Saturday, January 31, 2009

They could be fascist anarchists, and it still wouldn't change the fact that I don't have a car.....

So here we are.

The end of January, and I finally managed to do one of the monthly topics all the way through. The closest I got before was with my series of 'letter' posts.

Wasn't that fun?

This month has been all about change, and, while writing about it, I have experienced it as well. I mean, haven't we all changed this month?

At least a little?

So, here we are.

This month has seen the 22nd anniversary of my 21st birthday (thanks again for the wishes all), a visit from my son, some rain, some snow, some laughter, some tears, some sunshine, and some bitter cold.

I've made it through, and so have you, and I guess that's what really matters. Making it through. I know I joke and rant and swear alot on here, but I also have my deeply held beliefs, and at times I share those too.

I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate that you come hang out and read this stuff. I'm constantly amazed at how important we can become to each other through such a tenous connection, but I'm also grateful for it. It makes me feel good when I see a comment (or even a visit) from one of my 'blog posse.'

So, thanks, all of you.

*muah*




In other news.....

Tomorrow starts the 'Want List,' or the next NaBloPoMo thing. Now, just so that I don't scare you all away thinking that the next 28 days are going to be full of me begging and pleading for all the goodies in the world, I promise I won't beg.

And I'll only show you one thing a day that I want.....At the end of the month, you will have 28 items from which to choose, and with which to shower me.....

I also wanted to ask if y'all noticed that I changed my sign off phrase this month. Several times, actually. I thought that I'd 'change' that for the month too. If you didn't notice, go back and check them out.

There are some pretty funny ones.

Amor del mono,

T.

Friday, January 30, 2009

A Changing of the Guard.....

Again, the title is much more dramatic than the post.....

So, we're down to the very end of it.

Well, January that is.

A lot has happened this month, not the least of which was a visit from Michael.

It was pretty badass having him here for my bday.

Oh, and a changeupdate....he's supposed to be sending me more, so those of you that asked, be prepared for a second shipment.




In other news, I found a mistake in a movie.....

Yeah, big surprise, right?

This one tho....I mean....fuck...

Ok, have you seen the movie Juno? Well, as usual, I was late to the trough on this one, and only watched it for the first time like....I don't know, 4 or 5 days ago.... So, I'm watching it, and likin' it a lot, but I knew I didn't have enough time to watch the whole thing 'cause I had to be at work before it ended, and I'm runnin' around trying to get as ready as I can, so I can watch as much as I can....

I then I get not one, but two phone calls that required me to go downstairs and give Pops the phone.....

I mean, the world was conspiring to keep me from watching the thing, and then it happened.

Juno began explaining to Jason Bateman's character that her father had gone though a period where he was into Greek and Roman mythology, and named her after Juno, Zeus's wife.

Ok, now bear with me. I, too, went though my 'mythology' phase, and I saw through this immediately. Zeus, a Greek god, would not, and in fact could not have married Juno, a Roman goddess.....

Don't belive me?

Hah!! Look it up.

G'wan, I dare ya.

Now, that being said, I fucking love this movie. There are so many fucking kickass lines in this movie, that it borders on the obscene. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

Cincuenta del la luna,

T.

ps oh and i totally forgot to put this link in here foamy is sooooooo kewl turn down your speakers its kina nsfw
t.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bring a change of clothing.....

But only if you plan on spending the night.....

I'm in kind of a thoughful mood tonight, and I have to tell you that it's kinda by accident.....

Some time ago, I found Whiskeymarie, who's link is over there ----->

Somewhere in the same time frame (it may have been wm saying that she was her blog crush but dont hold me to that) I added
this blog to my favorites list.

Ok, so it may have been Sizzle that sent me there.

Either way, I wasy trying to hit up WM, and, as BYW is right above it in my favorites list, I opened BYW instead of WM.

You should go read this post.

It kinda makes me feel ok about some of the crap I had to post this month in order to not blow the whole NaBloPoMo thing.....

But, you really should read some of my older shit....it's pretty fucking funny.

Sangre del huevos,

T.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I've had a change of heart.....

No, not really.

It's just another in the loooong line of 'change phrases' that I've come up with for this month's posting frenzy.

So, yeah, I guess I've decided to go ahead and try to do February too.

I mean, I can't let down my public, right?

I don't really have much today, and that's the only problem with posting every day. Some days nothing happens that's really worth sharing. I mean, do you really want to know that I went to the motorcycle shop next door and got boxes and packing material from them?

I didn't think so.

Or that Pops got a couple new tires for the car?

Yeah, it's not earth-shattering. Hell, it's hardly worth mentioning.

Just about the only other thing that happened today was that since Pops had to have the car to put tires on her, I walked to/from work.

I know, right? I'll bet y'all can barely contain your excitement.

Ok, take a deep breath....and another.....try and stop your hands from shaking...

There you go.

