Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Washington Nationals Photo Card (9/2010)

I got hold of a pair of tickets to a Nationals game this past September...just in time to get there for the first pitch!  Just my oldest boy and I in the outfield stands with hardly anyone else out there.  While I was at the food stand, one of the ballpark photographers snapped a pic and gave us this card to look it up (and purchase) later!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Heathrow Express (11/2010)

It's never fun to end a trip you had a lot of fun on.  My last journey in London was on the Tube from Paddington Station to London-Heathrow Airport via the Express train.  Bon Voyage!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Taken from a Spy Museum brochure
Brian Kelley and Oleg Kalugin teaching at the Spy Museum.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cleveland State University Viking Yearbook (2009-2010)

One thing I like to do when I head back to Cleveland is take my son to some sporting events.  You don't always have to spend a fortune on Cavs or Indians or other professional games.  We caught a great game between the CSU Vikings and the UIC Flames, and for four tickets + food, it was less than $120 for the afternoon.  Support your local amateur sports!!

This was the program/yearbook we bought at the game.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Banner! (2004 & 2009)

This was my first AND second son's 1st birthday banner and could never find it in myself to part with it.  Then, I came up with a brilliant plan.  I cut out one pennant for each son and put it into their baby-books.  That way, a part of it will always be there and the whole banner won't be floating around our house until eternity.

Good times won't be forgotten!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Too Much Free Time - Islamic History 101 (2006)

I finally pulled this sheet of paper out of my briefcase after nearly four years (May 16, 2006)!

When I first started my job in 2006, they had hired so many people that I found myself with more on-the-job free time than I could ever want.  Therefore, I tried to fill that time with educating myself on topics relevant to current events.  Here you can see I diagrammed the history of Islam and the major events and schisms which occurred.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Good Job, Noah! (2009)

This scrap of paper has been kickin' around my house since November '09.  Noah was having a few "paying attention" issues at school, so when he got back on track, the teacher gave him these for encouragement.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Movie Club Membership (ca. 1991)

Remember the days of PAYING for membership to a video rental store? Not long after that, once the cost of VCRs came down, the video stores needed to decrease (and eventually eliminate) the cost of membership. Coconuts was a short-lived chain in my area (Cleveland) that had the usual overpriced CDs and cassettes, and as they scraped for any way to make money, they came up with a video-rental business.

Here is my illustrious membership card, now forever preserved online, for you to gawk at.

Note to basketball fans: Around this time, I had a Greg Anthony (New York Knicks guard) poster on my wall. I started copying the way he signed his "G" (with the double loop you see above) and continue to do so nearly 20 years later.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Too Much Math!

I have had this little book for so long, I have no idea when it first landed in my junk drawer.  Why did I keep it?  I'm not an engineer, math professor, scientist, math hobbyist (or fetishist), or belong to a profession that requires knowledge of complex mathematics.

Maybe I was always nervous I'd be unable to remember how to change Cartesian coordinates to spherical coordinates (and vice versa)?

Anyways, this book will be hitting a nearby thrift store very soon!