Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Brian Saaristo Celebration Day

Here is a little more information on Brian Saaristo's fundraiser

It’s Coming! The Brian Saaristo Celebration Day, October 7th at the Cromwell Park Pavilion. (This is a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Matching Funds Event.) A Pancake Breakfast will be served from 7 AM - 1 PM followed by BINGO at 1 PM. In addition there will be a silent auction from 11 AM - 3 PM and a very special musical tribute at Noon. If you would like to donate a prize for the auction, contact Carolyn Krogh at 644-3670. If you can’t participate in this event, but want to send a contribution to the benefit, please make your check payable to Brian Saaristo and mail it to the Northview Bank, POI Box 68, Cromwell, MN 55726. You may have also noticed all the yellow ribbons popping up all over Cromwell and Wright to show your support for Brian’s courage. If you’d like one for your mailbox or front yard, please call Jeanne Weimer at 644-3953 in Cromwell or stop by the Groth Lumber Yard in Wright and ask Dennis for your ribbon/s.

As you may have noticed, there was a big article about Brian and his family in the Sunday Edition of the Duluth News Tribune. This article answers a lot of the questions people have been asking about Brian and his progress. He wants to get back home to Wright as soon as possible and it looks like he may even make it for the special celebration in his honor. If not, our thoughts and prayers are with him as he continues to heal and learn to walk with his new feet.

from the Wright News

Also, found

Saturday, Oct. 7, the communities of Cromwell and Wright will host a fundraiser for the Brian Saaristo family. A pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be followed by Bingo from 1-3 p.m. Also, during the hours of 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. there will be a silent auction. All of these events will be held at the Cromwell Park Pavilion. If you have prizes or auction items you would like to donate, please contact Carolyn Krogh at 644-3670. If you have food items you would like to donate, please contact Barbara Dahl at 644-3691 or Peggy Olson at 644-3746. For those of you who will be out of town or wish to send a cash donation, an account has been established at the Northview Bank of Cromwell. Make your funds payable to Brian Saaristo and they will be posted to the proper account. Soon you will be seeing yellow! There will be yellow ribbon bows for you to indicate your support. If you’d like to get a yellow bow, please contact Dennis Johnson in Wright at 357-3808 or Jeanne Weimer in Cromwell at 644-3953. Thank you, in advance for your support.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

When Hardwork Is Not Enough

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions. From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 1 8 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

A-T -T-I -T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

And, look how far ass kissing will take you.
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hardwork and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top. This equation should be taught in all math classes!

sent to me by a friend

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Hero Survives Iraqi IED

I have shamelessly republished the lead article from the September 24th Duluth News Tribune in it's entirety. It is a report of a recovering Iraqi casualty, the study of an American soldier, and the telling of couragous hero. This is the account of my cousin, who faced the danger and gave of himself when he didn't have to!

This information is more up-to-date than when I first posted on Brian's ordeal.

Kirkuk, Iraq, on July 2.
Justin Hayworth/News Tribune
Brian fields calls about what forms he needs to fill out to be released from the military.
He lost both feet when an improvised explosive device hit the Humvee
he and four others were riding in while patrolling the streets of Kirkuk, Iraq, on July 2.

'I gave what I can give'

A Cloquet soldier and his family live in a hotel room as he recovers from losing his feet in Iraq

Room 3J28E at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is small.

It might once have been an office, but patients today call it the leg room.

Inside, more than a dozen prosthetic legs lean against the walls and each other. Brian Saaristo's legs are stored under the sink.

They are shorter than the others because Saaristo, of rural Cloquet, still has his own knees. His feet are somewhere in Iraq.

On July 2, Sgt. Saaristo of the 101st Airborne Division joined the 468 U.S. soldiers who have become amputees while on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I consider myself lucky," Saaristo said.

He still has his sight, most of his hearing and, above all, his life.

He and his family have coped with the injury with equal parts grit and humor. When asked if he misses his feet, Saaristo paused.

"I don't know. We didn't talk much," he eventually said with a hint of a smile. "But it would be wrong to say I don't miss them. It was easier to get around with feet."

His loss has extracted a price from everyone.

Saaristo's wife, Cheryl, and two children, Leah, 9, and Brian Jr., 5, have for now given up their home in Wright, about 25 miles west of Cloquet, where there was room to run and play. The family has lived together in tiny hotel rooms in Washington during Saaristo's recovery.

"This has brought us closer," Cheryl Saaristo said. "We're very fortunate to have each other, to have this time together, and to have Brian."

She was shocked at the number of amputee soldiers at the hospital -- men and women whose arms and legs were taken by bombs, bullets and improvised explosive devices like the one that took her husband's feet.

"What you see happening on TV is real," Cheryl said. "Those IEDs, this is what they do."


The day had grown long, and everyone in the Humvee was tired. Saaristo and four other soldiers were headed back to their base, the first in a convoy on a busy road in Kirkuk.

They rode in an unarmored vehicle. Saaristo's unit had recently ordered four kits to "up-armor" their Humvees, but only one had arrived. Theirs had not been fortified.

Driver Nick Paupore's left leg was propped up off the floor, his right leg pressed low on the gas pedal. Saaristo was sitting behind him.

He remembers vividly what happened next.

