Saturday, April 30, 2005
Ok, here goes...
~The "Bride" from Georgia was "found" alive and well in New Mexico. She...oh wait...i just turned to a news channel, nevermind. I was going to say that it was my opinion that she left, having had cold-feet...and was not abducted. What a pinhead. I was right! Why not just have a truthful conversation with your fiance or family instead of running away and concocting some lame abduction story? Not a good way to have a relationship if you ask me.
People who do things like this; like the "Bride" and that one college girl in WI a few months back, these types of incidents are what give law enforcement doubts and may lead to them not taking some other cases seriously. Didn't these women think of the resources that would be used to investigate their "disappearances"? Tax payer money goes into things like this. Police and FBI were busy looking for them during a time period where their abilities could have been better spent on some REAL crime. Think people! The truth does not hurt, really...it doesn't!
~I'm pretty new to the Blog-scene. A friend of mine from high-school sent me her politically related blog last year sometime and i remember thinking, "Oh, this is what a blog is. I should make one." But life took over as it often does and i put it on the back burner. A few months later another friend of mine created a blog focusing on Indiana politics with a bit of Federal scattered in and i went and read it and then promptly forgot about it. I'm not sure why i finally decided to put one together, but i have, such as it is.
In my browsing around looking at various blogs, i've come across some really good ones. There are some wonderful writers out there, with great stories and comments. I've found myself feeling inadequate with my lack of knowledge on things like how to manipulate the look of my blog or how to add cool banner links and such. It took me about an hour one day to figure out how to properly change the "comments" line on my posts. I have no idea how to add links into my text so far, but i'll give it a whirl soon. I guess i shouldn't be so hard on myself and to just learn as i go.
I must say that the blog i like the best so far was one that i found recommended on this site, http://www.waiterrant.blogspot.com, the topic is simple yet presented so masterfully. If you've not read it, check it out. It was also fun to find one from a man who lives in a nearby community and he has some interesting things to say on sporting news as well as other topics, http://www.palmreadings.blogspot.com . I totally relate to the ones, and there have been too many to mention here, that are just random thoughts from scatter minded people like myself. It's very nice to know that i'm not the only one!!
However, in all of my blog browsing, i've come across something quite troubling. There's a section of bloggers out there who are quite elitest and snobby. People who feel like if you're just getting into the blog-scene then you're some lameoid who must not be too bright, like we've missed the boat and it's too late to come aboard. I don't know why this disturbs me so much? Maybe it's because i think of myself as pretty hip-to-the-times and maybe i should've been paying more attention instead of being worried about earning my Club Pogo badges each week? Maybe holier-than-thou people just bug me? It's a huge world out there, it's really okay if you share, ya know?!
On we go...
~In the Chicagoland area news there developed a story this past week about a woman, a mother, who killed her children. Stabbed them 100+ times. Can someone please explain this to me? I mean, clearly she's a sick-psychopath, i don't need that explained. What i need help with is; why even become a parent to begin with? There are ways to keep from becoming a parent, several to choose from, even. Susan Smith. Why give birth to two beautiful boys only to send them off to drown in a lake- in your car? Andrea Yeats. If postpartum depression was a problem, seek help - it's out there, don't drown your 5 kids in your bathtub! And if 5 kids was too much to handle, again, there are ways of preventing pregnancy, use them!
I wonder if these people realize that there are folks out here who would give anything in the world to be a parent. People who are infertile. People who would love to adopt but maybe don't have the financial resources to do so. Members of the gay community, who would make fabulous parents, but due to mechanical difficulties - just don't have the proper equipment to make it happen natually. My partner and i fall into two of the aforementioned categories. I don't know, i guess that's why when parents harm or leave their children, it just hits me really hard. It makes me very sad.
I've rambled long enough for one morning. Anyone out there? Ramble back!
Thursday, April 28, 2005
The dino-puter is painfully slow and i can no longer ungrade it from '98 to XP without getting some nasty, new-to-me, "blue screen of death" error message.
