After four visits to their office, one successful (and countless fruitless) phone call, two faxes and four emails over the course of almost seven weeks, my unemployment is finally going to come through! Whoo hoo! Of course, it's going to take ten business days for any of that money to get to me, but at least there's now a spark of hope that I can keep my car and stay out of debtor's prison.
Life is good.
Maybe now that there's no hurry anymore I can find a new job...
This coming Friday I will once again be celebrating the Anniversary of my 23rd Birthday. I would tell you which Anniversary it is, but then I'd have to kill you.
So, wish me all the best--the comments are right there, waiting for you. You want to. I know you do. Just click and type, it's that easy...
Meanwhile, I'm going to continue practicing my drinking. I had a beer Saturday night, bringing my year-to-date alcohol consumption up to two! whole! drinks! I will definitely have at least one drink on Friday, because I am a Party Animal!
Click. Type. I'm waiting.
I forgot to mention one of the things I most missed while camping at my sister's--my computer wallpaper!
My beautiful niece Angie is a new mother! Here's the cutie:
I got to hold him for half an hour, but only because my sister, the new Grandma, wasn't there. She's a baby hogger!
Happy Birthday to Harvey and Jennifer! And as long as we're on the subject, Ted's birthday was a couple of days ago, the Great and Powerful Pixy Misa's is in about a week (your results may vary due to that pesky international dateline), and Victor's natal anniversary is sometime around now, too.
So, I have a question for you all--what do you think your parents liked to do in December? (I was thinking an indoor sport... like bowling...)
Harvey reminded me in the comments to my previous post that today is my Blogiversary.
That means everyone must now tell me how terrific I am, and what a boost to the Blogosphere I have been.
I saw geese flying north today. Yay! It must be almost Spring!
Happy Birthday to me!
Yes, it is once again the anniversary of my 23rd birthday, and in case anyone remembered and wished to offer me felicitations I thought I would supply a handy location for it...
Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2008 is better than 2007....
The first of my nieces to wed did so this past weekend. Megan (my 3-year-old niece) caught the bouquet, so it may be awhile before the next niece-wedding...
Happy Birthday Pixy Misa! (That pesky International Dateline thing messes me up...)
Wow! This is my 1751st post! cool!
Anyway, today is a bridal shower for the first of my nieces planning to wed. I'm getting all verklempt...
John Ringo's A Deeper Blue was linked at Instapundit! I hope it helps sales, which in turn might encourage his publisher to exert a little pressure in regard to another sequel. This is the (counting on fingers) 5th book about my favorite terrorist-killin' ex-Navy SEAL, and they are all about as politically incorrect as you can get--no hand-wringing about "root causes," just target acquired...bang!
I would advise, however, that if you are at all prudish, you avoid reading the first four books in the series, since the Kildar .....um, likes women. A lot. He likes a lot of women, too. Sometimes explicitly.
Of course, if you're one of Harvey's readers, none of that kinky stuff will bother you...
Well, I've been tessed the last few days (tense and stressed) but yesterday I persuaded a friend of mine to take my Assistant Manager position, and, with a little arm-twisting, she agreed. Luckily, she has a husband with a good job, so she doesn't need work that pays an actual living wage; she's doing it mostly to get away from her kids for a couple days a week, which is about the only reason I'd find anyone halfway capable anyway (except for college students, but I've had two of those move on to better-paying jobs as it is). My friend, pre-momhood, has managed a gas station, been a retail clerk, a bookkeeper and an office manager, so the only real hurdle will be with the mechanical stuff, like threading projectors and making up movies, and if I could learn that, she certainly can.
I slept great last night...
I'm headed out to a Mother's Day cookout to celebrate my Mom and my three sisters who have provided me with adorable nieces and nephews...
I hope all you mothers have a nice day! :D
UPDATE: Well, I had fun today! After the cookout, a group of us went shooting! I fired a twelve-gauge shotgun (and missed the clay frisbee) and a 22 caliber target pistol (and hit the Pepsi can)! Woo hoo! The shotgun was heavy, and packed a jolt, but the pistol was fun and I fired about a dozen rounds. My nephew brought the guns and ammo, and he did the most shooting, but his 13 year-old sister was the best marksman with the pistol. He says she's a natural. He also shot with two rifles, one of which had 7.62mm (I think he said they were hollow points) ammunition, and it was loud! I may have to take up a new hobby, because I really enjoyed shooting...
