Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina thoughts

As I read the news articles and listen to the reports regarding the outcome of Hurricane Katrina, I am overwhelmed by the devastation that is unfolding every day. I was watching MSNBC or CNN yesterday and they had a drawing of what is actually happening down there in New Orleans. Since the city itself sits under sea level and is surrounded by two levees, one containing Lake Pontchartrain and the other restraining the creates a bowl like effect for NO. They cannot contain the water coming in from either side so the flood waters continue to rise until.....the experts say.........the water level in the bowl reaches the level of the levees.

I cannot even imagine what that must be like for the folks who live there and who may never be able to return.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Bengals News

The Bengals announced today that they have cut Wide Receiver Peter Warrick. Warrick signed a 6 year deal with the Bengals after leaving FSU.
It is so good to see that we will also partake in Katrina's visit to the U.S. Fortunately for us, it will be rain all day and tomorrow. The levee surronding New Orleans has broken and more devastation will follow as a result.

I see that Oprah has made the Entertainment Weekly's "Must List". This is Oprah's 20th season and EW is trying to guess what she will be giving away to her studio audience. To quote EW "Houses? ... Yachts? ... Kidneys?"

Monday, August 29, 2005

Between the Uprights

  • Cover your eyes if you don't want to read about it..........reports say that former OSU runningback Maurice "I want it my way" Clarett will be one of the chosen few cut in the first round by the Denver Broncos. There is no telling what type of football career he would have enjoyed but as I said.........he wanted it his way. Enough said..........
  • The Bengals season opener with the Browns is slowly approaching. Our faith still sits with Marvin as we watch the Bengals suffer through the pre-season. Unfortunately, the fans still remember the 1990 seasons vividly..........Who Dey!
  • And finally to my pals in Boston who eagerly await the Patriot's opening will be interesting to see how they get along without Teddy and Charlie. shouldn't matter because Tom Brady "is" the team. I am amazed at how he is so resilliant and resistant to injury. All it takes is one full moon crazy defensive lineman to make old Tommy's day........or season. Good luck Patsies!

Gas prices in Iraq - 5 cents a gallon

How does that make you feel this morning? I wish I could say that this was an exaggeration or some dream I had last night as a result of a bad bowl of fruit.........but it is true.

Thanks to generous government subsidies on petroleum products over there, it has kept the Iraqi cost per gallon at an astonishing rate per gallon. Reports show, however, that fuel in the Arab nations is the lowest worldwide. In fact, Iraqis pay much less for a gallon of regular gasoline than in nearby countries such as Iran (38 cents), Jordan ($1.89) and Syria ($1.74).

My cost at the pump this morning - $2.55 per gallon and that was with a .10 discount because of a grocery store card. Word has it that Americans will not really begin to suffer with the higher costs until the cost per gallon reachs $5.

Uncle!! Uncle!!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Picture of the Week

Bill Moyer, 73, wears a "Bullshit Protector" flap over his ear while President George W. Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

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What a wonderful evening!


What a wonderful evening? We have a Cat 5 hurricane spinning around in the Gulf as we speak. Hurricane Katrina.....not near as pretty as most Katrina's that we headed directly at New Orleans. (or 'Nawlins" for all of you locals) Yikes! Supposedly this is bigger than some of the biggies we have seen in the last 15 years........Andrew and Camille. Well......batten down the hatches, grab yourself a Hurricane and hold on tight! It looks like its going to be a rough night down South.

All this excitement on the day that I begin my very first Blog entry. Yes yes......blogging. Hopefully you have all heard of the newest craze. Its all about speaking your mind whenever you want on whatever you want. Don't worry friends.........I promise this won't be too boring. Just Rita rambling on about whatever Rita wants to ramble on about. Ha! This might be really fun.................