Saturday, January 31, 2004

Phantom Plane Mystery Deepens
Ooh, Aliens did live on Mars!!

I've updated the Spymaster's Agenda for the first week of February. Check it out, especially for the origins of Groundhog Day.


I'm so excited. I have added my very own photo album to this blog!! (Thanks to Bravenet) Click on the View My Photo Album button in the green box to check it out. I don't have many pictures there yet. But I'll be working on it.

Friday, January 30, 2004

I checked out this blog because of its interesting title, "The Universal Church of Cosmic Uncertainty". There's a Ducks Prayer and a post about the Madness of Gotham City (A Batman analysis).
I was up at 5:30am this morning, outside, in the dark, sweeping the snow off the driveway. The time of morning sounds impressive, until you remember that I usually get up at 5:30 am on weekdays to work out on the treadmill. Dad got up at 6am and went out to sweep the rest of the driveway at 6:30. It took him an hour and a half. We had about 2 and a half inches of snow and the driveway is pretty long and all downhill. I even got to work on time. I was surprised. Tony and Darlena discovered that they preferred to accuse our fair Scarlett of doing something wrong rather than reading the notes that the supervisor put on the case that backed up what Scarlett did. I wasn't all that happy about that. Scarlett even less so. But the joke's on them because Scarlett and I can laugh at them. heehee. I'm beginning to think the Chinese Zodiac has some truth to it since Darlena is a Hare and we aren't supposed to get along. And Tony thinks he has the power to say that something was an employer error. He doesn't. The state office is the only one that can rule a mistake an employer error. That's another policy he hasn't read. Luinna, from the Wood co. office, emailed me today to ask for any ideas I had to help the new accounting tech they are getting soon. She wanted ideas on where to start her training. So, I gave her some pretty good ones. At least she thought so. I didn't think she ever got as animated as her response made her appear. Maybe she just isn't used to the fast and exceptional service I gave her by responding to her so well.

Scarlett, tell the Chip and the wagon story on your blog. I liked it!
Scarlett!!! This guy is selling "Nothing" on ebay! Here's your chance to steal his idea and make some money!!!! If people will pay $11.00 for NOTHING, what would they pay for your horse manure?

Thursday, January 29, 2004

I got my w-2 and my 1099 report today so I can do my taxes! Yay! It was good timing since I printed out the tax forms and instructions yesterday at work. I found out today that the woman who was retiring who had the job I filed a grievance to get is actually, finally, retiring tomorrow. So, in a month or so, I should have that 5% raise. Whoohooo!!!! The bosses asked me today if I wanted to sit in on the interviews for the new tech position since I'm the one who's going to be working with the new employee and training him or her. That's cool since I don't believe an underling has ever really sat in on interviews before. And I received news yesterday that the state office is ready for testing of the Phase 3 programming, which means I may have to start going back to the state office two days a week. Hopefully I can get that temporary pay upgrade again and make even more money. (Scarlett and Polly, the ram says I can't tell any of the underlings about the temp pay upgrade situation, so forget you read about it). I found out today that Tony is a RAM in the Chinese Zodiac. The description says that rams are elegant, passionate, talented in the arts - so I told him that it sounded a lot like Barry Manilow. Tony was just thrilled with that. LOLOL!!!

We're supposed to get one to two inches of snow tonight. But that is the 5:00 weatherman's prediction. The 6:00 weatherman has been known to completely change the forcast in the span of an hour. But the National Weather Service also says 1 to 2 inches.

I read in the newspaper today that a woman (name withheld to protect my own skin) was charged with writing worthless checks. Well, I know that down at PSI (the private company that handles our services in another county) there is a woman by that name and I know that this woman lives in my county. I wonder if it was her. She does accounting work so it would be really ironic if it was. And she asks the dumbest questions at our trainings too.

I made more chocolate covered peanut butter balls last night with my chocolate factory. They are yummy! Diet, Schmiet.
Presidential secrets revealed! Gerald Ford's secret is just too funny.

Johnny Depp as Lex Luthor????

Gold! There's gold in them there hills!

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

A new X-Plane tested by NASA.

Speaking of testflights, a really good book is Yeager, the autobiography of Chuck Yeager. He is an excellent story teller.

What a relief! Chess is not the work of the devil after all.
John and Ria are Monkeys

People born in the Year of the Monkey are the erratic geniuses of the cycle. Clever, skillful, and flexible, they are remarkably inventive and original and can solve the most difficult problems with ease. There are few fields in which Monkey people wouldn't be successful but they have a disconcerting habit of being too agreeable. They want to do things now, and if they cannot get started immediately, they become discouraged and sometimes leave their projects. Although good at making decisions, they tend to look down on others. Having common sense, Monkey people have a deep desire for knowledge and have excellent memories. Monkey people are strong willed but their anger cools quickly. They are most compatible with the Dragon and Rat.

Chinese Culture Center's Zodiac Page

I'm a RAT:

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

Scarlett, you were looking for a way to make extra money!!!!

Beware the garden gnome!

Well, they say Howard Dean is extremely frugal.

Ria (Riambra's Realm) sent me this quiz on 1980's Song Lyrics. She has time to email, but not to update her blog? What's wrong with her? Surely her necromancing Everwander character has done something recently. My score was 50 by the way. And thanks to this I now have horrible 1980's songs in my head.

Someone searched for "pet palace ferret hgtv" on google and found my blog. Oddly enough, I think I know why they did this search. There was a show on HGTV about pet palaces. It showed how this one couple had constructed a highly elaborate Cat catwalk through their house so their 10 cats could move about the house. They even cut holes in the walls for the cats. And then there were pigs and birds and dogs too. I don't remember the ferret though.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

A Joke

Famous Last Words

Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and George W. Bush were set to face a firing squad in a small Central American country. Bill Clinton was the first one placed against the wall and just before the order was given he yelled out, "Earthquake!" The firing squad fell into a panic and Bill jumped over the wall and escaped in the confusion.

Al Gore was the second one placed against the wall. The squad was reassembled and Al pondered what he had just witnessed. Again before the order was given Al yelled out, "Tornado!" Again the squad fell apart and Al slipped over the wall.

The last person, George W. Bush, was placed against the wall. He was thinking, "I see the pattern here, just scream out something about a disaster and hop over the wall." He confidently refused the blindfold as the firing squad was reassembled. As the rifles were raised in his direction he grinned from ear to ear and yelled, "Fire!"

