Friday, December 31, 2004
I shared this outfit with Miss O'Hara stating that I thought it was cute but couldn't wear the yellow jacket.
Her response: Yellow isn't me either. Of course, we both just have such naturally sunshiny personalities, perhaps God made us so that we can't wear yellow - it might blind people, PK.
Amen sister. :)
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Having already banned the wearing of tracksuits away from the gym, a rule for the guys is sure to follow.
Don't wear your full hunting gear unless you happen to be.. say... hunting. They are not cute at Big Lots.. they have that certain "Unabomber" look.
State to tax illegal drugs
If you are a drug dealer, would you march yourself down to the Department of Revenue to pay your tax? Riiiiiiight.
(The probable method is that the dealer will be forced to pay the tax when caught)
Since they can't actually shut them down via the DEA or other law-enforcement agencies, they are going to tax them out of business.
Question: since Tennesseeans may be able to take a portion of their sales tax and apply it to the 1040 IRS form in the same way people from states with income taxes do, are drug dealers able to do the same? Will this cause an increase in price as the dealer passes the cost onto the user?
How much is the state spending to implement this program that has no guarentee that it will net the $3 million they want?
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
It's after Christmas but I just came across this article.
Baby Jesus had hypothermia
Lying naked in a manger in a Northern Hemisphere winter meant baby Jesus would have certainly suffered from hypothermia, say Australian researchers.
They arrived at this conclusion based on the Old Masters who were in attendance at the Birth (it just wasn't recorded in the Gospels. Remember Leonardo Di Vinci was there for the Last Supper and Comicus was in the background - behind Jesus. "We ordered a portrait.")
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
5 days at home afforded me an opportunity to catch up on my web browsing. Here are some links that will test your knowledge... among other things.
MythBusters :: Fact or Fiction Quizzes - See what you thought you knew.. like was the red-suit Santa we know and love an invention of Coca-Cola?
CSA: The Confederate States of America - Sorry, Nate. This has nothing to do with truth. It's a mock-umentary about what would have happened if the South had won the war. It's playing a film festivals with a wider release planned for 2005.
Star Wars: The Official Site - The trailer to Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is online (if you didn't know already.) It's very cool; the best part is the footage from Episode IV - the original Star Wars movie.
South Knox Bubba has added a bunch of new blogs to the Rocky Top Brigade.
BBC - 50 things to eat before you die include yummy things like lobster, ribs, ice cream and the Cornish Pasty. I've eaten 31 of the 50 foods - I have no desire to eat guinea pig. Fine foods that did not make the list include corn bread dressing, sweet potato casserole, and Texas Toast. Then again, it is the BBC... they wouldn't be familiar with the Southern cuisine. To their credit, they did list ribs but not the general category of barbecue.
I guess that's because then they have to pick a style. Memphis style all the way!
What foods do you think were wrongfully excluded?
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Saturday, December 25, 2004
For $40,000 a year, you too can make Harvard look stupid.
This won't happen at Wunderbilt.. they don't have this much school spirit.
As an aside, for years, the UT away game against VU was more like a home game in Knoxville. More Vol fans were there than 'Dore fans - always, always, always. This year, VU decided to change that.
In order to get fewer UT fans showing up at the UT/VU game in Nashville, VU raised ticket prices.
A purr to The Dead Parrots for this.
As I stated earlier, I went to Bama Girl's house for dinner. And at till I was stuffed. Didn't even eat dessert.. I brought it home with me.. and a full plate for later. Her mom's dressing, I must say, is better than mine. 3 helpings..
So, they did the presents. I was looking forward to seeing what everyone else would get.. I certainly wasn't expecting anything.
Bama Girl, her sister, and her parents all bought me presents. It was all that I could do to keep from crying. Unlike now.. :)
I just couldn't believe it. My little bottle of wine that I brought just seemed so.. small in comparison. Bama Girl also told me that with my brother heard how great of a Thanksgiving I had that he started crying. He was also very relieved that I was going to her house.. but I think I said that already.
