Saturday, December 31, 2005

Borrowed Gang of Four

This meme is stolen (although I prefer the term "borrowed with implied permission") from BP's And Another today. Seemed like a good one for the last day of 2005.

Four jobs you've had in your life: painter, lawn care professional, personal cook (a live-in job at an estate on Lake Sunapee), pilot

Four movies you could watch over and over: Goodfellas, The Big Lebowski, The Incredibles, A Christmas Story

Four places you've lived: (other than my childhood and current hometown in NH) Colorado Springs CO, Del Rio TX, Tacoma WA, and Atlanta GA

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Sopranos, The Daily Show, My Name is Earl, and Days of Our Lives (I still don't know why -- a college habit I've been unable to break)

Four places you've been on vacation: Orlando FL, Franconia Notch NH (w/o the kids!), Bristol RI, and Sunapee NH (had to vacation here for 20 yrs. before I made it back home)

Four websites you visit daily: Yahoo weather, eBay, Web Soduko, Deltanet

Four of your favorite foods: pasta, steak, baked potatoes, pumpkin pie

Four places you'd rather be: Rome, Alaska (oops, only in the summer please), Seattle, any Caribbean island

Four albums you cannot live without: This is a hard one since I don't listen to music this way anymore. I make mix CDs for the car and listen to my MP3 player when running or at work. Current artists on my MP3 player include Pearl Jam, Alannis Morrisette, Aerosmith, Counting Crows, and Boston, etc for running. I also sleep (during my break of course) while crossing the Atlantic to a mix of Elton John, Doobies, Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones and the Fugees among many others that allow me to sleep through the passenger noise.

Next four tagged: Like the Pirate, I don't tag either.'s an addition to the list:

Four wishes for 2006: U.S. troops home from Iraq, a new President, Delta out of bankruptcy, and a happy, healthy family

That's all for this year. Let's hope for better things in 2006 ---

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy Birthday Dad!

I tried to make a surprise birthday cake for Cranky today, but little Bob announced it over and over again when he got home -- "Daddy's birthday cake, Daddy's birthday cake!!!" Oh well -- he smiled and will act surprised for us tonight.

(This is for you Maureen)

I know this radio commercial has been out for quite some time but it is wicked funny. I guess AirTran didn't think so. I wonder how many people would like to fly on AirTran if they realized it was formerly known as Value Jet? Just wondering:)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I didn't see the Pope but....

I made a quick pass through the Vatican on Christmas Day. As you can see the manger scene in front of St. Peter's was large and impressive. There was also a smaller version inside the church. I found myself wondering how it was constructed -- Was lightweight foam used? How heavy is the roof? Do they keep it in storage during the offseason? Who has the contract for the construction -- locals or Germans? Is this what I'm supposed to be thinking about as I view the manger? (I would also like to add that, although it was raining, lightning did not strike as I entered the church. :))

Most of Rome was closed for the holiday. It seemed like the only people out and about were the tourists, and us, the junior crewmembers who get to work on the holidays. Oh except the umbrella salesmen who were hounding us, even though I already had one. Enjoyed a cappucino near the Pantheon and ate dinner with a Continental crew. I guess it wasn't a bad place to be if I couldn't be home.

On the flight over, I debated with one of the other pilots Evolution vs ID. Yikes, I wish I hadn't brought up the PA ruling. He actually told me there was scientific evidence of ID! Maybe I should have brought up gay marriage instead..... Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas!


We celebrated Christmas today. I will be flying Dec.24-26 so Raymond (age 6) wrote a letter to Santa Claus requesting early delivery. Thank goodness he obliged! As usual, we all received more than we needed but everyone is grateful and we had a great day. Even the 2 yr. old waited patiently for his turn to open a present. Mary, 11, is now the proud owner of a laptop and has already worked on her web page. I went for a run this afternoon to try out my new Garmin forerunner 301, which is a GPS/heart monitor/stop watch gizmo. It's great!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. If you're going to Rome that's where I'll be....:)

Here's a picture of Raymond on his snowmobile. He flies around the yard on it!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Here it is!

I couldn't decide between a website and a blog and decided (obviously) to go with the blog. It seems easy enough -- but will I have anything to say or the time to say it? We shall see.