Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Ouch, ouch, ouch...I don't think I've ever been this sore. Have any idea how much 8 yards of dirt is? Well, I didn't. What started out as just a few little jobs around the house ended up- just about 1/2 hour ago- as some major landscaping adjustments to my yard...all because I ordered enough top soil to re-sod the Indian's infield.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
We too have lock-down procedures here at school in the event of an intruder. At the beginning of each year, we all discuss the course of action that we would take in attempting to diffuse a tragedy from unfolding before us...but honestly, I can't fathom having to live through such an ordeal. Nobody expects it to ever actually happen in "our school." I would imagine that the entire academic community at Virginia Tech felt the same way.
Is it me or does it always seem like each time a senseless incident like this takes place, God gives us someone to show the world that Yes, mankind is inherently good and even willing to lay down his/her own life in an effort to save others...evidenced by Liviu Librescu's heroic actions.
The Associated Press reported that Librescu saved the lives of several students by using his body to barricade a classroom door before he was gunned down in Monday's massacre. As a child, he was interned at a labor camp in Transnistria and then deported along with his family and thousands of other Jewish people to a ghetto in the Romanian city of Focsani. Between 280,000-380,000 were killed by Romania's Nazi-allied regime during the war, yet Librescu survived.
...Survived until the age of 76 only to serve as a human shield for college students who were fleeing for their lives from a demented gunman. What a remarkable, courageous man. May God bless him.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Bring It On!
So when I asked Josh today if he was ready for kindergarten next year, his response was, "Bring It On!"
Evidently in today's world of Pre-K kids, one school photo isn't enough. Josh had his school portrait taken back in the fall, but now more and more schools are providing "end of the year" photos for the kids...I figure we're good for Josh's senior high school pictures...how much can he possibly change in 12 years?
Monday, April 16, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Well, we hit the lanes today...actually, I watched as Marie and Josh went head to head in a vicious bowling match. Marie edged him out by a few pins each game, but Josh provided the entertainment for all as he proceeded to break dance each time he knocked some pins down.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
My very first home-opener...was one that I'll definitely remember for a long, long time.
Let's see. the game time temperature was 31; wind chill knocked it down to 20. No problem- Kenton and I were dressed for the elements. At times, I felt like the little kid sporting his red snowsuit from the movie, A Christmas Story. I think I had four shirts, a sweatshirt, a parka, two hats, and a pair of gloves on. Kenton went a step further and wore his Indians P.J.'s beneath his clothing. (Not sure if he'd appreciate me telling everyone that...oh, well.)
The festivities prior to the start of the game were awesome. Clydesdale horses circled the field to deliver Marine Lance Cpl. Richard Paul Turner for the opening pitch. (Right behind the horses were the pooper-scooper parade which struck me as funny because you certainly wouldn't want to dirty up the snow that was quickly covering the field!) As the ABJ reported, Turner- 23 years old- lost his right eye, shattered a wrist and nearly died while trying to rescue a fellow Marine who had gone missing. God bless him!
Then came the anthem. Again, the Tribe chose to honor another Marine. They broadcasted over the scoreboard live satellite from Iraq a young female soldier to sing. She actually had a decent voice, but 1/3 of the way through the song, she decided to change keys...and then yet once again towards the end. Considering her service to our country, the crowd cut her a break...even Kenton behaved himself through it all.
And then after a whopping 1 1/2 innings, the snow really started piling up. Snow delay #1. Good time for nachos, right? We headed down to the concession stand and stood for 35 minutes while these truly clueless workers tried to handle the crowd's orders. There's this thing called "Tribe Fun-Money" which is definitely a misnomer, because each time that I've gone to the park with Kenton and he's attempted to use this to buy food, it really hasn't been a fun experience. In fact, I leaned over to him and said, "Five bucks says they have no idea how to use this!" Sure enough, it took some creative verbalization to convince these fine ladies that no, it really wasn't Monopoly money and that it could be used to buy some super nachos. Kenton eventually won the battle, but I won the bet! The thing I was most upset about was while we were duking it out with these Nacho Nazis, we missed some dude getting arrested after he jumped the fence and started making snow angels in right field...ugh! Later, I tried to convince Kenton to follow suit, but to no avail...I guess he didn't want to get his jammies all wet.
After three snow delays, the Mariners were batting in the 5th inning with two outs, the bases loaded and a 1-2 count on Jose Lopez when play was stopped- this time for almost 1 1/2 hours. We were denied the win-one out- make it one strike- shy of the game becoming official. Not to mention, Paul Byrd had a no-hitter going as well! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
The main entertainment during these snow delays actually was watching the ground crew attempt to clear the field with a bunch of leaf blowers. Just when they would get a small section cleared away- 20 minutes later the grass was white again...talk about an effort in futility.
So this game- in the history books- never existed...but I'm telling you, I was there-in the snow- for a long, long cold afternoon/ evening....and enjoyed every minute of it.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The Perfect Gift
- So my wedding anniversary is this Sunday, and I've been racking my brain of what to get Cindy. Finally at wits end, I figured this would be something that she probably would never have the audacity to come right out and ask for, but deep down, I truly think it's a gift that she's wanted for some time now.
Really, who wouldn't want a Fender G-DEC 30 Guitar Digital Entertainment Center Amp that features:
10" Special Design speaker
Teacher input on rear panel
Easy recall of guitar tones
76 Presets, (38 performance and 38 teacher)
Special Composition Mode
Internal synthesizer with MIDI
MIDI song file storage
CD or MP3 device input
28-second Phrase Sampler with overdubs
Future software upgrades loaded via MIDI
Optional footswitch allows remote access to select features
Left and Right line outputs with speaker-emulation
External speaker output
Anyway, I sure hope she likes it...if not, I guess I'll just bite the bullet and keep it for myself.