Wednesday, August 31
- Weird thing: I ran into a guy this weekend whom I haven't seen in (according to him) 5 years. (No, that's not the weird part.) He then proceeded to tell every guy I talked to that I was his future wife, and not to talk to me. That's the weird---and slightly scary---part of the story. There's more but I'm afraid to mock him in case he starts stalking me, and I don't get the last laugh.
- Less weird thing: I just had to wait in line for gas... for the first time ever. It was $2.89 at the Exxon, and $3.19 down the street at Circle K. Yikes!! Wish I had a hybird version of mycar (which they came out with the year after I bought mine, new).
- Weirder thing: I got a classmates.com email last week from a guy I graduted with, who didn't attend our high school reunion 2 years ago, therefore I probably haven't seen this guy since graduation. We only ever corresponded by desk in school (which I guess is another weird thing). He is now in the military---which is the weirdest of all---and when I knew him he was one of the strangest, quietest, smartest guys in school. If they'd had a Least Likely to Join the Military superlative, he'd have won. Now I feel like I should write him back, though I don't know if the fact that he's stuck in Iraq has anything to do with it or not. Maybe I should give him a link here for fun?
- Non-weird thing: I had only 2 classes today, which is werid for me but not so much so if you're not me. Tomorrow I will have the other 3 classes in a marathon of about 5 hours. Woo-hoo! Tough getting the old attention span revved up for that one. Also strange is that I am more tired on the days with fewer classes than the days with more.
Tuesday, August 30
Monday, August 29
The Bush administration said it was considering whether to use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in response to any supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005 after swirling through the Gulf of Mexico. The petroleum stockpile consists of more than 700 million barrels of crude oil stored in underground salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas. --APUPDATE: I re-re-added the picture Blogger was stopping you from seeing before. And I was just thinking... a friend of mine (who my last bf called a socialist) said this weekend that he hopes gas prices here go thru the proverbial roof, at least as high as in Europe, so that perhaps Americans will quit buying SUVs and driving when we could walk or bike. I am afraid I'm guilty of the latter sin of driving more than I should. I think I'm fearful of my environment, and the car offers a metal layer of protection from crime. Or maybe it's like an addiction, something you want to stop--you keep telling yourself you can quit anytime, you'll bike to work next week, when it's not so hot/stops raining/is warmer than today. And you never do.
Sunday, August 28
- Not to make any post so long that it will bore you to tears.
- Not to apologize for neglecting my blog. I'm sure you care even less for my excuses than I can imagine.
- Never ever to blog gruesome details of my personal illnesses. (Unless it's funny in some way, maybe.) I'm sure just saying "I felt like crap" is a good enough reason to take a break.
- Not to get too political on y'all. You get that everywhere.
- To never reveal my secret identity elsewhere first. Of course, if you're here you probably know my secret identity already & that's why you're reading (except for random googlers).
Friday, August 26
Thursday, August 25
The movie is 2% jazz, 98% funky stuff! It is the story of New Orleans and its legendary musicians, who composed and performed songs that changed the world of music, influencing the course of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. It features the best of New Orleans’ musicians, plus special guests Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards. Artists featured in the documentary include Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, The Neville Brothers, Snooks Eaglin and Walter “Wolfman” Washington.However, although I will definitely be back in time for the 311 show at Mud Island on Sun. night, I doubt I'll make it down there. I'm not excited enough to deal with the crowds at a general admission show. I am lazy. I don't want drunk people sitting practically on top of me, like happened last time I was down there (years ago). Stoners are okay, though. It seems all my b!tching about all the good shows going to outlying areas has finally paid off this fall. We'll be seeing the N Miss Allstars and Lyle Lovett in the same weekend next month, which sort of makes up for MeatLoaf at the casinos (shouldn't he be dead by now?). I wish everyone a good weekend, during which I should be back to updating you on my exciting world. Danke schon. UPDATE! I have fixed the link & the misspelling (the only one I found) on this post. [Thanks, Charly!] See also the recent Rolling Stone story on the N MS Allstars. Looks like they're playing some pretty decent-sized venues all around the country. I wonder where they'll encounter the greatest number of Cocks hats?
