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Have you ever learned something that you never realized needed to be learned?  That is what just happened to me when I came across this video of machines harvesting giant blocks of marble in the Italian Alps.  One guy they refer to as the "Capo" expertly directs two earth movers to break off blocks of marble from the mountainside.  It is both extremely impressive and beautiful all at once.  I don't think I had ever once thought of where marble comes from, or that I even knew that there are literal whole mountains made of marble.  Apparently the Apuan Alps in Italy (where this video was filmed) produce the most Marble in the world, followed closely by areas in China and India (which explains how the Taj Mahal can be made entirely of marble).  So take a minute and watch something you wouldn't normally see, a strangely stunning landscape and a master at work.


The Description from the video itself:
Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani captures the otherworldly landscape of a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps, Northwest Italy, as Il Capo (The Chief) guides his men through the extraction process.
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The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders came to Greenwood on Friday!  Well, actually just two of them did, Kinzie and Rachel.  They were at the new Alon/Uncles for their Grand Opening on Friday.  The line for autographs wrapped around the building!  Young and old, male and female all wanted autographs and pictures.  Wives were very understanding, I might add!
I watched cars and trucks full of men roll s-l-o-w-l-y by, their eyes never leaving these two gorgeous cheerleaders.  I saw grown men trip over their feet (and tongues) just because they were close to such stunning beauty.  I saw boys no older than 6 who were already fully aware of the power that beauty had over them.
To give credit where credit is due, Rachel and Kinzie were adorable.  Flawlessly beautiful and wearing those teeny tiny shorts with white cowboy boots.  Some men actually swooned!!
What I noticed about these two lovely young ladies was how they were gracious and smiling to every single person, young or old, male or female who wanted an autograph and a picture.  Two hours in 92 degree heat under a tent in a parking lot…they never looked anything but happy to be there.
Their mom’s must be really proud of those girls.
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There are so many things going on over the next 7 days to celebrate Halloween.  There's something for everyone, from fire trucks to farm to roller derby!  Here's a few of the things you should know about:

Fri-Sun 10/24-26:
Friday Halloween at the Y, 6-9 p.m. at YMCA Midland
Saturday South Ector Volunteer Fire Department Spooktacular 5:00 p.m. 4454 W. Apple
Saturday Truck or Treat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  at Central Fire Station Midland
Saturday Costume contest and trick or treating, 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Fiddlesticks Farms.
Saturday Trunk or Treat, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Midland County Public Library Downtown location parking lot.
Saturday Halloween at Sibley, 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Sibley Nature Center.
October 25-26 Odessa Haunted House 7:00-12:00 p.m. 4353 Conley Ave.
October 26 6:00-9:00 p.m. UTPB Halloween Carnival UTPB Courtyard/4901 E. University Blvd.
October 25-26/31 Haunted House Frights for All 8:00-12:00 PM Eagle's Lodge/1344 E. 7th Odessa
Midland Parks and Recreation Division Halloween Fest, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30 at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
Oct 30th City of Andrews Safe Spot Trick or Treat 6:00-7:30 p.m. ACE Arena/1441 Texas 176
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” HamHock Halloween Howl, 10 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Yucca Theatre.
Trick or Treat at the Ector County Library Ector County Library 5:00-6:30 p.m. 321 W. 5th St.
Halloween party, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Midland Park Mall.
Trick or Treat with Betenbough Homes 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Legends Park model home, 5603 Champions Drive.
Halloween Tricks & Treats, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Petroleum Museum.

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Back when I was in college my roommates and I never wanted to pay for cable so we watched a lot of public access shows.  Almost every show on public access can be separated into one of three categories.  Cooking, Home Improvement, and Outdoors.  The hands-down greatest Outdoors show of all time is fittingly called "Bill Dance Outdoors". It is hosted by, you guessed it, a guy named Bill Dance.  Bill likes to fish... a lot.   Bill is also not the most graceful person.  Bill just might be the most spectacularly clumsy person in history.  In fact, collections of his falls, trips, goofs, and blunders have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.  Bill Dance is the ultimate incarnation of every time your dad did something stupid but hilarious.  Here are some of the best bloopers I've ever scene, taken from the decades Bill Dance Outdoors has been on the air.  Dag gummit!!!


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I've never really had an interest in "Dancing With The Stars," but I know many of you LOVE the show.  I will say that I've watched more of the dances from the show this season than ever before.  I mean, who can resist the Carlton??


