Thursday, May 31, 2007

Friday Flasback #27 - Automotivated

Roxette - Sleeping in my Car

Billy Ocean - Get out of my Dreams (get into my car)

The Cars - Magic

Fabulous Thunderbirds - Wrap it Up

Thursday Thirteen #20

Thirteen Things about Michael

13 Most Exotic Things I Have Done

1. Horseback riding on the beach south of Cancun, Mexico.

2. Waverunner riding and snorkling in Cancun, Mexico.

3. Climbing Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

4. Parasailing off Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.

5. Ropes course in the NC mountains with Younglife.

6. Teathered hot air balloon and ropes course in NY mountains with Younglife.

7. Whitewaer rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

8. Completing the Peachtree Road Race 7 times (10 kilometers on July 4th in Atlanta).

9. Eating fish and chips bought from a street vendor in Stratford-on-Avon, England.

10. Driving to Key West from Orlando, twice on my own and once with a girlfriend and her roomie who was moving there for the summer.

11. As a child, 6 or 7 years old, going to see Niagara Falls (from both sides).

12. Visiting a clothing-optional beach in Florida. I had a rough idea where it was but didn't go looking for it specifically. Let me simply say 95% of the people were over age 50 and of those about 75% were male. Ewww.

13. Climbing Stone Mountain in Georgia. I did it seveal times while a teen and again in 2005 as part of a Chick-fil-a managers retreat.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Trivia Tuesday

We went to Tijuana Joe's to play tonight with the Houghs, Bill, Angela and baby Emily (who peed on Amy). They were joined by their friends they were housesitting for, Ross and Suzanne. Everyone contributed to the victory and we even won despite the Indian/Pakistani family cheating (thier son came out of the bathroom and ran to the table exclaiming "I have the answers" during the round two bonus question).

Here are some of the best of the night.....

What are the names of the two Atlanta Thrashers hockey players who were involved in a fatal car crash?

What were the first five nationally broadcast cable TV channels?

What was the name of the palatial estate owned by the Cane family in Citizen Cane?

What is the real name of Jane Roe from the famous Roe v. Wade court case?

What country's Prime Minister is Ahmoud Olmert?

Who scultped "The Thinker" and what author is the inspiration for the piece?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Deborah Gibson in

Another Sparky Duck event - taken from his blog.

Your Political Profile:

Overall: 90% Conservative, 10% Liberal

Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Sparky Duck Tag

Okay, so Sparky Duck did not tag me, but the Phillies beat the Braves today, making it the first time this year the Phillies have been over .500 AND the first time this year the Braves have lost a series at home!

So here are the questions Sparky Duck had to answer.....

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Hrmm, May of 1997... I think I was starting to work at Planet Hollywood. I had gotten mad at my boss at Blockbuster and quit in April because I had plans to travel to Atlanta for Easter and he decided I could not have the time off after tickets were paid for and such. I tried to work out a schedule but he refused, and the schedule I proposed was used anyway because I was not there. I guess I was correct about my value because they hired me back about 2 years later when I asked to come back.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
I was settling in back to work after our second Pentz Family Disney Cruise and talking to Amy more about international adoption after we met a couple on the cruise who had adopted twice from China.

Five snacks you enjoy:
1.Popcorn - especially at the movies.
2.Funnel Cakes - my Pennsylvania fair upbringing.
3.Tastykake Apple Pies - again, Pennsylvania.
4.California Navel Oranges (Ducky had a fruit here too, the the CA are much better than FL)
5.Snyders of Hanover Pretzel Nuggets.

Five songs that you know all the lyrics:
1. The theme to Greatest American Hero
2. "Lost in Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson
3. "All I Want is You" - U2
4. "If we are the body" - Casting Crowns
5. "Does Anybody Hear Her?" - Casting Crowns

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1. Pay off all of our debts.
2. Repair the A/C and radio in the Jeep and buy my Chevy Avalanche and Ford Mustang.
3. Set aside all the needed funds for our adoption trip.
4. Pay off the house and get it painted inside and out, a new door and new garage doors, and have the stereo wires concealed in the walls in the family room.
5.Thrashers season tickets and dugout level tickets for every game the Phillies play in Atlanta.

Five bad habits:
1. Not exercising.
2. Procrastinating
3. Trying too hard to be funny and inadvertantly hurting peoples' feelings.
4. WWE
5. Not finishing laundry-I am great at starting it, but awful at folding and putting it away.

