Today, I’m feeling a bit worse for wear – these antibiotics are tearing BHK and my guts up.
Spent the morning looking for work, and as a reward of sorts, BHK gave me her Mütter Museum pen that is shaped like an arm bone. Spent the evening watching the IT crowd, playing Wii Sports Resort with the Nailles and enjoying homemade mac & cheese with a side of veggie hot dogs from the grill!
I dreamt that Pye and Newton were horseshoe crabs, but still had their kitty tails…. somehow they could climb walls with their little hairy crab legs.
Dave sent me this – I don’t know if he drew it, but it cracked me up for about a half hour! (It looks like his style)
1 year ago – hug, element alignment, self portrait pic, pye on cam, tattoo fear, Obameter, Obama retakes oath
2 years ago – busy month, knees and backs, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t know about homeless vets, hello kitty counterstrike, Q&A meme
3 years ago – newtcam live, snow pics, reh 101, spidey hits (what killed my youtube acct)
4 years ago – superhero drawing memes, CNY, Bro’s situation improved briefly, lost, spidey video views, Sting
5 years ago – Worked late, En’s cable out, sad- sicky mel, busy phone, amber alert, great day to be alive theme
6 years ago – Year of the monkey!, new icons, act like a monkey, a fellow ljers house burns down
7 years ago – honey rant, healing hands, newt pic, cuss control, cold snap
8 years ago – spy ware killer, stab-dream, home school poll, animal noises around the world, sound
9 years ago – IMT stuff, be good, Model of the modern super-criminal, birthday wish
I had a terrible nightmare last night. I can’t recall all of the details now, but it involved living at home, my father still being alive and stealing stuff from my room, my mom letting Newton escape the house, having some crazy guy with a huge afro performing oral surgery that he learned in prison on my lower gums to synchronize heartbeats, Paul McCartney telling me to forgive people for doing stupid things.
In addition, look out! It’s BHK, and she’s got a giant fork!
1 year ago – Obama / Spidey Team-up, ack to work, Dreamed about Bagel the cat, Obama suspends Guantanamo Trials
2 years ago – MLK/R.E.Lee day, Back info about Disc, LOC flickr, TMBG, KFC, randy rogers at madd, tv
3 years ago – snowstorm ends, snowballs, eggplant and french toast. Pictures – snow & love notes
4 years ago – compusa bah, acim gang out and about, float on, sacrifice & wrath, chastity belts for 21st century pictures – ACIM gang
5 years ago – Strep, Jill is like 30, Greek Grotto, Weather, The woods, urinals, Mrs G team pic, Romanian Girl returns from the grave, poli-sci
6 years ago – Palm doodles, band names, sinister ducks, Cheddar Cheesus, water bus trip home, Orange Cat, walkies pics
7 years ago – zcardz (precursor to the pirates game), LL fooled with my bro, vanishing finn, meds
8 years ago – Dream, Walkies with fog, Worked MLK, ear pressure relief then a return, ordered my digicam, got a keeno book off my wish list, siege engines, lego cube solver.
9 years ago -Bro pic, garam masala, patty hearst pardoned, DNA police
Still feeling gut-lousy – went to the dentist for a followup. Dreamt unhappily that I was lost in the mall, BHK took off in the Love cube, and I had to climb a giant couch to make it outside. BHK had a nightmare about me power-washing the kitchen, and her in it, too.
Had a calzone – not sure if it helped or not, but it’s the first really palpable food substance in days.
Today I spent most of the day inside – cold out there, and my back is tricking up. I’m glad tomorrow is physical therapy! BHK and the inlaws did some yardwork in the chill while I did repairs in the heat, with the kitties inside.
Speaking of the kitties, I dreamt that we were in the green truck, returning form taking Newton and Pye somewhere – I had just off-loaded Newt in the house, when the truck drove off – Someone had made off with the vehicle and Pye! … it made it about a block and a half before BHK and I caught up with it – turned out that Pye was driving, a la Toonces. I was dumbfounded, but BHK just snatched him up and brought him inside the house, scolding him fiercely. I remember looking at the cabin of the truck, and trying to muddle out how he accomplished it – BHK was more interested in telling him "NO! BAD KITTY! You’re too young to drive!"(and this is true, as he is only 4.)
Picture taken on the way home last night – Christmas is in the air, already. Normally, I like to wait until after thanksgiving, but I love the more basic stuff… Lit up trees and misty nights.
I spent some time fixing BHK’s laptop – the boot volume was toasted somehow. Fortunately, it was just a job for chkdsk /r and a little patience for the cleanup.
After the folks left, bhk made a mighty salad – garbonzos, spinache, cabbage, and whatever other good things in the house (pumpkin seeds and meatless baco-things on mine!), served with some beans and rice for bulk. It felt really good.
