Friday, June 29, 2007

Thomas Edison and the Bailey Electric Car

Thomas Edison (left) is pictured here with Mr. Bailey (right) in a Bailey Electric Car equipped with an Edison battery about 1912. While Edison made great strides in his effort to produce a battery for electric vehicles, he did not succeed at developing a battery that supplied sufficient power and range to enable electric cars to out-compete gasoline-powered ones.

Our pretend quest for an alternative fuel source has been stymied and bamboozled for a century now. The battery car has proven technically and scientifically to be the best alternative there is for moving the masses. The hydrogen fuel cell is an endeavor of futility. Our governing bodies have not let there be any improvement in gas fuel economy in 20 years. The current average gas mileage is 25 mpg per car made in USA. Import cars average 42 mpg. There has been no significant rise or improvements made since Carter was president. Isn't it about time we have a good old fashioned revolution-a scientific revolution and lets rebuild this country like it should be, and stop squashing smart and economical methods of transportation . Let the free thinkers brainstorm and give us-the people-new ideas and methods for improving our way of life. I for one am tired of being told how to live and what I like. I think I will build me a customized electric 1987 blazer for the car shows and show it on the Internet. And show the price differences between electric versus gas, from the ground up. Think I'll call it MV-my vehicle.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

thoughts of the day

Laugh and the world laughs with you
-snore and you sleep alone
Six munfs ago I cudn’t even spel executiv .now I am butter.
Bruce lee is not dead
-he’s just kicking around somewhere
Is there any intelligent life on earth ?
yes but I’m only visiting
Never put off to tomorrow what you can avoid altogether
This is where napolean tore his boneapart
Einstein rules relatively ok
Queen elizabeth rules uk
amnesia rules……er…….um
pessimists rule -not ok!
lethargy rulezzzzzzzz
absolute zero rules 0’k
break rules ok?
*enough is enough…….ok!
Drive carefully ....don’t kill a child
-wait for teacher
Do you have trouble making up your mind?
-well, yes and no.
*LOST! One science teacher after last Thursday’s experiment
The only way to avoid mistakes is to gain by experience. The only way to gain experience …is to make a mistake.
Father of ten shot dead………mistaken for a rabbit
Old accountants never die ,they just lose their balance
A man’s best friend is his dogma.
If we learn from our mistakes then I am getting a fantastic education
Evil spelt backwards is live
Was oscar wilde?
Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
Happiness can’t buy money
He who finds fault in his friend’s has faulty friends
Smile -things may get worse more slowly
Death is hereditary
Constipation is the thief of time
Diarrhoea waits for no man
Always be sincere ……even when you don’t mean it
The road to success is usually under construction

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


The last couple of weeks have been quite noisy in the trees here. The cicadas have come by to visit. Momo the cat decided she's the official bug getter. I'll see her in the tops of the Chinaberry trees hunting a locust until she finds one and then she brings it to the front porch and plays with it till it escapes and flies away. They provide a nerve wracking yet familiar summertime evening symphony which reminds me it's truly summer time. I remember that noise as I grew up-it meant no school and freedom to play. Now it reminds me to water the trees to quiet them down a little! They are soothing though later in the evening as they turn the volumn down a bit and I sit on the bench in the yard unwinding.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Waiting with bated breath

I hope all the news is wrong about the Benoit deaths. One can't tell nowadays.

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

Failure is not an option -- it comes bundled with Windows

Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes.

Computer dating is fine, if you're a computer.

Press any key except... no, No, NO, NOT THAT ONE!

Thank you for entering my demented world and reading my rambling monologue.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Wrestler and family found dead!

WWE wrestler Chris Benoit was found this morning with his wife and son murdered in their suburbia house. I enjoyed watching wrestling occasionally over the years and he was a good ole boy type guy. He was also tough as nails and yet so helpful to the younger guys trying to enter the sport. His sport will miss him deeply and I hope justice is served on the perpetrators of this crime. His family was everything to him and his young son was at most of his matches sitting ringside . I respected him as an individual and offer my sincere sympathies to the rest of his family.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

And the winner is ---

The winner of this years ugly dog award is Elwood. Funny thing is, he doesn't look that bad. Kind of a cross with miniature horse, pooch, mouse... He now has his picture plastered all over the internet and will be ogled at by millions. Hope his owner realized this when he entered him in the contest.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Your only old once

Why Computers Sometimes Crash! By Dr. Seuss. (Read this to yourself aloud - it's a must!)

