Wednesday, December 31, 2003

The Genova New-Years Thingy

1. What did you do in 2003 that you'd never done before?
Flew on a jet. Went to Disney World.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make any then, won't make any now.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yup. I've got a new nephew Caleb William Jarrel Wight.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?
Two children. 10 drum sets.

7. What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I'm not at liberty to say.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmm. Susan, you wanna chime in here?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major.

(See the more section for the rest)

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Reasons 4 Love #35

Sorry for no R4L last week. It was Christmas, after all, so how about some slack, ok?

Reasons 4 Love #35

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. I love Susan because:

She's going through another pregnancy with horrible morning sickness that lasts all day.
It was really the least I could do. Last night, I made her scrambled eggs for supper. When I crawled into bed, she thanked me for making the eggs. Not your basic "Thank you," but a real sincere thank you.
Even though she feels this rotten, she's still going to let Julia have her girlfriends over for a "make-up party" on Friday. (That's not a party being made up due to cancelation. No, it's a party where girls come over and put on make-up. I'm not going home for lunch that day.)

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Friday, December 26, 2003

Christmas Bounty and quizes

You are Revelation
You are Revelation.

Which book of the Bible are you?
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Um, that's not right at all. If there's one thing I don't worry about, it's the end times. The end has been predicted for 2000 years. Christ himself said only God knows the day or the hour. So, why think too much about it? You can't do anything about it. But you do need to make sure your house is in order, for you know not when the theif comes. My house is in order... I'm ready...

You have a dominant kiss- you take charge and make
sure your partner can feel it! Done artfully,
it can be very satisfactory if he/she is into
you playing the dominant role MEORW!

What kind of kiss are you?
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I can buy this one, maybe. Susan, comment please!

Onto the Christmas bounty, as I'm sure you're all interested. For the second year in a row, I received no a) drum items, and b)Brut. Items of note I revcieved? Two sub movies and a bathrobe and slippers from my parents. The bathrobe is big a fluffy, like I wanted. The slippers are great! My old ones had all the lambs wool inside worn off. These are fluffy and toasty warm. Also, they have real soles on them, which is nice. That way, if I have to run outside for something quick, I don't have to worry about a pebble under foot. From my inlaws, I received another sub movie. Susan gave me some clamps for the shop, and a bottle of Polo (her favorite fragrance on me). I also recieved two wallets, 4 pairs of boxers, and socks.

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Friday 5

1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year? Knocking my wife up! :-)

2. What was your biggest disappointment? Not purchasing a single snare drum.

3. What do you hope the new year brings? A healthy baby, a healed dad.

4. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions? If yes, what will they be? I don't make them.

5. What are your plans for New Year's Eve? None, right now. There's a possible gig in the works, but it probably won't fly. So, I guess the answer is "not much."

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Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Please remember what Christmas is all about...

"To Jesus on His Birthday"

For this your mother sweated in the cold,
For this you bled upon the bitter tree:
A yard of tinsel ribbon bought and sold;
A paper wreath; a day at home for me.
The merry bells ring out, the people kneel;
Up goes the man of God before the crowd;
With voice of honey and with eyes of steel
He drones your humble gospel to the proud.
Nobody listens. Less than the wind that blows
Are all your words to us you died to save.
O Prince of Peace! O Sharon's dewy Rose!
How mute you lie within your vaulted grave.
The stone the angel rolled away with tears
Is back upon your mouth these two thousand years.

--Edna St. Vincent Milay

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Mike's Hi-Fi

I haven't spoken much about hi-fi on these here pages in a long time. That's mostly because the hi-fi hobby gets expensive (when you're talking gear), and I just haven't had any real desire to upgrade anything badly. (Although I do need a new VCR and DVD player. Have you noticed you can't find a decent VCR anymore? Perhaps that's another post.)

I did get to do something pretty fun recently, though. Buy hifi gear for someone else with their money! My boss, Mike, and his wife decided to invest in a home theater system for their kids. (Of course, they'll enjoy it too!) They gave me a budget, and said "Here, get us something nice." They already had good source components, so what we needed were speakers and a receiver.

