Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

If I didn't know better, I'd think it was April Fool's Day or something. Somebody give me a break! 'An Inconvenient Truth' Gets the Operatic Treatment". The world truly has gone mad. Isn't there enough dreck out there now? I can't get Sir Mugley to go to a real opera with me. He's not even particularly fond of musicals, although he does like a couple of them (King and I, Sound of Music). However, he hates with a passion West Side Story. Well, enough of that. Now I'm gonna get the brain bleach and try to forget I saw this story.

Good news on the child front. All the tests on the boy came back negative. Thanks to all who sent up prayers and good thoughts for him. Now let's see what we can do about getting him back to work.

Here's the promised Phideaux Phriday picture for this week, even though it's technically Saturday here. We had a storm earlier that threw off my timetable. Sue me.

As always, picture courtesy of I Has A Hotdog, a canine companion to the famous lolcats website.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Oh, yes, this is me (hee hee)

Your Gemstone Says...

You are stable, strong, and full of life. You are an inspiring person.
People turn to you first for leadership and advice.
You are able to gently help people get to where they need to be.
And while you aren't afraid to lead when necessary, you are never heartless or bossy.

The Gemstone Test

For all you naval types out there, and history buffs, we've reached the end of another era. The U.S.S. Kitty Hawk is being decommissioned.

At the beginning of the year, I had to change doctors, because my local physician decided it was too far to drive to cover the satellite clinic in the nearby town. So I switched to the doctor in another town about the same distance, whose clinic is also a satellite of the nearby hospital. I got a letter from the hospital today, stating that this doctor is also leaving. Now I, once again, have to find a new doctor. I was just getting this one trained. She's leaving the middle of next month, so I better make an appointment and get my meds refilled. I also need her to put me on some type of cholesterol medicine. My high cholesterol is not coming from what I eat. I've kept track of every food that went into my face over the last month, with the exception of water. It's definitely not the food.

For those who would, I'm asking prayers for my favorite son, who had some diagnostic surgery done today. We should get the results by Friday. Please pray for a good outcome. I started to say positive outcome, but we really want negative here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

This is pretty cool! Next time you have to throw a baby shower, why not make a diaper cake? Or, perhaps, it might work just as well for a retirement party? What do you think?

Do you like to travel? Does your doggie like to go along? Why should you have the nice luggage, while Phideaux has to settle for a plastic bag or cardboard box for his unmentionables? Well, now Phideaux gets his own luggage, and it's pretty swanky!
This luxurious collection contains a water bowl, a pet passport holder, a chew toy and your choice of either a bone or fish plush cushion. All of which are encased in a heavily padded handmade Napa leather trunk, (that doubles as a luxe dog bed) complete with collar and leash holders and a storage area to keep your k9's outfits neat and organized!
Personally, I wouldn't pay 2,000 dollars for a doggie suitcase, but then again when I travel everything I need fits in a backpack.

Your Ice Cream Personality:

You are not a particularly modest person. You're proud of who you are, and you don't care who knows it.

You are incredibly cautious. You rather miss out on something than make a mistake. No one would ever call you wild... but they would call you responsible.

You are a fairly open minded person with a wide range of tastes. You are quite accepting of unusual ideas and people.

You are a natural multitasker. You feel alive when you're doing more than one thing at a time.

You can be a big dramatic and over the top sometimes. You are bold in every way

The Ice Cream Personality Test

Monday, May 26, 2008

Do you know what this is?

For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, this is a bezoar. Thought you'd like to see one. This one is made of hair, mostly. I found it at M.D.O.D., and had to post it.

Due to the holidays, and busy classwork, I neglected to post this week's "Phideaux Phriday" picture (like the name?). Anyway, as always, this was my favorite pic of the week from the ihasahotdog.com website. Have a howlin' good week!

Aren't kids wonderful? I have two children, a boy and a girl. They were born nine months and three days apart. They are both as stubborn as a mule. And when they fight, I get caught in the middle. I don't mind being a sounding board, but I'd really like for them to work out their current problem right away. They are the only siblings they're ever going to have, and they need to get along. So, kids, if you're reading this and are embarrassed that I brought this up in a public forum, take the hint. Now. I love you. Mom.

