Thursday, July 31, 2008

The People's Court

Two interesting decisions have been made, one by a California Judge, and one by the Massachusetts legislature and Governor.
First, "In one of the most significant legal rulings in the tech industry this year, a Superior Court judge in California has ruled that the practice of charging consumers a fee for ending their cell phone contract early is illegal and violates state law." I won't go on too long about this because my own sentiments echo many of those cited it the articles on the web. I do think it could be the beginning stages of a shift in the cell phone industry.
AT&T recently announce that it would sell the new iPhone 3G with the option of not signing a contract (and of course not getting the discounted price offset by the contract). In what seems to be yet another coming of age in the cellular industry where "smart phones" are becoming more commonplace and the Phone/PDA hybrid continues to evolve (into yet something else perhaps), there are going to be some changes and I hope that for once, they are consumer friendly.
Issue number two relates to human rights. "Surrounded by cheering, clapping gay-rights activists and legislators, Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill repealing a 95-year-old statute that had prevented gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts."
I'll first address the important part of this story, a human rights victory. Hopefully this will help springboard these issues into other state legislatures and help to create awareness and acceptance.
Something I didn't understand about the quote above is that the statute that was repealed was 95 years old. I am curious as to how a law like this came to be 95 years ago in a time that I assumed these issues existed on a whole different level.
There was another odd article about how this decision might stimulate the local economy as same sex couples from nearby states might flock en masse to Massachusetts - while this might be true I think it overshadows a genuinely important human rights issue and a wonderful victory (though only a small stepping stone, but progress nonetheless).

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shakin' and Quakin'

There was an earthquake in SoCal earlier today and I hope that everyone made it through safely. Michael mentioned it on twitter so I am taking that as a sign that he and Jenn are safe, I am still waiting to hear from another Jenn.

There are a few new items occupying some real estate over on the right, one of which is a shout-out box, living there on a trial basis. If you wanna shout out to me or anyone or just speak your mind about anything, go for it!

Another new item there is an ad for Keurig coffee makers. Last month, I professed my love for my new Keurig coffee machine. Surprisingly, I was contacted by Keurig and as a result, they sent me a very generous gift of k-cups for which I was and am truly grateful. I am so in love with this coffee machine that I want to get one for my office so that I no longer need to buy coffee but after dropping nearly $200 (worth every penny and more) on the one I bought for the house, cash is tight so I am hoping that my friends at Keurig might consider my new ad at the top right (under the heading BUY ONE OF THESE) that links to their website might be considered compensation for one of their units. Dear Keurig folks, I am super grateful for what you have already done, I'm just asking though because it would make me so darn happy! I'm super flexible on the ad idea if you are interested and if not, I'll keep it there for a time anyway because I really am a believer.

One last new item is the "Twitter Me This" section, also on the right. I finally set up a twitter account and this section brings over the last 10 or 15 "tweets". Feel free to follow me on twitter - again, this is somewhat experimental for me but thus far, it's kind of cool.

That's all for now. Oh, one last thing, if you do go buy a Keurig (which you totally should), please find some way of letting them know that I inspired you.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Points I'm Pondering

  • Will Amy Winehouse be alive when our next president is inaugurated?
  • Why was I so happy to get gas for "only" $3.799/gallon today?
  • What enjoyment value does my cat get from sitting atop a stack of important papers?
  • When will Cuzzup get her ass onto Facebook?
  • Why do I love attacking some por soul while playing Mob Wars yet take it personally when I am attacked in just such a way?
  • Why the heck can't I get my act together and spend more time prepping my courses for the fall semester?
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  • President Obama - it has to happen, if not, we are truly doomed.
  • What am I going to have for lunch tomorrow?

Gorilla Bananas


I received a comment on my previous post, about Brett "the Arse" Favre (yet pronounced Farve), by someone claiming to be of simian origin by the name of Gorilla Bananas. I am not sure how this particular gorilla found my blog other than perhaps a search for the word "arse" which I used in that post and also a word that Gorilla Bananas seems to enjoy.
Regardless, I am happy to have anyone, even a gorilla as a reader and this particular gorilla happens to have a Blog as well called The Japing Ape which I began to read and started to laugh so uncontrollably, I had to leave the room I was in.
Later I'll add the Japing Ape to my list on the right but for now if you wish to check out the blog, click the link above and get ready to laugh.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Brett Favre is an Arse and Other Things

