Thursday, November 01, 2007

Out for the night...

I forgot to mention that when we arrived home after trick-or-treating, there was a hand-written sign on the front door. It read, "Out for the night." Tyler had hung it there on the off chance (WAY off chance) that someone might happen by asking for a treat.

To say we live off the beaten path is something of an understatement. To say we lived OFF of off the beaten path would be a little more accurate, seeing as how anyone coming to visit MUST pass between my Mom's house and Shan's folks' house before you even think of seeing our house. All of that to say that it would take one sly dog to be able to get to our front door without being spotted by someone first.

Nonetheless, the boy was considerate enough that should someone happen to find their way to our front deck, they would be greeted with the message that we were not at home. Sometimes, kids can flat out amaze us...


It should have rained today (Thursday) because at lunch yesterday, I washed my truck. I'm not sure what happened, but when I left the office on Tuesday, John's car and my truck were covered in gifts from feathered friends passing by - a fly-by dropping, as it were... So, on Wednesday, I couldn't take it any more and had to wash the truck. As it turns out, that is the first washing since I got my bed liner. I'm not sure if that was coincidental (waiting so long) or some deep-seeded paranoia that running my truck through the auto-wash was going to curse it into rusting out the underside of the bed liner. I'm going for the first one.. :-)



When we host videoconferences at work, I try to record them on DVD. The "try" part comes in the fact that I am prone to forget, rather than than anything technical. While cleaning off my desk, I noticed a stack of DVD's (some were written on, some not). I decided to taken them into the DL lab and see if the discs needed finalized (the process where you make a DVD "final" such that it can be played in any DVD player). When I went into the lab, I noticed another stack of discs. Evidently, I am pretty good at the "recording" part, but not so good on the "Hey, let's make these ready so that the teachers who need to see them can actually watch them" part. After I got done finalizing and watching enough of the unmarked DVDs that I could look up the title and date of the videoconference portrayed on the discs, I took on the task of entering them into our online database (which is how the teachers that need to see them can order copies). Man, I ended up with about 25 or so... We're talking 25 or so 3-6 hour DVDs that our districts were not even aware existed... Ouch.



I am NOT a Clay Aiken fan. And, yes, it took ever fiber in my being not to modify his last name to what many folks call him. But, he was on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" tonight, and even I had to admit that he is a pretty smart guy. He walked away with $300,000 for his charity, and correctly answered the question he decided to quit on. I was impressed. Regis was also on tonight, and he did well, though he used up his "cheats" before his $300,000 question... So, I say congratulations to both guys, even though neither of you is smarter than a 5th grader... :-)


We saw a commercial for Oust that featured a woman, and she said something to the effect that her husband "spent a lot of time...brainstorming, shall we say..." That is hilarious! :-)

Oh, also saw a new Sonic commercial for their fried Mac-n-Cheese. The husband doesn't remember eating mac-n-cheese in the early stages of their marriage, and then says he lives in "the now." When asked about being married, he says something like "I'm just like, 'Hey who is this girl that keeps hanging around me? She's easy on the eyes... Don't BLOW IT!'" Classic stuff!! :-) (I looked on YouTube, but couldn't find it...)


Did you hear? The dude (Paul Tibbets) that piloted the plane ("Enola Gay" - after his Mom) that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan died today. He was like 80-something. A lot of people chided him for 'pulling the trigger,' calling the bomb 'inhumane.' I love his response (paraphrasing): "Inhumane!? WAR is inhumane. There is nothing about war that's humane, so anything associated with war is not humane." He did what he was told to do, because he HAD to do it. Without the attacks on Japan, how much longer would WWII have gone on? A few Months, a few years, even longer than that? It was horrific, yes, but in the "good old days," you could drop bombs (carpet bombing or otherwise) and not have to worry about the "political correctness" of it. How INSANE is that anyway!? We have to play by some made up "rules" in a WAR!? And, how effective are those rules when only one side actually PLAYS by those rules!? Not very. You want to get a job done, you get in there and you do it - do it right, do it quick. If you are in a war zone, and you don't want to be killed, GET OUT! WALK if you have to, RUN if you have to, but you get the blankety blank out of there... I don;t care how "backward" any nation on Earth is, THAT does not take too many brain cells to figure out....


NBC showed more "green" ads for next week... Give me a break. (Stay with me here...) I saw a tag line on a forum that read, "For every animal you don't eat, I'll eat three." That's about how I feel regarding the whole "green" crap... I figure there are three tree-huggers for every one of me. According to some info I found on NASA (link), each person requires 20 trees to fully absorb the CO2 they produce each day. So, get out there and mark your 20! In fact, I think that should be a web site: www.markyour20.org. The purpose? To provide electronic push-pin maps where people log in and show where their 20 trees are. Then, the site could offer some kind of marker that could be tacked onto the 20 trees with the person's name and "MyTree" ID. I plan on picking a couple near the house, a few on the way to work, a couple near work, and then a couple in Hawaii, just in case I ever happen to be there, I'll already have my CO2 absorber staked out...

According to the site, it takes 200,000 trees for every 10,000 people. Okay, before everybody wigs out, here's my thought: No one says the trees have to be right where you are. Worldwide, how places are there that have a zillion trees and no people? Tons. Frankly, if it were a problem, I believe God or Mother Nature (take your pick based on your own personal belief system) would be rectifying the situation...

Do people honestly believe we are more powerful and have more effect on the things around us than God or the planet itself? Just how self-centered and cocky are these people? Seriously. I mean, yeah, throw your trash in the trash can (mainly because litter looks nasty), and if you LIKE hybrid cars, then drive one. I like my HEMI. That's what I'll drive, thanks.

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