Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Animal Kingdom, Can I See Some ID?, -and- The Tax Man

Animal Kingdom - dog accidentally shoots man
Can I See Some ID? 77-year-old gets carded to buy beer
The Tax Man - Iowa taxes pumpkins used for carving

On this day in history: October 31, 1993 - Actor River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose on the sidewalk in front of the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

Born on this day in history: October 31, 1931 - Dan Rather (1931 - ____) news anchorman. He was the anchor for "The CBS Evening News" from 1981 to 2007; co-editor of "Sixty Minutes" and host of "48 hours."

Scripture of the Day: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings." (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Video of the Day: Mountain Bike Ride - submitted by Laura

This is how your computer works. Now that you know how it works, you can fix it! Click to enlarge.

Recommended Site: Corning California Net - A free forum for Corning, California!

Recommended Site: Nikon Photographer - A free forum for all photographers (NOT just Nikon users!) and anyone interested in photography!

As a safe, Christian alternative to the Satanic celebration of Halloween, Harvest Christian Center will host the annual Harvest Festival. Everyone is invited to attend the Thirteenth Annual Free Harvest Festival, 5 PM to 9 PM, Harvest Christian Center, 1006 Sixth Street, Corning. Lots of candy, toys, games, chili, cookies and popcorn, pony rides, and bouncing castles. Free drawing for adults 18 years and older. For further information, please call 530-824-2091. This is an excellent event that traditionally attracts several thousand attendees. Laura baked ten dozen cookies for this event last evening. She shall be operating the fishing booth game, and I shall be photographing the event.

For information regarding the dark history of Halloween, read The Facts about Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fighting Back, Fighting Back 2, -and- Wanted...

Fighting Back - hijacked ship crew overpowers pirates
Fighting Back 2 - Samaritans foil alleged rape in progress
Wanted... - Craig's List ad leads to murder

On this day in history: October 30, 1966 - The Zodiac kills his first victim, 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates, in the library parking lot of a community college in Riverside, California.

Born on this day in history: October 30, 1912 - Gordon Parks (1912 - 2006) photographer, director. He was a photographer for "Life" magazine, 1948-72; directed film "Shaft," 1972; won Spingarn, 1972.

Scripture of the Day: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Video of the Day: Bangkok Market - submitted by Laura

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that one of my brothers is now a television star! Click to enlarge.

Recommended Site: Corning California Net - A free forum for Corning, California!

Recommended Site: Nikon Photographer - A free forum for all photographers (NOT just Nikon users!) and anyone interested in photography!

As a safe, Christian alternative to the Satanic celebration of Halloween, Harvest Christian Center will host the annual Harvest Festival. Everyone is invited to attend the Thirteenth Annual Free Harvest Festival, 5 PM to 9 PM, Harvest Christian Center, 1006 Sixth Street, Corning. Lots of candy, toys, games, chili, cookies and popcorn, pony rides, and bouncing castles. Free drawing for adults 18 years and older. For further information, please call 530-824-2091. This is an excellent event that traditionally attracts several thousand attendees. Laura baked ten dozen cookies for this event last evening. She shall be operating the fishing booth game, and I shall be photographing the event.

For information regarding the dark history of Halloween, read The Facts about Halloween.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fighting Back, Here's the Beef, -and- Flying High

Fighting Back - man in wheelchair fatally shoots home intruder
Here's the Beef - hot dog champ switches gears, eats 103 burgers
Flying High - Virgin co-pilot in alcohol arrest

On this day in history: October 29, 1994 - Armed with a semi-automatic rifle, Colorado upholsterer Francisco Duran fires 27 shots at the White House from the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Ave. Because he opted for Chinese-made SKS rifle, few of Duran's shots come anywhere near the building. Nevertheless, he receives a life sentence for attempting to assassinate President Clinton.

Born on this day in history: October 29, - Apparently, no famous person was born on this day.

Scripture of the Day: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual act of worship." (Romans 12:1)

Video of the Day: Dodge Nitro Goes Mudding

While driving to my office this morning, I passed a fellow Nitro owner. I was preparing to wave, when I noticed the flashing lights!Click to enlarge.

As a safe, Christian alternative to the Satanic celebration of Halloween, Harvest Christian Center will host the annual Harvest Festival. Everyone is invited to attend the Thirteenth Annual Free Harvest Festival, 5 PM to 9 PM, Harvest Christian Center, 1006 Sixth Street, Corning. Lots of candy, toys, games, chili, cookies and popcorn, pony rides, and bouncing castles. Free drawing for adults 18 years and older. For further information, please call 530-824-2091. This is an excellent event that traditionally attracts several thousand attendees. Laura baked ten dozen cookies for this event last evening. She shall be operating the fishing booth game, and I shall be photographing the event.

For information regarding the dark history of Halloween, read The Facts about Halloween.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Lost!, Queerly Beloved, -and- Can You Hear Me Now?

