Thursday, December 28, 2006

Honeybaked Ham

The other day I bought my first Honeybaked Ham. It was delicious, and worth every penny. I walked into the Honeybaked Ham store in Lyndhurst on the 26th. The store was pretty well picked over from Christmas. The woman behind the counter rather apprehensively informed me that the smallest ham they had left was about 10 pounds. I told her that would be perfect. And I had a coupon. I also picked up a bottle of their Hickory Honey Mustard, which by the way has no HFCS in it. Yay.

They recommend that the ham is best served cold. I was having family over for dinner, 11 of us total, and would be heating it. They recommend 10 minutes per pound at 275 degrees in the oven.

Gina mashed the potatoes. Much wine was consumed. Family members from both of our families mingled. Much ham was eaten, but there was still some left over. It was a delightful evening.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Thanks, Jerry!

Jerry Ford had a thankless and impossible task -- picking up the pieces of the presidency following Watergate and Nixon's resignation. Ford's pardon of Nixon probably sealed his loss of the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter. But in the short time Ford was in office, his longest reaching legacy may have been bringing in a few new guys into his administration, specifically, these two pictured below:

President Ford meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (left) and Chief of Staff Dick Cheney (right), April 1975. (photo source: wikipedia.org)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Hillbilly Golf


Last summer at Bethany Beach, we spent hours playing Hillbilly Golf -- also known as Ladder Golf -- in the backyard.

Today I got a Christmas Package from Delaware. It is my own set! And if the snow holds off, maybe I'll get a chance to set it up in the backyard and play it!!

This is already an awesome Christmas. Woohoo! Thank you, Uncle Greg, Aunt Becky, Brent and Dana!

Merry Christmas

Kristen has her list of apologies, and here is mine -- just one item.

I am not sending out cards this year.

I didn't last year either. And then I sent a holiday email to a lot of folks which, in retrospect, I feel was a little trite.

But no, I am not going to stress about it. And I wish you all a happy one.

But I don't feel like I need to dump a bunch of cards in the mail this year. I don't feel like deciding whether to compose a holiday letter, and then if I do, what I should state in it.

Really, I am just trying to take it easy. Been a long year, a good year in many ways, a rough year in others. If you send me a card, I'll be pleased to receive it. But please don't be offended if I do not send you one this year.

So, unless I change my mind between now and Christmas, no cards from me.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Heroes

The SciFi channel is running Heroes again for those of us who missed it the first time, like me.

I Tivo'd the pilot episode on Friday night, and watched it yesterday.

I'm hooked. I went online last night and watched episodes 2 and 3. If I didn't have to get up this morning, I probably would have watched it all night.

DON'T ANYONE SPOIL IT FOR ME -- the last episode I've seen is the one that ends with Hiro and his friend renting the last Nissan Versa at the airport, and the relationship between the cheerleader and the quarterback taking a nasty turn.

Cleveland Browns Tickets CHEAP

Bid here for cheap tix to this Sunday's game!

Tuesday Talkback

Good tidings they bring? No, moanings they bring. And I talk back.

"Read this slowly. You don't have to stop when going in the opposite direction of a school bus on a four-lane or more road." -- Parma

Read this slowly? You're from Parma. If you can read, that's how you read.

"Rude jerks in the audience at St. Raphael Church at the Christmas concert. This is something maybe that will translate. Sit down, shut up and listen. We couldn't hear the kids because of all your babbling.' " -- Bay Village

Translate? Chances are you are better off not actually having heard the little screaching booger eaters. But if mattered that much, you would have told them so at the time. You don't have to suffer in silence -- tell them to be quiet. It is that simple. Telling them now gets you nothing.

"People have been complaining about the commercialization of Christmas. We have reached a new low with the blow-up figures which have been appearing on the lawns the last few years. Blown up they are ugly, but when they are deflated, they are absolutely depressing. Please look at them and wonder how they are expressing the beauty of Christmas." -- Strongsville

I hate those blow-up figures too. Who do you think has been running around deflating them? One blow dart later, and blow-up yard decor goes from hideous to hysterical.

"The incompetent person at a suburban Social Security office who lost my original birth certificate, one from Germany, and doesn't even have the courtesy to return a phone call or write me a letter of apology." -- Cleveland

Write you a letter of apology? Are you serious? Unless there is an official form that generates one, forget it.

