Mar 28, 2008

Your "Awwww" for the day

The original Muppet, Rowlf, sings What a Wonderful World.

Mar 26, 2008

Has it really been 25 years?


Today is our 25th wedding anniversary. We were married at Rockland community church up on Gennesse mountain. It has this killer view of the front range of the continental divide. Of course it has to go and snow 8 inches that day, mostly during the ceremony! So those windows behind us, which are blindingly white, have a nice view - trust me...

Mar 23, 2008

Happy Easter from 1967



My fricken god, a hat! That's laying it all out there people, hope you appreciate this!

Mar 21, 2008

We are more than just a little pissed!

I gotta tell ya, when I opened up the latest issue of People magazine and saw the story about Jlo and Mark with the new twins, well, I about fell over! Kathy and I just feel, so, so... violated!

First up how than they possibly decorate their baby room the same way we did? I mean from the Chandelier right down to the crib, it's all just like ours.




Dulce and Gabbana didn't give us custom-made fur wraps, but knowing our love of the outdoors, REI gifted us with a down coat, carabiners and an ice axe all in a small size.


Damn if this doesn't look exactly like out sitting area where we would feed Skyler when he was newborn! I think they stole our floorplans and I will have a word with our designer about this!


Finally, look at them out jogging just like we do with Skyler. My God, Mark even wears the same jogging attire that I do, this just is too much to bear.


Now if you will all excuse me, I have to go throw up...

Mar 19, 2008

And now, today's fashion report

Amusing predictions by American fashion designers from the 1930s of what the well-dressed man and woman would be wearing in the year 2000.

I long for a Utility Belt, but don't really have any desire for pockets to hold candy for cuties...

Crazy 8's part deux

Beth tagged me with the crazy 8's meme, thanks Beth! I had somewhat participated a while ago with this post but I didn't get all of the information out I guess. So here is my previous one with some additions:

8 Things I’m Passionate About:
- My son Skyler
- Adopting animals instead of breeding
- Inclusion
- Good writing
- Most Sports
- Space program
- Discovery and History channel programs
- Treating others with respect and love


8 Things I Want to Do Before I Die -
- See Skyler live in his own place
- Go to Alaska
- Fly a fighter jet (or at least get a ride)
- Win the Lottery
- Have a place in the mountains
- Go back to Hawaii
- Take a hot air balloon ride
- Ride a zip line

8 Things I Say Often -
- What did you say?
- Fuck
- Stop rolling on that! Come!
- Damn it
- Want to go fool around?
- Shit
- What time were we supposed to be at (fill in blank)
- Use your words Skyler, tell me what you want

8 Books I’ve Read Recently -
- The life of Reilly
- Hate mail from Cheerleaders
- Adobe InDesign classroom in a book...riveting...
That is it, not much of a book reader, not enough time.


8 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over
-
- Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters, Indigo Girls
- Homeward Bound, The Brigham Young University Choir
- Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole
- You Got It, Whoopie Goldberg
- Willow, Joan Armatrading
- I wanna learn a love song, Harry Chapin
- Mr Tanner, Harry Chapin
- A Better Place To Be, Harry Chapin

8 Things That Attract Me to My Best Friends
- Humor
- Hugs
- Loyalty
- Compassion
- Similar interests
- They bath
- They would help me bury a body
- They wouldn't turn me in after helping my bury the body!

End of the old stuff, on to the new!

8 Things That Drive Me Crazy
Beth added this one; it drove her crazy that there were only seven categories in Crazy 8s.
1. People who say "If we don't fight them over there, we will have to fight them here."
2. People who are always late arriving, I think it shows a total lack of respect for others.
3. Car salesmen
4. All the networks that have to have their logo in the corner of the TV and run their promos over the show I am watching.
5. People who don't treat Skyler with respect, or who go overly patronizing towards him.
6. When I am walking my dogs, people who tell me there is a leash law when my dogs are well behaved and their little yappy demon dingo from hell is going crazy.
7. Anyone who would throw a co-worker under the bus to get ahead at work.
8. People who park in the handicapped spaces who don't need them.

Mar 18, 2008

T-shirt Tag

Johnny Yen tagged me with a meme.

Here it is:

1. Link back to the original post.
2. Describe two t-shirts that you own.
3. If you design your own vanity t-shirt what would it say?
4. Where would you wear your vanity t-shirt?
5. Tag three of your best blogging buds.

Oh come on now, only 2 t-shirts!? We are talking about the main staple of my wardrobe here, so I have to talk about a lot more than that!

Here are some of my favorite shirts:


National Sports Center for the Disabled, where Skyler gets to go ski is such an awesome organization. I wrote about them here.



