Parental advisory

From “On ‘The Daily Show’ last night, Jon Stewart, speaking as a ‘concerned parent,’ urged viewers never to let their children go on hunting trips with the vice president. ‘I can’t emphasize this enough,’ Stewart said. ‘I don’t care what kind of lucrative contracts they’re trying to land, or energy regulation they’re trying to get lifted. . . . He’ll shoot them in the face.'”

We’re going to Iowa this summer

“Two families were having a feud. One family lived on the Minnesota side of the border between Iowa and Minnesota, and the other family lived on the Iowa side. The feud got serious and the Minnesota family started throwing sticks of dynamite across the border into the Iowa farm yard. One day, it put the eye of a cow out. The Iowa family became so incensed that it started lighting the dynamite sticks that the Minnesotans had thrown over, and throwing them back into the Minnesota family’s farm yard.”

ESPN’s Dick Vitale was in Indiana to announce a basketball game when he noticed a red phone near the Hoosier’s bench. He asked Coach Bob Knight what it was for.
“It’s a hotline to God,” said Knight. Vitale asked if he could use it. Knight said, “Sure, but it’ll cost you $100.” Vitale thought he needed a break picking the games, so he pulled out his wallet and paid the $100. Dick Vitale had a perfect week.
The next week, he was in Arkansas when he noticed the same kind of phone on the Razerback’s bench. He asked the Razerback coach about the phone. The coach said, “It’s the hotline to to God, and it’ll cost you $100 if you want to use it”. Vitale paid the money. Again, he had a perfect week.

The next week, Vitale was in Iowa when he noticed the same kind of phone by the Hawkeyes’ bench. He asked Tom Davis (Iowa Coach), “Is that the hotline to God?”. Davis said, “Yes and if you want to use it, it’ll cost 35 cents”. Vitale said, “Wait a second,I just paid $100 in Indiana and Arkansas to use the hotline to God. Why does Iowa only charge 35 cents?” Davis smiled at Vitale and replied, “In Iowa, it’s a local call.”

Q: What do you call a bunch of tractors parked in front of a McDonalds on Friday night in Iowa?
A: Prom.

And brother Rick writes:

Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 14:59:15 -0800
Subject: Re: Okiboji
We are excited and set to go . . . only one problem – Where is Iowa? What city has an airport? Only kidding. But really, where does our airplane land?



Gina got her braces off this morning, and both mom and dad had work conflicts. So here is the report from Grandma….photos to follow so check back now available and posted here! Click on them for larger versions.

Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 11:51:07 EST

All is well. Picked her up and got her to the office on time. It took nearly 90 minutes, but she came out radiant! And loaded down with stuff. Had her picture taken for the wall, and she has some messages for you.

She said her mouth feels funny with the retainer, but she’ll get used to it. Just before we got to school, she said she was going to take it out for the “first impression” with her friends. I told her I thought that was an excellent idea.

And as she got out of the car, she said, “I can’t stop smiling!”

Love, Grandma

migrating this blog

Yesterday, a german-speaking Jürgen commented on my stale post at and suggested I look again for the import utility:

Jürgen said: Just go to your dashboard. If you’re logged in to and show your blog, the link to the dashboard is in the top-left corner. Once in the dashboard you find a kind of menu on the top of the site and the most right item is called “Import�?.Gopod luck.

Sure enough…the import button was there and I gave it a shot as you can see if you go visit it. All these blogger posts (100+) imported. It did not honor image controlling code, and in fact, it broke many image links. I’m not going in a repairing all those image references. so I’ll stick with for now.

new quartet?

I went to an exploratory rehearsal last night with Joe Elmer (bass from OBC), Me (bari/tenor), Pete (lead/bari from makeshift) and Troy W. (tenor/lead). We all sang together in a VLQ competition a couple years back (photo at right is Troy, Nick, Pete, Joe, Seth and Me)

We had performance potential for several numbers right off the

several pole cats

also, we had a few songs nominated for group development

Our chemistry was good and the sound blend was great at certain moments. The challenge is finding time in our schedules…next rehearsal is not until 2/26.