Thursday, November 15, 2007

urg ...

... conference call in about 6-1/2 hours ... "lucky" for me, corporate is holding this one "late" for them ... could be at 3 a.m. ... again.

peace, peeps.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

stolen meme ...

Mad props to Natalia, who also stole it.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night?
Nobody made me laugh last night.

2. What were you doing at 0800?
Struggling to get out of bed and awake. The hours of the new job suck.

3. What happened to you in 2006?
Won the Nobel Prize. Ate 4,000 cookies. Wrote a best-selling fiction novel under a nom de plume. Bagged an elephant in an illegal safari.

4. How many beverages did you have today?
3 — 49 fluid ounce King Car Lemon Teas
4 — A&W Root Beers (can)
1 — Coke (can)
1 — Americano

5. What color is your hairbrush?
I don’t remember the last time I owned a hairbrush.

6. Where were you last night?
At work, then at home playing World of Warcraft.

7.What color is your front door?
An ugly brown.

8. Where do you keep your change?
Quarters near my desk and in a money bag in the truck for laundry; other coins in a big Nebraska plastic bottle piggy bank.

9. What's the weather like today?
Rained, then hot. Repeat 8 fucking times.

10. What's the best ice cream flavor?
The chocolatey “bread” of an ice cream sammich.

11. What excites you?
Tier-4 epic drops, strippers, talking dirty on the phone, a woman who has an extensive vocabulary and makes frequent use of her lexicon of multisyllabic verbiage.

12. Do you want to cut your hair?
Shave it every week baby.

13. Are you over the age of 25?
Too far over.

14. Do you talk a lot?
Yakkity yak.

15. Do you watch the OC?

16. Do you make up your own words?

17. Are you a jealous person?
Yep. Actually, more of a whiny, envious person.

18. Name a friend whose name starts with an "A."
Asshole. Applies to a number of friends.

19. Name a friend whose name starts with a "K."
Kermit the Frog ... we go way back.

20. Who's the first person on your received call list?
Poker buddy.

21. What does the last text message you received say?
“Who is this?”

22. Do you chew on a straw?
Aren’t you suposse to drink with them?

23. Where's the next place you are going?
The bathroom to take a shit, most likely. Existentially? Hell, I’m sure.

24. Who's the rudest person in your life?
Probably me. Oh wait; that’s “crude.”

25. What was the last thing you ate?
Bacon-ranch toasted chicken sammich from Subway. I am the next Jared.

26. Will you get married in the future?
How much are mail-order brides again?

27. What's the best movie you've seen in the last 2 weeks?
1408 on DVD.

28. When was the last time you did dishes?
A couple of them last night … just enough to eat a meal.

29. Are you currently depressed?
When am I not?

30. Did you cry today?
No, I had something in my eye.

31. What was the last thing you said aloud?
“Fucking idiot.” It was mumbled.

32. What car do you drive and what bumpersticker(s) do you have on it?
I drive a truck. It has no bumperstickers.

33. Why did you answer this and post it?
In the immortal words of Richard Gere in “An Officer and a Gentleman” … “I got nowhere else to go!”

what's new ...

• started the new job last week ... at same company but now am in charge of local news section and No. 2 editor at the paper. still getting used to flow and not used to schedule, which often is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or so. lot more hours of work and lot less sleep, and less WOW. hopefully payday next friday will ameliorate the circumstances.

• one of my favorite uncles died last week (husband of my dad's oldest sister), Uncle Pete. He was a great guy and an important part of my early life, as we practically lived at his house, being there every weekend for church/CCD and any fiestas/parties. He had a lot of health problems late in life but always persevered and soldiered on.

I remember him working on the Navy base, bringing home toys that were thrown out that he'd fix for us. Still have a Navy china mug he had made for all of us kids when we were young, with our names on them. He also used to bring home C-rations, which we loved to eat, especially if you got lucky and got chocolate as the snack.

A lot of Air Force veterans will miss him too. He was one of the lead guys in Mongmong's sister village program with the Air Force. In the old days, for the air base's open house, he'd help build the hut and barbecue. He brought all the young, single guys who were far away from their homes to his house for parties, fiestas, holidays, etc., making sure they were welcome and feeding them some of the best Chamorro food on the planet.

I also remember he helped put the village cross together for the Good Friday trek up Mount Lamlam.

He was funny and sweet and just a great uncle ... and a good man.

Godspeed, Uncle Pete. You will be missed.