Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thoughts from a Sunday morning...

I didn't think we'd get out of this fire season unscathed. A very smoky fire started at the top of the pass 11 miles west of town (about 8 miles, if you're an undiscerning forest fire) on Friday afternoon. Helped along by a stiff wind, we were treated to the taste of smoke all night, and it did wonders for the eyes, too. On Saturday, evacuation plans were discussed for the various gulches between here and there. And for the first time that I can remember, there were actually thoughts that it could come into town. As they described it, it would work its way through the hills south of town, and down the gullies leading towards the hospital. The same hospital I live two blocks away from. Fortunately, we've had little wind, cool nights, and today wasn't terribly hot. But it's still out of control, and could flare up at any time. If I happen to disappear without warning...
I went to Carroll College's homecoming football game on Saturday, and came away with some observations:
  • Gosh, it's smoky! (see above)
  • There were over 8300 fans at this game. An NAIA game. There's plenty of NCAA 1-AA teams that would love to have that size of a crowd!
  • It was pushing 90° by the middle of the afternoon, yet there were people there wearing sweaters. What's up with that?
  • Conversely, I hadn't realized that really short shorts had come back into style. Must have been the freshmen. Lots of long, long legs.
  • Also noticed many ill-fitting bras under tight t-shirts. Don't girls help each other out on these sorts of things?
  • I noticed things like this since I was seated next to the railing to the exit ramp to get to the concessions under the grandstands. I wasn't ignoring the game...
  • Speaking of seating...I was next to the pep band. The pep band that didn't exist before I started it in 1994. My baby. It was a sad shell of the band that I left. And they're paying the kid leading it the same amount that they paid me, the owner of a Master's degree in music. I was more than a bit disappointed.
  • Cheerleaders are a waste of student funds, donations and tuition dollars.
  • Oh, yeah. The Saints won! As you can see in my sidebar, all of my teams are undefeated again so far (just like last season)!

I got home in time to watch the Griz play a late afternoon game at Northern Arizona. It went to overtime, which was unexpected, but a win is a win. Planned to watch more football into the evening, but found that "Ben Hur" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (celebrating their 5oth and 40th anniversaries, respectively, this year) were on. You know which I watched!
I think the big tree changing will happen next weekend. There's a few that have turned already--mostly those young college-grad whippersnappers trying to outsmart the older trees. The older ones recognize the benefit of hanging on until the last vestiges of summer have gone. And that won't happen until October. Which, conveniently, is the first day of really cool weather we're supposed to get.
Mom's birthday is this Thursday. I want to do a nice post, but it's Thursday. Hmmm....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Missing the old days...

Remember when the music to Disney movies was actually good? When songwriters were less concerned about writing a hit, but more about something that actually fit the movie?

This is probably my most favorite song from all of Disney land. From "The Jungle Book". Louis Prima and Phil Harris--doesn't get much better than that!

Oh, yeah...


Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins: #143 we go!

1. One week ago I was hot, tired and sweaty at a rehearsal.

2. My mom taught me how to dance to big band music when I was young.

3. Mama told me all about the birds and the bees in one single afternoon, which explains a lot.

4. If there were only two people left on the face of the earth, I'd want them to be you and me.

5. Take your time and chances are, things will go right the first time.

6. Someone I know just took a test and I know they will pass!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to maybe going to a movie, tomorrow my plans include enjoying the incredibly nice weather and Sunday, I want to bop til I drop!

Be sure to check out the rest of the FFIers!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

They're Not Gonna Like Me HNT

For those who don't regularly stop by (and I can't imagine why you wouldn't...), the comment box seems to have some attitude this week. If it appears that it's not loading you can either reload, or just wait for it. The other hassles I mentioned in the last post seem to have fixed themselves.
I've been watching about the rains and floods down in the Atlanta area, as well as most of the southeast. It made me feel guilty about writing this post. Almost.

