Tuesday, September 30, 2008

aeration

Every time I see these little dirt clumps on the ground after people come to aerate the ground, I always feel like I'm walking on poop. Since I talked about goobers a little while back, you might be wondering what kind of direction this blog is going. Who can know.

Kohl's

Does anyone ever shop at Kohl's? I've often heard of the store but I've never been in one nor could I tell you one's location. Anyways, I got a $10 gift card in the mail to there and I wonder if they have anything cool. Maybe they'll have a candy isle like TJ Max does.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Pants

How do you know when its time for new pants?

Bookcase finished


Before


Dave helped me hang my bookshelf on the wall last night. It took a while and I've got a nice little scrape on my bicep but we got it done. Luckily I hit a stud at one point making things a lot easier on the first one. The second one wasn't as easy as one of the holes was slightly too low. We were able to fix this and only losing one butterfly anchor in the process.


After

Housing Crisis

A lot of the crisis comes from what some have dubbed ninja loans. Its all too easy to get into these loans as I recall when I bough my house. I went to several people and and every single one of them said a ARM would be my best option. They twisted my arm to go with an ARM (no pun intended) and almost refused to let me go with a fixed. Most actually said they could "help" me by getting me lower payments by doing an interest only loan. As hard as I had to work at getting a 30yr fixed, I can really see the greed and corruption that caused the banks to acquire so many defaulted loans.

These quotes sums up a lot of what I've been reading.

For those of you who lack the advanced financial expertise necessary to decipher news surrounding the current mess, I’ve interviewed an expert to help us make sense of the headlines.

Q: How did we get into this mess?

A: Two entities created and overseen by Congress, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, flooded the mortgage market with cheap, taxpayer-backed money. Plus millions of Americans accepted the crazy idea that it’s okay to finance more house than you can really afford, using 95/5 and even 99/1 mortgages. It was a toxic mix of incompetence and greed.

Q: Doesn’t Wall Street have some culpability here?

A: Didn’t you hear that part about incompetence and greed? Besides, “Wall Street” is an abstraction. It’s kind of like The Force in Star Wars, or . . .

Q: Congressional oversight?

A: Exactly.

Q: What’s the government’s plan to fix this mess?

A: They’re going to buy all the troubled assets, and then create lots of rules that give them more authority to oversee financial institutions.

Q: You mean oversight like the kind that encouraged Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to back millions of housing equivalents of the Bridge to Nowhere?

A: You got it.

Q: How does the average American get in on this “buying of troubled assets” deal?

A: It’s simple: you either need to be the overpaid CEO of a firm that stupidly overleveraged itself in marginal mortgages and their derivatives, or one of those home speculators who bought three houses in Florida hoping to flip them, and is now claiming to have been misled, abused, etc.

Q: What about those of us who only bought a house we could afford, and have been working diligently to make payments?

A: Well, you’ll have to work a little harder to bail out the rest of us.

Q: It sounds like we’re rewarding the guilty and punishing the innocent.

A: Welcome to Washington.

We shouldn't be surprised. Even the founders knew such corruption was not only possible, but likely. As far back as 1897, we had this warning:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage. -- Alexander Tyler (A Scottish professor)

And even before that, Thomas Paine said:

If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute. -- Rights of Man, 1791

goobers

I was thinking this morning that you can tell a lot by the color of your goobers. If your spit is clear, you've got nothing wrong with you typically. If its brown, you might be on your way to getting sick. Yellow, you may be sick while green means you need drugs. This morning I saw a brown one go down the drain so I'm afraid I might catch what Marcie has now. Time will tell.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

ways to annoy a roomate - #80-88

80.Keep some worms in a shoebox. When doing homework, go and consult with the worms every so often. Then become angry, shouting at the worms that they're stupid and they don't know what they're talking about.

81.Watch "Psycho" every day for a month. Then act excited every time your roommate goes to take a shower.

82.Wear a paper hat. Every time your roommate walks in, say, "Welcome to McDonalds, can I take your... Oh, it's just you."Take off the hat, sit, and pout.

83.Go through your roommate's textbooks with a red pen, changing things and making random corrections. If your roommate protests, tell him/her that you just couldn't take it anymore.

