Tuesday, December 23, 2008
So, I signed up. And then started spending time and finding people. Became a bit addictive. Talked my sister into it.
She finally got Robert, her husband, to sign up and she summed it up perfectly below:
I was going to email you this morning because robert finally got on facebook and is totally addicted. it's really funny. he's going thru the same range of emotions I did. 1) There's no way I'm joining Facebook. 2) Disdain for others on facebook. 3) What, my Mom is on Facebook? Guess I gotta do it. 4) Okay, can't figure out the damn thing- how do i set up my profile? 5) Look at these people I'm finding! 6) Running upstairs to check the Wall & to change status. 7) this is fun!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Note: finally figured out how to get my photos off the phone (thanks, Brian and Shane). Found out that my computer didn't have the right "stuff" so we used Shane's mac to get them retrieved. As you can see, I'm also not very good at using the camera phone (notice I took a self portrait and didn't even know...)
My first Cowboys game.
My first Monday Night Football.
The first home Cowboys game.
The last MNF game at the old stadium before the new one opens.
Pretty historic (or, as Jason said -- "you're an elitist"). Not a bad game to get tickets to, thanks to John Hampton, Xpedx (thanks!).
Tony's going (he's at least a Cowboys fan)
Jason Landkamer is going (he's a fan)
Jason LeFebvre is going (he's a Bears fan like me).
"Get there early," John said, so our plans are to leave from Eisenberg And Associates around 430. Think by the time we got lost and then found a Cash parking lot (note to Cowboys: better wayfinding signage is needed at the new stadium) and waited in a long line to park in a field, hiked a mile to the stadium. Boy, that first beer was pretty good. Seats are great -- section 14, row 38 (thanks, John!).
Have to say that I'm glad we went and we all had a good time. Have to say that I'm glad it was up until the end before an outcome -- no big routes. Close until the end. Yes, I know -- the Cowboys won. I have to say I'm happy. And I have to say that it was well worth the traffic and the crowds and the LATE night.
After the game -- three million people all left at the same time. What did we do? Went to the Corral and drank until it cleared up (better than being in a crowd, parched, with no place to go). That must be why we made it through college. EDUCATION.
Yes, I stayed out until 2 am and made it into work. Yes, I'm tired. But it was worth it. Not going to do a play-by-play because most of you know that I like football, but I'm not obsessed by it. I'll fill in with pictures. Maybe find a few stats to sprinkle in that make me sound like a football nut.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Well, Thursdays the wheels are really pretty much off - except for Tom. Well, maybe also Tom but he's so much better his misses aren't as bad as our duffs. But, we're at Bay Harbor. My favorite. Breakfast first at Sagamore (sp) at the hotel. First real meal I've had in a few days. No gurgling stomach. Get to the club, check in, check out the pro shop where I quickly decide on what I'll purchase later this afternoon.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I'm usually pretty daily about my blog, but haven't been this trip. For the past three days I've been suffering some sort of "intestinal malady." Don't know whether it's food poisoning or a bug, but yesterday afternoon Powerade became my savior and made the gurgles stop. Sitting next to my computer now with that same wonder beverage, hoping that today the gurgles will end. Sorry, but the photos are a little lacking too. I'll try to fill in with new "color" later, but I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things.
Monday, normal morning. Wake up, stretch, get in car, drive to McDonalds, get to True North. In the fog. Lots of fog. True North is a private club just past Boyne Highlands and is beautiful. Today, Frank didn't shoot a 78/79 -- I definitely didn't either. But I enjoyed the course more time #2.
Then off to Little Traverse Bay Golf Club, 995 Hideaway Valley Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, (231) 526-6200 (Golf Shop), (231) 526-7800 (Restaurant), http://www.ltbaygolf.com/
Get a little lost, but find it. Then off to the snack shack for brats and beer. Have to say then that it didn't sit really good on my tummy. But nothing was that day. Little Traverse Bay is a really pretty course. Great views. Like most of the Michigan courses, lots of elevation.
