9am Wow, finally found some free time. Well thats not actually true, I had some free time the other day (Friday I think), but I chose to just stare out the window into the parking lot and daydream (I forgot to mention, I'm not in a cubicle anymore, I have my own little office with a door!). So now, if I close the door, I can day dream privatly. I'm probably the king of day dreaming. I do it so often that at least two or three times a week I get honked by a car behind me after the red light turns green and I'm off in la-la land. I'll even do it with someone else in the car (which pisses off my significant other to no end). Our car conversations a lot of the time pretty much consist of her saying "Green!". I think I'm going to start calling my daydreams "meditation" cause really, I think they're the same thing. I wonder what folks meditate about, yesterday I was pretty much meditated about Darth Vader. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I've the spoiler on the internet so I can wait til it come out on DVD. Not like we didn't know the real ending anyway.
10am Okay, so the new blogging schedule. There is no way no how I could blog everyday. What I'm going to do is do it three times a week. I do all my blogging at work and now with this promotion, I actually have to do real work. I can't even begin to tell you about all the meetings. Some of them last for hours (hours!). The worse thing about meetings is at the end they usually ask anyone if they have any questions. Now everyone knows that if no one asks questions, we can call get the heck out of there, but there's always one twit who just keeps asking questions. I 've found the the folks that do the most questioning are the ones that usually have nothing to say, I think they do it just to hear themselves talk, or complain. Once I meditated that I was Darth Vader and I cut the questioner down with my light saber. I can't blog on Mondays or Tuesdays cause thats when theres the most work to do (and meetings), but Wednesdays are great for blogging and meditating. So are Fridays. On Fridays a lot of the important people sneak out and go home early. Thats a great day to just close your door and read celebrity gossip on the internet. And of course the weekends are a good time to. So, Wednesdays, Friday, and the weekend (I'm almost always working during the weekends.
10:05am Couldn't figure out my old email account so I have A NEW ONE!. I've written the password down on a piece of paper and put it in my desk, and also emailed it to myself (to another account of course). I guess I should change it on the web page too.
3pm So anyways, I was at a yard sale on Wednesday and I saw the movie "Ali" on sale for a buck (video cassette) and I thought "my gosh, what a steal!". I've never seen it before but I remember all the hype about it and watched it Wednesday night expecting to see a really good movie. After it was over I think I could have haggled the price down to about a shiny nickel. It has to be one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. I guess I was expecting a boxing movie, but the only boxing seemed to be Ali getting his butt kicked in. I did find out that Ali was a lot closer to Malcom X and Martin Luther King, but if I wanted that I would have watched the history channel (not to dog on H.C., it is my favorite channel). I'm just so disappointed in it. gmd 6/11/2005 06:46:00 AM
I wanted to start this over the weekend but I forgot my password. There was no sense in having the password emailed to me cause I forgot the password to my yahoo email that I used to set up this blog years ago. I guess I could have had my yahoo email password mailed to me but I don't use the email service that I used as an alternate when I set up my yahoo email. So I guess my yahoo email is gone forever (I did read that some family of someone killed in Iraq successfully got copies of his email but I don't think they would do that for me). Then again, if I was killed or something I wouldn't want my family reading my email. I could just see my forlorn parents sifting through my last emails as some type or tribute or something. They could see that when the local a.m station pulled Phil Hendrie off the air that I called them "meanies", or that I emailed McDonalds to complain that they shouldn't have mentally challenged folks maning the drive through cause they're hard to understand. Oh, and the one I sent to my co-workerer complaining that my mom (who raised me for 18 years) can't seem to remember that I'm allergic to fresh fruit and keeps putting apples into salads when I visit. (I don't want to remind her that I'm allergic cause then I'm afraid that she would think she's getting senile, I just pick around the fruit and take benedryl which makes me sleepy. Conversley my mom thinks I work to hard and thats why I am always taking naps when I visit). Anyways, after trying twenty different variations of my password I got it right. Now I just have to change my email on the web page. Oh yea, stopped blogging cause I moved, got promoted got way to busy. I'm in a groove now though. gmd 5/23/2005 09:39:00 AM
4pm Okay, so it never iced up yesterday like they predicted which is super cool. So I went to the store after work yesterday to check out the seafood specials because of the craving I was having. Well as I was walking past the fresh vegtable isle (peppers inparticular) my urge for seafood completley changed into an urge for hamburger steak. So I bought peppers, mushrooms, worcesthire sauce (wooster sauce for you new englanders), balsamic vinegar (I have the gravy and ground beef at home), and thats what I made last night and ate today. So my seafood craving is gone and I really don't have much of a craving right now. Although I could dig some corn on the cob, but thats just barely a craving, I saw someone eating it on tv and that kind of triggered the thought.
4:45pm All day today one of my coworkers has been talking about how because of diabetes, her grandmothers leg is being cut off. Yea, I know this is a terrible thing, but yeesh, mention it once and be done. I mean, she won't stop talking about it ALL DAY! She started it up at ten a.m. and every time someone new comes in the room she tells them about her grandmother losing her leg today. I swear if she mentions it one more time I am going to use profanity. Thank gosh she's a temp, I think she's gone next week (we're getting rid of her and getting a different, this one is really slow in the head, if you know what I mean).
5pm One other quick note about yesterday's shopping trip. Standing in line in front of me was a guy who had what I would say was the most perfect tan in the world. It was definatly a tan, and not you know just skin color. I think the girl behind me noticed it too because we both were staring at him (although she was probably staring at him because he was attractive). Well, I had a while to work the urge up because the lady in front of him was writing a check. I mean, I just had to know, I haven't seen the sun in these parts in like a week and a half, and here's this guy standing next to all us pasty white people that looks like he just stepped out of Key West.
ME: Hey, man, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get that tan this time of year?
Tan Man: Three weeks, fun and sun in the Grand Bahamas, my man.
ME: Wow, too cool!