There was a dreadful bang and the cab filled with smoke. Everything turned brown as the windshield glaze melted. Saaristo tried to open his door, which was was jammed shut, then felt rough hands as someone dragged him out of the vehicle. And then the pain, distant at first but growing stronger. His right leg was gone below the knee and his left had been splintered. It would later be amputated.

"I knew I had lost them," Saaristo said. "As long as I was still alive, that was all I was concerned about."

Saaristo, 43, had fought to be in that Humvee. The military was reluctant to accept him for active duty because of his age, so Saaristo worked with Rep. Jim Oberstar to re-enlist.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Saaristo felt called to serve the country. He had been having dreams about serving again -- and nightmares in which the rest of his unit was leaving for the war and he couldn't find his uniform.

He missed the camaraderie of the military. He knew he would go to Iraq.

And part of it was what was best for the family. The Saaristos both held steady, good-paying jobs in Cloquet, but the 12-hour shifts meant that Leah and Brian Jr. were constantly in child care. The family was never together. If Brian went active-duty again, Cheryl could stay home with the children.

On that Sunday, 10 months after he arrived in Iraq, Saaristo was fighting to keep from bleeding to death. Paupore was the only other soldier seriously injured -- he lost his right leg above the knee.

Despite his own injuries, Saaristo kept barking orders: Stay calm. Remember your training. Check on Nick. Get me to a hospital. He was conscious as another soldier applied tourniquets to his lower legs, but he had no pain medication because no one could find a vein in his shocked body.

Saaristo soon slipped into gray and didn't wake again until he was in Washington.


"When I first saw him, he was all wrapped up, with sponges and drains taped at the bottom of his legs," Cheryl Saaristo remembers. Brian Saaristo's first memories are of watching his wife walk into the hospital room. He couldn't speak, so he turned to sign language.

"Brian lifted his hands, and it took him half an hour to bend the fingers of one hand like this," Cheryl Saaristo said, demonstrating the sign for "I love you." It was the same motion they used to flash each other at work.

It was important to Cheryl that Leah and Brian Jr. know their father was still alive, though Brian Saaristo hadn't wanted them to see.

"I snuck them in," she said. "They had to see him."

The Saaristos want Leah and Brian Jr. to feel comfortable with Brian's injury -- and they seem to have succeeded. Both children have helped with Brian's treatment and recovery.

"You can touch his legs," Brian Jr. offers a visitor, patting the stretchy bandages covering his father's shins.

One night after school, Leah put down her homework and sat at the foot of her father's bed. She slid her hands forward, palms up, until they rested beneath Saaristo's abbreviated legs, then lifted each leg in turn, measuring their weight and width with her hands.

"Is this one bigger?" she asked, holding Saaristo's right leg. He nodded.

Sarristo's injuries aren't constantly on his mind. If he wakes in the night and wants to get out of bed, he sometimes tries to stand straight up.

"You think you've still got legs, but you don't," he said.

The pain can remind him. After the stitches that circled his healing legs were removed, Saaristo said it sometimes felt like ants were crawling across his skin, nipping and biting at his flesh. Sometimes he feels pain in a foot that isn't there.


The body armor and other protective gear soldiers use today protect their heads and chests from most devastating injuries, but their arms and legs often are left vulnerable. As a result, soldiers today are surviving attacks that would have killed them in past conflicts, said Don Vandrey, public affairs officer at Walter Reed. They live, but they lose limbs.

To handle this influx of amputees, the hospital's entire physical therapy department is now used only by amputee patients. Crews also recently broke ground on a new $10 million amputee training center -- even as officials prepare to close and move the Walter Reed campus in the next five years, Vandrey said.

Full recovery and therapy for amputees can take more than a year. Saaristo's doctors told him he would probably be at Walter Reed for eight months, but he has other ideas.

Less than two months after the bomb ripped through his Humvee, Saaristo slipped his shins into the custom-molded acrylic sleeves of his new legs, heaved himself upward and tottered five steps forward. Cheryl watched with glee.

It felt good to be upright again despite the pain, Brian Saaristo said. He did a little celebratory shimmy the first time he stood.

Next, Saaristo walked without balancing bars. Now he walks as much as he can, though his doctors won't let him keep his feet for fear he will push himself too far too fast. The feet wait for him in the leg room, balanced on their size 10 running shoes.

Saaristo's doctor said he's made remarkable progress.

"He's been one of the fastest-recovering patients I've seen," said Dr. Jared Anderson, a resident physician at Walter Reed. "We've had to slow him down a little. He was trying to bust through his sutures."

Saaristo walks slowly, with a slightly exaggerated gait, like someone who has just finished a long, hard run. He uses a cane for balance and probably always will. He'll also keep several pair of specialized feet for different activities.

There will be a pair for jogging, a pair for swimming and a pair for daily walking. The government will keep Brian Saaristo in feet for the rest of his life.


The hard part about being a military amputee isn't learning to walk again, the Saaristos said -- it's all the paperwork.

Their days are full of phone calls, medical appointments and bundles of forms to be completed. The Saaristos are trying to find a contractor who can make their home handicapped-accessible by the time Brian comes home. On a recent day, Brian Saaristo was puzzled by a Social Security Administration form asking for proof he had been injured.

"Do they want me to wobble down there, or what?" he asked. The form was a new one for the doctor, too, but they spent time filling it in.

