Wednesday, November 26, 2008

She Even Does Tricks

Elisa has learned a couple new things lately. A week or two ago I taught her to High-five. It's really cute because she just raises her hand above her head and smiles. On Monday night her & I were in at J. Alvin's all-hall dinner and during the No-shave November judging (Categories: Fullest beard, Best Neck Beard, Least Facial Hair, & Best in Show) everyone started cheering. Without any prompting Elisa just started clapping along with all the guys. I was amazed. She just did it out of no-where. Now, she does it all the time. Carolyn & I tried to get some video so I'll put that up sometime soon.

Carolyn & I are up tonight just getting ready for the big meal tomorrow. It should be great, and I hope you have yourself a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

An Afternoon Walk

Carolyn, Elisa, and I had a great weekend at home. To cap it all off, we took a nice walk and took some pictures of Elisa while we were out. It was fairly low key weekend and a good downshift after a really busy month. Every night this month we had something planned, mostly having students over. I think all three of us are looking forward to Thanksgiving break and having a long weekend.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Elisa Update

Carolyn has been beating me to the punch on putting up great pictures of Elisa. So, I refer you to Story of My Life for the latest and greatest. I especially recommend these, this, and last but not least this piece of hilarity.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Google Strikes Again

Google has developed a way to track the spread of the flu by monitoring web engine searches. This gives the Center for Disease Control real time information on where the flu is spreading and how fast. Typically the CDC's information is about two weeks behind because they only get reports from Dr.'s after they see sick patients. Click here to see Google's Flu Trends.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sex Slavery

I've known that the tragedy of young girls being made into sex slaves has being taking place in cities around the world. I had no idea that it was happening in Portland. KGW is in the middle of a series explaining what is happening on the streets of Portland.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Photographic Reflection

I found an interesting article that ranks the 5 most influential photos of the 2008 election. Not all of the pics are of politicians, but it gives an explanation for each one and how it affected the race. I found it very interesting how the editors relected on and interpreted the pictures after knowing who won. For those keeping track, Portland made the list with the picture above (I'll let you wait to see where on the list it is). Click here for the article.

Pictures

It was great to have my Mom visit this week. Carolyn put up pictures of all the fun here.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Blazers v. Rockets

I'm still up. It's 12:45AM and I'm really tired, but the Blazer game was on tonight. I almost went to bed during the third quarter, but I decided to watch since there are only so many nationally televised games. It ended up going into a dramatic overtime. Yao made a 1 second left shot and the free throw to accompany it putting Portland down by 1. Blazers only had 0.8 seconds. Never fear....Brandon Roy is here. He nailed a huge deep three for the win. I'll link a clip in the morning, but what a finish. Worth staying up for.

Update:
Click here for highlights of the game.

A Good Day

Yesterday was a very good day. We picked up my mom from the airport in Tulsa and while there we filled up with gas:


Gas under $2 & Elisa getting to see her Grammy. A very good day indeed.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Auto Vote

Did you know? Your car reveals your voting habits. Kelly Blue book has compiled the stats of how likely you are to vote for Obama or McCain based upon the car you drive. For example, 61% of people who own a Subaru will likely vote for Obama. McCain gets the nod for most domestic owners Ford (57%), Dodge & Buick (58%), Chevy (60%), & GMC (61%). After all is said and done, "This year's research shows McCain winning over Obama, 47 percent to 46 percent. But, if you add in the margin of error, it becomes a dead heat. So the Blue Book people didn't predict a winner this year." They did predict accurately the last two presidential elections, so click here for the full article if your interested.