How many times is it okay to decide to retire then come back from retirement? I know that Favre is not the only athlete to un-retire multiple times and I would have to imagine that coming to terms with the idea of retirement in your 30's would be difficult. However, Favre has shown real arrogance and little respect toward the fans who've supported him and the team that stood behind him for many years.
Manu-up Favre, if you really wish to retire then ride off into the sunset while you still have a chance to rest on the laurels of a fine career. If you don't want to retire, well, then stop announcing your retirement every year and then jerking around the fans and the team. To make matters worse, I hate the way your last name is spelled and then pronounced differently - F.U.
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Please listen to my podcast from yesterday, I think it has some entertainment value and I hope you will too.
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I really need to get going on course preps for Fall - what the hell am I waiting for?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Podcast: The Return of the Podcast, featuring Live Material from Las Vegas

REMINDER:
You can subscribe to my podcast on iTunes by either clicking on the graphic somewhere over on the right or by clicking on the Podcasts link at the iTunes store and searching for "From a Whisper to a Scream." Enjoy the podcast....
After a two month absence, the podcast edition of From a Whisper to a Scream returns with highlights from Las Vegas including:
-About 5 seconds of me singing
-"The Bend-Over Test" by Cuzzup
-A brief warning from a shuttle bus driver
-A Big Boo to the Rio hotel, a report from the buffet
-Group sing-a-long on the shuttle to the Rio Hotel (a different night from the buffet disaster)
-The National Scrabble Championships, of all things

LISTEN HERE
OR, WHY NOT JUST LISTEN RIGHT HERE ON THIS PAGE...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Project Runway Tracker


The Project Runway Tracker has returned for season 5 and is located on the right hand side of this blog way down at the bottom. While I may occasionally comment on the show, I highly recommend David Dust's blog for detailed and hysterically funny recaps of each episode.

While I have talked in the past about how much I like Tim Gunn and think he'd be a great dinner guest, I am growing fonder of Michael Kors who really comes out with some zingers during judging. Thus far my favorite of his quotes remains, "forget the jacket, the crotch on the pants is insane," I am betting that a careful listen of each episode will yield at least one "what did he just say?"

After two episodes thus far in season 5, there are no real super standouts, at least not on the "hey, that's a talent" side, lots o'bitches and nut jobs however. Tim Gunn had to pull out a few really serious sounding "Make it works" with this slackerish crew so we'll see what is yet to come.

Later.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Three More Photo's and That's That for Now

Before I offer 3 photos from the Vegas trip I wanted to talk briefly about where I was before Vegas. On the Saturday before I left for that trip. Many of you know about the friends reunion we have twice a year. This year's sumer edition took place at the Buonanno household in lovely Macungie, Pennsylvania.

Those of you whom are Facebook friends o'mine can see all of the 50 photos from that event that I have made public and while the Careaga family was absent and missed, those in attendance all had a grand old time sharing the friendships we've treasured for so many years. While the commute to Macungie was cushioned by an overnight stay in Yorktown Heights courtesy of the DeCoursey gang (thanks again :), the ride home featured awful traffic and took some six and a half hours (yikes). While the ride home really sucked, it was so worth it to be with people who mean so much to me.

And now on to the last three Vegas photo's that I'll be posting (unless otherwise coaxed):

Here's a photo of me any my colleagues with Steve Wozniak. Woz was super cool and took a few minutes to really connect with everyone.


This is me at the Beatles:Love show. The more I review some of these pictures the more I realize the loose t-shirt not tucked in makes me look fat; note to self.


Finally, here is a really cute dolphin. I aspire to be as happy as this dolphin appears to me.


That's all for now folks, be good.

What's Going On

I'm still trying to catch up on a host of things since returning to my so called life here on the East coast. My plans for the weekend are to create a podcast (which will feature some material recorded live in Las Vegas), which I haven't done in too long of a time. Also, I am planning a piece entitles "Las Vegas, the Grandest Illusion of All?" We'll see what happens.

I've grown a bit confused on the political front. I am certain that Barack Obama is the only candidate that makes any sense to vote for yet there are actually people who are considering John McCain and I can't for the life of me figure out why.

I was alarmed today to read of an apparent AIDS crisis going on the the south. So as to be clear, when I say the south I mean in our very on country, the U.S. of A. You can read about it here (at least today you can) but more importantly is the realization that this is a very real problem that we all need to be concerned with and take part in addressing.

