I'm heading out of town tomorrow to spend a long weekend at Disneyland.
See you on Tuesday!
If you head over to "A Small Victory" and look over on the sidebar, there's a link to donate to the IDF pizza and donut fund. Right now, it's over $800 and the goal is to reach $1000 by Hanukkah.
It was one of the first things I blogged about way back when I started my first blog, and it's great to see a concerted, centralized effort to send these guys and gals a little holiday cheer.
We one upped the popular Google search for "dragons having sex"! The new popular search? "Women having sex with dragons"!
Where do people come up with these things anyway?
Let's see: dragons. sex, hedgehogs, beanie babies, Hillary Clinton, cheese danish. Oh, and jelly fish!
Let the Googles roll! I will report my findings to you all! [weg]
So we took the truck to the GM dealer today and they told me what was wrong wasn't covered under warranty (is anyone surprised?)They claimed the transmission hoses were leaking, so bad in fact, they were pooling transmission fluid in their bay. It would be at least $400 to fix. So, at this point, I'm a basket case. My mum gets my father to call our mechanic and apparently he went ballistic. He's going to call the dealer and tell them they've lost their collective minds. One of the guys at work told me what they were saying sounded like a way to get around honouring the warranty, and a friend of my mums checked out drive and said there was not a trace of any sort of leak there. So I'm at anxiety level peak right now. My tummy is so upset and my fingers are twitching. But now it's the weekend and I can't do anything about it till Monday. Tequila anyone?
The other thing that happened today: the holiday lunch. Apparently the SF office has always had a Thanksgiving lunch. Starting three Thanksgivings ago, we got one too. First one I missed because we were stuck in Barstow, getting the frelled transmission replaced! (the very one!) This year I didn't even know about it! I found out an hour before, and promptly said I wasn't going because I had on jeans and a company shirt. I'm the office manager, but I work in a warehouse, so usually, I dress for warmth and in clothing that can sustain damage from open case hasps and such. Anyway, I wasn't going out to a nice restaurant dressed like that! So, one of the guys took me home so I could change. Turned out everyone thought everyone else had told me about it.
So we did that and came back to the office and a barrage of voicemails about my truck and my lunch not settling well [sigh] Now I sit waiting for my brother to pick me up.....
Hours later.... just as I was typing that last lune, the bro guy showed up! So now, I'm actually posting this :)
This month has sucked dead bunnies through a straw, let me tell you! First, I get to shell out bucko bucks to get my cracked tooth crowned, but I felt I had it covered. I knew I had to get my front brakes done on the Jimmy, so I've been saving. I had those done yesterday. But, this is my life, so nothing could be that simple. I had them also just check out things because I'm paranoid after all the trouble I've had with the truck. Turns out the little things I'd been noticing were actually serious. First off, the transmission is going. It's brand new, put in two years ago in Barstow when we broke down there. Thank god it's still under warranty! But I'm so worried that the GMC dealer here will try and weasel out of honouring the warranty. Second thing; it turns out the head gasket is getting ready to go. It could cost anywhere from $600 to $2000 to fix depending on how bad the damage is. I have to keep hope that it won't be at the high end of the estimate, but my nerves are shot at this point. My anxiety level is over the top right now, and it's taking a massive effort to not just break down in tears. I'm trying to remember all the good things, but it's really hard sometimes.
We've been having odd weather the last week or so. It's been warmer during the day than it usually is in the summer. Today, we had some high clouds overhead and we were all just outside looking at the sunset. We don't normally get the kind of cloud formations we have right now. It reminds me the type of clouds you see in New Mexico or Texas, that sort of broken ceiling of clouds in little dollops like snow banks. And the colour! I don't think there is a word for the colour of the underside of the clouds at sunset. Pete decided they were oink, for orange/pink. First suggestion porange, but it was decided that was too close to porn! (awaiting the inevitable web searches for porn now!)
And now all the colour is gone as the sun has sunk down too low. They're back to being in their everyday grey. But it was magical while it lasted.
What the heck was with the last "Angel"??? Cordy/Conner sex? Say what? The only saving grace is that I don't have to watch Angel and Cordelia moon after each other! [g] Right now, the whole show couple wise, (other than Fred and Charles) is nuts. Maybe it's the "Big Bad's" fault! Yeah!
At this point, I've gotten through almost all of the extra stuff on the Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring Extended DVD appendices. Can I just say, "Wow" again? Yes, there were gripes I had with the movie -- especially the characterization of Aragorn not wanting or accepting being King -- but still, it was obvious there was so much love and care in the making of this movie, I could forgive it. After watching the appendices, I've come away with even more respect for Peter Jackson and the cast and crew. These people loved the material and had a deep respect for Tolkien's vision. I think Peter Jackson was meant to make these movies, and I'm so glad he did.
Buffy was utterly awesome! This season has been so good, it's like some of the first seasons of the show. This is when I wish I was better at ep discussion, because there was just so much that was good and scary as hell! Out of all the good stuff, I will ask this one question. Was that really Spike killing the woman in the bar? Or is this "Big Bad" masquerading as him for some purpose of his own?
Rachel got a mention in the Rocky Mountain News for her holding the odious Michael Moore's toes to the fire!
Yay, Rachel! I can say I knew you when :)
A 700-year-old fresco bearing an uncanny resemblance to Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse has been discovered in Austria.
The mouse figure was unearthed by an art historian working on the church in the southern village of Malta.