"It's the shopping season and I'm so distressed that some of the parking lots have no designated sign on the poles. I don't know where I'm at." -- Mentor

Earth. That's where you are, or as you would say it, where you are at. (ugh)

"To the Jeep driver from Brunswick. Get a clue. That means that your headlights aren't aligned properly and you're blinding oncoming traffic. That should be a hint that it needs to go back to the dealer." -- Chagrin Falls

Already took care of this last week, but thanks for playing, Chagrin Falls.

"Cleveland is a city of poverty, unemployment and high crime. Yet, our councilmen, our inept councilmen, are spending their time on trans fat. Voters, wise up." -- Cleveland

Poverty, unemployment, high crime -- no easy fixes. Trans fat ban -- easy. Any questions?

"I can't believe that I had to call Dominion East Ohio to request the lower rate they advertised for gas. Yet, no one has to call when they increase the rate." -- Maple Heights

I suppose if Zeppe's has a special on pizza, you'd like them to deliver that without your asking for it, too?

"Boo, hiss, on the local radio station that offers discounts on restaurant gift certificates. There are enough restrictions on the redemption of these discounted gift certificates to choke an elephant." -- Brook Park

Oh, you mean like they are no good on Friday or Saturday night? I don't know what the restrictions actually are, but it would come as no surprise to me that the restaurants are trying to get people in at off-peak times, and thus the restrictions. That said, quit complaining -- you get what you pay for. And if elegant dining at 3am on Tuesday is not for you, well then...

"The person who took my 10- year- old granddaughter's Browns jacket from Dave and Busters in Westlake." -- Brooklyn

Actually, your granddaughter left it in a stall in the ladies room. She was just too embarassed to keep wearing that thing, and can you blame her? Even a 10 year old has a little pride.

"I wish, when the government reported an X' amount of new jobs created, that they told us what they were." -- Streetsboro

The list would look something like this:
3 pizza delivery drivers at Zeppe's
2 grave diggers
1 personal body hair remover for celebrities who get upskirted getting out of limos
1 secretary of defense

"It's a shame that Cadillacs are not equipped with turn signals." -- Seven Hills

More proof that Cadillacs are just dressed up Buicks.

"To the idiot in the royal blue SUV who sideswiped my new car." -- Rocky River

It is good to get the first scratch behind you. Just another service offered by these asshole SUV drivers.

"The department stores that don't provide mirrors in the hat departments." -- Willoughby

Yeah, I don't get that either. Buy your hat someplace else.

"What did the Dutch company have in mind when they closed all the Tops markets in the neighborhoods where seniors and disabled people depend on shopping during the holidays?" -- East Cleveland

First of all, you cheapen it when you mention the holidays. Seniors and disabled people, I've noticed, actually need to eat ALL YEAR. And I'll tell you what Royal Ahold [A-Hole'd?] had in mind when it closed all the Tops stores in Ohio -- the bottom line. That is what companies do. That is their purpose. You need to understand that. Companies, even companies that provide goods and services, are not there for YOU. They are there to MAKE MONEY. And they weren't making money here. Why? Because Tops had the shittiest grocery stores around, and almost anyone who had a choice didn't shop there.

Still, in some places this might have been the only store in the neighborhood, and thus, better than nothing. That is sad, and too bad. And yes, there was a Tops right in my neighborhood that is gone too, and for the time being, the space sits empty. The Tops on the edge of East Cleveland has been purchased by one Steve Rogers, who apparently used to own the old Super Valu markets on the east side back in the 70s and 80s. I never shopped at one, so I have no idea what you're in for. Except for this: he'll do it if he can make it work and make a buck at it. Otherwise, he won't. Just like every other business.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

T minus one week

From the weekend...
 
1. My sister moved to a new apartment -- much bigger than the old one, and it is *ahem* very close to where she works. 
 
2. On my way to help dear sister do some unpacking, I stopped by Mr. Chicken for some wings.  I had not had Mr. Chicken in a very long time, and I was surprised at how tasty it was.
 
3.  Made a dent in my Christmas shopping.  But I am at a loss as to what to get a couple of people.
 
4. I was at Best Buy where I saw that guitar video game set up.  It looked silly to me on TV, but it looked kinda fun set up.  What really caught my attention and drew me to the display was that the two people demonstrating were playing the game to Rush's "YYZ."
 
5. I filled a deficiency in my popular culture knowledge -- I finally watched "Office Space."  I also started to watch "Brokeback Mountain."  Gina and I turned it off to go watch the Northcoast Mens Chorus perform their Christmas show.  Which was very good.
 
6. Went to Melt again.  I've decided that less is more when it comes to grilled cheese sammies.  I didn't need to add grilled steak and portabellos and tomato pesto to my sharp cheddar and smoked gouda grilled cheese.  I probably could have left off some of that.  
 
