Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I've Got The Music In Me

In place of actual content, here's a small music meme thing for you!

MOST PLAYED SONG IN ITUNES: Around The World by Aqua followed closely by Astronaut (Duran Duran), Wonka's Welcome Song (Danny Elfman) and I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls (Andy Partridge).

MOST PLAYED CD: Of all time...probably Seven & The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran but lately it's been LoveAngelMusicBaby by Gwen Stefani and Scissor Sisters' self titled CD.

10 SONGS YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF: In no particular order:
1) What Happens Tomorrow - Duran Duran
2) Filthy/Gorgeous - Scissor Sisters
3) Around The World - Aqua
4) I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls - Andy Partridge
5) If You Didn't But You Did - Kristen Chenoweth
6) Home Now - No Doubt
7) I'm Sorry - Roxette
8) Creepshow - Skid Row
9) No Matter What - Badfinger
10) Better Now - Collective Soul

LAST CD YOU BOUGHT: Anna Nalick's Wreck of the Day and Collective Soul's Youth.

BAND THAT SHOULD BE IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME THAT ISN'T: Hands down: Badfinger. I'm told that will probably never happen but I have hope!


FIRST CONCERT: Ferrante & Teicher when I was 3. Mom couldn't get a babysitter. I think I liked it.

LAST CONCERT: Duran Duran & Clear Static.

1) Love Angel Music Baby - Gwen Stefani
2) 7 Park Avenue - Pete Ham
3) Astronaut - Duran Duran
4) Seven & The Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran
5) Don't Bore Us Get To The Chorus - Roxette
6) Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
7) Morrison Hotel - The Doors
8) Slave To The Grind - Skid Row
9) Eden - Sarah Brightman
10) It's No Secret Anymore - Linda Eder



FAVORITE MALE SINGER: Pete Ham & Jim Morrison (tie)

FAVORITE FEMALE SINGER: Linda Eder & Ann Wilson (tie)

I won't tag anyone with this. If you want it, feel free!! Have a great Wednesday!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

By Popular Demand

My post yesterday generated some fun comments and since I'm at work without web access, that means that I couldn't reply to those comments. (I email my posts to Collin and he posts them for me. He's such a nice guy!) So, I thought I would use today's post to answer my comments!

Here we go - keep your hands in the car at all times and have fun!

John Elway. Pfff.

Andy K.

-Andy's not a Bronco fan, can you tell? Andy, you have to at least admit that Elway was better than Brister! :)
Tony Lilly? Good LORD what a blast from the past!

I was at that game in San Diego. The first quarter was great! Then I

had to memorize the words to "Hail to the Redskins."

My friend Bill and I like to play a game where we try to name
irrelevant Broncos that we still actually remember!

Top 10 Irrelevant Broncos:

1) Jack Dolbin
2) Butler By'Not'e
3) Larry Canada
4) Bobby Humphrey
5) Kenny Walker (remember the deaf kid from NE? We all did silent
clapping when he made a play!)
6) Le-Lo Lang
7) Craig Penrose
8) Rick Parros
9) Scott Stankavage
10) Sam Graddy

Do you remember any???

BTW, I LOVE Broncos posts - YAY!!!

Pat Angello

Pat - There were names on there that I haven't heard for years!! Let's see...obscure or irrelevant Broncos...KC Clark, Jeremiah Castille, Mike Harden, Gerald Willhite, David Treadwell...
Scotty Stankavage...What an arm! He could fling that pigskin 60, 70
yards. Of course, it was always into the waiting arms of a
defender...(3rd string QB, 1980's, played behind the legendary Elway
and the capable Kubiak). - I thought Stankavage was cute. So was Kubiak.

Kenny Walker: had a sign-language interpreter with him at all times

Sam Graddy was irrelevant? I beg to differ, friend.

Le-Lo Lang? Ha, that's funny. I remember him.

Bobby Humphrey...He coulda been a contenda'!

K.C. CLARK! KEN BELL! - Hey!! You mentioned KC Clark! I should have read farther down before writing my replies! Remember when he smacked that ref in the face for calling back an interception that he had made? I loved that!!
Gaston Green! Luke Prestridge! Norris Weese! Gene Lang! Rob Lytle!
Riley Odoms!

