Category: Southern Pines


A few days ago, the tadpoles who made their home in the water that collected on my pool cover developed into tiny frogs or toads.  I’m still not sure what they are.  I took a short video on my camera of them hopping around on the pool cover.  Since then, they’ve almost all hopped away.  I can see some in the yard if I look carefully.  There are just a few tadpoles left, but they’ve almost lost their tails and have legs now.

Flashing lights

Southern Pines Police car flashing lights This evening was the second of eight sessions of this year’s Southern Pines Police Citizens Police Academy. If your community’s police department has a program like this, I encourage you to get involved. It doesn’t seem like eight weeks is enough time to learn all there is to know.

During the first session, we had an introduction to the department and its functions given by Chief John Letteney, Community Services Coordinator, Bob Temme and the department’s chaplain.

Today’s lecture and demonstrations were conducted by Sgt Austin, who described the functions and responsibilities of the patrol division. We got to tour the department offices and take a look at some of the equipment used in patrol cars.

We talked a lot about impaired drivers and the methods used to determine the level of impairment by officers on patrol. Can you believe that there are people who think they can alter the results of breath alcohol detection instruments by putting a penny in their mouths?  Weird, I know.  I said I think we should start a rumor that putting a cat turd in your mouth will cause a negative reading.  I’d love to imagine drunk drivers sucking on cat turds when they get pulled over.  We laugh when we hear the stories about how impaired drivers bumble through field sobriety tests, but there’s really nothing funny about it. Drunk drivers are potential killers who have no care for the safety and well-being of others. I barely remember him, but my uncle was killed by a drunk driver.

Next week I’ll have some more pictures!

Tadpole Salad

This is a video of some tadpoles that live in the water that’s collected on top of my pool cover. They’re eating some salad greens I tossed onto the water for them. There are hundreds left, even though I’ve given at least a hundred away for kids to watch as they develop into toads or frogs, or whatever they’ll be. They don’t have legs yet, so it could be some weeks before they leave. If you’re local and would like some pollywogs for your classroom aquarium, let me know.

This and that

One of my classmates from the Travel Channel Academy has used her video skills to win the use of a car!

“I am one of 100 people to win a 2011 Ford Fiesta (international model) for 6 months! Be sure to check my blog ( and twitter ( for more info and to learn more about the winnings!”

That’s very cool.  I haven’t done much video myself, but have some projects in the works.  Just local stuff, which I’ll post when it’s ready.

I’ve been approved to attend the tenth session of the Southern Pines Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, and am looking forward to participating. My nephew wonders if that means Buddy will get to be a police dog.

I have Zometa tomorrow.  It’s been a while since I did that, but there’s a possibility (I’m told) that it has an anti-myeloma effect. I only have it about 3-4 times a year now.

2009 Myeloma update

I don’t have a lot to blog about here because my myeloma has been stable since last fall. There’s not much there at all.  If you don’t have myeloma, I have only a little bit more than you do.

These labs were done 12/08/2008

SPE M-SPIKE 1                      0.17        g/dL
SPE M-SPIKE 2                      0.12        g/dL

  IG FREE LIGHT CHAIN KAPPA         *0.16mg/dL       [0.33-1.94]
  IG FREE LIGHT CHAIN LAMBDA         1.85mg/dL       [0.57-2.63]
  IG FLC KAPPA/LAMBDA RATIO         *0.09            [0.26-1.65]

IMMUNOGLOBULIN G                  *374mg/dL       [588-1573]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN A                  *415mg/dL       [46-287]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN M                  *31mg/dL       [57-237]
IMMUNOGLOBULIN E                   13 IU/mL       [4-269]

How I learned about Falun Gong

I never heard of Falun Gong before Saturday.  I was at the National Book Fair in DC on Saturday when I met Mrs. Yan near the Air & Space Museum. She goes there every Saturday to draw attention to the plight of practitioners in China, who are persecuted by the government there. I asked her to tell me a little bit about her cause.