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....


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


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