Saturday, January 31, 2004
Briefly speaking
Mom had to go to the emergency room yesterday, so that's been the big news of the past two days. She can't speak above a whisper. It's so sad. So she has laryngitis. I guess there's always a chance it can be something serious. But they took a throat culture and are supposed to have the results tomorrow.

I went over there today. She cooked lunch and my aunt and sister were over there, and they were planning stuff for my sister's wedding. Had to go by work for just a minute today because the computer had wigged out, so I had to straighten that up. Watching the Bama/LSU game right now. Think I'm fixing to head out for some dinner and maybe some pool. We'll see.

Daily funny:
K: "Who's playing in the Super Bowl? The Patriots and Eagles?"
Me: (laughter) "No, the Panthers and Patriots."
K: "Oh, OK. I'm supposed to go to a Super Bowl party tomorrow and I don't even know who's playing."

ROFL

"I miss your tender voice, at lonely times like now, sayin' it'll be alright. I miss my friend. The one my heart and soul confided in. The one I felt the safest with. The one who knew just what to say, to make me laugh again, and let the light back in. I miss my friend..."
Friday, January 30, 2004
These pretzels are makin' me thirsty...
I love this exchange!! (from "The Alternate Side")

George: "You got a line in the Woody Allen movie?"
Kramer: "Pretty good, huh?"
George: "You're in the movie? Is he in the scene?!"
Kramer: "Oh yeah. It's me and him. I might have a whole new career on my hands."
Jerry: "You mean, A career."
Elaine: "So was Mia Farrow there?"
Kramer: "Uh, I didn't see him."

ROFL How could you not love that?

"Lookin' at this town thru older eyes. It's grown much too fat to recognize. There's a freeway up and the park's torn down. There's not a soul that I know around..."
A Blogger's Lament
I wanted to have the best blog in the world. I wanted people to read my blog and think, "Wow, I wish my blog was that good." I wanted my blog to make a difference. I dreamed wonderful blog dreams. I had ideas, hopes, plans for my blog. In fifty years, when the word "blog" was mentioned, I wanted them to think of me, of my blog. But, alas, it was not to be. Maybe I tried too hard. Maybe I didn't try hard enough. Maybe I dreamed too high. Maybe I flew too close to the sun on wings of minutiae. What? And one of my basic theories of blog is and always will be: If you can't have the best blog, why have a blog at all? So, this is it--the end. I hope maybe one day some of you will enter my URL and get a little sad when error 500 unknown host pops up. I hope you remember all the good entries and don't dwell on the bad. But that's it. I've done all I can do.

OK, just kidding. But that would be a pretty good final blog post, doncha think?

Thursday recap: Billiards transpired last night. Played OK a couple of games. Split six games. Sort of getting that "I've reached a plateau" feeling again, and to get better I'm gonna have to play more than 5 or 10 games a week. Went to Applebees for dinner.

Applebees update:
There is a new server there who looks exactly like a younger Shane. Wow! I'm gonna have to take my camera up there next time. I mean, exactly! His mannerisms, his haircut, everything.

Informed Donna that we probably need to break Devin into the rotation of servers. I realized last night, Davina is doing her clinicals, Jess is working 12 hour shifts at her other job, and I never see Tonya anymore, so we're basically down to D, Bef, and Kristiner. Devin recognizes us now. She's cute. She was a hostess for awhile and has moved up to server. I can see this conversation:

"Uh, Devin, good news. You've been promoted."
"Promoted? To what?"
"You've now been moved up to the J & K select rotation of servers." LOL

"I don't think you notice, when you see my face. I guess you're waiting to spin me around again. Wheels I guess are turning, somewhere inside my head. I know that this is, deeper than you get. But you're coming back again. You don't mean to waste my time..."
CTRL+ALT+RETIRE
Writer of Ctrl+Alt+Del Code retires

In other news, Happy birthday to Phil Collins. "His flowing melodies are really enjoyable to us." ROFL

"I've been sitting here so long, wasting time, just staring at the phone. And I was wondering should I call you. Then I thought, maybe you're not alone. Please give me one more night..."
Thursday, January 29, 2004
Lunch lady land...
I was singing Sandler's Lunch Lady Land song yesterday, the "Sloppy Joes, slop, sloppy joes" part, and my sister looks at me and goes, "Have you gone crazy?" LOL

Speaking of, here's a story from my past...
In elementary school, we had this noise meter, which was in the form of a traffic light. And when the lunchroom got too loud, the light would go red, and this very large teacher we had would stand up and at the top of her lungs, yell, "IT'S REDDDDDDD!!!" And we couldn't talk anymore. Then after a couple of minutes, they'd let us talk again. I never understood why you couldn't talk at lunch. I mean, you have to be quiet all freakin' day, can't they let you talk for thirty minutes? It wasn't like people were running up and down the aisles with AK-47's or anything. The other thing was, you could adjust the sensitivity meter on the light, and if one of the teacher's was in a bad mood, they could just set it really high and it would always go red. That's a sad little story, isn't it? So whatever I am today comes from growing up under those neo-fascist rules.

And now it's time for "Playing Cranium with a bunch of white people":

So there's this one part of cranium where you describe a famous person. You can talk and move, but you can't say names of people or places. So here were my clues:

"I am the godfather of soul."
"I was in prison for awhile, and people wore t-shirts that said, free me."

OK, now can you not guess who that is? No one at the lake house knew who I was talking about. I would think the first clue would be a dead giveaway. Oh well. Of course, this story made me think of that. Wow! Exactly how do you get your hair to do that?

"Well I know I disappeared a time or two. And along the way I lost me and you. I needed a new town for my new start. Sellin' VCR's in Arkansas at a Wal-Mart. I haven't had a drink in nineteen days. My eyes are clear and bright without that haze. I like the preacher from the Church of Christ. Sorry that I cried when I talked to you last night..."
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
I had to share this...
Amber called this evening about 5:00:

Me: "Hello."
A: "Hey. Were you sleeping?"
Me: "Uh.. yeah. I was napping for a minute."

(later in the conversation)
Me: "Hey, how did you know I was asleep when you called?"
A: "Because you weren't online. When you're not online, you're always asleep."

LOL I'm not even sure exactly what that means.

"I want something else, to get me thru this, semi-charmed kind of life, baby. I want something else. I'm not listenin' when you say...good-bye..."
Last Comic Camping
Many comics left standing out in the cold

Looks like they were turning people away. I'd rather make it the hard way... getting no laughs from a late night drunk audience... slowly building a following playing trashy comic clubs... countless bouts with depression and thoughts of suicide... where was I going with this?

And then there's this...

Japanese baseball prospect apologizes for gay porn past

I just had to pick a couple of quotes out of that...

"I was young, playing baseball, and going to college, and my teammates and I needed money."

Well, I'm sure we've all been there before. Oh wait. It's amazing the differences in cultures. When I was in college and low on money, I did what most guys did. I gave blood. What? Or stayed up all night doing term papers for hot chicks. Come to think of it, I don't think I ever got paid for those. Hmmm... ROFL

And then this...

When asked if he's worried he might be heckled, Tadano joked, "I don't understand English, so it doesn't really matter." WOOOOOOOOO!!!

"Just because you graduate from school, so high in the gene pool. That's your point of view. But when you're broken down, and no one else is around, you'll come running back to this town. And I'll be there. Yes, I'll be there..."
Could it be I'm haunted?
I've just made this astounding discovery... John Kerry looks like a cross between Jay Leno and Ted Danson (early "Cheers"-era TD).

The secretary walked in yesterday and was like, "It's snowing." I was like, "Really?" I went to look. Just a few flurries, but that's a big deal around here. I said, "Well thanks for telling me. I can't really tell what's going on outside from here in the inner confines of the compound."

Must start running more regularly. It's just soooo cold. I'd like to run in a couple of races this year maybe, at least our local one. I missed it last year. I've actually won a couple of age-group trophies before, so maybe that's a hidden talent of mine. LOL

I really respect people who have lost a lot of weight. It takes a lot of discipline. I think a lot of times being fat comes down to just being lazy. I mean, 6'1" and 180 is not that bad, I tell myself. Yet, I've gained 15-17 pounds over the past year and a half. So that needs to stop. My diet is not that bad. I don't eat a lot at meals. My problem is in-between snacks.. doughnuts, Little Debbies, soft drinks, etc. I need to cut way back on that. Sometimes it's like a habit, more than being hungry. Like if I'm at home, I feel the need to go get something to nibble on, like I can't just sit there for a couple of hours without having a soft drink or snack.

I'm sure the whole nature hike helped this weekend. I wish I could do something like that every weekend.

Had a dream about Jen last night. What is the deal with dreaming about ex-girlfriends? Maybe it's because Valentine's Day is coming up, and my subconscious is trying to get me on the ball. LOL She was really the last girl who was like head over heels in love with me. Seems like that was a long time ago, even though it's just been a few months. I guess I thought we'd just be better off as friends, because we had tried dating a couple of times before and it had not worked. Oh well, I guess I blew that, too. I don't even think the last couple of girls I've been out with even liked me very much. LOL At least, they never asked me out again or anything. Oh wait. ROFL

On a semi-related note, can the fact someone loves you and treats you well make you fall in love with them? I think so. I mean, you might not be head over heels for someone, but they show you so much love unconditionally, there comes a point where you can't help but return it. Well, maybe not in every case. On the other hand, you might fall for someone right off the bat, but if they treat you like crap, that feeling slowly goes away. Oh well. I think I'm just gonna stop sleeping so I won't have these dreams.

How long can a person go without sleep before it kills them? We'll soon find out. What?

"When I like them, they don't like me. When they like me, I don't like them." (G. Costanza) LOL

"There's every good reason, for letting you go. She's sneaky and smoked out. And it's starting to show..."
You Deserve A Shake Today...
Unpleasantness in Pleasantville

"We got determination, bass and highs. White Castle fries only come in one size. What you see is what you get, and you ain't seen nothing yet..."
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
A Real Hero
I don't even know what to say about this.

I think anything I tried to say would not do justice to this story.
Don't miss Letterman...
...tonight. It's a rerun, but Charlize is on.

