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Never Forget - Remember the Blood of Heroes


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Never Forget


Whitestone Bridge - Feb 2006  
Rosanne's New Kitchen - Dec 2005 Dominick Messina Memorial page
Christmas with the Family 2005 ex-RNB'ers got together for a Christmas lunch
HTS Christmas Holiday party & special collage for PM Christmas at the Gallaghers
Frankie V 2 Year Old Birthday party Troy's Bar Mitzvah
Lou F. 25 Years of Service Friars Club roast of Don King - Donald Trump as Roast Master
AJ's Surprise 60th Birthday Party images. Godfrey Townsend and his band at the Shelter Rock Tennis Club
The Top of the Rock & Bryant Park w/NY Rangers Happy Birthday Frank - 13 Years Old
Whitestone Bridge Fall 2005 sunset Fall 2005 Data Center Operations Expanded Meeting
9.11.01 WTC NEVER FORGET Collage Malba Car show 2005
RNB/HSBC mosaic building in Manhattan and Sunset Mosaic Moe's professional boxing debut
Brandon's 4yr birthday party My Grandma
Niagara Falls Vacation - Summer 2005 Hanna's retirement party
First Tech Monmouth Park picnic July 2005 Me and Frank at the Flushing Meadows Pitch-n-Putt
Mother and Child in Vermont BBQ @Weegies - July 2005
Rosanne Vermont trip July 2005 Golf outing at the North Hills Country Club
Ro and Frank in Montauk Butterflies - Summer 2005
College Point Memorial Day Parade HTS Leadership Conference slideshow- Chicago - May 2005 (15MB) Conference Collage
Jacqueline's Communion May 2005 Sunset over New York
Frank Confirmation May 2005 & Special Collage Hanging out at Frank & Sandy's
Happy Easter March 2005 & special Easter collage Pope John Paul II memorial page - 28 Year Papacy
Meet Red - the 124th street Hawk Blizzard March 2005 collage
Dinner and evening at Bryant Park Hotel Arlette's 10 Year Old party
Blizzard January 2005 pictures Vermont Trip @Billy & Viv's - January 2005
Christmas 2004 pictures Happy New Year 2005
Vintage collage of One of me and my honey over the years Christmas dinner with John and Michelle Dec 2004
Annual Holiday party December 2004 pictures - 2 collages - my pics and KCs great shots Frankie V's 1 Year Birthday party December 2004 pictures - and a collage Franlie Vs first year
Thanksgiving 2004 pictures October Sunset pictures
Donald Trump Friars Club Roast - Oct. 2004 Bob & Nancy Eberle 25th Anniversary - Oct. 2004
Niagara Falls - Sept. 2004 Buildings of America
Cicada Nymph Emergence Summer 2004 pics Montauk Vacation 2004 pics
Barbara BD BBQ pics Nick & Dawn's block party pics
Summer 2004 Butterfly pics -  Pic1 , Pic2 , Pic3, Pic4 Vinny's 16th Birthday Party
Joe's Holy Cross High School graduation President Ronald Reagan memorial page
College Point Memorial Day Parade 2004 photos The family mourns the loss of one of our beloved cousins. Jimmy 'Rags' Brancazio - pic1 , pic2 , pic3 , pic4
HTS Leadership Conference - Chicago - May 2004 Library Way dedication - w/Willis Reed May 2004
Joey HCHS Prom May 2004 Whitestone Park May 2004
Billy and Herbal Rich Moons @ The Lizard Lounge April 2004 Frank V. Leone Christening April 2004
Orchard Beach April 2004 Gary Yucker memorial page
Astoria Park photos - April 2004 Sarah Dreslik memorial page
College Point from the air Feb. 2004 Frankie V pics. January 2004
snow storm pics from our last 2 storms - 1/15/04 and 1/18/04 Some Whitestone Bridge area pics Winter 2003- Pic1 , Pic2 , Pic3
Christmas 2003 Fall Colors @ Billy & Viv's Vermont home - Oct. 2003
BBQ @ John & Michelle's -Aug. 2003 BBQ @ the Young's home -Aug. 2003
Fun @ Billy & Viv's Vermont home -Aug. 2003 vintage pictures of Queens - http://www.queenspix.com/
Buffalo trip pics Aug 2003 New York Aquarium pics 2003
Bryant Park Hotel and Central Park 2003 photos Summer Butterfly 2003 photos
Nicole Dance Recital photos My PEZ stuff and house shots
Grace & James Wedding photos College Point Memorial Day Parade 2003 photos
Malba Car Show photos Spring Blooms 2003 photos
Christmas 2002 photos Illinois family Christmas 2002
Bryant Park Tribute to 9/11 Mark Cascia memorial page
The Who with Robert Plant opening at Jones Beach Leone Friends BBQ 2002 photos
Leone Family BBQ 2002 photos Beaver Hollow team photos or Beaver Hollow photo slideshow (8mb)
Rosanne 40th Birthday Party photos Ralph Cantalupo memorial page
Christmas 2001 photos Halloween 2001 party photos
World Trade Center Attack memorial page Billy's Surprise 40th Birthday party August 2001 photos
Spring/Summer 2001 photos Vintage photos discovered 2000
Nonny's 90th Birthday Party 2000 Back by popular demand - the Factors team
My PEZ Display Keith's Vega photos
My little monkey boy Start saving for braces Dad
I'm not listening to you The House on the Hill (College Point)
Whitestone Bridge (winter 2000) Montauk Lighthouse

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also check out Krumb's photo site, contains some vintage material of some of the boyzz.

Archived Material -

1999 thru Nov. 2001

1999 thru June 2003

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Never Forget - Remember the Blood of Heroes

What's New

bulletI'm at my new ISP now, so there may be some broken links or missing images. If you notice any, and if you are so inclined, drop me an email to let me know. I will also work to clean things up a bit, archive some more material, and try to re-work the site a bit. It should be much faster now as well. Stay tuned, and be patient.
bulletEvery so often we should experience this link, please do so now, and remember to Never Forget - Remember the Blood of Heroes
bulletMy oldest boy Jack made the Dean's list at QCC. I hear that's a good thing. We are very proud of this guy. We love him a helluva lot too.
bulletCheck out the kool Easter Egg PEZ for this year.
bulletWe had more snow fall the other day, here's a little snowman Ro made in the yard. Nice lookin fella, no ?
bulletWe did some shopping at a Walmart on Old Country Road. I hate driving on Long Island. So much traffic. People get real comfortable as they wait for the always present red lights out there....
bulletOn the way back we hung out at Jones Beach. It was windy, but nice. Check out the nice pic I put together. Jones Beach March 2006. (3/4/06)

F I got a bunch of new stuff posted on the scrapbook and collage page. Check this out often.

bulletThis is where I post my most creative material.


