Wednesday, October 31

Another Holiday is here

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am not one much for Holidays. Too much commercialism in most of them anymore. Halloween isn't as bad as Christmas, but I do think stores go overboard with all the costumes. The candy I never minded - until this year. Wrong time to start the gym thing I got to thinking last night. I got candy for Halloween, and Thanksgiving coming soon, followed by Christmas and New Years. What a time to start worrying and doing something about the weight...

My sore spots, have concentrated strength today. I actually feel like I hurt more today than yesterday. So this post will be fairly short.

I am taking the kids tonight to church for the "Harvest Festival". I was going to head down to the bar, but I ache too much, and I am tired already. I was going to go in just my pants and say "I just came in my pants". Well, I thought it was funny.

Do something good today - take your kids out, or something. See ya tomorrow maybe.


Tuesday, October 30

I don't think I have ever felt like this ...

I grew up in central Indiana, in a small town called Kirklin (about 40 miles north of Indianapolis). Real small farm community, where everyone knew each other; the three churches were Nazarene, Christain and Baptist; 1 small general store; a Rexall corner (with the soda/ice cream fountain); and a few small odds & ends places. Anyways, as grade school kids are, we played hard, even worked hard during certain months of the year, as many were farmboys.

Things considered physically hard growing older were things like de-tasseling corn, marching band, and football (the one season I played). After HS I even hiked the Grand Canyon. AND STILL NEVER FELT AS SORE AFTER THOSE EVENTS AS I DO TODAY.

I started the gym last night - one of the three classes I need to do each week called BodyPump. Oh man. I have 7 more of these to go - just for the 8 week course.... How will I make it? We are talking a really good workout for an hour and they WORK YOU OUT! I had to wait 15 minutes afterwards just to be able to get to the car and work the steering wheel. I am soooooo outta shape (except round is a shape..?)

I am doing my best not to move too much today. Typing even hurts a bit. Tomorrow is my next class, and it is just stretching. I know I am going to hurt after that one as well. I have an appointment with the PT today. Wonder how that will go.


Monday, October 29

I'm gonna miss me!!!

One of the few comics I remember from years ago is of Garfield the cat. It is during one of the phases that Jon, his owner, and Liz, his vet, seek to put him on a diet. The final frame int he strip shows Garfield hugging himself saying "I'm going to miss me!"

That's sort of how I feel today. After spending several years building up to pony keg belly I now have, I am going to watch it slowly disappear, and actually be happy about it. Friday night I went to the meeting at the gym for the 8 week exercise program. They did some measurements of the thigh (27"), the waist (57 1/2"), and BP (I missed what that one was, but I know it was pretty high), had before photos taken (front and side profiles), then the inevitable weight. I'm feeling pretty good. I had weighed myself on the regular Kmart scale a couple months ago, and was at 275. Hell, not even close. They weighed me in at 325, and maybe 5 pounds of that was the clothes and stuff I had in my pockets. 325 - No way do I look that heavy, or so I thought. Great - definitely a prime candidate for this program now, so I paid the refundable $50, provided my info, and scheduled an appointment with the Dr. that is running the study.

Saturday morning I met with the Dr. I knew hi pretty well, as he is friends with my bosses, and I had personally done his refinance at least 3 times over the years. Everything checked out fairly well - except I need to visit the PT for my left hip and right scapula. They don't have equal range of motion as the other side, and will need some extra exercising. But he did clear me to start the program. Which is tonight.

Three classes an hour long each. I am required to do just those 3 classes each week. One dealing with weights, one with stretching yoga/tai-chi stuff, and the last one using resistance balls, etc.
After the first 2 weeks, the PT will okay me to have free reign at the gym outside of the classes, so I will be spending several days a week there. The Dr said a good goal for 8 weeks is about 35 pounds. And lots of muscle mass. I'm going to be built like I was in HS within the year. I am stoked.

So now that I have bored you with that, wanna go for a run?


Thursday, October 25

It finally has arrived

Sorry I have been absent a day or so there. I was spending time at home in bed, coming down with something similar to the flu, but not quite. I am still not feeling up to par, but I left half day at work yesterday, and came in half day late today trying to shake the sickness. I know the company can't do much without me. I am theone in control of where the files are etc.

Moving day has been announced. Everyone else is moving whatever they have left to move today. I don't get to do any of mine until tomorrow. My copiers are leaving at 9am, then the phones and servers are going down at noon. The I have to move my entire office over. Nothing allowed to go over early. Fucking sucks.

So, this afternoon I guess I am sitting around not doing much, because there isn't much for me to do at the moment.

Hey Freddie, I did do a double check. You were 10,001 according to Sitemeter details. Sorry, I wish it had been you, or anyone else I know.

