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Friday, September 30, 2005

Avast me hearties

Well, there it is...fiscal year 2005 is nearly at a close. Since we do a large proportion of our business with the government, we also run on the federal fiscal year. All of our government contracts begin and end on October 1. All of our financials are tied to October 1. So, needless to say, September is a time of recruiting, reporting and...oh gosh, think of some other clever "R" word. I say the preceeding in order to explain the following: I haven't had much time to update ye ol' website. It's lain fallow since September 7th. All of our wonderful doings have gone unreported. Worst of all, I completely missed Talk Like a Pirate Day. Alas, those old salty dogs have gone commercial. Their website is mostly an opportunity to buy Pirate gear. But, I digress. What I really wanted to say is that you should scroll down a bit to see all our recent antics. Ciao!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

L.D.'s Birthday

Today my lovely little baby daughter turned 15 and I can't believe it. I keep looking at the pictures we have scattered about of when she was just a little chicken and think, wow. I am just so proud of her. She's smart. She's funny. She gets good grades. She makes good choices. She has good friends. She's gonna be a doctor, ya know. Well anyway, she got lots of good stuff for her birthday. Girl stuff, mostly. Shoes, earrings, purses, clothes. She did get money too. I say money is androgynous--good for girls and boys.

hey, not a bad haulall overLD opens her presents with a flourish

Today we also had LD's birthday party. It was quite the festive event. Even though we did not have any outdoor events planned, I strung up the parrot lights in the backyard. It's tradition. First, we had pizza and junk food. After that it was off to the bowling alley. I don't think anyone even broke 100. Sad. Very sad. While the girls bowled, Lovely Wife and I poured through birthday girl's Teen People magazines. Actually, we were planning on having a scavenger hunt but we ended up scrapping that plan. Instead, we had a trivia contest. We gleaned our questions from the pages of the teen mags. I made two very sad discoveries. One, I don't know who any of these celebrities are. I'm no longer hep. Secondly, and far more seriously, I discovered that L.D. had actually completed all the Teen People crossword puzzles. The young lass doesn't have time to read her book for English, but she has time to do the crosswords? Anyway, we came up with quite a few questions. I added some historical and academic questions to even the playing field for the culturally ignorant. You can find the questions here. When we returned from bowling, we opened presents and had cake. Don't you just love those DQ ice cream cakes? I sure do. Then we had the trivia challenge. Of course, by then it was after midnight and I had to bail out. But I heard the next day that a good time was had by all.

yak, yak, yakgroup pictureMmmm...cupcakes

Sunday, September 18, 2005

L.D. and Friend Make the Cut

Is my name on there?Yea for us, we made the cut

It's not like it used to be in the Olden Days. Just because you're a football cheerleader doesn't mean you're in for the whole year. Nowadays, cheerleaders must try out for each sport. Today was the day to try out for basketball season. I remember when I was a young lad, the cheerleaders would try out in front of the whole school and everyone would vote. Now, in more humane and modern times, they try out in front of a panel of cheerleading experts (teachers, I think) and don't have to undergo the humiliation of impressing the entire student body. A better method, I'd say. Anyway, L.D. and her friend both made the cut so we will have many more cheerleading outings to look forward to.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Father and Son athletes

A Father and Son Moment

BoyHead and I had our Day in the Sun. We competed in our first Men's Doubles tournament. We were the only father and son team and we did quite well and were even awarded these nice trophies. If you don't believe me, then go here It's my second tournament in as many weeks and I am motivated to continue playing more often. I've been attending (when I can) the Tuesday and Thursday evening Men's open play. It's been quite invigorating. The local Tennis Association even has a website.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Do You Love Your Indians, Deep Down in Your Heart?

Yes, we love our Indians deep down in our hearts. How deep? Deep, deep, down, down. Deep down in our hearts. Yes, football cheerleading season is now in full swing and Lovely Daughter is the star of the squad. It's a lot of fun for the girls and the parents all enjoy it too. I was even able to get a fairly good video clip of the girls in action at the halftime show. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Go Indians!!!

Yesterday was Lovely Daughters first outing of the year as a Sophomore Cheerleader. She's really worked hard this summer--the whole squad has--and it shows. Enough of me jabbering, already. Here are the pics.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Last Saturday, Lovely Wife and I competed in our first ever international celebrity tennis tournament. Okay, it wasn't international. Oh, and there were no celebrities. But, it was a tennis tournament. Right here in our lovely lakeside community. We played mixed doubles on a beautiful Saturday morning. We didn't exactly contend for any of the big trophies, but we did get runner up and a couple cans of balls. I'm now trying to rope BoyHead into playing in the Men's Doubles tournament in a couple of weeks. Wish me luck.

Hanging out between matchesThe courtsPrizes for the winners

Monday, September 5, 2005

Go Rammies!!

For some reason, the cheerleaders always flock to meThis guy is 'Mr. Saint Louis'The Labor Day weekend is always a bittersweet time of year. It's the end of Summer. Vacations are over. School has started. The slide into the harshness of winter has begun. Then again, professional football looms. So, the scale is balanced. The Rams played their final preseason game--The Governor's Bowl--this weekend. Did they win? Who cares, it's preseason. None of the starters stars played. I didn't even hear the names of Holt, Bruce, and Bulger except when they came out of the tunnel. But, they did win. Next time the Rammies play, it's for real. I took a couple of pictures just so you could begin to get in the spirit.

Rams paraphenalia, anyone?Hey, it's just cotton candy.  Why are you even bothering reading this caption?These guys are hardcore fans