Just in case
a) there's anyone who still doesn't know, and
b) one of them happens to drop by here...
Bill Whittle is back!
You can find the new, improved Eject, Eject, Eject here. (See, you don't even have to change your bookmarks!)
...to me! Yes, I turned 23 (again) yesterday. To celebrate, I took my niece Megan to IHOP for pancakes. I let her mom come along, too, and several of my siblings, their spouses, and assorted kids joined us as well.
I suppose some folks would think that taking a two-year-old to a restaurant is an odd idea of a good time. Personally, I find it hilarious. I was in a great mood the rest of the day!
Some collected Meganisms:
"I'm not a princess! I'm Megan! You're silly...."
"I colored my hand!"
"I'm hot. I'm sick. I need medicine and marshmallows."
There may be photos forthcoming...
Yes, the former Old Salt has turned 40!
In honor of the occasion, I have searched far and wide for the best picture of cleavage I could find for you... Enjoy!
Well, after arguing myself blue in the face (yes, that's a cliche, but I my brain seems to have a lot of holes in it lately, and I can't think of a more creative metaphor), the powers-that-be agreed to let me promote one of my cashiers to assistant manager. Yay! That means there won't be a vacuum in the power structure for six or eight weeks while I try to find someone from outside and teach them all the stuff my cashier already knows. Let's not mention the (thankfully averted) prospect of dozens of consecutive twelve-hour days that yours truly would have had to put in had not a qualified assistant been found before school gets out.
I will be working on my day off tomorrow, just to make sure that the new right hand woman doesn't have any questions or problems that she can't handle, but that's a small price to pay to avoid going it solo in the weeks to come.
It's nice when things work out occasionally...
Today is my blog's 3rd birthday! Hurray!
Who'd a thunk I'd stick with it this long?
Oh, sure, there have been occasional lapses when beal or brain cloud or just plain ole laziness have left calendar days unhighlighted, but by-and-large the blog is still breathing (and occasionally hyperventilating).
Thank you Pixy Misa, for reminding me that the big day was at hand...
Thank you, Harvey, for letting me vent when the Alliance membership gig makes me insane...
Thank you Jim and Victor and Tuning Spork and Paul and Josh and Ted and Tiger and Patriot Xeno and Citizen Grim and a bunch more bloggers that I am too lazy to link to right now, for stopping by occasionally, whether you left a comment or not...
And Thank You--yes, you--who are reading this at this very second...
Here's hoping that my 4th year of blogging is better than the previous ones (hey, I like having low expectations!)...
On behalf of my mother's Irish ancestors,
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Yay! It is once again time to rejoice in the fact that today marks the anniversary of my birth! In my honor, most banks and government offices will be closed today. You can, however, go see a movie...
Happy New Year's Eve! See you next year!
I'm headed out of town to one of my sisters' for our family gathering, and then afterward to work. I hope Santa brought you all great presents (except Harvey, of course--he's so naughty he probably has a collection of coal dating back to 1982....)
(Due to International Dateline issues, this is actually a bit early since the 20th is his big day. But, he'll have that much longer to enjoy it, won't he?)
In the extended entry, Your High Webmasterness...
Many Happy Returns, Dear Pixy!
Friday my cousin Brian called my Aunt Malen from Gautier. He made it through the storm, and the house lost a little of the roof and took some water, but it's still standing. A couple of hours later, my Aunt and Uncle got back, too--they had gone to Memphis, Tennessee to one of his cousins. There's no electricity, and it's hot as the dickens, but they have a phone. That means they can order pizza...
Thanks everyone for your good wishes and prayers!
(Yes, I know it'll probably be awhile before Domino's is delivering along the Gulf coast, but I'm giddy with relief...)
Only a few more days until the kids go back to school--which means the summer grind will be over, and I will once again get two days off a week! Yay! Plus, instead of operating noon to midnight daily, we will go back to being open those hours only on Saturdays. Yay! again. That means that starting Monday, I'll be going in around 3 (depending on the start time of the first show) and getting off around 10 (depending on the end time of the last show). Triple Yay! I need to get my dancing shoes polished....
