Thursday, February 28, 2008

I couldn't agree more!!!

Happy Birthday Bernadette Peters

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Bernadette Peters who turns 60 years old today. Say it ain't so!! Bernadette is both a screen and stage star. What a babe!! Happy Birthday Bernadette.

Now I understand!!!

FBI to investigate Roger Clemens???

WASHINGTON - The FBI took up the Roger Clemens case Thursday, told by the Justice Department to investigate whether the star pitcher lied when he testified to Congress he never took performance-enhancing drugs.

The FBI’s involvement was announced one day after the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee told Attorney General Michael Mukasey they weren’t sure whether Clemens told the truth under oath at a Feb. 5 deposition and Feb. 13 public hearing.

A probe could result in charges against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner for perjury, making false statements or obstruction of justice. Congress did not ask for a similar investigation of Brian McNamee, the former personal trainer who testified under oath that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.

Does anyone beside me think that the FBI might have more important things to investigate than whether Roger Clemens lied about steroid use? If we as a nation are so concerned about terrorist attacks that we attack two sovereign nations, why are we squandering FBI investigators on steroids use? Who's running this nut house??

Quote for the Day

When I am living a purposeful life, caring for myself and others, I am able to co-create a place for others to do the same. I relinquish fear and a need to control.” ~~~Molly Young Brown

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Chelsea

Happy Birthday wishes go out today to Chelsea Clinton who turns 28 today. Known to most as the former "first child" from the Clinton administration, she has grown up and has a life of her own. I found that she is a graduate of Stanford University and also Oxford where her father attended on a Rhodes scholarship. Chelsea is dating Marc Mezvinsky and it is said to be quite serious.

The New York Times recently said of her; Ms. Clinton now has her own life: a hedge fund job, a serious boyfriend, a tight circle of friends and a permanent place setting on the New York party circuit.

So Happy Birthday Chelsea!!

A little under the weather

I'm sorry I haven't posted much the last couple of days but I've been a bit under the weather. I guess I finally caught Josh's cold and have been spending some quality time in bed. I have to get better though because I have a road trip to Washington State planned for this Friday.

Yes, I will be off at O dark thirty in the morning on Friday for a road trip to Washington State to help my sister move my dad into a assisted living complex. I'll be up there until the following Thursday and then meander my way home after that. I'm taking my new mountain bike with me in hopes of finding some nice places to ride. I'll have my trusty camera and lap top to keep all my loyal readers posted.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Girl Scout Cookies!!!

Hey everybody, the Girl Scout cookies are in!!! Now Karen and I don't agree on a lot of things when it comes to what we eat. She likes grape jelly, I like strawberry. She likes regular oatmeal, I like apple cinnamon. You get the picture. So of course when it comes to Girl Scout cookies, she likes the samoas and I like the thin mints. I also like to put them into the freezer and eat them real cold with a glass of cold milk. Mmmm!!! Karen likes her cookies at room temperature. So Karen bought some from a lady where she works as well as the little girl down the street. So we'll be in for Girl Scout cookies for quite awhile. And of course those cute little scouts will be out selling them at the entrance of the market. Who can resist their sweat little faces!!! If you haven't already ordered some, get some today and support a good cause.

Oscars 2008

The 2008 Oscar awards show was on the tube last night. Karen and I watched most of it. Katherine Heigl, pictured above, didn't win an Oscar, but she certainly dazzled the red carpet in this red dress. What a hottie!!!

And just so I don't get the reputation of only posting women on this blog, I have included a photo of that hottie George Clooney. I liked his girlfriends dress too.

The winners?? I don't remember. :-(

Quote for the Day

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Albert Einstein

Happy Birthday Tea Leoni

Happy Birthday wishes go out today to Tea Leoni who is 42 years young. Tea is married to David Duchovny (X-Files) and they have two children, a boy and a girl. Tea was born Elizabeth Tea Pantaleoni in New York City.

Her career includes roles in the movies "Deep Impact" and "Jurassic Park III." I also found out that she played the 1st baseman on the Racine baseball team in the movie "A league of their Own."

I wonder how I would look in that dress??? Never mind. :})

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Imagine my Surprise!!!

