Monday, October 31, 2005

What a bust

So, I got all in the mood (thanks to my Blogger Buddies) and came home and put my speakers in the window. I was playing Ride of the Valkyries, Night on Bald Mountain, and Toccata & Fugue in D minor. I light candles and put them on the porch and plugged in my fake wal-mart Jack-o-lantern.

I invited four co-workers to bring their kids over for treats. At the last minute, one of them bailed out. One stood me up. One came over with her three cute li'l kids. I had Cinderella, Miss Moffit's Spider, and a John Deer Salesman (ok, he was like 13 and kind of was just in it for the candy).

I didn't even get any 19 year old kids just looking for free candy...what a bust.

At least I have something to bring to work for my meetings tomorrow.

I won't be near a computer most of the day tomorrow. Try not to miss me too bad!
Aparently I didn't get the memo, but clearly you're supposed to weare orange and black to work today.

Forgive me for not beeing all trendy and festive. No, I'm not wearing red and green in December.

And what's up with Trick-or-Treating by car? When did Halloween transition from a fun evening of running around carefree scaring those younger than you and being scared by those older than you, TP'ing houses and egging front doors to a social event where we have to take the kids to Mom and Dads, aunt and uncle's, or skipping it all together and just going to the "Fall Fest" at Church. Halloween is a damn church holiday to begin with! The Catholic church started it, if I'm not mistaken (Alkelda, you're so good with this kind of stuff). Why do these sects of conservative scaredy-cats have to take the fun out of the evening?!

Well, bah-humbug. I'm handing out safe, unpoisoned candy. As much as you want. Next year, my goal is to scare the bejebus out of anyone who approaches my door. I've got several ideas already--most of which will require every ounce of my Engineering degree. Oh yes, there will be wet pants.


It's official

Work has suffered far too long and now I'm behind the 8-ball. I'll find the time to read and comment, but don't expect a new post every day.

This sucks.

I do have some ideas for posts and maybe, between the visits from ghosts, goblins, Harry Potters, and Darth Vaders I'll type one up tonight.


Friday, October 28, 2005

Fucking work

Do they not realize that I have blogs to read/write? Damn them all!
On top of that, my computer at home is dead for the time being. Parts on the way, but who knows how long it takes to get to (where?) mississippi from silicone valley.


For m'Lady.

Stay strong and stay in touch.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Word Verifier: The Gathering

Week 5:Who You Gonna Call?

Ready? GO!

First time visitors: The rules are simple. Go into my comments section, read your verification word and be creative. Each week I'll give just a bit of direction for the topic.



Wednesday, October 26, 2005

HTML Master!

I just wanted to draw attention to the fact that I'm an HTML master!Just hover over one of my links, note the drop-caps. Notice that my links are all now a bit more bold, too.

Also stop drooling with jealousy and read the post below this one. It is far more important.

Suppose I should give props to these guys for the help.

Thank you Jackie Robinson

Many of my Blogger buddies have posted on diversity and/or racism. I've made my fair share of comments. I will be brief.

I was browsing Yahoo! Sports today grieving over my Yankees and looking for news on how we'll win next year and found this article.

My comment on it is: So what? So what if through the normal process of developing, scouting, hiring, and firing talent, fewer and fewer blacks or African Americans are involved in one particular sport. So long as there is no one intentionally keeping any one race, creed, or sexual preference out of the sport, then what does it matter? Selig made the comment that we need to do more to promote the sport? Why spend the money? You've already got baseball plastered all over TV (ask Nonny) not to mention magazines, little league, Babe Ruth and other summer children's leagues. If the draw for young black American boys is Basketball and Football, then so be it. Should we be encouraging young white boys to pick fights in the playground so there will be more white boxers? Why not go out and promote the NHL in Japan, Cuba and the Dominican?

Joe Morgan is a great guy and I love listening to his commentary. This post is NOT to discredit him or his beliefs. As an African-American (former) ballplayer, he should be encouraging people to take up the sport. Just like I encourage the youth of today to consider the lucrative career of "waste management."

Baseball may be corrupt with steroids and stupid people and all that crap, but racist and non-diverse it is not. Quick props to Jackie Robinson for breaking down the barrier!