Monday, August 22
1 can of broth (veggie) 1/4 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried parsley 7 potatoes, quartered 1 tbs cornstarch 2 tbs water Pour broth, thyme, parsley and potatoes in a medium pot. Bring it to a boil and reduce to low heat. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender; drain, reserving broth. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and water; add to broth and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture thickens into a sauce. Serve sauce over potatoes.That will be served with supper tomorrow. Yummy! I like being a family cook. Occasionally....
Friday, August 19
Thursday, August 18
- As I have already noted, I can alter my entire mood with music (quite a useful trick).
- I am the obsessive type, musically. I latch onto something and listen to it every day for a week, or weeks, depending on how good it is---then never again. Or years later.
- Right now I am obsessing over Imogen Heap, thanks to EJ's radio blog.
- When I was little, I listened to Led Zeppelin & my dad said they stole from blues & country. I was so disillusioned by that---until I understood years later that great musicians build on those who have come before them. They stand on the shoulders of giants, as it were.
- My favorite Elvis song: Suspicious Minds.
- My favorite Stevie Wonder song: Superstition.
- I'm excited that Big Star is making a comeback. I kinda missed them first time around as I am (incredibly) too young to have been in that scene. And, growing up in KnoxVegas, we all listened to Southern Rock and The Cure around then.
- My last greatest hits cd purchase was The Cure.
- I think I'm going to be ultra-trendy and go see The Cry Room at the P&H Cafe weekend after this, since I missed the $60- Duran Duran show. (That is, ultra-trendy for a high schooler.)
- Buying Kings of Leon tickets made my day. Going to Nashvuille this weekend for the show & a visit with some friends. Yee-haw!
Wednesday, August 17
Video-gamers say blacks are too often shown as thugs Atlanta - ..."It's been said that a bunch of nerdy white guys are creating these games," Armstrong said. "The problem with a bunch of white guys creating the games is that the story isn't being created with balance."Well, yeah, and what about women of all races and ethnicities? I am absolutely sickened by the Japanese cartoon porn ads I see on Something Awful in a way that I don't feel about women legitimately posing for, and making money from, real life porn. Those video games and other exaggerated, airbrushed, drawn and otherwise falsified images of women disgust me. Have a nice day. [LINK]
Tuesday, August 16
Rocker Tommy Lee is glad he chose alcohol when his ex-wife Pamela Anderson asked him to choose between her and drink - because his fans would have been disappointed if he ditched his wild lifestyle. The former Baywatch beauty's father was an alcoholic, so she begged the Motley Cure star to stop getting drunk, because it brought back unhappy memories. But he refused to shatter his rock 'n' roll reputation. He explains, "Here's the deal. Her father was an alcoholic so she's very sensitive about it. She'd freak out hearing an ice cube hit a glass. " From the stories she's told me I think her father was pretty crazy and I reminded her of that. "I didn't want to give up drinking because I believe I can have moderation in my life. I did give up for a year, but I felt my fans would be disillusioned if they met their favourite rock star and he was drinking Evian."And we're glad, too, Tommy, we're glad, too. (I'm using this pic again just cause I can. He looks hotter than a grasshopper at a BBQ on the 4th of July.) [LINK]
Monday, August 15
Saturday, August 13
Funny Fundamental #1: The Bait-and-Switch... "... Step one: Deliberately misinterpret something your date says. Step two: Answer with a statement that's a play on what they've said. For example, your date may ask, 'How do you like the scones?' (the bait). Your response: 'I don't know; I've never seen The Scones in concert. Are they good?' (the switch). ... If your date laughs, it means they have a sense of humor and they're a keeper. If not, they think you're a bonehead and will do the breaking up for you." [Also makes for a painfully awkward date, esp. when this is not your natural sense of humor. Ugh!] Funny Fundamental #2: The Callback "Show your date that you're able to laugh at your mistakes — and bring