Appears Arnold is a true politician after all. But what's with the Fair Political Practices Commission? I think someone should be suing them for giving bad advice.
A dragon! A dragon!

A new bird discovery!!

I had time to play with the site counter down at the bottom of the page. Now it's lime green, like the box on the right, and there's a whole bunch of cows counting for me. They're so cute.
Johnny Depp nominated. Tom Cruise not. Nicole Kidman not.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Hmmm... The mean people on the Fashion Police (Joan Rivers et al) just dissed Jennifer Garner!! True, her dress reminded me of drapes, but it was pretty and it fit her well. She wore the dress well.
Fifth Level of Hell


The river Styx runs through this level of Hell, and in it are punished the wrathful and the gloomy. The former are forever lashing out at each other in anger, furious and naked, tearing each other piecemeal with their teeth. The latter are gurgling in the black mud, slothful and sullen, withdrawn from the world. Their lamentations bubble to the surface as they try to repeat a doleful hymn, though with unbroken words they cannot say it. Because you lived a cruel, vindictive and hateful life, you meet your fate in the Styx.
The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Fifth Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Very Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Low
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test
"I didn't spend 6 years in Evil Medical School to be called Mister, thank you."

Scarlett, we have to contribute to this. Who's playing?

Neighborcat has been around the last few days chowing down on some catfood. It appears he hasn't been in any more fights. Not that I'm fooled into thinking he's learned his lesson. If that was the case, he wouldn't have fought any more after his tail experience.

Oh, the Golden Globes Fashion Police is on E! right now. It's the Joan Rivers Criticism show about who looked good and who looked bad at the Golden Globes. Now we'll get to find out what she really thought of the outfits, because she told everyone to their face that they looked great.
Check out Budget101. It's a really good website for mix recipes, jar & kitchen Gifts, coupons, budgeting articles, inexpensive gift ideas, and money saving recipes.
A comprehensive Jan Michael Vincent fan site. A lot of work went into this.
I added a site counter thingy to my blog, courtesy of Bravenet (you'll find it way at the bottom of the page where I stick all those ad things). It not only counts how many hits I get (the majority of them are mine because I just like to come here to look at my blog), but it also tells me where the non-me hits come from. So, I noticed that a few hits have come from Tin Foil Hat and How to Make It in Life, and as a thank you, I've added these blogs to the Blogs of Note section. Check them out!
Hey, Rats may have something in common with my dad.

The conspiracy theorists will love this story. Did we really go to Mars, or are we really taking pictures of this place?

Fossil find 'oldest land animal'

Crater site delights rover team

And on a side note about Mars. They were showing a clip from Lord of the Rings with that hairless, funny looking cgi character and my dad looked up from his paper and said, "Is that the alien on Mars?" LOLOL!!!!! Dad's totally out of the loop on LotR. They didn't teach that in the one room school he attended in the middle of West, By God, Virginia. But then, I've never read the books either. Not my thing.

A court ruling on the Patriot Act.

The Office wins at the Golden Globes.

Jack Whittaker, Big-Time Lottery Winner, is also a Big-Time Screw-up.

Well, didn't McGyver use a candy bar in an episode about a Nuclear leak?

Some snow day this turned out to be. I spent all morning shoveling snow. My back's killing me. The salt truck finally remembered our road about 11am and started plowing. The old neighbor woman still can't seem to make her son, grandson, or great grandkids shovel for her. She was out in her nightgown and coat shoveling a couple of tracks down her driveway. I have to help dad carry the wood later. Mom has to go to the doctor, she's been coughing some and with her lung condition, she can't wait around on a cold. I called off work this morning and only the supervisor and Darlena were there. I don't know if anyone else was coming in. I emailed George to tell him that I wouldn't be going to the state office for the luncheon and he replied that he and Kay were still going because they found out that another sub-unit within the adj. unit is reviewing the work of the sub-unit that's assigned to George and Kay's region and George and Kay are going to sort them out. He promised to let me know what happens. The sub-unit that's doing the reviewing used to do my audits, so I know just how screwed up they did my audits and how wrong that whole situation is for George and Kay.

And tomorrow, we're supposed to get more snow. But, hopefully, the roads will be in better condition and I'll be able to get to work. I'd rather use my vacation days for vacation rather than snow shoveling.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

A Joke

You Know It's Time To Diet When....

1. You dance and it makes the band skip.

2. You are diagnosed with the flesh eating virus, and the doctor
gives you 22 more years to live.

3. You put mayonnaise on an aspirin.

4. You go to the zoo and the elephants throw you peanuts.

5. Your driver's license says, "Picture continued on other

6. You ran away and they had to use all four sides of the milk
carton for your picture.

7. You learn you were born with a silver shovel in your mouth.

8. You could sell shade.

9. Your blood type is Ragu.

10. You need an appointment to attend an 'open house'.
I have updated my blog by adding the "Blogs of Note" section to the little green box. I will probably add more to that list as time goes on. Right now, my fingers are frozen because my wonderful parents are afraid to pay an electric bill. Gotta go warm up.....
It's snowing now! As I'm such a wonderful daughter, I didn't bother to wake up my parents to follow me down my very long and steep driveway when I went to park my car at the road so I could get to work tomorrow. They would follow me down so I could get a ride up the drive way and wouldn't have to walk it. But as they were asleep and I didn't feel like listening to their complaining if I woke them up, I just went ahead and parked my car and walked home. And I'm off my diet for a few days. I tried out my Chocolate Factory thing last night and made scrumptious chocolate covered peanut butter balls. And tomorrow I'm supposed to go to the state office for a luncheon to celebrate all those who helped test the new programming which was just federally certified. More food. So, I figured I'd just take a break and get back on the diet on Tuesday.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

And since I love pigs and collect all kinds of pig stuff. Here's a blog for you to check out.
Check out the Jan. 23rd post on So May It Secretly Begin. I love the picture!
Another blog of interest: "Moo's World"
Check out "How to Make It in Life". A pretty good blog.
I've updated the Spymaster's Agenda. Check it out.
Hmmm.... I just got 6 emails from an S. B. West. If any of you are S. B. West, please let me know. Otherwise I plan to block this sender so I don't get any more email from them.
Weather Update: No snow at my house. All three weatherpeople who forcasted the 1 to 3 inches of snow need to be fired. They have been wrong consistently for two weeks.

