Monday, February 27, 2006

This is another shot of my brother's wife, Lori, from the weekend. I liked how her eyes peeked over her jacket, so I played around with the photo editor to make the shot into a black & white and blurred the area outside of her face. The original photo was taken by Jenna.

Jenna's friend Mary attempts to recreate the infamous Minnesota Vikings booze cruise, and largely succeeds...

The girls headed to Kentucky for the weekend to visit friends and left Gary and I to fend for ourselves with the kids. You can see Lori is having a hell of time during what I'll call the Hee Haw Mardi Gras (I'm going to trademark that!) The weather got a bit chilly down south and the lines were long. Lori fell out of a van and at some point in the weekend, crunched Jenna's leg in a taxicab door...

Well, I drove past my high school today and found a pile of rubble in its place. Breakfast Drive just isn't the same with Catholic Central gone. The school has moved to a new multi-million dollar campus in Northville. I haven't seen it yet, but I hear it's absolutely gorgeous.

The dumpster is sitting in what used to be the main hall leading into the school. The trees in the picture were all inside courtyards at the school.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Jenna's friend Melissa sent over this photo of Fergie and Josh Duhamel she took on Super Bowl weekend at a bar in Detroit.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Jenna was outsite with the kids this evening and took some really nice shots of them playing. It reached a balmy 40 degrees today!

This is not an optical illusion - it is the best pilsner glass ever.

Well, I did some more research and found that, in fact, Internet Explorer is the culprit in regard to the problems with the new look of the site. It seems it cannot handle CSS very well at all. Hopefully when IE7 debuts this issue will be fixed. I'm not savvy enough to try a HTML hack to try to make it work, and I like the capabilities of using CSS with the blog. If you notice, the center column is resizeable to your window. That type of dynamic is too hard to give up. Again, I suggest using Firefox for your browsing needs!

Well, looks like I'll have to hit the drawing board on the look of the site again. Jenna doesn't like it very much, she says it looks too industrial. And as with all things truly evil in the world, Internet Explorer seems to hate the site also. Images aren't appearing and some buttons refuse to be clickable. If you haven't already, I suggest you download and use Firefox, the site looks great in that browser (in MY opinion)...

A few more assorted shots from our day out on Monday.

Here's Declan at the kids play area at Great Lakes Crossing. I had the day off for Washington's birthday (don't get me started on the whole Presidents' day thing, it doesn't really exist). It was the first time I've ever had the holiday off. Hooray new job! Anyway, Declan is fighting off the girl with the cat face paint with his Buzz Lightyear laser ray. You can see he's using his left hand to 'push the button' on his right arm.

No, that bear is not in my den, he's in the lobby at Bass Pro Shop. The kids were terrified.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Comments are working again.

New look. I've been playing around with a new template and some colors. I'm sure I screwed up html somewhere because the comments do not seem to be working correctly. Anyway, let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Declan and Reagan watching Toy Story 2 and wearing their Buzz Lightyear 'space helmets'.

Reagan, a "W" girl.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I created a new photo only blog for some of my best (in my opinion) photos. Critical Matt's Flog - Foto Blog.

Less artsy more fartsy.

Top left: Declan smash!
Top middle: Peek!
Top right: Declan's new favorite - Buzz Lightyear
Right: Reagan about to unload a rasberry.

Soooo tired. Jenna and the kids made a snowman on Tuesday when we had a bit of snow on the ground. It snowed another 4 inches overnight and it's now thunderstorming...

Here's my snow angel.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Well, I've seen mice in a sink. Rats in a basement, but never bats in any place other than a belfrey.

This one was found at a property I inspected yesterday. Lovely.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Reagan perfectly expresses my reaction to returing to lovely Michigan weather. Sure it's below 20 degrees right now, but at least I won't get a sunburn like say, in Miami...

In other news, the site received quite a spike in visitors today, although I'm not sure who linked to me or what everyone is looking at. I'd guess it's the receipt from the bar in Miami (see below). Sitemeter's referral page is not working so I can't see the sites linking to me at the moment. Anyway, if you've been sent here, drop a comment and let me know who to thank!

Friday, February 10, 2006

This is probably the last post from Miami. I'll be on my flight bright and early tomorrow. This is a shot of an area just outside the entrance to our office.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Some sage advice from Hooligan's Pub & Oyster Bar in Miami.

Blogging will be light for the next day or two. I'm getting ready to leave for home and will be spending time wrapping up things here in Miami.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Is this a huge problem in corporate America?

Monday, February 06, 2006

I also took this shot yesterday. It's a huge Mason lodge, but the writing was in Spanish. I was able to make out Cuba and Grande and saw the Mason symbol near the top of the front wall.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

I've been playing with the html on the site for a bit. If you've run into problems all should be fixed now. Took some Tylenol and going to bed.

So, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is real. I thought I'd have something witty to write, but I've got nothing. On the other hand, the Torch of Friendship memorial is not lit. Most of the countries on the memorial aren't terribly friendly with us lately, so I guess it's apt. I wanted to take a photo of Ponce De Leon, the statue not the man (what a cool name, it just rolls off the tongue), but some fellow was sitting on it and he didn't look like he was planning on moving on anytime soon. I rode the Metrorail train back to the hotel as I've had my fill of walking for the next month. I'm going to call the front desk and see if they'll take me down in a cart to the lobby tomorrow. Now that I'm back on whimpering about my day, I do wish to point out I made the entire trek wearing $10 Kmart sandals that I fixed with Shoe Goo last week. Top that!

For those who doubt I would be (insert colorful word here) enough to walk from the airport to the beach, here are a few places I passed. The one on the left is an antiques store (their description, looked like a junkyard to me), and the one on the right, well, if you can't figure it out, I can't help you.

So, I took a walk this morning after returning my rental car. Quite a walk. A very long walk. The walk was so long, I'm sunburned on only one side of my body...I decided I wanted to see more of Miami than just the tourist type areas, so I walked from the airport all the way to the big Bayfront Park. I'm not sure if it was 10 miles, but my body is trying to tell me it was 20. This photo is, I think, the federal courthouse in Miami.

A few more shots from yesterday. I passed by Mango's Tropical Cafe and saw that their waitresses had to wear 'uniforms' that would make a Hooters girl blush. Fishnet and leopard print and not much covered up. I'm sure it was packed because they have a great brunch...

Despite the weather some people were able to enjoy their weekend in Miami. There was a crazy group of Indian women from Texas in town for a bachelorette party. The bride is in upper two photos bantering the the DJ and the hostess. The other photos show the Clevelander Hotel dancers. If you're big on the dance scene, I guess Miami is for you. I prefer a big screen and cheap beer.

The famous Clevelander Hotel. I stopped in for a bite to eat and ended up sitting there for a few hours waiting for the weather to pass.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Now, I don't know much about lifeguard flags,
but I'm pretty sure yellow means windy,
and purple means rainy...

The Coconut Grove playhouse.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Here's a shot taken in Coconut Grove.
Yeah, that's a lot of parrots. The one hanging from the kids finger has apparently been trained not to
injure when it does that, because the kid was laughing and not screaming.
I think this pic could use a caption contest. Something like, "Buy my cheap polaroid photo and I'll call off the bird."