Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
First up is it is United Way season. The Yogi's are big supporters of United Way and so is my employer. Thursday they had their Pancake Breakfast. I'm always up for pancakes! Here is the lineup of this year's cooks.
Look at those big old fat fluffy clouds.I love them. They day was perfect. Temperature in the mid 80's, a little breeze, and low humidity. I was in heaven! The sun was straight overhead so all the trees had perfect little round shadows underneath them. What a day off!
It came time to go to Quik Trip get something to drink and then pick up the kid from school, the car from the shop, and go home. This is where I found out I'm getting stalked.
There was this waiting for me in the mailbox at home.
I think it is a little ominous, don't you? Anybody have any ideas who this could be. Sweetie says it is my fellow blogger Baloney. Couldn't be, could it? She's my friend. We went dancing last week! Go check her out, let me know what you think. Is she the one or not? I sent her something earlier this week. It was real nice.
Then it was time to go check on Nana. She is recovering nicely from her broken leg and will be and running around Dress Barn again in no time. We took our two mutts Ginger and Abby because they like to play with Nana's Fiona. After the playing it was cuddling time.
Ginger is on the right, Fiona on the left, Abby is the white blur behind Fiona. We couldn't get all their faces in the picture. They are friends but not that good of friends.
By then I was worn out. I made the most of my day off don't you think. And I've got two whole days to go this weekend!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Dave showed up at work today with another find he scored in Kansas, Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark Lager. Made in Wisconsin. He said that you cannot get it here in Oklahoma. I believe it, it doesn't have the goofy Oklahoma symbol on it. Check out their web site.
Now, generally I'm not much of a lager guy. I don't know why, I just haven't cared for them. The taste always seems a little "thin" to me as opposed to full bodied.
This Leinenkugel's lager is different. It has lots of body and a nice creamy, slightly flavor to it. I love it. I drank both bottles. Beer is not properly evaluated on just one bottle. It takes two. Manlaw, check it out.
Dave, thanks for the beers.!
I rate them 3.5 stars out of 4. Which is great.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
So first we loaded up and went to eat. At Hideaway Pizza in Bixby on Memorial. Hideaway Pizza is something of an institution. It started in Stillwater, Oklahoma, home of Oklahoma State University. Tulsa is a big OSU town so they have a natural following. The pizza being excellent helps as you might expect.
I brought my camera of course but we were so hungry that I forgot to photograph it before we started. So the consolation prize is this picture after we were done.
Nothing to take home!
Afterwards we decided to plant another geocache. We placed the last one near Cedar Ridge Golf Course and we named the cache "Boys Night Out - Cedar Ridge". This time we decided to place one near another Golf Course. So this one is "Boys Night Out - Meadowbrook."
First we went to Walmart to get the stuff for the cache. A medium size plastic, water tight, container, a notebook for geocachers to write their log in, a pencil, and some small trade items for the kids, a small rain poncho and a couple of matchbox cars. Oh, yes, camo duck tape.
We drove out to the cache site, and pimped up the cache container, including camoflaging it with the camo duck tape, found a suitable spot, and then spent forever making sure the coordinates are right. I lost my Lowrance IFinder Hunt GPSr that could take 100 readings in a spot and average them in one minute so I have to use my navigation GPSr which is great for getting me over to Aunt Bessies house but I have to average my readings the old fashioned way.
We finally finished, and it was time to go home so that son could go to bed because it is a school night. It was late. I had to hide it in the dark.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Next one, I'll get in a few more people.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Patty and Sweetie had Margariata's.
Afterwards Sweetie and I went some friends, including fellow bloggers Baloney, Dawn, and Michelle ( I had never met Michelle before but we have been blogging friends for quite a while. ) to a comedy club. It was an improv sort of thing and it was hilarious. Sweetie and I don't get out too much. Lots of young women were running around with too much makeup and not enough clothes. Sorry no pictures. We had a great time.