Brian Saaristo began petitioning a month ago for release from the military. He wants to be transferred to a hospital closer to home, possibly in Minneapolis, to finish his therapy. The medical evaluation board, or "med board," process usually takes months to clear, and Saaristo is already impatient.

Meanwhile, he wants Cheryl and the kids to return to Minnesota and their normal lives. Cheryl refuses.

"Right now, we should be with him," Cheryl said. "The kids are OK going to school here."

It took Brian Jr. and Leah awhile to adjust to Glen Haven Elementary, about a 20-minute trip from Walter Reed. Cheryl drives them there and picks them up each day in a car rented by the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a private nonprofit group that helps wounded soldiers and their families.

Help in ways both large and small has been indispensable, Cheryl said. The family lives together in a single room at the Mologne House, a hotel on the Walter Reed campus for outpatient soldiers and their families.

Clothes, toys and paperwork are piled everywhere, and the bathroom sink is cluttered with dishes and bath toys. After months of relying on a microwave oven, "I'd love to just cook something," Cheryl said. "Pork chops, potatoes..."

The kids, still full of energy after their second day in school, wrestled with each other at the foot of Saaristo's bed. Brian Jr. extracted himself and darted around the room, doing backflips from floor to bed.

"Tie him up, would you?" Brian asks Cheryl, and he's only half-joking.

It's been an exhausting day -- getting the kids ready for school, appointments, therapy, taking and making myriad phone calls, navigating D.C. traffic to retrieve the kids, grabbing a quick snack and dinner at McDonald's, managing the kids' restless energy, trying to cook a frozen lasagna in a tiny microwave oven. At 6 p.m., Brian Saaristo is still on his cell phone with a med board official, motioning for the kids to be quiet.

The Saaristos' time and attention are now focused on their daily life, recovery and anticipated homecoming. They avoid discussing the politics behind Brian's injuries.

"I don't think anyone in the country wants a war," Cheryl said.

During one rare family trip outside the Walter Reed campus in August, the Saaristos avoided a group protesting the Iraq war outside the White House.

And when President Bush made a visit to Walter Reed during Saaristo's recovery, the family also passed on the opportunity to meet their commander in chief and shake his hand.

"You just want to put it behind you and get on with your life," Brian Saaristo said. "I gave what I can give; there's nothing more. It's time for me to get home and take care of my family."

And let's not forget
The Breakfast benefit

A pancake breakfast and bingo day will be held to benefit Brian Saaristo and his family on Oct. 7 at the Cromwell Park Pavilion, located at the intersection of Highways 210 and 73.

Breakfast begins at 7 a.m., with bingo at 1 p.m. For more information or to make a donation, contact Barb Dahl at 644-3691.

The Saaristo family would welcome comments and news from home as a diversion from their hectic lives in Washington, D.C. They can be reached at

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Here comes - NICOLÒ

I will be getting a new grandson later this year. It's about time we get more males in the family.

My daughter sent me some info on his name and I thought it would be good to post it here. His father is Italian.

Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian
Italian form of NICHOLAS

Usage: English, French , Italian
Pronounced: NI-ko-las (English), nee-ko-LA (French)

From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and λαος (laos) "people". Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is also known as Santa Claus (from Dutch Sinterklaas), the bringer of Christmas presents. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, and Greece and Russia. Nicholas was also the name of two czars of Russia and five popes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Chavez Says U.S. Empire Will Soon Fall, Calls Bush 'Devil

I'm MAD as hell. All true American citizens should be. In fact, part of the reason I'm so mad is that a bigger uproar hasn't been made by the U.S. Not by the media and not by it's citizenry, as far as I can tell.

This maniac actually came on American soil and attack our president, our country and our way of life. On American soil ! Sure it's not American soil in the true sense it being sovereign U.N. real estate, but it's within the confines of our great country. Chavez can go to hell and like I've always said, so can the worthless United Nations.

It's time America woke up, pulled it's head out of the sand, and got MAD as hell!


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

UNITED NATIONS — The United States will soon lose its place as leader of the world, and the United Nations is a broken organization that is beyond repair, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday.

The United “States empire is on its way down and it will be finished in the near future, inshallah," Chavez told reporters, ending the statement with the Arabic phrase for "God willing."

Chavez said that the United Nations is a “deceased” organization because it was formed to bridge the differences between the United States and Russia, and a brand new international organization would have to be formed to replace it.

Earlier, Chavez initiated a verbal assault on President Bush, calling him "the devil" during an insult-riddled address to world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.

"The devil came here yesterday," Chavez said, gesturing to where Bush had stood during his speech on Tuesday. "He came here talking as if he were the owner of the world."
He later said he was referring to President Bush when he spoke of the devil.

Chavez held up a book by American leftist writer Noam Chomsky "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance" and recommended it to everyone in the General Assembly.

He also lambasted the U.S. government for trying to block Venezuela's campaign for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council. He said if chosen over U.S.-favorite Guatemala in a secret-ballot U.N. vote next month, Venezuela would be "the voice of the Third World."

The council currently consists of five permanent members with veto power — the United States, Britain, Russia, China and France — and 10 non-permanent members who serve two-year terms and have no power to veto resolutions. The 10 elected members do have the right to propose resolutions, chair committees and hold the rotating council presidency for one-month periods.

