Thursday, October 28, 2010

My 10 Favorite Sci-Fi/Monster/Scary Movies
(10, if you use the "new" math)

Reposted from the past couple of years. If there's any edits this year, they'll be in yellow...

I figured I should re-post my annual Halloween movie list. I have edited little bits of it though ...and even added one two. If you're partying for Halloween, have fun but be safe (yes, Dad...). I'll be home all night watching scary movies and drinking beer testing my blood! This year's additions to the list include "Thir13en Ghosts". Which is a remake of the 1960's "13 Ghosts". There's something about the glass house and the mechanics of the ghost traps that really intrigues me. And Shannon Elizabeth isn't terribly bad on the eyes... Also added to the list is "Five Million Years to Earth", about an ancient Martian ship unearthed during a London excavation. Another one of those movies where the public can damned near walk up to the thing. And with a hot babe scientist! And a spoiler--the Martians look like giant grasshoppers. Speaking of giant bugs, the last addition this year is "Them!". The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. Damn, I miss the classics! No specific place in the list. Just added to it...

As promised earlier last week, here's my top ten list of my favorite sci-fi/monster/scary movies. They may not be the goriest, or most hi-tech, but I prefer them this way. They are far better movies than gorefests. I will almost always watch these to their conclusion if I happen upon them while switching channels. I got to see a couple of these over the past week while watching AMC's "Fear Fest '09". In fact, I'm adding one to the list that I saw. It should come somewhere in the middle, but then I'd have eleven. But I don't want to knock any of these off the list. I'll number it with a Roman numeral. But I digress...

Here's my top ten faves:

#10-The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)--"Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!" Perfect example of substance over flash. Effects not all that good, even for 1951, but I suspect that in its day, it was quite discomforting. If a spaceship landed in D.C. today, no one would be allowed within miles. In 1951, you could bring the family down to look at it from no further away than 30 yards!

#9-Tales From the Crypt (1972)--No, not the cheesy HBO TV series. The original movie. Five tales of impending fate for five imperfect strangers. They are given the option of avoiding their fates - by avoiding living out the rest of their lives. Many memorable moments, including a young Joan Collins being murdered by Santa Claus. Also brings to mind the movie "Asylum", also from 1972.

#8-Frankenstein (1931)--The granddaddy of them all. Not the first monster movie, but the first that truly made the genre such a hit. Frankenstein's monster was grotesque, the story was horrifying, and it was eaten up by the public--at least those who didn't faint! The attempt by man to play God once again fails. But at least he launched a whole new series of movies! By the end of the movie, you actually feel some pity for the monster. Perhaps the mob outside burning down the windmill was the real monster??? Hard to believe that the same guy who could play the monster would go on to narrate "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas"!

#7-Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)--I can't remember exactly when I first saw this--grade school, I'm sure. I love this monster! He lives in the Amazon, swims around among some gorgeous scenery, and then falls in love with the girl on this boat. He swims a few feet under her as she's out in the water. He's just shy and horny. This movie was originally filmed in 3D, so there's lots of harpoons and bubbles and swimming towards the camera action going on. As with many of the monster movies from this era, you sort of have feelings for the monster by the end of the movie.

#6-The Omen (the original trilogy)--Creepy little kid is born as the anti-Christ. This is one series that I actually liked all three movies. Following Damien as a little boy, to his teenaged years, to his adulthood. You don't feel sorry for him in the end...

#5-Night of the Living Dead (1968)--This movie shows what you can do on an incredibly small budget. Yeah, the make-up is cheesy, and the dialog pretty cliche, but the story not only scared you, but also touched on race relations, family relations, distrust of government and the like. Great scene of zombies munching on intestines, organs and limbs at the burned out truck!

#MCMLXIXa-The Amityville Horror (1979)--This story is based on real events, though there's a great deal of controversy whether it was all a hoax or not. A family moves in, the walls in the house start talking to the family, blood oozes out all over the place, and the family leaves in less than a month. The real house in question is currently inhabited, apparently without incident. As Larry the Cable Guy says in his act, the realtor responsible for selling this house must be really good! No one in the family dies, but there's plenty of eerie sounds, dripping blood, and the voice of the house. All in all, it's got all the necessary elements!