Tan Man: Nah, just kidding. Pamela J's Hair Nail & Tanning Salon in Lancaster.
4:30pm Very busy day here at work. I'm also watching the wather outside. I leave work at 6pm and the forecast is that there is going to be freezing rain tonight. According to the weather channel's webiste at 5pm it will be 33 degrees here and at 6pm it will be 33 degrees, one degree below freezing. I'm guessing, since its a 30 minute drive home, I shouldn't have any problems. Of course considering that the weather folks are usually wrong about 99 percent of the time I don't know. I also want to go to the grocery store cause I want some type of seafood. I don't know what exactly, I just know I have a craving. I read somewhere that when you have a craving its your body telling you that you really need somemthing. Unless of course your craving junkfood. Although that could be wrong cause you know, if you crave sugar, maybe you need sugar. I had a friend once who said he had a craving for turtle soup even though he never had it before. That kind of makes you wonder.
4:50pm I just asked one of my coworkers who ate turtle soup once what it tasted like. She said it was absolutlely terrible. I asked her what it tasted like and she said chicken. I know that sounds weird that weird foods seems to always taste like chicken but I really think its true. I had alligator once and it really tasted like chicken. I had mako shark at red lobster once, it didn't taste like chicken but thats seafood so it doesn't count. I also had fried mealy worms at the Bloomsburg fair back in the eighties and geuss what? Thats right, tasted like chicken. Although it was kind of crunchy.
1pm Today is tough. I've had the last three days off and I can barely concentrate on what I'm doing here at work. To make matters worse, the light above my cubicle is out so its pretty dim where I am. I do have the prized cubicle near the window, but its raining so thats not helping. With the dim lights and pitter patter of rain, I've almost fallen asleep three times.
2pm Once again I did not stay up to see the new year turn. I think its because I'm getting old. That or the fact that I switched to hard liquer from beer for New Years eve.
3pm Had some hot tea so I'm feeling more awake. The guy came to put in new lights above my cubicle but her brought the wrong lights. He said he'd be back, but that was like an hour ago. I doubt he'll come back until I all again tomorrow. My comments thingy isn't working, tomorrow, I resolve to get a new comments thingy. I'm sick of having problems with my comments thingy. Hmm, I short list of things that I really don't like.
1). When you are at a store register and they hand you your cash change with you reciept and coins. That should be a three step deal, I'm always fumbling to put all three in their three respective places.
2). Good And Plenty candy. I just cannot stand the taste. I dislike them so much, even watching people eat them makes me feel ill.
3). New Childrens medicine. I noticed in the store the other day, kids have all different flavored medicines that probably taste good. Raspberry, grape, bubblegum...etc. When I was a wee little bit the only flavoring that had was orange, but it wasn't really orange flavoring, it was orange looking and tasted like grimm death. To this day, I don't much care for orange anything. I am so way jealous of kids now.
4). Radio "crazy morning crews". Just give me the wather, road conditions, and if you could play one good song at least twice a year would be nice. If I wanted to listen to crazy people I'd pay more attention to the voices in my head. Besides, we know they're not crazy, or funny.
5). Sattelite radio. I know its probably the greatest thing in the world, but it will be like ten years before I can afford it, so I don't like it. I also don't like all the choices. I spend on an average of thirty minutes at the video store just picking one movie, I certainly won't be able to handle a million stations.
6). Cloned cats, dogs, sheep, etc. Where's the T-Rex? Thats what we really want. That or maybe a woolly mamoth.
2pm The week between Christmas and New Years here at work is probably the quietest of the year. A lot of of folks are on vacation, and those that are stuck here I can usually see sneaking out around two or three pm. Unfortunatly I have one of those jobs that I can't sneak out, someone would surely notice. My preferred method of leaving early is to fake an illness. Once, I was here in the morning and wanted to leave so bad a splashed water on my face to make it look like was sweating and said I had a fever, it worked really well. One of my supervisors even called and left a message on my voice mail to see how I was doing later in the day. I know you think thats bad, but check this out. One of my coworkers method is to have her sister call in and say there is something wrong with her mother (who is sickly) and she has to go attend to it. I am one of the few that know her mother died like ten years ago. I also have a friend who took two days off because his grandmother died. Of course she didn't, she just fine and living in a nursing home. I asked him what he would do if his grandmother did die, and he said he'd just call in sick and go to the funeral. I imagine his grandmother doesn't have his work number. The folks who have it easiest though as far as taking a day off are the folks with kids. You can call in and say your child is ill and you can't come in, who is going to argue with that? Well anways, not much to talk about today, I really bored (and jealous of the folks that can sneak out), so I'm pretty much going to just wander around the internet til its time to go. gmd 12/30/2004 11:22:00 AM
11am So I put my doughnut tire on yesterday, drove to the gas station and filled the tire that was flat up with air and put it back on the car (that was yesterday). The tire was fine this morning and fine on the way in, so unless something happens, I guess the tire is okay (it got better!). My dad says it might have something to do with air temperature, the other tires did need air too.
11:39am Jerry Orbach died! What the heck? I didn't even know he was sick. Total, total, bummer.
12:30pm Okay, I found the lyrics to SNL's dysfunctional family Christmas here. Some of my favorite parts;
"Every Christmas when you got drunk
I told the children you were not drunk.
And I said, "Tommy, you're not being bad,
It's just Christmas makes your Mommy mad"
"Leave me alone! Please go away!
I’m doing fine! Just go away!
Leave me alone! Please go away!
I’m doing fine! Just go away!
Leave me alone! Please go away!
I’m doing fine! Just go away!"
