Archive for May, 2008

Smile and wave!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 31, 2008 by tom

I see L with her boxcar kitties, and some of my other Vox neighbors down there.  Oh, and this intern I dated one summer long ago.  Hi, Pumpkin! Thanks for breaking my heart! 😉  

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A Little Friday Balance

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2008 by tom

A Friday squirrel, if you need him.  Happy Weekend.

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R.I.P. Harvey Korman

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 30, 2008 by tom

He was never the star, but one of the greatest supporting actors in comedy history.  He played some great characters during his decade on the Carol Burnett Show, winning four Emmys for his work, and he was the villainous politician Hedley Lamarr in "Blazing Saddles." But I'll always remember Harvey Korman for how completely Tim Conway cracked him up.  In the clip below, Harvey doesn't say a line.  All he has to do is keep a straight face.  He was hilariously unsuccessful.  His unabashed amusement at Conway's antics showed how much he loved what he did.  He didn't need to be the main focus: "It takes a certain type of person to be a television star," he said in a 2005 interview. "I didn't have whatever that is… Give me something bizarre to play or put me in a dress and I'm fine."  He truly was that.  Harvey Korman died of complications following an abdominal aortal aneurysm.  He was 81.  Requiescat in pace.

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Tom Zone Question of the Day 5/29: Date yourself

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2008 by tom

What was the #1 song the day you were born? Optional: HS and/or college graduation, wedding day, child's birth, etc.

(Don't know? Look it up here)

High School Graduation: "Let's Here it for the Boy," Denice Williams
College Graduation: "Every Rose Has its Thorn," Poison
Birth Date:

Rolling Stones, "Paint it Black"

(Good Lord, I'm old–look how young the Stones looked back then)

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QotD: Pet Names

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 29, 2008 by tom

What are the goofy nicknames you have for your pet? Bonus points for sharing a picture of him/her.
Submitted by Papi Chulo.

I had a hell of a time naming this cat.  It was clear, when she moved in, that she wasn't going to be content with just any name.  I started with "Sascha," after the U.S. Olympic skater.  This is because this cat and the lovely young Ms Coen both flopped down a lot, and both had surprisingly squeaky voices.  This did not suit her.  "Kitten" worked, because it is cute and affectionate, so we went with that for awhile.  Then I began getting cellphone bills for "Ana Vargas." (She was on Cingular at the time)  I've lived in my cave nearly 10 years, and there had never been an Ana Vargas in here–resident or guest–so I knew that had to be Kitten's real name.  When I was in the hospital, I looked at a picture of her, and realized her name was Ana-Sofia Vargas.  (I was on Percocet and Dilaudid at the time–I also realized my oatmeal was named Marishka)  Still, of all the cats I've met, she's by far the Ana-Sofia Vargas-est.

I still call her Kitten much of the time.  It's just a nicknomial term of affection now, and not a half-assed excuse for a real name.  You know, since she has a name (and a cell-phone, apparently)

.  She seems happy we cleared that up.

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Way #428 I’d prefer not to die

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2008 by tom

Being chased through rugged wilderness by two insane bowhunters who get their kicks tracking and puncturing nice, non-wildlife creatures like me.  That would just suck.  Thanks, Criminal Minds, for the nightmare.  

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Eep! I’ve been tagged.

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2008 by tom

Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog w/ 10 weird, random things, facts, habits or goals about yourself. At the end choose 10 people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them. Don't forget to leave them a comment ( "You're It") and to read your blog. You can't tag the person who tagged you. Since you can't tag me back, let me know when you've posted your blog so I can see your answers.

  1. I suffer from the Gemini Conundrum: If I can solve the crossword puzzle, it's too easy; if I can't solve it, I'm too stupid.  Took awhile to make peace with that one.
  2. Three things that resulted from my winter hospital month–it was strangely nice not wearing pants or shoes for five weeks; also,
  3. They made me eat oatmeal every morning, and for one brief shining moment, my cholesterol was lower than my IQ.  Finally,
  4. I have lost my taste for mashed potatoes, although I hope it's only temporary.
  5. When I was a kid, I really wanted to have brown eyes and be left-handed.  It didn't happen.
  6. I'm not a big sweets fan, but there are times in life when ice cream fixes everything.
  7. Be it pictures, interest, a pension, or the right conclusion, I really wish I could draw.
  8. I haven't ever had a "real" job, and it scares me a little to be getting one.  I have enjoyed my weird gigs.
  9. I come from a family of car-namers.  I've owned: The Spudmobile; Jinx; the Mustard Monster; the Rice Rocket; the Stealth Car; Bubba; and now, the USS Nimitz.  My brother has better names for his cars, including his latest, "Former Thundersnow."  She was previously called "Thundersnow," but she angered little brother by costing too much in repairs.  Ergo, she was dethroned.
  10. I get more entertainment watching the fishies and birds and otter outside in Lake Tom than I do from 92% of television programs.  You want a reality show contestant with attitude? Try swimming into Madame Tilapia's pristine mansion of a nest. 

This thing has been going around like sniffles at a day care center, and I don't know whom to tag, except J and Lauri, because she made my thoughts turn to BACON.

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