My nephew and niece, Brad and Pam

Brad and Pam

Brad and Pam

As you may have noticed in my past postings, I absolutely love my nephew, Brad and niece, Pam more than anything in the world.

My sister, Cynthia just sent me a recent picture of the both of them. Brad was a couple days shy of his 21st birthday and Pam is 17 1/2 years old. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by! Brad is a senior at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and Pam is a senior at T.L.Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. It should be fun to figure out my travel plans for next year to be at their graduations!

When I first saw the pictures, I started to cry… as Pam said on my Facebook page… “you’re such a sap! lol jk.” What can I say, I just love them so much!

As an Aunt, I couldn’t be prouder of them. They both have grown up to be kind and caring people (I guess I have my sister and brother-in-law, Dan to thank for that — Thank you!).

And here is one from when they were younger:

Young Pam and Brad

Young Pam and Brad


I love my niece

She is such an angel

I love my nephew

He is so adorable

I like how they talk to me

And I to them

I always learn new things from them

And I hope they are learning from me

My niece has so much to give

My nephew does as well

I love my niece and nephew

For all my heart to be

I love you Brad and Pam!!

Your Aunt

(Found this poem on the Internet, but couldn’t find the author’s name.)

Magic of Date of Birth

How do people come up with things like this??

I love finding strange and weird things on the Internet. Here is a fun one.

Magic of Date of Birth

Take the Date you are Born

Multiply that by 4

Add 13 in the result

Now Multiply the result by 25

Subtract 200 from that.

Add the month you are born

Multiply the result by 2

Subtract 40 from that.

Multiply it by 50

Add last two digit of the year you are born.

Subtract 10500 from the result

Now see the magic

Billy Mays, “The King of Infomercials”

Who buys this stuff??

Billy Mays, “The King of Infomercials”, you have seen him on TV, late at night selling all kind of different stuff. He is a television commercial and infomercial salesperson cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products.

Here are some products advertised:

The most recent one I saw was for the Big City Sliders — a.k.a. mini-burgers. (Click on picture if you haven’t seen it yet.)

Big City Slider Station is the mini burger sensation that’s sweeping the nation. You just scoop, press, and cook on ANY stove…and in just minutes you’ll have 5 mouthwatering sliders!

It always looks good when they use it on TV, but that isn’t always the case when you get it home. For example, I brought that “egg peeler” device called the Eggstractor for my sister one Christmas. I think she used it once and it destroyed those poor eggs.

What’s funny part about those Billy Mays’ infomercials is that I will sit there and actually watch the stupid thing and all those other As Seen On TV items. And here I am blogging about it and I get nothing in return! 8)

So if anyone buy one, let me know how it works.

What I’ve been listening to this week on my iPod…

I haven’t been listening to my iPod as much lately since the Beijing 2008 Olympics were on. But I have been listening to my songs on my iTunes while I was watching the Olympics. (Yes, I am talented, I can do two things at the same time!! Whoo Hoo!!)

If you could look at my iPod/iTunes, I have many Playlist. From 80’s Music to Classic Rock, Soundtracks to World music and dates of when the songs have been added.

Here is the top played songs on my Playlist: 70’s Music: “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul. I just love this song.

“Me and Mrs. Jones” was a number-one single originally performed by soul singer Billy Paul, recorded and released in 1972. The single became Paul’s only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at that position for three weeks in December of 1972.

Here is a live version of the song from 2002.

I also have other artists singing this song:

Is this song in your iTunes library?

NFL 2008-2009 Season: Regular Season Starts Sept. 4

Here we go again, my preseason pick to take it all is the Detroit Lions.

Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions

I love this time of season, where hope reigns eternal that my team — The Lions will win. That this is the year!

If only…

The NFL season is about to start and being a Lions fan (since I was a kid), I have to pick them. But besides the Lions, I have some other favorites. And know with the current events of Brett Favre going to the New York Jets, my second pick — the Green Bay Packers is now off that list now.

So just taking a quick look at the NFL website, here are my preseason picks:

(Sylvia’s rules apply here — always subject to change)

Sorry to the Texas teams – Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, living in Texas hasn’t made me a fan.