One of my favorite prints, called Reflections, Lee Teter's brilliant painting of a man grieving by the Vietnam Memorial, and the spirits of deceased soldiers reaching out in consolation.



My sister got me this Dilbert shirt knowing how much I love that comic. Truer words have never been spoken...



This baby I earned! The MS150 that year climbed from Louisville up to Estes Park over the peak to peak highway and back down. Over 4000 feet total elevation climb, and a trip down St Vrain canyon that I still think about! I latched on with a pack of good riders that were flying down the hill, you could hear the whining of our wheels as 20 of us were passing cars going down. Dumb, but fun...



My wife Kathy got me this one, it never fails to get a comment when I am standing in a line someplace. Guys all say something like "I hear ya dude", and girls always say "Well yes, of course!"

If I could design my own vanity t-shirt, it wouldn't be a vanity t-shirt at all. Rather I would design t-shirts that are like my friend Dan Wilkins designs over at http://www.thenthdegree.com/ (shameless plug)

Dan's stuff is wonderful, usually funny, but with a point, and all with special needs and the human condition in mind. Here is one I got from him that I love:



I would proudly wear a t-shirt like this everywhere, just to spread the word.

One more note on t-shirts. I have been in so many runs that I have way too many. I surprised Kathy one year with a quilt I had made with 30 shirts from runs we have been in:



Lets see now, that only leaves me with about 70 or so left...



I tag Beth cause she hit me with Crazy 8's, Suze, and my old cube-mate, GKL!

Mar 16, 2008

Seems as good of an explanation as any

This reminds me of Mel Brooks as Moses bring down 3 tablets from the mountain. He tells all "I bring you these 15 commandments (drops a tablet and it breaks) I bring you these 10 commandments!"

The one for Kristi

Mar 14, 2008

The darkness falls

Our oldest guy, Hootie, has suddenly gone blind. We went to the Vet about 3 weeks ago because he didn't seem himself, he wasn't running around much anymore. We thought that he was having arthritis problems or back problems since he had an old injury from when he was young. The Vet said that yes, he seemed like he was hurting, but what was really going on was he was starting to loose his vision.

We went back to the Vet a couple of days ago and now he is almost completely blind. We don't know what happened, it could be Cushings disease, or a tumor, any number of things. Bottom line is that we can't treat it, so why spend a huge amount of money and put Hootie through that to get a diagnosis?

He is doing OK with it, he knows his way around the house pretty well, and we still take him on walks and guide him around the dangerous areas. It is just so sad to see though, and his buddie Yordi doesn't understand that he can't come running full speed at him and tackle him playing anymore.

We are working it out though...

Here is Hootie when he was young:


Here he is now, feeling his way around the house:


Here are the two boys, deciding if they want to be in or go out and play in the snow again!

Mar 13, 2008

Prep-Unit Pimps Smirnoff Raw Iced Tea

Tea-Partay!!!! Raw tea in the pahlah makes the ladies hollah...


Mar 12, 2008

Whaaaaaat?

Sheriff: Woman Sat on Toilet for 2 Years

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, AP

WICHITA, Kan. — Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years — so long that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the boyfriend finally called police.

Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman's skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.

"We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital," Whipple said. "The hospital removed it."

Whipple said investigators planned to present their report Wednesday to the county attorney, who will determine whether any charges should be filed against the woman's 36-year-old boyfriend.

"She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body," Whipple said. "It is hard to imagine. ... I still have a hard time imagining it myself."

He told investigators he brought his girlfriend food and water, and asked her every day to come out of the bathroom.

"And her reply would be, `Maybe tomorrow,'" Whipple said. "According to him, she did not want to leave the bathroom."

The boyfriend called police on Feb. 27 to report that "there was something wrong with his girlfriend," Whipple said, adding that he never explained why it took him two years to call.

Police found the clothed woman sitting on the toilet, her sweat pants down to her mid-thigh. She was "somewhat disoriented," and her legs looked like they had atrophied, Whipple said.

"She said that she didn't need any help, that she was OK and did not want to leave," he said.

She was reported in fair condition at a hospital in Wichita, about 150 miles southeast of Ness City. Whipple said she has refused to cooperate with medical providers or law enforcement investigators.

Authorities said they did not know if she was mentally or physically disabled.

Police have declined to release the couple's names, but the house where authorities say the incident happened is listed in public records as the residence of Kory McFarren. No one answered his home phone number.

The case has been the buzz of Ness City, said James Ellis, a neighbor.

"I don't think anybody can make any sense out of it," he said.

