Monday, January 31

Just Sick to the Stomacah

My middle son (8 years old) is starting to try to pull some crap over on us. Last week, we had the incident about  the "bullying" at school, and his refusal to go in the morning. I took him in, trying to understand the situation, and we spoke to the Principal, etc. The next day things seemed fine. He was out a couple days sick (he really was, so we know it wasn't pretending).

This morning, he threw a tantrum, a fit, whatever ya want to call it, and refused to go again. The Wife called me, and I had her put the phone to his ear. HE was screaming, and wouldn't respond to me, so I drove over to the in-laws (where my kids go to school from). I was mad. Not angry, mad. As I pull up out front, the Wife is trying to get him to the van to get him to school - he was already late now. He is yelling, crying and fighting her. I walked up and of course he could see he messed up and got me there, so now her is trying to get away from me. Over my knee he went, and received 5 from hand. Then I physically carried him to the van. Once in the van, in my most menacing voice (which was easy, considering how pissed I was) I informed him we were going to be talking tonight, and that he is going to the school, with no further problems, and if there were more problems, life was not going to be good for him.

You know how parental threats like that sometimes work. I was hoping. They left, and I returned home. I called the Wife about 15 minutes later, and they were standing outside the office, for some "calm down time". I could hear him still sniffling and crying in the background. The Principal had already spoken to the Wife, and was aware of what was going on. As I sat here though, and I calmed down several notches, I got sick to my stomach. I mean it, literally. I had started to eat breakfast before being called, and it didn't stay down. Even now, I am still feeling that queasy, nauseous feeling in th4e pit of my stomach.

Guilt? Self-anger? I don't know... Not enjoying it though. So now I get to ponder the whole situation, wonder if I am being unfair to him, and decide on some sort of punishment. Though, now I think about it, do I know the whole story of why this refusal to go to school is there? Is it more than the "bullying" he brought up last time? Is it a plea for attention, though, I feel we give all our children attention, love and acceptance. It only happens before school, but once he is there, things are okay, and life goes on.

Once again, I just don't know.


Sunday, January 30

So, What's Going On?

Welcome to Sunday morning. My Farmville game on Facebook has been harvested and replanted, animals taken care of, trees grown. Yeah, I know you are so interested. But hey! It's my Sunday morning, and I will relax how I want.

"Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one." Nice quote from one of the Dirty Harry films - at least, that is where I learned it from. Either way, I am beginning to see that more and more.... I sit here in mild contemplation, recalling events from last night (I was out with a friend at the pub) and just feel .... apathetic, I guess, about his concern that I upset some friends of his, that he invited to show up... and I guess I hurt their feelings with my potty mouth. At least, that is what I understand from the message he sent this morning to me. Supposedly, "they" were not happy about my potty mouth, "they" don't know me, and he sided with them telling me that I should apologize.

WTF? Apologize? For cussing... at a bar? In the general hearing of people that I am not there to impress?

Sigh. I am not like, ancient in my age (what would ancient be?) but I have lately come to the realization that I just don't give a shit about other people, in general. By that, I mean, the basic opinion of those I don't know, really do not matter to me. I am not here to impress you, or make you think I am some wonderful person, because Society expects me to act a certain way, at certain places, around certain people. I do not want to "conform". I am becoming more comfortable being myself, where ever I may be, in whatever situations. Sure, maybe you, or the people around me think I should care.... but I don't.

Since I am in that whole .... DILLIGAF ... mood, have a nice day!


Thursday, January 27

I'm A Winner!

The past 24 hours have been pretty good ones for me. Plumber came and fixed the hose bib. Good thing I called him, because that f'er was soldered on, so there was no way in hell I could have gotten it off without breaking something. A tad bit expensive, but it is done, and done right, with a 2 year warranty on parts and labor. Plus he checked the water pressure, and it is fine.

Last night I went to the pub for karaoke. The last 16 weeks, on Wednesdays, there has been what they call "Customer Appreciation Night" and if you sing at least one song, your name goes into a drawing held at midnight. If you are drawn, you get an 8-pack of karaoke discs that has, what I call, a generic mixture of songs over several genres. Plus, you get to enter the Final contest (which is next week) to have a chance to win a $400 home karaoke system. I know, I know, big whoop unless you like karaoke. Either way, out of the past 16 weeks, I had already won once, but took the honors again last night. So, now there are only 15 entrants possible for the Finals. You have to attend that night, sing at least 1 song, and be present to win, so it helps that I knocked out a possible entry. Now to hope like hell I get drawn 2 weeks in a row....

The Daughter came up from college last night. She had an orthodontist appointment early this morning, and is headed back down for her class this afternoon. After her appointment, we went to Dennys and had breakfast. It was good to sit down and talk about things.... considering when she lived at home, we had a hard time getting along. I had a wonderful time over breakfast, and look forward to next month. She has another appointment then, and we will probably end up doing breakfast again. Some good Daughter/Daddy time.

Now you know why the past 24 hours has been good.


