Winter 2008

Winter 2008 is officially over...this is the archived version of our Season 2008 activities.....

Winter 2008 is officially over...this is the archived version of our Winter Season 2008 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. There was a white Christmas here is Omaha, but where we were in Strerling, IL, we didn't get a white Christmas!!!

  2. What will we do for New Years: Answer: As with previous years, nothing. But, again, this was our choice!!!

  3. Who will win the Super Bowl: Answer:  The underdog New York Giants beat the much fancied Patriots....

  4. How much snow will we get for the season: Answer:  The official statistics for Omaha is 33.8" of the white stuff....

  5. How many snow days will we get: Answer: Only one during Winter 2008....

  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: Thus far, no one. But, it's hard to tell with this administration on a day-to-day basis as to who they are going to attack next...

  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 2008...

Saturday, December 22 thru Saturday, December 29, 2007: Sterling, IL

And so rolled around Christmas 2007. It seemed like only yesterday that we were just doing this. Man, how quickly the year has gone!!!! Anyway, as usual we were to spend the Christmas holiday in Sterling, Illinois. But, of course, the first thing we had to do was actually get there....

So, this year, for a whole lot of reasons, we decided to fly to Moline, and then drive to Sterling. But, of course, into this whole picture came the weather, which is notoriously unpredictable at this time of year. We were scheduled to leave Omaha at 6:25am and arrive at Moline at 9:30am. Instead, because of bad weather [fog] in Chicago, we left Omaha at 9:30am and didn't finally arrive at Moline until 1:30am. Mind you, as apposed to previous years, our luggage arrived on the same flight as we did. So, while we may have sat on the runway at Omaha for three hours, we actually count the days travel as a success!!!!

For those of you interested, the actual flight path from Omaha to Moline, Illinois was as detailed in the map below:

 So, having made it to Moline, Lisa's parents picked us up and then proceeded to drive to Sterling. Man, was that interesting. The fog was so bad, you barely could see anything. Lets just say, it made for an very interesting ride back to Sterling.

Anyway, with the travel over for a week, it was great to finally reach Sterling!!!

The first couple of days in Sterling were spent relaxing and getting ready for Christmas. The first "official" function was on December 24, which the annual trip to Kelly's Bar an Grill for lunch with a couple of Lisa's friend's. The name of the bar may suggest that it's an Irish bar, but this place makes really good Mexican food. Go Figure.

After lunch, it was back to Slim and Lynne's place for dinner and time to get ready for the annual trip to church for midnight mass....

And so Christmas Day 2007 finally arrived. As with previous years, the first question regarding Christmas in the Midwest is: did we have a white Christmas. Well, the actual answer to that is easy...no, and this is borne out by the following photos....

The morning and mid afternoon was spent preparing for the upcoming lunch/dinner event. What that meant was that Lynne and Lisa worked furiously while Slim and the webmaster tried to keep out of their way least we get basted and jammed into a pot for cooking!!!!!

After lunch, it was the obligatory time for the opening of presents (aka, it was time for the tornado to hit...and hit it did...).....

And, as usual, we do have some video footage of the event....

Christmas Video One

Christmas Video Two

Christmas Video Three

The rest of Christmas evening was spent in the traditional activities of either playing cards (which Slim and I lost...again) or sleeping. As usual, it was merry Christmas Day.

December 26 was a very quiet day. Unfortunately, Lisa was sick (low grade fever) and the webmaster had to work (no rest for the wicked). So, needless to say, not a great deal was done which in itself, was not necessarily a bad thing.

On December 27, again the webmaster had to work in the morning. In the afternoon, we spent a good chunk of time finally getting the present Lisa and Webmaster had chosen for Lynne, namely, a Satellite Radio. While it took a while, it was eventually well worth it. Considering the crap that's played on most radio stations now a days, the whole concept of Satellite Radio is like a breathe of fresh hour. We just hope the Lynne enjoys it as much as Lisa and the Webmaster hope. But, time will tell.

After dinner [Forest Inn], we headed off to see Ross and Kim for the last time this trip. We didn't spend too much time there [this time, no one felt like getting into the sauna], but it was a very pleasant visit!!!!

And on rolled Friday, December 28, our last morning in Sterling. The plan was to head down to Moline early to spend the day shopping before spending the night with Nancy Lavin in Moline, so we could catch our Flight early the next morning. But, of course, mother nature had to intervene, this time in the form of 6-7" of snow. What a mess!!!!

