February 29, 2008

If I have to scrape the snow off my car one more time I think I'm going to scream

I really don't have anything to say today, except that I fervently wish winter would just move along and leave us alone. I just wanted to post something because it's Leap Day.

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May 10, 2007

Phishers of Morons

They got the logos and appearance right, but as soon as I started reading I knew this was a scam:

We apologize if u had any trouble accessing our services. In the last month we have worked day and night, for the improvement of our services. We want to do our best, and make it as simple as possible for us, but especially for you, our valued customer. From the beginning of this year we have had a big number of solicitations and because of this it was necessary to replace the old database server with a new one, which has the information about our new clients, and where some of our clients are going to get moved. Please verify your information until May 15, 2007 and help us avoid the lock-out of your services. We require all old accounts to verify their information on file with us. To verify your billing now, please visit our secure server webform by clicking the hyperlink below:

I would parse this, correcting the grammer and punctuation errors, but Sir/Madam it is in the future likely that some persons having seach engines want to find right answers that are more correct than they have now. Nope, not gonna help 'em...

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September 18, 2006

Cup o' Joe

Bob tagged me, and since he normally doesn't indulge in that sort of behavior I figured it must be important to him--or maybe he was just feeling mischievious....


1) When did you first start drinking coffee?
I started quaffing the Beverage of the Gods when I was in high school. At first I would just sneak a cup now and then, but after awhile I began to brazenly indulge in front of the whole family.

2) Do you have any coffee-related incidents that you regret?
Actually they are all lack-of-coffee-related incidents, and despite therapy, I still can't talk about them.

3) Have you ever tried to give up coffee altogether?

4) Do you have complicated taste in coffee? That is, do you make an intentional attempt to purchase and drink certain kinds of coffee for political or olfactory/gustatory reasons?
I am exceedingly particular about my coffee. Many casual coffee drinkers (surprisingly like dilettante beer drinkers) seem to believe that light brown water is an acceptable form of the beverage. No. Good coffee, like good beer, tastes good, and if you are one of those people who professes to dislike either beer or coffee, you have probably never had the good stuff. In my opinion, most off-the-grocery-shelf coffee brand names taste like dirt; some of the specialty brands are ok, but my personal preference is for Gevalia coffee. I tried it via one of those "get this free" offers over a decade ago, and I still greet my shipment with delight every month.

5) Do you have any coffee-related incidents that are exceptionally nice?
I can't remember--I'm still drinking my morning coffee....

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March 21, 2006

You're Welcome

The comments seem to be down here at munu, so to answer Harvey's question, it's a Sandra Dee/Bobby Darrin movie called "If a Man Answers".

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December 01, 2005

December 1

So it's December 1. Now I have to flip my calender. Man, I hate it when I have to do stuff on my day off...

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November 18, 2005

Place Holder

...for a post to be written later....

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September 15, 2005


One of my brothers-in-law is having angioplasty this afternoon, so I'm a little distracted again. He's only 43. That seems to me to be way too young to be having heart problems, but my sister reminded me that his dad had a triple bypass at age 41 (and was told he could only expect to live 5 more years, but lasted over 20 more years) so it's a genetics and Type A personality thing, I guess.

Say some prayers for him, ok? My nieces need their dad...

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August 31, 2005

Word of mouth

My mom called her sister Melba, who had heard from their sister Muriel, who had talked to their sister-in-law Malen, who spoke to my cousin Brian in Gautier before the hurricane hit. That was too much removed from the source for me, so I called my Aunt Malen directly. She told me that my cousin said that his parents had headed to Louisana to stay in a motel, and his brother was in Florida, but that he intended to ride out the storm at home. I hope he wised up and left before the storm surge hit, because the videos show that Gautier is pretty much gone...

