September 30, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

What person from history would you have enjoyed knowing? Why?

I love history! There are so many... how do I narrow it down?

I think Alexander The Great would be interesting to have known, so would Peter The Great and Leonardo Da Vinci.

But since I have to narrow it down and name one I would have to say it would be King Edward III of England. Why? Because he is my father's mother's, father's, mother's, father's... my 21st great grandfather.

Here is a breif except from Wikipedia: Edward III (13 November 1312 – 21 June 1377) was one of the most successful English monarchs of the Middle Ages. Restoring royal authority after the disastrous reign of his father, Edward II, Edward III went on to transform the Kingdom of England into the most efficient military power in Europe. His reign saw vital developments in legislature and government—in particular the evolution of the English parliament—as well as the ravages of the Black Death. He remained on the throne for 50 years.

One reason I love to read historical fiction is because it "fleshes out" their lives, let's the reader know how these people really lived, even though some literary license is invoked. There is a lot of information on King Edward III, but it would be interesting to see how he lived, what he thought and how he felt about things.

As always, who is someone from history that y'all would like to have known? Comments are welcome!

September 29, 2009

Bucket List meme

Things you have done during your lifetime:
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
(X) Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
(X) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost
(X) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
( ) Recently colored with crayons
(X) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(X) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't.
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Been to the Mummer's Parade in Philadelphia on New Year's Day
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Danced in the rain-naked
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
(X) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
(X) Lived in more than one country
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
(X) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(X) Seen the Statue of Liberty
(X) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
(X) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horse back riding
(X) Ridden on a San Francisco Cable Car
( ) Been to Disneyland and Disney World
(X) Truly believe in the power of prayer
( ) Been in a rain forest
(X) Seen whales in the ocean
(X) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
(X) Been to a jazz club on Beale Street in Memphis
(X) Been water-skiing
(X) Been to Westminster Abbey
(X) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
(X) Buried a pet
( ) Auditioned for a television show
(X) Spent a night in a train station
( ) Gone to school in another country
(X) Been parasailing
( ) Won a cooking contest
(X) Pulled a tooth
(X) Crossed the International Date Line
( ) Been to the Arctic Circle
(X) Climbed a mountain
(X) Toured a cavern
(X) Shot a rifle
(X) Celebrated New Year's Eve in Time's Square
(X) Done something that no one else knows about
(X) Actively participates in fundraising for a worthy cause
( ) Vacationed in the Outer Banks
(X) Driven naked
( ) Used a Jackhammer
( ) Been Paint-balling
(X) Have come from Vegas with more $$ than you went with
( ) Have been in a bar fight!
(X) Been certain you would die to protect a specific someone.
( ) Ran a triathlon
(X) Looked down on a rainbow from a plane
(X) Been to the Sistine Chapel

September 28, 2009

Maddie's story

I'm very close to my niece Maddie. I got to hold her on the day she was born.

A while ago my sister (her mom) told me that she writes short stories and is very creative. She also loves to read, we were both reading The Odyssey by Homer this summer.

But, she refuses to write a story about me or even with me as a character! So I told her I would write one about her. Here is the result. LOL.

Chapter One - Stupid Cat

"It was a dark and dreary night...." said Maddie. "Wait, that sounds stupid! All those stupid old books start out like that", said Brooke. "I know", said Maddie "but it is a dark and dreary night. Or, it will be. This day is not going well and the night doesn't look like its going to get any better." sighed Maddie.

The two friends were standing outside of the church. They had been running around playing, just hanging out like two BFF's should. They had been running, playing tag, laughing, talking and being typical tweens. When was it that they finally figured it out that not that many people were around anymore? They really couldn't say they just kind of realized it. And now here they were, standing all alone under the street light of the empty church parking lot. They kept on talking and chattering away, trying to avoid worrying about what they were going to do.

"I'm writing a book" said Maddie. "About me?" replied Brooke. "No, it’s a fun and interesting book!" Maddie said. "I'm fun and interesting!" giggled Brooke. Maddie rolled her eyes and said, "My Uncle Jim says that all the time too. He wants me to write a book about him but he's OLD and not any fun at all." "Oh" said Brooke "is he the one you were texting earlier? Old people don't text! They barely can use a cell phone. Remember your mom today? Her cell phone battery was dead and she couldn't figure out why your dad wasn't calling. Um, Maddie... where is your mom or your dad?"

