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What Does The Fox Say?   Leave a comment

It’s an internet sensation.

It’s the biggest novelty hit since Psy’s “Gangham Style.”

Read the story of Ylvis, the band of Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker, here.

But watch the video to find out what the fox really says.

Posted October 13, 2013 by henrymowry in Living Life

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Hysteria, Sweet Hysteria   1 comment

October 12, 1974 is when I first experienced mass hysteria.

I never saw it coming. Though I had been warned to look out for those ‘Huskers. I was told they might steal my hat.

In 1974, here’s what they looked like:

Herbie Husker

Herbie Husker

If you know me at all, you know this image offends me deeply. The idea that it was viewed as both a positive and literally iconic look for an entire state just astonishes me. But I digress.

I was a freshman at the University of Missouri and a proud member of Marching Mizzou. I played the timbales, which means I was not one of the 16 best percussionists in the band.

Really. There was an audition.

So, as percussionist # 17, I played the timbales. Marching Mizzou was taking a road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, where our mediocre football team would be playing the 5th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.

76,525 fans and me. And if you’ve ever seen the stadium at Lincoln, you know it’s an emotion-filled place. It rocks in support of Nebraska’s favorite football team. A sea of red confronts every team:

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The home of the Huskers since 1923 and the location of a continuing NCAA-record consecutive sellout streak that reached 325 games in 2012, Memorial Stadium provides one of the most exciting game-day experiences in all of college football. The streak of consecutive sellouts started on Nov. 3, 1962, when 36,501 attended the Homecoming contest against Missouri.

It was in this environment that the Missouri Tigers and Marching Mizzou found themselves. Back in the day, the Tigers were known as being very inconsistent on the field … and giant killers when they could get it together. They lost spectacularly, and occasionally won spectacularly.

Mizzou 74 logo Mizzou 74 - N ebraska

This game turned into a defensive battle. After 3 quarters, Nebraska led  0 – 3.

And then at the beginning of the fourth, Nebraska scored to lead 0 – 10.

And then it just broke loose.

Mizzou scored: 7 – 10.

And then there came the moment that this post is really about.

Hysteria, Sweet Hysteria.

The band was seated on the field, behind the endzone. Because I played that big kit of timbales, I had to sit at the bottom of the bleachers, out of the way of everyone. Worst. Seat. In. The. Stadium.

Suddenly, everyone was screaming. Everyone was jumping up and down. Jubilation! Hysteria! WAHOO!!!

What happened? I had no idea.

Video screens were a future dream, nothing more. All I could see was a bunch of black & gold music nerds jumping up and down, screaming. And they were surrounded by 70,000 red-clad fans. Screaming.

So what did I do? I jumped up and down and screamed, of course. You’ve got to go along to get along.

Mizzou scored: 14 – 10.

And Mizzou scored again: 21-10. 21 unanswered points, all scored in the 4th quarter to win. Game over.

It was exhausting. It was incredible. It was truly unbelievable.

It was real.

Marching Mizzou exited Memorial Stadium (yes, I protected my hat) and loaded up into the 8 Greyhound buses that brought us to Lincoln that day. We had a long ride home.

But we did stop at a tiny roadside liquor store for the band to acquire, uh, refreshments. I’m pretty sure that the liquor store’s cashiers got to enjoy a different kind of hysteria as they were invaded by 300+ Tigers that day.

Today, 39 years later, the Tigers are again playing the 5th-ranked team in the land, but this time it’s the Georgia Bulldogs.

Go get’em Tigers! M-I-Z…

Redskin Haters   1 comment

NFLIf you’re a football fan, you’ve read about it. The name of the Washington Redskins is hate speech, and it’s gotta go. Even President Obama weighed in last week, saying he would look at changing the name if he were the owner.

ABC’s Face The Nation weighed in on Sunday morning, and all of the pundits agreed (even Cokie Roberts, who IS a season ticket holder) that the name has to go.

Because it offends somebody.

