Thursday, December 27, 2007

Number 1000

Woo Hoo.....this is post number 1000!

How exciting! .....well not really all that exciting, but it's still a milestone, just the same ole stinkeye as most other posts.

Everybody seems to be doing those "Year in Review" articles in the media. Me? Nah, I'm gonna do the "Donut Guy's Top Ten Things He Hopes Happens in 2008"

Mmmm, that's not a clunky title is it?

Here goes....(in no particular order)

#10 I'd like to see Britney Spears, her sister, her sisters baby, her mom, Kevin Federline, her kids and the rest of her family all move back to Louisiana and stay there.

#9 Just elect a damn president already!...and make a new rule for 2012-no campaigning until January 2nd 2012.

#8 I'd like to see more normal people doing heroic things in the media instead of the normal "douchebag of the week" reporting we have now.

#7 I hope we never hear about Anna Nicole Smith, her kids, her mom, her ex husbands, lawyers, lovers or ex security guards ever again. I'm not holding out much hope on this one......let the poor woman rest in peace.

#6 The "War on Terror".....can someone please explain to me exactly what this war is? Is it the same as the "War on Drugs"? what's next?....the "War on Global Warming"?

#5 I hope we don't have to read about some dumb-ass celebrity going into rehab, getting arrested for drunk driving, getting pregnant before they are married (yeah, I'm old fashioned that way), getting out of a car and exposing their genitalia or any other stupid shit. Probably wishful thinking on my part.

#4 I'd like to see Apple stay with the same damn product for more then 6 months. I have an iPod Nano that's less then 1 1/2 years old that's already obsolete. I like their stuff but they piss me off because as soon as I buy something-they improve it a couple months later.

#3 I'd like to see Bluetooth earpieces outlawed unless your are driving. Let's face it, folks that use them and walk around talking to no one in particular look like assholes.

#2 I'd like to see a mandatory 1 year prison sentence in Federal PMITA prison for first time DUI offenders. 2nd offense? 5 years. 3rd offense? Life in prison. Drunk drivers kill.

#1 Jeez, would it be that damn hard for us to all get along and manage to not kill each other? I don't know, I've managed to co-exist with my fellow man for 48 years without killing anyone, it's can't be that damn hard.

till later....

How was everyones Christmas?

Sorry for not posting for a couple days, I had two work shifts separated by about 8 hours......just enough time to get some sleep and a bite to eat but not much else.

I'd have to say my lovely wife was fairly blown away with her Christmas gifts...since she reads this blog, I had to be careful not to give any hints away. I suck at keeping secrets, to be honest-I can't believe I pulled it off.

First the small stuff....the kids and I went out Monday and got some really neat stocking stuffers. The normal kind of stuff, nice warm PJ's, socks, a new umbrella and a new pair of Crocs. I was looking at them and bought myself a pair of them because a co-worker was telling me how comfortable they are to wear.

I have to admit-they look kinda goofy but they are way comfy. I thought about it for a couple minutes and we went back into the shoe store and I bought my wife a pair as well, she spends lots of time on her feet at work and has a bad back...so hopefully they'll help.

Next up..........I got my wife a kayak. I don't think she saw this one coming, she took lessons early this year and seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. One of my friends had a kayak he was willing to barter with-I'm either going to trade one of my bikes or I'll be setting up a network in his new house when he settles in.

After that.....the kids and I wrote notes for my wife telling her just how wonderful a person she is and what she means to all of us....she is definitely one special person to all of us.

And for the finale.......since it's gonna be our 25th anniversary this upcoming April....I got her a
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......a nice ring....a few months early.

I think she likes it....and she was totally surprised. Like I said previously, I suck at keeping secrets.

We always spend Christmas Eve at my in-laws with all the family.....all I can say is all of my nieces and nephews are growing up! My father-in-law enlisted my help in getting my mother-in-law a new digital camera.

I found her a really nice one with easy to use features.....she was a little timid about all the buttons until I told her I had everything set to "automatic" and all she had to do was use the on/off button and the button that takes the picture and she could ignore all the other buttons.

Christmas day we spend at my parents with my in-laws and my sister-in-law. Had a great day with my folks and watched a few episodes of "Survivorman"....that's a wild show-I know that if I got stuck in the wilderness-I'd be pretty much screwed....unless there was a Burger King close by.

My mom made home-made ravioli this year......I think I went into food coma......speaking of food-I really need to start watching what I eat in the mornings before I hit the sack.

The knees ain't gonna be up to much extra work, I think I'll set one of my bikes up on the trainer and do some light spinning until it warms up. I miss the daily exercise...hopefully my knees will be okay with some easy workouts.......I really need to drop about 20 pounds and like my lovely wife pointed out-it'll be easier on my knees. She's right, as usual-that's why I love her so much.

I worked a a really weird work schedule the past couple days-the 26th I went in at 4 AM and then went back in at 9 PM.....I like working with my co-workers but all them were sick yesterday!

I hope I don't catch anything from them.....neither one of them probably should have been there-they were sneezing and coughing up a fit. one of the benefits of working by myself is that I rarely get anything more serious then a cold from time to time.....although it does get kinda lonely with just me and the donuts.

Till later.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Shopping..........

Christmas shopping ain't so bad.

........as long as you do it early in the morning.

The kids and I headed out at 6:45AM yesterday morning to do some Christmas shopping for my lovely wife.

Not many people out and we got everything (and more) we were looking for.

Y'all have a very Merry Christmas.

till later.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Yay.....Christmas is almost here!!!!

I'm done with my last shift before Christmas.....no more renditions of Silent Night played on a banjo until next year.

Later today, me and my kids are gonna shop for some stocking stuffers for my lovely wife. Hopefully Wal-Mart won't be too crowded at 7 AM but I'm not counting on it.

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My wife gave me a hard time because I brought the whole package up from the garage instead of one or two rolls at a time.....what's the big deal, we're gonna use it eventually, right?

Our family loves to play Rummikub, we played several games last night before I went to work and it's always a fun time. Imagine 4 fairly intelligent people trying to outwit and out play the others with distracting commentary thrown in....it's a hoot.

