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{ Monthly Archives } May 2007

From the Dark Side

And your hands are really shakin’ somethin’ awful As you light your twenty-seventh cigarette Oh, how long have you been sittin’ in the darkness You forget… Oh, you know you’re gettin’ really hard to be with And you’re cryin’ every time you turn around And you wonder why you cannot pick your head up Off […]

Relief for movie collectors

If you are like me, you own a lot of movies.  If you are as old as I am you probably started collecting your favorites on VHS.  Now you collect them on DVD and are probably contemplating the move to Blu-ray.  And, you probably have a list of dozens, if not hundreds, of movies you […]


Due to her seizures, the Head Rat has not driven for several years.  Today, her neurologist  agreed that since she hasn’t had one for over six months, she can drive again.  She drove home from the doctor’s office.  It was kind of like being with a kid with a new driver’s license.  Those of us […]

Home improvements

The apartment complex where I live is having all its shingles replaced.  Thus, I woke to the sound of compressors, nail guns and an indeterminate number of non-english speaking individuals on ladders outside my second floor window.  Now, while I am in no way attempting to imply that these individuals were illegal aliens, I did […]

From someone who knows

Doing what I do for as long as I have, I’ve seen a lot of people with substance abuse problems.  A lot of them talk a pretty good game.  Some of them really know. It’s hard to be funny and serious at the same time.  Take 12 minutes out of your life and watch Craig […]

Too Cool

I’m not sure exactly what to call these, except that they are creative “somethings”.ZoomquiltZoomquilt2 (via Steven den Beste)

‘Cause it’s the right thing to do

My one remaining friend from high school dropped by yesterday. He has been working out in Greensburg clearing tornado rubble. He had some interesting pictures and stories and a couple of odd little bits of information. He has been working on clearing the brick rubble from the municipal power plant. The rubble was several feet […]

Don’t drink, don’t smoke – what do you do?*

Well, I’m not sure, but you can rest assured that whatever it is, you probably won’t be doing it in the movies. (from the Hollywood Reporter via QandO) The MPAA said Thursday that its rating board will consider film depictions of smoking among the criteria for assigning movie ratings. Anti-tobacco activists have been pressing for […]

Cognitive Dissonance

I guess I’m going to have to start carrying a digital camera in the truck with me to prove I’m not making this stuff up. I was in my home town today, hanging out with Mom.  On the way back from visiting a friend in the nursing home, I happened to pass the National Guard […]

Privacy Issues

In case you all haven’t figured it out by now, I have some pretty strong libertarian tendencies.  Generally speaking I want less government, less government programs, less spending, less taxes, more personal responsibility, etc.  One of the organizations I check on regularly is Downsize DC.  While I think they are flat-out wrong about a couple […]

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