Before I head into work I an going to indulge in my annual Independence Day tradition--watch 1776. The DVD version is a "restored" Director's Cut with at least a half hour more footage. It's a little jarring to be watching a movie you've seen so many times you have it memorized when suddenly there is something different--like in the Blues Brothers DVD where Elwood quits his job. On the one hand, it makes the movie fresh--at least until you've watched it a dozen more times. On the other, it's like running into an old friend who's had a nose job: familiar but askew....
The First Annual "Go Commando for Harvey" Day!
That's right, gentle readers--in honor of the Blogfather of the Bad Example Family, all bloggers and blog readers are urged to forego underpants today. I myself will be heading to work in a lovely multi-colored sundress, sans panties or even pantyhose, just for Harvey. I hope it's not too windy today...
Oh, and since Harv requested "toys" as his present, here's what I got him:
I have no idea what this is, but it sure sounds like something he'd like...
Everyone rush over and wish Tiger a Happy Birthday--and I do mean rush, since he's the Big Five Oh today, and once AARP gets their hands on him, he's probably going to start asking us for Senior Discounts and preferential pinging....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIG!
Happy Blogiversary to me! And Thank You to Harv for reminding me....When you hit two, memory is the first thing to go...
My Power Point and Excel spreadsheet are done; now I just need to finish my paper and turn it all in and I will be done with school. Hurray!
As soon as that's done, I will tell you the story of Lake Pepsi....
John Collins has his trackbacks enabled. I must ping him.
John likes college basketball. (I think. If he's talking about wrestling or hockey, somebody let me know...)
Was it good for you, John? It was good for me.
My FDNY calendar came yesterday. If you don't hear from me by Wednesday, send paramedics (preferably shirtless)...
Well, I have the day off, I'm caught up with my homework, and I've taken care of some routine phone calls I'd been putting off.
I'll be breaking out the Amber Bock shortly. Tomorrow: Hang-over blogging!
My DSL is back--Yay! I got my tax refund--Yay! I can pay for the new brake shoes on my car--Yay!
I have to go to work shortly--Not Yay.
Some days it's difficult to let the Yay!s outweigh the Not Yay!s...but since those are pretty good Yay!s, I'm going to give it a shot today.
As a reward for those of you who have read this far, let me direct you to someone who always has something interesting to say: Esther Wilberforce-Packard at Topic Drift. Strong Drink Alert in effect...
Comic strip "Superman" debuted (1939)
The British Museum opened in London (1759)
Peter Frampton released his platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive" (1976)
Actress Carole Lombard was killed in plane crash (1942)
The Shah fled Iran (1979)
General Eisenhower took command of the Allied Invasion Force in London (1944)
The last episode of Bonanza aired (1973)
Director John Carpenter was born (1948)
Ivan the Terrible was crowned tsar of Russia (1547)
Prohibition went into effect (1919)
Oh, and one more event of note...
Your Hostess again celebrates the anniversary of her 23rd Birthday, so break open the champagne!
Happy New Year's Eve! I will, of course, be working, so ya'll have a glass of champagne for me....
Hurry over there and see who won Top Underpants Gnome and Top BlogGod--you won't be disappointed...
Sunday is my long day at work--won't be home 'til midnight. So, due to intrinsic inability to figure out that international dateline/timezone stuff, I thought I'd rather be safe than sorry:
Happy Birthday, Pixy Misa!
Only a couple more days until the summer "grind" schedule is over--Yay! I'll go back to actually getting TWO days off every week! And even though I'll have to start going in at 3 on Saturdays instead of 6, it more than equals out with that extra free day, and working 3-12 instead of 12-12 on weekdays...
Hurray for me!!!!
I have a new niece! Hurray! I have a new Assistant Manager! Hurray! I have the day off! Hurray!
Off I go to see the new niece, Megan Sierra, on my day off, thanks to a new Assistant Manager.
Screw profdan--life is good!
UPDATE: Little Meg is adorable! She weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz and is 20" long. I will begin her Barbie collection today.....
But its destructive powers can also be harnessed for good; for example, it makes really tasty bar-b-q...
Into the cleansing flames of the Bonfire we gleefully toss the following:
And no cook-out is complete without dessert...
Next week's round up of the worst of the blogosphere will be immolated at King of Fools. Be there! And wear your "Kiss the Cook" apron........