Theron nominated for Best Actress Oscar

Sitting here watching this rerun of the Roddick/Safin match on ESPN. Man, I have to get back into playing tennis frequently this year. Three or four years ago, I was playing a couple of times a week, at least. There's like no one left around here to hit with though. I think I might join a league this year. I figure one session in a league and I will meet some people I can go hit with in the future. Why do I write this stuff? Do you care? Well, at least I'm not recapping

Looks like J-Mo is in for the WPBA tourney trip next month. I'm thinking this year, we'll just stay there with the players.. cos it was really a bit of a pain to drive last year. Even though it was only like five or ten minutes, you couldn't just leave and go to your room, you know. It'll just be more convenient this way.

"It may take some time to patch me up inside. And I can't take it so I run away and hide. And I may find in time that you were always right. You're always right..."
Bone's Whacked-Out Dreams (Volume 4)
Continue having some whacked out dreams from time to time. The other night, I dreamed the NFL draft was being held. And one of the players was calling me from the draft site to tell me who had picked him. Then suddenly, I was there, and another of the players already had jerseys he was giving away from the team that drafted him and he gave me one. The only reason I can think of that I would have that dream is that Jerry Maguire was on the other night and we flipped over there for like thirty seconds. Weird.

Also while on vacation, I had the recurring dream where I find out my ex-fiance is getting married, and I freak out. I'm devastated. What is that about? We broke up in 1999. Will I really be that devastated when that happens? I don't know. I just know when I dream about it (this is like the 3rd or 4th time), that it tears me up and in my dream I feel like it is the worst thing that could happen.

I also may have a small explanation of why that dream recurred this particular time. While driving thru the mountains Saturday, Shane had a CD in and wouldn't you know the song came on that I played the night I proposed to her. I was like "Great. I'm just gonna get out here while the car is going sixty miles an hour."

That leads me to a couple more funny quotes from the weekend, which are unrelated to each other:

Tammy: "You sure talk about suicide and killing yourself a lot." (I'm not sure where she got that.)

Me: "Man, by the end of the weekend you had really loosened up. You were droppin' F-bombs like John Kerry."

Oh! I nearly forgot, before we left Nashville Friday, Tammy was showing us pics from her cruise and there was this guy she had met or whatever, and Shane and I were looking at the pictures of them and we thought exactly the same thing at the same time... it looked exactly like Shane. LOL And it did! She was all denying it, then I rambled off some silliness like "Don't try to hide your secret love for Shane. You know you can never have him, so you found a guy that looks just like him." ROFL It was quite the funny.

"I am everything you want. I am everything you need. I am everything inside of you that you wish you could be. I say all the right things at exactly the right time, but I mean nothing to you and I don't know...why..."
Something you should do...
PresidentMatch.com

Only takes five or ten minutes. Answer a few questions and they supposedly match you up with the candidate who most closely agrees with you. Of course, they matched me up with Kucinich. The only thing I know about him is that Willie Nelson endorsed him. LOL Hmmm, maybe Willie knows something we don't. And last election, I was matched up with some little known third-party candidate. Oh well, that's probably where I am anyway.

In other news,
Budget office forecasts record deficit in '04. There's a feather in your cap.

And in even more important news (to some of us), it's not on the web that I can find yet, but apparently, someone plunged to their death off the Jordan Lane (I almost typed Jordan River in there) bridge onto I-565 early this morning. More to come...

"When you're alone, and life is making you lonely, you can always go downtown. When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry, seems to help, I know, downtown..."
Man carries 70 pound dog to safety
OK, this is not a news story. This is my life. LOL This happened last week, but I didn't have time to post it before the lake house trip.

So I'm cleaning out the dog pen, I think it was Thursday, when Sam (that's my lovable dog's name) gets loose. Well he's running around the neighborhood with reckless abandon, marking his territory, going and taunting the other dogs who are penned up. So I decide to just finish cleaning, then I'll begin the roundup, cos sometimes he'll come back on his own, cos he's old and he gets tired really fast. But this time he's not back so I have to go traipsing around the neighborhood. I finally find him, across the street, and two houses down, in someone's backyard "talking" to their dog, who is behind a fence. Now, my dog will not come when you call him. He might look at you, but he won't come to you. So the only way we've ever had of getting him when he gets away like this is to pick him up and carry him. So I pick him up and have to carry him all the way back. I don't know how much my dog weighs, but he isn't light, plus he's not very cooperative because I just picked him up when he was chatting with this girl dog. Anyway, we finally make it back. My sister has come outside now and she is laughing at me. And I tell him, "That's it buddy. You're never getting out again." LOL But I can't be mean to him, cos he's so old and he's been such a good dog, ya know.

Well, that's my story. It would've been much funnier if you could've seen it.

"Sunshine and blue sky days I thought would never end. And falling so deep in love with your very best friend. Oh, I don't know how to get back there again..."
Monday, January 26, 2004
Late night recap...
Napped a bit this afternoon, from about 4:30-6:00. Wasted a beautiful day outside by not going running or anything. Weighed this evening... 180. That's about as high as I want to get. It's just harder to exercise in the winter.

Headed to Applebees tonight. Met Kyle up there. Sat with Beth. She is moving into a house with her sister and another friend this weekend. Turns out they're gonna be living like a block from Donna and like 2 minutes from Kyle. Got two compliments on my boggan, from Jade and Beth. LOL That was kinda neat. Ran to Wal-Mart for a few groceries after that. Saw a guy and girl I played softball with a couple of years ago up there.

Checked prices for the WPBA tourney tonight. Looks like Saturday's tickets are gonna be $30. And Sunday's are priced at $25 and $40. Looking forward to that. K reminded me of a couple more funny moments from the other night. I sorta blew a gasket when we were looking for a place to eat Saturday afternoon. I promise though Melody said O'Charley's like 6 or 8 times, at least, and no one else had even mentioned anywhere. So finally, I snapped and was like, "Alright Melody!!! We get the idea!!! Good grief!! You've said it like ten times already!!!" Oops. LOL Everyone kinda got quiet, and just sorta looked around, like, where did that come from, cos I'm like always so laid back and easy going. It was funny.

K has really got me listening to my old Vertical Horizon CD, since he included some of the songs that I never listened to on the Friends video. So now I'm diggin' most of the album. Thinking about looking for some of their older stuff. K, I'm going to bed.

"Cos I don't know how and I don't know where, we are, we are. And I don't know why, and I don't know if, we are, we are..."
(Half a) Million Dollar Weekend
Had a great weekend at Center Hill Lake!! Left the house about 5:15 Friday evening and got home around 10:45 last night. Stayed at a house which is on the market for $500,000, so needless to say, it was off da hook. The lake is located about an hour east of Nashvegas. Got there about 11:00 or so Friday night, and our trip got off to a bang. LOL

After we checked out the downstairs area, we headed upstairs. Checked out all the bedrooms and stuff, then went out on the balcony. Well, we walked around a bit, then when we start back inside, Tammy is like, "It's locked." So, we've been there all of 15 minutes, and we are locked outside. Now the house is built on a steep incline, and at most points the deck is probably 20-25 feet off the ground, with no outside access. All our phones are locked inside, and there is seemingly no way down. After checking all windows, someone notices that on the nouth side of the house, as the deck goes around the corner just a bit, there is a point at which it is maybe 12-15 feet off the ground. However, there is like no good place to land, because there are two central units there, as well as about a 3 foot high concrete wall, which is only about eight inches wide. Well, while the others are around back, Melody, Tammy, and I are at the corner and suddenly Tammy is like, "I'll do it" and takes off her shoes. She leans over the rail, and after about thirty seconds she is like, "Although you are taller than me." LOL So, I take off my jacket, climb over the rail, slide down a poll a little ways, then I'm hanging from the deck and my feet are still a couple of feet from the eight-inch wide concrete wall. Well, I don't want to injure myself (ouch!), but finally I let go, and fortunately land on the wall. Luckily, we did leave the garage door unlocked, so I go around and let the others in. After that, the rest of the trip was a breeze. LOL

The girls fixed us a great breakfast Saturday morning... biscuits, cinnamon rolls, sausage, and eggs. We went down to the lake for a bit both days, and also up to the state park on Saturday. There we took a two-and-a-half-mile nature trail hike up and down steep terrain. It went down to the lake as well, and Tammy learned how to skip rocks for the first time. LOL Saw and took pictures of plenty of deer and ducks.

Me: "Ooo! A mallard."
T: "Are you a member of PETA or something?"
K: "No, he's just a conservationist." ROFL

I loved seeing the deer. We stopped on the side of the road one time where there were three. Well I got out to take a picture and two of them ran back into the woods, but this one deer just stood there looking at me. What a beautiful creature. Got some good pics.

Also, on the nature trail, Melody was towards the rear of the group, and I hear her say, "Ewwww! A condom!!" We go back and there is this hard-plastic pink think, about 3 inches in diameter, and maybe 2 inches from base to tip, and she thought it was a condom. THAT was funny! LOL

(I must include the following portion of the trip for ranting's sake...)
Around 4:00 Saturday, we headed to the nearest town (about 20 miles away) and ate at O'Charley's. Now, I hadn't been to OC's since Jon, K, and I really got crappy service and food about a year ago. But Melody was pretty insistent about going and so I didn't say anything. Of course, my meal was wrong.. and bad.

I ordered:

Steak (well done) and chicken tenders
Broccoli and cheese

I got:
Steak (medium-rare or medium at best) and shrimp
Baked potato

So needless to say, I'm not going back there again. (end OC rant)

Anyway, let me describe the house in a little more detail. There were two full kitchens, one downstairs and one upstairs. The downstairs was almost like a large studio apartment... full kitchen with a small bar, huge bathroom, huge living room area, TV, bed, lots of windows, and a screened in patio. Upstairs there were four more bedrooms and three more bathrooms, along with a huge living room/den area, full kitchen, bar and dining room. Lots of windows everywhere and two doors to the upstairs balcony. Hardwood floors and high, high, hardwood ceilings. There were two stone fireplaces, one upstairs and one downstairs. The interior design was just about perfect, too. They are including the lot and all the furnishings with the house to whomever buys it.