And Sadie Robertson is just about the cutest thing ever.  She has grace, charm & poise far beyond her 17 years.


And I love that the dances are so age appropriate for her.


While I may not ever watch a full episode, I will be visiting the Dancing With The Stars youtube page to watch more.  I really hope Sadie wins it all!

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IT'S THE 90'S!!!

Want to feel nostalgic about a decade that was technically 15 years ago but still feels like it ended maybe a few months ago?  Then check out this supercut of 90's characters talking about the decade like they are already living in the future... as we actually watch them from the future.  Check out 90's Icons like Fresh Prince and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all discuss that most post modern of past decades.  And think, somebody sat around and watched a whole bunch of 90's pop culture media to get these clips and put it on the internet... that must have been the best day ever! 

IT'S THE 90S! from Everything Is Terrible! on Vimeo.

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Thanks again to Astrid & Joe for bringing the #WienerMobile by the KICKS studio. 
I finally got my Wiener Whistle!


Hanging out in the #WienerMobile

You can catch up with them over the next couple of days! Look for the WienerMobile at Walmart East in Odessa tomorrow 1-6pm, Walmart West Odessa on Friday 1-6pm, Walmart North in Midland on Saturday 10am-3pm & Walmart South Midland on Sunday 10am-3pm.

hmmmmm, maybe I can get a job driving the WienerMobile when I grow up!

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I Love Super Heroes.  I read a lot of comic books growing up and could give you detailed back stories on almost every single major DC and Marvel Super Hero. That used to be a pretty geeky thing to say, but it's not anymore. Now comic book based movies are the major blockbusters every year and after each one I get calls or texts from friends and family asking hey who was that one guy, or what is the secret about here.  That because comic books never stop.  Every month there is a new issue with new story points, new characters, new gadgets that add detail to what already exists.  That's why Marvel can make 4 Iron Man films plus all the Avenger movies and their individual spin offs and still not be close to running out of material.  I remember seeing the first X-Men film in the theater almost 15 years ago and thinking yea that was awesome but Super Hero movies can't ever become a regular thing.

Well I was really really wrong. 

But now the movies have made Super Heroes cool... and that means we get primetime TV Shows based off of them.  Currently on air (not including all the many many shows in development) across various channels you can watch GOTHAM (a prequel to Batman that follows a young Jim Gordon rising through Gotham Police)  MARVEL: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (which follows the events of what is happening between Avenger films).  ARROW (which is an amazing show that follows a relatively unknown DC hero the Green Arrow as he fights to protect corrupt city) and my new favorite which just premiered Tuesday night... THE FLASH.  The Flash was and is my favorite Super Hero.  The Flash is great because he could fight bad guys and crack jokes at the same time.  He could race Superman around the world and take a break to tap Batman on the shoulder and say 'made you look.'   I highly recommend you check it out and at least peruse the others.   I prefer the Super Hero TV Show over the Movie because every movie has to end, usually in a big huge battle that wraps everything up nicely.  Comic Books don't do that, characters leave and come back... events build for long periods of time making your more and more nervous and excited for what is about to happen.  The TV format allows for that same thing, and even if you aren't invested in it, just like comic books you can check in every few issues/episodes and see what your favorite characters are up to.  And if you do start watching a Super Hero TV Show and have any questions about who that one guy is or what that secret is about... call the KICKS line and I'll gladly fill you in. 

btw here is the trailer for THE FLASH... seriously, I love this show already. 

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I have watched this more times than I should admit... It's really too funny!


Share your own version of the Meow Mix song at - you and your cat could win a trip to Hollywood.

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Autumn.  I love autumn.  I love the colors, the smells and the cooler temperatures.  I love the deep cool blue skies and the smell of wood smoke.  I love that it means Thanksgiving and Christmas are not too far off.
What I love most about autumn is that I feel closest to God in this season.  When I sit and listen to the birds and the wind in the trees and when I look at all the different colors of the trees and flowers…the golds and reds and purples, I see Him in all of it. 
Just this weekend I was sitting on my steps (in a sweater, did I mention I LOVE sweaters!) and I was praying.  I have been struggling with some pretty big issues in my life lately and I was asking for guidance.  What came to me, clear as a bell, was Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I AM God.”  I have given this scripture to other friends who have gone through troubling and challenging times in their lives. 
This time, God gave it to me.  And I will be still.
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