See what happens when I drop these bombshell events? You really should be taking your heart meds, because I don't want to be responsible if something happens to you.

El camino real,

T.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We've changed all that.....

All that stuff you thought you knew about those things?

Yeah, we've changed all that.

Actually, that's a quote from Molière, and if you've ever read The Physician in Spite of Himself , perhaps you'll remember it.

Or if you haven't, you won't.

Either way, I can't believe it took me almost a month to remember that one. I was doing research for a paper on the famous Mr. M when I stumbled across the quote, and another that I think I blogged about before (ill have to check) and when we actually had to read the play for my Lit class, I can't tell you how funny it was in context.

So, yeah...

NaBloPoMo has sent out emails for the February topic, and it is 'want.'

Now, don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things I want, I just don't know if I have it in me to not fuck up for another 28 days in a row (that is if i don't miss one of the last 4 days in jan) cause this shit's fucking hard.

Not the actual posting, of course. As most of you know, I have no problem finding something to talk/rant/bitch about, but the whole 'you have to do it every day' thing can be a bit troublesome.

Again, not for a lack of something to talk/rant/bitch about, but because if I forget (which happens) I feel like a total dipshit/moron/slacker for not posting on a particular day.

Is that normal?

Do the rest of you worry about this shit?

I didn't think so.

Bese el cielo,

T.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A change in the state of matter....

Or, what I like to call: Fun with Peanuts

And no, I'm not talking about the comic strip....

Nor the nutty goodness of these little guys:





No, I'm refering to the ubiquitous little snaky things that were/are so prevalent in the packing and shipping industry.

You know, these guys:







You may have noticed that there are 2 different types of peanuts in that picture above, and I don't mean 'e's' and 'ess's.'

Nor is it a reference that the ones on the left are whiter.

No, it has to do with what happens when they get wet.



As you can see, the 'e's' or maybe 'm's' aren't really affected by water.

The 'ess's', however are a bit different.




In this photo, you can see that something's starting to happen.....

Things have progressed just a bit:



And now, for the final photo:




Now that you're sufficiently amazed, I'll tell you the secret. The 'ess's' are made from corn starch....

In fact, I've actually eaten them. They're kinda dry, and have absolutely no taste whatsoever, but at least they won't find them in 1000 years and wonder what the fuck they are.....

Huevos con frio,

T.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The change of a season, enough of a reason to want to get away...

A couple of strange things today.....

The first one I'm going to call:

The Fraternity of the Inked


Those of you with tattoos will understand this, and those of you without them prolly won't.

There's something about new ink. I mean, my last 2(3) have been in fairly viewable places, so it's not really an effort to show them to people, but I have no problem pulling up my shirt to show off the ones on my back.

It's usually to show someone that has ink, too. It seems to work that way. Folks with ink tend to show each other their tats.

Today, for instance, a girl that I work with came over to my desk, lifted her skirt, and showed me her left thigh.

No, she wasn't hitting on me (shes way to young for me and has a bf besides) but showing me her new tat. No prompting, no warning....just bare thigh.

Don't get me wrong, I love checking out ink, and when it's on a hot chick, it's just that much more......well....hot.

I just think it's kind of uniquie thing.

I had a girl open her pants and show me a tat that was just outside her bikini line.

Again, no, she wasn't hitting on me, and yes, that one was at work too.....

So, what about it, my fellow inkees....do you have any problem at all showing complete strangers your tats?

'Cause I sure don't.

The other bit of coolness involved a phone call on an ebay item.

Now, as some of you know, I have no problems talking on the phone. Hell, I worked at an answering service for 2+ years if that tells you anything.

I don't really spend much time on the phone at this new job, however. I mean, I'll answer it if I'm near it, but I'm not required to. And, of course, if it's a call about an ebay or gunbroker (think ebay for guns) item, it's totally my call, if you get me.

Well, today saw a call from a gent down under.

No, quit being kinky.

This guy's from Australia, and was calling about something he won from us. I spent about 20 mins on the phone with him, talking about everything from the weather to countries/states he's visited.

It was all I could do to not break out one of my accents when I was talking to him.

Huevos del sol,

T.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.....

At least that's what they tell me.

My day hasn't been nearly as gloomy as the title suggests...well not on a personal level anyhow.

It has been overcast and rainy today, but that's actually a plus in my book.

No, I'm pretty much just trying to find any thing that has the word change in it.

I'm feeling better, so that's a plus, even if I'm not 100% yet. Pops made some chiken soup yesterday, and I think it's doing it's job. I've already had 3 bowls.

Yes, it's that good.

It's prolly what I'll have for dinner too.

Sadly, other than that, there's not much else going on. I played some eq (duh), watched a couple movies, and I'm getting ready to play with some clay, but that's about it.

Aren't days off the best?

Yeah, I think so too.

Queso y zapatos,

T.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes.....

I'm rapidly running out of 'change' tities.