I guess that's about all I can disclose for free. LOL We all decided it would be best not to disclose other details of the trip. One of us might want to run for political office one day. I'm not even sure what that means. Anyway, lots of fun was had by all. I can't believe I almost didn't go. It was weird not being on the internet for nearly 60 hours. lol But it was good to just enjoy nature. It was so peaceful and scenic. All I could think the whole time was "I want to live here" and "This would be a perfect place to write." It was really good to spend time with friends, and get to know others a little better. My friends are great. I mean, really. Sometimes I don't appreciate them enough, but we all just get along and accept each other's flaws and laugh a LOT and have fun. It did seem like about the shortest weekend of my life. Oh well. Enough for now. It's Monday, and I'm actually having a good day so far.

Next big trip... Women's Professional Billiards Tournament in Mississippi at the end of February. Then probably a beach trip in late March or April.

"I've been unable to put you down. I'm still learning things I ought to know by now. It's under the table so, I need something more to show somehow. Never again. No, never again. Cos you're a god, and I am not, and I just thought I'd let you go..."
Way to go, Baby!
Charlize Theron Wins Best Actress at Golden Globes.

Well, I guess I have to go see the movie now, even though she doesn't look like herself.

"Why weren't we able, to see the signs that we missed, and try to turn the tables? I wish you'd unclench your fists, and unpack your suitcase. Lately there's been too much of this, but don't think it's too late..."
Friday, January 23, 2004
Weekend Getaway
OK, I got talked into going to the lake house for the weekend. So, I've just about finished packing and I'm about to leave. Should be my first real good chance to experiment a lot with my camera. Planning to be back Sunday. Have fun!

"You reminded me of brighter days. I hoped you were comin' home to stay. I was headed to church. I was off to drink you away. Thought about you for a long time. Can't seem to get you off my mind. I can't understand why we're livin' life this way..."
So long, Captain :-(
Bob Keeshan, 76.

Feels like I just lost part of my childhood. Who would've ever thought of having a character named Mister Green Jeans? That was the best.

"Autumnís sweet we call it fall. Iíll make it to the moon if I have to crawl. And with the birds Iíll share this lonely view..."
This Could Be My Last Blog Entry Ever...
...but, probably not. LOL

Lots to blog about from yesterday. Let's begin with Observations From Both Sides of a Bathroom Door. Ate at Logan's last night. Went to the bathroom. There are two doors, men's and women's, right. Well, this particular establishment has chosen to designate said bathrooms with the all-too-popular two-dimensional, solid-color, faceless human silhouette. I HATE this, because the difference between the "man" and the "woman" on these doors is miniscule. Oh, the woman's body slants from her shoulders to her waist at a 10 degree angle, while the man is just straight down. Oh, I see. Apparently, simply printing the words "Men" and "Women" in plain English would be too too complicated. Or maybe there are just a lot of illiterate people using these restrooms.

Another thing I'm not crazy about is the little sensor with the blinking light on the urinal. That's just a little too close to a hidden camera for my liking. Sometimes, I'll walk back and forth in front of it over and over, just to fool it. Seriously though, a small one-way black screen, with a little blinking light. If it were located anywhere else, wouldn't you think it was a surveillance camera?

Well that's about the most interesting portion of today's blog entry. So read on if you must, but it only gets worse from here. lol

Shot pool for awhile last night. K and I had some close games. Seven games. Won four. Lost three. Went to Applebees to eat, and as soon as I walked in, Shirley was like, "There's not anyone here that you're gonna want to sit with." So we left. LOL

Had a short wait for a table at Logan's. Then a long wait for food. Got there about 8:15. My food, which was a simple cheeseburger, came out after 9:00 PM. Our cute server didn't charge me for my salad to make up for the wait time. Might have to request her again.

Kyle won Celebrity Lookalikes last night, spotting Spike Lee in Logan's. Although he didn't seem to like my "Get on the bus" comment. What? My entries of a Tom Willis look-alike and the guy who played the boss on "Newsradio" didn't quite measure up. Oh well, I'll get 'em next time.

Chatted with Bunny for a bit, which led to the following:

Me: "Well, I was just calling to check in..."
B: "OK. Well I guess that means our conversation is over." LOL

Then:
Me: "Is everything OK. You need any advice or anything?"
B: "How to kill myself quickly."
Me: "Well, I've got some good news for you, my friend. You're in luck!"

Was just noticing the postcard Bunny sent me last night. There are six sentences on there, and she ended all six with an exclamation point. LOL Of course, that's kinda how she talks anyway, always bubbly and excited. Reminds me of a Seinfeld. I'll have to look it up later, but Elaine can't stand when people use too many exclamation points in writing.

Melody called to try and talk me into going on the lake house weekend getaway. I'm basically about split right now. If it was just one night, I'd have no problem going. But if I want to come back Saturday night, I have to drive up by myself. Shane called on my way home last night to say he had invited Leanna along. So, if she goes, I'll probably go, although I'm not sure what one thing has to do with the other. LOL

"The Apartment" ep of Seinfeld was on last night...

J: "You have no idea what an idiot is. Elaine just gave me a chance to get out and I didn't take it. This is an idiot."
G: "Is that right? I just threw away a lifetime of guilt-free sex, and floor seats for every sporting event in Madison Square Garden. So please, a little respect. For I am Costanza, lord of the idiots!" ROFL

So they're in this apartment watching the marathon go by below, and this lady by the window yells about this time, "You're all winners!" George responds, "But suddenly, a new contender has emerged." ROFL

"My car is in the front yard. And I'm sleeping with my clothes on. I came in thru the window last night, and you're.... gone...."
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Midday Recapitulation
Waiting for another day of work to expire...

Had a nice conversation with Meredith yesterday morning. Told her about my sister getting married. I said something to the effect of, "So my sister, who is eight years younger than me, is getting married before me." Then this exchange:

Me: "The wedding is July 24th."
Her: "Wow, that's pretty soon."
Me: "Yes, I will be killing myself sometime right around that date." LOL

WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Wow, I saw and/or talked to several folks last night. Amber called after church, just as I was getting started. So I told her I'd call her back, but then it was like 9:45 when I got home, so I figured she'd be in bed. Ran into Jonathan at the grocery store. Asked if he'd killed any deer this year. He said he hadn't even seen one. Hmm, maybe I should fix him up with Jessica (#3). She was talking about going hunting last weekend. Then, at the gas station, Mandy was yelling at me from inside. So I went in and she wanted to ask me something. Then DC called as I was finishing up to talk about the basketball game. Bama pulled out a close one, 45-42. I may try to get tickets to a game here before long. Might call my cousin and see if he wants to go to one, since he's already down there.

Anyway, I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to be helping Dad. He has scheduled his surgery for March 4th, I think. After some rehab, hopefully, he'll be good as new, or at least vintage used. And since that was the reason I started helping him in the first place, I'm not sure how that's going to work out. We'll see. Either way is fine with me, really. I may try to find a second (or third) job pretty soon, whichever the case may be.

Looks like a lot of folks have backed out of the near-a-lake-house trip. So I'm not sure if I'm even going now. It's down to Shane, Tammy, Melody, and Kyle. We'll see. I didn't really wanna stay two nights. Then again, what am I gonna do if I stay around here? I'm probably 75-25 leaning towards not going right now.

A couple of good Seinfelds were on last night (of course, aren't they all good). In "The Beard", Elaine tries to convert a gay guy:

Jerry: You realize you're venturing into uncharted waters?
Elaine: I realize that.
Jerry: Are you that desperate?
Elaine: Yes, I am.

And Kramer sets George up with a bald woman...

George: I got rejected by a bald woman. A bald woman rejected me. You like that one? A woman with no prospects and no hair told me that I wasn't her type. Apparently, "Baldy" likes a slimmer guy.

The a classic from season two, "The Busboy," was on. lol George gets this busboy fired, then goes to apologize to him, leaves his apartment door open, and the guy's cat runs off.

"But it's not so bad. You're only the best I ever had. I don't want you back. You're just the best I ever had..."
The New Card Game That's Sweeping The Nation...
Stars Behind Bars.

Larry King? Sounds like the government was out to get him. Of course, you know anything involving JFK interests me.

Kobe is an Ace! "Shaq.. Kobe... good game..."

Paul Reubens. LOL Wow, that was back in the day.

"Breakin' rocks in the hot sun. I fought the law and the law won. I fought the law and the law won..."
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Fifteen Minutes in a Subway
Here's a little slice of life from earlier tonight...

I went to pay my cell phone bill, then headed to Subway for a sandwich. Got there about 6:00. I figured I'd get in, get out, eat my sandwich, and be on my way to church by 6:40. Well, when I walked in, there were two people in front of me. The lady in front of me got three hot sandwiches. They only have one microwave in there, so they can only heat up one at a time. Meanwhile, the guy at the front of the line had some kind of coupon. He had gotten 3 foot-long sandwiches for like $10.99 or something, and the girl at the register couldn't figure up how to ring it up. We'll call her Girl A. So she had to wait until this other girl (we'll call her Girl B), who was fixing my sandwich and the lady's in front of me, was done making all our sandwiches to show her how to ring up his order.

Well, after I'd been in there five or ten minutes, they start yelling out this name. Turns out there is another girl there (we'll call her Girl C), and she has been in the bathroom the whole time! So she comes out, gets like a trash bag or something. I don't know, I lost track of her. Next thing I know, they're yelling for Girl C again, and she has made it back into the bathroom. It was only as I was leaving that she had finally come out, washed her hands and was starting to fix a sandwich. By this time, there were like three more people in line behind me. So anyhow, back to Girl A and the guy at the front of the line. If I was in there 15 minutes, this poor guy must've been in there 20 or more. Then, he must've paid with a hundred, and Girl A had to get Girl B to go in the back to the office to get change. Sheesh. So he leaves, then Girl A can't get the register to close. So we're just standing there. Finally, after she slams it ten or fifteen times, it closes. Then, just as I'm about to reach the front of the line, Girl C walks by and knocks my sandwich in the floor, scattering it everywhere. (OK, that last part never happened. No one knocked my sandwich in the floor. LOL) But still, it was quite an ordeal, don't you think. So, I got home at like 6:20. Didn't even get to finish all my food, cos I had to change clothes. And to top it all off, something in my sandwich tasted a bit funky. LOL

All this, just so whatever I do tomorrow, I can say, "It's alright. I had Subway last night." LOL And the best part of it all.... it gave me something to blog about.

