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September 30, 2008

Not The Hole Story

What Your Socks Say About You

You Are:

- Very thoughtful

- Quite calculating

- Known as a serious person

- A little bit conservative

This quiz doesn't even come close to how anal I am about my socks. It gives me a feeling of dread thinking about wearing a pair of socks with a hole or holes in them.

Steal the Cookie

Play Steal the Cookie, a nifty little game from Kashi.com: Snoop around the kitchen with a magnifying glass, get the hints and use them to put the cookie ingredients in the right order and win a free cookie!

I'm not saying how long it took me to suss it out. I probably wouldn't have played if I had known I could've just filled out the form and got the cookie, anyway.

September 29, 2008

Table Tennis

From the same folks who brought you Play With Spider, here's a fun table tennis game.

"Fun" is relative, I suppose. It was still fun, even though it kicked my butt. I have played it three times and managed to increase my score by one each time. I've never played it TOO long, but the last score was 63-3.

Play Table Tennis

September 28, 2008


From the Word of the Day feed in the right-hand column:

panache \puh-NASH; -NAHSH\, noun:
1. Dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
2. A plume or bunch of feathers, esp. such a bunch worn on the helmet; any military plume, or ornamental group of feathers.

I don't think I've ever, ever had any panache. I know I've never worn feathers in my cap.

Of Course I Am

September 27, 2008

Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Live At Donnington

Rich German Chocolate Brownies

Yesterday (Friday) the StartSampling website had this recipe:

The trademark German chocolate brownie is made of mild, sweet chocolate and has an irresistibly rich and gooey nutty, coconut frosting.

Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 50 min
Makes:24 brownies

1 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/4 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy coconut pecan frosting
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Heat oven to 350F. In 3-quart saucepan, melt 2 cups chocolate chips and the butter over low heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, salt and eggs. Spread batter in ungreased 13x9-inch pan.

Bake 27 to 34 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

In medium bowl, mix frosting, 1 cup chocolate chips and the walnuts. Spread frosting mixture over brownies. For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Source: Betty Crocker

(hey, if they can copy off of Betty Crocker, I can copy it from them)

Not that recipes will become a part of this blog, but I just wanted to put this in. The brownies look SO delicious....but I don't really like coconut.

Back when I was a kid, my sisters and I would wake up on Christmas mornings to presents and goodies. Sometimes our goody basket would have exotic nuts, a pineapple and coconuts.

I woke up in the middle of the night, went into the living room where Santa had already left the presents, looked at mine, snooped around my sisters and decided I'd eat one of the coconuts.

I took it out to the garage, put dad's claw hammer to work and gulped down the milk and gnawed the coconut meat down to the shell.

That wasn't enough for my little greedy gut: I decided one coconut was good, so two must be twice as nice. I crept back into the house, careful not to awaken anyone, grabbed the other coconut, took it out to the garage and ate it, too.

Like the character in Cast Away says "Betcha didn't know coconut is a natural laxative."

I've known that since that Christmas Day.

I also took the cure on pineapple, too. My mom had one of those big jars full of brandied fruit, pineapple and cherries, I forget what-all was in it. It was fermented, and was an adult treat, not for kids. The alcohol content wasn't all THAT much, but it adds up...

...if you eat nearly the entire jar.

Nope, to this day I don't like pineapple or coconut. I'd be in a helluva shape if I was stuck on some desert island like Tom Hanks was in the movie.

There's always monkey meat, I guess.

Play With Spider

A creepy flash application.

A spider is crawling on a map. Use the slider bars at the top right hand corner to change the color of the spider, its height and leg length, the speed at which it crawls, many other variables. Use the space button to feed it insects.

Good Grief. If only there was a "rolled up newspaper" button, I'd like it more.

Play With Spider

September 26, 2008

6-Man Football on the Map

View the public schools in Texas playing six-man football thanks to this post at the Google Earth Community.

To view in Google Earth, you will need the software, but it's also available in Google Maps.


From the Word of the Day:

melee \MAY-lay; may-LAY\, noun:
1. A fight or hand-to-hand struggle in which the combatants are mingled in one confused mass.
2. A confused conflict or mingling.

I've been in those, both definitions, 1 & 2. . The last time was the day after Thanksgiving sale at Wal-Mart a few years back. Either definition suited that particular trip.

Never again. The horror...the horror.

Somewhere In Time

Yesterday (Sept. 25) was Christopher Reeve's birthday. He passed away on Oct. 10, 2004.

September 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

And is it ever:

That government is best which governs least.
- Thomas Paine

Silly Presidential Poll

Classmates.com sent me a silly little poll so I gave them silly little answers.

The Israelites - Desmond Dekker

September 24, 2008


A long, little doggie.

Fall Has Fell

Your Autumn Test Results

You are a energetic, warm, optimistic person. You approach everything with a lot of enthusiasm.

When you are happiest, you are calm. You appreciate tradition and family. You enjoy feeling cozy.

You tend to be afraid of change. You are never ready for things to be different.