Stop me before Drozdov pukes again!

Bill Purdy

- I'm going through flashback o.d.! Oh my God!! Drozdov...he became a professional wrestler and broke his neck and was paralyzed.

If you say that name, GOBLINS WILL COME OUT!


- No! Not the goblins!!!

Um. Go Broncos!


- You betcha, baby!! GO BRONCOS!


That was fun. It got me racking my brain for old Broncos.

Remember Rich Karlis and his bare foot? Mom & I met him at Chapel Hills Mall one time...some charity he supported had put out a Broncos calendar and he signed it for us. Shanon loved him - when he went to play for The Vikings (whom I hated at the time because during a Monday night game one of the Vikes had broken Gerald Willhite's leg and he was one of my faves! I held a grudge against them until they drafted Daunte Culpepper.) she became a Minnesota fan. I was so disappointed in her. And him.

Mark Jackson & Vance Johnson & Ricky Nattiel - we went to the Citadel Mall around Christmas time to meet The Three Amigos. We stood in line for 3 hours!! But they were all so nice, even after all that time they had been there. Mark Jackson was singing "I've Been In Love Before" by the Cutting Crew while he was signing our poster. That poster hung on Mom & Dad's bedroom door for years! I also met Vance Johnson at the Citadel when I had my broken thumb and he signed my cast. I still have it in a plastic bag in a box. I don't care how bad it stinks - The Vance signed it!!

What was the name of the white receiver we had during The Three Amigos reign? They called him The Gringo. Rick Massey?

Rick Upchurch - he called my friend's house one day looking for relatives. Her mom was so excited that she had talked to thee Rick Upchurch!!

Gerald Willhite and his backflip, Sammy Winder and the Mississippi Mud Walk....

While I tell people right now that Trevor Pryce is my favorite player, my all time favorites will always be Randy Gradishar, Simon Fletcher, Dennis Smith & Steve Atwater. I still get chills watching Atwater lay that hit on Christian Okaye and then standing up and yelling....yeah, getting chills now...

Pat - if you love Bronco posts, you should check out the first week of my archives...there's a story about my Mom & I stole her seat from the old Mile High after the last game there. It's probably my best story!

I could talk all day about The Broncos...I better not. I have work to do!

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Monday Morning Quarterback

Collin & I watched Donnie Darko Saturday. There's a scene where Donnie's father is watching the Super Bowl. It's the one where the Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos - XXIII, I think. It's obvious that the characters are Bronco fans cuz the dad throws something at the TV in disgust and then says, "We need a quarterback." The other guy says, "No, we need to pick up a safety." YARGH!!!!

I think I missed most of the next scene because I was yelling my thoughts at Collin...poor Collin, he was really pretty much trapped. Here are my thoughts in a more calm & collected manner:

1) We did NOT need a quarterback. We had John Elway. Sadly, he was being coached by Dan Reeves who didn't know how to coach a team to win the Super Bowl. Elway also did not have a running game. He had great receivers but no running backs. What happened when we got Mike Shanahan and Terrell Davis? We won 2 Super Bowls...back to back, nonetheless! Thank you very much whoever wrote Donnie Darko!

2) As for the safety situation, we had Dennis Smith! There's no getting any better than that! We also had Tony Lilly...oh, my, he was cute!! CUTE!! He also was not the best safety to ever grace the Broncos roster. But he was cute. The more I think about the line, "We need to pick up a safety" I realize that he's probably talking about Tony Lilly. Uh! I know he was only interested in getting that cute mug on TV but, did they have to pick on him in a major motion picture?? Did I mention he was really cute?

I have to wonder why the writer picked that year to set the movie and why even show the Super Bowl? To annoy Bronco fans? To remind us of the Super Bowls that we lost? To get a dig in at Elway? Or Tony "Cutest Bronco Ever" Lilly? Out of everything that the movie was about, that's what sticks in my mind. Odd.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Meet Cloudy

School is back in session...what that means to me is one day a week I pick up Collin's son from school. I heard that finding a parking place this year was tough so I got there early yesterday & had my pick of spots. I chose a prime one across from the entrance and settled down to wait. I didn't bring a book or anything - I had Jordyn to entertain me.

