Friday, June 22, 2012

"Its a Weiner-ful Day!"

Ok!  I sure everyone know's by now about our Sophie!.  Our little Chi-Weenie dog that appears to be a full-blooded dachsund.  Anyway, DKW and I never, ever spoil her (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) - but who can turn down that face?
Any - hooo!  These are not pics of our girl, but they are funny and I thought I'd share.  The first one I had to use.  We've told each other many times that Sophie is a cat in a dog suit.

And this last one is for my oldest - who is down in our state capital area.  Enjoy!

Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Movies, Movies and Oh yeah - Movies....

Well - I do feel kind of entitled. Today is Father's Day after all.   I accomplished quite a bit around the ole homestead on Friday and early Saturday.  I was pretty sore and took most of Saturday afternoon off (except for doing my Mama's grocery shopping for her) and today - until I came to work at 2 pm.  DKW was out of town picking up a friend that's coming to stay with us for a week or so, so I showered and crashed in my recliner and watched a lot of tivo-ed stuff. Now there were a couple of movies I gave about 30 minutes and then left 'em.  They were titled "Surviving Christmas" and "Due Date".  I just didn't like them.  Now, as to some ofthe ones I did watch.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 2003 version of "The Italian Job".  Since I have a 2003 Mini Cooper and they were featured in the film.  Also I found this version much superior to the 1969 version.  I was a bit disappointed when I watched that one not too long ago.  I also liked "X-Men: First Class", but I am a bit of a comic book geek.  Speaking of comic book geeks - they featured prominently n a film I had never heard of but found extremely enjoyable with a mayriad of stars appearing.  It was titled "Paul"  and featured a couple of British comic book geeks coming to the U.S. for Comic-Con and hooking up with an alien (named Paul) who is an escapee from Area 51.  If you haven't seen it - it is funny.  Another (UK-made) movie I had never heard of but found very moving and kind of disturbing is "Never Let Me Go".  It was classified SciFi but it was not what I expected.  As it goes along you figure out that its an alternate earth where people (basically clones) are raised in orphanage-type institutions as spare parts for the "originals".  It's definitely worth a watch.  "Tenure" with Luke Wilson was good, not great, but good.  I count "Supersize Me" as wasted time.  And on the cheesey front (and those who know me know I like to watch me some cheesey movies)  I watched "Piranhaconda" on SyFy.  And it was just as cheesey as it sounds, but like a car wreck I couldn't turn away. Interspersed with the movies I caught some College World Series games.  So a weekend filled with more TV than I usually grab - but I did enjoy myself. 

Everyone have a great day!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Just two more months....

More or less. Depending on the team or teams you follow, but football is just around the corner.  The NFL pre-season kicks off on August 5th with the Cardinals and Saints in the Hall of Fame game in Canton.  Mississippi State's first game is September 1st.  Starkville High's first game is August 17th.  And for those that might care - the Canadian Football Leagure pre-season started last night.  I'm always ready for some football!  So is Sophie!  SEE! ^
Today ends my work week because during this month and next I am working Sunday-Thursday.  I actually kind of like it, because on Sundays I work 2-10 PM - so its like a 3 day weekend every week.  But I do stay busy at work and I've got a couple of projects lined up for this Sunday.    Anyway - thats all I've got to pass for now.
Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bye Bye Buddy!

Yesterday I lost a friend.  I found Beider (pronounced Bye-dur) when I went out to feed him Saturday morning and one of my first tasks of the day was burying a very shy dog that deserved much more than he ever had.  Beider came into my life a little over three years ago when I first met DKW  - who is now my wife.  He was a stray, and they really kind of adopted each other.  Prior to her claiming him, it seemed evident from scars and his very shy/skittish demeanor that he had been abused as a pup.  She would leave him food and water and it was a great triump when after a few months he allowed her to pet him.  (I know because it took 3 to 4 months of my feeding him and speaking to him every day before he appproached and allowed me to.She and I were the only people he allowed to.)  One of the things I did when DKW and I got engaged was to build a pen (about 30'X30") on the side of my house for him.  He was still painfully shy and never, ever attempted to leave the pen once he was there.  I think thats because he had a house there, was fed there, and felt safe there.  I'm glad he didn't want to leave the enclosure since I live near a heavily traveled state highway.  He was such a sweet dog I can't help having a couple of regrets.  One being that I wish I had spent more time with him (I did try to give him at least 10 uninterrupted minutes every morning) and the other that he didn't have a little boy to call his own. :-)  I think he would have been a great companion for a boy if given the opportunity.I know it will take a little while for me to be used to his being gone - I actually started to go out and fee him this morning.  I'm gonna miss you Beider.  May you rest in peace buddy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

I was 12 again this weekend!

Saturday, Turner Classic Movie channel ran "The Lone Ranger".  This movie was the 1956 theatrical release based on the television series (that ran 1949-1957) starring Clayton Moore as the Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.While the movie pretty much followed the same plotlines as the TV series, this was a movie I had never seen and man - did it take me back! When I was 12 (in 1967) I would walk from my school to my grandmother's (my dad's mom).  I would hurry because "The Lone Ranger" came on at 3:30 every weekday afternoon.  I (at that time in my life) didn't know the show was over 10 years old and was in syndication - It was just cool! Exciting!  So, I watched Misters Moore and Silverheels with a grin on my face as I was carried back to MawMaw Arie's kitchen table to watch the Ranger on Silver thundering across the plains (in glorious black and white), eating one of her skillet-fried peach or apple turnovers with a talll glass of cold milk. (Mmmm!)  There is one other theatrically released Moore/Ranger movie (1958's "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold") and I hope that TCM will show it also - because I'd like to see it.  There are other Moore/Ranger movies out there - but they are all compilations of the TV series episodes.
I know there have been other Ranger incarnations (one coming out within the year with Johnny Depp as Tonto), but for me Clayton Moore was, is, and forever shall be "The Lone Ranger". 
MSU's run in the NCAA baseball tournament is over.  They were eliminated with their 2nd lost on Sunday.  While I hate to see it end - I can't be sad.  Afterall, they did win the SEC Baseball Championship.  Now its time to start looking to FOOTBALL!
Everyone have a great day!