Saturday, August 31, 2013

Chocolate Energy Bar

I love funny commercials that can make me laugh. I really cannot add to this one- I have been trying to cut back on sugar, and that includes candy. Maybe this is one more reason for me. Loosing weight is another. 
There are only three things in life that matter – good friends, good chocolate and, oh dear, what was that other one?

Chocolate doesn’t make the world go ’round, but it sure does make the trip worthwhile!

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M and M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
 
I’d give up chocolate, but I’m no quitter.

Chocolate is a Vegetable: chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar beets. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable. To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy. So candy bars are a health food.

A man found a bottle on the beach. He opened it and out popped a genie, who gave the man three wishes. The man wished for a million dollars, and poof! There was a million dollars. Then he wished for a convertible, and poof! There was a convertible. And then, he wished he could be irresistible to all women… Poof! He turned into a box of chocolates.

An elderly man lay dying in his bed.
In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs.
Gathering his remaining strength, he lifted himself from the bed. He slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and, with even greater effort, forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. With labored breath, he leaned against the door, gazing into the kitchen.
Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven: there, spread out on the kitchen table, were hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies.
Mustering one final effort, he threw himself toward the table. His aged and withered hand painstakingly made its way toward a cookie when it was suddenly smacked by a spatula.
“Stay out of those,” said his wife, “they’re for the funeral.”

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Visit with A Dummy

Every Day I talk with Dummies. Paul Zerdin, a Ventriloquist, makes money doing that? I know you will get a laugh out of it. I am also posting some humor I was sent via email. I also added some email humor below for you.
 Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

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YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 20 13 when...
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web-site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on-line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message...
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list .

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Amusement Park USA

Silverwood Theme Park opened in 1988- I think we first visited it in 1989 when our kids were young. The last few years we would try to go together as a family day with grandkids, normally staying the night before in Spokane and ready when park opened at 11am. To help keep those memories alive, I made four or five videos, including this one  from a 1960's Beach Boys song called "Amusement Park USA" of our 2011 visit. Tomorrow my vacation is over- its been a fun summer- we did actually have a family day with grandkids last month at Enchanted Village, and it was fun. I am glad the grandkids had a fun summer as well. So Today, Jan, Trent and myself are off to Silverwood on a one day trip.. And I will post photos of the this years day below.
We arrived at 11am, (opening time), and an employee took our photo for us with the train conductors
 This is toward the end of the day, just after we rode the 6pm train ride.
Trent on our final ride of the  day- usually this was our first ride of the park it seemed.
Lines were very short and great weather. Trent was our chauffer on the antique Cars.
The train and the magic shows are favorites.(I miss the ice skating show) Jan and I rode the new ride, Monster, spent several hours in water park, had pizza for lunch and ate at Wendys on way home.Gas was 3.51 a gallon in Courdelane. The hiway there has been greatly improved in last years.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Look At Yourself

Someone said most unhappiness is caused by comparison. If that is true, maybe the opposite its true, most happiness is caused by comparison? Actually happiness is a choice- I cannot make you happy- I hope you will choose to be happy and this video will help you in that choice. We have so much to be thankful for. 
HANDY LITTLE CHART God has a positive answer:
YOU SAY GOD SAYS BIBLE VERSES
You say: "It's impossible" God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired" God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody really loves me" God says: I love you (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
You say: "I can't go on" God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out" God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: "I can't do it" God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)
You say: "I'm not able" God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it" God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )
You say: "I can't forgive myself" God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage" God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
You say: "I'm afraid" God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated" God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I'm not smart enough" God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone" God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Meaning of Marriage

Tim Keller wrote a book called the Meaning of Marriage. I like it as he uses the Bible, which never changes, unlike what some are trying to do with marriage in the news. Over half of this video deals with questions- makeing it even more relevant. I do wish he used more humor in this, but cannot disagree with what he said. I am not a marriage expert or a judge, but I know the importance of always working on our marriage- that is why you will find almost 50 video posts on marriage, as well as many other posts on that subject under other labels. If this video is not your style, check out another one under marriage- but please- Never quit working on your marriage. 

“Friendship is a deep oneness that develops when two people, speaking the truth in love to one another, journey together to the same horizon.”
― Timothy Keller,    

“Only with time do we really learn who the other person is and come to love the person for him- or herself and not just for the feelings and experiences they give us.”
― Timothy Keller,

“This principle - that your spouse should be capable of becoming your best friend - is a game changer when you address the question of compatibility in a prospective spouse. If you think of marriage largely in terms of erotic love, then compatibility means sexual chemistry and appeal. If you think of marriage largely as a way to move into the kind of social status in life you desire, then compatibility means being part of the desired social class, and perhaps common tastes and aspirations for lifestyle. The problem with these factors is that they are not durable. Physical attractivess will wane, no matter how hard you work to delay its departure. And socio-economic status unfortunately can change almost overnight. When people think they have found compatibility based on these things, they often make the painful discovery that they have built their relationship on unstable ground. A woman "lets herself go" or a man loses his job, and the compatibility foundation falls apart.”
― Timothy Keller

“What marriage is for: It is a way for two spiritual friends to help each other on their journey to become the persons God designed them to be.”
― Timothy Keller

“The problem is not with marriage itself. According to Genesis 1 and 2, we were made for marriage, and marriage was made for us. Genesis 3 tells us that marriage, along with every other aspect of human life, has been broken because of sin. If our views of marriage are too romantic and idealistic, we underestimate the influence of sin on human life. If they are too pessimistic and cynical, we misunderstand marriage’s divine origin. If we somehow manage, as our modern culture has, to do both at once, we are doubly burdened by a distorted vision. Yet the trouble is not within the institution of marriage but within ourselves.”
― Timothy Keller

“In fact, there are all sorts of great institutions and human enterprises that the Bible doesn’t address or regulate. And so we are free to invent them and operate them in line with the general principles for human life that the Bible gives us. But marriage is different. As the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship says, God “established marriage for the welfare and happiness of humankind.” Marriage did not evolve in the late Bronze Age as a way to determine property rights. At the climax of the Genesis account of creation we see God bringing a woman and a man together to unite them in marriage. The Bible begins with a wedding (of Adam and Eve) and ends in the book of Revelation with a wedding (of Christ and the church). Marriage is God’s idea.”
― Timothy Keller

Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore marriage is an institution for the blind.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bengy and the Zipper

I love pastors who have a sense of humor-I love the verse that says A Merry Heart is like good medicine.  I am not sure if this story it really true or not- but its funny. Sometimes we need a good laugh to relax. This video is  by Dennis Swanberg and called Bengy and the Zipper from a couple years ago.  

