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My Aunt Alice

February 1, 2005

I found a wonderful article about my Aunt Alice. The full text is below, in case the article goes missing later.

Continue reading My Aunt Alice.

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Wouldn't we all be blessed to know someone like your Aunt Alice!

I am sorry, Kim.Hug


I second what pt*smile said. Wonderful story.

your Aunt Alice sounds like a very wonderful person. i'm sorry hear about your Aunt Bea as well. i hope you're doing ok. thinking of you....

Thank you, P.T., Rob and k-sue. smile

Back from Oklahoma

February 6, 2005

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words. I'm back from Oklahoma. Aunt Bea's funeral was both lovely and sad. I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine. I feel lost when I lose my routine.

I have lots of pictures from the trips to Fort Worth and Oklahoma, but I'm not feeling up to doing anything with them right now. All I want to do is clean house, do laundry, watch TV, eat and sleep. Mostly eat. smile

Later Gators.

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Arrogant Cell Phone Talking Speeding Tailgators

February 6, 2005

Twice while driving in the last couple of days, I've had a driver talking on a cell phone get right up on my bumper. The first one honked to make sure I knew she was there. The other one, I just happened to notice in my rear view mirror. Instead of honking, the second one threw his free hand up in the air in frustration. I guess he was frustrated because he was going to have to get into the passing lane to pass me. There were no other cars anywhere near.

Both times, as they passed, they shot the finger at me.

So I am placing a curse this week on all the arrogant cell phone talking speeding tailgators not limited to the two who shot the finger at me. I don't think I really have cursing powers, but if I never try, I'll never succeed. The curse is that at least once this week, food or drink is spilled on their clothes in circumstances that they can't change clothes before they have to see people. Whether it be work or an important appointment or everwhat (as my Aunt Bea used to say), they will have to face other humans with a big spill on their clothes.

Let me know if you see people with spills on their clothes. Maybe the curse worked.

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I have a love/hate thing going with my routine. It bores me but I need it.

I have a better idea Kim:

Buy an old beat up truck that's worth maybe 300 bucks but runs none the less. Get a "Go ahead, hit me - I need the money" bumper sticker.

And the next time someone does that to you - slam on your breaks. But I'm willing to bet they don't care to be anywhere near you in an old beat up vehicle because they figure you don't care at all about thier precious vehicle or cellphone at all. In fact I bet they get out of your way. laugh

I agree with you. Some people never learned marnners. They think the world and everything and everybody in it is for their benefit.

BTW glad you are back safe and sound. So sorry to hear about your aunt. Hugs

I guess I have a love hate relationship with my routine, too. I crave a routine, but I'd like to change the one I have. Getting up before the sun would be the first thing to go.

Maybe, Adam. I doubt they care what anyone's driving, though. I've thought about slamming on my brakes before, but I'm not aggressive like that. If they shot their finger at me for having to go around me, what would they shoot at me for making them crash into me?

Thanks, Karlyn. Hug

Oh, they care all right. They see my truck coming and get out of the way or back off. Not that it's about to fall apart or break down mind you - it just LOOKS bad on the outside. Simple and effective.

I am also a bit insensed to it I guess. People seem to like to run into the back of me when I'm not even moving. It's happened three times in the last 8 years. The score stands at:

Adam's Truck 3
GQ vehicles 0

Unless someone has 50 caliber guns mounted on thier hood, I don't think you have to worry about getting shot at. People aren't THAT crass, even the ones who own guns.

You could just tell them you saw a cat dart in front of you. Nobody on a cellphone is going to be paying attention anyway, so how would they know? laugh

This is why I've been thinking about putting a bumper sticker on my car that says "Keep Honking-I'm reloading" Does it mean that I'm anti-social that I think it would be hilarious to shoot someone's finger completely off as they were flipping me off? Teach them to flip me off hmpf! wink

Hmmm. I've got a spill on my old jeans right now (from laughing/crying about lynch justice). Does this mean I have to buy a cell phone and change my driving habits ?

Stu Savory

Andrea, I don't think it's very social to shoot the finger, so I wouldn't consider it anti-social to shoot off the shooting finger. The police might think otherwise. mischief My next curse will be that their hands freeze in the finger shooting position for two months.

