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  1. Thank you Santa Bernie for the wonderful gifts!!
  2. The 2011 Darwin Awards! OK my friends... It's with great pleasure that I announce... it's that time again. The Darwin Awards are out! These Annual Honors are given to the persons who did the human gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way. You may recall that last year's winner was the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine which toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out. This year's winner was a genuine Rocket Scientist... no jive! Read on... and remember that each and every one of these is a true story. The nominees were: Semi-finalist #1 A young Canadian man, searching for a way of getting drunk cheaply because he had no money with which to buy alcohol, mixed gasoline with milk. Not surprisingly, this concoction made him ill, and he vomited into the fireplace in his house. The resulting explosion and fire burned his house down, killing both he and his sister. Semi-finalist #2 Three Brazilian men were flying in a light aircraft at low altitude when another plane approached. It appears that they decided to moon the occupants of the other plane, but lost control of their own aircraft and crashed. They were all found dead in the wreckage with their pants around their ankles. Semi-finalist #3 A 22-year-old Reston, VA man was found dead after he tried to use octopus straps to bungee jump off a 70-foot rail road trestle. Fairfax County police said Eric Barcia, a fast-food worker, taped a bunch of these straps together, wrapped an end around one foot, anchored the other end to the trestle at Lake Accotink Park, jumped and hit the pavement. Warren Carmichael, a police spokesman, said investigators think Barcia was alone because his car was found nearby. "The length of the cord that he had assembled was greater than the distance between the trestle and the concrete," Carmichael said. Police say the apparent cause of death was "Major trauma." Semi-finalist #4 A man in Alabama died from numerous rattlesnake bites. It seems that he and a friend were playing a game of catch, using the rattlesnake as a ball. The friend - no doubt a future Darwin Awards candidate - was hospitalized, but lived. Semi-finalist #5 Employees in a medium-sized warehouse in west Texas noticed the smell of a gas leak. Sensibly, management evacuated the building, extinguishing all potential sources of ignition; lights, power, etc. After the building had been evacuated, two technicians from the gas company were dispatched. Upon entering the building, they found they had difficulty navigating in the dark. To their frustration, none of the lights worked. Witnesses later described the sight of one of the technicians reaching into his pocket and retrieving an object that resembled a cigarette lighter. Upon operation of the lighter-like object, the gas in the warehouse exploded, sending pieces of it up to three miles away. Nothing was found of the technicians, but the lighter was virtually untouched by the explosion. The technician suspected of causing the blast had never been thought of as ''especially bright'' by his peers. And now the winner of this year's Darwin Award; as always, awarded posthumously; THE 2011 WINNER! Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded in the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a car. The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene. Police investigators finally pieced together the mystery. An amateur rocket scientist had somehow gotten hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take Off... actually a solid-fuel rocket) that is used to give heavy military transport planes an extra 'push' for taking off from short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. He attached the JATO unit to the car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the JATO! The facts as best could be determined are that the operator of the 1967 Impala hit the JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site. This was established by the scorched and melted asphalt at that location. The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20 -25 seconds. The driver, and soon-to-be pilot, would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog fighting F-14 jocks under full afterburners, causing him to become irrelevant for the remainder of the event. However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied and completely melted the brakes, blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface, then becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting the cliff face at a height of 125 feet, leaving a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock. Most of the driver's remains were not recoverable. Epilogue: It has been calculated that this moron attained a ground speed of approximately 420-mph, though much of his voyage was not actually on the ground. Really...we couldn't make this stuff up. People like these are all around us. They have kids and they vote! BEWARE!!
  3. Thank you, Kirk & Kim!!! When I first saw it...it just screamed my name!!
  4. Kirk, that was absolutely beautiful!! It made me think of the Winter programs Tommie and I went to see Chris perform in and now we look forward to doing the same with TJ!!! Thank you so much for sharing that beautiful story!!! It is so easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the season and to forget the real reason for this season!!
  5. When you click the link and read about their "babies" I know as most of us here are parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles there is no way your heart cannot be moved by the choice these parents must face. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/healthy-two-headed-baby-born-brazil-192245708.html
  6. http://sports.yahoo.com/box/news?slug=ap-mayweather-felonycharges
  7. Steve, that is a wonderful memory!!
  8. Hmmmm.....great topic! I miss the early 70s when I was a kid and everything was great. Music on the radio...each song was better than the next one!! I miss playing outside with my cousins in the summer until the street lights came on!! I miss our adventures....going to the San Luis Rey river and catching crawdads and then letting them go!! I miss the ease and simplicity of those days!! I miss those big headphones Dave spoke of!! I also miss radio station KDAY in Santa Monica that I could only hear with a lot of static late on Sunday nights!! I miss the excitement of purchasing the newest album by my favorite artist of that time ELTON JOHN!! Oh yeah, I miss the KTEL and RONCO albums!! They always had something for everyone! And yes, I miss my family and friends who've transitioned into eternity. I know they are watching and waiting!
  9. What do you buy a 4 month old for Christmas? Bear in mind that this 4 month old already has everything because Mom and Dad shop for him at will. So what do you suggest we get him for Christmas? All answers will be greatly apppreciated!!
  10. missm

    Happy Chanukah!!!

    Happy Chanukah to all of my family here at EC.com who celebrate Chanukah!! 8 days of celebration must be fantastic!!
  11. Tony, please believe me when I tell you one "real man" does end his name in "ie"...as does his little son!! Also, please click on this link!! http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=2007134554829&source=jl999
  12. Tony, Tommie and Chris (my oldest son) both wish everyone here a very Merry Christmas!! See I did not make you post look like "huh"!
  13. TJ and I want to wish each of you the merriest of Christmases!! It has been my pleasure hanging out with our family here!!
  14. Great photo and information, Aventurine!! As for what husbands notice and what they don't. Well, my husband is the same way. He knows everything about the NBA and yet it took him years to remember my birthdate!! But we love them anyway, don't we?
  15. Oh how I wish the "October Surprise" would be Chris Christie!!
  16. Camarillo Kirk...wonderful photo of your Camarillo Kitty!! I love it!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
  17. Happy Birthday, Andy!! What a special early Christmas gift you were and are to your parents!! You are so special that they sing about you in the movie the Grinch. You know the song BAHOO DORE!! May your birthday be one of your best yet!! May your day be spent surrounded by those you love, with lots of cake and ice cream and good times!!
  18. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/did-bumbo-ignore-child-safety-in-favor-of-profits-.html IMHO anyone who places this seat on a table or other elevated surface is just begging for a tragedy!! TJ in his Bumbo seat...on the floor where it belongs!!
  19. Marilyn, that is amazingly informative (re: New Zeland), charming, cute and just overall...GREAT!!
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