#MCMLXIXb-The "Alien" series--Another new addition this year. Thanks to The Panserbjørne for mentioning it. The first one (1979) was amazing, with the face-sucking embryo planter, the stomach pop, and then actually seeing the alien for the first time (God bless HR Giger!). Probably one of the finest concepts of an alien in all of film! The second one was pretty good too, with the little girl as the lone survivor on the colony. The third and fourth installments seemed to milk the concept a bit much. Though, the final scenes of the fourth one almost evokes sympathy for the mutant alien/Ripley creature. As its guts are being sucked out of the porthole, you can't help but feel sadness as it seems to be crying for its "mommy" (Ripley). A good set of movies, particularly the first one.

#4a-Young Frankenstein (1974)
#4b-Mars Attacks! (1996)--OK, so they're comedies. But fine examples of movies based on the genre. "Young Frankenstein" used some of the original movie's lab equipment, and used references to it and other Frankenstein classics. With a healthy dose of puns and laughter. Someone called in alot of favors for "Mars Attacks!". Patterned on the UFO movies of the 50s, its cast included over a dozen big-name, big-buck actors, including Jack Nicholson (in 2 roles), Glenn Close, Michael J. Fox, Pierce Brosnan, Jack Black, Paul Winfield, Rod Steiger, Natalie Portman, Annette Benning and Danny Devito. And Tom Jones. Among numerous others. While it could have become quite cartoonish, the movie was played seriously, and even had a couple of grotesque moments!

#3a-Poltergeist (1982)
#3b-Poltergeist III (1988)--Another trilogy that worked pretty well. Except for #2. And #3 was a little weak, but the concept of evil characters in the mirror (or any reflective surface) was a bit freaky. No, the scariest part of the movies are the deaths of those associated with the movies, in particular, the death of 12 year old Heather O'Rourke ("They're heeeerrrreeee....!). The real life stories are far scarier than the movies (though that clown in the picture still gives me chills...

#2-The Shining (1980)--"Heeeeeerrree's Johnny!" Stephen King's novel as envisioned by Stanley Kubrick. As mentioned in an earlier post, the music to this movie is amazing. The scenery outstanding (for the little bit that you get to see). While the movie's best scenes involve Jack, there are plenty of others. The tidal wave of blood from the elevator. The two very disturbing twins. Danny holding a large knife screaming "REDRUM! REDRUM!" This movie has just about all the good things that a horror movie should have. Great story, just enough blood, twists and turns. And Jack is phenomemal.

#1-The Exorcist (1973)--No real surprise here. This movie scares the bejeezus out of me to this day. To the point that I have only seen it all the way through without breaks twice in my life. I usually have to get up at the point when the mother first hears "rats" in the ceiling. Having been raised a good Catholic, I definitely remember the outcry that followed this movie. Crowds stood outside the theaters to pray for the souls that the devil would take from those who watched the movie. Some scenes were so disturbing that people got physically ill, or fainted. Certain scenes never made it to the screen as they were deemed "too graphic"--one of which is the famous "spider crawl" scene depicted in the b&w picture.
On the other hand, I spent an evening with Moose and watched "The Exorcist". She just laughed.

So there you have it. I would recommend all thirteen these movies (yeah, I know. There's more than ten. Deal with it.).

Not Quite Scary HNT

I have completely been enjoying this last half of the month. I love Halloween. Actually, let me clarify. Not so much the holiday, as the season. And not so much the season, as the proliferation of scary movies on TV.

I have to admit that it's been a little disappointing this year, though. The "Halloween" movies would be so much better if they didn't have to be edited for TV. And frankly, I'd have liked to have seen more of the older classics, as well as the original monster movies. On the other hand, there's been some great scenes from more contemporary movies, names of which I don't remember. Possibly because they were on in the background while I was online, capturing my attention only when the music got "that sound" to it.

The one movie I haven't seen yet is "Young Frankenstein". Not at all scary, bloody or horrifying, but a great movie nonetheless! It just now dawns on me that I need to re-post my scary movie list! Be sure to check back on Friday for that!