Friday, January 23, 2004

According to the SpyMaster's Agenda, today is one of the most sacred days of the Cubicle Commando Organization - it's the Birthday of the A-Team, the best tv show ever made, Airwolf is a competitive second.
A BIG THANKS goes out to my sister who bought me my very own KIM POSSIBLE Lunch Box!! I'm so excited. I finally wrestled it away from my niece Jasmine. She wasn't much of an opponent. Using my vast CC training, I easily subdued her with a little duct tape and White-Out.

The weatherman says we could get one to three inches of snow tonight. That means much shoveling for me tomorrow since my driveway is nearly a quarter of a mile long and all hill. But as I think it would be a tragedy if Jasmine was stranded at our house for another day and night, I will attack the icy enemy and emerge victorious.

I feel like blowing my whole diet and trying out my Chocolate Factory thing I bought a few days ago. But I don't think we have any chocolate chips :( Oh well, it's probably for the best.......... On the other hand......

Captain Kangaroo passes away.

Water found on Mars (Not by the $400Million Spirit rover).

Spirit Rover finally phones home...

Thursday, January 22, 2004

I watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight (it was last night's show). John McCain was on there and he was hilarious. I loved it. He should have been President.
Maybe he can room with Tommy Chong.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The RIAA strikes again. Instead of filing John Doe lawsuits, they should file suits using the screen names of the alleged offenders. That would be funny to hear the bailiff call out some of those names. Heeheehee...
I watched Donald Trump's reality show. There wasn't as much fighting as I thought there would be. Most of the fighting came from the women (boy am I shocked that some women can't work together. Did you catch that sarcasm?) but the whining came from the men. The show has divided the contestants into two groups: men vs women. The men have lost every week so far I think. And every show, the losing team has to appear before Donald and his two other head honcho people in the boardroom to explain their failure, pin the loss on one of the teammates and whine about how things went wrong and who's fault it was. I wonder if Donald thinks they whine too much? As Scarlett asked Tony this morning, "Would you like some cheese with that whine?" That's one of my favorite lines. Anyway, back to the show, I think my favorite part was when Donald shook Sam's hand. Sam is in awe of Donald Trump and it was a dream come true to shake his hand. He was so excited about it, you couldn't help but feel happy for the guy. Too bad Sam got fired tonight. I might watch the show next week. If I remember it's on.
Work post - the adjustment unit still sucks. Only more today than yesterday. Some decisions made today have deflated the peppy attitude of our very own Scarlett. Don't let it get you down Scarlett. Only the insane become management in our world. Accept the insanity and it will envelope you like a comforting foggy mist, blinding you to the common sense you once had before coming to work for our employer. I got invited by the Big Cheese (the Commish) to a Celebration Luncheon at the State Office on Monday because of all the testing I did on new programming. George is going so I'm going. I wasn't going to go unless I had a friend there to hang out with. I'm not entering enemy territory without someone to watch my back. A bunch of idiots kept sending frivolous email out to everyone at work even after one of the State Office bosses yelled at them to stop. You'd think their supervisors would have told them to stop. The people in our region know better. Our RAM will kill us if we do something like that. The immediate supervisor said today that we can no longer ask Tony questions while he's working on a special project. So, later in the day, I said, "Tony. I know I can't ask you questions anymore. But they didn't say anything about giving you an order. So, go get some paper for the printers." Needless to say, he didn't. He still has a lot to learn about working in a building dominated by women. But, learn it he shall, if Scarlett ever manages to get that ever elusive butt picture. More on that later.

I am determined to watch Donald Trump's reality show tonight. He's my hero. I don't watch any reality shows, but this one interested me from the beginning. Only I kept forgetting to watch it because I only watch one network tv show so I never know what's on network tv. And NBC likes to move that show around from one night to the next. If I turn on the show and it's all yelling and fighting, I'll probably find something else to watch.
I've read some more posts on the blog, Tin Foil Hat and I've realized that I might not agree with this guy on some things. I think I'll be getting my very own custom made Tin Foil Hat any day now - LOLOL! Anyway, if you don't agree with my views on politics, check out Tin Foil Hat. You might agree with those views.
I have a feeling, I should provide a link to this story about the Sixth Sense.
Okay, I was waiting until the Jack Whittaker story made a Big Name News Source before commenting. First, it's a wonder why divine providence allowed this man to even with the lottery. Second, I have no sympathy for him since he keeps doing this. Third, if it happens one more time, I might start cheering for the crooks.

Cute little puppy.

This is the second story I've seen from England about this ridiculous speed camera.

The Key Points of the State of the Union Address

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I was watching the news tonight and they showed Michael Bolton singing at a Dick Gephardt rally. I said, "He picked the wrong candidate to endorse." Mom said, "Who, Gep-Part?" and I responded, "He gep-PARTED alright, he dropped out of the race." LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From the Bond Movie, Dr. No:

Bond to Moneypenny: "What gives?"
Moneypenny to Bond: "Me, given an ounce of encouragement."

I like Moneypenny.
Found the blog, "Tin Foil Hat" through It's interesting.
Here's a website for work-at-home opportunities. I don't know if they are scams though. I found the website in the Womans World magazine, so presumably they would have checked these people out before endorsing them.
Today after work I went to Walmart and bought something I've wanted for a few months. It's called the Chocolate Factory. It's a double boiler and a bunch of candy making supplies (no, Ria, you can't have my candy molds). In catalogs they sell for about $20.00, but I got mine on sale for $15.00. With this device I can dip pretzels and all kinds of things in melted chocolate. YUM! Unfortunately, I'm Slimly Fasting so the Chocolate dipping will have to wait a month or two. And I got the next book in the Family Secrets series. It's a romance novel. I can't wait to read it, but I'm reading Diana Palmer books this week, so it might be a while. Angie says she's lost 17 pounds on the Atkins Diet. I don't think her husband and daughter have lost much since the last weigh-in. John shaved off his beard this weekend. I told him he looked skinnier, younger, and happier. And an added bonus, I can now squash that urge to call him Papa Smurf. I don't know about all my exercising. Granted, I have more energy and I can carry the 25 pound bag of catfood from my car to the house, up the stairs and into the house with little effort now since I started working out, but I still don't think I've lost anything. Oh, and I have a lap now. That's exciting.
The adjustment unit sucks. Really. You all don't know how much.
Our military is risking their lives liberating Iraq. Russia's military is risking their lives liberating BEER.