1 year ago – I love traveling with BHK, train set at motorcycle shop, festival of trees (Hospice), getting my head in order
bad dream — written upon waking up – translate at whim.
9434 – Monday
BHK made tofu curry / vinegar soup – pumpkin muffins. Awesomely good food, and it makes it feel like autumn is coming.
Tomorrow at work is "football team" day – I don’t have much in football-wear that’s work appropriate, but hopefully my virginia tech denim shirt will suffice.
the concept ships blog – nifty spaceship design and development for sci-fi series.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 61.
1 year ago – Bluegrass festival with pictures, moon pies, kitties
2 years ago – wedding announcement, hacking the psp, skybar, justice
3 years ago – choco chippie cookies from the great mazinga, 2nd life, python quiz, newt and I horseplay pic, gave RS the smoking image, lj security issues, ADP vs RI, morning picture
4 years ago – skeeters are coming, Approached to hoax, enron should be glad it’s not Chinese, bro’s gf in jail, Colee contacts me
5 years ago – cej gab, goober and nims, Bottle Imps, Napellus, Salamander’s Feather, Screech Owl, Sycomancy, Tiromancy, sex x-rays, pass this on, first night of 24 hour call, universe POVs, super leaping dancers (my standing leap is now about a foot, guinness, anti-spam
I haven’t been recalling my dreams lately. Less fitful sleep, but I wake up with a cough and some nausea most mornings. BHK made some yummy soup last night, but I wasn’t up to much eating for one reason or another. Maybe I’m getting a little cold or something?
Watched the last two episodes of house… the finale was pretty sad stuff… but I dn’t know how much I go in for the pseudo-surreal hypnoscapes and memory retrieval elements… and the fact that nobody checked out the jane doe was a pretty weak plot point, given the other in-depth review of the case.
Put an order in for Hive and the Mosquito expansion at Aardvark – it should be in by June 12 (a little under a week)! A little expensive, but the bakelite pieces will endure a long time.
Maybe I’ll make some out of glow in the dark fimo… or do variant pieces with other bugs. How would a ladybug move… or what might a lightning bug be able to do to switch up the game?
I already fear BHK will toast me at the game… she’s got a good mind for some of these logic puzzle hex territory things.. like hazienda.
Playing it online is fun, but I love the feedback of face to face and handling the game pieces. Plus, if the power goes out, you’re still set. (With the exception of pente and go I prefer most all games offline.) I first coded a version of pente for my good ol’ atari ST back in the day… the AI was weak, but not terrible. I think that I’ve learned a few more strategies since then, but there is no lack of humans to play with… and there are better AIs out there, too.
These free paper foldables are pretty keen. The cat in the vet collar is particularly inspired.
2 years ago – tuesday like buddy holly, poetry, long phone talk, csi project, under cold blue stars, 3 girl rhumba,
3 years ago – Org of American States, South America, Local Journals, burlesque, rain to sun, icons, journey to the center of the earth, I don’t much like Cap’n Jack, PO CHU-I, florida slave labor, rose garden, the Way-Outs, Spanish mixup at work.
4 years ago – D-Day / Normandy, Cold Reading, plague cookies, shockwave, meme, chill out, first appearance of eryx_uk in my comments.
No movie last night – instead we went to dinner with the in-laws, and after BHK and I played some boardgames. She won Labyrinth, and I took Oshi. (also discovered that the oshi set has one extra two-point piece, and one too few one-point pieces. we may play with pyramids in the future. (or penny, nickel, quarter as towers, for that matter)
Both were our first time playing – BHK got labyrinth for $1.61 at the thrift store yesterday… we’ve more than made our entertainment money back in a single sitting. We picked up Oshi from Aardvark a little while back, but hadn’t gotten to play until last night.
a couple of puzzles, still sealed in the box. (corvette 1000 pc, spacewalk, homer simpson and an irish hutch)
Dreamt last night that I’d signed on to join the army for six months. Not really a dream of mine in waking life – a lot of the gang from high school were there – Steve Jacoby, James Dawsey, etc… we were all in training as sort of a semi-serious laugh. My big concern wa sthat I had to bring my own toiletries… like the army wouldn’t provide deodorant or shampoo.
The first 2 parts of the “lost” film Italian Spiderman has been up for a week or two now and it looks to be just as ridiculous — and awesome — as the trailer had indicated. Give me Franco Franchetti (R.I.P) with his porn-star moustache and pump-action shotgun over Toby McGuire any day.
SurLaLune, a huge website full of fascinating stuff about fairy tales:
“SurLaLune Fairy Tales features 47 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations.”
