Nov 27, 2007

Yes, that Grant Miller!

Trying to catch up on my blog reading at the hospital yesterday while Skyler slept. All the fine folks on blog role are accessible, except for one... ;^) Must be all those posts about Milton Berle, huh Grant?

Updated later: Sorry I pooched up the screen snapshot earlier, here is what is so funny!



Nov 24, 2007

Now That's a Motley Crew!

Had a family photo taken up in Boulder at the Humane Society last week and just got the picture delivered. Unless you have tried this on your gaggle, you just can't imagine the fun of trying to get two dogs that are going crazy sniffing everything, and an uncooperative son to look forward and smile on cue!



It's all for a great cause though, to help out the 4 footed homeless.

Nov 23, 2007

Today's random quote comes from Runners World Magazine

"No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes."

Don Kardong, 1976 Olympic marathoner

Now get out there and run off that Turkey people!

Nov 22, 2007

New Blog to keep up with Skyler's back surgery

I have created a site that you can go to in order to keep up to date with what is going on with Skyler's back surgery on November 26th.
Just click on the link below to check out pictures, what is going on, and background information.

I won't be updating this too often as we go through the 2 weeks or so of the hospital stay, but will try and read you all as much as I can!

Thanks a lot everyone, take care,
Chris

http://skylerspine.blogspot.com/

How much do you know about Thanksgiving?

Here is a little quiz to take during those down times between eating and fighting with the family! ;^)

Happy Thanksgiving all,
Chris (Skylers dad)

Nov 17, 2007

Ralphie 5

There was a great story last night on the news about the mascot for the University of Colorado, Ralphie the Buffalo. Ralphie 4 is set to retire at the end of the year to make way for Ralphie 5. The team that handles Ralphie is working with the new young lady, training her to run the stadium before the game and at the start of the second half.

It is a wonderful tradition at every home game, and if Colorado makes it to bowl games, Ralphie also travels. It is one of the best openings of any football game you will ever see, as Ralphie thunders down the sideline, turns at the end of the stadium and heads down the other sideline back into her truck.

Click here to read the story, and check out the video, it is pretty cool!

My favorite memory of Ralphie running the stadium is back in the 80's when Oklahoma came to town. They had a loud mouth linebacker named Brian Bozeworth that thought he would come out from the sidelines and stand in the way of Ralphie running. It wasn't until the last moment that he decided, hmmm, this may be a bad ide, and dove out of the way.

I don't think I ever heard a bigger cheer at a CU game!

Nov 15, 2007

Smart or Stupid?

I took this interesting quiz after a friend sent it to me last night. It goes by very fast, you only have 8 seconds per question to respond. It turns out that my aging brain cells are actually a bit smarter than average, which I was quite surprised by!

Check it out.

Nov 14, 2007

Some Guys Barbers

Chris over at Some Guys Blog has a post about the different barbers that he has seen through time. This reminded me of a joke I have had laying around!

A little girl goes to the barber with her dad. She stands next to him as the barber cuts his hair, eating a snack cake.

The Barber says to her, "Sweetheart, you're going to get hair on your twinkie."

She says, "Yeah, I know. I'm gonna get boobs too!"

Skylers morning at Channel 2 News

I emailed this to some of you already, so sorry if this is a repeat. But there are some still photos to go along this time.

Skyler took a tour of a local news station last week. The Meteorologist, Angie, is very nice and remembered him from a tour he took there several years ago. When he got there, she was going into the backyard to do the weather outside, and said to my wife Hurry up, we go on the air in just a minute. Then she wheeled him right into the shot! Pretty fun stuff.

Sorry for the poor quality of this video, I don't have a decent digital video camera, so I had to video off the TV screen...









Nov 12, 2007

What a great Guiness ad!


Guinness Tippping Point - More amazing videos are a click away

And now for todays joke...

A man moves into a nudist colony. He receives a letter from his grandmother asking him to send her a current photo of himself in his new location. Too embarrassed to let her know that he lives in a nudist colony, he cuts a photo in half but accidentally sends the bottom half of the photo.

He's really worried when he realizes that he sent the wrong half, but then remembers how bad his grandmother's eyesight is, and hopes she won't notice. A few weeks later he receives a letter from
his grandmother.

It says: Thank you for the picture. Change your hair style... it makes your nose look short.

