Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal syndrome characterized by pain, achiness, tenderness, and stiffness in the muscle tissue, ligaments, and tendons. It most frequently affects the neck, shoulders, chest, legs, and lower back. Pain is generally accompanied by sleep disorders, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, and depression. Many of its symptoms are similar to those of chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
Incidence and Prevalence
It is estimated that 6 to 8 million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia. About 80% of patients are women. While fibromyalgia can occur at any age, the highest incidence occurs among women 20 to 40 years of age.
There have been reports of fibromyalgia in children. What may be considered "growing pains" might in fact be fibromyalgia, especially if the child complains of having difficulty sleeping.
Risk factors for fibromyalgia include the following:
-Age (more common in young adults)
-Gender (more common in women than men)
-Genetic (familial patterns suggest the disorder may be inherited)
-Sleep disorders (whether sleep difficulties are a cause or a result of fibromyalgia is unknown)
Causes of fibromyalgia are not known. The condition produces vague symptoms that may be associated with diminished blood flow to certain parts of the brain and increased amounts of substance P, which is thought to be a sensory neurotransmitter involved in the communication of pain, touch, and temperature from the body to the brain. Researchers have identified several other possible causes, including the following:
-Autonomic nervous system dysfunction
-Chronic sleep disorders
-Emotional stress or trauma
-Immune or endocrine system dysfunction
-Upper spinal cord injury
-Viral or bacterial infection
Signs and Symptoms
While the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be debilitating, they are not life threatening. Symptoms vary, depending on stress level, physical activity, time of day, and the weather. Pain is the primary symptom, found in virtually 100% of cases—specifically, pain and tenderness in certain areas of the body when pressure is applied to them. These areas include:
-Back of the head
Pain may be aching, burning, throbbing, or move around the body (migratory). Many patients also experience muscle tightness, soreness, and spasms. The patient may be unable to carry out normal daily activities, even though muscle strength is not affected. The pain is often worse in the morning, improves throughout the day, and worsens at night.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and symptoms may be constant or intermittent for years or even a lifetime. Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
-Sleep disorders (e.g., restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea)
-Gastrointestinal (e.g., abdominal pain, bloating, gas, cramps, alternating diarrhea and constipation)
-Numbness or tingling sensations
-Chronic headaches (may include facial and jaw pain)
-Heightened sensitivity to odors, loud noises, bright lights, various foods, medicines, and changes in weather
-Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) and painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
-Frequent urination, strong urge to urinate, and painful urination (dysuria)
-Rapid or irregular heart rate, and shortness of breath
-Sensation of swelling (edema) in the hands and feet, even though swelling is not present
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:
I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say
"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's "dance recital " he continued. "Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."
"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.
"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.
It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays." "I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear."
"Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.
There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight."
"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time."
"It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"
You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.
Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles.
A friend sent this to me, so I to you, my friend.
And so, as one smart bear once said..."If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Lauren left about 3 weeks ago and was working in "the bush" and then spreading the gospel with the church there. She has, unfortunately, contracted malaria and baladsia, an intestinal parasite which is extremely life threatening. She loves the Lord and is a special servant for Him. She's being flown home soon to receive the medical attention she requires.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
In the third-season opener, Brenda and the team investigate the grisly slaying of a family, and the only survivor is the drug-addled teen son. Meanwhile, a financial crisis rocks the LAPD, bringing about budget cuts, numerous changes --- and possibly Provenza’s early retirement. And Fritz hopes to move into a new house with Brenda.
If only I had this idea :) Way to help out the less fortunate!!
Bamboo bike quite the offshoot
Funny where an idea will take you. Ten years ago, Luna the dog — part pit bull and part Labrador retriever — was gnawing on a piece of bamboo growing behind Craig Calfee's bicycle shop outside Santa Cruz. On Sunday, Calfee was due to arrive in the West African nation of Ghana, intent on making bamboo bikes for the desperately poor. Chew toy to bicycle. Whimsy to good deed. Santa Cruz to Ghana. Not that this story is anywhere near finished. It's still anybody's guess whether something will come of this project. Which brings us back to Luna, may she rest in peace. Luna was adept at crushing wooden sticks with her powerful jaws. Give her a piece of wood, and she'd chew it to splinters in no time. But the best she could manage with the hard, round stalks of bamboo was a tooth mark or two. And that got Calfee to wondering: If bamboo was strong enough to withstand Luna, why couldn't it be a bicycle frame?