Wednesday, January 26

Talking About Leaking

Heh. This is NOT a topic about urine. No Whiz Quiz to be given. I am just talking about my front hose bib. What's that, you ask? Well, depending on where you are in the USA, it could be called a spigot, a tap, a nozzle, a spout, or even a bibcock (heh, I said bibcock). Either way, mine is leaking, and has steadily gotten worse over the past few months. Yeah, I said months.

At first I didn't pay that much attention to it. We have the hose attached to it, and a sprinkler attachment as well. So it dribbled a seemingly small amount of water constantly. We would just move the end of the hose (where the sprinkler part is) to a different part of the yard, and it helped like a slow-soaker. However, in recent days, it has gotten worse. It's now a bit more than a trickle.

First attempt was to see if we could take it apart (it's an older type) and maybe scrape out some hard-water deposit, or something. Nope. That wasn't possible. Looked like someone before ha tried that and ruined the screw so that we can't get the  screwdriver to get a grip. Must of been the guy who lived here before us.... 10 years ago. No biggee, I will just take it off the line, go to Lowe's and get a new one. Nope. I am scared to try to loosen it. The pipe it is on appears old and fragile. The hose bib seems 'cemented' on and covered with years of paint. As if it was the original one when the house was built (early '60s). I am afraid that if I were to force it, I could break the piping, or worse problems.

Yesterday I called around for plumbers. You realize that they charge like $90/hour, and that was some of the low side pricing. Of course no one would give me an estimate over the phone - never know how bad the job is, or the time to actually do it. I understand that. I explained it is a simple remove/replace - how long could it take? I was told an hour or longer possibly. Well, I finally found one place, that I talked them down to $49 to come out and give me an estimate, and if I wanted could do the work right then. So I said yes. Still looking at maybe around $100 probably before all is done, but at least I know I ain't breaking nothing. Expensive, but safer I guess. When I told the Wife I had scheduled for today, and told her pricing, she about came unglued. She started bitching about the cost, so I flat-out told her, if we tried to do the job, it could end up being several hundred, and broken piping and who knows how much more. She finally conceded.

So, for that special low price, I am on 'stand-by' meaning if the plumber gets some free time in between jobs, he will call and come over. I would have had to pay more if I wanted an actual appointment time. This way, he could come by between 8am-7pm, which is fine with me. I just want the damn thing done.

My 8 yr old son is home today. After the event Monday morning though, this is a normal one. He is sick. Seems like all my friends that have kids, they are getting sick. I guess it is that time of year. Even the Wife has taken some mucus clearing stuff for her chest. Right now the son is in my bed (yeah, I let him sleep there) after I gave him some decongestant. When he gets up later, the humidifier will be turned on and let him sit near it so it can help too. Sis and Stuman - both their families are getting sick. Seems the family get-together this past weekend may be the cause of it all....

That's all I got for now. Off to await a call from the Plumber. Hope his pants stay up where they should....


Monday, January 24

Starting Off On A Good Note

Most of us do not care for the start of the week. Monday often signal the return to a job, that many don't like, but are required to do in order to receive a paycheck. I awoke this morning to ....

Sorry. I got interrupted there, in the middle of  that whole thought.

One of my boys (the 8 year old) is having issues this morning. First, he had tried the "I'm sick" card, which promptly got put in the discard stack, as his temperature was normal, and he otherwise seems fine. He pulled the "I'm not getting out of the vehicle" card when he was taken to school by his grandmother (which is the normal routine - the taking to school part). Before the Wife had to head to work, she was able to get out of him, that he didn't want to go to school because kids were 'bullying' him saying things such as, his breath stinks.


Bullying. I roll my eyes at this whole thing. Tell me one person that hasn't been bullied before. In today's society, we are supposed to hold the hand of anyone that gets bullied - at least when it comes to the children. No, don't get me wrong. There are some forms of bullying, when it comes to physical bullying, that I understand and agree, no one should have to put up with. And I am, not saying the verbal bullying is any different - it can hurt people in other ways. Maybe I am jaded to the 'your breath stinks' kind of bullying, as I find myself very unemotional and apathetic in most situations.

I wanted to tell my boy to "Buck Up!" and just deal with it. Stop your damn crying and get yer ass in the classroom. Bawling like a girl ain't helping anyone, and just making it more noticeable when you walk in late. And throw a smack to the back of the head, just for being that way this morning.

I didn't though. I did what a parent is 'supposed' to do according to society's standards (or at least how I think they are - even if I am sociably inept). I took my son to school, and walked with him to the office. I explained to the front desk lady, that there was an issue, regarding some bullying of my son. The Principal came out and tried to get my son to talk. No go. Then she went and got another person, who, I got the impression of anyways, was more of the school counselor, aka anti-bullying person. Supposedly the school has an Anti-Bullying program and bullying has zero tolerance - like the whole DUI thing in

So, we (yes, I went with) retired to the Principal's office, where she was able to get a bit more info about the bullying. My son ended up going with the counselor to her room, to have breakfast (the school provides one each day) and get himself calmed down (get the cried-out eyes normal, etc). I was a bit surprised that the principal actually thanked me for bringing this to their attention, as most parents don't. My first thought was she was placating me, but I realized she was probably right. Most parents probably tell their kids to deal with it, like we had to in our day. I let her know that if needed, I could be reached at anytime, and would be available to return if needed.

