Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Manager Gets Ejected, Gets Revenge

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Click the image below to watch this great video from a college baseball manager.  He wasn’t happy about being ejected.  If you don't want to watch the whole thing, fast-forward to 1:45.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Really Ugly Monkey Discovered Yesterday

monkeyWhen I opened the August 12, 2010 edition of Primate Conservation I was blown away to learn that a new Titi monkey was discovered in Columbia.

There are about 250 of these super ugly cat-like monkeys.  The 9 page article is awesome and has pictured like this…

The new monkey, nicknamed- Ugo-Monk was describes by researchers as having “sparsely-haired chestnut-red on the ventrum, body, arms, legs and face, extending to dorsal parts of lower arms and lower legs up to the elbows and knees. The reddish also extends to the ventral parts of the neck and onto the cheeks up to the basal parts of the ear, giving the appearance of a red beard.”

Rumor has it that Coke is going to use these new creatures to replace the polar bears in their Holiday Ads for 2010…

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Missouri Prop C – A Vote Against Obamacare

I just cast my vote for Proposition “C” here in Missouri.  This proposition says, “in Missouri we are not going to be strong-armed into buying obamacare.”

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Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended to:

* Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services?

* Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies?

It is estimated this proposal will have no immediate costs or savings to state or local governmental entities.  However, because of the uncertain interaction of the proposal with implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, future costs to state governmental entities are unknown.

Fair Ballot Language

A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services. The amendment will also modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies.

A “no” vote will not change the current Missouri law regarding private health insurance, lawful healthcare services, and the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes

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Friday, July 9, 2010

How to Watch the Tour De France

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This is my first year watching the Tour with an understanding of the strategy behind this very, very long bike race.  I must say I’m enjoying it. 

If you think there is no point to a bunch of guys in tights riding through the countryside in France, think again.

Here’s what you need to know to get the most from your “Le Tour” watching experience:

1.  It’s not a “race” like you think “race”.  These guys are riding a long way but there is only a handful of riders that race.  They are in the front.  On any given day most of the riders are in a big clump behind the racers.

2.  This big clump of riders can go fast, being that they are in a clump, they can go 30% faster so it’s inevitable that they catch the racers out front.  The clump engulfs the racers towards the end.

3.  There are three different races rolled into one.  One guy will be call “king of the mountain”, he can go the fasted up hills.  There’s another guy who will be the best sprinter.  Another guy will lead and wear the yellow jersey.  The yellow Jersey means he is the overall fastest.

4.  Watch an movie about geese flying south to learn about why they ride in a line. 

5.  DVR the whole thing so you can watch the first 15 minutes, then the last 15 minutes.  All the stuff in the middle is like watching Rick Steves.  If you don't have a DVR simply watch the 10-15 minute summary of the whole  day.  There’s less travelogue but you can see who won.

Repeat every day for 21 days and you will have seen the whole thing.   Happy Tour Watching…

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Adventures of Out-of-Touch Man

celebs [The following takes place in our family-van on the way home from buying some cookies.  This is an actual conversation between two 39 year olds.]

[Song playing the the background, “Big Girls Dont Cry” by Fergie]

Craig: “This a pretty good song.  I like the beat.  Any idea who is singing?”

Holly: “It’s Fergie”

Craig: “The princess!?”

Holly: “No the girl from the Black-Eyed Peas.”

Craig: “I though that was some other girl…something gu..gu”

Holly: “Do you mean Lady Ga-Ga”

Craig: “Ya, that’s the one.”

Holly: “I don't know if Lady Ga Ga is a lady, She might be a man”

Craig:  [stunned silence] “I don't know if I’ve ever see he/she.  I’ve heard the name a lot.  [Break in the conversation as we drive] So this is what it’s like to be out of touch? Speaking of out-of touch.  You have heard of Jay-Z, right?  Do you have any idea what he does?  Is he a singer?”

Holly: “I think so, he was also on CSI”

Craig: “No, you’re thinking of Sean Combs”

Holly: “No That’s Iced-T (or is it ice-tee?)”

Craig: “I definitely know Combs in not iced-T.  I think Combs is P-duddy", or diddy.  They are the same person.”

[upon arriving home, Holly googles Jay-z]

Jay_Z Holly: “That’s Jay-z, he looks old.”

Craig: “I thought Jay-z was someone new…He’s just an old guy…”  (that’s him on the right)

Holly: “Alright, let’s get the kids to bed”

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At the time of this writing we still don't know if Lady Ga-Ga is a man or woman.

UPDATE: I came across a picture of Lady gaga…she is a woman.  Just so there is no confusion.

So much for being cool….Read my “History of Being Cool”

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fun at the 5K

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

After the invitation of friends, I broke the kids out of their TV watching stupors to do a 5K/1M run.  It was a blast.

