Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Girls Ruined Hockey

Girls Ruined Hockey

Thanks to Erich Emerson

When I was a kid, I could hardly find another kid who would play hockey. It is a tough sport. There are some long moments of time that pass in baseball and football where a player can catch his breath. Hockey is a game that requires top physical conditioning to play. Not only is it played on rock solid ice instead of soft grass, but there are huge sticks and a puck that can break bones as it travels along over a hundred miles per hour. Back then, no girl was interested in a guy with missing teeth because of his affection for playing hockey.

Then when I was about 20 the fan base changed. All of a sudden there were hordes of women who were buying up the tickets to the games and all of the fan merchandise. I saw a black SUV the other day all decked out in Pittsburgh Penguin logo stuff. A middle-aged blonde woman got in the driver's seat as I was walking into the store. Here I thought it might have been owned by a crusty old coal miner like me. The blonde lady was even wearing a Crosby jersey.

I followed the Penguins all the way back to when Michel Brière died from injuries he received in a vehicle accident after the 1970 playoffs. I was ten years-old. Brière endured for a year before passing away. His number 21 jersey is one of two that were retired. Mario Lemieux's number 66 was retired too. I ended up marrying that blonde who was driving the SUV. We are both fifty now and watch most of the games on our satellite TV that we got after researching Cable TV vs satalite tv.

Busy Busy

Can you believe that tomorrow starts the month of December already? It hardly seems possible. In fact, I'm not even sure where the last month or two went. It's all a blur. This time of year is always fun, but very busy. I find myself looking forward to the holidays, but also January and February which are months that are less hectic around here. The one thing I'm not looking forward to is the snow and cold though. That's never enjoyable!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Giving Thanks

Guest post written by Olive Henderson

The other day I went downtown to look for a new pair of Miracle Ear Digital Hearing Aids when it dawned on me that Thanksgiving is literally just around the corner. Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays because it has such a good message with it. A lot of holidays are very commercial, and Thanksgiving certainly has a commercial aspect to it, but there a great story behind it. The holiday promotes a spirit of thankfulness for one's family and for all the good things in one's life and I feel that is extremely important. If you aren't thankful for what you have, you go through life not really appreciating the blessing and good fortune.

And even better: great to have food in great abundance on Thanksgiving, but the most important part of it to me is sharing it with a group of people you love. In life, work and responsibility often makes it to where you can't see your family very often, but Thanksgiving has always given my family and me a day to all pool together and enjoy each other's company. I am always thankful for Thanksgiving.

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My sister-in-law has started to make cookies for people. She is quite talented and does an awesome job! She made a Iphone and apple shaped cookie for my brother who loves anything to do with Apple. They were very cute!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Going to the County Fair

Guest written by our friend Hipolito Hickman

I love going to the county fair. I have been going to the county fair since I was a little boy. I remember being little and having the time of my life riding the ponies and eating the cotton candy. Now I take my kids and watch them have fun. I still love to play the games. Me and my children love to take turns trying to win the prizes.

The food is just as good as ever. My favorite county fair food are the elephant ears. They are just delicious and I get anxious every year when it's time for the county fair. My kids love the funnel cakes and Italian sausage sandwiches. We always buy enough food for us to take home and have the next day.

The rides are fun also. The one thing we never miss the demolition derby. The cars crashing into each other is pretty fun. We get to the fair early and we leave late. After a day at the fair we come home and eat some more of that good county fair food and watch our satellite television from http://www.bestchoicetv.com/. The only bad thing about the county fair is it only comes around once a year.

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Another Fun Weekend

Our little boy is turning one this week. We had a big family celebration for him today. Kaden is such a sweet little guy. Every time someone sang Happy Birthday to him he would smile from ear to ear. He loved it! The older kids enjoyed helping him open his gifts. They had just as much fun. Isn't family wonderful?!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Enjoying "Stranger in a Strange Land," One of My All-Time Favorite Books

Content by Faustino Fuentes

One of my all time favorite books is definitely "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein, and this weekend, I went to the bookstore to pick up a copy of it. I had lost mine when I moved here, so I was pretty eager to get a new copy and sit down to reading.

