"Ain't Life Grand" by Kathy Hoynes 2004

"Ain't Life Grand" by Kathy Hoynes  2004

27 April 2007

Lights, camera...no action

It was a case of when good ideas go bad. I wanted to take a group photo of the pups and I. Nine greyhounds and I all looking good AND at the camera. How hard could it be?

OK...stop laughing.

Presenting for your amusement, highlights (lowlights?) of the backyard photoshoot ~

Everybody line up. Big dogs in the back row, little dogs up front.

Hey guys, the camera is thataway!!

Apparently no one has a clue as to what we are doing.


Harley smiles for the camera.

Huey takes a kiss break.

WOW!!! It's the incredible 3-headed greyhound!!!

Nutmeg ponders what the other pups find so difficult to understand.

Marty & Kathy start a roo.

Another kiss break. This time it's Bobo.

Ok, everyone say "Kitty".

At least Dee is willing to take a nice photo.

HELP!!!! ;)

Dear Lord, please let the next bright idea I have be doable....
Have a picture perfect day!!!

12 April 2007

A.I. fever

My interest in watching "American Idol" begins and ends with the first episode. Once the freak show of off-key, untalented, delusional wannabes is over, I shut the TV off and switch on my "Best Of William Hung" CD. And while I have not changed my original opinion of "American Idol", the fascination of having a hometown girl still in the running seems to be griping even moi. But Glendale is a party place and cheering on Jordin Sparks has become a weekly event.

Fans gather at the Disney-like Westgate City Center in front of the big outdoor screens watching American Idol, amid live bands and other entertainment, homemade posters in hand (on the off chance Jordin will be able to see them from the other side of the screen!) and have a good time. I'm hoping that the local FoxTV reporters will never interview me as I'd hate to admit that I'm not really paying attention to the show on the screens. I have more fun people watching. And I gotta admit, it's a hoot.

Stay tuned...with luck Westgate will be partying with Jordin for a few more weeks.


10 April 2007

It's just enough

This magic moment
So different and so new
Was like any other
Until I met you
And then it happened
It took me by suprise
I knew that you felt it too
By the look in your eyes
Sweeter than wine
Softer than a summer's night
Everything I want, I have
Whenever I hold you tight.
With a bit of help from The Drifters, Jay & the Americans, Lou Reed and scores of others.

03 April 2007

On the road - Las Vegas

I’m in Las Vegas about every 4 months and have become quite the cruise director regarding local attractions. So rather than bore you with my adventures (which are required by law to stay in Vegas) or upload hundreds of photos (well ok, a few won’t hurt), I present…..

~ Kathy's Best & Worst of Las Vegas ~

Best Slots - New York, New York

2nd Best Slots – The Venetian…and they sound so pretty!

Best Hotel Exterior – Paris and Monte Carlo (tie)

Best Old School Hotel - Tropicana

Worst Snootiest Hotel - The Wynn…but who cares as it’s so cool.

Best Towel Free Hotel - Treasure Island. This had been my favorite, most fun hotel.
However the management change has not been a good thing if
service during my recent stay is any example. No towels for
24 hours? No way! WAY!! “Dear Mr. Lanni….”

Best Dining - The Capital Grill

Best Luxe Dining - Le Cirque

Best Cheap Eats – Canter’s

Best Drink - Champagne at night overlooking the Belliago fountain.

Best Drink I Can’t Make at Home - Ilsa’s Mojito
Best Biggest Drink - The 48 ounce margarita at Gonzalez y Gonzalez

Best Kitch - Hawaiian Village

Best Show (classic) - Wayne Newton

Best Show (contemporary) - Prince

Best “Trifecta” - Starbucks, Krispy Kreme & Cirque du Soleil…available in almost
every hotel!!!!

Worst “Trifecta” - $1.99 margaritas, mud wrestling and a mechanical bull
at the Frontier.

Worst Attraction - Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden. Very overrated. Instead, enjoy the free display as you enter The Mirage. The white tiger is always happy to see you.

Best Place for Air Hockey - Coney Island at New York, New York at 11am.

Best Unsung Sight - the aquarium at the Mirage.

Worst Forgotten Attraction - The Liberace Museum.

Best Fun Fact – the showgirls at MGM’s “La Femme” are required to have champagne
glass size breasts. I have pretty much come up with every imaginable comment regarding this tidbit of useless knowledge, but please let me know if you think you have something original.

Best Weird Moment – Walking down Las Vegas Boulevard and seeing someone you know on the opposite side of the street.

Best Ride - the outdoor gondolas at the Venetian

Worst Best Ride - the roller coaster at New York, New York. Wheeeee!!! OHNOOOOOOO!!!!

Worst Idea - taking a cab.
Best Golf - How should I know? I don’t golf.

Best Side Trip - Hoover Dam at sunrise. So worth getting up early for!

Best Mausoleum - Bunkers Eden Vale Cemetery. Final resting place of Harry James and
The Binions of Horseshoe Casino fame.

Worst Souvenir Since Cedar Salt & Pepper Shakers - Huge fuzzy dice pillow with the
“Welcome to Las Vegas” sign on it. Needless to say, my mom now has one of these in her den.

Best Greyhound in the Las Vegas area - my “nephew” Nate.