Saturday, January 31, 2009

January Top Droppers

Well, the month of January has come and gone...at least it will in a few minutes, and I wanted to extend my gratitude to this months top droppers.

Beyond Left Field
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Everyday Living
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To all that have advertised, allowed me to advertise on their site, commented, etc. I also wish to thank you. Keep reading!

It has passed

I want to thank all of you out there who sent me well wishes and kept me in your prayers while I was down with the flu. I feel tons better this morning, save for some lingering sniffling, occasional coughing, etc. Hopefully none of you will get this stuff that has plagued this household. lol Guess its time for the cats to get it now...lol

Enough with the Bush bashing

I'm no fan of W., let's get clear from the start, but the man is out of office and it's time to let bygones be bygones. So, you can imagine my dismay when I click on article regarding how an NCAA basketball game was cancelled because the conference failed to assign referees and read the comments on the message board and they're all attributing this to Bush and WMD's. WTF?!? I'm still a little woozy from meds, so I can't go on a diatribe about this, but you can imagine how idiotic this is, but then again, it seems whenever something goes wrong they blame it on Bush now.

You can read the article here

Friday, January 30, 2009

Another actress gains a few lbs and the press jumps on her

There was a time when I had the hugest crush on Jessica Simpson, then it dwindled down to she got annoying, then last year she showed up at Cowboys games that they lost...do we see a pattern here? Having said that, I wouldn't wish the treatment she's gotten in the press this week on my worst enemy.

I can't recall what it was that I was watching last night, but it was some sort of news program in which they were discussing Jess, her weight, it being a slow news week, etc.

Personally, it looks like she's put on a few (probably from eating too much chili at the chili cook off she's performing at...lol), but so what? Is there something wrong with that? As long as she's comfortable in her skin. Some reports have said that this is a publicity stunt by her dad. If that is so, then that is really sad and not good for her health. Personally, I have to agree with everyone that says that the outfit she's wearing doesn't do her any favors, either.

Tell me, what do you think? Is this the usual press jumping on actress who gained weight? Slow news week? Something else?

Reality TV invades Dallas Cowboys

It is no secret that I am no fan of reality TV, so to hear that one of my favorite NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys are considering doing a reality show just has me dumbfounded.

I don't know all the details and last I heard it was just in the works, but knowing owner Jerry Jones, it's just a matter of time as long as he can make money. The premise of the show is that a bunch of guys will compete for a spot of the team roster.

I'm a little torn on this, because on one hand, you're giving a shot to someone who never would have gotten one otherwise. On the other hand, someone who may have just been on the cusp on making the team and might actually be better than the winner won't make it because of this guarantee.

The other bit of reality coming out of Dallas is that VH1 is producing a reality show about T.O.(Terrell Owens). Based on his personality, I think this could be interesting, especially since it's during the off season, but if they pick it up for a second season and cameras start floating around the Cowboys locker room in the fall following T.O. around...well, let's just say it won't be pretty. Sportswriters already jump on the man if he forgets to cover his mouth after he sneezes. Yes, I'm exaggerating, but not as much as I would like to.

All this aside, I honestly think that Jerry Jones is more concerned with creating a sideshow than winning another Super Bowl, and as a Cowboy fan, its very disconcerting. Hopefully I'm wrong, though.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fighting this feeling

For the past few days, the little woman has been exhibiting flu-like symptoms (headache, runny nose, sore throat, etc). Well, today I woke up with those symptoms and right now I feel like...pardon my french..RAW ASS!

On top of all this the temp is dropping like a rock. No wonder folks can't stay well around here...well, maybe it's just me. I'm very susceptible to sickness when the temp drastically changes. Always have been. On top of that, I work with students all day, so germs are far from being a rare occurrence on my person.

Oh well, just a couple more hours then I can go home, get in bed, drink some juice and get some rest. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be feeling better. *crosses fingers*

Should I be surprised?

This is SO me


You are The Hermit


Prudence, Caution, Deliberation.


The Hermit points to all things hidden, such as knowledge and inspiration,hidden enemies. The illumination is from within, and retirement from participation in current events.


The Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, well, virginity. You do not desire to socialize; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. You prefer to take the time to think, organize, ruminate, take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent but these feelings eventually lead to enlightenment, illumination, clarity.


The Hermit represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist. This a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing.


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The Sound of Silence

No, this entry isn't about the classic Simon & Garfunkel song (which is great, btw). As I last posted, the roof of my complex is being replaced. On top of that, it turns out that our chimneys are all rotted and need to be replaced for the roof to take and that will cost $500! Whatever happened to the insurance that we pay home owner's association fees for?

Anyway, not to get all negative here, as I mentioned yesterday the roofer woke me up at 5:30 am! Well, today it is overcast, so I suppose they're not coming. At least they weren't there when I left and the roofers here at work aren't working. Ah...the lovely sound of silence.