Naw, Stu... you can stay a well-mannered non-cellphone talking driver. Be more careful when you laugh/cry, though. wink

A Picture for Rob

February 6, 2005

Here's an aurora borealis picture for Rob. Or is it?

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A local bakery send us one of those king cakes last Friday, as a promotional thing. But it was eaten before I could get a picture of it ...

Too late. I'll send you one next year. You'll be the hit of your office.

Yay! clap Thanks, Rob!

Reality TV Comes to Austin

February 8, 2005

The cast of MTV's Real World is in Austin now. I haven't seen them yet, but I heard one of them got in a fight and had to go to the hospital for stitches (camera crew in tow). I also heard where their house is. It's a converted downtown warehouse across the street from the convention center and 3 blocks away from Sixth Street. Here's a picture I took on the way home from work tonight:

Real World House

There's a lighted sign on top that says "Austin." I'll try to get some more pictures another day.

They'll be in town during South by Southwest. I bet they'll be involved with the festival in some way.

I haven't watched the show since they were in Boston. That was season 6. Austin is season 16. I suspect I'll watch season 16.

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when they were in florida, a guy i was associated with at the time got involved with the show and he got one of our songs used in an episode and in the advertisement for that episode. i saw that episode of it but have never seen another. no cable or satellite tv at my house.

I forgot about that, budly! Cafe Blinky Light, right?

Unconscious Mutterings

February 8, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Shelter:: Gimme

  2. Karate Kid:: Ralph Macchio

  3. Andrew:: Thomas

  4. Rib:: Adam's

  5. Push it:: Push it! Push it!

  6. Creep:: Radiohead

  7. Chainlink:: fence

  8. Squash:: racquetball

  9. No mercy:: show

  10. Superhero:: Superman

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American Idol and Real World

February 9, 2005

Some of the talent on American Idol is incredible this year. I don't remember them having this much talent in prior years. I'm lovin' the rocker dude, Constantine.

I went by the Real World house a couple more times today, but no activity. There are "No Trespassing" and "Private Property" signs around the building. Here's a picture of the entrance:

Real World House, Austin

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A Serious Case of TGIF

February 11, 2005

  • I'm so relieved that it's Friday. After two weekends in a row of traveling, I'm very happy to have two days with no obligations. Not that my trips weren't good... I just look forward to having a weekend to myself.
  • I worked out a New Year's resolution a couple of weeks ago. I resolve to snap pictures of the Mississippi and Louisiana state capitols this year. I didn't snap any capitol pictures in 2004, and if I don't make a point to get a few each year, I won't ever finish my capitol picture collection. When I made the resolution, I had no idea I'd be going to Oklahoma City, too.
  • I think a trip to Wing Stop is in order tomorrow. Mmmmm... fresh cut seasoned fries.
  • I think I'll start the weekend off with a bang by going to bed early and watching my Alias Season 2 DVDs. Such is my exciting life. I love it.

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if you ever get the urge to snap Topeka or Jefferson City, i'd be happy to offer you a place to stay.

If you're in Baton Rouge on a weekend, Kim, I'd love to drive up and meet you for coffee or lunch. I know a few places up there and it's about the same as my drive to work every day.

I like these comments. Let me add that if you're ever in my area, wearing lingerie, and loaded up on liquor... I have a serious case of TGIF as well. Nice audio clip on your prof.

Excellent! Thanks, k-sue... That would be fun! happy

Cool, Rob! I'll probably come down to New Orleans on the trip, too, to visit George Rodrigue's studio. One way or another, I'll plan it so we can get together. smile

You nut, muckdog. laugh

Friday Five

February 11, 2005

friday five

  1. Would you rather live in a world with or without technology such as computers, cars, airplanes, bombs? I'm sure I'd be a lot more social in a world without that technology. I'd probably have a family. Imagine that. I don't know which world I'd rather live in, though. I love reading fantasy novels, and they don't have technology like that. I suppose I have some desire for a simpler life, but I'm careful what I wish for.

  2. If you had to live without either heating in your house or air conditioning, which one would you keep? It would suck in the summer, but I couldn't live without heat in the winter.

