Outstanding BBQ!!!

October 30, 2008 by  

Received a birthday package from the son yesterday …. my favorite ….. Jack Stack BBQ from Kansas City. We dined on the ribs last night …. lip smackin, good!
Many thanks to Ryan, Rebecca, Spencer, Braelyn, Hoover and The Other Dog for a great gift! A few more meals left – more ribs, some brisket, wings, beans, etc. Love you guys – thanks.

Went out and purchased some more K-Cups for the new coffee maker tonite – then came home and ordered some more on line. Then The Mom ordered some more! We’re going to be jumpin’ on caffeine for quite awhile around here. My Favorite so far is ‘Emeril’s Big Easy Bold”. Good stuff.

Peace & Love & think positive!

the Dad

WOW! Waving the wrong flag?

October 30, 2008 by  

It appears some are waving the white flag a few days early.

While it could be appropriate I kind of enjoy waving the good old Red, White, & Blue until plain White becomes mandatory!

Anything can happen.

Keep the Faith!

The Dad

The Dad

It’s Almost Over….

October 30, 2008 by  

We are only a few days away now from the election. Thank God! I am so tired of this political season it isn’t even funny anymore. And yes, I am resigned to the fact that the next four (or more) years are going to be under a Democrat-controlled white house, congress, and senate. There is definitely good, and bad, in that.

Good… there will be no one to blame but the Democratic party for any “failures” that may arise. Though I am quite certain that come 2012, it will be all about how big of a mess the Republicans (W in particular) made.

Good… our nation will further prove that racism doesn’t exist to the extremes it once did. Certainly there is a long way to still go, but this definitely will be symbolic of some walls being torn down.

Good… perhaps a more positive feeling towards the US around the world will resurface, though it’s funny that people who “hate” us for what we are still want to be part of us.

Bad… if the agenda proposed gets pushed through, some businesses will definitely suffer, with the pain really felt by the consumer and (former) employees.

Bad… government will get bigger and more involved in our lives.

Bad… our nation’s defense will most certainly suffer and be shrunk, as is typical during democrat-controlled periods of time.

Nonetheless, I am one that does believe that the President doesn’t have as much “power” or responsibility for all the happenings that go on. Certainly he does get to pick judges, put forth budgets, etc., but ultimately, congress has to be the one to really make change.

Another good… maybe the Republican Party will wake up and figure things out before 2012. The party certainly needs a wake-up call, and boy oh boy are we about to get it.

Sad that the McCain/Palin ticket was the best we could put forward during this important election year. It definitely has been the year (plus) of the Democrats in the race… all beginning with the Clinton-Obama saga.

Anyway, life will go on and certainly some good will come out of it. Hopefully an Obama presidency will live up to the “hopes” and desires of those who so desperately support it.

Election night doesn’t even seem that interesting this year, sadly. If you believe in the polls (which though they aren’t always right, seem to be pretty lopsided right now), this should be a slam dunk for Obama-Biden.

Enough for now,


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Corporate Communication

October 28, 2008 by  

Thanks to Cherie Defenbaugh for sending me this gem. To all employers out there, make sure you distribute this at once to your staff!

Notice to All Employees:

As of November 5, 2008, IF President Obama is officially elected into office, our company will instill a few new policies which are in keeping with his new, inspiring issues of change and fairness:

1. All salespeople will be pooling their sales commissions into a common pool that will be divided equally between all of you. This will serve to give those of you who are underachieving a “fair shake.”

2. All hourly employees will be pooling their wages, including overtime, into a common pool, dividing it equally amongst yourselves. This will help those who are “too busy for overtime” to reap the rewards from those who have more spare time and can work extra hours.

3. All top management will now be referred to as “the government.” We will not participate in this “pooling” experience because the law doesn’t apply to us.

4. The “government” will give eloquent speeches to all employees every week, encouraging its workers to continue to work hard “for the good of all.”

5. The employees will be thrilled with these new policies because it’s “good to spread the wealth.” Those of you who have underachieved will finally get an opportunity; those of you who have worked hard and had success will feel more “patriotic.”

6. The last few people who were hired should clean out their desks. Don’t feel bad though, because President Obama will give you free healthcare, free handouts, free oil for heating your home, free food stamps, and he’ll let you stay in your home for as long as you want even if you can’t pay your mortgage. If you appeal directly to our democratic congress, you might even get a free flat screen TV and a coupon for free haircuts (shouldn’t all Americans be entitled to nice looking hair?) !!!
If for any reason you are not happy with the new policies, you may want to rethink your vote on November 4th.

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In the Spirit of Halloween, The Election is Explained

October 27, 2008 by  

The election explained

The election explained

Thanks to Mike Septon for the KoOl SpAm!

