Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ten Things Tuesday- Songs I am Pretty Sure Were Written While High

Some songs just don't seem to make sense.
You might like the song, but once you really get into the lyrics
you really start to wonder what the hell it even means.

What was going through the writer's mind?
Anything?
Chemicals?
Deprivation of oxygen?

So this weeks Ten Things Tuesday is about songs that sound like they may have been written while high.
These are in no particular order.

1. Pigs- Pink Floyd
   OK, what song of theirs wasn't written while under the influence? But, some songs actually make sense. Not so much here. If you get it, explain please. They did have more than one song named Pigs too so these lyrics may not be what you are thinking of. This one's about the bus stop rat bag.

2. Ain't No Right- Jane's Addiction
   There's no wrong and there's no right and a big, bad, wind blew his house down.
That's some good stuff right there.

3. Psycho- Puddle of Mud
   It really starts to sound like there might be a story, but than the writer just forgot and started just repeating the chorus over and over. Since he is a schizophrenic psycho maybe the voice just quit talking to him.

4. Rehab- Amy Winehouse
   Never could stay sober and didn't seem to want to so she wrote a song about it. With a song like this, you just knew things were not going to end well for her. Oh no, no, no.

5. I Wanna Get High- Cypress Hill
   A song talking about taking hits from a bong pretty much says it all. Well, besides the name.

6.Paralyzer- Finger Eleven
   I like the music. I even like the lyrics til I get to the chorus. No matter how many times I hear it, it just doesn't make sense to me.  If your body matches what your eyes can do
You'll probably move right through me on my way to you. What is she, a ghost?

7. Undone- The Sweater Song - Weezer
   In the song, he says "I am so stoned" so that may be for "wow" factor. However, you can unravel him by pulling the thread on his sweater and he will be naked. Is he the sweater? Is he wearing a full body sweater? Why will pulling on a sweater unravel him? Where are his pants?

8. I am The Walrus- The Beatles
Once again, the Beatles had many a song that could fit in this list. So many odd lyrics, where do I start? "Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for a van" or do I go with" Yellow mother custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye"?

9. Shoots and Ladders- Korn
   With a name like this, you'd think it's a song about board games. You'd be wrong. It's about nursery rhymes. Actual nursery rhymes for lyrics.

10. Smack my Bitch Up- The Prodigy
     I think it was too much to think up many lyrics for this song. You have "Smack my bitch up" and than you have "Change my pitch up". But, I really don't think anyone listens to Prodigy for their enlightening songs.


All links take you to song lyrics.


What songs do you think  make no sense?

Frustration

Lately I am just so frustrated.

Frustrated that we haven't gotten our money back from the place that screwed up the truck.
The guy told Honeyman twice that it would be done.
Obviously not.

We are going to give him another personalized visit and be a little less nice and hopefully get somewhere.
How ugly things end up is all up to that guy.

Frustrated that I had to call the dr. to get the results of Kiddo's ultrasound.
Nothing showed up.
Which is good.
But, at the same time the dr. does not want to pursue.

Said one thing and turned around and changed her mind and wants to wait and see.

Never gave her an exam or asked many questions before the ultrasound.
Still not much of anything after the ultrasound.

I am more frustrated after each communication.
They ran a blood panel and they actually called today.
I mentioned how bad she felt today, I had to get her from school.

The nurse wanted to know if I wanted the dr. to call me back.

I know.
I know.
Time to switch doctors.

We are probably just going to end up taking her to the ER and be done with it.

I am frustrated and confused after doing symptom checker on these medical websites.
Cause, it could be anything.

I just really feel like tearing my hair out.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What is wrong with this picture- 1/25/12

This was taken outside a school in NYC just the other day. The road was torn up to do some underground work and a utility worker repainted. This has been this way for a few months.



This is what it looked like yesterday after the shcool picture was posted in the New York Post.
I guess the SCHOOL didn't want to look stupid.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ten Things Tuesday- It's All the Same

Or is it?
Do you get tired of listening to it all?