Nov 11, 2007

Happy Veterans Day

In case you missed it, this is the 25th anniversary of the march in Washington DC to dedicate the Viet Nam memorial, better known as just "The Wall". When the wall was dedicated there was a lot of vets who came to try and heal the wounds of the past, some to remember lost buddies, some to try and bring closure to what happened over there. Here is the video from the march back in 1982 when the wall was dedicated:




When I entered the Navy It was 2 years after the war had ended, and I met a lot of guys who served during the war. One stands out to me, and I always remember him during memorial day and veterans day. He was the only friend I lost during my 4 years in the Navy. He was Lt Commander MacDonald, call sign Frosty. he flew S3 Vikings and I had the pleasure to control him on several occasion during anti-sub operations.

Frosty was the CAG, or Commander of the Air Group and he was also from Colorado. He grew up in Vail, so when we met up off ship we got along well, even though he was an officer and I was an enlisted guy. Frosty flew in Nam on several missions, having been shot down twice and eventually rescued. He told a story of hiding in a large bush waiting for a rescue helo while Viet Cong were probing the bushes all around him looking for him. He said a bayonet passed just in front of his head and then right behind him as he laid there hunkered down praying for rescue.

They moved on eventually and his helo found him and pulled him out. His second time shot down he made it our over the gulf of Tonkin and ejected into the water. He was picked up shortly without any problems.

After surviving all that, he was killed on a simple exercise in the Indian Ocean. The sea state had deteriorated into a nasty mix of wind and huge waves and the Kitty Hawk was recovering all it's aircraft. Despite being low on fuel, he orbited while the rest of his squadron were recovered before him. That was typical of him, leading by example. On final approach the back end of the carrier was heaving up and down due the enormous waves and he was matching it by going up and down with it. The carrier pitched up and stayed up on the wave as he dropped.

He couldn't correct fast enough and flew right into the back end of the Kitty Hawk.

So here's to you Frosty, I hope you are someplace better now.

Nov 10, 2007

Aunt Karen and Uncle Steven sent Skyler a video tape

They recorded some shows for Skyler from up in Seattle and let him know they were sending the tape to him, so we left it in the mailbox for him to pickup!

Nov 9, 2007

Todays lame joke

I rear-ended a car this morning. So there we are alongside the road and slowly the driver gets out of the car... and you know how you just get soooooo stressed.. and life stuff seems funny?

Yeah, well I could NOT believe it... he was a DWARF! He storms over to my truck, looks up at me and says... 'I AM NOT HAPPY!'.. So, I look down at him and say, 'Well, which one are you then?'

...and that's when the fight started

Nov 8, 2007

Nov 6, 2007

Too late for this summer!

Sorry I am late with this important advice on pool etiquette, but keep this handy for next summer! I sure wish I would have known about this earlier...

Hey, it's 18 seconds, go ahead and click

A popcorn kernel popping at 5,400 frames per second.

Nov 5, 2007

iHate. Now my comments can have 23% more bitterness!

You got it, Red!

"I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough." -- Red Skelton

Nov 1, 2007

Schneier on Security

I saw this on Good Morning Silicon Valley, and thought it was a pretty interesting article. Here is a quote from it:

"We've opened up a new front on the war on terror. It's an attack on the unique, the unorthodox, the unexpected; it's a war on different. If you act different, you might find yourself investigated, questioned, and even arrested -- even if you did nothing wrong, and had no intention of doing anything wrong. The problem is a combination of citizen informants and a CYA attitude among police that results in a knee-jerk escalation of reported threats. ...

"The problem is that ordinary citizens don't know what a real terrorist threat looks like. They can't tell the difference between a bomb and a tape dispenser, electronic name badge, CD player, bat detector, or a trash sculpture; or the difference between terrorist plotters and imams, musicians, or architects. All they know is that something makes them uneasy, usually based on fear, media hype, or just something being different. Even worse: after someone reports a 'terrorist threat,' the whole system is biased towards escalation and CYA instead of a more realistic threat assessment. ...

"If you ask amateurs to act as front-line security personnel, you shouldn't be surprised when you get amateur security."

-- Security expert Bruce Schneier

You can read the entire article here. The links work in the actual article...

OUT OF PROPORTION

"Said the guy on the reality show"... Nice save!

There is no end to my giving

As I walked down the busy footpath, knowing I was late for an important meeting, my eye fell upon one of those unfortunate, homeless vagabonds that are found in every city these days.

Wearing what can only be describes as rags, carrying every worldly possession in two plastic bags, my heart was touched by this persons condition.

Some people turned to stare. Others quickly looked away as if the sight would somehow contaminate them.

Recalling some long ago Sunday School admonition to "care for the sick, feed the hungry and clothe the naked," I was moved by some powerful inner urge to reach out to this unfortunate person.

Yes, where some people saw only rags, I saw a hidden beauty. A small voice inside my head called out, "Reach out, reach out!"













The doctor told me that with enough time and the proper physical therapy I may regain the full use of my arm and hand!