Lost! - baby abandoned twice in one night
Queerly Beloved - correctional officers disciplined for "gay" wedding
Can You Hear Me Now? - teen accused of jamming police radio

On this day in history: October 26, 1984 - 19-year-old John D. McCollum kills himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum's parents file suit against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution," from the album Blizzard of Ozz, contributed to their son's death. Except that the song's subject was quite plainly alcohol addiction. The case is eventually thrown out of court.

Born on this day in history: October 26, 1911 - Mahalia Jackson
(1911–1972) American gospel singer, born in New Orleans.

Scripture of the Day: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Video of the Day: Happy Birthday - this blog is 2 years old today!

Happy Birthday Blog! This blog is 2 years old today! Click to enlarge.

New Feature: Bible Class Notes are now available for viewing via the "Bible Class Notes" link in the Links section. These are notes taken during Bible class at Harvest Christian Center. New notes will be added each week, following each Wednesday's Bible class.

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 4!

Updating Windows for the new Daylight Saving Time

Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States starting in 2007. Canada has adopted similar DST dates. These changes could cause clocks and Microsoft Outlook calendar appointments on Windows devices to display incorrect times for March 11 – April 1, 2007 and October 28 – November 4, 2007 and again in subsequent years.

Here is the URL from Microsoft for resources for updating your Windows-powered computers: Time Zone Update for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.

Here is the URL from Microsoft for resources for updating your Windows-powered mobile devices: Daylight Saving Time 2007 Updates.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bounty Hunting, Animal Kingdom, -and- DIY

Bounty Hunting - India offers cash for rats
Animal Kingdom - elephants electrocuted in drunken rampage
DIY - convicted sex offender attempts self-castration

On this day in history: October 25, 1991 - On the way back from a Huey Lewis concert, rock promoter Bill Graham is killed when his helicopter hits high-voltage power lines in Vallejo, California.

Born on this day in history: October 25, 1940 - Bobby Knight (1940 - ____) college basketball coach. He has been the coach for Indiana University since 1971; known for his temperamental outbursts.

Scripture of the Day: "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:19-20)

Video of the Day: Dancing Parrot - submitted by Donny

Here is a photograph of a spider. I took this photograph approximately 7
years ago. The photograph was taken at a client's home. The spider was
apparently a pet. Click to enlarge.

Recommended Web Site: Be certain to visit This is a free forum for the Corning area.

I was musing last evening, following Bible class at Harvest Christian Center: Perhaps I shall publish my notes from Bible class here. I am curious to know what readers think of this concept.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thanks for the Memories, They're Here!, -and- To Serve and Protect

Thanks for the Memories - wedding pictures delivered 27 years late
They're Here! - Shirley MacLaine claims Dennis Kucinich saw UFO
To Serve and Protect - cops stop man for too many air fresheners

On this day in history: October 24, 2002 - The Washington Sniper attacks come to an end when John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo are arrested. The pair chose victims at random, then shot at them with a sniper rifle. In three weeks, they killed ten people and critically injured three others before a suspicious trucker noticed the pair napping at a rest stop.

Born on this day in history: October 24, 1939 - Paula Gunn Allen (1939 - ____) poet, writer. Her Pueblo/Sioux background is expressed in her poetry collections that include "The Blind Lion," 1974 and "Skins and Bones," 1988.

Scripture of the Day:

Video of the Day: The Remo Four - Peter Gunn Theme

Here is a photograph of me in 1980. I am at poolside at my father's ranch. The chlorine in the pool has affected the color of my hair. Click to enlarge.

How Long Do We Have?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage.”

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:
Gore: 19
Bush: 29

Square miles of land won by:
Gore: 580,000
Bush: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:
Gore: 127 million
Bush: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Gore: 13.2
Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Lost in Space, To Serve and Protect, -and- Gobble Gobble

Lost in Space - flight from Chicago turns around after luggage starts falling out
To Serve and Protect - crooked-cop cases surge in NYC
Gobble Gobble - wild turkeys invade MA cities and towns

On this day in history: October 23, 1988 - A concert-goer at a Skinny Puppy show in Cincinnati mistakes a stuffed dog, a prop that undergoes "vivisection" during the performance, for a live dog and calls the cops. Even after the police establish no real animals have been harmed, bandmates Nivek Ogre and Cevin Key, along with their tour manager, are arrested on disorderly conduct charges. They spend the night in jail and are fined $200.

Born on this day in history: October 23, 1925 - Johnny Carson (1925 - 2005) talk show host, comedian. He is famous as a stand up comic and the host of "The Tonight Show," 1962-92.

