Saturday, January 31, 2009
I went to the mall and to the only Tux shop there. There was a lone, young (very young) girl there minding the store. She had to be 19 or 20. Cute, short and a little over weight. She hung up and put down her cell phone when I walked in.
I told her I needed to be measured for a Tux and handed her the form I had. She asked if this was for a Tux at another one of this store's locations. I told her "no". I expected I was going to be billed to be measured.
She had me drop my coat, wallet and Blackberry and went to work. Neck, chest, sleeve, waist, overarm, out seam, she did it all and then went to fill out the form. I was impressed.
"What do I owe you?" I asked. "Nothing", she replied with a smile. As I donned my coat I asked if she had to go through much training for the job. She said it was minimal.
I thanked her and and praised her professionalism. What a positive experience! People should take a lesson from this three minute exchange, it is what life should be like for everyone, everywhere. We all just do our jobs well, not hard stuff.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wow, all these "scientists" with made up specialties and titles say the fucking ocean is dying because of CO2 levels. Um, well, the Ocean has survived firestorms after major Comet/Asteroid impacts and those certainly raised more CO2 into the air than a few trillion cars/factories.
I am all for cleaning up the cars and factories, make everything fucking green, please. Then these assholes who make up baseless "facts" that they "believe" in can get right on top of predicting the next ice age, which seems to be happening right now.
I guess I believe it when I see it. Inflation there is worse than anywhere in the world. Their new $500 Million dollar bill is worth about $50 US dollars (and the US dollar is worth about 1/3 what it was 7 years ago).
Oh, they have a little Cholera problem too. Just 60,000 sick people and a few thousand dead.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Good thing, if he is hard upfor money he can donate some of that hair to those kids with cancer.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
If you have a few weeks to kill you can read the 647 text of the bill here;
I will try to get to some of the highlights on this over the weekend. I am sure it's a fantastic piece of legislation. Considering none of the Pubs voted for it, we could have dropped some of those tax beaks to help pay for it, yes??
It's a great showing of fucking partisanship, great way to start the new Congress, as divided as ever...just because. The US is no fucking better politically than Zimbabwe. Just a bunch of old men who oppose anything the other side wants...just because.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I wonder if any of the assholes that have ripped off America (and the rest of the world) in the process of triple packaging bad loans and trading them down (making billions in the process) feel at all bad about stuff like this? At all?
They won't read this, they did the same thing Bernie Madoff tried to do, send the assets away for safe keeping. I don't know about you, but my jeans have a big red spot where my ass is, and I am not on my period. Welcome to unregulated democracy!
Fuck them. The time has come to end this. If I was the Israel PM I would just rain down the destruction and say "I warned you so". Sorry to sound like a total dick, but I am so sick of hearing all the tit-for tat crap.
If Hamas is so scary powerful, then launch a ground war and die with honor. If not they are just little terrorist fleas that won't give up. The problem is, once the fleas over-run a location, only fire will clear up the infestation. Bring on the fire...
Send the civilians to the seashore to wait out the fight (won't take long) and finish with a little pride; stop being cowards.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
FROM FBI Director Robert S.Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
That's a big deal, no one is talking about it. I can only hope we can avoid a lot of gold chains showing up on Chrysler executives, but it might be an improvement if they do. We will have to watch and see. Kidding of course...
Monday, January 19, 2009
Um, if Obama wants any chance of a second term, all of you outside the US need to get a grip on reality. The US is very much like an injured animal right now and we need to go somewhere quiet and safe to lick our wounds. That might cause infection, but we will get over that in time. We are broke right now, so the money and aid has to stop.
The US will have to let the rest of the world sort out their own issues for a while. The agreement between the Ukraine and Russia today was a good sign of that being possible. Africa though is a coin toss, you all need a wake up call. Stop with the handouts and start taking care of your own. Stop killing your own!
America will be fine and it is up to all of the rest of the world to decide to take care of eachother without us, and get weened off the tit that has been the US policy for the last 60 years.
New York Times put up a neet overview of how things will go down tomorrow, cool.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Yulia might be easy on the eyes, but I trust her about as much as my ex-wife, oh...that might be an over statement.
The next little problem we may have to deal with globally might be Bird Flu. This has dropped off the radar lately because of all the other crap going on. If you haven't read it, my Pandemic story will probably give you some tips on being prepared and coping. Link is at the top right.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
She's So Hot Boom! Funny guys. I don't get Showtime, so I never get to watch their show.
Most Beautiful Girl.
