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I have watched this a few times and have tried to figure out if this really very very clever or do these people have too much time on their hands.   This is the actual description of this performance —

Dance Umbrella 2008
Transports Exceptionnels, by French choreographer Dominique Boivin, is a tender love duet for dancer and mechanical digger. Accompanied by the dramatic voice of Maria Callas, this meeting between iron and flesh is a witty interpretation of the pas de deux dance tradition. Playful yet rugged, Transports Exceptionnels is an unexpected moment of grace between fragile man and indestructible machine


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This is something I would be interested in if it weren’t on a weeknight.  Too much goes on during the week for me to drive to Savannah. 😦







The National Weather Service Office in Charleston, SC, in conjunction with the

Chatham County Emergency Management Agency, will be offering a Weather

Spotter Training Class on November 6, 2009. The cost of the training is


FREE , but space is limited. If you are a weather enthusiast, and are interested in this

great opportunity to serve your community, be sure to reserve your spot by

November 5

th, 2008.  Weather spotters have served as the “eyes” of the National Weather Service for

more than 60 years, assisting in the process to warn their communities of

potentially hazardous weather. Although the National Weather Service utilizes

the cutting edge technology, such as: Doppler Radar and hi-resolution satellite

imagery, nothing has proven more effective than the human eye to observe and

report adverse weather.

This training session will last approximately 90 minutes, and will focus on

preparing individuals to report severe weather, including: funnel clouds,

tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and flooding rainfall. In addition, the importance

of weather safety when observing and reporting critical weather will be


We look forward to seeing you on November 6th.

Training Details



Chatham County Annex; 295 Police Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA



6:30 PM



Dustin Hetzel @ (912) 201-4500 or DJHetzel@chathamcounty.org to

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Glow in the dark cats — Weird

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This is just an odd story.  Now I know what to look out for when I go to Missoula. And yes I actually do want to go there one day.

Bear vs. bike: Teacher riding to school runs into bruin above Miller Creek
By TRISTAN SCOTT of the Missoulian

Jim Litz has a broken bike helmet and bruised ribs to show for the 25-mile-per-hour collision with a 300-pound black bear Monday morning while riding his bike to work from his home in upper Miller Creek. “I was lucky. I was truly lucky, because I accosted the bear and he let me live,” Litz said, while recovering from his injuries Tuesday afternoon at his home.
Photo by MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian


Jim Litz is accustomed to pedaling past 300-pound black bears on his morning commute to work.“I didn’t have time to respond. I never even hit my brakes,” Litz said.“I’ve come close to them this time of year,” Litz said, clutching his side and grimacing. “I know bears. The entire creek bottom is just hammered by bears. That’s the beauty of living here. But typically, they’re crossing the road and I have plenty of time to avoid them.”

That wasn’t the case during Litz’s Monday morning ride down Bear Run Creek Road, up above Miller Creek. The 57-year-old man passes slender serviceberry branchlets and dogwoods festooned with bear feed, and frequently spots the animals noshing berries on his way to work at Target Range Middle School, where he teaches science to seventh- and eighth-graders. Usually, the animals barrel off the road and out of sight.

This time, however, Litz was clipping along the dirt road at 25 mph when he came upon a rise, spied a massive black bear 10 feet in front of him, and pedaled directly into the animal, T-boning its broad side.

He tumbled over his handlebars, planting his helmeted head on the bruin’s back, and man and beast went cartwheeling down the road.

The bear rolled over Litz’s head, and its mass cracked his helmet. As the duo toppled over one another, the bear clawed at Litz’s cycling jacket, scratching his flesh from shoulder to buttocks before scampering up a hill above the road, where it stopped and whined.

Litz’s wife drove by soon after and took her husband to Community Medical Center, and he immediately called Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to report the unusual collision. Game wardens told him they didn’t think the animal was seriously injured, but was more likely suffering from some bruised ribs – just like Litz.

“Yep, that’s my bear story,” Litz said Tuesday afternoon, too sore and bruised to go to work, but certain that he’d be back in the saddle by Friday. “That day it just happened to be on that particular corner of the road, and all the stars were lined up against me.”

