Saturday, July 21, 2007



I woke up so stiff this morning!

However, I didn't even get a compliment from the other side of the bed.

(Seen on a greeting card at First at First Avenue Wine House, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I thought it was funny. I had to post it.)

Saturday, July 14, 2007


She's 12 years old, but still very small. A black Asian who has lived in Florida her entire life, soon moving in with us in Iowa.

Seriously, have you ever seen anything more cute? As most of my readers will remember, I used to have one just like her. Mine was red and a 1994. I still regret the day I sold it.

You can just imagine my shock when Andrew instant messaged me at work a few days ago and told me that he bought it and that he had to fly to Florida to pick it up next week. It's a 22 hour drive to West Palm Beach, Florida to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has his one way ticket purchased and has to leave home Thursday morning the 19th at 3:30am to catch his flight. As soon as he gets to West Palm Beach, the dealership will pick him up, finalize paperwork and he'll be on the road back to Iowa. This is where the problem lies. I don't really like the idea of him driving by himself for 9 or 10 hours after having been up since 3:00am. I would go with him so we could split the driving, but I have no additional vacation time from work with our trip to Seattle coming up in August and we already have too many people off this week anyway. So, it looks like he'll be making the trip himself. He already checked into having the car shipped here, but that turned out to be cost prohibitive. It's less than half to fly there and drive it back.

So, now the discussions of the "baby's" room have begun. The garage is only big enough for two cars so this one will have to sleep outside. We have discussed adding an additional concrete parking space next to the driveway on one side. Of course we'll need to shop for some nice, warm P.J.'s so she won't get too cold during those typical Iowa winter nights.

Saturday, July 07, 2007


I sat with my mouth open in disbelief as I watched this video. These people are actually laughing about not being able to remember the simplest details of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Even worse...the video is labeled "funny answers to 9/11 questions".

What ever happened to "we will never forget"????

Where were you at about 9am EST on September 11th 2001? How could anyone forget?

I was in Omaha, Nebraska on business. I had just stepped out of the shower and was getting ready to leave for my first meeting of the day when my cell phone rang. It was my now, ex-partner calling me from home and telling me to turn on the TV. I sat down on the bed watching in disbelief just as the second plane hit the WTC. The rest of that day was so surreal to me. I went to a couple of meetings I had scheduled for that day but as soon as I saw Air force One fly over my head, escorted by fighter jets, then heard the news that the president was landing at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, I headed for home. Would you have wanted to be anywhere near the leader of the free world, a likely target, when all of this was taking place?