Monday, July 31, 2006

"I hear addicts talk about the shakes and panic attacks and the highs and lows of resisting their habit, and to some degree I understand them because I have habits of my own, but no drug is so powerful as the drug of self. No rut in the mind is so deep as the one that says I am the world, the world belongs to me, all people are characters in my play. There is no addiction so powerful as self-addiction". Donald Miller

Sweet Sweet Baby K !

we had lunch last Friday. a good time because I got to take her to my usual Saturday lunch haunt, the Art Museum Cafe. She had tilapia and I had the hot Italian sandwich. I am really talkative, and K was nice as I went on about the lunch, the place, my day, my family, all my problems with expectations of me and people ugh.. etc.. and then I got to ask her about her family and the guy she's dating, and her plans last weekend, and how I was friends with AWG in college so if he likes N., then I guess i approve of him, ha!... lots to talk about! K had the afternoon off so we got to walk around and browse through the museum after lunch, although sorry K if I was rushing, just a lot to try and get through and I really wanted to focus on the CHihuly stuff.
was nice to have a friend there to share the art with, usually I'm just sort of going through just to enjoy something new about the exhibits.
This young girl is definitely going places, she's got some good ideas and ambitions. keep it up K!

Reusser returns

"here I am", "here I am", every time I think of those words I hear a character saying them in my mind. from a story in the movie "new york stories" by woody allen where his mother disappears and returns in the sky.

anyway, weekend was a good one. the highlights --- I worked a booth at the Viva Expo sat morning handing out flyers and freebies to latino people walking by and trying to push my ESL classes. I also went to art classes Sunday afternoon, we learned about the color wheel, elements and variance in painting and color etc..... we start painting next week. I'm looking forward to really sinking my teeth into it, I think I can really get a feel for analyzing the uses of the color wheel and the techniques, regardless of how well I can paint anything, so we shall see how it goes.

worked out my legs today and was feeling pretty buff all weekend only two weeks of summer left to build up before school starts back and then I switch to a whole nother routine.... ah well

TOPIC: people who work out but are out of proportion.

One game I play during the monotony of my workout routines while on the floor is commenting about how people are working out. you know, I'm no expert, but I'll think to myself stuff ilke how people should keep arms or back straight, or if I htink they are showing off, or like to day I was thinking " dude work your legs". every now and then you'll se a guy who works his upper body really big but the legs are jsut there. I don't know why anyone would let that happen. anyway I thought it deserved a post on my blog. later.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

more art.....

This is an Ann Wood portrait titled "Davey". She was the artist who painted the insanely bizarre artworkfor the movie "Junebug". Her website is here. I reallyl like this kind of portrait, not photographically real and with an imagined background--- also I like the colors in this particular one overall. I'm posting this in recognition of my jump into learning how to paint this weekend. Yes, wish me luck, I start my "beginner Oil Paint" class at the museum this Sunday from 1-4pm for the next 5 Sundays. I don't expect to produce much of anything, but I hope to walk away with a better understanding of color, composition, and technique in the art I do appreciate.

my computer is at UPS

I just looked online and they attempted to deliver this morning but I had already left to the gym to swim laps before work today. so here I am back at work 12-9 shift.....long day. and right now the computer lab is completely empty. I have public radio on listening to news, in fact there was just an update by Latch Mi Sing. how cool a name is that anyway, it sounds cool on the radio anyway.
I went in to make my PBJ sandeich and noticed, again, that someone keeps using my butter knife as a coffee stirrer. there is coffee residue left on it lately, although they are putting it right back on the cabinet near the sink where I left it, but hey why not rinse it off people? I guess I'll start keeping it where I keep my food. although I found that someone had used my bread today, which mean I have just enough left for the PBJ I already ate and then tuna fish I'll have tonight, and that means I had to use the crust on the PBJ and then the other crust on my tuna sandwich later. guess I'll have to start marking my big fat name all over my bread up here at work.
I called UPS and arranged for me to pick up the computer tomorrow mornign at 8am when they open. sweet! then I can take it home and play all morning getting the 19" screen set up and getting it running. reminds me of the good ole days when my buddy Jeffy and I used to work Electronics at WalMart and we'd take computers out of boxes and up on display. Then we'd try and sell the things like we cared. Jeff is reading this , he just never usually comments for some reason, but no worries man I know your out there keeping up with it.
One thing I like about myspace is I can go to the Music link and search different bands and play their songs. I'll be taking SweetbabyK out to lunch tomorrow and do a little catching up, prolly walk around the art museum a bit with her since she's off after lunch. I brought some pictures of my visit to Copan Ruinas in Honduras (during my 3 years down there went to copan like 7 or 8 times, love that place!!) because I have these two new students, Mexicans, brothers, and they are really into the whole Aztec Maya thing, in fact one of them has the aztec calendar tattooed all aorund his upper arm, so anyway we were talking about it last night and he's bringing a book for me to look at tongiht, and so I thought I'd bring some pictures of Copan.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

