Archive for July, 2009

One of Those Idiots Looks Familiar!

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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Nashville Trip Number Two!

Friday, July 31st, 2009

We met Robin Meade, the morning anchor from Headline News!

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Some thoughts on a great book…

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I just finished reading the wonderful book by Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes, and by sad coincidence yesterday I learned that he has died. The book is the author’s memoir and starts out with the line “My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born…”. In brief, the setting is the 1930s and 40s, McCourt is just a small child whose family is Irish, very poor, and a series of terrible circumstances lead them to depart the United States and head back to Ireland. While his father is a likeable fellow, he is also a raging alcoholic who can’t keep a job so they are constantly “on the dole”. At times, he even drinks away their “dole” money and they are left with very little to eat and dressed in rags. His mother, Angela, does the best she can to keep the children clean and respectable, but is eventually left high and dry by her husband and is forced to demean herself by begging for food. But, the thing about this book that really struck me was that despite McCourt’s completely deplorable living conditions–a state of poverty that people in this country today couldn’t even imagine–he had hope, which was to someday return to America. He worked and committed petty crimes to save money for fare to America. He, and those around him, recognized that he was intelligent and would be unable to realize his potential if he stayed in Limerick. America was the shining example of successful individualism, a place where one could start with nothing and work their way to something. While it makes me proud that this country was once such a source of hope for people like McCourt, I am also saddened by some of the ways America is now changing. People, including myself, need to get more involved and stop this country from heading down the path to European style socialism. Personally, I do not want America to merely be equal to other countries; I want her to be the best, to be that thought in a little poor boy’s mind that gives him hope for a better future. If that is “typical, American arrogance” that some people feel the need to apologize for than so be it.

Samantha

We’ve Added New Albums…

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

In the Gallery section, we’ve added new photo albums for our trip to Nashville and some Wyoming pictures from Frank and Brenda’s trip.

We loved Nashville so much…

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

We’re going there again in 9 days! This time we are driving, so we’ll see how bad it is. We are staying downtown, but at the Marriott Courtyard (pictured below) instead of the Hermitage.

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We will be within closer walking distance to Broadway Street and the Riverfront than we were before… We are very excited!

Samantha

Bit by the country bug…

Monday, July 13th, 2009

We had a great time in Nashville! The Hermitage is a beautiful hotel, although we did have some problems with the air conditioner. Some of the live acts we saw on Broadway were amazing and I must confess that I am really enjoying country music now. Some of my favorites are Stay by Sugarland, and In Color by Jamey Johnson. Breakfast at the Pancake Pantry was definitely worth the hour wait. (We even went back the next morning.) I was afraid that the place would be a tourist trap with mediocre food but that certainly wasn’t the case; everything we ate was delightful! We got absolutely soaking wet at the 4th of July celebration, but the fireworks were great, despite the torrential downpour. The zoo was also fun. A lot of walking, but it wasn’t too awfully hot. Hopefully, we’ll be posting some pictures on the site soon. Mark met Wynonna Judd, and we both met Hank Williams Jr.’s daughter, Holly Williams. We are looking forward to going back to Nashville!

Samantha