Sep 27, 2007

Where in the world is Skydad?

When Doc interviewed me, I mentioned that I would do a post on the places I visited in the Navy. Well, I forgot about it until now (sorry Doc) and put together a list of places and rememberences from foggy memory and an album I found in the basement. Here we go:

My first ship was a Destroyer home ported out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the USS Morton. This is where I left for my first deployment to WestPac (Western Pacific).

Olongapo City, Philippines - Nastiest city in the world. You cross over a bridge walking into the city that goes over the Olongapo river, which is in effect one large open sewer.

Subic Bay, Philippines - US Naval base in the Philippines which has since been abandoned and turned back over to the Philippine government.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan - No laws about copywrited material, I bought about 50 albums that were recordings of big name groups that were direct copies of US albums, or recordings of live concerts. They make their own album art, and translate the lyrics with a ridiculous amount of errors on the back!

Surabaya, Indonesia - Walked off the ship long enough to get a couple of beers, thought this might be the second nastiest city in the world next to Olongapo, went back to the ship.

Perth, Australia - Fell in love with this city, I would gladly live there. Small city at the time with the friendliest people I have ever met. Once they pegged you as American, you never bought another beer or meal. Nice family took me and a buddy home for a BBQ, it was heaven! And, there was this one girl named Jill...

Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean - Small Atoll out in the middle of the Indian Ocean with a landing strip, re-fueling station and about 500 goats for some reason. They have no natural enemies, and they wander all over the place.

Seychelles Islands - Just before we were due to arrive and look around, the local government was overthrow. We sailed in, pulled up to the pier and took on all of the Americans to evacuate them. Went back to Diego Garcia so they could get airlifted back to the USA.

Mombasa, Africa Port city in Kenya, we got a cool tour of the local wildlife in a day safari from VW buses with the roof cut off. Got chased by a mama elephant which came pretty close, I was wondering what she could do to a VW bus...

Abadan, Iran - Worlds largest filling station. Seriously, a little town surrounded by a refinery, they have ships backed up for miles ready to either take on fuel to ship elsewhere, or to refuel themselves like us. July port stop, 134 degrees! You could not make out the horizon due to the heat waves, the sky blurred into the sea.

Singapore - Cleanest place you will ever visit. They have serious laws against littering, even spitting on the sidewalk. Don't want to be on the receiving end of a caning!

Hong Kong - Beautiful place. This was before it went back to China's control. I was struck by how weird it sounded to hear Chinese people speak with a British accent! Climbed up Victoria peak and took a lot of pictures.

Manila, Philippines - A lot nicer than Olongapo City, beautiful parks, and we saw Corregidor at the entrance where they evacuated MacArther at the siege during WWII.

I found an old album in the basement that had some supply statistics in it. Get this:

Butter 2570 lbs.
Milk 1400 Gal.
Eggs 18,720 dozen
Hamburger 58,500 lbs.
Roast Beef 31,300 lbs.
Chicken 2120 each
Tomatoes 170,250
Apples 394,650
Oranges 297,800
Fruit Juice 570 gal.
Bacon 1600 lbs.
Ham 1330 lbs.
Ice Cream 703 gal.
Kool Aid 4050 gal.
Bread 750 loaves
Soda 64,704 cans
Beef jerky 5016 packs
C film 135,269 rolls
Coffee Mugs 427
2117 gallons of Grey paint!

Second Deployment to WestPac aboard my second destroyer, the USS McCormick, home ported out of San Diego.

Apra harbor, Guam - We only stopped a day, not long to site see, but there are still a lot of wrecks of old WWII ships, planes, equipment just laying around. Kind of weird.

Subic Bay, Philippines - Same place it always was.

Keelung, Taiwan - Did a tour of a brewery that produced some of the best tasting beer I have ever had. Who knew?

Sasebo, Japan - The harbor entrance is beautiful, huge mountains go up either side right out of the water.

