Thursday, March 31, 2005

Thought I would share this....

Knoxville, TN -- The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is proud to announce the digitization of the Limb Loss Education & Awareness Program (LLEAP) for use as a teaching tool. The curriculum manual, photographs, stickers and bookmarks can be downloaded at no cost from the ACA Web site at


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Thursday, March 24, 2005

One reason I love OSU...

From today's Daily O'Collegian (, our campus newsletter:

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to the OSU Spirit Band

Dear editor:
On behalf of the Bucknell Bison from Nowhere, Pennsylvania, I want to offer a huge thanks to the OSU Spirit band.

I am a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. My son, John Clark, happens to play for the Bucknell basketball team.

Being the only Okie on the team (most of his teammates are from the Northeast; few had ever been anywhere near Oklahoma), he was thrilled to learn his team would play their NCAA tournament games in his home state. Being so far away, however, the school was unable to bring along their band.

It was such a joy to have our friends from the Northeast experience the warmth of Oklahoma hospitality through the graciousness and generosity of the OSU Spirit band.

The band members had to be tired and ready for a well deserved break after playing their hearts out for an emotional and intense OSU game. But they stayed at their post, put on orange T-shirts from a small Pennsylvania school, and played on with enthusiasm, as if for their own team. They even got the remaining OSU fans — already in Bucknell orange — involved in cheers and chants.

We are so grateful to the OSU Spirit band for voluntarily sacrificing their time and energy on our behalf last Sunday.

Go Cowboys (and Bison)!

Laurie C. Clark, D.O.
The true meaning of sportsmanship

Dear editor:

This weekend, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament produced a wonderful Cinderella story. Bucknell University’s Bison defeated the mighty Jayhawks of Kansas. As an alumnus of Bucknell, I was thrilled to see my team compete on the national stage. I was also heartened by a great story of sportsmanship.

I must thank your students and fans for giving my team a lift during our game against Wisconsin. Bucknell is a small school in central Pennsylvania with alumni based largely in the Northeast. For most of us, Oklahoma City was a bit of a trek. As a result, we were widely underrepresented in the Ford Center. However, your fans and band stepped in and showed that sportsmanship really does exist. To have the OSU faithful rooting for my team and the OSU band playing our fight song was an amazing sight and sound. Your fans did the sports world proud this weekend.

Thanks again Oklahoma State. For those of us who only see our team in the big dance once in a long while (once in 110 seasons for us), getting a boost from a generous fan base like yours makes our day. Best of luck to Coach Sutton, the OSU team, and all your fans as you play on in the tournament. Count on us to be rooting for you.

James Leahy
Chatham, NJ
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Some humor (sent to me by my brother)

  1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
  2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
  3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope
  4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1bananosecond
  5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
  6. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling
  7. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
  8. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
  9. 1 million bicycles = 2 megacycles
10. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds
11. 52 cards = 1 decacards
12. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton
13. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
14. 100 rations = 1 C-ration
15. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms
16. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Cornell University Hospital = 1 IV League
17. 100 Senators = Not 1 decision
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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Decided to update my website over the lunch hour

Here is how it used to look:

And here is how it looks now:

Here is a link to the site:
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Monday, March 14, 2005

One of the best Q&A entries I have ever seen:

Q: Do you think the biggest problems we face are ignorance and apathy?
A: I don't know, and I don't care
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Thursday, March 10, 2005

This doesn't look like Dallas

After meeting with both my surgeon and prosthetist on Tuesday afternoon, it was determined I have a deep muscle bruise, and most likely a bone bruise as well. Renee and I were supposed to go to Dallas to see friends and for me to attend a conference. The conference would have included a ton of walking, so that has been canceled :-(
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Monday, March 07, 2005

Thank goodness for the 'hands free' crutch

An early birthday present from my mom last year (before I went to Mexico for a short term missions trip) was a hands-free crutch. What, you may ask, is a hands-free crutch? It is something I wish I had the brains to invent a long time ago. A guy in Canada had an ankle injury several years ago, and got extremely tired of not being able to use his hands while walking around with crutches. He fashioned a 'crutch' that straps to your thigh, and has a shelf to put your knee on. This way, the wearer is able to walk around like normal, and have both hands free to carry items as needed.

Yesterday was one of those days when I needed this product very badly. On Saturday, I was over at a friend's house and the dads and kids were outside playing. I spent a little too much time on my leg, without the proper amount of sock-pys in my prosthetic leg (too hard to explain) .... which caused some extended discomfort. When I did put some sock-plys on, I think one (or two) may have been folded/creased, which I didn't notice, since I was already hurting. When I woke up yesterday and put on the leg, I stood up to put pressure on it like normal. The muscles immediately flared up with extreme pain, and I sat back down very quickly. Needless to say, I decided to let my prosthetic leg have the day off, and put the hands-free crutch into service.

The rest of the day went fine, even when we stripped the acoustic ceiling (more commonly referred to as 'popcorn' or 'cottage cheese') texture from the two bathrooms .... with the rest of the house to follow.
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Friday, March 04, 2005

Paper Craft

A Google search for origami will return tons of sites, but leave it to my brother to find a site so that you can make paper motorcycles.  Yep, paper toy motorcycles!  I was more impressed with the 'rare animals of the world' options that were to be found on the site. The site is sponsored by Yamaha, and is called Paper Crafts.

Looks like some fun ... if you are a patient type of person     ô¿~
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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Things are afoot...

And I don't mean at the Circle K (old commercial ... I would have provided a link, but too many blogs have used this line already)

Seems there is a major re-org about to happen at the office. Hopefully I will fare well as a result of it, its not like they can push too much more on me (I think).

More info as it becomes available!
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Information/Questions recieved up via email....

  • A handy telephone tip: Keep a small chalkboard near the phone. That way, when a salesman calls, you can hold the receiver up to it and run your fingernails across it until he hangs up.
  • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are dead?
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
  • Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?
  • Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
  • Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
  • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
  • Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?
  • If you send someone 'Styrofoam', how do you pack it?
  • If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
  • Can you cry under water?
  • What level of importance must a person have before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
  • If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?
  • How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on bigger suitcases ?
  • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Found a few images ... decided to update template

It's been a long time ... and I have been frustrated at work. When I saw the goldfish escaping from the fishbowl, I knew exactly how it felt. Decided to upate the template a little bit. Who knows, I might even start blogging again.......
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