A Visit with Krazy Kory

July 4, 2010 A Visit with Krazy Kory
Miss Sheri and the boys spent a lot of time doing yard ‘work this week. She keeps them motivated by offering them the chance to burn stuff as long as they keep busy. It’s a really effective technique. We’re hoping to talk to their middle school teachers this Fall and having them offer a similar rewards program at school.
On Tuesday night, the boys had their final golf lessons of the season with Coach Max. We were pleased to hear the coach say that Luke is hitting the ball well and that Avery is actually a pretty good player. Best of all, they only swung their clubs at each other a couple of times so they’re becoming more disciplined in their games as well!
On Thursday, I went to lunch with an old friend, Steve Anderson. We hadn’t seen each other in a few years. We talked about all sorts of ways we could get together and do creative things whether it be making videos, doing live performances, or creating something on the web with another. Now that we’re excited about these possibilities, we probably won’t see each other again for a few more years.
On Friday night, we all hopped in the car together for a road trip down to Des Moines to see our old buddy, Krazy Kory. We saw a whole bunch of deer on the way including this doe and her two pups. I was a bit offended while taking this picture because they were just sitting there staring at us like we were going to shoot them or something. Just a little bit stuck up I guess.
Krazy Kory was all ready for us right when we pulled into town. I said is that a rocket in your pocket or are you just excited to see us? Then we laughed and laughed.
Our evening started with a bang! I always enjoy bringing my boys around Kory because it gives me a good chance to explain to them about the rules in life. Such as, “Hey, dad! Aren’t fireworks illegal in Iowa?” “Yes, sons. But law enforcement typically let’s it slide on the 4th of July weekend.” I then try to explain to them that when they get older, they’ll know better when it’s OK to break the law and that they shouldn’t try to figure it out now. They then get the cutest little confused looks on their faces.
After things get settled down, Kory and I like to warm up to a cold beer and debate the merits of the different Iowa universities. Between the two of us, we’ve dropped out of all three of the major ones so we really know what we’re talking about here.
Sunny was really happy when he heard he was going on vacation with us. Until he learned that it kind of sucks to hang out in a strange hotel room by yourself. He was glad to get back in the car again the next morning and try out another road trip instead.
Hogs and Kisses!

Quote of the Week

“We can learn from past failures and mistakes, but we shouldn’t get stuck there. We can keep future goals in mind, but we shouldn’t get stuck there, either. The only way to reach our potential is to focus on what we must do now – this moment, this day – to perform effectively and win.” — Joe Torre Link To Last Week’s Diary Entry
July 11, 2010 4th of July in Branson

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Still The Light, By Cameo Smith (Mt. Wolf, PA)

Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
their smiles were contagious,
their laughter filled the air…
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
Remembering nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is Heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

In that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew to the arms of their King
As they lingered in the warmth of His blessed embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
When He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe

He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”

Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now my children, let me show you around.”
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

and I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

Shortarmguy's Crazy Emails for December 16, 2012

Dear Santa, How are you? How is Mrs. Claus? I hope everyone, from the reindeer to the elves, is fine. I have been a very good boy this year. I would like an X-Box 360 with Call of Duty IV and an iPhone 4 for Christmas. I hope you remember that come Christmas Day. Merry Christmas,
Dear Timmy, Thank you for you letter. Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and the elves are all fine and thank you for asking about them. Santa is a little worried all the time you spend playing video games and texting. Santa wouldn’t want you to get fat. Since you have indeed been a good boy, I think I’ll bring you something you can go outside and play with.* Merry Christmas,* Santa Claus*** * *
Mr. Claus, Seeing that I have fulfilled the “naughty vs. Nice” contract, set by you I might add, I feel confident that you can see your way clear to granting me what I have asked for. I certainly wouldn’t want to turn this joyous season into one of litigation. Also, don’t you think that a jibe at my weight coming from an overweight man who goes out once a year is a bit trite? Respectfully, Tim Jones * *
Mr. Jones, While I have acknowledged you have met the “nice” criteria, need I remind you that your Christmas list is a request and in no way is it a guarantee of services provided. Should you wish to pursue legal action, well that is your right. Please know, however, that my attorney’s have been on retainer ever since the Burgermeister Meisterburger incident and will be more than happy to take you on in open court. Additionally, the exercise I alluded to will not only improve your health, but also improve your social skills and potentially help clear up a complexion that looks like the bottom of the Burger King fry bin most days. Very Truly Yours, S Claus * *
Now look here Fat Man, I told you what I want and I expect you to bring it. I was attempting to be polite about this but you brought my looks and my friends into this. Now you just be disrespecting me. I’m about to tweet my boys and we’re gonna be waiting for your fat ass and I’m taking my game console, my game, my phone, and whatever else I want. WHAT EVER I WANT, MAN! T-Bone * *
Listen Pizza Face, Seriously??? You think a dude that breaks into every house in the world on one night and never gets caught sweats a skinny G-banger wannabe? “He sees you when you’re sleeping; He knows when you’re awake”. Sound familiar, genius? You know what kind of resources I have at my disposal. I got your shit wired, Jack. I go all around the world and see ways to hurt people that if I described them right now, you’d throw up your Totino’s pizza roll all over the carpet of your mom’s basement. You’re not getting what you asked for, but I’m still stopping by your crib to stomp a mud hole in you’re ass and then walk it dry. Chew on that, Petunia. S Clizzy * *
Dear Santa, Bring me whatever you see fit. I’ll appreciate anything. Timmy * *
> Timmy, > > That’s what I thought you little bastard. > Santa

Not Afraid of Heights

Snow Quilts

Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather!
Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art.
Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields!
The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.
How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations.
The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera. – Simon Beck