September 30, 2003

Fish Tank Platform Shoes.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 11:49 pm

Fish Tank Platform Shoes.
Yowza!! I’m putting these on my Christmas List. Size 101/2 EEE, please.

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Welcome Home, Finally, to Rest.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:25 pm

The remains of Lt. Jack C. Rittichier, of Barberton, Ohio, the only U.S. Coast Guardsman listed as missing in action in the Vietnam War, were returned to his family in the United States. Lt. Rittichier’s remains were returned along with those of three other U.S. servicemen, who perished with Lt. Rittichier in June, 1968 when their helicopter received enemy fire and crashed while on a mission to rescue a downed pilot.

The other three men were Air Force Capt. Richard C. Yeend, Jr., of Mobile, Alabama.; Air Force Staff Sgt. Elmer L. Holden, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma., and Air Force Sgt. James D. Locker, of Sidney, Ohio.

Lt. Rittichier was serving with the U.S. Air Force on an exchange program at the time, and was piloting the aircraft, with Capt. Yeend serving as co-pilot. Sgts. Holden and Locker were members of the aircrew.

May they never be forgotten, and may they rest in peace.

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De Plan! De Plan!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 5:59 pm

Roger at Curmudgeonly and Skeptical writes about a 2002 Democrat strategy memo laying out the tactics that should be employed by Democrats to undermine public confidence in the President.

Unnamed Democratic sources named Democratic National Committee chief Terry McAuliffe, former Clinton campaign strategist James Carville, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and former House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt as party leaders who developed the talking-points memo.

The memo certainly bears their stink.

This Inspires Real Confidence.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 5:28 pm

It seems that a quantity of explosive material (primasheet) used to train bomb-sniffing dogs at Newark Airport is missing. A spokesman for the New York, New Jersey Port Authority, the agency that operates Newark Airport, said that the material had been used on a plane for testing purposes, but that he believes that it “is highly unlikely it was left on the plane.”

A local television station described the quantity of missing explosives as one-half pound, but the Port Authority spokesman characterized it only as “a small amount.”

The police are on the case.

If this stuff is somewhere in the Airport, or on a plane (despite the spokesman’s optimistic assessment), one wonders why the already-trained bomb-sniffing dogs haven’t found it.


Comments Temporarily Down.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 3:25 pm

As you may have noticed, the comments feature is not operatng. Blogspeak, the comments provider, advised us that this would be necessary to make some fixes. Naturally, I would prefer that not be the case, however, the users are notified when this kind of thig is necessary.

BlogSpot/Blogger could benefit from some “customer relations” lessons from Blogspeak.

September 29, 2003

Random Scribbles.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:00 pm

It happened again, and I hate it when it happens. I had what I thought was a pretty good idea for a fairly humorous post. I should have known after the first five minutes that the damned thing was just not writing right. I suspect you know the feeling.

I plugged on for about a page and a half and finally asked myself the hard but critical question: “If you came across this on someone else’s blog, would you bother reading past the first few sentences?” The answer was a resounding albeit uncomfortable “No.” So, rather than deleting it, I relegated it to my hard drive for perhaps another look-see at some other time.

Perhaps my abortive writing attempt was, in part, traceable to my dealing with a painful infection (I’ll spare you the details) that currently prevents me from sitting at this computer for too much time. I am, however, on the mend, thanks to the wonders of antibiotics in mondo doses.

All I can muster at the moment are a couple random, and quite likely very dull observations:

Janet Evanovich. I just finished the ninth in her Stephanie Plum series, “To the Nines.” (Each book contains the appropriate number in the title.) The main character is a hapless, sometimes dizzy, generally inept bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, who along with a hilarious cast of characters runs around Trenton, New Jersey chasing down bail jumpers. If you find yourself in the need for some easy reading, full of Jersey flavor and lots and lots of laughs, I recommend that you start with number one (“One for the Money”) and work your way up to “To the Nines.” Her website is here.

Carnivale. I have become hooked on HBO’s new series, “Carnivale.” It is set in 1934 in the Dust Bowl, and centers on a traveling carnival, chock full of weird “carny” types, each of whom is sorely in need of a bath. The creators of the show have successfully captured the dirt, despair, and desperation of the time and place, and they have added to it a layer of mysteriousness that I haven’t seen since “Twin Peaks.” You can read about the show at HBO’s home page.

Diet Dr. Pepper. Quite possibly the best diet soda ever.

Kraft Pre-Shredded Cheddar. It comes in a zip-loc bag. One of great ideas of all time.

Baker’s 107 Proof Bourbon. It is made in small batches and aged for seven years. Each bottle is hand filled. Drink it neat. Who needs Valium?

Simon and Garfunkle. Impossible to get tickets, and I really wanted to see the Everly Brothers, their opening act, even more than I wanted to see S&G. Damn.

That’s it. Back to the couch.

September 28, 2003

Book Your Flights Now!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 3:09 pm

Avoid what is certain to be the last minute rush to fly into Carson City, Nevada on November 1, 2003 for the World Beard and Moustache Championships. This marks the first time that this event has been held in the United States. For $25, you can enter your beard and/or moustache in the contest, and for a mere $10, you can be a spectator at this unique event, which will include a parade that is expected to draw 40,000 onlookers.

Beards and moustaches will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges, with “Big Joy” Mishiel serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. The organizers are hoping for a good number of American entrants in order to have a chance to defeat the heavily favored German contingent.

This just in!!!!!!!! Ted Sedman, the President of London’s Handlebar Club will be in attendance and will throw his hat into the ring. This could bad news for the Germans.

Book your hotel rooms now, and don’t bother packing your razor.

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Donald O’Connor Throws the Sixes.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 2:21 pm

Donald O’Connor, 78, died yesterday of apparent heart failure. He was a comedian, a singer, an actor and an amazing dancer. Perhaps best known for starring with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain,” he also shared screen credits with a mule in the popular (and just plain funny) “Francis the Talking Mule” films.

In a brief statement, the family said that among O’Connor’s last words was the following quip: “I’d like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get.”

I have little doubt that he will be proven right.


September 27, 2003

The “Bush Regime” Deck of Cards.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 4:11 pm

I’d hear about it, but this is the first time I saw the cards.

June 6, 1944. Maybe we should have found something better to to on that day.

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BBC Flash!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 3:52 pm

Man dies after drilling hole in head with a power tool.

No shit.

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