Friday, February 29, 2008
The Miracle Kids did it again. The A.U. Trojans just won their final regular season game. Beating the number two team in overtime 85-81. They finish with a 500 record and I couldn't be prouder of them if they had won it all. It's been six years since they finished better.
Next up for them is the first round of playoffs against Queens University in Charlotte.
Way to go Guys...Great year.
The Girls thumped the Royals tonight 81-53. This is the team that came closest to beating us when we faced them earlier there. In that game we blew a 30 point, but were able hang on and get the victory by 1 point. TONIGHT was a different story as we showed them why we are now number two in the region and ranked # 14 in the NATION. The girls several games ago clinched the championship.
Next girls game = Playoff at home Monday night.
This is the 60th day of the year. It's flying past so fast. I still have trouble writing 2007 on things. There are only 306 days left in 2008. Only 300 day until Christmas.
Today is Leap Day.
There are strange events tied to this day. And several interesting births
I missed it by ONE WEEK myself. Wouldn't that have been cool.
Here are some facts:
- 1504 - Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
- 1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida incorporated.
- 1916 - Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
- 1960 - Family Circus cartoon makes its debut.
- 1972 - Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.
- 1996 - A Peruvian Boeing 737 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.
- 2004 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.
- 1468 - Pope Paul III (d. 1549)
- 1692 - John Byrom, English poet (d. 1763)
- 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (d. 1957)
- 1916 - Dinah Shore, American singer (d. 1994)
- 1920 - Howard Nemerov, American poet (d. 1991)
- 1924 - Carlos Humberto Romero, President of El Salvador
- 1936 - Jack Lousma, astronaut
- 1944 - Dennis Farina, American actor
- 1947 - Ian Anderson, British musician, Jethro Tull
- 1960 - Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
- 1972 - Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
- 1976 - Ja Rule, American rapper and actor
- 1980 - Chris Conley, American musician
Doctors offer these tips
1. Get plenty of rest.
2. Drink plenty of fluids.
Sounds like good advice for every Friday to me.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I just got home from a rehearsal for Lee McDerment's live concert debut of his new cd
" A MatchLight in the Dark".
It is music is fantastic. A serious cut above. This cd is gonna ROCK !!!
The debut concert will be awesome.
It's on Friday night, March 7th at my church.
Lee is our Worship leader at NewSpring. And his talent is amazing. He is sold out on fire for Jesus.
Remember cd release concert is next Friday at NewSpring. Tickets are still available and are $15.
Remember with each ticket you get a free cd. Now That is a deal and a half for sure
Here is a link for details CLICK HERE
Tomorrow is Leap Day.
Legend has it that marriage-minded gals can propose to their boyfriends on February 29. And the guys must accept.
The exact origin is somewhat vague. But because February 29th, "leap day" is an unusual event, a lot of folklore and superstition are associated with it. According to folk tradition, on Leap years day women could propose marriage to men. On "The Ladies' Privilege " day the man either had to accept the proposal or pay the refused woman a substantial fee for turning her down. This was later accepted in English Common Law around 1288 by decree by Queen Margaret of Scotland. Not only that but the man risked bad fortune to themselves.
In the U.S. we have the similar Sadie Hawkins Day, where "women can pursue men". It was originated from Al Capp cartoon strip Li'l Abner. No official day is set but most agree it falls on the Saturday closest to November 9. I remember going to a high school dance in honor of that event.
Just remember today is a day where odd events may occur.
What are you planning for this “extra day.” ?
Here are a dozen ideas.
1. Learn one song on the piano. You know you took lessons as a kid. You have always wanted to and it will make you look really cool while hanging out.
2. Make something cool out of paper. Origami skills will come in handy when you baby sit.
3. Ride a horse. I mean, when’s the last time you rode a horse?
4. Read a book.
5. Organize your pictures. You’ve put it off long enough.
6. Make your own personalized T-shirt.
7. Grill up the biggest steak you can find.
8. Memorize the lyrics to “Stairway to Heaven” ..no wait you've already done that.
9. Go for a walk … in that woods but bundle up it's cold.
10. Call your mom and talk she'll love you for it.
11. Take your significant other shopping for no reason.
12. Visit old friends.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Do you have a presence on Facebook? That is do you have a Facebook page?
If you said yes you are not alone. There are over 64 million Facebook users.
I joined a year or two ago and made a Facebook page. I also have a page on Twitter, BlogSpot, MySpace, Ringo and several other sites.
This all started in effort to find my friends from high school and to gather reunion info. It worked, and I am now in contact with a 15-20 old friends.
Facebook I am told is all the rage now.
One of the things I like is the messaging ability. It's like super e-mail but limited to friends.