Scripture of the Day: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)

Video of the Day: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale - "Pipeline"

Here is a photograph of me that was taken at a castle in which I once lived. This was in the 1960s. It was a large castle, with dozens of rooms and a dank cellar. There was no moat. Click to enlarge.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Wild Kingdom, The Mean Season, -and- Coming Home

Animal Kingdom - monkey attack kills Delhi leader
The Mean Season - scientists a step closer to steering hurricanes
Coming Home - soldiers' pictures banished from hometown post office

On this day in history: October 22, 1934 - Notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd dies of multiple gunshot wounds in the back, after a shootout with the FBI at the Conkle Farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Born on this day in history: October 22, 1919 - Doris Lessing (1919 - ____) author, playwright. Her works concern people in social and political upheaval; "Children of Violence," 1951-69.

Scripture of the Day: "A man finds joy in giving an apt reply, and how good is a timely word!" (Proverbs 15:23)

Video of the Day: Dick Dale and the Del Tones - "Misirlou" 1963

Zeus was a willing subject Saturday morning. He enjoyed posing for me. Click to enlarge.

Saturday evening, I sautéed sliced white onions and minced garlic in extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt until the onions were caramelized. I then added whole Johnsonville brats, sliced red bell pepper, sliced white mushrooms, Italian seasoning, ground black pepper, and Red Monkey Cajun Spice. I cooked a box of Barilla penne until al dente, drained, and transferred to a large pasta bowl. I added the contents of the sauté pan, and Laura incorporated the penne into the sausage and vegetables. At the table, we added crushed red pepper. Laura added DiGiorno Parmesan cheese, and I added crumbled feta cheese. It was a delightful meal. A large quantity of leftovers remains for later this week.

The weather was beautiful over the weekend. Yesterday was particularly warm—reaching a high of 78 degrees yesterday afternoon. There was a strong wind, but the sky was clear, and the sun was bright. It was a glorious day for the Oktoberfest celebration at Sierra Nevada. Laura painted children's faces, and I strolled about and documented the event photographically. The attendance was excellent, the food and drink were stellar, and the entertainment was wonderful. It was an incredible event.

For dinner Sunday evening, I sautéed sliced white onion and minced garlic in extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt until the onions were caramelized. I added sliced white mushrooms and sliced chicken breast. As this cooked, I added Chardonnay, poultry seasoning, ground black pepper, cumin, and corn starch. I cooked a package of fettuccine until al dente, drained, and added to the sauté pan. Laura folded the chicken and vegetables into the fettuccine. At the table, we added crushed red pepper. It was a delicious meal. A quantity of leftovers followed Laura to work this morning, and sufficient leftovers for another meal remain.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Open Sesame!, Bam!, -and- The Real Thing

Open Sesame! - FBI raids David Copperfield's Las Vegas warehouse
Bam! - woman hammers computer to get Comcast's attention
The Real Thing - woman buys cocaine to kill husband

On this day in history: October 19, 1982 - Maverick carmaker John DeLorean is arrested in Los Angeles with $24M worth of cocaine in his suitcase. The case is later thrown out of court when a judge rules that the FBI sting operation constituted entrapment.

Born on this day in history: October 19, 1931 - John LeCarre (1931 - ____) novelist. He made George Smiley, antithesis of James Bond, famous in "Call from the Dead," 1962; also wrote "Little Drummer Girl," 1983 and "Perfect Spy," 1986.

Scripture of the Day: "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)

Video of the Day: Elephants Dream - submitted by Amber

Here is the weather forecast for Sunday. If the weatherman is correct, it
shall be a beautiful day for Oktoberfest!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fighting Back, Rinse!, -and- Northern Exposure

Fighting Back - pet parrot raises alarm, Dallas homeowner kills burglar
Rinse! - doctors find toothbrush in woman's nose
Northern Exposure - Quebec legislature bans word "weathervane"

On this day in history: October 18, 1968 - A police raid nets 168 grains of dope resin in the apartment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The couple is fined UKP 150.

Born on this day in history: October 18, 1939 - Mike Ditka (1939 - ____) football player, coach "Hammer" was a five-time all-pro tight end, 1961-72; coached Chicago Bears, 1982-1991 and won Super Bowl 1986; coach of New Orleans Saints, 1997.

Scripture of the Day: "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." (Psalm 27:14)

Video of the Day: Water Can Burn? - submitted by Darin

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As the weekend approaches, weather forecasts for Sunday are actually becoming more inviting! Earlier in the week, a high of 72 degrees was predicted for Sunday. This morning, the prediction is for a 76-degree day! While I generally attach little credibility to weather forecasts, in this instance I sincerely hope they are correct!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fighting Back, Hic!, -and- iSue

Fighting Back - couple threaten, unmask intruder
Hic! - woman held after fifth DUI since May
iSue - Apple may be sued over chemicals in iPhone

On this day in history: October 17, 1989 - The Loma Prieta earthquake strikes the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 67 and causing billions in property damage. The 6.9 magnitude temblor manages to collapse a long section of the double-decker I-880 freeway, smashing motorists between the two layers. Part of the Bay Bridge also collapses.