Even though I sent her two e-mails, I wanted to state publicly, and for the record:


My baby sister is 50 now. Man, I feel old. Besides her birthday, today is Memorial Day, would have been my mother's 87th birthday, and the 34th anniversary of my high school graduation ceremony. I went through that nightmare, even though I had graduated in January, because Mom wanted me to. Oddly enough, there was a Grand Funk Railroad concert in the Music Hall next door. My entire class was straining to see if they could hear it, but the actual concert didn't start until the graduation ceremony was over. Not that that made parking any easier. Wow, it's just like yesterday. Anyway, H.B., sissy. Hope you had a good one.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Not really much to say tonight. Just thought I'd check in with everybody. Here's a couple of things to think about:

Isn't technology wonderful? When I was a child, a transistor radio you could hide under the pillow and listen to after bedtime was a joy. Now, I can sit two feet from Sir Mugley, both of us on the computer doing homework (yeah, right), he's watching his silly monkey movies (Planet of the Apes series), and I am listening to the New York Philharmonic.

Ladies, don't you just heave a sigh of relief when your hair gets long enough to put in a clip or ponytail? I finally made it. I like my hair short, but usually only get it cut about once a year. So about midway, it's long enough to get in my face, but not long enough to put in a rubber band. Thank God for headbands!

Well, the dog wants to be fed (big surprise. He already looks like a tank), so I'll go for now. Anybody going to see Indy this week? If so, let me know how it was.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Here's the dog of the week:

Isn't he adorable?

Sorry I haven't posted for a few days. it's the first week of school, so those are always busy because they give us extra assignments. Anyway, I've got all my homework done up until Sunday, so I thought I'd say HI!!

I had to recover the past couple of days. I watched "Dirty Dancing" and just finished hyperventilating. I'm tellin' ya, Patrick Swayze really can dance, can't he? Yum! I always was a sucker for a good dancer.

What Your Taste in Music Says About You
Your musical tastes are upbeat and conventional.
You are an easy going, optimistic person.

Family and friends are very important to you.
You enjoy caring for and helping other people.

You thrive in a tranquil environment, and you do your best to keep things peaceful.
You enjoy your life. You have your priorities straight.
What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?

My son and daughter-in-law both sent me this meme, and now I present it to you. If you take on the challenge, you must use the first letter of your name to fill in the blanks. Take note that you cannot use your own name as one of the answers.
TV SHOW: Dr. Who
CITY: Denver
FOOD: deviled eggs
Well, there it is. Have fun.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama was born August 4, 1961. At that time, there were 50 states in the United States of America. There has been ever since. Unfortunately, he seems to think there are many more:
"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
Okay, he's been to 57, not allowed to go to two others, and has one more to go? Where are all these states? And do we really want 20 more senators running around, not to mention the additional representatives? I know I don't! Sheesh, he should have learned the number of states in elementary school. It's not like some were added after he was born. I'm among the fortunate group who have been a member of the U.S. of A. longer than Alaska and Hawaii. He doesn't have that excuse. Somebody show him a map, please?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I learned today that one of the greats of gospel music has died. Dottie Rambo died when her tour bus overturned about 30 miles from here, just outside Mt. Vernon, Missouri on I-44. She was on her way to a Mother's Day concert in Texas. She was 74 years old.

We grew up listening to the music of the Rambos. As a matter of fact, my family used to sing many of their songs in church. She was a brilliant lyricist and the harmony of the family was flawless. Some of the classics she wrote were "Too Much to Gain To Lose", "In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul", "Remind Me, Dear Lord" and my personal favorite, "If That Isn't Love":
He left the splendor of heaven
Knowing His destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me

And if that isn't love
Then the ocean is dry
There's no stars in the sky
And the little sparrows can't fly
Yeah if that isn't love
Then heaven's a myth
There's no feeling like this
If that isn't love

Even in death He remembered
The thief hanging by His side
Then he spoke of love and compassion
And He took him to paradise

And if that isn't love
Then the ocean is dry
There's no stars in the sky
And the little sparrows can't fly
Yeah if that isn't love
Then heaven's a myth
There's no feeling like this
If that isn't love
She will truly be missed.

