Wednesday, November 07, 2007

So You Think YOU Can Dance?

First we had dancing military officers. Now we have a dancing cockatoo! What's next? Seems like everyone is dancing these days, but me! I'll get back out there sooner or later. Until then, I'll be working on some new moves I learned from this guy....

Snowball is a medium sulphur crested Eleanora cockatoo and he loves to dance and sing. He loves the Back Street Boys. No one taught Snowball to dance...he just heard this song and suddenly felt like dancing. We're all jealous because he can out dance each one of us...nobody likes a show off! When he's really in the mood, he dances and sings. And at the end of the performance he takes a bow or two or twenty!! Enjoy the show.

Originally posted at

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Thought of the Day

"People take life too seriously, but yet so many lack the necessary intensity!!!"

Just reminding everyone to unleash your passions, live with passion!!!! Live with a certain intensity and it will all seem worthwhile.

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dancing Cadet

In case you missed the headline, I think a lot of readers here can appreciate this story out of the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yes, the school that as a child I dreamt of one day attending as I made my way to being commissioned and gaining billet as a pilot. Oh well, it didn't happen. So, in a way, given the fact that I once loved the Military (The Air Force in Particular) and I now love dance, this story still has an ounce of life coming full circle for me. You see, it would appear that Cadets Brian Stoops and Jeff Pelehac, roommates at the Academy, found their own way to decompress given the usual stresses associated with Academy life and well, I guess it worked. The Cadets made it to graduation this week and were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants and will leave the Academy behind and continue on with their careers. Of course, I think it is safe to say that they've left an indelible mark on the Academy. Especially Pelehac, who has become quite the Internet video star as the result of Cadet Stoops playful efforts in outing "The Dancing Cadet".

Here are some links to the "Hilarious" video! This is a major headline in the states right now, so you might have seen a segment, but it is so much better in its entirety. Be sure to watch some of the other related videos. It seems the mischivous Stoops has some real hidden talent when it comes to feeling the beat.

If it were up to me I'd put these two young officers up for Meritorious Promotion. Of course, even though our military is being molded by a new generation, I don't think the Pentagon is ready to commission it's first "Dancing Officers". Judging from Defense Secretary Robert Gate's remarks during his commencement speech at the academy this week, I'm not sure the Pentagon was exactly thrilled to have had a Dancing Cadet broadcast over the Internet, but I think it is certainly commendable. I mean, it's nice to see current military leaders who aren't afraid to "Dance What You Feel". It might make you question who's really calling the shots when it comes to the use of our Military. I mean, these young officers don't appear to be the War Mongering type at all.

Pelehac was awarded a Challenge Coin by General Richard Meyers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and recognized by the USAFA for improving morale.

Anyway, Check it won't be disappointed. We have to get these two guys to a dance event somewhere, soon!!!

Go Falcons!!!!

CNN Segment, Broadcast Worldwide - May 31, 2007
Lt. Pelehac's YouTube Profile - More Videos Here
Jeff Pelehac even has his own Wiki Entry. He's parents must be so proud!!! Nevermind graduating from the Academy.

Links to the Infamous Hidden Camera Video
Short Version - 4 Minutes
Full Version - 8 Minutes

Friday, December 29, 2006

Rich: Civil War Imminent

It's being reported that Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will be executed sometime before dawn today, Baghdad time or 10 PM EST in the United States. That gives Saddam less than three hours before he will be hung. That also gives the United States less than three hours to prepare for the civil war that will explode in an already crippled nation. Three hours to prepare to defend a population of nearly 30 Million against sectarian violence that will escalate sharply once the Sunni leader's sentence is carried out. A sentence delivered by a system fabricated by the American government. A system that has not allowed for an adequate appeals process for a death sentence. Saddam was condemned to death for the killing of 146 people following an assassination attempt in 1982. Of course, when speaking of death it's only fair to mention the estimated ~655,000 civilians killed since the 2003 invasion. Which would make it seem that life and liberty is not a high priority on whatever agenda our country is operating under in Iraq. This gut-wrenching number was released in a report issued by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and reported in a BBC News article dated October 11, 2006. Undoubtedly, more than 146 people were killed under Saddam's regime, however, it is clear that hundreds of thousands of more have died under the Bush Administration and not only in Iraq!!! Does that make it fair to say that Mr. Bush is responsible for ever single death? Well, yes and no. While the same answer would apply to President Hussein, I only know one government that could get away with murdering the recognized leader of any nation. Not that I would like to see or support violence of that sort. As we might find out tonight, killing has seemed to become a thoughtless act and I, like the majority of humans, value life and that is why I am writing tonight.

You want to talk about sectarian violence? There was none under the rule of Saddam Hussein!!! Look at the country before and after the invasion and it is clear that the United States of America invaded and destroyed a sovereign nation. The United States Government, lead by individuals with personal interests, put in harms way the men and women who took an oath to defend this nation and its allies!!! Just as the invasion (I can't stand to call it a war) was unjust, the execution of President Saddam Hussein is equally unjust. It is so upsetting, so outrageous, I don't know how the World can allow this to happen. I don't understand this!!

This execution is pointless. It means nothing. It will only insight more violence on those sent to serve in the so-called "war" and onto the Iraqi people . People like you and me who go to work everyday so they can provide for their families in hopes of providing a better future for their children. The future the United States of America has compromised if not prevented!!! What has transpired in Iraq is unbelievable! The military action in Iraq has violated the Constitution of our nation. It has violated the counsel of the United Nations. Granted, the UN is an equally corrupt organization, but the U.S. flagrantly ignored the opposition the World voiced through the United Nations when announcing its' intentions of invading Iraq. We all watched it on television as if it was some Reality Television show. No doubt, there were big winners at the end of the day.

