Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quote of the week

Texas is neither southern nor western. Texas is Texas - Senator William Blakley

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Enough with the wedding!!!!

I may be the only one who feels this way, but I could care less about this royal wedding stuff. why is it such an international event?

seriously, if president obama's daughters were old enough to get married, we'd hear about it, but it wouldn't be this big event. granted being president of the us is not the same as royalty, but its as close as we come to over here on this side of the pond.

either way, this is just ridiculous! i mean, we've been hearing about it nonstop since it was announced, and i would wager after its over, we'll still be hearing about it.

hell, i bet when they consummate the marriage, they'll have a special on that! thank goodness i'll be out of town for all this crap.

so, dear readers, tell me what your thoughts are about the media's oversaturation of this wedding hoopla. i'm curious to know what you feelings are.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Musical Monday

Happy Musical Monday, everyone! This week, I thought I'd share with some good old 60s R & B. you remember those days, don't you? For those of us that weren't alive back then, we've at least heard about it, right? Everyone could sing, and didn't rely on some fancy contraption to make it sound that way. Please enjoy this classic (a friend of mine like to call this "Grown folks music") from The Temptations, "My Girl"

The Temptations - My Girl by sitmen

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Eye Candy 4/24

again, no eye candy this week, or next, but will return 5/8...get you suggestions in between now and then!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quote of the week

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain - Mark Twain

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A moment of pride

This weekend, I went back to my alma mater for the Centennial celebration of the band. Good times were had, old friends and acquaintances who I hadn't seen in forever were renewed, and it was just a great weekend. I can't wait to do it again!

Sunday afternoon there was a concert. All of us alumni got together and played a few selection, each conducted by the former directors that were there. Most of my fellow alumni aren't freaks of nature who practice religiously whether they have anything to perform or not, so it was actually a bit of a surprise that it sounded as good as it did. Admittedly, though, some of them were hurting after the

Two big things happened at the celebration, though. The band room was named after the current director, who has been there since 1983, and is widely recognized as one of the best college directors in the country.

There was a moment of pride for me, though. One of my former students had the opportunity to conduct the band. He says that he won some kind of contest in his conducting class for the opportunity, which just adds to the impressiveness.

Watching him, I felt like a proud papa. I've taught quite a few students in my short career, but he was one of the truly gifted ones, and it was good to see him excelling at the college level. It nearly brought a tear to my eye.

Now, when he graduates next year, he better not come after my

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Musical Monday

Happy Musical Monday, everyone! This week, I thought we could use some up-tempo 80s dance groove-ocity (is that even a word?) Please enjoy Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

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Eye Candy 4/17

for those you of wondering, there will be no eye candy today. this is because i'm about to head to my college band's centennial celebration. this feature should return with a special edition next week!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quote of the week

"Facebook is like jail. You sit around all day, write on peoples walls, and get poked by a bunch of fools you don't know!"

Friday, April 15, 2011

Do you remember....

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Retro Commercial Friday

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shouldn't these be much faster?

So, somehow my friend suckered me into helping her chaperon a field trip downtown to the state capitol today. While down there, we stopped into the state library. I decided to take a few minutes and check my e-mail.


I can't remember the last time I was on computers so slow. Wait, yes I do. It was in college, when the lab computers were still on Netscape. Remember those days?

Anyway, so a task that should have taken 5 minutes, tops, took nearly 30.

I could be wrong, but I would imagine that the computers at the STATE library would be much faster, or at least the same speed as the ones at school.

I'm not that computer savvy or anything like that, but one wold think they'd have a better, faster, server running things. I don't know. I cold be wrong.

Well, thanks for letting get that off my chest, and as always, you continued readership (is that even a word?) is much appreciated!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lunch ban

When you were in school, how many of us took lunch to school just to avoid the crap they slapped on the trays at school. I know I did. Hell, I even had a collection of lunchboxes....think my parents still have those stashed away

Weren't those the days, though? In today's society, though, it seems as if any and everything that we enjoyed as kids they don't want the upcoming generation(s) to enjoy. Take this for instance...

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that the principal of Little Village Academy decided to ban home-packed lunches at the West Side school after watching students bring lunches consisting of "bottles of soda and flaming hot chips" on field trips.

From the Tribune:

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."

The Tribune spoke to several students and parents who opposed the policy, saying children don't like the cafeteria food, and that much of it gets thrown away. Other parents said the cafeteria food, supplied by caterer Chartwells-Thompson, is a healthy option and they are happy to have it available.

Though Carmona says the Chartwells-Thompson options are healthy, others disagree.

"It's rare that I see a school, especially a public school, that actually serves food that's good," Susan Rubin, a nutritionist and founder of the Better School Food program, told AOL News. "I get physically sick just looking at it, because it makes me sick that kids are eating this processed crap."

