Don't forget - the Columbus Christmas Parade is tonight - 6:00
Using your credit card online is MUCH MUCH safer then using it "live". Plus you can hit more stores faster.
Of course then there is Cyber Monday which we are told is the beginning of internet shopping Christmas season and, we are told, it is the busiest internet shopping day, but it's not. It's just a marketing ploy. On a side note Black Friday is NOT the busiest shopping day. Again, it's all about marketing.
Me? I'm not doing any shopping because I'm at work. I'm also lacking any coffee in my system because I WAS fasting. I had blood work today - no worries, it's all about cholesterol. It's not that I have a lot of cholesterol - I actually have very little. In fact I have too little good cholesterol. Bad cholesterol is fine, good cholesterol I need more of. I also have no blood pressure. My blood just sort of sludge's along. One time I was having my pressure taken and the nurse asked if I was feeling OK and wanted me to lay down. It was like 80 over 40 or something but I had just woken up.
Carol Alt's (on right) new book called MODEL, INC is looking for a model for the cover and a good friend Rianna (on the left) is in the running for that cover.
All I ask is for you to go to the MODEL INK link and look for her. Vote often (hit the back button and vote again). If she wins she will get to go to NY with another person (I think a blogger would be perfect, make a great story LOL) for more shooting and all sorts of model stuff.
I tell ya - this is a banner year for Columbus. And next year looks like more of the same with lots of press from the Movie, a major (if I do say so myself) world wide blog sensation (well, perhaps not a sensation) and possibly a major book with our very own Rianna on the cover. Who knows what's next!
Laurent, The "FAN" from Brussels turned us on to this little article on the Channing Tatum Unwrapped site. You can read the new Empire Magazine article for Channing Tatum’s ‘Public Enemies’. It's getting close!! More and more words are being found about PE on the internet. I think we got past THE DARK PERIOD!
Since we had our Thanksgiving last weekend we had Thursday off. DJ said "I'm not really having much fun on Thanksgiving anyway" since she does the cooking and has all the food stress for the big crowd.
So we thought we would go to a Chinese Buffet for our Thanksgiving. Drove to Beaver Dam and guess what. Everything was closed except WalMart. Stunned we just walked around WalMart like hungry pathetic zombies hoping for free pizza. Nothing. We drove back home and I put up Christmas decorations.
I hope everybody had a restful Thanksgiving week and please be careful driving. It looks like a storm coming Sunday with 2 to 5 inches.
for any weather geeks out there here is the latest from NWS
The National Weather Service 2008-2009 winter forecast for Southern Wisconsin has an enhanced probability for above normal temperatures. There is an equal chance for the precipitation to be above normal, near normal or below normal. Snowfall should be near normal.
This forecast is based on the recent trend for warmer than normal winters and the forecast for near normal tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures this coming winter. During the past ten years, Southern Wisconsin experienced six winters warmer than normal, three winters near normal and one winter colder than normal. The mean winter temperature over the past ten years is about two degrees warmer than the 1971 to 2000 official normals from the National Climatic Data Center. Recent trends therefore suggest this coming winter will be warmer than normal.
For the seventeen winters when Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) in the tropical Pacific were near normal, six were colder than normal, six were warmer than normal and five were warmer than normal. For winters that followed a winter with the SSTs well above normal, as they were last winter, 70% of those winters were colder than the previous winter. However the mean temperature for those winters was only four tenths of a degree colder than the preceding winter. This all suggests that trend is a more powerful predictor than SSTs, which is why a warmer than normal winter is forecast.
Winter precipitation totals over Southern Wisconsin have not shown any significant correlation with Pacific SSTs. Also, there has been no statistically significant trend towards wetter or drier winters over Southern Wisconsin. Therefore, the forecast is for equal chances of a wet, normal or dry winter.
At Madison, there has been a very strong trend toward snowier winters. Other stations show an upward trend, but not nearly as large. Looking at winters were the Pacific SSTs were near normal, Madison has a 60% chance of having above normal snowfall and Milwaukee has its greatest frequency split between above normal and near normal snowfall with only a 20% chance of below normal snowfall. Thus, based on trends and the current state of tropical Pacific SSTs, Madison is expected to have above normal snowfall. For Milwaukee, near to above normal snowfall is forecast.
For the Packers, on the other hand, a below normal defense but a nice warm, cozy January in front of their own TV sets watching the Super Bowl is still forecast!
OH from Adubya concerning Sean's West Coast Blaster.
Rod - back to work.