We all stumbled out of bed way too late to go to church but we made it to Sunday School. Afterward Sweetie went to a wedding shower and SuperPizzaBoy and I went geocaching. We looked for five and found five which is a good outing. We find a little different kind of cache. Instead of hidden box it was a wanted poster hanging on a pole. Can't tell you what cache. Cachers go to all sorts of trouble to hide them for me to just blab which one this is. Sorry, that's the way it is.
Of course gecocaching is not about numbers. No, not at all!! Who would think of such a thing. Nobody I know that caches pays the slightest bit of attention to their numbers. Talking about your numbers is like talking about how much money you make. So nobody cares about their numbers, not the slightest bit.
So, here are a few of mine:
834 geocaches found. 382 of them within 10 miles of home! Tulsa has a lots of caches!
654 caches found in Oklahoma.
43,522 total miles between caches. That is lots of driving (and a lot of gasoline!), and a little flying.
Caches found that are no longer active 286. Many caches last just a year or two.
At my historic rate of caching (about 0.4 finds per calendar day) I am scheduled to reach 1000 on Dec 10, 2010. Actuall, I think that I will get to a thousand by late Spring 2010.
Do you have a hobby that you are passionate about? Lets hear it. I promise not to tell.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
3 ... His glory covered the heavens
and his praise filled the earth.
4 His splendor was like the sunrise;
rays flashed from his hand,
where his power was hidden
Habakkuk 3: 3-4 (NIV)
The rest of Habakkuk's vision was not good news.
Check out That's Baloney for more perfect pairings.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Last week the Yogi's went to see our AA Tulsa Drillers play Midland at Driller's Stadium at the County Fairgrounds. I love Driller's Stadium but this is its last year. They are moving into a fancy new field in downtown Tulsa next year. I'm sure I'll like it also, but I'm going to miss Driller's Stadium
Sweetie and SuperPizzaBoy hate baseball but it was Fireworks Night and SPB loves the treats. So they indulge me on Fireworks nights. As you can tell they come well prepared. Sweetie brought her crackberry and son brought a Harry Potter book.
Sweetie trys to act interested, she asks every now and then if anybody has scored a touchdown or not. She does that even though I score the games and give her a running commentary about what the guy batting did last time he was up or what he did last time we are at the game. I think the whole scoring thing kind of embarrasses her. It is kind of nerdy but I find it fun. I have score books from when I lived in Houston back in the 80's and had season tickets to the Astros and later when I lived in Dallas and went to Ranger's games.
One think about the stadium I love is that with the everpresent Oklahoma south wind the outfield flag always looks wonderful, especially against a pretty eastern sky at sunset.
"Finally" said Sweetie and SPB, "the game is over!" time for some fireworks.
Do you like going to baseball games? Tell us about it!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
For great views of the sky from all over the world, please check out Skywatch Friday!
The movie is more than a story about Asperger's Syndrome though. I found Beth to be the far more interesting character. Beth inhabits a space between two men. Adam, who cannot tell a lie, and her father, Marty Buchwald (played very well by Peter Gallagher) who cannot tell anything but lies. The tension between the two extremes is what makes the movie interesting. Ms. Byrne does a great job.
Amy Irving plays an interesting role as Beth's mother, Rebecca Buchwald. She regards her husband with very clear eyes, and loves him anyway.
The movie has a few awkward moments, like when they have to educate the audience about what Asperger's Syndrome is, (it comes across like a political commercial, "Gee Bessie, I can't believe that Senator Jones is going to take our guns away from us!") but overall the movie is done very well and sensitively. The movie doesn't go for the big Hollywood ending, but it does end on a high note.
I give this movie 3 stars out of 4. I could see it again.
For someone else's take on the movie, check out That's Baloney. She and her husband Doc were there with us watching the movie.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The short story? Natural gas prices are going to stay down, oil prices are going to stay up. What does that mean? The producers are drilling more oil wells, less gas wells. Darn it! I'm a gas guy. Oh well.
The political take. They are resigned to Obama's changed tax laws in regard to oil and gas drilling. What does it mean? Drilling wells will be less profitable, so less drilling will occur, so look out, increased oil imports are going to happen.
