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Rainy Day BBQ….

Posted by BenSpark on July 31, 2005

Today Allison and I were at her parent’s house for a BBQ. I got up this morning and went and got the ice for the beer and soda. Then I fogged the back yard for bugs and we prepared for everyone to arrive.

Folks started arriving at 12:30pm and we had plenty of food, but the sun wasn’t out and the rain was falling. So everyone was in the house. Around 3:00 the rain stopped and we went outside. I jumped in the pool, because this weekend I was going to go swimming, no matter what. The weather had been so terribly hot this past week and I really wanted to swim today. I even went out and bought some pool toys so we would have something to do in the pool.

The pool toys were a couple of plastic Orca whales that when you held them underwater and released them, they would ‘swim’ to through the water to the surface. After a couple dozen tries I finally got one to go about six feet across the pool. Bart stood on the desk and flipped one into the water over and over with the pool net. We made a game out of how many flips the whale could do before it would land in the pool and whether or not it would land, ‘clean’ i.e. minimal splashing.

Dano cooking the grub.

Hours of fun for a mere $5.

I’ll take my ice cream cake in the pool please.

We had a good time today and lots of fun. Bart and Erin agreed to read at the wedding, and we are very happy to have them share with us that day.

We should be leaving for home soon. I took a great nap today.

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Dinner at James and Danielle’s

Posted by BenSpark on July 31, 2005

Tonight Allison and I were at James and Danielle’s new house. (Well, I haven’t been there yet and they have been there about a year now, so it is new to me.) We had a very good time and plenty of good food to eat. Ken and Alicia came over as well. And Dick and Peggy were there. Danielle’s friend Jodi and Bill and their daughter Josie came over too. At James and Danielle’s wedding I was paired with Jodi and she was pregnant with Josie at the time. I thanked Josie for waiting till a week after the wedding to arrive. James and Danielle have two dogs, Adri and Cara. Adri is a pit bull mix and Cara is a bloodhound. They are both very good dogs, lots of energy in each of them. Adri is warming up to me and Cara loves everyone.

Ken, he boycotts the blog.Alicia

James

Danielle and Adri

Allison and Cara and Danielle in the background.

James and Cara.

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Photo-A-Day #113 07/30/05

Posted by BenSpark on July 31, 2005

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Tonight Allison and I went to James and Danielle’s for a BBQ. This is their Bloodhound Cara. She is a beautiful dog. Lots of energy.

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Site Changes…

Posted by BenSpark on July 30, 2005

In an attempt to make this site more compact and easier to navigate, without bombarding you with ads and long lists of links, I have been making some changes. The changes are taking longer than expected because of the numerous coding items that I am setting up for the site. I haven’t even thought of doing anything to the actual design look of the site, as far as color and graphic changes.

Gradually I am converting all the links to drop down menus so that you don’t have to scroll as much to find your favorite sites.

I’ve added a table to the top with some things like a Flatwater Bookstore Findings section, basically books and movies I think you should have because they are awesome or because I am currently reading/watching them.

Then Photo-A-Day is right there on top of the screen along with the options to get the BenSpark as an RSS feed. A link to Blogroll the site and a link to my Blogshares page.

This leaves the sidebar less cluttered so that you can go directly to the Wedding F.A.Q. and see our countdowns.

I do have to find a way to get the Trivia game link in a more prominent position. That is why alot of people come here.

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Triboro Plaza…

Posted by BenSpark on July 30, 2005

Back when I was in Jr. High and High School the only place to see movies was Triboro plaza. Tonight I went to see Batman Begins with Andy. Triboro is exactly as I left it 10+ years ago. Not a thing has changed. The theaters, the concession stand, and even some of the video games are still the same.

Batman Begins introduces us to a new Batman, more human, and yet stronger than any Batman who has come before.

I liked Batman Begins very much and Christian Bale was fantastic. I still like Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the Dark Knight. I will have to see both again to make my final call about who is the best Batman.

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Photo-A-Day #112 07/29/05

Posted by BenSpark on July 29, 2005

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Allison’s friend Jen gave us this cat condo. She is moving and had to part with her cats. One of them still needs a home. He’s a beautiful cat and very loving.

Duncan has his freaked out sniffing face on. That look on his face looks like he’s mad but really he is trying to get a better smell. And with some new smells from unknown cats they are doing a ton of smelling today.

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55 Words..

Posted by BenSpark on July 29, 2005

Today while checking out Questionable Content, I took notice of a link that J. Jacques had on the sidebar. It was for a site called 55 words. The concept is that the woman who runs the site writes 55 word short stories. I don’t think I could tell a story in that short a time.
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BTW (The post message was 55 words, not including this bottom stuff, see I couldn’t tell a story in 55 words.)

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Have you heard of this guy….

Posted by BenSpark on July 29, 2005

Just stumbled across this but looks like it would be a funny and entertaining show to see. One Man Star Wars Trilogy and One Man Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I watched the two videos that he has and they are pretty funny. The guy is talented and very energetic. If you are New York you might want to check it out.

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Photo-A-Day is back on the BenSpark

Posted by BenSpark on July 29, 2005

I decided to post the large Photo-A-Day image back on the main blog. I found it silly to expect people to go from one place to another just to see the picture. If you are just surfing by and would like to add Photo-A-Day to your blog then you can use this code.

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Photo-A-Day #111 07/28/05

Posted by BenSpark on July 29, 2005

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Tonight there was a block party downtown. Allison and I headed down there to see what was going on. We caught up with my Aunt Corrine and my cousins Maddie and Haley. Then we saw Don and Alice and I even ran into a friend from high school whom I had not seen since I graduated from high school. She was there with her son.

There were a couple of volleyball pits set up in front of the post office and a rock wall across from the bank. Each of the restaurants downtown were selling food outside. Allison and I got a blooming onion and brought it back to the house to share with Mom and Dad.

Then we grilled a couple of pork chops and had a nice dinner.

This was my favorite classic vehicle, I wonder why.

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