Friday, December 29, 2006

We Are Marshall

My mom gave my wife and I an AMC giftcard for Christmas for $25 bucks and she took us up on babysitting today. We went to the 4pm showing of We Are Marshall at Chesterfield Mall. $17 for tickets left us $8 to use on a treat. The only popcorn/softdrink combo we could purchase for that was the pick 3. We each had a 16oz softdrink and shared a 32 oz popcorn (which is very small compared to the super jumbo tubs they push). This was $7.50 leaving us $.50. You can buy nothing for under $3. I would have traded the 50cents for a smile from any of the staff. But, it was all about the movie, not the staff and AMC's 50 cent extra profit margin or ploy to get us to return to use it up.

We Are Marshall is a must see in my book. It is a great movie for men and women alike as it is more about humanity than about sports. For some reason, it didn't catch my attention on the advertisements. But, this movie may very well win some awards. It is the best movie I've seen in a very long time. It's a sports movie with the human touch to put in the collection along the likes of Rudy or Hoosiers.

Do yourself a favor. Go see it. This is a good one. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Probably sell a lot of CDs from the soundtracks too.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

More Photos!


We received this from Aunt Sarah.

Pictures!



Born on December 22, 2006 at 7:57 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs and was 19.5 inches long. Isn't he beautiful?

Unto us a Child is Born

Last night, David Harrison Reeves III was born. His nickname is River. River and his Momma are doing pretty well. We'll post more details and pictures as they arrive. Aunt Sarah missed the birth by seven minutes.

What a great Christmas present! All I got Shelly was a mixer.

Merry Christmas to all!!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Good Reading

Here's a new column from Joe Galloway, co-author of "We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young." The movie is good too. I think it's one of MD's favorites. It is the story of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Ia Drang Valley in Central Vietnam in 1965. Galloway co-authored the book with Hal Moore, the commanding officer of the unit at the time.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Request Permission to Join the Validity Committee

Please, tell me someone else out there saw "The Office" last night. It was hilarious. If you haven't seen the show you're missing out.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The economy is going strong!

After reviewing my paystubs for the past 6 or 7 years, I find that I'm earning the exact same amount of take-home pay as I was this month in 2001. That means (taking inflation and COL increasing at approximately 3% a year into consideration) that I am now earning about 15-18% less than I was 6 years ago. Aren't we supposed to get richer during wartime? Or is that just Haliburton???

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Winter Poem

I found this beautiful winter poem and thought it might be a comfort to you.
It was to me and it's very well written. It's the best piece of English literature I've seen in quite a while. Try to memorize this prose before December .....
ENJOY!







" WINTER "
a poem by Abigail Elizabeth McIntyre

" SHIT It's Cold ! "

The End

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Arrigo found alive at the bottom of a stack of read-aloud texts

Well, I do live and breath. The past two snow days have given me a chance to actually do things like check the blog (which I just realized I haven't done since maybe late september.)

Teaching the ELL kids this year has been a huge challenge and a lot of fun and a good helping of frustration, also.
I somehow seem to pull three preps out o' my ass every day to teach Language Arts, Reading, and social studies. I really only supposed to be MODIFYING the SS teacher's lessons, but since he's only about a day ahead on any of his planning, it is usually just whatever I can pull together.

Reading has been the best. I've been working closely with our reading specialist. Not that she knows anything about ELL, but just having a colleague with whom I can TALK and discuss my ideas, lessons, etc. Wow! It's made a huge difference. And she's got great ideas.

I think the feeling of isolation has been the most difficult. No other ELL teachers in my building. And since they've never served this population before, there is really no one I can talk to.

A growing year. For sure. Great kids, though.

Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Pop Culture World Series

My roommate Josh, Webmistress Aimee, and yours truly, have been accepted to compete in VH1's Pop Culture World Series!!! We travel to the Windy City on the weekend of February 3rd to kick some pop culture asses.

Now I need your help. Our original name was going to be "A Chinese Viking Named Aimee", but the name axers at VH1 rejected it, so they went with our back up "Domestic Blend". I think that name blows, so I've decided to have a contest to give our trio of dogooders a new name. It should probably have something to do with pop culture, but if it's catchy enough we'll go with anything.

...and if we use your name, you will receive a team shirt that proudly displays said name on the front.
This time you will for sure actually receive the prize, because VH1 says we gotta dress coordinated, so the shirts will have to be made.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Listen to the Mighty Trojans

Here. Live on the internet. I got this site from these other blogs you may find interesting.

Court date-update

We finally received a letter from our attorney with a court date of December 5th. Since we filed this in March it only seems right since it will have been 9 months. No morning sickness, doctor visits or sympathy weight though. Lou's mom has even joked about giving him a baby shower. Even though we all consider ourselves a family already this will make us a household of Harper's!!

Hope everyone is well and hope to see you soon.,
Lou and Misti

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Iraq Assessment

Senator Chuck Hagel gives us an honest assessment of the Iraq situation and what the US needs to do. The Republican leadership in the Senate is not like their counterparts in the House of Representatives.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Fritter Fritter?

"I hope they don't fritter away this opportunity amid scandal and hypocrisy"

Monday, November 20, 2006

AP wuz robbed

Trying something new to break the thick cloud of sickness that has hovered over the Miller household for the past three weeks (it all started with baby C, who's the healthiest of the bunch now), it seemed time to do some composing. Then it's back to my bottle of Cheratussin and flannel sheets.

Ryan Howard seems like a good guy and a nice story, Missouri kid and all. Sure was fun watching him mash moon shots in the HR Derby and know (well, hope) he's clean of artificial enhancements that would shrivel his testicles. In many seasons, his offensive numbers would be good enough for MVP. But not this year.

I imitated Lou and did some research. Howard had 9 more HR and 12 more RBI than Pujols. And that, folks, apparently won him the award. Never mind that Albert scored 15 more runs, stole 7 more bases, batted 18 points higher, and struck out 131(!) fewer times. THESE are the stats that show Albert clearly got shafted:

Howard with RISP: 164 AB, .256 AVG, .518 SLG, 12 HR, 83 RBI, 56 SO

Pujols with RISP: 126 AB, .397 AVG, .802 SLG, 14 HR, 88 RBI, 10 SO

The disparity is stunning. If Albert had had as many ABs with RISP as Howard (just imagine Utley hitting in front of Pujols all season), he clearly would have won the RBI crown. And yet because he still might have been a few homers shy, not playing 81 games in Citizens Bank Bandbox, the myopic BBWAA voters might still have blown it. Chicks, and the media, dig the long ball.

