Busy Day at the Aquarium Today

The flood waters have receded and this is the first week for the new Penquin exhibit at the Newport Aquarium.  This is a must see and as you can see from this picture – a LOT of people have come out to see it.

Today I had a Zebra Shark give me a head butt right in the ribs.  Wonder if he needs glasses?

Norm Made My Day

My friend Norm called this evening and asked if he could come over. Of course I said yes. What a fantastic surprise he brought. You see, when Joyce and I were in Israel, I had a beer that I just loved. I’ve got to say first that I am NOT a connoisseur of beers. In fact, most beers taste a little unpleasant to me. When I was young I remember being told it was an acquired taste. Well guess what – I never acquired the taste. Anyway, this Israeli beer is called Goldstar. And, Goldstar beer I was just crazy about. I had it several times while there and was disappointed when we returned home to find out I could not find it anywhere in Cincinnati. So, lo and behold, Norm comes in my front door with a shipping box under his arm and presents it to me. What a fantastic surprise when I opened it to find bottles of GOLDSTAR beer. Fantastic. Can’t wait to drink it. Thank you Norm.


Read any good books lately

I’m reading a terrific book by Pat Conroy – South of Broad. This might be my second most favorite book of all times.At any time I’m usually reading 2 books – one on my Kindle and listening to one on my iPod. I’ve probably said this before but a good reader can add an entire dimension to almost any book – really bringing it to life. A book like South of Broad should be listened to – not read in print. Mark Deakins is the reader on this book and a gentle Charleston accent adds to this experience in a large way.[cid:image001.jpg@01CBE5C7.7828BF20]

Business strong @ Apple

Joyce & I went to the mall to get the new iPad but they we’re sold out. In addition, there was a line out in the mall of people waiting just in case they receive a new shipment today. We got a new iPod instead.

Thanks for electing me to be the new President of www.CINPA.org

Movie Review – The American

I do not see a lot of movies and this one reminds me why.  We went with some friends this week to see The American.  It must be one of the worst movies of the year.  Just imagine 2 hours of head shots of George Clooney, a little bit of sex and no dialog.  I just checked imbd and there were actually 2 writers on this movie – a novelist and a screen writer.  The screen writer must have had a pretty easy job – there was nothing to write.

If you have a different opinion – or a similar opinion – I would like to hear from you.


Recertifying for our EFR – Emergency First Responder.

TomTom Again?

So, in case you didn’t read my TomTom stuff from about 4 months ago and earlier – TomTom sent me a total of 6 replacement units for my 740 Go Live GPS.  The main issue was that the Live Services would not work for me – even though in the very beginning they had worked.  About Mid-March they got me a system that worked.

That is it worked until a couple days ago.  I tried several times to call technical support.  Long hold times (with awful MOH), and messages left that were not returned.  Finally, today, I did get through to a support person.  After guiding me through a few temps to restart the device she told me that my SIM card was not activated.  She claimed to activate it and voila – now it is working.

All this person copped to was that my SIM card was not activated.  She did not take notice or seem to care that my device had been working for several months so obviously my SIM card HAD been working and she did not express any concern that somehow my SIM card became ‘not activated’.

Anyone Know this Attack Bird?

We (Lola and I) have seen this bird many times on our morning walks.  It seems to hang out near the Hyde Park Library.  Several times it has dive bombed me from behind.  It makes swooping dives right at my head and just does a near miss.  I can feel the ‘concussion’ of the air waves since it comes so close without yet hitting.

This morning after the first attack it retreated and then attacked several additional times.  I must have looked nuts to anyone watching because I was swinging the free end of Lola’s leash in the air to deflect the attacks.

I took the picture of the bird perched on the wire.  I found the second picture on-line – it seems to look like what we saw.  Let me know what you think.

HOV – Qualifies or not???