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Thursday, May 31, 2007


"T-Shirt Thursday: All About Me!"

In an effort to show off some of my popular (or new) t-shirts, artwork, and gift ideas exclusive to my online store, Jon Baas Designs, I've decided to feature a few of them here on my blog every Thursday. I call it, "T-Shirt Thursday". Feel free to comment, and enjoy!

Today's Featured Designs:
(click on each image to see available products)

Addicted to Coffee T-shirtLoves Chocolate T-shirtNeeds a Hug T-shirt

More Designs: ... About Me T-Shirts .... Fruit T-Shirts .... Humor T-Shirts

And for those of you who like to shop, weekly sales and coupons are available on the front page of my store. Feel free to use them for special discounts!

Have a great evening everyone!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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"The True Story of the Statue of Liberty"

Anyone who says one person can’t make a difference, has never heard the amazing story of one Frenchman, over 120,000 Americans, and the Statue of Liberty.

-Jon

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"The King of the Internet"

This video has everything:

Not-so-advanced graphic effects, a bouncing ball over the lyrics, a handsome man with a great voice, a handsome man with a great voice in an Eskimo suit, a few dogs, lots of dancing, lots of jumping (including African natives), lots of flying, a dancing bear, cute little girls in angel costumes, mountain scenery, a glacier, motorcycle tricks, a strange masked man, lions, elephants, a wedding cake, a rubber fish, and even beautiful sunsets! Strange, yet interesting!

And, since we're on the topic, take a look at some of David's other music videos!:

Or, how about a commercial featuring Hoff, King of the Internet.

Yeah, I don't think Hasselhoff takes himself seriously. But at least he's having fun! And I will have to admit, some of his music *is* rather catchy. Have fun, and enjoy!

-Jon

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007


"Wednesday Briefs"

Completed day two painting another apartment; tenant moves in tomorrow. Listened to the Brewers game; they lost, but Fielder homered (#18!). Warm day, drank lots of water. Marketing research was a bust; annoyed. Missing my Jenny; guilty that I upset her. Eager for a new tomorrow.

-Jon

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"301 Useless Facts"

Here are 301 very interesting, yet useless facts. Enjoy!

-Jon

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Monday, May 28, 2007


"Memorial Day 2007"

"When you are a Soldier, I will be your Shield." ... [video]

Remember the Fallen; they gave us freedom. Remember the soldier; he keeps us free.

-Jon

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Sunday, May 27, 2007


"11 Great Color Legends"

From COLOURlovers blog comes an interesting article about why certain things come in certain colors. For example, why is red the international color for "stop"? Why is/was the US Dollar green? And why are Republicans red and Democrats blue? There are 11 color legends represented. Find out why they mean what they do... and enjoy!

Have a great Sunday all!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Saturday, May 26, 2007


"The Story of a Boy, a Girl and a Universe."

Thirty years ago yesterday, it began this way:
"In a galaxy far, far away... It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil GALACTIC EMPIRE. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy..."

Thirty years later the world is still in love with "Star Wars", a film movie executives originally had little faith in. Expected to fail, it has since become a runaway success, spawning five blockbuster films, and becoming a cultural phenomenon matched only by the Star Trek franchise.

So, to celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary, here are 30 facts and figures about a film classic that has since influenced a whole new generation of film-makers. Enjoy!

"Fans mark 'Star Wars' 30th anniversary"

"'Star Wars' Celebrates 30th Anniversary"

-Jon

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"Hang Drum"

I'm a big fan of the drums as a musical instrament -- since I used to play them (concert, pep, marching, and military) when I was younger. So, it's probably no surprise that I found the following to be so interesting and museworthy...

Until this morning, I never realized what a "hang drum" was.

According to wikipedia, "a hang (pronounced "hung" or "hong") is a melodious percussive musical instrument, similar to a steel drum. It uses many of the same physical principles to operate. However, since it is struck with the fingers, the sound is generally much softer than a steel drum, and can be played in many ways to produce a large variety of sounds."