101 ways to make money at blogging.....trust me, if I could write blogs for a living, I'd do it in a New York minute. I like writing way more than I like to make donuts. Since I have a reader base of about 200 people.....I'm gonna need a lot more readers and I'd have to get a whole lot better at writing to be successful.

till later.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Ho,ho,ho damnit.

They've switched our muzak at work over to Christmas songs 24/7.

We get to listen to some of the worst renditions of Christmas music possible interspersed with commercials of Rachel Ray selling snack crackers every 10 minutes. Is there anything that woman doesn't sell?

There's also a commercial for Cool Whip, but it since the PA speakers are blown out....it's mostly unintelligible.

Ain't nothing worse then listening to Frosty the Snowman played on a banjo 15 or 20 times a night.

Actually, there is something worse...country and western Christmas music.

Thank God I only have 2 more shifts before I'm off for the holiday....I need an AC/DC transfusion.

You thinking what I'm thinking? This guy oughta join up with the BMG.

AT&T's best-selling ringtones of the year......anyone else think having songs as ringtones on a cellphone is a dumbass idea? If my cell gets a call, I want it to sound like a phone, not like someone is in my pants pocket singing.

till later.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

White House fire........

White House confirms the following records destroyed in the 3rd floor fire: New UPDATES

It serves 125, takes eight hours to cook and is stuffed with 12 different birds ... now that really IS a Christmas dinner | the Daily Mail

PETA can't be very happy about this......

It serves 125, takes eight hours to cook and is stuffed with 12 different birds

The Largest Known Star

We aren't even a dot.

The Largest Known Star

I poke fun...........

Yup, that's what I do on this here blog from time to time. Somebody e-mailed me (my email address isn't that hard to figure out) and chewed my face off for making fun of Jamie Lynn Spears.

All I can say is......guilty as charged.

It's not gonna stop me from poking a little fun at stupid people if I think they deserve it.

Maybe the condom broke or she missed a pill or something but Jamie sure ain't setting a very good example for her 12 year old fans.

At least she's fairly well off and can take care of her offspring.

Her big sister, on the other hand...............and her mom?

Lynne Spears' upcoming book on raising her children has been delayed indefinitely....ya think?

I hope he feels better, but I still think he's a nutjob. I don't mean he's a little off-center.....I think he's full on crazy.

A church doesn't always have to look like a church. My favorite church is out in the middle of the woods.

I just realized......this post has religion, politics and teen pregnancy....I better stop while I can.

Till later.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas light overload...

I don't know if this is the best display ever, but it sure is purty.....

YouTube - Music Box Dancer

It's Christmas when?

Maybe I'm somewhat insulated from all the commotion surrounding the holiday season.......but for some reason it sure doesn't seem like Christmas should be here yet. Perhaps it global warming screwing around with the seasons this year, but it's really hard to believe that next Tuesday is the big day.

Everyone in our family with the exception of my wife have already received their "big" presents. I got my camera, our daughter also received a new camera and our son got his Xbox 360 and we are all playing with our new toys...

...everyone except my lovely wife and she's gonna have to wait until next Tuesday for hers. I never let her touch or shake any of her presents, she has this innate ability to tell exactly what is in each box. So no hints, shakes or looks for her.
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Go Navy. How damn cool is that? I woulda had a hard time watching the rescue from the cruise ship as well.

Oh man, this makes me wanna puke.

Jamie is pregnant......she's shocked. No one else is.

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I bet Britney and Jamie's mom started them early.

What's all this crap about Intelligent Design? What about Pastafarism?

This guy could easily be my role model.

More political stuff.............skip the link if you're not inclined. You clicked it anyways, didn't you?

This would be the best gag ever.....

CBS does a write up on Ron Paul. The comments are just as good as the article. Can the guy win? Who the hell knows, but he didn't win ten terms in Congress by accident...he must be doing something right.

Maybe I drank one too many bottles of cheap wine or something back in the late 70's.....but I really liked #2 on this list.

Maybe I have a twisted sense of humor, but I was the only person in the family that laughed when my nephew Steven (who was 5 years old at the time) tried to stick a nickel into a power outlet and tripped a breaker at my in-laws house. He learned his lesson, I'm pretty sure he stopped doing dumb shit after that.

Till later

Monday, December 17, 2007

Stupid TV........

This is my kind of television drama.

....no, not really. You have to wonder what the folks at ABC and smoking/drinking/huffing. I know there's a writers strike going on, but damn......

I kinda stick to documentaries, and the stuff on the Discovery Channel for the most part. I feel for the people that go home after the taping of the show in the above link and get to see what an idiot they were on TV when they turned down 100,000 grand and ended up with butkus. Me? Stick anything over 50 grand in my face and I'm takin' it and not looking back.

Just for the public record.....my wife is a pretty damn good mechanic.

One of her headlights blew out over the weekend, I went to the parts store, the guy gave me a duplicate of the light I brought him but it didn't fit when I went to replace it.

Couple problems....he gave me the wrong number bulb (they look almost identical) and the bulb I gave him was the high beam bulb. The low beam bulb was the one that was burnt out. What took me about 1/2 hour to fumble around with and unsuccessfully fix with took my wife about 15 minutes including the return trip to the parts store. My wife? She's good....I think I'll keep her.....or more correctly, .......hopefully-she'll keep me.
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America........the world's number 1 tourist destination. Sometimes I wonder if our federal employees have any common sense.

This is cool.........you're only as old as you act. In my case....that's about 14.

Here's a saint that should be popular on college campuses.

I'm old..........I used to kill at this video game.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the can.

I don't know about you, but Heino kinda scares me.

"I want a dyke for President"........don't click the link if you're not open-minded.

John McCain eats his own words. It's not really his fault, just about all politicians like to hear themselves talk and Meet the Press just caught him not remembering what he said 15 years ago.

Mmmmmm bacon.

I don't work at a bar, but I know exactly how this guy feels.

A collection of "Parent of the Year" candidates.......

The Rolling Stone set would be worth it just for the Hunter S. Thompson articles.

till later

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Took us about 5 minutes..........

...and we're all done decorating the outside of the house.
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That's our daughter on the stepladder.

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The obligatory beauty shot....nice, huh?

Things to think about.........

Important things........

Like...........

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That hurt, you stupid idiot?'

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

Don't blame me, I didn't write any of them, I just swiped'em off of someone else's web site.

Till later

Hmmmmm, what's in the box?

