Saturday, December 31, 2005

More on that Windows flaw..............

Saw this on the Washington Post. You have to give the W.P. some info to see all their articles so in lieu of that, I copied and pasted the following.............

Windows Security Flaw Is 'Severe'
PCs Vulnerable to Spyware, Viruses

By Brian Krebs
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, December 30, 2005; D01

A previously unknown flaw in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system is leaving computer users vulnerable to spyware, viruses and other programs that could overtake their machines and has sent the company scrambling to come up with a fix.

Microsoft said in a statement yesterday that it is investigating the vulnerability and plans to issue a software patch to fix the problem. The company could not say how soon that patch would be available.

Mike Reavey, operations manager for Microsoft's Security Response Center, called the flaw "a very serious issue."

Security researchers revealed the flaw on Tuesday and posted instructions online that showed how would-be attackers could exploit the flaw. Within hours, computer virus and spyware authors were using the flaw to distribute malicious programs that could allow them to take over and remotely control afflicted computers.

Unlike with previously revealed vulnerabilities, computers can be infected simply by visiting one of the Web sites or viewing an infected image in an e-mail through the preview pane in older versions of Microsoft Outlook, even if users did not click on anything or open any files. Operating system versions ranging from the current Windows XP to Windows 98 are affected.

An estimated 90 percent of personal computers run on Microsoft Windows operating systems. Microsoft has found itself under attack on several instances and has been forced to issue a number of patches to keep computers running Windows safe. Mac and Linux computer users are not at risk with this attack, even if their computers run Microsoft programs such as Office or the Internet Explorer Web browser.

Reavey encouraged users to update their anti-virus software, ensure all Windows security patches are installed, avoid visiting unfamiliar Web sites, and refrain from clicking on links that arrive via e-mail or instant message.

"The problem with this attack is that it is so hard to defend against for the average user," said Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer for the SANS Internet Storm Center in Bethesda.

At first, the vulnerability was exploited by just a few dozen Web sites. Programming code embedded in these pages would install a program that warned victims their machines were infested with spyware, then prompted them to pay $40 to remove the supposed pests.

Since then, however, hundreds of sites have begun using the flaw to install a broad range of malicious software. SANS has received several reports of attackers blasting out spam e-mails containing links that lead to malicious sites exploiting the new flaw, Ullrich said.

Dean Turner, a senior manager at anti-virus firm Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., said the company has seen the vulnerability exploited to install software that intercepts personal and financial information when users of infected computers enter the data at certain banking or e-commerce sites.

Eric Sites, vice president of research and development for anti-spyware firm Sunbelt Software, said he has spotted spyware being downloaded to a user's machine by online banner advertisements.

"Pretty much all of the spyware guys who normally use other techniques for pushing this stuff down to your machine are now picking this exploit up," Sites said.

Because the vulnerability exists within a faulty Windows component, security experts warn that Windows users who eschew Internet Explorer in favor of alternative Web browsers, such as older versions of Firefox and Opera, can still get their PCs infected if they agree to download a file from a site taking advantage of the flaw.

Richard M. Smith, a Boston security and privacy consultant, said he was particularly worried that the vulnerability could soon be used to power a fast-spreading e-mail worm.

"We could see the mother of all worms here," Smith said. "My big fear is we're going to wake up in the next week or two and have people warning users not to read their e-mail because something is going around that's extremely virulent."

Brian Krebs is a reporter.
© 2005 The Washington Post Company

All I can say is that if Microsoft is admitting that it's serious, it must be really serious. I'm no computer expert but if you are using IE 6 and you are surfing to "questionable" sites, you are just asking for trouble.

Just because you go to college doesn't necessarily mean you're intelligent. Then again, some folks are just plain stupid.

I don't wanna die like this. I want to be 88 years old and get thrown off my mountain bike and center punch a tree as I am riding a gnarly downhill at 45 mph.


Go to school for free. Way cool.

I'm not sure why I keep replaying this video ..........but I do.

I'd have to agree with this, I have one and I use the heck out of it. Since I grew up in the age of 8-tracks, it's really cool to have something that I can fit so much stuff into and then put in my pocket.

I say........HELL YEAH. Better yet, they shoulda gave him a parachute and booted his ass off the plane while it was over the island instead of taking the time to land.

Even Microsoft employees use Firefox.

I was gonna do a review of stuff that happened in the past year, but everybody else seems to be doing that are a few of my predictions for 2006....

-George Bush gets arrested for this and gets thrown in jail. Nobody bails him out.

-The RIAA will have a public backlash from them suing all their customers and will lose some key court cases and have to apoligize for being assholes.

-We are going to get pounded by nearly as many hurricanes as we did this year and George Bush will be on vacation during all of them.

-Earthquakes in the midwest, most of Central Canada slides into the Mississippi and ends up in New Orleans. Eh?

-Donuts will become part of the Food Pyramid.

-Michael Jackson has a hit record. Not.

Whaddya think?

What's the Donut Guy doing this New Year's Eve?


It's hard to turn down double time and a half for an 8 hour shift.

Oh, one more thing before I go...........If you're gonna get hammered tonight.... call a cab, have a sober friend be the designated driver or stay put and sleep it off........


It ain't worth it.

Seeya next year.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Cats are fun..............

Our cat is still getting acclimated to her new house, just about everything startles her and then she makes a run for her bed located in our upstairs bathroom.
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I've never seen a cat that enjoys getting it belly rubbed before but this cat loves it.

She also has chosen her favorite human and it looks like our daughter has the honors. Belle will follow Katie around the house like a dog waiting to be petting and loved up. I think she's gonna have alot of fun as soon as she gets more comfortable with everything, she really is a cute little kitty:-)

I saw this article on HereNT's site, he lives in Minneapolis and the article is about winter biking. Check it out, it's a good read. Sometimes I wish there was a safer way for me to get to work on a bike, there's too many narrow twisty roads with non-existent shoulders and too many inattentive drivers for me to risk it at night.

I could be wearing all the reflective clothing made and be all pimped out on blinkies and lights but that ain't gonna do squat if someone in an SUV runs my ass over after running wide on a turn.

Check this out. Is that one smokin' computer or what?

Don't download MSN Messenger beta 8. Because there ain't one.

Our daughter is gonna want this. I know you read this kid, you want me to pull the trigger on the order?

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Sorry for bagging on Bush, but the cartoon was too good not to post.

You know you're a redneck............

The RIAA are slime.

I knew bananas were good for you but I didn't know all this.........

