As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Caption Contest--Meter Maid

Think of a funny caption for this photo:

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

White Tables

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Outlawed!

Did you know that US just past a law that states that the farmers of the US are no longer allowed to make round bales of hay?

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Why you ask? USDA just determined that cows cannot get a square meal.

Where's the Beef?

Let me "steer" you in the right direction.

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This strange looking creature is living on a farm near Taylorville, IL.

SATISFACTI N RANTE D

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Guess the Photo May 30, 2006 Edition Answer

Guess what this is:



You are too good, ThirtySomething!

The answer is:
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A manhole cover!

Photo Friday--Home

This weeks PhotoFriday theme is "Home". This is a photo I took in downtown Springfield. I call it "Urban Paradise" but I thought it fit with the whole "Home" theme.

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Slug Bug!

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Old State Capital Building 12:00 AM

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Who You'd Be Today

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
Wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
See your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
Still can't believe your gone

(Chorus:)It ain't fair you died to young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing, no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder, who you'd be today

Would you see the world
Would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies
Someday's the sky's so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
And I know it might sound crazy

(Chorus)It ain't fair you died to young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing, no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder, who you'd be today
Today
Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know, I'll see you again someday
Someday, someday

Kenny Chesney--Who You'd Be Today

Photo Friday--The Road

Here is my entry into PhotoFriday for Fri May 19, 2006. This weeks challenge is "The Road"

What I really wanted to do for this is have my friend Abby hold up her father's original Abbey Road album by the Beatles. I was going to take a picture of her holding it on the road that she lives on. But I ran out of time. The next challenge starts tomorrow so here is the second choice.
This is also my 200th post.












Power Outage

We lost power from the storm yesterday around 4:30 PM. They did not get it back on until 5:30 AM. So making a post was a little hard. It is strange how much you take having electricity for granted. I was walking into rooms and flipping the light on without thinking that the power was off. Weird.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What If...

...A Tusken Raider worked in the Corporate World?
Maybe this...




Computer Problems Update

My computer is now fixed. Can you believe it was just the power supply? I replaced it tonight with an older computer in my basement. Thank goodness for spare parts. Anyway, I am going to resume posting more regularly. Thanks for sticking with me these last few weeks.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Songs for every day of the week

Sunday, Bloody Sunday--U2
Manic Monday--Bangles
Tuesday Afternoon--Moody Blues
Waiting for Wednesday--Lisa Loeb
Thursday's Child--David Bowie
Friday, I'm in Love--The Cure
Saturday' Night's All right for Fighting--Elton John


Sorry for not posting for awhile. My computer broke and I have not had time to fix it yet.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Things I ate as a kid...

Miracle Whip Sandwiches

Recipe:

Ingredients:
2 slices of Wonder Bread
Lots of Miracle Whip

Instructions:
Take one slice of Wonder brand bread and cover it with a thick layer of Miracle Whip salad dressing.
Cover with the other slice of bread.

For variation, try putting between the bread some sour cream and onion chips or a slice of Kraft Cheese.

Yum Yum....

Friday, May 05, 2006

Historical Oil Well

I was driving out in rural Christian County the other day. I noticed an oil well, not unlike a lot of the oil wells you see pumping away in the Central Illinois farmland. I have always wondered what they do with this oil. Interestingly, this oil pumping station had a sign declairing that it was a historical marker. I took some photos of this setup. With the way oil prices are I though some would like to see an actual oil pumping station right here in Central Illinois.

The sign says:

"This well was drilled in 1955. It produced over 350,000 bbls. of crude oil which made 15 million gal. of gasoline and diesel.

As of 2005, this well is producing 240 gal. of gasoline and diesel per day..."

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Image: Sign and Tank of Oil pumping station.
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Image: Tanks of Oil pumping station (Go Illini!)
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Image: Close up of the Historical Marker Sign
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Image: Actual Oil Pump used for pumping station

Random Acts of Photography 2nd Edition

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The Ram Man

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Blue Clouds

Here is another cloud photo in Taylorville, Il.
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ALPLM at Midnight

Have you been to the ALPLM (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum) yet? Yes. But have you been there at Midnight? I have. And here is the proof.
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Image: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum at 12:00 AM.
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Image: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Sign at 12:00 AM

Is he dead?

Walking through the kitchen, I noticed my oldest had put some toys together on his desk. The toys are a combination of "Butt Ugly Martians" and a couple of "Power Rangers". I took the photo and thought I would add a funny caption. Let me know if you can think of a better caption.

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Is he dead?

Baby Squirrel

You may be getting tired of my posts of squirrels. But this photo I cannot resist posting. It is a baby squirrel I caught walking down the sidewalk. He was just as suprised to see me as I was he.
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Springfield Horizons

Driving into work on Sunday, I saw some neat cloud formations. This is the Springfield horizon from the view of Route 29 before you get to Rochester. Notice some famous landmarks. The first photo contains CWLP stacks and the second you can get a small glimpse of the Hilton and the New State Capital Building.
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Image: City Water, Light and Power smoke stacks surrounded by surreal clouds.
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Image: Strange clouds over the New Capital building and the Hilton on Springfield's horizon.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Guess This Photo--May 1st Edition ANSWER

Ok, Can you figure out what this is by the photo?


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Remember this is just a small part of the entire thing.

Congrats to Ann for guessing it was a street sign!

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