FamGuyToday by Aunty Fox

exposing Bullshit Mountain Propaganda, and preserving memories, for the 'Rocking Chair Days'.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Had another great day,

on the golf course, having a good time with the 'goons', and made a few bucks. Also, met with Rich, the tournament director at Thorncreek, and got some info on sponsoring a golf tournament. Bottom line, am trying to figure out a way to do a charity tournament for Bryan, and send him to MDA camp. Bryan, in case you don't know, has muscular dystrophy. It's not gonna be easy, mainly because they want a lot of $ ($85/person, PLUS food and drink), when the regular greens fees are only about $45. Doesn't leave much room for "profit', unless I charge huge entry fees, and that's gonna cut WAY down on participation. Am gonna work on it, but am a bit disappointed at the moment, Will try to speak w/other courses. Any thoughts/ideas appreciated.

Monday, April 28, 2008

OK, I admit it, I'm braggin' here, but,

my golf buddy, Rick Reily, opened the the New York Stock Exchange, this morning, with his hot girlfriend, Cindi, at his side, with a gavel hit. Yeah, it happened... His thing is, 'Nothing But Nets'. which is helping people with malaria issues, in Africa. Rick has raised over 20 million dollars, and looking up, from there. SO cool....

Sunday, April 27, 2008

You see Dubya's crocodile tears?

As one of his 'heroes' is buried in front of his family? Give me a break! This jerk, the lowest rated prez in modern history, has killed hundreds of thousands, with his "Oops, bad information" war, injured and wounded many times more, and his 'ethanol policy', with corn turned into biofuel, at the expense of all other food grains, will starve many more. But he cries, BOO HOO, in front of a grieving military family. What an unmitigated hypocrite!!!

Did you see?

Bush made a cameo appearance on 'Deal or No Deal'. Cool... Obviously he didn't make the cut for 'Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?'

Do other people

get this kinda crap??
I have asked for help from so many without reply. I have tried explainingbut most replies I get keep saying that my intention is to ask for moneyfrom foreigners. I hope it doesn't look same to you as I do not needanyone's money. I saw your email from an internet magazine shared amongstall workers in my place of work to promote our knowledge on internetbrowsing as it is done in Nigeria these days.Please try and understand my english the way you can because I am notfully educated. I had my school education till secondary school.Mr. Kola Fashonu is my name and I am a cleaner at the First Bank ofNigeria East Branch, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. I am a very loyal worker ofthe bank and very faithful to my Job. This brought me the trust that I hadwith my bank Manager (Mr. Chibundu Agboola).It was on a Monday as I had so many cleaning do to despite being absentfrom work the previous week due to my late wife's burial. I was calledinto the office of my Manager and getting to his office, he brought out abox and said he wanted me to keep it for him. Instantly I knew it wasmoney it contained but I didn't know how much exactly until he informed meof the amount that it contained the sum of $20,015,000 (Twenty Million andFifteen Thousand Dollars) which he got from the bank'saccount. He saidthat I should keep it safe in my house until he needed it and that he owesme 10% of the money. I asked him why he chose me and he replied sayingthat I was the only one he trusted. I agreed because I was only a cleanerand needed some money to get on my feet (even if the money was stolen). Iborrowed a video recorder on getting home and instructed my 15 year oldson to film me while I counted the money and Ikept the money safe as promised.My reason for emailing you came when the Bank Manager died as i found outhe was killed by armed robbers who came to his house on a robbery mission.For th is reason, there was no way that I could use the money since I hadno word to say on how I got the money as my job will not get me suchmoney. This is why I am emailing you to inform you that I wish to transferthis money to the care of a foreign person that way I know for sure thatthe funds will have no trace. I am not requesting money nor your bankdetails. All I ask is for you to give me your name and address and I willgive the box to my elder sister who is the head of East Branch of theFedEx Courier Delivery and she'll personally drop the box in your house.That way the box will not be inspected as she is the head of allinspection officers in the FedEx. I would require a residential or anofficial address as my sister would not meet with anybody in an hotel,restaurant, park, airport to exchange the box of money. Any meeting withher will be valid for home or office address. If this is not acceptable byyou, kindly do not reply as I wouldn't take any risk with the money or mysister's life.You will also be required to show to my sister an identity card ordriver's license when she meets with you. This is for her to know that shehas met with the right person. Failure to produce this will mean that shecannot meet with you as the money will not be safe and note that allexpenses have been taken care of and you will not be asked to pay anythingat all. I do not need your money at all just your sincere help. On receiptof the box, kindly inform me and I will travel to your country as I haveremoved some money from the money that will secure me and my son a flightticket from Nigeria to your country. You can have 30% from the money andkeep the 70% for me till I get there.Please do not let anyone know about this not even a closest person orlawyer because this is the only way that we can do this transaction sinceI myself didn't tell anyone except my sister since she is the one helpingus to transport the box to your location. I hope to receive an encouragingreply from you. Kindly send a reply to my emailcontactFashonu@mail2help.com as this email I used in sending this letterbelongs to a friend. So it will be improper to state conversation from afriend's email.Have a nice dayKola Fashonu.
Just wondering if I'm the only one, 'cause I get a bunch o' stuff like this...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Well, knock me over

with a feather... It seems those retired military men, always trotted out by Fox News, weren't so neutral after all. According to today's New York TImes

Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.
Those business relationships were never disclosed to the viewers, or to the networks themselves. But collectively, the military analysts represented more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. Say the right thing, (agree with the Bushies), and get more and bigger contracts. Disagree, and get cut out of the loop. EXACTLY, the same strategy they used with "Faith Based Iniatives", where hundreds of millions of dollars are handed out to preachers who preach in favor of Bush's War in Iraq. Wrong sermon, NO $$$. Also works with Fox News viewers. Sad, but true. Gotta love Karl Rove.

WOW, I am SO shocked! Retired military men, whose new careers are 'selling to the military', giving us false information, to receive more contracts. Who woulda guessed???
My favorite quote--
“It was them saying, ‘We need to stick our hands up your back and move your mouth for you,’ ” Robert S. Bevelacqua, a retired Green Beret and former Fox News analyst, said.
What's really sad, is that some people actually believe the crap that the Bush administration shovels out...
The whole story at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html?th&emc=th

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Had a great afternoon,

at the golf course (Heritage), with Carol, Ted and Kari. Used my corporate membership, so everything was paid for, and, to tell the truth, didn't know if Carol and Kari would get into it, but they did, and a wonderful time was had by all, I think. I threw in some cash incentives, to let everyone know what it's like to play for $$, just to make it more interesting. Ted was eligible for $75 for a birdie, Kari, $100 for a par and Carol got $50 for every par. PLUS, they all got $1000, for a hole-in-one. Today's only winner, Carol won a new $50 bill for a nice par, and, following "Goon" tradition, had to buy appetizers and drinks, for all. 'Twas alot of fun, I think, for everyone, and we are all looking forward to doing it again. MAYBE, Nate and Laura would like to try??? You never know...

Please, Hillary, pack it up...

That raucous laughter you hear in the background is coming from the likes of Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, President Bush and Senator McCain. They can’t believe their good fortune.
The issues still favor the Democrats. More and more Americans are losing their jobs, and many of those still employed are working fewer hours and cashing smaller paychecks. Vacation plans are being curtailed because of declining family income and sky-high gasoline prices. The value of the family home is eroding.
Instead of capitalizing on the political advantages presented by these issues, the Democrats, with their increasingly small-minded approach to this election, are squandering them.

This, from today's New York Times. SOOOO, true...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Am dragging today,

because I was flipping thru the channels last night and came across the Rockies game, tied at 0-0, in the eighth, and decided to watch the end. The Rocks scored one in the top of the 14th and the Padres tied it up in the 2nd half of the inning. Both teams stranded a bunch of runners at 2nd and 3rd, but no one could score. That is, until the 22nd inning, when 2 errors allowed the good guys to put their 2nd run on the board and they won, 2-1. Longest game in Rockies history, and longest in 15 years in the majors. Did rest my eyes quite a bit, but stayed with 'em 'til the end, at nearly 2:30. What an idiot....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bad times ahead?

NO SALES--After Six Months
"The Parade of Homes," which featured five display homes in the $2 million range in Southshore near Aurora Reservoir, illustrates the plight of the struggling, upper-end market in the suburbs.
More than six months after the end of the parade on Labor Day, none of the five homes has sold. One is in foreclosure. Another is expected to end up there after its builder dissolved his construction company.

This excerpt from the Rocky Mntn News says a lot. The POH homes used to sell quickly and for a lot of $, because of the prestige involved in owning a showhome like that. Now, in a micrcosm of the market, they are being foreclosed on, and the builders going out of business. A glimpse of things to come? I hope not, BUT I bet so.....

