Tuesday, September 30, 2003

A Pretty Good Blog

This fellow signed my guestbook today. I checked out his blog and found that not only is there a picture of Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean posted on his blog, but he quotes James Bond! I have to endorse a fellow Bond fan, so go check out his blog!

Blah, Very Blah

That's Tuesday for you. Today was Certificate Day at work. Tony and Marlene both asked me to make gag certificates for people. Tony wanted one for Julie because it was her birthday today and she always comes up with good gags to play on Tony. So, I did a Best of Show certificate for Julie for turning the big 5-0. She really turned 43. She got a kick out of it. The other certificate was for Marlene to give to Angie. It was the Tech Geek of the Week award in honor of Angie finding the ON switch to her monitor. Marlene said Angie was jiggling every cord there was trying to get her monitor to work and finally found the on switch. Heeheehee.
Another work tidbit. Yesterday, John commented on the pretty packaging that housed the copier paper. It is pretty red and white wrapping paper. John said that we should do something with that wrapping paper. So, today I cut petals out of it and made John a flower. It was a pretty red and white petaled flower with an orange center and green stem. I love my highlighters. John tacked it up on a bulletin board in his office. I think he likes it when he gets thoughtful gifts like that. Most usually he only gets abuse. Poor guy.
Jesse Ventura has a new show debuting on MSNBC on Saturday night. I think I will check it out. It should be interesting. He was a great color commentator back in his wrestling days. I do agree with him on the California Recall. No elected official should be recalled simply because people don't like him. If that was the case, Pres. Bush Jr. wouldn't even be President (it's not like he won the popular vote). I just don't want to hear Arnold talk about a "Total Recall" - get it - his movie. Ugh! And they have been playing his movies every night for the last week, I think on tv. We didn't suffer that torture when Ronald Reagan was running for office.
Tonight begins new episodes of the British design show, Changing Rooms. I hope Laurence Llewellyn Bowen is on. I like him.
Dad built the first fire of the season last night to heat the house. It seems pretty early to start this though. Not even October. Good thing Dad is retired. He has plenty of time to get more wood in for the winter. But Steffi, my 12 yr. old chihuahua, sure was glad to have the fire. She's been cold for a couple of weeks. We try to keep her covered up, but she likes to sleep on top of the covers.
I'm currently reading a book home inspecting. I figure if I'm going to buy a house someday, I should know what I'm looking at. I'm learning a lot. Everyone should do this kind of preparation when contemplating an investment as big as a house.
Now for some links to the news:

Yeah, this will be totally impartial and honest.......

New facet to Nimoy's Career......

Dibs on Titan!

Monday, September 29, 2003

Tinkered with the template to try to get rid of the blue/black issues. My sister says the blog is easier to see now. But she didn't tell me what the colors are. I don't know why they worked on my pc and not anyone else's. But I fiddled with it and she says it's better. Polly has yet to answer me. She had better be doing something good for her parents or something. If she's just surfing ebay and ignoring a friend in need, well, let's just say she's in need of some enlightenment. And I also added the word "Links" over in the green box as well as the phrase "My Mood". I think it's looking really good.

Post Alias Bliss

Alias was excellent last night! Jack's and Syd's scenes were brilliant. I can't wait for the next episode. What I really want to do is watch the tape of the episode that I have. But I don't think I will. I'd rather torture myself until next Sunday by depriving myself. Gotta go change my mood.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Hey, I added a mood indicator to the green box. Check it out. And I've been told that my text is black and the background that looks light purple to me, is really blue to everyone else??? Don't know what that's about, but I think what I'm looking at looks pretty so I'm not changing it.

Just Another Soggy Sunday

It's raining again. At least all I'm doing is figuring out this blog stuff and waiting for Alias. I added a Comments Feature to the blog so that those who wish to leave comments can do so. Polly's updated her blog. I sent her the site for the comments feature. She might add it to her blog.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Update: Added a link (see the green box) to the Spy Museum. Check it out! And don't forget, Third Season premiere of Alias is on tomorrow night at 9pm, Eastern.

Change is Good

At least I think this change is good. I've done some work on this blog and changed the font and the colors. I like them, even if you may not. And I also added a link to my guestbook over to the right of the page in the green box. There are other non-links in that box - I set those up in case I found something later on I wanted to link to. They don't take you anywhere right now. But the guestbook link does work. So, please use it.

