Archive for May, 2006

Entry for May 22, 2006

May 22, 2006

This past weekend was our Miata club’s annual trip to the Great Smoky Mountains to visit Deal’s Gap, one of the greatest sports car roads in the world. We had a lot of rain and clouds, but also a lot of fun. The mountains are beautiful in the Spring, and the roads are great for motorcycles and sports cars.

A web site for Deal’s Gap is

Currently, in the upper right corner is a picture of a sand truck that went off the road Friday, causing the road to be shut down for a couple hours. Most of our group was isolated from their hotel, but we were able to turn around and go back the other way, since we were staying in Townsend, Tennessee.





It’s a boy!

May 18, 2006

My fourth nephew arrived this morning at 10:17 :-).

Vincent Thomas weighed in at 10 pounds 5 ounces, 21 3/4 inches in length. Everyone is doing fine, including his older brothers Nick and DJ.

We’ll go see him next weekend. This weekend is our annual trip to Deal’s Gap with other members of the Greater Cincinnati Miata Club. It looks like we will have warm weather, but may have to dodge a few thunderstorms.

I want to say hi to Johnny, KF4PCH of east Tennessee, who stopped by my web site. He is a motorcycle guy who has the good fortune to live just a few miles from Deal’s Gap, an area that has some of the best motorcycle/sports car roads in the world. Drive safely Johnny!

Anthem booing

May 15, 2006

The anthem booing that went on in San Jose last night (some San Jose Sharks fans booed during the singing of “O Canada”, the Canadian national anthem) is pretty bush league.

The NHL has players from the United States, Canada, and many countries all over the globe. These players are spread pretty evenly across the teams.  In fact, when we attended the Edmonton-Columbus game earlier in the year, I noted that while the Oilers  had one player from Edmonton, Columbus had THREE from Edmonton.

So, when a team from a US city plays a team from a Canadian city, it is not American players vs. Canadian players. Both teams will have many players from both countries, plus many from Europe and elsewhere.

They say you can always find somebody worse off than you are. While we have had a lot of clouds and rain, I understand that there has been flooding in the Northeast. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14, 2006

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

We’ve been stuck in a cloudy, rainy and cool weather pattern here lately. We had sunny skies Saturday morning, so I got a chance to mow and get caught up on some things outside. But in the afternoon, the clouds and rain returned.

Next up for us is a trip to the mountains next weekend, if the weather breaks.

Louis Rukeyser, RIP

May 3, 2006

This past weekend was a fairly wet one for us in central Kentucky. I had just a bit of outside stuff to do. Fortunately, I got it done late Sunday morning before the rains came.

Last Thursday was beautiful however, and I joined a work-associate of mine at the Keeneland race track. It had been years since I had been there. I had a net loss of $9, but my friend made a ton of money, and I learned a lot about horse handicapping from him. With sunny skies and a temperature of about 68, it was an ideal time to get away from work for awhile.

With as much financial journalism as is available today, it might be easy to forget that at one time, there was very little radio and TV programming related to the stock market. Louis Rukeyser was one of the pioneers who changed that. He knew he had to make investing interesting and fun to make people tune in to his Friday night show, hence the “puns” he was famous for. I watched pretty much every week for years starting in the late 70s, and learned a lot that helped me as a novice investor. Lou, we won’t forget ya’ anytime soon.