Thursday, September 29, 2011

Favorite Songs–“Love Don’t Bother Me”

I never understood why this one was not a hit here in the U.S. I worked at Taco Bell when it came out back in 1991 and this song was in heavy rotation on the satellite system we had in place of Muzak. Of course, there was no internet back then and the “Taco Bell Channel” had no announcers. I have no idea how I found out that the band was Stage Dolls. I probably got lucky and heard this on the alternative station here (Lightning 100).

I finally hunted down the cassette of their album Stripped at the long-defunct Tower Records near Vanderbilt University. It’s hard to believe that was 20 years ago.

Stage Dolls is from Norway and they still seem to have a pretty big following. A lot of their other songs are out on You Tube.

In other news, this has been a crazy week. The allergies have kicked in full this week. I’m ready for the cooler weather to come in tonight and hoping it brings a bit of relief.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I survived Vegas 2011

Sleep was at a minimum over our three day Vegas excursion which really only consisted of being there Thursday night, all day Friday, and flying out first thing Saturday morning. I had to be at the airport at 7AM Saturday and it took a lot of coffee to handle that. I went to bed at 6:30PM last night just so I could recover in time for today.

These pictures are actually inside the Venetian right outside of Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill.

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Here’s some pictures from the lobby and the hallway to the rooms and casino. Overwhelming wealth and luxury, anyone? They’ve got plenty.

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And, if you need to dial number two while doing number two, they have the phone you need in the place you need it.

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It was a good time but it sure is a lot of traveling to do in a very short amount of time. I’m glad to be back and back on a normal sleep schedule.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dreams can come true

In my room in Las Vegas, I have a television in the bathroom.

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I also have a remote control that operates the curtains and blinds and I have those soft robes like the ones Axel Foley gave to Rosewood and Taggart in Beverly Hills Cop.

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If I can get just enough sleep to last through the day tomorrow…….

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

On the road

First up, yes – I deleted the last two posts I wrote here. I went back and read them and realized that I was only writing about television shows because I wrote about them last year and the year before. Really, I had nothing to write about so I chose a topic that, frankly, blew. I don’t even watch that much tv and I couldn’t care less about what I wrote even as I wrote it. When writing is a chore, it’s time to step away and hit delete.

Of course, what I said about Castle being one of my favorite shows still stands.

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I’m just hit a creative lull lately and that is sure coming through on the blog. I’m in between books and am completely unmotivated. I have big meetings I have to attend in Las Vegas starting today (I’m leaving for the airport in an hour) and I guess my mind has been on that for the last month or so. I’m not sure why these things stress me out but they do. A lot of the people at the meeting will be people I’ve only heard over the phone for the past three years and have never seen. That’s always tough – there’s the pressure to make a good first impression while still wanting to be honest in meetings and expressing the constructive ideas that need to be expressed to make things better. Let’s just say – there’s a need for that to happen. But, every company is the same so I can’t complain too much.

So, I am heading out to Las Vegas today and will return Saturday morning. I’m going from 75 degrees back to 100 degrees. It’s a short trip and there won’t even be enough time to adjust to the time zone difference.

Coffee is going to be my close friend.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Lazy Days and Lazy Nights

I spent an exciting evening at the Walmart with what seemed like a few hundred of the weirdest people in town. There were quite a few mohawks on display tonight. Mr. T would have been proud. I didn’t get mugged in the parking lot so that’s one thing to be happy about.

We finally started fixing all of the problems at work yesterday so today was much smoother. The good thing about being so busy is that it made the week fly by. The bad thing about that is that the weekend will probably fly by also and then it will be Monday and nothing good seems to happen on Monday. I also have to get on one of those pressurized tubes called airplanes and fly a few thousand miles round trip next week. I can’t say that I am looking forward to that either. This also means that I will be at a meeting during the premieres of Parks and Recreation and The Big Bang Theory. My DVR better not mess up if it does not want to end up in the front yard,

So, on to the weekend – at least I don’t have to go to Walmart tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It’s only Wednesday. Two more days of crap ahead.

I just heard thunder. Do you know what that means? Let’s look at the redesigned weather radar and find out. It takes all of the guesswork out of looking at a radar.

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What a week. We’ve been having problems on the “mainframe” at work. I call it the mainframe rather than calling it the ancient relic. On Monday morning, someone must have told it that Ronald Reagan died because it’s been acting up ever since. I was asked today when it was going to be fixed and I told them as soon as the man from the Smithsonian arrived with the parts.

I kid, I kid. (I’m not really kidding)

Oh, and my allergies. Gripe, gripe, gripe.

And I have to get on a plane next week to go on a work trip I’ve been dreading. Complain, complain, complain.

After the craziness at work, I haven’t had the energy to create any new gif’s for tumblr this week. For some reason, I haven’t been motivated enough to get on the computer much at night after being on one and screaming at one all day. (Did I mention pounding my fists on the desk? Office Max desks are pretty sturdy or I’m wimpy or both)

I keep having to reblog every one else’s gems. There are some really good ones from The Office making the rounds today.

O.K. Onward and upward to Thursday. Let’s see if the 40 degree temperature drop will bring us all the pneumonia that would be the icing on the cake.

More thunder! That’s a good reason to close up the laptop until tomorrow at 6AM when I am back at work solvin’ problems!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering 9/11/2001

I think that I would remember Tuesday, September 11, 2001 as vividly as I do even without all of the video clips we see in continuous rotation around this time every year.