Born on this day in history: October 17, 1920 - Montgomery Clift (1920 - 1966) actor. He was best known for playing troubled heroes: "From Here to Eternity," 1953; "The Misfits," 1961.

Scripture of the Day: "The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare." (Psalm 25:14-15)

Video of the Day: Lawn Mower Racing 2006 Hog Happnin - submitted by Darin

Rain was forecast for today, but today is sunny and beautiful! Hopefully, the storm that was predicted has changed its course and not simply been delayed. Only time will provide the answer.

For dinner last night, I grilled top sirloin steaks, Jalapeños, and red potatoes on an indoor grill. It was too cold, wet, and windy for grilling outdoors. This was the first time I have used this indoor grill, and the results were surprisingly good. Now, when the weather does not allow grilling outdoors, we shall grill indoors.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fighting Back, Take the Money and Run, -and- Bad Housekeeping

Fighting Back - Dallas man shoots, kills 2nd burglar in a month
Take the Money and Run - woman hides lottery winning, divorces husband quickly
Bad Housekeeping - more than 250 cats and dogs removed from house

On this day in history: October 16, 1996 - 84 are killed and more than 180 injured in Guatemala City when 47,000 soccer fans attempt to squeeze into 36,000 seats at Mateo Flores Stadium.

Born on this day in history: October 16, 1856 - Oscar Wilde (1856 - 1900) playwright, novelist. He was noted for his flamboyant witty, sophisticated plays, e.g., "The Importance of Being Ernest," 1895.

Scripture of the Day: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)

Video of the Day: Drunks Start a Bonfire with a Jet Engine - submitted by Frank

[While I slept] I received a telephone call from a client who said that her husband had been transferred to the San Diego office of the company for which he works, and she and her son and daughter would be moving to San Diego to unite with him as soon as their house is sold. She asked me to photograph her house so that she could provide the real estate office with high-quality images of the house to help expedite the sale. I agreed. It was decided that I would meet with her at 3 PM the following day to photograph the house.

When I arrived at the house, the woman greeted me and said that all the furniture was being sold with the house and she wished the furniture to appear prominently in the photographs. The house was a large, two-story structure, and the furniture was elegant and pristine. The house was immaculate—appearing to have been very recently dusted and vacuumed. There were no signs in any of the rooms of personal effects as I followed my client through the house and photographed it. It was is if no one lived there.

When I completed photographing the interior of the house, I photographed the landscaping and exterior at the front of the house. I then walked through the house and onto the patio at the rear of the house. The patio was large and immaculate. It featured a retractable awning, a spacious dining area, and full outdoor kitchen with large stainless-steel barbecue and matching sink, counter, and refrigerator. Beyond the patio was a beautiful garden area with cobblestone paths, wrought-iron benches, ornate bird baths, and exotic flowers, plants, and trees. I took a great many photographs of the garden.

As I was photographing the garden area, I heard the sound of laughter and splashing water. I walked along one of the cobblestone paths and came upon a beautiful pool. It was made to look like a lagoon—with rock formations at the rear and sides and a lovely white-sand beach at the front. Children were at play in the pool, and other children were at play on the beach. One child—a young girl of perhaps 10 years of age—was petting a large egret. Several other egrets walked about on the sand. I took dozens of photographs of this beautiful area and the children. Interestingly, none of the children seemed to notice that I was there, photographing them.

I returned to the house and told my client that I was done and would return to my office and put the photographs onto a DVD and give it to the real estate office. I said, "Your house is beautiful, and I should think it will sell quickly." "Thank you," she said. "I hope so." "The garden and pool area are particularly beautiful," I said. "They are truly amazing." My client gave me a questioning glance and said, "You're joking, right? We don't have a pool." I looked beyond her, through the sliding glass door at the rear of the house, and saw that there was little in the rear yard other than a small barbecue, a wooden picnic table, and a few trees. The yard was small, and a fence bordered the limits of the yard. I departed.

When I arrived at my office and viewed the photographs I had taken, the photographs of the rear yard showed only the small barbecue, the picnic table, and the scattered trees. There was no garden, no cobblestone paths, no bird baths, no exotic flora, no lagoon, and no children!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Heat of the Moment, Heat of the Moment, -and- Somebody's Watching You

Heat of the Moment - Gore climate theory savaged by hurricane expert
Heat of the Moment - think tank: withdraw Gore film's Oscar
Somebody's Watching You - overhead cam falls onto field in Seattle

On this day in history: October 15, 1917 - Dutch spy H21, also known as Mata Hari, is executed in Paris by a 12-man firing squad. The dancer, born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, had slept with a number of high-ranking military officers from around the world and passed secrets along to the German high command.

Born on this day in history: October 15, 1924 - Lee Iacocca (1924 - ____) auto business executive. As president and chairman of the foundering Chrysler Corp., he secured the largest federal financial assistance ever given to a private corporation.