The rest of the story here.
A view of the rock garden in the Japanese Friendship Garden we walked through:
We didn't pay for the Aerospace Museum, but took pictures through the gift shop, hehe:
Old school football gear:
Friday, June 15, 2007
I hope you will make this commitment, too.
Please join with thousands of concerned citizens and parents who believe that all children deserve to have a childhood free from torture and a future free from cruelty.
World Vision will take this petition to the Bush Administration, Congress, and the United Nations to demand action.
World Vision's goal is 1 million signatures--and they need your help to get there.
After their spouses died at early ages, Ken and Myrtle Stoll were not thinking about getting back into the dating scene. At the time, Mrs. Stoll was in her early 30s and Mr. Stoll was in his early 40s; both had children to raise as single parents. It took a dare for Mr. Stoll to approach his future wife. "His neighbor dared him to call me. She asked him why he hadn't asked me out yet," recalled Mrs. Stoll from the couple's Monroe home. He took the dare, and it paid off. About a year after their first date, the couple married on June 15, 1957, at Grace Lutheran Church. "It's our second time around. I didn't think we would make it to 50 years since it's a second marriage for the both of us," Mr. Stoll said. Mrs. Stoll said God blessed them by doubling what she asked Him.
More of the article here. How sweet!
This wasn't their first NBA title. But for the Spurs, it's the maybe the one that means the most. Champions for a fourth time in nine years, they're now a dynasty. "I don't care where we fall in history," Parker said. "I just feel blessed, honored and privileged to play on a team like this."
I think that the Pistons probably would have lost to the Spurs also, but at least it wasn't us they embarrassed. Just kidding Cav fans :)
Mastodon Bones Unearthed in McMillin/Brookfield Development
Fossils from a prehistoric animal were unearthed at a residential development site in South Carlsbad June 12. The remains from a mastodon, which resembled a wooly mammoth, were found as grading took place at Windmill, a master-planned community by San Diego-based Corky McMillin Cos. and Del Mar-based Brookfield Homes.
The fossilized bones from the extinct mammal could be 220,000 years old and are the first mastodon remains found in Carlsbad, according to Tom Demere, a paleontologist with the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Two tusks, an upper jaw fragment with three teeth and vertebrae from one mammal were found 20 feet underground.
Read more here.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Haha. I saw this article and just had to laugh. Aren't there bigger problems than sagging your pants?? I guess not in this Louisiana town...
DELCAMBRE, La. (June 13) - Overly saggy britches are obscene, the Delcambre Town Council says. So does Mayor Carol Broussard, who said he will sign an anti-sag ordinance passed unanimously this week.
The rest of the story here.
I have never...
* Been to a NBA game (even though I watch almost all of the Piston games on TV)
* Gone sky diving
* Traveled outside of North America
[Hopefully I can change the first 3 sometime soon :) ]
* Liked the smell of cucumbers
* Run in a marathon (maybe someday?)
I'm sure I could go on for a while, but I guess 5 for now works well :)
What about you?!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
DETROIT — Justin Verlander threw 100-mph heat, crazy curves and a tantalizing changeup. No-hit stuff, indeed. With a big assist from his shortstop, Verlander pitched the first no-hitter in Comerica Park history, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-0, Tuesday night.
Read more about the no hitter game here.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Speaking of Geo Caching, it reminded me of this story that I am surprised I didn't blog about earlier. Some of the caches are in ammo boxes (which if you don't know what it is looks like the picture to the left). Anywho, on one of our job sites yesterday one of the foreman found an ammo box that they hadn't noticed before. He opened it, and no there wasn't any booty in there like I am used to, there were 20 dollar bills. I don't mean a couple of twenties, I mean over $59,000 in twenties. CRAZY! He went and called the police and they took the money in. I am sure the money was 'dirty'. It is just crazy to think that what if Ryan and I were out geo caching and came across that, wowser, a lot of booty. I would have turned it in too, just in case you were curious. Just a funny little treasure story!
Found this article in the Observer (out of New York). Hurray for Geo Caching!!
By TIM LATSHAW OBSERVER Staff Writer
It lies off rarely beaten paths in the wilderness and in the middle of the city. You might pass by it every day and have never known it was there. It is small. It is large. It might even be completely intangible.
