Friday, May 29, 2009

Magic 100 !

The 50th even number = 2 x 50 = 100

The 10th square number = 102 = 10 x 10 = 100

Product of the 2nd & 5th square numbers = 22 + 52 = 4 x 25 = 100

Product of the 1st prime number & 34th composite numbers = 2 x 50 = 100

Product of the 3rd odd & 10th even numbers = 5 x 20 = 100]

Product of the 5th even & 5th composite numbers = 10 x 10 = 100

Sum of the 6th & 8th square numbers= 62 + 82 = 36 + 64 = 100

Sum of the 8th prime number & 9th square number = 19 + 81 = 100 Sum of the 9th and 10th triangular numbers = 45 + 55 = 100

Sum of the 1st four cube numbers 13 + 23 + 33 + 43 = 1 + 8 + 27 + 64 = 100

Sum of the 1st ten odd numbers = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 + 11 + 13 + 15 + 17 + 19 = 100

Sum of the 1st nine prime numbers = 2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 = 100

The 854th-856th digits of pi = 100

The boiling point of water = 100o Celsius (centigrade)

100% represents wholeness, purity, or perfection

Polish Draughts is a 100-square board game played with 40 pieces. It’s similar to the 64-square board game of Checkers

The United States Senate has 100 Senators with two Senators from each of the 50 States.

Roman numeral for 100 = C

Centipedes are insects with "100 legs"

The first Chinese dictionary was written in 100 A.D.

The 100th day of the year (non-leap year) = April 10

100 yards is the length of the American football field and 160 feet wide in college and the NFL.

On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain set the NBA single-game scoring record by tallying 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.

The number of years in a century.

The number of tiles in a standard Scrabble set

"The First Hundred Days" is an arbitrary benchmark of a President of the United States' performance at the beginning of his or her term.

100 episodes, generally the point at which a TV series becomes viable for syndication (often reached during a prime time series' 5th season)

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 22, 1993: 10:00am

On This Day,
I Will Marry My Friend.
The One I Laugh With,
Live For,
Dream With,

It has been a wonderful 16 years. Time has gone by so quickly. We have a great life and a beautiful family. In honor of the 16 years, here are 16 things I love about my wife:

1. The love she has for everyone. Especially me.
2. Her smile.
3. Her red hair.
4. Her faith. In everything and everyone.
5. Her sense of humor. Today, she know the joke I was going to tell after 2 words ( I had never told this joke before).

6. Her Brains. Clearly, I am over matched.
7. Her laugh. She makes me laugh harder than anyone and everything is funnier with her.
8. Her sense of direction. I would always be lost without it.
9. Her competitiveness. She claims she is not, but I know better.
10. Her cooking. I love it. (yes, H, I am serious)
11. Her love for debate. Lately, I have been slacking, but we have had our share of great debates. (Remember Sunny's?)
12. Her creative side. This is truly incredible. She can turn the normal into extraordinary.
13. Her family. It took me awhile to realize this, but they are awesome.
14. Her sporting abilities. He is quite athletic. But I am still a better softball player!
15. Her patience. Even when she gets that glossed over look in her eyes when I talk sports.
16. Her endearing beauty. Everything she touches, she leaves it better than before.

I am blessed to have her and lucky she loves me.

This was supposed to be a picture of the sunflower in our garden, but it didn't come out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Our Weather Is A Joke!

I stopped watching the news on TV a few years ago because it got too depressing. I got tired of always hearing how bad our society is. Robberies, muggings, assaults, murder, stolen cars...blah, blah, blah. It was all one long nightmare. One of my favorite movies had a quote: "If it bleeds, it leads." So true. Not even sports could get me to stay tunes and watch.

One of the funniest things I used to laugh at on the rare times I saw the news, was the weather reports. Are you kidding? In the summer: Today; HOT. Tomorrow; HOT. Next Week; HOT! Winters are pretty mild, not much to report. Any time there is a little change in the weather pattern, this state goes crazy! I actually heard a weather person refer to the weather we had yesterday and today as" MAYSOON." Really? It has been cloudy for two days, and there has been areas that reported precipitation. Nothing official has been recorded at the airport, but look out, its "MAYSOON!"