Yokosuka, Japan - Major US Navy base there, did some site seeing, part of my duty I had was ships driver of a van, and they drive on the opposite side of the road than Americans. My only training was "Be careful, don't kill anybody". There's a tip!

I took a 2 day tour that went to the base of Mt. Fuji and climbed it. I figured it was "only" 12,000 some feet. I had been on 14ers! Well, this was 12,000 feet from sea level. That is one long hike!

Nagasaki, Japan - Toured the museum that had a lot of displays from the Atomic bomb that leveled the city. It was incredible, something that anyone who ever has the codes should be required to view. The most striking thing to me was a hand with a wristwatch on it that stopped at the moment of the blast. The hand was preserved under glass.

Pattaya Beach, Thailand - Oh My God... Sin city, if they don't have it, they will find it for you.

Hong Kong - Took a tour over to the Kowloon side, up towards China. Amazing amount of people all packed into a very small space. It gets rather claustrophobic actually.

Pusan, South Korea - Great shopping district, and really nice people.

Midway Island - A lot like Guam, less foliage, lot's of old wrecks.

Sep 26, 2007

This guy has it together

CMU professor gives his last lesson on life
"If I don't seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
By Mark Roth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Read the story here. It really is something...

Sep 23, 2007

Let us all pause for a mment of silence

Thousands of hyphens perish as English marches on

By Simon Rabinovitch

Fri Sep 21, 10:57 AM ET

About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.

And if you've got a problem, don't be such a crybaby (formerly cry-baby).

The hyphen has been squeezed as informal ways of communicating, honed in text messages and emails, spread on Web sites and seep into newspapers and books.

"People are not confident about using hyphens anymore, they're not really sure what they are for," said Angus Stevenson, editor of the Shorter OED, the sixth edition of which was published this week.

Another factor in the hyphen's demise is designers' distaste for its ungainly horizontal bulk between words.

"Printed writing is very much design-led these days in adverts and Web sites, and people feel that hyphens mess up the look of a nice bit of typography," he said. "The hyphen is seen as messy looking and old-fashioned."

The team that compiled the Shorter OED, a two-volume tome despite its name, only committed the grammatical amputations after exhaustive research.

"The whole process of changing the spelling of words in the dictionary is all based on our analysis of evidence of language, it's not just what we think looks better," Stevenson said.

Researchers examined a corpus of more than 2 billion words, consisting of full sentences that appeared in newspapers, books, Web sites and blogs from 2000 onwards.

For the most part, the dictionary dropped hyphens from compound nouns, which were unified in a single word (e.g. pigeonhole) or split into two (e.g. test tube).

But hyphens have not lost their place altogether. The Shorter OED editor commended their first-rate service rendered to English in the form of compound adjectives, much like the one in the middle of this sentence.

"There are places where a hyphen is necessary," Stevenson said. "Because you can certainly start to get real ambiguity."

Twenty-odd people came to the party, he said. Or was it twenty odd people?

Some of the 16,000 hyphenation changes in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, sixth edition:

Formerly hyphenated words split in two:

fig leaf

hobby horse

ice cream

pin money

pot belly

test tube

water bed

Formerly hyphenated words unified in one:










Sep 22, 2007

Gee, thanks "W"

From AP, via Comcast news:

Bush: Kids' Health Care Will Get Vetoed
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Bush again called Democrats "irresponsible" on Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children's health insurance program.

This brought to you by Mr Responsible himself... How many billions have you dumped into Iraq?

"Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed," Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. "Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point."

At issue is the Children's Health Insurance Program, a state-federal program that subsidizes health coverage for low-income people, mostly children, in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private coverage. It expires Sept. 30.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a proposal Friday that would add $35 billion over five years to the program, adding 4 million people to the 6.6 million already participating. It would be financed by raising the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents to $1 per pack.

The idea is overwhelmingly supported by Congress' majority Democrats, who scheduled it for a vote Tuesday in the House. It has substantial Republican support as well.

Support from both sides of the aisle kinda implys it might be a good idea, huh George? Oh, but I forgot, it's "your" government.

