Remember When…
Posted on October 31st, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  • …American Movie Classics (AMC) played old movies?
  • …Music Television (MTV), Video Hits One (VH1), and Country Music Television (CMT) aired music videos?
  • …Sci Fi was science fiction?
  • …History Channel aired history documentaries?
  • …The Weather Channel was the weather forecast?
  • …Arts & Entertainment (A&E) had an arts component?
  • …The Learning Channel (TLC) was about learning?
  • …Home Box Office (HBO) was about movies?
  • …Cartoon Network was about cartoons?
  • …Game Show Network (GSN) was about game shows?
  • …Biography was about biographies?
  • …G4 was about video games and technology?

All these channel once has a niche.  Now, they all, in a way, have strayed from their original purpose?  Who knew “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” would morph into “1000 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” 17 years later


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Happy Halloween!
Posted on October 30th, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

Happy Halloween!

Happy


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Thinking of Pumpkins
Posted on October 25th, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival
Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival by peachy92

Yesterday, I drove over to Stone Mountain and looked around the Pumpkin Festival.  I didn’t stay long; I was cold.  However, I saw plenty of pumpkins dressed as fairy tale characters.  Above are Hansel and Gretel.  I really like how this photo came out and how most of my photos came out.  While there, I also saw a pie eating contest. It was more for little kids.

Once I got home, my dad and I went out to IKEA.  We got a new ottoman and some other stuff.  When we got home, we put the ottoman together.  Scooter had to supervise.  I get IKEA stuff since it’s inexpensive yet nice quality.  My cat has a fixation with us building IKEA furniture.

I finally finished the transfer of one of our old photo albums into a new, more photo friendly photo album.  Slowly, that is my goal.  And while I did this, I found more pictures of my dear Pumpkin.  I miss that cat.   I love Scooter, and jokingly call him Pumpkin 2.0, but there was something about Pumpkin that can never be replaced.


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If Fox News goes down, so will the others.
Posted on October 20th, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

And yet I feel like that when I read about White House attacking Fox News.

My opinion: Memo to Obama Administration:  Grow Up

I find it classless that the Obama administration is shutting out Fox News.  Actually, I find it scary.  The point of the news media is to report the good, the bad, and the ugly.  But shutting out Fox News like they are, they are sending the message that if you report what we don’t like, you can’t report at all.  It screams to me as an attempt to pressure the masses to agree with the administration.

Had this been the Bush administration pulling the same stunt with MSNBC or CNN, you know that there would be outcries of the US turning into a socialist state with the government controlling the news!  And yet, many liberals are telling those that support Fox News that this isn’t the case with the Obama administration.

Excuse me?  No administration should be doing this.  If the Bush administration did this, I would be just as pissed.

What scares me is that the government is taken baby steps here and there to suppress our freedoms.  Sure, it’s legal now to freeze out Fox, which many people hate with a passion.  But what if another news network starts reporting or airing anything that comes out negatively?  Is the Obama administration going to freeze them out as well?

Some people take into account the hidden ACORN tapes.  They like to say that the ACORN offices were just yanking the chains of the undercover kids.  So what?  The kids were trying to set up a criminal enterprise.  Instead of yanking the chains of those kids by saying something like “I can get you even cheaper prostitutes,” what the ACORN officials should have said was “Stop right now!  I refuse to discuss this illegal matter any more” and threatened to turn the kids into the cops.  But doing anything other than trying to stop the criminal enterprise, it feels as if ACORN was approving of it in some manner.

And yet there are still people out there blind to this whole thing!  Isn’t that scary?

I also e-mailed my senators as why they voted no on Amendment S.2588. I want to know their rational.  Based on my research, they voted no on the amendment.  Why?  Was it because of the whole bill?  What was it?

Personally, I don’t trust both parties.


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Techinical Difficulties
Posted on October 17th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

My site was transferred to a new server sometime today. Something went wonky with the DNS servers, and my site was unavailable. Thankfully, my server host was quick to fix it! 🙂

Today, my father and I went to a movie. We saw Law Abiding Citizen.  It was my idea to see a movie, but my father chose the flick we saw.  I recognized most of the principal actors in it.  I enjoyed it because it had me guessing and trying to figure out what would happen next.  My dad liked it for similar reasons.  I won’t spoil the whole movie, but there was one part where the whole theater gasped, my father included.  Let’s just say we can never look at a cell phone the same again.

Other than that, I haven’t been doing much, except still working on the old photographs I brought home with me last weekend.  I found my 5th birthday photos and only recognized one person in them.  All the others I can’t remember at all.  Right now, I guess connecting to my past is a way to remember who I am.  It’s liberating in a way.


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“Look at this photograph / Everytime I do it makes me laugh”
Posted on October 14th, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

Cool Pumpkin

Since I was home over the weekend, I grabbed some old photos and decided to scan them. This one is of Pumpkin from 1985. We got him in 1984. He died in 2001.

I also uploaded a lot more old photos on my Flickr account. Included are some old family shots and Strudelpalooza 2001, a concert in Orlando that Nicki took me to.


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I Don’t See How People Can Be Druggies or Nasty Toilets
Posted on October 10th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

This title is best said in the voice of Edward Everett Horton.

Yesterday, I had fillings replaced and new ones put in on the right side of the mouth.  My dentist used some N2O on me.  As a result, I got stoned; it was horrible.  I couldn’t tell if I was awake or asleep. I wanted to let every part of my body hang loose, including bladder control, while on it.  I wanted to fall asleep.  I was having trouble keeping my mouth open.  Finally, sense took hold of me and I snatched the hose over my nose off my face.  The assistant saw this action and turned it off.  For the rest of the procedure, I was awake, save for the Novocained right side of my face.