Impeachment of Cheney????

The Bush Administration Lexicon - pretty funny and unfortunately not so much satire as some might think.

Monday, January 19, 2004

Oh, what torture. I'm doing the diet and exercise thing and guess what I'm watching. The food network - a show about birthday cakes and probably other really good desserts.
You have...PHILOPHOBIA! The fear of love. Sad, very

What freaky phobia do you have?
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My inner child is sixteen years old today

My inner child is sixteen years old!

Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while
adults might just accept that, I know
something's gotta change. And it's gonna
change, just as soon as I become an adult and
get some power of my own.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
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Interesting Venus pictures.

Mars Rover Story

I've updated the Spymaster's Agenda. Check it out in the little green box. Jan. 23rd should be a National Holiday!
Hmmm... If I liked computers enough to sit here for hours and do this, it might be interesting.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Alias was great! Jack got a huge kiss from Isabella Rossellini. Finally, he gets to do more than sit in the briefing room and look menacing. Of course, I think Jack needs a younger woman, a UCLA art major maybe. LOL! That would be funny. And we fans are still hating Lauren. Even more now. She planned Vaughn's death (her husband) and then when he didn't die, but was rescued, she was all smiles and hugging and kissing him. Yuck! I've never been one of those people who are obsessed with the Vaughn and Sydney relationship, I don't see that they have much chemistry (which is sad since they are a couple in real life), but Lauren is just evil and needs her butt kicked. The worst thing about tonight was that there were no previews for the next episode! I hate that.
Okay, I'm watching Alias right now and a Covenant Bad Guy is the same guy that was on the shortlived series Veritas the Quest. I liked him on that show. ABC is stupid for cancelling good tv shows. This one was only on a few weeks and then the Iraq war broke out and it never got a fair chance after that. This is a big part of the reason why I only watch one show on ABC and that's Alias. Why start watching a show when ABC is just going to cancel it? And believe me, ABC knows my sentiments.
I said I would take Saturday off from exercise and I did. Today I got back on the treadmill and did a mile and a half. And then I did about 5 minutes on my stairclimber. And then I worked out a bit with the hand weights. I hope all this exercise pays off. Last year, I worked out two miles a day every day for 3 months and didn't lose anything. Polly can vouch for it, she was my online workout buddy. We would work out and then email each other our distances every day. Scarlett says she thinks my workouts are working, but it might just be that Pilates. It makes you look better without actually losing anything. It just repositions the fat.

Well, the baby went back to P-Burg. Yay!! After she left, Mom took a nap, Dad took his truck off to have the gas tank looked at, and I got on the treadmill. Ria, that's why no one answered when you called. But at least this way, Dad will get to hear your stories too when they play the message on the answering machine.

Well, I think I might go and unfurl my yoga mat and do some pilates.........

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Last night I watched a really old movie called The Spiral Staircase. It was pretty good. A classic for the "Don't go down the stairs cause the bad guy's there and he's going to kill you" plot device.

Tonight I watched Valley of the Kings, a movie from 1954. It was pretty good. I kept hoping the husband wouldn't turn out to be the bad guy, but he was the bad guy. The link takes you to a review of the movie which claims that the lead actors were romantically involved off camera, but the guy on TMC says they weren't, that MGM made up the stories to get people to see the movie. I believe that about MGM.
Oh great. The baby gets to stay another night. Wonderful. Well, I'm not watching her. My dad wants to see the baby and have her for days, but then he spends five minutes with her and goes to play computer games the rest of the time, leaving me and Mom to entertain the baby. Well, not anymore. And I'm staying up late tonight, as is the requirement when you are free from the chains of the nightmare that is work, and if they don't like it cause it keeps the baby up, that's tough. I don't even have a place to sit in the family room because the baby has two beds to sleep on and they are both blocking the couch and the chair. What's my mantra? "Someday I'll move out. Someday I'll move out. Someday I'll move out." And no, the baby is not coming for sleep-overs.
So, since I stole those quizzes from Scarlett, I thought I would be a pal and provide a link to her blog: Scarlett's Innocent Postcard. Check it out.
He looks like Wolverine from the X-Men, doesn't he. Or Antonio Banderas. Hmmm...... Antonio..........

Don't get blood splatters on you when you shoot
your victim. Your methods are a bit uncouth but
your finesse and sense of style is impeccable.
With a bit of guidance you could live among us
in the world of vampires.

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I think I got someone else's results:

You are smart and sexy!

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GI death toll hits 500 in Iraq. But Iraq is liberated from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, that's what coun --- oh, wait I forgot about Bush's VENDETTA and the OIL!

Maybe they will stop sucking up to Tiger Woods now that there's a new superstar on the course.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Whooohoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Three day weekend!!!!! Maybe I'll play with Flight Simulator some. Can't tonight or most of tomorrow - Jasmine's here and she's computer crazy at times. It comes from having computer nerds for parents. If she sees one of us on the computer she has to play too. We put my earmuffs on her this evening. She loved that. Ooh, I think Design on a Dime is on HGTV tonight. I love that show. But Decorating Cents only costs you $500, not the $1000 that DoaD does. Maybe I'll watch some Alias this weekend. A new episode on Sunday night and I've got my season 2 dvds I can watch. Oh yeah, I probably need to work out some too. I might take tomorrow off though. I don't warm up before hopping on the treadmill straight out of bed in the mornings and I think my legs are trying to tell me that they don't like that. Neighborcat was on the porch tonight when I came home but he took off after I stopped petting him. I was going to go back out and check him over for any new battle injuries, but that didn't happen.
Oh, my Incredimail dog is barkin'. I've got mail! Probably spam. But the dog is so cute.
Really awesome space pic.
Two things about this blog: 1) Her weatherpixie has a dog, a little black haired dog with a red collar (I'm so jealous) and 2) her weatherpixie currently says it's 70 degrees (I'm really, really jealous). Why can't my weatherpixie have a dog??????????
Oh, what to say about the big circus news of the day. Hmm.... 1), I guess that shoulder injury he suffered at the hands of the vicious Calif. police has healed. 2), Insult to the court. That's the least of what he's done. 3), All these 'fans' are nuts.

