Wednesday, March 31, 2004

More good music

I got my package from Columbia House yesterday. One of the cd's was the self-titled release from Michael Buble'. Good stuff. Sounds alot like Peter Cincotti.. who reminds me of Frank Sinatra.

Have you figured out yet that I'm on a jazz kick? Or that I'm totally in love with guys who have that throwback to the 1940's and 50's.. when men were men, women were women, and the dogs were not accessories.
The Pledge is offensive

This blog has wacked Michael Newdow a few times for being an idiot (though one that stands up for what he believes) for suing that "under God" is establishment of religion and his poor sensibilities (and tried to hide it under his daughter - who's a Christian?!) were offended.

DougM at posted this little bit to show that the Pledge of Allegience is truly an offensive statement:

"Pledge" is objectionable to the Endust manufacturer.

"Allegiance" is objectionable to proto-traitors and
international progressisves.

"Flag" is objectionable to iconoclasts.

"United States of America" is objectionable to illegal

"Republic" is objectionable to Democrats.

"Stands" is objectionable to paraplegics.

"One Nation" is objectionable to neo-confederates and

"Under God" is objectionable to megalomaniacs.

"Indivisible" is objectionable to mathematicians.

"Liberty" is objectionable to socialists.

"Justice" is objectionable to the Bar Association.

"All" is objectionable to Tide users.

Hey, just mumble the parts you don't like.
A whole lotta lip

From a story at

Virgin Atlantic Airways was forced to ditch plans to
offer hip, fun urinals in the men's rooms of its
lounge at New York's JFK Airport after feminists
complained that the designs were offensive to women,
reports the New York Daily News.

The airline wanted to put bright-red urinals shaped
like women's lips into the restrooms, but the National
Organization for Women had a hissy fit.

"I don't know many men who think it's cool to pee in a
woman's mouth, even a porcelain one," NOW President
Kim Gandy wrote on the group's Web site.

The company said in a statement that it was "very
sorry to hear of people's concerns about the design of
the 'Kisses' urinals" and that "no offense was ever
intended." The urinal, designed by a Dutch company,
was the idea of a female designer.

- OK. The mouth shaped urinals were in bad taste but
was it really anything that NOW had to get its
boxer/briefs in a wad about?

Monday, March 29, 2004

My weekend and a quote worth remembering

Because I know you are dying to hear about it.

When I wasn't curled up in bed nursing my cold or my sore shoulder, I did manage to make it outside on a beautiful Saturday. Andrea, Beth, Eric S., and I went for a walk at Crockett Park.

We walked for a while.. explored.. and found some picnic tables. Just before we got up, I noticed a little spider crawling on my shorts. I flicked it off - and toward Eric S. Beth and Andrea both said, in their best Designing Women voices, "The man should have to kill the bug!"

"But he shouldn't have to wear it!" Eric replied.

Because women who wear high heels vote!


NASCAR Dads vs. The high-heeled vote

The referenced article and another in this month's issue of Glamour discuss the large single female population that should be voting. Both point out that single women tend to be 'progressive' (re:
socialist/democratic) "anti-gun, pro-choice," etc...

Meaning they are perfect lackeys for the Democratic Party and John Kerry should appeal to them.

*long pause*

OK, now that I've picked myself up off the floor from laughing too hard, I do have something serious to say.

It's bull----.

There is a reason why single women gravitate to the Democratic party more than the Republican party and it has very little to do with personal philosophy or ideology. It has everything to do with protection.

Despite the ramblings of feminism, most women desire to be protected and cared for. God kind of ordained this in scripture you know. Women and men were made differently; that's why there are certian physical differences between men and women. Women have higher pitched voices and are smaller (not to say women are
helpless because firearms do even the scale quite a bit) and engender a sense of responsibility in a man to care for and protect them.

That's why we see problems with women in combat with men. The men, instead of focusing on killing the bad guys, focus their energy on protecting the women in their unit - possibly at the cost of the entire unit.

