Summer 2004

This is the Archive Version of Summer 2004....Check out What we did for the season 2004....

Yes, alas, Summer 2004 is officially over. This is the archive version of our activities for Summer 2004.....

So, without further ado: here is what we did for Summer 2004.

As you can see from the above animations, the weather here will change from being very pleasant in early July, to brutally hot in August, back to being pleasant again in September. There should be NO SNOW here in summer. Our weather is bad, but it's not that bad.

As has become our custom, before we can start Summer 2004, we have a few questions to note. These questions, and many others, will be answered of the course of the season:

  •  Will there be peace in Iraq????? Answer...In just the last two days [9/21], two Americans have been beheaded. The US military body count is now over 1000+. Insurgents operate at will...you answer the question!!!!!

  •  Will Weapons of Mass Distraction be found in Iraq????  Answer....Nope, not a drop of WMD's have been found. In fact, Colin Powell [US Secretary of State] just recently admitted that Iraq probably had "no WMD stockpiles before the war"....yet another lie!!!!

  •  Who will we be at war with by the end of Summer 2004??? Answer....having failed at resolving WMD issues with North Korea and Iran, Bush et. al. are now looking at Sudan as the place the "draw a line in the sand"....go figure....

  •  Will the economy still be heading south courtesy of GWB Jr???? Answer.....If you earn $250K+, things are fine. If you're a worker, you're up shit creek. Bush will be the first president since Herbert Hoover [the Great Depression] to have a net decline in the number of jobs under his watch. Some 6M Americans are unemployed...and that's not including the people who have just plain given up....

  •  Where will the webmaster be working?????? Answer....still in Valparaiso, Indiana. More on this over the next few days.

  •  How will the US economy be faring???? Answer...see above....

June 25 - June 30:  Los Angeles, CA

On Friday 25 June, Lisa departed Omaha for an AG Bell conference in Anaheim, California. For those of your wandering what the heck that is, it's an organization founded by AG Bell for hearing impaired children. The last conference was in St. Louis in 2002, and before that it was in Philadelphia. The previous two conferences, the webmaster had been able to tag along as the "kept toy boy", but this year was different because of obvious other commitments in Valparaiso so the webmaster was not able to attend. So, this year, Lisa had to make the trek to Anaheim by herself....

And so, Lisa departed Omaha to fly into the John Wayne Airport, in Orange County, California. She stayed in the Anabella Hotel, just next to Disney Land (double click on the maps to see the full sized version)......

According to Lisa, the conference was very beneficial, even if she didn't get to see Disneyland......

And so, on Wednesday, June 30, Lisa returned to Omaha.....

July 1, 2004: Wedding Anniversary

It's our wedding anniversary. The webmaster had to fly back into Omaha on the afternoon of July 1. However, while this may have been a pain, the webmaster had made a promise after 2003 that he was never again going to miss another wedding anniversary!!!! So, leaving Valparaiso at 9am, he arrived home at 2pm, just in time for the house cleaners to arrive and for the webmaster to go and get a haircut. Then it was time for Lisa and the webmaster to formally celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary.....

And so, what did we do for our ninth wedding anniversary...well, Lisa had signed us up for a Mexican Beer and food tasting night at a great local restaurant called The Grill House......the food was great and even the webmaster enjoyed the beer....

All in all it was a perfect evening and a perfect way to celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary.....

And so, with the passing of our wedding journey, it was time to start to celebrate the July 4th weekend.....

July 4, 2004

July Fourth is Independence day. The day the US of A kicked the English out of their country. Something, at least one of us here thinks, Australia should have done a long time ago. 

And what did we do for July 4 this year....same as last year...absolutely nothing!!!! This year, the webmaster's parents were in Omaha, so we spent the holiday with them. Mind you, all we did was to spend an hour or so out on the back deck watching everyone else's fireworks. As with previous years, the amount of ordinance set off resembled Baghdad last spring [2003]. To paraphrase the old line from the film "Apocalypse Now"......I love the smell of cordite first thing in the morning.....