Read a couple of opinion pieces below, and the last link includes the letter that the owner of the Redskins (OMG) wrote to his season ticket holders. He says he’s not going to change.

The problem with all of the haters out there is that they aren’t going far enough. You see, if sports team names have to change if they offend anybody, then they all have to go.

Because I am OFFENDED by every NFL team name. To wit (HA! I kill me.):

Arizona Cardinals: This team was originally in St Louis, and then moved to Arizona. The problem is that Cardinals are not migratory birds. Fail.

Atlanta Falcons: Falcons kill other birds, and that makes them inappropriate as role models.

Baltimore Ravens: Edgar Allen Poe was crazy, lived in Baltimore, and created a mythical raven that said “nevermore.” You can’t use that name for a sports team; it has too much negativity.

Buffalo Bills: This team name offends because it’s alliterative with no meaning. What’s a Bill? If this is an homage to the real Buffalo Bill, then that’s not right. He never even heard of football (he died in 1917, before the NFL was founded).

Carolina Panthers: Panthers don’t live in the Carolinas, and black panthers don’t live farther east than Texas. I’m offended when a team tries to assume a relationship with an animal that isn’t true.

Chicago Bears: Bears don’t live in Illinois. Bears in Chicago? It’s a lie.

Cincinnati Bengals: Tigers don’t live in the US. It’s a lie, and I’m offended that a team in Ohio would assume a relationship with an animal that isn’t even native to the Americas.

Cleveland Browns: When the Browns were founded, they wanted to be called the Panthers, but couldn’t be because they didn’t own the name. Brown was the name of the first coach. I’m offended that they are named after a dead person, but it was their second choice. They should respect their coaches.

Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys don’t wear white and blue. And they don’t have scantily clad cheerleaders, either.

Denver Broncos: Rodeos torture animals. It’s not appropriate to name a team after a tortured animal.

Detroit Lions: Lions don’t live in Michigan … not even in bankrupt cities.

Green Bay Packers: The Green Bay Packers were first sponsored by the Indian Packing Company … need I say more?

Houston Texans: Team members are not all from Texas or Houston … so this team name is a lie.

Indianapolis Colts: The helmets of this team have a horseshoe imprinted on each side. What are they thinking? Don’t they know that football players have concussion issues? And they celebrate the idea that horses are going to kick every player … twice? I’m offended.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Another regionally inappropriate name. Plus, since the species is threatened, it’s inappropriate to gain advantage by trading on its threatened name.

Kansas City Chiefs: Stop with the Indian names, already!

Miami Dolphins: Dolphins deserve our protection; they should not be tackled.

Minnesota Vikings: I’ve seen Vikings, and they drink mead and wear hats with big curved horns. Since these football players do neither, they can’t be named the Vikings.

New England Patriots: It’s unfair for this team to insinuate that they are more American than other teams. All teams are equally American, and all equally support the US of A. This team can’t claim a preferential American name.

New Orleans Saints: Really? We’re bringing religion into the discussion? Unacceptable.

New York Giants: Giants are mythical creatures that scare children. That’s an inappropriate name for a team.

New York Jets: The Jets were a gang in West Side Story. Team names cannot glorify musical theater. Or gangs.

Oakland Raiders: Though the team must be given some credit for supporting the handicapped, as their logo Raider only has one eye … the implication that they are pirates or outlaws cannot be ignored, even if they are handicapped. Fail.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are nothing more than an organization that succeeded the Frankford Yellow Jackets, who went bankrupt. That’s not an appropriate reflection on our national symbol, so they must not be called the eagles.

Pittsburgh Steelers: This represents old, rust belt technology. Any backwards-looking term is inappropriate.

San Diego Chargers: This term implies the total waste of energy. Lightning bolts as a logo? Inappropriately wasteful.

San Francisco 49ers: Using a number as a team name is far too confusing, as most of the team wears other numbers.

St. Louis Rams: I’ve lived in Missouri, and never seen a ram there. Regionally inappropriate.

