Friday, December 31, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


Thursday, December 30, 2010


The New Year Holiday Weekend is just about upon us. High school basketball, movies (True Grit), Chinese takeout by the fire, and lots and lots of college bowl games on TV. That, and staying up late and sleeping in in the morning is the way to celebrate the New Year.

For those of you who are missing my political posts just wait till after the BCS Championship when Congress comes back into session and our President gets back from Hawaii. When does the 2012 Presidential campaign start ! One year to the Iowa caucus.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas to New Year

The work week between Christmas and New Year is a strange time of the year. It's not a holiday but it's not really a normal work week. School is out for most students from kindergarten through graduate school. Many people have the week off. This year even the President is in Hawaii. It's also very slow at work for those who have to work except maybe those in retail sales.

For me , I like the time because I get to rest up from all the activities leading up to Christmas and this year our son is home from graduate school. We get to watch a few video movies, a college bowl game on TV and take in a high school basketball game or two. I look froward to a quiet night on New Years Eve. Maybe an early movie (The new True Grit ?) and Chinese food by the fire in the living room. I will try to make it up for Dick Clark's countdown to midnight on TV with that Brian CORRECTION Ryan what ever his name is. New Years Day is FOOTBALL all day.... college bowl games with lots of chips and pop. This year after New Years Day the countdown to the BCS Bowl will add another week to the Holiday Season. Go Ducks !

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Home for Christmas

One of the best parts of Christmas is having everyone at home. Both kids are now home and my sister is arriving tonight. Our family tradition is to have a large family meal Christmas Eve and then to open Christmas presents. On Christmas day the entire family likes to go to a movie (I am campaigning for the new "True Grit") and then look at Christmas lights around town. This Christmas we are very fortunate and lucky.

Christmas Humor

I agree with Bill O'Reilly that people and businesses are getting too reticent to say the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS" due to political correctness; but, I do find the satirical humor in this picture. In that spirit say "Merry Christmas" or be a "pinhead".

Merry Christmas !

Bubble Christmas Lights

I love Christmas lights and I particularly love Bubble Christmas Lights. When I was a little kid in the early 1950's one of my favorite things to do at Christmas was watch the bubble lights on our Christmas tree ... "bubble". Gradually as the 1950's led to the 1960's the bubble lights would burn out one by one. By the late 1960's we had a metallic tree with a color wheel shining on it. What where we thinking? Sometime in the 1980's I had a yearning for a return to the bubble lights of my youth. I searched and searched and they were very difficult to find. I finally found a string at a "Christmas Store" and we have been stringing it on our fireplace mantel for the last 20 or so years.. This year I put them on our tree and it really takes me back to my youth and they look great. We even went down to the store and bought more. They are now very easy to find. Some of them would not 'bubble" so I went "on line" and found out if you let them warm up and then unscrew them and shake them upside down they will start to bubble and it worked. Now I have 15 or so bubble lights on our tree and they are all bubbling. Merry Christmas

Christmas 1941

This is a re post of the story of the best Christmas card I ever received......

This morning I was reading Winston Churchill's book "The Gathering Storm" and I remembered a Christmas card our daughter sent us in 2006. I searched for the card and found it placed inside of William Manchester's biography of Churchill on a shelf in our dinning room. The card is my favorite all time Christmas card and for Christmas I put it out on the self next to my Winston Churchill statute. I wrote about it on this blog in 2006 as follows:

This year our daughter, who lives in Washington DC, sent us one of the best Christmas cards we have ever received. It is a painting of "The White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.... December 1941." The card was produced by the White House Historical Association. The painting on the front of the card is of Christmas Eve 1941 just weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II. The Christmas trees is shown in front of the White House and on the portico speaking to the crowd is FDR and Winston Churchill. Churchill had come to Washington DC to coordinate the war effort with FDR and was staying with Roosevelt at the White House.

There is a lot of detail of Churchill's visit in the new book "Franklin and Winston, an Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship" by Jon Meacham managing editor of Newsweek and is a very good read. An interesting passage from the book:

The prime minister's hours kept Roosevelt up later than he was accustomed to. Churchill would wander into the President's bedroom at any hour if he had something to talk over..... The late-night conversations were fueled by war and drink... Winston... ate and thoroughly enjoyed, more food than any two men or three diplomats;and he consumed brandy and Scotch with a grace and enthusiasm that left us all open mouthed in awe....

