Monday, May 30, 2011

A Memorial Day Rememberance...Andrew Guy Hanes.

Last year I put up a Tribute to a Korean War veteran...and my stepfather, Andrew Hanes.  Today on Memorial Day, I wanted to once again remember the man Guy Hanes was and the love he had for his wife...and my mother.   God Bless you Guy up There in Heaven.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

First BLOG of 2011...Just some musings.

Well folks, I've been writing some "Friday Musings" over on the Orange & Brown Report boards ( and thought I'd simply post those over here.    I've been putting pictures up from fun events last fall (ex: Browns vs Jaguars in Jacksonville, Nov 21st) on my Facebook and Photobucket accounts.  Might have to display a couple of those here.  Now on with the"musings".

From Browns vs Jaguars, Nov 21, Everbank Stadium:


Friday Musings, 21 January 2011:
-  Beginning to look more & more like its Dick Jauron for our defensive coordinator position.  So far Dawg Pound Nation seems to be pleased with the move.
-  Once again out in the California deserts close to Edwards AFB.  They got a rather spooky "aircraft boneyard" out here to see.
-  Well today is our mother-in-law's birthday.  Only gift idea I can think of she'd really like, a card with some money in it.  We'll try that this year.
-  Burrito Place:  In Eloy, AZ (I-10, exit 208), right across from the Pilot, there is a little food stand that makes the absolute best chicken burrito I've ever tasted.   Its called Rodriguez Taqueria.   Great food, and moderately priced as well.
-  The Buzzard:  Anybody remember the old WMMS Friday monologue by "The Buzzard"?
-  Wife forgot to take her phone to the horse barn.  Stayed out there most of the day working and nobody could get a hold of her.  She finally did call much to my relief.
-  Yes I know, time to update my sig line for 2011...that is if we have a 2011 season.
-  Along those lines, maybe no season for 2011 might be a good thing for the BROWNS.   With no football till 2012, we get two season's worth of draft picks, two seasons worth of FAs to improve the team.  Maybe just skip a 8-8 season and go directly to a 12-4 winning season in 2012 and playoff appearance.  Think about it.

Friday Musings, 28 January 2011:
-  Helped out at the barn today with the horses.  Oh what a fun job.
-  Glad to be home in Florida at this time of year.  That weather up north is just too cold for me bones anymore.
-  Sig line updated.   Decided to simply skip 2011 which will either be a lockout or a 8-8 Browns season and go directly to 2012 which should (finally) be a winning season and playoff berth for the BROWNS.
-  Anybody seen maxThiNG lately?  I know he's "retired" from board moderation but kinda miss the laughs from his usual insults.  He's kinda like the old fart living down the road we used to throw snowballs at as a kid (I know that is not right, just describing the situation).
- The first new prints from my landscapes photo collection are printed and mounted, ready for art show display.  (everyone who sees them says they're downright beautiful prints and will sell big time.  Still got hundreds to go though we'll print them a block or so at at time.  Spread out the expenditure over time.
- Along those lines, time to fire up the film scanner.  Have a lot of old (30 years old) B&W negatives I shot way back when which could be used, especially shots from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Anybody want a cat?  We got one around our house we'd like to rid ourselves of. (I'd prefer a Siamese cat myself or a dog).
- My annual visit to the eye doctor.  Easy to do since my opthamoligist happens to be a drop-dead beautiful lady (age 36 for those 2H club tards so wondering).
- Ordered new business cards from VistaPrint.  Great deal over Office Despot.err..Office Depot.
- Yes, its annoying to see Pittspuke back in the SB.  But I've made it a point to respect what they have accomplished (easier since I have quite a few friends & relatives who are Steeler fans) which helps lower blood pressure.  Not that this affects my desire in any way to see the BROWNS crush them the next time we play the Stoolers.
- Finally I do like the direction the BROWNS brain trust seems to be going this year so far.  We finally have a FO where everybody is going FORWARD in the same direction.   And the talent level isn't bare like it was back in the RAC days.  

