Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ringtones R Us

Every now and again, I get on a big 'ringtone kick'.  And, I figured I would use the latest kick as blog fodder, so here goes:


If you are around me when I get a call on my cell phone, what you hear will let you know who is calling me:


Current default ringtone (Hawaii 50):


My wife (Hot Legs):


My daughter (Mary Tyler Moore show):


     had been Target Commercial:



My mom (OU fight song):


Anyone associated with OSUPD (Cops theme):


Anyone associated with ID Services (Pink Panther):


Anyone from the apartments I manage (just have to listen to it):


One buddy who drives fast - AH (race car):


Another buddy with a fast car - JF (Speed Racer):


And the current sound for incoming text messages (and voice mail notification):

  (CTU telephone sound - 24)


While putting this post together, I realized I have a lot more contacts I need to figure out personalized ringtones assignments!!!!!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

King Kountry Dancers

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

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Yep, Sarah has a twin in this one
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Bringing some heat!!!

water-heaterWithout going into a huge discussion of the 'symptoms' that forced the need for the replacement of our 15 year old water heater, a buddy came over Sunday afternoon to help me with the task.


15 years ago, the 40 gallon water heater cost about $125-$150.  That price included the water heater, installation parts and labor (my father-in-law & I).  The 50 gallon replacement tank, with installation parts, cost almost $530. No, that is not a typo!  (I won't get into why they are so expensive now. Hint - government and new safety issues)


After the installation was completed, and leaks fixed, I set the new thermostat at approximately the same location on the dial as the previous heater had been, realizing that I may have to adjust it slightly up-or-down on Monday.


Fast forward to that night and time for my shower:  I set the shower knob at the normal location for the temperature I like (normally a very hot shower) and got in.  The water started off warm (as usual) and began warming up.  I was sitting in my shower chair and reaching for the soap as the water continued to get hotter, very quickly.  Next thing I know, scalding hot water is hitting me ... I screamed like a little girl as I thought I was inflicting my internal organs to third-degree burns!  I have never felt water that hot come from a shower before.  I could have easily cooked pasta in that water.


Needless to say, I lowered the thermostat level on the new water heater shortly after I recovered!

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Oliver North book signing event

I did something yesterday I really thought I would never get to do: meet Oliver North!


I got an email from earlier in the week advising that Oliver North would be in Oklahoma City for a book signing.  Needless to say, I instantly called Renee and let her know about the event.  Once we confirmed we didn't already have plans for Saturday (this would have pre-empted pretty much anything!), I put the event on my calendar.  Without getting into all the details, we arraigned for my nephew Matt to go with us.


mattThe signing was scheduled to start at 8:00pm.  Those of you who know me will understand when I share that we got to Mardels at 6:45.  Yes, over an hour early!  Even being that early, we were still back in the line around 20-25 people from the start.


Since we had 75 minutes to waste, while standing in one spot, Matt and were chatting about various topics, and checking out the books around us.  I have placed a picture of Matt attempting to look interested in one of the books to the right.  I have another picture of "Matt being Matt" in a Facebook album with several other pictures from the event here.





After the long wait, we got out books signed by Oliver North.  While he was signing my book, I said "happy birthday in two days, sir".  When I said this, he stopped signing my book, looked up at me and asked if I was a Marine.  I told him no, but that I have several friends who are and that 10Nov is an important date to me for that reason (10 Nov 1775 is considered the birthday of the US Marines).  Just as he was closing my book, I followed up with "also, happy birthday last month", as his birthday is 07 October.


After we were through, Renee Matt and I went to go get a late dinner, but stayed near the Mardel store.  I had hopes of getting a 'real picture' with Oliver North after the crowd had left the area.  When we came back, Oliver North was no where to be found.  Being that the crowd had dispersed, the store management had closed up the signing event.  Oliver North was in the back signing books for the employees.  I shared with one of the managers that my nephew and I had waited until now to get better pictures with Mr North.  The manager said it was too late and where I might be able to see Mr North the next day.  As we prepared to leave, another manager came up to me and asked if I was the one who wish Oliver North the birthday wishes and I said I was.  He then told me that I was the only one that had mentioned the upcoming Marine Corp birthday and told me not to leave, as Oliver North would be out in just a few minutes. 


When he came out, Matt and I were able to get pictures with him:


matt and oliver north

ron and oliver north

(click on the images to see larger copies)


Here is what I received from Mardel to let me know about the event


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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Media Bias????

How can the many members of the media claim not to be bias when they are reporting information such as this?



This screen capture was on MSNBC political race widget at 9:00pm (Oklahoma time).  Now I realize that only 4% of the precincts had reported in, but the percentage of votes at the time are Obama at 37% and McCain at 62%.  But they have already turned the state blue in their chart and placed a check mark next to Obama.


What is up with that?

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