Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Trick Play

Proof that a trick does not have to be complex to be effective!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Photo Contest at ‘Are WE There Yet Mom’

There is a photo contest going on at are we there yet mom and it looks like she will hold more contests in the future. This particular contest has no theme, simply submit what you like. As a prize she is offering the book, Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography written by Cyrill Harnischmacher. The contest is going on until April 28th so hurry.

I thought I'd try this one which was taken this Easter.

and sorry
you may have seen this recently in a March post,
but I felt compelled to use it again here.


Monday, April 07, 2008

Spring or Not?

Is it spring yet? In my part of the world we generally get excited when we see the first Robin in our yard. To us this usually denotes the yearly genesis of spring. Well, I have seen my first Robin today only about an hour ago. Yet, I contrast that against my workday and I become confused (some say this comes quite easily for me). In all my journeys this winter I have not gotten my vehicle stuck even once. Until today that is. With the nasty weather we received last night and this morning I was able to get my truck stuck not once but three times! So, please tell me . . . is this spring or not? Ah, I guess I should not complain too loudly as I hear they received 27 inches of the cold powder just one hour to the north of me. 'Slurp.' Ah, this hot coffee sure is good. 'Slurp'. Maybe time to pour another. 'Slurp'.

Now that I think of it, I've seen ducks sitting motionless on ice covered lakes, the last two weekends in eastern North Dakota. They were probably thinking they were a little too early. I wish I could have photographed them because it was striking to see them in this predicament.

and this little bugger sat forever
(almost motionless) today on my ice covered deck

Time For a Mac

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Losing the War

Especially meaningful for Veterans of the Viet-Nam Era

General Vo Nguyen Giap

General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader of the North Vietnam military. The following quote is from his memoirs currently found in the Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi :
"What we still don't understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi . You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battles of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was definitely helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!"
General Giap has published his memoirs and confirmed what most Americans knew. The Vietnam war was not lost in Vietnam -- it was lost at home. The exact same slippery slope, sponsored by the US media, is currently well underway. It exposes the enormous power of a biased media to cut out the heart and will of the American public.
A truism worthy of note: Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life. Fear the media far more, for they will destroy your honor.

sent to me by Highpower

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

What an April Fool's Joke

What a joke for the 1st of April! Just when I thought spring was arriving, we get dumped on by that famous frozen white stuff. This photo shows my once bare-to-the-blacktop driveway is quickly filling up with snow, again. This means I will have to plow the driveway once more.

It, also, means my mentally-challenged, asshole neighbor will be snowblowing, again. Isn't there enough pain in the world?