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The Old Dad

October 21, 2008 by  

Posted by mobile phone:
not sure how I could have forgotten in my earlier post to wish the world’s greatest dad a happy birthday today. I am so fortunate to have a father whom I am very close to. He certainly has proven to be someone I can always count on. Always there for me and my entire family. Thanks, dad, for letting mom come to Maui with us. I am only sorry you couldn’t join us, and that by her coming you sacrificed a wonderful week with your youngest grand daughter. We all miss you and can’t wait to see you at Christmas.

Happy birthday, The Dad. Love you.


The Son

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October 21, 2008 by  

So I just stepped in from the sun for a few, here in Maui Paradise. I can feel my sun burn already, and I still have 4 more days here. It is definitely nice to get away. Glad my mom and Braelyn came with us… Braelyn has a ball in the pool. She’s in taking a nap right now. I should do the same… doing nothing makes you tired!

Haven’t been blogging much lately, as you have probably noticed. Too disgusted with things, which should make me write more. I have learned over the past few weeks that America desires to be socialistic and wishes to penalize those who do well to compensate for those who choose not to. Hey, I am all for helping out those truly in need; but America seems to be heading towards a country which will enable those who simply choose not to. And, it is those of us who “Do” who will pay more for those who won’t. I guess I have become a minority in the country. Damn you, Bush. It’s all your fault. We’ll see how rosy everything is when the Dems control everything. Oh well, we’ll see if they point the finger back at themselves over the next few years. Doubt it…. highly doubt it.

While I haven’t been blogging as much, I have started twittering… you can see my recent twitters on my home page. You can also subscribe to follow my tweets by going to <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/relledge” target=”_blank”twitter.com/relledge. If you don’t know what twitter is, check it out. Heck, start tweeting yourself and drop me a line so I can follow your tweets.

Well, no sense wasting a beautiful day in here on the laptop. Time to head back out for some more sun. Oh, if you want to see the most beautiful girl in the world, be sure to check out my gallery… pictures from both Halloween and the Maui 2008 trip are uploading as I speak.

Hope the Hoovemeister is doing well. I’m sure he’ll forgive me for getting out of town for a week.

Back to the sun….


In Maui at a Luau

In Maui at a Luau

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Fall Break

October 17, 2008 by  

Yesterday was the end of the first quarter of school.  Time really has gone by quickly this quarter.  We are on Fall Break today.  I wonder why we only get one day?  This is our only day off before parent/teacher conferences so guess what I get to do.  Yep, report cards!  Some day off.

Life is  busy as usual.  We get home every night at about seven.  We leave every morning at seven so the days are long.  Stephen plays his last football game tomorrow so the evenings should be one less thing hectic for awhile.  It never really works that way though.  One more thing always replaces the one less thing.  Hmmmm,

Mike got a flu shot on Monday and became very ill right after.  He is on day 5 of all of the great symptoms that go with the flu.  This happened to him last year when he got the flu shot also.  The University of Utah wants him to get them but his body doesn’t fight the immunity very well.  He  needs to feel better soon so he can keep the anti-rejection drugs in his system!  Mike getting sick is a very scary thing to us!  Keep him in your prayers!  ~Steph   

Happy 20th Anniversary

October 16, 2008 by  

Wow Congratulations to Wendy and Tony. It seems impossible to think you have been married 20 years. God bless you both. We all love you and wish you at least 20 more.

We have had our fall snow and the temperature is rising so the snow has melted away. I am glad. We are going to Colorado tomorrow afternoon and hopefully will get to witness a football game with Mr. Keegan’s so far undefeated team. Then it is off to the airport for a trip to Maui to be the Nanny for Braelyn while R&R have a much needed vacation. Have I told you ever that being a grandma is one of the best jobs I have ever had. I have the greatest grandkids in the world and that is because I have the greatest kids as their parents.. and we love you all. Huh Steve?

Brandon has finally gotten over what ever crud he has been fighting. Mike has been ill also. I am praying that no one else gets this stuff. It has been wicked.
Well I am off to the health club for a work out this morning and then finish up the packing etc before the trip. Have a great day.

Hi Lovie!

October 11, 2008 by  

Good to see you back on the page Courtney! Sorry to hear you all lost that last game but you need to tell folks that you are “playing up” a bit in school softball! I’m really proud of you. Plus, if I am not mistaken, your school team made a super improvement over last year (probably due to the addition of Miss Courtney Lecher).

I was gone alot of this week but can tell you that the Big B looks 110% better now than he did when I left so I think he is making a comdback. He is off work today (Saturday) also so it will be a good day for him to rest up.

TO THE SON: I was going to just comment to Courtney on her Post but the message says “Comments are closed”? What part of that don’t i understand?

Brother Ron & wife Shelli in town for a brief visit. Vic and i are going to have lunch with them today and I think they may be leaving later today as we are having our first dose of winter here in wonderful central Wyoming and they need to make sure they are in Denver for flight home tomorrow.

All for now – thanks again for the update Courtney.

The Dad

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