Oh yeah, and there's that Gold Glove thing.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Truth Starts to Ooze Out

This commentary, as the author says, is twelve years late. The Republican leaders of the House of Representatives over the last twelve years are an unsavory bunch. Over this period, the will and the welfare of the American people have been their least concern.

The American people have given the Democrats an opportunity to take this country in a new direction. I hope they don't fritter away this opportunity amid scandal and hypocrisy as the House Republicans have done for the last twelve years.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

LOU IN MED SCHOOL

O.K. take a breath between the laughter!! Neither of us have posted in a while, sooo much is going on around here right now, but we do read the blog regularly. Lou is going back to school, he started a few weeks ago. We joke about it being MED school (Master in EDucation) He assures me it will take only 18 months (not years this time) He came home tonite after class to tell me that his group divided up responsibilities of the final project for this class, he gets to do the research, which means he gets the joy of doing the academic part of the project (maybe I should remind you to take a breath again!) Of course it is basketball season too so he is in the middle of that and Cody is playing this year and Kimberly is dancing at the home games and I was transferred to a store that needs A LOT of help, lucky Cole is just along for the ride right now. Oh yeah and we haven't yet completed the adoption. We are just waiting for the court date but it has to be held at the juvenile court and unfortunately that could take a while around here. We of course wouldn't have it any other way--at least the chaos is controlled. Hope everyone is doing well, and hope to see you all soon.

Lou and Misti

Friday, November 10, 2006

Hooray!!

The Cards sign Shelly's favorite player for two more seasons!!!! That means no more Juan Pierre nightmares for me!

Speaker Pelosi

Turns out that all those stories about Nancy Pelosi being a "San Francisco Liberal" are mostly made up. Come to think of it, the "San Francisco Liberal" is a fictional demon designed by Newt Gingrich to frighten folks who hate homosexuals.

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Administration is Incompetent

If you heard me say these words they'd probably go in one ear and out the other. But what if Richard Perle and Kenneth Adelman said it? These two men were neocons on the Defense Policy Board. They were both Pentagon advisors who believed deeply in the Iraq war. Adelman pulls no punches in his analysis of the administration.

"I just presumed that what I considered to be the most competent national security team since Truman was indeed going to be competent," Mr Adelman said.

"They turned out to be among the most incompetent teams in the postwar era. Not only did each of them, individually, have enormous flaws, but together they were deadly, dysfunctional."

What he said . . .

I am a bit more leery of the Democrats than Travis, but mostly I agree with this rant.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Anyone Catch This Documentary?

I sure would like to see this if anyone recorded it. We talked about this issue before on here. If the company makes a voting machine, won't show you the code, and won't produce paper confirmation of the ballots, do not trust those machines. It is simple to fix an election with such a device.

If you vote in a place that has a electronic voting machines ask them for paper confirmation. Ask them if they have the source codes for their machines. See what they say. In the future, we will discover that elections have been fixed with these devices.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Mood In Detroit

Well Redbirds Fans, I have the pleasure of being in Detroit tonight entertaining customers. And, so I walk the cautious line and play the role of gracious winner as you don't want to rub a World Series victory in the face of people you want to buy things from you. But, the mood here is one of very gracious losers. They are obviously disappointed, but happy to have lost to the Cards if they had to lose. And, feel they lost fair and square. They feel more that they lost than that we won (errors, etc), but still give us our respect. Even the security guard at Avis asked if I was a Cards fan when I checked out at the gate and she saw my MO ID.

So, chalk one up for the fans of Detroit being gracious and unbitter 2nd placers.

WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CARRRRRDDDIIIINNAAAALLLLSSS!!!!!!!

Gosh it felt to get that out after holding back all night!

Go Birds.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Scariest Halloween Costume


This year's winner of the Scariest Halloween Costume contest has been decided. The votes are in and the winning submission is the 2 -headed passive/aggressive Yul Brenner outfit.

Friday, October 27, 2006

That's a Winner!!

The picture is from Thursday night, but the result remains the same. What a postseason! How about David Eckstein winning the Series MVP? No one deserves it more.

I will post some more about my trip to the World Series this weekend. But for now, Go Crazy Folks! Go Crazy!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

World Series

I'm off to game four of the World Series with Roy, Sarah, and Parke. We're going to try to stay warm and dry. I'll get some pictures.

Go Cards!

Skip the Series ...

A perusal of the Post-Dispatch prep sports section reveals that clearly the place to be this Friday night (and next) is Coa Rho Field at the Doc Lawrence Athletics Complex. First up for the winless Trojans is undefeated and top-ranked McCluer North, featuring multiple D-1 prospects. If the hometowners still have a team left the following week, Wentzville Holt invades, sporting a donut in the win column and even worse overall statistics than our alma mater.

(in best Rick Flair voice) WWWOOOOOOOOO!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

What really matters

Pat Tillman's brother celebrates Pat's birthday with a stirring commentary on the current political situation. The elections are no longer about who should get the biggest tax cut or who should pay their fair share.

These elections are about the soul of our nation. Remember Kevin Tillman's words.

In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people. So don't be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity.

Monday, October 23, 2006

"Start Spreading the News. I Want To Be A Part Of It"



The Cardinals might have their hands full with Detroit, but you know what they say about New York: "If I can make it there...."

Hey all, I've been out of blogging commission for a while and happy to see this baseball conjecture. I've been staying quiet mostly due to my own ability to jinx and I spouted off too much in 2004. So, I won't predict or second guess here. I'll just say I'm enjoying watching great post-season baseball. What an exciting NLCS and now World Series.

