Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wanna feel old???

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Catherine Ross who turned 71 years old on Saturday!!!Catherine Juliet Ross was born in Hollywood, California. She started her acting career with small roles on television series such as "The Virginian" and "Gunsmoke."

In 1967 she played "Elaine", Dustin Hoffman's girlfriend in the movie "The Graduate." I remember going to see that movie at the Fox Theater in Pomona. Katherine received an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe for "most promising female newcomer."

In 1969 Catherine played "Etta Place" in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. More recently she starred in "The Stepford Wives" and won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance in "Voyage of the Damned" in 1977.

I was surprised to learn that she is married to actor Sam Elliott and they have a daughter together. She is also an author, having written several children's books.

Friday, January 28, 2011

How sad is this???

More American soldiers, both active duty men and women and veterans, died at their own hand than died in combat in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, 468 soldiers died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. In 2009, 381 soldiers committed suicide, once again exceeding the number killed in combat.

To: Karen

From Ferg
We've had some gorgeous weather the last few days here in SoCal. Thursday I rode my bicycle from Anaheim Stadium to the Huntington Beach Pier and back. It was clear, about 78 degrees, and a slight breeze when I started. This is the view from Zac's at the pier. You can see Catalina Island off in the horizon.

This is where the Santa Ana River joins the Pacific Ocean and about 12.5 miles from Anaheim Stadium. Not much for surf and the tide was out.

On the way back I picked up a sticker in my back tire and had to stop. I pulled the sticker out and squeezed the tire to work the green goo inside. I pumped it up and away I went. My self-sealing tires paid for themselves, although I had to stop and add a little more air at 10-mile park.

I finished the 34.5 mile ride no worse for wear, just a bit tired. Great way to spend a beautiful SoCal day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

That should say that the DOW is up to 12000 points!!
When I was in Las Vegas last week we went to that pawn shop that is on the TV show "Pawn Stars." When we were heading back to our truck I saw this car pull in so I had to get a photo of it. FYI, we didn't see any of the Pawn Stars while there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy Birthday to my two sisters, Susan and Kathy.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thanks Jan

Hell hath no fury like a mother-in-law.

Wedding invitation from the mother of the groom.

What does he see in her??
Peeping Tom!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Went down to Fremont Street Thursday evening for dinner and the human spectacle. We had a really good buffet at the Golden Nugget Hotel. I had a mighty fine prime rib dinner.

There are several people dressed in costumes of various stars. Elvis was one of the more popular. They don't exactly charge you to have your picture taken with them, but a gratuity is always welcome.

The overhead music and light show featured music from The Doors.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I'm in Las Vegas at a gun show called SHOT, which stands for sporting, hunting outdoor trade show. It's strictly for dealers, manufacturers, or anyone involved in the sale of these items. It's got thousands of people from all over the U.S. I am here with my friend Steve and his son Jeff, who is a gun dealer, and his friend Gary.

Me and some of the wild life!!!

My friend Steve holding some big ol' gun.

They even sell camo undies for women!!! LOL. I asked one of the ladies at the booth how we find the woman if she is wearing her product. Without even missing a beat, she told me night vision goggles. She then added that this wasn't here first gun show with this product. I guess so.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Last Thursday I had to go to the DMV to renew my drivers license. The notice I received from DMV indicated that I only needed to take a written test for my Class A haz mat endorsement, give a new fingerprint, and take an eye test.

When I arrived I found I could give up my Class A license and just renew my Class C or regular driver's license. I didn't figure I would drive commercially anymore so I gave it up. The other reason I gave it up is because when you have a Class A and get a moving citation it's more points against you if you than a Class C.

So I paid my fees and moved to the photo area and took my photo. I then realized that I had to take a written test, or at least one half of the test. I took the test cold and missed one question out of twenty. I didn't know that it was a violation for an adult driver to smoke in his/her car with a juvenile present.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

In what can only be described as an unfortunate coincidence, this billboard was on display in Tucson, Az. for quite some time before the attempted assassination of Representative Giffords. It was taken down yesterday.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My son, Brian, and his wife, Selina, posing with their new snowman after receiving 6" of snow overnight in Huntsville, Alabama. Ain't that pretty.

I don't see any snow angels though??

Monday, January 10, 2011

Representative Gabrielle Giffords

President Obama springing into action after hearing about the shooting.

Was political anger and hatred behind this shooting??

Sarah Palin targeted 20 democratic politicians, including Rep. Giffords, for voting for President Obama's health care reform.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Brazos Valley Atheist's Marching Band
Bryan/College Station

Thousands of people attended Sunday's Christmas Parade.

While there were 100 entries and thousands of participants, one group is getting a lot of the attention. Freedom of and freedom from religion has become a talking point throughout town after an atheist group openly expressed their beliefs during Sundays B/CS Christmas Parade. 18 people made up the Atheist Vuvuzela Marching Band which paraded down Texas Avenue while playing "Jingle Bells" on vuvuzela horns.

The decision to parade though didn't sit well with many of those in attendance. "Wasn't exactly happy about the Christmas Parade this year. I spent many years teaching my children to love and respect other people, the fact that they were children of god, and I don't feel they should be influenced in any other way especially not at a Christmas Parade," said Tina Corgey, who is a lifelong Bryan resident.

"If you have younger children they weren't going to understand, but I have older children, a teenager, 8-year-old, and they were curious and they asked questions, and it was hard for them to believe and understand that there are actually people out there that don't believe in God," Corgey added.

KAMU-FM, a sponsor of the parade, said, "you've heard the phrase, "What would Jesus do?" and so that was something that was mentioned today and the thought that Jesus probably would have wrapped his arms around 'em and welcomed 'em to the event. I hope our community will be big enough to rise above this and do exactly the same thing."

These are the horns they were playing. I don't know how I missed this before. What a great idea. It would seem that the radio station had the best take on the whole thing. Funny how the mother was upset over the thought of her children being exposed to and idea different than her Christian upbringing.