Before marriage, a man yearns for the woman he loves. After marriage, the "y" becomes silent.

First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down. George Burns

A woman is trying to board a bus, but her skirt is
tight and she can't step up. She reaches behind her and lowers the
zipper a bit and tries again. Skirt's still too tight. She reaches behind

her and lowers the zipper some more. She still can't get on, and
lowers the zipper a third time. Suddenly, she feels two hands on her butt,
trying to push her up onto the bus. She spins around and says, "Sir, I
don't know you well enough for you to do that!" The guy says, "Lady, I
don't know you well enough for you to unzip my fly three times either."


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Run, Forest,Run

Always wise to keep an eye out for this if you are ever standing along the roadway. If you can, stay back away from the road as much as you can. I don't think holding a sign or having warning signs out would make any difference in this sitution- normally the DOT will not flag accidents unless there is a death or serious injury- but I can tell you when flagging- I never turn my back on traffic and always have an escape route planned. And if possible have a spotter watch for you if you are working along the road.
. Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?


Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company responsible for the accident to court. In court the trucking company's fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe.
"Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'?" asked the lawyer. Farmer Joe responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the..."
"I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted, "just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'?".
Farmer Joe said, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road..."
The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."
By this time the Judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say."
Joe thanked the Judge and proceeded, "Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear ol' Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. "Shortly after the accident, a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.
"Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. He said, 'Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her.'
"Then he said, 'How are YOU feeling?'"

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It takes time to Juggle

When I first saw this video I wondered if he was actually doing all of this, later my friend said he saw him live in Las Vagas and he was doing all of it. My wife juggles a bit, and I do not, this guy is good. I am no expert on juggleing, but I know  it takes time and practice- it does not just happen naturally.
A man is driving home, when is pulled over by a patrolman for a broken blinker. The cop looks into the guys' car and sees a collection of knives in the backseat.
"Sir," the cop says. "Why do you have all those knives?"
"They're for my juggling act," the man says.
"I don't believe you," says the cop. "Prove it."
So the man gets out of his car and begins juggling the knives.
At the same time, a car with two guys in it drives by.
"Man," says the first guy. "I'm glad I quit drinking. These new sobriety tests are hard."



How do you kill a circus?
Go for the juggler.


Did you hear about the sick juggler?
 He couldn't stop throwing up!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Disconnect to Connect

This commercial was filmed in Thailand and is called Disconnect to Connect. You don't need to understand another language to know what it is trying to tell us- A good goal for me today.
 
Life is what happens when your cell phone is charging.
 
How can you tell which one of your friends has the new iPhone 6s?
A: Don't worry, they'll let you know.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Salute to Paint Striping Crew (08)

I really enjoy my job and the people I work with. I  have been on vacation and miss them. I appreciate them letting me have some time off. Two of our old support truck drivers are now promoted to Lead Techs in maintenance. I am happy for both of them and hope they remember me as they climb the DOT  ladder.  This is an old video I made in 2008- not sure if I need to make one this year as things have not changed that much  and we have yet to take a group photo of this years crew. Our new support truck driver who transferred from Vancouver is doing a great job! I am thankful for my job. I am blessed.
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Women Shoppers

Marriage has to have humor in it- God made it that way. Aaron Wilburn shares some of the differences between men and women in this video and I had to share below what someone recently sent me about shopping at walmart.
My wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Walmart. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women - she loves to browse....
Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Walmart
Dear Mrs. Hendricks,
Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, are listed below and are "documented by our video surveillance cameras":
1. June 15: He took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people's carts when they weren't looking.
2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to thewomen's restroom.
4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away'. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted in management getting involved causing management to lose time and costing the company money.
5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to reserve a bag of chips.
6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers they could come in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department - to which twenty children obliged.
8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'Emergency Medics were called.
9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.
10. September 10: While handling guns in the Sports department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.
11. October 3: Darted around the Store suspiciously while loudly humming the ' Mission Impossible' theme.
12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.
13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled 'PICK ME! PICK ME!'
14. October 22: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed the fetal position and screamed 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!
15. Took a box of condoms to the checkout clerk and asked where the fitting room was.
And last, but not least:
16. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, and then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here.' One of the Staff passed out.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Work Zone Awareness

Summer is half over, and by now perhaps the construction zones are getting on your nerves? Please remember those workers want to go home at the end of their shifts- they are simply doing their jobs. Give them a Brake. Most of you know to move over when you approach a emergancy vehicle with his lights on along a road. Each year people are killed in work zones because someone was careless, speeding, or just not paying attention- don't let that be you. Please Slow Down and give construction workers a Brake.
 
