No, No, You’re Right…

Heh, sure is dusty around this old website. I was going to rant about women, but then I caught Oprah followed by Dr. Phil and the energy was sapped right outta me. Actually, I have something else on the brain atm. It was a few months back when things were crazy busy – oh wait, things ARE STILL crazy busy – so yeah, whatever, one month ago I’m talkin’ to my good buddy Ron. He was explainin’ to me that as I approach my mid-life crisis I should take into account that risks are no longer part of the picture. Now is the time for me to be more responsible than ever because as I’ve been reminded of quite a bit recently I seem to be getting older. Next year I’ll cross over that threshold where I’m no longer in the 18-34 age bracket that can ogle Britney’s boobs without being consider a dirty old man. More to the point, age inherently brings about the idea of less risk.

Yup, I’ll admit I’m pretty stubborn. Been chasing after something I can’t get my hands on since as long as I can remember. Longtime readers know that my life hasn’t changed course since the market fell back in 2000. Each small step forward has been followed by huge setbacks, most of them financial. Add my most recent woes with identity theft and it would appear I’m not only on the Short Bus™, but I’m the damn driver.

BUT if there’s one thing I can’t stand is when people decide it’s in your best interest to get The Lecture™ as if that’s a great way to motivate a person.

“You’d be foolish to start a business at your age. How will you ever square away your debts?”

“Pretty soon you’ll have to realize that it’s time to set aside those dreams of yours and concentrate on making some real income.”

“It’s nice that you like your job, but if it’s not paying the bills then something’s got to change.”

Well yeah, I hear ya, but quit naggin’ me so I can figure it out alright. People seem to forget that for all their good intentions IT’S MY LIFE. And YES, I know the teaching gig sucks for money, but hardly anyone has noticed that yours truly has just a little less stress on the brain these days. Forget the fact that I actually enjoy my job for once. Forget the fact that I seem to be pretty good at it. Sure I’m hoping that I can pull in some extra cash, but I don’t need to be constantly reminded of all the other things I could (or should) be doing. I don’t need to be reminded of all the things that are financially out of my league. Nobody knows more than me the current drama, real or otherwise exaggerated, the happiness, the dreams, the sadness.

And it sucks that on an otherwise really good day people seem to go out of their way to put you in a really bad mood.

July 4th Celebrations

Happy 4th Baby!!!Hope everyone has something fun planned for the weekend. I’m using my day off today to catch up on all the errands I should have been doing last month. Going to see if my jetski can actually be fixed this weekend. That bit of joy might lead to some new lake pictures with yours truly actually in the photos for a change. Of course, the jetski only needs a complete engine rebuild.

Here’s a bit of patriotism I lifted from the guys over at Spitcircle who copied it from an e-mail:


An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.

An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

An American is from the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each person the pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need. When Afghanistan was overrun by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan.

Americans welcome the best, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best athletes. But they also welcome the least. The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed.

These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. The World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 other countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.


Have a safe & happy weekend all!

Spyware Correction

Ah… the vast reaching arm of the ‘net is long indeed. Yesterday I was contacted by the folks over at Weatherbug. It seems I referenced them in an entry last September where I had a particular rant going about the need for people to educate themselves a little more when it comes to computers. (Notice today I’m a little more tactful in my approach)

In that editorial piece, I linked Weatherbug to Gator Corp (which is now Claria)


Sorry… got off on another tangent. ANYWAY… the folks over at Weatherbug assured me that while they had a relationship with Gator previously they have long since terminated that partnership. In fact, they dropped Claria quicker than a five cent hooker with a bad case of the clap. Spyware is like having herpes when it comes to a computer company’s rep and Weatherbug has been doing its best to clarify its position on spyware.

Having said all that, today’s post is meant to correct any mistake I may have made (said September entry has already been edited) and I’ll be checking out the new Weatherbug when I have a chance.

Cell Phone Virus?

Somebody hand me a condom to slip over my phone. Apparently cell phones can be attacked by computer viruses now.

Add that to the list of made up excuses for not answering your cell phone. “Sorry honey, I would have picked up, but some pesky virus kept my phone from ringing.”

I need a shot of whiskey and a Mountain Dew.

Pics From Austin

I know, I know, EVERYONE is waiting for bikini pics. They’re coming… really, sometime this week. You won’t be disappointed.

In the meantime checkout the pictures from the Ms. Led show last Friday night in Austin. Lesli & the rest of the gang rocked down the house. My sister solidified her position as a rock star – a soon to be famous rock star even. Checkout the band’s gig schedule to see when they might be in a city near you.