Pesach (Passover) is Here!

Yes, the holiday celebrating the departure of the Israelites from Egypt began last night.  Hopefully you cleaned the hometz (leavened bread) out of the house before sundown; we had two slices left, and I ate them just in time.  Here is Pesach.com, the official website to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Passover, but were afraid to ask.  They have pictures, videos, informative links, and even matzoh wallpaper.  Chag Sameach, and next year in Jerusalem!

Pesach.com

Fun While It Lasted

That was the headline on today’s newspaper.  As you probably heard, the basketball playoffs are over for the University of Kentucky men’s team.  They made it to the “Elite Eight,” and then fell to West Virginia, 73-66, in a badly played game last night.  Also, the game was scheduled at the same time as a service at my church, so last night I learned the priorities of the other congregation members by who showed up.

Well, there is still the ladies’ team; they go against Nebraska tonight.  Let’s see if they reach the “Final Four.”

By the way, both today’s game and one of last week’s games (UK vs. Cornell) are scheduled to start at 10 PM.  Why is that, when neither of the teams involved is from the west coast?  Maybe the broadcasters can get more advertising revenue that way, but some of us DO have to get up early in the morning.  I don’t know about the real fans, but I don’t think one should have to take the next day off, just to watch a sporting event.

Headline: The Possum Didn’t See His Shadow

A drunk in Punxsutawney, PA was found trying to revive a possum that had been killed on the road.  Yes, the town known for the world’s most famous groundhog.  Well, they know their groundhogs in Punxsutawney, but evidently not their possums. This wouldn’t have happened near the Okefenokee Swamp, home of Pogo.

Police file public drunkenness charge against Pa. man seen trying to resuscitate roadkill

Six Videos of Lexi and Her Parents

Okay, I think I figured out what I was doing wrong when I tried uploading the first three videos of my granddaughter to YouTube; YouTube is not fully compatible with the Opera browser.  Here they are, with three more that were posted on Facebook yesterday.  I thank the father, Adam Sherwood, for all of them.

Significantly Less Funny

Just Came Out

Bubbles

Daddy Crying

Drool Rope

Dorks in the Window

The Great Wall of Basketball

Yes, the March Madness hoopla continues here, with both the mens’ and womens’ basketball teams from the University of Kentucky in the “Sweet Sixteen” playoffs.  I believe that hasn’t happened since 1982.  Here’s a song composed for the mens’ team right here in Lexington, by Scott and Jeff “Sonny” Collins.

You will note that today’s opponent, Cornell, is mentioned a couple times.  Well, the song has been revised at least once already; another YouTube video from last week had East Tennessee State University as the opponent.  Those fans who have heard the song are hoping it will need more revisions before the playoffs are all over.  Go ‘Cats!

Three Videos of Little Lexi

First, I was informed of a spelling error in my previous message.  My granddaughter’s middle name is Laine, not Lane.  Sorry!

Anyway, thanks again to today’s technology, I don’t have any still pictures of Alexis Laine Sherwood yet, but I have three videos, which the father Adam posted on Facebook.  I was able to download them, but for some reason I can’t repost them on YouTube, to show here.  Therefore I’ll post links back to Facebook, and you’ll have to click on them to see the newest member of the family.

Adam is narrating in the first two:

Just Came Out

Lexi Bubbles

And here is a longer video of Adam with Lexi.  I don’t know who held the camera for this one.

Daddy Crying

Next, how about a picture or video of the mother, when Lindy’s up to it?

Happy Birthday to My First Grandchild!

I thought I was going to go to bed without any more news from Georgia, but half an hour ago I got a call from Adam, reporting that Alexis Lane Sherwood was born around 7:30 PM.  Judging from the timing, I guess that means she’ll never be an American Idol fan (LOL).

But seriously, Lindy went to the hospital last night, and the doctor began inducing labor at 7:30 this morning.  From what I gather, her blood pressure was getting dangerously high, and the doctor didn’t want to take a risk by letting the pregnancy continue any longer.   But then this evening, the labor process stopped, so they resorted to a C-section.  Ouch, to say the least!  Aside from that, it sounds like everybody’s going to be all right; Lexi is a healthy 7 lbs., 7 oz.

What I found interesting was that Lindy and Adam posted three or four messages on Facebook after they went to the hospital.  That told me they took a laptop with them.  Oh, the wonders of modern technology!  By contrast, when Leive had Lindy, twenty-three years ago, I brought volume 2 of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”  I managed to read the whole chapter on Justinian that night, while waiting for the big moment, no small achievement when you consider how difficult it can be to understand Edward Gibbon’s eighteenth-century English.  And no, Lindy did not get her knowledge of ancient history at that point; I had to teach all that to her later!

If you happen to see Lindy or Adam, online or in the real world, be sure to give them a hearty congratulations.

No Quiet Spots Right now, in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky or D.C.

My daughter Lindy was supposed to deliver on March 22, but now that day is here and no baby yet, so the last I heard, the doctor was planning to induce labor tonight.  Don’t be surprised if I have big family news tomorrow!

The weather was definitely nice this past weekend, with it being sunny and in the 60s by day.  However, a cold front came through today, so now it’s in the 40s and wet; not too different from my first day in Kentucky, almost four years ago.

My brother came up from Naples, FL to see Leive while she is in our father’s house.  Judging from the phone conversations, the three of them are having a good time, and Leive managed to clean out some more old stuff, this time from the cupboards.

By now you have probably heard that the healthcare bill was narrowly approved by the House of Representatives.  Here in Kentucky the headline came in second place (Headline #1 was the University of Kentucky beating Wake Forest, 90-60), but we’re hearing about it anyway.  Again, Congress passed it in the dark of night on a weekend, when a year ago they had an awful attendance record, showing up for work on Tuesday afternoons and leaving for their districts on Thursdays.  No doubt they’re trying to sneak unpopular legislation past us again, and hope we won’t pay attention to which Democrats voted for it.

Knowing how unpopular this is in the rest of the country, I’m guessing that a bunch of congressmen just sacrificed their jobs, in order to get government control on 1/6 of the economy.  The same goes for President Obama; he said that like us, he believes jobs are the most important issue, but his actions speak otherwise.  Of course, this monstrosity of a bill could be declared unconstitutional, or repealed–let’s hope the story isn’t over yet.

Along that line, here’s a video from last January of what the Democrats have gotten themselves into.  While I don’t agree with all the sentiments–we on the right knew the Democrats were up to no good–I know a lot of voters felt that way when they gave Obama, Reid and Pelosi the benefit of the doubt.

I’m still wondering how they expect to pay for healthcare.  When it comes to earning or saving money, Congress is the “gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”  Does anybody seriously think they can keep medical costs down, after the way Social Security and Medicare bloomed out of control?  Consider the track record:

  • Social Security = broke.
  • Medicare and Medicaid = broke.
  • The US Postal Service = broke.
  • Amtrak = Never a profit in 40 years.
  • Cash for Clunkers = broke.

Somebody (Einstein?) once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.  It looks like we have a real good case of it here!

Remember the Saturday Night Live sketch about Ms. Pelosi?  My response to the healthcare bill is a “safe word” she’ll understand–Palomino!