That night they spoke to the crowd in front of the White House and to the nation on the radio. Jon Meacham described the night as follows:

There was a vast crowd, the voices drifted across the keen night air, the carols--old and yet for ever new--were sung in an atmosphere mellowed by the lights and the shadows... the voices of the President and the Prime Minister rang out with a message of hope and courage...Roosevelt introduced Churchill as "My associate, my old and good friend"

Churchill said:

I spend this anniversary and festival far from home....Here in the midst of war, raging and roaring over all the lands and seas, creeping nearer to our hearts and homes, here, amid all the tumult,we have tonight the peace of the spirit in each cottage home and every generous heart. Therefore we may cast aside for this night at least the cares and dangers which beset us, and make for the children an evening of happiness in a world of storm. Here, then for one night only, each home through out the English-speaking world should be a brightly-lighted island of happiness and peace.... Let the children have their night of fun and laughter... before we turn to the stern tasks and formidable year that lie before us. Resolve that by our sacrifice and daring these children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world

According to Meacham, Eleanor Roosevelt had been worried that FDR would have a bad Christmas because it was the first Christmas after his mothers death but the influx of guests and increasing work made it practically impossible for him to think too much about any personal sorrow.

Churchill had heart palpitations during the ceremony and Churchill was sad to be apart from his wife Clementine at Christmas.

After that momentous night a Christmas Tree would not be lit again on the White House grounds for the duration of the war.

The Christmas Card out daughter sent us is one I will aways treasure....... If you look closely you will See FDR and Churchill. Thanks, Marry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Where do we get such men !

Click on the link for a Denver Post story about an Oregon Duck fan from Yakima Washington serving in Afghanistan.

So this is what I want for Christmas: that Keith's knee heals, and he makes it through all his deployments, and marries that pretty dental hygienist, and talks her into moving with him to that bucolic valley apple farm near Yakima, and settles down to a long, boring, contented life critiquing quarterback choices and telling stories, when asked, about the years he spent in a bowl-shaped Afghan valley, his days walking patrols, his nights watching every star in the universe twinkle into view in the dark, wild sky. Please, Santa?

Read more: Colorado Voices: My wish for a soldier - The Denver Post
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lest We forget this Christmas Season

As we celebrate Christmas we should not forget those who have given their lives in defense of freedom and those who who are now in combat against the forces of evil and darkness around the world.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Home for the Holidays

Last Tuesday we went out to the Jackson County International Airport to pick up our son who is home for the holidays from Kentucky. Tonight we will pick up our daughter who is flying in from Washington DC. I love the trips to the airport this time of year and the best part of Christmas is having both kids home.

Last weekend, with my son's help, we put up our outdoor lights along with a light up Santa next to a big green "O" in lights for Oregon. Santa is waiving green and yellow pom poms. We also added two large Oregon Duck flags to the outside decorations in honor of Oregon's appearance in the BCS Championship Game. This year the Holidays will stretch to January 10, 2011 the date of the game. Christmas, New Year and the BCS Championship. What a great Holiday season. Merry Christmas and Go Ducks!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SHOUT for the DUCKS & "Animal House"

Otis Day and the Knights of the Movie "Animal House" are scheduled to perform at 5:00 p.m.,on January 9th, at the University of Oregon Pep Rally in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is the day before Oregon plays in the National Championship in nearby Glendale Arizona .

This past season at Oregon's home football games, the Shout soundtrack was played along with clips from the movie on Autzen Stadiums big screen to get the crowd engaged.

Did I say the movie "Animal House" was filmed at the University of Oregon and is one of my favorite comedy's of all time? How perfect.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Music

Time to take a brake from Oregon Duck Football and their going to the National Championship for Christmas. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! It's one of the greatest traditions of Western Civilisation.

One of things I love about Christmas is Christmas music. Every year after Christmas I lament that I didn't listen to more Christmas music before the big day. For the last few years in December we have been listening to Christmas CD's in our car on the way to work. My favorite songs in no particular order are:

Pop Christmas Music:

"White Christmas", by Bing Crosby from the movie "White Christmas"(1954) and "Holiday Inn"(1942)

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby

"Little Drummer Boy" by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas",by Judy Garland from the movie "Meet Me in St Louis"(1944)

"The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole

"It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams

"Aspenglow", by John Denver

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry

"Frosty the Snow Man" by Gene Autry

"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" by Perry Como

"Silent Night" sung by the troops at every Bob Hope Christmas show at the end with the cast and crew.

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd

Traditional Christian Christmas Music:. (I am not religious but this is beautiful music that everyone can enjoy.)

"O Come All Ye Faithful"

"Away In A Manger"

"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"

"Joy To The World"

Old English Christmas "Sing Along" Songs:

"Deck The Halls"

"We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

"Jingle Bells",

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Take a trip inside an Oregon football fan’s troubled mind".

Click on the title for a link to a wonderful column by a duck fan published in Willamette Week. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom. Today I sent a link to my wife and she said I could have written it..... I wish I had. Just a sample of the column:

Whatever your fixation, it helps get you through the day, connects you to others who share your itch and helps separate you from the hoi polloi who aren’t smart/witty/handsome/athletic/well-read enough to recognize you’re part of a super-special community of fellow travelers.

My passion? Ducks football. Has been for 38 years.

On the outside, I’m a normal guy. ....

From my own experience I remember when my kids were young and we were camping on the southern Oregon coast with my parents on Labor Day weekend.There was no radio reception at the campground of the Ducks game so I left the family at the camp ground and drove 30 to 50 miles to Coos Bay to pick up the game on the radio.