Waiting for the funds to come from dc is painfully slow as well. Once the check arrives we'll be able to bury the dino and buy a new pc. I'll be so happy. Of course i'm going to take my upgrade parts out before i trash it, though. I'll try to offer the rest of it on freecycle just in case anyone knows a better way to dispose of the beast.
I just ate some home made turkey-chili and it made me sweat and cry a tear or two. That's when you know it's good stuff. It's not chili unless yer sweatin'. I left it on the stove for Deb, when she wakes up.
Deb's working a double, going in tonight at 11pm. It's been a really long time since i was home alone all night and slept alone. I hope i can sleep. the last time i was home alone must've been when she got hired at this job last November and had to go down south somewhere for training for a week. Yeah, i think that's when. Deb's working a double because one of the young punks at the shop failed three tries at a drug screen for the new company and lost his job. Hope it was worth it. More money for us this next check, thanks dude.
Well, Survivor is coming on...oh shit, nevermind, it's the Village Idiot instead. (dear secret service, i mean that in the most loving way, really i do!)
I should cut the ramble anyway...ramble back, anyone out there?
Friday, April 22, 2005
Will be a several weeks until suitable replacement may be had.
So long Old Dino, you've served me well, my Friend!! :(
Monday, April 18, 2005
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Sunday, April 17, 2005
In the dreams where i have to pee, i'm usually either looking for a bathroom and can't find one, find a bathroom but there's something that renders it "out-of-order" so i really can't use it or find it gross to use, or i get ready to pee and someone walks in on me and then i can't do my business. Usually these dreams frustrate me and i wake up realizing that i really do have to pee and the whole dream sequence was my brain's way of waking my ass up in time to grope my way to the bathroom in the dark.
Last night, i don't know where the hell i was in the dream...the location escapes me. But the person in the dream was a guy i went to high school with and had some pretty fun times with, what a neat guy, Jarvis Racine. I miss him. In the dream we were dancing and i don't recall ever having danced with Jarvis in real life...i'm not real good dance material...Jarvis on the other hand, he could move. But back to my dream...it was a very kind of upbeat, twirly, close dance that's fun yet somehow romantic and it was to some romantic country song which undoubtedly was triggered by one of the newest playlists i set up on the iPod right before i went to bed last night. I was listening to the iPod to fall asleep as i often do when Deb's snoring is too loud or my mind is wandering too much and i had selected the "A Little Love" playlist that i had just made to replace the "Romance" one that i deleted. I ended up putting 143 songs on this playlist, here's 100 of the songs:
- I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
- I Will - Ben Taylor
- Chances Are - Martina McBride & Bob Seger(Hope Floats Soundtrack)
- Come To Me - Bonnie Raitt
- When You Love Someone - Bryan Adams(Hope Floats Soundtrack)
- In The Wee Small Hours - Carly Simon(Sleepless In Seattle Soundtrack)
- Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion(Up Close And Personal Soundtrack)
- When I Fall In Love - Celine Dion Featuring Clive Griffin(Sleepless In Seattle)
- Something That We Do - Clin Black
- When I Said I Do - Clint Black& Lisa Hartman Black
- What Makes You Stay- Deanna Carter(Hope Floats)
- How You Love Makes Me Feel - Diamond Rio
- Love A Little Stronger - Diamond Rio
- I Know How The River Feels - Diamond Rio
- I Could Not Ask For More - Edwin McCain
- Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
- Promises - Eric Clapton
- Breathe - Faith Hill
- To Make You Feel My Love - Garth Brooks(Hope Floats)
- She's Every Woman - Garth Brooks
- If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks
- The Dance - Garth Brooks
- Unanswered Prayers- Garth Brooks
- What She's Doing Now - Garth Brooks
- Every Now And Then - Garth Brooks
- I Want Your Sex - George Michael
- Kissing A Fool - George Michael
- I Just Want To Dance With You - George Strait
- I See Your Smile - Gloria Estefan
- A Wink And A Smile - Harry Connick, Jr.(Sleepless In Seattle)
- Like Lovers Do - Heather Nova
- When Somebody Turns You On - Heather Nova
- London Rain - Heather Nova
- Power Of Two - Indigo Girls