On a side-bar (just a ploy to try to get more comments), Selig should not be allowed to tout his power as he has. I'll cut him some slack when he allowed the All-Star game to end in a tie a few years back, but forcing the Astros to play with the roof open was a blatant show of power that should be seriously re-considered by MLB. That's a bunch of bull-loney. It is no excuse for their poor performance last night. What's the point of building a gazilion-dollar park with a retractable roof if you can't close the damn thing when it gets cold!? The poor fans thought they could watch the game in comfort, and ended up having to boo through chattering teeth!


I fucking love quizes
especially when I'm right

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!


Your senses are pretty sharp (okay, most of the time)
And it takes something big to distract you!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Totally uninspired

I have nothing to say today. I spent FAR too much time surfing Blogger yesterday and so far today. I'm gonna sit this one out.

Now, fill me up with comments...oh wait, I'm not Brian.


Monday, October 24, 2005

Word games

LunaNiña has this word association game again. I always get wind of it from Spinning Girl. Sometimes I play. Sometimes I do. Today is sometimes.

Here's the list of words. You're supposed to list the FIRST thing that comes to mind. If you want to play, then before you go any further, go over to LunaNiña's site and copy the list. Write up your responses, then COME BACK and read mine!

  1. Infiltration::
  2. Nice person::
  3. Debt::
  4. Settle down::
  5. Thomas::
  6. Unforgivable::
  7. Medicine::
  8. A year from now::
  9. Neighbors::
  10. Dripping::

No cool pictures of changing leaves.

No cool pictures of R2D2.

No cool pictures of Plymouth Rock.

No sweet stories of loves lost.

Just some way to waste space so you can't cheat





  1. Infiltration:: Sneaky
  2. Nice person:: ME
  3. Debt:: Not much left!
  4. Settle down:: Can't wait
  5. Thomas:: Edison
  6. Unforgivable:: No such thing
  7. Medicine:: Taste
  8. A year from now:: The hell outta here
  9. Neighbors:: Co-workers :(
  10. Dripping:: Wet

Saturday, October 22, 2005

My sentiment exactly

Friday, October 21, 2005

good point

bricotrout over at the Rusty Nut Telegraph makes a good point in this post.

Need some advice

I've now seen several of my co-workers breaking the law--speeding through the parking lot, failing to stop at stop signs, not using turn signals, etc.

A great man once said "It is all about who you are when on one is looking." If we are to be examples in the company and in the community, shouldn't we be following the rules ALL the time--including not litering (cigarette butts ARE litter!).

I want to sit down with these individuals and share with them my concern. I'm not perfect, but I ALWAYS stop completely at stop signs, I rarely forget my turn signal, and I drive at a safe speed through parking lots. I mean, hell, one of them is the damn Safety Coordinator here. Of all people SHE should be demonstrating safe behavior at all times.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Word Verifier: The Gathering

Week 4, Wet-n-Wild Down-n-Dirrty

WARNING: The comments of this post will undoubtedly contain material not suited for the young or easily offended

Ready? GO!

First time visitors: The rules are simple. Go into my comments section, read your verification word and be creative. Each week I'll give just a bit of direction for the topic.



Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Work too much?

If you don't have a PDA, get one!

Then, you have all kinds of opportunities to earn a raise!

You see, raises come in two ways. The first is the traditional more pay for same work type of raise. These are hard to come by.

The easier to attain raise is to do LESS work for the same pay. Scott Adams, author of 'Dilbert' offers some work avoidence strategies. My favorite is making your office/cube/desk look like you'll be right back. Leaving the light on, books open, jacket on the back of the chair, etc.

My recomendation is to take mini-vacations. No one complains about someone using the bathroom too least not typically. So, grab your PDA, load it full of fun games like Spider Solitare, and head to your favorite stall.

Remember two important points: turn off the sound, and take your ID badge off your belt so the guy in stall #2 doesn't see who's next to him for 15 minutes.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

In living color

I decided to spend the rest of my afternoon giving each of my links his or her own color. I did my best to match it to your blog. What a great guy I am!

If you, too, want to do the same, you can!

In you template, in the links area, add
<font color="#112233">:
BEFORE the name of the link, but AFTER the <A HREF> stuff.
Then add </FONT> After the name.

So it would look like this:
<li><a href="" target="friday"><font color="#FF7777">Fridaysweb</font></a></li>

putting it AFTER the HREF tag replaces the color and overwrites the normal colors for links.