So I messaged Kevin and while I was waiting his reply I did a name search with my first and last name. I got back 246 people on face book with my name.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I was in Greenville again last night for another pilot safety seminar. This one returned us to the Greenville Tech campus. Mark Grady was the moderator. He is a pilot, instructor, former TV broadcast personality and a world class speaker. I alway enjoy and learn from his programs
Last night's topic was
One of the reasons I try to attend all of these class is that statistics show pilots who attend classes and trainings regularly make up to 83% better judgement calls. And fewer mistakes. That's solely based on training. I may never be the best pilot in the world. But I am trying to be the safest.
- Automobiles kill around 40,000 people
- Motorcycles around 4500
- Bicycles 2500
- Boating 1230
- Planes less than 500
So why are we afraid to fly but jump in the car without using our seat belt? Or ride a motorcycle without a helmet?
Monday, February 25, 2008
Last night I spent most of the night memorizing the ceiling. Eyes wide open.
This morning I can hardly hold my head up. All I want is a nap.
I think I need to chew some coffee beans.
On second thought. In elementary school we used to put our heads down on our desk and take a nap.
Let's bring back napping at your desk
Maybe I should try that.
Then afterwards we can bring back eating gram crackers milk.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saturday Basketball once again. Kristie and I missed Ashley's early morning game. But we were ready for the final Saturday home games at A.U.
The girls game we weren't really concerned about. Pfeiffer had a 7-11 record and are 7th in the conference. Still they played tough earlier in the season. The guys were another story. Pfeiffer is 15-3 and only a half game from first place.
We were right about the girls. It was never close. I just hope the last couple easy wins doesn't cause our girls to become lazy in the tournament. The Lady Trojans took control right away and walked their way to a win. 85-59. The good part I guess is the entire bench again got a lot of playing time.
Last time the boys met at Pfeiffer they almost pulled off an upset win. We were hoping to finish that at home. Last time it was a two point loss for the guys. But this time the Eagles had a new strategy. Almost every fourth play the substituted not one or two players but all five. And that went on the whole game. I had no idea they were that deep. Our guys played very hard and kept up most of the first period, but eventually Pfeiffer's plan wore us down and they pulled away to a 25 point lead at the half.
Our gutsy guys came out in the second half, caught-up and actually took the lead, though only by two points. However once again the rotation of players kept the Eagles fresh and our guys finally fell behind again near the end. It was a great effort but they came up short. Hopefully they can win the final regular game at home next week.
This, actually happened in my city. Isn't it great how sometimes reality is more funny than fiction?
A local man who already had one brush with law found himself in compounded trouble. This past June he was arrested after being seen riding a stolen scooter. When deputies tried to stop him he abandoned the motor bike and fled. The officers caught him in a foot chase he was arrested for the bike and also charged with having two bags of methamphetamines. $1991 was also seized from the suspect and held as evidence.
Here is the "Dumb Crook" part
This week the man drove to the Sheriff’s Office, went inside and demanded the $1,991 be returned. The officials refused and the man left. As he walked outside an officer noticed him get behind the wheel of a bright red Saab convertible. Why was that important? You see the Saab had been reported stolen just the evening before. So deputies once again had to be fleet of foot as they rushed to catch him. Indeed he was driving the car with “a screwdriver into the ignition switch”. So he was arrested again, this time for stealing the car. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license and with a tag violation.
Let's sum this up.
1. Arrested for stealing a scooter
2. Fleeing arrest
3. Possession of a large quantity of drugs
1. He steals a flashy car
2. Drives to the police and argues about his money
3. Gets in his "HOT" car and tries once again to flee.
Only in Anderson do you drive a stolen car to the Sheriff's Office and argue, then make demands.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Here is the poll rankings:
|Rank||Institution - First Place Votes|
|1.||Delta State University (Miss.) - 24|
|2.||Seattle Pacific University (Wash.)|
|3.||University of North Dakota|
|4.||University Of South Dakota - 1|
|5.||Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.)|
|T6.||Drury University (Mo.)|
|T6.||Holy Family University (Penn.)|
|8.||Fort Lewis College (Colo.)|
|9.||Indiana University of Pennsylvania|
|10.||University of West Georgia|
|11.||University Of Alaska Anchorage|
|12.||Arkansas Tech University|
|13.||Stonehill College (Mass.)|
|14.||Valdosta State University (Ga.)|
|15.||Anderson University (S.C.)|
|16.||West Texas A&M University|
|17.||Washburn University (Kan.)|
|18.||Emporia State University (Kan.)|
|19.||Hillsdale College (Mich.)|
|20.||Franklin Pierce University (N.H.)|
|21.||California State University, Chico|
|22.||Tusculum College (Tenn.)|
|23.||Francis Marion University (S.C.)|
|24.||California State Unviersity, San Bernardino|
|25.||Fairmont State University (W. Va.)|
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sink the Fleet.
That was the order of the night. There is a huge rivalry
In the women’s game the nationally ranked Lady Trojans were expected to win quickly and win big. They did. With a dominating 79-55 victory.