It felt good. And when they get married (it's highly likely sometime after he gets back), it will be a great family to be a part of.
It's early in the morning. As a kid I would be tossing and turning, finally asleep after staying up and excited as all get out as to what would be under the tree Christmas morning.
I remember my last 'Santa' Christmas. And the one after it. Christmas became kind of dull - sleeping in and just wrapped presents to look forward to. There weren't toys all across the floor as in previous years. My parents loved it because it saved them money - not nearly as much stuff to buy. It wasn't until I became a Christian that Christmas was able to regain some meaning.
In high school and college, I reluctantly went to church with my mom for Christmas Eve service. After it was over, we stopped at Denny's for dinner. We did this for years until the Denny's closed in Nashville. Then my mom got sick and passed away. Last year, on our way home, my brother and I thought about finding a Steak and Shake or something like that but opted not to. We just went home.
Holidays were NEVER very peaceful at my house. There were individuals who's mission in life was to make others miserable because they were miserable. And now they are dead. As my brother said in his last email to me before heading to Iraq: "It's a shame everyone had to die for us to have a nice Thanksgiving." (Yes it's ok to find that funny. My brother and I do.)
When I re-dedicated my life in 1999, that first Christmas was very special. It was also the last Christmas I had with my mom. We went to service at the school. I wish I could remember what she thought of it. The last picture I have with her was at her office's Christmas Party. It was in a box of stuff that at Elena's urging I stop long enough to actually go through.
Christmast 2002 was my nana's last Christmas. In 2003, that was the year I cooked the entire dinner save for dessert. Dad brought that.
We got into a fight over the phone because he was over an hour late. My brother and I decided to go ahead and eat. The dressing was killer. That is totally my speciality now.
We don't know how long he sat in his car in my driveway. I just happened to look out and see him there. It was extremely uncomfortable.. particularly when he fell asleep at the table after he finished eating.
That was his last Christmas.
And Eric is in Iraq. So it's my first Christmas by myself. I'll be going to dinner at Bama Girl's house. Her mom can cook.. mmm.. Eric was worried that I wouldn't find someplace to go; even over there he's more worried that I'm ok.
I told you that story to tell you this story:
So I'm up early in the morning again. Not because I'm excited and waiting in anticipation of any presents I might get. I'm up because I am thinking about my brother. I hope that he has a good Christmas in Iraq and that he's home by the next one.
I'm thinking about many of you - Nate, Miss O'Hara, Elena, Erik and Nikki, TPK, Rocky... I hope that you have a wonderful day with your friends and family.
I also wanted to take time out to actually reflect on the reason for the season. No chintzy religious Christmas Card stuff... but on what started in a manger that led to Golgotha and the Resurrection. I don't know about other churches but mine serves Communion on Christmas Eve. Pastor Pete spoke tonight that it doesn't do much good to reflect on Jesus' birith if you don't also consider his death. Without his ministry, death and resurrection, his birth doesn't have that much significance.
All of the lawsuits and coverage of offended people about Christmas doesn't really suprise me.
Just as 2000+ years ago - there still isn't much room for Jesus in the inn or in the hearts of men.
Tonight, ok this morning, I want to open myself up to Him. To remind myself of His love, His lessons and teachings, His sacrifice for all people.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
Friday, December 24, 2004
It's the most litigious time of the year.
With lawyers always calling
And telling you to be sure to stay clear!
It's the most litigious time of the year.
There’s lawsuits to file
Displays to revile
And no caroling out in the snow
And tales of “Merry Christmas” being said long long ago
It's really hard work to write a parody.. If you can finish the last verse, you get to wear the caption crown until New Years!
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Jessica and Frank were freaked out by the lightening, bad writing, and howls from the Deaniacs wearing Flip-Flopper brand shoes outside.
Music played, candles flickered on the mantle - the mood was eerily romantic. Jessica looked at Frank and whispered "that's hot" when he flipped the page of the paper from Sports to the Editorials. Nothing made Jessica more excited than a man who could actually read.
