Published on June 2 2006

Funny I don't remember the music of 1978 being quite *this* bad. It really, really hurts to watch. I may never be able to read "the Corner" again if they keep putting up links like this. Click the "keep reading" for a truly painful experience.

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Published on June 1 2006

What Famous Leader Are You?
Goofy damn memes, anyway. Trouble is, there are probably a few people out there who would agree with the results of this one.

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Published on May 30 2006

Wausau Daily Herald - Group plans search for elusive Bigfoot
Some believe that somewhere in the depths of Wisconsin's forests lives a reclusive and seldom-seen, hairy biped with large feet. And one group is determined to find it.
They're looking for the guys who wear plaid flannel shirts and don't shave from two months preceding deer season until the day before Easter? They're in the right place here, then.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization will hold two, three-day expeditions next month in northern Wisconsin. The researchers hope to track, collect evidence of and possibly spot the elusive creature. The organization has heard 30 reports of a 7- to 10-foot-tall sasquatch in the state and is asking people to come forward and describe their experiences. So far, the organization has no published reports of sightings in Marathon County, but that does not mean one hasn't been spotted here, the researchers say.
I haven't read any reports of kangaroos here, either.....but that doesn't mean they haven't been spotted here. What would we do without researchers???
"They are a good organization, but to pay $400 to be frightened by raccoons -- I am always skeptical of situations like that," he said. Participants pay a $400 fee to camp with the organization and follow along as its members collect data. The expeditions are June 22 to 25 and June 29 to July 2, according to the group's Web site. The first expedition is full.
Where do I sign up?? This has *got* to be waaaay more fun than snipe-hunting!! Yes, I hang my head and admit that when I was 11 years old, I was suckered into a snipe hunt. Rattling my paper bag, shining my flashlight into it, making "snipe calls", the whole embarassing routine. Hook, line, and sinker. Can we say gullible??? My only defense is that it provided weeks of hilarity for the many adults involved in this adventure, and I did NOT pay $400 for the experience.
Bigfoot Field Researchers has reports that people can access online. Before it posts any claims, it investigates them. According to the Web site, Lincoln County has had one report, while Price County has had four and Oneida and Vilas counties have had two each.
Well, that got me...I had to go see about the sightings in this area. This one came from an area I'm quite familiar with; I've spent quite a bit of time camping up there. Here was this witness' description of his second (second?!?) Bigfoot encounter:
"The sounds I heard a half hour or less later were definitely not bear sounds. There were several sets of high pitched squeals coming from the same direction sometimes they seemed closer sometimes they seemed farther away, like two animals communicating. My friend claimed they were elk mating calls, but I have heard those before and am pretty sure thats note what these sounded like, this coupled with the loud, heavy footsteps made me think it was a bigfoot. I don't think elk would be hanging around making mating calls if it was a bear I heard."
Yep, if I heard squeals and heavy footsteps, the very first thing I'd think of would be Sasquatch, too. Not to mention the fact that elk are about as common as Bigfeet and kangaroos here. But that doesn't mean they haven't been spotted here after all!! Do you know how badly I want to go out to the woods to hand out paper bags and flashlights to these people???? bigfoot article

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Published on May 30 2006

It just feels that way. I think it's the heat--after a few hours of working out in those temps (add a *few* degrees for being inside a large metal building with steam flows of 200,000 pounds per hour), I'm just all drug out by the time I roll in. #1 child begins her orientation for her "summer kid" work out there today. She's probably even less suited to 100-degree temperatures than I am--but she's on straight day shift with WEEKENDS off!! I'm still trying to figure out how she managed that! And if it takes all summer, I *will* get a picture of her in her gawd-awful neon blue T-shirt with "STUDENT" stamped on the back in 6-inch letters. We can spot the college kids from across town in those things. :-D Thankfully, only low 80's for high temps today. It's not even JUNE yet--maybe Al Gore was right!

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Published on May 26 2006

..I thought I was reading a weather report!! Snow likely to leave in June: sources

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Published on May 25 2006

10. The cucumber has left the salad. 9. Quasimodo needs to go back in the tower and tend to his bells. 8. You need to bring your tray table to the upright and locked position. 7. Paging Mr. Johnson... Paging Mr. Johnson.. 6. Elvis is leaving the building. 5. The Buick is not all the way in the garage. 4. Our next guest is someone who needs no introduction. 3. You've got a security breach at Los Pantalones. 2. Men may be From Mars.....but I can see something that rhymes with Venus. And the #1 way to tell someone his zipper is unzipped... 1. I always knew you were crazy, but now I can see your nuts.

