Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Such Nice People II

When I met a couple of bloggers last year in Las Vegas, I mentioned how impressed I was with them. And with other bloggers I had met (local bloggers, at the time). Well, I've had the pleasure this past weekend to meet two more. And again, they make me think that bloggers are the nicest folk.

Catfish Win Again

The Columbus Catfish won their 10th game in 13 tries tonight ... beating the Charleston Riverdogs 10-6. the win is the Catfish 8th over the Riverdogs this season in the nine games they've met.

The Catfish jumped to an early 7-0 lead in the top of the first on five singles, two walks, and two hit batsmen. Three runs in the ninth capped the Catfish scoring and secured the win after allowing Charleston to inch back to within a run by the end of the sixth inning.

The Catfish attack was led by RF Sergio Pedroza who went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a home run. SS Ivan De Jesus was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Starter Mario Alvarez took the win, allowing 2 earned runs in five innings, walking 5 and striking out one. Ramon Troncoso pitched two scoreless inning to pick up his second save in two appearances.

With the win, the Catfish remain in fourth place behind idle Rome, and a game behind second place Augusta. Tomorrow night, the Catfish and Riverdogs continue their series.

Headline News 2006-05-31

From ABC News:
Bush Troubled By Reports of Iraq Killings
Were supposed to be secret

From ABC News:
Bush Refocuses on Gay Marriage
Cheney starting to look hot

From ABC News:
Liz Taylor Dismisses Alzheimer's Disease Reports
Says she knew what she was doing each of the eight times she married someone forever

From ABC News:
Ancient Female Skeleton Unearthed in Rome
Joan Rivers hosts Travel Channel spectacular "The Eternal City"

From ABC News:
1940s TV Star Robert Sterling Dies at 88
Last words: "No, I'm not the guy from 'Twilight Zone'"

From ABC News:
Man Severs Penis to Prove Faithfulness
Police: "He's nuts ... and nothing more"

From ABC News:
Police Probe Bizarre Goat Head Display
Typical goat head displays not scrutinized

From ABC News:
Woman Claims Ring Recovered From Catfish
Russ Mitchell arrested

From ABC News:
Woolly Mammoth Ivory Big in Alaska
Scientists unsure why they shrink in other states

From ABC News:
Big Rodents Overrun Washington Seniors
Residents warned to stay out of Fire Swamp

Picnic 2006-05-31

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

  • Gateway Pundit follows the unrest in Iran.

  • Iowa Voice is on the verge of an anniversary.

  • Skerdog (Passionate America) looks for the union label.

  • Shaun Hunting (The UFC Octagon) has information on an upcoming match.

  • Donkey Cons looks at purveyors and defenders of kiddie porn.

  • Michael Bates (BatesLine) wants help with his addiction.

  • WILLisms is following the story of the German Jihad momma.

  • Maggie (maggies meanderings and shameless plugs) goes to the movies.

  • Scared Monkeys keeps a scorecard for those who have forgotten a year later.

  • Reliapundit (The Astute Blogger) looks at global warming.

  • Preston Taylor Holmes (Six Meat Buffet) finds good news.

  • Bob Orr (Either Orr) has thoughts on Galloway's latest statements.

  • Mr. Atoz (Agent Bedhead) says one of the seven vials is being poured upon the earth.

Catfish Split Series With Rome

The Columbus Catfish earned a split with the Rome Braves Tuesday night, taking the fourth game of the series 5-4.

From the Rome Braves:

Rome, GA ... The Rome Braves lost an error-plagued final game against the Columbus Catfish 5-4 in front of 3,030 fans at State Mutual Stadium.

The Braves scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Eric Campbell led off with a double and scored on a Jamie Romak double to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Columbus would tie the game in the top of the fifth as Brandon Carter doubled to right field and scored on a single from Adam Godwin. Rome reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning when Ovandy Suero crushed a triple to center and later beat a throw to the plate on a ground ball off the bat of Elvis Andrus. Andrus later scored on yet another double, this time from Maximiliano Ramirez, giving the Braves the 3-1 lead. The Catfish made it 3-2 in the sixth on a run scoring single from Drew Locke. Things seem to fall apart for Rome in the eighth inning as Columbus would score three runs on three hits aided by two costly errors to take the lead 5-3. The Braves hopes were reborn in the bottom of the inning as Ramirez, Andrus, Eric Campbell, and Jamie Romak hit four consecutive singles making the score 5-4, but the RBI from Romak would be the last of the night from either team. The Braves were forced to settle for a series split after making seven errors on the night.

Jesus Rodriguez records the win for the Catfish (2-1), and Ramon Troncoso earns his first save. Nicholas Tisone (0-2) takes the loss for the Braves after throwing three innings, giving up four hits and one earned run.

The Catfish open a four-game series with the Charleston Riverdogs tonight.

Off the field ... sort of ... another Catfish player was recognized by the South Atlantic League. OF Andrew Locke was named offensive Player of the Week by the SAL:

South Atlantic League
Andrew Locke, Columbus
.519 (14-27), 10 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB, .963 SLG
Locke just keeps hitting. The 23-year-old left fielder has hit safely in 14 straight games, and his .353 average is the ninth-best in all of Minor League Baseball. Locke collected three hits in each of his first three games this week, all Columbus victories. His three-run homer on Friday lifted the Catfish to an 8-6 win over Charleston, while he also went yard on Sunday. Locke's 42 RBIs lead the league, while his .555 slugging percentage ranks fifth.

Locke's average is up to .356 after last night's game.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

On A Mountaintop In Tennessee

Late last week, the Wife and I went to Tennessee for a niece's high school graduation. And we had a good time.

Similar to my son's and my nephew's graduation in Georgia last year, I was the only one in the audience wearing a coat and tie. Yes, it's hard to believe, but most of the Tennessee crowd was dressed in less than their Sunday best.

Headline News 2006-05-30

From CNN:
Pope meets Auschwitz survivors
Tells group: "You won't get away from me this time"

From WTAE:
Rolling Rock woes raise questions
Does the '33' represent the number of dollars in the bank?

