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Books I Want to Get

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As usual, People Magazine has found a couple of interesting books...

The first one is Inside Scientology, an exposé on what has to be one of the most screwed up ideas of a "religion" to pass muster in who knows how long. L. Ron Hubbard made up this wacky system and then made tons of money on the nutters who actually believed this stuff! I've read bits and pieces on this and really, I want to read this book, since it (hopefully) fills in the gaps about this weirdness and exposes all the fake information that people buy into (and "buying" is the operative word) in the hopes that the government will finally succeed in shutting this cult down. (It is misleading to call it a religion, since it is not mono- or polytheistic; how can it be a religion without a God or Gods/Goddesses?)

The other book that looks interesting is Bed. This is about a man whose brother has taken to his bed two decades ago, has ballooned up to 1,400lbs and won't - or can't - get up. That…

Sadness and Fear in Norway

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Just when something positive and happy occurs, halfway around the world, something tragic happened.

On 22 July, some madman armed to the teeth, bombed the Prime Minister's building in Oslo, then showed up at a camp in Utøya, a small island in the Tyrifjorden Lake in Norway that had 600 Norwegian kids there and shot at least 68 (dead) and injured many more. The shooter, Anders Behring Breivik, is a rabidly conservative, anti-immigration activist. He opened fire on children... to what end? How is this going to fix or solve anything? Why do people think violence is the answer to anything? I'm terribly disappointed in the human race sometimes. This is one of those times.

I don't know what the Norwegian government will do with this nutter, but I hope they will at the very least lock him up and throw away the key. What insane thinking was going on inside this man to perpetrate such heinous crimes? And killing kids? What possible positive outcome can that have?

My thoughts go out to…

Hooray for New York and Passing Same-Sex Marriage!

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I'm delighted and happy to know that finally people can get married in New York no matter what gender the bride and groom, bride and bride or groom and groom (or however one wishes to phrase it) may be! Finally, a state that understands and bestowed its blessings on all couples.

It has only taken far too long for this to happen.

California, which appeared to be a modern and open-minded state, began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in June 2008 and then repealed that in November 2008, thanks to Proposition 8, which labeled marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I used to think highly of the state of California until that happened. How stupid is that?

But New York has turned around and made it possible for couples - regardless of same-sex or not - to take vows, walk down the aisle, or whatever they wish in order to legalise their union. And I say, "Yahoo! for New York and same-sex couples!" I have always felt very strongly for this and it is none of …

Amy Winehouse Dead at Age 27

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A friend of mine put up a post on his site:

"When Death Doesn’t Warrant Celebration Posted by in Celebrities, Memorial, Mind Boggling Any time a celebrity dies at a young age, over-enthusiastic fans come crawling out of the woodwork with their “only the good die young” platitudes. Over the past few days, since police discovered the body of singer Amy Winehouse inside her London home, fans have been tweeting about her now being an “official” part of the “Forever 27 Club.” That dubious honor goes to those troubled celebrities who happened to die at age 27. According to some tweets, those celebrities include Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. One can argue about the relative talent of those people compared to Winehouse. In most cases, I suspect Winehouse would come up short hands down. But that’s beside the point. Just as it’s beside the point that they all happened to die at age 27. People who have substance abuse issues — and we don’t y…

A Fun Day in the City

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Luis and I determined that we really want to see Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana. So even though I was up and got very little sleep last night, we were up and out of the house by 1000 heading to Hoboken to part in one of the many Park & Ride buildings that festoon the lower road (two below and parallel to Washington Avenue) to take the Path train.

To give you an idea how long it has been since I've been in NYC, I had no idea that the cost of the Path train has gone up to $1.75 for a one-way ticket. I still thought it was $1.50 - duh! But the Path trains run the same as always - every fifteen minutes on the quarter-hour mark. The trains are kept quite well and there's a telly screen with no sound that is clear made for this - it had local news, weather seven-day forecasts and little tidbits that are printed and scrambled words and such. It was not at all crowded going in (I was confident that few people had any great desire to be traipsing about the hotter-than-hot confines o…

Time of the Season - The Zombies

t's the time of the season
When the love runs high
In this time, give it to me easy
And let me try
With pleasured hands

To take you and the sun to
Promised lands
To show you every one
It's the time of the season for loving

What's your name?
(What's your name?)
Who's your daddy?
(Who's your daddy? He rich?)
Is he rich like me?

Has he taken
(Has he taken)
Any time
(Any time to show)
To show you what you need to live?
Tell it to me slowly
Tell you what?
I really want to know
It's the time of the season for loving

What's your name?
(What's your name?)
Who's your daddy?
(Who's your daddy? He rich?)
Is he rich like me?

Has he taken
(Has he taken)
Any time
(Any time to show)
To show
To show you what you need to live?
Tell it to me slowly
Tell you what?
I really want to know
It's the time of the season for loving

The Story

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am

But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true... I was made for you

I climbed across the mountain tops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules

But baby I broke them all for you
Because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do
I was made for you

You see the smile that's on my mouth
It's hiding the words that don't come out
And all of my friends who think that I'm blessed
They don't know my head is a mess

No, they don't know who I really am
And they don't know what
I've been through like you do
And I was made for you...

