Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna — I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man — The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken — I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls — I shall never surrender or retreat.
The bravery of the garrison that fell at the Alamo became a rallying cry, "Remember the Alamo," and the Texans under Sam Houston, a former Maryvillian, defeated the Mexican army under Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto to gain Texan independence from Mexico.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
We're back home now, and I've stowed away all of our gear from the overnight trip. I view this as the last winter trip to the mountains of the season. I saw daffodil blooms in Wears Valley on the way home this morning.
Interestingly, although we celebrate the holiday as Presidents' Day, section 6103, title 5 of the United States Code declares "Washington's Birthday, the third Monday in February" to be a public holiday. Because Abraham Lincoln's birthday is February 12 and George Washington's is February 22, the holiday is often called Presidents' Day as a way of honoring and remembering both great men.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
UPDATE: More here from the News Sentinel.
What do you say? Is it the new Bluesmobile or what?
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
I picked up a Super Granddaddy Sandwich from our local Kenjo. Sherry has a rule about not eating a sandwich from anywhere that gasoline is sold, so I brought her some sandwich fixin's from the house. As I suspected, the three teenaged boys had no such compunction. We brought a crock pot and made Santa Fe Soup for supper. Fortunately, I browned the hamburger and onion at home that morning, because we learned the next mornings that the two-burner stove in the unit did not work when I tried to cook bacon and eggs for breakfast. I was very disappointed, because I had specifically asked about the stove when I booked the unit.
The water park opens at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays, and I expected the kids would want to play in the water park for an hour or two before Sherry had to drive the boys back to meet Mark in Cookeville. The boys, having cruised the condo complex on foot for several hours Saturday evening, decided they'd rather sleep in. Accordingly, I loaded Sarah and a bunch of luggage in the car, and we headed back to Maryville while Sherry and the guys slept in.
Sherry later reported that as they were loading out there was a knock at the door. She thought it was housekeeping, but instead she opened the door and found eight teenage girls looking for the boys. They were still madly texting back and forth as Sherry drove them west on I-40.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
One of the analysts on CNN made the comment that revolutions often eat their children, and he cited the example of the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and the Iranian Revolution, which became bloody affairs. At the moment, however, with scenes of people dancing in the streets of Cairo, it is hard not to be happy for them.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This ethereal-looking image of the Orion Nebula was captured using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile. This nebula is much more than just a pretty face, offering astronomers a close-up view of a massive star-forming region to help advance our understanding of stellar birth and evolution.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
We watched The Social Network, the movie about the creation of Facebook, yesterday, and it was a rather dark and depressing movie. It is told through depositions. Apparently the makers of the film have never had to sit through a deposition before. There are exceptions, but they are rarely entertaining.