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July 31, 2005

Bull Winkle's Big Day

Archie Winkle earned his nickname of "Bull" by the age of three, more as a result of his innate stubbornness than any whimsy on his mother's part. "That boy is just bullheaded!" Winnie would often exclaim to her friend Vera on the telephone, after a long day of wrestling with her child's resistance to any promises, bribes or threats. "He wouldn't eat a bite of his supper until I put syrup on it. Syrup! On tuna and noodles!"

Archie's determination became legendary in the local school system when, in the 3rd Grade, he drove not only his teacher but the school's principal to tears with his steadfast refusal to surrender his Luke Skywalker action figure once show-and-tell was over (although, to be fair to Archie, it was more the fact that the rest of the class joined his sit-in and recess-boycott until he was allowed to finish his lecture on the finer points of light saber dueling, rather than Archie's initial reluctance to take his seat and put away his toy, that caused Principal Worth to lock herself in her office with two boxes of tissues and her bottle of Valium).

By the time he made his high school basketball team as the first string center--despite standing only 5'6" in custom-made platform sneakers--Bull was synonymous with steely single-mindedness in his town. Even the mayor decried the growth spurt that caused Archie to shoot up 5 inches the summer of his junior year, causing Bull to lose interest in the sport. "We would've made state," Hizzhonor had been heard to lament.

By the time Bull joined the Army, townsfolk had stopped being surprised by anything he did. When he moved back into Winnie's house after she passed away, the neighbors threw him a barbecue. And everyone carefully refrained from commenting on his obvious limp, at least within earshot.

There were rumors, of course. It was a small town, after all, and what other entertainment was available now that Ed's Bargain Bowl had closed down? Folks just didn't see the sense in driving 30 miles to get in a few frames (except on special occasions).

Bob Farmer swore that Bull had been a paratrooper and shattered his leg when he landed on rocky outcropping in the mountains of Afghanistan. Millie held forth to the breakfast crowd at her diner that Bull had been knee-capped when he refused to join a group of bad apples smuggling black market MREs. Will Hoover insisted that the limp wasn't real--that Bull was an undercover agent sent by the guv'ment to root out violations of the Patriot Act, and they could expect to be rounded up and shipped off to concentration camps any day now. (Will was the Chairman and sole member of the town's Green Party).

Apart from Bull himself, the only person in town who knew the truth about his injury was his "Aunt" Vera. Vera wasn't telling. Vera just smiled enigmatically whenever she heard the speculation, and changed the subject.

When Chief Sorensen had a massive coronary and died behind the wheel of his patrol car on his way to try and talk some sense into Bert Hoover (who was holding his brother at shotgun-point over a recycling dispute), no one was surprised when Hizzhonor appointed Bull the new Chief of Police. The town's three full-time and two part-time police officers breathed a sigh of relief. If anyone could handle the Town Council, it was Bull.

Within a week, the Council had approved the purchase of an additional patrol car. Within a month, the Department had a new computer. And by the time Bull's six-week anniversary rolled around, an additional part-time officer had been hired.

The day Bull was killed started like many another--with his feet up on his desk, coffee in one hand and Field and Stream in the other. Bull didn't hunt or fish, but he enjoyed reading about it. He liked to get to the office early, so he could make the coffee himself--Bull preferred the kind of coffee that could grown hair on your chest.

On this particular Wednesday, Myra was on dispatch and Young Joe had the cruiser. Bull had just finished an article on the proper construction of an ice-fishing shack when Myra poked her head in the door.

"Chief, there's somethin' up over at Millie's place. Becca called to report a couple a suspicious-lookin' fellas hangin' around."

"Where's Young Joe?" he asked, dropping his feet from the desk and standing up.

"Out by the highway--takin' a report on some shopliftin' at the Conoco station."

Bull nodded. "It's about time for breakfast anyway," he said.

To be continued..... ??????

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May 12, 2005

Something About Susie

This is my new "About Me" post. I'll try to make it a little bit more about me than the last one....

