Sunday, January 28, 2007

Basketball Quiz

Yes, I know you've been checking your alerts to find the answers to the basketball quiz! <grin>

1. James Naismith

2. 9 - Naismith had a class of 18 men

3. Peach baskets - they were attached to balcony railings at each end of the gym.

4. Soccer ball

5. 1891 and just four days before Christmas that year Naismith posted his 13 rules of basketball and invited students to try his new game.

6. The janitor kept a ladder nearby to retrieve the ball after the ball landed in the baskets.

Thanks for playing!

Ancient Bibical Exploration

If you have questions about how people in Bibical times lived, you need to check out this television show. The Naked Archaeologist is easy to follow, based on actual Bible verse and entertaining. I found it on the History International channel.  Interesting stuff...

Friday, January 26, 2007

A Different Kind of Dribble

We started our Special Olympic basketball season this past Wednesday. Prior to this date, I started a unit about basketball and some of the better known players.  One of the sections included the invention of basketball.  I think you should test your skills. Answers on a later entry!!

1. Who invented basketball?

2.  How many players were on a team in the orginal game?

3.  What were used as goals when the game was first invented?

4.  What kind of ball was first used when the game was invented?

5.  What year was basketball invented?

6. What did the janitor has to do after each goal?

Write your answers in the comment section if you'd like.  We'll check to see who knows their basketball history!!

Thanks for playing!!


Saturday, January 20, 2007

My, my... the times... they are a-changing!

A great change hit this country in the late 70's and many of you remember it.... heck, I think most of you do... With exception of a few left-overs from the 60's, most everyone was going to the disco on Friday and Saturday nights. I remember walking through the clubs smelling cigarettes, pot, spilled drinks and perfume mixed with human perspiration (what a mix!).... and seeing people dancing, snorting coke, making out and sometimes, having sex.  Personally, I can't remember when I went clubbing last, but I'm sure most people are not that open with their personal (and illegal) habits these days (I'm not living with my head in the sand... I know stuff goes on,.. it's just not as open as it once was). Why the flash-back? Radio is on... and they are playing a lot of the music from that era. Plus, just had call from friend that ask (just out of blue) if I remember when you could smoke in movie theaters, ashtrays on desks in college, and smoking court in high school. Yep, I remember smoking court in high school... break was 10:00-10:15 and all my friends met outside the yellow section even if they didn't smoke. Seems so odd now, doesn't it?    Strange how times change.....

Oh yeah, and drinking age here was 19... they changed it to 21 the year I turned 21. How convenient for me.....  

I remember when it first hit me how different the world had changed at that point. I met Jerry Rubin (from Chicago Seven) in '78 or '79 and he was dressed in an Armani suit and drinking Perrier. Funny. Funny odd, not funny ha ha... well, maybe a little ha ha at that time.

AAAaaaahhh, Roller Coaster is on... always liked that song....  I like the Red Hot Chili Peppers version, too...

Tell me what you remember from the late '70's....


Friday, January 19, 2007


As many of you know, I teach kids who are challenged in many ways. Some of them just hate reading or they can't, but you have to keep trying. So I have to come up with something worth their time and effort, yet short enough they don't loose interest.  The answer? Jokes.  I will write a joke on the board before the kids get to school and they will attempt to read them. The jokes I use have a few sight words, a few new words and are basically, easy to 'get'....... 

As you can imagine, it's hard to find jokes that 'fit' into our range. The word has gotten out among the adults around the school and every once in a while, someone will send one or two my way.  Here are a couple I have received.  They are clean enough to for the kids and (hopefully) gross enough to make some of them go, "YUCK", and if you've ever hung around kids, you know that's the most important... the yuckier it is, the better the joke! <grin>  Here we go:

# 1: How do you make a tissue dance?

Put a little boogy in it!


#2: What do you call a bear with no teeth?

A gummy bear!


And here is one my favorite You Tubes! I just roll with laughter every time I see it!


Pass them on if you need an ice breaker! 

P.S. Mid-40's and sun today!  YIPPEE


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Just a few thoughts...

Nothing much going on these days. Well, except the cold and my blog-buddy Kev couldn't appreciate my cold because heck, he lives in Alaska! He's been having sub-zero weather for a while now. The only reason it's a big deal for me is that on Saturday afternoon, I put on my shorts (yes, shorts) and trimmed bushes because it was 70-ish degrees. Was 70ish Sunday too... but Monday, the high was 33-ish. I bet those bushes are wishing they still had their limbs! It's just hard on the ole body to screw around with the temps like that!

I was really glad to find those two boys were found this past weekend! I know their parents are just tickled about it too, cause I saw both families on Oprah today. Didn't waste anytime bringing the ratings in, did she? What is really funny (funny-odd, not funny haha) is I never watch Oprah, but yesterday came home early, turned that station on and saw she had already done the interviews with the families and one of the boys. So, rushed home today to watch. I really hate it for the boys..... only thing is, just glad it happened somewhere besides the south. We always seem to get the redneck bum rap for some stuff... You know it... You've seen Jerry Springer....

Anywho... Hope everyone is safe and warm tonight!!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Last night, my phone rang. And the conversation went a little like this:


"Hey, what are you doing?"

"Nothing much, checking e-mail, reading journals. You?"

"Just dropped Ma and Pa off. I'm on my way home. Can you come over? And maybe bring some clothes in case you need to spend the night? Do you have any plans?"

"I'll throw some things in a bag and be over ASAP"

"How long?"

"An hour, give or take..."

"ok. Thanks."

Sounds like a fun little romp, huh?  Wrong. I had been expecting this call all week.

One of my very best friends brother passed away this past week from a rare cancer that spread to his brain. Some how. Nothing had been showing up in the blood work and then 'boom!' he had a seizure one day. Yeah, that'll do it. 

Friday was the funeral and it was about 150ish miles away. The parents (in their 80's) were (and still are) in that numbing shock mode.

I went over. 'Friend' was not doing well about older brother. 'Friend' had not slept for a few nights and needed someone there just because.  Just 'cause, that's what friends do for each other.  When I lost Charlie, this same friend was there for me.  Now, it was my turn....  Sometimes, paybacks are ok.... 

We sat up until 3:00 this morning, talking and crying.  'Pa' phoned around 8:30. Pa just checking on friend. That's ok. We went over to see 'Pa' and 'Ma'.... 'Pa' looked at me and started crying. As I hugged him, he whispered to me, "You know all about this stuff, girl..."  'Ma' did the same thing.  Yeah, I do.....

Notto worry...

some how, some way, it all gets easier with time.....

Wednesday, January 3, 2007


I often pass this church when I go into Huntsville. It's in the next little town east of where I live and is one of my favorite buildings (I think it's the river rock that attracts me because just a little way down from the church is a house I love with the same rock 'sideing' BTW, it's real rock, not the fake stuff). But when I saw the Christmas wreaths on the doors, I knew I had to stop and make a picture to share with my J-friends.