Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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Friday, February 28, 2014
It occurred to me the other day that I don't see any older skateboarders. You know, 40 to 60 year old people out there on skateboards grinding up the local skatepark or cruising down some mountain hill.
Why is that? Oh sure, you'll say it's just a kid's pursuit. Like Legos. But look at all these grown men that play with Legos?
|You have to have a lot of Legos to make this (and money)|
Adults still watch cartoons. They still eat sugar cereals (they just don't admit it). They still sneak candy. They still get fast food.
I was quickly trying to think what else I don't really see older adults doing that kids do. They're out at the roller rinks and ice rinks. They're at the arcade places. They hang out at the malls (probably not in the same way, but still). Many still live with their parents (although it might be that their parents live with them now).
Then it occurred to me.
That's right. Icee's. Adults don't buy Icee's (unless they have to share with their kids). They'll buy every kind of soda known to man, they'll sneak the fruit drinks when there isn't anything else, they'll get a snow cone at the fair, but I never see them buy an Icee.
So...what else can you think of that they don't do anymore...the gnomes want to know!
Thunk up by VE at 6:03 PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hello. He is Tom Cruise and he does have "Tom Cruise Jumping Syndrome". And while it is hopeless for Tom, you can recognize the signs early and through a lifelong monetary contribution to my shameless ploy to suck every last dollar from you, you can prevent this debilitating disease...
Watch the early warning signs....
- Extreme narcissism
- A growing collection of angry and confused ex-spouses
- Saying dumb things in public
Thunk up by VE at 12:58 PM
Friday, February 21, 2014
And then there was the missing ring...right out of a Tolkien novel if you ask me...
Thunk up by VE at 10:09 PM
Sunday, February 16, 2014
The flight was a bargain. It was free thanks to billions of dollars thrown on to credit card so I could scrape together enough points to go for free. And if we'd wanted to go business or first class for free off points, I would have had to pay off the national debt to have enough points for that!
Airlines. It just gets worse and worse, doesn't it?
Let's see just how that "free" works...
Carry on? No problem; I travel light. Oh, wait...that's right. I can't bring my fingernail clippers. So unless I feel like gnawing off my fingernails and toenails while I'm over there....forget carry on. Ok, wait, sure, I could buy one while I am there and then just give it to the homeless guy the ramp to the airport before I leave. Even still, I'm burdened with a stupid expense. And let's not forget liquids. Unless I want to ration my shampoo down to a droplet per shower, I'll likely exceed the 6oz limit during my two week stay. The point is...by the time I give up these restrictions only to buy them over there, I might as well pay the luggage fee anyway. They've got you!
Thunk up by VE at 6:05 AM
Friday, February 14, 2014
You do it...
Oh, come on...admit it.
Remember that scene in "Tommy Boy" when they are in the car trying to sing "It's the End of the World" by REM but neither of them actually know the words so one of them changes the radio channel and on comes a Carpenter song.
They both eye each other sheepishly, "You can change it if you want". "No, you go ahead and change it". And the next thing we see is both of them screaming "Don't you remember you told me you love me baby..." to the song on the radio while tears roll from their eyes.
It's a classic scene if you haven't seen the movie.
And so damn true.
So fast forward to the other day in the car and I'm screaming out the words to "Very Last Day" by Peter, Paul and Mary with the volume cranked way up while the wifey-poo sinks down in her seat hoping nobody pulls up beside us at the light.
Now this isn't just a folk song, this practically a gospel song about the Judgement Day. I'm not even religious and yet I just love to belt out that song. It's not one I can just listen to.
I know...its highly embarrassing. And that's just it, isn't it? We all secretly like or sing these songs that we probably wouldn't admit to.
I grew up listening to some odd music that I find comforting to listen to now. The album "Aladdin" by Rotary Connection is likely one very few have heard and yet I know exactly one side of that album by heart. I happened to find it out on Amazon one day and got the digital version....just for me. Another obscure band I know well is "It's a Beautiful Day".