(She sure seems surprised.)

One big headache............

Been gone for a few days........Thursday night I developed the migraine from hell. I get headaches once and awhile but this one was a killer. It was the first time I've ever gone to the doctor for a headache.

I really wanted to dig out my eyeballs with a screwdriver and stick my head in a bucket of ice water-the pain was pretty damn bad for several hours Thursday night. I feel for folks that suffer from migraines all the time-not sure what triggered mine but hopefully it won't happen again for awhile.

Anyways, on Friday my doc fixed me up with some good drugs and I slept for 14 hours Friday night. Once I finally woke up Saturday-the headache was 95% gone and I felt good as new.......I even helped my wife put up a new shower rod in one of our bathrooms and hardly dinged the wallpaper at all.

I did manage to make one of the holes I drilled about 3 times bigger then it needed to be but the flange on the shower rod covered it up so no-harm-no foul. If you can't see the screw up...does it really exist?....I think not.

Our daughter is home on break for Christmas, it's really nice to have the whole family under one roof even if it's only for a few weeks.

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Our son put up the Christmas tree and the cat has found a new home. For some reason, the cat enjoys chewing on the plastic branches, hopefully she won't chew on one of the light strings when they're on.....110 volts and cats probably aren't a good combination.

I did go back to work Saturday night and just as I was getting done.......our store lost power. Kinda sucks, but it coulda been a lot worse as none of the bakery equipment is powered by the emergency generators.

Donuts aren't exactly an emergency, I think the generators just power a few lights, the computers and the freezers, so I lucked out big time.

Been lots of stuff in the papers lately about baseball and all the drug use that's been going on.......I say-let'em dope it up and take as many drugs as they want-the only people they are hurting are gonna be themselves.

It's not like it's the Olympics- they aren't cheating another country out of any gold medals.....if they can hit 900 foot homers-I say go for it. Make it just like professional wrestling and have cage matches after the games....whatever sells tickets. Of course I jest about the professional wrestling aspect of it, but really...the only people the baseball players are hurting are themselves.

There's also the usual crap in the news about the upcoming election and the normal spew coming out of Washington......I am so glad we only have one more year of Bush.....I just hope the country can make it for 13 more months without imploding.

Before I drifted off into a haze Friday night....I watched our son play Call of Duty 4 on his Xbox 360 for awhile. I remember when I bought my first video game system....anyone old enough to remember Pong?

Those were the days.

I am so getting one of these when I can save up the money. 400 bucks is a lot of money to spend on a gadget, but I still want one really bad.

I was planning on putting XP on our daughters laptop, but the more I researched it-I think it's gonna have to stay running with Vista. She bought it at Best Buy and while it's a very nice laptop for the price she paid- it turns out that Best Buy had these Sony Vaios specially made for Black Friday and they have all the drivers for Vista online at Sony but none for XP, so it's gonna be extremely difficult to "downgrade" it to XP.

I'm gonna throw 3 gigs of RAM into it, so that will help it run at least halfway decent.

Sounds like I'm bagging on Vista.....it runs fine as long as you throw tons of RAM at it and have a decent dual core processor. I've set up a couple Vista machines with 1 gig of RAM and they were painfully slow.

It's almost enough to give a guy a migraine............

till later.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Mom........

If you're a long term reader of this blog, you know I consider myself a very lucky man.

I have the best wife a guy could ever have, 2 wonderful children, great in-laws and extended family, a great dad and last but not least-a great mom.

As days go-this is a biggie-my mom's birthday is today-she was born 60 some years ago (I'm not sayin' her age) in Baltimore. She is the best mom I guy could hope to have and she did (and continues to do) a wonderful job of being a mom and a grandmother.

Happy Birthday mom and we all love you bunches:-)

PS-I'll even forgive you for taking a picture of me taking a poop when I was 5 years old.

Love, your son.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It never gets old...........

Been setting up new computers and fixing up sick ones for about a year now. Nothing more fun then opening up boxes with thousands of dollars worth of computers inside and getting to set all those PC's up. Sounds kinda boring but since I'm a geek........I dig it.

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Gotta thank Hank for the pic....

In addition to being a geek....I'm also a science nut. This is a good article about Voyager.

I need one of these. For anyone that knows me.......that's no big surprise.

Fits on a keychain nowadays.

This is kinda long but, dammit I love it when a plan comes together.

If Dick Cheney Didn’t Have Government Care, ‘He’d Probably Be Dead Now’.

It's amazing any of us are here.

I'm gonna apply for a job here......I'd fit right in.

Surf's up......way UP.

Free Microsoft software........there's a catch (you knew there would be)...you have to participate in a survey from Microsoft for 3 months and let them track your usage.

Ed from Oklahoma (CycleDog) is in the middle of an ice storm....check out his pictures.

This is pretty nifty......I use the "thump" method. I back up and the rear bumper goes "thump" against whatever is behind me. That's the beauty of driving an old minivan-no need for fancy electronics.

till later.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Random thoughts........

I figured out how to share the music and TV shows on my laptop with the Xbox 360 downstairs......pretty cool technology. I can bit torrent a TV show and instead of burning it to a DVD, I can just stream it to the TV and watch it.

My next project is getting my parents WiFi working properly....ever since they went over to DSL, I haven't been able to enable WEP or WPA encryption on their wireless router. I did put a utility on their computer that locks down access to any of the files if someone signs onto their wireless network, but that's kind of a stopgap measure. The wireless router is a few years old, I'm gonna attempt to update the firmware....wish me luck.

I'm gonna go nuts listening to our store Muzak until Christmas is over.....one minute they're playing Michael Jackson singing a song about sitting on Santa's lap and the next minute they're playing Combat Rock from the Clash.

Ten minutes after that.....you guessed it-Burl Ives belts out "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas"

I'm thinking about gluing something over the speaker grills of the intercom system in the ceiling of our department.....it's gonna be a long 3 weeks.

I'd enjoy Christmas a lot more if we forgot all the commercial crap and brought the holiday back to it's original purpose which is.....

.... celebrating Santa Clause's birthday.

I kid of course, but you know how you act on Christmas and try and be on your best behavior? I'd like to see everyone try to do that everyday. There'd be a lot less people getting blowed up and killed if we could all just have some decent manners.