Imagine my surprise when my cell phone rang at 4:30 in the afternoon on Sunday. I looked at the display and it told me the call was from Betsy!! What's the first words out of her mouth? We're at Cold Stone, can I buy you some ice cream??? Betsy, pictured above, is the director of the Evangilical School for the Deaf in Puerto Rico that Jim and I visit a couple times a year. An evening visit to their local Cold Stone Creamery was one of my favorite activities at the school. I love ice cream!!! She went on to inform me that she had been to the beach yesterday and had a bit of a sunburn. It's cold and rainy here in SoCal and I know just how beautiful the beaches are in PR. It was nice to hear from you Betsy. Hope to see you again soon.

Great Quote!!

"They do seem like public property in a way. I don't know if I'm supporting them or they're supporting me" -- Dolly Parton

Oscar Night!!!

Tonight is the Oscars!! I, like most of you, watch the show just to see who won which award and the actresses vamping on the red carpet is just a distraction. Yea right!! I also only read Playboy as a young man for the articles!!!
This is actress Jessica Beil from last year's red carpet. She was actually voted one of the worst dressed. Go figure. Enjoy the show!!!
I am reading a book entitled “Behold a Pale Horse” by Milton William Cooper. The book espouses many conspiracy theories that I found quite interesting. I was lead to a website called to verify some information from the book about a secret underground city built outside a little town of Bluemont, Virginia called Mount Weather. It turns out that there is such a place built by the U.S. government to wisk away the federal government officials in the case of a nuclear attack. The book also suggests that there is an entire federal government, including a president and vice president not elected by the people, in this underground city to take over the government in case of an attack that wipes out our elected officials.

So I started looking at other articles on this website and did you know that people believe that;

1.The upcoming presidential election will not take place because President Bush plans to find a way to evoke martial law and take over the country?

2.There was a military coupe involved in President Nixon resigning from the presidency and that for several days before his resignation the U.S. military would not obey any orders from the president.

3.President Eisenhower once met with representatives from alien nations and signed a peace treaty with them back in 1954.

4. There are underground military bases that house hundreds if not thousands of aliens who are helping perfect our current technology.

5. There is an organization called the illuminati that wants to establish a new world order and decided after WWII that the biggest problem facing the world is over population. So steps have been taken to start wars and inject viruses into the world to kill off portions of the population.

It goes on and on, but I think you can see my point. Is there more going on right in front of our face than we know??

Friday, February 22, 2008

Auspicious Anniversary???

On the night and early hours of February 20-21, 1954, while on a ‘vacation’ to Palm Springs, California, President Dwight Eisenhower went missing and allegedly was taken to Edwards Air force base for a secret meeting. When he showed up the next morning at a church service in Los Angeles, reporters were told that he had to have emergency dental treatment the previous evening and had visited a local dentist. The dentist later appeared at a function that evening and presented as the ‘dentist’ who had treated Eisenhower. The missing night and morning has subsequently fueled rumors that Eisenhower was using the alleged dentist visit as a cover story for an extraordinary event. The event is possibly the most significant that any American President could have conducted: an alleged ‘First Contact’ meeting with extraterrestrials at Edwards Air Force base (previously Muroc Airfield), and the beginning of a series of meetings with different extraterrestrial races that led to a ‘treaty’ that was eventually signed.

UFO's. Believe it or not. The rest of this article can be found at and goes on to investigate this meeting and the subsequent government cover-up of it. Have we been visited over the years by ET's??

Thursday, February 21, 2008

SoCal earthquakes finally explained!!!!!!

Israeli MP blames gays for recent earthquakes
February 21, 2008

An Israeli parliamentarian said that several earthquakes felt in Israel recently were a consequence of gays and the parliament's acceptance of them.

Shlomo Benizri of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party, said the way to stop the tremors was for parliament to reverse its trend of liberalising laws concerning homosexuals.

Two quakes originating in neighbouring Lebanon shook much of Israel last week, the first coming two days after Israel's attorney-general ruled that same-sex couples could adopt children.

During two weeks in November and December, four earthquakes shook parts of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.

None of the tremors caused any serious injuries or major damage.

"Why do earthquakes happen? One of the reasons is the things to which the Knesset (parliament) gives legitimacy, to sodomy," Benizri said during a parliamentary debate on earthquake preparedness.

