Sunday, December 30, 2007

NBS Studios Burbank CA.

Also located a few blocks from my hotel was NBC's Burbank studio.
In 2007, NBC reported that the studio will leave "beautiful downtown Burbank", the historic studio where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno taped "The Tonight Show" and Bob Hope taped his annual specials.
NBC is planning to sell the land (34 acres in all) and will reportedly relocate its facilities to a new, state-of-the-art facility planned for Universal City, just north of Universal Studios Hollywood, near the existing Red Line station. (Universal is owned by NBC.) The new headquarters (to be called "The West Coast News Headquarters") won't be finished until 2011, so NBC will probably lease back some of the studio space until their new facilities are ready for prime time.
"The Tonight Show", which will see Conan O'Brian become the new host in 2009, will reportedly move to Stage 1 at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The fortunes of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) have always been closely tied to those of its parent company, Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Unlike CBS, which was formed as an independent programming enterprise, NBC came into existence as the subsidiary of an electronics manufacturer which saw programming as a form of marketing, an enticement to purchase radio and television receivers for the home. The power and influence of a national network aided RCA as it lobbied to see its technology adopted as the industry standard, particularly during the early years of television and in the battle over color television.

Warner Brothers Studios

Located just blocks from my hotel was the famed Warner Brothers Studios.
Warner Bros. Studios, one of the foremost motion picture and television production and post production facilities in the world, is the site on which hundreds of unforgettable films and television shows have been created and filmed. The historic 110-acre facility is home to 29 sound stages plus a 20-acre backlot that can double as almost anywhere, be it a bustling metropolitan city, a jungle in the rainforest or Main Street, USA. With its world class post production facilities and complete range of production-related services—including costume, property/set dressing, set design and construction, scenic art, set lighting, grip, transportation and photo lab—the Studio has continually been updated, remaining true to the world-class standards of creativity and technology pioneered by the Warner Brothers—Harry, Sam, Albert and Jack.

Going and Coming!!!

This week took my to the last working CVS store for 2007 located in Burbank, CA!
I flew out Thursday and returned Saturday evening.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Nap!!!

After the presents were opened and after our Christmas breakfast Janie and I settled in front of the fire place for a short morning nap!
Covered in my new pajama bottoms we slept right through Beth talking pictures of us, lol!

Let the feast begin!

Beth's sister Stacey supplied the turkey and dressing while June made all our seasonal favorites.
I'm so full that I doubt that I will eat until I return from California on Saturday!

June and Judds Christmas tree.

June and Judds Christmas tree looked so nice with all the presents under it today. We had such a great time.

A Dog Under Our Tree.

Shortly after open our Christmas presents this morning we found an unopen surprise under our tree!

We thought about returning it but it looked so sweet that we decided to keep it only because we couldn't find a receipt!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Warm House

Temperatures are forecasted to drop into the twenties this evening in Georgia so it’s a perfect evening for a fire and a movie.

Cool New Ornament!

While setting up the Christmas tree yesterday Beth surprised me with a few new ornaments from Pier One Imports. This airplane is really cool!

A Warm Cozy Christmas Living Room

Beth and I rarely use our living room and dinning room however during the holidays we really enjoy spending time in front of our fireplace and Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Our Christmas Tree

Well here’s our 2007 Christmas tree!
This has become a labor of love for the master of the house and I must say I think I’ve topped all other trees with this one.
Beth and I have collected ornaments separately and together for years and have amassed quit the collection making our tree a delight to all that see it.
We get many complements each year and visitors are surprised to find that our tree isn’t real!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Beth and Ralph.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Additions to the Outdoor Lighting Extravaganza

While at Kroger’s the other day outdoor Christmas candy cane decorations were on sale at $2.00 each so I bought four and mounted them on either side of our Penguin!

Both As Good As New!

Two days in the shop, $756.85 and my beautiful Impala is as good as new!!!
One week after the surgery plus a week of watching animal planet on the couch in the office and Louise is almost as good as new. We get our stitches out Friday.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Resting Comfortably

I just wanted to take a moment to thanks everyone for their wonderful cards and flowers. You’re all so kind.
As you can see by this picture Ralph took this morning I’m resting comfortably after me surgery. I am recovering quickly and return to the doctors next week to have my stitches removed.
It must be the medication as I hear Beth and Ralph calling me 42” LCD TV and I think they tried to put a DVD in me to watch last night! It could have been a bad dream!

Thanks again for all your kind thoughts.


Friday, December 07, 2007

Not This Year!!!!

On Monday we had to rush Louise to the vet for emergency surgery to remove a large tumor growing very close to her urethra. It was touch and go all day as to whether she would survive the surgery due to its complex nature!

Thanks to the very fine staff at Cobb Emergency Veterinarian Surgery Group, Dr. Thomas Noone, oh and $2195.10 Louise is resting comfortably at home and is doing very well on her road to recovery.

I was so upset Monday that I ran into a pole while backing up and did $798.00 damage to the rear bumper of the Impala. Allstate Insurance paid all except for our $500.00 deductible!!!

Monday’s total was $2695.10!!! Oh and as for that beautiful 42” LCD TV Beth and I were buying as a joint Christmas gift, well we’ve changed Louise’s name to 42” LCD TV formally known as Louise Sarc!!!
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Christmas elf's have been seen in Woodstock,GA!!!

Click on this link to see home movies of real elf's!!!

Oh and this one for their pet elf's!!!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Christmas Lights 2007!

Deck the halls with cows and collies!!!!
Well they were fresh out of cows and collies so we decided to do multi colored lights and a 36” penguin!!! Beth bought the penguin last year at the end of the season on sale and we’ve decided to continue that tradition each year adding to our display.
I’ll change the bulbs in my outdoor lighting this week with colored bulbs and may add lights to the other bushes.