1 year ago – BHK dominates in SSX, priates 2, spies like us, convert stuff to other stuff, good eats, BHK gets me some Hawaiian shirts
2 years ago – Iron Giant, Swarm, Cim-nim toast, cookie monster graffiti, ping pong kitties, bus stop sunrise, OTR, porch entry, graypumpkin gamecock, x4, on call, fruit pies, podcasts
3 years ago – Celine Dion as MJ, Tragic Darth, Boynton Tasering, great sunset, Firpo, MSK in NM w/UTI, look-around camera, sex-pred lj, chat w/sammy, tyrant in the house?, human trafficking, 20 questions meme
4 years ago – Dan visit and a caveman waitress, speaker scam, call me Q.
5 years ago – isketch, skeletor & gang, Scott-heroes, Wold Newton, I LIKE stuff, ugly Oz from MacFarlane toys
6 years ago – virus spam, moment of zen, gute fahrt, pet psychic, Crossing over guy,newtcam banner (Never did see it in rotation.), homepage design ideas
7 years ago – |337 translation guide, parse, fun turtle fact, ultrasonic cheesecharacteristics, Hello Kitty Douche, lj portal, long distance distress
Dick Martin died. Why does this make me feel bad or nostalgic? Laugh-in was old hat before I was born, but I loved seeing it on Nick at Nite.
Forgot to mention the awesome sub/pizza shop discovered on Saturday. Selby Sub Shoppe – found when we took a wrong turn looking for Thai food. Best mistake we could’ve made. Larry was especially happy that he didn’t have to consume anything involving curry or green beans. He got chicken wings, while BHK, Chris and I gobbled down some white pizza… with red sauce on the side.
So good. Also good was the lemon coconut cake, lemon pie, chocolate mousse pie and the lemon cookies. We seem to have an inordinate amount of lemon fondness in our desserts.
Random statement – I don’t think that Andy Kaufman was very funny, even in a meta-way. Entertainingly random, at best.
If you were falling, then I would catch you. You need a light, I'd find a match.
'cause I love the way you say good morning. And you take me the way I am.
If you are chilly, here take my sweater. Your head is aching, I'll make it better.
'cause I love the way you call me baby. And you take me the way I am.
I'd buy you Rogaine if you start losing all your hair. Sew on patches to all you tear.
'cause I love you more than I could ever promise. And you take me the way I am. You take me the way I am. You take me the way I am.
BHK got her first filling today – her personal tooth-care is far superior to mine.
Dreamt last night of being at the Disney lagoon – BHK and I were swimming with giant sharks, eels – no fish was smaller than half my size, most of them were between 30-40 feet long. At one point I was kidnapped, and was told that if I escaped, my entire family would be killed. I grabbed the person and immobilized him by snapping his arms and legs off like dried twigs – when I went to finish him, the police showed up and told me that his brain shouldn’t be damaged, as they needed it to ge tthe information on how he would hurt folks. I didn’t care to see him live, but I relented – though only if I could pack his head with salt and ash. That was ok with the police, who decapitated him, and put his noggin in a clear tube for analysis… the head was somehow still alive, but as long as he couldn’t speak, he couldn’t hurt us… some sort of vampire, or lich, maybe?
Adam is home from Haiti – note form MVW
I just wanted to say thank you for all of your prayers! Adam returned home safely this past Saturday evening. He did have his Dad take him to the Hospital late Saturday evening because he was not feeling well. He had something called “Acute Pharyngitis” but he is feeling much better now!
I finally was able to catch up with him at our friends home, Sven and Mary Thulin’s, last night. He promises to catch up with us soon and let us know some of the highlights of his trip.
A few things he did mention last night were:
Haiti has a 4% employment rate. 80% of the people are under the poverty line. 55% make less then a dollar/ day. He went to a town called Petit Goave for 3 days. They had no bathrooms to use, but only the Caribbean Sea for these 200 people. Adam’s team helped build a shelter out of tree branches and metal.
He was impressed with the local church they had in the center of the little town. He said “their faith is very strong and their worship is very intense.” One of the most important things I heard him say was that “As poor as they were, they were very content considering their situation”.
I guess, sometimes we just need to hear these things to remind ourselves of how blessed we really are.[…]
A small group in Santa Fe, New Mexico is claiming that the city is discriminating against them by having wireless networks in public buildings. How are these buildings discriminatory? Simple. These people are allergic to Wi-Fi.
