Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Free Information?

This was mentioned in an email group I subscribe to, but upon checking it out, I find it really is the solution for when we are away from a phone book, like in my car or out to camp. I'm tired of losing 4 Tracfone units to a call for information and now I don't have to.

Just call 1-800-Free411 (1-800-373-3411) for access to America's #1 provider of FREE telephone directory assistance (411). It really is free to cell phone users or landlines and you can also look up numbers at their web site (just click this entry's title, above).

Add it to your speed dial numbers today!

Monday, January 29, 2007

MEME: Monday Madness -- January Wrap-Up

Otto awoke from her Sunday Snooze long enough to read her email and post these questions. Here's what she has to say for herself:This week's questions come from one of our very FAITHFUL participants (and she happens to be my mother), sherle. Thanks, Mom!” =)

1. Do you make New Year's resolutions? If so, what is your most important one? Nope, with my dominant procrastination gene, it's an exercise in frustration...
2. Easter is coming. Many Christians give up something for Lent. Do you give something up for any reason (or season)? What is it this year? I give up as little as possible. Christianity has nothing to do with it...
3. Do you watch the Super Bowl? If so, do you watch it with a group? If not, what do you do while the game is on? Anything special? No, I generally watch a movie. But I do swing by to get the score during commercials – but only if the Pats are in the Bowl...
4. Would you miss Monday Madness if it stopped permanently? Yes, but as I recently discovered there IS life away from the internets, so I'd get over it, much as I have the loss of other weekly memes.
5. Name at least one theme for MM questions. Share at least one question for that theme. NASCAR & the Daytona 500 is just around the corner. Who's your favorite driver(s)? If you don't like watching NASCAR races, why not?

Monday Music Mambo -- Jazz

RFDuck has had a good weekend and gives us a cheery note today:

“Hello everyone! Before we being the mambo, I'd like to take a moment and thank Friday (who wrote the previous post) for all her help in getting me set up to do these memes. When she posted after Hurricane Katrina and asked someone to help her run this site, I answered the call. I couldn't stand to see this site die out because the Mambo and Mind Hump gave me such joy, the same joy each of you get when you do them. So thanks, Friday, for giving me this opportunity and making such a great site to begin with!”

“Ok, on with the Mambo. Tuesday is Jazz Day, so we'll go with that theme.”

1. What's your favorite jazz instrument?
The tenor sax, followed by piano and guitar.
2. What's your favorite type of jazz?
I'm partial to the jazz of the early sixties – no name, cool, free flowing, head trips by great musicians. But I like just about any jazz you can name – I'm just not that big on the history of jazz, dig?
3. Name a few of your favorite (or just a few) jazz musicians.
John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Pat Methany, Candy Dulcifer all come immediately to mind.

The rules are, there are no rules!!! All you need to do is copy and paste the above questions into your blog and add your responses. After you've finished, return here and leave us a comment so we'll know you've Mamboed. Be sure your Mambo is linked back to
http://bdinsanity.blogdrive.com so others can dance too.

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. If one of the questions doesn't inspire you then simply "pass" it. Just use your imagination and dance like crazy!

If you don't have a blog or you're an exhibitionist *woo hoo* feel free to Mambo right here in our comments section. There's absolutely no pressure ... although it's called the Monday Music Mambo you can Mambo on any day.

Until next time, this is your music-lovin' Mememeister saying have a good Monday and a good Mambo!

MEME: Sunday Seven -- Episode 74

"Sometimes you feel like a nut...sometimes you don't." Yes, even a classic advertising jingle can provide the topic for a Sunday Seven question! (If you have trouble coming up with answers, here is a source of inspiration.

But first, Otowi, of "Otowi," was first to play last week . Congratulations!

On to this week's question!

Name your seven favorite varieties of nuts.

  1. Cashews

  2. Peanuts

  3. Walnuts

  4. Brazil Nuts

  5. Macademia

  6. Pistachios

  7. Pecans

Sunday, January 28, 2007

QUIZ: Which Science Fiction Writer Are You?

Following Paul's lead...

I am:
Octavia E. Butler
A voice truly unique in all of literature.

Which science fiction writer are you?

MEME: Saturday Six -- Episode 146

Here's another edition that relates to a theme: this time, it's the year you were born. I know, I know, you don't remember much from that year, right? No problem. At the Saturday Six, we're here to help.

We had lots of players last week, but it was Antonette of "Jottings From Jersey" was first to play last week. Congratulations, Antonette!

Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal...but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as "first to play," you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!

1. Take the quiz: (LINK FIXED!) What happened the year that you were born?

In the year you were born...

Harry Truman is president of the US

Masked bandits steal $2.8 million from Brink's in Boston

35 US military advisers are sent to South Vietnam to aid the anti-Communist government

US Senator Joe McCarthy begins his crusade against suspected Communists in the US government

North Korea invades South Korea

President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb

In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races

Peter Gabriel, Jay Leno, Bill Murray, and Stevie Wonder are born

New York Yankees win the World Series

Cleveland Browns win the NFL championship

Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov is published

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

2. Of the events mentioned, which would you most liked to have witnessed in person?
Nothing tickles my fancy...
3. Of the people mentioned, who would you most like to meet in person?
Harry Truman
4. Of the people mentioned, who would you least like to meet in person?
Joe McCarthy
5. Which of the events do you think had the most profound effect on history?
The program to develop the hydrogen bomb...
6. Which of the events do you think contributed the most to our culture?

If one assumes the move to send advisors to Vietnam is the opening salvo in our involvement in the war to come in Vietnam, then that has had the greatest impact in the short-term. Only time will tell whether the changes that occurred in the world as a result of the social upheaval that conflict inspired have any lasting impact.

John M. Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #149: Ill-Advised Teenage Fashions

John reminices, “I had occasion to look at some pictures of myself as a teenager recently, which is the cause of this week's revealing Weekend Assignment:

Weekend Assignment #149: Reveal Your Teenage Fashion Disasters! Yes, whether it's big hair, Nehru jackets, acid-washed jeans or an ill-advised tattoo, let us know what about your style as a teenager you would change today.

Extra Credit: Are you kidding? Pictures, baby!”

Dear John,

First, as to pictures – none exist, save the graduation picture I posted here at your behest many moons ago. So, the Nehru Jacket, the gaucho boots with the 3 inch heels, the bell bottoms, the tie-dyed shirts and pants, the painters pants with the ragged bottoms – all gone. And, until just a few moments ago, thankfully forgotten. Gone is the powder blue US Post Office blazer obtained from Goodwill. Gone are the shocking pink socks, the ties that were almost six inches across in their absurd modishness, the polka dots and garish stripes, the silk sash used as a belt – all gone.

Thank goodness...


MEME: Unconcious Mutterings -- Week 208

Image from Internet Movie DataBase

12 hours, 33 minutes ago

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Limit :: Weight

  2. Voice :: over

  3. Change :: Delta

  4. Expression :: Odd

  5. Tailor :: made

  6. Lemonade :: stand

  7. Thought :: process

  8. Phoebe :: Cates

  9. Impression :: negative

  10. Sister :: Sara


Via this morning's email...

I was due for an appointment with the gynecologist later in the week. Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am. I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45 am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare.

As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pajamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in that area to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment.

I was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away.

I was a little surprised when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?" I didn't respond. After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal ... Some shopping, cleaning, cooking.

After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, "Mommy, where's my washcloth?"

I told her to get another one from the cupboard.

She replied, "No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it."



Friday, January 26, 2007

OK -- Who Brought The Cat???

Via this day's email from my 80 y.o. uncle:

Saturday, January 20, 2007

MEME: Saturday Six - Episode 145

Patrick reveals: “I slept in this morning, which is always nice on a Saturday. I'm sending warm wishes for better weather to those of you who've been dealing with all of the winter storms. Hopefully you can bundle up and play the Six...and I've turned up the heat on the subject matter this week!”

We had lots of players last week, but it was Jude of "My Way" was first to play last week. Congratulations, Jude!”

Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal...but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as "first to play," you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!

1. What do you generally find more offensive in a film: too much bad language or too much nudity?
Too much bad language – it's a sign of a very small mind if every other phrase is inappropriate for a conversation with the local parish priest.
2. You're touring an art museum and find that it has a special exhibit promoting the beauty of the human body that features live nude models. Would you walk into that room?
Absolutely. There's nothing wrong with the human body in all of it's forms.
3. What if you personally knew one of the models: would you walk into the room then?
Sure. How are you going to offer your appreciation and support if you are unwilling to offer it in person?
4. Take the quiz: Do you have a dirty mind?
Stupid quiz alert. Very ignorant presuppositions evidenced in the questions. Not worth your time nor mine.
5. You're cleaning house and you find pornography: would you be more upset if you realized that it belonged to your spouse, your child, or your parents?
If I am cleaning house it is in public areas – I don't clean others' rooms. I'd be mildly annoyed if porn was left out in the open in public spaces and/or if the person responsible hadn't felt I was worthy of sharing the largess with. Being upset with a spouse or child for viewing pornography reveals a stupidly prudish mind. That fact above all others, reveals the presuppositions of the questioner.
6. If a local referendum gave you the chance to outlaw all pornography in your state, would you want to see that pass or fail?

