Be Careful Using Someone Else's Shampoo!

+Halfdan Reschat left his shampoo behind when he visited early July. +Maddie Cramer and I now understand where he gets his signature look! ;-)

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Be Careful Using Someone Else’s Shampoo!

+Halfdan Reschat left his shampoo behind when he visited early July. +Maddie Cramer and I now understand where he gets his signature look! ;-)

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Need More Balloons

Daughter and I spotted a half dozen balloons launching when we were on the way home last night. This pic was snapped from my driveway right after we pulled in. Remember old sci-fi movies where they had an over abundance of dirigibles and flying ships in the air to show it was the future? Well, I think we need more balloons when we look up. Dirigibles would be awesome, but I would definitely settle for balloons. One caveat, no advertising! Jeez. Does RE/MAX real estate own a balloon company, or what? ;-)

Pic snapped with my LG G2 and enhanced by G+ photos.

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Need More Balloons

Daughter and I spotted a half dozen balloons launching when we were on the way home last night. This pic was snapped from my driveway right after we pulled in. Remember old sci-fi movies where they had an over abundance of dirigibles and flying ships in the air to show it was the future? Well, I think we need more balloons when we look up. Dirigibles would be awesome, but I would definitely settle for balloons. One caveat, no advertising! Jeez. Does RE/MAX real estate own a balloon company, or what? ;-)

Pic snapped with my LG G2 and enhanced by G+ photos.

#hotairballoon   #hotairballooningphotography   #cellphonephotography  

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Canada Alliteration HIRL – Mellie, Mellie's Mom, Mini Mel, Maddie, and Me!

Canada Alliteration HIRL – Mellie, Mellie's Mom, Mini Mel, Maddie, and Me!

Okay, so maybe "Mini Mel" was a stretch but her little boy's name does not start with an "M". Literary license! ;-) +Maddie Cramer and I ended our vacation to Maine with a trip to Niagara Falls in Canada this last Sunday. We were pretty wiped and took off a lot earlier than planned. The GPS route went within minutes of +Mellie B, so I messaged a dinner invite and apology for being so last minute! Luckily we caught her, and as an added bonus, her mom was able to come along; I met her mom from playing WordFeud with Mellie and she hooked us up to play too. We had an excellent dinner at an establishment named Jack Astors (hehe, yes, the name is on purpose – I asked).

The included pics have captions on them, but one needed a bit more. The tables at the restaurant we went to have a brown paper covering that they let you draw on. Here is a breakdown of the picture on ours:
* Mellie on a unicorn. Because… duh.
* Consensus said she needed a crown because she's a princess.
* I decided she needed a whip. To control the unicorn.
* Unicorn is actually a vampire unicorn because that's way more wicked (my new jargon from Maine and +Rhonda Britton).
* Since Mellie was standing on the unicorn, and brandishing a whip can throw one off balance, I made sure to strap her onto the unicorn's back so she didn't fall off.
* Mellie's mom made a point about a bumpy ride if I am remembering correctly, so I added some springs to help out.
* I added rocket shoes to the unicorn – it just seemed like a logical progression. Mellie's mom was thinking high heels was the way to go, so we made it rocket high heels.
* Mellie wanted a wand. Voila. Wand! Maddie and Mellie's mom made sure it was truly magical with a star on it.
* A side thing going on was a conversation with Mellie's mom about the war of 1812. This resulted in a cannon that I drew to fire a cannonball at Mellie's little one. Also a line between US and THEM. hehe
* Mellie's mom challenged me to draw a 13 stars flag (easy, sort of) and a Union Jack (umm… it's behind the fog). I had to adjust the flag pole because of the proximity to the vampire unicorn's derriere.
* To explain the insanity, Mellie drew a TARDIS. All makes sense.
* I told the waitress she had to add to the picture… because that's how I roll. She drew a flower?! I made it a vampire flower. It didn't show well in the first photo so Mellie hand modeled for us with a pointer to it.

The artwork was ripped from the table and brought back to Indiana. Reasonable monetary offers will be accepted. Framing is extra. ;-)

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Spider in my bed. My ninja warrior battle for survival