From KIRO:
Housing sex offender costs $4 million
Michael Jackson's bankruptcy explained

From WKMG:
Roads reopen near 1,000-acre brush fire
Winnie the Pooh plans 11th home, vows to stop playing with matches

From KMBC:
Several held after street brawl
Even violent people like to be cuddled

From CNN:
Snow to resign soon, sources tell CNN
Wind, Rain leading candidates

From CNN:
Judge: Sex offender too short for prison
That's what she said

From CNN:
The capital of 'Idol'

From CNN:
Boy finds Welsh mountains, wins $25K
No one else in Wales knew what those big mounds of dirt were

From ABC News:
Clinton Urges Cutting Oil Dependence
Claims only had eight years to do something about it, blames Bush

Picnic 2006-05-30

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Speeding Up Your Blog (Revisited)

BlogTipsBasilBack in February of this year (2006, for those of you from the future), we covered a topic over at my little blog and at the Alliance about speeding up your blog. Lots of people found it useful ... which means perhaps I'm not totally useless. Despite what the ex- says.It seems that, as useful as it appears to have been to some people, others didn't see it, and have inquired about ways to speed up the loading of their blogs. We could point them to the original posts. Or we could write a brand-new post about the same thing.

Guess which way we chose? Yep, we're doing a re-write. And calling it a new post. We're plagerising ourselves. But we're not pressing charges.

Instead, we're pressing forward with a discussion about speeding up your blog.

There are actually several things that can cause your blog to load ... or appear to load ... slowly.

Headline News 2006-05-29

From CNN:
Web site plays Cupid to farm folks launched

From ABC News:
Pope Benedict XVI Questions God in Auschwitz
Just like old times

From ABC News:
No Note By Doctor Who Threw Kids Over Balcony
Bush blamed

From ABC News:
Kentucky Man Finds Python in Rental Car
Michael Palin falls on hard times

From ABC News:
Brothels Ask Exemption From Smoking Ban
Whores don't want to break the law

From ABC News:
Dean to Enter Plea in Leg-Biting Case
DNC Chair loses it

From ABC News:
Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Now Number 75
Bush: "The only thing worse than a starving terrorists is a well-fed terrorist"

From ABC News:
Egyptian Man Keeps Blogging From His Cell
Taking away his computer never occurred to jailers

From ABC News:
Many Would Rather Be Anything but Obese
Except for being responsible and self-disciplined

From ABC News:
Michael Jackson visits Tokyo children's home
Likes to pick out new ones in person

Brunch and Open TrackBacks 2006-05-29

Thank You

First, to Agent Bedhead: Thank you! It was Agent Bedhead's first time pulling a guest stint here ... and I really appreciate her doing this for me ... and for you.

Next, to Phin: Thank you again! Phin was able to help out the last few days here, too. And again, Phin was great. He gets a big "thank you" too.

Unfortunately, Don Surber has connectivity issues that we're still trying to work out ... so we missed having him here. But I certainly appreciate his willingness to help out here.

New Friends

This weekend, the Wife and I had the opportunity to meet two bloggers face-to-face.

On Saturday, we met Alabama of Alabama Improper. And the kids. And took in a ballgame together. We had a blast. Well, okay, the Wife and I had a great time. We hope we didn't bore them to tears. But it was wonderful to meet them ... and we had a wonderful time.

On Sunday, after a ballgame in Montgomery ... we had a last-minute addition to our trip. The Wife and I met Dragonlady (Dragon's Den) and Mr. Dragon for coffee and supper. We had a wonderful time and look forward to meeting with them again sometime in the future.

Long Hours

After the long driving this weekend ... and some long, hot baseball games ... we were tired and slept late. And we have some serious catching up on things to do today. I'm late getting the interview questions out ... and other things I need to do. And we slept late. So, no Picnic this morning.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Self preservation

With graduation time rolling around I've been thinking quite a bit about the good ole days. Fresh out of high school, young, dumb and full of, um, self assurance. I was ready to take on the world. One thing I didn't realize was just how lacking I was in the self preservation department. Heck, I didn't realize it until earlier this week, as I was riding past the local university.

What came to mind was a recent article, that I'm too lazy to find, that said there is an alarming number of college kids that don't know how to balance a check book, change a spare tire, pay bills on time, etc... Pretty much your typical run of the mill, acting like a grown up type stuff. Most of it was stuff that you had to learn, or be shown by somebody, what I didn't realize was that several of the kids running around on campus must have failed (or skipped) Kindergarten.

As I was riding past campus, driving down a four line road, several of these kids just walked out in front of traffic. Had it not been for me and several other drivers being semi-alert they'd have been pancakes. When one of the drivers hit the horn, expressing their displeasure, the kids flipped her the bird. Now maybe he was letting her know that she was number one in his book, but I don't think so.

The bad part is it wasn't just one kid, that we could chalk up to Darwin not kicking in yet, nope it happened on three separate occasions. There on one of the busiest streets in town these kids are just stepping out into traffic without a care in the world.

Now I'm not sure about y'all, but this doesn't do a whole heckuva lot to instill faith in our future generations, not to mention one of the kids, probably an art major, had a purple and blue mohawk. At least his mohawk matched his tattoos. Of course he may be a communications major, lets just hope he likes saying "Would you like to biggie size your order".

As a new parent, I'm wondering what these kids parents are thinking, if they're thinking at all. Even at the ripe old age of thirty I couldn't imagine walking into my parents home with a purple & blue mohawk and matching tats. Of course I may be odd, or maybe I'm getting old, who knows.

Seeing these kids brings back the line from Bill Cosby's act, where he tells his kid: "I brought you into this work, I can take you out".

Saturday, May 27, 2006

jac (the nonessentials)

Today's interview is with jac who operates the nonessentials...

The interview panel is assembled...

Now, the first question...

Profanity laden tirades

After the Big Sister's (who's 5'4") two posts about profanity I felt compelled to share and seeing how basil slipped away and forgot to take my keys, well I'll just use his blog as a confessional.

At my previous job I worked with folks from all over the country. I started the job while I was still in college and a tad bit on the naive side of things when it comes to how the world operates, come to think of the phrase "Hayseed" was used to describe me more than once. Of course those doing the describing were Yankees.

One of the things I learned during my time on the job is that Yankees talk different (and don't know how to fix tea, but that's another post). Now when I say they talk different, it's not just their accents, it's their vocabulary, or as the Big Sister (who's 5'4") said, their lack thereof. See one of the things I had to adjust to was their fondness of stringing together four letter words that you wouldn't use around your mom, or at least I wouldn't use around mine, and at first I took them to be fightin' words.

Well not so much fightin' in the physical sense, but they sure managed to get me on edge and ruffle the ole feathers. Now I had a pretty simple way to handle these folks. They'd start cussing at me and I'd hang up. Plain and simple when they quit their fussing all they'd hear would be the dial-tone. Some of them learned pretty quick, some, well lets just say they were a bit dense and it took a talkin' too for them to get the point.

Well as the years went by I ended up adjusting my vocabulary a bit when I was dealing with guys who had potty mouth, but I never directed my obesities at anyone. I just wasn't, and probably won't ever be, comfortable cussin' somebody, 'less I was using fightin' words and well I realized a long time ago that there's quite a few folks out there a whole lot bigger and a whole lot meaner than I am, okay, maybe not meaner, but you get the point, so I've adjusted my language accordingly.

