Saturday, September 30, 2006

I tried to show this picture an entry or so ago and the picture wouldn't show up. I'm gonna give it another shot.

Yes, that's me on a mule when I was about 3 or so.

I took the picture to school and put it on the board to see which of the kids made a comment.  It took awhile, but then one of the groups of kids got into a little bit of a verbal argument over who it was. And a lot of them thought the mule was a donkey. Then they were surprised to find out that I had a grandfather! I guess they thought I just hatched.... lol


Hey Bin Laden, I Think We Found Your Ride!!

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I took a day or so away from school yuck. It's all been making me just a little knutts lately as you know. SO, I went to the little community not far from me to a Pioneer Day Parade and such.  I saw lots of people I know (and lots I didn't know)... But you know, after the bands (which I missed because I was late leaving to get there) and the tractors, older cars, motorcycles and the horses with riders or wagons, this camel was the end attraction of the parade. I'm still surprised, but our community has at least 2 of them!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Football: North vs. South

You guys know I ususally don't pass this kind of stuff on my journal, but this is the right time of year for it. I'm not really sure if this is right about the north, but for the south it is SO right especially for the college games!!

Planning for the fall football season in the South is radically
different than up North. For those who are planning a football trip South, here are some helpful hints.

Women's Accessories
NORTH: ChapStick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket.
SOUTH: Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, waterproof mascara, and a fifth of bourbon. Money not necessary - that's what dates are for.

Stadium Size
NORTH: College football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
SOUTH: High school football stadiums hold 20,000 people.

NORTH: Expect their daughters to understand Sylvia Plath.
SOUTH: Expect their daughters to understand pass interference.

Campus Decor
NORTH: Statues of founding fathers.
SOUTH: Statues of Heisman trophy winners.

Homecoming Queen
NORTH: Also a physics major.
SOUTH: Also Miss America.

NORTH: Rudy Guliani
SOUTH: Bear Bryant, Archie, Eli and Peyton Manning, Hershel Walker, Bo Jackson

Getting Tickets
  NORTH: 5 days before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and purchase tickets.
  SOUTH: 5 months before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and put name on waiting list for tickets.

Monday Classes After a Saturday Game
  NORTH: Students and teachers not sure they're going to the game, because they have to prepare for classes on Monday.
  SOUTH: Teachers cancel Monday classes because they don't want to see the few hung over students that might actually make it to class.

 NORTH: An hour before game time, the University opens the campus for game parking.
  SOUTH: RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on Wednesday for the weekend festivities. The really faithful arrive on Tuesday.

Game Day
NORTH: A few students party in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV.
  SOUTH: Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and rushes over to where ESPN is broadcasting "Game Day Live" to get on camera and wave to the idiots up north who wonder why "Game Day Live" is never broadcast from their campus.

  NORTH: Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to local radio station with truck tailgate down.
  SOUTH: 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cooking accompanied by live performance by "Dave Matthews' Band," who come over during breaks and ask for a hit off bottle of bourbon.

Getting to the Stadium
  NORTH: You ask "Where's the stadium?" When you find it, you walk right in.
  SOUTH: When you're near it, you'll hear it. On game day it becomes the state's third largest city.

NORTH: Drinks served in a paper cup, filled to the top with soda.
  SOUTH: Drinks served in a plastic cup, with the home team's mascot on it, filled less than half way with soda, to ensure enough room for bourbon.

When National Anthem is Played
  NORTH: Stands are less than half full, and less than half of them stand up.
 SOUTH: 100,000 fans, all standing, sing along in perfect four-part harmony.

The Smell in the Air After the First Score
NORTH: Nothing changes.
SOUTH: Fireworks, with a touch of bourbon.

Commentary (Male)
NORTH: "Nice play."
SOUTH: "Dammit, you slow sumb*tch - tackle him and break his legs."

Commentary (Female)
NORTH: "My, this certainly is a violent sport."
 SOUTH: "Dammit, you slow son of a b*tch - tackle him and break his legs."

NORTH: Neutral and paid.
 SOUTH: Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song, with a tear in his eye because he is so proud of his team.

After the Game
NORTH: The stadium is empty way before the game ends.
SOUTH: Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker, while somebody goes to the nearest package store for more bourbon, and planning begins for next week's game.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Country Living: The Early Years


Jackie on Mule


I saw this picture earlier tonight and thought I'd share. I must have been between 3 and 5. That is my grandfather standing on the left. He and my grandmother used the mule to plow their garden in the spring and then to plow it under in the fall. If you don't know what that means, ask someone that is from the country.

I think I need to answer Patrick's questions from my previous entry. (Good questions, Patrick!! LOL)   1. Why does the cat's appearance have to match a cat's appearance? Answer: Because that's the way I think.  No other reason, really.  2. Does Mike the dog look like Mike?  Answer: Nope, not at all!  In fact, I know a few people named Mike and Mike the dog looks like none of them. The Mike mentioned in my entry is of Irish descent and has red hair (or what is left of it, Bless his heart...) and is just a little taller than I am. Mike the person talks more than Mike the dog. Although, Mike the dog does a good job at night of keeping critters away.  At least, that what I like to think when I'm in bed and hear him barking or growling. I've seen Mike the dog chase a squirrel like it is going to be his last supper.  I've never Mike the friend chase anything except a woman now and then (ok, rarely does he even do that), but never that quickly.  Mike the dog's 4 legs are about 6 inches tall... Mike the friend has longer legs, but only 2.

