New Year's Eve Public Service Announcements
This is the last photo collage of the year. Enjoy!
 My last supper... at David's BBQ before they closed for the holidays. I'll have to wait until they reopen January 5th.
I love boxing movies, so I've created a collage of some of my favorite boxing images. I'm not sure what it is about boxing movies, but I've yet to see one that I didn't like something about. I prefer the boxers from the golden age of boxing: Gene Tunney, Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey and Billy Conn, though I have to admit I am partial to Marciano and Conn. I'm not that enamored with today's "boxers." They lack that certain je ne sais quoi.
The Poseidon Adventure. 1972
Have you O.D.'ed on turkey and dressing? If so, here's a really great little recipe that I recently 'invented.' It requires 3 ingredients: Frozen meatballs ($6), penne pasta (.89¢) and Del Monte's Green Peppers and Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce ($1). I have experimented with various frozen meatballs and Rosina is the winner, hands down. Of course, you're welcome to use another brand or even make your own, I just use the Rosina brand because it's convenient. The same goes for the brand of penne pasta. The only thing that really brings it all together is the Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce. Total estimated cost: $8 and it provides multiple servings, and coming from me, that's pretty good. I can usually get 5-6 servings out of this one recipe, but then it depends on how hungry you are and/or how many people you are trying to feed.
Anyhow, the recipe is simple. I use the one pot method, as it cuts down on dish washing and there's really no need to use multiple pots/skillets. Place about half a cup of water in the pot and add about 20-25 meatballs, frozen or thawed, your choice. Then I add a dash of fresh ground pepper and onion salt and put on a medium heat. Once the meatballs have cooked, place them in a separate dish, keeping the remaining water in the pot and filling within a finger's length from the top. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta. Cook until desired tenderness. Drain.
Well, I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a good holiday. I know I'll sound like a bummer saying this, but I always get a little blue the day after. Like there was this huge build up to something that never quite came together. I mean, sure, I had an enjoyable Christmas, but afterwards there's a little part of me that's left feeling lonely. I guess, like with most things I look forward to, I put too high of an expectation on "events." I have this mental photo of how I anticipate things turning out that just never seems to develop.
A New Possession
You Are Socks!
Cozy and warm... but easily lost.
Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a good Christmas Eve. I thought you might get a kick out of some recent holiday-related strips that I found amusing. Strip #3 made me think of Chad over at Stop Touching My Food. Enjoy!
Looking for some last-minute gift ideas? Have a vendetta against a loved one? Then have I got a deal for you! Here's a small sampling of the cra
 Irony? The sign posted outside the craft mall where these pictures were taken.
I debated whether or not to mention this, but being that it may never happen again, I thought I'd better. Someone (I say someone because I don't know if they want their name mentioned or not) has nominated my blog for Best LGBT Blog. As far as I can figure out, the 'LGBT' stand for Bacon Lettuce & Tomato-something. I'm not really sure.
Lately my "T zone" has been flakier than Loretta Lynn's pie crust, and I don't know why. Maybe because I don't get all fagalicious about and/or spend an inordinate amount of money/time on a skin care "regime." To quote a scene from my favorite Janeane Garofolo movie, The Truth About Cats & Dogs:
Today marks the 6 month anniversary of the day I started my blog. Thanks to everyone who regularly visits/reads my blog. I hope you enjoy it as much I've enjoyed writing it. Here's to more fun times!
This weekend I received a really great coupon via a local DVD place's circular: trade in 5 used DVDs, get $50 in store credit. They ran the same coupon during Thanksgiving and I made out like a bandit! So, imagine what I could do with TWO coupons! To do this, it meant I had to call Ms. Fossil and ask for her coupon. Hating anything not directly connected to PBS and/or televangelists, I knew I could count on her coupon, but I had to act fast.
Embedded within the template of my blog there is a add-on which contains a feature that keeps track of the keywords people type into various search engines, which bring them to my blog. I thought you might get a kick out of seeing some of them. I've attached 6 of the most recent keyword lists that have taken place over the month of Nov/Dec. I find it amazing (and somewhat disturbing) that the two main keywords that have brought people to my blog are: "overstock woman" and "colonix" Lol! Little did I know when I wrote those posts that it was the beginning of a keyword search that would come to define my blog! *Thanks goes out to The Cunning Linguist for inspiring this post!
• The Lemon Drop Kid. © 1951
Everyone has a few perennial film favorites when it comes to the holidays. I, on the other hand, have more than a few. I've narrowed down the list to a mere 15, which I will be posting in a 2-part blog entry.
 This is a house down the street from me. I've always thought it was beautiful, esp. since sometimes when I drive by I can see inside and they have a fireplace and built in bookshelves! I also love the 3 little steps that go up into the front yard (shows that the house is quite old) and my favorite part: If you look to the far right there is a circular brick formation. Well, inside there is dirt where you can plant flowers and things! Like a built in terrarium! I just love that. Well, recently the people who used to live there moved away. It's been a few months, but now someone has had all the trees trimmed in the front yard and you can really see just how beautiful the house is now. They also just had a new sidewalk and driveway paved. It's so nice. I'm totally jealous.
Genuine has blogged in the past about how his household goes through toilet paper by the case... or so it seems. Well, around here, I have a bad habit of not being able to toss products that still have a little bit of usable product left in them. I usually end up pouring like products together, so as to cut down on the clutter.