Over the last two years, we have also made the decision to stay at home and do nothing based upon a requirement to PROTECT our house. The number of pyromaniacs and lunatics in Omaha is amazing, and each year they manage to burn down quite a few houses. So, on July 4, we are always ready with our hoses to put out any potential fires. Speaking of houses, here are some photos of our house at the beginning of summer...just to prove that we do actually have green stuff in Omaha....

 

 
 

 
         

 And so, that was the July 4 holiday for 2004....and, it's on with the show [Summer 2004].....

July 5 - July 9, 2004: Omaha, Nebraska:

On July 2, the webmaster's parents arrived in Omaha. The webmaster was actually able to work from Omaha for the week, mind you, he was also dodging dentists and doctors for the entire week, a result of an altercation with a road in Indiana. He has learnt one thing...never play chicken with the road, and humans don't bounce real well!!!! After a root canal procedure, as well as a temporary cap on a tooth, the webmaster was more or less ready to return to Valparaiso and work [gulp!!!!!!].

But, back to the original comment....the webmasters parents arrived in Omaha. We then spent the next week just basically goofing around the house and catching back up with each other. After all, it's been 1.5 years since the webmaster has seen his mother, and over 2.5 years since he's seen his father. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge.....

Here are some photos of the week from 7/5-7/9....

 

 
   

   

And so, after a week in Omaha, it was time for the webmaster and his parents to head to Valparaiso, Indiana.....

And so, off to Valparaiso......

July 9 - July 15, 2004: Valparaiso, Indiana: 

Because of work commitments, the webmaster and his folks had to depart sunny Omaha early in the morning of Saturday, July 9, for a two week interlude in Valparaiso, Indiana. By the way, the webmaster must put this on the "official" record: his navigational skills [coupled with his fathers driving abilities] did actually successfully navigate us out of Chicago's Midway Airport down to Valparaiso, without getting lost once on the interstate system....

The first trip of the week, was a quick jaunt up to the Dunes National Park on the banks of Lake Michigan. We also took a quick trip to Michigan City.....here are the maps and the photos of the jaunt....

 

 

While we were all glad we can now say we've been to Michigan City, it is not exactly the most exciting place on the face of the planet. About the only things of note in Michigan City were an Outlet Mall [where we had lunch at Subways] and a Nuclear Reactor.....as you can all imagine, not exactly a tourist hot spot!!!!

On Monday night [7/11], the webmaster and his parents went and saw Fahrenheit 911. While we were all glad we went and saw the film, the webmaster at least was not that impressed with the film.

The next jaunt on the agenda was for the webmaster's folks to visit the Amish community in Eastern Indiana. The community in question is called Shipshewana [and no, the name has not been made up!!!!]. Unfortunately, the webmaster was not able to take part in this jaunt...something silly to do with having to work. Some employers have no sense of humor...they expect you to turn up if you want to get paid.

Anyway, enough of that. Here are the party shots taken by the webmaster's parents.....

 

 
   

 

   

The webmasters parents were very disappointed with Shipshewana. They felt it was far too commercialized. And there were far too many people there!!!!

The rest of the week was spent with the webmaster working, while his parents wondered around fine old Valparaiso. In the evening, we either ate at the webmaster's apartment or at his favorite bar haunt, Billy Jacks. Anyway, here are some of the miscellaneous photos from the rest of the week in Valparaiso.....

 

 
   

   

And so, that was the first week of the webmaster's folks in Valparaiso, Indiana.....

July 16 - July 18, 2004: Chicago, Illinois:

While he webmaster's parents were in the USA, we were faced with the problem of how to catch up with Lisa's parents. Over the last few years, we've all had the luxury of being able to take a few weeks off and do a road trip around the country. However, this year we did not have that luxury. So, this trip, we decided on Chicago as a convenient meeting place....close to both Lisa [Plane], the webmaster [Train] and Lisa's parents [Automobile]. So, late Friday afternoon of July 16, 2004, the three various contingents converged on Chicago, just as in the film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"....

Planes

Trains

Automobiles

So, after an evening of supper at a local restaurant, it was time to wander around Chicago on Saturday, especially the "magnificent mile" down Michigan Avenue. The number of places we walked to, past, or whatever, are too many to list individually. However, here are some "party shots" of Saturday morning......

