Summer 2007

Summer 2007 is long gone....this is the archived version of our Summer 2007....check out what we did during Summer 2007.....

Summer 2007 is officially over.....this is the archived version of our activities for Summer 2007....

So, without further ado: here is what we have planned for Summer 2007

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 2007, we have a few questions to note. These questions, and many others, will be answered in the course of the season:

  • Will there be peace in Iraq????? Answer...You have got to be joking...there is no peace in Iraq for a long time to come!!!

  •  Will Weapons of Mass Distraction be found in Iraq????  Answer....Nope, not a joke. I think it is universally recognized by everyone (except for Bush and Chaney) that there were never any WMD's in Iraq prior to the illegal US invasion!!!

  •  Who will we be at war with by the end of Summer 2006??? Answer....No one else yet, but the temperature and rhetoric against Syria and Iran has been gradually heating up over the last few months!!!!

  •  Will the economy still be heading south courtesy of GWB Jr???? Answer.....Unless you're an oilman, things are not going real well!!!!

  •  Where will the webmaster be working?????? Answer.....Still at Paxus here in Omaha and loving not having to travel all the time!!!!

  •  How will the US economy be faring???? Answer...Yes!!!!

Monday June 25, 2007: Garden Landscaping

After many false starts by the landscaping company, they have finally started work on the landscaping work for this year. Here are the first photo's of their work!!!

Lets hope they don't take quite as long to finish as they did starting it.....

Sunday July 1, 2007: Wedding Anniversary

It's our wedding anniversary. This will be year number twelve (12). What will we be doing???? How will we celebrate.

The answer to this was easy. We were in Omaha and we celebrated early (on the Friday before) by going to our favorite seafood restaurant....Charlie's by the Lake. On the actual day (Sunday), Lisa and the webmaster spent most of the day working around the house in preparation for the Webmaster's parents arriving on Tuesday, July 3. So, there was a lot of stuff that needed to be cleaned, organized, etc around the house. That night, however, we did spend a very enjoyable night over at our Friends [Steph and Susan Sinclair] house. It was the first time we had seen their new [???] house.... a very pleasant evening. Thanks for the great evening Steph and Sue.

This was a very pleasant way of spending our anniversary...especially in light of the maelstrom that was just going to arrive on Tuesday around 3:30pm....

Wednesday, July 4, 2007:

And so arrived July 4. Actually it started the evening before when the webmaster's parents, John and Rae, arrived the previous day [Tuesday, July 3]. We began the festivities with a couple of drinks and some food at Reds. After a brief interlude at The Lighthouse, it was time for home, unpacking [for John and Rae], contacting people if Australia to let them know about certain safe arrivals, and then, time for bed!!!!!

Independence day itself, during the day anyway, was a reasonably quite day. The four of us spent most of the day putzing around the house watching TV and nursing various stages of hangovers (actually, none of us felt that bad, which was surprising given the consumption the night before). We were also waiting for Lisa's parents [Slim and Lynne] to arrive.

While we were waiting, the webmaster managed to get out and get some photos of the completed landscaping...actually, it looks pretty cool....

Once Slim and Lynne arrived (around 5pm) it was time for supper at one of the few local restaurants that was open today.......

After the quick, early supper, it was time to head back home to turn on lawn sprinklers in preparation of the annual July 4 fireworks....

And man, what a demonstration the locals put on. Unfortunately, we do not have a camera with a high enough resolution (or night time lens) to take any meaningful photos of the fireworks. Suffice to say, it looked just like Baghdad at night in 2002......

And so passed July 2004.....the house was in one piece (i.e., not burned down) and no one had murdered anyone else (so far). So , all in all, a fairly successful evening/day.......

Thursday, July 5, 2007: John Burton's 70th Birthday,

John Burton's 70th birthday happened to occur while he was here in Omaha. So, what did Lisa and the webmaster do.....this one should be obvious...we organized a surprise party for him. We started planning for this about one months ago, attempting to keep it completely secret from John. Obviously, while the folks here in the US knew about it, we kept the facts for the Australian crew to a bare minimum. In fact, the only one who knew was Rae....she had to know so she could explain any "weird" occurrences experienced during the day prior to the party. Given the motley crew involved, and the fact that we were having it catered, we think that overall the party went extremely well. The only person who almost blew the surprise was the webmaster himself.....

After a couple of hours partying, someone (and we do not know who) decided it was time to play hillbilly golf...this is a strange game and is even stranger when you try and play it in the dark...

And of course, no party would be complete without the people who stay late....

All in all we think the party went well. Hopefully John enjoyed himself as well....


