mercredi, décembre 31, 2008

Personal Economics

How I always, always wanted one of these shirts.

I was too young to afford one when I could get one, and now that I'm (gasp), older, I still can't afford one.  At least not right now.    There are other things I actually NEED.  Plus, I want my 12 ga, case, ear protection, and ammo a little more. That want came first :)

But back to the shirt.  The above is a repro, but it's the exact transfer used in the early 80's.  Apparently they still have the transfer in stock and are putting them on to new raglans and selling them for a mere $49.99.  Yes, that much.

I see you.  You know you want one, too!

dimanche, décembre 28, 2008

2008 Blogger Christmas Party

It was great to see everyone today at the Blogger Christmas party. This is the first year that I was able to attend, and unfortunately the only opportunity I had to see everyone all year. Just want you all to know that I think you're all a really terrific group of people, and I enjoy reading your material and chatting with you throughout the year. I also want to say thanks for your readership, even when I'm not posting, you still stop by, and I appreciate that.

I'm looking forward to making '09 a little different, and getting out a little more often. We live in very interesting times... I appreciate your perspectives, I enjoy watching news unfold via the Cheddarsphere, and the camaraderie.

To anyone I didn't get a chance to chat with today - my apologies and I look forward to catching up with you in the future.


samedi, décembre 27, 2008

Packers v. Lions

The Packers vs Lions game will end in....
The Lions' first win of the season
Packers up by 30, and lose all 30 in the last 15 minutes of the game
Packers have it wrapped up
6 hours of post-game coverage, reviewing every agonizing moment. free polls

mercredi, décembre 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Merry Christmas everyone, may the blessings of the season descend upon you and all of your loved ones :)

I Must Stop Christmas From Coming!

But How???

mardi, décembre 23, 2008

Happiness is an action

Happiness is a beautiful thing. Not all of life is happiness... you have your mundane and crappy moments, but happy times are well-earned, well-deserved gifts. I used to think that the only place that happiness could come from was inside me. Once that occurred of my own volition, then maybe I could be perfect. Heck, maybe I would even deserve to have love in my life.

And while it was necessary to have my life together, I spent a lot of time misguided about what would make me happy. I kept looking for complete things - things that were finished and perfect. Those perfect things aren't much help though... because they can't be disrupted or disturbed or played with. Kind of like plastic coverings on sofas and runners on carpets. How fun.

What I did not know was that happiness can come in little pieces that you put together... and move them along so that the magic works together in order to make a whole. When this fact discovered me... I freaked a little. It meant my little plastic-coated world would have to be uncovered. It meant it could get dirty or dusty. But it could finally be enjoyed. What had been protected was worth this risk though... and would only improve in value.

A few months ago, Mr. Jones came into my life. And while it seemed novel at the start to be talking to him again after 18 years, something in me was in tremor. Something was breaking and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. What was breaking was what I thought was me, the me that I had become: closed, cynical, unhappy. That protection was being shattered, and I didn't know what to do except run. I was in pain however, I knew only one person could make me feel better, and that was Mr. Jones.

It was a novel concept to me that I didn't have to be perfect in order to find happiness. It happened when two people came together, and created a self of togetherness. We mattered to each other. We began to open up and grow. We are intrigued and energized by each other. And we are slightly uncomfortable, tongue-tied bumbling idiots with each other sometimes. And by virtue of who we are together, we improve and grow as individuals.

I can tell you that I have had many happy times in my life, but I don't know if I have ever felt as consistently happy, content, grounded and real as I do now. Having that mutual respect, support, and shared sense of purpose with another person is truly a gift. And when you have that solid groundwork, you can grow together and challenge each other without worrying about "what it means". It means that their growth and value matters to you. Everything you start to do, you think about whether you're doing it because you think you're entitled to, or whether you're doing it for the other person.

I have been misguided for a long time. Listening to the wrong messages. The wrong people. Listening to failed experiences and trying to prevent failure from happening again. And most of all, I had been too wrapped up in myself and my perceived problems that I almost missed the most amazing man I have ever met. Now it isn't all about me anymore, and I couldn't be happier to know that it's about us. It's about him. It's about the companionship and caring that is my birthright. Merry Christmas to me and Mr. Jones.

lundi, décembre 22, 2008

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

dimanche, décembre 21, 2008

Baby it sucks outside!

How much more clear could that be???

jeudi, décembre 18, 2008


And another thing

If all of these barbaric, backward, hick deer hunters are donating so much venison to the hungry, why the heck not let the does live a little longer?

Oh No, It's Snow!

I'm watching the news, and there is all kinds of MSM-gasming about snow in California, snow in Vegas, etc. etc. etc...

And as I'm making my coffee and listening to this, I said aloud, "shutup you sissies, it's good for you."

mardi, décembre 16, 2008

Tuesday: There is Unrest in the Forest

There is a fun little unrest on Twitter and Facebook - it all started a little something like this on Twitter:

Then, it infiltrated facebook:
Who knows where else Rush will surface today!
Meanwhile, back at the blog, there is unrest in the forest.  There is trouble with the trees....

lundi, décembre 15, 2008

Flashback Funnies....

