Sunday, August 31, 2008

Oh Internet, how I missed you. Let us never fight again

OK, I just got back from about five days of housesitting without an Internet connection. It was odd to say the least. I felt very disconnected from the world, like I was missing something. The first night, at least.

By the second night, I was starting to enjoy it. It was like a mini-vacation.

Now I'm starting to think that I could do it if I had to -- live without communication. Perhaps even without power. Yes, yes, my log-cabin plans are progressing along nicely.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The all-American family

Seriously. Look at this: A family that really loves each other. Did you see how little Malia and Sasha were genuinely happy to see their Daddy? They almost hugged the video screen when Barack popped up. Then the whole "Hi Daddy!" and "What city are you in?" I mean. Cute cute cute.

I guess the thing is you can tell a lot about the character of a man by what kind of daddy he is. And judging by the reaction of his kids, Barack is a good dad.

Elections are about more than that, but this was a great moment.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Epic crane fail

This happened at the Warehouse Market in Sand Springs Friday night. The crane was trying to lift an air conditioning unit to the top of the grocery store, when it over extended and fell over.

The crane driver appeared distraught. I would be too. I know that feeling. I've crunched very expensive things at work before myself. That would explain why spent a while chain smoking before kneeling down behind a pickup truck and puking. I know I would have.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The new Sand Springs community center

Left to right: Me, Astronaut Bill Pogue, and Globetrotter Marques Haynes.

Last night was pretty interesting. A group of folks got invited to see the new Sand Springs Community Center prior to the September grand opening. The center's almost done, and looks really, really nice inside. Most of it is standard government officework -- nothing too fancy, but nice. Good carpet, standard desks, etc. But the lobby is really neat. There's a giant skylight and mobile made up of different-colored fabrics.

The gym is huge, with a state-of-the-art athletic floor. Up above the gym floor is an elevated walking track. Connecting the two is a stairwell inside a silo. The silo is, once again, translucent.

The centerpiece of the whole building is a mural of famous Sand Springs people. Charles Page, Bill Pogue, Bennie "The Wizard" Osborne, and Marques Haynes.

Osborne was a famous drag racer. Page founded the town. Haynes was a Globetrotter and the world's greatest dribbler. Pogue was the astronaut, and flew on Skylab 4.

Some people griped because there were no women on the mural. I can see that point. But also, as far as living Sand Springs legend (aside from Page), this was the only choice.

Here are some pictures of the whole shebang, including one of the first looks inside the center.

The mural in the lobby

The silo stairwell

The gym floor

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Katie's visit

My fiancee came in from the Philly area last weekend to visit me. She came in on a 105-degree weekend, which was pretty neat except that the heat wasn't so great.

We had a wonderful time, visiting Sand Springs, seeing our house,

Our highlight was the Oklahoma City Redhawks baseball game, where we got to see some morons from New Jersey get thrown out. The guys annoyed the entire section by acting like tools, so we all applauded when they got kicked out by the OKC PD. :)

Katie and I are two of the voices on there making fun of them, but you can also hear a lot of the other fans. Note the applause when they leave.