You find solitude to be the most comforting thing in the world. Being alone with your thoughts feels very peaceful.

Your ideal day is active and full. You like to keep busy with your favorite things, and you appreciate a routine.

You are very impatient. You spend more time waiting for something than actually enjoying it.

September 23, 2008

Emmy Awards Poll

The most recent poll from StartSampling.

The results don't surprise me and are encouraging. Really, who would want to watch a bunch of Hollywood ultra-liberal elitists honor and congratulate each other?

Especially when the Dallas/Green Bay game was on another channel!

Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades

Note: Saw a hit on this post and found that the original video had been taken down. Sorry for the inconvenience...but it's not my fault. Happens a lot on YouTube.


My friend's son's dog.

September 22, 2008

Photobucket Tiled Background

(click image for larger view)

The perils of using Photobucket.

Found on a MySpace site.

September 21, 2008

Cowboys Win in Green Bay

First win ever at Lambeau Field.

Cowboys win this one by even more than the score shows. The contest started out looking like the Packers would dink and dunk their way to a win, but Dallas made the necessary adjustments at halftime and came out and put the game away.

Next week the Cowboys host the 2-1 Washington Redskins. The combined record of NFC East teams is 10-2. The East is a Beast!

The Night of a Hundred Points

Yesterday was "Chicken Fry" day at the United deli, so off I went to get my fix of the Texas National Dish. I bought the Pampa Sunday paper, already out, plus the Saturday edition of the Amarillo newspaper.

I was halfway through my meal when I flipped open the sports pages, looking for the h.s. football scores. I saw where Pampa had lost, Canadian had won and my alma mater had been involved in a barn-burner, on the short end of a 106 - 82 shootout with the Fort Elliot Cougars.

Rats, I had thought I might go catch that game! Shoulda, woulda, coulda, that's always been my after-the-fact motto. *sigh*

It made me recall a game we played against Turpin; they were the Oklahoma 8-Man champs the year before, but we had them down 28-0 at halftime. I never will forget the screams from their bus during the intermission. (there was no field house at the football field, so both teams generally retired to the busses that had brought them out there from the school)

"You're letting those pipsqueaks beat you!" Stuff like that. It was true, Turpin had always beaten us in the past, but that night we made them pay for their overconfidence.

At least until halftime was over.

We scored a few more times but they scored more, and at the end of the game the score was tied 40-40. I believe, at that time, that was the second highest tie game in football history, some college teams knotting it up at 42-all. As I said, that's what we thought at the time, and a cursory Google search doesn't make me disbelieve it.

We were usually not that good. I remember bein' on the wrong end of some 70-something point ass kickin's in football. We had a few of the other type lopsides, but I don't remember them nearly as well as I do the others.

(I also remember starting to stall just after halftime in a basketball game with Allison; we had to slow the game down, keep them from reaching 100 points...and beating us by 60)

Miami, with their high but lower score, would've had third place in the standings for the state six-man highest score games, but on the same night, Throckmorton squeaked by May by two points and managed to become the number one highest scoring Texas six-man football game of all-time.

From sixmanfootball.com:

(202) Throckmorton 102 May 100 (2008)
(195) Temple Holy Trinity 112 SA Winston 83 (2004)
(189) Amarillo Bible Heritage 102 Northside 87 (2006)
(188) Fort Elliott 106 Miami 82 (2008)(187) Houston Sharpstown 148 Houston Lee 39 (1995)

The Miami Warriors will have to settle for fourth.

Sure wish I had gone to the game.

Vince, The Pack & Mrs. Olsen

I'm sure looking forward to the Packers/Cowboys game tonight. I hope the Pokes can beat 'em, and I think they will. (probably jinxed 'em, right there)

I thought it another one of those insignificant - but cool - coincidences that a day or so ago there was a Vince Lombardi quote on the Quote of the Day feed in the right-hand column. Lombardi was the coach of the Green Bay Packers and is considered to be one of the best football coaches of all time.

I had a coach for the first couple of years in h.s.; he hadn't been out of the Army for very long, had a wife and a young girl. He was fresh off his first coaching job, having some success, so his gung-ho atttitude was still fierce...but I think my home town drained him of a lot of it in the short time he was there.

Anyway...he was fond of Lombardi quotes and had them plastered all over the locker room, a few nicely printed out and framed in his office. There were a few I thought silly, such as

"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."

What a crock. So self-serving...of course if your life is football, you'll defend it even with nonsensical "facts".

There were, however, a few that I've remembered all my life and thought them profound then and still do:

"Fatigue makes cowards of us all."

And "Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."

During my sophomore year I injured my knee and was out of practice for a game and a week's practice. My mom bought me Jerry Kramer's book, Instant Replay to read while I was recuperating. I admired Kramer; we played the same position, both of us were pulling guards, but I'll go to my death thinking he beat the snap on the winning touchdown in The Ice Bowl.

