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September 17, 2011 (AM)-Welcome Quinn Crothers to South Madison County Soccer Organization!

Quinn's team won their first game  - before one of his kicks Quinn's team won their first game  - after this kick

Before and After ... A BIG QUINN KICK [click images for larger image]

Note from Kevin: Fantastic game, Quinn! You and the other Blue Sharks played a fantastic 5-4 winning game, against a very tough team!
See a close-up of Quinn's wild hair - after the kick!

September 17, 2011 (AM)-Welcome Kacy Crothers to South Madison County Soccer Organization!

Kacy's team won their first game - before one of her goals

Just before ... ONE OF KACY'S GOALS

Note from Kevin: Fantastic game, Kacy! Kacy also played a Great game, Saturday, scoring three goals, in an 8-6 Green Wave's win over a very good team! She played all 4 quarters - no break - just like Quinn did.

September 16, 2011 (PM)-We had a Great time, this Friday night, at...

2011 Movie Night at Highland Elementary

Highland Elementary's ... 2011 MOVIE NIGHT [this awesome t-shirt logo/image was designed by Kim Crothers!]

Note from Kevin: Quinn, Kacy, Kim, and I enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon! in the Highland Elementary amphitheatre - designed by Nathan's and Dean's Dad! We all had Hungry Howie's pizza and just had a blast of a time!

Yes, this t-shirt Kim designed is a real beauty! It's got this image on the back and a small one on the front and the t-shirts are white - very impressive! I have one and can't wait to wear it to the next movie we see - a very comfortable t-shirt.

July 15, 2011 (AM)-Welcome DOCSIS 3.0 by Motorola and ComCast?

Motorola SBG6580 + DOCSIS 3.0 + ComCast = FAST!

it's not supposed to be here, until October, but ... CHECK THE SPEEDS

Note from Kevin: This Motorola SBG6580 is not perfect. I very much enjoyed working with Motorola trying to figure out how to make this modem gateway work as it is marketed. But, I have mine working, pretty good - IPSEC VPN tunnels, very fast WiFi, Guest Networks... and most of all, it's turned our 8x2 ComCast connection into a 25x4. This is the speed they are advertising for when they turn up DOCSIS 3.0 in October... So, I guess they are a bit early?

I know I promised details of how I was able to make the IPSEC VPN tunnels to work, with this modem. I will get back to this post provide all the dtails. I bet you will be question how I did this, but it's working, and I did not have to disable NAPT and the wireless networks work, perfectly.

July 10, 2011 (PM)-It's time for the real tool of the summer to sprink... into acton!

Irri-Tool 11 in 1 sprinkler head tool

a must have ... 11 in 1 Irri-Tool [larger image]

Note from Kevin: This tool makes managing our Hunter and Rainbird sprinkler systems, much easier! Visit John Deere Landscapes to get one of these tools.

June 06, 2011 (AM)-[UPDATED 09/18/2011] - I've been doing my best to protect my Credit Scores...

Crothers Credit Scores

and now I have ... A'S ON ALL THREE

Note from Kevin: I'm very proud of these scores. It might seem silly, to you, but actually, these scores can make life easier for you. There's no real trick to this. It's simple - you spend money and pay your bills, and there you go! But, using [TrueCredit] can make protecting your credit scores, much easier! If you run into trouble, and have disutable marks on your credit, get in touch with [Lexington Law], and they will help you, for a very reasonable fee.

April 09, 2011 (AM)-Quinn and his team played great soccer...


... AND WON 2-1 (yes, this is the correct image for this post...)

Note from Kevin: This was a fitting "The END" to a very stressfull soccer season - OUR LAST AT THE YMCA! You should have seen this one. I never imagined U-10 soccer being this serious or competitive. And, yes, I am his team's coach - but I got suspended a couple of weeks ago. The other team seriously wanted to win this game. From what I heard, they were undefeated, this season - before this game. After the game was called finished by the referee, and Quinn's team had won 2-1... the other team's star player (Lucas) was playing goalie and dribble-ran the ball out to midfield and kicked it as hard as he could for Quinn's team's goal... But, as the ball was about to go into the goal, Quinn (Dragon's goalie), still watching the ball - and Lucas - after the game, and still in position, caught the ball - stopping the ball from going into the goal! And, man, was it a good kick! Right after Quinn caught the ball, Quinn and Lucas locked eyes - for at least 4 or 5 seconds. I doubt I'll ever forget those two kids' brief, but intense, POST GAME will-to-win exhibition.

Oh, yes, about the image I used for this post - not only did it fit for this soccer season, but it was the final book Quinn read, in finishing the entire 13 book series of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Quinn read every one of them and aced all the AR tests. What's pretty neat, is Quinn finished this book and his last YMCA soccer season, in the same week.

April 08, 2011 (AM)-Quinn and Kacy made these reading projects, this year...

