Monday, November 27, 2006

And in another 22 years, I'll probably be reporting from the equator

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I reached a new personal record for southern-ness. Not culturally speaking, although I did finally experience what Nicole says is officially the Deep South. This is strictly in geographical terms.

Previously, the furthest south I'd ever been was somewhere near San Diego in the summer of 1984. I don't know precisely where, on account of the fact that I was eleven years old and wasn't quite as much of a Google Maps geek as I am now.

Now, the record is a Valero gas station on the corner of 69th St. and Seawall Blvd. in Galveston, Texas. In fact, it's right here.

Gotta love those Maps.

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At December 5, 2006 at 9:39:00 PM CST, Blogger Jim said...

repeat again: "go to ocean in summertime"


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Maybe I need to tilt my head all day

Whenever I get a cold, as I have now, I usually go through a period where my nose gets stuffed up. Strangely, only one nostril will get totally blocked, while the other one remains almost totally clear. Why does that happen? Do I have a lopsided head?

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At November 14, 2006 at 1:54:00 PM CST, Blogger Jim said...

lopsided, probably, but you may have a sinus (bacterial) infection on one side, if you have a cold (viral) infection give it time, it will spread -- usually, sinus or allergies you will run a slight temperature -- also, if what's coming out is yellow, that's an infection -- probably all those dead leaves everywhere (mold) :)


At November 14, 2006 at 2:45:00 PM CST, Blogger Scott said...

Man, I have a cold too. I find if I sleep on my right side, my nose gets all stuffed up, were if I sleep on my left side I'm okay. Go figure.


At November 16, 2006 at 10:57:00 AM CST, Anonymous Mom said...

At the risk of sounding clinical, your advice about infection or allergies was pretty good. Mucus color: clear=virus, pretty(?) green or yellow=bacterial. Best advice of all is to WASH YOUR HANDS and sneeze or cough into your elbow. Anything you touch around your face should be washed. Hand cleaner gel is pretty good, too. Don't forget the phone - it's a great carrier of bugs. Remember the old saw about colds: Take antibiotics and it is usually gone in seven days. Take nothing except lots of water and it will be gone in a week. Main thing now is to get over it before Thanksgiving, so you'll feel like chowing down! And try to enjoy tomorrow (you know why). MOM


At November 17, 2006 at 8:31:00 AM CST, Blogger Scott said...

Stan, I'm almost forgot, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


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Haven't caught up on the TWoP recap, though

I'm finally getting a chance to catch up on this season of "Prison Break". I watched four episodes last night, and I have another four before I'm caught up. It's nice to have a TiVo in the house.

Monday, November 13, 2006

No crib for a bed, but their crêpes are fantastic

As we enter the holiday season, here's something to think about the next time you sing "Away in a Manger."

In French, manger means "to eat".

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At November 13, 2006 at 2:20:00 PM CST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Course, they put Jesus in a manger (the place where the cows get their feed) because they didn't have room for him in the inn, right? It's not as sinister as, say, giving the baby to Britney Spears or anything.


At November 13, 2006 at 9:30:00 PM CST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, for one it's pronounced completely and utterly differently.


At November 13, 2006 at 11:43:00 PM CST, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Interestingly, I just looked up the Greek for "manger," and it's phatne (pronounced fot-nay), from the root "to eat," and apparently it means both "crib" and "manger." I wonder if that was true before the biblical story or if the word for "manger" gradually came to have "crib" as part of its meaning after Jesus slept in one. Hmmm.


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New gum for those who want to have coffee breath, rather than get rid of it

Who thought that this was a good idea????

(Spotted in the Wal-Mart the other day.)

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At November 13, 2006 at 11:04:00 PM CST, Blogger Krista said...

Stan, do you usually put a "the" in front of Wal-Mart??! Next you'll be calling it Wal-Marts!


At November 14, 2006 at 8:40:00 AM CST, Blogger stan said...

I think I do that because it's the only one in town. If there were more than one, I'd probably say, "I'm going to Wal-Mart," or, "I'm going to the south-side Wal-Mart."

Or, it's because it sounds more natural to say "the" than with other stores. I wouldn't say that I was going to the Safeway, the Papa Murphy's or the Costco, but I would go to the Plaid Pantry, the Home Depot or the Holiday Inn.