She's just your average, psychotically OCD suburban housewife. When she's not fine tuning her plan for world domination (she only has time for that kind of thing while the kids are napping) she can be found doing pretty normal things like watching Sesame Street with her three year old son, vacuuming the drapes, and compiling lists of potential political prisoners. You know, for when she rules the world. She likes to listen to opera music, raise money and awareness to fight prematurity (because they were blessed with their daughter several weeks too early and it convinced her that everybody deserves the misery joy of forty full weeks of pregnancy), and she enjoys long walks on the beach. She hate piña coladas though, so she's totally not cliché. She's also a pistol-packin' mama who enjoys skinny-dipping and a nice glass of wine. Preferably without an audience. She'll be revealed on Thursday afternoon, so be sure to stop back!
This week's MG is a bit of a newbie around these parts, but a welcome addition. It's Gucci Mama! She's got a couple of guests herself, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

There's a scary picture or two over at "...the Other HNT". There's even a monster over there! And guts all over the place! And the regular assortment of NSFW offerings... Stop by and leave some comments!
If you're really up for scary, I've collected all my previous HNTs in one spot. Well, it's still a work in progress, but there's plenty to scare you over there, too!
A heads up to you that Christmas is quickly approaching (yes, I said it!), which means December will have three weeks of HNT themes! Same as every other year. It's a way to take the pressure off during the season. More to come on that in the upcoming weeks!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Random stuff on a Sunday afternoon...

Does anyone else sort of like that feeling of wiping away early morning crusty eye goop? Or is that just me?
Another symphony concert has come and gone. It went quite well. The Barber piano concerto was my favorite of the two pieces we played (Dvorak's "New World Symphony" was the other), though I still don't feel like I "got" it. The last movement is a bitch to count, and I'm not entirely convinced that any of us played it right. We must have, since we started and stopped at the same time. For those who know what this means--most of the movement is in a fast 5/8 in one--not sure we didn't play most of it in 6/8. Oh, well. Still got the soloist (and us) multiple standing ovations!
I wanted to mention this earlier. I see that my grocery store has been stocking eggnog for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, eggnog isn't on my dietary list anymore. I'm sure I'll buy a quart sometime before Christmas, rationing it out in a manner that I can handle. But it's just another reminder that it ain't summer anymore.
Weather here has been phenomenal, but I think we've seen the end of it. Today has been cloudy, and it's been drizzling off and on all day. And the weather forecast used the 's' word for tonight. Brr...
The soul band has a gig tonight. Part of a fundraiser put on by local musicians. I'm tired though, and would rather watch the game tonight.
More bad news for my sister (S2). She, S3 and BIL3 went to Vegas this past week with some friends. They came back yesterday, just in time for her to find out that her FIL died the day before. The year 2010 isn't going to go into the books as one of her favorites.
Still bummed about the phone. It happened in two parts. The long cracks in the screen happened when the phone dropped onto a concrete floor. I went to the Verizon store where I found, of course, I hadn't bought the insurance when I bought the phone. They did tell me that the Verizon-compatible iPad comes out on Thursday! But that doesn't help me. A replacement phone would cost full retail. Not gonna happen. THEN...during rehearsal on Thursday night, I had to help move the grand piano. I had the phone in my pants pocket, like I always do. But apparently, once the screen is cracked, it's vastly weakened. The resulting shattering in my picture below is simply from the pressure of the keys in my pocket. Now I'm afraid of doing anything more to it. To its credit, it still works just fine, including the full touch screen. I was thinking about getting some thin cellophane tape to cover it, but I don't know how it would affect the touch screen capabilities. Anyone know?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Words cannot describe...

...the amount of suckitude I'm feeling right now.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Just so you know...

Michelle and I had a rough night last night. Hopefully things will be better tonight.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

International Hug a Band Geek Day!! HNT

According to the Facebook gods, or someone who had a great idea, Thursday, Oct. 21st is International Hug a Band Geek Day!! At the time of this writing, almost 53,000 people signed up to observe the day! So I figured you should get a dose of the band geek that is Os.

Interestingly, I didn't get photographed much in my marching band uniforms too much. I take that as a blessing. But here I am in 1975 (senior in HS), just after marching in a parade in Spokane (the clarinet belongs to the photographer). I know there's a picture or two of me in my uniform from Montana State, but I couldn't find them in time. However, all of these guys were in the band, and it's pretty geeky in its own way. Powder blue tux shirts (with the ruffles, of course) and white dinner jackets with black velvet trim. This is the first horn band I ever played in, though I was playing bass in this band. Country club gig in 1977. Maybe '78.

In 1983, I played in the pep band for Montana. We opted for a smaller, jazz band instrumentation rather than a 50-piece band. In the fall of '83 & '84, I held the position of assistant director of the marching band. Complete with my Century 21-like yellow blazer. Look at the curls! Look at the black hair!

