Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians, 4. 8

Monday, January 28, 2008

What about you?

Four jobs I've had:

1. I've been a receptionist
2. I was a very good waitress at Howard Johnson's restaurant.
3. I was a unit clerk on a surgical floor in a hospital
4. For the past 30 years I have been a Delta Air Lines Ticket Agent/Supervisor

Four places I lived:

1. My childhood home in Wyoming, Ohio
2. A house on the ocean in Rockport, Massachusetts
3. A rustic home on a dirt road in Canaan, Maine
4. A home in downtown Boca Raton, Florida

Four movies I've watched over and over:

1. Doc Hollywood
2. The American President
4. Any Shirley Temple Movie

Four shows I watch:

1. General Hospital
2. Martha Stewart
3. Regis and Kelly
4. Dancing with the Stars

and usually MSNBC

Four places I'd visit again:

1. Prouts Neck, Maine
2. Marin County, California
3. Natchez, Mississippi
4. Fernandina Beach, Florida

Four favorite thing to eat:

1. Lebuchen...once a year at Christmas
2. Pepperoni Pizza
3. Eggs
4. Creme Brulee

Four things I look forward to this new year:

1. a healthier body weight( guess I'd better find 4 new favorite things to eat)
2. Spring
3. Travel
4. Spending time with Grand Kids

For the record....

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday!

Vote for Ron Paul!

Not only does he fit the mold of traditional Republican values -- fiscally conservative, socially conservative and a constitutionalist -- Paul also supports calls to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and the federal income tax. Where Paul deviates from the party line is his vocal opposition to the war, which has marginalized the medical doctor among many mainstream GOP supporters.

There was a strong anti war pro Ron Paul crowd in the Florida Primary Republican Debate audience on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida tonight. Results from a MSNBC post debate text messaging poll showed Ron Paul leading before the network decided not to post the official results at the end of the post-debate coverage. The move clearly gets conspiracy theorists abuzz on the Ron Paul posting forums. There was no doubt once again that the clear winner of the debate was Ron Paul.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ship 102 arriving in Orlando

Here she is...landing in Orlando for my flight from Orlando to Ft Lauderdale. Thought you'd enjoy seeing the Salute!

The Ride of my Life....

December 15, 1982: A Special Day for Delta Air Lines
The dedication of Ship 102, The Spirit of DeltaIn the spring of 1982 the airline industry was suffering from a weak economy, high fuel prices, and the effects of an air traffic controllers strike. For the first time in 35 years Delta posted a quarterly loss. As a way of expressing their appreciation for the company during this time, Delta employees spearheaded Project 767—with a lofty goal to purchase the first Boeing 767 aircraft to give to the company as a gift. Lead by 3 flight attendants, the grassroots project focused on a voluntary program to raise $30 million through the combined efforts of employees, retirees, and friends.
The nearly impossible goal became a reality on December 15, 1982 when Delta employees gathered at the Technical Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia to present the company with its first Boeing 767, Ship 102. Christened The Spirit of Delta, the aircraft was unveiled before thousands of employees and the international media. This historic aircraft, a visual symbol of that which makes Delta unique, has served as an ambassador of the Delta culture for over 23 years by displaying special liveries commemorating the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Delta's 75th Anniversary in 2004.

The Spirit of Delta's Farewell Tour, February 21-March 6, 2006
After 23 years of service, The Spirit of Delta has retired. To mark this special occasion, Ship 102 embarked on a Farewell Tour to give employees, retirees, friends, and charities one last opportunity to be a part of Spirit's history.

