October 25, 2008 -
voting has begun in many states and Democratic turnout
has been high so far. From the polls Obama has a 12
point lead over McCain; Colorado and Virginia, which
were previously red states, and then were classified
battleground states, are now polling as leaning Obama.
In Pennsylvania where McCain hoped to build ground
1.3 million more Democrats than Republicans have cast
their votes already.
was a super-busy week, it seems there are never enough
hours in the work day to get everything done... things
just back up, and more and more things come up after
work that have kept me busy.... but I also had a lot
of fun this week too, a nice game night at MaryLou's
to keep Molly company, a night out in Lawrence that
was a lot of fun, and a poker night at Laura Vannorsdel's
(those twins are really growing and will soon turn
one)! ....I lost at poker, I was the first to lose
October 15, 2008 -
I changed the oil in Raider, and then I washed him
with the car care kit that Nancy gave me for my birthday!
I took several new photos; the rest are in a Facebook
was the third and final debate- there were 25 mentions
of Joe the Plumber, 21 by McCain, 4 by Obama... People
felt so many mentions of Joe was seen as a very lame
thing to keep talking about. I didn't feel there were
that many big moments, but all the polls (Fox poll
included) are showing Obama as the winner, and many
have it as a 2-1 margin for Obama.. Anytime McCain
went on the attack his favorablity would plummet.
October 12, 2008 -
a busy weekend! Friday night I went to a county fair
with Teresa and rode a ton of rides (cept for the
Zipper which T was scared of) There was little to
no one at the fair too so it was great to be able
to go up and ride and not stand in line. For the ferris
wheel we were the only ones on it! They would also
give longer than normal rides too! After that we played
video Smash Brothers before calling it a night. Saturday
I got a hair cut and then went to the Greek Food Festival
at Marsha's church with MaryLou and Bob- it was delicious
and I was stuffed afterward. After that we went back
to MaryLou's and I helped get her new computer a bit
more set up. Once the computer was all happy I came
home and took a three hour nap... Okay, I'm not sure
if I can call it that since it was three hours...
but I really needed to catch up on my sleep!
I was very productive... I painted a section of the
house, mowed the yard, ran 5K, vacuumed the upstairs
and, fixed a computer, saved files off someone's dead
computer, and did a lot of random cleaning... I also
piddled about on Facebook a great deal.
October 4, 2008 -
we had breakfast at Denny's- on the edge of the smoking
section (yuck!) and then we checked out of the Windmill
Inn and decided on the final sites we wanted to see,
mainly things around Table Rock. First we stopped
at Table Rock Hatchery to see how trout are bred.
Mostly it has large holding tanks where they feed
and raise the trout so they can release them into
the river for the fishermen to catch. They had trout
of all sizes there- pretty interesting. After that
we we up and over the dam and meandered about the
shoreline some to collect rocks and take pictures.
was a class or club of some sort diving in the lake
while we were there... I imagine that was pretty cool
even with a wet suit.
October 3, 2008 -
two in Branson; we started the day off at a Cracker
Barrel-type restaurant for breakfast, be got seated,
and a girl came over and asked me to put my arm around
Teresa so she took our picture.... and then came back
half way through the meal with our picture that we
could buy.... Sure they do this on roller coasters
and similar places, but I've never seen it done at
a restaurant, it was just very strange- but the picture
was very good, so we bought it.
Dollar City was the focus of our day; I had envisioned
something similar to World's of Fun, but SDC was actually
a lot smaller, or at least it seemed to be- there
was just a lot more craft things mixed in with the
rides more spaced out. Our first stop in the park
was the tour of Marvel Cave. I've never been to a
cave before and I thought Marvel Cave was just awesome!
The main room was almost big enough for the Statue
of Liberty to fit in, it was just massive, and then
we snaked around through the other smaller tunnels,
there were a lot of stairs, and a cog train took us
that we took to the rides, our first one being a water
ride... Teresa hearts water rides, and it was just
a little too chilly to do water rides today... It
wasn't too chilly to be out... but to be out and to
get doused with water it was. The ride we went on
was like Fury of the Nile (only a bit shorter- all
the rides seemed to be shorter), and it left me with
a wet bum, but over all no one got really wet. There
were no lines for anything really, so we could pretty
much walk up and get on anything we wanted! That's
always a great way to plan for- never go to an amusement
park on a busy day! We rode on the Wide Fire, a roller
coaster that was great fun... but it seemed to shake
ya in that way that seemed like it'd cause you to
have a headache if you rode it too much... I liked
the Powder Keg (another roller coaster better, it
was much more smooth, and it had a catapult system
that'd launch it from 0 to 60 in three seconds! Toward
the end of the day we discovered the Big Swing- which
was completely awesome!!!!! It was your basic giant
a brief rest at the hotel we went down to the old
downtown Branson and ate at the Farmhouse- it was
a very mom and pop diner that had good down-home food.
Then with our bellies full we meandered down to the
Landing, which is the waterfront by the river. They've
turned it into a large outdoor mall with high-end
shops and a nifty fountain that goes off in a sequence
with music.... there were also pillars with flame
throwers mixed in.
After the show ended at the Landing
we went to see Eagle Eye... it was an okay movie...
I give it an acceptable.
October 2, 2008 -
been a very junky blogger lately; life has been pretty
busy.... and I tend to piddle about on Facebook a
lot more these days.
now I'm passing through Parsons, KS on my way to Branson
with Bob & Teresa. Teresa & I gamed a bit
this morning; I'm getting quite good with Ness, he's
getting to be one of my better Smash characters.
night I watched the Boyda - Jenkins debate on PBS...
I'm sorry, but Jenkings just seems like she's on crack.
Just the way she talks makes it seem like she's either
on drugs, or needs to be on drugs, and she just strikes
me as a very smarmy sort.
stopped by Big Brutus on our way to the Coble house
for a pit stop. This was the first time I'd seen either
the largest electric shovel still in existence or
Teresa's family before.
was dark as we were rolling into Branson and the Vice
Presidential debate had already come on so we listened
to about the first fifteen minutes on NPR. Most of
the hotels in Branson seem to be of the style where
there is an office and then there a several buildings
with rooms all of which you have your own door to
the outside. After the debate was over we went out
for Taco Bell and drove around some.