(4:27 on the video, it's certainly debatable, I'll admit)

My pop and this coach became good buddies, but that sure didn't curry me any favor with the coach. If anything, he seemed to go harder on me, almost more than I could bear. One time when I was at my breaking point, ready to quit the team crying, he told me "Mike, I wouldn't be so hard on you if I didn't think you had good potential." Looking at it from that perspective, I could see that he didn't spend nearly as much time (especially yelling time) with most of the other boys as he did with me. I think he realized that I was one of those guys who needed to be pushed, but also appreciated. I think most people are like that, actually.

I remember a time when we were playing basketball in Booker; I rode with my folks and we were early by quite a bit, even for my sister's game which came before mine. We rode around the tiny town for a while, then Dad saw the coach and got him to get in the car with us; we drove a couple of blocks away from the school to a burned-out house. Dad pointed at it and with a snicker told him:

"That's where last year's coach lived."

And now for my Green Bay Packers joke:

Mrs. Ollie Olsen, a Scandinavian immigrant to the U.S. was drawing attention because of her size, 6'8", 345 lbs. Reporters were interviewing her, asking her questions such as "Gee, Mrs. Olsen, how'd you get so big?"

"Ah, from eating dot gud Svedish cheese." she replied with a good-natured smile.

Another reporter yelled out: "You're big enough to play for the Green Bay Packers, Mrs. Olsen!"

Turning serious, she grimly replied:

"Nein, I play wid nobody's packer but Ollie's."

50 More P

Found this joke in a Joke of the Day feed I tested (and rejected) for this blog. Gotta love that Brit humour.

A man walked into a bar after just being dumped. The person serving at the time was a woman. She kept on giving him free drinks the whole night. When the bar had closed she went up to him and asked if he wanted to go upstairs for a quicky. He of course said yes and they went upstairs.

When they got there the women asked if he had any protection. He didn't have any and answered no. So she told him there was a chemist across the road and gave him £ 1.

When he got to the chemist there were a selection of condoms to choose from:

There was a tramp one for 50 p.
There was an apple flavoured one for £ 1.
And there was a metal one for £ 1.50.

As he only had one pound the man bought the apple flavoured one.

During the the night of fun the condom slipped and the lady got pregnant. The couple married and raised a son.

When he was 5 years old, he went up to his dad and cried: "Daddy why do I have green arms? This is not fair."

To this the dad replied: "I would count yourself lucky my son. If I would have had an extra 50 p you would have been Robo-Cop"

At the current exchange rates, 50 pence is about a quarter.

September 20, 2008

Happy Together - The Turtles

Noticed a hit on this, and as I've been prone to doing lately, checked to see if the video still worked. The original one had been removed by the poster, so I found this one.

Wiki on The Turtles

Some interesting stuff there on Wiki (for what that's worth) about the band. I was trying to think of at least one other song they did, but I couldn't name one with any certainty. After looking through my mp3 library, I saw I had "She'd Rather Be With Me". YouTube also has Some Girl

This song reminds me of a girl (girl, hell, she's probably a grandmother now) who always liked this song when we were in school together. I liked it too, and maybe it's the things we have in common with others that hold on longest in our memories.


Word of the Day feed from Dictionary.com

misprize \mis-PRYZ\, transitive verb:

1. To hold in contempt.

2. To undervalue.

Boy howdy, do I know this word!

Every time I buy a lotto ticket, play the grocery store games, enter a contest on the 'net, I always mizprise.

Prairie Dog Comic

Cute little vid

Used to be a lot of prairie dogs around here, one large town near the Cabot carbon black R&D plant, but I believe they were poisoned when it was found that some had died from and others carried bubonic plague. The rodents, an important part of the prairie ecosystem, also can carry tularemia. (my ex-wife's uncle died from tularemia)

I saw a documentary on prairie dogs a few years back; in one of the northern plains states, they were killed as sport from long distances with high-powered and scoped rifles. I know they're a nuisance to ranchers, cattle and horses sometimes breaking their legs in the holes that dot the landscape where they make their "towns" and according to Wiki, they are also accused of damaging crops and spreading brush.

September 19, 2008


From Word of the Day:

tintinnabulation \tin-tih-nab-yuh-LAY-shuhn\, noun:
A tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.

If you put bells on a German Shepard, it would be a rintintinnabulation.

September 18, 2008

Who'll Stop the Rain - CCR

Umbrella Today

Input your zip and see if you'll need your umbrella today.

Here's their answer to "Is it going to rain today in the Pampa area?"

Short and to the point!

(Not going to rain, huh? What else is new?)

(I seldom use an umbrella, and usually just look outside to see if there's a chance of rain, but...this is still a neat site.)

Input your cell phone # and they'll even send you a text message on the days you'll need your umbrella.

Umbrella Today

My Umbrella Matches My Heart

What Your Black Umbrella Says About You

When faced with adversity, you respond with authority. You don't let problems faze you.

You are naturally powerful and commanding. People look to you to take charge.

You are elegant and classy. You know how to always say and do the right thing.

While you stand out, you also fit it. You thrive in a variety of situations.

On a rainy day: you carry on as normal - a little bad weather isn't going to get in your way!