Back to the election and party politics...

Women since the creation have wanted to be protected, God made provisions for this - family and marriage. Was this status abused? Yes. No doubt. But, I think that is more to do with our sinful nature than it does with the idea of marriage itself. So, in
the last 75 years as women marry later or not at all, they are left without a protector. And this scares them.

Without fathers, brothers, or husbands in their lives, women are left to fend for themselves. Women in contemporary society are capable of caring for themselves. Yes. I'm not saying that women are dependent UPON men. Geez. Breathe... inhale.. exhale...

What I am saying is that since the family structure has been decimated by radical feminism and socialism, women have been left in a lurch and no one to fill in the gaps in their life. So, since you, young mom, have no grandparents for your baby, you leave your
child in state-sponsored day care and schools.

You, young woman, have made a choice to live your life without a stable relationship, you rely on state-sponsored insurance or retirement benefits.

You, woman of any age, believe that it's your right to choose... to kill the unborn baby, to have different sexual partners, to spend frivioulsly or whatever it may be. It isn't a right and I'm damn tired of cleaning up after you because I just happen to be responsible.

Single women may not really believe in what the Democratic Party sells, but it is the one place that says "We'll protect you..." and that's good enough for them. The Republicans or Libertarians saying "We'll teach you how to protect yourself" is too much
work for the Sex and the City wannabes floating around
out there.

As an aside, I'm going to try to find the study that The Nation, Glamour and other articles are citing. I want to read the research for myself. I doubt my opinion will change but I may have something more to say.

Friday, March 26, 2004

It's a conspiracy

Pet stores want to sell more products so they convince the city council to require pets to be buckled in when in the car.

Now citizens will have to plunk down $20 to $30 for a pet seat belt.

Government sucks.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Thursday, March 25, 2004

I always knew Every Rose has its thorn was a country song

It will be now.

Bret Michaels has gone country!
And like.... And like.... And like....

"At the end of the day" was voted the most annoying cliche'. Other nominees were "like," "with all due respect," "bottom line," and "pushing the envelope" by the Plain English Society.

I'm not sure if at the end of the day, at the end of the day is the most annoying and overused cliche'. At the end of the day and when you get down to the wire, I think it is something else.

We have to prioritize what words we use and tighten up our speech. But I think this group should try to see the glass as half full and be optimistic instead of feeling trapped between a rock and a hard place.

The English language is constantly changing and growing. OK, so may be not for the better but, maybe we move the chains and start again from first and 10 and keep pushing forward toward the goal. All good things come to those who wait. We have to think out of the box when it comes to reforming the english language, since so much of the nizzle shafizzle comes out of pop culture and MTV. One step at a time, we can make it. Rome wasn't built in a day - remember that. Because when in Rome, we must do what the Romans do.

Hey y'all, thanks. I just had to touch base with you on this topic. Keep up the good work. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Ashes to ashes... all that glitters isn't gold.. it's no skin off my nose. Just remember to watch your mouth and not act like you were raised in a barn.

My Way News

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

1984 marathon

1984 is my favorite book. It has been since I was a sophomore in high school. I was the only one in my english class to get it. I sat there and explained about the mocking of the Soviet Unior, the threat of socialism in the US and Europe, and the power that technology in the hands of the government can have over citizens.

Did any other 15 year old care? Nope. Back to listening to Vanilla Ice was more important. Vanilla Ice is now an un person. His face has been taped over with.. um.. well, no one could replace him. He wasn't that good - just that manufactured.

But the 20th anniversay of 1984 is approaching. I think I might pull out my well-worn copy of the book and read it again.. or watch the movie.

Double plus good.
What to say and what not to say

As a public service to the 3 people who read this blog and might ever think of graduate school, do NOT say:

"This degree will help me to continue my life long love of learning..."
"I want to teach at the college level. In order to that, I need a terminal degree."

or tell us all about how you struggled to overcome obstacles and adversity to be the first person to attend college (noble but that is not creative or original)

or send in crayons that say "color your world", photo albums, or statements of purpose that look like interviews in alumni newsletters.