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Published on May 22 2006

The Blog | Jean Rohe: Why I Spoke Up | The Huffington Post
....Unfortunately, a certain not-so-dynamic duo of "centrist" politicians foiled my standard graduation speech and forced me to act. Until just the day before commencement I really hadn't understood the gravity of the situation. ......Through the cheers at that event I got a sense of just how widespread the student outrage was. Forgive me now if I seem out of touch with my student body, but as a double degree student who had spent the last month in hibernation working on her recital and her thesis, in addition to working with the preschoolers, I hadn't done anything else for weeks.
"You mean there's a war going on????? :-O But that's....that's going to mess up my graduation address!!!"
.....This same day all of us in the platform party got an email from the event organizer letting us know that certain media representatives would be in attendance, among them Fox news and National Public Radio. The situation seemed pretty serious.
"Uh-oh...maybe I should have worked a little harder on my speech. It's not going to look very good on Fox if everybody is snoozing while I talk about music in pre-school."
...... I checked the schedule for the ceremony and realized that I would be speaking just before the senator got his award. And that's when the idea for a preemptive strike began to brew in my little stressed-out brain. What if I tore McCain's speech apart before he even opened his mouth? After reading his speech a couple of times I picked out a few particularly loathsome sections--and believe it or not, none of these actually came from the extensive section where he defends his position on the war in Iraq--and I began planning an attack against him using his own words.
And this is the same gal who, in her speech, said "Pre-emptive war is dangerous and wrong"??? I guess pre-emptive strikes and planned attacks are okay. Just don't use that little three-letter word. It gets better. The self-admitted "viper" gets to meet her prey ahead of time.
Later, John McCain arrived in the green room, and with the encouragement of Laurie Anderson, another honoree, Christina and I introduced ourselves to him. I almost wanted to warn the guy that I was about to make him look like an idiot so that he would at least have a fighting chance and an extra moment to change his speech to save himself. But he didn't even make eye contact when we shook hands, so I figured I didn't owe him anything.
"Owe him anything"??? How about some manners? Some courtesy? A slight amount of respect for somebody who's been around just a teensy bit longer than you? Rohe says her mother cried over the phone when read the speech. I suggest it was that her mother realized what a rude, self-absorbed little snot she had raised.
Eventually I spoke, and everyone loved it. And McCain spoke and we all had a bit of déjà vu. Then some other people spoke and I tried to pay attention but I couldn't stop gawking at the protesters in the audience.
Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. I might have had some respect for this little twit if her rant was truly a product of some serious thought and consideration. But no, it's all about looking good amongst her peers. She comes right out and admits that she didn't really realize how important this moment would be until the day before, so she stays up all night cramming for her speech--a true shining college moment. She should be so proud of herself. She should have stuck with her pretty speech about teaching music to inner-city schoolchildren to honor her grandfather with Alzeheimer's.

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Published on May 19 2006

And I'm still holding that FOUR POINT OH!!!!!!!!!!! Yippeee Now, it's just waiting until Monday for the Lit grade......I'm never going to make it till Monday. [Update: Well, I survived till Monday. The 4.0 was nice while it lasted, though. :-)) Only managed an A-, so the old GPA dropped to 3.89-something. Do you know how exciting that is for an old bag who was a "mostly B's and C's and the occasional A" student back in the old days?]

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Published on May 19 2006

Space and the good earth. They take awhile to download, and involve a sales pitch at the end, but.....what beautiful pictures. Make sure you listen to the audio accompanying "the good earth".

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Published on May 17 2006

Flatulence filter chair pad cushion Don't even ask me how I find these links. But I loved this comment on the product:
Comment on the Chair Pad: I simply love it. It makes me feel comfortable in the fact that I can make all the noise I want when no one else is in my office and have no fear that anyone walking in afterwards will confront any embarrassing, ill odors of any sort. And believe me … with all the medications I’m currently on and with all of the people who come in and out of my office, that is a great weight off of my shoulders. Pat F. Charleston, SC
Now, Pat sounds like a lovely considerate person, but......would you want to work with him/her? In case you would like to know more about farts, Frank Morosky, "Flatulence Guru", can tell you all about it. There's even a Yahoo Group dedicated to "those who want to have a serious discussion about the solutions for controling intestinal gas odor." You would not BELIEVE how tempted I am to join up and see what a serious discussion on farts is like.

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