I'd be willing to start by not giving the finger to anyone that cuts me off in traffic. It's a small price to pay but I'd be willing to do it if it made the world a better place.

If I'm on my bike and you cut me off in your car? Screw that-you're gettin' the finger.
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I was reading People magazine and saw the article where bloggers were calling Jennifer Love Hewitt out for being fat. I saw the pictures of her in her bikini..........what the hell are they talking about? She looks perfectly normal to me. No wonder young teenage girls get eating disorders with press like that.

I'm glad I'm not famous, they'd have a field day with me. There would be pictures of me picking my nose or my ass on the front page of the Star every week......because lets face it, we all pick our noses or dig in our butt crack once and awhile......don't worry-I wash my hands before I handle food at work.

Weird......what's even weirder is the "Customers Who Bought Items Like This Also Bought" section below the main selection....hmmmm.

I'm sure they all taste marvelous, but the last one looks like a meteorite between two hamburger buns.

If you ever had the tiniest hope that President Bush was a good and honest person......this press conference should crush that thought. Seriously? I think Shrub commits 20 or 25 key words to memory and makes up sentences as he goes along.....next January can't get here soon enough.

We get both here at the Donut Guy's house and they are totally worth the money. If you are gonna buy anything electronic or just about anything else, it's at least worth it to sign up for the online version.

Why food costs more then it did last year. Me? I'd rather have less expensive food and drive a smaller car.

Tom Waits....Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis.

till later.

Not much going on.......

Let's be honest...just about all the news this week was crappy so I'm gonna post up a joke my sister-in-law sent me and call it a day..........


Wrapping Presents With A Cat

1. Clear large space on table for wrapping present.

2. Go to wardrobe and collect bag in which present is contained, and close door.

3. Open door and remove cat from wardrobe.

4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper.

5. Go back and remove cat from cupboard.

6. Go to drawer and collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors, labels, etc.

7. Lay out present and wrapping materials on table, to enable wrapping strategy to be formed.

8. Go back to drawer to get string, remove cat that has been in the drawer since last visit, and collect string.

9. Remove present from bag.

10. Remove cat from bag.

11. Open box to check present, remove cat from box, replace present.

12. Lay out paper to enable cutting to size.

13. Cut the paper to size, trying to keep the cutting line straight.

14. Throw away first sheet because cat tried to chase the scissors and tore paper.

15. Cut second sheet of paper to size by putting cat in the bag the present came out of.

16. Place present on cut-to-size paper.

17. Lift up edges of paper to seal in present, wonder why edges now don't reach, and find cat between present and paper. Remove cat and retry.

18. Place object on paper, to hold in place, while cutting transparent sticky tape.

19. Spend next 20 minutes carefully trying to remove transparent sticky tape from cat with pair of nail scissors.

20. Seal paper down with transparent sticky tape, making corners as neat as possible.

21. Look for roll of ribbon; chase cat down hall and retrieve ribbon.

22. Try to wrap present with ribbon in a two-directional turn.

23. Re-roll up ribbon and remove paper that is now torn, due to cat's enthusiasm in chasing ribbon end.

24. Repeat steps 12-22 until down to last sheet of paper.

25. Decide to skip steps 12-16 in order to save time and reduce risk of losing last sheet of paper. Retrieve old cardboard box that you know is right size for sheet of paper.

26. Put present in box, and tie down with string.

27. Remove string, open box and remove cat.

28. Put all packing materials in bag with present and head for lockable room.

29. Once inside room, lock door and start to re-lay out packing materials.

30. Remove cat from box, unlock door, put cat outside door, close door and re-lock.

31. Lay out last sheet of paper. (Admittedly this is difficult in the small area of the bathroom, but try your best!)

32. Seal box, wrap with paper and start repairs by very carefully sealing down tears with transparent stick y tape. Now tie up with ribbon and decorate with bows to hide worst affected areas.

33. Label, then sit back and admire your handiwork, congratulating yourself on making good of a bad job.

34. Unlock door, and go to kitchen to make drink and feed cat.

35. Spend next 15 minutes looking for cat, before coming to obvious conclusion.

36. Unwrap present, untie box and remove cat.

37. Retrieve all discarded sheets of wrapping paper, feed cat and retire to lockable room for last attempt, making certain you are alone and the door is locked.

38. At time of handing over present, smile sweetly at receiver's face, as they try and hide their contempt at being handed such a badly wrapped present.

39. Vow to yourself that next year, you will get the store to wrap the thing for you.

Till later.....

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I thought for sure........

.....we would be..........I can't believe were not #1.

I know lots of folks choose to get divorced for all kinds of reasons.......all I know is that I found the woman of my dreams 25 years ago....she's a sweetie:-)

Our daughter got her passport in the mail yesterday, so she's all set for her trip to Italy this spring, how awesome is that? By the time she settles down and gets married, I hope she gets to travel all over the world......I've said it 9 bazillion times on this here blog-but we have great kids. Our son is totally digging his Xbox 360....it wouldn't surprise me if he ended up writing game software for a career.

Our kids are really the first generation to grow up with computers in school and at home from preschool on through high school.....you have to wonder what it's going to be like in 50 years when our kids are grandparents and they reminisce about the "old" days.

Here's a thought...........let the government run out of money for a year or two. Yeah, I know-that's wackjob thinking but look at how much money we'd save.

Sure seems like a lot of fuss over a movie.....As far as I know-I don't think anyone is gonna be forced at gunpoint into a theater to watch it. What's the big deal? Put things in perspective.

This guys entire life will be defined by this one incident. What a dumbass.

I want one of these. Puts a new meaning on "shredding".

till later.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Snow? *Please*.

Every year I always look forward to the first snow scare of the season.

For those of us that are so very fortunate to work in retail......honestly, we all think most members of the general public are idiots. Present readers of this blog are excluded, of course.

Seriously, even if we had a huge blizzard, how many days do ya think you would be holed up? 2days? 3days? Everybody has enough Kraft Macaroni and Cheese stuffed into a cupboard somewhere to last a couple days easy.

I know I have some readers from Alaska and a few from the midwest....do people in your area act like they are on meth bender when snow is in the forecast?

In our area, the forecast was for some mixed participation early Sunday that would eventually turn to rain later in the day.