People, usually trying to sell you something, doing their best to make you think
that this and that are exactly the same.

But, they use those little words so you know it isn't.
So, they can say they aren't lying
and if you don't notice
all the better.

So, here we go in no particular order:

1. Virtually
  So, they are the same but not really. Just virtually. Mitt Romney virtually won Iowa. He said so, but he didn't.

2. Nearly
  Nearly implies close but not exactly the same. On sweetsurprise.com it says sugar and HFCS are nearly the same. Than goes on to state how they aren't.

3. Almost no difference
  Taking cops or fireman off the streets to save money is fine. You'll see almost no difference in safety. Just don't let your house catch fire.

4. Almost 100% certainty
  I know with almost 100% certainty that I will be doing dishes tonight. But, a satellite could fall from the sky and kill me so I'm not 100% sure.

5. All
  Now, to us normal people all means everything. To the government, not always. They let you round down.

6. Practically
  For all intents and purposes it is the same. Doesn't it all depend on your intents and purposes?

7. Basically
   So, this means at the base, it is the same. OK, I give you a monster cookie and a molasses cookie- they are basically the same thing cause they are both cookies. When you get right down to it.

8. In a round about way
  This means you will get to the same conclusion, or destination, just doing it in a different way.
So, it's sort of the same, but it's not.

9. With a margin of error
  This is sort of like the pollster is saying they might be off. Giving a margin of error is the same thing as saying "we might be off, but this covers our ass"

10. Just like
    Just like isn't the same. It is similar. Like a barbie and a bratz doll. They are just like each other in that both are dolls that are supposed to be shaped like women, but really aren't. If you look at them, they are not at all the same.
  

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Long Lost Cousins? 1/18/12


         <-- Franklin, Charlie Brown

Terrell Brown --> from CBS news






             Long lost cousins?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ten Things Tuesday- A Tech Savy World

I know a lot of things about a lot of things.
But, sometimes I don't know if I was made to be living in the midst of all of this stuff.

I miss the simplicity sometimes.

Sure, JoLo could fart and I'd know it in a minute.
But, I really don't care.

I miss writing a check with not quite enough money in the bank.
But, that OK because by the time it clears I will have money in there.

I miss being able to pay cash EVERYWHERE.
Did you know some places won't take cash anymore?
What the hell is up with that?

I miss calling up places and having real people actually answer.
No, I don't want to press 1.

And there also things around now that weren't many moons ago that I really would rather do without.
They have become popular.
So, as always, I am odd man out.

This week's Ten Things Tuesday is about the technology today that everyone has embraced and yet I don't want.

1. Touchscreens
   Either they are too sensitive or you have to push hard. Although they are getting better, I still don't like pushing on screens with my fingers.
Fingerprint marks and eventually touching the screen in the same location repeatedly will cause a wear pattern that you can see and is somewhat unattractive.

2. Podcasts
   I will admit, I am one of those weirdos that would rather read the article than take the time to watch it. I could read it in 2 minutes. I don't want to watch 5 or ten minutes. Things to do, that don't involve you.

3. Connect
  Where you can connect all your accounts to facebook or twitter and can log in all at once.
I don't have any connected accounts, but other websites have my facebook profile pic pictured when I am logged into neither. I find that a little unsettling. Plus, if you get hacked you have to change all connected passwords. That's not a good time.

4. The Kindle
   I like a book. I just like to hold it. I also don't need to remember to charge it.

5. Texting
   I don't have a cellphone, but even when I had one I didn't text. It's easier to just call than try and type out my message on those little buttons. Yes, it's sad. One of only 10 people under the age of 50 that hates texting. Kiddo tells me that everyone texts and no one calls anymore. She's 15. She knows.

6. CSPAN-2
  It's bad enough to have one, but now they have a second one. I have to believe that lots of people watch it. It wouldn't be in my Directv line-up if no one watched, would it. Would it?