Of course, they are working at light speed. In two days, they've already got most of the roof up as far as I can tell, so a day off won't hurt.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Noise, Noise, Noise!!!!

I sort of feel like the Grinch this morning. Once again, I was awakened by unforeseen circumstances. This time it wasn't a phone call or someone ringing the doorbell before first light, but rather people running around on the roof.

First of all, let me say I do not know who gave the "order" to fix the roof, but I'm not complaining. I just have a feeling another hurricane is going to come through here in the fall and rip this one clear off. Just a bad feeling I have, hopefully I'm wrong.

Next, I know that there are many comedians that joke about Mexicans hanging around Home Depot waiting to get recruited for work. Well, it appears that it may be true as the entire roofing crew is Hispanic. Could just be coincidence, though.

Anyway, so, it's 5:30 and I hear banging on the roof. Since when do roofers start that early in the morning? UGH!!! On top of that, the courtyard looked worse than it did after Gustav.

I'm sure this whole thing will be over in a few weeks and we'll all be in awe of their work, but this whole 5:30 banging has to stop! I need my beauty sleep! lol

Monday, January 26, 2009

Good TV will be back soon...just not soon enough

Since about the middle of December, many television watching schedule has been severely altered. Initially this was due to Xmas specials, which is fine. However, after Xmas, excluding the bowl games, the my schedule has had to suffer because certain networks have subject the viewing public to pointless dancing competitions that no one is watching (check the ratings NBC).

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as next week both of my Monday night shows, Chuck and Heroes, return with brand new episodes. I must say next Monday can't get here soon enough for these shows. Would it have killed NBC to show reruns during this time?

That's not the only abnormality in my viewing schedule. WGN has more or less become what TV Land used to be in that they've been playing old television programs such as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Alf, Coach, etc. Aside from the retro programming they offer, one of the best shows they have is Legend of the Seeker. However, since last Monday they've totally reshuffled their schedule and it comes on at a very bad time for me, as do many other programs that I watch of theirs. At least Scrubs reruns haven't changed time slots...yet.

Oh, and it gets worse. I've voiced my distaste for TV Land's handling of I Love Lucy. Since the move, my Sundays have seemed...well, empty. I never realized how slim the pickings are on Sunday mornings because I would watch the hour or two of Lucy, then switch over to Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN. Maybe I'd tune in for a bit of Spongebob Squarepants if I didn't feel like listening to them bash one of my teams (something that happened more often that I care to admit).

I can only imagine how things are going to be for me on Sundays after this one. AS football season will be over. UGH!!! Maybe I'll just record something and watch it on Sunday, or just become an avid watcher of Spongebob.

This just scratches the surface of my distaste for this year's television schedule. The few good programs are few and far between. Interspersed between the 20 gazillion commercials for switchover day, or whatever its called. Something needs to be done about this. Especially since the good ones are the ones that tend to be the first to get cancelled *cough* Pushing Daisies *cough* and replaced with crappy reality.

I can't become TV czar soon enough! lol

Go Steelers!!!!

Musical Monday

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Eye Candy 1/25

Female Hottie: Eva Mendes

Our first hottie for this week was recently awarded the top spot on Ask Men's top 99 women of 2008. Eva is an accomplished actress with an ever rising star. She was last seen in The Spirit and going naked in ads against fur. With a body like that, wouldn't you want to show it off, too?

Male Hottie: Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs got his big break in How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Since then, women have been flocking to exotic islands in hopes of finding a hot, young piece of arm candy...lol Since then, he has starred in the Broadway and film versions of Rent, as well as Chicago, and appearances on Ally McBeal, Will & Grace and is currently starring on Private Practice. I'm sure more than a few of you will be tuning in to see him.

Random Hottie from a movie or TV show seen this week: Samantha Mumba


Back in 2001, Samantha Mumba had a hit song in "Baby Come on Over." Since then, she disappeared in the U.S. for the most part and has been doing work in Ireland. She earns this spot for her appearance in the film The Time Machine. Hopefully, she'll return to the states sooner rather than later and not go down as a one-hit wonder.

MILF: Tea Leoni

Tea Leoni may not have the most extensive resume, but she is well-known in Hollywood with roles in films such as Jurassic Park III, Fun with Dick and Jane, and the recent Ghost Town. She is currently separated from husband David Duchovny and has 2 children.

Classic/retro Hottie: Grace Kelly

Often regarded as one of the most beautiful ladies to ever grace the silver screen, this week's classic/retro hottie is the incomparable Grace Kelly. No actress today can hold a candle to this woman's class, beauty, and..er...grace! Not to mention she married into royalty. all hail Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Single Ladies (Obama edition)

This was too funny not to share. Barack Obama singing Beyonce's hit "Single Ladies". Hope you all enjoy

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The cost of culture

There comes a time when a person just wants to take his/her significant other out for a night on the town and soak up some culture. I'm sure there are many of you out there that know what I'm talking about. Down in these here parts, those opportunities aren't as abundant as in, say, New York, especially on a teacher's salary (Louisiana is one of the worst states to teach in in terms of money).

