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

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006

Blog Business Summit Links to my Blog

I was looking at my site meter and saw an unusual referral. It was from I went there and found that the linked my blog due to my post on the Cheesecake Milkshake at sonic.

It is a very interesting post. This website seems to be focusing on how to leverage blogs to promote businesses.

Check it out here.

I think it is neat when someone finds my blog and links me.

I am feeling Saucey!

McRibs are back!

I just ate two of them. But I went to McDonalds website and could not find the nutritional facts. Is that a bad thing? All I know is they are tasty...

Remember the episode of Simpsons where the sandwich was spoofed in "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" where Krusty Burger released a sandwich called the "Ribwich," but only on a temporary basis. The Ribwich was discontinued after the animal it was made from (hinted to be some sort of insect) became extinct.
Funny stuff and tasty too.
*Drawing not mine

Quiz-What X-Men are you?

I took a quiz at QuizFarm and found out that if I was one of the X-Men, I would be Gambit:

You scored as Gambit. Gambit is another loner character. He loves Rogue. He has a very cool deboner personality. He's done things in his past that he's not proud of but he atones for his actions by fighting for peace with the X-Men. His weapon of choice is the playing card. Powers: Charges objects with kinetic energy by touching them, then they explode like grenades.







Jean Grey














Emma Frost


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Thanks to Professor X.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Taylorville Chilli-fest October 14-15, 2006

Here are some photos of the Chilli-fest this last weekend.

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Ray's Chilli from Decatur was a sponser.

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Lots of fun for the kiddies

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Chilli with cornbread, Mrs P-E's favorite

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Jan Phillips singing for the children

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Chilli-fest Crowd and the Main Stage

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Chilli-fest Cook-off

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Courthouse through the trees

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Chilli Dogs (get it? chilli with dogs in the background)

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More Chilli Cookoff tents

Hope you liked the photos of this years Chilli-fest. Are you hungry for chilli now?

Random Acts of Photograpy--Rainy Day Edition

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"Hey, there is some wierd guy taking our picture!"

Black Fields of Gold

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Kincaid Power Plant (Dominion) at night with a 8 second exposure as a hayride went by.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Digital Manipulation---Spider Web

Here is a photo I edited to create abstract art. It was a photo of a spiderweb.

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Red Lobster

Went to Red Lobster for the all you can eat shrimp. I told the waiter I was going to post the experience on my blog. His comment, "What's a blog?"

Here is a photo of him and another waitress.

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By the way, all you can eat shrimp at Red Lobster--Soooo Goood!

Barn Lighting

My friends barn has twinkle lights. I thought I would see what happens if I take a long exposure of it.

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The Replacements

A few years back, a man ran his car through the Christian County Courthouse doors. Here is a photo of the replacements.

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Pink Shirt Photo

In support of Breast Cancer Awarness, I donned by pink shirt and tie last Friday.

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I make pink look good. ;)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Increase your muscles

Remember ads like this in the old comic books?

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A lot different than the spam we get today!

I should have ordered one of these when I was little so could have grew up bigger and stronger.

Found and old Star Wars comic

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Cover of an old comic book from 1978. Neat huh?

PhotoFriday Destruction

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From the Byrd Hi-Rise demolition.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Wear Pink

I just watched the news and found that all the men on WICS News wore pink today. Why? October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. They are encouraging the men to wear pink to remind the women in their lives to get checked regularly. Here is a snip from a medical news website:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - it is the month when people become more educated about the signs of breast cancer, its symptoms, and how to help prevent it. Out of every seven women, one will develop breast cancer at some time during her lifetime (USA), compared to just one in twenty during the 1960s. Holly Ford, of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, is asking people to wear pink as a sign of support for breast cancer awareness. She says that by wearing pink you will help create awareness.

So today I am going to wear my pink shirt and tie, even though it is casual Friday. Maybe I will have someone take my picture and I will post it here later. (maybe!)


Does the fact that today is Friday the 13th bother you?

You may have Paraskevidekatriaphobia.

According to Wikipedia:

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen.

Read more about it here.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mrs. Photos-etc is going to Jail!

I just found out that Mrs P-E is going to be locked up. She is participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Associations (MDA) Lock-up. She needs to raise $1000 before the lock-up so they will "go easy" on her.