That one there is from a Jimmy Buffett song called...well, if you read the title of my blog, you know what the song's called.

I'm not going to put the lyrics on here, but if you want to read them, they're pretty easy to find.

I'm feelin' kinda crappy, and have been for a couple days now, so there won't be much here today. I'm pretty sure I'm fighting a head cold, but there's some 'i feel like pukin' goin' on too.

I haven't actually driven the porcelain bus, but.....

Ok, I just zoned out for like 2 minutes trying to come up with something to say, so maybe I'll end this before I just pass out at the keyboard or something.

Casa con bueno,

T.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nothing endures but change

FOOD PORN


Ok, I often talk about Pop's cooking, and how amazing it is, but I seldom show you the results. Well, that's not what I'm going to do today.

Today, you get the whole thing.

We'll call this recipie 'Indonesian Pork Kabobs,' cause that's basically what it is.

This amazingly simple recipie starts with Indonesian soy sauce. Kecap Manis Sedang is what we used, purchased from the local Oriental market. Pour about half the bottle into a container (we use mason jars) and add around a half to 3/4 of a cup of sweet pickle juice.

Use your mini-food processor (you do have one right) and mince up 'a handful' of fresh garlic cloves. Put that into the jar. Now do the same with 'about half' of a medium sized yellow onion.

Place the jar in the fridge, and let it sit for 24 hours.

Now, this calls for pork, but I'm sure you could use just about any meat you like, but when you're ready to start, cube your meat. Try for inch to inch and a half chunks, but the size is really up to you.

Place your meat into a container (baking dish big tupperware bowl) or in a pinch, you can use a ziploc baggie. Put the marinade in with the pork, and marinate for another 24 hours.

Ok, now the fun part. Soak some skewers in water (unless you have metal ones of course) and begin placing the meat on the sticks. You could use other stuff too, if you want (mushrooms onion wedges cherry tomatos) but this round it was just meat for us.

When you're done, fire up the barbeque. During grilling, baste the skewers (i used a spoon) periodically with the marinade. After a bit of grilling, this is what you will have:



And since the meal is only as good as it's plated state:





A quick note on the dipping sauce: Simply place the remaining marinade in a pan and tighten it up with a little cornstarch and water, and voila.

This shit is fucking awesome.

Enjoy.

Carnitas del fuego,

T.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Starting something for a change

So, I was google image surfing last night, and I stumbled upon this thread, and it got me to thinking....

If/when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, what would your:

1. Main weapon
2. Backup weapon
3. Vehicle
4. Babe/Hunk to repopulate earth with
5. Theme song
6. Battle cry

Ok, now the rules: If you choose to participate, please leave a comment to the effect, and please post a link to my post about it.

Pretty simple, huh?

Ok, since this is my first time ever starting a meme, I'll begin.

1. Well, it's hard to argue with:

Nice gun.

so I'll go with the M-4.

2. A nice, heavy machete

3. The Porsche 959.

4. Angelina Jolie. I mean, did you expect anything else?

5.

6. 'There's no need to fear, Underdog is here.'

Ok, so there you have it. Of course, if it really happens, I'll have substansitally more gear than that, provided, of course I wasn't one of the zombies. I mean, if it comes after I die...

Well, one of you may have to blow my head off.

I put my envelopes together last night, so all of you keep an eye on your boxes.

Or slots.

Wow, neither one of those sounds good.....

El gato del fuego,

T.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ch Ch Changes...Turn and face the strange....

So, I almost fucked up today.

See, I came home and was on a mission to blog, and somehow got sidetracked into scheduling a post for tomorrow, and almost forgot to blog tonight.

I know, right?

What a fukin' dumbass.

It wasn't until I was on the phone with Michael that I figured out that I hadn't posted for today.

So there you have it. Today sucks, and I shot my humor wad on tomorrow's post.

Check back then.

Fiesta del zapatas,

T.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Change starts small....

I searched that phrase last night, as I was thinking of using it as today's title.

One of the hits I found took me here. I was particulary moved by the italicized words at the end of the post.

I also clicked on her banner photo, and read her most recent post, and I think her resolution request is something I can get behind.

It's really quite an easy one, but I'll let you go to her site to read about it.

I don't really have much today, so I'll leave you now.

Siesta con carne,

T.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The times, they are a changin'.....

So, this past Friday, Pops and I went out to take care of a few things.

We got a couple money orders, and blew a few dollars at Wally World. Next on the agenda for me was a trip to Michael's...not, not my son's house...the craft store. I was on the hunt for some clay tools, but they didn't have what I was looking for.

Pops didn't really want to go to M's, so I dropped him at World Market while I went on my hunt.

It didn't take me all that long to realize that what they had, and what I was willing to pay for same was a lose lose, so I headed down to find Pops in his store. I found him, let him know I was in the store, and then started wandering around.