Maddie looked down at her shoes. They were old and a little scuffed and there was a lump in her throat. "I don't know." she said. She had to blink a lot; her eyes were starting to burn because she could feel the tears start to come. "I thought they were just talking to people after church like they always do." The thought came to her... "Did they REALLY forget about me and leave without me? Where are they?" So, to get her mind off it she said "Yea, my stupid Uncle Jim keeps bugging me to write a book about him. He's such a Gay Wad! He tells these embarrassing stories about me, when I was little. He's so stupid!"

Brooke giggled, "I know" she said. "You're brother said your uncle told him how you used to get really mad and when you swear you would say 'Stupid Cat'!" Brooke started laughing. Maddie thought of her brother and all the mean things he had done to her and how she plotted her revenge. She would get him back! She had been planning and revising her plans of sweet revenge. But those plans could wait for later; she had to figure out what to do. How would they get home? Maddie just mumbled, "He's the Stupid Cat!"

Just then they saw headlights, someone was driving into the church parking lot! They both started jumping up and down, screaming and waving their arms. They ran into the middle of the road and were screaming with relief and joy, Maddie's mom was there!

On the way home Maddie thought... this is a dark and dreary night. Her brother Jaeger had to be at some stupid game, so Mom had rushed to take him home and thought Maddie was with her dad. Dad had rushed home to eat; assured that her mom would surely remember to take all the kids home. So, it was Jaeger's fault! The planning and scheming began again. "I'll write about it, put all the details in a murder mystery. No one will ever know that it’s the plans of how I'll get back at him!" she thought and she made a wicked little laugh that made Brooke look at her funny. "Maddie, you're my bff, but you are kinda weird sometimes."

September 27, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame

Had a great evening last night with my neighbor and friend David at the Rangers baseball game. The weather was perfect! And we had great seats.

This turned out to be a Home Run hit!!

Rangers won, 13 to 3! Woohoo. (At least that's what the score was when we left at the bottom of the 8th inning)

Also got to see the new Cowboy's Stadium. Wow! That thing is huge! Also looks very high-tech.

It was a great evening! Got a lot of people watching in! I always enjoy looking at all the men and the hot daddies.

September 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad would have been 86 today.

Born in 1923 he was the second child of my grandparents.

When people see pictures of my dad they tell me how much I look like him. My siblings tell me that I sound and walk like him too.

He married my mother in 1955. They have this thing about 2's and 3's. He was born in 1923, she was born in 1932. When they were married he was 32 and she was 23.

They were married on Nov 23rd. They had 2 daughters and 3 sons.

I was the 4th child and 3rd son.
And the only one of his kids that he got to see being born.

I remember that dad would love to play games and do stuff with us.

He was very dedicated to his church. My parents went on a mission to San Antonio and they both learned to speak spanish when they were in their 60's.

Dad passed away on Memorial Day in 2001. I still miss him.

This last picture is how I most remember him, a very loving and caring father.

I miss you and love you dad.
Happy Birthday!

September 25, 2009

Opening of the State Fair of Texas

Today is opening day of the State Fair of Texas! I love going to the fair. Growing up we went to the Utah state only a few times since it was a 3 hour drive to Salt Lake City. We only went when mom entered things into the competitions.

Here are some of the pictures I've taken while at the fair. The picture below is one of my favorites, its a view of the fair from the top of the ferris wheel at night. Embiggen it, it's very cool.

Only occasionally do I ride the rides, only if I go with friends that want to. I hate the spinning rides, makes me feel sickly for several hours.

A must see for me is also the baby animal petting area. Yes, I'm one of the few adults without a rug-rat in tow looking at the baby critters. I also like the dog shows.

Mostly I just like to people watch.

September 24, 2009

Random Stuff rattling around the brain today

I ran into a lot of people over the weekend that I hadn't seen in a long time. I noticed something that seems to be a running theme with everyone. When asked "How are you?" everyone replied the same; "Oh, just busy with work." I know it's just a rhetorical answer, but sometimes I want to know how my friends really are doing. I guess that's up to me to have more conversation to find out.