1 year ago – pepper picture (first harvest from the garden), navicat, website revamp thoughts, sweet sue’s secret ingredient, 9 million bicycles
2 years ago – newtcam server down, social kicks up, movies, quizzes, juice newton
3 years ago – power outage, scruffies, grow an armchair, Audry Landers/ woodchuck/ Gene Rayburn, don’t step in the cake, swat monkey, em’s ink, best quote ever, soap for meth, Man Arrested for Wearing Grinch Mask, letter from mp, bro call, peacekeeping purse
4 years ago – animated newt pic, open courseware, a lovely phone call, athenos reply, name meme
5 years ago – Cross-sections, candy bars and otherwise, panoramas, hut-building, surreal candy, there b3 features, wvum, world as blog
6 years ago – Memorial Day, documentation, Jakushitsu, Animal crackers, flash & the elongated man, sleeping late with a cat, what’s better. (First appearance for the Newton-yawn icon)
7 years ago – nice dreams, four legs good, two legs bad, saw Shrek, first mobile entry from the laptop
Dreamt last night that we were touring a pair of Monasteries – Tibetan style, Buddhist things. Apparently, I wasn’t too interested in the firs tone, and had to rush to the second before the bell rang – doors would lock and wild dogs tore apart anyone not inside one of the two feuding temples when the bells summoned them.
The ground between the two buildings slid and shifted… I (much more nimbly than I might’ve in waking life) leaped from stepping stone to stepping stone, avoiding too-clear water that was running thickly, like syrup. Once on the second place’s stairs, the dogs curled up and went to sleep.
The building itself was very nifty – all sorts of oddities inside, not unlike a Ripley’s. One was closed off with a curtain – a skeletal mammoth with an elephant-sized, but human shaped skull – save for a single tusk/horn curling upwards from the tip of the chin area of the mandible. I went to take a picture of it, but a guard (I don’t recall his garb – if he was a mall security type or a warrior-sort.. I just knew he worked there, wasn’t just some guy) told me that it was forbidden. He then smiled at me, took a picture with his cell phone and was promptly gored by the skeleton. The tusk tore a rip in him from crotch to throat and where he opened up, rose petals fell until the body was just an empty skin.
A different member of the monestary showed up and apologized to me – I couldn’t attend service, because the priest was shorter than me. However another fellow, taller than me would be available to walk me through services on Tuesday, at 8:30. I asked if he meant morning or night, and he laughed… “Don’t you work? – it’s at night.. it’ll be 8:30 pm to 10pm, then there’ll be snacks, bell ringing and wheel turning. Does your wife dance?”
I said that she did, though we really have never been.
I’ve never been to a Tibetan monastery… now, I suspect that I’ll be a bit disappointed.
After telling her about it, BHK says that I’ll never get hot dogs grilled with onions and green peppers for dinner again. I hope that’s not the case.
Police believe they have arrested the man who, wearing a gorilla mask, robbed a 62-year-old woman at gunpoint Monday night and later ordered another man to hand over his pants.
The woman was getting into her car at the 3035 Hamilton Church Road Wal-Mart at 10:15 p.m. when the masked gunman appeared. He pulled the car door open and tried to wrestle away her purse, police said. She fought back and kicked her assailant.
He, along with an accomplice, then got into a maroon Pontiac SUV and fled.
Less than an hour later, two 27-year-old men were walking back to their apartment from a Bell Road convenience store when a Pontiac SUV pulled up beside them. A gunman wearing a gorilla mask got out and demanded not only money, but the black cargo pants worn by one of the men.
The pair gave them money and the pants, and the gunman got back into the Pontiac and fled, police said.
At midnight, Officer Shaun Hardin spotted a maroon Pontiac Aztec and stopped it on Haywood Lane near Faulker Drive. The driver, Adrian Cornelius Alexander, 23, of Highland Ridge Drive in LaVergne, did not have a valid license and was taken into custody, police said. In the vehicle, police found a gorilla mask, bandanas, two bullets, several pairs of latex gloves and the black cargo pants belonging to one of the Bell Road robbery victims.
The victims identified Alexander as the robber, police said. He, along with his passenger Antwan Haynes, 18, of LaVergne, have been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, police said.
Charges for the Wal-Mart attack are expected to be placed in the next two days, police said.
I just noticed that it’s the anniversary of my father’s death. It was ages ago… I miss him, now that I think about it, but I haven’t really had him in my thoughts much in recent times. I wonder why… I wouldn’t have realized if I hadn’t seen the archives, at least not until I saw 5/15 on my calendar at work, I guess.
