Monday, June 30, 2008

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

We have visted a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Cathedral is in Regensburg the best preserved medieval city in Germany. The half timbered structure is in Miltenberg which escaped the WWII bombings. The Benedictine Monastery on the hilltop is how an home for older people in Bamberg. The Wurzberg Hospital at the top supports it's efforts with the sale of Wine.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hello from Germany

The last picture is sideways and I can't figure out how to change that.
We are having a good time and we are about to leave for a walking tour of Bamburg. It is our second UNESCO World Heritage site of this trip. We have missed the rain by minutes sometimes, so we are dry and happy campers. There is so much to see and we are luck to have the chance to visit the few towns not destroyed during the war.

Friday, June 27, 2008

News about news to come!

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will publish its decision on Floyd Landis' appeal on Monday, June 30 at 11 am EST. --From Journal of Competitive Cycling, June 27, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Take Back the Tour

The false allegations and fair weather fans
They ripped the soul out of this race.
It belongs to us.

Take back the tour!

Click to see the whole promotional thing at Versus

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mega Medical Center

I am hanging out in the waiting lobby on the 5th floor in between the North and South Tower patient rooms at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. I have never been here before and it is a little city. I was intimidated to try to find my way around, but signs and very helpful people are everywhere. My neighbor had gastric bypass surgery that ended about an hour ago, and I'm just going to hang out here until about 9:00 to make sure she is comfortable. None of her family was able to be here. I called her mom in Illinois with the good report from the Dr. She'll be out of recovery about 5:00pm. I'm able to do my school work here with free wifi for visitors. I see this place on TV all the time with celebrity health stories.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Copper Theft Leads To Power Outages In Whittier, Pico Rivera

WHITTIER, Calif. -- About half of Whittier and a large portion of Pico Rivera were without power Monday afternoon as the result of the theft of copper wire from a substation, authorities said.

SoCal Edison Power Outage Page

A maintenance crew going into a substation on Beverly Boulevard in Pico Rivera about 1:30 p.m. discovered that the copper wiring used for grounding purposes had been stolen, said Steve Conroy of Southern California Edison.
Conroy said he did not know exactly how much wiring was stolen, but it was a "substantial" amount.

"As you know, the theft of copper wire is a problem across the nation," Conroy said, referring to the rising worldwide demand -- and soaring prices -- for aluminum, copper and brass, for which junk dealers and recyclers will pay cash.

Conroy said the crew had to immediately de-energize the equipment.

"We had to turn it off," he said. "It's unsafe operating the substation with no grounding protection and it could affect not only the station, but poles and wires outside."

An Edison spokeswoman said the plan was to have power restored by 5 p.m.

Source: KNBC

UPDATE: Power came on minutes before 5 PM.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Driving home the other day, I passed one of those places with little rental storage units, a row of metal sheds. The sign on the street advertised "Gun Safes." It just struck me as odd. Wickipedia claims "An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms." I'm not sure this is a figure of speech, but to me it is definitely contradictory! But if you need to keep a gun safe, there are places just for such a cause! Guns and safety oppose each other in my opinion. My right to bare arms means I can wear sleeveless shirts and I'm happy living on the Pacifist Coast.