I'm with this guy. I don't watch a whole lot of TV or movies anyhow.

I seem to draw the weirdos in when I work the evening shift. Sure, more nutjobs are out and about at 2 in the morning but still...............

Last night I had a person dressed as a clown come up to the bakery and asked me where the condoms where. Whatever, I guess clowns need love too. It beats the girl dressed as a hippy that asked me if I had accepted Jesus as my personal saviour earlier in the evening.

Thanks for reading............

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Donut Guy's New Years Resolutions.........

Just getting a jump on things here, I figured I would publicly post my resolutions for next year so my family can read this and hold me to them...........

Here goes............

#1- Lose some weight. I'm not gonna go crazy on this one but I'd like to drop 15 pounds by May 1rst. That's less then a pound a week, so I figure it's doable.

#2- Do some outside work on our house. I hate to paint but our window frames all need some attention so I am going to tackle them one at a time.

#3- Ride my bikes more. Last year I had an excuse because of injuries, but this year I'd like to ride at least 3000 miles between all my bikes. Before last year, I was averaging 4 to 5000 miles a year, so this is extremely doable.

Yeah, it's a short list but if I make it longer- I'll just blow it off.

I did see this. Maybe I will resolve to take more naps. I can never get the hang of taking short naps, a small nap for me is 4 hours.

RFID...........that's some scary stuff and it's gonna be everywhere in 5 years.

I was listening to a NPR podcast last night about how the meaning of Christmas has been changed over the past few years. They interviewed someone from the American Family Association and they were upset with Wal-Mart for using using the term "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"

I don't often agree with the AFA, but I do as far as folks saying "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays".........

I hate it when someone says "Happy Holidays"- I use "Merry Christmas" and if you don't like it-piss off, you're probably a scrooge anyways.

I did look at the AFA's website out of curiosity and it's pretty darksided in my opinion. Not a whole lot of stuff on there I can get behind, I think the whole world would be a better place if we all minded our own business as far as religion and "family values" are concerned. If I wanna worship goats, hey-that's what I'm gonna do.

Here's a decidely non P.C. pick-up truck. And another. And the granddaddy of them all.

You know you're a redneck when............

Here's an interesting report concerning aging drivers. What do I think? I think ALL drivers should be retested after they have an "at fault" accident and if you are over a certain age-you should be retested every 5 years.

Here's another reason to use Firefox 1.5, it's getting ugly out there.

2006 predictions. They're only funny if you're a geek.

Last night at work I swore I was on one of those "hidden camera" shows......... We had a very badly dressed transvestite shopping in our store and I almost laughed out loud when I helped him select some pastries.

The dude was close to 7 feet tall, had a pot belly, very bad makeup and a dime store wig least his dress looked nice.

The part that almost busted me up was his voice. Most woman don't have a deep baritone voice. Whatever, as long as he's happy-I'm happy.

And on a sad note, Michael Vale has passed away. If I had a dollar for everytime someone said "It's time to make the donuts" I'd be able to buy a really nice mountain bike.

Thanks for reading.........

Monday, December 26, 2005

My aching back............

One thing I forgot to mention on my post yesterday was how much my back was killing me most of Christmas day. Not sure what I did to it, but whatever was wrong fixed itself overnight. Works for me.

I just have some random stuff I'm gonna slap up here today....................

I saw this bike shop on Tim's website. Check out those Fatbikes. Having something like that would almost be mandatory in Alaska if you rode in the winter.

Doug sent me this link. I have to be honest and say it made me tear up reading it.

I bet you will too.

I never served our country in the military, I have much, much respect for those that have served.

If anyone wants to send me stuff that looks interesting or you think other folks would enjoy reading-put it in the comments section or e-mail it to me.

Doug had commented to me that this blog must take alot of time to do. No, not really. I've always wanted to do something like this as I enjoy reading and the more I write here, the easier it gets.

Not that I hope to be a published author or anything-I just enjoy writing about what I see and read in everyday life. It ain't always P.C. but I try to make it interesting................

I saw this article and tried typing in "Bike Riding Donut Guy" and my site came up #1. Not sure how that Google stuff works but it sure is an easy way to tell someone how to find my blog.

Um, I'm not sure why I'm posting this...............

This video from Norway is pretty cool. It goes through 4 seasons in about a minute.

You're gonna hate me for posting this.

True love. A good read.

A look at how Tom DeLay rolls. I'm sure the guy has some redeeming values but this article doesn't point out any of them. Kinda paints him as a scumbag........not sure if that's fair or not but that's the way our media works most of the time.

One year ago today. I don't mention my religious beliefs a whole lot in this here blog......but God bless those folks that lived through the tsunami. From everything I read, I gather that it's still pretty much hell on Earth for the bulk of the survivors.

Funny we don't hear much from the American media on the tsunami and the relief efforts, sure we didn't have the best year ever here in America with Katrina and whatnot but we had several days warning for each hurricane, the folks over on the other side of the world had less then 15 minutes in some cases. Could you imagine something like that happening here in America?

For all you podcast freaks out there-the BBC has some good podcasts, check'em out here.

Till later..............

Sunday, December 25, 2005

A very Merry Christmas......

Merry Christmas everyone................

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What? My kids are normal. Honest.

Our festivities start on Christmas Eve at around dinner time. We gather at my in-laws for dinner and to open my in-laws presents and the grandkids (all 11 of them) open one of their presents. It's pretty much a madhouse with 11 kids, (ages 3 to 18) all my brother and sister-in-laws and the grandparents.

At 9 PM our son and I went to evening services with my folks at my church and my wife and our daughter went to Mass at their church. I'm Protestant and my wife's family is Catholic but it all works out since that last time I checked, there's only one God:-) Anyways, it was a beautiful sevice and our son enjoyed himself at a different church.

Christmas morning I am usually the first one up, but this year for some reason-I didn't wake up until our son woke me up at 8:30. Working 3rd shift is rough on your sleep patterns on days off.

We opened gifts, my kids got some cool stuff, we bought my wife a very nice winter coat, some PJ's and warm socks. Me? I have a habit of buying my own Christmas presents........This year I bought myself an iPod and a really nice digital camera. I also bought a new set of noise reduction headphones.

I like to buy stuff.

On Christmas day, my in-laws travel to all their kid's houses and have Christmas with each family and then go to my parents house for Christmas dinner with my parents, us and one of my sister-in-laws. It sounds kind of confusing, but it all works out.

