Garth says hi

April 30, 2009

Just a quick blurb.

I usually don’t get all worked up about celebrities.  I give them their space whenever I see them and generally don’t know that many anyway.

Today at the Court House Garth Brooks was on the same floor I was.  Someone pointed him out to me, I thought it was cool.  I went back to my hearing.

In themiddle of the hearing the Judge calls recess and asks the counselors to go back to chambers.   I walk back there and Garth Brooks is standing in the office.  He is personal friends with him!  What’s more impressive, he turns to ME and says “don’t tell me you’re working here now?”

I had a chance to briefly be introduced to him several years ago, and he apparently  remembered me.  Nicest possible guy.  Just chatted around for 10 – 15 minutes before we got back to work.  On another break he was in the hall still chatting with Sheriffs and taking pictures with anyone, not talking to people like a super star – just like a guy (hard to explain). I went up to him to chat on my break and in the course of conversation asked if he ever got tired of people coming up to him.  (his wife was there too, Trisha Yearwood.  Who I admit I didn’t know who she was.  Not a country fan, but she’s kinda a big deal too).

He said he doesn’t like mob scenes, but since he lives in Tulsa (N. of Tulsa really) he doesn’t get mobbed too often and people give hims pace at restaurants and such.  He added “my Dad always told me to be more concerned when people don’t recognize you.”    I told him that I was very impressed that all the stories about how kind he  is are absolutely true.  The guy has sold more records than anyone else in history except for the Beatles.  It feels good when successful people remain down to earth.

In other news:  Kaldun hatched some praying mantis (mantises?), we let all but 5 go tonight.

- Jesse

Categories: General.

Easter 2009

April 24, 2009

Much to the suprise of no one, we aren’t horribly religious.  I think the brand of religion frequently practiced in Oklahoma finally killed off my religious conviction in total (God Hates Fags, 6000 year old Earth, I’m right and you’re wrong and you will rot in hell).  But we can still enjoy a very nice Easter Sunday!

The highlight for Kaldun was getting a new 18 speed bike.  Kaldun moved to Oklahoma with his cousin Scot’s old bike (which is now on its way to American Somoa, a whole other story).  He then progressed to a full sized dirt bike, but quickly outgrew that.  Coupled with his propensity to go very, very slowly we thought buying a bigger bike was in order.  So the old bike resides at the neighbors, and Kaldun is really enjoying his new bike.  So much so he talked me into packing my suit into a backpack and biking to school/work with him on Earth Day!

From Easter 2009

The highlight for Mooshu was upgrading from a 20 gallon tank to a 55 gallon tank. It was long in the cards as he has grown from about 6″ to about 18″ from nose to tip of the tail. The new setup gives him not only more room, but more control over his temperature. Some breeders on the internet also informed me that sand substrate, while cool and enjoyable for the lizard, is not the best (compaction problems, sanitary problems, infection . . .) – so he now resides on newspaper. It’s working out very well so far.

From Easter 2009
Its a dogs life.

The highlight for Bacchus was staying inside most of the day and sleeping on the rug. Igasa was no doubt sleeping on the couch, bed, or a pile of clean laundry. Either that or a mud puddle outside. Stupid girl dog.  But I digress . . .

The highlight for Kelli and I was having a friend over for a cilvized meal in the evening.  And a good time was had by all.

From Easter 2009

The weather down here has been amazing since Easter.  70 – 90F every day.  Mostly sunny.  Some breeze.  My garden and our flowers are really starting ot take off.   It is supposed to rain this weekend but I’m looking forward to clearing the air a bit.

San Diego pictures coming, I promise!  I need to get Kelli to tell me which ones to post.

- Jesse

Categories: General.

Night Photography

April 23, 2009

A lawschool friend of mine and his new bride were in town last weekend.  We threw some cards.   Went out to eat. And generally had a good time.  JD is a photographer and has all sorts of fancy tools, cameras, lenses, and knowledge and  Samantha has started to really get into photography also.  So one evening we went out to take some night timepictures of Tulsa.  I didn’t get all the pictures I wanted, but I think we took some interesting pictures.  It was good to get out and do something different and a great excuse to hand out:

Power Plant along the river From Night Photography

Tulsa Skyline timed exposure From Night Photography

Fountains in the Arkansas River From Night Photography
Water flowing over a low water dam From Night Photography

Perhaps more exciting to some people, we had family pictures taken!  Samantha runs a potrait company so while she was in town we commissioned her to take family pictures.  I’ll post them whenever I get them sent my way!

More pictures on the way tomorrow evening.  Pollen count very well may keep me inside this weekend.  Something is really killing me the last 2 days.

- Jesse

Categories: General.

Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2009

Sorry for the lack of picture.  I have promised San Diego pictures and some others JD and Samantha were in town over the weekend  and we have more pictures from that (Kaldun’s new bike, garden pictures, etc.).   So pictures will come, but it has been WAY too nice to be sitting at the computer every night.

Because it’s Earth Day Kaldun thought we should ride bikes to school/work.  So we did.  I packed my suite into a backpack on a folding board and off we went.  Nice ride, nice morning, but the Earth is punishing my allergies today.  Stupid plants all trying to polinate.

Anyway, more in the not-too-distant future.  It’s Spring, so it’s bound to rain soon!

- Jesse

Categories: General.

Fettkethers, Klausers and Markowitz -oh my!

April 13, 2009

Mark and Tim went on an Asian cruise and Sue (aka mom) was house sitting for nearly two weeks.  In addition to the company of the dogs, horses, cats and various other creatures at Marks as well as the other natives Liam and Amelia Klauser as well as Beth Markowitz came to town for a few days each.   We got to mingle from time to time and take some pictures along the way.

