Saturday, July 25, 2009
So unlike a convict on death row, Penelope had her first "meal" (you know, death row dudes get a last meal...right, ok, now we are on the same page)
She had some Lobster, steamed and buttered with a side of raspberry salad with almonds, for desert she had crème brûlée and a glass of shriaz to numb any teething pains.
Here is some pics.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
When we sent her for covert Panda training in the woods, she failed, maybe she will pas next year.
right before corey and P were transported aboard a federation starship
A Hard night of White Russians and Backgammon
Enjoying the simple things in life
"Dad....Seriously...that is what you are wearing"?
Holding the fort against a siege by clan Norris
"I eat these things, so what"
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So, so much to say, so little time....lets look at pictures.
Lets start with a tour of our backyard.
The west garden with compost heap in the background
Looking west from patio towards power lines and people who live on hills
Patio and door to laundry room...why did I add this picture? I have no clue.
Entrence to masterbeed room from patio...with a little baby hanging out...this pictures are sucky you say...I agree...lets up the anti.
View from East patio
East patio with fire pit and access to "office"
Passage way from East Yard to West yard and shed w/AC
Looking into alley from yard
looking West Down Alley
Looking East up alley
Wow...this got very alley centric, lets look down the street and then one of Penelope, tomorrow, all P all the time.
See ya tomorrow....well...not really, unless your Sarah or one of my coworkers...but you get the drift.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Armenian Genocide - 1915-1918 - 1,500,000 Deaths
The Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century, occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres.
Ukraine Famine - 1932-1933 - 7,000,000 Deaths
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, set in motion events designed to cause a famine in the Ukraine to destroy the people there seeking independence from his rule. As a result, an estimated 7,000,000 persons perished in this farming area, known as the breadbasket of Europe, with the people deprived of the food they had grown with their own hands.
Nanking Massacre - 1937-1938 - 300,000 Deaths
In December of 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army marched into China's capital city of Nanking and proceeded to murder 300,000 out of 600,000 civilians and soldiers in the city. The six weeks of carnage would become known as the Rape of Nanking and represented the single worst atrocity during the World War II era in either the European or Pacific theaters of war.
Holocaust - 1938-1945-6,000,000 Deaths
It began with a simple boycott of Jewish shops and ended in the gas chambers at Auschwitz as Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers attempted to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe.
Cambodia Genocide (Pol Pot) - 1975-1979 - 2,000,000 Deaths
An attempt by Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot to form a Communist peasant farming society resulted in the deaths of 25 percent of the country's population from starvation, overwork and executions.
Genocide in Rwanda - 1994 - 800,000 Deaths
Beginning on April 6, 1994, and for the next hundred days, up to 800,000 Tutsis were killed by Hutu militia using clubs and machetes, with as many as 10,000 killed each day.
Bosnia Genocide - 1992-1995 - 200,000 Deaths
In the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, conflict between the three main ethnic groups, the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims, resulted in genocide committed by the Serbs against the Muslims in Bosnia.
Corey's Arachnida Cleansing of 2009 - est. 1000000 Deaths
In the backyard of a dude sick of the potential sting of a scorpion, a plan was launched to strike back at the pre-emptive attacks by Scorpions. What started as a, get near my house you are toast was escalated by a surprise attack when Corey was reaching for his dropped keys on his carport. What is estimated as most likly a several week process, and perhaps costly, the goal was to remove all scorpion settlements within the Rial bank of the Stoney Mountain and then maintain a secure perimeter with all sorts of nasty and dangerous determent's of the scorpions. The death toll will never be known and the struggle is on going.
Not to make light of those horrible events, but to try and make an analogies on how much I don't want lethal predators hanging around my house. On a side note: read more about these genocides and try and have some compassion for some people in incredible horrible conditions, this site does a good job in explaining what went downhttp://www.unitedhumanrights.org/
How 'bout some pics soon? Less Scorpion nonsense........
til the cows come home.
Monday, July 6, 2009
So...the Scorpions song reference in the title...why you ask....well, I live next to Stony Mountain, part of the Phoenix North Mountain Preserve and let me tell you, they should rename it stronghold for scorpions who want to come into my house mountain. While not yet a pandemic, three scorpions have met there fate on my watch, and that is three too many. These things are scary man, and from what I have read there is no stopping them save complete removal of all bugs from my property. There are some tricks to control them, and one of those is a Scorpion raiding party. So in the near future you will see me equip ted in night vision black light goggles and a triggered butane torch lighting bugs on fire in the middle of the night. Awesome.
But we got to take care of this problem. I am thinking a wall, these scorpions are illegally coming into my yard, never mind they lived here first and really, what is Private property, and they are taking my jobs (killing bugs like cockroaches and crickets), my social security (I am not secure in being bare foot) and selling drugs (for the pesticide companies as I will be buying lots and lots of this to prevent the scorpion migration. Man these things have kids they carry on there backs to look for water and food, and then guess what...they leave the kids and move on, now these kids are in my yard thinking they live here and have a right to be here, man eff that, this is mine, I worked "hard" in an air conditioned work place to get this. So nothing short of an embargo and a complete diplomatic overhaul with Sierra Stoney...errr...stoney mountain will solve this problem in the nation of Rialzona.
Am I reaching...
could have done better....
fine, write at you later.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So, and this is not directed towards anyone specific, it just some things trigger deep down ideas and thoughts I have. Some friends of mine renewed there faith in capitalism...errr....uggghhh...there marriage in Las Vegas over the weekend and from what I hear it was a gas, or some one had gas, not sure on the specifics, but it did involve gas, so there ya go. Any who, the term 'vegas has been thrown around alot, and again, not directed to the people that went to Las Vegas, this has been a passion peeve of mine since well...I started getting annoyed and angry by trivial things, so its cool dudes. The term Vegas. When did we become so lazy that we dropped the 3 letter prefecture? I know Las Vegas has some romantic aura around it...or is that just 2nd hand smoke, not sure, not important, the name of the city is LAS VEGAS.
There is a precedent here, its Los Angeles, which is shortened to LA. Never is it called Angeles. Never. So in this case, Las Vegas should either go by its full christian name or LV. I mean come on, we drop the easiest part of the whole phrase, Las....geez. Other examples...New Orleans, we don't call it Orleans, well because Orleans is a city in France, New York, yeah York is in the UK. What about other "Los" city's? Los Cruces new Mexico, nope it isn't called Cruces. I am sure the native residents of Las Vegas can't stand 'Vegas, as much as the people of the bay area can't stand, Frisco, which is another tangent in its self.
Calling Las Vegas is pro bally older than me, but its time to take it back, lets promote proper grammar or at least respect full names, or lets make it fair across the board.
"I have a friend who lives in Port' his brother lives in 'Rado, and his mom lives in "fornia. They are cool, they have lived in alot of Places, I think S' Lake City and north 'wood oh and 'icago and 'Rida also, so they are well traveled."
That sentenced sucked and makes me angry, if anything, you call a city by its nick name, for example: Seattle = The Emerald City, Paris = city of lights, Boston = bean town. That's an ok approach I guess, or you can use airport codes, for example: Portland = PDX, Phoenix = PHX, but that approach is kinda a stretch, especially for places like Denver which is DEN, but preferable, the full god given name.
Fourth-o-July BBQ at my house, who are welcome to come if you like eating grilled carrots and removing asbestos from 50 year old piping (lord knows that is my favorite) Penelope sleeps on her side and toss and turns, totally not a new born anymore. Cool/sad, but mostly cool.