7. Had an amusing chat with a cashier at Zagara's about how bad Tops was and how we won't miss it.
 
8. Found a bottle of this great scotch I first tried last week: The Balvenie DoubleWood.  I am not going to open it just yet.
 
9. I still think Thanksgiving is a better holiday than Christmas.  It is all the family and togetherness without so much of the crass commercialism.  Thanksgiving shopping is easily limited to a single trip to the grocery store.
 
10. When you make a list, 10 feels like a good number.  Not nine.  Ten.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Happy Christmas From the 1980s


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Music Dream

I just woke up.

I dreamed that I was sitting on a small stage, upstage right and just outside the wings, at a Marillion show. The band was performing. They were performing a new song, one I had never heard before. I was enjoying it. Then I woke up. I tried to remember some of the lyrics I had just heard, so I could write them down, but they slipped away. All I can say is that is was a slow song, and that Mark Kelly and Steve Hogarth were both sitting downstage left, each behind a keyboard -- Hogarth's keyboard was set for a piano sound and Kelly's for effects. And during the song, Hogarth went to play his keyboard to begin the next verse or the bridge and the keyboard malfunctioned. He pressed the keys, and there was no sound. It was at a point in the song where what he played would cue in everyone else, so the whole band was standing there, waiting for him to play. Shortly, the problem was solved, and the song continued.

The lyrics were ... I can't remember exactly. In the dream I knew the song's title...I think in my dream I knew the song, but that in real conscious life I have never heard it. And while the title was a lyric within the song, it was not the line that got repeated over and over in the chorus. The music itself was reminiscent of Ocean Cloud from their last album, but a little more punchy, and much shorter.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Haven't We Met?

...the Manhattan Municipal Building in New York City -- look at the top of it. Familiar?



It should.

When you've got a good design, why use it just once?

Tuesday Talkback

Monday Moaners on an open fire, Tuesday Talkback nipping at your nose.

"The lazy, oblivious idiots with those rusted, corroded license plates and filthy tinted and smoked plastic plate covers. Where are the police? - Medina

I think Ohio is the only state that ever offered license plates that came pre-rusted. As for smoked plastic plate covers, if that is enough to obscure one's license plates from those awful red light cameras, then someone get me one for Christmas, please.

"We vote on cigarettes and casinos, yet not on gun-control issues. Do the poorly educated and self-serving politicians think they know better than the general public?" - Olmsted Falls

Ohhhhhh, where to begin. First of all, the politicians don't put those issues on the ballot. Organized members of your "general public" circulate petitions, sign them, and then those issues get on the ballot. And while on other days I might try to defend politicians, and say they aren't all "poorly educated" and "self-serving," that nimrod numbnut Dennis Kucinich just announced he is running for president again. And while I won't pick on the ignorant by calling Dennis "poorly educated," I will call him "self-serving." Oh, and nimrod numbnut.

"Why can't dentists and doctors have later hours or weekend hours? My spouse is an invalid and cannot get to any of the appointments without my help. We are only in our 40s and have to work. Please somebody help us." - Olmsted Falls

Wait... "my spouse is an invalid...we...have to work." Where, pray tell, does your invalid spouse work? Don't tell us he's running for president again, Elizabeth.

"Recently I gave a donation to Purple Heart with various boxes of clothes and nice merchandise, and no receipt was left. I called twice with no response. It would be nice if they at least acknowledged my gifts to them." - Westlake

Now I know why I hung up the phone on them yesterday. No receipt? How are you supposed to claim your donation of used underwear on your taxes without a receipt?

"Shame on the city of Cleveland. They fell all over themselves honoring Gerald Levert, but totally ignored the passing of two very good men - Robert Lockwood Jr. and Casey Coleman. Unbelievable. My tax money at work." - Cleveland

It seems like Coleman was recognized, but maybe that's because I did listen to WTAM's coverage of their fallen colleague. I don't want to take anything away from Levert, but ancient blueman Lockwood did deserve a little more recognition.

"My husband drives a Jeep and the headlights sit a little higher and are brighter than people are used to. Now that it gets dark so early, it seems several people flash their lights as if to say our brights are on. We usually flash back to show that our brights are not on. Come on people, try to get used to it. There's a lot of Jeeps on the road." - Brunswick

When your Jeep is coming at us from the other way, we don't see a Jeep. All we see is your fucking headlights. Not only are there a lot of Jeeps on the road, but there are a lot of assholes on the road too, and at least one of them drives a Jeep and lives with his whiny biotch of a wife in Brunswick. You know what I do to assholes who have high mounted headlights and then shine them even brighter on me? I turn on my high beams and leave them on. Whiny little knee-biting wife of a Jeep-driving asshole, you.