I guess sitting here and thinking about it, I can see somewhat why bullying is addressed seriously in schools. The mental aspect of it, being on the receiving end, could be harmful to kids. Then again, I think that kids nowadays are so 'wimpy' compared to my younger days. But even as a parent, I find myself NOT allowing my kids to do things like I did when I was a kid. I write it off in my head though, because I say to myself that we live in a big city, where things are different, compared to the small "town" I grew up in.

I'll stop now, and just say I don't know. I can see both sides to it, and it just doesn't get me anywhere, except time wasted thinking about it. So much for the start of the week, eh?


Sunday, January 23

Playoffs Are Here!

Looking to be a pretty good day. I am getting ready here in a bit to head to the pub to watch the Bears vs Packers playoff game. The Jets vs Steelers is on after it, but I don't think I am planning on staying to watch that game. Thinking maybe doing the 14 oz rib-eye steak breakfast at the pub too.

Yesterday was a fun day. Spent it with my oldest son at my nephew's birthday party. The Nephew had his party at Dave & Buster's, and as it was my first time, I had fun. That place is pretty rad! My son had lots of fun bowling. Afterwards, family all got together at Sis' and snacked, watched movies, hung out. Ended up letting the two older boys stay the night.

I was supposed to hear from a company for a possible interview this week, but nothing has been sent to me, email, or otherwise. I suppose they think I am over-qualified (happens again) and won't even consider me for the position. It is for In-'n-Out burgers.... go figure.

Nothing else for now. Maybe more tomorrow!


Friday, January 21

It Happens Sometimes When You Get Older

No, Sis, this isn't about you, but Happy Birthday today anyways!

Tonight is my FIL's Retirement Celebration one of the local churches is putting on for him. After I believe 40+ years in the missionary field, his health has required retirement of him. When I say health, unfortunately, I refer to his mental health, not so much his physical. My FIL displays early symptoms of Parkinson's, and no longer can operate a vehicle. A year ago, this was not a problem, but it has come upon him fast.

Back to the happier part. So, one of the churches that supported him had checked with the family, about throwing a large gathering for Dad. Our portion we helped with was providing several pictures (of those I had scanned over the last year) that reflected Dad in his work in the field. I presume they will provide some sort of slideshow presentation or something. They are also providing a dinner - which surprised me a bit. Now the issue is when will I get there.

Friday nights the Wife is later getting out of the workplace. Due to her line of work, she has to provide instruction for the weekend crew, and finish other miscellaneous paperwork prior to leaving. So, the in-laws were able to drop off my boys, and now we sit waiting for the Wife. Once she gets here we will take off, hopefully arriving to be able to sit and eat.

Tomorrow, Sis' son is turning 13 and is having a party. My oldest son and I will be attending, and maybe the rest  of the family after the party. The other part is more teenagers, and is at a place called Dave & Busters. Whatever that is. The Son should have fun.

Weekend plans otherwise... watching the Bears vs Packers game at the pub with some buddies.


Wednesday, January 19

Socially Unacceptable

I am that, and more it seems. I don't have a command of the language, and the writing skill to put it to good use. I let everyone know I am a bigot, so they understand why I dislike everyone - whether I stereo-type, categorize, or whatever. I use that word bigot, to encompass as much as I can when I say I dislike, nay, even hate, something.

And of course, it is bound to offend some.

Or maybe it was my opinion that I spouted off the top of my head. Yeah, I blogged my opinion, without checking with society to make sure everyone would be okay with it. And you know what? I really should do that more often.

But more than anything, right now, at this moment in time, as I sit here and read the comments from that post; then re-read them again... I smile. I feel good inside! Someone took offense and no longer will read my drivel! I love it!! Hell, it's not like they pay to come here! Heck, they are even warned, if nothing else, that this place is opinionated. Well, when I want it to be. Even the Reverend Mother comes here to read - though I think it is more to find out how things are going for me, even though I only live a couple miles from her house. I am sure she is offended, but she knows this is me... not her.

You couldn't hear that, but it was a contented sigh. I sit here with a small smile on my face and think to myself, 'Finally! I got someone to be offended.'

What a feeling!


Senseless Drivel

It's almost 3am, and I am still awake. Though I will admit I did lay down for almost 2 hours, trying to fall asleep. I think I goofed up big time yesterday.

The other day, the Wife had gone out to the grocery store, for just a few 'needed' things (mainly cat food for the damn Spawn of Satan, aka Rusty) and on a whim, I sent her a text to pick up some regular coffee for me, instant, so I could enjoy a cup or two of the mornings. Now, this is where some background history about me and coffee is needed. Actually, I remembered I posted about it before, and that can be found here.

Needless to say, Tuesday morning was the first morning I remembered I had coffee now at home, and figured I could enjoy some while starting off the day. As my morning progressed, I failed to notice actually how many cups I had partaken of, and by near noon, realized I had probably downed about 4-5 cups. Now, maybe for many of you that is nothing, but considering I have had a rare cup or two, with many a day in between, and those instances were very spaced out (see, you have to go read that other post about it). Oh, man. I think it was like the sixth trip to the bathroom to pee, when I realized I had drank so much.

By 1pm, I was bouncing off the walls. Caffeine-high, teeth-grinding, can't sit still, fingers tapping all over the place, legs bouncing a rhythm even a Punk Rock drummer couldn't do. By 5 my jaws ached from trying not to grind and bite. I literally felt like I was tweaking on some Meth or something. I had even skipped lunch without realizing it. Me! Skipped lunch! Missed a meal!

I pulled out the instant coffee container, and looked at it. I thought, maybe the Wife got some super-packed, high-caffeine blend or something. I still don't know. The damn label is in Spanish. All of it. She had stopped at Food City to get it for me. Let's just say, Food City caters much to the Latino population here in AZ. Them and that damn Ranchero Market. I don't mind some advertising in Spanish, but at least put the English first. There's that damn Bigot in me again. Sigh.

So, now it is after 3am, I am still wide awake (though no coffee since noon'ish) and probably going to have to have a couple cups this morning to stay awake through the day, then crash hard tonight. I know I don't want to end up napping all day, then be up again all night. Who knows, maybe I will post more drivel in some exciting Moment of Clarification, or something later....


Tuesday, January 18

Bigotry Comes Out

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Another one of what I call Stupid Holidays, for people to have a day off - especially if you are in any government type of job. Another day that students are not in school learning more important stuff.

Personally, being the bigot that I am, I don't think MLK deserved a day for remembrance. I think the government was trying to appease the black people by passing the law (or whatever it is) to make that a holiday. Just because he was big into Civil Rights? Bullshit. I know Arizona enacted it as a paid-time holiday for state employees years ago, just so that we could get the Super Bowl here that particular year, as it was pre-Sept 11, and the Super Bowl was played in January. That Monday followed the day of the Bowl. The NFL, how should we put this, STRONGLY encouraged the MLK Day situation, otherwise it would pass consideration on to another metropolitan location.

I am not denying that AZ's decision is bad for our economy. That game brings millions in revenue for the host cities. But I still feel MLK does not deserve recommendation for a day dedicated to him. Next, after that dipshit Obama (excuse me, I should say current President Obama) is voted out of office, I Am sure within a couple years there will be movements to name a day for him as well. 'Well, he was the first black President' or 'He had changed so many things in the world for good' or 'He won a Noble Peace Prize, too!' Fucking stupid people. I still don't know how he got a Nobel for nothing. I don't care how racist, but he's what I call a dumb nigger. I don't care if you don't like that word. You don't have to read my drivel.


Enough of that. I am getting pissed and my heart rate is going rocketing. That whole subject just gets me so angry because the way I feel about it all. I ain't saying my opinion is right, and it may appear (to you) to be clouded, and tinged with hate, envy, retardedness.... I don't care.

Alright, I am done being a bigot for the most part now.


Sunday, January 16

Lazy Day

Today feels like it is going to be a lazy one. Got nothing planned, and don't really feel like doing much. Made plans to check in with Reverend Mother this afternoon to go over and help her set-up and sync her Nook. Other than that, nothing else going on.

Think Subway sounds good for lunch. Wonder if the Wife will call when she is on her way home from church....


Saturday, January 15

Spring Fever - Spring Cleaning - Spring Break

It's Saturday, and here it feels like Spring is definitely in the air. I say that, to bring hope to all those out there amidst miserable amounts of snow, rain and other weather in which people are not usually favorable of. Today it is sunny, temps in the upper 60's, and damn if it don't feel like Spring. Which brings on other things.

It has been nice like this the past few days, and I really don't foresee any really bad weather coming in. I am sure we will have some more cool fronts come through, of course the usual rains. But after 2-3 days of it, it usually comes back to this, or warmer weather. I got a bit of the Spring Fever going on and feel like getting out of the house and doing something. Of course, no idea what. And part of that may be the 'Cabin Fever' from basically being home all the time. I don't know.

Spring brings on other things, depending on the type of person you are. I sometimes get into that whole Spring Cleaning thing. I am not spastic about it. I don't get all (waving hands all around) CRAZY about it. I usually tend to go through my stuff (notice I said mine and not our) and get rid of what I don't use. Give it away, donate to some Goodwill-type place, throw it away. Doesn't matter. I ain't using it, out it goes. The Wife on the other hand, seems to just sort thru her stuff, and decide she needs more. Shrug. I don't get it. This morning has been pretty good. I cleaned up the computer desk, wiped down the ceiling fan in that room (it was a TAD bit dusty) and now am taking a break getting the sneezing under control. The Wife is doing a store run for essentials (cat food - why we feed that damn 'cat' anyways?) and a couple things on special this week.

Last thing that Spring comes to mind is the whole Spring Break thing. This morning on the local TV show, they had a clip I caught part of about Spring Breaks, and where around here many people go. Rocky Point, Mexico isn't far. And can't forget Lake Havasu City, AZ, (where the London Bridge is) where they have done past MTV Spring Break shows. Doesn't matter, in the next couple months those weeks of college kids roaming around the waters will be here. Kids will get that week off of school, and I am hoping to maybe be able to go out and do some fun things with them.