Random side note, I think this Kristin Davis that is going to be on Letterman here in a few minutes may be the chick who played Jerry's girlfriend, Jenna, on Seinfeld. He drops her toothbrush he drops in the toilet, and before he can tell her, she's using it. LOL Then she later reappears, dating Bania. I think that's her. She's apparently on Sex and the City, which I've only seen about 3 minutes of once.

"If that's how it's gonna leave, straight out from underneath, then we'll see who's sorry now. If that's how it's gonna end, when you know you've been depending on the one you're leaving now..."
Cassettes I Own
Looking thru some old boxes today... (OK, so a couple of these are actually IN my truck currently). Here are some cassettes I own (I'm not necessarily proud of any of these... this is for your entertainment only):

J. Geils Band - "Freeze Frame"
Beastie Boys - "Licensed to Ill"
Beastie Boys - "Ill Communication" (It was a phase...)
Milli Vanilli - "Girl You Know It's True" (that one's in the truck.. I'll listen to it and I'll sing along, and I don't care... lol)
New Kids On The Block - "Hangin' Tough" (only after many years of therapy can I admit this)
Tone Loc - "Loc'ed After Dark"
The Boys - "Messages From The Boys" (It's not as gay as it sounds... well... nevermind. Geez, what was wrong with me?)

OK, that's enough therapy for today. Tune in tomorrow for "Posters on my wall." LOL

"I recognized the writing, on the plain while envelope. I've wondered where she'd wind up before she called or wrote. The answer's in a circle, through the word 'love' on a stamp... postmarked Birmingham..."
Incongruity Defined
Flintstones trivia fact o' the day: A rock is officially considered a boulder when it is at least ten inches in diameter.

Why can't everyone be more like my dog? I went out to see him yesterday, and he was so happy to see me. If I forget to go by one day, he doesn't get mad. In fact, he seems even more happy to see me the next day. It's like the best part of his entire day is the few minutes I come out to see him or feed him or whatever. He is getting old though :-( He is probably at least 11 or 12.

Tuesday recap: Did laundry to completion. Studied a bit. Actually watched a bit of American Idol (thanks for getting me started on that). Simon is my hero. lol Went by Cardinal to get some dinner. Went by to see my sister. She was online, so we ordered some stuff from AE online. They had some hugemondo (<-- made-up word) sale prices going on... shirts from $9.99-$14.99. Watched a little of the State of the Union. As one of my female friends said yesterday when I asked who she was voting for, "I know who I'm NOT voting for." lol Exactly.

Sometimes I wonder if the reason the Super Bowl is such a let down because it is so over-hyped--to the point that it would be virtually impossible to live up to the hype. I mean, when there's a big game, college football, or whatever, I don't need two weeks of hype to get excited. It's the Super Bowl. Everyone knows how big it is. Another thing I wonder about is the SB commercials. For the most part, they're so clever and interesting, yet most of them only run for a very short time, if at all, after the SB. They immediately go back to the same drab, boring commercials that cause us to flip channels.

K, that's all I can think of for now. Oh no, hang on, some funny lines from Seinfeld last night (The Bottle Deposits):

Steinbrenner (as George is being carried away to the mental hospital): "They're gonna take you away to a nice place where you can get some help. They're very friendly people there. My brother-in-law was there for a couple of weeks. The man was obsessed with lactating women. They completely cured him, although he still eats a lot of cheese..." ROFL

Wow, that was messed up. I'm not even sure what that's supposed to mean.

"If you're gone, maybe it's time to come home. There's an awful lot of breathing room, but I can hardly move. If you're gone, maybe you need to come home. There's a little bit of something me, in everything in you..."
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
A Blog Entry by Robert Smigel
(If you know who that is, you could win a free three-month membership to my blog...)

Here's the random fact of the day... Eight people per day go to the hospital with injuries resulting from vending machines. They're death traps, people. This should be Bush's number one concern tonight. Vending machines are taking away jobs from convenience store clerks, and they're injuring innocent Americans. So be careful. If you're candy doesn't come out, don't try to reach your arm inside the machine. Just stand there and yell, "Jump!" TWIX!!!!!

Seriously, we were talking politics yesterday and my sister asked me, "Well what would you do if you were President?" That's something to think about. What would be say your top five priorities? Or ten? What would you do differently that our current President? Those are some good things to think about. Know what's important to you, rather than just voting and following blindly after some politician or political party. Speaking of tonight's speech, Giggle Chick posted a cute comic today relating to that.

Remember when you were a kid and you begged your parents to take you to McDonald's so you could get a Happy Meal and a prize, and they'd hardly ever take you. Instead, they'd scream and yell at you that you were a bad kid and that you were the reason they couldn't afford all the things they wanted, and.... Oh, sorry. I thought I was on the therapist's couch there for a moment.

Back to blog-ality... Anyway, my point is that fast food (or, good food quickly as Seth at Kenny Rogers' Roasters says) really isn't very good. Yet, we just continue to eat it. Are we too busy? Are we too lazy to cook? Ponder...

Doin' laundry today. Yay. Watched a bit of "Average Joe" last night. I could really maybe get into that reality show, but just knowing they're going to eventually bring the model guys in kinda ruins it. I dunno. I think I did realize at least one reason why people watch these shows. If you don't have anything to do during the week, there is like nothing else on. Monday is usually like my only completely free night, and so I was just flipping thru the channels when I woke up from my nap, and that was it.... reality shows. Fear Factor, American Idol, My Big Fat Obnoxious Stupid Ugly Retarded Fiance, and Average Joe... and those are just the ones I flipped across.

"Someday, somehow, gonna make it alright, but not right now. I know you're wonderin' when. You're the only one who knows that..."
Monday, January 19, 2004
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... wha- what?
How tired am I? How far behind on sleep am I? Well, I lie down a little after 3:30 and I don't set my alarm, because I figure I will just let my body wake up when it is ready. I wake up at almost 7:30. Amber called, so I finally got up. I had nearly a four-hour nap. Wow. I have to start getting more sleep, and quit acting like I'm part of some secret government sleep deprivation project. I have probably averaged between five and six hours sleep per night for the past six months at least.

K, now I'm watching couples Fear Factor and waiting for my dinner to get done. They are trying to hang on to this rope, suspended over water. And the girls keep letting go. But I think it'd be really funny if one of the guys slipped and let go. lol Wow, how embarrassing.

"Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart. There's nothing I can do. A total eclipse of the heart. Once upon a time there was light in my life. But now there's only love in the dark. Nothing I can say. A total eclipse of the heart..."
Front Page News
Got home, opened up the newspaper, and who to my wondering eyes should appear but Liz, right on the front page. She used to work at Applebee's. So, the first thing I did was give Kyle a call, cos he was in love with her for like... well... actually, I think he's still in love with her. lol I'm pretty sure that made his day. She's working at LifeSouth.

Saw a few snow flurries while I was pumping gas this morning. Nothing major. I wish it would snow more.

"How bizarre, how bizarre. Ooo baby. It's makin' me crazy. Everytime I look around, everytime I look around, it's in my face..."
Easy on the Brut, Buddy!
Just got back from running to Taco Bell for lunch. Walked in the front office and all I could smell was heavy, heavy cologne. Some guy had walked in, just in the five minutes since I had been gone, and that's all you could smell. Why do people do that? You just want a hint of something delightful, not permanent damage to your olfactory system. I bet he goes thru a bottle a week.

T minus 40 days til the billiards tournament!!!

"I'm down here in Mexico, sick as a dog. My head is pounding in this border town fog. I'm down to my last dime, and comin' apart at the seams. I'm messed up in Mexico, livin' on refried dreams..."
Sad News
Woman dies by freak electrocution in NY.

That is so sad :-(

"So what now? It's plain to see we're over. And I hate when things are over, and so much is left undone..."
Good news!!!!
Bloggin' away while somebody somewhere is wondering why the Super Bowl is STILL counting using Roman numerals...

I mean, come on, just say Super Bowl 38 already. I think it's safe to say a very small percentage of us count "I, II, III, IV, V, VI..."

Oh, on to the good news for today. This blog is now #1 on Google for searches for "Bone and Charlize at Applebees." That's kinda cool. Who knows where that could lead. OK, probably nowhere. But come on, I have so little.

Funny Seinfeld on last night:

George: She invites me up at twelve o'clock at night for coffee, and I don't go up. "No thank you. I don't want coffee. It keeps me up. It's too late for me to drink coffee." I said this to her. People this stupid shouldn't be allowed to live. I can't imagine what she must think of me.
Jerry: She thinks you're a guy that doesn't like coffee.
George: Don't you see? She invited me up. Coffee's not coffee! Coffee is sex.
Elaine: Maybe coffee was coffee.
George: Coffee's coffee in the morning. It's not coffee at twelve o' clock at night.
Elaine: Some people drink coffee that late.
George: Yeah, people who work at NORAD who are on twenty-four hour missile watch.

ROFL

"Tried to be, more than me. And I gave until it all went away. And we've only surrendered to the worst part of these winters, that we've made..."
Sunday, January 18, 2004
Super Bowl Fever
I can't believe it... both teams I were rooting for today won. Finally. New England and Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII. I figured the Patriots would win, but I wasn't sure about the Panthers. Now, they take two weeks off before the Super Bowl--so they can hype it, I guess. Why not just play it next week? Baseball doesn't take two weeks off before the World Series. The NBA doesn't take two weeks off before the finals. It doesn't need to be hyped. It's the Super Bowl, for crying out loud.

In other news, William Jefferson Clinton was at Applebees tonight. The funny thing is, I've seen this guy in there once before, several months ago. lol

Me: "Beth, do you think that guy at 64 looks like Bill Clinton?"
B: "I think it's so funny that you know the table numbers."
Me: "Yeah, but does he look like Bill Clinton."

Good grief, I've known the table numbers for 3 years. lol Wow, he had the hair, the nose, the eyes.. everything. I have to start taking my camera everywhere... aaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! These non-documented celebrity sightings are killing me. They're killing me, Jerry!