I'll Be Around - The Spinners

Original recording dubbed over a recording of a live performance.

September 15, 2008


What a game.  Whew.   I couldn't bear to watch it at times.   I know I'm supposed to have faith, but...  Horror movies never scared me, but sometimes while watching Dallas play I have to cover my eyes.

I'm not nearly as big a fan of the Cowboys as I used to be, but there's two games...three if they meet again in the playoffs...I agonize over every year, and it's when the 'Pokes play the Eagles.    It's torture to watch them lose to Philly, but it's even worse to see the posts by Eagle fans in forums, particularly the Dallas fan sites.

I won't go into specific reasons, but let's just say Will Rogers never met an Eagle fan.

Family Tree Templates

More than 20 family tree templates you can download and print for free. Or, download customizable versions for just $4.

Family Tree Templates

The Lesson

This statue is in front of the Pampa Lovett Memorial Library; it's one of a pair that were dedicated Jan. 9, 2005. (blog post about the other, Pioneer Woman)

Here is a closeup of the plaque on the base:

The statue was done by Don Ray of Channing and is named "The Lesson".

A closer look reveals the superb detail:

To me, the woman looks tired, but glad to take the time to help educate her young charge:

I like the expressions on both faces, but the one on the boy's seems to be a combination of love and trust, almost an amazement at what the woman had been reading to him.

The boy is barefoot, and the attention to detail by the sculptor is evident, even in a part that might be overlooked in favor of others.

(and no, I'm not trying for the unintentional hits that this blog received from "My Sister's Feet" )

Stepping around to the back of the statue shows more of the fine detail that normally wouldn't be seen...

...even down to the slingshot in the boy's rear pocket.

From the library's website:

Gift of R. L. Franklin: The sculptures are dedicated to all those women whose service to family, church, and community has brought and brings aspects of American life to what was so recently in historic perspective a dangerous and daunting land. Four women of such acumen and industry are: Virginia Green, Louise Franklin, Betty Henderson, Annie Buckler.

September 14, 2008

Thanks TBS!

For airing "Cast Away" twice in one evening!

I only hope they don't show a Movie of the Week titled:

"My Sister's Feet"

On My Own - B.W. Stevenson

A beautiful song; not so great video, but....

If I don't see before I go
Remember what you've seen and what you know
Sunshine, you will be on my mind eternally
But you remember you and I'll remember me

I want to be on my own
It's a long way home
I feel like a baby boy
Just being born

If you find your true love once again
Please don't do the damn same thing to him
Even when I was with you, I felt so all alone
So I'd as soon do without you and be on my own

I want to be on my own
It's a long way home
I feel like a baby boy
Just being born

A captive of your heart, I guess I was
You gave no reason to stop loving me:just because
Well, you dragged yourself right down, you could not hear a sound
Just the tapping of your teardrops on the ground

I want to be on my own
It's a long way home
I feel like a baby boy
Just being born

Get outside your shell
Those things don't make you well
You're the broken part of a living fairy tale

I want to be on my own
It's a long way home
I feel like a baby boy
Just being born.

JUST got this CD in the mail today; my roomie in college turned me on to B.W. Stevenson and we'd go to sleep with one of his albums playing all night long. This is one of my favorites off the CD, along with "Texas Morning".

September 13, 2008

Coaching Tirades

A funny look at some of the "best" tirades by NFL coaches.

"Funny", I suppose, unless you were the brunt of the attacks.

Birth Numbers

From the email archives

Your birth date describes who we are, what we are good at and what our inborn abilities are. It also points to what we have to learn and the challenges we are facing.

To figure out your Birth Number, add all the numbers in the birth date together, like in the example, until there is only one digit. A Birth Number does not prevent you from being anything you want to be, it will just color your choice differently and give you a little insight.

Example March 20, 1950
3 + 20 + 1950 = 1973
1 + 9 + 7 + 3 = 20
2 + 0 = 2

Keep going until you end up with a single digit number. 2 is the Birth Number to read for the birth date in the example.


1 's are originals. Coming up with new ideas and executing them is natural. Having things their own way is another trait that gets them as being stubborn and arrogant. 1's are extremely honest and do well to learn some diplomacy skills. They like to take the initiative and are often leaders or bosses, as they like to be the best. Being self-employed is definitely helpful for them. Lesson to learn Others' ideas might be just as good or better and to stay open minded.

Famous 1's: Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Hulk Hogan, Carol Burnett, Wynona Judd, Nancy Reagan, Raquel Welch.


2's are the born diplomats. They are aware of others' needs and moods and often think of others before themselves. Naturally analytical and very intuitive they don't like to be alone. Friendship and companionship is very important and can lead them to be successful in life, but on the other hand they'd rather be alone than in an uncomfortable relationship. Being naturally shy they should learn to boost their self-esteem and express themselves freely and seize the moment and not put things off.