Unless you or a friend or family member are active with AIDS based charities or god forbid have lost someone to this disease (R.I.P. JF), it really isn't as in your face as it was in the 80's and at least some of the 90's. While great strides have been made in education programs and medicine, until it no longer exists or there is a sure shot cure, AIDS is and will always be everyone's problem and we need to ensure that our politicians are properly funding education programs and that we all do some part in the process whether it's donating to AIDS based charities, educating, or something other than ignoring it or leaving it to someone else.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Little Bit O' Vegas (In Pictures and Words)

This is me with the Beatles. Taken at the "Love Theather" at the Mirage hotel; I think it's quite neat. The show was quite spectacular and I highly recommend it. Thanks bunches to the Cuzzes for getting the tix.
Speaking of the Cuzzes, here they are - Cuzz and CuzzHuzz on the grounds of their hotel.
This is a (not great) photograph of the incredible Fountains of Bellagio. The fountains are choreographed to music - it really is hard to describe how great of a display this is, especially at night.

7 Seconds with "The Woz"

This is a 7 seconds segment from the keynote delivered by Apple co-founder, supergenius, and philanthropist Steve Wozniak:


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Quick Checkin Before Beddy-Bye

I'm trying to get used to east coast time again while getting the necessities ready for back to work tomorrow. I'll talk more about the Vegas trip and the Pennsylvania excursion as well but in the meantime, here's a picture from the luxurious confines of the Palazzo hotel.




As I previously mentioned, this was the first time I was ever in a hotel room that came with a robe and slippers (and I am so not the flip-flop guy, but I could not resist). Enjoy poking fun...later.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

More from Las Vegas

The Steve Wozniak keynote address - While not the best public speaker, I have great admiration for "The Woz" as he has always remembered where he came from and chose to give back without fanfare. I did have the chance to meet him briefly and get a photo, that'll get posted somewhere once I return home.

After the keynote, there was a reception that featured free appetizers and beer and wine, NICE!!! After fillup up and catching a free buzz, a couple of us trolled the strip no longer in a rush to eat and instead did some fancy people watching while trolling for bars offering drink specials. Can you say $1 frozen margaritas? Can you say $2 Heinekens? Can you say too much is too much?

Today was a full plate of conference offerings and as I write this at 5:24pm Vegas time, the day is through and I have some down time at the conference Cyber Cafe. Incidentally, tomorrow is the last day I'll have free Internet access and as such, I'll more than likely not be posting until I return home sometime on Tuesday.

Wish you were here!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Live from Las Vegas

Hey there friends. I hope you are all having fun - yesterday was my first full day in Vegas having arrived at about 10am and while it was super HOT, there was some fun to be had. First off, I am in the nicest hotel room I've ever been in, it has 3 flat screen TV's, one very large one to watch while in bed, one in the sunken living room/office (I know, right), and one in the (are you ready for this?) bathroom! The one in the bathroom is perfectly aimed so you can watch while bathing.

Also, there are robes - and slippers! Crazy! It's going to be a bit of a letdown when I switch hotels after the conference because I know the other one can't be as nice but hey, may as well enjoy it while I can. Went to a Vampire themed show last night that was, well odd. The show was adults only because it featured toplessness but it was a combination vampire story, magic, and dance thing - odd in a way, reasonably entertaining and most important,half-price.

This afternoon, there's a keynote address by Steve Wozniak - that's at 4 so until then, I'm going to hit the strip. Later my lovelies!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sin City, Here I Come

This very moment, it's 12:38 am. My alarm is set for 4am and I have a 7am flight to Las Vegas. I haven't finished packing yet and I still need to get a few things done. F#$K!!!

Fortunately, I have some time to decompress when in Vegas and a 5 or so hour flight to get a bit of rest but heck, who needs rest (who am I kidding, I do)!

I had a great weekend, lots of drining but lots of fun with great friends but there's no time to talk about it right now, the details along with some pix sometime in the future.

Later for now.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Taxachussetts


The citizens of the Commonwealth of MA will need to ponder a serious proposal on November's election ballot; whether or not to repeal the current 5.3% State income tax. The repeal, if approved, would cancel an approximate 12 billion dollar revenue to the state and there appears to not be any information on a plan to recover those funds nor what would happen to the programs those funds pay for should they not be recovered.

Personally, I think this is an unfair proposal. I, and I am sure many if not all would love to get a 5.3% raise in our take home pay but how many of us are looking at the bigger picture? I fear that bedlam would ensue is short time as necessary programs currently funded by those taxes simply disappear, perhaps even with no warning.