According to the weather almanac, we have recorded less that 2" all year long. ALL YEAR! Now I have seen what happens when we do get a substantial amount of rain. Roads close, people panic, weather people hyperventilate, and drivers actually forget how to drive. WATCH OUT ! Its MAYSOON !

My friend Larry lives in Florida. His job requires a lot of driving. He likes to call when he has a long drive to get home to try to kill the time. Today, he was telling me about the weather they have been having. Now in Florida, they have weather. Yesterday, they got hit with 7" of rain in one day. In the 4 days the current storm has been unloading, they have received 13" of rain. 13"! In less than a week. That is about 6 years of rain for us! If it rained that much here, the whole state would cease to exist!

They have a reason to report the weather. Not us. So, next time you are out and about, and you feel a drop hit your skin, dive for the nearest cover, and yell at the top of your lungs,


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How Smart Is You Right Foot?

This made me laugh when I did it.

This will boggle your mind and you will keep you trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can't. It's pre-programmed in your brain!

1. Without anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY!!) and while sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with it.

2.. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction. I told you so!!! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

One of Life's Little Surprises...

Do you ever stop and think what you did before your cellphone? Do you take it for granted? One of the features of my phone that my kids love and love to play with is the camera. Now, I admit, that this feature is convenient. I have taken my share of pics of the kids in situations that I wish I had our regular digital camera. Every now and then, I will take the time to go through all the pics that have been stored. This is the fun part. Some times you find pictures that you forgot about. But usually, I find random pics that my children have taken. I was browsing yesterday, and some of them were pretty good...

Here is Tasha. Cute picture of her being sweet!
If I remember correct, this picture was taken by Tasha. We were driving down the street and the sun was in her eyes. She wanted to show me what she saw.

This was one of those moments you want to record, but forgot the camera. Phone to the rescue! This is a shot of Kyra pitching for the first time. Not that it matters, but she was the winning picture that night! Way to go Kyra!

Same game, This time Kyra is batting. She ended up walking and scoring a run. I will have to remind her to keep the bat up!

This picture was taken for later. The next time we have trouble believing they love each other, we can look at this and have proof that love exists between them!

I took this picture the night I visited my Dad in the hospital. He was having a total knee replacement. I do not know if this is the version of knee he got, but this was on display in the lobby of the hospital wing he was in. Basically, they cut open your leg, cut out the old knee, install the new knee, and sew you up. The staples they used to close the incision on his leg were cool! He was up and walking the next day.

Here is Justin getting into our car. This picture must have been taken by Kyra. I just do not remember her doing it. Every Friday, Kyra and I car pool with Justin and pick him up for school. He was about to get into the booster seat and buckle in. I must say, Justin cracks me up and I have enjoyed talking to him in the mornings!

This is another picture from Kyra. How do I know? She is the only one who would take a picture of Harlee. Sitting. Minding her own business. If you look at Harlee's expression (yes, dogs have expressions), she is saying: "Really Kyra? Another picture? Don't you have enough? "

The Arizona Cardinals play their home games in the University of Phoenix Stadium. When they won the NFC championship trophy, it was displayed in the lobby of one of the building I work by. I was hoping to get a picture of the Superbowl trophy, but that is another story...

Hi Brandon! Smile!

Yes its what you think. This proves that guys are pigs. This is a picture of the inside of one of the bathroom stalls in the men's room at my work. I thought we were all grown men. The markings in the bright part of the picture are the results of someone picking their nose and wiping the boogers on the door. Yes, this is disgusting!

Most of the pictures I find are just like this one. Blurry, and of one of the children's fingers. I do believe this finger belongs to Tasha.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Men Are Just Happier People-- What do you expect from such simple creatures?

Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can be President.

You can never be pregnant.

You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

The world is your urinal.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Same work, more pay.

Wrinkles add character.

Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You can open all your own jars.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.

Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.

You almost never have strap problems in public.

You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

Everything on your face stays its original color.

The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.

One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.