I was at home – I was off work that day and scheduled for jury duty the next day. I did not have the television on. I was listening to the radio and the newsman on there said that there was a fire at the World Trade Center and that he was watching this unfold on television and he actually recommended that all of us who were listening should get to a television as fast as possible because this did not seem like an accident to him.

I turned on the Today show just in time to see the second plane hit. I called my wife at her work to see if she was seeing this and they had turned on a television there also. The internet was more of a novelty at the time – most people still had dial up modems – so the main choice to get news was still television and I think we all sat in front of the television until late into the night.

I remember that it was a beautiful and clear day here just like it was in New York City. I don’t remember the weather on many days but I do remember that day. It sticks out because it seems so odd for it to be so beautiful when so much bad was happening.

Since Sara was due in October, my first thoughts were about what kind of world we were bringing her in to. There was a great deal of uncertainty as to what was going to happen and that didn’t just wear off after a few days – it seemed to last for months and months. For example, the color coded terror threat system that came out of all of that was a constant reminder of the danger we were in. It was always with us.

The only things I can even remotely compare 9/11 to in my lifetime are President Reagan being shot, the Space Shuttle Challenger accident, and the Oklahoma City bombing. All of these events were just hard to comprehend – each in their own unique way. Sure, other “events” have happened, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind as I write this as being the ones I witnessed that changed our country the most.

For me personally, 9/11 popped some sort of bubble of “safety” I guess that I was in. It’s hard to describe what that means but I can say I never get on a plane any more without looking at everyone suspiciously. 9/11 also changed my television and movie habits. I stopped going to violent action movies. I stopped watching crime TV shows. Seeing what I saw on that day made me want to look only for the positives and made me want to be as far from the negatives as possible.

It’s odd that my kids see 9/11 as history in the same manner that I saw Pearl Harbor and the assassination of JFK as history. Studying about something like that is not the same thing as living through it and one day my kids will have to live through such an event first hand. Thanks to our government, President Bush and now President Obama, and all of the many armed forces and police and TSA employees and countless others, they have not had to just yet. I can only hope that we will be able to get to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and say the same thing.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Birthday #38

I think Ron Swanson perfectly sums up how I feel about birthdays.

What nugget of knowledge from my 38 years can I share with you today?

Wisdom is not expressing every feeling that you have, every moment that you have them.

Sally Albright actually told me that back in 1989. Each year I have realized more and more how right she was!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Home Improvement

The Fall home improvement project is finished. Lindsay’s room has been repainted and rearranged in order to transform it into a “big girl” room. Gone is the bright green paint and jungle themed wall border.

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Of course, stuffed animals remain. You never outgrow stuffed animals. If you want proof, just try to come between me and my Christmas Rodney Reindeers.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Soggy

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My Walmart rain gauge overflowed sometime last night so I’m not sure how far over 5 inches we’ve got here now. The yard did not flood out like it typically does and I’m guess that is because of the weeks of no rain and 100 degree weather we’ve had. Today it’s staying right around 60 degrees and the feeling of fall is in the air!

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Unfortunately, we know that the heat will sneak back in at some point. We normally have hot weather all they way through the end of October so this is just a temporary break.

And, it is Labor Day and we’re trying to be lazy but it is tough. This day is dragging. I think we’re going to have to go out in the rain to get lunch before we all go stir crazy in this house. So much for staying in and staying dry today.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

No Sun Sunday

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The rain has arrived but the extreme forecasts of five to ten inches will probably be over to the east of us. We’re still looking at 2 to 3 inches here and the rain will fall slowly and will linger all night tonight and all day tomorrow. It’s annoying but we do need it. We’re getting really tired of all of the dust and I am really tired of all of the allergy-related sinus issues thanks to the incredible amount of ragweed that has sprouted up this year.

So this has turned into another afternoon of being all pilled up on the couch. I bet I was up and down ten times last night – I could not get to sleep and when I did get to sleep, I could not stay asleep. This is a problem that is getting worse and worse. I want to blame it on getting older but I’m really not sure of the reason. I’ve really tried to watch the sugar intake and I’m being really careful to avoid coffee late in the day. I just don’t get it. I’m also running out of internet to surf at night so I’ve turned to pulling out the AM radio and trying to put myself to sleep listening to talk radio. Guess what – it’s not working! I ended up listening to WGN out of Chicago the other night for two hours.

To top off the rain and the lack of sleep, we’re also working on painting our youngest daughter’s room this week. We took a huge load of old stuff to the thrift store yesterday in preparation for moving everything around in her room and tomorrow we’ll be getting the spackle done. On Tuesday, the kids return to school and the paint goes on. The fun of owning a house is that there is ALWAYS something to be working on.

I need to get back to zoning out on the couch now.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hot!

Another 100 degree day today with another one coming tomorrow. So much for September bringing us any relief. We haven’t had a drop of rain here in about six weeks. I stopped mowing three weeks ago. I am officially sick of summer.

Lucky for me that it’s all about to change. The tropical storm that just formed south of New Orleans appears to have us in the bulls eye and will be making a visit here by Wednesday. It’s so large that the rain will start Sunday night and we’re looking at up to 10 inches of rain possible here once this thing is out of the area.

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I’m not sure where all of this rain is going to go on ground that is hard as a rock. I have flashbacks to previous storms that tracked right over us like Hurricane Andrew that soaked us back in ‘92 and Katrina in 2005 that maintained a tropical storm status all the way to the Tennessee border and brought 50 to 60 mph wind gusts.

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We need the rain and I guess that is all that matters. I’m also looking forward to the 30 degree temperature drop that will be coming in with all of this rain and wind. I’m sure our AC unit is also looking forward to a break.