84.Leave the room at random, knock on the door, and wait for your roommate to let you back in. If he/she asks about it, go on a tangent about the importance of good manners.

85.Hang a horseshoe above the door. Make up stories about having had good luck. Then, take the horseshoe down and wrap your head in bandages. When you see your roommate, look above the door where the horseshoe used to be, hold your head, and mutter, "Stupid horseshoe...."

86.Carve a jack-o-lantern. Complain to your roommate that the jack-o-lantern has been staring at you. The next day, tell your roommate that the jack-o-lantern thinks he/she has been staring at it. Confide in your roommate that you really don't like the jack-o-lantern, but you can't convince it to move out.

87.As soon as your roommate turns the light off at night, begin singing famous operas as loud as you can. When your roommate turns on the light, look around and pretend to be confused.

88.Hang a basketball net on the wall. Challenge your refrigerator to basketball games, and play them in front of your roommate. Do so for about a month. Confide in your roommate that you think the refrigerator has been taking steroids.

Farting a crime?

If I did, you might be able to sue me. Evidently a cop pressed assault charges at a man who farted towards him while he was supposedly drunk. We may not know what actually happened but it doesn't matter. Every middle school boy is laughing now about farting on a cop. I'm reminded of a flow chart I saw. Demitri explains how funny farting is based on location. Farting at school is funny. Farting in Church, even funnier. Farting in my face, very not funny. Farting in my brothers face, off the charts. Farting in scuba gear, we don't know.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jars of Clay, some guy, Switchfoot, and Third Day































Concert weekend! Here are some shots of a fun night. Although I will say some of you in CYC need to move your bodies some more! :)

The fruits of our labor


Each chair finally has tennis balls! I've had tennis balls to cut for a few weeks now and just last night Brantley helped me cut them so I could get them on the chairs. :) Now every time I look around the room the sea of tennis balls stands out, I'm sure they will get dirty quickly. Oh, and you can see my SMART board in the background, it got mounted on the wall not long ago. And my document camera is set up next to it- that thing is fun to use!


location location location

Demitri just explained the difference between peeing in the pool and peeing into the pool. One evidently is frowned upon.

ways to annoy a roomate - #89

Drink lots of lemonade. Talk obnoxiously for hours about how much you love lemonade. Then, one day, paint your face yellow. From then on, complain about how much you hate lemonade.

Music video - Feeling Good

Love the Bond tribute on this song and old blue eyes type of voice.

ways to annoy a roomate - #90

Late at night, start conversations that begin with, "Remember the good old days, when we used to..." and make up stories involving you and your roommate.

ways to annoy a roomate - #91

Whenever your roommate sneezes, go and hide in the closet for about and hour. Look around nervously for the rest of the day.

ways to annoy a roomate - #92

Sit and stare at your roommate for hours. Bring others in to join you. Eat peanuts, throwing a few at your roommate. Then say, "Boy, these zoos just aren't what they used to be."

ways to annoy a roomate - #93

Tell your roommate that your toe hurts, and that means there's going to be an earthquake, soon. While your roommate is out, trash everything on his/her side of the room. When he/she returns, explain that the earthquake hit, but only on one side of the room.

ways to annoy a roomate - #94

Buy a gun. Clean it every day. One day, put a band-aid on your forehead, and refuse to discuss the gun ever again.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ways to annoy a roomate - #95

Buy a lobster. Pretend to play cards with it. Complain to your roommate that the lobster is making up his own rules.

ways to annoy a roomate - #96

Make pancakes every morning, but don't eat them. Draw faces on them, and toss them in the closet. Watch them for several hours each day. Complain to your roommate that your "pancake farm" isn't evolving into a self-sufficient community. Confide in your roommate that you think the king of the pancakes has been taking bribes.

ways to annoy a roomate - #97

While you are ironing, pretend to burn yourself. Start a garbage can fire in the middle of the room. Toss the iron inside. If your roommate objects, explain that you are just trying to get even.

ways to annoy a roomate - #98

Buy some turtles. Paint numbers on their backs. Race them down the hall.

ways to annoy a roomate - #99

Create an army of animal crackers. Put them through basic training. Set up little checkpoints around the room. Tell your roommate that the camel spotted him/her in a restricted area and said not to do it again. Ask your roommate to apologize to the camel.

