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|Thursday, February 7th, 2008|
|Marshall, Will and Holly...
On a routine expedition.
Met the greeeeeeatest earthquake, ever known.
Hiiiigh on the rapids, it struck their tiny raft.
And plunged 'em down, a thousand feet below.
To the laaa-aand of the lost (lost lost lost)!http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457400/
Mess this up and you're a dead man, Ferrell. And I'm including the theme song on that. It WILL have banjos. We understanding each other here, guy?
PS: Kathy Coleman has a cameo. I command it.
|Saturday, October 13th, 2007|
|That was just awful.
When Superman Returns came out, I avoided it for a long time. I was afraid they would mess it up. I was assured many times, by people I trust, that the film was good, but I did not believe. I could not believe. As a Superman fan AND a Chris Reeve fan, I just could not bear it if they got it wrong...as so many of the rumors surrounding the project indicated. Eventually, I did see the film, and my fears were not realized. It was good.
Now, today, I saw Superman:Doomsday. It was what I feared Superman Returns would be. An abomination.
How they took the storyline from The Death Of Superman and turned it into some lame Bizarro story is beyond me. I am insulted and offended. Current Mood: disappointed
|Saturday, September 15th, 2007|
|Wednesday, July 4th, 2007|
|Leave me alone!
I totally can't understand it. I've been getting mail sent to my address, but addressed to my ex-wife.
I've not been married to her for somewhere in the area of 7 years now. Lived at three different addresses in two different states since I was married to her (four different addresses in three states if you count the house in MO). I can guarantee she is not living with me now, and I am 99% sure she has never lived in this state, 99.99999999999999999% sure she has never lived at this address, and infinitely sure she does not even have this last name anymore.
Adding to the whole "whiskey-tango-foxtrot"-ness of it, the mail is from local companies here in Austin. You know...Austin...that place I've lived for exactly one year (no kidding, I drove down July 4th, signed the apartment papers July 5th). Since I've only been here a year, that means, again...not only has she never lived with me at this address, she's not lived with me for OVER 7 years...doing the math that means she was 6 years gone before I ever set foot in this town. The person these people are sending mail to no longer exists, has not existed for a tad under a decade, and as far as people around here are concerned, never existed at all. What gives?
|Sunday, June 10th, 2007|
|Ok, that's enough. You can stop now.
First, a minor rant. Notice to all Texans: Stop saying you have the best BBQ. Yes, there are plenty of places around here that have it, and some of it is even quite good. But I lived in Kansas City for awhile. You can fool others, but you're not fooling me.
Now, the major rant. As noted, plenty of places around here serve up the 'Q. As noted, some are pretty good. But for some stupid reason, all the ones around here share one trait.
Stop it. Just stop it. I don't know if you're trying to give the image of a down home picnic, or if you are trying to imply your meat really is that tender (which it isn't), or if there is some other message entirely you are aiming for. Whatever the reason, cut it out. It isn't cute, and it isn't homey. It also isn't fun when you go to stick the fork in the sausage and one of the tines snaps off. Oh yeah, that's fine dining right there. It isn't just the sausage, either. Like I said, the meat just simply is NOT that tender. There's no way to GET it that tender. Every place claims it (and darn few HAVE it), but I have actually had ribs that literally fall off the bone. Literally. LITERALLY. Look it up. As in pick up the bone, the meat stays on the plate, the bone lifts up completely clean. THAT'S good BBQ right there. The fact remains you still need real tableware (AKA silverware, but making it of silver is totally not required, it is just a term) to eat the meat. Stab it with the fork and the fork breaks. Try to cut it into bite-sized chunks and the knife just sits there. This is why when you slice the meat in the kitchen, you're using a real knife and not a plastic piece of crap. Since it seems you understand the concept, what's up with giving me a plastic piece of crap that you know doesn't work?
Oh, and one more thing. I'm not going to get into the whole sauce vs rub thing...both have their place. But please do learn what BBQ is. If I order sausage and you've got several pounds of sausage that have been sitting in a smoker for the last 18 hours and lob me off a chunk...that's BBQ. If I order sausage and you throw a couple links on the grill...that's just grilling, it isn't BBQ.
Ok, one more one more thing. Visit Kansas City and learn what burnt ends are, and then put them on the menu. Current Mood: annoyed
|Thursday, June 7th, 2007|
Yeah, I was just gonna post my results as a comment to a friend, but this one deserves to go front and center. What's this crap about being lonely though? Maybe it's cause of the whole not trusting strangers thing.So, stile99, your LiveJournal reveals...
You are... 13% unique (blame, for example, your interest in newsguy.com) and 19% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy reading). When it comes to friends you are lonely. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is overcomplicated.
