What Size is Your Helmet?

Our current home is designed to be grandchildren friendly. For instance, this IKEA coffee table houses toys for the kids. The top is normally kept bare and the children use it as a play space. As you can see in the photo, the area has been invaded.

We bought an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) because we thought it would be fun. We learned we needed helmets to ride. We didn’t know anything about helmets so we learned about that too.

According to the instructions, Steve and I both have extra small heads. A bit skeptical we ordered “one” extra small. We both got it on our head but it would have reshaped our head if we had worn it longer than a few minutes.

On to size small, which isn’t much larger than extra small. Not to worry, it will fit one of the grandchildren we thought.

We now have XS, S, M, L and we might order and XL in case.

We haven’t yet found a home for these space invaders, but I am sure we will.

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Free Poker by TavernTainment

Poker Texas Hold'em: Shuffling Cards

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This story is told in two parts. Diane tells her story as a player. Steve tells his story as a dealer.

Diane plays poker.

Last night I played Taverntainment (web site is Internet Explorer accessible only) free poker at the City Sports Bar and Grill in Manchester, NH. There were five tables of men and women playing No Limit Tournament Poker. Each player is given a stack of chips to start. The prize is to have your name announced as the winner. That may not sound like much, but think of video games where you play for the honor of posting your initials.

Some people say playing free poker changes the player dynamic and people play recklessly, but that has not been my experience. I have played four tournaments in the last two weeks and every one of the players are totally serious. Believe me I know. I bet out of turn once and six people instantly let me know.

Poker is a game of skill and daring. I don’t have much skill or daring, but I have a good time. Too bad our government can’t figure out how to regulate it, make it legal and get the tax revenue from the game. It is not always convenient to drive several hours to a casino. It would be nice to have a place to play in our neighborhood.

Steve deals poker and plays poker.

I am a student of poker dealing and I appreciate being allowed to deal at the Taverntainment events. As Diane stated, these players are serious over these free games.  The point leader at the end of the season can qualify for prizes including perhaps a paid trip to Vegas.

The idea behind these free rolls is to attract more business for the bars and taverns that sponsor these events. It also gives us poker affectionados a place to play and sharpen our skills. For me, I get an opportunity to practice dealing in a friendly atmosphere where all the other plays help me out in my dealing.

They are the first to point out to me if I make an error in dealing or making change or determining the winner. So far, my mistakes have been minimal and have not affected the outcome of the game.  In these events, I am both playing my hand as well as dealing to the others. I have inadvertently had to throw my hands away without playing them due to lack of attention on my part.

As far as my playing skills are concerned, Diane made the final table out of five tables or 41 players. I finished 16th while she finished fifth. However, I am having a lot of fun. And I am getting dealing experience in a real live environment.

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Family Stories

 

Harold was four years old the first time we took him shopping alone. No one told us he was supposed sit in the shopping cart. Inside the store, he took off at a run towards the toy section. I ran after him and grabbed his hand. I gently explained that Gramma needed a handbag first and then we would look at toys. Harold did not protest. I was very impressed as he walked with me to the handbag section of the store. Grandmothers are very easy to please.

In less than a minute, Harold picked up the largest, purplest, handbag one ever did see and placed it in the shopping cart and said: “OK Gramma, let’s go to the toys!” It became a family story that got retold many times.

Today Steve and I were shopping. We happened upon the handbag section and with glee in his eyes, Steve asked: “Do you want to stop and look at the handbags. Perhaps they have a big purple one you would like to have.” We smiled all the way back to the car.

Do you record your family stories?

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Seriously…I’m Kidding – A Book Review

Seriously…I’m Kidding is written and read by Ellen DeGeneres. It is a great book. Ellen talks about what is happening in her life and what she thinks and believes. It is the Ellen we all know and love. It is the FIRST audio book that we have experienced as an AUDIO book. Ellen addresses the listeners as audio listeners. We highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Do You See What I See

A Jim Long photo

Jim Long is a brilliant photographer for NBC. The greatest thing about Jim is that he is a friend to all of us on Twitter and shares what he sees through the lens of his camera. Sometimes his humor shows through as in this Facebook album.

