Monday, January 31, 2011

An Honest-To-Dog Rant!

[Preface this all by knowing that I have been sick at home today (after a miserable 2-hours at work) due to another sinus infection.  Apparently I've entered the "Everything Is Chronic" stage of my life, because this bastard in my nose has been lurking since November.]


[[Btw, everytime I use Arial font I scream (to myself or in my head) "Ariel!" just like Sebastian did in The Little Mermaid.]]

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I never understand people that buy the 4-pack Charmin at the Dollar Store each week...

First off, the paper is crap (har har) and just leaves puffs all over your ass.

Second, the rolls are good for about one day before they disappear. It's like FIVE sheets per roll, I swear to god.

Third - why is it always single dudes that buy this shit? Are their asses especially delicate?

Damn. I grew up with Scottissue 2-ply stuff that was the equivalent to using aluminum foil. And did I complain? NO! Because I didn't have fluff all over my ass afterwards!

[Thank you very much.  And if you haven't realized by now, my posts are quite often NSFW]

[[Ariel!!!!!]]

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Required 80's Post!

Sometimes you just gotta listen to some of that classic 80's music and lose yourself in bubblegum glee.


It's all about that bass line, man.  Give me a good driving beat - guitar, drums, keyboard...and I'm hooked.  I've read that that is the definition of Emo music.  If that's the case, then I'm most definitely emo-loving...

MOAR 80s Pop!



Ah, don't even get me started on the hair, the clothes... The day-glo colors!  Guh!  And they keep coming back with more 80's retro styles... Then the weird-ass 90's hipster thing has come around.  Or is that 80's too?  I don't know...

Back to music!



Of course, since YOUTUBE NOW SUCKS!!! I can't find the original video with that classic side-to-side eye movement... ...bastards.

....

Speaking of Glee (see line one)... I just got done catching up with the last two episodes from last season.  After moving in October, I kinda got behind on my few and favorite tv shows...  I'm grateful for the winter breaks, though...it gives me a chance to catch up.

Point is, the Xmas Ep of Glee made me cry (bastards) and I'm glad it's still going strong in the storyline.

Glee + 80's music = GOOD


I'm so glad someone decided to compare the two side-by-side.  Some serious dedication.  I'm glad the rest of the world is finally catching up to the Jane Lynch bandwagon/fan club.  She's been around for decades, people!  Come on!  AND she's a lesbian!  Woot ^_^

BTW, Some 80's stuff just sounds better remixed...a bit more speed, a bit more kick-ass!


If this doesn't get you moving, I don't know what will.

Keep rocking, friends.



Friday, January 28, 2011

A Country Song - Cheetos And Cookie Dough

Or maybe that should be "d'oh?"

Heh.

So there's this crazy shit going on in Egypt.  Curfews, internet shut-off, protest gatherings banned, riots in the streets, people getting shot...

We always like to feel like certain parts of the world have moved past these sorts of things, but that's so obviously not the case.  I mean, we accept the presence of third-world countries.  But someday, they will become first-world ideally, right?  Can you imagine if every country in the world were industrialized and technologically developed like Europe or the U.S.?  We're finally starting to acknowledge the progress of India & China.  Their stories of a "rising middle class" amidst slums and horrible pollution is catching notice.  The U.S. debt to China is a huge elephant in the room.  This seemingly "anti-American" communist state of billions has us by the short and curlies.

In efforts to work toward lowering our debt, talk is being made to reduce and remove our assistance to other countries (like Isreal).  I mean, common sense has been telling us for a good long while to focus on our own problems before trying to fix those of others.  Our country is so much like a young adult.  So judgemental and immature in so many ways...

But hey, I can insult us while enjoying the freedom that is being fought for in Egypt right now.

...I was going to talk about what life was like before the internet, as Egypt is experiencing...but I'll leave it to the imagination of you, dear reader. (Tip of the Hat to Stephen King...and Stephen Colbert).

Plenty of people have very limited computer/internet usage.  People like me are complete addicts.  Part of me would like to be forced away for awhile... But freedom of choice makes us grow up and become mature adults...

I just hope our government keeps that in mind.  Help us, but don't hinder our growth as a nation.  Please.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You know those survey things?

