Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gustav!

Folks kept asking me about my parents and the hurricane. I didn't know what their plan was, as I spoke to my father a few days ago and he didn't mention a thing. So I gave him a ring.

Like I assumed, my mother is heading up to MS to stay with the relatives. My father, as expected, will be at work in the city. (For those of you who somehow don't know, my father is a photojournalist, so his job would be to record whatever insanity ensues.) As for my Coastie brother in NJ, he is being picked up by a C130, being flown to Jacksonville to wait out the storm and then perform search and rescue wherever needed. So, as my dad puts it, "I'm going to New Orleans and your brother is coming to rescue me."

As for me, I'll be hopping along in my little 737 like usual.

Monday, August 25, 2008

City Nicknames!

Here are a few city nicknames that I have heard over the past 3 1/2 years. You should be able to pick out the real city name.

Trampa
Detiolet
Sacapatatoes, Smurfville (ok this is sacramento, the second one stemming from its city code: SMF)
Midland-Slowdeatha
Lost Wages

ok so this is all of them I know. (I thought I knew more) Anybody know any others?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How to Make a Flight Attendant Happy

Yes, we can be grouchy. When you get stuck inside an aluminum tube with hundreds of people hours at a time and you are given the reigns to impart some sort of civilized environment, it can be enough to stress anyone out. Here's how to make our job SO much easier:

1) Be aware of those around you.

Thats it. Its not what you do to us, it's what you do to others. Well, yeah be nice to us too. I could go on all day about this, but I feel that I shouldn't have to.


And thought of the...week I guess...on the Olympics.

Isn't it funny that on the U.S. Olympic team we have Russian gymnasts (Nastia Luikin) African runners (Abdi Abdirahman) Laotian Badminton players (Khan Malaythong) and Japanese Judo (Sayaka Matsumoto)?? All of these athletes countries traditionally excel at those sports. How odd would it be to see a white boy born in Iowa running the 100 for Jamaica??

-JJ

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Eat Your Heart Out Texas!

I had a grand time at the Grand Mesa this past week. I was a little sad that I missed a lot of the Olympics, including the opening ceremonies. But I'm sure I can make up for it in the coming days.


Bluebell Shcmoobelle! Our time at the Mesa was highlighted by the amazing wildflowers that were blooming. We strolled on the Crag Crest loop trail, and it was definitely a top 5 favorite trail. Other than that, we spent our time NOT catching fish (except for Kelsie's 3) and eating amazing Wylie food.







More Pictures can be seen here.

-JJ

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Interesting Ad

Not really sure how I feel about this. I saw it while flying into DIA. Papa Johns decided to carve an ad into the local wheat fields....

In about an hour I'll be heading out with Kelsie and her mom and dad to their cabin in Grand Mesa. Be back soon, probably with pictures.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

NCAA Football Predictions

Ohio State will inevitably cruise through their Big 10 schedule, (despite one loss to some crappy team) and meet and get yet again annihilated by an SEC team...this time in Georgia.

Colorado will break the top 25.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Lookout Mountain

This morning I woke up semi-early, racked my bike on my car, drove the 1.5 miles to the base of lookout mountain here in Golden, and proceeded to climb it all the way to the top. I've never done such a climb, and actually it was easier than I expected. I even passed a couple folks on the way up! (Never mind the 2 ladies who scorched me on the way up..AND on the way down. look you punks who are about to make fun of me, I have no doubt in my mind those ladies could take you down!) Speaking of down, that ride down was fantastic. Though I was a little frightened of having a blowout and flipping over the handlebars going 60.

Next I would love to do one of those awesome mountain passes!

In other news last night Tami and I went to the Rockies game. I splurged and got us seats way down low. I even taught her how to keep score during the game! I haven't seen a Rockies victory in person since April 2007. I figured with 14 game winner Aaron Cook on the mound, playing the league worst Nationals, this was as good a shot as ever. We lost 9-4.

View from our seats

And lastly I got new insoles for my work shoes. Here are my old ones when I pulled them out.

Yikes.

-JJ

Friday, August 01, 2008

Screw your head on straight!!!

In September of 1939 Germany invaded Poland, sparking the beginning of the second world war. Germany was a world power that held a form of government called communism.* Flash forward a couple years and in America, the very word "communism" was not even to be uttered in public.

*Retraction: I've been corrected that Germany was not communist, but fascist. But the point is still in tact. Thanks for making me look DUMB, grubbsy. ;)

It's just a form of government that happens not to work. Nothing about Communism is inherently "evil". Unfortunately it all got wrapped up to become synonymous with the Nazis. Just because someone thinks Communism just might work, doesn't mean that he would like to travel Europe enslaving Jews.

Flash forward to today, and the country is all up in arms because one of our Presidential candidates is being accused of being Muslim. Do I care if he is Muslim? No. No I don't. I don't think he is, but even if he were, I don't think it matters. Just because a President is a Christian doesn't make him a good leader of a nation, and in the same way a President being Muslim doesn't make him a bad one.

For most Muslims, the only crime they ever committed was being loosely associated with the Muslims who act as terrorists...those terrorists are only extremists. I found this quote by Richard Bulliet, who is a professor of Middle Eastern history at Columbia, and he says it pretty well.

"Jim Jones, David Koresh and Meir Kahane do not typify Christianity and Judaism in the eyes of the civilized West, but those same eyes are prone to see Osama bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar as typifying Islam," Richard Bulliet

I just worked with a girl who happened to be part Pakistani. She was born here to an Oklahoman mother and a Pakistani father, who was in the Air Force. She rattled off story after story of ignorant folks who constantly bring her and her family into question just because of her Middle Eastern name. Shameful.

What do you think of when you here the word "Allah?" I'll admit that for a time, in my younger and more ignorant days, I just thought of a terrorist running into a crowd of people with bombs strapped to him. Allah is only an Islamic term for God. Yeah, the same God that you and I pray to. Granted the religion from there on down is different (Jesus-Muhammed), but I think the God is one in the same.

What, do you think that if a Muslim becomes president that he's gonna just invite terrorists to come over and have a field day? Please, grow up. Vote for whoever you want, just don't let a skewed view of Islam cloud your judgment.