Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscar Night Finally Here



Picks are is Red

Best Picture
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Kids Are All Right
True Grit
                                Winter’s Bone
                                Toy Story 3
                                The Social Network                                
                                127 Hours

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, True Grit

Best Actor
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s SpeechJames Franco, 127 Hours
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Javier Bardem, Biutiful

Best Actress

Natalie Portman, Black SwanNicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Jeremy Renner, The Town
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Friday, February 25, 2011

The World Has Gone Crazy

The Middle East is in total "Meltdown" with citizens ousting dictators (not always a bad thing).  Fuel prices going off the charts the last two weeks.  Pirates hijacking yachts and killing innocent people for no reason.  Crazy nut case in West Texas of all places building bombs in his apartment.  Winter storms blasting all parts of the US.  Texas teachers on the verge of losing their jobs due to state funding cuts to school districts that overspend.  Wisconsin union workers in an uproar with numerous protest that's spreading the nation. To add fuel to the fire Wisconsin's 14 Democratic senators have ran to Illinois last week, denying their Republican governor a quorum for to take a vote.  Also in Indiana's House about 30 Democratic members ran off this week to avoid votes on a raft of Republican-backed legislation.  Who are these people representing? Chicken Little? Wonder who paid the gas on the cars that they used to leave the state?

Indiana Democrats Flee
Indiana State Representative vehicle in a hotel in Illinois

Hmmm... maybe Charlie Sheen has the right prescription for all this madness!

Beautiful Days in Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas 7 day Forecast

Kinda feel bad for the Midwest and East Coast people these days since we are having some great weather down here in Texas.  With temperatures ranging from mid 60's to the 80's its nice to be outside.  To think we were having low teens weather around Super Bowl time.  Still think the Packers and Steelers brought it down so they would feel at home.  I actually cut my grass on Tuesday and applied weed killer to some weeds in my yard.  The tulips and daffodils are sprouting up and should bloom in next two weeks.  My grass is already starting to green after the light sprinkle we had today.  Almost put the top down on the "Ole Goat" when I took it for a light cruise today.  Unfortunately the weather changes fast here in North Texas and I can feel one or two more cold fronts rolling in around March then the hail, heavy winds and big thunder storms start. Good news for me business speaking is with those storms comes property damage which means more insurance claims for me to process.  For now I will enjoy the weather and be out there walking and horseback riding on the trails.  

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quick hits

Looks like the winter blast has returned to the Midwest and Northeast once again.  Now I remember why I live in Texas.

APP for bad drivers called ‘Drive Me Crazy’ for the iPhone. It gives drivers the power to vent out on the bad or good drivers.  The downside this is just another reason for people not to pay attention to the job at hand.  DRIVING!  Just add this to the list of people who drive slow in the left lane while on cell.  Then the all over the road with no idea what is going on around them "texting driver".  All scary.



Texas Schools are screwed. Expect massive budget cuts and layoffs of teachers. Education is the last place to cut cost.

"Dick Tracy" type watch will be field tested by the Army

Texas House thinking about allowing students and professors to pack iron .  Guess the Professors will be rethinking those grades before returning papers to students. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

"Stand By Me" by Artist Around The World

The great Ben E. King song "Stand By Me" as sung by people around the world compiled in to one cut.  Very nice!