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This is a crystal bowl filled with ornaments that used to belong to my Aunt Helen. This is the first Christmas without her and I really missed her. One things for sure, every Christmas I have for the rest of my life will have that bowl and ornaments as the centerpiece.

You can check my Flickr account for pictures of all the craziness, I have a few posted here in this blog entry, but the majority of them are over there. My camera just kinda gets handed around and everyone takes pictures of whatever floats their boat.

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Like this picture. My kids decided I needed a new hat made out of Connex to cover up my bald forehead. Didn't work very well, did it?

Everyone should be as lucky as me. I have 2 great kids, a wife I love very much and great parents, in-laws, brothers and sister-in-laws and 9 nieces and nephews.

Life is good.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Insanity folks, pure insanity.

I did a few errands Friday morning before I hit the sack and traffic was insane. Insane as in people blocking intersections, cutting each other off and just the general road rage. If people rode bikes like they drive cars-there would be a whole lot of people wearing casts and slings.

Just totally insane.

Then I went to work and it was pretty much the same.

As soon as I turn all the equipment on and especially the donut fryer and it's like moths to a flame because I smell up the entire store. I have people waiting for donuts hot out of the fryer sometimes. It's almost like I am a crack dealer.

Pretty much non-stop customers until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning.

I felt for the single lone cashier that was working last night-I don't think she had time to take a breath.

I don't think I ever had 8 hours go by so fast. The problem is that besides making 200 dozen donuts, I make pies, rolls, breads, muffins, pastries and bagels. And I am usually making 3 or 4 things all at the same time.

It gets kinda busy. Ever see one of those cooking shows where they make a whole meal in 30 minutes? It's just like that only I'm making mass quantities of product.

Whatever, the holiday is here and I'm gonna enjoy it:-)

Merry Christmas everybody....................

Friday, December 23, 2005

Sugar free sugar cookies......................

That's right folks, I had someone ask me if we make sugar free sugar cookies last night at work.

At first, I thought she was joking, then I realized she was serious.

I told her that we didn't have them and that I had never heard of such a cookie. I asked her if she had bought them before and she had-so someone makes them.

What would you call a sugar cookie without sugar anyways? Sure, you can use fructose and sorbital as substitutes for sugar but then it wouldn't be a sugar cookie.

I'd be a white lump cookie.

Only one more evening of work before the holiday and it's my favorite.


We will have lots of people shopping for their groceries in the middle of the night to avoid the crowds. The only problem with that strategy is that our shelves are wiped out and they usually have to come back the next day to pick up stuff that wasn't stocked the night before at 2 AM.

If you are one of those people-the best time to grocery shop on super-busy days is between 6 and 8 AM, usually the night stocking crew is all done and all the perishable departments have their displays filled up by then as well. By 6 AM, I am home so you won't be able to work on my single remaining nerve.

Just tryin' to help............

I have the mind of a 12 year old sometimes........... I have two more rings around my what? I wasn't aware of any rings down there.

Wal-Mart must be a great company to work for.

Remember when President Bush was re-elected and he said he had a lot of political capitol and he intended to spend it. He spent it. It looks like his checkbook is overdrawn to me.

I listened to some news accounts of Saddam's trail and it sounds like a circus. For the life of me, I don't know why this thing isn't moved to the Hague and started all over again.

Since I am a pastfarian, I thought this decision was interesting. I live near Dover and this issue has really pissed alot of people off.

Bush may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but whoever is advising him is even stupider. Is "stupider" a word? It is now because I just invented it. Reminds me of the sheriff in Dukes of Hazzard when he says "You in a whole lotta trouble now, boy"............ Just like this guy. I'm sure he is totally innocent. Uh huh.

"Ice Train" picked a bad place to take a leak.

Tell me I not right, does this guy's belly button look like a third eye?

I'm not quite as liberal as Molly Ivins but I'm pretty close. A good read.

This a very touching video. Seriously.

I hate reading stuff like this. It's only one day a year, if you don't like Christmas, shut your pie hole and suck it up for 24 hours.

Till later.

Thursday, December 22, 2005


It's a couple days before Christmas, so I thought it would be a good idea to do some shopping for my wife. Can't really say what we bought her (she reads this from time to time) but me and the kids got her some awesome stuff she didn't know she needed-she'll be surprised.

Going out on a weekday afternoon was a much better idea then trying to fight the crowds last Saturday. I'm one of those people that enjoy the holidays but I don't enjoy all the crowds. Maybe I oughta move to Montana or something. Part of it is me working retail, let's face it-not many folks actually enjoy shopping for groceries.

I had a customer call me up at midnight last night and wanted to know if I could bake him a wedding cake for today. I told him that if he wanted one made out of donuts I could do him one but he might have better luck calling up in the morning and talking to one of our cake decorators.........nothing like waiting until the last minute.

A buddy of mine (thanks Doug) sent me this link, it's a good read-check it out. I saw the Morgan Freeman interview Sunday night, the man has some good ideas but not every one agrees with him.

Gotta love Best Buy. I don't shop there but we have a Circuit City nearby that does the same type of thing. I bought a $15 pair of earbuds there and they asked me if I wanted a service contract on them. Uh, no.

Coming from a guy (me) that owns 3 different iPods's...this is funny.

One of my favorite shows.

This is like crack cocaine for puzzle freaks. I think everyone in our family is addicted now.

All our current political troubles can be traced back to this day in December 1970......think about it. I know my mom is gonna be pissed when she reads this- she's a big fan. Sorry mom :-)

I lost track (my browser crashed and I had 6 or 7 tabs open) of which cycling blog I saw this on, but it's pretty cool.

This is the blog of the day.

Chocolate is good for you. I wonder if the dark chocolate I use on donuts counts..............

See ya round like a donut.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

More cat mischief............

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What? .........I didn't do that.

Holy crap, I was checking out how much the Geek Squad charges for stuff.


229 bucks for a PC tune-up? Wow. Check out some of these other prices. Makes me want to start advertising..................

I ain't buying this guy's story for one second.

These guys are idiots. Looks like fun though.

I've been tagged by Will.

Here are my 5 things you didn't know about me............

-I once ate a large bug for 20 dollars.

-I rode a motorcycle through someones kitchen.

-I am anal about being on time. I've been late to work twice in the past 30 years.

-My mom used to call me "Tiger" when I was a kid.

-I called in sick to work from 3 states away so I could take the weekend off and propose to my wife at Rehobeth Beach in Delaware. My boss was okay with it, he and his wife were the folks we were camping with.

..........Tag, you're it.

