The Adventures of Gnorman Booker #2

Part 2

The next time we saw light, was the day that we met Scott and René.

We had no idea where we were, but we noticed that we had stopped moving and had been sitting still in the box for a little while.  The trip here had been a very bumpy and very scary one, but we made it alive and that was the important thing.  Not knowing what was going to happen next, however, was very disconcerting.

A short while later, we felt the box being picked up yet again; but this time it was different.  We were turned one way and then the next (over and over) and finally after hearing this horrible ripping noise, we saw the light!  Through the bubble wrap, I saw a hand reach in like a human claw machine and pull Gbob out of the box.  Seconds later, the hand reached back in and pulled me out as well.

We were still wrapped in the bubble wrap, but we were now lying on a table in what appeared to be a home.  I could see two humans hovering over us talking, but I could not make out what they were saying.  Then, the male human picked up a knife and grabbed Gbob off the table.  Forgetting that humans can’t hear Gnomish (the official language of Gnomes), I tried to scream, but the sound fell on silent ears.  But in watching the male human carefully use the knife to slit the tape holding the bubble wrap together, and then gently unwrap Gbob and place him carefully onto the table, a sense of relief washed over me.  The male human then picked me up and did the exact same thing.

Their faces were so happy and kind as they looked down upon us.  Any fear that had been building up inside us washed away.  They leaned down to us, and the female said, “They are so cute.”  “I wonder what their names are,” asked the male.  “I don’t know,” said the female, “but we should at least introduce ourselves to them.”  And with that, the male human told us his name was Scott and the female human told us that her name was René.  They welcomed us to their home and told us that we were going to be joining them on their adventures together.  And that is how we became a part of their family.  LETS PARTY!!!!


The Adventures of Gnorman Booker #1

Let me tell you a little story….and don’t chuckle just because I said a “little” story and that it’s me saying it.  Honestly, Gnomes do not like short jokes!  We have heard them all!  At least all the ones that have made their way down to our ears!

Anyway….this story starts off with me and my twin brother Gbob.  Now a few years ago, my brother Gbob wondered out of the Land of the Gnomes and made his way to the grand city of Indianapolis, Indiana.    He was so excited when he got there.  He told me about the International Motor Speedway, the Art Museums, the great dining establishments and all the other things that were filled with such wonderment!

But then one day, the evil ruler of the Land of Travelocity came across Gbob and snatched him up and took him to this huge warehouse.  Within the confines of this warehouse were thousands of other Gnomes that had been brought here.  They all sat in their little box houses, completely stone faced.  Gbob started to freak out.  Fortunately, Gbob had remembered to take his g-phone with him and called me as soon as he had a chance.

Without a seconds hesitation (well…actually I stopped and ate lunch first…as it isn’t wise to travel on an empty stomach) I headed out on a rescue mission to save my brother.  A couple of years later, I finally made my way to Indianapolis.  (It seriously is hard to get anywhere quickly when your feet are embedded in concrete)

I made my way to the evil Land of Travelocity and scoped out the warehouse.  There wasn’t much security, and I felt like sneaking in would be pretty easy (especially since I would blend right in with all the other Gnomes).  With my Gnomey stealth like moves, I wobbled my way inside.  Now, time to find my brother.

Before I knew what was happening though, a human picked me up and said, “How did you get out of your box?”   As he carried me, I noticed that there were shelves and shelves just lined with little box houses.  Eventually, he stopped and dropped me into one of those boxes.  Behind me, I heard a faint little whisper, “Gnorman, is that you?”   I spun around and standing there was Gbob.

We hugged!  We cried!  We laughed!  It was just so wonderful seeing each other again!  Then he started to tell me about the crazy things that happened in the evil Land of Travelocity.  With fear in his eyes, he told me how every day, humans would come out into the warehouse, wrap Gnomes in bubble wrap and then ship us out to other humans.  “What do you suppose they do with us,” I asked?  “I don’t know,” he replied, “but they never come back.”

We had no idea how long we were going to be stuck here, so we made our little box house as cozy as possible; which was really hard to do since we had nothing but these giant white Styrofoam pillows that were just scattered all about the warehouse.

A few months passed by before the dreaded day came.  A human came to our little home, picked us both up, and said, “Perfect!  These two will do just fine.”   He carried us over to a little table, wrapped us in bubble wrap, shoved us in a box and that is when it all went dark.  I could hear Gbob trying to speak beside me, but the bubble wrap was muffling the words.  After a few seconds, I could tell we were moving again, but to where?

So Proud Of Our Niece!



Madison Keller Selected as National Youth Delegate For Prestigious Conference at George Mason University / Student Leaders to travel to Washington D.C. for highly-selective environment forum


Madison Keller, a student at Cathedral High School, has been selected to represent Fishers, Indiana as a National Youth Delegate to the 2019 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Keller joins a select group of 300 students from across the country to participate in an intensive, week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Keller was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation’s young scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 23 to 28, 2019.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.

About the 2019 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the important field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century. The Advisory Board is chaired by Mark Bauman, Senior Vice President of the Smithsonian Institution’s Enterprises Division. Additional members include world renowned scholars, distinguished scientists and award winning university faculty, such as Dr. Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund. Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues. For more information visit us online at

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment | 4400 University Drive | MSN 3A4 | Fairfax, VA 22030

World Kindness Day – My Wife


Today is National World Kindness Day….

So I just want to send a SHOUT OUT to the love of my life…and my absolute best friend.

She is one of the kindest, most caring, compassionate persons I have ever known.  How I got lucky enough to snag her…I have no idea.

But she cares so much for EVERYONE and would literally give you the shirt off her back if you needed it.  (maybe not in public…but you know)

Anyway….RENE….I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!   Thank you for being you!!!

Rene’s Driving…


So…one of the things that I hate the most about Menieres, is that I am no longer able to drive.  I LOVED TO DRIVE!  There were times that I was happy that I didn’t have to (usually when I was asleep) but for the most part…I wanted to do the driving.

Now, it was recently brought to my attention (from my Mom) that I should appreciate the fact that she and Rene are willing to drive me around…and that I should quit being a backseat driver.

And although this is true…there are stories folks!  Stories about her driving that would scare a ghost from haunting their own home.  And Rene would be the first to admit this.  Well…maybe second after me.  LOL  But I do appreciate the fact that she is willing to drive me everywhere…just like I know that she appreciates me being “The Automatic Warning System” in the car since we can’t afford a fancy one that is like a psychic robot on wheels.

Never-the-less…I came across the above photo…and it “spoke to me” in a way that just felt right!  Like I should post it!  Like I should take the chance of pissing off my wonderful wife who does everything for me. Because no matter what…I always speak the truth!  LOL

Catch You In The Backseat!