We all just love to share things about ourselves, don't we?

I just spent more than 10 minutes on this one, so I've decided to make it my post.  A little lighter fare after yesterday...

What other questions should be on here?


Three jobs I've had in my life:
1. Food stuff/Casino/Chocolate Shop
2. Car Parts Factory/Security/Telemarketing/Cust Serv/Tech Support
3. Chiropractor

Three places I have lived:
1. Missouri - Jeff City, New Court Village, LaBelle, Imperial, Columbia, Independence, Kansas City
2. California - San Jose (x 2), Boulder Creek, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale
(that's all of em)

Three favorite drinks:
1. Milk (Skim)
2. Juice (Orange or Apple)
3. Mixed Drinks (Dirty Martini, Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, Manhattan, etc) But I hate Vermouth!

Three TV shows I watch:
1. Daily Show / Colbert Report
2. Family Guy / South Park / American Dad / King of the Hill / Futurama...
3. Community / Modern Family / 30 Rock
(I think I like the funny stuff)

Three favorite places I have been:
1. Kona, Hawaii
2. Dachau, Germany
3. Muir Woods, California

Three of my favorite foods:
1. SOS / Cream-chipped beef
2. Little Stuffed Pastas in non-tomato sauces w/ mushrooms & garlic bread
3. Most any fresh produce from the farmer's market
4. Brownies or Choc Chip Cookies with Milk! (no nuts)
(needed 4, sorry)

Three things I'm looking forward to:
1. Getting my license to be a real doctor
2. Making my own success
3. Moving into my own place w/ a better car

Three things that are in my car right now:
1. Eucalyptus (the florist kind that actually smells good)
2. Req'd bag o' trash with handle looped around stick shift
3. Gum, a shirt, a jewelry-type box, a plate or bowl, a box of tissues, a jacket, laundry stuff...

Three things that I did today:
1. Worked with some great patients, did 2 massages and got my first tip!
2. Got water and gassed up the car
3. Fixed the damned router (factory reset plus firmware upgrade)

 Three things I'd like to do before I die:
1. Write a book about myself (I'm THAT interesting, HAHAHAHAHAhahahaha)
2. Learn to speak Spanish, damn it!
3. Save someone's life

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Never Worship People

There's a fine line between looking up to someone and idolizing them.  We must always remember that people are human and quite fallible.  They will always disappoint if you think they are perfect.

I used to think that the secret to impressing people was to set low expectations in the first place.  Until I realized I didn't impress myself at all.  Once it hit me that it was more important to be able to be proud of myself, regardless of what others thought, my motivations in life changed drastically.

While I still have plenty of moments of insecurity, they're gradually being outspoken by this other introverted side.  I judge things more by my own set of rules instead of looking for outside approval.

I still crave human interaction, though.  We are social creatures, of course, and I am very much so.  Of course, there is an ever-present need for privacy and solitude.  While I feel this makes me some sort of Bi-Polar, I also feel that it is a very natural human condition.  The push/pull of need/want for quiet solitude versus stimulating socialization is always teetering in the balance.

Thanks, Jan, for making me think of this song:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's hard not to use song lyrics sometimes

Heading out for the weekend.  Yay chorus retreat!

I hope the cat (Dante) doesn't destroy my room while I'm gone.

Any suggestions to make sure a cat doesn't miss you so much?  There's even a kitten to play with in the house!  Though, that's possibly part of the problem anyway.

....

Anyone notice that NBC & Comcast have been told they could merge by DC?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-torres/fcc-blesses-comcast-merge_b_810666.html

Monopolies do not equal capitalism!

....have you figured out that I'm a liberal yet?

I mean, I am not a wealthy person and yet, I tip, I "leave a penny," I give money to homeless & try to help my friends out when I can...

The money-loving type of Republicans that I run into seem to think I'm some naive idiot to bother helping others.

....though I guess, if you've never needed help from others to survive, you haven't learned that kind of humility & have no reason to be compassionate to others in that situation.

Everyone should have to go through living at "poverty" level for a year.  (In this country, I'd call that less than 30k per year...really 20k, honestly...)

....

Shit, I've not been witty at all tonight.  ...though I did hilariously keep trying to type "whity" instead of witty ...and I've definitely been whity.  *chuckles*

Oh yeah.  I need a picture or video or something to entertain me!

