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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Presents

Just wanted to post pictures of some of the presents I got this year. The light saber being held byt the plush toy is from Kim my wife and the Gold Finch bookmark and geocoin is a coin I got from a geocacher named Gold Finch. We were in a secret Santa circle together.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Winter Solstice

This year winter solstice will come at

Winter Solstice 2007: Dec 22, 6:08 am Universal Time

Be sure to adjust for your time zone:
EST: Dec 22, 1:08 am
CST: Dec 22, 12:08 am
MST: Dec 21, 11:08 pm
PST: Dec 21, 10:08 pm

Solstice is a day that I always find interesting. It is the darkest day of the year. Some think that winter should start today just because that is when the sun is at its lowest. This year at least, winter has been a lot earlier than that. I get encouraged by the solstice by the fact that since it is the darkest day of the year, it means that the days will start getting longer. It will not be noticable at first but it will slowly lengthen and then pick up speed by the equinox.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

School Delays

Kinda weird but understandable that there are still school delays after the dump this weekend. We have not got any more snow but what we got made for such a huge job. Those school buses are hard enough to control but something that big and rear wheel drive has got to be a pain on slick county roads. The major roads were still slick yesterday morning so the secondary roads were still snow packed. Not good for buses. It is suppose to get either close to freezing or above so hopefully between the temperature and traffic, the roads will clean up and get dry. Got to get goins

Monday, December 17, 2007

Blizzard Aftermath

The snow stopped yesterday. The clean up continues due to size of the job and blowing snow. There are some school both closed and on delay due to the road conditions. At least we are not due for any more for now. If did not get anymore snow, there would be more than enough. At least we have nice neighbors who will help dig out. We did most of our driveway and one of our neighbors cleaned up the rest and got it all the way done. I better wind this up and get my butt going. There are holiday preparations to take care of and the clock is ticking.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

What Harry Potter Character Are You

Which Harry Potter Character Are You?

You are Ron. You're the typical sidekick. Sometimes you get jealous of your more popular friends, but that's only because you don't how much work it is to be in the spotlight.
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More Winter Weather

We got a foot of snow last night. Needless to say, several if not all the church services in the area were canceled. When at least two municipalities in the area had snow emergencies, then it is time to have church service at home. There are plenty of devotions and plenty of religious shows on radio and television to be able to get one that fits your needs. I am all for regular church attendance but let's get real, life gets in the way. (As long as that is not a reason to slack off and not go.) It's all about priorities balanced with being safe. Having an in home devotions when the roads are unsafe are a good option. It is during the exceptions of life when it is important to know what principals you live by instead of just trying to do the right thing. Principals tell you what to do when when there is a conflict between doing right things. I think I just got off track of my original topic.

We got a foot of snow last night. It was interesting listening to the scanner and hearing the plow crews during a coordination of what roads to do. The snow came a lot later than the weather forecasters were calling for. We also did not come close to the maximums they were calling for last night. I understand the need to warn the public so you can be prepared and make smart choices but to over warn can cause as much problems as not being warned. We went caroling yesterday with the kids from church. To listen to the weather people, we should not have even gone out the door at noon. As it was, it did not get slick to late afternoon and we still went out for pizza at 6pm last night. i was glad to get in when we did because it was getting to the point where it was not bad but it was time to start heading home and staying put for the night.

Anymore, if I hear that bad weather is coming, it just mean that I need to pay attention and do what I need to until the weather puts an end to that. I think those who participate in panic mongering about the weather should be slapped and publicly humiliated for stirring things up. In a demented sorta way its funny but it gets old in a hurry.

Anyway, we are dug out for now, I will be spending the next few days to get the driveway and sidewalks cleaned up better but they are functional now. It is suppose to be clear for the next couple of days and I am hoping but not counting that will also help with the snow clean up. That doesn't always work. that doesn't start working until March and then not always all the well.

Until later, keep warm and keep your stick on the ice.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Fun They Had

I was reminded of the short story "The fun they had" by Isaac Asimov. I checked out which has lots to read for your PDA. It amazes me that books on computer were science fiction when i was growing up and now I can put several books on my handheld PDA without threatening to fill it up. Just the SD card holds more than early computers. Amazing. It almost seams magical. Between a PDA and and a MP3 player, you can carry quit a bit of entertainment along with you in a small package. Going digital has some definately advantages.

