Friday, February 27, 2009

OK everyone, I am officially on vacation now to celebrate our 25th anniversary, so this will be my last post for a week. May I just say "Woo Hoo"! If the Celebrity Solstice sinks or is attacked by pirates, have a bagel in our memory.
  • Welcome back to Bill T and his family from the Grand Caymans.
  • Bon Voyage to Patty who sails on March 8th. Have a great time!
  • Good luck to Jeff taking the icy plunge tomorrow.
  • Thanks to my wonderful Mom and Dad for watching over the house and family until Katelyn arrives on Tuesday to help out. x o x o x ox
  • I am busy packing, and was shocked to learn that I can't bring any of the items listed below onboard. Now I have to change some of my recreational plans with Harold. Oh well....
What not to Pack For the safety of our guests, the following items are not allowed onboard:

Irons / Steamers


Illegal drugs

Coffee makers

Electrical Transformers

Flammable liquids and explosives, such as fireworks or pyrotechnics.

Firearms including non-firing weapons and starting pistols including BB guns, air guns, gun lighters, flare guns, gun power, and pellet guns

Ammunition, including bullets, shot or missile that can be fired using a propellant

Imitation or replica weapons, including de-commissioned weapons or those not capable of being fired that are obviously not children's toys

Taser or electronic stun guns

Pepper or mace sprays

Telescopic or regular batons

Martial arts equipment (flails, throwing stars, etc.)

Compressed gas bottles/cylinders (dive tanks are allowed if they are empty and medical gas bottles are allowed)

Diver spear gun

Fuel of any kind

Knives with blades longer than 4 inches

Lockback serrated knives of any length

Disguised knives such as belt buckles, flick knives, or hunting knives

Axes and hatchets


Thursday, February 26, 2009

You're from Maryland and over 40 when....

From John should write your own blog!
  • You rode on street cars.
  • You remember the Bay Belle cruise that took you to Betterton and Tolchester beaches before the Bay Bridge was built.
  • You watched on TV the shows Duckpins for Dollars, The Collegians, Pinbusters . . .
  • You also watched the Buddy Deane Show and Romper Room and Stu Kerr as Professor Cool.
  • You know how to pronounce 'Towson.'
  • You remember what the Inner Harbor looked like before it was the Inner Harbor.
  • You remember when White Marsh was just a marsh!
  • You ate at Pollack Johnnie's, Bel-Loc Diner, Little Tavern, Gino's, Read's . . ..
  • You remember Friendship Airport.
  • You remember driving over the old Kent Narrows Draw-Bridge that snarled weekend traffic coming home from the Ocean.
  • You love the Domino Sugar sign you can see across the harbor and the Bromo Seltzer Tower.
  • You remember the rotating restaurant on top of the Holiday Inn on Light Street.
  • You know Annapolis and Hopkins are national treasures, and you get a kick out of hearing them named in movies or TV.
  • You know B&O is not body odor.
  • You remember the wonderful spicy downtown smell of McCormick's.
  • Every kitchen has a can of Old Bay and King Syrup.
  • You refer to your state as 'Murilyn.'
  • You and your Mom shopped at Braeger Gutman's, Hutzler's, Stewart's, The May Company, Epstein's, Woolworth's . . .
  • Shopping on The Avenue meant Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown.
  • You know where 'Downey Ocean' is.
  • You remember the Civic Center, Gwynn Oak Park, and Carlin's Park.
  • You know Pam Shriver is from Maryland.
  • You know how to eat steamed crabs, but also know how to tell the males from the females.
  • You don't think that Assawoman Bay is a strange name.
  • M R Ducks makes perfect sense.
  • You have fond memories of Memorial Stadium.
  • You still root for the Orioles even when they aren't doing well.
  • Everybody knows what a 'zink' and 'payment' are.
  • When anywhere else, you can only laugh when you see signs saying 'Maryland Crab Cakes!'
  • You say 'Blare Road' for Bel Air Road
  • You remember Jerry Turner and Al Sanders.
  • You remember Oprah and Richard Sher together in the mornings on Ch-13.
  • Vince Bagli was 'the' sports announcer on TV.
  • You remember Mayor Schaeffer swimming with the seals at the National Aquarium.
  • You swore Frank Perdue kinda looked like one of his tender chickens.
  • You know which bridge they're talking about when someone says, 'The bridge traffic is backed up.'
  • You revere the names of Johnny U, Brooks , Frank, Boog and Cal!
  • AND:You actually understand all of these and pass them on to other Marylanders to enjoy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Feel Your Boobies

Our mission: Feel Your Boobies® is a breast cancer non-profit organization whose mission is to utilize unexpected and unconventional methods to remind young women, to "feel their boobies".