1 year ago – Father’s Death Anniversary, Mom hears from Bro re: his sentencing, my challenges, happy to be “up north” and out of FL, people who have moved, more shaved ice (with pix)
2 years ago – bird flu / monkey pox, walkabout, podcasts, newtcam pics, jack lemmon, hoot, saucermen, exploding pants, bus ride poll, hail,
3 years ago – MP gift, pabst t, won rum, don lapre’s vitamin, personality defect, walkabout pics, monkey at large/safety in numbers, vampire sugar fuel cell, florida medicine is stupid, I smell good
4 years ago – first palm doodle on new palm, wireless sync, pics from houstons (hypno-orb), Library of Alexandria Discovered, Bones Found In Bag At Florida Cemetery
5 years ago – palm doodles, dreams / reflections on the old crew, chicken hawk cards,mailbox mystery, lunar eclipse, first use of publix grocery deliveries,Teen Girl Squad #3
6 years ago – saw waking life, dream thoughts, prep for star wars expedition
7 years ago – evil news, tumor thoughts, astley gives me defective hardware, humors,hunger-poll, Tsarist Russia photos in color, Paid users get fasterservers, Florida Joke
Back is feeling much better today. Not great, but only a low-level ache and tightness at the moment. The pills best used before bed as they make me sleepy and thus not suitable for work or any sharp thought-based activity during the day.
Still haven’t heard from brother since he was released from jail. I imagine that no news is good news…. I think I’ll call him tonight, though.
Yesterday afternoon while I was taking care of some issues, BHK ran to the nursery and picked up some veggies for us – Flowers : Ranunculus (look mostly like the Heart of Gold ), Some Red Cat Tails, a dozen ears of corn, and a big bag of zucchini. Local food for supper the next few days!
Also after work, BHK and I went to see The Forbidden Kingdom. I’d say that we both liked it – the settings and fight choreography were lovely, but I would really have loved to see what they’d have done in the 80’s, when they were both at physical prime. It was also a bit too… American, I guess. The bookends of “bullies chase kid with no ‘fu”, to “kid, now trained, defeats bullies” weakened the picture a bit. Overall, I was more than pleased, but it wasn’t as fantastic as I’d have hoped. Not in the same league as othe rcurrent wire fu flicks, but seeing Li and Chan together was pretty nifty… Plus, The Monkey King!
After the movie’s popcorn, we were ready for some serious supper time, and headed to Red Robin… we were seated between an old man who had a fragrance of tomato soup in a baby diaper and an adorable down’s syndrome baby.
That was ok, save for the distracting scent… but after waiting for about 10 minutes without seeing a server, I took it as a sign of possible things to come, and we left.
We made a beeline for Cheeburger2 and were seated immediately… placed our order, and chitty-chatted. The Trivial Pursuit cards at the table were ones we’d already done before, but that’s the risk we take by going there so often. Our server was seemingly inexperienced at her job… a little while after we placed our order, she came back to tell us that they were all out of veggie burgers. Apparently, neither BHK or I were slotted for the meal we were looking for tonight. We got ready to go, and the girl pleaded with us to stay – free milkshakes were offered. (Reasonable, since they were already made, waiting for our non-present main course to come to us.) We said that it was ok, but she begged us to stick around while she got her boss to make things right. Bogdan was there, acting as manager… we really can’t say no to him. He’s been our burger buddy since I first moved here, and BHK has known him longer than that. He gave us some other options, which worked out fine. I got a grilled portobello sammich and BHK did a cow-burger, both had the same toppings and treatment we wanted on the veggie-burgers.
The shakes were tasty, though not as thick, since they had time to melt while we waited… I got a chocolate mint (not as good as chocolate cherry), and BHK had a standard ol’ fashioned chocolate malt.
We made it home at about 9ish, BHK checked her email while I played a little TF2 (polishing my Heavy and Demoman skills) and Counterstrike.
Naughty Newt wouldn’t let BHK’s water alone… first he stuck his face close to it, and sneezed into the surface…. insuring that BHK wouldn’t be drinking any. With that, he lapped the contents until he wasn’t comfortable sticking his face inside the cup… so he put a paw in and pulled it over to drink from the puddle. BHK didn’t know that he’s fond of that little procedure. I guess she knows now. We went to bed shortly thereafter… reading turned swiftly to sleep.
Best thing about Gordon Ramsay is his insult factor. calling someone a doughnut, a pelican and a donkey.
I’m surely going to call someone a “silly pelican” sometime soon.
This morning, I remember a dream of disease outbreak – lots of panic – BHK and I were separated, don’t know where the cats went.
I was put on a bus to Schenectady (why Schenectady?), with one small carry-on bag. I was forbidden to bring any money, books, cell phone / electronics or shoes, with the understanding that I’d be subject to robbery and worse if I did so. I don’t remember what I did pack.. clothes and toiletries of some sort. I specifically recall bringing a roll of toilet paper and some pens and pencils. There was considerable fear and panic on the bus, but it wasn’t overcrowded. I had my own seat, and behind me was the skinny guy from The Big Bang Theory.