Yay. After tomorrow, the days get longer. After watching them get shorter for the last 6 months....I'm ready for some more sunshine.

I bet this will happen after the 2006 mid-term elections, providing the Democrats get control of both houses. Time will tell, I suppose.

This has to suck. If I was in charge? I'd give the subway workers 24 hours to get their asses back to work or I'd fire all of them because they aren't allowed to strike in the first place.

Bike lanes or not? I'd have to say that after watching this video- I think if I lived in NYC, I'd be taking the lane most of the time.

I think I'll stick to where I ride now...........

Till later....

Monday, December 19, 2005

Weekend update..........

First off............we got a cat from the SPCA here in York, it's about 6 to 9 months old and it is super-friendly.
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Yes, the cat is laying in it's litter box.

More pictures here.

So far, this cat is personality plus. She has managed to unroll the toilet paper in the bathroom and she loves to be rubbed. She let me rub her belly the other morning and she purrs LOUD.

Secondly........the kids and I were planning on doing some Christmas shopping for my wife on Saturday afternoon. Bad, bad, BAD move. We got about 1 1/2 miles from the mall and traffic was backed up, stacked up, uptight and outtasight. We did manage to stop at Wal-Mart and quite honestly-I'd need to be medicated to work there during the holidays.

It was gridlock with shopping carts, people and merchandise stacked up in the middle of aisles.

Am I a last minute shopper? Oh yeah, I think me and the kids qualify for that award this year. We pretty much know what we want but we'll have to go back out and put some time in tracking it down..........when is Christmas?

I went back to work Saturday night and whatever cold/virus I am getting over is making the rounds in the rest of the department. Glad I had it first and got it out of the way. I'm still sleeping a lot so I'm not over it entirely but at least I don't feel like I've been run over by a bus any longer.

I also got around to throwing some more memory into the computer. Some's good, more's better, too much ain't enough as far as I'm concerned. I have 1.5 gigs of RAM in there now, and it really makes a difference when you have 4 or 5 major programs open.

I hijacked our daughter wireless optical mouse as well.
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She uses the touchpad on her laptop so she'll never miss it.

I did miss our clubs Christmas Lights ride, I didn't think it would be the smartest thing ever to go for a bike ride when it is 20 degrees outside. I really wanted to though.

This is the best blog post you will read today.

More "White Trash" fun. If you do live in a trailer....... well, I hope you have a sense of humor. I don't post any of these links to piss people off. I have a thick skin and sometimes I forget not everyone is like me............and that is a good thing.

I used to ride my brother-in-laws unicycle. I bet I could kill myself in under 5 minutes trying this.

From the tone of this article, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope it isn't the headlight of a freight train. Our Iraqi friends"? Please. Those folks want us there as about as much as the US soldiers don't want to be there.

Was Saddam a bad guy? Hell yeah, but there are at least 20 or 30 other countries with leaders and policies just as bad as Iraq was and we haven't bombed those counties back into the Stone Age..........yet.

I'm not a real big Elton John fan, but this is a good bit of news. The more he can do to advance the rights of gay people-the better.

Oh yeah, you could label me a flaming liberal for supporting gay rights, but I'm not. I just think the world would be a better place if we didn't all tell each other how to live our lives.

Last week I rotated the tires on my mini-van. Unfortunately, I broke one of the hubcaps when I was prying them off. Instead of driving around with 3 hubcaps "plugger" style-I took'em all off.
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I kinda like the way it looks although I'll probably buy a new set of hubcaps. Maybe something like these..........or not.

Congress always scares the hell out of me at the end of the year.

Here's a good reason why the Patriot Act needs reined in.

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My favorite Christmas cartoon.

Thanks for reading.........

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Our new cat.........

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Here's a picture of our new cat and I believe her name will be Belle.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Nothing like being sick

Being cooped up in the house for the last 2 days has not been a whole lotta fun.

Runny nose, stuffy nose, tired and achy is not how I want to go through this winter. I figured out that out of the past 60 hours-I have been asleep for about 50 of them.

Zip codes are okay, my phone number isn't. I can't believe people voluntarily give strangers their personal information.

22 years ago, this was hot stuff. Imagine where we will be in 22 more years. Probably something like this.

Nice bike light. Seems like a lot of work though.........

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Saw this pic with the title "Why Men Have Two Hands"

....seems about right to me.

........till later.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Ugh, I have a cold..........

I felt a cold coming on yesterday and now it's here.
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How exciting.

About the only things that make it bearable are Sudafed and Breathe-Right nasal strips. I can't believe that Sudafed is now a "behind the counter" medication now. Damn methheads ruin it for everybody. They have new Sudafed PE, I think the "PE" stands for "Poor Excuse" as they don't do jackshit for me.

Using those Breathe Right strips rocks when you have a stuffy nose. Sure, they make you look like a goober if you wear one in public (and you know I do) but it beats the heck out of having a stuffed up nose.

Maybe I could use one of these. I could hook it up to a garden hose and I'd be cleaned out in no time.

I think this is gonna be one of those winters where we ain't gonna be seeing a whole lot of dirt. As in it's going to be covered in snow. Global warming my ass. I love to get people all fired up about global warming because everyone has a different opinion.

My opinion? I think Mother Nature is large and in charge and she's gonna do what the hell ever she wants to. When it's time for the next Ice Age or the next warming trend, guess what? It's going to happen whether we like it or not.

If She wants the Mississippi to flow backwards or go down a hole in the Earth never to be seen'll happen and we'll all just stand around with our thumbs up our butts staring at where the river used to be.

On the other things..........

Bike riding, or lack thereof................

Uh, yeah, I have 6 or 7 bikes but I haven't been riding any of them lately. Our local club is planning a "Christmas Lights" ride this Sunday, hopefully the roads will be cleared out and we'll be able to terrorize suburbia on our bikes and check out some cool Christmas lights.

I have to find some jingly bells to tie onto my frame so I make lots of noise because I like to make as much a fool of myself as humanly possible. Because that's how I roll.

Later tater.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

It's soon Christmas time...........

Yup, it's soon Christmas time, so if you're out there driving a motor vehicle-cut someone off and give them the finger. It's the season.

What's with people lately?

Everyday on the way back from taking our kids to school, I take a piece of road that merges from 2 lanes into one and it never fails that someone always tries to merge at the last second. Yesterday morning I watched someone in a Ford Expedition merge into the side of a garbage truck. No one was hurt but you'd be amazed at how badly the front wheel of a garbage truck can mangle the sheet metal of a 40,000 dollar truck.

