Archive for November, 2005

Holiday Choir Concert

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

We all went to Bryn’s choir concert last night at the school. Who would ever thought that one of my kids would actually learn to sing? (I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.) Bryn had a short solo part in one song. It was a very good concert. The highlight was “Jingle Bells and [...]

End of the Season

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Today is the last day of the 2005 hurricane season, and I’m not sorry to see it end. After many years of dodging major hurricanes, we got a big-time scare this year. As it turned out, all our house saw of Hurricane Rita was tropical storm force winds; our suffering, minor though it was, was [...]


Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Seems like everybody’s writing about their Thanksgiving dressing. Leigh Ann’s was a success, but Sue’s was cursed. (And that’s strange, because Sue’s the cook in the family. Who else do you know who can make pork candy?) I too made dressing this year. On the morning of the Auburn-Alabama game, I went to the grocery [...]

Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 28th, 2005

For dinner this year, we made Emeril Lagasse’s Italian Chicken with New Orleans Spaghetti Bordelaise. This stuff is so good it’ll kill you. I saw Emeril make it on an episode of Emeril Live called “Cooking For a Crowd” a few years ago. Since then, I’ve made this recipe for many guests and everyone seems [...]

Blog Strangeness

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I went to this afternoon to follow a link I had stored there, and instead of the usual WordPress page, I got the following error:
Warning: main(./wp-blog-header.php): failed to open stream:
Permission denied in /…/wp/index.php on line 4
A little investigation reveals that the file wp-blog-header.php, along with a handful of others, had strangely had its permissions [...]

I Am OUTTA Here!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Actually, I’m home now, and ready for the weekend. Have yourselves a great holiday out there!
Here’s a Simpsons joke for you:
Marge: Homer, the plant called. They said if you don’t show up tomorrow don’t bother showing up on Monday.
Homer: Woo-hoo! Four-day weekend!

How Many SEC Students Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

At VANDERBILT, it takes two: one to change the bulb and one more to explain how they did it every bit as good as the bulbs changed at Harvard.
At GEORGIA, it takes two: one to change the bulb and one to phone an engineer at Georgia Tech for instructions.
At FLORIDA, it [...]

A Correction

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

On Sunday I wrote that Alabama went three-and-out on six of seven first-half possessions. I was wrong. It was worse than that. After scanning the drive chart at ESPN, I see that I miscounted. Alabama went three-and-out on seven of eight first-half possessions. For the whole game Alabama went three-and-out 9 times, and scored 3 [...]

This Was Inevitable…

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Leigh Ann sent this bumper sticker:

That’s going to make the Auburn streets very noisy for the next year!

Scam Warning

Monday, November 21st, 2005

The FBI has put out a notice that emails claiming to be from them are, in fact, a scam. I got one of these myself, just a few minutes ago:
Subject: You visit illegal websites
Dear Sir/Madam,
we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.
Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.
Yours faithfully,
Steven [...]

Monday Miscellanea: Iron Bowl 2005

Monday, November 21st, 2005

I was thinking about the national polls this weekend, wondering how much Auburn would rise and how far Alabama would fall. It occurred to me that the number three spot in the polls has been a dangerous place. While the top two teams, USC and Texas, have not changed since the preseason, the various teams [...]

The Power of Choice

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Leigh Ann commented that a guy she works with – an Alabama fan – said “We won the last three quarters.” Fortunately, living in Texas, and working in the space program, I don’t have to deal with that sort of thing. Of the people I meet who care about the Iron Bowl, ten are Auburn [...]