Friday, April 25, 2008
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
The guy I work with knows a lot about birds and I asked him to come out to see if he could identify the hawk. He did and it was a Cooper's Hawk.
After awhile the hawk flew toward the woods. Now a couple of crows were after him. He stayed in one of the trees a short time and flew, with the crows in pursuit. (Hopefully, if you click on the picture, with my supersized setting, you will see the hawk with the two crows chasing him)
picture courtesy of Barb.
I have to say that this was a pretty amazing experience, but for me it doesn't take much.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My mom and dad were married October 4. I do not remember what year. The picture below is my dad and mom on their wedding day. My dad was born and raised in Woodbine. My mom in Northeast Philly. My mom had a relative that lived across the street from my dad. This is how they met.
My dad is the kind of guy that got more handsome the older he got.
My dad had an appointment at Deborah (I know I spelled that wrong) Hospital for a stress test. My mom asked me to go with him. My dad drove. On the way, he asked if I had been to the casinos? I said that I had not. He said "you mean you never snuck in?" I said "no". He asked if I wanted to go. I said yes. After he had the stress test, I drove. It really wiped him out. I asked him if he still wanted to go? He said yes. He directed me to Atlantic City. On the way, he said, "don't tell your mother that I took you to the casino. She'll kill me." Well we went to the buffet. OMG. I ate so much I could barely move. Now for the big moment. As we are walking to the casino floor he told me to walk next to him and look like I was old enough to get in. What. How I am supposed to do that. We got in no problem. He got me quarters and I went to the slots. I was listening to the radio and playing the slots. My dad, of course, found people to talk to. The people he was talking to were security guards. Next thing my machine is dinging and the lights are going off. One security came over and stood on one side of me. The other security guard on the other side. I'm saying to myself, "Oh shit. That's it. I'm dead. I'm going to jail." Luckily it was a small win and they didn't say anything. I was soooo pissed off at my dad. He just stood there with a shitty grin on his face. Needless to say, I didn't play again and I waited until I was 21 before I went back. On the way home, my dad and I laughed about that. I never did tell my mom that we went.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The next couple of pictures are of Tiger and of course Ralphy. After they eat dinner they play. Ralphy took off and climbed the tree with Tiger in hot pursuit.
I spooked him and he took flight.
There was a lot of activity both in and around the Eagle's nest. My binoculars are not powerful enough to really see what is happening in the nest, but I managed to get this picture with one of the adult eagles perched next to the nest.
My friend in work Lauren gave me a website for a humming bird migration map. I e-mailed this to my friend Bobbie and told her about the map. She e-mailed back saying thanks for the video I enjoyed it very much. Okay what is she talking about. I didn't e-mail a video. I called and asked. Here on the website I sent there was a cool 8 to 9 minute video. This is my goal this year. I want to have hummer's eating out of my hand. I have no idea how I am going to achieve this, but I have to give it a try. Wednesday night Lauren and I went to the library for a seminar on humming birds. Very interesting. After it was done we went and talked to Karen. Karen was the girl at Jake's Landing and the one who told me about the Eagle's nest. I told her I was there and that there was a lot of activity. She told me that there are two eaglets in the nest. How exciting. She said that they spotted them through a high powered scope. I want see them.
This weekend was a fairly good weekend weather wise. Yesterday I was finally able to cut the weeds and pull weeds in my flower beds and garden. For me this was a very good day. I love to work outside.
Today I went to the zoo. Here are some of the pictures I took. I say some because I took over a hundred pics.
This is an Elliot pheasant. Beautiful markings.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I have to say that it saddens me to hear and see little signs saying boycott the Beijing Olympics and Free Tibet. The Olympic games have nothing to do with what is happening in Beijing past or present. The Olympic games are for athletes in the prime of their lives who are lucky enough to be able to participate in the games. Who may never have this chance again.
I thought that the Olympics were supposed to bring the world together and it just seems like anymore it is another political forum for people to use to protest. Don't we have enough protesting and hate in this world?
If the reasons I have been told are the true reasons for protesting and boycotting, I have a news flash, we could have been doing that all along. One way is to stop buying items made in China. It is human nature when we go shopping to get the best price possible. And the best price possible most of the time is items made in China. Make your voice heard there. Stop buying products made in China and pay more.
I guess the world and people in general sadden me anymore. Everyone wants world peace, but really no one is taking strides to achieve this. Those who are the loudest about we need world peace are the first to scream, boycott, ban, etc.
These Olympics games have NOTHING to do with what China has done or is currently doing. Unfortunately, the Olympics are being used for all this bullshit that people are saying and doing when these same people could have been saying and doing way before the games and can continue to do so way after the games. How many people think we will be hearing anything about China after the games. I for one don't think much will be heard or said.
It is a shame that athletes are the ones who are made to suffer.