Dinner on the patio. I still just wasn't hungry, but ordered something thinking it would go away. Needless to say, after a really really long wait for our food -- plus the darkness and chill setting in outside -- I took two bites and ran to the golf course. No more dinner for me (Tom said it was pretty good). We get back to the condo and I promptly retire to chills and ickiness. Sleep pretty much none and then find I can't hold down pain reliever in the morning (that really sucks)
Next morning is Hills and Heather. I'm still not feeling great. Definitely not hungry, gurgling stomach. But, we head out into the fog (which looks like driving rain when you're in it). Hills is one of my favorite courses. And it definitely becomes Ryan's -- he shoots an 80-something (wonderful considering his handicap is about a 26 and he's been shooting 100s) -- and takes all of our money. Fewer three putts helped that score. I dont' shoot that bad either -- Tom thinks because I purged the night before.
Heather. I like this course too. I always forget which course is which until I start playing.
Dinner at Bob In.
Then off to golf. I won't retell these courses since I did last year -- in fact, don't have many photos yet. Maybe today at True North and Little Traverse Bay (new course).
Will tell everyone that it was CHILLY all day. The marshalls and cart girls (from Michigan) had on gloves and sweatshirts and were talking long underwear. And then there's this group from Texas all wearing shorts. But, as we kept saying, it's not 107 degrees!
Dinner and then watch a bit of the Olympics. Then bed.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Tomorrow morning, get up bright and early and head to Grand Rapids to pick up Tom, Frank and Ryan. Then our golf adventures begin for a week.
After Michigan, back to Chicago to see Al -- Dad's coming in too, so we can celebrate Lily and Clara's birthday. That should be fun.
Last leg of the trip is NIRI SWRC in St. Louis. Happy to see that coming to an end. What a lot of work. We have a good showing and I'll be happy to see old friends. Ken from Aflac is making it in to speak and hang out with us.
Well, time to file the last few emails. Be ready for some pictures. Lots of pictures!
Saturday, June 07, 2008
So, get to the bar. Vince White from Devon is there. Jason is there. I grab a cocktail and we're getting caught up. And then I look across the bar. That man looks familiar. Look across the bar again. He waves. He looks really familiar. And then realize that it's Mark Larsen from US Energy Corp. and his wife. Catch up with him and then Reggie comes down with his wife and baby (and another on the way). They've decided to come to NIRI (of course, Mark is asking me about sessions and which ones he should go to and I don't even know what the agenda looks like!).
Dinner and then -- Walter, Gaff, Terri, Ian and more and more of the NIRI crew show up (at the bar, of course).
Today: golf and then the Leadership Dinner. Wonder who I'll run into this time.
Monday, March 31, 2008
From USAToday.com: Davidson watches storybook run come to an end
DETROIT — The only regret Davidson Coach Bob McKillop had after a two-point loss to Kansas Sunday is that his players will dwell on the disheartening finish instead of their wondrous journey at the NCAA tournament.
"My father was a New York City cop. He used to always tell me to polish the backs of your shoes because that's the last thing people will see of you."
Monday, March 24, 2008
Here's an article from USA Today:
By Mike Lopresti, Gannett News Service
RALEIGH, N.C. — They do not act like a No. 10 seed.
They do not talk like a team from a school that until Friday, had not won an NCAA men's tournament game since the first year of the Nixon administration.
They do not play like a mid-major — refusing to obey the law that says if you fall behind a big brute such as Georgetown by 17 points in the second half, you're as dead as rotary dial.
It was about then Sunday — with Georgetown still ahead 14 — when coach Bob McKillop looked into the faces of his Davidson Wildcats during a timeout and posed a question.
"Are you having fun?"
Oh, they would.
Not long after that, Stephen Curry — the main man of March so far — would bury a long three-pointer while being fouled, and complete a 4-point play. It was as if someone had blown a bugle.
In the end, Georgetown's only hope was that Davidson would do what countless other underdogs have done before when it came time to close the deal — stop playing to win, start playing not to lose.
"When we see light at the end of the tunnel, we have a killer instinct," Curry said afterward, slumped in the hallway on a table, an exhausted assassin after scoring 30 points — 25 after halftime. This a mere 48 hours after torching Gonzaga for 40.
Welcome to the new world, when a team from the Southern Conference takes on one of the behemoths of the Big East, and talks "killer instinct."
"There is a gap," guard Jason Richards said of the distance between the major powers and Davidson's world. "But that gap can be closed."
So Davidson wins 74-70 to go to the Sweet 16, and it is possible all 1,700 students from the campus outside Charlotte will never forget this day. Though they're still probably happier that the school provides free laundry service.
