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March 31, 2003
Squant...the new color
Apparently there is a new primary color that is going to be introduced to the world called "Squant", which is named after it's founder Dr. Squant. This is not a combination of the three other primary colors (red, blue, yellow)...but an entirely new one that even has its own scent. Check out the Squant website to get further details...although your computer won't be able to see the new color b/c monitors are not configured for it yet. They do have a plugin you can install to see it, but it didn't work on my computer since I have windows 2000.
Posted by Don at 01:49 AM
March 29, 2003
Back in London
We have arrived in London, and now can't wait to leave again. Not because we don't like London itself, it's just that our new place in Munich is going to be so much better. Anyways, I just wanted to let you guys know there are some new pictures from Munich that have been uploaded...so check out our new place as well as other miscellaneous pics.

OK...in case any of you were wondering, I still have a shot to win the NCAA tournament pool, but I need Kansas to win the whole shabang...and they are about to play the #1 seed Arizona. Although I did gripe about being back in London, it is nice to be able to read the restaurant menus again...as well as being able to watch the NCAA tourney...I've had to miss the last two days of games...which is too bad since most looked they were close. Guess I'm going to have to start reading more instead of watching.

In case any of you were wondering who won the Cricket World Cup...it was Australia. The scored 359 runs on only 2 wickets after 50 overs (which is the max. allowed)...whereas India scored only 234 runs after 10 wickets (max. allowed) on 39.2 overs. Click on the link if you want to see the Cricket scorecard.

Posted by Don at 04:04 PM
March 28, 2003
Hellis, bitte
Well Barbie and I have found a place to stay in Bogenhausen, which is one of the nicest areas in all of Munich. It's right across the Isar river from the English Gardens, which is considered the largest park in all of Europe. The park is absolutely great, and dogs simply do not know what a leash is. All the dogs run around playing with each other, or simply following their owners. Another crazy thing about Munich is their consideration for people on bicycles. The bikers have their own lanes by the sidewalk throughout most of the city. And the bikers will ring their bells and get all upset if you are walking on their side of the sidewalk. I almost got run over by a biker 3 times the first day I went around town. Anyways, our place has plenty of room for people to visit so be sure to come out...especially since airlines have been dropping their prices due to the war. Our house is also close to a very nice shopping area, and is about 15-20 minutes by public transportation to the center of Munich. All of you should come out...so feel free. Just make sure you let us know prior to stopping by. We'll have pictures posted tomorrow of our place and also of us visiting some of the scenic sites around town. Until then...l8r yall.
Posted by Don at 01:42 PM
March 25, 2003
Guten Tag
Well Barbie and I are spending the week in Munich, Germany. We're here for a couple of reasons...for Cisco meetings and also to house hunt for our eventual move in May. I must say the reality of living in a foreign country really hits home when you don't speak the language. It's a struggle just to go to a restaurant b/c you have no idea what you are about to order unless the waiter happens to speak English and will translate for you. We're having a good time, and tomorrow we go to look at houses.
Yesterday was our first evening in Munich, so we went to the Englisch Gardens...and of course eventually to a Bier Garten (Beer Garden) for those who don't know how to translate. We have a good picture of me drinking a full 1 liter of beer...so check back for the update. Of course the best part, other than the beer, was when I tried to order the beer and the guy knew instantly that I was an American, so he pointed to his co-worker and said he is a tourist as well...he then proceeded to point out that his co-worker was from Iraq to see if he could get a rise out of me. Of course I didn't understand half the stuff he said...but it was pretty funny.
Anyways, today was spent doing some sightseeing for me...Barbie was stuck in a meeting all day :) . I took one of these one hour tours around the city, so I now have a pretty good idea where the main tourist attractions are...so feel free to visit and I will show you the town. We'll stop by and see the Neptune fountain, Angel of Peace, and Maximillian street. Then we'll go see the Olympic village...where the 1972 Olympics were held and also where Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in swimming. Well, don't be afraid to visit...after this week we'll have an extra room for you to stay.
Posted by Don at 12:13 PM
March 20, 2003
Cricket...then basketball
It was cricket all day, now it's basketball all night. How is a sports person with no job expected to get any sleep these days? In case you hadn't heard, India ended up winning by like 190 runs. Now they get to play Australia in the finals. As for basketball, March Madness has finally begun...so I'm stuck thinking about whether to sleep or stay up and watch the games. We'll have to wait and see how I feel in another hour or so. According to an anonymous source, it's better to be in the UK right now for watching games since the U.S. has to watch everything about the WAR in Iraq. By the way, Barbie's and my thoughts are with all those whose family members are in the WAR...especially those families that we know personally. Alright...back to watching bball on the tube.
Posted by Don at 02:08 PM
India is destroying Kenya
OK...i'm no expert, but India has absolutely been destroying Kenya in cricket all day. They ended the day with 270 runs on only 4 wickets after 50 overs. That's right folks...I'm speaking cricket language. I'll give an update later that explains the rules.
Posted by Don at 08:04 AM
March 19, 2003
A lovely day...