Mouse Soup The Reptile Room

... AND BOTH WON FIRST PLACE (for their grades at their schools)

Note from Kevin: Both these projects were very impressive - and the kids really did almost all of them, by themselves!

February 20, 2011 (PM)-Max Crothers meets Quest Crothers...


Note from Kevin: This was amazing! We brought home our 2 day old baby boy, Quest, but had let Max out to use the bathroom. Kim sat down on the loveseat with Quest, and Max (our Chow Chow / Golden Retriever mix) came back, inside. Max jumped up on the couch and laid down in the couch'es upper corner, licking her paws. All was fine - Max wasn't paying a single bit of attention to Quest. I thought it was odd, so I started video taping. Well, Quest got hungry and cried out, and KAZAM, Max sprang into action!

UPDATE! I've had to make this video PRIVATE, for a few days... :-) It wasn't up here, long, before it got "noticed."

February 17, 2011 (PM)-Quinn and Kacy now have a BABY BROTHER...


Note from Kevin: Our new baby boy is here! 9 lbs. 8 ozs., 21.5" and 38.5 cm!!!!! He's a super neat kid, and will make a great partner for Quinn ansd Kacy - for sure. You can see in his eyes and expressions that same SUPER electric personality of Quinn and Kacy! It took him all of a half a second to learn how to breast feed. Kim is exhausted - and is resting, but she was a super Mom, today, as she so naturally is, all the time!

December 31, 2010 (PM)-Quinn and Kacy and Kevin finish CometCrash (Bionic Swarm expantion pack) KRONUS Area 36 ...

At Midnight ... WHAT A TEAM! [click for more about CometCrash]

Note from Kevin: Quinn, Kacy, and I make a great CometCrash team! And Kim and Max were right there, with us!! Watch the video and listen to the Kacy:Quinn commentary! In the commentary, Quinn provides a tutorial on Guiding and Firing Missiles from Missile Silos!

During a Tornado WARNING... CometCrash, Ramona and Beevus, and toasting Sparkling Red Grape Juice in fancy glasses!!!!! is how Kim, Kevin, Kacy, Quinn, and Max brought in this 2011 New Year!


December 24, 2010 (PM)-Quinn and Kevin finish CometCrash...

without ... LOSING ANY HEALTH [click for more about CometCrash]

Note from Kevin: Quinn and I play this game after the rest of the family is sound asleep! Well, Kacy plays, also - but she really only wants to build and release Dragons in the new Bionic Swarm add-on! This is the final level of the game. We finished this back, last Christmas, but we got back playing, it, again, this Christmas! So, we made this video. Quinn and I make a great team!!

December 13, 2010 (PM)-Mozilla FireFox 4 is on its way...

FireFox 4

to desktops ... AROUND THE WORLD [click for more information]

Note from Kevin: All of my FireFox 4 beta testing has been completed - including mobile on Android... - and it could not have been more impressive! This is a terrific web browser, and I am so glad to see Mozilla continuing to produce this level of deliverable... FOR FREE! And if you are an Android user... take a look at the Beta for Firefox Mobile!

November 08, 2010 (PM)-Quinn and Kacy on their DSIXL's...

Quinn and Kacy on Nintendor DSIXL's

connected ... AND BATTLING [click for more information]

Note from Kevin: Quinn and Kacy are so god on these devices, it's amazing! Both of them are so fast, and progress through the games, effortlessly! This is a time when they were battling (WIFI) each other in Pokemon - Pearl and HeartGold, I think.

August 08, 2010 (PM)- I do not hate AT&T...

I (along with a few million other people...) would just like to stop hearing the Apple iPhone is "only on AT&T..."

Within 6 months, that's going to happen ... APPLE iPHONE WILL BE ON LTE

Note from Kevin: Hating requires strong negative emotion - "... To feel hostility or animosity toward..." Despising is much less energetic - "... regarding as unworthy of one's interest..." When you hate something, you'll usually allow negative energy to connect with what you are hating. Which... normally will help what you are hating - as does any type of energy - good or bad. What I feel for AT&T is most assuredly, despise. I despise AT&T. They have operated in ways that have demonstrated to me they are not worth my interest, time, or energy. I just want to be free of them - to not have our paths cross. But, this company I so despise, is now positioned to buy number 4, so they'll stay number 2... if/when that happens, that'll push me to... VERIZON?!?

A good example is when you express "hate" for a particular food... Well, as you know, many people, close to you... will make strong attempts for you to eat that food, so you will "learn" it's not as bad as you think. But, if you just answer with a simple "No thank you..." you usually do not have that trouble.

September 14, 2009 (PM)-Mozilla Thunderbird 3 is coming...

powered by MOZILLA

to desktops ... AROUND THE WORLD [click for download page]

Note from Kevin: Download Thunderbird 3 Beta 4. All of my Thunderbird 3 beta testing is close to being completed and it could not have been more impressive! This is a terrific email client, and I am so glad to see Mozilla continuing to produce this level of deliverable... FOR FREE!