I wished I had my camera with me, the look on the lady's face was priceless when she got out of her truck and saw how chewed up the side of it was.

I usually don't find joy in other folks stupidity, but I made an exception this time.

I had one of my nephews computer at our house to fix, the thing was so loaded up with spyware, pop-up ads, malware, etc. that it took over 2 minutes for it to pop up the menu when I clicked the "Start" button. The hard drive never stopped thrashing.


I ended up going with a fresh install of Windows and installing some software that should help prevent the same thing from happening again. Or not, because he's 15 and you know how 15 year olds are.

If you are from this area (York, PA) I don't have to tell you that it's cold outside, when I left work this morning-it was 7 degrees.

Most folks will agree, 7 degrees is kinda cold although I'm not complaining because I know lots of the bike bloggers out there talk the talk and walk the walk -they ride year round regardless of the temps.


Not so much.

The only good thing about having temps in the single digits is that when it does get back up into the 30's, it will feel warm.

And that's that.

Till later.

It's my Mom's birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!
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3 of the 4 most important women in my life. That's my mom in the middle, our daughter to the left and my wife to the right. The 4th woman not in the picture? That would be my mother-in-law. Yeah, she's a pretty cool mother-in-law.

Anyways, it's my mom's sixty something birthday and I just wanted to wish her a happy birthday and since I know she reads this blog...........

I love you mom!!!!

Just got my new glasses yesterday. Not sure what my prescription is, but the eye doc told me I am legally blind without glasses. It's probably something like 20/4000 or something because all I see are shapes and blobs when I don't have my glasses on.
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Legally blind indeed. I coulda told him that.

I had them made with the "Transitions" coating so they get dark when I'm outside. So far, I am really digging it-they get VERY dark, very quickly when you're outside. They seem to take longer to get lighter, but so far-I'm happy with them.

If I ever get stuck in the snow, I ain't lettin' these guys help me. NSFW language.

The Pillsbury Doughboy has an accident. No, nothing like that has ever happened to me.

Let's all be P. C. now.

From denounces materialism from balcony of marble, gold-domed building in midst of jewel-encrusted religious icons while wearing giant gold cross. I'm not putting the dude down or anything, but it's kinda hard to take him seriously on the subject of materialism.

Just got a note from my friends over at Banjo Brothers..........They have a new web site, go check it out.

I am using one of their messenger bags and I totally love it. The bag is good on the bike and off the bike. It's built to take some abuse and that's what I do best- I beat the living crap out of stuff.

Heck, I think Surly should send me a Pugsley to test- I'd do my best to beat the living snot out of it for a season or two and see what falls off. Seriously guys, I'll do my best to fold it in half-let's see how well it takes a little punishment.

Send me an e-mail :-)

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Take a hike...but don't bend over.

Got out and took a short hike Sunday afternoon. I have some pics up on my Flickr account. The light wasn't the greatest, they look kinda flat.

At one time the park I was hiking at was known as a place where gay folks went to "cruise". Whatever, it's not my place to judge what other people do, as long as they aren't bending each other over the hood of their cars and going at it like dogs in heat or soliciting hummers in the bathrooms - let them do their thing.

Why do I bring this up?

3 different guys asked me if I needed a ride back to the main parking lot when I was walking back to my van from the rear of the park. They must have been in a "helpful" mood or something..............

Not to change the subject or anything, but what the hell is this all about? Whatever is going on-it ain't right and they goddamn better change it.

Anyone seen the movie "Murderball"? Awesome movie. I'm thinking it would be more interesting to go to the Para Olympics then the "regular" Olympics. I hope America kicks some ass in least in wheelchair rugby anyhow.

I'm really feeling these people's pain. NOT.

Sure, I used to smoke but I quit over 5 years ago because it's a dumbass thing to do to yourself. I really like the "25 foot" rule, I wish they had that here in PA because the smell of cigarette smoke makes me gag. If you wanna smoke, that's cool-just do it in your car or house with all the windows closed.

Smoker's rights? Screw that, how about my rights.

Anytime you either bring Hitler or Jesus into an argument, you automatically lose. Not sure where Jesus would shop if he were alive today, but he'd probably be laughing his ass off at those commercials.

Gary Hart has a good point in this editorial. The comments are just as good.

Worse than Buchanan. Sure, I hammer on Bush from time to time, but I ain't the only one.

Cool wallpapers.

There is a new Coke coming. Could they have picked a more stupid name? Coffee and Coke taste good together? Yuck.

Kids nowadays. When I was younger (and had hair) I don't think I would have wore my hair like that. But then again, I was a teenager back in the late seventies and we had some pretty awful hair and clothing styles back then as well. Remember some of this stuff? I sure do, I remember my parents buying me a pair of shoes designed by Peter Max. They were hideous, but I thought I was one stylin' bad ass 14 year old.

I like this. Makes me wanna go out and glue a coffee cup to my roof. I probably wouldn't use a 5 dollar cup of coffee from Starbucks though..........

Foreign policy Condi style. Yeah, I'm just poking fun. Too bad she isn't the President-she's a helluva lot smarter then her boss.

I love Sam's. My wife and I try and stay out of there as much as possible. Well, let me correct that..................she trys to keep me out of Sam's as much as possible.

I like to buy stuff.

I just bought an adapter so my iPod will play through the FM radio in my van, an extra battery to recharge the iPod and a set of noise cancelling headphones. All for the low price of 60 bucks. I guess I'm a gadget freak.

I brought home some more sick computers from my sister-in-laws house. She's pretty smart concerning computers but she was having trouble with a fried wireless card. I fixed her up temporarily with a USB wireless thingie I had laying around so she has internet access to work from home. God knows what my 15 year old nephew has done to his computer to not make it oughta be a challenge to see if I can fix it.

Till later, thanks for reading.

Free stuff, random stuff and just stuff.

I really like this list of free web utilities.

I use or have used quite a few of them in the past, one that I just started to use is uTorrent.

I use it to download a British television show called Top Gear, WRC races and Penn and Teller's "Bullshit".

It's gonna be awesome next year when the cycling season kicks into gear. I suppose you could use it to download lots of stuff that totally illegal to download (TV is iffy) but I'll just stick to downloading TV shows for now.

I was planning on doing a mtb ride today, but having 4 or 5 inches of crusty snow on the trails ain't conducive to a good time. I really need that Pugsley.

Oh my God, this is funny as hell. Gotta thank the Worthless Drunk for the linkie.