Five countries from different regions are elected every year by the General Assembly to replace five retiring ones.

The U.S. government warns that Chavez, a close ally of Iran, Syria and Cuba, would be a disruptive force on the council.

"The imperialists see extremists everywhere. No, we aren't extremists," Chavez said in his speech. "What's happening is the world is waking up." He said many in the world now subscribe to the battle cry: "Yankee empire, go home!"

Holding a rotating Security Council seat would bring Chavez a higher profile and a platform to challenge the U.S. on its stances in regions from the Middle East to Latin America.

The campaign is shaping up to be a formidable diplomatic test for Chavez, gauging his ability to lobby head-to-head against the U.S.

In the past few months, Chavez has crisscrossed the globe collecting promises of support, visiting about a dozen countries including Russia, Belarus, Iran, Vietnam, Qatar, Mali, Benin, China, Malaysia and Syria. His diplomats also have been busy, while top Guatemalan officials and U.S. diplomats also have been doing their own lobbying.

Chavez said he has the solid backing of the Caribbean Community, the Arab League, Russia, China and much of Africa, in addition to his allies across South America.

But winning a Security Council seat requires a two-thirds majority — 128 out of 192 U.N. members — and Guatemala says it has 90 votes secured. If neither side wins the necessary two-thirds, there could be more rounds of lobbying and voting next month, possibly followed by a search for an alternate candidate.

Chavez, in his drive to counter U.S. influence around the globe, is practicing a unique "diplomacy for show" that thrives on protagonism and confrontation, said Milos Alcalay, who was Chavez's U.N. ambassador until he resigned in 2004 amid differences with the government.

"A post for non-permanent membership in the Security Council has never been so politicized," Alcalay said. If Venezuela manages to win the seat, "it will be a rock in the shoe of the United States" and any other countries Chavez differs with, he said.

The Venezuelan leader, a close friend and admirer of Cuba's communist leader Fidel Castro, has sought to be a voice for poor countries and has warned that if the U.S. tries to block U.N. reform, Venezuela and others may eventually create a separate "United Nations of the south" to rival a body they no longer find democratic.

Chavez also said it might eventually be necessary to move the U.N. headquarters out of the United States.

He reiterated his accusations that the U.S. planned and financed a short-lived coup that briefly unseated him in 2002, and said with Washington's backing Israel had carried out a "genocide" in Lebanon.

Chavez's government still earns handsomely from oil sales to the U.S., Venezuela's top export market, but he has crusaded against its capitalist system, selling millions of gallons (liters) of heating oil at a discount to low-income American families.

Dozens gathered in a downtown square in Caracas to watch Chavez on a large-screen TV as the government took over all TV and radio channels to broadcast the speech live. The crowd in the square spontaneously broke into applause during some of his harsher criticisms of the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Article is from Fox News

Monday, September 18, 2006

Preventing Dog Bites

Man and woman's best friend bites more than 4.7 million people a year, and key experts believe that public education can help prevent these bites.

Each year, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of these are children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about a dozen die. The rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years, and the rate decreases as children age. Almost two thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to the head or neck region. Injury rates in children are significantly higher for boys than for girls.

Preventing Dog Bites

Teach children basic safety around dogs and review regularly:

* Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
* Do not run from a dog and scream.
* Remain motionless (e.g., "be still like a tree") when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
* If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
* Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
* Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
* Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
* Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
* Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
* If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

Each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs. These bites result in approximately 12 fatalities.

Vikings Are 2 -0

I didn't get to see the end of the game yesterday (see previous post) but, what I saw was OK. I don't think they are playing amazingly this year but, what I have seen isn't too bad and I'll definately take another win.

Here is the rundown -

16-13 Win

The Minnesota Vikings (2-0) defeated the Carolina Panthers (0-2) 16-13 on Sunday in an overtime thriller at the Metrodome in front of 63,623 enthusiastic patrons. Minnesota used timely playmaking and a warrior-like performance from running back Chester Taylor to nip the Panthers. The victory sets up an NFC North showdown next Sunday, as the Chicago Bears (2-0) visit the Vikings in a battle for the division lead.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Another Frightful Day

It turned out to be an eventful day. Just into the start of the fourth quarter of the Vikings game my doorbell rang frantically. As I rose from my chair and started towards the door I saw three heads through the door's glass. Two were obviously adults and I noticed the third was my eldest granddaughter. Even through the very, distorted glass I saw the twisted, pained, and teary eyed expression of my granddaughter's face. Something was very wrong and my heart sank to my feet. My wife and daughter (her mother) assessed the situation the same as I, for we were all in a footrace for the door.

One of us, I can't recall who, whipped the door open and I remember both of my neighbors trying to talk to me or us, as I pushed through them to gain access to my granddaughter. There was a rag about her neck and it was covered in blood. It was truly a blur to me at this time and we were calming her down as the neighbors were relaying something about their dog biting her. Someone, I don't know who, pulled the cloth away and said she had to get to the hospital right away. I snatched her up and headed for my truck while the neighbors were still muttering about the incident and I remember a dozen or more apologies directed at us. I did not acknowledge them in any way whatsoever. I am sure, looking back, that this made then even more uncomfortable, but their comfort was not my priority. I had all the information I needed, for the time being, and any further explanations and apologies could come after my granddaughter received the proper medical treatment.