But at least he LANDED. What more can you really ask for?

*Sigh* Once again, I bring up the whole 'Separation of Church and State' issue. If the Current Regime would give the money to non-faith based charities, there would be no need for faith-based ones because everyone would be getting what they needed from the non-faith based charities. Better yet, take all the Billions and Billions of dollars he's going to spend sending people to the Moon and Mars and take care of America's domestic issues. What an idiot. I really, really hope someone else becomes US Dictator Supreme next fall.

I bet she's a mutant!

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Okay, this blog is for Scarlett. It's got a really good entry about working in cubicles.
George W of the Jungle
A blog about shoes. Bet she's got some made out of yarn somewhere.
See!! Another yarn loving blogger found on
"I must find attire that is both chi-chi and poo-poo." This woman seems pretty entertaining in her blog. I was lured to the blog because of the dog in the corner. And a coincidence, she's another knitter. You wouldn't think knitters would be prevalent in the blogging community, but I'm finding them all over Them and Howard Dean blogs. He's got to be creating all of them himself and sending automatic updates every day to them or something. I mean really, are Alaskans really for Dean? And how is it that so many Dean blogs are updated daily around the same time of day?
Free the MoonMan!!!!!!!

I still think they should let them rest in peace.

U.S. Soldiers' Suicide Rate Is Up in Iraq. But hey, Iraq is free from tyranny. That's what coun--- oh that's right, I'm forgetting the Bush vendetta and the OIL!!!

Another NASA Conspiracy????

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Well, I am tickled pink - I got an Alias book in the mail today. I can't wait to start reading it tomorrow :)
Okay, so I go to the knitter's blog to read about her knitting. You think, like I do, oh, what an innocent little topic. Well, the knitter put this link in one of her posts. I am mortified! Embarrassed! Shocked! And I thought some of you would get a kick out of it.
Because everyone knows the rich couples don't need any help getting along and doing marriage right. Case in point: Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Donald Trump, Ted Turner. This is just another attempt by the Christian Right to legislate religion, forgetting that thousands died in the Revolutionary War to prevent that exact thing from happening.

The King must have a grove of the same kind of money trees that our President goes to for all his outrageous expenditures.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Good news for Angie - I just saw on tv that Vodka has no carbs! That Dr. Atkins must have known this when he designed that diet.
*Sigh* this will make me happy. Don't know about the rest of you. But you can find your own favorite wrestler.
Yuck!!! I did a google search for "happy websites smile" and some adult website gets listed. I was expecting to see a website about bunnies and rainbows.
Do the Chicken Dance!
Smiley website
Well, there was a lot of depressing news out there today. The Supreme Court sided with the Current Administration on something or other - didn't read it, didn't want to be depressed about how the S.C is still pandering to the candidate they *chose* to be President. Then the S.C. ruled that you can't sue the phone company if you get bad service. Hmm... But you can sue McDonalds if your coffee's too hot. Sounds like a kickback in there somewhere. Then there was something new about the RIAA. Boring... I have to find something funny or happy.

Neighborcat was sleeping in his new box when I came home today. I went out and took him some catfood and some water after taking the dogs for their walk. Neighborcat is getting spoiled by having me bring the food to him, but I just figure it's good to save him a few steps.

The diet report from work is as follows:
Angie - 7 pounds - Atkins Diet - one week
Angie's Husband - 9 pounds - Atkins Diet - one week
Angie's daughter - 5 pounds - Atkins Diet - one week
Tony - 5 pounds - Atkins Diet - one week
Me - Don't know how many lost - The Turkey Sandwich (aka Slimfast) Diet and a whole lotta exercise - one week.
Scarlett - see yesterday's post about her great success - don't know what plan she's following.
Julie's on the Hershey bar and Pepsi diet. She's sure it's going to work, she just has to give it time - LOLOL!!!
And just in case you think I'm supporting the Atkins Diet, Darlena says she followed it to the letter for 6 weeks and only lost 7 pounds. There's something weird about a diet in which you can eat all the cheese you want, but can't drink milk.

........ off to find something happy............
For fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Check out the Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake. Pretty neat.

Wil Wheaton has a really good post titled "A Matter of Priorities" which highlights the Current Administration's behavior toward Iraq in light of Fmr. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's new book.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Well, moving the treadmill was not in vain. I worked out this morning. I got up at 5:30am, only 15 minutes earlier than I usually do, and did 20 minutes on the treadmill (nearly a mile - I'll get better at that the more I walk), 5 minutes on my stairclimber (I used it because I like how my calf muscles are shaping up from using it), 20 minutes of pilates, and about 7 minutes of playing with really light (3 pound) weights (I'm going to alternate between my 3 and 4 pound weights just to give my arms some exercise). Everyone at work is doing something. They are either going to the gym after work, or doing the Atkins thing, or the Scarsdale diet, or they're working out on their own at home like me. Scarlett has lost 15 pounds (Yay!!!!!!!! You rock!!!)

Alias was really good last night. Not enough Jack though. But next week's episode promises to make up for it.

I made up a new box for the Neighborcat. This one is a little bigger and has a better entrance so he can get in there and keep the wind off of him on these cold nights. If he comes back to that spot. I think if I ever get a house of my own, I'll have to take Neighborcat with me and make him into a house cat to keep him safe. Hopefully he will make up with Fritz cause I'll have to take Fritz with me too.
Check out the picture of the cute little dog and his sweater!!!
Really cool picture of clouds. You've got to see it.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

In keeping with the theme of this blog, here's a link to the CIA. Warning: may not be what you're expecting.........
I moved the treadmill into the family room today. Dad complained, but I will get to use it to work out in the mornings. Dad complains about everything. You'd think retirement would make a person happy. It would me. Anyway, today I did the treadmill and my pilates exercises today.

The neighborcat appears to have hurt his right front paw. It looks swollen and he doesn't put much pressure on it. Hopefully it will heal up on its own. I brought him his catfood and water today to save him a few steps. And no, that doesn't make him our cat. He still belongs to someone else. It isn't our fault he chooses to sleep and eat and drink at our house.

Tonight is the next new episode of Alias. I just read some spoilers that Lauren (Vaughn's wife whom we were supposed to feel sympathy for and like this season) is really a bad guy working with Sark. The writers might have thought we needed a reason to hate her, but the fans didn't.

