Friday, December 31, 2004

I'm an old fart too!

Read the comic from 12/31/04

This has been our debate for the last week or so. What to do for NYE. We would love to "do something" but every year we plan "something" it becomes a let down. So we now plan to "do nothing" and we're ok with it. Tonight... fondue, a fire, a movie and asleep at a reasonable hour. Oh the joys of old age.

Happy New Year and to all a good night!

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

retroCRUSH: The World's Greatest Pop Culture Place

The above link directs you to the 100 Greates TV Show theme songs. How awesome! This website is my new favorite place. If you are looking for me... start here!

Yahoo! News Full Coverage - Science - Tsunami Death Toll Climbs to 52,000

Click above to see amateur footage of the tsunami as it hits a resort beach. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it doesn't look that threatening. I guess Hollywoodisms set me to expect an enormous wall of water.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


The Sneeze - Half zine. Half blog. Half not good with fractions.: "'PARTIALLY DE-FATTED COOKED PORK FATTY TISSUE'"

My not so Secret Indulgence

Yes, I love reality TV. And this article lists the top six reality TV whores of 2004. How great.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Genghas Sarah?

She's so weird! This email just came to me from Jane...
"You know that volunteer outfit I found that will place journalists at newspapers
in developing countries? (I'm lusting after the two-month assignment to
Mongolia...)? It also has positions for summer camp counselors for 1+ weeks.
Wanna go to Mongolia in 2007?"

Scared of Santa photo gallery

Since my cutest 2yr old neice has recently tapped into the fear of Santa I laughed when I found this website. Enjoy!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Santas Little Helper Christmas Name Generator

At this magical time of year, the elves are busy wrapping up the toys and packing them on the sleigh. If you were one of Santa's little helpers, what would your name be?

Click the above then type in your name and find out...

Friday, December 17, 2004

Little Miss Matched

Perfect! They only come in odd numbers and none of them match.

Monday, December 13, 2004

E-mail the FCC. Stop the Parents Television Council before it gets beyond the TV.

"Mediaweek reported on Dec. 6 that of all the 'indecency complaints' to the Federal Communications Commission in 2003, a startling 99.8 percent of them came from one conservative group, the Parents Television Council. "


Make-a-Flake - A snowflake maker by Lookandfeel new media

Virtual kindergarten art project. Have fun!

The Wrath...

Oh I'm good at this game!

Thursday, December 09, 2004


A song to celebrate the festival of lights.... turn of the speakers and get ready to rock the menorah! Oy.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Welcome to GIANTmicrobes!

I know what I'm getting you for Christmas....

Monday, December 06, 2004

Perfect Job

When I finish nursing school I just found the perfect job resource for me. I LOVE IT!

Shop Wisely

Choose The Blue

Thanks, Gabe (, for this inforamtion - I'm quoting directly from his site.

Politics, like many other things in life, gets its lifeblood from money. We can all make contributions directly to the political candidate or party of choice, but think about this: Every time you go to a store, buy gas, pay your utility bills, you're indirectly making a contribution to a political party, whether you like it or not

Want the skinny on which companies support which political party? Want to make more informed consumer buying decisions?
Now you can with Choose the Blue .

You can search for a brand or browse shopping categories. What's interesting (and expected) is to see how many oil companies are straight up red. In fact, of those oil companies tracked, only Shell Oil leans Democratic (57% of contributions are blue vs. 43% red).

So along with boycotting brands like Kraft and Bocca (owned by Philip Morris ), next time you need gas or a new TV, be sure to Choose the Blue .

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Cold Feet - Empty Bed

I'm a warm person. I typically run warmer than the next. I can go out in short & t-shirt when most people are bundled in fleece. I don't need the heat on most of the time. I usually loung around the house barefoot and according to Jane my feet are usually ice-cold. But I don't notice that they are cold... that is until I get them into bed - brr they are cold then.

One of my favorite things to do when I notice my feet are freezing is try to sneak them under Jane. It never works but I keep trying. Why won't she warm my little tootsies on her warm legs? Well she will under one condition - when I'm sick.

Well I woke up Monday AM with a sore throat. I made it through most of the workday but by the time I got home I was achey, shivering, freezing. I bundled into sweats, turtleneck, fleece pullover, socks and fleece booties. Still cold. Wraped in a blanket... still cold.

So here I am freezing cold, sick, achey and home alone. I need my foot warmer. I need someone to coddle me. Someone to make me soup and rub my back. Damn you, RSNA! Send my Jane home. I need TLC.