  3. If you had to own five dogs, what kind would you get? Pound puppies.

  4. If the world had a front porch, what would you do on it? I'd watch the stars, lightning storms, sunrises and sunsets.

  5. Would you rather live in a neighborhood where you know all of your neighbors by name, or where everyone sticks to their own business? I'd rather live where everyone knows everyone, but I'd sure like to skip the awkward "getting to know you" stage.

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Before the net I used to read books. Picked it back up when I was taking mass transit. But then wireless came along. Sigh.

#5: Everyone know everyone, but minded their business when it wasn't their business to mind!

Hi Kimbo!Hug

Do you mean real puppies, or those Pound Puppies toys?

As to question #4, I don't understand what they're asking ... I'm totally flummoxed.Umm

I know, muckdog... I don't have much time to read anymore, either. I have to force myself to make time.

So true, P.T.! I should have caught that. I want everyone to know everyone, but have respect for everyone's privacy! Hi! Hug

I mean real puppies from the pound, b-Man. That's what I call Lily... my pound puppy. I didn't get question #4 either, so I just answered it as if it were my front porch. Umm

Unconscious Mutterings

February 13, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Judge:: robe

  2. Detroit:: cars

  3. Hyphen:: dash (I know it's not the same thing)

  4. Get it right:: perfection

  5. Pulsating:: heart

  6. Yoga:: stretch

  7. Memorable:: I'm actually drawing a blank on this one

  8. Financial advisor:: business

  9. Ten million:: dollars!

  10. I:: me

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Ten Million: Dollahs!!laugh

Kim, you funny!

You Found Me How?

February 17, 2005

Searches to my site:

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Weather, American Idol, and Weather

February 19, 2005

  • It's a three day weekend, and it looks like the sun might only come out Monday. Bleh. That's better than nothing, I guess.
  • American Idol this week was less than satisfying. I like when the contestants sing and get feedback. There was none of that on either show. The second show was the worst... it was all about torturing the contestants by making them wait *hours* after the decisions were made to find out if they would move on. My favorite (not necessarily to win, but to watch), Constantine, made it through. Yay!
  • I've never paid much attention to the weather forecasts unless I was planning an outting or knew I had to be out in the elements for whatever reason. After I downloaded a weather extension for Firefox called ForecastFox that Irish Kelly told me about, I alway look at the forecast. It's funny how I wasn't interested in weather forecasts until someone made it convenient.

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frown I agree, I think it's cruel to add to the stress that the contestants are already under. To make them suffer like that for the sake of drama on the show just isn't right.

Tonight (Feb. 23) was pure torture!

Saturday Stumblefest

February 19, 2005

Stumble Upon Toolbar Stumbled upon through StumbleUpon

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Straight to the Point?

February 21, 2005

Anyone who begins their communication with "I'll get straight to the point" has already failed.

P.S. I have no problem with people using this phrase. I merely think it's funny because it's such a contradiction. It would be more true (yet awkward) to say "Right after this sentence, I'll get straight to the point."

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And they probably don't even know it. To point it out is considered rude. I rarely point it out but it's sometimes hard for me to take that person seriously.

I'm not overly impressed with anyone who uses the phrase "The bottom line is..." too much either.

I saw someone start a blog entry that way the other day, Rob. It was the first time I'd visited that blog. It made me chuckle.

I use that phrase, Adam. Usually during circular arguments when someone can't stick to the topic. I don't think they're impressed with it either as they'd rather go around in circles. laugh


Since I talk too much, actually, talk in circles, I often say, "The bottom line is..." when I finally wrap up the wisp and say what I mean to. I didn't think much about it, but now, I will.

When I hear, "I'll get straight to the point..." I think that it must be something very important, and in fact, I pay attention [ha! I guess my attention wanders too easily!], but maybe I'm missing the point, altogether!

Could it be that these phrases take on different meanings in different environments, or using them, at all, is a a faux pas?

Then there's that, P.T.... bringing your own circular talking around to the main point. I do that, too! laugh

I don't really have a problem with anyone saying "I'll get straight to the point." I just think it's funny that they didn't.

But true... I believe phrases like that can take on different meanings in different environments.

