Marathon. Charlie's running on Saturday. I'm the cheering section/photographer.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Birthday Joe!

Joe Weeks turned 49 on Monday (September 10) and we had a big party to celebrate.

The photo he's holding is a picture of his 3rd grade class from Presbyterian Day School - now Westminster Christian Academy.
It was a gift from Mary Lou Ivey, whose son Paul was in the same class. It's Mary Lou's birthday, too, but we celebrated her (80th!) on Saturday.

Opening presents never gets old.

Choice of cake? CHOCOLATE.

The crowd assembles in our backyard...

First the cook-out. Joe and Craig nosh on burgers.

Everyone wants an audience with the birthday boy. Now it's Mary Hoogwerf's turn.

Here's Joe and Mary Lou!
Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

How to make a Barbie electric chair

Looking for that extra-special science fair idea?

Let your first place dreams come true with the Barbie Electric Chair. Read all about it here.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Pope is in the house

Read this Reuters article.

Here are some excerpts:

"Pope Benedict on Sunday called on Catholics to keep the Sabbath a day set aside for reflection on their faith and the fate of the planet and not surrender it to "the mad rush of the modern world"."

"Calling Sunday the Church's "weekly feast of creation," the Pope said the day also should be a weekly reminder of the dangers to the planet."

"At a time when creation seems to be endangered in so many ways through human activity, we should consciously turn our attention to this dimension of Sunday too," he said, speaking in German.

Last Sunday in central Italy, Benedict led the Catholic Church's first 'eco-friendly' youth rally and told up to half a million people that world leaders must make courageous decisions to save the planet "before it is too late".

Under Benedict and his predecessor John Paul, the Vatican has become progressively "green". It has installed photovoltaic cells to produce electricity and hosted a scientific conference to discuss the ramifications of global warming and climate change, widely blamed on human use of fossil fuels.

In July, Benedict said the human race must listen to "the voice of the Earth" or risk destroying its very existence."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - "Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.

Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.

The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights," said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

Local media last week blamed the company's woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu deities."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Assault weapon - CHEETOS!

From the DesMoines Register:

"The assault weapons listed on the Des Moines police report was a bag of Cheetos.

Patrick Hamman, 22, of 4904 S.W. 13th St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of domestic assault. Officers explained that the victim of the snack attack, Michael Hamman, lives with his adult son, Patrick and that they became involved in an argument Sunday night.

Patrick Hammon picked up a bag of Cheetos and threw it at his father, hitting him in the face, police said. It hit him in the glasses, causing a cut to the bridge of Michael Hamman's nose.

The police report said: "Michael's T-shirt was also covered in Cheeto dust."

Patrick admitted being high on methamphetamine, police said. He was taken to the Polk County Jail without further incident."

The police report did not mention if the Cheetos were puffy or crunchy.

New Yorkers abuse shark

Intrepid news reader Jennifer writes:

When I saw this, I couldn’t help but think of some of the funny things you have posted.
NYC Lifeguard Rescues Shark from Abusive Beachgoers
What’s next? “Park Ranger Defends Rabid Raccoon from Disgruntled Picnickers?"

Obviously she missed the deranged rabid Baltimore beaver story.