So when the regular season begins on September 4th, will see how my early picks do during the season. And I will cheering my Lions on, like I always do!!

Dancing with the Stars — Season 7

Today was the announcement of the celebrity and their professional partners for the 7th season of Dancing with the Stars. As you might remember, I am a big fan of the show and I blogged about it weekly. I even made my early picks on who I think might win — I was right when I picked Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas as the winners of season 6.

So here is the list of season 7 celebrity and their professional partners, I’ll give you my picks for the winner and wild card for the season at the end.

Toni Braxton, singer, and season one DWTS champ Alec Mazo
Lance Bass, singer, and Lacey Schwimmer
Ted McGinley, actor, and Inna Brayer
Cloris Leachman, actress, and Corky Ballas
Warren Sapp, former NFL star, and Kym Johnson
Rocco DiSpirito, chef, and Karina Smirnoff
Kim Kardashian, TV personality, and reigning DWTS champ Mark Ballas
Maurice Greene, Olympic gold medalist track and field star, and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke
Misty May-Treanor, Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Susan Lucci, Emmy-award winning soap opera actress, and Tony Dovolani
Jeffrey Ross, comedian, and Edyta Śliwińska
Cody Linley,actor, and two-time DWTS champ Julianne Hough
Brooke Burke, TV personality, and Derek Hough

My early favorite pick :

  • Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

My wild card pick:

  • Ted McGinley and Inna Brayer

Should be an interesting dance couple:

  • Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson
  • Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff

Might be painful to watch dance:

  • Jeffrey Ross and Edyta Sliwinska
  • Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas

Side Notes:

  • This could be the season that Maks wins!!??
  • Where is Jonathan Roberts, he was one of my favorites?

Now remember, these are my early picks. After I see the first show, I can change my mind once, twice or three times… 8)

I can’t wait till Monday, September 22nd.

Goodbye to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Well the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ended tonight and overall I enjoyed watching the Games. I also spent a lot of time online looking at several sites pertaining to the Games. I paid more attention to these Games than any of the Olympics in the past.

One of the sites that I visited daily was: Daylife — Olympics Pictures. They has some of the most incredible pictures of the Games. This is going to be a site that I will continue to visit even after the Games are over. I have also liked the NBC Olympic website. I liked that I was able to find athlete’s profiles on this site and they had detailed information on each sport in the Olympics.

It’s going to be interesting to see if London will be able to do as well as Beijing did in 2012? I already have the London 2012 website bookmarked!

Side Notes:

The Men’s basketball Team USA beat Spain to win the gold medal! I stayed up to watch this game and I was getting a little nervous that the score was so close. But at the end, they pulled off the win.

I love this picture of the team putting their medals on Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski). Too bad the coaching staff doesn’t get any medals. So it was cool that the team did this for him.

I also liked when Team USA went over to shake hands with Doug Collins. That was pretty classy of them doing that.

A brief yet poignant scene also was playing out. Several players went across the court to shake hands with Doug Collins, a broadcaster calling the game who was a key member of the 1972 U.S. team that lost the final to the Soviet Union in one of the most controversial moments in Olympic history.

“He gave us such an emotional speech when he came to camp in Vegas and it moved us all,” (Kove) Bryant said. “We all felt the pain he had in his heart and the big loss to Russia. And we just wanted to share this moment with him.”

My favorite commercials from the Olympics was Nike — Just Do. It featuring Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem and Team USA Men’s Basketball team.

I think I have already mentioned that this is the greatest version of the anthem of ALL TIME!!

Men’s Volleyball

Men’s Volleyball games was also an exciting to watch. I am glad that Team USA beat defending champion Brazil to win the gold medal.

And then there was the story of the tragedy to Coach Hugh McCutcheon family. The gold medal will not change what has happened to his family, but I’m sure it was a goal that meant a lot to them.

Now I can get back to my normal sleep pattern and stop trying to figure out which is better — The country who has the most medals? or Which country has the most gold medals? I still think it’s the country with the MOST medals!

So until the next Olympics — Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

Happy 21st Birthday Brad

Bradley James Keesler

A young Brad

Today is my nephew Brad‘s birthday. He was born August 24, 1987, so that means that he is turning 21!! I can’t believe how fast time has gone!

