Saturday, January 28, 2006

Camera Upgrade!


I had gotten a Nikon D50 for Christmas and had taken hundreds of pictures and was getting somewhat frustrated with the results. I read and studied and adjusted but seem to miss the type of shots I am looking for. So I took the camera to our family expert and camera shop owner - Steve. After examining, Steve said the camera body had a problem and that he had a similar problem with 3 others during the Christmas holidays. SO!!!! He fixed me up with the camera that I had really wanted from the beginning - the CANON REBEL XT! I was able to swap in my Nikon 75-300 lens as well so I came home with the new Canon and both lens!!! I'm pumped!!! Look out - I'll be shooting everything in sight - again!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Here's Harley

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our little girl...

Miss Lilly is our youngest lab - 15 months old. She is a beauty has stole our hearts! we picked her out at 17 days and visited her every week until we could take her home on December 23, 2004. She will always meet you with excitement and a bone - or 2!

Our Harley Doctors

CMDR Kelly and LT Moores discuss how to make Charlie's harley more "zoom, zoom"...
CMDR Kelly is a very active supporter of all the military men and women. His shop is the FINEST shop you could possibly take your harley to for engine work - BY FAR. You can trust these people! Imagine that! Check the out at HD Performance Specialists You will be glad you did! Stop in and talk with Kelly and Sonny - {No. 1 mechanic ever!}

Monday, January 23, 2006


We waited since Thursday! Charlie had told us Wednesday AM that he was leaving in less than 24 hours and that he would call as soon as he got to Clarksville - on US soil! My feet did not hit ground on Thursday or Friday in anticipation of "the call". No call... Everytime the phone rang Linda and I would look at each other and say "this is it!" Saturday came - no call. We decided that Charlie would be grounded for a month at this point! Sunday came and we just knew he had to call today - we went to breakfast on the bike - no call. Watched the NFL playoffs - no call. Now he is grounded for 2 months! Courtney has called 3 times and wants to know - "Waz up with Chuck"? Went to bed around 10:30 hoping tomorrow would be the day. Then at 1:26AM Charlie called - SAFE & SOUND IN THE UNITED STATES! His flight had been delayed for almost 48 hours in Baghdad. But all was good! just to hear his voice again was enough for us. He said he would hop on the computer and get him a flight for today and see us soon!


Sunday, January 22, 2006

here it is - waiting for me!

US 129 - the Dragon!!!!

Moving On

DENVER - John Lynch hates moving.

So you can understand why every time Lynch unpacked a box in his new home in Denver two years ago, he had some unkind words for Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen.

"Every time I cracked open another box, I was like, 'That son of a ... ,' " Lynch said. "Once I got past the move, I was OK."

A little bitter? Sure, mostly because of the manner in which Allen cut Lynch in 2004 after 11 seasons with the Bucs, a time that included five Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl championship.

These days, he no longer curses Allen. That bitterness has subsided.

Playing on a legitimate Super Bowl-contending team has helped. So has irony.

If Lynch was still with Tampa Bay, he wouldn't be in the position he is today.

For one, he wouldn't be playing in his third championship game. While his former Bucs teammates are home watching today's championship games on television, Lynch is an active participant as the Broncos' starting free safety and is a game away from his second Super Bowl.

"Sure it was a tough situation leaving Tampa, but things happen for a reason," Lynch said. "This has kind of re-energized my career, and I have an opportunity now to get to the Super Bowl in the AFC, having done it in the NFC."

Secondly, if Lynch were still an integral part of the vaunted Tampa Bay defense, he wouldn't be doing the things the Broncos have allowed him to do. That job belongs to Bucs Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber.

A funny thing happened to Lynch after the Bucs decided he wasn't starting material. He turned into a hybrid safety/nickel cornerback. Lynch tied for the Broncos' lead this season with four sacks. That's nearly the amount he collected in 11 seasons with the Bucs (six).

"John, he knows everything, he studies the game very hard and he'll knock you out," Denver cornerback Champ Bailey said.

On The Blitz

Early in his career, Lynch earned the reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the league. He still packs a wallop, but in the Broncos' scheme, Lynch has developed into one of the league's most feared blitzers.

"In Tampa I blitzed a lot, but it was always on run downs," he said. "And when we were in nickel, it was always Ronde, and you can't blame [Bucs defensive coordinator] Monte [Kiffin] because Ronde did a tremendous job. But in Denver, they've really made me a part of the blitzing in the passing situations.

"It's really stepped up a lot this year, and I'm having a lot of fun doing it."

