Thursday, April 30, 2009

Springtime in the Rockies

Enough.

I love snow and we didn't get much of it this winter. But I'm good. Rain would be fine instead.

Even though its been technically "spring" for a few weeks now........spring comes slowly here. Things are looking pretty green all over Denver proper, but at 6200 feet, we are just starting to really feel the difference. We had 4"-5" inches of snow on Monday.

What comes to life early here are all the columbines, (I have 5 varieties) the peonies that I planted last year are back and doing very well, nearly 10" already. The honeysuckle is looking good in it's third year. Rose bushes are starting to green up, and I think I will have lilacs in spite of recent snow. Best of all, my tiny cherry tree is starting to put out big white blossoms.

Oh and most important of all............aspen trees are putting out those tiny, lime green leaves.............

Pictures to follow..........although we can't really say we are done with the snow....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Post 9/11 Travel

Strange as it sounds........neither The Husband or I have been on a plane since before 9/11.

So our I recent trip to San Antonio was faced with a little anxiety. Following research on the Internet, input from friends and family, and last minute call to ScooterGirl, we ventured out.

TSA, baggage loss paranoia, early airport arrivals...............

Is all this a lot harder than it used to be??

Now let me start by saying that I'm not the most experienced of travelers. But at one point, I think airline travel was a relatively enjoyable experience, for the most part. Where the advantages outweighed the challenges.......am I missing something?

Now it seems like somewhat of an..............ordeal???

Dancing With The Stars Shocking Elimination

I think the odds were that tonight we would send our Cowboy home. Even though he has shown significant improvement in the last few weeks...............and even fell victim to the "Spray Tan".

But in a surprise vote..........Chuck, our country singer was the one who fell short of the mark.


Poor guy, now he has to go back to his successful Country singing career, and his still gets to hang out with his stunningly beautiful professional dancer partner,(oh, and girlfriend) Julianne.

Must suck to be him.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Us

Lovely time in San Antonio, a first visit for both The Husband and I.

Little "bumpy" getting there........scheduled to leave at 3, left at 6:15 ish......but that's another story.

Fun stuff first..........pictures..............

First up............the Missions.



It was rainy but that meant not a lot of people there.



We found this extremely cool. Being the nerdy history types that we are.

Next day..................THE ALAMO.

You have to go there at least once in your life...........



The RiverWalk



And a few of my "artsy" shots.





For the first airline travel post 9/11 for both of us.......not too bad. Lessons learned.

Can we go to Santa Fe soon?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dancing With The Stars Elimination



LT the Football Dude is heading to the links.

I think that's where he wants to be........... so no harm no foul.

It's getting down to the nitty gritty...still think in the end it will be Hot French Dude or our Olympic Cherub.

I would be happy with that.

Monday, April 20, 2009

No Basement in the Alamo

There is no basement in the Alamo.

But we had to find out for ourselves.

However, there was some Brooklyn dude wandering around, dressed up like Jim Bowie.

Because The Husband and I are big history nerds, it was great that ScooterGirl and The Marine took us to the Alamo.

We saw the River Walk and El Mercado. Lackland AFB, the Missions and even the big cowboy boots outside North Star Mall. Yes, they also took me to Cavender's to find some boots.

But best of all, was just spending time with our fine friends. ScooterGirl and her The Husband have a home that feels as comfy as my own. She welcomed and entertained us in spite of not feeling well...............we played with Max, Murphy and Maggie, when they weren't running through the doggy door to chase off birds and varmits. We saw birds we never saw before.

It was a fine time.

Pictures to follow..................

Dancing With The Stars Football & Cowboys

Okay. Now it's time to get serious.

While both are charming and entertaining in entirely unique ways..........

It's time for FootballStar and Cowboy to go. They clearly can't keep up with the pack.

The group dance was fun but not as good as previous seasons.

The Husband and I split our votes between Hot French Dude and our little Olympic Cherub...........I'd be happy with either winning...........

Never Forget Columbine

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me



My blog birthday, that is. (The other BIG event happens later in the year).


But today is the anniversary of my first post. There have been a few times I felt like giving up......but in the end I enjoy the process of writing and taking photos. My favorite part is watching the site meter and seeing all the people that stop by from (literally) all around the world.

Thanks to my regular readers. Glad you keep stopping by........some of you lurkers need to comment now and again so I know for sure it's you!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Steve O Gone O Dancing With the Stars Elimination

Didn't get around to voicing the joy and happiness found at the Chick Voice/The Husband's house that the fans finally came to their senses and voted off the worst dancer.

