Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day to Mr. Geek!

We started off celebrating Father's Day the way we always do in the Geek House --- Mr. Geek raced in a Triathlon. The Geeks all waited in the park to cheer him on during the run.

Later, we move on to more traditional cards and presents.

For one present, I compiled pictures of all of Mr. Geeks adventures, so far in 2009.
Happy Father's Day!!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

How is College Geek spending his summer vacation?

He will be a camp counselor . What a perfect job for the College Geek! He can combine computer games, computer programming with "Dress like a Pirate Wednesday".!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

AbFab and Mr. Geek's Honeymoon

I have promised the story of AbFab and Mr. Geek's honeymoon since our 25th Anniversary party. This story is so HUGE that I will tell it in two parts.

Part one-- the pictures.

Mr. Geek took me away for a romantic week to a fine romantic resort.

The beaches could be described by the locals as fabulous.

The on-site chef prepared all meals to order.

The choice of several dining rooms was available.

Guests were encouraged to explore new interests.

Fresh Seafood was available daily.

Sexy young men were available to serve your every need.

More on this tomorrow!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Medika Mamba in Haiti

I HATE cliches, I really hate them. But... well my time in Haiti really did change me. I haven't really posted on much of that because I am not sure how to write about it yet - without using lots of cliches which I just told you I hate.

I have kept up with the blogs I visited before my trip. Remember way back then, when even the thought of going to Haiti seemed so out there. I was searching for blogs that would tell me how dangerous the "man on the street" felt about Haiti and was looking for suggestions as to what to bring.

Well in a coincidence that should not surprise me, one of the blogs I follow is now connecting with the plant where I worked when I visited Cap Haitian. Tara and Troy Livesay live in Port au Prince with their family. I love to read of the Livesay family as they live their "ordinary" lives and interact with that which is so uniquely Haiti. Tara and Troy are expanding the number of children in the Medika Mamba program. To fund this project, Tara is running a marathon. (She is actually training in Haiti.) She has several supporters that have offered to match any funds that she can raise here.

Go visit Renald. I was going say and try to understand, but there is no understanding within me that can justify the pain in these children and their mother's lives.

I leave you with this thought for the day.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for injustice, freedom and peace. -Franciscan Benediction

Monday, June 8, 2009

The last ten books I have read

Kaylynne completed a MEME on books that she has read. The questions are very hard for this engineer's brain and my ONE literature class I had in college. That one English course included Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, that is all I remember about it.

But I went ahead and tried to answer the questions and I am giving you the list of books I have read since the end of the Spring semester. Because I know you are all dying to know, what does a geek read?

1. What author do you own the most books by? Trevor Kletz- He is the father of Learning from Industrial accidents.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?The Bible. My favorite revisions are the Good News and The Living Word. I hope to buy The Message soon and on the Colbert Report, I just saw a new edition printed like a glossy magazine. I will be looking for that. (For those purist, I do own an NIV and I think even a King James Version somewhere.)

3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? They did?

4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?Roarke, from the JD Robb Eve Dallas Series.

5. What book have you read the most times in your life?North to Freedom and Watership Down

6. Favorite book as a ten year old? When I was ten, I was wild about this series of biography books. I don't know if they still exist, but they were short and fat and contained lots of details about the character's childhood. My favorite one I remember was about Luther Burbank.

I also began consuming all of the Little House books. I was the only person that did not enjoy the TV show because the characters did not fill my expectations.

7. What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? How about worst book ever? It would have to be Silence of the Lambs followed Kiss the Girls. No more horror books for this girl ever again.

8. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? Tough one, I think I will skip this question.

9. If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?Joshua by Joseph F. Girzone

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie? The only movies I have liked after reading the book was the Harry Potter books so I will not jinx any of my favorite books.

11. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? There are so many I remember from high school, let's see- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Walden Pond, and anything by Hemingway.

12. What is your favorite book? North to Freedom, Watership Down, Gone With the Wind

13. Play?Macbeth

14. Poem?The Jabberwocky and anything by Ogden Nash

15. Essay? Seriously, I am an engineer, I don't ask you want your favorite technical paper was, do I?

16. Who is the most overrated writer alive today? Okay, he is not alive and I should probably not admit it, but I have HATED everything I have ever read by Hemingway. (I am sure I am going to literary hell for saying that.)