yawn ...... wednesday

had another great workout today on my back and shoulders, I think there is actually signs of muscle back there compared to before when it was just skin and shoulder blades and rib cage etc... you get the idea. I think this summer ahs been good over to get something showing up on my back and shoulders.
anyway, man I'm tired now this afternoon at work. I'm listening to "all things considered" and they are talking about the movie "Little miss Sunshine", so far this week I've seen Toni Collette on the view and REgis and Kelly R, and I've seen greg Kinnear on Dave letterman and the Today show. So obviously this movie is opening this weekend since the stars are out pushing the movie all over the media. anyway, I actually want to see this movie because I like the unexpected indepedant movies when they get momentum going from SUndance. I've also seen a lot of colin ferrel and jamie foxx doing the rounds as well this week. also Toni Collette is going to be in another movie soon with Robin Williams, a thriller and this one he is the normal dude and Collette plays the whacko.
I got an email from Dell that my computer was shipped today, so I expect it by Friday although the email said next Monday or later....
I ordered a few more books to read, both graphic novels, "Why Are You Doing This" by Jason, and "Pyongyang" by Guy Delisle:

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Embrace me

I relaxed all morning today, no bike ride, just breakfast and clicking channels on tv. then aroudn 10"30 got dressed and ready to leave for a swim and then work. so here I am doing my 9 hours shift. wow only 2 weeks of this after this week then I'll be back on school hours. I will prolly need to start getting up at 6:30 and going swimming so I can get used to it before school starts back. yee haw.
I wanted to mention about a new cd that arrived last week from Argentina via A British band called "Embrace". they've got a really great well produced sound. I used to listen to virgin radio UK on the internet here at work before they blocked that sort of thing, well anyway one of my favorite tunes at the time was "gravity" by Embrace. so two year or more late I finally got the cd, and I listened to it all weekend and got reaquatinted with the song. I am looking forward to getting alibrary organized and started on my new pc once it arrives, then I can even burn my own mixed cds..... maybe an MP3 player will even be down the road. the one thing I can feel good about is owning all the music on CD that would ever burn or play on my MP3.

Monday, July 24, 2006

beginning another year in the life of dean......