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, and the bus is interrupted at a very last resort, and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, then the socket packet pocket has an error to report. If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash, and your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash, then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!
If the label on the cable on the table at your house, says the network is connected when you click it with your mouse, but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol, that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall; and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss, so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse; then you may as well reboot the thing and go out with a bang, 'cuz as sure as I'm a poet, that ol' sucker's gonna hang.
When the copy on your floppy's getting sloppy in the disk, and the macro code instructions start and cause unwanted risk, then you'll have to flash the BIOS and you'll want to RAM your ROM;
They'll make the bravest man on earth go crying to his mom!!
Well, that certainly clears things up for me. How about you?
Thank you, Bill Gates, for bringing all this into our lives.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Nautical decorating ideas

You don't have to live by water to decorate a home with a seafaring theme:
From lighting to area rugs, lighthouses play a feature role in nautical decorating . They are a national treasure and highly collectible.
Hang an area rug as wall art for a twist .
Put a painted fireplace screen in front of a non-working fireplace or use it in the warm weather.
Hang sailor flags that usually warn of weather changes and challenges as a window valance .
Choose from a wide variety of nautical artwork ranging from rustic to sophisticated .
Incorporate handpainted pieces that continue the coastal theme . Look for fabrics that enhance a water-themed space--Nantucket lightship baskets , various ships, seaside toile, shells, maps, etc.
Hang an old oar above a bed or fireplace for a perfect nautical accent (figure D).
Use a wallpaper border in a nautical theme in any room in the house.
When I was in Panama City-at one of the marina bed and breakfast inns, they had an old tree carved into pelicans like a totem pole.
Hang a fisherman's net on the wall with seashells all in it.
All in all, a nautical theme in a room is very pleasing and relaxing to look at and be in.
I want to turn my bedroom into a Hawaiian bungalow with bamboo window trimming. Bamboo or large reed like plants make good borders for pictures too. Dried and clear coated, they look wonderful bordering a large sea faring picture or rug.
If your really smart-don't pay any attention to me cause I cant even get my shirt buttons done right sometimes in the mornings, or matched socks!
Later amigos.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Stained glass

I've got a short post tonight-I was playing with a program making stain glass pictures-sort of. It was still a lot of fun though.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Elementary my Dear Watson

FOR decades, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been suspected of a dark crime of his own - consigning his father to a lunatic asylum.
But new research has now cleared the creator of Sherlock Holmes of any guilt in Charles Altamont Doyle's confinement and death.
While his son grew to be an author loved by millions as creator of the world's best-read detective, Mr Doyle spent the last years of his life moving between Scottish lunatic asylums.
Dark suspicions have centred on his fate, with some suggestions he was merely a harmless drunk who was conveniently locked away by his family.
But Dr Allan Beveridge, a consultant psychiatrist at Queen Margaret Hospital in Fife, unearthed medical records in Dundee, Dumfries and Edinburgh that paint a sad picture of a man who lost his way because of alcoholism.
"He had severe alcohol problems, was violent at home and ultimately got brain damage," Dr Beveridge said. "When we looked at the lunacy certificates, it wasn't his conniving family who got him in there. It was a medical-legal decision by two doctors and a sheriff."
Conan Doyle was sent away to live with two elderly sisters as young as five, it is thought, because of his father's drinking.
As an adult, the author would sign off on his father's transfer to the Crichton Royal Hospital, then a lunatic asylum in Dumfries, paying his father's bills until he died.
Mr Doyle was born in London to an Irish Catholic family and moved to Edinburgh to take an architectural job with the Scottish Board of Works. He married Mary Foley in 1855, and they had nine children.
Nearly 40 years later, she wrote to his doctor at the Crichton Royal Asylum how drink had brought on delirium tre-mens, so that "for months he could only crawl and was perfectly idiotic, could not tell his name".
He ran up bills with traders, selling the goods for money to spend on drink and would "break open the children's money boxes. He even drank furniture varnish".
Dr Beveridge concludes that Mr Doyle's years of repeated drinking had resulted in brain damage and loss of memory.
The new research is to be unveiled at a conference in Edinburgh today.
"It makes it perfectly clear that we have all been mistaken in thinking that Conan Doyle certified his father," said Owen Dudley Edwards, the historian and leading expert on the author.
"It clears him of any guilt in any mind except his own."