Scripture of the Day: "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears." (2 Samuel 7:22)

Video of the Day: Puehse Twins Skateboarding - Part 2 - submitted by Amber

The weather was beautiful over the weekend—particularly yesterday, when the temperature reached 72 degrees by early afternoon. The sun was bright in the sky, the sky was blue, the clouds were white and scattered, the wind was mild, and the birds were singing. It was necessary to engage Mr. Nitro's air conditioning (albeit on the lowest fan speed) while Laura and I journeyed to Chico.

The weather forecast for the next several days does not look particularly inviting. The forecast for next Sunday looks very promising, however. This is of significant importance, since next Sunday is Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Oktoberfest celebration. I shall be photographing the event. Good weather would certainly be wonderful for this event!

Friday evening, we had another of the new DiGiorno Ultimate Pepperoni pizzas we discovered the week previous. This is a wonderful pizza with an impressive crust. I highly recommend it.

Saturday morning, I made a large frittata, with 10 jumbo eggs, 1/2 package of fresh baby spinach, three Jalapeños, a medium white onion, a head of garlic, six large white mushrooms, 1/2 pound of deli ham, 9 slices of medium cheddar cheese, and herbs and spices. It was delightful. We were able to devour only half of this wonderful meal.

Saturday evening, we had steamed broccoli and grilled chicken breasts and red potatoes. I washed and dried eight Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I marinated them in extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, lime juice, minced garlic, grated ginger, sea salt, cumin, and Red Monkey Lemon Pepper Spice. The chicken marinated for six hours in a large zip-lock bag in the refrigerator. We turned the chicken every hour. Laura grilled the chicken perfectly, creating perfect grill marks on the exterior and brushing it while it cooked with the leftover marinade. It was a wonderful meal. We froze two large breasts and have four breasts in the refrigerator for a meal later in the week.

Yesterday, while Laura performed nursery duties at Harvest Christian Center, I created a marinade using extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Merlot, minced garlic, Red Monkey Cajun Spice, sea salt, and ground black pepper. I marinated two thick top sirloin steaks. When we returned from Chico, we spoke of grilling around 6 PM. The day quickly grew late, however, and dinner became snacking. The steaks will get tossed onto the grill tomorrow night. Tonight, Laura has choir practice, and we shall have the remaining half of Saturday's frittata for dinner.

Friday, October 12, 2007

I Can Hear You Now!, Meet George Jetson, -and- I Don't

I Can Hear You Now! - artist implants "third ear" on own arm
Meet George Jetson - flying car about to take off?
I Don't - researcher says humans will wed robots

On this day in history: October 12, 1969 - Police capture Charles Manson at Barker Ranch, inside Death Valley National Park. Charlie is arrested for arson, after burning a maintenance vehicle blocking his favorite dune buggy route. One of his followers, Susan Atkins, is arrested the following day and spills the beans about the Tate/LaBianca murderers. Manson has not left prison since.

Born on this day in history: October 12, 1935 - Luciano Pavarotti (1935 - 2007) lyric tenor He was the outstanding tenor of his generation, noted for his mastery of the highest notes of a tenor's range.

Scripture of the Day: "Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." (Proverbs 19:20-21)

Video of the Day: The Bouncing Ball

Construction is now completed for the deck at the rear of our house. It is larger than I had anticipated. Click to enlarge.

The rain has arrived! It was sprinkling lightly as I left my house at 6:55 AM. The rainfall quickly increased, and it is now raining heavily. Pastor Rob Kee of Harvest Christian Center told me recently that October 31 is the last day on which it is acceptable to wear shorts. I am determined to reach this date. I have made the concession of wearing socks with my sandals today, however. I am pleased that Mr. Nitro's fuel tank is full and grocery shopping was done yesterday. Rain is forecast for the next several days. I see no grilling in the near future, sadly.

For dinner last evening, we had salmon fillets and steamed cauliflower with garlic cloves. I cleaned and separated a head of cauliflower and placed in a covered casserole dish, added a head of peeled garlic cloves, and seasoned with sea salt and Red Monkey Lemon Pepper Spice. I seasoned two large salmon fillets with Red Monkey Lemon Pepper Spice and brushed them with teriyaki sauce. I steamed the cauliflower and garlic in the microwave on high for five minutes. I pan-seared the salmon fillets in a large sauté pan, skin-side down, until the meat turned opaque. It was an incredible delicious meal.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Run for the Border, To Serve and Protect, -and- Doctor Death

Run for the Border - Taco Bell's fare baffles Mexicans
To Serve and Protect - cop falls during rescue of baby, sues parents
Doctor Death - suicide Web site operator arrested

On this day in history: October 11, 1981 - Andy Kaufman successfully defends his World Intergender Wrestling Champion title in Atlantic City, by defeating Playboy magazine's Miss September, pinning her at the 18-minute mark.

Born on this day in history: October 11, 1906 - Charles Revson (1906 - 1975) businessman He turned Revlon, Inc. into the largest retail cosmetics and fragrance manufacturing firm in the United States.

