Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Posts On Getting Your Nails Done, WTF ?

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Ok so as of late Ive noticed some posting going on about getting nails done and facials and blah blah blah which is nice and all (glazed look in my eye) so while I working this morning in a small town in Illinois I came across this little gem here. This is an actual place no photoshop tricks or slight of hand. Now this looks like a place where I could go and enjoy myself. Anything that offers full service and get nailed in th advertisment cant be all bad, right? Maybe I will finally understand what all the fuss is about.
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Saturday, July 07, 2007

I am 10 years old again !

So tonight I had some free time while laying over in Minneapolis and decided to go and the new Transformers movie. Im going to not be a typical fan and trash everything wrong with the movie that stuck out like sore thumbs ie. so many important details ommitted, changed or otherwise bastardized and the fact thats its a 144 mintue General Motors commercial. These things I an gladly overlook in light of a great action packed movie that actually made me get warm fuzzy's remembering all the great memories of the original cartoon comic books and toys. Tonight my true inner nerd and sci fi geek almost got the best of me in the scene where Optimus Prime is shown for the first time and you here the voice of Peter Cullen who is the same person who did the voice work for the original cartoon and work on just about every cartoon in the 80's and early 90's. We are talking goose bumps kids. I almost got up and shouted out loud. I realize that if your not a fan of this kind of stuff I probably sound like the unibomber or an equivalent but well you can bite it. I actually sat on the edge of my seat for 2 1/2 hour and ate a whole bag of popcorn ala Cassie and I dont even like popcorn ?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4TH of July !
Well I realize I haven't been keeping up with posting as I would have liked to and I could make all kinds of excuses until Jesus comes back about as to why but I wont except that I have recently started working for a new company about a month ago and things have been very crazy and the verdict is still out as to wether I will be staying with them or not. More to come on that subject in the near future.

Today is my birthday and as I sit here in some some little town on the edge of North Dakota and Timbuktu drinking my celebratory bottle of wine and watching a modest small town fireworks display, I sit and think of a few nice words and phone calls today from friends and for a moment everything seems good in the world. Only for a moment though. On a day like today people maybe don't take the time anymore to appriciate this country and what maybe it stood for at some point in its history and the ideals behind it. This is where I stop with the patriotic rah rah speech and in light of the state of things in the world I leave you with some words from one of the greats who is no longer with us.
....... I had a vision of a way we could all have no enemies ever again, if you're interested in this. Anybody interested in hearing this? It's kind of an interesting theory, and all we have to do is make one decisive act and we can rid the world of all our enemies at once. Here's what we do. You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defense every year? Trillions of dollars.
Instead, if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded...not ONE... we could as one race explore outer space together in peace, for ever.

Bill Hicks

Far fetched? Maybe. Maybe not. But beats the shit out of what were doing now.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Does anyone find this just a little disturbing ?