The skinny guy and I talked for a bit… more like he spoke and I tossed in a comment here and there in support of what he was saying. I don’t recall the exact nature of the conversation but there were certainly aspects of survival involved – something about safe water and how to make a solar oven was part of it. I was thirsty, and did not pack any water – there was a screeching or whooshing of air in my ears as we drove to our destination. Actor guy moved from the chair behind to sit next to me as there were two other fellows on his bench, pushing and shoving each other aggressively.
After our talk, skinny guy showed me that he was wearing an earring shaped like two horseshoes that were open, but closed enough that the second didn’t fall from the first. the beads were black. He took it out and stuck it in my ear, piercing it when he did… and put in another one back in his own ear… the only difference was that his now had gray beads instead. He said that it was protection for the area ahead, and also gave me a compass and a powerful magnet (that didn’t affect the compass, somehow) as a way to thank me because I wasn’t annoying. The men behind us had been listening wanted thier own, but he refused. “Sorry – you were annoying me. Anyway, I don’t have any more.” and then was killed – I couldn’t help him because I was back on the bus again, and he was in the parking lot, left far behind, shrieking as the two men tore him to pieces. I guess one of the men got the earring he had.
We stopped in Montana (must’ve been the long way, since we were going to NY from MD), where men in gas masks and carrying clipboards came on and took us outside one by one. We were lined up, and then everyone n the bus was killed except for me – deemed contagious, I suppose.
I was given food and water, and then told to walk from there. A broad expanse of grassy hills and green trees were ahead of me, with no path to be seen… but I walked, a deep sense of sadness hitting me with every step. I noted that the land was stunning, but empty without BHK and the boys with me… I began to wonder if I’d ever see them again- if somehow I’d been tricked and that this was a way of putting me in isolation.
I pulled a walking stick from a nearby branch and hit each tree, hoping to knock unseen fruit and to let nearby wildlife know I was coming… for whatever reason, I thought there were mountain lions in the woods.
Then I woke up to the alarm clock playing BHK’s IPOD, and I was snuggled in with her, the boys on the bed as well. So that’s a happy ending, anyhow.
1 year ago – garden work / computer work, one word meme, shorpy
Ah, the end of another week… I’m looking forward to a gentle weekend, this go ’round. Sleepy This morning.
Recent doodles –
Me in the office, post saying Shazam! Regarding Uncle Dudley/Uncle Marvel. During the classic era, an old man named Dudley (who was clearly modeled after W. C. Fields) claimed that he was not only a relative of the Marvels but also a Marvel himself, although neither was true. The Marvels took a liking to him and decided to humor him, and “Uncle” Dudley became Uncle Marvel, the Marvel Family’s manager. He’d make his “transformation” along with one or more of the others, but not by magic; rather, by quickly removing his break-away garments (under the cover of lightning that the real Marvel(s) called down) to reveal his homemade Marvel costume underneath. He explained his lack of super-powers by claiming he suffered from “shazambago”. In modern continuity, Dudley H. Dudley is simply a janitor at Billy’s school who finds himself involved in Marvel Family adventures, although in one story he was temporarily given Shazam powers to help round up the escaped Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.
Oh, my Shazambago!
Green monkey-alien in a bubble. He’s wearing his bubble summoning-belt, of course. He’s been climbing a lot, note his filthy hands and feet. I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a damn, dirty ape, however. I was thinking a little bit of Rescue on Fractalus recently, thus the cheesy lines and markings. The hammerhead alien Jaggi had great pop-up spook value in his day. Soft hearted for Planet of the Apes, Martian Manhunter, and Bubble-force fields all unwrapped into that, I guess.
Dealing with “customer service” regarding bugs, bug fixes, and time lines. I seemed to get only one word answers, with no detail as to where, when or how items would be fixed. I ultimately got it worked out, via my own trouble tree and specific questions, but it was like pulling teeth… on a rampaging hippo. I’m just glad that it’s now mostly functioning.
Dreamt of our bathroom being tiled with Hershey bars, and grouted with marshmallow. Hershey bars aren’t my absolute fave… why not milky ways, or mars bars? I guess the flat rectangle looks more like tile to my sleeping mind. Last night after work Chris, BHK and I went to Maerten’s, to check out the sale preview. Chris bought a ton of nice stuff… BHK got a cute pair of sterling bumblebee earrings and a little silver bean / bead on a box chain. Honestly, I like what BHK got more, though Chris’s items were pretty, too. Post sale, we hit Thai Inter for some yummy feed. It was a bit of a hike to return home late afterwards, but I think it was worth it – the gals had fun.
I can’t say as I’ve ever referred to anything as “a real corker.” I’d think that I might’ve, but probably not. I prefer “it’s a hoot!” or the like.
Pleased that we did get the 2007 homestead exemption after all, but looks like 2008 is a no-go. at least we have time to save up a wee bit before 4/15/2009.
