I Was Thinking About Something Else

That pretty much sums up my life nowadays. I will be doing something, walking into a room or driving, and I will go askew. Someone will inevitably ask at that same moment, "What are you doing?". Which will confuse me and I can only respond, "Yeah, well...I was thinking about something else".

(formerly A Connecticut Yankee)

Location: Connecticut, United States

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Guilty Thief

I blatantly stole this from blogging buddy Zoot, who stole it from Deb.

Five of my Guilty Pleasures (in no particular order):

1.) Any version (Gamecube, N64) of Princess Zelda, the greatest video game ever invented. Generally speaking, it's about thirty hours of gameplay to beat any version. I can get lost in their mindlessness and do them over and over. It is a mental vacation.

2.) I've mentioned this before but it's those Time-Life Music Infommercials. They are the essence of evil. They are hypnotic. The worst thing that can happen is channel surfing and some sort of magical lock won't let me continue surfing until the stupid thing is over. I miss the one for the '80's.

3.) Peanut Butter and Butter sandwhiches. A cholesterol nightmare, but I don't care. They are so easy to craft whilst watching CSI or Celebrity Poker Showdown. And they are so satisfying.

4.) Ratty-ass clothes the are incredibly comfortable. Yes, if you come to my house and catch me in them, you'll call the cops and swear that some homeless guy had broken in.

5.) A Charlie Brown's Christmas.

Now what makes you feel guilty?

I feel so used...

It's finally happened and i don't know when it came to pass, but I've finally been inundated with Project Runway so much that I need to watch the next episode.
Why, oh why?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

They're Like Tiny Cab Drivers...

Where to begin with Scrubs. I'm beginng to think that they are just on a different plane altogether. Zach Braff is a terriffic director, especially for making people shine. Donald Faison definite winner for best dramedy actor for the episode.
And what about the "My Way Home" episode with the Wizard of OZ theme. I didn't get the 'Africa' reference at first until JD said he was taking Toto home. Too many references to list here...and yet, I'll try:
Red Sneakers
Referring to JD as Dorothy
Ray Bolger
Jordan becoming ugly then melting
JD having an surreal accident
The yellow line
them marching as a group down the hall while Ted's group hums the Follow the Yellow Brick Road song
referring to Elliot's head as straw
JD in the bodybag for the poppy fields
Cox behind the curtain
Janitor asking for the oil can because he couldn't move from his position

So many...
I know it's not fair because I know the style of doing 'Over The Rainbow' the way Ted's band did it, has become popular, but it distracted me because it was essentially the same as Dr. Greene's sendoff from ER when he died. I somehow thought there was a reference to that by Janitor running out of the green paint. It made more sense though that the smoker's were the dark forest.
Still awesome job.

Why Do Bloggers Fascinate Me?

Blogging is a way of putting yourself out there, and if you have a comments section, allow yourself to be judged. You stand on the merits of your own writing. You are standing on a virtual soap box and saying what you think, then asking for other opinions of what you think.
I think of it as a very big step below public speaking, because of the anonymity of the net. Infinitely easier to dodge hecklers on the internet than from a podium.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

100 More Things About Me

I don't have the last list handy, so I'm hoping that I don't repeat myself. Also,I don't have the last list handy, so I'm hoping that I don't repeat myself.