Scripture of the Day: "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him." (Psalm 62:1)

Video of the Day: Tap-dancing Bride

It is chilly outside, but the wind that has plagued us of late has gone. The sky looks gloomy, and rain may appear today. Inside, it is warm. I shall remain inside.

I produced a large pot of soup for dinner last evening. I simmered two sliced medium onions, three tablespoons of minced garlic, three sliced celery stalks, three diced Jalapeños, three diced medium yellow squash, two diced medium cluster tomatoes, one cup of brown rice, and a diced chicken breast in water, Chardonnay, chicken stock, sea salt, ground black pepper, and poultry seasoning. This simmered for four and a half hours. We enjoyed it after Bible class at Harvest Christian Center. There was a quantity of soup remaining following our dinner. It now resides in the freezer and shall be enjoyed at a future meal.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Let's Trade!, Is It Art?, -and- Heat of the Moment

Let's Trade! - parents agree to swap children after birth mix-up
Is It Art? - Frenchwoman on trial for kissing painting
Heat of the Moment - judge rules Gore climate film requires guidance notes

On this day in history: October 10, 1994 - Evel Knievel is arrested in a Sunnyvale, California topless bar for beating 22-year-old girlfriend Krystal Kennedy back at the Comfort Inn motel.

Born on this day in history: October 10, 1813 - Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) composer He was the leading opera composer in the 19th c.; his works include "Rigoletto," 1851; "Il trovatore," 1853; "La traviata," 1853.

Scripture of the Day: "Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." (Proverbs 19:20-21)

Video of the Day: Monkey Dance - submitted by Chris

Here is a photograph I took of a friend's cat approximately ten years ago.
Click to enlarge.

I arose and walked to the bedroom window this morning and saw that it had rained during the night. I took a shaved and took a shower. I was dressing when the alarm clock awakened me! Imagine my disappointment when I realized I would have to do it all over again!

For dinner last evening, I placed three boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a large casserole dish, seasoned with Red Monkey Cajun spice, layered sliced onions, fresh baby spinach, sliced red bell pepper, sliced white mushrooms, and three heads of peeled garlic cloves. I sprinkled more Red Monkey Cajun spice atop the vegetables, affixed the lid, and cooked for 40 minutes in the microwave, on power level three. It was delicious.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Inked, Driving Force, -and- Funny Money

Inked - man gets life-size tattoos of family, discovers wife having affair
Driving Force - Utah deputies told to watch mileage
Funny Money - man jailed for trying to pass off $1M bill

On this day in history: October 9, 1995 - A 12-car Amtrak train derails near Hyder, Arizona. Letters claiming responsibility are found, signed by the "Sons of the Gestapo."

Born on this day in history: October 9, 1890 - Aimee Semple Mcpherson (1890 - 1944) religious leader, evangelist She was the most famous evangelist of her day; founder of International Church of the Foursquare Gospel; built Angelus Temple in Los Angeles, CA.

Scripture of the Day: "It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him." (Deuteronomy 13:4)

Video of the Day: Here is the home of It’s JerryTime! Laura found this and submitted it. Visit this site to view all the videos of Jerry! There are over a dozen videos here!

Imagine my surprise when I walked out of the house this morning and saw these deer on my lawn! Click to enlarge.

New Feature: I have added a link to Local Events Photo Gallery in the Links section.

While shopping at Sav-Mor Foods yesterday, I saw a 2.4-pound oyster. It was in the shell, so a good deal of the weight was shell. Nonetheless, this creature was enormous! It was easily over a foot long and approximately half that in width. I nearly purchased it for the novelty of having such an one. I should have done so. I checked today, and it was gone.

One of the members at our home church, Harvest Christian Center had hip-replacement surgery over the weekend. Other members have been providing meals for this lady and her husband. Laura volunteered to provide a dinner for them for Monday. I made Barilla thick spaghetti with marinara sauce. Laura took them half of the pasta dish, half a loaf of garlic bread, and a box of sugar-free fudgesicles. They were delighted. We enjoyed the balance of the meal after Laura returned from worship practice. The leftovers followed her to work this morning.

I froze a package of hot Italian sausage. The sausage is easily cut into 1/4-inch sections when frozen. I sautéed two sliced medium white onions, 10 sliced medium white mushrooms, four tablespoons of minced garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper, and the sausage in extra-virgin olive oil. When the onions were translucent, I added Italian seasoning and five diced medium cluster tomatoes. I turned down the heat and allowed this to simmer for two hours. When Laura arrived, she added a jar of Classico Italian sausage marinara sauce. I cooked a box of Barilla thick spaghetti until al dente (9 minutes), and Laura incorporated it into the sauce. It was wonderfully rick and delicious. At the table, we added DiGiorno fresh grated Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper.

We were incredibly pleased to have been able to bless others with such a fine meal.