The biggest change though came with the hatching of the phinlet, my first child. The missus and my father have both warned me that chirrens are going to pickup on words said with emphasis. All it took was watching Meet the Fockers for a second time to realize that I'd best clean up my language just a bit more. This dear readers, is where y'all come in to play, I need some valid substitutes and well the lack of sleep is cutting into my creativity. So gimmie' your bestest not profanity profanities.

Brunch. Mmmmmm . . . Brunch!

Dan Riehl weighs in on the Scott Peterson flirtation nastiness. A Concerned Fan reports some bizarre activity coming from the lingering aura of Kurt Cobain. Annika is just lending a hand to her friends. Really. Daisy Cutter delivers a review on United 93. The Dashman gives Susan Estrich a little credit and gets serious on the topic of political hatred. The LLamas found a picture of Al Gore, who is looking pretty rough these days. Can I just say that V-Logging really gives me the creeps? Of course I can say that!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Lieutenant K (Wordsmith At War)

Today, it's a blogger that's also a writer. And, yes, I think there's a difference. Today, we have an interview with Lieutenant K of Wordsmith at War...

Everyone has their questions ready...

First question? ...

An Afternoon Adventure

If you haven't been keeping up with the latest blog novella in the creative ends of the blogodihexiweb, this is your chance to catch up on a riveting plot:

Chapter One: The Reluctant Assassin by Phoenix

Chapter Two: The Cleaner by Nugget

Chapter Three: House of Cards by Theresa

Chapter Four: Beautiful Death by Silk

Chrissy has Chapter Five, and she'll be delivering said finale next Friday!

Morning Walk Of Shame

The illustrious Hatemonger's Quarterly is dealing out idiocy awards for qualifying definitions of patriotism.

One of my blogcrushes, Ghost Of A Flea, reviews the David Beckham scent cologne perfume, Eau De Metrosexual.

Ace O' Freaking Spades must be on his period again.

Steve H. is still killing me with his blah blah blogging sucks blah blah diatribes. Obviously, he lurves it.

Chasing Vincenzo attempts to challenge the recent announcement of sexiest vegetarian awards.

Straight White Guy remains the master of words when it comes to channelling Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Kevin at Wizbang just announced that a certain design crew will be rolling out a hot new look for his bloggy conglomerate. Who are those poorly masked designers?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Don't Repeat Bad Words

One of my favorite classroom anecdotes about using ( using) bad language was when a student made a comment that I didn't understand, but the inhale of student breath nearly created a vacuum in the room. I asked a nearby student (I'll call him Jerry) what was said.

Jerry said, "Uh, you don't want to know."

I said, "Yes, I do."

Jerry said, "Well, he called her... well, he was talking about ..." 

Jerry paused for many seconds. I think he was trying to think how to repeat the comment without "repeating" the comment. I waited patiently.

Jerry took a deep breath and said, "He was talking about her kittycat and he called her a garden implement."

That's a story I have been meaning to send in to Reader's Digest for years, but I've never gotten around to it.

Morning Coffee & Kahlua

Someone should take away access to Photoshop from The LLama Butchers. Do it for the kids.

Poor Velociman is sniffing his fingers after having a bad reaction to antibiotics.

On the techie side of things, Akismet has released an updated version of their anti-spam plugin.

Silk goes wild about sexy men with cute little smiles.

Tilesey tells us what a guy's night consists of on his side of the pond.

This Mom Blogs speaks of luxurious bath bombs and soooo much more.

Venomous Kate dishes her personal tips on how to conceive a baby.

BEULLAH MAE!!! is sooper mad at someone.

Meanwhile, the object of their collective affection is running away to Ayn Rand Nude Volleball Camp.

Smallholder is still corrupting the yoots of America.

How does basil do these posts three times per day? This is harder than it looks, folks. Time for the Kahlua!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Later this morning, the Wife and I are heading out for a few days. And we're going to make the most of it.

Thursday night, we're in Tennessee for our niece's high school graduation. It'll be great seeing her ... and her older sister (another niece) who has a cute little baby.

Friday, since we'll be close enough to Nashville, we're going to the Grand Ole Opry that night. The Wife will enjoy that, as will the niece. I'll deal with it.

Saturday, we're heading back ... but taking a detour. You know I'm a baseball fan. You did know that, didn't you? Of course you did. And the Wife and I attend many of the Columbus Catfish games. Well, many of the player we saw play in Columbus in 2004 ... and in 2003 (when they were still called the South Georgia Waves) ... are now playing with the Jacksonville Suns. And Saturday, we're going to watch the Suns play the Huntsville Stars.

And ... here's the kicker ... we're going to go to the game with Carol of Alabama Improper ... and her kids. That should be fun. We're really looking forward to that.

Finally, on Sunday we're heading back home ... but stopping in Montgomery. For another baseball game. The Suns are playing the Montgomery Biscuits (yes, that's the name of the team) ... and we've got tickets!

We're excited about how things are working out. With some schedule issues the Wife and I have this summer, we might not have a chance to take much time off together ... so this might be our vacation ... or a good chuck of it. So, we're making the most of it.

"What about this little blog?" you ask. Go ahead. Ask.

I'm glad you asked.

You'll be in good hands. A couple of bloggers have agreed to share their talents here between now and Monday morning.

  • Phin, who's guest-blogged before. He's a blast ... and will be a treat. At least, he will between diaper changes. The baby's, not his. Phin doesn't change his diapers.

  • Don Surber, who's also guest-blogged here before. I'm looking forward to seeing what trouble he starts.

  • Agent Bedhead, who'll be making her debut here. Of course, it's taken us a while to get prepared for that! Still, she's cute as a button.

Because everyone's so busy with their own blogs ... and their jobs ... and their real life ... I'm absolutely honored that they are making the time to help out here.

It's great having friends like that. Everyone should be so lucky.

