Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Brother's keeper.

A neighbor friend has lived with his mom for over 20 years. He is slow thinking and I can type faster with two fingers than he can read. His Mom died and the Will stated to sell the house. The man makes 700 a month. he wanted me to buy the house which is appraised at 60k from the high of 180k just three years ago. His bills won't let him make much of a rent payment at all. I feel guilty for not going forward, but... We both admitted that if he moved in with me it would probably wreck our friendship. His family isn't much if any smarter than him and they aren't holding their doors open to him either. I have this feeling he is going to fall through the cracks of society if something isn't done. Any suggestions?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Really good restaurants

Guys, I need a really, really great restaurant to take Dan out to for his birthday celebration. Any suggestions? I love the Summit, but then they do steak and we all know Dan prides himself on his steaks...Seafood? Something unique? Any ideas?

And, yes, there will be a party on Beejay's! And yes, I do expect you all to come and, yes, Dan will be cooking! Good food to be had and fun and smiles for all!

I'll let you know exactly what our plans are in the coming week with a private message.

Have a wonderful week and stay safe, my friends. Hugs.

A knock at the door

This guy is sitting at home alone when he hears a knock on the front door. 
There are two sheriff's deputies there. He asks if there is a problem...
One of the deputies asks if he is married and, if so, can he see a picture of his wife.
The guy says sure and shows him a picture of his wife.
The sheriff says, "I'm sorry sir, but it looks like your wife's been hit by a truck."

The husband says, "I know, but she has a great personality and is an excellent cook."


Four for Fridays

Welcome back everyone to another amazing episode of Four for Fridays! It's been a long, long week filled with tons of overtime...Tomorrow, I'm sleeping in.... Here's some random questions...

1) How many students were in your high school graduating class?

2) Have you ever gone horseback riding?

3) What's the longest you have ever stayed awake?

4) What's the longest you have ever slept?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

So froglover, have we used this image before?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my capricious carnations! How are you? My, hasn’t it been a mild August so far? It seems like we had our August heat in July. Of course, the month is barely half over and Mother Nature can be capricious, too.

Below is your weekly screenshot from the Journal Times’ online article, “Your guide to summer fun in Racine County,” There are still plenty of things to do in and about town. The Racine Zoo car show has always been one of Junior’s favorites. Perhaps he and I and Senor Zanza will attend this Sunday. We shall see.

And that “Art Venture” downtown on Saturday sounds intriguing. Oh my, such a plethora of pleasurable pastimes. Thank you, Racine.

I’m sorry, dear readers, but I don’t have a lot of time to spend on my blog this week. I have been very busy with a number of personal matters, including Senor Zanza’s mother’s health problems, and car problems, and computer problems, and my own health problems. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. That’s when I turn to Madame Zoltar’s® Rejuvenating Tonic and Fuel System Cleaner.™ A couple of snorts of that and everything starts to look rosy again. Plus, one bottle in your gas tank with every oil change prevents sludge buildup. Try it today!

Oh gee, I’m sorry again. I slipped right into a sales pitch. Tee hee. The retail life has me always on the lookout for the next sale. But I don’t do that with my Irregulars or regular readers. You are family. Thank you, family, for reading my blog today. I love you, family. Enjoy the beautiful weather, family. I’m looking forward to the next family reunion at Beejay’s house.

Family feud? Madame Zoltar knows the path to peace:

Don’t forget North Beach or the Dr. Clark Fountain downtown for “water sports.” Cool, refreshing, and free. Splish splash. Whisternefet!

Open Blog - Wednesday

Same to you, um, sir.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More from the era

a Techie question

Please forgive my complete lack of techno savvy, but I have a question for those of you that aren't totally perplexed by this stuff.
I have a regular who has a 'Nook'. He LOVES it. He told me his son has a Kindle that he can't stand and is getting rid of it. The thought of having something other than my desktop computer sounds good, I am not an avid reader but reading on a contraption sounds amazing.
I have toyed with the idea of getting a laptop, then saw the Nook, then lots of commercials and wow, mass confusion on a direction to look.
I do not know much about IPads or Tablets, but they too, look interesting.

I need some ideas as to the best of all worlds for me. Kick butt speed and capacity would be really good. Something that is mobile and can do it all would definitely be wild. Being able to download books and read them on said object would be nice, any ideas guys? I know I'll need to start saving up for whatever I get, and really feel completely at a loss for what is out there, and can't fathom how they work.

