Wednesday, May 28, 2008

some more jenna in new york

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

they never meet a dance floor ...

...that they did not like. i can remember these two dancing with no music at all. how wonderful love like that must be(?). this was at their 5oth anniversary party. can you imagine? 50 years together.

Monday, May 26, 2008

mom comes home from the care facility today.

what a horrible facility. care facility; what an oxy-moron. note to self, write something someday about care facilities!



today at 10:00 am i will pick up mom and bring her home. she is so excited to get home and see her cat. she will have to rely on her walker but she should manage just fine. to celebrate this occurrence, i kicked the dust off the 'way-back' machine, fired it up and took mom back to her 20's.



memorial day

joann at rocketboom reminds us all what memorial day is about. enjoy your day off but take a second to pause and remember.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

hayden's first birthday party

hayden ray turned 1 this week and we had his party today at lakeside.

here we are getting ready to have cake.

and, here we are having cake.

some friends like my cool cousins came to my party....

oh, there were alot of grownups as well..

i got some really neat stuff....

oh; did i mention that i had cake?

mom cleaned me up....

then we packed up and we all went home.

everyone had a good time!

Friday, May 23, 2008

jenna goes to new york

my friend jenna is in new york this week for some well deserved r&r. it has rained most every day, but she has been a trooper and did the joe-ette tourist in the big city thing. here are a few pictures from her cell phone that she has sent me. more to come later i am sure.

jenna 041 the skyline jenna 049 ms liberty

jenna 048 along the river frontjenna 053

i want an ice cream bar!

jenna 054 with her mom in central park 

freakangels #14

freakangels #14, is up this morning (every friday).
there is an archival located there if you need to catch up.

this is the weekly web comic by warren ellis and paul duffield.

even in absentia, warren brings yet more angst into the fray. now enters jack and sirkka and dungeons.(?)! will the madness end? damn, i hope not.

mr. duffield performs yet another masterful job with his art. the clouds throughout are just so realistic that i can smell the rain. applause for full panel page 4, however, i personally bow down to the steam from jack's boat (bottom panels) on pages 5 and 6. simply remarkable. thanks paul.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

she finally dropped by for a visit


can you believe it? she finally stopped by the house to see me. what does she want to do? oh, come on, do you really think she wanted to just see me which i know she did. no, it was straight to the PS3! it was good to see her however.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

yes; it's a nice day to wake up in disneyland!

at the gates of graceland

my mother loves elvis. she has seen him on several occasions all over the country. she also , along with dad, have gone to his home in memphis several times. this is an undated picture of her at the gates paying homage to her fallen 'king'.scan0003

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

a look at small town mendenhall where..

my mom and dad grew up. i wish i could claim these pictures but they are not mine. i found them on the web.

this is a really good look at the court house at the top of main street in mendenhall. this is where both my parents grew up. my dad told me of seeing a public hanging in the court yard at the back of this building as a child. that was a different time.

court house


this is an old gas station,which was on the road coming into town. at one point in time it was owned and operated by family friends and we always bought gas here. i remember as a small kid, i have gone through that door to look at the candy available. it was amazing, for a quarter, i could get a bag full of penny candy and there was an old fashion 'top slide' coke machine there for an additional dime.



just some random memories this morning. i wish i could find a picture of sullivan's fruit stand to share.

Monday, May 19, 2008

thinking about who my grandkids will think i really was

as i wonder around the real world (ha) and on the internet i am fortunate to meet a lot of different and interesting people. as you get to know anyone, questions arise as always like; what do you do for a living? why are you not married? so on and so forth. i tend to retract at some point as the other party is zeroing in on the inevitable....what is your condition? followed impertinently by the obligatory; oh, i am very sorry.

note to my grandchildren: guys; there is/was more to me than my cancer. i am living a full life in many ways and i am enjoying it. i have seen many wonderful changes in life. i have travelled a great deal. i have lived through some of the most extraordinary times mankind has had on this planet.

i have been using computers and been on the internet since oh lets see; 300 baud modems. i have gone scuba diving off the arc at the end of baha and i saw the underwater sand slides there. hell, i saw elvis and the beatles. i have been from one end of this wonderful land to the other.

now that i think about it...i have seen the birth of all of you.

i have lived and at moments loved, just not very successfully.

i have had hero's and i have cried. just like you have or will; i have made mistakes.

please do me one favor; for your old grandpa. don't think of me as that old guy with cancer. think of me as that somewhat strange old man who accepted what life gives and made it as best he could with as much dignity and humor as he could manage. to each of you...follow your dreams, they are what make YOU who you really are.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Laura Ray Memorial Golf Tournament

One of the bigger funding razing events my support group does is this golf tournament. This year, was the first I was healthy enough to help out. Was up at 0 dark thirty and in desperate need of coffee, which I hastily made. Quick shower, filled the thermos and off to the Pines Course where the event took place.
After meeting up and getting doors unlocked, we started putting up raffle prizes and getting stuff ready.

After getting our assignments it was off to greet the golfers and sell tickets for various things such as mulligans and fund raising activities.
Then the golfers were sent on their way.

