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leaving a legacy


Today I was listening to the news on AM radio hoping to catch what was happening with traffic, see how far back the ‘Stros have slipped from their brush with first place and maybe what’s in store weather wise.

There was a story about former President Clinton and because I caught it in the middle I wasn’t quite sure what it was about… maybe his negotiation in getting those two journalists out of N. Korea?

I don’t know but it ended with them saying Continue reading

poking at believers and non-believers


I was listening to the Pacifica Station here in Houston yesterday. I normally don’t.  But as I was changing from FM1 down to AM, I had to punch through FM2 where 90.1 KPFT was playing. The DJ caught my attention by saying the next song was brand new. So I paused for just a second to hear what it would be.

It’s by Regina Spektor (who I’ve never heard of) and was released about a month ago.  The lyrics made my ears perk up immediately so I listened to hear what this song was about.

I think she’s making fun of those who don’t believe in God (perhaps a UU or two?) but when shit hits the fan… well, as she said, “no one laughs…” And I think she’s poking fun at those who believe God grants wishes like a genie.

I’m curious about your thoughts.

Sunday grillin’


I haven’t done this in a long time. It was really nice to just relax on a Sunday afternoon.

I used to fire up the grill once every couple of months or so but after the ex wife and I split six years ago that kinda fell to the wayside. I mean, I was in survival mode, financially and emotionally and i didn’t have the time to do anything but work and sleep. In fact, I went so long without tending to that old grill that it fell to the elements and now is pretty much just a big pile of rust.

I guess it’s apprapo as it was a wedding gift… it fell into ruin just like that marriage.

But I digress. This isn’t about then. It’s about now. It’s about firing up the grill yesterday.

new grillI’d kinda forgotten how I liked cooking out on the grill.

This one is quite a bit smaller than the old one I used. The old one had a firebox and the grill part was about three feet long. But this little one gets the job done.

Here she is puffing a little smoke out of the vent.

The Deistette doesn’t really eat a lot of meat… she might have a small serving at one meal during the day but that doesn’t happen every day. Well she conceded to a pretty big serving for Sunday grillin’ but she couldn’t quite do it. After taking a couple of bites… she couldn’t finish. She just doesn’t really eat a lot of meat.

chicken on the grillNow The Little Man on the other hand… HE is a carnivore. And he could barely wait as this little grill started puffin’ out the wonderful smell of chicken on the grill. His little brother, who I call Tank (built nothing like The Little Man who is kinda skinny and lanky) is solid and stout. He on the other hand doesn’t really care for the grilled chicken. Oh well… more for us. : )

You know… I haven’t mentioned that Tank has been with us for about three weeks. Emmie’s divorce decree allows her to Continue reading

a little coincedence today


Well, I guess the time, let alone the seconds, don’t show on the date stamp of this post but on my computer the time was:

12:34pm and 56 seconds.  The date…  July 8, 2009

Pretty cool huh.

Get it?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Ok, i’m a dork.

the king of pop made me a dancin’ machine


Yesterday Michael Jackson, the king of pop died.

Say what you will about Mike’s personal life… some adjectives I’ve heard are: freak, crazy, mental, unhinged, idiotic, maniac, and the list could go on. Despite what these descriptions may say about Michael Jackson and his off-stage persona, on stage and in the studio he was, as Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation said, “a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work.”

Amazing body of work.

Yes, that is a good way to put it. Amazing. It was consistent. Original. Lyrically, sometimes unbelievable, lucid and poignant. Other times… simply danceable.

I remember when I was in fourth grade I was invited to a birthday for some guys I knew from school… twins. Continue reading

If I Knew Then What I Know Now


Here’s another video by Ted Chung that I find pretty interesting.  It comes off of Exposure Room.com and was highlighted by the Berlin International Film Festival.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Note: spoiler alert below. watch the film first.
One of the things that I love about most short films is that it leaves the outcome up to the viewer. Many endings of short films certainly beg the question, “what happens next?”

I wonder what would have happened had she begged to get on board the plane for just a few minutes. Or what if the next shot had been her at the window and he looking out his to see her standing there.

ok, gotta go… The Deistette is yelling at me to come to bed. It’s night, night time.

a couple of weeks goes by fast


I think i’ve writtten this a few times in the past year… too much to do and not enough time to do it.

