Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Memorial Day Fun!


Car 66 and Car 65 - sister squads!

Sunday Seven #291

Monday is Memorial Day, and I hope you’ll spend some time reflecting on the sacrifice of our soldiers.

In the meantime, could you name seven of your favorite holidays? It’s a simple enough question, depending on how many holidays you actually celebrate. But just to make it interesting, I’m going to eliminate what are likely the two most popular answers!

That’s the challenge for this week! Thanks for playing!

  • Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!

Here is this week’s “Sunday Seven” question. Either answer in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog (with a link here), and then comment here with a link back to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

Other than Thanksgiving and Christmas, name your seven favorite holidays.

1. Samhain (Wiccan New Year/also Hallowe'en)

2. Beltaine (Wiccan fertility holiday - fertility as in the time when animal husbandry pays off, before you get carried away)

3. Ganesha-Chaturthi (Ganesha Utsava) - festival of Ganesh

4. Martin Luther King Day - the man was incredible

5. National EMS week - Well, hey! We need our week, too.

6. Independence Day (United States) - freedom is important and I love the fireworks

7. Australia Day - it is their Independence Day and my birthday! (The Australians just don't know they are celebrating my birthday.)

The Show Stopper - Hospital Stuff

I have a list of seven (maybe eight) items to blog about that I worked up last night before going to bed. This tells you how much free time my brain has on it. It was too late to really sit down and focus, but I didn't want to forget this stuff (all minor).

My goal this morning was to clean around the house in the morning and erase the Luis-depredations of of the weekend (having that man home for three days is a hardship), then dress for success in living in my hammock with laptop in han-- lap --to catch up on my various musings. It was not to be.

Around 10h30 I get a call from my father... which is a bit on the early side and surprising since I spoke to him last night. So he told me that Ma threw up last night/this morning and the doc's consensus was to send her to the hospital. So Ray called me right after Wayne Ambulance took her to go to St. Joseph's hospital. It's not my favourite place, but it beats Chilton and it is livable.

By the time 1230 rolled around, I made my first polite inquiry as to when we will get assistance. I was informed they'd only one ER doc and they were kind busy but by 1300 they would have a second doc and could get better answers. OK. Right at 1400, just as I was preparing to find someone with a slightly less patient mien, a PA walked in and began running through her history and etcetera. Since she cannot communicate, they are running a series tests. He said it will take a couple of hours. We will see what happens.

Ma had a series of strokes starting in early 2008. She had already had a history of seizures since 2006, so at that point I was beginning to worry about real strokes (seizures can be the sign and symptom or the entire problem; at some point, those seizures may be a symptom of a stroke. A stroke, in general, is more serious than seizures, and she had a history (distant) of TIAs.

The strokes she had in 2008 started out small but finally culminated in a big one at the end of May, the same day Ray came home from the rehab place after hip replacement #1. She refused care from the EMTs she called and when I saw her I said she'd had a stroke and she argued. OK. Whatever. (These conversations get really, really old after a short while.)

Well, she had an even bigger stroke in September and went into the same rehab center as Ray when he had had hip replacement #2. She was there until mid-December. She came home with limited ability to speak and the right side of her body paralyzed. Ray has been her caretaker ever since.

She's been in and out of the hospital and sometimes rehab a few times. The last time she was taken off coumadin because of stomach ulcers. This time (at the time of this post, now 2141) it appears on initial scans that part of her heart has died (otherwise known as a myocardial infarction). Now things look different. Maybe this is it. (Considering the quality of life we aren't talking about, this is not as distressing as you may think.)

So we will see. So much for days in my hammock.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Saturday Six #372

I hope you’re all ready for a nice Memorial Day weekend! I’m sure there will be plenty of people who’ll be spending their Monday off at the lake or by the pool having a few beers and barbecue.

Those few beers are the subject of this week’s set of questions.

Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!

Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

1. Do you prefer red wine or white wine? I don't drink wine. I don't like either colour or any kind of wine. It's not my kind of drink.

2. Do you prefer a mixed drink or beer? I should have been less specific - I don't really drink alcohol. I never liked it, it's bitter and I don't care for bitter-tasting... anything. So I would really like a lemonade, no sugar added. Now, as an EMT, I see too many drunks. I had one last night. I had another today. Not nice people... I don't see the fun in it.

