Archive for November, 2009

Saturday Night Mental Chex Mix

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 29, 2009 by tom
  • I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that your Holiday kick-off has been painless.
  • I hate the holidaze, as I'm sure I've mentioned before.  I'd be perfectly content not to receive any presents, as long as I weren't required to give them either.  Scroogelike? Damn skippy.  Staceypunkin dared venture out Thanksgiving night, the better to get "Black Friday" specials.  She reported 2500 people lined up outside Toys R Us.  Wal-Mart was similarly mobbed, and the malls were unseemly teeming. 
  • Obviously, I found a sale on adverbs.
  • I really miss "Grammar Rock" on ABC.  I don't know that I actually learned grammar from these little things, but by damn, I can still sing "Conjunction Junction" all these years later. 
  • And when I was in college, a friend and I once drunkenly ad-libbed the interjection song: "Innnnnnnnnterjection! SHIT! An emotion! BALLS!" etc.  You get the point.
  • I did learn the Preamble to the Constitution, though, in catchy jingle form. 
  • My college career would have been more successful with a little less drunkenness, and a catchy Scholastic Rock jingle explaining differential calculus.
  • On my lunch break tonight, I drove to the place with the stuff, also known as The Rally Station.  I turned on the radio, and the rock station was playing Metallica's "Master of Puppets."  This amused me, because not only is it one of the perfect driving songs, but it has the word "puppet," which always cracks me up.
  • Other great driving songs: "You've Got Another Thing Coming" and "Breakin' the Law," by Judas (effin') Priest; "Kashmir," by Led Zeppelin; "Highway Star," by Deep Purple; "Smells Like Teen Spirit," by Nirvana;  and "Closer to Fine," by Indigo Girls.
  • Okay, I admit it: I used to listen to Indigo GIrls all the time, and "Closer to FIne" was always a great song to drive to.  Emily Saliers and Amy Ray did wonderful harmonies, especially considering they're a mezzo-soprano and a tenor.
  • I sang the tenor part, btw, and that hurt quite enough, thanks.
  • I've written before about my farms and my island, and I freely admit that I also have a cafe.
  • Taken alone, that sentence could imply that I'm a helluva lot richer than I really am, some sort of agricultural magnate/restaurateur.  I'm not.
  • Anyway, the one that baffles me is the various fish games on Facebook.  The games seem to be more work than an actual aquarium would be.  Aquariums (aquaria?) are really fairly simple: feed the fish every day, and clean the tank periodically.  If you get certain slime-sucking scum-eating fish, they'll even remove the algae for you.
  • I know some people who are slime-sucking scum eaters, and the last thing they'd do is help clean your aquarium.
  • Today, I did something I haven't done in over a year: I left my house without my glasses.  My vision isn't prohibitively bad, but gosh, everything's so much clearer when I wear my glasses.  The other odd effect is that I feel very short without them.  Not only do I feel like I've shrunk from 6'4 to 4'4, the USS Nimitz seems to be at Corvette level instead of pick 'em up truck level.  This is disconcerting.  If I wanted to be a Hobbit, I'd move to Middle Earth and stop shaving my feet.
  • Anyway, life is good–ten fingers, ten toes, one belly button, and a steady pulse–and I'll soon be home and tall again. 

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Thanksgiving 2009, 0512 EST: (NaBloPoMo and Tom: Epic FAIL!)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 26, 2009 by tom

Well, it was a good thought.  The maxim states that the road to the hot place is tarred with good intentions.  Filling in a pothole or two on Hell's turnpike are my plans to write a blog post each November day.  I could blame several different things.

First, we had a brush with a tropical storm week before last.  It was a very gentle brush–some stiff breezes and a day of light rain–but still blameworthy.

Okay.  Not so much.

Or, I could blame the PowerBook for being in the shop.  Well, it wasn't in the shop for the entire month, so that's out.

Okay: I blame…


Oh, yeah.  That will work. 

This has been a good year, and I'd like to take this Thanksgiving morning to remember some cool things about life:

  • I'm thankful for life.  I don't take it for granted, and I'm happy still to be here.
  • I'm happy for my friends.  Work-wife Aimee is here at 0445, slaving away alongside me.  My former partner-in-crime, Ann Marie, is happy and living in California, and my new partner-in-crime, Annie, survived the swine flu. 
  • My family is healthy.  I'm grateful.
  • Sunday evening, I got to go to my parents' house for Thanksgiving dinner.  My long-suffering 'rents are spending the holiday proper with brother Marky in DC.  My semi-sister Abby was there, and Team Punkin (P, Shortstop, and Princess) and I joined them for an awesome night.  I'm thankful for each one of them, and for the chance to celebrate the year's blessings.
  • Hell, last year I didn't have a Team Punkin, and it's been a joy having one this year.
  • I'm grateful for the Tom Zone International Chat Cabal, my friends who are in various different time zones, countries, continents, etc, who are up for a chat when I get home from work: my drop-bears Emma and Riss, my Papaya Subhangi, Drude, Lori, Emy, Amy the Bendy, Cher, Connie, and my long-lost homegirl, Dustin.  Thanks, ya'll. (And I'm sorry if I forgot to name you–my caffeine is wearing off.) 
  • HRH Ana-Sofia Vargas and her valet, Wind, are both healthy and happy.
  • I'm grateful for you.
  • Most of all, 10 fingers, 10 toes, one belly-button, and a steady pulse. 
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

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