I wonder if this is a strong arm tactic to get more people to consider the legalization of casino gambling in our state which could more than make up for those revenues. While I do support the casino proposals, with certain provisions, this would not be a good way to ensure that it happens. I hope this is not the case.

Hmmm. What a dilemma. Fortunately there is time to ask questions and hopefully get answers and information before this decision needs to be made. In an informal poll, the local news on Thursday reported that a larger percentage of people would vote not to repeal the state income tax, which for me at least gives me comfort that there is thought going into the voter's decisions.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Miles to Go


Between today and Monday morning I will have set my foot down in five states. I'm heading to Upstate, NY, via MA and CT for an evening of poolside enjoyment, BBQ and Beer with some wonderful friends. From there, Saturday we are all heading to the perhapsornotlovelyish village of Macungie, Pennsylvania for our semi-annual "Friends Reunion". Sunday, it's a long commute back to MA only for a 7:00 am Monday morning flight from Boston to Las Vegas, Nevada for business and pleasure.

I am both exhausted and exhilarated thinking about the hectic nature of the travel that will no doubt remind me of my hatred for travel. Don't get me wrong, I love to go places, I just hate the process of getting there and so I am investing big time (hope, not $) in the future of "Beam Me Up, Scotty" style transport. In the meantime, I do plan on loading up on the fun as much as I can and I do look forward to seeing Cuzz and CuzzHuzz who are trekking up to Vegas next Friday (look out Strip, especially the unsuspecting tenders of bar).

I am at the tail end of the audio version of "What on Earth Have I Done?" by Robert Fulghum and I can't recommend it enough. A full review will appear on the book blog after I've returned from my travels but in the meantime, take my word for it, this is a winner. I especially like the audio version because Fulghum's voice and reading just makes the whole thing even more special.

Until next time, be good to yourself.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Maria

A digital recorder, a few extra moments of silly time, and the desire to wish a Happy Birthday to a friend:

Click here to hear how they sounded individually.

Througn the magic of audacity, click here to see what happens when they all talk at the same time.

Sincerest wishes for a very Happy Birthday!

The Unintentional Exhibitionist - Epilogue


This is the third and final post in the story.
The next morning remains a bit of a fog. I actually have this memory where Birthday Girl mentioned that we needed to be quiet so we don't wake up her dad, he might get nervous and grab the rifle from under his bed (which happened to be in the room across from where I was, well, you know). Again, that part may be a complete unintentional fabrication, it just seems so familiar when I think of this story.
I don't recall if there was breakfast involved with all, if us guys took off then went to breakfast, I have no idea. I know that when I left, I had Donna's phone number and we both had planned to see each other again.
One think that made whatever was going to happen between us difficult is that I did not have a car at the time and while navigating the city, where I lived, without a car is easy as pie – getting to Copiague, Long Island from where I lived in Brooklyn was not an easy trip, it required a bus to the subway, the subway to the Long Island Rail Road, then a long ride on the Rail Road to Donna.

As awkward and difficult as the trip was, to put it bluntly, but honestly, I was getting laid, which was the first most important this at the start of it all. I do there on Friday after work or early Saturday morning and stay until either early Sunday morning if I had to work or later Sunday afternoon.

For the first couple of weekends, I was living it up and loving it. Literally from the second we got together we would go down into her room and literally stay in the bed for the whole weekend. I made up for a lot of lost time rather quickly.

About four weeks in or so, I made an attempt to be conversational and also to suggest that perhaps we go out – to a club, a restaurant, a bar, anything. Donna wanted nothing of it, she wanted to stay in her room and get down to business; yes, that type of business. It seemed after a bit to be nymph like but I felt it wrong to cast this type of label or judgment. There was no reason she shouldn't enjoy it as much as I was I was just perplexed that she needed or wanted that much of it – I mean I wasn't sure it was even possible. There were some Sundays after getting to work after a Donna weekend where walking was a chore and I was working in a shoe store on the weekends, where being upright is occasionally required.

After another week or two of the same weekend routing, one Friday just before getting ready to make the trip I stopped myself. It was clear to me that Donna wanted only to have sex and didn't want to gout out either because she didn't want to not be having sex for any length of time and/or she didn't want to be seen in public with me for some reason or another. Either way, after my testosterone levels balanced off, I really wanted a bit more. I needed conversation, socialization, an occasional meal, in addition to the sex and so I called Donna to let her know how I felt and that I thought we should stop seeing each other.

And, that was that. We never heard from each other again.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Unintentional Exhibitionist Concluded

NOTE: If you haven't read yesterday's post, you may want to do so before starting this one.