Arkansas Cop Attacks and Chokes Skaters
Last week, June 21st, we celebrated Go Skateboarding Day. In Hot Springs, Arkansas, a resort town, a group of friends were skateboarding through town, when an officer named Joey Williams attacked them. You can watch the whole video on YouTube - it's pretty shocking. The video shows everything in painful detail. A group of 5 or 7 skaters (one being a girl) are skateboarding along with a buddy filming them. It's against the rules in this part of town, but it's Go Skateboarding Day, so they were out. Officer Joey Williams tackles one guy, forces him to the ground and begins to handcuff him - for skateboarding. The same treatment you would get for assaulting someone, and the kid being handcuffed isn't even fighting back. But it doesn't end there - I wish it did. One of the skaters watching starts to walk away, when the officer chases him down and attacks him. The people watching (there are many of them) are yelling, and the officer grabs a girl and starts to choke her - then he grabs another kid and starts to choke him as well. It's ridiculous, shocking, and painful to see. This is the kind of stuff we hear about, but this time a video camera captures the whole thing (of course, the kid with the video camera gets forced to the ground as well). Another officer is involved - he doesn't choke any kids or anything, but he also doesn't stop officer Williams' vicious attacks.
So far, the mayor of Hot Springs, Mike Bush, has suspended officer Williams (with pay) while they look into what happened. The mayor does acknowledge that the footage shows everything. On the other hand, McCrary Means, a police spokesman, is still charging two of the skaters that were arrested with some pretty serious crimes, like McCormack who is being charged with misdemeanor battery. In the video, McCormack is the guy who pulls on Officer William's arm after the girl gets put into a choke hold. Yes, that's right. He pulled on the cop's arm, trying to defend a girl who was being choked, and he's now being charged with battery. Sound fair? HE is being charged with battery, not the cop who was chocking the girl. What ever happened to the police being there to serve and protect? I don't see either of these things happening in the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
So what can you do about this? Well, you shouldn't go out and take it out on the first cop you find. That won't help anything. There are good cops out there, who became police officers because they wanted to help people. On the other hand, there are cops out there like Joey Williams, who obviously has some power issues, and who doesn't understand the slightest part of what it means to serve and protect. One thing you can do is contact Bobby Southard, the Chief of Police for Hot Springs. You can e-mail him at, or write a letter to him at 641 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901. I would like to encourage you to not write and tell him that he sucks, or write him threats, or anything like that. That sort of stuff won't help, and it will just make skaters look stupid. Instead, think through what you want to say, and say it passionately and politely. Another thing you can do, if you live in Arkansas, is contact Hot Springs city officials, and state officials. If you are a kid, then ask your parents to. This could have easily been you being attacked by a cop. Help the people in charge to understand that skaters aren't all criminals, that no one should be treated this way, and that police can't be allowed to get away with stuff like this without being charged themselves.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Welcome To Florida.........

Well the last few days have reminded me why it is that I do what I do. Work has been slow lately and there has been a lot of sitting around doing nothing and for the most part it has been in less than desirable places that are frigid and buried under many feet of snow. I finished up a very high profile move to Atlanta last Friday and everything went well but at last check there was no jobs coming up that were worth my while so I headed down to Tampa Florida for the weekend as I have an old high school friend near here but that's really just an excuse to come and hang out on the beach because he and I haven't really been close in years. On Saturday night I headed to downtown Tampa to have dinner and stroll around for awhile. Most of the bars were pretty touristy and I wasn't in the mood for a club throbbing in my skull. I did however find a great little sushi bar called Samurai Blue . I looked to be a pretty trendy place and was very busy, But I forgot how nice it is to eat sushi from a place that is actually right next to the ocean and fish about as fresh as you can get it. I also tried the swordfish which was probably close to being the best I have ever had. The staff is very friendly efficient and the price was not out of this world. I definitely recommend this place if your ever in Tampa. Sunday was pretty uneventful except for friendly pub in a small town about 30 miles south of Tampa, and then off for a couple of rounds of mini golf. The only thing of note on this journey was the distraction of the alligators in the water traps around the holes. Kind of unnerving if your not used to that sort of thing. Monday was spent for the most part trying to install Windows Vista but that is another story that I don't want to get into right now because I'm in my "happy place" at the moment and I'd like to keep it that way for now but that's why I don't have any pictures to post from my camera and only crappy ones from my phone but I will get the good ones up as soon as I can. Yesterday I was hanging out at a beach in the morning and decided to do something semi constructive and decided to swing into a local aquarium for a bit. I wasn't the biggest or the best but I hadn't been to one in such long time I thought it would be a fun diversion. I took a few short videos while trying to figure out my little camera. If you watch them make sure you turn down your sound because some of the audio is very loud and fuzzy. Today was spent mostly doing paper work this morning and then I headed to the beach to walk around looking for shells and enjoying the weather. It was a very beautiful today and quite relaxing and peaceful. I know it's been said before but sitting in front of the ocean for awhile really makes you feel small and unimportant but yet completely calm and content with feeling that way. Kind of an oxy moron I suppose but comforting. Tonight on my way back I stopped at another local sushi place (they are dotted all along the coast here) . I forgot the name but they had a pretty extensive menu besides sushi and everything was excellent but a little pricey. I got a call today and was offered work down here that actually pays good money but doesn't start until the beginning of next week so it looks like I will get a couple of more days to enjoy the scenery here. Darn it :)

Here's a quick shot of a stingray from the aquarium. I got a good look at the barb on it's tale. Just like a dagger.