May 14, 2009 (PM)-Mozilla FireFox 3.5 is coming...

FireFox 3.5 and the FireFox ROBOT

to desktops ... AROUND THE WORLD [click for download page]

Note from Kevin: All of my FireFox 3.5 beta testing has been completed and it could not have been more impressive! This is a terrific web browser, and I am so glad to see Mozilla continuing to produce this level of deliverable... FOR FREE!

May 07, 2009 (AM)-Quinn Crothers is in the TOP 5 ...

Quinn Crothers TOP 5 1st grade Accelerated Readers

Anne E Smith Elementary ... Accelerated Readers

Note from Kevin: Quinn is doing great at school! He brings home a folder of 100's, every day! We think his reading level is 28, right now, anyway. We're pretty sure he finished the year in 3rd place, behind Ashley and Rowanne (not pictured).

May 06, 2009 (PM)-Kim and Kacy Crothers, at Christ United Methodist pre-School, had a ...

Kim and Kacy Crothers TEA PARTY

Girls-Only ... TEA PARTY

Note from Kevin: Yes, both the Crothers girls are serious right-wingers! 'Just like Quinn and Kevin!

May 06, 2009 (PM)-Quinn Crothers is on the path to KUNG FU BLACKBELT EXCELLENCE.

Quinn Crothers Student of the Month in KUNG FU
Academy of KUNG FU Ridgeland Mississippi

Winning ... Student of the Month

Note from Kevin: His initial class was one-on-one

This is Quinn's KUNG FU Student Creed. He has this creed completely memorized, and says it with pride!
  1. I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or physical health.

  2. I will develop self-discipline, in order to bring out the best in myself and others.

  3. I will use common sense before self-defense and never be offensive or abusive.

  4. We are a Black Belt school. We are dedicated, We are motivated, We're on a quest to be our best.

April 22, 2009 (PM)-Kevin Crothers 1992 HONDA Accord EX has been re-tagged...

Kevin Crothers HONDA Accord EX with RedOrange Tag

and yes, it's ... Kevin RORANGE, as Usual
[click image for LARGER picture
or click here to Read About us passing the 250,000 mark]

Note from Kevin: This Red-Orange color mix I feature on my front license tag makes my Accord EX ultra-Visable and super-Safe! I use BELL tags, and I paint them on the inside. But this time, Quinn and Kacy helped me paint the tag! I bought my 1992 Accord EX in March of 1992, and am proud to be approaching the 277,000 mile mark! Let's see... I was working at MSDEQ when I bought it, and then I went to LDDS, and then HMA for a year (exactly), and then to FCMS - 17+ years with the same car, and I enjoy it as much (sometimes more!) as I did the day I drove its first mile, at Patty Peck HONDA on Country Line Road in Ridgeland, MS. Quinn and Kacy tell me all the time my car is their favorite car, and they are always asking me if they can ride in it. And I always let them, and they always bring the biggest smile to my face. And Kim drove it the other day, and said it drove just fine.


USA Captain is free -thanks to the USA NAVY

Our Country's Solution ... FOR SOMALI PIRATES

Note from Kevin: THANK GOODNESS


USA Captain is being held hostage


Note from Kevin: this is embarrassing.

OUR NAVY NEEDS TO GET A HANDFUL OF SCUBA DIVERS IN THE WATER, UNDER THAT OUT-OF-GAS DINGY, AND PUT A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF IT. THEN, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. OF COURSE IT'D SINK. THE DIVERS COULD ALSO INJECT GAS INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE DINGY... OUR NAVY KNOWS WHAT TO DO. WHY AREN'T THEY DOING IT? And tell me... certainly assuming every one of those terds had a rifle trained on them, at every moment... why were ALL OF THEM not disabled the moment our captain jumped into the water? On the way to work, this morning, I called the WHITEHOUSE COMMENT LINE - 202-456-1414, attempting to tell them my thoughts, and I was on hold for OVER 20 MINUTES. Each time, I call the comment line, since this new president has taken office, the hold time gets longer and longer. I'm not joking - this comment line is now just about useless. I've called it - I'd say - over 100-125 times over the past 9 years, and NEVER had to wait more than 30-45 seconds for a live operator. OUR COUNTRY IS CHANGING. But, not in a good way.

September 26, 2008 (PM)-The first presidential debate has just finished...
John McCain WINS the First Presidential Debate!

And the winner is ... JOHN McCAIN [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: FOX News had over 75,000 vote on the winner of this first presidential debate, and 8.5 out of 10 voted for John McCain! The votes just kept coming in, and the percentage for McCain just kept going up. The reporters even had the other person's campaign person on the camera, and when asked about it - a good 1.5 hours in front of the poll ending... the man said he would fix that by email'ing their multi-million person email list to cast their votes for the other one. Well... nothing happened. And the DrudgeReport poll: 494,021 votes - McCain:73% Obama :25%. Go Sarah Palin and John McCain!