But Bush has promised a veto, saying the measure is too costly, unacceptably raises taxes, extends government-covered insurance to children in families who can afford private coverage, and smacks of a move toward completely federalized health care. He has asked Congress to pass a simple extension of the current program while debate continues, saying it's children who will suffer if they do not.

They might be able to afford some sort of health coverage, but rarely does it cover anything for any child with special needs. This I know...

"Our goal should be to move children who have no health insurance to private coverage _ not to move children who already have private health insurance to government coverage," Bush said.

The bill's backers have vigorously rejected Bush's claim it would steer public money to families that can readily afford health insurance, saying their goal is to cover more of the millions of uninsured children. The bill would provide financial incentives for states to cover their lowest-income children first, they said.

Many governors want the flexibility to expand eligibility for the program. So the proposal would overturn recent guidelines from the administration making it difficult for states to steer CHIP funds to families with incomes exceeding 250 percent of the official poverty level.

Sep 21, 2007

Watch 20/20 tonight!

{Edited after the interview}

Damn! I am really pissed about how the interview turned out! Two hours of talking to Jenni, and she was reduced to a couple of answers to interview questions. And, no mention of her book! Come on, help a girl out!

But, we get 5 promos that the presidents little drunken girl Jenna has written a book...


{end rant}

Tonight is the interview of our friend and music therapist Jenni! Here is her email note to us:

Hello All,

This is an almost famous, less than fifteen minutes of fame announcement.....

On Friday, September 21, I will be on 20/20. I was interviewed back in August for a show they are doing on "Difficult Decisions". They found me because of my book, and interviewed me as a part of a segment on the difficult decision to participate in homosexual reparative therapy.

After my interview, Steve agreed to be interviewed as well. They came to Denver for his interview and interviewed the two of us together for a short time. The producer gave us a great compliment after the interview.

She said, "You have the same good energy for the topic even when you don't agree". I will be seeing it for the first time on Friday also, so I have no idea what will be pulled together for the final product.

The best part for me was being flown to New York City for the interview. I wore a t-shirt that said "Big Star" while on the plane, but nobody asked. I fell in love with NYC--especially the door men. I want a door man for Christmas.

I am just so thankful for the opportunity to slowly but surely keep getting the word out on the turmoil that the secrecy of living in a gay/straight marriage causes. If you feel compelled, please watch, and if you think anyone would be interested, pass it on!

All Best,

Jenni Lee (soon to be Barker--using the name now as a counselor)

Sep 20, 2007

There isn't a punishment that is harsh enough

Except perhaps feeding him to his own dogs...

Do you believe in the power to control your own life or death?

I received this story from Chicken Soup the other day. I have seen it before, and have heard of similar stories of couples (usually older) that have passed away close to each other. Here is the story:

The Promise
By Thomas F. Crum

One evening I found myself at a conference in Washington, D.C. And as fate would have it, Bucky Fuller happened to be making a presentation that evening at another conference in the very same hotel. I got to the ballroom in time to hear the end of Bucky’s lecture. I was in awe of this little man in his eighties, with his clear mind, deep wisdom and boundless energy. At the end of the talk, we walked together through the underground parking lot to his airport limousine.

“I’ve got to go to New York City tonight for another presentation,” he said, looking at me with an anxiousness that I had rarely seen in Bucky.

“You know, Annie’s not doing well. I’m very concerned about her.”

We hugged.

Bucky Fuller had once confided to me that he had promised his wife Annie to die before she did, so that he could be there to welcome her when it was her turn. I took the comment as a hope, not a commitment. Which shows how greatly I underestimated Buckminster Fuller.

Shortly after Bucky’s presentation in New York, he learned that Annie had lapsed into a coma in a hospital in Los Angeles. Doctors felt that there was a good chance she would not regain consciousness. Bucky took the first flight he could get. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he went immediately to Annie’s bedside. Sitting beside her, he closed his eyes.

And quietly died.