bulletMy Mom & Dad celebrate 49 years married. Is that amazing or what ? Congratulations, and here's to 49 more. To show his excitement, my brudder did 40 one armed pushups.
bulletHere's a good pic of my god-daughter NL. Ain't she beautiful
bulletStill having problems with my ISP, so forgive delays and broken links. If you come across bad links, pls let me know, so I can fix them.
bulletI think it was TR who sent these in. This one is pretty funny. Hey Mom ... and this one asks that age old question, which came first ?
bulletWe heard from AT from Gulfport. Life is still not back to pre-Katrina ways, but spirits are still high. These folks are the true heroes. (2/24/06)
bulletDG performed at QCC in a Broadway Revival, Here she is doing the Time Warp. And a pic with us, and signing her very first autograph. Way to go, you were gr8.
bulletHere's what's left of the Bryant Park skating rink and fashion show, the Pond.
bulletTR provided a couple of really funny Cheney shooting cartoons. Check 'em out - Pic1 , Pic2
bulletBe careful if you get that email about Denzel Washington and the Brooke Army Medical Sender. According to Snopes, it's only half true. http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/denzel.asp
bulletHappy Birthday to my beautiful niece CS. She is 20 years old today, and is a wonderful young woman.
bulletI have a delivery from FedEx coming. I watch the tracking info, and it was supposed to be delivered on 2/18. Now the status states they can't find recipient (that's me) and are waiting for more information from recipient (that's me again), new delivery date is 2/25, this should be good....
bulletIf you are experiencing slow response from the site, I do know about it. My provider is having some problems, and we may have to move, so please hang in there. If you want any pics, drop me an email, and I can send them to ya directly.
bulletA new member of the family was acquired by my 'daughter'. Meet Mr. Floppy (temp name), We ain't sure of the gender, tho it is quite cute. We'll see how it goes. (2/20/06)
bulletHere's my folks and Granny with Ro in her new kitchen.
bulletSome interesting material at the Federalist Society site - http://www.fed-soc.org/
bulletHave you read about Univ of Georgia college that sent out admission letters to some applicants in error ? http://wap.oa.yahoo.com/raw?dp=rssnews&u=ap/20060216/ap_on_re_us/admissions_error&rn=us OK, it is pretty shitty for this to happen, but it is still a mistake, and you weren't being admitted. You probably doubted it anyway when you applied, so no huge surprise in the end. But it can't stop there anymore these days. Check out this person's reaction, "They handed me my future, and then it's gone," Prada-Rey said. "I just don't understand how it could have happened."

In my mind, If she doesn't know how it happened, then the school doesn't want her anyway, cause she's stupid and this was part of their final admission test. Perhaps they mailed these deliberately, to test your reaction and response to misfortune. We must begin to address the 'me-me' selfish attitude that is permeating our society, before it worsens and further deteriorates interpersonal civility, and honor.

bulletHere's a pretty cool shot of the bridge from the other night at dusk. And a wild sky over Manhattan. (2/18/06)
bulletThese are some snow pics from work, check out the pile of snow, and the dangling icicle, which was from the thaw.... Pic1 , Pic2 , Pic3 , Pic4 , Pic5 , Pic6
bulletThe Elusive Sail Capri has surfaced. We hope it is not just temporary. He shoots over this hilarious rant by an alley cat. http://hurstcg.com/GoFYourself.swf
bulletThe Elusive Sail Capri also blessed us with this fact sheet covering the religion of peace.
bulletAlthough the list was longer, ESC also sent in these fun lebian factoids. (2/15/06)
  1. What is a   lesbian dinosaur called ? ..... A Lickalotapuss
  2. What do you   call an Eskimo lesbian?..... A Klondyke
  3. What do you   call a lesbian with long fingers? ...... Well Hung
  4. What do you   call lesbian twins? ... Lick-a-likes.  
bulletHappy Valentines Day to all the lovers out here. And Happy Valentines Day to my baby. I Love You.
bulletOur boy Krumb celebrates a birfday today.
bulletHappy Birthday's also go out to GGs Mom and DA, AP. Another year, don't they go by fast ?
bulletI love the way Ann Coulter rights. Check this article out, about the religion of peace. (2/14/06)
bulletWe got a lot of freakin snow today. A new record for NYC, 26.9 inches. Hope you all were safe and got to enjoy it for a while. Pic1 , Pic2 , Pic3 , Pic4 , Pic5 (2/12/06)
bulletMy youngest boy Frank needs glasses for distance, and most activities. He looks quite handsome in his new spectacles, doesn't he ?
bulletJust turned 1,000 miles on the new automobile.
bullet Our paychecks were delivered the other day.
bulletWe got a new critter in the yard. Came across this litle guy the other day. He is kinda cute tho, no ?
bulletI found this great place that turns photos into wonderful quality throw blankets. Check out the one we had done for a neighbor. Took one of my collage creations and it came out great. (1/25/06)
bulletGet yours while they are available. The newest release of the jackleone.com wristbands - I call them V3. Check it out.
bulletWe keep reading about these mine fires, and deaths, and it seems to me we are not designing safe environments, At work, for every space we create it must have 2 ways out, so how come mines don't have 2 ways out of every corner? Why aren't there fire suppression systems or devices, or better communication capabilities ? I got a thousand questions over this and many ideas.
bulletHappy 40th Birthday to TD, great party - Pic1 , Pic2
bulletMy youngest son Frank got accepted to all 3 Catholic High Schools he applied to. Way to go boy. Mom and Dad are VERY proud of you. Looks like, he will follow his brothers and attend Holy Cross.
bulletOur great-nieces were over the other day with their Grammy, here's my namesake JG with me. I say she looks like me, how bout you ?
bulletWe had some wild winds the other day. One of my folks trees came down and nearly took out their car.
bullet We lost Uncle Domininck the other day. He was 93 and lived a wonderful life. We will forever keep you in our hearts. (1/23/06)
bulletSo, Phase 1 of Rosanne's New Kitchen is completed. All that is left is painting of kitchen and dining room. It came out great, the room feels so much spacier this way. All the components blend well together and the food coming out of it now tastes great. I'm ready for Ro's world famous baked ziti now, so let's get to it baby.
bulletI saw all the death associated with the stampede in Mecca, as everyone waited in line to perform a religious ceremony. They tell us it all started when people tripped over luggage. Seems the millions who travel there must schlepp their luggae from venue to venue. I have a solution. CHECK THE LUGGAGE and pick it up at the end of the event. The authorities have made so many adjustments, why not the one that makes life easier and safer, and as a side benefit, it could become a real money making enterprise. It can be made into a Disneyland type ride. Check your luggage, get your ticket, stone the devil and move on alive. Perhaps the West has some good ideas one can leverage. After all, would American's put up with such a setup ? Travel a long distance to participate in a profoundly spiritual event, and then have to drag your own luggage from venue to venue ? I don't think so.
bulletAnd then we go back in time, as TR sends us this reminder of our TV life in the 50's.
bulletOur boy TG provides us this glimpse into the future. Ordering pizza in 2010. I'm sure the Elusive Sail Capri would appreciate this one. (1/13/06) http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf
bulletSad news out of Israel, with Ariel Sharon suffering a major stroke. It doesn't look good. I do suggest that the media be aware of one simple thing. Watch the world reaction. If there is gloating and glee over this life threatening personal health problem of a major world leader (fellow human being), then we have some problems there don't we ? Let's ALL pray for Mr. Sharon.
bulletTR sends this in, curious piece on today style media covergae of Iwo Jima.
bulletI was on my usual perch the other day, while it was cold and rainy Hey, that's what I do, so what can I tell ya. Anywho, a colleague passes by, and asked me if I was crazy for hanging out. Well, I ain't crazy, but this guy is krazy. Look close at this guys feets. And remember, cold, rainy, bitter day. Who's crazy now ???
bulletIt's funny to me that most of the retailers sold 'Holiday Trees' this Christmas season, yet when the NYC Dept of Sanitation picks up the trash, they are suddenly called Christmas Trees again. It makes one stop and go huh ???? (1/4/06)
bulletHappy New Year everyone. 2005 was interesting, and fast, let's see what 's in store for us in 2006. (12/31/05)
bulletHere are pics of the construction of Rosanne's New Kitchen - Dec 2005
bulletI just picked up these new PEZ, made in response to Hurricane Katrina, with all proceeds going to a relief fund. Real Kool, ain't they ? (12/29/05)
bulletToday is my mama's birthday. Happy Birthday Mom, I Love You. (12/26/05)
bullet Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you have a wonderful day with your family, and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Here are some Christmas with the Family pics. More will get added, as we travel around. (12/25/05)
bulletWe got 2 birthdays to shout out for. One for my brother Frank, who is 38 today. Happy Birthday brother. I Love You. The other is for CS, our long lost Roving Reporter. Ain't no one seen hide nor hair of the RR for a long while. We wish you a happy burthday, and the Musings encourages your submissions.
bulletSo the strike is over, just in time for me getting home from spending two frikkin nites in a crappy hotel room. Bastards. My dept went for nearly $3,000 in expenses, everyone should sue the pants off of the TWU. (12/23/05)
bulletSome quick thoughts on the Illegal NYC Transit Strike. (12/20/05)
bulletRoger Touissant proclaimed that NY'ers should sympathize and empathize with the TWU strikers, because after all, they are the city's lifeblood, and vital to it's health and safety. Well, what is the TWU to these NY'ers when they are OFF THE JOB and not working as our lifeline and safety agents ? That makes them criminals in my book. who believes this shit ?
bulletWhat other company that NY'ers work for have been giving their employees 8% raises EACH YEAR, regardless yet of merit., So, the hard worker and lazy bum both get same increase ??
bulletHow much do you contribute to your medical benefits each pay, surely higher than 0%, and not even close to 1 or 2%, so who are these princesses to not be treated the same as you or me ?
bulletWork conditions are abysmal ? Early death ? Rail dust ? Rats ? Cold ? Lousy benefits ? Treated like slaves ? Are these secrets ? Who would accept the job offer ? Here's an idea - QUIT and find a better job with the benefits you seek ! Same option I have. Who crowned these whiners as princes ?
bullet30,000 workers who provide a service to 7,000,000 customers DON'T make the rules. The customers do, it's called capitalism. Supply and Demand. You were provided the terms of employment, you accepted them and negotiate new ones. You don't threaten death, loss of income, or withold services by walking away from your job. Can you imagine telling your boss you won;'t work until he gives you a raise ? He will fire you, and has every right to do so. It must be this way.
bulletEach and every NY'er in my mind has the legal right to file lawsuits against the TWU for the effect they might have. A huge class-action suit would be appropriate. Be it someone dying from delay in a health care response, to businesses that lost money due to the logistical inconvenience artificially imposed upon the system. How do individuals recoup their added expenses incurred by the illegal strike action ? I sincerely believe there is a terrorist criminal act nexis here to be pondered and thought out.