Headline News 2006-05-24

From ABC News:
Urine Ruins W.Va. Courthouse Shrubbery
Groundskeeper pissed

From ABC News:
Report to advise Bush on post-Castro Cuba
Should be useful to 4th President Bush

From ABC News:
Pentagon urges China to explain military buildup
Denies planning rescue of Jack Bauer

From ABC News:
Iran Closes Newspaper Over Cartoon Furor
"Just don't get" Dilbert's humor

From ABC News:
Tribe Seeks Greater Freedom to Kill Eagles
Paul Grasmanis fears for life, retires

From ABC News:
Zoo apes have taste for red wine
Enjoys liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti

From ABC News:
Nicole Richie and Ex-Fiance Split Again
Finally understands meaning of "ex-"

From KIRO:
Puppies mistakenly euthanized
Were supposed to be used as alligator bait

From WKMG:
Teacher claiming to be Luke Skywalker arrested
Held for questioning on Death Star

From CNN:
Plan to allow all illegal immigrants to stay rejected
Illegal immigrants stay anyway

Picnic 2006-05-24

    Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Lack of Vocabulary

I hear and I see profanity. Often. (That was a functional fragment, not a grammatical error.) I've been teaching for twenty nine years, and I spent twenty five of those years teaching middle school students. But I did not often see or hear profanity in my middle school classroom. Why? Because I helped my students to understand that using profanity is most often the result of a lack of adequate vocabulary to express oneself. During normal daily conversation, you should have the ability to tell others what's on your mind without having to resort to "cussing." How did I help them understand that? Well, first of all, I had to get their attention.

(I think I'll change tenses now.)

It's easy to get the attention of a middle schooler; all you have to do is say, "I really need to talk to you about using dirty words." All talking stops, ears perk up, and all eyes bore holes through me. Mission accomplished! Now is the time to talk with these impressionable young minds about why people like to cuss. Oh, we don't repeat dirty words, nor do we curse during the class discussion. We just talk about why bad words come out.

"For instance, there are times when a 'dirty word' might slip out during physical or emotional distress, like stumping your toe when you run into a chair in the dark on the way to the kitchen in the middle of the night to get a glass of water."

A student asks me if I ever cussed when I stumped my toe. I say, "Yes." I didn't want to admit that, but you have to be "real" with middle school students. I tell them that I have been practicing, very successfully I might say, to replace profanity with more acceptable words. Instead of saying a "cuss word" I say, "DIRTY WORD!" (I got that idea from a preacher's daughter.)

Well, that sounds ridiculous to eighth graders... laughable, in fact. When the laughter dies down, I can hear, "dirty word!" being whispered and muttered all over the classroom. sigh... But I still have their attention.

Now, I have to do or say something to convince my students to use acceptable language instead of profanity. It's now time to analyze and reason with them. That's really not so difficult to do with middle school students. They really do want someone to talk to them as if they have a working brain. Here's a paraphrase of some of the things I have said to my students:

"If you do resort to cussing, it is probably out of habit or out of a feeling of inadequacy. I'll talk about the feelings of inadequacy in a minute. Let's talk about habits. Habits can be broken, but it takes deliberate effort...and an alternate behavior should replace the bad habit." (Now you see why saying, "DIRTY WORD!" proved to be successful for me.) We can all hope that your tendency to curse is out of habit, because it is the easier of the two reasons to "fix." Why shouldn't you use profanity? After all, you hear profanity all around you. Why shouldn't you use it, too? Why? Well, perhaps you wouldn't like your grandmother to hear those words coming from your mouth. Do you "cuss" your grandma? No? Why? Because you respect her? Why do you not respect YOURSELF? Why do you continue to have a 'habit' that is controlling you? Are you admitting that you can't break the habit?"

(Dear readers: This goes on and on, but you get the idea....)

"Now let's talk about the second reason for "cussing." You may notice that your classmates who use profanity often are the same folks who like to draw attention to themselves with bad behavior in the classroom. This is because of feelings of inadequacy. People who have such feelings like to draw our attention to their bad behavior and bad language because it diverts our attention from problems they want to hide from us, perhaps even from themselves. People who feel inferior must resort to extreme behavior to feel in control, and one thing that such people have in common is a filthy mouth. So, if you resort to using profanity in my classroom, I will wonder, and now the rest of the class will, too, why you feel inferior to the rest of us."

Well, by now, students are wanting NOT to use profanity because if they do say bad words during the course of normal conversation, they are admitting they are not able to break a bad habit OR they are admitting they have feelings of inadequacy.

Now the students are willing to learn to express themselves without using profanity. We go on about our business, learning the intricacies of the English language and how better to communicate with others. We practice expressing emotions such as anger and frustration with language that is acceptable in the classroom. We learn new words, and we practice using those new words in writing and in conversation. We create pictures in the minds of our readers and listeners. We no longer suffer from a lack of vocabulary. We've become smarter. We smile more. At least we do in the classroom of The Big Sister (who's 5'4").

Now, if only I could convince my husband, a former sailor who's now in law enforcement, of the need to refrain from using cuss words. I hear and I see profanity. Often.


Catfish Return Home With Win

From the Columbus Catfish:

Locke Drives Catfish Past RiverDogs, 5-3
Bases loaded triple keys Columbus win

Columbus, GA ... The Columbus Catfish (22-23) and Charleston RiverDogs (26-19) struggled to move base runners Tuesday but a bases loaded triple by LF Drew Locke made the difference in a 5-3 Catfish win. Locke remained hot with a 3-for-5 night. In the last eight games he is hitting .472 (17/36) with 13 RBI.

After the first two Charleston runs in the top of the third inning Columbus got one run back with a 1B Jason Mooneyham single that scored RF Sergio Pedroza. The Catfish tied the game in the fifth inning when CF Lucas May singled to drive in DH David Sutherland.

The 'Fish started a two-out rally in the sixth inning with a single by Pedroza. 3B Russ Mitchell followed with a double, advancing Pedroza to third base. Mooneyham loaded the bases with a walk. Locke then split the 2-2 tie with a triple to deep center field that scored all three runners for a 5-2 Columbus lead.

Charleston made things interesting in the ninth inning. With two hits and two walks they scored a run to make it 5-3 and put the tying run in scoring position. However 1B Tony Roth flied out to center field to end the game and RHP Francisco Felix picked up a tough fourth save.

