Fall 2006



Fall/Autumn 2006 is officially over....this is the archive version of our Fall 2006 sub-web.......

This is this archive version of our Fall 2006 sub-web....check out the season that was......


As with previous years, here are a few questions regarding Fall/Autumn 2006....

  1. When will the first frost of the season occur??? Answer: The first hard freeze occurred on October 1, 2006.

  2. When will we get the first snow of the season??? Answer: While it did not accumulate, the first flurries flew on Saturday, October 21.

  3. How much snow will we get for the season??? Answer: Just a trace...thus far, nothing measurable!!!!!

  4. For how much longer will we be able to wear shorts and other summer like clothes??? Answer: See above!!!!

  5. Will Nebraska be in the College Playoff's???? Answer: Sort of...they play in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 2007.

  6. Who will we be at war with????? North Korea and/or Syria or Iran???? Answer: Syria looks like it may have avoided the bullet of regime change (at least for the time being). But, Iran looks increasingly threatening and North Korea is just as whacky as ever!!!!

  7. What will be the body bag count from Iraq???? Answer: For the US, 2,979 confirmed dead. The number of Iraqi civilian deaths is completely unknown......

  8. Will there be an Iraqi government in Iraq [as opposed to the US installed government]???? Answer: There is a government in place (if you can call it that). It is so riven by sectarian influences that it's hard to determine which militia it works for from any day-to-day. What is know is that it is Shiite controlled and owes its power and allegiance to the mullahs in Iran!!!!

  9. How many hurricane's will we have this season??? How many more screw ups will Bush and his Republican lapdogs make of disaster relief??? Answer:  Actually, this one is a good news story. There were no major hurricanes in the Fall season....mind, not that Bush and Co can claim credit for it!!!!

But wait, more than these questions will be answered (and I have no clue as to what other questions will be answered) by the end of Fall!!!!.

Anyway, here are the Fall/Autumn activities from the Burton's of Omaha....

September 22, 2006

Yep, the official start of Fall/Autumn 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 

It's that time of year again.....it's time for this uniquely American annual tradition. The little monsters actually get points for dressing up as monsters and wondering from house to house to "trick or treat". ....

This year, the webmaster was actually home in Omaha. With Lisa delayed at school due to a work meeting, the webmaster had the task this year of dealing with the 30-40 trick-or-treaters we received. Given the temperature that evening [32F or 0C], we were surprised that we didn't have even more of them.

Anyway, by 8pm it was all over and Lisa and the webmaster were finally able to sit down and have a meal. Then, it was a standard Halloween evening of watching really bad horror movies on every channel.....

And so goes on Fall 2006.....

Tuesday, November 7, 2006: Election Day:

The annual "pick a candidate to vote for" day. But, this year it was of absolutely critical importance as control of both the house and the senate up for grabs. As much as Bush and Co tried to avoid it, this election was really a referendum on Bush's Iraq policy as well as the Republican parties corruption and arrogance. And boy did the American people send a message. The republication party were decimated, losing control of both houses and a slew of state government offices!!!!!

The make up of the new congress, compared with the previous congress is as follows:




  New Congress Gain/Loss New Congress Gain/Loss New Congress Gain/Loss

51 6 231 30 28 6

49 -6 199 -29 22 -6

0 0 0 -1 0 0

Every exit and opinion polls have shown that the republicans were decimated for the following reasons:


Bush and his Iraq Policy


Endemic corruption among the republican party, up to and to including bribe taking and preying on young congressional Paige's


Moral hypocrisy by the republican majority and leaders


The explosion of the budget deficit

Lets just hope that the new Democratic majority heads the message of the American people and don't go back to their good old ways. They have to remember that if they screw up, then the people who voted them in can just as easily vote them back out again!!!!!

Also, the first Tuesday in November is when the Melbourne Cup Race is held down under. Personally, we think that the outcome of the horse race has far more meaning that the annual election day this year.

And, the winner this year was.....a horse....this time is was a Japanese trained horse called Delta Blues

And that was election day 2006.......

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

 It's the webmasters birthday....where will be and what will we do!!!!.....Alas, as with the two previous years, the webmaster was in Valparaiso for his birthday. He hasn't been home in Omaha for his birthday since 2003. While he may not have been at Omaha with Lisa, he did get the birthday present he wanted this year.....namely, the decimation of the Republican's in the mid-term congressional elections...so, one out of two ain't too bad!!!!!

November 23, 2006, Thanksgiving:

Ahh...gobblers day. Not a good time of year to be a turkey. You definitely now that Fall is upon you with a vengeance when Turkey Day arrives. You also know that Christmas is not too far around the corner....which means that the annual shopping frenzy is about to begin!!!! Millions of people in crowded malls....what a treat!!!. This is also the busiest travel period of the year, eclipsing Christmas with some 38.3 million Americans traveling more than 50 miles over the Thanksgiving period.....including some 25 million airline passengers. Needless to say, the airports will be crowded, made even more chaotic with the new carry-on baggage requirements. Luckily, however, both the webmaster and Lisa were both at home, so be avoided all the travel congestion!!

