Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Goodnight, Sweet Prince...

Former President Gerald R. Ford, who declared "Our long national nightmare is over" as he replaced Richard Nixon but may have doomed his own chances of election by pardoning his disgraced predecessor, has died. He was 93.

The nation's 38th president, and the only one neither elected to the office nor the vice presidency, died at his desert home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.


I don't know why... but I loved President Ford. I was just a kid when he was president... but he always seemed like a kind, gentle soul. Such a great man... he will be missed.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Happy Holidays...

May all of you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Dreams Do Come True...

Or you can make believe they do...

Okay, Okay... yes, I'm a graphic designer who worships Photoshop (as well as Matthew McConnaughey!).

Here's the original...

I think I look much better with him... but that's just my personal opinion!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

One Wish...

I am hoping for a Christmas miracle...

May Brian Hall and Jerry Cooke, the two missing climbers on Mt. Hood in Oregon be found alive. I know the odds are against them... 10 days out in the brutal elements of an unforgiving mountain.

And my heart goes out to the family and friends of the third climber, Kelly James. His body was found yesterday in a snow cave. I am so glad that he had the opportunity to call his family from the mountain... knowing that thoughts and words were shared one last time.

God-speed, Brian and Jerry. I hope that you are safe... and home soon.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Poetic Justice...

If this article won't keep people off drugs... I don't know what will.

Man Calls 991 to Report Stolen Drugs

WICHITA, Kan. - A Wichita man called 911 to report he was the victim of an armed robbery. The theft? A pound of marijuana worth about $1,100 that he had been trying to sell at his home.

The victim told police Thursday that a buyer had pulled out a
sawed-off shotgun and stole the drugs.

Police brought in a drug-sniffing dog to the house and located more marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The victim was booked into Sedgwick County jail on several charges, including possession with the intent to sell drug.

The thief has not been found.


Just say no, kids... just say no!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Let It Go...

I don't get it. Why is the media bombarded, once again, by information about the death of Princess Diana?

Does it really make a difference if the CIA tapped her phone?

Does it even matter if we know HOW drunk her driver was?

Will knowing all of this bring her back? No...

I wish they would let Diana rest in peace. And let her boys go on with their lives without having to continually deal with hearing about and having to respond to such irrelevant information.

It's been going on long enough...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Friday Flashback

Roll With It, Baby!

Probably the greatest childhood passion of mine was rollerskating. I started skating when I was about 8 years old... it was actually by a doctor's suggestion.

I was born pigeon-toed... I wore orthopedic shoes with a brace for quite a few years. It helped the problem somewhat, but not completely. So my mom asked the doctor if he could think of anything else that might "cure me". He said... "get her in rollerskates. If her feet try to curve in, she'll end up on her nose!" Well, that may sound cruel... but it was the best advice ever.

And it was that moment that started my love affair with rollerskating.

I took to skating right away... and I found out that I was really good at it. I spent every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at the local rink, Skateland... I was hooked. I join the speed team... travelled around the state to meets... and basically ate, drank, and slept rollerskating.

There was something about being at the rink... a feeling of self-confidence... and total freedom... I was home.

I skated competitively for about six years. And after that, I would try to get to a rink as often as I could. Now, I periodically get my skates out and skate around a parking lot just for a bit of nostalgia. I definitely have lost some of my agility over the years... but my soul feels like a kid again.

I miss the sights, sounds, and smells of the rink. And to this day, a certain song can come on the radio... and I can close my eyes and be taken right back to a great of time in my life... and my heart fills with emotion. This is when I realize that rollerskating will always be a part of me... and it shaped me into who I am today.

Yes, I had a pair like this once... and no, I'm not 80 years old!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Double Whammy...

I got tagged by two different bloggers about the same thing!

Ginger and MSUgal86 tagged me with the age old question...
What are "Six Oddities about Yourself"?

Well kids, here they are...

1. I can’t swim. I grew up on a lake… and I love being out on a boat… just don’t make me get IN the water!

2. I have to have “all systems off” when I shut off my car. That’s turning off the stereo, heat/air… everything. Why you ask? Who knows!

3. I love peanut butter and butter sandwiches. Not with jelly… just butter! The butter makes it so the peanut butter doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth, yet doesn’t affect the taste.

4. The first bite of a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar ALWAYS makes me sneeze. Just Hershey’s and just the first bite!

5. I must listen to a classical music cd AND a sound machine with ocean waves playing when I go to sleep... Every night!

6. Numbers screw with my head. I can’t add to save my life… but give me a phone number and I will remember it forever. I still can recall phone numbers of kids in elementary school that have moved and I have not seen or talked to in 28-30 years! Just don’t make me add two of those phone numbers together… I’d have to get out my calculator!!

So that's it... I hope I didn't freak anyone out!

Now on to tagging... Sher ... your it!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Little, Black Dress...


The black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's sold at auction Tuesday for $807,000.

The price, paid by a telephone bidder, was almost six times the highest pre-sale estimate.

The iconic garment had been expected to fetch between $98,000 and $138,000 as part of a sale of film and television memorabilia at Christie's auction house in London.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the charity City of Joy Aid, which helps India's poor.

Hepburn wore the dress for one of her best-known roles, as eccentric Manhattan socialite Holly Golightly in the 1961 film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel.

The opening scenes of the film show Golightly in the dress emerging from a taxi on 5th Avenue with her brown-bag breakfast to ogle diamonds and luxury goods in the storefront windows of Tiffany & Co.


You've gotta admit... it was a great movie... and a great dress!!