Friday, November 30, 2007

Only four more days !!!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's here !!

Thanks Ken

Try Dunkin Donuts coffee for free

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Countdown to Bourne 11 Dec 07

The Bourne Ultimatum

13 days to go

This would make a nice Christmas gift .....hint Hint

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sports Drinks, Quiet Riot, and Football.

Dr. Robert Cade, creator of Gatorade, died Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 80.

Gatorade developed in 1965 to help the Florida Gators football team replace carbohydrates and electrolytes lost through sweat while playing in the swamp-like heat of Gainesville, Fla. The first batch cost $43 in supplies, and "sort of tasted like toilet bowl cleaner," They then added sugar and lemon juice for flavor.

Now you have a choice. Pick a flavor — Rain, Frost, Lemon-Lime, Fierce, AM, Xtremo. Or stick to the basics. Gatorade accounts for $5 billion in sales.

Remember "

Cum on Feel the Noize " ?

Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow, who died at age 52 over the weekend in Las Vegas. The cause of death has not been determined.

Sean Taylor, 24, a first round pick in the 2004 draft, and a star defensive player with the Washington Redskins, died on Tuesday after being shot during what police said was a possible burglary at his home near Miami.

Basketball season has started. It is hard for me to switch from football mode to hoops so quickly. The defending champion Lady Trojans played their first home game last night. They faced Converse College but the closest it got was 0-0 before tip off. A.U. leads a different league with a whole other level of play. Still we enjoyed the game. Our girls out played them with little effort. But that is to be expected. All the team got playing time and I was impressed with some of the new faces. It's going to be a fun season.

This was the first home game for the new Athletic Director. Nancy and her staff did a great job.

It is good to see so many faces from last year and renew those friendships.

Next game is Thursday at 5:30 PM . A double header against Lees-McRae .

Check it out.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Why is it that sneaking a nap is so much better? Is it because it is like cheating? Getting something for nothing? It doesn't count?

The past few holidays I could be found sitting in my recliner with the stereo cranked. Was I power napping?

Somehow it's better than putting on P.J.'s and lying down.

Why when we were kids did we resist the nap so much, and now that we are older crave it so often?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Six holiday meals in three and a half days. We came we saw we licked our lips and we devoured. Thanksgiving feasts are a wonderful time to visit, catch-up with family and eat until you nearly burst.

But it's like I told my friends. It's nothing 500 hours in the gym won't fix.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. But to be honest it's a little too much all bunched together. I really wish it could be spread more evenly through the year.

One more dinner this evening. But mostly today is for recovering by watching the Bulldogs cement their place in history by trouncing Georgia Tech. And the evening is reserved for seeing the Clemson Tigers pound the Gamecocks back into obscurity.

Gooooo Dawgs !! Get'em ...sic 'em ....woof woof !!

Go Tigers !!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day."

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Let's see !!!
  • God.. Who Loves me
  • A personal relationship with him that is growing.
  • The greatest Wife any man has ever known and she's my best friend
  • Loving family
  • They are all Christ Followers
  • An on fire - crazy in love with Jesus church that is amazing
  • Wonderful friends
  • A safe, warm and comfortable place to sleep
  • More food than I should eat
  • Enough money to live, pay the bills and some to spare for later in life
  • An airplane that I love
  • A yard full of cars most of which work and any given time
  • My love of great music
  • I am an American
  • Other than a few aches and pains I am healthy
  • An unquenchable thirst for knowledge and the desire to read everything I see
Yeah I am blessed beyond belief
And I am thankful
Happy Turkey Day folks

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Shiver me timbers!

Only 13 more days until : Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End DVD


Only a LANDLUBBER would miss it


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Every year we like to get together with our parents and take them to the mountains above Asheville. We missed last year because Kristie's dad was still in recovery from when the tree crashed down on him.

It was wonderful to return to StoneyBrook once again. It is a cottage located right up at the border of the National Forest. Surrounded by thousands of acres of forest land, streams and creeks is a great way to relax and truly enjoy the family. The past couple trips we've included Kristie's grandmother too. I must admit is is a great time.