With the budget I had, the receiver was the easy part of the game. There are so many good mid-fi receivers out there, I knew I could find one easily. The Denon AVR-1604 was in the lead. I own a Denon HDCD player, two single CD players for my DJ rig, and a tape deck; and buddy Jim owns a receiver. Denon makes excellent stuff for the money. But while shopping for speakers, I found a refurbished Harman Kardon AVR-125. I've owned 3 H/K receivers, and have liked them all. This one got the nod because the refurb price really helped the budget, and gave me more to spend on...

Speakers. In my opinion, dollar for dollar, the most significant upgrades in sound come from upgrading speakers. And I wanted Mike to have something nice from the get go--not just something passable he could upgrade in the future. I asked if he would forgo the subwoofer for now. That way, I could buy decent speakers, and he could add the sub later. He was cool with that. It took a lot of digging on my part. I hunted and hunted for something decent that would bring us in under budget. I got an email from Audio Advisor. It was their weekly clearance list. In it, they had a pair of Warfdale 8.2s, and a pair of the 8.1s. Great, I thought. I'll put the 8.2s in the front, and the 8.1s in the rear. I'll add a center, and be done, and under budget. Mike wasn't in the office, so I called for his credit card number. "Can't this wait an hour?" Knowing this clearance stuff is limited quantity, I told him no, it couldn't wait. Card number written down, I went to the site. I put both speakers in the basket, and headed for checkout. "Some items are no longer available. Your cart has been updated." The bigger Warfdales had already sold! Bummer.

The hunt continued. Over at Sound City, I found a pair of Klipsh SB-2s. This model has been discontinued, but they had one open box pair. I called them.

"Do you have 2 pairs of the SB-2s in open box?" I asked.
"Let me look," he said. "Anything else you need?"
"Yes. I'm also looking at the open box SC-1 center speaker too."
"Ok. I have one open box SB-2. But, I'll sell you 2 pairs at the open box price. The open box center is gone too, but I have a new one I'll sell at open box price."

Awesome! All speakers at open box price, but 3 out of 5 speakers were brand new!

When everything arrived, I went over one evening to help Mike set it all up. The sound is pretty good. I didn't have any regular test material with me, so I used their Fleetwood Mac CD, of which I also own a copy. I fired up "You Make Loving Fun," at sat down to listen. Initial thoughts? The treble was very present. There was a tambourine stereo left I'd never noticed before. I went home and listened on my rig, and the tambourine was way in the back of the mix, barely audible. The treble on Mike's rig wasn't bright, necessarily. It wasn't sizzley and harsh sounding; there was just a lot of it. And, like most good bookshelf speakers, they had great imaging. Sounds just floated in the air, the speakers disappearing. I love that about small speakers.

He's had the system about a week and a half. The receiver goes into "safety mode" every now and again. Not sure what's up with that. We're trying a few things. And it's all under warranty. So I think he's got a real good start on a good system. Add a sub, and the place will rock.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

My Sick Day

I was feeling a little frazzled today, and I had some sick time left, so I took it. Next week, everyone's out of the office, so I figured if I didn't use it today, I'd probably lose it. I came home, ate some lunch, and was about to take a nap when...

Julia, the flower of loveliness, asked if I would play outside with her. Susan wasn't feeling well either, so I popped some ibprofen, and outside we went. The original idea was to play "hunters." We set up a football on the picnic table, and proceeded to "shoot" it with snow balls. Julia then had this great idea about making a tunnel in the snow. Let me tell you, Mr. Man, when I was a kid, I built some wicked tunnels, castles, igloos, and forts. And now was the time to pass that knowledge down.

Of course, it's been a while since we had a good snow. The pile is really quite small. But since Julia is a peanut anyway, we were able to get a tunnel big enough for her to get through.

Click the image to see more photos.