This sea turtle was very friendly and had problem coming right up next to you to say hello.

I could stand and watch seahorses for hours. They really are strange creatures.

These are probably my favorite things in the whole aquarium.

The silly birds are obviously used to being fed by tourist as they were always right behind me when I turned around on the beach.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Alas, I miss Dieter

Some Dieter quotes:

"Vhy is it that the truly brilliant are doomed to a life of obscurity, surrounded by a sea of mediocrity, only to end up covered in sores in a pool of their own filth? Oh vell, the beat goes on."

"Vould you like to touch my monkey? Touch him! Love him! Liebe meine abst-monkey."

"Gregor Was, your presence intimidates me to the point of humiliation. Would you care to strike me?"

"Genius! By seemingly embracing the cliches of the vest, he is underscoring its excruciating banality."

"In your film Irritant Number Four, the only images were that of a baby's head and a toilet. Did you mean for me to scream?"

"I'm happy as a little GIIIIIRL."

"You plug your show with the subtilty of a flying mallet."

"Your agony is gorgeous."

"Textures intrigue me."

"Your story has become tiresome."

"A fat man and a shprinkler are soon together."----Old Bavarian adage

"Yes, Ve are doomed and I am filled with remorse, and it is most delicious."

"Sadly, Klaus is limited. But he is beautiful, is he not?"

At Dieter's Dance Party , in response to a record being rated -3 on a scale of 1 to 14, Dieter says, "Sadly, there are no integers on this scale, so your gangly adolescent attempt to be clever has

proved futile."

"You are beautiful and angular."

"You disturb me to the point of insanity. There. I am insane now."

"Now is the time on Sprockets vhen ve dance."

Sprockets guests

Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster
Heike Mueller, critic for the German magazine Spielkunst and Dieter's lover
Gregor Was, the brilliant countercultural filmmaker and supressed visionary whose films include The Dead Coat, Irritant Number Four, and Here Child, Finish Your Nothing
Veronika Goethe, film actress
Jimmy Stewart
Etien, choreographer whose dances include the "Parsnip" and the "Trout Dance"

Songs from Dieter's Dance Party

"Weird Nun" by Schreibmaschin
"Darwin's Burden" by the Obelisks
"Escapade" by Janet Jackson

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Rules Of The Bar
Sent to me by female bartender after a double shift.

I guess there is more to it than tipping a glass and acting foolish.

1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.

2. Always toast before doing a shot.

3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast.

4. Change your toast at least once a month.

5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.

6. Buying a strange woman a drink is not really cool. Buying all her drinks is dumb.

7. Never borrow more than one cigarette from the same person in one night.

8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.

9. Get the bartender's attention with eye contact and a smile. pounding your empty glass/bottle on the bar or shaking it in the air are not acceptable ways to attract the bartender's attention.

10. Do not make eye contact with the bartender if you do not want a drink.

11. Unacceptable things to say after doing a shot: Great, now I'm going to get drunk. I hate shots. It's coming back up.

12. Never, ever tell a bartender he made your drink too strong.

13. If he makes it too weak, order a double next time. He'll get the message. And never order a "jack and coke, heavy on the jack" if you want a double, order it, and expect to pay for it.

14. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she refuses, she does not like you.

15. If you offer to buy a woman a drink and she accepts, she still might not like you.

16. If she buys you a drink, she likes you.

17. If someone offers to buy you a drink, do not upgrade your liquor preference.

18. Always have a corkscrew in your house.

19. If you don't have a corkscrew, push the cork down into the bottle with a pen.

20. Drink one girly drink in public and you will forever be known as the guy who drinks girly drinks.

21. Our parents were better drinkers than we are.

22. Never talk to someone in the restroom unless you're doing the same thing—urinating, waiting in line or washing your hands.