Heinlein was one of the most influential authors in the science fiction genre, and a very prolific author. "Stranger in a Strange Land" focuses on the tale of a man named Michael Valentine Smith, who was also known as The Man from Mars. Smith was born to two scientists who had traveled to Mars on a space expedition, and after the other members of the crew died, he was raised by Martians until he was an adult. Many years later, Americans made another voyage to Mars where they found him, and then brought him back to Earth. The book tells the story of his life on Earth and how he adjusted, as well as the many lessons he was able to teach his friends based from his Martian experiences.

I had only gotten about halfway through when my boyfriend arrived at my apartment for our regular Saturday night, so we sat down and had dinner while we watched directtv. I'm really excited to read the second half later tonight.
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Pictures and Cake

What a day! It was productive and quite successful! Scott and I spent last night trying to figure out how to make a nice color of brown for frosting Kaden's Birthday cake. We finally gave up and went to bed. Today we woke up refreshed and started out the day taking the kids for their yearly pictures. They turned out so cute. They both smiled and set so well. Then we came home and started in on the cake again. I think it turned out pretty cute. :) Tomorrow's party should be a lot of fun!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A different kind of salad for Thanksgiving

Guest post written by Danielle Truman
Every time that we all get together for a family meal and I bring something to eat my younger brother always teases me that it's going to be some type of salad. I guess that I am kind of crazy about different kind of salads, but the thing about that is you can throw all kinds of stuff together and call it a salad. It's just really easy and most of the time doesn't require as much work as cooking a dish or a casserole or something like that. So I'm obviously a fan of salads.
But that makes me want to bring even more salads, so I tried to find something with my bundle clear internet that will be a salad that even he'll like and eat.
In the past he's turned up his nose at all kinds of stuff that I've fixed like fruit salads I've made with jello and stuff like that. But I think I'll make him green bean salad because he's always had a thing for green beans.

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Birthday Girl!

Our daughter Kaelyn just turned 3! I can't believe how fast that time has gone. I always hear others talk of time flying, but now I am experiencing it myself.
We had a wonderful turn out for Kaelyn and she had such a good time! She was all smiles!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New York Knicks Look Good

The article written by Victor Flowers

My favorite basketball team is the New York Knicks. I love watching the Knicks play basketball. I normally loathed any team that is from New York but the Knicks are the exception. I am so excited that basketball season is here. I was able to watch preseason NBA basketball on satellite TV from http://www.directstartv.com/localchannels/Colorado/F/Ft-Collins/.

The preseason is a great time to watch basketball. During the preseason we can learn about how the players seem to be meshing together. The preseason is exciting because teams will tend to experiment with new plays that they have not normally used in the past. If the plays seem to work then they will keep them for the regular season.

The preseason also gives us a chance to see some of the bench warmers get some playing time. Many of these players that do not get very much playing time are actually very great basketball players. I enjoy seeing professional basketball players play who normally don't get much action.

My beloved New York Knocks are getting a lot of rebounds each game and that is great news. Rebounds are typically the key to many close games so I hope this is a sign that the Knicks will have a great season and be able to make it into the play-offs. I would love for the New York Knicks to be able to win a championship this year, but I will settle for them simply making it into the play-offs.

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Isn't it amazing how children can find their way around a computer. They are getting younger and younger. This is my nephew showing Kaelyn how to play games on the Ipad. They love it!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Some new romance reading

Guest post written by Kelly Brithaven

I'm all about reading some romance books, but I like ones that are a little funny and quirky instead of the ones that have really risque and dirty stuff. That is definitely not the kind of romance novels that I like to read. I also like romantic comedies, so that's probably why I love books that I like the novel equivalents of those.

I was online trying to find out about some new romance novel authors that I could read their books when I saw the site www.clearwirelessinternet4g.com and read through it. After consulting with my husband some, we decided to switch over our internet company to it.

I had heard some good things about her when I was browsing around online, so I bought some Nora Roberts books and am a few chapters into the first one of them. I recognized her name and some of the book covers from the times IÕve been browsing the romance section in Barnes and Noble and now I get why I always see her books there. TheyÕre really good!