During the tournament i was assisting PJ who was the official picture taker for the event. I was very happy with this assignment and spent the day (as time allowed) taking shop (read as taking pictures) with him. The setting and the day was simply stunning.

PJ gave me some really good tips and I was able to capture this ball just as it was struck.

The event ran until about 12:30 and I was very tired and ready to get in some shade. We packed up and headed back to the club house for lunch, prize give aways and saying good bye's.

It was a wonderful day Laura. Rest Well.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

need a topographical guide to something to worry about?

this may fall into the odd in a 'holy crap' sort of way. thanks to an aquantince at whitechapel, i now have a map(s) to some of humanties more anathematic behavior:

Map of terrorist activity.
Map of "school incidents".
Map of illegal alien activity.

an introduction to mark jenkins

we have all seen the odd photos on the internet, usually forwarded to you in your e-mail; that are thought provoking or just humorous. out of sweeden is mark jenkins and his crazy projects. i hope you take the time to explore this simple and unpretentious web site. enjoy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Birth Of The Jedi Master...

Sixty-four years ago today in the small town of Modesto, California...

George Walton Lucas Jr. was born. A near-death car crash right before his high school graduation forced him to consider another career path(he wanted to be a race car driver) and made him focus on something different at the local community college. He developed an interest in making films... Modern cinema would never be the same.

Happy Birthday to the original Jedi Master.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

your kidding me, correct?

my lord, look at this thing. not sure what they are feeding cows over there?

His name is Chilli and he's described as a gentle giant. i will resist any discussion of chilli and mcdonalds!

new hp laptop

boys and girls,
sorry about not posting yesterday, i am sure your life was harmed in no way by the lack of occurance.
none the less; my old desktop finally decided to croke yet again and i find myself very tired of throwing good money after bad fixes. so, i went out and got this.
yes, i must say that i am somewhat happier and i am enjoying building up my software on the new machine. truly, a labor of love.
enought of that, if all goes well, life here sould return to normal, post hast!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

happy mother's day

i want you to know that i love each of you. for what makes you special? you are all strong and good; and each brings joy and happiness into the world. thank you.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

in memory of Verla

i yet again have attended another memorial service. one of the brave that i am so proud to be associated with through the support group, has been called to their final rest. in a world of frenetic indecision, there she was with a smile, a willingness to help and strength beyond measure.
i was lucky enough to have know her this pass year. unknown to me until today,we had a common experience in that were both spent time at rocky point and both had occasion to be associated with dr. thompson at the university. she always had a smile, an encouragement and a hug for you, weather you wanted it or not. a positive fight against cancer, in her mind, was not debatable. it was simply the way it was for verla and those of us around her.
we are all better off for her being in this world. i know i am and i can only prey and trust in god to allow me the ability to do it correctly; like she did. thank you verla for all you have shown me.

god saw i was getting tired,

a cure was not to be.

so he put his arms around me

and whispered, 'come with me.

with tearful eyes,we watched

you fade away.

although we loved you dearly

we could not make you stay.

a golden heart stopped beating,

hard working hands to rest.

god broke our hearts

to prove to us,

he only takes the best.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Bathtime in Clerkenwell

from rocketboom, here is a charming little video to help you through friday afternoon and into the weekend.


headed to disneyworld

making your way to disneyworld is a big part of the fun. this is on one of those cool side paddle boats that take you from the parking lot to the entrance of the park.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

iron sky

this has been kicking around a little over a year now. interesting and provocative. go to to check it out.

Tell us about where you live.

i live in tucson, arizona; yea, it’s a dry heat but so is your oven. turn it to 116 degrees and stick your head in there. we are currently in our reward time for living through july and august. fairly nice right now and has been overcast. there is no water here except during the monsoons which come twice a year. local art does well and food is somewhat interesting. night life is typical for a college town. local politics here, like most places is lame at best and detrimental at worst. desert living is ok once you get use to the strange animals you have to share your life with. there are some serious prehistoric bugs here and several which kill if they bite you. there are some interesting landscapes and mountains close by, which add to the natural beauty. same for me...i could move i suppose, by why?

oh, my words to the wise. do not move here if your healthy. honest, there are several air born 'beasties' which can cause severe illness. also, the damn snowbirds make winter here a living hell. can somebody please tell them how to drive?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

don't look but tomorrow is now.

nanoworms are here; ready or not. you thought the mark of the beast was coming at you....hell; the devil is now in your blood stream. warren ellis is correct, we are all drivel and will soon have arse eels in us. i do not make this up boys and girls; it is your in it, revel in it.

ever have one of those days...

when you just want to give up? some days i think being positive is over rated; then i try to remember why i got up this morning. maybe it will come to me as the day passes by.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

most unusual

thanks to zoetica at; this may be one of the most unusual ads i have ever seen. be open and stick with it to the end. i am not saying i like and/or agree with anything in this, but i do appreciate artistic talent when i see it.

a bad picture of a rainy day

on main street at disneyworld. the good part was that the rain did not last all that long. the bad part was the humidity was off the scale for the rest of the day.