*The only stick-style deodorants that aren't compatible with this project is the white deodorants like Arm & Hammer and/or those gel deodorants. You know, that kind that when you roll it up, it comes out through the little holes like Playdoh. Stick with the blue, green, brown deodorants. The colors. Also, be sure you don't put the Mennen/Speed Stick with the metallic-looking wrapper in the microwave. I learned that last night. It was only in there 1/2 a second before I heard the snap crackle pop. I opted to heat the Old Spice containers instead and use the Mennen/Speed Stick container as my receptacle.
I do 95% of my banking business through the drive-thru, out of sheer convenience, and I really do like the people who work at the bank I use. I can't say the same for the bank and their Fee Sprees, but that's another story. So, needless to say when I go through the drive-thru I've come to expect a certain amount of competency, which I don't think is too much to ask, considering they ARE a bank and what little money I do have is under their care.
Following in the footsteps of blog topic pioneer, Scheiss Weekly, who blogged (Nov. 9) about self-appointed special people with special orders at fast food places, here's my view on the matter.
 A festive trio of holiday headgear, courtesy of the local Card & Party Factory.
Here are my 3 favorite teen slasher spoofs. And, in case you're wondering, I actually own their inferior successors, Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2, which have their moments, but in the immortal words of M.C. Hammer: 'Can't Touch This'.
• Pandemonium. © 1982
Well, I finally got off my ass and gathered together the covers of my DVD purchases for the month of November. My collection just keeps on growing. What can I say? I love movies.
• Waxworks. © 1924
After a long debate on where to go for lunch today, and after carefully weighing the pros and cons (food selection, price ranges, portion size, crowding, etc.), I finally decided on a tried and true destination: David's BBQ. I was in the mood for their delectable turkey sandwich with lotsa pickles. And for $6.49 (that includes drink), you just can't go wrong!
I guess the term "brainstorm" has been outmoded. Goddamn. And I thought I was full of shit. These people are cocooned in it. Especially the woman pictured. She was the one doing 95% of the talking. Her and the the golf-playing WASP at the end of the table (whose identity was concealed by the roll of paper towels on the far right.) These are the kind if people who eat at places like this because they're "so quaint." This is precisely why I will never be the CEO of a large corporation. The whole "big business" bullshit lingo and the dehumanization that inevitably accompanies it, leaves me cold.
Let me elucidate. Last weekend, looking for something to do, I dropped by the local Barnes & Noble to do some browsing. There is a video game chain store connected with B&N, called Game Stop. I noticed that they had a lot of used DVDs, so I decided to take a look. While browsing, I noticed a promotion where if you trade in 3 used DVD titles and reserve a copy of the (then) upcoming release of Dodgeball, you get it FREE. A good deal I thought, so I returned the next day and did just that. I was told that they would give me a call when the movie had arrived on Tuesday.
Recenly while making room for some new DVDs (I store them alphabetically), I rediscovered an old favorite: The 4th Man. Directed in 1983 by Paul Verhoeven, the director of Basic Instinct, The 4th Man is one of my all-time favorite thrillers.
For the last week or so I have, on occasion, when entering the house, smelled something foul. I'm not talking stale-foul or kitchen garbage-foul, more like decomposing corpse-foul. Being unable to locate the source, I wrote it off as possibly the aftermath of the mouse poison I have in the garage. Perhaps Mr. Mousie, Mister Rat (he's a bachelor for life) and/or possibly even Mr. Possum and/or Mr. Mole had somehow gone a dyin' in the attic, under the house or even between the walls. Now, I don't even know if I have any of these guys around, but I had to think of something. I mean, after all, this stench was FOUL.
No, silly! That's not the new title of my autobiography! It's the caption for the first little photo in today's collage. It's a lonely lil' ceramic pig that I saw on the top shelf of one of the many racks at the local thrift store.
 Thrift Town. The premiere local thrift store chain.
I've finally done it! I finally found some Christmas cards that I like. As shocking as this may sound, I'm actually quite picky... about my choice of Christmas cards. Last year I sent out some really great ones that I found on eBay. It was a full box of vintage Christmas cards from 1954!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who responded to my December 2nd blog entitled "Huh?" I really do appreciate the input as well as all the kind words. It helped me to get some perspective on something that has been vexing me for some time. I'm relieved to find that my embittered insight that I like to call "humor" isn't turning you off (yet) and that you're not threatened by opinions, no matter how unpopular, convoluted and/or off beat they may sometimes seem. You have rejuvenated my enthusiasm for blogging. Thank you. :)
My vibrator saved my life! Wait, that came out wrong. My massager saved my life. You see, it all started yesterday afternoon around 2:00PM. I had to run a lot of errands yesterday, and had to get them ALL done for various reasons.
Home- Where I left one of the addresses for one of the goddamn packages I need to ship today!
I think a lot. Too much. Sometimes all this thinking gets me down in the dumps. Sometimes it gives me something to blog about. I rarely use my cell phone, but use the "record memo" feature ALL the time. This way I won't forget things I see, wanna buy and/or things that make me laugh. Here's the accumulation of some questions, voice memos, general observations and/or questions I've deliberated over in the last week.