I found out this about MDA:

From their website:

Here are a few examples of what your help enables MDA to do:
$25 provides an annual flu shot for one person
$63 funds one minute of research
$100 funds a support group session
$200 covers a clinical diagnostic exam
$600 sends a child to MDA summer camp for a week
$2,000 goes toward purchase of a wheelchair, a set of leg braces or a communication device

If you would like to help us out, you can make a donation to MDA on Mrs. P-E's behalf here.

This is part of the Christian County Lock-Up at One East Market in Taylorville. The deadline is 10/25/2006.

We appreciate any donations you can give.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Trip to the orthodontist

Here are photos I took at the orthodontist: (Pulitzer Prize Material?)

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All the colors of the rainbow

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Sassy and Chic!

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Broken Wire (Bad)

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Snip, Snip

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Tray of Pain

Sunday, October 08, 2006


My wife found this today. I liked it so much, I thought I would post it here;

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

New Painting--Me and Karli

Here is a new painting I just finished today. It may be a little dark for some but I enjoyed doing it and I wanted to share. It is my first attempt in a long time to do a person and it is my first self-portrait that I painted.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Sonic Commercial

I just got done seeing a Sonic commercial about the strawberry cheesecake shake. It is a husband and wife enjoying the new Sonic shake in the car at a Sonic. Here is a paraphrase of the dialog.

Husband: Man this sonic shake is so good. I am going to have to blog about this. All my readers are going to know how good this shake is.

Wife: All your readers???

Husband: Yes, all my readers!

Wife: Don't you mean your mom?

Husband: No, I have more readers than my mom.

Wife: Really? More readers than your mom?

Husband: Yes, she was supposed to tell her neighbor about my blog.


What a great commercial! I can totally relate to this. Hope you can see it soon.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Smokestack Lightning


This weeks PhotoFriday is Anger.

I am a little late but have been busy.

What I had for supper tonight.

My wife cooked a lovely dinner:

1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 large jar spaghetti sauce (such as Ragu in the 1 lb. 10 ounce jar)
1 package (8 ounces) no-boil lasagna noodles
16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1 lb. ricotta cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan/Romano cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown the beef, onion, and garlic in a little oil in a frying pan. Drain off any grease.
Add the spaghetti sauce into the browned meat mixture. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, milk, and egg. Beat until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Then mix in the mozzarella cheese and the grated cheese, so that all the cheeses are combined.
Grease the slow cooker/Crock Pot with some vegetable shortening on the bottom and sides.
Put about 1/4 of the meat and sauce mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker/Crock Pot. Put a layer of noodles on top of that (break or cut them if needed). Put about 1/3 of the cheese mixture on top of that. Then repeat with sauce, noodles, cheese for another 2 layers. Top with meat sauce. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until noodles are tender.

Who knew you can make Lasagna in a crockpot!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Da Plane, Da Plane!

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In general, infinity is the quality or state of endlessness or having no limits in terms of time, space, or other quantity.

Fire and Ice

I took this from my Hotel in St.Louis, MO on Saturday morning. Can you believe the only thing I did to it was resize it so that it would upload easier? Can you see the rain on the horizon?

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Fire and Ice

Birds on a Wire

100 Points to someone who can tell me what kind of birds these are:

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Blue Moon on Monday, err I mean "New Moon"

I always thought it said Blue Moon on Monday. I guess I was wrong.

Duran Duran's, "New Moon on Monday"
Misheard Lyrics:
Blue moon on Monday
and fried eggs throught the night
Original Lyrics:
New moon on Monday
And a firedance through the night

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Smoking Ban Update

Been hearing a lot of negative things about the smoking ban in Springfield. Here is an interesting experience I had tonight.

Heading home from St. Louis, we stopped at Ruby Tuesdays in Litchfield. Ask for a table for 9 in Non-smoking. That would be an hour wait but if we wanted smoking it would be immediate seating. So evidently more people were non-smokers than smokers. I told them that I would try Springfield. So we went to Olive Garden in Springfield instead. Get this, Olive Garden is of course non smoking and it still took us 20 min to get a table. For a Sunday night that seems pretty busy. That does not sound like eating places are suffering too much from the ban to me.



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