I know they have to strike Hamas and they gave them plenty of warning, but using these cluster bombs is going over the line. Stick to the legal weapons so you don’t leave behind all of these little bomblets for children to find much later.
Friday, January 16, 2009
6pm, it is 10 degrees F, -12 Centigrade. The Wind Chill is 0 F, -18C. I am looking at property in Florida.
11PM, it is 7 degrees F, -14 Centigrade. The Wind Chill is -2 F.
This is her trouncing Cindy Hales.
She wins this fight in 20 seconds, fucking ruthless..
Here she owns the other gal's arm.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Apparently, these screwy rabbits are eating everything on Macquarie Island, near the Antarctic. I gues the need some pussy down there.
I picked up the snazzy Sansa Clip MP3 player. $72 US, not bad. Last week I loaded it up with a bunch of MP3s ( no problems at all) by just dragging and dropping them once I connected it to my Vista machine.
Today I connect it to two Vista machines and as soon as I did, the PCs rebooted. That's pretty annoying. No firmware updates to fix that are available either. The CD included with the device just wants to install Rhapsody, um, no thanks. I don't want that or iTunes on my computers to manage files that I can just copy over (duh).
All in all, I will sort out the problems. I found out if I connect the device with the computer off, then turn on the computer, it doesn't force a reboot. Maybe it's the virus software, who knows!? Not the manufacturer, their support page is pure shit.
I did a test of the FM radio and reception is not great, but it's a good feature for a runner that likes C-Span or whatever top 40 station in your area has a kick ass signal. I also tested the audio recording feature and it's not going to work for meetings in a room larger than a bathroom with only one stall, unless everyone yells. It should be ok for recording notes to yourself or an interview with two people close together. Just keep it on a flat surface that is stable and don't move it around at all.
The earphones that come with it are cheap at best, but it does seem to hold a charge pretty well. The menus are not intuitive, so take the time to read the manual. You will get the hang of it in time.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Yeah, Hugo will just not give up. Reminds me a little of Putin, in what used to be Russia.
That's "democracy" for you. Wait 10 years and the UN will be knee deep in South America (ha ha), trying to not have a war that has to be had.
I hear he is quietly trying to sell oil to America now, because his own people are pissed he isn't delivering. That oil will run out, but they never think about that, do they?
This says the US bank loans could be doing more harm than good! They are just using the money we gave them to pay off loans to the US Fed (where it came from) thus wiping out their loans to the US Government! This is insane, they are supposed to be lending this money to businesses to improve the economy. We seem to be very fucking doomed.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
If you don't know who this dud is, I strongly encourage you and everyone you know to watch the Red Skelton special on PBS this March. He was a genius and in his Comedy, I always see him holding back on doing something totally over the top. The censors back then were very strict. If he had been born in 1965, he would be on top of the world today.
I was reading in Pravda (really, it's online)that Russia is the good guy and the bad guy is Ukraine. They need a mediator to sort this out, or much of Europe will freeze. I hope the EU is looking at different options for heating their homes, and no, I am not making a house fire joke...so stop it.
When you only hear one side of the story, it's pretty impossible to know what the real truth is, probably something in the middle of both sides.
I hope to get back to this Mom, so you have something to read.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Apparently thing are heating up in the UK over this, it's not on the BBC front page though. Had to dig a little..
I guess I don't understand what the big deal is whether Jesus was white or black? He would stand for the same thing either way, right? Would all these white evangelical types be offended to worship a black man? Historically, I think Jesus was actually Jewish, just like Sammy Davis Jr.
In the Philippines they have the "Black Nazarene" and no one seems to be bothered at all...
Friday, January 9, 2009
This data is from the US Department Of Labor. It shows the Unemployment rate when Clinton took office after Reagan, up to 2000 when Bush #2 took over. See a trend in this data??
I give up.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This guy makes me realize everyone, Jews, Catholics, Arabs, white/black/red/green...we are all corruptible and it only takes a little greed to do that. The problem is, you can't get caught. When you are, everyone will help warm up a red-hot polker to shove up your ass. Idiot.
I really hope you get what you have coming to you, along with your co-conspirators Bernie. You have heard of "CARMA"? Even the Jews have to deal with Carma, it transcends religion.
I tried to look up what kind of bird this is, but all of the Internet sites are full of crap sites that want a membership or credit card, so I will guess it is a Mocking Bird or baby Woodpecker. In either case, it is a stupid bird that got snaged in a trap bated with cheese. Birds don't eat cheese, right? This is not staged.