Five things you like doing:
1. Playing Poker
2. Watching TV/Movies
3. Travel
4. Reading
5. Having marital relations.

Five things you would never wear again:
1. Plaid pants - with the Duck on this one.
2. A uniform shirt or nametag.
3. Planet Hollywood/Hard Rock T-shirts.
4. Goofy straw hat like my dad has from Margaritaville Cafe (my head is too big for mine)
5. Brown shoes with blue pants.

Five favorite toys:
1. Yahtzee (hand-held electronic version)
2. R/C 4x4 truck
3. Digital Camera - Canon Rebel Digital (gift from Amy)
4. X-box
5. Leatherman Multi-tool

So, I have never done the tagging thing, but I will try it out on a few online/blogging acquaintances....

Bubba's Sis
Mike the Trivial Canuck

Saturday Photo Hunt #9 - Colorful

Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday Flashback #26 - Summertime

A little late today, as Youtube was being difficult. We only make it back to 1991 this week, but this is a classic song for Memorial Day weekend as it is the unofficial start to Summer!

Friday Feast # 12

Appetizer : Name a sound you like to hear.
Birds chirping in the backyard. Canadian geese in the Fall (we have some year-round near my work and I don't like hearing them in July!)

Soup : What is your favorite kind of cheese?
Michael (people say I'm pretty darn cheesy), beyond that, American.

Salad : Do you sleep late on Saturday mornings? Why or why not?
Not usually, I tend to have to be at work at 6am.

Main Course : When was the last time you forgot something? What was it, and how long did it take to remember it?
Factual or Physical? Yesterday I forgot my work keys, they were on the coffee table like I thought. Thursday night I forgot that the Dinar is the currency of Iraq.

Dessert : Fill in the blank: I notice ____________ when _____________.
I notice a lot of drugstores when my radar detector goes off (it picks up the signal from the automatic doors at Eckerd, Walgreens, CVS....).

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Captain Morgan - This will make you laugh

A funny truth

This morning I was listening to part of the Neal Boortz show ( when I heard the following exchange between the host, Neal Boortz, the producer Royal Marshall, and call screener Belinda.

Neal : I have a trivia question for you. Well, it's really more a question for you to use your best judgment to answer. Paris Hilton has been sentenced to spend time in jail.

Belinda : Do we know exactly what for?

Neal : It essentially boils down to probation violation. She was caught driving numerous times on a suspended license and feels she is above the law because she is Paris Hilton.

Neal : So anyway, in recent weeks, when she has been photgraphed by paparazzi, she has been carrying a particular book and holds it up for all of the photographers to capture in the pictures. What book is she carrying around and showing?

Royal: The Bible?

Neal : Absolutely correct, Royal.

Royal ; I'm surprised it isn't burst into flames while in her hand!

Something More from Wicked!

Wordless Wednesday - #15 I'm hungry

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Church Stuff & an Opinion Requested

Part One : Another church visit

This morning Amy and I visited another church, North Metro Church in Kennesaw, GA.

We know quite a few people who attend North Metro and we've heard good things (to me the one downfall being a completely contemporary style). So Amy got off work this morning and we had breakfast and went to visit. We saw two couples we know who are also adopting as we arrived and we sat with Tim and Laura. Amy and I have an uncanny ability to pick Sundays to visit when either there is a special program or the pastor is out of town or both. Today was no different.

Aside from 2-3 worship songs (all completely foreign to us) at the beginning, they had an announcement or two about volunteering for ministries. It appears there is a LOT of money at this church because the ministry volunteer packet is four-color glossy and multiple-pages bound. The focus of the service today was baptism, not the subject, the action. The entire hour was 15 or so people, I think 12 of them under age 14, being baptized. Again about the money, and the contemporary thing, it was like watching the Olympics on TV with all the back-stories. Every person receiving the sacrament had a professionally-produced video that ran as their entourage came to stand near and their "special celebrity" dunker came up to administer the dunking. It was stuff like, Hi, my name is Johnny and I'm 8 years old. I like to play hockey and football and basketball and I go to __________ school, and I decided I want Jesus in my heart because ____________.

It made me think a lot about the scene in which John the Baptist is baptizing people in the river and Jesus comes to the scene. There was no video package introducing him or any of the others John baptized that day. It was a simple gathering. It made me remember the classic film depictions of baptisms in the South, with a choir on the shore of a river or lake and people wading in, fully clothed, and being baptized. I was not entirely comfortable with the multi-media event I witnessed this morning.

