Anderson/Hatgidakis/Nelson/Metcalf: Newsletter

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Gary
3/31/10
It is just possible (crossing fingers) that Spring has sprung here. It was warm enough yesterday and today that I left the house without a jacket, for the first time since sometime last fall. It was reported that yesterday was the first 70-degree day since November 5. So nice to drive around with the windows down! March came in like a lamb and is leaving like one too, so there goes that bit of folk wisdom....

I haven't heard of any unusual plans for the weekend, so it is looking like a quiet Easter around here.

I hope your job has settled down a bit, Emily. I'd hate to think every day was as crazy for you as it was a couple of Sundays ago!

Oh hey, John and/or Marsha (whoever sent the bird video below): Tristen and Teghan watched it last night at Grandma's and really enjoyed it. Funny stuff! :-)


Gary
3/29/10
Thanks to the Hatgidakis Birdwatching Society for the following video:


Amanda
3/27/10
Nice front page! Maybe the Tís have a future in web design! Thanks for letting them hang at your work Gary, as usual they had fun! They had a good spring break. They both had a couple sleepovers, hung with Donna on her birthday, and Grandma, Garyís work, staying up late, sleeping in, CoCo Key waterpark on Friday (with Teghanís Girl Scout troop, I was a parent driver/helper so Tristen went too) and Teghan went to Sweet & Sassy Salon (in the pink limo!!) after the waterpark with the troop. Today Tristen went to see Alice in Wonderland with a friend (though just in 2D) and is having her spend the night, meanwhile Teghanís at a friends house today playing.

Somebody at work said that Tristen and Teghan were becoming such a regular fixture there that if I ever wanted to quit the girls could just take over my job. ...Come to think of it, I wonder if that was a hint...? Whatev! --Gary


Donna
3/26/10
Karen, thanks for the necklace. It's perfect. I started wearing it as soon as I opened it.
Teghan
3/25/10
We're off to eat at the cafeteria!
Amanda
3/25/10
Sounds like lots of fun already! Keep up the good work!!!
Gary
3/25/10
Tristen and Teghan are visiting my office today. We might go to the museum later.

Tristen: Teghan's making a rug, out of paper.
Teghan: Done!
Tristen: I'm coloring some mushrooms and porcupines.
Teghan: Welcome to Teghan's, Gary's, and Tristen's Office! I am writing on the rug "Welcome."


Gary
3/24/10
Oh, this is good. This is what the campaign ads should look like (and probably will look like) this November. I gave it an orange border in honor of the Orange Man, John "Hell No You Can't" Boehner":

P.S. Hang in there, Emily. The days to come can only be better than that one!


Karen
3/23/10
Beautiful spring day, finally! Gary, glad your court date is over, but what a waste of your morning. Emily's job is proving to a challenge for her. She is in a ward with 7 boys ages 12-18. She had a miserable day on Sunday. First it was a 15 hour shift, then one of the counselors called in sick. So it was just her and another lady. I think she said 2 tried to run away, 1 had an asthma attack, 1 dislocated his shoulder, someone threw the TV and broke it, the toilet was intentionally plugged, somewhere along the way she lost her phone.... and that's just what I remember her telling me....... She will have to fill in the rest of the details, she was pretty stressed out by it all. Looking forward to a short week next week. Just three days, then five off. What is everyone doing for Easter? We will be having a quiet day (in fact Emily volunteered to work that day -- but then that was her bad day). Donna what are you going to do tomorrow to celebrate? Look in the mailbox -- I sent a card yesterday.
Amanda
3/23/10
Gary, welcome to your criminal justice system where plea deals are as common as the last name Anderson. I'm sure he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge so he could avoid jail & so the court could avoid a trial. Gotta love it! Imagine how assault victims feel!

I hear that. --Gary


The Hatgidakis Family
3/23/10

Happy Birthday Donna!!!!!
Grandma
3/23/10

Happy Birthday, Donna!!
Brent, Karen, Emily and Erika
3/23/10

Happy Birthday Donna
Gary
3/22/10
Hey, remember the little slice of apartment life I shared with you back on January 13? Late night loud music upstairs, I called cops, cops talked to guy and made music stop, then at 3 am cops return to MY place because guy made a phony complaint about me?