Monday, October 08, 2007

No Fooling!, Law of the Land, -and- Cop Gone Wild

No Fooling! - woman sues Kmart over toilet paper tax
Law of the Land - court orders judge back to law school for refresher
Cop Gone Wild - off-duty deputy sheriff kills six

On this day in history: October 8, 1871 - Catherine O'Leary's cow starts the Chicago Fire, killing 250 and destroying 17,000 buildings.

Born on this day in history: October 8, 1920 - Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) science fiction writer He is best known for "Dune" and its sequels; won Nebula, 1965 and Hugo, 1966.

Scripture of the Day: "I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed. I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God." (Isaiah 43:11-12)

Video of the Day: Lev and Thumpbot play Crazy - submitted by Darin

Telemarketers! Yikes! It is a foul way to begin the day indeed with an obnoxious call from a persistent telemarketer at 7:30! This telemarketer would not accept my polite, "Thank you, but I am not interested" reply and continued to read from her script. I then said, "I do not accept calls from telemarketers who block Caller ID," but the prattle continued. At that point, I had no alternative: I replaced the receiver.

Within a few seconds, the telephone rang again. Caller ID displayed "UNKNOWN NAME," as it had previously. I said, "Yes?" The woman said, "Oh, yes, I guess we were cut off." "We were not cut off," I said. "You were cut off, and listen: It is happening again!" I replaced the receiver. The telephone remains silent 30 minutes later.

Friday evening, we had one of the new DiGiorno Ultimate Pepperoni pizzas. This pizza is wonderful! The sauce and cheese are great, the pepperoni is tasty and plentiful, and the crust is amazing. The crust comes out of the oven looking like it had an egg wash on it. It is a beautiful, delicious pizza. DiGiorno has a real winner here!

Saturday, I marinated a huge London broil in Merlot, extra-virgin olive oil, teriyaki sauce, sea salt, ground black pepper, ground cumin, and garlic powder for six hours. I poached some asparagus and sliced red bell pepper for 3 minutes, sprayed with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, seasoned with sea salt and ground black pepper, and refrigerated. Laura grilled the London broil, some red potatoes, and some large white mushrooms. One of my brothers joined us for dinner. We had a wonderful meal and enjoyed Jose Cuervo margaritas.

For dinner last evening, I sautéed sliced mushrooms, sliced onion, garlic, red potato, and the leftover asparagus, red bell pepper, and London broil. It was a delightful meal.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Fighting Back, iBurn, -and- Grave Injustice

Fighting Back - 83-year-old neighbor shoots burglar
iBurn - iPod causes man's pants to catch fire
Grave Injustice - funeral directors accused of selling body parts

On this day in history: October 5, 1994 - Predicting that the world would soon end in an environmental disaster, homeopath Luc Jouret and 52 others belonging to his Order of the Solar Temple commit mass suicide near Cheiry, Switzerland and Montreal, Canada.

Born on this day in history: October 5, 1954 - Bob Geldof (1954 - ____) actor, musician, singer. He was the organizer of Live-Aid, which raised $84 million for African famine, 1985; runner-up for Nobel Peace Prize, 1986.

Scripture of the Day: "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near." (Isaiah 55:6)

Video of the Day: Harvest Fresh Hop Ale - submitted by Laura. This is a video of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s new Harvest Ale. Click on the “Harvest Fresh Hop Ale” link to view the video. By the way, I had the pleasure of sampling this fine beverage recently, and it is incredible!

Here is another in the long list of Chinese toys being recalled. Apparently, this one did not meet safety criteria. Click to enlarge.

The weather today appears that it will be better than earlier forecasts indicated. It is sunny and warming and promises to be a beautiful day. While I realize the cold weather is nearing, I cherish these last warm days and long for spring!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Animal Kingdom, Incredible Hulk, -and- To Serve and Protect

Animal Kingdom - FL woman killed by her two pit bulls
Incredible Hulk - Royal Marine lifts two-ton truck off comrade
To Serve and Protect - LA deputies compete in arrest contests

On this day in history: October 4, 1970 - Janis Joplin accidentally overdoses on an unusually-pure dose of heroin at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Los Angeles.

Born on this day in history: October 4, 1822 - Rutherford B. Hayes (1822 - 1893) president (19th). He brought post-Civil War Reconstruction to an end in the South and who tried to establish new standards of official integrity.

Scripture of the Day: "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27:1)

Video of the Day: Duet - submitted by Cindy

I found this little guy perched upon the fence in front of my house as I was leaving for the office this morning. He was friendly and appeared in need of companionship, so I brought him to the office with me. Click to enlarge.