There was a metric fuckton of cool stuff, but that's no surprise. All I ended up buying tho was incense. I've always liked incense, and burn it when I think about it. I bought 3 kinds, but I'm only going to tell you about one.....

Not that they don't all have their place, but one that I found...It's like none I've ever smelled before. No matter where you light it (my room bathroom popss room) you can smell it throughout the house. Not only is it a soothing, exotic, nearly intoxicating aroma, but it's got presence.

What is the name of this wonder, you ask? Well, it's called Nag Champa, and what can I say, but it's the bawlm.

Ok, on to other things:

Herm: I do NOT have your home addy email kvenya at gmail dot com

PSP: Of course you're getting some. What would have ever made you think you wouldn't? Does that Triumph tape work? Heh.

The rest of you: Send me an address, damnit. This goes for you, Kelwhy, H (if youre still reading), Sue, Em, Actionword, and all the rest of you.

Huevos sin blancos,

T.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Keep the change.....

So, it's been one of those days.

You know, those do nothing, vegatate as hard as you can, fuck off to the nth degree days?

Yeah, I'm having one of those days.

It started much earlier that I would have liked, but what's new about that?

I've played a ton of PS3, and I watched the movie Wanted.

Have you seen that one?

In case you haven't, I won't spoil it by giving away any plot points, but it's pretty rock fuckin' solid. It's funny, it's action packed, it's got some fucking awesome effects. There are a couple places where you can tell that they're effects, but that's usually the case with most movies.

I'll tell you one thing tho, this movie went a long way towards convincing me that Angelina Jolie is the hottest fucking thing on the planet.

She shows plenty of skin, of course, and that's great too, but all her ink (not sure if there was any added for the movie but all the ones i know about her having i saw)....her eyes....I could get lost in those eyes.....

Wait...where was I?

Oh, yeah

I got that for Christmas, and I just watched it. And, I think I'm going to watch it again. Not sure when I'm going to get around to that, but that's the beauty of a day off, I can do things when I want to.

Well, I'm off to fuck off some more.

Huevos con fuego,

T.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Things have got to change.....

Ok, here we go.

First the set up. I'm going to through in a link or two that you can read if you want the long version.

The short version goes something like this. A while ago (like 20 mos or so) my son Michael had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. It took them a bit, but they found the problem.

It was a vascular malformation. You can read that if you want, but it basically amounted to a walnut-sized mass that they had to dig out of his brain.

Yes, you read that right. My son had brain surgery. Needless to say, he made it through fine, but, as you might imagine, it drastically changed his outlook on things.

And not in a bad way.

He came through it with a better understanding of the world around him, and how fleeting this life can be. He sees the world for what it is, and he's of the opinion (as am i) that things have got to change.

In his search for balance after this, he found his center in ceramics.

Not only does it bring him peace and balance, but he's fucking good at it.

Now, when you couple his new-found passion with his new-found attitude about things you get to where we are now. In addition to the bowls and jars and other pieces he's made (if you want some pix email me) he's started making what he calls 'coins,' or 'change.'

They look like this:




Here's another one:




Ok, so the concept goes like this. He's always got some with him, and when he feels the urge, or has some sort of personal interaction with someone...a connection on some level, he hands them one of these pieces. In case you're wondering, yes, I usually have a few on me as well. I do the same thing.

Now, here's where you come in. Those of you whose address I already have will shortly be receiving 4 of these unique coins in the mail. All I ask is that you carry them with you for a while, and then choose one to keep for yourself.

The others? Well, you can give them each to someone that means something to you, or you can give the remaining 3 all to one person, and ask them to choose thier fave and pay the others forward.

Either way, it's all good.

I only have a limited amount right now, but come Summer (michaels going to spend it here) I should be able to send out more, if any of you want to continue spreading change.

Those of you who didn' play along with the whole 'box of love' promotion last year, well, here's your chance. Email me a street addy, and I'll send some change your way.

I love you all,

T.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides, Can I handle the seasons of my life

Yeah, it's Fleetwood Mac, what's your point?

So I've decided that tomorrow will be 'important change post day.'

I hope you're all ready for it.

Pulpo ranchero,

T.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I changed my mind.....

I was going to do post today about the favor, but I realized that I need more time to work on it. See, I don't want it to be one of my 'quick and dirty' posts, tho those have thier place as well.

No, it's going to be long. It's going to have substance. It may even bring a tear to your eye.

Or not, but that remains to be seen.

No, today's going to be me checking in with nothing much to say, but fulfilling my Nablopomo obligation.

It's not flashy, and you can't dance to it, but that's Wednesday.

El poquito grande,

T.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Change the channel, you moron.....

Ok, so that really doesn't mean anything, but I does have the word change in it.

So, my son left for California this am, and I'm happy to report that he made it home safe and sound. In fact, I'm on the phone with him as I type this.

In the next day or so, I'm going to call upon you, my faithful readers, and ask a favor of you. It's a small favor, and will require very little effort on your part, but it's important to me.

