Saturday, July 03, 2010



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hoorah!! Reid Jameson Smith

Photo by A. Curtis Blair


Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Friday, July 10, 2009

Grady Roux Stubbs (1996 - 2009)

Goodbye dear friend...


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Varnum Holland's Laps For Babies

Join Varnum Holland for his fundraising Swim Event - "Laps for Babies" - for the March of Dimes on Friday, May 8th from 5:00-6:00 PM. He will be swimming as many lengths of the pool as he can in one hour. He is asking that his fans and friends sponsor him by going to his March of Dimes sponsor website and making a donation at Sponsors can donate one flat donation, or they can wait until after the swim and sponsor him per length of the pool he swims in that hour. The total approximate laps he will be able to swim will be around 97. He is also inviting any and all friends and fans to come cheer him on at the event as well.

Friday, May 8, 2009
5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Woodlands Foundation - Indoor Pool
134 Shenot Rd
Wexford, PA


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Renegade Hockey Team 2009 Champions

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Mask...

Two views of my favorite hockey goalie's new mask:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pirate's Krewe...

Good Looking Krewe!

Thursday, February 05, 2009


..........Charlie's Brownbelt Night!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Here We Go!

.....................Here We Go!......

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Saturday, June 14, 2008

In Other News...

The sudden death of TV journalist Tim Russert completely dominated yesterday's news cycle. The television wall to wall coverage has pretty much pushed other news onto a back burner as well it should. I cannot remember my mother being as moved by the death of a public figure since JFK's assassination. Clearly Tim Russert had made a lasting positive impression on most of our lives.

Here are some other stories which you may not have heard about from yesterday, any one of which might normally be the lead story of the day.

Downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa is under 6 feet of flood water from the recent storms which have hit the Midwest.

In Afghanistan Taliban militants staged a successful surprise attack on a prison near Kandahar freeing nearly 400 Taliban prisoners.

Iraqi President al-Maliki has suggested that the US might be asked to leave by his government
when the UN Mandate for the US to be in Iraq runs out at the end of this year.

Northern Japan has been hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

It was revealed yesterday that Senators Christopher Dodd(D)of Connecticut and Kent Conrad(D) of South Dakota received "sweetheart" mortgage deals from Countrywide Financial Corporation. Dodd is Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Conrad is Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

PA Primary Retrospective...

The Big Pennsylvania Delegate primary has come and gone. Six weeks of political focus on the Keystone State not seen since the days of the American Revolution.
Hillary won this contest..right... with the double digit lead (10 %) all the political pundits and Clinton spinmeisters said she would need. Most Americans believe Hillary walked away with all the Pennsylvania Democrat delegates and that Barack Obama wasted all that money he spent on his media blitz.
Did you know that the PA delegate split after the results were in was Clinton 82 -- Obama 73. Yeah..she got 9 more delegates than he did for her last 6 weeks of work. She lowered his delegate lead over her from 139 - 130. Do you know how much she reduced his overall delegate advantage on Tuesday toward the nomination? Almost exactly 1/2 of 1%.
She is not expected to do as well in the remaining contests which have received little notice until now.
The only chance she has of winning the Democrat Presidential Nomination will have to involve the type of political chicanery that will leave a large percentage of the Democrat Party's voters so disgusted they will withhold support in November.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Monday, March 10, 2008



Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cereal as a Snack...

Cereal as a snack is certainly not an original idea. Most children home from school in the afternoon discovered it long ago. Individual cereal bits have been turning up in "potpourri" type snack mixes for decades.
The other night while looking for a snack food I happened upon a product called "Quaker SnackMix, a lone bag of it some grocery customer had dropped on some other snack product's shelf space (the one that starts with a "G"). Since I hadn't seen this one before I purchased it.
At home I tried the new snack mix and found it unremarkable except for one thing. There were these wonderful tasting little rectangular cereal morsels appearing to be like a shredded wheat product but much denser in composition. Reading the ingredients of the snack I learned these were called "Quaker Oatmeal Squares". I resolved to purchase a box of that cereal if it existed.
This morning I found some in the cereal section of the Shop-n-save. It's expensive though ($ 5.00 for a 16 oz box).
Anyway, I'm happily sitting here chewing on this stuff as I write..

Thursday, February 07, 2008

You've Got to be Kidding!

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has clearly lost his mind. He has suggested that introducing Sharia Law into the British legal system would help with "social cohesion."
I can't begin to express my revulsion at this idea, especially with the case of the two Texas girls allegedly being murdered by their father in what "Sharia Law" calls an "honor killing" fresh in our minds.
Much of our legal system comes from an ancient British origin. Why would the modern day UK even consider adopting such a regressive system that would take away all the womens' rights that have been won over the centuries.
If Islamic immigrants can't abide by the laws in the countries they have chosen to live in they should go back to where they came from.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister who appoints the Archbishop of Canterbury should begin a process of looking for his replacement.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Bobby Fischer (1943 - 2008)

Former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer has died in Reykjavik, Iceland at age 64.
He was an enormously gifted and talented individual whose life was eclipsed by his inner demons.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Good to Go!

This morning I went to see the man who plans to cut me up someday.
Whatever I'm doing must be working....

He says I'm good to go for another year..!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel (1938 - 2007)

Could one person have provided more fun for us all?

I don't think so..

Thanks Evel..

Evel Knievel

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Penguins to Ottawa...

The Penguins will be playing this Thanksgiving evening in Ottawa.
Sidney Crosby is in fourth place in NHL scoring with 30 points.
Evgeni Malkin is tied for fifth place with 28 points.

Happy Thanksgiving...

Friday, November 02, 2007



Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nieces' Halloween!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Sputnik and Korolev...

Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of "Sputnik," the opening event of the 20th century's "space race" between the former Soviet Union and the US.
Unknown at that time was the name of the person known as the "Chief Designer", a Ukranian/Russian scientist who was responsible for the creation and successful launch of the satellite.
Sergey Korolev was openly honored after his death in 1966 as the rocket scientist whose name had been a state secret. He spent most of his adult life learning, building and teaching about rockets except for 8 years which he spent in a Siberian Gulag for having angered Josef Stalin.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Technical Upgrade...

We did some technical upgrading this past week. Some voluntary, some we hadn’t planned on but we’re pleased with the result.Now one of my laptops has VISTA Home Premium Edition installed. Unfortunately my old unreliable since Comcast came RCA wireless modem/router refused to recognize the “VISTAized computer.
I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new cable modem and router.

After setting up a new secure wireless network I added a “sling box” and now have full cable tv in both laptops, meaning I can take my cable service with me anywhere I can connect to a wireless broadband hotspot.

The new modem and router also nearly tripled my measured download speed, meaning I’m no longer plugging along at a rate slower than the average Japanese school kid as I had been since Comcast took over Adelphia.
I hope to be writing more than I have in recent months now that I’ve made the computer fun again.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Award Winning Good Cooking...

Chuck Stubbs, my son-in-law, and his Waterdog Outdoor Grill Team placed second in the Capital City BBQ contest this past weekend in Tallahassee, Florida.

Chuck and his teammates Martin Schaefer and Bill Avery took second place prizes for chicken and pork in the Backyard Division of the cook off.
The contest was a Florida Bar-B-Que Association approved event.


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