I am outta here. Don't be surprised if I am not back for a few days while we do the work transistion.


Tuesday, October 23

Mission Accomplished - 10K has been reached!

WooHoo! Okay, now I am just calming down from such a landmark event (for little ol' me anyways). The only bad part is I have no clue as to who it was. If I could figure out how to copy the details on the screen and put them here I would, but I can't figure it out. Here's the basics:

Brighton, East Sussex, UK
ISP = Mistral Internet
They stayed for 0 minutes
referred over here by Google, using the search term "pictures of men holding ladies boobies"

So much for that little game. And here I was still thinking about awarding a prize, but I guess that won't be necessary now. I do owe a few shout-outs ....

To GuyK over at Charming, Just Charming - this gent threw up a link for me and encouraged many to show up, and they did! Over half the needed final clicks to get to the goal came from his site. Hats off to you GuyK!

Many others of you helped me along as well, and since you commented, I'll throw you some linky-love as well.

Freddie over at Warts 'n All - check her place out. She writes some damn good stuff, even when she is really pissed off about something. I like her stories about growing up.

AWTM has her place at ArmyWifeToddlerMom, and I love her writing about her two young'uns, and good luck to her on them there CEU's or what not they is called.

Mushy is a new one to me, but he gave a good try at being the lucky winner. I stopped over there for a bit this morning, and I think this one will be joining my reads. I was just now trying to get the link to work, but my damn server is prolly screwing me out of it for the time being.

VW Bug over at One Happy Dog Speaks has got a nice site as well. Couple of kids that sure are cute, and looked like they enjoyed Disneyworld pretty much.

Wm H at Amazing Facts - thanks for dropping by! I enjoy my visits to your place on a daily basis pretty much.

I think I pretty much got everyone that commented - and for those of you that didn't, well shame on you! But I'll still throw ya one of my big comfy hugs iffen ya want one!

Okay, now we need to set a new goal to meet. More pics? More content? A better life? Hmmm, I dunno. Maybe more of all that stuff will happen. Stick around, find out!

Thanks again to all you readers!


You guys are just too fucking awesome!

Another reason why you just HAVE to love bloggers, and you readers have shown it again and again! Here I send out a plea for the 10K hit and JUST DAMN! I get over twice the normal hits of a regular day. You people are just too damn good for me to hang out with!!!

Obviously, I woke today in a better frame of mind. Besides wanting to see if we were over the mark was the best thing. As of right now, we are 10 short. But I know that will change very quickly.

Second best thing is I am getting rid of the Wife for a weekend here soon. not that often do I get rid of her, but rather she gets rid of me. She is flying back to somewhere near Omaha for a friend's wedding, and I get to stay home with the older three kids. She is taking the baby. Wait a sec. That means I have the kids for 3 days. I see lots of pizza, eating out, movies and maybe some putt put golf in the near future. This could be good - Daddy time with the older kids.

Alright, I am anxious. I gotta get back to some work, but every few minutes I keep pulling up the counter. You guys RAWK!


Monday, October 22

Approaching the big 10K mark

It seems like it has taken quite a bit of time, but now it is rapidly approaching. As of this post, I am only 102 hits away from that big first 5 digit number of 10, 000. That is starting from 10/28/06 when I first put the counter back on my LiveJournal account, before moving here.

Thanks to the you readers, visitors, friends, family, and those that Google things like "granny amputee porno sex, boobies, and many other phrases I shouldn't use in public.

I don't know if I will give anything away to the person that hits 10K, but I might. I just hope they comment when they hit it, so I will know who it is. That in itself might determine a prize.

So good luck to the person that does it, and many thanks again for getting me to that mark. I feel so special.


Back to the Real World

I realized this morning at the early hour of 6am that I have to come back to reality. The daughter has early morning band practices again after a week off. I was so enjoying not having to get up as early to take her. Of course, then I have to return to the office as well. Definitely a sign that the weekend is over. A weekend I was thoroughly enjoying.

Friday night I was to attend the class to start my weight-loss program. I had shown up a good hour early (no since driving part way across town in rush hour, since I was already close to the place). At the desk I casually informed them I was there for the meeting at 6 and then I was told it had been canceled due to only 2 people signing up. My boss had not informed me of that requirement. So now I am signed in for this Friday at 6pm.