And my son.

I'm sure it will require some set up, and prolly some background story too, as I honestly can't remember what, if anything, I posted about the things he went through.

And, with that enigmatic forshadowing, I'm going to leave you.....

Carne del diablo,

T.

Monday, January 12, 2009

You better change your tone, mister!!!

So, it's my birthday.

Only not really, 'cause I'm typing this at about 8:40 on the 11th, but I'm not going to post it until tomorrow, so it will be when you read this, if you get me.

Let's start with this: I'm happy to report that 'bu's back in action, and I won't have to walk to work on my birthday. That makes me so happy, I can't even tell you.

Then there's the fact that I've had a fucking awesome visit with Michael, and he'll be here tomorrow as well...perhaps the 1st time we've spent my birthday together, tho I may be wrong.....

And, on the strange side, there's this: In another demonstration of my 'errie powers,' as soon as I threw that whole 'kendra naked topless' search thing out there, it totally stopped.

Again.

Just like the last time.

I'm not sure what that says about anything, but I'm sure that's what happened last time. As soon as I noticed it/said something about it, it disappeared like ribs at a Texas wedding....

In honor of my 'big day,' and since I've always loved music, I thought it would be fun to explore the net a bit, and see what songs were in the air that day/year.

Here are the song charts for WMCA radio on Jan 12, 1966. That led inevitably to here.

And since links are nothing without facts, I present you with the following list, which must be true, because I read it on the internet.

Events

* January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bedel Bokassa takes over the
Central African Republic.
* January 3 - First Acid Test at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco.
* January 12 - Lyndon Johnson states that the United States should stay
in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.
* January 13 - Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American
Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing
and Urban Development.
* January 17 - A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 jet tanker over
Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of
Palomares and one into the sea
* January 19 - Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India.
* January 26 - Harold Holt becomes Prime Minister of Australia when
Robert Menzies retires.
* January 29 - The first of 608 performances of Sweet Charity opens at
the Palace Theatre in New York City.
* January - First SR-71 spy plane goes into service.
* February 3 - The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first
controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.
* February 23 - A military coup in Syria replaces the previous
government.
* March 1 - Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the
first spacecraft to land on another planet's surface.
* March 1 - The Ba'ath Party takes power in Syria
* March 4 - John Lennon says, "We (The Beatles) are more popular than
Jesus" later sparking controversy in the United States.
* March 8 - Vietnam War: Australia announces it was going to
substantially increase its number of troops in Vietnam.
* March 10 - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands marries Claus von Amsberg.
* March 17 - Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the ALVIN
submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
* May 25 - Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches.
* May 25 - In St. Louis, Missouri, US Vice-President Hubert Humphrey and
US Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall dedicate the Gateway Arch as
part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
* May 26 - Guyana achieves independence.
* March 31 - The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the
first spaceprobe to enter orbit around the moon.
* July 4 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information
Act into United States law. The act will go into effect next year.
* July 6 - Malawi becomes a republic.
* July 14 - In Chicago, Illinois, Richard Speck murders eight student
nurses in their dormitory.
* July 18-July 21 - Gemini 10 orbits the earth.
* July 26 - Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of
Lords stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous
precedent.
* August 10 - Lunar Orbiter 1 is launched.
* August 16 - Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee
begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong with
the intent to introduce legislation making these activities illegal.
Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 are arrested.
* September 30 - Botswana achieves independence.
* October 4 - Lesotho achieves independence.
* October 14 - Montreal metro system inaugurated.
* December 1 - Kurt Georg Kiesinger becomes Chancellor of Germany.
* November 6 - Lunar Orbiter 2 is launched.
* November 30 - Barbados achieves independence.
* December 26 - The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the
chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach

* Cultural Revolution declared in China.
* In Burundi, King Mwambutsa IV is deposed by his son Ntare IV, who is in
turn deposed by prime minister Michel Micombero.
* Rene Barrientos is elected president of Bolivia.
* Joaquin Balaguer becomes president of the Dominican Republic.
* US Supreme Court decides Miranda v. Arizona.
* Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton found Black Panther Party.
* Gwynfor Evans becomes first Plaid Cymru member of Parliament in UK.
* Haile Selassie visits Jamaica for the first time, meeting with
Rastafarian leaders
* Konstantin Chernenko, later leader of Soviet Union, becomes candidate
member of the Central Committee.
* Surrealist Movement in the United States founded by Franklin and
Penelope Rosemont.
* Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn are awarded the Fermi Prize.
* US Congress creates National Council for Marine Resources and
Engineering Development.
* Martin Richards designs the BCPL programming language.
* The DKW automobile goes out of production.
* World Buddhist Sangha Council convened by Theravadins in Sri Lanka with
the hope of bridging differences and working together.

