Thursday, February 25, 2016

Debtors Prison

Today is Throw Back Thursday. I made this video 4 years ago. Some things never change and some people never remember. This last weeks news included Link asking how they can spend an additional 400,000 funds they are again receiving-while we are warned how devastating it is to Link and other taxing districts who may have to pay back sales tax to a server farm? We had a mayor saying a part time police chief "may" work and save funds- while claiming his city is financially stable now but no mention of giving back extra taxes previously  imposed? We have a governor complaining how his appointees were fired but no mention of an elected official still serving while under federal investigation for criminal  charges? We have legislators offering salary raises to teachers while our local district is threatening to run another levy because the state is not fully funding basic education? One can only laugh.
Here is a news clip from 2001- sadly, a few years later the same mayor reinstated utility taxes and also included cell phones. No mention of a tax rollback still, while the city buys used gas stations for half million dollars, plans for a skywalk to a porn shop area, new snow plow trucks, new paint striper, and the 1% property tax increase each year as well as a 20.00 car tab for city residents.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sail Away

Three years ago today, Feb 24th to March 3rd, we took our last cruise. We flew to New Orleans and boarded the Norwegian Star. It was our 3rd time to cruise on Norwegian Star Ship, and they treated us great.  We visited Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, and Roatan as well as spending some extra time in New Orleans.  A video is not the same as a cruise, but it brings back so many good memories for us and makes me want to "Sail Away" again. Maybe I can just tip every other person this week and think I am on vacation again?

This was us traveling to Seattle on Feb. 23rd, 2013 to Fly to New Orleans

We celebrated Jans Birthday on the Ship.
We actually had 3 different cakes for Jan on her Birthday by the crew.



Sunday, February 14, 2016

I've Known Your Love

Happy Valentines Day to my most special Valentine, Janice! Every Day is Valentines Day when you are with someone you love. What a tremendous life this has been with Jan- it gets better every day. Thanks for putting up with me, and for meaning what you said on April 13, 1974. “We have only Just Begun...I've Known your love and "I'm In Love With You"....
"Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction."

"For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow."

"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart."


Kids views on Love, Romance and Relationships:
 How can you tell if two adults eating dinner at a restaurant are in Love?
"Just see if the man picks up the check. That's how you can tell if he's in love." -- Bobby, age 9
"Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold... Other people care more about the food." -- Bart, age  9
"Romantic adults usually are all dressed up, so if they are just wearing jeans it might mean they used to go out or they just broke up." --Sarah, age 9
"See if the man has lipstick on his face." -- Sandra, age 7
"It's love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it's just like how their hearts are --- on fire." -- Christine, age 9
 Titles of the love ballads you can sing to your beloved
"'How Do I Love Thee When You're Always Picking Your Nose?'" -- Arnold, age 10
"'You Are My Darling Even Though You Also Know My Sister.'" -- Larry, age 8
"'I Love Hamburgers, I Like You!'" -- Eddie, age 6
"'I Am in Love with You Most of the Time, but Don't Bother Me When I'm with My Friends.'" -- Bob, age 9
"'Hey, Baby, I Don't like Girls but I'm Willing to Forget You Are One!'" -- Will, age 7
"'Honey, I Got Your Curly Hair and Your Nintendo on My Mind.'" -- Sharon, age 9
What most people are thinking when they say "I Love You"
"The person is thinking: Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he showers at least once a day." -- Michelle, age 9
"Some lovers might be real nervous, so they are glad that they finally got it out and said it and now they can go eat." -- Dick, age 7
Concerning the origins of love
"Cupid kissed God and that got the ball rollin'." -- Julio, age 9
"One of the Greek lady gods got a crush on one of the Greek man gods. He tried to hit her with lightning and thunderbolts, but he just couldn't get her away from him ... After a while, they became the first married gods." -- Robbie, age 8
 Concerning why love happens between two particular people
"One of the people has freckles and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too." -- Andrew, age 6
"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell ... That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular." -- Mae, age 9
"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." -- Manuel, age 8
 On what falling in love is like
"Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." -- John, age 9
"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." -- Glenn, age 7
On the role of beauty and handsomeness in love
"If you want to be loved by somebody who isn't already in your family, it doesn't hurt to be beautiful." -- Anita C., age 8
"It isn't always just how you look. Look at me. I'm handsome like anything and I haven't got anybody to marry me yet." -- Brian, age 7
"Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time." -- Christine, age 9
How do people in love typically behave?
"Mooshy ... like puppy dogs ... except puppy dogs don't wag their tails nearly as much." -- Arnold, age 10
"When a person gets kissed for the first time, they fall down and they don't get up for at least an hour." -- Wendy, age 8
"All of a sudden, the people get movies fever so they can sit together in the dark." -- Sherm, age 8
 Concerning why lovers often hold hands
"They want to make sure their rings don't fall off because they paid good money for them." -- Gavin, age 8
"They are just practicing for when they might have to walk down the aisle someday and do the holy matchimony thing." -- John, age 9
Confidential opinions about love
"I'm in favor of love as long as it doesn't happen when 'Dinosaurs' is on television." -- Jill, age 6
"Love is foolish ... but I still might try it sometime." -- Floyd, age 9
"Yesterday I kissed a girl in a private place ... We were behind a tree." -- Carey, age 7
"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me." -- Dave, age 8
"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough." -- Regina, age 10
 The personal qualities you need to have in order to be a good lover
"Sensitivity don't hurt." -- Robbie, age 8
"One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills." -- Ava, age 8
Some surefire ways to make a person fall in love with you
"Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores." -- Del, age 6
"Shake your hips and hope for the best." -- Camille, age 9
"Yell out that you love them at the top of your lungs ... and don't worry if their parents are right there." -- Manuel, age 8
"Don't do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain't the same thing as love." -- Alonzo, age 9
"One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it's something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me." -- Bart, age 9