3. Take the quiz: What’s Your Favorite Celebration Drink?

Well, let's try it...

  1. What sort of bars do you like to drink at?
    • (I was hoping one answer would be "none" but no...)
  2. If you threw a party, what would the theme be?
  3. If your friend has good news, how do you celebrate?
  4. What are you most likely to toast to?
  5. When the party's rockin', how many drinks do you usually throw back?
    • (Again I was hoping for "none")

The answer:

You Should Celebrate with Beer

You are nurturing and supportive. You are the biggest cheerleader in your friends lives. You are a truly loving person. You are affectionate and warm-hearted.

You are appreciative of all of the good things in your life. You count your blessings. You are unselfish, humble, and altruistic. You get great joy from putting others first.

My answer: Eeeeeiiiuuwww, beer?! No. Hot decaf Lady Grey tea with skim milk and Splenda!

4. What’s the last alcoholic drink you consumed? Hmmm. It would be a fuzzy navel but with just orange juice and peach snaps. No vodka for me, thank you! When would have been a party on 4 December. Once in a great while I have alcohol to make me feel warm in a cold room.

5. Do you generally drink more often at home or away from home? I don't.

6. How do you tell if you’ve had too much to drink when it’s time to drive home? (Assume, in this case, you didn’t go somewhere with a designated driver.) You will never have to worry about that with me. The only driver is one who hasn't had anything to drink.

Friday, 27 May 2011

The Weirdness of Life...

Here is some weirdness for you!

1. I read an article in this week's People Magazine about a school in New Orleans (pronounced "nar-lins" - it really is, just wait until you go) where the student body wants paddling brought back. I saw the title and thought, "I'm sorry?" How does this happen?

Apparently when the kids are late or don't do homework, now, they don't care. There is no negative reinforcement. So the kids want to have the corporal punishment back. I'm going with brainwashed. I just can't imagine anything else. If a teacher attempted to strike me, I raised my hand back. There are a gazillion things teachers can do to torture kids who aren't pulling their weight or are consistently late. I never had any liking for what my teachers did. However, they had zero rights to touch me.

Yup. Brainwashed.

2. Automotive collisions. Why is it three people in two vehicles who just had a fender-bender are walking around? How stupid-- I mean, really. If it was just one time or two, I would shake my head and move on. However, it is more like 98% of the MVCs I see. What makes people do that? What creeps into their brain and tells them to get out of their vehicles and wander aimlessly about a highway? I know people are told not to do that - I knew that before EMS training - but everyone does it! I don't get it.

3. Garmin has a device that you can put on... things... like your backpack, your dog or your kid... (I'm not sure it is legal to put a LoJack device on your child) and you can check on its whereabouts with your phone. And people get upset when I suggest putting a leash on their kids. Why is that unreasonable? The Garmin thing was showcased on C-Net. The battery dies fast no matter what on this, so I would recommend the actual LoJack instead.

4. Luis' coworked had - well, still has - a Motorola Galaxy Zoom tablet. It was bricked (yes, I had to ask what that meant). What it means is the user downloaded things that were not approved to for use by Motorola, and then it ceased to work. So now it is brick. Oops. That's what I would do with a mutli-hundreds of dollars toy. (Here I am dying to have an iPod II and I would treat it like it was gold. Someone else gets a comparable item and willfully destroys it.) Is there an award for this sort of thing? There should be.

5. Justin Bieber, some skinny-ass little kid who for reasons passing understanding is really popular, got two tattoos. Do we care? I think not.

6. This is NOT idiocy:

22-Year-Old Stuent Finds Universe's 'Missing Mass'

SYDNEY (AFP) – A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her summer break. Undergraduate Amelia Fraser-McKelvie made the breakthrough during a holiday internship with a team at Monash University's School of Physics, locating the mystery material within vast structures called "filaments of galaxies".

Monash astrophysicist Dr Kevin Pimbblet explained that scientists had previously detected matter that was present in the early history of the universe but that could not now be located. "There is missing mass, ordinary mass not dark mass ... It's missing to the present day," Pimbblet told AFP. "We don't know where it went. Now we do know where it went because that's what Amelia found."

