Archive for April, 2008

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another reason why

April 29, 2008

I love my wife.

I use a major highway to get to work everyday – one that has tolls. It is more cost effective for me to use an ez-pass for my commute, as they offer special rates that are WAY less expensive than if I paid the .60 each way every day.

We’re also a pretty small state and not all of the toll booths have ez-pass only lanes. So you go through a regular lane and just….don’t stop.  S does not like to use the non dedicated lanes because she thinks that it is a “psych” moment for the person in the booth who sees a car coming and gets all ready to take their toll and then they don’t stop.
Every time S HAS to do this (and trust me, if there is a dedicated lane she’ll use that one even if there are a bunch of cars there and no one at the other lanes) as she goes through she says “I’m sorry toll taker person. I value the work you do!”

I think this is very very sweet.

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keeping me going

April 23, 2008
I believe the sun should never set upon an argument
I believe we place our happiness in other people's hands
I believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you
I believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do
I believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem
I believe I'm loved when I'm completely by myself alone

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

I believe you can't control or choose your sexuality
I believe that trust is more important than monogamy
I believe your most attractive features are your heart and soul
I believe that family is worth more than money or gold

I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair
I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

I believe forgiveness is the key to your unhappiness
I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed
I believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists
I believe in love surviving death into eternity

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye
~Savage Garden
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April 17, 2008

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holy cow(s)

April 15, 2008

Last night S and I watched the “Human Footprint” on the Nat Geo channel and woah is all I can say. It was really well put together but mostly I was kind of horrified at some of the facts about what we as Americans consume in a lifetime.

A smattering:

In a lifetime we consume 13228 glasses of beer, and 40 something THOUSAND cans of soda. Remember, this includes people like me who can count the number of beers they’ve ever had on two hands!

6 pigs (again, excluding people like me who don’t eat them)

5 cows (ok. I buy this. I’ve probably eaten more than 5 cows already)

1423 chickens (bgooock)

These stats were made more amazing by the fact that they actually ahd 1423 chickens, and 40,000 cans of soda to show what that actually looked like.

Including how many non consumable items we go through in a lifetime – something like 7 fridges, 6 microwaves, 5 vacuums, etc. It’s a lot of freaking stuff!

I hope they recycled.

Seriously though, watching the show made me re-think how we maneuver in our “at our fingertips” world, and made me re-commit to trying to eat as locally as we can,  even if that means giving up certain loved foods during the summer/winter months.  And instead of getting new appliances when ones break just because it’s cheap to replace them, actually finding someone to fix them.  Which we never do now because we can replace our dvd player with a $30 dollar one from W**Mart that was made for 2 dollars in China by unfair and mean labor practices, and our jeans travel 14,000 miles before we even take one step in them and………wow. Sometimes, it’s too much to think about thinking about.

But I’m going to do it a lot more – and I hope you’re able to as well.

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shut up and drive

April 14, 2008

I got to drive this

for about an hour on Friday. It’s my mother out-law’s new summer car that I helped procure earlier this week.  Even though the weather was crappy and the top was up and it’s got horrible blind spots and it’s a little scary and you feel EVERY line and little ridge in the road…..it was still fun. Aparrantly, it’s not even a “gay” convertible anymore, either. Which I found eeenteresting.

Shame she’ll probably never ever let me drive it again.  Shucks.

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hate is a really strong word

April 11, 2008

But man, do I get really really really close to it when it comes to this guy and these people.

Part of me thinks that they are only doing this because they can’t fathom having a black man woman democrat in the white house this election so they need a reason for their constituency to come out and put their names down for SOMETHING, anything that can be seen as a divisive issue that will draw their three celled followers to the polls to vote for John McCain – who of course, I’m sure is WAYYYY too liberal even for the CCL to handle, but better than gasp, a fucking democrat.

In the 5 years that I’ve lived here in Maine I have never, ever heard of this group of people doing something good for the greater population of the state. I’ve only seen them be evil, and cruel, and rude, not only to “the gays” but making direct assaults on people whose work I admire and respect, and in some cases love with all of my being.

Continuing on with the theme of hate, this is the most vile, hateful, homophobic, transphobic, anger inducing clip I have ever seen. Fuck you Fox, I dare you to say things like that about any other oppressed group. But no. The homos are what’s left for you. Fucking asshats.  Please, please click here to read one of the most respectful and loving and wonderful posts I’ve read on the entire subject.  I mean, I’d like you to click on a couple of the links (yes, a few. You know you have time) that I’ve put up here today, but if you can only do one…the last one, please.

< / soapbox >

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product placement

April 10, 2008

Ok, so I don’t really like potato chips but give me a good fake cheese product and I am in heaven. And these? Are incredibly good. Yes I know my gluten and corn free friends are wincing, as are my healthy friends because at 22 grams of fat for the bag (I made the mistake of looking and can now never eat them again) they aren’t exactly good for you but damn. Cheesy and spicy and crunchy.

I would post more today but I am bloaty and tired and achy and tired and sore so really, these cheetos were the only thing that made my day great. Ok. That’s not true. I had a lovely pho dinner with friends I don’t get to see often but enjoy greatly. But I’m still a cranky head. So cheetos…it is.