Archive for 2007

Santa On The Roof – 2007

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Just a quick note, I’ve started uploading pictures I took yesterday of Santa’s annual visit to my next door neighbor’s roof. I’ve also included pictures of our front yard too.

Crazy Little Thing Called Rock Band

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

I’m not into video games, that’s for sure, but Rock Band has been kind of fun. I started out “playing” Bass but don’t have enough hand-eye coordination yet to move out of the easy level. So I switched the singer and moved to the medium level. Maybe if they come up with a version called “Pop Band” I’ll do better. This weekend has probably been the most time I have spent playing a video game.

It’s been a nice five days off. I took Wednesday off, baked pumpkin pies and took Cody for his check up. Thursday I warmed up a ham (note to self it was better cold) and we went to Jeff’s dad’s with it. Friday, we stayed pretty close to the house (more Rock Band) but I did venture out to find two more inflatables for the yard. Depending on the weather we may put them out next weekend.

Saturday, no little kids to coach so I did a little of my stuff and watched the Tennessee – Kentucky Game. Pretty funny when family and friends call to make sure you are okay after the game. My little Vols blog got mentioned on GoVols Xtra (along with other folks blogging about the game).

Today, we’re just trying to take it easy. I was easily talked into a few more hours of Rock Band today. Need to get back into that working frame of mind before I get too comfortable being at home.

Our friend Ana is supposed to take her citizenship oath tomorrow – no wonder we have so many illegals with all that she went through. BUT she went through it and wants to be a citizen, my hats off to her!

Nerd Test

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I saw a link to this on another blog. I have been gleaning blogs (looking for specific comments) for over the past week. It was a fun break from all the blog searching. I almost fell over laughing when I read the following message:

“High-Level Nerd. You are definitely MIT material, apply now!!! “

Oh , pleeaaze…but I have to agree with the 50% who said this was a geek test. Read the Nerdtest reply. And after reading the definitions used – I’m definitely not a nerd, but a geek (not the carnival performer kind).


I am nerdier than 88% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

Update: Traffic Backup Mystery

Friday, November 9th, 2007

It took some digging but I found the answer – sadly it was a fatal wreak that happened around 1:30PM and shut the interstate down for 4 hours.

Bynum man dies in 2-car wreck on I-20

Traffic Backup Mystery

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

On Sunday Nov 4, 2007 traffic gets backed up for over 5 miles on I-20 east bound, is forced to exit the interstate at Heflin, AL Exit 199 and travel Hwy 78 all the way into Georgia back to the Route 100 connector to I-20 and I cannot find one single reference to it online. I had left Birmingham, AL before 3PM after picking up a rental car* from the airport. Traffic started backing up around mile marker 194 east bound around 4PM. It took an hour to go 4 miles. Finally got to exit 199 where traffic was being diverted off the interstate at 5:30PM. So now I’m forced off the interstate with hundreds of other cars and trucks. All I can do is go with the flow, there were no other police cars directing traffic once they forced everyone off the interstate.

At 7:15PM (now Eastern time) I figured I had better call my hotel in Atlanta and let them know I was going to be late. My best guess was it would be after 9PM – I checked in at 9:15PM. I need to remember to ask the two ladies in my class, also from Birmingham, if they go stuck in that mess too.

*The rental car – just when I thought I was getting a treat – a Ford Mustang convertible – it turned into a lemon. It is either seriously out of alignment or something is very wrong somewhere around the front passenger tire/brake area. It started off with an awful vibration that was very noticeable in the steering wheel. I was thinking this was going to be an awful ride to Atlanta – little did I know how true that would be. But it got worse, while doing 5 miles an hour for 5 miles I could hear a thump, thump, thump (more like a clunk, clunk, clunk). If I didn’t know better it sounded like something inside a hubcap – except the car didn’t have hubcaps. It seemed to also be brake related. The vibration has calmed down some, but the clunk, clunk, clunk remains. At least there is a roadside assistance number on the keyring.