Proud Dad

Image005Erin graduated from the University of Louisville yesterday with a Masters in Public Administration. I am very proud of her. Completing a degree while having a full time job is not an easy task.

I ran into a problem trying to get some photos of the event with my old digital camera. I was able to get a few shots with the cameras on my cell phones. The ones outside turned out good, but the ones indoors are pretty pitiful.

I found that my old digital camera has bit the dust. I couldn’t even get it working with brand new batteries. I thought I would have to to start shopping for a new one, but Erin said she has an old camera that I can have.

Another Birthday

I had a good birthday yesterday.  I took the day off from work and just relaxed.  Jon and Erin took me out to dinner.  We had sushi.  Then we went to see the new Iron Man movie.  They really did a good job on it.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  To finish off the evening, we had some of the ice cream birthday cake that Jon and Erin got for me.  The card they got for me says it all:

are good for you.
Statistics show that
people who have the
most live the longest!

Jeannie’s Obituary Notice

Jeannie Gray Michalik

Jeannie Gray MichalikMICHALIK, JEANNIE GRAY, 55, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008, at her residence. She was the former Jeannie Adams, a sales representative for Avon and also a sales clerk for Clater Jewelers. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, class of 1974 and J-Town High School, class of 1970. She was a former member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Ted J. Michalik; and daughter, Erin Klarer (Jon). Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday at Highlands Family Owned Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. Private service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Louisville.
Published in The Courier-Journal from 2/8/2008 – 2/9/2008.

Jeannie’s Online Guest Book

Guest Book for
Jeannie Gray Michalik

February 11, 2008
Dear Ted.
What a shock. I remember when you first moved to Granger Lake and Jeannie got into real estate in our office. Dave Wallace passed this info along to me. You and Erin are in my prayers.
Sue Nissen (Medina, OH)

February 11, 2008
Erin, your Presentation Academy family is keeping you and your family in our prayers to help you through this painful time. Please call me if there is anything at all we (or I) can do to support you.
Beth Lovins (Louisville, KY)

February 9, 2008
Ted & Erin, My thoughts and prayes are with you. Jeannie was an amazing woman and I will miss her emails. It saddened me to hear the news of her passing. I will keep you both in my prayers.
Terri Stowe (Louisville, KY)

February 9, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my heart and in my prayers.
Ben Reno-Weber (Cambridge, MA)

February 8, 2008
Mr Michalik and Erin, I will keep you two in my thoughts and Prayers.
Emily Lega Kleinholter (Louisville, KY)

February 8, 2008
Erin, I just wanted to tell you I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad.
Aron Flynn (Louisville)

February 8, 2008
Jeannie will always hold a special place in our hearts! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Amanda, Chris and Aidan Calhoun (Louisville, KY)

February 8, 2008
Our love and prayers to family. We were all blessed with a special love & friendship from Jeannie.

February 8, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joan Strickland (Louisville, KY)

Published in The Courier-Journal from 2/8/2008 – 2/9/2008.;

Jeannie Michalik Passed Away

Ted & JeannieMy wife, Jeannie, passed away this morning after a long struggle with cancer. She was a fighter. When the lung cancer was first diagnosed, they said she only had eighteen months. She ended up doubling that and kept a good attitude the whole time. Thanks to all who kept her in your thoughts.

Flag Draped Coffin & Taps

Flag Draped CoffinsI recently got an email from a friend with a link to which explains the symbolism behind the folding of the flag after removal from the coffin at a military funeral.  His comment about the site was “This is great!”  I sent back the photo at the left with my opinion that the reality is not so great.  I’m thankful my son-in-law didn’t come back from Iraq this way.  The pain and suffering caused by the stupid Iraq War has been enormous.  It needs to end now before any more of our children’s lives are wasted by Bush’s pitiful attempts to save face.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. I initially tried to set up a site here with PHP-Nuke, but it kept getting hacked by idiots with more time on their hands than brains in their heads. I tried Joomla with another site I run and although it seems more secure, it was hard to include pictures in the posts.

In discussions with members of a third site I run, Joomla was discarded as an option. I then tried WordPress on that site and so far most seem pleased with the result. One dissenter said we should just use static HTML. Although that is the most secure, I just don’t have the time to maintain a site like that.

WordPress isn’t perfect, but a couple of plugins gets it pretty close. Close enough that I’m going to use it for my personal site.


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