I'm asking, When does this stop? How come "We the People" are left feeling so helpless when it is our Sons and Daughters, our Brothers and Sisters, our Moms and Dads, our friends and family that are being shipped off to a war zone in the absence of any noble cause. Which, of course only begs the question, "Has there ever been a noble cause?". This country was founded by a group of irate business men turned politician for no other reason but to protect personal interests. One could only hope things would change in 230 years. Of course, you have to see it for what it is but, the system, too perfect, prevents that. This terrible, terrible system has brought the World to it's current state. Of course, I respect the freedom I have to express these opinions. I fear, however, that our most basic rights and liberties might be compromised given the creation of certain circumstances and the proper rhetoric is fed to the masses.

If Saddam Hussein is killed tonight I will call it one of the saddest and darkest days in our infant nations' history. There is nothing to celebrate, there is no relief to be felt. As citizens of not only the United States of America, but of the World, we should all be sickened and outraged by the actions of our government. Most frustrating to me is the obvious hypocrisy of our leadership. The obvious use of nationalistic propaganda on a nation that is supposedly allowed to think freely. Sadly, this is nothing new!

A great civil war will be thrust onto a once vibrant nation with the unfair and needless killing of its' recognized president. I can only hope that the imminent civil war in Iraq brings revolution to our nation, once and for all!!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Comes Early

Enjoying the Powder at Park City Mountain Resort! Need I say more?

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Wright Brothers Day 2006

Today marks the 103rd anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's famous flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina or what is commonly referred to as Kitty Hawk. It was pure determination that allowed these two brothers to preserver. After nearly 5 year of research and development and 3 months at Kitty Hawk it was 10:35 AM on December 17, 1903 when the two bicycle makers from Ohio finally demonstrated controlled and sustained flight. The 12 second flight piloted by Orville covered a distance of 120 feet and forever changed the world. It was every bit revolutionary! Little did anyone know that in only 66 years man would take his first steps on the Moon. However, 1903 was just the beginning. The Wright Brothers had many more trials and tribulations to overcome. In fact, it wouldn't be until the fall of 1905 when the Wright Brothers experimental era would conclude. The 1905 Flyer allowed for routine flights, each lasting several minutes and represented the first practical aircraft. The Brothers would go on to perfect their design but, struggled with difficult patent wars for several years. Sadly, Wilbur died unexpectedly in 1912. Come 1915, Orville sold their company for $1 Million.

Telegram the Brothers sent from Kitty Hawk to their Father in Ohio, December 17, 1903


Wright Brothers Day, 2006
A Proclamation by the Jack Ass President of the United States of America

America has a rich history of exploration and discovery, marked by
scientific and technological achievements that have transformed the world.
On Wright Brothers Day, we remember two aviation pioneers from Ohio whose
big dreams and extraordinary accomplishments helped change the course of
human history.

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright completed the first manned,
powered flight in history and ushered all of mankind into a new era of
possibility and promise. With Orville at the controls, the Wright
brothers' small aircraft traveled 120 feet in 12 seconds above the dunes of
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The age of flight had begun, and in the
decades that followed, advancements in aviation would enable determined
American risk takers to cross oceans, break the sound barrier, and walk
on the Moon.

Today, our Nation follows the Wright brothers' example of innovation as we
continue to explore the frontiers of air and space. My Administration has
outlined a vision for space exploration that includes a return to the Moon
and a long term human and robotic program to explore Mars and the solar
system. By working to expand the realm of the possible, we can gain a
better understanding of the universe and continue the journey that the
Wright brothers began more than a century ago.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963, as amended
(77 Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C. 143), has designated December 17 of each year as
"Wright Brothers Day" and has authorized and requested the President to
issue annually a proclamation inviting the people of the United States to
observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim December 17, 2006, as Wright Brothers Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.


Saturday, December 16, 2006

Here Comes Santa Clause

Well, tonight I witnessed one of the many reasons this is a great town to live in. Especially if you have a family! Like all of the other Holidays throughout the year the town always seems to sponsor grand celebrations. Tonight was extra special!! The town came together to welcome Santa Clause has he and his Reindeer descended onto Main Street and made a picture perfect landing at the town lift complex on Lower Main Street. As you would expect, Santa was welcomed by a large group of children and their parents, of course. It was so cool!!! Fresh snow and a crisp night, it was so wonderful!!!

You might not be able to make it out from my terrible picture (Click to Enlarge) but, the town lift was used to imitate Santa's sleigh being pulled by his reindeer. The children became so excited as soon as they spotted Santa and his reindeer high above the town. Slowly but surely he made his descent. Plenty of hot chocolate and cookies to go 'round!! Soon, Santa was making his way to his favorite chair where he spent time with the children and heard a Christmas wish or two, I'm sure. The height of a very awesome event!!

Like with Halloween and every other Holiday the last couple of years, it doesn't seem to be much of a holiday for me but, since I've been in Park City I've at least come to the point of being able to enjoy watching other people and families partake as they should. In fact, I'm so happy to witness families making memories that will last a lifetime. It's so great!! This town is so wonderful for families. It's almost too good!!! It just makes me wonder what the future has in store for me.

The even better news - It's dumping right now!! Definitely going to be a powder day tomorrow. I plan to hit it up in the morning for a few hours and probably ski all day on Monday!!! Well, I better get to sleep, Santa's watching!