And The World Keeps GOING!

March 29, 2009 by  

I am sitting here not sure what is quite going on here. I seem to be just lounging around lately with no sense of direction or purpose. There has been a lot of “growing up” that I have been having to do lately and it seems that in life you never stop these changes. Well enough about that…lol. So tomarrow I step into the world of Banking one more time as I have just recently accepted a position with Hilltop National Bank. I will be a Revolving Credit Representative, which means I will be involved with approving and denying credit card applications and such things. I think I am really going to enjoy it, but what the hey, if I dont love it, I am in LOVE with the hours, Monday thru Friday, 8-5. You cant beat that as a 19 year old college kid! Speaking of College I guess that I should start taking a look at the those classes at night and online. This should be interesting, I have always wanted to try online classes so I think this could be fun! My trip to England is still in the works, I have found a place and the airline, now I just have to find the money! lol. I am really excited about this, I think that I am going to have blast over and also have a lot of fun. I have always wanted to do something like that. Well Mom turned 40 yesterday, wow Ma your old!!! Speaking of her, gets me thinking how truly blessed I am to have such great parents. My mother is the most caring and loving person I have ever met in my life! I as a child have had to go through some stuff that know child or family should ever have to go through. Luckily for me there was a woman by my side every step of the way! From my very first surgrey to the most recent in December. This woman was my mother and without her I know I probably wouldn’t have made it through so much. Mom has always been my rock and she has always tried to guide me in the right direction, even if it just made me mad! I LOVE this woman with everything in my heart! My father IS the greatest man alive, I say that with all that these two have given me. Lord knows that I have given these people their punishment (for their acts as children, lol) and more. We have gone through some pretty serious things over the years, but I have just recently realized that there are no two other people I would want to call Dad and Mom, besides Tony and Wendy Lecher. They are my favorite two people in the entire world. Well I am kind of hungry so I think I will go make a wrap and then maybe, just maybe I will try to organize my room! Love to all!

Brandon

LOL – Prunes anyone?

March 29, 2009 by  

Wendy's 40th from Ryan & Family

Wendy's 40th from Ryan & Family

happy birthday MOM

March 28, 2009 by  

well today is moms birthday.
she is 40 lol
i have only known her for 13 almost 14 years and she is amazing!
She is the best mom ever.
i love her so much!
she means the world to me!
this is just wat she means to me.
i dont really have the time to blog lol.
well i better keep saying lol.
havent been doing it lately lol.
going to the mall so mom can go shopping.
then to church.
then she is going to the chop house with a bunch of people.
all is good here.
love you
and have an amazing day.
talk to you later.
Courtney:)(:

March 28, 1969

March 27, 2009 by  

** Where was I 40 years ago? Somewhere under the Pacific Ocean on a submarine patrol.
** Where was my wife? Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, HI. What was she doing there? Giving birth to our second baby girl, Wendy Rae.
** When did I learn of this arrival? April 1, 1969. It took 3 days before I received radio notification of Wendy’s arrival. And when I finally did receive it I wasn’t sure if it was an April Fools gag or the real deal. We took pleasure at sea at teasing each other and trying to get each others goat. Heck, I wasn’t totally positive she was born, or whether she was male or female, until we surfaced a couple of weeks later and i could talk to Vic in person. We were really onery to one another – mind games were one of our major forms of entertainment when we were out there and out of contact for 65 – 70 days.
** Anyway, when I finally did get back to Oahu and met Wendy she wasn’t too fond of me. She had already been pretty spoiled and acclimated to her mother, grandmother, and sister. In fact, whenever I tried to hold her she would go ballistic!
** I remember one day shortly after my return we needed formula or diapers or something. We drove to the commissary, Wendy was content so Vic left her with me in the car while she ran into the store. As soon as she handed Wendy to me and went in Wendy got restless, then she got mad, then she began to scream. She turned purple! I’ll never forget the way a lady that pulled into the parking spot next to us looked at me. I know she thought i was mistreating her. If that would have happened in today’s world i would have likely been arrested for child abuse. I “think” Wendy is finally out of that phase and a little more tolerant of her old man.
** Wendy is an awesome daughter, a great mother who with her husband Tony have created one strong, vibrant family unit. I could not be more proud (tears in my eyes while I type, I am really getting emotional in my old age).
** And yes – there were moments during the years when I wondered if it would ever come together like it has but I think I always knew it could. Wendy is a strong minded individual, has always been kind of a nonconformist in a good kind of way, and has not always followed the norm. That’s what makes Wendy special – she brings a new perspective to things but blends that new slant with strong values and beliefs. Her children are a marked reflection of what Wendy brings to the world = personality, compassion, love, strength, joy, and occasionally a little bit of the unexpected. And Yah Tony – I know you had a part in it too! 🙂
** Anyway – she’s 40 now in case you didn’t know! I’m betting she has another 40 – 50 ahead of her and I can’t wait to see the second half! If it’s anywhere near as good as the first 40 you don’t want to miss it! Stay tuned….

