Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I'm flattered

Got an email vis waymarking asking if we minded our waymark pictures could be used on a Canadian Military Memorial site. Way too cool. The site it will be put on is here.

It is always so neat to get noticed.

Which grid are you on?

I like doing things with gps whether it is geocaching or benchmarking hunting or just navigating my way to somewhere new. Thanks to a puzzle cache and looking at the write ups for IDNR benchmarks, I am getting interested in coordinate systems other than just latitude and longitude.
(WGS84 Datum). There are so many systems and datums. It is really a moment of realizing how little I know about the technicals of the system. More to learn. I will probably come back to this topic as I learn more.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Monster truck rally

I went to the monster truck Rally at the RCA Doom and learned a few things.

1) take earplugs

2) it is the details that kills the color guard. If you are doing the color guard at a major event, the blue field of the American flag goes on the top left side. The stem of the maple leaf on the Canadian flag goes down. No ifs, ands or butts. If you can't get this straight, then you are too dumb to be out doing the color guard and you should just stay home before someone like me shoots you in the butt for being dumb.

3) The freestyle part is the best.

4) The ATV is the worst

5) it is handy to take the gps with so you find your way back to the parking lot.

6) The stairs at the RCA dome are too darn high.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Welcome to the Deep Freeze

Statistically, the third week of January is the coldest week of the year. The fourth week is a close second. This past weekend wanted to remind us of that around NE Indiana this weekend with geting down to around 0 F.I can tolerate the colder weather pretty good but that is still on the cold side for me. Candlemas or Ground Hog's Day is less than two weeks away. I usually look forward to that date because the days start getting noticeable longer and the weather starts seams a bit less brutal if not warmer. It gets old to be getting up and going to sleep in the dark amd th elonger days will be nice. Lent also helps count off the time for spring and it is nice to compare the later and later sunsets with the Wednesday night services.

I guess I should not be surprised I dream of spring when the weather is the coldest. Here's hpoing for warmer days.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

how eviel are you?

You Are 44% Evil

You are evil, but you haven't yet mastered the dark side.
Fear not though - you are on your way to world domination.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Curb side trash pick up

Since we moved into Garrett, the trash at our place was picked up from the ally. Today, things are different, the city's new contract with the garbage pick up has moved the pick up to the street. This has been a common practice in Garrett since we moved here but not universal in Garrett. It is a common practice in a lot of areas. I just don't like it. I enjoyed not seeing the cans out at the street. It was nice having them out of sight and out of mind in the alleys. I can also see an issue when the streets are not plowed fully. That is kind of a mute point since if the roads are not plowed neither are the alleys but sometimes they do not plow the road fully and I can see that being a point of contention. I already plow out in front of my mail box which is at the curb after the plow truck has done only half to 3/4 of the road and the rest can go hang for a day or two or three.

Grump! They changed things and I don't like it. I am sure that after being indignant for a while, I will get used to it and just do it like it has always been that way. Maybe not, I still don't like having to change the clocks twice a year after having almost a decade break from daylight savings. Shoot me, I am of stubborn German Lutheran stock and don't like change. Until I get something else to complain about. Bye!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Travel Bug Travels

GreivousAngel wrote this note for our travel bug Smokey.

On October 30, Smokey was placed in Off Base, a new puzzle cache of mine. At the beginning of December, we had heavy rains and some flooding. My cache should have been well above the flood line, but possibly the high winds blew it out of its hiding place and into the river. The cache, with Smokey inside, floated seventeen or eighteen miles down the river to an island--the last stop before the open waters of Puget Sound--where it was picked up by a kayaker. He is not a geocacher, but he has a friend who is, so he brought the box to his friend. Contrary to GS's recommendation, I had not written the coordinates on the box, but the cacher identified the cache by looking up Smokey's tracking number.

The cacher emailed me before Christmas, and I finally retrieved the cache this afternoon (January 9) with the entire contents dry and intact--thanks to the kayaker, the cacher, the Lock & Lock box and Smokey. I don't know if I can replace the cache yet, but I'm going to put Smokey in a more accessible cache so it can move along.

I just thought this might be an interesting note on your TB's history.

The link for this is here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008



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School Delays

There are school delays today but not due to snow and ice or even the ever so common fog that is around here but due to flooding along the lower roads. More a spring condition that the January dead of winter thing. At least I do not have to pay for heat for the last 3 days.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Red Cross

I have returned from donating blood. It's something important to me. It is nice to think that I am helping people with this donation. It is important to have the blood on hand when people need. On a more selfish level, I also hope that if someone close to me needs it, it will be available. It is a real possibility that the person you help by donating is one of your own or yourself. It is safe. You can check this link. If you have not donated before, I challenge you to research it and try it at least once. If you have donated once, then make it a habit. You don't have to go every time you are eligible but the more you can, the more you help. I have to admit I do not get to donate as often as possible or allowed but I do go on a regular basis. Donate or volunteer as you can.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

The temperature today got up to 66. We are now under a tornado warning. It is January and what the heck is up with the weather?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Lancaster Bomber

This is a series of pictures of the Lancaster Bomber that was at Jackson Park/ Queen Elizabeth Park in Windsor, Ontario. My Great Uncle Otto Molzan served and died in one of these bombers during WWII.

Luke Turner- Boxing Day 2007

One of our Seminary Field Workers came over to our place for Christmas. (It was actually on Boxing Day but it was for Christmas.) Their son Luke obvious enjoyed the chocolate from the mess on his face. Great and cute kid. We like his folks too but Luke is something else.

Great Uncle Otto Molzan

These are pictures of and certificates for my Great Uncle Molzan who served In World War II.

Christmas Pictures

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Canadian Waymarking

Kim and I went over to Canada for a late Christmas celebration. I couldn't resist looking for things to waymark. We found two benchmarks. One was on the Kingsville Post Office building and the other was on the Library. The coordinates were not all that accurate and we rellied more on description than the gps to find them. We also went to two old cemeteries. One was an old negro cemetery and the other was a mass grave for Chippewa Indians. Really interesting to see. They have been submitted for waymarks and just waiting for approval.

Dilbert Blog

I am trying to catch on my email. (Sometimes it gets really stale before I view it.) I was going through the older emails when I noticed the Dilbert Blog. I always enjoyed Scott's
Adams works so I think I will have to start reading it. He's got a great sense of humour and what he has to say makes some good points. Enjoy the

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


The holidays are done and over. It's kinda sad since they went to well and far to fast. Got to see family and visit. Everyone enjoyed their gifts. It's funny. When I was growing up, it was all about the gifts. Now that I am grown, I could care less about the gifts. It is not that they are not appreciated. They always have and always will be appreciated. It is getting together for the holidays that matters now. The only time I get to see family is either when one of us weds, one of us dies or there is a big enough of a holiday to get together. I guess what I want for Christmas next year is just for us to get together.

i also got to find some benchmarks and see some cool gravestones. I will be posting them later.

Happy New Year.