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

One more time,

for those of you who just don't get it. Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9-11. Iraq had NO WMD's. Bush attacked the 'oil basket' of the world, (OOPS, bad information) and SURPRISE, his 'big oil' buddies are suddenly billionaires. How can you not understand this sequence, as our country is being bankrupted by 'big oil'??? How can you be so gullible/stupid? Never mind. You are a Bush supporter. 'Nuf said....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Unusual day,

because it was so good. Hate to brag (kind of), but our foursome had a fantastic day on the links. Reilly, Homer, Webb and I, had even more fun than usual. Only played 27, unlike yesterday's 36, but was kinda special, not only cause the weather (78) was perfect, BUT, everyone was in fine form, with all the jokes and insults we do w/each other. Helped, cause I won some $$, but even if I hadn't, just being out on a BEAUTIFUL Colorado spring day, with my good buddies, made me glad to be alive. We all need days like this, and I hope y'all get your share. Life is good, if you give it a chance...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dishonest Dubya, Action Figure

Push the buttons. Listen to him lie, or say something stupid. http://www.peacecandy.com/gwbush/dishonestdubya/

Was just outside,

and talking with my neighbor, Phil Kennedy, over the fence. He's very Irish, and I mentioned I had just been to an Irish wake, and thought it was a good tradition. He then shared a pretty neat story. It seems his uncle is Jerry Kennedy, or Captain Kennedy, as I knew him, when I worked security for Barry Fey concerts. He, Jerry, ended up being head of vice and narcotics with the Denver Police Dept. We worked many concerts together and he always spoke when I saw him later. It seemed like he was at every concert, Broncos and Nuggets game, as part of his 'job'. So, Phil was saying when he was 13, his uncle, Jerry's brother, died and they had a 3 day wake at Phil's house. I knew Cap'n Kennedy was a friend of Elvis and had received a Cadillac and quite a bit of jewelry from him. Anyway, the first day of the wake, who shows up but 'The King' in a glittery jumpsuit, and wearing a shoulder holster and bulletproof vest, which he took off, and forgot in the front closet. A couple days later, Phil was home when Elvis showed up and collected his stuff. Phil said he was about 350 lbs. and really stoned the whole time, but insisted on paying for the whole thing and flew in his gospel singers for the funeral. Good story..

Friday, April 11, 2008

Nothing like a good funeral,

to get me to enjoy life, and Jack Reilly's was quite the event. Had never been to an Irish Catholic funeral/mass, and was quite impressed. Lots of good music, esp by the Irish tenor, and even heard Jack's recordings of his favorite Irish songs, sung by himself,before things started. I knew that the kids had a bit of a problem with 'the ol' man', and had heard many of the stories, but was still surprised when Patty, John and Ricks' older sister, explained that there was 'another Jack Reilly' that most people didn't know. It seems he was a mean drunk, and drank quite a bit, in his younger years. I had heard about the poem he wrote and sent to all his kids, entitled, "Not a Tear Will Be Shed, On the Day That I'm Dead." Seems he tried real hard to turn his life around, at age 60, and, bless his heart, seems like he did pretty good. All in all, an unusual, but interesting guy. I need a good funeral every once in a while, and this one was. Later that afternoon, I attended my first wake, an Irish tradition. After the stress of the funeral, everyone gets together for a drink, or two, and toasts the memory of the departed. An excellent tradition, I think, and hopefully, when the day comes, there will be a wake for me.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

More snow

continues to fall. Started last night and is still going. S'posed to be 70 Monday, and will be a nice change. Enough already, with the snow...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Here's a surprise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal employees charged millions of dollars for Internet dating, tailor-made suits, lingerie, lavish dinners and other questionable expenses to their government credit cards over 15 months, Congressional auditors say. Over 40%, of the billions of dollars charged on the credit cards, was 'not within established parameters'. SOOO, we're finding out that that the Bush administration is, down to the lowest level employees, WASTING our money. Wow! What a surprise....

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

In a typical example,

of the Bush administration 'fudging the facts', Condeleeza Rice testified before the 9-11 Commission that there was "nothing that suggested there was going to be a threat to the United States" in the Presidential Daily Briefing Document right before 9-11. However, Rice proceeded to admit that the title of the document was, "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States." Starting to see a pattern here?

New favorite,

(kinda) healthy snack. I say kinda, because with the salad dressing it isn't ideal, BUT it's good. Just get a head of Romaine lettuce and break off the leaves, fold and dip them in various combinations of salad dressing. Crisp, crunchy and tasty. Yummm

Thanks again, Ted

for loading our new ipod shuffle, which we won at Safeway last week. I love my 80 gig, and Carol's 8 gig, but this little 1 gig shuffle is the most fun I've had with music in a long time. 'Twas kind of a hassle getting it loaded, just 'cause I'm a little 'slow', but definitely worth it. Ted e-mailed his (outrageous) music collection and I spent about 3 hours selecting my favorite 200 songs. BUT, I selected them wrong on the Excel program, so nothing went thru. SO, I did it again, only taking about 2 1/2 hrs, AND I screwed it up again, not sending back a separate file. Third time was the charm. I now have 14 hours of my favorite music, playing randomly (or in order if I want). Lots of 'WOW' moments as I hear old and new favorites. Thanks again, Ted, for being patient with the old man.


