Wednesday, November 26, 2008

happy thanksgiving

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift.  The parrot had a bad attitude & an even worse vocabulary.  Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious & laced w/profanity.

 John tried & tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music & anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary.

 Finally, John was fed up & he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back.  John shook the parrot & the parrot got angrier & even ruder.  John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird& put him in the freezer.

 For a few minutes the parrot squawked & kicked & screamed.  Then suddenly there was total quiet.  Not a peep was heard for over a min. 

 Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.  The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms & said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language & actions.  I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions & I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude & unforgivable behavior."

 John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.  As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?”


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

singing praises of the bubble beard

If you had purchased $1,000 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago, you would have $49 left. With Fannie Mae you would have $2.50 left of the original $1,000. With AIG you would have less than $15 left.
But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214 cash.
Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. It's called the 401-Keg.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Contemplating "weather" or not we should have moved away from Tillamook

I shot this picture on the way to work last April. Beth most accurately captured my thoughts about this phenomenon of Snow on the coast in the Spring by declaring, "Global Warming freaks me out." We need tshirts. 

As I write this now, the following November, from our new home in Eugene - on a fairly innocuous fall day, my friends and former Tillamook neighbors are recovering from a nasty (although not atypical for this time of year) flood. We read a horrifying story last night about friends of ours who were were swept downstream in their SUV and rescued because their 11 year old daughter "crawled through the broken front window and shimmied across a branch of the tree to get to safety" to seek help. You're a hero Maddie and you have friends in Eugene who are very, very glad you and your family are safe. 

Friday, November 14, 2008

This poor child is the granddaughter of a science nerd

Should we warn her? Nah! as you can see by the backpack we sent her to school that way. My theory is that smart is the new cool.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

go sammie go

I'm not sure if it is because I used to swim competitively and still enjoy swimming - or because I get to see first hand how much my kids give to become strong swimmers, but I love, love, love seeing them in the pool. Samantha has made tremendous personal gains as part of the Eugene Swim Club they have joined vastly improving her stroke and cutting time. Plus she is just a fish. One of her frustrations with the pictures of her swimming is that she looks "too happy" in all them. She wants to appear more fierce or focused or something. Don't fight it kid. One of life's true blessings is finding something you love to do and doing it well. 

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Samantha as Garfield

Charlie's costume

Charlie must have decided that he was too old this year to trick or
treat. Instead, at his request, we took a glue gun, some carhart
overalls, an old flannel shirt, and some raffia and a glue gun to put
together a a scarecrow costume. When trick or treaters came to our
door, Charlie would wait until they reached into the bowl for candy
and grab their arm. (only the big kids...). He had tons of fun and
got lots of laughs.

I'm especially pleased at how well the dead herb plants added to the ambiance of our front porch on Halloween evening!


This was my contribution to our pumpkin collection this year - don't know
that I swayed any votes, but I was quite pleased with my handiwork with the
little plastic carving tools.