I remember when he was born, it was one of the happiest day’s of my life. So I wanted to wish him the greatest of birthday and let him know that I love him very much!

Here are some things that I wish for on your birthday:

When you say, “I love you”, mean it.

When you say, “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye.

Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

Talk slowly but think quickly.

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

Laughing so hard your face hurts.

When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Spend some time alone.

Remember the three R’s:

  • Respect for self;
  • Respect for others;
  • Responsibility for all your actions.

Be safe and have a great birthday!!

World’s Greatest Athlete – Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay of the US won the gold medal in the Decathlon. I blogged before the Water Polo may be the hardest sport in the Olympics, but I think the Decathlon might over take Water Polo in the hardest sport in the Games.

The decathlon is an athletic event consisting of ten track and field events. Events are held over two consecutive days and the winners are determined by the combined performance in all. Performance is judged on a points system in each event, not by the position achieved.

The modern event is a set combination of athletic disciplines, testing an individual’s speed, strength, skill, endurance, and perseverance; it includes five events on each of two successive days. The emphasis of the first day is on speed, explosive power, and jumping ability; the second emphasizes technique and endurance.

Day 1

Day 2

So I guess any make athlete who can do all of these event in a two-day period and win, should be called the World’s Greatest Athlete.

Funny Side Note:

I guess if I have to compete in a multi-event, it would probably look more like this — Dwight’s Centathlon.

I think I could win a couple of those on that list!

Why is Rhythmic Gymnastics in the Olympics but not Live Pigeon Shooting?

The other night I was watching the Beijing 2008 Olympics and they were showing Rhythmic Gymnastics. And I was wondering to myself… why is this sport event in the Olympics? (Others would be Race Walking, Trampoline, Synchronized Swimming and Synchronized Diving.)

Then I was wondering what other sports, that were once in the Olympics but not any more, should be if they let Rhythmic Gymnastics be apart of the Games. I found this Strange discontinued Olympic sports by The Associated Press:

Rope climb (1896, 1904, 1924, 1932): Using only their hands, competitors try to see how fast they can get to the top of the rope.

One-hand weightlifting (1896): Similar to the modern snatch event, but athletes were only allowed to use one hand.

Tug-of-war (1900-1920): Two teams of eight try to pull a rope six feet; if neither team reaches the mark after five minutes, the team that pulls the farthest wins

Underwater swimming (1900): Swimmers were awarded points for how far they went and how long they stayed under water.

Swimming obstacle race (1900): Racers had to swim through the River Seine, climb up and down a pole, then go over and under several boats.

Live pigeon shooting (1900): The birds were released and shooters tried to kill as many as possible.

Rugby union (1900, 1908-24): One of the most popular team sports in the world still waiting to get back into the Olympics.

OK, Live pigeon shooting, there may be a good reason that is not an Olympic sport. But I can see Underwater swimming and Swimming obstacle race good events to watch. And how could you lose with Tug-of-war! I can definitely see that as an Olympic sport. Getting the best eight athletes from each nation… giant mud puddle in the middle… if that is not entertainment, I don’t know what is.

Now at the Beijing 2008 Games, Baseball and Softball will be bumped from Olympics as of 2010. One of the reason I heard that softball was being eliminated because of lack of international interest and U.S. dominance in Softball and Cuban in Baseball. But as you can see, Japan won the gold in Softball. So maybe they should keep these sports in the Olympics.

Man, I have way too much time on my hands to write about this… there has to be some 12-step program out there to help me! 8)

Side Note:

Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beat the Brazilian team to win the gold medal in Beach Volleyball.

Phil Dalhausser, left, and Todd Rogers

Phil Dalhausser, left, and Todd Rogers

The game was exciting to watch and I was cheering on the US Team. I was waiting for NBC to show them running around the court and hugging their families like Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh did the night before, but they didn’t. What’s up with that? Don’t worry, I already know the answer to that question. There were no skimpy uniforms and it was only their first gold medal. How sad!

Whatever, I enjoyed watching the Men’s Beach Volleyball games.

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