Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

This is about as close to a White Christmas as I'm going to get this year
The Boston Big Picture blog put up a bunch of snow pictures
these area few of my favorites
see the rest of them here

A woman walks in a park during a heavy snowfall in the center of Sofia, Bulgaria on December 18, 2009. (REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Snow covers the a decorated tree in front of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A worker clears snow from the steps of the United States Supreme Court December 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. Heavy snowfall blanketed portions of the east coast with snowfall in the Washington, DC area up to two feet. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Snow blankets woodland in the South Downs National Park on December 18, 2009 near Coldharbour, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A deer lifts its head, sitting in the snow in Richmond Park on December 16, 2009 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Photos of the Day 12/22/09

PLAYING TAPS: U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Dennis Edelbrock played “Taps” on his bugle during the funeral of Sgt. Daniel Frazier at Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday. Sgt. Frazier died Nov. 19 in Afghanistan due to wounds sustained in a suicide bombing. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ENVIRONMENTAL GRAFFITI: The phrase “I don’t believe in global warming” was written on a wall next to Regent’s Canal in London Tuesday. British media have attributed the graffiti to street artist Banksy. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

MAY THE BULLS BE WITH YOU: Darth Vader and storm trooper characters from “Star Wars” rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City Tuesday. (Dario Cantatore/Getty Images)

Winter Landing

Air Force One, with President Obama aboard, arrives in the snow at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.


Waving Goodbye to 2009

Christmas Vacation, British Version

a crazy British guy bought a 50 foot tree
and put it in his house
pretty cool pictures
read the whole story here
is it real? or is it an optical illusion?




Space Shuttle Launch

Farewell Charlie Gibson

for the past however many years, when I turn on one of the three nightly network newscasts I always flip it to Charlie Gibson at ABC News.

I don't know why, but he seems like a nice guy that you can trust.
there was just something about him that I liked
I will miss not seeing him on the news anymore
Im not sure who I will watch now
I'll give Diane Sawyer a try, probably Brian Williams too
but definitely not Katie Couric

video

The Queen rides the rails

The queen took a ride on the train with the common folk
I don't know why, but I thought this story was pretty neat.
too bad the Queen didn't leave from Platform 9 3/4
read the whole story here



Volcanos

An eruption of Mt. Redoubt seen at sunset from the cockpit of a DC-6 flying over Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska on March 31, 2009. Photograph kindly provided by Bryan Mulder - pilot and photographer. (© Bryan Mulder)

A view taken from the International Space Station of the Sarychev Volcano on the Kuril Islands in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. (AFP/Getty Images/NASA)


READY TO BLOW: The Philippines’ most active volcano, Mayon, oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash in Legazpi Tuesday. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated. Mayon last erupted in 2006, and about 30,000 people were moved. A 1993 eruption killed 79 people. (Charism Sayat/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Vegas/Grand Canyon/Salt Lake City 2009

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to fly to Vegas to hang out with my cousin and uncle
unfortunately, my cousin got sick and couldn't go
but I still had a blast

My favorite part of the trip was my day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam
the best part about the Grand Canyon was the Sky Walk
see more here

It was great
and kinda scary
an old Chinese man kept hoping up and down on one foot shaking the whole thing while I was out there.
when you look down it's a straight 4,000 foot drop down

Here are a few more pictures...

I flew Delta (Northwest) and they let me board the plane with an electronic boarding pass on my iPhone. that's about the only cool thing they did. they also charged me $15 to bring a bag. Should have gone with Southwest cause "Bags Fly Free." Won't be making that mistake again.

Flying over the Rockies. I believe this is Telluride, CO

Stumbled across a movie being filmed in Ceasar's Palace. I wondered around in front of the camera's while they were shooting. they had signs posted that said by being in this area you were giving permission to be filmed. so I took them up on the offer. maybe you will see me in a movie someday.

used the Panorama app on my iPhone to take some panoramic photos

Taking some pictures at the Grand Canyon

I made it to the top of the hill and this is what I saw

Climbing to the top of that hill

The new bridge they are building at the Hoover Dam, called the Bypass Bridge. looks like it's going to be pretty cool

Hoover Dam at nightfall

Looking 4000 feet down

Scary stuff, but really fun

Cameras were not allowed out on the skywalk, but I cheated and took my iPhone. this is the only picture I could take without being caught.

