Friday, July 29, 2005

Steve

Have you heard of the Fat Man Walking? Check out his progress at
fat man walking.com as he walks across the United States of America to lose weight. He's lost 50 of his 400 pounds so far and is somewhere in Arizona right now.

You go Steve! Your story is an inspiration and I hope it works!!

Next Blog

One of the interestin' features of blogger.com is the "next blog" feature. See it? On the upper right hand corner of this here weblog? Well, many a 15 minutes of mine have been wasted clicking on the "next blog" link and let me tell you - there are some effing sick-os out there, people.

Por ejemplo, today I was met with this excerpt:

"...I guess I realize that we followers of Christ must maintain a healthy distance from such issues so as not to ally ourselves too closely to counter-cultural longhairs who usually champion them so..."

Huh. Scary.

I've also found:

* The day by day account of a man who's wife nearly died in a car accident. He is chronicling her recovery.
* A middle aged woman in the midwest who is trying to keep her husband happy without taking her anti-depressants
* A cute knitting blog
* Some grody web-porn blogs
* Lots and lots of blogs in languages I can't read.
* Frankly, there are alot of people doing "god's work" and blogging about it.

If god had a blog....

Anyways. Enough of that. I just wanted to turn your attention to that feature.

Happy Friday!!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Word of the Day

Poodle

Say it aloud - at your desk. If you have coworkers near by, say it under your breath. Isn't that a great word? Poo Dle. Its like a tiny puff of air.

Poodle.

Try to work it in to conversation today if you can. I know it won't be easy - but I'll give you an example.

Today on NY 1 there was a story about a Poodle who is the star of an upcoming reality TV show. The Poodle escaped the set, and was found by a tow truck driver. The burly tow truck driver responded to signs and posters offering a $2500 reward for turning in the missing Poodle. The Queens truck driver wanted to keep the poodle saying no amount of money was worth the joy that little poodle could bring.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Uncle Bill's Pancake House


As Babe and I dined on pannycakes at the Uncle Bill's Pancake House in Wildwoods NJ, we noticed the original flag of the 13 colonies on the wall, which prompted both of us to ask, "was New Jersey one of the original 13 colonies?"

Sure enough, folks, it is. Huh to that. If you can name all 13 of the 13 colonies, you should get a prize, man!

I have a deep interest in social studies, you may have noticed.

Here they are, in the order to which they were "founded." Founded being a misnomer because it implies that they were perhaps lost.

The Thirteen Colonies
(Dates refer to the first permanent white settlements.)

  • Virginia (1607) - Established by the London Company
  • New Jersey (1618) - Originally settled by the Dutch, but seized by the English in 1664.
  • Massachusetts (1620) - Founded as two colonies: Plymouth Colony (1620), settled by the Pilgrims; and Massachusetts Bay Colony (1630), settled by the Puritans. They were united in 1691, and annexed Maine, which had been colonized by the New England Council in the 1620's.
  • New Hampshire (1622) - Originally part of Maine, then a colony from 1629 until annexed by Massachusetts, 1641-1643. Became a seperate colony again in 1679.
  • Pennsylvania (1623) - Originally settled by Dutch and Swedes. Came under English control in the 1664 and was granted to William Penn by Charles II in 1681.
  • New York (1624) - Founded as New Netherland by the Dutch West India Company. Seized by the English in 1664 and renamed.
  • Maryland (1634) - Granted to Lord Baltimore.
  • Connecticut (1635) - Founded by settlers from Massachusetts and other colonies. New Haven Colony, founded by settlers from Massachusetts in 1638, annexed to Connecticut in 1662, when the older colony was granted a royal charter.
  • Rhode Island (1636) - Settled by two groups from Massachusetts and united in 1644. Chartered by King Charles II in 1663.
  • Delaware (1638) - Settled by Swedes; seized by the Dutch in 1655 and by the English in 1664. Granted to William Penn in 1682.
  • North Carolina (1653) - Settled by pioneers from other colonies. Carolina was separated from Virginia and granted to a private company in 1663; divided into two colonies in 1711. Made a royal providence in 1729.
  • South Carolina (1670) - Originally part of Carolina Colony. Was separated from North Carolina in 1711, and became a royal providence in 1729.
  • Georgia (1733) - Granted to a private company by George II in 1732 and settled a year later in Savannah.

much to say!

