Saturday, December 02, 2006

Two Conference Champion Teams? Both are my alma mater schools

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Before I start on this I would like to say that I have completed my first year anniversary at blogging. This is the start of the second year!


I started on December 1, 2006 (link). Rachel was my first commenter full of encouragement, followed closely by Cliff Morrow.
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I will bore you soon with some statistics but for now I will say that I have posted almost every day on this blog for the whole year. That's when I tell the why of the Bitney Spears thing of yesterday also.
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There have been 555 posts on this blog including today! That's a lot.
There were about 11,652 hits or clicks during that time.
Finally, there were 208 posts on my other blogs.
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UH is the Conference USA Campions for 2006. The beat Houston Southern Mississippi last night, 34-20.
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That makes it their tenth conference championship since 1952.
Starting in 1952 they were the Missouri Valley Conference champs four times.
Starting in 1976 they were the Southwest Conference champs four times.
In 1996 they were the Conference USA champs and now again last night.

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The Cougars are now 10-3 for the season. Houston hired Art Briles in 2003 and he lured Kolb, the quarterback Briles coached in high school. That made a lot of the difference in getting back on a winning track.
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Kolb's record (not including last nights championship game):
Att 362; Comp 247; Pct 68.2; Yds 3165; Y/A 8.7; Y/G 263.8; TD 25; Int 3
Kolb was awarded the Conference USA Player of the Year for 2006
Cougar Stats
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The University of Nebraska (9-3 for the season) is hoping to win the Big 12 Conference championship today. They will play the University of Oklahoma this evening at 7:00 CDT with ABC Network coverage.
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The Oklahoma Sooners and the Nebraska Cornhuskers once dominated the old Big 8 . Finally now they are to play for the Big 12 crown.
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Oklahoma or Nebraska had represented the Big 8 in the Orange Bowl in 17 of the 19 years before the Big 12 was formed in 1996. From 1962 to 1995 the Sooners and/or Cornhuskers won or shared the conference championship every season but two.
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Senior quarterback Zac Taylor (who is originally from Norman, Okla., but was not recruited by the Sooners) has thrown two touchdown passes in his last five games. Taylor and junior Maurice Purify are the team leaders followed by a host of other very good players.
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And finally this year Cornhuskers are catching on to coach Nebraska coach Bill Callahan's West Coast Offense. I think that name implies they are more of a passing team than their former plough the ground game.
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Taylor's record:
Att 315; Comp 196; Pct 62.2; Yds 2789; Y/A 8.9; Y/G 232.4; TD 24; Int 4
He's almost as good in the numbers as Kevin Kolb and has probably played a few more tougher teams than Kolb.
Husker Stats link
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Zac Taylor Ranking 159.2
Kevin Kolb Ranking 162.8
[whatever that means?]

Friday, December 01, 2006

Some lovely ladies with their stories -- Britney Spears; Mema; Mrs. Jim; Robin Roberts; and Adi -- Every one of them with a companion too!

Monday, The Bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, revealed Jen as his choice for Bachelorette (link to my long blog on that).
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Britney Spears has too many friends


Britney Spears has been trying for rating of some kind lately. Go here to find some othe latest about her. For one thing she's flashed the paparazzi for the fourth time in less than a week.




Mema with Son and Daughter-in Law

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This is Mema (her 89th birthday picture) (my blog about her). Her companions are her Son, Danny, and his wife, Winetta, from Tennessee. They were visitors for Thanksgiving along with ten of her kids and grandkids.

Also visiting were Daughter, Velma, and son-in-law, Royce. Two of their children also were here, Tammy and husband, J.B. and sons Phillip and Justin, then Phil and wife, Lisa, and children Marty and Gabby (
picture)(my blog about them). Of course Mrs. Jim and I visited Mema also. Adi watched our house for us.

Mema is now residing in a Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Park Manor, at Conroe, Texas. She has settled in so good considering all the problems she has had late with her congestive heart failures. Her two quick trips to the hospital were very hard on her.
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Mrs. Jim and friend, Russian Yogi Bear
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This is a picture of Mrs Jim enjoying our Russian trip, we were stopping for a day visit at Uglich, Russia (day four Uglich photo). On the way back to our ship we stopped at this park. It was a school day and no children were playing.

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Adi with friend, Harry Husker (Go Big Red, Go Big Red!)

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Adi is ready for the Big 12 Campionship game this weekend against Oklahoma. Guess what, the Nebraska quarterback, Zac Taylor grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. His Dad, Sherwood Talor, was a defensive back for Oklahoma back in the 1970s. Zac is a large part of the reason the Huskers are doing so well this year.

Adi's friend, Harry Husker (my blog about Harry's history), was my Mom's buddy. Harry lived out on the screened and windowed front porch of their home. He never was put outside on game day, she was afraid he would get kidnapped.