The power to choose life fully was something that Bucky exemplified. So much so that he had the power to choose death when it was time, peacefully, with arms wide open to the universe that he served. It was simply another courageous step forward.

Hours later, Annie peacefully joined him in death. He had kept his promise. He was waiting for her.

My question to you all is, Do you believe the mind has the power to control whether or not you live? I don't know. I have heard the stories, and am fascinated by them. When my wife Kathy had cancer we went to a meeting at an organization called Qualife. They had a speaker who was an Oncologist that had an interesting story. He told of a tribe in New Guinea that was deep in the jungle, that was still living the same as they had for hundreds of years. The medicine man had an ornately carved bone that the entire tribe believed was magic. When there was some sort of punishment to be delivered to one of the tribe members, they were brought before the medicine man who pointed at them with the bone, saying that they were soon to die.

All of them died.

He then went on to tell that as an Oncologist, they are the modern equivalent of this medicine man saying you have 6 months to live. When they went back through patients records, they found that most of the patients who were given this report lived pretty much the same until about 5 months, then went drastically downhill. That is why he was on a mission to change the way Oncologists worked, giving hope instead of bad news.

Kathy chose to live, and is doing fine today. I wonder how many others died simply because they chose not to live?

Sep 18, 2007

Oh Snap! This has to hurt.

From Ananova, the online news over in the UK comes this wonderful story:

Couple divorce after online 'affair'

A Bosnian couple are getting divorced after finding out they had been secretly chatting each other up online under fake names.

Sana Klaric, 27, and husband Adnan, 32, from Zenica, poured out their hearts to each other over their marriage troubles, and both felt they had found their real soul mate.

The couple met on an online chat forum while he was at work and she in an internet cafe, and started chatting under the names Sweetie and Prince of Joy.

They eventually decided to meet up - but there was no happy ending when they realised what had happened.

Now they are both filing for divorce - with each accusing the other of being unfaithful.

Sana said: "I thought I had found the love of my life. The way this Prince of Joy spoke to me, the things he wrote, the tenderness in every expression was something I had never had in my marriage.

"It was amazing, we seemed to be stuck in the same kind of miserable marriages - and how right that turned out to be.

"We arranged to meet outside a shop and both of us would be carrying a single rose so we would know the other.

"When I saw my husband there with the rose and it dawned on me what had happened I was shattered. I felt so betrayed. I was so angry."

Adnan said: "I was so happy to have found a woman who finally understood me. Then it turned out that I hadn't found anyone new at all.

"To be honest I still find it hard to believe that the person, Sweetie, who wrote such wonderful things to me on the internet, is actually the same woman I married and who has not said a nice word to me for years."

Just call me Doctor SkyDad

Yesterday we took Skyler back to Childrens Hospital for a re-check of the G-Tube that was placed in his stomach last June. The doctor said she thought he looked like he had a fuller face since last time she saw him, and the additional feedings are doing their job. He has put on 11 pounds, well on our way to the mandatory 15 pounds before his spine surgery in November. She said that the original one was probably a little small now and that we should put in a larger size since he has put on weight. Then she looked at me and asked if I wanted to do it!

I said sure, cause I like gross stuff like that. It really is a pretty simple procedure. You deflate the ball inside the stomach that holds the tube in place, pull out the old one, clean up the area, stick in the new one, inflate the ball again.

Presto-chango, new feeding tube in place!

Sep 13, 2007

Bullshit Bingo

Kristi and Zed have both had posts recently about corporate gibberish, buzzwords, and phrases that make you want to reach down the speakers throat and show them their still-beating heart to them before they die!

OK, so I got carried away, but they both had posts like the following cartoon from the always right on Scott Adams.

Sep 12, 2007

Doc! It hurts when I try to think! What's wrong?