I found 3 blog entries in which I said "bottom line." mischief

Is this in direct response to someone saying that? Like in an email to you or something??Umm

No... it's not in direct response to anyone. I thought about it when I saw it on a blog the other day (not a blog I'd ever read before). I thought it would make a good fortune cookie saying if it wasn't so long.

Basically, I hate it when folks start out their sentence with the word basically. But I do it all the time. So, what do I know?

Another one is when somebody is speaking at an event for 30-45 minutes, and they litter their speach with "I don't have time to go into all the details" or "I can't fit it all in today."

I'm the same way with "basically." Actually, I'm the same way with "actually," too.

I've ripped instructors on evaluations for saying they don't have time to go into detail. They either need to make the class longer or quit saying that.

Ha! That's the word I was looking for, "Basically". I meant to address that word, but for the life of me, not until I saw, "Hitch" [last night*;] did I remember, and now, Muckdog's mention! That one is my husband's peeve. Funny b/c he has a co-worker that begins each conversation with the word. Ha! I didn't know it would make "The List!"laugh

I'd like to note that my original post did not mean that I don't like use of "I'll get straight to the point." I think it's a good attention focusing device when used sparingly. My observation was just that they didn't get straight to the point, and I find that funny.

Heh, Kim. Let me clarify my statement.

I don't have a problem with the phrase in and of itself, nor the usage of it. I use the term myself - I did in my last blog entry. laugh But using it excessively gets rather well.. broken record-like. If you've talked to someone that says it every fourth of fifth sentence then you get the gist of what I'm saying.

So, I apologize for being ambiguous. laugh

No need to apologize, Adam! I get annoyed as excessive use of all of the phrases mentioned here. I think some people say them like others say "uh" and "um."

Well I used to say "Um" a lot on the air. But I got better. Well, uh, I think anyhow. laugh

Goodbye Link Exchange

February 22, 2005

I'm irritated with the link exchange I had on my site until last night. I removed all their code due to their inconsistent application of their rules. They rejected a couple of ads I submitted that pointed to individual entries on my songs blog.

I'm not sure whether they had a problem with pointing to individual entries or with it being a purely music blog. They just said, "Please link directly to your blog." Either way, it's inconsistent. Other people have pointed to individual entries in their ads. Plus they've accepted an ad I submitted for my songs blog before, so I really don't know what to make of it. They even have an ad category for "music."

Another time, I had an ad rejected because it contained the obfuscated word "h*ll" (as in 'what the h*ll was that?'). It didn't bother me at the time, but later I saw an approved ad with the same obfuscated word. Poop on that.

I might replace the code with a couple of those links that take you to a random blog. That's always fun. smile

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Which link exchange was it? Was it Blogsnob? I've noticed their service has deteriorated lately ...

Yeah. It was B.S. I also got tired of seeing a million "paid" ads and some non-paid ads that linked to sites pushing some product or service.

Septuagenarians and Awards

February 23, 2005

I learned a new word this morning: Septuagenarian. That's someone in their 70's. I'm not sure I'll ever use it, but it's fun to find a word I've never heard before.

I found it in this article about the Oscars. It describes Richard Farnsworth in The Straight Story, a movie in my backlog of movies to write about in my movie blog.

Reading that article, I started thinking "this is why I don't watch award shows." But then I realized I was attaching too much meaning to my disinterest. Basically (heehee... I said "basically"), I just don't care enough who wins or what *she's* wearing or who walks in on *his* arm. Maybe I'll get interested when I personally know a nominee.

I do think it would be neat if Adam Duritz wins an Oscar for that song he wrote for Shrek 2. I'm still not watching.

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Let's see here:

70's is Septuagenarian
100 is Centurian.

Be kinda interesting to know what the rest of the decades of life are called. from say the 20's on up to 100.

Ha! Centurion!

I'm a Quadroon, about to be a Pendragon.

Hey Kim, you really oughta watch the Oscars. It's an American tradition. Especially if Billy Crystal were hosting. His movie parodies are always great.

Somebody that loves movies as much as you do is really missing out.

I guess I'm a Quadroon then, yeah?

The Superbowl is an American tradition, too. wink

I used to watch all the awards show, but I lost interest in a big way. There are too many other things I'd rather watch (like my Season 3 DVDs of Alias). smile

Being any of these would certainly be better than being dead!!

