September 29, 2006

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

My Sweet Eamon

Well, the first 2 weeks of my new grandson's life on this planet has produced a dozen or more adorable pictures like the one to the left. I can sit and stare at them and stare at them forever! It's really nice that my son's able to upload the images to a webpage for the family to see, even though we live from coast to coast.

But you know, if a picture says a thousand words, then what does a live video say? A million words? I can't wait for them to receive the video calling system I'm sending them. I want to be able to not just see my grandson's cute little face, but I want to hear his first attempts at cooing and blowing bubbles. I can't get that in a still picture or even a telephone call. Tiny babies can make some noise, but they aren't huge conversationalists.

This isn't just any video calling system either. X10 has gone to a lot of trouble to design a camera that is more than just some techy toy or passing fad. This is a high quality camera built to be used daily. It's got features that really set it apart. One that will really come in handy for me is the Starlight Technology that allows it to work in the dimmest lighting conditions (like a nursery). And the optical zoom! Wow- I can't wait to zoom in for a virtual kiss on the cheek good night!

But the best feature of all is the internet control built into the software that comes with the system. It will actually allow me to control the camera from my computer, even though the camera is 3,000 miles away! So my son can simply set-up the camera in the nursery and leave the controls up to me. I can pan and tilt all by myself and take a tour of the entire room, floor to ceiling - wall to wall. I can't wait! It truly takes 'communication' to the next level!

I'm sure you have friends and family you would love to keep in touch with too. If you want to hear more about this great video calling system, check it out here:

September 28, 2006

Golfing In the Dark

For the last few years my friend, Staci is required to raise money to pay for an Easter egg hunt for the kids in our community. The cost for hundreds of plastic eggs and bags and bags of candy can add up to quite a bit. Not a problem for us though because our fund raiser is so popular – it puts the FUN in FUNdraiser!

The event is called Glow Ball and just in case you’ve never heard of it, it’s golfing in the dark with glowing balls and glowing necklaces adorning the golfers. There is a small par three course that is surrounded by huge old growth evergreen trees. It’s the perfect setting!

In addition, local businesses generously donate goods and services for a raffle drawing after the golf tournament that is held at a nearby pizza place where Staci works. We’ve scheduled to have the tournament on October 27th and will allow those that wear costumes extra entries in the raffle. Costumes and golfing in the dark… does it get any better than that??

So if you’re not doing anything October 27th and think you might enjoy an adventurous round of golf… let me know, we’ll get you signed up! Bring a flashlight!