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Introducing the Dwights

Friday, June 29, 2007 10:00 AM

Introducing the Dwights

On Wednesday night, Andrea and I got a pass to see a free preview of the movie "Introducing the Dwights."  The movie is an import from Australia talking about a down on her luck comedienne mother trying to hold on to her sons as they fall in love and begin to move away from her.  Jean (Brenda Blethlyn) refuses to remember the name of Tim's (Khan Chittenden) new girlfriend, Jill (Emma Booth).  Jean insists on insulting her every chance she gets, trying every trick in the book to scare Tim away from Jill.  It was a pretty good movie with a number of funny moments, though it did drag in places.  "Introducing the Dwights" is in theaters on July 4th, though I would reccommend waiting for the DVD if you're interested in this one.

 
By: Shane
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Sweep!

Thursday, June 21, 2007 3:17 PM

R You In?

The Rockies just beat the Yankees 4-3 to sweep the Evil Empire out of Denver!  With San Diego's loss today, the Rox are just 3.5 out in the NL West and 38-34 on the year as they head to Toronto for the weekend.

Go Rockies!

 
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R You In?

Thursday, June 21, 2007 9:09 AM

R You In?

R You In?  The Rockies are the hottest team in baseball!?!?!  Last night the Rox downed the Yankees 6-1, guaranteeing them a franchise record sixth straight series victory.  I must admit that I haven't been this excited about Rockies team in a long time.  They've came back from being 9 games below .500 to a 37-34 record at this point and are clearly the hottest team in baseball right now.  They've moved back within 4.5 games of the NL West lead and are doing it largely with pitching, defense, and a little timely hitting.  Last time the Yankees came to Coors Field, in 2002, they scored 41 runs in the 3 game series.  This time, they've managed 2 in 2 games. 

Let's Go Rockies!

 
By: Shane
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Rockies vs. Yankees

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 3:59 PM

Dinger celebrates the Rockies 3-1 win over the Evil Empire

Last night I was lucky enough to go to my second Rockies game in 4 days.  Last Friday, Andrea and I joined my friend Lauren to watch the Rockies beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-2.  Then last night, Jeff and I went to watch the Rockies beat the New York Yankees 3-1.  Josh Fogg threw a masterpiece at the Yankees, giving up 1 run and 4 hits in seven innings.  The Yankees managed to make it interesting in the 8th versus Manny Corpas, but LaTroy Hawkins came in to induce an inning ending groundout with the bases loaded to preserve the lead.  The only ball the Yankees hit hard all night was Brian Fuentes' pitch to Hideki Matsui to lead off the ninth before Fuentes slammed the door to preserve the win. 

It was great to see Coors Field packed again as 48,000 people showed up to watch the Yankees come to town for the first time since 2002, and it was even better to watch the Rockies fans drown out the faux Yankees fans who invaded the ballpark.  The building was rocking as Fuentes recorded the final out in the ninth, giving the Rockies their biggest win of the season and putting them 2 games over .500 for the year.

Go Rockies!

 
By: Shane
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EPA Certifies Rocky Flats Cleanup

Thursday, June 14, 2007 1:06 PM

United States Environmental Protection Agency

According to the Rocky Mountain News, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified the cleanup of Rocky Flats.  This certification is another step in moving the site towards becoming a full fledged National Wildlife Refuge.  The official turnover of the site to the Department of the Interior from the Department of Energy should happen within a matter of weeks.  It is a testament to the many people that worked at Rocky Flats over the years that the Rocky Flats site has now become the first major nuclear weapons site cleanup to be certified by the EPA.  I will definitely be looking forward to being able to tour the buffer zone areas that were off limits when I worked there when the site is officially opened to the public.

On a related note, I support all of the Colorado representatives to the U.S. Congress in their appeal to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to reject the recommendation of the Radiation Advisory Board to deny expidited aid to any workers outside of those who worked at the plant between 1952 and 1966.  Having worked at various points on the computer systems involved in the dose calculations that the board is using, I have no doubt that the record keeping is inadequate to come up with an accurate lifetime dose for the workers of Rocky Flats who are sick with radiation related cancers.  Workers routinely were given new employee numbers when they changed companies (a common occurance as most DOE workers are contractors), typos abound, and, prior to implementing the dosimiter exchange program in 2005 that I worked on, dosimeter exchanges were problematic.  For an individual claim to be approved all of this potentially problematic data must match exactly.  The data at Rocky Flats clearly falls under the exception clauses in the 2000 legislation authorizing payments to these affected Cold War workers as intended by Congress. 

Thus far, the government has only paid 299 of the 1253 Rocky Flats workers with cancer who have requested help and denied 631.  The legislation passed by Congress authorizes workers with certain cancers known to be caused by radioactive exposure to be paid $150,000 in compensation and to have their medical expenses covered.  As both a taxpayer, and a former Rocky Flats worker, I find it disgusting that the Department of Health and Human Services Department has now spent vastly more money fighting the claims of these 1253 workers who have had their lives shortened working in the service of this country than it would have cost to simply approve all 1253 claims, as they should have done under the record keeping clauses in the legislation. 

Quoting Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, "This panel has existed for several years.  Scientific studies, examinations and reviews have been conducted for decades. The time is long past for action. Each day of delay means another sick employee comes closer to death. "

"If you fail our Cold War heroes, members of Congress seem poised to step in. On behalf of these workers and on behalf of the people of Colorado, I urge you to fulfill your charter and provide the efficient service and aid that our Rocky Flats workers deserve."

More information on the history of this claim is available from the Rocky Mountain News here, here, here, and here.  The controversy surrounding the Radiation Advisory Board was also covered in detail by the New York Times on June 12.

 
By: Shane
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59 Years!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1:25 PM

Grandma and Grandpa Ideker with all of the grandkids

Today is my Grandma and Grandpa Ideker's 59th wedding anniversary.  Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa on 59 wonderful years and here's to many more to come! 

Congratulations also go to Dan and Margaret on their 3rd wedding anniversary today as well.

 
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Update

Friday, June 8, 2007 10:25 AM

The completed dining room in our house

It's been a long time again since the last time I posted an update.  Two weekends ago, we drove out to Iowa for the Memorial Day weekend.  Andrea's cousin Travis got married on Saturday the 26th.  It was a beautiful ceremony at the Iowa Arboretum.  Even though the weather was beautiful on Saturday, they had to move indoors for the ceremony because the location they had been planning on was under water because of all of the rain in the preceeding days.  The rest of the weekend we just relaxed and went to see Pirates of the Caribbean with Andrea's parents before coming home on Monday.  Photos from the weekend are in my Photo Album.

Then this past weekend we hosted two barbeques at our house now that we are mostly done moving in.  On Saturday we had 14 friends over and had make your own kabobs for dinner, then on Sunday we had my grandparents over for pork chops on the grill.  It was the first time that my grandma had been back since they moved out in March.  They both really liked what we had done with the house, and my grandma even said it was so nice that she wanted to know if she could move back in.  I've finally managed to get some photos of the house up in the photo section, so check them out in the "Our Home" section of the Photo Album.

 
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