Tourists on some highways are calling themselves detourists
We saw a sign: "Road Under Construction, Travel At Your Own Risk." When does a driver ever travel a public road except at his own risk?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Broken Pieces

National Marriage Week- from Feb. 7th to the 14th. I am not sure if I have done my best to strengthen and protect marriages- I do believe in the power of prayer and I do know God ordained marriage and I am believing in several miracles today as I pray. In looking at the National Marriage Website, I found the following article called Myths of Divorce- I am posting it below for your review. I certainly am not picking on divorce people today, my goal is to encourage you to have a Happy Marriage and not give up! The song is from Steve and Annie Chapman- words that do not need photos, but I added some so I could post it as my video.
The Top Ten Myths of Divorce From the National Marriage Project’s Ten Things to Know Series David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
1 Half of all marriages end in divorce.
That may have been the case several decades ago, but the divorce rate has been dropping since the early 1980s. If today’s divorce rate continues unchanged into the future, the chances that a marriage contracted this year will end in divorce before one partner dies has been estimated to be between 40 and 45 percent.1
2 Because people learn from their bad experiences, second marriages tend to be more successful than first marriages.
Although many people who divorce have successful subsequent marriages, the divorce rate of remarriages is in fact higher than that of first marriages.2
3 Living together before marriage is a good way to reduce the chances of eventually divorcing.
Many studies have found that those who live together before marriage have a considerably higher chance of eventually divorcing. The reasons for this are not well understood. In part, the type of people who are willing to cohabit may also be those who are more willing to divorce. There is some evidence that the act of cohabitation itself generates attitudes in people that are more conducive to divorce, for example the attitude that relationships are temporary and easily can be ended.3
4 Divorce may cause problems for many of the children who are affected by it, but by and large these problems are not long lasting and the children recover relatively quickly.
Divorce increases the risk of interpersonal problems in children. There is evidence, both from small qualitative studies and from large-scale, long-term empirical studies, that many of these problems are long lasting. In fact, they may even become worse in adulthood.4
5 Having a child together will help a couple to improve their marital satisfaction and prevent a divorce.
Many studies have shown that the most stressful time in a marriage is after the first child is born. Couples who have a child together have a slightly decreased risk of divorce compared to couples without children, but the decreased risk is far less than it used to be when parents with marital problems were more likely to stay together “for the sake of the children.”5
6 Following divorce, the woman’s standard of living plummets by seventy-three percent while that of the man’s improves by forty-two percent.
This dramatic inequity, one of the most widely publicized statistics from the social sciences, was later found to be based on a faulty calculation. A reanalysis of the data determined that the woman’s loss was twenty seven percent while the man’s gain was ten percent. Irrespective of the magnitude of the differences, the gender gap is real and seems not to have narrowed much in recent decades.6
7 When parents don’t get along, children are better off if their parents divorce than if they stay together.
A recent large-scale, long-term study suggests otherwise. While it found that parents’ marital unhappiness and discord have a broad negative impact on virtually every dimension of their children’s well-being, so does the fact of going through a divorce. In examining the negative impacts on children more closely, the study discovered that it was only the children in very high conflict homes who benefited from the conflict removal that divorce may bring. In lower-conflict marriages that end in divorce—and the study found that perhaps as many as two thirds of the divorces were of this type—the situation of the children was made much worse following a divorce. Based on the findings of this study, therefore, except in the minority of high-conflict marriages it is better for the children if their parents stay together and work out their problems than if they divorce.7
8 Because they are more cautious in entering marital relationships and also have a strong determination to avoid the possibility of divorce, children who grow up in a home broken by divorce tend to have as much success in their own marriages as those from intact homes.
Marriages of the children of divorce actually have a much higher rate of divorce than the marriages of children from intact families. A major reason for this, according to a recent study, is that children learn about marital commitment or permanence by observing their parents. In the children of divorce, the sense of commitment to a lifelong marriage has been undermined.8
9 Following divorce, the children involved are better off in stepfamilies than in single-parent families.
The evidence suggests that stepfamilies are no improvement over single-parent families, even though typically income levels are higher and there is a father figure in the home. Stepfamilies tend to have their own set of problems, including interpersonal conflicts with new parent figures and a very high risk of family breakup.9
10 Being very unhappy at certain points in a marriage is a good sign that the marriage will eventually end in divorce.
All marriages have their ups and downs. Recent research using a large national sample found that eighty six percent of people who were unhappily married in the late 1980s, and stayed with the marriage, indicated when interviewed five years later that they were happier. Indeed, three fifths of the formerly unhappily married couples rated their marriages as either “very happy” or “quite happy.”10
Additional Myths
It is usually men who initiate divorce proceedings
Two-thirds of all divorces are initiated by women. One recent study found that many of the reasons for this have to do with the nature of our divorce laws. For example, in most states women have a good chance of receiving custody of their children. Because women more strongly want to keep their children with them, in states where there is a presumption of shared custody with the husband the percentage of women who initiate divorces is much lower.11 Also, the higher rate of women initiators is probably due to the fact that men are more likely to be "badly behaved." Husbands, for example, are more likely than wives to have problems with drinking, drug abuse, and infidelity
Sources
1 Joshua R. Goldstein, “The Leveling of Divorce in the United States” Demography 36 (1999): 409-414; Arthur J. Norton and Louisa F. Miller Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the 1990s (Washington, DC: U S. Bureau of the Census, 1992) Robert Schoen and Nicola Standish, “The Retrenchment of Marriage: Results from the Marital Status Life Tables for the United States, 1995” Unpublished manuscript, Department of Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
2 Joshua R. Goldstein, “The Leveling of Divorce in the United States” Demography 36 (1999): 409-414; Andrew Cherlin, Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992)
3 Alfred DeMaris and K. Vaninadha Rao, “Premartial Cohabitation and Marital Instability in the United States: A Reassessment” Journal of Marriage and the Family 54 (1992): 178-190; Pamela J. Smock, “Cohabitation in the United States” Annual Review of Sociology 26 (2000)
4 Judith Wallerstein, Julia M. Lewis and Sandra Blakeslee, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce (New York: Hyperion, 2000); Andrew J. Cherlin, P. Lindsay Chase-Landsdale, and Christine McRae, “Effects of Parental Divorce on Mental Health Throughout the Life Course” American Sociological Review 63 (1998): 239-249; Paul R. Amato and Alan Booth, A Generation at Risk (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997)
5 Tim B. Heaton, “Marital Stability Throughout the Child-rearing Years” Demography 27 (1990): 55-63; Linda Waite and Lee A. Lillard, “Children and Marital Disruption” American Journal of Sociology 96 (1991): 930-953; Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan, When Partners Become Parents: The Big Life Change for Couples (New York: Basic Books, 1992)
6 Leonore J. Weitzman, “The Economics of Divorce: Social and Economic Consequences of Property, Alimony, and Child Support Awards” UCLA Law Review 28 (August, 1981): 1251; Richard R. Peterson, “A Re-Evaluation of the Economic Consequences of Divorce” American Sociological Review 61 (June, 1996): 528-536; Pamela J. Smock, “The Economic Costs of Marital Disruption for Young Women over the Past Two Decades” Demography 30 (August, 1993): 353-371
7 Paul R. Amato and Alan Booth, A Generation at Risk (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997)
8 Paul R. Amato, “What Children Learn From Divorce” Population Today, (Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau, January 2001); Nicholas H. Wolfinger, “Beyond the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce” Journal of Family Issues 21-8 (2000): 1061-1086
9 Sara McLanahan and Gary Sandefur, Growing Up With a Single Parent (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994); Alan Booth and Judy Dunn (eds.), Stepfamilies: Who Benefits? Who Does Not? (Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1994)
10 Unpublished research by Linda J. Waite, cited in Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher, The Case for Marriage (New York: Doubleday, 2000): 148
11 Margaret F. Brinig and Douglas A. Allen, “‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’: Why Most Divorce Filers Are Women” American Law and Economics Review 2-1 (2000): 126-169