Music Video - Home

You might think you've heard this on the Country Station. Yes, you have but that was not the original. Bublé sang it first and does it much better. Check out tomorrow's blog for another Bublé favorite.

ways to annoy a roomate - #100

Put out a plate of cookies at night. Tell your roommate that they're for the Sandman. Take a bite out of one of the cookies while your roommate is asleep. The next morning, accuse your roommate of having bitten one of the cookies. If he/she tries to tell you the Sandman did it, insist that you know what the Sandman's teeth marks look like and that those are, in fact, not the Sandman's teeth marks. Grumble angrily and storm out of the room.

Max Payne Screener

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Yankee Swap

Last Christmas, we had a Yankee Swap party and my gift was these bookends. I always thought that I would end up re-gifting them the next year but turn out I can use them.

ps - Yes Tim, that is a wolf hanging on my bookshelf.

I killed a spider

I was working outside yesterday and I tipped over my recycle bin. Luckily I looked under before I moved it because I saw this huge black spider with a red hourglass on its belly. What would you do in that situation? Well, I got my Black Flag spider spray and doused the whole box. Then I sprayed down the tree beside that. Then the ground around it. Hopefully that will have gotten them all. The picture I took didn't turn out well so I put one up from Google to give you a basic idea. Seriously, when I say huge, big and round and had a belly almost the size of a dime. Creepy... just in time for Halloween.

Music Video - Fool's Garden cover

A jazz cover of a fool's garden song

Friday, September 19, 2008

Want to learn French?

I'm working on my French and I've found a few decent resources. Thanks to Pimsleur, I can now say very very basic conversational French sentences. Since I'm on lesson 3, I could determine what nationality I am and some random French person is in a conversation. We could also figure out if we understood each other's language (and how well - very well, not very well, or a little), and say hello and goodbye. If you don't feel like spending money, check out the following:
http://french.about.com/library/begin/bl-checklist1.htm

Music Video - Fool's Garden

If I'm posting weird songs, I'd have to post this one. I heard this when I was a senior in HS... or was I in college at that point?... well, it was years ago and you can tell by their video and hair.

Suzie Blue

The Third Day concert is tonight. Hopefully that will be good. Until then, I'll just leave this pretty bad cover of Ben Harper's Suzie Blue. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Texas May Go to 3rd Party

Has this ever happened before? If Bob Barr's law suit works, both McCain and Obama will not be able to Texas voters. Barr claims correctly in fact that both major parties missed their deadline. If the court agrees in upholding Barr's opinion, we've got the best chance of seeing a third party candidate win the state of Texas.

See source HERE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cat of the Day - 0916

This picture cracks me up. Reminds me of stupid things I've done as a kid and had to get mom to help me.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Greenhouse

Before this Wednesday, I need to be able to answer the two Evangelism Explosion questions. The questions outlined HERE can be answered by reading the passage giving a clear understanding of what it means to be a real Christian (not just someone who goes to church or has a fish on their car) and why being one means you WILL go to heaven when you die.

Question 1:
Have you come to the point in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven or is that something you would say you're still working on?

Question 2:
Suppose you were to die today and stand before God and He were to say to you, "Why should I let you into My heaven?" what would you say?

BSF lessons

Well, its the second week of BSF and I can't wait. I will admit however that it will take some getting used to the format again. I did skip a day but luckily there are only 6 lessons instead of 7. That way I still had Sunday to do my last lesson. For those of you out there who are wondering what BSF is all about, its an interdenominational bible study fellowship that is going through the life of Moses this year. Its formatted so that you have a lesson each night so that on Mondays, there is a lot to discuss. Our class (class 663 I think) has 2 men and 3 women study groups each having around 10-20 people in them. After the small group time, we meet up at the end to sum up all that we've learned and discussed. If you're interested in going, tonight is an intro night. Intro nights are set up around once a month for new people to come and get involved in a small group. They go over all you need to know about BSF and get your information so a group leader can call you about joining their small group.