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am

But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them …

Rammstein - Jump (German/English)

Auf einer Brücke ziemlich hoch
Hält ein Mann die Arme auf
Da steht er nun und zögert noch
Die Menschen strömen gleich zuhauf
Auch ich lass mir das nicht entgehen
Das will ich aus der Nähe sehen
Ich stell mich in die erste Reihe
und schreieDer Mann will von der Brücke steigen
Die Menschen fangen an zu hassen
Bilden einen dichten Reigen
Und wollen ihn nicht nach unten lassen
So steigt er noch mal nach oben
Und der Mob fängt an zu toben
Sie wollen seine Innereien
Und schreienSpring
Erlöse mich
Spring
Enttäusch mich nicht
Spring für mich
Spring ins Licht
SpringJetzt fängt der Mann zu weinen an
Heimlich schiebt sich eine Wolke
fragt sich Was hab ich getan
vor die Sonne es wird kalt
Ich wollte nur zur Aussicht gehen
die Menschen laufen aus den Reihen
und in den Abendhimmel sehen

La Soledad

Viniste a miComo poesia en la cancionMostrandomeUn nuevo mundo de pasionAmandomeSin egoismo y sin razonMas sin saberQue era el amorYo protegi mi corazonEl sol se fueY yo cantando tu cancionLa soledadSe aduena de toda emocionPerdonameSi el miedo robo mi ilusionViniste a miNo supe amarY solo queda esta cancionViniste a miComo poesia en la cancionMostrandomeUn nuevo mundo de pasionAmandomeSin egoismo y sin razonMas sin saberQue era el amorYo protegi mi corazonEl sol se fueY yo cantando tu cancionLa soledadSe aduena de toda emocionPerdonameSi el miedo robo mi ilusionViniste a miNo supe amarY solo queda esta cancionEnglish:You came to me as poetry comes in song
and you showed me a new world of passion.
You loved me without conditions or reason
while I ignorant of the meaning of love protected my heart. The sun has gone and now I sing of you
this solitude consumes me.
Forgive me if I was stolen away by fear.
You came to me I did not know how to love
all that is left is this song.

Moon Over Bourbon Street

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There's a moon over Bourbon Street tonight
I see faces as they pass beneath the pale lamplight
I've no choice but to follow that call
The bright lights, the people, and the moon and all

I pray everyday to be strong
For I know what I do must be wrong
Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there's a moon over Bourbon Street

It was many years ago that I became what I am
I was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb
Now I can only show my face at noon
And you'll only see me walking by the light of the moon

The brim of my hat hides the eye of a beast
I've the face of a sinner but the hands of a priest
Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there's a moon over Bourbon Street

She walks everyday through the streets of New Orleans
She's innocent and young from a family of means
I have stood many times outside her window at night
To struggle with my instinct in the pale moon light

How could I be this way when I pray to God abo…

Damned Don't Cry

Traveling with no destination
No place to go.
Nameless towns with faceless people
No place I know
Time to close my mind and drift off to other scenes

Lose myself in glossy pages dull magazines.
Moments pass by oh so slowly
Makes me lonely too

Twisting street lights in the darkness makes me lonely too.
No
The damned don't cry - no
The damned don't cry
Curling smoke climbs upward slowly past my troubling face

I see myself in rain soaked windows in a different place.
Single heartbeats in the dim lights makes me lonely too

Hearing sounds of celebrations makes me lonely too.
No
The damned don't cry - no
The damned don't cry.
No
The damned don't cry
Damned don't cry
Damned don't cry

Haunted... When the Minutes Drag

The word that would best describe this feeling
Would be haunted
I touch the clothes you left behind
That still retain your shape and lines
Still haunted
I trace the outline of your eyes
We're in the mirror hypnotized
I'm haunted
I find a solitary hair
Gone and still I reminisce
I'm haunted

Haunted by your soul
Haunted by your hair
Haunted by your clothes
Haunted by your eyes

By your soul, by your hair
By your clothes, by your eyes
By your voice, by your smile
By your mouth, by your soul
By your hair, by your clothes
By your eyes, by your voice
By your smile, by your mouth
By your soul

HAUNTED (haunted)

This is for when you feel happy
And this is for when you feel sad
And this is for when you feel...
Nothing

OOOOH when the minutes drag
OOOOH when the minutes drag

And this is for the tears that won't dry
And this is for a bright blue sky
And this is for when you feel...
Lucky
And this is for when you feel...
Lucky

OOOOH when the minutes drag
OOOOH when the minutes drag

So this is for when you're feeling …

You Ain't Got No Ice Cream...

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[01] How have you celebrated National Ice Cream Month?

I celebrated it with a chocolate ice cream fix yesterday!

[02] Have your got a favorite ice cream
flavor?

Who doesn't? Pistachio is the best!

[03] Have you got a least favorite flavor?

Yes. Vanilla. Yawn....

[04] Where do you prefer to get your ice cream fix?

