July 31, 2005

One of Those Days

I am going to rant a bit - if you aren't interested go away... I only warn you because I don't want complaints from people who click on the extended entry and don't like the fact that I'm ranting about being ticked off... I know there are lots of people in the world with far more problems than I've got... but it's my blog and I want to rant... I'm just sayin... more...

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July 30, 2005

My Place In Humor Space....

the Prankster
(43% dark, 39% spontaneous, 27% vulgar)
your humor style:

Your humor has an intellectual, even conceptual slant to it. You're not
pretentious, but neither are you into what some would call 'low humor'.
You'd laugh at a good dirty joke, but you definitely prefer something
clever to something moist.

probably like well-thought-out pranks and/or spoofs and it's highly
likely you've tried one of these things yourself. In a lot of ways,
yours is the most entertaining type of humor.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Conan O'Brian - Ashton Kutcher

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on dark
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on spontaneous
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

Very odd - I've never been a Prankster at all... and Ashton Kutcher - EWWWWW...

Stolen on a whim from the Cheesemistress... who seems to be very Cutting Edge herself.

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July 29, 2005

Carnival of the Recipes

I have been remiss for about the last month and a half in posting the link for tasty eating. There's been lots of good eating going on out there and I've been so darn busy that by Friday I'm just beat - then I forget to post! Well, this week's Carnival is being held by the lovely and Feisty Christina. Head on over for enough food to feed your family for months! She's done a great job.

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July 28, 2005

This Does NOT Make Me Feel Old

Once again, there is a push to classify something as "old" and "young". How incredibly silly it all is...

E-mail is for older people, teens say in survey

Internet users from 12 to 17 years old say e-mail is best for talking to parents or institutions, but they are more likely to fire up IM when talking with each other, the nonprofit Pew Internet and American Life Project found.

E-mail is still used by 90 percent of online teens. But the survey found greater enthusiasm for instant messaging.

My first question is - why are they even trying to compare the two? They are not the same thing at all - and to try and make them equal then classify one or the other as "young and hip" is idiotic in the extreme.

The reason kids like IM - and many adults for that matter - is because it's a "talky" type of function. You're typing, but communicating in real time - no waiting for Send and Receive like you have with email. It's like trying to compare talking on the phone with writing letters - you can do both for various reasons - and often times those reasons make one medium better than the other.

I've done IM - it's VERY time consuming - so I don't even fire up my IM program anymore. The difference between me and a teen - I have lots of other things to do and IM just takes up valuable time that I don't have to devote to it. I send out email to my friends... which can be perused at their leisure - much more time friendly.

I'm thinking that if you have several hours to devote to IM daily... you don't have enough to do - let me find you something useful to occupy your time with... Heh - now I sound like a mom...

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Happy Birthday to Tammi

Today is Tammi's birthday. It's been a bit over a year since I've met her in person and we talk on the phone every day. She has become one of my dearest friends - and it's all Tammi magic. She has the wonderful gift of making people comfortable - Tammi's World is an excellent place to be.

So, head on over and wish her a Happy Birthday. She hasn't put up a birthday post, so just pick one and leave her good wishes. The best wish of all being that she can manage to get out of the place she's living now - VERY SOON. Dump the neighbors from hell... and... oh yeah... get Cody snipped so he stops trying to hump everything in sight... *grin*

Happy Birthday m'dear!

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July 27, 2005

What's On My Nightstand?

Barb has tagged me with the latest meme... Sadly I don't have any really cool stuff on my nightstand. And even though I've cleaned things up for showing the house - I still do have stuff, after all, I do live in the house!

So let's see... there is a reading light, a clock radio (which is actually the second of the 3 speaker set for this thing), a travel alarm (which is the one I use to wake up in the morning), a crossword puzzle book and pen, at least 2 books - sometimes more. Currently it's Running Scared by Elizabeth Lowell (a lovely woman, excellent writer, and the first of several books that she has signed for me) the other is Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (which I got a while back and am working my way through - although I do have to read his books carefully - he is also an excellent writer).

That's about it - nothing spectacular. So, now I'm off to do a little Crossword puzzling before going to sleep.