Fraser-McKelvie, an aerospace engineering and science student, was able to confirm after a targeted X-ray search for the mystery mass that it had moved to the "filaments of galaxies", which stretch across enormous expanses of space. Pimbblet's earlier work had suggested the filaments as a possible location for the "missing" matter, thought to be low in density but high in temperature.

Pimbblet said astrophysicists had known about the "missing" mass for the past two decades, but the technology needed to pinpoint its location had only become available in recent years. He said the discovery could drive the construction of new telescopes designed to specifically study the mass. Pimbblet admitted the discovery was primarily academic, but he said previous physics research had led to the development of diverse other technologies.

"Whenever I speak to people who have influence, politicians and so on, they sometimes ask me 'Why should I invest in physics pure research?'. And I sometimes say to them: 'Do you use a mobile phone? Some of that technology came about by black hole research'. The pure research has knock-on effects to the whole society which are sometimes difficult to anticipate."

That's awesome!

Is that enough idiocy for one day? I believe so.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

A Whole Two Days in the Hammock

My life is simple. I like it that way.

I spent yesterday and today in my hammock, just hanging (literally) out, reading and listening to music. It was perfectly wonderful.

(Meet Freddo, my friend from yesterday. He didn't say much but was still good company.)

Today was warmer, around 82 degrees F, not humid. I started out in the sun, had my breakfast (a salt bagel lightly buttered) and fell asleep. I woke up sweating and frying, so I moved the whole set up to a shady part of the yard and happily resumed reading. It made a huge difference. Moving from the sun to the shade dropped at least 5 degrees and there was a lovely breeze.

Who knew...

At 1400 I grabbed some Thai food (yum - Pineapple Fried Rice, level 4), ate a good lunch, did more reading, took another nap (I'm 43 years old trapped in an 80-year-old body) and then read for a couple more hours until almost 1800. I finally came in. Who knows why... there is nothing all that exciting inside.

Actually, I need to glue my jigsaw puzzle together so I can break open a new one. I am feeling the itch to do another 2,000 or 3,000 piece puzzle. There is something very relaxing about working on jigsaw puzzles with music playing - Coldplay, Barenaked Ladies, U2, Rammstein, etc.

Tomorrow I will spend the morning with my father - he has to get blood work done, then we'll grab breakfast (I'm really hankering for banana pancakes), and then we go to the DMV for me to renew my license (shiver). I always end up looking like Jay Leno (the chin) in my drivers license mug shot. Anyway, my father and I always keep each other company for trips to the DMV since one never knows how long the process may take. (Last time we went we found the Morristown secret DMV office closed. It was the best place in the world to go. It was on Speedwell Avenue and we just whipped right through there no matter what needed to be done or how many people were there. Now it's gone...)

Oh, shit... I wonder how many "points" of ID I need to do this? Damn. I better check that now...

Needless to say when I leave the folks at noon, I'm coming home, changing into shorts and heading back to my beloved hammock!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

An End to the Season

I don't watch a ton of television.

I have a handful of shows, most of them rather similar:

Monday - "Castle", "Pawn Stars"
Tuesday - "Body of Evidence"
Wednesday - "Criminal Minds"
Thursday - "Bones", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" (but I am thinking it will be good if "Private Practice" is not renewed for the 2011-12 season)
Friday - Saturday - nothing
Sunday - "Celebrity Apprentice" (that just ended three days ago)

Now that the 2010-11 season is ending, more than half of these shows are off. Now there is nothing to watch. Summer shows are at a premium. Let me see... it looks like "Drop Dead Diva" will be returning on 19 June; "Eureka" returns on 11 July (that's not too long a wait...); "White Collar" returns on 7 June; and I can't think of any other summer-airing shows I watch.

It's tough being a fussbudget.

Flight Attendant

When I was
A little baby
A mamma's boy
No one could save me

From those kids at school
They would bully
They would tease
They would taunt me
Haunt me

"You're such a pretty boy"
"You're such a pretty boy"
"You're such a pretty boy"
"You're such a pretty boy"

Fear
I grew up so scared
The bible belt
Redneck lifestyle

One day I'll fly free
In the airplanes
"Where's my seat?
Where's my champagne?"
Champagne...