Once again, the mere act of emailing Pixy fixes my blog. Reverend Pixy has healed me! Hallelujah!
Happy Blogiversary Frank J!!!!
Black Insano Project--Best In My World post ever! ("Get the red dot, Helen! Get it!")
Anyone who doesn't link to Frank today is a poopy butt!!!!
Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans! Somebody throw a bratwurst on their grill for me, since I'll be in the Technology Free Zone™ from noon 'til midnight today, ensuring the nation's right to second run movies for only $1.
And I'll have some potato salad while you're at it....
Whoooo Hoo!!!! Somebody needs to give Tuning Spork a medal (for starting the discussion), and make up an honorable mention for Stephen (for posing the question) and the Emperor (for rallying the troops) because, thanks to their efforts
Muhahahaha!!!!! Thanks to the efforts of Munuvians Jennifer and CD, and co-conspirators Tiffany and Nony Mouse (with a little help from their friends), Harvey must now accept the longstanding invitation to go munu!
We'll be gentle, Harv...(until you beg otherwise--and you will!)
It had completely slipped my mind, and I hate it when guests drop by and there's no Easy Cheese in the pantry! It reflects so poorly on my hostess skills. Well, I have one hour before I have to leave to begin my twelve hour work day, so perhaps I can whip something up out of this wilted lettuce and that half box of Trefoils before the guests start behaving like extras in Dawn of the Dead...
After one year, I still love Frank J. But my cyber crushes have grown to include just about every guy (and a few gals, too) listed on my sidebar. In fact, my "regular reads" have gone from about five blogs to near fifty, and it seems like every day a great new blogger comes along. There just aren't enough non-work hours in the day to keep up with my favorites and have a life in the "real'" world. Some days this makes me sad--all that wonderful writing going unread! Or, as often as not, read but uncommented upon...I wish I had the time and creative energy to compose a wonderfully insightful comment for every post I read, so the blogger in question knows I appreciate the effort they went to for me...
Blogging is not a solitary activity. It is a community activity that entertains, informs, outrages, enlightens and even improves the human condition. I am extremely grateful to be a part of such a group, and I owe my success, such as it is, to the single most thoughtful, generous, selfless, hilarious, brilliant, and geekly man I know, Pixy Misa of Ambient Irony. He rescued me from the Slough of Despond (aka Bogsplot) and the rest, as they say, is my own fault...
Now--where are my presents????
Well, after a short nap I arose refreshed and tackled my final paper. The almost-final draft is printing now for final proof-reading after it has fermented a bit. Whew! Another class closer to my M.S.! Yay! My next one starts April 26th, so I have about two weeks of carefree freedom. Yay! again. The kids go back to school on Monday, so we'll go back to our regular 4pm opening time until summer recess. Yay! thrice. If I didn't have to be to work "early" (11am) tomorrow, I would have a beer to celebrate...
March 22, 2004___________________________________35 cents
For the moment, I am alone in #1 place in the basketball pool. Cool!
In honor of my Irish ancestors (and a horrific day at work) I am blogging with my trusty beer glass to hand. It did contain Newcastle Brown Ale, but alas! I drank it all down. It's very smooth. And, because I do not drink as often as my Irish blood would wish, I am not immune to the effects of a small quantity of alcohol...translation: I'm buzzed on one glass.
But hey, that's more for me, right?
So I now have started my next and last glass, which I will nurse. If I can. It tastes really good. And it was only a pint bottle anyway, so two glasses is all she wrote. Sigh....
Anyway, this is my 800th post. Yay! Sometime soon I intend to blog about the arena football game I attended, and do my Alliance "homework," but first, a whine:
Don't you hate it when you try to fix a problem and that causes two more problems and before you know it you've forgotten what it was you were trying to fix in the first place, and then you find the keys after all? I do too.
There's actually more to that story, but the room is slightly akilter. Oddly, I seem to be a better typist than when I am sober. Or do I just think I am? This is why I do not drink very often--because when one is blotto, one loses one's sense of proportion. And frequently items of apparel.
Silly spell-check! doesn't think "akilter" is a word! I bet it doesn't know cattywhompuss either!!!! Ha ha! I was right!!! Silly spell check!!!
I am typing very well for someone whose lips are numb....
