Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween 2007



We are all decorated for halloween. The pumpkin above is a huge white pumpkin we got for a great price at a local farm market. Here are some photos of our front porch.




Wednesday, October 24, 2007

God Speed Brothers

Today I said goodbye to 28 of my fellow airman who will deploy to the land of sand for 6 months or longer. These members of the 166 Security Forces Squadron from here in DE will be working with our Army brothers in the sandbox and will be in harms way. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Angry Comca$t Customer Smashes Offices!

I think we have all wanted to do this at one time or another!

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071019/NEWS/71019033

Angry Comcast customer smashes offices with hammer
Associated Press
Posted Friday, October 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm
BRISTOW, Va. - It may not have been legal, but a 75-year-old Virginia woman dealt a blow to poor customer service when she took a hammer to her local Comcast office.

Mona Shaw and her husband, Don, waited all day for the cable company to come at the appointed time one Monday in August to install Comcast's heavily advertised Triple Play phone, Internet and cable service in their Bristow home. Nobody came.

A Comcast technician showed up two days later, but left without finishing the setup, the couple said. Two days after that, Comcast cut off all service to the Shaw home.

When the Shaws went to the Comcast office in Manassas that Friday to complain to a manager, a representative asked them to sit outside, saying someone would be right with them. After two hours of sitting and waiting, the same representative leaned out the door to inform them that the manager had left for the day.

Shaw, a churchgoing secretary of the local AARP branch, returned the next Monday
- with a hammer.

"I smashed a keyboard, knocked over a monitor ... and I went to hit the telephone," Shaw said. "I figured, 'Hey, my telephone is screwed up, so is yours.'"

Within no time, the police showed up and Shaw was in cuffs. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for the Aug. 20 incident.

She received a three-month suspended sentence, had to pay a $345 fine, and is barred from going near the Comcast offices for a year.

"Truly a unique and inappropriate situation," said Comcast spokeswoman Beth Bacha. "Nothing justifies this sort of dangerous behavior."

Comcast also disputes Shaw's version of her service record with them.

Contacted Friday, Shaw said she doesn't regret what she did.

"I stand by my actions even more so after getting all these telephone calls and hearing other people's complaints," she said.

Many people have called her a hero, she added.

"But no, I'm just an old lady who got mad. I had a hissy fit," she said.

The Shaws did eventually get phone and television service
- with Verizon and DirecTV.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Halloween Attraction

Last nite we went to The Bates Motel for a halloween scare. It was even better than last year and we took my parents, my stepsister and her son. We all had a great time and will be back next year.

The great thing is the Bate's brothers who run this awesome attraction think alot of our military folks so last nite was Military Appreciation Nite and all military and vets got 1/2 off the ticket price. These guys are the best so if you are in my area please check out The Bates Motel and get the scare of your life!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sell Candles or No Prom for You!

This is wrong. I didn't go to either of my proms but that was my choice, I wasn't into things like that plus I went to Vo-Tech 1/2 day so I could have cared less. This is just poor planning on the schools part, just because there is a record number of students and the venue can't handle it then change the venue! It's not like there were an additional 300 kids who just showed up at school last month! What do you think???

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) - October 16, 2007 - Students at one Lehigh County high school who want to go to their junior prom have more to worry about than getting an outfit and lining up a date. They may also have to sell $60 worth of candles to even get a ticket.

Organizers of the Emmaus High School prom say not all of the record 721 juniors can attend the May 3 prom because there isn't enough room at the venue, the Days Inn and Conference Center in South Whitehall Township.

So, the school is holding a fundraiser to help decide who will be allowed to go. Students who sell at least $60 worth of Yankee Candles by Friday will be able to buy tickets before they go on sale to the rest of the class. The two highest sellers will get a pair of free tickets.

To some students, the plan is about as appealing as a smashed corsage.
"We're juniors, we've been looking forward to this for a long time and it turns out we have to do even more just to get it," said Dylan Swanson, 16, of Alburtis.

Physics teacher Brent Ohl and biology instructor Corinna Kramer-Hinks, the class advisers, said they couldn't find a location that can accommodate everyone at the prom along with a disc jockey, dance floor, appetizer table and enough chairs and tables.

"We don't feel it's fair either, but we're doing the best we can," Kramer-Hinks said.
Michele Grasso of Lower Macungie Township, whose 17-year-old son is a junior at the school, said she understands that the school district is dealing with a population boom, but it shouldn't affect what she views as a rite of passage.

"Everybody I told said they've never heard anything as ridiculous as this in their life," Grasso said. "There should be room for every single kid to go."

Grasso also said it's unfair to ask the students to sell $60 worth of candles, especially since they aren't guaranteed a spot even if they do meet the quota. But Emmaus Principal David Piperato disagreed.