She climbed into the front seat and immediately slunk down to the floor with her eyes closed and her tongue sticking out in her imitation of being dead. "Oh, no! Jordyn's dead! What will I tell her dad???" Her mouth was twitching; she was trying not to smile. Then her eyes fluttered open and like a snake in a basket, she writhed her way up, hands pressed together in front of her like an angel and a beatific smile on her face.

"Jordyn is dead," she intoned in an ethereal voice I had never heard her use before. "I am Jordyn's ghost. Don't be scared, Jordyn is just resting so while she's gone, I will be making her body move and talk." She then proceeded to "be" a ghost named GhostWorker. She informed me that her last name was Eyebrow & her middle name was CelineDion. I talked with GhostWorker for about 5 minutes before Jordyn's sore throat started to bother her. Ghosts weren't used to human ailments, I guess, so she went through the act of slinking and writhing again, this time to become a ghost who spoke a language no one understood. Since I couldn't talk to her, she disappeared and a new ghost appeared.

"Wow! What beautiful clouds," she exclaimed.

"Have you never seen clouds before?"

"Oh, there are clouds in Jordyn's body because she eats food. The clouds are all different colors because of what she eats - like colored goldfish so there are yellow and blue and red and green and purple clouds. There's also tan clouds because of the animal crackers she eats."

"I see. And what is your name?"

"Cloudy." Cloudy stayed with us the rest of the day. She was very good about staying in character. She slipped a couple of times, one time calling Collin "Dad" then explaining that she didn't know what else to call him since he was the dad of the little dead girl "resting in her heel." He suggested "Sir" but she decided that "Dad" was just fine. The second slip she started to recall something that had happened to her a while back. She immediately told us that she knew about this because she had always been in Jordyn's body so she was blessed with her "knowledgey."

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pray For Me, I Drive Circle*

Circle Drive is my main drag. I take it to & from work and 90% of the time if I'm going farther than my parents house, I take Circle to wherever I'm going. (I've said Circle so many times now that it doesn't look like a word to me anymore.)

Sunday morning I was coming home, zipping up Circle between Fountain & Airport (for those of you that know your way around the Springs, you can picture where I'm talking about.) and in front of the Carneceria & the Queen Bee'n Mexican Restaurant was a car in the turn lane with his flashers on. He was poking along, obviously having car problems. I was about 20 feet away from him when he suddenly jerked his car into my lane. I was going 45 and my maintenance man Fred was in the lane next to me, going just as fast, blocking me from making a quick lane change. I had no choice but to slam on my brakes and wait until Fred and the three other cars got past me before I could get around him. I want to know why he suddenly jerked out in front of traffic like that if his car was dead. I had thought at first that he had got it going but no. He just sat in my lane with his flashers going. Why not pull into the parking lot of the restaurant - he was in the turn lane already!!

Monday morning I was in the SAME PLACE on Circle Drive going about 50 (yes, this is speeding - the limit there is 35 but I was going with the flow of traffic)...there was an SUV in front of me and he suddenly swerved into the center turn lane. All of a sudden there was a car IN MY LANE with it's flashers going just sitting there. I barely made the swerve into the center turn lane in time. My heart was was so close! And to have that happen 2 days in a row in the same place!

Tuesday morning I was coming up Circle, in the same spot, and I noticed kids waiting for the school bus on the side of the road. I was thinking about how fast summer break had gone by when I was suddenly hit by a flash panic attack. I was actually expecting there to be a stalled car in front of me. Luckily there wasn't and I made it home safely but I thought it odd that I could be conditioned so easily!!

