Saturday, February 26, 2005

Kilt

I want a kilt. I'm getting a kilt. They are too cool.

Check this out.

I'll post some pictures after I get it.

All The Best,

-- Don

Just Five Weeks!

Just five weeks until I open the pool! I have a tradition; I get into the pool on opening day and closing day. Last year, the water was 56 degrees on open day! Brrrr.

It's the surest sign of spring around our place.



All The Best,

-- Don

Friday, February 25, 2005

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Married To A Chef!

My wife is not only gorgeous, she's a chef.

My wife makes dessert. Your wife probably brings you a sundae from McDonald's! HA HA HA!





All The Best,

-- Don

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Gates ... The Crackers?

While everyone is talking about The Gates, I rather like The Crackers.

Sad Picture

This is one of the sadder pictures I've seen in a long time.

Money

Now that headline got your attention!

Isn't it funny how our attention is turned to money so quickly? Want to change the ambience of a room? Simply pull out a $20-bill. Instantly, the tone will change.

There's something about money. The accumulation of wealth is something almost all of us seek.

Yet, wealth in of itself is nothing. You see, we don't want money, we want the things that money can buy.

Cars, houses, vacations. All nice stuff. I like my house. I drive a fun car. I just got back from a "working vacation" in Las Vegas. I've had some great summers in Kitty Hawk, some wonderful autumn vacations in the mountains (my parents and siblings have a cabin at Pine Grove Furnace State Park). I earn a respectable income.

Yet, that's nothing.

Some define wealthy as "not having to work". Okay, in that case, I'm rich beyond belief. You see, if you love what you do, it's not "work". So, I don't work.

But that's still nothing.

True wealth is something that I have in abundance. I need to often remind myself of this, but it's true always.

True wealth is love. A loving family. I have two children that I love beyond words, and they love me. Parents ... brothers and sisters ... friends. Toss in a 26-year-plus marriage, and I'm loaded, folks!

You can't buy that! It's not for sale. You can't run down to The Home Depot and bring back a pickup full of affection, caring and concern. Nope, sorry, but you just can't.

Don't believe me? Ask anyone who has lost a loved one; they'd trade all their money to have that loved one back. Every penny. Would to God it were possible, I'd take another mortgage to have my nephew back.

Suddenly, all that 401K dough doesn't seem so relevant, eh?

I'd rather push a broom for $5 an hour and live in a run-down apartment than give up a child.

Think about that. No, really think about that!

And get your priorities straight! Life's too short to be bugged about your VISA bill when you have all this wealth around you.

All The Best,

-- Don

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Cialis

I was listening to Magatune's Jazz & Blues Channel on internet radio when a song came on that I recognize. It's the music from those Cialis commercials.

It's called "Always On Time", by John Williams.

I found that amusing. And appropriate.

All The Best,

-- Don

P.S. Not me! I'm a donor, fercryinoutloud!

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bad Company

" ... it's all part of my rock and roll fantasy ..."

No ... not that Bad Company. The one my son emailed me about:

Do you fancy working for a company that has a little more than 500
employees and has the following statistics?:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year ...

Can you guess which organization this is?

Given up yet?

It's the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group
that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the
rest of us in line.


All The Best,

-- Don

Thursday, February 17, 2005

But ... How Do They Make Money?

I just love AccuRadio. I listen to it often, as a switch from Folk Alley via WinAmp.

But I have to wonder: How do they make money?

Also; if you don't have WinAmp, you need to download it now. It's the reason the Internet was invented -- free, streaming, commercial-free music.

All The Best,

-- Don

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Found Picture

I found this picture on a computer at work -- Michelle took it before she left last year.

I'm not sure if it's a flattering picture or not, but there are very few pictures of Your's Truly extant.

Enjoy. Or not.

.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Westminster Dog Show

Watched the Westminster Dog Show on Monday night, and as I type this the final night (Tuesday night) is just starting on TV.

This is great stuff. It's awesome to be able to sit back and watch a dog show.

And Lester Holt is doing a great job.

All The Best,

-- Don

Phantom Of The Opera

Went to see the movie "Phantom Of The Opera" (finally!) last Friday night. My wife wasn't as excited to see it as I was (an aside: I love love love musicals), but she enjoyed it.

I, on the other hand, loved it. It's number two on my all-time list, a close second behind "Chicago". If Catherine Zeta-Jones had performed the lead in Phantom, it might be my all-time favorite.

You see, Catherine Zeta-Jones is my all-time favorite!

But on the other hand ... Catherine, in all her beauty (she'd be crazy about me if she ever met me ... so I guess it's good we don't meet), could not have carried the musical the way the young and stunning Miss Emmy Rossum did. That young lady is not only gorgeous, but she can sing like you cannot imagine. She stepped in for Sarah Brightman (who played the role of Christine Daae in the 1987 movie) and did an even better job. Wow!

The music's been pouring through my head ever since Friday night. And the romance and sensuality of the scenes is ... well ... it's very well done. Just incredible.

Minnie Driver should win an award for her role as the Diva. She was outstanding.

The cinematography is tops also.

See the movie; you will not be disappointed.

All The Best,

-- Don

World's Coolest Espresso Machine

This is just too cool!

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Lifting Again

Kelly (and others) will be pleased to know that I've starting lifting (i.e. "resistance training") again.

Resistance training. What, is this the French Revolution?

Anyhow ... feels good to get a pump on again. And we all know what Ahh-nold says about The Pump! :-)

All The Best,

-- Don

File This Under "I Want One"

Cool Internet Radio.

Friday, February 11, 2005

It's Always Something

Patti (my bride) got her heart monitor results today. She had to wear a recorder for 24 hours earlier in the week.

They found an irregular heartbeat. She sees a cardiologist on the 23rd.

Sheesh ... it's always something, eh?

All The Best,

-- Don

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

W a Conservative?

Are you kidding me?

According to this article in the Washington Post, our beloved President Bush is not only responsible for the largest deficit in recorded history (let that sink in for a while), but is now expanding the reach of the Federal Government.

If you voted for Bush because you are a Conservative, you are crazy. You've been duped, and folks like me tried to warn you.

You got what you deserved. Sadly, 48 percent of us have to live with your mistake.

All The Best,

-- Don

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Shameless Plug



Xceeda, Inc., is the company I own. Our customers are small- and medium-sized businesses. We help you design your systems, build your networks, and write your software. And we don't cost an arm and a leg.

All The Best,

-- Don

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Meanwhile, My Wife ...

... got this guy's autograph. The highlight of the trip for her.

Way to go, Patti!

All The Best,

-- Don

Oh Yeah, SHOT Show is LOTS Of Fun!



These two were dressed much like Lara Croft, and carried Taser stun guns. Guys lined up all four days to get autographed posters, but I got a special audience with them. Yeah ... sometimes it's good to be me! :-)

All The Best,

-- Don