Catch ya in a few days!



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's gotta be hard to come up with the title of a show.

My question to you...  Have you seen this (made for tv?) movie thing called "In Her Line of Fire?"

I see that it came out a few years ago... and I'm intrigued because I love Mariel Hemingway.


I mean, really...have you seen Sex Monster??

Plus it has lesbian content!  (As you can possibly discern from the scene clip above)  I'm all about great exposure, if it's handled well...

Speaking of which.  I've also just learned about a certain porn star called Nina Hartley!  Not that I'm very up on the porn world, but she is one hot "older" woman!  See evidence below:

Exhibit A

You can certainly find all sorts of interesting stuff on YouTube...  Not as much as you used to thanks to how much censoring for copyright and such they do now.

I guess there's something wrong with me because I like women who are 10-20 years older than me.

Any thoughts?  No "mom" fetish theories, please.

Also, don't forget to tell me your take on that Mariel H. movie...



Monday, January 17, 2011

Make it simple, to last your whole life long...



I had written some stuff tonight, on my ipod touch...called "blog from my ipod touch"...while I was at karaoke (my monday ritual for the past few months).

But it was all so bitchy, I just can't post it here.

Mostly I said people have too many kids = overpopulation = too many damn people at the karaoke place = me having to wait 500 hours between songs!

And yes, transvestites singing a capella can get old quick.

......

In health-related news:

Eating / drinking things with artificial sweeteners confuses your brain.  (this started a bit of a discussion on FB, so I'd like to post it here as well).


"Ingestion of artificial sweeteners still initiates an insulin response from the pancreas as a means of inducing carbohydrate metabolism. Since artificial sweeteners provide no carbohydrate value, insulin levels remain high, leading to hypoglycemia and increased hunger. This interference with appetite control mechanisms can lead to overconsumption of food at the next meal. The correlation between artificial sweeteners and increased food intake may indicate that their use is not supportive in weight management protocols."


http://www.toyourhealth.com/mpacms/tyh/article.php?id=1262


Discuss.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Yes, That IS What It's All About

Yay!  I officially missed a whole day, yesterday!

I have finally marred my "perfect streak" and can relax about posting everyday!

You know, that's part of the reason why I like used cars.  I canNOT keep anything perfect for long.  Plus it's so stressful!  I realize many people take great pride in keeping things in pristine condition, but I'm just too klutzy to manage that.

If you're wondering where I was last night, the answer is amazingly dull.

 No, seriously, this is a musical skirt.  Shoot me now.

....no, I found one of those "Free" (unless you want full functionality) MMORPG's last night and got sucked in!  I was up until 3 am, which wasn't smart considering I had plans to head down to Santa Cruz at 9am.

Why yes, there are lots of pretty colors in this game... ^_^

So my day today was much more interesting.  Visited the famous Dharma's for brunch, popped into Starz Cupcakes (they have a couple varieties of gluten-free ones usually) and then up to home-turf for a movie!  And no, I'm not gluten free, my partner-in-crime is, though I was for a short bit and should probably go that direction again because I felt much better, health-wise, though I have no allergy to wit. (blah blah blah)

The movie was The King's Speech and while it did drag on a tad, it was a very entertaining film.  You definitely felt for the characters and I love Geoffrey Rush & Colin Firth, so it was great.

          Indentured Servitude, indeed!

There's a great little article here about how this movie has spiked awareness of stuttering and other speech impediments.

Then on my way home I randomly bumped into a quartet of Brazilians at my local 7-Eleven.  They are visiting our fine state and left San Francisco just this morning.  They had their car broken into, sadly, so I hope I helped raise their opinion of the bay area by helping them figure out their GPS & advising them of where to get a cheap hotel and entertainment for the evening...

If they call me to show them the local gay karaoke bar, I will update this post.  If not, I shall sulk a tad and resume playing Wizard 101!

...remember back when I said that there are so many subgroups of people that you likely know nothing about and yet have an entire world of their own?  In the case of MMORPGs, this is literally the case.  

Most participants aren't this fanatical, fortunately.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Memories are fonder because we take the present for granted

I remember the sound of the ice cracking...

