9.29.2006

Comfy

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Not everyone would be comfortable in this position.
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9.28.2006

Butterfly

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Here's another picture I took at the Dancing Wings butterfly garden. I really have to get back there, it was so beautiful there. Next time I'll leave my coat in the car, it was very hot and humid in there.
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9.27.2006

Cool Picture from Lake George

Sky at Lake George
cool, except for the dirt on the window of the boat.
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9.19.2006

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9.15.2006

Lookin' Up

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This is my eleven year old son about ten years ago. He's lookin' up from reading a book. Isn't he adorable?

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9.10.2006

Douglas C. Miller

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9.09.2006

Food

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Cruises and food go hand in hand. Here's a picture from the midnight buffet on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

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9.07.2006

Likeability - By the Numbers

If there's one thing I put a lot of store in, it's math. I have a half-concocted theory that everything, and I mean everything, is measurable and adheres to mathematical properties. I love math. If there is a way to add numbers to something my interest level zooms up, way up. When I was a kid I filled countless notebooks just writing numbers in them in counting order. Why? I don't know. Take baseball, I love baseball. When you talk about baseball the talk turns to earned run averages, batting averages, on base percentages and all kinds of wonderful equations. What's not to like?

So yesterday I decided to fill some of my required 80 hours of learning at work. I listened to a webcast by Tim Sanders about likeability. He says if people like you, that's good for your career (and life), and if they don't like you it's bad. Groundbreaking news there. What I really liked about the webcast was his mathematical formula for finding your likeability quotient. So now, I can become leader of the free world, or as popular as Oprah, just by upping my likeability quotient. The best part is I can measure my likeability! It's not an intangible anymore.

Find your likeability quotient at Tim Sanders Official Website. Free hint: Smile more. :) <--- Now you like me better!
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9.05.2006

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9.04.2006

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden

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I took my son to see the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden today. I really liked it there. We got to the museum around 1:30 PM and our appointment to see the butterflies was at 4:20 PM. We enjoyed the rest of the museum before our appointment. We used to be members before my son outgrew this museum. In the last few years the museum has grown and it is now home to the National Toy Hall of Fame. They've gotten a lot more visitors and have expanded the museum, this summer adding the butterfly garden. The garden is warm and humid. They only allow you about 15 minutes to enjoy the butterflies. They are flying all over the place in there, I was hoping one would land on me, maybe next time. I liked the visit so much we are now members again. This museum is across the street from work and I plan on visiting during my lunch hour. An added bonus is that the walk over provides me an opportunity to check the buildings downtown for falcons.

We almost missed seeing the butterfly above, it was camouflaged so well. There were many beautiful butterflies there. When you leave you must pass through a little room with mirrors to make sure you don't have any stray butterflies stuck to you, then you land in the butterfly garden gift shop. I bought an Audubon stuffed peregrine falcon (with real bird calls) from the shop.

While we were gone a hummingbird showed up at the feeder my son just put up today. Maybe we'll get to see one tomorrow.

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9.01.2006

Road Trip

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Here's a picture of me on a tricycle, 19 months old. This is probably one of my first road trips. My family lived in Amarillo, Texas at the time, I was born there. We moved from there when I was two. My mother said I already had a Southern accent. The only thing I remember about Amarillo was the plane ride out of there. I've lived most of my life in upstate New York, and New York is the place I've always considered home.

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