Memorial Day

One of the Memorial Day weekend traditions here in the Washington, DC area is the gathering of of thousands of motorcyclists for the “Run to the Wall.”

And, another much older tradition that we sometimes overlook..the American Legion Auxiliary ladies selling Poppies to raise money to help veterans in need.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

óBy John McCrae

New Blue Theme

OK…the new theme is now done (I think!). Its actually the old theme with a few new colors and some CSS cleanup. Still not a Web 2.0 look to it, but as the badge in the upper left corner says, it is “100% Web 1.5 Guaranteed.”

Whoops! Internet Explorer 7.0 doesn’t like it. Back to the drawing board. Looks like I made the sidebars too wide.

Follow up: Well it wasn’t the the sidebar widths. It was how I was using the CSS float directives to position the <div>’s that encapsulate the sidebars. Always an adventure when designing a site with a fluid width without resorting to the evil <table> construct.

Anyway, the view seems to be working in both Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 now. Hope it is at least semi-readable in other versions and other browsers.