Caroline and George sat in the boardroom. The applicants sitting across the table nervously awaited the arrival of The Donald. "Mr. Trump is pissed," Caroline stated.
"Yes. Someone is going to hear 'You're fired." George added.
Just then Omarosa (who wasn't even on this season) burst into the room, whining about her head injury and that she was unfairly removed from the competition due to a wardrobe malfunction. She also states that she would have made it to the final four if she also had a shomance with Nick, because everyone would have loved a threesome with Nick, Amy, and Omarosa.
Before everyone throws up at the thought, Caroline reminded Omarosa that her clothes were fine and it was that other girl fired a few weeks ago who had a wardrobe malfunction when she dropped her skirt for a $20 chocolate bar. "Do not take credit for others work. That's wrong and bad business. It makes you look like an economic girly man." Security escorts Omarosa out of the Boardroom and hands her a watch so she can keep track of when her 15 minutes of fame are up.
"Thanks for playing," the receptionist says, "Enjoy your parting gift. If you don't want it, you can give it to someone as a Chrismakwanzukah gift."
Jessica and Frank were having a heart to heart discussion about their own showmance. Accused of having a daliance with a celebutante, Frank finally admits to Jessica "Look, I'm just not that into you."
To console herself, Jessica runs to Barney's and spends $2000 on shoes.
* The End *
Monday, December 20, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
Erik's prompting has followed a week of phone calls from Elena "when are you going to announce the winner? huh?"
So, here it is, the winner of the caption contest is....
Game Show Host: "And what's behind the curtain Gloria chose, Bob?"
Offscreen Bob: "Well Gloria, you and a friend will be going to HAWAII!!"
Elena's - "Soprano goosed by errant violin bow"
Now, I am pretty sure this will receive condemnation from Nate but I don't care.
I was stood up by my stylist.
I take time off work and go to where he's now working for the holidays (which makes 4 different locations this year! Every appointment has been at a new place in 2004.) I wait for almost 45 minutes. When I get up to leave, the owner of the salon said "Let me call Jason."
So he calls Jason. Jason calls back and says "PK, I thought you cancelled. I got a message from you..."
"No, Jason. I talked to you Monday to confirm the appointment."
"Well, then who isn't coming?"
"I don't know Jason...."
"I am so sorry, PK. I mean it... I really sorry. How long can you wait?"
"I can't. I have to go back to work."
"Can you come tomorrow?"
"Yes, I can be here."
It's like a date standing you up. This is worse... I pay Jason to be here! And I tip really well. OH!!
Thursday, December 16, 2004
It used to be that the end of year lists would appear just after Christmas. Well, like Christmas, they now take up at least the month of December.
Vh1's Big in 04 - which is now a concert in addition it its "Best Year Ever" special. The latter is a spin off so to speak of it's weekly show "Best week ever" for those of us who can't remember what happened this past week. And it wouldn't be complete a look back a year of the Oblivion.
Also, a local favorite - the Boner awards. Now, the name may cause you to think it is one thing.. but not really. The awards are named after the 'esteemed' former Mayor of Nashville, Bill Boner who with his mistress-come-wife went on the Donahue show in the late 1980's to defend their relationship. Not one of the city's best representations. Since then, the Scene has chronicled equally odd and stupid things.. like this:
The new white meat.
Who among us hasn't done a little nosepicking from time to time? Let he who is without sin cast the first booger. Yet most of us confine our picking to private seclusion—rather than, say, in the midst of a recorded public hearing. Not so Lt. Gov. John Wilder, that eternal font of surprise. A video on talk-radio gasbag Steve Gill's Web site caught the notoriously out-to-lunch Wilder mining for mucus in mid-hearing. Then, on camera, the man who sits a heartbeat away from the governor's seat removed the fruit of his nasal excavation and stuck it in his mouth—then washed it down discreetly with a sip of water. Sure, protein is protein—but seriously, dude....
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
In a bit of a change, I've decided to pull some photos of some of the world's worst belly dance costumes.
For the dancer that needs to have a snack - she can take her silverware with her.
The "Take me to your leader" bustier! I think it's going to start talking any moment. That could freak out your audience.