I brought some books to work to read this evening, but I haven't cracked one yet. the first one I plan to open is "writing clearly", a book from from a grammar class I had last summer at UCO, In this book are chapters discussing "global errors", the errors most commonly made by people (NOT nescesarily ESL) learning to write and use English. What I'm doing is trying to get some ideas to devise some lessons for the adult ESL classes here. I want to begin writing a book of exercises for adult ESL which include: the global errors, conversation practice, vocabulary from the Dolche word list, information gap exercises, and pronuciation drills. Anyway that's my goal, so mulling over the book tonight is budging forward slowly in the right direction.
I ate so much last weekend! I guess in honor of birthdays, I went out to lunch with my mom Friday afternoon and had a hot Italian sandwich while she tried the Tilapia at the art museum, then Firday night after milling around best buy looking at computers, I got 2 chicken chimichangas to go at the Mexican place by my house. They came with chips and queso of course. Saturday lunch I had Tilapia, then went with my mom and dad and aunt to "Mimi's Cafe" for dinner and I had the Chicken Cordon Bleu... LOVED that yum breaded chicken breast with ham and sheese in the middle, was so much food. then Sunday lunch was KFC after church with parents and my sister and her family.... Wendy's last night.
I rented the "Wedding Crashers" movie this weekend and "Wallace & Grommet, Were-rabbit". mowed the lawn last night.
This morning I went to the Art museum for volunteer training, what they call "docents". It was great to get our own personal tour of things while the museum was closed, plus we got to see the "vault" or air controlled room where all the art is stored, it's interesting to know that only 8% of the collection is ever on display at one time. Also the room is kept at 72 degrees and 48% humidity etc etc. I enjoy absorbing all that stuff and being around al lthe art up there evven if the truth is I won't get to participate much once school starts oh well.....
The pics are from kozyndan who were signing art at the Giant Robot booth at ComiCon last weekend. They took these pics, I got them from their weblog. I am hoping to check out ComiCon next year with a friend who shares my appreciation for graphic novels and is attempting to write his own. I just want to check it out and get out of OKC for a change!

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I'm on break during my volunteer shift. I just experienced something sort of fun, I got on the empty elevator which went down to the first floor before taking me to the 5th. on the 1st floor, about 18 people get on filling it up, and then they all get off on the 3rd. So it was just sort of funny, here I am standing three in peace reading my magazine then a bunch of peopple cram in, and just as quick, they are all getting off, and there I am again in my peace and quiet. anyway, my mom bought me a book I wanted for my birthday and gave it to me yesterday, so I'm reading that also this morning while on my shift " eats, shoot and leaves" is the title, it is a book all about5 punctuation. good weekend to all.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

a watch from ebay

I bought this watch on ebay, and then the picture of shelves from Movisi are something too modern for my old retro-furnished house, but I think they are cool.

more Kozyndan art

The day that man first walked on the moon!

I splurged and bought some things on my wish list from Amazon last week and they arrived last weekend. Do I brought one of the books with me today to work to read. It's not easy getting started thought, the book is non-fiction, "Empires of the Word, A Language History of the World". This book is just that a history of all the languages in the world, but also the story of why certain languages won and others are lost. I also like all the maps in the book.
I had a good bike ride this morning, a good breakfast, watch Regis and Kelly, then ran some errands before going bythe gym for a quick swim before work. this is my 9 hour shift sitting here at the computer today. I joined Myspace recentlly so I've been enjoying checking out some different songs to play on my computer.
I recieved a birthday card and $20 from my godparents in Greenville Texas. can you believe they still remember me after all these years, each year I get a card never fail! Tomorrow I'll be celebrating my birthday with my mom, we are going to the Memorial museum and then lunch at the art museum, then some shopping at the mall. Saturday night I will going out to dinner with my mom and dad and aunt Judee.

happy b-day to me

Because I could not stop for Death (712)
by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.
We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –
Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –
We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –
Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