We have had some wonderful weather around here for September. The skies have been clear, the sun has been warm, and the nights have only recently gotten cool. It is well known that we should be out enjoying it, as it could change on a dime. And because a certain blogger has shamed me into getting out to at least walk around the block (I'm losing weight for some reason, which makes me think I should help it along...), I've been enjoying this extension of summer into fall. It should reach 90° by mid-afternoon today. And not a cloud in the sky. I even did something today that I haven't given myself a chance to do all summer--lay back in the newly mown grass and just watch the gentle breeze in the trees above me. Didn't even bother to see if there was any deer poop around! So here I am! And no apologies for the squint...the sun was in my eyes!

Somedays won't end ever and somedays pass on by,
I'll be working here forever, at least until I die.
Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't
I'm supposed to get a raise week, you know damn well I won't.

Workin' for a livin' (workin')
Workin' for a livin' (workin')
Workin' for a livin', livin' and workin'
I'm taking what they giving 'cause I'm working for a livin'.

Exerpt from "Workin' For a Livin'" - Huey Lewis & the News

Our Mystery Guests are getting a bit shy these days. This one won't be revealing herself either. Of course, if you know who it is (and either you do or you don't--there's not really any ground in-between), feel free to drop her a line!

A bit low on numbers this week for "...the Other HNT", but still a nice collection! Stop by and check them out! Still NSFW!
Expect to see much more in the upcoming days--the 8th Annual Blogger Boobie-Thon is getting geared up! The dates this year are from October 1st-7th. Stop by their site soon. It's still in construction stage for this year, but still has links to prior years if you want to see what it's all about! And expect to see many of your fellow HNTers participating (for $50!).
I stopped off to see my parents yesterday afternoon. Dad's doing much better than he has been, but still has some respiratory problems he's dealing with. Anyway, it's the middle of the afternoon, and "Ask Our Doctors" was on TV. Why? I don't know. But Mom was reading and Dad was probably napping before I came in, so I'm sure they weren't even aware of what was on. However, the episode was answering sex questions. Nothing like having a conversation with your 70-something parents while guest Dr. Ruth is waving sex toys around in the background!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stuff, and TMI Tuesday #205

Hey! I'm back! Symphony concert went quite well. Not perfectly, but the second half with our guest soloist, Stewart Goodyear, was pretty solid. He played the Gershwin Piano Concerto, which is a hugely underrated piece of music. It's fun, it's difficult, it's a bit jazzy. He's somewhat of a Gershwin expert, and is one of the rising stars in the classical music arena. It's sort of daunting to have someone who just soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra (one of the "big five") last week playing here, but I think he enjoyed himself. He LOVED our new Steinway! And he got a rousing standing ovation, prompting him to play an encore (which we haven't gotten in at least ten years). He played a beautiful version of "Embraceable You", which is my favorite Gershwin song. You could have heard a pin drop in the place. A perfect ending to a pretty good evening.

As a postscript--because I know you want to blood was shed this weekend!
I watched football all day Sunday. As I was flipping through channels, I stopped off at the Emmys. Now, it's well known that I don't watch much TV, so why would I bother with the Emmys? I didn't. Though the segment I caught was Neil Patrick Harris' opening number. I think he needs to be the full-time host. How can you not like a singing/dancing Doogie Howser?
Watched the Cowboys choke on it Sunday night. In spite of the hype and new stadium. Hey, Q! Think you can get us booked in there for my birthday??
Haloscan has hit yet again. Well, actually, not Haloscan, but J-S Kit. But no, now it's Echo. I'm really upset Haloscan sold out. Anyhoo, it now appears that my comment box appears at the BOTTOM of the window, and comments display down from oldest to newest. In spite of the fact that my options tell them to do it the opposite. Why is it that I'm the only Haloscan user that seems to have this problem???
I'm relatively certain that these are a repeat, or part of a MS/FB thing. I KNOW I've answered most or all of these before. Question is--will the answers be the same??

1. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be? - Well, my first inclination would be any boy band, but you know what? Take away the choreography and electronics and let them just sing acapella--they're generally damned good! There's got to be thousands of candidates here, but I'm not coming up with anyone. If I could wipe out an entire genre, it would be rap. OR what passes as "hard rock" these days. I might have to revisit this one later in the day. I should be able to answer it...
2. You seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy crap, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it? - Funny you mention that. I have a $100 gift certificate to use at the Brewhouse, but it expires Thursday. I'm not sure I can use it before then! But $100 cash? Fill up the gas tank, then buy comfort food with the rest. Or new underwear. Yeah, I know how to live! If I was in Vegas, I might lay down a bet or play the slots.
3. Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there? - I think I'd like to see the Big Bang. Of course, I'd step off to the side, out of the way...
4. What is your favorite curse word? - Gotta be a toss-up between sh*t and f@ck.
5. You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie celebrity of your choice. We are talking no-strings-attached sex and it can only happen once. Who is the lucky celebrity of your choice? - Besides Sean Connery? I'd have to say Vera-Ellen. Or maybe the young Maureen O'Hara.

Bonus (as in optional):You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what's even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What's it gonna be? - Gotta love a question based on "Gilligan's Island"! Without question, the power to transform into anything. Wanna fly? Change into a bird. Wanna be invisible in a room? Change into a piece of furniture.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Later, dudes!

Symphony set-up yesterday kicked my butt. I'm not sure why. Made for an extra long rehearsal last night. Got home fairly late and went (almost) straight to bed.

Work has been busy for some reason over the past couple of days too. Must be something in the air...

Anyhoo...I'm away from my computer until Sunday. Long rehearsals tonight and tomorrow, then the concert tomorrow night (which, btw, should be really good!). Those of you with my cell number are highly encouraged to keep me entertained throughout! I'm gonna need it...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sarong to Summer HNT

For the past couple of years, Lecram has celebrated the pending end of summer with his "Sarong to Summer" HNT. And others have joined him in the celebration. I haven't participated in it, because the instructions on how to tie a sarong have always seemed daunting, and I just didn't have the time to try it. But this year, I was determined to figure it out.

But things seem to be working against me. "Sarong to Summer" implies that the days are getting cooler and the leaves are changing and all that. Well, we set new record high temperatures for the past two days, and anticipate one more. The nights aren't getting too cool yet, and the trees have yet to turn. It is most definitely summer in these parts still.

So the karma is against me. I tried. I really did. I read a number of "how to" articles. Nothing helped. I have accepted that we just have too much summer here to say "Sarong". In fact, I'd say it's "Sarong" for me to even try....

On the plus side, I think I've got my Halloween HNT taken! If you've joined in with your own "Sarong to Summer" HNT, be sure to let Lecram know--he's making a list!
"I'm just trying to be a father,
Raise a daughter and a son,
Be a lover to their mother,
Everything to everyone.
Up and at 'em bright and early,
I'm all business in my suit,
Yeah, I'm dressed for success from my head down to my boots,
I don't do it for money, there's still bills that I can't pay,
I don't do it for the glory, I just do it anyway,
Providing for our future's my responsibility,
Yeah I'm real good under pressure, being all that I can be,
And I can't call in sick on Mondays when the weekends been too strong,
I just work straight through the holidays,
And sometimes all night long.
You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door,
Hey, I'm solid, hey I'm steady, hey I'm true down to the core,
And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price,
I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrafice,
Oh, and I don't want to die for you,
But if dyin's asked of me,
I'll bear that cross with an honor,
'Cause freedom don't come free.

This week's Mystery Guest will not be revealed.

Another good week at "..the Other HNT" this week. Be sure to stop by at some point and leave a comment or two! Your fellow HNTers would appreciate it! (still NSFW!)
I got a friend invite on FB the other day from a former HNTer from the old days. Anyone remember Goobrgrl? She shared a shower with me about four years ago, back when my camera was stolen! She sort of disappeared on us for awhile, but seems to be back (no link--I didn't get permission). However, she did steer me to her CafePress page. There might be something there that might interest you! Now if we can just get her back into HNT!
Don't forget that this Saturday is "Talk Like A Pirate Day"!! Arrrrggghh!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Stuff, and TMI Tuesday #204