And these are all real examples from statements I've read in the last year. They were attemping to be creative and original... and none of those people got in. If you are thinking about applying for graduate study and someone says the committees don't read the statements of purpose, that person is lying to you. It is one of the most seriously considered parts of the application.

What should you say:
- show that you've done your homework and researched the school, its program, and faculty. Demonstrate how your interests and goals are compatible with the school.
"From my experience with the Tennessee General Assembly, I want to continue to focus on education policy and work with Dr. McLendon on state level higher education policy." Dr. McLendon focuses on state/federal education policy and has several articles published on some of the recent trends in state-level higher education policy. Of course, your statement will be written more cleanly than mine. I just came up with that off the top of my head.
- have people proof read it for grammar errors, flow, and style.
- show that you have a goal, even if it changes while in graduate school. "I want to go to graduate school." is not enough. Neither is stating that you want to wait out the job market highs and lows, even if that is the truth. While I'm not telling you to lie, you need to think about why you are going to spend the next 2 years of your life in near poverty for a Masters or 6+ if pursuing a PHD.
- don't tell us you need funding. Everyone does. We know that. There should be check box or seperate application for financial aid. Don't put it in your personal statement.

There may be more tips in the future but that's a start.
More Monty Python for your pleasure

Part of my favorite sketch.. I think I can recite most of it from memory:

Owner: The Norwegian Blue prefers keepin' on it's back! Remarkable bird, id'nit, squire? Lovely plumage!

Mr. Praline: Look, I took the liberty of examining that parrot when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting on its perch in the first place was that it had been NAILED there.


Owner: Well, o'course it was nailed there! If I hadn't nailed that bird down, it would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with its beak, and VOOM! Feeweeweewee!

Mr. Praline: "VOOM"?!? Mate, this bird wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!

Owner: No no! 'E's pining!

Mr. Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
Not sure I will have much to say today

First, I can't find anything interesting to blog about. It is a slow news day..

Second, I am in a cough-medicine induced hazed from being sick since Sunday. I'm patiently waiting for my Dr. to call back and tell me there's an antibiotic waiting for me at Walgreen's.

Just as something random - I love Monty Python. The Lumberjack Song just came on Launchcast. Hehe. But the Philosophers Song is funnier.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Slow News Day

Yahoo! News - Kleenex-Maker to Raise Prices in U.S. if such a story is on the front page of Yahoo. Isn't there anything on the election, war on terror, or Jennifer Lopez's newest boy toy to write about?

Good news for Puffs, Bounty, and Charmin. I wonder how this will affect the bulk prices at Sam's or Costco where you can buy 45 rolls of toilet paper for $11.
Why I hate election season

As if 2004 Presidential race hasn't been going on long enough with the year long Democratic Party thing, every 3 days, we are going to have to hear about another poll telling us John Kerry is slightly ahead of George Bush..

They will call every obscure place in the US.. Bucksnort, TN (real place), Los Angeles, CA (supposedly a real place), Boring, OR (real place), Tuxedo, TX (real place), or Vermont. They will ask them their opinion about the candidates or issues with questions like "If John Kerry were to raise taxes to fund education, would you support John Kerry?"

I was asked a question like that once about the potential TN income tax. I told the little girl on the other end of the phone "That's not a valid question and I will not answer it. But you can put down that No! I do not support the income tax at all." She was a bit stunned to say the least.

So next time askes:
"Would ya like to take a survey?"

respond with..

"Do you eat beans? Would you like to see a new movie starring George Wendt? Would you like to eat beans with George Wendt? Would you like to see George Wendt eating beans in a movie? Do you eat beans at George Wendt movies? Would you like to see George Wendt in a bean eating movie? How many beans do you eat at George Wendt bean eating movies? How many bean eating movies have you seen with George Wendt? If you were a bean what kinda bean would you be?"