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Monday, December 22, 2003

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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Saturday, December 20, 2003

Another Quiz

Hard to believe the Friday Five this week, huh? I think my five questions were more thought provoking than "What's your favorite snack?" I also have another set of questions that are holiday related. The idea spawned after working with Paddy last weekend.

1. What's you favorite Christmas carol of a religious nature? If I had to pick just one, it would be "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman." But I also really like "How Great Our Joy" (alternately titled "While By My Sheep" from the first line), and Coventry Carol.

2. What's your favorite holiday song without overt religious themes? "The Christmas Song," otherwise known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Nat King Cole's version is the best imho, but The Velvet Fog's version is nice too. (After all, Mel Torme wrote the song, so his version should be good!) Mel used to remark on how that famous Christmas song was written by two Jews in the middle of July in California!

3. Have you ever been caroling? What did you think of it? My church frequently carols, and usually we take a fruit basket to shut-ins around the neighborhood. The group is usually comprised of non-singers, so we pick carols easy to sing. (See my favorites in #1? They were never on the list!) Usually "Silent Night," "Away in a Manager," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmsas" stuff. Then afterwards, to Ma's house for cocoa and cookies.

One other time I did carol with a local theater troupe that had some "singers" in it. The director picked "Good King Wenceslas" as a tune. It's a great tune, but at the time, very few of us knew the words. (I know the words now because Mel Torme--him again?--does an absolutely swinging version of it on the Telarc label.) She also picked "Fah Who Foraze," or "Welcome Christmas" from Dr. Seuss. Talk about not knowing the words!

4. Do you have any memories of participating in a Christmas pageant? I was in so many, that few really stand out. I do remember about five years ago that Susan played Mary, and Julia played the role of baby Jesus. That was a pretty tender moment.

5. Does your family have any music related holiday traditions? We don't really. Other than caroling with the church, but that's not a family only thing, nor does it happen every year. We all usually sing or play in the Christmas Cantata too, but again, it's not a family tradition. It's a tradition my family takes part in, but it's not our tradition.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, December 19, 2003

Friday 5

1. List your five favorite beverages. Milk, Diet Pepsi Slice, Diet Dr. Pepper, a good hoppy ale, and coffee.

2. List your five favorite websites. EBay, Google, Drum Center Forum, message boards, and all my friend's sites.

3. List your five favorite snack foods. Chocolate, bagel or pita chips, potato chips, chocolate (I like it so much, it should be listed twice) and all forms of snack cakes.

4. List your five favorite board and/or card games. Trivial Pursuit, Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, Stratego, Scrabble, chess.

5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games. Bejewled, Spy Hunter, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Asteroids.

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Christmas Quiz Answers

My answers to my on Christmas quiz are:

1. (know I won't get): Copper All-Clad cookware set. Brass on Brass Ludwig Black Beauty. A police scanner.

2. (might get): a small Zildjian splash cymbal.

3. (definitely get): socks.

4. (will get but don't want): some kind of toy. Nuts.

5. (will go out and buy if not received) Nothing, really. I use Christmas as a time to ask for things I wouldn't normally get myself. So nothing I'm wishing for is truly needed.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Reasons 4 Love #34

Reasons 4 Love #34

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. I love Susan because:

She sided with me, and agreed to change the possible girl's middle name.
She made me her outrageous home-made peanut buter cups for my birthday.
She let me "spend" some money money I made at my DJ gigs. (We each get $50 to buy each other Christmas gifts.)
She rushed Julia's teeth last night, even though it was my night. I was working on a customer's web-page, and was engrosed. (What would you expect from "Mr. Single Task Man?")

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

A quiz I made

I submitted this to the Friday Five people, but my guess is they aren't going to use it. So I'll put it up here as just some little quiz thingy. If you don't have your own website, feel free to answer in the comments section.

1: What do you want for Christmas that you know you won't get?

2: What do you want for Christmas that you may or may not get?

3: What do you want for Christmas that you're sure you will get?