And you're more than welcome to find it. All you need is a GPS unit, an online connection and a desire to explore.
It's called “geocaching” and since its beginnings in 2000, the hobby/sport has spread throughout the world, subsequently gathering a local following and attracting other seekers to visit the region.
The rest of the article is here.
You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE!"
You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"
You remember when Kurt Cobain, Tu Pac, River Phoenix, and Selena died.
You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey from "Blossom" and that "How Rude!" comes from Stephanie from "Full House"
You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
You remember reading "Goosebumps"
You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off"
You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.
You remember the craze, then the banning of slap bracelets and slam books.
You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence...Not...
Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? was both a game and a TV game show.
You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green Ranger were meant to be together.
When playing power rangers with friends you fought over who got to be who............and still all ended up being Tommy.
You remember when super nintendo's became popular.
You remember watching home alone 1, 2 , and 3........and tried to pull the pranks on "intruders"
"I've fallen and I can't get up"
You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates
Two words... Trapper Keeper.
You never got injured on a Slip 'n' Slide
You wore socks over leggings scrunched down
"Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, all dressed in black, black, black, with silver buttons, buttons, buttons, all down her back, back, back" SHE ASKED HER MOTHER MOTHER MOTHER FOR FIFTY CENTS CENTS CENTS TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS PHANTS PHANTS JUMP OVER THE FENCE THE FENCE THE FENCE he jumped so high high high he touched the sky sky sky and he didnt come back back back til the forth of july ly ly he jumped so low ow ow he stubbed his toe toe toe and thats the end end end of the elephants show show show
You remember boom boxes vs. cd players
You remember New Kids on The Block when they were cool
You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell"
You played and/or collected "Pogs"
You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet or Nano and brought it everywhere
You watched the original Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles
NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS WERE THE BEST MYSTERY BOOKS
Yikes pencils and erasers were the stuff!
All your school supplies were "Lisa Frank" brand.(pencils.notebooks.binders.etc.)
You remember when the new Beanie Babies were always sold out.
You remember a time before the WB.
You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
You know the Macarena by heart.
"Talk to the hand" ... enough said
You thought Brain woud finally take over the world
You always said, "Then why don't you marry it!"
You remember when everyone went slinky crazy.
You remember when razor scooters were cool.
When we were younger:
Before the MySpace frenzy...
Before the Internet & text messaging...
Before Sidekicks & iPods...
Before MIKE JONES...
Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX...
...Back when you put off the 5 hours of homework you had every night.
When light up sneakers were cool.
When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.
When gas was $0.95 a gallon & Caller ID was a new thing.
When we recorded stuff on VCRs & paid $3.50 for a movie.
When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off our walkmans.
When 2Pac and Biggie where alive.
When the Chicago Bulls were the best team ever.
Get Over Here!!!! means something to you.
Hide-n-Go Seek at dusk.
Red Light, Green Light.
Heads Up 7 Up.
Playing Kickball & Dodgeball until your porch light came on.
"POWER OF LOVE" BY CELINE DION..ONLY COUPLES COULD SKATE TO THIS.
The annoying Giga Pets & Furbies.
Running through the sprinklers.
That "Little Mermaid"
Crying when Mufasa died in the Lion King.
Happy Meals where you chose a Barbie or a Hot Wheels car.
Getting the privelage to sit in the front seat of the car.
Drinking Sqeeze It "Squeeze The Fun Out Of It"
Watching Saturday Morning Cartoons in your PJ's still wrapped up in your TMNT, Power Rangers, Barbie, Fairy Princess comforter.
The original Power Rangers
Or what about:
The Secret World of Alex Mac.
Ren & Stimpy.
Rocco's Modern Life.
AAAHH!! REAL MONSTERS.
Wild & Crazy Kids.
Clarissa Explains it All.
Salute Your Shorts(CAMP ANAWANA)
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The original cast members of All That.
Kenan & Kel.
"CITY GUYS"...ROLLW/ THE CITY GUYS
Magic School Bus.
The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Pinky and the Brain
Hangin with Mr. Cooper.
Beavis & Butt-Head
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Who could forget Snick? & Nick @ Nite with Bewitched, I Dream of Jenie, The Facts of Life, I Love Lucy and TGIF.