I laid down on the left side of the bed and out of the corner of my eye I caught a very rapid movement in the folds of the comforter to my right. Very. Rapid. Small and dark object going about a hundred miles an hour directly toward me and then disappearing into the shadows and folds. Narrowly avoiding smashing my head into the ceiling, I jumped straight upwards like one of those little suction cup spring toys you stick to a table. Landing cat-like (I will have you know that Garfield is a cat) to the side of the bed, my eyes glued to the spot I had last seen the moving blur, thoughts of full length flannel pajamas with footies and suits of armor flashed through my head as appropriate sleeping gear. Having neither of those, I tried very hard to appear fearless in my I-suddenly-wished-they-were-boxers Hanes. I truly believe, beyond any rational thought, spiders can smell fear – and are highly attracted to it. I was dangerously close to being Belle to this Beast. Slowly, systematically, starting at the corner of the sheets hanging down near me, I started pulling the fabric taught and folding it in squares while I pulled it toward me. All the while, I watched vigilantly for any signs of motion. If I did not find this thing, I was barring the door and sleeping downstairs with a flashlight. On the kitchen table. Wrapped in cellophane with a straw through a breathing hole. Wire mesh on the end of the straw. One can NOT be too careful. I also lamented the fact that I did not choose a white comforter, and instead picked one the color of spider. Panicking somewhat as I reached the far corner of the covers with no success, my theory of fear-smelling-spiders panned out as the little bugger made a run for me. It did not matter the sheer impossibility of seeing it's eyes for me to know they were filled with violence. Lustful violence, no doubt. Shiver!  Channeling my inner fencing pro, I jumped back, parrying my non existent sword in what must have appeared a very silly mime of one of the three musketeers. It must have been comic because the dark creature stopped and, I am quite sure, laughed. Foolish prideful laughter, because I had grabbed a piece of tissue clinging to a disposed toiletry role nearby and, going against all survival instincts, dove unto the bed with only two ply of cottony softness between me and certain death and/or dismemberment. Smashing the tissue down I then squeezed it together in my hand almost letting loose a warrior yell that came out more like something from Shaggy on Scooby-Doo when I remembered daughter was asleep in the next room over. Well, so long as the earlier blood curdling reenactment of Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween did not already awaken her. I released my death grip long enough to briefly flip over the tissue to verify it contained my evil foe. It did. Bounding (gerund or present participle of "bound"; to walk or run with leaping strides) to the commode, I propelled the compressed mass of generic brand Cottonelle® and spider guts into the porcelain rimmed waters like a depth charge looking for Red October. It was over. I could finally go back to bed and sleep. Or… nervously glance at any imagined motion around me as I distracted myself by writing the tale on the laptop. You know, just in case I am not heard from again come morning. Hey! Did anyone see that shadow in the corner move?! Anyone!??!?!

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Happy Batman Day!

From the link:
In celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book retailers and bookstores across the nation to celebrate “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. As part of the festivities, fans who visit participating retailers receive a free, special edition of DETECTIVE COMICS #27, featuring a reimagining of Batman’s 1939 comic book debut, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by The New York Times #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/04/29/dc-entertainment-declares-july-23-batman-day

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Happy Batman Day!

From the link:
In celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book retailers and bookstores across the nation to celebrate “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. As part of the festivities, fans who visit participating retailers receive a free, special edition of DETECTIVE COMICS #27, featuring a reimagining of Batman’s 1939 comic book debut, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by The New York Times #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/04/29/dc-entertainment-declares-july-23-batman-day

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Enterprise Down by Doug Savage

What?! You don't religiously read Savage Chickens by +Doug Savage??? Add him. Go to his website and subscribe to receive daily toons. Go on… off with you.

Sorry, Doug, have not shared one in a while! Loyal lurker, still. ;-)

Original cartoon:
https://plus.google.com/106642703176580586746/posts/dLnMADRPxqi?

Star Trek "Khaaan!" scene reenacted by #cramerbrothers as part of this project:
https://plus.google.com/105986763264590753118/posts/2ejJLmKMwA5?
Enterprise Down by Doug Savage

What?! You don’t religiously read Savage Chickens by +Doug Savage??? Add him. Go to his website and subscribe to receive daily toons. Go on… off with you.

Sorry, Doug, have not shared one in a while! Loyal lurker, still. ;-)

https://plus.google.com/106642703176580586746/posts/dLnMADRPxqi

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Main HIRL with Ladonna Pride

Cuz +LaDonna Pride and daughter +Maddie Cramer and me!!! We had a great lunch and narrowly avoided getting soaked by the storm that blew over. It did make for a pretty cool picture of the boats and the water, taken from behind where we were sitting and eating. Looking forward to visiting again next trip out. :-D

See last post, with +LaDonna Pride's pics!
https://plus.google.com/105986763264590753118/posts/RopkM8MLBYD

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I'm Here Because You Broke Something

For anyone who has ever done tech support. ;-)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e718/

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I’m Here Because You Broke Something

For anyone who has ever done tech support. ;-)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e718/

#thinkgeek   #tshirtdesigns  

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Maine Lobster Fishing

+Maddie Cramer and I were fortunate enough to go on the F/V Pull N' Pray (F/V stands for fishing vessel) with +Rhonda Britton (no stranger to the industry; she's done it too). Her son Cody (in red) also has a boat (the F/V Yank N' Bank) but today it was his friend and boss Justin's. So, on this trip, Justin is Captain and Cody is sternman. Cody has been lobster fishing for 10 years – and he just turned 18 this year! It was an incredibly fun experience! I told the guys if they ever come to Indiana I can show them, umm… corn. Or, as they say, "Coarwn." It's unspellable. ;-)

Some random things Maddie and I learned:
* You don't whistle on a boat. Supposedly it brings the wind. On a fishing boat, this is a no no.