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nascar Returns

For all you Nascar Fans Sunday February 20th marks the opening race for 2011 Nascar Season with the Daytona 500.  It also marks the 10th anniversary of #3 Dale Earnhardt fatal crash on the last lap of the race.  Over the past 10 years several safety related improvements have made crashed safer for the drivers.  Some are the new style cars designed to absorb the impact and collapse, track walls that absorb car impacts, fiber seats for the drivers and neck restraints to minimize head snapping as in Dale's accident. Watch for a Cinderella Story of Brian Keselowski who has a 4 year old car and a rag tag pit crew and yes his big brother Brad will also be in the race driving for the prestigious Penske Team.
<div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/nascar-returns.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-19T23:36:00-06:00'>11:36 PM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=3213694959425696336&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); return false;'>0 comments</a> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1215266470'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=3213694959425696336&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'><span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'></div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Thursday, February 17, 2011</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry'> <a name='5236273076484933186'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title'> <a href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/cure-for-baldness.html'>Cure For Baldness???</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-5236273076484933186'> <a href="http://www.aolhealth.com/2011/02/17/ucla-scientists-identify-possible-baldness-cure/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk3%7C201923">At Least Among Mice</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.criver.com/SiteCollectionImages/Images_255x164/rm_mice_nude1_0003_lres.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.criver.com/EN-US/PRODSERV/BYTYPE/RESMODOVER/RESMOD/Pages/SKH1Mouse.aspx&amp;h=162&amp;w=184&amp;sz=37&amp;tbnid=KUv0z67DnuLspM:&amp;tbnh=90&amp;tbnw=102&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhairless%2Bmouse&amp;zoom=1&amp;q=hairless+mouse&amp;usg=__nqJYWSEjYFmXVDYkPhXuu0PavPg=&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=54FdTZv8IseRgQfDtO38DA&amp;ved=0CCYQ9QEwBQ" style="clear: left; 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Could this lead to a cure for baldness among humans?&nbsp; Don't know!&nbsp; Well I am not in that league, at least not yet so I don't spend time on worrying about baldness.&nbsp; Stay tuned to the "Info Commercials" for more cures. <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/cure-for-baldness.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-17T14:13:00-06:00'>2:13 PM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=5236273076484933186&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); return false;'>0 comments</a> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1215266470'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=5236273076484933186&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'><span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'></div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Wednesday, February 16, 2011</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry'> <a name='2631646453353661153'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title'> <a href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/we-have-westminister-winner.html'>We Have a Westminister Winner</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-2631646453353661153'> <div style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Foxcliffe Hickory Wind" height="193" src="http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/02/15/deerhound-pi_20110215231322580_660_320.JPG" title=" Five-year-old Hickory is the first Scottish deerhound to win the Westminster dog show. " width="400" /></div><br /> "Hickory" takes the Crown at the <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/Scottish-deerhound-Hickory-is-best-in-show-at-2011-Westminster-dog-show-021511/?gt1=39002">Westminster Dog Show</a>. She became the first Scottish deerhound to win the title.&nbsp; I am amazed at all the different types of dogs and the grooming watch dog has in these shows.&nbsp; The commentators always make the dogs sound like they all run around out in fields on a farm when&nbsp;not in shows.&nbsp; Right!&nbsp; Hickory enjoys chasing deers on a farm in Warrenton, Va. <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/we-have-westminister-winner.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-16T00:12:00-06:00'>12:12 AM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=2631646453353661153&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); 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border-left: #ccc 1px solid; border-right: #ccc 1px solid; border-top: #ccc 1px solid;" width="80" /></div><br /> Just caught Josh Groban on Letterman and thought about the voices that just make you stop in your tracks. .&nbsp; Barbara Streisand was on the Grammy's and she did not dissappoint.&nbsp; Others I can think of are Elvis, Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford ("Phanton of the Opera") new comer Jackie Evancho,&nbsp;Sarah McLachlan - "In the Arms of the Angel", Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mecury (Queen), any of those "Celtic Woman"&nbsp;are just a few.&nbsp; For commercial voice over how can you not like or recognize Mr. James Earl Jones.&nbsp; <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/voices.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-16T00:02:00-06:00'>12:02 AM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=686055797858439895&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); 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A few were just down right nasty and sad to see peoples homes destroyed by water.&nbsp;Good news is the cold weather is gone for now and we have returned to "Good Ole Texas Winters" and mid 70's temperatures.&nbsp; How nice is that?&nbsp; Visited Christina's tonight with BH for Valentines meal.&nbsp; This is BH's favorite but I am not a big Mexican food connoisseur.&nbsp; To me most of the Mexican dishes look the same.&nbsp; Wondering how high gas prices will go, especially all the miles I have been putting in the last two weeks.&nbsp; While traveling I love to listen to audio books and just finished and older one "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom.&nbsp; The book diaries the slow death of his professor documenting his decline of health caused by ALS.&nbsp; The book is really good and touching.&nbsp; Heard it was a good one and just got around to listening to it.&nbsp; Has some great quotes in it too.