1. Tinnitus. It is constant noise (and this is the important part) inside my head. Yes, just like William Shatner suffers from. The next time you're in the shower listen to the sound of the water. That is what I hear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It will also continue until the day I die when (hopefully) it will finally be quiet.
2. Phobic about stairs and sharks. Haven't been in the ocean more than 5-6 times since 1975. Coincidentally, the same year Jaws hit the theaters, I left the beach in my '64 Chevy Biscayne without looking back. Unfortunately, stairs are everywhere and my loathing stems from balance issues as well as unreasonable and unfounded fear.
3. I don't really hate being fat because i know that if I did hate being fat, I would make an infinitely better effort to not be fat. I am making strides though, as I do realize that for sure, I don't want to die a big fat guy.
4. Love TV. Any TV. I will watch any TV. I love discovering things on TV like CSI: Weekend, when they run the old episodes (which are all new to me).
5. I love comfortable clothes. Of late, during these winter months, I've discovered shirts and such for lounging about the old homestead that are really comfortable.
6. I like blue best. Even Bleu Cheese.
Sub-Category: Things I love
7. Everything Bagel, toasted, with cream cheese, and a black coffee from Dunkin Donuts. 'nough said.
8. The smell of fresh sawed wood.
9. The smell of fresh mown grass.
10. Wine.
11. Anything that's clever or that has a real huge surprise. Examples of this would be, The Sting, The Usual Suspects, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and my most personal favorite, Rollo Tomasi.
12. Driving.
13. Disney World. To me, it very much is, the happiest place on Earth. I've only been six times (including honeymoon), but it gets better every single time.
14. Chicago. I've been a real lot of places, but as a place to go (second only to WDW), Chicago is the best. Even when it sucks, it's still fun.
15. I'm as tall as a 6'3" tree.
16. Sleep Apnea. 89 episodes an hour whilst I sleep. For those who do not know what that means, in the course of an hour I literally stop breathing an average of 89 times.
17. Krispy Kreme Donuts, but not the coffee.
18. I do not believe in chance, only coincidence.
19. Love getting email (but not spam)
20. IM is a Love/Hate relationship at best. I believe when you see someone on your list as available, that it's like riding an elevator with someone you kinda know. You feel like you should talk but you don't want to all the time.
21. Pizza. I KNOW this was on the last list, but, Hey! It's pizza!
22. Middle-Aged, Middle Management, Married, Mortgage.
23. Don't want to die of old-age, but then I just don't want to die, either.
24. Vitiligo. Most won't have heard of this devastating little gem. It is harmless, odorless, and most important, colorless. Really what it does is take the color out of the pigment of ones skin, rendering the skin white. Not like Elijah Wood pasty white, but actual white. Well, that's not entirely true. It creates patches of white which gets really expensive makeup wise as it progresses.
25. I am an awful reader.
26. Many who talk to me think I went to college. But the reality is I was mighty lucky to finish High School.
27. I enjoy a good sense of humor. I love a great sense of humor.
28. Discovered a cockroach embedded in the bottom of a carton of Hood Vanilla Ice Cream and did not eat ice cream for years afterwards.
29. Don't like living where there are less than four seasons.
30. Enjoyed my time in retail, but never want to do it again.
31. Wanna try sky-diving someday. (Don't worry, it'll never happen...small fear of heights. I just think it's cool)
32. Become paralyzed when one of those fucking Time-Life Music Infomercials comes on. Doesn't even matter what decade.
33. I know it's selfish, but I really enjoy me time.
34. The Gag Reel has become my favorite part of most DVDs.
35. Think Sylvester Stallone is a lot better than he gets credit for.
36. Have seen a cobra...in the wild.
37. Am better about eating fish, which is supposedly 'healthier'.
38. Favorite thinking alone thing to do is be in a tall building at night that overlooks a city (view of at least three miles).
39. Despise karaoke. I wish them all a horrible painful death, at least as harsh as when i was subjected to their 'talent'.
40. I like my job, although I don't think I will for much longer, necessitating a move to a different job, as yet undetermined.
41. I miss the Sci-Fi Channel.
42. I do like Bravo, and AMC.
43. Bowling is somewhere on a level with karaoke.
44. My Mom just quit working. Not retired. Quit. She's 83.
45. I eat a lot healthier than the last time I made this list (roughly a year and a half, two years ago). better shape I think, too.
46. Not a big candy fan.
47. Bloggers fascinate me.
48. Have never been able to do a forward roll. Even in grade school.
49. Drink coffee by the bucket. And I'm good with that.
50. I think cows are far and away the funnier of the barnyard animals.

More Later...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A Wicked Pissa!

My very hot cousin sent me this and it made me laugh enough to have to pass it along. And on a sidenote, I know Feisty Girl will chuckle as she reads these.