October 23, 2008 (PM)-These two are running a great campaign...
John McCain and Sarah Palin for President and Vice President

all the way to the top!  JOHN McCAIN and SARAH PALIN [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: Just as they won all four televised debates, they're steadily moving into position to become President and Vice President of the United States of America. [I'm "Joe the Plumber"] is beginning to bloom... You might remember me posting something about another time when we won a big election. Go Sarah Palin and John McCain!

September 26, 2008 (PM)-The first presidential debate has just finished...
John McCain WINS the First Presidential Debate!

And the winner is ... JOHN McCAIN [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: FOX News had over 75,000 vote on the winner of this first presidential debate, and 8.5 out of 10 voted for John McCain! The votes just kept coming in, and the percentage for McCain just kept going up. The reporters even had the other person's campaign person on the camera, and when asked about it - a good 1.5 hours in front of the poll ending... the man said he would fix that by email'ing their multi-million person email list to cast their votes for the other one. Well... nothing happened. And the DrudgeReport poll: 494,021 votes - McCain:73% Obama :25%. Go Sarah Palin and John McCain!

August 08, 2008 (PM)-Good Luck USA! Go win the GOLD MEDALS!


USA 13 of 21
URS/RUS 6 of 21
GER 1 of 21
GBR 1 of 21

1948 USA SWE FRA     

Note from Kevin: Our United States of America has a great history with these Olympic Games. I predict USA wins with 35 Gold Medals.

July 12, 2008 (AM)-Just as I had finished...

Part of Something

I saw ... THE RED THING [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: If any of you recognize this red thing, you might have some idea how I've spent my morning. Kacy learned how to clean "screens" by watching me clean our computer monitors... so she cleaned a screen. And she cleaned it very thoroughly!

January 10, 2008 (AM)-The Crothers family passes to you this GOOD ADVICE for a GOOD NEW YEAR!

There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not superstitious. This is for good luck - for you!

Please pass this to others when you finish reading.

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.

When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.

When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

Be engaged at least 4 mos. and not longer than 7 mos. before you get married.

Believe in love at first sight.

Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

Don't judge people by their relatives.

Talk slowly but think quickly - focus.

When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile, look them in the eyes, and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk...

Say 'God bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

Spend some time alone.

Give this a try. It's simply... GREAT ADVICE!

Note from Kevin: Patsy Millis sent this to me the other night. I passed it along, and am happy I did. Over 90% of my message's recipients have THANKED ME! And they are all smart, successful, hard-working professionals. Yes, I agree with and do my best to follow all the 21 points of this advice, and Goodness does it work well for me! Give them a try, and see what you think.

December 24, 2007 (PM)-Christmas is almost here...

Crothers Ornament

Crothers Family wishes you a ... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Note from Kim and Kevin: Quinn had his Christmas party this past Tuesday and Kim did the crafts with the all kids in Quinn's class. They made photo ornaments.... and they turned out so cute! And the best part? The ormanments were only 50 cents a piece at Hobby Lobby. The kids used glue-dots to add the ice-beads around the frame. We used scrapbook paper to matte the photos. So fun!! The above picture is of Quinn's.

September 15, 2007 (PM)-Kim and Kevin suggest you try seeing yourself as "THE BRAVE ONE."


When life changed hers, she changed life... as ... THE BRAVE ONE

Note from Kevin: Kim and I had a great time - hotdogs, popcorn, drinks - at Malco Grandview 17, tonight. We were glued to our seats for this whole movie! And even though it was tough, we really enjoyed it.

September 11, 2007 (AM)-9 days from today, ALL CELLULAR TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE BEING RELEASED TO TELEMARKETING COMPANIES and you will start to receive sales calls.


To prevent this, call the National DO NOT CALL Registry from your cell phone:


You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.


Note from Kevin: This valuable service is brought to us by the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, and will only take a minute of your time. And, you doing this blocks your number for five (5) years! Call 1-888-382-1222 from the cell phone number you want to have blocked, and that's all you have to do - for 5 years, and then you'll need to call, again.

September 06, 2007 (AM)-The Kim and Kevin Crothers family 100% supports OUR COUNTRY and OUR MILITARY! If you support what our military is doing overseas, call this number and and follow the instructions provided by the person who answers the call.

  Call 1-877-222-8001

To assist the operators, please refer to this URL to find your government officials:

[ ]
**** All you need is your home address! ****

For my area, I refer to this list of people - with emphasis on the Senators and Representatives:

President & Congress

  • George Bush (R)
    President - 2nd-term as a Republican from Texas
Senators Representatives

Governor & State Legislators

  • Haley Barbour (R)
    Governor - 2nd-term as a Republican from Mississippi
Senate House of Representatives

It's very simple ... SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!