Doc interviews my and makes me do some thinkin... You are off my Christmas card list mister! :^)

1. You have a quirky sense of humor. What are the kinds of things make you laugh long, hard, and repeatedly?

What I find funny quite often depends on what mood I am in. I am a big fan of stand up comedians, and I really enjoy the ones who are fresh, not giving me the same old "what's the deal with that airline food" stuff. If the comedian can make me laugh without resorting to swearing, big kudos to them! Also, I love silliness as in movies like Airplane and Caddy Shack. I can watch both of those over and over and always find humor there. I also like physical humor, Chevt Chase in the old days of SNL was brilliant at that.

2. You spent some time in the Navy. What was your funniest experience as a member of the armed services? Did you spend long months at sea, or were you stationed at a base for most of your hitch?

I was in the Navy for 4 years, stationed aboard two different ships. They were both Destroyers, smaller escort ships designed to find Soviet Union subs looking for our aircraft carriers. I lucked out in both of my home ports, the first was Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for 2 years, then San Diego for a year and a half. During that time, I probably spent about half the time out at sea. I made two different deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, keeping the world safe from Communist aggressors! ;^) I will do a post on the places I have visited.

The funniest experience I had in the Navy was a hazing incident with a new guy. The Navy is BIG on hazing, it's seems to be ingrained into the culture to mess with the newbies. If you find the right guy (stupid) you can talk them into performing a special duty called mail buoy watch. You tell them that they have to station themselves all the way up at the bow of the ship (pointy end for you land lubbers) with binoculars and watch for a red buoy that has our mail in a bag. The idea is that it gets left there for us, and he has to call out when he sees it. So, you tie them into the railing with a harness, and there they stand getting soaked with spray looking through their binoculars until we come get them, or they finally figure it out.

Well, we had one poor dude all tied in (good thing) and he was out there getting all wet, when a rouge wave came along! The front of our ship slammed into this wave, which was about 10 feet over the top of the bow. The ship just shuddered back and forth as the bow fought back out of the wave, we all looked on horrified that we probably lost this guy! After 15 seconds or so of him being underwater, the bow appears and he unhooks himself and beats feet at a dead run up to the bridge of the ship, yelling "I don't give a fuck about the mail"!!

3. Tell us about your wife. How did you meet and what was the attraction? How long have you been married?

As I mentioned in my interview to you, I don't believe in love at first sight. And with Kathy, it really wasn't love for awhile. I used to work in a ski shop in my home town of Idaho Springs with a good friend Doug. He moved down to Denver to run the ski department of a sporting goods store, and Kathy worked their part time as a cashier when she was a PE teacher in Denver. So we would go skiing in big groups together, or head out to clubs, whatever, and I got to know her slowly over time. I actually knew her about a year before I asked her out on a date. I am shocked she waited for me that long! Kathy grew up in a suburb of Seattle called Bellevue, went to Seattle U. She has always been athletic, is a masters team swimmer, and a triathlete. She doesn't work anymore since she has to stay home full time with Skyler.

Last March we celebrated our 24th anniversary.

4. You are walking through the sand and stumble across the proverbial genie in a bottle, (yeah, real original I know) and are granted three wishes, but there are some rules. You can’t wish for more wishes. All of your wishes must affect others, but not yourself. In no way can you include yourself in any wish. Also, for the rest of your life, to everyone that sees you, you will look like a young Charles Bronson and will sound like him too. In the mirror you will see yourself, and be able to see yourself age naturally. To everyone else, you remain a young ageless Charles Bronson. Would you take the wishes? If so, what would you wish for? How would looking like Charles Bronson change your life?

This is actually quite an easy decision Doc, and I don't even need the 3 wishes, just one. I would take any deal, look like the elephant man if I had to, if I could only have Skyler not have to be born prematurely and have CP. Every day for him is a struggle, fighting through constant pain, trying to be understood, scared that something might happen to us and there wouldn't be anybody to take care of him. I know life isn't fair, but what has this kid ever done to deserve his lot in life? What have I done that was so bad that this is my penance? I would give anything Doc, seriously, anything at all for Skyler to be a typical boy.

