Mar 31, 2007

Anyone remember the days of TV theme songs and Intros?

While sitting around having a few brews a bunch of us were looking at a TV in the bar, and it switched from one show to the other. One of the folks mentioned that it has become so common place these days to just go from one program to the other, usually with the credits rolling on the side as the next show starts.

This spawned a whole discussion of TV theme songs, and how all of the shows used to have them. There was always a great theme song, and an opening montage of sorts.

So we were all calling out our favorite ones, and a lot of classics were mentioned.

I said my favorite was the old opening to Hawaii Five O, great classic song and the pipeline running in the background:



Some others mentioned:

Sanford and Son - Great bass lines...

MASH - few people know the theme song was about suicide, because you never heard the words except for in the original movie.

Magnum PI - Thomas Magnum pealing out in the Ferrari, best eyebrow wiggle on TV.

Rockford files - Great show!

Mod Squad - Running down a sewer and meeting up to go fight crime???

And being a Trekie, I can't leave out the opening to Star Trek. Guessing where the Enterprise was going to appear in the star field was a litmus test for how well the nights indulging was going!


So, what are some of your favorites?

Mar 30, 2007

Pink Today Show- Me and My Bobby Mcgee

I recorded the Today Show from last friday because they were going to talk to the guys that are making the Planet Earth series on the Discovery Channel. It is really a great series with some outstanding photography, check it out if you have some time.

But, what I didn't know was that Pink was going to be on the show. I am not a big fan, and couldn't name more than 2 or 3 things she has done, but at the end of the show she finished by doing Me and my Bobby Mcgee with just her guitar player.

I had to go find it on YouTube, this kicks ass people!

Better hold him for "Observation"

From AP, via Comcast:

Man Leads Chase, Claims He's Dick Cheney

STRATFORD, Conn. - A man was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after he led authorities on a high-speed chase and then claimed to be Vice President Dick Cheney, police said.

John Spernak, 42, later admitted he wasn't Cheney but said he was actually "Charlie's Angels" star Jaclyn Smith, police said. He also claimed to be the husband of Paris Hilton's sister.

Sometimes you just have to make a decision on who you're gonna be - know what I mean dude?

Police said Spernak, driving at more than 90 mph Monday night, hit a patrol car and was shocked with a stun gun before they could arrest him. He was charged with attempted first-degree assault, engaging police in a pursuit, reckless driving, criminal mischief, interfering with police and being in a town park after dark.

Mar 29, 2007

Can you save the Bunny?

I am sitting at DFW airport waiting to see if I will ever get on a flight to come home. Lot's of thunderstorms down here. So I was trying this game I found at Silicon Valley in their online newsletter.

Kinda funny, a bunch of people waiting looking over my shoulder rooting my on in my bunny surgery...

Mar 26, 2007

Flying to Texas for work

I'll be heading down to Richardson TX for 3 days to meet with our engineers for new product training. I will be giving an updated safety presentation on the plane based upon reality.

What do you think?

Mar 25, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together for Metal Skool!

"Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)" Video

Who among us wouldn't like to see Katie get tazed?

Opus was wonderful today.

This is why it's called "The shit has hit the fan"

Cheer's update on the poop cleanup was a great story, so I thought I would share my big cleanup tale from a couple of weeks ago...

After we had weeks and weeks of snow on the ground, I was faced with a backyard full of poop from my two dogs.

It was everywhere, and I dreaded the thought of venturing out with shovel in hand. Then an idea hit!

I'm a high tech guy, I need a high tech solution, right?

Why not use machinery? I have a mower that I need to break out and get ready for spring anyway.

After my first couple of passes it becomes apparent that the suction capability of my mower isn't working well enough. My enlarged Star Trek like brain complete with throbbing veins kicks in again.

I'll attach my thatching blade with the springs that dig down and pull out the dead grass! That will kick it up into the basket! Alright, we're cooking with gas now.


Well, the morale of the story is that shit doesn't just get picked up off of a lawn and thrown into the bag like dead grass.

Dead grass is light, shit has weight.

Dead grass gets sucked up into he bag, shit get flung in every conceivable direction from under the mower.

I had to undress in the garage and throw everything I was wearing away.

Mar 23, 2007

Wow! So this is what alone sounds like...

My wife and Skyler flew out to her parents to visit. She is a really bad flier, and has to medicate herself to get on an airplane. So when I saw this on the desk calendar I had to laugh.

Mar 22, 2007

Edwards wife's cancer is back, not cureable



I was just listening to the news and caught the story about Elizabeth Edwards. They were saying her cancer has returned and is in the bone. They also interviewed one of the many doctors that news stations seem to keep on staff these days, and she was saying that the language they were using gave hints to the extent that the cancer had spread, and how bad it was.

Language like fighting the symptoms, not the disease, and alternative remedies were used, which usually means that it's pretty far along, and just make the patient comfortable.

This is quite the bummer week, my best friend Pam found out that she has to have a breast removed because of cancer also.

Why can't this damned disease be beat?

Mar 20, 2007

A moment of reflection

I seldom pass along inspirational stuff, but this one got to me.

I believe, in these difficult and mean-spirited times in which we live, there needs to be a message of Hope.

We can all use a single image that speaks to us of love, harmony, peace, and joy.

An image that suggests the universality of us all.

I have been sent that image, and I want to share it with you all.

All I ask that all of you take a moment to reflect on it.