What about me? I had a great time. My sister Ellen was in town on business from Colorado. She is a geocacher ("eoripolyard" is her geocaching handle.) So guess what? We went geocaching. We found seven in downtown Wichita including a webcam cache. Sweetie helped us with that by remotely operating a webcam in Wichita, Kansas from Tulsa, Oklahoma. (You want to do that?, stay tuned to the end of this broadcast!)
So, who cares about our energy concerns. The big news is that I found 19 caches over three days of my trip, Woo hoo!! Lets have a party! I'm up to 829 total caches found. Below is a partial screenshot of my logs.
Thank you my fellow American taxpayers. Your spending billions of dollars on supersecret GPS satellite technology not only helps keeps our troops, sailors, and airmen safe, it allows me to find Tupperware containers in our city parks and highway rest stops!!! Isn't this country great or what? Who cares about Obama taking our guns? I don't want him scrambling the GPS signals again.
For those of you who are patient. Do you want to operate a web cam? Here is the link!
You can take control of this camera mounted high atop a building in downtown Wichita and move it left and right, up and down, and zoom in. Its fun during the day to track people as they walk. You can even take still images of what you see!! You can stalk people in downtown Wichita from anywhere on the planet!
To find out about webcam geocaches. Check out this link to the webcam cache my sister and I found using the same webcam.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sweetie summed it up nicely, "An alien movie where you cheer for the aliens." I don't want to give much away, lets just say this is one great move. I loved this, Sweetie hated it. I don't recommend it for mommy bloggers or their children. Their husbands on the other hand, go for it, kids should stay home.
3.5 stars out of 4.
As always, I recommend the web site. All sorts of goodies there.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Pull a gun on me. Nope, I've read enough detective novels over the years that I know how to handle that pretty easily.
Global warming? Nope, looking forward to the end of cold winters.
Obama taking Sarah's babies away? Nope, the Democrats are going to get killed in the mid term elections. Besides, I suspect that she has more weapons than the Alaskan National Guard.
Six Flags, - Well you are getting close.
You want a sure way to scare me half to death and induce an anxiety attack. Pull into a drive through and ask me to do the ordering for everybody.
Or worse, make me order at Sonic.
There are two problems.
One, I can only remember one thing at a time. So if some people want cheeseburgers, others hot dogs, and others chicken nuggets. I'm lost. Further if this person wants it plain, the other no ketchup, and on and on. There is no way. Forget the drinks!
Second, the person on the speaker cannot understand me, and I cannot understand them. Try as as I might, I try to talk louder, slower, whatever they cannot make me out. Then when they recite the order back, I have no idea what they are saying. I can hear them find. I just cannot make out words of what they are saying. AAAAAAH. Help.
One of these days I want to pull this stunt.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
They have two areas. One area for large dogs (over 30 pounds) and another area for small dogs. The park is staffed by volunteers and the rules are few (no children under 12, whick is a bummer, clean up your dogs messes, and no food or squeaky toys- we don't want a squeaky toy riot do we?) The park is clean and well kept. The volunteer there told us that the grass is in great shape despite no irrigation because the fireman from the nearby station show up every morning with their tank truck and water the entire area. Thumbs up for our firemen!
If you like dogs the park will bring a smile to your face. They run free and socialize freely and have a great time. When you show up, you and your pets get checked out by the other dogs.
Our mutts, Ginger and Abby, have been only twice. They are interested but stick very close to Sweetie's apron strings.
Abby found a cute 3 month old Shih Tzu male, Parker, to paly with.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Breakfast was a little slow. Much earlier than he is used to.
Anyway he and Mom got off on time.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
There are a few advantages to getting older. One is that you don't have to be on the cutting edge of everything to be cool. In fact you don't even have to be cool anymore. Uhh, truth is, you don't have any choice, nothing you can do can make you cool. Cool! unless you happen to be married to somebody like that. Poor Sweetie.