I am old enough to know better, but young enough not to care. I currently manage a movie theater. I have a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Management. I am a Republican by upbringing and inclination. My hobbies are reading (Mystery and Romance) and watching movies (Action and Comedy). I've lived in Indiana for over 30 years, although I was born in Illinois and raised in Wisconsin. I've seen four of the five Great Lakes. I adore kitties. My favorite fruit is watermelon, my favorite vegetable is garlic and my favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia. I loathe canned spinach. If offered a cocktail I would take a gin and tonic with lime. If offered a beer, I would prefer dark. If offered wine, I'd opt for whatever tastes the most like fruit juice. I like men. A lot.* I like tulips and roses, but my favorite flower is the violet. When I buy CDs, they're usually the soundtracks of movies I really like. I know Coleridge's "Cologne" by heart, and have been known to recite it spontaneously. I sing when driving, but never in the shower. I consider chocolate one of the four basic food groups (the other three being coffee, fritos and meat by-products). I like to swim.

Any questions?

*Edited: a long dissertation on various man-parts I particularly enjoy.

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January 13, 2005

Tax Break

Taking a break from doing my taxes and I just had to share this piece of governmental wisdom with my loyal readers:

If line 11 is equal to or more than line 12, enter the amount from line 8 on line 14 and go to line 15. If line 11 is less than line 12, divide line 11 by line 12. Enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places).

Do you get the feeling that the person who wrote that was doing mescaline? Or maybe it's one of those Buddhist enlightenment exercises....

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December 23, 2004

How I spent my morning

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We got about 8", although it was probably 10" in a couple places.

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November 21, 2004

Friends, Readers, Grocery Shoppers, lend me your opinions

The scintillating and callipygian Trey Givens is on a quest for filthy lucre, and to abet him in achieving his goal all you need do is fill out a survey here. I did it, and now my teeth are whiter, my hair is silkier, my eyesight has improved and my sex life has never been better! Of course, your results may vary....

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September 09, 2004

Better safe than sorry

Didn't I post yesterday? I thought I posted something yesterday. Well, I'm posting something today.

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May 25, 2004

Is it beal or is it memorex?

Topic-less today. Bleck.

What have you been up to?

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May 21, 2004

Uneasy lies the crown....

Judge not
ye be judged...
when you
have to
because you're a judge...

Nick does this to me every time--gives us a judging deadline of a time I am imprisoned in the Technology Free Zone™ so that I have to hurry up and get my grades in before I go to work.

Sigh...the things I do for a little gratuitous linkage....

So, this week's King of Blogs competitors are off! Here's how they finished:

Challenge: [the question was "A Hollywood studio is going to make a film of your life. What's the title, who is the star, and what on earth is it all about?"]

1.Walloworld :ROFL

2.Chase Me Ladies, I'm in the Calvary :LOL

3. News from the Great Beyond :giggle

4. Red Beetle Road :smirk

5. A View from the Pew :smile

Submitted Post: This was very difficult, because each was a great post in its own way.

1. News from the Great Beyond

2. Chase Me Ladies

3. A View from the Pew

4. Red Beetle Road

5. Walloworld {I think Bill's tired of being King, folks--he had better ones he could have submitted! And believe me, this one was no dog...}

I predict that, unlike last time, this first round is going to be a squeaker!

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March 11, 2004


Got my paper done. Just need to let it ferment a little then proof read it before I submit it. Then comes the twelve page research paper and the 9 page take-home test...I love school (not!)...

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February 18, 2004

Jumping on the Bed(wagon)

I don't usually bleg for money (usually, I said "usually") but fellow blogger Jamie McDonald over at Gleeful Extremist is getting married this coming Saturday, and, horrors! is going to have to start married life sleeping on a futon next to a single bed!

Did I mention he's a good Catholic boy, so he and his future bride haven't, um, gotten to "know" each other yet? (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more...)? And what better way to get to really know someone than by sleeping in the same bed (snoring, drooling, kicking...)? Think of all the knowledge they'll lose if they can't find out who hogs the covers?