Friday, July 6, 2007: Shakespeare on the Green

This was out cultural event of the week. We went and saw "Shakespeare on the Green" at UNO (University of Nebraska at Omaha). The play in question was "Love's Labor Lost"...personally, not one of Shakespeare's better play's or productions......

All in all, though, it was a very enjoyable evening.....

And, as they say, on rolls Summer 2007....

Thursday, July 12 2007: Omaha

Alas, after a very pleasant week, it was time for John and Rae Burton to depart Omaha. From Omaha, they fly to Chicago on Thursday 7/12. From Chicago, they then head to New York, NY, on Monday July 16. But, that is where Lisa, the webmaster, Lynne and Slim will be meeting up with them again. You see, we're all heading to the big apple on Thursday, July 19, for a weekend of fun, culture, food and exploration. So, while no one liked the farewell, it was only for  week!!!

But, the evening before they left (Wednesday, 7/11) we of course had to go out one last time in Omaha.....

And so, on that note, it's off to New York next weekend.....

See ya in the big apple!!!!!

Thursday, July 19 thru Monday July 23, 2007: New York

As previously stated, on Thursday, July 19, Lisa and the webmaster headed to the big apple (New York that is). We met up with Lisa's parents in Chicago and then trekked out to New York for the weekend with the webmaster's parents, John and Rae. Just so that everyone knows, we were concerned with the way the whole trip started...our flight from Chicago to New York was some four hours late due to bad weather in New York. We hoped that the rest of the weekend was not going to be quite so chaotic and disorganized.....

For those of you interested, we stayed at the Millennium Broadway [145 W 44th St, New York] while John and Rae were staying in an apartment on E 55th St.



So, anyway, instead of getting to the Hotel at 9:30pm, we arrived at 1:30am, too late to get together with John and Rae. So, the first get together was delayed until Friday morning.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The first full day in New York began at 9:30am at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. Man did we cover a lot of territory....

After a subway trip, it was off to Staten Island to take us past the Status of Liberty and Ellis Island. We were originally going to catch the ferry to Liberty Island to see the statue, but the line was so long, we decided to catch the Staten Island ferry instead. After the trip, it was time to head to Southport for lunch at one of the webmasters old haunts...namely a restaurant called "The Pacific Grill"....mmm, was it good!!!!

After lunch, we headed across to Wall Street to see the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Trinity Church (the oldest continuously used, consecrated church in the United States) and finally ground zero where the terrorists struck on 911.

After that, it was a yet another quick subway trip up to central park, the only green part of the city of New York. While we were in Central Park, Slim, Lynne, Lisa and the webmaster took in a horse and buggy trip around part of Central was very cool!!!!

After the sojourn to Central Park, John and Rae decided to head back to their apartment for the night. After they departed, the others wandered down Fifth Avenue back towards the Millennium Hotel, stopping at Tiffany's and other famous New York stores.

Once back at the hotel, it was time for dinner at Bond45, an Italian restaurant near Times Square. After supper it was time to wonder around time square.....

While we at Time Square, we were able to see and take part in the count down to the release of the final chapter of the Harry Potter book. We were able to take some video footage of the scenes in Times Square, but they haven't been posted as yet. That will happen over the next few days when the webmaster figures out how to convert QuickTime files into a Microsoft compatible, watch this space for new content!!!

As discussed, we have added the video footage to the web content. Follow  the following links to see the movies...

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Saturday morning started at a lot more civilized time of 10:30am. Mind you, by that time we had already been and bought Broadway show tickets for Saturday night!!!!!


The first stop for the day was the Empire State Building which, since the 911 terrorists attacks, is now the tallest building in New York. John and Rae did not join us for this particular part of tourist trek through New York as they had already been there and done that. However, they were to join us at midday for a spot of lunch...

What can you say about the view from the top of the Empire State is absolutely spectacular.....

After the Empire State Building, John and Rae joined us for lunch. This time we ate at a micro brewery called "The Heartland Brewery"...extremely good food and even better beer!!!!

After lunch (around 2pm), we all headed off to the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Street and 89th Avenue. After our cultural stint, it was time for all of us to head back to their respective hotels/apartments so we could all get changed and ready for dinner and the Broadway show. But, not before we got to see another section of Central Park, namely the Jacquie Kennedy lake....

Also, follow this link to see additional video footage of the Central Park Lake:


We had dinner at Charlotte's, which is a restaurant attached to the Millennium Hotel. Man was the food good....

After dinner, it was off to the Broadway Show, Avenue Q, which was absolutely hilarious. It's basically an X Rated Muppet film. Well worth the effort to go and see...

After the show, it was time for a few drinks before we all headed off to bed. Everyone was reasonably tired because of the amount of walking we'd all been doing over the last two days and we all also had another day of walking tomorrow.