Friday, September 26, 2003

Today I got a letter from my friend Jenny. We've been friends since probably first grade but I hardly ever see her anymore. I'm too much of a homebody to drive the 10 miles to her house. She's doing well. Jenny is married and has two daughters. She got married around the same time I got my job as a bookkeeper. That was six months before I 'lucked' into the govt. job I've enjoyed for 4 and a half years. So, you could say that the both of us really began adult life around the same time. There are times I really do sit down and compare my life to hers. Not favorably or unfavorably. Not even some measuring stick comparison. Just a contemplation on the different paths we've taken. Everyone needs a childhood friend to grow up with. Someone with whom you can imagine looking at your life through their eyes. It really gives you perspective. Back to the letter, every year, Jenny's mom has a neighborhood cookout at her house. I think one year they actually had 200 people show up. This year, the cookout is the first Sunday in October. And I think it might be a little sad, Jenny's dad died earlier in the year. I'm glad to see the cookout is still on. Jenny's mom hates cookouts, so I wondered if they would have it this year. Anyway, I told Jenny about the safari Polly and I went on at this place called The Wilds and offered to send her some info in case her church might be interested. Jenny takes more than her fair turn at the kids' rooms at church so I thought it would be a good thing for the kids to do. Jenny said she'd love to have some info on the safari. So, I'll be sending her a brochure and printing out some stuff from the website.

I wrote a letter to my other friend Brenda today. I met Brenda in college. She's about 18 years older than me and we were both majoring in Business Admin. I specialized in accounting and she remained in the General Business curriculum. She's divorced, no kids, and works the 5pm to 1am shift at a park and convention center here in Jackson co. The funnest thing I can tell you about Brenda is this one story from when we were in college. We had this other friend, a guy by the name of Aaron. He dated young girls. Young girls. Well, one day Brenda and Aaron grabbed some lunch at Pizza Hut and Aaron told some people there that he and Brenda were dating. That was hilarious because Aaron is younger than me. They kept the 'dating' thing up for months and joked about it often. Aaron was a lot of fun. If you've ever seen the cancelled Fox show Proffit about the junior executive played by Adrian Pasdar who went around killing people and torturing people and slept naked in a cardboard box, well he reminded me of Aaron. Not that Aaron was that warped, he just played at the same kind of executive business attitude. He loved Rush Limbaugh. Gee, those were the days. Every time the three of us had to take a Myers-Briggs personality test, we always ended up the same: Aaron was Kirk, I was Spock and Brenda was McCoy. I think there's a Guru Book there about the Star Trek Management Style. But I lack Kirk's ambition to write it.

If you've got a minute, why not check out the guestbook?
This month in UFO History:
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You're Gonna Have to Face It, You're Addicted to Love

One of the greatest songs of all time, sung by 54 year old Robert Palmer who died of a heart attack while in Paris, France, Friday. Read what CNN says about it.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

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I'm a Winner!!!

Okay, so it's not the lottery, but I did win something. Today, my co-worker, Julie, bought me a Hershey's candybar as a thank-you for all the work I do. Well, printed on the inside of that wrapper was a winning game piece for some game they are doing. I won a second prize of a bag of Jolly Rancher candy. At least it wasn't a third prize. So, I showed the wrapper to Julie and she said, "this is your lucky day." And I said, "Yeah. All these audits you're referring to me and a free bag of candy. How can life get any better?" Needless to say, Julie thought that was most hilarious.

The computers are up now. The router has been fixed or replaced. You don't know how much that thrills me. (Can you see that sarcasm between those lines?)

Treasured Moment in TV: I was reminded today of the WKRP In Cincinnati episode in which the station was doing a Thanksgiving Day stunt. Johnny Fever's famous line: "I swear! I thought turkeys could fly!" LOLOL!!! For those who forgot this moment - turkeys were thrown off the roof of the radio station. Relax Peta People, I don't advocate that. Turkeys should meet their death the traditional way. A razor sharp axe blade slicing quickly and efficiently through the neck. Boy, they don't make shows like that anymore. Nowadays it's reality this and reality that. Blah, Blah, Blah...

And I am confronted with a most curious conundrum. Why is it that while the value of my car depreciates over time (as evidenced by my decreasing property tax bill) it costs more to insure it? It's worth less and I'm paying more to protect it. Following this thinking, I can finally understand why the Administration is paid so well and why they want $87B for their folly - uh, I mean war.

And if you can't get enough of the Most Wanted Deck of cards, here's the Russian version.

And Gray Davis gets the boot for his mismanagement......

Rumsfeld: Bush $87B Request Is Affordable
Wednesday September 24, 2003 6:59 PM

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress Wednesday that President Bush's $87 billion request for Iraq and Afghanistan was an affordable and needed investment in international security.

