On Friday and Saturday night we had storms move through our area. Between the two nights we had 5 1/4 inches of rain in our rain gauge. On Saturday night the storm started about 9:30, with small wind damage in our area but parts of Kansas City had widespread wind damage and power outage. Some reports said the storms packed winds between 70-75 miles per hour with lightning, heavy rain and scattered hail. We had the rain, didn’t hear any hail. After the storm on Friday night we had lots of leaves in the pool so kind of think we had more wind then on Saturday night. Kansas city didn’t far so well with winds toppling trees, knocking down power lines and damaging homes and businesses. The severe weather canceled several events on Saturday night including Boulevardia, Funk Fest and a Willie Nelson concert. Kansas City Power & Light reported …
One of the reasons that the Chinese Theatre remains so famous today is its legendary hand and footprint ceremonies.  Even now stars long to be immortalized in cement in the theater’s forecourt.  There are several stories on how this first occurred and they all seem to start with someone accidentally stepping in cement.  Some say it was Sid himself. The TCL Chinese Theatre officially attributes the event to Norma Talmadge. These are just a few of the hand prints, and signatures of the stars in the forecourt of Grauman’s. Some of the stars have include more than just their hands, feet and signature. George Burns left his cigar print, John Wayne left his fist, Whoopi Goldberg pressed a deadlock into the cement and Roy Rogers included his six-shooter along with Triggers hoof prints.
Along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine there was so many activities it was like a maze of tourists. We encounter musicians asking us to buy their CD, protesters and people in costumes wanting us to pay them to take a picture with them. The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles and the stars are paced at 6-foot intervals. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background. In the upper portion of each star field the name of the honoree is inlaid in brass block letters. There are more than 26, 000 embedded in the sidewalks. For a celebrity to obtain a star on the Walk of Fame there are several requirements. An application has to be submitted with why they want a star, an agreement that they will attend the unveiling ceremony and a $30,000 sponsorship fee. A committee selects 20 celebrities to …
The group performers, and bands make the parade a parade of America, making it feel like a hometown occasion. There are 8,000 total participants (approximately 4,000 of which are Macy’s employees, including clowns, marching bands, dancers, balloon handlers and big-name performers. Many of these volunteers are doctors, nurses, advertising executives, social media managers of course a tone of Macy’s employees. These people gladly spend their Thanksgiving morning dancing and throwing confetti down the streets of New York. The 610 Stompers with ages ranging from 20 to 60l refuse to allow professional dancers to taint their motto of Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Moves. Since their birth in 2009, they have evolved and grown into a 100-man strong, all male dance group whose bold mission is to return the ordinary man to the glory of dance. The members f the Stompers come from all walks of life and from across the country. New …
More balloon photos with a little info about the balloon.
This is the tent Steve purchased, it was cheaper to buy instead of renting one for the weekend. They didn’t put the sides on since it was going to be nice weather. It made a nice area to sit and visit before and after lunch. Rick had tables we used and Bob got chairs from work, it does take a village to have a get together! Some of the pictures seem like repeats but there might be one person different and I wanted to get everyone I could into the pictures.The kids table, looks like they had enough to eat.
As I started to write this post, I looked up at the title I had written. Then I questioned, what does it mean to be a friend. So I went to the Urban Dictionary, not a source used by persons of my age, but I find they usually have some interesting definitions. So it’s definition of friend is: people who are aware of how retarded you are and still manage to be seen in public with you. people who make you laugh till you pee your pants. people who cry for you when one of your special items disappear. when you don’t have enough money to get an ice cream, they chip in. knows all of your internet passwords. who would never make you cry just to be mean. Not a bad definition except I don’t care for the word retarded being used. Guess that puts me into being a …
Some of the marchers were marching to commemorate the life of a father, grandfather, uncle or a relative of a friend. For motivation some said they kept in mind the Bataan soldiers and their suffering. “Every time you start feeling tired, you think about them and this is nothing compared to what they had to go through.”  
The following information was given out to the marchers, so it would be easier for them to enter the event area the morning of the march. “Motorists are asked to have their vehicle pass prominently displayed in their windshield and to have their IDs ready when they are entering the post” “Passengers must also have their IDs ready. Personnel who do not have a picture ID will experience lengthy delays outside the gate while their information is completely checked. Motorists should not be surprised if they or their vehicle(s) are searched. “Everyone is subject to search.” Marchers should plan on arriving at the gates no later than 4:30 a.m. Motorists coming in from the El Paso gate are asked not to come in after 4:45 a.m., or they will run the risk of being stuck in traffic. Martin Luther King Avenue will be closed to all traffic at 5:30 a.m. …
Katy, our neighbor, had given Steve and Rick stickers for the march. Steve had picked out the one with the Garmin saying. Between Holan giving Steve a Garmin watch for Christmas and the lack of food and sleep, it turned out to be very appropriate. Steve and Rick spent the night at a hotel in Las Cruces, NM so it would not be as far to drive the morning of the race. It was late (around 11:15) when they got to the hotel because of a late dinner and the drive. After checking into the hotel, Steve continued to have chills so Rick kept adjusting the temp to keep him warm. As the night went on they did not get much sleep. The hotel started serving breakfast at 3:00 for those doing the Death March. Steve went down and got something to eat but Rick did not. These are the …
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