Family News

Sandy told me last night she’d make me breakfast this morning. She does this about once a week or once every two weeks, depending on her schedule. This works out perfectly for me, since I’m not supposed to have a big breakfast very often, per my doctor. Anyway, when she told me I was very surprised. I remembered having a big breakfast just the other day, didn’t I?? She then reminded me that the other day we DIDN’T have breakfast, but she had made supper out of breakfast food (eggs, taters, sausage, onions, hot peppers, etc…

I was shocked. Even when she mentioned it, I remembered the meal, but didn’t even recall that it was supper and not breakfast! Are my days THAT mixed together now that I’ve been unemployed for so long, that I can’t even tell one PART of a day from another?? I think it’s the CRS, myself. I’ve had it for quite some time. I think I began suffering from it shortly after I met Sandy. Not that she CAUSED it, it was probably just a coincidence. For those wondering what CRS is, to put it “nicely” let’s just say it stands for “Can’t Remember Stuff.”

Fortunately, Sandy–my friend/lover/wife/right-hand/ball-and-chain/confidant/old lady/secretary/etc./etc.–is very understanding and forgiving. Or maybe because she’s an aide she just knows how to deal with people with disabilities… Anyway, she always straightens me out on these things so I can still function adequately in society, have a good breakfast now and then, keep all of my appointments, and still remember what day it is. Now if I could only fit her in my pocket, like today’s technology…

A Victim of CRS

Sandy told me last night she’d make me breakfast this morning. She does this about once a week or once every two weeks, depending on her schedule. This works out perfectly for me, since I’m not supposed to have a big breakfast very often, per my doctor. Anyway, when she told me I was very surprised. I remembered having a big breakfast just the other day, didn’t I?? She then reminded me that the other day we DIDN’T have breakfast, but she had made supper out of breakfast food (eggs, taters, sausage, onions, hot peppers, etc…

I was shocked. Even when she mentioned it, I remembered the meal, but didn’t even recall that it was supper and not breakfast! Are my days THAT mixed together now that I’ve been unemployed for so long, that I can’t even tell one PART of a day from another?? I think it’s the CRS, myself. I’ve had it for quite some time. I think I began suffering from it shortly after I met Sandy. Not that she CAUSED it, it was probably just a coincidence. For those wondering what CRS is, to put it “nicely” let’s just say it stands for “Can’t Remember Stuff.”

Fortunately, Sandy–my friend/lover/wife/right-hand/ball-and-chain/confidant/old lady/secretary/etc./etc.–is very understanding and forgiving. Or maybe because she’s an aide she just knows how to deal with people with disabilities… Anyway, she always straightens me out on these things so I can still function adequately in society, have a good breakfast now and then, keep all of my appointments, and still remember what day it is. Now if I could only fit her in my pocket, like today’s technology…

pop quiz

Time for a quiz! Today, while cleaning the basement, I found my old Elementary class photos, so here’s a quiz for you. Click below to popup each of the three class photos and see if you can find me. Imagine the grid is lettered A,B,C, etc. across the top and 1,2,3, etc. down the side. Now let me know which image you think is me in each of the classes. The quiz will be graded on a curve, naturally…

Class of 1971-1972 – 3rd Grade
Class of 1973-1974 – 5th Grade
Class of 1974-1975 – 6th Grade

I had Kevin try it and on the 3rd grade class he couldn’t find his daddy, but said “Hey! There’s ME!” as he pointed to the picture of me. But on the other two classes he failed miserably and couldn’t find me. Think: “Dorky Glasses”

DVRs and a picnic

This weekend our family finally stepped into the Wonderful World of DVRs. We traded in our old digital cable boxes and picked up two new “Explorer 8000’s”. We can now record anything on cable digitally and never have to use our VCRs again! It costs a few bucks more on the cable bill, but I’ve gone through a LOT of video tapes and even a few VCRs over the past few years, so for me it’s a dream come true. With a couple clicks of the remote it’ll record EVERY episode of any series on TV, no matter what time or day it comes on! Kevin will now have an endless supply of Spongebob episodes to watch! Sandy’s Soaps are already set to go, and several of my computer shows are already filling up “MY” box’s hard drive!

 

 

We also went to the UAW Local 72 Annual Company Picnic this Sunday. It was fun. We ate a LOT of food and Kevin got to climb and slide down his favorite inflatable: The Titanic Slide! We paid $2.50 each time he climbed onto this ride at Pleasant Prairie Family Days, so it was a relief to find it completely free at the UAW picnic! He also played a bunch of the kids games and won a few small prizes. Mostly consolation prizes, but he tried his best! He also got a balloon animal head attachment they called a “Jeepers Creepers.” I took a few pictures, so those will be posted soon. Luckily I got a shot of the balloon thing quickly–It popped shortly after, completely breaking Kevin’s little heart! He cried all the way home. sad

A day at Beth’s

Kevin and I spent the day at my sister Beth’s new house today. She has a nice big pool in her new backyard (along with a lot of bugs). Kevin and I had a great time, did a lot of swimming and had lunch. I should have photos posted soon. For now though, I have just this one. Are there any bug people out there? Can you identify this one??