4. What are you sure you'll get for Christmas that you really don't want?

5. What will you go out and buy for yourself if you don't receive it for Christmas?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Which Carol Am I?

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
You are 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. You take
Christmas very seriously. For you, it is a
religious festival, celebrating the birth of
the Saviour, and its current secularisation
really irritates you. You enjoy the period of
Advent leading up to Christmas, and attend any
local carol services you can find, as well as
the more contemplative Advent church services
each Sunday. You may be involved in Christmas
food collections or similar charity work. The
midnight service at your church, with candles
and carols, is one you look forward to all
year, and you also look forward to the family
get together on Christmas Day.

What Christmas Carol are you?
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Actually, "Hark the Herald" is one of the more boring carols to me. I prefer the ones not sung so frequently.

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Monday, December 15, 2003

Babies and Quizes

Not All Americans are Stupid
Some quiz I stole from Ron.
"You answered 17 questions correctly out of 20." One's I missed? The Iraq boarder one, the WWII Luftwaffe question, and the capital of Australia. Incidentally, I took the quiz again to find the third question I missed (I couldn't remember the Australia question), and the questions were different.

For those who asked (read: Dad), Elisabeth will be spelled with an S, not a Z. Why? Well, because in the King James, Elisabeth is spelled with an S, as is the Elisabeth in the Counting Crows song. Both S's. Thus, a z-less Elisabeth.

For fun, here are some song lyrics to other names I like:
( I also like this from Gabriel: Luke 1:19--"I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God.")

Anyone like the logo change? Festive, no?

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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Late Breaking News

In news other than Sadam, the baby name front has shifted in the Batty household. Elisabeth Grace has been ousted, and Elisabeth Anne is now in the front running. How long she'll stay, only time will tell. Nathaniel Lewis still heads the pack in the boy's name race.

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Friday, December 12, 2003

Friday Five

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays? Yes, I do. Particularly the snow. Snow I like. Cold I don't like. So snow at 30 degrees is cool. Snow at 0 degrees and wind blowing a gale is not cool.

2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect? What I do right now is perfect. I wouldn't change much. Things I would change? Uncle Ade's egg-nog should be available more often than just Christmas Eve. And, if I were running the show, Christmas dinner would be ham. (In an effort to get the major roasted meat groups accounted, I would serve roast beef New Year's Day, lamb at Easter, turkey at Thanksgiving, and ham at Christmas. Wait... What about pork roast? Pork roast on 4th of July.)

3. Do you do have any holiday traditions? Um, yeah. On Christmas Eve, we have presents at my Grandmother's (Ma's) house. Christmas mornings are now at my house, and Sue's parents come here. At lunch, we go to my folks, and the open their presents in the afternoon. And, every Christmas Eve, after we get home from Ma's, we follow along in the book to a reading of The Polar Express.

4. Do you do anything to help the needy? The Batty household helps in ways most people don't see. We've been supporting a child in Thailand for over a year now, and there are special things that go along with that at the holiday season. Also, Susan filled a shoe box full of toys that went to somewhere... Honduras, I think. And we support several missionaries all year round--not just at Christmas.

5. What one gift would you like for yourself? Waxing philosophically? A healthy child. Carnally? A Tama rosewood snare drum, or a 1929 Ahrens Fox.

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Thursday, December 11, 2003

I bought a fire engine!

It's a yellow Mack pumper. It included high intensity search light, two lenghts of hard suction hose, extension ladder, pike pole, and an ax. It's only missing one head light. Cost. $15 on ebay. I had lots of fun putting it together over the course of three nights. It's just like one I had as a kid. See, I used to belong to this model club. Every month, they sent you two models: one snap, one glue. I remember the first month was a Ford Mustang GT-350, and an F-16. One month was a fire engine just like the one pictured. I figured since I can't have a real fire truck yet, this may help my craving a little.