*= Academy Boulevard is actually Colorado Springs' main drag and years and years ago there were bumper stickers out that said, "Pray for me, I drive Academy." Derek & I were riding with Mom one day on Academy and this woman cut her off. She had one of those stickers on her car and Mom, so frustrated, yelled, "That should say 'Pray for me, I drive!'" To this day, I always think of that when someone makes me mad while I'm driving. Thanks, Mom.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Tears On My Pillow

A couple nights ago I was talking to Jordyn about music and she was telling me that Keith Urban's song "You'll Think Of Me" sometimes makes her cry. That got me to thinking about the songs that make me cry and why. Here's what I've come up with:

Lisa by Lita Ford - It was written about her mother and shortly after the release of the single, her mom passed away. It's very poignant and sad and Lita Ford uses all her passion singing about Mom.

Empty Garden by Elton John - Written for John Lennon after his's just so sad to think that a brilliant life can be snuffed out in the blink of an eye.

Where've You Been by Kathy Mattea - Just like reading Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook, anything having to do with an old couple in a nursing home and one doesn't remember the other except for brief glimpses breaks my heart. I played this song for Mom once and when it was over, she was bawling and she sternly told me never to play that for her again!

Written In The Stars by Adam Pascal & Heather Headley - From Elton John & Tim Rice's musical Aida, the love story that this song summarizes is so sad that when I went to see the play in Denver, I was crying before the curtain came up. It's the whole star-crossed lovers angle that gets me.

On My Own by Lea Salonga - Another Broadway great, this one from Les Miserables. She's so sad and lonely and heartbroken and in love with someone who will never love her...I think everyone has felt this way at least once in their life.

Without You by Badfinger - You knew this was coming. Actually any Badfinger song can make me cry if I think about the injustice while I hear it. But this one has always made me sad, even when I was small and didn't know who Pete Ham and Badfinger were.

That's all I can think of for now. What amazed me about the conversation with Jordyn, though, was that I was talking music with a 5 year old and she was saying things to me like, "'It's Still Rock 'n' Roll To Me' is a short song but it's great." That someone that young knows that song. Plus she said, "I know who sings 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.' Rod Stewart!" I'm so proud of her!

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

In The Pink

Years ago when Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale broke up and she colored her hair pink because of it, I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. I wanted pink hair, too, but not ALL pink like Gwen had it...I just wanted the bottom three inches pink against my blonde. My hair was pretty long then and I got my 10-year-younger cousin to color it for me. It looked awesome - it was just the right amount of odd that I could deal with. It was perfect.

Then it started to fade. I asked Crystal (my cousin) to redo the pink but this time add a couple thin streaks from the top leading into the fringe at the bottom. Easy enough but to Crystal, two thin streaks meant glob the color on your hand and splop (yes, that's a word. Mine, but still...) it on my hair. The "streaks" ended up being as wide as my pink fringe was tall. I gave up and said, "Just do the whole thing pink."

So she did. And here's the end result.

This was 5 years ago. It was about 4 months before Derek & Heather's wedding. One of Heather's bridesmaids had dropped out and they wanted me to fill in. But of course, the pink hair had to go. I figured I'd dye it a couple weeks before the wedding. No big deal.

My parents hated it, of course, and the next day I went shopping in Castle Rock with Christina. EVERYBODY either stared or said something and being as shy as I am, I couldn't deal with it. The next day I went to KMart and bought the darkest brown they had and covered it up. I did a shitty job and a lady at work asked me if I did my hair with grape Kool-Aid. For the next 3 1/2 months, my hair was so yucky! And then I had it dyed copper blonde for the wedding. In all of their wedding pictures I have this dark red hair with bleach blonde streaks. It looks good but I'm not supposed to have dark hair...I'm too pale.

I finally got my hair back to it's normal color of blonde. A couple time since I've added pink streaks but I never went all the way pink again. Maybe sometime in the future since Collin really liked it pink.



Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Up In Smoke

I love Subway. For two years that was all I ate while I was on my diet. My fave sandwich is the roast beef on wheat. I used to get the Dijon horseradish sauce on it but a while ago they discontinued it. That seems to be the beginning of my disenchantment with the sub shop. Last night sealed the deal. Sealed it up right tight!