In our store.......eggs-gone....milk-wiped out......bread-sold out......toilet paper-cleaned out....and my favorite.....donuts-I made tons (almost double) extra for Saturday and we had less then 2 dozen left over. I guess that's why the toilet paper was sold out-everyone bought enough food for a week or two.

My wife and I stopped in Wal-Mart late Saturday afternoon......wow, what a cross section of humanity that place is on the weekends. All the fat people were using the motorized carts and some poor handicapped woman had to wait until one was free to do her shopping. Yeah, sure I know some folks are 75 pounds overweight and that's okay but damn ........do they all have to wear Dale Earnhardt belly shirts and ride around on "mobility" carts?

Look in a mirror before you head out the door....nobody needs to see your stretch marks.

I've bought 2 used games to play on our son's Xbox 360.....some poker game and a driving game...that'll keep me busy for at least a few months. I tried playing one of his shoot-em up games the other morning and I kept getting killed. Nobody gets shot in the back of the head with a laser gun playing Texas Hold-em on the 360, so I think I'll stick to that for now.

My wife and I watched the first DVD of Planet Earth last night.....it's the first time I wished we had one of those fancy HDTV's.....the images are breathtaking.

This game might make you toss your PC out the window....click on dots to try and trap the cat. It took me several tries to get the cat trapped....okay it took more then several tries-more like 20 or 25 tries, but I did eventually trap the cat.

Today's art break......it might be or it might not be art and you may or may not like it......but it was at the New York Public Library, so I think it qualifies as "art".

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Somebody needs to give Helen Thomas a raise....

till later.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Total rebuild.......

Doing one of my favorite things...........totally wiping a clients hard drive and rebuilding it from scratch. Kinda fun, I'm only installing what the client wants and skipping a lot of fluff.

It's amazing how fast an XP box with only 512 megs of RAM can be.

I'll be doing the same thing to our daughter's new laptop when she comes home for Christmas only she is gonna have 2 1/2 gigs of RAM to run XP on.

Busy weekend, till later.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Go ahead and laugh if ya wanna....

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Done laughing yet?

I read a study a few weeks ago that said that wearing glasses that block blue light can help you fall asleep and also help prevent SAD which I am afflicted with every winter. Seems to be working so far, only our son is petrified that someone he knows is gonna see him when I drop him off to school in the morning.

Since I go to bed at 8 in the morning, I've been wearing them when I come home from work at 5AM......looks funny, but if it works-I'm going with it.

I'll probably be posting a little less for the next few days, super busy with donuts, computer and consulting work and raking a metric ass-load of dead leaves out to the curb.

I have a client with a fairly large budget that's looking for an uber stout gaming PC.....I an hardly wait to get that system and set it up. We just have to sit down and decide exactly how much money he wants to spend. It's not that difficult to spend 5 or 6 grand on a gaming system if you really want to.

I'm fairly happy with my computer business so far; just with word-of-mouth advertising-I've built up a nice clientèle base in the last year. If it grows at the nice slow pace it has been....who knows where it'll end up? Maybe our son can take it over and be his own boss after he graduates from college.

Do bears shit in the woods? Yes, here's proof.

till later.

Monday, November 26, 2007

No hot water...........

I'm sure glad our plumber doesn't hunt. Our water heater crapped out Sunday evening.....sure don't realize how much you take something for granted until you don't have it.

Anyways, one of the life lessons my pop taught me was to make sure you have a reliable mechanic to work on your cars and a good plumber.

It was amazing how much smarter my old man got the older I got. When I was 16.....I knew way more then he did.....now that I'm 48 and he's 70.....I think we are almost even. Sometimes I find myself thinking I still know more then he does, but he's still pretty darn smart.

Our daughter went back to school yesterday and already the house is too quiet. Yeah, I know once she gets her degree and starts her career, she'll probably chose to have her own place to live instead of living here, but we sure do enjoy having her around during school breaks.

I had a comment on a previous post concerning my politics .....which I promptly deleted. I know that blogging about politics will bring out the trolls and I'm perfectly okay if you wanna disagree with me-just be civil about it. Go ahead and post opposing views, I enjoy an intelligent debate- but lets not resort to name calling and mud slinging shall we?
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I have to disagree with No 2....that's my all time favorite movie....and I didn't even go to college.

Here's what's wrong with the media....all CBS gives a shit about is a tongue stud.....and they don't even discuss this.

lib•er•tar•ian........sums it up for me. Who am I voting for next election? Not sure yet, but I'd really like to see some radical changes.

The UN might have a valid point here. I've seen enough Youtube videos of police officers using Tasers to know when they are being used inappropriately. Like tasing an unarmed woman for refusing to get out of her vehicle. Sure she had an attitude but damn....... 2 big burly cops couldn't deal with her without resorting to a Taser gun?

I'm surprised George didn't have Dick shoot it.

till later.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Burl Ives can bite me.....

Seriously, if I never hear Burl Ives sing "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" ever again.........that would be A-OK with me. Unfortunately, where I work they play Muzuk 24/7 and they offer up about 6 or 7 Christmas songs interspersed with the occasional Celine Dion song.

One of these nights.....I'm gonna go off.

It's probably gonna be on the guy that comes in at 3AM every damn night and asks if the Boston custard donuts are done. I've patiently explained that it's one of the last variety of donuts I finish and that they aren't usually done until 4:30 in the morning.

Doesn't stop him from asking every night...........

Here's how you know you were too fat.

Our son was playing a game on Xbox 360 called Call of Duty 4.....wow. I can easily see how someone could get sucked into playing 360 non stop for days on end. Kinda like an old fashioned shoot'em up game only it's extremely life like and realistic. I was having fun just watching him.

For the most part, he's pretty good about not spending too much time playing stuff like that-he's limited during the week by his part time job and homework......

This is gonna hurt.

Till later.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

An electronic free for all..........

Our daughter is one smart shopper.

She stood in line at 3 AM Friday for a killer deal on a Sony Viao laptop. Excellent specs for 400 dollars. All it needs is a bump up to 2 gigs of RAM and she'll be good to go for several years. Out of all of us in the family, she uses a laptop computer like they are supposed to be used, it gets carried around a lot so I wasn't totally surprised that her old one crapped out after 3 years.