In the Broncos' 27-13 victory against the two-time defending world champion Patriots, Lynch never sacked New England quarterback Tom Brady, but he pressured him on several occasions and forced him to get rid of the ball before he wanted. Lynch sealed the victory with an interception, the 28th of his career.

"In this defense right now, they're asking me to do a little bit of everything," he said. "Not only am I blitzing, in my 13th year, it's kind of ironic they're asking me to cover receivers more than I've ever done in my career. Sometimes I get to play with two deep safeties, like I did in Tampa, but sometimes I'm playing center field, sometimes I'm playing linebacker, sometimes I get down in a three-point stance like a defensive lineman.

"They're asking a lot of me, but I enjoy that."

Lynch also enjoys this Denver team. The Broncos are a talented bunch, full of Pro Bowlers, but it's more than the product produced on the field.

"There's something special about this team, and I recognized it early," Lynch said. "It's really a selfless team. No one really cares who gets the credit, and it's a real tight team."

Still Having Fun

Because he has gone through the championship experience with Tampa Bay, one might wonder how Lynch's new team compares to his old one?

"It's very similar," he said. "We were a very tight team there, but this one is a little tighter. Just because, I think, even in the best times in Tampa, there were a lot of different agendas going on. We had Keyshawn [Johnson], and everybody was worried about who was going to go first at the press conference. Things like that.

"And we don't have a coach-general manager battle going on. So it's really good and fun to be around. My time in Tampa was great with some great teams, but this one really is special."

Lynch keeps in touch with his former teammates. He communicates regularly with Derrick Brooks, Barber and Mike Alstott. He even stopped by One Buc Place recently to visit with his former coaches.

That's about as much of a blast from the past as Lynch allows. His present and future are with the Denver Broncos.

"There's times when I'm talking to Derrick, Ronde and Mike, and it feels like just yesterday I was there," Lynch said. "But there are other times, it feels like light years ago that I was playing with that team. I'll never forget how special the memories were in Tampa. That's such a big part of my life, my family's life, so you never forget that.

"But I'm a big believer that things happen for a reason and they all work out. I can tell you I'm having as much fun as I've ever had."


Wild Wisdom

Animals As Teachers

Since prehistoric times, animals have acted as companions to humans on their journey toward enlightenment. Animals as disparate in character as house pets, birds, sea creatures, and insects have been our mentors, teachers, and guides. There is much we can learn from animals, as they offer us the unique opportunity to transcend the human perspective. Unlike human teachers, animals can only impart their wisdom by example, and we learn from them by observation. An animal teacher can be a beloved pet or an animal in the wild. You may even find yourself noticing the animals in your backyard. Even robins and bumblebees have lessons to share with you.

Animals teach us in a variety of ways about behavior, habit, and instinct. House pets embody an unconditional love that remains unchanged in the face of our shape, size, age, race, or gender. They care little for the differences between us and them and simply enjoy loving and being loved. Our pets encourage us to let our guards down, have fun, and take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy life. You can also learn lessons from the animals you encounter in the wild if you take the time to observe their habits. Cold-blooded animals show us adaptability and sensitivity to one's environment. Mammals serve as examples of nurturing and playfulness. Animals that live in oceans, lakes, and rivers demonstrate the value of movement and grace. It is even possible to learn from insects that live in highly structured communities that everyone plays a vital role.

Animals teach us about life, death, survival, sacrifice, and responsibility. If you find yourself drawn to a particular animal, ask yourself which of its traits you find most intriguing and think about how you might mimic those traits. Think of what you might learn from observing the little bird on your windowsill or the mosquito buzzing around a picnic table. Animals express themselves with abandon, freedom, and integrity. It's natural to be drawn to the wisdom offered by our animal teachers, and in doing so, discover what is natural and true within you.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Another View....

I have long detested the media and Political fodder on the Iraqi Freedom conflict and share this from a proud US Soldier - the REALITY of the situation!

from 2slick

Great Letter from Iraq

SGT Rausch and his buddies in 1st Platoon just crafted a masterpiece that needs to be seen by everyone you know. I've been trying to say this stuff for years now, but I couldn't quite figure out how to put it all into words. Well, these guys just cracked the code. Thanks to Becky C for bringing this to my attention:


I am passing this on from a dear friend of mine. Her son wrote her this email and asked her to get it out to everyone. So she told me to send it to you too. Here is his email he wrote to her today. God bless those 101st soldiers. We love em all. Hope you will share his email with your readers.

Becky C

I will gladly pass this on, Becky. Thanks for doing your part in helping to spread the good word...