7. GPS.
  I'm a map kind of person. I don't want to be told to turn left when I can get a map telling me where to go. Besides, those things have gotten people lost. And if I go on a killing spree, the BAU would know just where to find me.

8. iTunes
  Lemee splain!  I love music. I download mp3s all the time. I don't like iTunes or Rhapsody or any other mp3 that has to have certain software for you to play it. If the only place I can play it is on my computer, I don't want it. I like the mp3s that play anywhere. That reminds me, I need to check Amazon's album of the day special.

9. Earbuds
   What's wrong with headphones? Earbuds just don't feel right to me. Do they even still sell headphones?

10. The scroll pad
     I don't think I was made to use a computer without a mouse. I have trouble going where I want to go. I get there it takes me longer and that irritates me.

What is your favorite part of technology OR what do you hate about it?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Because I Said So

Did you know that as a parent that is on the list of things you
are NOT supposed to say to your children?

However,
Quit your crying or I'll give you something to cry about didn't make it.
I guess that one is just OK to say.

Psychologists
or psychiatrists
or idiots without children say it will ruin a child's autonomy to answer a question this way.

They can't have children or they would know
that as a parents there comes a time that you just do it.

It happens when your kid gets to about the age of 3.
The age of the "Why?"

No matter what you answer
they will come back with "why?".

After a while you just run out of answers
Or you get sick of the whys
So you just say " Because I said so".

But, the kid can't just let it go.
They have to get another "why" in there.
Than you really have to crush their growing 3 year old spirit and tell them " Because I said so and that is all there is to it."
And after that, "That's enough!"

I wonder who comes up with this crap?
I stand behind my idiots without children assertion.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I Forget

Do you ever have something pop in your head for a post
Only you are not in a position to write it down?

That happens to me a lot.

Maybe I need to keep one of those little tape recorders handy.
Make little memos.

If I did that, I'd have post material for years.
The good ones.

Not the half-assed ones that come about when I can't think of anything truly spectacular.

So, I really have nothing awesome to say today.

I am going to make my second attempt at taking Kiddo to the orthodontist  this afternoon.
In a related story, I am still waiting for my money.

The guy that runs the shop turned it in, but heard nothing from them(surprise!).
Honeyman called this morning and he said he would credit us and than work on getting the money reimbursed to him.
We will see.

Anywhoo, I went out to the freezer to get some pumpkin to make a cheesecake and realized I have A LOT of pumpkin.


And this is from the volunteer pumpkin plant that grew in my ditch. Not sure how it got there- mouse or bird shit, take your pick.



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ten Things Tuesday- More Questions I Have

Things were supposed to slow down after the holidays.
What happened?

Do you ever wonder about things and wonder if other people wonder about those same things?
I do.

So this week's Ten Things Tuesday is more things that I wonder about.

1. What is the black substitute news anchor on CBS's Early Show?
   I really want to know. He also subs on Up to the Minute sometimes. I never seem to catch his name. Now CBS has changed to a new format and no separate news person. I had an idea for my look alike post. I know who he looks like, but I can't find a picture of him and can't find his name. If you know, can you tell me?

2. Does Rick Santorum look like he could use a gift of Phillip's Milk of Magnesia?
    I think so.

3. Why are some people that eat meat against hunting?
   Companies kill the animals, they don't just wait for them to lay down and die.

4. Why do I dread exercise when I feel better when I get done?
    It makes no sense, but that's the it of it.

5. Is it better to live for today or save for a tomorrow that might not be here?
   I never know which is better.

6. Do you know why The New Year's ball dropped at midnight Eastern Time for the whole country?
   Years ago the TV shows used to delay the ball drop until midnight in your time zone. What fun is it to see the ball drop at 11:00 pm?

7.  Where did the saying "raining like cats and dogs" come from?
    I don't understand. I know what it means, just not why.
 
8.  Why does the government tell us we need to budget when they never do?
   Oh, they do. They just always always run out of money. "Do as I say, not as I do."