A cost-effective way of averting earthquake damage, he added, would be to stop "passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the state of Israel, which anyway brings about earthquakes".

Representatives of Shas have issued statements in the past that other Israelis found outrageous, like blaming a 1985 train-bus accident that killed 22, most of them children, on failure of Israelis to follow Jewish ritual.

The adoption decision by Attorney-General Meni Mazuz, announced last Sunday, follows other successes for Israeli gays, which have outraged religious conservatives.

Court decisions in recent years have forced the government to recognise same-sex marriages performed abroad and grant gay couples inheritance rights and benefits given to other married Israelis.


Judge: Wrecked car must stay in woman's yard as reminder of crash

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- A woman who pleaded guilty in a drunken driving crash that seriously injured a man won't have to look far for a reminder of that crash once she gets out of jail.

The judge who sentenced 30-year-old Stephanie Pochron Tuesday to six months in jail also ordered that her wrecked car remain in her front yard until she completes three years of probation.

The judge had Pochron's car towed to her yard to serve as a daily reminder of the problems she caused in the July 9 crash that seriously injured an Ohio man.

After that crash, police said Pochron had a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit for driving.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What the heck!!!

I came across this story the other night and just haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I confirmed it by doing a search on “Wabasha Minnesota Catholic School” if you want to look into it yourself.

In an AP News story it’s reported that a 23 year old female teacher at a private Catholic School in Wabasha, Minnesota was asked to resign or be fired after telling her supervisor that she was pregnant and not married. Emily Prigge, 23 years old, had been a fifth grade teacher at the school for about 6 months. She admits to signing a “Catholic Christian Witness Statement” where she agreed to be a good example of a Christian in her personal and academic life.

Where is the love here? Instead of wrapping the young lady in The Creator's love and supporting the woman in every way possible, the church chose to put this unwed mother-to-be on unemployment. The Creator's love for us in unconditional. Love The Creator – Love One Another. Can it get any simpler than that?

*Please note that the opinions in this blog are mine and may not reflect the opinions of others who live in my home. :-)

You don't say???


Monday, February 18, 2008

End of the storm

The Full Moon Is Near

The moon will be in it's full phase on the 21st of this month. Don't forget to dance naked in your back yard in honor of the Goddess!!

Stanford Road trip of Note

Two weekends ago, my good friend Jack and his son Ryan went to Stanford University on a road trip of note. Some of you may know that Ryan is quite the debater. I don't think he has reached the status of "master-debater" like his father, :-) but I understand he is quite good. Seriously though, Ryan and his teammate placed 5th in the competition that was held over a three day period. There were a total of 114 teams competing. I understand that Ryan will be attending La Verne University in the fall thanks in part to his debating abilities. So congrats to Ryan and of course to Deborah and Jack for their support.

Mt. Sac Flying Team Qualifies for Nationals!!!

The Mt. San Antoinio Jr. College Flying Team has qualified to compete in the "nationals" competition held this year in Nashville, Tenn. The team placed third overall in the reginial competition held over the weekend in Prescott, Az. The team won the "Best Jr. College" trophy as well as the safety trophy. Individually, several members came home with honors. Josh won 7th place in the "Preflight" event and 10th place in the "Aircraft ID" event. There were a total of six schools competing, with over 150 competitors in all. Congrats to the team and to Josh!!!!

We made it home!!!

We made it home safely from our road trip to Prescott, Arizona. We learned that it is pronounced Presctt, no scott on the end. We had a wonderful time there. We arrived at the tail end of the storm that blew through here last week and missed the snow and rain. The high temps. were in the low 60's and the low temps were in the high 20's at night.
One afternoon we drove over to Sedona, Az. and checked it out. The photo to the left doesn't do justice to the red rock formations in the area.
Sunday evening we attended the banquet for Josh's competition which was at a local casino. So afterward we just had to throw around a few coins in the casino. I ended up winning $400 from a monopoly slot machine.
We drove a total of 1,031 miles over this trip. My cruiser handles real well in the mountains and is easy to drive on the freeway. We hit lots of traffic coming home on Monday with lots of toy haulers coming home from the three day weekend. All in all, it was a great trip.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hurray for Spring Training!!!