1pm So I was at the video store last night renting "The Terminal" (awesome cool movie) with my can of pork and beans (holiday special, bring in a can of food and get a free movie rental). I noticed in the big bin where you drop off your can of food that someone had dropped off a can of pumpkin pie mix. How rude is that? If your poor, odds are you don't have the other nessicites to make pie. I noticed that there was no other pie ingredients in there, like crust or anything. What are the poor folks supposed to do, gather the family with spoons and eat out of the can? I did notice that someone had dropped off a big can of Chunky Sirloin Soup, which made my one can of pork and beans (generic) look kind of menial though. Tonight I may take a big can of Chunky and rent "The Day After Tomorrow".
2pm My cat (Mr. Black)'s snoring has gotten to the point where its almost untolerable. Tonight I am putting a humidifier in the room. If that doesn't work, I have no idea what to do. If you roll him over he stops snoring, but only for about a minute. (The cat sleeps in bed with us).
12pm I woke up yesterday morning, was sick as a dog, called off sick thinking I was going to die, and then felt better by 11am. I wonder if that was my sub-concous(sp?) making me take the day off. I got to watch a lot of Battle Star Galactica on Sci Fi (the good original series, not the new stuff). I refuse to watch the new Battlse Star Galactica, if the Cylons aren't going to look or talk like the old cylons, I want nothing to do with it. I read somewhere that Kirk Benedict (one of the coolest people ever) wasn't involved in it cause they didn't want his input (I read that over a year ago, not sure where, and that really bums me out). He has a website, when I find it I'll post it. That is if I don't forget about it completley, I do that a lot.
1pm I've got quite a problem. I can't access my yahoo email account cause I can't remember the password. Since I changed my internet service provider I no longer have the email address where my new password would be sent if I click on "forgot password". I haven't checked the mail in like two months and I think I only have thirty days to figure it out.
2pm "Dude, you got a flat tire." Thats what my co-worker just told me just after I finished my last post. Sure enough, right driver side tire. So I took the bad tire off and put the little doughnut tire on. I hate the doughnut tire. I don't mind driving on it (also I have a new car, so I'm sure its all covered) but for some reason its always embarrasing to drive around on a doughnut tire. Plus I have to find time to go to the dealership and have a new tire put on it. Luckily I don't really have to go anywhere. Of course I'll probably get a call or something saying I have to somewhere now. Another thing I hate about getting a flat at work is all the folks that come by and ask you if you need help. "No, I'm just fine, see, I have a little doughnut tire!" I now what they're thinking too. They're thinking; "Maybe if you hadn't bought a little Hyundai, you'd have a real spare tire." Which of course, is probably true.
Well, Merry Christmas everyone. I'm off work Friday-Sunday so there won't be any posts here til Monday. My Christmas plans include going to the parents (of course, thats where the real gifts are) and probably getting a liquered up at least once (twice?), and eating more than any reasonable person should. I think the way the menu is working is turkey tomorrow, ham on saturday, and pot roast on Sunday. I see a great deal of cool leftovers in the future.
1pm This year in my Christmas card from work I recieved six Wendy's dollars (in two dollar denominations) that can be used at any participating Wendys restaurant. I also got a sugar coated popcorn ball.
2pm On a related note, the six Wendy's bucks was better then last year, when I got a one dollar gift certificate to any participating Sheetz convenice store. (Our company gives out bonuses in March, just in case I gave the impression that we were cheap or something).
3pm Speaking of bonuses, my sister used to work for a place that gave every employee a Canned Ham for Christmas. They explained it as "both a bonus and company dinner".
2pm I don't often have to attend meetings here at work (I'm not that imporatant really) but this morning we all had to go one. I think this meeting was the absolutle longest, most grueling one I have ever been to. What made it worse was most of it (it was three hours long) had nothing to do with my job so I didn't even understand the jargon they were using when they were describing stuff. What's worse was there wasn't even a break! And then finally, when it seemed over, they opened the meeting up for questions, and people actually raised their hands! I wanted to scream at them; "for the love of God! Stop! Put your hands down! Get me the (expletive deleted) out of here! Someone pull the fire alarm! Anything! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!"
2:20pm Of course what made it even worse is the fact that I'm a smoker, and I think I have a really small bladder. They did have doughnuts though. That was nice at first, until hour 2 was over and I wanted to chuck my doughnut at someone.
2:15pm This is interesting, Darcy stopped posting around the same time I did. Maybe its a weird cyclical thing, cause she started right around the same time I did. Of course it may just be coincidence. I do like how a managed to work the word "cyclical" into my post. I wonder if I spelled it right.
3:30pm You know, I used to be such a mall rat. Growing up in the 80's, that was the place to be on weekend nights. I went to the mall over the weekend to do some Christmas shopping and realized the world has completely changed. The last time I was at the mall was like seven years ago, and only because the mall had a chinese place and I was driving by. So here's my mall observations.
1). I'm old and the mall is scary. The mall is filled with younger kids and the roam in packs. If your by yourself some of them look scary. I guess its the gangster thing. A lot of the kids look like they have 9mm pistols hidden in their jackets, and they have perfected the "mean look". Sometimes they look at you, and you know they are thinking "old person, what are you doing here?" I wish gangster still wore suits and fedoras, thats not too scary.
2). If your a girl, your pretty much supposed to not wear anything when you go to the mall. The half naked look is in. This would have been so totally awesome back in the 80's when I was a kid, but now I accidentally glance at one of these chippys and I feel like a pedophile.
3). You can't play any arcade games for a quarter anymore. Some of them you even need an entire dollar. I stopped at the arcade to play some games just to see what its like now and I spent five dollars in like 3 minutes. The games are so life like now, it doesn't' even seem like a video game. I lost three dollars on this one where you shot zombies, that was kind of cool. But I'd have to make like 100 dollars an hour to justify playing that anymore. gmd 12/21/2004 11:21:00 AM
7:30am Every winter I tell myself I am going to move out of this wintry snowy heck (Pennsylvania), and move to a warmer State. Then every summer I don't do a darn thing about it. Now, I'm still here and its going to snow before I get off work and I'm going to have to drive in it. Great.