We'll go back to visit this church again next week or the week after, hopefully to hear a sermon. BTW one of the ministry volunteer positions was people to prepare treats for and to serve the worship band during the services. Would this be done in the green room? Is it in the contract rider that they get only Evian and no orange M&M's in the candy jar?

Part Two: A question I was asked...

While Amy slept this afternoon I went to Winston's to play cards. Cheryl, the lady who runs the card games asked how I was doing and I explained a bit about the experience this morning. She asked me if I could give her some advice, and this is the story she told me.

Cheryl has a long-time friend who is working with a church in the mid-west and is pursuing a degree in ministry. This friend has a son who is married and the son and daughter-in-law are Atheists. The son and his wife had a baby girl recently and Cheryl's friend told her that he planned to baptize (christen) his granddaughter contrary to his son and daughter-in-law's wishes. Cheryl's response was asking if he was crazy? He did not take it well, and the conversation ended abruptly after that. I think she said they have spoken once since then, but she still is concerned as to the right thing to tell her friend and the right thing for him to do.

My advice:

It sounds like a bad situation to have to advise people on, but I think I have a good neutral angle and suggestion. I think Cheryl should call her friend and propose he do this.
It is the prerogative of the parents to raise their child as they see fit so long as they are not abusing or otherwise endangering the child. The grandfather should not secretly or overtly christen the baby against the wishes of her parents. It is very likely that the grandfather will have the opportunity to witness to the baby as she grows up, and Cheryl told me the son does not mind his father telling the baby about God and Jesus. As she ages into mental maturity, she will be able to make a decision for herself as to what she believes and the grandfather can guide her as she grows.

Until then, and especially now, the grandfather can do this... if he is a growing leader in his church and wants the support of the congregation regarding his granddaughter, I suggest he have a prayer of dedication for the baby (most likely in her absence). As the christening/baptism of a baby is about the parents announcing their desire and intent to raise the child to know and follow Christ, and for the congregation to affirm that choice and promise to support the child's walk, it would be perfect to do that in the absence of the baby and even perhaps set a weekly time to pray for the baby and it's parents. The congregation would be doing the same thing they normally would, simply without having the baby there and seeing it symbolically cleansed with water.

Thoughts and opinions? Cheryl thought I had given some great advice.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Well, it's been an interesting evening what with napping on the couch for two hours, watching Lucy and Pixel play together all evening, and starting to watch Heros. My brother downloaded the entire season and burned DVD's for me, so I've been sitting in front of the laptop all night. I am enjoying it, but I really want to know what's up with Nikki and her apparent death-spasm, and what's with this unseen Sylar who has apparently cut open the brains of people on multiple coasts?

Beyond that, I went to work feeling very tired this morning but I made the best of it, with the breakdown coming at the end of the shift when we had a $400+ order to go out to an apartment complex and the one manager who is causing the most trouble for me with other staff members decides not to complete his work, leaving it for me and not telling me about it so I have to panic to get the order ready and to the guest late. The problem is there is no punitive recourse against his actions and if I complain, it will make me look like a whiner, this while my job is threatened due to the attitude the staff has towards me in part because of this guy's actions (complaining to them about me).

Anyone wanna pay me about $45,000 to do something I can do and enjoy with little other human interaction?

Friday, May 18, 2007

Wicked! The Musical

Friday Feast #11

List 3 emotions you experienced this week.
Anger, Fear, Sadness. I experienced all three in a 5 minute period yesterday when I was advised to start seeking new employment.
Name a car you’d love to have.
Chevrolet Avalanche (it's a truck actually)
Describe your typical morning routine.
Wake up (begrudgingly), shower/shave, check email, get dressed, race to work.
Main Course
Have you ever emailed someone famous? If so, who, and what did you say to them? Did they reply?
Rachael Ray. I emailed her through her magazine after reading that she had never had Chick-fil-a. I emailed her inviting her to come to Atlanta, see the headquarters, learn about the company and sample the food. I got a form response and have heard nothing since then.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?
Nope. I do like talk radio, with my favorite being the Philips Phile out of Orlando (WTKS 104.1 FM) and nationally it's Boortz (

Friday Flashback #25 - Concert for Hope

In the mid-1980's Amnesty International came to the highest point of it's worldwide attention supporting human rights and drawing attention to states that violated them for political reasons. A number of popular musicians toured to raise awareness and raise money for the cause. The first video, for the song Biko by Peter Gabriel is about one such individual. Stephen Biko was a journalist in South Africa during the reign of Apartheid. He was jailed for many years and eventually died in prison, murdered by the government. An awesome movie, Cry Freedom, depicts this story starring Denzel Washington in one of his first roles as Biko and Kevin Kline as a fellow journalist who tries to raise awareness of Biko's plight in South Africa and across the world.