(Go Big Red Nebraska Huskers, Go Big Red Nebraska Huskers!)
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Robin Roberts of ABC's GMA with friend, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Here Robin Roberts (a.k.a. "Big Red") has just egressed into Dale Jr.'s Number Eight car as viewed on the ABC GMA (Good Morning America) yesterday morning. Her friend, in the red racing suite, is NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (link)(NASCAR link). I'm not sure who the other fellow was.

For GMA photos of Robin Roberts (a.k.a. "Big Red") with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others go here.

Trivia:

1. Girls, don't you thing Driver Jeff Burton taking a rest on his Cingular car (link) is the cutest?

2. Who said today that having goals is a "set-up for unrealistic expectations?" (answer, George W. Bush--speaking about having a time-table for turning Iraq over to Iraq)



Might something sinsiter be going on here?



The spy poisoned by the KGB - but who lived to tell the tale - Britain - Times Online:
"A Russian spy lies in a hospital bed, fighting for his life as his body steadily disintegrates from the effects of a radioactive poison; the spy, an outspoken critic of the Russian regime, has recently defected to the West; someone in Moscow has decided that he must die, and the assassins have done their work with ferocious efficiency.
The name of the spy is Nikolai Khokhlov, and the year is 1957. "



And now this:

Russian letters tell of poison squad - World - Times Online:

"World News
Times OnlineDecember 01, 2006

Litvinenko informant has radiation poisoning
Elsa McLaren, Sam Knight and Philippe Naughton

Mario Scaramella is reported to be contaminated with polonium-210 (Salvatore Laporta/AP)

An Italian intelligence expert who had lunch with Alexander Litvinenko on the day that he was poisoned was receiving emergency treatment in hospital tonight after testing positive for the same deadly radioactive isotope that killed the former Russian spy."

I guess that's just life death in the fast spy lane.

Some lovely ladies with their stories -- Britney Spears; Mema; Mrs. Jim; Diane Sawyer; and Adi -- Every one of them with a companion too!

Monday, The Bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, revealed Jen as his choice for Bachelorette (link to my long blog on that).
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Britney Spears has too many friends


Britney Spears has been trying for rating of some kind lately. Go here to find some othe latest about her. For one thing she's flashed the paparazzi for the fourth time in less than a week.




This blog has been updated and corrected.

For the update see the later edition above. Or click here. Nothing has changed with the Britney Spears segment.

Trivia:

1. Girls, don't you thing Driver Jeff Burton taking a rest on his Cingular car (link) is the cutest?

2. Who said today that having goals is a "set-up for unrealistic expectations?" (answer, George W. Bush--speaking about having a time-table for turning Iraq over to Iraq)



Thursday, November 30, 2006

Adi Can . . . . . . . Put water back in our lake

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Monday, The Bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, revealed Jen as his choice for Bachelorette (link to my long blog on that).
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Susie came up with the idea for this post. I already had taken the picture after our rains. Thanks, Susie. [click the picture for full screen]
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This is the before view. Those weeds don't belong there, now they are partially covered with water. The thinking is that they will die off. This part is too shallow for much boating anyway.

The golf course irrigates using lake water. They had to dig this channel so water could get water to inlet.

The crane lives here.


BTW, the lake is up another eighteen inches or so since this picture was taken.


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

This is my lucky day!

Yesterday, The Bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, revealed Jen as his choice for Bachelorette (link to that blog).
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Remember back when, I invited everyone to enter the Cheesy Joke contest put on by KFC. I blogged of the contest, gave the answer too, on September 30 (link).

Well, I was one of the first 1,000 people to find the answer to their joke riddle.***

So my prize is this gift check redeemable at any KFC for one new Ultimate Cheese Snacker.

I got my gift and the letter last October. Tomorrow I may be in Conroe helping Mema so I'll get one on my way.

Those things, the Ultimate Cheese Snackers, cost a dollar so it ought to make a decent meal for one if I bring a Diet Coke.


A couple of months ago I won a "Meal Deal" from Whataburger (link) using my business card (retired). Mrs. Jim got a "Whatachicken" sandwich, drink, and fries. It was enough for both of us. , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
*** Riddle question: What do you put on your sandwich during rush hour? The answer: traffic jam. :)

Note: Yesterday was a record day for this blog. There were 103 'clicks' on the blog. That was because of all the fuss over my topic, The Bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, revealed Jen as his choice for Bachelorette (link).