Last Friday baseball spring training started for pitchers and catchers. That means that baseball season is only about 6 weeks away!!! This is a photo of Diablo Stadium in Arizona where the California Angeles play spring training baseball. I went to MSNBC looking for some baseball pictures and they only had New York Yankee photos and I can't tell you how much I don't care for the Yankees. Sorry Jilissa!!!

Competing in Prescott

The plane on the left is piloted by Josh and he is sitting in the run-up area waiting to compete in the "power off landing" event. Each competitor takes off and circles the airport before coming in for a landing. The object is to land your plane in a box marked by white lines on the runway. Each competitor does a total of three landings. After each landing, they run up the power and take off again without coming to a stop. In his three attempts, Josh came up short the first two times and hit the box the third time. We stayed most of the morning and watched the entire event. It was fun.

So we finally got to see Josh compete. Last year we went to Ohio for the nationals and never got to see him fly.

In the afternoon we drove over to the city of Sedona. Typical tourist spot with lots of shops selling T-shirts etc. We didn't stop to shop. The surrounding red rock was beautiful. It was a nice drive and my cruiser handled real well in the mountains.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Road Trip!!!

Hey guys, Karen and I are off on a short road trip. My son Josh is competing this weekend with the Mt. Sac flying team in Prescott, Arizona, and we decided to take a drive out there and watch. We left Thursday afternoon once I found out I didn't have to serve jury duty. We drove to Laughlin and spent the first night at the Aquarius Hotel. Today we drove to Prescott and got to watch some of the competition this afternoon. It's a bit chilly here, to the tune of 39 degrees when we came back to our hotel room from dinner. Tomorrow there is landing competition all day. Sunday we are going to check out the Sedona area.

My FJ crusier handles real well on the freeway and is quite comfortable on the long haul. We are getting just under 16 mpg.

I had a lady come by the house Wednesday afternoon and offer me $3500 for my truck. I haven't heard back from her since, so I don't know if she still wants it or not. Anybody want to buy a 2002 Ford Ranger P/U? I'm asking $5,000 for it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Watch Out For Those Terrible Atheists

A recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota shows that atheists are more distrusted and dispised than any other minority and that an atheist is the last person for whom Americans would vote in a presidential election. "Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians" all ranked higher than the atheists in public acceptablilty. Furthermore, Americans are "least willing to allow their children to marry" atheists.

Is there a rationale for this prejudice against atheists or is this just plain theist bigotry? Why are atheists more “despised and distrusted” than any other minority? Why do theists promote this malicious slander? Has it ever occurred to theists to judge themselves by the same standards they judge others? Didn’t Jesus say something about taking the log out of your own eye before you take the splinter out of another’s eye?

FYI: Found this photo on a different site. Hmm???

To read the rest of the article go to the below listed link.

One for the ladies

I got this from my friend Jan and thought I would pass it along for all my lady readers.

Men are like ...

1. Men are like ... Laxatives ... They irritate the crap out of you.
2. Men are like ... Bananas ... The older they get, the less firm they are.
3. Men are like ... Weather ... Nothing can be done to change them.
4. Men are like .... Blenders ... You need One, but you're not quite sure why.
5. Men are like ... Chocolate Bars ... Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right for your hips.
6. Men are like ... Commercials ... You can't believe a word they say.
7. Men are like ... Department Stores ... Their clothes are always 1/2 off.
8. Men are like ... Government Bonds ... They take soooooooo long to mature.
9. Men are like ... Mascara ... They usually run at the first sign of emotion.
10. Men are like ... Popcorn ... They satisfy you, but only for a little while.
11. Men are like ... Snowstorms ... You never know when they're coming, how many inches you'll get, or how long it will last.
12. Men are like ... Lava Lamps ... Fun to look at, but not very bright.
13. Men are like ... Parking Spots... All the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunny SoCal

It was a beautiful day today here in SoCal. As you can see from the photo to the left, it was clear and sunny. The temps were in the 80's most everythwere. I went for a bike ride and ended up in this park. Did some stretching/yoga and some meditating before heading back home. I have discovered a dirt road that runs along behind the high school and between where dairies used to be, so I am able to get some dirt on my mountain bike tires.