My wife found a good deal on an Xbox 360 for our son, 350 bucks for the mid level unit and it includes 2 games and Guitar Hero.

Of course since I'm writing about it on this blog.....it's no secret that we gave it to him early.

Kinda hard not too since every one else in the family got their Christmas presents early.

Not much time for linkies today.........

Passiveaggressivenotes.com has some great notes.....you can just feel the love.

Till later.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tryptophan induced coma........

I without a doubt, have the best wife in the world.

One of the many reasons?

She made a turkey the day before Thanksgiving so I could have turkey sandwiches for breakfast when I came home from work this (Thursday) morning.

Our daughter is home for the weekend and it's great having the whole family under one roof for a few days. I work the whole week and weekend, but it's still nice having her around.....

When this thing is less then 400 bucks.....I'm gonna buy one. To me, it's worth the 400 bucks but my wife would probably kill me if I bought another gadget....I can't help it, I love gadgets and I love books.

Thankful as always.....

till later.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sometimes people are assholes.....

First thing I have to say is "guilty as charged".

Sure, I've said some things to people I probably shouldn't have and for that... I'm sorry.

No, seriously-I mean it.

Well actually........I mean it most of the time.

I guess what I'm trying to convey is that society is just flat out meaner then it was 10 or 15 years ago.

Let me provide an example.

Our store ran out of eggs two days before Thanksgiving. Yeah, somebody messed up and didn't order enough....it was a mistake and mistakes happen.

I had a very well dressed customer (mid 40's wearing a very nice business suit) walk up to me in the bakery and ask me what she was supposed to do because she needed eggs and we didn't have any. I apologized and told her that we would be getting more in Wednesday morning.

She said "unf**kingbelievable" under her breath and started to walk off.... but not before I managed to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving.

I do believe I trumped her "mean" card with my "nice" card....I'm sure she thought I was being an asshole by wishing her a pleasant holiday after her unpleasant exchange.

Me, be an asshole?

Nah. I love working retail during the holidays.

Happy turkey day.......

My friend hank sent me this........

The Parrot

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift.


The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot.

The parrot yelled back.

John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and ever ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said.....

"I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued,

"May I ask what the turkey did?"

...not sure how the holiday started nor do I really care. Nowadays it's just a reason for family and friends to get together. To be honest-that works for me.

If we didn't have Thanksgiving, all the stores would go directly into Christmas mode right after Labor Day....for that-I'm thankful.

till later.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sty in my eye........

I'll save y'all the details but I feel like crap and it feels like I have a small log in my right eye.

I just love it when a plan comes together.

Anyone ever notice that when you aren't feeling well that time slows down? I wouldn't say I am out and out sick, I just feel like a bear with a sore ass.

Nothing that 10 or 14 hours of sleep won't fix.....

till later.

Monday, November 19, 2007

New cars........

Wow, there sure are lots of car dealerships were we live.

My lovely wife and I spent a few hours traipsing all over York County yesterday afternoon checking out new cars.....I took pictures of all the models my wife is interested in and since we have a subscription to the online version of Consumer Reports, she can look up all the facts and figures of all the models she likes.

It will be interesting to see what she comes up with. My wife isn't your normal car shopper, she isn't that interested in looks or colors- the only option she wants for sure is heated seats. Mileage numbers are going to be the major determining factor in what she buys.

My son and I decided to give my wife one of her Christmas presents early....we bought her a Slanket ,we couldn't stand to see her being all chilly....so it looks like we'll have to find something else to get her for Christmas.

We also went to Sam's Club yesterday where they had "Taste of Sam's".....don't wanna be too indelicate here, but it's basically White Trash Nation with free food....they all crowd around the poor sample ladies and hoover up all the samples as soon as they are put out. I like Sam's but I usually go there early in the morning when they only let business owners in. Yeah, I know that sounds snobby, but I hate big crowds of people.

Why you Should Start your Own Business Now..........part of the reason I started up my business fixing computers. I like the extra money and maybe some day our son could do this instead of working for someone else.

I might vote for Huckabee just because of this ad.

Religious intolerance is alive and well in Texas. Class move on the part of the synagogue.

Still smoking? This might help you change your mind. I am proud to be one of those "asshole former smokers". Don't even get close to me with a lit cigarette.

So.........how much is the TV?

Back up.

Common sense ? Nah, we don't need any of that.....

till later.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Not sold in stores......

I got home from work this morning and our son was sleeping out in the living room with the TV on. By the time I get home at 4:30 AM, there are usually infomercials on.

Some of my favorites......

There's a whole ton on this site. My favorite? This one-the whole family will have the same haircut.

The Magic Bullet is another winner....

I wonder if this crap will fix all the dents on my minivan?

I can't find the link to another of my favs, it's a really skinny spooky looking guy that sells some sort of product that cleans your colon.

I guess folks buy all that worthless junk because they continue to advertise it......

My wife and I are doing one of our least favorite things this Sunday...shopping for a new car.

Looking for something cheap, AWD and fairly decent on gas. New cars are nice and all, but it's also nice having the cash to spend on other stuff. Our daughter is going to need a car at college in the near future, so we're out looking at 2007 leftovers.

I hate dealing with car salesmen, cars are one of the few products where the "price" isn't really the price. I don't care about monthly payments, leases, terms or anything else except how much the damn car costs. Why is getting that one single number so hard?

I'm sure we'll narrow it down to a couple different models and print out the wholesale pricing you can buy from Consumers Report and then go piss some salespeople off.

I hate wasting time sitting in some guys cubicle while he talks to his manager. I can imagine we'll probably end up walking out of a few places.......there's only something like 4 bazillion places that sell cars where we live-we'll find something.
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Barry is innocent. His head got as big as a watermelon all by itself.

These assholes are just as bad as Bush. 2 week break? I say get your swollen heads back in there and figure something out.

Here's some more mental masturbation. The thing that's scary? One of those rocket scientists are gonna be the next President. Hopefully this guy won't win....but at least this guy has pretty hair. Honestly, I have no idea where any of those bobbleheads stand on the issues because they change their opinions every week.

My favorite candidate is too popular.

Go ahead and light my ass up for this opinion.....but I think Al Sharpton is 10 pounds of manure packed into a five pound bag.

They have a 35 hour work week.....I'm having a hard time feeling any pity.