Also, I don't like being the one to yell at Timmy to shut up and go to sleep at 11:30, 12:15, 1:10...

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Buried Lede | The KFS Sweater Project

Pick your favorite ugly sweater! Hey, I think I had that one... and that one too!

Monday, November 22, 2004

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Animal Rescue Site : Feed an Animal in Need

Click on the above link then add that website to your bookmarks and visit it daily. All you need to do is visit once a day to help save the lives of animals, cure breast cancer, protect the rainforest or feed a hungry person. Do the little things evevery day to make a difference!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

McMurray Hatchery - Partridge Rock Bantam

My cousin is raising a pretty bird for me since Jane refuses to let me have my urban farm.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Nicky Hilton ends marriage with New York businessman

Wow I'm shocked. I really thought this one would last. As least longer than Skanky Federline!

Monday, November 08, 2004

True Election 2004 Results (not the depressing electoral map)

There appears to be more "blue" in the middle of the country than is depicted in the electoral map results. This makes me feel a little better.

Friday, November 05, 2004

We Both Like Soup....

Yummy & Easy
Beef, Barley & Vegetable Soup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound beef stew meat
1 pound meaty beef bones (such as beef shank bones)
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup pearl barley
4 cups water
2 14 1/2-ounce cans beef broth
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
1 10-ounce package frozen veggie mix (peas, carrots, corn, lima beans, green beans...)
2 small bay leaves
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add stew meat and bones; sauté until beef is dark brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer beef and bones to plate. Add celery, onion, and barley to pot. Sauté until onion is golden, about 15 minutes. Add 4 cups water, beef broth, tomatoes with juices, veggies, bay leaves, and garlic powder. Return beef and bones to pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until beef is almost tender, about 1 hour.
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce to soup. Cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 30 minutes longer. Season with salt, pepper, and more hot pepper sauce, if desired.

Californa's Election Results 2004

It's nice to know I live in a county that overwhelmingly voted for the more moral candidate. And by more moral I do not mean a fundamentalist, war-mongering, greedy, christian.

We barely recognize each other

I think she sums it up pretty well for me.

We barely recognize each other
- Joan Ryan
Thursday, November 4, 2004

Like others in the Bay Area, I was huddled with friends around the television set Tuesday night, my son pressing a blue-donkey or red-elephant sticker on each state as the returns rolled in. As we held out hope for Ohio, one friend related a story that, in retrospect, helped me understand Bush's convincing victory as well as any I have heard.

A young man, my friend said, was walking door to door on her street a few weeks ago to raise money for the Kerry-Edwards ticket. When he knocked on the door of one house, the owner responded to the young man in a huff.

"I'm a Republican!'' she said. "Didn't you see my flag?''

That, in the end, is what it boiled down to.

Somehow, as Bush and his party cut taxes to the rich, sent young Americans to their deaths in a war based on untruths (and managed with stunning incompetence), reneged on its financial commitment to education, and plunged the nation into crushing debt, they became symbols of morality and patriotism. They sold themselves as the party of God and country, offering comfort to people who wouldn't need comforting if the Bush administration had not created the very problems for which it then offered spiritual refuge.

Give them credit. They are like PG&E nabbing the candle concession for a blackout the company caused itself.

It is a confounding time to live in a place like the Bay Area. Watching the returns Tuesday night, and listening to voters across the country, I saw that John Edwards was right about the two Americas. But the two Americas are not divided by money but by belief systems that have drifted so far apart we barely recognize each other anymore.

In exit polls Tuesday, morals topped the list of voter concerns, and an overwhelming majority believed Bush is more moral than Kerry. Thus the resounding victory for the incumbent.

Here in the Bay Area, we, too, place a high priority on values and morality. But clearly, many of us define morality differently from much of America. It is not about church membership. The evidence of morality is in one's actions, not one's Sunday-morning rituals. Morality means more than prayer and more than proclaiming a personal relationship with God.

It is social as well as religious. Is it moral to wage war on a country that did not attack us, and to wage it on false pretenses? Is it moral to stuff more money into the pockets of the wealthy while teachers buy their own crayons and patch their own classroom walls, and while people with mental illness live on the streets and in prison cells for lack of services?

Is it moral to deny two people the joy of committing their lives to one another in marriage? Is it moral to prevent scientists from pursuing cures to devastating diseases because of our leaders' personal religious convictions?

Our country has always included a mix of religious and political beliefs. But we shared a foundation of certain "truths to be self-evident'' that allowed us to meet on common ground. Today, I don't know. Our belief systems - - what is right and wrong, what is patriotic and what is not, what is truth and what is not -- are so different and so dramatically shape how we interpret news and information that we seem no longer to be living within the same culture.