Saturday, January 10, 2004

A blog about the Mars exploration efforts.
I've updated the Spymaster's Agenda. Check it out in the green box.
One of the great mysteries of life - our Lexmark printer works again! All my personal help desk did was hook it up to the computer. Well, that's what he said. He probably did some ritualistic cyber prayer dance or something.
Why is it I always end up with the same answers as someone else?

You are going to marry Brad Pitt. He is always
friendly to anybody he ever meets and he is
very talented as an actor. He is also very
sincere and friendly. He will respect you until
the day he dies. Congrats!!

Which male celebrity are you going to marry? (10 results that have pics!)
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Friday, January 09, 2004

Everyone debates who is the better Bond. But I'd like to know who their favorite Felix is. Which is your favorite Felix? Mine is Rik Van Nutter from Thunderball.

An entire blog devoted to Keanu Reeves. The internet really does have everything. But he is kinda cute.
Help me out. What is this thing??

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Defender-ship.I am a Defender-ship.

I am fiercely protective of my friends and loved ones, and unforgiving of any who would hurt them. Speed and foresight are my strengths, at the cost of a little clumsiness. I'm most comfortable with a few friends, but sometimes particularly enjoy spending time in larger groups. What Video Game Character Are You?
So, today at work I think I had my best gotcha comment. I'll explain. Tricia and Tony were in Tony's cube discussing a case. Darlena and I were standing just outside the cube watching them. Darlena had a question to ask and I just didn't want to do any work. Darlena mentioned how Tricia and Tony were wearing shoes that were the same color - yucky brown work boot colored. We both said how cute it was that they were dressing alike and Tricia said, "Well, except my shoes have fringes and tassels." And I said, "Tony likes to wear his tassels in other places." Everyone died laughing and Tony couldn't come back with an answer to that one. LOLOL!!! Too bad Julie wasn't there, she'd have loved it.
Well, America is already what, $900 Billion in debt now thanks to the Bush Ego. What's another few hundred billion?
Congratulations! You're Merry!

Which Lord of the Rings character and personality problem are you?
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Scarlett has updated her blog. Check it out....
Hmmm.... We'll be hearing, "He's dead, Jim," for minutes to come....

Find out how your Marmaduke measures up....

Meow, meow, meow......... Very cute...

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Wil Wheaton has a sappy, uh, I mean heartwarming post about the day he actually saw Henry Winkler (The Fonz) in person. I thought it was a good post, so go read it if you're in the mood for sappy.
Cubicle Commandos!!!!!! I want several so I can act out battles between me and the state office (me being the winner every time of course). Polly would be happy with a pin cushion that's got a face on it.
Some interesting Bible Quizzes

Well, I took my car down to the road tonight so I wouldn't have to risk my neck by driving down the snow-covered driveway in the morning. Dad followed me down and drove me back up to the house, complaining all the way about how I had made the driveway slick and icy because I had to park my car down there. Leave it to Dad to put all the blame on me. Grrr....

On the History channel right now is a show called Stealing the Superfortress. It's a show about the Soviet Union copying the US B-29, the WWII bomber that dropped the atomic bombs. I've seen documentaries about the construction of the B-29 before so I might switch over to the NASA channel to see what's up with the rover.
I added a couple more dates to the Spymaster's Agenda. Here's a hint..... "To be the man, you've got to beat the man"..........
The Discovery Health Body Challenge After Baby contest wrapped up last night. There were only 4 episodes and it was really hard to get to know the contestants and gain any inspiration from them. The winner was a man. The winner is always a man on this show. I think it's rigged. Probably some outdated idea that women are flighty and don't stick with anything. I know plenty of women who stick by worthless husbands, stick with crappy jobs. They are holding a National Body Challenge beginning January 10th, but since you have to weigh yourself and I don't weigh myself, I won't be participating.

I'm still doing my early morning workouts. I don't know if I will work out tomorrow morning. We're expecting snow tonight and if Mom gets Dad up to have him drive her down our very steep driveway, then he'll be up smoking. And I can't exercise if I can't breathe, and I can't breathe if he's polluting the air. So, I may not work out tomorrow. Hopefully I will get to work tomorrow. Not that I like work, this week its been pretty aggravating. Aggravating in the sense that my depression has kicked in and I have an overwhelming urge to spend a whole bunch of money and eat three pizzas in one setting. But I need to get a few things done. And I still haven't found that $0.02 that I've been looking for on that case. At this point I'm tempted to send the audit in anyway and let the people at the state office, who get paid more than me, find it. Two days looking for $0.02 is not a good use of resources.

Well, the weatherman lied again. He said at 5pm that we'd only get flurries tonight. Then at 6pm he said we'd get an inch of snow tonight. I'm starting to think that I'd get more truth out of George W. Bush than the weatherman. And that's frightening.
The Ground Force People could have told them better.

If the bag had broken while on WalMart property I might be inclined to believe the people were owed some kind of compensation. But the people had ample time to make alternate arrangements of their canned goods so injuries wouldn't take place. I do it all the time.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

This is disgusting.

What cute little horses!!!
The Loch Ness Monster of Africa

And why isn't he focusing on the next X-Men movie???

Another Nessie story. Believe me, you'll thank me. I could have picked one of the many Princess Diana Conspiracy stories. Ugh!

Clinton Joke

Clinton's Pigs

One day as President Clinton was getting off the helicopter in front of the White House, he had a baby pig under each arm.
The Marine guard snapped to attention, salutes, and said: ''Nice pigs, sir.''

The President replied, ''These are not pigs, these are authentic Arkansas Razorback Hogs. I got one for Hillary, and I got one for Chelsea.''

The Marine again snapped to attention, saluted, and replied, ''Nice trade, sir'''

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

McDonalds doesn't make people fat. Personal lifestyle choices make people fat.

Yay!! The Discovery Health channel has a new edition of the Body Challenge - it's the Body Challenge after Baby. The contestants are all moms and dads with children under 3. I don't like how they've set up this edition. I think they are rushing through the 16 weeks and we're not going to get to know the contestants that well.

