Wednesday, April 30, 2008
For Brooke, she is a much better studio artist than a live performer. She is more of a song-writer singer, than a pop star. She is more Carly Simon, than Kelly Clarkson.
I will miss her. She was a class act and went with grace, dignity and more self-awareness than most of us would have in the same situation.
I have been an iTuner for about 2 years now and I love it. Why you ask?
Lastly there is a financial benefit. I now save 82% to get music I like and 53% on music overall. Yes, iTunes has saved me each year on music. Over 2 years, I have saved $544.20 on music and I know listen to more music than ever.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I would have to say bottom 2 goes to Jason and Brooke. Goodbye, Jason. It has been a long time coming.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Tulips. And lots of them.
“I told her I ain’t so sure about this place it’s hard to play a gig in this town and keep a straight face seems like everyone here’s got a plan it’s kind of like nashville with a tan, but, every thing's gonna be all right rockabye, rockabye every thing's gonna be all right rockabye, rockabye”
— Lyrics from Shawn Mullins’s 1998 song Lullaby
From http://www.tectonictheaterproject.org/: In October 1998 Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is one of the most performed plays in America today.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Now for all my co-workers who now have 46 new emails (I counted how many I sent today)waiting for them in their in-boxes Monday morning...I apologize. I know you hate it when I get caught up on days like this as it creates a ton of work for each of you, but I had to do it.
It's snowing - what the deuce? Are you kidding me? Hello! Screw you too! Either turn on the Sun or I stop recycling.
P.S. - I am sorry for the tone of this letter, but I watched a lot of Family Guy today and it seems Stewie is (like Dale has said it would) starting to rub off on me. But really, snow and it is almost May. Why?
Yesterday on the drive home from work I found myself a bit exhausted and almost like I was coming down with something. You know, achy, tired, headache...add in stuffy and fever and I would have been a NyQuil ad.
I came home at 5:15 PM and ate dinner that Dale had so kindly prepared. I then lied down on the couch around 6:00 PM to take a little nap. Dale work me at 11 PM to go to bed. I changed, brushed my teeth, took out my contacts and went right to sleep. I woke up at 7 AM this morning feeling much better.
I guess my body decided to catch up on the sleep I had been missing during the week. I am a firm believer in listening to your body. If you body says you are tired, you should probably sleep. If you body says you are hungry, you should probably eat. If your body says you need new shoes, you should probably go shopping. Well, you get the picture.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Although our backyard is small due to the pond and lots of plants, Zoe makes the most the grass and loves to do laps back and forth. It is a joy to watch. The pictures do not do the speed and intensity she generates justice.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
America did not necessarily get the bottom 2 right tonight with Syesha and Carly. I think Syesha did not deserve to be there as she was the best last night and continues to surprise every week. She has shown huge improvement. Carly was good last night. If I had to pick anyone to leave it would be Jason.
I did predict Carly in the bottom 3, but not her going home. However, I am no that sad, as I thought it would be Brooke. I like Brooke a lot, so I am glad she is staying another week. Even though she struggles she is good in the studio (I know it is a live performance show) and I like her music.
I predicted this as the top 5 a few weeks back:
2. David C.
5. David A.
Okay, I am wrong since 2 are already gone. I think the top 5 will end up in this order.
1. David C.
2. David A.
It will come down to the Davids and hopefully the 12 year old David A. does not win, even though it will make Dale happy.
What does everyone else think will be the order of the Top 5.
It was an amazing way to thank Indigio and all the staff was so appreciative. The gang from Denver Botanic Gardens went as far as to serve everyone lunch, so they could personally thank everyone. They are such an amazing group and are wonderful to have as clients. They are truly a class act.
Dale and I sat with the Denver Botanic Gardens Team while they ate and this was the first time we met many of them, so it was nice. Often with a new group of people you look for things to talk about. Usually it is Colorado, weather and small talk like that. Today that was not the case and was a lot more fun. We ended up all talking about trash TV.
