Monday, March 26, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Another Obituary

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.


Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Buttersworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch.


The gravesite was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers.


He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times he still, as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions.


Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough; two children, John Dough and Jane Dough; plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly dad, Pop Tart.


The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Happy Pi Day!

Today is March fourteenth.

That makes it 3.14 on the calendar.

3.14 is also known as Pi (3.14159)

So, at 1:59pm, it will be even more Pi Day.


Yes, it must be a very slow news day for this to be the only thing to post about!

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

I lost two friends this past week

I was in communications with Tony on a weekly, if not daily, basis. He was buried on Wednesday.


Yesterday, Jim was buried. I hadn’t spoken with Jim in several years, as we had grown apart from each other for some stupid reason.


While I am mourning the loss of both, I believe the mourning for Jim is worse, because I am also mourning the loss of those years we didn’t spent in fellowship.


If you and a friend are drifting away from each other (or have already drifted away), think about re-connecting with them, and soon.


You will never recover those years lost over silly or stupid differences.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Jim D. Lolley (1967 - 2007)

Jim D. Lolley, 39, of St. Anne, Illinois, passed from this life and into the next on March 1, 2007. He was traveling on business in Lancaster County, Pa., when he was involved in a fatal auto accident.


Jim entered this world on April 26, 1967, in Valdosta, Ga., and began a life of purpose and principle -- he left a legacy which will far outlast his 39 years of life. He attended school in Lowndes County, where he graduated in 1985 from Lowndes High School. While in high school, Jim was on the wrestling team for three years and earned the title of 4A State Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. He also played football his senior year. Upon graduation, Jim was named a Senior Superlative. For the next three years Jim attended the University of Southwest Louisiana on a football scholarship.


While in school in Louisiana, he met Michelle Bates and they married in May of 1987. In September of 1988, Jim and Michelle welcomed their first child into their life. They moved to Perkins, Okla., where they lived for the next 11 years. They added two more children to their family while residing there.


In 1999, Jim graduated from Bartlesville Wesleyan College with a B.S. degree in human resource management. Jim worked for Armstrong World Industries from 1989 until his death. He received several promotions while with Armstrong and was recently promoted to Human Resources Manager for Resilient Manufacturing & Operations-Armstrong Floor Products.


Jim lived to serve others and spent his days fulfilling that purpose. He never met a stranger and never passed someone by that was in need. He cherished his family above all else and loved God and mankind with all his heart.


Surviving are his wife, Michelle Lolley of St. Anne; two daughters and one son-in-law, Nikki and Benjamin Chew of Bakersfield, Calif., Chelsea Lolley of St. Anne; one son, Benjamin Lolley of St. Anne; parents, Bob and Leonia Lolley of Valdosta, Ga.; and one brother, Bobby Lolley of Tallahassee, Fla.


There will be two memorial celebrations of Jim's life. The first will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee. The second will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at River of Life Church in Perkins, Okla. Jim will be laid to rest at the Perkins Cemetery.


Note from Ron:

Jim was a friend from several years back, when he lived in a small town south of Stillwater.  He was a good friend, a guy who was full of life and a fun-loving guy.  He will be greatly missed.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Anthony Talbot Barr (1947 - 2007)

Anthony Talbot Barr, 59, of Boca Raton died peacefully on March 5, 2007.


He was born July 18, 1947, in Chicago, IL. Tony was predeceased by his father, William G. Barr of Joliet, IL; mother, Elinor Talbot Harnett of Ft. Lauderdale; and most recently by his sister, Robin Barr Pellegrino of Boulder City, NV. Surviving Tony are his daughter Lisa (Tim) Russo; granddaughter, Tabitha, grandson, Nick; and great grandson, Timothy all of Troy, NY. He is also survived by his sister, Kathleen (Dave) Barr Kruger, of Lilburn, GA; brother, Michael (Carroll) of Powhatan, VA; and sister, Susan (Jeff) Hellberg of Amarillo, TX. Also surviving Tony are the love of his life and soulmate, Eva Julie Hughes, and his "other mother", Dolores Schneider.


Tony graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor of science in 1970 and subsequently started T-Barr, Inc. a commercial real estate company. He was a member of the National Association of Realtors and a longstanding member of the US Polo Association. In addition to his involvement in real estate, Tony's dedication was to The Barr Foundation as both a Board Member and its President, traveling to Third World countries to make people "Whole Again" through The Barr Foundation. He was a member of the elite group of skydivers who had logged over five hundred jumps, but his passion was polo and his polo ponies.


Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Wednesday, March 7 at Babione Funeral Home (East Chapel), where a funeral service will be held at 7:00 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Barr Foundation, 136 NE Olive Way, Boca Raton, FL 33432.


The family and Board of Directors of The Barr Foundation are resolute to continue the work of the Foundation in memory of its founder, William G. Barr, and now its Champion Tony Barr. Babione Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 561-395-8787

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Monday, March 05, 2007

The passing of a good man

At approximately 7:00am this morning (Florida, USA time), Anthony Barr, President of the Barr Foundation, passed away as the result of cardiac damage suffered from a heart attack last week.


I initially came into contact with Anthony (Tony) prior to my amputation surgery in December 2003.  He explained how a new website was being put together about the Ertl Procedure, and he asked if I would submit my bio to be included in the site after my surgery.  After the surgery, and considering how happy I was with how my quality of life was improving, I was more than happy to submit my bio for inclusion.


Fast forward about a year.  The webmaster of was preparing for for a crazy bike ride across Europe, so I offered to take over the website while he was gone.  This led to Tony and I being in contact on an almost daily basis!  While we primarily stayed in contact via email, we telephoned each other about once a month to bounce ideas off each other.


In March 2006, Tony had me fly to Chicago to give a short presentation to the Barr Foundation Board of Directors about the website's success.  What was supposed to be a 15 minutes presentation (warm-up for the keynote speaker) turned into a 30 minute presentation, with a 20 minute Q&A afterward since the keynote speaker wasn't able to attend.


In short, the Barr Foundation exists to:

1. Assist amputees in the US acquire prosthetic components, when they are financially unable to assist themselves.  This is done via financial donations to the foundation.

2. Assist amputees in third world countries with acquiring prosthetic components. This is done via both financial and component donations to the foundation.

3. Promote the Ertl Procedure to be a standard procedure to be available to all patients in need of an amputation surgery, due to diabetes, injury, etc.


Please keep Tony's wife Eva, and the rest of their family in your prayers at this time.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

One for the geeks

If you think "There's no place like" is funny,

you should get a kick out of this tattoo:

Note: If you don't understand the humor of this, and want an explanation ... just let me know.

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