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March 29, 2006

Terrell Owens Calls Dallas 'A Good Place To Spend The Summer'

Story here. Via The Onion.


Millions of football fans across the country breathe a sigh of relief. Um, except Dallas fans.

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March 28, 2006

College Student in Wal-Mart for 41 Hours

"DES MOINES, Iowa - Some students set out for sun-drenched beaches and tropical party bars for spring break. Skyler Bartels, a 20-year-old Drake University sophomore, headed for the local Wal-Mart.

Bartels, an aspiring writer from Harvard, Neb., thought he'd spend a week in the store as a test of endurance, using it as the premise for a magazine article.

He called his adviser and she liked the idea. "I just intuitively thought, 'This is brilliant!'" said Carol Spaulding-Kruse, a Drake associate professor of English. "I wasn't quite sure why, but it just sounded like a really good idea.

For 41 hours, Bartels wandered the aisles of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Windsor Heights. He watched shoppers, read magazines, watched movies on the DVD display and played video games.

He bought meals at the in-store Subway sandwich shop, but was able to catch only brief naps in a restroom stall or on lawn chairs in the garden department."

I gotta tell ya, I'm not sure what the story is here. The dude ate Subway, played video games, and slept in bathrooms and lawn chairs. That's not a social science experiment or a writing exercise . . . THAT'S COLLEGE!

We can only pray that Fox gets their hands on this guy and creates a reality show based on his experience.

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It's 5 o'clock somewhere.


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March 27, 2006

From The Archives

I was looking back through last March and found this. It made me think of last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy. There was a train wreck and, very long story short, one of Dr. Shepherd's patients died. The message the patient asked Dr. Shepherd to pass along to her fiance was that if love were enough, she'd still be alive.

March 19, 2005
Popping Cancer Update: If you don't have your health, you can still have everything.

This was written some time ago by Anita Tejedat. I share it with you now:

When someone you love is falling apart with the dreaded disease that seems to be consuming him little by little, you become steeped in fear and anger and denial and often feel helpless. What can you do? What is the purpose of all this?

"Why, dear God, why?" is the question that goes around and around in your head. You've heard it said that when you have your health you have everything. I wonder about that.

Do you really? My beloved husband is sick. I live and feel and breathe these things and live with the questions always. But I have found one of the answers. I give it to you. No it is not true that when you have your health you have everything. What is true is, if you have someone who truly cares about you, when you do not have your health, you have everything.

It is easier to buy good health than to buy good love. No amount of money can do that. Love is a free gift. It can give us all the strength we need to go on when there ain't no more to give.

Screaming out in the quiet, "I adore you. I hate this. I am here. If only my love could heal you, you would be healed instantly. Together we'll get through this. We'll beat this thing." And in my heart I know our love is better than anything else, richer than anything else, healthier than anything else, and will rise above anything else, yes, and can even heal.

No, when you have your health you do not have everything, but when you have a heart, a soul, connected to yours, be it wife, husband, child, friend, lover, parent, sister, brother, doctor, nurse, whoever, that says "I love you, I'm here," you have everything.

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Top Ten

1. In The Sweet By And By - Johnny Cash
2. Should I Stay Or Should I Go - Living Color
3. Jane - Ben Folds Five
4. I Know - Jude
5. Little One - Beck
6. Hollywood Freaks - Beck
7. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder - Johnny Cash
8. After The Fall - Elvis Costello
9. Bottle Of Blues - Beck
10. Shame On You - Hot Hot Heat

(I really gotta download M through Z.)

Shame On You
Hot Hot Heat

Shame on you for getting wet
Now who will dry your eyes?
Shame on you for getting wet
How can you act surprised?

Running with scissors wasn't smart
I tripped and cut open your heart
I didn't mean to, but I seem to
Have pushed us back to the start

In the wake of my mistake
I felt your voice starting to shake
The timing couldn't have been worse
For me to be this far away

Shame on you for getting wet
Now who will dry your eyes?
Shame on you for getting wet
How can you act surprised?