I can hardly believe two weeks has gone by since I last posted anything.  I had a buddy of mine in college whose dad used to say all the time, “time and tide wait for no man.” Apparently the saying is pretty old.  Even back in the good ol’ days, people had too much to do and not enough time to do it.

But hopefully I’ll get some stuff posted soon.

Oh here’s some news… Little Fawn was born today.  Yep, 15 years ago today.  My little baby girl is getting so big.

tagged by The Claw


My North Carolina blog peep, Sherri, aka LeClaw, tagged me with a meme about three weeks ago and because I’m so horrible at doing these in a timely fashion it’s taken me this long to answer all the questions. But better late than never I always say.

1. What is your current obsession?
The Office. I’ve been a fan since I first saw an episode last year but recently The Deistette and I signed up for Netflix and I discovered that it has all the seasons in their entirety. I CAN’T STOP WATCHINNNGGGG! Somebody please help me!

2. Who was the last person you hugged?
The Deistette. Every morning before I leave for work.
I try not to squeeze her too hard cuz she’s so tiny I don’t want to break her. You break it you buy it. : )

3. What’s your favorite dinner?
Enchiladas. Cheesy, beefy, fat-ladened enchiladas. It’s kinda hard to screw up enchiladas so pretty much from anywhere… anytime.

4. What was the last movie you saw in the Theatre?
That is hard to say. I honestly can’t remember it’s been so long. I don’t go to the movies that often. Believe it or not, I think it was nine months ago when The Deistette came out for her first visit. It was The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. We watched it at this cool place where you can order dinner and beer!… all from the comfort of your oversized chair while watching the movie.

5. What was the last thing you bought? (to wear)
ok, confession… I buy almost every stitch of clothing I own from thrift stores. One reason: I’m cheap. Two: I feel like I’m helping people in need, if at least a little, by spending my money at thrift shops. And three: It’s kinda like recycling and treading softer on the earth. Four pairs of slacks two dress shirts and a cool green silk shirt to wear for band gigs. $17.48 total.

6. What are you listening to right now?
The Alice Band – Ten Year Night
from my The Weepies Radio Channel
i love Pandora.com
pandora

7. What is your favorite weather?
I love the fall. I love when the heat of summer is passing and I can count on the next morning having a bit of a chill and the air is a bit dryer, giving relief from the intense humidity of the gulf coast summers. Basically that three week window in October. : )

8. Say something to the person who tagged you. Continue reading

using VodPod in WordPress


I just found a wordpress blogger who is using VodPod.com to embed flickr slideshows in her blog. Pretty cool.

And if you go to the forums there are some links on how to do this but they are written from a techno-geek point of view so I thought I would share my own easy 12 step process to using VodPod for flickr slideshows.

There used to be a pretty cool site for doing slideshows and inserting your own music called Splashcast but they went to a subscription model. Unfortunately with flickr all you get are the pics… no music. But if pics is all you want, well, here ya go.

  • 1. Get a VodPod.com account.
  • 2. Get a flickr.com account
  • 3. Upload your amazing pics to flickr.
  • 4. Get your slideshow share link. (upper right hand corner) and use the embed link not the url.
  • 5. Login to VodPod,
  • 6. Click on the tab labeled “paste embed code”
  • 7. Paste your link and hit preview.
  • 8. A window pops up with two tabs. Click the “Post to Site” tab and
  • 9. Click on the WordPress button.
  • 10. Click the blue link “Send to my editor”
  • 11. Wait for the internet to do it’s magic
  • 12. Hit “Publish” share your stuff with the world.

Tah dahhhh! Hope this helps.

It works with vimeo videos as well.

spring swap goodies


1spring-stuffI’m a little late posting this. I was supposed to show all my spring goodies when I received them a week or so ago. Sorry for the delay.

So one of my newer blog peeps, Sherri, over at LeClaw arranged for a little blog swap in celebration of the earth coming back into balance. I think there were eight or so of us participating in it. LeClaw got her Swap-O-Matic machine out, dumped our names into the hopper and swappy goodness ensued.

I was paired up to receive stuff from PHST (Pseudonymous High School Teacher) who just so happens to live in Huh-Wyy-Eeeee! Continue reading