We were hanging out in the living room at birthday girl's house. Birthday girl and JD were on a couch chatting while birthday girl was trying to put the moves on and JD was repelling as best as possible, Donna and I were chatting on another couch and getting a little touchy feely. JS was kind of in the distance, I think on an easy chair occasionally chiming in on a group conversation that was going on and off in parallel to all aforementioned goings on.
At some point, JS got a it tired and I guess didn't want to continue watching Birthday Girl and JD or Donna and I, especially considering that he was odd man out. Now as I recall, by this point, it was also decided that we were spending the night, presumably due to excess partaking of intoxicating beverages, and JS loudly made the call that it was best for us all to get to bed, WTF!
Birthday girl, a friend of JS and also not making any headway with JD, and whose house we were in decided that JS was right and she showed JS to his room hen JD and I to another that we'd be sharing.
JD and I settled into our room, which sported two twin beds separated by a night table of sorts. After we got into our beds I turned to JD and said this exact statement (I remember this part like it was yesterday), "I guess the only way I'm getting any now is if they come in and attack us." (After reading it I know that this is very close, within a word or two but it would be unfair to say it was the exact wording. BTW, do you like the way that I am stretching this out and building your anticipation?)
Within five seconds of the words coming out of my mouth, the door comes quietly crashing open and guess who's there? If you guessed Birthday Girl and Donna you are correct! Birthday Girl jumped onto JD's bed and Donna jumped on mine. Using the infamous baseball analogy, it wasn't long before I was heading for home and I still had the observational skills to overhear JD fighting off Birthday Girl until the point came where she gave up and for a brief time, both were sitting on the edge of the bed watching Donna and I...you know...doing it.
Let me offer some facts, perhaps even TMI about my (lack of) sexual prowess to this point in my life.
  • I was 21 at the time and this was my second time, that's it, my second time.
  • It was the first time where I was in a conscious enough state to recall every second of it (the first time involved heavy drinking and even some other stuff, it's for another post).
  • It was the only time where a third party was watching, at least with my knowledge (even though it was for a short time, they left eventually as I recall - at some point I tuned them out to focus on what was going in, I mean on).
The story does not end here however. Stay tuned tomorrow for the epilogue.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Unintentional Exhibitionist

I think this happened in 1986 as I recall but that is not all that relevant. Me and my friends JS and JD were having dinner, I think at Brennan & Carr, but again, not all that relevant in this story.
JS was mentioning that a friend of his out on Long Island was having a birthday and asked if we were interesting in going out there to hang; turns out we were.
I recall pulling up to the house in JS's car. There was his friend, whose name escapes me and then there was Donna. Donna had kind of a Stevie Nicks things going on but in a good way; she caught my eye immediately and I secretly called dibs on her amongst the testosterone filled motor vehicle as we all shifted into places that made room for the girls to enter the car as well. I think one of the more interesting things of note reflecting back was that there were three of us boys and two woman. After Donna caught my eye however, I couldn't care less at that point about JS, JD, or the other girl who was actually the guest of honor - it was her birthday after all.
I recall going somewhere but can't remember if we went to dinner (though I feel like we did) and perhaps a bar afterward (not certain) but I clearly recall going back to birthday girl's house to hang out afterward. By this point a number of things became clear:
  1. JS had no intentions other than celebrating his friends birthday.
  2. Birthday girl took a liking to JD.
  3. JD was frightened somewhat by the development of number 2.
  4. I was breaking ground with Donna.
Here's where the story gets into the relevant zone. This is also where I am going to tease you all because you aren't going to get the rest of it until tomorrow.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Mob Wars

I am consumed with the Mob Wars app on Facebook. In fact, if you are one of my Facebook friends, I more than likely have sent you an invite to join my mob (please accept). Such fun!
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I still really want to get down to Yankee Stadium this year before it's torn down. I spent such a large amount of time there growing up, it's a piece of my history as well as a huge piece of history in the game of baseball. I need to find a way to make it happen.
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Robert Fulghum has a knack for making me smile and feel good about being alive in this world.
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I learned what "Shabby Chic" was today (in the vernacular of Interior Design). Also, If I had the cash, that would be my luxury, hiring an Interior Designer to go nuts with the house, I have no real skill in that area.
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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Gross Me Out Saturday

I went for a haircut today at SuperCuts, my usual place. The hair cutter, a young lady, sat me down and asked the question typical of someone about to cut one's hair and I gave my reply...yadda, yadda, yadda.

