Winter 2006

Winter 2006 is officially over....check out our season 2006 activities before they are archived.....

Yes, Winter 2006 has been and is the archive version of our Winter 2006 activities.....

But, as with normal seasons, we had a couple of questions to be answered over winter.

  1. Will we have white Christmas: Answer: Sort of. See below for details!!!!

  2. What will we do for New Years: Answer: As usual, absolutely nothing!!!

  3. Who will win the Super Bowl: Answer: Steelers!!!

  4. How much snow will we get for the season: Answer: 15.6" of the white stuff, and 11" of that fell during the last two days of Winter 2006 (March 19  and 20)!!!!!!

  5. How many snow days will we get: Answer: Lisa had two snow days this season. They were on Monday and Tuesday March 20th and 21st respectively....what a way to close out Winter 2006

  6. What will be the lowest temperature: Answers: See below for details...

  7. Who we be at war with Will it be Syria, North Korea or Iran. Maybe all three!!!! Who knows with Bush and Co.: Answers: No one yet, but Bush et al are moving towards some sort of show down with Iran...just give time!!!!!

  8. What will the state of Iraq be like: Answer:  See Below for details!!!!


And so, without further ado, here are our planned activities for Winter 2006...

December 22-28, 2005: Sterling, Illinois

On Wednesday December 21, Lisa and the webmaster began their annual sojourn across to Sterling, IL, to spend Christmas with Lisa's parents. As usual, on the way to Sterling, we stopped off in Moline, IL, to catch up with Lisa's good friend Nancy. We also had to stop at the Belgium Village Inn for some of their enormous Rubin sandwiches...they are enormous, but sooo good (enough for two meals for the webmaster)....

After a very pleasant evening with Nancy, it was time to actually head out to Sterling. As in keeping practice with our previous trips, here are the highway oddities we encountered. Don't forget to check out the Highway Oddities sub-web for definitions....


Description Cop Boat Tow Truck Golf Cart Jet Ski Car in Ditch House Motor bike School Bus Snow Mobile Deer Odd Things What the ??? Hitchhiker ATV
Enroute to Moline, IL 7 8 3 1 2 7 5 6 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
To Sterling, IL 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

And so onto Sterling, where we spent the next couple of days just chilling out, playing cards and eating, all in preparation of Christmas. The webmaster thinks her personally put on 10-15 pounds in the three days just before Christmas....Anyway, when we arrived in Sterling, there was lots of snow on the ground. As there was no snow forecast for Christmas, we decided [actually, the webmaster did] to take some photos to show what a "white Christmas" would/should of looked like...and, here they are:

On Sunday, December 25, Christmas rolled on. Lisa's brother Ross, his daughter Paige, and Ross's friend Barb, congregated at Lisa's parents house for the traditional Christmas about a lot of food!!!! Here are some more photos:

On Monday, December 26, it was time for the rest of the Thuente clan to arrive for the rest of the official Christmas.....

And so, that was Christmas 2005. While there wasn't any snow falling on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, there still was some of the white stuff on the ground. And with the end of the festivities on Tuesday, December 26, Christmas 2006 officially draws to a close!!!!

However, before we left Sterling, we needed to take some photos of the "mobile" office the webmaster had to create in order for him to remain in contact with work. This just goes to prove that we can junk just about any room in any home...

And so, on Wednesday, December 28, Lisa and the webmaster departed Sterling for the boring car ride back to Omaha. Here are the final "Highway Oddities" for 2005...


Description Cop Boat Tow Truck Golf Cart Jet Ski Car in Ditch House Motor bike School Bus Snow Mobile Deer Odd Things What the ??? Hitchhiker ATV
Enroute to Moline, IL 4 5 6 1 0 21 1 4 2 4 0 0 0 0 11

And on rolls Winter 2006....

Wednesday, December 28, 2005: Nebraska Alamo Bowl

After a wonderful car trip back to Omaha, Lisa and the webmaster decided to head up to our local bar to watch Nebraska play in the Alamo Bowl against Michigan in San Antonio, Texas. To everyone's surprise, Nebraska actually won, 32-28....

Unless something really important or earth shattering happens, this will be our last posting for 2005. Have a safe New Years!!!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2005 New Years Eve

Where will we be??? What will we be doing????

As with previous years, the Lisa and the Webmaster spent a very quiet night at home. Yes, we did go for a quick drink in the afternoon, but that was about it. Long before the night became "amateur night", we we're back at home watching DVD's and staying safe, off the roads....

And so, it's official, it is now 2006...