"I hope they find people who make false allegations regarding someone smoking in their establishment." - Middleburg Heights

Find? Or fine? Get the marbles out of your mouth before you moan into the phone.

"Would you believe, for the taxes we pay for the city of Seven Hills, we receive only one leaf pickup for the entire year. Expect very little city service, so when you get it, you will not be disappointed." - Seven Hills

You should invite Dennis to your city -- once he start huffing, he'll blow those leaves all the way to Parma.

"I can't believe how these kids are pampered with the weather. When I was in school, we had to plow through the snow no matter what. We didn't have TV stations with school closings every time there was an inch or two of snow." - Brook Park

What the hell do you care, old man? Do you resent that someone might have it better than you today? Guess what, the kids don't catch polio anymore either, the pampered little bastards.

"Well, winter is upon us again and the weatherman's famous two words are with us again. 'Lake effect, lake effect, lake effect.' " - Concord Township

And the other famous two words, apparently: "School's closed, school's closed, school's closed."

"Regarding the article about the turnover rate in the Cleveland schools: There is not enough money in the world to tolerate incorrigible students permitted to terrorize the schools. The best teachers in the country couldn't teach those who don't want to learn." - Cleveland

So your point would be, what? A few of the kids don't want to learn. Fine, to hell with them. And what about the rest? You want to give up on all of them, just because a few of them are so hopeless? I hope you don't vote.

"Another day, another snow storm. Even after the article The Plain Dealer wrote regarding ODOT being surprised, it looks like they got surprised again. How many more times this season are they going to get surprised, even when the forecast is for snow?" - Solon

You know what? ODOT did drop the ball. But as for everyone else that morning, you'd have thought that no one had ever driven in snow before. That's not ODOT's fault. And the idiots on the road weren't all Buick drivers or Jeep-driving assholes from Brunswick. They weren't all Cleveland schools student-delinquents or Dennis Kucinich. They were ordinary members of the general public, the same people who banned gay marriage one year and then public smoking the next. The same people who call into radio shows and think they know better how to make the Browns a winner. The same people who send you email forwards about how much Jesus loves you and if you forward this email to 15 people you'll get a gift certificate to Applebees, and if you ignore this email your sister will catch scabies. The same people who get all excited that Britney Spears finally flashed her tired and tornup tuna taco to the world from the back door of a limo. We are a decadent and incompetent people who can't do dick anymore, unless we are talking actual dick. We can't clean up after a hurricane, we can't execute a fucking war, and we can't even remember to put on our panties before leaving the house. So why are you so surprised that ODOT couldn't remove the snow from the roads as fast as it was falling? Shit, I'm so busy being offended by existence the red-light cameras, I haven't even take then time to marvel that the pitiful things actually work. Oh, but there is hope! Perhaps they will freeze up and die once the temperature drops below 10 degrees. Oh, that would be sweet.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Who Knows Me the BEST?

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(I stole this from Mrstito -- thanks)

You've Put Peanut Butter in My Chocolate -- and Alex Lifeson in My Porcupine Tree!

source: Power Windows citing Carbon Nation

Alex Lifeson With Porcupine Tree: The new issue of "Carbon Nation", the Porcupine Tree magazine, includes the news that both [Rush's] Alex Lifeson and King Crimson's Robert Fripp will each be guesting on the next album by Porcupine Tree currently set for release on Atlantic Records next April. Both Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have expressed their appreciation for the progressive rock band, and engineer/producer Paul Northfield has also worked with both bands. - Dec. 9, 2006

2007 is going to be a great year for music, what with new albums by Porcupine Tree and Marillion in April, and by Rush (date TBA). And most certainly tours to follow!

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Traditionally Poor

Last night was the second Browns - Steelers game this football season. The first game was a heartbreaker; the Browns were ahead the whole game, and the Steelers took the lead and kept it in the final minute. Last night's game was poor. Poor execution and no discipline. Backup QB Anderson made some decent throws, but the receivers still have to catch them. Northcutt and Edwards dropped too many balls last night. Winslow was good for a fifteen yard personal foul when he nailed James Farrior well away from the action of the play. Farrior nailed him back two plays later, at a legitimate moment.