I suppose there will be a few more today but the newer posts are coming up first in the searches so mine is hidden in a way. I haven't Googled it myself.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, reveals Jen as his choice for Bachelorette tonight

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Ain't she cute, this Jen is cute enough to take home to Mom,if you could trust Dad! [picture from Monday night's show, courtesy of ABC 13, Houston]

For now you can go to the ABC 10, Miami, for a video clip of Jen getting a ring that belonged to Lorenzo's Mom (link to ABC10, find South Florida Bachelorette Wins; But Not Engaged" in "Most Popular" tab).
(The ABC10 news story link)
(The ABC10 slide show link)
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See the ABC final episode write-up here (link).
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This guy, Lorenzo, is quite a hunk himself! [picture also from the show]
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Lorenzo (link to his ABC bio), who graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, has picked another Florida girl as his bachelorette. She is Jennifer (Jen) (link) who currently resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida. You remember her as having the dad with the shotgun thing .
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To catch you up with a little review, ABC has written up the first six episodes (link). That gets you down with history to final two bachelorettes, Jen and Sadie. I'm pretty sure episode seven will be there soon, maybe in the morning when you read this.
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This YouTube (link) is a preview from last week's show. I found it at RightPundits.com (link):
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The Bachelor Preview For Nov 27

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They stopped just short of Lorenzo giving Jen the rose.
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[Repeated from above] For now you can go to the ABC 10, Miami, for a video clip of Jen getting a ring that belonged to Lorenzo's Mom (link to ABC10, find "South Florida Bachelorette Wins; But Not Engaged" in "Most Popular" tab).

(The ABC10 news story link)
(The ABC10 slide show link)

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Lorenzo was making the airwaves yesterday. This shot is from the Regis and Kelly show [Nov. 27] (link), again on ABC 13, Houston.

Tomorrow is should be Jen. Not too much has been written about her around here. We know she is a teacher (
link), age 24, and lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida, north of Miami.

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[Repeated again from above] For now you can go to the ABC 10, Miami, for a video clip of Jen getting a ring that belonged to Lorenzo's Mom (link to ABC10, find "South Florida Bachelorette Wins; But Not Engaged" in "Most Popular" tab).

(The ABC10 news story link)

(The ABC10 slide show link)


Be sure to watch GMA (ABC's Good Morning America) and the Regis and Kelly show (link) in the morning. These guys will be there. Jennifer is in NYC for the final show and now all these .

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We have had a lot of press here concerning our local entry, socialite Erica.

Who was your pick?

Go here or click below on the name for a picture of any one of them, courtesy of ABC (link).
Agnese
April
Andrea
Brit
Carissa
Claudia
Cosetta
Desiree
Ellen
Elyse
Erica Rose (from Houston)(my previous post)
Gina
Heather
Jami Plumber (from Galveston)
Jeanette
Jennifer (the winner)(her school home page)
Jessica
Kim
Laura
Lisa
Meri
Renee
Rita
Rosella
Sadie (runner-up)(photo from the show)
Sarah
Tara


Monday, November 27, 2006

Another Dillema in Life:

Which should I choose?

Naranja y Pina Mezcla de Coctel en Jugo

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Orange Pineapple Juice Cocktail Blend?


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I'm comfortable with this Orange Pineapple drink.
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I do like to try new things, this Naranja y Pina sounds exotic.
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Kroger had them side by side on the shelf, two rows of each.

I decided to try the Naranja y Pina drink.

That was until Mrs. Jim came to the rescue. She said they were both the same.

We both found out that each bottle had two labels, Naranja y Pina on one side, Orange Pineapple on the other.



Bilingual, huh? I think it is a good idea, it might help me learn Spanish and surely will help the Hispanics learn English.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

What The World Needs Now Is Love, 'you must love one another'

"A new command I give you:
'Love one another.
As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.' "
[John 13:34]
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Even those who are hard to love?
Or those people we don't want to like?
Or people who are mean to us?
Or those who are terribly different from us?
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My answer to that?
If we are to obey God, I think we must love these too!
For sure the Bible doesn't have any exceptions that I can find.
For me, I am still in the learning process of loving.

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Verse 35 follows:
"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another."




What The World Needs Now Is Love

[go here for BestAudio music and singing]
[By Dionne Warwick]



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Artist:
Carpenters
[Lyric007 link]




Song: What The World Needs Now Is Love Lyrics









What the world needs now is love sweet love,
It*s the only thing that there*s just too little of.
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
no not just for some but for everyone.

Lord we don*t need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb,
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last until the end of time

What the world needs now is love sweet love,
it*s the only thing that theres just too little of,
what the world needs now is love sweet love,
no not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we dont need another meadow,
there are corn fields and wheat fields enough to grow,
there are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine,
oh listen Lord, if you want to know

What the world needs now is love sweet love,
its the only thing that theres just too little of.
what the world needs now is love sweet love,
no not just for some, oh but just for every every everyone.

what the world (whoa whoa) needs now,
is love (is love) sweet love
what the world ( oh oh) needs now
is love (is love) sweet love
what the world (whoa whoa) needs now
is love (is love) sweet love

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Note: The word LOVE appears 214 times in my New King James New Testament [Bible] . I don't know the proportions between God's love for us and the love we are supposed to be doing. I would have to check and tally all those 214 entries, my computer isn't smart enough for that.


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