I have good stories comin' to you, as well as pics, from the NJ Shore. But I thought I'd share a handy little service with any of you who may still smoke ciggies. Not to the people who only smoke occasional ciggies, b/c if you are one of those people I idolize you and wish I was just like you.

Quitnet.com is a good resource for quitters like me! They send frequent emails to boost your confidence and remind you of how fresh you are. Check this out, received today:

Hello coodence!
Your Quit Date is:Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 10:15:00 PM
Time Smoke-Free:76 days, 13 hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked:1149
Lifetime Saved:8 days, 18 hours
Money Saved:$404.25

In only 76 days I have NOT smoked: 1,149 cigarettes. How gross is that number?

Friday, July 22, 2005

Swiss

Happy 714th birthday to Switzerland! This Saturday, the country turns 714.

I'm surprised you didn't know that.

My link isn't working for some reason. Here's where you can go to find out about Swiss festivities:
http://www.swisspeaks.org/eng/festival.html?siteSect=100

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Tatas

Do you like boobs? Of course you do! Who doesn't?
Well if you like them, click the little pink button the bottom right of my blog here. You'll help give free boob jobs to women.
Or something like that.

Monday, July 18, 2005

DUDE! What is UP?!!!!!!!

It's been awhile for me - thank god. But it's something I'm most unfortunately very familiar with - The Drunk Dial.

Rules have since been made - self imposed - but stringently enforced. If Babe and I are going to do some afternoon drinking, just he and I, I leave the cellular at home. No text messaging, no emailing - it's all prohibited communication while the libations are flowing.

These rules came to pass, clearly, because I've made one too many drunk dials. Awoken the next day to have my fears confirmed by the tell-no-lies "Call History" on my mobile. Oh God. You may or may not know the feeling.

But here's the skinny, the question, the query. Is it so wrong to drunk dial? Good pal of mine recently drunk dialed a person she only went on one date with - and didn't even bat an eye the next day. He thought it was funny - and she brushed it off.

I, too, have been the happy recipient of many a hilarious phone call and never thought twice about the caller being a loadie. Just smiled and laughed that they were clearly thinking of me when they were tipsy.

So - I guess the question is: Leave it at home or bring it along? Is it so wrong to reach out and drunkenly touch someone?

(That may have come out wrong.)

Weeeeee!!!!!


This is Coche. For those of you who don't know her. Isn't she perdy?
Thanks to the person who explained what a conductor does, too! Man!! You guys rock.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Dead Things

As I walked to work this AM, a balmy80 degrees with 77% humidity, I was met with the usual olfactory sensations. One in particular, the smell of rotting dead fish wafting out of Mary's Fish Camp (a smell that greets me every morning - if I forget and accidentally breathe through my nose) forcibly reminded me of two dead things that I have recently encountered.

a#1) Dead bug. As Babe and I were hurtling across the country at 80 miles an hour, a huge dead wasp/bee flew into coche, bounced off my leg and sat on the floor in front of me for many terrifying miles. Could the bee still sting me even though it was dead? What if it was just playing dead until I went down to grab it and get it out of the car? I'll never know because Babe got rid of it for me when I went to use the potty. Hneh.

b#2) Dead mouse. So Fucking Disgusting. There was a dead mouse in front of the door to my apartment the other day. Just laying there. All dead. Someone (not me) got rid of it - but EW.