Note from Kevin: I have had nothing but good experiences with this service, and always get connected to a very nice person - and one time, even got to speak to Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), himself!! I was really surprised, but he told me he spends a good part of his time in the office, speaking to people who call in from this 1-877-222-8001 line. He even asked me to pause several times, so he could write down what I was telling him. I was very impressed. Trent is Senate Minority Whip, and is serving his 4th-term as a Republican from Mississippi! Call 1-877-222-8001 and you may get to speak with one of your congressmen!

May 09, 2007 (PM)-I remember back in the mid 1980's, when people were telling me over and over my decision to follow what my father did for work, was a huge mistake...
        "A Change"
        Ten years living in a paper bag
        Feedback baby, he's a flipped out cat
        He's a platinum canary, drinkin' falstaff beer
        Mercedes rule, and a rented lear
        Bottom feeder insincere
        Prophet lo-fi pioneer
        Sell the house and go to school
        Get a young girlfriend, daddy's jewel
        A change would do you good
        A change would do you good
        God's little gift is on the rag
        Poster girl posing in a fashion mag
        Canine, feline, Jekyll and Hyde
        Wear your fake fur on the inside
        Queen of south beach, aging blues
        Dinner's at six, wear your cement shoes
        I thought you were singing your heart out to me
        Your lips were syncing and now I see
        A change would do you good
        A change would do you good
        Chasing dragons with plastic swords
        Jack off Jimmy, everybody wants more
        Scully and angel on the kitchen floor
        And I'm calling Buddy on the ouija board
        I've been thinking 'bout catching a train
        Leave my phone machine by the radar range
        Hello it's me, I'm not at home
        If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone
        A change would do you good
        A change would do you good
        Hello, it's me, I'm not at home
        If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone
        A change would do you good
        A change would do you good

I remember thinking about all that "advice" ... WHEN I HEARD THIS SONG IN 1996

Note from Kevin: OKay, when I heard this song for the first time, I was in my 37th or 38th hour of being in a 10'x12' datacenter modem closet, a long ways from home, and the temperature was a "comfortable" 62 degrees. And I wasn't making much of a salary... Yes, back in the mid 1980's, people told me I'd be bored out of my mind, wouldn't ever make any money, would always be stuck - alone - in cold rooms with big machines whirring all around me... and would NEVER end up with a pretty girl. These days, when I run across any of those people, I tell them how "right" they were, and thank them for doing their best to keep me from becoming a "computer person." They never seem to enjoy those conversations. 'Interesting. My advice to you - Do what you enjoy doing. Do what you want to do. Trust yourself, and don't look back. Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention - back 3-4 months, ago, we finished TOMB RAIDER II.

March 31, 2007 (PM)-Yes - we suggest you "Meet the Robinsons!"

Meet the Robinsons

You'll laugh and maybe even cry ... WITH THE ROBINSONS

Note from Kevin: Kim, Kacy, Quinn, and I had a great time - hotdogs, popcorn, drinks - at Malco Grandview 17, tonight. We were all glued to our seats for this whole movie! And we really enjoyed it.

March 31, 2007 (AM)-ComCast is providing us fast, reliable Internet service.

Crothers family SpeakEasy test for ComCast Internet connection

Check your connection, with ... SPEAKEASY

Note from Kevin: Yes, ComCast promised us 6Mbps download x 768Kbps upload, and they are never far from that.

February 24, 2007 (AM)-Should we drive across this bridge, while we are traveling?

Crothers family to drive across the world's Highest Bridge?

We'll need to be in ... FRANCE [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 meters (787 feet) high and the overall height is an impressive 336 meters (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world.

February 23, 2007 (PM)-Family Crothers is in the middle - nearing the end, actually! of another game...

Crothers family playing LaraCroftTombRaiderII

This time, it's on Kevin's old PlayStation, and it's Lara Croft's ... TOMB RAIDER II

Note from Kevin: This Tomb Raider II game is a tough one, but we are enjoying it. Kacy sits beside me, every night - on the coffee table in front of the TV - holding my hand. Quinn jumps all around shooting NERF bullets at the monsters on the screen!! He is a really good shot, too! And Kim reads the walkthrough - when we get stuck...

February 22, 2007 (PM)-Have you ever thought about how our SUN compares with some of the others?

Crothers view of Earth:Anteres

Yes, our sun is small compared to many other suns, like ... ANTERES

Note from Kevin: And, there are at least fifteen other stars larger than Antares, with W Cephei; VV Cephei seeming to be leading the way...
  • W Cephei; VV Cephei: 3,676,200,000 km
  • My Cephei: 3,481,250,000 kim
  • Antares: 1,108,430,000 km
  • Beteigeuze: 905,125,000 km
  • Rigel: 86,335,000 km
  • Arcturus: 4,177,500 km
  • Pollux: 6,962,500 km
  • Sirius: 2,506,500 km
  • Sun: 1,392,500 km
  • Jupiter: 142,984 km
  • Saturn: 108,728 km
  • Neptune: 49,532 km
  • Earth: 12,756 km
  • Venus: 12,104 km
  • Mars: 6,794 km
  • Mercury: 4,880 km
With these bodies being no more than a small point of light in the sky... imagine the size of our universes. 'Just truly amazing.