When I got to the truck it was locked and I didn't have my keys. I handed my granddaughter off to her mother and ran back to the house. My wife met me with her keys. I ran back to the truck, with my neighbors clacking the whole time, and got everyone in. My daughter, granddaughter, and I sped off for the emergency room leaving my wife behind to watch my grandson. I remember cursing a driver at an intersection who was pulled way to far forward at his stop sign. As I made the corner and whizzed by him I noticed it was my cousin smiling broadly. He must have wondered why I flew by at such a high rate of speed.

She was a trooper when she found out she would need five stitches. The gash was not overly long but it was very deep and it was quite surprising, to me, to find it so smooth. It seemed more like the cut from a sharp knife than from the tooth of a dog. I remember trying not to show her a negative expression when I looked at it. Anyone that knows me would know that this would be quite a feat for me. My brave little, soldier was taking things better than I. She wanted to know all about her wound and was demanding to have a mirror brought to her so she could examine it herself. The doctor insisted that a mirror could not be brought and proceeded to extract information about the accident from her while she examined the wound.

My granddaughter relayed the information of the incident with painstaking detail and precision. At some point, the nurse entered the area with her clipboard and asked my brave granddaughter her personal details. They could have asked my daughter or myself for this information but, I assume they engaged her in this way so as to keep her calm. My brilliant seven-year-old granddaughter responded like an adult, answering some questions I couldn't even answer. Only occasionally would my daughter chide in with an embellishment to my granddaughter's oration. In the middle of this question and answer session she kept asking if a needle would have to be used on her.

When they relayed that a needle would indeed have to be used she became demanding once again. She insisted she must see it and OK it's size. No needle larger than necessary was to be used and she wanted a visual. The doctor was not about to grant this request and instructed my daughter and I to hold her arms down so the shot could be given. I held her hand tightly and turned my head away as the screams began. My daughter promised her a wonderful treat when the trauma was all over. The ever cunning child asked tearfully if a toy could , also, be bought. When this request was immediately granted my granddaughter reminded her mother that the deal was for a toy and a treat not a toy instead of the treat. After this clarification her father arrived. At this point, the actual stitching began and I took one more glassy-eyed look before exiting for the waiting room. I felt that with her doctor, her nurse, and now both her parents here I was no longer necessary.

Her aunt had also arrived and helped calm her down. She had left the area just moments before to punch in. She happens to work at the hospital, so I went to talk with her. She seemed to be busy starting her shift so I went back and paced in the waiting room. I could not believe how long it was taking. About an hour and twenty minutes of arriving there I heard another yell from my granddaughter. I later learned it was near the end of the stitching and the Novocaine (or whatever they use) was wearing off. Ten minutes later we were in my truck heading home and my granddaughter was inquiring about the details of getting her treat and her toy. I love that girl.

Sandstone County * Episode Forty-One

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026

Yesterday, a lady called Sandstone Dispatch. She claimed she heard a noise in her backyard and went to investigate. The next thing she knew, she was hit in the eye and knocked out cold. Officer Hidrent was sent to her house to investigate, and he returned 1-1/2 hours later with a black eye. "Did you get hit by the same person?" his captain asked. "No," he replied. "I stepped on the same rake."

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Poker Player

The poker player from whatever creed
Is undoubtedly one hell of a breed
Like a piranha he will scour the seas
So just beware it's not you that he sees
For it's been said, that his favorite dish
Is not a whale but sweet little fish

He will swim from table to table
And take your cash whenever able
From Las Vegas to Havana
You can't escape from this piranha
So accept it and be true to heart
That you and your cash will have to part

But you and your pride will not let it rest
For you still want to play and to beat the best
You put on dark glasses and the poker frown
As you take a seat and lay your money down
You lose your cash but you're not sorry
For now you are part of a poker story

By Peter Costa

Sandstone County * Episode Forty

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026

At roll call one morning, the sergeant of the Sandstone County Sheriffs Department announced that they were searching for two stolen vehicles. On duty later, a deputy called his dispatcher to say he had spotted one of the cars. They asked him to keep it in sight until they could get to him. Five minutes passed before they called back to see if he still had the vehicle in sight. "Yes," he replied, "it's now at the corner of Third and Walker Street." After another five minutes they called again. "It's now at Seventeenth and Walker Street," he reported. Ten minutes later dispatch asked if he was keeping a safe distance from the car so that the driver wouldn't notice he was being followed. "Yes," he panted breathlessly, "but I don't know how much longer I can keep this up and when am I going to be assigned a patrol car, anyway." That's when they realized Officer Hidrent had been, yet again, chasing these cars on foot!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The 'Dog' Arrested

Duane `Dog' Chapman Arrested by Feds
Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at 5:17pm

TV reality star Duane "Dog" Chapman and two co-stars on his show were arrested Thursday in Hawaii on charges of illegal detention and conspiracy in an alleged kidnapping three years ago.

Chapman, son Leland Chapman and associate Timothy Chapman were taken into custody and did not resist arrest, said Mark Hanohano, U.S. Marshal for the district of Hawaii. "It went down without incident," Hanohano said.

Mona K. Wood, a publicist for the star of the popular cable series "Dog The Bounty Hunter," said Chapman would be vindicated. "He arrests the bad guys _ and he is definitely not one of them," she said.