You know, trashy TV shows we all watch, but never admit to anyone. Shows like the Hills, Tela Tequila's A Shot at Love, Rock of Love, My Super Sweet 16, Pimp by Ride, Big Brother, etc. It was great fun and everyone had a lot of fun with the discussion. It was silly, but so human. We all watch those shows...otherwise why would they keep getting renewed each season. It was fun to see a group of people so comfortable with each other that they could joke, he honest and have fun.
My thanks to Robin, Doris and the whole Team at the Gardens for a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon.
So it got me thinking about the Olympics and the spirit they represent. Do people think it is fair for the Olympics to allow their event be hosted by a country that does not follow based human rights for people? Does that matter to the Olympics? Should it?
I personally do not know the answer. I personally hate to see an event that represents countries coming together to unite and present their best athletes be so plagued by controversy. It is tough. I also hate to see anyone people oppress and not allowed to be free and decide their own leadership. It is tough.
What does everyone else think?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Syesha (9.5 out of 10)
My score: 10 out of 10 - AMAZING! She looks beautiful, did a great job & truly showed more personality than we have seen all season. Wonderful. She may not win this show, but she will be a Broadway star. You felt her confidence tonight.
Dale's score: 9 out of 10 - Very good; she looks great and could be on Broadway tomorrow.
Jason (2.5 out of 10)
My score: 2 out of 10 - Time to go home Jason, time to go home.
Dale's score: 3 out of 10 - Snore; painful.
Brooke (4.5 out of 10)
My score: 4 out of 10 - Now I really like Brooke, but this is not the first time she has had to re-start a song, which is not great for a live audience. She rocks in the studio and all her performances on iTunes are so much better than the live version. Unfortunate. This performance may mean the end of Brooke.
Dale's score: 5 out of 10 - It seems forced; I don't like her sitting down; oh good she stood up. The dress does not fit the song; the dress seems happy, spring in the meadow and the song is not.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I heard this song the other day and was surprised it came out a few years ago and I missed it. I am not a huge fan of Moby, but still a fan and thought I would have known about a duet with him and Debbie Harry. Anyhow, the song is great, so I checked out YouTube and came across this VERY FUNNY video. Worth watching.
- The return of sandals. I hate shoes and I especially hate socks. I wear shoes and socks just to be socially accepted and because my feet are not that pretty. If I could wear sandals everyday, everywhere and whenever I wanted - I probably would.
- The switch from hot chai tea lattes to iced chai tea lattes at Starbucks. Personally, I prefer my chai tea iced, but in the Fall/Winter the need for something hot makes me switch. I hold off as long as I can. I also recommend light ice when ordering, as if you do not, Starbucks so kindly gives you 3/4th of a cup of ice and 1/4th of a cup of actual chai tea.
- The blooming of the flowers and plants in our yard. I hate our backyard in the Winter, mostly because it is so beautiful, relaxing and a retreat in the Summer. Right now things are starting to take off. Some of my favorites are starting to see life like our Weeping Pussy Willow tree and Magnolia bush.
- The sound of the Ice Cream Man. Although we rarely ever utilized his services, it is always fun to hear him coming. We saw on ice cream truck yesterday, so it seems official - it is Spring. The ice cream man always reminds me of childhood and the excitement you feel when you hear those bells.
- The return of our neighbors. No, they did not leave in the Winter...but it does seem like we all hibernate. We rarely see any of our neighbors from November through March, unless we drive by each other. Once the daffodils bloom, it seems like the neighbors wipe the sleep from their eyes and step outdoors for a hello.
- Breaking out the leashes. We are bad parents. We rarely walk our dogs between November and March due to the temperatures and weather. They are restricted to getting their exercise at doggie-daycare. Once the weather breaks, they get a lot more evening walks during the week and more play on the weekend.