In Pursuit of Terrorists, or Dean Watches Television

I watched a PBS tv show last night called "Point of View". This week the program featured a documentary titled "The Fall of Fujimori", the president of Peru from 1990 to 2000. My only knowlege of the name Fujimore was that he was beat out in a presidential election in 2000 by Toledo, the first Peruvian president of Indiginous descent. I remember thinking how strange that a Japanese man had been president. This film objectively begins this story of a Math Professor who sees a corrupt government doing nothing about Peru's economy and problem with terrorists. He gets the vote of the common man and becomes president, he begins using military to come down strong on the terrorsits groups with death squads used with little regard for human rights. He fires the congress that "refuses"to work with him, rewrites the constitution and electing another congress ( he has new laws passed about dealing with terrorists), and continues to fight terrorism successfully in Peru.
Although he promotes his govt as a working democracy, questions are raised as to the prisons full of untried suspected terrorists. The film discusses the disregard of human rights of the prisoners, their conditions, and how anyone is arrested, and how some soldiers simply shoot to kill. This is where you can not help but realize, Oh, I get it, this film wants us to question the current war on terrorism, and how US is dealing with prisoners being held with disregard to human rights! It is true that many parallels can be drawn between the two govts and their brute force in dealing with the situation, yet how can you compare between the U.S. and a third world country.
Eventually Fujimori is brought down because of his second-hand man who was in charge of the military and govt Intelligence, this man is videotaped paying off certain members of congress to gain their vote. Fujimori leaves the country( his interviews take place in 2004 in Tokyo Japan), yet after the film we are updated with the news that on a visit to Chile he is arrested and waiting extradition to Peru for trial. The one hero who shines in this film is his loyal daughter who remains in Peru and became a member of congress last April.
Regardless of abuses made, Fujimori did help stop terrorism in Peru and begin a new stable economy. You can not have a successfully working govt when laws are not enforced. Peru conintues to struggle. I think the law in Mexico is a joke, and in Lebanon the Hezballah group is considered by some just another political party. Too bad they weren't willing to step in and control hazballah before they acted out and got the country of Lebanon bombed in defense. This is only based on what I've heard or read, there's of course a lot I'm ignorant on and don't know. I should probably study it all a bit more.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Americans travel

Actually if I were in Honduras, my wonderful beautiful amazing students would take great offense at that. "We're all Americans, Mister!" they'd say. "Ok, OK," I'd say back, "I mean U.S. Citizens, all right?"
anyway, the freedoms of living in this country allow us to educate ourselves freely, fight for work and a job, save money, worship whatever or not, speak our mind anywhere, andbuy many things, etc ( you get the picture) AND we can travel pretty freely all around the world with our dollar. Well the great thing about this melting pot is you get a lot of nationalities that are bron citizens and then may decided to visit the "homeland". I was reading some reports of all these stranded Americans in Lebanon. And I do feel bad for their predicament, however I have to sort of play devil's advocate in saying, if you are going to any country, you MUST be prepared for things that could go terribly wrong in that country. A trip to the middle east for example.....hmm. I don't know if I should feel more sorry for the people who are there on vacation, the people there who are some-other-nationality/lebaneze, or the USA employed embassy staff or military. I guarantee you its awful and a war zone.
I couldn't help but think of how Mexicans live in the US when they could stay home and be a part of demanding change in their own country, and I sort of felt the same thought come up about Lebanese who go back and forth between countries and complain first about the US not getting them out fast enough, yet do not criticize the Lebanese country whose neglect of Hezbalaah sort of started this new crisis in the first place.
anyway, just my illinformed ignorant two cents based only upon something i read or heard here or there etc...

going to....

I'm not sure what I'm doing with my life right now. I am getting ready to start another school year doing the same thing, both jobs, I have been doing for the past 4 years. I've finished grad school, and feel like I'm ready for some next step, career-wise. or heck for that matted personal life in general.
So i guess now I am taking each day at a time and waiting and working on being me.
and what that means is I probably need to start working more on who God wants me to be and not just trying to be waht I want or what I think I am supposed to be.
not an easy task.
I rode my bike this morning and then watched a lot of tv, before leaving in time to swim before coming to work. on Tuesdays and Thursdays I work a nine hour shift sitting here at the computer from 12 to 9.
I am looking forward to this weekend.

Monday, July 17, 2006

July in the 100s

good relaxing weekend, and i cleaned up the house whenever I got really bored, not a bad thing. man it was hot out and its going to stay that way. My dad cracked me up yesterday while leaving "ctiiybites" where we had lunch after church, after I commented on it being forecast 100 degrees all this week, he said" reminds me of Oklahoma in July.." so true. What is SWEET is my electric bill that arrived this weekend, usually over $100 easy this time of year, it was only $77.! I firgure its the duct a taped the hole up under my house, the unplugged vent fan in the roof up in the attic, and the new $3000 heat and air unit i bought last fall, good job!
had a great workout after work friday and then got a subway sandwich, went by the garden ridge pottery store and then home to watch some rented movies.
Saturday morning I biked around the neighborhood, did some yardwork and watering and then went to the gym for a swim and then lunch at the museum, as usual. Also went up to the third floor at the museum to see a new
street photography exhibit. which was really good, next to the mall for a couple swimsuits at the Gap that were on sale for $3.99. I had called early that morning and had them held for me at the counter. I am always losing my swimsuits at the gym, maybe 2 or 3 pair a year, Either they go to lost and found and I can get them back, or they are stolen..... these plain green ones, I have written my name in sharpie pen and put a skull and crossbones on them, and hopefully they won't get stolen if I do leave behind.
Saturday night more rented DVDs. and ravioli for dinner both sat and sunday night.
It's monday, worked out my legs before lunch and then came here back to work!