Collin & the kids came to have dinner with me on my break and Justin really wanted to go to Subway. That sounded good to me so I acquiesced and we went to the one just down the hill from work. I've been there so many times and never had any problems. I ordered the old standard: roast beef on wheat with southwestern sauce (in lieu of my much-missed horsey sauce), lettuce & onions. Collin ordered the other three and went to pay. The total came to $27.42! We both thought that was a little high but the girl ringing it up handed him a receipt. Sadly, the total was correct. It was obvious, though, that the prices had gone up. Each sandwich (we got the Meal Deals) was $7.50 and Jordyn's Kids Meal was $3.50! Add on the tax and you get the insane amount that Collin paid. (At 1am I went to IHOP with Prescilla & Ginny - they both had a chicken strip dinner & I had a grilled Rueben sandwich w/ onion rings and our total was the same as Subway! That's just not right!)

While we were lamenting over how much prices had gone up, I started to eat my sandwich. The first two bites tasted like cigarette butts. After that it seemed to be okay until I reached the end of the first half - then the butt taste was back with a vengeance. I set that half aside and bit into the 2nd half. Bleck! More cigarette butts! I don't know what made it taste like that - was the guy that made the sandwich a smoker and the taste transferred from his hands through the protective gloves onto my food? No one else had that taste so it had to be either the sauce or the onions...those were the only things I had that no one else did. Whatever it was, you can bet I won't be having Subway for a long, long time!!

***A side note just for giggles***

These are three names I ran across while working on my genealogy project last night:

-Benjamin Outlaw

I hope the parents didn't name Ben & Arson with hopes to what they'd be when they grew up. As for poor Urethra, I'm thinking that they heard that word one day and when she was born they said, "Hey. Remember that great name we heard a while back? That'd be a right purty name for our little girl." Ick. I'm so lucky I have a nice normal name...even if I am named after a flowering weed.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Back Pages

There's a section in our local paper called Back Pages. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this prints what was newsworthy 50, 75 & 100 years ago. Some of them can be pretty entertaining. I liked the "100 years ago" in yesterday's paper & wanted to share it with you:

"Littleton - the offices of the county commissioner are again in a state of siege. The doors have been barricaded and the loopholes for the guns have been opened. This was caused by a decision of Judge DeFrance in favor of the old commissioners. The office of the county commissioners was captured in a raid of the new officials last December and at that time it had looked as though there would be a civil war at Littleton."

Now...this was 1905. I kinda thought things were civilized by then. I guess not in Littleton. And did they vote those "new officials" into office in December and the old guys refused to budge so the new guys had to raid? And now that Judge DeFrance sided with the old guys, the new guys aren't giving up without a fight? At least, that's what I'm getting from the story. I'd love to get the rest of the tale...maybe I'll have to go down to the Pioneer Museum where they have all the old Gazette Telegraphs and see if I can find the articles.



Monday, August 15, 2005

Starving Kids In China

You know how it is when you're a kid and your parents have friends who have kids so when they're invited to their friends' house for dinner or whatever, you HAVE to go, too, because they have kids and you're supposed to play with the kids, even though you don't know them?

Sure you do.

This happened a lot when Derek & I were growing up. Dad's good friend Bert the plumber (that's his full name, I swear! It's never "Bert came over today" or "I'm going to Cripple Creek with Bert" it's "I'm going to dinner with Bert the plumber.") & his wife Nancy had 2 boys Chad & Jeremy (not the 60's singing group... I don't think they were named for them, either. Just a happy coincidence). We got to be fairly good friends with them - at least I did: Jeremy was my age & Chad was a year younger.

Then there was Dave. Dave was 7 feet tall and an artist. If any of you reading this are from Colorado Springs or have visited here and eaten at Gunther Toody's on Academy, he painted the old car that used to be on the wall on the north end. Anyway...

Dave & his wife Sharisse had a son about my age named Travis so when Mom & Dad were invited over for dinner, Derek & I were dragged along. This was the first time we did anything with this family and we weren't sure what to expect. Dad had met Dave through his job at the theatre somehow & had never met his wife or son. Derek was only 3 or 4 and a picky eater. On the way to their house, Mom told us "Just eat what they put in front of you and be quiet."

