June 28, 2005
The Redneck Engineering Exam more...
June 23, 2005
Then there was this one...
And last of all...
All of which makes me think that there is a loose moose having some sort of very strange sex in yahoo chat rooms... but that's just me.
NewsCenter 5's David Boeri reported that John and Emilia Rocchio, of North Providence, have been married for 82 years.
They spend much of their time in rocking chairs looking out the window and holding hands. They're always holding hands.
My husband and I have a long way to go... but I think this is a goal worth going after!
June 22, 2005
"Five things society at large enjoys, but that I, for the most part, just don't get..."
Well, first of all it requires some thought and I have been unbelievably busy for the last few days... therefore I'm only getting to it now. Let's see what I can think up as I type - because only 2 things come immediately to mind.
1) SUV's - I know everyone and their brother seems to have one sitting in their driveway and everyone seems to love them - I just don't get it. First of all - they ride like trucks, mainly because they ARE trucks. Trucks prettied up. They are big, unwieldy, uncomfortable over the long haul, impossible for most people to keep in their own lane, they suck gasoline like it's soda pop, their storage capacity with passengers sucks pond water, tall people (like beloved husband) have a hard time fitting in them without hitting the ceiling, AND they are mostly driven by small women - all by themselves. Every once in a while, you see kids along for the ride - but for the most part I see them with only one occupant. I do understand when people need to use them for business, or maybe they have a big boat to haul... something of that nature. But most people who drive them don't have that need. True story: a woman I know was lamenting the fact that the police pulled her friend over and gave her a sobriety test. Her friend had crossed the double yellow line on a curve on a 2 lane road in her SUV. This woman was very annoyed and stated... well, those vehicles are just so big - the police should know that you can't always keep them in your own lane. Yes, she said this - this is why most SUV drivers scare the living daylights out of me!
2) Reality television. I just don't get it. Well, I don't watch much television at all, but reality shows are clearly a puzzle. Everyone complains about them, yet still they continue to watch them. What is the point except that the participants get their 15 minutes of fame (or more) and the networks make mega bucks with very little outlay. It seems to me this is the Jerry Springer Show taken to it's logical (or illogical) conclusion.
3) The Da Vinci Code. The continued popularity of this book makes me shake my head. It's a so-so mystery with okay writing. It's certainly not a classic of huge proportions. But it continues to remain at the top of the best seller list. The author has mixed fact and fiction in the book, to the point that they are indistinguishable - unless you are well versed in the Catholic faith. I certainly don't want to bash Dan Brown - the author - on writing books. He has written numerous books and had them published. I do respect anyone who can accomplish that, it's quite a feat! But, the continuing popularity of the book just doesn't make any sense to me.
4) Star Wars... the continuing movie saga. I absolutely loved the first Star Wars movie when it was released. The special effects were so very different and it so captured the imagination... I don't think any other movie has done it since then. It was a revolutionary achievement. But, the sequels have all left me cold. I watched the first 3 - at the time it seemed nearly obligatory. The second and third got progressively more boring. When they released Star Wars 1 - I had completely lost interest and haven't watched any of them since that time. Yet, they still seem to draw audiences... amazing.
5) Grouping or maybe a better word might be clumping... I'm not sure. It's this tendency people have to want to form groups based on a single common factor - not something they like or enjoy - but something they "are". Such as - when I was in college (the second time) as an adult and a commuter. They formed a group for "adult students" returning to school. I don't get it. I went to campus, took my classes, generally had a lunch break... then left campus to get the family stuff done. I didn't have time for a group whose sole common factor was the non-traditional student. The normal setting didn't intimidate me. I had no trouble asking most teachers for help nor did I have trouble with younger students in my classes. What do I need a group for? Today I see that a bunch of women bloggers want to have a symposium to "help" women bloggers... I still don't get it. If you want to blog - then blog. You want to make it big - look at the big guys. My guess is that there are a lot of people out there who can't do anything unless someone tells them they're okay and they're good... it's only a guess because I really don't get it!
Well, that's my list - for what it's worth. I think just about everyone has been hit by this meme by now,
so I'll just lay off trying to pass it along. Seems I was wrong and so I pass this to Harvey... now he's told us that someone else didn't hit him with it... Tag - You're IT!