Symphony rehearsals are in full force. With a twist. The conductor's father is on his deathbed in Pennsylvania. He's got an uncommon brain disease, and his cognitive functions have pretty much left him. And quite suddenly. So the conductor has gone back to be with the family. We've got a substitute conductor for rehearsals, and he'll be back for the last few rehearsals, regardless of what his father's condition is. Makes for a bit of a stressful time, but we'll all get through it...
I'm thrilled that Rock Band came out with a Beatles version. I've never played it, but the exposure to the Beatles music to today's youth is a good thing. But is anyone one eeked out by seeing John Lennon on Abbey Road in their commercial? The rest of them look okay from whatever archive footage they had, but John looks confused, sort of like an old man at a celebration that he's not sure what it's about. Sorta stoned. Well, ok... But they all look alot better than the computerized Orville Redenbacher commercials!

1. Have you ever shared sleeping accommodations with someone of the without anything steamy happening? (Opposite sex for breeders, same sex for homosexuals). - Actually, that's the norm for me for awhile...
2. Have you eve streaked, flashed, or otherwise partially or totally exposed yourself in public before (or after) an informal, unofficial gathering of people? - Oh yeah, there's been some skinny-dipping in front of strangers, and some of that youthful indiscretion from my college days.
3. Have you had dates with multiple people in the same weekend (or consecutive nights or the same night) while not all of your dates were aware of your actions? - Oh, yeah. Invited a girl to a ski lodge where we had a gig for the weekend, only to have my best friend bring the other girl up to hear us (not knowing about my other plans). Needless to say, it was the end of the relationship with the girl I'd brought with me, but fortunately, the other girl was a tad naive, so we were able to continue along for a few more months.
4. What is the most "romantic" you have ever gotten in a movie theater? - Geez, that's so long ago... I'm sure the hands have been down the pants (both of us), but honestly, I don't really remember.
5. Have you ever had sex when you knew a non-participating adult was watching? - Not that I'm aware of.

Bonus (as in optional): If you could say anything you wanted anonymously to anyone, without identifying that person, what would you say? - If you'd have bothered to get up off your ass and run a decent criminal investigation, you wouldn't have been able to fuck up my life twenty years ago. And while the death of a child is a terrible thing, when your son felt he had to run away from you and ended up in a shoot-out with Detroit cops, it was one of the best pick-me-ups I've ever had. You were/are a lousy private attorney, a worse county attorney, and an utter failure as a father.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins: #141 (maybe) and other stuff...

Don't forget to take a moment to remember the men and women who were killed 8 years ago today.
I need to make some sort of comment regarding yesterday's HNTs. First off, I didn't think that so many would join in on ASM's idea. Thanks to her for the idea, to Morning Glory for sort of bringing the inspiration, and congrats to the many of you that joined in. I think it was one of the most intense HNTs that we've ever had. There was remarkable courage shown by some, and (as expected) civility in the comments. NY Diva had a great comment on one of them, "If I've learned anything this week it's that everyone has the same insecurities...and yet we're all actually great just the way we are!" That's about right! However...
There were plenty of comments left on my HNT of people apologizing for not doing the "theme" or feeling left out. Got some emails along those lines as well. What's up with that? Then it dawned on me that there's SO many newbies out there. I did a post quite awhile ago about what to look for in an official HNT theme.
  • First, there will always be at least two weeks notice prior to a theme. I'm not so vain as to think that everyone comes here on a daily basis.
  • Second, there will be a post announcing it, and the idea behind it.
  • Lastly, you'll see this: Theme Alert! at the top of my sidebar, with a link to the explanatory post.
I've been asked why there's not a weekly theme, or at least monthly. I think it takes away from the concept of HNT. Being told what to do each week. Some have suggested that themes are needed so that people have a focus. I disagree. The weekly panic of not having something prepared forces us to look inside ourselves to come up with something. Remember, half-nekkid is in the eye of the poster, not the reader. That is why there are only 2-3 themes per year. What happened yesterday was not a theme. It was a great success, and a wonderful experience (I hope) for those who participated, but certainly nothing that anyone should have to apologize for, or be scorned for not doing.
Wednesday was not a good day for me. I normally have my HNT and the OHNTs at least partially drafted by the time I head to work (mid-morning). Imagine my frustration when I repeatedly tried to get online, and nothing was happening. Well, not quite nothing. But it made dial-up look liked greased lightning. I finally contact my ISP, and after deciding they couldn't help me over the phone, they'd send a technician out. "We have a slot open between 2 and 4. Would that work?"