I'm such a pretty boy
I'm such a pretty boy
I'm such a pretty boy
I'm such a pretty boy

Heaven knows the lengths I'd go
To please them every day
They don't even notice when I'm
Down

Such a pretty boy
Such a pretty boy
Such a pretty boy
I'm such a pretty boy

Hotels were closed
And the airport was clean
I was stranded alone
In my southwest dream

Hotels were closed
And the airport was clean
I was stranded alone
In my southwest dream

I love this song, and it is not just because it's got a great tune. It speaks to me. I was that kid in school. I was always that kid in school. I'm always trying to put it behind me... but some baggage just doesn't go away. It may lighten for a while but it rears it's ugly head again from time to time. I don't know why. Certainly my tormentors have no recall of the torturing. I find it ironic that far too many of them have become my friends on Facebook despite having run the range from totally ignoring my presence (they knew who I was but I was in the Untouchable Caste) to being outright abusive, but memory for them is so different.

Oh, the irony.

The 25 year graduation anniversary is coming up but while I don't mind the "friendships" on Facebook, I do mind paying something crazy like $250 to see them in person. It isn't worth it except for the smallest percentage, really. Let's be honest - why do most people go to their reunions? Two reasons: they are stuck in that time period because the best years of their lives where then (which is really sad) or they are there to one-up everyone. Outside of that...

Does that make me cynical? I think it makes me realistic.

Saturday Six #371

The temperature outside has really heated up here in Charleston. I was hoping to take Scotty to the dog park early today, but it’s already so warm that I would worry he’d overheat. He loves running and chasing other dogs, but in a thick Collie coat, that might be a little too much.

So I think I’ll take him to PetSmart at some point and get him a toy. (No, he’s not spoiled at all! Really.)

But that topic got me thinking about this week’s set of questions, so here goes! Thanks for playing!

  • Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!

Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

1. What do you enjoy most about the summer? The long days and the night sky are my favourite summer things. The days stretch out to roughly 15 hours of daylight and the night sky is loaded with constellations and planets and a couple of good meteor showers.

2. If you could spend a two-week summer vacation anywhere, what location would you choose? Oh, that is a tough one. I would go to several locations: Maine, Massachusetts, Cape May (New Jersey), Maryland and Pennsylvania.

3. Take the quiz: What is Your Summer Sense?

I don't know what that means, so let's find out...

  1. For you, the first sign of summer is:
  2. What must you absolutely take to the beach?
    • (it was a toss-up between this and the book)
  3. What do you like best about a lazy summer afternoon?
  4. At a barbecue, you can't help but notice...
  5. What's your favorite thing about a dramatic summer thunderstorm?

Their answer: Your Summer Sense is Sight

You are very visually oriented. It's likely you're an artist - or at least a good photographer. You are good at taking in a lot of visual stimuli at once ... the more the better.

Your eyes love the bustling scenes of summer. You could spend hours at a crowded beach people watching. You are equally moved by the sights of nature. You can be endlessly entertained on a quiet hike.

My answer: All too true. I take a lot of pictures and I love to hike, see the ocean, go anywhere!

4. Where’s the best place near you to take a summer drive? There are a lot of great places to go, from the New Jersey shore (no, not Seaside Heights, home to the classless morons on the telly show), the various state parks, upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania.

5. What kind of music would you most likely be listening to if you could take a nice, long relaxing summer drive in a convertible? The music on my iPod - Rammstein, U2, Rush, Coldplay, etc.

6. After spending the day out in the summer sun, what’s your favorite hot weather treat? Soft chocolate ice cream on a cone (not the dark cones, the other one) with rainbow jimmies.

Monday, 23 May 2011

More Cloudiness

It's even foggy. Foggy and overcast. When I walked to the bagel place it was wet - not raining, but the air was full of droplets of rain. I came back with my sweatshirt (I know, right? A sweatshirt in late May. Pathetic...) wet without being unwearable. My hair was all curly from the moisture. Crazy. The forecast hasn't improved any. There may be thunderstorms rolling in today, but so far there haven't been any thunderstorms since this low system has moved in and stalled over the area. I tend to not believe the predictions for storms any more.