8am Why no posts for six months? Very busy, viruses, and other nonesense. Lets just say I'm glad the last six months are over.
10am Okay, its raining, if it could just stay rain until 4:30pm, that would be good. I wonder if saying a silent prayer for no snow would do any good. I mean, there's folks out there praying for food, world peace, and other stuff, I doubt my rain prayer would make the Big Man's inbox. Even if it did, wouldn't that be kind of selfish of me? And what about the prayer I made asking for home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Steelers? It looks like he's answering that one, at least so far (and I made that prayer after we beat the Patriots). Come to think of it, I prayed that we would beat the Patriots, but I think that was more the Steelers playing better then my prayer. I mean, I pray for the right Powerball numbers but I never get an answer on that one. (My old neighbor Spence once told me that praying to win the lottery would just piss off Jesus because its gambling and he mentioned Jesus over turning the moneychangers tables and games of chance. I told him that that was because it was in a holy temple and Mr. Smarty Pants didn't have an answer for that, but he might be right anyway). Okay, this is gone on to long already. Please God, no snow.
11am Couldn't really post much this week, we had important people from company headquarters visiting. Thats kind of good and bad. Good cause the important people make a ton of money and buy pizza and soda for us. Bad because you have to dress up and not be hung over or in a bad mood. Yesterday I had one of the important people sitting with me for about a half an hour to see what I do. I spent the whole time thinking that I smelled like garlic chicken because I spilled some on myself during lunch. Thats another thing, when the important people are here you have to eat your meals in the lunch room instead of at your desk. The bummer about the lunchroom is that you have to make conversation with whoever is down there, because you know its polite, and 9 times our of 10 its someone you really don't want to talk to. Besides, I like to read when I'm eating, and you can't do that if you have to talk to someone. Luckily the important people only come by once a year (unless they're laying people off, in which case its grim faced important people who most certainly don't buy you pizza).
12pm This is how I know I am getting old. This morning on the way to work I bought Pink Floyd's The Final Cut at a yard sale for 25 cents (cassette).
1pm Speaking of the Final Cut, I guess thats the album where Pink Floyd pretty much became Roger Waters' back up band (although some might argue that happened with The Wall). I really think had they not broken up after the Final Cut, the next album would have been Pink Floyd Radio Kaos. So that leads you to the inevitable question, which was better, Roger Water's Radio Kaos or Pink Floyd's Momentary Lapse of Reason. I'd have to go with Radio Kaos (although I did see Pink Floyd on their Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour in Toronto in 1987, when I was sixteen). Although I kind of think Momentary Lapse of reason might be better than the Final Cut. Well, sometimes I think that. Not Now John is better than anything on Momentary Lapse. I can't compare much of their later music (Floyd or Waters) cause I really haven't paid attention to it. I did borrow a copy of Water's Amused to Death some years ago, but thats only because I wanted a copy of the song "What God Wants".
1:30pm This is interesting. Roger Waters on his album "Radio Kaos"; "Between Ian Ritchie and myself, we really (expletive starting with the letter F deleted) that record up. We tried to hard to make it sound modern. I allowed myself to get pushed down roads that were uncomfortable for me. I should never have made that record." Wow. I wonder if he thinks its better than Momentary Lapse of Reason.
2pm I've had Boy George's "Church Of The Poisoned Mind" stuck in my head since this morning. My biggest fear right now is what if I get into a car accident on the way home and end up in a coma for five years listening to that song constantly?
9am Last night the police were at a house two doors down from mine, I'm sure it wasn't a medical thing cause no ambulances or anything showed up, but now I'm dying to figure out what it was about. When we first moved in a few months ago I thought I saw a police car outside the front of that house. Hmmm. The guy that lives there seems kind of seedy, and he's always hanging out on his front porch, so I'm guessing he's unemployed. The girl, who I guess is his wife, I only see on her way to work. My bet is that its a domestic quarrel thing. My next door neighbor's are cool (I'm at the end of the block so I only have one), they have a dog that barks a lot, and a guy who yells at the dog for barking a lot. When he's not around, the wife will fill in and yell at the dog for barking a lot.
9:30am This is super cool, they're building a Wendy's two blocks from where I work. On opening day they're going to have a band there (like a high school band).
10am I wonder if there is some weird internet DNS attack on websites this morning. I get DNS errors when I try to go to yahoo and google news.
11am Bug Me Not. This is super cool. It gives you passwords to all the newspapers that require registration. Now I don't have to register as 65 year old Jim Morrison from Beverly Hills 90210. Of course since I'm the last person to discover anything cool, everybody probably has known about this for weeks.
9am So I was all exited about the Venus crossing accross the sun thing, but now where could I find a place where they sold those special glasses so that you can actually watch it yourself. I saw on the news this morning, probably, thousands of people that had them, but not a place around here sold them, so I guess I'll have to settle for video on tv. Which also got me thinking, the folks that watched it back in the 1800's, how the heck did they do that? I mean, they didn't have special glasses back then. I guess they just got their eyes hurt or something.
11am I think it was on CNN last night (might have been Fox) and there were some folks complaining about kids seeing R rated movies, I guess they had passes or something, and there's these parents that are trying to stop it (there must be 700 million groups out there trying to stop just about everything). I remember seeing R movies when I was twelve and it never really bothered me or anyone else I know. Besides, isn't life in general R rated?
1pm So Elizabeth Corday is getting axed from ER, and according to her its cause she is to old. My guess is that the real problem is the show itself is to old. I really have a hard time watching it anymore, I think its gotten to the point where so many things have happened to the characters that its gone from drama to some wierd fantasy show. I don't know that there is an outragous plot line they haven't followed yet. The best thing they could do is replace the show with "Keen Eddie". And you know what? That show takes place in Britain, so she can work on that!
