Mar 31, 2009
Now we have two more storms coming after getting a huge dumping of snow. All the meteorologists are trying to explain it, but I know the secret. They finally replaced the Elf...
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
Today is our 26th wedding anniversary, and it must be a karma thing or whatever, since it is snowing like crazy! On our wedding day, we got about 3 feet of snow. School is closed, Skyler is happy that he gets a snow day. We will have to cancel our sitter for tonight and plan a night out for some other day.
Thanks for all of the wonderful times dear!
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
But back to skiing. Skyler has been going up there once or twice a year since he was a little guy, skiing in their sit-sky program. It is almost all volunteers, and everyone is usually great. This time, we were paired up with one of the few full time NSCD employees, Rick, who runs and trains people in the sit ski program. His trainee was a lovely girl named Sarah, who Skyler liked a lot.
Rick is awesome, he has been doing this a long time, and handles the sit ski great. He is also strong like bull, and could take Skyler down some more challenging terrain and let him go fast. Skyler is like his dad, he likes fast!
While we were there spending money, we had to stop in the NSCD store to drop more cash. We got Skyler a new shirt, Kathy a new running shirt, and I got a shirt with my favorite print on it:
You probably can't see it very well, so hear is a closeup:
The lady at the store told us the story behind that dog. It was a wonderful female lab that was great at everything needed to be a guide dog, with one exception. She had this crazy prey drive that they never could break her of. So while she was a superior guide dog, let a squirrel cross in front of her and it was off to the races! So they were going to wash her out of the program, when they found a guy who wasn't totally blind. He could see a bit, and had a condition where he needed help with getting around and retrieving things that were dropped, etc...
So they were paired up, and it worked out wonderfully. That picture is real, that is her waiting for him as he climbed. Pretty cool, huh?
Here are a couple more pictures of us skiing:
Rick and Skyler flying by!
Here is quick video of Skyler skiing:
What a week it has been! I have been nominated not once, but twice in the Crazy 8 meme! As I understand it, the prize patrol will be arriving at my door any moment with a huge cardboard check with my cash award and...
What's that? No big check? OK, so I jumped the gun a bit there, my bad.
But what I have here is even better than money. POWER! Yes, now that I control the blog world I shall rule with an iron fist...
Say what? No power you say? Hmmm, I had so many plans for you all in my underground factory.
Well what the heck, no money, no power, but the next best thing is bloggy love, and I am feeling it baby!! Thanks so much to Doc over at SOCIAL ZYMURGY: THE CULTURE OF BEER, and to Flannery Alden over at Prone to Whimsy for the tag(s).
This comes with some legal jargon that I must attend to, so lets get that out of the way, shall we? (ahem)
“These bloggers are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
This marks the very first time that "charming" has ever been used at the same time as my name, I need to pause for a moment to collect myself...
I thank Doc and Flannery very much for the love, and you could not find two better souls out here on the inter-webs if you looked for a hundred years.
So who to pick for my 8 now that must carry on the meme? So many people out there to chose from, and I don't want to leave anyone out. So I will fire up that random selector widgit and let it's chaos and complexity simulation feature pick from my blog-roll:
First up is Kirby from I make no promises. Kirby entertains us with her home schooling stories as well as hands out some of the most wonderful comments you will ever receive.
Second up is Johnny Yen from Here Comes Johnny Yen Again. A fellow space nut, and wealth of all sorts of different information, JY will make you laugh out loud with one post, then make you cry with the next. And to top it off, the best dad there is.
Third comes Chris Radloff from Random Midnight Thoughts. Chris was in the service, so we have that instant connection. I love his stories about his life in the Midwest, and of his beautiful flower Dagmar. Drop over to his place and read, then go visit his business website and give the guy some work, will ya?
Spot #4 is none other than the women who got me into blogging, GETkristiLOVE from Two Minutes In The Box. I worked at a computer company with Kristi where we were cube mates together, and still get the opportunity to see her for lunches and the occasional happy hour. (jealous dudes? you should be!) Kristi keeps me close to the mountains by proxy, since I don't ever have the chance to get up and do any climbing anymore.
Fifth is Suze from Suzel's Sass. Talk about someone who dishes out the laughs! Suze is also a fellow LOST fan so we talk about how confused we are offline. It's good to have someone else be confused along with me, makes me feel just a tad less idiotic. Of course she could just be humoring me, and I am an idiot.. Would she do that? Probably...
The sixth spot belongs to a fellow Coloradoan, Mountain Mom from Life with Altitude. I have had the pleasure of meeting her and getting to chat for lunch, and she didn't get up mid-meal and run away. So you know this girl has a strong constitution! Of course it could be that we both share brain damage from lack of oxygen also...