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Coke Smuggled Across Border





A man goes to his doctor because he’s been feeling very ill for days. The doctor gives him several sets of pills.
The doctor instructs; “Take the green pill with two big glasses of water when you get up. An hour later, take the white pill ...with another glass of water. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Mid afternoon, take the orange pill with plenty of water, and repeat that at dinner. Then, just before going to bed, take the red pill with several big glasses of water.”
The man is alarmed at huge volume of medicine he has been given to take, and nervously asks, “What’s the diagnosis? What’s wrong with me?”
The doctor says, “You’re dehydrated.”

WATER
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 30%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

And now for the properties of COKE
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
IMPORTANT INFO
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.
3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or coke?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Amazing Grace

I am so thankful for my pastor and the other pastors who have influenced my life. Pastor Jerry Beebe has been my pastor the longest- 26 years and still going. We have also had Ron Masters, Rick Ross, Ron Hastie, George Smith, Leif Malmin, Carl Smith, Harold Hanson, Floyd Earlywine, Paul Kial, and several others while growing up. Then you must count the many associate pastors who spent so much time with me as well-yes, and most men cannot say they are married to a childrens Pastor! wow-God knows I am still a kid. Now she has really influenced my life! (she did not think it funny when I told her she could offically marry me if I ever got married again) She has been a pastor for  only 22 years and makes me a PS. I want to say "Thank You to my Pastors and May God Richly Reward You." Everyone of my pastors are still faithfully serving the Lord or are now sitting in his presance! What great examples. 
My pastor friend put sanitary hot air hand dryers in the rest rooms at his church and after two weeks took them out. I asked him why and he confessed that they worked fine but when he went in there he saw a sign that read, "For a sample of this week's sermon, push the button."

A preacher's young daughter noticed that her father always bowed his head and closed his eyes for a few seconds before he went to the pulpit to preach. When she askes him why he did that, he explained,"I'm asking God to help me preach a good sermon. His daughter thought about it for a minute and said, "Well daddy, Why doesn't he do it?"

What do they call preachers in Germany?
German Shepherds

The new preacher moves his things into his new office and comes across the former pastor, taking his items out. The former pastor says, "I left three envelopes in your desk. If you have any trouble, open them." Well, of course the new preacher thinks he will never have to use them, but in his youthful enthusiasm, he tries to change the order the kids march in during Vacation Bible School. Well, this makes the workers absolutely furious and there is a lot of ugly talk about the new pastor. He remembers the envelopes and opens the first one. It says, "You haven't been here long, but you decided to make a change in the Vacation Bible School; now everyone is mad. Tell everyone that the former preacher had told you this was how you preferred to do it." So the young preacher did that and it worked well.
He had been there about a year and a half when he tried to change the deacon position from being a life-long job to a position that rotated annually. Well, this made the deacons really mad, and they were the ones who made his salary recommendation. So he went back to the drawer and got the second envelope: "You did something to make the deacons mad and there's talk of replacing you. Tell them this is the official denominational policy; that you thought they wanted to comply, but it doesn't make you any difference what they do." He tried this, and again it worked great.
You guesed it. After three years, he finally told the women's organization that they were going to have to open the kitchen so that it could be used without a representative from the women's group being present. This put the women's organization in open revolt. So he went back to that third and final envelope: "You've been here about three years and you finally got the women's organization mad. The only thing to do is prepare three envelopes ... "

A clergyman awoke one morning to find a dead donkey in his front yard. He had no idea how it got there, but he knew he had to get rid of it. So, he called the sanitation department, the health department, and several other agencies, but no one seemed able to help him. In desperation, the good reverend called the mayor and asked what should be done. The mayor must have been having a bad day. "Why bother me?" he asked. "You're a clergyman. It's your job to bury the dead." The pastor lost his cool. "Yes," he snapped, "But I thought I should at least notify the next-of-kin

Monday, August 12, 2013

National Husband Day Care Program


Medical experts recommend laughter therapy to reduce pain and relax muscles, reduce the stress hormones, and increase helpful antibodies and endorphins (you know, the "feel-good chemicals"). I needed some humor today, laughter is good for us. So rather than express a political point, lets just agree to laugh and have a good day.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cast Away

Fed Ex put out a commercial on a Cast Away spoof- funny thing is I cannot remember the movie, but I love the commerial. Sometimes we have things right in front of us all along that God gives us and we do not use them.
A blonde, a brunette and a redhead are stuck on an island. For year and years they live there, one day they find a magic lamp.
They rub and rub and sure enough out comes a genie.
The genie says "since I can only give out 3 wishes, you may each have one"
So the brunette goes first, "I have been stuck here for years, I miss my family and my husband and my life-- I just want to go home" and POOF she is gone.
The red head makes her wish "I can't stand this place, I want to go home too" and poof she is gone.
The blonde starts crying uncontrollably. The genie says to her " my dear what is the matter, "I wish my friends were here"

Friday, August 9, 2013

German Coast Guard

People can say some dumb things. I am not sure if it comes from not listening, or not thinking first?
Ever hear any of these phrases? (Please don't raise your hand if  you have said one of them.)