- My first look & tryout of a Nook electronic book.  Now I want one.  Sheesh.

SPECIAL UPDATE: This Friday,  28 January 2011 is the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Disaster.  One of those events where everybody knew where they were and what they were doing.  As for me, I was at Kent State University and had just finished a computer systems class and was on my way to my car when my girlfriend caught up with me and broke the news.  We both went to my house in Aurora and watched the news coverage.

Here's a link to Michelle Malkin's Account of that day
73 Seconds,  25 Years.

And another photo from Browns vs Jaguars gameday:



Sunday, October 10, 2010


Well folks, today it is the BROWNS vs the Atlanta Falcons up at Cleveland Browns Stadium.  I'll have to catch the game on satellite radio but lookin forward to a REAL BIRD ROAST today.

Wolfgang Hank’s…Pumpkin Pie Season is here.
My goodness, Pumpkin Pie season is coming up here (starts in October and goes till Christmas).  So its time to dig up those nifty pumpkin pie recipes (and buy up those pre-made pie crusts) to make pumpkin pies.
And I always use REAL whipped cream for the toppings.  
Wonder if Wolfgang has a pumpkin pie recipie I could try this year.

Wolfgang Hank’s Smoked Salmon Pizzas, a rousing success.
Well folks, I made TWO smoked salmon pizzas, one that followed Wolfgang Puck’s recipe, the other was a offshoot of a Wolfgang puck pizza recipe that turned out delicious.

First, Wolfgang Puck’s recipe for smoked salmon/ dill cream pizza.
  • 6 6 6ounces OUNCE_Pizza Dough (see separate recipe)
  • 1 1 1tablespoon TABLESPOON Chili and Garlic Oil (see Sauces & Dressings)
  • 1/4 .25 .25cup CUP_USVolumethinly sliced red onion
  • 2 2 2tablespoons TABLESPOON Dill Cream (see Sauces & Dressings)
  • 2 1/2 2.5 2.5ounces OUNCE_thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 1 1 1teaspoon TEASPOON_chopped fresh chives.

Now the Wolfgang Puck inspired recipe for a tomato pesto, smoked salmon pizza:
  • 6 6 6ounces OUNCE_Pizza Dough (see separate recipe)
  • 1 1 1tablespoon TABLESPOON Chili and Garlic Oil (see Sauces & Dressings)
  • 1/4 .25 .25cup CUP_USVolumethinly sliced red onion.
  • ½ cup of fresh portabello mushrooms.
  • 1 small jar Classico Tomato pesto (you can substitute your favorite pizza sauce but the pesto really makes this pizza)
  • 2 1/2 2.5 2.5ounces OUNCE_thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 1 1 1teaspoon TEASPOON_chopped fresh chives.

Countdown, 43 Days until BROWNS vs. JAGUARS.
OK folks, the NFL game I’ll be going to on November 21st,  BROWNS vs Jaguars.   Hopefully both teams will bring a winning record to the game and make it one worth watching.   Got 8 tickets to the game (bought on NFL Ticket Exchange) and looks like we’ll have quite a group there.  Last time in 2008, I had four tickets when my mother, Kyrsten, Gigi and myself all went to the game.  This year add Mommy Tina, Laci (hopefully at age 6 ½ she’ll get something out of the game) and our neighbor Leslie with her friend Charly.
Now I had to wonder a bit about Leslie (a very beautiful 16 year old girl) sudden interest in Jaguars football.   Then it occurred to me, that game might be Military Appreciation Day.  And of course Jacksonville is a big military town and quite a few military folks from the local bases will make it to the game.

Including (and this is key) a large number of young (18-20 y/o), handsome U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marines.   Which now explains Leslie’s interest.  Oh my!!!!
Well you can’t fight romance now can we?  And look at it this way, these accomplished guys, heroes of our country are the kind of young men I would want my daughter interested in.  