I can't for the life of me, for instance, figure out how anyone could watch those three presidential debates and even entertain the thought that Bush is qualified to lead the free world.

I am puzzled, too, by the reaction to the bin Laden tape. When bin Laden showed up on a video just days before the election, I figured it would remind Americans that Bush had yet to capture the man responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, that he got us sidetracked in Iraq, which had nothing to do with Sept. 11. Instead, the tape seemed to deepen many Americans' belief that ... what? Bush is doing such a good job on terrorism that we should renew his contract?

Some have suggested that the Democratic Party needs to reconnect with middle America and its values, that we should take a page from the Republican playbook and talk more about God and faith. Yes, the Democrats need to revamp their strategy. But I would hate to think we would try to win next time around by emulating politicians who get away with destructive and amoral acts by passing them off as directives from God.

Faith and flags won this election. But I haven't lost my belief in another f-word -- facts. They're bound to come back into fashion sooner or later.

E-mail Joan Ryan at

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Thursday, November 04, 2004

"How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?" or 'U.S. election disaster.'"

Pick the headline of your choice. I don't hate the whole of the "red state" that elected that loser. But I question the "morality" of those who did.

What about the morality of homelessness, welfare, equality, human rights, peace on earth. Where's the love?

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The Onion | Election Day Guide

This one cracks me up (and is particularly true since my dad is a poll worker!): The new electronic voting machines are complicated. But don't worry: Octogenarians will be on hand to troubleshoot any technological problems that might arise.

Federal court clears the way for GOP representatives to challenge voters' eligibility in Ohio

Please please please do not repeat the 2000 election!

Monday, November 01, 2004

Please let today bring regime change at home!

Click above for a link to watch the video of this song...

On January 20th, 2001, George W. Bush, appointed President of the United States formally took office. I had been asked to sing a song that night at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco where Les, the proprietor was producing a counter-event called “The Night of the Burning Bush”. That afternoon, depressed and restless, I couldn’t make myself practice the song I intended to sing, Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War”. Instead, I sat down and turned on the TV. I had honestly forgotten that I would be subjected to live coverage of the inaugural parade. It was a bleak day in Washington, and I remember experiencing an overwhelming feeling of sadness and fear as I watched the Presidential limousine drive down Pennsylvania Avenue. I turned off the TV, sat down at the piano and wrote this song in about 25 minutes. I performed it for the first time that night. Last spring, I wrote an additional verse that addresses the war in Iraq and we recorded the new version of the song for this video.
— Monica Pasqual, Blame Sally

If you tell a lie again and again
It does not become the truth in the end
If your voice is loud and your lies are well heard
Still it does not mean transformation has occurred

Water isn't wine
Brass isn't gold
One day you'll account for all the lies that you told

If you take the forest, if you steal it tree by tree
If you blacken the river if you desecrate the sea
You can wave your arms, you can shout out from on high
But the truth is still the truth and a lie is still a lie

Water isn't wine
Brass isn't gold
One day you'll account for all the priceless things you sold

You can speak of God while you lead your Holy War
As if your hands weren’t stained by the oil you adore
More innocents will die and more soldiers will fall
You name your church for God but it was greed that built those walls

Water isn’t wine
Brass isn’t gold
One day you’ll account for all the lives that you stole

Two faced yes fool
Pin striped suit ghoul

You can make a promise and some people might believe
That you are not beholden to the power, to the greed
But if they should fall ill, or their schools should fall down
Should they fall on hard times well I doubt you'll be around

Water isn't wine, brass isn't gold
And it's wrong that we should pay for that crown that you stole
Water isn't wine, brass isn't gold
One day you'll account for all the lies that you told

Bush flipping the bird

he gives us so much to be proud of!

Friday, October 29, 2004

CitizenFlick: visualize winning

Visualize Victory on Nov 2!

DRAFT REGISTRATION: United States Armed Forces

I think I suffer from Tequila Reflux!

Project Vote Smart -

Did you know this was a political party: National Barking Spider Resurgence ???

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Eminem Mosh Video

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
And to the Republic for which it stands
One nation under God
It feels so good to be back..