I have also been checking out some mp3 shows. It is an interesting exercise. Quit a few of them have the feel of audio blogs with the quality control of blogs. Some stuff is quite good: others not so much. Yes, I am aware that goes against this blog as well. I hope this is interesting. I am sure there are some that see this as just another net monkey tapping away on a keyboard in cyberspace and someone should have ct the feed a long time ago. The internet has set forth a whole new ways of communication and it is not all good. The trick as with all media is getting a good signal to noise ratio. All medias are prone to carpiness. Some more than others.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Off Season

My wife and I are going into the off season for our gps games. Between the colder and snowier weather and other pressing issues. The motivation for going to find is drifting off. It has been as active year for us. At least by our standards. One thing I am planning to do is do some planning for when it does become favorable to go gps hunting again. We don't have unlimited time and money to devote to the hobby and I want to spend that well. Looking for the best of game. I realize this is heresy to those who go out and will find anything but that does not appeal to me. I am not the fastest, greatest, best cacher. I don't even know on what scale that would be measured. I think it is more than stats can show but how do you measure it. For now, it is still the off season for geocaching and related fun and time to enjoy and do other things. Let's see what next spring will bring

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dr who quiz

What Kind Of Whovian Are You?
Your Result: Classic series n00b

You were recently compelled by the crackly black & whiteness to investigate further...but you don't really see what the fuss over the new series is. god bless you, young padawan...

New series n00b
Good natured jumper wearer
Hard Living Demon Fan
Frothing fanboy
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Star Trek Quiz

What kind of Star Trekkie are you?
Your Result: Captain

You are a captain of a great star ship. You are most known for your inovative tactics, and...erm excersions on the side. You brillience in odd sitiuations, has made you the youngest captain ever.
Sit on that comfy captains chair... "Engage!"

You are a Vulcan or an android.
Omnipotent being
Red shirt
What kind of Star Trekkie are you?

Monday, December 10, 2007

What kind of dog are you?

Who let you off the leash?67%

You are well-behaved, open to training, and a joy to those who know you. But you may have a bit of a hard time socializing and tend to be aggressive. You are either a German Shepard, Weimaraner or a Corgi.

What Kind of Canine Are You?
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Wicked Weekend of Winter Weather

It has been a fun day or two of weather here in Indiana. We have been getting freezing rain. I would rather shovel the snow than travel on the slick ice of freezing rain. I was rather glad that it did not take any power out. We are set up to deal with it but it is still rather inconvenient The power crews around here are pretty kick butt for getting things done. That's a crappy job they do well. They earn every cent they get.

Some schools are on bus delays and others are just starting to call in that they are closed. The big problem is getting the secondary roads clear enough for the buses to safely go on. The reports say that the main roads are pretty much clear. In other words, pretty much normal for the average closing. If it is really bad, then all the roads are snafu'ed.

I have to feel sorry for Mike Schultz as WAWK. He is trying to deal with running the station, doing the school closings and taking the calls for the school closings all by himself. He is waiting for others to get in this morning. I have hear him apologize twice for dead air time because he had to take the call to get more updates.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Whisky Tango

Somehow I don't think this blog is that good.

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What Cartoon Character are you?

I am so proud of this one. Scooby is the man or at least the dog. Sorry if I have been hitting the quizzes hard lately but hey, I have been enjoying them. I will try to get back to the normal nonsense that is posted around here.

What Cartoon Character are you?
Your Result: Scooby from "Scooby Doo"

Nothing can explain how cowardly you are, I mean, Jesus, you are a serious sissy...well unless you are tempeted by food of course...them you become a fat pig who will do anything for a tiny fickle snack. Have fun with that, scooby.

Sandy from "SpongeBob Square Pants"
Billy from "The Grim adventures of billay and Mand
Meg from "Family Guy"
What Cartoon Character are you?
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Saturday, December 8, 2007


What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
The Midland
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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This speaks for itself.

Short and Sweet Cache II

Forgot to mention in the first post about this cache. We also got to see a deer on the way to the cache. Or should I say, Kim saw the deer and I only heard the deer and saw the very fresh tracks in the snow. It takes me by surprise to see deer in this park. It is a city park. However it is bordered by woods and farmer's field so it is perfect for attracting deer. It just takes me by surprise when it is town, town , town, town limit, DEER!

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Short and Sweet Cache

We weren't really planning on going caching but one of our favorite cacher's put out a new cache. It was called Short and Sweet by Bluegillfisherman. It really rocked. Hit a few snags but we finally solved it and got to be First To Find in the process. Got a piranha geocoin in the process. It was only a single find but man was it a good day of caching. I would rather have one extra ordinary finds than many mediocre ones. Just my never to be humble opinion- your opinion may vary. It did not help us resist the find when BGF put the fake coordinates so close to our place. We almost did not get first to find. A second person found it and logged it before we could get home. They could not have been that far behind us. They probably also got help from our tracks in the snow.