Glenn kindly sent me the above public service announcement. But I noticed that the reminder was only aimed at young women. So mature, older women like myself will probably want to wear a scarf like those shown below as a reminder. Thanks for the photo, John S.

So young and old alike, feel your boobies!
Congratulations to Alonyah on starting a new job today. All of your friends at Sam's miss you!

Don't forget about Jeff's polar plunge for Special Olympics this Saturday. Scroll down to an earlier post for the link to Jeff's website. You can donate online to this worthy cause.
When I checked yesterday, Jeff had nearly met his $500 goal.
Also yesterday, the temperature in Oakland, Md, was a balmy 15 degrees. Brrrr.

Glenn sent us this link for all to review the text of President Obama's speech last night at Thanks for keeping us informed.

For those of you who desire to waste even more time than spent in reading this blog, join Facebook at There you can easily connect with old and new friends. Glenn, Doug, and I are lurking there so be sure to "friend" us.

Who knew that we were supposed to celebrate all of the following this month?
Black History Month
American Heart Month
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
National Time Management Month
Library Lovers Month
Plant The Seeds Of Greatness Month
National Weddings Month
National Parent Leadership Month
National Youth Leadership Month
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
Aggressive Driving Month
Workplace Eye Safety Month
Burn Awareness Month

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

That One Kid

There is always one kid in class that the teacher is afraid to call on because you don't know what he/she will say or do. In the photo below, you should easily be able to pick out him out. The direction was, "Make a funny face for the camera".........

You can click on the picture to enlarge it. And you wonder why I stay in the education field.

Monday, February 23, 2009

I Don't Write 'em, I Just Post 'em

1. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?
Unique Up On It.

2. How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit?
Tame Way.

3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest??
They Take The Psycho Path. (Hi Dr. Mike)

4. How Do You Get Holy Water?
You Boil The Hell Out Of It.

5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall?

6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?

7. What Do You Call a Boomerang that doesn't work?
A Stick

8. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours?
Nacho Cheese.

9. What Do You Call Santa's Helpers?
Subordinate Clauses.

10. What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand?
Quattro Sinko.

11. What Do You Get From a Pampered Cow?
Spoiled Milk.?

12. What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire?

13. What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And Twitches?
A Nervous Wreck.

14. What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup?
Anyone Can Roast Beef.

15. Where Do You Find a Dog With No Legs?
Right Where You Left Him.

16. Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils?
Because They Have Big Fingers?.

17. Why Don't Blind People Like To Sky Dive?
Because It Scares The Dog.

18. What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic?

19. What Is The Difference Between a Harley And a Hoover?
The Location Of The Dirt Bag.

20. Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Always Fall Down?
Because They Wore Their Belt Buckle On Their Hat.

21. What's The Difference Between a Bad Golfer And a Bad Skydiver?
A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack, Dang!
A Bad Skydiver Goes Dang! Whack?!

22. How are a Texas Tornado and a Tennessee Divorce the same?
Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer

National Pancake Day

About National Pancake Day
February 24, 2009

Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly two million dollars to support charities in the communities in which it operates. With your help, they hope to raise $1,000,000 for Children’s Miracle Network in 2009!

From 7 am to 10 am tomorrow, stop by International House of Pancakes for a free short stack of their buttermilk pancakes. All they ask is that you consider making a donation to the Children's Miracle Network or your favorite charity.
Just out of curiousity, I missed National Bagel and Lox Day (February 9th). But today, Feb. 23rd, the following are celebrated:
Who knew?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Underwear as Outerwear

How did our friend Tom in Las Vegas know about our ongoing discussion, underwear as outerwear? Check out the link below for an interesting article:

They're Back! Those Wonderful Church Bulletins!

Best wishes to Bill T and family who are in thr Cayman Islands as I write this. Have fun!

Thanks to Bill W. who passed along a beautiful mirror to hang in my home.

from John S

Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services (Summer, 2007 Release).

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
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Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I Will Not Pass This Way Again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
The Rector will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing: 'Break Forth Into Joy.'---------------------------------------------------------
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24th in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - Prayer and medication to follow.
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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.----------------------------------- ------ -----------------
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday : 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours'