March 29, 2008 by  

Hey B!  You have a laptop now – now you need to start blogging!  Where are you B?

Lechers have a website too!  Keep us all up on what’s happening in your busy lives!

🙂  Love you guys.


Happy Birthday Wendy

March 27, 2008 by  

Spring time in the Rockies…  probably going to snow again today.  Not rain, snow.  yuk.

Happy birthday to Wendy, tomorrow.  Hope you have a wonderful day.



Any of the cruise critics who view the picts of the trip, let us know you’ve seen them.  We enjoy knowing who has viewed the websites.  Comments welcome.

I think I am on the getting better side of this cough and cold I have been suffering with for the last few days.  Seems lots of people have had it.  Nasty stuff.  Now if I could just get over the cough.



Got to see Braelyn on the web cam last night.  I am sure she misses having grandma and grandpa spoil her by holding her all the time.  Her babysitter probably is thankful we live so far away.  Guess her mommy has been sick with this cold also, now that daddy is over it.


About it for the news here.  Pretty boring, but that is how it is for now.  Have a great day….


Bar Stool Economics

March 23, 2008 by  

This KoOl SpAm was sent in by My MoM.
Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers, he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. What happens to the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than be fore. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important.

They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

NOTE: This has been attributed to:

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

HOWEVER, according to his bio, he did not author it.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Jesus Christ is Risn’ Today …..Hallejueah!

March 23, 2008 by  

Happy Easter Morning.  Cool but clear here in Casper.  Gotta get ready for church in a few minutes but since I haven’t blogged since "pre-cruise" I thought I ought to let everyone know I am still drawing breath!  First week back on the job was interesting and i believe I have developed a new perspective.  I am ready to retire or move on…..well… I am ready to retire.  I had too much fun just kicking sand and holding on to the little umbrella drinks.  I can’t get back in the groove.  I still like what I do really well – but I am pretty sure I would like not doing it better.  BUT – I am still concerned about what I would do.  I know for a fact that even on weekends now, IF I am not somehow occupied on computer or elsewhere that it is inevitable that I end up spending money.  Can’t imagine how much I could spend if every day was a weekend – with no reciprocal "earning" days.  I would be passing out carts at WalMart in no time just to make ends meet!  Dilemma!

     I wonder if R&R need a full-time nannyman?  Hugging and holding BGE would be a fantastic job.  And hey, as a bonus, I might get to whip Spencer’s rear on X-Box on my coffee breaks!  That could be the life.

     I could also go back to college with the B if he decides to go – maybe he would let me use his new "free" laptop?

     What I will really end up doing is getting up tomorrow morning and jump into the State’s Ford Taurus and get after it.  This week will be a better one I’m sure and by Friday I’ll be so immersed in projects again I will probably see this retirement thing alot differently.  Anyone wanna bet? 🙂  This is called "positive thinking" or "losing your mind" – I’ll let you know which.

The Dad

If we could keep the HC and B.O. out of the WH it would be very nice actually.

455 to Go!

March 22, 2008 by  

I am having major issues uploading pictures. I do have 134 uploading right now. There are still 455 to go. I will try to get the rest tomorrow. Sorry mom.

Another Year Older

March 22, 2008 by  

Survived the big 36 yesterday. Pretty much an uneventful day, as far as birthdays go. Work, well, that was a different story. Unfortunately, yesterday we closed our San Diego sales office. Never a fun thing to do.

As far as the birthday thing goes, I received a couple of cards at work (humourous… I guess I am old), a cake, people sang… it was just all wonderful! The finance area gave me a shot glass… an Old Geezer shot glass. Thanks for heading that one up, Tina!

The wife, daughter, dog & Spencer gave me a nice massage gift certificate for next Saturday. That should be very nice… 80 minutes of relaxation. Wish it were today.

Morning started with the Happy Birthday text message from mom. Early afternoon I received a call from sister Stephanie and nephew Stevie. He is not much of a phone talker. He was ready to play his new WI game… Guitar Hero. Can’t wait to see that in a few months when we head back west for Brandon’s graduation. Also talked to mom and dad. Didn’t receive that singing telegram call from my grandma… but she’s almost 90 so I guess I can understand why she didn’t call.

Went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse with the Murphy’s for my birthday dinner. They are coming over tonight to BBQ for my official birthday dinner… they were supposed to still be out of town yesterday for Brock’s wrestling tournament in Topeka (he went 2-2… it was the Kansas State Championships — did not place).

Weather has been warming up. My boat and lift get moved on Monday over to the Murphy’s condo. I may have to jet down there, but I haven’t decided yet. Probably won’t decide until Sunday night whether I am going or not.

Well, Braelyn is getting dressed… she slept in today! Gonna go see how she is… she had four shots yesterday and wasn’t real happy last night. Now, I hear her fussing.

Talk later,



Am I the only one???

March 21, 2008 by  

Wow, by the look of all of the pictures uploaded from the cruise by my other family members, I must be a slacker! I haven’t even had time to check my e-mail yet and we’ve been home for 5 days. It is hard to believe that just one short week ago we were hanging out in the Caribbean! I can still close my eyes and picture all that blue. I truly can’t imagine a more beautiful blue. We really had a great time. Ashley met a lot of fun people. Stephen enjoyed mom and dad time. He came home a little brown bean from hanging out in the pool and ocean all day. Both of my children got to experience Speedos and naked people hanging on the beach. Ashley, Mike and I decided that before a person wears a swimsuit (especially bikinis and speedos) in public they should have to go in front of a panel of 10 people! Wow! Actually it is kind of cool that people have such a high regard for their bodies that they feel comfortable in public with all their rolls of fat hanging out of a tiny swimsuit. YIKES! We had a blast and can’t wait to go again. The ship was awesome. I don’t believe that we made it to all of the areas. Definately next time! One more piece of good news for me…I lost a pound on the cruise. I wonder if the rest of my family can say the same?????

Good Morning

March 21, 2008 by  

Happy Birthday, Ryan.  Have a great day. 

Spring is officially here.  It rained some in Wyoming yesterday.  I predict that we will still get some snow.  Easter really hit here fast after we got home from the cruise.  I guess I was so busy with the first part of the month and the cruise, I did not realize that Easter was here already.  Guess I should see about having brunch somewhere if we aren’t already too late. 

The flu bug or spring cold has hit everyone around here.  Dad is pretty sick, Stevie and Mike have been to the doctor, I have a cough that doesn’t want to quit.  Sister Lynda has been really sick since she got back from the cruise.  Hope everyone feels better soon.

Haven’t heard how Miss Braelyn did her last couple of days at the babysitter.  The 1st day was rough as she was used to being held by everyone for a week.  Hopefully she settled in well.  I know Rebecca probably had a harder time than Brae. 

Happy Easter everyone.  He is RISEN. 

Reality check

March 17, 2008 by  

We are home..  Not exactly thrilled, except it has been good seeing the pups.  The amazing thing..  the dog sitters said they were good and that they would be glad to come again.  Wonder what they will say when I ask them for May…??

Definate difference in WY temps verses Carribbean..  But that is winter I guess or should I say almost spring.

The cruise ship was absolutely gorgeous, the weather beautiful, great time seeing family and friends.  Had breakfast with a college friend from MANY years ago.  Good to see you Barbara.  Sorry we did not have more time to visit.  Everyone made it to the ship without mishap.  All bags arrived.  All in all the months of planning and changing and all of that was not a big deal when we all got to the ship and set sail. 

So many people.  Wonderful waiters and room stewards.  Royal Carribbean was 1st class on this cruise.  We all had a great time.  Braelyn was a hit with everyone.  Stevie and the Murphy boys could not get enough of the H2O zone and the water park.  Lauren had a great time on the Flowrider (so did her dad).  Ashley met some new people and had a great time with them.  Spencer and Philip met lots of girls and seem to enjoy themselves also.  Steph and Mike seemed relaxed and enjoyed themselves.  Ryan and Rebecca experienced what night life is not with a baby, but I think they still had a great time.  The adult Murphy’s seemed to enjoy the trip.  Debby had a great time or so it seemed.  Lynda, Fred, Andy and Lynne all seemed to enjoy the festivities even though Andy was sick part of the time.  Great to spend time with them.  I know we enjoyed  all of it.  We missed having Heather and Wendy and families along, but hopefully they will be able to join in next time. 

Steve has to go back to work tomorrow.  That should be the biggest reality check.  I have Bible study tomorrow and Wednesday.  The girl dogs will be mad again, because they will be left alone again, but not for long this time.  Tally was happy to be freed from the kennel.  See life is actually back to normal almost.  Rebecca had to adjust to day care for Brae Brae for the 1st day back at work for her.  The Lecher’s are on their family trip this week.  Got a beautiful picture from them today of Lake Mead.  They seem to be having a great trip also.  Brandon won a lap top at a career expo just before we left town.  That was really exciting for him.  Congrats B.  Good job. 

Well, time for this person to get some sleep.  Readjusting to this time has my body a bit confused.  (OK that is not all that has this body confused).  GOOD NIGHT…. 

Love to all. 