That would be funny. And.. we have another... *counts* 9 months to go. It's worse than being pregnant! (not that I have any personal experience in that arena but I imagine both the 2004 election cycle and being pregnant are both equally painful).

Yahoo! News - AP Poll Shows Bush, Kerry in Close Race
Say no to tracksuits

Listen to Carson, Stacey, and Clint - tracksuits are wrong. They are not cute. They should only be worn at the gym or out running and no where else!

Say it with me
"Tracksuits are not good."
"Tracksuits are not flattering."

On my way to a meeting across campus, one of the Vandygirls walked around me. Not unusual - we Southerners tend to stroll everywhere. She was wearing a tracksuit.

Not just any tracksuit. A velour tracksuit.

Could it get worse? Oh yes it can! It was salmon orange. Not salmon pink but salmon orange! With big black clunky slides.. and I could see VPL!

(Visible panty line for those not in the know)

And it was a thong. Thongs are supposed to eliminate vpl.. but I guess even the thong can't hide under a salmon orange velour tracksuit.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Because it's all about...

The... you know. Skin color. According to this story all power in this country is held by white middle-aged men.

Funny, I thought all the power in this country was held by Wal Mart. Who else but the 500 lb gorilla can dictate to artists what to put on its albums? But if the artists were "true artists" they would say forget Wal Mart and hold onto their artistic integrity. But no, they are not artists. They are fronts for greedy record companies only interested in putting out crap music and related officially licensed products to 14 year olds who have disposible income.

But back to the story, when Ari was taking his women's studies class last semester, he would talk about his membership card into the power structure. It involved a body part that women do not have. But since gay men also have this body part, sexual orientation also plays a part in getting past the bouncer at the door. Because of this extra appendage, all the doors of power (sucess, wealth, influence, etc...) on earth would open up to him.

Our conversation was in jest but there are those in the radical feminists and other groups that believe this. And they are putting it into the school system.

My question: why is the school system allowing obviously biased groups to come in and make presentations? I know - because public schools are crap. They have no curriculum that isn't about 'diversity' or creating a divisive enviornment. See Vox's column this week and his blog for a lengthy discussion on public and private schools and home schooling.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

New Comments Section

After much internal debate, I decided to add a comments section. We'll see hot it goes. It's sort of pink - like the blog. But there are no kitties. Pink isn't my favorite color. It's really blue and purple. But I do like the kitties.

No flaming. If you have something constructive to say, please feel free to do so.

There you go.
On being a lady

I will be occasionally posting on something I am working on. For almost 28 years, I have bought into the lies that feminism has spoon-fed women. Women and men are the same; you can have it all at the same time; you don't need to take care of a home; you can do it all by yourself and etc...

Part of this is a general commentary on society - there is no grace, no civility or manners anymore. People want to stand out by being more outrageous and offensive (think Christina Aguleria and her song about how she is upset that people think she's a ho because she likes sex and men can get away with it. Well, if you ask me - both of y'all are ho's - the guy and the girl. And it's sad that it's acceptable behavior).

I digress. So, I am learning.. attempting to re-train my behavior, my thoughts, my speech, my dress - the whole shebang. I want to be more lady-like. You can never go wrong with good manners or being well-dressed. These are qualities neither my mom or nana taught me due to the generations of dysfunctionality in their families.

In the And God Made Woman class I've taken through church, we learn that we are not prisoners to the past, that we are daughters of the King. Given such, it is time I start acting appropriately. This doesn't mean that I will be behaving like Her Royal Highness, the Empress Kitty. But it does mean having grace, dignity, self-respect, humility, confidence, and searching for the same in others.

God thinks that I am special enough to send His son to die for me. Why can't I see my self in that way? Why do I have such trouble seeing the same in others?

What do I hope to achieve by telling you about it? For the women who read this blog: that you are more than what society has defined for you. It is a good thing to recapture our femininity. The Proverbs 31 woman is something to work on through out the seasons of your life.