One of the highlights of my career was being selected to participate in the Farewell Tour of Ship 102. I flew into Orlando for my farewell flight from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale on Feb 21, 2006.
I was SO EXCITED. What I didn't know was that I was about to have the ride of my life. Once I boarded, I was selected again....this time to ride in the Cockpit! This was amazing. When a Captain retires, it is a tradition to shoot a water cannon over the aircraft upon arrival. Since this aircraft was retiring, each time it arrived in a city, the Fire department had two fire trucks ready to shower the aircraft . They shoot the water over the aircraft from both sides and the plane rides under the arched shower. I watched as the plane arrived in Orlando...but watching from inside the cockpit upon arrival in Ft Lauderdale took my breath away. I still get teary eyed when I think about this experience.
I thought of this when you all were talking about careers. I never wanted a career, but God had a different path for me. I know that I missed out on some very important events because of Delta, but I also have been able to experience some really wonderful things, meet some of the best people in the world and be where I needed to be at a moment's notice and for FREE.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Childhood Photo

Just received this photo from my cousin, Barb, in Minnesota. She and her sister are taking old slides and making them Digital. Have no memory of this...guessing it was a Dungan family reunion...probably in Indiana. I just LOVE this photo. I have been thinking about my folks alot lately...missing them....and then this showed up. This would have been early 1950's. Mark was born in 1954...and he doesn't look very old. Since this was a slide...there may be no documentation.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Surprise Surprise Surprise

Isn't it fun when you can actually pull off a surprise. Today I am sitting at Robin's computer. I did a little coordinating with Hannah...my secret partner in crime...and I have the table all set....stopped at Publix on my way over here...Got all the "fixins" for a little Birthday Lunch.
Helium balloons inside and outside....bright yellow table cloth and fancy birthday plates.!!!
I thought of being really sneaky and parking my car down the road...but let's not get carried away. Made some pigs in a blanket...bought Fried Chicken fingers and salad...a cheese/vegie tray....CARROT CAKE...rolls...I'm salivating right now...it smells so good in here. I just LOVE Publix.
Michael and Robin celebrated their birthday's already...Michael in Leesburg and Robin here in Tallahassee....but what the heck....I'm certain they won't turn down more presents and cake!
While I am typing, Tigger is climbing all over the computer. It's a good thing I took typing...don't need to look at the keys or the screen. He is CRAZY. He is just small enough to fit in the tiny spaces and thinks everything is something to swipe his paws at.
Well....the party should be starting soon. Now be very still and in just a few minutes...when I give the signal.....
YELL SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Today in History

This is theKennebec River in Waterville, Maine...a very special place...and January 11, 1975 became a very special date in this place. It looked a little different on that day...33 years ago...it was COLD....about -40 Degrees ( true temperature- not wind chill) and there was a lot of snow...about 4 feet. I remember waking up and thinking..."Why did I eat so much ice cream last night"...and then it occurred to me...am I in labor? It was a Saturday morning....drove 20 miles over some bumpy dirt roads in our 1970 VW Beetle to downtown Waterville...Thayer Hospital. We walked into the hospital and the nurse asked if I were in labor...I thought she was asking if my husband was my neighbor..and said GOD NO! Anyway...once we got that straight, I was admitted. I arrived at the hospital at about 9am. I watched cartoons until about 1:30 pm when I started feeling too uncomfortable to watch tv. I was taken to a room and the labor intensified. I do remember the shift change ( about 3pm) and thinking I would have all new nurses...but the one assigned to me stayed. At 3:45pm I was taken to the Delivery room. My doctor finally arrived about 4pm and Robin was born at 4:13 pm....a natural childbirth...at 6lbs 6 ozs - 18 inches long...she was truly the most beautiful baby I had ever seen and she was so tiny. It was the happiest day of my life....and for the past 33 years....Robin has given me so much joy. Happy Birthday, my dear. I love you more today than words can say. You are still the most beautiful baby and a true gift from God.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Moving in with my Kids!

I started thinking about retirement...and decided that I want to live with Robin. She is a good cook...so I know I would be well fed. She is artistic...so I know she could keep me occupied with crafts...she has a kitten, so I know I could bring my kitten ( if she is still alive). Robin is a talented decorator...so my accommodations would be lovely. Robin reads and would probably read to me if my eyesight goes. Robin has a great sense of humor...so I would probably be laughing all the time. It just seems like a good fit. I am already getting excited at the prospect. I know it may be a few years down the road...but hopefully, when the time comes...I will be welcome. I will keep my area neat and tidy...I will be at least as good as Robin was when she was living with me....PS If possible, I would like to bring Jason with me.