While at the gym last night I saw a little bit of the President of Iran's speech to the UN. Why is it that he and other religious fanatics talk about "rights" for everyone... except for gays? Do the fanatical Christians realize that they sound just like he did? Why is it that when someone talks about what God says, they think that their own beliefs are the absolute truth, straight from God herself? Why do they not realize that it is just their opinion and their interpretation of what they think God means? This drives me crazy!

And why is it that some people in Texas break out their coats and jackets when the temperature goes below 60 degrees? The weather has cooled down and it's really nice outside. But a coat, really? It's not that cold yet! I know you yankee northerners are getting a good laugh at us warm-weathered southerners! But it's true, I was walking behind a guy leaving the office last night and he was wearing a trench coat. And I don't think he was planning on going to the local cruise park... or was he??

September 23, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

If you designed a bumper sticker, what would it say?

OK, I didn't have a lot of time to do these nice... but ya'll get the general idea.

September 22, 2009

Gay Pride pictures

This was my favorite picture from the day!

Leaving the warm-up party for the day's festivities.

Bears on bikes were fun!

My friends and I went to look at the floats "pre-parade"

Dallas Cheer led the parade.

I was being responsible... water every so often and not just beer all day long.

I went with basic black beads, black is slimming isn't it? lol

The parade with all the hot men on floats!

And of course the drag queens!

The crowd at Lee Park.

The evening ended with everyone shaking their groove thing!

September 21, 2009

Autumnal equinox - Mabon

Today is the first day of Autumn, the time when the day and night is divided equally.

Mabon is Pagan Holiday celebrated today as the time when we reap the fruits of our labor and lessons, both crops and experiences. Mabon marks the Second Harvest, the end of the grain harvest which begun at Lughnasadh. It is a time of joy, to celebrate that which is passing, looking joyously at the experience the year has shared with us. And it is a time to gaze into the bright future.

How do Pagans celebrate Mabon? Going through your personal gardens with thanks and lovingly harvesting what is ready is also appropriate. Breads may be baked in the shape of the Sun, combining fruits or vegetables and grains, incorporating both of the major aspects of this Harvest. Additional seeds and grains can be set out as offering to our fellow creatures, and provide a healthy chance for birds to join in the celebrations as well.

Join me in a toast of Ale to the changing of the season.

P.S. Look for Pride pictures in tomorrow's post. It was a great day!

September 20, 2009

300th post and Gay Pride in Dallas

It didn't seem that long ago that I reached my 200th post.... And here I am at 300 now!

Thanks everyone for stopping by my little corner of the world wide web!

I know there are some people out there saying "What? a pride parade in September? WTF?" I know... I said that too when I first moved here.

Then a native son told me that the organizers thought that June was too hot for parades and parties in the park. There are also Pride Celebrations in every major city in the US during June and there are usually only 4 weekends. They thought that people would rather fly to San Fran, Chicago or New York for the pride festivities rather than staying in the sweltering heat of the Big D. Houston has a night parade and an evening/all night party to avoid their temperature issues.

So today, I will be going to some friend's home in the gayborhood for a few 'warm up' drinks, then we're off to the parade and the ensuing party in Lee Park.

I'm taking Monday off from work! Nothing will dampen my day! (like the dread that hits us Sunday evening of going back to work)

I'll be taking lots of pictures, gay Dallasites showing their pride, and if it will be 88 degrees and sunny, a few will be showing off more than their pride!! Woohoo. Maybe I will too.

September 19, 2009

Me Hearties

Ahoy and Avast me hearties!
Today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Tis a fine day to sail the seas! Go forth and a scurvy pirate be ye today!

If ye needs to be instructed on "pirate speak" click here or watch these:

Great Neptune's man nipples, that be some good leanrin!!

Harrr, harrr!

Go ye forth and be ye pirates today, ye salty sea-dogs!

September 18, 2009

Yoga vs. drinking

Research confirms that drinking gives you the same benefits yoga does.

Position of total relaxation.

Position that brings the sensation of peace and calm.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
This position calms the brain and heals tired legs.

Position stimulates the midriff area and the spinal column.

Excellent for back pain and insomnia.

Excellent for the shoulder area, thorax, legs, and arms.

Great exercise to stimulate the lumbar area, legs, and arms.

Ananda Balasana
This position is great for massaging the hip area.

This position, for ankles and back muscles.

Tones the body, and builds flexibility and helps get rid of 'stress'.

Forget exercise .. when's Happy Hour?

Happy Friday everyone!