- Elvira goes topless. No, she is not some chick we know or a slutty neighbor, even though that would make a better story. She is the Mini Cooper convertible we purchased last Fall and this Spring she has grown to become on of my favorite past times. I never saw myself as a "convertible guy" but I love her. I love having the top down and the sun against my small (but ever growing) bald spot. The wind in your hair is so addictive and I do not know how I lived without her.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the patio. I love when Dale and I get to sit on our back patio and eat. It is nice to be able to dine outside and it is especially wonderful when Dale uses the grille. I am not allowed to use the grille as it hates me and has tried to burn my eyebrows several times.
- Having a life during the week. With the later sunset, it finally feels like you can have a life again Monday through Thursday. In the Winter it gets dark so early, so it feels like all you do is work and go home. This time of year, it feels like you can actually do things after work.
- Sleeping with the windows open. I personally love fresh air. Heat and air-conditioning can be so stuffy. I love the air at night, the sound of our pond and the cool Spring breeze that you get for the next few months before you need air conditioning. We slept last night with all the bedroom windows open and it was heavenly.
- Sneezing, watery eyes and a sore throat. Yes, I suffer from allergies or hay fever as some call it. I am allergic to the dust and dander in the grass and trees. When Dale cuts the lawn, my options are 1) close all the windows and hide inside, 2) go grocery shopping or 3) rip out my eyes. I usually go with options 1 and 2.
- Yard work. Although Dale handles 80% of this, every so often he gets fed up with me and makes me pitch in. I try to hold to my "I do the inside" and "You do the outside" rule, but that only lasts so long. I am not a yard work kind of guy. Firstly, my allergies do not help, but most of all it is hard work and usually in the hot sun. Not fun. Speaking of that...I am heading outside in the next few minutes to clean out our pond for Spring.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
This site is more than just a redesign, as it is a completely new platform, enhanced site structure, revised flow, updated content, plus many other impressive changes. This truly is a transformation from the Gardens’ previous site with the sole goal being simplifying the web site to ensure visitors and members are able to find the most relevant information for their upcoming visit. Again, this followed Indigio’s motto that less is more and simplicity is key.
My thanks to the Project Team - Sara Pacheco (design/strategy), Mike Minton (development/strategy), Wayne Rodgers (content integration), Scott Holdeman (navigation implementation), David French (structural markup), Ander Murane (copywriting), Ryan Hadley (IT), Jack Hylton (IT), Ronnie Guidry (Google Analytics), Brandon Hess (SEO), Jim Halligan (SEO) and Becki Dilworth (strategy) for making this site a reality. Your hard work is seen in every page. My thanks to Tim Higgins, our CEO, for allowing Indigio to be involved in such a wonderful organization as Denver Botanic Gardens.
Also, thank you to Doris Boardman, Web Technology Manager and Robin Doerr, Director of Marketing/PR who lead this project at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Your support, dedication and acceptance of change was truly a blessing. We look forward to working with you in the months and years to come as the Gardens continues to be sustainable for generations to come.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Week one I did great losing 7 pounds.
Week two is always the biggest struggle for me in any past diet and I usually end up not losing any weight in week 2. Knowing this, I set a low goal of us 2 pounds this week. I am happy to report that I did in fact lose weight this week and actually lost the 2 pounds, bringing my total to 9 pounds. That means I have hit 25% of my goal. Yeah!
My goal this week is 3 more pounds. My thanks to everyone, especially Dale, who has been supportive. A special thanks to my friend John who is joining my challenge and is trying to lose 18 pounds by June 22nd. Good luck John.
Overall it was a good movie. Far from great cinema, but very enjoyable for $5 each. The cast was believable, the storyline was good and the past of the movie worked.
For those of you unaware, 21 is the story of a group of MIT wiz kids who hit Las Vegas on weekends to count cards playing blackjack.
The movie is based on the book, Bringing Down the House, but the book took place at a time before most casinos used computers to track players by face recognition. The movie goes with the assumption that wearing disguises to hit the same hotel could exist today.