Still, I wanted to take the little woman to see the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra next week when they perform with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. It's a chance for us to get all gussied up and have a night on the town. Something we haven't done since...well, come to think of it, I don't think we've ever done this.

The cost of 2 tickets is $82! Those are the cheap seats! Needless to say, I wasn't expecting the price to be so high, but I did get the tickets.

Last time I went to an orchestra concert was in college. Obviously, those were free (especially the ones I played in...hehehe). As far as I remember, the only orchestra concert I payed for was in high school, and that was like a $5 charge for those with a high GPA who got to go. If I'm recalling right, that was for the bus driver and gas and whatnot.

So, this all brings me to this notion. In this country, let's face it, we're not as cultured as we pretend to be. I'm a musician. Most of my college life was spent listening so everything from Gregorian Chant to jazz, recitative to rap, etc. So, you ask me a music question and I'll know the answer, but ask me something about art, dance, or theater (not counting musicals) and chances are I'll be stumped. Many of you maybe the same or similar.

I was thinking, why is it that we aren't as cultured as many European countries? Talking to my fellow arts teachers we came to thus conclusion. There are two reason that stick out and cause this abomination. The first is that it costs an arm and a leg to obtain culture most of the time, and Americans just aren't willing to do that these days compared to before the advent of popular music when orchestras were the thing to see. Television is also to blame.

The second reason is that the arts are usually the first to go when schools need to cut programs because of the budget or when a school doesn't make a passing grade because of low test scores(yet sports don't get touched).

I could go on and on about how the arts make kids smarter and that we need to make obtaining culture more, um...obtainable, but that would be a whole blog by itself. I just had these thoughts as I bought these tickets today and just had to get them written down. In case you were wondering, the most expensive tickets would have been $375 for 2. Wonder if there is any kind of educator discount. Hmm...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

If Chick Flicks Were Re-Written By Guys

I copied this from my friend over at Regretful Morning. I thought it was actually funny, especially since I like allot of these movies. Hope you all get a laugh out of it!

Most of us of been dragged to the movies for a chick flick against our will. In short its torture, and also 2 hours of your life you can never get back. We’d much rather be in the theater across the hall where shit is getting destroyed and bad guys are getting fucked up. The following chick flicks have been recreated by men, you be the judge of which version you’d rather see.


Bitch (by mattrider93) - Will Smith stars as a character who gets bullied most of his life. Around the 20 minute mark an ex navy seal/hitman takes him under his wing. At the 45 minute mark hes kicking ass. Before the end of the movie he also kills all of the guys who bullied him and proceeds to have sexual intercourse with their super model (now ex) girl friends.


When Harriet Met Sally (by nat_g31) - Harriet and Sally both graduated high school and are looking to make some extra cash before college. There was an open position as nanny, and since the family liked them both so much, they were hired as a team. The rest of the movie involves the two catholic school girls exploring each others bodies. At one point a burglar breaks into the house, so Harriet distracts him via blow job while Sally chops off his head with an axe.


In Her Pants (by Patrat) - Two sisters are competing for one mans affection. They decide to settle their dispute via cage match. Only instead of a cage, its a kiddie pool of jell-o. And instead of gladiator suits, they wear nothing. The judges declare a draw so the 3 of them have a mini orgy with the ring girls until the credits start to roll.


Legally 18 (by wafflezwayne) - Hayden Pannettiere is dumber than a bag of shit. Fortunately shes hot, so getting her dream job only took 3 sets of knee pads. Toward the end of the movie, a hotter girl comes along so Hayden tries to kill her (you know typical high school girls). However, the new girl talks sense into Hayden and they become friends. Then Hayden gets dominated by an 18 wheeler which loses control and plows into her Jetta.


Camel Toe (by mason4300) - Robert Taylor is dating a chick with a gigantic camel toe. He soon becomes infatuated with the toe and sets off to find even larger camel toes. Sadly his now girlfriend figures out that hes been slumming for other muff, so she slips some rat poison is his cereal.


Indiana Jones’ Journal (by McBeefy) - Basically Harrison Ford keeps a journal of everything awesome. This includes his greatest explosions, missions, fist fights, and sexual encounters. Renee Zellweger makes a cameo in this film as a call girl. After a night of knocking boots, she asks Indiana Jones if he will put her in his “diary”. He responds by feeding her to his pet Komodo Dragon “its a fucking journal”.


The Devil Wears Nada (by Ilikebananas) - Anne Hathaway is trying to put herself through college, so she does what every single good looking girl contemplates at least once (becomes a stripper). As the movie picks up, she witnesses one of her stripper friends get assaulted by a client turned stalker. She then makes it her goal to kill all men who mistreat women. Unfortunately she has minimal success so you basically just see a naked Anne Hathaway trying to kill biker types.


Not really any point to this, just wanted to share a laugh with you guys.