back a funny moment throughout the night — with a technique called 'the callback.' ... A word of warning: Use this technique only three times in the night—after that, the joke gets old, and there's a fine line between hilarious and just reminding your date you messed up." [I hate this guy already. I think I can respect someone who mispronounces a word by accident, thoughnot deliberately and repeatedly.] Funny Fundamental #3: Character Voices "... We're not talking about Daffy Duck impressions—stick to mimicking characters in your story. ... And don't worry if you can't master an accent or if it's not a good impression—it's the effort that counts! However, don't risk trying an impression of your date while on the date. Save that for years down the road." [WARNING! Do not try this on the pre-sex dates! It will backfire, truuust me.] Funny Fundamental #4: The Save "A 'save' is when you create an awkward situation by accident and then alleviate your blunder by saying something funny. For instance, you might go on a 10-minute tirade about how much you loathe Billy Joel only to have your date tell you she's seen him in concert 14 times. At this point you may be tempted to apologize, but don't. You said what you said—equivocating just makes you look weak. To 'save' this situation, you need to take your argument to absurd proportions, and say something like, 'Obviously you're unaware that Billy Joel cheated my entire family out of our fortune.' This renders the whole conversation ridiculous, and therefore harmless." [Ok, not much I can say here, except a tirade may not be in order, but then again neither is a date with someone who's obsessed with Billy Joel. Let's move on to #5.] Funny Fundamental #5: The "Yes, And…" Tactic "The 'yes, and...' is simply building on a statement your date makes in order to move the conversation to an absurd new level. For example, if your date takes one look at the restaurant bill and says it's so high he'll have to rob a bank to cover it, don't just let his comment sit there. Take it one step further by saying, 'Sure, robbing a bank sounds like a good idea—and there's one just down the block. How about I drive the getaway car?' If, however, you aren't digging the guy, definitely don't 'yes, and...' his offer for a second date. End the improv scene right there!" [This bank-robber shtick would scare me, but so would a guy who offers to pay & then bitches about the bill. Ix-nay.]I guess the key is that if you have to read tips online about how to be funny, you should know right then & there that you are not funny. Please do not try to be; those of us with any sense of humor will not be fooled. Or entertained. Why do I read this crap? I don't even have a date possibility. Boys are all gross. Maybe they're just gross cause it's summer & they'll get cuter with football season + bourbon.
Friday, August 12
Thursday, August 11
Wednesday, August 10
Tuesday, August 9
- I offered to help her Sunday & she called me THREE HOURS LATE! Bitch.
- I offered once again to help her tonight, and she's not returned my fucking phone call. Bitch.
Monday, August 8
Doctors took a salivary gland from a young patient's mouth and put it into her eye in the hopes of replacing her tears, and improving her chances of getting a cornea transplant.I don't think it's called a salivary gland anymore if it's making tears. I wonder how they get the ducts all lined up & stuff. What if you're watering your eyes with spittle? I suppose it doesn't matter if you're legally blind.
Dr. Randal Paniello took a saliva gland from her mouth and transplanted it so it now drains into her right eye. If it works, Sierra could then have a cornea transplant and see again. ... "She's all healed. She did great!" says Dr. Paniello.Yeah she's healed, except that she's still blind, of course. And why did they have to do this rare surgery in the first place? Oh, yeah, because of drugs they put her on in the first place.
Sierra Guillen lost the ability to make tears after a severe allergic reaction to a seizure medication about two and a half years ago. Her eyes are now so dry, she's extremely sensitive to light, always rubbing them. And her corneas are so scarred she's become legally blind, able to see only colors and shapes.Just take this as an example of what your doctors can do for you: Would you rather be legally blind or risk a seizure? Please, get a second opinion before ever having any surgery.