I can only accept the fact that when real Zombies do walk the earth, the first ones will show up at my house. That type of chaos seems to follow me always. I had might as well embrace it.
I arrived early (as directed) to find everyone except a optician named Helene (pronounced “Helleen”) there. Everyone else was at lunch. I imagined the rest of the staff at a sports Bar throwing Darts and slapping each other on the back and ass-grabbing.
I waited 20 the minutes that I was supposed to have spent getting there early for paperwork; reading Entertainment Weekly and listening to Helene and the whale of a sales lady running down the engorged list of products she was hawking.
It went like this;
W: “Want number 102”?
H: “Yes, twelve of those”.
W: “Want number 42”?
H: “What’s the specs. on those, I need details on these and what are they made of”?
W: “That’s on the flyer in your hands”.
H: “Oh, so it is”.
W: “Want number 103”?
H: “Yes, twelve of those”…
I was looking at the edge of the pages in the magazine and wondered if they were sharp enough to slit my wrists when finally; the receptionist appeared! My heat soared as I approached the desk five minutes later when she called me.
She asked for my “referral” and um, crap…I left it in the car. Be right back. I rode the slowest elevator known to man 7 floors down to the main level and out to the parking lot to get the paper.
I toyed with the thought of having a smoke, since I had already been waiting over a half hour. I didn’t have one and just gathered the parchment and headed back to the office.
Once there, I was given the stack of papers to fill out. Shortly after I started, an Oriental gentleman appeared near me and was filling out the same paperwork. I noticed he finished each sheet with a flourished flip and I became competitive. If he finished his paperwork before me, he might get to see the Doctor first! I went into overdrive writing like I did in 5th Grade, everything abbreviated and as legible as my scribbles in kindergarten. I won. I went first.
I was called by a kid who I thought must be a real prodigy to be a Doctor so young. He turned out to be the assistant. I went through a series of “tests” and not a single one was explained to me. I finally asked the kid who he was and he explained his “station” in the office. He left me alone and I immediately started playing with the machines in the room and when I got bored, got up and started reading the six diplomas on the wall.
I like to do this to every new Doctor I visit, just to send the message to these people that fake certificates will not fly here in the US.
Dr. Kato appeared (not his real name) appeared shortly and caught me inspecting his wall coverings. We shook hands and he went straight into the examination, no small talk.
Things started off pretty normal, looking at my eyes with different gadgets and after about 10 minutes, he has my prescription filled out and completed. Wow, I thought this was fantastic. I wasn’t done, not by a mile.
Kato pulled out this yellow fluid and just told me to look up at the ceiling. I hate drops in my eyes, but after a few punches and a headlock, he got them in. They burned. THEN he pulls out this toy that looks like a shotgun on a swivel and points it into my right eye. I was blinded by the light shining and he kept moving this thing closer and closer until he actually made contact with my eye.
Ok, I don’t like things touching my eye or my eyelashes; they are very sensitive, by design. Needless to say, I was writhing around in the chair like a mental patient.
Once the torture was over I was sent to visit with Helene. She gave me a “mock-up” of the new prescription and immediately started a hard sell on some really fancy lenses. When she brought up my medical coverage, she started searching her broken ass computer to verify mine. It didn’t come up with anything, so she had to back off the hard sell for now and gave me a bunch of papers to read over before I came back to see her once I had my coverage figured out (like I will).
Then she said, “I have to dilate your eyes”.
I had a mental visual flash of this hag flashing me, which would at the very least have dilated my retinas, maybe to the point of blindness.
Instead, the witch pulled out two more eye droppers and asked me to look at the ceiling. Once again, I was doing something I hate more than needles and broken bones.
I was sent to wait, unable to read the many papers I had, because my vision was blurred by all of the eye drops. Eventually the kid came to check on me as I stared blindly into space. I was cooked.
He took me back into the torture chamber to wait for Kato, who appeared shortly and asked me to get off the floor and stop cowering behind the chair.
I sat back and was shackled into the chair while Dr. Kato positioned the next round of torture instruments in front of me. The time, it was a device similar to a bazooka with a beacon that can be seen from space on the end of it.
As Kato pointed the device directly into the center of my brain, he asked me to open my eyes as wide as possible and look at the ceiling. I was fine until he had the tip of the blinding beacon so close to my eye that it was tapping my eyelashes and triggering involuntary blinking.