Seven is EG4K, from What I Like about the Universe. Is there anything that he doesn't know a lot about? Seriously, pick a subject and he can talk intelligently about it. He is another fellow space nut, has a kick-ass lady in his life, Red who also posts on his blog, an made me a Level 1 Operative!!! So how cool is that? I mean really... Drop over to read him, and while there, click on the Walk MS graphic and help beat this disease.
Spot number 8 is up for grabs. It is for anybody who would like to participate in this, because there are just too many people to nominate for this. Blogging has been a wonderful outlet and a way to connect with a bunch of great people out there.
You all rock!
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Man finds 41 snakes in buddy's crawl space
Jeff Stafford's buddy owes him a few beers — and 41 brews would still be a bargain for the colony of bull snakes Stafford found slithering in the crawl space of friend's townhome in Westminster Sunday.
The 25-year-old banker had stopped by his friend's place near Federal Boulevard and West 112th Avenue to say "hi." He was wearing flip flops.
His friend, who asked to remain anonymous, was tending to a leaky pipe beneath the home, while Stafford chatted with his friend's wife.
"Thirty seconds later I heard what sounded like the yelp of a small, frightened child," Stafford said Monday.
His friend had spotted a snake in the muddy crawl space.
"Dude, you've got to go get it," Stafford recalled him saying Monday.
With a flashlight and a stick of firewood, Stafford climbed into the crawl space and onto the blue tarp that covered the muddy surface.
The tarp moved beneath him; the floor writhed in bull snakes — 41 of them by the time Stafford got through stuffing them into a trash bag.
"They were moving pretty slow, so I think they were still hibernating," he said.
An obvious crack was likely their entrance way, said Stafford, a native of Texas who spent last year traveling in the bush in Australia, were snakes were common encounters, he said.
His friend doesn't want to be named because he doesn't want to discuss the discovery, Stafford said.
"We went out for a beer afterward," said Stafford, who took the bag of snakes to an open field several miles out of town.
That was a smart move, said Mel Horne, owner of Alpha Animal Control in Broomfield, who removes snakes and other varmints for a living.
Snakes can find their way back to a comfortable spot unless they're taken several miles away, he said.
Bull snakes and garter snakes are known to hide in cool, dark spaces beneath homes in the northern metro area, he said.
Bull snakes, often called gopher snakes, are not poisonous and feed on field mice, large insects, lizards and other snakes, according to experts.
They grow large — up to 6 feet long — so their fright factor is their greatest risk to humans, especially since they resemble a rattlesnake and the snore-like hiss is often mistaken for a rattle.
Joey Bunch: 303-954-1174 or email@example.com
Mar 17, 2009
'Bejaysus Why?' Paddy asked.
'Because,' said Mick, 'the whole street was laughing when they saw you making love yesterday.'
Paddy said, 'Stupid bastards, the laugh's on them ... I wasn't home yesterday.'
Mar 15, 2009
It is a hilly course, and a couple of those took their toll on me as I struggled to push Skyler up them. I am really feeling it tonight. Here is a little bit of poor video if you feel inclined to see more.
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
Please keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times.
Back when good and evil had a clear line between them, and the Tommygun ruled!
Oh snap! Tell it like it is Granny.
Actually, $4.17 isn't too bad for a good penis.
At least it's under 1500 bucks now... Sometimes I forget how it was back just after the bronze age.
Which is more scary? The scarves or the old ladies wearing them?
Finally, I have a lot of T-shirts in my collection, and I have a lot of guts, but I am not wearing this to my local supermarket.
Mar 11, 2009
LEXINGTON PARK, Md. -- Some sexual experimentation landed a southern Maryland woman in a hospital with injuries tough to imagine and even more difficult to forget.
Maryland State Police airlifted the 27-year-old woman to Prince George's County Hospital Center early Sunday morning after she was injured in an incident involving a sex toy attached to a saber saw blade, TheBayNet.com first reported.
The man who called 911 about the incident admitted attaching the sex toy to the saw and then using the high-powered, homemade device on his partner, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.
The saw cut through the plastic toy and wounded the woman, according to TheBayNet.com. The injuries were severe enough for medevac, but the woman was released from the hospital Monday and is recovering from her unusual injuries.
Investigators talked to the woman, who told them she suffered the injuries during a consensual act and that she and her partner were trying something new, the sheriff's office said.
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 9, 2009
To try and explain how much this movie just blew me away is tough. First of all, it is only 1 hour 18 minutes long. It focuses completely on Kevin Bacon's character of Michael Strobl, although there are other characters who play important, but short roles in the film.
