Friday, October 31, 2008
I Am 60% Witch
I've got some pretty witchy stuff going on.
Even if I'm not a witch, I've got to admit that I'm a little freaky.
I have a strong independent streak - social norms be damned. More power to me.
Luckily, the time when I would have been burned at the stake has passed!
What Your Love of Snickers Says About You
I am friendly and approachable. It's easy to feel comfortable around me.
I am lively, playful, and sweet. But I am also substantial too.
No matter what the situation is, I am good company... and the ideal best friend.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Now that I have it I don't know what to do with it.
I'm sure you just raised an eyebrow or something akin to that. Let me help you understand. Before I received this, I did not have a cell-phone. Well that's a 1/2 lie. I do have a pay-as-you-go Virgin "whatever" phone that I keep in my car and hardly ever use. I tend to be a land-line guy that writes letters to family and friends (well mostly family). The car-phone is more there for emergencies and has mega-minutes on it. It's a comfort item for those "I'm in a pickle" moments. Kind of like the time I was shot at on I-64 (window got blown out) and needed the Virginia State Police to come.
It's not something I really need. A cell phone was not an item I was jones'n to have. I'm not a gadget guru. The novelty of it is nice and fun to think about. I could sell it, but I don't really know what kind of price to put on it. Not having bought a cell phone before, just reading on the internet I see all sorts of combinations of phone and plan. The phone alone seems to be worth about $300.00 and I admit the plans just confuse me. Maybe that's because I just don't have the patience at the moment to want to think about it. Heck it took 10 weeks to get to me, I figure I can take a few more to figure out what I want to do with it.
Durn, why couldn't I have won Jason Lezak? Now him, I could work.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
'Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!
I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!
He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!
'On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi
He screamed at the pairs!
They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn't stand up and fight!
So I leave you to think
On this one final note
If you don’t want socialism
Get out and Vote!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
In last night's post I shared an email I received, wondering if it was the real deal or not. I let an anonymous poster temporarily defeat me. He/she pointed out that Bill Lear (of Lear Jet fame) died in May 1978. And so he did die, of Leukemia. But I'm defying that defeat by re-posting because as it turns out, it's a valid post. Thank you again Anonymous commenter. But if you'll read my by-line, you'll realize I'm stubborn. And my mother would agree!
Most Americans are aware of Bill Lear, because of his Lear Jet business; however, he has accomplished much more, as you can see at this link: William P. Lear – Britannica Online Encyclopedia (only shared that because it's part of the email) His opinions are worth a read
A Humble Plea to both McCain and Obama Supporters:
Dear friends, (you'll understand towards the end)
I am truly astonished by the ignorance Obama supporters have displayed in their quest to get someone - ANYONE - into the White House. Now, wait a minute. I can well understand your dislike or even hatred of our clown, GWB, but he is not the root cause of all of our problems. Our Congress is. And a change there would be welcomed by all. You ain't gonna get it done with Obama. You gotta fire the whole damnable crooked Congress. (Read my book, "BERNIE'S WAR!")
Perhaps I'm looking at all of this from a different perspective than you because my life experiences have been so different from yours. I'm 80-years old and have traveled the world where I've seen a great deal. I spent five years on active duty as a fighter pilot in the USAF and another seven years flying with the Air National Guard in California and Texas as well as a few years flying in the USAF Reserve. I spent three years on active duty in Germany flying Czech border patrol with "cold guns" in aircraft inferior to the MIG during the Korean "Police Action" when it was thought that Korea was a diversion for a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.
I lived abroad for a total of 28 years. Three years in Germany, twenty years in Switzerland and five years in Great Britain where I was based doing "spook" work for the U.S. behind the Iron Curtain before it fell. During that era of the Cold War I ventured to Moscow, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Peshawar, Pakistan and Bulgaria posing as a Swiss French-speaking arms dealer purchasing weapons we surreptitiously supplied to the Afghani Mujahedeen in their successful fight against the Soviets - all of which came back to haunt us.
I've been there and done that and have had close associations with top government people in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. I've had more foreign affair experience than Obama could ever dream of and, yet, wouldn't have the temerity to deign myself "Presidential" material; although I feel eminently more qualified to judge who would NOT be best for our country. My long-time world experience should count for something in my plea to you to abandon this miscreant flake. You will only be doing yourself and our country an enormous disservice if you persist in your support of this flash-in-the-pan opportunist. On this, you MUST trust me.
I've associated closely with European royalty and African politicians. I've traveled to the Far East to observe their cultures. My point is that Obama, although formally well educated and a brilliant orator, is a neophyte when it comes to understanding the world and is uniquely unqualified for the job as President of these great United States. His knowledge of economics is nil and his tax proposals absurd and life-threatening to the U.S. not only in economic terms but in preserving our national security as well. I don't want a "citizen of the world" to be President, I want a citizen of the good old USA to be President.