BTW, to all you teachers out there, was it a 'PARENT'S FULL MOON' today and someone forgot to tell me? WTF?? I feel like I've been whipped and then some. To bad I don't enjoy that stuff cause if I did, I'd be on cloud nine!!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Lazy Weekend...

Lazy Weekend... magnify

Hello to all my friends and loved ones.... Or those of you who have not realized you love me...

I'm home... As many of you know, I 'house-sat' for my friend Andy while he went to N.C. to get married (I know, friends don't let friends get married! Image). It was a great weekend of catching up with my friend Bo, who lives about 1/2 block from Andy. I didn't even know Andy had moved in the neighborhood until about a year ago when Bo and I just happened to drive down his street and there was Mike (not my dog, Mike, but friend Mike) standing on the sidewalk smoking a cig (nasty habit...).  Mike and I have known each other for about 22 or 23 years now. We worked together when we were in our wee 20's together.  He was the one that introduced Andy and me, (as well as a bunch of other folk), but I've seen Mike and Andy on and off during the past 20-something years.  And that's the story of Andy, Mike (the friend, not the dog) and Me... Nothing more, nothing less....

Back to Bo... He came down Friday and Saturday night to 'hot tub' with me....  We talked about his recent marriage (only six weeks ago... what is it with all these people I know getting married?? Image)  He said he's glad he is married and if he is, that's cool. All I ever wanted is his happiness.

Mike (the dog, not the friend) went with me. Andy has long-haired inside cat named Raven (don't know why because she is shades of brown) and Raven would sit next to sliding glass doors and taunt Mike and Igloo (really named Shiloh).  I think Mike grew to hate her.  Or perhaps, he thought she was a squirrel.  I heard him growl at her several times... Good thing there was glass between them... Anyway, check out the picture of them...

That was my weekend...  What did you guys do?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Day After....

I'm fine! Not just another day, but I packed it full of activities!  I ran into someone I had not seen since last May, went shopping with a friend that is getting married on Saturday, stopped off at Bo's house to pick up clothes he is passing on to the kids at school.... Got home around 11:00 last night and woke up at 4:00 this morning... Have not been asleep since....  

Thanks for all the warm thoughts you passed my way yesterday!!  I appreciate them all!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

And Nine Years Later...

There have been a lot of moments since Charlie died where I sit back, think about what is going on in my life and ask all the self-assessment questions. 

At the end of the first year after he died was the first time I looked at my life and knew things could not go on the way they were. I was missing a big piece of the life puzzle, but the only person that could do anything about it was..... ME!  I had to make some life changes and decisions. Boy, it can be a bitch when the rug is pulled out from under you and your whole life can change right in front of you!  The changes may only take moments to occur and sometimes they happen before you realize it!! By the time the first year had passed,  I wasn't very proud of my accomplishments, (I don't think there were any to be honest....) so conversations with myself went a little like this, "No more excuses! Get your shit together!!"  And I did.  I went back to school just before my 40th birthday and eight years later, I'm good. It was worth it and you know, those 4+ years would have passed if I hadn't gone back to school. But now, I'm in a happy place (sure, there are a few exceptions, but we won't go there... it ain't all that much). I am doing work I care about and work with kids that need a lot of love and care. Of course, no one will ever take the place of Charlie, but his spirit lives on through me.

I have only had  a couple of these life-changing pivotal moments. I'm not sure I want to many more.  They can take a lot out of a person.  However, these days  when I self-assess, I ask myself, "Have I stood up to the test? (I think so.) Could I have done a better job? (Yes, of course...)  Would I do it all again? (ABSOLUTELY!) "

There is always one last question and it is, " Now What?"   Any suggestions?      

Charlie: Feb. 20, 1983 - Sept. 13, 1997

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Look Out China, Here Come the Southern Americans!

A few weeks ago I wrote about one of my kids being offered the opportunity to participate in the World Speical Olympics in China, 2007. He has agreed to go!! It'll be a wonderful oppourtunity for him! 

More news as it happens!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Rocket City Stuff

I grew up in a rather technological city and lived there until about 8 years ago.  It is a world filled with engineers, rocket scientists, space 'stuff' all around.  In Huntsville, there is the Space and Rocket Center. It's just like anything, after awhile you become immune to it.   How often do you drive down the highway and see a real Saturn 5?  For me? Often!  It never ceases to amaze me at the beauty of it.... 

I often wondered how these guys came up with the right combination of everything it took to get the first rocket into space!  Do any of you remember getting up early in the morning to watch the 'lift-off'?  My mom would wake me up and we would watch it while we ate breakfast.  Even though the rockets would lift-off  in FL, I think most of the Huntsvillians took a lot of ownership and pride in the successful missions, especially back then in the early 60's. 

Today, we take so much of this for granted. The shuttle missions are all very common and unassuming in today's society.  What most people don't realize is the good works these missions actually do.   For a quick glance, check this out!

Saturday, September 2, 2006

You Mean Mine Isn't??

Actually, it's a little drive-thru BBQ place and I've never tried it, so I really don't know if Fat Daddy has good butt or not...  I had never seen this sign before, but when my mom and I passed it today, I had to go back and get a picture!

Friday, September 1, 2006

Hello September, Goodbye 90's

There are two good things about today. First, it's Friday and the second, it's September!! This past Monday was the last day to be over 90.  Boy, am I glad!  I'll take anything between 65 and 85... aaawww... the perfect temps!


OH Yeah! just remembered something, so let's make it the third great thing today!  It's a 3-day weekend!!!!