Art, Culture & Fashion

* 1966 in film
o A Man for All Seasons
o Alfie
o The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
o Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
o The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, starring Clint Eastwood and
directed by Sergio Leone
* 1966 in literature
o The Circle Game by Margaret Atwood
o Expeditions by Margaret Atwood
o Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein by Margaret Atwood
o The Dartmoor Worker anthology of William Crossing
o Der Meteor by Friedrich D�rrenmatt
o The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
o The Solid Mandala by Patrick White
* 1966 in music
o January 16 - Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New
York City.
o January 17 - Simon and Garfunkel release album Sounds of Silence.
o October 10 - Simon and Garfunkel release album Parsley, Sage,
Rosemary and Thyme.
o August 29 - Beatles give last concert, in San Francisco.
* 1966 in sports
o July 30 - At Wembley Stadium, host England wins the first
televised Football World Cup, beating Germany 4 to 2.
* 1966 in television
o Star Trek premieres.
o January 12 - Batman debuts on ABC.
o September 12 - The Monkees premieres.
o Canadian television stations broadcast in color for the first
time.

Births

* January 12 - Rob Zombie, musician, artist, writer
* January 13 - Patrick Dempsey, actor
* January 17 - Shabba Ranks, singer
* February 9 - Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
* February 11 - Anthony Parker, American football player
* February 11 - Patrick Kuhnen, West German tennis player
* February 11 - Stephen Gregory, actor
* February 20 - Cindy Crawford, model
* February 22 - Brian Andrew Greig, statesman
* February 24 - Billy Zane, actor
* February 25 - Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete
* March 3 - Tone Loc, musician
* March 10 - Edie Brickell, singer
* April 18 - Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower
* May 12 - Stephen Baldwin, actor
* May 13 - Darius Rucker, musician ("Hootie & the Blowfish")
* May 16 - Krist Novoselic, a musician of Nirvana (band)
* May 16 - Janet Jackson, singer
* May 25 - Sugar Minott, singer
* May 26 - Helena Bonham Carter, actress
* July 15 - Ir�ne Jacob, actress
* August 3 - Oliver Brown, ukulele performer and theorist
* August 11 - Juan Maria Solare, classical music composer
* August 14 - Halle Berry, actress
* September 9 - Georg Hackl, German luger
* September 4 - Yanka Dyagileva, Russian punk-rock singer
* November 12 - David Schwimmer, American actor.
* November 17 - Sophie Marceau, actress
* November 17 - Jeff Buckley, singer
* Jonathan Edwards, British triple jumper

Deaths

* January 11 - Alberto Giacometti, Italian sculptor
* January 14 - Barry Fitzgerald, actor
* January 18 - Kathleen Norris, writer
* February 1 - Buster Keaton, American actor and film director
* February 1 - Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist
* February 10 - Billy Rose, composer, band leader
* February 20 - Chester Nimitz, American admiral
* March 3 - Maxfield Parrish, artist
* April 2 - C.S. Forester, author
* June 7 - Jean Arp, sculptor, painter, and poet
* June 8 - Anton Melik, Slovene geographer
* August 3 - Lenny Bruce, American comedian
* August 6 - Cordwainer Smith, science fiction author
* September 6 - Margaret Sanger, birth control advocate
* September 28 - Andre Breton, founder of surrealism
* November 2 - Mississippi John Hurt
* November 23 - Sean T. O'Kelly, second President of Irteland
* December 7 - C. Thomas Howell, actor
* December 15 - Walt Disney

Nobel Prizes

* Physics - Alfred Kastler
* Chemistry - Robert S. Mulliken
* Medicine - Peyton Rous, Charles Brenton Huggins
* Literature - Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Nelly Sachs
* Peace - Not Awarded


That's the HUGE ASS post in honor of my 43rd anniversary.

Yeah, it's every bit as lame as any of my regular posts, but what did you expect, I mean, really?

Pantalones del gato,

T.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Don't change the subject.....

So, I'm sure some of you remember my post about The Girls Next Door.

I bring this up for one very strange reason.

Now, as you may have noticed (either from before or now when you just clicked on it) I didn't actually put any photos of the girls on the page. I did add a couple links to photos, at least one of which was nsfw.

Thus the 'not putting the pix on the page' decision, as I try to keep my blog sfw.

Well, apart from the swearing, which is not usually conducive to a work environment.

But, I digest.....

The strangeness started shortly after the post, stopped for a while, and is now back with a vengeance. See, what's happening is this: with almost no warning, my traffic has gone from it's humble average of 17 hits per day to...well, yesterday I had 79.

I know, right?

The strangest part is how they find me. Do this right now: open a new google window, click on the 'images' tag, and search for 'kendra naked topless.' Just those 3 words. Now, when I did that just now, it was the second picture. Your mileage may vary, but the picture you're looking for is one of her (a blonde if you dont know her) standing on what appears to be a beach with a water covering her... well, you know.

Now, I don't find it surprising that this image would be on a search for her naked, as it is her, and she is naked. What I do find strange, however, is that if you click on the aforementioned image, it brings you directly to my site.