Happy Birthday Pooh Bear! I love you very much!

The Dad

snow day

March 27, 2009 by  

Yesterday it started to snow but we ended up having to go to school. there was one point that i looked out the window and i saw nothing but white. it was a white out! and then around 9:50 the principal came on and anounced school was going to end at 11:35. so we stayed in our third period class tell the bell and then i went to lunch for like 10 minutes. and nate came to get me. today at 5:30 the district said that there was no school today so we have a snow day today. it is my third one of them. one in first at my old house and then 2 here.
Ok so my phone was ringing and so i looked at it and it was bee! i answered and it sounded like something was wrong so i asked him if something was wrong and he was no…he was happy…he got the job at hilltop in casper. i just thought it was funny cause he called me and asked for mom. hey thanks for showing the love lol. well i havent really been on here for awhile cause it has been a hard couple weeks.
It is so different now. so i was out shoveling and i opened the door and i was like wait shut it before casey gets out and then it hit me that my little baby is in a box:( she wont run away. i think that was the hardest time during this snow experince is knowing that casey wasnt coming out to play.
Anyways on to some good news. volleyball i am playing jv setter and i am starting everygame and havent came out yet. and so varstiy is playing a 6-2 and jv is playing a 4-2 and the varsity coach came over to me and he said that varsity isnt doing good with the 6-2 and he said they may go to a 4-2 and if they do he wants me to be the main setter for varsity cause i have the skill and i am athletic and i can dump the ball over if i need to. i thought that was some really good news.
well everyone in this household is doing good. got to go and finish getting ready
courtney

Q109 – Tough Quarter for Dogs

March 26, 2009 by  

Tonight, a fellow employee at Aplus.net is spending her last night with her dog, Dru. I just learned on Facebook about 4 or 5 weeks ago that Tracey Seib had an English Mastiff. I think I must have posted something about Hoover or somehow she ran across his pictures on my site. Anyway, she told me she had a 10 1/2 year old male English Mastiff named Dru. Just a week or two later, she learned that Dru had terminal cancer… a lump developed rapidly in his leg, and she was forced with the dreaded decision of what to do. Sadly, it came to her having to make the decision to put Dru down, and she scheduled the date just a week ago to take place tomorrow, March 27th. It has become very clear that Dru is a major part of Tracey’s life, just like Hoover is in my life. I have lost sleep and been very uneasy the past few weeks because Hoover is having a leg problem, has developed a small bump on his leg, and hasn’t been eating quite right. The bump on his leg, combined with the timing of Tracey finding out about Dru has weighed heavily on my mind. Fortunately for me, Hoover is eating better and his blood tests came back indicating no issues. Tomorrow, he begins new medication to hopefully help his leg, else we will have to have some x-rays taken with him sedated — something I don’t want to do. But for me, I am so fortunate because Hoover is in good health, yet his “brother” Dru is spending his final night (for now, at least) with Tracey. Last night I got out of bed and went and layed down with Hoover and thought hard about what Tracey is going through, and how someday that very well be me. I know Dru has been getting extra special attention from Tracey these past two weeks, and I was pleased to read on her Facebook page just moments ago that Dru has been enjoying some cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, while popcorn and ice cream await him later this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with Tracey and Dru tonight… it will be a tough night for Tracey, followed by many tough days ahead, but Dru will leave this earth tomorrow having had a very good life and knowing that he was loved.