I need to retract a story I posted a few days ago regarding using your cars remote keyless entry over the cell phone. I got to thinking about how close we were when we tried it the first time and tried another experiment over a longer distance. I am sorry to say that it did not work over a long distance which makes me believe I was unlocking our car from inside the house instead of over Karen's cell phone. Oh well. I wouldn't want you to think I'm not man enough to admit my mistakes. :-(

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Happy Birthday to Big Daddy Vladdy!!

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Vladimir Guerrero who turns 32 today. As you can tell from the photo, Guerrero plays baseball for the California Angeles of Anaheim. Guerrero was born in the Dominican Republic and started his baseball career with the Montreal Expos. He came to the Angeles in 2004 as a free agent.

I didn't know that!!!!

Did you know that if you lock your keys in your car someone with the matching keyless remote can unlock your car over your cell phone??? I didn't know that, and frankly didn't think it would work when I first heard it. So, Karen and I put it to the test. Karen went out to our car and called me from her cell phone. She put her cell phone up to her locked car door and I held my keyless remote up to my cell phone and pushed the button. And what do ya know? It unlocked the door!! I was pleasantly surprised. So in the future, if you lock your keys in your car you can call someone else with the matching remote and they can unlock you car for you. Modern Technology!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Officer Down!!

Yesterday the Los Angeles Police Department lost one of it's own. Randal Simmons, 51 years old, a long time member of the LAPD SWAT team, was shot and killed while making an entry into a barricaded suspect's house to rescue what was believed to be injured hostages. Simmons and another officer were hit with a barrage of gunfire when they made entry into the house. A second officer was struck in the face but is expected to survive. The suspect also killed three of his relatives before being shot and killed by the LAPD.

Those of you who may not be familiar with the photo, this is the memorial in Sacramanto, California for fallen police officers. The names of all officers killed in the line of duty are inscribed on the plaques you see to the left. In the foreground is a statue of a woman holding a child with a folded American flag on the bench beside her. It's a very moving tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrafice in the line of duty. I try to stop by the memorial when I pass through Sacramento to pay my respects.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

City hall visit

I had to run to the City of West Covina city hall today to drop off some paperwork. While there I stopped to visit Mary & Terry in the Service Group office. It was good to sit and chat with them a bit. On the way home I took a nostalgic tour through the city heading down West Covina Pkwy. to Valinda, to Amar Rd., to Shadow Oak Dr., to Nogales Ave. and then onto the 60 frwy. It's funny how the memories flooded back and yet a lot of things looked different. I guess I don't look at things now like I once did. I think that's a good thing.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Give blood - Save a life!!

Took a few minutes out of my birthday to go to the local blood bank and give blood. Nothing to it really. Took about an hour all together. Everyone there is real friendly and they give you juice and cookies afterward. If you have the time, go and give a pint. It will make you feel good about yourself.

Texas Hold'em on line

I played a little on-line poker the other night. This is Texas Hold'em on Full Tilt poker. I play for play money. I finished one tournament in second place and won 4400 points. I am the gnome figure at the bottom of the photo. It's fun. You can talk to each other in the white box in the lower left corner of the screen and every once in a while you get a real obnoxious person on there.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Yes siree, today is my 56th birthday. Many important folks have been born on this day including, Babe Ruth, Ronald Reagon, Eva Braun, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Mike Farrell. I feel like I fit right in with that crowd!! My family bought me a mountain bike for my birthday so I can get out and commune with nature and save my knees by not running so much. Our family tradition is to go out to dinner as a family and the birthday boy or girl gets to chose the location. We have a firm rule though, no singing at the restaurant by the employees. I think I will pick the Chipolte Grill for my dinner. Then it's home for cake and ice cream. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for me!!
I was searching through Ebay the other night for accessories for my cruiser and found that the blue color of my cruiser is actually called "vodoo blue." Who would've thought??

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Morgan Fairchild

Happy Birthday wishes go out today to Morgan Fairchild who turns 58 years old. Best known for her role as Jordan in Falcon Crest, she has been in tons of TV and movie rolls. I saw her recently in a episode of 2 1/2 Men playing an older woman who picks up Charlie Sheen in a bar.