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dirt circle track racing

Tonights post is for my mom to show her more of what me and the kids are gonna be doing, in preparation for next years racing season.

I'm building a dirt track racer for the bomber class-as a family project and to satisfy my need for speed. haha

Its an entry level class with hardly no modifications so as to keep it affordable for weekenders to have a little cheap fun.

Ill post pictures furthur along as I get it ready. Its still a good clean fun way for me and the kids to work on something exciting together. My little one says hes gonna be pit boss. There will be 6 or seven of us from here and Smiley running together at the races-makes things a little more fun. Theres the heat races to see who will be in the final 20 lap race, and then you get to watch all the rest of the races. Ought to be a blast.

lator gators

Monday, June 18, 2007

Having an affair

I have had an intimate affair the last 2 days with my toilet. I guess it was a stomach bug going around. The only bad time was when I went to the store and needed to use their restroom. Have you ever tried to quietly go take a poop with an upset stomach and be quiet about it? Its impossible to do without being completely embarrassed. Oh well-stuff happens.
Later gators.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fathers Day

Thinking of you Dad.

Friday, June 15, 2007

laugh again

The only reason people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
What do you mean, my birth certificate expired?
How Many Roads Must A Man Walk Down Before He Admits Hes lost?
Guys: No Shirt, No Service - Gals: No Shirt, No Charge
Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
"Marriage is give and take. You'd better give it to her or she'll take it anyway."
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
I have opinions of my own -- strong opinions -- but I don't always agree with them.
"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the world together.
Everyone has photographic memory; some just don't have the film.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

smile for a while

  1. Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.
  2. Girls are like phones. We love to be held, talked too but if you press the wrong button you'll be disconnected!
  3. The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.
  4. It takes 46 muscles to frown but only 4 to flip 'em the bird.
  5. Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
  6. What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere?'Hold my purse.'
  7. "Flying is simple. You just throw yourself at the ground and miss."
  8. Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery.
  9. I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
  10. A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
  11. Smell yall later!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

7 Wonders of the World

The Great Pyramids
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Colossus of Rhodes
Olympian Zeus
Lighthouse of Pharos
The seven ancient wonders of the world. What great imaginations the people had in those days. The sky was the limit. They thought outside the box. There was no limit to their thinking or their capabilities. These are no more than beautiful landmarks of the time commemorating the peoples heroe or leader of the time. Have we gotten so out of touch with the people around us that we have no need of leaving legacies or beautiful works of art or national monuments? Or is it that we no longer care enough about each other to have heroes or leaders we admire enough to do what they did or have we forgotten to instill in our youth the pride in accomplishments of great individuals, or of each other? These ancient civilizations did not have the capabilities of nowadays and yet the biggest and most beautiful and long lasting monuments were built by hand and have withstood the test of time. Trivial things occupy our time and thinking way too much. And here I sit typing on a keyboard sending signals wirelessly into space, watching tv wirelessly, talking on a wireless cellphone, listening to wireless radio music on wireless speakers....see what I mean. Technology has totally changed the way we do everything and about how we think of everything. What will future generations see and think of what we have done and how we have show appreciation for others . The reason such great monuments over time have been erected, is because the people were united in living and their way of thinking and their appreciation. Wonder what the seven wonders of the world are now:
wireless anything
Eiffel Tower
space station
Pyramids of Giza
The Great wall of China
What are your votes for the current 7 wonders of the world?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What do we do?