Our tradition is to stop in Asheville and eat at Tripps. The lemon chicken is my tasty favorite. And we ALL always look forward to the Chocolate Mud dessert.

The last time we were there we happened in town during the Christmas parade, and while that is fun it creates a lot of traffic issues. Plus our Parents are getting older now and walking the hills of town is out of the question. We missed the parade this time however and were able to park right at the door.

After a very filling and satisfying meal we made our way to the cabin. The rest of the time was spent lounging around and naturally watching the Clemson, and UGA football games.

This year I hiked to the top of the mountain and got some great views. Most of the area is steep and rugged, and is within a bear preserve. Kristie insists I keep within walkie-talkie contact because she worries about my meeting 'not so Gentle Ben' on the way, or my falling and getting hurt in one of the many creeks I cross.

She need not have. However back in the cabin is where I needed the caution. I hurt my arm a few months ago and some movements cause sharp pain unexpectedly. It happened in the shower. I was reaching to adjust the spray an wasn't even wet yet. A stabbing pain shot through my arm and I jerked it back in reaction. Big mistake. Jerking it caused me to lose my balance and I fell, OUT of the shower through the curtain and banged my head on first the sink and then the floor. I was able to get up unassisted but scared everyone with the crash I made.

Long story short. After we got the bleeding under control I was not as seriously hurt as I thought. Still I bruised my leg, caused a huge bump on the back of my head, cut and bruised my ear and smashed my shoulder. A week later most has healed but I still don't have full use of my arm. Add that to the preexisting injury and I am one armed man right now. But hey it could have been worse. If any of the others fell like that, I doubt their ability to recover at all.
God protected me from serious injury and reminded me I too am growing older and slower.

Still I had a great time and look forward to next year. Without the pain I hope.

Monday, November 19, 2007

It had been weeks, and it seemed like months since Ashley came over. She has been asking and so have we. Finally we worked out a time in our schedules and set up a Munchkin night. We thought our waking hours had been full lately until we started looking at the social calendar of this six year old. I could not fathom the number of birthdays, dance recitals, soccer games, and so on kids are involved in.

We always like to let Ashley pick the food and be very involved in cooking. She picked her favorite and it was perfect. Chicken strips and oven baked french fries. She did it by herself with just a little safety help .

Dinner was fine, but the night's main feature was being another
Monkey Bread night MMMMmmm GOOD !!

We had asked her what she wanted to do and she said she'd like to see the Steve Martin movie Pink Panther again. We had watched it before and the two of us rolled in the floor during the funniest parts and our favorite one being the hamburger skit. And we both like the idea of a Rally Cat number to the theme song. She has it choreographed for them already.

After the movie the monk and I noticed a couple more Lady Bugs had sneaked in. So we grabbed on old jelly jar and spent a little time catching them. When we had them all we took the jar outside and set them free. A couple had to be urged to flee the jar but a little shaking did the trick. I'm glad to see the cold. Because since it went below freezing the other night not one of the flying VW's are to be found.

Just before she left Ash spotted the glow- in- the- dark object she had given me. First she reminds me not to eat it, because it'll make me sick. I told her I love my little "glow berry " .
She gets this pained look on her face that says ...huh !! She then informs me it is not a berry. I have it upside down. Turned over it is plain to see.... It's a tree! Green Berry or Glow Tree? I guess I am just hopelessly uneducated when it comes to fine art.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A great nights sleep was just the ticket for us. We awoke early and looked out the window. Snow was on the ground
Waking to snow is something of a tradition for us in Canada. Kristie and I have visited Canada five times and it has snowed every time.

After the free breakfast we remembered from before Kris and I packed and started our drive back to the U.S. It was exciting, yet sad too, because the vacations end is close.

We reached the border at Saint Stephen and figured we had one last chance to eat at a Tim Hortons before we crossed.