4pm My lawn mower broke and now I look like the one person on the block that doesn't take care of the yard. According to the lawn mower guy, if I drop it off tonight, he'll have it done by friday. My job until friday; try not to be seen by the neighbors, cause I know they're thinking; "Maybe you should cut your grass..."
1:30pm One thing I found out last week about the new place is that there is a huge section of grass that I am actually responsible for cutting. For the last month I've been cutting my hard to where he fence ends, and I figured the field behind the house belonged to a business that is right next to it. Not so. So now my yard is about ten yards wide and fifty yards long! On Tuesday I had to pay someone (it was only 25 dollars thank gosh) to cut down the high grass so that I could get at it with my mower. So last night I figured the only way I could realistically do the yard is to either spend most of a day off or spend an hour on it three days a week; one day mowing half the yard, second day mowing the other half, and third day raking up all the grass. I mean I like yard work, its fun to be out there, but if it rains early in the week I'll be forced to do it at the end of the week when it might not fit my schedule. Okay, this complaint is getting long. More another day about this.
2pm> Bloggers find ways to profit.
So I'm thinking, with my three or four regular readers, if I posted an ad, by this time next year, I might get a nickel!
2:30pm I just though of something. A year and a half ago I paid to have the blogger ad taken off this page, and I think it was only a payment for like one year of no ad, but they never charged me again and the ad still isn't there, which is doubly cool!
2pm So yesterday I noticed while using the computer at home I kept on getting erros like "your systems is dangerously low on rescoures", and I had weird pop ups coming up all the time (even when I wasn't visting new web pages). And in the last two weeks I noticed I had to keep changing my homepager for internet explore (its was going to some ad thing I think). Well yesterday was the worst, the computer was going really slow even though I was signed on at a decent speed. So I went to Trend Micro (I'll post a link later) and ran their virus scan and sure enough I had five viruses (two looked like trojan horses, they were Trojan Silent, and Trojan something else). The Trend Micro place got rid, but then I went into windows explorer, than windows, than temporary internet files. There were like 20 folders and some of them had over 2000 cookies in them! It took an hour to get rid of them all (each folder took like five minutes to elimanate the items inside) and after I was done I'm guesstimating I eliminated over 15,000 cookies and other junk that took up nearly a half gigabyte of space. I just can't, for the live of me, figure out how I got these viruses. Can you get a virus from just visiting a web page? Luckily none of them did any damage to my hard drive.
12pm So the cat had her kittens, three of them (one must have been still born, that was sad) yesterday. One if black and white, another looks to be like some type of Calico, and the other is gray. I've gotten homes for two of them when they're old enough to leave, still no home for the Calico, but thats a ways off anyway. If I had to keep one I guess I'd go for the Calico. I've alreay got one Calico (looks like a Maine Coon actually, but I'm sure its not) and she is kind of a snobbish cat. She really doesn't like the other cats either. I think the reason for that is that Tory (the Calico) used to be the top cat in the house until Mr. Black came along, now she's like the exiled queen or something.
1pm It is so much easier to ask your parents for money by email than any other way. Before the internet I used to have to call and them sound you know, really needy and forlorn, and it really was not fun. By email you can just tap out your woes on the keyboard and hit send.
3pm I was just thinking this the other day, its been a long time since there's been a free HBO or Stars or Movie Channel weekend. I wonder whats up with that. It used to be every other month one of those companies would do a free weekend, now it hardly ever happens at all anymore. What are us poor or cheap people to do?
4pm My boss just told me that she was watching tv one day, saw a mouse moving accross her living roomg, and she screamed so loud that the mouse fell over and died of a heart attack.
9am Big Science Disappointments There are a few things about science that kind of bum me out. Not about science in general, but science stuff that we've not done. I know, you can say; "Well, its not like you are doing anything about it.", and that may be true, but still some things bum me out. My list:
1. No Dinosaurs We've been cloning for like six years now and I've not heard one thing about bring back a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I mean, thats why we started cloning isn't it? I know you can say its for scientific and health stuff, and if your religous you might say its a sin, but we all know that the reason people got into cloining is to bring back a dinosaur. So here it is, years into cloning, and no one has even attempted to clone a T-Rex. Heck, they found a huge frozen wooly mammoth in Russia and they haven't even started cloning that. Sure they cloned a sheep, but big whoop, there's plenty of other sheep so who cares. I want to see a T-Rex in real life. I want my T-Rex!!!
2. Robots That Clean The House Back, I think it was 1981 or 1982, my family and my Uncle Mark went to Florida on vacation for a couple weeks. We spent two days at Disney and the rest of the time at Cape Canaveral, the beach, Sea World, and all that other Florida stuff. Well, on the first day we were there my sisters wanted to go on Space Mountain, being a big chicken at the time, I wanted nothing to do with roller coasters. (Being a big chicken now, I still don't want anything to do with roller coasters). So while everyone went on Space Mountain, my Uncle Mark took me to the General Electric Home Of The Future show. In the show there were robots cooking meals, changing the litter box, doing dishes, doing laundry, doing everything. Robots were even getting your cloths for you in the morning and making sure you were up on time. They said by the year 2000 almost everything in your home would be automated. So now its 2004 and there is not one single robot doing anything. I mean, we're not even close to having a robot do anything practical. The last time I saw a robot do anything practical was on "Cops" and it was used to difuse a bomb (the bomb blew up along with the robot). This so totally bums me out. The only robot in my house is a Furby, and he doesn't really do much (its almost impossible to get him to say anything, he just sits in the corner, sings, and makes me feed him constantly). He also tells me he's bored a lot. You remember that robot in Rocky 4 that Pauley got for his birthday (the one were Ivan Drago killed poor Apollo)? That was fake, it wasn't a real robot doing all of that. Total bummer.