The charges stem from Chapman's capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster on June 18, 2003, in Puerto Villarta, Mexico, said Marshals spokeswoman Nikki Credic in Washington.

Chapman's capture of Luster, who had fled the country after being convicted of raping three women, catapulted the 53-year-old bounty hunter to fame and led to the reality series on A&E.

The three are being held in Honolulu. Bail has not been set. They will face an extradition hearing to Mexico under terms of treaties between the U.S. and Mexico, Credic said.

Chapman's son Leland, 29, and Timothy Chapman, 41, no relation, assist Chapman in exploits chronicled for the TV show around the Hawaiian Islands. The show focuses on Chapman's family as much as the bounty hunting, which generally involves tracking down bail jumpers, often creating emotional scenes with repentant captives.

Charges have been pending against the three since local police in Mexico arrested them shortly after they roped in Luster. They posted bail but never returned to Puerto Villarta for their court hearing on July 15, 2003, Credic said.

Mexican authorities demanded that the Chapmans transfer Luster to Mexican police. Their refusal to do so led to their initial arrest.

A U.S. warrant for their arrest was signed by a federal judge in Honolulu on Wednesday.

Sandstone County *Episode Thirty-Nine

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026

Officers in Sandstone spent three hours late last night attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After much negotiation via their megaphone and then firing ten tear gas canisters into the home, the exasperated officers discovered that the man was standing beside them, all along, shouting out to give himself up.

Officer Hidrent confided this morning that this was one of the most dangerous assignments he had ever been on. The man who was supposed to be barricaded tried to console him, reaching down he patted Officer Hidrent on the back, repeatedly told him things would be OK and generously shared his Pepsi with him.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Corel Acquires Intervideo and, Indirectly, Ulead

I'd seen the recent news reports of Corel's acquisition of Intervideo, but until I read Foster Coburn's blog post about it, I hadn't realized that Intervideo was the owner of Ulead Systems. That makes Corel the new owner of Ulead PhotoImpact and Ulead's other software which includes video editing, DVD authoring, digital scrapbooking, and other digital media titles. As Foster notes, Corel is now the owner of five different photo editing titles. It will be interesting to see what they do with the Ulead product line. I think many of PhotoImpact's easy-to-use photo editing tools and effects would be a great fit with Corel's brand-new Snapfire product.

Sandstone County *Episode Thirty-Eight

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026

In Sandstone County an officer's mind is never at ease.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sandstone County *Episode Thirty-Seven

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026

A burglar broke into a house in Sandstone County one night. He shone his flashlight around, looking for valuables, and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, "Jesus is watching YOU."

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight out and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, promised himself a vacation after the next big score, then clicked the light back on and began searching for more valuables. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires,clear as a bell, he heard "Jesus is watching You."

Freaked out, he shone his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

"Did you say that?" he hissed at the parrot.

"Yep," the parrot confessed, then squawked, "I'm trying to warn you."

The burglar relaxed. "Warn me, huh? Who are you?"

"Moses," replied the parrot. "Moses?" the burglar laughed, "What kind of stupid people would name a parrot Moses?"

"Probably the same kind of people that would name a Rotweiller Jesus,"

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Arrives

I just received the news -

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI is out

I notice that Photo is now in the title. Could this be a good sign? I like all PSPro's features but, am mostly (and by far) interested in it's photographic usage. Maybe some new functional photo wizardry has been added. I hope so.

I am downloading the trial version at this moment and when I have time (which is not now) I will give it a test run. If anyone beats me to it let me know how it measures up.

The Dam

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania. This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.

A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.!

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2006.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.

Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action..

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division.


Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 12/17/05 has been handed to me to respond to. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane, Trout Run, Pennsylvania.

A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials "debris." I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers.
(2) Or do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several concerns. My first concern is; aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names.

If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2006? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

sent to me by my brother

Monday, September 11, 2006

I'll care when . . .

"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001?

Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, I don't. I don' t care at all.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.

When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college hazing incident, rest assured that I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby trapped, you can take it to the bank that I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special" food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts that I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and ---- you guessed it I don't care ! ! ! ! !

sent to me by my brother
this is truly how I feel


Brad Johnson and Chester Taylor, along with a timely defense, paced the Vikings (1-0) in a tight 19-16 victory over the Washington Redskins (0-1) at FedEx Field on Monday Night Football. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress opens his era with a win and guides Minnesota to its second season-opening victory in three years.

Doesn't anyone remember The Bowery Boys?

I fondly remember watching old black and white re-runs of the 'Bowery Boys' in my youth, back when there were only three (3) television channels to chose from. They were hilarious! I will probably anger some when I say that they were more entertaining than 'The Three Stooges' or 'Laurel and Hardy' but they were more entertaining than 'The Three Stooges' or 'Laurel and Hardy'

I especially loved the way Slip (the leading character) butchered the English language. Very, funny stuff. I have even tried this humor myself, on the street or amongst friends - only to have it fly over most peoples heads and they would look at me as if I was the idiot. It is too bad that humor today largely consists of sex or obscene language. I have a list of three (3) things which I consider cheap laughs. Sex, obscene language, and of course rude bodily functions (slapstick could almost be a fourth, but is OK if it's not all you got). Sure, many times you may evoke laughter with one of these three (3) crutches but, a true master is one who can create laughter without relying on this safety net of sure-fire laughs. It's just plain cheating. Anyone can use THE THREE effectively. Come on comedians - 'stand up' and show the world you really do have talent. Don't just do what anyone can do.