For men: there are women out here that do not want to tear you down, belittle you, and emasculate you. Be the man that would be attracted to a Proverbs 31 woman. If you want her to speak well of you at the city gates, you have to behave in that manner. Remember Ephesians 5 - love the women in your life as Christ loves the church.

Both men and women choose to love and choose to respect. Neither are automatically earned. They take effort and sacrifice.
Tell me something I don't know has a physical attractiveness test. Takes about 15 minutes and I do suggest the audio guide to help you. It flushes out the instructions.

It said that I was very picky - in fact that I was more picky than 99% of the female population who took this test.

Who does this survey say I'm attracted to?

Hugh Jackman.

Not really but he was mentioned as an example of a face type. Or Viggo (as Aragorn)... heh. Generally - men who are older (though not opposed to the idea of dating younger men)
of Mediterranean origin (that should thrill Ari - he's Greek),
who are taller than me (not difficult since I'm 5'3" but I do love my high heels),
big guys (you know - former football players and wrestlers body types),
blue eyes (I disagree with this - I like brown and green eyes, too),
glasses (a great pair of glasses can go a long way. Since I had lasik 2 years ago, they are now an accessory for me - like my earrings)
neatly trimmed facial hair (goatees and beards have their place)
dark brown hair
men who look like (and act like) men - not boys. No boys.
and men who SMILE! I like men who smile!

But you know, all of this is well and good but real heart of the matter is that for as attracted as I am to say Viggo Mortensen, he isn't a Christian. And that is what I am first and foremost looking for.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Your friendly neighborhood fashionista strikes again

Here's the story...

Last sunday, I was picking out something to wear to my dad's memorial service. I picked out a black sweater that has white cuffs and collar. Very cute and classy. Well, you think that black pants would just be the right thing...?


The black did not match. I pulled out the 3 pairs of black pants that I had..

One was too wrinkled from being worn earlier in the week and hadn't been laundered yet. I think one didn't fit, I'm not too sure. And the one that is my current favorite.. but none of the black was similar when you held them together. I was having a hissy fit. I finally settled on the pants that are my current favorite.. primarily because they were clean and wrinkle free and put them with my cute little black ankle boots.

Quote Stacy, the What Not to Wear Mistress: Black is slimming but it has to be the right kind of black.. and the clothes have to fit. (ok it's a paraphrase - I can't find the original)

~ * ~ YES! I've turned into a girl! ~ * ~

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Butt-ugly dress

I normally love the selection at for us plus sized gals (though they are pricey - the quality is excellent). But yeesh...

The Leaf Me Alone Dress is WRONG!
Survivor: All Stars update

I know, I've been very lax in posting my updates and opinions of Survivor this season.

The last of the male eye candy was booted last night. Colby went last week; Ethan went this week. *sigh*

Not that they were the reason I was watching or anything. I'm sure they are much more attractive when not covered with dirt and have brushed their teeth recently.

Amber and Rob got it on in Survivor's first make out session. Not since Colleen and Greg have two Survivor's been so.. uh.. intimate. And I don't think Colleen and Greg kissed. Anyway, the game play this season is pretty good. No real stable alliances but it will be interesting to see what will happen with the merge.

Boston Rob will take a big fall (a la the Rotu 4 from his season.) He's too cocky and Mark Burnett is setting it up for a big take down where the audience will rejoice.

Next week's predition: Jerri goes. Not next week - the week after. Next week is a re-cap episode.
In the "that's not accurate" category

NV, a local night club, hosted something that was supposed to resemble a Renaissance costume party.

But apparently mixing medieval, goth, and catholic school girl outfits all quailify as "renaissance." Hello? Historical accuracy anyone? Vinyl was not around in 13th century Europe - or anywhere! I know when I dolled myself up for the Ren Fair a couple of years ago, it wasn't completely true to the period but I sure looked more appropriate than the attendees of this party. I made a very cute little gypsy.

And this guy is not goth on any planet. He's not even retro cool.

Why I will never be goth?

