May 27, 2011
What other sport does a guy get hit with a puck, get his nose broken (Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning) or his teeth knocked out (last year Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks) - they get some treatment and are right back on the ice to finish the game!
So congratulations Bruins! And here's your victory dance:
See you in Vancouver!***
*** Here's the whole song which makes me laugh.
** I know I already deleted the Eat Like a Human Blog because I couldn't find time for it. I hope I can find time for this.
So where was I? Ah yes, I had just told you that the internet continues to be the new Wild Wild West - which anyone with any sense already knew. Yeah, it’s dangerous out there. And naturally everyone then says, okay, where do we go from here?
There are some things you can do to keep yourself a tad bit safer while cruising the cloudy pages. The real problem as always is… The bad guys only have to find one hole. The good guys have to guard everything. It’s a very lopsided war and very hard for the good guys to remain alive, no matter how hard they work. You can do everything right and still get bit.
The only saving grace in this scenario is that people tend to be lazy - they’re gonna go for the easiest thing they can get unless it’s a vendetta. Soooooo….
Your goal is not to be one of the "low hanging fruit”. Let’s begin.
May 24, 2011
Or just look at the pretty picture instead...
May 20, 2011
So are you headed to the Pearly Gates? If so the TSA is already ahead of you
@TSAgov Agent Smith In case of a Saturday rapture, please form a single-file line in front of the Pearly Gates for your security check.
If you don't plan on being one of the heavenly horde perhaps you'll join me for the looting spree all of Facebook has been planning...
In any case, if I can't get my iphone because the world ends a week early - I will make sure I have some fun instead.
May 16, 2011
Because the mobile iOS is so funky I have to do everything in text. But... I have text-expander and I am persistent.
So let's see if I can create a link. How about to Trey Ratcliff's fantastic site Stuck In Customs.
Then let me put up a picture that you can click to embiggen.
Okay well looks like my new stuff works even if it's a bit of extra work on the ipad. Now all I have to do is get the browser working right. I just checked and while it worked yesterday... today... not so much. Back to the drawing board I guess.
May 15, 2011
May 12, 2011
May 10, 2011
How are ya? I’ve been on a cleaning and organizing tear lately. We’ve been in this house a little over 5 years now and I suddenly decided that things need cleaning. So, I am going with the cleaning bug for a while to see how much I can get done before it departs.
The most interesting thing now clean and organized… 2 kitchen junk drawers. I found stuff dating back to 2005 when we moved in… a calendar, several notices from our trash collectors about schedules for 2005 thru 2008. Not to mention 5 rolls of Scotch tape, 2 rolls of electric tape, 3 nearly empty rolls of masking tape 1 roll packing tape (why all the tape? who knows - I think it breeds while the drawer is closed). 2 “plumber’s candles”, a large box of wood matches. A set of 5 screwdrivers, 2 pair plyers, several small octagonal things for those weird screwheads, a utility knife, a gerber all in one tool. Many many wine corks. Scissors, a wine screwpull, a bottle opener, 2 flashlights, large measuring tape, an old knife with a broken tip used to open delivery boxes. Many many many pens and pencils. Many different types of note paper, local menus from restaurants. Stamps of all sorts, return address labels with flowers, small animals and various years decorating them. Manuals from the washer, dryer, oven, the garage door openers and the programmable thermostat. And that’s just what I remember. I threw out a ton of other stuff.
I can’t believe I could get the drawers closed… heh.
In other news we still have a hole in our front yard. Apparently the health inspector isn’t all that worried about the overall health of our front yard or our septic system because he hasn’t managed to make time to come inspect the work we had done (that the government insists needs a permit - for our safety dontcha know…). Tomorrow I will be on the phone - AGAIN. I will not be happy. Friday marks 2 weeks since the digging commenced. If he doesn’t get here soon I’ll fill the damned hole myself because I’m tired of looking at it. If the rate of road work is anything to go by, I could be waiting for years before he decides to show up and do his job. Sheesh.
Oh well, here’s a pic of some flowers on a tree in Boston.
Maybe we’ll have sun tomorrow.
May 05, 2011
Last Sunday we headed down to Boston for the day. The Boston Sailing Center had an open house with a free sail for those interested. Fun!
After signing up and looking at the large number of people, we figured we would have at least an hour to wait very likely two hours. So we sat down to take in the harbor view. The woman who was trying to get people assigned to boats happened to say to someone within our hearing “would you mind going on a smaller boat, or do you want to go out on one of the larger boats?” (smaller being a J24, larger being a C&C38 )
We immediately told her we would love to go out on a smaller boat! She was delighted. Almost everyone wanted to be on the larger boats. This meant we were able to sail immediately. (woohoo - no lines no waiting!) Our boat had 4 people. One of the instructors (a delightful young woman who apparently has sailed her entire life), another man who was an experienced sailor, my husband, and me. My husband has sailed his sister’s Dolphin sailboat (a very small centerboard boat instead of a keel boat - marginally larger than a Sunfish). I was the only one with no experience other than being a passenger.
I should say here, the extent of my sailing has been either idling on a lake in the middle of Missouri without a breath of wind or being capsized in one of the few brisk windy days they ever have down there. By comparison a J24 is huge and extremely stable. Considering my previous sailing encounters, I brought a change of clothes in the car just in case I was klutzy enough to fall off the boat.
There was a nice brisk wind, the sun was out, all in all it was a terrific day for sailing around the inner harbor of Boston.
Some wonderful views of the city too.
At the end of our (far too short) excursion, we had to be “rescued” after all. In a comical turn of events, once we brought the sail down, the outboard refused to start. We were very near the neighboring dock. However, it was “open house” the center had people out on the water looking for such contingencies in power boats. We were nearly ready to catch on and tie up where we were when the rescue boat sped up and gave us a tow. All in all a fun trip.
After all that, how dull it would have been to go out on the large boat on the inner harbor. If the larger boat had sailed out of the harbor it would have been worth it, otherwise we were happy to give it a pass this time. Nice boat, but just not as fun in those circumstances.
Next up - sailing lessons this summer. But we’ll start with a Soling instead of the larger J24. I can’t wait!
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