23. Girls hang out, apply make-up, and have long talks in the bathroom. Men do not.

24. After your sixth drink, do not look at yourself in the mirror. It will shake your confidence.

25. It is only permissible to shout 'woo-hoo!' if you are doing a shot with four or more people. *( I am altering this one.. it is NEVER acceptable to shout 'woo-hoo' while taking a shot, not matter how many people you are with. unless, of course, you are an entire sorority celebrating one of its members' 21st birthdays in which case it is expected.)

26. If there is a d.j., you can request a song . If he doesn't play it within half an hour, do not approach him again. If he does play it, do not approach him again.

27. Learn how to make a rose out of a bar napkin. You'll be surprised how well it works.

28. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store.

29. If you owe someone twenty dollars or less, you may pay them back in beer.

30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.

31. If you have been roommates with someone more than six months, you may drink all their beer, even if it's hidden, as long as you leave them one.

32. You can have a shot of their hard liquor only if the cap has been cracked and the bottle goes for less than $25.

33. The only thing that tastes better than free liquor is stolen liquor.

34. If you bring Old Milwaukee to a party, you must drink at least two cans before you start drinking the imported beer in the fridge.

35. Learn to appreciate hangovers. If it was all good times every jackass would be doing it.

36. If you ever feel depressed, get out a bartender's guide and browse through all the drinks you've never tried.

37. Try one new drink each week.

38. If you are the bar's sole customer, you are obliged to make small talk with the bartender until he stops acknowledging you. Then you're off the hook. The same goes for him.

39. Never tip with coins that have touched you. If your change is $1.50, you can tell the barmaid to keep the change, but once she has handed it to you, you cannot give it back. To a bartender or cocktail waitress, small change has no value.

40. If you have ever told a bartender, "Hey, it all spends the same," then you are a cheap ass.

41. Anyone on stage or behind a bar is fifty percent better looking.

42. You can tell how hard a drinker someone is by how close they keep their drink to their mouth.

43. A bar is a college, not a nursery. If you spill a beer, clean it up. If you break a glass, wait for a staff member to clean it up, then blame it on someone else.

44. Being drunk is feeling sophisticated without being able to say it.

45. It's okay to drink alone.

46. After three drinks, you will forget a woman's name two seconds after she tells you. The rest of the night you will call her "baby" or "darling".

47. Nothing screams 'nancy boy' louder than swirling an oversized brandy snifter.

48. Men don't drink from straws. Unless you're doing a Mind or Face Eraser.

49. If you do a shot, finish it. If you don't plan to finish it, don't accept it.

50. Never brood in a dance bar. Never dance in a dive bar.

51. Never play more than three songs by the same artist in a row.

52. Your songs will come on as you're leaving the bar.

53. Never yell out jukebox selections to someone you don't know.

54. Never lie in a bar. You may, however, grossly exaggerate and lean.

55. If you think you might be slurring a little, then you are slurring a lot. If you think you are slurring a lot, then you are not speaking English.

56. Screaming, "Someone buy me a drink!" has never worked.

57. For every drink, there is a five percent better chance you will get in a fight. There is also a three percent better chance you will lose the fight.

58. Fighting an extremely drunk person when you are sober is hilarious.

59. If you are broke and a friend is "sporting you", you must laugh at all his jokes and play wingman when he makes his move.

60. If you are broke and a friend is "making sport of you", you may steal any drink he leaves unattended.

61. Never rest your head on a table or bar top. It is the equivalent of voluntarily putting your head on a chopping block.

62. If you are trading rounds with a friend and he asks if you're ready for another, always say yes. Once you fall out of sync you will end up buying more drinks than him.