1) Combat boots/Doc Martens/platform shoes/et al make your feet look big and drag the eye down the body and put all the weight at the bottom.

2) Black is ok.. sometimes. Color is much better.

3) Black lipstick was never ok. Ever. Neither is black nailpolish. Red is much much better.

4) I'm a conformist....

And is this couple going to perform a rendition of "Time Warp?" They remind me of Riff Raff and Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

A story

Alan told me this story about my dad. My dad was telling Alan a story that he had heard before.

(PK's note - if you are ever around me, I have a story for every occasion and have been known to keep telling the same story over and over.. now you will see why this story is funny).

So, my dad is telling Alan this story and Alan was very gently trying to nudge him along because he heard it before. My dad ignored him and just kept telling the story. Alan finally got a bit upset and said "could you hurry up" or something like that. My dad put his hand on Alan's shoulder and said "Now listen here you d*mn yankee.. It took a long time for the events in the story to happen and it's going to take me a long time to tell it."

Yes - I am my father's daughter.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Taking a break

Dear reader,

This blogger will be taking a break for a while. My dad passed away and there are alot of things to be taken care and well.. blogging just isn't high on the priority list at the moment.

Don't forget about me and I will be back soon.

- PK

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Possible Runningmates for John Kerry

As suggest by IMAO

Funny funny stuff
It's a Tuesday

American Idol and Queer Eye are on (the latter is the John Zimmerman episode I've been talking about). Work is seriously interfering with my ability to blog.

And I'm going to have to put Her Royal Highness, the Empress Kitty in her place! She has been horrible! After making a mess of the bathroom this morning, she went into hiding. We have a love/hate relationship.

We love to annoy each other and hate it when it happens. I may have to borrow the neighbors daschund for the evening to remind Kitty that she is not the one who's the boss around here and at any time a puppy may magically appear. I'm the boss. I have opposable thumbs.

Monday, March 08, 2004

vive la liberté!

Long live the revolution! Nashville should annex itself next and become its own country.

Will Killington start national trend?

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Worst jobs ever

You might think it would be garbage collector, IRS agent, or even the President of the US. I'm here to tell you it's not.

There are 2:

1) Ice cream truck driver.

You know them... blasting out some inane children's song at 200 decibels so you hear them from a half mile away and feel it rattle your windows when it passes. Handing out ice cream for $2 a pop when it's far cheaper to have mom go to the store and buy a box of 6 for $2. And then you hear the song for the rest of the day.. dagnabit ear worms.

Which transitions us to...

2) Attendant at the Small World ride.

There's alot of things I dislike in this world.. and a select list of things that I would destroy with nuclear weapons if given access to them. Osama bin Laden... the Left Coast... Democratic National headquarters... and the Baltimore Ravens among them. But the first thing I would dessimate would be all Small World rides. It has to be the worst job to be stuck there sending the little boats through the ride for hours at a time.. listening to that song.. waving and smiling.

I believe that song is being uses RIGHT NOW to torture Sadaam Hussein and the gitmo bay detainees. The UN should ban it. It is cruel and unusual punishment and a violation of our Constitutional rights!!!

Do think think that they medicate the attendants prior to work? That is the only way I could stand to listen to that song. Last time I went to Disney World many years ago, Lynn and I rode the "Its a Small World" ride. It got stuck in the middle of it. For 15 or 20 minutes I had to watch the perky demon puppets move up and down and wave to me and each other.. and hear that song...

I almost climbed out of the boat and walked back to the front. I should have but didn't. When our boat made it back to the boarding area, we looked like zombies. Our brains had been turned to mush through the constant playing of that song. We might all have said in unison "Yes Mr. Eisner... Yes Mr. Eisner... we will kill for you.. we will take over the US government."

Kind of like that episode of South Park where Cartman leads the Civil War re-enactors to take over the South and eventually Washington DC by keeping them buzzed with Smore's schnaps. We were buzzed.

Friday, March 05, 2004

What the....?