I'd hope and campaign to defeat such a referendum. I believe in free speech – why else would I tolerate the public airwaves being overrun with Christianity these days? By the same token, while I might not always appreciate the more extreme views of any member of this society, provided their views harm no one physically they should be allowed to express them, no matter how offensive I might find them. Likewise with photographic, videographic or cinematic images – provided that no harm befalls the participants, what cause do I have to object? Obviously excluded are activities which we, as a society, have determined to BE harmful – child pornography, domestic violence, murder, denial of habeas corpus and torture of prisoners (unless you are King George Dubya, that is).

And now, last week's Saturday Six:

Saturday Six - Episode 144

Time for another edition of the "Saturday Six." Here's an edition devoted to a single topic: the Internet.

But first, Wil of "The Daily Snooze" was first to play last week. Congratulations, Wil!

Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment at Patrick's Weekender, or put the answers in an entry on your journal...but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as "first to play," you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!

1. If you knew you would die the following day, what would you do with your blog: edit some parts of it and leave it up for posterity, leave it as it is, or delete it?
I'd leave it as it is – and like Patrick, I'm not sure why.
2. Other than your own blog, what single website do you visit the most?
A tossup between my local paper (which serves as my “homepage” and paddling.net...
3. How many different email accounts do you currently own, counting work and home?
4. Take the quiz: How addicted to the Internet are you?
I took the quiz and got this result: You Are 65% Addicted to the Internet.

However, having just been without connectivity for 10 days, I can say that I'm still here, up and about and able to take nourishment. I didn't waste away to nothing, I actually had to use clippers the other day to trim my fingernails... so my estimation of the situation is that withdrawal from the Internet is far easier to tolerate than giving up smoking, drinking or coffee.
5. Are you more likely to visit the Internet the first thing in the morning or the last thing at night?
I have a habit of taking my pills at night and then sitting down and checking the email and writing in my blog before going to bed. This is first and foremost because I am trying to avoid further erosion of my esophagus from my pills...
6. Who was the last person you had an email/instant message conversation with? When was the last time you saw that person in person?
Michelle –- I last saw her for the first and only time about 5 years ago when she visited a mutual friend here in Maine.

John M. Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #148: Cats or Cheese?

John's thoughts for the topic this week: “I beta-tested this topic elsewhere online, and people seemed to enjoy its total and complete silliness. So now I proudly bring it to you, here, for the Weekend Assignment:”

Weekend Assignment #148: Cats. Cheese. There's only enough room on the planet for one of them -- and you have to decide which stays and which goes. Which do you choose and why? Now, you ask, why cats and cheese? Well, why not? People like cats; people like cheese. They're generally considered to be unrelated. Having to choose one over the other sort of gives you insight into your soul, about what's really important to you. Or, alternately, it's just fun to consider. Really, let's not pretend we're doing anything too deep here.”

“For clarity's sake, when we say "cats" we mean domestic cats; lions and tiger and cheetahs and such will still be about, so you don't have to worry about taking out a whole bunch of endangered species. When we say "cheese" we mean all cheese, even the stuff that comes out of aerosol cans and/or is spelled "cheez." It all goes.”

Extra Credit: what's your favorite breed of cat and/or type of cheese?”

“So as not to tip the scales one way or another in this momentous and planet-changing debate, I will withhold my preference vis-a-vis cats and cheese until Monday. That will leave you all time to write up your own answers on your own blogs and journals, and come back here to leave a link. I know it's a difficult question and you will be forced to make hard choices. But I know that you have the personal depth of character to make a choice between cats and cheese. There can be only one! Tell us all your choice.”

Stilton cheese

photo by: Dibruno.com

“Historically referred to as "The King of Cheeses" Stilton is a blue-mould cheese

with a rich and mellow flavor and a piquant aftertaste. It has narrow,

blue-green veins and a wrinkled rind which is not edible.

Stilton is milder than Roquefort or Gorgonzola,

and is equally excellent for crumbling over salads

or as a dessert cheese, served with a Port Wine.

There are two types of Stilton: Blue and White Stilton.”