I was also looking for an excuse to use the newly discovered animoto.com and created a free video with the pictures from the race.  Pretty slick…

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Friday, April 23, 2010

So He Went to School

This morning while my wife and daughter were asleep, myIMG00226-20100423-1954 middle son, Skippy, wrote a note and left the house. 

He got on his bus and went to school, leaving everyone asleep in the house.  For some reason I have been laughing about this all day.  This has never happened before. 

Our house is usually bustling with lunch making panic and hunting for shoes.  But this morning, I was at work, Firstborn was already at school and Holly and Pinkerbelle overslept.

I wonder what this 9 year old was thinking.  “The house is quiet, my mom is asleep, my sister is asleep.  I guess I will  just head off to school.”

ff I’m proud that he took personal responsibility and got himself ready, made his lunch, wrote a note and got on the bus on time.  But the 9 year old boy in him said “Who cares my sister misses the bus.”  “Mom’s asleep, whatever, I’ll leave a note.”

And he went.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Craig at the Masters, Coaching Tiger

I had a chance to give Tiger some pointers today while he was playing at the Masters.  You may not know this, but he was out of the game for a while.  He brought me in as a special consultant to help him orchestrate his return to the game.

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I was hit in the shoulder on this one.

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Short game could use some help.

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Watching his swing.

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An Easter In Pictures

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Decorating The Eggs

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With protective gloves

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Picking some colorful vegetation for mommy.

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Three Easter Egg Hunts. 

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Packaging up the eggs for the hunt.  Ya, the kids did the work.  That how this Easter Bunny rolls.

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An elegant Sunday Dinner.

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The last hunt of the day.

Now Visit:  The Art of Stair Sledding

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Let Spring Begin

IMG_5343It’s been a cold winter, we are expect a few inches of snow this weekend.  But there is a ray of hope my friends.  Spring has spring in my closet.

I’m going to plant a square foot garden this year.  I have a big plans but no experience.  My first step was a success and here are the seedlings of Broccoli to prove it.

This square foot garden idea looks good.  Build a 4 foot by 4 foot box, load it with good soil and plant.  It does not mix with your crappy soil in the lawn so weeds are at a minimum.

We' will see.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Regular Person in the White House

It’s fun to watch how the press and politician react to Sarah Palin.  For some reason they just cant stomach her.  I, on the other hand, seem to agree with just about everything she says.  I’m not sure if that makes her presidential material.  I like how Dennis Miller summed up Palin on O’Reilly last night

She's the best damn Sarah Palin we have in the world. And I'd like to see a regular person in the office of the presidency. Is Steve Schmidt, her big detractor over there on the McCain campaign, is he a genius? Was that a great campaign? How has Barack Obama's first year been working out for everybody? He's a genius. Everybody happy with that? I think Sarah Palin is about as smart as she needs to be for that gig. And I, for one, want to see a John or Jane Doe lead this country for once. I'd love that.

A regular person in the White House.  Wouldn’t that be cool.  Someone with simple common sense.  Is that Palin?  Maybe?

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Weather and Marathon Training

Just a quick update…image It’s about 2 and a half months until the Go St. Louis Marathon.  I’m just 18 miles into my training…I blame the weather.

I’m sorry to admit it but the “weather killed the marathon star”.    Like most of the country, here in St. Louis, we just came off the coldest weather in 11 years.  I did one great week of training then nothing.

Time to refocus…

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I was able to run a few times on the treadmill.  I would rather use the ped-egg on my big toe than run on the treadmill… 

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Listening Through the Bible Instead

Last year I wrote about how I read through Genesis every year.  (The idea is the read through the whole Bible but it’s never come about.)  imageSo this year I’m listining to Brian at the DailyAudio Bible.com read the Bible for me.

It’s actually a very efficient way to listen to the Good book.  I’m excited each morning to fire up the iPod and see what God has to say today.

My drive to the office is about 30 minutes and that about the average reading.  He covers a reading from the old testament, new testament, psalms and proverbs.  I’d recommend giving it a try.   You can hear today’s reading here and visit the site by clicking here.

“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”

 Romans 10:17 (NLT)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Without God, We are Just Chimps

A view from the other side shows us Alan Alda looking for the Human Spark.  His PBS special will be on tonight.  The question is why are Chimps (who are only 1% different genetically) not like us humans?  From the PBS website:

“For 11 years, I was the host of the public television series Scientific American Frontiers.” That’s the familiar voice of Alan Alda, star of stage, screen and science. Now Alda is hosting a three-part public TV series about you. And me, and all of us. “We’ll be trying to get to the bottom of what makes us human. Trying to find that thing we’re calling the ‘human spark’.”

One way to examine us is by looking at what’s almost us. “We’ll be checking in with our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, to find out how the tiny difference in our genes, just 1 percent, makes such a huge difference to who we are and what we can do. Chimps are smart as a whip, but they’re not us. Why aren’t they?”

What about that Human Spark?  Have a look it Genesis 3:7 and we see…

the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

“Breath of Life”, that’s the difference.

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