Thursday, December 18, 2008

Well, this sucks...

Majel Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry (Also starred in the series as Christine Chappel) has died. She was 76.

Sad. Always liked her, in any of the roles she took. I was happy, at least, to read that she had a small role in the latest Star Trek movie. She voiced one of the ship's computers, something she had done many times previously.

Rest in peace, Majel. You and the Great Bird of The Galaxy have been reunited at last.

2008 Minnesota Vikings Videos, etc.

Speaking of sports, anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Have been ever since I was 7, in 1975, and my Vikings started off 10-0. Of course, they were victims of the Drew Pearson push-off that year, crushing their (and my) dreams. And don't get me started on that 1999 Championship game with the Falcons.

On a happier note, it seems my team might finally be coming around this year. We are now 9-5 and a game away from clinching our division. I'm attaching a video that a fan put together that shows some of the highlights of this year, so far. Pretty good stuff! I am trying not to get my hopes up too much, as I have been burned so many times by my beloved Vikings. However, as the Kramer to Rashad TD pass (bottom video) showed, miracles do sometimes happen!

Old Poem - I Smiled

Just to show that I truly am going to post anything, and not restrict myself to certain subjects, here goes an old poem I write. I dedicate it to my Uncle Jeff.

I was born

Or so I was told

In a new world

Naked and cold.

I was frightened, I was small, I was sad

But I smiled.

When I was five I was sick

I couldn't breathe most of the time

The doctor stuck his big needle in my flesh

And I smiled.

I was almost a teen-ager

My parents fought with their fists

And a knife...and a gun...

And I went to school the next day and I smiled.

I smiled because it was expected

I smiled to try to be strong

I thought, if I smiled long enough,

I'd be happy...I was wrong.

I got married one day

Everyone smiled

Except when the bill came

But, hey, I'm an adult now.

I continued to work

I continued to pray

That all of my smiles

Would pay off some day.

And then I felt something

Has my dream come true?


But I'll smile now, too.

The years pass me by

Will my happiness start?

But then a phone call

Would destroy my heart.

My uncle was dead

I heard from my mother

Only thirty-nine

He was more like my brother.

I noticed with sadness

The smile on his face

But, this time, I can't join him

It would be a disgrace.

I'll bet he felt like I did

That life is what you make it.

Maybe he found happiness

But I could only fake it.

In four days I was back to work

"You've had your time to grieve"

I saw my customer and I smiled

And THAT I can't believe.

I smiled because it was expected

I smiled to try to be strong

I thought, if I smiled long enough,

I'd be happy...I was wrong.