Dec 31, 2010

Obligatory New Years Post

Wishing you all a fantastic and overly amazing 2011!

Dec 30, 2010

Do you want to see poorly photographed zoo lights?

Well sure you do! 

We went to see the nice display they have at the Denver Zoo last night.  It gets bigger and better each year, and these pictures from Mr Point-and-shoot don't do it any favors.

Wish Skyler would have not blinked.

Had to get pictures in front of the 9News sign since Skyler works in an indirect way for them.

Dec 28, 2010

I never get what I want...

Why is it that even when I drop the not-so-subtle hint of leaving a catalog out with things circled, I still never get the stuff I want?  I always do that for my loved ones, but do they reciprocate?  Hell no...

Really, these are all I wanted for Christmas:

I can't help but think of the Star Trek episode called "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" when I see this suit.

Dec 25, 2010

It's a Christmas Miracle! Or at least a Christmas Meme...

Flannery over at Prone To Whimsy tagged me with a nice Christmas meme, so I thought I would play along.  I don't tag others, but always invite whoever wants to join in to play along.

Let's Meme Again, Like We Did Last Summer
From a tag By Flannery Alden

1. When do you usually know it's the holidays?
When the Christmas music starts showing up, earlier and earlier each year.

2. What do you want for Christmas this year?
I got my present I wanted, new boots.

3. Do you go all out with decorations?
Not really, strings of lights on the front of the house and a small tree.  I always wanted to do a tacky year and get the giant inflatable Santa driving the Lowes NASCAR, just to see the neighbors reaction!

4. What are you doing Christmas Eve?
I finished up a new DVD for Skyler, a lot of the favorite people he likes to watch from the news.

5. What are you doing Christmas Day?
Opening presents, and we were going to go to my sisters house but Santa brought us all sick intestinal tracts...

6. It's Christmas time. What are you reading?
Facebook and Blogs.

7. Favorite movie to watch during the holidays?
I don't have any traditional favorite besides the Charlie Brown Christmas and original Grinch.

8. Favorite Christmas song?
O Holy Night, particularly this version:
This is the Asian version with the dialog taken out, which is great.  But there isn't an embed option, so clicky over to check it out!

9. Favorite holiday drink?
Dark Beer

10. How is your Christmas shopping going?
Last stuff I ordered online came in on time, so I am golden!

11. If you could spend Christmas Day anywhere else, where would you spend it?
Like Flan, in the past, before I became cynical about the whole thing.

12. Any holiday traditions?
Not since my mom and dad passed away.  We are trying to make our own, but it is hard.

13. Favorite thing about the holidays?
People seem to be kinder toward each other, and the simple tradition of buying the drink for the next person in line at Starbucks.

Dec 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

My apologies to all of my friends that I intended to send actual paper cards to.  The season really got away from me, and I kind of got swarmed under.

I wish you all the best, thank you all for the entertainment, for educating me, and for making me happy to know you all.

Clicking on the first an second page should enable the biggy-ness (patent pending on that term).

Dec 22, 2010

Fernando Update...

It has been too long since I posted about our pork-based purveyor of fun, Fernando.  He has kind of been laying low since we got back from Vegas and the airshow. 

He didn't ever buy gas, but at least he took his turn pumping...

"Hurry up, let's get on the road"!  Bossy little pig, isn't he?

He didn't enjoy being stuck behind an 18-wheeler on the two-lane section either.

He kind of went wild in "The Entertainment Capital of the World" so to speak:
He wanted to go into the Riviera, and see the showgirls.

We came back later and he had got himself into a butt-load of trouble!

Fernando's plan for the evening was high-priced escorts.  We declined.

He did like the Stratosphere.

Especially the Guinness and the sports betting.  He is a big pigskin fan (see what I did there?)
 And yesterday he was all excited about getting to meet up with another blogger, Kristi Love!

Kristi showed off her Ice Monkey blade covers to Fernando.

He hasn't stopped talking about his lunch with Kristi all day.

Dec 20, 2010

2.4 Miles, 112 Miles, 26.2 Miles

Those are the distances of the 3 disciplines in the Ironman Triathlon.  There are thousands of triathlons around the world, covering a multitude of different distances.  There are a lot more Ironman distances around the world also.  But there is only one world championship, Ironman Hawaii.  From the Ironman site:

To get to the starting line in Kona, you must either be very lucky and get yourself a spot through the lottery, or very talented, and win yourself a qualifying spot at one of the qualifying events held around the world.
Tens-of-thousands of triathletes try to get one of those coveted Ironman spots every year. Only 1,800 succeeded.

That means 1,800 "lucky" people get to test themselves on one of the biggest challenges the sports world has to offer ... 2.4-miles of swimming, 112-miles of biking, and a 26.2-mile marathon run through tough ocean waves, and challenging lava-covered terrain.