"If you break your leg, don't you come running to me"

A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on;

I want you to know that I am not always right, but I am never wrong.

If Roosevelt were alive, he’d turn over in his grave

Thank God I’m an atheist.

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so

"If I've told you once, I've told you a million times-Don't Exaggerate!"

"I found it! It was in the last place I looked."

"For most people, death comes at the end of their lives."

"I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father."

I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.

The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people who make them unsafe.

The doctors X-rayed my head and found nothing.
ok- here it is, as in one of my humor books;  End Of The World Headlines....When the end of the world arrives how will the media report it?

Guns and Ammo:
IS THERE GUN CONTROL IN THE AFTERLIFE?

The Wall Street Journal:
...DOW JONES PLUMMETS AS WORLD ENDS

The New York Times:
WORLD'S END RESOLVES REVENUE SHORTFALL

Cosmopolitan:
10 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR LAST SEX THE BEST EVER!

People:
YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE STARS: WHAT WILL THEY WEAR THE LAST NIGHT?

Sports Illustrated:
NO EXTRA INNINGS IN THIS SUDDEN DEATH

USA Today:
WE'RE DEAD

Discover Magazine:
HOW WILL THE EXTINCTION OF ALL LIFE AS WE KNOW IT AFFECT THE WAY WE VIEW THE COSMOS?

Christian Weekly:
WE TOLD YOU SO!

Time:
WORLD ENDS-A SPECIAL REPORT

Playboy:
GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE

Rolling Stone:
IS THERE A ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN?

Lady's Home Journal:
LOSE 10 POUNDS BY JUDGMENT DAY WITH OUR NEW "ARMAGEDDON" DIET

Computer Life:
NEW FROM MICROSOFT-THE WORLD 2.0

Spin:
TEN NEW BANDS YOU'LL NEVER HEAR

Local News:
CITY COUNCIL BANS END-OF-WORLD CELEBRATIONS

Congressional Quarterly:
CONGRESS PUSHES THROUGH LAST-SECOND PAY INCREASE

High Times:
THIS TIME IT REALLY IS KILLER WEED

Car and Driver:
WE TEST-DRIVE THE NEW PONTIAC CADAVER

Vibe:
IT'S BEEN REAL

Consumer Reports:
HOW WILL THE WORLD'S END AFFECT PRODUCT WARRANTIES?

TV Guide:
LAST NIGHT SCHEDULE-NETWORKS SQUARE OFF AGAINST CABLE

Maxim:
100 GIRLS WE'D LIKE TO SPEND THE LAST NIGHT WITH

Martha Stewart Living:
TIMELESS DECORATING TIPS

Boxing Weekly:
UNANIMOUS DECISION-WE'RE FINISHED

Sporting News:
THE REAL LAST WORD: GREATEST ATHLETES OF ALL TIME

Scientific American:
AFTER US-WHAT WILL THE NEXT LIFE FORMS LOOK LIKE?

Field and Stream:
ENDANGERED SPECIES? NOW IT'S US!

PC Magazine:
IT'S ALT/CONTROL/DELETE FOR MANKIND

Forbes:
HOW YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU

Star:
TOP PSYCHICS PREDICT THE AFTERLIFE

The Environmentalist:
QUALITY OF LIFE: A DOOMSDAY ANALYSIS

Style:
PARIS RUNWAYS FADE TO BLACK AS END NEARS

The Economist:
THE EURO-WE HARDLY KNEW YE

ESPN
WHO WOULD HAVE WON THE SUPER BOWL?

Golf Digest:
MAKE YOUR LAST ROUND YOUR BEST

Conservative Digest:
END OF THE WORLD-FIRST OF A THREE PART SERIES

Family Circle:
25 FABULOUS RECIPES FOR THAT LAST MEAL

Fitness:
HOW TO GO OUT LOOKING YEARS YOUNGER

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Little Girl

 
I don't know how many videos I have made of my grandkids- I just need to find more songs.  Tim McGraw sings a song called My Little Girl, often wonder what it is like for a grandpa to watch his granddaughter date and later marry? I added some photos to this song, some photos I borrowed, but you can see she is growing up but will always be my little girl. I have so much to be thankful for, thankful for my three children,  and our six grandkids. This video contains photos of Emilee. Whether it by my girls or my granddaughters, they will always be My Little Girl. Maybe God allows the distance as they grow older to allow them to grow up and to date?
Emilee was doing a cartwheel and her hand slipped, she landed on her elbow on concrete, She now wears a Cast. She is also fighting a sore throat. Hang in There Emilee

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Why Smart People Do Dumb Things

I miss the AWC conferences I could attend when on city council, as they had some great classes, exhibit booths, and I could meet with so many good elected people from around the state.  I remember one keynote speaker, Patrick Kuhse speaking on "Why smart people do such dumb things". I had to share part of it with you after I found it posted on youtube. He is not a pastor and he does not quote the Bible,  but it could be summed up in one three letter word; Sin. I have found the little sins tempt more than the big sins and are more dangerous. I realize you may know all of this, but I also know I need reminded occassionally and to be on guard. I think much of what he talks about is found in the Bible from years ago- there is really nothing new under the sun as someone once said.
I am terrible at taking notes- but let me share some notes from the keynote speaker- (they may not mean much to you since you did not hear the speaker)- just remember- your actions affect those around you more than it affects you. (I heard a preacher say he was going to preach a sermon called "How much is your sin going to cost me?") Make a list of who all will be affected by your poor choice  before you do it.