Saturday I traded off some books with a friend of mine, and spent the afternoon playing video golf. The daughter had band competition that evening out at ASU and they placed a Superior rating which won their division. Sunday, probably against their better judgment, the team allowed me again to keep score. This time we one by a run, and then headed to the team bar for drinks and to watch the Redskins-Cardinals game. Many Cards fans were in the house, since the game was in Washington. My buds and I tried to offset the numbers, but there were too many of them. I was hanging my head at the end when they were in long field goal range, and the Cards sent out Neil Rackers to kick. They only needed a field goal to win, and he missed the 55 yd shot, so my Redskins won by 2 points. What a feeling! Too bad the NY Giants, and Dallas both won their games as well. At least Philly lost.

So overall, it was a good weekend. Now I am back in the office (which is even emptier) trying to keep busy, wondering when I am moving my stuff over, and when will the new place be ready to move into. Half my LO's are out of the office since most of their stuff is moved, or they are here trying to do some work, and then leave early for the day. Sometimes shit ain't fair I guess.

Alright, I got a few phone calls to make to get some stuff done. Hope your weekend was good. See ya tomorrow!


Friday, October 19

What do you expect from me today?

More drivel? Maybe an exciting post about something that happened? Possibly another short story? Or how about some jokes or pictures? This is going to be like you opening a new book not knowing what it is going to be like, well, for those of you that read that is. And I'll let you decide how to describe it. I for one, am quite sure it is just some meanderings.

The Daughter got her learner's permit yesterday. The Wife took half day and took her down to the MVD, and within 30 minutes she had it in hand. Tests have changed from when I took mine 20 years ago. We had the paper test with 20 questions on it. You could only miss 4 or you failed. Daughter was in bed when I got home, so I didn't find out how many she missed, but the Wife told me it is all on a computer now. It asks a question, you select your answer, and it tells you if you are correct or not, then explains the correct answer if you get it wrong. I am still curious how many she missed. OR how many were asked for that matter.

The office is getting emptier. It now echoes when we talk in the main area. There was a pickup today from some place similar to Goodwill for businesses. That emptied out a lot that we were not taking, plus gives the bosses a tax credit. I still have no idea when I am to pack up. Maybe I will luck out and they will do it this weekend, and then I just show up at the new office on Monday - if I knew where it is. I know vaguely where it is located, but not the address or exact instructions how to get there. That day will be interesting.

Tonight is my meeting for the dietary program. I kinda feel like it is going to those counseling classes they make you do for DUI, only you are probably going to share more because it is about your health habits, weight, etc. Another reason why I don't care to see my PCP that often. But I got to do this, if not for me, for the kids. The things I do for them....

I have been put in charge of the Beer Schedule for our softball team for the season. I suppose I should start working on that this weekend. We still have several weeks (we play through February I think) and I have to be sure everyone knows when it is their turn. I just got to figure out who usually is drinking, and who doesn't. Shouldn't have to buy if you never drink it. Maybe if I do this well, they will let me continue being score keeper, even after last week's error. What do ya say guys?

Okay, I think I am through giving you content to waste part of your workday on. Lord knows I have wasted enough of today going through my bloglist. You all have a good weekend.


Thursday, October 18

I swear it is a desert!

Arizona has its desert areas all around the state. Not so much like the Sahara, or Gobi, but arid wasteland where only scrubby bushes and cacti can grow. Hot during the day, cool at night; little rainfall except when it comes down, it floods away. But most of all, it is bleak and deserted. Kind of like looking out my office door.

Yet more of the office has disappeared today. LO's are in make-shift desks until our actual move date, which the owners won't clarify. They feel it will make production go awry due to everyone concentrating on when we move, instead of work until we move. I guess it sort of makes since, if you think about it. Myself, I am the only one left that has not packed anything up, or moved anything. In fact, today I was told I am to be the last one moved. That way I can still close loans whilst everyone is helping move, or whatever. I figure with tomorrow being Friday, half the staff probably won't show up - and the ones that do, will leave by 2:30 or 3pm. Bastids!

Tomorrow night is my meeting for this dietary/exercise regime I am going to start. For some reason I am a bit nervous. I mean, I have to give up drinking to do this. Smoking too, but I don't smoke near as much as I used too. That won't be too hard. My buddy Jan was telling me the other night that I am just going to kill myself to just stop drinking. Maybe that's why I am nervous - NOT!!

The daughter has finally asked us to get her into the MVD to get her permit. I don't know if we will be able to do it this week. Today she needs to finish up a report that was assigned over her fall break. Tomorrow she has band practice in the afternoon, followed by a home game she has to perform at. Doesn't make sense to schedule a game when school is out .... Then Saturday, the band has competition at ASU Band Day. That puts it back into the weekdays, when she is in school and we are at work. Maybe next weekend she can get it ...

I think I will go out and play some Texas Hold'em tonight. The company that comes to my regular pub on Tuesdays has one tonight at a place called the Steelhorse Saloon. Yeah, yer right. It's a "biker bar" so to speak. Ought to be interesting. When I played on a pool league a few years back, this bar had like 3 or 4 teams in, and it was fun, so I am sure this will be as well.