Lastly, Spring is that time of renewal. That's why people do all that cleaning, and re-organizing of all aspects of their lives. Almost like the start of the New Year, but not quite. It's a more, inside refresher sort of thing, I guess. Plans form, hope refreshes, new outlooks appear. Speaking of outlooks, a friend of mine (read The Scotty B) recently informed me of a job that I may be interested in doing. I am still looking into the place, and talking things over with the Wife, but it does look enticing. I'll share more later about it maybe.

Okay, I am off to do some more Springy stuff (test bed springs? Hmmmmmm)....


Friday, January 14


by Manda Burger

Once a relatively rare disorder, Literature Abuse (or “readaholism”) has risen to crisis levels due to the accessibility of higher education and increased college enrollment since the end of the Second World War.  The number of literature abuses is currently at record levels. 

Causes of Problem Reading:
Excessive reading during pregnancy is the major cause of prenatal LA among the children of heavy readers.  Known as Fetal Fiction Syndrome, it leaves its tiny victims prone to a lifetime of nearsightedness, daydreaming and emotional instability.

Most abusers have at least one parent who abused literature, often beginning at an early age and progressing into adulthood.  Siblings of abusers are also likely to become literature abusers.  Spouses of abusers may themselves become problem readers.

Other predisposing factors:
Parents who are English teachers, professors, or heavy fiction readers; parents who do not encourage children to play games, participate in healthy sports, or watch television.

Social Costs of Literary Abuse:
Abusers become withdrawn and uninterested in society or normal relationships.  They fantasize; daydreaming about “castles in the air,” while neglecting work, friends and family.  In severe cases “problem readers,” develop bad posture from reading in awkward positions, or from carrying heavy book bags.

Self-Test for Literature Abuse:
How many of these apply to you?

  1. I have read fiction when I was depressed, or to cheer myself up.
  2. I have gone on reading “binges.”
  3. I read rapidly, often “gulping” chapters.
  4. I sometimes read early in the morning, or before work.
  5. Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read novels.
  6. I often read alone.
  7. I have pretended to watch television while secretly reading.
  8. I keep books or magazines in the bathroom for a “quick nip.”
  9. I have denied or “laughed off” criticism of my reading habit.
  10. Heavy reading has caused conflicts with my family or spouse.
  11. I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book nearby.
  12. I seldom leave my house without a book or magazine.
  13. When traveling, I pack a large bag full of books.
  14. At a party, I will often slip off unnoticed to read.
  15. Reading has made me seek haunts and companions which I would otherwise avoid.
  16. I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I finished a novel.
  17. I become nervous, disoriented or fearful when I must spend more than fifteen minutes without reading matter.
  18. I have spent money meant for necessities on books instead.
  19. I have sold books to support my reading “habit.”
  20. I have daydreamed about becoming a rich and famous writer, or “word-pusher.”
  21. I have attempted to check out more library books than is permitted.
  22. Most of my friends are heavy fiction readers.
  23. I have sometimes woken groggy or “hung-over” after a night of heavy reading.
  24. I have wept, become angry or irrational because of something I read.

If you answered ‘yes’ to five or more of these questions, you may be a literature abuser.  Affirmative responses to ten or more indicate a serious reading problem –seek help now! Fifteen or more ‘yes’ responses indicate a severe or chronic “readaholic” personality; intervention is seldom effective at this stage.

WARNING: “Reading Addiction” has been classified as “behavior with a significant voluntary component, “as defined in the Beatty-Eisner Amendment.  If you are declared a “known literature abuser,” you will become ineligible for SSA disability payments and/or ADA protections.  Your fate is likely to be life of poverty and despair, drifting from one dead-end job to another, as you wallow shamelessly in the causes of your addiction.

Thursday, January 13

Another Slow Day

Movies. I seem to watch many of them, whether they are old westerns, or more often than not, one I have seen before. Many of them are just as good the second, sometimes third or fourth, time. Of course, occasionally the first time was bad enough. This year has several movies out, or coming out I should say, that I would love to see.  Here are a few ...

"Priest" comes out May 13th. I am a big sci-fi fan, so most movies I like are weird like that.

"I Am Number Four" looks somewhat interesting, though I feel it may end up a flop.

"Green Lantern" is another comic book brought to movie screen. Looks pretty awesome. Speaking of comic books, this next one looks really cool....

"Thor" - and Anthony Hopkins plays Odin. Not many of his films out there that I haven't liked. Speaking of Anthony Hopkins, this one should kick ass...

"The Rite" comes out later this month.

Okay, so there are a few of the movies coming out I want to see.


Wednesday, January 12

Not Gonna Be A Whopper Flopper!

As many of you, the Ralphd00d has been out of work for awhile. Too long of awhile. One of the jobs I pretty much insisted on, was that I would not go to the fast food industry(ie. McDonalds, Burger King, etc) and flip burgers, or run late nights. I did that for awhile back in my early 20s. I am sure technology has changed how they do things in there now, but I have no desire to do it. Fortunately, I have been able to be picky about the job search, and exclude this kind of job thanks to the Wife's employment.