The rib contusions are painful, and the scrapes down his back aren’t pretty, but Litz figures he made out on top given the circumstances.

Litz’s wife rides her bike to work, too. But she drives down past the feeding gauntlet on Bear Run Creek Road and parks along Miller Creek Road before pulling her road bike off the roof of her car.

As for Litz’s bike, a cyclo-cross, it survived unscathed aside for the front wheel coming slightly out of true. But pointing to his cracked helmet, Litz hopes the story inspires his students to wear their helmets.

“I was lucky. I was truly lucky, because I accosted the bear and he let me live,” Litz said. “I truly respect them. They’re beautiful creatures.”

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Holly has decided officially to stay on through May.  She signed up for just one semester, in case she got tooo homesick, or just didn’t like the reality of America.  last night she told us all that she wants to stay here.  She has to of course go through all the channels and get her visa extended and all that paperwork. 

Holly staying gives us more time to take her to all the places we want to go.  I think we’ll go to Helen in the spring.  We’ll also try to take her to the Renaissance Festival.  Of course, we’ll also go to Disney and Epcot maybe during spring break.  Maybe we can also go to Jekyll Island, Ga. and wherever else Holly might want to see around the state.

We must be doing something right.  Herman, Katie and I have done a lot to make her feel at home.  I think it helps that she has made several friends and is involved in activities at school.  She has her first Cross Country meet this afternoon.  Katie and I are going to watch.  It is lucky that band and flag practice was cancelled because we have a no football game this week.  Katie’s boyfriend, Cameron is also coming to watch the meet. 

I’m not sure if Herman will get to be there.  He has quite a bit going on at work this month.  He leaves for Vegas for a week and then he goes to Boston for 3 days.  Even when he is in town, we haven’t been seeing a lot of him lately.  But I keep reminding myself that it always something big this time of year in the computer business.  So many businesses are updating things or moving things/data/equipment around during the 4th quarter each year.  Of course, during April and May nothing much is going on, so we get to travel and have fun then.

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The housing crisis has affected a lot of people.  If it wasn’t for houses and developers going into foreclosure, I wouldn’t have heard of this place.  The Shire is located in Bend, Oregon.  All the house are designed with The Hobbit and The Lord Of the Rings trilogy in mind.  The houses and the development/subdivision are very pretty and would probably be a nice peaceful place to live.  However, I don’t want to move to Oregon or pay 6 – 8 hundred thousand to live in Hobbit world and be Frodo’s neighbor.  The entire development is going into foreclosure and may be auctioned off in December.

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It has been an exciting week this week. I had to miss last week’s scrimmage game with Westside, but we won.  I’ll have to find out the exact score, but I think it was like 32-7.

Katie & Kelly visit the stands during 3rd quarter

Katie & Kelly visit the stands during 3rd quarter

Katie had her first danceline performance of the season Friday night .  It’s our first away game at Bleckley High Schoolin Cochran. Katie travelled with the band to the game and probably ride back on the bus as well.  Holly and I made the trek on our own.  It was  a good game, everyone was pumped about the win.  Swainsboro beat the Royals 27 to nothing.

Holly decided last week that she wanted to go out for the high school’s cross country team. So I took her to get her physical Monday and at tryouts, she was the second place girl.  She wasn’t even feeling well that day either. I’ll try and take some more pics at the meet.  She is quite a runner.  The coach is very happy that she came out for the team.  It seems that there aren’t many girls who like to do long distance running at the school.

SHS Cross Country team stretches after practice

SHS Cross Country team stretches after practice

Both girls are doing well in their classes.  Holly struggles from time to time with the language barrier, but it’s getting easier and easier every day.  We went to the mall on Saturday to hunt for shoes and other neccessities ( an Abercromie t-shirt, a hoodie, etc. ) .  As of today, we are still hunting for a new pair of Converse for Holly.  She knows what she wants, we just can’t find them in a store yet.  Sometimes that’s the drawback of living in a small town.

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