Sunday, September 23, 2007

On the Wings of Eagles, Part 2

Our CSC Eagles kept the winning streak alive yesterday with a 35-7 win over Colorado School of Mines. And our winged-footed running back, Danny Woodhead, added to his career total rushing yards, setting the Division II all-time record...only 288 yards to go to set the all-division all-time record (and you just KNOW it's gonna happen soon).

Nebraska used to be known far and wide for the Cornhuskers...the Big Red. Well, that team hasn't been too terribly stellar for the past 8+ years (but all the hardcore Big Red fans always hold out hope for a change in fortune). The Nebraska college team to watch is our Division II CSC Eagles. They are good, they play with a passion for the game, and they continue to be a total joy to watch.

Next weekend is CSC's Homecoming...if you're in the neighborhood, stop by Don Beebe Stadium for the game and see some hella good college football. GO EAGLES!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Pet Peeve: Use your blinkers, dammit!

The American driving public's seeming lack of knowledge of the blinker mechanism in their automobiles drives me crazy! Why is it that folks in their automobiles are unable to use their blinkers to give the other drivers on the road a "heads up" as to their intentions to turn? I hit the brakes eight times this week to avoid either getting hit by or hitting someone who turned in front of me but did not feel the need to signal their intentions with their blinkers. The auto manufacturers have included working blinkers on their products for decades now....don'tcha think it's about time y'all learned how to use the damn things?!?!

So, little ones, my new rule of the road is: If you aren't smart enough to use the blinkers in your automobile, then you are not smart enough to drive at start walkin'.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Painting Bliss...

It should come as no surprise to any regular visitor here that I love nature, especially the mountains. I also love taking pictures, especially landscapes and flowers, and I dearly love paintings of landscapes and flowers. While I am a quasi-decent amateur photographer, I am not in any way, shape, or form a painter. But I am a collector....

I own a lot of various and sundry prints of landscape and wildlife scenes, most by what could be termed "western artists" - Frank McCarthy, Reid Christie, Mary Hunt, and many others. But I only own originals by a few artists...Mary Hunt, whose detail painting beading and birds is amazing; Julie Orient, who paints the some of the most gorgeous watercolor skies and landscapes I've ever seen; and - my favorite by far - the incomparable Ty Barhaug, who paints breathtaking, awe-inspiring landscapes in oils. I grew up best buds with Ty's big sister and have known Ty for what seems like forever; he was a heck of an artist when he was a kid, and now he's amazing. He comes from deeply artistic stock; both his mother and father are accomplished artists, and his siblings all have artistic talents. His father is one of the best portraiture artists I have ever encountered.

I started my collection by commissioning a piece from Ty...I asked him to paint something from the Sunlight Basin area north of Cody, Wyoming. It was always one of my favorite places to "be" when I was growing up in Cody, and it holds many, many happy memories. I gave Ty carte blanche to paint whatever inspired him in Sunlight, and he blessed me with the most gorgeous painting. It is the centerpiece of the many paintings and prints covering the walls of my home.

I honestly don't know what Ty calls this piece, but to me it is "Sunlight Bliss" and every time I look at it, I'm transported to a place and a state of mind that are unequaled.

We all need such beauty in our lives, little ones, be it in paintings, photographs, books, video images, or best of all memories. Take the time to create such picturesque memories, little ones, and you will never be far from a moment of pure bliss....

If you would like to learn more about Ty's work, please visit his web site.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

On The Wings of Eagles

We have a small state college in my little backwater burg here in the northern panhandle of Nebraska. It's a quite decent little school with an *awesome* Ag & Rangeland Management program and a totally kick-ass football team. The Chadron State College Eagles had a *stellar* year last year, ending the season as 2006 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Southwest Region Champions. And this year is looking to be just as good (well, as much as you can tell from just 2 games...34-24 vs. Washburn and 55-14 vs. Wayne State).

While the team is filled to the rafters with talented, hard-working, totally dedicated players from all across Nebraska and from several surrounding states, there is one hell of a standout...Danny Woodhead, from North Platte, NE. He is a running back with wings on his feet and the eyes of an eagle. Google his name and you'll find all the stats...the records he holds, the records he stands to break, his 2006 Harlon Hill trophy (and previous nominations).... But what you won't find anywhere online is the joy he shows when he plays, and the joy and admiration he instills in those who sit in the stands and watch him. He loves to play, he loves to run, and we all love to watch him. But don't think he's a "star"...there are no stars here, just a lot of damned hard-working kids who love to play football.

I know Nebraska is known nationwide for our Big Red Nebraska Huskers football team. And while I admit to being a teeny bit of a Big Red fan, I much prefer to fly on the wings of Eagles.

You just watch, little ones...this is gonna be another banner year for the CSC Eagles and for the kid that loves to run, Danny Woodhead.

Go Eagles!!!!!