- Love's Recovery - Indigo Girls
- Walking My Baby Back Home - James Taylor
- Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
- Something In The Way She Moves - James Taylor
- Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - James Taylor
- You Make It Easy - James Taylor
- Wishing That - Jann Arden
- Ode To A Friend - Jann Arden
- Unloved - Jann Arden
- I Would Die For You - Jann Arden
- With You - Jessica Simpson
- Sweetest Sin - Jessica Simpson
- Pieces Of You - Jewel
- Near You Always - Jewel
- You Were Meant For Me - Jewel
- 2 Become 1 - Jewel
- I Kissed A Girl - Jill Sobule
- We Met Today - Jim Brickman
- Closer Still - Jim Brickman
- Your Love Amazes Me - John Barry
- Your Body Is A Wonderland - John Mayer
- I Need a Lover - John Mellencamp
- I Love The Way You Love Me - John Michael Montgomery
- Home To You - John Michael Montgomery
- A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell
- Beautiful In My Eyes - Joshua Kadison
- When A Woman Cries - Joshua Kadison
- Love Chooses You - Kathy Mattea
- Where've You Been - Kathy Mattea
- The Real Thing - Kenny Loggins
- I Will Do Anything - Kenny Loggins
- Sweet Reunion - Kenny Loggins
- Too Early For the Sun - Kenny Loggins
- It's So Easy - Linda Ronstadt
- Stay - Lisa Loeb
- I Do - Lisa Loeb
- Why Can't I? - Liz Phair
- Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
- Not Too Much to Ask - Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Passionate Kisses - Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Tender When I Wanna Be - Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Shut Up And Kiss Me - Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Where Time Stands Still - Mary Chapin Carpenter
- This Is Love - Mary Chapin Carpenter
- You Used To Love To Dance - Melissa Etheridge
- Truth of The Heart - Melissa Etheridge
- My Lover - Melissa Etheridge
- Like The Way I Do - Melissa Etheridge
- This Moment - Melissa Etheridge
- Will You Still Love Me - Melissa Etheridge
- Kiss Me - Melissa Etheridge
- When You Find The One - Melissa Etheridge
- Must Be Crazy For You - Melissa Etheridge
- Meet Me In The Back - Melissa Etheridge
- Keep It Precious - Melissa Etheridge
- Lover Please - Melissa Etheridge
- I Want To Be In Love - Melissa Etheridge
- I'm The Only One - Melissa Etheridge
- Come To My Window - Melissa Etheridge
- I Really Like You - Melissa Etheridge
- An Unusual Kiss - Melissa Etheridge
- I Want to Come Over - Melissa Etheridge
- Willing To Wait - Melissa Ferrick
- Drive - Melissa Ferrick
- Particular Place - Melissa Ferrick
- The Moment I Saw You - Nicolette Larson
So, this list left off many artists but i took it in the order it's loaded on the iPod.The iPod. I LOVE my iPod. I think i might even love my iPod more than most people because mine was FREE!!!! Oooooh love FREE!!! It showed up at my door one day. I thought the package that Brown was bringing to my door was the candle order i had placed from the home office, for my Mia Bella Soy Candle business; however, when i saw the package it was only about the size of 1 jar candle when i had ordered two dozen, so i was like WTF? I looked over the package and there was a return address label but i sure did not recognize the sender. Hmmm, a mystery!! I love a mystery!!! I opened the box and looked inside and my jaw dropped and i couldn't speak. And i looked at Deb, and i couldn't speak for a few seconds and then i said, "It's an iPod", sort of calmly. And Deb said, "C'mon be serious, what is it?". And i said, "No, really...it's an iPod...oh my Goddess, it's an iPod!!"...I had to literally tip the box over toward her so she could see it!! I was in total shock!! So then i had to delve into solving the mystery of where the iPod came from so i got online and went over to the site where i enter sweepstakes and lo and behold if many other people hadn't been receiving mysterious iPods for a few days too!! Someone finally figured out that it had been a Bud Lite contest. I'd figure if i were a company and i were giving away 200 iPods during each of four drawing periods - for a total of 800 iPods, that i'd have at least enclosed a note saying, "Congratulations! Grab a Bud Lite and Rock On!" or something so that folks would know they'd won it from the company. But Nooooooo. LOL! I guess i shouldn't complain. That's the only thing i've won in life other than a contest in 4th or 5th grade where i had to color a leprechaun...and i won lunch at Burger King with Ms. Murray. Hmmm...i think the iPod wins over that, sorry Ms. Murray - no offense!!