The Taser company covers their ass. The cops woulda been better off just macing the guy and then clubbing him in the knees once or twice. Sounds mean as hell, but he'd still be alive.

King Juan Carlos has a set of balls. Should he apologize? Not for me to say, I admire him for saying what needed said when he said it.

This isn't to hard to believe. It's pretty easy to compete with a company that sells a cup of coffee for 5 bucks. Why can't they just call their 3 sizes small, medium and large? I don't go there because I feel like an idiot asking for a Venti coffee. I'm going to stick to gas store coffee.

She really needs to move to Montana and hire a driver.

They're both as boring as watching paint dry.

I love this site and my wife will probably like this particular video.....I wish I looked like Bruce Willis.

till later...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cat causes internet outage........

As I was typing this into my browser.....a little window came up that said I was disconnected from the internet. Comcast has a history of doing updates early in the AM and going offline for a few minutes at a time....so I didn't think much of it. Turns out the cat pulled the power cord out of the router......I figured that out when I went downstairs and everything on the table where the router is was knocked over.

This is cool. Now I can have my 2 favorite groups alternate songs in a playlist. I kinda doubt AC/DC and The Beach Boys are gonna be doing a live double bill any time soon.

Speaking about music......I ripped 10 CD's of an audiobook for my wife to listen to on her iPod. Last night Windows decided to update and restart all by itself and for some reason...all 10 Cd's are missing in action. Not that big a deal, but it still kinda pissed me off.

Not sure when winter is going to get here, today it's about 60 degrees and raining...there are still green leaves on some of our trees and I heard seagulls in our yard yesterday. It's probably gonna be one of those deals where it's 60 degrees one week and we'll have 3 feet of snow the next week.

Best blender ever.....you gotta check out the video.

Today's science break, courtesy of National Geographic.

Turkey is good, bacon wrapped turkey is better. About the only thing I could imagine beating that would be a turkey wrapped turducken. I wonder how many folks will burn their house down next Thursday.

Gotta admire those folks in Russia.......I woulda called out sick. Nobody needs donuts that damn bad.

till later.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pictures...


Our son and I got up to Rocky Ridge yesterday afternoon for a little bit....

I took a whole bunch of pictures, here a few of them. I was basically playing around with all the settings to see what kind of pics I'd get. I took something like 150 of them....most of them were pretty boring.

All kinds of settings on my new camera....the best part is I'm not wasting film while I'm playing around with all the buttons and dials-just wasting time. Any time I get to spend outside with our son "wasting" time is time well spent in my book.

I bought one of those digital photo frames-kinda neat, you can put a couple hundred pics in it and share your pictures.
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Obviously, Toyota has never been to York Pa. I'm not saying my hometown is a craphole, but it used to be nicer......you know it's a nice place to live when they bill it as the "Factory Tour Capitol of the World".

This guy does have a point.....it's more like Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee then soup....still looks like something I'd eat.

I'd love to have this job. I had a lot of practice with my first car. It was a 68 VW and I beat that poor car senseless. I fixed it up and gave it to my parents and they drove it for a few years....I wish I still had it-it was a fun car except for when you had to scrape the inside of the windshield in the winter.

Sad thing is....this story is almost believable.

This is a way cool tool to find the nearest mailbox.....wait, do people still use mailboxes?

Good advice if you're starting a blog. Me? I break a few of those rules......I do it just because I like doing it. Not much of a reason, huh?

till later.....

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thanksgiving is when????

Just seems like summer was over only a few weeks ago. I'm hoping that all the leaves fall out of the trees before our township has its last leaf pick-up.

A few years ago I waited until the last pick-up of the season and it snowed about 6 inches on all the leaves I had piled out onto the street. Since we have so many trees, our street is reduced to one lane when I put all the leaves out. The snow plow driver really had no choice but to plow the snow and leaves back up onto my lawn.

It was quite a mess, they eventually had to get a front end loader out in the spring to pick up all the dead composted leave matter on our street.

I'm sure I piss my next door neighbor off, he's anal about his yard and blows his leaves out to the street about 3 or 4 times a week.

Me? ......I just let mine blow around until most of them end up over in his yard.....I kinda like the way they look when they cover the ground. It's fall after all.....
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Tell me this guy didn't use at least some crazy glue.....

Maybe I'm an old geezer ........but I really much prefer the gorilla.

First thing we do......let's kill all the lawyers. I can see suing for the cost of the flowers.......but 400,000 dollars is totally asinine. Something to think about when I'm out talking to new clients.

Stick what up my ass?

This is a good fake ad.

A firefighter was working on the engine outside the station when he noticed a little girl nearby in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides & a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.

The girl was wearing a firefighter's helmet. The wagon was being pulled by her dog & her cat.
The fire fighter walked over to take a closer look. "That sure is a nice fire truck," the firefighter said with admiration.

"Thanks," the girl replied.


The firefighter looked a little closer & noticed the girl had tied the wagon to her dog's collar & to the cat's testicles.


"Little partner," the firefighter said "I don't want to tell you how to run your rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster.

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The little girl replied thoughtfully, "You're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren."

This would be nice if it happened. Our Comcast bill has gone up by over 30% over the last two years and we haven't added anything.

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You might be a redneck if.....you have a monster truck shopping cart

You're definitely a redneck if you do this.

Heck, you don't even have to live in America to be a redneck.

I sure am dating myself here, but .......does anyone remember this? I saw Gordon Lightfoot a couple years afterwards and it gave me goosebumps when he sang that song. Hard to believe that was 32 years ago.

I don't know for sure, but by this point........if it comes from China-it probably contains lead or some other nasty chemical........it's almost like they put poison on stuff automatically.

I graduated from school in 1977....the same year this catalog came out. Gotta thank my good friend Hank for the link......I can't believe people used to dress like that......

Britney just can't get a break.........red light? Hell, with all the flashbulbs going off, it's a wonder she could see at all. If I were here, I'd seriously consider getting a Secret Service style Suburban and letting someone else drive.

How to handle people that wear those dumbass Bluetooth earpieces.

How to not second guess your doctor.

till later.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Eyeball headache

Anyone ever get one of those kind of headaches where it feels like there is a fully pumped up balloon right behind your eye sockets? I had one yesterday and I pretty much wanted to gouge out an eyeball. They must be contagious, our son has one today.......