The home-packed lunch ban was put in place six years ago, but the Tribune's Monday story sparked outrage among some conservatives.

"This is problematic for a number of reasons, least of which is probably that a one-size-fits all government brainchild is destined to fail at solving a complicated problem," ChicagoNow blogger Emily Zanotti wrote Monday. " Anyone who's ever met a kid knows that kids are weird. It's a full time job, sometimes, for parents, to figure out how to ensure a child gets necessary nutrition while skirting a number of irrational food phobias. ... A public school, with hundreds of children, could never adequately address the needs of it's bizarre little population of dietary exceptions (not to mention, she clearly foils parents who would send their children to school with certifiably organic or home-cooked lunches)."

While an outright ban may be unpopular with students at Little Village, some Chicago Public School students do want more options when it comes to cafeteria food. Last year, a group of CPS high schoolers addressed the Chicago Board of Education after realizing that a typical lunch in a CPS cafeteria clocked in at 800 calories.

"Parents rely on schools to give their children nutritious meals, not tan-colored slop," one student told the Board.

The Chicago Public School system as a whole does not ban home-packed lunches, but does allow its principals to make such decisions.

"While there is no formal policy, principals use common sense judgment based on their individual school environments," CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond told the Tribune. "In this case, this principal is encouraging the healthier choices and attempting to make an impact that extends beyond the classroom."

Some Little Village students said they would make healthy choices if given the chance.

"They're afraid that we'll all bring in greasy food instead of healthy food and it won't be as good as what they give us at school," student Yesenia Gutierrez told the paper. "It's really lame. If we could bring in our own lunches, everyone knows what they'd bring. For example, the vegetarians could bring in their own veggie food."

Isn't that insane?!?

Not to get all political, but this does seem a bit like the government is trying to run everything (even though it was the principal who made this decision).

I'm not a parent, but I would be outraged at this if I was one. Who are they to tell me my kid can't eat food that I prepare.

As I said earlier, when I was in school, my mom would send lunch with me just about everyday. Granted, that would be a sandwich, fruit, and some sort of snack, play something like Hi-C, as opposed to burgers and fries or pizza that they seem to getting these days, but still it is the parent's decision what they send, not the school's.

Has anyone else stopped to think that by banning home lunches, they're just putting more money in the school's pocket by forcing them to pay for it. Hmmm...there could be something here that we hadn't really though about.

I don't know how much it is up there, but down here, my students are shelling out nearly $2 for lunch. When I was in high school (and didn't just go to the concession stand), I think lunch was like 75 cents or something. Talk about inflation!!!

So, in this day when stores are charging us more for less product, and Michelle Obama and Jamie Oliver seem to think they can "cure" obesity, we now have a principal who thinks that banning home lunches will stop kids from getting fat...or is this just a way to make more money for the school?

I'm curious to know what you think. Is the school withing their rights to do this? It sure doesn't seem like it to me, but I could be wrong. I mean, are they going to stop a parent who brings the kid's lunch up to them and sits down and eats with them? I'd like to see them try.

This is just so infuriating to me. Think I'm going to pack my lunch for tomorrow...mmmm...double bacon cheeseburger seems about right. If I was a student at this school in Chicago, they'd probably not let me have it, even though I'm a

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Musical Monday

Happy Musical Monday, everyone! This week, I bring you a little Tracy Chapman. Please enjoy "Give Me One Reason"

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Eye Candy 4/10

Female Hottie: Katy Perry

This week's female hottie is responsible for some of the catchiest songs in recent memory, and, although you can't really tell from this picture, she is said to have the most perfect breasts in the music business. Aside from hearing her songs almost everywhere you go, her voice can be heard as Smurfette this summer in The Smurfs. I still say she resembles Zooey Deschanel!

Male Hottie: Sam Witwer

Our male hottie for the week can currently be seen on SyFy channel's hot show Being Human (great should check it out, if you haven't already. season finale is tomorrow night). Sam has also been seen in Battlestar Galactica, Crank, Dexter, Smallville, and has lent his voice to the hit video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and its sequel.

Random Hottie from a movie or TV show seen this week: Pia Toscano

A great injustice happened to our random hottie for this week. Those of you American Idol fans are more then aware that Pia, who was hands down the best pure singer of this years crop, was shockingly voted off. Rumor has it that she has already signed a record deal, so I don't think there is any need for worry about this package of look and talent. Here's to hoping we see much, much, much more from her.

MILF: Catherine Bell

I'm always hearing a commercial for The Good Witch or Army Wives, both of which Catherine Bell stars in, but she is perhaps best known for her role on JAG. This MILF already has one girl and recently gave birth to her second child, a boy, in August.