And Jarvis, if you read this - call me - i'm the person you went to the Beach Boys Concert with and helped you and Dave O' smuggle "adult beverages" past "Wamba" on the way to the Zoo for Senior Ditch Day. If you Google my full, real name as it's listed in the yearbook, you should find my phone number. ;-)
Saturday, April 16, 2005
So this is my first post here...nothing too exciting today i don't think...just a sample of my scattered style and random thoughts. Scathingly scintillating so far, eh?
Ok, i do have a topic on my mind and that topic is MUSIC. I really do love music. Music has such a way of setting a mood, creating an atmosphere, taking us to an exact moment in time...there is nothing that can catch me off guard quicker than a song that brings up feelings of a lost love or a missed friend. So my question is this...why does most of the mainstream music played on most of the radio stations for the past several years just SUCK??!?!
I look at my CD collection and i know i've not bought many CD's in the past, say 6 years. And of the ones i have bought, most of them are from artists i already had in my collection...James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge, Melissa Ferrick...good music, great songwriting, lyrics i can comprehend. That's not to say that i've not bought some other artists...i had a gift card to Best Buy and had already maxed out this dino-puter so we did buy a Nora Jones CD and one of Avril Lavigne's CD's...other than that, it's been a few songs here and there for the iPod from the Apple iTunes store. And those artists include: Tyler Hilton, Sugarland, Indigo Girls (i have most of their CD's already), Jessica Simpson, Liz Phair, Heather Nova, John Mayer, Joni Mitchell and a few others.
I must admit that it's been ages since i've actually turned on a radio and listened to it, unless it was Yule time and a local station out of Chicago was playing All Christmas Music/All the time. Other than that, the only time i've listened to local radio was when Air America first hit the air waves in the Chicago Market....and then it poofed and i've not found it again...so sad, because it was great.
I got so sick of radio when it was the same songs played over and over again to the point where it made me want to cry. And i often ended up just tuning into another station and then another and another....you get the drift. It was so frustrating that i eventually just gave up on radio altogether and just popped in a cassette or CD of my own choosing and then i had supreme bliss. I could listen to whatever i wanted and change CD's or artists as my mood changed....and being a Gemini, that's about every 10 minutes!
In the Chicagoland market, there've been some really great talk radio shows in recent years...but unfortunately due to management changes or ego tantrums on the part of the hosts those great shows are gone. I'm talking shows that would just have me cracking up to the point where i would almost have to pull off the road. (Roe & Garry...get your crap together will ya??)
I miss the days of "Little Tommy and Ole Uncle Lar" on the old WLS AM. I even think we still have some "Animal Stories" on vinyl at my Dad's house. Whatever happend to that sports show that Les Grobstein did? Or did i imagine that??
Ah well, i guess i've rambled enough for one sunny, Saturday afternoon. Maybe i'll go turn on the radio for a while....Nahhhhhh, where's my iPod?