The entire day is International Hug a Band Geek Day!! Find your favorite band geek and give them a big honkin' hug. They can all use one!
Unravel me
a distant cord
on the outside is forgotten
a constant need

To get along
and the animal awakens
and all I feel is black and white

The road is long
the memory slides
to the whole of my undoing
put aside
I put away
I push it back to get through each day
and all I feel is black and white
and I'm wound up small and tight
and I don't know who I am

Everybody loves you when you're easy
everybody hates when you're a bore
everyone is waiting for your entrance so
don't disappoint them

Unravel me
untie this chord
the very center of our union
is caving in
I can't endure
I am the archive of our failure

And all I feel is black and white
and I'm wound up small and tight
and I don't know who I am

Everybody loves you when you're easy
everybody hates when you're a bore
everyone is waiting for your entrance so
don't disappoint them

Everybody loves you when you're easy so
don't disappoint them

Don't disappoint them...

Black & White
Sarah McLachlan

It's a bit early to reveal the MG, but I'm not going to be back at a computer until tomorrow. Of course, it's Cute but Evil! Stop by her place and say hi. And answer her question, too!

Getting some good new faces (well, not faces) over at "...the Other HNT". Please stop by and check them out (no band geek pics over there). And leave some comments--they certainly appreciate it! And yes, it's definitely NSFW!
Shibari (remember her?) is making a blog comeback (yay!). She's asked for help for her latest project over there...her "picture confessions". Some of you have participated over there in the past. You can check out her latest post to get the details and see some examples. Go have some fun!
Busy week ahead of me. It's Symphony Week here, so there's the requisite loading/unloading/moving/rehearsals/performance/etc... I won't be around much over the next few days, so don't miss me!
I also will be playing with the soul band on Sunday night. It's the final act of a day-long fundraiser. For 15 years, local musicians have gotten together 2-3 times a year to raise money for some person needing financial assistance due to catastrophic illnesses or hospitalization. There's live and silent auctions (items all donated), food and drink, and live music for about 10 hours straight. Needless to say, it's going to be a long weekend. This band geek is going to need a hug and maybe a kiss or two...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Flu can cause a range of symptoms and effects, from mild to lethal. Most healthy people recover from the flu without problems, but certain people are at high risk for serious complications.

In the U.S., epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) work with states to collect, compile and analyze reports of flu outbreaks. Flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.

Annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, and a seasonal flu vaccine is available. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu. Flu-related deaths range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average 23,600).

A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population; the virus causes serious illness and spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide.

For the 2009-2010 flu season, the H1N1 flu virus caused more illness in young people and pregnant women than is usual for prior flu seasons. Like seasonal flu, illness in people with H1N1 can vary from mild to severe.

I've never bothered with flu shots in the past. I tend to avoid those sorts of things. Most years, I've been able to escape getting sick. However, due to my current "condition", now I get to run to the front of the line to get flu shots. And the earlier, the better. Time for you to get yours, too!

Carolina In My Mind

"In my mind I'm goin' to Carolina
Can't you see the sunshine
Can't you just feel the moonshine
Ain't it just like a friend of mine
It hit me from behind
Yes I'm gone to Carolina in my mind
--James Taylor

This week's Mystery Guest will be revealed Thursday afternoon. Be sure to check back to find out who it is!
Millie is this week's MG! You can find her at "Return to the Internet", which is ironic, since she's been gone for awhile. She just wanted to let us know she's still around! And if you want to see how she's changed, check out her last appearance as the MG!

Some new participants over at "...the Other HNT" this week! Stop by and check out your fellow HNTers, and leave a comment or two, please! Of course, it's NSFW.
Realized while I was drafting this that I haven't posted since last week's HNT. Geez! No real reason. The weather is exquisite right now, football is in full swing, symphony rehearsals start again this weekend, the soul band has a gig the day after the symphony concert, lots of rehearsals coming up (thank God the music has already been written!), miners were/are being pulled out of the ground, Christmas supplies are already in the stores, I learned a trick to download YouTube videos, I got an exquisite voice message from a foreigner, and life is generally pretty good. I'll try to write more this weekend though...

In the meantime, go check out the OsShirt site, my new site of just my HNTs (current up to December, 2007) or go ask me a question in my Formspring box in my sidebar!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

It was 20 years ago today...HNT

Well, it's only been a year. One year ago this weekend, my life permanently changed. Personally, I think for the better. Not in obvious ways, but better nonetheless. For the newbies, and for those of you who didn't mark it on your calendars--it was one year ago that BIL3 took me to the emergency room, almost in a diabetic coma. One year ago that I was as close to death as I've ever been. One year ago that I learned that I did, in fact, have diabetes.