I'd only say "Wal-Marts" if I was going to more than one in an outing.

This reminds me of the scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, when Everett and Delmar get kicked out of Woolworth's, and the guy says, "...and stay out of the Woolsworth!"


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Friday, November 10, 2006

Maybe we'd get a discount, on account of our name

How's this for a cool vacation destination:

The tricky part might be buying airfare to the Czech Republic; we just paid for a wedding, so we'll have to save up again.

Every blog has its thorn

I haven't posted anything here for a few days because I've been trying to continue writing about the wedding and honeymoon. THat's going kind of slowly, and there have been other blogworthy things happen this week that I've wanted to talk about. So, I've decide dthat I will be posting the rest of the wedding events only on the new Stanley & Nicole blog, instead of both blogs as I had planned.

Now, on to blogging: My co-worker pays the crappiest 80's music on her computer, all day long. This really only started about a week ago. Some of this music wasn't crappy in the actual 80's, and some of it actually continued to be enjoyable...until this week.

Some of the songs I've heard (I'll update this list throughout the day):

"Bad Medicine," Bon Jovi
"Welcome to the Jungle," Guns 'N' Roses <-- heard four times already today!!!!
"Paradise City," Guns 'N' Roses
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Poison
"Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" Boy George (always hated that one)
"Cum On Feel The Noize," Quiet Riot <--heard twice now

Update: This is borderline insanity: This woman is OBSESSED with "Welcome to the Jungle". It's 2:10 p.m., and she's played it three times since lunch was over at 1:00!

Update: It gets worse, because songs heard from a distance are always louder once they're recognized. So every time I hear these songs, it feels like the volume goes up every time. I need earplugs, badly.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Wedding & Honeymoon, Part 1: Before the Wedding

Sorry it's taken me so long to update the blog—there's been literally no time, since so much of our free time has been spent doing necessary newlywed things, like changing Nicole's name on every account she's ever had, driving 10 hours (each way) to another shower in Texas, etc.

So I'll start with the first day we took off from work, which was Friday the 20th. I'll add all of the pictures to this later on, or I'll put them all in another post.

Friday: Family and The Wedding Party Arrive

Since Nicole and I didn't have to work today, we were able to sleep in a little bit later than usual before getting up to do our last minute preparations. Not much later, though. I need to admit that now that it's been a couple of weeks, my recollection is a bit fuzzier of today's events. All I remember of that morning is picking up the candelabras from the rental place, and visiting Nicole at the manicure place a couple of times.

Dave, my best man, had missed his Thursday flight to Tulsa, so he had had to catch a red-eye to Chicago and try to get a standby flight at 8:30 in the morning. If he couldn't get that one, it would have been 2:45 before he could have left to get just to Tulsa, not to mention the two hour drive from there to Carthage. Thankfully, he got the a.m. flight and called me when he was getting close to town in his rental car. I met him at the church, and we immediately began the drive back to Tulsa to pick up my family.

The two hours it took to get there were awesome. It was uneventful, but I really enjoyed being able to hang out with Dave again. Outside of Nicole and the immediate family, I have literally nobody to hang out with. It's been good in the sense that I've been able to get to know Nicole so much better (if you recall, we had a long-distance relationship for months before I moved here), but as a guy, especially in a small town where the activity options are fewer than in the city, I just need some guy peers to hang out with. So that trip was good.

We pulled into Tulsa much later than I'd originally hoped—I'd planned for 12:45 or so, but it was more like 3:30—and found my niece, my dad, my mom and her husband waiting by the curb at the airport with all of their luggage. This was good because Dad's flight came in two hours later than everyone else, and with them all together, we could load up quickly and go. We hit some nasty traffic where I-244 joins I-44, but we still got through it okay. At one point later on, everyone in the van was sleeping except my dad and I, and he was in the far back seat of the van while I was driving. I laughed to myself about that.

We all stopped in Vinita at the self-proclaimed Largest McDonald's in the World, which of course nobody was impressed with. ("They could at least have more than one counter to order from." - Dad) We arrived at the hotel a little while later and got everyone checked in. My other two groomsmen, John and Dan, each got to the hotel just minutes before us, which was nice timing. John had flown into Chicago the night before and came down with his girlfriend Emily; Dan and his wife Samantha had driven to about St. Louis on Thursday and made the rest of the trip Friday.