 

 
       
         

The webmaster's parents also managed to find a "fine pro Bush" refrigerator magnet...

My Daddy Bought Me An Election And All I Got Was this Lousy War

After lunch, it was more wandering around Michigan Ave and the new Millennium Park [which had opened the previous night, but none of us took cameras when we did our "walk through" the previous evening]....

 

 
       
   

And so passed Saturday afternoon. About 4pm, we all returned to the Hotel (Hyatt Regency) to get ready for dinner (Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House) and for the show we were going to see [Menopause]. The restaurant was fantastic and the show was absolutely hysterical....

 

 

After the show, and a few quiet restorative cordials, it was time to call it quits for Saturday.....only to start things off again. this time, it was down to the Navy Pier and a quick boat tour of Chicago.....

 

 
       
   
       
   
       
   
       
   
           

And so, after two hectic days of wandering around Chicago, it was time for the weary travelers to head back to there respective places of abode...at least, temporary places anyway. Alas, "Planes Trains and Automobiles" for 2004 had come to an end......

July 19 - July 22, 2004: Valparaiso, Indiana: 

And so, the webmaster and his folks returned to Valparaiso for the final week of their visit to the USA. Apart from the webmaster's folks returning to Chicago for a day, we didn't do too much....

 

 
         
   

On Friday July 23 the webmaster and co. headed back to Omaha. Hey, Valparaiso, Indiana, my not be much, but at least the folks from down under can say they've been there...something not to many other Aussies can say....

July 23 - July 25, 2004: Omaha, Nebraska:

After two weeks in Valparaiso, it was time to return to Omaha. On Friday night, we all managed to get together with some old friends up at Lunkers Sports Bar & Grill, for some food, darts, conversation and, of course, the odd restorative cordial!!!!....

 

 
       

Unfortunately, the cast and crew of this little event had just a few too many "restorative cordials"...Saturday was basically a write off. We all spent the day moping around the house, watching TV or burning CD's for the webmaster's father. Hey, it may of been quiet, but it was actually a relief after the previous three hectic weeks of rushing around. We all got to spend quality time, but at a very relaxed pace.

Alas, on Sunday July 25, it was time for the webmaster's parents to head back to Oz. It seems hard to believe that three weeks had just flown by. Not nearly enough time to say everything that needs to be said or do everything that needed to be done. Having said that, it was great that the webmaster's parents to make it across to the US. Their presence was greatly appreciated and welcomed. We're just sorry that we only get to see each other every year or so. But, maybe now that the job market is finally starting to calm down, maybe things will start to return to normal again [in terms of trip schedules, etc]. But time will tell. Hey, maybe next year, we'll all get together in France.......

 August 6, 2004: Golf Tournament:

Will we attend the Champions Club....who knows.....actually, Lisa did indeed do her annual charity duty at the Omaha Golf Classic. Now all that remains is to see how much the PGA tour organizers will actually give Lisa's school!!!!!

Personally, I agree with Lisa...the only good thing about golf is the beer cart!!!! Driving the beer cart is even better!!!!

And summer 2004 marches on....

August 15, 2004: Lisa's Birthday

This year it was Lisa's turn to turn 40. Hey, the webmaster had his last year, so what goes around, comes around. Rather than have the festivities on her actual birthday [a Sunday], Lisa decided to have her "party" on the Saturday before her birthday [8/14]. For Lisa's birthday, her good friend Nancy made a special trip from Moline, Illinois, to Omaha, which is a jaunt of some 5 hour road trip.

And so, what did we do for this most special occasion.....after a delicious Mexican meal at Hectors Restaurant [complete with a birthday serenade for Lisa], it was off next door to the Eclipse Tavern for a night of martinis, darts and great conversation. Here are some party shots of the evening....

 

 

 
       
     

When it was all over, Lisa enjoyed her birthday celebrations [minus the obligatory headache the next day] and didn't feel to much worse for the wear and tear....

Happy 40th Birthday Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!

September 6, 2004: Labor Day

Ahh yes, the unofficial end of summer. The weather only goes downhill from here on.

The end of the official driving season...the last official BBQ day for the year...these are some of the terms applied to Labor Day. One thing is for sure...the weather ain't going to get any better from here on in. So, what did we do over the long weekend.....