If there is anything cuter than a six week old puppy, I'm not sure what it is. Went over to Matt's on Sunday afternoon and saw Belle's eight new arrivals. What a hoot! They played hard, then it was naptime. If I were in the market for a puppy, one of these guys would be it, BUT they have a way of growing into big dogs. Just not room for them here on the golf course.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Same girl,

different day. Sorry for boring y'all with memories (it's MY blog), but this pic (from Amalfi) also grabbed me as I multi-task this afternoon. Listening to I-pod, with golf on TV, as I play on my computer. Gonna leave soon to see Matt's eight, six-week old Lab puppies. Should be cute. Then off to Ted and Kari's for dinner. Later....

Not sure why,

but, as this picture flashed by on my screensaver, it kinda grabbed me. Took me back to the moment, and a bunch of emotions washed over me. The bittersweet, happy/sad feeling of the marriage of my only daughter. Looks like she's feeling something too. Love ya, pretty girl...

Saturday, April 05, 2008

My golf buddy,

(Click on pic, to enlarge)
John Reilly, was upset, a couple of weeks ago, because his sister, Patty, was invited to the Hollywood premiere of 'Leatherheads', (a movie whose script was written by their brother Rick, and bought, produced, directed and starred in, by George Clooney), and John wasn't (invited). SOOO, John decided to have his own premiere party, when "Leatherheads" opened here. Reserved a room at Gordon Biersch, got some movie posters, arranged drink and food specials, and had a party, with Rick wearing a leather helmet, for the opening. Rick was funny, his girlfriend really hot, and the get-together fun. I would love to say the movie was good, and it COULD have been, if they would have stayed with the original story (birth of the NFL in the 1920's), and a love story between Clooney and Rene Zelweiger, BUT, they went with a sideline, where a returning soldier (Jim, from 'The Office"), is caught in a lie about his military record. WHY?? Not sure who made the changes, but Rick, who had a cameo in the film, said it was only about half his original story line, and once they paid him, he had no control over it. Whatever, was a fun evening, and about as close as I'll ever get to the red carpet.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Another rock n roll memory

Actually three, from the same show. 'Twas in St Louis and The Who was on tour with an unknown (at least to me), opening act. Saw some 'kids'with an attitude, saunter onstage and Iwondered if they had any decent songs. Then they opened up with "Gimme Three Steps", and I was introduced to Lynard Skynard. The Who was actually a bit of disappointment after those wild-eyed southern boys rocked the house. Do remember, between shows, at the back door, an argument between some old guy, security guard, and some dude with a heavy British accent. The old guy was saying something like. "I don't care who you are, no one gets in without a pass." I checked it out, and there was Pete Townsend, in a long overcoat, trying to get back inside after going out, 'for a smoke'. I let him in and he said, "Thanks, mate, thought I was gonna have to go 'round front and buy a ticket". Townsend would always end the show, in his white jumpsuit, doing his helicopter riffs on "won't ggeett foooollled againnnn", then smash his guitar and kick it offstage as he left. This night, some jerk I'd had trouble with, earlier, got to it first and thought he had a souvenir. HA. As he left, I told him he had to return it, because The Who had a roadie who fixed the guitars before each show. He gave it to me and I kept it. For many years. Then, during a move, I looked at the smashed guitar, decided it wasn't worth keeping and tossed it. SMART. Who would have wanted one of Pete Townsend's smashed guitars???

Good picture, I think,

of my son Nate, on Easter morning. He not only makes great jelly, but fantastic beer. Will let you know about his wine when it is ready, which should be soon. Just a few of his many talents...

Bailey's sisters?

We know Bailey grew up on the mean streets of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and that she had some sisters she loved to play with. I found these Maine Coons and thought, "Maybe this is Bailey's family". Probably not, but wanted to share the picture. They look like trouble, right? But fun...

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Another RCM,

(that's rocking chair memory), of my neighbor and friend, Vern Rapp, who was a player, and coach, of the St Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, (when Pete Rose was there). Vern grew up in the same St Louis neighborhood as Yogi Berra, and they have been lifelong friends, as they have both been catchers and coaches in MLB. Anyway, Vern built a new house a few blocks north, and I haven't seen him for awhile, but we used to fish his property on the Poudre River above Ft Collins. Nearly all his fingers were crooked from being broken so many times, and he'd tell some great stories. Whatever, was just watching the Rockies open against the Cards, and thought about Vern. A pretty cool old guy, who was my next door neighbor and buddy for quite awhile...