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Dynamite

Shortly after Christmas, the family got an iPod Touch. I discovered this gem from Elliot playing with the voice memo function. http://jonmower.com/sites/jonmower.com/files/2011-01-11_EJM-Dynamite.mp3

Magnum comes to the U.S.

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I spent approximately a week in Europe in each of the years 1989, 1990, 1997, and 1999 and two months there in the summer of 1998.  Not being a very adventurous eater, one of my key survival strategies was to eat ice cream at every opportunity.  In the early years, Good Humor's King Cone (left photo) was my choice.  In the summer of 1998, it was Magnum's white chocolate (right photo).  I was recently amused to see the Wall Street Journal report that so many years later Magnum is finally coming to the U.S. (link):

Unilever PLC is rolling out its popular Magnum ice cream bars in the U.S. for the first time, mounting a fierce challenge to big-name incumbents—Mars Inc.'s Dove bars and Nestlé SA's Haagen Dazs bars.

Magnum bars—premium ice cream on a stick wrapped in a thick chocolate shell—were launched in the U.K. in 1987 and have become the world's top individual frozen dairy snack, accounting for 6.8% of the global market in 2009, according to Euromonitor International.

Despite its popularity across Europe, the indulgent Magnum bars haven't made it to the $9.3 billion U.S. ice cream market. Unilever is about to change that: The first Magnum bars started shipping to big U.S. supermarket chains and convenience stores last week, and the bars will be available across the entire U.S. by mid-April, Unilever said. Magnum bars sold in the U.S. will available for a suggested retail price of $2.59 each, or $3.99 for a multipack of three.

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Battle of the Books 2011

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Congratulations to Carpenter Street School’s Boomslang and their coaches!  Out of the 70 teams that participated in Battle of the Books, Boomslang was one of 16 to qualify for the oral battles.  In this morning’s session, they competed against 7 other teams to earn a slot in the championship battle.  Boomslang won 3 out of their 4 oral battles and finished 3rd out of 8…only 2 points behind the team that earned a spot in the championship (the top 4 scores were 25, 24.5, Boomslang’s 23, and 17).  Not a bad showing for a team of 4th graders participating for the first time!  We were quite proud!

Blair White Night

We went to the Nouvel basketball game tonight for a couple of reasons: 1) they were playing Midland (we saw Nouvel defeat Midland earlier in the season, but it didn’t go that way tonight) and 2) it was Blair White night.  White was a student at Nouvel before playing football at Michigan State and this past season with Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Here are photos of the boys with Blair and then the flyer he signed for them:

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Peewee Football Photos

I wrote a little about the first few games of the boys’ football seasons (here and here) but not the second half of the season.  I’ll get around to that sometime soon, but here is Elliot’s photo:

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I found the photos from when I played (3rd and 5th grade).  There’s a photo from 4th grade too, but I quit before the season started (because I wanted to play with my buddy after school instead of going to football practice and because the coaches were stressing me out by threatening to make us run extra laps around the field if we ran the first one too slowly).  The first year I was 3rd string offensive line.  I remember one game they put me in on defensive line, and I was shooting the gap into the backfield and tackling the quarterback almost every play…but unfortunately it was a fraction of a second after he would hand the ball off.  By the second year I played, I was one of the bigger players on the team.  Because I had an August birthday (shortly after the cut-off), most of the kids on the team were at least a grade below me.  That year the coaches wanted to play me at tight end (hence my # 40 jersey), but after the first few practices moved me to offensive tackle to replace someone who wasn’t getting the job done.  I also played defensive end and had a couple tackles for safeties that were the highlight of my year.  I didn’t play organized football again after that, sticking with basketball instead.  Here are my photos:

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