A lot better than say some teenage horn-dogs at their high school.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hank - 38, DirecTV- 3: Got SUNDAY TICKET

Well folks, it took a little phone wait and had to get up to Level II (note, Moohead had to get to Level III) but I did get a handsome discount, a VERY handsome discount, off my DirecTV Bill and got the NFL Sunday Ticket for the upcoming BROWNS 2010, The PAYBACK the NFL GODS OWE CLEVELAND BEGINS Season.

And since my profession (that's a career profession you do everyday for pay for those here who still live in Mommy's basement) does take me on the road for some of those NFL weekends,  I got them to throw in the NFL Sunday Ticket TO-GO in......for........

Which means I'll now be able to watch the BROWNS pound the opponent live on my nifty laptop.   Heck I might install a larger hard drive and save entire BROWNS game to my disk for later viewing.

This all started when I got a nice little card from DirecTV offering me free movie channels for being a loyal butt-kis...err....customer since 2006.   Called them and told them since I never watch those movie channels (mostly still watch the NFL Channel,  Boomerang and Fox News), it doesn't do be a sweet-goodie two-poops good.  But I might be interested in the NFL Sunday Ticket for the right price.
And so it went.

OK so one week at least (maybe a few more) I won't be using my Sunday Ticket as I'm taking a nice size group to Everbank Stadium for the BROWNS vs. Jaguars (and maybe the BROWNS vs Dolphins as well) but then again if Everbank Stadium has a decent WIFI connection, I might be able to make good use of it even at the game.

Speaking of that game my wife and the kids are all going.  Gigi is particularly thrilled as she really had a blast at the 2008 game.  This will be Laci's first NFL game.   And two of our neighbors (Leslie and Charly) want to go as well. 
I didn't know Leslie was that into NFL football and the Jags in particular.    Well JAX being a big military town, it probably doesn't have anything to do with the fact that Everbank Stadium will be chock-full of young 18-20 y/o U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marines for the game......(EGADS!!!).pirate   Wouldn't be of interest to two very pretty girls now would it.  Of course not...............BULLSHEETS!!!!

A special thanks to Moohead who showed us all that with paitience, like negotiating for a new car, you can get yourself a gr8 deal.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Birthday Bash & Other Fun Stuff

1.  We just had a nice birthday party over the weekend which consisted of a pool party cookout at my mother in law's condo located on the banks of the Indian River (right across from downtown Cocoa, FL).   Of course plenty of family & friends showed up.   Great times, plenty of good cookout food (hot dogs, hamburgers, delicious baked beans, you know the works.   Oh a nice big thunderstorm did make its way thru the area which precluded some swimming but the huge rainstorm was very much welcome to a quite dry Brevard County.
Oh and in case you're wondering,  our lovely neighbor, Lisa (Leslie's older sister) turned 20.  I got her a ruby pendant from Arizona.  OK so its not quite the same ruby (corundum) that you get in the jewelry store but it is ruby (aka corundum), second hardest mineral after a diamond.

Oh and Laci figured that the dish of Brie cheese needed a little powdered sugar (intended for the strawberries) so she put it on.  Which of course made a chunk of that Brie cheese rather inedible.

2.  Gigi and Laci start back to school next Monday (August 9th).  Gigi going into 5th grade while Laci enters the first grade.   At at above mentioned party, we had Gigi's new teacher along with his family at the party.

3.  After what, 12 years of service, the old 1998 GMC van has been traded in (wholesaled due to its age) and we bought a new 2010 Nissan.   Nice thing about this vehicle, the AC really works swell.
NOTE, the Stang, which spends a lot of time in the garage (being babied) still runnin well.  I'll be replacing (whenever I get around to it) the head unit of the radio as the CD player has conked out.  Looking to get something that can play digital music (MP3s, etc).
Oh and our lovely 16 year old neighbor Leslie is nuts about the car.  Now that she has her license, she wants that "puuurty little black car" so that her and her friends can go cruisin.  Great just what I needed, our neighbors at that car-lovin age all wanting my well-preserved car.
(I have been tempted though by the new 2010 Mustang GT with its 412 HP engine).