A little history of THE BOWERY BOYS

After their success in the Broadway play of the same name, The 'Dead End Kids' were introduced to an unsuspecting public in Samuel Goldwyn's 1937 film 'Dead End', a crime drama featuring Humphrey Bogart. Next to the actors, 'The Dead End Kids' stood out. They weren't acting; they were the real thing, rough around the edges and eager to cause trouble.

Goldwyn signed the boys but he couldn't tame them. After Goldwyn fired them they headed over to Warner Bros Studios and made 7 'Dead End Kids'films. The success of the films caused other studios to copy the winning formula. Universal Studios produced 12 films and cashed in with their 'Little Tough Guys' series. Meanwhile Monogram Films, known as the king of the poverty row studios cranked out 23 popular 'East Side Kids' movies.

The anarchistic actors hopped from studio to studio and film to film. They knew no boundaries. Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and the Boys finished films at a furious pace. Between 1940 and 1957 they made an average of five films a year. As they experienced more films, their characters came into a sharper focus. The final winning formula of Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney (The Chief) and Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy Jones (Sach) came into its own in 1946 when Monogram/Allied Artist churned out 48 hilarious 'Bowery Boys'movies.

Hollywood could take the boys out of the Bowery, but they couldn't take the Bowery out of the Boys. They continued causing trouble with girls, booze and general mayhem. They were wild and rowdy off-screen as they were before the camera. In 1955, 20 years after their original on stage appearance, Bernard Gorcey, who played Louie of' Louie's Sweetshop' died in a tragic car accident. Leo was stricken with grief and soon bowed out of the franchise. The show must go on and Huntz Hall, teaming up with Stanley Clements (Duke) led the remaining Boys until 1958, when the series finally drew to a close.

This info was found at 'The Bowery Boys Collection'

Sandstone County * Episode Thirty-Six

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026

Ten Signs Your Partner Needs A Vacation

10. Every Tuesday he insists it's his turn to be the siren.
9. He is starting to develop a crush on one of the transvestite hookers he arrested.
8. He wants to transfer to a K-9 unit because he thinks he'd look good in a collar.
7. He wants you to call him "Judge Dredd", and he insists that all suspects should be executed right there on the spot.
6. He talks to himself. Half of him is the "good cop", and the other half is the "bad cop".
5. He keeps asking you if his bullet proof vest makes him look fat.
4. He is exchanging donut recipes with complete strangers.
3. The perpetrators beg him to stop talking about his hemorrhoids.
2. He wants to hear less talk and more music on the police channel.
1. He keeps handcuffing himself by accident!!

There is definitely a Sandstone County Officer who is overdue for a vacation !

Sunday, September 10, 2006


My oldest granddaughter emailed this to me the other day. I waited to post it until I had more information. This was created at a booth at the state fair. It seems the children first choose which toy they want to create from about thirty (30) different animals. They then chose the sound they want the animal to make (pre-made or self-recorded) when hugged and place the corresponding apparatus inside. It then comes time to stuff the animal but, they first warm the heart in their hands before placing it inside. Next the animal is stitched up, they give it a name (she named her Kitty 'Princess') and then take it home.

It seems to be an interesting and fun project for kids. I know my granddaughter enjoyed the process and is very proud of her creation.

and here she is on her birthday

Harrier Flying Extremely Low

Happy Birthday -

You Know Who You Are

BORN: 10 September 1970

Your date of conception, and bane to the world, was on or about 18 December 1969 which was a Thursday.

You were born on a Thursday under the astrological sign of (snicker) Virgo.
Your Life path number is 9 not 7.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9 not 7.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5 not 7.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 7 & 11.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 8 & 22 but not 7.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2440839.5.
The golden number for 1970 is 14.
The year 1970 was not a leap year.
No 7's here, either !

You were born in the Chinese year of the

Your Native American Zodiac sign is
Bare; your plant is Violets, even though your a pansy.

You were born in the Egyptian month of

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 9 Elul 5730.

As of 9/11/2006 1:30:39 AM EDT
You are 36 years old.
You are 432 months old.
You are 1,879 weeks old.
You are 13,150 days old.
You are 315,601 hours old.
You are 18,936,090 minutes old.
You are 1,136,165,439 seconds old.
You might as well hang it up !

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Ryan Phillippe (1974) Randy Johnson (1963) Dan Castellaneta (1958)
Amy Irving (1953) Joe Perry (1950) Jose Feliciano (1945)
Charles Kuralt (1934) Roger Maris (1934) Arnold Palmer (1929)

Top songs of 1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
I'll Be There by Jackson Five
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head by B.J. Thomas
Close to You by Carpenters
My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
I Think I Love You by Partridge Family
Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross
American Woman by Guess Who
War by Edwin Starr
Let It Be by Beatles

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.146771037182 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

There are 364 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 37 candles.
Those 37 candles produce 37 BTUs,
or 9,324 calories of heat (that's only 9.3240 food Calories!) .
You can boil 4.23 US ounces of water with that many candles, so help the world conserve energy by not requiring any more candles, OK.