The Wall Street Journal says that a video production company that earned 90% of its revenue from taping Walmart’s internal meetings over the past 30 years has lost the Walmart account—but retained the rights to the video library.
1 year ago – a day in the life animated doodle, bhk’s lasagna, feeling draggy, busy at work
2 year ago – mp3, gp & kat missed, b5 / dr who, blue tarps, cloud pic
3 years ago – tv-shoot, whale cam, regional anthropology, sesame street, dream Bhk & Pye, Gamer quiz, illuminati, little cowpoke, celeb diaries, i feel great, moist towelettes, astronaut jones, 9 years for spammer, bush toy 4years ago – easter, peeps, image collages, pelicans, spidey-2
5 years ago – first 4 children in the vampire game, got my offer from JKG
6 years ago – Programmer / Engineer gag, lovely private entries, including Blackstone’s Reading.
7 years ago – pork taco brain worm, Power-puff Scotto, grove meeting, An open letter to browser sniffers, agog
Got a lovely Kermit the frog card from BHK. Words can’t even begin to describe how much love I have for her. I hold her dearly in my heart. She makes every day a valentiney sort of day. Hard to get too worked up about a day that’s all about love and affection when I’m immersed in it all the time.
That’s a good thing!
As ol’ Bill Shakespeare put it,
Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come: Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Tonight, we exchanged chocolates, and BHK made tasty mexican bake for me and the in-laws. (well, Chris… Larry had Hot dogs.) Dessert was 3-chocolate ice cream and orange cake with milk chocolate icing. nom nom nom. More fun din din news to follow, I’m sure.
Metro says there were 84 assaults against Metrobus drivers in 2007, an increase of more than 50 from 2002. Now they’re talking about putting protective shields in for the drivers…. what about the other passengers? via WTOP
Two new dinos identified – Two previously unknown types of meat-eating dinosaur have been identified from fossils unearthed in the Sahara desert.
via Scheiner – Offshore oil rig evacuated after someone dreamedofabomb.
I heard waterboarding referred to as a “mild form of torture” today.
The words torture and mild don’t go together in my book – not a gray area, as far as I’m concerned. Like “slightly excruciating”.
Humpday! Midweek, and it feels it. I was happy to rediscover that we get President’s day off next month… Three-day weekends are a wonderful thing. Added bonus is that my b-day falls on a weekend this year, so that Saturday is mine, all mine!
BHK and Cathy got together today to do more straightening and space management at the house. One recent change is the move of the love seat from the office to the living room… newtcam archives show that Pye doesn’t seem to mind the change of pace.
Maybe we’ll have room for some bookcases under the North-face windows, with the tops clear for kitty-climbing and general sunning.
Poor Pye must be a little chilly in that picture – he’s all fluffed out. Cold, or resting off a horsing around match with Newt.
“After eight years and some $65 million, the state of Maryland is taking its first steps to return to an accountable, paper-ballot based voting system. Governor Martin O’Malley has announced an initial outlay of $6.5 million towards the $20 million cost of an optical system which will scan and tally the votes while the paper ballots are retained as a backup. The new (or old) system is expected to be in place by 2010 — or four years before the state finishes paying off the bill for the touch-screen system.”
Had a bit of a nightmare about using the walker last night. Forgive my recycling of old doodles. Dreamt of being poked and prodded, cut open and stapled shut.
I’ve already had two surgeries.. one in 1994, and another in 2003.
Makes me twitchy, just thinking about it. After being cut up, I had to go shopping for tennis balls to put under the walker’s feet.
Dreamt of the boardwalk coming to life like a Japanese Umbrella Monster. Why? Now I wonder how many 100-year old things are in the house. I’m guessing not much, save for a few books and coins.
BHK made a tasty pseudo-chicken / broccoli / alfredo noodle dish… I scarfed down two full bowls of the stuff… and they were not little bowls. The in-laws invited us to chinese food, but I think that I came out way ahead with what I got.
1. What bill do you hate paying the most? Condo side-stuff
2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner? With BHK, every dinner is pretty dang romantic! Out, I’d say the greek restaurant before golden compass.
3. Do you regret losing your virginity to who you lost it to? No.
4. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be? I don’t know… maybe get better results on my back operations.
5. Name of your first grade teacher? Mr Adams
6. What do you really want to be doing right now? Chilling with the Mrs.
7. What did you want to be when you were growing up? Super hero, Cowboy, pirate, army man… the usual. First career choice was tech-guy.
8. How many colleges did you attend? PBCC, FAU, and Miami – three!
9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now? BHK handed it to me as I got out of the shower!
10. What are your thoughts on gas prices? It seems people will pay anything rather than investigate alternate modes of energy and transport.