Realizing that this was Wednesday and I didn't have any alternative, I said yes and made plans to leave work early. In fact, I'd go into work early to get some personal time on the computer and load up the OHNTs, at least. That's when Blogger decided it wasn't going to let me upload any pictures. Was 09/09/09 supposed to be the new Y2K? I leave work around 1:45 so that I could meet the technician.

At 3:45, he shows up. Come to find that my ISP switched out to an upgraded piece of equipment. Then their discussion in the morning was that by doing it, they'd lost 47 cable modems in Helena area. Obviously, mine was one of them. It was too old to handle their new equipment. Or something like that. Anyhoo, he had a brand spankin' new cable modem in his truck. So, without letting me know that this switch was happening, they're forcing me to either rent the modem from them (which I'm doing for the moment), or I go out and buy a new one. Damn. Have to admit though, my internet's running a little faster!
We've been blessed around here over the past two years of not having any major forest fires' smoke around here. Compared to the previous number of years of having choking smoke around for all of August. Actual fires nearby have been non-existent. Until Wednesday. We've got a major one about 20 miles north of town. Not a danger to civilization, really, but some evacuations, and discussions of closing the area to hunting and recreation for a bit. I wouldn't mention it at all, except that the wind is currently blowing in from the north. Gotta love that taste of smoke! we go!

1. That's a reason to be.

2. Don't look there; I'm over here!

3. The possibilities include: the improbable, the unthinkable, and the imaginative.

4. Chili and pasta is one of my favorite cool day recipes.

5. How will you know if there's a little mouse jazz quartet playing in your refrigerator or not unless you open the door?

6. Give me warm waters, a gentle breeze and a stormy sky.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to symphony rehearsal, tomorrow my plans include more symphony rehearsal, plus football and Sunday, I want to graze in the grass!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hairy HNT

I've decided to join in with ASM's idea showing of one of our flaws. But what to do? I thought about what a "flaw" is. And it's tough. HNT has always been about revealing ourselves. And the BEST part of HNT is that we, as a group, are so accepting of what everyone shows of themselves. Because we all know that there's something of our own bodies that we don't like and don't want to hear comments about. Granted, most of us still try to show ourselves in the best light possible.

So what's with a "flaw"? Can we really have a "flaw"? A "flaw" sort of implies a mistake. We are what we are. I assume that many who join in will show off a scar as a "flaw". I contend that most of those aren't "flaws" because they are there after saving a life or giving a life. A surgical scar for an appendectomy that runs halfway up to an armpit would be a "flaw", but the doctor's "flaw". A third leg growing out of your shoulder would be a "flaw", but that would be God's "flaw", and I'll let you debate whether God is flawless or not.

What I believe ASM is really driving at is more along the lines of parts of our bodies that we don't particularly like. So that's the definition I'll use. Which is good, because I've got plenty of flaws! Not including my character flaws! I actually made a list (which became quite depressing). But I finally came up with something that has bothered me through the years, and really has come to light relatively recently. And that's hair...

When I was little, I remember my dad taking me to the barber shop on Main Street and getting a crew cut. Every two weeks, without fail. I was fine with this, because I really wasn't at an age to think about such things. By the time I was about 8 or 9 though, I started watching "The Monkees" on Saturday mornings. Oh, how I coveted Davy Jones' hair! And later on, David Cassidy's. I'll admit it here...I had a boy crush on both of them. Deal with it. (and if you don't know who these gentlemen are, shame on you!)

It wasn't until one day that Mom asked if I wouldn't like to have hair like our neighbor's cousin (not the dirty hippy long hair, but the nice long hair that nervous school boards across the country started coming up with hair and dress codes for). That was a mistake, because after that, getting me to get a haircut was like pulling teeth. I'm surprised anyone hired me after college with the hair I had then. College is when I also found out that I couldn't grow a decent beard. I had patchy growth, and couldn't grow anything under my chin, or below my cheeks. Even today, those would be considered weak growing areas. I don't have much of a hairy chest, either. But I digress...