Euphoria

Wasn't yesterday a historical one? We inaugurated our 44th president! Now that the partying is over, he has to get to work on the change he promised. I'd be a fool to think that this is going to happen overnight, or even by this time next month, but in time we'll see. However, I have to share my feelings this morning.

Ever watch those old cartoon after they vanquish the villain and all of a sudden the skies clear and birds are singing their happy little tune. You know that feeling. A great evil is gone. now, I'm not going to say Bush is evil (or am I?), but I woke up this morning feeling the best I have in about 8 years.

I don't know about you, because I know some of my readers are not fans of Obama, not to mention the state of the economy and the world, but the feeling is one that I just wanted to enjoy. Hopefully the O-man will go down in history for more than being the first black president, but rather one of the best presidents.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Challenge Update

About 3 weeks ago, I put up a post about the 100 push up challenge that I was embarking on, that you can read here At that time I maxed out at only 17 pushups. How sad is that?

well, a little bit of time has passed and it siad for me to take another evaluation exam. This time I pumped out a more respectable 52 (though the last 5 or so were a bit of a struggle). So I guess I am making progress. Wohoo!

Back

I really need some motivation. Today I feel like a walking corpse. That could just be some remnants of my sickness from the weekend, or the 3 day weekend that I wish wasn't over (or longer), or it could just be the fact that I think we should have Inauguration Day off just like we get election day. Who knows?

Oh well, students coming, better get back to work! ho-hum! 2:30 can't get here soon enough

Monday, January 19, 2009

Musical Monday

With today being such a historical day in the US as we celebrate the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King and tomorrow being one of the most momentous days in our history as we swear in the first black president in our history, I figured it'd be best to go a bit more inspirational this week. Here is Kelly Clarkson singing "Up to the Mountain"



You know I need to give you something more upbeat, and since I watched Rent last night, I' pulled this from the soundtrack. Hope you enjoy "La Vie Boheme"



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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Eye Candy 1/18

Female Hottie: Rose McGowan

This week's female hottie has had roles that have seen her as the bad girl (Jawbreaker, Devil in the Flesh) and the good girl (Charmed). She has been romantically linked to shock rocker Marilyn Manson and director Robert Rodriguez. With that porcelain skin and those ruby...er...ROSE colored lips, she's a bonafide hottie!

Male Hottie: Barack Obama

With the inauguration coming up this week, I figured Obama deserved his time in the spotlight. Yes, he's a politician and the come Tuesday he'll be the official leader of the free world for the next 4 (8) years, but it seems like every woman (and some guys...even straight) I know has the hugest crush on him. I don't see it, but hey, Clinton and Kennedy had the same type of female following going into office. Um, maybe those weren't the best examples. Let's just hope he delivers on the promises that got him elected.

Random Hottie from a movie or TV show seen this week: Kyla Pratt

Best known as the voice of Penny Proud on The Proud Family, Kyla has also had roles in Dr. Dolittle franchise, as well as the TV series One on One. She earned this spot for her appearance in the film Fat Albert, though.

MILF: Julianne Moore

I think its about time I gave some love to the redheads around here (even though this picture makes her hair look more brown that red). Julianne Moore has had roles in films like Boogie Nights, Evolution, Hannibal, and Jurassic Park: The Lost World just to name a few. A very talented actress, her beauty is quite understated, as is the fact that she has 2 children. I, for one, didn't have any idea.

Classic/retro Hottie: Phylicia Rashad

Two words, Claire Huxtable! Yes, that is the role that Phylicia immortalized in the 80s with Bill Cosby as her husband Cliff. A mixture of beauty, brains, and sophistication, not too far off from Phylicia herself. Today she still has a few roles here and there, but none will ever be as memorable as Claire (probably because my mom was the exact same way...lol)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My list

I'm not feeling well tonight. Think I got some sort of stomach bug. Everything I ingest goes right through me. Sorry, I know you just HAD to have that mental image, right? lol

So, this afternoon, the little woman and I were watching The Bucket List (go to my movie blog and read my review if you want). Now, as bad as I'm feeling right now, it was even worse this afternoon. So bad that I felt like I was gonna keel over and die. Ok, maybe not that extreme, but you get the idea.

The main plot point of the movie is a list of things you do before you kick the bucket. I started to think, maybe I should make a list of my own.

Not sure what I would include on it, though. What would you put on yours?

Friday, January 16, 2009

This is just disgusting

I try not to judge, but after reading this, one has to wonder what kind of person (and governor) Sarah Palin really is, let alone what kind of vice president (or possible president) she would have been.

Four days ago, a cry for help went out from rural Alaska via the Bristol Bay Times. Many of us have known that residents of Alaska's rural villages are having a hard winter. The weather has been unusually cold this year, and prices of heating oil and gasoline have been astronomical. Add to that a disastrous collapsing salmon fishery in Bristol Bay that left residents in that area heading in to winter with less than usual, and you have the makings for a humanitarian crisis.