In looking back at my posts from last October, I found that I actually self-diagnosed myself. The subject of my first HNT of Oct. was based on that, even though I wouldn't actually see a doctor about it until the next afternoon. That's when I got the official confirmation. What no one planned on was that I was in such dire straights that I'd end up almost comatose on Friday.

Some things that were never talked about here from those four days in the hospital, some with observations from a year later:
  • My kidneys basically threw up their hands and said "fuck it". And then shut down. Today, they're functioning just fine, thank you.
  • There's only a couple of things from the ER that I remember. The lights were quite bright, so I kept my eyes shut the whole time. My mouth was SO dry that I actually cried, begging for just a sliver of ice. Didn't even get that until I was moved to ICU, about an hour later. And I remember the nurse telling me to get out of my clothes and into a gown. I was so weak by this time that I couldn't even lift my arms to take them off. BIL3 had to take them off for me. This was the first point where I knew things were just a bit on the serious side...
  • During my first two days/nights there, I still had to pee far more than normal. I had a toilet to use, but to get to it, they had to unhook my monitors, and then roll the pole with the double lines of fluids they were pumping into me. Since I was a pain in the ass, they finally told me to pee into what looks like a modified gallon milk jug. At some time in the middle of the night, I peed into it just fine. Then promptly dropped it on the floor, spilling all over the place. Obviously I was still weak. The nursing staff did decide that perhaps unhooking me to use the toilet wasn't that bad of a thing...
  • This might be TMI, but after being pumped with all sorts of unknown fluids for a couple of days, my normal bodily functions went to hell. My poop was a most disturbingly dark color, with a consistency of easy-to-spread spackling paste. The words "toxic" and "biohazard" keep coming to mind. Actually, things didn't get to "right" for about 6 weeks. Everything's coming out fine now, thank you.
  • Medical people need to recognize that, regardless of how slowly or how well they're explaining things, there's no way that the patient is remembering any of it. Mom was up to see me one morning and listened in on one of the nurses telling me something relatively important. We talked about it later during the week. I don't even remember the conversation.
  • The nurses all learned quickly that I was going to give them shit (that would be something my dad handed down to me), and they in turn gave it right back. I liked that! It was a good working relationship.
  • I think I confused some of the other staff. The cheery, blood-sucking lab tech who came in every morning between 4:45 and 5:00 was taken aback by my smile at that time of day. And the poor social worker who came in the first morning to see how I was... She was probably in her early 60s, and you could just tell she baked chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren before coming to work. She sat next to me at bed level so I could see her face, took my hand, and gently asked how I was doing. I replied, "I've got a large-screen plasma TV to watch football all day, a remote controlled bed, people at my beck and call, and meals are brought to me. What's not to like?" She looked me straight in the eye and said, "Honey, that's not what we generally hear, here in ICU..."
So how am I doing after a year? Pretty good, actually. I've tried (and succeeded) to keep my diabetes from defining my life (or this blog). In public, nothing's really changed. Specifically:
  • Blood pressure - lower than it's ever been.
  • Cholesterol - around 100. Lower than the normal 185-200 it was, and far lower than the 267 it was in the hospital.
  • A1c test - been at 5.4% for six months. Non-diabetics are considered 'normal' at 4%-6%. I'd never heard of it a year ago.
  • Kidneys and thyroid labs - both are normal, which is a good thing.
  • Vision - shot to hell. The first couple weeks out of the hospital were the worst. Could not focus on anything, with or without glasses. Near, far, big, didn't matter. It was like trying to focus while underwater without goggles. Since then, it's gotten far better, but I can't read without glasses. My eye doctor said that my eyes have come out of the ordeal unscathed, but the timing was bad. My vision is actually pretty good, "for someone of my age..." Damn.
  • Brain function - my mind has always been full of holes like swiss cheese. I do find that hasn't improved at all. Not really worse, but now I have something I can blame it on!
  • Weight - still about 35 lbs less than last summer. Still needs to come down though.
  • Diet - eating 3 sensible meals/day, with an occasional snack. Much better than eating a pizza before bed.
  • Beer - drinking on occasion, but limiting myself to two. Not the power drinking of the old days.
  • Exercise - the good news, no worse than before. The bad news, that's not saying anything good. Gotta work on that.
Physically, I'm healthy as a horse. Well, a diabetic horse. My muscle mass took a big hit, and I now have a lot of flabby areas. And certain "things" also took a hit, but I won't mention anything here (remember...S1 reads this now!). But overall, I'm doing well.