* Any hatch cover that you remove on the boat, you never lay it upside down.

* Pigs are a big no no on fishing boats. You do not mention them at all, period, never, ever, ever. 

* As a joke, or warning, to other fishermen who get their gear over yours, some fisherman will leave objects in the traps as a message or warning. It could be friendly like a soda or beer or toy plastic lobster, etc. It could be more unfriendly like a knife in your buoy or a plastic pig in the trap. I was told that some more superstitious fisherman will just cut a trap loose if it has a pig in it (see earlier pig is a no no reference).

* There is an entire dictionary of lingo that I do not know from references to lobsters missing both claws (a "pistol") to names for them when they are caught in different parts of the trap, and names for quantities per trap or stringer (the line of traps).?

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Nap Won

She made it almost ten hours riding. Not sure I could have done better. Fort Wayne, Indiana to Maine; HW 90E is a long span through NY. Another 5.5 hours to go. Taking longer with some stops and construction.

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Nap Won

She made it almost ten hours riding. Not sure I could have done better. Fort Wayne, Indiana to Maine; HW 90E is a long span through NY. Another 5.5 hours to go. Taking longer with some stops and construction.

#Madanddad2014

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Not to be outdone

See last post. ;-)

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Not to be outdone…

See last post. ;-)

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Hard Times for Superman

Daughter and I ran into Superman's ride on the Ohio turnpike! We waited until he went inside to snap this pic. Didn't want to embarrass him.

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Hard Times for Superman

Daughter and I ran into Superman’s ride on the Ohio turnpike! We waited until he went inside to snap this pic. Didn’t want to embarrass him.

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Nasty Drinks

Vacation trip with daughter. First video. We bought these drinks last night thinking they would be good. We were so wrong!!!

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Vacation Started!

14 hours(6 minutes) from Fort Wayne, Indiana to our destination in Maine!

I may not have a TARDIS, but I've got the best traveling companion!

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Vacation Started!

14 hours(6 minutes) from Fort Wayne, Indiana to our destination in Maine!

I may not have a TARDIS, but I’ve got the best traveling companion!

#madanddad2014

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G+ Dirty Dancing!

+Michelle C posted a #throwbackthursday  image yesterday where a number of people noticed she looked like a certain someone that should never, ever be put in a corner! So… it was time to dust off Photoshop and put another #gplususermashup  out to the world (with permission from baby Michelle). ;-)

What do you think, folks? Does she fit the part?

#dirtydancing   #patrickswayze  ?
G+ Dirty Dancing!

+Michelle C posted a #throwbackthursday  image yesterday where a number of people noticed she looked like a certain someone that should never, ever be put in a corner! So… it was time to dust off Photoshop and put another #gplususermashup  out to the world (with permission from baby Michelle). ;-)

What do you think, folks? Does she fit the part?

#dirtydancing   #patrickswayze  

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Movies!

Crew art the movies! Got the theatre to ourselves. +Halfdan Reschat +Keith Cramer +Charlie Cramer +Brittany Samples +Maddie Cramer

Seeing Edge of Tomorrow.?
Movies!

Crew art the movies! Got the theatre to ourselves. +Halfdan Reschat +Keith Cramer +Charlie Cramer +Brittany Samples +Maddie Cramer

Seeing Edge of Tomorrow.

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Slushie Tongues!

Blue Raspberry and Cherry with +Maddie Cramer!

And… photo bombed by +Keith Cramer! O_o?
Slushie Tongues!

Blue Raspberry and Cherry with +Maddie Cramer!

And… photo bombed by +Keith Cramer! O_o

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Rebel

Lol. At the fireworks store with +Keith Cramer and +Halfdan Reschat. ;-) ?
Rebel

Lol. At the fireworks store with +Keith Cramer and +Halfdan Reschat. ;-)

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Morning Donut Run

Apparently, in Denmark, you dress up for these occasions. +Halfdan Reschat. ;-)

Tag +Maddie Cramer +Lori Cramer +Charlie Cramer +Keith Cramer +Jessica Stamets +Luke Stamets ?
Morning Donut Run

Apparently, in Denmark, you dress up for these occasions. +Halfdan Reschat. ;-)

Tag +Maddie Cramer +Lori Cramer +Charlie Cramer +Keith Cramer +Jessica Stamets +Luke Stamets

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Lake House Photo Sphere

… with +Halfdan Reschat.?
Lake House Photo Sphere
… with +Halfdan Reschat.

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