Picked up a few groceries at Wal-Mart. They are now selling half-loaves of bread. OK, they have probably been selling them for awhile, but I just noticed them recently. Finally!!! A product for the single people. A loaf-of-bread for the rest of us. I'm stoked about that. Now I won't have to throw out three-quarters of a loaf of bread every week. Now, I'll just have to throw out half of a half-loaf...? lol

"No I would not sleep in this bed of lies. So toss me out and turn in. And there'll be no rest for these tired eyes. I'm marking it down to learning.... I am..."
Diurnal Blog-ocity
I keep going thru cycles where I tell myself I'm not going to post simply recaps of what I do each day, then I get back in the rut and catch myself doing it. Oh well.

So, I'm sitting here watching Jeanette Lee versus Karen Corr in billiards action (as opposed to jello wrestling action?) on ESPN. It's been a cool weekend so far. Didn't get in this morning until about 2:45. Went to church this morning. So, suffice it to say I'm a little tired. Went over to eat lunch with the family. Getting ready for the football games. They start late today, at like 2:30, I think. Again, I'm pulling for New England and Carolina. So, don't expect either of them to win. lol

You know what I think is a good idea? Having like a small monitor on fax machines. And they could have a preview mode, where you can see what is coming across, then if it's just stuff that's going to use up ink and paper, you can refuse it. Do they already have those? Maybe they do, and maybe our fax machine is just a piece of crap. If not, I want a piece of that action.

I wanna be a writer, and a stand-up comedian, and write books and a newspaper column, and people will read me and I'll be known like Ann Landers and Heloise. "Dear Bone" or maybe "Dear Nibbler". lol I have trouble sometimes writing material. The main reason is probably because I don't spend near enough time on it. Of course, I am sure most full-time writers even have trouble from time to time, thus the term writer's block. But I feel like I'm just more naturally funny and able to make random funny comments in a group setting where I'm fairly comfortable. Who knows. Maybe I am not funny at all. Maybe I am very depressing and even though they would never tell me to my face, as soon as I leave, I make people cry.

In closing, talked to Bunny yesterday. She had sent me a postcard with a picture of the beach on it, so I called to thank her. Oh man, the football game just came on, and it's snowing there!!! I want it to snow here!!!! No fair. K, I'm gonna go and watch some of the game.

"On the coast of somewhere beautiful, trade winds blowin' thru her hair. Sunlight dancin' on the water, and I wish I was there. Don't know how I'm gonna find her. All I know so far, she's on the coast of somewhere beautiful... runnin' with my heart..."
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Analyze This...
Well, since I fell asleep on the couch last night, I didn't rest well. So I laid down for a nap about Noon. And I had this dream:

I was with some friends (though I can't remember which ones now) and we were in a larger city, but we lived there. There was like a fighter jet flying overhead and you could see an intercontinental missile taking off in the distance. So we were going into Wal-Mart, or someplace like Wal-Mart. Once, inside, there were only like 4 or 5 aisles. People were just sort of walking around the outer walls, sort of in a buffet-style line. I remember seeing several people I recognized, but the only one I can remember now is one of our local state senators. lol I remember there was a Christmas room towards the back on the far left. I was examining the items on the shelves, and while I was dreaming, I was thinking to myself, why am I dreaming in such detail? How is all this stuff in my subconscious? And why? So anyhow, I get like three-fourths of the way around the store, and there is like this big bay-door, like where a truck would back in to bring deliveries. So I walk through the door and look up at the sky. It is night now (it was daytime when we went in). It's a clear night with lots of stars and as I'm just about to turn around and go back inside, there is like this purple light that starts shining down from above. So that freaks me out. When I go back in the door, everyone and everything is gone. It's just a big empty room. And the next thing I know, I'm lying horizontally, maybe even levitating just a foot off the ground, looking up at the high ceilings and slowly moving in the direction of my head. That's all I remember.

"Young punk, spilling beer on my shoes. Fat guyís talking to me trying to steal my blues. Thick smoke, see her smiling through. I never thought so much could happen just, shooting pool..."
Jazzy
Just finished a bowl of Apple Jacks... watching Mystery Science Theatre... and blogging...

Last night was a lot o' fun, as K and I decided to head over to H'ville to hang out. Ran by the mall, then I picked up a few things at Old Navy. They were having a winter clearance sale. Next, we decided to go shoot pool at the Jazz Factory. This was my first time to go there. But it was pretty cool. We got a table and shot 6 or 7 games, I think. Played for about an hour. The music was pretty cool, too. The only bad part was that it was like an RJ Reynolds factory in there.

After that, headed back to Applebees for a late dinner. Got there around 11. Sat with Davina. I got her to turn the TV to NBC, so I could see Charlize. Wow! What an outfit! Jessica was working. Shane and Melody were in town, and they came up there, too. We discussed next week's trip to the off-lake house. Tammy is in, so Kyle was jazzed about that. Talked about my appearance on Last Comic Standing. Shane is all like, "You've got some good material." He also brought up the Junior Miss pageant, and asked if they had paid me for helping on that. I informed him that they had not. I had almost forgotten about that. Anyhow, got home about 12:45, I think.

A couple of things happened that disturbed me yesterday. Kyle had never heard of Charlize. Then, a promo for SNL came on, with Jessica Simpson, who is gonna be hosting. And he's like, "Who is that?" lol

A Sein-ism occurred Thursday, as I was eating chips and salsa, and Donna picked up one of my chips to eat and I was like, "Get some salsa." So she dipped in the salsa and I said, "But don't double-dip." That's like putting your mouth in the dip. lol

Today? Well, it's supposed to be rainy. I seriously thought about going down to the basketball game tonight. But I checked online yesterday and it's sold out, and I don't feel like paying forty or fifty bucks apiece to a sca--... uh... to a guy on the street who is selling tickets. lol Might just watch on TV.

A Hot Pockets Pot Pie commercial just came on. lol "No, Kitty, that's my Hot Pockets Pot Pah!"

"I get knocked down, but I get up again, and you're never gonna keep me down..."
Friday, January 16, 2004
It's the Little Things
Some little things that I enjoy:

- Seeing Wil Ferrell do his Harry Caray impersonation... lol
- Watching billiards on TV
- The smell of a freshly opened can of tennis balls
- Driving down a highway, hundreds of miles from home, as the sun sets. There's an inexpressable feeling of freedom and adventure in that
- Playing with my dog
- Bunny rabbits
- Being outside on a clear night look at the stars
- Spending the night in a hotel
- Cherry pie...mmmm
- Any Seinfeld episode
- Snow (as rare as it is around here)
- Sitting on a beach with my feet buried in the sand, listening to the waves crashing
- Listening to a Matchbox Twenty CD
- Having pizza delivered
- Writing (wish I was good at it)
- Saturdays with no work
- Watching birds sitting on a power line
- Hanging out with friends, often reminiscing about the past
- Watching an Alabama football game (seems I used to enjoy these A LOT more though... lol)
- Going out and running into people I know, esp. someone I haven't seen in awhile
- Discussing sports (with someone who at least halfway knows what they are talking about)
- Hot chocolate with lots of tiny marshmallows
- Watching "Welcome Back, Kotter" lol
- Playing softball
- Listening to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album, and singing out loud when no one can see lol
- Cuddling up with a cute feminina on the couch, and just staying in for the night, renting a movie or something
- Listening to older people tell stories about the past
- A glazed, creme-filled doughnut from Krispy Kreme... mmmm
- Bowling (even though I haven't been in over a year)
- Opening a big bag of Doritos, popping open a Sun Drop and lying on the couch for an hour, watching TV (actually don't do that often, but I enjoy it when I do)

"Sometimes I feel a wave of the past break in my mind. And I know it's gone for good. And it makes me want to cry. Is this all we get to keep as the years go rolling by? Just the memories of all the days gone by..."
While rummaging thru crap yesterday...
...I found a little imitation, generic Pez dispenser that this lady had given out when we had cake and ice cream for someone's birthday when I was working at BellSouth a few years ago. Now, it's like half the size of a real Pez dispenser and doesn't automatically push up the candy. You have to pull the top up. Imitation Pez? What is up with that? A Pez costs like 99 cents or maybe a dollar ninety-nine. That's like imitation Juicy Fruit or something.

Big news of the day
Charlize Theron on Leno
A haiku for you

"She's got a body under that shirt, but all she wants to do is rub my face in the dirt..."

I have to be sure and be home in time to see that. Actually, it's probably more likely that I'd already be asleep by then, rather than not be home by then. lol

I find it a bit disturbing that I've watched part of On Air With Ryan Seacrest the past two days. John Mayer was on there Wednesday. So he asks him about Michael Jackson, and Mayer is like, "Well, anytime something like that happens, I like to separate the person into two people. Like when you're dating a girl and she goes nuts. I make two different people out of her. There's the original girl, who I liked. And the post-nuts girl." Amen, bruthah.

Donald Trump was on there, too. So Ryan had let audience members guess how much cash Trump had in his pocket, and they would give it to whoever got closest. Well, one chick guessed $20 billion. ROFL In cash? Well, this whole time, I am thinking, "this isn't how billionaires get to be billionaires, by giving away money." And sure enough, turns out Trump only has two dollars in his pocket. So the guy who is the producer of The Apprentice is on there, too, and he ends up giving away what's in his pocket, which turned out to be like four-hundred-and-some-odd dollars.

"Blue jeans sitting on the beach. Her dog's talking to me, but she's out of reach. She's got a body, under that shirt, but all she wants to do is rub my face in the dirt. Cos I can't dance..."
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Clarice!!
Anthony Hopkins was at Applebees tonight!! OK, it probably wasn't him, but this guy could've been his stunt double. Wow! It was freaky. I was keeping an eye on him. lol Once again, I was left camera-less, so I can't share it with you. I kept waiting for him to call Donna, Clarice. It's like a regular occasion now, Celebrity Look-Alikes. Aaaaah!!! I wish I had a picture to post.