It all began at an Awards Ceremony for a relay running race in Honolulu in 1977. A group of local athletes discussed the idea of an endurance triathlon and combining three major events that already existed on the island. John Collins suggested combining them and making it a single-day event. Later that evening, Collins took the stage announcing the event and that "whoever finishes first, we will call him the IRONMAN." It has since become triathlon's Super Bowl, Wimbledon, World Series, World Cup, and Tour de France all rolled into one. What makes this event so unique is that "average" people get to compete alongside the best in the world.
Kathy and I watch a lot of triathlons during the year because we both really enjoy watching the events, and because Kathy is a triathete herself.  The world championship from Hawaii is always covered by NBC and they really do a good job.  They not only cover the elite athletes, but always try and find good stories about the common athletes that have overcome hardships, or have done something out of the ordinary to make it to Hawaii.  This is where I first heard about Dick Hoyt, who is a personnel hero of mine.  He has done this event a number of times, all while dragging his son Rick in a boat behind him, on the bike with him, and in a modified racing wheelchair.

Here are some snippets from the 2 hours of covrage that I think capture what the event is all about.
If you decide to skip these, just watch the last one about the everyday people.

The opening swim always is scary, because they start in the water instead of running into the water, and it is a group start instead of wave starts.

This portion covers some of the biking strategy, as well as the pressure on Craig Alexander to 3-peat as the champion and join the legends of Ironman, Mark Allen and Dave Scott.  The women's champion, and the women who is considered one of the greatest ever, Chrissie Wellington had to drop out at the last moment.  This made the women's event wide open.

In this next sequence, you see Chris Lieto take off big time on the bike, because he knows he can't run as fast as some of the other top competitors, so he must build a cushion.  This almost never works, as a matter of fact I think Thomas Holstrum was the only guy to ever do it.

In the end, Chris McCormack defeats Andreas Raelert in one of the closest races ever run. I love the part where they are running neck and neck and McCormack hands him the water sponge and Raelert shakes his hand.

 But like I mentioned up above, the real beauty of this race, and the coverage of it, is in the people who are not the professional athletes.  The mom and dads, the older age groups and the ones who have to crank out the regular day's living as well as find the time to train.  This final section is about them, the amateur athlete who gives it all they have, which sometimes just isn't enough.

No copywrite infringement is intended with these videos, only the utmost respect.

It's Christmas Week!

So let's start getting into the mood, shall we?  How about we start off with Carol of the Bells, as performed by the Muppets:

Dec 16, 2010

Friday Funnies

Next week will start my companies shutdown period, so I promise that I will have some extra time to try and post something other than my usual drivel. I have a few more Fernando pictures and updates to share, and I have some junk on my mind that I need to vent or get more of a headache thinking about it.

So until then, and to get you headed into the weekend on a roll, I present you with some humor!

A dog lover, whose dog was a female and "in heat', agreed to look after and house her neighbors male dog while they were away on vacation. She had a large house, however, and believed that she could keep them apart but as she was drifting off to sleep she heard awful howling and moaning sounds, rushed downstairs and found the dogs locked together, in obvious pain and unable to disengage as so frequently happens when they mate.

Unable to separate them and perplexed as to what to do next, although it was late, she called the vet, who answered in a very grumpy voice. Having explained the problem to him, the vet said. "Hang up the phone and place it down alongside the dogs. I will then call you back and the noise of the ringing will make the male lose his erection and be able to withdraw."

"Do you think that will work?" she asked.

"It just worked for me" he replied.


A man was having problems with premature ejaculation so he decided to go to the doctor. He asked the doctor what he could do to cure his problem. In response, the doctor said,

"When you feel like you are getting ready to ejaculate, try startling yourself."

That same day the man went to the store and bought himself a starter pistol. All excited to try this suggestion, he ran home to his wife. At home, he found his wife was in bed, naked and waiting.

As the two began, they found themselves in the 69 position. The man, moments later, felt the sudden urge to ejaculate and fired the starter pistol. The next day, the man went back to the doctor.

The doctor asked, "How did it go?"

The man answered, "Not that well...when I fired the pistol, my wife shit in my face, bit 3 inches off my penis and my neighbour came out of the closet with his hands in the air!"


The room was full of pregnant women with their partners. The class was in full swing. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe properly and was telling the men how to give the necessary assurance to their partners at this stage of the pregnancy.

She said "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier." Just take several stops and stay on a soft surface like grass or a path.

She looked at the men in the room, "and Gentlemen, remember -- You're in this together -- It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her.

The room suddenly got very quiet as the men absorbed this information.

Then a man at the back of the room slowly raised his hand.

"Yes, answered the Instructor.

"I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk??

---- This kind of sensitivity just can't be taught..

Dec 14, 2010

Bad Tat Tuesday

Hey folks. Sorry this is late (insert standard excuse disclaimer) but I hope you enjoy these while I go back to shoveling 10 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag...

For the Harry Potter fan!

I got this to prove I am a true artist.

Lilly sent me this one, thanks Lilly!  It means torture, which it must have been to get.

OK, not really a tat, but belongs in here with the rest of the messed up stuff.

Another one from Lilly, butt-roaches are hard to get rid of.

Yeaaaahhh, that is nice.  What's up with neck tats?

That's knot very subtle.  (he he he, see what I did right there with the "knot"?)  OK, I'll move on now.
Finally, from Chad, comes this wonder piece that screams WTF!  I guess they must have requested not skin be shown.