A Week of Family & Friends

March 17, 2008 by  

Well, sad enough, it is over. I am officially back in the OP as of about 10:45 pm last night. The cruise is over. A week of hanging with family and friends is now in the book. But what a great week it was. Some things I learned, enjoyed, witnessed, etc include:

At South Beach in Miami, even public beaches can be nude beaches. Check out photos towards the end of the Cruise 08 gallery, and if you look close, you might just see what I mean. I deleted (only from the server… I still have it on my laptop) a close up of what I am talking about, but one picture will allow you to understand.In Fort Lauderdale, where we flew in and out of, I saw some really nice homes (understatement) and some really nice yachts (understatement #2). But I began to ponder this… if you owned a $15 million home and had a $15 million yacht parked outside, which would you try and save if a hurricane was fast approaching?


One should always plan their excursions. When you leave it to chance, chances are you might not excurse. Gabe, Stephanie and I missed diving in St. Maarten because of which of the following reasons?The answer to the previous point is D.

A) We didn’t pre-book a dive trip
B) The information booth sent us to a place indicating we could have a private dive guide, but when we arrived, they told us they just couldn’t do it.
C) When you can get off the boat at 8, you shouldn’t be eating breakfast until 8:30.
D) All of the above


Diving in St. Thomas was, well, ok. I took some pictures with my new dive camera, but there just wasn’t anything really exciting to see. We did a 90 foot ship wreck dive, which was kinda cool but not amazing. Then, the “beautiful coral” dive later that day did have some coral and some fish, but that was about it.Buying wine on the ship is expensive. I think I had over $600 on my Sea Card (bill) for wine alone.


A boat with an ice rink, flowrider (for boogie boarding and surfing), a basketball court, a very tall rock climbing wall, a massive kids water park, and 4,000+ guests is, well, amazing.A suite on Royal Caribbean is far superior to a suite on a Carnival ship.


A suite on Royal Caribbean is far more expensive than a suite on a Carnival ship.Forts in Puerto Rico are, well, boring.


Introducing your daughter to her aunt, uncle, and cousins and to your own aunt and uncle is priceless.Allowing your parents to once again spend time with their newest grandchild is priceless, as well.


Not having your middle sister and her family on a family cruise sucks. Really missed having the Lechers on board. Hopefully next time :-)Celebrating your parents’ 42nd wedding anniversary, in these days and ages, is, well, amazing really. Congrats to mom and dad for making it to the big 42!


Having people sing happy bithday to you a week before your birthday is, well, useless really. Unless, of course, they accompany it with an awesome crystal with your a hologram of your daughter’s photo in it. Beautiful.Gaining 10 pounds on a vacation then stepping on the scale is, well, sickening.


Wearing noise cancelling head phones on an airplane when your daughter is screaming her head off two rows back is priceless! Reb, you did wonderful. Wish I could have sat by you to help.Reuniting with your 176 pound “puppy” is enjoyable! Bringing the “other dog” home is, well, far less enjoyable but necessary to keep your wife and step son happy.


Having one of your guests you helped pay for completely ditch out of a dinner you requested him to be at on the final night of the cruise is, well, aggrevating, to say the least. To not even receive an apology is, well, more aggrevating. Lesson learned.Not spending ONE PENNY (or more) in the casino in 7 days is, well, an impressive record for me!


Finding out that your friends, who had several more people in their room and who put quite a bit of money down in the casino, had a bill over $700 less than yours is, well, confusing.Renting a vehicle from Budget is a HUGE MISTAKE.


Renting a vehicle from Avis is also a mistake, especially in Miami where more people don’t speak English than do.Not scheduling in advance a rental car from Hertz is also a big mistake, since Hertz runs out of big SUVs which can handle all of your wife’s luggage.


Not wearing enough sunscreen is another bad idea.Putting some sunscreen on only part of your chest is, likewise, a bad idea but does make some interesting art!


Frying the top of your feet is painful, especially in the shower. It also prevents you from entering the hottubs.Having a 2 month old daughter on the cruise draws a ton of attention. I learned how precious and cute she is (yeah, like I didn’t know that already). I also learned that you don’t get to do the night life on the cruise. Bummer.


Bringing a nanny on your next cruise would be a WONDERFUL idea. Anyone want a free trip?Missing 5 days of work makes your Monday back a long day of catchup.


Getting off the plane at 10:45 pm wearing flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt in 37 degree temperatures (Fahrenheit) makes you want to return immediately to the tropical world of the Caribbean.Blogging about a wonderful week with family and friends is fun yet miserable all the same… makes you want to head back to the tropical world of the Caribbean.


Noisy neighbors next to your suite on the cruise can keep you up from 2:30 am to 4:00 am. Then the baby at 5:20 am.Ending your blog without a keep the HC out of the WH would be flat wrong. As such…



Peace, ya’ll. Happy cruising.

Taken on: Monday, March 17. 2008

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