3. People On Mars I was thrilled by the space shuttles in the eighties, but I think we space shuttled ourselves out. Ever since the space shuttle started flying we really haven't done much to get to Mars. The rovers are cool, but I wish we had been doing rovers ten years ago. Now, the way its going, I'll be fifty before anyone gets to Mars, and thats being optomistic. I don't want to be in my sixties when someone gets to Mars cause by then I'll probably be old and cranky and care more about what lunch at the nursing home will be then wether someone is on Mars or not. (It just occured to me that the rovers on mars are robots, but they're not doing any laundry so that doesn't count). I'm also bummed out about movies about Mars, there's hardly any good ones. I guess the best most recent one was "The Red Planet" with Val Kilmer and that Sizemore guy. I saw "Mission To Mars" a couple weeks ago and really thought they could have done better than that. Just forget about the "Martian Chronicles", I saw them on Sci Fi a couple months ago and they actually had people walking around and breathing on Mars, and riding in boats and such. You can't blame Bradbury for that though, it was science fiction. So we need to get to Mars, and while we're waiting we need some Mars movies.
8am Okay, this new blogger thingy is weird looking but kind of cool. I think I'm going to spend a few minutes poking around and seeing the new stuff. Tonight my pictures should be back working, they would be back now but I'm at work and have to do it from home. I've been away a bit because I got a telescope and have been a backyard astronomy geek most nights. Its all this Mars stuff I guess, I'm going with the hype.
9am Okay, there was one night that I didn't do the astronomy thing, that was Friday night because it was cloudy. Instead I watched "Smokey and The Bandit 2". I saw the first one and of course loved it, but for some reason I never got around to the second one. I think I know why. Its such a horrible, horrible, movie that they probably only put it on by accident. I'm no movie expert, and I probably shouldn't say that its the worst movie ever, but it is. I mean its not even horrible in a funny way like Plan Nine From Outer Space. Its horrible in a horrible way. Another terrible thing about it, is that I was excited about seeing it, and really hyped up the first one, so my fiance watched it with me and now probably thinks I'm some type of freak (she never saw the first one). I told her that I would rent the first one so she could see it, but she wants no part of it at all. Now, the next time we got to the video store I won't have the upper hand when we disagree on what we should rent. She'll say; "I don't want that movie, you made me watch Smokey and the Bandit 2, I should be able to pick something." Thats how terrible this movie was, its terribleness reaches out and effects life in other areas. My guess is the cast from the first movie was given like twenty gazillion dollars to do this movie, otherwise they would have turned it down and Ted McGinley would have starred in it. The tv guide gave it two stars, which I don't understand. My guess is the reviewer started watching it, couldn't finish because the human brain can only handle so much, and than felt guilty about not doing his job and gave it two stars. That or there was a misprint in the paper and it accidentally got two stars. gmd 5/23/2004 06:36:00 AM
12pm A conversation I had with my dad about three years ago;
ME: "Did you and mom party a lot when you were dating?"
DAD: "Lets just say that Budweiser should have been paying us some child support, they were just as responsible for you as your mother and I."
3pm Having a cubicle (with windows) next to a window is cool in the winter, but not in the summer. Right now I can look to my right and see birds flying (I can almost hear them chirping, but I think thats in my head), and bees floating around, and kids playing, an people walking, it makes me want to chuck myself right through the glass and out the window). I once tried to close the blinds so I couldn't see it but someone complained that it made the room darker. I don't know how thats possible, it so bright in here you almost need sunglasses. Either or, I'd consider trading my spot with someone else but I don't think I could get it back come winter.
10:30am This so stinks. A friend of mine gave me a little black cat when I moved into the new house, and now the cat is pregnant. I don't think my friend knew her cat was pregnant, but either or, I'm stuck with a pregnant little cat, which, in my judgement is going to give birth in about two or three weeks. I have no clue what to do with the kittens, everyone I know is maxed out with cats. I'll tell you this, if I don't get into real heaven when I die, I better at least be accepted into cat heaven.
11:30am Wow, they just repossesd someone's car in the parking lot. I was outside smoking and this towtruck and two guys pulled the car out of a parking lot, turned it around, and hauled it away in like minutes. I know they weren't stealing it cause I asked them if everything was okay, and they said they were repossesing this vehicle. I'm not sure who it belongs to, I think someone that works in another department at the other end of town.
4pm Oh, I haven't done this in awhile.
breakfeast-Cheese and onion omelot, bacon, fried potatoes.
lunch- 2 bologna and cheese sandwhiches (boring!)
dinner-Stuffed peppers with sauce, mashed potatoes, corn
9:10am Dear Elton John,
Considering that all but one or two of the American Idol Contestants are of minority ethnicity, how is it possible that we could be racist?
P.S. Your a nincompoop.
P.S. 2 You live performances, especially the one in Philly, stunk. Thank God Billy Joel played that night.
P.S. 3 You butchered Billy Joel's songs at that concert too.
P.S. 4 Roger Daltrey's version of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" was better than yours.
P.S. 5 Your video for "I'm Still Standing" was the lamest video ever. Or at least close, Pat Benatars "Love Is A Battlefield" might be the worst, I don't know, I'd have to think about it. Quarter Flash had a lame video too, but I don't remember the name of the song. I did read somewhere that Billy Squire did a video where he danced around in an apartment in a pink tank top, but I never saw that, but if I did, that might be the worst.
10:30am That being said, I really feel bad for John Steven and George last night, asking them to sing Gloria Estefan songs was kind of hard for them, but I guess they ask the girls to sing guy songs all the time. I think Fantasia(sp?) didn't do very well, my guess is they'll vote her off tonight, and the best had to be Diana DeGarmo.
11:30am This stinks. I was just poring water from a big bottle to a smaller bottle here at my desk and accidentally spilled the water on myself. Now if I stand up it looks like I peed myself. To make matters worse, the company is doing tours in the building today for the public. This so stinks.