I happened to be in New Jersey last week. While I was there, a fellow midwesterner (from KC)and a southerner (Atlanta) and I decided to head into the city to watch Game 5. That's New York City. It was brutally cold and pouring down rain. The KC guy drove, Atlanta rode shotgun and I sat in the back with my laptop dutifully cranking out my Fiscal Year 2006 accomplishments which I had to have in the next morning. I raced against my pc battery power and the quick drive time crossing the NJ/NY tunnels and in 20 mins captured all my great year long achievements. That entire year was capped off with a rewarding start to a new year by watching the Redbirds take on the hometown Mets from the heart of the Big Apple. Times Square. Broadway. The ESPN ZONE. My explosive applause during great plays made by the Cardinals was met with confusion and awkward glances by the NY fans. As I consumed multiple AB products, the K.C. man noticed tons of NYC's finest lining the streets with lights a-flashing. So much so that he decided to check out the cause. It turned out not to be a typical street mugging nor even a brutal beating of a Cards fan in the wrong place. Rather, it was a much more grandiose event being labeled by one officer as a "Terrorist Preventative Measure". Go Figure! I suspect the terrorists were plotting, but their schedule was disrupted by a day due to a rain delay in STL keeping the games back in St. Louie. K.C. man said there were over 100 police cars, at least, lining the streets. We also saw police buses and paddy wagons. But, I was to enthralled in the game to take much notice to such distractions. By the time we left, so had the terrorist commotion. The boys I was with wanted to head back home before the game ended so we started making our way back through the streets of NYC. ABC News Studio here. Broadway Musicals there. The city lit up everywhere. And, what was my treat? To be standing smack dab in the middle of Broadway in the icy rain looking back at a 5 story screen on the side of a building just in time to see Chris Duncan crush one out of the park. I could be heard all across Manhattan. Sure beat a night stuck back in the hotel. Game 6 was then watched from the hotel and since I couldn't get anyone to try to go scalp tickets with me for Game 7, I came home and watched that great one from my couch. Now it's on to Game 3 of the World Series.....TO THE TV!!!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

HELP!

We need a private detective! We need to investigate the inexplicable disappearance of the Cardinals Chris Duncan.

In the ninth, I was waiting for him to come out of the dugout and hit. I thought he would hit for Preston Wilson. But he didn't. We were lucky though. Doug Jones hit Wilson with a pitch. I thought for sure he would hit for Molina. But he didn't.

Tony must have been scouring the clubhouse trying to find him. Surely, he would have used the big lefty against a right hander if Duncan weren't missing in action.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Ol' Abner Has Done It Again

What a game! Baseball is like no other game. The intensity ratchets up on every pitch during a big at bat. There were big at bats a-plenty last night.

Yadier joins the ranks of Tom Lawless as an unlikely hero in Cardinals postseason lore. The young catcher sent us all to bed smiling.

I hope they sign Jeff Suppan for next season. He has defnitely stepped us pitching in big games.

Enjoy the series. It's like the Lasorda World Series ads, I live for this.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Game Seven

There is nothing like a game seven. Of course, I was really hoping they'd pull it out in six. Grab your lucky penny. Squeeze your rabbit foot. Put on your lucky hat and your lucky socks. I'm also going to pick up a lucky six-pack.

We can't complain about the pitching matchup tonight. I hope Suppan can do it again.

It's going to be a long day.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Frozen Tundra

Shelly and I attended our first game at Lambeau Field on Sunday. It was a great experience. It was football in all its glory. No Dome. No fake grass.

This statue stands outside the newly added atrium. Apparently, this guy coached the Packers for a few years and won a few games.

We saw a typical Packers game. It ended with Favre driving his team down the field. Unfortunately, his line let him down, and the Rams forced a game-deciding turnover.

Favre is definitely not done yet. He made some terrific throws with Rams defenders circling him. He made a couple of throws that only he could make.

Bulger played well for the Rams, too. If only they could figure out how to score in the red zone.

Shelly pretended I didn't exist for about three hours. I still don't understand why.














Here's my brother-in-law, Tom, in front of a mural of his favorite linebacker.






Tuesday, October 10, 2006

What a Weekend!

What a great weekend! All my teams won! Denver! St. Louis Rams and the Cardinals! The Missouri Tigers rumbled to 6 - 0! Did I mention that I witnessed the Rams game from the friendly confines of Lambeau Field!??!

Tomorrow, I'll have some photos for you from Lambeau. My wife was as giddy as a child at Disneyland.

I sure hope the Birds have another miracle in them this week. Meanwhile, watch this video courtesy your 2006 Missouri Tigers.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Back from Chicago

I made it back from Chicago. What an exciting week it was. I saw Jeanne and Jeff perform at Jeanne's 40th Birthday show. It was a great time. I have a couple of clips from the show. I'll try to post them in the next few days.

I saw another show, took in a White Sox game, and ate some great food. I think I managed to put on some pounds despite walking several miles a day.


The best part of the week, however, was getting off the train back in Springfield where a couple of girls ran up and embraced my legs.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Off to Chicago

Tomorrow, I 'm riding the rails. I'm off to Chicago for a week. My job puts me in Chicago, and the timing couldn't be better. I'm going to be attending Jeanne Arrigo's 40th birthday show at the Speakeasy Supper Club in Chicago. Opening for Jeanne will be some dude name Jeff.

If I don't forget my camera, I'll try to get some shots for the blog. Maybe I'll be able to catch a video clip as well. My digital camera is pretty cool.

If you're not doing anything tomorrow, hop a freight train to the Windy City. You won't regret it.

Friday, September 08, 2006

The Stories

Misti's comment on the last post prodded me to post this link. It is a link to an NPR project called StoryCorps. Not only are there stories from 9/11 families, but there are stories from Katrina victims and stories about the trials and tribulations of ordinary Americans.

Misti is right about these stories. They are more important than a movie casting blame. They make us realize how important it is to look at these events with an unjaundiced eye. When the politicians err, real people pay the price.

Interestingly, ABC has issue a statement about the movie in response to the criticism. It says the movie is not a documentary, but a docudrama with fictionalized scenes. Is there any good reason to produce a movie about 9/11 with fictionalized scenes? I think Misti is right about this movie. I'll be doing myself a big favor if I don't watch it.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

ABC Pushes Right Wing Myths

Tell ABC to tell the truth about 9/11 - A project of ThinkProgress.org

The New ABC movie "The Truth About 9/11" is not going to be the truth at all. It is purportedly based on the Report of the 9/11 Commission. However, some of the scenes directly contradict the report.

Any doubt about the true goal of this piece is swept away when one considers the who received advanced copies. Former President Clinton was denied a copy. Obfuscator-in-Chief, Rush Limbaugh, however, received a copy.