Sunday, July 21, 2007

And so started Sunday. By the end of the day, we would have all ended up covering a lot of territory, all of it on foot!!!!

The day started at 10am when we all met for Church. We have a joint family tradition that stretches back to 1997...whenever we get together as families, we all go to church on Sunday morning. But, it cannot be just any church, it must be a Cathedral. So, this time the venue was St. Patrick's cathedral, which is the home of the New York Archdiocese and an extremely impressive building!!!!! While the Archbishop did not give the service, we did have the number two (2) chap on hand to officiate, as well as a couple of "guest" priests from Portugal and from the US Navy.

After Church. we wandered back to 1st Avenue via John and Rae's apartment (so they could change into more comfortable walking clothes), and then onto an Irish Pub named Parnell's for lunch. Along the way, we ran into a giant street fair, which was really cool. Lots of food and different "stuff" for sale...Rae even bought a reggae CD from one of the street vendors...

After lunch, it was time to head back uptown to see Carnegie Hall. Mind you, when we arrived there, we discovered that it was under construction. Typical!!!

After Carnegie Hall, we wandered a couple of blocks across to the main entrance of Central Park. As it was quite a hot day, it was really nice to be able to sit in the shade for an hour or so, just watching the various comings and goings of New Yorkers [people watching] and generally catching our breath. This really had been the hottest day we'd seen while in New York!!!!

At this stage, John and Rae decided to head back to their apartment so they could get ready for supper (which was more than reasonable, considering the day's temperature). In the mean time, the rest of us decided to head off to the "Tavern on the Green", which is a famous bar and restaurant in Central park. Yes, of course, we did have to have an obligatory drink at the Tavern on the Green....

At 5pm, it was time for us to depart the Tavern On the Green. We were on 86th Street, and we need to get down to 53rd Street and 9th Avenue. Quite a ways to go!!!. So off we went via the Lincoln Center...

We met John and Rae ay 6pm at a place called "Eatery".....the menu was described as "eclectic", and the restaurant sure lived up to the description!!!! But, the food was fantastic. At the restaurant, we ran into another Australian from Melbourne. In fact, he was from our old stomping grounds where we used to live some fifteen (15) years ago. Talk about a small world!!!!

After supper, it was off to the observation deck at the Rockefeller Building. Talk about fantastic views!!!! Mind you, we still have some video footage to add to the sub-web and this will be done as soon as we figure out how to include QuickTime video format movies into our web content!!!!

Stop the press....we have now included the video content. Follow the links below to see the video footage...

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After about spending an hour or so on the observation deck, it was time for all of us to head back to our respective hotels and apartments. It was 10pm and we all had to catch early flights the next day. So basically, our weekend in New York came to an end. It was fantastic seeing John and Rae and being able to spend some time with them when the webmaster did NOT have to work!!!! We look forward to catching up with them next year...we all have no clue where or when, but it will be next year. Also, we were extremely glad that Slim and Lynne were able to make it to New York!!!!!

And so ended John and Rae's US 2007 trip and family get together. We hope they enjoyed themselves and the time we all got to spent together....

 Alas, as they say, and on rolls summer.....

Wednesday, July 25, 2007: Webmasters Medical Checkup

Our feet had barely touched the ground from New York when the webmaster had to go in for a routine Colonoscopy. Now, while the actual procedure itself is very easy (they knock you out for the procedure), the previous twelve hours is what is the real "pain in the butt"....and we do mean that literally and not just figuratively!!!! All we can say is make sure you have lots of reading material handy and that you don't stray too far from the will become extremely close friends with the bathroom before you have the procedure!!!!

Anyway, the actual procedure was performed on Wednesday, July 25, without any issues and/or concerns. The surgeon removed one polyp to be checked. We received the results back on Friday (July 27) and the results came back completely, the webmaster does not have to have another colonoscopy for another five (5) years!!!!

And on rolls summer 2007.....

Saturday, August 4, 2007: A Taste of West O!

This was the first of an event Omaha wants to make an annual event....A Taste of West O [Omaha]. This is where all the restaurants, bars and local business's from West Omaha get together for a two day festival. You get to taste the food from local restaurants, see local wares, and, of course, drink beer!!!! Because we know a few local business and restaurant owners, Lisa and the webmaster felt morally obliged to at least make a showing at the event. And so, we did....what made the event even more enjoyable was the fact the Nancy Lavin, a very good friend of Lisa's from Moline, IL, made the road trip from Moline, Illinois, to Omaha, Nebraska.

Without further adieu, here are the photos of the event...

And, because we now have camera that can take video, here are some videos of the event....