Hey! Where'd my beer go? Dang!
Don't worry--it's my weekend eve, and I am already home so I don't have to drive. I think I should probably drink more often, so that I
...to me!!! Yep, it's once again the anniversary of my 23rd birthday, a date I have been celebrating for longer than I dare to admit. Despite the fact that I am under the weather I have every intention of bailing out of work early tonight to attend the big family bash for the January babies (two nieces and two nephews also have birthdays this month), and I will try to avoid too much hugging and kissing (we are a very huggy/kissy family--if I bump into one of my sisters at CVS an hour after we saw each other visiting mom, we kiss...) so as to avoid contaminating my family with this evil virus.
My brother PK is hosting, since two of the celebrants are his step kids, and rumor has it that there will be taco salad and birthday cake. Yummy!
I managed to get the kids presents before I got sick again, thank goodness. I have not been up to shopping these past three days.
Anyway, time to sing "Happy Birthday" to myself...you're welcome to join in if you want. Then I should get my beauty sleep...we 23-year-olds need to take care of ourselves!
Merry Christmas, Everyone!!! And if you are offended by those three words, tough beans!!! Go read somebody else's blog....
In fact, not only do I celebrate Christmas, I like fruitcake. Not all fruitcakes are delicious, of course, just as not every bowl of chili is; I'm sure I have tasted as many unpalatable bowls of chili as I have slices of fruitcake. Even so, this made me laugh:
Even though I like fruitcake, I realize that there are some people who don't, just as there are probably people who don't like chili (which is un-american, if you ask me, but since you didn't we won't go into that...). However, if you are one of those people who, unbeknown to me, dislikes fruitcake, and I offer you a slice, is that offensive behavior on my part? Or is it rather common courtesy? After all, what if fruitcake is your favorite food in the whole wide world, and I plop down in front of you with a delicious golden fruity/nutty just the right hint of brandy (or rum) slice of cake and scarf it down without offering to get you any? That would be grounds for taking offense I think.
So, Merry Christmas to Everyone! Can I offer you a slice of fruitcake?
Sorry for the light posting--I've been franticly cleaning so Santa doesn't trip over the piles of unread books and break his neck (although if he did, would I get to keep all the presents he hadn't delivered yet? ...hmmmm...).
...my foray into the craziness of Christmas shopping, and the checkbook actually succumbed before the back did. Yay! I think a short nap, followed by a marathon gift-wrapping session (requisite Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CDs played just slightly louder than really necessary and a steaming mug of hot cocoa to hand) is on tonight's program.
I'll probably be typing more to myself later....
Another day of nothing to blog about--well, plenty of things to talk about, but nothing of interest to anyone other than myself. However (whine alert!!!), judging by the comments (read comments, lack of, page 42, paragraph 3, of the Blogger's Emergency Manual) I'm the only one who reads this anyway, so what the heck...
I'm going to be an aunt again!!! Yay!!!! I had been firmly convinced that my next opportunity to shop for adorable little newborn gowns and cute stuffed plush elephant rattles was going to be when the honorific of "Great Aunt Susie" was bestowed upon me by one of my (hopefully already post-high school) nieces or nephew. Imagine my surprise and delight to discover yesterday that one of my sisters has decided she's tired of waiting for said nieces (or nephew) to provide the requisite baby-shopping excuse and take care of it herself. Yay! I forsee a Discovery Toys© Party in the future...
Scrooge The owner of the theater has decided that the last show on Christmas Eve will start at 3pm, and the first show on Christmas Day will start at 7pm. "Yay!" again! Of course, since I won't get another day off until sometime next year because school is out until after New Year's, I'll probably crawl back under the covers after I have checked out Santa's offerings on Christmas morning and sleep until I have to go to work on the first day of Christmas.
Now the toilet in the other men's rest room is possessed! Last night (after "normal" business hours, of course) it decided to go into permanent flush mode. The employees had fun dropping things into it and watching them disappear. I put a stop to it when they got to wadded-up paper-towel balls the size of a snowglobe--we have enough plumbing problems without blocking up the sewer....I left my Assistant a note to call a plumber (Muh ha ha ha !)