After an ice storm over night...the next day, you go outside while the sun reaches the apex and listen...so creepy, yet cool :)

Ah, the contrast...


















So many fun memories from living in Missouri...

...seeing the trees coated in glistening layers of ice. Listening to the delicate sound of snow landing on snow...watching sheets of ice/snow fly off of cars on the highway (scary!)...attacking the layer of ice on your car so you can get the door open and start warming it up...sliding around a turn and waiting to regain control of your car...carving out chunks of snow from the car and pushing them off to go PHOOMP onto the ground... making tiny snowmen on your patio/deck railing...identifying wildlife footprints...



When there's this much snow, you can't resist doing this...
















heehee


...speaking of memories.


I was going through a catalog today that sold stuff that you could put your business/organization logo on.  You know, coffee mugs, keychains, highlighters, etc...  It made me all nostalgic for when I was a kid and my obsession with school supplies began.


It all started with a triangular/tri-color highlighter from my step-dad... You see, he was a school administrator and would go to these conventions where different school-related companies gave out a bunch of freebies with their logos on em...

I LOVE THESE FUCKING THINGS!  AND I LOVE OFFICE SUPPLY PLACES LIKE STAPLES!  AND I WANTED A SUPER-LONG CAPTION... SO I MADE THE IMAGE SUPER HUGE!!! AHHHHH!!!!!

AHEM.  ...cough, cough*  I'm okay.

...also, I remember with great fondness the pencil dispenser in my elementary school.

It looked just like this! And so did I!

















And they came with really cool pencils like these!
























They were particularly clever and would toss in the occasional Yikes! pencil.  Talk about legalized gambling for minors...  Those guys sure had soft wood.  I remember the ribbed ones being painful to write with for long... [totally unintentional entendres!]

ZOMG!










And remember getting those cheap-ass art kits?  So much fun to imagine the amazing things you would create with these things!  I always coveted mine and barely used them... And the markers would dry out and you'd always make a MESS with the craypas things or whatever...

I had this exact same art kit as a kid!
















Of course, organizing by color was/is always the first step to responsible art supply ownership.  I'm an odd combination of creative and anal-retentive/"left brained."

...and there really isn't a better visual stimulation for me than to walk into the orgy of color known as an art supply store.  It's colorful AND organized!

Actually titled "Art Supply Porn"  !!! ^_^



















In summary - I love rainbow colors and office supplies...I think I'm going to go masturbate to google image searches now...

Mmmm, yeah.  Momma like...






















Colored pencils really are my favorite... Shhhh, don't tell the others.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What do you call a guy who...

Per my friend Kelly:


  • Janae-Tim Minchin is funny too. [...] Tim....the name is definitely related to comedy..Tim Hawkins, Tim Minchin, Tim Conway, Tiny Tim, Timmy from South Park, Tim the tool man Taylor. LOLOLOL Sometimes I think funny things. LOLOLOLOLOL See if you can futher this rant in your Blog.
    13 minutes ago ·  ·  1 person

  • Kelly Smith Tim Meadows....Tim Reid....Tim Daly....There are all sorts of funny Tim's


There's Tim the dentist from Seinfeld... Oh, and did I mention the bartender at my beloved karaoke bar is named Tim-eh?  He's awesome!  So is the KJ (karaoke jockey, for the uninitiated) there; Bruce.  I have some great friends, truly...  I'm feeling the love today.

BTW, I meant to mention before that the Teriyaki Chicken bowls at JitB are pretty damn tasty!  There's a decent amount of meat and veggies that goes well with some very tender, but not mushy rice!  The sauce itself is delicious and only slightly excessive in volume.  It's probably perfect for the average person...

The nice lady at the drive-through rec'd the chicken...












It was surprisingly lean chicken too!  ...the odd part to me, though, was the presence of a Teriyaki sauce container and soy sauce packet that came with the meal.  I mean, do people REALLY need to add to the sugar and salt content in this thing?  It has a heart logo next to it on the menu, for crying out loud!

I would have sworn this thing was green...













That's really not much of a rant, is it?

Oh hey! Look!  Tim Minchin!!!!  (NSFW and not just because he says "perineum" too)

It's too late!