Famous 2's: President Bill Clinton, Madonna, Whoopee Goldberg, Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


3's are idealists. They are very creative, social, charming, romantic, and easygoing. They start many things, but don't always see them through. They like others to be happy and go to great lengths to achieve it. They are very popular and idealistic. They should learn to see the world from a more realistic point of view.

Famous 3's: Alan Alda, Ann Landers, Bill Cosby, Melanie Griffith, Salvador Dali, Jodi Foster


4's are sensible and traditional. They like order and routine. They only act when they fully understand what they are expected to do. They like getting their hands dirty and working hard. They are attracted to the outdoors and feel an affinity with nature. They are prepared to wait and can be stubborn and persistent. They should learn to be more flexible and to be nice to themselves.

Famous 4's: Neil Diamond, Margaret Thatcher, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Paul Hogan, Oprah Winfrey


5's are the explorers. Their natural curiosity, risk taking, and enthusiasm often land them in hot water. They need diversity, and don't like to be stuck in a rut. The whole world is their school and they see a learning possibility in every situation. The questions never stop. They are well advised to look before they take action and make sure they have all the facts before jumping to conclusions.

Famous 5's: Abraham Lincoln, Charlotte Bronte, Jessica Walter, Vincent Van Gogh, Bette Midler, Helen Keller and Mark Hail.


6's are idealistic and need to feel useful to be happy. A strong family connection is important to them. Their actions influence their decisions. They have a strong urge to take care of others and to help. They are very loyal and make great teachers. They like art or music. They make loyal friends who take the friendship seriously. 6's should learn to differentiate between what they can change and what they cannot.

Famous 6's: Albert Einstein, Jane Seymour, John Denver, Meryl Streep, Christopher Columbus, Goldie Hawn


7's are the searchers. Always probing for hidden information, they find it difficult to accept things at face value. Emotions don't sway their decisions. Questioning everything in life, they don't like to be questioned themselves. They're never off to! a fast start, and their motto is slow and steady wins the race. They come across as philosophers and being very knowledgeable, and sometimes as loners. They are technically inclined and make great researchers uncovering information. They like secrets. They live in their own world and should learn what is acceptable and what not in the world at large.

Famous 7's: William Shakespeare, Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Joan Baez, Princess Diana


8's are the problem solvers. They are professional, blunt and to the point, have good judgment and are decisive. They have grand plans and like to live the good life. They take charge of people. They view people objectively. They let you know in no uncertain terms that they are the boss. They should learn to exude their decisions on their own needs rather than on what others want.

Famous 8's: Edgar Cayce, Barbra Streisand, George Harrison, Jane Fonda, Pablo Picasso, Aretha Franklin, Nostrodamus, and Ron Connolly.


9's are natural entertainers. They are very caring and generous, giving away their last dollar to help. With their charm, they have no problem making friends and nobod y is a stranger to them. They have so many different personalities that people around them have a hard time understanding them. They are like chameleons, ever changing and blending in. They have tremendous luck, but also can suffer from extremes in fortune and mood. To be successful, they need to build a loving foundation.

Famous 9's: Albert Schweitzer, Shirley MacLaine, Harrison Ford, Jimmy Carter, Elvis Presley

Music To Watch Girls Go By - Andy Williams

September 12, 2008

Cat Nap

It's raining and making me sleepy, too.

I'm fixin' to push him over and join him in a snooze.

One Percent

I really like the Start Sampling website, and enjoy not only the free samples and recipes, but also the trivia and poll questions.

However, I couldn't believe the results of the poll on the site yesterday.

I guess one percent of the respondents were in a coma that day, or were on a week-long bender.

Good Grief.

September 11, 2008

Don't Cry For Me

You Are Argentina

You are a set of contradictions, and it often seems like you live in two worlds.

You are introspective yet outgoing. You are modern yet traditional.

You are warm and honest. Your life is pretty much an open book.

You are a hard worker, and you don't mind putting in long hours. And then you'll go party til dawn!

September 10, 2008

Everybody Loves a Duck

I can think of a humdinger of a caption, but....

September 9, 2008

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

At the Grand Ol' Opry-1968

Video has annotations.

List Universe Widget

A nifty widget from one of my favorite websites. The List Universe. The code can be altered to match your website or blog, as well as width and height. There is also an RSS feed and a Dashboard widget for Macs.

I get a kick out of reading the comments that follow each new list, especially if the list has some debatable entries. Some of them become controversial even when they're not intended to be. It's funny to me how defensive some folks can be over their favorite author, book or even movies that are put on a "worst" list.

There are quite a few lists on the site, and I often like to select a random list to peruse.

September 8, 2008

Light My Fire - The Doors

What Felony Are You?

You Are Arson

No doubt about it, you have a serious destructive streak. You can't help it!

Sometimes you just get so frustrated with the world, and you have to let your aggression out

You have a notoriously bad temper. You are obsessed with getting your revenge.

You are obviously a pyromaniac, whether you realize it or not. It feels great to watch something burn.


Today's Word of the Day (feed in right-hand column)

plaintive \PLAYN-tiv\, adjective:
Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.