As Pixy Misa said about the most recent oil shortage, this was a "repeat". Lately all my work disasters seem to be replays of prior disasters (we had two brain-wraps in three days' time last week, the first in months) which is why I haven't blogged about them. But there's a sort of Catch-22 here--as tedious as it is to keep having to deal with the same problems over and over, it would be foolhardy to wish for new and more exciting disasters just for blogfodder.
I have to finish up my Christmas shopping today (or tomorrow) since these are my last two days off until Christmas. It'll be a race to see which gives out first--my back or my checking account!
Everyone's favorite commentor, Mike the Marine, finally has his own blog!!!! Everyone stop by there and tell him "Yay!" (the traditional Munuvian welcome).
I am up at this ridiculously early hour because I have to make the mashed potatoes for the family feast. There may be more blogging once I am replete with turkey and dressing...or there may be napping instead. Life's unpredictable.
I got home from work, had pizza and a beer, and I'm going to sleep in tomorrow...yep, it's my weekend! Yay!
Tomorrow I'll link Daniel and Silver Blue and Madfish Willie and BigStick and The Bonfire. I might even do some laundry. Yep, it's gonna be exciting around here. Heck, I may even try to reconstruct the post I lost this morning...
Right now, though, I'm going to check on my clock radio and see if the Space Aliens have been back.
If you need something to read, check out Otto...he's pretty important.
Well, I ran (actually drove) up to Office Depot and bought a new keyboard. Now I have to get used to it! It's shaped a little differently than my old one, it seems to tilt down toward the back even with the little feet up, and the keys have a different resistance than my old one. I think there are a couple buttions in different places, too. Sigh....ever notice how the older you get, the harder it is to deal with change?
But, on the bright side, it works!
Trey--thanks for blogrollin' me, dude!
Nick--There seem to be two story threads going! Way cool!
UPDATE: MT seems to be having issues this morning! Dang it! The trackbacks aren't going through....
I'll keep trying though (and hope Trey didn't break anything when he turned his on..... ;)
Well, I was just going to post a ramble about various and assorted minutiae, but noticed that this is my 500th post and thus I feel the need to do something special.
(insert tastefully done photo of my cleavage here)
Luckily Unfortunately I have to go to work, so I will be unable to provide him with the link-love he so annoyingly naturally whimpers for requests.....
Bill, in honor of your blogaversary, check out these puppies:
Now, the praise--um.....for a guy with ball gout, you don't smell too bad?
Munuvia's own DFMoore just left comment number 1000 on my blog!
Next milestone: MT entry # 500....I'll keep you posted.
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Victor
Happy Birthday to you !
Happy Birthday Pixy Misa!
Pixy is 11 years old today, although his inner child has turned 7. For anyone who is new here, he is the Keeper of the Templates and Lord High Poo Bah of the land of Munuvia (pictured here). Munuvia is the first country to have its own blog, where all citizens have access (should they choose to use it-- Collins, you slacker!).
All Hail the bestestness of Pixy Misa! Yay!
Now if we could just find that slacker Collins....
Happy Birthday to you,
HappyBirthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Jennifer,
Happy Birthday to you!
Just for you, Jen..a little beefcake for your big day....
But let's not forget Harvey, who is also having a birthday!
Harvey, cheesecake just for you!
What I find interesting about that is that 5 of my 11 employees also have September birthdays, and yet in my enormous [24 not counting step-children(4) and step-grandchildren (2)] immediate family we have birthdays every month of the year EXCEPT September....
Ok, I guess it wasn't all that interesting after all...
Hurray!!!!!!!!!! We're not showing matinees during the week anymore!!!!! This means I can go back to 9 hour days instead of 13 hour days at work! Yay!!!
Man, my "weekend" just flew by....two days off in a row and I still didn't get anything done! With Labor Day weekend coming up and showtimes starting an hour earlier than normal, I will have to work harder that ever to find blogging time. Then Tuesday, classes start. Oh joy.
So, I'm gonna party like it's 1999 tonight! Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music....
Items for celebrating:
JenLars is a Munuvian!!!! Hurray!!!!!
Rocket Jones is a Munuvian!!!!!! Hurray!!!!
Tiger won his court case!!!!! Hurray!!!!!
Frank got more hate mail!!! Hurray!!!!
The Alliance Speciality Blog is up!!! Hurray!!!
