Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wedding Day: Scattered, Smothered & Covered

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, light up a smoke, grab a box of Kleenex, and let the waterworks flow......

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Coming Soon to a Coastline Near You

You would think that a weather geek such as myself would've seen this coming. Nope. It was my brother who had the keen senses to pick up on this one, and he eagerly passed it on to me. I'm not sure what to make of this revelation, frankly. Should I be excited? Terrified? I don't know. All is know is that Hurricanes "Bill" and "Ida" are coming in 2009.

Let me repeat that. Hurricanes "Bill" and "Ida" are coming in 2009. Folks, this is not a drill. Buy your plywood. Fill your bath tubs. Make sure the generator runs. Get ready.

I can likely predict how this will go. Since they pick names in the order of the alphabet, "Bill" will be an early season tropical storm, likely in the far southern Gulf Coast. Characteristically, he will be a relatively normal, tired early season storm, maybe not even reaching hurricane strength. He'll be early to form, and early to fizzle out (as depicted here).

Hurricane 'Ida", on the other hand, will be a completely different story. Ida will form early, and become a persistent, ever-present force. You will know when she hass arrived, and she will definitely leave a memorable mark in her wake. She will be very windy; sustained winds will be of high magnitude. One thing is for sure, it will not be easy to forget Hurricane Ida once she is gone. Likely a Gulf Coast hurricane, Ida likes a good party, so it is only fitting that New Orleans is where she makes her landfall.

There you have it folks. Hurricanes "Bill" and "Ida", coming in 2009. Prepare yourself. Now.

Friday, November 14, 2008

10 Years Ago.....

I sat in Zachary's Sports Bar in West Des Moines, which was the official watch site for both the KSU Cat-Backers, and the Nebraska Alumni Association. The 9-0 K-State Wildcats finally had the team, the talent, and thepotential to get a win against Nebraska, a team for 30 straight years which had embarassed them on an annual basis, home or away.

Nebraska was down 34-30 with about 2:30 left to play in the game. In their own territory, NU faced 4th & 8. The redshirt freshman Eric Crouch dropped back to pass, and his facemask was introduced to the ring finger of KSU middle linebacker Travis Ochs. Feeling aa bit of a buzz, and fueled on by the energy of the game itself, I, along with every other person in the place jumped out of their seats, both horrified from the fact that Crouch had just had his head on backwards, and enraged that for as obvious to everyone either at the game or watching around the country, there was no flag to be found on the cold turf in Manhattan. K-State took over on downs, and proceeded to score again before the final whistle. They had finally beaten Goliath. K-State 40, Nebraska 30.

Historians will argue that the famous Colorado 5th Down against Missouri, or the Penn State out of bounds no-call against NU in 1982 would be in the running.....but the pictures do not lie. Travis Ochs' facemask sack of Eric Crouch is hands-down the biggest, most flagrant no-call in college football history.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I voted for Bruce Dickinson.

Yes, the Bruce Dickinson. I'm not entirely sure which the Bruce Dickinson, though.... Either the Bruce Dickinson who puts his pants on just like the rest of us-- one leg at a time. Except, once his pants are on, he makes gold records.

Or the Bruce Dickinson with the shredding pipes of one of the 80's greatest metal bands. Regardless, he got my vote for Member of Educational Service Unit, Sub-District 6 last night, and it's a better Educational Service Unit Sub-District 6, either way. I think.


No matter what your politics, I hope that we all can acknowledge today that what took place last night was one of the most significant moments in U.S. History. Remarkable.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008