Thursday, February 2, 2006

What will the oversized rodent see this year. Does it really matter!!!!!! Not likely.

Well, as usual, the oversized rodent saw it's flipping shadow [mind you, it always does...].


So, you ask, what does that mean for us here in Omaha. Well, given the weather we've been having this season, it could mean anything. We could get rain, snow, sunshine, whatever. No mater what the sit says, there are still six more weeks of winter...



As usual, on rolls Winter 2006....

Sunday, February 5, 2006 Super Bowl

Winter 2006 marches on....Super bowl Sunday!!!!. The day where most women prefer to not see any males at all. The day that over $10B dollars is waged on bets varying from who will to who will win the coin toss,  to who will score first and who will get the first "first down".

As with previous years, we watched the Super Bowl with a few friends up at our favorite watering hole, Lighthouse Bar & Grill.

While we have no clue who won the bet for the coin toss, score, penalty or whatever, we do know who won the actual game....go Pittsburgh Steelers!!!!

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

21 10

Tuesday, February 14, 2006:

Yes, the world's most famous Hallmark Day. Also proudly sponsored by chocolate companies and flower shops.  Where will we be??? What will we be doing????

Alas, as with last year, the Webmaster was tuck in Valparaiso, Indiana, while Lisa spent Valentine's Day in Omaha. Mind you, we did get to celebrate Valentine's Day the following Friday when the Webmaster got to escape from Valparaiso. Also, he at least did remember to send flowers to Lisa.....

And so marches on Winter 2006.....

Friday, February 24, 2006: : Excuse for a Beer

This was just an excuse to go out and have a beer [and/or other alcoholic beverage]. Also, this was the last Friday Lisa and the Webmaster could drink before the start of Lent on March 1st [Ash Wednesday]. Anyway, that's our story and we're sticking to it!!!

As with anything associated with the Omaha Burton's, we of course stayed out far too late and paid the price the next day. But, that's life in the big city [well, okay, mid-sized city].

On rolls Winter.....

Monday, March 6, 2006: : Lawrence "Pat" Couch Jr

On Tuesday, February 28, 2006, Lisa and the Webmaster were very saddened to hear of the death of a very good friend at The Lighthouse Bar and Grill. We had known Pat Couch from 1999, when Lunkers Sports Bar & Grill first opened. He had been very sick since December 2005. His wake was held on Sunday, March 5, and the funeral was held on Monday, March 6, 2006.

Here is the Obituary published in the Omaha World Herald:

Lawrence "Pat" Couch Jr.

COUCH-Lawrence, Jr. (Pat), age 65. Preceded in death by parents, Pat and Helen Couch; nephew, James Grady Couch. Survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Bonnie Couch, Robert and Suzanne Couch; sister and brother-in-law, Geri and Verlyn Kroon; 9 nieces and nephews, and many other loving family and friends.
SERVICES Mon 10:30am, 72nd St. Chapel to Holy Name Church at 11am. Interment Calvary Cemetery. WAKE SERVICE Sun 4pm, 72nd St. Chapel. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES
1010 North 72nd St., 391-1664


Pat was an ex-soldier (three times), an ex-priest in training (twice), actor (he worked extensively at The Omaha Playhouse), singer (he loved karaoke and did a mean Frank Sinatra impersonation) and one hell of a great Santa Klaus (kids loved him). But, more importantly, he was our friend. His grace and gentle sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Of all the epitaphs for Pat, both Lisa and the Webmaster feel it should be Pat's trademark song...New York, New York.

Start spreading the news
I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
And make a brand new start of it
New York, New York
I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York.

I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York.




Lawrence "Pat" Couch Jr, 1940-2006.....Rest in Peace....

Unfortunately, on goes Winter 2006...

Tuesday, March 6 - Thursday, March 9, 2006: Hospital Visit

Unfortunately, just when things were going so well, the webmaster had to screw things up. The day after Pat's funeral [see above], the webmasters throat decided to remind the webmaster of it's presence. Mind you, the webmaster is not asking for, nor expecting, sympathy. This was a direct result of dinking too much non-alcoholic beer the day the before [Sunday], missing meals [diet], over indulgence the afternoon of Pat's funeral and, finally, taking incorrect over the counter pain killers [Advil, which is a blood thinner, versus Tylenol which is not].

Whatever the reason, or cause, the webmaster had to spend 48 hours in the Methodist Hospital in Omaha, while they pumped him full of fluids [to compensate for lost fluids] and heavy duty anti-acid drugs. Oh what fun!!!! But, at least they're now starting to get my hospital visits down to a fine art......

