Diary Entry For February 15, 2009

On Tuesday night, our Cub Scout den had a special treat when Doctor Michael Vogt stopped by to help the boys earn their Scientist Achievement pins.  Not only is Dr. Vogt an actual scientist, he also has published several books on how to make paper airplanes including The Paper Air Force.  Needless to say, the boys were quite excited to learn some new techniques on how to make paper fly.

As exciting as the paper airplanes were to build, nothing compared to learning all about the physics of Force.  Dr. Vogt brought actual air guns and let the boys use them to shoot marshmallows across our yard!  Lucky no squirrels wandered by at that time else they’d had some gooey, creamy, goodness splattered all over their faces!

Dr. Vogt saved the big gun for last and made the boys cheer with delight as he shot actual potatoes into some really big boulders.  He wanted to shoot them across the roof of our neighbor’s house but I asked him not do it.  I could only imagine an errant shot sending a potato threw my neighbor’s window!  That would have been a tough one to try to explain. 

On Thursday morning, I had the pleasure of accompanying my boys to school.  I think they would have preferred me to leave them here after I took this picture, but I followed them inside instead.

The reason for my visit was to attend the annual “Doughnuts with a Cool Dude” event before school started.  Although we did have a nice time sitting together eating doughnuts and playing bingo, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get the chance to see the Cool Dude anywhere! 

On Friday night, miss Sheri and I celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary at Kincaids in Bloomington.  Our anniversary was actually on Thursday the 12th but we always celebrate on the 13th so we cover Valentine’s Day as well.  I figured this trick out a long time ago so we only have to celebrate our love for each other one time per year while most couples are required to celebrate it at least twice!  Suckers!!!

On Saturday, we went to watch Avery’s basketball game.  Joining us were Grandma Linda and her good friend, George.  The game was a thriller that went down to the wire with a final score of 12-11.  Despite our team having a couple shots at the basket at the very end of the game, we sadly ended up at the losing end of that score.

After the game, we took Grandma Linda, George, and his dog, Sarah, to the dog park where we discovered that the recent warm weather followed by some extremely cold weather had turned the dog park into a dog skating rink!  Sunny did pretty good navigating the slick surface, but Sarah found herself boot scooting all over the trails so Miss Sheri lifted her butt to help her along.  I’m so glad I married that girl.  She’s a good Butt Lifter!

Nice Emails of the Week

You are the modern day version of Garrison Keillor (prairie home companion — lake wobegone)

I always look fwd to your weekly tome. 


Have fun if you don’t have anything. 




How wonderful for Luke, 

I watched your home video, he was funny and confident, what a tribute to you as a father for him to want to be a comedian Just like you are, there’s no greater gift than a child who wants to be like there father. Laughter is the best medicine.  Can’t wait to see him with my fav Louie Anderson too.


” WAY TO GO Luke”, You and Sheri  must be so proud of him. Ms July


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A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?”

“You’ll know tonight.” he said.

That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it–only to find a book entitled “The meaning of dreams”.


 Guess what he WON`T get for Valentines!


A lady walks into Tiffany’s. She browses around, spots a beautiful diamond bracelet and walks over to inspect it.  As she bends over to look more closely she inadvertently breaks wind.  Very embarrassed, she looks up nervously to see if anyone has noticed her little accident and prays that a sales person doesn’t appear right now.

As she turns around, her worst nightmare materializes in the form of a salesman standing right behind her. Cool as a cucumber and displaying complete professionalism, the salesman greets the lady with, ‘Good day, Madam. How may we help you today?’


Very uncomfortably, but hoping that the salesman may just not have been there at the time of her little ‘accident’, she asks, ‘Sir, what is the price of this lovely bracelet?’ 

He answers, ‘Madam,  if you farted just looking at it, you’re gonna shit when I tell you the price.

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February 15, 2009

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February 15, 2009


One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.  My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!  The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that?  This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!  ‘This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you.  Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.  Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. 

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so…

Love the people who treat you right.

Pray for the ones who don’t.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!