So, instead of heading out early, we didn't get started until 12noon. And man, the car trip back to Moline was interesting. Lots of cars in the ditch!!!!!

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Description Cop Snow Plough Boat Tow Truck Golf Cart Jet Ski Car in Ditch House Motor bike School Bus Snow Mobile ATV Train Dead or Live Deer Greyhound Bus Oddities
Enroute to Moline, IL 5 12 0 4 0 0 9 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

But, we did eventually make it to Moline. We then spent the rest of the afternoon with Slim and Lynne. Yes, we did do some shopping, but it was not too much.

After an early supper, it was time for Slim and Lynne to head back to Sterling (they had to play with the snow on the interstate and highways). As usual, thanks for having us and thanks for a great Christmas.

After spending a very pleasant evening with Nancy, it was time for Lisa and the Webmaster to return home to Omaha on Saturday, December 29. This time, the flight was only two hours late, again, caused by weather delays in Chicago.

And so ended Christmas 2007, and on rolls winter 2008....

Monday, December 31, 2007 New Years Eve

I know we'll probably be in Omaha and not doing too much, but the annual question remains the same...where will we be and what will be doing???? Well, the answer to that one is simple...we were both in Omaha. The webmaster had to work during the day (it was still a normal business day). But, at 4pm we continued our annual tradition of getting together with Bryan Boll on New Years eve for a restorative cordial long before the rest of the lunatics cam out to play. We met at 4pm, had a couple of cocktails, and were all at home again by 7pm sharp!!!!!

There are too many amateurs out on New Years eve, so we go out early and then come home. That and Omaha is notorious for having a major snow storm around 1am every New Years day!!!. So, once home, we had dinner, watched some TV [DVD], made it to midnight for a glass of champagne and then headed to bed. So much for excitement!!! But, we enjoyed it any way.

 

Welcome to 2008.....

Sunday, January 27, 2008 New Bed Covers

As part of our Christmas present from Slim and Lynne Thuente, we asked for and received a new set of bed covers for our bed. While its been in use now for about two weeks, we have only just managed to get around to taking some photos of the new bed covers (despite repeated pleas from Lynne for us to send her some photos). So ,instead of just sending them to Lynne, we decided to post them on our web site for the whole world to see!!!!

And, because we also have modern technology, we even have video coverage....

Video

Pretty cool huh!!!!

And on rolls winter 2008.....

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Will the over sized rodent see it's shadow??? Will we have an early end of winter???

Well, the official answer is the same as it has been for the last 10 years....there are still six weeks of winter to go!!!!!! In Pennsylvania, Phil the local Groundhog legend, did not see his shadow (funny thing that....it was overcast and snowing). This means that there is no early end of winter. Here is Omaha, the local oversized rodent did actually see his/her shadow...again, no wonder...it was a brilliantly clear, sunny day. So, winter will end early (in six weeks...which is goofy, as that's when winter is supposed to end anyway). So, if you take the median of the two, there are still six weeks of winter to go.

Anyways, as with previous years, here are some local US media photos of "Groundhog Day 2008"....

And so, there is still six weeks of winter 2008 to go....

And so rolls on winter 2008....

Sunday, February 3, 2008 Super Bowl

The annual right of winter in the US of A....the Super Bowl. Who will be playing and who will win?????

Well, the big game down to the New England Patriots versus the New York Giants. The Patriots, who had an 18-0 season, was going for a perfect season to be finished off with a super bowl win. The Giants, who had barely beaten anyone during the year, were the complete underdog, with a much maligned Quarter Back [Eli Manning]  who appeared to be in the complete shadow of how older brother [Peyton Manning]. But, as with all things associated with the Super Bowl, anything can happen, and it did!!!

As for what we did...this one is easy. We did nothing. The webmaster got out of hospital at 3pm on Sunday afternoon....he had abdominal and upper intestinal issues which resulted in the webmaster having to be in hospital for three days. So, by the time Lisa "managed' the webmasters escape from hospital, neither of us felt like actually going anywhere to watch the game. So, instead, we watched it on our 42" HDTV...pretty cool. Mind you, the commercials were not actually what you would call "fantastic". In fact, they were boring.