Remember the UT wedding dress? Well, here's the companion outfit - the University of Tennessee belly dance costume - Go Vols!
Bama Girl has updated UT Man's page. Or as I call him... Tater Salad (his joke...)
What else he told me, when he called very early Sunday morning was that he saw a herd of camels in Kuwait.. "You know how they raise cattle in the states? Well, they have herds of camels. Black, brown and albinos. The guy had sheep too."
Can you tell the city-mouse has gone to the desert?
It's a 15 hour time difference. The internet access sucks and it surprised him by how much I found on Google. "The terrorists could get that information...."
And he did try the banana milk. "It's alright. They are putting in a Burger King and Subway soon. That will be good."
Would y'all be willing to send him a belated Christmas card? Since internet is REALLY slow, he can't get email as he would like. I'm sure his name at mail call would help brighten his day.
If you want to... let me know - I'll email you his address.
Monday, December 13, 2004
PK: Graduate Admissions.
Caller: Has Violet ----- checked out yet?
PK: I'm sorry. I can't help you. You need to call 3---5000.
Caller: That's what I dialed.
PK: No Ma'am. You dialed 0500.
Caller: No, I called the medical center.
PK: You got the Graduate School of Education.
PK: This is the Graduate Admissions office for the the School of Education.
Caller: You mean this isn't ----?
Caller: I want the Medical Center.
PK: Then dial 3---5000.
Caller: You mean I didn't get the medical center?
PK: No....... This is the School of Education.
Caller: Well! Then I did get the wrong number! *hangs up*
Sunday, December 12, 2004
The Polar Express is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The visuals are stunning and the story is really cute. I think it could definately be a Christmas classic. If you can see it on IMAX with 3-d, even better. Though if you've had lasik like me and Bama Girl, you might see double. We both had to watch the movie with one eye closed part of the time.
Super-Size Me... as it started out, I thought I was listening to Michael Moore for the first 5 minutes, until I saw that it wasn't. That tone of voice; self-righteous, liberal, and know-it-all. Morgan Spurlock is way skinner but was well on his way after eating McD's for 30 days. It took him a year to loose the weight he put on (almost 25 lbs). What else happened to Morgan? Every level shot through the roof and one of his doctors said that his liver had basically turned into fat. "Your liver is now like pate'." after 18 days. He basically pickled his liver like an alcoholics do. And his cholesterol went up 60 points.
Fact I didn't know: the Double Gulp from 7-11 is a half a gallon... one-half gallon. The sugar from one double gulp equals 3 cups... that's enough for 8 dozen cookies (fact courtesy of a co-worker).
There are twice as many Starbucks (160+) in Manhatten than McDonalds (87).
I had been thinking of giving up fast food or at least eating less of it and making some better food choices. After seeing this, I decided that I would not eat at McDs or other places unless I get a salad - no dressing (too much sugar in their dressings) or grilled chicken. More meals cooked at home and healthier choices to be made when eating out. (For the record, I've been working on this post for a week and I've lost almost 7 lbs since seeing the movie and feel alot better for eating better food - and recovered from food poisioning)
If your are curious, a large milkshake as over 1000 calories. A Mighty Kids meal can have as many as 800 calories.
See everything for yourself.
Miss O'Hara would probably be interested in the movie for its discussion of marketing the fast food product ($1.4 Billion in 2001 - direct media advertising.. and that was just McDonald's). It is rather insidious when you think of how these large companies target kids, like the old Disney ads that told kids to pack their suitcase and say 'take me to Disney World' or something. The movie goes into more detail.
It is a personal choice - so educate yourself and then make a choice.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
I really like this feature... it's fun exploring for pictures that are odd, unusual, and interesting. Entries due by Friday morning. Nate and Astro: you have to give up the crown... and you might win it back.
What are they saying? Or What did they see to get such an expression on their faces?
I have no idea of this woman is actually a foodie but her name certainly suggests so:
"We all leave our doors unlocked. We can run around in our nighties. It's all girls and we feel really safe and that will change," said student Starbuck Hersey.