9.  Why are all collegiate football teams excited about going to a bowl game?
   Remember when you had the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, The Cotton Bowl, and the Sugar Bowl? Than they added the Fiesta Bowl and every year another bowl until all teams have a bowl to go to. It has gotten just sad.

10.  Why would anyone wash a pair of jeans just once a year?
      That's just nasty.

Monday, January 9, 2012

When Simple Was Not So Simple

Taking car of the car/truck is the good thing
The responsible thing
The simplest way to prevent problems down the road

Not always.

A couple weeks ago, we took the truck in to get the serpentine belt changed.
It was getting worn out so we needed it done.

We brought it to the place that changes our oil.
I thought, it's a belt, they are mechanics.
What can happen?

This is where we go. I shake my head every time I see the store hours.

Right off, I should have known things were not going to go well.
I made the appointment and they knew the make, model, and year of the truck.
All is good.

We get there.
They change the oil and come tell us.
They got the wrong belt so we have to come back later.

Nothing to do around town, so we head home and come back.

Got it changed and the guy tells me how much it is.
I pay for it and he gives me the receipt and it is less than what I gave him.

So, he takes back the receipt and figures out the change, gives that to me without the receipt.

I am really starting to wonder about this guy.

Fast forward to one week later.

Kiddo had an orthodontist appointment.
On the way, the truck overheated and lost power steering.

Instead of her appointment, we went to the Toyota dealership.
The belt had shredded.
Our ONE WEEK old belt.

Plus, when it shredded, it came apart with enough force it bore into the crank shaft seal.

Good times!

They are supposed to pay for Toyota fixing it and our rental(Had to rent a Tahoe).
Hopefully soon.

Why is it, when you owe them you pay right now?
When they need to give you money back, it could be months before the cash gets here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Too Far, Yahoo

I need to change my email.
Been having problems with yahoo off and on for...
EVER

But, I stayed because it was going to be a pain to change all my sites.

Now, all of a sudden yahoo is making me use captchas to reply to emails or forward emails.

Yes, I know it is free email so they can force me to do that.
Or, I can say screw yahoo and use another account.

Which I am going to be doing.

It will take me a while.

But, dammit!
They have just gone too far.

I have already had problems with moving emails to other folders, only to find them back in my inbox.
I delete emails and there they still are.
Already read emails mysteriously reappear as new at random.

Problems with loading emails, you must retry.
It won't load emails I have not seen, but loads emails I already deleted.

That is always nice.
Especially when I have a hundred emails to go through.


I already changed my blogger email.
But, half the emails are going to yahoo, because I made comments on other posts on my yahoo mail.
Anything I did after the switch is going to my live.com mail.

I already checked to see if I could forward from them with no problem and so far so good.

I already told yahoo customer service what I think.
They sent me back a message explaining what a captcha is.

That is another thing...
yahoo customer service is not helpful in any way.

I wonder if they are connected to Directv customer service.
They aren't helpful either.

In fact I think these places just look up answers in the troubleshooting part of the book or website and tell you exactly what it says.
Why?

And you tell them you already did that and they says "Let's try it again".

Aaargh!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ten Things Tuesday- Overused Words

Did you know Lake Superior State University comes out with a "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness"?

This is this year's list:
  1. Amazing
  2. Baby Bump
  3. Shared Sacrifice
  4. Occupy
  5. Blowback
  6. Man Cave
  7. The New Normal
  8. Pet Parent
  9. Win The Future
  10. Trickeration
  11. Ginormous
  12. Thank You In Advance

 Some of these are definitely overdone. Other words, like amazing, I don't know.
Maybe I don't pay enough attention. If it's from reality people, that would be why. I don't watch reality shows. "Amazing", isn't it?
But, I hate baby bump and man cave.
What is trickeration?

I thought I'd come up with my own list. This week's Ten Things Tuesday is Words and phrases that are overused. 
 