Anyways, I was bee bopping through Target earlier this week checking out this and that and came to an end cap in the music section. There was a display that said "New Music." It had Green Day CDs, "21st Century Breakdown." So I said "cool", bought it, and have been listening to it the last several days.
It surprised me. I think of Green Day as kind of punkish. Old punkers in their 40's or so. They look the part. This CD, although it rocks is quite musical, in fact it is kind of "pop" in some tunes. It has 18 tracks and there is quite a variety here. I have listened to the whole thing a half dozen times and I'm not tired of it yet. The cd can rock but then it gets all melodic. I think that it is quite good.
Check out the bands web site here. It has cool stuff, except for the widgets bloggers use on our posts. None of their widgets work at all. Which is par for the course for band web sites.
The cd came out in May so its not like brand new, but I love it.
I give it a 3.5 stars out of 4. Which is good!
Anybody out there a Green Day fan? Tell us about it.
After I wrote this, I checked out the reviews. Turns out this cd is a rock opera in three parts. Imagine that, I had no idea. I don't listen to lyrics, I cannot understand them anyway. (Drives Sweetie to the brink sometimes, this trait of mine!) The opera is all about how life was hard under George Bush. Ugh, I'm no W fan at all, but He's gone folks. He is walking his dog in Dallas people. He is even carrying a pooper scooper! He is out of the picture. SO FOR THE LOVE OF PETE CAN'T I JUST LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC without some sort of political message. Ahhhhhhh!!! By the way, as a certified tax payer, and a certified Republican non fan of "W", I'm willing to spend a little extra so that a former President of the United States of America doesn't have to scoop his dog's poop. Please!
Anybody else out there tired of the culture wars? What we can going to do about it? Class? Class?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Or you can buy paperbacks. Trade size paperbacks though are pushing $20 in some cases. Or you can wait and buy the smaller paperbacks. If your eyes are good and you are happy reading "last years books."
I'm spoiled, I like to read newly published books. I don't want to wait. I'm also cheap! How do I resolve all these traits? I use the library. In Tulsa County we have the Tulsa City County Library. Once you get a library card you can reserve books way in advance on their web site. They email you once they are ready and you go get them. Its easy and its FREE!!
Below is a screen shot of my current waiting list. (Sorry for the poor quality, I played with Paint and Corel Draw and this is as good as it gets, for me.) You can see I have about 14 books I'm waiting on. They'll come in about one every two weeks or so. Every Sunday I get on the New York Times Web Site and check out what is coming up. If I see something I like I add it to my list. That's how I come to find out about Richard Russo's new book "That Old Cape Magic." that I ordered today.
Question of the Day - Do you use the library, why or why not?
Monday, August 10, 2009
I didn't look for the cover shot but I did look for the statue. You can check it out for yourself here. I don't know anything about art, but this work doesn't appear to be anything for the ages.
Despite what the headlines say the statue is going to be displayed in an art museum in Norman, Oklahoma. So we can drive around town without worrying about being flashed. Later on it is moving to London.
The piece was sculpted by a Daniel Edwards. He made the statue in order to encourage women to breast feed. So all you Okie pregnant women reading this, run on down to Norman to look at the statue in order to get your encouragement. Give me a shout back to let us know if it worked or not.
Daniel Edwards has done some other pieces according to the article in the link including a sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth. I haven't seen it, don't want to see it, but it is supposed to be anatomically correct. You will have to Google that one yourself.
So, I'm sorry, I don't get the whole deal. I have seen all sorts of public breastfeeding. It doesn't offend me or anybody else, and it is almost always done discreetly with some sort of drape and everybody averts their eyes and its cool. It has been going on for years in Oklahoma without any help from Hollywood actresses, their husbands, and flaky sculptors.
