Archive for November, 2006

Comments from your friends about their Thanksgiving holiday

November 29, 2006

I’ve heard from Sam, Heidi, Hog and Doug about their holiday. What about the rest of you?

Read on….

Hi Dee, We had a very enjoyable weekend.  We went to my sister’s home on Thursday and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with all my family. I had my foster kids and two more grand nieces and nephews over for the weekend. We went to the movies Friday night and then had dinner at McDonalds afterwards (of course!). Our weather was beautiful all weekend long, so the kids played outside Saturday.  We all went to church on Sunday and then came home and put up Xmas decorations around the house.  It was a great weekend!  Take care,  Love   Sam

What kind of stinking commie newspaper makes folks work on Thanksgiving!?!
We had a great Gobble-Gobble. We had a houseful of friends who brought their family’s Thanksgiving favorite food and Linda Kreml knocked our socks off with a sweet potato jalapeno casserole and heart clogging green bean casserole with an oyster mushroom sauce and homemade french fried onions. (Boy that was a long sentence!) The kid formerly known as Sparky, Aaron, came home from his adventure the night before and was reunited with my brother for a wonderful night of music and group(and drunken) singing. Are you really setting up a blog about TV for work? Did they pick Desperate Housewives or did you? So if I miss an episode can I go to your blog and catch up or are you going to critique each episode? it just started raining ( big weather news here!) and I gotta go cover BJ’s tools! He is doing a great job on doing some small remodel jobs ie new windows, small kitchen over haul and other projects Dan can create! Love to you and Pat, stay warm, Heid

The Rodgers Brothers (Hog & Billy) were lucky enuf to dine with Kings on Turkey Day 06. Kay and Mike King took real good care of us. I even had a date. Gladys (Kay’s Mom) is a spry ninety-three (she’s the one who walked over with breakfast for a month while I was healing) and doesn’t believe a THING that comes out of her mouth.
Great old friends and sparkling conversation (not to mention great food and “who cares” football) made for a great day in the hills and Bill and I were safe back in our recliners by 9PM. Lots to be thankful for in 2006.
Now on to the HumBug Express.
xxx, hog

It was a quiet day in the Cavender/Gitt household. Anne and her Mother went to Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house. I had dinner with my Mother at the Home (she suffered a severe stroke several years ago).  Doug


Our Thanksgiving

November 27, 2006

?We had an extended Thanksgiving holiday, as many of you may have done.  Ours began with Pat’s weekly newspaper column and his four-part E-Z-B Happy program. 

On 11/22, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  Well, celebrated is a little exaggerated since we both nearly forgot it!  But we were glad to remember and wrap our happiness around us.

On the turkey day itself, Pat and I had to work.  Fortunately for us, we work at the same place.  And working on the holiday wasn’t so bad as it sounds…only 5 hours.  None of the ‘big wigs’ were there; in fact, hardly anybody was, so it was peaceful.  Pat did an excellent story about what it’s like to be working in the kitchen of a sophisticated restaurant on Thanksgiving.

That evening, he made a mushroom and chicken risotto for us for our holiday dinner, and it was scrumptious.

On Saturday, 11/25, Megan and her husband, Nate; Pat’s first wife (Karen) and our two grandchildren….Conor, 5,  and Kaci, 3,  traveled to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.  The spread was wonderful, although we had to stop Kaci from eating straight butter after she insisted on buttering her roll herself, and Conor followed his own inner voice and ate only a cheese toastie. 

Later on, we gathered around a firepit on the deck and roasted marshmallows.  Hey Heid, it was 40 degrees and that’s warm here at this time of year! 

So that was our holiday.  I’d love to hear what the rest of you did.  Send me your thoughts and I’ll post them here for everybody to read.


Sparky’s discovery

November 26, 2006

Hey, this would be a great address for our future “Balta” home!  Great job, Sparky!


World War I vets

November 24, 2006

Hi everybody….I hope turkey day sat well with all of you. 

I found this interesting story from the online edition of The Detroit News concerning WWI vets.  What was incredible to me was that these guys, admittedly small in number and dwindling, are 105, 108, 113 years old!

Anyway, it’s an interesting read, so I decided to share it.


Call for Bar36 MiniPoster orders

November 21, 2006

This from Hog:

Muthaz,So far responses to offer for 2006 BALTA MiniPoster at $10 + $2 S&H are:Cranny: Yes & Paid

Hobens: Yes & Paid

Kreml: Yes & Paid

MadDogs: Yes & Paid

Stemples: Yes & Promised

Mills-Carrolls: Rec’d comp host copy

Rest a yunz losers: Nil Herd

I’ll wait until I’ve stopped belching cranberry sauce (Mon, Nov 27th) to check late breaking e-mails and snailmails before ordering.

Promises are accepted (but I prefer cash or reasonably good cheques).

How ’bout those Steelers!

Bad Aibling today

November 17, 2006


Doug Gitt found this neat update of Bad Aibling today on Google Earth.  Click on the image to see a larger view.

Doug says….

Google Earth has updated its coverage of the Bad Aibling area. Before, photo coverage was from commercial satellite.  It is now a higher resolution, probably aerial photography.Attached is a photo of the Field Station.  I did not zoom in any closer, stayed with a wider area.If you didn’t know, Google Earth is a great time-waster.  One can play Photo Intelligence Analyst all day!  (I can send you the coordinates of a Russian submarine base where you can see nine subs tied up…)



Catching up

November 14, 2006

Aren’t the reunion postcards from Hog wonderful?  Thanks, Hog.

However, about the bill that came with it….uh….my people will call your people.

See comments on the ‘Stories from BAR36′ posting for a word from Brian.

On the homefront, I had a recent “problem” with my annual mammogram and had to have a further breast MRI.  Word is just back that all is normal!  YEAH!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!

I spoke with Heidi, Dan and Brian last weekend.  Heid says that Brian has moved in with them.

Brian says…”Those Cotlers are so easy.  I placed piles of construction materials in their house, and every day while they’re gone, I move the piles to different places. When they come home, they think I’ve been building stuff for them!”

Hoben called Heid and wants to meet halfway before the next reunion.  Heid says there isn’t anyplace halfway….how about Colorado?!

I told Heid ….that’s how we got to Colorado after Clear Lake in 1972!!

Heid also told me that she’s feeding Hayden these days because his wife’s mother died (sorry Dan and Mrs. Dan) and so she’s away. 

As Heid put it….These *!*$@* scientific/intellectual types can’t *!*$@*  do anything practical like take care of themselves!


Mike and Bill

November 13, 2006

Who are these duffers?!   Click on the photo! bill-and-hannan.jpg

Dottie Dunn offers some clues: We took a road trip into Tennessee and stopped by to see the Hannans. This is Mike’s house over the creek and the garage he added – it is Bill’s dream location because you can fish right off of the porch!!  They were getting ready to host a huge veterans Day celebration with vets from Viet Nam, so we only stopped by for lunch and then went on our way.

Our house should be done at the end of the month, and we hope to move in around Dec. 1.  It is getting closer! 


Army intelligence?

November 8, 2006

I read this today in the Washington Post and thought some might find it interesting. 

“Army Revamps How Information Is Deemed Classified”

by Walter Pincus. 

“U.S. Army intelligence has developed a new blueprint for standardizing the way national security information is classified,”….. more

Voting is important

November 6, 2006

While I hope that everyone will vote Democrat tomorrow, it is most important that YOU VOTE. (Did you know that US has some of the lowest voter turnouts in the world?)

As Hog says, “Didn’t vote? Don’t bitch!”