The NFL Network is pretty subpar. We kept the sound relatively low because who knew that Bryant Gumble and Chris Collinsworth would be so banal? I found myself longing for the misplaced wit of Dennis Miller. Mr. Bebout and I were angry that the cameramen couldn't follow the ball. When one watches a replay, you want to see where the ball went -- who cares what the QB is doing in the backfield, unless he receives a late hit?

Besides Mr. Bebout, BMac and BK were both over, and Ray. The highlights of the evening included a decent pizza pie delivered from Zeppe's, the Dortmunder that BMac brought over, Mr. B's Fiery Buffalo and Ranch Doritos, the Nestle Crunch Darks in the candy dish, and the good company in general, despite the complete and utter nonsense on the TV. I know BK isn't much of a football guy, and nothing we saw could hardly be grounds for a conversion.

In other news, my 15 month run without a proper stove is over. Thank you, craigslist.org! I am now the proud owner of a gently used and very clean GE XL44 gas stove -- complete with a high BTU burner for blackening fish or boiling water, a simmer burner, and all the other usual stove-like features -- like an oven and a broiler! I cannot wait to use them. Perhaps I will make a roast. I have to find my roasting rack. It is in the basement, I am sure. And my pizza stone. I have cookie sheets and other bakeware that I have kept packed away. Pie dishes! It has been too long since I've made my pecan bourbon chocolate chip pie. Mmm and London Broil. I made that once for Ray and Kristen, when I lived over on Eddington. It is good stuff.

Yeah, maybe I've missed having a stove more than I thought. It has been a long time since I've eaten a DiGiorno Pizza or Tater Tots!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

As We Relive Our Lives in What We Tell You

It is almost Christmas, and while we put up the tree, my thoughts are already on to next year.  I look ahead at what is to come, and I am more excited by what awaits in the new year than by the more immediate holiday season. 
 
I feel as if my life is really only now getting started, that things are only now becoming how they ought to be.  I no longer waste time brooding over whether I could have made better decisions earlier in life, because I don't believe I ever could have gotten where I am, and with whom, if I had done it any other way.
 
One of my favorite little nuggets of wisdom comes from The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, when he wrote:
 
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."   
 
This year I did change some things for myself.  Not the least of which was this: I recognized that I deserved better, and I found it.  I didn't settle for less.  And I have never been so happy. 
As Ohio Enters Its Public Smoking Ban, a Look Back...

At the Marlboro Man -- Come to Where the Flavor Is, Come to Marlboro Country.
Another Marlboro Man

A testimonial by an everyman Marlboro smoker -- I like things that are well designed, I want to taste something...
Lucky Strike Commerical

So round, so firm ... Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco.
Kool Cigarette commercial

"Snow fresh!"
Virginia Slims Cigarette Ad

"You've Come a Long Way Baby," now you have your own cancer-stick.
Steve McQueen for Viceroy Cigarettes

"...you'll come to Viceroy..."
McLean Stevenson for Winston Cigarettes

Even though cigarette ads were banned from TV before I was born, I remember the jingle "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should." I suspect this is because my Grandma Mary smoked Winstons.
The Flintstones Promoting Winstons

And they would later say that Joe Camel appealled to kids...!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tuesday Talkback

Tis the season for Monday Moaning and Tuesday Talkback.

"I'm furious! Eric Clapton, just like the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney before, is not playing Cleveland. It is time to tear down the Rock Hall. We built that worthless museum and we don't even get the ceremonies or musicians." - North Royalton

Concert promoters need to learn that putting a major act in Columbus as the lone Ohio stop is insufficient. Columbus is not "close enough." Cleveland is not in the Columbus metropolitan area (if there is such a thing). And for the same reason, I don't give a damn about the NHL Blue Jackets either.

"If auto makers and auto dealers adjusted the headlights on cars, driving would be a lot safer at night and pleasant." - Rocky River

Um, they'll do that, if you just ask.

"Myself, along with a number of other neighbors, are annoyed with having to redirect mail after our mailman mis-delivers." - Seven Hills

The old lady up the street get your latest copy of "Leg Show" again?

"I'm 74 years old and I have exercised for years, watched what I ate and stayed in shape because I was too cheap to buy new clothes. After all that, I have had a stroke, a blocked artery, and open heart surgery. What am I doing wrong?" - Middleburg Heights

Bad genes! You picked the wrong parents. You ate right, exercised, and you are going to die anyway. Life sucks, but for you, not too much longer.

"TV comedy shows are all about sex and are not funny. No wonder they rank so low in the ratings." - Broadview Heights

They rank low in the ratings because I don't watch them either.