63. If you're going to hit on a member of the bar staff, make sure you tip well before and after, regardless of her OR HIS response.(I had to edit this as it was a bit sexist. Guys are not the only ones to hit on bartenders)

64. The people with the most money are rarely the best tippers.

65. Before you die, single-handedly make one decent martini.

66. Asking a bartender what beers are on tap when the handles are right in front of you is the equivalent of saying, "I'm an idiot."

67. Never ask a bartender "what's good tonight?" They do not fly in the scotch fresh from the coast every morning.

68. If there is a line for drinks, get your goddamn drink and step the hell away from the bar.

69. If there is ever any confusion, the fuller beer is yours.

70. The patrons at your local bar are your extended family, your fathers and mothers, your brothers and sisters. Except you get to sleep with these sisters. And if you're really drunk, the mothers.

71. It's acceptable, traditional in fact, to disappear during a night of hard drinking. You will appear mysterious and your friends will understand. If they even notice.

72. Never argue your tab at the end of the night. Remember, you're hammered and they're sober. It's akin to a precocious five-year-old arguing the super-string theory with a physicist. 99.9% of the time you're wrong and either way you're going to come off as a jackass.
73. If you bring booze to a party, you must drink it or leave it.

74. If you hesitate more than three seconds after the bartender looks at you, you do not deserve a drink.

75. Beer makes you mellow, champagne makes you silly, wine makes you dramatic, tequila makes you felonious.

76. The greatest thing a drunkard can do is buy a round of drinks for a packed bar.

77. Never preface a conversation with a bartender with "I know this is going to be a hassle, but . . ."

78. When you're in a bar and drunk, your boss is just another guy begging for a fat lip. Unless he's buying.

79. If you are 86'd, do not return for at least three months. To come back sooner makes it appear no other bar wants you.

80. Anyone with three or more drinks in his hands has the right of way.

81. If you're going to drink on the job, drink vodka. It's the no-tell liquor.

82. There's nothing wrong with drinking before noon. Especially if you're supposed to be at work.

83. The bar clock moves twice as fast from midnight to last call.

84. A flask engraved with a personal message is one of the best gifts you can ever give. And make sure there's something in it.

85. On the intimacy scale, sharing a quiet drink is between a handshake and a kiss.

86. You will forget every one of these rules by your fifth drink.

87. Two words you will almost never here in or at a Vegas bar..."Last Call".

88. The bar is not required to provide a "wingman/woman" for you and they are not responsible for the men and/or women you go home with and possbliy wake up to the next morning.

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Welcome To Albany, New York...............

Well my travels have brought me to Albany, NY which if your not aware is located on the eastern side of New york, about 170 miles north of New York City. I arrived here last night after leaving Boston and leaving behind a pretty uneventful day. I went to bed after catching up on some paper work and everything seemed normal and calm. This morning I woke up to quite a surprise.

This is a car parked across the street from where I was staying. (that's my dog next to the car)
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Different car, same dog :)

I've never seen a creature enjoy the snow as much as she does. She jumps in it, rolls around in it, lays in it, and eats the white stuff.

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I've never seen a McDonalds closed in the middle of the afternoon before but maybe this crappy weather might actually save a life ?

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Cluster Fuck or Clusterfuck (as described in the Urban Dictionary )

1) An term to describe the use of a large number of people to accomplish a task. The outcome can be negatively affected when too many personnel are applied.

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This one is the river across the road, It looks pretty dark but I took this pic at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. That's how hard the snow was coming down.

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This is some dork running around in a blizzard taking pictures.

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I a recent post I maybe spoke a little harshly agianst California when I was there a couple of weeks ago but I do remeber that I watched this sunset in 79 degree beautiful weather off the coast of highway 1 at a place called Lopez point. It's about an hour south of Monteray, Ca. I thought of that today as I sit and watch the white stuff pile up. (I still loathe California)

Yes I realize my page looks funky, I'm just too tired to screw with it and to lazy to resize all my pictures.

Oh yeah Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I hope you were all with the ones you love :)

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