Shot some stick tonight, as well. Kyle has really improved. I had to make a couple of really incredible shots to win a couple of those games. Had one down-the-table-and-back, two-rail bank shot that went in. On the other, the 6 was frozen on the end rail, about 12-14 inches from the hole. I was all the way on the other end of the table, and hit a shot with hard-left english and the 6 trickled in. I was very lucky on both. James was up there--the guy I shot a game with last week. Belle was working, but that was about it. The staff on Thursdays has recently become mostly unfamiliar people.

A couple of funny exchanges:
K: "Well there's one problem with the lakehouse.... it's not really on a lake. I think you can see a lake from the house.... I'm pretty sure you pass a lake somewhere between here and there."
J: "Well does it have any electricity?"
K: (laughter... then serious) "I'm really not sure." ROFL

K: "All she talks about is sex."
D: "Who? Me?"
J: "Well, no, we easily could have been referring to you, but not this time." LOL

"We've got seven days to find four girls. That's gonna be virtually impossible."
"Actually, you could eliminate the time limit and divide the number of girls in half, and it would still be virtually impossible." WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

"There's times I feel so angry, I put my fist right thru a wall. Then there's times I've come so close to giving you a call. I love you and I hate you, all at the same time. I pray that you'll come back to me, before I lose my mind. How's it going, might be what I'd say. You broke my heart you know, or it looks like rain today..."
Well, I've never!!!
Here's something fun (or not) to do: List 5 (or 10) fairly common things that you have never done. (Try to think of things that others might be surprised to know.)

I have never:
1. Been snow skiing
2. Flown on an airplane (flown... that's a funny word)
3. Eaten a 5th Avenue bar (what's that like...a butterfinger?)
4. Watched an entire episode of Survivor
5. Smoked, snorted, shot, inhaled, or by an other method, used an illegal drug
6. Smoked a cigarette
7. Watched an entire episode of ER
8. Been in a tanning bed
9. Seen (or read) "Gone With the Wind"
10. Dove head first into a pool

Wow, I didn't realize how abnormal I am, til just now. I'm thinking about buying a new big-screen TV... and smashing it over my head. Woooooooo!!!!

"You and I must make a pact. We must bring salvation back. Where there is love, I'll be there..."
Try To Curb Your Enthusiasm
But the first season is out on DVD.

I wonder when the Seinfeld DVD is supposed to be out. Last I heard, it was going to be the last half of this year, in time for Christmas, of course. If so, that will be the first item on my list. lol

"In your world, I have no meaning. Though I'm trying hard to understand. And it's my heart that's breakin' down this long distance line tonight. I ain't missin' you at all..."
Big Brother
Don't have a link for this. We just got a hard copy here at work, so I will transport:

- 63% of employers surveyed have kept track of websites their employees visited
- 52% of employers monitored workers' email
- 43% of employers have listened to employers' phone calls and/or voice mail
- 38% of employers used surveillance cameras to watch workers
and last, but not least,
- 31% have fired employees for violating company policies concerning surfing the Internet

Hmm, I wonder if someone is trying to tell me something. Nah! I know my email and instant messaging isn't being monitored... else I would have been fired looooong ago. lol I'm not even sure what that's supposed to mean.

"But where am I gonna look? They tell me that love is blind. I really need a girl like an open book, to read between the lines. Love in an elevator. Livin' it up when I'm goin' down..."
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Last Blogger Standing
Shane emailed me today and said I should try out for Last Comic Standing 2. One of the six locations is going to be in Nashville. That would really probably be an excellent experience.

Oh, I remembered what the lady at work said today. She had this book lying on her desk, "Great Mysteries of the 20th Century" or something like that. So I picked it up and was browsing thru it, and she was like, "I guess that's what they call a coffee table book on Seinfeld, or Friends, or one of those shows." I was like, "Yep." You know what would be great? A coffee table book about coffee tables.

I also forgot that I saw a dead ringer for Morty Seinfeld at the grocery store this afternoon. lol He was even wearing a tan beltless trench coat, I think.

Great Sein was on this afternoon--Jerry catches Uncle Leo stealing books at Brentano's, and rats him out. "Hellooo!" George takes a book off the shelf, and into the store bathroom with him. It's funkified, so they make him buy it, then they flag it so he can't return it. lol Kramer and Newman buy a ricksha and audition homeless guys to pull it. Man, there were some great lines in there:

"Alright, listen up. Now you three have been hand-picked out of possibly dozens that applied. What we're looking for are motivated, hard-working, homeless gentlemen like yourselves to pull rickshas." (One of the homeless men wanders off, leaving two.) "To pull rickshas means more than just strong legs. You're also going to need a well-toned upper body... or a shirt."

J: "Well, you know, eighty-five percent of all homeless ricksha businesses fail within the first three months."
K: "See, we should've gotten some collateral from him, like his bag of cans or.... his other bag of cans."

LOL Zany! Well, my Healthy Choice Chicken Parmigiana should be about done. 9 grams of fat, and 320 calories. Mmmmm.

"My baby don't mess around, because she loves me so, and this I know fo' sho'..."
Seins of life
Well I went by the grocery store on the way home, because I was craving salad and cereal. Yes, cereal. I wonder, am I becoming too much like the TV Jerry Seinfeld. Nah! Not that there's anything wrong with that. What?

Bought a half-gallon of milk, and dropped it twice trying to sit it in the refrigerator. I was both surprised and thankful that it didn't burst. I'm sure it won't be long til I slip in the shower and break my hip. Please visit me at Morningside. lol

I've been studying since I got home. It's another great day here. Cloudy and stuff, but the temp is nice. I think it's supposed to get colder towards the weekend. I was thinking today, this year has gotten off to such a great start. I am thankful for that. The problems/troubles of yesteryear seem to be all left in the past, which is where they belong. Maybe part of it is just a better attitude on my part. Because really, there are always going to be trials, problems, and struggles. So it's really a choice on my part to face them with a positive outlook, and have faith, or look at things negatively all the time. Sounds simple, I know.

One of the ladies at work today brought up a Seinfeld reference. Crap, I can't remember it now. She said something about "Yada yada yada, like they did on Friends or Seinfeld, or one of those shows." Anyway, she asked if I had heard there was a Superman reference in every episode. I said, "Yes." Of course. Then I told her about the show I saw him do in Nashville last year. That was great... (loose recollection--->) "I've got news for you. No one wants to come to your wedding. I mean, we're happy for you. We're glad you're happy. But we have no desire to be there. I guarantee you, when people get that invitation in the mail, the first thing they think is, "Well, there goes my whole Saturday!" ROFL

Awww, this couple on Divorce Court just decided to try and work things out. Then they hugged at the end. Aw man, I love that. Oh wait. Was that out loud?

"I'd have sworn, that with time. Thoughts of you would leave my head. I was wrong. Now I find, just one thing makes me forget..."
Bathroom habits, Stripper-mobile, and a big Oops!
Survey Reveals Bathroom Habits

11% of people EAT in the bathroom!?!? Ewwwwwww! 47% talk on the phone? Note to friends: If you are on the throne when I call, please just tell me. Whatever it is, it can wait. And if you have ever eaten in the bathroom, well, then I just can't be your friend anymore. lol Ewwwww. I mean, how can you-- the malodorous scent and all the contaminating germs.

Woman drives stripper car to pick up daughter at school

I love this part... "Meredith told The Star the car is registered in her name but belongs to her boyfriend." Say huh? Sounds like something off of Judge Joe Brown, not that I ever watch that show.

US Accidentally Drops Bomb On England

Oops! Sorry. Really. We'll pay for the crater. We're still friends, right?

"After all that we've been thru, I will make it up to you. I promise to. And after all that's been said and done, you're just a part of me I can't let go..."
My apartment smells like a pot-pie (and other pseudo-interesting stuff)
"No Kitty! That's my pot paaaah!!"

That's what I had for dinner last night. Finished up laundry, and put up all my clothes. My least favorite parts of laundry are putting up the clothes, and ironing... ugh. Wow, this entry is off to a rousing start.

I noticed something quite disturbing as I was running last night. There was what looked to be a bottled water bottle, filled with what I guessed to be urine, just lying near the curb. Then a few feet later, there was another one. Is that abnormal? What is the deal? Maybe it wasn't urine. But it was some urine-colored liquid in a bottled-water bottle. I found it a tad disturbing.

What's the most IM's one person has ever sent you without you responding? I got ten last night. lol I thought something was going to work out for billiards in Nashville Friday night, but that's out now.

I keep having this recurring dream. Well, OK, I'm not sure how many times I've had it. You know how sometimes you dream, and it seems like you've dreamed the same thing before, but then when you wake up, you're really not sure if you've dreamed it before or not? No? OK, good. Well, I dreamed that my clothes get chocolate on them, like in the laundry. So I'm thinking I must have sat in some chocolate without knowing and then it got in the wash and it's like all my favorite shirts get clumps of chocolate on them. It's very frustrating. Then I wake up, and all is fine.

Speaking of laundry, I ruined a pair of khaki pants yesterday. They got something blue all over them. No, it wasn't ink. I don't mind doing laundry. It would just be nice to have a female to tell me when I'm doing something wrong, you know? lol Maybe I should just move back home. lol (Cartman-voice) "Mah, can I watch American Gladiators?"

I like hand-washing my vehicle. It reminds me of being back in school and how you'd wash your car every week so that it would look sharp when you went out on the weekend.

The Seinfeld was on last night where Kramer gets gonorrhea. (Well, not really. He pretends to have it so medical students can diagnose him.) lol

K: "Well, I got gonorrhea."
E: "That seems about right."
K: "That's what they gave me."
G: "Who did? The Government?"

Then Jerry pretends to be someone else when calling his girlfriend. That is so freakin' funny:

J: "So uh, how are things with Jerry?"
G/F: "Oh, I really like him but, well I still haven't told him the tractor story."
J: "Right, right, the tractor story."
G/F: "Are you sick, Rafe? You sound kinda funny."
J: "I sound funny?"
G: "Abort! Abort!"
J: "Yeah I better get to a doctor, bye." (hangs up phone) "That was close! What
drives me to take chances like that?"

K, that's all I can think of for now. Work looks like it will be fairly busy today. Had a couple of memos lying out when I got here this morning with extra stuff for me to get done today. Yay!!