In 1970 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US. Many feel there was one (1) too many !
In 1970 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile. Please help conserve space !
In 1970 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1970 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000) Let's get this rate up this year !
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US (tick,tick) one person dies (tick,tick) approximately every 12 (tick,hint,tick) seconds. There's no shame in this, my friend !

Your birthstone is Sapphire
The Mystical properties of Sapphire -
Though not meant to replace traditional medical treatment, Sapphire is used for clear thinking. Perhaps you need this medical treatment. For your birthday gift I have sent you the new book, "Do It Yourself Frontal Lobotomies For Dummies", please follow all directions closely.

Your birth tree is - Weeping Willow, the Melancholy
Beautiful but full of melancholy, un-attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful but distasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, dishonest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, no intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner (sometimes restraints are needed).

There are 105 days till Christmas 2006!

The moon's phase on the day you were born was waxing gibbous.

Sandstone County * Episode Thirty-Five

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026

Two guys are driving through Sandstone County when they get pulled over by a county deputy. The deputy walks up and taps on the window with his nightstick. As the driver rolls down the window, the deputy smacks him in the head with the stick.

The driver says, "Why'd you do that?

The trooper yells, "You're in Sandstone County, son. When I pull you over you'll have your license ready."

The driver rubs his head and says, "I'm sorry, officer. I'm not from around here."

The trooper runs a check on the guy's license, and he's clean. He gives the guy his license back and walks around to the passenger side and taps on that window. The passenger rolls his window down, and the trooper smacks him with the nightstick.

The passenger says, "What'd you do that for?"

The officer says, "Just making your wishes come true."

"Huh?" says the passenger.

The officer replies, "I know that two miles down the road you're gonna say, 'I wish that jerk would've tried that crap with me.'"

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Done Planting My Cedar Hedge

Whew. Got all my cedars planted today!

They don't look like this photo yet but, maybe someday. Mine are only about a foot tall. I'll probably post a photo of them Saturday or Sunday. I planted fifty or so plants in my front yard along my northern and western property lines. Next year I plan on doing my southern border.

Characteristics of 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae Trees: 'Emerald Green' arborvitae usually reaches just 12'-14', with a spread of 3'-4'. Its foliage comes in flat sprays and, if you look closely, the needles appear covered in scales.

Plant Care for 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae Trees: If the typical dimensions for this plant are still too big for your needs, they can be pruned in early spring (before any new growth) to a size with which you are more comfortable. Since this tree is not drought-tolerant, water well during hot summers and mulch generously to hold in some of that water.

Sun and Soil Requirements for 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae Trees: Although not drought-tolerant, 'Emerald Green' arborvitae does fine in full sun (it doesn't mind partial shade, however). Grow in a well-drained soil.

Uses for 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae Trees in Landscaping: A slim tree of medium height, 'Emerald Green' arborvitae is often planted in a row -- as a decorative border planting, wind screen or privacy screen. Because it is evergreen, its usefulness in any of these capacities extends throughout the year in the North. Occasionally, the tree is also used as a specimen.

Leyland Cypress vs. 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae Trees: Its cold hardiness makes 'Emerald Green' arborvitae a solid choice for Northern landscapers, who might otherwise use Leyland cypress, a favorite in zone 6 and higher. 'Emerald Green' arborvitae would also be the choice over Leyland cypress in cases where a tall tree would be inappropriate. Whereas the latter reaches at least 60' at maturity, 'Emerald Green' arborvitae usually reaches just 12'-14'. These differences notwithstanding, the two trees have a similar look and are both popular, particularly as "living wall" privacy screens.

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Well, I haven't blogged in a while. Did anyone even notice? I am even way behind in responding to my email, as well. I'm usually doing this at least daily, unless I'm out of town. I've been quite busy. I've had several ideas for some great posts and no time to do them. Of course, I always get these ideas at work or other places when I am nowhere near a computer. When I finally get to my computer I draw a blank and can't remember the great ideas which came to mind earlier. For example I had some wonderful thoughts on Bush's speech yesterday and now they're not coming back to me. At least not as coherently as I envisioned them initially. Anyone else have this problem?

I was in the middle of editing some birthday photos (of my granddaughter) the other day, also, and was interrupted by a friend who needed computer help. I was then interrupted again. And yet again (not complaining, just explaining). Then came work. Arghh. I'll get these photos up soon though (I hope). Between all this my wife and I are trying to get 40 or 50 cedars in the ground. We are putting in a privacy hedge. That's what I'm supposed to be doing now. In fact I'm heading out to do this in just a couple of minutes, before it gets too hot. I just wanted to get this quick post in, first, to let everyone know what's not going on. In fact, please excuse the grammatical and other errors, as I'm trying to get this off very, quickly.

In the middle of all these things comes the real reason. For you see, I could have squeezed in some posts lately anyway but . . . what really kept me from posting was my damn labeling problem. I refused to post anything until this problem was cured. I spent a good deal of time on this between my daily interruptions and am happy to report it seems fixed and I can go back to posting again.

Planting today. Work tonight and tomorrow. Then finish planting if I'm not yet done. Then, maybe then . . . answer emails, edit photos, post photos, post other info, etc.

Sunday, September 03, 2006