Welp, reckon I oughtta move on along now. Y'all come on back now sometime, ya hear?


Wednesday, October 17

Where the hell is everyone?

It's been quiet today in the office. I know because I am here. But where everyone else is I have no flipping clue. I know earlier several people were helping the bosses load up their trucks with miscellaneous computers, supplies, etc to take over to our new office. Then it got quiet. I walked around and there are only three people here including me. Needless to say, I have taken opportunity of the moment and slacked off at my desk ... not that I was busy anyways.

Well, I feel pretty talked out now. You can tell how exciting life is around me at the present. I need to get out more, or something. In the meantime, here is some more humor for your enjoyment. Maybe I will back with content later.

"Hello, Boss Rod? This is Philemon, the gardener at your country estate. I have been trying for to speak with you for many days."

"Ah yes, Philemon. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?"

"Um, I am just calling to advise you, Mister Rod, that your parrot died."

"My parrot? Dead? The one that won the National competition?"

"Yes Boss, that's is the one."

"Damn! That's a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he die from?"

"From eating rotten meat, Mister Rod"

"Rotten meat? Who in this world fed him rotten meat?"

"Nobody, Boss. He ate the meat of the dead horse."

"Dead horse? What dead horse?"

"The thoroughbred, Mister Rod."

"My prize thoroughbred is dead?"

"Yes Boss Rod, he died from all that work pulling the water cart."
"Are you insane? What water cart?"

"The one we used to put out the fire, Boss"

"Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"

"The one at your house, Boss! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire." "What the!!?? Are you saying that my house is destroyed because of a candle??!!”

"Yes Boss Rod."

"But there's electricity at the house!!! What was the candle for?"

"For the funeral, Mister Rod."


"Of your madam wife, Boss Rod... She showed up one night without telling anyone she was coming and I thought she was a robber, so I hit her with Boss's new Tiger Woods Limited Edition Nike Driver."


"Philemon, if you broke that driver, you're in deep, deep shit!"


Tuesday, October 16

How to get men to wash their hands

Wow! You readers are getting alot from me today!

Some more humor passed along to me. I didn't want to wait until tomorrow to post it, so enjoy!

A Husband and wife are sitting quietly in bed reading when the wife looks over
at him and asks THE question.

WIFE: 'What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?

HUSBAND: 'Definitely not!'

WIFE: 'Why not? Don't you like being married?'
HUSBAND: 'Of course I do.'

WIFE: 'Then why wouldn't you remarry?'
HUSBAND: 'Okay, okay, I'd get married again.'

WIFE: 'You would?' (with a hurt look)
HUSBAND: (makes audible groan)

WIFE: 'Would you live in our house?'
HUSBAND: 'Sure, it's a great house.'

WIFE: 'Would you sleep with her in our bed?'
HUSBAND: 'Where else would we sleep?'

WIFE: 'Would you let her drive my car?'
HUSBAND: 'Probably, it is almost new.'

WI FE: 'Would you replace my pictures with hers?'
HUSBAND: 'That would seem like the proper thing to do'

WIFE: 'Would you give her my jewelry?'
HUSBAND : 'No, I'm sure she'd want her own.'

WIFE: 'Would you take her golfing with you?
HUSBAND: 'Yes, those are always good times.'

WIFE: 'Would she use my clubs?
HUSBAND: 'No, she's left-handed.'

WIFE: -- silence ------
HUSBAND: 'Shit.'

It's amazing what you can learn in E-mail!!

For those that don't know about history...
Here is a condensed version...

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals
2. Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery.

That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement.

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men or wussies. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years Conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth; the elephant.

Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.

A few modern liberals like Mexican light beer (with lime added), but most prefer a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, with passion fruit and kiwi aromas which are marked by grassy notes, then rounded out on the midpalate by peach flavors. Crisp and refreshing, with a hint of chalky minerality on the finish; or Perrier bottled water. They eat raw fish but dislike beef. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.

Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, Ivy League professors, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated-hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink Sam Adams, Harpoon IPA or Yuengling Lager. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines, and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history: It should be noted that a Liberal might have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.

Something to do ...

Stolen from Groanin’ Jock:

  1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Pumpkin Saturn – just in time for Halloween?

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Vanilla White Chocolate Macadamian Nut – say that one 5 times fast!

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) R-Smi – that is screwed up trying to pronounce

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Black Tasmanian Devil – Could be Black Taz for short.

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Arvine Danville – yes, we are a bit snooty

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Smi Ra – my forefathers were Egyptian gods.