I'm tired of this weather. Part of being positive about life includes sunny, warm days. We're almost to June and I was sure this insanity would have ended. People say things about "normal weather", but what's that? Do we even know? Two years ago we had the wettest, rainiest summer in years. Last year it was beastly hot and hardly rained at all. So what is "normal"?

Even so, nowhere did I sign up to live in Seattle. This is more like Seattle than it is New Jersey. While it may be hard to pin down "normal", this - twelve days of rain - is not normal. It isn't even a little okay. I want sun, dammit!

Something tells me that demands, like anything else, will not work.

I'm watching the end of Catch Me if You Can. It's a good movie. I like the end - Frank is in jail and telling Carl what the counter-fitter is doing. This guy - kid - stole over $4 million in fake checks and forgeries before he was 17. He knows an amazing amount about forged checks. (And Tom Hanks is amazing as Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent who catches Frank.)

Unfortunately, it is much harder to do that and I am not cut out for a job like that. As if I'd really consider a life of crime. Stop it...! I've thought about jobs I could do and the list is ominously short. Most of what I'm interested in I'd need a degree for. I don't have a day of college and I don't want to start now. Not to mention that all my interests are science-based and for that I need math - much more math than I can handle. So it won't work.

I need to stop going on about this...

A Busy Day!

If you are sitting there thinking how dull your life is, ask yourself if it really is?

I think we see so much telly and/or movies where there is non-stop action - the telly detective that has cases all the time. (What they are leaving out is the days-worth of downtime where the detective is waiting on ballistics, trace, DNA and various other processes to give them (him or her) that next lead.) Since a one hour show really only gives one 41 minutes to solve a case from discovery to fruition, this is all the stuff that might (at most) be referred to in an off-hand comment.

The real glory and non-stop work is not there. I shouldn't say that. It has to be imminently satisfying to know that your work mainly put someone behind bars. But non-stop is a huge fallacy. Even the men who go up in space have downtime.

I've been singularly unhappy with my life since I began my "retirement". Of course, Aetna's total screw up for two weeks this month absolutely did not help; that was two weeks of my life that aside from being hell and misery, I can't get back. I bet you didn't know you could have a few weeks knocked off your life by some third-party's total indifference to your condition. Well, it is certainly possible. In my case, it seems probable.

However, the missing meds finally showed up last week on Wednesday, 18 May. (I should have had them in MY HOT LITTLE HANDS on Thursday, 12 May, but I need to look it at it from I have them now, rather than remaining bitter with the Aetna for such an unbelievable screw up.) Since then, my excruciatingly painful, horrible life has begun to return to normal. And while I still find it less than perfect, I am saying the hell with stopping.

When the low pressure full of rain bands stalled over us starting last Saturday, well, sigh, there is little to do with this abysmal weather just sitting. It just sat for over a bloody week! DAMN! What the HELL?! So it was miserable outside and I was kept indoors through both incompetence and stymied by the weather.

And then there was Saturday. A rare day of sunshine. Luis and I went out for breakfast and wehn we returned, I had him help me get my new hammock set up. It is delightful! It was good only on Saturday - Luis had it set too low, so my ass was hitting the muddy ground the whole time. But after coming in, I subborned Colin to come over and reset it. I had him get in it - he is tall - close to 6'6" - and weighs 260lbs. That is a good weight for him, by the way, he is not overweight. So his butt did not hit the ground. At a mere 170lbs, mine won't get near it. Yahoo!

Unfortunately yesterday and today are bombs. The weather stinks.

But today, bomb or not, I got up when I woke up - around 06:30 - and began cleaning up the house for the cleaning ladies. Don't laugh. Luis teases me about that all the time. I prepped the house, washed my hair really fast, then heaed to my parents' house. I ran into a couple of snags getting there and Ray cam and picked me up. We went to Wayne Electrical Supply (ironically located in Pompton Plains) to return a photo cell. Then we went to West Wayne Diner on Hamburg Turnpike to grab some breakfast.

A little story for you about the diner. When we were teenagers, my friends and I went there all the time to hang out. We were not like the Parsippany losers, all hanging out with the music in their cars blasting in the parking lot of the Quick Check or whatever that is across the street from my house. Oh, did I mention that they do this really late at night?! Yes. Charming. Anyway, we did not do things to annoy our neighbours and create havoc late at night. We'd go to what was then the King George diner in Wayne and hang out there. We may not have eaten much, but we sat and drank coffee (in my case, tea). We also called it the King Whore but never inside. We loved that place.

Funny, the things one remembers so many year's later...

Anyway, after that, we went to the Shoprite to pick up a couple of things, then went home. That was 11:45. I drove home from Wayne to Parsippany to find the cleaning ladies still there. In general I would not have gone in but I had frozen stuff that I needed to unload. I did that, greeted them, thenwent out first to the Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up something I needed and then I stowed my car and walked, iPod playing, to the bagel shoppe and back. They were still there, so I am now at the squadhouse typing merryily away.

Is this the most exciting life? No. But it is better than last week's life, which really was dominated by excruciating pain. Oh, and by the way, I have no money. None. (Well, I have $30 in checking and $101 in savings. I have to wait ten days for the stupid STD checks to clear, which is just charming.) So it severely limits what my options are. And then there is the weather:

This Afternoon (Monday): A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 71. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind between 6 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers before 11pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. North wind between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind between 3 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 50%.Move point forecast map down, and current conditions, radar, and satellite up.Move point forecast map down, and current conditions, radar, and satellite up.


Isn't that just grand? A week full of crappy weather. Because last week wasn't enough! So even just going for a walk in various parks around town isn't feasible. However, if there is a break in the forecast where the sun comes out, I'm throwing on outdoor clothes and going!

In the meantime, parade season is coming up - Monday's the next one for Memorial Day - and I will be on one of the trucks. I love parades. Any of them - it is something warm and fuzzy and fun to do, so I want to be a part of that. We have Memorial Day, Chidren's Day and Labour Day coming up. If there is another one, I don't know it. I don't think there are any anniversary parades in Parsippany this year.

We also have our summer concert series - all three concerts - coming up and I usually make it for those. I am normally with Bob for it and hope I will be again. But I will get on any of the three busses that go to the concerts.

I have not heard if Parsippany Day is on, but I hope so. I enjoy that every year.

Well, it is 13:50. Time for me to eat and I would think the cleaning ladies are finished. Life is not so bad. Maybe the week after Memorial Day I will take a day trip to the ocean, which I have not seen in ages. I miss the ocean.

Sunday Seven #290

The world, clearly, did not end on Saturday as had been predicted. Most of us knew that this would be the case without having to wake up on Sunday morning to confirm it.

But let’s say that you knew — beyond any doubt — that your last day of life was just one week away.

Could you pick seven things you’d most want to do during those final seven days?

That’s the challenge for this week! Thanks for playing!

  • Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!

Here is this week’s “Sunday Seven” question. Either answer in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog (with a link here), and then comment here with a link back to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

Name seven things you’d want to do if you knew you had just seven days to live.

Oooohhh, a bucket list! Seven days makes it harder, though. Had I months, like Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, it would look complete different.

1. Liquidate all assets

2. Fly to Ireland, drive to the Black mountains.

3. Drink hot tea at the local pub every night.

4. Swing dance with the others.

5. Visit the royal family just because I have never met royalty before.

6. Have the Bean come to the pub.

7. Watch the sunrise one last time over the Irish Sea.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Keep Your Saturday Open...

...because the world is ending tomorrow.

(It's after midnight, so that is chronologically correct.)

I was reminded of this by my good friend Michael Christelman ("The Wonderful World of Nothing") and his post from yesterday morning. He'd planned not post his final post until the day before 21 December 2012, but then he tripped onto this nutball from Family Radio, who swears that the world will end tomorrow, 21 May. Uh-huh. Wait, there's more: he has reasons!

  1. According to Camping, the number five equals "atonement", the number ten equals "completeness", and the number seventeen equals "heaven".
  2. Christ is said to have hung on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. The time between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011 is 1,978 years.
  3. If 1,978 is multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar year, not to be confused with the lunar year), the result is 722,449.
  4. The time between April 1 and May 21 is 51 days.
  5. 51 added to 722,449 is 722,500.
  6. (5 x 10 x 17)2 or (atonement x completeness x heaven)2 also equals 722,500
What a moron.

I knew about him some time ago, because I saw a bumper sticker (that I photographed) that read Family Radio on it and some other religious reference and I looked it up and found this ding-dong, Harold Camping. It wasn't hard. However, I was quite amused by the fact that he fowled up his predictions of the world ending numerous times. I would imagine he is not planning to walk the street giving away his money later today...

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Castle Funds Grey's & Private Practice?

Go figure...

In the first season of Castle, a show I love, I've found three people who have been in or appeared for an episode in Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. In the episode "Nanny McDead", the killer is April Kefner, a character in Grey's Anatomy. In the episode "A Chill Goes Through her Veins", the delivery guy is the 750lb patient in the 6th season of Grey's Anatomy (he was considerably beefed up for the super-overweight guy in Grey's). And then in "Home is Where the Heart Stops", the daughter of the victim stuffed into her safe is Little Sheperd (she was very briefly in Grey's but is now a regular in Private Practice. Hmmmm. I'm waiting to see who shows up next...

Now, that's funny.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

And the Exploion Begins Early!

Wow...

Within the first ten minutes, there was a huge mental down on Celerity Apprentice. (I couldn't believe it! NeNe Leakes became the Project Manager. She said she wouldn't mind doing it, but this was strategically planned by Star. (I agree with that. Star said as much in the end of the last episode when she brought in with NeNe by Star.) It would have been enough if she'd wanted to just say that and let it go, but the explosion went on for quite some time. It happened in front of everyone there - the apprentices, Mssrs Donald and Eric Trump and Ms. Ivanka Trump and the gentleman there who was the CEO of some haircare company. Ouch.

Star's mistake was to go after LaToya, who was an unbelievably weak link. She would have been DQd on her own anyway. But she managed rather easily to get rid of LaToya. Now she is gunning for NeNe, but she is aiming in the wrong direction. NeNe is not at all her biggest threat, it is Marlee. She has kept her own council at all times and never gotten into any kind of fracas with anyone else.

Here's an interesting side bit: LaToya showed up on the show just now, in Trump's private office and begged to be reinstated on the men's team. Now there is a development I hadn't seen. And Trump said as much: this is a first for either Apprentice. He said he would have an answer for her in 24 hours. I shudder to think...

NeNe was shocked to see Nikki Taylor come and help out the guys as a hair model. Hope was confused. (I suspect she's more threatened, since Nikki Taylor is much more attractive than Hope.) The ladies were clearly in a swivet, think Nikki has turned on them. Not for nothing, Nikki was fired on the first or second show! She doesn't have sides. She contacted some top models who came in to help out.

The ladies team were supposed to be in the show at 0800, the models and hairstylists were there at the appointed time and no ladies. They trundled in at 0830 and NeNe was complaining that the hairstylists need to relax. "Jeez," NeNe said, "Can't a bitch be late for once?"

If only that had been the one and only time that they'd been late... not really.

As usual, both teams have their issues and it will be interesting to see how the show itself goes. That will determine a lot of what happens in the boardroom, where the show's shit really hits the fan!

I find the women's presentation to be boring. Too busy, too much going on. Marlee did a great job for her little bit, but otherwise that was just too much happening. The hairdressers ran the sho more than NeNe did, who made the original announcement, but then disappeared. And then... the wrap up was Hope "walking" around the stage and runway, looking clearly uncomfortable. Yikes! (In Hope's defense, she did say she's never done runway work. There is a huge difference between photo shoot models and runway models.)

The men bounced out there and due to Lil John's total lack of rehearsal came right out. There were huge pockets of silence and nothing was said. When Nikki Taylor came out on stage, then the holes filled in and it was all good (mostly). It was better than the ladies. I'm not sure if the men nailed the branding. But the women's thing was lackluster and dull.

I was right. The men won.

The infighting did get right off to a merry old start, and then the men won and then LaToya came through the door join the men! Oh, the looks on Hope's and Star's faces! That was quite a blow! The women were aghast!

And then...

The show was interrupted by the announcement that Osama Bin Laden is dead!

Follow-up:

Turns Hope got the axe for being spineless and wussy but also went it was Star's butt that was meant to be fired that episode! See that - sometimes right triumphs!