Can't make this one? Send me a comment and I'll let you know when the next intro night is.

Google Search added to my page

Just under the advertisement on the right side is my new search bar. I like being able to look up something at any time you would like so I added it. Hope you enjoy it too.

Camera Duty

I'm happy to say that this Sunday's camera duty went pretty well. Still not perfect as I'm getting used to the zoom and focus on the front of the camera but it went pretty well. No spinning of the camera, shaking, or letting the speaker out of my scope of vision. Well, one time he walked to the edge while I adjusted the lighting but he stayed in the frame at least.

Christopher Turns 1

Saturday was a birthday party for Chirstopher. He got lots of nice presents and everyone came over to hang out and play. Happy 1st Birthday little guy. We love you.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cool Mustang


I was at the gas station filling up before gas prices got too out of hand and saw this car pull in. It had something like 650hp but more imporantly, look at the doors. Are they not the coolest?

9/11

Do you remember where you were then? Its weird that every once in a while something will happen so significant that you remember exactly where you were when you heard and became glued to the TV. I was in the basement of Sullivan dorm about to work on some closet doors when I saw the replay of the first tower being hit. As I watched in horror and amazement, another plane hit the second and they eventually crashed to the ground. Now, seven years later I still remember it vividly.

In case you were wondering

The chat below is from THIS post about 100 things a man should be able to do. Kind of cool that you can embed a chat session in your blog.

Chat

Lets see if this will work

http://www.meebo.com/rooms

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gaming with your girlfriend

Ashely sent us THIS article and I thought it was both interesting and helpful. Yeah, you could probably get to a higher level or score more head shots with one of your fellow gamers but you can do that any day. It's not often you can get the fairer sex into your gaming dungeon to play "the halo" as it has been called.

I did play against Marcie in Tetris. I kicked her butt in it so she suggested we switch to a Star Wars game she knew she could win. She ended up winning that one but you know what they say. Even a blind squirrel will find a nut every once in a while.

Billy Bookshelf

My bookshelves have been put together and I've started putting my books in their perspective place. Eventaully this will span over the couch and go back down the other side as well. Until then, I'll have to spread it all out so it looks more full.

What is it?

Saw this walking back from Chargrill. What is it?

Case in Point

As I said in my last blog, even Republicans are pushing socialism. See THIS article by what might be a left leaning CEO.

What Party Would I Be Now?

I thought I was Republican. The Republican Party to me was an honorable party with a good head on its shoulders. It seems however that the modern GOP party has strayed far from that truth and only stuck to one or two of those points and not the underlying theme. The following reasons are way I consider myself Republican.

I believe in the value of human life.

The Republican Party has a longstanding tradition of supporting the weak and oppressed. It was the Republican Party that opposed slavery. The Republican Party fights to save the lives of unborn children. Also, statistics show that Evangelical Christians who are typically Republican give more on average to charities and help the poor more then the rest of the nation. As a matter of fact, the Church has shown over and over to be the most effective service organization for mobilizing against disasters such as Katrina. Speaking of helping, what better way to save some one then to save their soul.

I believe in Capitalism

I believe Capitalism works and competition drives companies to be better. Seeing the government in action, I know it is one of the most ineffective organizations on the planet. For that reason, I believe in small government and privatization of every aspect possible. The only flaw in Capitalism is the forming of monopolies. The goal of a organization is to grow till it becomes a monopoly. After that happens, then the government's only responsibility is to step in and break of that organization. Then the process begins again. With the absence of monopolized products, public demand drives the market and not the lack of other options. If the government did its job in this area properly, we’d all be driving hydrogen cars and wouldn’t be as oil dependent. Look at HD verses Blue Ray. Blue Ray is more expensive but the market demanded it since it was a superior technology. What would have happened if the Government forced us to adopt HD players? We'd be using outdated technology much quicker wouldn't we? Since socialism is creeping into our government, corn prices have soared since we’re being forced to use it for ethanol instead of the much more efficient sugar cane. The biggest problem with our market today is too much government intervention. When the banks have too many defaults on their loans, the government bails them out instead of letting them deal with the consequences of taking on to much high risk loans. We're being reinforced on bad behavior of debt with out consequence but that’s a soap box for another time.