Well, there's more. Last Wednesday I got a subpoena to appear in court today as a witness for a "maintaining disorderly house" bench trial for this guy. I assumed from this that the cops must have cited him that night, which I hadn't known before. After getting the subpoena I did a quick Google search and found a few "disorderly house" cases in Lincoln where the penalties ranged from fines to up to 30 days in jail. So, even though the guy had moved out just a few days later and I didn't care about this whole thing any more, I thought "This could be interesting."

I showed up at the courtroom at 9 am. No jury, but it was a courtroom in all other respects. I presented my subpoena to the bailiff and took a seat. I had never laid eyes on the noise-guy, so I didn't know which of the other people in the courtroom he might be. But then (a few minutes after 9 -- he was late!) a guy came up to the door and gave his name to the bailiff, so I knew that was him. I'm pretty certain he didn't recognize me, even though he watched me from behind his curtain that next day; he came in today and didn't react to me at all, and took a seat nearby. Then "All rise for the honorable" etc etc, and court was in session. There were three cases ahead of this one -- traffic stuff like driving with a suspended license and such. After that, the bailiff called this guy's name and told him to approach the bench. The judge read the charge (disorderly house, which she said for some reason I didn't catch had been reduced to disturbing the peace), and asked for his side of the story. He told a very cleaned-up version of the events: "I was out for the evening, and gee, I guess I must have left the TV on, etc." Then he went on to say: "I suppose other people in the building might have heard it, because I know I hear noise from other apartments. The guy downstairs makes a lot of noise, and I hear all that." Whaaaat?? I was fuming at this, and now was more than ready to say my piece. But that didn't happen. The judge said, "Have you taken any steps to make sure this doesn't happen again?" And, like Eddie Haskell, this guy says "Oh yes, Your Honor!" So she fined him $150 plus costs ($48) and it was all over. I never got called. I never even got acknowledged. The next case had already started and I'm sitting there thinking, "So...am I done?"

I left the courtroom and found the bailiff out in the hall. I asked him if I was done, and he said "Lemme check." He went down the hall and into a room, and a minute later poked his head out and yelled, "Yeah, you can go!" Oh good, thanks so much! This whole thing had been a bigger annoyance than the late-night music. And what's more, I realized if I ever run for President, two things are waiting to be found on the record: One, the cops came to my place at 3 am one morning because someone complained about noise from my apartment, and two, the records of this trial will read that while this guy might have left his TV on a bit too loud once, he heard a lot of noise from my apartment on many occasions. Arrrgh! I should have done what the Bush White House staff (Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, et al.) did and ignored the subpoena....


Ryan, Amanda, Tristen & Teghan
3/21/10

Happy Birthday Anna!
Donna
3/20/10

Happy Birthday Anna!
Nelsons
3/20/10

Anna, happy 21st on the 21st :) Have a great day!
Gary
3/19/10
Well, the snow is back. That will teach us for daring to enjoy one nice day yesterday.... It's really coming down out there, but I hope it won't last long.
Grandma
3/19/10

Happy Birthday, Anna!!
Dad, Mom, Zach, Mark, Samantha, Sunny & Bruce
3/19/10

Happy Birthday Anna!!!!!!
Donna
3/18/10
From the looks in those pictures, I wonder if Marsha will get that Oscar in 6 months. ;-)
Karen
3/18/10
We had a very nice day today here -- 64 degrees now. Yesterday and today I got the kids outside for recesses. They were thrilled! I think it's been since Thanksgivng they were outside at all. Unfortunately tomorrow has snow back in the forecast.
Gary
3/18/10
Finally! A nice sunny day (here in Lincoln). After how long -- sometime in November? Yeah yeah, I know it's supposed to snow on Friday (arrrgh!), but today is a beauty. Open up your windows, and get outside if you can!
Gary
3/17/10

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody!

New photos up today -- thanks, Amanda!


Gary
3/16/10
Fox "News" is not really so good with numbers. You may have heard that the Tea Party dimwits decided to rally in Washington today to protest the Health Care Reform bill. National Public Radio estimated the crowd at 200. Fox "News" reported that "thousands and thousands" of mouth-breathers showed up. Hmmm.