But a top Democrat questioned whether the American people have ever blessed the U.S.-led Iraqi reconstruction effort now under way.

``Is $87 billion a great deal of money?'' Rumsfeld said before the Senate Appropriations Committee. ``Yes. But can our country afford it? The answer is also yes. Because it is necessary for the security of our nation and the stability of the world.''

Rumsfeld cited progress in reopening Iraqi schools and hospitals and training a new Iraqi army.

Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard Myers, the Joint Chiefs chairman, and Gen. John Abizaid, the head of U.S. Central Command, were appearing before the committee as the Bush administration continued its intensive push for approval of the $87 billion request.

At the same time, the U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, was making his third Capitol Hill appearance in three days, appearing before the Foreign Relations Committee. He was also going before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday afternoon and meeting with two other panels on Thursday.

Vice President Dick Cheney also met in a closed-door session with House Republican members. Lawmakers, said Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri, gave Cheney a warm reception but also gave ``notice to the vice president that we intend in the appropriations process to ask some tough questions.''

Rep. Chris Cox, R-Calif., head of the Republican Policy Committee, said Cheney made clear that no U.S. money will be used to repay Saddam Hussein's debts to other countries.

Bremer and Rumsfeld's appearances at hearings come at a time when partisan fighting has increased over Iraq.

In a bristling exchange, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., challenged Rumsfeld on the $20.3 billion part of Bush's plan that would go toward rebuilding Iraq and establishing a democratic government.

``Secretary Rumsfeld, where is the mandate from the American people to carry out the reconstruction of Iraq?'' Byrd said. ``When did the American people give their assent?''

Rumsfeld cited the resolution Congress approved allowing force against Iraq and defended rebuilding as being in U.S. interests.

``Once having gone in, the last thing we need to do is turn over that country to another dictator like Saddam Hussein,'' he said.

Bremer was appearing before a panel whose leaders had been urging the administration since before the war to lay out its strategy for rebuilding Iraq. Both Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., have criticized the administration for failing to acknowledge the long-term costs and commitments involved.

Biden said Bush's foreign policy ``so poisoned the well'' before the war by failing to build a broad international coalition, that next month's international donors conference is unlikely to generate more than $2 billion or $3 billion in support.

``It's a terrible indictment, in my view, of our foreign policy and a harsh example of the price of unilateralism,'' he said.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said her constituents are telling her it was ``a brilliant military campaign, but this administration was wrong about weapons of mass destruction, wrong about what would happen after the war, wrong on what it would cost to rebuild Iraq, wrong on how many troops would be needed, wrong on oil revenues, wrong on how much other countries would contribute.''

Republicans also voiced some discomfort. Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio questioned prospects for international contributions, so ``that this isn't just going to be Uncle Sugar's full responsibility.''

Several Republicans expressed concern about whether the Iraqi constitution would protect religious freedoms and other civil liberties. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas urged Bremer to insist that those rights be included. ``They are foundational. And I don't hear that coming from you,'' he said.

Bremer said he would make the point ``but the Iraqis are writing this constitution, not me.''

The contentious mood in Congress is a striking change from last year. Bush was soaring in opinion polls then, and, with midterm elections approaching, Democrats were wary about being seen as undermining him on national security issues so soon after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

But many Democrats acknowledge that the $87 billion request likely will be approved. They say they can't deny the money that the Pentagon says is needed for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Play the starving artist game! Polly will be so ticked that I posted this instead of sending it to her :)

More later!

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

"You and Me Just Sittin' in the Dark"

Yes, that is from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song. It's relevance will be known in a second. First, I would like to say thanks to Polly for signing my guestbook. Check out her blog, if you haven't already.

Now as to the blackout... Today at work, the electricity went off for about an hour. That wasn't so bad, we had an extended lunch. But when the lights came back on, the power surge fried the router for our computers/network thing. So, we had no network capability the rest of the day. We couldn't work in our main program, couldn't check email, couldn't surf the net. Nothing. So, I found some issues of the magazine, Atlantic Monthly , in the atty's office. There were extremely long articles and only two were even remotely interesting: one about reconciling extraterrestrial life with Christianity and the other was about the torturous methods of interrogation. Did you know that Thomas Paine was writing about extraterrestrials in 1794? Apparently the guy who wrote the article for this magazine did. So, then I rummaged through John's office to see if he had any other magazines, and I found an issue of Newsweek. But at first I thought it was a gag issue because the top banner headline said "The Plan for War" in regards to the attack on Iraq. However, as I thumbed through the issue, I realized the magazine was actually being serious about 'the plan'. Well, the Administration finally managed to hoodwink - uh, I mean convince at least one American that there actually is a plan.

