Friday, November 2, 2007

"I Give You Full Marks for Bravery"

Pirates Tell U.S. Navy to Back Off.

Wow. That's gotta take some stones, eh? These pirates must not have been watching the Military Channel much, because they've clearly missed all the shows on what total bad-asses SEALs and other Special Ops guys are.

I don't know what it says about when the State Department spokesman feels need to remind us that "...These are not pirates who will remind you of Johnny Depp. These are quite different kinds of pirates."


More importantly, do they remind us of the other star of the movies?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What Are You Doing Over Here?

I've got a new post or two up over at the Flight Deck while Lex is out of pocket. Lots of pretty new airplane pictures (called plane pr0n, by the way), as well as some updates on the Valour-IT fundraising drive.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Weekend Getaway

Whilst in the grip of fear that one of the best writers on the intertubes may be hanging up his hat, we hopped in the car on Friday and drove to Greensboro NC for an annual Halloween party that we couldn't miss.

There were pirates

Knights and their maidens fair

Even a double Elvis sighting

Rambo made an appearance, but it was determined by some that his costume was lacking a certain (and useless) part of the male anatomy

Of course, the kid came too.

"Help me Daddy-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."

Driving from Annapolis to Greensboro with a 6 month-old isn't as bad as you'd think, and being there more than made up for the length of the trip. Our host and hostess are dear friends who take Halloween seriously. Decorating their place takes weeks, and none of the photos I took can ever do it justice. Not being there would have been far worse than the 15 total hours we spent in the car.

I did learn a few things during the course of the party:

  1. Length of adult female costume hemlines is inversely proportional to the age of the wearer.

  2. As the length of the party increases, the average age of the attendees lowers.

  3. If you're closer to 40 than to 30, talking at length with a twenty-something won't make you feel young again. It will make you feel older. Much older.

  4. Females have it easy when it comes ot costumes. Simply take an iconic character image (nurse, teacher, fisherperson, etc...) and put the word "slutty" in front of it. Show some leg, overdo the make-up and presto! You've got yerself a costume. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Monday, October 29, 2007

For a Good Cause

Every fall, the folks at Soldier's Angels and Valour-IT have a fund-raising campaign to raise money to purchase voice-activate laptops for wounded vets.

As part of that drive, there is an inter service competition to see which service can raise the most money.

Further details here and here.