I love to go to either Lake Hiawatha Dairy or Maggie Moos.

[05] Do you have a nice memory associated with ice cream?

I suppose so, but I can't think of one specifically.

Sunday Stealing - 24 July 2011

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The Twenty-Fiver Meme Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!!

Today we ripped off a blogger named Reyna Elena from the blo…

Sunday Seven - Episode #299

I really hope you played last week’s edition of the Sunday Seven, but if you didn’t, that’s okay. Last week, I asked you to list seven things you were grateful for that week. It’s often easy to come up with a handful of things that you’re grateful for. But what if you had to come up with more than a handful? Are you really aware of how much you have to be thankful for? This week’s question requires an adjustment in your mindset depending on whether you played last week. If you answered last week’s question, then you must list seven things you didn’t list last week.If you didn’t play last week, make yourself a list of seven things, then take a few moments and make another list of seven. That second set will be harder…and that’s the point. Give me items 8-14 on your list.That’s this week’s challenge!Oh, that's not fair! You saw that comment and did this! Yikes.1. Vacation time (more than I could possibly know what to do with) so Luis and I can travel2. Thai food restaurant …

Bringing Out the Worst in Me...

This is a string of comments from Facebook.

Admittedly, I could have ignored the narrow-minded Mr. Botes, who horned into a conversation that was not meant for him. But he did and true to form, it brought out the worst side of me. But really - if you insist on just using quotes to argue, well, broaden your horizons. Either use your own words or engage in some quotes outside of one source to make your point. There are so many excellent quotes out there from Ben Franklin to Erma Bombeck and beyond!
"Darren Johnston Bothered and wanting to know the truth Aislínge Kellogg de Gómez The truth is that man really did go to the Moon and it is not a conspiracy theory. Or wasn't that what you meant? Darren Johnston hehe Jaco Botes The Truth is known as the Word of God Aislínge Kellogg de Gómez Uh, okay. The truth is that the Universe is predicated on the Goldilocks Paradigm - that there is a specific balance that needs to be maintained. Otherwise entropy takes over. Jaco Botes Deuteronomy 13:3
P…

Friday Fill-In

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And...here we go!

1. Life is very good.

2. Luis is one of the best places to people watch EVER because it is interesting to see how his mind works.

3. if I was going somewhere, the one thing I have to bring is water flavour packets and my iPod.

4. Tomorrow will be here soon enough.

5. Next year, I hope I have more to do with my time.

6. This week Luis and I found the song Darling I Do by Landon Pigg and Lucy Schwartz.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana, tomorrow my plans include going to New York City and Sunday, I want to relax in myhammock!

Saturday 9: White Wedding

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Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: White Wedding

1. Tell us about the most recent wedding you attended. Wow... who's was the most recent wedding I've attended? Oh, yes, I know! It was a coworker's wedding - mine, for a refreshing change, not one of Luis' - and it was in 2009. They were married on a boat and was wonderful - romantic, sweet and the best music!

2. Do you enjoy attending weddings, or do they bore you to tears? Most weddings do bore me to tears. What can I say? The standard, usual wedding is boring and except for the…

Saturday Six - Episode #380

For many people, beating this ridiculous summer heat means taking the plunge in a swimming pool. So the subject of swimming is the theme of this week’s set of questions! Thanks for stopping by! 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. At what age (if at all) did you learn to swim? Honestly? Hell if I know. As far as I know, I've always known how to swim. I know it is not really innate knowledge, so I must've learned very young.
2. Some educators have proposed that swimm…

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. July 20th marks the anniversary of the first time man stood on the moon. Flash forward 42 years to July 8, 2011 which marked the start of the final Space Shuttle mission. Should we continue to explore space? Should nations devote more or fewer of their resources to exploring space? Would you want to go into space if the opportunity arose?

Of course we continue to explore space! That is what we do. Imagine if man had not gone over the next hill, had not taken to the seas looking for the Eastern Asian countries to find the New World. What I don't want is for us to go to Mars to Terra-form it. That would just be wrong.

2. What are three things in your freezer?Sherbet, ice pops, ice (for my husband, not me) and ice packs for injuries.
3. If you could see any band/artist perform live tonight who would it be? It has to be someone living--no Beatles, Elvis, etc.Coldplay!4. Ice-cubed or crushed? Or are you one of those people who don't like ice?I never use ice and often don't …

The Ultimate Book of Top 10 Lists

There is a lot of fun, weird and interesting facts in this book. Some of it gives me the willies, some of it is fascinating, and some just funny. But as long as I'm learning something, then it is doing what I really want. So here are some interesting facts for you.

The Top Third Common Misconception:

'Hitler was an Atheist
"We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. W have, therefore, undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out."

--Adolf Hitler, Berlin, 1933

Christianity--a religion of peace and tolerance that preaches moral values and love for one's enemies. Well, clearly from a historical perspective, this has certainly not always been the case although it's not so much the religion's fault as the people who attempt to follow it. With over a billion worldwide adherents, is it really probable that everyone who considers themself a Christian is pious, h…