But still, if you are looking for a good movie, that is neither deep or involves a ton of killing - this is a safe bet.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Since I had spumoni with dinner, I was good and skipped the chai tea latte in favor of steamed apple juice when we all went for coffee. Yes, steamed apple juice...the sign that my diet and old age are getting the best of me.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Brooke - Safe; good call.
David C. - Safe; even though he was not great this week, I am not surprised he is safe.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Subject: How much ya wanna bet???
That his barber was trying to make small talk with him??? (bad of me...very vey bad!)
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. - Elie Wiesel
Dale's Bottom 3: Carly, Jason and Brooke with Carly* going home.
There has been a lot of press the past few days on China's handling of the passing of the Olympic torch around the world, especially in London, England. I felt this cartoon summed it up perfectly. I follow the blog The Rut which created it.
Monday, April 7, 2008
It remember these commercials like it was yesterday, but have no memories of Chiffon margarine. I came from a Land O' Lakes butter family, so maybe that is why. We did not eat margarine. Dale makes me now.
I used to love this commercial. My family never used a dry cleaner when we were kids, but it made me want to. We used Tide too. I wanted Calgon.
Remember when answering machines came out. I remember wanting this tape. We never got it. I remember how big our first answering machine was. So funny looking back now.
When micromachines became popular I was too old, but I loved the fast-talking commercials and used to try to imitate.
Growing up, I liked these commercials and Wendy's seemed fancy to me. We lived close to McDonalds and Burger King, so Wendy's was a drive. Somehow I equated a longer drive to mean fancy. Not sure why. I remember sometimes my parents would get Wendy's drive-thru and then take us to the Albany airport to watch planes take off and land. I used to love it. Okay, I was a weird kid.
Any you can remember from your childhood. For those older readers like Dale, do you remember any radio commercials you liked. Just kidding Dale!
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I can't believe how much the chain moves.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
- I reduced the sizes of my lunch and dinner portions.
- I increased the frequency of my eating, trying to eat six times throughout the day to keep my metabolism high.
- I increased the numbers of fruits and vegetables in my meals.
- I drank more water.
- I made sure to start the day with a good breakfast.
- I selected healthier options when available, for example I selected an egg white omelette rather than just an omelette.
- I worked out three times last week.
- I tried to be more active when I can, for example I selected parking spaces further away so I got in some extra steps.
What's on the agenda for today?
- Quickly picking up/cleaning the house
- Walking the dogs
- Grocery shopping
- A little yard work
- Taking Elvira for a drive with her top down
- Enjoying the beautiful weather
It is already 9:45 AM and I have already made dinner for the week. Yeah me.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I think Dale and I will get some tickets for some nice lazy Sunday, summer games. My favorite time for baseball.
My favorite part tonight, as always was the people. Not matter where you sit, you always have those die-hard fans that are so much fun to watch.
My thanks to Tim Higgins for the tickets.
- Michael Johns
- David Cook
- Carly Smithson
- Brooke White
- David Archuletta
I have to say Brooke and Carly's studio versions are amazing. I would buy their CDs. The same with David Cook. I think Michael is not as strong as I have felt. It made me switch Brooke and Michael in my mind.
- Brooke White (+3)
- David Cook (even)
- Carly Smithson (even)
- Michael Johns (-3)
- David Archuletta (even)
- David Cook
- David Archuletta
- Carly Smithson
- Michael Johns
- Brooke White
This video is from 2001 and when Steve Jobs first introduced the iPod. It is funny it has been 7 years already. I know it changed music for me. How?
I never buy whole CDs anymore; I not just download the songs I like
I listen to more music than even
At $0.99 I am more willing to explore new music.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
- The Idolers did good singing 9 to 5. I bet Kristy and Brooke both wished they could have sung it last night, as the song is perfect for both of them.
- The viewer questions are so damn stupid. The need to stop them. It is a waste of time.
- The show former Idolers doing country and don't show Josh Gracin, come on!
- I don' think I ever heard Bo Bice talk so much; did he ever speak his season?