"Shame on all the Cleveland TV stations that could not show the Christmas tree lighting in its entirety." - Cleveland

In its entirety? What's to see? Throw the switch, the tree is on. Did you want real time coverage of the tree being decorated? Don't you have a gerbil to play with or something?

"Parents and grandparents who allow small children to visit patients and nursing homes while they have bad colds. Don't they know better?" - Parma Heights

You think those kids want to be there either? Naw, kids don't want to see your Aunt Wilma, who they never knew, eat pudding through a straw. "You should get to know your Auntie Wilma, she had such a vibrant life." Yeah, had. Oh, it is sad, I know. But you gotta wonder, if the kids are sick and parents are taking them to the nursing home, if maybe, just maybe, there is an ulterior motive? No, no, no, who would do such a thing to poor pudding sucking Aunt Wilma who has so much to live for?

"Why can't the Galleria managers put garbage cans in front of the building? It's a pig sty." - Cleveland

Garbage cans attract... garbage. Nothing says welcome to a building like a big can of trash and better yet, someone going though it looking for treasure. And by the way, there are plenty of trash cans inside the Galleria.

"Right or wrong, drunk or sober, let's not ever lose our freedom of speech." - Broadview Heights

Fight for your right to par-tay! WTF? Calling Monday Moaning is how Tom Coyne blew his one phone call?

"If politicians and our governor would show as much concern about getting illegal guns, and the people who own them, off the street as they do about law-abiding citizens with permits carrying them, there would really be a drop in crime." - Garfield Heights

Because without guns there would be no crime...? If only it were that simple.

"All of the professional athletes should be paid a base salary of say $100,000 a year and at the end of each season, they should get their merit pay and bonus pay." - Cleveland

Hahahaha, no one wants to pay that much to track and field athletes.

"What is happening to our beloved Holiday songs and carols? My ears and my heart hurt the way they are being sung today. These flash-in-the-pans need to learn music and sing the score as written. The Rockefeller Christmas show was a disgrace." - No city

I didn't watch the Rockefeller Christmas Show this year, so I have no idea what happened there. And don't you mean "flashes-in-the-pan"? But your heart hurt? And watching Aunt Wilma eat pudding through a straw had nothing to do with it?

"Any radio station stupid enough to think that anyone wants to hear an entire month of nothing but Christmas music." - Kirtland

Because the regular programming was just so good.

"With all the changes and confusion in voting and voting machines, it would appear to be a tendency to scare off the senior voters. Mmmm . . . I smell a rat." - Middleburg Heights

I am sure that's what it is! Disenfranchising anyone scared by an ATM or a touchscreen. Those horseless carriages and flying machines sure are scary too. And penicillin. But really, you just noticed that these new machines are a problem? And you think that this is targeting seniors? These machines suck for everybody.

"People who walk double file on the wrong side of the street when there are sidewalks. At least walk on the right side of the street and wear clothing that will show up in the dark." - Twinsburg

Did you feel that bump? I didn't see anything. I hope that wasn't someone's pet.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

A Karaoke First For Me

Ending up at Boo Long after eating deep fried dinner and [not] dancing at the club, I've added a new song to my karaoke repertoire.
 
Fake Plastic Trees
 
Her Green plastic watering can
For her fake Chinese rubber plant
In the fake plastic earth.
That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plans.
to get rid of itself.
And It Wears Her Out, it wears her out
It wears her out, it wears her out.

She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns.
He used to do surgery
For girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins.
And It Wears Him Out, it wears him out
It wears him out, it wears him out.

She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My Fake Plastic Love.
But I can't help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run
And It Wears Me Out, it wears me out
It wears me out, it wears me out.

And if I could BE who you wanted
If I could BE who you wanted,
All the time, all the time, ohhh... ohh...
 
-- Radiohead/Thom Yorke
 
 

the weekend

Gina and I put up the Christmas tree.  I took some pictures, but I'll have to post them later.  The new kitties have stayed off and away from the tree, thankfully!
 
We went out with Kristen for her birthday.  That was fun.  It was good getting out, seeing old friends, and making some new ones.  She has pictures posted at her blog.
 
 

Friday, December 01, 2006

Harrible

Gina took this test, so I tried it too...

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Philadelphia
The Inland North
The Midland
The South
Boston
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Interesting.

Kristen's Birthday

I have no idea what to get Kristen for her birthday.  She threw me such a wonderful party for my birthday.  I should do something cool for her.  Help!  I need ideas...