1st Birthday

Can you believe it's the middle of November already? It's hard to believe that in 6 short days my baby will turn 1! We brought him home from the hospital last Thanksgiving and I know all parents say it...but it seems like just yesterday. Now he's saying a couple words, almost walking, and has brought so much joy into our family from the moment he was born. Every stage is fun, but it's sad to see each one go.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Octopus Habitat Here We Come

Author: Valentine Pratt
Our family visited the aquarium this weekend. My husband and I always discuss whether or not we remembered to set the adt security alarm after we get into the car and, as a result, our youngest son has grown quite curious as to why we are so concerned about setting it. We explained that an alarm keeps people from taking our valuables.
At the aquarium, our first stop was at the new octopus habitat. It was amazing! Then we enjoyed a picnic lunch outside on the beach. The kids picked up shells and some neat rocks for their collection.
After lunch we went to the kids' area. Every month the aquarium has a new activity for the kids to enjoy. This month they were making jewelry from freshwater pearls. The kids were allowed to pick their own oyster. If there was no pearl inside, they were allowed to pick another. The kids were amazed to learn that pearls were made by oysters. They briefly discussed how they could become "kazillionaires" if they lived at the beach. But the funniest comment of all was when my son looked at his oyster being pryed open and said, "Sorry little guy. You should have set the alarm."

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I have watched CSI for many years now. It seems to keep my interest. My husband and I started to watch CSI Miami, but it just didn't stick for us. We do watch CSI New York some. It's pretty good also. It's tough to find the time however.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Blair Chuck tornado

Guest post written by Brooke Smith

There's something that any good drama TV show needs, well drama. But there's something that only a great drama TV show has, a couple that's kind of evil and stirs up trouble but not quite enough to where you hate them for it. That's why I love Gossip Girl, because for a great part of the show so far they've been stirring up all kinds of trouble and making it even better.

A few days ago when I was on the internet with my CLEAR internet Wimax I got to thinking about them when I was buying some DVDs of old seasons of Gossip Girl and realized that even though they've started trouble for a lot of different people on the show, other people have started a lot of trouble for them.

For example, Chuck's uncle started all kinds of trouble for teh couple last season and also compromised the ownership of Chuck's hotel empire. Even though they may not be in a perfect state right now, I'm pulling for Gossip Girl Blair and Chuck to pull through together in the end.

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I know several people who own iPads. They are quite fun to use but I am so used to my computer that I don't think I will get an iPad just yet. My brother has one and his little boy watches videos that are made for kids his age. He navigates around the thing quite well for being three years old. It seems that technology has changed so fast in the past couple years. What will they think of next?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Backyardigans are fun to watch

Contribution by German Flowers

I have to admit that I am hooked on my daughter's favorite show the Backyardigans. I love everything from the music to the story telling. My daughter loves it more than I do. Of course she does, she is the one that introduced me to it and has me buying her all the toys. Everyday my daughter and I watch the Backyardigans on our cable tv hd dvr. We haven't missed an episode.

In every episode the Backyardigans use their imagination to have an adventure in their backyards. It can be anything from being vikings to being pirates. They could also be cowboys in the wild, wild, west or knights in the dark ages. Their imagination seems to be unlimited and that's what my daughter and I love about the show. You never know what they are going to do. It shows my daughter the power of having an active imagination and takes me back to the days of my childhood and how me and my friends used to play in our backyards.

I love the show and I recommend it for any parent that wants to watch a great show with their children.

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Great Movies

I know that everyone has their own idea of what movies are great and those that are duds. We haven't been to a movie for quite some time but have seen some on DVD at home. My dad and mom enjoy action movies and I have cousins that are totally in to the scary ones. It is probably good that there are so many types of movies since we are all so different.

Buy Gold Coins

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White Squirrel

Have you ever seen a white squirrel? We have had one in our yard the past couple years. It is kind of an aggressive animal and chases the other squirrels. I think it is the same one but there could be more of them. I have also seen a black one in town. As I was growing up the only squirrels that I had seen were red and gray.


During trick or treating we saw so many different costumes. Our daughter was dressed as Dorothy from the 'Wizard of Oz' and our son was a lion. They were so cute. Several people made comments on how cute they looked. We saw other little cuties ourselves. One little girl was dressed as a bride. I had never seen a costume like that before. My nephews were dressed as an army guy and the other was a park ranger. They were very cute. We had lots of fun.