1. True Dat
  Also known as true that. It is slowly going away, but not fast enough. What's wrong with "that's true"? Not hip enough?

2. All natural
  Poop is all natural. That doesn't mean it's good for us to eat. Natural used to mean something good. Now it is just a marketing gimmick.

3. "Friends" on social networking sites
   Sure I have plenty of people I know on facebook. People I am related to or went to high school with. Would I classify them as true friends? No.

4. Fail
   I am starting to see and hear it everywhere. Well, not the news yet. That is how we know it's been way overdone- when a news anchor uses it.

5. Pwn
   What started out as a simple spelling error has turned into confusion for me. It was supposed to be Own and got spelled Pwn. So, you write Pwn, say Own, and it means you were beaten and that someone owns your ass or  you are the one that owns it. At least that is what the Urban dictionary told me.

6. Obamacare
   Does calling the national healthcare bill Obamacare annoy anyone else? I don't care whether it is liked or not. That moniker just bugs the shit out of me.

7.Teabaggers
   It is supposed to be a snub on members of the Tea Party movement. I just think it sounds really stupid.

8. Faith
   What I hate about this is that a lot of people seem to think that faith means that you believe in God. It can be that. However, the meaning is having trust in a person or thing and not needing proof. You can have faith in a lot of things, it doesn't always mean you are closer to God.

9. Verbal diarrhea
   I REALLY wish people would quit saying this. Every time I hear it, I visualize shit pouring out of that person's mouth. I can really do without that.

10. Offend
    I am seeing it posted all the time on Facebook and in emails. The Pledge of Allegiance was stopped in class because they didn't want to "offend" someone. I will say Merry Christmas and I don't care if it "offends" someone. I don't mean to "offend" anyone. For God sakes, let it go.
More often than not, I think it is the person saying it that perceives the offense. PC gone a muck.

What words do you think are used too often or are just sick of hearing?

Monday, January 2, 2012

We are Sheeple, Hear Us BAAAAA

What is sheeple, you ask?

First of sheeple is plural.
It is people + sheep.

I am not sure what the singular would be
sheepon?
sheerson?

I don't know if there would be a single.
It would just be a rogue person.

Anyway, sheeple are people that are said to follow along blindly, never questioning their shepherd.
And/or sheepdog.

Sheeple has become such a big thing, there are sheeple for everything.
Obama supporters are sheeple for thinking he is a good president.
Ron Paul supporters are sheeple because they don't follow the traditional democrat/republican path.
Monsanto supporters are sheeple because they don't believe a company that made Agent Orange is really anything less than good for people.

I think a new word needs to be used to describe these people.
Sheep don't always just hang out together and do whatever the shepherd wants.
That is why he has a staff.

Wait a minute!
Lightbulb!

Staff.
Politicians and corporations have a staff and that staff is used to "guide" the sheeple people.
Suddenly it all becomes clear.

And the dogs are sent out to round up the rogue ones.

Oh Crap!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's Coming!

I am really looking forward to it.
It's just a few days away.

New Years- whoopie,
I have bigger things on my mind.

That's right!
It's the Iowa caucus.

Come on, Wednesday!

I know what you all are thinking.
But, Ruth, the caucus is Tuesday not Wednesday.

I know that.

You were probably thinking that I would be so excited to caucus for Newt Gingrich.
After all, who doesn't want a hobbit for the next president?

Alas, I can not do so.
For I am an Independent and I refuse to change parties to go sit in a room for 2 hours and discuss the candidates before throwing my hat behind someone.

The reason I am excited for Wednesday to get here is the lack of campaign ads,
no entire news casts talking about the candidates,
and no more Iowa polls.

At least for a few months.
Until the nominee has been picked.

But, I can relax for a few months.
It will give my mute button a chance to rest.

Ya know, I am glad we are first in the nation in picking a nominee.
While all the other states are continuing to be bombarded by all these ads, I can sit back and enjoy the fact I don't have to see 'em.