Okay. No problem.

We got there and Sharisse turned out to be nice if not a little odd. She was making goulash for dinner... whole potatoes, big hunks of meat, half a carrot here, half an onion there. At the end, right before serving it, she dumped in a whole tub of sour cream. My mother was mortified - you could see on her face that she so did not want to eat it but she had to be polite.

While she was trying to choke it down, Derek leaned over to Mom, lifted her hair up and whispered in her ear: "Just eat it and be quiet."

We stopped at McDonalds on the way home that night. And I don't ever remember going back there for dinner. Ever.

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Friday, August 12, 2005


This is being posted by Collin, not Heather.

This morning Heather told me that I was free to post anything interesting at her site that I might come up with and was willing to spare since my site is also in dire need of something interesting. Not those exact words, but that's the gist of it. So I am posting the bumper sticker that I made for her.

She hasn't seen it yet. I hope she likes it. And anyone who would like one of their very own I've got them at my CafePress store. I'm selling them at base price with $0 markup for now. Get 'em while they're hot!

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A Big Fat Friday Full Of Nothing


I have nothing to post today. I wanted to do a photo post today but I never got around to it. We watched the 60's movie Please Don't Eat The Daisies last night...I really liked it. It was the first movie I've ever seen with Doris Day in it, surprisingly.

Wow...seriously, there is just nothing going on. OH! Some good news: it looks like maybe someone from our shift won't have to go to the other shift after all...something about the legality of it all. Whatever, as long as I don't have to switch shifts.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

I Have No Son

Yesterday morning, I went to breakfast at Mimi's with my parents and my Aunt Nancy. We had just sat down and the waitress, a young girl of about 21, came right over, looked at Dad and said, "I know what you want."

"And what would that be," he replied, obviously amused.

"A large orange juice."

"No! I don't drink that stuff."

"But that's what you had last time."

"I don't think so..."

"Are you sure? Of course, I haven't seen you come in with HER before." She nodded at Mom and we all gaped in shock. I was pretty sure that this girl had mistaken Dad for another customer of hers but it would be interesting to see how she proceeded, especially after our reactions. "I mean, the last time, you were here with your son." And Mom...good ol' Mom, replies firmly & with conviction:

"He doesn't have a son!"

Well, that garnered more shocked stares than what the waitress had said. I looked at her and said, "What? Mom!!"

"What? OH! I mean, he has a son! He's my son, too...I mean...." and she just trailed off. She knew there was no way out of it.

After that exciting breakfast, we went up to Memorial Hospital to visit my grandma who had a quadruple bypass last week. She's doing good and getting around on her own already but from what I hear she's been super feisty, arguing with the doctors and nurses. One of the nurses told her she had a reputation in that ward as a nasty old woman and that everyone was talking about her. As we were getting ready to leave, Grandma asked Aunt Nancy if she would order her lunch for her.

"I'd like to order lunch for Lila Knight in room 7626A, please."

"I'm sorry, it's too late to order lunch."

"Too late for lunch? It's 10:30am!"

"I'm sorry...wait. Did you say 7626A?"


"That's okay then. Go ahead & order."

"Thank you. She'd like tomato soup, 2 salts and peaches."

"She can't have peaches."

"It's on her menu."

"Umm...okay. She can have peaches."

It was obvious that Grandma's rep had extended down to the cafeteria. She was getting everything she wanted!!!

And the fun wasn't over - oh, no! As we were pulling out of the parking lot, we were passed by an ambulance followed by a police cruiser. Mom said, " ambulance car followed by a police car. That can't be good."

"An ambulance car," I asked.

", an ambulance followed by a police car." But it was too late. Dad & I were off, making fun of her "ambulance car" statement.

"I got me one-a them there am-bu-lance cars," I said. "It's a little bit harder to drive than my tractor car, though."

And even Nancy chimed in with, "And I don't even have a son!"


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I Love Matted Spam!! But I hate Todd Bertuzzi!!