After a little while, we got everyone together and headed over to the church for the rehearsal dinner. My family met Nicole's family for the first time, and much to Nicole's and my delight, there was a lot of smiles and love all around the place. We had a wonderful dinner of ribs and brisket, and everyone at dinner was formally introduced, then we had our rehearsal. Emily was a good sport to pretend to be the bride while Nicole surveyed the scene. Surprisingly, I still wasn't feeling any nerves at all, and I don't think Nicole did, either.

Friday: Out With the Guys (and Gals)

After the rehearsal, we took everyone back to the hotel in Joplin and I said good night to my family.

Then, Dave, John, Emily, Dan, Sam and I began to look for a place in Joplin to hang out, shoot pool, throw darts, whatever for my last night as a single man. The first place we came across was just closing (10:00 on a Friday?), but the last customers out the door told us of another place we could go.

We drove over to a place called J-Town, which is a big pool hall and bar set in an old supermarket building. There were lots of Camaros and big pickups in the parking lot, and there was a couple having an argument a few cars over from where we parked. Not a good sign. We walked in and stood there briefly in the cloud of cigarette smoke and bad music before deciding to leave.

On the way to J-Town, we’d spotted a little tavern called Murphy’s Irish Pub, but had passed it by. We drove back there to check it out, and I had expected to find a place where the average age of patrons and staff were 55. Instead, it was a younger (30’s) crowd, which made us feel a little bit better. There were two pool tables that never opened up, and karaoke singing in the corner. My friends thought it would be funny to get me to sing karaoke, so they grabbed the songbook and looked for a good tune. There weren’t any good ones, but I did see a funny one: Rich Mullins’ “Awesome God.” Imagine singing that one in a pub! “Everybody raise your beers and sing it! Our God is an awesome God, He reigns....” Well, the novelty of me singing wore off when we realized that there was always a long line for the microphone, so we basically just stood around for a while before leaving. So, no pool and no darts, and no singing, but plenty of whatever.And I didn't care about that, because I was so happy to be hanging out with my buddies again.

Back at the hotel, Dave, Dan and I had a few laughs in the hallway (basically, we acted like 7-year-olds, making faces and talking funny to crack each other up) before I went home. At home, I was surprised to find Nicole and her bridesmaids still awake, downstairs where I was supposed to sleep. Oh, no! I mustn’t see the bride before the wedding day! We somehow managed to keep separate for a little while, until we accidentally saw each other as she was going upstairs. So, since I had already broken that tradition, I figured I’d call her back down to talk to her. We told each other how our evenings had been, and then we had an awesome time in prayer. That’s my advice to any couple who are about to get married: Instead of avoiding each other for the sake of tradition (and luck?), set aside a period of time on the eve of your wedding to pray—just the two of you and God spending time together on your last night of singlehood.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Yes, there's a little bit of sugar in my system right now

We had exactly zero trick-or-treaters last night. The porch light was on, we had a bowl full of assorted chocolate candy, we were home...but nobody showed up. I guess it might be because we're in a pretty remote location.

However! Inspired by Candy Day (some call it Halloween), I have added a link to a blog I just found: Candyblog! It's a blog about candy! I haven't even begun to read the archives and I'm thrilled to have found this blog! It's a blog about candy candy CANDY CANDY!!!


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At November 1, 2006 at 5:07:00 PM CST, Blogger kristen said...

no one came to my house either. *shrug*


At November 1, 2006 at 6:30:00 PM CST, Blogger Meagan said...



At November 3, 2006 at 11:18:00 AM CST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well go to it! You get to pay the dentist's bills! Hope you can peel yourself off the ceiling pretty soon. We had 74 before we turned the light off. Most were teenagers. It's still really fun to see how pleased the little ones are when complimented on their costumes.
I'm waiting for stories from the honeymoon! MOM


At November 3, 2006 at 9:57:00 PM CST, Blogger Jim said...

I agree with you mom, what were the sights in KC!!!!!!!!


At November 6, 2006 at 9:30:00 AM CST, Blogger stan said...

It's coming...I'm still writing it all, so it takes time. Nicole and I haven't had any free time since the wedding!! :)


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