Folger Nestle, Cadbury Maxwell-House, and Gevalia Mars could not be reached for comment at this time.
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - College's Decision to Allow Men Irks Women
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Or Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom comes to campus.
Y'all may remember that there is a pair of hawks that have now made the campus their home with the abundance prey around.
Well... there is one less squirrel on campus now. On my way to lunch today, the female hawk (I had seen the male before - he was quite a bit bigger than the one on the lawn this afternoon) was sitting in plain sight.. with a squirrel clutched in her claws. She was bobbing up and down a little bit. The squirrel flipped and flopped over...
The RedHead (my co-worker who I generally lunch with) yelled at the hawk to get it to go away and let the squirrel go.
"It's dead now. Might as well leave the bird alone. It's better than having just a dead squirrel laying in the middle of the lawn."
The hawk then spread her wings to make herself look as big as possible to fend off any of the small and gathering crowd. We left before she either flew away or began chowing down. It was, after all, lunch time - for human and fowl.
Monday, December 06, 2004
This week, I'm going old school... looking back at some of the earlier belly dancers that helped give us the style we have today. I've chosen Samia Gamal, a dancer in the 1940's from Egypt. She starred in several movies in the 1950's after moving to the US.
Like Aziza from a couple weeks ago, the performance goes a whole lot better when the dancer looks like she is having a good time.
what I received via email this morning...
Hello, young lovers! :)
The person who has the will to undergo all labor may win any goal. Outward judgment often fails, inward judgment never.
Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch. Honor is unstable and seldom the same for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food. Always remember, a cat looks down on
man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal. I call the book of Job, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with the
One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man. There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear. Love, Arthur, is a poodle's chance of attaining the infinite, and personally I have my pride. Good and bad men are less than they seem.
There can be a fundamental gulf of gracelessness in a human heart which neither our love nor our courage can bridge.
It never occurs to some politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting. I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history.
He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
My nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer's hand. Creation is a drug I can't do without. I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America. Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die. We know better than we do. We do not yet possess ourselves...
Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival. He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else. Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.
That has to be just about the oddest piece of spam I've ever received.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
John Spragens explains in this week's Nashville Scene why liberals are hated, courtesy of an episode of Wife Swap.
For once I felt the emotion that drives lower-middle-class white people to voteLiz Murray Garrigan issues this bulletin: all guys are schmucks. Now, haven't I been working hard to disprove that? A quote that reflects our discussion of late:
against their economic interest because John Kerry is effete and Frenchy and his
wife's a total b*tch. I've always understood it intellectually—nobody likes to
be preached at, condescended to and made to feel stupid—but Zev's fascistic
style of holier-than-thou progressivism made my blood boil in a way that only
counter-protesters at a Michael Moore rally would understand. Liberals in this
formulation are the ultimate wet blankets, the kind that suffocate fires and
passions of any sort.
One of d'Angelo's most interesting findings is that, in his own mind, a man
is only as good as his wife thinks he is. But these are things that women don't
seem to know. "In spite of our female intuition, we still have some very basic
things to learn about guys," she says.
Friday, December 03, 2004
George Michael opines:
Welcome ladies to the year 2004. A time in which women are empowered, self-sufficient, and deserve to recite the mantra, "Hear me roar". Women have been suppressed by society enough in the past and if a man can't stick around and handle a strong female, that just shows his own weakness. Perhaps if y'all bothered to watch a little more of the show, you'd take to the character Charlotte. While perhaps in even your eyes, she may be seen as progressive, she's notorious in the show for touting "victorian morals" of pleasing men at all costs. You women are my worst fear. If I ever feel so intimidated by my man, or so afraid that he'll leave me if I express an opinion, that I do nothing but walk around on eggshells and crack open beers for him, I hope I drop dead.Is George crying out for Freedom.. oh Freedom!?
Question one: Is this a parody? (via Nate)
Question two: Is George a woman or is he gay?
Question three: Just what on earth are you talking about?