Who needs friends when you can have Elvis around. Click the "Watch the Animatronic Singing And Talking Elvis in Action" link on the page for extra weirdness....gotta thank Doug for that one.

More from 2007's Mom of the Year. It must be tough having kids and money.

till later

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Front door pictures.....

Our daughters laptop seems like it kinda died yesterday. Kinda of a bummer, looks like we'll be shopping for a new one for her when she comes home on Thanksgiving break.

One project I wanted to do this week was to scan some pictures into my laptop and upload them to Picasa. Every year my mom and dad have taken a picture of our children on their birthday by their front door.

We call them "Front Door Pictures"........

Here's our daughter.

Here's our son.

Pretty neat, huh?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Honor roll

Our son has made the honor roll for this semester......I gotta say-WAY TO GO DAN!!!!

I think he has found a balance between work, school and everything else.

Good job sir.

Dan is better at math then these folks.

till later...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

another vacation.....ho hum.

Kinda weird having another week of vacation so close to the last one. Not that I'm complaining or anything. It took me about a week to get back into the working 3rd shift..........I really need to win the lottery or something.

Donuts, fast food, processed food and just about anything that tastes good isn't good for you and will kill you early. Unless America radically changes it's eating habits.....I think my job is safe for awhile. If our store only sold things that were good for you...it wouldn't have 110,000 square feet of sales floor.

The announcer gets a tad excited while he calls the play. Whatever, I guess I ain't much of a football fan. I know where my daughter goes to college...their football team has been undefeated for years.

This is kinda illegal but it sure would be fun to have one sometimes.

Quandry? I still think it's hate speech. Replace the word "Fag" on their signs with the "N" word and see how they would be perceived.

This coffee tastes like crap.

till later.

Friday, November 02, 2007

One more week........

Yay, I have 1 more night of work then I'm on vacation again.

Gonna be takin' pictures and going for some nice easy bike rides. My knees haven't quite recovered yet from the hike my wife and I took a couple weeks ago.

I think I'll buy a couple rolls of sport tape and tape those suckers up before I do that again.

A joke......
A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor's office. After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, "Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don't follow my instructions carefully, your husband will surely die. "Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him. "Don't burden him with chores. Don't discuss your problems with him; it will only make his stress worse. Do not nag him. Most importantly, make love to him regularly. "If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely." On the way home, the husband asked his wife, "What did the doctor say?" "He said you're going to die," she replied.

I'm addicted to JelloCar. Kinda funny how the simple games can be the most fun to play.

I hope this guy wins any challenges to his decision. I'm all for freedom of speech but I think the signs the church members display are hate speech, not freedom of speech.......big difference in my book, doesn't matter if they were 1000 feet away or 1000 miles away.

I've found a car that's smaller then the Smart Car.

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Sure hope my neighbors have a sense of humor....

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

LivingXL.com

6 times the normal size?

Super Sized Bicycle Seat

That's big.

Halloween aftermath........

The best part of working in a supermarket in the middle of the night is..........checking out some of our wackjob customers. Sure we get a few shift workers shopping for groceries at 1 in the morning but let's face it-most normal people are in bed sleeping at that hour.

My vote for best Halloween costume was for the very large man with a shaved head wearing a ballet outfit at 2 in the morning buying a gallon of milk. He was at least 6 ft 6 in, was built like a sumo wrestler and he was wearing pink tights.....that dude was scary.

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Our cat goes wacko when I buy her catnip. This picture is of her at 4:30 in the morning. I bought a package of 3 catnip stuffed mice and they are already strewn all over the house. I'm not sure what's in catnip, but our cat is wired for sound right now....

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I brake for cake. My wife makes the best cake on planet Earth....and no I'm not sharing.
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There is all kinds of bad news out there today......and I ain't linking to any of it. Except this.

Besides coffee and bottled water......what did we drink 10 years ago? Me? I used to drink a ton of diet soda, now I'm addicted to green tea.

I think I've linked to this before, don't waste your money.... just let a professional (me) make you as heavy as a freight train.

till later.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

ARGH!!!! MY EYES!!!!!!

Sorry about the color scheme, but Halloween is awesome...I'll change it back to something normal on Thursday. Those donuts in the picture were created by yours truly. Our son wanted me to go to Dunkin' Donuts to buy him some donuts.....if anyone ever sees me in a Dunkin' Donut.....shoot me please.

We have another local chain around here that I would buy donuts from because they contribute quite a bit of money back into the community and I used to work for them.....but Dunkin' Donuts? They've slipped quite a bit in the past couple of years.
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Today's science break. I'm a science geek, I love reading stuff like that....check out this guys other essays at the bottom of the page.

This is kinda cool.

This looks like a good book. I know I'm gonna sound like an old fart when I say this.....but things were so much different when I was a kid.

Oh wait...........I'm still a kid. At least on the inside.

Have an orange day.

till later

You know you're tired........

You know you're tired when you get into the shower and you're still wearing your glasses. Sometimes, I even surprise myself with my own absentmindedness....I am the king of forgetting stuff.

I bought myself a simple Palm Pilot a year ago, I don't know how I'd get through life without it. If I am supposed to be somewhere or pick something up from the store...I gotta write it down in the Palm or 9 times out of 10-I'll blank out.

Ever walk into a room and forgot what you wanted to do or why you were even there? Sometimes, I'll have whole days like that.

I'm on vacation again next week, I am hoping to hit the foliage peak right on the money.
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I'm dyin' to get out and play with my new camera....
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Ironic.

I think #13 is my favorite.

till later.

Monday, October 29, 2007


One thing about working shift work is that nights off can really screw up your sleep schedule. For instance, this is my night off and I took a short nap right when I got home from work Sunday morning and then another one Sunday evening and now it's 1:30 AM Monday morning and I'm wide awake.

This would be cool if I could actually do something besides watch TV and screw around on the internet. I'd like to cut the grass and fertilize but 2 in the morning isn't the best time to fire up the mower........

Quiz.....

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ' dw' and they are all common words. Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S.'

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Answers....

1. Boxing.

2. Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)

3. Asparagus and rhubarb.

4. Strawberry

5. It grew inside the bottle. (The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.)

6. Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.

7. Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8. Lettuce

9. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

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