I'm on this list serve where very little ever happens - anymore! It used to be a place of bold ideas and wild contention. But now it is pretty dormant and that is okay, too. Periodically people still use it to share ideas, job openings, parties, or even rants and raves. Today someone used it to share this poem that I really like. After the week I've had it made me feel pretty happy. Enjoy!
The Cookie Thief by Valerie Cox
A woman was waiting at an airport one night, With several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops. Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be. Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, Thinking, "If I wasn't so nice, I would blacken his eye."
With each cookie she took, he took one too, When only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, He took the last cookie and broke it in half.
He offered her half, as he ate the other, She snatched it from him and thought... oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he's also rude, Why he didn't even show any gratitude!
She had never known when she had been so galled, And sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.
She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, Then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, There was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.
If mine are here, she moaned in despair, The others were his, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.
How many times in our lives, have we absolutely known that something was a certain way, only to discover later that what we believed to be true ... was not?
I love the movie Major League and used to watch it so much as a kid that Ang & I (and probably my whole family) know every single line. It's been on TV lately, lucky me. But I don't know if you know this but the guy who plays the voodoo guy Cerrano (the guy who is involved in some of the funniest exchanges such as "You mean, you think Jesus Christ can't hit a curve ball?") is Dennis Haysbert - you know! President David Palmer from 24 & the guy who says you're in good hands with All State. I can't believe it and I never realized it but it is absolutely true!
In other news, I had a lovely time this past weekend in the country, as you may have gathered from my photos below!
School & work are sorta kicking my butt right now, but never fear! I'll make it out like I always do! I did two presentations yesterday and they were both well-received.
Babe and I are going to our friend's wedding in San Francisco next weekend! It's the year of love - this is the third out of four weddings we've gone to this year. I just love it!! I need to buy a dress to wear to show off my new pilates bod. Hahaha.
Did you guys know that LaGuardia closes at 12:30? Last weekend on my way back from the family reunion in Wisconsin the pilot was imploring passengers to get in their seats and sit down because if we didn't get back to LaGuardia by 12:30 we'd have to fly into a different airport because LaGuardia closed at 12:30. Whoever heard of such a thing? Well, now I have and so have you! Incidentally, we made it at 12:25.
That's all for now, dear children. Newsy, right? It's before work so I have a little time to myself and decided to share it with you.
Oh yeah! And congrats to MIL for winnin the big bucks on the Deal or no Deal game!!! Seriously!
When I don't have access to email I come home to 90 of them. I'm sure this pales in comparison to some of you but to me this is a big number...I'll have pictures and highlights from my trip to the Cheese State soon but for now am checking email...It's fall in the midwest and absolutely gorgeous, crisp and the leaves are changing...I saw just about everyone I am related to on my mother's side this weekend - there are a lot of us...Oh family reunions...Anyways, nice to see all of you. I'll try to be interesting ASAP.
It's fall here in the big City and you know what that means....Ha! I don't, but if know please do tell....It's a busy time for me. I'm going to Wisconsin this weekend. Have you ever been there? Absolutely beautiful....Man I love football season but boy is it hard to be a Packer fan this year...And I thought the Raider's would do better but Monday night football was horrifying...In case you don't keep up both the Packers and the Raiders scored a combined total of zero...Man, am I ever tired....There are a lot of sickos around me so I hope I don't catch it....I'll be superpissed...I better go...this is going nowhere and I don't want you to hate me for making you read it.
If you are one of the people I've asked/told to come with me and Babe next year to Burning Man and you're thinking to yourself, why? Why would I want to do that? Well, look no further. One of my favorite people has been kind enough to share her burning man photos with anyone looking at her blog. And, now, that can be you.
It has been brought to my attention that you cannot see the pics in the link above unless the woman herself invites you. Dang, sorry about that guys. You can always check out the burning man website. I'll try to get you something nice, soon, to make up for it.
Babe and I went on the roof to grab you photos of the WTC lights but I could only see the top of the beams from the roof and couldn't get a shot of it in the dark. So, instead, I got you a picture of some other lights.
Went out in a BIG way on Saturday night. Met up with my friend from Cali who now lives in Chicago and we went to dinner then to a bar where we danced the night away in Park Slope.
Man I'm loving going out in Brooklyn. Our next move (probably in a year or so) will be to Brooklyn I'm sure. The bars there are just fantastic - like the east village but not all crowded. So we checked out the Royale in Park Slope. Fantastic - the space is kiler, the drinks are cheap and the DJ was pretty darn good. Whatever - we got home at 5 in the mornin so obviously we were lovin it.
School starts for me today. Work is getting busy. Amazing Race pool starts this week. It should be a good ole September and a great fall in general. More to come.
Also, it's been five years. Read good coverage of the ceremonies here.
Check out the Showtime show Weeds with Mary Louise Parker. Ms. Parker is great as a suburban house wife who sells dope but the real reason to watch the show is Elizabeth Perkins who you'll undoubtedly remember as the adult whom Tom Hanks dated in Big.