No one here was saying they identified with one character or another. If they did, I missed it. I'm with Vox Day on this: male or female (though females tend to do this more often), it's a sorry personal state if you go around saying "I'm so Charlotte!" "I'm so Samantha!" That's just scary.
Well, I'm just so Marilyn Manson... though I would prefer to be Dita Von Teese... *shudder*
Charlotte is in no way espousing "Victorian morals." The woman is obsessed with marriage - "a sorority she's desperate to pledge" to paraphase the very first episode of SATC. She dumped a guy who was equally obessesed with marriage because they had different china patterns. Come ON! Only in comparison to a Samantha could a Charlotte be viewed as having a high moral standard. Instead of sleeping with the guy on the first night, she waits until date 4.
But to be serious, as Elena said via email to me this morning, there is nothing wrong with service. It is a noble offering and calling. As Christians we are called to serve - as Christ himself came to serve. Now, because of our fallen state, we tend to fall way short of serving everyone with a glad heart.
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don't belong to you
And you don't belong to me
Thursday, December 02, 2004
IvanLENIN has worn the lovely Burger King Crown through the holiday and now it is time for another caption contest.
Just what... on.. the.. beach.. is this man doing?
And the winner is.... Its a tie!
Congrats to Nate with:
Sheik Yerbuti digs through the sand where 27 surfers were killed yesterday in a freak beach accident.and to Astrosmith with:
"There, I finally buried all of Saddam's chemical and biological warheads. Now I just have to go finish burying those damn Scuds... Achmed -told- me to lay them flat, but no, I said 'Rockets point up!'. Son of a camel!"Again, all of the entries were hysterical. Thanks for playing.. Nate and Astro.. I only have one crown. You will just have to share.
The other night, I was flipping through the channels and landed on "Sex and the City." Yes, it's fluff.. and I should do something more productive like get a root canal but just hang in there.
It is not among my regular shows to watch and most of my knowledge has been picked up through osmosis. Each episode has Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) at her computer for one scene writing out part of her column. During this scene Tuesday night, she was reflecting on relationship karma and what goes around comes around.. and why the men in she and her friends lives would leave.
The speech went something like this:
"It isn't your ex, or the one before that.. or even the one before that is the problem. What if, the horror of horrors, it is us?"After I picked myself up off the floor from rolling off the couch for laughing, I had my own mini-epiphany. "They have no idea it is them." They are so wrapped up in their shoes, their self-help books, their clothes, and their own neurotic behavior that they can't see they are the reason men only stay around for sex and want no conversation.
They are so perfect in their world, the very idea that something could be wrong is so foreign that it's disgusting. "Eww... something is wrong with me? Noooo. You must be mistaken." It hits them like a ton of bricks. And at least on the show, none of them did anything to change this. No softening of the edges, no therapy.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Brought to you by Page Six: New York Post Online Edition.
December 1, 2004 -- ANNA Benson, the former model and stripper who is married to Mets pitcher Kris Benson, vowed yesterday that if she ever catches her husband cheating, she'll have sex with all his teammates.....Nice to see the great family values they are passing onto their children on public display. Or is this just a publicity stunt to keep their names in the paper...? I swear.. some people..
"I told him [Kris] — because that's the biggest thing in athletics, they cheat all the time — I told him, cheat on me all you want. If you get caught, I'm going to s- - -w everybody on your entire team — coaches, trainers, players. I would do everybody on his whole team."
Taking a play from the libertarian side of the political ball field, GOP Discusses National Sales Tax.
When I worked at the General Assembly, Sen. Henry stood up in opposition to the creation of a state income tax. He explained why he supported TN's higher than averal sales tax: "It is a tax on consumption - not productivity. It is voluntary for the most part." If people didn't want to pay it, aside from food and a few basic necessities, they don't have to pay out a large portion of their income in sales tax. If they want a TV: do you get the $100 model from Wal-Mart or the $2000 model from Circuit City? Most people are thinking of features and stuff - not sales tax. But if people were really that concerned, there are ways to lessen its impact.
And as my mom said "it socks it to the tourists who flock to Music City."