So, for the actual game itself...

 

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So much for the favorite....

With football season over, it's back to boring baseball and basketball.....yuk!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Omaha, NE, Snow Storm

Just when we thought (and prayed) that the snow on the ground might all actually thaw and melt, boom!!!! Along came yet another winter storm, this time in the form of another 5" of the white stuff. This makes the official amount for the season at some 20" of the white stuff, and there's still the best part of two [2] months of winter to go.

While Lisa had to go to work [school] (alas, there was no snow day), Stephen was at home during the storm. Here are some photos of a snow storm in progress..

And, as usual, we now have video feeds to include with our content updates:

 

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

 

And that was the latest Omaha snow storm. We're sure that it won't be the last..

 

Thursday, February 14, 2008:

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????

Were both in Omaha and we spent a very pleasant evening at Red, our favorite local bar and restaurant!!!

Monday, February 18, 2008:

This is not normally a holiday that we do anything worth posting on. However, this year was a little bit different for one main reason....it's the first time the webmaster has not had to work since 2004. We're not sure if this is a good thing, but it's a fact anyway. So, what did we do....nothing. The weather was lousy (cold and windy). But, it was a day off anyway!!!!

It is also interesting and ironic that on President's Day this year, the US recognized the independence declaration of Kosovo. This is ironic because it is illegal under the UN charter to dismember a sovereign member nation. This is doubly so because the only countries that support the US's support of Kosovo's unilateral declaration are, for the main part, the same lap dogs and prostitute countries that supported Bush and Co. over Iraq. Forget the precedence that this has set (you can bet that the Basque terrorists in Spain, or the folks of Georgia will NOT forget the precedent), the US now is in the business of single handedly deciding what countries are to remain whole and what one's are to be illegally partitioned. May god have mercy on all of us.....we are going to need it!!! Not since the French and British colonial empires have we had the situation where a single country decides how a country is partitioned. Stalin and Lenin must be smiling in their graves with the thought that the practice of artificial partitioning is alive and well under George Bush and his US administration.

Of an additional interesting note: on President's Day 2008, Fidel Castro finally announced he was resigning as President of Cuba. The wily old bird was the last of the original cold war warriors who had successfully outlived ten successive US Presidents, all of which had promised to either kill him and/or otherwise drive him from power. Well, none of them succeeded and the bearded icon of two generations gets to quietly retire into the background. Yet another massively successful example of US foreign policy in action.....By the way, for those of you curious enough, here are the ten presidents Castro has outlived.....

While Castro was a dictator, the international stage will just not be the same with the beard stroking, cigar smoking [even though he gave them up on doctors advice back in 1986], khaki clad icon who could give speeches that lasted for in excess of four hours. Whether you like him or not, it's the end of an era.

The final issue of interest was the weather immediately after President's Day. Man was it forecast to be cold.....

And so, that was President's Day 2008. And winter 2008 rolls on....

Saturday, March 15, 2008: Corporate Tax Day

The first of the annual bend over for Uncle Sam Day.....

This year, as with last years, the corporate Tax Filing was easy....nothing. However, that's just a short reprieve before the personal filings are due in one months time.

February-March 2008: Health Issues

Over February and March, the webmaster suffered from a "minor" hiccup with at least two major flair ups of throat problems. Two flair ups resulted in extended stays  in the Methodist Hospital in Omaha, which definitely was not fun. As with previous incidents, the cause was bleeding ulcerous growths in the throat. Whatever the cause, the webmaster spent a lot of time visiting doctors and hospitals during late February and early March. Oh what fun!!!

What the outcome of all this is an extended period of rest so the webmasters throat can heal. Also, lots of follow up visits to various specialists over the next few months. That and lots of drugs to help the healing process....

As they say, on goes winter 2008.....

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Last official party for Winter 2008....green beer and corn beef sandwiches.....not to mention the obligatory hangover....but, not for us this year. While Lisa was able to go out briefly last week [Friday night] to celebrate St. Patty's day, both of us were quite circumspect in terms of what we did on the actual day. Basically, nothing. Lisa had to work, the webmaster was working from home and the weather was hardly conducive to going out. Also, the problem with days like St. Patrick's Day are the other idiots out on the road. Finally, because of the other idiots, the cops generally tend to be out in force, which really does put a damper on any desire to go out and party. So, we just stayed home!!!!