If you then try to view the full sized image, you're rewarded with the internet equivilent of a shrug: the dreaded 404 error.

Now, if I had put the pic on my site, it would be less confusing to me. As all I ever had was a text link to an external page, I'm at a bit of a loss.

So, I've devised a test.

This link will take you to a picture of Angelina Jolie from the movie Gia. I should warn you that it's a topless photo, so if you think it might get you in trouble, please don't click it.

Now I'm just going to sit back and see how many hits I get from horndogs trying to see Angelina's bikini parts.

Gato el lave,

T.

ps this is only a test

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Change your thoughts and you change your world...

Or so they tell me.

I'm sure you're all just dying to know what I did today, so I'll let you know.

The day started off way too early, as all my dsyas have been lately, but what do you do?

I didn't really do much with the beginning of my day, so I won't bore you with the trivialities of my morning. We (mom nieces x 2 michael d gramma and i) did go to Round Table for the lunch special, so that's pretty groovy.

I love Round Table pizza, and I ate most of a medium all by myself. Plus salad

And beer, of course. It's cool that Michael can drink now, but wierd too, if you know what I mean.

I'm sad to report that my days off are over, and tomorrow I'm back at it. It is short & sweet Sunday, tho, so things should be good.

Oh, my car should be fixed tomorrow too. That would be cool. It's not that I really have a problem with walking to/from work, it just gets a little old after a while.

Stop back tomorrow, and see if my car's fixed, if you're of a mind.

Oh, and for those counting, 2 days 'til my birthday.

Fiesta con fuego,

T.

Friday, January 09, 2009

I'd love to change the world, but I don't know what to do

Well, the cat's out of the bag, so I can tell you all the my son arrived unexpectedly. He gave a friend of his a ride to (to redding ca) and since he was 'in the neighborhood,' he stopped by to hang out here for a few days.

It's been tough not talking about it, but since everyone I wanted to surprise/trip out knows that he's now, I can end the suspense.

Or something like that.

We went over to J's house last night, hung out and played some vids. Since there was some drinking involved, we just crashed there. We had a cool walk home (took a cab over) and took some pictures. It was a good walk.

Right now, we're going to play some Fallout 3, so I'll leave you now.

Como las vaca,

T.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Some things never change.....

It's Thursday, and I only have one thing to say:

Thursday, you can kiss my pucker.

I won't go into the gory details, but suffice it to say it lived up to it's reputation. It stepped up to the plate and bashed my teeth down my throat with the bat.

I'm trying not to be negative, but it's tough. I've only had one post-work beer (and its not even gone yet) so my attitude still needs a bit of adjusting.

I'll be back tomorrow in a better mood.

I promise.

Coma el mundo,

T.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Changing gears.....

So, tomorrow's my Friday, and I anticipate a great 2 days off, capped by my birthday on Monday.

I still have work tomorrow, but I've already started thinking about my days off. I've made plans to go to my Technical Advisor's house tomorrow, and I can only imagine fun things will come from that....

Also on tap for the 'weekend' is a trip to the firing range.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I sure enjoy going out and popping off a few rounds. I think I can find the money for a cleaning kit, so I'll prolly get to shoot my SKS for the first time.

If any of you have any free time, feel free to txt/call me, and you can come along.

I'm right in the middle of watching Jersey Girl, which,-if you haven't seen it-, isn't half bad, but then I'm totally in love with Kevin Smith, so you prolly ought to take that into account.

And, it does contain one of my 'listers', so that makes me even more biased. Oh, and she takes her top off. I mean, she's wearing a bra, but still.....

Where was I?

Danza con pescados,

T.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The more things change, the more they remain the same.....

That's just for you PSP.

I don't really have much to report today, but since it's a NaBloPoMo thing, I thought I'd stop in and say nothing.

Or nearly nothing.

I guess I should mention that I have a birthday coming up. Not that I'm really hung up on the age thing, but I'm going to be 43 in a few days.

In case any of you really want to know, it's January 12th.

Ok, I think that's all the lameness I can generate atm.

Non il fronte,

T.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Changes aren't permanent, but change is...

Did some of you just think 'what a Rush?'

Well, if you didn't, you're not Rush fans.

And I'm not taking about the pasty white bastard either.

Anyhow, something really cool and really trippy happened today, but I can't really go into details.

Not because I don't want to share, but because I want to keep some secrets from a few of you.

I know that doesn't make any sense, but this is my blog, so fuck you.

No, not really...I didn't mean that.

Or did I?

Hell, half the time, I don't even know anymore.

Puercos y cochinas,

T.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

A change of venue...

Well, not exactly venue I guess, but I did change the header picture....and this is my venue, so to speak....

Anyhow.

Herman, do you remember our tiny zen garden? Well, the penny is leaning on that, and standing on one of the red bamboo placemats we have on our coffee table.