Then we drove to the checkpoint. The Border Guard on the U.S side was very no nonsense, but never rude.. He looked at BOTH our drivers license and our passports. With a very serious face he ask the usual questions, where we were from, how long we were gone, did we buy drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol. ( NO TO ALL THOSE ) Then he ask if we had any purchases over $ 500 dollars and I replied no. Did we buy gifts ? I blurted out that we just bought a few trinkets. CLICK ! Just like a light switch his whole demeanor changed. He lightened-up and grinned then laughingly said. You can go..Have a nice day. I think the word "trinkets" is the magic border word or something.

The ride back to Bangor was interesting. It was a different route than our trip northward. But just as scenic. As we neared Bangor and some of the surrounding towns we had visited a week earlier we noticed just how drastically the leaves had changed. They were now well past peak and a lot had fallen. In one week. Amazing.

Once back at the Airport Sheraton we relaxed an hour or so. Then we headed out do our last sites and to eat our final meal this vacation. We really were not very hungry. So where did we end up? We found a stateside Tim Hortons across the river in Brewer. Honestly we never failed to get great food from them. I am holding out for a franchise around here one day.

After dinner we returned the rental car. We had logged something over 1400 miles plus taken several ferry rides. It was a good car and a fun ride.

Back at the Hotel we repacked and tried to sleep early. Our flight departed at 6:30 so we had to set alarms for 4am.

We checked out and walked the 150 or so feet to check-in and security. Bangor is a smaller airport than GSP so I expected security to be almost instant. What I did not expect was that 5 flight all depart between 6 and 7 in the morning and each one was packed with snowbirds galore.
I think every one on our flight other than us was heading ultimately to Florida for the winter. It was an amusing sight.
We had great flights and another cup of Seattle's Best in Atlanta. Forget Starbucks, I like Seattle's Best much better.

While waiting to board Kristie and I saw a lady smuggling a dog in her purse. A cute little thing with a ribbon in it's hair. What I want to know is how he got through the X-ray machine unnoticed.

We arrived back at the car and got home with no trouble, heading home. One of the flight crew on our hotel shuttle mentioned rotisserie chicken and that planed the idea with us. So we stopped off at Bloome and got one for our dinner.

It was a great trip and a lot of fun. Wonder where we'll wind up next?

Tonight was volunteer night at NewSpring. I had a great time. It was funny and serious, the band was rocking and Sherry poured from her heart. Saw some great video work and Perry spoke of how without volunteers the church ( all churches ) will wither and die.

After church we all had cookies and ice-cream. Oh and a good time in fellowship.

Thanks NewSpring Staff we love you.

We saw Eddie and Monica and since they hadn't had supper yet we followed them to Firehouse for a sub. Great food and good friends.

Friday, November 16, 2007

They are back. Natures light show the famous Leonid Meteor Showers. This should prove to be a good year for viewing. The moon phase and weather and timing should be good. Peak activity should occur Nov. 17 around 11 p.m. EST. Around about 15 meteors per hour will be seen this year. A little less than average, but the conditions should help make that up.

Dress warmly. It is going to be cold outside.

I just returned from a run to the Post Office. Driving back I saw a sign at a business which said, " zero percent financing".

Well I am not a rocket scientist, though I am friends with a retired one, but wouldn't 0% financing be nothing financed? Meaning we finance nothing.

Just a silly thought.
Like before I could not just sit and enjoy the ride. Right away I was up on deck. It was cold. There was a stiff wind blowing and the temp had really gone down. Add in the 18 knots we were making very soon and you get the picture. All I had was a light windbreaker. But I was not deterred.

Leaving the sheltered waters the ride became rough. I lack the experience to estimate the sea height and the ship give no feeling of scale, but the altitude readout on my GPS varied by as much as 15-18 feet between swells. It was rough.

