Friday, August 21, 2009

Busker Festival Lawrence





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A Busker is a street entertainer who receives payment from the audience after the performance. The picture is an individual who set up on the sidewalk. Lawrence had two areas where the acts were more or less scheduled. We had a fun evening. The kids loved it.

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If choosing love or hate, I would waiver and say I have a  friendship.

I should clarify that, I could say love, but the styles…  Those that know me are saying, Yeah, like she’s so stylish.  Actually, they do look pretty good with my predominate wardrobe of jeans, but not what I would choose and pay big bucks at that.

Here’s the deal.  Sometime around the winter of 1996, I was snow skiing and tore the Meniscus in my left knee.  Daughter Kim, who is a physical therapist,  said if I exercise that knee/leg properly, I should be able to avoid surgery.  Fast forward 13 years.  Still am doing well with the knee.  The only change is that I can easily tell when I need new shoes. 

I am diligent in indulging myself in new shoes whenever that knee tells me.  Now that I am retired and sandals are acceptable, I brought my Berk sandals back out for the summer.  I am pleasantly surprised at how well my knee feels after wearing them all day.  And, these are an old pair—the color of the paint on them tells me that.

When Footprints in Lawrence ran a sale recently, I purchased a pair for winter.  I wanted them to look good with black or brown.  You have to admit, pretty ugly.  But, better than a sore knee.

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The white socks aren’t helping the overall look, either.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

LOST but catching up

When the television show LOST first started, we did not miss an episode.  Season two we were still hanging in there.  At some point, we quit watching.  I thought it was season three. 

I checked with the library and they had the entire season three on DVDs so I put my name on the list.  They arrived last week.

First, this is the way to watch television.  No ads.  It takes almost 45 minutes to watch an episode.  That means if we watched it live, there would be 15 minutes of commercials.  TiVo is looking better all the time.

Second, so far I’ve seen the first two shows.  I guess we must have watched Season three after all.  I know how it ends, too.  That is ruining it for me.  I hated that water tank ending.

Finally, tonight I decided to just take Season three back and put my name on the list for season four.  I don’t think this program has too many years to go.  It was innovative when it started.  I am anxious to see where they take it. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Touch of Gray

A television ad just informed me that, because I have a touch of gray, I am intelligent, possess great vitality and still am in touch with people much younger than me. 

Wait, I don’t think this ad was directed toward me or any other woman.  The women in the commercial appeared young with great hair.  It was the men who were told to use the product to give them a touch of gray, which of course, would make them distinguished.

The fact that anyone would assume a man has certain beneficial traits because of his graying hair is about as absurd as those who think a woman is old because she has chosen to allow her hair to turn gray naturally. 

Truth is, that is actually the way it is.  Women are encouraged to cover any graying with color to stay young.  Remember the old, “Does she or doesn’t she?”

My hair is what some would call “salt and pepper.” I do have a totally gray area above my right eye, though.   I suggested to a stylist once that maybe I would have her bleach my hair so I have a white streak from that point back across my head.  She said, “Go for it.  It will make you look young.” 

Go figure.

Monday, August 17, 2009

New Computer

I ended up having to get a new computer.  My computer guy retrieved most of the information from the old one.  Thankfully.

One thing I did lose is Microsoft Office.  I use it a lot and will miss it if I can’t figure out how to get it installed.  It is too expensive to buy so I’ll see what I can do.

This computer isn’t too expensive.  Honestly, a good laptop is much more expensive than a desktop.  I am running Vista, which I said I didn’t want to do.  However, I guess I should tip toe into it.  They told me I should go with the newest program because the computer will out last XP. 

I spent several hours sorting cords and connecting them together.  It is clean and tidy under my desk now.  I set the tower up on my desk.  It fits well and maybe I’ll be prompted to keep it cleaner.

I know I’ll get used to it and it will serve my purposes fine. 

Sunday, August 16, 2009

What’s going on here?

I have hardly mentioned our trip to Colorado to install new windows in Doug & Drue’s home.  Probably it would be best to just link to Trent and Carly’s Trail blog site and invite you to watch the little videos we made.  That mostly tells it all.  Except for the picnic at Fox Run Regional Park with Dan Trent and Carly’s personal participation in the great (big) crawdad hunt.

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The trip west also included seeing Troy Tulowitzki hit a cycle at Coors Field during a Rockies game. (A cycle is a single, double, triple and homerun). Although family members were pleased minus the usual camera in their face, I was disappointed not to have anything other than my cell phone to record the rare feat

The tickets were “corporate style” in that Doug acquired them through his job.  I’ll probably never sit seven rows up from the field at third base again.  We could see the unhappy expressions of the Chicago Cubs as they walked into the dug out.  .

After a non eventful eight hour drive home, the grand boys and I had several huge successes with fishing.  That trip also included a nice long swim at the Clinton Lake beach both recorded in pictures below.  A trip to the Overbrook parade last night was almost a soggy bust.  Luckily, the clouds parted and candy rained down.

Its Sunday and I’m trying to get organized for the week ahead.  We have a big project going here at home and progress needs to happen big time this week.  I’ll be keeping you informed on that ahead.