Dec 31, 2011

End of the year nonsense

My News Years Resolution is to try and post more, and post a little more personnel stuff.  But for now, more randomness found on the internettubes!

Dec 25, 2011

Merry Christmas My Friend

From Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul, one of the best, and most emotional short stories I have ever read.

"I will never forget you," the old man said. A tear rolled down his leathery cheek. "I'm getting old. I can't take care of you anymore."

With his head tilted to one side, Monsieur DuPree watched his master. "Woof woof! Woof woof!" He wagged his tail back and forth, wondering, What's he up to now?

"I can't take care of myself anymore, let alone take care of you." The old man cleared his throat. He pulled a hankie from his pocket and blew his nose with a mighty blast.

"Soon, I'll move to an old age home and, I'm sorry to say, you can't come along. They don't allow dogs there, you know."

Bent over from age, the old man limped over to Monsieur DuPree and stroked his head.

"Don't worry, my friend. We'll find a home. We'll find a nice new home for you." And, as an afterthought he added, "Why, with your good looks, we'll have no trouble at all. Anyone would be proud to own such a fine dog."

Monsieur DuPree wagged his tail really hard and strutted up and down the kitchen floor. "Woof, woof, woof, woof." For a moment, the familiar musky scent of the old man mingling with the odor of greasy food gave the dog the feeling of well being. But then, a sense of dread took hold again. His tail hung between his legs and he stood very still.

"Come here." With great difficulty, the old man knelt down on the floor and lovingly pulled Monsieur Dupree close to him. He tied a ribbon around his neck with a huge red bow, and then he attached a note to it. Monsieur DuPree wondered what it said.

"It says," the old man read aloud, "Merry Christmas! My name is Monsieur DuPree. For breakfast, I like bacon and eggs -- even corn flakes will do. For dinner, I prefer mashed potatoes and some meat. That's all. I eat just two meals a day. In return, I will be your most loyal friend."

"Woof woof! Woof woof!" Monsieur DuPree was confused and his eyes begged, What's going on?

The old man blew his nose into his hankie once more. Then, hanging onto a chair, he pulled himself up from the floor. Buttoning his overcoat, he reached for the dog's leash and softly said, "Come here my friend." He opened the door against a gust of cold air and stepped outside, pulling the dog behind. Dusk was beginning to fall. Monsieur DuPree pulled back. He didn't want to go.

"Don't make this any harder for me. I promise you, you'll be much better off with someone else."

The street was deserted. It began to snow. Leaning into the wintry air, the old man and his dog pushed on. The pavement, trees, and houses were soon covered with a blanket of snow.

After a very long time, they came upon an old Victorian house surrounded by tall trees, which were swaying and humming in the wind. The old man stopped. Monsieur DuPree stopped, too. Shivering in the cold, they appraised the house. Glimmering lights adorned every window, and the muffled sound of a Christmas song was carried on the wind.

"This will be a nice home for you," the old man said, choking on his words. He bent down and unleashed his dog, then opened the gate slowly, so that it wouldn't creak. "Go on now. Go up the steps and scratch on the door."

Monsieur DuPree looked from the house to his master and back again to the house. He did not understand. "Woof woof! Woof woof!"

"Go on." The old man gave the dog a shove. "I have no use for you anymore," he said in a gruff voice. "Get going now!"

Monsieur DuPree was hurt. He thought his master didn't love him anymore. He didn't understand that, indeed, the old man loved him very much, yet he could no longer care for him. Slowly he straggled toward the house and up the steps. He scratched with one paw at the front door. "Woof woof! Woof woof!"

Looking back, he saw his master step behind a tree just as someone from inside turned the front doorknob. A little boy appeared, framed in the door by the light coming from behind. When he saw Monsieur DuPree, he threw both arms into the air and shouted with delight, "Oh boy! Oh boy! Mom and Dad, come and see what Santa brought!"