Letter sent to Fox 5 News New York

bulletI commend Rosanna Scotto for using the term Illegal Transit Strike. It is appropriate and needs to be repeated over and over. I further submit that the strike ought to be labeled a 'terrorist attack' as well. After all, the NYPD began random bag searches to reduce the potential for a terrorist bomb being detonated underground that would disrupt our transit system. Well the TWU HAS setoff an underground explosion, and the RESULT is the complete disruption of not only the below ground system, but the above ground as well. The union leadership and employee co-conspirators should be arrested and/or fired.
bulletPlease visit Gary Yucker memorial page at Legacy.com. http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?Id=GB02119205X , I noticed a few new posts, and one from an old friend Mark West. A touching comment. We are also in the process of donating a Bryant Park chair in Gary's name, so that we can have him around our park every day.
bulletThis is hilarious. From DnC.

A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and says that her body hurts wherever she touches it.

"Impossible!" says the doctor. "Show me"

The redhead takes her finger, pushes on her left breast and  screams, then she pushes her elbow and screams in even more agony.

She pushes her knee and screams; likewise she pushes her ankle  and screams

Everywhere she touches makes her scream.

The doctor says, "You're not really a redhead, are you?

"Well, no" she says, "I'm actually a blonde."

"I thought so," the doctor says. "Your finger is broken."

bulletWFP provides us with this seasonal favorite recipe for Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies. A definite project for a laid back Holiday. Enjoy.
bulletAJ sent in this link to a wonderful Christmas Cottage at http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=PP28735954 and a beautiful Christmas lights display. Enjoy. http://www.metacafe.com/watch/45390/wizards_of_winter/?rd=f066304c1027f114f77580f258bf539ee7a59fae43a785c2 (12/19/05)
bulletMy boy Joe started his new job @Circuit City. He looks good at work, don't he.
bulletHere are pics from Christmas at the Gallaghers. It also has their new home, and a local residents Christmas display.
bulletWe stopped at the Vietnam Memorial on Long Island on our way to JGs Christmas Party. (12/18/05)
bulletMy brother bought my old car. Here it is at it's new home in Levittown. You served me well, thank you. The car that is, not my brother.
bulletWork continues on our new kitchen, we now have all of our kitchen, and dining room furniture in our living room, basement and bedrooms. And the dust .....
bulletCheckout the 'Reason for the Season' auto magnets for sale now. http://shop.wnd.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=1795 Kinda like the Just Say Merry Christmas bracelets - http://shop.wnd.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=1792 . (12/15/05)
bulletThe Boyzz took Fearless Leader to dinner for his birfday. What a crew. Still amazes me that they let us in the joint.
bullet A bunch of ex-RNB'ers got together for a Christmas lunch. There was 18 of us. It was good to see these friends. Some are at Signature Bank now, we call it RNB North.
bulletI picked up my new car Tuesday. Went foreign. Though paperwork says that 80% of the parts were Made In America and it was built right here in good ole Kentucky. We'll see. Ride is sweet though. Big difference from the Ford Escorts ....(12/14/05)
bulletJL from Fla way, sends us over to this Christmas home. http://www.powerpres.com/xmascard03.html Check it out and enjoy playing with the lights. (12/13/05)
bulletHappy 21st Birthday to my niece MS. You have matured into a fine young woman., We are very proud of you, and we Love You very much. Here's a shot of MS, with her Mom and Sis. MS blowing out her candles.
bulletMy niece CS has a new tiny dog. Name is Hef. Pretty cute. Here is one of my great-nieces, JG with little Hef. Here's my other great-niece VG with Hef the rat. Here's a shot of me with the little rat-like dog.
bulletHere are the Gallaghers at MS's 21 year old party.
bulletIf you get Showtime at home, checkout the Eminem concert in NYC. My niece CS makes a cameo appearance during the encore song. Bopping at the Garden. Kool. Way to go C. We gotta tape it for my nephew Noodles, who likes MnM.
bulletWell, I've made a pretty big decision. Jumping from American made cars to foreign. Bought me a new car, and it ain't a Ford no more. Sorry Henry, u better call a family sitdown, cause the ole USA ain't what it used to be, so adapt. I should be ready to buy a new car again in 2015, so you have some time. Now I gotta find a sucker, er sap, er buyer for my old Ford. Who can I find ? Where shall I look ?
bulletWork has started on our new kitchen. Here we go, should be a fun month of December. (12/11/05)
bulletWe had our annual HTS Christmas Holiday party at the Williams Club in Manhattan. Great Party, good people, fun time and gr8 pics. And I won $50 again. Thanks to PM for that special touch that picked out me lucky winning ticket.Ain't she beautiful ??? Here is a special collage for PM. Full size Collages of the party - Collage1 , Collage2 (12/10/05)
bulletCheck out the pics from the Frankie V 2 Year Old Birthday party.
bulletThis just in from DnC. Always good for a blonde joke. (12/7/05)

A man entered the bus with both of his front pants pockets full of golf balls, and sat down next to a beautiful (you guessed it) blonde.