To further illustrate why this is so amusing, here's an example of a hang drum being played. Pretty amazing isn't it! ... [video]

-Jon

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"500 Years Of Women In Art"

Five hundred years of female portraits in western art. An amazing morphing video.

-Jon

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Friday, May 25, 2007


"Turtle Kisses"

"Awww... come on... pleeeeease! All I want is a little kiss." ... [video]

-Jon

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"Strange Houses"

Now *these* are creative: Here are some interesting and amazing houses from around the world. Some I might even call an architectural challenge. Enjoy!

-Jon

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"Movie Friday: "Kong and Bird"

Another Friday, another movie! This week my selection is titled, "Kong and Bird".

Today's short film is a cute one, and features an ape named Kong, and a squeaky little blue bird. It's a German Film School digital production by Felix Graf, Goro Fujita, and Moritz Bunk. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Friday all, and until next time!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Thursday, May 24, 2007


"T-Shirt Thursday: Occupations"

In an effort to show off some of my popular (or new) t-shirts, artwork, and gift ideas exclusive to my online store, Jon Baas Designs, I've decided to feature a few of them here on my blog every Thursday. I call it, "T-Shirt Thursday". Feel free to comment, and enjoy!

Today's Featured Designs:
(click on each image to see available products)

Graduate T-shirtGriller T-shirtSingle T-shirt

More Designs: ... Occupation T-Shirts .... Women's T-Shirts .... Election 2008 T-Shirts

And for those of you who like to shop, weekly sales and coupons are available on the front page of my store. Feel free to use them for special discounts!

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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"Quote of the Day"

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey."
- Victor Hugo

-Jon

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


"Lost: Season Finale"

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of the hit ABC television series, "Lost". Tonight at 9/8c, it finishes it's third season with an explosive two hour finale. From what I hear, the episode titled, "Through the Looking Glass", should be a good one.

In an interview with USA Today the show producers promise that tonight "will be an evening of conflict — and bloodshed — between the crash survivors and the Others." One of the payoff’s will also be the reuniting of the mysterious Danielle Rousseau (aka "the French lady" played by Babylon 5’s Mira Furlan) with her daughter Alex (Tania Raymonde). So, in other words, many loose threads will be tied up.

Here are a few previews of tonight's episode: ... [videos]

LOST - Season 3 Finale Promo, US Trailer 2

LOST - Season 3 Finale, Sneak Peak #1

LOST - Season 3 Finale, Sneak Peak #2

If you haven't discovered Lost yet, then it's well worth getting into on DVD. The two hour series premiere, directed by J.J. Abrams, may well be one of the best TV pilots ever made! Season 3 just wrapped production. The shortened 16 episode Season 4 doesn't premiere until January of 2008. As a result, this long hiatus allows J.J. Abrams to begin work on another highly-anticipated project -- the next Star Trek movie (release date: Christmas 2008).

UPDATE: - (4:25 PM, Thursday)
It *was* a very good episode. If you missed it, you can still check it out on ABC.com.

-Jon

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"The Brewers go Hollywood -- again!"

Back in 2003, I was cast in the Bernie Mac baseball movie, "Mr. 3000". During that summer, Hollywood came to Milwaukee to shoot the movie in Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. When the movie was released a year later, the Brewers were the team featured throughout the film.

Well, now it's time to turn the tables, only this time, it's the Brewers who are doing the traveling. Yesterday, during their current roadtrip to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers, four players from the team filmed their acting debuts on the top-rated CBS soap opera, "The Young and the Restless". The episode in which they appear airs on June 20.

So, why are four Milwaukee Brewers baseball players featured on a Soap Opera? Well, as it turns out, the casting director sought them out for the appearance because "The Young and the Restless" has been set in Genoa City, Wisconsin for over eighteen years. Genoa City, though fictionalized for the show, is a real town outside the resort area of Lake Geneva.

Up until earlier this week, that's a trivia tidbit I did not know.