4.  Got the girls (Gigi, Lacy and Ilyanna some really nice native Arizona magnetic jewelry (made by an 84 year old Arizona artisan).   The girls all go nuts over it, in fact they fight over who gets what piece of jewelry.  Oh the joys of parenthood.

5.  I've given some thought to some decent nicknames for the new Browns rookies.  Actually somewhat easy this year.  How about:
- Joe "Night Train" Haden (that's got a original ring to it eh?)
- TJ "The Assassin II"  Ward
-  Colt 45 McCoy  (geez, can I come up with them or what).
Yeah, I know, real original huh?   Hopefully this year's crop of rooks will live up to their draft billing.  Seem you could categorize all the "new" Browns drafts from 1999 thru 2006 complete flops.

Of coruse B-Greg has suggest some nickname for all the Browns draft picks from 1999-2006.... "bust", "flopsie", WOM (waste of money), etc.

6.  HANK'S GROOVEYARD UPDATE:  Well,  here's one from the Grooveyard which will get our feet movin, 
After Dark by Pattie Brooks: /

And a dedication to our neighbor Leslie,  a nifty song from the soundtrack of Little Darlings,
Shake It,  by Ian Matthews.

7.  FILM SCANNER UPGRADE:   OK, I'm now evaluating a new 110 film holder designed specifically to work with the FH-869G on my Nikon 9000ED scanner.  This holder is supposed to work much better with the VueScan software than the earlier FS-816 holder (Why VueScan can't seem to make its software work better with the FH-816 holder is beyond me but I do like this new 110 holder from FilmScanUSA.  Running it thru its tests this week, we'll see how well it works.

UPDATE, Well it took a couple of tries but I did get the new holder working and it seems to work as advertised.  Thought at first the scan were not as good as the scans done earlier with the FH-816 (using the same 110 frames for comparison).  But set the scan passes to 4 and it gets great 110 scans.  Plus I now can do 110 frames in batch mode, saving a lot of time.
I'd still like to see somehow if I could also get the FH-816 to work that way as well using corresponding scan parameters.  Must keep in mind though when the scanner accepts the FH-816, it thinks it is going to scan 16mm movie film.
(Now whoever at Nikon though there would be such a demand for scanning old 16mm movie frames (those horrid movies we used to have to watch back in junior high and high school)?   Hint, there is no demand.  How may regular folks have a bunch of old 16mm movie frames laying around as precious memories.  Far more old 110 film still around in people's closets and all).

8.  AN IDEA FOR PANCREATIC CANCER FUNDRAISING: We're floating the idea to Lisa Niemi (widow of Patrick Swayze) for helping to raise funds for the Pancreas Cancer Center at Stanford University.  This consists of getting the movie Skatetown USA (Swayze's first feature role film) released onto DVD and Blu-Ray with all sales proceeds going to the Pancreas Cancer Center. 
For those who are wondering, apparently music rights for release on DVD seem to be holding up any release by Sony/Columbia.  And the soundtrack to Skatetown USA has quite a few hit songs from 1979 on it which normally would make it quite expensive to obtain DVD release musical rights. Our idea is to approach the musical artists involved and see if they would donate their music rights permissions as long as all resulting proceeds go to pancreatic cancer research.   Hey, its an idea and everybody wins.

And that's it for now but I'll probably think of something nice I can put on this week's BLOG update.  It will be added later.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

On the Edge of BROWNS 2010

Well folks, here it is, the edge of the 2010 Cleveland Browns NFL season. Browns Training camp has already opened for rookies. As for me, I keep on keeping on knowing that God is in control and I know where I'm eventually headed, even if the path there (to Jesus Heavenly Kingdom) looks like a mountain to climb

NEW FILM SCAN EQUIPMENT: Well after using Nikon's FH-816 holder in the 9000ED scanner for how long, I'll be trying out a new 110 film holder for the Nikon. Made by FilmScanUSA, this could be the holder that makes 110 negative scans so much easier.
Problem with the old FH-816 is that either with VueScan or the Nikon software, framing what you want to scan is a tricky process. I won't bore all you with details. Especially since VueScan's frame offset settings in the newer VueScan versions seem to have no effect (In the older 8.41 version, the offset setting adjusted the scan but now that seems to have stopped working). I've heard some good things about the new holder, let's see if they're true .

