Friday, June 5, 2009

A Drive Through The City

Last Sunday we went in to the city to attend Mass at the Basilica. I wasn't able to get any good photos of the inside or outside of the church, but someday I would like to. If you are interested at all in architecture and designs you would want to tour this church. For now I will just show a few houses I was able to snap a photo of as we were driving back. Oh almost forgot the first photo was the beautiful skies that day. Last weekend was a really good weekend to lie in the grass and stare at the clouds here in St. Louis. One of my favorite things to do when I was a child.

This is the entry to the Basilica. This one turned out okay.


This is part of Washington University, I think....


These next pictures are just homes on the street as we were leaving.


I was surprised these came out clear, because we were probably driving about 40 mph.







I liked that these are all brick. We need brick houses in St. Louis with our weather.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lilies

I have been really busy the past few weeks and I am so ready for a break this weekend.
I hope the weather will be nice so that we can do something that doesn't involve too much work.
I went out in the yard the other day and took a few pictures of the lilies in bloom.



Katy and I went to the show last night and saw "Angels and Demons".
It was pretty good.
I wish they had cast Harrison Ford instead of Tom Hanks though.


Too tired to have anything creative to write about today. Hope my mind wakes up tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Happy Birthday To You....

Today is Katy's birthday. Here we are right after she was born in the recovery room. Instead of writing a bunch of mooshy stuff on this blog about her I thought I would just try to recall what 1980 was like. After realizing that this could take me all day and not wanting to rely too much on my memory, I decided to just copy and paste some highlights of 1980.

  • Who Shot JR? is talked about heavily from the TV show Dallas. On November 21, the conclusion draws more viewers than any other show in TV history up to that point.
  • Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR, The US boycotts
  • Post-It Notes are introduced by 3-M
  • The first all news service started by Turner Cable Network begins
  • John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman
  • Ronald Reagan is elected, defeating Jimmy Carter, and takes credit for freeing the Iranian hostages in his inaugural speech.
  • Poland has massive strikes, eventually the unions become legal, and censorship is lessened.
  • About 125,000 Cubans leave Cuba for America, most are criminals hand picked by Castro's men, only a few are relatives of those in America.
  • The US Supreme Court allows patents on living organisms.
  • Mt. Saint Helens erupts, killing 60 people.
  • CNN is launched as the first all news network
  • ABSCAM, FBI agents pose as rich Arabs and bribed politicians with cash for favors.
  • Richard Pryor gets badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
  • Small pox is considered eradicated by the World Health Organization.
  • Sadam Hussein launches war against Iran for close to a decade over oil rights.
  • Japan passes the US as the largest automaker
  • Bill Gates licenses MS-DOS to IBM, makes next to nothing on the deal. The pair buys the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and uses it as a template. The money is made later from licensing it to third party clone makers.
  • SEPTEMBER 22, 1980 - Proctor and Gamble Co. announces a recall of its Rely brand tampons when federal studies conclude their use increases chances of toxic shock syndrome.
  • Genetic Engineering of insulin began clinical trials.
  • US suspend grain sales to the Soviet Union in respond to their support of the war in Afghanistan.
  • President Carter attempted a helicopter rescue of the hostages in Iran, failing miserably.
  • US hockey team beat Russia for the gold in the Winter Olympics.

US GDP (1998 dollars): $2,784.20 billion
Federal spending: $590.95 billion
Federal debt: $909.1 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):
$17,710
Consumer Price Index: 82.4
Unemployment: 7.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15


Academy Award, Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer, Stanley R. Jaffe, producer (Columbia)

Grammys awarded in 1980
Record of the Year: "What a Fool Believes," Doobie Brothers
Album of the Year: 52nd Street, Billy Joel (Columbia)
Song of the Year: "What a Fool Believes," Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, songwriters

Miss America: Cheryl Prewitt (MS)

Even with all that was going on in the world during that year...nothing was more important to us than having Katy being a part of our world. Happy Birthday Katy! You will always be our little doll baby.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever