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Charlie Sheen

Saturday, 1:53 pm

By Cyn





I figure unless you live in a cave in the depths of a mountainous region, relatively unvisited, you obviously have heard, seen, read about all of Charlie’s exploits.  It is virtually impossible not to.  I have not searched out any information about him, haven’t picked up an article specifically to read about him and yet, I probably could pass a test all about him!!  I loved Two and a Half Men from the day it came on the scene and still, juvenile as it can be, like it.  Makes me laugh much of the time.

I cannot help thinking, though, that while Charlie has obviously fried his brains over the years - and only he knows the extent of that - I personally think he is a fox.  A very sly fox.  If I were in a position to bet money, I would put it on him, he is going to come out of this smelling like a rose and probably will get most everything he is looking for.

Got an email yesterday from Sirius Radio (I have a subscription for my car), inviting me to listen to a new station.........Tiger Blood Radio, about, who else--Charlie Sheen.  PUH-Leese.  I really can think of better ways to spend my time. 

And that brings me to the point of my rambling--most of you are too young to remember or know anything about a movie from the late 60’s called “Easy Rider.” Was my favorite back then, loved the song track (”...don’t bogart that joint my friend...") and the movie.  If you are too young, google the movie and you will see what I am getting at.  Now, you cannot tell me Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda were choir boys.  In fact, if the things we heard then--and more recently, on a graveyard tour in N’Orleans--were true, then they might make Charlie look like an amateur!! 

The only difference I can see between then and now is we did not have the ability to hear about things happening the second they did, there was no such thing as the internet, cells phones--forget that, TV was so limited--so if you heard any stories, most likely it was because you knew people who were there.  We had friends involved in the industry back then, my best friend was living in Santa Monica and so yeah, we heard stories.  But nothing like the way we get information today.  So for those who are getting all bent over this and tsk tsking about his behavior, he really isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done--and maybe better, who knows.  The media, entertainment media and the ones who call themselves newscasters(??) have latched onto this and feel this need to blast the airwaves with updates every 10 minutes or so.  Heck, a show that I always thought was pretty reputable spent an entire hour the other day rehashing everything he has said and done.  Get. Over. It. !!  I am just grateful he is not my son, my brother, my nephew; other than that, I intend to sit back and just wait to see who wins.  As I said before, my money is on Charlie!!

And now the sun really is out and maybe it will jump up to 60 the way they have promised all day, so I am heading outside!!



Things that make you go hmmmm

Wednesday, 7:37 am

By Cyn




light rain

Definitely in the ‘things that make you go hmmmm’ category is this little bit from Bizarre News

It seems scientists have pieced together what appears to
be the world’s oldest sex toy from more than a dozen frag-
ments found in a cave complex in Germany.

The 30,000-year-old siltstone phallus was a rare find since
examples of masculinity from that period are unusual to
stumble upon, although female-inspired works of art are
rather common.

Even more remarkable than its sexual function is the fact
that this multi-use tool was also apparently used to ignite
fires. There are tell-tale marks and chips where it was
used for striking against flints.

So why are experts convinced it was also a female sexual
aid? Perhaps because the other end was polished, rounded
and featured raised rings, clearly carved there for her

I am fed up with politics lately and while I have some odds and ends (a post about an upcoming reunion, questions about severe depression as someone I love dearly is going through it, how to empty a 9 room house and all sorts of very exciting - NOT - things) to post one of these days, I thought this particular post might elicit some sort of response!!  If not, then I am going to feel very unloved.  sad



Too nice to blog

Saturday, 9:53 am

By Cyn





So I won’t do any more than say HEY, how is everyone and have a terrific day.  Here on the east coast, it is another gorgeous day, probably cold to those of you on the west coast or my friends in Hawaii, but after months and months of miserable rotten weather, this is fantastic.  Yesterday was a top down day and I think today will be as well. 

As for me, I am running around doing laundry and ‘thinking’ about packing - I am the world’s worst procrastinator and packer, so it takes me forever.  No date night tonight cause I have too much to do and we need to be up and out of here early am.  Joe (my husband) is really fun to go on vacation with cause he really believes in the concept of VACATION and we have a blast!!  But he is a pain in the ass in the “getting ready to go part”.  He is one of those people who would rather pay lots more for a flight that leaves midday.  Me, I book flights early in the AM cause I can save hundreds of dollars and if I am going, I want to get there.  So this morning he has asked me a zillion times why we have to be out of here at the crack of dawn - 7AM for him is the crack of dawn, for me it is mid-morning!!  I always tell him if he wants to take over all our travel arrangements, he can make whatever reservations he likes.  I get THE LOOK then. laughter

I bought myself a tiny little mini netbook yesterday, so hopefully will have easy access to internet and will blog sporadically from ‘the big easy’ next week. I cannot be without my email, etc. and the laptop we have here is big and heavy so this should be much easier to deal with.  In between beignets, po’boys and hurricanes (the drink), emphasis most likely on the hurricanes, and some gambling, I shall try to keep in touch!! 

Am leaving instructions for my son..............for the cat!!  How bad is that.  He is an adult (son, not the cat) and knows what to do or not to (like do NOT let her go out after dark) but the mother in me feels better making notes.  Stupid!  All I need to do is make sure there is enough of her “gourmet” cat food around - yes, she only likes ONE kind and it has to be fish only, no beef or turkey or chicken for her, and it must be SHREDDED.  Not too spoiled.  And her dry food is for cats with sensitive stomachs.  There is a story behind that I shall share one day.

Just got the funniest cartoon from a friend--if I knew how to bring it here, I would but for now, use your imaginations.  The picture shows the cutest little baby chicken staring down at a friend egg.  The caption says, “SHIT Pete--is that you??” Loved it.

SO, nothing from me tomorrow, will be traveling and no time; so in advance, let me wish you all a Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy whatever makes you happy and hopefully I can get back to you on Monday.  If I don’t, well you know why!! wave



Could Noah build his ark today?

Wednesday, 7:32 am

By Cyn





So, OK, I mentioned building an ark and a friend sent me this.......................If Noah had lived in the United States today the story may have gone something like this:

And the Lord spoke to Noah and said, “In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all flesh is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on earth. Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark.” In a flash of lightning, God delivered the specifications for an Ark. In fear and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the ark. “Remember,” said the Lord, “you must complete the Ark and bring everything aboard in one year.”

Exactly one year later, fierce storm clouds covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult. The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard weeping. “Noah!” He shouted. “Where is the Ark?”

“Lord, please forgive me,” cried Noah. “I did my best, but there were big problems.

First, I had to get a permit for construction, and your plans did not meet the building codes. I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans.
Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a sprinkler system and approved floatation devices.
Then, my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city planning commission.

Then, I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark, because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the Spotted Owl. I finally convinced the U.S. Forest Service that I really needed the wood to save the owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won’t let me take the 2 owls.

The carpenters formed a union and went on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board before anyone would pick up a saw or hammer. Now, I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls.

When I started rounding up the other animals, an animal rights group sued me. They objected to me taking only two of each kind aboard. This suit is pending.

Meanwhile, the EPA notified me that I could not complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn’t take very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of the Universe.

Then, the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map of the proposed flood plain. I sent them a globe.

Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking atheists aboard.

The IRS has seized my assets, claiming that I’m building the Ark in preparation to flee the country to avoid paying taxes. I just got a notice from the state that I owe them some kind of user tax and failed to register the Ark as a ‘recreational water craft’.

And finally, the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it’s a religious event, and, therefore unconstitutional.
I really don’t think I can finish the Ark for another five or six years.”

Noah waited. The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine, and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched across the sky.

Noah looked up hopefully. “You mean you’re not going to destroy the earth, Lord?”

“No,” He said sadly. “I don’t have to. The government already has."


Good Morning!!