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Blue Jack Daniels – hell that could be a band name almost.

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Ralph Irvin

9. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy) Old Spice Licorice – that’ll bring on the elderly ladies!

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Arvine Earline – we is from dow’ South, ya know!.

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Cline Casa Grande – si, it will be hot tamale!.

12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Winter Tulips

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + "ie" or "y") Pineapple Socky.

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Water Oak

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The Reading Lightning Tour – at your local library soon!

Other people's children ...

That is a phrase I have picked up from somewhere. I don't recall my parents saying it, so I don't know where I heard it from before. But Every now and then, I find myself shaking my head and muttering that under my breath. Reminds me how much I dislike Stupid People. Posters for birth control. How to stagnate a gene pool. ::sigh::

Day two of this week, and everything still feels weird. I have an employee leaving for a weeks vacation to the Islands (Hawaii). I have gotten no less than 20 emails and phone calls from him - in the office - reminding where we are at on every one of his deals. AND, he expects me to keep him up to date on everything while he is gone. With a few hours difference between here and HI, I am sure I am going to do that.

The office appears emptier each morning I walk in. I was informed yesterday evening we will be moving in about 2 weeks. I wonder how many more LO's we'll lose in the move.... Just when things were getting good, everything slows down.

Hmm. Someone just me some work to do. Think I will visit the crapper and then get these done prior to leaving for the day.


Monday, October 15

This is going to be a weird week ...

I woke up this morning feeling ready for work. Actually anticipating getting into the office and starting right into the work I need to do today. Here it is early afternoon, and I still have this desire to get stuff done. Only there isn't much at the moment because I caught everything up. Now it is sit and wait for responses and new stuff to come in.

I must be sick, or dreaming, to feel this way about work - on a Monday of all days. But I cannot tell any obvious signs : no fever, no sicky feelings, pretty much bright eyed and bushy tailed. Somebody must have slipped some kind of mind altering drug into a drink or food over the weekend. I bet it was the Wife's meatloaf last night. After all, she called and asked me what I wanted, and it was ready pretty damn quick. Hmmmm, I'll keep her on the list of suspects.

Maybe it was amount of actual good sleep I got last night. I fell asleep on the couch watching TV for a couple hours, then after supper went to bed early (9'ish). The daughter does not have early band practice this whole week, so no need to get up early, then go back to bed. I don't know. I just think it is weird to look forward to going in to work - even though I really like my job. Now *that's* weird.

More weird. I walked into the office like normal today, and realize about 2/3 of the cubicles have been taken down and removed. I walked fast to my office, and everything was still there. We are now using maybe 1/3 the office space, and 4 offices, plus the break room. I know we are changing locations, but the branch owners have not told anyone as to when. It will only be about 5 miles from where we are now, so not much longer of a commute for me (thank goodness!). I remember when I first started with these guys, it was downtown Phoenix so 35 minutes in the morning, and 45-60 on the way home, at 6pm. Right now it is about 10 minutes both ways, freeway, against the traffic. Much nicer.

For all my softball team members, this is for you. I'M SORRY ALREADY!!! Sunday morning we played in our bar league. I am the scorekeeper for our team generally, and I messed up the game for us. I had forgotten to mark a run we scored in an early inning, so a couple innings later, when asked the score, I showed it as a tie (we were actually one up). Once it was pointed out to me about the run I miscounted, due to play continuing at that point, we had to go with the tie score. The end of the game came up a tie (time limit was up) when in all counts it should have been a 10-9 victory for us. So again, I am sorry, and if y'all want to replace me, feel free.

So after starting my day with that big error, I went on down to the pub to hopefully watch my Redskins win. Green Bay took that joy out of my day. But Dallas lost! Now if the Giants will lose tonight to Atlanta, I'll be a little bit happier. The pub I usually hang out at is having a HUGE 'Tail Gate Party' next Sunday for the Cardinals @ Redskins game. I am sure there is going to be a lot of insults thrown around, and food to eat. I know I plan on being there in my Art Monk Jersey to support my team.

One of the blogs I read quite often, is Neanderpundit ran by Og. Over the past weeks/months he has spoken about the diets and surgeries that he has gone through. Some posts are a bit grosser than others (which is funny) but tells quite a bit about some drastic dieting/food changes. My boss last Friday was mentioning to me about this new program his doctor is running, paired up with an owner of a Gold's Gym here in Phoenix. They have put together a dietary/exercise program especially designed for those that are 60+ pounds overweight. It is a 12 week program, and is billed to your insurance. There is supposed to be a meeting within the next couple of weeks, and I will be attending. I wouldn't mind losing 40+ pounds, and getting into a better eating/exercise lifestyle. It will be interesting for sure.

