Been Tagged Again ~

I was tagged by Karen to reveal 6 things I value and 6 things I don’t support…

6 Things I Value:

1) Honesty
2) Respect of other people’s property
3) Warm smiles and belly laughs
4) Family
5) My Faith
6) Friendship

Six things I don’t support:

1) Disrespectful & Rude people
2) The right to bear assault weapons (real good sportsmanship, eh?!)
3) Abuse of any kind toward people and animals
4) Stealing
5) Christmas commercialism anytime before Thanksgiving (actually pretty much anytime)
6) Openly hostile opinionated people

Six people I tag: None…pay along if you’d like!


This also found this over there and I thought I’d give it a try.

Copy the list to your blog, and then bold the things you’ve done:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang/played a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason…I’ve bought flowers for no reason, but never RECEIVED flowers for no reason! Does that count?
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House-drove.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Made a baby (and lost two babies)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Sparks Hometown Christmas ~ 6 December 2008

It’s that time of the year again! This Saturday, 6th of December, is our Christmas parade and Tree Lighting at Victorian Square. This is a fun event…although it could be quite cold. But…there is always the Cantina, Great Basin Brewery, and O’Skis to run into after the Tree Lighting!

I saw that our Christmas tree arrived on Monday morning, 1 December ~ it’s a 60-foot Douglas Fir from Garibaldi, Oregon, our sister city. They always send down pretty trees…can’t wait to see it lit.


Arts/Craft Booths & Food Booths Open in front of the Silver Club
Various parade route activities
Storytelling at the Sparks Museum, 2nd floor
Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Glendale Schoolhouse

1:00 – 3:00 pm:
Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade, traveling east to west along Victorian Avenue
Grand Marshal, Olympian Natalie Coughlin

3:00 – 4:15 pm
Cami Thompson & Friends perform, “Christmas Carols Come to Life”

4:15 pm
Christmas carols performed by the Reed High Intermezzo Choir

5:00 – 5:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony, main stage

Sign up for the Christmas Tree Express

GARIBALDI – It’s time again to sign up for the annual Christmas Tree Express from Garibaldi to Spraks, Nev. Sharon Stafford tell the story of this sister-city tradition in her own words:

It all started in1985 at the Cal-Neva casino in Reno. Pat Bash and Jim Parks, from Garibaldi, were sitting in the casino and struck up a conversation with a man named Norm Neilson, who was the public relations director for the Cal-Neva.

Norm was bemoaning the fact that he missed a real Christmas tree. Well, Pat told him that she’d get him one, and after a while they each went their own way.

A couple of weeks later, Pat called Norm and told him his tree was on its way. She had cut a 40-footer out of Jim’s front yard and talked her brother into hauling it to Reno on his flat bed truck.

Norm was very excited but didn’t quite know how to get everything arranged. He called his friend Tony Lubbers at the Nugget (who was the CEO, now retired). Tony spoke to John Ascuga, and he said, “Let’s do it!”

Norm and Tony got things going on their end.They had a small parade with the governor, mayor and city council and had a nice presentation to light it up at city hall. We continued this until 1986, when Reno decided to go with live trees.

So we began taking it to Sparks, Reno’s neighbor. The first year we took one bus to Reno, then we took two, and this continued for several years until it was more cost effective to fly.

In 1988, Sparks began to redevelop the entire downtown. It has evolved into a beautiful city, to rival any across the nation. The city also has Nevada’s official premier parade – the largest in the state. For years our local Coast Guard has led the parade. We are now their sister city as well.

This is always a special time for all involved. The expressions on the faces of the young and young at heart always remind you of what the holiday season is all about. Please come and join us on the Christmas Tree Express.

David Stein and David Jr. have cut the tree since 1986. We cut the tree on Thanksgiving Day, and Terry Freeman takes it down to Sparks on Friday morning. All are welcome to come along and enjoy.

Stafford noted that of the original crew, all but two Christmas Tree Express travelers have passed away. But the tradition lives on, and she encourages everyone to join the fun. “I love it!” Stafford said. “I love it every year.”

Winter Surf along Ocean View Blvd in Monterey & Pacific Grove

Still more Monterey Posts ~ will have a few more throughout the week.

If you head NW on Lighthouse, hang a right at 1st…you’ll hit Ocean View Blvd…take a left and just follow it till your heart’s content. Biking this would be awesome too. Beaches galore with lots of turn outs. We followed it out past the Point Pinos Lighthouse to where it turned into Sunset Drive, then came back.

I picked out about 20 pictures of the surf on Saturday morning and afternoon…starting off with morning shots at Lover’s Point.