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30 March 2009 @ 08:25 pm

puck mouse, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.

We were cleaning the server room at work and this was going to be thrown out. It's a horrible mouse shape, but I had to have it for some reason.

Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

28 March 2009 @ 09:07 pm

DSC_0080.JPG, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.

The sunset does really awesome to clouds. I wish I had my camera earlier, the sky looked great today.

Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

27 March 2009 @ 09:39 pm

DSC_0069.JPG, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.

We've been told since we moved to Pittsburgh to try Primanti Bros. They put fries and everything on the sandwiches, but I wasn't impressed. My sandwich was too spicy and the slaw was horrible.

Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

26 March 2009 @ 12:41 pm

Old broken down steps on the banks of the Monongahela River.

23 March 2009 @ 09:48 pm

Tiger, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.

Taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo. The rest of the (unedited) pictures from the trip are here

Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

14 November 2008 @ 09:54 pm
One of the benefits of our new apartment is the walking trail outside our front door. I think it's part of the Steel City trail, and connects to the Waterfront shopping area that's down the street. We've started walking at night, and for the last two nights we walked to dinner. Tonight we followed up dinner with the new Bond flick, and walked home. It's been a nice start to exercise that we've been needing.
One of the neat things about the trail is that we see a LOT of bunnies at night. I took the picture below with my phone. It's really dark, but you can make him out. We've decided that the bunnies love TGI Friday's. They tend to congregate there.

Find the bunny (pt 1)
15 October 2008 @ 12:00 pm
I just got this sad news.

University of Memphis Mascot, TOM II, Passes Away Wednesday

Oct. 15, 2008

Memphis, Tenn. - TOM II, the Bengal Tiger mascot of The University of Memphis, passed away this morning surrounded by those who loved him. He was 17 years old.

TOM, which stands for Tigers Of Memphis, was acquired as a kitten by Bobby Wharton and the late Ray Daniels of the Football booster group Highland Hundred in the fall of 1991 and was hand-raised by William P. "Nickie" Nixon at St. Nick's Farm. Wharton led the Tiger Guard, the Highland Hundred committee responsible for caring for TOM, for all 17 years of the Tiger's life.

"TOM was an important part of the University family for a long time, and we are devastated at his loss," Wharton said. "It was a privilege and a true labor of love to head this project. I will miss him dearly."

The Tiger Guard is solely responsible for funding the Tiger project; no University dollars were ever used in TOM's care and maintenance. He outlived all four of his siblings by a number of years, a testament to the level of care and love he received. He also far exceeded the life expectancy of a male tiger.

TOM II was recently diagnosed with cancer during an annual medical examination.

"We had a very close relationship with TOM," added Wharton. "Once it became evident that his quality of life would begin to suffer, and after consulting with our veterinary team, it became obvious that the right thing to do would be to allow him to pass on with dignity and without pain and suffering."

Wharton added that is was among the toughest decisions he has ever had to make. TOM II will be cremated, as was the original TOM in 1992.

The University of Memphis Athletic Department has already made arrangements for a permanent exhibit to honor all previous and future TOMs in the new Athletic Hall of Fame, which will begin construction this fall at the corner of Southern and Normal.

The Tiger Guard is already making arrangements to secure a new Tiger to serve as TOM III.

"The Tiger project is an important tradition and source of pride for The University of Memphis family dating back over 35 years, and we will honor the memory of TOM II by keeping the tradition alive," said Tiger Guard member Scott Forman, who will take over as the project chairman for TOM III. "It's part of what makes our University unique".

A memorial is planned for the Tigers' Homecoming game versus Southern Miss on October 25. The Tiger Guard asks that any memorials be sent to the Highland Hundred via the Tiger Football office at 136 Athletic Office Building, Memphis, TN 38152.
28 August 2008 @ 11:00 am

Originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.

It's that time again. This year I'll only be able to go to 3 games, so I plan to make the most of it. My dad, stepmom, azngal324 and I are going down to Oxford saturday to see the Tigers and Rebels square off. Next week we'll be watching the Tigers take on Rice at home, then we're off to Pittsburgh. I'll be getting back in town on the 27th right as the Tigers kickoff against Arkansas State, and will hopefully be going straight from the airport to the stadium. I'm heading back to Pittsburgh on October 2nd, hopefully will have a job up there soon afterwords, and will be watching the rest of the games either on TV or via Slingbox. It'll be the first season since I started school in 96 that I haven't been to most of the home football games.
28 July 2008 @ 09:21 pm
We got approved for the townhouse! It's at "The Waterfront", and our townhouse will overlook the Monongahela River just south of the Pittsburgh city limits. Now all we have to do is figure out how we're going to get our stuff moved up and I have to find a job. The latter is causing me some stress, but hopefully I'll find something soon.
24 July 2008 @ 09:46 pm
We're back in Pittsburgh for the weekend. The goal for the weekend is to leave here with a place to live lined up. We've got appointments set up for tomorrow and Saturday, so hopefully we see something we like.