Okay, enough about my weekend and stuff. Anyone else do anything fun? Let me know, the comments around here seemed to have dried up.


Thursday, October 11

It's That Time of Day again ...

The time of day where I have come to a slow spot. Hurry and wait time, I tend to call it. So, I figured I could waste some time, boring you readers with drivel.

So I am down at the pub last night, waiting for karaoke to start to get those songs outta my head, and of course the obvious happens. They don't have either song in the book. Instead I sang different songs by those two artists, and it worked. The songs quit playing in my head. Well, it was either that, or the drinks that did it. All I got to say is mission accomplished!

Tonight is going to be a semi-quiet one. After work I am headed home to try and finish watching season one of "Deadwood". Friends had mentioned it is really good, but I seem to be having a hard time getting into the story. Maybe this last disc of the season will hold the really interesting part of the story. If not, well, I got "The Last Mimzy" at home as well.

I seem to be all caught up on my book reading. In fact, last night I had to hunt through several, and came across one I have not finished yet - "Shadowplay" by Tad Williams. I figure I have enough left in that one to last until my last book order comes in with "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz. That, or I will have to make a trip to the store.

Well, I am sure several bloggers are on their way to Helen, GA for the meet-up. Wish I could have had the time to take off from work, and the money to fly in to the party. Lord knows I could use a bash like this about now. Instead I will have to wait for the Annual Men's Trip to Mexico that we are planning for February. Y'all that are traveling, hope you have no troubles. Toss back a drink for me.


Wednesday, October 10

Oh boy! Today is a doozy! I got the music running through my head like crazy and I can't get it to stop! Not that it is a bad song ... See if you recognize this first verse:

When the night returns just like a friend
When the evening comes to set me free
When the quiet hours that wait beyond the day make
Peaceful sounds in me
Took a drag from my last cigarette
Took a drink from a glass of old wine
Closed my eyes and I could make it real and
Feel it one more time

Oh yeah.. if your under 30 you may not know it. So I got this song running through my head, then it switches over to this one :

Coffee black, cigarettes,
start this day, like all the rest,
First thing in the morning that I do,
is start missing you

Okay, this one is from a bit earlier than the first. I'll even give you a hint... it's Country. So these two songs are playing back to back to back in my head, and I'm plugging away at the paperwork humming them. Talk about some weird looks from those passing by my office .... I have a feeling I will be going out for karaoke tonight at the regular pub. Wonder if they have either song - be my luck they won't.

Works okay. Family is okay. Car is running. Time to start watching for the next bad thing to happen. I'm such a pessimist. I'll leave you with this last bit from Murphy's Law:

An Optimist is never pleasantly surprised.

Wondering about the songs still? The first one is Neil Diamond "If You Know What I Mean" and the second is Don Williams "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend".


Tuesday, October 9

My Wheels are Back in Motion

Ahhhhhh! It's nice to have my car back! As of last night I was going to call some junkyard co. to come and take the POS away. I spent an hour trying to wire the universal side mount, but every time I went to attach it to the battery, one of the wires would come loose. Finally I got so frustrated I went out for a few cold ones to calm down. Once I got home again, I got the sucker hooked up, the door locks clicked, light came on, I get in the car to start it up, and nothing. The damn main had pulled out of the damn mount. Either way, this morning before work I spent 10 minutes re-doing it all, and it worked on the first try.

Ten years and more ago, I loved working on cars. I did all my own work when it came to tune ups and brakes. About the only stuff I wouldn't mess with was AC/Heat and windows. A simple spark plug replacement would take me forever, because I would totally inspect each wire and plug, then use the gap measure for best results. But I have noticed over the past 5 years, I have started hating working on a vehicle with a passion. Need to change a tire, or at least put on a spare - no way do I want to mess with it. I think it has to do with the weight I have put on over the years, and the toll it has taken on my back. Hell, just the leaning over the battery has put some muscle pain into my lower back today.

The Halloween month is upon us now. I wonder how many days it will be before I see Santa Claus ads prior to the 31st of this month. I know I need to get over to the Dollar Store and pick me up some loot. Not that I sit at home and give it away ... My kids usually go to the church with the Wife and enjoy "Harvest Festival" where they have little game booths, etc and everyone gets candy. I went one year, and was bored outta my gourd, and the two older kids were feeling about the same. I wonder how they feel about going this year .... Maybe I should ask, or maybe not.

Welp, I think I should stop messing around here and pretend to get some work done. I was hoping to be busy this morning, everyone catching up after a holiday, but it has been the opposite. I haven't had much to do as of yet. Keeps up this way today, and I will definitely be unstable by the end of the day. Y'all have a good one, and see ya later.