June 21, 2005
But that's okay... he's the Blog Faddah and all that work he's put forth - coercing people like me into blogging has paid off. He now has a very large, very irregular, very fun Family!
So Happy Blog Day to you Harvey! May you have many many more!
June 18, 2005
June 13, 2005
The pictures - without commentary are here.
A message board with comments about the pictures - and near the bottom someone who recognizes the area and makes some solid arguments for the year taken - is here.
Incredible when you think that these were taken about 60 years ago and are just now being developed!
June 12, 2005
Group of kids are playing a pick up game. The ball flies over the fence into the forbidden lands. The smallest child is "elected" to squeeze through a couple of loose boards in the fence. With apprehension, the child goes to retrieve the ball.
This has resulted in some incredibly amazing stories! I am in awe of how well so many in the blogosphere can write fiction. (I happen to be one of those people who can read it... and love it... but just can't write it - just one of those things I guess... like being able to understand a spoken language but not able to speak it yourself) Anyhow go check each of them out because it will be well worth your time.
The limit was 1000 words - not long at all and these bloggers have made the most of a limited word count.
Next there is Guy S.... with a story of recursion... which should make all computer coders grin.
And Dash with a story from the inner city and unintentionally becoming a hero for the day.
Last but not least Konstantin from the perspective of a small boy in Greece - wonderful!
Don't miss any of them. They all did a fantastic job.
June 05, 2005
People this was a Friday... it is Chicago... it is (nominally) summer... everybody and their friggin brother was on the road heading for heaven knows where!!! So, I sat and waited and inched along and eventually two and a half hours later - I was pulling up at Tammi's place.
Harvey and TNT were already there and as I walked in the door I saw them sitting on the floor playing with Cody. (I have this feeling that one day Harvey and his lovely wife will go visit Tammi and just sort of sneak off with that cute puppy *grin*)
The big reason for the blogmeet was because our blog sis Sissy has been in the area on vacation. So, Tammi pulled out all the stops and threw her a party. (Yay Tammi!). When I got there - it was shades of the BE Family Reunion with Sissy taking Bou's place ... in other words - Sissy was in the kitchen working like a maniac cooking up a storm! (it would've been fabulous if Bou could have been up here but she and Sissy would've had to duke it out for kitchen territory - there's not really enough room for 2 in there - LOL) I didn't get one of Sissy's famous burritos - there is only so much I can eat and I had a pulled pork sandwich... but I did have some turtle cake that Sissy made for dessert - I had the pecan side which was to die for! (see Sissy's post for a few more details of the pecan war)
Sissy had brought along her incredibly sweet dog Kiki. This has got to be one of the cutest dogs around, she is incredibly gentle and has that delicate way of walking that some dogs seem to have - not finicky - more like a dancer. She was temperamentally about the opposite of Cody - who is of the boisterous little boy cute variety. So, we had two small dogs providing us with many antics.
I figured I would once again be the last person to show up, but I was in the middle. About 5 minutes after me came Grau, Anathematized, and Little Joe all piled into one car. Last of all (just as we were about to send out search parties) came That 1 Guy with a bunch more chairs for sitting out in Tammi's back yard.
There was excellent food, much alcohol (too bad it wasn't light enough to get a picture of Cody carting his beer bottle around), a fire (see T1G, Anathematized, and Grau for details of the attempt to burn as many of Tammi's possessions as possible - even stuff that didn't belong to her...). Got in little snippets of conversation with just about everyone.
For some reason I was way more tired than I should've been - which ticks me off! I mean, when you go to a party, you want to be awake enough to enjoy it...right? I ended up being rather slothlike and pretty quiet for the most part, then I left hours before everyone else (they waited til I was gone to burn the bookcase leaving them all now chemically impaired and I am not ;-) they should've listened to me!). Anyway, I was afraid if I stayed any later, I'd fall asleep on the drive back. So, I plugged in a Toby Keith CD, rolled down the windows, and sang my way back home.
It was lovely to meet both Sissy and Anathematized - great to see everyone else once again. Many thanks to Sissy for coming to town so we had an excuse for a party. And most of all thanks to Tammi... we had another great blogmeet!
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