Just click here to drop a few bucks in his PayPal account. You'll sleep better knowing you've helped a fellow blogger get laid a good night's sleep.

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January 29, 2004

Reflections on the pitiful state of the pre-coffee mind

I fired up the blogging software because there was something I wanted to write about, but in those few seconds it took to open, all coherent thought fell out of my brain and I managed to drop it down my throat and into my stomach somewhere. So a perfectly good blogging topic is being digested as I type this meaningless blather in hopes that some small bit will pop back up and be rescuable.

Nothing yet. I'll get back to you.

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November 27, 2003

Ok, now this is annoying

I just headed over to the New Blog Showcase to see if there were appreciably more entries than when I was there on Tuesday (there are now 6 rather than just two). The first one listed showed this blurb:

"Global warming over the next hundred years could trigger a catastrophe which rivals the worst mass extinction in the planet's entire history, according to new evidence unearthed by scientists at Bristol University. The researchers have discovered that a mere six degrees of global warming was enough to wipe out up to 95% of the species which were alive on Earth at the end of the Permian period, 251 million years ago. Up to six degrees of warming is now predicted for the next century by UN scientists from the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if nothing is done about emissions of the greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide, which cause global warming. "

So I clicked the link and went to the blog and here is the entry in its entirety:

Global warming over the next hundred years could trigger a catastrophe which rivals the worst mass extinction in the planet's entire history, according to new evidence unearthed by scientists at Bristol University.

The researchers have discovered that a mere six degrees of global warming was enough to wipe out up to 95% of the species which were alive on Earth at the end of the Permian period, 251 million years ago. Up to six degrees of warming is now predicted for the next century by UN scientists from the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if nothing is done about emissions of the greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide, which cause global warming.

So, not only is the entry so short that it is itself an excerpt of itself, but it's also that leftist-hysteria, the-sky-is-falling nonsense that completely overlooks the fact that it contradicts its own premise...

Premise: Evil Humans are Destroying the Planet
Evidence: The same thing happened two hundred and fifty-one million years ago...

...and this is possible--how?

Now, maybe if they were using this as an example of what happened to Atlantis...wait--were there even humans on Earth two hundred and fifty-one million years ago? Evil, polluting, greenhouse-effect CO2 producing humans? No? Are you sure there weren't cave men with SUVs burning fossil fuels? Because if that's what causes the planet's temperature to rise, and there weren't any when it happened then....

You know, these bozos are probably correct that another Ice Age is coming--and if it's been two hundred fifty-one million years since the last one, then we're probably due. But to pretend that there is anything we can do to prevent the planet from continuing in its natural geologic cycles is like starting a U.N. Committe to prevent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons.

I can just see the LoL wackos lining up to link to this nonsense.....

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November 17, 2003


It's been a banner week for Bonfire entries here at Practical Penumbra, but I couldn't submit my whole blog (I don't think), so it took me a long time to pick the worst of the worst. You'll have to check the Bonfire tomorrow to see which one "won".

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November 05, 2003

Time to laugh and point...

You can always tell the barking moonbats--the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation have no meaning to them. Take this comment by "sal" that was recently made to an old post of mine:

No Miss f.e.t.e i think its is you who has to get her head outa her huge crack, cuz that heads been there obviously for quiet some time. Due to the fact that we had to show the world by spending millions and killing millions that our actions are justified and not to mention the millions of barrells of cheap oil that we are going to get, ever heard of someone investing somewhere and knowingly not getting a dime back, i doubt we'd ever become a super power by spending billions and not getting anythign back DUH!!i think that would be the dummmest theory alive, or let me broaden my view "government", yes ladies and gentlemen, we are living in a society where even when u invest a dime u expect to get hundreds back, ever heard of that ??, not to mention all they could have done was assasinate that {profanity deleted} they call saddam through a sniper bullet rather than waste billions (while we are in a recession) and not to mention thousands of lives, just to show what a freakin heroic country we are, we are stepping on the very ground we call the cradle of civalization whos roots are so simple and fragile regardless of whatever; 80 percent of the worlds populus cant be wrong when they say "DONT GO TO WAR!!"God bless this country

Goodness, where do I begin?
No Miss f.e.t.e i think its is you who has to get her head outa her huge crack, cuz that heads been there obviously for quiet some time.