Columbus starter RHP James McDonald lasted 5 2/3 innings. He gave up just two runs despite allowing five hits and issuing five walks. RHP Jordan Pratt (2-2) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings in relief. He gave up two hits and four walks but escaped unscathed. Catfish pitchers allowed nine hits and a season-high 11 walks but held the RiverDogs to just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Game two of the four-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs will begin Wednesday at 7:00pm at Golden Park. LHP Marlon Arias (4-3, 4.14) will start for Columbus against RHP Rolando Japa (2-5, 4.04). For tickets or more information call (706) 571-8866 or visit

Headline News 2006-05-23

From ABC News:
Keith Richards Plans Tour Next Month
Will be most lavish tour of mummified star since Tutankhamun's 1979 tour

From ABC News:
Bush Not Likely to See Gore's Film
Heard it uses big words

From KGTV:
Stray bullet hits teen
Jack Bauer's aim getting worse

From WSB:
Two bears invade suburbia
Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs arrested

From CNN:
Bush's faith worries Albright
Would be happier with Satanist in White House

From ABC News:
Al Gore Goes Green in Hollywood
Plans to steal Christmas

From ABC News:
Bear Enters Ohio Woman's Home, Attacks Her
Boo Boo sought as "material witness"

From ABC News:
Ex-Sen., V.P. Candidate Lloyd Bentsen Dies at 85
Funeral director: Bentson "No William Miller"*

From ABC News:
Bible Student Charged in Phone Sex Case
Told victim "thou wilst lay with me and be with child"

From ABC News:
Woman Seeks Probation for Her Cat
Not first time woman in trouble over her pussy

Picnic 2006-05-23

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

Catfish Win Series In Savannah

From the Columbus Catfish:

With 4-2 Win Columbus Sneaks Series from Savannah
RHP Cory Wade, bullpen and late error lead to victory

Savannah, GA ... The Columbus Catfish (21-23) took advantage of a two-run error in the ninth inning to beat the Savannah Sand Gnats (16-28) 4-2 Monday. Tied 2-2 with runners on second and third base and two outs in the top of the ninth 3B Russ Mitchell hit a ground ball to SS Michael Martinez whose throwing error allowed both runners to score.

In the top of the sixth inning RF Drew Locke doubled to score Mitchell and tie the game at 1-1. The Catfish tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth inning on a single by DH Jason Mooneyham that chased home LF Brandon Carter.

RHP Cory Wade started for the Catfish and gave up two runs, one earned, in six innings. He allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six. RHP Matt Gomez de Segura pitched a scoreless seventh inning. RHP Jesus Rodriguez took over in the eighth inning with the score tied at 2-2. In two innings Rodriguez (1-1) did not allow a run on three hits and got the win with the ninth inning Columbus rally.

The Catfish will return home for a four-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs beginning Tuesday at 7:00pm at Golden Park. RHP James McDonald (1-2, 4.55) will be on the hill for the Catfish. For tickets or more information call (706) 571-8866 or visit

Monday, May 22, 2006

Questioning Authority

Oh, wait. You think that I'm going to be talking about dissent and such, don't you?


I'm going to be talking about the Blog Interviews.

WAIT! Don't go anywhere. Hear me out.

There are lots of folks we've interviewed already. Check out this list.

See? Lots of folks. Lots of interesting folks. Lots of interesting questions. Lots of interesting answers. Lots of uses of the word "lots."

But you know what? There are more coming. You can see who all is coming soon by checking out this list.

See those with dates? We've actually scheduled them. Some have been waiting for a bit. Others have only recently signed up. And half are male. Half are female. The rest, I'm not sure what they are.

Anyway, I want to point your attention to a couple of blogs that haven't been scheduled yet.

Tea Fizz

First, take a look at Tea Fizz. If you didn't know, Tea Fizz is a MilBlogger. And Tea Fizz is a little different.

Go check out the site. Spend a few minutes looking around. Check out the archives. You'll be back. Oh, and ask some questions!

Simple Thoughts

Next, let's take a look at Simple Thoughts. The guy's a computer genius. Don't believe me? Just ask him!

Seriously, though. You can get your fix of all kinds of geeky stuff ... and more. Go visit and look around. And submit some questions for the interview.

Survival Theory

Oh, and we can't forget the ladies, now can we? Laura Long Collins is proprietor of Survival Theory. She shares her thoughts on events ... and most conservatives will agree and most liberals will disagree. But she's willing to take questions from all quarters.

Visit her site and you'll want to know more. Just ask your questions.


There are lots more bloggers coming up. Most are conservative blogs. But not all.

Take a monent to visit the three we just talked about ... and the others that have agreed to take your questions ... and then submit your questions.

The blogs that get the most questions will be scheduled earlier. So your questions will determine whose interviews appear when. You're the questioning authority. (See, now the title makes sense, doesn't it!)

The interviews have been fun so far. I trust you'll submit more questions ... and we'll learn more about the bloggers we love ... or hate.


I've been quite surprised by the number of visitors to this little blog. When this little blog launched, I figured I'd be lucky to get 10 visitors a day. Well, since Day One, we've averaged 519.5 visitors a day. Recent numbers are higher (averaging 1979 visitors a day), but that's because of two Instalanches this month. (These numbers are according to SiteMeter; server numbers show more.)

Now, I'm fully aware that many, many blogs get more visitors than that. And rightly so. What's shocked me is that this little blog is averaging that many.

Sure, it's 0.4% of the number of hits Instapundit gets a day. But I'm averaging in a week what I only dreamed I'd get in a year. And I don't understand why people come here.

275000The reason I'm bringing this up now is that, this week, we got our 275,000th visitor. And it came from blog-granddad Instapundit.

Well, it wasn't Glenn Reynolds that was visitor 275,000. No, rather it was a visitor who arrived from an Instapundit post where he linked to a post here.

Yeah, I know. 275,000 isn't a normal number to make a big deal about. 250,000 would have been more appropriate. But it slipped by without my noticing. And, by the time I noticed, the details had rolled off the stats. So, I figured "What the heck." 275,000 it is.

No, this little blog doesn't deserve that many hits in my lifetime, much less in a year and a half. But I'm overwhelmed by it.

This will never be a big-time blog like Instapundit, Michelle Malkin, IMAO, or such. I know that. You know that. It's not secret.

But I'm absolutely thrilled by the number of people that stop by here ... either on purpose or by accident.

Thank you.

Headline News 2006-05-22

From ABC News:
University Warns Students of Deer Attacks
New video played for students: Bambi Gone Wild

From ABC News:
Confessions of a Sperm Donor
Was always a jerk

From ABC News:
Earth-solar cycle spurs greenhouse gases - studies
Nader calls for the Sun to be banned

From ABC News:
Abuse trial begins for US soldier
Will get full-time job at Guantanamo if he passes trial

From ABC News:
U.S. Pushes Gulf States to Boost Defenses
Lobster attack seen as serious threat

From ABC News:
S. Korean Who Headed Health Agency Dies
Given one week to get better, or risk being fired

From ABC News:
Scientists Show Dinosaur Fingernail Fossil
Found on floor next to beercan, pizza boxes

From ABC News:
French Scientists Find 'Living Fossil'
Abe Vigoda still alive

From ABC News:
Tests on two dead Iranians show H5N1 bird flu
Bush blamed

From ABC News:
Potato Chips Get Healthier
People eating them fat as ever

Picnic 2006-05-22

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

  • Nickie Goomba passed away.

  • Random Yak has been hit by

  • Laurie (Soldiers' Angels New York) needs someone who can sew.