Friday, July 14, 2006

summer weekends

possibilities are endless..... and yet, mine pretty much just keep passing by. I guess I always dreamed of being the kind of guy with a boat or camper and driving around the state ( or country) and camping out or going out on the lake swimming, fishing, skiing, etc...
I love love love how my family brought us up going camping every summer. (I think it's because we were a family of 5 kids and camping is a cheaper family vacation let's face it but regardless...) I loved the whole pitching a tent, getting outdoors, swimming or jst floating around, investigating woods near the bank, riding around the boat with my arm out one side spashing the water....great times. not to mention my grandparents cabin at Cedar lake which also was an excellent family getaway, sometimes just our family, sometimes our grandparents there, or other aunts and uncles with cousins.
anyway, here it is summer and I'm not going out to the lake on weekends or camping, or taking road trips and setting up tents in some national or state park. I guess one has to start a family of one's own to make all that happen, I mean let's face it college is over.
I hope everyone has a great summer weekend now that July 4th has passed summer is ON! we're lucky in this country that we have the freedom and security of getting out and traveling safely just about anywhere, although this country takes less vacation time from work as some, sad but true.

the picture is of Lebanon, everyone's ready for more war in the middle east right?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

July birthdays are awesome ?

well, actually a lot of people with July birthdays maybe always sort of missed out on getting recognized during school, or never got to have all their friends over since school was out in the summer etc... I like my summer birthday, it's a good break and highlight. I also like the way that as a kid you get gifts every 6 months because of Christmas in Dec.

I had some really random thoughts today while making my PBJ sandwich here at work, for example. as I was putting the lids back on the jars I thought, how great is it to have to hand that both can grasp things, connect and turn in the opposite direction. I mean hooves would be useless for that.

Did everyone get updated on the world news this morning about American financed Israel bombing Lebanon. I undersatnd that Israel is "God's chosen people", but I fail to under4stand why that means we blindly financially support them. Old testament pretty much speaks of doing justice to God's nation as caring for the poor, homeless, orphans and widows.

I guess you could say it is "holy land" and all that, but I thought new testament theology says this world is sinful and old, and we are waiting for the new world, you know, heaven. So I've never understood why we try so hard to keep it in the hands of this tribe or that.

I filled up my tank (because of above mentioned turmoil in middle east, gas prices rising again!) and it was $2.67 a gal. wow! just a mile down the street another 7-11 had it ten cents more. no wonder everyone was lined up when I was getting gas.

Woke up this morning, complete silence, unusually dark out and then BAM! thunder, and a downpour among lots more thunder. was great, it delayed my mornig bike ride until 7:45am, I got back at 8 for news and breakfast.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

maybe I should start acting my age 'cause this thing got it dead wrong

You Are 23 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

ahhhh wednesday....

sort of a blah day really, day to get stuff done for real before the week is about over. this meant biking this morning before breakfast, it was nice and cloudy although muggy out. I got some laundry done and paid the city bill. it was about $30 highter than usual on account of me watering every day last month. I mowed the back yard this morning and will prolly do the front Friday morning.

I worked out with trainer scott today, mainly just shoulders, I'm getting all motivated because you know how you can notice the most subtle changes on your own body, well I swear my shoudlers look just a little rounder and not as bony. so that really keeps me going.

I watched the TINTIN documentary last night, although it was mostly in french, however intersting how he kept working throughout the German occupation of Belgium, but then was criticized for doing so later, all journalists who kept working during the occupation were jailed actually. I thought it would be more about the influence of the cartoon on modern day comics but really it was just how his life was expressed through the stories and stuff.

