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These wander into my basement. It’s often called a Camel Cricket.


Who vs. Whom

Very well done tutorial over at The Oatmeal.

That’s a lot of hockey

I got into Big Red the other day after our 3rd hockey game of the weekend in as many states and noticed the odometer. Big Red has been with us for 10+ years of travel hockey; seven state championships, many dozens of tournaments, many hundreds of games, heart-breaks and triumphs, a few fender benders and countless hours of high quality family time. She has never once let us down. We hope she’ll be with us for a while longer.

Big Red

Sandy Damage

We were so lucky that all we had were downed trees, a few blown off shingles and some siding damage. Three of the eight trees we lost were in prime position to come down on the house or the cars and luckily the wind blew in such a way that they all missed the big targets. Most of these pictures are of our yard and a few are of the neighbors.

High speed… not just on two wheels is great.

My lap times on the Information Superhighway have been going lower.


These were in abundance in the cupboard at the house on Lake Conroe Drive.

Festivus 2011

Another Festivus celebration is complete and a big thanks to Theo, Klaudia, Zak and Nina for being such great hosts.

2011 Wastebook

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has released his new oversight report, “Wastebook 2011” that highlights over $6.5 billion in taxpayer dollars going to projects that are unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority.

This has been called “A Fun Look at Government Spending”. I’m not sure I had any fun skimming the 98 page document full of examples of how wasteful and inappropriate big brother is.

Here is an example from the report.

Creating a Smart Phone App for Picking Tennessee Farmers – (TN)  $181,966

Yes, there‘s an app for that, too. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture received $181,966 in taxpayer dollars to create an app for

 smart phones and tablets to help connect consumers with specialty crop producers.347 The marketing campaign is designed to help further its Pick Tennessee Products campaign and to help consumers find farmers through the online specialty crop directory. Pick Tennessee Products is a program aimed squarely at Tennessee residents in the hopes they will shop locally at Tennessee farms. The program‘s website, which can already be accessed by any smart phone, allows an individual to browse the program‘s listings and even order products online. Those so interested can also find the program on Facebook and Twitter @PickTnProducts), which provide access to social networks free of charge. In addition, the program allows anyone to aim their smart phone at ―quick response (QR) codes, which when instantly launches the program website on the phone. According to one report,  Once the code has done its job, shoppers can instantly access all the local farm-direct ingredients, artisan foods, gift baskets, and even Christmas trees listed at While having even more avenues to access the program‘s website may be useful, it is hardly a pressing need. The app is intended to even further increase awareness about the variety of Tennessee agricultural products. Supporters hope that in the ―first six months of the App being used, it will be downloaded 10,000 times and 30,000 times within the first year.‖

A real man of the people.

Doesn’t this just give you comfort; to know how much he cares?

The quote below is from: Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

Our kids are going to be fine. And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don’t worry about you — I mean, I worry the way parents worry — but they’re on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. But that’s not our vision of America. I don’t want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates, and can’t feel a part of a country that is giving everybody a shot.

My boys.

Yesterday was NHL jersey night at practice. My two favorite hockey players.