I was driving to work the other day and ended up behind a truck bearing a bumper sticker that read "I {Heart} Spam." I got to thinking that if I were ever to run across that truck parked somewhere, I would whip out my trusty Sharpie and scribble in the word "Matted" over "Spam." THEN I thought maybe I should talk to my Collin about making me an "I {Heart} Matted Spam" sticker somewhat similar to the real thing. Hmmm... would anyone else want one, though, that's the question.

In other news... there's not much I can say about the NHL reinstating Todd Bertuzzi that Derek & Pat Angelo haven't already said. Except this (bear with me... you might think I'm rambling but I really have a point here.):

Yesterday afternoon I had a dream that I was at work talking to a woman that looked remarkably like Marion Ross (the lady who played Mrs. C. on Happy Days). She had come over to my area from the fab because they had shut down for 2 weeks and she didn't want to take the time off. Her two weeks in our area had ended and she was complaining while I walked outside with her that she didn't want to go back to the fab.

As we were walking, I noticed my ex-brother-in-law who passed away in December coming towards us with a determined look in his eyes. I was immediately terrified - he was dead, what was he doing here? As she mentioned, "I really hate the fab," the late Tubby reached out & removed her soul through a caress of her arm (ala Dead Like Me)! I knew this woman was going to die violently & horribly and I ran away in fright, thinking "He's a reaper! Oh my God, he's a reaper!"

When I woke up, completely freaked out, I wondered if anyone famous had died (since the woman in my dream was famous). I asked Collin that night at dinner if anyone had. The only one he knew of was Peter Jennings. Then he said, "Oh, what's the name of that hockey player who was suspended for hitting that Av player?"
"Todd Bertuzzi?"

"Yeah... they reinstated him today." After I got through ranting & raving about the injustice of it all (including an original thought of my own: If it had been a big star like Sakic or Forsberg that had his neck broken instead of a rookie 4th liner, would the suspension have been longer & more severe?), I told Collin, "You know, I thought you were gonna tell me that Bertuzzi died and I was like, 'YAY!'."


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Press Zero To Kiss My Butt

For at least three years I've been paying my phone bill over the phone. I call up Quest, the electronic lady asks me for my phone number, I hit the buttons, it's over and done with within 5 minutes. Simple as pie.

Well, no more ease - not for Quest customers! I called last week to pay my bill and the electronic voice now belonged to a man. And not just any man... a sarcastic sounding, annoying wannabe-cool-cat man.

QwestMan: Hi. Please tell me the number you're calling about.

Me: (After a couple seconds... I mean, I just SAY the number? What happened to inputting it on my phone?) {phone number here}

QM: Thanks. So, what would you like to do? You can say 'I'd like to pay my bill' or 'I have a-

Me: I'd like to pay my bill.

QM: Okay. So, for security purposes, why don't you tell me you mailing zip code.

Me: {Gack! My bill goes to my parents house. What's their zip??} Umm... 80909?

QM: Okay. {Whew, got it right!} So, I see here that you have a balance of $59.07. Would you like to pay that today?

Me: Yes.

QM: Okay. Would you like to pay it all?
Me: Pay it all.

QM: Okay. Would you like to pay it all?


QM: Goodbye.

ARGH!! What the heck? I said I wanted to pay it all!!! Fine...

{Dialing again - reaching the point I was before}

QM: Would you like to pay it all?

Me: Yes.

QM: Okay. Would you like to use your checking account or your credit card?

Me: Credit card.

QM: Okay. I just need your credit card number

Me: {Scrambling into my wallet for my card.}

QM: If you need a minute, just say 'I need a minute.'

Me: 5876-7

QM: Goodbye.

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got it the third time - always the charm, right? But seriously, it was so annoying and that man sounded like he was making fun of me the whole time! Many clowns were born in that 15 minutes that I spent trying to pay my bill. I miss the other way where you don't have to say a word. It was so much easier. I might have to resort to good old fashioned snail mail if they keep this new system.


Monday, August 08, 2005


I've been very busy at work, but if you would like to leave your name and a brief message I will try to post back to you as quickly as possible.

Also, "Happy Death Day Elvis!" Be sure to celebrate with some KFC and a cheeseburger!



