Sunday, November 30, 2003

We had a great time getting the extended family group together for Thanksgiving this year and we have the pictures to prove it. Check out our Thanksgiving 2003 Photos.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

To mark the beginning of National Retirement Planning Week, NPR's Bob Edwards received Retirement Planning Tips from Ben Stein. Surprisingly, Ben never mentioned meeting me at the UPS store. Harumph! How quickly they forget.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Did you know "An average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year?" On average, people spend about 3 years of their lives in the toilet. The World Toilet Organization exists to dish out these important facts as well as raise awareness of toilet design issues and educate the public on Health concerns and proper etiquette in public toilets. They have declared November 19th 2003 as World Toilet Day and have launched a Dirty Toilets Attract The Wrong Crowd campaign to encourage people to clean up after themselves. The site has downloadable posters, press releases, and more at

Sunday, November 16, 2003

"Wonderboy" Thompson Wins Before Crowd of 2000

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson of Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA defeated Kevin "Hitman" Engel by unanimous decision to win the IKF Amateur World Title before a crowd of 2000 at the Palmetto Expo Center on Saturday night. What a great fight in a night full of great fights!

Thompson pummeled Engel who took a standing 8 count in round 2. Again in round 3, Thompson delivered flurries forcing Engel to take 2 more standing 8 counts. Later Thompson landed a spinning side kick in Engel's stomach put Engel down for what looked to be the end, but Engel rose to his feet and continued on, forcing the judges to decide. Judge Ronnie Copeland of North Carolina scored the fight 50-42, Randy Pogue of Pennsylvania scored it 50-42, and Mike Carlson of Georgia scored it 49-45, all in favor of Wonderboy.

Pictures to follow!

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Big time had by small crowd at the Handlebar. Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite boys played, sang, two-stepped, and put a a spell on the crowd that had gathered to hear them at the Handlebar this past Friday night. The group was smooth, fun, well-polished and put on a great show. This was their inaugural performance at the Handlebar and based on the size of the group gathered, it looked like a lot of people did not know what a treat the boys would be. Their perfect blend of western swing and rockabilly had toes tapping and hands clapping. Next time Big Sandy comes along, we'll be bringing our friends.

Big Sandy - Click for larger Image.

Big Sandy Website, Big Sandy Music at
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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Gore Vidal, now over 80 years old, is still amazingly sharp, and is still compiling the history of America, digesting it, and then publishing it in his own rambling style. His observations, the result of over 30 years of research and writing, always pierce to the core of the American experience and like the best of guides, Vidal retells the history of our country, making sure to point out the most astounding bits. In this interview, he continues to delight as he teases prospective readers with a number of his historical observations including Ben Franklin's dire warning of the future of our Republic.
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You're not a Baptist until you have been dunked. The Spartanburg Herald Journal reports that 1,000 South Carolina Baptists in Columbia for their annual meeting affirmed that baptism by immersion as "uniquely the only biblical, historical and proper mode of Christian baptism."

I thought this was why they were called Baptists.

Even more interesting was that the South Carolina Baptists removed entire churches from their fellowship because they had accepted christians into their church who had not been dunked.

Did these other churches not know why they are called Baptists?

Having spent a fair number of my formative years in a Baptist Church, I can report that I successfully passed the dunking test in my youth. I can also speak with some authority when I say that this is exactly the kind of issue that will turn one Baptist Church into two.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

We Honor those who served
Veterans Day 2003

Whitey Yanov - WWII

In 1921, an American soldier—his name “known but to God”—was buried on a Virginia hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, DC. The burial site of this unknown World War I soldier in Arlington National Cemetery symbolized dignity and reverence for America’s veterans. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an “unknown soldier” of the Great War was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe).

These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I hostilities at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day.”

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace. He issued a Presidential Order directing the head of the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs, to form a Veterans Day National Committee to organize and oversee the national observance of Veterans Day. In addition to fulfilling that mission, the committee oversees the annual production and distribution of the Veterans Day Poster and this Veterans Day Teachers Resource Guide.

In 1968, Congress moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. However, it became apparent that the November 11 date was historically significant to a great many Americans. As a result, Congress formally returned the observance of Veterans Day to its traditional date in 1978.


Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Bored at work? Got restless co-workers with more time than tasks? The BBC has come to the rescue with a cute, office themed time waster. Try It Yourself. It is another bit of fun from the BBC production, The Office.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

It's Election Day! I guess even Billy Mitchell's write in bid to become mayor has not spurred enough interest to get voters out today. The Greenville News reports that a low voter turnout is expected in municipal races.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

The Halloween Party Pictures are online! This has got to be something of a record. I have Ken's pictures as well as my own uploaded into both a photo album online as well as a musical slideshow. Click here to see the fun photos from the 2003 Halloween Party.

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Having trouble with ghosties? You can find help, especially if you live in the New England Area at The site features photos, stories, and videos taken by the researchers of mysterious lights and orbs. The owners of the site purport that they have been able on most occasions to figure out what sort of paranormal activity is causing your problem and can offer advice on how to resolve it. The site is attractively designed and is sure to be an asset to anyone plagued by spirits with issues.

By the way, if you want to see an interesting software tool for mapping your own social networks, you might start looking here: InFlow - Social Network Analysis Software and Services by Valdis Krebs

NPR had a feature on the 'Conspiracy' Art of Mark Lombardi on this morning's episode of Weekend Edition. Mark drew relationship diagrams between people showing vast networks of how people knew one another. He was looking for conspiracy, developing intricate drawings and compiling over 12,000 handwritten index cards in the process. The Williamsburg Quarterly of Brooklyn New York published an issue on how one James Bath figured into one of Lombardi's drawings.

Mark Lombardi Drawing