Where everyone wanted to be in love after watching The Wonder Years.
or Nick Jr. with Face
Gulah Gulah Island
Under the Umbrella Tree
The Big Comfy Couch
Kool-Aid was the drink of choice.
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school.
Class field trips.
When Christmas was the most exciting time of year.
When $5 seemed like a million, & another dollar a miracle.
When you begged to go to McDonalds for dinner everyday.
When Toys R Us overuled the mall.
Go back to the time when:
Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'.
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming 'do over!'
'Race issue' ment arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was banker in 'Monopoly.'
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'best' friends.
Being old referred to anyone over 20.
A chance to skate as a couple at the local roller rink was like winning the lottery.
Scrapes & bruises were kissed & made better.
It was a big deal to finally be tall enought to ride the 'big people' rides at the fair.
When playing Nintendo was the hardest thing ever.
When Ninja Turtles ruled the world.
Another Baby Sitter Club and Little Sister (Karen) book came out and you put your name on hold for it at the library.
When Aladdin was new, before the trilogy was complete.
Before we realized all this would eventually disappear
Who would have thought you'd miss the 90's so much!!!!!
As Edith Isabel Rodriguez lay dying last month on the floor of the emergency room lobby at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, her boyfriend and a female bystander pleaded with 911 dispatchers for help.
Rodriguez's boyfriend, Jose Prado, had found her bleeding from her mouth and writhing in pain and tried to alert hospital staff. When he was ignored, he went to a pay phone outside the hospital and dialed 911.
Within a half-hour, the 43-year-old mother of three was dead.
Subsequent investigations have shown that she writhed on the ground for 45 minutes while being ignored by hospital staff. At one point, a janitor cleaned around her. The episode was captured by the hospital's video cameras.
Read more here.
Monday, June 11, 2007
It was an underwater battle of epic proportions, pitting the creative types against the cost-cutting suits. But after nearly 10 years, Disneyland's classic Submarine Voyage has been resurrected from the deep.
Reinvented as the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, the long-dormant and eagerly anticipated attraction immerses riders in a 12-minute journey through a coral reef, exploding volcano and shark-infested wreck as they search for the orange-and-white clown fish of movie fame. With its impressive animation and spotlessly reconditioned bright-yellow submersibles, park-goers might just forget that the area of the theme park containing the ride — which Walt Disney himself helped conceive — was nearly paved over.
Finish reading here.
We Saw MICKEY!!
C is for Carlee (or cookie, or California):
Is this what Paris looks like? I want my mommy...
Ryan and I in front of the Mickey grass:
4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to Call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a Photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.
6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit Providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an Investigation (if there ever is one).
But here's what is perhaps most important of all:
Finally finishing their work, the older man, a supervisor, challenged the younger man, his trainee, to a race back to their truck, wanting to prove that an older man could still beat a younger man.
They raced back to the truck, with the supervisor holding a lead, when they noticed that the woman from the last house was racing up behind them. They stopped until she caught up and asked what was wrong.
As she gasped for breath, she said, "When I saw you two gas men running as hard as you could, I figured I'd better run too!"
I will post about Disney when I get a little more time, but I saw this when I was checking my AOL mail and just had to post about it. We got stuck on 4 rides at Disney (I guess we are bad luck), but at least we weren't upside down...
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (June 10) - A dozen riders on a roller coaster spent half an hour hanging upside down - 150 feet above the ground - after a power outage shut down the attraction.
Check it out here.
Friday, June 8, 2007
I AM TOO ESSITED TO SWEEP TONIGHT 'CUZ I'M GOING TO DISNEYLAND TOMORROW!!
Yes, I know it is a little early, but still. I love the Food Network and I love College Football, so I am glad that College Football loves the Food Network and Emeril.
The Tournament of Roses today decided to kick it up a notch, naming chef and television personality Emeril Lagasse as the grand marshal of the 2008 Tournament of Roses parade.
Check out the full story.
Top 10 Cities with the Most Speed Traps as reported by the Speed Trap Exchange:
- 1. Detroit, Mich. suburbs
- 2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
- 3. Houston, Texas
- 4. Orlando, Fla.
- 5. Nashville, Tenn.
- 6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
- 7. Albuquerque, N.M.
- 8. Washington, D.C.
- 9. Denver, Colo.
- 10. Virginia Beach, Va.
Check out the latest on Paris here.