"Going Hollywood: 'Restless' Brewers go from swings to soaps"

-Jon

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007


"The U.S. Civil War in Four Minutes"

As a former Civil War reenactor, I've developed a strong interest in the five-year war that tore apart the United States over 145 years ago. It pitted brother against brother, state against state, and goes down in history as the worst military conflict on American soil.

It also ended up strengthening the nation we live in today.

Recently, I came across a visual representation of how difficult it was to make progress during that war. It's from the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL. There’s a date and casualty counter in the corner of the video. Feel free to follow along as the war progresses. ... [video]

-Jon

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"Jason Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures"

Jason Taylor combines his love of art and diving to create a series of underwater sculptures as artificial reefs! His work can be found just off the island of Grenada in the Caribbean.

-Jon

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"Surprise!"

Smile! You're on Candid Camera! ... [video]

-Jon

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Monday, May 21, 2007


"Jellyfish Lake"

Jellyfish Lake, on the island nation of Palau, was once connected to the ocean through an underwater tunnel. At some point the tunnel was closed off, and the jellyfish were trapped in the saltwater lake. With no natural predators, the population exploded, leaving a breathtaking (and poison-free) underwater ecology. ... [video]

-Jon

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"Quote of the Day"

As the assistant manager at the apartment building(s) in which I currently live, I'm the person who fields calls from prospective renters interested in any available units. I set up showings for those units, shovel the sidewalks in winter, paint unnoccupied appartments, and take care of a variety of other tasks as needed.

As it just so happens, the phone has been ringing off the hook today, with people calling in response to an ad the landlord placed before leaving on vacation. The following excerpt is taken from a frequent conversation with people who call about open apartments throughout the year:

CALLER: Hi, my name is [name], I'm interested in the apartment you have available at [address]. Could you tell me a little more about the place? Do you allow dogs?

ME: No, unfortunately the landlord doesn't allow dogs. Most other pets are fine though.

CALLER: (usually sounding dejected) Oh, I see. So cats are ok, then, right?

ME: Yes. Cats are fine.

CALLER: I have a small dog, does that count?

ME: Um... No. That's still a dog.

CALLER: (again dejected) Ok. Thank you. Bye.

I tell you, some people are either hard of hearing, they just don't understand what "no" means, or they're extraordinarily desperate to find a place that allows dogs. I'll assume the latter.

-Jon

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"The Israel Baseball League"

Anyone familiar with professional baseball probably knows that the sport is huge in the United States, Canada, Central America, Venezuala, and Japan, as well as moderately popular in Taiwan, and Australia. There are also professional leagues in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Starting next month, however, the (MLB-sanctioned) Israel Baseball League will begin play, featuring players drafted from the Dominican Republic, Australia, Venezuela, and the United States. About a dozen of the 120 players will be Israeli, with the league hoping to be made up of at least 25% Israelis by its fifth year. A majority of the players are Jewish.

Players already signed to the new teams are current and former U.S. minor leaguers, professional baseball players from other countries, and starting college players. It is expected that the quality of play will be similar to Class-A Minor League baseball here in the United States.

But that's not all, the league get's even more interesting:

Fourty-one years after he retired, Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax has also been drafted into the new league. Koufax, now 71, was picked by the Modi'in Miracle. "His selection is a tribute to the esteem with which he is held by everyone associated with this league," said Art Shamsky, a former New York Mets player who will manage the Miracle. "It's been 41 years between starts for him. If he's rested and ready to take the mound again, we want him on our team."

In his career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Koufax threw four no-hitters, including one perfect game. Before he begins play with the Miracle, he'll be working on 14,875 days rest.

Now that he's 71 years-old, though, I wonder how fast he can pitch? Kind of reminds me of the Bernie Mac baseball movie, "Mr. 3000"! :)

-Jon

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"Up With the Sun"

I just woke up to a bright sunny morning. A pretty cloudless morning to be exact! The only catch... it's 6:00 AM. Yes, the sun rises very early this time of year. It also sets later -- at nearly 8:30 PM. That, my friends, will take a little getting used to -- again.