Just so you can see what we mean about the weather here in Omaha during winter, we've included some photos of our wonderful garden....notice the nice brown, dead color of everything that's supposed to grow.....but, wait a couple of weeks and hopefully things will start to green up again!!!!

We've also included a video of the wonderful landscape around here in March....

 

St Patrick's Day 2008 Video

 

And that was our St. Patrick's Day for 2008.....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Almanac Entry

This is the fifth anniversary of Bush and Co's invasion of Iraq. What mess will the country be in????

  1. Well, as we know, the war is still dragging on, with no end in sight. In fact, John McCain, the presumptive Republican Presidential candidate, is now saying that the US Will have to be in Iraq for another 100 years...now, that's a very scary prospect.

  2. The official US military casualty list, as of March 19 2008, stands at 3,992 dead and 29,314 wounded. The body bag count increases daily.

  3. Iraqi civilian casualties. No figures have been maintained by the Pentagon relating to either Iraqi security personnel or civilian deaths or casualties. However, according to most aid organizations, at least 70,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a direct result of the US invasion of Iraq. The number wounded cannot even be estimated.

  4. War Cost. When this shambles first started, Bush and cronies stated that the whole operation was going to cost the US a total of $60B. Well, as of the end of last year [2007], the cost thus far, according to the Congressional Budget Office, was $600B and counting. In fact, some economists are now saying that, by the time this whole this is over and done, the total economic cost to the US will be between $2T-$4T (yes, that's the "T" word...it has twelve [12] zeroes after it). And that does not include the prospect of hanging around in Iraq for 100 years.

  5. Coalition of the coerced and bribed. The number of countries contributing combat troops continues to fall. Basically, the coalition is now comprised of the US, the UK and a couple of Mickey mouse East European countries. Bush et al are continually whining about the lack of commitment from other countries to send forces to Iraq....small wonder. This is a mess that Bush and Co are solely responsible for and no one else is going to come and bail them out!!!!

  6. Iraq economy. Not too much can be said....it is in a shambles. The Oil sector is still operating at less than 50% of the prewar production. Electricity is only available for seven [7] hours a day. The health system is almost non existent. The list goes on.

  7. Sectarian violence. While the "surge' in US troops from last year has helped reduce the number of attacks. the attacks still continue. There is also a big concern of what will happen when the "surge" is over and the excess troops are withdrawn from Iraq. Most reputable experts expect the various Iraqi factions to resume killing each other.

  8. Withdrawal strategies. No one has presented a viable exit strategy. Anyway you slice it, it's going to be a bloodbath!!!!

  9. WMD's. Now a single WMD [Weapon of Mass Distraction] has been found. This was the overriding reason given for invading Iraq back in 2003. In fact, every investigation has stated that Saddam Hussein's regime had no WMD's prior to the 2003 invasion. But, the evidence speaks for itself...not a single WMD has been found

  10. Al-Qaida links to Saddam Hussein. Again, not a single link has been found to Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida prior to 2003. But, they sure as heck are there now!!!

Basically, after five years, the war continues with no end in sight. Everything stated by Bush and his spineless cronies has been proved to either to be an outright lie or, at best, a gross over exaggeration!!!!

The tragedy is that there is no end in sight!!!!

And this should be the last official posting for Winter 2008...but, one never knows!!!!!


Friday, March 21, 2008:

This will be the last posting of the season. Winter 2008 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 2008....

Date Airline Origin Destination Flight Status Reason Added Bonus Miles
Saturday, December 22, 2007 United Omaha, NE Moline, IL Four Hours Late Weather in Chicago None 844
Saturday, December 29, 2007 United  Chicago, IL Omaha, NE Two Hours Late Weather in Chicago None 844
Totals             1,688

Here are the weather statistics for Winter 2008....

Category Date High Temperature Low Temperature
Coldest Day January 24, 2008 10F -7F
Warmest Day March 11, 2008 66F 35F

Finally, the average high and lows for Winter 2008:

Category Temperature (F)
Average High Temperature 34F
Average Low Temperature 17F

For those of you that are really interested in the weather, here is the daily average, maximum and minimum temperatures for Omaha over Winter 2008:

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 2008. Alas  therefore, this will probably be the last update for season 2008 (unless we remember something really fantastic that happened!!!).

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