PAUL IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!! Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tim is back from his illness (monkeypox, as determined by reader poll)!!!!! Hurray!!!!! [and posting like he's leaving the country soon or something....]
Oh, and one more thing to celebrate.....
Frank put me on his blogroll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His real blogroll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll never call him Ethel again! (except, of course, in the course of my war against against him as a member of the original Axis of Naughty--not those Evil, cool-name-borrowing instaminions against whom I am waging ceaseless war on behalf of the Alliance of Free Blogs).
Whoo Hoo! I had a whopping 8 visitors at 1pm today! Must have been the "lunch rush".
*Well, I figured since August is coming to a close I'd better do something to indicate I am as traffic obsessed as some people....
...and the people did feast upon the lambs, and sloths, and carp and orangutangs...
Yippee!!!! Hurray!!!!! Rejoice!!!!!!
The Netfix ad is no longer a banner at IMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, I was going to go to bed so I could get up early tomorrow and enjoy my "weekend" (aka "Tuesday") but I have to post again!
Laura Bush rules!
Back from the depths of bloglessness.....hurray! and thanks to Pixy Misa for jump-starting the server with only bailing wire and Q-tips. (I was crabby to the kids all day at work, despite my confidence that I would have my blogging restored...eventually. )
Thanks also to Bill and Tiger for letting me blog in their comments. Now I have to go see what's happened in the world of blogging today...
Harvey won group F! The bad news: he can't have the cool losers logo that someone is going to design for me (yet).
The site meter just kicked over past the 2K mark.... (at this rate I'll catch up with Tiger sometime in 2017!)
John Collins is off Bogsplot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Drat! Now I have to put on my waders and beekeeper's helmet and head into my main template to change his address....)
Oh, and John...turn on your trackbacks so I can ping you, ok? That's half the fun!
(Great..I just remembered I have to change John's links at the test blogs too...)
Looks like Queasy and Odious have finally bit the dust. Personally, I would rather have seen a long, drawn-out trial and consecutive life sentences for every person they maimed, tortured, or killed, hopefully in an Iraqi "re-education school". Oh, well. Eternity as Satan's love slaves will have to do....
Somebody tossed a twenty into the tip jar!!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!! whoever you are........the laptop fund is now underway!
This is so cool.......you have made my day!
(See, I guess there are philanthropists reading my blog....)
The tax cut finally showed up on my paycheck!!!!! It was a whopping $1.25!!!!! That comes to (add the multiplier, subdivide by the number of days) FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH!!!!!!!
Yippie!!!!!!! One more pack of cigs a month for Susie!!!!!!!!!!!
Loyal Reader Pete has correctly identified 9 of the ten movie quotes! And he got the bonus quote!!!!!
(Pete, you must immediately rent Monty Python and the Holy Grail.....)
What would be a suitable prize? Would you like some lovely splat postcards?
Due to the overwhelming success of my last contest, (three entries!) we are going to do it again. Only this time, all you have to do is identify the movies. (I am dumbing down my tests…unbelievable…next thing you know I'll be letting you take it 3 or 4 times!)
Anyway, please identify the movie from which the following quotes came:
1."Have fun stormin' the castle!"
2."I killed the boss. You think they're not going to fire me for that?"
3."It's true. This man has no dick."
4."What I object to is that he automatically treats me as an inferior."
5."Did ya get the memo…?"
6."Then I'm putting them on double secret probation!"
7."Do you mean, like, flaming?"
8."That's right. I had the lasagna."
9."Sometimes I just think funny things."
10."I hate Illinois Nazis."
Four of these movies were also quoted in the previous contest.
As always, if you or any member of your team is caught or killed--I mean, whoever answers the most correctly the soonest will a prize of little or no monetary value, yada yada yada.
Good Luck! Send your answers to GevKaffeeGal [at] att [dot] net. Or just leave them in the comments--that way you can all cheat off of each other and won't have to worry about googling them.....
Bonus quote: "I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress." Everyone who answers the bonus quote correctly (regardless of the accuracy of your other responses) will receive, um, something suitable.
Just so that I don't forget to link to Frank on his one-year blogging anniversary on Wednesday, July 9th, I am going to write this congratulatory epistle and date it for two days hence!!!!!! Muh hah hah....
Happy Anniversay Frank!!!!!!!