Not really a big fan of the whole jackass "thing". Never quite got it. It was like all the troubled worse junior high boys I ever worked with got their own show. Not really my cup of tea. But I guess he had enough of a fan base to keep him around TOO long.

Steve O Gone O

Friday, April 10, 2009

Larry Norman, The Grammy's & Me Part 5

SEE PREVIOUS POSTS

For the rest of the 80's, I continued to work with teenagers, and Larry continued to record albums. He toured around, but rarely came any where near Denver. I was on the Phydeaux mailing list, so I got a newsletter a few times a year, and I would send off a check to buy his latest album.

There was plenty of other "Christian music" being recorded and available. That music ran the gamut of Great Stuff (in the minority for sure) to a bunch of what I referred to as Christian Schlock Music.

In reaction I became one of the many "undercover Larry Norman music pushers". I introduced many young people to his albums. My junior high choir sang "I Am A Servant".

One of the striking things about Larry's music was the fact it reached kids who had no interest whatsoever in any other Christian music. There is something about the honesty, the pain, the stark reality of Larry's music that struck a chord with what I called the "fringe" kids.

We were thrilled beyond belief in 1989 when I received notice in the mail that Larry was coming to Denver, not only to do a concert, but the concert was being video taped. So I rounded up a small group of friends who had all been bitten by the Larry bug, and we made plans to attend the taping.

We were convinced that there would be a mob scene at the small Denver church where the concert was being held. So we planned on arriving at lunch time. Ready to camp out and be first in line.

Sadly we arrived and not a single person was there. Except the occasional church member who was showing up for choir practice. They thought we were nutty. Seems in the end, not that many folks in the Denver area were on the mailing list. So it was small crowd, maybe 150 people, packed into the "House of Joy Miracle Deliverance Church". It was for me, the most intimate setting I had seen Larry perform in, and it was an amazing night.

In the context of Larry's career, that night was being filmed in conjunction with the release of "Home At Last". The album was released on the Benson label. This was part of the two or three minutes (sorry for the sarcasm) that the Christian Music industry had decided to let Larry back into their good graces. As far as I know, Benson never released the video, although at some point it was released by Larry. I have a copy and recently found that most of it has been posted on YouTube. If you watch all 9 parts, there is footage both from that night and from other appearances with a band. Looks like his brother Charlie on guitar. Watch this video and notice the faces of the choir members.



I talked to the choir ladies in the restroom during the breaks. They had been rehearsing the songs for weeks. But they had no idea who Larry was, and never had seen him till that day. Over the course of the evening you could see them move from confusion to delight.

It was a wonderful, strange, inspiring, bizarre and moving night. To me, Larry seemed out of sorts. Don't know a better way to put it. He rambled in between songs, sometimes seemed brilliant, sometimes exhausted, sometimes lost to reality. To a person seeing him for the first time, they may not have noticed, but to me......he seemed different.

But in other ways, he was still the Larry I knew. One young man, who had recently been through some very difficult days was with us that night. He wanted to talk to Larry. We waited, they talked, and then disappeared back stage for a while. Later he came out and showed us a tape Larry had given him. I was yet another time that Larry had taken time for my "kids". I was touched. Little did I know that my life was going to face some severely difficult days in the near future, and that years would pass before I saw Larry again.

ScooterGirl Here We Come

In just a few short days, we'll be winging our way to Texas to see the ScooterGirl and her The Marine. Really looking forward to seeing them, and to be setting foot in a fine state that I haven't been to in a number of years.

How do you know when you are in Texas???




Neither The Husband or I have ever been to San Antonio, and of course the ScooterGirl has promised she'll take us to............



Man I can't wait.

PS, yes, I am a HUGE Pee Wee fan. I don't care what you say........one of my all time favorite movies.....

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Dancing With the Stars Elimination

The dance off tonight was between David Allen Grier and Lawrence Taylor.

David is clearly the better dancer of the two...............IMHO. Lawrence seems stiff but it was a really bad music selection.

So.........eliminated.................is.............David.................what a shame. I really enjoyed watching them.......

Monday, April 06, 2009

Let's Gossip About Dancing With the Stars

Wow. I mean WOW.

Has there been this kind of chemistry on Dancing With The Stars in a while?



Cheryl Burke has been my favorite professional dancer since the first season. She's beautiful, athletic, and a great choreographer.



Her pairing with Hot French Dude is quite the "set up". I will admit I have no idea who he is............having NOT seen the "Sex In The City" movie.

They "ONLY" received a 29 tonight............Len was being a tough guy.

I think they are the couple to beat...........and we don't want the best team to loose.............so all the votes at the Chick Voice'e house will go to the best team by far this season..............



Cheryl and "Hot French Dude".

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