Well, after a very quiet night on Friday, night, the webmaster, Lisa and a few friends headed down to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the College Football season opening game, against WIU [Western Illinois University]. Lisa is an alumni of WIU, and it was through her that we were able to get tickets for the game. There is something ironic about this...a girl from Illinois, living in Omaha, was able to get tickets to the Nebraska game [something no one else in the sate could do] because of her old university in Illinois....

So, with a kick off time of 6pm Saturday September 4, the resolute adventurers set out from Omaha at 1:30pm for the obligatory pre game tail gaiting, boozing and BBQ's. These were held in various bars and parking lots around the stadium in Lincoln...it's the only time that the Lincoln police turn a "blind eye" to the consumption of alcohol in a public place. The idea is to do the damage prior to the game, and then spend the actual game time sobering up. For those of you interested, here is the obligatory map of the trip to Lincoln....(remember, double click on the image to see the full map)....

 

And so, without further ado, here are the photos of the pre game festivities and the actual game itself....

 

 
       
   
   
         

And so, that was the big thing for our Labor Day long weekend. Bye the way, Nebraska beat WIU 56 to 16.

Other than that, Lisa and the webmaster spent a very quiet weekend goofing off around the home. However, we did go out and buy a new refrigerator and TV...but that's about it. The good news is that football season is finally with us...no more wimpy, girly sports like baseball and basketball...

And summer 2004 continues to wind down....

September 9, 2004: Football 2003 Season!!!:

Yeassssss. The long hot summer desert of real sport will finally be over. Gone will be the useless days and nights listening to mindless baseball scores and/or baseball strikes. As usual, we have our annual Football Pool. Unfortunately, non-paying players cannot access the site....oh, the price of technology...

 

September 11, 2004:

This is not really a day to celebrate, but rather one to pause and reflect on what happened on September 11, 2001. Where were you at 8:47am EDT when the world changed.

We also need to reflect on where we are in our battle, no war, against the cowards and their backers who perpetrated these cowardly and dastardly  acts.

September 22, 2004: End of Summer:

This will be the last update for Summer 2004. For all you weather fans out there, without further ado, here are the season's weather statistics:

The first issue relates to flight availability during Summer 2004:

Date Airline Origin Destination Flight Status Reason Added Bonus
Friday, June 25, 2004 United Omaha, NE Orange County, CA On Time Unknown None
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 United Orange County, CA Omaha, NE 2 Hours Late Weather in Denver None
Thursday, July 01, 2004 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE 10 Minutes Early Unknown 10 Minutes Early
Saturday, July 10, 2004 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None
Friday, July 16, 2004 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL 1 Hour Late Weather in Chicago None
Sunday, July 18, 2004 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE 2 Hours Late Weather in Houston None
Friday, July 23, 2004 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Sunday, August 01, 2004 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None
Friday, August 13, 2004 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Tuesday, August 17, 2004 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None
Friday, August 27, 2004 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Monday, August 30, 2004 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On-time Unknown None
Friday, September 03, 2004 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE 40 Minutes Late Hurricane Frances None
Tuesday, September 07, 2004 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None
Friday, September 17, 2004 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None
Monday, September 20, 2004 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL 50 Minutes Late Equipment Failure None

Based upon this information, the flight availability was 68.75%...not exactly a stellar achievement...

Next, it's onto the weather...

Category Date High Temperature Low Temperature
Coldest Day June 25, 2004 64F 45F
Warmest Day July 20, 2004 95F 73F

Finally, the average high and lows for Summer 2004

Category Temperature (F)
Average High Temperature 80F
Average Low Temperature 61F

For those of you that are really interested in the weather, here is the daily, maximum and minimum, temperatures for Omaha over summer 2004.

This should keep you "weather nuts" happy for a while. Remember, people from down under, all temperatures are in F. Anyway, as you can see, come the beginning of September [Labor Day], boom, the temperatures start dropping.

And so, that will be the end of Summer 2004. The long, dog days of summer  finally will be over.

Well, that's it. Follow this link to the Fall/Autumn 2005 season. Otherwise, catch you again for summer 2005!!!!

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