As a result, I don’t see why people get high on drugs.  I had no control and it felt unreal.  It didn’t numb anything for me psychologically. I felt no escape. I felt trapped, and I didn’t like it.

On the way back to Savannah, my dad had a good laugh at my expense.  Drinking out of a straw was hoot for him to watch.  Since I couldn’t feel half my mouth, I didn’t feel as if I had enough suction on the straw.  I made a slurping sound.  Finally, I just put the straw in my non-numb side of my mouth and sucked the drink that way.  No slurping or drooling!  My nose itched as the Novocaine wore off.  However, it was all worth it as now my mouth is on its way of being in better health.

I am currently in Savannah at the moment and it’s raining  right now.  I swear it must be monsoon season in Georgia.

One stop we made on the way home was at the I-16 rest area.  Women, why are you so nasty in the bathroom?  Really?  Is it really that hard to contain your waste products in the toilet? Is it that hard to place used sanitary products in the waste baskets? Is their some kind of cultural belief or ritual that says a used tampon must stay in the bloody water in the toilet bowl? I am SO sick of having to use the restroom and having to clean after other lazy women.

Nasty Toilet at the I-16 East Restroom

Nasty Toilet at the I-16 East Restroom

That is a whole roll of industrial toilet paper in the toilet.  A whole roll!  Why is there a whole roll in there?  3 other toilets were just as nasty.  The only clean one had no toilet paper whatsoever. It’s disturbing.  I find it to be a common thing.  I know it’s a gross topic, but the only way the get bathrooms cleaned up is to admit there is a problem.


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We Are All Americans
Posted on October 8th, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

The Kings' Graves

I found out that even when I have a day off, I have to do something.

Today, I spent a couple of hours at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.  It’s a free tour, and until payday tomorrow, I am broke from the Cozy illness.  So, why not do something that’s free?  Plus, the last time I went 2 years ago, we didn’t have a chance to tour inside the home.  Today, I did.  Plus, it was a nice, sunny day.  It was overcast last time.

The tour guide for the tour I was on decided to tell us about life inside the Williams-King home. He told us about how MLK was originally born Michael King, Jr. and how MLK and his brother, Alfred, were such little boys and did little boy things.  He told us stories that came directly from MLK’s sister, Christine.  In the home, you got to see their parlor, the bedrooms, the kitchen, and the dining room.  Some of the stories told to us was how the family would dine each night.  MLK and his siblings were expected to discuss what happened in school, what they read in the newspaper, and a Bible verse.

I think the funniest and most down to earth part was when we entered the kitchen.  Some of the party looked into the pantry on display showing 1930s life.  In the pantry was a pack of orange Kool-Aide.  They couldn’t believe the drink they drank as children was the same drink an American Icon drank as a child.

I didn’t tour the childhood home of an American Icon today; I toured a piece of Americana and heard the stories of a wonderful American family.


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Bumper Stickers
Posted on October 4th, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

I got to thinking about bumper stickers today. Pictured above are some I’ve snapped with a camera over the years. Do they hide who we are or show our true characters?

If you saw my car, I have a static cling that says “Peep This!” with a little chicken chick posing with a middle finger father.  It makes me look like a bitch, but it’s a sticker I inherited when I got the car. It’s more Nicki’s personality than mine.  However, my father (and the Idiot) both told me I should keep it on my car.  That I needed a form of aggression for me.

Again, one of those things that independently of each other, they came to the same conclusion.

The other sticker on my car is just one stating Armstrong Atlantic State University on it.

What do you think?


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The End of Baseball Season
Posted on October 3rd, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

I went to my last Braves game for the 2009 season last night. The final series is against the Washington Nationals.  The Braves were just short of a playoff spot with the Wild Card entry.  So this was my chance to see October baseball.  The Braves lost, 6-3. I did get to see Nate McLouth make an awesome catch against the outfield wall.

All in all, I went to eight games this year.  How did the Braves fair when I attended:

Seems they lost more than they won.

Jessie James concert
Jessie James concert by peachy92

After the game, as part of Fan Appreciation weekend, the Braves had a free Jessie James concert.  I didn’t know who she was, but I have heard her debut single, “Wanted,” on the radio a few times.  She was pretty cool. I liked the song, “Burnin’ Bridges.”  The chorus stuck a chord with me:

I ain’t burnin’ bridges
I’m tryin’ to mend them
I apologize
If I ever hurt your feelings
Got my own convictions and I got to live them
I ain’t burnin’ bridges
That ain’t my intention

If only a certain people could understand this. This is how I live my life. But that’s another entry all together. As for the concert, I got some great shots of it.

Last night, while at the game and concert, Nicki called me about Cozy.  She feared he had a stroke – he was puking and couldn’t see.  They took him to the emergency vet and found out he actually had a severe case of vertigo that elderly animals can get.  I can’t believe I’m calling him an elderly cat, but he is 13 years old.  Beth freaked out when I told her of their fears. She thought changing his diet caused it.  Ben, who has adopted Cozy as his cat in the house when he’s over, was quite concerned, too.  I spoke to Beth and she said Cozy’s back home and just about back to his normal self.

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, after I finally got to bed, I woke up at 3 AM to water pouring and my dad yelling.  He had gotten up to use the bathroom and turned around to see water pouring out of my ceiling.  Found out that my upstairs neighbor has a broken washer.  It has been overflowing.  So, it seems while they were awake in the middle of the night last night, they turned on the washer.  I don’t know what their apartment layout is, but as a result of the washer flooding, it seeped through the ceiling all the way into my place.  Come Monday, maintenance is to come inspect my ceiling.  Thankfully, my father is not working on Mondays, so he’ll be here to talk to maintenance.

As a result of this excitement, I sleep most of the day away. 😆


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