Sunday - January 15, 2006 -
I just heard that the father of the
15 year old kid who was shot in Longwood (who is now brain dead) tried
to tell the police that his son only had a pellet gun but they wouldn't
listen to him - they were hell-bound and determined to shoot that little
rule-breaker to prove a lesson to the rest of the hoi polloi. It
still stuns me. Right or wrong - the end result is still the same.
Parents burying their child. It's not right. Of course, my
perspective is different than most. Too bad for me, eh. Now
they get to live the rest of their life without their son.....
The Chicago Bears play a football
game today. In 1986, about three weeks before Andrew was born, the
Bears won the Super Bowl. It was super. It's an innocuous
distraction. I need a distraction right about now. Here's my
saintly boys dressed as fans of the Chicago Bears. They could not
have cared less about the Bears, but of course, they had to wear the
sports-related clothing. Go Bears, djb
Jarrett in an uncle sandwich with Uncle Ron and
Andrew in 1987 (left) and in
1991 - evolution of a Chicago Bears fan
Jarrett - Bears fan on a
Andrew and Jarrett (Bears
fans) in the front yard standing where my flower garden now lives.
Andrew - Bears fan in the
Jarrett - Bears fan in the
kitchen - notice the artwork on the refrigerator!
Saturday - January 14, 2006 -
Diane's in the hospital - they don't really know
what's wrong exactly. She had a fever over 104 degrees....plus
some severe pains. That's all I know for now - she's already been
seen by FIVE doctors. But, of course, that was at noon, so maybe
by now, it's up to 6 or 8. She went in yesterday evening (yes,
that was FRIDAY the THIRTEENTH) and is still in the ER because they
don't have a room in the hospital. Remember: Don't
get sick after 5 or on the weekends because a lot of doctors skedaddle
out of town or I would imagine in Florida, they head for the golf
Plus, this weekend is a long one
because of the MLK holiday on Monday. When I was in college, I
remember hearing the "I have a Dream" speech by Dr. King. It was
so awesome. He could speak like no one else. Amazing man.
It's against my policy to ask why he died or the boys or Brandon or a
million other good people. The only thing that makes a shred of
sense is that it was their "time" to go. Some day I'll understand
it, I'm sure.
Right now, so many things are
confusing and senseless. Well, like a 15 year old kid getting shot
at school. That takes my breath away. I don't think you have
to gravely wound a kid - if you're a sharpshooter, can't you just shoot
his foot or shoot the gun out of his hand. [time out]
I just read about his sad and pitiful school-related life in the Orlando newspaper.
One thing grabbed my attention: he was BULLIED at school.
That was something I wouldn't tolerate from Andrew and Jarrett.
Every time there was an article in the paper about a kid being bullied,
I'd cut it out and read it to them and put it on the refrigerator.
My advice was simple - always be kind. Gee, I wonder how those
bullies feel today knowing that the kid they taunted is now lying in a
critical care unit on life support. Gee, I wonder who they're
going to bully next week. Of course, that thought will be lost in
talk of guns and security and all that nonsense. Can't we be kind
to one another... can't we teach our children to be kind to one another.
It's very, very sad all the way around.
Since I'm speaking about GUNS.
Here's my gun story. I've never like guns. They scare me.
Many years ago, when Andrew asked Bob and me if he could have a
paintball gun, I said absolutely not! Bob, however, being a
veteran and an expert marksman, said that he thought Andrew could handle
it. I said, bad idea. Below is an apology letter from Andrew
that I found a few weeks before Christmas this year. Andrew and
one of his friends were first shooting paintballs at one neighbor's
garage door and then at the Konen's house. There's a really long
story involved in the whole paintball gun thing - blah, blah,
blah. "We were aiming at the basketball hoop and it went across
the street and hit their garage door." I can understand ONE time,
but 30 times? Not such a good lie - Andrew was a terrible liar.
Anyway, when I found this letter, I had to laugh that I still had it.
Andrew was supposed to deliver it in person. Obviously, he didn't.
So, I mailed it with the Konen's Christmas card and Donna put it on
their refrigerator. An apology from heaven, she called it. I
like that. I'll see ya later, djb
letter from Andrew to our neighbors, the Konens
Friday the THIRTEENTH - 2006 - Yikes!
