Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
From Reason TV with tongue in cheek, the award for Nanny of the Year went to Eastchester New York Supervisor, Anthony Colavita who hoped to ban even fast casual restaurants like Chipolte and Panara Bread from his city. "You can go get your sandwich in Larchmont. We aren’t going to cheapen the town with fast food or these formula fast-quick casual places.")
In second was Halle Berry who wanted to make photographing celebrities a crime. And in 3rd place went to Oregon state rep, Mitch Greenlick who wanted to not only ban smoking but make smoking a crime and to put smokers in jail.
Our family, at least on my side, recently learned through geneology dna tests that German is a very small part of our heritage. But since many Missouri Synod Lutherans have German ancestors and Dale is 100 percent German, this might be a fun quiz to take. How German are you?
I got 67 percent and all of that was just guessing.
Now this is fun. A North Carolina State Ph'D student, Joshua Katz, published a group of linguistic maps which show how differently Americans pronounce words. The linked site has 14 of these maps with word examples.
The first one they show is caramel which around the country may be pronounced as Car mel or Carr Ah Mel. If you enjoy maps and words this might be a fun site to check.
What a great story. I don't know how many other states which border on the ocean set aside portions of shoreline for dogs to swim and play, but how great is this. Looks like there are a couple in Florida and one in NC. If you own a dog, you know how happy most breeds are to run in the sand and jump in the water.
Tomorrow night is the White House Correspondents Dinner, a fancy dinner for political reporters and the president which is also known as the 'nerd prom'. It's like the Academy Awards for journalists. Everyone dresses up, has dinner and then sits back to laugh at the commedian chosen to be the main speaker and then the president's humorous response.
This is televised in total by CSPAN with the cable news stations carrying the entertainment portion. What makes CSPAN's broadcast best is that they carry every minute of the evening from the red carpet arrival of big names in news, actors, rocks stars, athletes and the like, to people milling around their dinner tables to the exits.
Conan O'Brien will headline this year's event, hopefully he will be relaxed and confident enough to make fun of the president and press which has long been the purpose of the WHCA's dinner. During Obama's term, however, there has been a stiffness to the humor by other speakers and reporters because Obama is not one the media types really want to laugh at. Clinton and Bush were different. They seemed to enjoy the jokes and gave back as good as they got.
Whatever happens, it's a night of tv that is worth watching. CSPAN begins their coverage at 5:15 CST with the arrivals while the cable networks will begin at 8 CST.