So it has been throughout the ages and will be for countless more. A soldier fights and does the dirty work for the room bound leaders who decide what is smart and stupid in running countries. Fear and respect are what make peace. Without them, fanatics always have tried to see what they can get away with. It is the way mankind functions. That doesn't mean it don't stink and cause grief and sorrow. Many of mankinds battles through the ages have been failures and retreats were called to regroup and rethink stratagies. I think it is time to rethink many of the stratagies we have utilized in the middle east conflicts. We have to decide whether we are going to fight nicely or go get the job done and come home. Strangely-I can't remember ever hearing of a fight won playing fairly or nicely. Too many of the fanatics nowadays have easy access to magic buttons they can press and blow up civilization and the world. SOOOOO- we are arriving at a crossroad in which the political policy makers and the leaders of our country, and we, the people of the USA must decide what we are going to do and how to do it.
Meanwhile the soldiers are still following orders, as they have since the dawn of time.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Thats my job

Hello out there- you krazy keyboarding kooks! Twas a very nice day with me cutting grass and playing with the kids on the trampoline in the water sprinkler, a laid back typical summer type Sunday with a small afternoon nap till a gnat flew down my throat and I nearly choked to death. Billy-my 8 year old asked me to watch him jump on the trampoline again, so I did. As I was fixing to come in the house he decided to do a flip twist roll off to the ground-which succeded in hooking his blue jean shorts at the waist on the trampoline spring. DDDDAAAAADDDDDDD. He was hanging upside down with his fingers touching the ground and a silly grin on his face. I asked him what he was gonna do? He didnt even hesitate "Thats your job Dad-you can fix anything-now get me down" I'm glad to finally know what my job is after all these years. Then I got him down and came in the house all puffed up with pride and sat down on the couch on one of his little toy airplanes-which are really ninja throwing stars with sharp points-and I have a new hole in my butt. Never thought I'd use them words in the same sentence. EVER! Yessiree, it was a typical weekend day at my house. Hope yours was as much fun as mine.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Aint gonna like me after you read this

"The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ''What we are so unhappy about?'' Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year? Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy. Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have , and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here. I know, I know. So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells , and when criticized, try to defend their actions by "justifying" them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane! Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed peoples on Earth and should thank God or something several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative."

Believe it or not this was from Jay Leno-but it says a lot!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

What the HECK!

Sometimes I just wanna scream! I'll just get through commenting on a post or writing a little blog post and have to enter the stupid letters as I see them. And whammmo-ERROR.Reenter the letters as you see them And just to make me feel bad-they will have a few less letters. And whammo-ERROR! Enter the letters as you see them. This time only 4 letters with wide spaces are staring at me defying me to be stupid again. Good God man-I wanna use a hammer on the keys to puntuate my entering them by this time. Why can't they just use normal font so my addled and senile and blind old butt can get it right the first time? Oh well- later.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What am I?

What am I---besides a nut. I am a minstrel of the Internet highways. A Minstrel was a professional entertainer of any kind, from the 12Th century to the 17Th. A juggler, acrobat, story-teller, spy, etc. or more specifically, a professional secular musician, usually an instrumentalist. The heyday of minstrelsy was chiefly within the period c1250-c1500.
While the organization of musical life and therefore the social status of the minstrel differed from one region to another, it is clear that some secular musicians of the later Middle Ages were completely outside the predominant social structure; along with entertainers and other professions, they had no fixed abode and owed allegiance to no civil or ecclesiastical authority.
With the romantic reawakening of interest in the culture of the Middle Ages, 'minstrel' became frequent in the special sense of wandering poet-musician, and to this day the word evokes the image of the itinerant singer accompanying himself on a plucked string instrument before an audience of knights and their ladies - a real enough phenomenon but only one among many in the range of medieval secular music.
One traditional role that has fascinated scholarship since the 18th century is that of the bard or epic poet-singer. He is usually supposed to have recited his lengthy tales to simple melodic formulae corresponding in their articulation and repetitions to the half-lines, lines and couplets of epic or narrative verse; he is also thought to have supported his song with an instrument such as the harp or fiddle or nowadays a keyboard. In most endeavors, the minstrel brought news and cheer to those he came across.

Monday, June 04, 2007


It is human to feel compassion for mankinds problems. It is human to to want to change the world.
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment.
Compassion is not sentiment but is making justice and doing works of mercy. Compassion is not a moral commandment but a flow and overflow of the fullest human and divine energies.
Compassion is an emotion that is a sense of shared suffering, most often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of others.
Just remember to balance ones compassion and desire with simple pleasures so you'll remain a well rounded human being. Too much of something is harmfull in the long run.