I believe in fair taxation.

Everyone should be taxed and their tax dollars should not go to controversial outlets. What that means can take on many outlets. That can mean I shouldn’t have to pay for some one to kill their unborn child since I believe murder is a sin. It also means that some one who is working "under the table" should have to contribute to our government as well as those who go through the legal procedures. An easy way to do this would be to get rid of the IRS and make a nation wide federal sales tax. Problem solved. Anyone who buys American goods supports our government. Legal, illegal, and tourist will all contribute. The rich will still pay more taxes just like they are now since they tend to buy more or at least buy more expensive things. The poor likewise will be paying less since they should be buying less. And those who are in our country illegally will start to contribute to the nation that is giving them opportunity at a better life.

I believe in freedom of religion

Our nation was founded by Christians and only recently has it been unpopular to have a moral compass. Did you know there are laws they are trying to put through congress that say a Christian radio station, to be fair to other religions, would have to put some other religious view minute for minute for every Christian view preached? That’s crazy. All men are created equal but not all men are given equal opportunity. If you don’t like what you’re hearing on a Christian radio station, all you have to do is change the channel. The next station will have an opposing view. Don’t censor my religion because you don’t agree with it.

I believe in freedom to have an unrealistic arsenal of guns and ammo if I choose

We have the right to bear arms (picture stuffed bear arms on a wall sticking out... lol) according to our constitution. A car in the hands of the wrong person can be just as dangerous. Protection, target practice, hunting, and collections are all reasons for me to have guns.

Here is the problem with the Party today. For that matter, the same can be said about that Democratic Party but they have different issues they stand for. They say they are anti abortion but that doesn’t seem to be because they value human life. It’s because that’s an issue Republicans know their voters will support. The party also agrees that growing larger is good for Capitalism however often there is forced growth on what they perceive is the best and not what the market demands. Interference like this harms the capitalist growth that works and allows organizations to become lazy and take on unrealistic risk since they know they are backed up. I could go on and on here and the other points but what I’ve noticed from this election and from both parties in general is they are far from their roots. There has been so much red verse blue crap being slung around that nobody knows what is important any more. It’s about time for an independent to take office and show these guys you can win voters by conviction and not by polls.

PS - blog inspiration comes from THIS article. Although it doesn't talk about this topic, my rabbit trail lead down this path.

BSF starts back up

I'm so excited that BSF has started up again. I got home last night and did day one of my lesson the moment after I walked Keeley and she did her... Anyway, It talked about the authority of the scriptures and what we can take from the life of Moses as we study him this coming year.

I thought it interesting the wording for where scripture came from. The original translation says it was God breathed. Some translations say it was inspired but that doesn't quite cut it. It was more then just inspiration. The words written had direct contact from our Creator. The Bible isn't authoritative because it has stories about God by men who were close to Him. It is authoritative because God breathed it into existence.

Also, a quick look into Moses showed these 4 qualities. First, he was a man of Faith. He believed in God and his faith was never shaken. Next he was a man of prayer. Any time anything came up, the first thing Moses did was go to God first. Also, he was a humble man. He did a lot of amazing things but despite it all, he always remained humble. Finally, he was a man of courage. Despite impossible odds, Moses kept on trusting God would help him in his time of need. What a role model for us and one I can't wait to dive into over the coming months.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hope for nice guys

I was reading an article that really makes sense. It's claim is that it's not nice guys that end up last. It's those guys who don't take the bull by the horns. Nice is an attribute ladies like and bad is one they don't like but they are less important. Ladies want a confident guy who show leadership promise. Being nice is just an added bonus. After all, they'll be able to change you into a nice man at some point right?

That leads me to the quote
Guys marry thinking their wife will not change - she will
Ladies marry thinking their husband will change - he won't

Guys, be confident and work for what you want. Also, practice leadership by taking on more responsibilities.

Not A Word

Don't say anything about Scientology or they'll sue you or at least censor you.

Back at cha

Ok, so there is a lot of areas we could recycle but what will it cost me?

