In the southern US, one can tell it is winter based on people wearing sweaters or scarves outside office buildings. It is summer based on people wearing sweaters or scarves inside office buildings.
Driving off from brunch downtown, I followed these three (well, five) for several miles. My motorcycle gang expertise being extremely limited, I used the power of Google to see just what notorious trouble these people have caused. Brawls? Drug dealing? Executions? Terrorism? Probably not Hell’s Angels league but there must be dozens of organizations from forking and the popularity of badassness.
Gunfighters MC appears to be:
Original Gunfighters MC World is a male only international retired and active law enforcement motor cycle club.
It was definitely great weather for a bike ride.
In retrospect, yellow and blue do not really seem like the colors of someone seeking to intimidate.
P.S. The end scene of Ocean’s Thirteen where the beat up hotel rating guy wins a million dollars from Rusty’s playing the cheat code was filmed in front of the gate where my plane left Las Vegas from BbWorld in 2008. Maybe it is a sign I should go to BbWorld 2011 also in Las Vegas?
I grew up south of the snow line. Maybe that was something my mother invented? Columbus, Macon, Augusta, usually known as the Piedmont Line, for us was the snow line. She watched the Weather Channel every day, so she would groan at all the near misses. She would contemplate driving north to catch it, but for some reason we never went. She was also the one checking outside every hour until 1am looking for flurries.
A selling point of moving to the snow side of the snow line was the prospect of actually getting to see snow.
So it surprises me when people on the snow side of the snow line complain about moving there from some place further north because it almost never snows in the south. Especially when in the past year we had a couple inches Feb 2010, a dusting in Mar 2010, a flurry in Dec 2010, and maybe an inch at Christmas. (I was not here for the Christmas one.) Since I have moved here we have had at least an inch of either snow or ice in 2007, 2009, 2010 x2, and now 2011.
Given all the snow we have had in the past twelve months, I would think the future prospects of us having more snow are pretty good for more in the next couple months. Normal snowfall periods for Athens is mid January to first week of March. By the way, average is supposed to be about 2.4 inches a year.
Last night I read Uncle Bill’s Christmas letter. He mailed it, but he apparently doesn’t have my postal address so I got the electronic version. Woohoo! His letter recaps the year for his family. Do any of you have such a tradition? Or a family member who does? Oddly my blog doesn’t provide much basis as it is devoid of personal information.
So here goes….
Mom went off to Houston in January to consult with one of the best doctors in the country about a health issue. How things fell into place to allow her to get better amazed me daily. I got to grandparent sit for a week where I made Nannie tell stories so I could post them on Youtube. 😀
William married Nicole, his high school sweetheart. I finally have a sister. It rained on us briefly, so if you are into superstitions, that means either: 1) kids, 2) money, or 3) good luck.
I met Dad’s girlfriend, Sally, this year. She is definitely very nice. I’m happy with the match.
My only New Year’s Resolution for 2008 was to read 25 books this year. I completed that goal back in October. I’m thinking for 2008 to do a similar resolution. This time I’ll count up the number of pages and set a goal to read 20% more pages.
Some fellow Flickr users started an Athens Flickr Meetup. I’m hoping this is something to continue in 2009 as the weather improves. (Though who knew Georgia would be 20 degrees Farenheit above normal in December?)
Adrianne and Britt asked me to be the photographer for their wedding. I spent hours looking at professional photographer portfolios for ideas about what I should capture. You see, while I do have a camera, I had never really taken photos at a wedding. Heck, few people invite me to weddings, so I was a little unclear what happens. In the end, I think it all turned out pretty well. Adrianne is happy. So I am happy. Working in computers became a profession because it was a hobby. Maybe photography will end up the same in the end? Posted 840 photos to Flickr this year. Started freelovephotography.com to show off my photography.
Las Vegas in July? Dumb. Star Trek: The Experience made my geeky heart soar.
NCC-1701-D @ ST: TXP
BEA rejected this bid. So did PeopleSoft at first, but Oracle got them anyway.