For now, though, I think I'm going back to bed. I'll see you later in the day.

Have a great Monday all, and until then,

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Friday, May 18, 2007


"Five Years Later"

As of earlier today -- exactly five years ago -- I graduated from college. I've been out in the "real world" ever since. And as of about this time next year, I'll be celebrating ten years since my graduation from high school as well. Yep, I feel old.

-Jon

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"Movie Friday: "For The Birds"

Another Friday, another movie! This week my selection is titled, "For The Birds".

One by one, a flock of small birds perches on a telephone wire. Sitting close together has problems enough, until a large dopey bird comes along and tries to join them. The birds of a feather can't help but make fun of him -- but their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful Friday all!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Thursday, May 17, 2007


"100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers"

Movie quotes that count *themselves* down! "100 movies, 100 quotes, 100 numbers". A parody of all the "100" list specials that the American Film Institute keeps putting out. Take a peek and see how many of these films you've seen! ... [video]

-Jon

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"T-Shirt Thursday: Something New!"

In an effort to show off some of my popular (or new) t-shirts, artwork, and gift ideas exclusive to my online store, Jon Baas Designs, I've decided to feature a few of them here on my blog every Thursday. I call it, "T-Shirt Thursday". Feel free to comment, and enjoy!

Today's Featured Designs:
(click on each image to see available products)

Eat. Sleep. Act.Love is PatientGenius: Superior Brain Onboard

More Designs: ... Actor T-Shirts .... Love T-Shirts .... Occupation T-Shirts

And for those of you who like to shop, weekly sales and coupons are available on the front page of my store. Feel free to use them for special discounts!

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007


"Driftwood Sculpture"

English artist Heather Jansch gathers driftwood on beaches after high tides and storms. Then she returns to her studio and turns them into life-size works of art.

She seems to like creating horses and wildlife. And she's good at it too!

-Jon

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"Rodney Smith"

Rodney Smith is an American master of fashion photography who produces black and white images of a surreal nature. They aren't quite what you might expect, but intruiging nonetheless!

-Jon

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007


"Colorizing Photos"

Now here's something artistic. Worth1000 has another Photoshop contest. This time the challenge is to take black and white photos from the World War 2 era (1939-1945), and re-colorize them. Some of the results are absolutely amazing!

-Jon

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"No-No 911"

If you have an emergency, you call 911, right? ... If you're a police officer who confiscates marijuana, bakes it into brownies, eats it, and then calls 911 when you think you're "dying" of an overdose -- that's probably a good way to end your career. And if you're a fan of the popular reality tv show "Nanny 911", and you need a babysitter... also not a good time to call.

Sometimes I have to wonder what goes through these people's minds. I certainly feel for them, especially now that they've made national headlines, but let's be honest, at least the police dispatcher -- and the rest of us -- can get a good laugh out of it!

Have a great Wednesday all!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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"Let it Rain"

Yep. It's raining right now, and steadily so. Yesterday it was near 90F degrees outside. Today it's raining. Tomorrow, back down into the 50's. I love Spring!

-Jon

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Monday, May 14, 2007


"Reminder: New Postal Rates"

Don't forget: As of today (Monday), it will now cost a bit more to mail letters and parcels through the U.S. Postal Service. A first-class letter will go up two cents to 41 cents, a new "forever stamp" is being introduced, and a plethora of additional rate changes are also going into effect.

These changes are in anticipation of a deficit this year, as the USPS "struggles to compete in a swiftly changing communications market."

"Stamp prices to go up Monday"

-Jon

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Sunday, May 13, 2007


"Five Years and Counting!"

Yep, as of today, JonBaas.com is now five years old!

Five years -- May 13, 2002! That's a pretty good life for any continuously-updated website -- especially one with a well-read blog! And, as it just so happens, five days after that, I also received my college diploma. So, not only is this website five years old today, as of this coming Friday, so is my college graduate status! My, how time flies!

So, to celebrate this fun little internet birthday, let's take a look at what a few places on the web looked like back then, shall we? Let's take a trip back to the WayBack Machine!

