How Rich Are You??

29 11 2007
I’m loaded.
It’s official.

I’m the 277,391,305 richest person on earth!


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Live Blogging the YouTube Republican Debate

29 11 2007

I was going to do some live blogging on the CNN / YouTube debate but you can just go to YouTube and watch these fools for yourself.

Republican Debate

OK, here are my comments. I watched the entire debate, much to the chagrin of my Roommate who is so opinionated she was in hysterics that I could even watch these weasels on TV let alone have any sort of opinion different from hers. I think that Ron Paul was by far the front runner in this debate. While he keeps claiming to be a Republican, he is most certainly a libertarian in many of his views. He’s making the other canidates really work for their positions and that’s what I like to see. He was also the one person who did not get a chance to respond to the 2 gay issue questions that were asked. Of the canidates who answered those questions, none of them strayed from the party line. On Gays in the military: Nope, none will have it since it would affect unit “Cohesion”. On support for the Log Cabin Republicans (gay republican lobby group in Washington), it was fun to watch them squirm. In particular you should watch this video below of a decorated general who is also Gay. They completely dodged his question. Fools.





Plad Polyester Leisure Suits and Bell Bottoms

26 11 2007

Thank god I’m a child of the 80’s (well almost).  What the hell were people thinking in the 70’s?  I stumbled upon a great blog tonight detailing several pages from the 1977 JC Penny catalog.  Just click HERE to take a look at what passed for fashion in the late 70’s.

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If writers write, how come fingers don’t fing?

25 11 2007

From pervious posts, you’ve learned that I get a kick out of the misuse of the English language. One thing (among others) that I can thank my parents for is their insistence that I learn to speak correctly. In particular that I know the difference between slang and proper English and when it’s OK to use one or the other. There are far too many Americans who don’t know or understand this difference. I’ll be the first to admit that “YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE” is far more powerful a statement than “YOU’RE A MEAN PERSON” but there are certain times when the latter is more appropriate than the former. Notice also the use of contraction. I get a kick out of those too. You’re = YOU ARE. YOUR = shows possession to something such as that is YOUR mistake. Anyhow, since I have no life, I spend a lot of time wandering around the internet. I came across this web site yesterday that further explains some of the complexities of the English language. In particular it exposes some rather stupid conundrums such as why there is HAM in HAMBURGER?????

Logic and the English Language





Over and Done

24 11 2007

Well, Black Friday has come and gone and this was a rather shitty year. We were at best HALF as busy as we were last year with only a first mad dash at 6am and then it just died off about 3 hours into it. Last year, the parking lot was full and we were slammed until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Not so this year. We were busy but nothing like in years past. People just don’t have the extra money this year. With gas at $3.20 a gallon and lots of people without work, this is going to be a depressing holiday for some. It didn’t help today that the weather was not good on Thanksgiving which made the roads bad this morning. I saw a pretty bad accident on the way to work today, a big SUV upside down, likely driving too fast on an already dangerous road. I hope nobody was seriously hurt but at the same time I don’t have a lot of sympathy. 90% of accidents can be prevented simply by paying attention. Unfortunately too many people are just too unable to do so.

Well now we head into the Christmas season. I’ll be interested to see how this season goes. I’ve got the house decorated for Christmas except for the tree which Jirar is going to help me decorate when he is home next. I did find out yesterday that I am going to be an Uncle. Yes, sister Sarah and Brian are now expecting. This has been part of their master plan for some time, and I am very happy for them. A child will of course bring much happiness and many challenges. At least now they can justify the nursery they’ve set up in their home and the work they went through to obtain baby crib parts. From my point of view there are also many advantages of being an uncle. At the end of the day, I get to say bye, bye. Have fun getting him to sleep now! They get to change the diaper. I get to give the child toys and gifts, they get to explain why it’s important to write thank you notes. At this point in my life I don’t see any children of my own in the picture so I have no problems being the goofy gay uncle. Congrats Sarah and Brian, you can expect that Jirar and I will spoil this kid silly.

So tonight, after a few beers I’ll leave you with this video. Unfortunately, Mom and Dad don’t have high speed internet so hopfully they will watch this video before they leave Iowa. Dad especailly will get a kick out of the vengeful COW!





Here we go again

22 11 2007

Every year around the time when we get our first major snow fall I ask myself, why am I living in a county full of old people who even on a great summer day can’t drive for shit???!!!!  Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I hate driving in snow and I’ll do just about anything I can to avoid it.  Especially up here because if it’s snowing after 9PM it ain’t getting plowed until 8am the next day!!  BUT, there is cautious driving and then there is just plain dumb shit cautious driving.  I was stuck for 8 miles tonight on what is reasonably the straightest road in the county behind some 90 year old doing (I kid you not) at best 20mph.  Well, you ask, if the road is straight why didn’t you just pass him?  Ahh, the joys of loosing your sight in old age and still believing you have the ability to drive a car!  This idiot was all over the road.  In both lanes, speeding up, slowing down.  I had to back way off (after deliberately scaring the shit out of him to force him to pay attention, which actually improved the situation believe it or not, most of the time it just pisses them off which, most of the time is my goal) just so that I wouldn’t die if he slid off the road.  So, here is my question to him:  Why are you not in Florida with  the rest of the grumpy old men? Hey, it’s my blog, I  can be an ass if I want to be, you’re reading this because you are interested, not because I somehow forced you to.  When I’m 80 I hope to god someone takes away my license AND my car because then I can justify the expense of a chauffeur.  Now I’ll leave you with this, a reflection of certain people with whom I will be dealing with first hand come Friday Morning.  Think Traverse City is high class?  Better think again.  This ‘sterotype’ is way too common up here, especially in the winter.  Remind me to be sure I wear a tie next time I visit Wal-mart.

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The Run to Black Friday

20 11 2007

Well, the holiday season has officially started for me.  We have received all the merchandise slated to be offered to the consumerist drones the day after Thanksgiving and I am running around at work trying to make sure things are ready to be set properly to achieve the highest efficiency in gross profit dollars.  Well, not really.  The shit in my department just pulls you in.  Since you are already there, why not buy…. pick your highest gross margin item and push it.  I’ve got the sales thing down well but I’ll never be a car salesman.

Anyhow, the family is off in Iowa as Sarah is making a valiant effort to cook a bird this year.  I just hope they have a large enough oven and that the bird is dead first.  Yes Sarah, even for a PETA sympathizer, you must kill the bird first, then eat it.  I joke.  I get to spend Thanksgiving SLEEPING finally.  I’ve been god awful tired lately and I’m getting a little burned out.  I like my job but I hate the hours I’m required to work.  12-14 hour days are not good on my body not to mention my mind.  Unless I want to demote myself, that type of schedule won’t ever change either, it will only get worse.  Oh well.

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I am always reminded of games during the holidays.  Found this on the net the other day.  This one (although the box was different when I was a child and didn’t look like the above which was before my time) was fun.  I had the electronic battleship game that made all kinds of noise.  I won’t be playing games this Thanksgiving but I’m sure we will get around to them over Christmas!