- Remember, if you're afraid of the number
thirteen, you have triskaidekaphobia. Fear of Friday the
thirteenth is something else, I think. I'm not going to look it
up, you can do that for yourself. Right now, I'm the midst of
taking down the Christmas decorations. It takes a very, very long
time. I keep forgetting to mention Andrew's comment regarding that
whole Abramoff deal in Washington (if you don't know what I'm talking
about do a Google search). We always tried to instill the
concept of right and wrong in the boys. We knew we had more work to do
when Andrew told us his own philosophy: "It's not illegal
unless you get caught!" Say what? I must be going
now. bye, djb
Andrew, Grandpa, Jarrett
Thursday - January 12, 2006 -
I did come back on the website
yesterday but I didn't write anything, I set up the photo gallery page
instead. What a pain! It took me forever to do it. The
first time I posted it, the three pictures showed up okay, then the next
time the rest of the pictures didn't show up in their thumbnails, so I
got rid of it all and started over from scratch. Now, it's there
but I don't know how many pictures it can support. It's likely
just a few - probably not thousands! Today's temperature is going
to get up to 54 degrees. To me, that's just wrong, wrong, wrong.
It's supposed to be COLD in January. The flowers are going to go
berserk. The trees will be confused and start sending out their
little leaves. Although, if it does get nice, then I get to mow
the lawn. That's always fun. While Bob and I were in Florida
at Christmas, I went through the old pictures and came up with these.
Some of them are a little blurry but they're too funny not to include.
see ya later, djb
Andrew in the sandbox, Jarrett outside the sandbox
and Bob sitting next to the sandbox
Andrew in the sandbox being supervised by Granny
Andrew picking up the blue rake and Jarrett getting
ready to water the grass while drinking his bottle
Andrew posing with the blue rake and Jarrett still
drinking his bottle
Grandpa pulling the boys in the red wagon into the
Jarrett & Andrew obviously
doing something they aren't supposed to be doing with orange golf balls and an orange (3/7/90)
Wednesday - January 11, 2006 -
I'm in the middle of taking out
the garbage, newspapers, etc. I'll be back in a little while.
see ya sooner or later, djb
later - 1/10 - I put some pictures on the blogspot website, its
don't know why I did it, except that it's FREE. Anyone can have a
website if they want to. Part of the reason that I put my pictures
in the middle of the page on this website is that it's easier to do it
that way.. You might notice a difference in my Home (Casa) page -
that's thanks to Dr. Nick. He came over this afternoon and helped
me figure out what I was doing wrong! Actually, I wasn't doing
anything right, so it was more a matter of him trying this and trying
that and pretty soon, we had it finished. Looks so awesome
- much more easier to navigate. When I started doing this two
years ago, I had no idea that I'd still be doing it two years later.
It's become more of a family picture album. I'll always want to
have a website for sharing photographs because I've taken so many and I
love to look at the old pictures. It's nice to have the digital
cameras because if you don't like the first one, you can take ten or
twenty more!!! All right, I'm out of here. It's raining - it
may even start snowing soon because it's 32 degrees. This weather
is annoying. bye for now, djb
Bob and Jarrett with
the work in progress on Jarrett's quarter-pipe
Tuesday - January 10, 2006 -
This morning, I went over to visit
Donna and Sadie. She had also invited Cathy to come over. We
had quite a nice chat. In fact, we yakked for two hours!!!
We're making plans to WALK when it gets nicer outside (meaning warmer
than 32). Although, I'll have to begin walking even
before it gets nice. As long as it isn't 20 below zero, I imagine
I could get myself around the block in fairly good shape and time.
Keep moving - that's what I say. It wasn't always THAT warm when I
was in Florida. There were days when I had the sweatpants and
sweatshirt on and had my hands in my pockets. The day before we
left, it was 80 degrees! That's my perfect temperature!!!
I'm going to scan a bunch of pictures, so let me go do that and I'll put
some in here. They're pretty cute. see ya later, djb
Granny, Andrew, Me, Jarrett in
February 1990 - standing in the driveway by the SNOW
Me waving, Jarrett looking, Andrew saying the same
thing I'm saying - could it be cheese?
later - 1/9 - I'm trying to put more and smaller pictures next
to each other without them wrapping around. Okay, so let me see if
this works out for me. see ya, djb
Jarrett in black and white
Monday - January 9, 2006 -
I'm SO confused by all of
this, but I've got the BIG book so that should answer all of my
questions. Yeah right! It's a good thing that I have to go
to the drug store and get some medicine for Bob, otherwise, I would have
to start pulling my hair out. Here's a picture from many, many
years ago. bye for now, djb
Picture of me taken for George and
Sadie's 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1964
Sunday, January 8, 2006 -
It's actually quite warm here
when compared to a month ago although when a person considers 31 degrees
to be warm, I'd say they're warped. It's pretty early and I don't
have much to say yet. I've been scanning some pictures. It's
so much easier with this new scanner - like 5 steps have been eliminated.