Sunday, August 7
- Argue why a 6-month waiting period should be introduced into TN's marriage laws
- Write an essay using the feminist methodology of criticism (American, French, or British) on Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Hurston's "Sweat"
Friday, August 5
I wish I could say I think it's a shame, but in retrospect I do believe they've sort of done all they can do with it. Except for Paul Mooney's stuff & the Ask a Gay Dude bits. The absolute best sketch was the first one from the first episode of the first season; for those of you who don't remember it, or have the DVD, it was the black 'white supremacist' guy, based on Dave's grandfather. Check Charlie out in Roll Bounce due out this fall [watch the trailer].
TV Guide: What is the status Chappelle's Show's third season? (Titular host Dave Chappelle went AWOL in May, bringing production to a halt.} Will it ever air? Murphy: Nah, not on television. We shot over half the season, man. Season 3 is ready. But if they're not going to show it right now... when? Are they going to show it next year?
TV Guide: What do you think Comedy Central will do with the eight episodes that have already been shot? Murphy: I don't know. They had a big screening where they looked at the episodes and everyone was happy with what they had. They have possession of it. [My guess is] it'll go straight to DVD and they'll say, "Here's the Season 2 DVD for sale for Christmas — and it [will have] Season 3's unseen footage."
TV Guide: So is that it for Chappelle's Show? Murphy: Chappelle's Show is over, man. Done. ... I'm disappointed it ended the way it did, but I'm not angry with anybody. Chappelle's Show was like the Tupac of TV shows. It came out, it got everybody's attention, it was a bright shining star, but it burned out and for some strange reason, it burned out quick. ... [LINK]
Thursday, August 4
Wednesday, August 3
|Basra blogger murdered Steven Vincent, who wrote about alleged corruption in UK-controlled Iraq, is killed .|
There are strong suspicions that Mr Vincent, who received numerous death threats, was murdered in an attempt to silence him. Four days before his death he had written an opinion piece in The New York Times in which he said that the police force in the British-controlled city had been heavily infiltrated by Shia Muslim extremist militias, who were responsible for carrying out hundreds of murders of prominent Sunni Muslims. Vincent was aware that his writing put him in danger. On July 9, he flagged up on his blog an article that he had written for the Christian Science Monitor about the religious parties who he said now dominated Basra. He wrote: "When you read this, keep in mind that for various reasons - not the least of which were safety concerns - the piece only scratches the surface of what is happening here."Well, it was only a matter of time before bloggers started getting treated like the rest of the media. Let this be a lesson to you bloggers out there.
- Start dating one of them. He will never again be your friend. Neither, perhaps, will his friends.
- Tell them what you really, really think of his new girlfriend. (I haven't tried this one yet, but I have friends who can vouch for it!)
- Start trying to "improve" him---wardrobe, nasty habits, diction, etc. Works like a charm.
- Get a boyfriend whom none of your guy friends likes. They will scatter like pigeons.
- Date a man who is posessive, or become posessive of one you're daing & justify your posessiveness by telling yourself you don't see male friends, so he shouldn't see female friends. It sounds fair when you put it like that, right?
- Introduce him to one of your girlfriends, fix them up, and wave goodbye. You may never be allowed to fraternize again (see rule #5; your friend may be this girl).
- Make him read your poetry. Your poetry is probably bad; most poetry is.
- Complain to him about your current boyfriend. You will feel guilty about it and he will become sick of it very, very quickly. Men are not like women in this way (you can beetch all you want to your gf's about bf's transgressions).
- Try to take him shopping. Make him tell you what he thinks of your outfits. Men will only do this if they really, really want to sleep with you. If he goes shopping with you more than once, beware: you're out of friend territory (see When Harry Met Sally).
- Sleep with a guy friend (fastest route to ending friendship).