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Marriage isn't the building block. People are.

July 2, 2008

  • This 2-year divorce waiting period bill comes from the same man who started the bullshit to prevent two people of the same sex who love each other from getting married. He wants to make sure people who don't love each other find it difficult to get a divorce. My hero, state Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston says, "I don't think it's the government's job to force people to stay unhappily married," Thank you, Rep. Farrar. It should be as simple as that, but it probably won't be.
  • Tony Perkins said something on The Colbert Report about �Marriage is the building block for society.� So... all of us single people don't contribute to society? And don't tell me that you have to be married to have children to perpetuate society. I already know what it takes to have children, and marriage is NOT a requirement.
  • On another note, today is the 1st anniversary of the day I bought my house. So far, both garage door openers broke (still unfixed), the bathroom sink plumbing leaked into the music room (clean water, thank you), the air conditioner broke and one side of the fence fell down. Joys of home ownership. I love my house, though.

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Well said, Kim! There's also the fact that most assaults and murders happen within the family unit, which doesn't make it all seem quite so happy.

congrats on the home anniversary! i hear you on the home repairs. i just realized my house is almost 100 years old!

if that guy is trying to reduce the divorce rate, he should propose a 10-year mandatory engagement/ live-together period instead-- ha!

building block-- bah.

waynesworldwaynesworld | July 3, 2008 9:18 PM

Govt. should stay out of the bedrooms of the nation.

About your home, sounds like it is typical of the joys of home ownership. We are glad we own a home, too. Despite all the day-to-day fixes that are required, you're right, Kim, we still love our home!

Happy Anniversary on your house, Kim.

No... not happy at all dwlt! Good to hear from you!! smile

I totally agree, k-sue... if they had to do something, I like the idea of a live-together period. Especially since it goes against their religious beliefs. But I'm just being ornery. heh

Yeah, Wayne... so far I've gotten through all the repairs or just ignored them. It's worth it!

Thanks, Rob!

The Fourth of July African Cloud

July 4, 2008

  • Happy 4th of July, y'all!
  • This morning in the shower, I looked out the window and saw a cloud shaped like Africa. There was even another cloud attached to the top right of it that could have been Asia. Europe was missing, though.

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That dern Europe tongue

It was hiding. smile

New Skin, Vacation Pictures, Starbucks, MT, and Cell Phone Stuff

July 6, 2008

  • I created a new skin for my Web site. It will forever be called the "Hotel Grim skim" due to a typo that stuck. It's based on the Hotel Grim in Texarkana which fascinated me on my recent trip there. My BFF Shann suggested I make it and use a grayscale scheme. I spent most of the day yesterday working on it. Creating a skin always takes far longer than I anticipate. This one did because I've never used a graphic background before and had to make sure all the words on all the pages had a solid background to be readable. More pictures of the hotel will be available when I get my vacation pictures done.
  • Speaking of vacation pictures, that's what I worked on all day Friday. There's still a lot more to do, but it's begun!
  • My biggest complaint about Starbucks (which is only a small one, really, since I'm completely addicted to the place) has been that they don't offer free wi-fi. Now they've come up with a deal with ATT to give registered Starbucks card users one session of up to 2 hours of free wi-fi per day. I went to Starbucks today to see if it works, and it does. Yay!
  • For Movabletype Geeks: This morning, I spent a while clearing out my Movabletype activity log and MT Blacklist databases. They had gotten so large from comment spam attacks that I was getting a server error when I tried to view them. I had to go into the actual database and delete records. The good news is that the spam attack defenses I have in place work so well that I wasn't even aware they were happening (that's why the log got so large). Just since I cleared the logs this morning, I've gotten 7-14 spam hits per hour. I think I probably need to close comments on my old blogs and change the URL for making comments. That'll fool them for a while.
  • More for Movabletype Geeks: I'm still using MT 3.16. I hate upgrading. I'm starting to be afraid that something will break, though, and I won't be able to get any support.
  • I tried two cell phone related services this weekend. YouMail and TreasureMyText. Both look cool. Neither work with my phone. I is very disappointed. But I'm not going to spend more money on a phone just to use those services.

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I thought you were on a much later version of MT. I'm on 4.12 now.

Wow! That's really cool! Good job with the bricks and vines. The window with the old ratty curtains and the fire escape behind the links are nice touches as well. I can't wait to see the rest of your pictures. smile

@Rob: Had to retract that Rob.. it's version 3.16. I was looking at my MT-Blacklist, which is 2.04b.

@Shann: Thanks! And thanks for the inspiration, the Texarkana tour and stuff. I love that ratty window. I sure was hoping to see a ghost, though. hee

If your Starbucks is near a McDonalds, you can also hop on to McDonalds free wifi. haha.

Ripley Cat, the Dead Body and Elton Hoot

July 15, 2008

  • Ripley cat is in the hospital. He had a blockage in his bladder. Poor thing.
  • On my way to work yesterday, I had to take a detour because a train was blocking several intersections. There were police at each of the train crossings. Turns out there was a dead body on top of the train.
  • Saturday Night, my friend Ke hosted Elton John Hoot Night at her house. We played Elton John songs most of the night. I sang "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." I know that "Lucy" is a Beatles song, but good ol' Elton had his own version. There's talk of more Hoot Nights: Rolling Stones, Police, Beatles, Billy Joel, Aerosmith. Who would you hoot?

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Get well soon, Ripley.

Elton John did a decent job with The Who's Pinball Wizard, too.

I'd probably hoot Queen. Think it might be the only one you didn't mention whose catalog is well known enough.