"That's about the time that she broke up with me. No one should take themselves so seriously. With many years ahead to fall in love, why would you wish that on me? I never wanna act my age. What's my age again?"
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Un Dia Muy Productivo
Well, here it is, just short of 5 PM, and since work, I have hand-washed my truck, gotten laundry going, and went running... and I even stayed over at work for half an hour. *Pat on back* OK, just had to share that. It is like 60 here today. I had to get out and enjoy it.

Planning to just finish laundry and stay in most of the rest of tonight, since I'll probably be out somewhere every other night this week. And I need to take some time to study.

"Girl I'm faded, but I'm feeling alright. Thinkin' about making my move tonight. I can't pretend that you're only my friend, when you're holdin' my body tight..."
Mid-Day News Report...
British Reality Show Under Investigation.

Hallucinations... bah!!! That's nothing. I thought everyone was exhausted and paranoid. That's just normal, isn't it? What are you all looking at? Why is the computer laughing at me? Stop it!!!!!

In other news, Checking email may have saved boy's life. The moral of this story? As I have always said, you can never check your email too often. Finally, we have tangible evidence of it's advantages... or advantage.. whichever. Tee hee.

Now it's time for today's random Seinfeld dialogue:

Kramer: "I think we're looking at half a millimeter."
Elaine: "Can it cut that thin?"
Kramer: "Oh I've cut slices so thin, I couldn't even see them."
Elaine: "How did you know you cut it?"
Kramer (looking confused): "Well, I guess I just assumed."

(from "The Slicer")

IM exchange from yesterday... A female friend of mine IM'd me to ask, "Do you know who sings the songs Truly, Madly, Deeply and The Animal Song?" I was like, "Savage Garden." She said, "Hmm, that might be it." I was like, "Uh no, that's it." Who do you think you're talking to? I'm the human jukebox. LOL

"So many tears I've cried. So much pain inside. But baby it ain't over til it's over. So many years we've tried, to keep our love alive. Baby, it ain't over til it's over..."
(Insert Creative Blog Entry Title Here)
Happy Birthday, Laney!!

Full night last night. Planned to take my CD burner back for a refund. On the way, stopped by to give Jack the money for next seasons Bama tickets. His wife was at school, so we ended up talking about sports for an hour or so. Then I stopped by Kyle's, and we headed to Applebees for dinner. It was deserted. Sat with Beth. Had another of the new combo platters--the one with the pasta, mozzarella sticks, and fudge brownie sundae. Pretty tasty. Used my free entree card, and left a nice big tip. Then headed up to Wal-Mart. They gave my money back with no problems. Came home and pretty much went straight to bed, as it was after 11:00 when I got home.

Funny exchange from last night:
B: "I'm up here every single night... just like ya'll."
J: "And that's exactly why we're here every night."

K: "He fell and broke his leg? He must have osteoporosis. What a sissy!" ROFL Wooooooooo!

In other news, the 2004 WPBA schedule is up, and they're coming back to Mississippi this year, Feb. 25-29. Last year, we did a two-day excursion, leaving Saturday morning and driving home Sunday night. That's probably what we'll do again. Getting over there Friday night would be a consideration. But honestly, it's difficult to sit there for hours and hours at a time, watching billiards non-stop. Some of those seats are very non-forgiving. We probably watched 8-10 hours of billiards Saturday and another 5 or 6 Sunday. I know one thing, I won't be eating at that KFC over there again. ROFL

Flashback:
Guy at counter: "We're out of that... we're out of those. Do we have any corn?" (waits for a reply) "No. All we have is six pieces of chicken, potatoes, and slaw."
Me: "Well, that'll be fine." ROFL

"Ain't got no cash, ain't got no style. Ain't got no gal to make you smile. But don't worry, be happy. Cos when you're worried, your face will frown. And that will bring everybody down. So don't worry, be happy..."
Monday, January 12, 2004
Cars and the Gas They Use
I hope you don't drive one of these cars. GM recalls over 800,000 cars.

Meanwhile, gas is up 4 cents a gallon since Friday at the place I usually go down the street from work here. And it's up 9 cents since Jan. 1. According to this article, apparently it has shot up everywhere.

"If you could only see the way she loves me, maybe you would understand, why I feel this way about our love, and what I must do. If you could only see how blue her eyes can be when she says... when she says she loves me..."
Super Bowl Predictions
Well, apparently, every team I pull for ends up getting beat. After Dallas, Seattle, and Tennessee all lost, I switched to pulling for New England and Green Bay in the playoffs. GB was promptly dumped by Philly last night. So, now I'm pulling for New England and Carolina to make the Super Bowl. In other words, Indy and Philly are probably good bets. lol Sheesh.

Went by Yon Establishment O' Tasty Delights for dinner last night after church. Beth, Jess, Davina, Kelly, and Jade were working. Davina was complaining about her tables keeping her busy, and I was like, "Don't you wish everyone was like me?" And she was like, "What? You mean easy?" ROFL That was funny, for some reason.

That's about it for today. Here's a nice little article for you to enjoy. Ladies, it's the season for dumping your man. lol

Some quotes I found interesting:
"People have made it past the holidays and no longer have to worry about having someone to show up with them at parties." lol (Yes, that is the main reason for being in a relationship, so you don't have to go to Christmas parties alone.)

"Make sure you know what you're doing before making a rash decision. Your decision isn't really reversible, and there aren't second chances to make it right." (Ah, how true. You break up, and the next thing you know, she's marrying someone else. I have friends who can relate to that.)

"Eventually miserable is the norm, to the point where not being miserable seems abnormal. The relationship, as dead as it may be, becomes a routine, with each person settling for what he or she has, rather than starting over and finding something better." (Now, that's really sad, but many people continue dating someone simply because they are afraid of being alone and independent.)

"All the leaves are brown. And the sky is gray. I've been for a walk, on a winter's day. I'd be safe and warm, if I was in LA. California Dreamin'... on such a winter's day..."
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Added a few things...
Added a few blogs to the links on the right. Some are interesting. Some I added cos they were sorta local. We'll see how that goes. Just trying to add a few more that I can read regularly.

Also found a free comments site. I might see if I can get that set up sometime soon.

Kewl. <@;o)

Pointy hat, clown hair, semi-colon, round nose, smiley face. ROFL

K, it's bedtime 'round heauh.

"Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remian in the wilderness."
SNL
Watched a bit of SNL last night, for the first time in awhile. Jennifer Aniston was host. For those who don't know, she is one of my top-five favorite actresses. She ranks just behind Michelle Pfeifer, Meg Ryan, Charlize Theron, and Sandra Bullock, in that order. Not that I've put much thought into that list. What? lol

Anyway, they did a skit of Friends on what the last episode might be, and Rachel tells Ross and Joey (played by Horatio Sanz... ROFL.. since he's gained some weight and all) that she picks Ross. So Joey leaves and goes outside and you hear this shotgun going off. ROFL Woooooooo!!! That was funny.

On weekend update, Fallon was telling about Bush's plans of sending men back to the moon, and he was like, "But he says we'll only go when it's a full moon." ROFL

Good fun. OK. My lunch is almost done.

"Tell me, did Venus blow your mind? Was it everything you wanted to find? And did you miss me while you were lookin' for yourself out there?"
Adventures in... Wal-Mart?
Ran by Wal-Mart last night to pick up a picture card for my camera, a CD burner, and a few other things. While I was looking at CD burners, I called Shane on the cell to see if he thought what I was thinking about getting was a good deal. Well, anyway, we talked about various computer/technical things for probably around 5 minutes, and there were a couple of other men on the aisle while this was going on. So anyhow, I got off the phone and was exiting the electronics department when one of the guys who had been standing by approached me and was like, "Excuse me." So I turned around, and he holding this TV/Computer Monitor converter thing and was like, "Do you know if this is what I need to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD?" So apparently, he figured I had much technical knowledge. I tried to help him best I could. But that was kinda funny, for some reason. Anyway, as soon as I left there, I found out one of my friends had an unused CD burner he'd bought and never used because he ended up just getting a whole new computer. So I think I'm going to take mine back.

Not done with the Wal-Mart adventures yet... I get to the front and every register is backed up at least 3-4 people deep (it's 6:00 PM on Saturday), and the majority of them have people with a bunch of groceries. So I get in line behind two women, both with buggies full of groceries, and one guy with just a couple of items. Well the lady in second turns to the guy in front of me and says, "Do you want to get in front of me" since he just has a few items. So he says, "No, I'm waiting on my wife. She's coming with more stuff." And I'm like, "Great." So then his wife shows up with a buggy full and treks up in front of me. Very considerately (she was kinda cute, too) she says to me, "You go in front of us" since I only had maybe 6 or 7 items. So when I got in front of them, the lady who was just about to check out her six hundred grocery items was like, "Is that all you have?" And I was like, "Yes ma'am." So she says, "Well, here, you go ahead of me." So I ended up waiting about five minutes, rather than 15 or 20. I thanked her as I left. That was cool. That's what this country is all about... getting me to the front of the line faster. lol No, seriously, very nice people. That really brightened up my evening.

Also saw Lori. She works up there in the photo place now. I didn't know that. I picked up a couple of Healthy Choice meals, too. I've liked the ones I've tried so far, better than the Lean Cuisine. Watched the Titans lose... 17-14. :-( So now, I guess I'm pulling for... um... wow, I really don't like any of the teams left. I think I'll pull for New England and Green Bay, a rematch of the '97 Super Bowl. (Is that right?)

"A table for two with soft candlelight. The words "I love you" somewhere in the night. I meant to do that. Does that mean a thing? If you wanted songs, then I meant to sing. I'd give you the world, if you'd give mine back. What I didn't do... I meant to do that..."
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Stayin' alive...
Blogging away while someone somewhere is wondering if OCDC is a deep, incessant desire to listen to AC/DC music...

Figured I'd blog, so everyone would know I'm still alive. Had some computer problems last night and continuing into this morning. For some reason, anytime I right-clicked on my desktop or tried to open anything in the control panel, I'd get an error message saying access denied. So after trying several things, reading several online help sites and such, I finally just reinstalled windows this morning. Everything is fine now.