A shift in the wind may have saved City of Luna Pier residents from further headaches after thousands of foul-smelling dead fish washed ashore.
For more than a week, city crews have been hauling away loads of mostly sheepshead, carp and white bass from the city's public beach near the Clyde R. Evans Walking Pier. Then the wind shifted from the northeast to the south Thursday and local authorities say that might mean an end to the messy pileup and noxious odors.
The rest of the story here.
27. Detroit: Never a good sign when you insist on staying at a hotel at the airport.
26. Indianapolis: Always seems to be minus-147 degrees.
25. Houston: Kind of boring, unless you enjoy Whataburger franchises on every corner.
24. Salt Lake City: Nice skiing, I guess.
23. Sacramento: The worst arena in the NBA definitely doesn't help matters.
22. Milwaukee: I went to school in Wisconsin and have several friends in Milwaukee, or else it might be giving Detroit a run for its money on my list.
21. Orlando: Great for families but not so much for single, thirtysomething sportswriters.
20. Memphis: Beale Street is fun for one night, but what if you have to stay two nights?
19. Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame helps, as does the underrated downtown area.
18. Atlanta: You've got to give credit to one of only three U.S. cities to host a Summer Olympics.
17. Charlotte: It might be a little too high on this list, but I've never had a bad time there.
16. Dallas: I hate the Dallas Cowboys. Hate, hate, hate.
15. Philadelphia: Cheesesteak sandwiches at Pat's or Geno's? I never decide until I get there.
14. Toronto: Canada's answer to New York City.
13. San Antonio: The River Walk is fun, and Austin is only an hour away.
12. Boston: Whenever I leave, I feel like I could use another day to see everything I missed.
11. Denver: Downtown is surprisingly vibrant, even when there's a foot of snow on the ground.
10. Portland: See Seattle.
9. Minneapolis: Seriously underrated. I'm being totally serious.
8. Phoenix: Just don't go in June, July or August.
7. New Orleans: Bourbon Street is on the rebound, as is downtown.
6. Washington, D.C.: My favorite daytime city in the U.S. Where else can you see so many memorials and monuments?
5. San Francisco: The Golden State Warriors are in Oakland, but those in the know stay in S.F.
4. Seattle: Clean, crisp air makes it a must-smell.
3. Miami: South Beach is simply phenomenal for so many reasons, day and night.
2. New York/New Jersey: Always something to do. Always.
1. Chicago: Like New York, but without the attitude.
THINGS YOU'D LOVE TO SAY AT WORK, BUT CAN'T
1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of ******.
2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public. This is good!
5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.
8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying.
10. Ahhh...I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again...
11. I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't give a damn.
14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Fly paper for freaks!?
20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.
22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. And your crybaby whiny-butt opinion would be...? BINGO!
24. Do I look like a people person?
25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
26. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.
27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?
29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.
33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?
34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
36. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done.
37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
Thursday, June 7, 2007
His buddies at the club are all aghast. At the very first chance, they corner him and ask, "Bob, how did you get the trophy girlfriend?"
Bob replies, "Girlfriend? She's my wife!" They're amazed, but continue to ask. "So, how did you persuade her to marry you?"
"I lied about my age", Bob replies. "What, did you tell her you were only 50?" Bob smiles and says, "No, I told her I was 90."
Duncan Has Parker. James Has Himself.
Traditionally, each team sends the coach and two star players to the main interview room. San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was followed on the dais, naturally, by Tony Parker and Time Duncan. The Cavaliers had Coach Mike Brown and LeBron James and, well, then it got tricky.
The task ultimately fell to Daniel Gibson, a second-round draft pick nicknamed Boobie, who until last week was virtually anonymous, even in Cleveland. “Who else are you going to send in there?” someone wondered rhetorically. Who indeed.
Check out the rest of the article here.
So true... I don't enjoy cheering for the Spurs, but hey, I would like to Cavs to get stomped on :)
How sad is it that I filled up @ $3.13 a gallon this morning and I thought to myself, "This is cheap". Grrrrr. It makes me think that maybe I should move close enough to work that I could ride my bike (too bad right now I would have to get on the expressway with my bicycle).
I guess it is another price you pay to live in Southern California.
Crews blocked traffic in the vicinity of N. Dixie Hwy. and E. Elm Ave. for several minutes around 10 a.m. as the stacks and tower were taken down.