It's just past midnight!  This is going to be dated for tomorrow!  The horror!!!

BTW, the whole point of yesterday's notes was to expand on them today...  Which I kinda forgot.

Basically, when you go anywhere, being nice to the person serving you generally pays off.

The taint/perineum is my least favorite part of the human body (I don't care how "sensitive" it is!)

And, uh... snow!  In 49 of the 50 or so US states!  And today we had weather around 60 (degrees Fahrenheit)!

Oy.

No more crap food orgies for me.  Hormones be damned!

(I think I just pissed all over my blog gras format and broke several rules of topics not to talk about, sorry!)

Something to go to sleep by...


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cleanliness not akshully godly...

Catching up on laundry today (since my travels over the holiday) made me realize something.

I'm totally OCD about some things.

I totally do this.














As for laundry... Every time I tell myself that folding my underwear is a complete waste of time, I immediately revert back to folding it the next time I do laundry.  I tell myself that it's because it all fits better/takes up less room when it's folded.

But secretly?

Secretly I like to make each pair of underwear match the next pair in the stack by color or design...

So I'll put the purple stripes next to the purple solid next to the blue solid next to the blue polka dots and so on.

At least I've gotten better about my sock obsessions.  Now I just sort by type and start pairing them off.  I usually manage to avoid trying to pair each sock to the one that looks similarly worn/stained/stretched, etc... Today was a success in that venture.

I'm not one of those people who iron everything though.  I don't iron anything.  I just hang up my nice shirts and pants as soon as they come out of the dryer, and they're usually good.  I mean, they're not perfectly unwrinkled, but it gives the shirt texture...right?

Cuz it's so warm!
I'm also anal about doing the dishes.  I'm am one of those people who wash the top and bottom of the plates/bowls/skillets...  I wash every piece of silverware separately...handles too...

And putting them into the drainer is my favorite part!

So here's my dishwashing break down:

1 - Organize all the dishes in the sink... plates stacked with bowls on top. Glasses/cups off to the side with silverware and soapy water in them.

2 - Bowls go into the drainer first...then plates... then cups and random tupperware on top of everything.

3 - You have to make sure the tupperware with edges are tilted sufficiently so water doesn't collect at the lips

4 - Silverware last, in it's own side thing...knives facing down and away from the front of the counter...

5 - Forks and spoons alternate so they are properly spaced for drying and don't get stuck together!


(I'm rather embarrassed at how excited I got thinking about my dish-washing process)

...'course this is all moot now.  My new place only has a dishwasher ...now.  I was so pissed when the dish-drainer was unceremoniously tossed in the trash (destroyed, even, by the hormonally-challenged pregnant woman of the house).  This was a full week before the dishwasher even appeared!  Even now, I'd much rather use my hands than have my damn dishes come out all white and crusty looking!!!

....*pant pant pant*...

I'm okay, really...


So that's where the white crusty stuff comes from...?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Just enough to make a mess.

With all I know about the human body, it still amazes me that someone can get shot in the head and survive.

I can't not talk about today's shooting, I'm sorry.  Might be a tad maudlin.

While it's virtually impossible not to consider the political connotations of this action, I can't help but try to imagine the flip side.  Who would we be blaming if it were a Republican group that got attacked?

Aside from all that, I know this topic will be hashed and rehashed, ad nauseum, for the next week or so.  I look forward to finding out more.

...I really hope this does put the final nail in Palin's Post-TLC-Flop Coffin.

...

On an aside... Yes, flocks of birds and tons of fish are being found in dead clusters across the country.  My understanding is that it's a normal thing that happens from time to time.

...hard not to feel a little disquieted, though.

...

Oh, hey look!  Kittens!






Friday, January 7, 2011

To live and die ...on Facebook

[Fair warning - this is likely to be an offensive and/or disturbing post.]

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So it just occurred to me, tonight.  People announce they're going to kill themselves online... a lot?

Well, I don't know what the qualifying factor for "a lot" would be.  But I'm just sorta surprised and yet...not.

Okay.  So first off... The topic of suicide is pretty much a "hot button" topic, if you will.

The idea that someone would announce that they just took a bunch of pills online - Facebook or MySpace, back in the day - seems shocking to some, no?