Now John, this is verging on TJPS – The Just Plain Silly. Of course, anyone with half a brain knows the world would be a far better place (even if overrun with rats and mice) if the Pied Piper had piped a pack of furry felines into the bay... But a world without cheese? Horrible to contemplate! What would all those Wisconsin fans do if we couldn't call them cheese heads? How would all those farmers in Cabot, Vermont make a living? What WOULD you put on a grilled cheese sandwich, if not cheese?

I suppose all the cat lovers will take umbrage and heap their foul epithets upon me. They forget that I am surrounded by cats – two indoors, about a dozen outdoors – so I know whereof I speak. The world would quite simply be a far better place if there were no cats underfoot, demanding food and attention, trying to crawl into my lap for warmth or when I'm eating, attempting to see if they can tie my boot laces together before I start down the porch steps... And the caterwauling that will punctuate my feeble attempts at sleep in the coming weeks as the outside clan gets their cat on will be severe enough to give most cat lovers the heebeejeebees.

No wheel of cheese has ever snuck up on me and attempted to rip my ear off as I came up the stairs. No Camembert attempts to intertwine my feet until I fall over from sheer confusion. No Cheddar chuckles at the sight of my great arse as I bend over to clean out the *(&^^%! cat box (oh wait, that's my wife – never mind). No Havarti leaves me little presents all over the house when unhappy with the quality of the day's kibble. No, cheese is my friend, even as it clogs my arteries and gravitates to my rotund abdomen; cheese isn't hissing and scratching as it causes mounds of mucous to collect in the back of one's throat. It isn't cats that I cube on a platter before the big game. No buffet I've ever put on included a tray of sliced cats for sandwiches (although, I do have a delightful recipe for Kitten Fricassee...).

It is simply too horrible to contemplate a world without cheese. I think I'll go sulk and chew on some string kitten for a while...


Extreme Credit: I'm partial to Maine Coon Cats and a good, aged Stilton.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Miss me?

Hi folks, miss me? Been without internet connectivity for two whole weeks; thousands of blog entries to read, no contact with cyber-space -- I thought I was going to die.

Repairs to software have been carried out and we are slowly getting back to normal. Look for a slow return to posting and commenting on other's blogs as I get caught up, in between trying to stay warm. Seeing your breath while sitting on the sofa, watching the evening news is just so special...

Sunday, January 07, 2007


So I get the following in my email today:

Dear Amazon.com Customer,

We've noticed that customers who have expressed interest in books by Derek C. Hutchinson have also ordered Creating a New Future, 1986 to Present (Latino-American History) by David Seidman. For this reason you might like to know that David Seidman's newest book, Creating a New Future, 1986 to Present (Latino-American History), is now available in Hardcover. You can order your copy for just $35.00 by following the link below.

Creating a New Future, 1986 to Present (Latino-American History)

Creating a New Future, 1986 to Present (Latino-American History)
David Seidman



Typical advertising B.S. But my life is so slow that I actually read it and do a double take... and then I double check my memory by Googling Derek C. Hutchinson. Yep, the Derek I know and love writes about sea kayaking and makes some scratch on the side narrating audio-books. Nothing to do with political science, history nor sociology! And so I sit here, scratching my head, asking myself WTF?

Anybody know how to reach Amazon's web site editorial staff?

MEME: Sunday Seven - Episode 71

TV Land has just acquired the broadcast rights for the television series M*A*S*H, and they've been running mini-marathons all week long to celebrate the big get. Several times now, they've run the finale of the show, and it amazes me that 23 years since it was first broadcast, it can still evoke as much genuine emotion today. That got me thinking about this week's topic.

But first, Otowi, of "Otowi," a word whose two meanings are best explained on the front banner of the blog, was first to play last week . Congratulations, Otowi!

On to this week's question!

Name your seven favorite television series finales.

First off, Patrick absolutely amazed me with his vast TV trivia knowledge, naming each of the titles for the final episodes of his favorites seven finales. Way to go!

I can't. Haven't a clue. So all you get are show titles, and they'll probably be wrong, too. And so it goes...

  1. M A S H

  2. Six Feet Under

  3. I, Claudius

  4. The West Wing

  5. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (which first aired on ABC 1954-1959)

  6. The Tonight Show – the end of Johnny Carson's career. Always leave them wanting more ... we do miss you, Johnny, we do.

  7. Thirty Something

MEME: Unconscious Mutterings – Week 205

Patricia posts a list of words every Sunday to tease the temporal lobe. Just follow the link above to get your own list of pleasure and pain.