Another Panorama of the grand canyon. this one is made up of about 9 photos. almost a full circle

After leaving Vegas I had a short three hour layover in Salt Lake City...

Where I got to hang out with Mr. and Mrs. Sprague!
we hiked up the side of a mountain and took a group picture

The Sprague's took me back to the airport where I was met with a mini-snow storm.
this delayed my flight almost two hours
I finally arrived in Memphis around 11PM and then drove the three hours back to PB
and I woke up the next morning with Strep Throat

six states in four days
Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Nevada, Arizona, Utah
it was a long four days
besides the whole getting sick part it was a fantastic trip

Luuuuukkkkkkkeeeeee...

A hot-air balloon in the likeness of “Star Wars” character Darth Vader flew with others in more traditional designs during a festival in Leon, Mexico, Monday. (Mario Armas/Reuters)

Photo of the Day 11/16/09

The French aerobatics team performed at the Dubai Airshow Sunday. The Airshow delivered few big-ticket orders on its second day Monday despite the hopeful words of executives from Boeing and Airbus. (Marwan Naamani/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

AT&T 3G Service in Poplar Bluff

Sabi the Black Lab





































Having a ball: Sabi at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, after her amazing return

Sabi, a black lab, went missing in Afghanistan while on sniffer patrol
14 months later, she was found safe and sound

it's a pretty good story

read it here

Ewoks Go Crazy On National TV













This is by far the funniest Halloween story of all time
The "Today Show" on NBC had their annual Halloween show
this year's theme was Star Wars
you cant have a Star Wars themed show without the Ewoks, easily the coolest of all the Star Wars characters.
only, on the Today Show, they got a bit frisky and drunk
it was hilarious
see the video below

iDon't Care

Cranberries


A worker harvested cranberries at the Atoka farm in Manseau, Quebec, Canada, Wednesday. Atoka and sister company Bieler Cranberries expect to produce more than 25 million pounds of cranberries in 2009. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

Photo of the Day 10/16/09

Kimberly High School band members practiced folding a 450-pound American flag at Papermaker Stadium in Kimberly, Wis., Thursday. The flag will be present at today’s game against Appleton East High School. (Kirk Wagner/The Post-Crescent via Associated Press)

Garth Brooks


Garth Brooks announced today that he is coming out of retirement.
this is quite possibly the BEST news EVER!
supposedly he will be doing a series of concerts in Las Vegas at the Wynn Resort
I, for one, will do my best to see him while he's there. maybe even multiple times
Garth Brooks is simply the best entertainer ever!

The Queen

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth left a service of commemoration for the country’s war dead, to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

Rio 2016

The Orangutan and the Hound

9/23/09 Photos of the Day

Ruxandra Tocito braved a flooded road to head to her nursing job in Lawrenceville, Ga., Tuesday. Severe flooding has killed at least seven people in Georgia and one in Alabama. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)


A dust storm blanketed the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunrise Wednesday. Gale-force winds battered eastern Australia, stirring up red Outback grit. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)

9/18/09 Photo of the Day

The arch of a double rainbow stretched over Spokane, Wash., at sunrise Thursday.(Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review/Associated Press)

To Infinity! And Beyond!



The Toy Story action figure returned on the space shuttle Discovery last Friday, after first launching aboard STS-124 on May 31st 2008. Here's a video of his time on the International Space Station:



Buzz was up there as part of a program by NASA and Disney to encourage students to study science, technology and math. He'll be honored in a parade at Disney's Magic Kingdom-along with his space station crew-mates and veteran Buzz Aldrin - on October 2nd.



Labor Day in Louisville, KY

This past weekend was Labor Day and the family decided we should travel to Louisville, KY for some good old fashioned family vacation time.
Below are some pictures from the extended weekend...


The giant bat in front of the Louisville Slugger Museum


Random chandelier hanging on a sidewalk (notice the megaphone hanging from it)


the 4th Street Live experience. not really sure what this was all about


Jon and Lindsay posing with the KFC Colonel; Jon must be hungry


Casey decided the horse was lonely


We visited the Glassworks factory in downtown Louisville and got to see people blowing glass.




At the end of the glass tour I was able to make my very own glass checker board and chess set



While walking around downtown we stumbled across this giant mirror hanging in front of the Science Museum