8/22/08 - I am selling The Oregon Trail version 1.4

I have in my possession (for the time being), a 5 1/4" disc of The Oregon trail. Here are two pictures. I am selling it on ebay, and if you are on digg, I'm asking you to digg my submission, if you have friends who might be interested, let them know. I am positive that someone out there wants this disc...I dare see they NEED this disc. I don't have too many memories of playing the game, so I have no reason to keep it. I don't know if the disc works or not as I don't have anything to test it on.

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- The only poem i think I can remember.

Although there might be others that I have memorized over time (Roses are red poems don't count), this is the only one that ever comes to mind.

One bright day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other
A deaf policeman heard the noise
Came and shot the two dead boys
If you do not believe this lie is true
Go ask the blind man, he saw it too.

I Googled that poem to make sure I truly had remembered the whole thing, and actually, I never came across an author. What I did find is a much longer version of the same thing which at some point, I might be interested in memorizing. Here is the original website, and here it is for your viewing and reading pleasure.

The famous speaker who no one had heard of said:
Ladies and jellyspoons, hobos and tramps,
cross-eyed mosquitos and bow-legged ants,
I stand before you to sit behind you
to tell you something I know nothing about.
Next Thursday, which is Good Friday,
there’s a Mother’s Day meeting for fathers only;
wear your best clothes if you haven’t any.
Please come if you can’t; if you can, stay at home.
Admission is free, pay at the door;
pull up a chair and sit on the floor.
It makes no difference where you sit,
the man in the gallery’s sure to spit.
The show is over, but before you go,
let me tell you a story I don’t really know.
One bright day in the middle of the night,
two dead boys got up to fight.
One was blind and the other couldn’t see,
So they fought in front of a referee,
(The blind man went to see fair play;
the mute man went to shout “hooray!”)
Back to back they faced each other,
drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
and came and killed the two dead boys.
A paralysed donkey passing by
kicked the blind man in the eye;
knocked him through a nine-inch wall,
into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
If you don’t believe this lie is true,
ask the blind man; he saw it too,
through a knothole in a wooden brick wall.
And the man with no legs walked away.

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8/19/08 - New York pictures, finally...

I am going to put these on Facebook as well, but not everyone has an account, so I'll put them here as well.


The view from the trolley car as we went over the river from Queens to Manhattan, a shot from inside Grand Central, Rockefeller Center and the accompanying massive tower.


Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and the Late Show Studios.



Personally, I was a little disappionted with Times Square. I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. It was really crowded, to the point of not really being able to enjoy anything. Plus, it was really dirty and there was a lot of construction going on which probably took away from the atmosphere. But here are a few pictures from the area, including shots of Hard Rock, MTV Studios (I think), what I believe was the ABC Studios and ESPN Zone.


On 5th Avenue is where we spent most of our time, walking back and forth between things we wanted to see. The first picture above is from right in the middle of the street. This was taken on a Sunday afternoon, but you can imagine this being much busier on week days. Of course, on this famed street is Tramp Tower (where there were actual trees growing on some of the overhangs), Tiffany & Co. (which was closed when we went by), and the Apple Cube.


I have proof that we were on Broadway, Park Avenue and Wall Street. I'm not sure why I didn't get one of 5th Aveneu. And of course the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street...which was MUCH larger than I realized...look at the size of that flag.


The first shot is another from 5th Avenue where not only was it strange to see a Best Buy and Circuit City store front like this, but for them to be right next door was even more odd. There was a Home Depot with a really fancy store front down the way, but I didn't get a picture of that. During one of our evening walks through town, we got to see the famous NYFD respond to a call in a grocery store that happended to be on the bottom floor of a mall...yes, a grocery store in the mall. The next picture is the wall of TVs at ESPN Zone. We were watching at least 8 different baseball games at once, plus a few other misc. sporting events going on. The last shot there is of my dad getting his first New York street vendor hot dog. Sadly, he didn't think it was as good as it was going to be. His next few purchases fromt he street vendors were much more satisfying though.



The main reason we went to NY was for the baseball games. This was the last year for both Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium. We went to the afternoon game at Shea on Sunday where we watched Johan Santana throw a gem of a game against the Cardinals. During the game, Beltran made a leaping grab over the wall to rob a home run. It was Sportscenters top play of the day. Here you can see my dad posing, and then the four of us at Shea. The next picture is where we thought our seats were before we were asked to leave just as the first pitch was being delivered. The next shot is where our seats really were...quite a difference. We were all surprised to see that Mr. Met didn't forget about the little people as he made his way through the nosebleeds.




We went to the Yankees night game, where they got pounded by the Orioles as you can see by the shot of the scoreboard still early in the game. Although our seats did not allow us access to Monument Park, we could still see it pretty well as we were sitting virtually on top of it. The view for the game was pretty good as well considering we paid about 20 bucks for tickets that at game time were going for as much as $160. The fourth picture there is currently my desktop at work, I really like that picture. As you can see, my dad and I really had a great time for the whole week, and getting to see one of the last games at Yankee Stadium really topped off the entire weekend.

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8/18/08 - More pictures of Makenna...finally


Poor thing nearly fell asleep in her exersaucer. But then there are times when she is having the time of her life.

Cristi thinks she looks her cutest when her hair is wet. She also thinks she looks more like me when her hair is wet. I'm guessing it has something to do with the bald head look.

This is a more recent picture of this picture. She has gotten quite a bit bigger from that last one.

She just looks so cute. The first picture is her in an outfit that her Mimi bought for her down in Mexico I think. The other is her attempting to eat her feet which she likes to do a lot.

Raider is no longer scared of her. In fact, they are both getting really interested in each other. Raider is realizing that she isn't going away, and Makenna is realizing that he is a little bit different from Mom and Dad. I can't wait until she becomes mobile and see Raider's reaction to that.

We love hanging out with each other. Apparently when I was younger, I loved sleeping in my dad's armpit...I guess Makenna comes by it naturally. The other was taken just the other night. You can't really see it in the picture, but as I was holding her, she just put her hand behind my back and rested it on my neck. Then she just leaned over and put her face right on mine.

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