Your overall weirdness is: 59(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 93% of other LJers.)
Find out what your weirdness level is!
|Tuesday, June 5th, 2007|
|Tuesday, March 27th, 2007|
|The Sleeping Giant awakes!
Just got back from a week visiting family and friends. This is good, of course...but it was in Oklahoma. Ugh. I miss the people, definitely don't miss the place.
Anyway, during this past week some interesting things happened. I still get a small amount of mail sent to me in care of my parents' house...which as I am sure you can imagine by now is pretty much mostly junk...but I look at all mail, shred what needs to be shredded and such. The ones that are obviously one-shots I just shred, those that look like they will send mail repeatedly, if I want the mail I give them my current address, if I don't I contact them and ask them to stop sending me mail.
Interesting thing #1: A company sent TWO copies of the same mail, peddling some crap that I don't care about so I don't remember. They had a web site, I went to the web site and asked to be removed from their list. I then shredded the mail. They replied back saying they could not find any record of me in their database, and that is probably because when they buy mailing lists, it just goes directly to "the mail house", and since I was not actually on THEIR list, they could not do anything to stop sending me mail. I reply back that I have found that when a company claims it is impossible to stop them from sending me mail, submitting form PS 1500 (find it on usps.gov, the post offices have little knowledge of this form) usually encourages them to find a way. I really reserve this as a last resort, but it is very effective.
Interesting thing #2: One of the companies I could not get to stop sending me mail and had already filed form PS 1500 on...sent more mail. See, what this form is (boiled down description) is it stop 'explicit' mail. The idea behind it is to stop porn mail, and also has an area on there to make sure your kids don't get it either. However, in one of the very few wise moves ever made by the people who usually create such laws...you, and ONLY YOU, get to define what explicit means. There is no challenge, there is no appeal. You fill out the form and include a copy of the mail. You can give it to the post office ot send it directly to the processing center, I have always sent it directly to the processing center because as I said, many post offices claim no knowledge of this form. This form basically says I find this material explicit, and don't want it in my house. Doesn't matter WHAT the material is, doesn't matter if only an insane person who doesn't know what the definition of explicit is would call it explicit. Could be a porn catalog, or it could be a car advertisement. Could be one of those you've won a fake vacation scams that just never seems to get around to removing you from their list. Am I getting the point across? REGARDLESS of what it is, if YOU say it is explicit, then it is explicit...even if the entire world disagrees with you.
At this point, the USPS will contact the mailer, explain the law to them, and explain the consequences of sending more mail. They send YOU a confirmation letter, and if the company sends more mail, you send that mail along with a copy of your confirmation, and the USPS will LART them back to the Stone Age. This is the first company stupid enough to test me to see if I am serious. Too bad for them...I am.
Interesting thing #3: Ok, so I get home and there are messages for me. Expected that one. One is a debt collector who keeps calling looking for someone I do not know. I keep calling them and telling them no, you have the wrong number, I'm on the Do Not Call list, stop bugging me. This time they tell me that they don't have to honor that list and there is no way to stop them from calling me.
No? THAT sounds like a challenge, and the Sleeping Giant is now awake! You pissed off the wrong person, pal. Now not only did I file a complaint with the DNC list, I filed another complaint with the FTC, this one regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Since both I and the company are in the State of Texas, I also filed a complaint with the State Attorney General. Got any other smartass comments you want to make to me?
|Saturday, March 24th, 2007|
|Bow before me!
Yeah! 15 out of 15, first try!
I really do need to start Channel TEN (The Eighties Network) like I keep threatening.
|Sunday, March 11th, 2007|
|Wednesday, February 7th, 2007|
|Wednesday, January 31st, 2007|
You are so offensively stupid it makes me physically ill.
That is all. Current Mood: disgusted
|Saturday, January 6th, 2007|
|Please order one.
So I was watching a Smallville rerun, and a short spot was run at the end offering Superman tags for sale. This spot was directly aimed for me. Here's why:
1: Superman fan
2: Christopher Reeve fan
3: Keychain collector
4: Past involvement with the CRPF (which is now the CRF).
The tag has the Superman logo (thank you so much for letting that be used, DC) and the caption "Go Forward" on one side, and "Christopher Reeve Foundation" on the other. Shown were a neck chain and a clip. I figured there was an option to buy one or the other, or perhaps both. As it is involved with a charity, I expected the cost to be a donation of $25 or something like that. As I went to get my wallet, then walked to the computer, the thought crossed my mind that it would be so nice if these were just $10. I mean, come on. What is better...1000 people making a $25 donation to get a tag, or 100,000 people making a $10 donation?
