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Here it is… The video of Jefferson High School’s Drama Department.  Desire played the role of Annie and did a terrific job. Katie played a homeless person, and Ana helped with the set.   The whole cast did a great job!  You can find lots of photos of the play HERE.

– John

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Desire' as Annie

Click the picture to see a lot of pictures from Annie.

Desire’ was asked to take drama this year, her senior year in high school.  She has never taken drama before, and “Intro to Drama” is a requirement for this class, which she did not take.  Their first play of the year was Annie, and Desire’ got the leading role, as Annie!  Although she was very nervous, she did a fantastic job.  Katie also had a part as a homeless person.  See if you can find her.  Notice the hair!  Ana, worked behind the scene, as she is in “Intro to Drama” and helped build the set.  Here is a link to pictures from the production.  I am also working on a video of the event.  Great Job Desire’, Katie, and Ana.

– John

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“THEY” say: “April Showers Bring May Flowers”. April SHOWERS??? It is April 8 today and we are blessed with 19 inches of heavy snow. So heavy and slippery that my snow plow can’t handle it and got stuck several times. It is parked and we will have to wait for a bit of a thaw.

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Last night, (Friday, August 27) my wife, Carol, and I were looking at the near full moon.  There was a bright start to the right and a bit lower than the moon.  Carol commented that she doesn’t remember that star being on the right side of the moon.  I guessed that maybe it was a planet and then went in and fired up Stellarium, a free planetarium program that I have on my Ubuntu computer.  The “bright star” turned out to be Jupiter.  I tried looking at it through binoculars, but that didn’t work too well.  I also have an ancient telescope that I haven’t had out in years.  I brought it out, and after spending some good time trying to locate the moon, then locating Jupiter (As I said, the telescope is very old and the sighting eyepiece has been damaged for years), we focused in on Jupiter.  It was very small, but clear.  I could see four very tiny dits of light around Jupiter, that could just be reflections of something in the telescope or my eyes.  Nevertheless, I went back to Stellarium, and zoomed way in on Jupiter, and lo and behold, there were four moons visible around the large planet.  I went back to the telescope, and there were Callisto, Europa, Io, and Ganymede, exactly where they were in real life (except the telescope reversed the image).  Europa was right next to Jupiter, but it could clearly be seen in the telescope when it was sharply focused.  It was quite exciting to see, even if it was an underpowered old telescope, being used by a very amateur, amateurish astronomer.  Click a picture below to see a larger view.

– John

Jupiter taken with digital camera through telescope.

The moon and Jupiter through the naked eye.

Stellarium's view of what we saw.

How we saw Jupiter through the telescope. (this photo is from Stellarium)

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Katie took art class this past semester. She enjoyed it very much; and now that the school year is almost over, the art classes had an art show.  Several pieces of Katie’s were proudly displayed.  Here are some of them.  Click one for a larger view.

Great job Katie!

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Click the photo to see more from Katie's 16th birthday.

We celebrated Katie’s 16th birthday last weekend. We all dressed up and went out to dinner at the Jade Garden.  We had a great time.  We were put in a back room with a couple of other large parties, and one couple.  One of the parties began to sing “Happy Birthday” to someone at their table.  As soon as they were done, the next party started singing “Happy Birthday” to someone at their table.  Of course, we couldn’t resist, we started sing “Happy Birthday” to Katie.  By that time, the entire room was singing “Happy Birthday”, laughing, and having a great time.  At home, she opened some presents, which included a nice Hope Chest.

The next day, Katie had a couple of friends over for a small private party.  They had a good time too.

Unfortunately, we forgot to bring a camera with us when we went out to dinner, but here are some pictures of Katie dressed up, and of her small private party.  Click the picture to see more photos.

Happy Birthday Katie,

We Love You!

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On May 3, we lost power for several hours due to a severe wind storm. Power was out in areas from Helena to Basin, MT, in which we are in between.  As the evening drew on, we new we needed to make some plans as the kids still had homework to do.  We lit some candles, and fired up our oil lamp.  The kids mentioned that this is how it must of been in the old days.  NOT EVEN! 🙂

The worse of all though, was the fact that we had no Internet!  Oh My!!  Back in the “Old Days,” when we had to do a research project, we hoofed it to the local library and did “research.”  Now, it is mostly done on the Internet, and a report was due TOMORROW!  It is kind of funny though, as I asked the same questions that were posed to us in the “Old Days.”  “When was it assigned?”  “How long did you have to work on it?”  “When was it due?”  And, you know the answers to all of those questions.  Some things never change.  Click a picture for a larger view.

– John

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Click to see more pictures of Ana in Robinson Crusoe

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, with Clancy School, presented Robinson Crusoe.  Or, more like a very loose, funny version of Robinson Crusoe.   The team comes in on a Monday, does auditions, and practices with the students Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The students then perform two shows on Friday.  They always do a great job.  This year, Ana made the part as “Myrtle the Turtle.”  Last year, Ana was asked, the day before the performance, if she could play one of the leading supporting roles on their rendition of the “Little Mermaid.”  Click the picture to see lots more from Robinson Crusoe.

– John

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We went to a wedding recently.  The wedding ceremony was at the St. Helena Cathedral in Helena, MT.  It is such a beautiful building.  Afterwards, we went to the reception.  Here are a few pictures of how serious we were.  Click one to see larger views.  No, the bubble eater is not me! 🙂

– John

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Well, it happens to all of us.  Another birthday. When we are young, we look forward to our birthdays, as we get older, we don’t really care to be reminded that we are growing older.

This year, though, I was looking forward to my birthday.  Look at the pictures, and you will notice that one of the presence I got was a new laptop computer.  Yeah!  I am using it now to write this up.  It is a nice Acer Aspire 7740 laptop with a large 17.3 inch screen.  And of course, I promptly put the newest version of Ubuntu Linux on it as I use Linux instead of Windows.  Very nice!

– John

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