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Monday, April 30, 2012

Z - Zettler

What is a Zettler you say?

A group of people that immigrated here from Germany many, many, years ago and one of them had a little girl.....

Me............... until hubby came along and gave me a new name

My Dad said it wasn't a name you said but rather one you sneezed......
Well, not only was it hard to learn to spell but it also put me at the end of the line which was awful if we were getting shots at school but not so bad for a competiton were I could scope out all the players.

This ends the A - Z challenge and I want to thank all of those who have encouraged me along the way. It has been an interesting experience and in some ways I think I shall miss it.
One of the rules was to also visit as many other people that were participating and comment. I found that the majority of those that chose to join were writers or want to be writers and even though I've written and published a book, I had a hard time relating. Maybe that shouldn't surprise me because a lot of my book was based around pictures and not just words and you all know.....I LIKE PICTURES!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Y - Yellow

Yellow appears to be a happy color. Most everything that you think of that is yellow, represents something that could make you happy, like.....

 A yellow brick road

Yellow tail wine

 Yellow gold

M&M's that melt in your mouth and not your hand

 Yellow cake

 sun kissed blonde hair

 That famous song of old

 Oak covered road

 Yellow Warbler and it's beautiful song

 Helpful yellow pages

Yellows ribbons around trees and
on our cars for our troops

It is a color that stands out.............One that can't be ignored and almost screams....look at me!!!

Don't you be fooled though.........

Friday, April 27, 2012

X - X

X the 24th letter of our alphabet. Just a simple letter but with many uses.....

In mathematics can be used for a unknown value like in algebra.

It can signify multiplication such as 4 x 5 = 20

Just as in the use of mathematics of the unknown x-rays are so called because their discoverer did not know what they were.

Those of you born after 1981 (the baby boom) are know as Generation X

Kisses and hugs


and this signifies to sign here.

X.......... the Roman numeral for 10

If you are a bowler you want to see lots of x's on your score sheet signifying strikes!

In sign language this is the sign for debt...
Index finger into your palm and if that debt is paid in full............ You draw a  X in your palm as canceled.

and everyone knows that X marks the spot!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

W - Wingspan

I don't know why wingspan fascinates me..perhaps because it seems to represent freedom.

For a plane the wingspan is measured as such...
The Boeing 777 has a wingspan of 197 feet  so can you imagine a plane with a wingspan of 320 feet and 11 inches (longer than a football field)!

Meet the Spruce Goose

The largest airplane ever constructed, over five stories high and flown only one time. Designed and flown by Howard Hughes, who accepted the  challenge from the Government when in 1942, Germans submarines were sinking hundreds of Allied ships. Making the task even greater was the restrictions on materials such as steel and aluminum, so this giant is made entirely of wood.
This is a scene from the Aviator and I have an idea it is probably just like it happened.

I had the opportunity to see the Spruce Goose when it was housed next to the Queen Mary in Calif. I thought this picture of them putting it in the building gave a great perspective of the size.

It really is hard to imagine how big this thing is but here is a picture of them working on just one wing...

The Spruce Goose is now located in McMinnville, Or.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V - Vestibule

A vestibule is an area surrounding the exterior of a door. It acts as an ante-chamber between the exterior and interior structure.
Often it connects the doorway to a lobby or hallway.

The residence of the White House contains a vestibule between the entrance at the North portico and the main interior hall. Many government buildings mimic the classical architecture from which the vestibule originates.

Many of these vestibules are for the purpose of not allowing hot or cold into the main area.

This is listed a vestibule at a adult community

We even have a vestibule in our inner ear!

A purely utilitarian use of vestibules in modern buildings is to create an "air lock" entry. Such vestibules consist of merely a set of inner doors and a set of outer doors.

Vestibule of a church.

A common mud room serves as a vestibule in many homes.

What do you think....could this be a vestibule?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U - Unarmed

This is how Websters dictionary defines... Unarmed.....Lacking means for protection.

This is a little different concept than what the anti-gun people would have you to believe but in case you doubt it here are some statistics........................

The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929. From 1929 to 1953, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Turkey established gun control in 1911. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938. From 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jew, Gypsies, homosexuals, mentally ill people and other "mongrelized peoples," unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From1975 to 1977, 1 million "educated people, " unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and terminated.

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

It is in our constitution for a very important reason and don't let anyone mess with it!

Monday, April 23, 2012

T - Trophy

If you have been following my blog you will already know that I competed in a gun spot called "World Fast Draw" for many many years (35 to be exact).

This is me and hubby at my very first contest in 1970. Funny thing we had been trying to get pregnant with no success and then I started shooting guessed it I was pregnant here but didn't know it yet:) I continued to shoot until the holster wouldn't fit me anymore.

Well, maybe you don't really know much about fast draw but basically you shoot a single action hand gun (have to cock the hammer to make it shoot every time. I shot a Ruger 357 that was bored out to a 45. Most of my competition was "index shooting" where you wait for the light to come on then draw and fire and hopefully hit your target. Your time is recorded on a digital timer in 100's of a second. If you miss you receive 100 on your score. The person at the end of the contest with the lowest score wins. There are other types of competition like elimination, Cowboy Fast Draw and etc.

A popular but very hard event was called "Double balloons" Where when the light comes on you draw and hit the first target then pivot and shoot the second target....
Here is am in action and I haven't turned to the second balloon yet. This was taken in Tombstone, AZ.
Well on with the trophy's......
Sometimes the trophy was just a ribbon....
Me third from the left....
but most of the time it was a real trophy.....

If you notice the picture......that is hubby with the smoke of the black powder....made for a cool picture.
These are just a few in the gun room and if you look close you will see that some have a man on top and some have a woman.....
Of course the woman ones are mine.

 We have big trophy's little trophy's and even a mining pan as a trophy....

 This was from Deadwood, S. D.

 Plaques were popular too but you will never guess what my favorite was..........................................

 This specially made disk with it's own stand and it is engraved on both is the back
Thank you Oklahoma for the memories.
This was one of the later contest that I won.....
 in 2003 and I got flowers too!

I packed up my gun in 2005 but just in case no one believes I did it......I have the trophy's to prove it no matter how dusty they are.