For me, a haircut can easily be a boring chore but instead, I try to get the most out of the experience and focus on the sensuality of it. Sensuality that is, is a sensory way, and not necessarily sexual; I get very meditative during this time.

Anyway, shortly after I stopped talking and cutter began buzzing I caught a whiff. I felt the need to take a short personal survey and recalled that just before I left I showered and was certain that said whiff, one reminiscent of deodorant either never present or expired, had not come from me and that could only mean that the source of such unpleasantries was the cutter of my hair.

The balance of the cut was spent taking deep breaths and very slowly exhaling so as to require breathing in as little as possible and removing any pleasantries from the experience except for leaving.

As if that wasn't enough grotesqueness, some time later in the day I was at the Dairy Queen awaiting a sack of food for lunch (I had never tried their burgers and I had a jonesing for one). While waiting, a young lady (my guess is mid to late 20's) along with a man I a presuming to be her dad was standing around awaiting an order as well. The lady was quite unkempt as it was and she uttered something unintelligible and then without a moment's though as to her whereabouts reached down and started vigorously scratching her vaginal region.

Was their something in the air today? I just wanna vomit!

Friday, July 04, 2008

That Other Prostitute Story

Last month I told a prostitute story and made mention (I think) of another. Well, regardless of the mention, here's the story ('cause what better day to speak of the world's oldest profession than Independence Day).
Me and my friend Paul were wrestling fans and had always wanted to see it live. Back then, the WWF had monthly shows at Madison Square Garden. The first time we went, we took the subway into the city and it was fun, but we came up with this idea to coax my dad into coming along so he could drive.
So, we strategically planned to watch the next TV broadcast at my house and of course, my dad would be there watching along with us. Right when they advertised the next show at Madison Square Garden, I brought up the idea and my dad was in.
For nearly two years it was a monthly tradition and from almost the first time, as we would drive into the city coming of the west side highway onto tenth avenue, like clockwork, there were hookers milling about and soliciting.
Dad would get pissed while me an Paul found it entertaining/fascinating. It was pretty clear that dad was repulsed as he sometimes even let out an expletive.
One time, after about a year of our monthly commutes to the Garden, my dad actually kind of flipped out as a lady of the night dressed in white lace actually began to approach the car as we were stopped at a red light. My dad noticed her approaching and lost it beginning to drive toward her slowly, but just fast enough to strike the fear of God in her and not stopping until she was pinned against the side of building. My dad then opened his window and yelled at her, backed up, then drove away.
Me and Paul couldn't believe it but we also thought it best to not make a big deal at that time about it so that we could continue to the Garden and hopefully keep on going each month.
There ya have it.

R.I.P. Bozo

Larry Harmon, the man who put the Bozo the Clown character on the map, passed away Thursday at the age of 83.

Bozo was a pretty big deal when I was a little kid and I hadthe opportunity to meet Larry Harmon years ago.

Click here for my Bozo story as told here in November of last year.

Condolences to the Harmon family.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Nothing Prolific (I don't think), Just Some Bullets

  • Thank you Keurig. I was shocked that you saw my post here about how much I love my machine, more shocked that you offered to send me free coffee, and yet even more shocked yet very grateful at your extremely generous gift.
  • M.E., I have no idea exactly what happened. I have a tremenous amount of respect for you and am sorry to learn that you aren't there any longer. I hope everything works out.
  • I am desperately in need of some new clothing - oh how I hate the idea of shopping for it.
  • I was on fire at the start of 2008 reading books but haven't read one in months. I just started and am half way through Steve Martin's autobiography "Born Standing Up" and am enjoying it.
  • I inquired about renting a better gas mileage vehicle (prefereably a hybrid) for my long road trip to Macungie, PA next weekend but preliminary indicators show that the gas savings may not offset the rental costs.
  • I have off from work until Monday.
  • I am curently fighting to keep my eyes open so I'll surrender to the sleep, there's no good reason t fight it.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

MemeMosaic

Here's a little Meme that I think is quite interesting. I found it over at Peacock Blue.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Type your answer to each question below, into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image.
3. Copy & paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

THE QUESTIONS:
1. What is your real Christian/first name?
2. What is your favourite food - right now?
3. What school did you go to?
4. What is your favourite colour?
5. Who is your latest celebrity crush?
6. What is your favourite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation destination?
8. What is your favourite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word that describes you now?
12. What is your Flickr/Blog name?

and viola. . .my collage!