Also, here are four simple tips for your wine drinking. Bouquet: Also called the "nose," this refers to how the wine smells. You've seen people swirl wine around in a glass. This exposes more of the wine to oxygen, allowing its bouquet to develop.
Decant: To pour wine into a decanter — usually a clear glass bottle with a wide opening at the top — before serving. Decanting usually isn't necessary unless you're having an older red wine, which can have sediment at the bottom.
Legs: The streams of wine that run back down the side of the glass after you've taken a sip, or when you swirl the wine around in the glass. The higher the alcohol content, the wider the legs.
Body: Wine can be as thin as water or as viscous as cream. Thin-bodied wines are more like the former while full-bodied wines feel heavy on your tongue.
That's all for today, folks. Covering all the vices here since 2004.
Check this cool new toy out. It's free and easy (just like you know who!) It's called Pandora and it is an online radio. You type in a song or artist that you like and they play that songs plus other songs that are like it. You give each song the thumbs up or thumbs down and it keeps on going all day long. After a few songs it does require a free log in, but I figure for hours of good music it's not that big of a deal. So far I have created four radio stations - Led Zeppelin Radio, Psycho Killer Radio, Pennywise Radio, and Bel Biv Devoe. Enjoy!
1. My roommate(s) and I once: had a party every weekend for three months straight. 2. Never in my life have I: built a snowman. 3. The one person who can drive me nuts, but then can always manage to make me smile is: BFF. Cuz she said it about me. 4. High school was: kinda lame. I had a lot of fun but didn't love it. 5. When I'm nervous: I eat. I used to smoke. Luckily I don't get nervous very often. 6. The last time I cried was: watching LOST episode "S.O.S." Oh Bernard. 7. If I were to get married right now, my bridesmaids would be: the same girls they were when I got married. Bridesmaids make weddings really fun. 8. Would you rather run naked through a crowded place or have someone e-mail your deepest secret to all your friends? Run naked. 9. My hair: is my best feature, I've heard. 10. When I was 5 I: had that ear surgery where they put the tubes in your ears. 11. Last Christmas: I spent in Calilfornia. 12. When I turn my head left: I see my "backyard." 13. I should be: calling my friend to see if she wants to do something today. 14. When I look down I see: my boobs, which were the first thing to go when I lost "the weight." 15. The craziest recent event was: nothing much, really. Last night we went out kinda big and smoked out of a hookah at a Morrocan Speak Easy. 16. If I were a character on "Friends" I'd be: Pheobe. 17. By this time next year: I will be 29 and nearing the completion of my second Master's. 18. My favorite aunt is: I'm my favorite Aunt. 19. I have a hard time understanding: how half of all Americans could vote for President Bush. 20. One time at a family gathering: I realized how lucky I am to get along with my people. 21. You know I like you if: I make fun of you. 22. If I won an award, the first person I'd thank: is your mom. 23. Take my advice: stand up for yourself. 24. My ideal breakfast is: chilaquiles. 25. If you visit my home town: you can stay with BFF. 26. Sometime soon I plan to visit: Paris. 27. If you spend the night at my house: expect to sleep on an airbed in the Living Room. 28. I'd stop my wedding if: what? 29. The world could do without: Hummer limousines for people to drive around in. 30. I'd rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: fucking nothing! Jesus Christ. That's the sickest shit I've ever considered. 31. The most recent thing I've bought myself is: a 22oz of Bud Light at 2:30 AM. 32. The most recent thing someone else bought for me is: a hookah full of Apple Tobacco. 33. My favorite blonde is: this cute girl I met at a party recently. 34. My favorite brunette is: my sister. Any one of them. 35. My car must have a sign on it that reads: I don't have a car. 36. The last time I was drunk: was last night. And I probably will be again tonight. Don't you judge me. 37. The animals I would like to see flying besides birds: None of them. The thought of a cat flying kinda freaks me out. 38. I shouldn't have been: you know what they say - you can shoulda in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up faster. But for the sake of the game - I shouldn't have been so hasty to go back to school for yet another Master's. 39. Have you ever shaved your pubic hair? No. 40. Last night I: watched my Golden Bears get the pants beat off of them. Then drowned my sorrows in a couple of mojitos at a Morrocan Speak Easy. Beat that. 41. There's this girl I know who: only speaks in rhyme. She said that she could see the end of time. 42. I don't know: what the future will bring. 43. A better name for me would be: Coodencia, Queen of the World. 44. If I ever go back to school I'll: only have myself to blame. 45. How many days until my birthday?: somewhere in the ballpark of 60. 46. One dead celebrity I wish I'd met is: Dude, I don't know. Why would I want to meet a dead celebrity? 47. I've lived at my current address for: 12 days shy of a year. 48. I've been told I look like: everyone Indian you've ever met or my sisters. 49. If I could have any car, it would be: A 65 mustang named Sally. 50. If I got a new cat tomorrow, I would name it: Damien.