Of course, none of that would be possible without the meds I'm taking. What you see below is one year's worth of it all. Novolog and Lantus (insulins), Lisinopril, Atenolol and Simvistatin. And low-dose aspirin. One year down and the rest of my life to go!

Come up and through the forest
And I do not mean out west
Walk between the trees
Catch me on my knees
Enjoy the scent of the season’s change
See the sights within your range
Move beyond until you stumble
(For I like to keep you humble)
Come to where some people lurk
Often times not suitable for work
Frequently my cynical humor kicks in
After all, what is life without the spin?
No matter my mood of the day
I am certain to have something odd to say
But never assume I am a just a mom, a fiancée, or a slave…
Until you have ventured in and still made it out of the cave
This week's MG is the cave-dweller Viemoira! Be sure to stop by her place to meet her if you haven't already!

There's plenty of people to check out over at "...the Other HNT" this week! Some followed the boobie idea. Others did not! Go check out your fellow HNTers, and leave a comment or two. NSFW, of course.
There's still one more day to be checking out this year's Boobie-Thon! If you haven't submitted pictures, I think they're still accepting them (you'd have to check the site to be sure). Many of your fellow HNTers can be found over there. Even one or two from HNT old-timers that you might not know!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Family, Football, Favorite, Found Out

Mom turned 75 on Friday. This meant all sorts of family time all weekend! Even S1 flew in from out of state for the festivities! We took her out to dinner at the fanciest place in town on Friday night. Had to be the fanciest. By big town standards, it was probably a normal, even cheap evening. Here? Not so much. But it was fun! We did opt out, however, from heading next door to the dive bar and do shots. Mom was tipsy enough from the wine! I'll hopefully get some of the pictures off of BIL3's camera soon...

Saturday was watching the nephew play football (freshman team), and then watching college football and grilling for the rest of the day/night. N2's boyfriend plays for Montana State, so there was some pretty heated debate about MSU and UofM. Can't wait for November!
I had something happen Friday night. One of those "OMG, now what do I do?" moments. After dinner, I drove my parents home, and met up with the younger folks for an after dinner beer. And in front of my other sisters, my BIL, one of my nieces and my nephew, and pretty much the rest of the Brewhouse, she drops the bombshell--"Oh, by the way, I found your blog!" Fortunately, no one else seemed terribly interested, and I steered the conversation to Facebook or something.

I'm not sure what I think about it. It's not like I write anything terribly secretive, or anything that would really embarrass me. And the family dynamic is so positive that I can't even think of a time where I've written anything I wouldn't want anyone to read. But this going to affect the way I blog? I'm not sure. Some of you would immediate go into panic mode. Many already have. I just don't see the need. Do I prefer that she hadn't found it? Of course. Am I going to switch things up so she can't find me anymore? Not hardly. Would I have preferred not knowing that she knew? Not sure.

I did ask how long she's known. "Oh, a few months", she said. Lovely. She's seen my bare ass floating around at Tony's pool party.
I hope you've all donated to see the boobies over at Boobie-Thon this weekend! Many of your favorite HNTers are over there (numerous times over, even!). It continues through Thursday, so be sure to stop by soon!
Speaking of football--two of my three teams won. I'm not so sure that my HS team's going to recover. Their cockiness from their previous year's success is going to be their downfall. Oh, well. As for the NFL, I was in a suicide league. Until this afternoon. The damned Bengals screwed me. On the positive side, I don't have to worry about picking winners for the rest of the season!
The Bears/Giants game really sucked. Bad enough for me to find my next new favorite show! I don't know the exact name, but it's three of the "Ice Road Truckers" running off to India for the summer to run trucks up the Himalayas to a dam project. Driving on mountain "highways" that are located on cliffs with 2,000' vertical drops with no shoulders, wide enough (maybe) for two trucks/busses with maybe 6 inches to spare. According to the teaser, only one of the truckers lasts through to the final load!
Not only did October sneak up on me a bit this year, but the best event of October happens (no, not Halloween)! Scary movies! Monster movies! Monster movie marathons! Woohoo!