Earlier when I was in the Army at Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri I was allowed to buy a Sunday newspaper and first thing I would do was go to the sports page to see how the ducks had done on Saturday.

Or how I would always listen to the Ducks on a transistor radio when I worked my Saturday job at a variety store in Coos Bay as a stock boy in high school and dreamed of going to college and watching my Ducks !

And now my Ducks are playing in the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

A friend of mine sent me a link to the above article with the words "We are not alone"

Monday, December 06, 2010

Everyone was watching the Ducks on Saturday in the Civil War Game

Wiley Wickre in Washington D.C. gets ready for the "Civil War" game between Oregon and Oregon State. I wonder who he was for !

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Jerry Allen, Radio Voice of the Ducks, Reacts to 2010 Civil War Victory

Jerry, as his voice breaks in emotion, express for all of us "old time" Duck fans what this all means to us...... after all the years of, at best mediocrity, the Ducks have done what only we could imagine in our wildest dreams.

I can still remember in the early 70's as Oregon QB Norval Turner ..... we called him "Norval Turnover"...... fumbled yet another ball and as we all groaned in frustration..... a fan stood and turned to the crowd around him and said "you knew it would be like this!" and we all had to agree. The annual humiliations at at the hands of U$C,UCLA and of course the hated Huskies of Washington.The gradual improvement of the program under coaches Rich Brooks, Mike Bellotti, AD Bill Byrne,and the help of our favorite uncle, Phil Knight. Bill Byrne's buying us into the Independence Bowl in Shreveport in 1989 ... those of us who attended almost got frost bite ! The days when you could bring an umbrella to Autzen and no one minded because the stadium had lots of extra room as the rain poured. But we kept coming and soon there were more of us fans and then more and then a full Autzen Stadium which became the loudest Stadium in the Nation. Yes, we heard all of that in Jerry's voice. We love you.

Now on to the National Championship..... Let's Go Ducks......Win the Day!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Oregon Ducks to BCS National Championship

It's a great day to be a Duck. Oregon beat Oregon State in the "Civil War" game 37 to 20 to go to the BCS National Championship against Auburn in Glendale Arizona.

I never thought I would live to see this day.

Go Ducks... Win the Day!


would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one more chance, just one more chance, to come back to Recer Stadium to BEAT THE BEAVERS !


Friday, December 03, 2010

Video: A message from the Duck!

While you are waiting for the Civil War game to start:

Vote for The Duck for Mascot of the Year at

GO DUCKS! Win the Day!

At the Precipice Of Immortality

The Civil War game tomorrow could be the beginning of the biggest events in the state of Oregon since the Portland Trailblazers won the NBA championship in 1977. These sort of sports events don't come along very often, particularly in the state of Oregon. As Bob Rikert of the Oregon writes:

if the Ducks get by the Beavers tomorrow, they'll have done something no other Duck team has done, or maybe ever will.

Enjoy it now fans. Enjoy it right, now.

Go Ducks....... Win the Day!!!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Time Goes So Slowly

It's only Wednesday and I can't wait for the "Civil War" game to start between Oregon and Oregon State on Saturday.

This game has been weighing heavily on my mind for at least three weeks. I believe the Oregon Ducks have across the board superior talent. On the other hand, the Oregon State Beavers have often beaten Oregon Duck teams due to more desire. Most of Oregon's players are from out of state and sometimes we have lost to the Beavers because of complacency and failure to realize how much the Beavers want the game. That could be the case on Saturday. Oregon State teams often come out like rabid dogs and play their hearts out.I respect them for that!I have been told that this Oregon Duck team has more of a "blue collar" ethic, than past teams, and they will need it on Saturday. The last two years we have spoiled Oregon States bid to the Rose Bowl by beating them and they will be out for revenge. This year if they lose there will be no Bowl Game for them. If we lose we go to the Rose Bowl and if we win we go the the National Championship Game. The Beavers would feel on top of the world if they could deny us that chance for a National Title. It would be their greatest game in history and they would remind us of that fact for the next 100 years ! We have only one mission and that is to beat the Beavers. The Vegas gamblers have Oregon favored but I don't believe it. Oregon players can NOT be overconfident!!!!!
Going to their stadium is like going to Hel*. I have been to many other stadiums and their fans are the WORST I have witnessed. We need to jump on them early and put a figurative stake in their heart early.

Thomas Hobbes once wrote that "the life of man,(is) solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Hobbes never won a "Civil War" game.... but he was dead on if you lose.

As former Oregon State football coach Dee Andros, once said about the "Civil War" "it's for the right to live in the State of Oregon."

Time goes so slowly waiting for the game.

Go Ducks! Win the Day!

Joint "Civil War" Lunch in Medford

Click on the title above for a link to the Medford Mail Tribune's news story on the joint "Civil War" lunch held here in Medford yesterday.