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Where I ramble endless wisdom out of my very core... galoshes may be required.

Thursday, February 09, 2006



Not to bore you all, but I have to give the answers to the Groundhog Day Contest. As you can see, the winner is Steve with a score of 17 out of 18! His prize shall remain a secret until his next trip home this weekend. Or maybe I'll just hide a small picture of the five pounder here amongst the words for fun...

Happy Groundhog Day! (Numerous places in the movie)
Well, it's Groundhog Day... again
...(Phil on his second broadcast) rise and shine, campers (the clock radio DJ"S) ! What about my Meeting Tom post? No, there wouldn't be today (the bed and breakfast owner talking about hot water) time though, I promise. Today I'm thinking about my favorite Groundhog Day movie called interestingly enough: Groundhog Day. If you've never seen it, you're in luck as I thought I'd share a few of its lines with you. If you have seen it let's see how good you are at spotting the dialogue. Perhaps we'll have a contest. Let me know how many you find and I'll award a neat prize to the closest/quickest entry. Feed me back the lines, along with a total number of lines used as well. You'll have to look hard to spot some of them because I'm going to embed them into my monologue and see if you recognize them, since I have long ago adopted some of them into my everyday speech. Remember, you gotta want it (Phil talking to the groundhog).

So I hope you are having a wonderful Groundhog Day yourself. It was sunny here to begin with, but now is overcast and cloudy. When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life.(Phil's last broadcast which made his cameraman cry) I personally think that there is no way this winter is ever going to end as long as that groundhog keeps seeing his shadow (Phil's broadcast just before he kidnaps the groundhog). But, it was over 50 degrees when I came in today and it felt just like spring. It always makes me think of Rome the way the sun hits the buildings in the afternoon (Phil trying to impress Rita on one of their dates). So what do you think, do you think it's going to be an early spring? I'm predicting March 21st (Phil and the another boarder at the B&B).

I have to go to town soon. Chance of departure today, one hundred percent (Phil to the B&B owner on the first morning). The traffic is probably going to be horrific. I'm alone at least, and never drive angry (Phil to the groundhog). Sometimes when I drive with Rose or Steve, they try to drive "through me". Both of them at one point have reached over to honk at someone "for me". How annoying! But I just say hey, no, no no no. Nobody honks this horn but me. Okay pal? (Phil's cameraman to Phil while they're stuck in the blizzard traffic jam). Saying, Morons, your bus is leaving, (Phil in the diner) is about as vindictive as I get. And only in my car, not out the window.

John's home sick today, so I'm headed off early. I tried to feed him before I left, but I guess it was too early for flapjacks (Phil to the cops who pull him over for driving on the railroad tracks)? He didn't seem interested. He home catching up on LOST right now. I recommended mac and cheese for lunch but he might make something else. Well I better get moving. I would love to stay here and talk with you... but I'm not going to. (Phil to Ned Reierson) I'll talk to you all tomorrow, unless there is no tomorrow. There wasn't one yesterday (Phil to Rita trying to explain what was happening)!

Love, Mom or as I say all the time...I told you, call me Bronco (Phil to one of his dates at the movies).

P.S. Okay, here's a free one that won't fit in anywhere: "Clean up your room!", "Stand up straight!", "Pick up your feet!", "Take it like a man!", "Be nice to your sister!", "Don't mix beer and wine, ever!". Oh yeah: "Don't drive on the railroad tracks!"
Gus: Eh, Phil... That's one I happen to agree with. (Freebie: Joyriding with the locals)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Full Name: Thomas Andrew Maxon ("Man of Knowledge - like Nicodemus").

Nicknames: Tom, Ol' Tom, Tommy Teanut, Tomeese-a-Mo, Tas, Minner, Rita.

Named after: His grandfather Donald S. (Tom) Maxon, Tom Selleck, and the disciple Andrew (Steve picked it).

Age: 21 - born September 28, 1984 - almost breech. As you can see his ears

are still perfectly proportional.

Occupation: Student, Senior at RIT majoring in Bioinformatics; Student Manager at the General Store at RIT. Summer jobs: Fort Drum Wetland Specialist, Stream Call Center Dude.

Occupation that pays the bills: His excellent stretching of a dollar.

Married: Not yet...waiting for "Miss Right".

Family: 5 siblings (he's #3 like his Dad). He sings very well. He needs coaxing usually, but he does a mean "Sean Connery's White Christmas" with "Jere", and a fantastic accapella version of 2 Peter 1:3 with his Dad and brothers.

Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 28:8, preferrably in the King James version.

Passions: God, Life, mold and fungus, girls named Amanda or derivitives of that name, the Forums, New Challenges.

Non Passions: Televised Sports, Bullies, Disloyalty, Stupid Drunks, Spelling Errors.

Hobbies: the Forums, "The Lab", and keeping the Buick going.

My favorite Tom personality trait: His sense of humor and smile, his way with kids and his generosity and sweetness.

My least favorite personality trait: His ability to survive (well) without me in faraway places.

He buys too many? Razors. Despite these two pictures - he wasn't always bald!

The one thing you might not know about him: Tom is just plain fun.

The one thing he wants to do that he hasn't done yet: Graduate from college? Travel the world? Meet "the" girl.