The puzzled blonde kept looking at him and his bulging pockets.

Finally, after many such glances from her, he said, "It's golf balls".

Nevertheless, the blonde continued to look at him thoughtfully and finally, not being able to contain her curiosity any longer, asked. "Does it hurt as much as tennis elbow

bulletToday is my Grandmother's birthday. She's 95 today. Is that amazing or what ?She has great-grandchildren who can't keep up with her pace. She is the epitomy of a family matriarch. God Bless You Grandma (Nonny). We Love You. I Love You - Happy Birthday !!! (12/6/05)
bulletHappy Birthday to Frankie V. He's 2. Dang, I sure wish I was 2 again. We love you Frankie V. Happy Birthday. Here's a compilation of his Grandma's.
bulletToday is my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday Ann. We Love You.
bulletI came across this artist doing an acrylic painting of the bank building. It took him all day to complete this painting. I think it came out great. Pic1 , Pic2 , FINAL (12/5/05)
bulletThis 'thing' going on over Christmas is really starting to wear on me. I could easily have a 1,000 word diatribe down in under 5 minutes, but I'm afraid once I start, it turns into 3,000 words. Anyway, I note 3 things right now. (11/30/05)
  1. Christmas is a United States Legal Public Holiday. Get over it.
  2. One central object of the Christmas Holiday, is the Christmas Tree. This object is referred to as the Christmas Tree. You can't call it the Holiday Tree, any more than you would be able to call the Hanukah Menorah a Holiday Candle Stick holder. Stop wasting our time with this nonsense, and let's concentrate on finding, stopping, and killing the people who are trying to blow us the fuck up. Spend half the amount of energy that you are wasting in eliminating Christmas on eliminating Terrorism, or Poverty, or AIDS, or Saudi dependence on OIL, and we may have half a chance as a civilization.
  3. The US Government provides material for it's overseas embassies to help other countries learn about American customs, and ideologies. Like Christmas. This link points to our US Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. It is identical to the same material on other US Embassy web sites throughout the WORLD. It is extremely enlightening and does a wonderful job in conveying the American Christmas. http://stockholm.usembassy.gov/Holidays/celebrate/christma.html
bulletHere's the link to the main CELEBRATE! HOLIDAYS IN THE U.S.A page,. it is an introductory survey of the historical and social background of American holidays. http://stockholm.usembassy.gov/Holidays/celebrate/index.html
bulletKrumb provides us with this link to our boy Borat's home page. Great site, and video here of our favorite immigrant. http://www.borat.kz./ (11/27/05)
bulletFearless Leader has named new kitty MaRa, after our boyz Ralph and Mark. I think that's a wonderful name and honor. Good work boy. Here's MaRa.
bulletAJ checked in with some blonde jokes, here a few good ones
bulletTwo blondes living in Texas were sitting on a bench talking........and one blonde says to the other: "Which do you think is farther away..........Florida or the moon?" The other blonde turns and says "Helloooooooooo, can you see Florida........?????
bulletA blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died. After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly. She says, "What's the story?" He replies, "Just crap in the carburetor" She asks, "How often do I have to do that?"
bulletA highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting! Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled , "PULL OVER!" "NO!" the blonde yelled back, "IT'S A SCARF!"
bullet Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I'm sure each of us has something special we are thankful for, and that's what it's all about. The one that I feel is shared by all of us, is that we are Americans. I'm very thankful for that. God Bless America. (11/24/05)
bulletCheckout the web site for the Empire State Building, great info, and lighting schedule. http://www.esbny.com/index2.cfm
bulletAJ provides us with some helpful steps in identifying a stroke victim. Hey, we gotta think of these things as we get older. (11/19/05)
bulletDF from up Buffalo way challenges us to figure out how this can happen. It's a toll booth scene that is hard to figure out. Let me know. (11/17/05)
bulletFearless Leader has a new kitten at home. As much as I despise cats, I have a soft spot for kittens. It doesn't last long, but it is there. Anywho, this one hasn't gotten her final name yet, so for now we call her Mykhunt.
bulletTR sent this one over. It should help you to determine if there is a terrorist parked at the airport. (11/16/05)
bulletWe attended our friend BPs Bar Miztvah for his son TP. Great party. Checkout the pics. Troy's Bar Mitzvah (11/13/05)
bulletLF celebrates 25 years of servicer to HSBC Bank. And it's been a great 25, if you ask me. LF has had direct influence in the success of our organization and is a influencial leader for our entire division. We have known each other the entire time, and I am honored to also consider LF my friend. Thank You for your time and energy, and be proud always in what we have created together. Here are some pics from the reception we held in his honor. Lou F. 25 Years of Service (11/12/05)
bulletTV sent this information in to us. A MUST HAVE FOR ALL MALES. Engineers have developed the following materials to help explain women. Women1 , Women2 , Women3 , Women4
bulletHave you been seeing some stuff about an upside Christmas tree ? Here is something interesting I came across on the subject - Pic1 (11/9/05)
bulletMy middle son Joe turns 19 today. We are so proud of you Joe. You are a fine young man. Goes to college, has a job, maintains respectful relationships with a lot of friends, both male and female. An admirable example of what a responsible, compassionate, honorable and diverse person should be. Always follow your heart and you will continue to excel. I Love You - Happy Birthday.
bullet AJ's Surprise 60th Birthday Party images.
bullet Special collage for AJs Birthday. And another Special Collage 2 for AJ
bulletHappy Birthday AJ. I know 60 can be traumatic, but you look gr8 for 60. It's been a tough year for you, but all things considered, you worked very hard and the results are wonderful. We love you, and enjoyed your surprise party yesterday. Here are some pics to remember the evening by. UD did a great job in maintaining the surprise, and the location was spectacular. Happy Birthday. Samples - Pic1 , Pic2 , Pic3 (11/7/05)
bulletDF from up Buffalo way provided this timely info-mercial. Everyone can use some tough love - Enjoy
bulletAnd in the same vein, TG shot this one over, here's another info-mercial for a popular service - let's just call this one Yes !!!
bulletThis can't be good for National Security - "Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring..." - read the article, there is a quote in there that states - "... The Chinese now know more about our military than we know about their entire country." (11/6/05) - http://www.washtimes.com/national/20051104-111851-2539r.htm

F I got a bunch of new stuff posted on the scrapbook and collage page. Check this out often.

bulletThis is where I post my most creative material.
bulletWe just saw Godfrey Townsend and his band at the Shelter Rock Tennis Club. Great performance by the band. He has played with Clapton, Cream, Alan Parsons, etc, Check out the pics
bulletHere is some good reading material. (11/5/05)
bulletMichael Moore and other celebrities and their hypocrisy http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47174
bullet This one on Why is Paris Burning
bulletI've got a few new creations, hope you enjoy them
bullet Whitestone Bridge sunset
bullet NYC Capital of the World
bullet Rosanne & Frank w/Oksana and the NY Rangers
bullet TTs 20 Year anniversary
bulletWe visited the newly opened Top of the Rock, atop Rockefeller Center, 70 stories. Great view. Also came across Oksana Baiul and the NY Rangers hockey team, at the newly made skating rink at Bryant Park, called The Pond. Check out the great pics.
bulletPA sent this over, being the concerned for your health and safety person she is. PLEASE check your eyes for cataracts. http://home.mn.rr.com/t1camp1/Focus.swf
bulletI hear that this rumor is back again, making it's rounds.