"I think it's fair to ask kids to demonstrate their commitment to their class and to fundraise for the class," he said. "And those who demonstrate that commitment should have the first opportunity."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

Monday, October 15, 2007

Awesome Read!

Not surprisingly most of the media outlets have not picked up on the story of Lt Murphy receiving the Medal of Honor.  I guess receiving the countries highest award for valor in action against an enemy force is not as important as Al Gore, Brittney's kids, Lindsey's addiction, or other crap! This guy is from Long Island and even the NY Times hasn't picked it up because the war isn't PC anymore!

President Bush will present the medal to Lt Murphy's parents on Oct 22nd @ 1430.

Also to my fireservice brothers this man carried a patch from 53 Engine & 43 Truck in his pocket while deployed as a symbol of why he was there and what he was doing.

http://www.newsday.com/news/specials/ny-murphy-seal-sg,0,6675676.storygallery

Navy Time Article - http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/10/navy_seal_moh_071011w/


Friday, October 12, 2007

Stellar Parenting!

This is some stellar parenting skills! Mom buys the 14yo boy 3 firearms and he is allowed unrestricted access to them! I am very pro gun but only for adult, children need to be supervised when handling guns and other dangerous devices! I hope mom gets the same sentence then kid gets on this. She obviously just takes the easy way out and lets him do whatever he wants. The sad thing about our laws is if you are arrested for abusing an animal they will take away your privledge of owning any animal for 10 years but if they take your children you can get pregnant the next day and start all over again! Also, in PA you need a license to cut hair but anyone can have a bunch of kids and screw up their lives!

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=local&id=5703381

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Teen Amassed Weapons Cache


I think Mom should be locked up on this one!

Threat at Local School Thwarted
by The Action News Team
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. - October 11, 2007 - A home-schooled teenager is accused of plotting a Columbine-type attack on a local high school. Authorities said he felt bullied, amassed a cache of weapons and tried to recruit another boy for the attack.

During a late morning news conference, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor displayed the weapons that were taken from the teen's home.

The weapons included a 9 mm assault rifle that the teenager's mother had recently bought for him, Castor said. Prosecutors are reviewing her actions.

Police also found about 30 air-powered guns, plus swords, knives, hand grenades, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Castor said. The weapons were plainly visible in the boy's bedroom, Castor said.

The search did not turn up any ammunition for the most dangerous firearm, the assault rifle. Authorities said one grenade was operable and three others were still being assembled.

"I do not think an attack was imminent," said Castor. "I am not certain that an attack was going to occur at all."
"It could have simply been big talking by a kid who thought that he was bullied previously and he was going to exact his revenge," Castor added.

Also on display were two books that the boy had, a copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook" and a copy of "Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf."

While Action News crews were at the school, dozens of students left the school this morning. Parents came to pick up many of them, but school officials say classes were never formally dismissed at the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

The teen previously attended middle school in the district but had been taught at home for more than a year after voluntarily leaving school, Castor said.

Plymouth Township police searched the home after getting a tip Wednesday from a high school student and his father.
The teen was charged as a juvenile with solicitation to commit terror and other counts and was being held at a youth facility.

The following is the text of an e-mail alert that was sent out from the school district Thursday morning:

    " Plymouth Township Police have a 14-year-old boy in custody who was reportedly planning a "Columbine" type event at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS). The youth was not enrolled at the school. Police acted quickly on the tip of a current PWHS student and his father. Police further indicated that the school and its students were never in danger.

    Police went to the residence of the student and received consent to search the home. Officer's found various weapons and the juvenile was taken into custody.

    Police are confident that the incident is isolated to this individual and no threat to the school and/or students exists.

    School District administrators continue to work with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of all Colonial School District students and staff.

(Copyright 2007 by 6abc and Action News. All rights reserved.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Halloween Decorations

We are getting ready for halloween even though we don't get trick or treaters down our way. We still enjoy decorating especially since we are on a main road w/ lots of traffic. We got a mask free on Freecycle and bought a tube of fake blood for a buck a Wallyworld. So we have a grand total of a buck invested in a really cool decoration which is sure to turn heads! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dude, You Stepped In It!

So yesterday while running errands we came across an accident. No EMS or Police were there yet so I turned around and stopped to render assistance. One young woman had cut her knee and was shaken up from the whole incident. He car was probably totalled as well. I walked up with my crash bag to check on her and she was talking to her boyfriend or husband on the phone (I am not sure I didn't look for a ring). She was telling him that she had totalled her car and hurt her knee but he wasn't going to come to the scene or to the hospital so she called her mother instead! I kept thinking, "Dude, you stepped in it big time" He won't live that down for a long while and if I was her I'd dump his butt!

Things are still crazy here so I'm not blogging much but keep watching and maybe even commenting now and then to let me know that people are still reading my blog!