Skipping alot of years, let's just say that I've always had long hair. An occasional trek into short-ish hair, but always over my ears. This picture is from the spring of '04. It was pretty much this long until sometime in 2006. And then, in atypical form, I got my first true short hair cut in close to 40 years. It changed my profile completely. And it's when I first found a new flaw. The flaw I share with you today. (like how all this comes around full circle?)

When I started cutting my hair short, I found out that my ears grow hair around the edges. A lot of hair. And it grows at a rate that I have to generally shave it every two weeks. Especially now that I'm doing that fuzzy cue ball look. Where in the guidebooks did it say that I had to shave my ears??? I suppose it starts happening as you grow older. I had never noticed it under the long hair. It was just hidden. I'll let you imagine how long it had gotten before that first short cut. I was clueless. I don't even know when it started doing it.

So here, I share one of my many flaws. My hair-growing ears. Or, as someone who got a preview, "Ahhh look, you can pet it! Kinda like a furbie"! It's good to have friends... I warn you now--don't click it to big it. It ain't pretty! I'll spare you the pictures of the out of control nose hairs...

"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South... Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow... Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave... Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind..."

Our Mystery Guest will be revealed Thursday afternoon. Be sure to check back to see who it is!

Ooh...I'm late! This week's MG is the gorgeous Ms. Scarlett (anyone recognize the blurb as the opening frame from "Gone With the Wind??). Be sure to stop by and check out what quotes she used!

Seems like the long weekend caught some people off guard for "...the Other HNT". Still, there's some great pictures (NSFW)! Be sure to stop by and leave some comments for your fellow HNTers!
A heads up for all of you. Lecram will be hosting his annual Sarong HNT next week. Click the link for details!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Stuff, and TMI Tuesday #203

Not sure how it happened, but symphony rehearsals start at the end of this week. Ah, the circus starts again!
I can't get any of Vixen's new posts... :-(
One of those days with not much to say, so let's get on to the TMI questions, apparently written by a kid...

1) If you were to only live until the age of 50, how would you live your life differently? - C'mon. Really.
2) Are you settling in your job/career? - Absolutely not.
3) Are you settling with your significant other? - Nope.
4) How important is your family? - As documented here many times, my family has always been close. They are the reason I came back here. I can't think of what it would be like if I didn't have them around.
5) If you caught a neighbor peeping in at you while you were naked or having sex, would you close the blinds? (assuming you live in a city and can see into other buildings). - Chances are the blinds would be closed already.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Happy Labor Day!

I'm one of those who doesn't really "celebrate" Labor Day in the way it was intended. For me, it's the last chance to tie one on to celebrate the "last" day of summer. Sure, we'll have plenty more hot days, but the nights are getting a bit cooler. And the smell of tailgate parties is in the air. I was planning to have to work today, but I got a late call telling me that I could take the day off. Would have been nice to know earlier, but I'll take it! The Facebook people tell me that beer and chicks should enter the equation, so I'll do the best I can!
I had spontaneous bursts of housecleaning on Sunday. In fact, I pretty much stayed away from the computer all day. That was refreshing! Most significant is that I started tossing things. Mostly papers right now. But I tossed stuff from over 20 years ago. Yeah, I'm a packrat. I need to make a concerted effort to continue! By the same token, I also filed away a bunch of bday and Christmas cards. From three years ago. Alphabetically. Guess I need to work on that packrat thing...
Burger King continues to run a variety of normal and creepy commercials. One is on right now as I type that's quite plain. But the creepy one right now is the "tiny hands" commercial. Creeps. me. out. I still contend that they are the most creepy ones out there. And what's up with "BK"? There was a whole commercial where the term "Burger King" is neither spoken nor seen. What's up with that?
Remember when I went to see Rachel and we picked on her and she got pissed and then she forgave us? I haven't heard from her since. HOWEVER, her butt still loves me. I've gotten about 3 or 4 calls that apparently were butt-dialed to me. Always fun to listen to, just in case she was singing in the car, or "entertaining" or something. So Friday night, the phone rings and the caller ID says it's Rachel (or her butt). I reluctantly answered, as I wasn't in the mood to listen to see if she was going to fart or not. Surprisingly, it was HER! She was a little loopy, so it was easy to get her to start giggling constantly. She insisted I blog about her butt. Here ya go babe! Can't wait to see you next time you're in town (yeah, sure...) ;-)