Mar 17, 2007

What Matters

Living in the world of special needs, you sometimes come across people who inspire you to try and become a better person, or to try and fight the battle a little harder, and sometimes they make you feel like you haven't even tried.

We have been attending the Rocky Mountain Inclusion conference for quite a few years now, always taking away something special to think about, and make new friends.

One of the more motivating speakers I have ever seen is Norman Kunc. Like my son Norman has Cerebral Palsy, and has been a constant source of motivation and information.

He presented this video at one of the conferences, and I have always thought it was amazing, but never found it out in public until now. We purchased a copy for ourselves that does not have the narration, which I like better since you can hear On Earth as it is in Heaven, from The Mission better.

Enjoy,
Skylers Dad


Mar 16, 2007

Enough Jibber-Jabber! Go drink some green beer fool!

Coincidence?... I think not

Had a fun time at lunch with my former cube-mate GKL yesterday, and got to thinking about an old photo I had. Then I remembered her post...

What do you think folks, put sv in a Star Fleet Uniform, hmmm?


Mar 15, 2007

Hits from the desk calendar, Volume 2, number 2

I don't think you can ever get tired of Far Side!

A lot of my days are like the skydiver...


At that price I want it with all the options

I've seen this commercial a bunch of times, but still chuckle whenever it comes by...

Hilarious Commercial - The funniest home videos are here

Mar 14, 2007

Just spit it out!


I watched an interview last night on the news with Jack Lalanne. The dude is turning 93 and still going strong! When asked his advice on living long and healthy, he was pretty funny. He said he has two rules:

1. If man made it, don't eat it.
2. If it tastes good, spit it out.

Mar 13, 2007

Chelsea Handler: One Night Stand Etiquette

Wipe out. Put out. And then get out.

Wish I could find a site to embed this, but didn't want to waste any more time on it.

Absolutely hilarious though!

Meet the S Curve

I already emailed some of my friends to vent and bitch, but now I am over it and ready to face what has to happen. As much as we have tried to avoid it, it would appear that more surgery is in Skylers future. We have really been active in Physical Therapy, and he has had a custom seating system all of his life that supports him. But all of that and the stretching and whatever else doesn't make up for his brain that continually fires the wrong messages out to his muscles. So the end result is a spine pulled every which way.

So, we are going to have to have the granddaddy of all of the ortho surgeries, where they lay open the back, straighten it out, place 2 metal rods along the side of the spine and screw them in. This is quite invasive, about 2 weeks in the hospital, and a long recovery.



Check out the X-ray, how about those curves? You can almost hear Jackie Stewarts voice with that British accent in the background when he used to do racing analysis... "And Mario Andretti looked brilliant as he headed through the chicane"...

Mar 11, 2007

Oh my god, I am the Gap!!

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Mar 8, 2007


Skyler turned 16 yesterday, and I wanted to post something at the time, but these people I work for had other ideas about how to spend my time. It was like one of the Charlie Brown specials where you hear the grownups voices as whaa whaa whaa deadlines whaa whaa need your edits whaa whaa whaa are you finished yet…

Boy, it’s kind of inconsiderate, don’t you think? I have other things to do with my time at work than work, geeez…

So this is a day late, but I wanted to share a few thoughts on Skylers 16th. 16 is a pretty big milestone for kids, you get your license, that newfound freedom of driving around with your friends and being independent. With each of these milestones that occur in a typical child’s life comes one more reminder about how different Skyler is, and what lies ahead for him, and for us.

When Skyler turned 6, I wrote this article that was published with the National Fathers Network. As I look back on it now I see the rookie that I was in the world of special needs. I was full of hope for all that Skyler could be back then. Now as a veteran parent, having fought the Medicaid system, the school system, and the world in general, my hope has been tempered somewhat by reality. I still have dreams for him, the only thing that is different is my experience has taught me that for every person out there that actually believes in him, there are a dozen who just want to warehouse him someplace where they don’t need to deal with him. So the dreams I have will be more dream than reality until the day when enough people can be educated about the value of people who have special needs, and what they can bring to society.

But dream we must, because if you don’t have that going for you, the enormity of the situation closes in on you. And you start to feel the panic of the clock ticking, and what will become of your son when the day comes you can’t care for him anymore.

So when you all walk by somebody in the days to come who is in a chair, or looks a little different than you do, maybe doesn’t seem to even know you are there, take a few seconds out of your day to say hi.

Just a simple hello.

It’s all a lot of folks sitting in a chair need to acknowledge their existence instead of a stare, and who knows – you might just be meeting a friend.

If enough people simply say hi, it could change the world.

Mar 6, 2007

Important announcement of some importance!

Starting today, Some days it's not worth chewing through the leather straps presents a new feature that shall occur whenever the hell I feel like updating it...

Drum roll please...

I now present Volume 1, number 1 of "hits from my desk calendars"!!

Cheering and pandamonium erupts in the streets as virtually tens of loyal readers shout with joy!

I ask you, is this the face of crazy?

There are those stories you hear where somebody kills someone and the neighbors invariably say things like "He seemed like such a nice guy", or "He was such a good person, never suspected a thing".

And then there is this guy, where I am sure all the neighbors are saying,
"You're damn right he's guilty. Guilty of something at least, dude was bat-shit crazy if you ask me!"

Mar 4, 2007

Mar 1, 2007

Non Sequitur has it right



Yeah, that's about my feeling as well. I am already over the election, and we have 2 stinkin years to go...