Archive for October, 2010

It Was Horrifying!

October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!  Where were my Spartans yesterday?  The team that had managed an 8-0 start did not show up to play and lost their first game of the season to the Iowa Hawkeyes (who played exceptionally well)!  There is now a 4-way tie for first place of the Big Ten Conference (Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State).  Hopefully we can rebound from this setback and get back on track for the remainder of the season and at least share a piece of the Big Ten title.   Other upsets this weekend included Missouri (#6), Florida State (#16), and Miami (#22).

In honor of Halloween, here is a bonus necktie and a quick poll.  Which combination do you favor?

You’ve Got To Believe!

October 30, 2010

The Michigan State Spartans are having a great year; their best in a long time.  They are finding ways to win the close games, they are coming from behind, they are taking risks (and an occasional trick play), they are ranked #5 in all the polls (including the BCS), and for the third week in a row they are being picked to be upset.  Let’s keep the faith, Spartan Nation!  Yes, this will be our biggest road challenge of the season (at Iowa, who is coming off a loss to Wisconsin last week), but we’ve managed to handle all of our other challenges thus far and I have faith that we will continue to do so.   Iowa is no slouch and it should be a great game!   Go Green!

Some Friday Humor!

October 29, 2010

Happy Friday and welcome to the Halloween weekend!  For all of you ghost, ghouls, and goblins out there, please be careful as you go about your trick or treating activities.  Here’s a wonderfully humorous photo that was forwarded to me by a friend — the message is invaluable and applies to more than flying.  While I don’t particularly care to “costume up,” I’ve always enjoyed Halloween.  Perhaps this is due to my fondness for one of the colors normally associated with Halloween (ORANGE) — orange candy corn, orange pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, etc. — perhaps not.  And, to quote desk Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (from the Hill Street Blues television show during the 1980s), “let’s be careful out there!”

Status Quo!

October 28, 2010
Courtesy of www.despair.com

Since elections are just around the corner for many jurisdictions, I thought it might be nice to throw out some quick facts . . . (courtesy of www.congress.org)

Let’s not forget to exercise  our right to vote next week!

The currently seated Congress: the 111th.
House of Representatives: 439 members

  • 257 Democrats, 178 Republicans
  • 361 male (83%), 76 female (17%)
  • 364 Caucasian, 41 African-American, 24 Hispanic, 9 Asian, 1 Native American
  • 81% over 50 years of age

Senate: 100 members

  • 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans, 2 Independent.
  • 83 male (83%), 17 female (17%)
  • 96 Caucasian, 1 African-American, 1 HIspanic, 2 Asian
  • 92% over 50 years of age

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”   (James Madison)

Better Living Through Chemistry?

October 27, 2010

Self-induced amnesia?  Or, just a fancy way to describe a drug or alcohol-induced stupor?

A lot of words come to mind when I think of the addictive behaviors involving drugs and alcohol (drunk, drugged, high, inebriated, stoned, whacked, intoxicated, alcoholic, addicted, etc.).  Here is one that I had never heard before today:

nepenthe

\ ni-PEN-thee\, noun;
 
1.  a drug or drink (or the plant yielding it) mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble.
2.  anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, esp. of sorrow or trouble.
 
And, while it may help you to temporarily forget your sorrow or trouble (of the moment), the after-effects usually make you wish that you had not tried so hard to forget!

Gunfight at OK Corral!

October 26, 2010

Did you know that today marks the anniversary of the gunfight at the OK Corral?  Today, back in 1881, Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and Doc Holliday shot it out with the Ike Clanton gang in Tombstone, Arizona.  End result: three members of the Clanton gang were killed and both of Earp’s brothers were wounded.

And, the shootout did not actually occur at the OK Corral, but near the corner of Third and Fremont Streets.

Time For A “Snack!”

October 26, 2010
“Snack” by Celeste Vaught

While this “snack” is not an edible one, it is one that will feed my soul and lift my spirits regularly (every time I enter my office).  This recent acquisition from the “Art in the Square” show at Utica Square in early October grabbed me immediately.  Most assuredly, it was the bright and vivid colors that first drew my eye to this piece (my photo really does not do justice to the vibrant green and red colors — I probably should invest in a quality camera one of these days).  But beyond the color, the balance, composition, and shading are all exquisite (in my humble opinion, of course).  The artist: Celeste Vaught; the medium: acryllic . . . the addiction (art collecting) continues.

May I Quote You?

October 25, 2010

There are certain people in our lives whom we can count on regardless of the need . . . these are our true friends.  No questions asked, they are always there when you need them.

I spent the weekend counting my many blessings and ran across this wonderful quotation that I just felt the need to share. 

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”  (Unknown)

But why stop with one.  Here are some others (courtesy of the Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone) . . .  Happy Monday!

A friend: “Someone who sticks by you even when he gets to know you real well.”  (E.C. McKenzie)
Friends: “Gods apology for relations.” (Hugh Kingsmill)
Friendship: “Love without his wings.” (Lord Byron)

To all of my friends . . . thanks for being there.

The Plot Thickens!

October 24, 2010

There was a lot of great college football yesterday.  And, for the third straight week, the #1 ranked college football team has been upset.  Two weeks ago, Alabama lost to South Carolina; last week, Ohio State lost to Wisconsin; this week, Oklahoma lost to Missouri; next week . . . who knows?

The Michigan State Spartans continued their winning ways and remained undefeated in a thrilling (okay, it was really nerve-wracking) come-from-behind victory over Northwestern on the road.   And, thanks to the help of Wisconsin and Ohio State (who defeated Iowa and Purdue respectively), Michigan State sits alone atop the Big Ten (for now) with a major log-jam for second place.  Next up: the Spartans travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes — a huge road game for the Spartans!  And, having just lost to the Badgers at home, you know the Hawkeyes will be ready to take on the Spartans and play the spoiler in their bid to topple a top-ten team. 

Go Green! 

The list of undefeated teams has now shrunk to just seven . . . in addition to Michigan State, the list includes: Oregon, Boise State, Auburn, TCU, Utah, and Missouri.

Will We Go Eight and Oh?

October 23, 2010

Well, it’s Saturday and this means another marathon day of college football.  Will the #7 Michigan State Spartans (or #8 depending on which poll you consult) continue their winning ways on the road in Evanston, Illinois, against the Northwestern Wildcats?  I certainly hope so.  And, let’s also hope that they are not looking past the Wildcats to their game against Iowa next week.   Michigan State remains the only undefeated team in the Big Ten and have had their best start since 1966 — Go Green!  Let’s keep the streak going!

As with every week during the college football season, there are numerous “games of interest.”  This week’s list includes: Wisconsin at Iowa, Nebraska at Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma at Missouri. 

And, let’s take a quick peek past football to the upcoming college basketball season . . . the Spartans have hit the pre-season poll at #2.  Go Green!