So I don't think the statue is a big deal at all. What do you think?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The story is set in Carmel, California a beautiful spot with a lot going on, most of it suspicious. Roads being built in environmentally sensitive areas, a desalinazation plant, nuclear power plants, a mercy killing at the local hospital, and murders foretold by mysterious roadside crosses. All this is being reported by blogger, Jim Chilton on the Chilton report. It takes Ms. Dance a little time to figure out who is lieing a like a rug and who is telling the truth, but she figures it out in the end. If you are a crook don't let her get a baseline on you, she'll nail you.
This book has lots of twists and turns and I enjoyed it immensely. I give it 3 stars out of 4.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The reflections and the refractions made the sun look even bigger. But at least I was cooler.
Wednesday night Sweetie and I went bike riding. It was still warm, but not as bad.
Check out Skywatch Friday for views of the sky, from all over the world.
The end of our ride was a loop around Hunter Park in South Tulsa. The newly opened dog park was there and it was busy!
Is there anybody out there familiar with dog parks? If so, please tell us a little something about them. They look like a blast.
Speaking of dogs, I found the following while running on the river earlier this week. Tulsa is rebuilding many of the river trails and I'm glad they are thinking of our four legged friends. I think this is a wonderful idea. I had never seen anything like that.
Have you seen something cool for dogs or other pets? I would like to hear about it.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Go see the web site. It has trailers and games and is a lot of fun.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
All ages are rounded to the nearest year, no months, weeks, days, hours or minutes are used in this puzzle.
When you figure out the ages plug them into these coordsN 36 0A.BC1W 095 51.6C8Place them from youngest to oldest A then B then C
Anybody out there up for a cache run?
Monday, August 3, 2009
If 666BOI wins he promises that everybody that votes for him will get 1 billion dollars, upon receipt of the $1.2 trillion. Any money remaining will be split toward the stimulus package or financing national health care. So by doing the right thing, you will be set up for life plus help your country's economic recovery and finance health care for millions of people
It is a win win win thing.
So, even if you don't live in Tulsa, please make your way to Irritated Tulsan's Blog and vote for 666BOI.
I'm looking forward to my billion dollars, aren't you?
The main story is you know, foiling the dastardly plots of "you know who." That's great. What I loved though is that the hormones have kicked in big time for Harry and his pals and gals. I love the wistful looks, the tortured expressions. Emotions are running high! I love it.
Go look at the the movie's web site. Movie web sites are absolutely wonderful. You can look and do all sorts of stuff. You can even check out the latest news. I was absolutely stunned to find me in the Daily Prophet.
Autographed copies available.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
SPB had some digestive upset, severe digestive upset, so we cancelled the attorney and the baby sitter. I ran a couple errands including getting an estimate to repair a door handle on Sweetie's care. ($78, I didn't know they were allowed to charge that little.) I ran some books back to the library (all three of us together had a huge stack overdue). Then of course I found an opportunistic geocache.
So we couldn't really go anywhere, SPB had to stay close, if you know what I mean. Sweetie ran two grocery runs. One for us, one for her Mother, who has broken her leg and although she is recovering nicely, is homebound for now. Later Sweetie is going to the gym. She has been burning the candle at both ends taking care of her Mother and taking care of SPB and me.
SPB is alternating between watching TV and reading. The kid is a championship reader. Here is an action shot of him reading.
Everything from Metallica to Michael Jackson to his cousin Alan Jackson, Dixie Chicks, AC/DC, Lionel Richie, Mercy Me, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Miles Davis, Martina McBride, U2, Alecia Keys, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shania Twain, Madonna, and of course, Oklahoma's own Garth Brooks.
Most music already on my ipods was downloaded. A little bit different group there: Barenaked Ladies, Blink-182, Bride, Carrie Underwood, Cold War Kids, the Eagles, Gov't Mule, Korn, the Killers, the Pastels, Patsy Cline, the Pixies, Red Fang, Santana, and Taylor Swift.
We have a bunch of classical and jazz music. I like listening to that while in the living sprawled out on the couch with a glass of wine in hand.
I can't wait to listen to all this forgotten music!
Do you have an ipod or mp3 player? Do you use it? What kind of music do you like? Has the kind of music you listen to changed over the years. I wanna know!