Almost sounded smart there for a second huh. Lator gator.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


I've spent the last few evenings working on another sub-page called crawfords history lesson. Its all about the Crawford clan in its earliest to latest. This is a work in progress but its entertaining.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Terrorists still trying

NEW YORK (AFP) - US authorities said Saturday they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot to bomb fuel supplies and pipelines at John F. Kennedy airport, averting a potentially catastrophic attack and "unthinkable" carnage at and around the massive airfield.
Four suspected Islamic extremists -- including Abdul Kadir, a former member of Guyana's parliament -- have been charged over the alleged plot, which officials said had links to international terrorist cells in the Caribbean and South America but was foiled well before it could be carried out.
"Had the plot been carried out, it could have resulted in unfathomable damage, deaths, and destruction," US Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf said, telling reporters in New York the plan was "one of the most chilling plots imaginable," barely three weeks after the arrest of six suspected Islamic radicals on charges of plotting to attack a US military base in New Jersey.
"The devastation that would be caused had this plot succeeded is just unthinkable," she stressed.
The plot allegedly tapped into Jamaat Al Muslimeen, described by justice officials as an international network of Muslim extremists from the United States, Guyana, and Trinidad.
Anti-terrorist forces arrested one of the defendants, Russell Defreitas, a former employee at JFK, in New York on Friday.
In Port-of-Spain, Commissioner of Police Trevor Paul said that Guyanese ex-legislator Kadir and Trinidadian Kareem Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Kadir is a former mayor and lawmaker in his country with the Peoples National Congress Reform-One Guyana (PNCR-1G).
The fourth defendant, Abdel Nur, also a Guyanese citizen, is believed to be hiding in Trinidad and Tobago, Paul said, though US officials said they believed he was at large in Guyana.
Defreitas was alleged to have said in a conversation recorded by an US agent who had infiltrated the group that blowing up the airport would have been of great symbolic importance and like killing late US president Kennedy again.
"Any time you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States," he was alleged to have said. "They love John F. Kennedy like he's the man .... If you hit that, this whole country will be in mourning.
"It's like you can kill the man twice."
He was also alleged to have compared the plot to the September 11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center more than five years ago.
"Even the Twin Towers can't touch it," he was alleged to have said. "This can destroy the economy of America for some time."
According to US authorities, the plot went back to January last year and would have involved blowing up buildings, fuel tanks and pipelines at the airport, which handles 1,000 flights and more than 120,000 passengers daily. The pipeline network extends into neighborhoods which could have been devastated.
Defreitas allegedly used his knowledge of airport operations to identify targets and escape routes and assess airport security, while also using satellite photographs of the airport downloaded from the Internet.
Another conversation, in which Kadir, an engineer by training, explained to his alleged co-conspirators that the fuel tanks would require two explosions suggested the plotters had some technical expertise.
White House spokeswoman Jeanie Mamo said only that President George W. Bush had been briefed on the investigation and that the operation was "a good example of international counter-terrorism co-operation."
In the Fort Dix case, the suspects, including a pizza delivery man who allegedly used his job to case the Fort Dix army base, were arrested May 7 as they tried to buy automatic rifles. Two undercover
FBI informers had earlier infiltrated the group.
Kenneth Wainstein, assistant attorney general for national security at the United States
Department of Justice' drew a parallel between the two cases.
"Like the Fort Dix case several weeks ago, this plot highlights the evolving nature of the terrorist threat we face," he said.
"Our investigation into both plots highlights how our agents and prosecutors are refining their capability to detect and pre-empt such plots before they advance to a dangerous stage."
Other alleged plots believed to have been thwarted in New York since the September 11 attacks included a plan to blow up a subway station and another plot to bomb commuter train tunnels linking Manhattan to New Jersey.

Friday, June 01, 2007


Graduation Night is over. I lived to see my oldest child\young man graduate from high school. I didn't know whether to hollar oboy or boohoo. I'm just glad he made it-being near the top of the class was just a bonus. He allowed me to give him a hug because he was delirious from that freedom feeling he had. He just hasn't realized that it will wear off and the harsh realities of life will set in. But for now he's a 17 year old graduated and leaving for San Diego in August. And I sit hear pounding the keyboard trying to figure out how those years disappeared, and how did he turn out so good? haha

One down and two more to go!