Seattle Seahawks: A sea hawk is an occasional nickname of the osprey, a bird of prey that feeds on fish. Unacceptable. We should never glorify creatures that kill innocent animals like fish.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pirates are evil. Why would you want your team to be evil?

Tennessee Titans: The Titans are a part of the Greek mythology. Again with the religious references?

Washington Redskins: I have no problem with a team called the Redskins … as long as they all have red skin. If not, then….

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Reuters: Will Anyone Defend The Washington Redskins Name?

Down & Distance: Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Writes Letter To Season Ticket Holders About Team Name

New York Times: Redskins’ Name Change Remains Activist’s Unfinished Business

Posted October 11, 2013 by henrymowry in Living Life

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Round Two: The Bowl Adventure   3 comments

This is round 2 of my creation of routed bowls. Below are links to a couple of pictorials showing the “making of” a pair of the bowls from round 1.

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Football Snack Bowl

Making A Snowman

Lumberjocks.com: My Projects

Posted October 10, 2013 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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Summer Is Wonderful   Leave a comment

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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, 2008. It was a very good day.

Posted October 9, 2013 by henrymowry in Hawaii, Photography

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Herb-Roasted Tomatoes   1 comment

Velda said she wanted me to get her a big lug. Two, actually.

So I got her 2 big lugs. Come to find out, that’s about 60 pounds of tomatoes. Who knew?

Here’s what she did with them.

Ingredients

8 cups of fresh, ripe beefsteak tomatoes

1 medium onion, diced

8 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped.

1 cup of fresh basil, coarsely chopped

2 tsp, fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

2 tsp salt

1 tsp, freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375*.

Spray jelly roll pan with non-stick spray.

Coarsely chop tomatoes. Combine with other ingredients, toss to combine.

Pour into prepared pan. Spread mixture to single layer. Bake for approximately for 90 minutes, stirring half way. Bake until there is carmelization on the tomatoes and most of the liquids are absorbed. Tomatoes will turn a deep red color.

Transfer to a clean glass bowl and let sit at room temperature until cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Serving Suggestions

Toss with pasta. Grate parmesan cheese over top for a vegetarian entree.

or

Brown 2 pounds of lean ground beef. Add 1-1/2 to 2 cups of fresh sliced mushrooms. Add 1 large can (16 oz) of tomato sauce. Add approximately 3 cups of the Herb-Roasted Tomatoes. Simmer for about 1 hour until sauce thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta with freshly grated parmesan.

Posted October 8, 2013 by henrymowry in Recipes

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13 Signs That You Need A Break From Woodworking   1 comment

Workbench1. When Velda’s comments change from “I love what you’re making” to “Stop tracking sawdust all over my house.”

2. When you can’t work in the shop anymore until you clean it.

3. When you need wood for the next project and you don’t have time to go buy it.

4. When the wood budget begins to resemble a weekend getaway.

5. When a weekend getaway begins to look better than a full rack of wood.

6. When so many tools are spread out you don’t have any place to put your work.

7. When you volunteer to make things for people and they say, “Uh, no.”

8. When watching ACC football sounds better than going to the garage workshop.

9. When watching Grey’s Anatomy sounds better than going to the garage workshop.

10. When the landscaping looks perfect for Hallowe’en … and that’s not a goal.

11. When your hands are numb from all of the sanding. And stay numb after a 5 minute break.

12. When Velda’s placing orders for display pieces to go with her mythical hand-made lotion business.

13. When you realize that you’re working harder than Congress is.

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From The Shop: Sawdust

Football Snack Bowl

Making A Snowman

Posted October 7, 2013 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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Missouri Breaks   1 comment

This photo by Bob Wicks (mypubliclands.tumblr.com) from the Upper Missouri Rivers Breaks National Monument in Montana is an example of the use of use of framing to add a sense of intrigue to the image by blocking part of the view – Viewers will look at the person in the “Hole in the Rock” and wonder what that individual is seeing. To access the Hole in the Rock and other amazing photogenic rock formations, one must take a multi-day float trip down the Upper Missouri Wild and Scenic River. You will be following the same route (albeit going downstream) that Lewis and Clark came up on their voyage of discovery. The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument hold a spectacular array of plant life, wildlife, unique geological features, endless recreational opportunities and significant historical and cultural values. The 149-mile Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows through the monument. The land and the rugged, surrounding uplands (commonly call the Missouri Breaks) are defined in part by their history.