Claim:   Prospective new gang members are initiated by killing the drivers of cars who flash their headlights at them.

bulletWell, it's false, and here is some good reading on the subject. Snopes is a great tool to use to check all the stories you get all day long from your friends and family. http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/lightsout.asp (11/2/05)
bulletHappy Halloween - Pic1 , Pic2
bulletMy middle daughter Josephine went to a Halloween party with her boyfriend Ronnie. Here are some nice pics Pic1a , Pic1 , Pic2 , Pic3
bulletThis spool of fiber represents 50 miles in distance. We are using it for performance testing, for our new data center location. If you look close here, you can see the thread of glass involved .
bulletWe are now commissioning our new space for blade servers. To do so, we are simulating the heat load with these heat load banks. Makes the room feel >90 degrees, so far so good.(10/30/05)

Some sad news out of the Middle East, DF from DPF was very close to a recently killed Army Cpl. Benjamin D. Hoeffner stationed in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait . Please visit is memorial pages at Legacy.com - http://www.legacy.com/Soldiers.asp?Page=FSStory&PersonId=15520564

bulletI was at the Friars Club roast of Don King the other day. Pretty good event. Some funny people. Got some nice pics of some of the celebrities, and some autographs. Donald Trump was the roastmaster. Here are the pics - http://www.jackleone.com/Page102805.html
bulletFranks special birthday collage - Happy Birthday Frank - 13 Years Old
bulletHere's a great shot of the Whitestone Bridge during a recent sunset.
bulletI subscribe to the memorial page created for Lt Ron Winchester who was KIA last year. The Newsday Guest Book for Ronald Winchester has received one or more new entries or Photo Gallery submissions. To read the entry , visit the Guest Book by clicking on the link below. (10/22/05) - http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?ID=GB02595012
bulletMy youngest son Frank, turned 13 today. He's now a teenager. He's been a young man for several years already, and this is another big change for him as he continues to mature as a person. You are a remarkable person son. Smart, compassionate, humble, fair temperament. We are proud of you each day. All the values a parent strives to develop for their children. And great effort today, bunting to start a rally for the team, to come from behind and win the game. Happy Birthday, We Love You !!!
bulletHere's some poor slob who has to practice his saxophone on the service road of the Whitestone Expressway.
bulletHere's a sign of the times at Teddy's house. Nobody lives here but me.
bulletI was in Jersey City the other day to look at more data center space. Here's a nice shot of downtown NYC. Absent the WTC towers, but still beautiful.
bulletWe hear a lot of rumors, but this new construction in our town is either going to be a hotel or condos. You decide.
bulletI hear they are building an ice skating rink at Bryant Park. Kool.
bulletOne of the Fifth Avenue lions is ready for Halloween.
bulletI need to vent over a recent business visit. @#JK#*U$*RJDKLFJHD@#JK#*U$*RJOPSIO($#*%^&)%*($*#O)%*#( and also &$US*$)^&WUSLD_D(#UEOD) - WHEW I needed that.
bulletI checked out Photo EXPO at the Jacob Javits Center. Pretty neat stuff out there in photography land.(10/20/05)
bulletPop turned 69 last week. And a fine 69 he is. Here he is with his favorite goodies - Mallomars. Happy Birthday Dad. We Love You. Here's one with Mom and Pop. Here's one with Grandma and Frankie V.
bullet Philip, our favorite squirrel showed up this weekend. Wanting to stock up on peanuts.
bulletI was given this photo of TCs new tattoo. It is in memory of his Mom and Aunt he lost on 9/11 on UA Flight 93. I will hang it on our memorial wall at work. Thanks TC, and WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
bulletMy boy Frank continues to win big at the St. Fidelis fair. Way to go boy.. Here's Frank and his 'crew' just chillin at the fair.
bulletWe woke up yesterday morning, and saw this long lost sight --- Blue Skies peeking out. FINALLY, it's been freakin raining for like 8 or 9 days and this is a welcome sight. Rest of the weekend was pretty good, considering.... (10/16/05)
bulletWe were watching this years Columbus Day Parade up NYC Fifth Avenue, and spotted the worlds Local Bank's float - Kool - HSBC1 , HSBC2 (10/10/05)
bulletOur MIA Roving Reporter has filed a submission that has met our entry standards. I think you are going to like this one, I did. Titled simply, There are teachers, and then there are educators (10/9/05)

According to a news report, a certain school in New Port Richey was recently faced with a unique problem.

A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the washroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night, the maintenance man would remove them and the next day, the girls would put them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. He called all the girls to the washroom and met them there with the maintenance man. He explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian, who had to clean the mirrors every night.

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, he asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.

The janitor took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

THE MORAL OF THIS STORY. There are teachers, and then there are educators.


bulletJust got back from another business trip. This time I was in Chicago for our quarterly Data Center Operations Expanded Meeting.
bulletHere is some interesting reading material. Surrounding the 2012 events that might take place. (10/7/05)
bulletI went on a business trip to Newport, Rhode Island to see the APC power distribution plant. They have some great technology to help us with some of our recent 'issues'. We had some play time, and spent it on a sail boat. Here's a pic from the activity. (10/2/05)
bulletDnC provides us with some investment research data. This should be considered before making any material financial investment. (10/1/05)

If you had purchased $1000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00.
With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.
With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.
But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of Beer one year ago, drank all the beer,
then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214.00.
Based on the above, current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.
It's called the 401-Keg Plan