Traveled the world under your spell
Cast on me in a motel
It turned my rain clouds in to rainbows
But I couldn't even tell

As days apart turned in to weeks
My memory played hide and seek
While I was playing show n' tell
I took your trust and set it free

Shame on you for getting wet
Now who will dry your eyes?
Shame on you for getting wet
How can you act surprised?

Shame on you for getting wet
Now who will dry your eyes?
Shame on you for getting wet
Now who will dry your eyes?
Shame on you for getting wet
How can you act surprised?

Running with scissors wasn't smart
I tripped and cut open your heart
I didn't mean to, but I seem to
Have pushed us back to the start

In the wake of my mistake
I felt your voice starting to shake
The timing couldn't have been worse
For me to be this far away

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March 25, 2006

Bathroom Makeover: Day 5,786


After a recent lapse in productivity, I have a new window and insulation! There may have been some other changes today, but I'm not sure because I was at a wedding this afternoon.

Updates to continue.

I hope.

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March 22, 2006

Oldie But Goodie For You Long Timers


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Snakes on a Plane

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This is, evidently, a real movie.

Samuel L. Jackson only signed on for this film because the title was "Snakes on a Plane." When the film makers tried to change it to "Flight 121," Jackson was adamant to keep it "Snakes on a Plane."

Samuel L. Jackson is either a creative genius or he really needs to borrow a few dollars.

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Rumsfeld: Iraqis Now Capable Of Conducting War Without U.S. Assistance


WASHINGTON, DC—Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Monday that escalating violence in Iraq demonstrates that the Iraqi population is now capable of waging the Iraq war without outside military aid, and pronounced the American mission there "a complete success."

More here. Via The Onion.

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Mr. Governor

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I was cleaning up a little tonight and came across this picture. If you live in Ohio, you should know at least one of these people.

Yep. That's Danny with Ohio Governor Bob Taft. While Danny was working for the Town Crier, he was assigned to cover some gathering at Boardman Park where Governor Taft was handing out some of those big, fake checks (like the ones on the Price is Right, or telethons) to some of Ohio's state parks. Since Governor Taft had been doing that for an afternoon, Danny thought it would be funny to have his picture taken with the Governor handing him a check, which he tore from our checkbook. Who else would think of such a thing? And then actually do it?

Also important to note is that Danny was 6'2" which means that Governor Bob Taft must be A GIANT!

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Better Luck Next Time

Obviously, these people don't know what they're doing.

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March 21, 2006

Top Ten List

I haven't finished loading all of my music onto the new MP3 player, so don't expect any U2, Weezer, or Style Council. (Style Council?)

1. Everlong - Foo Fighters
2. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
3. Do You Remember The Time - Amy Grant
4. Mixed Bizness - Beck
5. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5
6. Don't Change Your Plans - Ben Folds Five
7. Love/Hate - Liz Phair
8. Headwires - Foo Fighters
9. Kate - Ben Folds Five
10. La To The Left - Lyle Lovett

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Sorry for the lack of activity recently. I've had a cold the last few days and have been getting back into the swing of things here in the real world.

Updates below.

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Home Sweet Home

Since I had a few pictures left on my disposable camera, I thought I'd capture the reactions of my pets upon my return home Friday afternoon.

Here's Roxy, up in her window. The funny thing about Roxy is that when I leave the house, she hops up in the window and has a very stern look on her face. When I return, she hops up and shakes all over out of excitement.


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This is Francis' primary window.


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And his secondary.


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Inside the house, Roxy is hurling herself over the baby gate to greet her mother.


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And here's good ole' Polly, who couldn't care less who's in the house as long as they give her treats.


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Big Trip

So the big ski trip was a success. I have been skiing before, but never anywhere like Copper Mountain in Colorado. The easy routes were more difficult than others I've been on but they were also more wide, which was nice.