It was about an inch and a half high and stuck inside her screen door window

News Currents

Hi. My name is Jim and I’m a Linkaholic. Just thought I’d post a few of the top news items I’ve learned about recently to make sure everyone is up-to-date on everything happening these daze. Of course, these are only the things I feel are most important… Here ya go:

Blaster Worm – It’s still out there, and people are still getting hit with it. Here’s another great article all about it.

Sobig Worm – It’s back again, this time it’s variation “F”, and just as rampant as before (if not more) so make sure your antivirus definitions are up-to-date at of 8/18/2003 to stay protected from this one. More Info, Removal Tool

Gas Prices – They’re currently flying out of control everywhere! Over 20 cents increase in some areas just today alone! I understand a pipline break in Arizona is to blame for some of it, according to my nephew Jay in Scottsdale and this article. He says the lines at the gas stations are miles long and people are getting into fights over it! Here’s another good article on it.

The War’s Not Over – Somebody blew up the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, in case anyone thought the war might be over…

Viagra 2.0 – Called “Levitra”, this drug is supposedly going to give Viagra a run for its money… Get ready for a new flood of spam now…

The California Governor Race – Can you spell “Schwarzenegger?” I thought not. Try this one: Georgy Russell. She even has a BLOG!

Microsoft releases Office 2003 – October 21st is the release date. Whoop-tee-doo. Use this instead. It’s great, and it’s FREE!

Onion Rings and Humidity

Kevin, Sandy and I went to the farmer’s market this morning. Kevin played in the park while Sandy picked up veggies. When we got back into the car Kevin said “Mom, there’s water coming out of my head.” He seemed very concerned. This must have been new to him. We explained that he’s “sweating” or “leaking” as I put it, and he needs to drink water to put it back in his body when it’s very hot out. The humidity was 89% (according to Weatherman Uncle Rich) and with the playing he did in the park he got pretty heated up. We decided to go to Burger King for lunch, so he could play in the indoor playground instead, and keep cool. During our meal Sandy found something interesting in her onion rings. Take a look:

OnionRingInfinity (36k image)

Sure, it could be just another oddly-shaped onion ring, but I’ve just recently watch a few movies that say otherwise. This week I watched the movie “Basic”, where the number “8” was the key to the entire plot! And I also watched Final Destination 1 and 2 this week, which leads me to believe that this could also be some sort of “sign”–perhaps it has to do with “infinity” or something involving the number eight, but definitely a sign… hmmm. Or maybe it just means we “ate!” =)

Tall Ships Festival

Be sure you go see the Days of Discovery Tall Ships Festival at Kenosha Harbor, August 7th-10th! The first tall ship arrived today. Kevin and I went down to the harbor to watch.
The first tall ship arrived at 4:05pm on 8/6/03
The festival the rest of the week should be even better. We plan on visiting a few times and even taking a tour of the HMS Bounty. The Daysails are a bit pricey for us though, so we’ll have to pass on that, although it would have been pretty cool.

Look at me!

Here’s a new toy I’m playing with. You can now see a current snapshot of my desktop along with an inset picture of what our webcam is pointed to at the moment. Pretty neat, and the software that does it is FREE! Let me know what you think, and what you happen to catch me doing at any given time.

Click here to view our desktop and webcam
The page will refresh itself every 15 seconds. There is also a permanent link to this page at the bottom of our home page so you can get to it easily at any time. Have fun “spying!”

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Family Daze

We had a great time at this year’s Pleasant Prairie Family Days! Kevin conquered the Titanic slide (twice), played a bunch of games and won some trinkets and took a train ride in a drum, among other things. We all watched the Aquanuts Waterski show on Lake Andrea, then came home for a rest.

The weather was interesting. We had a storm pass through about an hour before the fireworks. We left home again at 7:30pm to get there a little early and we could see the threatening clouds. In fact, Bear and George were going to meet us there, but the rain scared them away and they didn’t go. On our way there we had a torrential rain, then it stopped just before we entered the park! Perfect timing. In fact, I think the rain forced a LOT of people leave early, so it wasn’t even very crowded when the show actually started! It ended up being a very nice show, and they even started it 15 minutes early… Probably fearing more rain if they waited any longer. The ground was a little damp, but we had our portable chairs, so we were set. The show was really great, and I took hundreds of photos to share with everyone. I’ve narrowed it down for to my “Top 130.” Click here and enjoy!