I scrutinize every word, memorize every line
I spit it once, refuel and re-energize and rewind
I give sight to the blind, my insight through the mind
I exercise my right to express when I feel it's time
It's just all in your mind, what you interpret it as
I say to fight, you take it as I'mma whip someone's ass
If you don't understand, don't even bother to ask
A father who has grown up with a fatherless past
Who has blown up now to rap phenomenon that has
Or at least shows no difficulty multi-task
And in juggling both perhaps mastered his craft
Slash entrepreneur who has held onto few more rap acts
Who's had a few obstacles thrown his way through the last half
Of his career typical manure moving past that
Mr. kisses ass crack, he's a class act
Rubber band man, yea he just snaps back

Come along follow me as I lead through the darkness
As I provide just enough spark that we need to proceed
Carry on, give me hope, give me strength
Come with me and I won't steer you wrong
Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog
To the light at the end of the tunnel
We gonna fight, we gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march
Through the swamp, we gonna mosh through the marsh
Take us right through the doors (c'mon)

All the people up top on the side and the middle
Come together lets all bomb and swamp just a little
Just let it gradually build from the front to the back
All you can see is a sea of people some white and some black
Don't matter what color, all that matters we gathered together
To celebrate for the same cause don't matter the weather
If it rains let it rain, yea the wetter the better
They ain't gonna stop us they can't, we stronger now more than ever
They tell us no we say yea, they tell us stop we say go
Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell we gonna let em know
Stomp, push, shove, mush, Fuck Bush, until they bring our troops home (c'mon)


Imagine it pouring, it's raining down on us
Mosh pits outside the oval office
Someone's tryina tell us something,
Maybe this is god just sayin' we're responsible
For this monster, this coward,
That we have empowered
This is Bin Laden, look at his head noddin'
How could we allow something like this without pumping our fists
Now this is our final hour
Let me be the voice in your strength and your choice
Let me simplify the rhyme just to amplify the noise
Try to amplify the times it, and multiply by six...
Teen million people, Are equal at this high pitch
Maybe we can reach alqueda through my speech
Let the president answer a higher anarchy
Strap him with an Ak-47, let him go, fight his own war
Let him impress daddy that way
No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil
No more psychological warfare, to trick us to thinking that we ain't loyal
If we don't serve our own country, we're patronizing a hero
Look in his eyes its all lies
The stars and stripes, they've been swiped, washed out and wiped
And replaced with his own face, Mosh now or die
If I get sniped tonight you know why,
Cause I told you to fight.


And as we proceed,
To Mosh through this desert storm,
In these closing statements, if they should argue
Let us beg to differ
As we set aside our differences
And assemble our own army
To disarm this Weapon of Mass Destruction
That we call our President, for the present
And Mosh for the future of our next generation
To speak and be heard
Mr. President, Mr. Senator
Do you guy's hear us...hear us...[laughing] (Hailie)

Team America World Police Movie, Team America Movie - Official Site

Go see this movie!

2004's Scariest Halloween Costumes

If you need an idea or two....

BBC TV Reveals New Florida Vote Scandal
Republican "Caging List"

Thanks to for the heads-up. Where is the outrage!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

ERD Gifts for Life Catalog Listing

If you are looking for that gift to give the person who has everything... click the above link

Broward County, Fla., says up to 58,000 absentee ballots may be missing, blames Postal Service

Did we really learn so little from the 2000 election? Come on, people. Pull your head out and take a breath!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

one thing I didn't know

the enigmatic "Mah Na Mah Na," (which I learned was actually first written by an Italian composer for a Swedish porn film.)

See post just below this for more.

When will they be in concert in SF?

"The Dead Hensons are a seven piece rock band exclusively covering the upbeat songs from early Jim Henson projects (mainly Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and the Muppet Movie). The songs themselves range from a stripped down spooky storytelling jazz-based style, to early seventies soul and funk dance music, to giddy sixties go-go rock n'roll. The live set relies heavily on letting the music speak for itself and incoporates many instrument changes. The result is a room full of 21 to 40 year olds singing along and dancing shamelessly, as if once again in front of the tube when they were 5. The Dead Hensons are musical comfort food: a PB&J with the crusts cut off; fudgicles on a sunny saturday afternoon."

Friday, October 22, 2004

A rapturous novel of sapphic love - by Lynne Cheney?!?!

here's an excerpt of a review:
to understand why Lynne Cheney's throbbing pudenda compelled her to write this novel more than two decades ago. As directed by the Commander in Chief, the White House gynecologist has since infibulated the author. Yet potent testimony of the intensity of gratified female desire remains between the well-thumbed pages of the few yellowing copies of "Sisters" that have not been purchased and burned by Attorney General John Ashcroft and his staff members.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

He's gonna be Top 40!