bulletI came across this 'Genius' who climbed up onto one of the Fifth Avenue Library lions. And that ain't all, there were about a 100 of these freakin 'Geniuses'. I suppose it's all 'relative'
bulletThe Boyzz took me to dinner the other night for my birfday. Here's me with Fearless Leader and our boy Krumb. Thanks guys.
bulletWe had another AC heat 'event'. Although this chart doesn't show the temp spike to 98 degrees, it did capture the huge humidity spike from 45rh to 65rh.
bulletBelieve it or not, but me and my honey are great-aunt and uncle to two beautiful girls VG and JG. They were over the other night to play Texas hold-em. And here's the big winner of the night VG.
bulletCheck out the growth of the trees we planted back in April 2005. (9/28/05)
bulletNo, this car on the roof is not from a hurricane in College Point. It's a local Corvette restoration shop. I just thought you'd enjoy the pic.
bulletOur friend FM created a walking stick for Ro. He did a great job. He should consider selling these as customized items. (9/26/05)
bulletRF provides us updates from Gulfport - http://www.pcpages.com/nrog99/Kds/dib.html
bulletSo we got Hurricane Rita wreaking more havoc on the Gulf Coast. And it seems that New Orleans has flooded again due to it. Here's what I think. I think that as long as we have all that new water in New Orleans, we should now add some concrete mix, and lay a nice new cement foundation, that at least ends up ABOVE sea level, so that we can rebuild NO a bit higher this time. Provide every displaced American with a $1,000,000 payout, and I'll bet it ends up way more cost effective.
bulletI also think there should be a complete rethinking of the practice of building or adding to cities that exist in places where they can't be protected. So, stop building cities below sea level, and stop building sea walls that aren't designed to stop the sea that is potentially possible (ie; a category 3 wall, in an area where category 5's roam.)
bulletI like the request that the local officials are asking of those who don't want to evacuate their homes. (after all, we can't force them out, this is AMERICA) They are handing out permanent markers and are asking these people to write their names, next of kin, and other data on their BELLIES, so after the storm, they can identify their dead, bloated, drowned bodies. BRILLIANT.
bulletHere's one for all of you conspiracy theory fans. This is a weatherman for some city that quit his job to further investigate and present to the world his idea that weather can now be manipulated to the degree that it can be used in a military fashion. He has some interesting ideas and evidence, so if nothing else it can get you to wonder a bit. Enjoy http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/aplocal_story.asp?category=6420&slug=ID%20Weatherman%20Departs then follow this link and all of it's associated links and stories. http://www.weatherwars.info/
bulletHere's a good pic of our Frankie V, from a few weeks ago when he was over.
bulletMy son and I were both 'randomly selected' to have our bags checked upon entering the NYC subway system at Shea Stadium. I find it curious that two sequential people can be randomly selected. Hmmm (9/24/05)
bulletIt's hard to believe that it's been 3 years since our boy Mark went to that big 50's bash in the sky. We miss you dude. Krumb provided this image of our boy, from a foregone era. Enjoy.
bulletHey Aggie and Rita, get ready for round two. Hurricane Rita looks like it will have some sort of impact on Gulfport. Be prepared.
bulletSome rat bastard slashed my tire at Shea Stadium the other day. Cost me $100 for a new tire. It was the first time I ever had to use the jack and mini-spare in the car. I got 2 words for you idiot - F*&% You
bulletMy honey made me my favorite veal dish, called spatinis. They were spectacular. I enjoyed them for two straight days. Thank you Baby, you're the greatest.
bulletHere's an image of Dubya that the Elusive Sail Capri enjoyed. (9/22/05)
bulletTomorrow is my birthday (I'm 48, but don't believe it), and it's also the 4 year anniversary of President Bush's speech to Congress 2 weeks after 9/11. I'd prefer we reflect upon that (9/19/05)
bulletMy first born son turns 21 years old on the 18th. A fellow Virgo. He becomes a man in the eyes of society. He's been a fine young man for a long time already, one that his Mom and Dad are quite proud of. Jack has matured into a compassionate, dedicated and soulful individual. I can still remember taking him home from the hospital, and of him scratching my cornea with his fingernails. I had to wear a black eyepatch for 2 weeks. Sometimes, I can even recall how he smelled wrapped up in his blankie. We are so proud of you son. Our life has been wonderful with you in it. We love you, I love you --- Happy Birthday.
bullet Malba Car show was held today as well, some great vintage cars this year. Check out the great pics.
bulletOur best wishes go out to KSs Mom, who was involved in a car accident the other day. (9/18/05)

F I got a bunch of new stuff posted on the scrapbook and collage page. Check this out often.

bulletThis is where I post my most creative material.


bulletThe Vinman's Grandma Rita provides us with fresh pics out of Gulfport. Amazing damage, but their spirits are high. Check them out - http://www.pcpages.com/nrog99/Kds/dah.html
bulletHere's a good pic of Aggie's kids. G and L. All things considered, they seem strong and in good spirits. God Bless them.
bulletMy early mentor WFP enoyed a birthday on the 13th. Happy Birthday Big guy, we miss you back at the job, and I especially miss you.
bullet Good luck to TS as me moves to the next phase of his career. You served us well for 7 years. Thank You from all of us in NYCOPS (9/17/05)
bulletLF noticed that when they removed an access panel at a local building, they apparently uncovered someone's stash of old Dewars Red Label bottles. Whoever this was, sure kept Dewars in business - Pic1 , Pic2
bulletI don't have confirmation on this one yet, but hey, I like the way this guy thinks and writes. I'm sure you will too. Here's a letter of apology from Lt. Gen. Chuck Pitman, USMC (Ret.) - and our folks at SNOPES is looking into it. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/pitman.asp
bulletWe celebrated 5 years of service with GG at Ruth's Chris Steak House. Very nice time, good food and company. (9/15/05)
bulletI came across Sarah Jessica Parker at Lord & Taylors last week. She came out with some new perfume. Smells OK. The perfume, I don't know abour SJP....
bulletI don't know how true this pic is, but DnC provided it, of the Bush men, fishing in New Orleans.... (9/12/05)
bulletIt's hard to believe that it has been 4 years, since the 9.11.01 attacks on our country. It still hurts to watch the images from that day. We must NEVER FORGET.
bullet Never Forget - Remember the Blood of Heroes (9/11/05)
bulletAggie from Gulfport was able to file a report on recovery efforts. Lots of damage, spirits are high, our government response sucks, and please donate what you can to any of the reputable orgs. We will try to get some pics posted as time allows. You and Mom are handling this extremely well, and we are all proud of you, and offer our complete support.
bulletAg provides us this cute report by our friendly Foamy the Squirrel - kat.html
bulletHere's another mosaic I created using the RNB/HSBC building in Manhattan. Pretty Kool I think. What say you ??
bulletET provides us with this enlightening bit of realization (9/9/05).

Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in.AMERICA.....