November 09, 2006 (PM)-Finishing DONKEY KONG 64?!?

Donkey Kong 64

Yes, we're getting close to finishing ... Nintendo's DONKEY KONG 64 [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: It's been a suuper tough game, but Kim and Quinn and Kacy are nearly finished! Quinn is VERY IMPRESSIVE playing this game!! 'MY GOODNESS, is he good! His memory is just totally incredible! I have helped where I could, but it's been 99%, their efforts! Tonight was amazing. We had to finish the Donkey Kong video game to win a Nintendo coin. We had to finish all four levels, twice! So, tonight we decided we were going to sit down and play until we finished the game and got the Nintendo coin. So, I played a few times, and then Kim played a few times, and inside of an hour, I was about to turn it over to Kim, and said I would play two more times. I lost the first one, but on the second one, I won the first game - all four levels and 15,500 points!! Kong fell to the ground, and we got a golden bananna! Then, the game told us, for a special prize, we had to win, again, and that it will cost us two coins each time we played... Kim asked if I should play for the second win, and I said, that I had said I was going to play two times, and then she was to play, and wanted to stick with that. So, I handed her the controls. She started and instead of the girl being carried around by Kong, Kong was carrying the Nintendo coin... And, so Kim played and on her first time - the game immediately after my win - she WON! She finished the game's four levels and scored 16,600 points! And she then got the Nintendo coin!! TWO WINS INA ROW!! One for Kevin and one for Kim! So, now she and Quinn and looking for the final key to free the dragon...

November 03, 2006 (AM)-I know you remember these days...

a Kim Crothers desktop - 2002

This was a the busy desktop of ... KIM CROTHERS [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: What a crazy time that was! But, we are proud to have lived through it, and we are happy to have had to live through it, actually! Look at the larger image and see what you can find.

October 29, 2006 (PM)-MANY TIMES, Quinn and Kacy do things that are interesting... But, we do not stop and record them. Just to mark this time and statement, I'll tell you of one that just happened a few minutes, ago.

Note from Kevin: I was finishing my shower, and I noticed Kacy opening one of my bathroom drawers - the second one, from the top - child-protected, of course. NONE of the child-protects stop Kacy. She opened the drawer and pulled out a bottled water container - from Sonic, actually. She then, closed the door - carefully, and tried to open the top of the water bottle - pulling, and pulling, and she got it just a bit open. Then, she sipped from it, and carefully placed it - standing up - as it was - back into the drawer, and closed the drawer. I noticed, she did not close it, and told her she had to close the water bottle, before she put it back into the drawer. She said, "No, Daddy, nooo... Drink!" We went through this, twice, more. So, I took it out of the drawer and asked her to sit down on the floor, and to hold the bottle between her legs - which she did. I told her to squeeze the bottle between her legs, and pull the top, up. She did - no problem. Now, she clapped and then took a drink from the water. She put the bottle back in the drawer, closing the drawer properly, pulled it back out, opened the top, and drank from it - a lot. But, then she put it back in the drawer, standing up, but not closed. I told her, no, that she had to push down the top of it. She said, "Daddy! No close!!" I opened the drawer, pulled out the water bottle, and told her I would show her how to close it. She said, "K!" I then told her to close the top of it, by first standing it up on the ground, and then pushing the top down with her thumbs. I showed her how to do it, with my thumbs. She took the bottle from me, placed it standing up, on the ground, sat down, with the bottle between her legs, and she pushed it down with her thumbs - on the first attempt! She clapped, and said, "Yaaaa!" She then drank from it, and put it back in the drawer. This time, she did not fully close the drawer. She stopped just shy of it, re-opened the drawer, removed the bottle, sat down, squeezed the bottle between her legs, and opened it. She clapped and smiled! She then drank from it, and put it back down between her legs, making sure it was sitting on the floor, and closed the top with her thumbs. She clapped and smiled and then, she put the bottle back in the drawer and closed the drawer. She then repeated this - with a serious, stern look on her face, and did it 100% perfectly, and THEN, she said "Yaaaaa!" and clapped and smiled. And she then gave me a hug, and said "Daddy hep me, tanks, Daddy."

October 27, 2006 (PM)-Okay, I've removed the embedded mp3... It is a Great call! I love listening to that call.

Note from Kevin: [click here to hear Kim's Scrapbooking Hall of Fame call]

October 03, 2006 (PM)-Here is one of my entry layouts that didn't get published in this coming month's [Creating Keepsakes' Scrapbooking Hall of Fame issue] ... but its one of my faves!