Not wanting to loose our great seats Kristie and I took turns going to the cafe and bringing back food. She returned with a good looking burger and fries. But you know me. I am on a ship, so I must eat like a sea fearing manly man. I ordered a Grilled Scallop sandwich burger. Actually it was not too bad. It was fun walking with a tray back to the front cabin with those rough waters.

The ride smoothed and I braved the frigid air on the bow while Kristie used her time much wiser. She stretched out across our row and grabbed a few winks.
The Princes of Acadia arrived just outside Saint John harbor at sunset. I manged a few snaps of a large ship with the sun setting behind the hills. It got dark rapidly but with my Binoculars I caught a glimpse of our Harbor View Hotel. We were gaining on a tugboat and then passed it as we came into the sheltered harbor still making around 17 knots. Then all too quickly it was time to mount-up and go. The return to your vehicle announcement finally got me inside and out of the cold.

Disembarking, Kristie and I were glad we had spent the time last week doing a recon of the route to our Hotel. After dark, street signs and landmarks are hard to spot. But we had no trouble thanks to the rehearsal.

After checking-in I quickly made one last side trip. Yes to the nearest Tim Hortons for some HOT soup and coffee to help restore the feeling in my hands and toes.

It's Snowing here.

First of the season.

OK it's just a flurry or two but still, snow fall is snow fall

Don't believe

Here is the official National Weather Aviation Report:

KAND 160456Z AUTO 30007KT 9SM -SN CLR 03/M05 A3008

Translated it says :

Conditions at ANDERSON, SC, US) observed 0456 UTC 16 November 2007
Temperature: 3.3°C (38°F) Dewpoint: -5.0°C (23°F) [RH = 54%]
Pressure (altimeter): 30.08 inches Hg Winds: from the WNW (300 degrees) at 8 MPH
Visibility: 9 miles Ceiling: at least 12,000 feet
Weather: -SN (light snow)

Past four hours

Time Temp Wind RMK
Midnight 37.9 (3.3) WNW 8 light snow
11 PM 39.0 (3.9) Variable 5 10 PM 39.9 (4.4) Variable 5 9 PM 41.0 (5.0) 23.0 (-5.0) 30.08 (1018) WNW 14

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Deep Thoughts # 3

# Why don't they just make mouse-flavored cat food?

# If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

# What do little birdies see when they get knocked unconscious?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I stepped outside on the front porch last night just before the rain. And there swarming in the light were thousands of these little guys. ( or should I say gals? ) Lady Bugs !
Literally a fog of them.

Eight or Nine came into the house with me and were walking on the kitchen ceiling next to the light fixture. So just before I went to bed I grabbed the old Dirt Devil had vac and poof.... gone. It was a great idea except that after I turned it off I figured they'd crawl back out so I again stepped outside to empty the bag ...saving the little critters. Wonder how many more came in as I humanely removed their siblings?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We said our goodbye's to the big city and left Halifax for Digby. You have just got to love these names. After gassing-up the rod at near $4.80 a gallon we returned to the rural environs we truly enjoy. Naturally with-in eight miles we were forced to stop at our second Tim Hortons of the day. I had hit the brakes hard earlier when a truck darted in front of me, and unnoticed my cell phone fell to the floor. A few minutes later I missed it and thought I might have dropped it at the gas station. Quickly I exited the hwy into a parking lot of Tim Hortons which seem to be omni present in every city. A quick call to my phone activated the ringer and much to my relief it was quickly recovered from under the seat. Since I was at the store anyway, I had to "refill" my cup of Java.

Finally back on the road for the three hours drive across Nova Scotia, which proved to be more mountainous than I ever expected. But the views were amazing. I never saw sand drifts and serious Alpine mountains co-exist within the same square mile. It was unreal.

Digby is a cute little seaside town. We arrived there with several hours to spare before the Ferry boarded. So we spent some quality time soaking in the atmosphere. Small as it was Digby has a great harbor walk and some quaint little shops. We used nearly two rolls of film there alone. A couple souvenirs bought for the kids and then we were off to the Ferry.