To borrow a quote from the hubby -"I got married so I wouldn't have to do that". He's our tech guy but this is stuff beyond his 'data base' per say. So I ask you, my dear irregular family for input, thanks bunches :)

"Man shoots his own penis"

Monday, August 15, 2011

Okay okay okay Some profound levity

"Starbucks CEO urges halt to US political donations"

"LOS ANGELES, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) Chief Executive Howard Schultz is winning support for his call to withhold political contributions from U.S. lawmakers until they strike a 'fair, bipartisan' deal on the country's debt, revenue and spending.

"Schultz recently led the world's biggest coffee chain through a painful but successful restructuring that returned it to growth. In his letter on Monday, he also challenged fellow U.S. business leaders to do their part by hiring workers to give the national economy a much-needed jolt.

"NYSE Euronext (NYX.N) Chief Executive Duncan Niederauer and Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ.O) Group Chief Executive Robert Greifeld already have pledged their support.

"'I think that Howard's idea is a great one, and I have told him that he can count on me,' Greifeld wrote in an email to Nasdaq company leaders.

"Schultz's effort comes as wealthy business leaders step up to challenge U.S. politicians who put their partisan bickering on display during the recent debt ceiling debate. That performance helped send consumer confidence to a more than three decade low and was cited when Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating."

I'm no expert, but this idea sounds good to me. I really believe that most of our politiicnas are in denial and believe that if they continue to do business the same old way for long enough, everything else will go away. They just don't get it. Maybe there have to be riots in the streets before they begin to understand. Maybe they won't even then. Maybe it has to be up close and personal before it penetrates their bullshit. I don't know.


Air Force General: Mr. President, we’ve just invented an invisibility cloak for Air Force One.

Obama: No way?

General; that’s right sir, the plane will be invisible. Will you be going along on its maiden flight?

Obama; Wouldn’t miss it for the world.

General; Have a good trip sir.

Open Blog - Monday

It's amazing how much that looks like me in the morning.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

We are Stardust, We are Golden....

In 1969, a monumental music festival changed our world. More than half a million people came together - united in a message of peace, openness and cultural expression – and demonstrated how a generation could be heard. Today, Woodstock lives on. Gathered on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, they came from all over....changing forever the face of rock and roll-encrypting our minds with images of love and peace....

Woodstock originally was designed as a profit-making venture. It famously became a "free concert" only after it became obvious that the event was drawing hundreds of thousands more people than the organizers had prepared for. Tickets for the event cost $18 in advance and $24 at the gate for all three days. But a late change in venue did not give the festival organizers enough time to prepare. Organizers felt they had two choices. One option was to improve the fencing and security which might have resulted in violence; the other involved putting all their resources into completing the stage, which would cause promoters to take a financial hit. The crowd, which was arriving in greater numbers and earlier than anticipated, made the decision for them. The fence was cut the night before the concert.

During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors. Among them were sensational bands like Santana, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Ten Years After, the Band, CSN&Y and Jimi Hendrix. I know, that's a lot of acts!

The influx of attendees to the rural concert site in Bethel created a massive traffic jam. To add to the problems and difficulty in dealing with the large crowds, recent rains had caused muddy roads and fields. The facilities were not equipped to provide sanitation or first aid for the number of people attending; hundreds of thousands found themselves in a struggle against bad weather, food shortages, and poor sanitation.

The festival was remarkably peaceful given the number of people and the conditions involved, the audience, in tune with the idealistic hopes of the 1960s, Woodstock satisfied most attendees. There was a sense of social harmony, which, with the quality of music, and the overwhelming mass of people, many sporting Bohemian dress, behavior, and attitudes helped to make it one of the enduring events of the century.

It is widely regarded as one of the most pivotal moments in rock and roll's music history...I have often wondered what it would be like to have experienced this.

25 years later gave birth to a new generation to the those attended the first. Organizers had come with plans for a second Woodstock to commemorate the anniversary of the original. Of course by then, the times had changed and the music had evolved. Skepticism arose as plans unraveled. Would the memory of the original be tarnished?

Woodstock '94 was settled in a large field in Saugarties, NY, about ten miles away from the original site and it was originally proposed as the location for the 1969 concert for permission to use the property was not granted. Tickets were sold for $135 to try to limit attendance to 250,000 people. Kind of steep price, yet considering the Eagles were charging the same amount for their shows, to see 67 acts in three days seemed fair. An eight foot high fence was erected around the venue to thwart gate crashers.