*80% of people say they decide to buy a firms good partly on their perception of its ethics.

*I want it and I want it right now, is a danger signal.

*8 steps why smart people do dumb things
1.Entitlement
2.Super Optimistic
3.Affectionate Disconnect
4.Seemingly Unimportant Decisions
5. Rationalization
6.Lazy
7.Victimization
8.Situational Ethics

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sharon Hendricks

Saturday was my sisters birthday. Sharon was born August 3rd, 1945- you figure out how old she would have been). There were 7 in our family growing up, she was the first child and I had two older brothers and one younger sister. (want to guess where I came in?) Sharon had taken a Airline Stewardess Job with Braniff, and three days after her Birthday turning 21, her plane went down in Nebraska. We had just moved to Tacoma and I was in the sixth grade when that happened.  I have heard they are making a movie about that flight- I have not seen it nor do I know if it is factual- most movies are not. This is an old video of a phone conversation she had with Aunt Viola recorded on a reel tape recorder- back when telephone calls were special and limited to 3 minutes usually. Sharon also worked as a telephone operator before being a stewardess- and we all know how far phones have come since the 60's......Anyway- I have many happy memories of Sharon and look forward to seeing her again in Heaven someday.
Photo probably taken in 1965? Susan in Front, Tim, Wayne, Sharon and myself in back. 

the following letter was written 5 days before her crash to me(postmark Aug 2nd,1966)



Falls City, NE Plane Crash, Aug 1966
Posted November 10th, 2007 by Stu Beitler
Investigators hope tape recorder will yield clue to crash taking 42 lives.
FALLS CITY, Neb. (UPI) – Federal investigators said today at least one of the recorders which monitored the crash of a Braniff International jetliner into a Nebraska soybean field was so badly damaged it was useless.

However, they hoped that a tape of the conversation between veteran Capt. DONALD G. PAULY, and his co-pilot as they struggled to bring their plane out of its death spin would yield a clue as to why and how 42 persons died in the Saturday night crash.

Edward E. Slattery, Jr., chief investigator for the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) at the scene, said the flight recorder – regarded by air safety experts as a key factor in determining the cause of crashes – had received such heavy impact and fire damage that its tape could not be deciphered.

Second Tape AnalyzeBut a second tape of the conversations in the plane's cockpit was less damaged and has been sent to CAB headquarters in Washington for analysis, he said.

In Washington, informed sources said it was feared that the cockpit recorder, too, was too badly damaged to yield clues.

However, the sources said, the best speculation was that the British-built BAC111 was torn apart in the sky by a violent line squall – equivalent almost to a tornado – which was swirling over southeast Nebraska.

The theory was based on the fact that one wing and the tail section of the doomed plane were found a mile from the main wreckage 11 miles northeast of Falls City.

At least two witnesses said they heard an explosion before the Kansas City-to-Omaha flight plowed into a sloping field of soybeans about 11:15 p. m. CST Saturday.
                             This is the field where plane crashed in1966 and the memorial erected.

Stakes Mark Site

Today, 42 white stakes driven into the dearth[sic] marked the spots where the victims were found.

The CAB flight detectives hoped to piece together the sections of the mangled jet in the field where it crashed in hopes of discovering further clues to the cause of the disaster. A large tent was set up nearby on the ANTONE SCHWANGE farm to shelter the investigators.

The CAB investigators were joined by experts from Braniff, the British Aircraft corp., which built the plane, Rolls Royce, which manufactured its two jet engines, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An FBI agent at the scene refused to comment “at this time” on the possibility of sabotage.

The crash was the first fatal accident of the British built BAC111 since the plane was put into passenger service more than a year ago. Seven persons were killed while the plane was being tested.

The tail section of the plane was found a mile from the remainder of the twisted wreckage after what appeared to be a violent explosion. The jet apparently plunged nearly vertically to the earth.

Witnesses said they saw a brilliant flash of light in the rainy Nebraska skies before the plane crashed. At least a dozen persons watched the plane plunge to the ground in flames.

Most of the victims – their bodies badly burned and mangled – were thrown clear of the wreckage. Searchers found them in the muddy field. The pilot was found in the cockpit, his hands gripping the controls.
Falls City, NE Plane Crash, Aug 1966
Posted November 10th, 2007 by Stu Beitler
Recorder Burned On Crashed Plane
42 Killed In Crash In Nebraska
FALLS CITY, Neb. (AP) – Investigators learned Monday that one of two recording devices, which may have held a clue to the cause of Saturday night's airliner crash, was burned beyond use in the crash that killed 42 persons.

The Braniff International Airways plane was in an envelope of flame when it plunged from a cloud into a soybean field about eight miles northeast of here.

However, there was a chance that another recording device may still be useful.

Too Much Heat
Ed Slattery, spokesman for a 12-man Civil Aeronautics Board investigating team, said Washington experts found heat had destroyed any record that was in the flight recorder. The device, pulled from the wreckage, was designed to keep a record of the plane's position and movements in the air.

He said CAB and factory experts were trying to decipher information in the cockpit voice recorder, which should reveal any cockpit conversation which took place within 30 minutes before the crash. Slattery said the cockpit recorder was recovered “in a rather battered condition.”

An explosion flared as the plane hit the ground, and a witness shouted: “My God, the world is on fire!”

Sky Lit UpANTONE SCHAWANG, owner of the field where the plane crashed, was with his family in an automobile when the disaster occurred. “The sky seemed to light up,” he said, as the burning plane crashed and exploded. It was the that his wife shouted that “the world is on fire.”

Sitting in the kitchen of his farm home three hours later, his suntanned face tired and drawn, SCHAWANG continued his description.