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/0385484518/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_3?ie=UTF8&amp;index=3" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life&#39;s Greatest Lesson" border="0" height="300" id="dpmo3RI5CGUYBGOIN" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/6c/c4/16c7c060ada04a52ace1e110.L._AA300_.jpg" title="" width="300" /></a><span style="font-size: large;"><u><strong>From "Tuesdays with Morrie"</strong></u></span><br /> <br /> <strong>Meaning&nbsp;in</strong> <strong>Life</strong>:<br /> <em>"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Family</strong><br /> <em>"If you don't have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don't have much at all. Love is so supremely important." </em><br /> <br /> <strong>Approval through Status</strong><br /> <em>"...if you're trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone." </em><br /> <br /> <strong>Children</strong><br /> <em>"There is no experience like having children...If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children." </em><br /> <br /> <strong>Getting Old</strong><br /> <em>"You have to find what's good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue." </em> <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/welcome-back-mid-70s.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-14T23:06:00-06:00'>11:06 PM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=3556653599300372670&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); return false;'>0 comments</a> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1215266470'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=3556653599300372670&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'><span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'></div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Friday, February 11, 2011</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry'> <a name='2040137688255062483'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title'> <a href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/better-think-before-you-post.html'>Better Think Before You Post</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-2040137688255062483'> <a href="http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/10/natalie-munroe-suspended-the-worst-insults-the-teacher-made-abo/">Think before you post!</a><br /> <img alt="Natalie Munroe Blog" id="img_caption_821610" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/246686/thumbs/r-NATALIE-MUNROE-BLOG-large570.jpg" width="570" /><br /> <br /> Once again we are reminded that Blogs, Facebook, MySpace (are they still being used??), Twitter and even Emails are visible to Joe or Jane public.&nbsp; When will people learn that what you post whether its videos, pictures or just your opinions it may come back to haunt you or take you down hard.&nbsp; Another example of this has flashed the headlines when a Bucks County, Pa., high school English teacher <a href="http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/02/09/bucks-schoolteacher-suspended-over-blog-about-students/" target="_blank">Natalie Munroe</a> was suspended for her blog comments.&nbsp; Her PUBLIC blog "<a href="http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:aHHBTHQsJiIJ:natalieshandbasket.blogspot.com/+natalieshandbasket.blogspot.com&amp;cd=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=us&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;source=www.google.com" target="_blank">NataliesHandBasket.blogspot.com</a>" was shut down shortly afterwards. <br /> <br /> &nbsp;Among the 39 barbs she listed:<br /> <ul><li>"I hear the trash company is hiring." </li> <li>"I called out sick a couple of days just to avoid your son." </li> <li>"Rude, beligerent [sic], argumentative f**k." </li> <li>"Just as bad as his sibling. Don't you know how to raise kids?" </li> <li>"Asked too many questions and took too long to ask them. The bell means it's time to leave!" </li> <li>"Nowhere near as good as her sibling. Are you sure they're related?" </li> <li>"Shy isn't cute in 11th grade; it's annoying. Must learn to advocate for himself instead of having Mommy do it." </li> <li>"Too smart for her own good and refuses to play the school 'game' such that she'll never live up to her true potential here." </li> <li>"Am concerned that your kid is going to come in one day and open fire on the school. (Wish I was kidding.)" </li> </ul> <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/better-think-before-you-post.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-11T01:14:00-06:00'>1:14 AM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=2040137688255062483&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); return false;'>2 comments</a> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1215266470'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=2040137688255062483&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'><span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'></div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Tuesday, February 8, 2011</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry'> <a name='6700830410779671561'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title'> <a href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/busy-busy-busy.html'>Busy Busy Busy</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-6700830410779671561'> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FiEZDv6yGK0/TVIryExdhVI/AAAAAAAAADo/0t0lZufSK64/s1600/P1130175.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" h5="true" height="150" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FiEZDv6yGK0/TVIryExdhVI/AAAAAAAAADo/0t0lZufSK64/s200/P1130175.JPG" width="200" /></a></div><br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FiEZDv6yGK0/TVIsENneJOI/AAAAAAAAADs/gdWxxOnz5gk/s1600/P1130327.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" h5="true" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FiEZDv6yGK0/TVIsENneJOI/AAAAAAAAADs/gdWxxOnz5gk/s320/P1130327.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>Past few days&nbsp;I've&nbsp;been driving all over Dallas/Ft Worth and surrounding areas performing inspections&nbsp;from water damage due to frozen pipes.&nbsp; Needless to say business is booming with more freezing temps expected Wednesday and Thursday. Love meeting people but sad to see the damages at each property.&nbsp; Heard that last week there were 75 trucks sanding and plowing.&nbsp; For next two days expected weather they will have 12! Guess the remaining 63 were only brought in to make sure roads from Packers/Steelers hotel to practice facilities were clear.&nbsp; Off to bundle up for the cold spell.&nbsp; Please unhook hoses insulate exposed plumbing and leave the faucets dripping.&nbsp; <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/busy-busy-busy.