Amelia managed to have 3 of her 4 legs of flight messed up by American Airlines.  She arrived without luggage as did everyone else on that snowy day coming to Tulsa from Dallas – for no apparent reason.   When she left Tulsa her flight got to Dallas and then turned around without landing.  All in all not a fun time with a little one in tow but she made it on time more or less in all directions.

Liam is well on his way to talking up a storm.  Some of it needs to be translated, but mostly the intent is clearly defined and more often than not involving trains/trucks or food.  Often more often than not very funny.  Always something exciting to do but the kid has two positions:  on or off.  When he’s on he’s all smiles and tons of fun, when he’s not happy he is definitely not happy!  Amelia did a good job of getting him down for his nap when the switch was flipped or otherwise whipping him back into shape.

From Klausers, Fettkethers and Markowitz – oh my!

Liam likes to dip things. Anything in anything, so long as it’s dip. We went to a boneless wings place and we all had ranch to dip in. Liam was, however, the only one to drink the ranch when he ran out of chicken.

MMMM, ranch. From Klausers, Fettkethers and Markowitz – oh my!

Kaldun kinda sorta got into the big cousin thing but also kinda sorta got into the “grandma has to pay attention to me” thing. Generally Liam was vaguely interested in Kaldun and Kaldun had zero interest in Liam. We tried to direct Kaldun to amuse Liam by reminding him how nice Scott was when he was little – with mixed results.

Not sure if Liam is still enjoying this,  Klausers, Fettkethers and Markowitz – oh my!

When Amelia left Beth was here. We went out to eat twice with Sue (too many mom’s to just say mom!) and Beth and a good time was had by all. Sue, Beth and Kaldun went to a big cat sanctuary in Arkansas but I have no pictures from that adventure.

At the Melting Pot, From Klausers, Fettkethers and Markowitz – oh my!
From Klausers, Fettkethers and Markowitz – oh my!
Bananas foster

Bananas foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Categories: General.

Snow Storm!

April 12, 2009

Spring is here! Or it was. Then it snowed. And now we are right into summer – spent the weekend planting a garden and getting sunburned . But I digress. . .

The snow storm was our first real real snow for the season. We had over a foot of snow fall, but it melted almost as fast as it came down. Our area ended up with 6 or 8″ of snow at the peak. Much of it was melted that evening, most of it was gone the next day. (fyi: Sue always brings cold icy weather with her!)

Snow in Oklahoma is an interesting time. Everyone is paralyzed. We used our Pathfinder (18″ clearance, 4×4, off road package) and Iowa driving skills to pretty well tool along as we saw fit. On our way to the grocery store and back we pushed out 5 vehicles. 2 Mustangs, a Camaro, a pickup and a Toyota car of some kind.

In Iowa when you stop to push someone out they understand what is going on. Not so much in Oklahoma. You have to explain 1) you can push a car out of the snow, 2) you don’t want to spin your tires, 3) rock the car back and forth, and 4) when you get going – keep going slow and steady. When we pushed one of the Mustang’s out, she stopped to thank us – and we pushed her out again.

The dogs were ambivalent about the snowfall and got to stay inside most of the day. I took Igasa to the park for a romp and she decided snow was fantastic. Bacchus preferred to stay by the fire.

Our front yard From Spring Snow Storm, Click this link to see 4 hours later.

Tulips in the Snow From Spring Snow Storm
She doesn’t know where she is going, but she’s running! From Spring Snow Storm

Pictures from the recent family visits coming soon. Have to make some kabobs for supper!

- Jesse

Categories: General.

Spring hiking

April 4, 2009

We go hiking a lot.  Nothing real serious, just an excuse to get outside when it is nice.  Couple weeks ago, it was nice so we headed off to Redbud just north of town.  It hit 80F that day so we quickly shed our sweatshirts.

From 2009-04-04
From 2009-04-04
My New Desktop:   From 2009-04-04

Little did we know that the weather was getting ready to beat us up the next weekend. Stupid Oklahoma weather. More on that later this weekend.

In other news, Mooshu has gone feral. He’s getting pretty big and is well taken care of . . . BUT Kaldun has not been handling him enough. The sucker bit me! It feels like putting a chip clip on the end of your finger. More shocking than painful.

So we’ve been making an effort to handle him more lately. Of course, to get Kaldun to do so we have been playing with in in various capacities. Kaldun’s favorite Mooshu game is Godzilla – Mooshu vs plastic soldiers. Required: 1 bearded dragon, plastic army men, crickets to be released to entice ‘attack’ and viola:

From 2009-04-04

Though to be honest, we have reason to doubt the intelligence of the creature, he does the following over and over and over . . .

[Youtube video will go here. I learned that Picasa can not edit Quicktime files, which is what most cameras take movies in. Which is nice.

I also learned that has the WORST website to download things I've ever seen. Supposedly the best video encoder out there is "SUPER", it takes 8 ads, 4 different webpages proclaiming "download now" and a ton of junk to find the stupid link. Screw those guys. The hotlink to download the editor after all of that is:
Seriously, try navigating to that link from the home page knowing you want to download freeware SUPER. ARGH!

I'll post the video later.]

Amelia and Liam visited last week (after harrowing all sorts of fun with airlines), Beth is here this week, mom (Sue) has been here the whole time and will be here for a while longer. Have pictures, will post. Also have some wintery pictures from last weekend and I’m still working on Kelli to get those SD pictures ready. This weekend Kaldun, Grandma Sue and Beth are at a big cat preserve in Arkansas and the wife is at work – so I had better go to bachelor stuff.

- Jesse

Categories: General.