Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Save the Gorillas!

Brad got locked up.

Funny story, but there's no time for that.

Run over to Blogjail and leave him some heartfelt comments. The way I see it, if we all express what an asset Brad is to the Blogosphere, then the jailers might feel sorry and let him out!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Happiest Hitman

Remember that thing I talked about that would make me the happiest Hitman in the world?

Well, barring a disaster, it is going to happen!

This will mean some transitional times for J and I may not be able to blog as much as I want for a couple of months....but watchout! Here I come!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Word Verifier: The BFM

Week 22: Pudding

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.

Although, something tells me that this week not only will you be ignoring the topic, but also the rules......aww, hell, special prize to comments #69, #100, and #666. However, #96 owes me a beer (or some Captain)


Ready? GO!


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Stress Fatigue

In college we studied the strength of materials. We learned about stress and strain and fatigue.

Little did I know then that the stress, strain, and fatigue I would deal with on a daily basis was not that of structural steel or aluminum--it would be that of J.

I found out Monday that I have to have my Performance Objectives entered into the system by next Monday. Not a major deal, but it takes time and that time HAS to be at work due to the corporate firewall.

I was asked earlier this year to give a presentation at a Corporate Global Conference. I'm honored, I really am! However, my presentation has to be submitted to the conference coordinator by Monday as well.

That's all on top of this new project I've been working on--which has really been a blast so far! We got money approved and I've started buying equipment. I might even get to travel back to OH in a week or two! The timeline for this project is much more accelerated then I would like, but I guess the stress is what brings out the best in me.

Ok, back to the drawing board*.

No, engineers don't still use drawing boards. We have ONE over in the drafting department that is used to hold a couple of notebooks and for nostaligia.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Why I hate Southern Drivers

1. They NEVER use their turn signal unless they are in the "left turn only" lane. By then, I already know you're turning left. You should have indicated that to me BEFORE you slammed on the brakes and swerved into that lane.

2. They don't know how to turn left across traffic. The center lane is for LEFT turns OFF the road only. These tools will turn left out of a parking lot, then STOP in the center lane and THEN look over their shoulder and try to merge into traffic. You should find an opening before you even left the parking lot and NEVER NEVER NEVER stop!

3. Just because your truck is a 4-wheel drive and you have big ol' mud grip tires doesn't mean you can speed through ice. It only means you'll get out easier when you get stuck. Mud grips? Ha, the best traction is with SLICKS or any tire with an ice rating of 9 (Goodyear Assurance Tripple-tread or ComforTread work nicely),

4. Snow chains? Are you KIDDING ME? The roads are just wet with some ice patches. Snow chains cause you to LOSE traction on wet pavement. Fool.

5. 75 in a 45 on a dry day but 20 in a 45 when it's raining.

The following were added based on Alkelda's Comments

6. Alkelda will disagree with me, but two cars CAN go through the 4-way stop at the same time if it makes sense. Like if you and I are facing each other and are both going straight, it is ok for both of us to go at the same time. Also, if you would USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL, I would know that you are turning and therefore I have the right of way and don't have to sit there and wait for you to wave me on.

7. Yes, cops not actively in pursuit or on their way to an emergency are supposed to follow the rules of the road...and USE THIER FUCKING TURN SIGNALS!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Gift Horse

One of my co-worker's parents were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Today she was talking at breakfast about how her folks FINALLY got their trailer and when they DID get it, they had to wait for the inspector to give them the OK to move in. "My dad has been trying to call them for weeks!"

If my house caught on fire due to a lightning strike, would the federal government step in and give ME a place to stay? NO. Victims of this HORRIFIC tragedy should feel VERY blessed for what they have been given from the government. You are getting free temporary housing! Don't sit around and bitch about how ugly the carpet is.

I'm trying to be sympathetic, but I'm just really SICK of people EXPECTING a hand-out from the government. No WONDER my taxes are so high!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Word Verifier: The Gathering

Week 21: Things that make ya go "Hmmm"

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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.



No one loves me?

I leave the SAME POST up for two days straight and I get NO additional comments? Now it is 10am on Thursday and no one is wondering where WV:TG is?



Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I told you sleep was overrated.

Monday turned out fine. After I got through my gazillion and three e-mails (Thanks, Birdy!), the day went by pretty dogone fast.

I was so inspired last night, I actually got on my exercise bike for the first time in about two years. Nonny, look away....I watched "Skating with Celebrities" while I rode. This is probably only the second reality show I've become addicted to. It is down to just two pairs. Both are FABULOUS, both are effen hawt, and either could win. When I finished riding, I was all hot, sweaty, and exhausted but I felt like something was missing...

I got another phone call last night regarding an important opportunity. Thanks for all the well-wishes, prayers, karma, etc. Still not done yet. As a matter of fact, I'm anxious as hell!

Today is shaping up to be a great day. I know this is all boring and someday I'll have the time to get back to my antics (Music Review Mondays?) when this project at work gives me more than 10 minutes to post. I really wish I had the time to tell you all why I HATE Feb 14th.


You know who you are.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Sleep is overrated anyway

Today had every red flag a bad Monday could have....but so far so good.