Imagine my surprise and pleasure when I get to the site and find that not only is the price $10...you get TWO tags for that. Both the chain and the clip!
My thoughts raced. With two, I could add the clip to my keychain collection and wear the chain. But wait. If I order two (for a total of four) I can also add one to the keychain my actual keys are on, and have one extra. That would just be $20. But for some reason, my brain wasn't satisfied. It said if I had been expecting to pay $25 for just one, then $30 wasn't that much different. I protested, saying the shipping was going to cost extra, but my brain was having none of that. I was promptly chastised for worrying about the shipping charge and losing sight of the real picture. Although I'm not sure what I will do with the extra two...perhaps use them to trade, or maybe my two dogs will become SuperDogs if I put them on their collars...I don't know. What I do know is I ended up ordering three sets, and shipping was reasonable.
Please. You don't have to order three sets. You're not an insane Superman/Christopher Reeve/keychain fan. Just order one. Please. It is actually coming from the WB online store, so shipping is based on price, but if you just order one set the shipping for $10 is $4.95. $15 shipped and for that you get two tags. Please. Current Mood: hopeful
|Sunday, December 31st, 2006|
|True, this meme is.
|What Fantasy Archetype Are you?|
The Weird Guy In The Hut In The Swamp
You are The Weird guy In the Hut In the Swamp. In addition to talking funny, you're like Tom Bombadil (LoTR), The Lady of the Lake (Arthurian Legend), Yoda (Star Wars), The Beavers (Narnia), Old Bailey (Neverwhere), Hagrid (Harry Potter) and Adie (Wizard's First Rule). you are weird and strange. You isolated yourself from the world among your own private powers/library/artifacts. You usually have something important to teach or give the Unlikely Hero that will enable him to defeat the Totally Wicked Villain. When he comes, remember that young people are impatient and will never see the connection between their goals and crotchety old people.
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|Thursday, December 7th, 2006|
|Sunday, November 12th, 2006|
|Good news and bad news.
Well, yesterday was a mostly good day actually. It would have been an absolutely amazingly good day except for the one little bit of bad news.
My Mom had some yearly cancer-related checkups on Friday, and my Dad had one on Saturday. The results of these two checkups is no cancer for either one. In fact, Dad is doing so well he now does not need another colonoscopy for five years, so that is good news. After the multiple adventures with cancer with my Mom, no cancer there is good news as well.
However, just in case this was not enough good news...the brother I can tolerate for more than a few minutes is moving/being moved back to the states. He's been mostly in Asia, but has of course been moved a bit (being in the Air Force). He loves Japan and I think will eventually settle there, but in the meantime I have a chance to see him and talk about cool Japanese stuff.
Now for the bad news. He won't be in the states for long, being shipped to Iraq sometime in 2008. I guess I've gone through a couple of the stages of grief, though not all of them will be applicable. Not sure exactly who I'm going to bargain with. For denial I just keep hoping that something will change between now and there will be no need to go over there. For anger...well, I'm pretty pissed about it, but it is his job, and the one he chose. For depression...
Ahhh, depression. The irony of hearing this news yesterday (November 11th) was not lost on me. However, I was sent a link that, while making me bawl like a baby, actually helped a bit.http://www.terry-kelly.com/pittance.htm#
|Friday, October 6th, 2006|
|Two updates in one day!
Well don't you just feel special?
Anyway, this update is super ultra important. Life-changing important. What is special about October 31st 2006?
Nope. All of you who said "Halloween" go to the back of the class. That answer is WAY too obvious.
Nononono. The specialness of this special day comes from the fact that I will be purchasing a CD. I know, I know...it's like the earth has shuddered under your feet, right? Ok, I'll admit, it's not the fact that I'll be purchasing a CD, it's what CD that is that makes it so special.
October 31st, 2006. Bat out of Hell III:The Monster is Loose will be released. I wish Jim were more involved, but at least we get seven of his songs. I also wish those two would stop fighting and realize that Jim's songs need Meat Loaf to sing them, and Meat Loaf needs to sing Jim's songs.
Meat: Dissing Jim? Shame on you.
Jim: Letting Celine Dion sing one of your songs? SHAME ON YOU!
|Go Bob go!
The other day while listening to the ultra cool radio station, they played Do the Bartman. They really DO play anything.
Then this morning on the way in to work, I got to enjoy "Holiday Road". If you don't know the title, let me rephrase. "National Lampoon's Vacation Song".
I LOVE this station!
|Friday, September 29th, 2006|
I've only been trying to tell you for YEARS.
|Sunday, September 17th, 2006|
|Well someone's gotta do it.
Not that I celebrate them anymore, but I hope the day didn't totally bite, fatherzeus.
I'd do the lj user thingy...but I don't wanna.