Friday, October 31, 2008


Rock Chalk, Jayhawk


For those of you that don't pay attention to the University of Kansas football team (2008 Orange Bowl Champions) this baby looks exactly like the head football coach, Mark Mangino.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Devil in the White City

I highly recommend this book. I’m reading this for a book club. The characters were real people. The two main characters are architect Daniel Burnham and serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes. Before reading this book I didn’t know much about the 1893 World’s Fair or Chicago. I had heard about it. This book does a fantastic job explaining how the fair became a possiblility. I love the quote by Daniel Burnham, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood." Now I’m wanting to visit the Second City and find out more about architects Burnham and Olmstead. Olmstead is responsible for Central Park in New York City and for the grounds at Biltmore in Ashville, North Carolina. His philosophy was to look at the future with landscape architecture and not just make it look pretty for today. The author Erik Lawson does a great job with research and incorporating pieces of historical documentation into this book. He also wrote a book about the 1900 Galveston Hurricane called Issac's Storm. Being Disaster Chick that only seems to be appropriate reading.
I found The Devil in the White City hard to put down. Approximately every other chapter covered Burnham then Holmes. It kept the story moving and made me want to find out what happened next. I'm usually not big on reading and watching crime and forensic based media, but there were times I was more interested in the Holmes storyline than in the Burnham storyline. I find it hard to believe how someone could be like Holmes. Also because of designing the World's Fair and the demands he ended up being a better architect than if this opportunity had never happened.

Monday, October 13, 2008


It looks like I'm going to get certified in SCUBA this week. I've got my book work done and watched the video. Last Tuesday I took "Try SCUBA" and really enjoyed it. I found out that it is a lifetime certification. After this weekend when the opportunity arises I can jump on it.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will have instruction. Friday I leave for Stockton, Missouri and Satruday and Sunday I will be diving for my certification.

I don't like to be told I can't do something. I don't know if I will ever be a great diver. I'm one of these people who are about a mile wide and an inch deep with knowledge. Or another way to put it jack of all trades or master of none.

I'm looking in the near future taking a motorcycle riding class though Harley Davidson. This way I will walk away with knowledge and get a motorcycle license. Gas prices have lowered again, but if they go sky high this would be an option for me. Also on vacations I could rent a scooter or motorcycle for transportation. Maybe I will even get one of my own someday.

Hmmm....what other classes can I take for more knowledge.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

This movie was really good. I think it did an excellent job showing a woman in the 1950s and also what life is like living with an alcoholic.

There have been several Julianne Moore movies lately that I haven't cared for : The Hours, Far from Heaven, and Children of Men. So I figured I was taking a chance.

I enjoyed how they ran though some of the prizes that she did win but kept it interesting - breaking that wall between the actor and the audience.

You can also see how times began changing. Companies were not using marketing departments or advertising agencies but relying on their customers advertising idea. The movie begins closing with the fact contacts began to require no skill.

This movie was well written and well acted. I also was impressed with the fact the Kelly children stood behind it and appeared in it at the end of the movie.

If you have not seen this one yet, I highly recommend it. Not only does it show a piece of history, but it was enjoyable.


This weekend I watched Mr. Bean Takes a Holiday. I love Mr. Bean. I think Rowan Atkinson is a genius for physical comedy. I didn't care for the first movie, and I think they brought the magic of the TV Series to the big screen - especially near the end.

I also love seeing him in movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually. I enjoy British humor.

I bought my copy at Sam's Club because I got the Mr. Bean bobble head. I also liked the tag line, "Disaster has a passport." I was a bit hesitant because as I said I didn't care for the first movie, and I hadn't seen this one.
I'm needing to get my passport soon. I'm going on a cruise in April. Also you never know when you might need one.

What I loved most about the movie was the ending with Bean's home video spliced in to the film. This one is a keeper for the collection.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Young Guns

I just finished watching the movie Young Guns. I saw Young Guns II when it came out on video so long ago. I need to rewatch it because I remember really enjoying it. However, that was also when I had a huge crush on Christian Slater. I never saw the original Young Guns. I figured tonight might not be a bad night to check out Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, and Dermont Mulrony.

Growing up in Kansas I've known many men that should have been alive during the days of the Wild West. I have been to Dodge City and seen Boot Hill. Watching this movie, while it was decent, made me realize this era does not grab me. I've also gone to St. Joseph, MO and have seen the house where Jesse James had lived and was killed. Maybe if we are reincarinated then I don't think this would have been a time period that I would have lived in because of a lack of interest.

It was nice seeing Brian Keith and Jack Palance. I grew up watching The Parent Trap and With Six You Get Eggroll. However, I would never have guessed that this was him, however, IMDB has it in the credits and in trivia. I remember Jack Palance from the City Slicker movies and it is hard to believe he is dead. I guess that is one of the great things about movies - you are now immortal - and probably in the prime of your life. I also find it great that John Wayne's son Patrick was in the movie.

I really don't see this as a movie I will over and over again. I think I will sell it to CD Tradepost. However, I need to see how well I enjoy Young Guns II because it would be better to keep the set vs the sequal.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wicked Game

I never thought I would feel this way, but Wicked Game by Chris Issac seems to be the way I feel right now. Elton John says it so well - sad songs say so much. I know I will be fine eventually, right now it just hurts. I wasn't looking to fall in love, but I did. Then my love was rejected. Is it really worth it? Not so sure anymore.

Guess there are times when we all need to share a little pain
And ironing out the rough spots
Is the hardest part when memories remain
And it's times like these when we all need to hear the radio
`Cause from the lips of some old singer
We can share the troubles we already know
Turn them on, turn them on
Turn on those sad songs
When all hope is gone
Why don't you tune in and turn them on
They reach into your room
Just feel their gentle touch
When all hope is gone
Sad songs say so much
If someone else is suffering enough to write it down
When every single word makes sense
Then it's easier to have those songs around
The kick inside is in the line that finally gets to you
and it feels so good to hurt so bad
And suffer just enough to sing the blues
Sad songs, they say
Sad songs, they say
Sad songs, they say
Sad songs, they say so much
Wicked Game - Chris Issac
World was on fire, no one could save me but you
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do
I'd never dreamed that I'd need somebody like you
No, I'd never dreamed that I'd need somebody like you
No, I don't wanna fall in love
This world is always gonna brake your heart
No, I don't wanna fall in love
This world is always gonna brake your heart..with you
What a wicked game to play
To make me feel this way
What a wicked thing to do
To let me dream of you
What a wicked thing to say
You never felt this way
What a wicked thing you do
To make me dream of you
No, I don't wanna fall in love
This world is always gonna brake your heart
No, I don't wanna fall in love
This world is always gonna brake your heart..with you
World was on fire, no one could save me but you
It's strange what desire will make foolish people do
No, I never dreamed that I'd love somebody like you
I'll never dream that I lose somebody like you, no
Now I wanna fall in love
This world is always gonna brake your heart
Now I wanna fall in lust
This world is always gonna brake your heart..with you
Nobody loves no one