Thursday, November 29, 2007

Post-Thanksgiving Stress Disorder


How is PTSD Treated?

There is no definitive treatment, and no cure, but there are some treatments that are promising.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving '07

We decided that we did not want
to over-eat on Thanksgiving.
So we each picked one menu item,
and then went to a movie.

Carol Fay's Biscuit and Cornbread Stuffing
The Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN

Silky Pumpkin Pie
Pam Anderson, Cook Smart

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
"No one was supposed to get hurt."
Disturbing. Very Disturbing.
Not a single character is even remotely likable.

(You can click on the photos for more information.)


Monday, November 19, 2007

What Are You Thankful For?

"That's why God gave us
Cinemax and opposable thumbs."
- Charlie, Two and a Half Men


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sometimes It's Hard To Say "No"

Self discipline is when your
conscious tells you
to do something

you don't talk back.

- W.K. Hope

The first year I lived in Chicago, a friend of mine from work and I were walking home one night when we found a $50 bill on the sidewalk. We knew that there was nowhere to turn it in, but we wanted to do some good with our new-found fortune. We settled on buying twenty-five boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

I have no self discipline when it comes to Thin Mints.


Monday, November 12, 2007

What Would You Like To Hear?


After dying in a car crash, three friends find themselves at an orientation to enter heaven. Each one was asked, "When you are in your casket, what would you like to hear your friends and family saying about you?"

Sean says, "I would like to hear them say I was a great doctor and a great family man."

Karl says, "I would like to hear them say I was an excellent teacher who made a difference in children's lives."

John says, "I would like to hear them say, 'Look! He's moving!'"


Friday, November 09, 2007



Skiing been always one of my passions. I got my first pair of skis for Christmas when I was about ten years old. Since then, there have only been a few years that I haven't made it onto the slopes.

I wish I had kept track. Unfortunately, I can now only slightly remember some of the places where I’ve been and the people that I went with.

From what I can remember, I’ve skied at 27 different resorts – scattered throughout 8 different states in the US (from Alaska to Vermont, New Mexico to Michigan) plus in 2 European countries (Austria and Switzerland). Some trips have been major events. Others planned no more than a day out.

Yes, I know, skiing is not cheap. Over the years I’ve easily spent more than $100 grand. It's been worth every penny. I guess you’d have to say it’s my drug of choice. (Some people go to concerts, I buy lift tickets.)

But more than the thrill of the hill, most trips have been about friends. Friends from college, friends from the neighborhood, friends from church, friends from work, friends “I just met,” and of course my best friend from first grade (even though we didn’t go skiing together until two years ago).

Here are some of my recollections:
Overall best skiing/resort: Vail (CO) – I once worked for a company that had a company condo in Vail … what a perk!
Best view: Stubaier Gletscher (Austia) – If you want to be close to God, go to the top of the Alps!
Most unique experience: Alyeska (AK) – Sea-level, and rain, at the base; often a blizzard at the top.
Most difficult: Snowbird (UT) – I know many skiers can’t get enough of the deep power in Utah, but I can do without it.
Most exciting lift: Axamer Lizum (Austria) – A relatively small resort in Tyrol, but just riding the cable car to the top (see photo above) is worth the trip.
Best sex: Winter Park (CO) – What can I say? It was a great trip.

There are two places I still dream about going:
Lake Louise/Banff, Canada
Portillo, Chile

I’m looking for friends that are interested!


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Honesty at the DOT


Or, is it passing the buck?

Maybe it should really say, "Workers called in sick. Unrepaired potholes ahead."


Monday, November 05, 2007

We can choose ...

... between the future and the past,
between reason and ignorance,
between true compassion
. . . . . . . . . and mere ideology.
- Ron Reagan, Jr.

- Peek-a-Boo I, Rabbit, Yuko Lau

- Peek-a-Boo V, Mouse, Yuko Lau

- Peek-a-Boo IV, Pig, Yuko Lau


Friday, November 02, 2007

Whether you think you can,

or think you can't,
you're right.

- Henry Ford

* * *

Yesterday I saw this refrigerator magnet. It gave me a chuckle.

(And remember I voted for the guy. Twice. Who's the dumb one?)



Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thank God for the Court System


I don't think I've ever been more repulsed than by some of the hate-filled rhetoric of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.

Personally I don't even think it's appropriate to make the statement I typed in the title of this post. But, I do want to thank someone.

It's hard not to judge
those that are judgemental.