Yesterday was interesting though. As usual, two days of thew week we receive the mail circulars that have the regular ads (on Tuesday) and the grocery ads (on Wednesday). Yesterday it included a full page ad for In-N-Out burgers. For you that are unaware, this is a fast food burger chain started in California. Some people are "crazy" about some supposed taste this place provides. I recall my BIL being one, since he was raised in CA and grew up eating at this place many times. Back to my story ... so this ad is in there, and the Wife brings it to my attention. I don't usually review the ads.

Seems they are opening a new location near us (currently the closest in Phoenix is about 4-5 miles up the freeway). I mean near, as in about a mile. Good business place, as it is outside the mall near me, and there are several fast food places in that area providing for the businesses, mall, and travelers. New location, Grand Opening, Full Benefits packages available, Apply online to receive interview - to be held Jan 25th & 26th. No, apply in person, or fax resume number. Apply online prior to interview. Eh, I gotta have an interview for a burger flip joint? Sigh. I don't even have my food handlers card anymore.

Either way, I checked out the website this morning. Applications are only being accepted for a 'store manager' type position, and Custodial (Cleanup) Associate position. Yeah, that's what they call it. So I read the job description, and it is more about daily maintenance/cleaning of the facility, possibly some assistance in food preparation. Mostly, what appealed to me was the early hours. They start about 5am and go until about midday (per the info they provided).

Any of you that know me, especially seen me of the morning in past years, know that I am (or maybe that is 'was') not a morning person. However, since I have been getting up this early the past weeks, I think that has changed a bit. I see myself as maybe a bit crabbier in the later evenings now. Shrug. I think I could handle getting up a couple hours earlier and working the morning, having the afternoon and evening free. Starting pay is 'stated' at $10/hour. Not too shabby. Above minimum wage at least.

I did the online application. I hope to hear from them soon as to schedule my interview time for he 25th or 26th. I also need to look into getting my food handlers card again. I should do that before the interview. Guess what I am going to look up today?

Nothing else exciting. Yesterday I was image surfing through Google. Brought me up an idea of a topic I like (no, not sex this time - or boobies) that I am working on some posts to put up here sometime in the future. Opinionated and pictorial, I am sure you will be awed by it.


Tuesday, January 11

"One, Is the Loneliest Number .... "

Whoa.... today is 1-11-11 so who would have figured I would pull this one up? This recording is from 1969 (or so the comments told me) which was a couple years prior to my being brought into this world. Here's another famous "one" from that year: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." (quoted from

So, what other ones are out there? Too many to list, as I am coming up with several just in this short bit of typing. Many of which I don't want to even get started with trying to put here. Here are a few others for your time wasting here.....

Some biggies included first use of Insulin for Diabetes (which is great) and the DH rule was introduced to Major League Baseball.

Last, and of course not the least, here is Wikipedia's detail of January 11 -

Enjoy your 11th! I think I shall go have 1....

... or maybe 11...


Monday, January 10

Welcome to Week Two

Well, today we begin easing into week two of the new year. Does it make any difference from any other week? Not really. Any special significance? Nope. Should you care? I don't know.

The Daughter headed back to college last night, and called once she made the trip safely. That's good.

I been watching "Sons of Anarchy" season three on lately. Unfortunately, they can only show the episodes 30 days after original airing on television. So I am a few episodes behind those that have cable/satellite. Either way, I am getting really into the drama. For Christmas, the RM And PT had given me season one on dvd, which I plan to re-watch here soon.

Well, since it is a Monday, I don't have much to share. Need to call teh dentist and arrange appointments, my doctor to set one up for next month, and call the insurance company, as we received a letter stating we need to update information. Though, I have no clue as to what information... nothing has changed.


Saturday, January 8

Life's Temptations

I got to quit going to bed early, even if I do feel tired. I was in bed and actually going to sleep about 9pm last night. Not too bad, considering usually it seems lately more like 10-11 before I am there. My only problem is, I guess the body is preferring to get XX hours of sleep, because today I am up at 4am. I laid there for a good 20 minutes before deciding, sleep was not going to come back at that exact moment. I thought maybe if I got up for a couple hours, I could then lay back down and nap a couple more too. We'll see if that works.

Temptations. Oh, they are all over the place when they are things you are not supposed to have. For me, it is food. Or rather, types of food. A year ago I would have seen something that looked tasty and if I wanted one, I got one. Now I salivate and drool, imagining how it would taste. The texture as I chewed it. Oh, I tear myself up thinking about it. And my downfall... is cookies. I don't think I have ever ate a cookie I didn't like. I care for some better than others, but I love them all in some form....or cut shape.

Lucky for me, all the cookies I received for presents, I was able to be rid off (read: I ate them all) before returning to the diet after the new year start. I figured I could do okay, as long as I didn't buy any to have around the house. I do have two butter-sized tubs of pre-mixed cookies (just add eggs and water I think) on the shelf, but I am in no fear of using them. Too much effort to make them (though I so love them warm and soft from the oven). So I feel pretty safe. That is, I felt safe until I happened to take stock of what was in the 'fridge the other day.