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-08T23:55:00-06:00'>11:55 PM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=6700830410779671561&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); return false;'>0 comments</a> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1215266470'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=6700830410779671561&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'><span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'></div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Saturday, February 5, 2011</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry'> <a name='7494214912440083381'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title'> <a href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/warm-weather-returns.html'>Warm Weather Returns</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-7494214912440083381'> Finally an above freezing day that reached the mid 50's.&nbsp; It was a warm welcome. Unfortunately more cold, rainy, freezing and possible snow expected in next few days.&nbsp; Good news is with the warm weather there was a lot of thawing out and melting of icy areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;Associated with the warm weather was a nice boost in insurance claim business that pays my bills.&nbsp; Received claims from Boyd,TX as far east as Texarkana and south to Diboll, TX.&nbsp; The great part about all the business is I get to sleep at home.&nbsp; Just love those frozen pipes. Well the Super Bowl is finally here tomorrow and I hope your team wins. <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/warm-weather-returns.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-05T22:27:00-06:00'>10:27 PM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=7494214912440083381&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); return false;'>2 comments</a> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1215266470'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=7494214912440083381&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'><span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'></div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Thursday, February 3, 2011</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry'> <a name='8008693863881723205'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title'> <a href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/super-bowl-xlv-for-big-d-turns-to-big.html'>Super Bowl XLV for "Big D" turns to "Big Freeze"</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-8008693863881723205'> <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody> <tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="alignright size-full wp-image-6464" height="194" src="http://wastemanagementphoenixopen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Frost3.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Frost" width="259" /></td></tr> <tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Scottsdale, AZ frozen fairways</td></tr> </tbody></table>Day 3 for below 20 degree temps and school closings for the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/02/us-nfl-superbowl-weather-idUSTRE7118LP20110202">Dallas/Fort Worth</a> area.&nbsp; What was&nbsp;expected as a week long celebrations and&nbsp;big revenues for local merchants is quickly turning in to a big flop due to mother nature.&nbsp; Its just not in Dallas its nation wide that's experiencing the cold weather. Heck&nbsp;even the <a href="http://wastemanagementphoenixopen.com/2011/02/todays-fbrxerox-silver-pro-am-canceled-due-to-frozen-turf/">golf tournament</a> is&nbsp;having&nbsp;troubles in Scottsdale Arizona not to mention states from Oklahoma east are getting slammed by snowfall and high winds.&nbsp; Where is Al Gore and that "Global Warming" when you need it.&nbsp; &nbsp;Well there always a positive outlook on everything and that is the weather is expected to warm up starting Saturday after possible snowfall Friday morning.&nbsp; This will allow all those $200 plus ticket holders to view the game on large TV screens OUTSIDE Cowboy Stadium.&nbsp; They have also added tickets for the stairwells of the stadium for $300 plus.&nbsp; What will be next commode seating for $500?<br /> <br /> Brrrrrr!!&nbsp; More Cold Weather Expected<br /> <object height="210" width="330"><param name="movie" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" value="http://www.wfaa.com/v/?i=114998734" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="AllowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.wfaa.com/v/?i=114998734" AllowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" height="210" wmode="transparent" width="330"></embed></object> <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/super-bowl-xlv-for-big-d-turns-to-big.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-03T10:19:00-06:00'>10:19 AM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=8008693863881723205&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); return false;'>0 comments</a> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1215266470'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=8008693863881723205&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'><span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'></div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Tuesday, February 1, 2011</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry'> <a name='1373323008796724983'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title'> <a href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/frosty-snowman-expected-for-super-bowl.html'>"Frosty The Snowman" Expected For Super Bowl Media Day</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-1373323008796724983'> Lowest temps in 15 years are expected in <a href="http://www.dallasweather.com/">Dallas/Ft Worth</a> to bring in the Super Bowl Media day.&nbsp; The forecasters are predicting sleet, snow, freezing rain, thunder and&nbsp;possible hail.&nbsp; To think it was close to 80 degree's two days a go. Feel for those traveling in because flight cancellations will be over 60% based on prior storms. Luckily the teams arrived today. Next few days should be interesting. Welcome to North Texas!<br /> <br /> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0" height="394" id="9639" width="448"><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.nbcdfw.com/syndication?id=114988064&path=%2Fweather%2Fvideo"/><embed src="http://www.nbcdfw.com/syndication?id=114988064&path=%2Fweather%2Fvideo" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" allowfullscreen="true" height="394" width="448"></embed><p style="font-size:small">View more news videos at: <a href="http://www.nbcdfw.com/video?__source=embedCode">http://www.nbcdfw.com/video</a>.</p></object> <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'><span class='post-timestamp'> at <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://purespeculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/frosty-snowman-expected-for-super-bowl.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' title='2011-02-01T00:55:00-06:00'>12:55 AM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5062836736937104138&postID=1373323008796724983&isPopup=true' onclick='javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=640,height=500"); 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