Read the FAQ for more information.

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Incomplete :: unfinished

  2. Bobby :: Sox

  3. Chopstick :: Fork

  4. Trauma :: case

  5. Hesitate :: loss

  6. Leap :: faith

  7. Magnify :: exaggerate

  8. Yards :: lawns

  9. Alexander :: The Great

  10. Fracture :: femur

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Saturday Six - Episode 143

Patrick looked up from reviewing his latest chapter and said, “I went to see a movie this afternoon, and yes, the book was better. But then again, it almost always is. Anyway, I survived the big bag of popcorn...”

But first, Moonfire of "Symptoms of a Shadowed Mind" was first to play last week. Congratulations, Moonfire!”

Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal...but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as "first to play," you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!”

1. Are you hoping to lose weight, gain weight or stay the same weight by the end of 2007?
I'd not be adverse to a massive weight loss, so long as my health wasn't adversely impacted ;)

2. Now that Saddam Hussein has been executed, are you more worried or less worried about possible terror attacks?
No more worried than normal, but I'm feeling a definite unease about the way we orchestrated the execution of Hussein. Dubya better hope he's covered his tracks thoroughly on this one or he's just added the coup d' grace to his war crimes trial...
3. Who was the last performer you heard sing on television? Did you sing along?
Madonna. Absolutely not.
4. Take the quiz: What is your career personality?

Your Career Personality: Brainy, Logical, and Efficient

Your Ideal Careers:

Book editor
Business manager
Civil engineer

The Quick and Dirty Career Test

5. Of the listed careers, which is the most appealing?
Judge, followed by Scientist and Civil Engineer.
6. Of the listed careers, which is the least appealing?
Economist and Business Manager are the least likely choices.

John M. Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #146: I [Insert Personal Feeling Here] New York

John relates the following, “Look, it's the Flatiron building, one of the iconic buildings in New York City and also where I will be spending at least part of my day today, talking to editors, having meetings and otherwise being all grown-up and writery and stuff. The Flatiron is also a suitable introduction for this week's Weekend Assignment, which, since I happen to be in town, is about the Big Apple:”

Weekend Assignment #146: New York -- America's largest and most important city. What are your thoughts about it? We're not all from New York, of course, but the city looms large in our collective consciousness. It's that whole "if you can make it there" thing. So share some of your thoughts about New York, whether it's an opinion about the city, a memory of a visit there, a screed on why you hate it and everything it stands for (if you're a Red Sox fan) -- anything, as long as New York, New York is the subject.”

Extra Credit: “New York Yankees: Love em or hate em?”

My experiences of New York City began in the late '50's and continued throughout the '60's and early '70's, With minor exceptions and unintentional wrong turns (really) I have managed to physically avoid NYC ever since. It is an awesome city, a melting pot of peoples and cultures unlike any other in the world. It's so alive. It's absolutely the center of Western Business Civilization. I truly believe in the song lyric that “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”

It is also a city without a heart, almost soulless. It is a monument to colossal greed, tasteless extravagance, populated by crass nouveau riche social climbers and mindless sycophants to the likes of Donald Trump, political lackeys to Rudy Guiliani and others of similar ilk, dyspeptic UN diplomats who cannot lift themselves from their lethargy to pay parking tickets, and vermin of all sorts that stands on eight, six, four, three, two and no legs. It is a filthy city, as cities go. I have been mugged there twice; I have no love for New York thugs and criminals. I've broken bread with gangsters and newspaper reporters, with laborers and less and more at eateries of all types and all prices. I've strolled Park Avenue in a top hat and tails, I've coaxed vessels to give one more erg, struggling against the current of the East River. I've jockeyed fifty-five foot rigs into some of the worst loading docks in the world in New York. I've fed peanuts to squirrels in Central Park on a warm spring day with a pretty girl. I've hoisted sack after hundred pound sack of raw peanuts bound for the hungry co-operatives of northern new england in Hell's Kitchen. I've feared for my life, load and truck when turned around in the Fort Apache area of the Bronx. Seen a truck hijacked in front of me on the BQE. Failed to recognize a jumper situation on the Brooklyn Bridge one cold winters night. Stepped around the homeless sleeping on steam grates numerous times, sometimes convinced they were dead from the odors lifting off them. Heard shots fired in all five boroughs and two counties of Long Island. Ridden all of the subway lines and almost all of the passenger railroads that depart NYC to the North and South. Flown in and out of La Guardia, JFK and Newark airports. Ridden more cabs and buses than I care to remember.