And as far as model building goes, I used to do it a lot as a kid. If you go to my folks house, in what was once my bed room, you'll find models of an Apache helicopter, an F-14 Tomcat, an F-4 Phantom, an A-4, and an F-100 Super Sabre, all hanging from the ceiling. (Susan bought me a WW II era F-4 gull wing Corsair once, but it was huge, and too heavy to hang from the ceiling.)

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Baby Names

Paddy thought of a great idea! I don't know if he realized it or not. My first child (Julia Valentine) was named after a Beatles song (Julia) and a jazz standard (My Funny Valentine). Using the same formula, lets see what other names we come up with. Paddy's first fling was Pepper Indigo. I first thought of Taxman Leaves. Of course, you could always use Michelle. Or Martha, or Prudence, or Sadie. (Strange. Those last three names are all songs from the White Album. Julia is also from that album. Seems a lot of female names are mentioned on those two slabs of vinyl. I never really noticed it before.) There's also Rita, and Pam.

In all honesty though, the girls name is almost 100% locked in: Elisabeth Grace. It follows the formula. The actual girl naming formula is this: A song name (doesn't have to be a Beatles tune) that's Biblical for the first name, and something important to our relationship for the middle name. (For the rundown on Julia Valentine, see here.) Elisabeth Biblically is the mother of John the Baptist. Musically, there's a song I love by Counting Crows called "Goodnight Elisabeth." So the first name is fine. Grace, on the other hand, is Susan's choice. I like it ok, but it's not my first choice. What would be my first choice? I don't really know. I do know that I really do like Prudence. I also like Jill (Jill and Julia--isn't that nice?!) and Marigold.

Boys name has yet to be decided. The front runner right now is Nathaniel Lewis. I also like Zachary Pierce. Susan would like to use William in there somewhere. If we go that route, I say let's go whole hog and make him William III.

Or maybe we could name him Doug...

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Reasons 4 Love #33

Reasons 4 Love #33

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. I love Susan because:

She's having my baby!

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I don't understand what you want

After a brief lunch at my home this afternoon, I decided to do some shopping at my local Wal-Mart. I came to the side entrance, which is comprised of two doors. On the right door there was a hand-written sign: "Please use other door." So, I yanked on the left door. It opened just enough for me to see that the two doors were tied together on the inside. So, I went around to the front door, and used it instead.

On entering the door, I said to the door greeter "You know, your sign might be better worded 'Please use front door,' or 'Please use ANOTHER door' instead of 'other door.' Because you see, the 'other door' doesn't have a sign on it, and one might be led to believe that only the right door was broken, not the left."

Let me tell you, she seemed like she was going to get on that right quick. (end sarcasm.)

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, December 8, 2003

Oye Como Va

The Lyrics

Oye como va, Mi ritmo,
Bueno pa' gozar, mulata

The Translation

Hey, dig this rhythm I'm playing.
It's fun to party to, ain't it, my sweet little thing.

The More Literal Translation

Hey, how's it goin? (Oye, como va?) My rhythm (Mi ritmo)
Is good (bueno) for (pa' -- short for para) for partying (gozar) my dark skined female (mulata*)

* apparently, in Cuba there are many different words used to differentiate skin color, and mulata is one of them. However, the term has now supposedly be "slang-ized" to mean any hot chick burnin' up the dance floor. So the theory goes that the lyric doesn't really mean some particular skin color, just a hottie in general.

For more Spanish, see Paddy.

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Hey, how's it going?

Jim lent me this great concert DVD full of Cuban-style musicians performing down in Miami. Pete Escovedo (Sheila E's dad), Poncho Sanchez, Dave Valentin, and others. The band plays the classic Tito Puente tune "Oye Como Va." Everyone knows this tune. Even my mom and dad know it. (They may think they don't know it, but they do.) Santana made it famous--they're probably more famous for it than Tito is. Anyway, I mentioned to Susan that even though I've heard the song hundreds of times, I have no idea what the actual words are. "That's because they're in Spanish" she said. "You have a hard time figuring out lyrics in English, let alone another language.