A key scene of the movie points to the failings of the Clinton administration. Former Anti-Terrorism Chief Richard Clarke points out the scene is entirely fiction. In fact, the scene is based on a right-wing myth that the Clinton administration had the opportunity to kill Bin Laden and backed down.

Sandy Berger never said the things his character says in this movie. The instance alluded to in this scene was called off by the CIA Director George Tenet who was appointed before Clinton was President. They could not confirm the intelligence, so he called off the attack on Bin Laden. There is no way to know if this call was right in this instance or not, but shooting missiles based on single-source intelligence is not a good idea.

There are more errors in this movie: enough to make you question the motives of the folks who produced it.

A prime time television analysis of this important event needs to be free from partisan stain. To foist this fictionalized piece on the American people is more than a disservice. It is un-American. It will only serve to deepen the divides that have grown so wide under the Bush administration.

**most of the links above are from Thinkprogress.org
**if you follow these links you will find them well-sourced

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Racing Around the Bases

Here are three cousins racing around the bases Sunday at the new Busch Stadium. Heading into second is Parke. Willa is behind him, and Ben is trailing the pack in the little Pujols shirt.

It was a great day for the kids to be at Busch. Earlier, Albert had trotted the same path three times with the crowd roaring.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Stubby's Announcement

If you haven't met our pooch, I believe most of you have heard David and I talk about our little dachshund, Stubby. Check him out! Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 21, 2006

Climbing High


One of the traditions we have on our annual summer trek north to the land of cheese and cherries, is the climbing of Eagle Tower. This 75-foot tower sits on a 180-foot bluff looking out over Green Bay (the bay, not the city). In this picture you may not be able to make out the folks in the picture. From left to right, Me, Isa (she's hard to see if you don't click on the picture and see the large version), and my nephew Kaanan. Willa is up there but not pictured. I carried Isa all the way up and all the way down. She loved every minute of it. Shelly plays her traditional role of grounded photographer.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cards vs. Cubs 8/27

Since they changed the game on Sunday 8/27 from 1:15 to 7:05 RWP has decided not to take the boys. He has four free tickets available on a first come, first serve basis. Call or email RWP or me.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Poor Man Lazarus Sick and Disabled

Poor Man Lazarus Sick and Disabled. "Dip your finger in the water, come and cool my tongue for I'm tormented in the flame". He had to eat bread from the rich man's table. "Dip your finger in the water come and cool my tongue for I'm tormented in the flame".

Jagua, Seamhead, SweetLou....any of you recall this song from BHS District Contest? Boys Double Madrigal. For some crazy reason, it's been popping into my head.

Maybe I've been neglecting my opportunities or something.

I don't know how God created the world in 6 days and had time to rest on the 7th. Does it say anywhere if he slept during those first 6?

Andy blogged some interesting things over on his site. You should all read his site from time to time if you don't already. It's sort of akin to taking a shower after reading Paul's sometimes.

Andy B. had a couple of interesting Posts. Andy - I think your son is wise about U2 over Doodlebops. That is point one. (my son likes Jack's Big Music Show, some catchy little tunes, but no U2).

Second, regarding droves not coming into the church. The Catholic Parrish, Assumption, which my wife participates in far more than I, is very interesting to me. To me, generally speaking, the Catholic faith is one that is very "old school". Perhaps I'm stating the obvious, but to me it is very much institutionalized. That is, it sort of comes at you as a factual, dare I say ritualistc basis. Do these 3 steps and XYZ happens, say 2 of these prayers and 1 of those, and that will happen. Here are the 7 Sacraments, now bow your heads and ask forgiveness. Mass has ended now go on your way. Without trying to be sarcastic and especially not disrespectful, it seems somewhat like graduating from Weeblos to Boy Scouts if you do and say all the right things. Comparatively , we attended a Baptist Church growing up and it seemed like overkill in the sense of being "preached to" or "lectured at" and seemed to last for hours. And it differed more in the sense of being, to me, more in the realm of touchy feely, playing on emotions of fear and joy. "feel the Wrath of God" and "Rejoice and Be Glad in Him". It seemed more story and Bible driven but on the edge of Fire and Brimstone (what is Brimstone anyway?, time to Google it). So, that's my "background" experience. But the question of Andy's post alludes to why more young people are not entering the church. Andy has pointed out that his church leadership doesn't think that music and high tech electronics are the type of change that will bring folks in, or at least not necessarily for the right reasons. But, let me tell you about Assumption Parrish and Father Joe. Assumption Parrish is growing exponentially. Sure some of it is attributed to population explosion in the county. Sure some of it is that graduating class of long time devout Catholics coming of age with their own families in tow. But, here's the kicker. Have you ever been to a Catholic Mass and heard live, upbeat, clap your hands along and tap your toes music? It definitely works. Did I mention the new church because of the literally thousands of new members who needed to be housed? The point on that is that the church has the wiz bang electronics which, for audio, has it's benefits. But, it did seem almost a bit cheesey to me when a Christmas Baptism was videocast throughout the church. So they've got live music and electronics. Two points that Andy makes are not the real draw and I agree. But, wait, there's more. Father Joe has a puppet, named "Big Al"that kind of resembles a Muppet. He pretty much looks like the Cookie Monster and he comes out for about 3-5 minutes for the kids at each Mass with some sort of story about goodness and God. It's really pretty cute and the parents look forward to it as much as the kids. Now anyone in this community knows about Big Al. The kids love him. So, what I described sounds all gimmicky. But, when you hear people talk about Assumption, you don't hear them talk about the music, or the sound system, or Big Al. (well, ok they know Big Al is there and they love him). What you do hear is about the church. About Assumption. How people just love Assumption. But what makes it different? After all, it's following the same weekly "program" the Arch Bishop sends out to all the Catholic Parrishes. But, Assumption is different. And, Assumption is filled with young people. So, is it simply demographics? Is it the "hooks" (music, sound, show). I don't really think so. I think it is the "community" of the church. It is the personal energy, sincerity , believability, and passion that Father Joe demonstrates through personal leadership. But it is also more than that. It is the culture that has been fostered amongst those who attend it. It is something about the experience they have while they are. It is something about the presence they feel when they are there. In a youthful way of saying it "Assumption's got it going on!"