2pm So I watched the USA movie Spartacus a couple times over the weekend. All in all I thought it was pretty good. Goran Vijnic(sp?) was pretty good, but I think the guy that play Crassus really stole the movie, he was perfect in that part. You could really tell it was a tv movie cause they didn't have a lot of extras for the big battles but it was okay, you got the jist of it anyway. The only bummer was they left out of this one the cool scene in the original movie where all the prisoners say that they are Spartacus (when the Romans couldn't find Spartacus's boday). From what I understand, they never did find the body.
11am Whoo hoo! Blogger finally invited me to do that Gmail thing. Which of course I will do cause five thousand email accounts is not enough. I'm also going to solve my picture problem tomorrow.
12pm I had way too much fun on Sunday night, so there was no Monday posting, I guess you can say alcohol was a factor.
12:10pm According to my significant other, last night I had one wild night of sleeping walking. She said I woke up, announced I had to use the bathroom, then went into the kitchen. I at half a chocolate bunny, drank a glass of milk, and talked to her about the movie "Amazon Women From Mars" four about five minutes, went to the bathroom and went back to sleep. My significant other stays up while I sleep walk cause once I tried to leave the house. This happens like once a month, and I've been doing it most of my life. I would love to know what causes it. Only recently have I started eating while sleep walking though.
Okay, Kim is doing this fifty questions thing that she found at So Very Posh, and since I've always wanted to do one of these I'm going to do it too!
1. What year was the best year of your life? 1985, that was like my Elvis year. I can't think of one bad thing that happened during that year. That was the year I got my first cassette player and vcr. That was also the year I got my very first girlfriend (at 12yrs old!), I was such a Cassanova.
2. One animal or insect that Noah should have left off the ark? Yellow Jackets. They're like the psychopaths of the insect kingdom. It seems like they'll sting you for no good reason, except that they want too.
3. Do you make a wish before blowing out your birthday candles? Absolutley. And none of the wishes every came true. I guess I wish to big.
4. Do you generally open your bills on the day that you receive them? No, usually like a few days later.
5. How many pillows are on your bed? Six, I use three. You have to have a hugging pillow, although sometimes if you sleep on your side and you put the pillow between your knees if you are in like the fetal position, it is good for your back.
6. Favorite ice cream flavor? I really don't like ice cream, but if my life depended on having to eat it, I'd choose coffee ice cream.
7. What is the most dominate color in your wardrobe? Blue.
8. Have you ever seen a ghost? No, and I never will. Reason? Cause I want to see a ghost. Its only the folks that don't want to see ghosts that always seem to see ghosts.
9. Would you rather go to a carnival or circus? Carnival. I can't stand watching the tightrope acts, it freaks me out to much, I'm to afraid someone is going to fall and I am so afraid of heights even seeing someone up that high gives me the heebeejeebees.
10. Favorite meal: breakfast, lunch, or dinner? I love them all equally, and I actually even have a fourth meal before I go to bed, I call it the After Dinner. It is so super cool to have a super fast metabolism like I do.
11. Your favorite fictional animal? Rex, from Toy Story. Thats kind of like an animal.
12. Have you ever flown first-class? Once, when I had to fly and the only seat left on the plane was first class, it cost a ton of money and was just not worth it.
13. Would you go on a reality show? I'd probably go on any reality show that did not involve dating, you know like, Paradise Hotel, or the Bachelor, I couldn't do that. I couldn't do Fear Factor cause of the heights and bug eating as well. Any other one I could do. I think I'd kick but at Big Brother.
14. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Considering that some day I am eventually going to die, I'm pretty gosh darn pessimistic.
15. Pancakes or waffles? Pancakes!
16. If you could own a home anywhere in the world, where would it be? Texas. My Uncle lives in Texas and they are much nicer there by and large than they are here in the Northeast. Although not where its really humid. If I couldn't get Texas, I'd settle for North Carolina.
17. Your favorite Soup of the Day? Split pea.
18. What site is a must see for all visitors to your city? I don't know that there is any place in the town I live in that is a must see, but I live in a small town. A must see in Pennsylvania would have to be the Gettysburg Battlefield.
19. Can you recommend a good restaurant in your city? Nope.
20. You go to the zoo; What is the one animal that you want to see? Lions or tigers.
21. Potatoes, rice, or pasta; Which is your favorite? Potatoes.
22. What is the best movie that you've seen this year? I haven't seen anything yet this year, but last year's best was Finding Nemo.
23. One of your favorite books when you were a child? Lord of the Flies.
24. What in your life are you most grateful for? Good health, knock on wood.
25. You are home alone and use the bathroom; do you close the door? The door must be closed and locked at all times when the bathroom is in use.
26. What is your favorite small appliance? None.
27. Salty snacks or sweet treats? I rarely, if ever, snack. I just eat a lot of regular food.
28. Are you usually a little early, a little late, or right on time? I'm fairly late for everything, all the time.
29. What is the most daring thing that you have ever done? I'm excersizing my constitutional right not to answer this question.
30. Have you ever met someone famous? No, but I once went to see Dan Quayle but there were so many people there I only got to see the back of his head through binoculars.
31. What was one of your favorite games as a child? Risk!
32. At what age have you looked your best? Probably now. Its hard to say, I pretty much look the same way I did fifteen years ago. I still get carded for cigarettes and I'm almst 33.
33. One person that never fails to make you laugh? I'm pretty much a constant laugher, so just about anyone can do it for me.
34. What was the first music that you ever bought? The first cassette tape I ever bought on my own was Wang Chung's To Live And Die In L.A. (they did the soundtrack for the movie).
35. If you could change one thing about your family life when you were a child, what would it be? Nothing.
36. What is the one thing that you cook that always receives compliments? My BBQ'd chicken.
37. From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news? Internet.
38. In the last calendar year, how many people have you told that you love them? I guess four.
39. Who recieved your first kiss? Ann Marie.
40. The single most important quality in a mate? Way too many to mention.
41. What do you value most in a relationship? This is too wishy washy of a question for me.
42. Do you believe that you have a soulmate? If yes, have you already met? There is absolutley no such thing as a soulmate. "Soulmate" is one of those terms you use when your in high school and you really are trying to smoochy up to your girlfriend or boyfriend.