We found the cache and got a lot of other things done for the day. What more can you ask for. Well, I could ask for the snow to melt so I can benchmark hunt on the way to doing errands tomorrow but that's for another day. It is cold and snowy and there are other things on our list of things to do. There is always goings. to be other things to hunt for in gps games. Alway

Thursday, December 6, 2007

What Star wars Character are you?

Which Star Wars Character Are You?
Your Result: Boba Fett

You are a quiet loner who is not to be messed with. You are a serious person that likes to get down to business, that business often being death or disintegrations You are loyal to two things; yourself and money.

Darth Vader
Jabba the Hutt
Han Solo
Luke SkyWalker
Princess Leia
Jar Jar Binks
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Just call me Napolean

Are You Crazy Like Me?
Your Result: One Of The Gang!

You are the goofy kind of crazy! With a hint of Personality Disorder... you were the prime canditae for wedgies in highschool. I bet yousleep iwth bugs bunny sheets. Can you say Looney Tunes? Warner Brother's has nothing on you!

'I Know What You Did Last Summer'
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Zombie Survival Quiz

This quiz I tokk for laughs. Enjoy!

You have a 54% chance of surviving a zombie outbreak

You would do pretty well, maybe killing a zombie or two along the way, but you would end up doing something retarded and be a part of the living dead

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bible Quiz

You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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What kind of poetry am I?

I am heroic couplets; most precise
And fond of order. Planned and structured. Nice.
I know, of course, just what I want; I know,
As well, what I will do to make it so.
This doesn't mean that I attempt to shun
Excitement, entertainment, pleasure, fun;
But they must keep their place, like all the rest;
They might be good, but ordered life is best.
What Poetry Form Are You?

Silent Drill TEam

This is fair warning

To those who want a white Christmas,

Keep it to yourself. I HATE DEALING WITH SNOW. PERIOD. Until you white Christmas fanatics can figure out on how to keep it off the roads, sidewalks and driveways, keep your pieholes shut. I agree it's pretty and fun to play in. It is also extra hard work, and a hazard to me and mine while we are one the road. Please remember that we all don't have the luxury of staying in town over the holidays. While you are snuggled inside, all nice and warm, admiring the snow, remember that some of us need to travel hours to see family for the holidays. If the snow cancels it out, it is not a simple reschedule. That just ate up our chance to see family together for the holidays. Merry f-ing Christmas.

If you did not know it earlier, that's fine. No big. Now you are warned. I don't want to hear about unless you want to either hear a never ending chorus of this rant or come up with a solution to the snow trespassing on our raods, sidewalks and driveways. Thank you for your support.

Mr T Versus the World

This site is really funny and also a great way to waste some time online. Isn't that what the internet is for? (No avenue Q references in the comments please). Check it out here.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Winter Weather

I can sure tell winter is on its way. We already getting ice and snow mixes. Yuk! Either it is the unbearable heat or freeze your soul cold. We were going to slow done on the gps games anyway but the cold is going to reinforce that a bit. Kim is ticked at me anyway. There is one cache that I want to find. The It's a mystery cache really close to our house by one of our favorite hiders. I also have some info for finding some benchmarks while over in Canada. Have not found any there yet. Picked some ringers that we are pretty much guaranteed to find and find easy. I don't want to miss out on family time or give up finding at least one benchmark over there. Besides with the colder weather, I don't want to be looking for long with the chance of being goose egged. I have better things to do when visiting family. At least this is aimed at some sort of balance.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Two Movie Reviews

My wife and I actually went out to the movies two nights in a row. Kinda remarkable when you consider we can go for months without even thinking about going. We saw the movies Enchanted and Mr Magoriums Wonderful Emporium. Enchanted was the better movie. Enchanted was a decent/good spoof of Disney movies with imagery borrowed from a lot of other fantasy movies. Not necessarily from my a list of movies but you could do worse for a night out. That brings me around to Mr Magoriums Wonderful Emporium. The younger you are, the better this one is. Plot was sacrificed for being visually interesting. The best things about it was the credits, Dustin Hoffman's performance and the imagery in roughly that order. It almost seamed like they took a children's book series and not so successfully adapted it to the big screen. At least we had a free coupon for one of the nights which made it a cheap night.