Whatever it is it has got, it is appealing to the Masses.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Joke of the Day

While waiting to hear about Paulie's date with his new, online Cinderella, I thought I'd post a joke sent to me by lawyerly sister. (I'll post some of our vacation pictures as soon as I get a new camera battery.)

A Doctor, an engineer and a lawyer were arguing over
whose profession was the oldest.

The doctor said, "On the sixth day, God took one
of Adam's ribs and created Eve. So that makes Him a
surgeon first."

"Please," replied the engineer. "Before that, God
created the world from chaos and confusion. So He
was first an engineer."

"Interesting," the lawyer retorted. "But who do
you think created the chaos and confusion?"

Monday, August 07, 2006

Talladega Nights Suggested Viewing

My wife and I don't get out much given kids let alone double date. But, Friday we escaped with friends to see an early showing of Talladega Nights. I'm a sucker for "dumb" humor and slapstick comedy. If you like either of those plus Will Ferrell or Blue Collar Comedy, you will laugh hard. I never saw Elf and only saw Old School on TBS so my exposure to Ferrell has been limited other than "The World's Greatest Cheer" on Sat. Night Live. But, this was a good escape from reality. I know MD will see it at least once with the NASCAR connection. I recommend it to adults, but I wouldn't take any little ones. It's PG13 I think, but I wouldn't let my 13 yr old see it if I had one. I'd say it's about 17 yrs on up. Totally stretches the bounds and pokes fun at "appropriate behaviour. If the name "Ricky Bobby" doesn't mean anything to you, go see this show. Perfect level of humor for this crowd.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


First Race Posted by Picasa

Walking Busch Stadium Posted by Picasa

At Daytona Posted by Picasa

Ride Along Posted by Picasa

It's been a while since I've posted anything and there's no way I can follow up Paul's dating post. For sure, I can't wait to find out what happens to him next.

July has been a busy month for my family. I started off the month by going to the Truck & Indy race with Seamhead and my daughter (who got to go to her first race). It was extremely hot!

My family then made a trip to Florida. We started off by going to Daytona. I got to do a ride along which gave me 3 laps around Daytona Speedway. We went 165 mph or so...not real close to the wall, but it was neat to feel the G-forces that the drivers experience.

We then went to Disney World. We did 6 nights and 7 days there, visiting all the parks. We stayed at the Carribean Beach Resort and had a very memorable time. The next day we went to Sea World. I think I took about 400 or more pictures over the course of those 9 days so it's pretty tough to pick out the best pictures to post.

We came home and played golf and went to Lou Fest. Thanks again for putting that on you two! The golf, food, and the company were awesome as always.

I then went to Dayton, Ohio for a Warbirds Conference. I fly WW2 planes online with a bunch of guys and have been doing it for 8 or 9 years. That weekend, I got to meet about 50 or 60 other guys that I've "known" for years. We got VIP seating at an airshow there as well. With all you can eat/drink at a tent, etc.

The second picture is of Dave Duncan. I posted that for seamhead. Yesterday all the Troy baseball and softball little league players got to go on a walk around Busch Stadium. I took my daughter to where her coach wanted us to meet. Nobody ever really told me and a couple other parents to leave so I just followed her down to the lower level and onto the field! The kids just chatted away...they didn't enjoy it as much as the adults did!

Hope I haven't bored you too much...but that's where I've been.
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Win a date with an Asian

Loufest was a great time for everyone, I even carried my golf partner to victory and won many beers and logo balls, but it got me thinking about something. I think I'm the only active member of this blog that isn't married. Couple that with the fact that I turned 34 Saturday, and I realized that I needed to take charge and make something happen. So at the urging of my friend Aimee I decided to take a stab at the on-line dating scene. As some of you may know, quite some years ago I had a terrifying experience with a girl I met through a personal ad, and ever since then I have vowed never to attempt anything even remotely similar to that again, but drastic times take drastic measures. Anyway I have decided to let you married folk have a taste of what it's like in the on-line dating world.

I signed up Saturday on match.com (it had a picture of Doctor Phil so I figured it had to be respectable) and wrote a funny little profile to try and bag my internet babe. Well it's been two days in and I'm proud to say that I've already had someone showing some interest. In fact I'm so exited about it I'd like to share the e-mail she sent me: Her name/handle is pussymama1 (I'm not making this up) and her message is a follows:


Hello Dear

How are you doing i do love your profile and everything about you,you look so nice and am sure your way of living will be good enough to live and get together with.Well I'm Jennifer M. Sime.I'm pretty much outgoing person and Honest! unpretentious, low maintenance, easy going. I enjoy outdoor activities, skiing, swimming, trips to the beach..I'm from Calabasas Hills, CA.I have Degree in Business Adminstrator.I have a kind sense of humor,pretty much outgoing person and Honest! unpretentious, low maintenance, easy going. I enjoy outdoor activities, skiing, swimming, trips to the beach and love to laugh and to make that special someone laugh also. I am very sincere in finding true love for a life time and am a very loyal Lady . I am very easy going and have a great sense of humor. I am also a very deeply passionately romantic lady but can be with only that one in which I will share all life with.i like to do all the normal things that a human likes to do. I want to find my best friend and lover wrapped up into one. I guess best friend and lover wrapped up into one really doesn't describe it the way I would like. I want to meet that life partner that I can not wait to wake up in the morning to see or get home from work to share smiles, laughs and good conversation. I want to be able to pick up the phone at work and tell that special somebody what the goofy person in the next office over just did. I would like to meet that one person that will love me as much as I love them. And show each other the love in little special ways. Like a card for no reason or cook you some soup when you are feeling under the weather. .Am the only Daugther of my Late parent they died in an auto accident in the state on 20th of july 2004 since then i relocate to stay with my Uncle in Norfolk but he treated me bad and he even tried to rape me several time when he is drunk so i then ran away from him before he ruined my life .so i decide to travel to West Africa country to meet a bosom friend of mine in Nigeria which is the place am at right now but in getting here she fell ill of malaria and i have to rush her down to the Hospital for better treatment and help her financially by paying her bills and medication which makes me to get broke now.but the problem is that am owing the hotel i lodge into some money and the hotel manager seizes my passport and my return ticket that i must pay for the bill before i can get out of here. So I would like to help me out with some Money and even i don't if you could allow me to stay there with u for a bit when i get back to the states.because I don't want to stay with my uncle anymore.Tell me about you You sound nice.!!!.