I've been finding all sorts of things on TV (because there's not a damned thing to keep my attention...). The latest fascination? "Bully Beatdown"! Now, I'm absolutely not a fan of UFC or MMA or any of that crap. But this is a great show! Bully Beatdown is a reality television series on MTV. In each episode, bullies are confronted by Jason "Mayhem" Miller and challenged to a mixed martial arts bout against a professional mixed martial artist for a chance to win $10,000. So visualize--one or two guys, usually sorta wimpish, send in a video saying why they need "Mayhem's" help. Looking at these guys, you can see why. So sympathy is lacking for these guys. UNTIL you meet the "bully". These guys are cocky and immediately easy to hate. Swinging your sympathies back to the wimps. Short story--bullies get in the ring with some professional MMA fighter and gets the shit beat out of him. By losing, the wimps can win up to $10K. At the end everyone shakes hands, and the bully looks sheepish (while secretly planning the demise of the wimps sometime after the show). And egging everyone along is "Mayhem". Who you'd like to see getting the shit beat out of too!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins: #140 and other stuff...

I saw this mentioned on a couple of blogs...didn't yesterday feel like a Friday?

I can't believe that no one made a comment about my HNT picture leering down at the Mystery Guest! I was sure that someone would!
No big plans for the long weekend. I'll have to work for a bit on Monday. Might try to get out for the last real weekend out at the lake. Football on TV all weekend too. Hmmm... I guess maybe I do have plans!
Met with a young couple on Tuesday night and I think I've secured the band a wedding gig! We should have plenty of time to prepare. The wedding is Labor Day weekend. Next year. Hope we don't forget everything! we go!

1. I feel the world has become far too dependent upon instant communication and daily useless minutae.

2. Going to the lake is always fun.

3. Right now, I can hear these things: the fan, and a commercial on TV.

4. Fall is in the air and I'm glad football has started around here.

5. The last time I was in Nashville, it was an incredibly good time.

6. Don't drink and drive this Labor day weekend.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to grilling and football, tomorrow my plans include drinking and football and Sunday, I want to go out to the lake!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Re-enactment HNT

Apparently, a tutorial is needed for the comment box. I'll include this again next Wednesday, as many won't see it before then. There's two main ways to do this so that you don't have to include your URL as part of your comment. First off, replace the word "Guest" with your own blogname. Seems obvious, but there were 5-6 "guests" this week! Secondly, click the word "From". You are given a list of options, and this is where you need to make a decision. Ignore all but two of the options. Trust me on this!
  • Your first option: "My Blogger Account". If you choose this, you'll be taken to a new window, and it will need to confirm who you are, login info to Blogger, etc. Obviously, if you use Wordpress, this isn't your option. If this option is chosen, then when you leave a comment, others will have to click your name, another box will open, and invite you to come to your Blogger site. Why it doesn't just go there...? I don't know.
  • Your other option: "My Other Site". If this option is chosen, then when you leave a comment, others will have to click the arrow-like icon next to your blogname, and it will jump directly to your site.
Obviously, the second option is much easier. I recommend it. Does this information remain every time you come to visit? I don't know. I hope it does. And why don't I just revert back to Blogger's comment options? I've tried. I've eliminated all Haloscan/J-S Kit code, but Blogger's code is either missing, or tied in with the other code. Of course, I could move everything over to the "new" Blogger (I just realized that most of you don't even realize there is an "old" Blogger!). If there's still alot of problems next week, I might have to bite the bullet...
There's a concert coming up in awhile that I want to go to. I was unusually on top of things when I heard about it so joined their fan club, so I could get involved with the pre-sale. Good news--didn't cost me a penny (as opposed to the Stones, which cost $100, and still got me crappy seats).
Pre-sale for this concert was this morning and I was nervous. At one time, I was a wizard as far as getting tickets was concerned. Center, or within a couple of rows of the stage was my norm. Recently, my mojo hasn't been great. Started with the Elton John concert a couple of years ago. Missed out completely on the first concert, but came back for the second concert, yet I was about as far away as possible. Had another concert that I totally lost out on, but came back with ticket brokers. Even with them, tickets were almost to the back row (but they were centered!). Taught me to never use broker again. Things seemed to turn around for the Elton John/Billy Joel concert, getting floor tickets, but not as close as I had hoped. But we were on the outside aisle, so it was easy to get to the adult beverages!
So the day has come to buy tickets. I'm a little nervous, and I had visions of my computer wanting to act up on me. I get to the ticket page. I've got about five minutes to go. Tension is high. Credit card in hand. Refresh... Refresh... Refresh... Damn, I need to pee. I go as fast as I can. Come back. Refresh... Whew, didn't miss anything. Refresh... BINGO! I'm in.... And ladies and gentlemen, the mojo is back! Floor seats, center section, row 8. More to come in the future about the concert.
So this is a re-enactment of those last few minutes before the tickets went on sale. You'll just have to imagine myself sitting in a recliner, in nothing but my underwear. Or not.