My early morning workouts are going ok. My lower back is a little achy, but once I'm over this cold I'll be able to sleep on my back and rest it.
Steven Squyres is my favorite NASA guy so far on all this Mars Rover coverage. He is so excited about it all it's like he's a little boy on Christmas morning who just got the toy he wanted most. He has an email address through Cornell University, but I doubt he'd be answering his email right now.
But I bet these people are sleeping easier knowing that imminent threat of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi military is gone. Not.

Liberal Justice for John Ashcroft - the second story down the page - notice his irrational fear of calico cats. The man is obviously off his rocker.

A little math to bore you.

Hypochondriacs rejoice! Your new custom website is here!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 05, 2004

I thought this was cute. I don't know if I'll put it on my blog though. I'll have to think about it. Ernie strikes terror in the hearts of many.
I can't believe Kim Novak is 70! She's on Larry King Live right now and she doesn't seem a day over 50!! I want to know what she does to stay so young. It's more than her looks, her speech, mannerisms all deceive you about her age.
Odd, the NASA Channel on the satellite dish just keeps showing the mars rover stuff.

Well, the RAM is making me go to that training in Morgantown at the end of March. Three days away from home. I tried to get out of it, but the Ram said, "You have to go. You have so much to offer." I plan on offering sarcastic comments and laughter at the state office people. George plans on offering the same. We will sit together in the back of the room and make fun of people. In case you're not familiar with RAMSPEAK, when she says, "you have so much to offer," that means she's bragged about me to everyone under the sun and she wants to show me off. If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that it just doesn't pay to be anything other than average.

Today was the first day of my new workout strategy. Hopefully I can continue it. I really wish I could breathe though. I have a stuffy nose.
Good for the farmers!!!

Here's a Clinton Joke for you. Gotta like that Hillary......

Hillary Clinton vs. God

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore were in an airplane that crashed. They're up in heaven, and God's sitting on the great white throne. God addresses Al first.

"Al, what do you believe in?"

Al replies, "Well, I believe that the combustion engine is evil and that we need to save the world from CFCs and that if any more freon is used, the whole earth will become a greenhouse and we'll all die."

God thinks for a second and says "Okay, I can live with that. Come and sit at my left."

God then addresses Bill. "Bill, what do you believe in?"

Bill replies, "Well, I believe in power to the people. I think people should be able to make their own choices about things and that no one should ever be able to tell someone else what to do. I also believe in feeling people's pain."

God thinks for a second and says "Okay, that sounds good. Come and sit at my right."

God then address Hillary. "Hillary, what do you believe in?"

"I believe you're in my chair."

Sunday, January 04, 2004

I'm also Apocalypse Now??

This is a disturbing trend......

I'm Einstein!!!

I'm stumped on this Flight Simulator 2004 game. I get the plane on the ground (by crashing, usually), apply the brakes, pull the throttle all the way back to idle but the plane keeps going??? I've got to start doing those flying lessons soon. I'm printing out a lot of the learning center information (now that I have a printer) so I can have the keyboard commands to look at and so I can read about all the different planes. Hopefully I can print out those lessons too once I get there.

The Discovery Health channel is sponsoring a nationwide "body challenge". This is based on the two editions of the tv show in which 12 contestants challenge each other to lose weight and get healthy in 16 weeks. At the end of the challenge a group of judges (nutritionists, psychologists, former winners of the show etc) pick the contestant they believe overcame the most obstacles. I think it's nice that the channel is doing a real life challenge that anyone can participate in, but I liked watching the tv show. I wish they'd do another edition.

I was right. Chocolate syrup and milk definitely improves the taste of the WeightWatcher's ice cream.

I watched Trading Spaces Family tonight and that Hildi Santos once again ticked me off. The homeowners working with her actually said, "I thought the whole purpose of this show was to do the room the way we wanted to." Yeah, I thought that too, but no one told the designers that. This is why I like Changing Rooms better. If the homeowner doesn't like something Laurence is doing, he either talks them into it or he changes what he's doing. But he listens to the homeowner. Hildi doesn't. She glued feathers to a wall a few weeks ago. The whole wall covered in feathers. If you ever wondered what happened to all the feathers from the chickens used by KFC, this might answer that question for you.
Really good space pic!!

I just want to remind everyone that Timothy McVey (Oklahoma City bomber) was an American. This fingerprinting thing wouldn't have stopped him.

Martian Pics from the Rover.

I wonder if this would work with potatoes?

Recent scientific news story about Earth's magnetic poles. In case you're worried, go to the Pole Shift Preparedness Site for survival tips.
I added a couple more days on the Spymaster's Agenda Calendar. Check them out if you want too. I also switched around the contents in my little green box so that the archives are down at the bottom now. I didn't want the archives pushing my weatherpixie and my petfinder down the page.
Update on my ebay story - there were two responses to my question - one was from some idiot who didn't bother to actually read my question and completely missed the part about other people posting feedback after the seller became NARU. The other response gave the most overused excuse imaginable - computer glitch.
There have been an unusual number of earthquakes lately.

Saturday, January 03, 2004

I just saw something weird on ebay. Remember my post about winning auctions from a guy who later became "not a registered user"? Well, legend has it that you can't post feedback for someone with that title, but on Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st some people left feedback on this guy. I thought that was unfair since I want to leave feedback too (Positive feedback since I received my items) so I posted a question in the ask a question center part of the Community section of ebay.

Mom bought a plastic storage cart to hold some of Jasmine's clothes. She has the cart in the family room which means even more crap sticking out in the floor. I may have to do a little rearranging while she's not looking. She'll get mad but I'm not having all this crap cluttering up the floor. It drives me nuts and sets off my claustrophobia.
Well, I have a printer, but it's not the one we should be using. It's our old one (HP Deskjet 400). Hopefully, someday, our Lexmark will work again.

The baby has returned to P-Burg. Thank goodness. The house can return to normal and maybe Fritz will eat his breakfast tomorrow. He hasn't eaten a meal since yesterday morning. He's been living off catfood and treats. I don't mind feeding him doggy treats, but the catfood has too much fat in it.

If you've noticed the weatherpixie on the right, you've seen that we are experiencing a heat wave. It's not supposed to be in the 60's this time of year, but I'm not complaining. The rain we've been having would have been a couple of feet of snow if it had been colder. And I really don't want to see snow.

Fooled around with Flight Simulator a little bit today. Crashed a couple of times. One of these days I'll have to see what those flying lessons are all about on that game.
So, will they arrest the baby? I think they should. Everyone's a terrorist in John Ashcroft's opinion. They just haven't committed the crime yet, but they could, so it's best to lock everyone up.