Love Jennfer



So what do you think? I thought I would never find love, but now I've I got new hope thanks to pussymama1/Jennfer (Jennfer?). I'll keep you guys up to date on my new internet girlfriend, but right now I have to go clear a spot on my couch and in my bank account cause pussymama is coming to town.


Love Pal.. urr Paul



ps- is malaria contagious?

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Lou Fest 06

Just wanted to post to say thanks to all who came out, and we missed the people who were unable to make it. Good food and GREAT music again this year. Save the date for next year, we would like to make it on the 3rd weekend in July every year, of course that is subject to change, but that is what we will shoot for anyway.

Lou and Misti

Friday, July 21, 2006

LOUFEST!

TOMORROW!

BE THERE!

Or we'll get drunk and curse you.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Esteban - Who IS that Masked Man?

4 low payments of $49.95. for a 22 piece set valued at over $800. An all hardwood spruce top guitar that is both accoustic and electric. A 5 set instructional DVD consisting of over 100 lessons from "the master". A hard shell case. An amp. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Learn how to play MalagueƱa.

What am I missing here? Why is the deal too good to be true? Afficianados, pray thee tell. What say you about Esteban?

With a very remote chance of me making Loufest this year (since I am traveling 5 days next week), how about if Seamhead and Jagua play a MalagueƱa duet for me in my absence. If there is anyone who can throw a trumpet in to back it up, you might just seal my attendance.

Esteban - Is he a mixture of Johnny Cash, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, and some bowling alley guy dressed up in a Halloween outfit?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lou Fest '06

Hello all!! It's been a while but we finally are back on line. We can't wait to see everyone again this year. Jeff, I really hope the temp will not be so high this year!! Lou took Rog's advice (kinda), we will do food, however instead of all the pork steaks we are just gonna have brats and hotdogs. He bought a mammoth grill--he said he NEEDED it for the brats. We would like to have some sort of head count, so if you all wouldn't mind let us know, either give us a call, e-mail, or just leave a response here. Come one, come all! The more the merrier!

We sort of mentioned to Myron and Rog at Myron's house a while back that we started adoption procedures for Lloyd to adopt Cody, Kimberly and Cole so I thought I would just give a quick update...We notified their fathers and got no response so things are moving (slowly) forward. We met with a Guardian appointed by the court to act in the favor of the kids. He sent his report to the court, now we are waiting for a home study to be ordered. Once that is completed we will get the first juvenile court date that is available, then we will be a whole household of Harpers. So in the meantime we are just waiting.

Love the picture of Colette and can't wait to see what Myron and Amy bring back of the girls and can't wait to catch up with everyone on the 22nd.

Misti




Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Cool Colette

I emailed Boz and family to inform them of the festivities at Lou's house on the 22nd. Boz replied with this lovely smile. Colette already has her daddy wound tightly around her pinkie finger.

I think we'd all like to see more pictures of the kids. It's been awhile. MD and family are sure to bring some great pictures back from Disney. It will be fun comparing the pictures of the kids with those already posted on the blog. So, everyone post more pictures of the kids!!!!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Arrigos in the land o' lincoln

We are planning a family vacation to Illinois in August (only because we don't have the cash to do the all-inclusive resort in Negril, which is what we've been dreaming about!)

Does anyone know anything about the Lincoln Museum - I would assume it's in Springfield...? I hear a big report on NPR last year. I don't think it was finished at that point, but should be now. It's very interactive and uses some cool high tech from what I remember. Anyone... anyone....

...Beuller?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

One Runway at O'Hare

I took 6:01 a.m. flight on American Airlines into Chicago from St. Louis this morning. The pilot announced we'd been put in a holding pattern and that only one runway was open. That seemed strange for such an early morning flight in good weather conditions. When we landed the guy in the window seat one row in front of me said he looked out and saw an airplane in the middle of the runway with it's nose up in the air. I asked the gate agent when I deboarded the plane and he confirmed the plane's nose landing gear failed to operationalize. One of my Chicago local peers joined me for a meeting and he said it was on the news and apparently provided quite a scene with sparks down the runway. Sounds like they made a safe landing and no one was hurt or at least I did not hear of anyone being hurt. Thank goodness for the pilot's skill.

What a way for those people to start their day. It's hard enough getting up in the middle of the night to make such an early flight.

Oooh. Irony! Clairvoyance! The Chicago news is about to show a clip.

P.S. Jaga, you'll have to tell me where Jeanne plays. I'm coming to Chicago a lot these days. I stay in the Hoffman Estates/Schamburg area.

Monday, June 19, 2006

How Howdy Broke His Arm

On the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend, I fractured the Ulna bone in my left arm. The Ulna is one of two bones in the forearm (the Radius is the other). Mine is broken where the Ulna connects into the elbow socket on the inside of the arm & socket. I waited until Monday to visit the ER to "rule out" the arm being broken. Who wanted to visit the ER with a bunch of crazies on Memorial Day Weekend afterall? Turns out it was broken afterall. After being splinted and put in a sling for a week by the ER doc, I followed up as directed with an Orthopedic (bone) doctor. He told me to get rid of the sling and splint and keep the elbow moving so it didn't stiffen up and not to do anything for 4 weeks which might further injure it. Injuring it further could cause it to come out of socket. It's feeling much better since then, probably 1-2 weeks from being healed. So how did this happen? Let's take poll. Do you think it was:

a) threw a left hook and knocked out a mouthy drunken sailor who was on leave and causing me trouble down at the St. Louis Riverfront Landing

b) thrown from a mad bucking horse

c) blindsided by a college bound football player nicknamed Hack II in a game of pickup football at a high school graduation party

d) tripped over a partially deflated balloon on stairs in the dark while heading to a garage refrigerator for a bottle of water

Winner gets a free bottle of Dasani.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Hiatus

Some of you may have noticed the dearth of posts on the blog lately. I have been stretched thin over the past 4 - 6 weeks. In the interim, I made an enjoyable pilgrimage to Kansas City (Cerner-ville). While in KC, I visited several of our faithful readers. I saw the mighty T-Bones (best baseball team in KC) with Andy and his family. I watched DLS's daughter play some softball. I ate some wonderful ribs at Gates with Paulie.