Guy-on-Guy dancing is called "gancing." I call it stupid, not cute, gay, bordering on sick. Sure, I want and love a guy who can dance.. WITH ME! Not with another guy!

The article doesn't have a name for girl-on-girl dancing. My guess is that most guys would call it "hot." I call it stupid and not cute.

Weird News: You Make Me Feel Like 'Gancing'

Martha Stewart has been found guilty and I for one am glad. I don't like her. I've never liked her.

I find her to be annoying and arrogant. She never offers less expensive versions of her creations and insists upon "only the finest quality" whatevers that you can only find in small stores in New York. Those of us outside of New England are just out of luck.. we don't have small Hungarian grocery stores here.

I like Alton Brown of "Good Eats." Most everything he uses can be found at your local 'mega mart.' And Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa. She has that Martha Stewart air about her (upscale New England.. spend way too much time at the Hamptons) but it's not complicated. And pretty good - I used her turkey recipe when I made christmas dinner.

And then there's Paula Deen of "Paula's Home Cooking." She's from Savannah and it's all about down home Southern cooking. Best cornbread dressing. Love cornbread dressing. And sweet potatos... Mmmmmmm.... yum.

This was the headline on
"Martha Stewart found guilty of obstructing justice and lying to the government. Residency in federal pound-me-in-the-a** prison thought not to be a good thing"
Quiet today...

There just isn't much happening today.

Yesterday, I used every mass-mailers friend... the folding machine. Foldie and I are now well-aquainted.

A quote for you -

"Jenny, I would have written you a poem or a song except that I don't have any talent." - Ben Affleck (parody from South Park)

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Quotes of note

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
There is a reason double knit polyester went away. People died. - Carson
This man is obsessive compulsive? Compulsively dirty...? - Ted (staring at the dust on a never used wok)
Bad taste does not discriminate - Carson
YOUR SHOES ARE LAST SEASON! YOUR SHOES ARE LAST SEASON! - Carson to Kyan during a push-up contest against a former Marine
It's 1984 and they want the decorations back. - Thom on the phone
If you can carve your name in the bottom of your bathtub, you probably need to clean it. - Kyan

Different Sources
No, don't buy a .22. You can't stop a rabid squirrell with that. - Eric (my brother)

Oh - if you want to read about the upcoming episode with John Zimmerman on Queer Eye, go here.
Is this new?

Not if you've ever gone to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

It just has a new name - movieoke. You get to act along with your favorite scene.

So practice your lines:
"Nobody puts Baby in a corner..." and place the emphasis on different words
Nobody PUTS Baby in a corner
Nobody puts BABY in a corner
Nobody puts Baby IN A corner

"The next time I come in here, I'm cracking skulls!"
"Luke... I am your father."
"Someday my Prince will come"
"I feel the need.. the need for speed!"
"I will not be ignored Dan...."
"Hakuna Matata"
"Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky! *silent stare*
Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky! *silent stare*
Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky! *silent stare*"
"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

I think I have a theme for my next party. Because you all know we Southern girls have a theme to every party...

Source: - New Game Shows Off Bar Dwellers' Acting Chops

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

More Gay Marriage Hub-bub

"Multnomah County cannot deny marriage licenses to gay or lesbian couples," said Commissioner Lisa Naito. "We will not allow discrimination to continue when the Constitution of the state of Oregon grants privileges equally to all citizens."

Naito was joined by fellow commissioners Maria Rojo De Steffey and Serena Cruz, and commission Chairwoman Diane Linn, at a county office where hundreds of people had already lined up to apply for their marriage licenses.

De Steffey added that the Oregon Constitution "and my Christian faith allow me no other choice."

Her Christian faith allows her no other choice than to permit gay people to.. to.. marry? Doesn't the New Testament forbid homosexuality along with theft, lying, murder, and sex outside of marriage? The Bible I have says it that way. Maybe the commissioner has one of the more liberal translations or goes to one of the 'reconciling' congregations where everything goes.