Screw the rest of the world as they have well and truly screwed us. The time has come for us to awaken and start looking after ourselves. Now THAT would be CHANGE if that's what you're looking for. While McCain has abstained from playing "the race-card", Obama is playing it to the hilt even though he's technically not an African-American. To qualify for this distinction you must be at least one-sixth black. Obama is only one-eighth. His father would be, as he was one-sixth. No, Obama is more Muslim than black yet he trades on his blackness.
The larger question I have about him is that we really don't know much about him other than what HE tells us, what we read on blogs and from some serious non-partisan investigators whose factual reports are, unfortunately, generally ignored and which receive precious little media exposure.
I, as a registered Independent, a military veteran and a patriot, beseech you to put aside party considerations and vote for the lesser of the two evils. Yes, I am NOT a McCain supporter, but he is, at least, not a flake, doesn't carry Muslim baggage and is a PROVEN hero and patriot WITH experience. It's not a party issue. It's all about electing the best we can trust with what we've got to work with. Mr. Obama is NOT that guy.
Please, please rethink your voting position. Thanks for reading my innermost thoughts. I care about all of you, but I care more about our country. Please help me to do both.
William P. (Bill) Lear, Jr. (b. 5/24/1928, very much alive)
Son of William P. (Bill) Lear (b. 6/26/1902, d. 5/14/1978)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thank you to the anonymous blog-commentor.
But you're WRONG!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Carmex, for cold sores and dry chapped lips. I had never heard of this brand. Never. So I bought it and tried and I like it very much. It's cool and mentholated. mmmmmmm, my lips feel so much better. It's my new buddy for the winter. Oh no, I just found my Vaseline Lip Therapy and he is pissed. Figures... and I still have to clean up the mess he caused.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I'm lifting this from earth2karen who pilfered it from Sassy and Tina:
I am: Trying to restructure my life patterns.
I think: I should have left work on time yesterday to mow the lawn.
I know: Jesus loves stupid people.
I want: Immortality.
I have: Very tolerant friends.
I wish: I had more energy
I hate: And can’t forgive the boys that mugged and raped me when I was 12. They challenge my prejudice everyday.
I miss: Andrew
I fear: Black cars on I-64. I wonder if I’m going to get shot at again.
I hear: That the 2008 Presidential Election is right around the corner. You’d think that the news would report on that a little bit more.
I smell: Smoke…. Oh, that’s me.
I crave: Carbohydrates, damn it.
I seek: To know the blonde guy at work a bit better.
I wonder: If the blonde guy at work digs dudes.
I regret: Trying to burn a house down when I was a teenager. I also, oddly, regret failing.
I love: My dog.
I ache: At my left shoulder and left hip. I don’t care if the x-rays came back negative. I know something’s not right.
I was not: Guilty of pelting the substitute high school music teacher with an acorn. It was probably Obama.
I’m not: A Barack Obama follower.
I cry: When I watch the Color Purple.
I believe: That children are our future… oh please! shyeah right!
I dance: Unexpectedly, anyplace. Just to make you giggle.
I sing: Similar to how I dance.
I read: And write all day long and come home and do more of the same.
I don't: Have a significant other.
I fight: More intelligently now that I’m older.
I write: And read all day long and come home and do more of the same.
I win: When luck is on my side.
I lose: Cause I’m best friends with Murphy.
I never: …Oh yes I do.
I always: …and often do.
I confuse: My co-worker on purpose.
I listen: But you do not hear.
I’m found: At work or at home and often at friends.
I’m scared: Of heights.
I need: A lovah with a slow hand…
I’m happy: Most of the time since age has mellowed me.
TAG You're It !!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
My Political Profile:
Overall: 55% Conservative, 45% Liberal
Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
|I am a Blueberry Bagel|
I am outgoing, optimistic, and open-minded.
I find a lot to love in life, and I'm always discovering new things to be excited about.
Of all the types, I'm the least likely to be a picky eater.
I tend to have fresh, home-cooked food for breakfast. Breakfast truly is the most important meal.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
22 days left until election day - at .04 cents a day, is there time enough for an .88 cent drop. Might gas prices go down that far? Is a $1.80 a gallon in our future? *I can dream*
I can't wait to see the amazing jump in gas prices on November 8th, back to over $3.50 a gallon for regular unleaded.
Now if I can just figure who my vote goes to for a current Thank you.
Monday, October 13, 2008
FAMOUS BULLDOGS: Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black, George W. Bush
LIKELY PROFESSIONS: Comedian, Firefighter, Racecar Driver, Bartender
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Dear Ms. Wood,
It is my understanding that you have received an email from an acquaintance of mine. I just finished reading her open letter to you, shared on her blog. As you can imagine she suggested that interested parties write to you as well. I write for two reasons:
- I support Karen in her efforts for your company to amend their current practice of discrimination of the GLBT community with regard to special rate packages for couples and families, and
- As a current consumer seeking a health and fitness center for myself, I was strongly considering AMF as a choice for me since there is a location nearby by home on the Northside of Richmond.