Classic/Retro Hottie: Helen Mirren

One of the greatest actresses of our time is our classic/retro hottie. Dame Helen Mirren is mostly know for portraying royalty these days, most notably Queen Elizabeth in The Queen, for which she won an Oscar. What's more impressive, though, is that this 65 year old beauty still has her beauty and quite the impressive body (go look for that infamous bikini picture). In her career, she has appeared in movies such as A Midsummer's Night Dream, 2010: The Year We Made Contact, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Calendar Girls, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Love Ranch, Red, and voiced Deep Thought in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, not to mention she hosted Saturday Night Live just last night. I look forward to seeing more of this uber talented actress.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Quote of the week

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night

Blonde jokes

got these this morning and decided to share...

Two blondes were going to Disneyland . They were driving on the Interstate when they saw the sign that said Disneyland LEFT.. They started crying and turned around and went home.

Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking, and one blonde says to the other, 'Which do you think is farther away... Florida or the moon?'
The other blonde turns and says 'Helloooooooooo, can you see Florida ?????'

A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the
mechanic it died. After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly.
She says, 'What's the story?'
He replies, 'Just crap in the carburetor'
She asks, 'How often do I have to do that?'

A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license.
She replied in a huff, 'I wish you guys would get your act together.
Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!'

There's this blonde out for a walk. She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank 'Yoo-hoo!' she shouts, 'How can I get to the other side?'
The second blonde looks up the river then down the river and shouts back, 'You ARE on the other side.'

A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.
'Impossible!' says the doctor.. 'Show me.'
The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream.
The doctor said, 'You're not really a redhead, are you?
'Well, no' she said, 'I'm actually a blonde.'
'I thought so,' the doctor said, 'Your finger is broken.'

A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting!
Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!'
'NO!' the blonde yelled back, 'IT'S A SCARF!'

A Russian, an American, and a Blonde were talking one day.
The Russian said, 'We were the first in space!'
The American said, 'We were the first on the moon!'
The Blonde said, 'So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!' The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads.
'You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn up!' said the Russian.
To which the Blonde replied, 'We're not stupid, you know. We're going at night!'

A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night...
It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature.
Her question was, 'If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?'
She thought for a time and then asked, 'Is it on or off?'


A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs,
and asked her what their names were.

The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex.

Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?'
'HELLLOOOOOOO......,' answered the blonde. 'They're watch dogs'!

Friday, April 8, 2011

What a waste of money!!!!!

We've all been to graduations and been subject to long winded commencement speakers, usually state politicians...unless you happen to go to a big school that can afford to bring in someone like Maya Angelou, Larry King, etc., for example.

This is the normal thing to do, so what in tarnation was Rutgers University thinking?!?

Life is good when you're the Princess of Poughkeepsie.

Snooki was paid $32,000 by Rutgers University's programming association to dish on her fist-pumping, pouf-wearing, hard-partying lifestyle on the "Jersey Shore" Thursday night.

That's $2,000 more than the school is paying Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver Rutgers' commencement address in May.

The pint-sized reality star, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, appeared at two sold out Q&A sessions, donning a gold-headband, leopard-print gloves and a signature low-cut dress

According to Rutgers' Daily Targum, she chatted about a variety of subjects, including her trademark hair ("The pouf is its own living form"), if the drama on the show was real ("You can't make this sh-- up") and her biggest inspiration ("being tan").

No state funds or tuition money was used for the event, said university spokesman E. J. Miranda. He said the students use funds designated for student programming.

More than 2,000 students expressed their wish to attend the event, so a second show was added.

"The university does not censor the speakers students choose to invite on campus," Miranda told the Daily News in a statement, adding the show was promoted as a comedy act and not an academic program.

"As with any comedy show, the value of the content is subjective and students choose to attend based on their interests."

Snooki's speaking fee at Rutgers was approximately on par with what she makes per episode — reportedly $30,000 — on "Jersey Shore."

Some students waited hours to get a good seat, according to the Star-Ledger. Other students weren't quite as enthused.

"Such a waste of my money," freshman Dan Oliveto griped to the newspaper. "If I want to listen to someone talk, they should have something intelligent to say."

And what was Snooki's parting message? "Study hard, but party harder," she told the crowd.

When I first heard this, I had to take a step back and say WTF?!?

First of all, why would you bring her in to speak at graduation. If it was just some random campus event or something, then that's fine.

Second, a prestigious institution like Rutgers should be ashamed for this!

Finally, they paid her more than they're paying a Nobel Prize winning novelist! Seriously?!? WTF?!?

I can't imagine how parents of students at that school have to be feeling after hearing that Snooki would be the commencement speaker.

Now, don't get me wrong. She is more than welcome to make her money, but in my opinion a graduation speech is not the place for some faux "star" whose 15 min of fame need to hurry up and go away. I would say something about her not graduating college, but that same statement could be said about Bill Gates and alot of Hollywood actors.