The 149-mile Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows through the Upper Missouri Rivers Breaks National Monument in Montana. The land and the rugged, surrounding uplands  are commonly called the Missouri Breaks. Photo by Bob Wicks and tweeted by the US Department of the Interior.

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BLM: Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

IMDb: The Missouri Breaks, Starring Marlon Brando & Jack Nicholson

Posted October 6, 2013 by henrymowry in Photography

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Football Snack Bowl   6 comments

This piece is another routed bowl … made with purpleheart and red oak.

It had to be purple, for my favorite Kansas State fans!

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Making A Snowman

Posted October 5, 2013 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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Canyonlands National Park   9 comments

Canyonlands-NP-00Where Is It: Roughly in the middle of nowhere. It’s:

  • 365 miles west of Denver, CO
  • 244 miles SE of Salt Lake City, UT
  • 472 miles NE of Las Vegas, NV
  • 364 miles NW of Sante Fe, NM

The Birth: From National Parks Traveler:

On September 12, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson established Canyonlands National Park. It was Initially 257,640 acres, and then expanded to 337,598 acres in 1971.

Those who want a larger park point out that if from the lip of Grand View Point an immense ruddy landscape in a constant state of decay sweeps before your eyes, and yet, though you’re in the heart of Canyonlands, not all you see is within the park.

There have been efforts in the 80s and 90s to expand the park, stretching its boundaries so all you can see from its most scenic vistas is a part of the park. However, Utah’s residents often resent the federal government’s land ownership in large part because they see it as an impediment to economic development. Therefore, enlarging the Park has never become a successful movement.

It Happened Here: Prospectors searched Canyonlands for uranium in the 50s and 60s … bulldozing roads and digging several deep shafts. Some ore was found, but yields were not worth the effort. Shortly after that failure, the area was designated a National Park.

Size: 337,598 acres.

# Visitors: 452,952 visitors in 2012. January is the least attended month; May is the greatest.

Plants: The cactus, especially the saguaro, has become emblematic of the American southwest. Eleven species of cactus are found in Canyonlands, though the saguaro is not one of them.

Animals: Many species avoid the hot daytime sun, but most are active at least during dawn and dusk. Black bears are uncommonly seen in the Park. Bighorn sheep and mule deer are much more common, though the mountain lions that prey on them are rarely seen.

Choices: From DiscoverMoab.com:

AVAILABLE TIME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES
A Few Hours Drive the park’s 20 miles (32.2 km) of paved roads and enjoy the spectacular views.  Sunrise and sunset are particularly beautiful times of day to enjoy these lofty panoramic views of canyon country.
1/2 day Drive the paved scenic drive and hike some of the shorter trails, such as the Mesa Arch or Upheaval Dome Trails.  A recent theory suggests that Upheaval Dome was created by a meteor impact.
Full Day Drive the paved scenic drive and hike some of the longer trails in the park, such as the 5 mile (8 km) round trip Neck Spring Trail.  Those with high clearance/4WD vehicles can drive down the Shafer Trail to the White Rim and explore Musselman Arch, or drive all the way down to the Colorado River via Lathrop Canyon.
Several Days Backpackers can experience the solitude of Canyonlands by hiking some of the trails from the mesa top to the White Rim (steep & strenuous) and spend the night in the backcountry.  4-wheel drive enthusiasts or mountain bikers may want to travel the 100 mile “White Rim Trail” which loops below the Island in the Sky mesa.  Reservations for White Rim campsites and backcountry permits are required.  (435) 259-4351

Fees: $10 for a private vehicle’s entrance; good for 7 days.