Here's another example of the number-crunching at Fox. This chart of theirs shows the 2012 presidential choices of 193 percent of Republicans... :-)


Gary
3/13/10
Oops, just realized I got it wrong on the graphic I made for the front page. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning, not ends. But the rest of it is right: Set your clocks forward.
Karen
3/11/10
Gary -- thanks for the laugh this morning, loved the cartoon :)

My pleasure. :-) --Gary


Grandma
3/10/10
I think I am feeling better, but not quite out of the woods yet. Happy to hear the Nelson's are better and Emily, glad you are liking your job so far. Sounds like a really long day on Sunday tho'. Not looking forward to snow tomorrow, is it still in the forecast? Thanx to Ryan and Amanda for a tasty lunch today.
Amanda
3/9/10
Teghan was very excited when I told her the next morning she won! She just nodded & said, "It was Avatar." Then I explained she'll get Oscar for 6 months & then it's passed on. She thought about that for a bit & said, "Why doesn't Gary just have two Oscars..." You know her little brain was thinking, I gotta share???

And Gary, you sucked this year! You scored the same as me, yikes!

We didn't watch the Oscars this year, but that's fitting as we never watch any of the movies up for Oscars until well past the Oscars, ie: out on DVD. Tristen had a dance thing that night so we were out. It's DVR-ed but I don't know that we'll get around to watching it, kinda like knowing the score to the game but watching it anyway. I don't think I heard of any amazing 'plays' that make it watchworthy.

There were some funny moments between hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, but otherwise it was a pretty lukewarm show. And yeah, I was off this year... Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't. As for two Oscars, hmmm.... I used to send the under-17 winner a gift assortment of popcorn and Jr. Mints and suchlike. This system started in 2002 when Donna and Marsha tied; they would have shared the trophy six months each, but Donna offered it to the under-17 winner Emily. And we've done it that way ever since. But maybe we should get a second Oscar! --Gary


Karen
3/9/10
Congratulations Marsha and Teghan. (John, I think you were cheated.) We watched about the first hour of the Oscars, weren't too impressed. We all have been sick and needed to get to bed early that night. I think we are almost recovered now. Mom, are you feeling better yet?

Dreary and rainy here today (and yesterday). Getting rid of some of the snow, but still lots more to melt.

Emily had her first real day of work on Saturday (15 hour shift). She really liked it. She did have to chase one kid down and put him in a hold to bring him back.


Grandma
3/9/10
Congratulations on winning the Oscar, Marsha! Great acceptance speech! AND CONGRATULATIONS to TEGHAN! WOW!!
Marsha
3/8/10
(Deep breath, dabbing eyes) Gee, has it really been 8 years since I held Oscar..... so many people to thank... (another deep breath) Well, let me begin by thanking my Mom and Dad for sending me and my brothers to the Joyo Theater every Saturday where my true love of film began, wow, all the greats like "Clambake" with Elvis Presley and who could forget the brilliant and underrated films of the Three Stooges. My undying thanks to my husband (there in the audience smiling and looking a little miffed for losing by only 1 point) for all the films we've watched over the years, the many Woody Allen, Samurai, and horror films at the midnight movies in Columbus. Hey, and a shout out to my kids (go to bed now) for always watching a movie with me at home or at the neighborhood Riverview classic theater. Thanks especially to Anna for her recommendation of "Logorama," and to Sam for getting us to the early showing of "The Blind Side." I would like to thank my fans, but frankly I don't think I have any. Where is that music coming from? There is so much more I want to say...........
Marsha
3/8/10
Hey Gary, according to our count, I had 18 correct picks and John had 17 correct picks. He doesn't want me to write this, but it is how we counted things here at our Oscar bash.

Right you are. I re-checked my math and came up with the same result. Sorry for the false alarm, John. And my apologies to Marsha for briefly linking her name to that loser John. :-) Fixed now. Go here for complete results and stats! --Gary


Gary
3/7/10
Updated stats and write-up to follow, but in the meantime here are the Oscar winners: John and Marsha in a tie in the over-17 category, and Teghan in the 17-and-under crowd. Congratulations to all of you, but especially Teghan who brings the Oscar trophy to the Metcalf household for the very first time in the 12 years of our competition. That's big! We will get the trophy to you ASAP, Teghan!
Gary
3/5/10
As you probably know, a lot of American film stars do commercials that are seen only in Europe. I guess they feel that doing commercials in their own country would be over-exposure or something. Anyway, lots of them do it. For you George Clooney fans, here's one he did that is showing in France right now. Pretty funny!