God loves all people - yes. God also hates sin. Christians are commanded to love all people but that does NOT mean we accept or endorse particular behaviors, particularly when they are blatently against scripture. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

Source: - Top Stories - Gay Couples Line Up to Wed in Oregon
At the risk of sounding incredibly naive

Well, sheltered might be more appropriate.

Yesterday was a great day. Beautiful, a bit cool in the evening. Lots of sunshine. So, on my home, I lowered the windows and cranked up the Keith Urban cd.

I came to an intersection and was trying to turn left but a car was blocking oncoming traffic so other vehicles coming behind him had to pull around. This made that little bit of the street narrow enough for only one car at a time. Two men were out walking around the car.

Did I mention there were kids playing on the lawn opposite this parked car?

Then a red four door car pulled up along side and the passenger window went down, subjecting my delicate sensibilities to horrible rap music. Guy 1 leaned over and there was a conversation for like 30 seconds (or what felt like about 30 minutes). Guy 1 received at least $20 from the car, walked back to his, and gave the person in the car a little white packet. More words were exchanged and the car drove off.

As I watched this exchange, I first began to pray that God would get me out. I then thought I wish I had a gun to protect myself. Then I was wondering how the hell to get out of there. Eventually, I was able to get through and made it home safely without anyone following me.

When I got home and began to share this story, it's been interesting to note how surprised my surburban friends and family have been. Their reaction was the same as mine. We knew it happened but it only happened on Cops. Or we all know someone who did drugs but not witness the buying and selling.

So, my dad and I will be going shopping.. he recommended Sig Sauer to me. If you have any suggestions, please send an email to me.
My hand is too small for something full size.
Those tolerant loving Palestinians

In the short news item linked below, you may learn all about how Palestinian youth think it's ok to hit women (think NOW and other feminist organizations might drop their support?), deny them access to certain occupations or seats on local councils. They also do not want friends of the same religion or different skin color.

But it's Israelis that are the enemy... America is the intolerant one. The Palestinians are innocent and oppressed. Right.

Source: WorldNetDaily: Palestinian kids: Prejudice against women OK
6 years of Separation

I like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I think it's funny. I figured that it was only a matter of time before someone I knew popped up on there.

And next week...

Someone I know is the straight guy.

John Zimmerman - former US National Pairs Figure Skating Champion and Olympian. I knew him almost 10 years ago when he lived in Nashville for a year or two training. He's putting to rest the rumor that all male skaters are gay. They aren't. Come on... think about it. You get to hang around cute girls all the time...

Sure, there are the Rudy Galindo's (openly gay skaters) but most of the male skaters I knew worked hard to prove they were straight because of the stereotype.

I was surprised to see John in NYC. Last I heard, he was in California.

I wonder if they will do anything about the gap in his front teeth. Props to John - he's always had good hair.

Line from the preview (as skaters have feet about as ugly as ballet dancers)
"OH MY GOD! These toenails have not been cut since the Civil War" - Carson

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

How dare you try to get out of debt

Holly in Maryland Grrrs!: I called a lender to obtain a pay-off figure for a loan today. The lender's response? "I'm sorry to hear you want to pay it off early, is there a particular reason?" I want to get out of debt, and they try to make me feel like I'm making a big mistake! Grrrrr!

Source: - Strakalogue

*is looking forward to the day when I can call Sallie Mae and say "What is the 10-day pay-off amount and be debt free! I'm free! Smeagol is free!!! Oops... channelling my inner Gollum again.*

Monday, March 01, 2004

Thank God for double stick tape

Nicole Kidman at the Oscars when the straps of her dress slipped off her shoulders.
More great music

Peter Cincotti "Come Live Your Life With Me" (Peter Cincotti, 2003)

It has that old 1930's/40's jazz feel.. think Casablanca.. Rick's.. black and white, the ceiling fan casting shadows as it spins around.. a sultry tune on the piano and a man with a smooth voice singing along.

I could listen to this song all day long.

Harry Connick Jr. wished he could sing like this.