Monday, October 8

Another Holiday I Get to Work On

I would say probably a good half of you readers out there are working today. Unfortunately, I am one of the working ones. I personally don't agree with the government and banking industry having Columbus Day off. Just makes no sense in my way of thinking. The school district we reside in feels the same way, as my kids still had to attend school today. But I noticed on my way to work, other schools were closed. Go figure.

So here it is a bit past the noon hour, and I am practically bored. Many of the contacts I need are off today, being in the finance business. Banks are closed. Half the office here didn't show up - I wonder if they knew they were supposed to be here. I am sure I will hear it tomorrow if they messed up.

Overall, the weekend was very decent. I am finishing up getting my car running tonight. I only have to cut the positive line and get the battery replaced. I bought a universal side post mount to splice the line back in. I went to three car shops to get the damn $3 part Saturday, and wasted the available free time I had to finish it. Now it will take about another 45 minutes counting travel time to the store and back for the battery.

Saturday night I was able to spend some time playing poker with several of my friends. I didn't place, in fact, I was out pretty early. But it was nice to visit a bit and relax, have some drinks and food. Better than just going to the bar and drinking the whole time. Sunday I was able to watch my Redskins win, and the Nascar race (where unofficially, I won third place and some money). And let's not leave out the hometown team, the Diamondbacks, who have swept the Cubbies in the first NLDS. Sorry HB! The bad thing, is last night a couple hours within me arriving home, someone busted out the back window to the minivan. Nothing was stolen, but the wife has to call and get some place to come to her work to replace it. I have no idea how much that is going to run.

Well alrighty then. I guess I ain't got much to say about anything at this time. I have about 5 more hours until the Wife picks me up (unless she is able to get off early, hmmmm). Y'all have a good one and see ya again laters.


Friday, October 5

It's stil Friday ... and I am still at work

Yup. It's beer thirty and I am still stuck at work. The wife won't be here from her job to pick me up for at least 30 minutes, so I got some time to waste some more BS with y'all. Let's have a joke first.

A drunken man walks into a biker bar, sits
down at the bar and orders a drink.
Looking around, he sees three men sitting at
a corner table.
He gets up, staggers to the table, leans
over, looks the biggest, meanest, biker in the face and says:
"I went by your grandma's house today and I
saw her in the hallway buck ass naked.
Man, she is one fine looking woman!"
The biker looks at him and doesn't say a word.
His buddies are confused, because he is one
bad biker and would fight at the drop of a hat.
The drunk leans on the table again and says:
"I got it on with your grandma and she is
good, the best I ever had!"
The biker's buddies are starting to get
really mad but the biker still says nothing .
The drunk leans on the table one more time
and says, "I'll tell you something else, boy, your
grandma liked it!"
At this point the biker stands up, takes the
drunk by the shoulders looks him square in the
eyes and says.................
"Grandpa,....... Go home, you're drunk

Okay, now that your laugh session is over, let's move on. So I get to finally bust something tomorrow morning. I have a feeling it is going to be the car battery. I will probably end up replacing not only the battery, but the whole positive lead line to all components by the time I am done. Damn things are made into one piece, not like I could just cut it and trim it into a new battery contact. I am sure I will have some choice words to be preachin' whilst doing this job, so I guess I should do it before the kids get up. Wait a minute. Those boys get up at 6am to watch cartoons. Forget that idea.

Okay, I am outta here for the weekend. Have a good one.


OMG! It's Finally here!

I am so happy (so happy I am yawning) that Friday is here. That means sleeping in tomorrow - wait! Nope, gotta fix the damn car. Oh well. I am still joyous that today is the end of the week and I get 2 days without seeing anyone from the office. Too bad I don't get Monday off too.

I was reading a few blogs this morning, and Freddie states it's DeLurking Day, so that sounds like something y'all can do. If ya ain't never commented here, do so today. Then I can figure out who all those anonymous visitors are that make the site meter move.

Speaking of site meter, a bit over 500 to go and it hits the 10K mark. That means a many of you are really sick and love reading what I put in here.... hahahaha! Okay, I am out of here to start some work. I will be back later.


Thursday, October 4

Thursdays just got a bit funnier

What a busy week for me. I have already put in close to 50 hours this week since the damn battery in the car is giving me problems. I still ain't got that damn positive line off the battery, and I am just letting it sit until Saturday when I have time to deal with it. By the time I get home int he evenings now, it's too dark to mess with trying to get it off.

So, since I ain't got nothing but business and bitching to do this week, here's some funnies I got through the mail....

One Halloween this woman opens her door to find the most adorable
little girl, with golden blond curly hair and the biggest blue eyes.