Gah! Suicide! Gah! People online announcing it!... Gah!

It's a "sign of the times" and so tragic...people just don't take it seriously enough, etc etc...

But see, I'm decidedly not surprised.

I think the only difference in this scenario is that you get to see the evidence of the friends and such who made snarky comments.  You can witness it all, quite publicly.  Much like a bad car accident that stalls highway traffic for hours.  Except it's VIRAL.

People have always been announcing their attempts or plans to commit suicide.  Other people have also had common snarky thoughts and remarks to make about it.

It's just that it's on a screen, visible to every other friend of that person.  To be screen-captured and sent around the world in seconds, if so desired.

Our instinct now is to share.  The good and the horrific...we must share.  Now, you could just as easily take a picture of someone's suicide note and MMS that around, I suppose...but it's obviously different.

It's the act of POSTING your intentions.  The minute you throw some new status up, you're asking people to weigh in their opinion.  For better or worse.  Everyone who can see it is given that permission, even if you didn't realize how many people actually see it.

Better still, if one of those people with permission shares it with others... It's gone.  No more control over it.

...

Now I am a HUGE proponent of the internet and sharing information and knowledge and all the chaos that is the webz.  I believe that the truth will always win out, if given a fair fight.  And the internet makes everything a level playing field.

Websites like WikiLeaks and The Straight Dope and Snopes...are all about fighting for the truth.  (Yes, that was a rather random collection of websites that I pulled out of my ass, I'll admit.)

When the argument comes around again about restricting access to certain areas of the internet and giving speed/bandwidth preference over paid sites, I just seethe with anger.

It's not surprising of course.

Greed, like suicide, is ultimately hurtful and helps no one.

...

For Jean -


and


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Easy A was a fun movie

I think it may be too late at night to post... sorry guys.

Had a hell of a day and am currently admiring the ability of my friends to provide me with liquor.

So, thanks for that.

Here's the Easy A trailer, if you haven't seen it...


...there's a part in there, where they show the difference between how a guy is treated post-hook-up versus the protagonist female.  They don't shove it down your throat and it actually plays off really nicely.  Guys are cool, girls are sluts.

It definitely passed the Bechdel Test...

Now if only I could have enjoyed Tron...

On a side note...Dinty Moore Beef Stew rocks!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bad Girls Are Coming - Damn!

According to this:


The chick is called Doda and she's from Poland.  The "Bad Girls" trailer part?  I don't quite know what to tell you there, but the wings she sprouted were pretty damn cool.

I think it's pretty fascinating to look at current pop music from other countries to kinda get a feel for how different or similar we may or may not be.  That's how I discovered Muse a few years ago and recently Mumford and Sons.  (Not be confused with Sanford and Sons, of course).

I really love Muse.  They are one of the groups that helped get me through some serious studying time during my grad school years.  And they came out with a new album last year with the best damn album cover ever!

See both here:


I remember, about the same time as when I discovered Muse, I also found this wicked music video for Jet's "Look What You've Done."

Watch for the evil forest critters:


Pretty sad that I titled this "Bad Girls" and yet these groups are all guys.

Does anyone else notice how little you see women music groups?  Why is this?  Really?

Okay, so, to get this back on track, I must pay homage to Pink.

Seriously badass:

Then


and 




Now


There are way too many awesome Pink songs.

Remember this one?


So much passion...


Watching her performance at the Grammys last year was absolutely breath taking.  Can you imagine having been in the audience and getting little droplets of Pink on you?  Heehee

Makes me think of another outstanding performance at the same show last year... (and another "Bad Girl," who I have previously mentioned):


This performance was so happy-making.  I love when she flings her glasses off stage, presumably because she couldn't see her idol across the way properly.  Did you notice they left a clear path through those mannequin arms?  <can't believe I just spelled mannequin correctly at my first attempt>

I know I posted to the Bad Romance video already, so I'll just throw in one other little video that seemed to create some ...buzz.


Most of this stuff is NSFW, obviously.  And if you're watching music videos while at work, you must have some decent privacy and headphones, or you work at home.  If the latter is true, I'm equally jealous and impressed by your time-management skills. ;)

I love it when women kick ass.  Too bad it's still so shocking.