Peter, Paul and Mary was always playing at our house when I was a kid. And I'm so familiar with those songs that I used to sing them to my kids to go to sleep when they were young. They love them...and as such, they've now got memories of those very same songs; whether it is Stewball the racehorse, the Lemon Tree, Puff the Magic Dragon or more obscure ones like Rocky Road.
One song by Peter, Paul and Mary has changed for me from when I was a kid. It is a beautiful old folk song called "Long Chain On" and here are the words:
And then it occurred to me. What is the one word you can change to the main chorus of this song to turn into a much different kind of song?
Yep...it's never been the same since...
So...fess up...what do you secretly sing or listen to when nobody is around?
Thunk up by VE at 2:38 PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I've been playing around with a few things here lately.
Thunk up by VE at 12:59 PM
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Don’t get me wrong, we’re not like Honolulu or Los Angeles seeing snow. We can drive an hour from Portland and see all the snow in the world. Mt Hood has the only summer skiing in the USA for a reason. Crater Lake Oregon averages something like 600-700 inches per year. Holy snowflakes, batman, that’s a lot of freakin’ snow.
Guess I’m just the endless summer kind of person….I’m okay with that.
Thunk up by VE at 7:17 PM
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I'm not an Apple lover.
No, I'm not talking about the fruit. They are yummy.
I'm talking about the company
No, I'm not talking about the company that the Beatles started. I like the Apple record label.
I'm talking about the Steve Job's Apple company
Everyone else seem to love them! And granted, I like their looks and style. I like having an ipod. I just don't like their function.
Everybody raves about how simple they are. Maybe I just like things complicated. No, that's not it. No, it's more like the metric system....it's simpler, but I'm so conditioned to using inches, feet, etc. that the metric system confounds me to use in practicality. Same goes for driving on the other side of the road. Sure, I can do it, it's just easier for me to not to have to.
Same goes with Apple stuff. I'm so used the the Microsoft side of the world, I can't deal with doing anything on an Apple product.
So easy to use Apple stuff? Let's review...
So...with the old Ipod Nano players, who's idea was it that to reboot you had to simultaneously press two different buttons that weren't designed for that at the same time?
Really? It would be too hard to have an on/off switch? This whole secret two-button concept is more simple?
Ok...even Apple must have had to deal with that because they reduced the size of the Nano players after that and did add an on/off button to the device. Only problem is that now the damn player is so small, I continually lose it. There's a reason people mount these into a watch band.
Then there is the ipod classic. Why is it that I can't shuffle my damn playlists!!!! You added that to the new ipod nanos! Really? You add a shuffle function but only do it for the entire library on the device. Yeah, that's more simple. That's like going into an ice cream store and having one option: Vanilla. Oh but wait, Apple says, you can have that Vanilla on many colored stale-tasting cake cones!!!!! Wohooo....
And then we get to iTunes. The joys of the worst interface known to mankind. Whatever idiot designed this should be forced to use it for eternity. I swear I can never figure out how to move things around from my ipods to my library and vice-versa with playlists etc.
And then we move on to the laptops and desktops. The whole notion of a mouse without a right click irritates me. Yes, more simple, but not more convenient. Anyone that wants to argue the virtues of simplicity in using Apple computers needs to come over to my house and set up the house printers that are on the network to use new ip addresses on the wife-poos Mac because the router died and had to be replaced. Sheer terror to set up!
In the end, the only thing simple about them is the realization that they are not my cup of tea (and I don't even drink tea).
Thunk up by VE at 9:34 AM
Monday, January 20, 2014
You know those days when
- You wake up when you want to
- You eat what you really want...and feel good about it
- You do exactly what you want to do
- With exactly who you want to do it with
- For as long as you want to
- Then you relax before bed
- And sleep blissfully the whole night through
You know those?
Thunk up by VE at 6:05 PM