You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mark Cuban: No Class

I guess I am old school. I believe that the owner of a sports team is better seen and not heard. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that they are not allowed to talk, just in the appropriate venues. Radio show? Sure. TV interview? Not a problem. But with new owners, comes new issues. Jerry Colangeo is my favorite. He was the essence of class. Well respected by the community and the profession. He gave interviews, voiced his opinion in a a well mannered forums, and never called anyone out or disrespected anyone. Ever. Today's owners are a different breed. They own the team, feel like the are royalty, and don't let you forget it. Seems like they go out of their way to find air time to hear themselves speak. Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, is a lot like this. He sits in the stands, not in the owners box, and cheers on his team. That would be OK if that was all he did. He also reacts to the refs and their calls and also has been known to heckle opposing players on the floor. It seems at times he does this to create attention to the fact that he is an owner, and likes to see and hear himself on TV. However, as bad as he seems, he is in the minor leagues compared to Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Cuban holds nothing back. He has been fined by the NBA over $1.6 million for his actions. Seems like a lot of money, but his net worth is over $2.3 billion. Yes, billion. So, whats a million dollars to him. Obviously, not much. That alone is insulting. Some of his antics:

In a nationally publicized incident, he criticized the league's manager of officials, Ed T. Rush, saying that he "wouldn't be able to manage a Dairy Queen."

During the 2005–06 NBA season, Cuban started a booing campaign when former Maverick player Michael Finley returned to play against the Mavs as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

In a playoff series between the Mavericks and Spurs, Cuban cursed Spurs forward Bruce Bowen and was fined $200,000 by the NBA for rushing onto the court and criticizing NBA officials

After the 2006 NBA Finals, Cuban was fined $250,000 by the NBA for repeated misconduct following the Mavericks' loss to the Miami Heat.

In February 2007, Cuban publicly criticized NBA Finals MVP Dwyane Wade and declared that he would get fined if he made any comments about what he thought really happened in the 2006 NBA Finals.

On January 16, 2009, after a reviewing, the league fined Cuban $25,000 for yelling at Denver Nuggets player J. R. Smith at the end of the first half on a Mavericks-at-Nuggets game

I know what you are thinking: He might be an a$$, but I bet his players love him. Here is a quote by the leader of the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki:

"He's got to learn how to control himself as well as the players do. We can't lose our temper all the time on the court or off the court, and I think he's got to learn that, too. He's got to improve in that area and not yell at the officials the whole game. I don't think that helps us.... He sits right there by our bench. I think it's a bit much. But we all told him this before. It's nothing new. The game starts, and he's already yelling at them. So he needs to know how to control himself a little."

This doesn't sound like a player who is thrilled by the owner.

This last weekend, Cuban again made the headlines. Did he call out a player? No. Did he insult the refs? No. He went one step further, a step he should never have taken. A step that the NBA should ban him from attending any more games. What did he do? He called out a player, from the other team, to the players' Mom. On Mother's Day no less. The NBA is reviewing a post game confrontation between Cuban and the mother of Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin during which the Dallas Mavericks' owner referred to Martin as a "thug" or a "punk," according to a report in The Denver Post. Cuban claims he saw Martin's mother, Lydia Moore, as a fan was yelling that the Nuggets were "thugs." "That includes your son," Cuban said to Moore. Martin's agent, Brian Dyke, had a different take on the incident. According to Dyke, an unprovoked Cuban told Moore, "Your son is a punk." Now, given Cubans' history and personality, which do you believe? It really doesn't matter, he is a disgrace to the fans, players, his team and the league. Worst case scenario? The NBA will fine him an amount that really doesn't matter to him. That's why they should ban him from the arena. a fine is pointless. Cuban has proven that time and time again. By the way, Cuban was upset because his team had just lost a game to the Denver Nuggets on a last second shot made by Carmello Anthony. Martin, the player whose mom was insulted, wasn't even involved in the final shot! Cuban came onto the floor near the front of the Mavericks' bench after Anthony hit the shot, before Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki took the inbounds pass and missed a long shot at the buzzer.
As he left the court after the game, Cuban slightly shoved a TV cameraman, pushing his forearm to move him aside as the owner walked by. Are you kidding? This is a grown up, an owner of the team acting like a 7 year old who can't stand to lose. We should not have to put up with this. The NBA should stop it from happening again. No amount of money is going to stop him. Ban him. For the playoffs. For all future games. Mark Cuban has no class.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bonehead Award

Here is a picture of a painting that just sold at Sotheby's 2009 Art Auction for $9,266,500. Thats right. $9.26 Million!