Anyway, as usual, Lisa's parents, Lisa and Slim Thuente spent thanksgiving with us. However, rather than travel on the Wednesday before, they elected to drive from Sterling to Omaha on Thanksgiving day itself thereby avoiding any traffic.   

As usual for this time of year, gone are the lazy, hazy days of summer. All the weather now consists of is grey, overcast skies with the ever present threat of snow [luckily, this year, we've had no appreciable snow falls thus far]. What means, to the unappreciative, is that all the foliage on the trees, as well as the flowers, are dead. It will not be too long before the grass finally goes formant.....

As with prior years, before Slim and Lynne arrived, there was a mad flurry of cleaning at the Burton's, just to prove that we do know how to have a tidy house....

And so, after a morning of mad cleaning (and watching football...another Thanksgiving tradition), it was time for Slim and Lynne to arrive and for the obligatory turkey dinner....

After supper, clean-up and the obligatory football game, it was time for the playing cards to come out for game or two of Euchre. By the way, on Thanksgiving, the boys [Slim and the webmaster won, 2-1].

Friday was the typical shopping after Thanksgiving...enough said about that. However, during the course of the afternoon, Slim and the Webmaster did get to see the last half of the Nebraska-Colorado game, which Nebraska won 37-14. During the course of the day (actually, late in the afternoon), we obtained a new painting and mirror for our living room (which has been bare since we had the inside painted back in 2004).

Saturday  was more of the same, except that we started a lot later (i.e., 2pm rather than 10am). That evening, after church and dinner at the new Bianco's restaurant, it was back home for some more Euchre...this time, however, the girls' [Lisa and Lynne] whopped the guys 3-0. Oh well, that's life at cards....

As Sunday dawned, it was time for Slim and Lynne to head back to Sterling. However, before they left, it was time to put the new painting and mirror up on the walls.

With that achieved, Slim and Lynne departed Omaha for Sterling. The weather was closing in fast (snow and freezing rain was forecast for I-80) and they wanted to miss both the weather and the heavy traffic associated with the Sunday after Thanksgiving [they left at 11am and arrived back in Sterling about 4pm].  And so, that was Thanksgiving 2006....

And on rolls Fall 2006....


December 2006: Christmas Parties

Well, with the passing of Thanksgiving, it's officially the start of the annual silly season. Basically, you can forget about getting anything done work wise. So, it's time to party....

This was a very sedate year for Christmas parties. In fact, it was very, very quiet. Not many people we know were feeling in an exactly "ho, ho" mood, so things were pretty quiet. In fact, Lisa and the webmaster only went to two [2] official Christmas parties this year.

The first party was for Lisa's school(s), Omaha Heating School and Western Hills on Friday, December 15, 2006

The second party was the annual Lighthouse Bar & Grill Christmas party, which is always a riot!!!!

And those were our parties for Christmas 2006...

And with the end of the Christmas party season, it was time to bid farewell to Fall 2006.....

December 22, 2006: End of Fall/Autumn:

We will have officially survived Fall/Autumn 2006. And on marches winter 2007!!!!

Before we do the weather stuff for Fall/Autumn 2006, here are our travel statistics for the season that just was.....

Date Airline Origin Destination Flight Status Reason Added Bonus
Friday, September 29, 2006 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Monday, October 09, 2006 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL 10 minutes Early Unknown None
Thursday, October 19, 2006 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Monday, November 06, 2006 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None
Friday, November 17, 2006 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE One Hour Late Unknown None
Monday, December 04, 2006 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None
Friday, December 15, 2006 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE 10 Minutes Late Unknown None

While these numbers were a dammed sight better than last year, they are still not what you would classify as stellar....

And, now, without further ado, here are the season statistics for Fall/Autumn 2006.

Category Date High Temperature (F) Low Temperature (F)
Coldest Day December 7, 2006 21F 6F
Warmest Day October 3, 2006 91F 62F

The average high and lows for Fall/Autumn 2006:

Category Temperature (F)
Average High Temperature 55F
Average Low Temperature 35F

Finally, for those of you that are really interested in the weather, here is the daily, maximum and minimum, temperatures for Omaha over Fall/Autumn 2006.

This should keep you "weather nuts" happy for a while. Remember, people from down under, all temperatures are in F.

So, that's pretty much our Fall/Autumn 2006. Alas  therefore, this will probably be the last update for season 2006. (unless we remember something really fantastic that happened!!!).  Yo'all come back, ya hear!!!!!

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