Thursday, September 25, 2008

First Time Choir Guy

So we won't call it a "Choir" per-say, but I guess it is. 

We started our Student Vocal team tonight at Woodland. We've been in the market for some sort of student choir if you wish for a LONG time now and I guess we decided that now is the time. 

Thus lies the problem. I've never been in charge of a student choir before. I've been in plenty of them, but I've never been on the other side. Which leads me to my next point.....It is intimidating. But I'm gonna keep on truckin....As Jerry Reed would say "we gonna do what they say can't be done"......All you Burt Reynolds fans should get that eventually.  

                                                                                                            Love Wins,

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Why We Love Dogs

Trained Dog Calls 911, Saves Owner

PHOENIX (Sept. 4) - "Man's best friend" doesn't go far enough for Buddy — a German shepherd who remembered his training and saved his owner's life by calling 911 when the man had a seizure.

Buddy the German shepherd proved Sept. 10 that he truly was "man's best friend." The pooch called 911 in order to help owner Joe Stalnaker, an Arizona man who was having a seizure. Police arrived at Stalnaker's home and he was taken to the hospital. And it's not the first time Buddy has been there for owner Joe Stalnaker, a police officer said Sunday.

On a recording of the 911 call Wednesday, Buddy is heard whimpering and barking after the dispatcher answers and repeatedly asks if the caller needs help.
"Hello, this is 911. Hello ... Can you hear me? Is there somebody there you can give the phone to," says the dispatcher, Chris Scott.
Police were sent to Stalnaker's home, and after about three minutes Buddy is heard barking loudly when the officers arrived.
Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said Stalnaker spent two days in a hospital and recovered from the seizure.
"It's pretty incredible," Clark said. "Even the veteran dispatchers — they haven't heard of anything like this."
Clark said police are dispatched whenever 911 is called, but that Stalnaker's address was flagged in Scottsdale's system with a notification that a trained assistance dog could call 911 when the owner was incapacitated.
Clark said Stalnaker adopted Buddy at the age of 8 weeks from Michigan-based Paws with a Cause, which trains assistance dogs, and trained him to get the phone if he began to have seizure symptoms. Buddy, now 18 months old, is able press programmed buttons until a 911 operator is on the line, Clark said.
Clark said Buddy has made two other 911 calls when Stalnaker was having seizures.
He said Stalnaker's seizures are the result of a head injury he suffered about 10 years ago during a military training exercise.
Stalnaker was not listed in the phone book, and he did not immediately respond to a request through police for an interview.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Is it a sign?

Now this is just sad.
Not only do they charge us an arm and a leg for our gas, but they make us feel inferior when we don't buy the top of the line! I remember the days (ok, so I've heard about the days) when they used to come out and wash your windows, check your fluids, air up your tires AND pump your gas for you. Now they just let you stand out in the heat and let you know that you're just a REGULAR guy. I can't afford to be Super +, not even close. Heck, I can't even afford to be Special! I'm just a regular guy. But I guess I can look on the bright side, us regular guys don't have the $90 gas receipt that the Super+ guys have!