Dru and Tracey

Dru and Tracey

This follows just two weeks after my sister Wendy and her family had to go through the exact same situation with their dog, Casey. Casey was 13 years old and had a tremendous life and brought joy to my sister, my brother-in-law Tony, my nephews Brandon, Nathan and Keegan, and my niece Courtney. Of course, she was a great dog to her extended family as well, and it will be hard next time I am in Fort Collins (in less than 2 months to celebrate Nathan’s pending graduation — you will be graduating, won’t you Nate?) Won’t get to see that cute little dog Casey-Casey. She, too, was diagonsed with cancer, but she made it on drugs and love for about a year before they had to make the ultimate decision to let Casey go before the pain was too much. Like Tracey and Dru tomorrow, they had the act performed at their home with the whole family there.

Casey Casey

Casey Casey

Aside from Dru and Casey, my parents lost one of their two pugs, Maggie, just a few months ago. Unlike Dru and Casey, Maggie died unexpectedly when she went in to get her teeth cleaned. She was, so it seems, in good health, but they had to sedate her to do the procedure and she went into cardiac arrest. This is why I am trying hard to see if we can get Hoover healed without getting sedated xrays. Unlike Tracey and my sister’s family, my mom and dad didn’t get to say goodbye to Maggie… they didn’t get an opportunity to come-to-grips with it. In some ways, I think that’s good… I know when my day comes and I depart this earth, I want it to be sudden and quick, just like Maggie’s passing … a passing with no suffering. But, on the flip side, not getting to spend time saying goodbye… eating cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets… is something that you hate to think about missing out on.

Maggie Moo

Maggie Moo

I should mention, too, that though I don’t remember all the details about what my friend Shawn Porter told me (sorry Shawn, I *think* I may have had a few pre-birthday drinks when we talked last week), I know he lost his lab this year, too. I do remember him telling me how hard it is to explain to his daughter, and I know someday, I may be in that same place, too.

Time helps heal all wounds, but quarter one, 2009 sure has been a tough one for my family and friends when it comes to their four legged family members. My thoughts are with them all, and it is great to know that I am not the only nut in this world who loves his pet as if it were his child. Here’s to the four legged family members and those that have cared so much for them. Hang in there, Tracey, and though I didn’t get to meet Dru, give him a hug for me.

-RElledge

KC & Denver left out in the cold?

March 26, 2009 by  

NEWS FLASH!

Updated: March 32, 2009
Steelers to lose Super Bowl Trophies

Pittsburgh, PA. The Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to win six titles, will soon be losing half of those trophies. After a meeting between NFL Commissioner Rodger Gadel and President Barack Hussein Obama, Obama decided to redistribute half of their Steeler Super Bowl victories and trophies to less fortunate teams in the league.

“We live everyday in the country that invented the Super Bowl.” said Obama “We are not about to lose this Great American tradition in the wake of these difficult times.” Obama’s plan calls for the Steelers, who are a successful NFL team, to give half of their Super Bowl trophies to teams that are not successful or have not been as successful as the Steelers. “The Detroit Loins are just as much a part of the same fiber of the NFL as the Steelers and they should, no rather will, be entitled to a Super Bowl Trophy as well.” Obama explains in his plan that he has imposed on Godel and the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who by virtue of hard work, excellent team play, stellar draft choices, responsible investing of free agents, careful hiring of coaches and excellent community service and commitment to their fans, has prospered greatly during the past 30 years and have won six Super Bowl Trophies. But President Barack Hussein Obama’s plan calls for the Pittsburgh Steelers to carry the larger burden of the NFL’s less successful teams. Obama went on to further proclaim, “In these difficult times we are all in this to work together. We must reclaim the NFL Championship Dream for every team, for every city and for every fan.”
“My plan will not affect 31 of the 32 teams in the league.” Obama assures. That’s over 95 percent of the teams in the NFL will not have to worry about loosing any Super Bowl Trophies. “The worst teams in the NFL and the teams that can’t seem to get a break and win a championship will no longer have to worry about going without a title.” Obama promises. “We are a country and league of hope. We all need to make a change. It does not matter the color of the teams uniforms, the personal decisions that the teams make or their performance but rather if they are a member of this great American league.”