People are complaining about the Croc Hunter holding onto his baby while feeding a crocodile during one of his shows in Australia. That it might have been too dangerous. Well, when these whiners have 40 years of hands on experience working with and feeding crocodiles, they can be the judge as to whether or not it was dangerous. Thousands of children suffer real abuse in this country every day and the media would rather focus on a sensationalized story that only grabs ratings and makes them money.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Apparently, next week, NASA will release new pictures of Mars courtesy of the newest rover to land there, if the landing is a success. I heard this on the news, so, here's NASA's website and its Mars website.

Weight Watchers Ice Cream Update

The peanut butter sundae w/chocolate fudge Pints taste horrible. It's like peanut butter frozen in a bland ice cube. I'm sure once I blend it up into some milk and stir in some chocolate syrup, it will taste better.

How much does WVU Football suck???

Lots!!! Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!! They lost their big bowl game 41 to 7!!!! I love it.
Dad bought a joystick for the computer today. He wanted to be able to fly the planes in Flight Simulator - LOL. So, I hooked it up and it works fine. I didn't crash, but the instructor did give up on me. Dad managed to land the plane. The one thing I'm concerned about is this tag that is on the cord of the joystick. The tag says that the cord contains lead and you should wash your hands after touching it. I wonder just how dangerous the lead content in this cord is. I sure hope the cats don't chew on it.
Well, I got out and went to Walmart, Krogers and the bank this morning. I'm starting the turkey diet again so I needed turkey (obviously), lettuce, tomatoes, whole wheat buns, fat free american cheese. Krogers had a big sale on Slimfast and Weightwatchers Ice Cream so I bought a few packages. The baby's coming for her weekly visit today so I need to go watch some dvds before she gets here. Once she gets here, it will be all Disney Channel, all the time. Whoopeee. At least Kim Possible is a new episode tonight.
Interesting discovery.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Barry Manilow is IN!!!

THE LIST: What's Out and In for 2004?

At least according to the Washington Post.
I'd like to see them get their taters from somewhere else.

Well, so far this morning, I've taken down the Christmas Tree, made Dad find out why the blue lights on the tree weren't working, sneezed about a 100 times thanks to all the dust the tree had collected in the month it had been up, watched the Today show, took the dog for a walk, fed the dogs and cats, ate breakfast, and decided that when I start back to work on Monday, instead of sleeping in for a half an hour (I'm not going to be working 8 to 4, I'm going to work 8:30 to 4:30 for the next three months), I will get up at my regular time, and work out on my stair stepper machine for a half an hour.

On the Today show this morning, Al Roker (who was also at that very same time in California getting ready for the Rose Parade - that's how I knew the Today show was taped) interviewed this guy about what 2004's music would be like. The guy covered hiphop and rock, but not country. The country acts shouldn't appear on the Today show if they aren't going to get respect the rest of the time.

And on an unrelated note, I have really had it with all the Michael Jackson coverage. Isn't Scott Peterson doing anything? What about the Green River Killer? I'm sure Kobe Bryant spent more money on the wife this Christmas, where's the report on that? Frankly, since they have caught Michael Jackson in a lie (he wasn't in the bathroom for 45 minutes like he claims) I have come to believe that Michael Jackson is lying about a lot of other things too. I tried to remain objective considering the past of the alleged victim and the victim's family, but I'm really sick of the whole "everyone's out to get me" excuse that Jackson and his 'team' are offering. His attorney was there during the whole booking process, if anything had been wrong, the attorney would have filed a complaint before now. And the CBS interview - CBS has a Jackson special that it isn't sure about airing. Jackson may want them to air the special. So, CBS sets up this 'interview' on 60 Minutes to make even more money off this crap and as a way of gauging whether or not to air the special? A better time would have been spent watching Martha Stewart's recent appearance on the Larry King show. He didn't get into specifics about the charges against her, but it was more informative about her background, and made her seem more personable. She even brought out her mother and showed off some decorations or something.

Speaking of Larry King Live, last night, the hard-as-nails prosecutor turned analyst, Nancy Grace, was the guest host and she was reduced to a puddle of cuddly oohs and ahs for the whole show because the guest on the show was Jack Hanna who had with him a bunch of wild animals. I was astounded that she could have feelings because you never really see anything other than her 'pitbullish' attack style when she's talking about whatever case is in the news.

New Year's Eve Observations

For the first time in years, I stayed up to see the New Year last night. Not because I wanted to participate in the reveling. I just figured that I should stay up late during my vacation. Jay Leno's monologue was pretty good. Carrot Top was a guest on the Tonight Show and his act was pretty good. Jay had Tom Jones as a musical guest and he sang that old classic, Burning Down the House. One thing about it, Tom Jones' voice is not one that can lull you to sleep, so the chances of missing the New Year were slim. Jay also had a segment with Ross the Intern, I think it was. I haven't seen this show in years so this guy was brand new to me. Anyway the Intern was spending New Year's Eve in NYC and he went around to all the different restaurants offering international cuisine and tried some of the traditional dishes from some foreign countries. In one restaurant he had to eat cow brains and all I could think of was Mad Cow disease. Then he ate some Octopus and some other weird stuff. I felt sorry for the guy but he always managed to find some alcohol to wash the food down with so I guess he was compensating the best he could. Hope Jay pays him well. Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve had a bunch of people I'd never heard of on it. And that 70's Diva, Donna Summer. Late Night with David Letterman had Rod Stewart performing. Remember the days when Rod Stewart was someone you couldn't get for tv? Then the Fox station had a New Year's Eve show. I don't know who the guy was hosting it (maybe Ryan Seacrest?? I saw a commercial for his show and the guy looked like the host of the New Year's Eve show), but Paris Hilton and the Ritchie girl were there. On that show, one of my favorite country performers, Keith Urban sang as did Metallica and some rock group I'd never heard of. Cyndi Lauper was performing on the CNN coverage of NYC's party, but they didn't show her performing the song, At Last, which is the one I wanted to hear, so I didn't watch that coverage much.

Spilling over into New Year's Day, I just have one comment. They call it the Today show for a reason. Not The Pre-Taped A Week Ago Show. It's really sad when the news starts taping the show in advance.