Saturday, November 17, 2007

National Veterans Awareness Week

“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.”
~Hermann Hesse

President Bush proclaimed November 11th through the 17th as National Veterans Awareness Week.

The senate resolution :


Designating the week of November 11 through November 17, 2007, as “National Veterans Awareness Week” to emphasize the need to develop educational programs regarding the contributions of veterans to the country.

Whereas tens of millions of Americans have served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the past century;

Whereas hundreds of thousands of Americans have given their lives while serving in the Armed Forces during the past century;

Whereas the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by the people of the United States;

Whereas the advent of the all-volunteer Armed Forces has resulted in a sharp decline in the number of individuals and families who have had any personal connection with the Armed Forces;

Whereas this reduction in familiarity with the Armed Forces has resulted in a marked decrease in the awareness by young people of the nature and importance of the accomplishments of those who have served in the Armed Forces, despite the current educational efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the veterans service organizations;

Whereas the system of civilian control of the Armed Forces makes it essential that the future leaders of the Nation understand the history of military action and the contributions and sacrifices of those who conduct such actions; and

Whereas in each of the years 2000 through 2006 the Senate has recognized the need to increase the understanding of the contributions of veterans among school-aged children by approving a resolution recognizing the week containing Veterans Day as “National Veterans Awareness Week”: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate —

(1) designates the week of November 11 through November 17, 2007, as “National Veterans Awareness Week” for the purpose of emphasizing educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans; and

(2) encourages the people of the United States to observe National Veterans Awareness Week with appropriate educational activities.

'A Soldier's Things'

God Bless All Veterans

Thank You

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Feast One Hundred & Sixty Nine

A Hoagie !


What was your first “real” job?

I worked at a Deli. I made cheesesteaks and hoagie’s at lighting speed.

The cheesesteak is a comfort food for natives of the Philadelphia region. It was invented in the city in 1930 and is considered to be a city icon along with other foods such as Tastykakes, water ice, the Philadelphia soft pretzel, hoagies, and scrapple.


Where would you go if you wanted to spark your creativity?

I would go inside my head or for a walk.
If I had some money I could really be creative.
A girl can dream eh?
I would love to spark my creativity in Ireland or Australia!

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?


Complete this sentence: I am embarrassed when…

I am embarrassed when I do something stupid.
I have noticed that….
The probability of someone watching you is proportional to the stupidity of your action.

I like this quote:

“Perhaps, on the whole, embarrassment and perplexity are a kind of natural accompaniment to life and movement; and it is better to be driven out of your senses with thinking which of two things you ought to do than to do nothing whatever, and be utterly uninteresting to all the world.”
~Margaret Oliphant

Main Course

What values did your parents instill in you?

Love, Faith, Goodness, Compassion, Simplicity- The greatest joy can be found in simple things. The beauty in nature and life is incredible! My Dad took the time to be with me and witness the awe and beauty of the sunrises and sunsets. He held my hand as we walked along the beach listening to the sound of the waves, taking notice of the different tides, watching and listening to the birds, feeling the sand on our feet and the breeze on our faces. We took long drives to witness the beauty of the fall colors. Harmony, Concern for Others, Practicality, Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Interest, Tolerance, Openness, Commitment, Determination, Passion, Drive, Enthusiasm, Self-Reliance, Generosity, Responsibility, Honor, Courage, Empathy, Gratitude, and Continuous Improvement and progress throughout life.

“But some emotions don't make a lot of noise. It's hard to hear pride. Caring is real faint - like a heartbeat. And pure love - why, some days it's so quiet, you don't even know it's there.”


Name 3 fads from your teenage years.

Earth Shoes

Mood Rings

Hip Huggers

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen (25th)


Dept. of the Army Regulations For Operation Of Aircraft Commencing January 1920

There were 25 regulations.
I picked out 13 because, well, because this is Thursday Thirteen!

1. Don't take the machine into the air unless you are satisfied it will fly.

2. Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.

3. Don't turn sharply when taxiing. Instead of turning sharp, have someone lift the tail around.

4. Never get out of the machine with the motor running until the pilot relieving you can reach the motor controls.

5. Pilots should carry hankies in a handy place to wipe off goggles.

6. In case the engine fails on takeoff, land straight ahead regardless of obstacles.

7. No machine must taxi faster than a man can walk.

8. Learn to gauge altitude, especially on landing.

9. If you see another machine near you, get out of the way.

10. Do not trust altitude instruments.

11. Before you begin a landing glide, see that no machines are under you.

12. Hedge-hopping will not be tolerated.

13. Do not use aeronautical gasoline in cars or motorcycles.

If an emergency occurs while flying, land as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Plane Fun

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.”
~ G. B. Stern


A man was flying from Seattle to San Francisco.
Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way.
The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind.
The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.
He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, "Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour.
Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?"
The blind lady replied, "No thanks, but maybe my dog would like to stretch his legs."

Picture this:
All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Seeing Eye dog!
The pilot was even wearing sunglasses.
People scattered.
They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!
True story....

Have a great day and remember...


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Monday, November 12, 2007

Barbershop Quartet

Barbershop quartet singing is four guys tasting the holy essence of four individual mechanisms coming into complete agreement.
~Meredith Willson

Barbershop music
From Wikipedia

Barbershop harmony, as codified during the barbershop revival era (1940s-present), is a style of a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture. Each of the four parts has its own role: generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completes the chord. The melody is not usually sung by the tenor or bass, except for an infrequent note or two to avoid awkward voice leading, in tags or codas, or when some appropriate embellishing effect can be created. Occasional brief passages may be sung by fewer than four voice parts.

Barbershop Harmony Society

The Barbershop Harmony Society, legally and historically named the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), was the first of several organizations to promote and preserve barbershop music as an art form. Founded by Owen C. Cash in 1938, the organization quickly grew, promoting barbershop harmony among men of all ages. As of 2004, more than 30,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of this organization whose focus is on a cappella music. The international headquarters was in Kenosha, Wisconsin fifty years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007.

The 2007 International Contest and Convention was held in Denver from July 4 to 7 with fifty quartets and thirty choruses contending. The Quartet Quarter Finals, Quartet Semi-Finals, Association of International Champions (AIC) Show, Chorus Contest, The Bank of America Collegiate Contest, and the Quartet Finals were all webcast live.

The quartet champion for 2006 was Vocal Spectrum

The quartet champion for 2007 is Max Q

Denver 2007 BHS
Vocal Spectrum "Scarborough Fair" with the Gas House Gang

When Vocal Spectrum sings “Good Vibrations”
they are AMAZING!!

I hope you enjoy the performance as much as I did!

Denver 2007 BHS
Vocal Spectrum "Good Vibrations"

Denver 2007 BHS-
The quartet champion for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Max Q "Here's to the Losers"

Denver 2007 BHS-
The quartet champion for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Max Q "Somewhere"

Denver 2007 BHS-Second Place for 2007
Quartet Finals~ OC Times "Surfer Girl" and "Fun Fun Fun"

Denver 2007 BHS- Third Place for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Storm Front "Don't Fence Me In"

Denver 2007 BHS- Third Place for 2007
Quartet Finals~ Storm Front a parody of "Bright Was the Night"

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day


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