When he shared the above photo, I sent him a compliment. Like most of us, compliments are difficult to receive. He sent me the photo below explaining it is all about the lighting.

A Jim Long photo

Jim could have just said thank you, but today I really appreciated the explanation. When I think about lighting, I think more about indoor lighting or evening lighting. I shouldn’t need lighting on a bright sunny day. Right? That I guess is not the case. Check out the picture below.

 

A Diane Brogan photo

In real life the colors are much more vivid and one can see that there is a great clump of darker leaves that are dying on the branch. Note the V in the center of the photo where the tree split in half during last week’s storm. If I had Jim Long and his crew here to do some lighting, I could probably show you better what my eye sees naturally. Note: The safety hazard will be removed soon.

At times like these, I am amazed and grateful that we have eyesight that enables us to see the many shades of light. We live in a beautiful world. Thank you Jim Long for sharing the world you see with us.

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Easter Sunday Study by Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth, famous for his paintings of Karl and Anna Kuerner found beauty in every day scenes. He never ran out of material to paint because he found beauty or interest in everything he saw. Andrew Wyeth was an amazine man.

Steve and I visited the Kuerner Farm in Chadds Ford, PA – part of the Brandy Wine River Museum. This video is about the Easter Sunday Study, a picture of Anna Kuerner on the porch looking at the landscape. I got to stand in the exact location that Anna Kuerner stood. Later, Helga stood in this location for the painting entitled Easter Sunday. It was exciting.

For a wonderful experience, visit the Bandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.

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Commitment

Tulip, 2005 Floriade, Canberra

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Last spring, our friend, Kim McTighe visited us. In the course of conversation, we talked about tulips. They are planted in the fall. Kim said I will be back in the fall and plant tulips for you.

A couple of weeks ago, Kim called and asked when would be a good time to come by and plant the tulips. We had forgotten all about the tulips and told Kim it wasn’t necessary to do the tulips. Kim said it wasn’t too late.

We bought the tulip bulbs and then the BIG snowstorm dropped a ton of snow on us. That was the end of the tulips, but then God sent the sunshine. The snow melted.

Tuesday was a perfect day. Kim came over, we all planted tulips and the job was done. Then we had a tasty salad that Kim brought with her.

Although the tulips wren’t really important to us, Kim had made a commitment and it was important to her that she keep that commitment. Kim is an exceptional person.

Thanks for planting the tulips, Kim.

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Is It The Game Or The Money

Poker Chips

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Steve is learning how to become a poker dealer. He was in school this weekend. I was invited to sit in as a player he could deal to. On Sunday evening we were invited to a new club to play free poker.

Toward the end of the game we learned that the game company has a web site that can only be accessed through Internet Explorer and that they have a Facebook page with no identity. They are not easy to connect with.

We shared some basic knowledge of social media and instantly made new friends. Explaining how a business can have a Twitter name and a following was maybe the most fun fact share of the evening.

Our weekend was full of learning and sharing. Steve and I learned a great deal about poker and we shared a lot about social media. We always enjoy sharing knowledge. Seeing someone’s eyes sparkle with new knowledge is priceless.

It is sometimes difficult explaining how a company may want to allow access to their website through mobile apps and other browsers like Safari, Chrome and Firefox. It is sad to see a company trying so hard when you know they have been sold a counterfeit bill of goods.

It all goes back to the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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Here Comes Trouble – A Book Review

Here Comes Trouble, stories from my life by Michael Moore is a Hachette Audio Book that is also read by Michael Moore. He tells various stories about his life in a random time line. His many questions and thoughts make him an exceptional individual always in search of what is good. He is not afraid to challenge the establishment when necessary. Some people consider Michael Moore a rablerouser, but the stories in Here Comes Trouble tell a much different tale. We like Michael Moore and highly recommend this book.

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