May 2002: (all website links below reflect archived pages)

JonBaas.com
This is what my website looked like four months after I first launched it.

MySpace.com
Didn't even exist until July 2003. Now it has over 175 million users.

Google.com
Yes, Google was only only a baby in May 2002, not yet five years old. But in the five years that followed it became the GIANT it is today. In February 2003, it acquired Pyra Labs, owner of Blogger.com. Just over a year later they launched GMail, their own free email service. In 2004, Google purchase the company that developed the popular satellite mapping service, (renamed to) Google Earth. And on October 9, 2006, Google purchased the popular video site YouTube.

YouTube.com
Didn't even exist until February 2005.

Yahoo.com
My email service of choice, was only eight years old. The site was considerably less attractive back then, but, nonetheless, a major player on the internet.

Ebay.com
Also a bit less attractive, the world-wide auction website, Ebay, would later purchase PayPal.com a few months after JonBaas.com went live.

Wikipedia.org
The massive free online encyclopedia was only a year old. By the end of 2002, it only featured 50,000 articles. Today it has approximately 7.2 million articles in 251 languages. Boy was it ugly back then!

Flickr.com
Didn't even exist until February 2004.

My how things change in only five years. JonBaas.com is actually over two years OLDER than MySpace -- the largest and most popular website on the internet. How's that for a birthday present!

Have a great Sunday all, and until next time,

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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"Mother's Day Quote of the Day"

"No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you -- life."
- Anonymous

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there -- especially my own! ... [video]

-Jon

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Saturday, May 12, 2007


"New Neighbors"

In March, my long-time neighbors (who already lived here when I moved in, back in 2002) moved out of the apartment downstairs. Today, my new neighbors moved in. My now-former neighbors (about the same age as my parents) moved to Indianapolis, so the husband could pursue a long-awaited promotion within the Boy Scouts. My new neighbors are a young couple with a small child. This is their first apartment.

I already miss Gordy and his wife -- they were great neighbors, but I look forward to getting to know this new couple too. It'll be different having a young child living downstairs, but I'll get used to it. Here's hoping they just prove to be as friendly and sociable as Gordy and his wife were. I like sociable neighbors! I guess we'll just have to wait and see, though, eh?! :)

Have a great weekend all, and until next time,

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Friday, May 11, 2007


"Movie Friday: "George Lucas in Love"

Another Friday, another movie. This week my selection is titled, "George Lucas in Love".

In 1967, writer's block afflicts a young USC film student named George Lucas. Unfortunately, he has only three days to finish his final screenplay or he won't graduate. When all hope is lost, however, his luck finally turns, and he meets a beautiful girl named Marian. She becomes his muse, and inspires him to write what he knows best -- "Star Wars".

Enjoy, and have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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"The Piano Juggler"

Here's something you don't see every day: The original Piano Juggler. ... [video]

He's Dan Menendez, and here's his website.

-Jon

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007


"Quote of the Day"

"A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon."
- Arnold Haultain

-Jon

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Sunday, May 06, 2007


"Meet Jenny: An Interview"

Alright folks! Are you ready to meet my Jenny? Are you ready to meet the beautiful Tennessee woman who won my heart?

Last Sunday I wrote about her, I offered a link to her MySpace page, and I announced that she had agreed to an interview here on my blog. So, in keeping with that promise, I sat down with her this morning via instant messanger, and this is that interview.

Enjoy!



Jon Baas: Hey, dear! Good morning!

Jenny: Good morning to you, dear!

Jon Baas: How are things in the world of Jenny?

Jenny: Oh, they're just peachy now that finals are over!

JB: Ah, yes, that's right, you're on vacation! Any plans for the next week without classes?

Jenny: My biggest aim for the week is to paint my room. I've had primer white walls for quite a while now, and I love having color on the walls! I'd also like to catch up on some pleasure reading that has had to take the backseat due to school.

JB: Ah, yes gotta love color! ... [laugh] ... Any specific reading you're looking forward to?