Kato shortly decided to hold my eyes open manually, much like Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange. It only made things worse. As I lashed out at him, he used his Ninja moves to block my attacks; I was pinned in the chair and helpless.
I gave up and he had me looking up, down left and right like I was at the Air Show watching a stunt plane race. All the while, he was blinding me with the immense beacon on the end of the bazooka. I writhed as much as I could, to no avail.
I was close to losing consciousness when it ended and I was set free. Certainly Kato was happy with my level of torture. Now I only had to go drop off the $25 co-pay and when I asked about validating the cost of the parking. Carol, behind the desk, pointed to the little sign that read “We don’t validate Parking”.
Feeling like I had just been gang raped, I left the office, sniffled my way to my car and paid the $5 parking fee before I was finally out and headed to the Mountains of Austria!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
It seems Obama thinks he can run the US so far into debt, that we will be all "hunkie-dori". I have never heard of a company or person that did better by carrying a load of debt, have you??
I don't know what they are spoon feeding each other up on Capitol Hill, but I am really getting scared about all this.
In a related story, we know where the $700 Billion Dollar Baiout went;
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I hated iTunes and the way "Apple" tried to force it down my throat every time I needed a security update for Quicktime, so I have been saying fuck you and just buying CDs.
With this change, the huge library at Apple will open up (without iTunes, I hope) so we haters can get at them. I like the pricing changes too, you can still get a typical CD for the same price as downloads, I think.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I say Wrong. We have to worry about it and address it now. Projections have over 10% of the US tax income going to just pay the interest on the National Debt. That is 10 cents plus, of every dollar I pay in taxes is going overseas and not working to help my own Country. We can't sustain or tolerate this. I want a tax cut, which will happen automatically when we eliminate the Debt.
I make less than $100K a year, but I would be more than happy to toss a couple grand into a pot explicitly to pay off the Principal on our Debt. Just don't take income tax out of it and keep it away from Congress. Actually, keep it away from the Treasury too; give it to Joe Biden or Hillary and let them hand carry a check over to whatever Country we can pay off each year and lets start chipping away at this iceberg of debt. If we don't, the great ship America will hit that iceberg soon and sink like a stone.
That would be a very sad thing.
Give the tax cuts to anyone making less than $60K, that is where I was at; and in a world of hurt. The rest of us can deal with where we are fine. Go attack the Debt, not Iran or Iraq. Unless they screw with us, of course.
I hear Marley And Me pulled in 106 Million dollars so far and at $10 per person, that is about 10.6 Million people.
And they are all walking around depressed and crying now, which is exactly what you want after the Holidays when the country is in a Recession. Way to go guys! Nice marketing job with a "comedy" slant, when in reality people are walking out of the theater in tears and feeling like hell.
I have heard complaints from parents who took their little kids, because the commercials looked so zany and the little ones were traumatized.
Looks like Las Vegas to me.
I guess it will be up to the people to decide if it's better or not. I wonder if they will block my Blog!?
One would this this giant of a Country would try to focus on stopping all the tainted products that are killing our kids and theirs?
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The Civil Rights Act was passed and Racism in America began to slowly “change”.
The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan for the first time.
Harpo Marx died.
My Parents were in love.
The “space race” was moving along, Russia backed off the “moon landing” concept because Khrushchev thought it would be too expensive. He later was pressured into backing a moon landing.
The Cold War was still on.
190,000 US soldiers are deployed in Vietnam.
Lawrence of Arabia won best picture at the Oscar’s.
Tony Bennett won record of the year with I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
A first class stamp cost 5 cents.
The US National Debt was already at 316 Billion dollars.
The US Surgeon General announces “smoking causes cancer”.
Racism was still accepted in America, but Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech.
John Kennedy was assassinated and LBJ took over as the US President.
My Parents were in love.
The “space race” was in high gear, John Glen made three successful orbits around the earth.
The Cold War was still on and Russia and the US decide it’s prudent to setup a “hotline” between the two countries to avoid a bonehead nuclear attack.
No one knew where Vietnam was, except the 15000 military “advisors” staying there, from the US.
Lawrence of Arabia won best picture at the Oscar’s.
Tony Bennett won record of the year with I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
A first class stamp cost 4 cents.
Racism was still accepted in America, they had separate bathrooms (everything) for whites and blacks.
John Kennedy was the US President.
My parents were in love.
The “space race” was on. Sputnik 1 had been launched five years earlier and Russian Yuri Gagarin was already the first man to reach earth orbit.
The Cold War was on.
No one knew where Vietnam was.