  • Stop The ACLU reports on the Kentucky high school that stood up to the judge.

  • Atlas Shrugs finds students in Iran have a different cause.

  • Sportslady (From Peaches To Beaches) was saddened by Barbaro's injury.

  • Kender likes Gatorade ... but won't drink it.

  • Right on the Right says good things are happening in Afghanistan.

  • Gribbit is shocked ... SHOCKED! ... to hear about Rep. Jefferson's bad deeds.

  • Ogre put on a dress and had a good time.

  • The Bald Chick (Freedom Folks) has an idea for an Orange Card.

  • Kit Jarrell finds a TV report about immigration and terrorism.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

24 No More

This post contains spoilers. If you don't want to know information about the 24 season finale that airs tonight ... DO NOT READ THIS POST!

You have been warned.

Now, first a reality check.

Reality Check: 24 is just a TV show. One that I have enjoyed a lot. But it's just a TV show. I'm fully aware of that.

Now, on with what I have to say.

I'm not sure if I'm going to watch 24 after this season. Because they're starting to tick me off. And here's why...

Catfish Win Big Saturday, Shut Down Sunday

The Columbus Catfish bats came alive Saturday night as they beat Savannah for the second straight day, but the bats fell silent Sunday as the winning streak ended at two games.

Picnic 2006-05-21

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

  • jac (the nonessentials) has gone 24 days without posting anything new.

  • Burkard (The Blog of Columbus, Georgia) looks at the 48 Hours story on a local murder.

  • Wild Bill has words for those that "support the troops but not the war."

  • Harvey (IMAO) wants cheese. Or something.

  • Blue Square offers some FrankFic.

  • Fmragtops says the GOP needs to hold it together.

  • Redneckin' says he's looking for another political party.

  • Sin City muses on Barry Bonds, NOLA, and pretty blogs.

  • Jo shakes her head and wonders about NOLA.

  • Grrovyvic likes meat.

  • Steve H. (Hog On Ice) is looking for Walkin CDs.

  • SeanS (Shoot a Liberal) has a trespasser.

  • Kender says life is funny.

  • Gateway Pundit says nothing makes sense.

  • Don Surber's blog turned a year old and smacked Malkin.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Dragonlady (Dragon's Den)

Our interview today should be fun. It's Dragonlady of Dragon's Den...

The questioners are ready...

Now, the first question...

Picnic 2006-05-20

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Sean Gleeson

Today, we have another one of my favorites ... Sean Gleeson from The Gleeson Bloglomerate....

The interview panel is ready with their questions ...

Now, the first question...

Catfish Losing Streak Ends

The Columbus Catfish won for the first time in six games tonight, beating the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-2.

The Catfish fell behind 2-0 after three innings, due to a John Poppert solo homer in the second inning, and an unearned run (error followed by a double) in the third. But starter Marlon Arias settled down and allowed just one more hit, totalling just four hits allowed in seven inning pitched.

In the top of the eighth, Columbus took the lead, capped by Andrew Locke's two-run double. Locke scored on an error on that same play. Jordan Pratt held Savannah hitless for the next inning and a third, but walked three. David Horlacher, who joined the Catfish team yesterday, came in and walked the next batter, but got the last two outs to secure his first save in his first appearance of the season.

Game two of the series is tomorrow night in Savannah.

Headline News 2006-05-19

From WBAL:
Couple Arrested For Asking For Directions
Wife now understands why husband never asks

From ABC News:
Man Falls Asleep in Coffin at Funeral Home
Dracula, partying all night, doesn't make it home

From ABC News:
Texas Takes Aim at 'Gas Pill'
Beano banned

From ABC News:
Woman Gets 'DO NOT RESUSCITATE' Tattoo
Family insisted

From ABC News:
Kentucky Family Fights to Keep Pet Lion
Insists pet tiger will be lost without him

From ABC News:
Missouri Newborn Rescued From Trash Bin
Authorities shocked that someone threw away a perfectly good White boy

From ABC News:
Around the World in 44 Years -- on a Bike
Excited about possibility of meeting President Kennedy and Jackie

From ABC News:
Pope disciplines prominent priest after abuse case
No little boys for an entire month

From ABC News:
Apes Shown to Be Able to Plan Ahead
Already running for seat in 2008

From ABC News:
Blaine's Stunt Sheds Light on Limits of Human Body
Levitation still possible, holding breath is beyond human endurance

From ABC News:
Two Elderly Women Accused of Scheme to Kill Homeless Men, Bilk Them Out of Insurance
To be made into a film, "Arsenic and Old Lace II"

Picnic 2006-05-19

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Evil Glenn's Phone Records

A Filthy Lie
There's a call coming in. Go!

Okay, it's rolling.

*ring* *ring*


Catfish Swept By Rome

The Columbus Catfish were swept by the Rome Braves, losing their fifth game in a row, 6-0.

The Catfish were held to four hits and didn't get a runner to third base until one out in the ninth.

Despite allowing three home runs, the pitching staff had some bright spots, including striking out 11, eight by starter James McDonald. McDonald was saddled with the loss.

Off the field, the Catfish added a new pitcher to the roster after placing another on the DL, according to the Catfish Web site:

Catfish reliever RHP John Meloan has been placed on the disabled list with a right foot infection. In his only outing this season Meloan pitched two scoreless innings and struck out five on May 11 against the Savannah Sand Gnats.

To fill out the roster the Catfish have added RHP Dave Horlacher from extended spring training. Horlacher, originally from St. George, UT, attended Brigham Young University. In 2005 he posted a 1.69 ERA with 25 strikeouts while pitching 16 innings with the rookie-level Ogden Raptors. The Dodgers selected Horlacher in the eighth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

The Catfish head to Savannah tomorrow for the first of four games with the Sand Gnats before returning home to host the Charleston Riverdogs starting the 23rd.

Headline News 2006-05-18

From CNN:
Prodi: Iraq war was 'grave error'
Adds: "Saddam's graves were okay"

From CNN:
Nepal king stripped of most powers
Nepalese unclear on meaning of "king"

From CNN:
Powerful telescope to be built in Chile
Bush to use to spy on Americans

From KITV:
DAs unhappy with pedophile's sentence
Subject-verb agreement needs work

From KGTV:
Officials find new tunnel under U.S. border
Senate approves above-ground fence

From WSB:
McKinney cosponsors bill honoring Capitol police
Congresswoman: "We all owe a debt to these racist thugs"

From CNN:
Poll: 25 percent believe they've been wiretapped
Same 25 percent that believe in UFOs

From CNN:
Porn industry to offer downloads to DVDs
Spokesman: "Of course we expect people to pay for something they can get for free on the Internet..."

