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Update: After a bit of research it appears this is a humpback whale.

We decided to walk down to the beach today and right as we got down there we could see spouts of water from some whales. So I tried to get a picture. I actually captured a picture of one of the whales breaching. I’ll need to do some research to find out what kind of whale it is.

Whale breaching off Asilomar

Whale breaching off Asilomar

The girls have been singing a funny Christmas carol. I’ll try to post a video of it tomorrow, but this will give you a taste of what it is.

Dashing through the trees

On a broken pair of ski’s

I’ve hit a redwood tree

I think I’ve broke my knee

The snow is turning red

I think I’m almost dead

Now I’m in a hospital

with stitches in my head!

Leave it to the young ones to come up with something like this. It’s pretty funny when all three of them start singing it together.

I’ve heard through Andres who runs that it wasn’t Green Day that caused my tribute video to be shut down. Rather it was Warner getting in a pissing contest with Youtube.

Greedy bastards.

My tribute to John has been shut down because I used a song by Green Day in the background. After two years no less. To say I’m slightly pissed is  a slight understatement. I won’t comment on the state of the record industry or their total inability to understand modern technology. It’s wasted breath.

I will say this. “Yo Green Day! Go bugger yourselves!” Next time someone dies for this country I’ll be sure not to mention you sorry bastards.

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On the south side of Loch Ness there is a small town called Foyers. At this town there is a trail heading down into a canyon where you can see the Falls of Foyers. The River Foyer drops over a 140ft cliff to a pool below that feeds into Loch Ness. There are actually several falls, the biggest being 140 ft.

In 1787 Robert Burns wrote a poem about the falls. Written in pencil above the falls, but never completed, or maybe he wanted it that way.

Among the heathy hills and ragged woods
The roaring Fyers pours his mossy floods;
Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds,
Where, thro’ a shapeless breach, his stream resounds,
As high in air the bursting torrents flow,
As deep-recoiling surges foam below,
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends,
And viewless Echo’s ear, astonish’d, rends.
Dim seen, through rising mists and ceaseless show’rs,
The hoary cavern, wide surrounding, low’rs.
Still thro’ the gap the struggling river toils,
And still below, the horrid cauldron boils—
Robert Burns. 1787
On the path leading down there are three stones carved with excerpts from the poem.


Among the heathy hills and ragged woods
The roaring Fyers pours his mossy floods

Megan at the Falls of Foyers

Megan at the Falls of Foyers


As high in air the bursting torrents flow
As deep-recoiling surges foam below

Nora at the Falls of Foyers

Nora at the Falls of Foyers


Still thro’ the gap the struggling river toils
And still below, the horrid cauldron boils

Molly at the Falls of Foyers

Molly at the Falls of Foyers

From our family to you.

This is a picture of the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness in the highlands of Scotland. I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland

We have a new truck. It’s a 2007 Dodge Ram SLT 4×4 truck. It’s a beauty. And yes it has a Hemi. 5.7 Litre Hemi. 345 horse 390 lbs of torqe. It scoots! I’ve never owned a truck with so much get up and go. And comfortable to drive, it’s a dream.

2007 Dodge Ram SLT 4x4 Big Horn

2007 Dodge Ram SLT 4x4 Big Horn

It has the Multi Displacement Engine that shuts off 4 cylinders during light freeway driving which gives us about 20-22 mpg on the freeway. One interesting thing I found was that if you don’t hold the key long enough to start the truck the computer takes over and keeps the starter going till the truck starts. It’s kind of sureal. Then it uses compression braking to slow the truck when the cruise control is on. Which is pretty cool.

Only down side is that if you’re in the rain, well, you better only use the first 1/3 of the gas pedal. It’s either that or prepare to do a loop de do.  (-;

Actually, I’ve been told that it’s NOT our truck. It’s Roberta’s truck and she will let me drive it on occassion if I’m good.

While waiting for Roberta and the girls to get here with our new truck Lynn and Chuck let me borrow their 55 Chevy Wagon to drive around. I get a lot of comments and looks. It’s a sweet ride.

55 Chevy Wagon

55 Chevy Wagon

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