“I could see this ball of flames dropping almost straight down, then I saw the tip of a wing sticking out and I knew it was a plane,” he said.

“Then there was the crash.”

“It came so close – a few more yards and our house and buildings would have been wiped out.”

SCHAWANG said the impact tossed flames and debris “500 feet in the air. It sounded more like hitting your fist on the table than an explosion.”

First Fatal CrashThe plane was a BAC One-11, a twin-jet, rear-engine craft built by British Aircraft Corp. and capable of carrying 63 persons. The CAB said this was the first fatal crash of a BAC One-11 in the United States.

Braniff identified the crew as Capt. DONALD G. PAULY, 47, First Officer JAMES A. HILLIKER, 39, and stewardess GINGER ELAINE BRISBANE, 21, all of Minneapolis, Minn., and stewardess SHARON EILEEN HENDRICKS, 21, Sawyer, N. D.

The plane was Braniff Flight 250, just 15 minutes from landing at Omaha. It had left New Orleans, La., to go to Minneapolis with stops at Shreveport, La.; Fort Smith, Ark.; Tulsa, Okla.; Kansas City, Mo., and Omaha.

Residents near this southeast Nebraska town of 5,600 said there was thunder and lightning before the crash and a heavy rain afterward.

Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1966-08-08
Claim bodies of 42 plane victims

FALLS CITY (UPI) – Friends and relatives today claimed the bodies of some of the 42 persons killed in Saturday's crash of a Braniff jet airliner while authorities tried to reconstruct the tragedy.

Members of a Federal Bureau of Investigation “disaster team” continued efforts to positively identify other victims.

Preliminary studies indicated the British-built jet disintegrated in the air while flying through the most vicious of all thunderstorms: a line squall.

Edward E. Slattery, Jr., chief Civil Aeronautics Board investigator at the scene, was asked whether sabotage had been eliminated as a cause. He said “nothing has been eliminated” but that his team, including a meteorologist, were working mainly on the weather-caused theory.

In Washington, informed sources said Monday the BAC 111's flight and voice recorders were seriously damaged but that the voice recorder might yield some information despite fire and impact damage.
Photo of crash site

Braniff flight 250
A strong cold front lay between southern Kansas and northern Nebraska on the evening of August 6, 1966. Braniff flight 250 was scheduled to depart Kansas City for Omaha shortly before 11:00pm that night with 38 passengers and two flight attendants. On the flight deck of the BAC-111 was Captain D G Pauly and First Officer J A Hilliker. Pauly's weather report said that the front was moving southeast, it's passage bringing severe thunderstorms, hail, and strong wind gusts. Another crew just in from Chicago told him that the storm front looked very severe and that that radar pictures did not accurately portray it's intensity. Upon departure, 250 was told to climb and maintain 5,000ft. A few minutes after takeoff, the flight was handed off to Kansas City Centre and cleared to FL200.

Pauly then told Centre that he would prefer to maintain 5,000ft and asked to deviate left of the flight plan course. This request was granted and 250 was handed off to Chicago Centre. Pauly discussed the weather with the Chicago controller and then spoke with another Braniff flight which was at that time climbing out of Omaha for Kansas City. The crew reported light to moderate turbulence and reported that their weather radar showed nothing of significance further south.
Pauly acknowledged and that was the last heard from 250. Shortly afterwards, several people on the ground who had gone outside to view the approaching storm reported seeing 250 flying in clear conditions at about 4,000ft. Witnesses said it seemed to be heading for a light spot in the approaching cloud wall. 250 was lost from view as it passed over a low cloud shelf, but shortly thereafter, witnesses reported seeing a bright flash and a ball of fire falling through the cloud shelf which was 205 spiralling towards the ground, where it impacted killing all aboard. Just moments after the crash, the wind shifted nearly 180 degrees and increased velocity to about 50kts. Rain began to fall and, within minutes, two funnel clouds had formed.
......Examination of the wreckage showed that the starboard wing failed downward while the tail had failed to the left. Both the rudder and elevator had separated from their attachments, having over-travelled in both directions. There was no evidence of structural or system damage nor damage from hail or lightning. The FDR was destroyed in the fire, but the CVR was still readable. The pilots discussed a hole in the line of clouds ahead and then talked about diverting to Pawnee City. About half a minute later, the words "Ease the power back" were heard, followed by the sound of rushing which continued until the end of the tape 25 seconds later. Just prior to the end of the tape, the stall warning horn was heard four times.

Crash site photo

Analysis of the CVR showed that the aircraft was travelling at approximately 270kts, it's recommended turbulence penetration speed. It was determined that 250 would have to encounter a gust of at least 140ft/sec. at an upward angle to cause the tailplane to fail. Chicago Centre's radar tape showed an area of heavy rain just north of the area of the accident. The U.S. Weather Bureau analysed the weather in the area and confirmed that strong outflow from the rain cell north of the accident area would cause extreme low-level turbulence. Further analysis showed that 250 would have just passed through a low-level shear zone when the accident happened.

The other Braniff flight penetrated the line just east of 250's flight path at cruising altitude and experienced no problems.

                                                              Flight Crew that Night

The Columbus Daily Telegram Nebraska 1966-08-09
Falls City, NE Plane Crash, Aug 1966
Posted November 10th, 2007 by Stu Beitler

Flight Recorder Proves Valuable In Study of Crash
By Charles Nicodemus
WASHINGTON – A rushing whoosh of wind whistles eerily through the cockpit of the doomed airliner, as the plane begins to disintegrate.

A claxon blares, triggered automatically a few moments earlier as the jetliner, manhandled by violent turbulence, suddenly looses airspeed and stability, and sloughs into a fatal stall.

A crewman shouts a warning about one of the plane's control surfaces, as the co-pilot and pilot unsuccessfully battle the controls and the storm-tossed BAC – 111 heads in a death plunge toward the dark Nebraska plains, 5,000 feet below.