This website has 3 electronic cover songs mashed with words by W. Go take a listen.

the war president singing U2's sunday bloody sunday

dick is a killer is a satirical take on the george bush's proposed constitutional amendment regarding marriage. the track is a cut up of the...

and a mashup of imagine and walk on the wild side, george bush on vocals

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Choke of all chokes

Please do NOT administer the Heimlich.... crash and burn my pinstriped foes

Which presidential candidate should you vote for in 2004?

If you are STILL undecided - take this quiz! Just vote, please. - carlvanderveen

If you need a more personal reason to support stem cell research go to the link above.

Carl is the newest baby of the VanderVeen family (my other family) He was born on August 17 and recently diagnosed with Type I SMA (spinomuscular atrophy). The prognosis is very, very grim: almost all infants with Type I die before the age of 2.

Hang in there little Carl. We send out love & prayers to you and your family each day.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Friday, October 15, 2004

Putting the Foot Down

It's late on a Friday night and I'm sitting home alone propping my eyelids open because I have to drive to SF airport to pick up Jane. I'm not doing this again. She's on a trip for work and they'll reimburse her for her cab home.

For some reason Jane thinks it's romantic for me to pick her up from her business trips. No - it's not. It's far from sweet, romantic & loving. Especially since I took her to the airport at 6AM just one day ago.

The one thing I appreciate about the security changes since 9/11 is that I'm not allowed to meet her at the gate. Jane's a gate-meeter person. My family is a curb outside of bagage claim people. Now I have to stay in my car driving around the terminal!

Honey - this is not a sign of affection and devotion you will see again. No more! Take a cab. Your company sent you away - they can foot the bill to get you home.

Sorry, I'm tired and ranting. But I'm telling the truth.

I promise to pick you up anytime you have a social trip.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Do you think we'll see "humor" re: Iraq in 50 years

disclaimer: I didn't write this... I'm not sure I support the beliefs that are behind it. But it's another angle and another look at history

how CBS, ABC, and NBC would report the events of D-Day, the 6th of June, 1944, if they happened today:
June 6, 1944. -NORMANDY-
Three hundred French civilians were killed and thousands more wounded today in the first hours of America's invasion of continental Europe. Casualties were heaviest among women and children.

Most of the French casualties were the result of artillery fire from American ships attempting to knock out German fortifications prior to the landing of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops. Reports from a makeshift hospital in the French town of St. Mere Eglise said the carnage was far worse than the French had anticipated and reaction against the American invasion was running high.

"We are dying for no reason," said a Frenchman speaking on condition of anonymity. "Americans can't even shoot straight. I never thought I'd say this, but life was better under Adolph Hitler."

The invasion also caused severe environmental damage. American troops, tanks, trucks and machinery destroyed miles of pristine shoreline and thousands of acres of ecologically sensitive wetlands. It was believed that the habitat of the spineless French crab was completely wiped out, threatening the species with extinction.

A representative of Greenpeace said his organization, which had tried to stall the invasion for over a year, was appalled at the destruction, but not surprised.

"This is just another example of how the military destroys the environment without a second thought, " said Christine Moanmore. "And it's all about corporate greed."

Contacted at his Manhattan condo, a member of the French government-in-exile who abandoned Paris when Hitler invaded said the invasion was based solely on American financial interests. "Everyone knows the President Roosevelt has ties to big beer," said Pierre LeWimp. "Once the German beer industry is conquered, Roosevelt's beer cronies will control the world market and make a fortune."

Administration supporters said America's aggressive actions were based in part on the assertions of controversial scientist Albert Einstein, who sent a letter to Roosevelt speculating that the Germans were developing a secret weapon, a so-called "atomic bomb." Such a weapon could produce casualties on a scale never seen before and cause environmental damage that could last for thousands of years.

Hitler has denied having such a weapon and international inspectors were unable to locate such weapons even after spending two long weekends in Germany.

Several thousand Americans died during the first hours of the invasion and French officials are concerned that uncollected corpses pose a public health risk. "The Americans should have planned for this in advance," they said. "It's their mess and we don't intend to clean it up."

Sing Along - Follow the boucing ball

Why? Someone please explain!

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Things that make you go "eeeeewwwww!:

I don't know why this makes my stomach turn. ew.

Stupid.Com - Stupid Gifts, Dumb Toys, Crazy Candy

Beware - your christmas gift may come from here!

Faith - Hope - Love

I like that.

Gay Penguin For America

A write in candidate for sure!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

I Have A Hobby

I've never had one before. This will be fun. I'll be spending lots of internet time at that website!