Hard to think that it hasn't been that long since the right to vote was FOUGHT for and barely won... And still so many women don't bother to vote or pay attention to politics.

How else are we going to increase our numbers in government?

.... I know, I know.  Patience.

Hey Look!  It's Hilary Kick-Ass Clinton on the Grammys!

"The arts are not a luxury, but a necessity."

Hell, yeah.

[Note - All of those Pink songs are from 2006 and later.  I have to point out that the 2001 Mizunderstood album which has a great collection in it (including Just Like A Pill, Don't Let Me Get Me & Let's Get This Party Started) was her first major album in my life.  She's been going strong 10 years already!  Family Portrait made quite an impression on me back then...]



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday Post #1

It's TUESday's post... It's TUESday's post... Not a better day than TUESday....

     God yes I have this album!

...I'm really ready for longer days.

Monday, January 3, 2011

High heel lace up shoes and other ways to break your neck

No one said I have to post every day.  I never promised myself I would, nor made some silly new year's resolution to do so.

Yet, I'm curious to see how long I can keep this up.
Apparently they have classes on this stuff...

"Come, Mr. Tally-Man, tally me bananas..." (Sorry, needed two captions on that one)


Always good to challenge yourself, right?  Even if it's at something you've never don't before (like "blog")?

I think I should say for the record now that I abhor the word "blog."  Everything it stands for, in my mind, is detestable and wrong.  I've always considered blogging to be self-centered, populist and generally useless...

And then I started reading some "blogs."  I don't even want to use that word anymore.  Can I say "Brain Gas" instead?  Of course I'd have to shorten that for Teh Intarwebz...  I'm not too fond of "Br-as" ...so how about "G-rain?"  Hrm.  Maybe Bra-Gas?  ...shoot, that's even worse.

The potentially life-saving Bra Gas-Mask!














Okay, I'm calling it "Gras"  (pronounced like "grass" in my mind) because I just want to be able to say that "I was reading some gras the other day and..."

Long story short, Grases(?) come in all sorts of variations and some of them are actually worth reading. So I figured I'd share my thoughts and see what people ...thought.  I embrace the self-centered-ness of it and will continue.  (I mean, seriously.  Put in the context of so much else in the world, how spoiled am I?  I may not have much money, but I have a home, my cat, lots of friends, supportive insane family, etc...)

And yet...

There's this:


Sit and stare a while.

While I have, and actually wear, a pair or two of modest-heeled shoes, these things just make me think "ouch."  While this is true for most high heeled shoes past the point of sanity (3.5 inches is that point), these are particularly disconcerting.

While many would argue I'm not exactly a fashion maven, I can still have a sense of taste.  All of these short-laced, chopped off, broken toed monsters are painful to look at (much less wear, hyuck hyuck).

I'm pretty sure I have Lady Gaga <Steve McQueen, technically. Thanks, Connie> to thank for this variation on the theme:


If you want to look like a ballerina "en pointe" in need of training heels, this is definitely the shoe for you.

...

Much love to Lady Gaga, btw.  No disrespect intended for those crazy shoes.  I watched the "Official Bad Romance" music video around 50 times (not exaggerating) when I discovered it last year.  When it won a VMA, I felt proud.  Now that it's been named "Best Music Video of the Decade" I feel entirely vindicated for forcing it on everyone I knew.

I really didn't intend to write much tonight.  So I'll head to bed now and leave you with the afore-mentioned music video, the word "preternatural" and a list of ways to break your neck.




 1 - Fall out of ski lift
 2 - Jump off bridge
 3 - Dive into water while drunk
 4 - Rock climbing
 5 - Motorcycling accident
 6 - Get hanged
 7 - Headbanging can actually cause fractures
 8 - Trip down stairs
 9 - Trip up stairs, then fall off landing
10 - Roller skate into wall
11 - Bike/skateboard off ramp
12 - Hard turn on ATV/3-wheeler
13 - Karate kick to the neck
14 - Anvil falls on head
15 - Roll out of wrong side of bed when you live in a cliff-side cave...
16 - Wear ridiculously unstable shoes
17 - Fall off horse
18 - Trampled by bull in Pamplona
19 - Really hard sneeze

....any I missed?