We had a couple days worth of leftovers, and I was taking inventory as I was searching for the older of leftovers for my lunch. Common sense, so that it gets eaten before going bad. As I opened various containers to see contents, I came across a tube of cookie dough. You know, a tube, like the plastic wrap kind you see biscuits come in sometimes. Where you just open, and slice the cookie dough, and put in oven - 15 minutes you have cookies. Hastily, I put it back, not even noticing the type of cookie dough it was. Determined I was not to be tempted. As I put it back on the shelf, and moved a couple things over to sort of block it from my sight, I see a tub of dough on another shelf. a Bigger amount of pre-made cookie dough. This was too much for me. I grabbed the smallest Tupperware of leftovers - not caring what it was, and shut the door.

I used to think the Wife loved me. Then I thought, maybe she still does and was going to make me cookies as a surprise. But wait, she has been so encouraging about the diet, that why would she undermine me like that? Then I realized what had happened. School fundraisers. May they be hated by parents everywhere for the guilt they put on you. No one wants their child to return to school with absolutely NO orders, and find themselves buying at least one thing (though they may never need it). I vaguely remembered products of this sort being offered by not one of the boys, but both this year. I think she bought one from each.

And it had to be cookies.... sigh.


Friday, January 7

The Start of the New Year

Today brings about the end of the first seven days of the new year. It has been noting like the first seven days of creation, but then, I am not as tired as God probably was, and don't feel the need for a full day of rest. One would think that any changes, be it lifestyle or whatever, would begin at this time, and hopefully start making the beginnings of a new habit-forming rote. I do believe I have done well, as the past few days I have paid considerable more attention to my diet. That is my main concern as to things I can fix. Well, that and trying to cut back on the drinking, which is a work in progress.

The Daughter is heading back to college this weekend at some point. I presume Saturday, but am not sure. The dorms re-open and she will be able to get back in. Of course, she will have somewhat of a full vehicle going down, as many things she received for Christmas were things for college, or warmer clothes, etc. Tucson may not be far, but it gets colder than Phoenix.

The boys have been back in school this week. The oldest son is back to practices for the District Honor Band and is making his 2nd appearance in it. Grades were received this week, and both are outstanding. I am thinking maybe we'll order pizza tonight to celebrate.

Anyone read the Thomas Covenant Series by Donaldson? There were the two trilogies like 20 years ago, and in recent years, Donaldson has returned making a third, and supposedly final, series. I am in book three (of four) and am having a harder time getting into the story. Though I have refreshed my memory on what has gone on before, it just doesn't feel the same, or even read the same. I guess 20 years between the continuing story, the author may have adjusted his thinking and/or writing style.


Thursday, January 6

Does It Make Sense?

Hi. I haven't been posting the past couple days. Shows you how interesting my life has been. I was reading over at Spockgirl's, and she had performed this little time waster of a test. Here's my results.

Your Personality is Somewhat Rare (ISTP)

Your personality type is reserved, methodical, spirited, and intense.

Only about 6% of all people have your personality, including 3% of all women and 8% of all men

You are Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving.

Go figure. Yeah, I don't think the questions were that defining, but who knows. Maybe it was enough.


Monday, January 3

Not So New Aymore

Heh. It's only the third day into the new year and it already is back to normal around here. The kids started back to school today. Wife is back to work. Daughter's car is back to running (had a dead battery). And I am back to boring you with excerpts of my life. Gotta love it.

It's been about a month and a half now since I quit smoking. I have no cravings, and can even be outside with smokers talking with it not bothering me. Though, when someone comes back in a non-smoking place, right after smoking, that whiff of what I describe as 'used smoke' scent, makes me wanna gag. I try my hardest to not say a word, or make faces. After all, I was one once as well, and now I know how everyone else felt about my 'scent' off and on through the day. I am determined to not be one of those people that chew out smokers more than regular folks, just because they used to smoke, too. in the past month and a half, I have learned that if I don't like the smell, I can be an adult and just leave, or go to another area. I don't have to bitch and loudly let them know my displeasure. Other than that, I don't care. I made my choices, and I know I, and my family, are happier for that.

I 'went back on my diet' yesterday. Yeah, that's in quotes, as I really don't have a diet plan or anything. I did start back into watching portion sizes, and try to eat more healthier type foods (especially for snacks) like I had been doing before... well, before Thanksgiving. Because at Turkey day, I said screw it, and ate whatever, whenever, using the cheap rationalization of 'it's the Holidays'. I noticed a difference already. After supper last night (where I had a way smaller portion than normal) I was feeling a bit hungry still. My youngest son (4 years old) commented to the Wife that he was "still hungry" hinting that he wanted a small ready-made pudding cup. I commented back to him that I was still hungry too, but that I knew why I was hungry. He looked at me and asked the expected "Why?" and I explained how Daddy was doing his best to eat less amounts and better foods, so I won't be so fat. He says, "Dad, I want to be big like you when I grow up." Awwww, nice touch, right? I wanted to be sure he got the right idea though, so told him that he meant tall and strong, not big or fat. I also included that I was doing it all so I could be there when he does get as tall and strong as daddy. He smiled and gave me a hug. I felt all good inside. Then we let him have a pudding. He probably didn't understand half of it, just got to the point where he figured a hug would get him a dessert. Oh well. It was a boost for me.

