16 May 2006

Wild Kingdom Pictures

Ok...so here are the pics of the wildlife. We couldn't figure out why the geese where so defensive this day, they kept charging each other. Even though there were about 9-12 of them they seemed to wander in groups of three. Then we drove out of the park to run some errands and saw why they were so defensive....they have babies, these are breading pairs whose chicks have just hatched. We saw two seperate pairs of parents with little cottonball fluffs on legs. It was too cute. The images of the turkeys and the roosters are from far away, I zoomed in as far as I could then cropped them out of the picture. The lines through the turkey pics are power lines. The turkeys are sitting up on the hill by the main building easily a couple hundred yards away from us.

Anyway, just wanted to share the images of our wild birds.


12 May 2006

Wild Kingdom...Sort Of

Ok...just want to post a quick note about what's new. We are still in the Pittsburgh area, been busy visiting with Bill's friends and family, and generally hanging out. The day before yesterday it was 80 degrees and beautiful so we sat out in the sun for like 4 hours. Bill in his fold out chair and me in my fold out hammock, it was awesome. Yesterday it dumped like an inch of rain on us, I'm not sure what today is supposed to be like. Anyway, the sunny day also brought out the wild turkeys...I kid you not! The park we are staying at is bordered by a wetlands wildlife preserve so we get a lot of waterfowl and stuff, but this park is home to a pair of turkeys. I'm not sure if the owner of the park bought them to eventually eat, or what the deal is...they were here last year and they're here this year. Last year they stayed up in the top portion of the park near the main building, this year they are more adventurous and have started making rounds in the lower field...where we stay.

Let me tell you that these are huge birds, they are easily 20+ pounders, and the male is very protective of the female...he like to puff up alot. On the 80 degree day they decided that the shade that our slide (the part of our RV that slides out to make it bigger inside) was providing was the place to be. We had all our windows open and anytime we made any noise the turkeys gobbled...it was pretty funny.

Yesterday before all the rain hit they were patrolling our neighbor and even hopped up on their picnic table to eat whatever was up there...if you've never seen a turkey try to fly, it's hillarious. They sort of flapped their wings and hopped to get to the table and back down. Totally not graceful birds at all!

In addition to the turkeys, we had a flock (about 9-12) canadian geese wandering through the park yesterday. We also regularly see (but mostly hear) the chickens and roosters on the property. Not to mention the blue herons, robins, finches, etc,etc.

Just wanted to post about the wildlife...we also have bunnies. I took pictures of the geese yesterday, and am hoping to get pics of the turkeys, we'll have to see. I'll post the pics soon even if I don't get the turkeys.

That's all for now.

04 May 2006

Here We Go Steelers...

April 29th, NFL Draft Day, and Steeler Fan Blitz, what a blast we had at this event. There were several thousand people that showed up for Fan Blitz, anywhere from 7,000-10,000 people depending on who was reporting about it. I know that we (Bill and I) were helping to man the PEFL (Pittsburgh Electric Football League) table for over 8 hours and I didn’t sit down for more than 30min the entire day. Bill’s best friend founded PEFL and he was incredibly excited to have Bill (and me, but mostly Bill) there with him for this year’s Fan Blitz.

Here’s a pic of me that Bill took during our lunch break. I’m standing facing the tunnel that the Steeler’s come through with my back to the field. There was a pic of me standing in the tunnel, but I didn’t know Bill was taking my pic and it’s kind of lame, so I picked this one instead.

What a day, Bill played electric football for 8 hours straight minus a 30min lunch break and a 5min bathroom break. He had kids hangin on his every word as he explained the game of football and electric football. He constantly had at least two rows deep of kids waiting to play EF with him, and he took the time to explain the game to them.

It really was the most fun to watch the kids getting excited about something other than video games or what I like to call video-nanny, it wasn’t just the kids, but their parents who would come up and say “hey, I remember this game, I had one when I was kid” and they would get even more excited when they found out that the game still exists and is sold by Miggle Toys.

It was such a fun time to watch the kids (of all ages and sizes) having fun. Oh, and we got to see the Superbowl Trophy, but they had it on a black background…really probably the worst way to try to photograph something that is solid silver and reflects whatever is around it. No matter how high powered your flash…it’s going to look black.

We had a blast and it’s all thanks to Bill best friend who has spent the last 5 years working his way into the heart’s of the Steeler Organization via Electric Football.


01 May 2006

Business News

Just wanted to mention a couple of things here really quick.

1 - I have added Google Adsense to my blog, the link line under the main Perpetual Motion banner is a pay-per-click advertising. Every time someone clicks on those links I get paid...so click away!!

2 - I have added an affiliation with the company I buy my wire wrap supplies from on my website at www.woundaround.com if you click the banners that are on my site (at the bottom of the pages) and end up buying anything I will get a percentage. So if you have any stones, wire, tools, DVDs, supplies or whatnot that you want or need to buy...please click through from my site, www.woundaround.com, and I will get paid for that as well.