11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you where would it be? BHK and I to a comfy cottage in vermont, maybe? Or even someplace closer to work, but further from fallout.
12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning? Where’s the snooze button?
13. Last thought before going to sleep last night? Where’s Pye?
14. Do you miss being a child? Some parts yes, but mostly no.
and where is 15?
16. What errand/chore do you despise? Well, not despise, but anything that involves me on my hands and knees, or bending too much… scrubbing floors or ironing is yucky.
17. If you didn’t have to work, would you volunteer? I would volunteer at a charity (or charities) of my choice, sure!
18. Get up early or sleep in? Sleep in, usually!
19. What is your favorite cartoon character? Hm. I dig classic cartoons, like Daffy Duck a lot.
20. Favorite thing to do at night with a girl? Depends on my mood and the girl!
21. Have you found real love yet? Absolutely.
22. When did you start feeling old? I’ve gotten creaky in the back since my teens… but I don’t feel really old.
24. Your favorite lunch meat? Cheeeeeese! Cheddar is always nice.
25. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart? I don’t think that there’s a regular thing… chips and soda, maybe?
26. Beach or lake? I like lakes a trifle more than the sea… but both are nice. The bay is a happy medium.
27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual? Depends on how you define it. I’m certainly in favor of my marriage!
28. Do you own property? Me and the bank.
29. Favorite guilty pleasure? Guilty, not so much, but I do like lounging indoors and having a personal day here and again.
30. Favorite movie you wouldn’t want anyone to find out about? I’m not easily embarrassed.. I do like Adventures in Babysitting, and that could be classified as sort of feeble.
31. What’s your drink? Diet Cream Soda is tasty! I’ll go for diet cherry pepsi, diet mountian dew or diet grape giant, too.
32. Cowboys or Indians? In general, Cowboys.
33. Cops or Robbers? In general, Cops.
34. Who from high school would you like to run in to? Steve Jacoby, Cameron Scott, Larry Barnes, Mr. Cornell, Driana Maher
35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now? Hard to say, but I’d guess XM radio U-pop, 1940’s or Motown.
36. Norm or Cliff? Cliff is pretty hard to beat, but I think I’d prefer Norm.
37. Grey’s or ‘The Office? The Office… never seen Grey’s
38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back? Poor behavior around friends in general back in the 90s.
39. Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work? Nobody really sits across from me… I guess if I drew an imaginary line from my facing through the office, I’d hit Donna.. she’s cool, I like her.
40. What famous person would you like to have dinner with? Hmm… Tony Shaloub? Who’s buying?
41. Indoors or Outdoors? Both, please!
42. Have you ever crashed your vehicle? i’ve been in a few crashes, and yes, I’ve bumped into another car way back when.
43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose? Yup! outdoor fire out of control.
Solid sleep, but I woke up once in the middle of the night – maybe that’s why I can recall my dream so readily today. Dreamt that I was living in a haunted house – hanged bodies in varying states of decay kept appearing on the porch. Some of the skulls were certainly not human… more bovine or ursine, depending. I would throw them away, or burn them out in the yard, but the following day, more would be there.
I kept the noose rope, spooling it into a large ball in the back yard, hoping to make the place a roadside attraction. I don’t know why reappearing bodies wouldn’t be enough. For whatever dream-reason, I spun the rope to the tune of Stick Shifts & Safety Belts (Which is still lodged in my head… 16 hours or more later.)
Rather than come for the huge ball of twine, visitors did start to come, due to the delicious smell of charred carcasses. I don’t know why feeding the bodies to visiting people felt OK, but it was guilt-free… my attitude was “hey, they were just hanging there… like selling fruit from my apple tree.”
Top 20 Logical Fallacies – When in a debate, I’m often guilty of abusing reductio ad absurdum (#14).
This morning on the way to work – still a few autumn colors out there. I hear through the grapevine that one of my old places of business is in a pretty big tangle. Eight people have turned over in a year’s time there. When one considers that they only have 14 positions, five of them part-time and not all 14 existed for that full year, that’s a sure sign of a problem.
Speaking of Grapes… DIET GRAPE AT GIANT HAS RETURNED!!
The only grape soda that I actively enjoy, flavor-wise. Plus, the foam is a soft powder blue, not purple. BHK has been questing for it since mid-june.
Nice.. finally a word of the day I’d not heard before!
perfervid puhr-FUR-vid, adjective:
Ardent; impassioned; marked by exaggerated or overwrought emotion.
I like it.
1 year ago – punch buggy, meeting, craig james white, typo on sheet, work misc
2 years ago – LED clothes, K&K mime, Clavicus loves his pastry, doom patrol, quizzes, x-ing, newt pic, Red knows the score, cybermen, scotto avie