I was thinking of this very word just the other day, wondering when the sandhill cranes and geese will be heading back South. It shouldn't be much longer.

For the most part, I enjoy this time of year...football season, the kids are back in school and not playing in the streets (don't mind 'em playing, just don't wanna run over one of 'em), it's much cooler, but when the birds start migrating, the geese spreading across the sky in a ragged "V" formation, the cranes continuously honking at each other, it makes me a little sad.

That might be some sort of "genetic memory", a harbinger of bad weather to come, one of nature's warnings that our ancient ancestors used to mark the seasons. I feel the exact opposite when I hear the migration as it heads North for the summer; it makes me happy that winter is over, that spring has sprung and the flowers will soon be blooming.

I don't know if cranes and geese are showing emotion with their squawks and honks as they fly far overhead. I would like to think so, that they're joyous at being able to winter in warmer climes. Still, the sound is "plaintive" to me.

I really don't like winter, it makes me sad.

Lost in Translation - Again

The regular readers of this blog will remember my post on the Blogger site "Gay Irish Dwarfs" and the hits on that particular article from Google searches.

I've been checking in on the blog from time-to-time since then and even though the post has led to some hits, it's not been updated since June. The last post, titled "New York del fire" was, like the other post I linked to, easy to understand in part, but there were a few words that just didn't translate.

Take this first bit:

Ja da er vi i det store eplet igjen. Skjønt vi og vi frøken Blom. Det er jo bare meg.

Som kanskje noen har forstått har ikke jeg kamera. Men da et bilde sier mer enn 1000 ord legger jeg ut bilder tatt med Macen. Bildet er fra det minste "hotell" rommet i New York. Det er jeg sikker på. At det er minst altså. Det andre bildet er fra "lobbyen".

NYC er som alltid fantastisk. Møter masse hyggelige folk og jeg digger å være her. På onsdag reiser jeg til Berlin hvor jeg skal være til tirsdag. Skal bo i en privat leilighet, så det blir moro!

Flyturen fra Minneapolis til NYC varte i fantastiske 9 timer pga uvær over JFK.

At the translation service I use for Norwegian, I've found out he's talking about his hotel room in NYC, using a Mac to upload his photos, one shot is of the lobby of the hotel, he's meeting lots of nice people and he's travelling to Berlin on Thursay, living in a private apt. is fun. The last paragraph is about a storm that delayed his flight from Minneapolis.

Just regular blog stuff, just like I do, letting my friends and family know what's going on.

Then there was this:

Jeg møtte en brite i går som ble så full at han besvimte sittende på stolen sin. Rett før hadde han selvfølgelig bestilt en Corona og seks sambuca shots. Hvem de shottene var til er fortsatt et mysterium for meg. Etter å ha fått briten i taxi og sendt han i allefall i retning av noe som lignet på det hotellet jeg klarte å få han til å oppgi tuslet jeg hjem, kun avbrutt av ett fantastisk nattmåltid bestående av pannekaker og frukt. Takk Roar. Det var du som oppdaget denne oasen av en nattkafé.

The translation?

I met a Briton yesterday that was so full that he besvimte sitting in his chair. Just in time, he had of course, ordered a Corona and six sambuca shots. Who they shottene was to remain a mystery to me.

Having received the British in the taxi and sent him in allefall in the direction of something that is similar to the hotel I was able to get him to disclose tuslet I am home, only interrupted by a fantastic nattmåltid consisting of pancakes and fruit. Thanks Roar. It was you who discovered this oasis of a nattkafé.

Oh boy. Been there, buddy. I've besvimte while sitting in my chair, too, but it was after consuming a six-pack of Lone Star to wash down the shots of tequila. I also had a nattmåltid, but it wasn't pancakes and fruit. I think it was because I ate the worm.

It certainly wasn't an oasis of a nattkafé. I never DID find out who shottene me. I'm still p.o.'d about that.

I too have "received the British", but it was in a rental car. It was fantastisk.

September 7, 2008

Origami Online

Our dear, late friend Brad's MSN Group.

"Learn to fold five original origami models. Not exactly for beginners, our models include both easy and intermediate projects. You'll find detailed instructions for folding five original models(so far)and all the help you might need. Just about any paper folder will find something to like here at Origami Online. Come join the fun!"

Origami Online

Update: That link is no longer valid as MSN Groups bit the dust several years ago. Groups may be gone, but Brad will live on in our memories.

Good grief, he would have shaken his head at such maudlin sentiment. I bet he'd be pleased that we still remember him, but he wouldn't have wanted any fuss.

Mr. Mule

My new friend at the horse lots, Pampa, TX.

He loves weeds and being patted on his neck.

In All Sincerity

Sometimes when I'm told to "Have a nice day!" and it doesn't seem particularly sincere, I will reply:

"Thanks anyway, I've made other plans."

September 6, 2008

Slow Ride - Foghat

Remember where you were, what you were doing, the first time you ever heard a certain song?

I certainly do with this one.