Jenny: My first priority is to finish "The Four Loves" by C.S. Lewis, which you suggested to me quite a while back! I'm halfway done, and LOVING it! I've also got "The Screwtape Letters" (same author) also waiting in the wings. Between those and painting, I think that'll pretty much fill up my week!

JB: Sounds like fun! I wish I could be there and lend a hand with the painting. I've been doing that a lot myself lately, what with working for my landlord and all.

So, I'm sure my readers are curious. Aside from this week, you're usually in school finishing up your nursing degree. What made you want to go back to college a second time?

Jenny: Well, it was sort of a process in making that decision. After graduating the first time with a Biology degree, I quickly realized that there just aren't any jobs out there for that general of a degree. I worked for a while in a pharmaceutical lab, which solidified my interest in the medical end of things. I also rediscovered a strong interest in Anesthesia during that time, did some research into nursing, and realized that I can work with anesthesia as a nurse. I then heard about the program I'm in now -- that allows me to get my BS in Nursing in 18 months -- so I just jumped right back into school with both feet!

In addition to the anesthesia interest, too, I was really feeling the urge to help people in coping... lending them some of my smiles whenever needed. There's no better field than nursing for that.

JB: And you certainly have an irresistable smile, that's for sure! ... [grin]

Jenny: [grin] ... Oh, you're too kind, dear. hehe

JB: I try. ... [warm smile] ... So, you only have two semesters left before you graduate in December. What awaits you, as far as the rest of your training goes?

Jenny: Well, basically, I have lots of clinicals left. This summer I will be trained in geriatric nursing as well as critical care. Just basic classes, really. I'm most excited about the Fall, though. That's when I'll get to enter into my Senior Practicum, which involves my spending 240 hours with one Registered Nurse who will give me lots of individualized training. I will be in an Adult Neurological ICU for that, and will focus on both clinical skills and management concerns.

After all that is said and done, I will then have to pass an Exit exam to graduate with my BS in nursing and then take the dreaded NCLEX exam to get my certification as a Registered Nurse.

JB: Wow! And here I sit with a mere BS in Art! I spent all my time in the art studios creating, and the theatres playing pretend... I feel so under-educated! ... [laugh]

Jenny: Oh, I'm no more educated than anyone else! You're brilliant, dear! ... [grin] ... And you've seen MY drawing attempts! ... [laugh] ... And hey, look at it this way, I can take care of your hand if ever it decides to cramp up from all the drawing you do!

JB: Hey, it's a deal! ... [laugh] ... So, you graduate at the end of this year? Any ideas what you might want to do after that?

Jenny: Well, I very well may be making a move up north to begin my career as an ICU nurse. I've heard Milwaukee is very nice. ... [wink, wink]

JB: [laugh] ... Yes, yes it is! -- I think so anyway (although I'm probably a little biased!) ... You actually came up here to visit me this past March. What did you think of the area? Did you enjoy your visit?

Jenny: I actually fell in love with the area, despite the coldness! I'm not quite acclimated to that much cold yet! hehe. Everyone was also very friendly to me, which is how I often judge my experience with anything. I had a WONDEFUL time, and you were the best tour guide ever. ... [grin] ... I loved the walks we took, the bus rides, being cooked for every night!... You certainly pampered me, and gave me a great tour of your Milwaukee! My week couldn't have been better!

JB: Yay! I'm glad you had fun! ... And I'm still in awe that YOU chose to come up and visit me first! That was very thoughtful of you dear!

Jenny: There wasn't a doubt in my mind about coming. I just wanted to see my Jon!

JB: Yep. I'm DEFINITELY in love -- and with a beautiful nurse from Tennessee! I'm one lucky guy, that's for sure! ... [happy grin]... Oh, that reminds me, I've actually had a few questions regarding how you and I originally met. Would you like to do the honors this time?... [chuckle]

Jenny: [giggle] ... I'd love to, dear!

