Memories

And I’ll react when faces find you

10 November, 2011 (12:00) | Memories

My friend Ashley used to be super politically active.  Maybe she still is, not sure.  Prior to the 2008 election though, she was working as a volunteer for Barak Obama’s campaign.  He had a stop planned for somewhere in Ohio, perhaps Youngstown, and she wanted to go, but didn’t have a car.  I had my truck, and I was up for an adventure.  I never claim to be involved in politics, but I was certainly intrigued by Obama, and I had been doing a little bit of homework.

So we filed into a packed college gymnasium to hear his speech.  I couldn’t tell you what he said now, but I remember appreciating his charismatic ways.  After the speech, Ashley wanted to get close enough to shake his hand or talk with him.  I wasn’t all about that, but I stood with her.  As he’s making his way down the line of people, shaking hands, taking pictures, signing autographs, he ends up taking a book from a girl and signing the cover.  I watched this happen and then the girl kind of lost position as Obama’s posse kept moving him along.  He looked for the girl, but couldn’t find a way to give her the book back.

I caught his eye.  I definitely stood out in the crowd due to my stature.  I gestured for him to pass me the book with a lower lip curl, a head tilt, and a flip of my hand.  His eye brows raised and he motioned the book in the girl’s direction, confirming my intent and our understanding.  He handed me the book as I reached above the head of the guy in front of me.  For that split second, we carried the weight of that book together.  I took the burden of the book from him, and then gave it to a very excited college girl.  She immediately thanked me and flipped open the cover to see what he had penned.

I thought I was just going to give Ashley a ride, but I ended up helping the president complete his duties.  Go me.

Hall's Rules of Social Order

Hall’s Rule of Social Order #208

7 November, 2011 (12:00) | Hall's Rules of Social Order

Eagle Scouts are among the best men you’ll ever meet.

I’m just saying, an Eagle Scout would be the first boy to get approval to date my daughter.

LEGO© Creations

Pittsburgh in LEGO bricks – a “mini” series

3 November, 2011 (12:00) | LEGO© Creations

I once set out to create a model of Pittsburgh out of bricks.  It didn’t turn out well.  Scale is a hard thing to maintain when constricted to the shapes of LEGO bricks.  So, the mini-series was born.  As I’m inspired, or as requested, I’ll set out to recreate individual buildings and landmarks.  Here’s what I got so far:

The Civic Arena:

The US Steel Tower:

The Cathedral of Learning:

 

I’ll probably set out to create a “larger scale” version of the cathedral of learning, but I just couldn’t resist this one.

Hall's Rules of Social Order

Hall’s Rule of Social Order #110

31 October, 2011 (12:00) | Hall's Rules of Social Order

Animals should not wear clothes. God gave them fur and hair for a reason.

NOTE: Hairless animals still should not wear clothes. Clothes are for people!

LEGO© Creations

No Real Than You Are LEGO Man

28 October, 2011 (18:07) | LEGO© Creations

I’ve had Ego Leonard in the hopper to blog about for a while now, but it seems current news has beaten me to the punch!  Turns out, one of his extra large 8 foot tall LEGO sculptures has “washed up” on a Florida beach.  How appropriate, seeing as LEGO opened up another Legoland theme park in Orlando!  Funny thing is, by the looks of the NYPost article, they have no idea whose it is, but I do!!

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/mysterious_giant_lego_man_washes_Yjgp65IsyMtwG9pTlbTtWO#ixzz1c701z3vK

Pittsburgh

best of the world pittsburgh

28 October, 2011 (14:50) | Pittsburgh

I’m sure you probably heard by now, but Pittsburgh was ranked on of the best places of the world by National Geographic.  I, too, am a little skeptic and possibly embarrassed.  Sonoma Valley, Ca was the only other US location selected.  I mean, Pittsburgh’s great n’@, but I don’t think it’s worthy of the 7 world wonders or anything.

here’s the complete article:  http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2012/#/botw-main-gallery-pittsburgh_41334_600x450.jpg