Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dodging The Bullet

Yesterday was a pretty scary day in most of the mid-south area. Over 150 folks died as a result of storms/tornadoes in Arkansas/Mississippi & Alabama. Tuscaloosa (AL) got hit pretty hard and there was one massive tornado. We were pretty fortunate here. We had some wind and heavy rain - but no damage. We were only inconvenienced by losing power for a little over 10 hours (lost around 4PM and got it back just after 2AM this morning). It wasn't just us though - power was out in the surounding 4 counties as well as our own. All-in-all we weathered it (no pun intended) well.
Today is a big day for a lot of folks. The NFL draft starts tonight (& ends tomorrow). I won't be watching the round-by-round selections but I will read (with interest) who was drafted tomorrow.
Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sad News in the "WHO-niverse"

I was just saddened to learn that one of my favorite actresses in the "Doctor Who" universe passed away yesterday following a long bout with cancer. Elisabeth Sladen(63) joined the Doctor in 1973 playing Sarah Jane Smith. When she joined the Doctor (in his 3rd incarnation) was played by Jon Pertwee. After 3 1/2 years with Jon, she played alongside his 4th incarnation (long-time fan favorite) Tom Baker. She continued to play Sarah Jane in a couple of shows. The very short-lived "K-9 and Company" and more recently "The Sarah Jane Adventures".

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Home Again! YEAH!!!

After a week visiting with my friends in Wisconsin - I'm really glad to be back home in Mississippi. As Dorothy said to Toto - "There's no place like home."
The new season of Doctor Who kicks off Saturday (April 23rd). If you aren't familiar with the show (first- SHAME on YOU) then this site will catch you up on 47 years of the Doctor in six minutes.
Yesterday I was still off work and I drove my Mini Cooper into town to take care of a couple of errands. On my way to my office (to fill out my time sheet - so I'd get paid) I was stopped by a MSU Campus police officer. Turned out he was new on the job and wanted to know where I got my car because his wife wanted one. I was a little irked but went and did what I needed to do and an hour later was headed back home. On my way I was pulled over by a City (of Starkville) police officer - for the same reason. I actually lost my temper with him and he was a bit contrite and apologized profusely. (Also bought me a soda - since we were stopped at Sweet Pepper's Deli) *SIGH* I didn't know my Coop was so popular with law enforcement.
Got a call from my oldest that her son (who is 11 years old and bigger than I am) started spring football practice yesterday. He will be in the 7th grade next year and is really looking forward to the season. Heck! So am I. Go Jackets!
Everyone have a great Day!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My New Ride

Saw it and bought it yesterday. 2003 Mini Cooper. Drives very nice.Only has 65K miles. I hope to have it for many, many years. The "official" name of the body color is "Silk Green" w/white top (obviously). But to me that color will be "seafoam" green - which is what I first heard that shade of green called in the past. Gotta come up with a name for it though. So - suggestions? Nothing cutesy though.
Everyone have a great day!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Waxing Poetic

Well - I guess its that time of year for me to do it again. On Sunday (April 3rd) I will be 56 years old. In the grand scheme of things - not too old - but no spring chicken anymore either. Both my father (Fred) and his father (George) passed away when they were 56. They were both, however, heavy smokers from their pre-teen years and both passed away due to lung cancer. The good news is that I am not a smoker, I take after my mother's side of the family (who routinely have lived into their 90's) and I feel like I am probably in the best shape of my life. So I expect to be around for a while.

In the past 12 years, I have lost my father, two grandparents, and my first wife. Even with it being over a decade in one case, something will happen that will remind me of that person and even now I will miss them terribly. I know that one day, I too, will fade from this mortal plane. I just hope that I have made a positive difference in the lives I have touched and will be remembered fondly.

OK - No more morbidity. I'll looking forward to enjoying myself and I hope everyone else is too.

This is the 40th anniversary of my 16th birthday. In 1971 I turned 16 and my sweetie -DKW- turned 1 (*dirty old man*) HEY - WHO SAID THAT! :-).
Everyone have a great day!!!