Sunday, October 29, 2006

One Whole Day Wasted Having A Migraine & Hiding From The Mini-Ghouls In Sugar-Lust Frenzy Mode...

Maybe it's just me, but I've never *gotten* Halloween -- even when I was young enough to supposedly enjoy the free candy and the dress-up, there was always something about the latently (and sometimes *not* so latently) coercive aspect of the whole Trick-or-Treat experience that, even at my youngest, reminded me of nothing so much as the annoyance that is a cold-calling door-to-door salesman. Unless my memory is seriously off (and I'd honestly be hard-pressed to counter-argue the point, frankly), my interior thought process was always more along this line:

You've got candy you want to give me? Okay, that's cool.

You *don't* have any candy to give me? Okay, that's cool too.

And if I got something I didn't like (like anything with mint or coconut) or was allergic to (like apples or oranges), I just gave those away to whichever other kids I was with would take them -- usually (but not always) whoever I gave them to felt some obligation to quid pro quo, but I don't recall ever keeping score meself in that regard (of course, the fact that I believe the reason it took me until my early *20's* to learn the whole please/thank you/you're welcome liturgy was due to a still-unofficially-diagnosed case of autism might color this observation a tad...)
Something I think I *do* get is poker -- now that the Milkwaukee's Best Light poker tourney is over, I'm more than a little disappointed that, after qualifying for the weekly finals the first two weeks I played, I failed to make the cut the final three weeks straight, but I think I learned enough from the experience to take into some other poker sites (provided US lawmakers don't run the whole industry into the ground under the grossly-mistaken arguement that online poker is somehow less moral than state lotterys and on-line horse race betting) -- did also have to promise the wife that after the ridiculous hours I spent on this last tournament, I'd only play on the weekends from here on out...
Speaking of addictive behaviors, I really should make myself one of those poker chip things they have in AA and label it "1 Month without WWE/ECW Programming" -- haven't really missed it much at all, and I think I'm a solid TNA wrestling convert (can't hardly wait to see what happens when they finally go prime-time in early November on Spike TV...)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Are We Begining To Sense A Pattern Here?...

Another badass quiz from eSPIN-the-Bottle...

What Animal Are You?

MY RESULT:Chimpanzee

ChimpanzeeDude, you got it made. Everyone loves a chimp. They’re smart, cool and fun to watch, and no one can resist their charm.

While you might not be the hottest-looking babe in the animal kingdom, you make up for it in personality. Seriously, when was the last time you met a boring chimpanzee? Just watch that negative attitude (i.e., don’t fling poo), and you’ll do fine.

Take This Quiz!

[via Poodle-Puppy Lynn]

Sunday, October 15, 2006

My Standings To Date In The Milwaukee's Best Light Texas Hold'em Challenge

Weeks 1 & 2 -- did not play

Week 3 -- 494th with 21702 points

Week 4 -- 370th with 24469 points

Week 5 (last week) -- 4483rd with 3450 points [brutal, just brutal...]

Weeks 6 (this week) & 7 (next week) -- hoping for better...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Poker -- It Does A Body Good...

Unable to sleep, I entered a game at the on-line poker site where I've been playing recently, and someone there IM'd another player who'd just hit trip Aces:

aces are good for you

and I was so tempted to pipe in with:

it builds strong bones and teeth...

Monday, October 09, 2006

CD's I Put On Random Shuffle After Coming Home From The Office At Noon When I Realized It Was Columbus Day...

Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Fast Forward: Rock Summer '99
Herbie Hancock - Sextant
North River - North River Live

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I Tells Yah, Dey Gots Cameras 'N' Wires *Everywheres* Nowdays...


People Iced:Twenty
Car Bombs Planted:Eleven
Favorite WeaponA Candlestick
Arms Broken:Twenty Three
Eyes Gouged:Twelve
Tongues Cut Off:Eight
Biggest Enemy:Joey Big-Lips

Get Your HITMAN Name


[via "Lindsay Lohan"]

Sunday, October 01, 2006

No, Jay Leno *Never* Has To Make These Up...

Safety First!
(And *Then* The Women And Children?...)

[quoted from an email Ester received from her mom -- I added the link to #9 meself...]
After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans . If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control,ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9.Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door."

The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.