Gary
3/5/10
Any day which starts out above freezing -- like this one has, after what, three months? -- is a good day. Also there was no ice to scrape off the car windows this morning, and I was able to walk the complete distance from house to car and car to office without once stepping on ice. Knock wood, but we might be through with this thing!

I got a call from Tristen last night on their way home from Avatar. Sounded like they all loved it. I'm hoping she will drop a note here to the newsletter and tell us all about it.


Amanda
3/4/10
Gary, you'll be pleased to know we just sat down at the theater for Avatar 3D. And I think today's the last day you can see it in 3D in Lincoln (only one 3D screen in Lincoln & Alice in Wonderland starts tomorrow). So we rushed here for the 4:20. The girls are with us, so you better be right about your rave reviews!!!

Awesome! You won't regret it. You'll be talking about it all the way home. For you others reading this, Amanda's note was sent via her blackberry from the theater. Cool! --Gary


Emily
3/3/10
Gary, we got the Oscar sheets today! Thanks for sending them out, I know I will be following along on Sunday!

Excellent. Good luck! --Gary


Gary
3/3/10
Hey, check out this video. Tristen told me about it and suggested I put it here. Thanks, Tristen -- good one! :-)

I also put this on Tristen's Cool Sites page.


Gary
3/3/10
Are you feeling like the days just aren't long enough to get everything done? Or that you don't have enough free time at the end of the day?

Well, I've got some bad news: It just got worse. In the past week, our 24-hour day has literally gotten shorter. The earthquake in Chile was so strong, scientists say, that it moved the poles three inches from their old positions -- and the effect of that was to actually shorten our day by a little over one-millionth of a second. This article has a good analogy for understanding how it happened:

"It's what we call the ice-skater effect," David Kerridge, head of Earth hazards and systems at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said today in a telephone interview. "As the ice skater puts when she's going around in a circle, and she pulls her arms in, she gets faster and faster. It's the same idea with the Earth going around if you change the distribution of mass, the rotation rate changes."
So seize the day, now that there's less of it to seize! :-)
Livy
3/2/10
Gary--It'll go out like a lion! Finally spring is arriving! Spring Break is about 2 weeks away and I was worried it wouldn't be a "spring" break, just another winter break, but it's finally starting to melt!

And I was also going to put a recipe on here. I can't spell it right now but it's German and it tastes like french toast! I make lots of different foods in my 1st period, and today we made Runzas just like the way Grandma does! We've also made funnel cakes, yeast bread, quesadillas, sopapillas, and some other foods... But that's all I got to say so I'll talk to you all later!

Livy, you're making me hungry! :-) French toast is one of the best things France ever invented, right up there with French fries, French silk pie, and French onion soup. And it's better than French's mustard. Please send in the recipe! --Gary


Gary
3/1/10
Welcome to March! It's coming in like a lamb, so....

The Oscar votes are in, and here they are! Printed versions of this scoresheet will be arriving in your mailboxes soon. Oscar night is also a school night (why can't they do it on a Friday or Saturday night??), but if anyone in the Lincoln area wants to drop by Grandma's that night you'll find a wild party. As always, Grandma will be preparing the same menu Wolfgang Puck does for the Oscar night Governor's Ball:

Sushi
Maki Rolls - Spicy Tuna, Sweet Shrimp, Crab, Vegetable
Nigiri - Tuna, Sweet Shrimp, Yellowtail, Salmon, Snapper
Sashimi - Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Snapper
Cucumber Salad, Edamame, Wasabi, Soy and Pickled Ginger

Shellfish
Shrimp, Oysters, and Crab
Cocktail Sauce, Mustard Sauce and Mignonette

Passed Hors d'oeuvre
Spicy Tuna in Sesame Miso Cone
Mini Kobe Cheeseburgers with Remoulade
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Assorted Pizzas
Brandade Fritters
Smoked White Fish and Taro Root Taco
Tempura Shrimp
Wasabi Pea Crusted Crabcake with Mango and Thai Basil
Potsticker with Ginger Black Vinegar Dipping Sauce
Toro with Crispy Rice and Yuzu

Pre-Set First Course
Crispy Potato Galatte
Smoked Salmon
Dill Cream and Baby Greens

Entree
Organic Chicken Pot Pie
Black Truffles and Root Vegetables

Dessert
Baked Alaska with Espresso Glace and Guittard Chocolate Sorbet
24 Carat Chocolate Oscar

Either that, or popcorn and Junior Mints -- she hasn't decided yet.