It was an early summer afternoon, I was sleeping in the back seat of a speeding car, on my way to a double shift on a drilling rig. I heard one of the guys in the front seat say something like "Where's the fog at?" After having only a few hours of sleep after a regular shift and knowing I had 16 more to go, I wasn't interested in anything other than a little bit more rest before I got to the rig.

Then the speakers blasted out the beginnings to this song.

It's not a favorite song of mine, but I'll always remember where I heard it the very first time. Needless to say, I didn't get a nap in before work.

Check out the guy's eyes right at 1:00 into the video. Creepy. That's how my eyes looked that day.

A Glowering Glow

A few days ago "glower" was the word on the Word of the Day feed in the right-hand column. I knew what the word was, what it meant, mostly because I've had many teachers, ex-girlfriends, my ex-wife and even my sisters and parents practice that particular expression on me many, many times.

glower \GLAU-uhr\, intransitive
verb:1. To look or stare angrily or with a scowl.
noun:1. An angry or scowling look or stare.

It made me think about someone just trying to learn the English language and what they would think of this word the first time they saw it.

The root of the word is "glow":

glow intr.v. glowed, glow·ing, glows

1. To shine brightly and steadily, especially without a flame: Embers glowed in the furnace.

2. a. To have a bright, warm, usually reddish color: The children's cheeks glowed from the cold.

b. To flush; blush.

3. To be exuberant or radiant: parents glowing with pride.

n. 1. A light produced by a body heated to luminosity; incandescence.

2. Brilliance or warmth of color, especially redness: "the evening glow of the city streets when the sun has gone behind the tallest houses" (Seán O'Faoláin).

3. A sensation of physical warmth.

4. A warm feeling, as of pleasure or well-being

So, two words, nearly alike, meaning almost the opposite in certain instances.

No wonder foreigners have so much trouble learning English.

Heck, no wonder I have so much trouble with it!

A Tree Tunnel

One of but a few places left along Hwy 60 east of Miami where the tops of the trees touch each other from opposite sides of the road. It's not as nice as some, but here in the Panhandle where trees can sometimes be scarce -especially along highways- it's a lovely sight.

(The Texas Dept. of Transportation recently announced plans to cut down some of these trees in order to make the highway "safer". There was an uproar from the public and I *think* the project was put on hold, perhaps a compromise was reached. I need to find out.)

When I was a kid, we used to go camping every summer, and at some lake (I can't remember which one, think it was Fort Supply in Oklahoma) there was a long stretch of dirt road that was named "The Tree Tunnel" because the trees enveloped the road, creating a long, dark tunnel of green, with some beautiful rays of light where the sun pierced the canopy of leaves.

This photo was taken last year, and I plan on making another "Foliage Tour" of my own when the leaves start turning colors.

September 5, 2008

Nothin' But Naval

Another set of those odd coincidences I love.

First thing this morning, I navigate to Drudge to check the news. I read where the U.S. Navy is confronting the Russians in Georgia, but if sending an unarmed ship full of humanitarian aid is "confronting" with a naval force....

(Sometimes Drudge does a broadside with their headlines.)

I then go to my Excite entertainment page and bring up the TV listings for tonight and see where Navy is playing Ball State (ol' Ball U) on ESPN, six o'clock CST - if anyone's interested.

I don't think I will be and I can always turn the channel to TNT and watch "Titanic". Thanks to cable, there's oceans of viewing pleasure. Uh huh.

After checking what's on the tube, I go to Start Sampling to see if there's anything new and to look at the recipes and helpful hints. To add to the odd coincidences, I see that someone is complaining of "naval irritation".

It was a spelling error, they meant "navel"- their belly button- but it just made it that much more amusing.

Later, while searching for a particular file, I found several of my Battleship games. I always liked the one I "made" , but the Miniclip version is my particular favorite.

The day's still young; will there be any more "naval" things to come?

We shall sea.

EDIT: I posted this, then opened up my Yahoo Launchcast player, selected one of the oldies station and got...first song, mind you..."Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay". If it plays "Sea of Love" later....

Cowboys Schedule Widget

EDIT: After looking at the title of this post, I realized it was a bit ambiguous.

Maybe they SHOULD schedule a widget; better that than the Eagles.

Noticed a hit on this post, then noticed the widget wasn't coming up. I'll have to go see if they've got a new one


A PH.d of Spam

Every day I get several messages from a "Dr. Suzanne Gudakunst" telling me I'm fat. The mails are always from her, but she must have a zillion email addys because no two are ever from the same address.

(here are the ones that came today: DrSuzanneGudakunst@ochrebeige.com and DrSuzanneGudakunst@fernbramble.com. I hope the spambots grab 'em and deluge "her" inboxes the way "she" has done mine. I doubt it's really the Dr. Sue per se, but from the obnoxious affiliate program she sponsors)

However, the body of the mail is always the same:

Hello Subscriber,

It's me Dr. Suzanne G. here , and I wanted to let you know a very scary fact that every single person MUST be aware of if they every want to lose their fat:

Did you know the average person has 6-10 undigested meals resting in their colon?