The color numbers can be used here with no impact to the rest of the page. Color numbers however, cannot be used in posts, as it will foul up your comments pages....why? ask blogger.

you can also use color names i.e. color="red" but that limits you.


Breaking and Entering

Good thing my cousin taught me that little trick.

I got home yesterday and the lock on my front door was busted. I couldn't get in. A case of old age mostly. The lock is worn out and needed replacing anyway. I had to break in through the back door. The bad news is my place isn't as secure as I thought, as I was able to break in. The good news is, it wasn't quiet and had I been inside while someone was breaking in, I would have heard them.

Maintenance is changing the lock today.


Monday, October 17, 2005

Whadda Weekend

Happy Monday All!

I had a fantabulous weeekend...right up until the trip home. My g/f and I were leaving some friends and family after spending the afternoon with them and I turned to hug a friend and she turned and got in her car. "What no hug for me?"


We all laughed, assuming she was kidding and poking at me like we'd all been doing to each other all day.

I followed her to her car and she rolled down the windows and with tears in her eyes said "You've been kind of a jerk all day and I'm not sure I want to hang out with you again."

I discussed with aforementioned g/f and she was as shocked as I was. We spent the next thirty minutes trying to figure out where the root of those comments were.

It was all downhill from there. The bad news kept piling up. After the 2 hour trek home, we were all on the ragged edge of our emotions and tired as hell. She decided to stay with me last night, cuz cuddling is more fun than laying in bed alone when you're this worn out emotionally, so we had swung by her place on my way home.

Well, it is a new day. The sun is shining. Work isn't too bad today. Maybe my friend will call me tonight so we can talk about what I did to hurt her.


Friday, October 14, 2005

Oh Captain, My Captain

Ye be welcome, LH. Thanks for not drinking it all. That be a fine boddice ye be wearin.

Drink up, me Hearties, Yo Ho!


I also found this image while searching for "Captain Morgan"

Johnny Clamps

I had a ton of fun thinking and writing yesterday. The creative juices were REALLY flowing, right up to the point where other stuff started flowing.

mmmm Captain Morgan.

I'm ready for the weekend! Big parties all around town.

Love and PEACE to LH and Amy. Hope the weekend is what you need!

I have bottled up Sunshine for sale. It is just about PERFECT outside. *cough* *cough* I don't think I'm gonna make it back from lunch.


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Word Verifier: The Gathering

Episode III, Dead Menace

As Jimmy the Squealer knelt before him trembling, Johnny Clamps cocked his revolver. "Now why would you go an' tell Fat Tony...."

Ready? GO!

First time visitors: The rules are simple. Go into my comments section, read your verification word and be creative. Each week I'll give just a bit of direction for the topic.



Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Can I PLEASE hit them?

My city has virtually no sidewalks. As a result, bicyclists must ride in the street. This is fine. This is legal and I don't mind sharing.

The problem is the idiots that think it is safer to try to squeeze in the non-existing shoulder and cycle INTO oncomming traffic. I assume their rationale is that they can see the cars and dodge them better than if they had to look over their shoulder all the time. So, as a result, we all have to swerve to avoid them and slow down. The other ones that piss me off are the ones who think they are impurvious to the rules of the road. If you are on a bike in the road, you are to obey the laws of the road. This means stopping at red lights and stop-signs. If you ride on the sidewalk, you are supposed to WALK your bike accross the crosswalks/street.

Oh, and

Please, just flick your wrist as you approach the intersection. If you are turning off the main road into a parking lot, etc, use "blinker before brakes." If you step on the brakes, I'm going to either step on mine, or go around you. I need to know what YOU are doing so I can drive safely behind you.

I'm getting a headache. I'm gonna go whack someone.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Monday Monday

I'm sure I'm not the first Blogger to encounter a case of "the [Blogger]Mondays." I had a fantastic weekend. I have nothnig exciting to share, however. No cute games, no cute pictures, just me.

I don't have a site meter, but judging by the comments, we have more visitors. This makes me smile.

I have the strange urge to watch movies and put MEGA BLOKS models together. I came in to work 3 hours early this morning. I had to modify a machine before first shift started up. It turns out, first shift was not scheduled for production today so I could have lept 3 extra hours. Until this moment, I was fine. I'm dozing off at my comptuer right now. Perhaps I'll go home an hour or so early and fulfill my urges.