The site was home to the Battle of the River Raisin, in which hundreds of American troops were killed in a skirmish and dozens more later massacred by Native Americans.
The implosiion is part of the larger demolition of the former paper plant that is to give way to the River Raisin Battlefield. City officials plan to restore the site to the look of when American and British forces clashed there in 1813.
Scott Niedermayer wins award as playoff MVP.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
What: Demolition crews at the former Jefferson Smurfit Paper Plant are preparing the site to implode the remnants of the building on Thursday. The site's water tower also will be taken down.
Where: The building at N. Dixie Hwy. and E. Elm Ave. will be razed
When: Around 10 a.m. Thursday.
The site: Was home to the Battle of the River Raisin, in which hundreds of American troops were killed in a skirmish and dozens more later massacred by Native Americans.
Implosion: The implosion is part of the larger demolition of the former paper plant that is to give way to the River Raisin Battlefield. City officials plan to restore the site to the look of when American and British forces clashed there in 1813.
Quote: "It's going to be quite a sight," Homrich Inc. employee Mark Hall said.
Man Tries to Jump Into Popemobile
A Popemobile? I understand that it is a serious offense to jump into the vehicle that the Pope is riding in (I guess), but can we really correlate him to Batman? His vehicle is really called a POPEMOBILE?! Hehe. Hope this brings a smile to your face.
Colossians 2:8 (New Living Translation)
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.The website for the store is: http://www.c28.com/. You should really check it out if you get a chance. They have really awesome, hip, Christian clothes (which I am sure you know is hard to find). Anywho, they have my vote for a cool store, and I hope they have yours soon. (PS What I thought was extra awesome was that they even ask everyone if they have anything they would like to pray for when checking out. It might throw some people off because the Christian undertones are subtle (but check out all their stuff, it is all Bible based). I thought it was an awesome idea).
I came across this article in the NY Times. I like sea lions, I don't want them to be poisoned.
Southern California marine mammal hospitals have been overwhelmed by sea lions sick from the acid, which appeared in record levels off the coast of Los Angeles in April. Domoic acid poisoning has killed hundreds of the animals across Southern California this spring and thousands since a major outbreak in 2002, and has also afflicted animals in Monterey Bay, south of San Francisco.
The rest of the article here.
An 81-year-old Wilmington woman was found Monday afternoon by Los Angeles Department of Animal Services officers in her home with more than 100 rats and 35 other animals she kept as pets.
Wanda Langstom was taken to a hospital to be treated for animal bites. Her arms were covered with open wounds that were probably caused by her animals, said Annette Ramirez, an animal control officer.
Animal control officers also seized the animals, which included about 120 rats, most in cages but some running loose, 25 rabbits, a dog, six parakeets, a quail and a cockatiel.
EEKS!! Read the rest of the story here.
The pictures don't do our seats justice, we were 17 rows off the field, AMAZING:
Ryan and I enjoying the evening:
A field shot:
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I just got some super sweet seats for the Padres Dodger game tonight. They are 1st base line, 17 rows off the field. They are the Cass seats that we normally give to developers we work with but last minute they told us they couldn't use them so the Head Estimator gave them to me. ROCK ON!! I will post pictures tomorrow!! GO PADS!!
Forgetting May Be Part of the Process of RememberingWhether drawing a mental blank on a new A.T.M. password, a favorite recipe or an old boyfriend, people have ample opportunity every day to curse their own forgetfulness. But forgetting is also a blessing, and researchers reported on Sunday that the ability to block certain memories reduces the demands on the brain when it is trying to recall something important.
Rest of the article here.
Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?"
After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, "Wedding Cake."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MOMMY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Sorry I am not there to celebrate, but count it... 16 days till my flight leaves the ground in SD! Try your hardest to save some birthday cake for me (but if you think it will be stale by then we can just buy a whole new one for the celebration!)!!
Four (4) Tickets to Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Event on June 9th
And Channel 933 winners will get a special exclusive sneak peek of the new attraction on Saturday, June 9th from 7:00am to noon.
There’s never been a better time to visit during the Year of a Million Dreams at the Disneyland Resort!
THANK YOU CHANNEL 933!!
Monday, June 4, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
James' career playoff-high 48 points -- including his team's final 25 and 29 of its final 30 -- carried Cleveland within a win of the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history with a 109-107 double-overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.