Banana Stew

Thursday, May 07, 2009

What is Facebook trying to tell me?

Well, I would like to think so, but she may be too smart for me ...

Plus, she appears to have a thing for guns that I never knew about.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

House chickens


Friday, October 31, 2008

The Wheel Turns

Sixteen years ago today, I took a blind date to a Georgia Tech football game using tickets donated by a friend. The game went well, we continued on to dinner, a movie, and a long conversation at the Dark Horse bar. Ten hours after picking up my blind date, I called my best friend from high school to let her know that I'd just met the girl I was going to marry.

And, a little less than 2 years later, I did.

Tomorrow, sixteen years and one day after that fateful first date, I will be taking my little girl to her first Georgia Tech football game using tickets donated by a friend. It's going to be a daddy-daughter outing with just the two of us. We'll ride a train down to the game, have fun with all of the people in the stands, eat bad food, cheer loudly, and maybe learn a little bit about football.

The wheel turns, and what a marvelous wheel it is.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Please pray for Mary Jordan Tucker

Please excuse the quality of this post.

Mary Jordan is my niece. She is 4 years old. She has a twin brother and an older brother. She is beautiful and bright and funny and fun.

Yesterday, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. There was bleeding on her brain. The doctors told her mother to be prepared for her not to survive.

She was transferred to Duke Medical, probably the best pediatric neurological facility in the country if not the world. They have relieved the pressure and diagnosed the underlying problem as a malformation of the artery/vein structure in her brain.

She will be having surgery Monday or Tuesday. The doctors are managing down expectations. She will probably be in the hospital for several weeks in therapy. No one knows how much of her abilities will be there when she comes out of this ordeal.

What is most important is that she will come out of this. The doctors are no longer talking of her not surviving.

Please pray for her.

[Update 7/14] Things are looking up. Mary Jordan has been talking and responding and moving her fingers and toes.

Surgery is tomorrow, and surgery is never risk free. Please keep the prayers coming.

[Update 7/15] Mary Jordan is through surgery and things are looking very good. Her parents have set up a web page at


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Ben as Goddard the Robot Dog (Halloween, 2007)

This year, son Ben wanted to be Goddard, the robot dog in "Jimmy Neutron". He never wants to be a simple ghost or pirate or anything.

Here's a video of the final costume. Sorry it's sideways - I forgot that my camera can rotate stills but not video. It's a shame you can't see the glowing and blinking lights inside the clear dome on his head. They really made the costume.

The body is a box covered in strips of duct tape (so they look like metal strips). The head is constructed from a cardboard box, mangled and shaped and cut and taped and screwed and painted. The arms and legs are dryer vent tubing with aluminum pie pans on the end (painted copper, since Goddard has copper-colored feet). The clear dome on the head is a plastic bowl with a bolt and taped cardboard circles for the antenna. Inside the dome were glow sticks and a blinking fiber-optic toy that looked quite awesome in the dark.

Ben won best costume at the neighborhood block party. This will only encourage him. I can't wait to see what he comes up with for next year.

There are more photos at our Shutterfly page. I may try to copy them over here later.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

I married a girl from Tennessee

From: me
To: her
Subject: Meal idea

From: her
To: me
Subject: Re: Meal idea

disgusting! reminds me of home ec at my high school. we really did cook a rattlesnake.

From: me
To: her
Subject: Re: Meal idea

After 13 years, I’m still discovering things about you.

From: her
To: me
Subject: Re: Meal idea

it tasted like chicken.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Buy my dad's camera

Selling my dad's old camera on eBay. Wanted to see how this gizmo works.

Pretty cool! Of course, in about a week this is going to be a worthless post.

(Like the others aren't.)

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Impressive Cousin-In-Law

He's not a Wilkinson, but we'll count him.

My sister's nephew, Spencer McKay, was on the front page of the Raleigh (NC) News and Observer's Sunday Journal section recently about his quest this summer to hike the Appalachian trail in memory of a friend. It's an impressive and heartwarming story.

Here's the link.