That said, Charles Bronson when he was young was a stud! I could handle that! I am a skinny dude, he is really built, I could probably get used to that.

5. You are going to live through the movie of your choice, as well as have the sole power to do the casting, but you have to pick from your blogger buddies, as well as include one celebrity who plays against type. E.g. Anthony Perkins as the hero, William Shatner as the quiet, shy, unassuming best friend, Paris Hilton as the prudish nun, etc. What is the movie and who plays each part? Villain, Hero, Love Interest, Henchmen/Minions, Comic Relief, etc.

Oh my God Doc, can't I just tell you my favorite movie or something? Thinking this hard makes my head hurt...

OK, lets give this a try. My movie of choice is mentioned above, Airplane!

Here is the cast, sorted by the character name, who played them in the movie, my pick of blogger for the role, and in most cases their definitive line from the movie:

Ted Striker (Robert Hays) I get to play Ted, cause you know, I never got over Macho Grande...

Elaine (Julie Hagerty) Dirty because in the movie she "blows up" Otto the autopilot. Who else could handle the job...

Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) Lets see, do we know a doctor, hmmm... Oh yeah, you Doc! "I just want you to know, we're all behind you."

Captain Oveur (Peter Graves) Grant Miller "Ever been to a Turkish Prison Joey?"

Murdock (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) Beth The role calls for a famous basketball player. I don't have one on my blog role, so I'll settle for a blogger, who from her profile photo, looks like she could rock the 'fro!

McCroskey (Lloyd Bridges) Chris "Looks like you picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue."

Rex Kramer (Robert Stack) The artist formerly known as Big Orange No URL Available... "Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes."

Jive Lady (Barbara Billingsley) GETkristiLOVE GKL, I can totally see you delivering the line "Cut me some slack, Jack! Chump don' want no help, chump don't GET da' help!"

Nun (Maureen McGovern) vikkitikkitavi Vikki, you can handle delivering a beat down to the freaked out lady, right?

Johnny (Stephen Stucker) Dick Small "This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl"

Randy (Lorna Patterson) Ellen Aim because she is such a movie buff I have to give her one of the main roles!

Hanging Lady (Ann Nelson) Cheer34 "No wonder you're upset. She's lovely. And a darling figure... supple, pouting breasts... firm thighs. It's a shame you two don't get along."

Lieutenant Hurwitz (Ethel Merman) Teri
"Ted Striker: It's Lieutenant Hurwitz. Severe shell-shock. Thinks he's Ethel Merman.
Lieutenant Hurwitz: [singing] You'll be swell, you'll be great. Gonna have the whole world on a plate. Startin' here, startin' now. Honey, everything's comin' up roses..."

First Jive Dude ( ) Johnny Yen "Shit man, that honky mus' be messin' my old lady... got to be runnin' cold upside down his head. You know?"

Second Jive Dude ( ) Michael "Hey home, I can dig it. You know he ain't gonna lay no mo' big rap up on you man"

Mrs. Geline ( ) BeckEye "I haven't felt this awful since I saw that Ronald Reagan film."

Radio DJ Jen "This is WZAZ in Chicago, where disco lives forever..."
[the airplane zooms overhead the building, knocking the radio antenna down, and the signal goes dead]

Air Controller (Kenneth Tobey) Kirby "I know but this guy has no flying experience at all. He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air... yes, birds too."

Jack Kirkpatrick (played by himself) The Boob Lady gets to deliver this line: "Shanna, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash."

The exchange between the two announcer voices goes to Flannery and Raven I realize this is supposed to be between a man and a women, but it's funny and they could handle it:
First announcer: The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
Second announcer: The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
First announcer: The red zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a white zone.
Second announcer: No, the white zone is for loading. Now, there is no stopping in a RED zone.
First announcer: The red zone has always been for loading.
Second announcer: Don't you tell me which zone is for loading, and which zone is for unloading.
First announcer: Look Betty, don't start up with your white zone shit again. There's just no stopping in a white zone.
Second announcer: Oh really, Vernon? Why pretend, we both know perfectly well what this is about. You want me to have an abortion.
First announcer: It's really the only sensible thing to do, if its done safely. Therapeutically there's no danger involved

I ran out of roles for all the bloggers, so I am sorry if you were not included. No offense intended.