Last evening was the beginning of Bible college for Laura and me at Harvest Christian Center. It was an exciting evening, we anticipate learning a good deal, and we enthusiastically anticipate the next class. We shall be attending classes each Wednesday evening. It has been a great many years since last I attended a class, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that my note-taking skills were still very good. I managed to fill five pages in my notebook with very legible notes during the class.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Law of the Land, Eat My Pork...Feel My Fork, -and- I Want My MP3

Law of the Land - judge resigns amid spanking allegations
Eat My Pork...Feel My Fork - woman stabs man who took chop
I Want My MP3 - first US trial over illegal music downloads opens

On this day in history: October 3, 1995 - A jury of his "peers" finds O. J. Simpson not guilty. Later, OJ resumes his golfing career while hunting for the real killers.

Born on this day in history: October 3, 1900 - Thomas Wolfe (1900 - 1938) novelist. He is best known for his first novel, "Look Homeward Angel," 1929.

Scripture of the Day: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3)

Video of the Day: Apple iRack - submitted by Donny

It is another chilly morning that promises to become a warm day. It is a very cool 49 degrees at the moment but is forecast to be in the low 80s later today.

Tonight, Laura and I begin Bible college at Harvest Christian Center. We shall attend classes each Wednesday evening and shall earn credits toward a degree in theology. We are excited! Bishop Orvil Tice teaches the classes, under the aegis of Full Gospel Restoration Bible College. Last evening, we considered that it would have been wonderful had we begun this process earlier. We decided that, most likely, we were not ready until now.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Fighting Back, Freedom of Speech, -and- Smashing Proposal

Fighting Back - carjacker shot by off-duty cop
Freedom of Speech - EU mulls Internet clampdown to combat terrorism
Smashing Proposal - man uses demolition car to propose

On this day in history: October 2, 1871 - Mormon prophet Brigham Young is arrested for cohabitating with a 16-year-old girl.

Born on this day in history: October 2, 1890 - Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977) comedian. He was the leader of the Marx brother team and famous for his ad-lib insults in his TV show "You Bet Your Life," 1950-1961.

Scripture of the Day: "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." (Proverbs 29:25)

Video of the Day: Because You Loved Me - Passion of Christ - submitted by Donny

Quilt of Holes

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, “Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.” May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through! God determines who walks into your life. It's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go. When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.

Monday, October 01, 2007

They're Here!, Eat Your Vegetables!, -and- Animal Kingdom

They're Here! - Tom Cruise building bunker for protection against alien attack
Eat Your Vegetables! - the boy who is allergic to almost EVERY food
Animal Kingdom - bear rescued from California bridge

On this day in history: October 1, 1993 - Richard Allen Davis kidnaps Polly Klaas during a slumber party in her Petaluma, California home and later murders the 12-year-old. The horrific ordeal transforms her father, Mark Klaas, into a major media figure.

Born on this day in history: October 1, 1935 - Julie Andrews (1935 - ____) actress, singer, author. She won an Oscar, 1964, for "Mary Poppins;" Oscar nominee for "Sound of Music," 1965; writes children's books as Julie Edwards.

Scripture of the Day: "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:11-12)

Video of the Day: Passion of the Christ Music Video - submitted by Donny

This should be enough garlic to ward off any threat of vampire attack! Click to enlarge.

The weather cooperated fairly well for Friday's Homecoming Parade. While it was not sunny and not particularly warm, it was fairly pleasant and dry. This morning, there were a few rain drops on Mr. Nitro when I departed for my office. This is not a good sign.

Saturday, I made a scrumptious frittata with red potatoes, garlic (two heads!), white onion, Jalapeños, Habaneros, Italian sausage, spinach, eggs, pepperjack cheese, sea salt, ground black pepper, and Red Monkey Cajun spice. We ate only half and shall have the balance for an evening meal.

Saturday evening, Laura grilled large New York strip steaks, Jalapeños, large white mushrooms, yellow squash, and red potatoes. It was delicious. Laura grilled everything perfectly. The steaks had excellent grill marks and were charred nicely on the exterior and rare in the middle.

Sunday, we snacked on Mission Cilantro and Lime tortilla chips, homemade salsa, and Cuervo Especial margaritas and played Scrabble. Laura played well and won one game. It is not an easy task to best me at Scrabble play, and Laura is to be commended. While I was overall champion, her win is significant—given my Scrabble prowess. I would like to take this opportunity to assert there is no truth whatever to the rumor that I have taken steroids to enhance my Scrabble play! These rumors are patently untrue.

Sunday morning, while Laura tended to the nursery at Harvest Christian Center, I produced a very fine pasta salad—composed of large pasta shells, sliced celery, sliced radishes, diced red onion, garbanzo beans, diced red pepper, pear tomatoes, sea salt, ground black pepper, mayonnaise, ranch dressing, and wasabi paste. I completed the salad at 11:30 AM, and it sat in repose in the refrigerator, awaiting dinner time. Laura marinated seven large boneless, skinless chicken breasts with extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, sea salt, ground black pepper, and Red Monkey Lemon Pepper spice. She grilled the chicken perfectly. It was succulent and moist and very flavorful. The salad was wonderful. A goodly amount of leftovers await later dining pleasure.