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The Color of Dryness

If you live in the upper midwest of the US, you are very likely aware of the severe drought in the area. We finally got our first really good rain in months yesterday, but it certainly wasn't enough to replenish aquifers.

In the Chicago burbs many of the villages have community wells which seem to be running very low. This means water restrictions are put into effect. Yesterday, the town of Barrington announced that it was setting up a color coordinated system to let residents know about the water supply.

Before trying to keep their lawns green, Barrington residents will first check signs around town to see if they're yellow, orange or red.

And even under the least restrictive of the four tiers of water conservation that officials announced last week and trustees were expected to approve late Monday night - green - residents would still be prohibited from watering outside from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

So we have Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red... they forgot one color... Black. Black would be - sorry there is no water here you will now all die of thirst unless you run to the store and buy out all the bottled water.

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I Get Email

From young son who tells me a few of the things he's learned in Afghanistan...

** in an all out war between camel spiders of Afghanistan and fire
ants from Ft Benning, I believe fire ants would win through superior
numbers despite the 9in long camel spiders that like to attack me at

** before you say "I think that guy has an RPG down there", make sure
it really is an RPG and not a hoe for farming so you don't scare your

** make sure you are in a proper uniform if talking to the command
sergeants major of V corp Europe

** 127 degrees does not give you license to even threaten to take off
your pants....no matter how much you beg.

** military regulations mock you by stating that you may have a whole
24 hours off if you fly 90 hours in one month

** fly the opposite direction that field artillery is firing

** apparently it is almost impossible to find 4 escaped known
terrorists on a base of 5 thousand troops while wearing orange jump
suits in broad daylight

** writing "sniper check" on your saluting hand in a war zone is
frowned upon by most officers

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The Nanny's Attempt to Expand

A couple of days ago I was driving and listening to one of my favorite radio talking heads... Roe Conn. He was talking about a lawmaker in New Jersey who wanted to ban smoking while driving. I would say it's unbelievable, but I know that all the do-gooders of the world want to remake the world in their image.

Lighting up while driving would become a crime if legislation proposed by New Jersey Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex) makes it into law. Assembly bill 4306 would allow police to issue an extra $250 ticket to a smoking motorist who is pulled over for a primary offense such as speeding.

Apparently it is a well known fact that Mr. McKeon is very much anti-smoking, thus he feels he has the right to impose his world view on the rest of us.

How about banning EVERYTHING. No cell phones, no radios or DVD's, no food, no drink, no passengers... PERIOD. No matter what is in the car with you, it is a distraction. At some point you could point to each of these and many more as distracting enough to cause accidents. Therefore, the driver should be placed in a cocoon - no contact with anyone or anything - only allowed to drive. This would ensure that all accidents would be caused because of driver incompetence.

I really like the part about it being an additional fine, tacked on when you're stopped for some other offense like speeding. That's exactly how the seatbelt law started out... but now the nanny state has made it mandatory for cops to set up roadblocks and stop everyone to make sure they are complying with the law and wearing their seatbelts. (can you say ticket revenue anyone?)

At what point do we stop interfering with people's lives? There should be one law about reckless driving period and I venture to say that there are laws like that almost everywhere in the country. This should be sufficient to cover people driving like idiots... no matter what behavior they are engaging in at the time.

Guess I should state for the record - I do NOT smoke and I always wear my seatbelt. It's merely the principle of the thing that bothers me.

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Jane's Road Trip

Yesterday I was reading over at Blackfive about Jane Fonda's latest attempt to recapture her youth. (makes me wonder if she has a new guy - that always seems to be the catalyst for some of her most outrageous behavior... oh well who cares)

Now I realize I'm a bit slow about these things, but I've been somewhat preoccupied lately. It only occurred to me this morning - we should start a collection... Let's send Janie to meet the jihadists! It's perfect! She can run on over to the Middle East, meet up with the "resistance", play with all the toys in their torture chamber... personally I want pics of her pointing RPG's at our planes - then one of her tossing around one of those big knives they like using...

Then the jihadists can do what they do best... cut off her head! End of problem.

Anyone want to donate?

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