The best of Web 2.0 software for 2005. What the hell is Web 2.0? Click here.

Okay, the first trick was pretty easy to figure out how he did it, but the second trick pretty much has me baffled.

Penn & Teller's "Bullshit" on the Bible. It's about 30 minutes long and they poke a few holes here and there so if that kinda stuff pisses you off, skip this link.

Man, I love it when a plan comes together.

Sometimes, the plan doesn't work out quite so well.

Things I learned from movies ...........

1. If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick's Day parade - at any time of the year.

2. All beds have special L-shaped top sheets that reach up to armpit level on a woman but only waist level on the man lying beside her.

3. All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.

4. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off - even while scuba diving.

5. The ventilation system of any building is a perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building without difficulty.

6. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.

7. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.

8. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

9. When paying for a taxi, never look at your wallet as you take out a note - just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

10. If you lose a hand, it will cause the stump of your arm to grow by 15cm.

11. Mothers routinely cook eggs, bacon and waffles for their family every morning, even though the husband and children never have time to eat them.

12. Cars and trucks that crash will almost always burst into flames.

13. A single match will be sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.

14. Medieval peasants had perfect teeth.

15. All single women have a cat.

16. Any person waking from a nightmare will sit bolt upright and pant.

17. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at one.

18. Creepy music coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.

19. Most people keep a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings - especially if any of their family or friends has died in a strange boating accident.

20. It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involved martial arts - your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessor.

21. During a very emotional confrontation, instead of facing the person you are speaking to, it is customary to stand behind them and talk to their back.

22. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your room will still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.

23. Dogs always know who's bad and will naturally bark at them.

24. When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.

25. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their arch-enemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gases, lasers and man eating sharks that will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.

26. Having a job of any kind will make all fathers forget their son's eighth birthday.

27. Many musical instruments - especially wind instruments and accordions - can be played without moving the fingers.

28. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.

29. It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.

30. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

31. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

Gotta get me a bottle of this stuff.

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No, this isn't our new cat, we are still looking.

Today's art break.

Today's photography break.

Another joke.........

One day at the end of class little Billy's teacher has the class go home and think of a story and then conclude the moral of that story. The following day the teacher asks for the first volunteer to tell their story, little Suzy raises her hand.

"My dad owns a farm and every Sunday we load the chicken eggs on the truck and drive into town to sell them at the market. Well, one Sunday we hit a big bump and all the eggs flew out of the basket and onto the road."

The teacher asks for the moral of the story. Suzy replies, "Don't keep all your eggs in one basket."

Next is little Lucy. "Well my dad owns a farm too and every weekend we take the chicken eggs and put them in the incubator. Last weekend only 8 of the 12 eggs hatched."

The teacher asks for the moral of the story. Lucy replies "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched."

Last is little Billy. "My uncle Ted fought in the Vietnam war; his plane was shot down over enemy territory. He jumped out before it crashed with only a case of beer, a machine gun and a machete. On the way down he drank the case of beer. Unfortunately, he landed right in the middle of 100 Vietnamese soldiers. He shot 70 with his machine gun, but ran out of bullets, so he pulled out his machete and killed 20 more. The blade on his machete broke, so he killed the last ten with his bare hands"

Teacher looks in shock at Billy and asks if there is possibly any moral to his story.

Billy replies, "Don't fuck with uncle Ted when he's been drinking."

I'm on a joke kick, sorry:-)

Here's why it's not a good idea to elect movie stars to public office. Like I always say......the internet is forever.

Firefox is way better then IE6. Yeah, I know Firefox isn't perfect, but it's still better.

I'm gonna go for a hike later today and take some snow pictures. Woo hoo.

Thanks for reading.................

Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Donut Guy shoots his mouth off some more.....

Here's more info on the second Sony CD DRM fiasco. Evidently, this second type of DRM installs on your computer without you having to do anything as long as you have "autoplay" enabled.

Do I think it's okay for Sony or anyone else for that matter to install software on my computer without my permission?

Nope, it ain't okay.

I haven't bought a CD in a few years, but if I had one of the new ones with DRM on it, I'd be pissed. If you have autoplay enabled on your computer, disable it and get a copy of CD-ex and rip the CD onto your computer. Use the CD for your CD player in your car or home stereo or a drink coaster.

Don't know how to disable autoplay? Just hold down the "shift" key as the CD loads.

Maybe it's just because I hate it when some billion dollar company thinks it knows what's better for me then I do but really dislike DRM.

I haven't commented much on the guy that got shot in Miami earlier this week, unfortunately from everything that has been disclosed so far-the guy pretty much guaranteed his own death when he didn't listen to the federal air marshall and reached for his backpack.

The marshalls don't carry guns to injure people-they carry them to kill people and that's what happened. My opinion is the FAM's made the right call.

After the incident went down though, I think things got a little out of hand. Someone could have easily been shot due to the cops being all amped up. Am I saying the cops did a bad job? Probably not, but maybe they oughta go back and re-think how they handle the aftermath of similar incidents in the future..............

I was looking at this catalog and I'd really like to get about 2 or 3 dozen things from it. On second thought.........better not.

What I'd better do is go get me some sleep.................

Till later.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Snow? Nah......

I knew I was in trouble when I went to work last night and our parking lot was full. This was at 9PM and usually there are maybe 2 or 3 dozen cars in the lot at that time...........Gotta love those snow scares.

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This is what my donut case looked like when I left yesterday. I also made enough donuts to totally refill this display. That's about 150 dozen donuts.

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Here's what it looked like when I came in last night. Less then 1 dozen donuts left over. Holy crap.

Since we were forecast to get a crippling 4 inches of snow, we had folks in our store buying everything that wasn't bolted down well past 1 in the morning. Gosh, with up to 4 inches of snow, folks won't be able to get out for weeks in their SUV's.

God, I love my job.

Here's some security links...

Learn about rootkits.

Another Sony rootkit discovered. Nice, huh?

AIM worm. If you are dumb enough to click on the link when if you get this particular message, you deserve the virus. Don't click on any link in a AIM message. Ever. If if your best friend sends you a IM with a hyperlink, just ignore it.

I got this virus back when it came out because I was dumb enough to let in through my firewall. I'm amazed that it's still out there.............

Find everything that is running on your computer. Yeah, it's kinda geeky, but it doesn't hurt to install it and have a lookie see.

Someone commented off-blog that I don't spend much time writing about bikes. There's a reason for that.

It's 15 freakin' degrees outside.