Rendered in proper English, this sentence should be: No, Miss F.E.T.E., I think it's you who has to get her head out of her huge crack, because that head's [obviously] been there for quite some time.

Note that commas are used to set off the appositive, the personal pronoun is capitalized, the apostrophe is required to turn "its" from the possessive to "it's" the contraction of "it is", "outa" and "cuz" are not proper contractions, "heads" needs an apostrophe to become the contraction for "that head has" rather than the plural of "head" and, although I am sure it is relatively "quiet" in one's "huge crack", I suspect that "quite" was the intended modifier for "some time". The adverb "obviously" also needed to be shifted to its correct place in front of the words it is modifying.

The rest of the drivel is typical leftist blah-blah from an individual who apparently flunked remedial math (in that "millions," "billions" and "thousands" seem to be used interchangeably in its screed) as well as spending too much time in sink-holes of absurdity such as Indy-Media (where I understand such tin-foil-hat-brigade ravings are common). The latter activity seems to have resulted in the implosion of sal's last few remaining brain cells somewhere between i doubt we'd ever become a super power by spending billions and not getting anythign back DUH!!i and 80 percent of the worlds populus cant be wrong when they say "DONT GO TO WAR!!"God bless this country.

sal, listen up, because this is important--Preview is your friend...

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November 01, 2003


Thanks to Daniel I wandered over to the DNC blog, and this is some of what I read in the comments there (bold emphasis mine):

Wolfowitz also said, in a Q&A after a speech at Georgetown Univ. this week, in response to an earnest and critical comment by a female student, "Oh, I see, and I guess then you are one of those people who would be happy to have Hussein remain in power".(to paraphrase). This mantra/tag/talking point is happening all to often. We must train ourselves to respond with something like: That is an utterly moronic, deceptive mistatement of anything that I have said. But of course, whoever the moderator is when someone from the GOP talking troops says such a moronic things, the questioner is cut off from any further comment or rebuttal. Time to start howling, folks. atlantic marg :: Oct 31, 2003 22:28 :: Link
Lance: I am with you - Having Saddam back, and continuing with Inspections still going on, and the UN in charge - would not be a bad thing at all. It is up to the World Courts (UN) to decide what should be done about a despot, not GWB. If you want to read a good article along this line - to to today's copy of Information Clearing House. (www.Informationclearinghouse.info/article 2319.htm) called "The President's Real Goal in Iraq." It had nothing to do with Saddam, nor freeing the Iraqi people.

Paul Wolfowitz neglects to say "WHICH" Iraqi would be scared if GWB were gone. Could it be the ones who have benefited from this occupation, either financially or power-wise?
Pam Bergren :: Nov 1, 2003 09:05 :: Link

What's scary is, these folks think they are agreeing with each other!!!

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October 25, 2003


More work for the weary....
and testing the new Time Zone.....
and lamenting that I have to go to work soon and thus will miss my family's "October Party" which celebrates the October birthdays of 3 of my siblings....
although I have been assured that the drinking will go on past midnight and I can wear my "Movie Theater Manager" costume....

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Super Sibling

My brother PK needs a blog. He is a terrificly entertaining writer. Just read what he wrote in the comments to this post.

Just say the word, PK, and I'll hook you up. Seriously.

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October 23, 2003

Good Stuff

I just want to remind everyone to go read this terriffic post on the Hosting Matters outage at Irrenconcilable Musings.

UPDATE: I want this hat!!!!!

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October 22, 2003

A Ping Between Friends

This is for Stevie, who is learning about the joys of pinging....

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