As the WorldCom Turns - for the Crothers

Yep, Kevin and I met at ... WorldCom [click for larger image]

Note from Kim: We both worked at the corporate world headquarters that was located in Clinton, MS. We were there for its downfall. I quit when Quinn was born (to be a stay-at-home-mom) and Kevin was laid off a couple months after that. We lost all of our 401k's and stock options. Times were tough but we made it through it (it took a couple of years to feel settled again). Anyways, looking back on that time in our lives is bitter sweet...we might have lost our money, security, etc...but we gained all of that which money can't buy. I wouldn't trade that WorldCom experience for ANYTHING!!! We worked there when we met, when we got engaged, when we got married, when we found out we were pregnant, and for the birth of our son.

Note from Kevin: CONGRATULATIONS, Kim! You might have trouble finding this embedded mp3... :-o :-| :-) I love listening to this call!!!
[click for some WorldCom history]
See more of Kim's winning 2006 Hall of Fame entry!
Kim has a feature page and FIVE LAYOUTS in this issue!
'Sold at Border's, Target, Barnes & Noble, WAL-MART, grocery stores, etc. So, be on the look-out!
Read all about this CraZee call you're hearing!!
[Click to Buy the Magazine]


NW3C's web site - fixed by WorldCom/Crothers

Check the date of this ... NW3C LETTER [click for larger image]

Note from Kevin: I was a bit more involved than I wanted to be... and none knew about it - outside of the slatedFox, that is. Yes, sir, Mr. H-----, thank you for your approval for me sending two of my best guys (special thanks to Kevin Orkin!), but I did not follow your BullShit orders of "YOU, STAY OUT OF 'IT'." It's now been a safe 5 years for everyone INSIDE our country. THANK YOU, President Bush!! and THANK YOU to our USA's Great Armed Forces!

The work we did, produced this quote, which is approved for use, by NW3C:
"WorldCom has volunteered and assisted the National White Collar Crime Center, by providing network architecture and information assurance support for the operation of the web site, which is being utilized to receive tips and information relating to the catastrophic events of September 11. 2001."

August 15, 2006 (PM)-I am one lucky man...
Kim Quinn Kacy and Crothers

to be blessed with ... KIM, QUINN, and KACY

Note from Kevin: These three bring me more happiness than I thought possible!! I love them, and what they do for and with me - EACH AND EVERY DAY!

July 18, 2006 (PM)-At the Crothers's house in Harbortowne of Ridgeland, MS...
Mississippi was 103 degrees on July 17, 2006

we reached a record high ... 104.7 °F

Note from Kevin: Early this morning, we returned from a four day trip to Jacksonville, Florida. We thought we might be escaping some of the hot weather that was in Jacksonville, but we were surprised with this very, very hot Tuesday! This is going to be a hot summer. This was also an all-time record for July 18. The previous record high for this day was 102 °F / 38.9 °C on 07/18/1980.

July 09, 2006 (PM)-The Crothers family is on the backCOVER!
Kim Crothers SONY SnapLab Ad

SUPER HANDSOME Quinn Crothers is giving you a hint to ... FIND & BUY ONE

Note from Kim: I'm totally goobin'! We found this magazine at Borders last night and it's my first ever cover! Kevin, Quin, Kacy, and I went in the Dogwood Festival Market Borders and there it was! Yep, that's us... all of us.... on the back of this new special issue from Simple Scrapbooks! I am celebrating! Quinn, Kacy, Kevin and me are all on there... lol.. ok, you might need a magnifying glass to see Kevin, but how cool is that??? I know covers (front or back) are not very commen ...SO, I am enjoying this big time!!! :) It's a layout I designed for Sony for like 15 magazines!!! to help advertise the Sony SnapLab that was recently released. This issue totally rocks!!! It's one of those special issues that I really will use and keep going back to! It's the new scrapbooking Quizzes and Questions and it is so inspiring! I have the hardest time scrapping "posed" shots. I have tons of them that I love, but they rarely ever have a story behind them, so they remain unscrapped. Well, these questionairres are the PERFECT journaling to use for those posed shots... can't wait to get started!!!

July 06, 2006 (PM)-Kevin Crothers was interviewed by WLBT's Bert Case about Harbor Drive being closed...
Kevin Crothers in WLBT Bert Case interview

and he said ... I DON'T LIKE IT

Note from Kim and Quinn and Kacy: Click the picture and watch the interview on's web site. It's also on their Home Page - under Featured Videos. None of us like Harbor Drive being closed. We thought he did just great! GO, KEVIN, GO!!!

June 10, 2006 (PM)-A movie for the whole family! Yes, Kevin, Kim, Quinn, AND KACY!
CARS - Lightning McQueen

Will the fastest CAR, be ... LIGHTNING McQUEEN!?!