Peter Gabriel - Biko

U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sting - Set Them Free

Bryan Adams - Run to You

Lou Reed - Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Thursday, May 17, 2007

A Rant with Parental Warning

In the news today here in Atlanta.

A man has been arrested in the suburb of Acworth on child pornography charges. He allegedly has been hanging out in department stores like Ross and Walmart taking pictures of children in "compromising positions." The article in the newspaper said something about pics of kids sitting on the floor, wearing shorts.
A friend of mine from a men's Bible study I used to attend had a similar experience when his adolescent daughter was photgraphed by a man hiding in the changing room of a mall clothing store. They caught the guy, but again, please protect your children.

Another article today, a 33 year-old man was arrested by police in the suburb of Peachtree City wanting to meet a 14 year-old girl for sex. This was the 20th arrest made in 3 years by Peachtree City's Internet offender task force. What makes this one a little worse is he is identified as being a manager of a local Chick-fil-a restaurant (I work for Chick-fil-a) and we hire starting at age 14.

My personal rant... Parents, please wake up and be aware of the reality that people like this are out in our society. In particular, for those of you with young girls who allow them to run around wearing shorts with words written across the butt like "Cheer." Your kids may think this is cute. YOU may think this is cute. Please, think for a moment.


Thursday Thirteen #19

Thirteen Things about Michael

13 Names My wife and I are considering for our baby (adopting from China).















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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

American Idol Thoughts

Amy wants to know what number to dial to vote for Elliot.

For some reason she liked him a lot last year. I found him boring.

Amy also thinks the lead singer of Maroon 5 looks like Greg Long (Christian singer, now in Avalon and married to the brunette in Avalon, Jana Long).

As for myself. I agree with most that Melinda had the most talent/skill as a singer. What she lacks (and this is key to the purpose of AI) they are looking for pop singers who are marketable. Melinda has little stage-presence and really lacks charisma. That is the major difference between her and Jordin and Blake.

Amy and I favor Jordin. As for Melinda, hopefully she will get a contract and be able to afford to buy herself a neck.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Wordless Wednesday # 14 - Animals

Cat Food - Whose food is most popular?

So we got home from our extended weekend to Florida and were lovingly mobbed by Samson and Delilah. Peter said he thought they had missed us over the weekend. The distinctive thing was they came into the kitchen and the family room which they never do even when Lucy is away because they think she may be here somewhere. We figured the meowing was about wanting attention and a treat (milk).

When I later went upstairs I found they had cleaned out their perpetual feeder. There was no risk of starvation or mistreatment because there was plenty of food there when we left, and Peter was home, and they know where Peter's cat Bagheera's feeder is. I think it's more a matter of who is eating whose food.

We have caught Bagheera eating from our cats' feeder. He is a pig of a cat. I have seen the kitten eating from our feeder. Peter bought kitten food for Pixel and we have seen him eating it and tonight when I refilled ours for Samson, Pixel was there to eat it too. I took Pixel to his own food and he seemed uninterested. Bagheera however seems to love the kitten chow, so here's the deal.

Pixel will eat his kitten food but likes Samson and Delilah's better.

Samson and Delilah eat their own food, and in a pinch will eat Bagheera's.

Bagheera will eat anything (even with his own food full he'll devour the kitten chow and/or come eat Samson and Delilah's).

Why can't they all just eat what they are supposed to?!?!!?

10 on Tuesday #5 - Songs that make me Sad

1. "Send Her My Love" - Journey
2. "Everybody Hurts" - REM
3. "Amazing Grace" (when played on bagpipes)
4. "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday" - Boys 2 Men
5. "Between You and Me" - DC Talk
6. "Watch the Lamb" - Ray Boltz
7. "No Greater Love" - Steven Curtis Chapman
8. "Does Anybody Hear Her?" - Casting Crowns
9. "On My Own" - Les Miserables Cast Recording
10. "Halloween" - Rent Cast Recording

Monday, May 14, 2007

REO Speedwagon

One of the funniest videos ever made, and the song was pretty good too, from the same album as "Can't Fight this feeling"

Friday, May 11, 2007

Friday Feast # 10

Appetizer - Tell about a time when you had to be brave.
First time ever on a ropes course - would have been December, 1988 at a Younglife Camp in North Carolina. Had a great time and eventually got to love all the elements.