The figure bears an enormous resemblance to Walt Disney's famous mouse to this 14th Century figure.
This is an interesting sort of project.
Easier to go take a look than for me to try and explain!
This was sent to me in an email:
"Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for Him. Christianity is a faith in which God sent His Son to die for you." John Ashcroft
lil update: on a related note
By the by, GIParty has been having a blogging contest this week -- runs through Sunday -- and yours truly is one of the judges (yes, they were desperate). Other than judging, one of my duties is to think of topics to be blogged. So far, I haven't come up with anything, and considering the contest only has a few days left, I should get cracking! Any ideas out there?
We went straight to Suncoast last night to pickup my copy of the extended version of the FotR. Then we watched it. It is wonderful! So many of my favorite pieces of dialogue from the books ended up back in the movie, especially in Lothlorien. But Celeborn is still a twit! Then I had my little moment of fame -- very little moment -- as I got to see my name in the credits as one of the charter fan club members. Very kewl!
So if you weren't sure if the extended version was worth it, it is!
For those of you that came here from a google search looking for "Dragon Sex" or "Dragons having Sex", you will not find what you desire. Yes we have dragons, but, alas, there is no sex to be had.
So off with you!
Thank you for your attention.
Yet another journalist takes on the subject of fanfic.
You all know how much I love pompous, idiotic celebrities, so I had to share this tidbit.
Question: There have been frequent comparisons of late between the United States and the Roman Empire. How valid do you think those comparisons are? Why so?
His reply: Politically they are absurd. We do not send proconsuls to demand taxes to pay for basing troops. In fact we do the opposite--pay lavishly for bases that protect others. The imperial senate was impotent, and civil war was common after AD 200 -- we have a stable Congress and little strife. For all the European venom, George Bush is not a Caracalla or even Diocletian.
The classical topos of luxus, decadence brought about by affluence and leisure -- read Petronius, Suetonius, or Juvenal -- well, that is a real concern. Self-loathing and smug cynicism from an elite are the first symptoms and we see that clearly among those pampered and secure, who nevertheless ridicule the very system under which they operate in such a privileged fashion -- most notably in the arts, on the campuses, and in the media. A Jessica Lange or Barbra Streisand is right out of a Petronian banquet or perhaps sounds like a Flavian princess spouting off at dinner before returning to Nero's Golden House. Norman Mailer is a modern day Eumolpus bellowing on spec, and a Michael Moore a court-jester brought in to stick his tongue out at his benefactors for their own sick amusement.
I spent part of my childhood in Canada, and come from a Canadian/British family. So while today is Veterans Day, it is also Remembrance Day to me. I still wear my poppy, like I did in Canada, to remember those who died to keep us free. Our liberty is not without price and today especially, we need to remember that.
If you know a veteran, or someone currently serving, tell them you appreciate the sacrifices that they made for us. And pray that come next Remembrance Day, there will be no more souls added to the rolls.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
(via Redwood Dragon)
I haven't posted anything of substance in a while. The last few weeks have been... difficult, for variety of reasons. I decided that anything I write will probably only serve to depress me and you, so I'm keeping my mouth shut (in a manner of speaking).
In the meantime, check out some of the journals I link to for all the substantive reading you can stand. :) You might notice a new link to "Mickey's Musings." Go and check it out. New blog, bright, fresh, and shiny.
I'll try and better soon, I promise.
The SCI FI Channel renewed its original series Stargate SG-1 for a full seventh season, the network announced. SCI FI ordered 22 new episodes from MGM. Richard Dean Anderson will stay in his role as both the series' star and executive producer.
I got to see the Ennis Sisters in concert last night at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA, and it was a great concert!
I even got a chance to meet Karen and Maureen at a party that was held after the concert. I probably babbled when I spoke to them :) (I always feel like I'm bothering the artist if I get a chance to speak to them so i try to speak really fast. That means I end up babbling and forgetting what I was going to say!) Oh, and Maureen autographed their new CD for me! Karen and Teresa had quite a crowd around them, and Nin wanted to start heading home -- it's an hour drive and it was already past 11:30 -- so hopefully, I'll get them to sign the CD next time around!
They said that the CD will be released in the US in the New Year. time for me to start emailing KTOM again about playing them! I bugged them a few times over the year, but now the CD is coming out here, I think it's time to renew my efforts!
The opening act was Kendra MacGillivray and her family. Kendra is a great fiddler, her brother plays keyboards, and her sister, Sabra, dances and plays bodrahn. They put on an amazing show! It was a real treat.
And if the concert wasn't enough, there was a party afterwards that came a total surprise! Over at the villa, they had finger food, deserts, beer and wine. The big fire place was roaring, and the attendees got to mingle with the artists. It was a delightful end to an already terrific evening!
This bit gave me a smile:
Rabbi Adelman said he did not expect the venture to be very profitable, if at all, but he said, "We aren't opposed to money."
Shmuel Simenowitz, 45, an former-New York City lawyer with a small kosher farm in Vermont who will let Eretz HaChaim use his draft horses and maple sugaring expertise, said the community was serious about mixing religious ideals with real-world applications.
"There's a story about a man who kept praying, `God, let me win the Lotto. God, let me win the Lotto,' " said Mr. Simenowitz, who once dabbled in stand-up comedy. "And finally God says, `It would help if you would buy a ticket.' We believe in divine providence, but that's no substitute for skills. God will give you the miracles, but he wants to see a business plan."