When we actually got out on the snow, but not yet on the skis, we asked a ski instructor where we should start and he asked if we would be taking a lesson first since it had been years since we'd been skiing. Since we are not too smart under normal conditions, we said nah. Fortunately, we both remembered pretty much how it works and a good time was had by all.

Here are some pics of the mountains.

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March 17, 2006

Back in one piece.

Here's one pic to tide you over til I can hear out of my left ear and return from my sister's this weekend.

This is Jenn and me at the top of the Lumberjack at Copper Mountain. (No, we didn't go to Vail beause the cousin of a guy Jenn knows got us from stuff there. Pretty sweet!)

I smiled nice and big because Jenn never shows her teeth in pictures.

More details to come.

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March 15, 2006

Here I go.


I'm off to Vail via Denver in the morning. While I'm gone, amuse yourselves with this.

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March 13, 2006

If you want me to.

I've been trying to put together a few songs to sing in church. I came across a few recently that were favorites of Dan and have decided I'm not quite ready to do those since I can't get halfway through them just sitting here in my chair with Francis listening to me.

Here are the lyrics to a song by Ginny Owens Danny wanted me to sing when it was determined that he wouldn't return to the pulpit. Over the last few months, I've been able to look back at things that have happened and realize that God was doing some things. I think maybe this song was not for Danny, but for me all along.

The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why you brought me here
But just because you love me the way that you do
I’m gonna walk through the valley
If you want me to

Cause I’m not who I was
When I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise you’re not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will go through the fire
If you want me to

It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
But you never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me
And I’m all by myself
And I can’t hear you answer my cries for help
I’ll remember the suffering your love put you through
And I will go through the valley
If you want me to

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I just figured something out! My e-mail address is now on the side bar. Sorry if you've been using Dan's old address to send me very important notifications of some sort. I never knew the password to that account and I just figured out how to change it tonight. So e-mail away! Unless you're sending junk. Or stupid forwarded crap. Or pictures of your kids or dogs or something.

Can't wait to hear from you!

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Why you are a loser and I am not.

Because you are not going skiing in Vail, Colorado Thursday, and I am.

Here is what I will look like skiing, except the head and the skiis need to be switched. Also, there should be screaming.


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I feel sick. While I was at Best Buy tonight, I thought all these months of therapy were going to go to waste.

My MP3 player died. More specifically, I killed it. The lesson I learned here is that if your Wendy's cup leaks Diet Coke in your car's cup holder, you should not place your MP3 player directly in the Diet Coke. It is evidently bad for it. Fatal, even.

So, I had to buy a new one tonight. The new one is very cute and fancy, but I still miss my old one. May it rest in peace.

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total 18.2

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March 10, 2006

Nuff said.

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March 07, 2006

Bathroom Makeover: Day 3,462

It's been a while since any progress was made for several different reasons, but progress was made today. Electric was run up into the bathroom, a little heater was installed and the reason the whole mess was started was discovered.

I'm no plumber, but I think this here CRACK IN THE PIPE GOING TO THE BATHTUB might be the reason it was leaking into the dining room! Wow. I'm glad I never actually tried to use the tub.


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March 06, 2006


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List of Oscar winners here.

My favorite moments:

Presentation of the award for Achievement in Make Up. How did they ever get the Forty Year Old Virgin and Chaz from The Wedding Crashers?

The Forty Year Old Virgin's girlfriend nominated for an Oscar!

Best Original Song: Hard Out Here for a Pimp - Music & Lyrics by Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard Hustle & Flow - I haven't seen so much excitement at the Oscars since Roberto Benigni won for Life is Wonderful and jumped around the Kodak Theatre like a little party monkey.

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Were there other nominees?
* For the record, if Felicity Huffman had won, I would have been equally excited. I love her and her adorable and equally talented husband.
* Also, I purchased and watched Walk The Line Sunday. Fab u lous.