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When we arrived at 4pm, there were a goodly number of people. However, during the course of the rest of the evening the crowd swelled considerably, which was a very good thing. The more people who turned up means that it is more likely to become an annual event and that more and more businesses (bars, restaurant, local merchants, etc) will become involved. Personally, both Lisa and the webmaster think that this is good for is starting to recognize finally that it's now a large metropolitan city, not just a hick, sleepy little country town!!!.

Anyway, needless to say, we had a really good time. We enjoyed lots of food from different local restaurants. And, of course, we did have the odd restorative cordial or three. As previously stated, the entire event was made much more enjoyable with the presence of Nancy!!!!

And on rolls summer 2007.....

Friday, August 10, 2007: Wedding Reception

This is the irony of ironies. On Friday, August 10, Lisa and the webmaster went to the wedding reception of Lisa's principle, Margie. So what you say. Well, the gentleman she married is Rick Schmidt, who Stephen worked for at ACI all those years ago. In fact, he was the one that signed the Stephen's ACI termination papers back in April 2002. Talk about a small world!!!!

But, 2002 is a world ago and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Both Lisa and the webmaster wish them all the best for their new marriage. In fact, they were married in Belize on July 1, 2007, so that is why there are no actual wedding photos!!!!!

It was a very enjoyable evening. Again, we both wish Margie and Rick all the very best for the future...

While there were now many photos, these were the best we could come up with. Also, a day later, we in Nebraska had another of our typical summer storms. These are some photos of the impending storm before the webmaster got the hell out of dodge and scootered inside and down to the basement!!!!

As typical with Nebraska in Summer...on rolls summer....

Wednesday, August 15, 2007: Lisa's Birthday

Lisa's birthday...and this year, the webmaster was in Omaha to celebrate the occasion with Lisa. And so. what did we do??? Well, we did what we normally do...we went to Lisa's favorite restaurant, Charlie's by the Lake. After that, we went to our favorite bar, Reds for a few after dinner drinks. It doesn't sound like much, but it's what Lisa wanted!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!

And that was Lisa's birthday for 2007. The webmaster could get very used to this being at home again for all family events!!!

Monday, September 3, 2007: Labor Day

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

The last official BBQ of the year. This is also the end of the summer driving season and everyone now starts hunkering down for the onset of winter. This is also a traditional weekend to either hold or go to a BBQ to have a steak and a few beers.

So, what did we do over the long weekend. On Saturday, September 1, we headed up to our local establishment to watch the opening Nebraska College football game for the season: this time, it was versus Nevada, which the huskers managed to put away 52-10. This has become something of an annual event for us....meeting at the Lighthouse and watching the opening husker's game!!!!

And that pretty much was all we did over the labor day long weekend. The rest of the time was spent goofing around the home watching TV and movies on DVD's. But, as with previous years, we did have to tae the obligatory photos of the house....the last time for summer 2007!!!!!! As you will be able to see, the lawn and garden is looking fantastic for this time of year...normally, everything is either brown, dead or dying...not green and growing!!!

And that was Labor Day 2007....and on rolls summer 2006...

Thursday, September 7, 2007: Football 2006 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...However, you can see how the previous years have gone by visiting this link: Football Central

Tuesday, September 11, 2007:

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.

As stated, this is not a day to celebrate. Here are some photos of September 11 which have been posted across the web today in memory of the day...

Unfortunately, because of the stupidity and incompetence of the Bush administration, the perpetrators of this cowardly act of terrorism still have not either been killed or brought to justice. So much for the promised of Bush and Co. back in 2001!!!!

September 22, 2007: End of Summer:

This will be the last update for Summer 2007. 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 2007:

Date Airline Origin Destination Flight Status Reason Added Bonus Miles
Friday, June 22, 2007 United Seattle, WA Omaha, NE On Time Unknown None 1,496
Thursday, July 19, 2007 Southwest Omaha, NE Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None 422
Thursday, July 19, 2007 Air Tran (ATA) Chicago, IL New York, NY Four Hours Late Weather in New York None 722
Monday, July 23, 2007 Air Tran (ATA) New York, NY Chicago, IL On Time Unknown None 722
Monday, July 23, 2007 Southwest Chicago, IL Omaha, NE Five Minutes Late Weather in New York None 422
Totals             3,784

Next, it's onto the weather...

Category Date High Temperature Low Temperature
Coldest Day July 8, 2007 60 F 41 F
Warmest Day September15, 2007 98 F 78 F

Finally, the average high and lows for Summer 2007

Category Temperature (F)
Average High Temperature 85 F
Average Low Temperature 66 F

For those of you that are really interested in the weather, here is the daily, maximum and minimum, temperatures for Omaha over summer 2007.

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 2007. The long, dog days of summer  finally will be over.

Well, that's it. Follow this link to the Fall/Autumn 2008 season. Otherwise, catch you again for summer 2008!!!!

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