Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Interesting Reading

I'm still trying to get the Comments to work, unsuccessfully at this point.  I'm also getting some pictures ready to upload from the trip that the Missus and I took downtown this weekend.  Meanwhile, here's some interesting reading about blimps.  That's right, blimps!

Mention blimps, and most Americans probably think of the Hindenburg—the doomed German airship that exploded in a ball of fire above New Jersey's Lakehurst Naval Air Station in 1937.  Or maybe the Goodyear Blimp, long a fixture high in the skies above major sporting events.  But the U.S. Navy has something else in mind: Using airships for the war on terror.
Read the rest here.

Monday, August 25, 2003

Damn Comments!  And Mars.

All right.  Comments don't work.  Time for bed.  I'll work on it some more tomorrow.  Dammit!

By the way, go outside right now and look at Mars, the Red Planet!  It's awesome!  Good night.


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Wednesday, August 14, 2003

Gym Gripes

I work out (not often enough) at Gold's Gym in Ashburn.  My favorite time to work out is about ten in the morning.  But, since now I actually have a job again, I've only been able to make it there in the evenings, when there's a little too much meat-marketeering going on for my taste.  I'm a little too old (and married) for that...dammit.  (Just kidding, honey!)  There are a few other things that bug me:

  • The Camper.  It never fails.  Just when I'm about to use the hamstrings machine for my two measly reps, some dingleberry plops down for a long extended stay, like he's camping out in Yellowstone, for rep after rep.  I want to go over and smack him around with one of those little steps they use in aerobics classes.  Get off the machine, Yogi!
  • The Sweater.  This guy stays on the rowing machine for forty minutes.  His sweat is literally puddling on the floor below him.  Ooo, look at me, I'm so sweaty.  I'm working out so hard....  Yecch!  It's disgusting!  Knock it off, Drippy!
  • The Stretch Hog.  There's a minimum amount of space set aside for stretching, so the polite thing to do is to position your mat along the edges of the area, careful to leave the maximum amount of space for other people.  There's always that one person though, who has to plop themselves right in the middle.  They don't care who they kick in the head while doing situps, do they?  No!  I bet Saddam is like that when he's stretching.
  • The Perfuminator.  Then there's the lady who wears enough perfume to kill you dead three elliptical trainers away! Ahhhhh! Ahhhhhh!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

There, I feel better now. Thanks for listening.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

My Golf Stories

There are a couple of my golf stories on, a local golf website run by a friend.  There's even a picture of me with a beard.  Check them out and let me know what you think.  The stories, not the picture.

Apollo Site

This is a site with a bunch of pictures and documents from NASA's Apollo program.  Pretty neat.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003


There was an accident today right by my building.  The left turn I needed to make was totally blocked by the cars in the accident, the police, the fire engine and the tow truck.  I was really upset that I had to turn around and head back to the next exit up the interstate.  It took me ten whole minutes to go the back way into work.  Why did they have to pick there to have their accident?

Eventually I realized how stupid and selfish I was to worry about my ten-minute detour, when somebody may have been hurt in the accident.  It's been about a year since the Missus was in a bad accident, but came out of it okay. I'd hate to think some jerk (like me) was worried about being ten minutes late on that day.

This was her car after the accident.  Click on it for a bigger version.

Christmas Present

This is what I'm getting my brother and father for Christmas.  It's a great gift for Republicans.  Democrats may prefer a lump of coal.

Monday, August 11, 2003


I added a couple of pictures today.  I also created a page of thumbnails that link to them.  Let me know if you think the pictures are too big.  Sometimes I forget that not everyone has a cable modem.  I highly recommend getting one!

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Welcome to

I'm glad you made it here.  It took me a while to get the place set up, but I'm here to stay.  This should be my home on the web for the rest of my life.  If the web is around that long...since I plan to live forever!

I promise to try and update more often.  More blitherings and blatherings!  I want to keep my faithful reader (readers?) happy.

Stay tuned.

Monday, August 04, 2003

My Dad sent me some interesting genealogical information about my ancestors—at least the ones on his mother's side. Some interesting tidbits:

  • My grandmother was one of twelve children, eleven of whom survived to adulthood; a pretty good average, I think.
  • Her grandfather (my great-great-grandfather), was born in Germany and fought in the Union Army at Antietam.  He must've gotten some leave though, since his son, my grandmother's father, was born in 1863, in the middle of the war.
  • My grandmother's grandmother (on her mother's side) was Irish and born in Baltimore in 1830.  That surprised me, because that's even before the infamous Irish Potato Famine, and the biggest wave of Irish immigration. I wonder when the Gleasons came over?

Pretty interesting stuff. To me, anyway. ;-)