Lynn: Re: your comment....And you haven't because?....

On to other things.

My 'bu's under the weather. I'm sorry to say, she's in the final stages of an illness, and the prognosis is not good. Well, for the front axles, that is. I can't really complain, however; I was told this was a problem ages ago, and it's finally gotten to the point that she needs to see the doctor.

I limped her to work today, praying (and telling her what a good girl she was) all the way. I'm happy to report that we arrived safely. Sadly, it's going to be at least 2 days until J (the mechanic thats going to be doing the work) will be at work, thus, 2 days until said parts can be ordered.

What does this mean for me? Why, at least a few days of physical excercise i.e. walking to work. I don't mind walking. In fact, I kinda like it. Throw in an iPod? Yeah, I'm good to go. About the only thing that will really result from this is that I'll be up and moving about an hour earlier in the morning.

At least Pops had enough socked away to buy the parts, so all I have to come up with is labor....

Tacos de la Muerte,

T.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

A penny for your thoughts.....

I mean, pennies are change, right?

Ok, so I had to call it something.

I'm actually working on a list of 'change' titles, using common phrases.

A change of heart.

A change of venue.

A change in focus.

All of these and more will be yours for the asking in the coming days. Also, in an effort to change my habits with regards to blogging (again) I'm going to try to write something that is actually related to the title.

I know, right?

But, it's time for a change.

Pinata de la jolla,

T.

Friday, January 02, 2009

A change in the weather.....

As I type this, there's a driving rainstorm going on.

We've had pretty hellacious wind since sometime last night, and within the last hour and a half or so, it's brought a good amount of rain with it as well.

I had planned on doing a bit of a photo walk today, but now, not so much.

Instead, I'm going to take care of something I overlooked recently. You see, my hawt internet friend Kelwhy tagged me the other day, and even tho I usually make a practice of taking the tag, somehow, I forgot.

Sorry, Kel.

So, without further ado, I bring you:

7 Things You Always Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask

I have been tagged by Kelwhy to list 7 random/odd/quirky things about myself, I guess she didn't realize that to narrow it down to JUST 7 things would be awfully hard for me... but here I go...


I have to have something to read while I'm eating. I'm not sure why, but if I'm eating, 9 times out of 10 I'm reading something too.

I almost always mute commericals on tv. The annoying ones?...yeah, they get the button every time, but most of the others get it..

In somewhat Monkish fashion, I have a tendency to hit/smack signposts when I'm walking. Not sure why, really, I just do.

I can juggle..

I collect dirt. Perhaps I should explain that. Whenever I (or someone i know) go somewhere (the beach another country another state) I take, (or ask them to) a sample of the local sand/dirt. Here's a bottle that contains Mexico, California, and Greece:




I pick a lot of things up off the ground. Rocks, fasteners (screws bolts nails), anything I can't immediately identify, really. Most of said items end up coming home with me. In fact, I've been thinking about dedicating a post to it. Stay tuned.

My blood type is O-, which makes me a universal donor. Blood I donate can be used by people of any blood type. The downside of this is, I can only have 0-. Anything else will kill me.

Use this knowledge well, young Padiwan, for it will be of benefit to you in the future.....

Ok, on to the rules:

+ link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.

+ share seven facts about yourself in the post - some random, some weird.

+ tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.

+ let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or twitter.

Now, normally, I always pass tags along, but prompted by the topic of the month, I'm going to just throw it open. Any and all that read are invited to play. If you have a go, let me know.

Buenos con queso,

T.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I bought my car with change.....

Did I ever tell you that?

Well, in case I didn't, there you go.

I posted ages ago about getting my 'bu, and I posted pix back then, so if you want to read more about it....well, you're on your own.

But, I digress.

This takes a bit of set up, so bear with me. There's an AM/PM just up the road from my house, and I go there often. It's where I usually buy my beer, and I, in fact, walked up there last night to get beer. This story is also set back when Pops was still smoking.

Well, back in the day, they had some Triple Trouble keno machines in there, which, in case you don't know, is the game that Pops and I play. Well, with the exception that the machines in the store were quarter machines.

Now, I don't have to tell you, but you get a lot of quarters in your change.

....well...

When there's a slot machine there, it's just natural to drop a couple coins in. Hell, sometimes I'd even throw in the odd dollar bill or so. Not much money, really, and only like twice a week? Pops would do the same.

Now, I don't want to overstate it, so I won't say every time I went to the store, but it feels like it could have been every other time, one of us would hit a 4spot, which in a quarter machine, pays $24. At that point, we'd hit the cash out button and bring the quarters home.

We had a couple things we filled up....and all of a sudden, we had, I shit you not $1100.00 in quarters.

I know, right?

Well, the oppurtunity came up to buy the car, and we haggled the guy down to $900, and the rest is history.

Not that we paid in quarters, you understand. We did have the courtesy to cash them in first.

Buenos con queso,

T.