bulletWe got some power back in Gulfport, as our familends begin to recover. They are much more fortunate than many others, and for that we are grateful. It will take a long time for these areas to recover and rebuild, but it must be done.
bulletI came across this really kool software that makes mosaics using images you point it to. Check this out, here is one of my Sunset shots - Original Version - Mosaic Version - I expect I'll make good use of this, so stay tuned
bulletThese 3 Kool Kats we just chilling down Whitestone Park last Sunday. Peace out
bulletI got a great spiderweb going on in the yard. This guy has had to repair this thing over and over, but he perseveres. Enjoy the pics - Pic1 , Pic2
bulletWe had to remove the door and frame, and outside railing to get the new UPS switchgear into the 10th floor data center. YeeHaa.
bulletI got my hands on the new Sasha PEZ from the Bratz series. She is beautiful, ain't she ???
bulletI had a 1969 Cougar convertible, a lot like this car.
bulletAs I continue my never-ending quest for quality, we find the FOX News Channel to be one of the worst spelling organizations on the fucking planet. Check out how these braniots spelled hurricane.
bulletHere's a fine example of professional network cabling in the ceilings.
bulletAs may happen in older buildings, asbestos is a problem, and this building has it's problems. Pic1 , Pic2.
bulletI think every governmental level agency needs to focus on one objective for now. How to handle 1,000,000 displaced Americans. How to process them, evacuate them, house them temporarily, and then permanently, how to medical care for them, how to occupy their time, make them useful to society, even if only the society they have available at the moment to handle. Once you can handle the basic needs of this quantity of Americans, then you can start to think about other issues. There are many logistical matters to deal with, but you have to start with basic people elements. So long as you can provide a comfortable, safe, healthy environment for people, with law and order to it, they can be reasonably patient, while longer term requirements and procedural matters are addressed.
bulletSo, the other day, I wake up, check on the kids as usual, and come across an extra 'body' in one of our rooms. Seems someone didn't want to go home to face the music, so they came here. Now that 5am phone call makes sense to me. Next thing I know, I got 2 cops in my house, here to take young missy home.
bulletKnowing what we now know with New Orleans, Queens, NYC has these Coastal Evacuation signs posted everywhere, directing us all to go to York College. Ask yourself a question. If Queens has approx. 500,000 residents, will we all fit in York College ? Hmmm. And it's called an Evacuation Reception Center ???? Sounds luxurious.
bulletI came across a very large contingent of police officers from the UK this morning, in front of the Library. I met one of the police chiefs, and offered my support. Here's a pic of the crowd and the polite gentleman who introduced me to oneof the police chiefs. (9/7/05)
bulletI'm sorry, but as I watch these supposed 'rescue efforts' I can't help but wonder what would happen to larger cities, or if there were multiple cities affected, throughout the country. Where are the rescue and evacuation people coming from that they still have not arrived ? Where is food, water, and supplies being air-dropped into places ? Why aren't we getting diesel fuel to the hospitals, so they can restart their emergency generators ??? When does the National Guard start shooting the looters, so the word can spread to the others ?
bulletThis disaster is as close to a nuclear attack on a city that we'll ever see, except the real one, and it is clear to me, we ain't ready for something of this scale. Our government better be extremely worried that Al Qaeda or others aren't looking to exploit this event by coordinating some sort of attacks upon us. It could be a very bad situation developing here for all of us. So, we need to stay aware and vigilant on this potential. (9/2/05)
bulletAggie, Rita and the kids are safe. They are with the Salvation Army in Gulfport. Thank God for that. Now we need to see if they can relocate down there, or come back home to College Point. We are hoping for the latter.
bulletI came upon this model of quality control at my favorite ATM at my hang out spot on 5th avenue.
bulletAnd the world's local bank, has a new marketing gimmick. Please ... Although the Cadillac STS Smart Car looks kool.
bulletHere's another one from TR, bottom line is, Let our Soldiers Pray.
bulletTR checks in with the patriotic piece. Please pass this one along via email, and keep the idea going. Semper Fi. Let's always remember our service men and women. (9/1/05)
bulletGulfport took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina. We are awaiting word from our familends to see how they made out. Our prayers are with you. Call or email when you can.
bullet Happy Birthday VM, who just turned the big 22. You are a wonderful young woman, and if it should come that you would someday join the family, I'd love to have you as my 'daughter'. We had a great time at Benihana's. Here is a pic to remember the moment.
bulletYou gotta check thi ssite out - http://www.samugliestdog.com/ I woke up to this image on the PC the other morning. Wow.
bulletTR provides this interesting analysis that attempts to understand/explain the state of our country these days. Titled, Ain't it the Truth. (8/30/05)
bulletBatten down the hatches. Here comes Katrina. RF and Aggie are hunkering down in Gulfport, MS.with the kids. Gonna try and ride it out. We wish you well, and keep your spirits high. Let us know when all is clear.
bulletWoke up this morning to this magnificent view out our window, a spectacular rainbow over the Point. (8/28/05)

F I got a bunch of new stuff posted on the scrapbook and collage page. Check this out often.

bulletThis is where I post my most creative material.
bulletWe attended Moe's professional boxing debut Friday night. She won her fast match in the first round, I think it was 39 seconds. Great debut. Also checkout www.sheaboxing.com
bulletI know I'm getting ahead of myself here, but here's a slick Halloween pic I created. My witch
bulletSaw a cream old 1966 Pony on the road the other night.
bulletMy boy Joe is listening to his new Pope and got himself a new tattoo. Pope says he wanted to see more crucifix's out in the open. (8/27/05)
bulletOur friend SAY continues to recover and get his weight back. His plans are to return to work 9/1.
bulletTZ finally passed that stone today. He feels MUCH better now. It's all been accounted for, and he hopes to be back to work Monday. Good deal T, we have missed you.
bulletFor that girl I saw on 5th avenue today. Just because you stuff yourself into size 5 clothes, don't make you a size 5.
bulletGG provides us with this piece that dates back to 1955. It is an article from a magazine called Housekeeping Monthly and the article is titled - The Good Wife's Guide - the married men out there are gonna love me for this one. And just in case you are wondering, I came home and immediately recited the articles of behavior to the wife. She understands my position now. Only time will tell. Here's a version in PDF format. The Good Wife's Guide in pdf
bulletLK sent in this interesting fact sheet about the Tomb Of the Unknown Soldier (8/24/05).

F I got a bunch of new stuff posted on the scrapbook and collage page. Check this out often.

bulletThis is where I post my most creative material.
bulletOur bee hive by the pool is doing well. Check it out.
bullet My Honey while we were on Long Beach Island.
bullet My Grandmother, what can I say. I Love her.
bulletWe just had a sprinkler system installed, cause I'm that lazy. Pretty cool. 5 zones, time controller, etc. Checkout the site for Pacific Lawn Sprinklers. They do great work, and be sure and ask for Fred. Thanks Fred. The work is great.

bulletWhat's the PEZ temperature outside today ?
bulletWe got the insurance check to cover Joe's accident. He had the mirror fixed and the car compounded. It looks great.
bulletWe had to run electrical feeder conduit between floors at work. Look how thick this slab is.
bulletI thought that spray paint had to be locked up in stores. This is a shot inside the Rag Shop in College Point. Voice your concern if you stop in. We have a real graffiti problem in our town. How about you ?
bulletHere's a pic from Hanna's retirement party the other day. Good luck to you my friend, you served us well for over 24 years.
bulletWe had a great time last week at TDs new house in South Jersey. Here's a collage from Brandon's 4yr birthday party.
bulletAlso from TR, I've had it a while, just slow in some postings.


This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Philadelphia. You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement.

One would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be marching on this business . . . and that the National Guard might have to be called to keep the angry crowds back. But, perhaps in these stressful times one might be tempted to let the proprietors simply make their statement . . . .

We are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty. And after all, it is just a sign. You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign?

Answer: A Funeral Home (Who said morticians had no sense of humor?)

You gotta love it!!! God Bless America!

bulletThis in today from TR (8/20/05)

Dear Abby: My husband is not happy with my mood swings. The other day, he bought me a mood ring so he would be able to monitor my moods. When I'm in a good mood it turns green. When I'm in a bad mood it leaves a big fucking red mark on his forehead. Maybe next time he'll buy me a diamond. Sincerely, Bitchy in Ohio

bulletSAY continues to recuperate and is planning to return to work on 9/1. (8/18/05)
bulletWe aslo don't want you to think, we aren't concerned about your health here at the Musings. We are. TR provided us this publc service announcement video that is popular where he now lives in NC. http://www.toilette-humor.com/flash/brocolli.swf
bulletDnC must be doing a better jog screening what she sends me. This helpful video should be mandatory for all young men beginning their beer drinking lives. Or it could be used by Budweiser to sell more beer.... http://www.brackenspub.com/beer.swf
bulletHere you go guys, a lefty message on my website just for your side, so you can't label me 'right-leaning' -
bulletOur boy TG checked in with this little ditty about Hillary for 2008. http://www.michaelhodges.com/missing.html I know my boy Roy will enjoy this. This should also be a good addition to the Elusive Sail Capri's liberal, left bag 'o tricks.
bulletThis is one of the best pieces I have ever gotten from DnC. I love it. Seven Degrees of Blonde. Enjoy. I know that Roving Reporter has returned from her European vacation, but we are STILL WAITING for pics to be submitted, or even a story of the adventures..... WELLLLLL ?????
bulletI got this from Gimp (TH) who has an international news ticker on his desktop.