When I don't have to worry about my balls freezing to side of my leg............well then maybe I write more about bikes. For those of you that ride and commute in cold weather on a bike-you have my utmost respect.

I have a couple math geek friends that might like this link.

If I was on this beach, I'd be crapping in my swimming trunks. SFW video on a NSFW website.

I like this guy. I think hell is gonna freeze over before he wins in court though.

Thanks for reading, time to go shovel a little snow...............

I like this...........

Short one today.........I really like this obituary. Gotta thank by friend Doug for sending it to me.

This cold weather totally sucks hind teat.

I know lots of folks that read this blog have it way worse then we do here in Central PA, but I still like to whine. I'd be mostly okay with it except when it's damp and cold-my knees f 'ing kill me.

I did hear that we are supposed to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow Thursday evening which is no big deal but since this is the first "big" snow of the year, I expect to go back to work tonight and see the milk, bread, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and toilet paper sections wiped out in our store.

People gotta eat and I suppose they gotta shit too.

Mmmm donuts..........

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What can I say, I was bored at work.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Here's how I browse the internet...............

Firefox 1.5 with these extensions.........


Ad-Block Updater.


Tab Browser Preferences.

IE View.

Session Saver.

Flash Block.

Mouse Gestures.

In addition to using Firefox, I use a free firewall called Outpost. I like this because it also filters ads and banners by size and html if you prefer.

I also use a utility called TCP Optimizer, it sped up my connection by about 1/3 when I installed it.

I also run this from time to time because I like to see what's running on my computer. If something looks funny or I don't know what it is, I Google it.

I also use Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy to check for spyware as well as Microsoft's anti-spyware utility.

One more tool is this guy's site. Read up and learn what a modified host file will do before installing. All I know is that I see WAY less ads with his host file running. He updates it regularly, join his Yahoo group to be notified when he has a new one. Changing your host file can be risky, but I've been running his for over a year with absolutely no problems.

Oh, and if you aren't running some sort of anti-virus software, you're a fool. Here's a free one.

With all that stuff installed and running, I don't see a whole lot of ads, banners, pop-ups or any of that other annoying stuff. One thing I never do is open e-mail attachments without scanning them for viruses. If fact, I delete most attachments without even opening them.

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Oh, I forgot, I'm done talking about internet stuff now, it's on to the foolishness...........

These people are idiots if they think they are gonna win this lawsuit.

The story behind those wild-ass Christmas lights. Check out the links at the bottom of the page for the NBC Today show interview. I'm still glad I ain't his neighbor.

You might need to be a geek to find this page funny.

Good story about trying to cancel AOL. We used to have AOL years ago, I just told them I sold my computer when I cancelled it to avoid the hassle. Friends don't let friends use AOL.

Hey, this would be a damn fine idea. As long as the food companies continue to poison us by making products with HFCS, most of us are gonna be fat though, kids included.

I'm sorry, but this trial is a total clusterfuck. Why the hell is it being held in Iraq? Why is it even being held?

I must me old or something. I don't see what the big deal is about this. Why would I want to watch a TV show on a 2 1/2 inch screen and have to pay 2 bucks for the privlege?

64 years ago today. As I write this, it's about 7 in the morning. If George Bush mentions Pearl Harbor and the mess in Iraq in the same sentence later today (and you know he will).............somebody tape his mouth shut.

This bike is sweet. One gear, no worries. I've never owned a Bianchi, but if I ever do-It's gonna have to be Celeste Green and not Washed-Up Blue.

My buddy Will has a new website for his LBS, sure looks nice-I think my New Years resolution will be to spend more time in bike shops.

20 minutes of ads before a movie? No thanks, I'd rather watch it at home on a DVD 3 months later.

The shit hits the fan in 2036.

Holy crap, some of these folks are extemely stupid.

With that..........thanks for reading.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

I pretty much hate winter............

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Is it spring yet?

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My mom sent me this pic, she hates winter about as much as I do.

As I sit here and type this Monday morning, it's supposed to snow 2 to 4 inches later today.

Woo hoo.

Think you are a tough guy(or girl) for doing a long ride? Check this out. 500 miles on a balloon tire bomber must have taken a long time. I bet it was fun though.

Here's the video from that feed mill that wouldn't say die. I got this from MinusCar-Thanks!

You know, if Microsoft had this program back when Windows 95 was around, they would be bankrupt right now because nobody would want to work for them. I can remember our first computer.

It was equipped with Win 95a with a whopping 16 megs of Ram and a very roomy 1.2 gig hard drive. I was lucky if it didn't crash at least once or twice every time I tried to open AOL and connect to the internet at a sizzling 28k.

And it only cost 11oo bucks including a huge 15' monitor. Thing was, this was a top of the line computer back then. Those were the days........

I want one.

Movie torrents. Not that I would download any of them. Except for number 10.

Today's art break. SFW video on a NSFW website.

I'm thinking this might be one of the dumbest inventions ever.

Here's why it's not a good idea to download "free" stuff unless you know what you're doing. 180 Solutions are a bad, bad company. Lots of links to read but the more ya know, the better of you'll be.

That's all for now.......thanks for reading.

No cat yet..............

Well, our kids couldn't find a cat that was declawed already at the local shelter so I suppose we will have to go back next week.

I've heard that it's hard on the cat to have it de-clawed but if we got a cat with claws and it ripped up our furniture..........Well, that just ain't an option.

Had to cancel out a ride for later today, I have just a touch of sore throat. If I've learned anything in 46 years of life is to listen to what my body is saying and this time it saying"Stay inside and watch TV" There will always be another time. Besides, it's pissing down rain/sleet/snow right now.

Some links.

As usual, some of these are on NSFW websites. If I post a link that is NSFW, I'll try to point that out. The only problem (?) is that I see very few ads on this computer so I can't tell what ads are on some of the pages. I can only imagine..........Maybe I'll post up my arsenal of ad blocking tactics tommorow.

This could be a problem. What worries me more is what George Bush is going to do when it arrives in the USA. Hell, we'll all probably be quarantined.

Anybody need some new wallpapers for their computer? These are kinda neat if you are into astronomy.

Here are more Christmas lights from that guy I posted last week.

Food art. Neat pictures of food.

Wal-Mart hired a new PR firm.

Cycling is the new golf. Good article and I can see how that might work. To be honest, most of your folks in the retail business would die if they attempted a 40 or 50 mile bike ride. Let alone your average baker or pastry chef. It seems that 75% of people where I work smoke and quite a few are also very overweight.

