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10/22/08 07:01 - 38ºF - ID#46254

Comic Relief

OK - time for a little comic relief - albeit twisted...

Next year's dancing with the stars duo to watch for:

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Also, the chili I made last night - it turned out really good. I used cumin in it, which I've never done before, along with the other spices I usually use. I like it.

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10/21/08 10:56 - 34ºF - ID#46240

Work, home, stuff, etc.

My union at work is supposed to be in negotiations tomorrow a.m. with administration. Should be interesting to see how that goes. Would be really nice to get a raise - anything would be better than nothing at this point. The old contract was negotiated through 2003, so we’ve just been operating on that contract since then. I’m not generally a huge union fan but can see that they have their place and I will, of course, be glad if they happen to get me to where I’m at least just a little less behind. Unfortunately, the rules and rigidity often removes some of the opportunity for flexibility you might find in a non-union place.

Took my daughter to get her braces off today - she’s so excited. Her teeth look strangely large without them. Supposed I’ll get used to it again. And, wow, only four more payments to make. Dropped her off at school, went downtown to work, and, I swear, I actually saw a flake of snow while I was still in the parking lot - say it isn’t so... It sure got a whole heck of a lot colder.

Came home from work (late of course), made a big pot of chili (no beans) that we’ll have for dinner tomorrow. Turned up the heat a couple of degrees (all the way to 67); I just couldn’t seem to get the chill out of the air. It usually doesn’t bother me much but today it seems to be going right through me - bbbbuuuuurrrrr.

My mom stopped over, had a bandage on her pinky finger. Asked her what happened; she said she cut herself with some (garden) clippers and had to get 6 stitches - yikes! She makes me nuts sometimes, but I love her. This “sandwich generation” thing is kind of tough. Trying to keep track of your kids and your parents can be challenging. I sometimes think the parents are harder to handle than the kids. The parents tend to be much more unruly and stubborn.

Well, guess that was mostly my exciting day. I have an idea for a Halloween costume but don’t know if I can pull it off, or even if I’ll be able to attend the party. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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10/20/08 06:39 - 58ºF - ID#46213

You can pick your friends...

...but you can’t pick your family.

Here is the latest incite-to-riot bullshit that my (must be Fascist) uncle sent me that I’m sure he’s passing around to as many of the fringe idiots as he can. The subject line of his e-mail was: “We are what we read.” Are you effing kidding me? How unbelievably stupid can people actually be? Geez, does that mean if I read about Hitler and Nazi Germany, then I’m a Nazi? The logic somehow completely escapes me. What continues to totally blow my mind is that someone with any brain function can actually hop on this irresponsible, unreasonable, ridiculous notion as having even a modicum of validity. Perhaps it’s just that we’ve spent the last 8 years with a president whose literacy is so questionable, that some people don’t know how to act when they see an intelligent man who actually reads running for president. I keep wondering if maybe my grandmother dropped my uncle on his head when he was little - cause I can find no other reasonable explanation. Sadly, perhaps my new pet name for my uncle should be “uncle cracker” - what a world!

Here's the stupid e-mail message:

WHAT IS OBAMA READING? This should tell us what we need to know about this man's plan for America!!

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He is reading 'The Post-American World' -- A Muslim's View. Please send this to those who think he walks on water and should be the next President of this Great Nation.

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10/19/08 10:26 - 45ºF - ID#46203

A new car maybe

I went and looked at a new (used) car this weekend. My car is close to the edge of non-stop trouble and I'm trying not to put any more money into what will likely become a money pit. My car is a 1999 Ford Taurus that has 130,000 miles on it. It was a FL car that had no rust and half that mileage when I bought it off e-bay for $3,000, 5 years ago. It has served me well but needs too much put into it at this point to keep it going.

Well, I test drove this little 2007 Ford Focus that I really kind of liked. It gets decent mileage at 26 mi. city and 32 hgwy - better than what I get now. My problem is I frequently shlep around a multitude of kids and/or junk and it's a pretty compact car. It is a hatchback with a fold down back seat, which could serve my purpose for junk shlepping (and would also be good for drive-in movies); but, my daughter and her friends would definitely be squishing in if there's a group. Guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Anyway, I really don't want to take on a car payment but it looks as if that's the direction in which I'm headed. My brother is going to check the car out for me when he goes to work on Tues. (he works for the dealership where I was looking) and let me know if he thinks it's a decent car. If so, he's going to talk to the used car sales manager to see what kind of a deal he can get me - Thank god. Good thing there's only 4 more payments to make on my daughter's braces - guess I'll likely be trading one insane monthly payment for a slightly more insane monthly payment. Oh, the joys!