Best Picture: Crash
I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain yet, but I approve of Crash winning.

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total 17.2

I first started weighing myself weekly on January 5, 2004 when Danny and I started Weight Watchers together. Since that day, I've lost a total of 41.5 pounds! That's like a toddler.

Even though that is a lot of weight, I think my proudest weight loss accomplishment is going a whole year (mostly while Danny was sick and for a few months after) without gaining any of it back.

Take that, South Beach Diet!

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March 03, 2006

Nick Lachey's Divorce Conditions


Via, you guessed it.

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Top Off Brands


Via The Onion.

The Onion is on fire this week. Check out these articles while there's still time.

Report: Vince Young May Not Be Smart Enough To Play In NFL

Democrats Vow Not To Give Up Hopelessness

Children’s Hospital Charity Dependent On Teri Hatcher’s Knowledge Of British Parliament

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More Commenting News

Check out this commenting advice from Kimm. I hope this works. I'm way too lazy to actually investigate this myself.

I've found that I have to trick the sign-in thing into letting me sign in.

First screen will ask for name and password, then ask if I want to be remembered. I fill in name and pass, then click yes.

Second screen will ask a yes or no question. Answer it 'no'. A box will then pop up, answer the box 'yes'.

You'll get a message saying you are required to say 'yes' to the second screen. Click the sign in link on this screen. This will take you back to the second screen. This time answer 'yes'. Then click 'yes' on the link, and it'll let you post a comment.

Nothing else I have tried lets me in, just this strange combination of answers. Since I left my druggie days behind over a decade ago, I have no idea how I managed this particular combination of answers, but there you go.

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March 01, 2006

Lite Brite

I was looking through February 2005 and came across this link Kimm sent Dan.

Just don't blame me when you get fired.

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The Gil Cates Guide To Not Enjoying The Greatest Moment Of Your Life


Via Defamer.

Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates apparently isn’t convinced that his threats about acceptance speech length were heeded at the nominees’ luncheon two weeks ago, prompting him to enlist beloved actor’s actor Tom Hanks in his jihad against overly thankful winners. Hanks stars in the Academy’s “An Insider’s Guide: What Nominees Need to Know,” a DVD offering tips for avoiding the time-wasting sins that might incur Cates’ wrath: more here.

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Comment Posting

Some folks have told me lately that they can't comment on this site. There are three possible reasons for this.

1. There is something wrong with comments.
2. There is something wrong with their computers.
3. These people are ALL from Virginia.


Anyhoo, I guess I'll see if I can't figure out what's up.

If you're having trouble, too, just leave me a comment.

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Top Ten List

1. Cousin Dupree - Steely Dan
2. 19/2000 (Jungle Fresh) - Space Monkeys versus Gorillaz
3. Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
4. Only A Memory - The Smithereens
5. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley - Johnny Cash
6. Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
7. More Than This - Roxy Music
8. Ch-Check It Out - Beastie Boys
9. Ain't That Pretty At All - Pixies
10. Best of Luck - Nickel Creek

Sweet Baby James
James Taylor
(I'm posting this, even though you should already know the lyrics.)

There is a young cowboy he lives on the range
His horse and his cattle are his only companions
He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons
Waiting for Summer, his pastures to change
And as the moon rises he sits by his fire
Thinking about women and glasses of beer
And closing his eyes as the doggies retire
He sings out a song which is soft but its clear
As if maybe someone could hear
Goodnight you moonlight ladies
Rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
Wont you let me go down in my dreams
And rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Now the first of December was covered with snow
And so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
Lord, the Berkshires seemed dreamlike on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go
Theres a song that they sing when they take to the highway
A song that they sing when they take to the sea
A song that they sing of their home in the sky
Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep
But singing works just fine for me
Goodnight you moonlight ladies
Rock-a-bye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
Wont you let me go down in my dreams
And rock-a-bye sweet baby James

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