Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas in South Carolina

Amy and her Dad looking suave

Georgia, Chuck (with Simon), Amy, Amy and Ron (with Boo) ready for Christmas eve church

Amy's mom was happy about our visit and her gifts

Grandmama Georgia is such an amazing person

Amy and I got some nice pics among many other great gifts

Here I am with my Christmas booty

We also spent time with the Herins in Charleston

Despite the holidays, Boo is not too happy about visitors

Flora on the other hand was quite friendly

Simon was visiting too

Wheezy was asleep most of the time while visiting SC

Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Communication is key

When ordering something for a special event it is always recommended to communicate clearly what you want. Plus of course it is equally important to make sure the company/person you order from understands exactly what you are saying and what you desire.

Otherwise you might have an interesting surprise like this cake ordered from a Walmart bakery.

I assume the conversation in the Walmart Bakery went something like this.

Walmart Employee: "Hello, how can we help you"
Customer: "I would like to order a cake for a going away party this week."
Walmart Employee: "What do you want written on the cake?"
Customer: "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that "We will miss you".
Walmart Employee: "Got it."

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

It's looking a lot like Christmas

About a week ago when we left Hot Springs, VA there was a lot of snow on the ground and for a while it even looked like we might be stuck there. By about 1pm we decided to give it ago and Amy took a picture of me focusing on the snowy roads. It certainly looked a lot like Christmas.

Monday, December 17, 2007

My way or the highway

Dr. Kevin Ade, a veterinarian at Middle Valley Animal Hospital in Hixson, TN lives on Pope Creek Road near Highway 11. He has several dogs that have attacked and chased runners and cyclists on Pope Creek Road, and after a few folks who got bitten filed complaints with the local police, Ade came up with an interesting solution. Warn the cyclists, because keeping the dogs on a leash or within an electric fence would really infringe to much on his own rights. Plus if you run there, you're shit out of luck.

Plus since Dr. Ade apparently knows that his dogs are out of control should he not be worried about the safety of his dogs too? Or does he truly just care about himself?

Friday, December 14, 2007

Inconsiderate parkers

Right in front of the new Greenlife grocery store and the new Rock Creek Outfitters location, there are several parking spots set aside for pregnant moms and also for low emission vehicles (LEV). Each of these parking spots is very clearly marked but apparently either people can't read, don't understand what Low Emission Vehicles are, or are basically super inconsiderate folks.

Here are a few pics of some of these inconsiderate parkers.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Pimping it in Virginia

I went with Amy to Hot Springs, Virginia for a few days and on Tuesday night we got to go attend a black tie event. I love dressing up and I think Amy and I look great together all pimped up. :-)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

John Talbott

On Thanksgivings day I ran with John Talbott, the brother of the famous Paul Talbott also known as Paul Jones, husband of Anita Jones. :-)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Nice airline safety video

The design and execution of this Virgin America airline safety video is so nifty that I am willing to watch it without actually being on board of a plane. Usually I try my best to sleep through these.

Monday, November 26, 2007


I usually shave my head with an electric razor but tried the Headblade today and wow what a mistake that was. Well, maybe I am just retarded, but I pretty much worked over my scalp like an Apache looking for a trophy. :-(

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving day today and I want to give thanks for my family, my friends and my health. Most of all I am thankful though that I met my future wife and that we match up so well. :-)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

WE won

My buddy John Cavett was nice enough to take me to Knoxville yesterday for my first big college football game. So I got to be in Neyland Stadium with about 105,000 orange clad fans and see the Vols stomp the Vanderbilt Commodores. Well, maybe not stomp, but a win is a win and WE won. :-)

You got to be prepared when you go into battle with Vanderbilt

The march of the penguins

Fans are still streaming in as the pre-game activities take place

WE are about to put the nail in the coffin

No 1 VOLS fan :-)

Just kidding.

Friday, November 16, 2007

What a happy looking family

This is a great shot of Simon Whitfield with his wife Jennie and the oh so cute Pippa.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy together

On Saturday Amy and I went to the Chattanooga marathon to cheer on some friends and Tom shot this very nice photo of us and sent it to me. Thank you very much.

I am a very old man

Since Saturday my back has been very sore and I feel like I am 90 years old. Yikes.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

No hassle?

Capitol One promotes their No Hassle credit card with various silly commercials. But they apparently are not living by their mantra and I get hassled each week by multiple mailings from Capitol One to my personal and business address. What does it take for them to understand that I am not interested in their services? Surely they ought to realize after hundreds of wasted letters that maybe I am not the right customer for them. I actually hate that they are hassling me with their mailings and it really is a waste of paper and resources. Plus come to think of it, their silly TV commercials really annoy / hassle me too.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

What a great stove

During our trip to Europe, Amy and I noticed this very cool wood burning stove at the house of a friend of mine. The brand of the stove is Bullerjan and my friend Helmut thought it was Canadian. But I think it is actually a German product that was inspired by old Canadian stoves. Either way, it is very cool no matter where it is made and if we move further north, we are getting one of them.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Europe, Fall 2007, the final days

The view from the war memorial (Denkmal) onto Ostrach

Posing in front of the war memorial of 1799

We went for a walk just outside town

With my friends Joerg and Uschi and their beautiful house

Amy with my mom and dad

We grabbed lunch in Sigmaringen at the Theater Cafe

Amy is checking out a German newspaper

We also got to catch up with the internet

On our way to Reutlingen we drove past castle Lichtenstein

We had coffee with my friends Matthias and Jutta in Reutlingen

Europe, Fall 2007, Gaggenau and Freiburg

En route to go visit my brother in Gaggenau, Germany

Along the way of course we saw more castles

My brother Manfred, his wife Bettina and their daughter

We went for a little walk in the park

To be young again

We then moved on to Freiburg. This is where we ate dinner on Thursday eve and where I fell in the ditch

Our hotel in Freiburg was small and cozy

This was the view from our hotel room. The beautiful Muenster in Freiburg and the market surrounding it.

Amy and I got a tour of the university hospital in Freiburg so she could compare

We also checked out the Freiburg train station as Amy has an interest in trains

Bicycles are everywhere in Freiburg