Monday, August 31, 2009


I don't like Mondays but today is once again beautiful and I will take it.
The Onion has the story on the CA wildfires.

Californians Gather To Celebrate Annual Wildfire Tradition

Friday, August 28, 2009


It finally stopped raining and it is a GREAT day! Soon.. I mow :-)
The king in cheetoes.


Thursday, August 27, 2009


Raining again. No, really.

There is an app for that... well done

iPhone Commercial for Ex-Boyfriends - Watch more Funny Videos

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Rain. Followed by more rain. Then some rain. Then some mowing.
Papa John got his Camaro back. Kind of a cool story
I think there is a job opening at this local news station:

Livid Producer Screaming During Report - Watch more Epic Fails

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


GUIDO of the week. These guys are such tools.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Wow, I have really not been on here much at all. I have been busy with so many other things that I have really not been on the computer too much. During which time I missed an email saying that we needed to do one more thing to get the kids signed up for school. Mary found it, but it was too late. I went in this morning and got it worked out and they started at Kirkwood. That is hard to believe.
My neighbor Dan and I worked hard on his deck all weekend, but did not make the deadline of Sunday at 3:00 when his party started. We really just have to finish the rails and it will be done. We are taking a couple of days off and then hopefully finish it up this week. I really want to have a weekend to do other things. The problem is he works late and the days are getting shorter.
I have not checked in on the tech world to know what is going on. But I did stumble across this link on facebook of all places.
This guy is amazing!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

another day..

Another day another shooting...

Police have charged a Cedar Rapids man with attempted murder after an early morning shooting Sunday in the parking lot of a troubled Iowa City nightspot.

Iowa City Police say Bernard James Butler, 18, shot Cortez Parker of Iowa City in the abdomen during a fight outside of Los Cocos Bar, at 1921 Keokuk St.

Parker, who turns 34 Monday, was transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Officers first responded at 1:02 a.m. Sunday after several 911 callers reported shots fired in the bar’s parking lot. When they arrived on the scene, police say witnesses provided a description of the suspect who had fled south from the parking lot.

Once apprehended, police say Butler admitted to being at the bar and in a fight in the parking lot of Los Cocos. Police said one of the defendant’s shoes was located in another parking lot through which witnesses said he ran before police arrived. A shell casing also was located in the bar’s parking lot, police said.
This same bar has had numerous shootings, stabbings, and fights. One of the shootings that was a block away from our old house started at this bar.
We got a lot done on Dan's patio today. We were getting it about done and a storm blew in and chased us off. It has been SO damn hot here the last few days that it has been really bad working out there.

Thursday, August 06, 2009


I have no idea what this video is about, but it sure is cool.

funny stuff

Mary sent me this video. It is funny because the Fox "reporter" is trying to tear this lady down, but she won't go. She has good answers for all of his "some people say" BS. So what does he do? He cuts her off for a breaking news story. That's right.. It is shark week(!) on the discovery channel. I really don't want to debate the good/bad of the cash for clunkers program at all, but all of that aside, you gotta admit this is pretty funny.

Mary also sent me a link to THIS STORY. Seems a group of about 30 youths were walking around in the street at night and a bunch of gunfire took place. If you are assuming from that account that it was a group of black youths probably imported from Chicago by our city, then you are indeed a RACIST!!! You are correct, naturally, but never the less YOU ARE A RACIST! This took place on the street that went in front of our house one block over.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009


I am off today. Got the truck in to be worked on and just killing some time waiting. While waiting, I came across this video. I don't know what to think about this one:

I liked this one though: All Rocky movies in 5 seconds.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Mary sent me this link to PEE POWER

I just got done ordering a new macbook pro 15" for my mom. I am really happy for her. I think she will really enjoy having a good way to record her music and also just having a good computer to use.

Monday, August 03, 2009


This demo made the news today.

I saw a related video while I was watching it. It seems there is a certain amount of skill involved in a building.

Sunday, August 02, 2009


Today was so nice here in Iowa. About 80 for a high but really nice. I finally got a new tube for my bike and fixed it then went for a ride. Later Mary and I took the boat out and paddled around for a while. After I ate WAY too much lasagna I decided to go for a slow bike ride to work it off. I was tracking it with my iPhone and it said I was going just under 10mph. If I pick it up a little I can average 10 easy. By the time I got home I was just over 13 mph. Not Lance's speed, but pretty good for an old-full-of-lasagna guy in Iowa. If you click on the "hybrid" tab you can see that there are some nice trails to ride on in our neighborhood. They are all blacktop and pretty nice to ride.

Saturday, August 01, 2009


I spent the morning helping my neighbor on his deck. I went through and sanded the tops of the decking while Dan ran to the store to get some stain. We wanted to get it on before he left for Sturgis. We got that done and then he jumped on his bike and took off a bit late.
Later I took the boat out and did a little fishing. That was REALLY relaxing. I had my feet hanging over the boat in the water and caught a few small bass. Then at the end I hauled in a huge friggin catfish. They are not supposed to hit on the bait I was using, but this guy did not know that. He got all three hooks embedded really deep and there was no way I could get it out. I yelled at Alex, who was outside listening to her ipod, to get her mom. Mary called my neighbor Scott and he came out as another neighbor came by. We had to cut the bars off of the hooks to get him free. I don't take my phone in the boat on the outside chance I might fall in the water. I wished I had it with me so I could take a picture but we were mostly trying to get that bad boy back in the water in time. After I got back to the house I reached in my pocket and realized I had my camera with me for some reason. (duh) It was pretty cool though.

THESE THINGS are kind of cool and remind me of the band room in Keota High where we threw these things around and stuck them into the big wooden doors on the closets. That was not dangerous or stupid.