Please draw your attention to your FAQ section your web-site, it states:
How much is membership?
American Family Fitness offers several different memberships including special rate packages for couples(1), families(2), seniors, students, and police. We also have special corporate packages. Please contact your local club for an appointment to discover all applicable membership rates.
- (1) is a membership available to a legally married couple as defined by Virginia law or a parent and a child or stepchild.
- (2) is a membership available to 3 or more people consisting of at least 1 parent, children, or stepchildren, who regularly reside in the same household, but excluding children 21 years of age or older, unless they are full-time students and reside in the same household.
It seems to me that your end goal is human health (also ironic given Karen's profession); and that should be your focus. But your company practice is to turn folks away that want to give you money, to benefit in the glory of your goal. I am not "fit as I want to be"; and sadly my perception of your company is that you are "not as fit as you could be."
I'm still considering AMF since it is so close to me. But as a gay male, I seek out businesses that appreciate me and my money.
Your turn and thank you for your time and attention.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
- Financial Crisis: bad, bad thing. But there's not much I can do about it to make it better. So I'll roll with the punches and manage my life accordingly.
- Financial Bail Out: bad, bad thing. There is no way I support that decision. I prefer the ill-run institutions fail miserably and let it all work out. But since I have no control over the decision, I'll roll with the punches and manage my life accordingly. I did send my congressman a letter to advise that I did not support the bailout. See what good that did. My employer preferred I send a supportive email, but I get to vote my conscience, my way.
- I planted a Lilac bush in April and it was doing wonderfully. Until a family of ants decided it liked the taste of the root system. So I'll plant another next Spring, and educate myself on how to get the critters to move onto that Japanese crap tree that's in my back yard. Or, I'll gleefully have it cut down next year.
- I'm registered to vote because I want my voice heard. Which it is, in local elections. But if you think your voice is truly heard on the national level, you're delusional. I'll still vote, for President, but I know my vote won't matter. Nor will yours. Unless you have representatives that vote the "will of the people" and that's not going to happen. And since some people think you can't complain about who's in office unless you vote - I'm voting.
- Lately I've been going in to work feeling like I'm just shooting myself in the foot trying to get anything done with all the past complainers calling in whining about the economy. So I'm not going to answer my phone on Monday and hunker down on the folks that really need my help. I'm not a counseling hot-line. But the good in me will eventually call them, to make them feel better.
- I used to be one of those kids that wanted their parents to divorce. I really thought it would be better for both of them. Now that I'm older I see that they have stuck together, and have grown to depend on each other. An exercise in pessimism that with my father's optimism proved right.
- I have a group of friends that make some really wacky decisions. The pessimist in plays devil's advocate with them as they bounce off ideas. Though for the most part I know they have made up their mind when they discuss the issues with me. I love them and their individual freakish quirks. And they hate/love mine. Otherwise they wouldn't be friends.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
- If a friend needs assistance I will do what I can to be of assistance. Like watching my friends dogs or helping a friend move. Yes, of course I will be there for you.
- If you're a pushy and demanding regulatory agent that uses your position to get your way, I will not help you win your battle. I believe contracts are contracts are contracts. So to you Ms. Bitch out there on the west coast, I still say NO. You may have won your battle by pissing and moaning about me to my superiors, but I am confident by your actions that YOU are a biased piece of shit motivated by your own personal convictions an not by fairness.
- If you take the position of the urinal next to me, and rip one mother of a fart; I'm going to laugh and make some sort of remark. Don't get ticky with me because you couldn't have been a tad bit more civil about it. I get that it's a bathroom, but your effort to break the sound barrier at Mack 5 was a bit overkill. and yes, it was funny.
- I am very selfishly giddy and gayly happy that a co-worker has taken a new job and moved the hell on. Now maybe I can try to like her... or not.
- My job is hell right now. The financial world has gone just a tad bit stupid and along with it all the people we service appear to be fearful. Granted I understand, but folks you really need to chill and just let the machine work. The bailout is a bad idea. Let the sharks fight it out. Let the economy suffer a little bit. Maybe it will knock some sense into everyone. You're not supposed to coddle a whiney baby ALL the time. You're not supposed to let your kids off the hook when they've been bad. Spank the crap out of them and let them pay the price. Tighten your belt a bit, suck it up, grow a pair.
- oh and one more fencing issue: Nobama!!!
I let you off lite. I was also going to rant again about St. Mary's Hospital. But I'm still waiting to see if they respond to my "very enlightening and educational" and blaming letter.