In the guys game the team knew they’d have to work hard to clinch another win. In the first half they looked like they were going to run away with it and at the half the score was a convincing 33-16.
The second half was a different story. The Flying Fleet used full court pressure and amazing three-point shooting to get back into the game. They were helped by a series of what I feel were very bad calls by the referees. But that is a part of the game. The Fleet tied up the game after a big foul and three points from the free throw line. Then it was Anderson’s chance with 26 seconds left Nayte Russell saved the day with an incredible drive, weaving through they lane for two points. With just 3 seconds to go Erskine who had been scoring three’s all night had the inbound ball tipped and recovered by Stephen Cobb squeaking out the victory 61-59.
The sweep keeps Beville Cup competition completely in Anderson's control. With a so far perfect score of 14 to nothing. If our top ranked Tennis team wins at least one of their two games with them (a likely hood) then A.U. is mathematically assured the repeat win, and there is still a third of the year remaining.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I love spy stories. James Bond in particular. I am a fanatic about 007.
One of the greatest things to happen to the franchise was the re-boot with the movie “Casino Royale”. In my opinion bringing Bond back closer to reality was the right move. Though I was nervous when he was announced as the 6th actor to play the secret agent, I loved Daniel Craig as a young brash James Bond.
For the first time in James Bond film history the next film is going to be a direct continuation of the story line in “Casino Royale”. “Quantum Of Solace” literally picks up five minutes later and features a number of returning characters. “M”, “ Mathis”, Felix Leiter” and introduces a few new ones. “ Mr. Greene”, played by the great Mathieu Amalric, “Camille” played by Olga Kurylenko , “General Medrano” played by Joaquin Cosio.
----- SPOILER ALERT------
After falling in love with and then being betrayed by Vesper ( who had no choice ) 007 has to fight the urge to make it personal. The interrogation of “Mr. White” (Jesper Christensen) makes it clear the organization behind the events of “Casino Royale” is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
Links to a bank account in
Globe hopping the world, chasing leads Bond learns that Greene, is trying to take control of one of the world’s most important natural resources. In a deal with the exiled General Medrano, Greene promises an overthrow an existing regime giving the General control of the Latin American country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.
Pilot/Adventurer Steve Fossett has been declared dead by the Cook County Circuit Court.
The declaration had been pursued by Steve’s wife Peggy, in order to resolve the legal status of his estate.
And so it ends..…after five months of searching by literally thousands of people. The search was one of the largest in history, covering over 20,000 square miles of rugged terrain. The search turned-up 18 previous accident sites ranging up seventy years old. All had gone down in the same general area without recovery.
As you remember, Fossett had gone on a routine flight in Nevada using a friend's
Decathlon, a small two seat plane. The flight was to look over locations for an attempt to break the land-speed record.
Fossett had an amazing life and held many world records. He was the first person to circle the globe solo in a balloon.
He also set world records by being the first to fly a plane around the world solo without refueling. That flight took 67 hours and covered 23000 miles.
His friend, Sir Richard Branson, noted that "Steve's lived his life to the full, and he hasn't wasted a minute of his life... Everything he's done, he's taken a calculated risk with."
Fossett had been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame this July a few months before his fateful flight.
Monday, February 18, 2008
# Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?
# Why is it that when a door is open, it's ajar, but when a jar is open, it's not a door?
# Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you.
but Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.
# Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The Haven of Rest, a local mission organization, holds a benefit fund raising southern gospel sing every year at
We had a great time and enjoyed a good show. My only complaint was I did not get my usual front row seat. Boo Hiss!!! Guess I will have to try harder next year.
Bud Moon once again was the M.C. and did a good job. I hope to see him again in a couple weeks at Senior Follies.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
This is too funny:
Police are looking for a scorched suspect after finding a hacksaw embedded in an 11,000 volt power cable Saturday night. The would-be copper thief also left his lit blow torch at the scene, and is expected to have smoking, spiky haired and is not exactly the brightest bulb in the socket. "At the very least putting the hacksaw through the cable would have created an almighty bang and the line would have burned for quite a few seconds, showering them with molten copper... We can only assume they left in a great hurry”, said Phil Wilson of the power company
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
To quote the flannel wearing side kick Al from the TV show Home Improvement,
Sorry Barack, I am going to be sick now.Friends don’t let friends vote foolishly.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I had to cancel our flight to Indiana yesterday. The weather there was bad. Rain, freezing rain and snow. Between 5 and 6 inches during the times I would have arrived and my planned departure. Freezing rain and snow...No Thanks ... We'll try again later on.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Kristie and her friends hold a regular monthly get together. On occasion they let the guys and sometimes the kids attend. Tonight we all celebrated Teresa’s youngest son Andrew’s birthday. He turned 13. Andrew had specifically requested the Chinese Buffet and had requested I come.
We did some serious damage to a
Happy Birthday Andrew