Last night The Boy ( brought all the ingredients over and taught me how to homebrew! We made a honey porter and a honey amber ale. They carboys were bubbling up this AM - go yeast, go! To quote the boy: "OK yeasties, eat the sugar and poo out some alcohol".

So, come over in about 3 weeks for a fresh bottle of my brew... cheers. - Extreme Pumpkin Carving

If only I lived in a neighborhood where a pumpkin would be seen!

Monday, October 11, 2004

Current Electoral Vote Predictor 2004

Hope is on the way!

How can people still be undecided? It's not as though the candidates have a single similar idea or plan? To mis-quote my friend Samantha Bee of The Daily Show "Come on, people - shit or get off the pot! Just make a dicision already!"

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Who is the reason for the season?

To All My Pregnant Friends

Beware - your baby gifts will come from here

Florida Election Ballot

Unfortunately havign lived through the last election I fear this could be true.

NOW: With Bill Moyers . Poll | PBS.

Take 2 seconds to let PBS know: Where do you stand on the issue of gay marriage?

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Mommy Wants A New President

Depending on the results on Nov 2... I know what Katie is getting for Christmas...

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

A Historical Marker In My Live

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

For some it was when Kennedy was shot. Since I was born a decade later the eruption of Mt St Helens is my marker of big historic moments. I remember where I was and I think this is the first time I became aware of the news of the world around me. I was in fourth grade in Mrs Lawrence's class at Wildwood Elementry School. We watched it on the news..

So over this past weekend this marker in my life became an eye opener to me of "how old I am" and a reminder that I am blessed to have friends of all ages.

I was out to dinner on Sunday in NYC with Craunifer. I hadn't seen the news and wondered if I missed a report of the new activity on the volcano. This conversation actually took place
Me: So have you seen the news? Has St. Helens erupted yet?
Craun: I dunno, where is that?
Me: Up near Seattle... wait - what year were you born?
Craun: 1980
Me: *blink - blink - silence*
Craun: blank look....
Me: I guess I'm old and you have no idea what I'm talking about.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Manipulative Chicken-Sh*t! (click me)

Why can't he step up to the plate and play ball? Why is he so afraid of honest non-scripted dialogue?

Vote For Change - Finale in Wash. DC

To all my friends & readers in the Greater Washington DC area - buy tickets and rock on!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Sweet Revenge

Today at work I received a personalized ID card & request for donation to the California Republican Party. In the mailing was a postage paid return envelope for "my donation" with a tiny memo that if I used my own stamp I'd save them valuable dollars.

On the membership ID card with my name preprinted on it were two head shots - one of Ahnuld & one of Shrub.

Whenever I get unsolicited postage paid envelopes in my credit card statements I mail them back empty in hopes that they'll stop sending the wastes of paper.

So what did I do today you ask?

I wrote on the donation card: "I am not a republican and never will be. No money for you!" Then I drew a Hitler moustache on Ahnuld and on Shrub I decorated his pea-head with devil horns, a pig nose and colonel sanders beard. I then inserted them all into the postage paid return envelope and sent them back to the RNC.

Sorry, I had to.


I stole this snippet of a quote from Bob (

"...God’s freedom calls us to self-restraint, servanthood and justice for all. Indeed, the Exodus Passover is followed by another meal—of manna in the wilderness. This story, representing the very first instructions to Free Israel, stipulates that each household gather only enough, so that no one has too much, and no one too little (Ex 16:16-18). We are called to circulate the gifts of Creation among all who need them rather than seeing them concentrate in the hands of an elite. This vision of what I call “Sabbath Economics” is betrayed when freedom becomes an infinite tolerance for the affluence of a few and the poverty of many." Ched Myers

I think I like that. I wonder where we got lost

The Morning News - Trailers for Everyday Life

When everything you believe in.
Is fading away.
When everyone you know.
Has disappeared.
It’s probably time.
To find your coat.
And leave the party.

Sloganator Memorial (click on me)

We must never forget!

Monday, September 13, 2004

Busy Bee

This week I'll be out of the house every day & afterwork until Friday night. Warning to all my friends - sorry but I'll be hibernating on Friday night.

After spending so much time focusing on the wedding plans / details it's nice to have the free-time to think about doing other things. The backlash of course is that I've jumped head-first into the deep end of social planning. I forget that I'm an introvert and need my nesting time.

It will be fun to see all the friends we've got plans with - but I'd also like to chill at home more than one day a week.

I'm off to pay the employees..... Cheers.

Compassion in Action Bush v Jesus '04


Friday, September 10, 2004

An Award!