Mike Strobl is a veteran of Desert Storm, but during the Iraq war has held a couple of posts here in the States. He feels conflicted from not going to Iraq, trying instead to stay with his family and children. All along the way during his escort duty he sees the support and respect given to the fallen Marine, Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. His trip report morphs into something a bit more than that andbecomes his personnel journal. This is what the movie is created from.
The journey that Chance Phelps remains takes starts at the recovery center in Dover where he is taken care of by a team of people that must have the most difficult job in the world. They must try and clean up, embalm, do whatever they can to make the remains of a dead soldier as presentable as possible. All their personnel effects are meticulously cleaned, and a new uniform is tailor made for them. The person in charge of the detail then presents the personnel effects to the escort which they must carry on their person until delivered to the family. Then a recommendation is made to the escort on whether or not the fallen is presentable for viewing. There is a scene at the airport where Mike Strobl refuses to send the personnel effects through the x-ray, and refuses to remove his uniform jacket to go through the metal detector that is great.
My favorite scene is at the airport where Chance is being transferred from one plane to a smaller commuter plane on his journey home. Mike Strobl is waiting for Chance to be removed from the plane, and parked nearby is another plane with another escort, an enlisted man, doing the same wait. He walks over and the enlisted man comes to attention and salutes, then he and Mike start talking about the duty. The enlisted man says (paraphrasing here) it's like they all know when they look at you what you are doing. He refers to the looks and how people act around him. Then Mike Strobl asks who he is escorting, and it turns out he is bringing his own brother home.
There is a moment there with no dialog, and so much is said at the same time. Mike starts to try and say something a couple of times, knows that there really aren't any words, and then the two men turn and render honors to his brother, then to Chance. They shake and go away.
It is just a brilliant moment.
Another performance that is short, but impactful, is the guy that Mike meets who is the notification officer. That is the person who has the unfortunate duty of knocking on all of the doors of the parents or spouses of the fallen to tell them that they have been killed. The actor does a great job of showing the impact, and toll this takes on somebody who has to deliver bad news on a daily basis.
Here is a behind the scenes clip I found:
Go watch it, bring the box of kleenex.
There is a movie that will premier this Saturday on HBO that I would love to see, but I don't get HBO. If anybody wants to record it, I would gladly reimburse for the DVD and postage. Read about it here:
This look extremely emotional to me, and I have been a bit torn up at just watching the trailer. It reminds me of the Pulitzer Prize winning series the Rocky Mountain News did about accompanying fallen warriors home that I blogged about here.
Mar 7, 2009
So grab something good to drink, sit back and relax, and please - no wagering.
Our story starts with a premature birth. Kathy's water broke at 24 weeks, 3 months early. Skyler was born at 1 pound 15 ounces. Somewhere in utero or at the emergency C-Section delivery, he had a brain hemmorage. This is what caused his Cerebral Palsy. He would spend 3 months in the Neonatal Intensive care Unit (NICU) and come home at 5 pounds, just a few days after his original due date.
Rambo and Aspen weren't quite sure what to make of the new addition to the family.
Even at 3 months, he was still quite small.
This is our first trip away from home to a cabin at grand lake.
Skyler spent a couple of years doing Hippotherapy (riding on horseback) until he needed surgery on his hips. It became too painful for him to keep riding.
Through the years, there have been struggles with school, and great accomplishments at school. Teachers were always apprehensive about having him in their class, but for the most part they found that the classroom was a more forgiving, better place than it might have been otherwise. They learned from Skyler as much as he learned from them.
There have been friends along the way, but too few. Some have come and gone, others have been with him the whole time. You have to be strong in your own skin to be Skylers friend when your other friends are growing up and drifting away. It isn't always cool to be friends with the special needs kid. My unending love and appreciation goes out to the ones who have stayed around.
There have been too many surgeries along the way to count, and you have been such a brave trooper through them all. My wish is for all of these to be over with, and for a long, healthy stretch.
Who would have thought you would have turned out to be a ski bum?
Or been in theater and talent shows!
You are also quite the hiker, bouncing along and never complaining.
Somewhere along the way, you decided that kid stuff wasn't for you. That's when you became a News junkie, going on tours, and stalking pretty women Meteorologists!
You are a swimmer, and a great running partner for me. I really should have kept track of the miles we did together over the years.
You won an award from the Mayor for overcoming great odds.
And you are a computer geek!
You have a lot of special people in your life that care about you a lot.
But mostly, you are a great kid, and my buddy. I love you so much Skyler, thank you for 18 great years!