Friday, August 05, 2005


I just have absolutely nothing going on worth posting about. It's a sad state of affairs, I tell you.

Someone on my shift at work will be going to another shift here soon. I really hope it's not me. Apparently it's wormed it's way into my subconscious, however - last night I dreamed that it was my task to make lists of what everyone's strengths & weaknesses were so we could pick who was going. Since I was making the list, I was thinking that I could probably pad it and save myself! The weird part of the dream was that we were all learning a new machine that was super sensitive and we couldn't have any fibers near it so we were all naked. It was scary!

See, I told you I had nothing!! Have a super weekend, everyone!


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

One Number Off

One of the nice things about the place I work is that right up the hill is a branch of my bank so when I need cash, it's just a quick jaunt to get some money. Monday night I did just that before going to get dinner at Wendy's. Except this time the ATM machine was out of order!

When something like that happens, something that doesn't fit into my "routine," I get miffed. I sat there for a while, trying to decide what to do. Go to the grocery store and get food there? But I really wanted Wendy's but I didn't want to get out of the car... I ended up going to 7-11 on Nevada Ave and using their VCOM ATM.

It was busy in there but the machine was free. I quickly swiped my card and started punching buttons. I asked for $20 and got it. I grabbed the receipt and took off. It was all so easy. Too easy...

Tonight at dinner with Collin & the kids, I reached into my purse for my phone and I saw the VCOM receipt. I remembered that they usually print out your bank balance and I decided to see what mine was. Imagine my surprise when I saw a balance of $47!!! I knew I had more money than that! Upon closer inspection, I realized the receipt said that I had asked for (& supposedly received) $100!!!

Of course I start to panic. There was an 800 number on the receipt to call so I did... an electronic voice told me to call my "financial institution." I rang up the number on the back of my ATM card but of course, being close to 9pm, there was no one there. In the midst of my panic, Collin asked if my card number was on the receipt.

You know how they only show the last four digits of the ATM account on receipts? The number on the receipt was ONE NUMBER OFF from mine!! We went to the ATM at my bank, which thankfully was operational tonight, and checked my balance. Everything was fine and so far the $20 I withdrew last night hasn't registered. It looks like I ended up with someone else's receipt but the odds of the person before me being one digit off from my card is... well... freaking phenomenal!

All's well that ends well is the moral of the story tonight, kids!!


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A Little Bit Of Everything

Much like Derek last week, there's a lot going on but not enough to make into a full-length post so here's a bunch of little things!


Last week I picked up a CD by a Broadway star named Kristin Chenoweth. It's a couple years old & titled "Let Yourself Go." I grabbed it on a whim from the library because I'd heard she was a phenomenal talent & let me tell you... that doesn't even begin to describe it. Her voice is crazy-amazing, the songs are wonderful... definitely one to buy! I've worn it out already in a week! If you like Broadway tunes and swing music, check this out if you haven't already - pay special attention to track #2, "If You Hadn't But You Did"... this is my new favorite song to sing along with in the car!


What is up with Showtime canceling Dead Like Me???? Collin posted about this yesterday but I had to mention it. My favorite show... no more George, no more Mason (and that's a big tragedy, seriously!!!), no more Happy Time & Delores Herbig and "her big brown eyes." YARGH! It's just not right!


Collin also mentioned that we saw The Devil's Rejects this past weekend, the new Rob Zombie movie. It was extremely icky in parts but I was very entertained. And I loved Sheri Moon Zombie's hair!! I would kill for hair like that! And isn't that a great name? Sheri Moon Zombie! I love it - If I were married to Rob Zombie, I would take the Zombie name instead of his real name of Cummings... much more cool! Maybe I could talk Collin into changing his last name to Zombie... after all, he does LOOOOVE his zombies. :-)


I made it to the final table at Derek's Poker Night. I did much better this time but I was put out of the game by the guy I beat last year to win first place. Talk about revenge!! I happily retired to the Loser's Lounge (a.k.a. Derek's den) and sang karaoke with the rest of the losers. Congrats to Jason for winning the big pot, though!


I guess that's enough to keep you occupied for now! Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


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