Staying There: There is no lodging in the Park. Camping sites go quickly and are frequently difficult to get. Don’t show up midday and expect to get a site.

Contact Info:

2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532
 
Park Administration: (435) 719-2100
Recorded Information: (435) 719-2313
Backcountry Reservation Office: (435) 259-4351

Current Issues: A new park policy, begun September 22, requires backcountry travelers to carry out their human waste. Overnight backcountry permit holders for Chesler Park and Elephant Canyon backpacking campsites and the Peekaboo vehicle campsite in the park’s Needles District are affected.

The Park is also removing two vault toilets from Paul Bunyan’s Potty and the Peekaboo vehicle campsite. “These toilets are being removed due to the increasing difficulty of servicing the toilets, and in an effort to return the areas to their remote backcountry condition, the park said in a release.”

Don’t Miss This: From National Park Traveler’s website:

So if you’re planning to visit Canyonlands in the near, or even the not-so-near, future, let us point out some stops you definitely shouldn’t avoid.

* Do visit the Island in the Sky District of the park. For starters, the views from the Grand View and and Green River overlooks explain without a doubt how this national park got its name. But there’s more. The photograph of sunrise through Mesa Arch is iconic. Scampering up onto the back of Whale Rock is a guaranteed kid-pleaser, and also allows you a gander into the maw of Upheaval Dome, which some scientists believe was created by a rock from outer space smashing into the Earth. An added bonus for history buffs is the short hike up onto Aztec Butte, where you can see the ruins of granaries built by ancestral Puebloans to store corn and grains.

* It’s a somewhat long drive if you’re staying in Moab, but don’t deny yourself a visit to the Needles District. The trek here rewards you with the park’s best campground — Squaw Flat –, a nice auto tour that leads you past such interesting points as Wooden Shoe, Roadside Ruin, and Pothole Point, and, if you manage to find a spot in the campground, some of the most star-studded skies in this part of the country. If you’re too late for a first-come, first-served spot at Squaw Flat, just east of the Needles entrance you’ll find the Canyonlands Needles Outpost, which also offers campsites as well as gas, a store, and a small restaurant.

* Once you get to the Needles, get out and walk around. Head a bit of a ways, if not farther, down the trail to Chesler Park. The red rock landscape with its boulders, spires, and cliffs wraps itself around you. Also make a point of walking along the Cave Spring Trail. Though less than a mile in length, it certainly packs a lot into that short stretch. You’ll see an historic cowboy camp stuffed into an alcove, spot some prehistoric petroglyphs, and climb up two wooden ladders onto the top of this rockscape where you’ll enjoy some great views of the surroundings.

* Either while going to or coming from the Needles, stop and check out Newspaper Rock. Though outside the national park, this state historic site is well-worth a stop. The rock is actually a 200-square-foot panel of cliffside that has served, down through the centuries, as a kind of graffiti tableau for Native Americans. Pondering aloud what the artists meant is a proven conversation starter.

* Don’t write-off a spring or fall trip to this park. The weather is cooler than summer, the crowds fewer, and the lodgings more easily snagged. Just avoid Easter weekend, as that’s when a large off-road vehicle event takes over Moab and lodgings not only can be hard to find but are more expensive than usual.

* Do yourself a favor: Bring a cooler, or buy one of those cheap Styrofoam ones in Moab, and pack it with ice and cold drinks. You’ll appreciate this stash when you get back to your rig after one of your short hikes. And don’t forget salty snacks. Visit in summer and you’re sure to perspire and rundown your on-board stores.

* Treat yourself to breakfast at the Jailhouse Cafe in downtown Moab. You’ll find all the calories you’ll need for a day in the park. And enjoy a dinner at the Desert Bistro on the north end of town. It’s owned and operated by two climbers, so if you want to find some secret spots, ask Karl or Michelle.

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National Park Service: Canyonlands National Park

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