Friday, October 12, 2012

Genealogy, I am doing it!

I have two great loves in life: my wife and the Middle East. My worlds have just collided. Apparently my wife's distant cousin, John Chambers, is famous. He was a Hollywood make-up artist (earned an Oscar for his work on the original Planet of the Apes film) and also helped to smuggle Americans out of Iran during the hostage crisis in the late 1970s. He is one of the main characters in the new Ben Affleck movie, played by John Goodman. I discovered all of this by accident yesterday while reading the New York Times. I told my wife and she just shrugged. She already "knew all of that." I can't believe it! She's famous and I have to be the one to tell everybody! I just have one question: Does reading New York Times' movie reviews section count as genealogical research?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day to my dad, Pete.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I have to tell someone or I may explode...

I run a countywide school volunteer program, in case you forgot. We screen and train thousands of people to serve in schools. Today was a day that will live in infamy.

I received a photograph of a woman's arm, complete with bump.
Subject: Proof of Negative TB.

I so want to post it here for you all, but I am so dangerously close to the line in sharing this already...

Should it frighten me she is seeking employment as a teacher in another district? Eeek.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Eating the last of my New Zealand chocolate. What you didn't have any? Must have been an oversight... I certainly wasn't hoarding.

 (Picture courtesy Are you kidding? I ate mine too fast to take a picture.