Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Old Spice Ad

Have you seen this ad yet? Its humorous.

But wait... before you look at it (perhaps 'again'), read this from one of our local news stations:

"The ad has hit two million views on Youtube. It's a one-shot ad done in-camera with no cuts."

No cut-&-paste, no green backdrop, nothing but a straight shoot. I find it amazing and so kewl! (Plus it was made by one of our local businesses but I didn't catch its name.)

The actor's not hard to look at, either!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Web Jargon

Been wondering what a spider is when the subject is the internet? Check this link out. Its a glossary of internet and web jargon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Learning Experience

My six year old grandson, Darius, had one of those learning experiences that life gives you. The kind that stays with you forever, like when you learned what "hot" meant. But not to worry, no physical pain was experienced. Only a slight deflation of a growing ego. I can do it myself. A little humbling of an indepentant child.

After claiming his mother never did anything for him, Darius stubbornly began fixing his own dinner. Top Ramen noodles.

He put the bowl with the noodles in the microwave, pushed buttons, and began to dance around a little as he waited. It seemed to take a long time. From my place on the couch I hear the following as the microwave was still going...

whoa, steam...

Mama, there's a lot of steam coming out of the microwave.

By now I'm smelling something burning and I blurt out "Turn it off!"

Darius is still dancing around a little, but now it was because he wasn't sure what to do.

"TURN IT OFF" I yell a little louder as dirty gray smoke seeped into the air.

Darius pulled on the door which turned it off immediately. Dirty smoke came billowing out and filled the air. It had that burnt smell, like popcorn.

'Mom' came and pulled the smoking bowl out of the microwave and dropped it in the sink and ran water over it. More smoke. Below is what the bowl looked like.


I was watching Darius' expression as his mother questioned him in a calm manner.

What did you do?

I put the noodles in the bowl and put the bowl in the microwave.

Did you add any water?

At this point I could see his face crumble as he retraced his steps. When he mentally got to the "add water" step his face froze for a second and then his shoulders slumped.

Oh No! I forgot the water!

I know that feeling. I've lived that feeling way too often. I'm feeling for the little guy. Fortunately for him, his mom has a memory issue, too, and could relate to it being an unintentional accident.

That's okay. Don't worry about it.

But it did bother him for a little bit. He wanted to show his independance and it didn't work out that way. Life has a way of keeping us humble, doesn't it.
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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Male Species

It starts early, doesn't it. "My light saber is longer than your light saber!"




All I can say is No... that is NOT six inches! But it wouldn't count in this incident, huh.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

"Yo, Adrian"

"Be mine cause, you know, you're my valentine. And don't you ferget about it, either."

This hunk a man caught my attention this morning. He looked like he was trying to attract attention and since its Valentine's Day, I decided to use him... since, you know, I ain't gonna get anythin' else done to post.

Hope your day is a pleasant one. I'm watching the boys. They are tearing up the place now as I key this. And what fun... tomorrow is a school holiday, too.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

I Got My Car Back!

When my daughter and her two boys moved in with me last September, I lost my car. I lost my car to my daughter. I've finally got it back. My daughter has filed her taxes, received her refund, bought a used car, paid back loans... and 5 days later she's broke and borrowing money from me again. Just like old times.

She got a '92 Ford Explorer.



When your funds are limited, your choices are too. A bit of a gas guzzler, but she looks good in it. The boys do too. And its hers. All hers.

Do you remember your first car? Not a shared car, but your own personal vehicle. I've got just one word for it.....

FREEDOM!!! As long as you had gas money. But even if you didn't, you could go sit in your car and be alone with your own thoughts. Damn, I wish I had some gas.
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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Three Days

Three days. Its been three days since I've had any coffee. Its been okay, but now the coffee bean is calling out to me.

I've got coffee. I've got my flavoring I like to put in my coffee. The hold up has been that its whole bean coffee, not ground. Sigh.

Guess what I've been doing this morning.


Necessity is the mother of invention. Once again I am crushing coffee beans using a pair of pliers. Not as quick or tidy as a coffee grinder, but it will get the job done. You know, when its necessary.

Precious little coffee beans.....
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Vyron was in the Reuse step.


Looks like he was trying to come up with another use for the grocery bags. I'm not sure if I should be concerned or not. I suppose its not everyone who would think of a "secured hat". Yet on the other hand....
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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Universe Has Smiled on Me!

It has to do with a car problem. Car problems, to me, equal BIG BUCKS. But the Universe smiled on me and the problem was taken care of with a $20 used tire. Whew!

Being a semi-pro hermit, I didn't drive my car often but since my daughter and her two boys moved in with me I seldom see my car now. She's always driving it and she doesn't like staying at home. This is fine with me, cause she does all my errands for me. About the only time I drive now is to go visit my friend each Saturday.

This past Saturday I go hopping in the car and pull off. Wobble. Wobble. Wobble. OMG! It feels like the wheel is about to fall off. I go around the block and return to the apartment. I keep myself under control and do not blow up like a... like a... well, like a bad tire exploding, although that's what I felt like doing.

I confront my daughter

It feels like a wheel is going to fall off! Did you know this?


When did it start?

Oh... a day or two ago.

A couple of days? You drove the car like this for a couple of days and you didn't mention it?!? And now its the weekend and everything is close so we can't have it checked!!!

(Maybe I wasn't suppose to notice it.)

I continued to explain to her how dangerous it could be... wheel falling off, tire exploding, etc. And it was bound to happen in the middle of traffic. And just to be a good mother I also threw in how this kind of behavior (ignoring things, cutting corners) brings a lot of problems to her life. I stopped myself before I started reeling them all off in detail.

I had visions of a broken tie rod or rotten struts, things that cost a lot more than I had. This morning my daughter asked to drive to the store (just a few blocks away) so she could get some needed groceries. 'Need' was the operative word. Since she was going to be driving it anyway, she took it to our indepentant tire shop where they checked it out.

Hooray us. It was a bad tire. That was all! Hip Hip Hooray! Do a little dance, get down tonight.

And just to top the day off as a good one, I remembered to activate my new debit card (expiration date on the old one was Feb. 1) BEFORE trying to use it and I put the new car insurance card in my wallet. Damn. I should go buy a lottery ticket today!