I have also been working long hours and sleeping short ones since we've upgraded our software at work. Hopefully this will start to settle down, and I'll find some time and energy to blog.


This weekend the women have abandoned me. I planned to fill the void by playing lots of golf, but the weather was uncooperative. Instead I'll use the time to get going on the blog again.

I do want to plug Lou's party. He's planning a party on July 22nd. If the party is anything like last year, it'll be a blast. Jeff might skip the golf this year though. I only have one suggestion for Lou. Don't do all the food this year. It was delicious, but you guys don't need to do all that work. Just getting everyone together is hard enough. This year, I'm bringing the lyrics to "Two Hangmen."

One last thing I'd like to ask. Will you say some extra prayers for folks who have cancer? My Dad has been diagnosed with lung cancer, and there are lot of folks, young and old, out there fighting this difficult battle. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Joke of the Month

What do the Cardinals and Cubs have in common?

Neither have a won a World Series in their new stadium.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Friday, May 19, 2006

Friday Song Returns

In honor of bringing back the Friday Song, I'd like to share a little something Wade and I have been working on. Now remember that Wade is only 4 1/4 years old and I'm no Jaga Piru. Ok, so I barely can move fingers to a few basic limited chords. But, that said, my wife has been going around humming this little tune we're still in the midst of creating. so it's kind of catchy. For some reason, we figure mainly through imaginination vs. reincarnation, Wade says he used to live in Egypt a long time ago and King Tut would tell him things. He has a book about Egypt and has seen the mummies at the art museum. This Egypt fascination has been going on for about a year now. (Hey, at least he doesn't make you call him Santa anymore and demand to wear his pint-sized Santa suit daily). We've only got one verse down and it's short. And, you'd probably have to hear it to really get it. But, i haven't posted for a while (due to extreme new job conditions traveling and getting up to speed on new sales opptys), so we'll go ahead and put it up with a remedial version of the tablature. Here it goes, ladies and gentelmen.

BACK WHEN I LIVED IN EGYPT (the first verse)
- by Big Howdy & Little Howdy #1

D Chord G Chord
Back when I live in Egypt, King Tut told me lots of things
Doot dee doo dooo ooh ooh, doo dee do dooo
doot dee doo dooo ooh oooh, doo dee do dooo.

D Chord G Chord
Kings and queens and crocodiles, along a river called the Nile,

D Chord G Chord A Chord
Hieroglyphics, Pyramids, King Tut told me, yes he did
Doot dee doo dooo ooh ooh, doo dee do dooo
Doot dee doo dooo ooh ooh, doo dee do doo.

Ok, so that's it. Not much, but cute to hear him sing it and hear Little Howdy #2 start to babble along (babble on? Baby lon? Babylon! No, that's a different song). And I like to do the doot de doo's. They are not Lou Reed doo doo dooh's. fyi.

We're not sure what path this song will take (funny, serious, nonsense, political, emotional,etc,) but it will be based on his thoughts and words about Egypt with maybe a little lyric flow creation assistance by dad. Apparently the next line might have something to do with "grapes". Someday perhaps what you just read will be the MP3 sampler and you will be able to purchase the hit song. Meantime, happy Friday. And, let's see some more Jaga Piru songs onthe board.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Calling All Kiss Fans.........

Or anyone interested in busting a gut. Watch tonight's rerun of last night's (damn I hate apostrophes - is that correct?) The Daily Show. There are some hard-hitting interviews with Kiss tribute bands that are not to be missed.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Fill in the blank


Via the good doctor, what word is missing from this CBS headline?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Run Don't Walk . . .

Don't be the last guy on your block to buy this. The word is out. This is his best effort since Graceland.

By the way, when the Graceland tour hit the Fox Theater in St. Louis, Howdy and I were in the very top row. It was awesome. The air up there, however, had a very strange odor. For some reason it reminded me of the bedroom JP shared with his brother during our high school days.

Joke of the other day

Where does the former Hooters waitress who lost her leg work now?

IHOP.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Joke of the Day

A Chicago family of Cubs fans heads out to shop for the youngest boy's
birthday. While in the sports shop, the son picks up a Cardinals
jersey and says to his older sister, "I've decided to become a Cardinals fan
and I would like this St. Louis jersey for my birthday."

His big sister is outraged by this and promptly whacks him upside his
head and says, "Go talk to Mother!"

"Mom?"

"Yes, son?"

"I've decided I'm going to be a Cardinals fan and would like this
jersey for my birthday."

The mother, outraged at this, promptly whacks
him and says, "Go talk to your father!"

Off he goes with the Cardinals jersey in hand and finds his father.

"Dad?"

"Yes, son?"

"I'm going to be a Cardinals fan and want this jersey for my birthday."

The father then proceeds to whack his son in the back of his head and
says, "No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT!"

Back in the car and heading home, the father turns to his son and says
"I hope you've learned something today."

The son says, "Yes, Dad, I have."

"Good, son, what is it?"

The son replies, "I've only been a Cardinals fan for an hour, and I
already hate you Cub bastards."

Monday, May 01, 2006

It could be. . . It might be . . .

Let's see if Andy's still reading this blog . . .


This man hit 14 home runs in April.





This team hit 14 home runs in April. I guess they're not getting many free Krispie Kreme doughnuts this year.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Another Saturday Night

If Robbie Fulks comes to a venue near you, do not miss it!! Roy, Shelly, and I went to the Underground City Tavern last night to see Robbie. He was unbelievable. In fact, the whole night was quite interesting. Before the music even started my wife was holding some woman's giant penis.

Springfield songwriter Tom Irwin opened the show. His folk tunes infused with stories and humor provided a nice start.

Robbie Fulks and his band were next. We knew we were in for a treat when Robbie, his bass player, and his lead guitarist warmed up with a jazzy version of "Sleigh Ride." The musicianship in the show was incredible. At one point, during a tribute to the great Buck Owens, they were taking request for Owens' songs. They started a request, "Act Naturally," and Robbie determined it was too low. He said, "Let's go to A." And without a pause the band jumped keys together and kept rolling.

Robbie is a fantastic singer with an amazing range. Even though his lead guitarist was excellent, Robbie was an even better guitar player. The bass player was excellent as well, displaying some obvious Jazz influences.