The parts to fix our computer problem have been ordered. That could mean we won't have our computers for days. I'm bringing some books to work with me tomorrow.

Wesley Clark was on the Today Show this morning and I have to say that I like his presence better than any other Democratic Presidential Candidate I've seen. It will be interesting to see the difference between politicians and military personnel that will present itself as this Primary season unfolds.

I'll leave you with a meaningful quote - it's spray painted on a van that drives around the town of Ripley and can be seen often at the Krogers grocery store: "Don't have a litter. Spay a critter!"

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

I have one now Polly! But I gotta find out how to change stuff on it.

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Emmy's Part 2

I finished watching the Emmys. George Lopez was one of the funniest of the comedians who were co-hosting the show. He has a show on ABC, produced by Sandra Bullock. Maybe you should check it out. The John Ritter tribute was performed by The Fonz, Henry Winkler. It was pretty good, but when they showed those pictures of Ritter, you could just see that he didn't look all that healthy in some of them. And then today came the news that Gordon Jump, The Maytag repairman and GM of WKRP In Cincinatti has died. That was really sad. Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber presented an award at the Emmys. I was stunned to see Garber smile. His character on Alias is my absolute favorite, and he never smiles. Never. But maybe we'll get to see Jack smile Sunday when he finds out that Syd's alive. At the end of the Emmy's they had all the winners standing on stage holding their trophies so that all the losers in the audience would have one more chance to get the losing rubbed in their faces. That was the most insulting part I think. Hopefully, the losers took the opportunity to get to the bathroom ahead of the winners to try to avoid the long lines.

To refresh everyone's memory as to why my blog is named Window Dressing, here's another spy definition, courtesy of the folks over at the spy museum
Hospital: Russian slang for prison.

And if there are any tractor trailer drivers out there reading this, I have a question: Is it too much to ask that you let us little car drivers onto the interstate? That entrance ramp only goes so far and then it ends. The truck driver today had no one on his left side, he could have gotten over and let me on, but no. He wanted to be a selfish hog. Well, Oink, oink to you too, buddy!

Monday, September 22, 2003

Must be nice to shirk responsibility............

Document extends secrecy on Area 51 in southern Nevada


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Invoking national security, President Bush has renewed an exemption allowing the Air Force to keep mum about top-secret operations at a southern Nevada base.
Bush's memorandum said it was of "paramount interest" to exempt the Groom Lake base about 90 miles north of Las Vegas from disclosing classified information.

Also known as Area 51, the mysterious base sits on a dry lake bed and is heavily patrolled. The area is in a no-fly zone.

The secrecy has fueled speculation about UFOs, aliens and other strange occurrences around Area 51. Residents of the nearby town of Rachel say the UFO talk began years ago when a Nevada Test Site worker claimed he saw alien ships there.

President Clinton first issued the base's exemption in 1995 in response to two lawsuits filed by injured workers seeking information about the military's environmental practices at the site. It has been renewed yearly.

In renewing the order Tuesday, Bush cited the suits brought by injured workers and the widows of two workers who alleged in 1994 that their husbands were exposed to hazardous and toxic materials at Groom Lake.

Attorney Jonathan Turley, who represents the families, said the presidential directive keeps secret documents and testimony that he believes would link Area 51 to the men's deaths.

"It is baffling to see the government continue to cover up what went on at Area 51," said Turley, a George Washington University law professor. Bush's memo exempts the Air Force from following federal, state or local solid waste and hazardous waste laws if classified information would be disclosed.

The government has acknowledged the existence of the installation but has not disclosed what it does there, further fueling the UFO lore.

The state got in the act in 1996, officially naming a 98-mile stretch of state Route 375, which runs through Rachel, the Extraterrestrial Highway and erecting green highway signs with images of spaceships
Yep, It's a Monday

So, let me start with my Emmy Rant: If the same show is going to be represented 4 times in the same category, then the Emmy folks should keep nominating people until 5 different shows are nominated in that category. No more of this Sopranos gets 4 nominations and the West Wing one and that's it. I mean really, even President Bush endorses a policy of variety - he did name three countries in his Axis of Evil. Anyway, Jennifer Garner looked stunning as always. She brought her parents to the event. That was nice. If you're wondering why I'm such a Garner fan, it's probably because she grew up about 40 minutes away from me, we are nearly the same age, and our schools probably played each other in all the major sports. So, I feel a little hometown connection with her. I don't think I've seen any of the movies she's been in lately. I didn't even see Pearl Harbor, but I always like to hear about all the good things happening for her.