Ah, the good old days of Eddie Murphy's comic stand up act. Y'all, he can do some excellent impressions.

Case study 1: Elvis. I laugh so hard whenever I hear, "lemonaaaaade...."

Case study 2: James Brown. But you knew that. I just felt like sayin' it!!!

Case study 3: Bill Cosby. Oh... you know you love this one. Best. Impression. Ever!!!1

Follow My Frozen Carbon Footprints

...if I don't make it to work. That's going to be a freezing ass walk.

vendredi, décembre 12, 2008

I Ran Into Chief Flynn This Evening

I thanked him for all he's doing and his approach. I was a total fumbling idiot about it, but I think he got the message.

Backstraps are on the Menu

So I have to go and get some this weekend.

12ga Winchester - check
Blaze orange - check
Raw cashews - check
Footwarmers - check
Espresso - whoops.... off to the store.

You can take the girl out of the city....

The Quotable Co-Worker

In a non-work context.

In anticipation of our girls night out with lots of food, Chez another blogger:

"This isn't going to be some kind of Republican gang bang, is it?"

Nobody Says Nothing Better....

Jim Doyle, Lots-o-Balls

It takes major cajones to:

1. Screw up the state budget
2. Lie about it, especially when you're up for re-election
3. Make it a LOT worse (social programs)
4. Spend our money to get in front of Congress and cry about the awful state of your state

If this were the real world, your ass would be fired. Why? Because in the real world, those you were whining to would ask you real questions. Government is the only place you can get away with wide-scale failure. Just wait until Obama gets his hands on the place.

I've said it before, I'll say it again. Too many years in government puts you into la-la land. It's the easiest way to become aristocracy, in this country.

mercredi, décembre 10, 2008

Wednesday Tune!

In my humble opinion, "The Lung" is one of the very best songs by Dinosaur Jr. This song predates the whole "grunge" movement.

And in my search, I found someone's animation thesis, which used the same song. It's cute and uplifting. Just what you want on a Wednesday :)

Get at it!

lundi, décembre 08, 2008

Have you seen the Banking Brackets?

I saw a visual that was based on sports teams brackets, except it featured all of the major banks over the past ten or so years. Anyone know where I can find it? I did see it on someone's blog (in WI) in the past three weeks. If you know what I'm talking about and where I can find it.... HSO! Help a Sister Out!

Libellés :

dimanche, décembre 07, 2008

No Snow Expected at the Urban Hang Suite

Just gonna keep thinking happy thoughts. And eating these yummy black olives.

samedi, décembre 06, 2008

Once Upon a Time

Mr. Jones kissed me while we were standing here. It was interrupted because PDA caused quite a stir at my high school. I never forgot that moment, and someday, we'll stand here again :)

Today I had a tour of Washington High School. It's been almost 20 years since the last time I was in the building. Without a doubt, I can tell you that it's still a special place. It will be better someday when they merge it back into one school. Right now WHS is split into three schools in one building.

I'm not all that keen on this approach. While there I could see that many of the facilities are not being used and it seems like a waste. The whole wood shop wasn't being used - thousands of dollars worth of very good equipment that hasn't been operated. Anything mechanical needs to be operated.

Personally, I think it needs to be one school again. We had such a strong identity as a high school. Washington was the shit.

I also had the opportunity to go into the lower gyms. The place was teeming with energy and activity. I felt like I was watching a movie. I could have stayed there all day long.

I couldn't be happier that I went to Washington. It was one of the better decisions I've ever made. Education wise...maybe not...but the life lessons and the way it formed me are irreplaceable.

vendredi, décembre 05, 2008

Satriani: That Explains Everything

I was really surprised at myself when I blogged about, let alone purchased "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay. I hate Coldplay. They are whiny, insufferable boobs.

In fact, all 5'3 and buck-twenty of me could take them all with my right arm tied behind my back.

So today, I was heavily relieved when I saw this report. Viva la Vida is apparently (okay, blatantly) a ripoff of Joe Satriani's "If I Could Fly". My rightful disdain of Coldplay has been validated. Not just that... in the modern spirit I have found out that IT'S NOT MY FAULT that I found myself liking a "Coldplay song".

Have a listen for yourself - the following YouTube clip provides a pretty good case for JS. Think that iTunes will refund my Coldplay purchase?

UPDATE: I have requested a refund from iTunes

And in the interest of fairness, here is the entire song by Joe Satriani. Like most Satriani songs, it's about six minutes long.

Friday! And Now Ladies and Gentemuns....Mr. Buck Owens

Have a great Friday, hope that your Friday is more relaxing than a Tiger by the Tail!

jeudi, décembre 04, 2008

Really? Is This What We Pay Folks at The Pentagon To Do?