Through it all, every time I've been in the city I find myself staring in awe at the architecture, the monuments and memorials, and most of all, at the people. I may hate all cities and New York in particular, but I'm in awe of its residents.

Long live New York.

Extra Credit:: I'm a Red Sox fan. Like all Red Sox fans, I hate the New York Yankees with a vehemence bordering upon white hot insanity.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

MEME: Wednesday Mind Hump – Straw Man Edition

Image © 2005 Forsakenchild

Greetings, people! Today's hump is brought to you by Drinking Straw Day. We're just gonna get silly for this one.

1. What's your favorite beverage to suck up through a straw?
Gin and Tonic
2. Do you prefer the ordinary straight straws, or the crazy, colorful, twisted straws?
Straight & narrow for this old time Republican (heheh)
3. Do you ever make those loud sucking noises at the end of the drink to annoy other people? And does that annoy you?
I have been known to do the sucking farts on more than one occasion. Yet, under the right circumstances, it annoys the bejeezums out of me...
4. Name one thing to do with a drinking straw other than using it to drink.
Snort cocaine, use it as a device to transfer small amounts of liquid materièl.

Monday, January 01, 2007

A Sad State of Affairs

16,273 deaths reported in Iraq in 2006

"The tabulation by the Iraqi ministries of Health, Defense and Interior, showed that 14,298 civilians, 1,348 police and 627 soldiers were killed in the violence that raged in the country last year." -- LAUREN FRAYER, ©Associated Press

A far cry from searching for WMD's and eliminating the Hussein regime, now isn't it, President Bush?

Happy Hogmanay!

A great photo (click the title above)...

MEME: Monday Music Mambo – New Beginnings

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the Mambo. Today is New Year's Day! The questions for this Mambo will be about the new musical goodies 2007 may bring us.

1. What album are you looking forward to purchasing this year, either physically or online?
The compilation album “Dueling Dawgs” by David Grisman and a variety of accompanists. The other one I await with baited breath and itchy trigger fingers is Nora Jones' Not Too Late
2. Which musical act do you hope will come to your town this year? If you know they're coming, even better!
Well, I'd like to see The Chieftans (Hi Russ!), Nora Jones, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, or Lyle Lovett and his Big Band. I haven't a clue if any of them are coming to the three venues in Maine that host concerts...
3. What is one musical trend you hope catches on in 2007?
A belief in the value of melody and sensical lyrics...

Happy Hangover!

As a former member of the Party Hearty Club. I know what most of you are feeling and I've prepared just what you need... a lovely bowl of Ham Hocks and Split Pea Soup, with lots of great Texas Toast Garlic Bread made with my special roasted garlic spread and the finest creamery butter. Oh yes, there's plenty of aspirin, hot black coffee, real cream, oatmeal, orange juice and fried eggs and bacon for those of you who can't stomach (urp!) the idea of split pea soup for breakfast.
All my love for a Happy 2007!

MEME: Sunday Seven - Episode 70

MEME: Sunday Seven - Episode 70

Some people make new year's resolutions every January 1st, and others swear them off. But whether you made serious resolutions or not, there may still be some things left unchecked on your 2006 "To Do" list. That's the topic of this week's Sunday Seven, posted just minutes before the start of the new year so that you had the most time possible to check off any last-minute accomplishments!

But first, Wil, of "The Daily Snooze" was first to play last week . Congratulations, Wil!

On to this week's question!

Name up to seven things you had planned or hoped to do, but didn't, by the time 2006 came to a close.

Either answer the question in a comment there or answer it in your journal and include the link in a comment. (To be considered "first to play," a link must be to the specific entry in which you answered the question.)

Well, 2006 is already a memory and 2007 is a squalling babe in swaddling clothes, completely dwarfed by the top hat and scythe left behind by it's progenitor (or is that Mr. Peanut?). Regardless, as the past master procrastinator of Procrastinators Anonymous, I have a few things left to do...

  1. Store the kayaks under shelter (they're on the ground in front of the garage door with a dusting of snow on them

  2. Settle my brother's estate – it's a long, slow process made worse by my own handicaps

  3. I've got a half-dozen “works-in-progress” of the literary type that need finishing, polishing, etc.

  4. Find an agent – see the previous item

  5. Continue work on my model railroad

  6. clean out the garage (so the kayaks and cars can fit in)

  7. File for disability

If you want to play along, you'll find everything you need to get started here at Patrick's Weekender.