From CNN:
Human-chimp split was messy
Cruise-Kidman divorce still has wounds

From CNN:
Hawaiian waters dangerous for whales
Still not as dangerous as land

Picnic 2006-05-18

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


One of the guilty pleasures I have is The Surreal Life. Now, to be honest, I haven't cared for all the seasons. But two.

I liked the season with Tammy Faye, Eric Estrada, Ron Jeremy, Vanilla Ice and a couple of others I never heard of before (or since). And I liked the current season with Sherman Hemsley, Steve Harwell, C.C. Deville, Florence Henderson, Tawny Kitaen, Alexis Arquette, Maven, and some little Playboy slut. The other seasons didn't hold my interest.

Anyway, I've heard of more of the people than the Wife has heard of. And she doesn't watch it all that closely when it's on. I understand her apathy. But Season Six did hold my interest.

So, the other night, they had the season finale. And, if you've followed it, you know much centered on Tawny Kitaen's acting like ... Tawny Kitaen. You also know that many times in the show, they have to blur certain aspects of the images on the screen. Well, that night, they had to blur Tawny.

And it caught the Wife's attention. She saw some woman stand up wearing a white, too-tight outfit, and a blurred section on her right bosom. The Wife grabbed the TiVo remote, backed it up to see if she saw it right. Like I said, she hadn't really been paying attention, so it caught her off-guard.

She asked, "What is that? Are they blurring her? Is that her nipple?"

I said, "It's Tawny Kitaen. Of course it was her nipple."

She gave that "I don't know what/who you're talking about" look.

I said, "Tawny Kitaen. From the Whitesnake videos."

She again gave that "I don't know what/who you're talking about" look.

I grabbed the laptop, went to Google, clicked on "Images" and entered "Tawny Kitaen".

In a matter of seconds, I had a page full of images. Including nine images of Tawny Kitaen's nipples.

And that was with Safe Search on!

The Wife still doesn't know who Tawny Kitaen is. I mean, she can't just call her "the lady with the nipples" now, can she? That would imply Tawny Kitaen is a lady.

Catfish Fall Again

Go Catfish!The Columbus Catfish were stymied by Rome pitching tonight, being held to four hits as they lost to the Braves 6-1.

Facing Atlanta pitchers Chuck James in the first inning and Lance Cormier, the Catfish fell behind early 2-0, then 4-0 by the end of the sixth inning. Down 6-0 in the ninth, the Catfish scored a run and then loaded the bases before a game-ending double play squelched the brief rally.

Cory Wade suffered his first loss of the season, allowing 8 hits and four runs, but had no offensive support.

More from the Columbus Catfish:
Columbus Drops Fourth Straight Against Rome, 6-1
'Fish pitchers strikeout 15, struggle with bats

Columbus, GA ... Columbus dropped the third straight game of the series against the Rome Braves with a 6-1 loss Wednesday at Golden Park. Starter RHP Cory Wade (2-1) struck out 12 Rome hitters but allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings and took the loss. Rome started with two Atlanta Braves pitchers on rehabilitation assignments. LHP Chuck James pitched the first inning and was followed by RHP Lance Cormier in the second. Both pitched perfect innings.

Rome scored one run in the second inning on a single by 1B Isaiah Ka'aihue. They added a second run in the third inning on a ground out by LF Kelly Johnson. An RBI double by 3B Eric Campbell and another RBI single by Ka'aihue in the sixth inning made it 4-0. The final Braves runs scored in the ninth inning. CF Ovandy Suero drove one run with a triple and SS Derrick Arnold knocked in Suero on a sacrifice fly.

The only Catfish run scored in the bottom of the ninth inning on a LF Drew Locke single that drove in 3B Russ Mitchell. Locke finished 2-for-4.

Wade was relieved first by RHP Arismendy Castillo, who gave up one unearned run in two innings of work. RHP Francisco Felix allowed the final two runs while pitching the ninth inning. RHP Jairo Cuevas (3-3), originally planned as the Rome starter, gave up one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings to get the win.

The final game of the home stand will take place Thursday at 7:00pm. Columbus will try to avoid the sweep with RHP James McDonald (1-1, 4.78). Rome will counter with LHP Jo Jo Reyes (4-0, 3.26). For tickets or more information call (706) 571-8866 or visit

Once again, a small crowd (723) watched the game. I'm surprised partly because of three Atlanta players appearing in the game tonight (OF Kelly Johnson also played) and this being Braves country. However, it IS Columbus ... and Columbus doesn't support any minor league team in any sport well.

With tonight's loss, the Catfish are 2-5 on this homestand, with one game left against Rome tomorrow night.

Headline News 2006-05-17

From Palm Beach Post:
Ex-addict who embezzled from church shows change
Had two quarters, a dime, and three pennies left after spending spree

From CNN:
Paul McCartney and his wife are separating
Joke now amended to "What has two farms and three legs?"

From CNN:
Nicole Kidman engaged to country music star
What they had in common: Both had sex with Tom Cruise

From CNN:
Director: 'Da Vinci' 'not meant to offend'
Ron Howard still not shot dead in street by Christian fundamentalist

From CNN:
Hitler's birthday present: 300 shot dead
Records reveal Fuehrer actually wanted a pony

From CNN:
Chavez: Imprison 'genocidal' Bush
Anna Nicole says she's not to blame, late husband was really old

From CNN:
U.S. military's bid to woo China
Tells China, "Love you long time"

From CNN:
China installs another bishop
Still short a rook, a knight, and a pawn

From CNN:
Muslim leaders support Iran
Terrorist leaders support terrorist state, world shocked

From CNN:
Official: High Web fees stymie African growth
Lack of electricity seen also seen as adverse impact

Picnic 2006-05-17

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

  • Lieutenant K (Wordsmith At War) told of a mission of the heart.

  • jac (the nonessentials) continues to have not posted since April.

  • Macker has a story about the Beeb being a boob.

  • Susie (Practical Penumbra) solves a problem at work ... but still has to work.

  • Eric (Straight White Guy) enjoys time away from home.

  • Rachel (aTypical Joe) says the spammers have gone too far.

  • The Ugly American (Knowledge Is Power) looks at upcoming movies.

  • Firepower Forward says the moonbats are the conservative's best friend.

  • OptyMyst (Look Who's Tattling Now) has the tale of a policy change two lives too late.

  • Jake Jacobsen (Freedom Folks) finds proof of life on Mars.

  • A Bama Blog has gubernatorial candidates' reactions to Dubya's plan.

  • Agent Bedhead has proof Christina still has ... it.