- Dolly can still sing at 62...she is enjoyable.
Michael - safe; good choice.
David A. - safe; understandable, but I still think he is over-rated.
Carly - safe; excellent news!
David C. - Sofa, safety. Yeah.
Ramiele - Bottom. I was right. Dale was wrong. She is sweet, but not a winner.
Kristy - Bottom. We both picked her. I like her, but she thinks she should go home, so if sh can't believe in herself, how can she expect America.
Syesha - Safe; good call America; she is so much better than Kristy, Ramiele and Jason.
Brooke - damn! This is so wrong. She is not bottom 3; she is in my top 4. Come on.
Jason - safe; Not good. He should be in a coffee shop, not on American Idol.
*please note - I am now pissed.
So we have a bottom three of Ramiele, Kristy and Brooke. I am not happy about Brooke.
Brooke back to safety; I am less pissed at America, but still not happy that she was there.
Okay, Kristy is back to the couch and Ramiele is out. I think she is actually better than Kristy, but let's be honest...both are not going to win so Ramiele, then Kristy or Kristy, then Ramiele...both need to go home. However, I was right on Ramiele going home next.
My picks on the final 8 are:
- David C.
- David A.
Dale's picks on the final 8 are:
- David A.
- David C.
Dale is wrong (my opinion). We both have the same next bottom 3, so let's hope we are right about that.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Our thoughts on Dolly Parton:
Tom - I like her; she seems real; she has a good plastic surgeon, unlike Priscilla Presley; she said Jason was funky looking...she calls it like she sees it; I like her for that. I love it when Dolly laughs...it always makes me smile.
Dale - Dolly Parton looks good for 62. Gosh, she has lasted through the years, not many people can do that. (yes, Dale actually said gosh.)
Out thoughts on the Idolers:
My score: 6 out of 10 - For her voice and style, Jolene was a good choice; not a favorite song of mine, but I like the blue grass feel to it overall.
Dale's score: 5 out of 10 - not memorable.
My score: 8 out of 10 - A good song choice for him considering the genre; I liked that he made it his own; very soulful.
Dale's score: 7 out of 10 - He is not screaming like past performances, which is good.
My score: 5 out of 10 - Cute, bouncy - but I would never pay to listen to this song and I think I would change the radio if it came on.
Dale's score: 5 out of 10 - Not a lot of range; more entertaining than Brooke's song.
My score: 4 out of 10 - I just don't like him; he is too coffee shop for me.
Dale's score: 4 out of 10 - Not impressed; 3,000 Dolly Parton songs and that is the best you got.
My score: 9 out of 10 - I love Here You Come Again; great song. I feel like she made it her own and soulful. I wished Carly dressed differently for this song...a bit more dressy.
Dale's score: 8 out of 10 - I like it!
My score: 7 out of 10 - I still feel he is over-rated, but I think this was a good, solid performance.
Dale's score: 9 out of 10 - I think he did a great job; he connected with the song. I like him because he is wholesome.
My score: 6 out of 10 - I love the hair and the dress; she looks like a star, but unfortunately, not the best performance; good, but not great.
Dale's score: 7 out of 10 - She looks good; seems like she sped up the song; I do not like the no shoes.
My score: 8 out of 10 - You know she got the song she wanted; it allows for more R&B; she looks great and it is a good performance; hard to out-sing Whitney, but that was one hell of an ending note.
Dale's score: 8 out of 10 - Hair and look is a bit Whitney. That may be the best tonight.
My score: 9 out of 10 - He just looks like a star already like he is the cool front man for a band; he made the song his own and gave it a gospel, church-rock feel to it. The boy can sing.
Dale's score:6 out 10 - Not much there.
Here are our predictions for tomorrow night based on how we think America will vote:
My Bottom 3: Ramiele, Jason and Kristy with Ramiele going home.
Dale's Bottom 3: Syesha, Jason and Kristy with Kristy going home.