My sweetie won an award today for being the best at what she does in the place where she works. YEAH for her. A cash prize means treats for me!

I love her - even if she didn't get an award. So proud.

Just a few minutes of hilarity

Seniors Rule

genex's In-N-Out Burger Secret Menu - brought to you by Orange Exposure

Mmmmm Animal Style! Thank you for the "fries well-done" tip!

genex's In-N-Out Burger Secret Menu - brought to you by Orange Exposure

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

F***ing Google It

Scroll down to the second item "FEEDBACK"

New Scientist "Cheney's freshman-year roommate, Steve Billings, agrees: 'If I could ask Dick one question, I'd ask him how he could be so unempathetic.'"

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The Quiz

My Answers to 20 Questions to a Better Relationship
eXpressive: 5/10

Practical: 5/10
Physical: 6/10
Giver: 4/10
You are a RPYT--Reserved Practical Physical Taker. This makes you a Stoic.You are intelligent, rugged, disciplined and profound. Even if you're saddled with a desk job, you are starving for the outdoors. You are very slow to warm up to people, and people are slow to warm up to you, but once they know you they never forget you. You do not get much attention from your target sex, and this means you can feel unloved or unwanted. This is not the case! You are just a hard nut to crack, and your social anxiety leaves you overlooked or outside the frame altogether. What is good for you is increments of low-interaction group activity, like sports or outdoor work. The person who can chop wood with you will melt your heart. In a long term relationship, you are loving and devoted. You are calm in a conflict until your partner presses your buttons -- it's never the problem at hand that gets under your skin, but how your partner handles it. Don't take offense! Sometimes it's just the only way your partner knows how to express things. You would never cheat, and your approach to sex is conventional and almost prudish. But sex for you is a release and a necessity of life, and you have a sense of entitlement about it that can be trouble. Make sure your partner is comfortable and satisfied -- by communicating both in and out of the bedroom -- and you will be more satisfied yourself. You may take a lot of what your partner does for granted. Make a special effort to reward and validate him/her, and you will be repaid in spades. You have nice legs.Of the 33959 people who have taken this quiz, 4.2 % are this type.

Happy Birthday

To new baby Wilson! Welcome to the world - we can't wait to meet you.

Congratulations Matt & Molly! Keep that vicious Woody away from the wee one.

Classic parody of the ending of every 80's movie made!

CrossFilms ~ 80s Ending

Gay Role Models

My Stupid Mouth: We'll Have A Gay Ol' Time...

Monday, August 30, 2004

Fixed & Ready for Action

It's Monday - please hold a moment of silence for Laura Branigan. She died over the weekend at age 47 of a brain aneurysm. Let this be your warning: If you have a nagging headache for two weeks please see a doctor!

Fuego & The Boy are home! They drove up with Ginger & Fred in their new Subaru last night to crash at our place for a few days. Their subletters are in their apt. for another few days so we get to be transitional housing for the homeless. We wondered how our boys would get along with Ginger in their home turf. We took them all into the back yard to get acquainted and Timm loves to run laps with Ginger - she can keep up with the Greyhound sprints! After an hour of running we thought they may be tired and it would be safe to move inside. Timm lost interest inside but Otis now loves her and wants to hump her 24-7. Outside Otis couldn't care less about her - inside is his love shack and she will submit to the ball-less dog mounting her over & over again. She finally learned that by sitting down she removed access to the bits of interest to Otis. That didn't stop him from trying every position in the Dogma Sutra. All dogs available for viewing at

We left our boys home with Fuego, The Boy & Ginger - Good luck. We hope the house is standing when we return home this evening.

I guess I better get some of the work out of my "in-box" before the end of the month. Sheesh people want insurance!

Cheers - Have a great week!

Friday, August 27, 2004

Been A While

Sorry for the delay. I knew I wouldn't be a regular daily poster when I started this - you were warned!

So 2 weeks ago the whirlwind began and I think tonight might be the first night since 8/13 that I'll be at home after work with nothing to do. It will be nice to sit on the couch and relax. Please don't let Jane get a project into her head.

For the last six months we've been planning, list-making, doing project and tinkering with details of the wedding & honeymoon. Now that it's over what will we focus on? I got lucky for most of the honeymoon - all we "planned" was where should we stop for a drink? should I get the large or super sized margarita? Carnitas or something else? Seven glorious days of no lists, no plans, no future projects. I knew it couldn't last long - the whole ride home on the last day Jane kept blurting out her plans for the fall... organize garage clean-out, clean the gutters, call contractors to fix the house, blah blah blah.

