Day 102

Apr. 12th, 2017 11:40 pm
schadenfreude: (Cool Breeze)
April 12, 2017 - The Zone

What is your favorite way to get lost in simple activity, what's it like when you're in "the zone"?

I've written about this before, but it something I truly enjoy and don't mind talking about it again. I call my activity Wandering Aimlessly.

This began back in the late 90's, after I became fully "netified". I'd be watching a movie or television show, hear something that piqued my interest, and do a web search. Then, I'd just start clicking on random links, going wherever they took me.

I've wasted entire afternoons, truthfully, just wandering from page to page with no real destination. It's simply amazing the knowledge one can gain by reading things that others feel is pertinent enough to post on a website... the validity and usefulness is strictly up to the wanderer, but it just about my favorite pastime that does not include other people.

Day 80

Mar. 21st, 2017 10:10 pm
schadenfreude: (beginnings)

Big Little Lies

This show is incredible --

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Alexander Skarsgard
  • Zoe Kravitz
  • Laura Dern

And that's just scratching the surface. Go Check It Out Now!

Day 70

Mar. 11th, 2017 10:51 pm
schadenfreude: (innocent)
March 11, 2017 Midnight in Paris

Saturday afternoon was dark, wet, and cold, so I stayed in. This movie was playing on HBO and I caught it just as it began.

Gil, played by Owen Wilson, has left his position as a very successful screenwriter to write The Great American Novel. He's engaged to Inez, who thinks he's wasting his time, thinks he's cheap, and makes the audience wonder why she agreed to marry him if he's such a loser. Throw in her mean, petty parents, and her boorish, snobby friends, and it's no wonder Gil walks the streets of Paris alone.

Then... at midnight, he finds the portal... and is transported to another time. He meets Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, Paul Gauguin, T.S. Elliott, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, the list goes on and on.

The movie was originally released in 2011, but hasn't lost a bit of its charm. I fell head first and experienced the same enchantment and delight as I did with the first viewing.

Day 66

Mar. 7th, 2017 06:45 pm
schadenfreude: (Cool Breeze)
March 7, 2017

What a day! It began with a dental emergency, a broken cap. Fortunately it was just the cap, my tooth remained intact. So, I called my manager and told her what was going on, then had to wait until 7:00 am when my dentist's office began answering their phone. Denise told me to come on up, which I did. Tammy took an impression and I was done before 8:00 am.

When I got here, Leslie asked if I would "help" put together a small cabinet she'd bought for the front bathroom. In Leslie-ese, that translates to "will you put together this small cabinet?"

All the parts unpacked, all the hardware clearly labeled and in a safe place, I began gathering tools. I have a cordless Black & Decker screw driver that is an absolute marvel of modern science. I love this tool and actually look for reasons to use it. When I went to the tool drawer, the battery was dead and the charger was nowhere to be found. No problem, I have the groovy purple tools I won in the silent auction.

The instruction sheet and diagram left a lot to be desired, so I was basically flying by he seat of my pants. I managed to get it assembled and looking like the picture on the carton. It felt sturdy, and I made the mistake of patting myself on the back...then, it was time to install the hinges and doors on the front.

Four hours later, I was so disgusted that I put everything in the utility room and helped Leslie start decorating for Jasmine's birthday party. When that was finished I went to take a shower and clear my head a bit. Just as I got the shampoo in my hair and lathered up, the phone rang. Tammy had the new cap finished and if I could get there in the next few minutes, she'd put it on for me.

Back to the dentist, cap installed in record time, no pain, no tears, it was fantastic! I got here just as Curtis and the Birthday Girl arrived home from school. I began sweeping the floors and Leslie followed behind me with a damp mop. All was in order and looking pretty fine when the guests arrived. Josh went out to the garage to get some folding chairs for people to have a seat, and found the charger for my cordless screw driver.