17. What is your desert island book? Little House on the Prairie - A great book with some survival advice.

18. And . . . what are you reading right now? (Since the end of the spring semester)

No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan

Strength and Compassion by Eric Greiten

Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
Sex God
Jesus wants to save Christians : a manifesto for the church in exile
When I find a book that I like, sometimes I go to the library and request every book by that author. I loved the book Velvet Elvis, it is a book about personal growth and faith. The other two books are okay, I liked most of them but I would have to say they were a bit light on content. I think they could have been condensed to one really good essay (which then could have been my favorite.)

How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
I loved the first two thirds of this book. I am still considering the last parts.

Do-it-Yourself Shiatsu - I am into acupressure and trying to learn about eastern medicine.

Promises in death -
by J.D. Robb - no redeeming features here, just pure escapism.

Cover of night
by Linda Howard - More good summer trash

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Testing Limits

I have been very distracted by summer, but I want to return to creating a Life List.

Next category is: Test Your Limits

Can I level with you? I am not so much into physical endurance tests. When Mr. Geek gets up at 5:00 am to go swim laps or signs up for another triathlon, I am not filled with envy. Not even a twinge.

I have run one 5K and I did enjoy that. Seriously I did, well mostly. I really enjoyed the camaraderie of the women I trained with and the end of the race when we all hung out and ate fruit and bagels. I think I might want to run another 5K, but only with a group of friends. So are you out there? Do you want to train for a 5K with me? There will be food!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Getting Lost (The Plan)

I have paused in my review of No Opportunity Wasted to expand on an idea that I formulated in the last post.

Go on a Quest

Not only is the book North to Freedom by Anne Holm, one of my favorites, but I was reading the book to College Geek when he was in grade school. We were reading in when the Littlest Geek joined our family, if you want read about that story go here .

Because of the book and its impact on me and the College Geek, we agreed to give the Littlest Geek the middle name of David. David is the central character in the book. The book is both an incredible adventure book as David escapes a forced work camp and travels through Italy north to Denmark. It is also a journey of self discovery and awakening of a mind and soul that has never been free.

Call out to the producers of No Opportunity Wasted - the television show .


The Littlest Geek, named for the main character is now the age of David in the book (or will be next summer, hint hint). How awesome would it be to travel David's route and see it through the eyes of a young boy.

Here's the itinerary.

David escaped from a camp north of Solonika (Greece). He mostly walked this route and snuck aboard a truck for some of the traveling. This would put him in an interment camp either in Bulgaria or Romania. Parts of some of these camps are still around and can be visited. Perhaps Lovech Bulgaria where we could take some hikes in the mountains and come to understand David's journey.

David walked to to the shipyards of Solonika where he stowed away on an Italian Cargo ship. He was discovered in the hold, but the man finding him did not have the heart to turn him in. He gave David a makeshift floatation devise and let him jump off the ship shortly be for the ship entered the port of Salerno, Italy.

I am still searching for a boat that would take us to Salerno. I think we probably shouldn't stow-away, even in the interest of accuracy.

In Salerno, David first saw a world that was not grey. He saw a beautiful world full of light and color and the pictures of Salerno are very beautiful. David began to appreciate how precious his freedom was. He began to explore the village during the daylight and tentatively talking to the people there. The Littlest Geek and I should spend some time meeting the local people and eating the local food.

From there David walked and hitched rides through Italy stopping in Naples, Perugia, Florence,
Bologna, Milan, and Como before crossing into Switzerland.

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After traveling through Switzerland and Germany, David finally enters Denmark. He travels to Strandvejen 758 Copenhagen. This is an actually address.

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We can visit Bellevue Theatre. Bellevue Theater is a theater on Strandvejen in Klampenborg north of Copenhagen, who visited annually by more than 100,000 visitors. Building are among the architect Arne Jacobsen's absolute masterpieces. In addition to the theater is the theater hosting and co-producer of a summer ballet, which annually ballet company created by Copenhagen International Ballet, headed by Alexander Kølpin.