Ugh! I'm about to start spitting bullets about this! Thank goodness this wasn't my school!

So, dear readers...what are your thoughts? Like it? Hate it? Is this another sign of the Apocalypse? I"m curious to hear what you have to say.

Do you remember....

Retro Commercial Friday

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Musical Monday

Happy Musical Monday, everyone! This week, again, I'm bringing you something modern...but in a rare 2-fer, I'm throwing in a bonus song, because I was just listening to it and wanted to share. So, please enjoy "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry and "Autumn Leaves" by Nat "King" Cole.

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Eye Candy 4/3

Female Hottie: Kristin Chenoweth

This week's female hottie is one of the most talented women around these days. Kristin Chenoweth has had roles in movies such as RV, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, and Disney's remake of The Music Man, as well as starring in shows such as Pushing Daisies, The West Wing, and gust spots on Glee. Perhaps she is best known for her distinctive voice, but more so she is a Broadway veteran. Her biggest role to date is that of Galinda in Wicked. Hopefully we get to see more of this hottie sooner, rather than later.

Male Hottie: George Clooney

Everyone knows George Clooney. Personally, he's another guy that I don't understand the infatuation with, but hey, I'm not female or gay, so that may be the reason. There was a rumor that he would be returning to ER for the season finale, or at least one of the final episodes, but I don't think that ever happened. However, I can imagine more than a few of you tuned in, anyway.

Random Hottie from a movie or TV show seen this week: Megan Good

Our random hottie for the week may best be known for her short stint on My Wife and Kids, but Megan Good has also made appearances on not only the small screen, but big screen. She can be seen in Friday, Deliver Us from Eva, (where she earned this week's random hottie title) The Unborn, One Missed Call, Touched By an Angel, All of Us, The Love Guru, and a few others. She has a few projects in production, so we'll be seeing more of her soon enough.

MILF: Christina Aguilera

Hands down one of the most beautiful and talented women in the business (can't you just imagine a duet between her and Kristin Chenoweth...--drools--). She can sing rings around those manufactured singers out there nowadays, and as you can see, she's not an eye sore. Fresh off her performance in the movie Burlesque in which critics praised her performance (though not much else about the movie), a new facet of her talent has been opened up. Oh, and she's the mother of a 2 yr old son?

Classic/Retro Hottie: Suzanne Somers

This week's retro hottie is best known as Chrissy from Three's Company. since her role ended on that show she has been selling the Thigh Master, writing diet books, and even returned to television in the sitcom Step By Step. Currently, she is selling stuff on one of the shopping networks. Other than a tad bit of natural aging, she still looks nearly the same as she did back in her heyday.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quote of the week

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help. - Ronald Reagan

The older we get

this was forwarded to me this week, and I thought I'd share...

Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets.

'We don't have half dozen nuggets,' said the teenager at the counter.

'You don't?' I replied.

'We only have six, nine, or twelve,' was the reply

'So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?'

'That's right.'

So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets

(Unbelievable but sadly true...)


I was checking out at the local Walmart with just a few items and the lady behind meput her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those 'dividers' that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed.

After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the 'divider', looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code, she said to me, 'Do you know how much this is?'

I said to her 'I've changed my mind; I don't think I'll buy that today.'

She said 'OK,' and I paid her for the things and left. She had no clue to what had just happened.


A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and
pulling it out very quickly.

When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the
ATM 'thingy.'

(keep shuddering!!)

I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. 'Do you need some help?' I asked.

She replied, 'I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?'

'Hmmm, I don't know.

Do you have an alarm, too?' I asked.

'No, just this remote thingy,' she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.

As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, 'Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk....'

(PLEASE just lie down before you hurt yourself !!!)


Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing
and turned to a secretary and said,'I'm almost out of typing paper. What do I
do?' 'Just use paper from the photocopier', the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it
on the photocopier and proceeded to make five 'blank' copies.

(Brunette, by the way!! )


A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid
to the emergency room,the kid had eaten ants.

The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and he should be fine, the
mother says, 'I just gave him some ant killer......'

Dispatcher: 'Rush him in to emergency!'

Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid!!!!





Someone had to remind me, so I'm reminding you too. Don't is all true...

Perks of reaching 50 or being over 60 and heading towards 70!

01.Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

02.. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

03.No one expects you to run--anywhere.

04. People call at 9 PM and ask,"did I wake you?"

05.People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

06. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

07.Things you buy now won't wear out.

08. You can eat supper at 4 PM.

09.You can live without sex but not your glasses.

10.You get into heated arguments about pension plans.

11.You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.

13.You sing along with elevator music.

14.Your eyes won't get much worse.

15.Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

17.Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

19.You can't remember who sent you this list.

20.And you notice these are all in Big Print for your convenience.