After a couple of days back at Omaha recuperating from the fun "trip" to Hospital, it was time for the Webmaster to head back to Valparaiso, Indiana. Oh what fun!!!!!....

Wednesday, March 15, 2006: Corporate Tax Day

The first of two annual bend over day for Uncle Sam.....this time it's corporate tax day. As usual, we had the last minute panic of getting all the paperwork and documentation ready for submission to Uncle Sam. But, we got it done on  time [just!!!!].....

Having survived yet another tax day, Winter 2006 rolls on....

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Last official party for Winter beer and corn beef sandwiches.....not to mention the obligatory hangover....

This year, the webmaster was in Valparaiso and Lisa was in Omaha. As St Patrick's day fell during Lent, neither Lisa nor the webmaster were able to drink, so both of us were spared having to drink green colored beer (yuck!!!). Additionally, neither of us like corned beef, so we managed to avoid that as well. Actually, our celebrations consisted of the webmaster returning to the apartment to watch the new episodes of Dr Who on the SCIFI channel while Lisa worked late at school. So much for great party goers!!!!

And that was St. Patty's day 2006...

Sunday, March 19, 2006 Almanac Entry

We are now at the third year anniversary of Bush's and the Coalition of the "Bribed" invasion of Iraq. And so, what has been the cost thus far??? As if today...

  •  2,314 US military personal have died in the war

  •  30,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed (give or take a few) according to Bush

  •  The war has cost an estimated $200-$250 billion so far

And what have we achieved?????

  • The insurgency rages on. Road side bombs (euphemistically called IED's by the pentagon) are a daily event. Hostage taking has become a cottage industry. Every Islamic who can travel is now in Iraq.

  •  Sectarian rivalries are driving the country ever closer to the abyss of full scale civil war. Just witness the events over the last few weeks,

  •  The so called "elected government" of Iraq appears to be incapable of even forming a government.

  •  A complete breakdown of law, order and security. In fact, many human rights organizations now accuse the Shiite run security services of abuses far worse than those perpetrated under Sadam.

  •  There is still a critical lack of infrastructure such as schools, roads, power stations, hospitals and other essential services.

  •  Due to both the ongoing insurgency and US incompetence, Iraqi oil output has actually declined

But the good new is that Bush, Cheney and the other members of the coalition of the bribed still claim everything has been a success and deny and failures/costs as being figments of the left leaning press...go figure that one. Mind you, the US population may be finally starting to wake up to Bush and Cheney's lies.....Bush and his cronies popularity have now sunk to either 32% or 34% (depending upon which opinion poll you believe). The other good thing is that house and senate republicans are attempting to distance themselves from Bush as fast as they possible can. No one wants to be associated with either him, his lies or his doomed policies. The bad news for them is that they are so tainted by Bush that the voters are likely to exact a very high price from them in November.

Anyway, that's enough of the soap box for the webmaster. That's the state of the union on the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. What will it look like in a years time on the forth anniversary?????

Tuesday, March 21, 2006:

This will be the last posting of the season. Winter 2006 will be officially over, and spring with us. After all these months of snow and cold, we're all looking forward to some sunny, warm weather!!!!

Firstly, here are the travel statistics for the last three months.  And, the availability sucked!!!!! So, here are the official statistics for the flights taken by the Omaha Burton's over Winter 2006....

Date Airline Origin Destination Flight Status Reason Added Bonus
Tuesday, January 03, 2006 Southwest Omaha Chicago On Time Unknown None
Friday, January 13, 2006 Southwest Chicago Omaha 2.5 Hours Late Weather in Chicago None
Monday, February 06, 2006 Southwest Omaha Chicago On Time Unknown None
Friday, February 17, 2006 Southwest Chicago Omaha 1 Hour Late Weather In Baltimore None
Monday, March 13, 2006 Southwest Omaha Chicago 20 Minutes Late Unknown None

Here are the weather statistics for Winter 2006....

Category Date High Temperature Low Temperature
Coldest Day February 18, 2006 12F -2F
Warmest Day March 12, 2006 71F 41F

Finally, the average high and lows for Winter 2005:

Category Temperature (F)
Average High Temperature 44F
Average Low Temperature 26F

For those of you that are really interested in the weather, here is the daily average, maximum and minimum temperatures for Omaha over Winter 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 Winter 2006. Alas  therefore, this will probably be the last update for season 2006 (unless we remember something really fantastic that happened!!!).

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