Tropical Trivia

Here’s a trivia question for you: what’s the difference between a Hurricane and a Typhoon

The answer is: Both Hurricanes and Typhoons are tropical cyclones with winds of at least 75 mph. The difference is mainly one of semantics… they are designated as hurricanes in the atlantic and the eastern pacific, but are known as Typhoons in the western pacific. (In the southern hemisphere, they are simply called “cyclones”).

In fact, in theory, a tropical cyclone doesn’t follow set boundaries, and can cross the international dateline. This is what happened with Hurricane Ioke, which formed near Hawaii. It crossed the dateline Sunday morning and became known as Typhoon Ioke. Ioke is fairly impressive Catagory 5 storm, which, thankfully, isn’t affected much in the way of major population centers.
That means The Weather Channel can keep an eye on Tropical Storm Ernesto in the Atlantic.

Truth in advertising….

I recieved this simple piece of spam in my inbox…

Received: from ( []) by; Mon, 28 Aug 2006 10:31:41 -0500
From: “Thelma Silva”

Subject: Spam from Vasya.
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 15:31:40 +0360
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.50.4522.1200
Hi my diar friend!

This is the spam message for you.


The Original 10…

My Website is in the homestretch of its 11th year online… and my classmates that were Seniors at LHS in my first year are heading for the 10-year reunion.

The ’95-’96 Pom Squad members, in a sense, were the first of what I’ve come to term the “Road Crew” in keeping with the Highway theme. The group picture that I took in December of ’95 not only became one of my early favorites, but I was encouraged by the squad to submit the picture to the LHS Yearbook…

I do now have some method of contacting most of them.

Shannon Cates (nee-Wehner): One of Shannon’s favorite songs is “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison; however, I will likely have to sing Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger” the next time I meet her. I know she got married a while back, that’s all I really know.

Allison Carson (Foster): I’ve stayed in touch with her family through the years. She got married in May of 2003, and had her daughter Rylie in September. Her new family is based out of Olathe, and I’m still trying to get her to do lunch :). In addition to being the only one with a daughter (at least one that I know of), she’s also the only one to have pictures on here under both her maiden and married names.
Chris Mason: She followed her dad, former KU football coach Glen Mason, to Minneapolis. I found her on MySpace, where it was clear she was a dog person. She’ll get along with Jada just fine.

Roslyn Skinner: Of all the people I know, Roslyn is the person that I’d least expect to have a MySpace page or a place to post her pictures… but she does. She even has some pics of her nephew.

Susie Moss (Wang): Back in ’96, Susie has mentioned me in her Senior Will to “Keep us off the Internet,” refering to the fledgling website. In 2006, not only is she on MySpace, but she went out looking for former classmates, myself included 🙂

Allegra Feito (DeSalvo): I got Allegra’s email address thanks to Allison sharing her pictures of Rylie. She was one of the first to hear about my cousin Carl’s birth…

Erica Bulmer (Quinlan): I found Erica’s email, as well as Shannon’s, through the email list for the Lawrence High class of ’97 10 year reunion.

Briea Berry (Alden): Briea’s the only one that I have no contact info on, though I do know she got married, and also that she also knows a former co-worker of mine.

Angie Williams: Angie and I manged to be in classes together consistantly since 7th grade. After we graduated, there was a sure-fire way for us not to have that happen in college — she wanted out of town and went to K-State, I stayed home and went to KU. I found her on MySpace and see she’s up in Motown now.

Aimee Martinez: KU Dancer, Laker Girl, Kick-Ass Chereographer. ‘Nuff said. Not really. I was only out of contact with Aimee between the fall of 2000 and the Spring of ’02, just long enough for my cousin Cyrus to be born. However, Cyrus is an energetic character who is currently taking ballet — and if I ever get the chance, I’d make Aimee a role model for Cyrus.