You think if someone is nice to you they either want something or they are from out of town

The public transportation system is known as the "T" and you'd rather drive in bumper to bumper traffic for 4 hours to get to Boston than be caught dead on the "Orange Line"

You could own a small town in Iowa for the cost of your house

There are 24 Dunkin Donuts shops within 15 minutes of your house and that's how you give directions

If you stay on the same road long enough it eventually has three different names

53 degrees is "on the warm side"

You've walked to Brigham's for an ice cream cone "to go" in the snow

You cringe every time you hear some actor/actress imitate the"Boston Accent" on TV

You call chocolate sprinkles "jimmies"

A water fountain is called a bubbler. Say it "bubbla".

You can go from one side of town to the other in less than fifteen minutes

You know how to pronounce towns like Worcester, Haverhill, Peabody, Scituate, Chatham, and Leominster

You know what they sell at a "packie"

You keep an ice scraper in your car all year round

Paranoia sets in when you can't see a Dunkin Donuts, ATM or CVS

You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you can make a left

You've bragged about saving money at The Christmas Tree Shop

You know what a "regular coffee" is!

You can navigate a rotary without a problem

You use the words "wicked" "pissa" and "good" in the same sentence

You know what a frappe is

Saint Patrick's Day is your second favorite holiday

You drink tonic and would never consider using it on your hair

You never say "Cape Cod" you say "The Cape"

You went to Old Sturbridge Village and Plymouth Plantation at least once, in
elementary school, but never to Bunker Hill

You know the Mass Pike and 495 create some sort of strange weather dividing line

You actually get all these jokes and pass them on!

"Take five monkeys, a cage, a banana, string, and some stairs"

I generally don't like room temperature, except when it's my food. I guess you could class me as a tepid kinda guy. I really like only a few things in the extreme. I am not drunk at the moment, for which I fear of what I'll have the gumption to claim. Nothing outlandish like, "Jennifer Lopez? oh yeah, did her. Had her when she was good."
I confess that I've only read a few other writers recently and I should probably axe half my 'You Must Read These People'list, because I don't read those people hardly and it's not fair to string you all along like that. Not because they're not good people, but it's just misrepresentaion on my part.

I hope this entry or any other of my entries isn't summed up with, "Oh, he's just being a whiney crybaby, boofuckin'hoo." I am going to attempt an unflattering stab at concluding that maybe there is some depression driving my current state of affairs. Not like Clinical Depression, but rather more like 'C'mon! it's time to get it together! It sucks because you're letting it suck. Stop it!' So on, etc.
You have to know that there are things (big things) in your life that you don't want to do because you're afraid of the consequences. So what you wind up doing is nothing and making everything bad. I believe that what people fear most in making big life decisions is someone coming along and telling you, "Man, were you selfish on that one, and for what? It was a dumbfuckin' choice to begin with that you never shoulda gone with." Hurting others is the big thing. Innocents, if you will. How does anyone make big decisions. sheesh.

The entry title refers to my favorite anecdote about how, in an organizational behavior model, policies form and perpetuate. It is a classic story in which you place five monkeys in a cage with a banana hung from the ceiling on a string situated above a set of stairs that would allow the monkeys to reach the banana. When a monkey starts to climb the stairs you turn a firehose with cold water on all the monkeys. Later, when another monkey starts to climb the stairs, spray all the monkeys again. Soon, when yet another monkey tries to head up the stairs, the other monkeys will prevent him. Now, replace one monkey with a new one. The new monkey will see the banana and head for the stairs, and Without having the foggiest idea why, the other monkeys will attack him. After a second attempt and attack the first monkey knows that if he goes for the stairs, he'll be attacked. Next, replace a second monkey from the original five monkeys. The new monkey will try the stairs and be attacked by the other monkeys, including the monkey that replaced the first monkey. Again, replace a third monkey, who upon heading for the stairs will be attacked. Two of the four monkeys that attack him have no clue as to why they're not allowed on the stairs, or why they're beating up the new guy. After the fourth and fifth monkeys have been replaced, none of the original five monkeys that were sprayed with the water is left. Regardless, no monkey will climb the stairs. Why? Because as far as they know, that's the way it's always been.

Monday, January 16, 2006

I've never seen Lost. Is this good?

You scored as Sayid. You're Sayid! You're ashamed of your past and feel guilty about things you have done.



























Who is your "Lost" alter ego?
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