Mercy! It probably helps that I sort of know what I'm doing - with
the emphasis on SORT OF. They seem to have anticipated the various
problems that users would have and made it dummy-proof. I like that.
Time to get some more coffee (it's before 7 a.m.). talk to you
Andrew and Jarrett posing for a picture -
Saturday - January 7, 2006 - This morning, I wrote thank
you cards because I wanted to take advantage of the stamp situation.
Even though it's only a two cent increase, I felt compelled to send as
many as I could write. I think I finished 8 of them. Dr. Nick
is working tonight, so he won't be able to help me upgrade my FrontPage
(that's the software I use to make this website). I did look at the
new FrontPage software and it's quite a bit easier to navigate than the
old one that I have. However, I could lose everything if I don't
know what I'm doing which is why I'm bringing in the doctor! He
knows computers. He knows websites. He knows a lot that I
don't know, and he's so young. It's quite amazing to behold.
While I was in Best Buy, I got a new scanner. It's the Epson one
that has the automatic feed for the negatives. The picture on the
casa page was the first one I did. It's a picture of the boys and me
at Uncle Malvin and Aunt Gladys' 50th wedding anniversary in DeKalb.
I remember that Bergs came from Florida and they had to drive in rush hour
through a lot of snow - like 6 or 9 inches. Wait a minute. I
have another picture with Gran and me and the boys in the driveway in
North Aurora. ANOTHER picture I've never seen. I'll have to
scan that, too. Mercy! It's quite exciting. Right now,
I'm going to put in another picture that I scanned. I'll be back
later maybe - maybe not. Maybe all of this will be gone.
That'd be a hoot and a half. I can only laugh. hahaa
Slighty blurry picture of Grandpa
holding Andrew, me holding Jarrett and Granny smiling.
later today - 1/6/06 - I have tons of emails to answer
but I don't have anything particularly interesting to say. I'm
trying to do some things that appear to be progress, but I don't think
they really are. It's just slight of hand. Amazing to me how
much better I feel when I'm in the sunshine. We haven't had sun here
for quite a few days. Ron and Liz are on a cruise to Key West and
that other place that isn't Cancun. Cozumel. I knew it was in
my brain somewhere. They called me from the hotel pool yesterday -
having a good time! When I came back from the post office a few
minutes ago, I realized how much I miss having Hobbes around. He was
much quieter than the boys but he'd usually manage to wake up from his
slumber whenever someone came in the door. I found some pictures on
a disc that I'm not sure that I have anywhere else. There's a cute
one of Hobbes that I'll put on here. see ya later, djb
Hobbes taking a
nap on the brown bear blanket - what a hoot!
Friday - January 6, 2006 -
This is driving me crazier.
I keep trying to do what I'm supposed to do and it doesn't work. I
even used that annoying little helper creature. The animated paper
clip. ayiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii - is that how you spell a scream???? Must
go now. I have to start over with all of this but right now I'm
freezing in the computer room. My nose is cold and my hands are cold
and my feet are cold. Well, I'm just cold. There's so much to
say. There's so much to do. PLUS, this Sunday postage goes up
to 39 cents. They just sneak that in under the radar every time.
Those little weasels. talk to you later, djb
Krissy and Sara - I'm not sure why this
picture is so small but it's quite clear.
Thursday - January 5, 2006 - I seriously do NOT know what
I'm doing. This is driving me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've spent
two hours - no make that two and a half hours - trying to put boxes around
things on the home page, and I can't do it. I'm done for!
I can't do this any more without help. It has to be easier than I
think it is. bye for now, djb
Bob hitting a shot out of a sand trap
in Florida. Nice shot!
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - I'm not sure what I'm doing, but I'm going to change the format of my
website to make it more user friendly. Most likely, I'll have to
check with Dr. Nick for some advice on what I'm doing because I DON'T KNOW
what these things are that I'm putting on here. I have NO idea what
they'll look like....
We did see online in the Aurora paper and the DeKalb paper that another
one of Andrew's classmates - Brandon Ackerman - died in a car accident on
December 31st. It totally breaks my heart. I copied the
obituary from the DeKalb paper. This morning, I scanned Brandon's
graduation picture and the picture of him with his sweetie, Amanda, from
the Blueprints yearbook - 2003. The cutest couple - indeed they are.
God bless you, Brandon. later, djb