Through teary eyes, the old man watched from behind the tree. He saw the mother read the note, and tenderly pull the dog inside. Smiling, the old man wiped his eyes with the sleeve of his cold, damp coat as he disappeared into the night whispering, "Merry Christmas, my friend."

by Christa Holder Ocker
from Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul
Copyright 1998 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap

Dec 20, 2011

Duo MainTenanT

That's the name of the dance these two are performing. 

I received this through email from a former co-worker who knew that I enjoyed the Cirque du Soleil when we got an opportunity to see it several years ago.  These two are former Cirque du Soleil dancers who are performing what I can only imagine must be the most sexually charged routine you can get away with in general public.

My friend raved about how beautiful this is, and I agree.  But I come away with several questions that I feel need to be asked of you, the backbone of blogging society.

Watch first, then answer please.

Good, now that you have gone and showered and are toweled off, let's begin.

  1. What is the over and under for how many times they needed to rehearse this until he could get through the performance without A) Sporting wood or B) exploding in his pants?
  2. Are these two lovers off stage?  If not, is there anything a guy could hope to pull off that could possibly satisfy her?
  3. Did he really just catch her by the crotch with his face?
  4. Did she really just facepalm/handstand on this guy?
  5. Does she not have the most incredible ass ever put on earth?
OK, I'm done now.

Dec 16, 2011

Historically Accurate Prints from ETSY!

I found this rare collection of prints that I am thinking of purchasing as a gift to myself for Christmas. Not many people are aware of the dual lives that a few of our most famous presidents lived, and these wonderful prints perfectly illustrate what is great about our heritage here in America.

Remember, these are historically accurate, and really happened!!

Go here if you want to buy them for me...

Dec 4, 2011

Nov 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Trip

Thanksgiving this year was spent up in the Seattle area where my wife is from.  It was a rather short visit this time (5 days) and I posted a few pictures of the visit, including one of the rain when we landed.  Winter months are generally not very nice in the pacific northwest, but it is usually a mixture of clouds and drizzle.  This was full on downpour!

One of my Facebook friends commented on the picture of the rain with "So, what's your first impression of the Northwest?"  I kind of chuckled at that after thinking about how many trips I have made up there.  We have been married 28 years now, and have gone to visit at least once, and more often twice a year.  If I guess conservatively at half the years were twice, that amounts to 42 trips to the Seattle area!  I think I might need to start filing state taxes there.

My wife's father continues to worry us a lot, he seems to slip a bit more each time we visit.  He met us for lunch and then had to call for help because he couldn't remember where he parked his car at.  At his house, all the stuff that was beside his wife's bedside when she passed away 3 years ago is still sitting there in the spare bedroom.  Nothing is cleaned up or thrown out, and I think the family needs to come together and have a work party to get the house in shape.

Skyler loves going there and seeing all the family, and he got to see his favorite cousin, Kirsten.  She is great with him and he loves her.  He also has to have us call or text his aunt Karen with everything that happens in his life.  They all are really nice to him. 

We are also worried about my wife's oldest sister's husband.  He has cancer in his esophagus, shoulder, and hip.  He is going through radiation and chemo, and we will have to just wait and see if it makes a difference.  It is not a good situation.

It is good to be back home though, where it is so much easier to take care of Skyler than it is on the road.  The hardest thing is to bathe him, when we don't have his bath chair to sit in.  We wind up doing lots of sponge baths, and that worked when he was little, but now he is a young man with "guy stink"!

I hope all of you had a good Thanksgiving holiday, take care.

Nov 19, 2011

Aviation Nation 2011

Sorry for the serious neglect around this little corner of the internettubes.  I have been appearing more over on my facebook account because it's cheap and easy, just like I am!


My Navy buddy Russ and I made our 3rd trip out to Vegas and Nellis AFB to attend Aviation Nation last weekend.  It was excellent as usual, and here is a collection of stills  for you to peruse.

I was going to post some videos that I took, but they kind of suck.  I found some that more professional folks than me took, which are a lot better.

My buddy Russ standing next to a tool.