So in desperation, Nicholas Tucker, from the Village of Emmonak (eh-MON-eck) sent out a cry for help. With 21 days left in the month, Mr. Tucker had only $440 left to feed and keep his family of nine warm, with heating oil at $7.83/gallon. As Emmonak runs out of fuel, it will have to be flown in, potentially raising the price to $9/gallon or more. While contemplating his own plight, he wondered how many other families of the 800 living in his village were having similar hard times. So he sent out a message on his VHF radio, asking his neighbors how they were doing. Twenty five answers came. Here are a few:

G. & K. F.: Young couple with family of five. Wife is unable to sleep and stressed out not knowing when they will be able get their next heating fuel. A 100-lb. bottle of propane gas that usually lasts four months is now lasting only two months because they use it to heat water. This costs them $200 every two weeks. They do not have hot water heater. Wife has very little income and uses $375, the one-half of her gross income every two weeks, to get heating fuel. She has no food for her family sometimes, because, she has to split the rest of what little is left for water/sewer and electricity. Gasoline for her 4-wheeler is very expensive. Her parents help her with food and firewood. They cannot afford a snowmachine or a boat to get logs. Heating fuel and propane is taking her food money away. Her added worry is that the village native corporation is running out of heating fuel and is being airlifted in. New cost is expected to be near $9 - $11 per gallon or higher.
P. R: Single, separated, with five children. (He chokes occasionally, holding back crying.) He and his children are staying in the same household with his brother's family. Cost of fuel is so high and everything else and we're able to get just a few things at a time. We have no other subsistence food left. Only thing we're surviving on moose meat alone and it is almost gone. Everything is so high - only able to get little bit. We can't catch up on our bills. We're really hurting even we are given some from other people. Right now, we can't eat during the day, only at supper time. And, it is still not enough. If there had been no school lunch, our kids would be starving. It is going to get worse in two weeks when our new heating fuel supply is airlifted in. Price of fuel will go way up again. I am lucky that the Women's Shelter is able to give me some coffee.

A. & L. M.. Middle-aged couple, family of eight. Family is buying heating fuel over food all this winter. They have no choice. Wife has a part time job. Husband's health, including a bad back, is preventing work - had lost his last job due to health.

T. U., boyfriend and children: Having hard time getting food and pampers and is on-call work. Getting food from elderly parents. Buying heating fuel over food. No food once in a while and having to cook whatever is on hand like rice. Sometimes, having to cook only moose for a whole week because there is nothing else to eat. There are days when there is nothing for breakfast and lunch and have to eat only one dinner meal a day.

Hearing these stories from his friends and neighbors, Nick Turner sent a letter to the Bristol Bay Times; a message in a bottle, asking for someone to help.

It is easy when we sit hundreds or thousands of miles away, to feel detached from the troubles of a small Alaskan village. If we were able to imagine ourselves living in such an isolated rural setting with these challenges, and were to imagine that we had five children whom we loved, and whose care rested upon us, what would we do? And if we were able to feel the desperation of these parents when the choice came to decide whether to keep their children warm or keep them fed, knowing that they couldn't do both, and that there was no end in sight, what would we do? In his letter, Nick Turner says:

I am reaching out for these families. Help is needed and cannot be delayed. I cannot imagine so many in this village are in hunger, without fuel, and other essentials and uncertain about their future. What is mind boggling about the whole situation is that they have remained silent, anonymous, suffered, and cried. The four villages in this region are in close proximity to each other and the demography is the same. Is this going on in your village?

This is not the time for any debates or questions. The winter-long anomaly in the weather, conditions, and the situation are beyond our control.

There are approximately 200 households of the 847 residents here. In just a day and half, I was able to reach only 25 households. Are as many as 175 more remaining silent? In appearance, the heads of these 25 households look normal. I am devastated from the revelation of these few houses contacted. Additionally, how many of those who are able to work are without jobs? Easily, staggering 400 plus! Some other households are still calling, but I have few hours to print this report for my testimony during today's fuel summit.

Though it may sound absurd, a massive airlift of food in the months of January, February, March and April will help our people. Any peoples, churches, organizations, associations, and government agencies ought to sent money to our native corporations to offset both the current fuel prices and the airlift presently underway. For over thirty years, we have witnessed in our region that our native corporations are just like people. They have limited income and their expenses have always been high. Why? Our Wade Hampton district has always been the most economically depressed than that of both our nation and state. We are in the most remote area of our state.

So, what is the state of Alaska doing to help its citizens as they face these conditions of scarcity that are beyond what many of us can imagine? The answer is, nothing. According to Mr. Tucker the lack of heating oil and food and the resulting threat to life did not count as an emergency to the State of Alaska.

A question. Where is our Governor? What are her priorities? I have heard her concerns about anonymous bloggers, about media coverage, about the legislature, and the gas line. I have seen a press release come out saying "There you go again" to the Anchorage Daily News. I haves seen lots of time and energy focused on how Sarah Palin feels mistreated by the media. But I have not heard one, single, solitary word about Emmonak. I have seen no press releases about what my state's government is doing to help its people in harm's way who are cold and hungry. I have heard big talk about a Rural Subcabinet headed up by our Attorney General, Talis Colberg, and I've heard that they're busy evaluating.