I was supposed to come in an hour early today to perform some much needed maintenance. After a weekend of staying up late (woot) and sleeping in, I was NOT tired come midnight last night. I finally dozed off and then some motherfucker called me at 1:30am....wrong number. I woke up and got here by 7 as planned.

I got here and the production line was running and the scheduler said it would be Wed now before I can get in. WOOT. I took that as a chance to chill and wake up.

Just before 8, my coworker called and had a dead battery....cool, an excuse to leave work and drive around town. WooT.

NOW, after filtering through the gazillion e-mails, I get to you, my bloggers. I have nothing interesting to share right now.



Friday, February 10, 2006

I scream


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Word Verifier: The Gathering

Week 20

We started this thing 5 months ago because people were inspired to be creative with their verification words. Don't feel like you have to actually make a WORD out of it. If it looks like something, then share that. Be creative and have fun!

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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, February 08, 2006

I'm Glad I Grew Up

When I look around town and see what young kids here do for fun, I think to myself "I'm glad I grew up." I just honestly don't see the reason to stay up until 2 am EVERY NIGHT getting hammered and acting like a fool.

Last night, I was invited to dinner by some college friends of mine. I knew "dinner" meant drinks and the possibility of staying out late. However, at about 11pm I realized that there was no real purpose to thier drinking. We just sat around and laughed at each other and really did nothing enjoying. I barely knew these people, so it wasn't like the social hour did me any good. I stopped drinking after my second beer at dinner. Maybe that's why I wasn't as goofy or giddy as them. At around 12:30 this morning they decided they needed Wendy's and they piled up into the Tahoe. I made my excuses and headed home. Now, this morning, I'm tired, I have a headache and my stomach hurts. And for what? A game of darts and an immature conversation?

I don't know. I guess I'm just an old fuddy-duddy trapped in a 20-something's body. Maybe I'm just a party-pooper.

For whatever reason....I'm glad I grew up.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Better than Yahoo Avatars!

Check me out as a LEGO Mini!

Fixin' to whack some dude.

And LadyH, you beautiful, musical Muse, you.

Nonny, you bad MoFo!

Of course, you have to use the non-censored, not for kids version to make the cool shit. Found here.

Super Bowl Music Review

By now you should know that I'm a big music critic. While I enjoyed the Super Bowl yesterday, I do have a few comments about the music I'd like to share.

Stevie Wonder led the pre-game performance. It was a montage centered around him at the keyboard while other famous-ish artists sang mo-town songs (his). This was kind of cute because they were in Detroit. Stevie had a pre-pre-grame interview and mentioned that his whole family would be involved and we would see one of the youngest drummers ever to perform. Well, yeah, he was young, but Stevie's youngest kid was just sitting at a drum set tapping and banging. I doubt he was even mic'd. I'm not good at recognizing today's pop singers by face since I never watch music television anymore, so please forgive me if I don't refer to them all by name. The first singer struggled. She had pitch control problems and had no spice in her performance. Joss Stone really surprised me. She did little singing and more grunting and groaning to the music. She has such a LOVELY voice...you wouldn't know it from this performance. I did, however, love the fact that Stevie Wonder sang along and got the spotlight now and again. India Arie did a fine job as well. My other main disappointment in this performance was the production. As the singers rotated on and off stage, the mics weren't keyed up and the first few words of each singer were lost. The singers themselves looked as if they weren't sure how to exit the stage and it all looked clunky. With as much money as they had, you think they could have done a bit better. Overall, though, it was enjoyable considering it was live and at a sporting event.

Halftime came just about halfway through the game and Mick Jagger and his guys took the field. I decided last night that I am neither a Mick Jagger fan or a Rolling Stones fan. Their music is ok, but has never really done anything for me. Mick really showed his age last night, too. Early on in the first song, he sounded like he was missing words and slurring others. Later in the song, he was only singing a few of the words and seemed to imply he wanted the crowd to sing the rest. When their show was done, just like in pre-game, the band looked lost. Mick looked like he wanted a full-band bow on stage while the drummer and other guitarist (Not Keith) looked like they wanted back to their cozy sky box with the beer.

I'm a big fan of live music and a big fan of collaboration for special events (like Grammy's, etc), but I also really don't like them ruining sporting events with stuff like this. They drastically affect the flow of the game and mess up the player's pre-game and half-time routines.

The game, by the way, was one of the best ones I've seen in a while. There were some awful calls by the refs and some questionable calls, but all-in-all it was a tight game and I enjoyed the football part of the Super Bowl for the first time in years. The only down side is that we'll have to see pictures of Ben Rothlesburger's gay-ass, redneck, dumb-ass-looking shaggy hair and beard.

Friday, February 03, 2006

One more 'nuther with work

I was "tapped" this week at work to join a team on a high-priority project. The product that is sold with this device accounts for 14% of sales and 40% of proffit for the ENITRE corporation. Lots of Big-Whigs breathing down our necks.

I'm honored and scared.

I'm also affraid it will cut into my blogging time....dang!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Word Verifier: The Gathering

Week 19: You, Furry Rat!

Johnny Clamps pointed his revolver at Punxsutawney Phil, cocked the hammer and said "You didn't see NOTHIN'! You got that, weasel?"

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Day Of Rest

yesterday took some wind out of me.

I'm sitting on my ass today.

You all should fill my comment box with happy thoughts!