I have decided to let the winning entry speak for itself.....
"Can't find the first one to save my life. I think it's enough for the win, tho.
2. Murder by Death, James Coco
3. Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Terry Jones.
4. Noises Off, Michael Caine
5. The Fifth Element, Bruce Willis
6. Airplane!, Lloyd Bridges
7. Jaws, Roy Scheider
8. Young Frankenstein, Madeline Kahn
9. The Blues Brothers, John Candy
10. Night Shift, Henry Winkler
Honorable Mention goes to:
2. Murder by Death, James Coco
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Jones
5. The Fifth Element, Bruce Willis
6. Airplane!, Lloyd Bridges
7. Jaws, Roy Scheider
8. Young Frankenstein, Madeline Kahn
9. Blues Brothers, John Candy
10. Night Shift, Henry Winkler
Incidentally, I cheated on 2 and 10. I do need to get
And a Participation Acknowledgement to Loyal Reader Pete, who wrote:
"I got only 4. I recognize some of the others but I ca't place them.
6 - airplane - Lloyd Bridges
7 - Rugrats go wild - Charles Fenster ( I know that this probably isn't right
but it was in that movie)
8 - young Frankenstein - Madliane Kahn
10 - night shift - Henry Winkler
Too bad you didn't have some stuff in there from Caddy shack or Stripes."
Tsk tsk...that pesky # 1: "Lady Gloria, you are the only woman...at this table."
was uttered by the late Dudley Moore in the title role of "Arthur".
Victor is now my new brother. He has 5 new sisters (including me), two new brothers, 4 nephews, 7 nieces, some additional parents and myriads of in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles, all anxious to borrow money from him.
But wait, there's more! he is also entitled to this lovely prize!
As a consolation prize, nor bizness will be added to my blogroll, as soon as I get a new mag-lite, which I dropped somewhere in the vicinity of the calendar script while fleeing a nasty looking spider.
Loyal Reader Pete gets the awesome privilege of seeing his name in bold on my blog.
I believe I have mentioned before (though now that I think of it, it was probably at the old address) that for the past several years I have been employed by companies that believe "open 7 days a week, 365 days a year" is something to brag about--or at least adhere to.
Anyway, this means that odds are, if it's a national holiday, I'm working hard to provide you with your entertainment needs.
It also means that it has been a few years since I celebrated the 4th by attending parades, picnics or fireworks (I really miss the latter--I'm a big fan of fireworks, at least the kind detonated by professionals from atop the city's highest building, not the kind that idiots injure themselves using).
So I have my own way to celebrate our country's Independence: every year, on the 4th, I watch 1776.
Do not say anything bad about this movie to me! I know there are historical inaccuracies, dramatic license, whatever. I don't care. This movie reminds me, every year, of why we celebrate the 4th of July. It personalizes the Founding Fathers and makes history animate.
In 1776, John Adams is "obnoxious and disliked." Ben Franklin is a randy old rascal. Thomas Jefferson is a homesick swain. John Hancock is a long-suffering optimist. George Washington is "the gloomiest man" in North America. Edward Rutledge, Judge Wilson, Reverend Witherspoon, Samuel Chase...they are all representative of the people, real people, who sacrificed so much to create a new Nation.
These men made good decisions and bad ones, wrangled over pronouns and adverbs, joked and argued with each other, and despite all their differences, somehow managed to come to the life-threatening decision to commit treason against the Crown and declare the colonies Independent of Great Britain.
This movie commemorates what was just one more step in a long series of events that led from Bunker Hill to the Constitution. But this was the pivotal step. This event, the signing of the Declaration Of Independence, was the point of no return.
I cry every time I watch this movie because it makes me proud to be an American. We may fight among ourselves, like siblings squabbling over a toy, but ultimately, we are united, thanks to these great men. Happy Independence Day, America!
Today is my two month anniversay of blogging, and to celebrate, I have used my "good for one free re-entry" card from NZ Bear to enter this week's New Blog Showcase. I almost entered the story about the concessions clerk being stuck on the roof, but since it's still over at blogspot.....(it's on my to-do list, ok! One of these days I will get my origins transferred!).
Anyway, Loyal Readers...do your duty!!!! Enter your blogs into the showcase so I have three decent ones to link to, ok? I would hate to get disqualified on a technicality....