"I'm a dreamer," McKillop said, "And I've been a dreamer all my life."
A lot of upstarts with fine records have dared to imagine such thoughts, but Davidson has more than dreams and gall.
The Wildcats have a toughness forged by playing through fire. The insane non-conference schedule McKillop handed his Wildcats — North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, North Carolina State — now pays off. Each one was a loss. Each one was a tutorial. They haven't lost since four days before Christmas.
"We played not to lose against Duke and North Carolina. When we got ahead 18 on UCLA (before losing by 12), we freaked out and started playing not to lose," said forward Thomas Sander. "We learned our lesson."
So in the final, frantic minutes Sunday, Curry was not afraid to take and make a three-pointer. Richards did not think twice before slashing through the Georgetown defense for a layup.
Nobody played safe and sat on a fragile lead.
"Coach has been waiting 19 years for this moment," Curry said.
McKillop has stayed at Davidson through 19 mostly successful seasons, ignoring the lure of bright lights elsewhere. He stresses a three-word mantra of caring, commitment and trust — "I stole that from Lou Holtz" — and does things like tell his team before the game Sunday about his tryout with the 1972 Philadelphia 76ers.
He was too tentative, just satisfied at getting the chance. "That team was 9-72, so I was cut from the worst team in NBA history."
The moral: Don't be happy just to be here Sunday.
But none of this works without Curry.
He scored only five points in the first half, against the most determined defense Georgetown could offer. Jonathan Wallace would guard him, and then Chris Wright, and then Jeremiah Rivers. Curry was handed from Hoya to Hoya as if he were a bowl of jellybeans.
"Most guys would start forcing the issue and rushing," Curry said. "I have absolute confidence in my teammates, so I let the game come to me."
His teammates marvel. Richards was asked his favorite Curry moment from Sunday.
"The 4-point play from the logo ... the spin three-pointer with two guys in his face ... the scoop shot ..."
He might have gone on forever.
Curry said it never crossed his mind that he would not ignite in time. "I try to have that feeling every time I shoot the ball. You don't want to shoot not to miss."
And you never want to play not to lose. This was no fluke. Here is a player and team with instant national credibility.
Somewhere, the members of the 2006 team from George Mason understand what might be happening.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Brookfield High graduate Bill Westenhofer won an Academy Award for Visual Effects on Sunday night for his work on "The Golden Compass.'' The win for "The Golden Compass" was considered an upset over the blockbusters "Transformers" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Westenhofer is the visual effects supervisor for Rhythm & Hues, and led the studio's team on "The Golden Compass.''
Westenhofer led a crew of 500 on two continents over a period of 18 months to produce nearly 400 shots featured in the movie, which stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards. Lee Berger, president of Rhythm & Hudes' Film Division, congratulated Westenhofer last month after he received the nomination for the 80th Academy Awards. "We congratulate Bill, his entire crew and all of the employees of Rhythm & Hues in Los Angeles and India for this tremendous recognition, which acknowledges their inspired creativity, hard work and dedication,'' Berger said.
According to the Web site AnimationXpress.com, Rhythm & Hues' work for "The Golden Compass'' includes creation of the hero daemons, including Richard's daemon Pan in all his incarnations; the Golden Monkey (Kidman's daemon); Stelmaria, (Craig's daemon), the spyflies and numerous other characters. In addition, Rhythm & Hues' Academy Award-winning proprietary fluid simulation program was utilized for the creation of the mystical swarming dust clouds seen in the movie's Daemon Death and Battlefield sequences. This technology
was recognized by the Academy in January with a Scientific and Technical Academy Award. Recipients include Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, Michael Kowalski, Jonathan Cohen and UCLA Oceanographer and R&H Consultant Jeroen Molemaker.
Westenhofer is a two-time Oscar nominee. He was previously nominated in 2005 in the same category for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Westenhofer is also nominated for "The Golden Compass" in the Special Visual Effects category by the Orange BAFTA Awards, and "Compass" is one of the Visual Effects' Society's nominees for Best Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture Category. Westenhofer's mother is former longtime Brookfield Board of Education Chairman Adi Westenhofer. His father is former longtime Zoning Board of Appeals Member Don Westenhofer.