Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So...Matt & Rachel came over tonight...

and I thought it was odd that they both excused themselves to go to the bathroom at the same time...sure enough...This is what I found when I burst into the Hillenblog's & HillenblogsHappyWife's Bedroom....Snoopers!

Monday, November 20, 2006

From Special Guest Blogger Joe Reynolds

(Hillenblog would like to wish congratulations to Shannon...and Joe for this accomplishment...Way to go!...and thanks for letting me use you as my first ever "Guest Blog"...I see this like the way Jay used to fill in for Johnny occasionally)


She did it! Shannon finished 26.2 miles in 5 hours, 12 minutes and 52 seconds. Attached are a few pictures. Through out the morning we (Kids & I) moved from the starting line to the 11 mile marker, the 18 mile marker and then the finish line to cheer for Shannon as she passed. What was interesting about the marathon were runners called “Pace Setters”. They each wore red shirts with the estimated completion time on their back. As I watched them come across the finish line they were within seconds of their scheduled arrival time. Obviously, if you followed these folks you could guarantee your finish time.

After watching several of these “Pace Setters” cross the finish line I could not help but think of the verse in 1 Corinthians were Paul says “Be followers of me, even as I am of Christ”. What he was literally saying was imitate me as I imitate Christ. So…look behind you, are there any followers? Oh, I’m sure you will see many but ask yourself – are they imitating Christ or something else you’re chasing?

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who has prayed for and encouraged Shannon over the last several weeks. She told me at dinner tonight that one of the things that kept her going was the fact that so many people had encouraged her and that she couldn’t let them down. Again, Thanks for all you support, calls & cards!

Have a great week! Set the Pace!

Joe Reynolds

Verbose is not an insult...

Jen...Congratulations...You won the first Hillenblog Micro Poll.
Verbose is not an Insult...please forgive me if I offended you. I would never do that...Your my favorite Blogger (anyone to displace Rachel)...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Gary & Lisa's Bed

If you are in the picture you are not eligible to guess...Which of the above people were not here for this photo.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wonder whats going on at the Wilson's...While their out of the country?

Shall we go drop in...and make a surprise visit? OK...lets do it...

1. Huh?... Weird...What in the world?...
2. Oh...It's just 'Drew taking another soak.
3. Morgan on the COmputer
4. Cindy Reading a Magazine (imagine)
5. Morgan & Ashlel on the computer (imagine)
6. Tiff...Thats a 100 year old Chair...
7. Man..This is a Huge Bed...there must be room for like...57...people on there...
8. Skyer is Pontificating a new hair do...
9. " Listen...Seriously...We were not in the Tub...It was all I set up...I had on all my clothes...and so did 'Drew...OK..yes your right...He did have his shirt off....He just took his shirt off for the shot...and we were playing around...Cindy was in the room the whole time...ans Skyler and Barrett...and Tiffany. Our Pastors Daughter...Mom...You know I am a good girl...Mom...You know you can trust me to stay at Gary and Lisa's...while they are out of the country. Mom...Yes...I do like him, but I wouldn't...But it was Hillen's fault...He set up the whole thing. Mom...Mom...really Mom. He likes the Jayhawks...and the Royals too...Yes...Yes...He LOVES the Chiefs...See...I know that would make you feel better. OK...Ill see you later to....I'm not going to take another soak...Mom...I never got in the tub...It was a joke...OK Mom...Mom, Don't tell Basil and Ginger about this...OK...I love you. Bye..."

Happy Birthday Baby!

I have loved you as long as you have loved Donnie. You were my First Puppy love...and still are today. Thanks for growing old(er) with me...M

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Elect Bob Lawson Jr. Circuit Judge, Cir. 31, Div. 5

Vote Against Judge Calvin Holden!

Manslaughter case ends with stunning verdict

Springfield News-Leader
April 19, 2006

It was with great dismay and utter incredulity that I read of the verdict Judge Calvin Holden handed down in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Grant Marsh. ("Motorist acquitted of manslaughter," April 8 News-Leader) Marsh was charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in the Nov. 20, 2003 death of Rita M. Clark. My family and Rita's family have been friends for many years and by a horrific twist of fate, the tragedy that took Rita's life happened right beside my home. I will never forget the events of that night.

I attended the bench trial in its entirety and heard all the testimony. The evidence the two experts offered on accident re-construction was complicated and involved the use of two different formulas to calculate the rate of speed that Marsh's vehicle had been traveling. But both prosecution and defense witnesses estimated that Marsh was traveling around 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The News-Leader article stated that Judge Holden based his ruling of acquittal on his interpretation "that falling asleep at the wheel does not rise to the level of manslaughter." Marsh was the only witness to testify that he fell asleep at the wheel. Since I live several yards from where Marsh claimed to have fallen asleep, it never made sense to me that he could negotiate a 90-degree turn with his van, turning from one street to another while dozing. But that was his claim. If falling asleep at the wheel doesn't rise to the level of manslaughter, then reckless driving on the wrong side of the road while speeding should have raised
that level considerably.