The music was a mash of Country, Rock, Bluegrass and Jazz. He also did a rap when he blew a string on his guitar. The band kept on playing the song while he rapped about changing the string. It was hilarious and impressive.

So go see Robbie! And take your wives! They will love it as much as you will.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Lennon Would Love It!

Give this tune a listen. It's quality entertainment.

Monday, April 17, 2006

My first trip to the new Busch Stadium


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Friday, April 14, 2006

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Good Reading

The Senator from the great state of Massachussetts is on fire. We need more leaders like him. In fact, wouldn't it be nice if he were President?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Cards vs Pirates April 26 at 12:10 PM

Anyone interested in accompanying me to the game? I have 6 tickets total so 5 available, no charge except perhaps a cold, frosty beer. And be warned, I often evoke rage from those seated near me by catching "their" foul balls.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Cardinal Counter

Now this is in no means something to post to jinx the birds early, but I think it would be neat if Seamhead could somehow set up a Redbirds Win-Loss ticker on his blog. I know he set up a voting poll one time, so maybe he's savvy enough to put up the W/L columns. 1-0 & off to a good start.

P.S. To Paulie.......The Smokesters (my false rotisserie baseball team) were unable to make it back to the draft on Sat. They heard drinking beer was banned during the draft and so they protested by forfeiting the draft. I missed you Seamhead and DLS took my ante and buy-in in lieu of you being there. But, I hope a cold one was still waiting there in the fridge for you.

P.S. To the Seamheads....I've taken a new job and now may find myself from time to time jaunting up I-55N vs. I-70W. It would be nice to stop at Seamhead pit row sometime if the stars align to such.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Jeff-n-Jeanne on the air

Hey all you kind church-going folks - take a sunday off! Jeanne and I will be broadcasting live Sunday morning, March 26, at 11 am (or thereabouts), join us by tuning in to 89.3 WNUR (or listen online at http://www.wnur.org)
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For those nearer to Chi-town, and you know who you are, we'll be at uncommon Ground 7-10 p.m. (there's another dude playing 7-8, then we'll play 8-10). Find directions, etc. on their website. Don't recall what it is right know, just google uncommon ground in wrigleyville (chicago).

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

MD's in Missouri


We felt that we should show the Howdy family what they are missing while they are in Florida. We're not complaining though, this is the first good snow we've had in a couple years where the kids could play. Thank goodness it's the first day of spring and the fact that we have the week off for Spring Break. Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 17, 2006

Howdy's in Florida


It was a little bit windy and overcast on our last morning. But, the trip overall was very relaxing. Our weather was good most of the week, but any earlier in the year might be too cold. The pool heat pump was turned on when we first go there, but took all week to get warm enough to consider getting in. The gulf water was still cold and not worth getting into above the knees. I'm sure this place becomes more crowded later in the Spring & Summer, but is still more quiet than most beaches. If you like beaches and consider 12-14 hours from St. Louis to be in driving distance, I'd highly recommend it.

Christopher In Florida


A happy baby.

Bobby Bowden's Beach House


In the top left of this photo is Bobby Bowden's beach house. He's the Florida State Seminonle's Head Football Coach and has won the National Championship more than once. Huge jacuzzi being added on the front. Adjoins a federal state park with natural Florida sand dunes on one side. Very quiet beach. Beautiful area. This was 3 houses down from the condo units we stayed in.

Truman Show Building


This is the building built for The Truman Show which still stands and is in use by the city of Seaside today. The brick drive in front of it is the circle drive that Truman kept turning into and driving around in the movie.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Seaside, Florida


The Howdy's just took a 7 day vacation to Seaside, FL. Seaside is located in the panhandle 30 miles east of Destin, 30 miles west of Panama City Beach. The Jim Carey movie The Truman Show was filmed here. The white building in one of these photos was built for the movie and still remains in the town. We stayed at Seagrove Beach, FL right next to Seaside. I had no idea the place would be as nice of an area as it was. It was a 14 hour trip down 12.5hrs back with 12 hrs being driving time each way. Drove overnight so kids could sleep. It was a very quiet, private, and secluded place to vacation but actually very affordable considering how affluent it turned out to be. We were just looking for a somewhat close beach vacation to a place we'd never been. Like I said, didn't know it would be this nice. Turns out a lot of celebrities vacation in this area I guess. In the photo of Michelle holding Christopher on the beach, you can see Bobby Bowden's, FL State Head Football Coach, house. Guy is having a jacuzzi the size of a small swimming pool put on right in front. This was about 3 houses down from the condo we stayed in and butts up against a state park of naturual FL sand dunes. The beach chair rental guy told me that Peyton Manning (NFL Quarterback) was at a place called The Red Bar last fall though we did no go to that place. One of the other guests who was from Texas told me his family was good friends with Ozzie Guillen (MLB Baseball Chicago White Sox Manager). I met a Sprint corporate finance exec at the pool, but neither of us felt like talking work. And, probably most interesting to a couple of bloggers is that I met a singer/songwriter in the garage. I saw him loading a guitar in his van and I joked with him a bit about him playing on the beach. He said he needed it to make a living. I asked him if he'd written anything I'd recognize. Turns out he's written top hits for Amy Grant/Vince Gill, LeeAnn Rhimes and the like in Nashville. He plays at a local restaraunt called The Old Florida Fish House. Guy's name is Greg Barnhill and he was extremely nice and down to earth. I haven't googled him yet, but I will. He invited me up to listen saying it was a family restaraunt. We went there and it ended up being a very nice restaraunt cutting into the savings we'd made by renting the condo and eating in so many meals. While that meal at The Old Florida Fish house was very good, it was about $80 bucks for the family. Of course I had the The Red Fish special and Michelle had a Filet Mignon and it was darn good, but expensive considering all the local fish joints with fresh grouper available under $10. Being there on what we deemed family hours...about 5;30pm, we missed the songwriter's show since he didn't start until 9pm. I'm sure he was good. If you ever go there, you have a good chance of hearing him. I daydreamed about me hooking up Jaga and Jeanne with Greg and helping them breakthrough big time on their music careers. But, that will probably happen on their own accord anyway. But, being in the right place at the right time might just help you bump into the right break. So, think about playing the beach down in the panhandle. Seamhead, hope I didn't screw up the blog formatting by putting too many pics in one post.

PICs to come in separate Post--formatting issues.