The Super Bowl XLIII trophy will be redistributed to the 0-16 Detroit Lions. Through no fault of their own incompetence, the Lions could not manage a victory all season and this trophy will help ease the pain of their lack of performance and give them hope once again. The redistribution of Super Bowl XL trophy will go directly to the Steeler’s division rival the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals who also have fallen on hard times have never won a Super Bowl. This victory will bring a smile to hundreds of Bengal fans all over the world as they can now celebrate. Finally, one of the Steeler’s two Super Bowl victories over the Dallas Cowboys will go back to the Cowboys since the league needs to provide hope in the face of difficulty and provide hope in the face of uncertainty. This is a heavy burden for the Steelers but together we can all prosper.

All hope is not lost for Pittsburgh fans, Barack Hussain Obama has another plan in place. Obama has meet with MLB and commissioner Bud Selig on a similar plan. The New York Yankees will redistribute two of their world series trophies to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a supplement to their losing 16 straight seasons and counting. This plan will help stimulate the Pirates and enable them to regain the American Dream. Barack Hussain Obama will be meeting with the NHL and Michael Phelps in the upcoming weeks as this issue is high on his agenda for “Hope and Change.”

Obama provides hope to NFL teams. Steelers must now share their wealth and fruits of their success and hard work.

WHITE AS SNOW!

March 26, 2009 by  

Wow — we are getting pounded again this morning. Second blizzard this week.
Miserable out there! My timing has been both good and bad ….. the good thing has been that I pretty much scheduled this week in Casper – no highway trips – and a good thing because I would have had to cancel a couple of days this week. The bad is …… I don’t have any tradeshows scheduled for this week in Orlando, or Anaheim, or St. Lucia! Bad timing Steve.

Well, the big O did his press conference night before last and moved American Idol to last night & tonite. I did a comparison and in my humble opinion the worst performance on Idol last night was far superior to anything I heard on the Big O Show. Side note – Did you realize that if Oprah was wed to Obama her initials would be O – O (as in Oh Oh). LOL – I’m on top of it today arent I. I was awake most of the night so need your forgiveness for my poor humor. I sure have had my share of sleeping problems the past few weeks – I wake up for a trip to the bathroom or a restless dog or whatever – and there is no way I can get back to sleep. Mind wanders all over the place. I got up last night and did a little Facebooking around 2. How come none of my “friends” were on line?

I am also just a touch bored with being in the office all week. BUT – not so bored that I am going to venture out in this weather.

Time for me to do something constructive – sorry for just taking up space today – really no big issues to blog about.

The Dad

Comment on Did I Hear That Right? by Steve

March 24, 2009 by  

My favorite was when he was asked why it took him two days to come out with an opinion on the AIG Bonuses and he said “I like to know what I’m talking about before I open my mouth”! LOL
That pretty much indicates he didn’t know what his package had in it when he pushed it’s immediate passage eh?
This is scarey stuff!

Did I Hear That Right?

March 24, 2009 by  

President Obama just said, and I quote (I have left out the umm’s):

We don’t want a situation in which some countries are making extraordinary efforts and other countries aren’t [on improving the global economy] with the hope that somehow the countries that are making those important steps lift everybody up.”

Maybe I am completely off base here, but does this not contradict to the core what Obama is trying to legislate right here in our homeland? Where the upper class and businesses [the countries that make the extraordinary effort] take care of everyone else’s problems [the countries that don’t]?

Certainly I am not trying to imply that anyone not in the upper class or businesses don’t do their part, but I think you should see the contradiction here. Of course, again, I may be completely off base….

–RElledge

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