Night at the Observatory: Over the July 4th weekend, we had a visit from Carolyn Tallman and her two kids Meg and Joe Jr. (Wish Joe could have made it, he had a operation done on his leg recently and couldn’t make the drive from St. Petersburg). After a nice dinner at Thai Thai in downtown Cocoa (along with Marti), we were invited by Carolyn to join them at the Brevard Community College Observatory for a nifty laser light show in the planetarium. Now I’ve been to a couple of the observatory events (the Mars viewing thru their big scope and a planetarium show) and this show was really nifty. Meg (age 7) really enjoyed the show. Makes for a nice educational field trip. Now we have to get Gigi, Laci and Mommy Tina there for a show. (Gigi is visiting Aunt Holly out in California until August so we'll have to wait till then).

Speaking of Gigi, she wants to play soccer this coming fall (in lieu of Pop Warner cheerleading) so we’ll have our hands full this coming fall. That and my Cleveland Browns on Sundays.

New power pack for laptop: If there’s one thing about these laptops that really drives me bananas, it is how the power packs always seem to break at the wrong times. Now I’m shopping around for a replacement power pack for the laptop. Oh mine still works but it has a intermittent break in the wire near the plug which causes it to cut out on occasion. Not fun when you discover that your laptop wasn’t charging up because the power pack wire was screwed up.

No power at the horse barn AAARGH!!!: Two weeks now and the owners of the horse barn where we keep our horses still hasn’t got the electricity going? I’m wondering what the heck is going on? I suspect they (the owners) are saving money by not having the electricity running. Never mind the horses are suffering in this Florida heat.

From Hank's Grooveyard: I'm not much of a Madonna fan but a couple of her songs I really like, including this one from my junior year in college (1987), "Who's That Girl".

A question I found myself asking quite a bit during my junior year. Now I was engaged to be married at the time but wouldn’t you know, it seemed like every young college freshman girl (and one high school cheerleader) had their sights on yours truly. Which of course left me asking on a number of occasions who’s that girl?

(Now where were they when I was 16 and in a dry spell for a time?).

Usually I include a musical link here but can't seem to find one for this song. But there's this Wiki article on the song

But the memories that year, a slave in the computer lab, my 85 Mustang GT (which my then girlfriend always seemed to be snatching away and driving home to her house, leaving me her car at my dorm) and those dreaded Calculus homework assignments (I knew I should have went the Business Admin route in Computer Science instead of the pure Math/Computer Science).

Oh and for my Birthday: Well that dreaded birthday is coming up. Dear Lord, how bout a new Canon digital SLR for my photo business? Fat chance.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Special Salute to a Korean War Veteran.

It was sixty years ago this past June that marked the beginning of the Korean War in which the United Nations, spearheaded mostly by U.S. troops defended South Korea against a Communist invasion from the north. One of the most decisive battles of this war, the Battle of Chosin Reservior in which 30,000 UN troops fought their way out of a trap in which they were surrounded by 60,000 Chinese and North Korean troops.

One of the American troops who fought his way out of that deathtrap was my step-father and husband of 30 years to my mother, Andrew Guy Hanes. On this, the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Conflict, I pay a special salute to my late step-father (he passed away in July 2006) as one U.S. Military Veteran to another U.S. Military Veteran. Not only was Guy (as we called him) a outstanding U.S. Army officer at one time, he was a loving and caring husband to my mother (they met in mid-1975 and married in the fall of 1976 if memory serves me correctly).

Here's a family picture from 1995-1996 or so. Guy Hanes is in front, second from the left. That's me there in front in the turquoise-blue shirt.

And another photo of "Grampa Guy" with my mother and his grandchildren..

Nowadays, Lt. Andrew G. Hanes is in the care of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven. God Bless you Guy and THANK YOU so much for your service in the Korean War.