SGT Rausch's email follows:


Be my voice. I want this message heard. It is mine and my platoon's to the country. A man I know lost his legs the other night. He is in another company in our batallion. I can no longer be silent after watching the sacrifices made by Iraqis and Americans everyday. Send it to a congressman if you have to. Send it to FOX news if you have to. Let this message be heard please.

My fellow Americans,

I have a task for those with the courage and fortitude to take it. I have a message that needs not fall on deaf ears. A vision the blind need to see. I am not a political man nor one with great wisdom. I am just a soldier who finds himself helping rebuild a country that he helped liberate a couple years ago.

I have watched on television how the American public questions why their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters are fighting and dying in a country 9000 miles away from their own soil. Take the word of a soldier, for that is all I am, that our cause is a noble one. The reason we are here is one worth fighting for. A cause that has been the most costly and sought after cause in our small span of existence on our little planet. Bought in blood and paid for by those brave enough to give the ultimate sacrifice to obtain it. A right that is given to every man, woman, and child I believe by God. I am talking of freedom.

Freedom. One word but yet countless words could never capture it's true meaning or power. "For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know." I read that once and it couldn't be more true. It's not the average American's fault that he or she is "blind and deaf" to the taste of freedom. Most American's are born into their God given right so it is all they ever know. I was once one of them. I would even dare to say that it isn't surprising that they take for granted what they have had all their life. My experiences in the military however opened my eyes to the truth.

Ironically you will find the biggest outcries of opposition to our cause from those who have had no military experience and haven't had to fight for freedom. I challenge all of those who are daring enough to question such a noble cause to come here for just a month and see it first hand. I have a feeling that many voices would be silenced.

I watched Cindy Sheehan sit on the President's lawn and say that America isn't worth dying for. Later she corrected herself and said Iraq isn't worth dying for. She badmouthed all that her son had fought and died for. I bet he is rolling over in his grave.

Ladies and gentleman I ask you this. What if you lived in a country that wasn't free? What if someone told you when you could have heat, electricity, and water? What if you had no sewage systems so human waste flowed into the streets? What if someone would kill you for bad-mouthing your government? What if you weren't allowed to watch TV, connect to the internet, or have cell phones unless under extreme censorship? What if you couldn't put shoes on your child's feet? You need not to have a great understanding of the world but rather common sense to realize that it is our duty as HUMAN BEINGS to free the oppressed. If you lived that way would you not want someone to help you????

The Iraqi's pour into the streets to wave at us and when we liberated the cities during the war they gathered in the thousands to cheer, hug and kiss us. It was what the soldier's in WW2 experienced, yet no one questioned their cause!! Saddam was no better than Hitler! He tortured and killed thousands of innocent people. We are heroes over here, yet American's badmouth our President for having us here.

Every police station here has a dozen or more memorials for officers that were murdered trying to ensure that their people live free. These are husbands, fathers, and sons killed every day. What if it were your country? What would your choice be? Everything we fight for is worth the blood that may be shed. The media never reports the true HEROISM I witness everyday in the Iraqi's. Yes there are bad one's here, but I assure you they are a minuscule percent. Yet they are a number big enough to cause worry in this country's future.

I have watched brave souls give their all and lose thier lives and limbs for this cause. I will no longer stand silent and let the "deaf and blind" be the only voice shouting. Stonewall Jackson once said, "All that I have, all that I am is at the service of the country." For these brave souls who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including your son Cindy Sheehan, I will shout till I can no longer. These men and women are heroes. Their spirit lives on in their military and they will never be forgotten. They did not die in vain but rather for a cause that is larger than all of us.

My fellow countrymen and women, we are not overseas for our country alone but also another. We are here to spread democracy and freedom to those who KNOW the true taste of it because they fight for it everyday. You can see the desire in their eyes and I am honored to fight alongside them as an Infantryman in the 101st Airborne.

Freedom is not free, but yet it is everyone's right to have. Ironic isn't it? That is why we are here. Though you will always have the skeptics, I know that most of our military will agree with this message. PLease, at the request of this soldier spread this message to all you know. We are in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that is our goal. It is a cause that I and thousands of others stand ready to pay the ultimate sacrifice for because, Cindy Sheehan, freedom is worth dying for, no matter what country it is! And after the world is free only then can we hope to have peace.