SoupWhich upcoming movie are you excited about seeing?
I have a few. Pirates 3, Shrek 3, Spiderman 3, Die Hard 4.

Salad- Name an item you try to always have on hand.
Unsweetened Tea and Sweet and Low.

Main Course - Imagine the most relaxing room you can think of. Now describe it!
Hrmm. Not too creative here, but as I can easily fall asleep on the couch or the recliner, have to say our family room. Hardwood floors, ceiling fan, couch, loveseat (Lucy's couch), recliner, fireplace (gas logs), bookcases we had built and installed, TV with surround, bookshelf unit full of DVDs and some nice pictures including a Kinkaide and a photo set of the Disney Magic (cruiseship) being assembled.

DessertOn a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being highest), how spiritual or religious are you?
7. I believe in God and Jesus Christ. I am not a regular church attender, I guess because I do not always get anything out of corporate worship. I do believe he has a hand in everything, especially in my finding Amy and our finding a daughter in China.


Friday Flashback - #24 -Feeling Blue

A colorful theme this week, songs with blue in the title (as always from the 80's). We have David Bowie's "Blue Jean," Elton John's "Blue Eyes," Icehouse with "Electric Blue, and finally from the movie Adventures in Babysitting, Elizabeth Shue and Co. performing "Babysitting Blues."

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Football day in the American League

So it's 5:30pm here on the east coast of the good 'ol USofA and I took a look to see how the Braves did in their day game (they won) as my boss went to the game. I noticed some disparaging scores over in theAL for their day games today. Among these....

Detroit 7, Seattle 3 (looks like a touchdown over a field goal)

Texas 14, NY Yankees 2 (eesh, 2 TDs over a safety? sorry, Cyndi)

ChiSox 3, Twins 0 (FG over nothing, musta been a boring football game)

Oakland 17, Kansas City 3 (this could actually BE a football score!)

Ridiculous Waste of Effort in the name of Publicity

This morning during the news I heard a story about Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. It appears Jesse is coming to Atlanta to lead a protest against the Atlanta Braves because they have "one" black player on the team.

The purpose of a professional baseball team is to win games which leads to winning championships and making money for the owners.

The teams hire players based on their skill, their team salary caps, and who is available (as in not under contract to other teams).

Based on this, the teams can have a roster of 25 (I think) players on the team during the regular season. So with a new unflux of Asian players and a continuously strong presence of Latino players, and a remainder of Caucasian players, there is not a lot of room for worrying about the mix of racial backgrounds.

Go back to my first statement. The purpose of a professional baseball team (or any professional sports team) is to assemble the best possible group of players in order to win games, win championships, and make money for the owners.

Reverend Jesse Jackson is only looking for publicity in coming to Atlanta to protest the demographics of the Atlanta Braves. He needs to go home and figure out something better to do with his celebrity status.

Thursday Thirteen # 18

Thirteen Things about Michael

13 Things I have in common with my wife Amy.
1. We have the same birthday (January 15th)
2. Our mother's have the same maiden name (Cox).
3. Her brother (Wes) and my father and his brother all went to Temple University.
4. We both love Moulin Rouge.
5. We met each other online.
6. We both like American Idol (I started in season 4), Lost, ER, Grey's Anatomy, Studio 60 on Sunset Strip, Dog : The Bounty Hunter, and How I met your Mother.
7. We both love babies and animals (domesticated and wild (animals)).
8. We both love Contemporary Christian Music.
9. We love to travel, especially cruises (which I had never done before we married).
10. We love musical theatre and have seen Wicked, Cats, Les Miserables, and Disney's On the Record together.
11. We are both members of families with three kids (she's an oldest and I'm a middle child).
12. We enjoy going out to play trivia in restaurant/bars. (Amy usually has at least one contribution to the group).
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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

This is the flag of Greece, the nation from which my great-grandparents emigrated. My grandmother was born in the USA and married an American from Georgia. I am 1/4 Greek and the rest is Euroblend.