She was dressed as an Angel, and was just delightful. The woman said,
"what are you supposed to say sweetheart?"

The little girl looks up at the woman and says "Twick or Tweat!"

The woman thinks this is just adorable, and she calls her husband to
come to the door. The woman say to the child, "Go ahead honey say it
just one more time."

Once again the little Angel looks up and says, "Twick or Tweat!"

The husband agrees with his wife, this little Angel is just the cutest
thing. The woman picks an apple from the Treat Bowl, shines it up with
her apron, and drops it into the little girl's Treat Bag.

The little Angel looks in her bag then looks up at the woman and says,
"Thanks a lot lady, you just broke my fucking cookies!"


Tuesday, October 2

Ever feel like an ostrich?

I have been trying to hide most of this morning. I even shut the door to my office, but for some reason it is not working. It is meant to deter anyone from bothering me unnecessarily. But they wave at me from the window and I ignore them. So then the knocking starts, and I ignore it. Then they just open the door, say something like, "Sorry to bother you but this is for such-n-such file. Are we going to docs?" I glare at them. I put on my best scowl (which evidently needs work), and say "Leave me alone. I am working on things that actually have meaning." Then I turn away and ignore them again.

So far, it has gotten me 3 threats of 'going to the boss', 2 phone calls from the boss, and 1 "fuck you". I guess that last one, his stuff ain't getting touched today. Maybe not tomorrow either. SOB.

Yeah, you guessed it. Life ain't wonderful about now. My two youngest boys are getting over some viral infection (per the MD) and the youngest still has a temp running just under 100. Last night, the Wife started not feeling good, and she actually is worse this morning and not going to work. I didn't bother messing with my POS car last night. When Dad looked at it yesterday, he couldn't get the damn battery post to loosen either. I am about ready to just rip the shit out of it, and hope for the best. I guess I need to do that tonight. Another night wasted.

It's going on 1pm, and I am ready to just leave the office for the day. I started this post over 2 hours ago, and nothing good has happened since then. It's just seeming gotten worse. I swear, loan officers are the world's best rapers for money. If I have 0.0005% of a point under the max levels, they want it. It might equal a whole quarter of a cent, but they want it. Thank some higher power I know this business and won't ever get suckered on a mortgage deal again.

Okay, I am out of here. Enough whining and bitching for you to just bring you down to my level. Think happy thoughts. I got some whiskey at home, maybe enough for 2 glasses once I get out of here..... yeah.. happy thought.


Monday, October 1

I'm ready for a nap ...

It was too early of a morning for me today. I am only about halfway through the day at work, been here an hour and a half early even. Hopefully will be back to normal tomorrow ....

Friday night was a blast for us. We had beat the daughter to the pizza place and had banners hanging up saying Happy Bday and Sweet Sixteen. When she made it in, it took her a few minutes to realize who it was, and she as embarrassed. The Wife had gotten her a tiara, a sweet sixteen Tshirt, a banner (like the beauty models wear) that says Sweet sixteen, and had the daughter put it all on for pictures. Her friends sat at the table next to us, egging her on. then they got the whole place (filled mostly with students from the game) to sing her happy birthday. Her aunt and family had made it up there as well. By the time we got home (midnight) she finally admitted to having a blast. We gave her the rest of her presents then, and laid down her big one for her. She is now anxiously studying the drivers manual for her test since I okayed her getting a Learner's Permit.

Saturday was a good day. I played some video golf with my buddies, and ten later on I went out and ran into some old friends I hadn't seen in awhile. It was good to talk and catch up on stuff, and people we don't see often anymore. Got updated on a lot of things going on. Sunday is when it all fell apart.

I get up to do the normal Sunday thing - softball and then the race, and football games. As I enter the bathroom, I step into a fresh pile of dog shit. Not just stepped in, but got it right between the toes, so it squishes between all of them. And the smell was just horrendous. So I clean that up. I get into my car to leave, and the battery is dead. I have no time to wait a couple hours for the car parts place to open, so figure I would do it later in the day. I caught one of the players on the way to the game, and caught a ride. Spent the afternoon up at the pub, and got a ride home no problem. Went to work on getting the battery out of the car. I ended up stripping the positive (red) side of the post. Damn side mounted batteries! I had vice grips on it - strip! pliers - strip! Hell I started with the proper sized socket, which stripped it first!

So this morning, I had to get up way early to catch a ride to work with my Wife. While dropping off the kids at Grandma's house, I asked my father in law if he could run over and see if he could get the damn battery out. I explained what had happened to me, and that with little light, I was afraid of breaking it. He is going to see if he can do anything to help me out.

Other than that, things are same-o same-o. I need to get back to actually clearing stuff off this desk. Be back later, or tomorrow.