I bought a few Tintin comics off of ebay and will prolly check out certain pivotal titles mentioned last night on the show next time I'm at a bookstore.

I bought 3 new cd's last weekend btw, the new "Franz Ferdinand" which has nothing on it as catchy as the first, but sounds good overall. The whole cd is sort of like some really cool brit rock music you'd hear in the backgroudn of some cool store. I also bought "dashboard confessionals" and "Deathcab for Cutie" except I wish I had bought the newer deathcab cd, i do like it and the dashboard one is pretty mellow but I just like some background music for when I'm in and out of the house or cleaning up and moving around etc...

I've decided to start back up going to Saturday afternoon bible studies this weekend. I got an email that it's in Yukn this week and mainly just a praise and testimony time since our leader is on vacation and busy for a while this summer.

I need to TRAVEL the world !!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

my Vulcan homey

The adventures of Tintin

I mentioned yesterday that I had bought a graphic novel,comic, cartoon, whatever caled Tintin, Cigars of the Pharaoh. anyway is is really strange but today I am at work reading it while sitting here in front of the computer and listening to PRI radio (that's public radio international), and they have a story come on about a documentary tonight all about, guess what, Tintin. basically it's a comic book character well-known through out europe like Mickey ouse is herein USA and they are discussing it effect on modern day cartoonists and why it never was popular in the USA. It's on tv tonight at 10pm which means right when I get home at 9:30 I can clean up relax and sit back and enjoy... ahh, now that's what summer's for, no worries in the morning and staying up late watchinga documentary on PBS.

sad news today, bombing on trains in India, the city Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and the numbers killed are now at 160.

I feeling much better today, last night I was slumped down in my seat with this awful headache ALL NIGHT here at work. I took an aspirin and shower and went straight to bed. I could tell I was out of it cause my jeans shoes and socks were all sitting on the floor at the foot of the chair at my dining table. That's when I'm really tired tired, the first place I sit down, I'm stripped and getting ready for bed immediately going to brush, shower and to bed. I fell asleep with letterman on and got up and turned it off. all the thunderstorms and rain last night were just the right thing to fall asleep to. ahh! and also great waking up to a cool grey cloudy morning this morning, although it did get hot later in the day.

goals this week: clean clean house, and make sense of all the boxes of STUFF in the back room, and then the back porch is next....I'm wearing my tan "Blue Party" new years 2001 party t-shirt today.

Monday, July 10, 2006

I "won" this shirt on ebay....$6.99 not bad!

and this clip has profanity (mom) at the end, but it's a pretty funny satire on the mac/pc comercials...

monday again...........

here I am back in the computer lab at ten til 4pm. I just had a pbj sandwich and listened to the thunderstorm move through outside, lot of thunder and lightening and rain pouring down on the roof. I bet my car got a little wet inside since I always leave my windows cracked open.
drove home straight through from siloam last night and got home at 10:45, exactly 2 hrs and 45 minutes, I left at 8.
the weekend ended well, I went to Rogers Saturday morning with Jeff to see "Pirates of the Carribean II" and then we went furniture shopping ( also peir one while waiting for the movie). and then saturday night Jeff made some really awesome homemade pizza for his wife and I. We watched the movie "Amelie" which I hadn't seen in a long time, it's excellent. Sunday I went to church and then lunch with Aaorn and Sara Toombs who are missionaries raising support to live in Senegal next year. SUnday afternoon I went for a walk with Shannon and her son Gram, then chatted a bit with Jamie her husband, and then went over to Kirk and Heidi Demairas for a visit and to see their little baby boy who's grwoing FAST. I helped Kirk take a ping pong table back to his mom, barb's, house, and then got back to Jamie and SHannon's just in time to follow them up to Pizza Hut and have dinner before heading back to OKC. wow what a weekend.
I got home last night and turned on PBS for the british comedy programming and then started a load of laundry. house is a bomb now until I get everyhting unpacked off the floor and cleaned up again etc...
I waterd some this morning, but we got a good downpour this afternoon, I'll hopefully mow tomorrow morning if dry enough, it really needs it since I was gone all week.
Also want to mention I had lunch with J.D. Miller a bud from high school. He had his very very well behaved son with him, 5 year old, Jeff and I met them for dinner at Venetian Inn in Tontitown between Faye and Siloam. I got a chance to catch up a bit with Jeff, having not seen him in maybe 15? years. We both went to OSU our freshman year after attending high shcool to gether so we go way back, and he looked great and has a sweet job as professor of ag journalism at U of A.
today at work I'm reading a graphic novel, the ADventures of Tintin, "Cigars of the Pharaoh". and i"m wearing a new black and white pinstriped shirt that I got at express on sale for 9.99