I guess everyone has heard about the damage and deaths related to the tornadoes that hit in Oklahoma and Missouri. I thought you might like to see some of the aftermath. This lovely house belonged to my brother's fifth-grade girlfriend in Picher, Oklahoma. Isn't it nice?

I guess I should have said, Wasn't it nice? This is how the tornado left it.

And this is a look down the street at the rest of the homes on the block. Basically, half the town was destroyed.

Please keep these people in your prayers. This is gonna be rough to overcome.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I had heard that David Archuleta's father had a problem with self-control. Rumor had it he chose the songs David would sing, would get aggressive with David if the performance wasn't up to his standards, etc. But it seems Jeff Archuleta stepped over the line last Tuesday. When he changed the lyrics to "Stand By Me", the show had to shell out additional royalties for permission to use the song. That's definitely a no-no. So daddy Archuleta has been banned from backstage. Hopefully, this will not impact the way people vote on this show. I've felt for some time that Archie has been getting a lot of sympathy votes because of his father. I guess we'll see this week.

They've done it again! Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have just announced that they are expecting another child around New Years Day... number 18! This is insane. Nobody needs that many children, nor can it be good for the children. How do you give that many children the attention they need? He must make a phenomenal amount of money to support that large a family. They apparently need no help from the government to provide. I just don't get it.

A sincere congratulations and good luck go out to Jenna Bush and Henry Hager on their wedding tonight. With the papparazzi hounding them for the next several days at least, they're gonna need it.

Looks like the police in Salt Lake City are having an easier time at work these days; they don't even have to use their weapons.
Just the threat of a jolt stopped a man in his tracks. A Salt Lake City police officer couldn't catch up to a 32-year-old man until he yelled, "Taser, Taser, Taser."

Police said the suspect suddenly threw himself on the ground and surrendered Wednesday.
Do you think he would have started bleeding if the officer had yelled, "Bang! bang!"?

A woman in Connecticut apparently has never heard of water being used to clean things:
A New York woman has filed a $100 claim against Norwalk saying a family outing to the Maritime Aquarium was ruined by dog feces. The woman claims her child's shoes, along with the entire outing, were ruined when her 1-year-old stepped in dog feces outside the Maritime Garage.
This is ridiculous. You get some water, and some detergent of some kind, and you clean the shoes. Granted, whoever owns the dog should have cleaned up after it, but still. Does this woman throw away her clothing when it gets dirty? I doubt it. Just for the record, is it really necessary to spend $100 on shoes for a one year old? I wouldn't spend that much on shoes for myself, and my feet stopped growing a long time ago.

Did any of you watch Survivor Thursday night? How stupid was Erik? If you're the only guy left, and you have immunity, you DO NOT GIVE IT AWAY!! How does he manage to get out of bed in the morning with no brain?

Thursday, May 08, 2008

This is a re-post from May 1st. I got my second troll in four years (!), and he/she/it really stepped over the line with their comment. It's one thing to spout for several pages about nonsense, but the language being used was way, way over the line, dude. I don't talk like that, and I won't allow it on my blog. So, if you're gonna comment, and I do read all the comments, please keep it clean. My grandchildren may be reading this, and they hear that crap enough at school.

Is this really a major problem in this country:
Nearly 60 percent of African-American children can't swim, almost twice the figure for white children, according to a first-of-its-kind survey which USA Swimming hopes will strengthen its efforts to lower minority drowning rates and draw more blacks into the sport.
C'mon, people. Don't we have better uses of our time than ridiculous surveys like this, which will do nothing to improve the lives of people of all races in this country? Why must they spell out how many children of each race can and cannot swim? Why not just take the money they wasted on this survey, and use it to fund swimming lessons for kids of all races? I mean, really.

Okay, for those of you who have waaay too much time on your hands, and those who may be recovering from knee surgery (you know who you are, sissy dawg), here's a fun little game for you. Let's all play Pig Blaster, or as some call it, the Fart Game (Hey, I didn't name it, I just report these things).

If you enjoy baby animals as much as I do (and that's a lot), check out these pictures of a baby black jaguar recently born in Peru. It's so sweeet!

For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, here is a video of the sets being used to film Half Blood Prince in England. Enjoy!