Note from Kevin: Last night, Kim and I were going to see the Davinci Code thing, and so we were dropping off Kacy and Quinn at Kim's parents' house. Kacy would not let go of me - WOULD NOT let us leave, without her! Then, I got her to let go, because I told her I had to go to the bathroom, and she grabbed a hold of Kim! Kim took her outside with everyone, besides me - trying to distract her with badmitten... but, no go! She still would not let go. Kim and Kacy returned to the kitchen. So, I knelt down with Kacy, looked her straight in her beautiful, teary eyes, and told her Mommy and Daddy were not going to see CARS, tonight. Mommy and Daddy were going to a "Mommy Daddy" movie, and we would not see CARS, until tomorrow night. I told her, yes, tomorrow night, Mommy and Daddy AND Quinn AND Kacy were ALL going to see CARS, at the movie theatre. She looked straight into my eyes, and nodded her head, up and down. I then asked her if there was anything I could get for her, before we left. She looked at me, and then pointed up and over at the kitchen closet. I opened it, and she started to climb the shelves. I asked her to point to what she was after, and she pointed up to the 'NILLA wafers. I got them for her, and she then gave me a KACY Hug and a KACY Kiss!! and waved and she was out the door to join Quinn.

Well, tonight's the night! The Crothers family is going to see CARS!

June 08, 2006 (AM)-Kacy knows how to dress herself...
Kacy Crothers - Embellished

and others ... LIKE HER DADDY

Note from Kevin: Most every morning, now, I'll step out of the shower to see Kacy holding my towel. I thank her for my towel, as she hands it to me... dry myself, and then ask her for my underwear. She already has a hold of it, and hands it to me. When I'm thanking her for handing me my underwear, she picks up my shirt. I ask her for my shirt and she hands it to me. Then, my pants, belt, socks, and shoes - all of them in order - one by one. Sometimes Quinn wil wake up while she's doing this, and he'll peak in and see which articles might be missing, like my shoes or my belt, and he'll run fetch them and hand them to me - in order! Kacy does not like that. But, nor does Quinn like Kacy handing me the towel, or any parts of my outfit for the day!! They are very competitive over who gets to hand me what - and when.

May 22, 2006 (AM)-I was forwarded this message, today, and just had to share it...



------ End of Forwarded Message

Note from Kevin: These have to make you giggle, or at least grin.

May 05, 2006 (PM)-Kim and Kacy Crothers's Debut Layout for Scrapbooking Hall of Fame 2006 !!
Kim and Kacy Crothers - Debut Layout for Hall of Fame 2006

Sooooo!! CUTE! Click Kacy for the Article

Note from Kevin: I am very, very, very proud of these two ladies! Every time I listem to the recording of Kim's Scrapbooking Hall of Fame call from Creating Keepsakes' Lisa Bearnson, tears (of joy, of course) roll right down my cheeks! It's just really incredible. Listen to Kim's call from Lisa Bearnson... I dare you. AND, after you listen to the Kim Crothers / Lisa Bearnson call, go to this page and read how Mrs. Crothers recounts the call!!

May 04, 2006 (PM)-Sometimes email subjects are...
CIO 100 Results Letter

not what they could be ...

Note from Kevin: Will I try again, next year? That's a good question - for maybe a few months from now. From what they told me last week, my application was still in the running, but it seems it didn't quite make it on the final list...

April 22, 2006 (AM)-Our country's GAS PRICES are headed toward $5.00/gallon...

Let's work together to ... LOWER GAS PRICES

Note from Kevin: This will work. They'll feel it, quickly, and they will react buy lower the prices of theior gas.

Join us! I hear we are going to hit close to $5.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher! 'Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action.

For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.

Whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work. By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. 'Me too! It is currently $2.89.9 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 - $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace... 'Not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on - to as many people as you can. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.25 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.

March 20, 2006 (15:32 PM CT)-Kevin, Quinn, and Kacy Crothers say,

Kim Crothers's, Scrapbooking Hall of Famer for 2006

CONGRATULATIONS, KIM CROTHERS!!! ( image cropped from )

Note from Kevin Crothers: You And what you produce are All BEAUTIFUL, Kim! We love you, and are so very proud of you. As of [ March 15, 2006, 16:48 PM CT ], you're officially in your groove, just put down the hammer! As always!!! we're behind you, 100%.

And we really like the new Kim Crothers blog at!

March 08, 2006 (AM)-Kacy Crothers has a Broken finger?!?

Kacy Crothers's broken finger

Kacy Crothers figured out... OUR CAN OPENER ( just a manual one... )

Note from Kim Crothers: Here are some pics ( reload the page to see another one! ) of Kacy and her cast! It is not slowing her down AT ALL!!! We get to take it off tonight to give her a bath, but then we'll have to put it back on (it's removeable). It doesn't seem to be bothering her at all! She was watering one of Quinn's plants in the picture.... I have to wonder what he'll think about that!!! She did it while he was at school! He has REALLY been taking great care of his plant!

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