"It's time for the pennant race. But I do not support this particular team. However, I do support the person that gave me this sexy little shirt. As his request, I took a picture of myself, wearing it, WET! I think it adds something to it, don't you?"
We'll reveal the MG on Thursday afternoon. Come back then to figure out who she is!
Our lovely, but half-hearted Cubbies fan is none other than Southern Vixen! Be sure to stop by and say hi!

"...the Other HNT" has a couple of newbies this week. It's NSFW, though a bit less than usual. Stop by and leave some comments to your fellow HNTers!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Stuff, and TMI Tuesday #202 (Location, Location, Location)

I've been thinking about this for a long time, but now I'm hooked. Enzyte is now tossing in a free Smilin' Bob t-shirt!
I'd really like to go to Sonic someday. The commercials are really making me crave it, even though there's not one around here. I did read somewhere (thanks, Dave!) that there's one that's just opened up in Great Falls! Which means Helena will get one in, oh, say, seven years...
I have to admit a guilty pleasure. I love the opening 10 minutes of "Chelsea Lately" on E! Please don't think I actually wait for her show to come on, or that I ever watch E!, but if she's on when I'm surfing, I'll stop. Her first ten minutes is nothing but celebrity bashing, and it's wonderful. And she has three no-name "comics" (the ones no one's ever heard of) also give some commentary. After this, she apparently brings on guests and does the late-nite talk show thing. I never watch any of that. But usually, those first 10 minutes are wonderful! And frankly, she's not hard on the eyes, either. Don't believe me? Click on the pic!

1. If you could have monumental sex where would it be (i.e. on Lincoln's lap, the stairwell of the Statute of Liberty)? - There's a great mausoleum at one of the cemeteries here. Complete with wrought iron gates, granite statues and ivy growing around. Halloween would be a perfect time!
2. Have you ever "played" with your food (i.e. a blowjob under booth #9 at Denny's, finger banging by candlelight at Spago)? - Don't ever remember having such an occasion. Maybe at a BBQ during college?
3. Have you ever had sex in motion (i.e. the lavatory on Virgin Air, the back seat of your Chevy Suburban)? - No. Unless you count the one time on a waterbed. Felt like we were in motion!
4. Have you ever had sex worthy of a confessional (i.e. a stall in the church bathroom, on the desk in your boss's office)? - Yeah. The night on the grand piano in the music recital hall...
5. Have you ever had sex under the stars (i.e. in the alley behind Scores Gentleman's Club, the roof of your South Beach condo)? - Numerous times with Volcano Girl at the cabin at the lake. On the dock was quite memorable!
Bonus: What's your favorite place (of all places) to have sex (i.e. The Bunny Ranch, Las Vegas)? - Not sure that I've found such a place.