Also, Every Single Person Has Disgusting Plaque and Horrible Little 'CRITTERS' Living in Their Colon!

I'm Going to Show You How to Get Rid of All of It so You Can Shed 10 lbs, 25 lbs, 50 lbs even 100 lbs or more - and Keep It Off FOREVER!!

The mail goes and provides a link to see for myself, plus a link and mailing address in order to opt out of the mailings.

Yeah, right.

I'm wondering something...if I have 6-10 undigested meals resting in my colon, isn't she simply saying I'm fulla crap? Also, why couldn't someone swap those horrible little 'critters' for one...say, a tapeworm?

That'd be the perfect pet, I'd think. Goes where you go, eats what you eat.

I'm not the only one who is wondering about Dr. Sue.

Sorry, Dr. Sue...there's no difference between your spam and what's in my colon.

I'm beginning to miss the porn spam, most particularly the ones that urge me to increase the size of a certain body part.

Hear Who

From the website:

HearWho.com is an online web application that will work with your internet browser.

There is no software to download. you simply type or paste your text into the text area, then click "MAKE MP3 FILE". - "Thats all" - It saves time.

Automatically turn any text into speech so you can listen to it, when you have time.

HearWho.com converts text to speech and saves it as an MP3 file so that you can listen to it on any device capable of playing MP3 files, such as Ipods, PDAs, mobile phones, MP3 players, etc.

HearWho.com uses only the highest quality AT&T Natural Voices; incredibly lifelike, natural sounding voices that come in a variety of languages.

Listen while doing. It saves time...

Make studying easy. Listen to it commuting, at the gym, running / walking/cycling. Listen instead of reading news, articles, blogs, eBooks... anything you want.

Oh yeah and did I mention it saves time?

Yep, believe you did. I'll mention that it's a fun site to goof around in for a while.

September 4, 2008

It Ain't an Easy Job

Bein' a worm.

That's what we used to call "breakin' off a wet one".

September 3, 2008

Karaoke Party

From the website:

Sing karaoke online in your web browser. Practice your singing and increase your score. Challenge your friends in becoming the next karaoke champion. All you need is a microphone, built in or connected to your computer.

Register to:

Keep track of your scores
Challenge your friends
Make song requests
Upload a picture
Make friends

You don't have to register to be able to sing along.

I wouldn't post anything I sang to the internet. I know better... and believe me, I'm doing myself, you and the rest of the world a favor.

Karaoke Party

September 2, 2008


From the Word of the Day feed in the right-hand column.

comestible \kuh-MES-tuh-buhl\,
adjective:1. Suitable to be eaten; edible.
noun:1. Something suitable to be eaten; food.

I knew this word, but can't recall that I've ever used it. I've seen it in survival books and magazines the most, I reckon.

I do know many times my comestible turns out to be combustible.

In other words, my gustatory turns fumatory.

September 1, 2008


For that special someone who has everything!

Sign up at the website, select the colors you wish and a DNA Portraits™ kit will be mailed to you with instructions as how to obtain your DNA. Return the kit and they'll mail your unique portrait.

Portraits also available from fingerprints or a kiss imprint.


Something's Wrong

With this clipart.

I just don't know what it is.

I shouldn't have napped through geography classes, y'know?


gubernatorial \GOO-ber-nuh-TOR-ee-uhl\, adjective:
Of or pertaining to a governor.

That's the Word of the Day for Aug. 31 (at this writing, still the day's date on the feed)

Nothing earth-shattering, but I'm wondering if this particular word was planned in advance, or because McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his vp. If it's the latter, then kudos to the website for picking a word that was sure to generate some hits. If it's the former, then it's one of those odd coincidences that make life a bit more interesting.

Every time I see the word "gubernatorial" and especially when I hear it used on TV, I always think of Jimmy Carter, our former president who was also a governor.

Not because gubernatorial means "of or pertaining to a governor", though.

No, it's because Carter raised peanuts before entering politics.

He was very goobernatorial.


Seeing all the visits on the more "esoteric" subjects in this blog has made me wonder what people think of them, hence the change.

It's always frustrated me to want to comment in a forum and then find out there's a detailed registration process that requires a valid email addy...and which will suddenly be filled with spam as soon as you click the "enter" button to complete the process. Perhaps that's the reason folks don't want to comment in here: they don't want to go to all the trouble. (although I can't understand why anyone wouldn't want a Gmail addy and the features that go along with it, all free.)

We'll see. If people get too hateful, I'll go back to how it was. This is really just a place for my friends and family to visit, featuring this area and of course, starring ME. (I recently read a post that complained most blogs are "ego-centric". Well, duh.)

I had also considered using a template for the posts I make. I could, I suppose, use a background hosted at Photobucket, or I bet I could get one to work out of a Picassa album, just haven't tried. My pal G has even offered up some space on his own domain.

Using a simple table has crossed my simple mind.

Instead, I've decided to stay with the stark look, black and white, some shades of gray, a spash or two of color; it matches the content of this blog, why not?