Sunday, April 26, 2009

And their gone

Pretty good night, it has been over 28 years since we had a 5 and 2 year overnight. They acted pretty good and ate a good dinner. Cookies and Ice Cream followed during Bolt and part of Bedtime Stories.

They slept well, except for the T storm at 5 that woke up the little one for bit but we all went back to sleep until 7:30.

Pancakes and rain greeted us about 8 and then off to home with Dad for a bath and to get ready for church. All in all a good night.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Big Saturday Night

Tonight is the first night our granddaughters will stay all night with us. We have been taking naps. Chasing after a 5 and 2 year old will be hectic at best, although Dad is bringing a couple of movies so at least one of the kids will remain calm for a brief period.

Weather is poor so there will be no walk to tire them out, yesterday it was 86 and now its 46 and rainy. Welcome to Nebraska.

More after the event.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Musings

Back in the day when it was a big deal to just get the Royal Guardsman to Kearney we would have been wild about some of the acts now going to the local casino.

The outdoor summer concert series at Stir Concert Cove is back. The series will begin its sixth year with a show by Joe Cocker on May 17 at Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs. The series has 13 shows confirmed and 13 to 15 more that are yet to be announced.

Tickets for the this summer's concerts go on sale April 4 at, by phone at 888-512-SHOW and at the Harrah's gift shop.

This year's lineup, so far:

May 17 — Joe Cocker
May 22 — Cross Canadian Ragweed and Robert Earl Keen

June 20 — 3 Doors Down

June 27 — Chicago

July 3 —Eric Church with Randy Houser and Lee Brice

July 4 — Blue Oyster Cult with Slaughter

July 18 — Sheryl Crow

Aug. 22 — George Thorogood and the Destroyers with Jonny Lang

Aug. 28 — Bonnie Raitt with Taj Mahal

Aug. 29 — Loggins & Messina with the Gabe Dixon Band

Sept. 6 — Peter Frampton

Sept. 17 — Heart

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Recession News

We went out to dinner tonight. Not upscale, sort of between bar food and upscale. meaning a good glass of wine was $8. It is Wednesday and it is about 15 degrees outside with about a 10 mph wind and clear. Overnight falling to 5. Burrrr.

The restaurant was full! We spent over $60 for two, it was nice, but not flashy. 1.5 drinks, no appetizers. The place was packed. Recession, we got no stinking recession. Then I remember that 90% employment should account for something, and in the big O its nearly 95% if you believe the numbers. Did I mention the restaurant was full?

Markets up 3, whee, anything traveling north is good. I am sure that in some areas some folks are hunkering down and God love them. Peace out.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Game

I want full credit if sometime in the future this takes off on the web (see facebook) and makes money. If it is already being done, sorry.

I want to create a CD with songs along the the following theme, you figure it out and add songs, no more than two at a time.

1."You got the Silver" Rolling Stones
2. "Raised on Robbery" Joni Mitchell

It is not exactly dice ball or sock ball, but great ideas come from...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Springtime for

Spring is almost here, pay no attention to the 8.5 inches of snow we just got. It was in the 60 several days earlier. Its been awhile and since it is baseball time again I thought I would kick off the year with a remembrance.

Bill Werber died this past year and before he died I couldn't have told you who he was. Bill was 100 and the last surviving major league player to play with and against Babe Ruth. In fact he was the last surviving ML to have played against Ruth while he was a Yankee.

He hit a respectable .271, 78 HR, 539 RBI's, 1,295 games and 215 SB's. He lead the majors in SB's three times.

So, hats off to Bill as I am sure that he is as happy as I am that spring training has begun and we can begin think about warmer days.

As a post script and in keeping with the theme of death, Dewey Martin passed away (a George Carlin remembrance) at age 68, former drummer of the ...well if you don't know you probably won't care. Cheers

"Most people my age are dead — you could look it up."

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Much has happened

We moved. Twice. The same week.
Nearly 90 % of what we own is in the new house in Prairie Village, Kansas. The two of us, most of our clothes, and the cat (as well as a new relatively small modern television that we gave in and bought today) are in a furnished, one room apartment a bit more than a mile north of our former house, whose sale closed Friday last. I would like to complain about not getting out of the house what we hoped for, but frankly, I keep seeing it pretty positively. We sold the house. The amount we had to cut our price is a much smaller percentage than our stock market investments have lost in the last year or so. We also got a great deal on the new house, for many of the same reasons. If real estate markets even recover modestly, our new house, because of its great address/neighborhood, it will appreciate more than satisfactorily.
Perhaps an even bigger trauma is the apparent death of my four and a half year old Emac, a computer so rare and unusual most of you have never even seen one, It survived a full month after crashing to the floor as we took its desk apart for the move. Losing all that's on your computer is traumatic at best, and a fair portion of the nearly 8000 songs I had on it will be difficult if not impossible to replace.
I am figuring my resume doesn't hold the importance it once did, and frankly, I have no idea what all was on there except for my music and a large number of photos, so I will probably get by just fine. A repairman has just told me the hard drive is probably fine and can be rescued.
We did live for a weekend with no cable tv, land line phone or internet at home. Actually it took over a week for phone and internet to get up. It is hard to believe any business entity could be worse than Time Warner Cable, but Windstream, our phone company did much worse than Time Warner.
More reports will follow. It will be interesting to see how we co-exist in a space less than a quarter the size of the last two houses. And how we approach the last days of full-time dedicated educational careers. Maybe that's an overstatement in that we have nearly five months left.
Stay posted.