43. Do you consider yourself well organized? I like to think I am, but I guess, I'm really not all that organized.
44. On average, how many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror? Three or four times in the a.m., everytime I use the bathroom during the day, and probably twice at home at night. Not because I'm vain, I just look at myself a lot. Plus, the booger check at work is a very important part of the day.
45. Did you ever make a prank phone call? All the time when I was a kid. I don't know how I they do it nowadays with caller I.D. and such.
46. What one quality do you seek in a friend? No quality in particular, they just can't be a jerkface or a bigot or something.
47. Have you ever killed an animal? Yea, a bird, with a b.b. gun when I was a kid. To this day I wish I could take that back.
48. When you were twelve years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? Astronaut.
49. Do you believe in an afterlife? Yup.
50. What would you like to accomplish with the remaining years of your life? I really don't feel the need to accomplish anything, I just want to live for a long time and have a lot of fun. gmd 4/23/2004 11:43:00 AM
9am Well I had pretty uneventful Monday and Tuesday off, I pretty much just watched two episodes of Columbo on Bravo, which was super cool cause on Monday the killer was William Shatner and on Tuesday it was Leonard Nimoy.
10am Okay, so CBS showed a couple pictures from the Princess Diana crash, I didn't get chance to see it cause I didn't even know it was on. Now here's the ethical dilemma. Is it cool to show a picture like that? I don't know about that (and really don't care for the whole ethics argument or any arguments, as Rex from Toy Story would say "I don't like confrontations!". Am I going to look at the picture on the internet when I get home? Of course. I mean who hasn't seen the Zapruder film a gazillion times?
4pm For the last three hours I've been stuck in the yearly training thing that I forgot about. Luckily I I ate lunch right before it started. Some other folks here forgot about it too and had to starve through most of it. I did notice a few folks took like fifteen minute bathroom breaks (probably scoffing down lunch). These training sessions are tough if you are a smoker, although just like high school, you fake like you have to go to the bathroom.
5pm Oh my gosh, I forgot to give a Floppers update. The rehab place can't take Floppers until Monday (well they could, but they asked that me if I could hold onto him for a few days cause nothing looks broken, that would be great). I've been giving him bird seed but someone here at work recommended mealy(sp?) worms. So I went to the Getty mart where they sell bait and they wanted 3 dollars for 20 mealy worms (I only have $2.73 now, tomorrow's payday YAY!), so I went to the sporting good store and they sold me fifteen mealy worms for $1.95, and after I paid unto Ceaser (6 cents on the dollar here in Pennsylvania) I still had enough for a can of coke. Yea, I feel bad for the worms, but I don't think Floppers cares much for the seeds.
9am Well I was late to work this morning because when I stepped out the front door there was an injured bird on the front lawn. How sick, injured, and abandoned animals find me is incredible. There must be some type of underground railroad for birds, ducks, cats, and rabbits, that lead to my place. What amazes me is that they must have updated their underground railroad pretty quickly since I just moved. Anyways, I'm not sure if the bird was just slightly injured or has a broken foot or wing, it was kind of sitting there kind of funny. I'm not sure what type of bird it is, but it looks pigeon like without the normal pigeon colors. So I put it in a cat carrier with some bread and water and its in my laundry room now (away from the cats). I googled "wildlife rehabilitators(sp?)" and came up with Michele Calabretta Nicarry, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, which is just like twenty minutes away from where I live (super cool). I called her and left a message, maybe she can tell me how to handle Floppers (I named him Floppers because he(she) kind was flopping around out there in the yard. I can't keep it of course, but maybe I can help it get better. On her website it says not to give the bird food or water, which I of course did, I hope she doesn't yell at me for that.
12:30pm Okay, Michele called me about Floppers and gave me some really good advice and also the phone number to another person that can help me. What I'd like to do is get Floppers out on his own by myself without having to take him(her) anywhere. Turns out Floppers is a song bird, and this particular type of songbird likes to hang out on the roads in the morning to warm up. Mayhap Floppers was only blown into my yard by a truck and was just kind of dazed and confused. I called this other number, they called me back, but I was in the bathroom. So I'm calling them again. Its amazing how many folks out there are involved with taking care of injured wild animals.
3pm Okay, Floppers is going to the Wild Wings Rehabilitation Center in Coatesville tonight, so long as I get home before it gets dark. If its dark when I get home, they said its okay for Floppers to wait til morning. I am supposed to try to see if Floppers will fly away on his own.
11am I hate doing this blog without my pictures, it just doesn't feel right. Maybe tomorrow while I'm at work I can figure something out. I'm fairly certain tomorrow at work will be one of the most boring days of my life (which I guess, boring can be good, cause if its boring, at least nothing bad is happening). Hmm, that kind of does not make sense I guess.
12pm I bought new spoons at the Dollar General store. I just can't imagine what happened to them. Luckily I didn't pack the spoons with the other silverware. Maybe someone stole them off the back of the truck when I was packing or unpacking. Although I can't imagine anyone wanting to steal spoons. The box was clearly marked "spoons". Maybe a thief thought they were silver (thats a funny thought, me having anything of value) and took them. I've got to think I screwed up somewhere and either left them for trash or something.
3pm So this is funny. A couple weeks ago I was watching The Martian Chronicles and I guess are thinking was back than, that you could probably breath the air on Mars cause the astronauts were walking around without space suits and saying the air was really "light". Of course you can't because its mostly carbon dioxide and no pressure, but they didn't know that then. I don't if I have an exact point to this, but it was funny to see (although it was a good mini series). But it got me thinking, if there is a ton of carbon dioxide on Mars couldn't we just send up a bunch of plants to convert that carbon dioxide into oxygen and create an atmosphere?