This is the resort island of Mykonos. My brother visited there on his graduation trip after high school. I have not been to Greece, but it is high on my list of places to visit.

Wordless Wednesday #13 - "Drill"

Taken with my father's Canon F1 (that he took to Vietnam and back), this was one of my first SLR shots and one of the first prints I developed. I had a little trouble with the shading at the top, but I still like the shot. University of Central Florida Army ROTC.

Plus - I have a lot of other new pictures if you pan down. We have a new member of the family (Pixel) and I spent some time Saturday at the Roswell Fire Department Apparatus Muster and Show.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

10 on Tuesday #6 - 10 Things most people don't know about you

1. I was once a member of the Debbie Gibson International Fanclub.
2. I am the son of a 1976 Democratic Convention delegate who turned Republican by 1980.
3. I went to my Senior Prom stag.
4. I can play (to a degree) trumpet and guitar.
5. I once was going to be a High School Englidh teacher.
6. I am a poker addict.
7. I never dated in high school, primarily because the only girls I would have wanted to date were already someone else's girlfriends.
8. I have a crooked finger due to a mis-healed break I suffered on a ropes course and a fractured L2 vertebrae I suffered being thrown from a horse.
9. I have only been fired from one job, for my part in an action approved of by my supervisor, but ultimately for something we did not do.
10. As a college freshman I had no trouble entering strip clubs in Atlanta without being carded.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Why the Army

On my Friday Feast this week I was asked to write a sentence with something true about myself. I metioned that if not for my health (I was diagnosed with diabetes at 18) I would have likely enlisted in the United States Army, at least the National Guard or Reserves.

As to why....

Honor. Discipline. Duty. Family.

My father served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1992. He enlisted and went to officer's candidate school at Fort Sill, OK. He attended artillery school in Germany and was deployed with the 173rd Airborne Infantry to Vietnam where he worked as a forward observer (meaning he was with the soldiers as the one with a radio calling in where to fire artillery and have planes drop bobmbs and shoot missles. He stayed active in the national guard and the army reserves through the Gulf War in 1991. By that time he had reached the rank of Major.

His father, Henry S. Christopher, Jr. was also in the army. He dropped out of high school at age 16 and enlisted before World War II. Grandaddy was a Pearl Harbor survivor and became a sergeant in the Air Force when the Army Air Corps separated from the Army as it's own military branch. He also served during the Korean War.

I feel that I would have a great deal more discipline physically and emotionally had I gone through military training.

There is honor in serving your country in the defense of the ideals that make it the great place that it is. My life would be sustantially different had I been able to serve. I can not say if I would still be active now. I likely would have been in Iraq in 1991 when I was watching the war on TV after college classes one night in January.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Pixel is here!

Today my brother's new kitten arrived. His name is Pixel, and as you can see he's adorable. Samson is curious, Bagheera is not pleased, and Delilah is so-far oblivious.

Fire Apparatus Show

Today was the Roswell Fire Department Apparatus Muster and Show. In addition to Roswell's equipment, items were shown from Fulton County, Forsyth County, Cobb County Police, Roswell POlice, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the City of Milton (newly incorporated, in fact their police department just started working this week).

Kids stuff included this climbing wall, pony rides and games.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta sent their Pediatric Neonatal and Critical Transport Truck. We like Children's because Amy works there. They planned to bring their helicoptor to, but severe overcast skies grounded them.

Our local Army National Guard recruiters were out with one of the NASCAR race cars.

Members of different departments and stations competed in drills for the best time to deploy, set, and engage hoses knocking down caution pylons to finish their time.

The newest piece (with a neat horse logo on the door) is from the City of Milton, GA.

My boss, Jim Waddle, with Sgt. Anastasia and Sgt.Bennett of the Roswell Police. They offered to throw him on the car and cuff him for a shot, but Jim declined.

Roswell recruits young officers, but this is a bit much.

Cobb County brought their bomb squad unit. They had a blast.

Simply marked with Glendale FD, this appeared to be a retired vehicle.

Several ladder trucks fully-extended across the sky.

With many ponds and the Chattahoochee River nearby, Roswell has a fully-trained dive team.

Not a large trunk, but plenty of interior storage!

Give me air that I might breathe, give me light that I might see. One truck to provide both.

ML Baseball - AMERICA'S Pastime

This may be old news, but I saw it first today and I have to make a comment about it. I turned on the TV and found that FOX was covering a game I decided I wanted to see, the Phillies playing in San Francisco.