Instead of driving cross country and paying the big bucks to see this historical event, it was decided that staying at home and spending $50 to watch it on pay per view was a better idea. After all, it was my Woodstock...and I got a free T-shirt out of the deal. So I took the liberty of video and audio taping the ENTIRE concert...

67 acts and a wide diverse amount music covering two stages was presented to the hordes of music fans that came in from all points of the globe. Some new acts as well as the older ones. Among them were Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, Blind Melon, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Aerosmith, Allman Brothers Band, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Traffic, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Peter Gabriel. Returning from 1969 were Santana, Joe Cocker, Country Joe, CSN and the Band. There was no way I could miss this...

As I was watching this spectacle, I couldn't help to notice how surreal and crazy it was. It was a combination of generations-young and old-in the crowds and in the mosh pits. Body surfing, beach balls and naked people. An experience that felt a reminiscent to the original Woodstock with a modern twist. Rains came down during Saturday afternoon turning the place into "Mudstock". Out came the "Mudpeople" turning hills into mudslides-all caked with mud. By the time Aerosmith hit the stage late Saturday night with a mind blowing show, the crowd had swelled to an approximate 450,000 people. The gates had been taken down, lest people getting injured breaking in. At that point it became a free concert....

By the time I shut down my VCR and stereo, moments after the Sunday night Peter Gabriel finished his set, I was exhausted. Yet I smiled when I went to bed knowing a peaceful show worthy of the Woodstock name would bring up memories of a lifetime for me....

Five years later, as promoters wanted, came another Woodstock. Given the circumstances of the previous peaceful Woodstocks back in '69 and '94, it didn't seem to be a bad idea at first. A Woodstock every five years? The first one was a sacrilege while the second one was a peaceful commemorative, the third one was overkill.

Organizers picked the abandoned Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY, which was about 200 miles away from the original site, to solve the problems dealing with the mud that plagued the previous shows. Tickets were sold for $150 a piece, which were considered expensive that time period standards. Prior to the concert, the promoters of the event were determined to avoid the gate-crashing that had occurred at previous festivals, and had characterized the site as "defensible", describing the 12-foot plywood and steel fence intended to keep out those without tickets. About 500 New York State Troopers were hired for security. Woodstock 99 was conceived and executed as a commercial venture with dozens of corporate sponsors, and included the presence of vendor "malls" and modern acoutrements such as ATM's and e-mail stations.

Over 100 acts came to this event! Among them were Insane Clown Pose, Buckcherry, Korn, Bush, Kid Rock, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Godsmack, Jewel, Willie Nelson, Creed and Megadeth, Returning from '94 were Collective Soul, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. No one from the '69 show made an appearance...

Sounds if the promoters finally got it all together....WRONG! Very wrong...

But what went wrong? Crass commercialism for starters. Participants who had not brought sufficient food or water to the show had to either buy from onsite vendors, whose merchandise was expensive: a single-serving pizza sold for $12, bottles of water and soda went for five bucks a pop. The oppressive heat —which reached above 100 F-baking concert goers on the asphalt certainly didn't help matters. One by one, the testosterone driven metal bands pushed the crowds into a frenzy. Some crowd violence and looting was reported during the Saturday night performance by Limp Bizkit, including a rendition of the song "Break Stuff". Violence escalated the next night during the final hours of the concert as the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed. During the band's set, the crowd began to light candles, some also using them to start bonfires. The hundreds of empty plastic water bottles that littered the lawn/dance area were used as fuel for the fire. Many large bonfires were burning high before the band left the stage for the last time. Participants danced in circles around the fires. Looking for more fuel, some tore off panels of plywood from the supposedly inviolable security perimeter fence. ATMs were tipped over and broken into, trailers full of merchandise and equipment were forced open and burglarized, and abandoned vendor booths were turned over, and set afire.

Police investigated four alleged instances of rape that occurred during the concert. Eyewitnesses reported a body-surfing woman being pulled down into the crowd and gang-raped in the moshpit during Limp Bizkit's set. Seven arrests were made on the final night of the concert and, afterward, police reviewed video footage, hoping to identify and hold accountable rapists and looters who, amid the chaos, had not been arrested. Approximately 12 trailers, a small bus and a number of booths and portable toilets were burned in the fray. Six people were injured.

I was so glad that I turned down the $50 per per view for this show. The only acts that I was even interested in at the time were Metallica, Collective Soul, Counting Crows and Dave Matthews Band. It deeply saddened me, to know that the great sacrilege of Woodstock was tarnished by a bunch of assholes....