Colberg stated that so far the subcabinet has been in preliminary meetings to look at programs that are already in place and discussing how to gather information, what topics should be focused on, how the group will be structured and what support they could rely on. The group has no fixed meeting time and the date of their next meeting is unknown.

So, if our governor can't seem to get her eyes off the mirror, and her head out of 2012, and if the State of Alaska doesn't consider this an "emergency", then what is to be done?


Maybe I'm wrong, but it sounds as if these people need help. Yet, Sarah Palin is too busy making the rounds trying to keep her face in front of the camera and bitching and moaning about how she was wronged during the campaign (and maybe even saying Obama shouldn't have won), rather than spending the time to help her own constituents! I ask you, what kind of governor is that?

Here in Louisiana, a few years ago when Katrina came thorough here, Kathleen Blanco's head was all but cut off but the state, but while she may not have done the best job of handling the situation, she didn't ignore it. That guy up there in Illinois, whose name I can neither pronounce or spell, while he may have recently been impeached, from my understanding, and I may be wrong on this, he did help the people of Illinois. Schwarzenegger has had tons of disasters on his hands out there in California and hasn't ignored them.

Now, I'm not saying any of these will go down in history as the best governors of all time, but they do what must be done as governor, and that is take care of the people. Yes, they did not run for vice-president, but that is no excuse. The campaign is over, get back up there to AK and taking care of your people, or get out of office. There is no excuse for this!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Power outage

Let me just say that I'm starting to really despise power outages. Guess you figured out that it went out this morning, huh? No, this wasn't the big major outage like after Gustav, but it did make me late to work this morning.

I hate being late to work! I'm pretty sure the sub wasn't too happy when I walked in and she had to go home. I felt so bad for her, but since I'll be out tomorrow, I didn't want to lose 2 days like that, but I did promise her that I'll be out all day tomorrow...lol

Oddly enough, my alarm clock didn't go off. It appears as though the batteries are dead or something got shorted out. I need to start setting an emergency alarm, I suppose. Not sure when the power exactly went out, but the little woman had already left for work, so it must have been after she left, which is shortly before I usually wake up.

Oh well, no big. These things happen.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A touch of politics

This woman just won't go away. Sarah Palin apparently gave an interview (or more) saying that she feels as if the media took advantage of her, Tina Fey and Katie Couric capitalized on her, and basically strikes back at her critics. I'm not going to sit here and bash her for doing so, nor am I going to defend her, but doesn't this seem a bit late? She couldn't do this all while she was running, or at least a week or two after it was all over, rather than right before Obama is about to be inaugurated? I don't know, but to me it just seems like she got used to being in the spotlight and doesn't want to go back to her igloo up there in Alaska, and this the best way to do it. You can read an article about it here.

(soon to be ex)President Bush gave his last speech to the American public this week defending his presidency. Now, I may be a little biased about the Katrina thing, since I live in Louisiana and had more than a few friends and family that live(d) in New Orleans, so I'll leave that alone. Having not seen the speech yet, myself, I don't know what all he said, but I know he defended the war and tried to get to people to start liking him. From my understanding, it didn't work. The man just needs to go away and accept his role as the worst president in history, however, in years to come, the good things he did may come to light, as they have with other presidents that weren't so popular, Nixon, for example. My opinion on the man, aside, you can read summary of what he said here.

Have any of you ever seen A Christmas Carol? Specifically the one with George C. Scott? If so, think about the ghost of Christmas future, then look at Ann Coulter. To me, she looks like a blonde version of that apparition. I have no respect for this woman. She has made a career of causing controversy, even more so than political pundits and paparazzi. Apparently, she has written a new book and has been making the rounds. I happened to catch a snippet of her stop on The View. Apparently, she says that Barack Obama, Halle Berry, and others of mixed race have abandoned their white side in order to get ahead. I don't know the exact wording of what is written, but that is preposterous, then again, she probably wrote it just to get people talking...or maybe she just wants to bash Obama. Also, she says that single mothers are a tool of the liberals to ruin the country (in not so many words, but it is implied). WTF?!? On top of all this, Elisabeth Hasslebeck, the most conservative woman on morning television seemed like she was about hurl just because she was sitting next to this woman. As you can see from the below video, she attacks Barbara Walters, which is a no-no. Luckily, Barbara kept her composure and didn't sink to the level of this woman (she left that for Sherry). Still, I have to wonder, why this woman keeps getting booked on shows if all she does is cause controversy and is good for nothing else.



Let's lighten things up. Here is a satirization of her on The Boondocks. I wonder if she's really like this behind the scenes...lol

Monday, January 12, 2009

Blogs and viruses

As I go through various blogs during the day, I've noticed a recurring theme that is becoming more and more prevalent. People are picking up viruses from certain blogs, but don't know which ones.