First off I apologize for not updating the site recently...especially with the big move to London and all. Internet access has been sketchy at best, so I've had to sink to the depths of joining AOL for the next month or so. Anyways, the "flat" is nice...a little cramped on clothing space, but manageable. Barbie and I have been eating a ton of Italian, mainly b/c some of the food here is questionable at best. Although, I did find a legitimate Texas style restaurant which has some pretty decent food. We call it comfort food.
Anyways, this past weekend Barbie and I went into the city of Bath to see the Roman baths and mainly just visit. Cool town...especially realizing how the Roman stuff is so old. The second point of our visit was to see our future puppy...a white german shepherd named 'Kymba'. I say future b/c we cannot pick her up until April 12th. Here is a link to the photo gallery that shows our trip to Bath and the new puppy.

So, if you are wondering what I have been doing with my so called spare time since I'm unemployed...well it seems to be a lot. Last week was spent adjusting to the jet lag...i.e. getting up at 4am every morning, taking a nap from 7-11am, then going to bed at 8 or 9pm. Thank goodness that is all over, although I did get up at 4am this morning for a fantasy baseball draft.
Monday and Tuesday of this week was spent in culture training for Germany...a 2 day course at Cisco where a consultant comes in and tells us what to expect when we arrive, and what the German people and culture are truly like. Good course, but could have been condensed to a day or just an afternoon.
Anyways, after my morning draft at 4am (lasted til about 7am)...I went for a run along the River Thames...which is basically right behind us. Nice jogging path, although the fog was so thick this morning I was getting droplets at the end of my eyelashes every few minutes or so....strange but cool. After the morning run, I proceed to find my way to Chiswick...pronounced like 'Chizzick' in the english accent. Nice town not to far away...about a 5 minute tube ride away. I'm assuming by the end of my stint here in London I should know the tube system fairly well. Well I'm off to sleep... and remember to "mind the gap"!!

Posted by Don at 03:23 PM
March 10, 2003
And down the stretch they come
We are now about 24 hours away before I'm heading off on a plane to Europe. Of course everything is not finished, but it wouldn't be the same if I had everything all organized and ready to go in advance. Anyways, yesterday I arrived in San Jose from Miami...not a bad flight, but I was pretty upset that the people at LAX wouldn't let me catch an earlier connection. There excuse was that I checked luggage so I had to fly with my luggage, hence I ended up in the L.A. airport an extra 2 hours.

Last night we had our end of the season party for the Harker girls basketball teams. We had a good time...eating dinner, handing out awards and talking about Europe. The season didn't end the way I would have preferred, but I had a great time doing it. Hopefully some of the girls will keep in touch and let me know how things are going at Harker...if not, there is always the Yamo to keep me informed. Alright, I'm off to finish packing things up.

Posted by Don at 04:14 PM
March 07, 2003
I am NOT Tiger Woods
So I played the easy course at Grenada today and didn't measure up to anywhere near as well as I played the last couple of times. Grenada is probably the easiest golf course in all of Miami, and I shot a 49 (9 holes only). I'm thinking it had to do with the fact it was early, I was tired, my back and legs were sore, and I wasn't using the same clubs I normally use...but those are just excuses...I am just not Tiger Woods...YET :)
Posted by Don at 01:01 PM
March 04, 2003
Another decent golf day
Apparantely taking time off from golf doesn't really affect your game when you are not that good to start off with. Grant it, the last time I played a couple of months ago my shot was way off and the rust was evident...but this time everything seems to be in working order. I shot a respectably 94 at Biltmore today...which is about 5 shots over what I would have liked to shoot. I aim for a bogey on each hole which will normally put me at about a 90, but Biltmore is a par 71 course, so I was 5 shots over instead of just 4. I had my birdie chances but nothing fell...actually I never gave it a shot and wimped out by short arming the putt. Anyways, I'll probably try to play at least one more time while I'm down here...might as well take advantage of the 90 degree weather :)
Posted by Don at 08:15 PM
And you thought you knew everything...

Here are few funny images from the past that most of you should enjoy:

Also, this is from an email that I've seen before, but still find pretty interesting...

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The
spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away
from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each
salad served in first-class.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike
factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen
wearing them in public.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are
already married.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and
Budweiser, in that order.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the
engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor
and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains
all the letters from the word "criminal."

The second was William Jefferson Clinton.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's
nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

On average people fear spiders more than death.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year
because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all
the books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never
stop growing. SCARY!!!

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left handed.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including
their eyebrows and eyelashes.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on
one row of the keyboard.

"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be
39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall. Barbie's full name
is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Almost everyone who reads this email will try to lick their elbow.