Saturday, 9:04 am

By Cyn





Coffee anyone?  Good, hot and made with freshly ground coffeebeans - is that one word or two?  Oh no, Steve will be after me if it is wrong!!  My friend Carol in Hawaii keeps me well supplied with Kona coffee so that is what Sister MM is serving this morning!!  Now if I had any ambition, I would have made something wonderful to go with it.  But cinnamon-raisin bread from Panera’s will have to suffice!! 

Since it is the weekend, I figure not much point to getting into anything really important or heavy or political or my usual rants; so today will focus on wherever my mind takes me.  Anyone OLD enough to remember an exercise called taking your pencil for a walk--well that is kinda how my mind works. 

25 not so spring-like degrees right now--but lots of bright sunshine and blue sky so one gets the illusion it is a lot nicer out there than it really is--combined with Hawaiian coffee, I can almost imagine myself on the lanai in Lanikai.  Almost people, not completely!!  But come August, I will be there for three wonderful weeks.  Cannot wait!!

However, the Goldfinches are flocking the feeders and their feathers are definitely showing more yellow than olive green so that has to be a good sign!!  Amazing how the birdsongs change this time of year.  They sing year round but today it is a cheery, spring sort of sound.  Perhaps they know something we don’t!

Kate, I noticed on your page that you have pictures of New Orleans.  We are going there for a week--leaving Sunday next (Easter Sunday morning) and coming back the following Sunday.  Anyone have any suggestions? Seems as though all of our friends, well the ones we play with anyway, have spent all or most of the winter months in places other than New England, so decided we deserved a week away.  Maybe when we really retire and are as old as our friends (LOL) we will stay away longer, but for now this will have to do. I have never been to NO and am so looking forward to it. Joe has been there on business I guess.  I have been getting suggestions from lots of people and am keeping a list.  We are staying at the Hilton-New Orleans Riverside right on the edge (I think) of the French Quarter and with a walk through into Harrah’s.  There is a method to my madness!!  My husband is one of those who MUST go to the Health Club every day so while he is doing his thing, I shall be doing the Casino!  It will be new and different and most importantly, should be warm!! 

OK, have I bored you all thoroughly yet?  I hope not.  What’s on for the weekend?  Today I should be home cleaning my house, but am thinking it might be more fun to shop for a new outfit (or 3) for our trip.  Tonight going to dinner with two of our favorite people (who just returned from 3 months away) and then tomorrow somehow I managed to agree to a reception for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, our rep for the 5th Congressional District.  Don’t ask me why I get into these things, I just do.  “Just a girl who can’t say no...” blush

Time to read the paper so will end this.  I do want to say thank you for the comments you left yesterday.  I do appreciate it.  Tomorrow I might have something marginally more interesting than today.  I’ll try!!  Maybe I will be able to discuss - calmly and rationally - the latest on the newest Senator from Massachusetts, the gutless wonder, Scott Brown.  I did have some high hopes for him as did so many people who actually bought into his ‘aw shucks, I’m really just an independent who happens to be a registered Republican’ bullcrap.  And have you heard--he has sent out fundraising letters asking--no begging - for money cause Rachel Maddow is running against him.  Only hitch in that plan is that she is NOT RUNNING FOR ANYTHING.  OK, enough for now, I said calmly and rationally so will table this for today....

Another cup anyone??



Scratching the itch

Monday, 5:12 pm

By Kate




partly cloudy

When I started thinking about changing my blog design, I stumbled across a couple of sites that are custom made for people like me who don’t have an artistic bone to call their own. The wonders of the internet.

I had a good time fiddling around with the site. That’s where the backgrounds, that you see, came from. If you’d like to spruce up your computer’s wallpaper, this would provide some possibilities. Besides being a marvelous way to waste some time...although I don’t really think that creating something is a waste of time.

And here is another fun place to scratch your creative itch— With the entire color palette at your disposal and with control over the number of colors and threads you want to use, the possibliities for designing some stunning tartans are quite endless. There are enough detailed ones in the site’s gallery to give you an idea of how it works and how to do it. Can’t tell you exactly how much time I’ve spent there fiddling around. It’s kind of addictive. I suppose, for a weaver, this would be an invaluable tool. For the rest of us...lots of enjoyment.

So, go create and have fun.


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