Friday, July 07, 2006

Siloam Springs !

Well I'm in Siloam Springs this weekend and things are going great. I drove up first thing yesterday morning leaving the house by 8 am, a small miracle for me. I drove straight through and arrived at the City Barber shop at 10:45 am and got a haircut from my favorite barber, Bill. (same all through college. He cut as short as possible and left some on top, what they call "high and tight." It could almost look military except my chin beard is non-regualation of course. dropped by Shannon's to say hi to Grahm and Deven, her boys, and then met Jeff at Fatiga's at 12 for lunch ( that's a picture of jeff and his wife EMily on the left ). His brother Jay and boss Dan joined us. I spoke with the proprieter there who always remembers my face, and asked her about her new catfish restaurant across the street which has been doing well in its third year.
Next, we're off to Fayetteville to Sams, Target, the mall -gap,banana, express.., and then Pier one. We had an excellent dinner at "Bordino's" which I hope to post all about later when I'm back in the office with time to kill to get into the experience.
TOday I've just finisheed making plans with a high school bud, jeff miller, whose twin was at the reuion, but he couldn't make it. Anyway, I think we are going to run around today some more and then try and catch up with him in Springdale this afternoon. best thing about days off like to day is we're just planning it as it goes, should be a good day.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


i was outside on my roof at 7:30 am Monday morning installing a flag stand at the peak of the roof on the side of my house. Then I went inside and ironed a flag and then hun git up. Looked really good all mon and yesterday July 4th. I guess I'll take it down tonight since I'll be gone all this weekend. also the buntings from the two front windows.
A friend lent me his extra bike so I was up THIS morning at 7;30 am riding around the neighborhood, my new goal is to begin taking a bike ride for half an hour or an hour every morning before breakfast.
how was everyone's 4th of July? I had a really really great one with the family. We all met at twelve at my sister's house in Mustang, and My other sister's family came over, my brother and family, and my parents and an aunt. wow. Very laid back time, just chilling back, eating hamburgers and sitting around the table gabbing and catching up, then sitting around on the porch, same, then the rain came in around 6 pm and people started leaving back home, I stayed til after 8 pm, the last one to leave, but its always fun to just chill with my sister's family and visit also. last night around 10 pm I went out and sat on my porch to watch the big firework show from Bethany's park. I remember sitting alone on my porch last year doing the same thing but thinking... maybe next year I'll have someone to sit here with. Nope, not yet.
I leave first thing tomorrow morning to drive up to AR. I hope to leave very early so I can get a very short hair cut at the City Barber, the same barber, Bill, who cut my hair in college is bound to retire soon so I want as many haircuts in AR and the City Barber as possible before he does. he he. I'm going up there for a 4 day weekend with my buddy Jeff Nichols, and we plan on seeing some movies and shopping around and jsut hanging out in general and catching up. his wife is in seattle on a business trip all week so I'm keeping him company as well as just getting out of OKC for a change!
I saw "Devil in Prada" last weekend and it is really really good and funny. I was saving SUperman for this next weekend in AR. I also want to see CLick and Haunted house, there are a lot of fun movies coming out this summer from the previews I've been seeing. its' about time. There is a movie coming out called " world trade center" with Nicholas Cage as a policeman, but I don't think I'll see that one, becasue I start to cry just seeing commercials or previews for that stuff.