Ripley's doing better. I've got to give him medicine for a week and keep an eye on him, but he's acting like a silly cat again. smile

Queen is an EXCELLENT suggestion. I can't think of any Queen songs we do already, so it would be a night full of fresh fun.

glad ripley is doing better!

i agree, queen is a great idea. would also offer up cat stevens, carole king, simon & garfunkel, jeff buckley, pete seeger, johnny cash. and because i am hopelessly a child of the 80s, prince and madonna.

Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Jimmy Buffett (mostly because everyone in the universe knows the words..)

Ripley, X-Files, Janeane G, and the blasted fence

July 21, 2008

  • Ripley's doing much better since his stay in the hospital. I still need to find out the best kind of food to feed him so his bladder doesn't get blocked again.
  • This coming weekend is "X-Files" weekend. I'm going to Texarkana to see it with my bgf Shann. I watched 5 of the 6 episodes that Chris Carter recommended watching before going to see the movie. Right now, Post-Modern Prometheus is my favorite episode.
  • Speaking of my bgf Shann, she pointed out that Janeane Garofalo graduated from my high school the same year I did. My only confirmation of that so far (besides Wikipedia and IMDb) is a program from my 5 year high school reunion that has her name in it. It's possible that she witnessed my first and only solo vocal performance in a football stadium. I sang "The Greatest Love of All." I even have a low fidelity recording of it.
  • Now that I have a new fence on one side of the yard, another part of the fence is falling down. I need some kind of strong cord to tie it up. I guess a trip to Home Depot is in order. Think I'll see Tony Stewart there?
  • In the 16 years I lived at my prior residence, my fence only broke twice. Now that I own a house, my fence barely gets fixed before it's broken again.

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Working at Home

July 25, 2008

I worked at home today. Someone wasn't thinking straight when they dubbed it telecommuting. It's noncommuting. Some call it teleworking. That makes more sense.

Some parts of my job are great to do at home, but the parts where I have to connect to the office network over the internet are grueling. Something that would normally take me 10-15 minutes took about an hour. I'm not doing that again if I can help it.

The nicest part about working at home is that at quittin' time, I'm already home. You'd think I could sleep later, too, but I like my Starbucks chocolatey coffee, so I still have to get up early enough to go get some. I also get to go for a chicken biscuit at Chik-Fil-A. It's close by home, but it's not on the way to work, so I don't normally go.

I'm also not one who can get up and work in her pajamas (which for me would be my t-shirt and granny panties). I like to be dressed to the shoes (as FlyLady would say) before I start working. It just doesn't feel right, otherwise.

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I've never been afforded an opportunity to work from home but I know I'd have to force myself to establish boundaries of some sort to keep me from getting too distracted and/or lazy. Getting dressed as if I was heading off for work would surely be one of them. Unlike you, I probably could lounge around all day in pajamas.

Salads, Ripley and American Gladiators

July 26, 2008

American Gladiator Contestant Ally Davidson


  • I saw a Jack in the Box truck that said, "Forget diamonds. Salads are a girl's best friend." I guess they were advertising their salads, but I was offended by the statement. Maybe salad is a weight-obsessed girl's best friend. Salad is certainly not my best friend. But then, neither are diamonds. I can't really pick a best inanimate friend.

  • The vet finally called me back about Ripley's urinalysis results. He couldn't pinpoint why Rip's bladder got blocked last week, so he couldn't recommend a way to prevent it. I don't like that answer. Surely there's something I can do. When I pumped him a bit, he did say canned cat food would be better than dry to help keep him hydrated. So I'll try that. Internet research said canned was better, too. It's a little more trouble, but both Rip and Orion will like the treat.

  • My coworker's daughter and her newlywed husband are in the semifinals of American Gladiator. Ally competed last Monday, and she kicked butt! Her husband Jeff will be competing this Monday, I believe. They call her the "runaway bride" because she tried out for the show on her wedding day. She currently holds the woman's record for the fastest time on The Eliminator obstacle course that they do at the end of the show. Go Ally!!

  • What's Mr. Donahue getting at with this cherry pie tweet. Is it something naughty? If the answer is yes, I'm okay with not knowing the details.

With the image of Ally in this entry, it kinda looks like one of Muckdog's blog entries.

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Just call me Mr. Public Service. laugh

X-Files and American Gladiator

July 30, 2008

  • I saw the new X-Files movie this past weekend. It's getting a bad rap from so-called "loyal" fans. I loved it. I haven't seen Mulder and Scully in years, and it was awesome to see them and how their lives have developed over the years. It just occurred to me, though... I wonder how Mulder makes money. Maybe I missed that.
  • What of these "loyal" fans who were disappointed? They said things like, "I've been a loyal fan since the beginning, and this is what they came up with?" If they don't write and produce the movie YOU want, your loyalty suddenly evaporates? Sounds more like you expect them to be loyal to you. Ahem.
  • I watched my coworker's son-in-law compete in American Gladiators Monday night. Unfortunately, he didn't advance, but he put forth a huge effort, even suffering a concussion on the Eliminator. Tiffany beat Ally's time in the Eliminator and will be in the finale. But I can't find out anywhere if Ally still has a chance if no one else beats her time. The Web site isn't clear, plus it's mostly graphics and Flash, and I'm put off by that. I just want the information.
  • I was listening to a podcast (I think Hometown Tales), and one of the guys was talking about American Gladiators. Someone else asked who the person liked on there, and it surprised me that his response was the name of a gladiator. I don't even pay attention to who the gladiators are... I watch the contestants. It surprised me that other people pay attention to the gladiators. The only one I really notice is Helga because she's a stupid caricature of someone from the Netherlands, I think. I'm not impressed with caricatures.

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I was a bit of a Johnny-come-lately fan of X-files. I saw most of the last couple of seasons and the first movie but haven't even thought of it since. I'll see this new one, too, but I'll probably wait for home release.