Sunday, November 30, 2008

Don't miss the show!


"Every once in a while, something will appear in the night sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up. It's likely to be that way on Monday evening, Dec. 1. A slender crescent moon, just 15-percent illuminated, will appear in very close proximity to the two brightest planets in our sky, Venus and Jupiter. On Monday night, the three brightest objects in the night sky -- Jupiter, Venus and the moon -- will line up close together in a spectacular sight, closer than they will appear until 2052."

....And since I doubt I'll be around in 2052 unless they perfect that Cryogenics nonsense, I plan on taking the time to look up and enjoy a natural wonder.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ah....Christmas is in the Air. What is this world coming too?!?

Seriously!? Did a crowd of morons really kill someone over holiday deals such as $2 DVD's, $28 vacuum, and Flat screen tv's under $500? Ignorance is NOT bliss.


NEW YORK (Nov. 29) - Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said. At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries. The store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the Wal-Mart doors before its 5 a.m. opening at a mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the employee, identified by police as Jdimytai Damour, to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion. "This crowd was out of control," Fleming said. He described the scene as "utter chaos," and said the store didn't have enough security. Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help Damour were also getting trampled by the crowd, Fleming said. Shoppers stepped over the man on the ground and streamed into the store. Damour, 34, of Queens, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 6 a.m., police said. The exact cause of death has not been determined.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, where she and the baby were reported to be OK, said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone. Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like savages. When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling `I've been on line since yesterday morning', she said. 'They kept shopping'."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nebraska's 'Butt Bandit' suspect faces charges


"VALENTINE, Neb. -Ten misdemeanor counts have been filed against a man Cherry County authorities believe is the vandal some townspeople have dubbed the "Butt Bandit."
Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott said that on Tuesday he filed nine counts of public indecency and one count of disturbing the peace against 35-year-old Tom Larvie, of Valentine. All are misdemeanors.
Larvie is suspected of leaving greasy, graphic imprints of his naked behind, and sometimes his groin, on the windows of stores, churches and schools in Valentine since the spring of 2007.
The marks were made with lotion or petroleum jelly. Scott said Larvie was caught in the act by police early Wednesday morning. Larvie could not be reached to comment."

However...he did fax over this statement.

This guy better hope he doesn't get any prison time. I can imagine the nickname,"Butt Bandit", would be quite popular with the prison "sisters".

Cuteness Overload!!!

Please....Stop the cuteness! It's too much!!!! My body is going to explode butterflies and cotton ball nubbins!

Dear Santa, please bring me a chihuahua of my very own.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quote of the Day...

"He arrived in Virginia, cocksure and prescient."

Two qualities I like in a man, but sadly I'm 300 years too late.

Actually, the quote was taken from my current read...

Blackbeard : A Tale of Villainy and Murder in Colonial America

by Margaret Hoffman.

I got the chance to meet the author at a arts & crafts show in my hometown this past weekend. Ms. Hoffman preceded to tell me about Blackbeard's vibrant yet viscious personality, life and death. Did you know Blackbeard met his end by being shot, stabbed and ultimately decapitated? Even then, legend has it that his headless body, after being thrown overboard the ship, Adventure, swam around the ship a few times before sinking. Truly, Mr. Blackbeard was an original B.A.M.F. of all B.A.M.F.s! None of that "fru-fru" Jack Sparrow pirate crap!

Recently, Blackbeard's ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, was found off the coast of North Carolina in relatively good condition. The author was just so chocked full of information that I was compelled to buy her book for the low, low price of $24.95 (about $5 more than what I would have spent at Barnes & Noble). She knew a sucker for history and it's many colorful characters when she saw one.

Another juicy tidbit....It is rumored that after his head spent many days on a pike at the edge of the Hampton River in Virginia to ward off sea dogs and other lowly pirates of their evil ways, his skull became a drinking chalice
. I say, me hearty, what better way to go for the most notorious pirate ever known?!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fortuitous Photo-Op Part 4

Do you ever get that feeling like you are being watched?

Genius in the Making

My nephew... Child protegy. Future Man of the Year.

Could Mozart or Beethoven have played with such eloquence in a adorable Baby Duck suit? I think not!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Times are Tough!

You can't even proclaim that this economy is for the birds. Apparently, the feathered community is dealing with hard times like the rest of us.


"A seagull in
Marinette, WI has developed the habit of stealing Doritos from a neighborhood convenience store.

The seagull waits until the Manager isn't looking, and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos.

Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds.

The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in
Marinette, WI, and helped himself to a bag of Doritos.. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips.

The Manager thinks it's great because people are coming to watch the feathered thief make the daily grab and run, and that's good for business, and especially since customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of Doritos because they think it's so funny. However, the Manager did say, 'This is
Wisconsin, and if that seagull starts to grab a 6-pac to go along with the Doritos, I may have to put a stop to it.' "