Are you sure you don't want to live in NYC?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Classic


Classic Road Trip Pictures Posted by Picasa

I promised photos so here they are. The thing about road trip pics is that they don't really show very much. I thought you'd like these, though, as they represent what I saw on my journey:

1) Top Left (taken by Babe, as are all the decent pics you'll see on this site), St. Louis Gateway arch. This is over the Mississippi River, people.

2) Top Right, crazy wee restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

3) Bottom Left, storm clouds brewin in Colorado

4) Bottom Right, beautiful West Virginia. We were only in West Virginia for 15 miles and the whole thing looked like this. Gorgeous.

Intermission

Went to the Philharmonic in the park yesterday. Totally hot. The music was so delicious. Brings to mind a question that maybe you can answer for me - What does the conductor do? By asking this question I am not suggesting that I don't think the conductor does anything, by the way. I'm just wondering what do they do? Are they the reason that the orchestra is synchronized? Tell me.

In other news, the mayor of NYC has his phone number listed in the phone book. I love the mayor. I realize that he is a republican businessman, but he rides the subway for chrissakes. He seems to me like a nice, normal person. I mean billionaire. Strictly speaking, can billionaires be referred to as people? Are they in a class of their own? Case in point - this morning when Bloomie received the endorsement from District 37 (a org that always endorses a Dem, but not this year), Mike said, "I thank you, my campaign manager thanks you, and my mother thanks you." See? Nice guy. Thinks about his mom.

Just like I think about your mom. EW!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Pics to Follow

Los Hicimos! We did it!

The road trip was totally easy and or fun. Not too hot, not too long, not too boring.

Of course observations are in order:

  • The people of this country are obsessed with two things: porn and jesus. For every single "Trust Jesus" tag I saw on the freeway, there was an "adult fantasy" store following. For every bullshit, hate mongering, anti-abortion slogan (these are the people who have sex with their cousins, mind you, as if that is permissible in any sort of church) there was a "XXX" video store off the freeway.
  • Equal almost to middle America's obsession with Jesus is its obsession with guns. "I'd rather be hunting" bumper stickers littered the backs of cars, with pictures of a happily bounding deer stenciled onto the side. "CREATE YOUR OWN GUN LIBRARY WITH THE MONEY YOU'LL SAVE" screamed an army surplus dealership.
  • The country still manages to be absolutely stunning. First the rolling hills of Pennsylvania - totally green and lush, then the rivers and old old towns of Ohio and Missouri, then these incredibly flat landscapes of Kansas. Takes your damn breath away.

That's all for now. Tune in later for more info as to why cross country driving is twice as posh as I remember it being and a discussion of splendiforous auto-magnets.

Adios from beautiful Colorado.

Friday, July 01, 2005

In honor of the 4th of July

The New Yorker's "The Talk of the Town" section gives me my talking points for the week. The excellent columns - of about a page and a half in length - are devoted to various topics of interest that week. This week's column is about a defamatory new book written about our presidential-hopeful, Senator Clinton.

In discussing some of the possible pitfalls Clinton may encounter running for president, the author says, "There will be reasons to ask, as well, how we can continue to instruct the world in democratic processes when we are moving toward a system of popularly elected dynasties, an alternation of the House of Bush and the House of Clinton, which then lectures the House of Saud."

Huh. I don't know if we're moving towards anything. A list of presidents (and thanks to my sister angela's private school education I can list them all from memory) shows repetitive names throughout:

  • George W. Bush (the 43rd president) is the son of George Bush (the 41st president).

  • John Quincy Adams (the 6th president) was the son of John Adams (the 2nd president).

  • Benjamin Harrison (the 23rd president) was the grandson of William Henry Harrison (the 9th president).

  • James Madison (the 4th president) and Zachary Taylor (the 12th president) were second cousins.

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (the 32nd president) was a fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th president). Genealogists have determined that FDR was distantly related to a total of 11 U.S. presidents, 5 by blood and 6 by marriage: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses Grant, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Zachary Taylor, Martin Van Buren, and George Washington.


Happy Fourth of July, children!