Damn you, Jane Lowers! Can't you ever just sit and do nothing and plan for nothing? Nope - and that is the life I have committed myself to. For better or worse... Wait - that wasn't one of our vows!

On day two back at work my computer crashed. Loud clicking noises followed by frozen screens & computer shut-down. This is not good since I process payroll and the payroll software is only stored on my hard drive. So panic sets in, computer guy is called and I hope he can recover my computer quickly! I work on very strict time limits here. People get mad if their paychecks are not on time.

Happy discovery of the week: Window's Media radio tuner streams my favorite internet station - radioioAccoustic - for free. If you go direct to radioio you must subscribe! Yahoo... Happy me. So I've been listening to lots of cool "new to me" accoustic artists.

So, there is my update. Sorry to be away for so long. Someday I'll get used to this blogging thing and maybe get addicted to the posting like everyone else does.

I wish a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself and return home to your family soon!

Monday, August 23, 2004

Some Wedding Pics

Let's see if that link works...

I'm back and still in a whirlwind. I'll write soon. Must decompress and sort through piles at work.

If you want updates on what's going on check out

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Gee, Thanks

The fiance complimented me on my blog today! The professional editor likes my writing. I hate writing and got very bad grades when we studied grammer in school. Wow - I'm all puffed up now.

Maybe she's just being nice to me?

Last night we got down to the nitty-gritty of last minute things to do before the big day. So I spend 30 minutes cleaning off my bedside table and the drawers. It's been a place to collect books, magazines, glasses of water, empty glasses, crap and dust for over 2 years. Why did it need to be cleaned last night? Because I didn't want to clean the bathroom, change the sheets or vaccuum the house so it'll be clean when our guests arrive tomorrow! AVOIDANCE!

Oh, yes - I found shoes at Nordstom after work. Talk about customer service... As I'm walking around display after display of shoes with an armful of possibilities how many commission based sales people asked if they could help me? 7. Yes, seven sales people approached me in 10 minutes. I kept answering "not yet" "no help yet thanks" "- I like to shop incognito, anonymous, alone, unbothered. When I had the 6 shoes I thought would work and were worth a try-on I found the first sales guy to approach me. Off he trotted (having memorized the 6 shoes) and returned with other options based on what I had collected! Go Nordstrom. I tried on the best of the bunch first - they fit, they felt good, they were less than $40... SOLD!

Anyone bored of this blog yet?

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Gay Friendly Mom

My mom just called to inform me that this Saturday is "Out at the Ballpark" day at the A's game.

NO - we didn't know this was on the calendar when we booked our 50 seats for the post wedding activity for our family & friends.

HOW PERFECT CAN IT BE? The Gods must be smiling!

I once met a bride who had no shoes

If I don't find shoes at the 3 story discount shoe warehouse during lunch today I will be barefoot at my wedding! Wish me luck.

It seems to be coming together - only about 5 items on the TO DO list remain. Most of those are to be done on the day of.

Shout Out to a few who have eased our burdens:
- the MacDonald siblings for jumping in with balloon / helium assistance & being catering staff
- Katherine for taking over the appetizer shopping & set up
- Baby Kate for bearing the rings... don't drop them in a storm drain!
- Fuego & Elmar for burning CDs with dance songs. Now we'll have more than disco to dance to!
- Dad for getting the keg which will keep me on even keel during the night... mmm Boont Amber!
- Tripp & Kate for officiating at this "un-official event". You guys rock my liturgical world.

I think we've done all we can for the day. Oh, I need shoes. Cheers!

Friday, August 06, 2004

One Week Away

Anyone need to kill some time?

A shot of codeine cough syrup and bed-time of 9PM = great night of sleep! I love to self-medicate.

I don't have much to say today --- do I ever? This weekend has a wedding reception & lots of shopping, planning and crossing of TO DO items. There is an eerie calm in the house. I'm sure a storm will erupt soon!

I'm off to do brainless work and not think about all the things I need to think about.

Question(s) of the day: Why don't people return response cards? Don't they want to eat and sit down?

Thursday, August 05, 2004

One day closer

Well, last night we crossed a few more items off the list of TO DO. Laney got instructions for the boys & the house. We both finished our photo boards. We got a few tables reassigned. I started to finalize the music list - iTunes & me = a love hate relationship. Now we're down to the last 2000 items to do.

Question of the day: is anything cuter than a 2 yr old wanting you to come over to swim and asking "will you put on your babbing soup?" I love that damn kid!

Off to work...

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Screaming Beans

Guess who gots a fetus!?

First & Only

Will I ever write this way again?