As for Victor Garber and Lena Olin not winning in their categories, well, it's hard to beat a man whose character was killed by a frying pan (that guy who won from the Sopranos). And I'm sure Tyne Daily is a wonderful actress, but she's got something like 6 nominations or awards - it's time to retire from the Emmy race. Let some other people have a shot. Candace Bergen did it.

Also, I'm estatic that John Stewart's comedy show, The Daily Show, won. He does some of the best political comedy. You have to marvel at any show on Comedy Central winning any legitimate award. And Stewart did have a point last night, why isn't the news nominated in the Reality Show category?

I haven't seen the rest of the Emmy's so I can't report on the John Ritter tribute or anything that happened after 10pm - I taped it, but hopefully I'll get to watch it later on tonight.

As for the rest of the Yep, It's Monday salute, it's raining. Isabel's been and gone and we are still getting rain. I got a stupid email from a co-worker today. It's been statistically proven that I am right 98% of the time at work (they actually do keep count) and I still get stupid emails from people questioning what I do. What really stinks is that they get paid more than me. If you're thinking, "Wow, Miranda! That must be a government job!" You're right. And to top it off, I went over by a penny when I was filling up the car with gas tonight. I only carry bills and quarters so I had some change coming to me.

In case there's anyone out there who'd like to send me feedback, here's my email address: miranda@rednecks.com. But be warned, I don't check that addy often because I tend to get only junk mail there.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Alias Weekend

I finally finished watching the season 1 DVD set of Alias. I missed the whole first season when it originally aired because I was engaged in my boycott of network tv. I still boycott it to some extent. I no longer fall into the trap of watching new shows. I have learned my lesson. Every show I start watching gets cancelled. Orleans was cancelled. So was Proffit. And Veritas: The Quest, and Prey, and Delaventura and many more really good shows that the networks failed to back. So, I didn't start watching Alias until right before season 2 started. I caught the marathon on ABCFamily the day the season 2 premier aired. I was one of the lucky ones who didn't have to wait four months to see if Vaughn lived or died. And now I have finally gotten to see what all the fuss is about over the character of Anna Espinosa, K-Directorate spy extraordinaire who tried to thwart Sydney at every opportunity. Well, you know what? Anna did absolutely nothing for me. I can understand the appeal of an idea that Sydney would have competition. But Anna just didn't hold my interest. Sark was better competition in Season 2. I can't wait for season 3 to start. There are a lot of good theories out there on the web about what happened to Syd the two years she's been missing. About Vaughn moving on with his life. About Sloane, Jack, Irina, Sark and Evil Francie. And I'm sure the real story that evolves will be even more outrageous than any internet guess. One more thing about Alias, I will miss Will tremendously. I hear he will only be in a handful of episodes this season. I hate that. I was hoping for more Will and Jack scenes.

So, I stopped by my friend, Polly's, blog and what do I see but a link to my blog. What a nice gesture that was. I see she's extended her hospitality to another cat. Oh yeah, and some people too. Personally, I would have stopped at the cat, but I long for even a single, solitary moment without contact with another human. Polly loves people. You wouldn't think we'd get along. But without me, she wouldn't have insight into the realm of capitalist thinking. And without her, I wouldn't get all those Buddhist quotes. Here's Polly's blog: http://pollylougeneatwootonmanor.blogspot.com. It probably doesn't link. Tried the link thing and it didn't work. I hate computer crap. Strange comment for a blog writer, but it's true.

Well, gotta get ready for the E! Emmy Pre Show. I wanna see what Jennifer Garner's wearing.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Welcome to my first post on my first blog. My friend keeps telling me I should do this blog because I am funny. I think she just wants me to stop emailing her. But anyway, here I am.

I chose the name for my blog after checking out the site www.spymuseum.org. Window Dressing is spy talk for: ancillary materials that are included in a cover story or deception operation to help convince the opposition or other casual observers that what they are observing is genuine. I figure most of my comments here will be ancillary. I hope to post comments about my life, my favorite tv shows, political happenings and other things I'm interested in. And I hope to post frequently, however I'm not as internet dependent as some people I know. Right now I only have one internet friend, but with any luck, someone else will find and like this blog and then I'll have two. So, thanks for checking in and please come back soon.