Saturday, October 08, 2005

Shouts out

Or is it "shout outs"?

I spent Thursday and Friday searching out new recruits for the Hideout.

I want to say welcome to Crall, Kimberlina, Frank the Pirate, Shyloh, Madge, and Julia. Meghan gets a probationary membership until she leaves a message for us ;)

I'm sure some of you know each other already, but hey, swing back by their blog (located at the bottom of their profile) and say 'hi'.

I hope you appreciate the level of HTML I go through for you people!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


P.S. the names of our new members are clickable

Friday, October 07, 2005

WWBBD: What Would Buggs Bunny Do?

I was walking through the warehouse at work yesterday and saw a guy walking towards me, plucking the strings that are wrapped around the pallets of finished goods. These pallets are stacked 4 high side by side at least 25 long and 10 deep. I thought to myself "You know, if this were a Buggs Bunny cartoon, when he plucks that last one, the whole lot will topple down on him." This made me smile. Then I began to think of the possibility, to the point where when he plucked the last one, I flinched.

Think about what your about to do. What would happen if this were a Buggs cartoon?



Thursday, October 06, 2005

Word Verifier: The Gathering
Level 2 'The Noises Within'

It is Thursday, Oct 6. Time for level 2 of Word Verifier: The Gathering.

The rules are simple. Go into my comments section and be creative with the word verification. It can be a word, sound, or whatever comes to mind. No cheating--you can't keep hitting "refresh" until you get an easy one.

Today's special rules: "The Noises Within"

Ready? GO!


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Word Association

Spinning Girl has me hooked again on this little game she picked up from LunaNiña. Remember, if you chose to play, you must write down the FIRST thing that comes to mind. Even if it is lame.

  1. Quaint::
  2. Rind::
  3. Disease::
  4. Queer::
  5. Pork::
  6. Soaked::
  7. Skeleton::
  8. Mold::
  9. Finished::
  10. Buffalo::

My response is below the pictures of me driving to work today

  1. Quaint:: house
  2. Rind:: peel
  3. Disease:: AIDS
  4. Queer:: as Folk
  5. Pork:: Rinds
  6. Soaked:: sponge
  7. Skeleton:: key (GREAT MOVIE!)
  8. Mold:: is it growing in my house?
  9. Finished:: book
  10. Buffalo:: wings

Not the most creative, but rules are rules.

Tomorrow: Word Verifier: The Gathering - Level 2


Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Wow, so Brian posts NOTHING on Friday and gets 31 comments. I leave the same post up longer than 24 hours and get three comments. Now I understand the suicidal dreams of the late CLB (RIP).

I'm a busy man. I've got shit to do. I need to work to keep my almost 6-figures job. I have mouth to feed, you know.

I feel like lobster for dinner.

I woke up wishing J was next to me...but not in that "aww how sweet" way, either, I wanted wake-up sex.

I woke up 20 minutes before my alarm and actually fell back asleep before it went off.

The weather is far too nice to be at work.

The muppet show is NOT what it used to be :(

P.S. Larry, I'm only kidding. I'm one of the few Italian hitmen who doesn't like seafood...well, fried crab legs, fried crawfish tails or crab cakes--maybe.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Everyone Wants me...

So, I'll let YOU figure out why I didn't post all weekend ;)

It is official, HitManJ is off the market (for now). Ladies, try to calm yourselves.

No, really, I had some serious drama last night. See, I've been flirting with these two girls, H and L, and finally found time to talk to them last night about J, my new sweetie. Well, H took it fairly well but sparked a long drawn out conversation. Unfortunately, it seems as if there is no hope for our friendship. It saddens me deeply. She's really a great gal. I just cannot go on with someone who doesn't give a shit when she hurts my feelings. I can't stand for "you're too sensitive, suck it up."

L on the other hand is a psycho freak child. I rarely talk to her over the phone, so I IMm'd her online last night. I told her that I'd met someone. She went totally postal. She decided to tell me that she only went on that one date with me out of sympathy and that I was a "fat, gross, hairy freak."

This kind of set me off and I unloaded on her. I finished with "and don't forget to shave your mustache." Then she told me how hurt she was and that she was crying to her brother because of all the hurtful things I'd said. For some reason, I don't feel bad at all.

H, if you're out there, I'm sorry. I hope you find a way to forgive me and make things work.