It appears, though, that everyone that has picked up a virus, has contracted it by using that tool that lets you drop on 10 or so at a time. I'm not sure if this is just coincidence, but I don't use that thing in favor of doing my droppings the old fashioned way and *KNOCK ON WOOD* have had no issues, other than typical computer stuff.

However, from this point on, I will be more selective in who I drop on. I already don't waste my time on money making blogs or those that don't drop back. In the not too distant future, I may be cutting out all drops except for those that I know of.

I guess we all need to be careful out there.

Musical Monday

For this edition of Musical Monday I bring you Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina", a fun reggaeton song. Hope you enjoy!



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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Eye Candy 1/11

Female Hottie: Dita von Teese

In case you're not familiar with this weeks female hottie, may I introduce you the modern pin up girl, Dita von Teese. She's not an actress, but rather a model, occasionally delving into fetish modeling. She's known for her burlesque style of pictures and recently started her own frgrance.

Male Hottie: Julian McMahon

Since Nip/Tuck returned to TV this week, I figured Julian would be a good choice here. From what I understand, I won't have many complaints. He's also known for his roles in Charmed and both Fantastic Four films. Strangely enough, though, he never gets to use his native Australian accent.

Random Hottie from a movie or TV show seen this week: Devon Aoki

Devon Aoki is probably not familiar to any of you. She's a Japanese model and actress. She's had a couple of roles over here in the states, most notably the one that earned her this spot. She was Miho in Sin City. Hopefully she'll get more roles in the future, but until then, we'll just have to wait for her to bring Miho back to the screen.

MILF: Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher isn't a household name, yet, but she is defiantly a hottie. Her film roles include Scooby Doo, Horton Hears a Who, I Heart Huckabees, and Wedding Crashers, jut to namea few. She recently gave birth to a baby girl with hubby Sacha Baran Cohen (how Borat got her, I'll never know). She's definite MILF material.

Classic/retro Hottie: Catherine Bach

Jessica Simpson may have done a decent job of filling out those daisy dukes in the big screen wannabe version of The Dukes of Hazard, but there is only one Daisy Duke!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Today was a good day

Earlier this week, I posted a blog about how the little woman and her need to go back to certain aspects of her life she was into before I came into her life and how I felt it was starting to wedge a gap between us.

Well, I was so wrong! Today was one of those days where we just had fun with each other's company sitting around watching movies, taking down the Xmas decorations, and cooking dinner. Reminded me of the early days of our relationship.

Too bad the Panthers lost today, though. GRRR!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Man Law

My last couple of blogs have been a bit of a downer, so I figured I'd put up something to give us a chuckle, so I bring you



MAN LAW

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, the guys' side of the story. (I must admit, it's pretty good). We always hear "the rules" from the female point of view... Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules!

Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!

1. Men ARE NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly Acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will Be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine...Really.

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;

But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Hope you enjoyed it. Found it earlier today and it gave me a laugh.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Petty elitists

So, it's 6 AM, the little woman and I are still asleep, getting those last minutes of sleep in before the alarm starts blaring when all of a sudden the doorbell rings. I don't know about you, but someone ringing the bell at 6 AM is never a good thing, unless they're expected. This was no exception.

I've mentioned before about how my grandfather's car hasn't moved in quite some time and how the people that live in this complex want to remove things they think aren't good enough.

Apparently, one of them called the police and complained about my grandfather's car, but did it anonymously. So, now I have 30 days to prove that it starts, move it to a garage, or donate it to charity, or they'll come tow and impound it.

So, I guess apparently, just because it hasn't moved in years, and isn't a recent model like everybody else (myself included), they want it gone. Isn't that messed up?

What are your thoughts on this? I'm curious to hear what you have to say.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Paranoid much?

So, recently the little woman asked me if I would mind if she could get back into one of the things she was into before we met, but gave it up for financial reasons and the fact that I didn't care for it too much. Knowing how happy it would make her, I said she could get back into the BDSM stuff, as long as things didn't go too far.

Since then, one of her friends has been, in her words "up her ass", not to mention the nights she has spent on-line talking to prospective play partners.

All this doesn't bother me, per se, but I do find myself looking over her shoulder when she's IMing or e-mailing. That's not to mention the thoughts I've had of logging on to her Gmail or myspace accounts to read her stuff (she has passwords automatically saved on the comp, so it wouldn't be that hard to do).

This doesn't make me feel the best, let me tell you. Am I having second thoughts about this decision? Could it be paranoia? Insecurity? A mixture of all the above? I'm not sure.

what I do know is that my past relationships have ended over infidelity, so I may just be a little wary of another one ending that way.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Challenge

As I said yesterday, one of my resolutions this year is to get in better shape. Today I did a couple of miles on the treadmill before heading for work and a friend at work suggested I try the 100 push up challenge.