Ellis said he had known the woman since she was a child but that he had not seen her for at least six years.

He said she had a tough childhood after her mother died at a young age and apparently was usually kept inside the house as she grew up. At one time the woman worked for a long-term care facility, he said, but he did not know what kind of work she did there.

"It really doesn't surprise me," Ellis said. "What surprises me is somebody wasn't called in a bit earlier."

Mar 11, 2008

Tagged right between the eyes

The always wonderful Suze from suzelssass slapped me with a tag.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people.

* Book "Still pumped from using the mouse, by Scott Adams" (OK, so it's not War and Peace)

* Fifth sentence - "Don't panic yet, maybe it's something important...Maybe it's something that could make an impact"

* Next 3:
"Your assignment is to improve employee morale."
"Thanks for letting us watch"
"Did you like the part about 6 in a cubicle?"

Nobody gets tagged by me, I just like to see what everyone else reads.

Move over Spielberg

I am turning my next production over to Fred and Sharon!


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Mar 10, 2008

Awesomeicity

This is for all of you out there that have been writing in asking "You know Sky-Dad, I'm enjoying the silly humor and videos, but where can I find me some some big hair, head-banging Cello?"

Well let it breath people, let it breath...

Mar 7, 2008

Skyler is 17 today

Happy Birthday to my incredible son Skyler! You have come so far in your 17 years, and I couldn't be more proud of you. From an early, so very tough start to a Junior in High School, where did the years go?


This picture hung on the wall going into the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Rose Hospital for years until they redecorated and gave it to us.



1 pound 15 ounces.


Now he never met a camera he didn't love!

Mar 6, 2008

We think we have come so far

I was recently forwarded an article from The Orange County Register about a 17 year old boy who was removed from his home after a teacher complained and social workers intervened who had never even met the boy, and placed him into a state run institution.

My God, I thought we had gone past these days as a society, but I am hearing more stories like this about the lack of inclusive education, and a greater tendency to revert to the old methods of institutionalizing peple with special needs. I am just a bit sick after reading this, I will let you decide for yourself.

Go here for the complete story.

Mar 5, 2008

Annuale, for the once a year period

Aviation and Military Wisdom

Staying with the flight theme (whaaa?) I found this buried in the old joke file.

You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.
-Paul F.Crickmore - test pilot

"Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground."
- USAF Ammo Troop

"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed."
- U.S. Air Force Manual

"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death .. I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
- At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan

"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."

"If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe."

"When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."

"Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club."

The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are:
"Why is it doing that?",
"Where are we?"
and
"Oh Shit!"

"Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."

"Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight."

"A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication."

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."

"When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten."

"Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day."

"When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible."
Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII

"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you."
- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

"A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum."
- Jon McBride, astronaut

"If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible."
- Bob Hoover (renowned aerobatic and test pilot)

"Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you."

"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime." -
Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970

"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."

Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there"

"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal."

As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks "What happened?" The pilot's reply: "I don't know, I just got here myself!"
- Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)

Navy carrier pilots to Air Force pilots: Flaring is like squatting to pee.

The three best things in life are a good landing, a good orgasm, and a good
bowel movement. The night carrier landing is one of the few opportunities in
life where you get to experience all three at the same time.
(Author unknown, but someone who's been there)

"Now I know what a dog feels like watching TV."
(A DC-9 captain trainee attempting to check out on the 'glass cockpit' of an
A-320)

And Finally:
Why the Military can't communicate with each other. . .

If you tell the Navy to secure a building, they will turn out the lights and
lock the door.

If you tell the Army to secure a building, they will occupy it and forbid entry
to those without a pass.

If you tell the Marines to secure a building, they assault with heavy fire,
capture the building, fortify it and call for
an air strike.

If you tell the Air Force to secure a building, they will negotiate a three year
lease with an option to buy.

Mar 4, 2008

Falcons point of view

9 minutes from a PBS documentary studying how raptors, especially the Falcon fly and dive. This is amazing footage taken from a camera placed on the back of a Peregrine Falcon.

Mar 2, 2008

Scientists agree that the people of Mars differ from us in many ways

That part of the caption from a picture in the New York Tribune, Feb 8, 1920.

I had no idea that anybody entertained the thought that there really might be life on Mars!


Caption: "Scientists agree that the people of Mars differ from us in many ways. The Martians are believed to have very large noses and ears and immense lung development, because of the rarefied atmosphere. Their legs are poorly developed, because matter on Mars weighs less than here and sturdy legs are not needed to bear their weight. Birds and butterflies are very large and beautiful."

Apparently they work a lot on developing new types of floor lamps also: