Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I felt bad about this one. Early Saturday morning after work I noticed that the 8-ton dumptruck left parked on the side street was being towed because someone complained. -That's going to be expensive..
Paging Dr. Grace! Paging Dr. Grace!
Steam rising on a cold fall morning from the energy generation plant on lake Michigan 10 miles away.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
It was six years ago today that Tess and I exchanged vows, and rings. I remember I had mixed up my lines, and Lt. Cmdr. Chaplain Burmeister wouldn't let me ad-lib.. He demanded that I say the right thing through his silence.. and I did with a little help from Tess.
Tess' most famous line of the night occurred during our ceremony as well; The conclusion went like this: "With this ring.. I be wed!" -I still laugh, and tease her about it!
We have had many ups and downs in the past six years. We have loved, lost, laughed, cried, gotten frustrated,and overjoyed, but through it all; and most importantly; we did it together. I have learned that there are things in this life that I could never have made it through without Tess by my side... (..I should say that more often to her.)
-Tess, there is no way I could possibly entirely express the love I have for you. God has poured his Grace out upon a man like me, to have a bride like you. Thank-you. Thank-you. Thank-you!
Here's to our tomorrows, and the road God has ordained for us. Happy Anniversary Honey! I love you.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
As a heads up, we discontinued our 616/283*_ _ _ _Verizon wireless cell phone yesterday. Please use our Vonage home phone 616/777*_ _ _ _ (local Allendale) phone number until we locate a cell provider that works for us.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
DORMITORY: When you rearrange the letters: DIRTY ROOM
PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER
ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER
DESPERATION: When you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT
THE EYES: When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE
GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE
THE MORSE CODE : When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS
SLOT MACHINES: When you rearrange the letters: CASH LOST IN ME
ANIMOSITY: When you rearrange the letters: IS NO AMITY
ELECTION RESULTS: When you rearrange the letters: LIES - LET'S RECOUNT
SNOOZE ALARMS: When you rearrange the letters: ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S
A DECIMAL POINT: When you rearrange the letters: IM A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES: When you rearrange the letters: THAT QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO: When you rearrange the letters: TWELVE PLUS ONE
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Hoping this message finds you well.
I had a quick question (s) for you regarding the surveyors that surprised me in my front yard this morning.
It seems the construction of a sidewalk will begin through our front yard in the "very near future.." -Could you please shed some light on this subject with me, as we have been in the dark about any such matter. I clearly understand the townships right of way, ect, however a type of advance courtesy notice with facts, conditions, and events leading up to the need, would certainly be appreciated in the future.
I appreciate your input Jim. Thanks! And have a great Friday!
You are right we should have given you a notice. You may recall we intended to put this sidewalk in last year but it got to late in the season to get it done. I am guessing you can appreciate the need for a safe place for people to walk along 60th ave. As the road gets busier and more residential development happens the need will become even greater. We are trying to get sidewalks on at least one side of the north/south roads on each side of Lake Michigan Drive.
The walk should go in this week. Restoration also should be complete this fall so that next spring the grass will come back. As a property owner you will not be required to pay anything nor will you be required to keep the snow off of it. Our township maintenance staff will be clearing it with our snow blower.
I was just looking over the plans for the sidewalks and realize there is a bush on your north property line close to a power pole that is in the way. Even though I don't need it I would like your permission to remove it. We would be willing to provide a bush to be planted outside the road right-of -way.
Thank-you for the inquiry regarding the bush. A replacement bush although unexpected, would be warmly welcomed. I appreciate you letting me know. More important than the bush, is timely and proper restoration of the areas disturbed. The end of fall is already rapidly approaching. If the walk goes in this week, I would presume days, to a week after pouring concrete restoration will be complete? The only other sticking point is simply a release of liability for us as property owners for incidents that may be incurred by those who might use the sidewalk in the future. I believe this is not only important to us, but also the Dykehouse, and Baar families as well.
Mr. Township, the need for a safe walkway was well proven last year when a youth was hit by a car near the same north corner of our property and Dewpointe. I don't believe any property owner involved in any project would dispute the importance of improving township safety.
According to the contractor, it appears they will be plowing a path through our front yard as soon as this morning. As soon as it's feasibly possible, I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks again, and have a good morning.
(The letter below explaining the project was received in the mail today; Wendsday, October 24th.. One day after the heavy equipment began digging):
Keeping it Jovial.. ; )___________________________________________________________________
..I am still one of those old school red blooded Americans who believe in individual freedoms, and freedom of information. -You know the kind.. God, Family, Country, Corps.. I have no ill will toward anyone or any thing.. Hence, the reason why I'm making a jovial event of this escapade.. If anything, this is a great learning experience for the future of local politics.. -and you know what? When we get that little replacement bush, We're going to take a little blog vote to give it a proper name..