The Digby to Saint John Ferry is massive. It can hold over 600 passengers hundreds of vehicles. The trip is across the open water and takes a little over three hours. We loaded our car like old hands after our other ferry ride. Made our was to the upper deck and found a quite row of airline type seats. The ferry was very lightly loaded with maybe 75-80 passengers and 20-30 vehicles, about half of which were 18 wheel logging trucks.

They have two cafe`s on board and a coffee shop. Also shortly after leaving port they show a first run movie in the theater cabin. But I did not have time for that. Despite the bitter cold, I was up on deck most of the time. I did not want to miss anything.

Monday, November 12, 2007

For those who made our Freedom a reality
Thank you
We will never forget !!

From Charlottetown it was an hour and a half drive to the Eastern Shore of P.E.I. to catch the ferry. We arrived about an hour early at the Wood Isle terminal so we drove to the light house on the hill. It is located in a park complete with a playhouse sized fishing village for the kids to play in. A whole mini village, docks and all. We walked around a bit but did not spend a lot of time because it was COLD. About 45 with a stiff wind blowing.

I had ridden a ferry or two as a kid, but this was my first time to actually drive onto one. The Spirit of Northumberland is a mid sized ship and carries 35-40 cars and around 120 passengers. It works just like the bridge in that you only pay when leaving the Island and costs just $4 more than the bridge. The fun of a ferry, plus the miles saved on this leg of the journey made it a great idea. The crossing to Nova Scotia is about 12 miles and takes around 55 minutes. It was a perfect time to relax and enjoy.

After we docked in Caribou, Nova Scotia we still had about two hours left to drive to get to Halifax. Right away we could see it was much more urban than the VERY rural Prince Edward Island. Still by the standards around here it could still be considered absolute wilderness most of the journey.

Halifax is a very modern, thriving city of over a million, if you count the whole metro area. It boasts a deep harbor with a beautiful skyline. Once again we had a harbor view hotel. The city is built on a very steep hill rising from the docks and high atop sits an old stone fortress. The Fort is appropriately named the Citadel. It is still in use by a military school and they have a very impressive changing of the guard ceremony reflecting the full Scottish heritage of the area.
From all over the downtown area you could hear the lonely sounds of bagpipes drifting through the air.It was a quick 10 minute passenger ferry ride from our hotel to downtown across the harbor. The boat runs every 30 minutes so we rode it daily. The dockland area is great with both tourist shops and working business side by side. The whole downtown is very nice and close in. Easy to site see on foot as long as you parallel the water front. But the roads seem to go straight-up if you venture past the second block.

Kristie and I climbed the very steep hills to the fort and were rewarded with a birds-eye view of the whole city. San Francisco has nothing on these steep streets.
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Thursday, November 08, 2007

After Saint John Kris and I moved onward to the tranquil setting of Prince Edward Island. We drove across New Brunswick on what they call a freeway. Two lanes most of the time but with ramps at the exits. I could get used to that. Everything in Canada is measured with the metric system and being honest, I liked it after getting used to it. Driving at 120km is great. ( 75 mph )

Getting to Charlottetown, PEI means you have to either go on ferry or cross the bridge. The toll is only charged one way no matter which choice you make you only pay upon leaving. We opted to arrive via the bridge and depart on the Ferry. This more suited our routing since the were on opposite ends of the island anyway.

The bridge is a modern and massive bridge. It is eight miles long and high enough that ocean going ships can pass under it. Eight miles long over the COLD Northumberland Strait. The longest single span bridge in the world. But not at all scary. Nothing like the old Charleston Bridges.

Charlottetown is about the size of Anderson, but much more laid back. Filled with great restaurants. The whole island has a farming lifestyle and is somewhat idyllic. If you read Anne of Green Gables you'll remember it was set there. The north side beaches are covered in a fine sand. Almost as fine a talc and the color of red bricks. It is so soft. That is the main draw during the season, but since it was only in the upper 40's while we were there swimming was out of the question. I noticed all our hotels had large indoor pools.

