Normally, I’d be rather excited by the fact that it’s Friday. OK, maybe “excited” is a little extreme. But at least pretty happy. Today, however, marks the last day of what I’ll refer to as my “vacation.” The thought of going back to work next week (that other kind of work where I sit at a computer all day and wish I could be – or at least see outside) depresses me no end. Oh well, whattya gonna do? Continue Reading »
I have to go in to work for half a day today. That sucks. Yesterday was a great day – warm and sunny – and I got some tractor time in as I started clearing a trail through my woods. Many hours of fun there – I hope winter decides not to kick in until late this year. Oh well, I guess I’ll get going. The sooner I get there, the sooner I can leave.
Apparently there’s a new straight to DVD documentary coming out about Carmelo Anthony called “Carmelo’s Way.” For those who don’t know, he’s all of 26 years old, and, while I certainly have a soft spot in my heart for him (again, for those who don’t know, in his one year playing here at Syracuse, he was part – arguably the most important part, but by no means the only one – of the team that brought an NCAA National Championship here in 2003, before I knew you all), and he’s got a somewhat interesting story (from being born in Red Hook to “Life on the Streets” in Baltimore to NBA multimillionaire), I’m not sure he rated a documentary. But it’s an important video because in it ‘Melo calls his time in Syracuse the best time of his life (so if you have a business, you should think about relocating it here to bring us jobs and give yourself the life that you so richly deserve), stating that “[w]e were The Beatles up there.” Continue Reading »
Things are going a little more slowly than hoped for out at the new homestead. The dog containment fence is in place (with a greatly reduced area of coverage), but I’m slightly disappointed with it. We were unable to get a couple of the post hold deep enough, due to rocks and some of the hardest clay I’ve ever seen that hasn’t been fired in a kiln. The result is one slightly out-of-kilter post. A bit of a bummer, but, well, it works, so screw it. The bottom line is that the dogs can come and hang out, which is all that matters. Now we can work on extending the fenced-in area as time (and weather) allows. Oh well, time to get out there and seize the day.
Yesterday was a pretty nasty day around these parts. Cold, rain, sleet, snow, and wind. Lots and lots of wind. Didn’t get a whole lot accomplished, but I at least managed to go to the Tractor Supply store and use my 15% off coupon for a back blade and carry-all for my 3-point hitch. More money gone. I feel like a cashophiliac – hemorrhaging cash at an alarming rate. Oh well. I’m actually looking forward to getting out there and plowing the driveway (though I better dig out my insulated coveralls and my Elmer Fudd hat). Continue Reading »
Well, finally, I own my “new” home (for as long as I continue to make payments to the bank, pay the taxes, and keep my homeowners insurance in force). Floyd the Kubota has left his temporary home at my sister’s place, and is now settled in where he’ll hopefully have many happy years of service (in fact, Floyd spent the night where none of our other vehicles have spent any time in the past year or so – in a garage). There is much work to do before we can even begin to think about moving in over there, but at least phase one is complete. Naturally, now that there’s work to do, it’s turned pretty damn cold (with a few snow fluffies in the air, even). Fortunately, things are supposed to warm up a bit over the weekend and next week. I’ve gotta get the fence put up so I can take the dogs out there with me. Oh well, time to get my shit together and head out.
In news from the “About F*cking Time” file, NPR has finally shitcanned Juan “Fux News House Negro” Williams for commiserating with Bill O’Reilly and telling him, “gee, Bill, I’m no racist, but when I see motherf*ckin’ Muslims on the motherf*ckin’ plane, it gives me the willies, too.” Continue Reading »
The fairly decent weather continues today, but is supposed to take a turn for the worse tomorrow evening. That can only mean one thing: we finally have a closing date, and it’s scheduled for late in the day Thursday. It’s like they consulted the weather forecast and said, “okay, we can let this asshole close now that the weather’s turning to shit.” Oh well, it’s better than continuing to sit in limbo, and I’m anxious to get this part over with and get this party started. I’m trying not to think about the actual moving part just yet, because it seems like an impossible feat. Continue Reading »
With, what, two weeks ’til Election Day, the political ads are on in full force. I may very well need to replace the mute button on my remote control before this is all over. I can’t even stand to listen to the commercials for the people I’m actually planning to vote for, let alone these other a-holes. Last night, as Sue mentioned, was the one and only Gubernatorial debate here in NY. I didn’t watch any of it, but have seen a few clips this morning, and there were some pretty funny moments. The guy running on the “The Rent is Too Damn High” line – Vietnam Vet Jimmy McMillan – is just too damn funny (by the way, Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News really needs to pull the stick out of his ass). Nattily attired and interestingly coiffed (very nifty beard and mustache, this fella sports), he wore black leather gloves throughout (to protect against Agent Orange attacks, of course). The ex-madam who hooked Eliot Spitzer up with his high-priced hookers – Kristin Davis (yes, she’s running for Guv) – said that businesses are leaving NY State faster than Carl Paladino at a gay bar, some other nerdy guy whose name I don’t recall said he’s not a typical politician, ‘cuz he’s never been caught with a prostitute, his father wasn’t Governor, and he’s never been convicted of a crime (which wasn’t actually all that funny, but he was trying, so I give him an ‘A’ for effort). Continue Reading »
“Breaking” news this morning from CNN: according to some unnamed NATO dude, Osama bin Laden is alive and well and living in Pakistan (or maybe I should say, ‘Paki-Satan’). And not even in a cave, either. He’s in a house. Probably with high-speed Internet and satellite TV, too. And hear I thought he was making audio and video recordings and running his dialysis machine on batteries (some kickass batteries, too; they’ve lasted, like, nine years already). Or maybe he’s got an infidel-driven generator or something. So, my two-word (and not particularly well-formed) question is – October surprise? Does Obama have it in him to pull Osama out of his hat? Will bin Laden sacrifice himself so his brother Mooslam can stay in office and push his godless (oh, wait, he’s a secret Muslim, so I guess he can’t exactly be godless; it’s just the wrong god; I mean, god backwards, as we all know, is dog, but Allah backwards is halla, which is a kingdom in Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne). This, by the way, is why Mooslams hate dogs. Continue Reading »
OK, let’s see. On Press the Meat, it’s Robert Gibbs and the two people running for Senate in Colorado – Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck.
On Faze the Nation, Bob Schieffer has Howard Dean, li’l Lindsey Graham, the evil spawn of a heartless criminal, Liz Cheney, and William Galston, Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy in the Clinton administration. Continue Reading »
Yesterday, it rained. And rained. Then it rained some more. In fact, it’s still raining right now, though it’s supposed to stop this morning. I was hoping to hear about a closing date yesterday (on Thursday, they told me everything was in, and they were looking at Monday or Tuesday). But I didn’t hear anything yesterday at all, so I’m guessing Monday is out of the question. It would have been nice to at least hear something, but, well, I guess I’m not important enough for a courtesy call. Maybe if I was borrowing a few million dollars or something. Oh well. Continue Reading »
Finally, it’s Friday. That’s all I got.
When you first hear Carl Paladino, you might think he’s a divider, not a uniter. But when Carl apologized for his remarks the other day (I’m not sure whether he was apologizing for saying out loud what he believed, or for not believing what he said, but anyway) he did something that brought homophobes like Yehuda Levin and gay people a little bit closer. As for how Levin heard about Carl’s apology, Levin says Continue Reading »