So, I went to the site and checked it out. Seems like it'll be quite inter sting. I've already done a few today and let me tell you, I'm feeling it, but hey, I'm in better shape than I thought.

So, anyone else wanna join me in the challenge?

Sleep is good

Well, here I am back at work and I feel like I'm about to crash a any minute. Someone needs to bring me a Red Bull or something to make it through these last 2 1/2 hours. As soon as I get home, I'm hitting the sheets! Sleep is good!

(probably wouldn't be so tired, if I wouldn't have been up to 3...lol)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Resolution revolution

Well, it's the new year. Hopefully you've all recovered from your various holiday festivities. I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions, but this year I've decided I need to make a few.

The first is to make an attempt to be such a habitual channel flipper. Yes, I'm one of those. As soon as the commercials start, I'm flipping through like a madman.

The second is to make a trip to see my parents. Haven't been in 3 yrs this April. Think it's about time to go back, especially since they decided to actually send me a birthday and Xmas card this year.

The final and possibly biggest one is the one almost everyone makes, and that is to lose weight. Now, I'm not the biggest guy in the world, but I'm not the same size I was before I moved down here. Part of that has to do with the little woman being a great cook.

Speaking of the little woman, she's lost 20 lbs on her diet, so I figured might as well jump on the band wagon. I could also throw in that the sex has been better since she dropped the lbs, too...lol

Went through my closet today, and found some clothes that I haven't worn in quite awhile. Most of them still fit, some more snug than others. Good thing is, though, the last time I tried some of them on, I could barely squeeze into them, so I guess I've already been on some sort of weight loss thingy, just didn't know it. Who knows what will happen if I actually tried to drop the lbs.

However, I'm more interested in dropping inches than I am lbs. I know, I'm weird like that. Guess I need to go buy a scale, since the one we had shorted out when some water splashed out of the tub.

My goal for doing this is more about health. I'm getting on up there in age, so I need to start thinking about my weight and such.

So, what are your resolutions, if you have any? Any weight loss tips and/or stories? Feel free to share.

Musical Monday

Well, with the holidays over, and everyone headed back to work (i don't go back until tomorrow...hehehehe), I figured I'd give you a couple of up-tempo party tunes to brighten your day.

Let's have a "Pacific Coast Party" with Smash Mouth



You know you had fun with that. Here's something we all can relate to. "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy.


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Eye Candy 1/4

Female Hottie: Raven Symone

Raven first appeared as 4 yr old Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show. Since then, she has many roles in television and movies, as well as a few albums to her credit. My, my, my has she grown up. Not to mention she's happy in her skin and is an outspoken advocate for those that have a little meat on their bones.

Male Hottie: Robert Pattinson

By request, the male hottie for the week is Robert Pattinson. While his resume is still growing, but he is best known by legions of tweens as Edward Cullen from this fall's hit film Twilight. He was also the ill fated Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Random Hottie from a movie or TV show seen this week: Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez is known for being a model for JLo clothing and fragrances, but she gets this spot for her role in Death Race. Hopefully she'll get more time on film and not just in pictures, but either way, she's a bonafide hottie.

MILF: Kathleen Robertson

This week's MILF is a little lesser known actress, but that doesn't make her any less of a hottie. I know her best as Azkadelia from the Sci-Fi channel movie Tin Man, but she has also had roles in Beverly Hills 90210, Scary Movie 2, Splendor, and Nowhere just to name a few. She gave birth to her first child in July, earning her MILF status. Well deserved, I'd say.

Classic/retro Hottie: Barbara Eden

Barbara Eden is a true classic beauty and one of those women who epitomizes aging gracefully. One must wonder if she really had any of the geni magic that has allowed her to maintain her youthful looks at 74 yrs young.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

New blog

No, i'm not shutting this or my movie blog down. A friend and I have a mutual affinity for all things retro and kitsch such as pin-ups. Becsue of this, we have tons of pictures taking up space on our computers, so we're going to start a blog to showcase them. Chances are it won't be an entrecard sight. I barely have time to get all my droppings in done with just this one...lol Luckily my movie blog doesn't take much maintenance.

So, when I get it started, I'll post a link over there on the side under my movie blog link. Haven't decided which service I'm going to use yet. Any suggestions?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My how times have changed

Yesterday I was watching I Love Lucy and in one episode she said she was a size 12. Now, I don't know how many of you are familiar with what Lucille Ball looked like during these days, but I figure she was about the same size as Anne Hathaway. Tall and thin, yet healthy. I would figure she was about a 6 or so, and Ethel would have been the 12. Then again, that was the early fifties, so sizes could have changed over time. Lord knows that the perception of everything has since then.

The little woman brought up an interesting point, though. She said that if you were to take Lucy out of that age and put her in Hollywood today, they'd all but call her a fat cow. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but there is some truth to it. I can guarantee you that that she would be chastised for not being skinny enough by Hollywood's unrealistic standard. Isn't that sad?

Welcome to 2009

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