SGT Walter J. Rausch and 1st Platoon
Charlie Co. 2/327 Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

And they were such cute pups before they turned
into "Monster Labs"........
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Saturday, January 14, 2006

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Harley's Chew Toys

Harley - our 16month old Lab has a chewing habit and here are 3 of his prizes - the remote, sunglasses and cell phone. I guess that he went inside and didn't need the sunglasses any longer, and then the TV was not on the right channel and the cell phone wouldn't quit ringing.....Actually the cell phone was munched back in May, but the sunglasses and remote are recent victims! I guess we should feed him more!!! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Charley's Harley

We got a call today and Charlie will be coming home in about a week!!! To say we were excited would make you a Master of Understatement! Everyday he has been in Baghdad, Linda and I have been "way past nervous". We have watched the TV and read the newspapers and seen the tears of the parents that could only cry over a casket that had brought their child back to them. We cried with them. We hurt for them. We are so blessed to look forward to a big hug and smile. I do not have the ability to describe these feelings in words that would express their meaning. So now we have another homecoming and joy to celebrate! We look forward to more rides together and just the simple peace that no one is trying to kill him now! Posted by Picasa
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Gone but never forgotten...

The Lightning placed what is considered by most Tampa fans as "the Heart & Soul of the Lightning" on waivers yesterday... meaning the 42 year old veterans career is seemingly over.

Gary Shelton of The St. Petersburg Times put it best...

There should have been banners.
There should have been bells.
On the day the captain left the ship, there should have been videos dancing on the scoreboard, a greatest hits compilation of the greatest leader in franchise history.
The crowd should have made a little noise on its way to saying goodbye.
There should have been tributes.
There should have been tears.
Old teammates should have been there, telling all the old stories, reliving all the old scars.
Someone should have presented him with a golden hockey stick. Then the team should have retired his jersey, attached cables to it and hauled it toward the ceiling to hang alongside the Stanley Cup banner.
There should have been applause.
There should have been appreciation.
Then someone should have brought out the Stanley Cup from behind a curtain, all over again, and Dave Andreychuk should have lifted it toward the heavens, repeating that image burned into your memory bank. Andreychuk should have turned and skated around the ice, one more time, as his emotions washed across him.

There should have been gratitude.

There should have been goodbyes...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Good news

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

Anne Frank


Warning Signs
Paying Attention To Red Flags

Just as the universe wants to provide for our needs, it also seeks to protect us from dangerous situations, destructive relationships, and even minor inconveniences. Frequently in our lives, perhaps everyday, we encounter psychic red flags warning us of potential problems or accidents. We may not always recognize the signs. However, more often than not, we may choose to ignore our intuition when it tells us that "something just isn't right." Red flags often come in the form of feelings urging us to pause for a moment, listen to our intuition, and reconsider. We may even experience a "bad" feeling in our bellies. This is a red flag letting us know that there may be a problem. We may not even know what the red flag is about. All we know is that the universe is trying to wave us in a different direction. We just have to pay attention and go another way. We may even wonder whether we are paranoid or imagining things. However, when we look back at a situation or relationship where there were red flags, it becomes easy to understand exactly what those warning signs meant. More often than not, a red flag is not a false warning. Rather, it is the universe's way of informing us, through our own innate guidance system, that our path best lies elsewhere. We may try to ignore the red flags waving our way, dismissing our unease as illogical. Yet it is always in our best interest to pay attention to them. For example, we may meet someone who outwardly seems perfect. They are intelligent, attractive, and charming. Yet, for some reason, being around them makes us feel uneasy. Any interactions we have with them are awkward and leave us feeling like there is something "off" about the situation. This is not necessarily a bad person. But, for some reason, the universe is directing us away from them. Red flags are intended with our best interests at heart. No harm can ever come from stopping long enough to heed a red flag. Pay attention to any red flags that pop up. The universe is always looking out for you.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Longhorns claim National Championship!


Vince Young gave us all a night to remember as he leads the Longhorns to a 3 point victory over 2 time champion USC! It was the most spectacular performance I have seen in years! Trailing by 11 with 6 minutes to go, Vince Young led Texas to 2 scores and personally added the 2 point conversion to end USC's 34 game win streak. Young ended the night with 267 yards passing, 200 yards rushing, 3 rushing TDs and the 2 pointy conversion - what a game! The contest wasn't decided until the end of game and was truly befitting all the build up. Thanks for the show guys! Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 02, 2006


Bucs clinch division title

Joey Galloway caught his ninth and 10th touchdown passes to set a franchise season record, and the Bucs to clinched their first NFC South title in three years. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 01, 2006



May 2006 be the year of your dreams!
I wish all the very best in health, happiness and prosperity.

Carpe Diem!

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