As far as the one celebrity who plays against type, the distinguished actor and ultimate thespian Sir Laurence Olivier gets to play the role of Otto, the blow up auto pilot.

I realize you probably expected me to go a lot deeper with that exercise, but like I usually do, I use humor to laugh at life instead of wringing my hands at how bad it can be. Maybe someday I will try and be a bit more serious, but not right now.

However, I was serious with #4. Really Doc, if it meant killing somebody with my bare hands, I don't think I would even hesitate if offered a chance to cure Skyler.

You just don't get it, do you?

From Mad TV, I thought this was funny as hell.

Terminator & Jesus - The most amazing home videos are here

Sep 11, 2007

I'm going to quit my day job

The artist formerly known as Dirty Laundry requested an interview, and who am I to refuse such an offer?

Check it out here!

OK, now this is just a wee bit tripy...

I've never had my car stolen, but I don't think it would go down like this.

Sep 10, 2007

Doc takes my interview questions and knocks them out of the park!

Doc asked to be interviewed, and who can resist someone who likes beer? Check out the exchange over at his place. Chris mentioned I was the next Barbara Walters, but I neglected to ask Doc what kind of tree he would be... Oh well, maybe next time.

Thanks a lot Doc, it was fun!

Sep 9, 2007

My movie?

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Black Comedy

In your life, things are so twisted that you just have to laugh.
You may end up insane, but you'll have fun on the way to the asylum.

Your best movie matches: Being John Malkovich, The Royal Tenenbaums, American Psycho

Sep 8, 2007

Doggy Heaven!

At the end of the season, just before they close the Seacrest pool, they have a tradition of letting dog owners bring in their pooches for the last day. We have been going for quite a while, and this is today's fun. It was pure pandemonium!

The boys:

Kathy, Hootie, and Yordi:

Hootie the diver:

I climbed up on the slide for a few more pics:

Poor quality videos of the pool from my camera, sorry:

Sep 7, 2007

Internet People

Should I be concerned that I have seen every stinkin one of these vids out there on the internets...

Internet People - Watch more free videos

What Would Flannery Do?

The always excellent Flannery Alden has agreed to be interviewed by me. This is somewhat like Forrest Gump interviewing Shakespeare, and she was kind enough not to point out my ridiculous questions!

And get this - she promises a photo of the new "do"!

So go check out the exchange here!

Sep 5, 2007

Samuel L Jackson: The Comeback

Samuel comes back to pee wee football, and whoever did the voice of the NFL (John Facenda) nailed it!

Something to watch

These past couple of Tuesday evenings I have caught a show on ABC called iCAUGHT (no pun intended). I saw an ad for it and it sounded kind of interesting to me.

It is about the video revolution going on around us, how often we are all caught on video, and how the distinction between TV and internet video is blurring.

Some of it is a bit lame, they have to assume that the folks out bumfuck Missouri aren't up on those internets yet, but there are some good stories as well.

The show synopsis is here.

To me, the best part of the show, and what I am writing all of you about, comes at the end. The host, Bill Weir, asked everyone watching to send in 3 words. Just 3 words about their life, whatever, and the put together a montage that was amazingly moving to me. There are 2 of these montages posted here, do yourself a favor and watch them. Let me know if they affect you also, or if my emotions are just running a bit too close to the surface.

Then leave a comment in 3 words!

Here are 3 words for you all:

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Sep 3, 2007

Whatever it is, it's UGLY

A lady in Cuero, Texas thinks she might have found the body of the legendary, bloodsucking Chupacabra. Phylis Canion found the body last month outside her ranch, which has big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin.

Know what I think it is? I think it's the legendary father of Sam, winner of the worlds ugliest dog contest!