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It is kinda cute though - isn't it?
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10/18/08 09:44 - ID#46184

Work weirdness

Today, the Buffalo Board of Ed. held a parent conference at the Convention Center that had a guest speaker (brought in from out-of-town), and various scheduled informative workshops. The outright cost (not including staffing costs for planning, or for today’s workers) was approximately $30,000. Over 600 parents filled out and returned forms indicating they would be attending and that, collectively, they would be bringing approx. 450 children, who would require supervision and/or entertainment. The turnout was a bust and all together there were only about 50 children. Of course, the district had to plan for the 450 so there was a magician, a clown, and some other stuff lined up. Also, catered breakfast was ordered for, I’m guessing, the 500 â€" 600 anticipated attendee parents; and, I would really be surprised if even 300 parents were in attendance.

I can’t understand why so many people would sign up and then not show. Perhaps it’s because it started at 8:00 on a Saturday morning. Or maybe it’s just that when you tell people something’s free they feel compelled to sign up. But 1/2 of them (and maybe more)? Yikes, that seems excessive. Additionally, when you consider the district student population, to get such a low number of registrants, let alone attendees, is pretty pathetic. It’s such a conundrum.

Well, I put in my 3.5 hrs. and will get my OT for the day, yet can’t help but feel just a little bit guilty about taking it. There were so few people I hardly even had to do any work.

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Category: politics

10/18/08 12:20 - 48ºF - ID#46177

Not politics as usual

A couple of nights ago at the Al Smith Memorial Charity Foundation Dinner, the two presidential candidates were pretty funny. Much funnier than I actually would have ever anticipated of either of them. You can check them out at the following links if you didn't see it. Kind of makes them each a little more human, and in some instances, almost likeable.

McCain the comedian

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/17/obama.mccain.dinner.ap/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

Obama the comedian

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/10/17/sot.obama.dinner.cnn?iref=videosearch


Also, did anyone notice at the debate the other night when McCain repeatedly talked about Autism and how Sara Palin knows about that? Has anyone explained to McCain and/or his note writers that there's a difference between Autism and Down Syndrome? It might have been ok if he'd only made the reference once, but he did it multiple times. Maybe most people didn't notice, and maybe I'm just more aware because I used to work at an agency that served people with disabilities. I don't know, but that whole thing was definitely very weird to me.


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Category: food

10/17/08 06:38 - 51ºF - ID#46163

Marco’s Restaurant


Someone at work recommended Marco’s restaurant on Niagara St. They said I could sign up on their website and they’d e-mail me coupons. Has anyone ever eaten there? I’m getting coupons from them and just want to know if it’s worth checking them out. Also, does anyone know where on Niagara they’re located?

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Category: misc

10/16/08 07:38 - 54ºF - ID#46147

Coffee & Chocolate...

...doesn't get any better than that.

Literacy Volunteers is holding their annual Coffee & Chocolate fundraiser on November 6th at 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. It's at the Shea's Smith Theatre & Intermission Lounge, and a $20 donation gets you an evening of goodies from Fowler's Chocolates, coffee from Starbucks and light appetizers from some local fine dining establishments. There's also entertainment, basket raffel & silent auction. I've never attended one before but hear it's a really great event. I think I'll try to make it this year.

Other stuff -

Boss is out of town today and tomorrow so office is a little more at ease than usual. Makes for an easier day - thank god. She's not a bad boss - just causes us all stress - as bosses often do.

Just watched the movie The Visitor. I thought it was depressing but I liked it anyway.

This site is doing weird stuff for me too - my row that's ususally at the top isn't appearing - have to log out though mobil. Also, I can't scroll through some stuff that I used to be able to scroll (i.e. comments list, category list). Computer's too old, beat-up, and has too many problems to load the new flash players - it just keeps freezing and crashing when I try to install upgraded software. It's old enough I think I'm still running windows '98 - yikes!

Think I'll be looking for a new car soon. The stupid belt is squeeling AGAIN - I've replaced it twice already in the last 2 months. Am thinking there might be a problem with the alternator and don't want to start replacing that kind of stuff. The car's not really worth investing in. Might be time - don't want to spend the winter in something unreliable.

Glad tomorrow's Friday - payday - the weekend...
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Category: political

10/15/08 11:50 - 59ºF - ID#46135

I couldn't help but laugh

Someone sent this to me at work - it really made me laugh. It was captioned:

"My assessment so far"

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Well, you betcha!
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10/15/08 07:07 - 64ºF - ID#46130

Back to the mundane - part II

Here is the rest of the junk I scored on my trip over the weekend. The fiesta gravy dish is actually really nice and in great shape - no chips. The other two items are for my shadow box - they're each about 2 inches tall. The red barn is the cottage we stayed in. It's not bad for a cottage - 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, large kitchen and living room, lakefront property, pots and pans and dishes, etc. You just bring your linnens, food, and clothes. It was pretty reasonably priced too.

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