As I sat through the two-day trial, I was confounded by the fact that Grant Marsh's three young daughters were in constant attendance. His defense attorney repeatedly referenced Marsh's loving regard in caring for his family. As I listened to testimony given by police officers about the blood, hair and brain matter they found embedded in Marsh's windshield after the accident, it seemed to me that a caring father would not want his young girls to hear such grisly details. I wondered if the girls' presence was meant to impress upon the judge how much Marsh was needed at home. Now that Marsh has been acquitted of manslaughter
and will not be held accountable for his actions, his daughters can continue to have the benefit of their father's presence. But for Bill Clark, family and friends, there will be no just resolution for the absence of Rita's presence.

Linda Green, of Battlefield, is the retired director of the Springfield-Greene County History Museum.

Copyright (c) Springfield News-Leader. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Co., Inc. by NewsBank, inc.

This story was about my Aunt Rita, My mothers sister.

Man gets probation in fatal crash

By Melissa DeLoach
News-Leader May 17, 2006

Bill Clark didn't show up in court Tuesday for the sentencing of the man who struck and killed his wife and dog while they were on an evening stroll in 2003. He didn't show up, his sister-in-law said, because he disagreed with the decision by a Greene County judge last month to acquit Grant Marsh of involuntary manslaughter, finding him guilty only of leaving the scene of the accident. Clark's sister-in-law, Linda Hillenburg, said the news was devastating but nothing can bring back her sister, Rita.

Judge Calvin Holden sentenced Marsh to five years' probation and ordered him among other things to pay the family 10 percent of his wages during the length of his punishment. Holden last month acquitted Marsh of involuntary manslaughter following a December bench trial, ruling that falling asleep at the wheel does not rise to the level of manslaughter.

"We don't hate Mr. Marsh," Hillenburg said during a victim impact statement. "I just hope he realizes he has to live with this for the rest of his life. "He took a life." Rita M. Clark, 56, was walking with her husband and their dog in their Battlefield neighborhood on Nov. 20, 2003, when she was hit from behind by a Chevrolet van traveling on the wrong side of the road. The driver, later identified as Marsh, had just made a turn onto Prairie View Road, where the accident occurred. Marsh returned to the scene a short time later and spoke to authorities. Bill Clark was not injured. The dog, also hit, was later euthanized.

Marsh, who said he thought he at first had hit a mailbox, apologized to the family. Not a day goes by when he doesn't recount the night's events, he said. "I never knew I hit her," he said. "I've heard nothing but sweet things about her. I wish I could replace her." Under terms of a plea agreement, Holden also ordered Marsh to attend a victim impact panel and limited his driving privileges to emergencies and work.
If he violates terms of his probation, Marsh would be sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections for four years, the maximum for the class D felony of leaving the scene of an accident.

Copyright (c) Springfield News-Leader. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Co., Inc. by NewsBank, inc.

I realize that I am biased in this case...since I am family. But I would respectfully ask that you seriously consider voting agianst Judge Calvin Holden. He is an example of what is wrong with many democratic oriented "soft" judges. If you go here you can see where this judgement has come under national scrutiny for leanient sentencing. If you go here (and type in Grant, first name & Marsh, last name) you can see where the defendant in this case (Grant Marsh) despite what he may say in the above newspaper articles, and despite what Judge Holden told him in the courtroom, you can see where he has since again been ticketed for Driving Under the Influence involving an accident and you may also notice that one of those cases was even BEFORE he went on trial for killing my aunt. But the Judge would not allow that information into the courtroom. Judges are free to make their own judgements, and we are free to vote them out of office for it.

Vote FOR Bob Lawson Jr. on Tuesday Nov. 7th

...and alway remember this when choosing elected officials.

The Party turns the individual...the individual NEVER turns the party.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Memo: Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are working pretty well. I've not had any interruptions from people who don't work on this floor.
However, I still get 4-5 interruptions a day from people up here, usually on items that could be sent via e-mail or could wait until later.
Please respect quiet hours for all engineers. It is the time we all count on to get our projects done without interruption.

Thanks, Name Changed to Protect the Innocent

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hickory Over Pipkin 40-0

After time is a little harder to take a is to the Fans in the Stands at this the last...and coldest night of football this season. If these pictures were at all would see Barrett making a sack...Scoring a 30 yard touchdown on a QB option keeper, Scoring the two point conversion by throwing his first complete pass of the season...and then running in another Two point reversing field...and doing a total Vince Youngesque race to the corner of the endzone. Posted by Picasa

October's images

Any Guesses?