Category Archives: Fun

New Card

Thanks to my sister’s recommendation, we are switching our credit card over to Capital One’s Venture card. We can earn double miles on airline travel which will help me earn free flights a lot faster when I have to commute to LA or NY. Also, no foreign transaction fees are a plus when I am out of the country so often. Finally, we love that we can customize the front picture of our card and can do so each thirty days. Even though the picture can be used for security purposes (like a big picture of your face) we decided to have fun with it. This is us on a cruise in 2009, snorkeling in Grand Cayman. Fun! If you want one for yourself, just click our picture.

Baby Cam

This past winter, the geek in me set up a couple ip cameras around the house so that when Laura and I were out, we could check in on what Gus was up to. I added another one so I could see the baby’s crib while in Hong Kong, and added a third in the living room for security.

They are neat, cheap little ip cameras from Foscam and when set up, I can view and hear live video on my computer or iPhone from anywhere in the world, in real time. They even come with motion sensors to take pictures of a burglar.
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Interesting Trivia

In the 1400’s a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have “the rule of thumb”

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

A duck’s quack won’t echo, and scientists do not know why.

There is no word that rhymes with silver or orange.

Can you name three words that end in “GRY”?
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What am I missing?

I don’t normally pass along information I receive from forwarded e-mails, but this one really caught my attention. Our human nature is interesting, isn’t it? We blindly walk through life with our comfortable routines, happy to compartmentalize things that fit neatly into boxes that we can understand, but yet can miss so much . . .

In a Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. A man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about an hour. During that time approximately two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
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Best Christmas gift. Ever.

I wanted to give a shout out to my sister and brother-in-law because they gave me the best Christmas gift I’ve ever received. A little history as to how this gift became the best ever is in order.

Years ago as a kid, I wanted a real Dallas Cowboys helmet. I’ve always thought that having one in a display case or under a light on a pedestal would be a neat thing to have, since I’m such a die hard fan. I never really thought about how much they cost or that it would have been hard to afford or get for my parents. One Christmas in about 1991, my family was at my grandparent’s house and my mom handed me a gift that was in a plastic bag. I could barely see through the bag to notice that it looked like a helmet. My heart skipped a beat or two. I said, “Oh no” out loud. I couldn’t believe it, I was going to get a helmet! When I opened the bag, I tried to hide my disappointment when I saw that it was just an inflatable vinyl helmet to go on your head while at a game. I was actually embarrassed that I had thought it would be the real thing.

Flash forward to the Christmas season of 2009. Laura and I, along with my sister and her husband went on a tour of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington. Click on the photo of the helmet at the top of this blog to see more photos from that tour. We were in the ProShop and my sister and I mused about what I might do if I had one . . .

The next day, we celebrated Christmas with my family early because I get to work on Christmas this year. The gift from my sis and her hubby was anticipated by everyone but me. She said it would be the greatest gift ever and I just tried to ignore the hype, in case it wasn’t something I was interested in. Well, lo and behold, when I opened the “greatest gift ever” the name of the gift rang true. I read the words: Official NFL Helmet. A 20 year old dream has finally come true and I couldn’t be more excited or more grateful.

Thanks sis and Merry Christmas!