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Oh, and by the way...

After a year of trying, Susan and I are having a baby.

The first people I told? This is my first mention of it.

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Saturday, December 6, 2003

Beautiful Fire Engine Stolen

Oh my. Winning bid? $1,960. In my opinion, a steal. Everything was included except the siren.

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Tama Bell Brass Snare

Yummy! This is a definite dream snare. Tama still makes a bell brass snare, but it looks more generic than the older model. It got me thinking about what seperates brass from bell brass? Why does a bell brass snare cost $1,200, while the same snare in plain brass would cost $300? So, I called my favorite Australian metal-fabricator Jim Gilbert. He wasn't familiar with the term "bell brass." Seems it's mostly found in musical instruments, and since he's a shipfitter, he probably doesn't use it much. But he guessed it was just a very high quality brass, probably with some additives in it to help corrosion. I've searched the web, but haven't found a definitive answer yet.

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Friday, December 5, 2003

DJ Gigs

I'm playing a DJ gig this weekend. Tomorrow night, actually. I'm playing for a local car dealership. This will be year number nine I've done this for them. They are great. They treat me well. They give me a tip every year. They always have a good time, and that makes it fun. So it's not them. Every DJ gig I have to play, a couple of days before, I really start to dread it. Theres so much stuff to lug. You work by yourself. There's plenty of pressure--if you don't get the crowd up and dancing, there's no one to look to but you. And I'm feeling that mode tonight. I'd just as soon have the gig cancel, and stay home. But you know what? As soon as I get there, and get the tunes spinning, I'll have a good time. I always do, and these folks really are great to work for. At 10pm tomorrow night, I'll have my sleeves rolled up, my tie loosened, and I'll be rockin' the funk. It's just tonight that it all seems a little overwhelming.

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Friday Five via Paddy

I guess there was no Friday Five this week, so Paddy made up a set.

Name the best Christmas gift you ever received: Very tough. My target .22 from my grandfather is high on the list. Then again, so is the Bugs Bunny drum set I got from Ma and Father. My mom and Susan went in on a bass drum microphone for me one year, and though I'm not emotionally tied to that microphone, there was a lesson that went along with it that I've never forgotten. My parents also bought me drum cases one year, and I still use them.

What was the worst Christmas gift you ever gave? Probably the floating bath candles Susan and I bought for Aunt Dianna one year. (We had no idea what to get her.)

What was the one gift you really wanted as a kid, but didn't get? Not really a Christmas present, but I always wanted a mini-bike. I was supposed to get one at 13, though one naughty word cost me the whole thing. (I referred to someone kicking me in "the balls." Dad was real tough back then.)

Were you a Christmas eve, Christmas morning or Christmas afternoon present opening family? Three for three. On Christmas Eve, we have presents at my Grandmother's (Ma's) house. Christmas mornings are now at my house, and Sue's parents come here. At lunch, we go to my folks, and the open their presents in the afternoon.

What is your fondest Christmas memory from your youth? At Ma's house on Chritmas Eve, there would always be tons of presents under the tree. Then, the adults would have us go out to the porch to watch for Santa. A few minutes later, we'd be called back into the room. There would then be 3-4 special presents for certain grandkids. Every year, the kids who got special big presents would change. You always hoped that Santa would leave you a special unwrapped present that year.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Some Holiday Photos

Who's this goofy looking family, mugging for a photo?
Why is this girl giggling as she strikes a ballet pose like the ornament over her shoulder?

Yes folks, they're all as weird as me!

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Reasons 4 Love #32

Reasons 4 Love #32

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love. I love Susan because:

She's got the house decorated for Christmas, and it looks great.
She's making plans to have Julia's friends over for a "girlie-girl make-up party."
She does this cute snooze alarm wake-up routine.
Sje married a goober like me.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, December 1, 2003

I've been slacking!

I've had this picture of Julia and my nephew Caleb for weeks! I'm just getting around to posting it.

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About me: