We worked hard to get the area cleaned up yesterday. I took a vacation day as did Mariann and we spent the hours from 0700 to 1730 putting in back in order. The flower boxes at the back side of the pool will be filled this evening and the bushes still need some trimming but we’re ready for swimming. The weather has been so good for the pool this year I hope it continues. When we pour the concrete, the decking will come out. We may not get to the concrete untill 2011. We’ve got to pay off the liner first… Cheers and stop by if you’re in the area.
June 25, 2010
“…There’s no way you can head up an office if you don’t believe in what the office is supposed to do,” Curtis Collier of U.S. Border Watch…”
June 24, 2010
CINCO DE MAYO NIXES STARS AND STRIPES? WTF? MEXICAN STUDENTS AND STUDENTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS SHOULD BE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS FIRST! THEN, CELEBRATE YOUR HERITAGE… SCHOOL OFFICIALS FAIL!!!
This was on our home page this morning. I think it’s a very nice thing to do. Only the names have been changes to protect their identitiy and certain peoples employment…
A Message from [Leader of SCIC]
I have been a part of this wonderful organization since 1992, and over these almost 20 years, I have become convinced that there is something very special – even extraordinary – about the SCIC family. If it’s possible for an organization to have a spirit, I believe we do. It is carried in the hearts of more than 30,000 employees who feel an unusual connection, an attachment almost, to the organization. It is extraordinary, and it is one of the elements that make working here so very exceptional.
I’m sorry to share with all of you the sad news that one of our own has lost one of her own in service to our country. We learned that Ben Osborn, the son of Beverly Osborn of our Glens Falls, New York office, was killed in service in Afghanistan. Ben’s funeral service will be held later today. I know that all of you will feel deeply for the entire Osborn family as they mourn the loss of their son.
I recognize that there may be other members of employees’ families who have served and been lost. If you have lost a family member in active service, please send me a comment through this link, and we will post the names of others who have died serving our country so that we can recognize them all.
I also want to embrace a tradition that began during World War I but that carried throughout the wars of the 20th century. Flags were displayed from homes, businesses, schools and churches to indicate, through the use of a blue star on the flag, each active service member in the U.S. military. If a family received notification that their loved one had been lost, the star was changed to a gold star.
For the next year, our company stationery will be printed with a small star at the bottom of the page. The star will have no explanation, but it won’t need one. We will all understand that it is a silent recognition of Ben’s and others’ remarkable service, and it will serve as a daily reminder to all of us – about the service of all young men and women who stand in harm’s way every day.
My wife, [Leader-in-law], and I extend our sincere condolences to the entire Osborn family and to other families who have lost loved ones in the service of our country, and we hope that the wonderful memories of these sons and daughters will warm their hearts.
June 20, 2010
Someone got me a new lap top for Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all.
Here is the most annoying thing in the world. The only thing worse than soccer with hissing bees in the background is soccer with the sound turned off…
Enjoy your freedoms.
June 10, 2010
June 8, 2010
Great Images Here:
Like this one which brings a tear to your eye (Click to enlarge):
June 7, 2010
• “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”
• “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
• “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
• “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
• “I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.”
• “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.”
• “I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
• “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
• “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
• “Never mistake activity for achievement.”
• “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
• “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”
• “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
• “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”
John Wooden (1910 – 2010)
June 4, 2010
I have recently stated playing tennis again after a 17 year hiatus. It feels good and I am hitting pretty well. I used to be a very solid advanced player. The workouts I am getting are significant better than my jogging, gyms visits and anything else I have been doing lately.
Last night however, I was playing a game in the Small Cubicle Insurance Company Softball League and I may have fractured my 4th metacarpal at or near where it meets the carpals… I hope it is not fractured and just jammed or sprained etc.
I had planned on living tennis this summer… Maybe it’ll still be that way, we’ll see.
===== UPDATE =====
I saw the doctor and after examining the hand felt it was necessary to take x-rays. The end result is that there is no fracture. He said that this is an irritation due to an extra bone in my hand that was irritated and inflamed due to the trauma of hitting the ball during the softball game. It’s called “carpal bose” <-- French... The internet has is as 'boss' but that is incorrect. He is the info on it:
The carpal boss: an overview of radiographic evaluation.
W F Conway, J M Destouet, L A Gilula, H W Bellinghausen and P M Weeks
The carpal boss, an unmovable bony protuberance, is located on the dorsum of the wrist at the base of the second and third metacarpals adjacent to the capitate and trapezoid bones. This bony prominence may represent degenerative osteophyte formation and/or the presence of an os styloideum, an accessory ossification center that occurs during embryonic development. When this condition is symptomatic, patients present with complaints of pain and limitation of motion of the affected hand. The symptoms of carpal boss may result from an overlying ganglion or bursitis, an exterior tendon slipping over this bony prominence, or from osteoarthritic changes at this site. Radiographically, the view that best profiles the separate os styloideum is a lateral view utilizing 30 degrees of supination and ulnar deviation of the wrist. Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment can range from the use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication and limited use of the wrist to surgical excision of the anatomic abnormality.
It will take some time to heal and then he suggests not batting as that can bring it on again and if it gets bad enough it will require surgery to remove…