After all the guests have left, the house put back in order, and the kids are in bed, I retrieve the cabinet from the utility room and try again. For some inexplicable reason, this time, the diagram made sense. I was able to install the hinges and mount the doors in less than ten minutes. I made Leslie and Josh oooh and aaaaah over it, and Josh promised he would hang it tomorrow morning.

Oh, and here is the obligatory kid picture spam -- Happy 10th Birthday, Princess Jasmine!

Day 61

Mar. 2nd, 2017 12:52 am
schadenfreude: (Cool Breeze)

March 2, 2017 - Are You Being Served?
Tell us the most dreadful or wonderful experience you've ever had as a customer.

There is a well known fast-food restaurant a couple of blocks from my office building. Kara, Terryn and I always go there on Tuesdays. I'm not sure why we settled on Tuesdays, but we did. We go inside to order because the drive-through is always 7-8 cars deep.

Dontae is the young man who waits on us. He greets us by name, but makes sure to add a "Miss" e.g., Miss Kara, Miss Connie, Miss Terryn. He's an absolute doll.

This past Tuesday, several of the ladies in the office gave us money and asked if we'd pick lunch up for them as well. When all the orders were finished, Dontae found a box big enough to hold everything, then carried it out to the car for us.

He's a good kid, and with his initiative and kind nature, he will be a success wherever he goes.

Day 58

Feb. 27th, 2017 06:58 pm
schadenfreude: (Thoughtful)

February 27, 2017 - It Was A Good Day

Everyone at this house seems to be on the road to recovery. One grandchild felt well enough to go to school and stay the whole day. The other still had a slight fever this morning and stayed home. By the time I got here, everyone was fever free and able to eat small amounts of bland food.

At the office, there are four people out with the same complaint. If the Universe is on my side, I won't get it.

The sun was out, bright and shining, all day. It lifted my spirits and made me happy. However, my phone keeps screaming at me because the local weather stations are predicting thunderstorms all day tomorrow, and some are expected to be severe. I hope they're wrong...

My sister and brother-in-law arrived safely in Flagstaff around 1:00 pm and decided to stop for the night. If luck and the weather are on their side, they should be home Wednesday late afternoon or early evening. They've been gone since January 5, so I'm anxious to see them.

It was good at the office, too. Everyone was calm, there was no drama or petty behavior, and we laughed a lot. Also, I was able to get caught up from being out on Friday. Tomorrow, I should be sitting pretty.

So, to quote my friend Cube, 'Nobody I know got killed. I didn't even have to use my AK. I gotta say, it was a good day.' ;-)
schadenfreude: (motto)

February 15, 2017 - Seven Things To Do When You're Bored


  1. Barnes & Noble: We have an awesome store here in town. A person can wander around for hours and not spend a penny, though I usually do.
  2. See a movie at Springfield 11 Theater. They have reserved seating, recliners with drink holders, a full-service cafe, or you can have food "delivered" to your recliner. It's a bit pricey if you choose to take advantage of everything they offer, but it's fun.
  3. Patton Alley: A neighborhood bar that I love. Good food, live music, trivia nights, and fun people to hang out with.
  4. Dublin's Pass: This is one of my favorite places. We usually go to the one "down town" because it's the closest. The food is delicious and reasonably priced, same for their drinks, and the music is great. They have live music on Friday & Saturday nights. Also, it's right next door to...
  5. The Gillioz Theater: Fun hillbilly fact - the French pronunciation is zhee-ohs, but here in the Ozarks, we say gill-oy. Regardless of the name, there is something going on every night - A-list entertainers, movie festivals, The Mystery Hour - Springfield's own televised talk show, you name it. This is where I first saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.
  6. The Discovery Center: This is a fun place, even if you don't have kids to use as beards. They have four floors of exhibits, most of them are interactive and a great place to spend an afternoon.
  7. Penny Dreadful: Fun, creepy, storyline, excellent special effects, beautiful people to drool over... what's not to love? All three seasons are on Netflix. A wonderful activity for a cold and dreary or empty wallet weekend!