Just pulled this off the wire.

"Be aware that the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run to Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Surrender" and "Collaborate". The rise was precipitated by a recent fire which destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing their military. "

bulletLF provided us with this current quote of the times - Attributed to Chris Rock (8/13/05)

You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon.' Need I say more?

bulletCongrats to TZ, he's the proud papa to a new baby daughter. Mother and baby are doing fine. TZ on the other hand has kidney stones. So, he is currently home enjoying the 'passing of the stones'. We wish him well and a speedy return. The blade room is nearing completion, and we need to get it networked and cabled for a due date of 10/14.
bulletDaughter and my son got into a car accident the other night. Everyone is OK, the pony got banged up a bit though. Pic1 , Pic2
bulletI got myself a Bloomberg 05 pin from a signature taker the other day. All things considered Mayor Mike has done a pretty good job. (8/9/05)
bulletHere's a link to an editorial from a Romanian newspaper dated 9/24/01 that TR sent in. An Ode to America by Cornel Nistorescu . It seems to be gaining steam as it travels the internet, and quite frankly, it brought tears to my eyes as I read it. Never Forget - God Bless America. Here's a pdf of the cover of the paper from 9/24/2001. http://www.expres.ro/evz/pag1_24sep2001.pdf
bulletSAY is home now and recuperating from his week long event. He's lost some weight, and the docs found things for him to do for now. You can call him at home if you want to say hi. (8/8/05)
bulletOur friend SAY is doing well now. Still in the hospital but in a regular room. He can take calls and visitors, so call me and I'll pass you the number. They narrowed things down to a viral infection. He still needs to recuperate, so it'll be some time before he is back to normal, but all seems OK at this point in time. He sends his love to everyone.
bulletMeet Scrappy, DA's cute new kitten. Very nice personaily, so far. Simba has passed on to that great cathouse in the sky. We will miss you Simba, Rest in Peace.
bulletGot some new PEZ - Bratz and new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Kool
bulletOur neighbor's bush is looking good, ain't it ?
bulletOur local graffiti artists made a slight change to a sign near Whitestone Park, despite the posted surveillance sign warning. What are the chances they get caught ? (8/6/05)
bulletOur dear colleague SAY is doing well, but still hospitalized. He is in ICU, so please contact me for information. Docs think they isolated the problem and all appears to be well at this point. Steve thanks everyone for their calls and concerns. Here's a pic of him taking it easy.
bulletLV sent these in for us to pass around even more. These are pictures that are just TOO shocking for Americans to see coming out of Iraq. Our media will NEVER show them to us, because they must PROTECT us from these highly emotional photos. They don't think YOU are READY, they don't think we are READY to see the results of our war being fought. Well, LV who has contacts in Iraq got these for us to see and PASS AROUND. Especially to your socially liberal friends. ShockingIraqiPics.pdf - Pass them around, or send them the url to keep the mail traffic down. We don't want to be responsible for clogging the internet with too much mail.
bulletDF provided this glimpse into how a 3rd world country deals with finding a bomb on the street. Enjoy - 3rdWorldBombSquad_1.wmv
bulletHappy Birthday to TR, one of our FACTORS boys who is now down in North Carolina and a big contributor. Here's a couple of his latest contributions -
bulletof a cracked window on a jetliner. Be sure and check your windows when you fly. CrackedWindow.jpg
bulletYou think we have crazy laws and rules - TheWorldIsNuts.pdf
bulletWe were honored to have been visited while in Canada with DF and his lovely bride BF from up Buffalo way. We had a wonderful dinner together overlooking the falls, and walked the strip and took some great pics. Thank you both for joining us, and here are some of the images from that activity.
bulletHere's another post we got from DnC, WoW, 2 in a week so far. good deal.

During class, a teacher trying to teach good manners asks the students:

"Michael, if you were on a date, having supper with a nice young lady, how would you tell her that you have to go to the bathroom?"
Michael, "Just a minute, I have to go piss."
Teacher, "That would be rude and impolite!!!

What about you John, how would you say it?"
John, "I am sorry, but I really need to go to the bathroom, I'll be right back."
Teacher, "That's better, but it's still not very nice to say the word bathroom at the table.

And you Peter, are you able to use your intelligence for once and show us your good manners?"
Peter, "I would say: Darling, may I please be excused for a moment, I have to shake hands with a very dear friend of mine, whom I hope you'll get to meet after supper."

The teacher fainted!

bulletThis great little analyisis is provided to us by one of the Boyzz TG. Terrorist Questionnaire.pdf - I think it should answer some questions on profiling when hunting for terrorists.
bulletThis in from DnC recently

A kindergarten class had a homework assignment to find out something exciting and relate it to the class the next day.
When the time came to present what they'd found, the first little boy the teacher called on walked up to the front of the class, and with a piece of chalk, made a small white dot on the blackboard and sat back down. Puzzled, the teacher asked him what it was.
"It's a period," he replied.
"I can see that," said the teacher, "but what is so exciting about a period?"
"Darned if I know," he said, "but this morning, my sister was missing one. Mommy fainted, daddy had a heart attack, and the boy next door joined the Navy."

bulletGoing thru all the mail I got, and we have some good stuff to post. Here's what we have to share -
bulletI just got back from a few days up at Niagara Falls with wifey and Frank. We stayed on the Canadian side and had a pretty good time. I'll get the pics setup as soon as possible. A warning to all, I took 621 pics, and most are worthy of posting. I have some spectacular shots of butterflies and the falls with rainbows in the images. Still under construction - Niagara Falls Vacation - Summer 2005 (8/5/05)
bulletMe and Frank at the Flushing Meadows Pitch-n-Putt golf course.

F I got a bunch of new stuff posted on the scrapbook and collage page. Check this out often.

bulletKeep this link bookmarked - http://www.ki4u.com/guide.htm. It covers WHAT TO DO IF A NUCLEAR DISASTER IS IMMINENT
bulletCheckout the two new PEZ sets that are out. Bratz and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
bulletI finally came across a NYC Sanitation truck. Picked up 2, one for me, of cvourse, and one for my favorite brother in-law Billy. Happy Birthday Billy. I'll see you when you get back from Illinois. Drive careful and take care of Mom.
bulletHere a few collages of some recent outings we took. (7/29/05)
bullet First Tech Monmouth Park picnic
bullet BBQ @Weegies
bullet Rosanne Vermont trip
bullet Mother and Child in Vermont
bulletBecause people complain about how long it takes to load this page, I trimmed to start this year, and removed July 2003 - Jan 2005. If you wanna see the old stuff, here it is - July 2003 thru July 2005 **** NEW ****


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