The name of the team in San Francisco is the Giants.

Baseball was created in the United States of America.

English is the official language of the United States of America.

The San Francisco Giants are wearing jerseys that read "Gigantes."

What the HELL is this about?

Follow-up (Sunday) : I read online that the Gigantes was some form of recognition of Cinco de Mayo. As this is a celebration created by the alcohol industry (though based on a battle between Mexico and France) I stand on my point that this is not appropriate for MLB to be involved in. Will they have Cyrillic for the Oktoberist Revolution in Russia? Will they have French for Bastille Day? I loathe the politically correct world we live in.

First Friday Meeting

As part of our adoption process, Amy and I attend a monthly support group with people ranging from those with questions about international adoption to those in the process and those who have completed their trips to China. They are held on the first Friday of each month.

Tonight was the best one I have been to as we learned about another couple's experience getting the phone call with details of their "match." They videotaped the call from their agency with the director telling them about the baby, name, height, weight, physical exam, birth date, etc. They then were emailed their first picture of their baby and the parents with grandparents and other relatives all crowded around the computer to see baby Laney. I cried through most of it because I had no idea that a call like this would be part of the process and I was filled with a joy and excitement about the day this happens for us.

Also, I finally got to meet a friend's husband. He is in the Army and has been in Kuwait for the past six months while she has been waiting for him and for their referal. We enjoyed dinner together before the meeting and he's a neat guy that we look forward to becoming close friends with.

Saturday Photo Hunt #8 - Childhood

Yep. It's me. I had no say in what I wore, and the 70's were not fashion-friendly for children. Special thanks to my Nana, Mary Christopher, who made wonderful memory books for all of her grandchildren. May she rest in peace.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Friday Feast #9

Name something you would not want to own.
1. A sidewalk cafe in Baghdad, Iraq.
2. A copy of "From Kelly to Justin" or "Gigli"

Describe your hair (texture, color, length, etc.).
Deep brown, parted on the left if too long to wash and go.
Finish this sentence: I’ll never forget ___________.
I'd like ot say game two of the 1980 World Series (which I attended at age 9), but I know the PC answers are things like, the first time I met Amy, the time I married Amy, and the trip I'm going to take to China with Amy to get our unnamed baby girl.
Main Course
Which famous person would you like to be for one day? Why?
Bill Gates. So I could transfer a few million of his dollars into the account of this couple from Georgia who are planning to go to China to adopt an as-of-yet unnamed baby girl.
Write one sentence about yourself that includes one thing that is true and another thing that is not.
I would have enlisted in the Army had my health never prevented it, but I am glad I never did. (interesting dessert, as the truth and the untruth could be either one!)

Friday Flashback - 80's TV

Here are the introductions to three shows my brother and I loved to watch back in the 80's. Perhaps it will bring back some memories.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Phillies vs. Braves 5-2-07

Tonight I took my beloved wife Amy to her first professional baseball game at the Ted, also known as Turner Field, the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta from the 1996 Summer Games. Below are 13 phots I took at the game, a testament to a nice camera and great seats behind the Phillies dugout. We had a great time, with the only downside being the Phillies lost 4-3.

Turner Field

Sign overlooking I-75/85 just south of downtown Atlanta

The Green Parking Lot is actually the former location of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium where the Braves played from 1966 to 1996, this is where the pitcher's mound was.

This section of the original stadium's outfield fence is where Hank Aaron hit his 715th career homerun, the one that put him ahead of Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

Phillies 2nd baseman Chase Utley (he has a cool name).

Chase chasing a pitch that was a little too high.

Phillies pitcher Freddy Garcia and 2006 National League Most Valuable Player, 1st baseman Ryan Howard in the background.

Howard returning to the dugout after his 6th inning 3-run scoring homerun. Right before he hit it, some female Braves fan was yelling "Easy Out!"

My next TV set, really the Jumbotron at the Ted, it's big.

Braves outfielder Andruw Jones showing us his wide stance and rotund rear-end.

Braves outfielder Andruw Jones showing us how to make a poor swing at a too-low pitch resulting in a weak infield groundout.

Phillies shortstop

Jimmy Rollins reaching 3rd base in the 1st inning. It's as far as he got.

Jimmy Rollins after his game-opening double, just before he went to visit redneck Braves 3rd baseman Chipper Jones.