Got $9.2M To Throw Away? How About A Painting With Nothing More Than 8 Black Lines? Only $1.15M Per Line.

It would be fine if someone spent over $9M for something worthless if that $9M would do some good. But when it's just passed from one rich person to another it's a sad waste. If the money was used to buy $9M of groceries or cars or something where it was put back into the economy, I wouldn't mind so much.

What do you think? Is this a "Bonehead Award?" or am I just an imbecile when it comes to understanding fine art? You decide.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Feel bad for the Cardinals

Anquan Boldin is no doubt one of the best wide receivers in professional football. Since the Cardinals drafted him in the second round in 2003, he has been a staple part of this team. He is one of the reasons the Cardinals were successful this year in their quest to play in the Superbowl. And, don't forget, he has been paid. Well paid. As a rookie, he signed a contract to play football. Boldin continued to play well and the Cardinals rewarded him with a new contract. Not at the end of the original contract, before it was up. Most people do not know this, because you do not hear about this type of contract negotiations. Yes, the Cardinals tore up the original contract and gave Boldin a new one. Worth more money. For this contract, Boldin chose a longer term (4 years, $22.67 mil., $5 mil. signing bonus) with more money up front. This contract does not end until after the 2010 season. Two more years. He is only two years into the contract that he signed. THAT HE SIGNED! Why now, would he even think he is entitled to more money?

Boldin is upset because he is no longer getting paid what other elite receivers are signing contracts for. This is because he signed his contract extension 2 years ago. Just two years. Contracts now are worth more. But when Boldin signed his contract (did I mention that HE SIGNED IT), his contract was one of the top contracts out there. If he was worried that the contract he signed was not going to pay him what he was worth, then why did he agree to a longer term? Because he could sign a long term contract, load it upfront with guaranteed money, and then, two years later, wine, cry and demand a trade so he can have it both ways. This is unfair to the Cardinals. Everybody talks about how Boldin is a stand up guy, a natural leader and an asset to the locker room. I question this.

So now, after the Cardinals failed to trade Boldin before the draft (they tried, but nobody wanted to commit anything for him), Boldin has decided to make you, me and the team so sick of him that he must be traded elsewhere. The Cardinals had their first off season mini camp last week. If he wanted to make a statement, he could of just stayed home. But he didn't. He showed up, lied about an alleged hamstring injury, and didn't work out. If he stays home, he is out of site, out of mind. His agent, Drew Rousenhouse, has advised him to "agitate" the team and his teammates to try to escalate the issue. This truly shows how classy Boldin and his agent is.

The souring of Boldin started back when the Cardinals resigned Larry Fitzgerald to an extension last year. Because the contract was newer, it was worth more. That's just the way it is. Ask anybody. But rather than accept that fact, Boldin started laying the groundwork for his next payday. But the problem is that that is still another two years away. But why should that matter? Just because he signed his contract...oh wait, that is exactly why it matters. Boldin is upset because of the amount of money Fitz made last year. One of the reasons is that the contract that Fitzgerald was heavy in incentives, and he made them! There is an idea, pay a guy for what he accomplishes, not what he might accomplish! Fitzgerald got bonuses for making the pro bowl, playing in at least 35% of the total plays, leading the Cardinals to the playoffs, and for reaching milestones with the number of catches he made in the season and yards completed. Yes, because Fitzgerald performed, he got paid, and paid well. So this just proves that Fitzgerald and Co. were smarter than Boldin and Co. Now, Boldin and company claim that the Cardinals promised him a new deal and then failed to make that happen. The Cardinals say that never happened. I was not there, but the bottom line is, the deal didn't get done and no one knows why. So, accept it and move on.

Boldin should realize he has no chance of winning sympathy. Not in this economy, and not after the team ripped up his original contract earlier in the decade, rewarding him with $10 million in bonus money. Boldin took the short-term security then, diminishing his case in 2009.

The Cardinals for years have tried to give the fans what they want. Good football. The way football works, this is a difficult thing to accomplish. If you are a Cards fan, then you understand. I wish the Cardinals would refuse to trade him, and make him honor the contract. But that won't happen. Most likely, Boldin will get traded because he and his agent will make it impossible for the Cardinals. Blame Boldin. Blame Rousenhouse. But do not blame the Cardinals.