JB: Go for it! ... [loving smile]

Jenny: Well, we originally met on MySpace back in November of 2006. I was going about my day, reading random messages I'd received, when I came upon one from you! Your display picture was that of you as Edmund Swettenham from a performance of "A Murder Is Announced" and I thought you were handsome. I read your message, and, while I generally deleted random messages and friend requests from guys, your message intrigued me for some reason, so I wrote you back. We began sending LONG messages back and forth, and we've just never stopped!

While very random, God knew what he was doing! hehe

JB: Oh, definitely, that He did! ... And, you know, as of the end of this week, we'll have known each other for six wonderful months! That's a LOT of letters and corresponance! ... [BIG smile]

Jenny: You can say that again! Especially considering how long some of our chats can be!

JB: [sheepish grin] ... Yeah, I remember one from our New Year's Eve "date". What was that? Ten hours of chat, and something like 20-some pages of dialogue! (And that was just ONE of our nightly "dates"). ... [laugh]

Jenny: Yep! I think we shattered that 10-hour chat not too much later, too!

JB: Hehehe! Yep. Some day, 100 years from now, our decendants will be looking through the old love letters of Jon and Jenny and wondering, "Wow, it's going to take me a few months to read all these!" ... [laugh]

Jenny: [grin] ... But they'll be reading one of the greatest love stories ever written. I don't think they'll mind. ... [wink]

JB: Nope, not at all!. ... [wink]

Oh, and speaking of great love stories, not everyone knows this yet, but you and I have been talking seriously about marriage, perhaps in a year or two. Any thoughts you feel like sharing on that subject?

Jenny: [BIG smile] ... Well, I'm just absolutely thrilled that I am the woman who gets to marry you one day! God has certainly far exceeded what I'd ever dreamed of in a future husband, that's for sure. Everything about our lives fit together like perfect puzzle pieces -- with God as our superglue -- and that last puzzle piece will be put in place on our wedding day. No rushing into things, of course, but yeah... marrying you in a year or two is something I'm very serious and excited about! Plus I'll get to be part of the Baas family. I already feel like I am, to be honest! ... [smile]

JB: Oh, and you'd fit right in too! That, and you'd be gaining three sisters-in-law. I can just imagine the kind of sisterly teasing I'll have to endure when that happens! ... [rolls eyes sarcastically]

Jenny: I'm looking forward to that the most! ... [giggle, wink]

JB: [sticks tongue out and laughs, nudging Jenny playfully] ... I bet!

So, right now, you're living and studying down in Tennessee. But you grew up in West Virginia. I, on the other hand, have spent my entire life (so far) up north here in Wisconsin and Minnesota. What was it like for you growing up in the South? And what do you think about having fallen in love with a "northern boy". ... [chuckle]

Jenny: It was great! I love being from "the south"! People make fun of southerners for our accents and what have you, but we're raised with that good 'ole southern hospitality that I dearly cherish and carry with me wherever I go. I'm from a tiny little town in WV, though... not much to do around there other than being nice to our neighbors... "I reckon"... [laugh]. My favorite part is probably the food, though. Mmmm, Country cookin'! (I was actually talking with my friend the other day about how we'd make a salad, but then drizzle bacon grease on it! ... [laugh] ... Yummy, but oh so unhealthy!)

As for being in love with a northern boy... I LOVE it! My northern boy is the sweetest man I've ever known, and I LOVE how we tease each other about pronunciations. It's great fun! ... [wink]

JB: Yah der hey! You Betcha! ... [laugh] ... Like that? ... [wink]

Jenny: [laugh] ... Yep! And I still can't get you to say "bag" correctly. ... [playfully nudging Jon]

JB: Oh, I'll get it right... eventually! ... [laugh]

Jenny: hehe. Actually, since I'll most likely be moving to Milwaukee, I have a feeling I'll be the one changing some pronunciations! ... [laugh] ... Still gotta keep my southern twang, though. ... [wink]

JB: Oh, of course! ... Your "sourthern twang" is one of my favorite things about you, dear. That, and your beautiful singing voice, your stunning beauty, your love of cats, and... well, I guess the list is far too long for me to retell here, so I'll just sum it up, instead by saying.... you're definitely a life-long dream come true!

[looks at the clock] ... Oh, wow, time flies when you're having fun!

Jenny: hehe. Hmm, Yes, I suppose so! I've gotta get some rest before orchestra practice at church this morning!

JB: Well, dear, thank you for taking the time to sit down with me and share a little of yourself with my readers. I'm sure there are quite a few people wondering who my Jenny is! Now they know!

Jenny: I've had a blast, dear! It's a pleasure to meet everyone reading your blog. Feel free to take a peek at my MySpace if you want to know more! ... [BIG smile]

JB: Sounds like a plan. Y'all go take a look, now, y'hear? ... [wink]

Jenny: [laugh] ... I don't quite talk like *that* now, dear. hehehe

JB: [laugh] ... I know. Just teasing. I've gotta get a few pokes in every once in a while.

Well, dear, have a beautiful Sunday, and I'll see you later this evening!

Jenny: Ok, dear! I love you!

JB: I love you too!

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Have a great new week everyone! Thanks for reading!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Saturday, May 05, 2007


"Marine Boy and Navy Girl"

Here are a few quick updates regarding my military siblings:

First, Ben. He's been in Northern Iraq on combat duty since last year. As of right now, though, his tour is up, and he has returned to the States. He's back on his Marine base in Southern California, but in two weeks he'll be returning home to Minneapolis, MN for a month. Welcome back bro!

And, Lydia -- the youngest. A few weeks ago I had mentioned her enlistment in the U.S. Navy. This past Monday, she was officially sworn in. She goes off to boot camp on September 17th, and after that, she'll be trained as a translater. Way to go sis!

Becca, the third military sibling -- and only commissioned officer -- remains stateside as an analyst with the U.S. AirForce. She is still based in Texas.

-Jon

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"Vacuum Cleaning the Cat"

Apparently not all cats are afraid of the vaccum cleaner.
Cat #1 ... Cat #2 ... [videos]

-Jon

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Friday, May 04, 2007


"Lost Rhapsody"

If you're a fan of the hit ABC television show, "Lost", you might enjoy today's Humor of the Day. It's a fun little video featuring clips from the first season, but put to the music of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Song by Weird Al. Video by CapnBob. Enjoy!

-Jon

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"Movie Friday: "Tree Rats"

Another Friday, another movie. This week my selection is titled, "Tree Rats".

It's a short live action/animated film by Sam Driscoll about, well, a cute little group of street performers. I've featured this one on my blog before -- a few years ago actually -- but today, I thought I'd pull it out of the archives for all of my newer readers.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful Friday everyone!

Your happily blogging friend,
-Jon

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Thursday, May 03, 2007


"Coming This Weekend"

Now this is interesting. This time and date will occur on Sunday:

02:03:04 05/06/07

-Jon

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007


"Brew Crew Fever"

Guess which MLB team has the best record in baseball right now?! Confused? Not sure? Well, look no further than Milwaukee. In the first 27 games of the season, the Brewers are 18-9. That's 18 wins and 9 losses. How cool is that!

I tell ya, this is an exciting team to watch! They've got talent, they've got youth, and the're in overdrive. It's been a long time, but as it turns out, winning really *is* a lot of fun! And when it comes to baseball, the most fun is here in Milwaukee! Go Brewers!

-Jon

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"It's a Boy!"

Good news! As of this afternoon, my roomate Scott's younger sister just gave birth to her first child, a healthy baby boy! Congratulations Diana!

-Jon

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"John Ratzenberger on Star Wars"

Last night, John Ratzenberger -- best known as the loveable character Cliff Claven on Cheers -- was voted off the hit televison show, Dancing with the Stars. But did you know... back in 1980 he was also a character in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back? I didn't know that.

-Jon

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007


"Joe Pogan Sculptures"

Joe Pogan creates animal sculptures using various found metal objects like old watches, sprockets, nuts and bolts. Strange, yet quite fascinating!

-Jon

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