Thanks to J-Mo, who also hooked me up with a free spyware-detection-software site. So I ran that and eliminated several bits of spyware, including a couple deemed "severe." He asked what virus-detection software I was using. Well, that would be the NES (non-existent software). It normally detects a problem after much data has been deleted. lol

Sitting here watching the Bama/LSU basketball game. Just had some barbecue chicken from John's for lunch. May head over to Matt's tonight to watch the Titans game on the big screen. I dunno. We'll see.

OK, the second half of the game is starting. Blog on...

"Out on the road today, I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac. Little voice inside my head sayin' don't look back, you can never look back. Thought I knew what love was. What did I know? Those days are gone for good. I should just let 'em go..."
Friday, January 09, 2004
Blogging More Frequently To Serve You Better... (slightly amended)
Went to the store for my mid-morning snack (and to fuel up on expensive gasoline). The cashier is like "Eleven forty-five." So I give him a ten and a one. He takes it, looks at it, tries to see if two bills are sticking together. Then I'm like, "Oh my bad" and give him another dollar. LOL What is wrong with me? Uh, doy!! I can't count to twelve.

Gas prices have shot up like 15 cents a gallon in the past three weeks around here. I acutally thought they might fall after the holidays, since fewer people would be traveling. Oh well. I've been wrong a few thousand times before. No biggie.

I almost forgot last night's celebrity sighting. There was a dead-on Stephen King look-a-like at Applebees. I mean, if anyone ever looked like anyone famous, this guy did. I've got to start taking my digital camera everytime I go out.

Saw my favorite gas station cashier/attendant Wednesday night. She was waving and smiling big as ever. People like that just cheer me up. Life's too short to spend all your time down, depressed, angry, bitter, or just discontent in general. Don't worry.. be happy.. now.. Oooooo ooo ooo ooo oooo.

I watched most all of The Daily Show last night, so I wouldn't miss Charlize. You know, that Jon Stewart is a pretty funny guy. I'll have to start watching that more often now, although it directly conflicts with the 10 PM SportsCenter and the 10 PM Seinfeld on 54. lol

Man, I'm not getting enough sleep at all. I've slept 5.5, 5.5, and 6.25 hours the past three nights. And last night was only more because I overslept an hour this morning:-\ And I haven't had time for any naps this week either. It's my own fault though, for staying up 'til nearly midnight, instead of getting to bed by 9 or 10. Night guy is really screwing morning guy...big time.

90 minutes til I'm outta here!! Today is Pizza Day. About to woof down some Dominoes and then work like crazy to get everything done so I can get outta here.

"From Carolina, down to Georgia. Smell the jasmine and magnolia. Sleepy sweet home Alabama. Roll Tide, Roll. Muddy water, Mississippi. Blessed Graceland whispers to me. Carry on, carry on, sweet southern comfort. Carry on..."
Seinfeld News
Jerry will make a cameo on Enthusiam.

Elsewhere... I know this is sooo last week, but I'm just now seeing this particular story. Jason Alexander Ecstatic Over Marriage. ROFL

"I put my hand upon your hip. When I dip, you dip, we dip..."
A Friday Haiku 4 U
Charlize Theron was
On the daily show last night
That made me happy

Maybe I should start a regular feature: Tuesday's Tanka. "Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese. I really think so."

You know when you are feeling a bit confused, like everything in your life is spinning out of control, there is nothing like a nice, calm, normal blog entry, free of controversy, bitterness, and strife, to set everything straight.

Today is shaping up to be very busy at work. I'm not looking forward to it, but at least it's Friday. Went to play some billiards last night. Did OK, although not playing as well as I was a few weeks ago. This other guy was up there, James. So I shot a game with him. Went to Applebees for dinner after that. Sat with Donna. They have a new menu insert, with like 3 or 4 combos. You get an entree, an appetizer, and a dessert, all for $10.99. Not too bad. Of course, after eating my fiesta lime chicken cheese quesadillas, I had little room for dessert, but the raspberry cheesecake was both smooth and tangy. Beth and Jessica were both working. Looks like Beth isn't mad at me anymore, thankfully. Jess came by to chat for just a bit. Chatted with Bunny on the phone. She is doing better, back in Va.

Had a MEGA-SUPER-WEIRD DREAM last night: I was going somewhere, and to get there, I mostly had to go on backroads around here. Well, at this one turn by this house, the road was blocked by this heavy equipment. (I was walking, by the way). So the only way around was to go around the side of the house. But to get there, you had to walk-a-tightrope on this like eight inch wide brick wall. Well it was only like a foot off the ground from the front. But once you were on it, there was like a 20 foot drop off to a concrete floor on the other side. Well I got around anyway. So later, the drop-off was so great, I was going to show it to the parents of one of my friends from high school, whom I haven't seen in probably 8-9 years. Well I was walking with him Mom along the front of the house, and his Dad was about to step up on the brick wall. So he steps on it, loses his balance, falls over the other side, down the big drop-off, and dies. So, now I'm thinking it is all my fault, because I took them out there to show it to them. Then later, he appears to us and tells me everything is OK.

What is the freakin' deal with these freaked out dreams?!?!!? I gotta get off all this medication. lol OK, I don't know why I felt the need to share that dream, but I did. The only part that sorta makes sense is the backroads, because James, who turns out to be from around the same area as me, was talking about a pool hall he'd heard about and was trying to explain to me how to get there, and I was having to picture all these backroads. Oh well. I gotta get busy.

"I should be sleeping, 'stead of keeping these late hours I've been keeping. I keep pacing and retracin' every step of every move. And even though I'm feeling so right. I'm so happy, still I know I, should be sleeping instead of dreamin' about you..."
Thursday, January 08, 2004
A Frivolous Suit and more...
Man threatens to sue after receiving free cable.

Ah, remember the good ol' days, when you were just happy to get free cable? That's the same as going to McDonald's, getting an extra Big Mac, and suing them because you're fat. lol Ever heard of turning the TV off? What about his wife and kids? "My wife is fat and my kids are lazy." ROFL

Stopped off to air up my tire after work. Sure I could just buy new tires, but that's nearly $500, plus life is more fun this way. lol Got paid. Ran by the bank. They have been really slow lately. All new tellers, and they're all slooooooow. It takes like 3-5 times longer now than it did about two months ago. Wah wah. Enough whining.

Spent a few minutes today, searching for blogs to read regularly. I'd like to find about 4 or 5 more to read. Looking for interesting and/or humorous blogs, updated at least fairly frequently, from somewhat normal people. And at least a few from around this area. I just don't go for a ton of cursing. I found about 15 that I'm going to go back over and narrow down to five. The thing is, most of my closer friends don't blog. Don't ask me why. It would be great if they did. If you have a blog and semi-regularly read mine, shoot me an email (jstowry@aol.com) so I can check out your blog.

Some things I'm thankful for...

I'm thankful that I sleep well at night. If I wake up before morning, I always go right back to sleep. I think one of the worst things would be to have major problems sleeping every night.

I'm thankful I can urinate properly, and pain-free. After having that UTI last year, well, that's one thing I'll never take for granted again.

I'm thankful that I have never read or saw a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings book/movie.

And I'm thankful that I haven't gotten sucked in to any of the reality shows. I have occasionally watched one in passing, but never gotten to where I watched weekly or nightly to keep up with what was going on.

I'm thankful Charlize is on The Daily Show tonight. I'll be even more thankful if I remember to watch it. I think I'm about to go play some billiards, always kind of an early weekend kickoff. Looks like some wintry weather is possible tonight. A quarter-inch of snow is huge news around here. We'll see.

"That's just a dirt road, summer 89. That's just a back seat, and some muscadine wine. That's just auburn hair brushin' cross my cheek. And those kiss-me green eyes smilin' back at me. That's just my mind, jumpin' fences once again. I'll be fine once I get it rode back in. I know sometimes I may act a little crazy... but that's just Jessie..."
Much Random Blogness
The thoughts of a blogger, blogging away while exploring the vast, barren surface of Mars... "Ooo look! Another reddish-brown rock!"

Letterman had a good top ten last night. The two newest baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley read them. It was like "Ten Things I Can Reveal Now That I'm in the Hall of Fame." And on one of them, Molitor was like "I joined a gym, just so I can continue to shower with men." ROFL WOOOOOOOO!!!

K and I were talking yesterday about attitude. If we go into something with the wrong attitude, expecting the worst from someone or something, that's probably what we'll get. As an example, I used this: If you go into work everyday with the attitude "I hate my job," you're not going to perform well. You're never going to enjoy your job. And, in extreme cases, that could even lead to you losing that job. Now, as K said, that is an obscure example, but I think we can see the point.

No one wants to be around someone who has a rotten attitude. Some people are critical of everything and everyone. Some people are always depressed, some always complaining. But some people have the ability to make a room brighter, just by their presence. Why? Most likely because of their attitude. A positive outlook, a few words of encouragement, or just a simple smile, can cheer up others and will make you (and me) a more enjoyable person to be around. A good attitude helps us in relationships, our jobs, even in worship.

In other news, had a singing service at church last night. Worked in the coooold after that. Brrrrr. Tried a Healthy Choice meal last night, with roast beef, potatoes, carrots, and this apple crunch dessert thing. It was quite tasty. I think I like those better than Lean Cuisine's now. I'll have to change my endorsement contract. LOL Seriously though, it was only 300-and-some-odd-calories. Of course, they were military-like rations. But nonetheless. Having eaten that, along with Subway the night before, I felt the urge to go to McD's for a large fry and coke after I finished up with work last night. Gotta get my fat content up to a healthy level.

You ever notice how when a woman finds a shirt/blouse/sweater she likes, she'll buy like two or three or four of it, just in different colors? Just a random observation.

Oh!!! Charlize is on Regis & Kelly this morning, and The Daily Show tonight. *Sigh* Love ya, baby! Wanna get married like Britney and Jason, except for about 49 years, 364 days longer?

"So what now? It's plain to see we're over. And I hate when things are over, when so much is left undone. So I say what about Breakfast at Tiffany's. She said I think I remember the film. And as I recall I think we both kinda liked it. And I said well that's the one thing we've got..."