Beer and donuts. Yeah, I've been there before and I don't plan on going back anytime soon. Check out the rest of the commercials on this site, I don't drink very much beer, but I like beer commercials.

I would slap a set of knobbies on this sweetie and go have me a good time...........too many bikes not enough money.

A good read about flavor and smell. I know where I work the smell of donuts draws customers like a moth to a flame. Sometimes food science can be a scary thing.

Thanks for readin'

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The normal crap plus the Donut Guy needs $1500 please.

What's new?

I think this is the weekend we are getting a cat. Should be fun and I'll have a new subject to take pictures of. I am really looking forward to finding out what our kids are gonna name it. As long as the cat doesn't piss on my face while I'm sleeping-it's all good.

We also got an almost brand new top-of-the-line mattress and box spring free of charge. Friends of my brother in law couldn't fit it onto their moving truck so they had to leave it behind. Yea for us. Our old mattress and box spring were exactly the same age as our daughter.

They got delivered the same day Katie was delivered over 18 years ago:-) Time for new stuff but I think we are gonna keep our daughter. I am having a hard time with the fact that she is already 18. Time flies.

I don't know if any of the following are true or not, but they are funny..........

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever," --Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.
"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." --Mariah Carey
"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," --Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.
"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body," -- Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." --Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.
"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," --A democratic congressional candidate in Texas .
"Half this game is ninety percent mental." --Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." --Al Gore, Vice President (DUH)
"I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix." --Dan Quayle
"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"--Lee Iacocca
"The word 'genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." --Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback &sports analyst.
"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people." --Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." --Bill Clinton, President
"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur." --Al Gore, VP (damn he's smart)
"Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas." --Keppel Enderbery
"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." --Department of Social Services, Greenville , South Carolina
"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." --Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

I'm gonna buy one of these and wear around my adam's apple so my voice sounds funny when I talk.

Seriously, I am.

Appearances are deceiving.

I work in food service and I've also had the pleasure of having food poisioning. Trust me, I take sanitation way more seriously then these guys.

I need one of these. Sure I only have a driveway and some sidewalk, but it'd be fun as hell to blow the snow so it lands 3 streets over.

My next door neighbor is a captain for American Airlines, I don't think he flies his plane like these guys.

I love books and this looks like a good one.

I enjoyed reading this little article about a mtb'er riding a road bike. I have both kinds of bikes as well and right now I am more into riding road but mtbing is still a whole lotta fun.

Speaking of having fun, I am totally drooling over this bike. Looks like I'm gonna have to sell a kidney or something. I'm half afraid to have one spec'd out the way I want it. Probably looking at 1500 bucks. It'll be worth it though. One of those kinds of bikes you buy and never sell.

All I have to do now is shit 1500 dollars and I'll be in business.

This article makes quite a bit of sense to me. What would make more sense? Arm ALL airline passengers with handguns...........that would cut the terrorist "issue" on airlines down to zero. Of course serving alcohol on planes would probably be a bad idea.

Win an iPod Nano. Not your run of the mill contest.

I hope someone makes Sony pay until it hurts.

Reason #9769 not to use IE 6 if you can help it. 99.9% of the time IE 6 is fine, it's the other .1% you have to worry about.

This is really neat-o. Yeah, I'm a child of the 70's, when's the last time you heard anyone use the term "neat-o".............I suppose that's besides the point-I really enjoy astronomy.

This is from the Washington Post so you'll have to register to read it. Does that guy need his balls whacked off or what?

71 year old trailer trash.

Why can't Microsoft just patch everything? Pretty good read, and the author does have a damn good point.

I'm not an engineer, but I was reading the blueprints to the remodel of the building where I work at. They are adding a second story to part of the building and adding 40 feet or so to one side. In addition to all that, the contractors are moving almost all of the departments around in the store.

Oughta be an interesting 9 months or so............

Our daughter had a good idea for me to make some extra money. She said I should teach senior citizens how to use a computer. I betting there might be a market for that. Not that my mom is a senior citizen by any stretch of the imagination, but she did pretty good when I showed her how to do stuff with her laptop.

Or maybe I could be one of those "secret shoppers". Our company uses them from time to time to see how good our customer service is. I swear they all go to our store to try and piss me off.

......Anything to make 1500 bucks.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

It took me awhile............

My buddies computer had some nasty viruses on it. They shut off the anti-virus software, made the CD-ROM and floppy drive inoperable and blocked inbound internet access and changed all kinds of settings. 14 separate viruses and trojans plus a major shitload of adware, malware, spyware and all the associated tracking cookies.

I hate it when that happens.

Took me alot longer to fix it then I thought it would, but at least it's fixed and I'm sure I saved him a shitload of money.

Now his computer is just about as locked down is mine, I sure hope his kids don't mess it up again :-)

Another blogger with some interesting things to say. Her pictures are breathtaking. Good stuff. I can't believe she rides her bike in the middle of winter in Alaska, but she isn't the only one.

The internet is forever Part 348.

What a bunch of idiots. It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye or something. Reminds me of the "Running Of The Bulls" over in Europe. I guess we would have to rename to something like the "Running Of The Fat Dumb Loud People" or something.

Here's an article that's 180 degrees different from the one above.

My wife sent me out for ice cream.
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This is what I brought back.

Update-Since I took this picture, our son told me to get some good chocolate ice cream so we also have H-D Chocolate and pistachio ice cream as a few others I forgot about.

As you can tell, our family loves ice cream. My favorite is chocolate peanut butter but as far as I'm concerned- ice cream is a food group.

Wow. How not to buy a camera. I've used for about 2 years for almost all of my electronic purchases with no problems whatsoever.

One way to avoid stress is to not set your alarm clock. Since I work 3rd shift and sleep in the daytime-I have the luxury of sleeping until I wake up. Yea for me.

The RIAA gets tough.

A national rollout? Nice choice of words.

100 burnt cars a day is normal? Maybe we oughta adopt the same policy here in America, we'd be able to keep the automotive industry afloat longer.

George has got it all wrong. Instead of making all the illegal immigrants leave, let them stay as long as they want as long as they enlist for 4 years of duty in the armed forces.

Bicycle SUV's.......I saw it on Cleverchimp's blog. Way cool. Check out his Electric Hybrid Drive while you're there.

Go here for a full service scan of your computer.

I'm gonna try to organize another one of my "Slacker Sunday" mtb rides this week, if I do-I'll try and remember to bring my camera...........

That's all for now, thanks for reading.