1) It cost much much more to recycle paper then it does to make it the first time. Paper's one of the easiest to recycle too. Plastics and glass are even more costly.
2) It still cost me more money to me the end user which is the bottom line in a capitalist society
3) Garbage is an eye sore and now I need another trash can
4) Hell will freeze over before I go vegetarian!

I'm not saying I won't recycle or "go green" in some areas. All I'm saying is greenhouse gas is a con and it's costing me money. Evidence shows global warming comes from increased solar activity and not CO2. There is however something to say about keeping streams clean for drinking water and for aesthetic beauty.

Recycle!

Hmmm.... I tend to disagree with not observing any form of recycling. :) I believe everyone should try to do their part in some small way at least. Recycling paper for instance is probably the easiest thing you can do- almost every work place does this. Save some trees! I also think recycling plastic, metal and glass is an excellent way to help the environment. Are we just using more water and other materials to recycle these items, yes, however we are also saving resources. You can recycle about anything these days- even if it is just reusing it!

Some fun informational websites for you...
woo hoo (art!)
yay
kazam

etc...
Recycling and Environmental Facts
**Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Trash to Cash.
** Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months. Environmental Defense Fund
**About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%. Environmental Protection Agency
**Over ½ million trees are saved each year by recycling paper in Boulder County. Eco-Cycle
**There are more roads in our National Forests than the entire U.S. Interstate Highway system. National Forest Protection Alliance
**Recycling creates 6 times as many jobs as land filling. Colorado Recycles
**Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20%. Environmental Defense Fund
**Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. Eco-Cycle
**If we recycled all of the newspapers printed in the U.S. on a typical Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees--or about 26 million trees per year. California Department of Conservation
**The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year - or enough energy to last Los Angeles residents for eight years. Steel Recycling Institute
**If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 155 million gallons of water. Seventh Generation Co.
**The U.S. is 5% of the world's population but uses 25% of its natural resources. Environmental Protection Agency

Reason to not go green

Going green has become a popular saying these days. Everyone wants to be eco friendly but what does that mean for us? Well, that means doubling the price I pay for garbage, increased cost of oil, and now, becoming a vegetarian. Being green doesn't sound all that great to me.

Meat comment based on THIS article.

Optimistic Man in Wheelchair

What is the world coming to?

DALLAS – A robber rolled into a Dallas convenience store came armed with a bat and a knife. He left with a lot of condoms and an energy drink.

Dallas police Cpl. Kevin Janse said Friday that a man in a wheelchair entered a Dallas 7-Eleven Wednesday afternoon, rolled straight toward the cash register and beat it with a baseball bat until it opened.

But he didn't grab any cash. Instead, police say he stole 10 boxes of condoms and an energy drink before making his getaway Wednesday afternoon.

Janse says the suspect may have been homeless and was likely intoxicated at the time of the robbery.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Traveling weekend...
















Brantley went to MI with me over Labor day weekend. We attended the wedding of a friend of mine, it was rather warm outside! Brantley survived the heat (not as bad as Raleigh heat), the driving, and even got good reviews from the family. All in all a successful weekend. Oh, and we picked up a sweet bookcase from IKEA- I could spend forever in that place! In spring of next yr there will be one open in Charlotte!!! :)

Motivation!

Good motivation for running can be found HERE! Happy running! :D

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

LaFontaine RIP

Don LaFontaine, the man who lent his voice to thousands of movie trailers and popularized the now loved-catch phrase "in a world where...", has died. He was 68.

Check out THIS Time article about him.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Zodiac is Found Out

According to THIS article, the Zodiac killer may have been discovered.

Big Bang Could End World

In an attempt to prove and study the "big bang" theory, scientist attempt to recreate the process. In doing this, they will create several small black holes. Nobody really knows what will happen but they're hoping the black holes will just dissipate. While that is probably what will happen, there is a possibility that the holes could continue to grow and eventually suck in the earth. I got to be honest. I'm not too worried about that. I'd like to see them attempt to do this only to have to quickly change their predictions and somehow make it sound like it supports the big bang. Anyways, THIS article says it will happen in less then 9 days so who knows. It should be interesting to see the followup.