Then the crew seems strangely silent, and only the “honk” of the claxon and the whistle of the wind are heard as the craft plummets down with stupefying speed.

Finally the brief roar of a crash signals the death of the Braniff airliner in a rainswept field near Falls City, Neb., Aug. 6.

These are the sounds of a unique tape recording, produced by one of the recently installed airline cockpit voice recorders. The Braniff accident was the first fatal crash by an airliner carrying the new equipment.

Highlights from the recording were described by Rep. Roman Pucinski, D-Ill., after attending a playback of the tape conducted after a few key congressional figures and top officials of the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Aviation Agency.

Pucinski, who fathered the idea of installing the voice recorders, and pushed the FAA into requiring them, said CAB investigators probing the Braniff tragedy affirm that results from this first crash recording are “highly gratifying” even though they are far from perfect.

“As we hoped, the recording is proving a valuable tool,” Pucinski said – particularly because the plane's flight recorder, which takes down airspeed, altitude, gravity stress and other flight data, was rendered useless by the fiery crash.

“With the experience we have gained from this first fatal crash tape, we can make needed revisions to improve performance even further,” Pucinski predicted.

The CAB, which investigates air accidents, will not officially release a transcript of the recording or analysis of its significance until hearings on the Braniff crash open, probably in mid-November.

And both Pucinski and the CAB emphasize that no conclusions can be drawn as yet from the tape, particularly since parts of it are still being clarified by sound engineers, who are trying to ungarble certain faint sounds that may prove to be voices.

However, the recording does make certain things clear:

-- Wind started whistling through the cockpit shortly after whatever the disaster struck. Where did it come from?

Investigators believe this may well indicate that the plane was ripped apart by turbulence. Pieces of the plane were found scattered over a wide area, reinforcing that theory.

-- Turbulence was so severe that the plane went into a stall just before it began its fall. The claxon shows that.

Conversation with air traffic controllers and among the crewmen establish that the plane had flown into a thunderstorm with turbulence far than they expected. They were desperately looking for a “hole” in the weather just before the crash.

-- No clearly identifiable sounds are heard from the crew in the last seconds, even though the stall claxon, the wind – and ultimately, the crash – come through clearly.

This has led investigators to wonder if the crew could have been knocked out at that point – and if so by what? The force of the turbulence? Fright? Disintegration of the airframe?

The recording has nothing like the quality of the records you buy in the store, or even an air traffic control tape

Falls City, NE Plane Crash, Aug 1966
Posted November 10th, 2007 by Stu Beitler
Sounds are piled one atop another – engine noise: radio messages: sounds such as the claxon: a warning horn as the throttles are depressed, and other extraneous noises.

All are being separated, filtered and analyzed. “Technically it is a fantastically complex, difficult process, taking the combined best efforts of sound engineers and flight investigators,” Pucinski said.

But the finished product, which CAB officials are confident will be improved still further by the time of the hearing, “is well worth the time, money and effort,” the congressman declared.
Corpus Christi Times Texas 1966-09-12

Airliner Crash Victims Listed.
DALLAS, Tex. (AP) – Braniff International Airways announced Sunday the following crew and passenger list aboard Flight 250 which crashed Saturday night near Falls City, Neb., killing all 42 aboard:
Crew:
Capt. DONALD G. PAULY, 47, Minneapolis, Minn.
First Officer JAMES A. HILLIKER, 39, Bloomington, Minn.
Stewardess SHARON EILEEN HENDRICKS, 21, Minneapolis.
Stewardess GINGER ELAINE BRISBANE, 21, Mineapolis.
Passengers:
Pvt. LARRY J. BOFTEED, Ft. Polk, La.
NANCY CHAMBLIN, 18, Fort Smith, Ark.
SUSAN CHAMBLIN, 15, Fort Smith, Ark.
DANNY RAY COX (military standby), Clayton, Del. Or Omaha.
RONALD L. DENIES, Ft. Polk, La.
MISS JEAN DUERKSEN, 22, Victoria, Tex.
MRS. EVA DYER, Washington, D. C.
DONALD ESCHBACH, Omaha.
K. ESKELINEN, Venice, Fla.
A.F. M. Sgt. DONALD FERRARO, (no home town).
LESLIE D. FOSTER, Omaha.
MRS. PATRICIA GILBERTSON, Little Rock, Ark.
L. M. GRAEBER, 61, Spring Park, Minn.
MRS. RICHARD GUMMERS, 46, Omaha.
MARY KAY HAMM, 16, Houston, Tex.
SUSAN HAMM, 17, Houston, Tex.
Pvt. CHARLES E. HOWARD (military standby), no home town.
Pvt. RUSSELL E. HUDSON (military standby), no home town.
MISS PATRICIA JACOBSEN, 21, Fargo, N. D.
GRACE RHODES ROEITGER, Decatur, Tex.
DONALD R. SMITH, Omaha.
MRS. VIRGINIA TEJADA, Guatemala.
CHARLA J. WARD, 16, Omaha.
ROBERT D. WELTER, Des Moines, Iowa.
FRANK WILSON, Fremont, Neb.
DONALD K. WRIGHT, Omaha.
MRS. BETH KUHR, Omaha.
MITCHELL KUHR, 5, Omaha.
ANDREW BROADFOOT, Omaha.
JOHNSON (military), Ft. Polk, La.
MRS. CHERI LYN JORDAN, Tusla, Okla. And Minneapolis.
BOHDAN K_________ (military), Chicago.
EUGENE P. McCONNELL (military), no home town.
ADOLPH MAYER, 64.
MRS. MORGAN MILES (or MILLS), Gonzalez, Tex.
WILLIAM MURPHY (military), Ft. Polk, La.
JOHN M. PAUL, Overland, Kan.
GARY F. REDINGTON, Omaha.
Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1966-08-08


update: I understand August 6th, 2016 there will be a memorial to honor 50 year anniversary. I am sorry I cannot make it.