  • bRight & Early's blogiversary project has launched.

Catfish Lose Shootout

Go Catfish!The Wife and I went to the Catfish game Tuesday night. But, because of the morning's schedule, we weren't able to stay to conclusion. And, were in bed by the time the game finally ended. So, we didn't see the end of the game. This wrapup is from the Columbus Catfish Web site:

Catfish Lose Shootout to Braves, 15-12
Teams combine for 33 hits, 11 for extra bases

Columbus, GA ... Offense was on the menu at Golden Park Tuesday as the Catfish (18-20) lost to the Rome Braves (27-10) by a score of 15-12. The teams combined for 33 hits as 12 players collected two or more during the nearly four hour marathon.

The first Catfish run scored in the second inning when RF Sergio Pedroza walked with the bases loaded. Rome took the lead with three runs in the top of the third inning, but Columbus responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run by LF Drew Locke, his third of the season.

After one Braves run in the fifth inning they blew the game open with 10 runs in the top of the sixth. The barrage included five singles, two doubles and a two-run home run by RF Quentin Davis, his first of the season.

In a 14-3 hole the Catfish came back with one run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by SS Ivan DeJesus. Columbus got back into the game with an eight-run inning in the bottom of the seventh. DH Jason Mooneyham led off the inning with a walk and scored on a double by Locke. 1B David Sutherland singled to move Locke the third base. A strikeout by CF Lucas May was followed by three straight walks that loaded the bases and scored a run. Pedroza drove in two more runs with a single, making the score 14-8. 3B Russ Mitchell then slammed his fifth home run to bring the Catfish within two runs.

Rome added one insurance run in the top of the ninth inning and RHP Moises Hernandez pitched the first perfect inning of the night for his second save.

Reliever RHP Matt Gomez de Segura (0-1) gave up six runs and suffered the loss for Columbus. RHP Tyler Bullock (4-2) picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out four.

The third game of the series between Columbus and Rome will take place Wednesday at 7:00pm at Golden Park. RHP Cory Wade (2-0, 3.12) will face LHP Chuck James. Wade has won each of his two starts this season. James, a relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, is on a rehabilitation assignment with Rome. For tickets or more information call (706) 571-8866 or visit

I was very disappointed in the turnout for the game Tuesday night. Only 653 attended. And this for the Atlanta Braves talent-stocked farm club. And Kelly Johnson making his second rehab appearance in Columbus. With Chuck James making the start Wednesday night, it would be nice to see many fans out to watch the teams play. But I won't hold my breath.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Finish Line

White Trash Wednesdays

And Basil calls me Whtie Trash and a Redneck.

But look at where this picture was taken. It was in the Columbus paper. And it made MSNBC news website.


Stupid redneck Basil!

Make fun of Waycross, Ludowici, Brunwsick, Baxley, Jessup, Hoboken and Blackshear now.


Finish Line

Of course, over in the Columbis area, they ain't without refinement and culture.


For more Whtie Trash Wednesday? Check out these fine places:

Agent Bedhead
And Rightly So!
Cranky Neocon
Dangerous Logic
Feisty Republican Whore
It Is What It Is
Lost In Lima Ohio
Mean Ol' Meany
Merri Musings
MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Pirate's Cove
Riehl World View
Six Meat Buffet
Stupid Random Thoughts
The Ebb & Flow Institute
The Jawa Report
The Nose On Your Face
The Therapist
Vince Aut Morire

Timing Is Everything

Recently, mentioned that I got a PDA. And, no, the Wife wasn't happy with it. But, with a change in duties at work, I'm having to attend a lot more meetings, and a PDA comes in handy. What with the ability to synchronize with my calendar at work, and transferring documents that I can take with me as needed, and such. Still, the Wife wasn't happy with it. And I knew she wouldn't be happy with it. But I got it anyway.

Also, recently, I got a TiVo. And again, the Wife wasn't happy with it. But I knew she wouldn't be happy with it. Still, I got it anyway.

So, the question is, why would a guy go and buy something he knows he's gonna catch hell about?

Simple. I'm a guy. And that's what guys do.

The trick is knowing that you're going to catch hell about it ... and timing things to minimize the effect.

So, how does one do that?

Do you really need to ask? Or do I need to explain it?

Okay, for you fellows that haven't been married long ... or for you women that want to know more about guys ... or confirm your suspicions about guys ... here's the deal.

If you know you're going to catch hell about a purchase ... time it so that it happens during a ... um ... period ... of time you're going to catch hell about everything anyway.

You know. That week. When Aunt Flo visits.

Everything you do will be wrong anyway, so you might as well get some benefit from it.

No, it won't cut down on the amount of trouble you'll be in. But it compresses to a shorter ... um ... period ... of time.

Think about it.

You're welcome.

Headline News 2006-05-16

From ABC News:
NASA and India Join Forces on Mission to the Moon
Outsourcing reaches new heights

From ABC News:
Britney Caught With Carseat Facing Wrong Way in Car
Contends was facing that way when baby conceived

From ABC News:
Teacher Regrets 'Who Would You Kill' Assignment
Was surprised when most students responded "YOU!"

From ABC News:
Pink Taco Restaurant Name Causes Stir
Was scheduled to locate just below Hooters*

From ABC News:
Iraq War Refugees Trapped in Limbo
Caribbean music won't stop playing, backs getting sore

From ABC News:
Palestinian gunmen kill senior Hamas member
Wanted to kill somebody but couldn't find a Jew

From ABC News:
Bush Presidency Floundering
Third term unlikely

From CNN:
Mummy may have been female warrior
Daddy was stay-at-home dad

From KGTV:
Lawyer sues baseball team over Mother's Day promo
Team offer to make up for controversy by holding "Dickhead Night"

From CNN:
Sen. Clinton apologizes to Chelsea
Senator: "I'm sorry you're going to look like me when you grow up"

From CNN:
Dolphins, like humans, recognize names
Spot the dog and Fluffy the cat also impressed by dolphins' ability

Picnic 2006-05-16

Today's picnic basket of items from my blogroll.

  • Lieutenant K (Wordsmith At War) looks forward to returning home.

  • jac (the nonessentials) still hasn't posted since April.

  • Indian Chris (Hooah Wife & Friends) likes Dubya's plan for the borders.

  • Oddybobo says the Boy was Born To Ride.

  • Echo9er calls on bloggers to rally 'round the flag.

  • Tammi (Tammi's World) has an interview today.

  • Honza Prchal (Pros and Cons) says Iran is acting like that because they're losing.

  • Blue Tige got good news about the wife's condition ... but not complete news.

  • Laughing Wolf recommends some background reading to understand what's going on.