schadenfreude: (beginnings)

January 9, 2017 - Share Ten of Your Favorite Books of All Time

  1. The Godfather - Mario Puzo. Read circa 1971 and was my instruction to everything I need to know.
  2. The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty. Read circa 1972 and my introduction to everything I didn't want to know.
  3. Hatter Fox - Marilyn Harris. Read circa 1973 and made me realize that kindness and perseverance, regardless of their intentions, cannot overcome every problem.
  4. Carrie - Stephen King. Read circa 1974. What can I say about this one? Stephen King, telekinesis, and best get-even story in history . . . I could go on and on.
  5. Audrey Rose - Frank De Felitta. Read circa 1975 and it planted the seeds for a forty-year fascination with reincarnation and past lives.
  6. Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice. Read circa 1976 and I can sum this one up in two words: Anne Rice.
  7. The Stand - Stephen King. Read circa 1978, where I realized that the world could come to a screeching halt by something as simple as a virus, and the aftermath could be as scary as anything I learned in Sunday School.
  8. The Color Purple - Alice Walker. Read circa 1989, I realized that no matter how bad things are, some people have it worse, and contrary to my thoughts about Hatter Fox, kindness and perseverance really can overcome problems.
  9. Holy Blood, Holy Grail - Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln. Read circa 1990 and introduced me to the bloodline of Christ and the Priory of Sion, long before Dan Brown got into the act.
  10. The Help - Kathryn Stockett. Read circa 2010 and reinforced the fact that some things will never change.

schadenfreude: (Cool Breeze)
I literally forgot to post yesterday, but I was trying to get the house in order, laundry done, etc. so I could go back to work today. So, I'll make two posts.

January 2, 2017 Candy Apple Red:

A 1957 Thunderbird convertible - it just seems so stylish. Think Audrey Hepburn in "How to Steal a Million" or Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief". Yeah...

1957 T-bird
schadenfreude: (free falling)
For some inexplicable reason, this past week seems as though it lasted at least two times longer than normal. It is finally Friday, I'm home, and my sister and I are taking the weenie kids out for dinner tonight. The only thing carved in stone is: No Pizza! That is all they ever want to eat and I'm really tired of it.

In other news, more vacation time has been requested and approved. August 4-10 will find me hanging out here, spending time at the pool and liquor will consumed.

Now that you have more information than you could ever want or need, the Fast Seatbelts sign is off and you're free to move about the cabin.

Happy Weekend Ever Body!
schadenfreude: (motto)
You're just as crazy as your mama. Goes to show it's in the genes! Do you have any idea what you're getting into, man? You think Jack Ruby just up and died of cancer in four weeks after he gets a retrial? That's some kind of new cancer - I'd say that's a "going out of business cancer." You got the right ta-ta, but the wrong ho-ho. The government's gonna jump all over your head Jimbo, and go "cock-a-doodle-do!"
schadenfreude: (nostalgic)
Friday was definitely better that Thursday. I made it to work with plenty of time to spare, I remembered all my gadgets, and the work flow and pace were much, much more tolerable.

If anyone is actually home on this beautiful evening, talk to me about email clients. Which one do you use and why?

I find myself wishing that I could somehow merge Outlook and Thunderbird into one program that will do exactly what I want, when I want.

There was plenty of fun to be had at the office. The Corporate Compliance Department came to our building to make nice – they brought us ceramic coffee mugs, ink pens, post it notes, and little badges with retractable hooks for our photo ID-slash-swipe cards.

No one wanted to be at the office today, including management. Things were very relaxed and we didn’t do much. That’s always good for a Friday.

Earlier this evening, while trying to confirm some dates, I ended up going to Google Groups and searching the ATH archives. I found so many funny things, like The Highlander: Liver Action Role Play, The Bus Trip, and the song contest from 1996. Good times, man.

That’s all the news that anyone might possibly find interesting, and Most Haunted begins in less than fifteen minutes. I’m outta here!

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