I watched it to see if Lowell would win Best Supporting Actor (I guess I should be kind...Thomas Haden Church. He'll always be Lowell on Wings to me).

Lowell! I love Lowell! I'm so out of touch... I didn't know he was nominated.

You Found Me How?

February 24, 2005

Searches to my site:

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The searches seem to be getting kinkier. Carry on.

LOL ... good punchline!

Kim Possible is a cartoon character, right?

Yes, she's a cartoon character. There are quite a few people out there who want to see her naked.

Car Trouble

February 25, 2005

Car trouble makes me cry.

My car is idling too low and stalling if I'm not careful. I've been lucky as I've had my car for 2.5 years with no trouble at all.

The reason car trouble makes me cry is because it reminds me of two things:

  • My Dad's not around to help me with stuff like this anymore.

  • I don't have a special person in my life to help me with the logistics when I have this kind of problem.

Luckily, the dealership service department has a pretty flexible drop off time range (7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.) and a shuttle that takes people to work from 7:45 to 10:30. I have to find a way back to the dealership after work, but there are plenty of nice people at work who can probably take me. Even if none of them can, I don't have a problem calling a cab.

I think I'll finally get a cell phone this week. I'd hate for my car to break down and not be able to call an auto service for help.

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What special person? I laugh at that! I'm damn married and I am the one to take the car, regularly, I might add, to the dealership...even when in trouble!

dratratbratmadthat's just me grumbling to myself.

Get the dang phone...Pronto! I don't want to know you're ever in trouble with no help available!

Kicking the tire sometimes helps! thumb

I hate hate hate car trouble too Kim. You have my sympathy. I don't like that feeling of depending on someone else. Being an only child I try to be somewhat self- suficient. But since I am fluffy I can be the damsel in distress if need be. Try it - it works!!!!

You should trade that husband in, P.T.! laugh

I'll try it, Boog! happy

I like to be self-sufficient, too, Karlyn. I think that puts some men off... they want to feel needed. Then when I actually do need them, they won't help because I've made them feel un-needed before. Pffft! I'm going to be damsel in distress tomorrow afternoon to see if I can get a ride back to the dealership. smile

A cell phone is definitely a good idea. It sure beats having to raise the hood & showing a little leg out on MoPac. blush

Cell phone is a better choice. I don't think anyone would stop if I showed my leg. They'd drive away faster!

Unconscious Mutterings

February 27, 2005

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. You've got a friend:: James Taylor

  2. Immigration:: department

  3. Waitress:: apron

  4. Snickers:: candy

  5. Recognize:: familiar

  6. Concept:: car

  7. Birthday:: hat

  8. Told you so:: bastage

  9. Unlikely:: boo hoo

  10. Extension:: vacuum cleaner

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Friday Five - Music and Dying

February 27, 2005

friday five

  1. If you were in a band (you know, a successful one...), and you HAD to remake an old song, what band/song would you choose and why? There are so many I'd like to remake. If Annie Lennox hadn't already done Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale," that would be a good one. Maybe a Genesis song from Duke.
  2. If you were a Make-a-Wish child, what would you wish for (and why)? Trying to think of a single wish would probably kill me before the terminal illness. Not that I'm greedy and want them all... it's just hard to pick one. This question prompted me to go look at the real wishes.

  3. If you had the chance to learn when you were going to die, would you take it? Would you tell anyone if you knew (either your date of death or theirs)? I don't want to know. The only reason I'd want to know is to make sure my babies have homes. I would tell people if I knew when I was going to die. I'm not sure how I would handle it if I knew someone else's date of death. I'll cross that bridge when (if) I ever come to it.
  4. If you couldn't die until you helped someone, would you rather live forever selfishly or die earlier? I'd help someone. I'd hate to live forever.
  5. If there's any goal you haven't accomplished yet, what is it and what is stopping you? Seeing all the state capitols. Time and money are stopping me.

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Kind of a downer there after the first one.

That is a great choice. I love that song.
I was around for the first one. Damn I'm old. Now it is going on in my head.

Yeah, what Rob said ...

Yeah... it got morbid after the first question. haha

That's a great song to have going in your head, Karlyn!