The Wisdom of Red Green

  • "If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is!"
  • "If it ain't broke, you're not trying!"
  • "If it ain't broke, too bad, don't total it!"
  • "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." (Said upon the conclusion of the "Handyman's Corner" segment on The Red Green Show)
"Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together."

  • "The Handyman's Secret Weapon." (Refers to Duct Tape.)
  • Quando Omni Flunkus Moritiati-A Latin phrase which means "If all else fails, play dead." Red and the others at Possum Lodge would state this pledge before a lodge meeting after doing an arm movement across their chests.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

We arrived in Saint John in the afternoon and after a minor issue with a toll bridge ( we had no Canadian money yet ) Arrived at the Harbour View hotel. (Canadian spelling) We got a great room with a view and were informed of the free breakfast each morning. Now THAT is my kind of Hotel.

Saint John is on the Bay of Fundy and boasts the largest tides in the world. In fact so much so that the river changes with every high tide to flow backwards. They have famous reversing falls right in town.

Saint John is an industrial city but has a charming harbor walk and a smallish yet very lively downtown. In some ways it reminds me of Asheville but with a Cruise ship dock. Princess indeed had the Grand in port while we were there.

We strolled around and visited the farmers market. So many interesting things there caught my eye. We ran out of time.

That evening we dinned overlooking Falls in one of the nicest places I have eaten in years. I had a wonderful Prime Rib and seafood dinner in a very pleasant place with an unbelievable view. Anderson needs a few nice places to eat where you are not overwhelmed with noise, loud music and a party crowd. A place where you can actually have a conversation with table mates.
Deep Thoughts # 2
  • Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn't live there.
  • Do fish get cramps after eating?
  • After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of the water?
Kris and I flew to Maine for our vacation. Delta had some great fares from GSP to BGR ( Greenville to Bangor ) but like thousands of others we first had to change planes in Atlanta. There is an old saying around here in the deep south, 'That when you die, no matter which way you go, up or down, you'll have to change planes in Atlanta'. But that is not a big deal to a serious airplane nut like me. We used the park and fly option at the Hampton Inn in Greenville and the security lines are so much shorter at GSP.

For my friends who like me actually keep up with such things we had four flights. GSP-ATL, ATL-BGR and on our return BGR-ATL, ATL-GSP. Three flights were Delta connection flights ( ASA ) and one, our first flight was a main line flight. On a MD-88. Funny the shortest flight was the biggest plane. The long runs to BGR and back were CRJ-701's and the final flight back to GSP was a CRJ-200LR. All the flights were good, the planes were clean, crews friendly and ahead of schedule. Hey we even had to De-Ice in Bangor. Nice service and we had very few bumps. The CRJ-200 was in a special paint scheme. ( left ) Texas, BlueBonnet.

After leaving Bar Harbor we drove north on U.S. Hwy 1 to the U.S. Canadian border. The same road that goes through Augusta, and Columbia. It runs near the Maine coast and the scenery was spectacular. Traffic was very light everywhere and driving the 4-5 hours a day like we did was actually a pleasure. Like it was here 30 years ago.

We crossed the border into Canada at St Stephen, New Brunswick, and drove on to Saint John for a few nights.

At the crossing we had to
park and go in to see Canadian Immigration. They were very nice. Looked at our drivers license's and ask the usual things ( biz or pleasure, were we bringing gifts how long to stay, where going ) and he asked if we were driving a rental car. Twice in two differing ways. I guess he was looking for the same answer. Seems they are having trouble with people buying cars and bringing them into Canada for people ( resale ) and avoiding a LOT of tax issues. He then asked our first stop. When we said Saint John, he whipped out a map and showed us the route and said how long, and asked if he could help with Hotels or anything. This was in immigration. Cool guy, but I noticed he had a gun and a bullet-proof vest on.

more later

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Is this the daughter of Elvis or Elton John ?

Maybe Carol Channing

Sorry!! but you may be over 40 if you understand who that is.