Posted by Don at 10:54 AM
March 02, 2003
I am Tiger Woods
On a day when Tiger Woods finally won the Accenture match play championship that has eluded him for so long, I decided to become Tiger Woods for four holes of golf. After not playing for about a month, and not playing before that since my wedding back in October, my dad, cousin, uncle and me hit the fairways for a round of golf this afternoon. After shooting a dismal, although somewhat respectable since it was the best score of any of us, 51 on the front nine I proceeded to the back nine clinging to a one stroke lead. Little did I know Tiger Woods' soul would stop by and lead me to 4 straight pars! That's right, not just 4 pars in a round of 18 (which would be good), not just 4 pars in a back nine (which would be awesome), but 4 straight pars to start off the back nine (which is unbelievable)!! I then proceeded to get 3 straight bogeys, which is what I normally strive to achieve on "Any Given Sunday"...sorry, poor humor. Anyways, it got dark so we could only finish 7 of the last nine holes...but isn't that the way it always is...your worst day just won't seem to end, and your best days get cut short.
Posted by Don at 09:41 PM
March 01, 2003
Funny photos
So...I've added a gallery to our photo album that has some funny photos/cartoons. Also there is a movie that has been added that basically shows why girls live longer than guys.
Why you should live in Florida

This an email sent to me from Nick (also a Florida native), and I think it illustrates the general consensus of all the smart people in the world who live in warm climates. Then again, who am I to speak since I'm moving to Munich where warmth is only something you can get from a lady named Ulga. :) Anyways, the article has some bad language, so not to offend anyone that doesn't want to read it on purpose, I put it in the extended entry portion of this post. Click on the link below to read the rest...

Not all it's cracked up to be.

August 1
Just moved north of the city. Such a beautiful area, large trees, open
areas, no crowds. My new neighbors say that I will see deer in my backyard
and the snow is beautiful.

September 1
I just love it here. Everyone is so nice. I saw a deer on the side of the
road the other day. How could anyone kill one of those beautiful animals? I
do not think hunting should be
allowed. I can hardly wait for the snow. It is so nice to live up north.

October 1
The trees are absolutely breathtaking. The colors are so wonderful to look
at. I am putting out feed for the deer's. The incredible creatures are
around my neighborhood all the time. It is getting cold at night. I cannot
wait to see the snow. I love living up here.

November 1
It snowed last night. Everything is covered In a bright white sheet. How
wonderful, just what I was hoping for. I Love living north of the city.

November 20
It snowed for the second time this year. I got to use my shovel for the
first time. My kids and I made snowmen on the lawn. Such a beautiful white

December 1
Snowed heavy last night. I got up early and shoveled the driveway. The
snowplow came by and pushed snow in front of my driveway. I ran out and
cleared away the snow. The mounds of snow On the sides of my driveway look
so nice. The snow is wonderful. I love living up here.

December 5
Another heavy snow fall. I got home from work and shoveled the driveway
again. It sure is hard work but I just think of it as exercise. The plow
came by and pushed snow in front of my driveway again. I had to go out and
shovel it away.

December 12
More snow. This shoveling is really tough. The snow banks are getting so
high it is hard to throw the snow off the driveway. The idiot driving the
snowplow blocked my driveway again. "That damn plowed snow is really heavy
to shovel.

December 16
It fucking snowed last night. I can barely push it around this time it is so
heavy. The fucking asshole in the plow pushed snow over my driveway again.
Next time I see him I'm going to beat the shit out of him.

December 23
More fucking white shit. The shit is piled 10 feet high on the sides of my
driveway. I cannot throw it any higher so I just push it out onto the road.
No plow yet, must be his day off. Thank god, the roads are not plowed.

December 25
Merry fucking Christmas. The white shit is coming down like crazy. If I ever
see that real estate agent again, I will fucking ram my shovel up his ass.
The fucking jackass driving the plow is getting triple time today. I wait
until he plows before I go out to shovel. The cocksucker comes by again late
and blocks my fucking car in.

January 1
No plows on the road today. The snow is so hard and slippery it is scary
driving home from the city. A deer runs out in front of my car and I could
not stop. Fucking beast did $3000.00 damage to my car. It deserved to die.
The fucking hunters obviously did not kill enough of the pests.

January 10
The white shit is coming down so heavy today you can hardly see the
driveway. I have shoveled the fucking shit all day long. The shit is piled
high everywhere. Fucking shovel broke again. The fucker in the plow looks
like he is having a tough time; maybe he
will have a fucking heart attack and die. I cannot stand this fucking place.

January 20
Fucking shit is falling out of the sky again. The plow got stuck in front of
my house. That cocksucker actually had the balls to ask if he could use my
phone to call for help. He did not look so good with two broken shovel
handles rammed up his fucking ass.

February 1
The shit is everywhere. My car is fucked I'm on probation for kicking the
fucking shit out of the plow driver and my fucking driveway is blocked again

February 20
I bought a fucking rifle the other day. The fucking beasts are eating the
bark off my trees. I can hardly wait for hunting season

March 1
The god dam shit is finally melting. I am selling this shit hole as soon as
the spring hits. I fucking hate living up here.

Posted by Don at 12:11 AM
What time is it?
With all the Anti-War stuff going on in the world today, I am glad to see that someone has gotten the right idea about what time it is...it's "Time to Bomb Saddam"!!
Posted by Don at 12:07 AM