Here is my pick for the puppy picture of the day/week/whatever:

This picture just cracks me up, and I can't really say why. As always, here is my source for the photo.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I'm gonna go out on a limb here, and bet that Charles Ray Fuller didn't graduate from high school:
The 21-year-old North Texas man was arrested last week for trying to cash a $360 billion check, saying he wanted to start a record business, authorities said. Tellers at the Fort Worth bank were immediately suspicious — perhaps the 10 zeros on a personal check tipped them off, according to investigators.
I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

Wasn't American Idol painful tonight? The two Davids did fairly well, even though I hate the song "Love Me Tender". Syesha made the monumental mistake of taking on a Tina Turner song (Proud Mary), trying Tina's style, and doing it poorly. And Jason forgot the words to the Bob Dylan song, after doing a bad job on Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff". I'm glad it's over, frankly. So it looks like it will either be Jason or Syesha going home tomorrow. If I voted on these things, which I never do, I'd have to support Syesha. At this stage of the game, you should never forget the words to the songs you choose and practice all week. We will see tomorrow if I'm right.

Why, people, why? Has everyone on this big blue ball lost their ever-lovin' minds? Now plants are sentient and have feelings that must be protected? Reminded me of a song by the Arrogant Worms that always made me laugh. Here are the lyrics:
Listen up brothers and sisters, come here my desperate tale
I speak of our friends of nature, trapped in the dirt like a jail
Vegtables live in oppression, served on out tables each night
This killing of veggies is madness, i say we take up the fight
Salads are only for murderers, cole slaw's a fascist regime
Don't think that they don't have feelings, just cause a radish can't scream

I've heard the screams of the vegetables, watching their skins being peeled
Grated and steamed with no mercy.. how do you think that feels?
Carrot juice constitutes murder.. greenhouses prisons for slaves
It's time to stop all this gardening.. let's call a spade a spade.

I saw a man eating celery, so i beat him black and blue
If he ever touches a sprout again, i'll bite him clean in two
I'm a political prisoner, trapped in a windowless cage
'cause i stopped the slaughter of turnips, by killing five men in a rage
I told the judge when he sentenced me, this is my finest hour..
I'd kill those farmers again, just to save one more cauliflower

I've heard the screams of the vegetables, watching their skins being peeled
Grated and steamed with no mercy.. how do you think that feels?
Carrot juice constitutes murder.. greenhouses prisons for slaves
It's time to stop all this gardening.. let's call a spade a spade.

How low as people do we dare to stoop
Making our broccolis bleed in the soup
Untie your beans, uncage your tomatoes
Let potted plants free, don't mash that potato!

I've heard the screams of the vegetables, watching their skins being peeled
Grated and steamed with no mercy.. how do you think that feels?
Carrot juice constitutes murder.. greenhouses prisons for slaves
It's time to stop all this gardening.. let's call a spade a spade.
Is a spade is a spade is a spade is a... spade
How much longer is the planet going to exist with such mind-numbing stupidity engulfing us on every turn? You can't eat meat, you can't eat desserts, you can't use salt, now you can't eat plants. Will they still use plants for bio-fuels? How will they make their precious tofu? Oh, the plantmanity!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Here's news for ya: Clinton has 'testicular fortitude'. Hint: He's not talking about Bill. (snort). No comment.

Seven years ago (!) my three sisters and I went to see Tina Turner in concert in Kansas City. She had Lionel Richie as her opening act. I kid you not, it was absolutely fabulous! What really surprised me was the age ranges of the people there, and the fact that the audience was about 50/50 race-wise. Anyway, it was great. Thanks for the ticket, sis.

Tina is coming out of retirement, folks. If you get a chance, go see her in action. I wish I had half her energy. Her tour is going to start this autumn, so check it out. You won't be sorry.

I'm glad I don't have to decide this case:
A Greek court has been asked to draw the line between the natives of the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos and the world's gay women.

Three islanders from Lesbos - home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women - have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name.
Here's a challenge for you: If they aren't to be called lesbians any more, what should they be called? Feel free to post your ideas in the comments.

This is fascinating. Check out this slide show of gravity-defying homes. I don't know that I'd want to live in any of them.

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