So, got plenty to do. Got some movies and music for Christmas to go through yet. Downloaded some more books to my Kindle last night, and have a couple hardbacks around I know I need to finish.

What plans you have to do this year?


Sunday, January 2

Something to Do For the New Year

About a month ago, I was doing my regular internet surfing, and came across something about Blogging for Books. Being the avid reader I am, it caught my eye, so I slowed down to check it out. Seems that by joining this group I could get a book of my choice sent to me at no cost. All they ask is that I write a review of the book, post it on their website, on a blog, and on a retailer site. Being a blog-owner, an customer, and thinking about joining their group site, I thought, it couldn't hurt to check it out.

I registered at the website ( which was free. Their site navigation wasn't the greatest. A bit slow, and confusing for me anyways. Eventually, I got to the place where I could choose the book I wanted to review. They have only a selected list of available books to pick from. Once one is selected, it takes about 10-14 days to arrive. They ask you read, and within 30 days of reading, post a review - or is that read it within 30 days.... can't remember, but not an issue for me. Once your reviews are posted, you are able to select another book to review. I found out today, that the list of available ones change, so be prepared to not choose another book you saw on the list previously.

This all sounds great, doesn't it? Of course, you need to provide a disclaimer in your reviews. And you can only get one book at a time (which you keep when done). For me, the issue that I do not really care for? It appears after more intense scrutiny, this is a Christian author sight. So, obviously, the books contain Christian idealism, or dealing with issues of faith, and God in this day and age, etc. My first book I reviewed (see previous post) wasn't overly heavy in the churchy content, though I noted some passages that made me wonder if it was a Christianity themed book. Out of the selections available for my next review, I only found one fiction book, the rest being more self-help (if that is possible with God) in bettering oneself in Faith, striving to make your life better kind of stuff.

So, after sharing all that info (for anyone that would be interested - though, I find it a bit humorous that I am posting Christian book reviews on a blog called "Boobies & Beer") tghe point is I will be posting the reviews here occasionally. Be prepared. I am learning how to write reviews, so maybe they will be more informative as time progresses. If you don't care to read them, then don't. I don't care.

Maybe I should start another blog to do the reviews... yeah, that would be better. Now to just think of a blog name...


Book Review : "Tandem" by Tracy Bateman

This was a decent vampire story. Set in a modern day era, in a small Missouri town, two females (one human, one vampire) struggle independently with trying to not lose a family member. Lauryn McBride fights to not lose her father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's; and Amede, who is trying to find her sister who has been gone many years. Through several plot twists, their connections and relationships develop to introduce new characters as these two reach internal, emotional finales.
Though I feel the conclusion was a bit shorter in detail than most of the story, I did enjoy the book. A bit different twist of vampire story, and plot twists kept my attention. I would be interested in reading other works from this author. I give it 3/5 stars.

This book was provided to me free for review purposes by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Saturday, January 1

A New Beginning

Oh, joy. I say that with much emphasis on the "Oh" part of it, as I do not find it to be a joy. Today is the day that people feel it is necessary to begin things anew... to have that fresh start, a new beginning, a changing of ways. Yeah, you know what I am talking about... resolutions. I looked up the word 'resolution' at, and there were a couple different definitions that could be used for the New Year-type resolutions. One was 'a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. I could see that being good. Considering most are usually ideas that one wants to make sure you follow through. Here are a couple others that could be used : the act of resolving or determining upon an action or courseof action, method, procedure, etc. or this one: the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute;firmness of purpose. Totally would work.

Though I feel this last one works best for many people : a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem,controversy, etc. I think that one works best, because so many are ideas that we want to change, but never actually accomplish. Going to the gym more, more time with family, make more money, eat less fattening foods, etc. Years ago I fell into that category of making a resolution that I knew no way would work. But one would do it anyways. And at the start of the year, would make some sort of pathetic attempt at actually trying to meet that unrealistic goal. Then I received a blessing of wisdom, and decided to not make any more resolutions. It helps keep me from getting disappointed with myself for additional failures.

Last year we spent New Year's day lunch with family at Sis' place. We are doing it again this year. Last night was spent up there watching "The Other Guys" and the ball dropping at midnight. The older boys stayed the night and the rest of us went home. In about 30 minutes we are heading back that way. Sis had us all write down resolutions last year on a piece of paper, which individually we sealed in envelopes. She has them to pass back out this year. I have no clue what I wrote, since I normally don't do these type of things. I think I put something like, try to get healthier, or something pretty generic. I'll find out soon, and maybe come back and share. So now you have to check back in a couple hours to find out.

Edit: Yeah, got my resolution sheet from last year. Yeah, just as I figured. Not one thing listed happened.

Do you have realistic goals for yourself this year? Are they any different than ones you normally place on yourself?