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Saturday, November 29, 2003

BoyHead and I had a great morning running the Traxxas Sportmaxx. Now that we have the "fraught with danger" two speed transmission installed (thanks to Brother), it runs fantastic. Below are some pictures of the thing in action. For those of you who really care, check out the movie clip.

The essentials Cool, peel out off road

Friday, November 28, 2003

A wonderful Thanksgiving Day was had by all. Brother, Wife, Kid 1 and Kid 2 came up from Atlanta, Georgia. Mom and Company drove in from Akron. And BoyHead and L.D. got off the phone and stopped playing with their friends long enough to comingle with everyone.

On Thanksgiving morning, Brother helped BoyHead get his R/C car started--Brother even installed the "fraught with danger" two-speed transmission. The Men had some serious joy playing with the car whilst the women folk prepared the feast (See M.O.A.D. on the Kitchen page)

BoyHead and the Brother work on The CAR L.D., Kid 1 and Kid 2 happy at play The Children's table

After the feast we basically laid about by the fire and watched football. Really, what else could we do.

And on Friday morning I was happily surprised to get a Thanksgiving photo from the right-coast branch of the family. Hello all, and Happy Thanksgiving. Now THAT'S a good looking group

Brother in foreground, Lovely Wife over right shoulder, arch in background. The Arch Planet Hollywood

Friday afternoon we thought we'd take all the touristas to see the St. Louis Arch. We had planned to go to the top, but so did the rest of St. Louis. The line was about three hours long. We don't do lines. So we did the next best thing: Lunch at Planet Hollywood. After that we went to the City Museum, which is a great place for kids to play. Really it is. There are all sorts of places to climb, there's a small circus, the worlds largest mens underpants and three walls devoted to corndogs. Truly a remarkable experience.

The Lovely Children Just monkeying around The girls at the city museum

Saturday, November 22, 2003

It's been quite a while since I've added to the website. Many events have conspired against me, not the least of which is BoyHead. Seems BH had the great idea of disabling the anti-virus program to receive some large file that he didn't want to take the time to have scanned. Then he forgot to enable it. Now I don't know for sure that this was the cause, but shortly after this event the computer would spontaneously reboot about every five minutes. I spent all of last weekend updating the virus definitions, scanning the hard drive, installing patches, etc. I didn't think that I had it fixed, but then when I left town on Monday (I was in Las Vegas all week--that was the other reason I haven't updated the site) BH informs me that all is well with the computer. I suppose the computers own immune system finally beat whatever nasty bug was going around. Not especially reassuring. Nevertheless, all seems to be in order now, so here's what I was working on before the plague. Since my digital camera can take video clips, I want to be able to embed them in my web page. So here goes.

Shelby Movie

Not quite as elegant as I'd hoped. I wanted to actually embed the video within the web page, but I was unable to get it to work reliably across different platforms/setups/etc without spending excessive amounts of time (hey, I do actually have a life (somewhat)). So alas, the simple hyperlink.

Well enough of that. Now back to something I actually know how to do. I went to Vegas this past week (for the first time) for a business conference and was amazed. The whole place is devoted to gambling--well, duh! But just to see all the extravagance that the gambling dollars have brought to the city is amazing. I'm not much of a gambler, so I was content just to see the sights and eat the food. The conference was held at The Tropicana, so that's where we stayed. It was a nice hotel albeit a bit older than some. It's home of the Follies Bergere (which we did not see) and magician Rick Thomas. The magic show was great--I was completely baffled. Completely baffled. Well beyond the normal state of mild bafflement.

New York New York The Excalibur--their buffet is larger than most kingdoms Paris

The fountains at the Bellagio The Alladin at sunset Weddings, car rentals, helo rides--whatever.

Saturday, November 8, 2003

I thought this was really cool. It's an aerial view of our little lake that I got from MapQuest. I can even see my house.

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

The Artiste

The kitchen Breakfast room tile mosaic

Lovely Wife "The Artiste" continues to shine. Here are some pictures from a project she just finished. She repainted the kitchen and added a tile mosaic behind the oven. She repainted the breakfast room and added a "trump l'oi" signpost. She also painted the formal dining room and added chairail (she got to use the cool electric mitre saw--we love that). She did all this in about 2 1/2 weeks. The people love her work so much they want her to do the kids rooms next. She just started on that this week. That Lovely Wife is a hard worker.

Just look at the detail beautiful The shadowing really makes it look 3-D

Monday, November 3, 2003

Figure Drawing

Lovely Wife, the next Mike Angelo

Wasn't this dude in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?

Lovely Wife has been taking a figure drawing class at the local community college. Just so happens that all the "figures" she draws are nudes. They have live actual nudes pose for them in class. Anyway, here are some pictures from her second project. (The first project she drew Sir, BoyHead and Lovely Daughter--don't worry, just our hands).