27 January 2009
25 January 2009
22 January 2009
poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Yes," I answered you last night;
20 January 2009
The above video is of the new President of the United States being sworn into office and his inaugural address. I am proud to be an American on this day. We, as a nation, have shown that we are ready for change and aren't afraid to do it. Many Americans praise the election of a black man to our highest office. He isn't totally black nor is he totally white but rather he is a blend of both. To get a more historical look at inaugurations you may go to this page and see a video of the history of Presidential inaugurations and a few other videos of several other Presidents' inaugurations.
17 January 2009
14 January 2009
12 January 2009
This Day in History--Ever hear the names Amos and Andy and wonder who the heck they are? Originally, they were a two-man comedy series "Sam 'n' Henry"on Chicago's WGN radio station. Their first show was on 12 Jan 1926. Two years later they changed their names to Amos and Andy. Eventually they also made films. Controversy arose because the actors were white and they wore black-face makeup and this became a racial incident with the NAACP involved. Click on the icon below to see a clip of one of their filmed shows.
You can go to this page and download for free some of the older radio shows they made. For more information on "Amos and Andy" you may go to this page.
Crochet Update--I'm finishing up a toddler size blanket. It's mainly made of paton's poochie yarn. I'm not sure if I like it or not. It seems like it will be nice and toasty warm but the care label says to handwash and dry flat. That seems like a lot of work for this size item. Maybe it can be laundered in a mesh bag on delicate/gentle cycle and dried on low. Has anyone laundered this type of yarn? Let me know how you have cared for items made of it and what results you have gotten.
11 January 2009
09 January 2009
On the Hardin County Challenger page I was trying to research how many students at what ages and a budget amount for this center; I had no luck. I did learn that grades 5-9 are the primary patrons of these facilities from the national page. So lets look at the population of students of the approximate ages who would use this facility. Based on 5th graders being 10 years of age and including students up to the age of 14 for 9th should give us a reasonable estimate of potential visitors from Radcliff, KY. Age break down for Radcliff based on Census 2000 is found at this page.
- 10 yrs old 425
- 11 yrs old 406
- 12 yrs old 420
- 13 yrs old 403
- 14 yrs old 398
- Total 2,052
I spoke with Mr. Chance Fox, Chief Financial Officer, about the budgeted amounts the city contributed for the operation for the Challenger Center. He was rather vague and tried to avoid giving me specific amounts and told me that I could estimate the amount from the city's budget at $350,000 per year includes $190,000 bond money that has to be paid back no matter what. I insisted on knowing exact amounts and he said it would take him quite a while to get the information for me. I gave him my email address and hopefully it won't take too long for that information to get to me. I'm not holding my breath though. Anyway let's do some rough math calculations Estimated $350,000 from the city divided by number of eligible students in Radcliff eligible IAW Census 2000 that is 2,052. This ends up costing the city $170.57 per ELIGIBLE student in Radcliff. This does not mean that all these students visited this facility in one year. This is a big chunk of money for one city to put out for such a small number of residents. OK, I know, students from other towns and districts come there but remember, Radcliff pays for it! I'm going to step out on a limb here and say that a fourth of the students from Radcliff would use this facility in any one year. That means that we are paying out $682.26 for each student from Radcliff who may actually have used the center in one year.
The mission statement for this town can be broadly interpreted to possibly include anything . Let's take a look at it:
CITY OF RADCLIFF MISSION STATEMENT The City of Radcliff is dedicated to being responsive to its citizens, enhancing the quality of life for all residents by providing quality services, and promoting Radcliff as a community of vision.
I think this statement could use a little "tweaking." It is too broadbased and its interpretation can take on a different meaning depending on who is reading it. My quality of life has definitely NOT improved due to this facility and it is doubtful that it has improved the quality of life for most of the town's residents. I will post updates here if/when I get any.
06 January 2009
George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y. For more information on the Bush family you may want to visit the George Bush Presidential Library online. More photos are located there.
03 January 2009
01 January 2009
Potholder was made from an afghan square that I used double strands of yarn to make.