I'm not going to say much of anything. Others have done so more than I can in various places on the web. However:
  • We are still here...despite the efforts of Bush/ChaneyCo.
  • We are still Americans, still making an effort at being a Democracy.
  • In spite of things like the Iraq War and the Patriot Act and the Wiretapping and the Torture, we haven't *completely* thrown out the Constitution, and I am cautiously optimistic that we might make it through and come out able to fix things on the other side.

Tonight on my way home from work (late, because I ALWAYS end up working late these days), I was stopped by a procession of motorcycles. Initially I thought it was a funeral procession (they were treating it as one), and I did see a flag-covered casket being towed by one of the motorcycles - but mostly it was bikers with flags streaming off their bikes, heading down towards the Circle. I haven't been able to find anything about it on the local news. I just know that seeing that flag-draped casket choked me up as I remembered.

The last vehicle in the procession was a fire truck, lights and sirens on, waving to those of us who had been stopped. I gave them a big thumbs up.

I refuse to bring politics into this post, mostly because I am angered so much by those who use it for their own purposes.

But what is remembered, lives.
This story is from my mom. It happened to her last week. It's a nice holiday story, and she asked that I share it with as many people as possible, so here goes:

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. This morning I took my car to be winterized at my favorite (because of the owner’s proven honesty) mechanic’s shop. On the way I picked up some donuts for the guys, and got there around 11:00 am. After about a half hour, I noticed a customer questioning the owner about an issue that they were trying to resolve. I talked to the owner’s wife and offered to give him a character reference, but she felt it wasn’t necessary. They finished talking and the customer left.

After sitting there awhile, knitting a scarf and watching TV, the manager of the shop told me the battery on my ’93 Sable was “borderline.” He suggested that because winter weather could cause the battery to die, he felt I should get a new one. I told him that this is not a good time, meaning other expenses are taking precedence over a battery that “might” or ”might not” go out on me. And since I rarely drive outside the local area, I am not worried about getting stranded without finding someone available to help me. Having friends in a small town definitely has advantages. Another customer, a man who had been waiting to be helped, finished talking to the manager and left the shop.

After several more minutes, the manager told me they were going to put a new battery in my car, and that it was from Santa Claus. My eyes are starting to tear-up, but there’s a smile on my face as I’m writing this. After I speculated on who might have given me the gift, the manager told me it had been a customer who had heard my conversation. I’m pretty sure it was the man I saw leaving the shop shortly afterward……… And………in addition to Santa’s gift, the manager of the shop gave him a reduced price on the battery, just because the man’s actions had, in his words “made my day.” (Another act of kindness…how great is that.)

What an awesome, kind hearted thing for a stranger to do for this old lady. I’m 70 plus years old, but still pretty healthy for my age. I am not destitute, but I feel the need to keep working to make ends meet. After taking care of other expenses, I would have eventually had a new battery put in my car. But I am so touched by this act of kindness, that it has motivated me to try to help others in some small way.

In past years, during the holidays I have occasionally collected money, food and clothes for the American Red Cross and other charities. But the older I get, the lazier I get and convince myself that I’m too tired to do anything that requires extra energy, even though my conscience bothers me to do otherwise. Anyway…… my Secret Santa has motivated me to get movin’ and do something for others.

So…..I’ve decided that this year, I will, again, make myself available to try to collect food and/or money for the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross doesn’t take clothing anymore, but I will volunteer to pickup small bags of clothing and/or blankets and take them to the Goodwill Store that is near where I live.

I have told the auto mechanic shop owner to let Santa Claus know that his generosity is greatly appreciated and has given this old lady motivation to get busy and perform a few good deeds of my own.. I’m also secretly hoping that it might motivate some of my friends to do likewise. And please consider passing this on to your friends and relatives as well. I’m hoping that “Santa’s” kindness is contagious.

One other idea I have found that has come in handy on occasion is carrying used warm clothing in a small bag in my car during winter weather. The other day I was able to give used gloves and a jacket to a young girl Salvation Army bell ringer. I’ve found they also appreciate a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate on a cold day.

That’s all for now, guys…….Have a wonderful Thanksgiving……

P.S. The shop manager told me that “Santa” lives in the same town as the mechanic, so I plan to anonymously give this story to the local Times newspaper…I hope he sees it. And….I’ve asked the owner of the shop if I can use his name when I submit this story to a newspaper. Instead of taking advantage of the free publicity, he declined because he felt it would diminish the message of the story.

(Here's a link to a a blog written by the Times reporter of this same story; his paper would not allow him to publish this without names, but he blogged it: A Secret Santa.)
OK, Jessica (my 14 year old) wants to dress as the character "River" from Firefly/Serenity for InConJunction this year. I have one week to come up with a dress for her. However, I'm not a fan of the show, so I can only get sketchy pictures of what she looks like from Google Image.

Jess said something about a plain, dark colored dress, either long or short-sleeved, but from the pictures I've seen it seems to be slightly more involved than that.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can help her put together, for not very much money or in not a very complicated fashion?

I really want to help her out, she thoroughly enjoys the masquerade & wearing a hall costume; I was expecting her to go with a character from the anime she likes (Naruto) but she picked this instead, I believe thinking it would be easier.

TIA for any help anyone can give.

EDIT: Would a deep forest green flowy dress with short cap sleeves work? I also found a sleeveless black knit tank dress.

My friends list RAWKS!
Created by the very talented [livejournal.com profile] scathedobsidian:

I learned from Harry Potter (as written by my friend, [livejournal.com profile] daisymaeevans):

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from Harry Potter

  • No matter what anyone else tries to tell you, there is something extraordinary inside you.
  • A real friend doesn't care whether you're rich or poor.
  • A person can be handsome on the outside and still be a snake inside.
  • You always have choices.
  • Sometimes you have to break the rules. Just be sure you’re prepared for the consequences.
  • If you make fun of someone it may come back to haunt you.
  • A good friend will get mad at you, but they won’t stay mad.
  • Always trust your cat.
  • Laughter is the best antidote to fear.
  • If you fancy someone don’t hesitate to say so, or someone else might say it first.
  • Question authority, but listen to reason.
  • People sometimes do the wrong things for the right reasons, and the right things for the wrong reasons.
  • The most unlikely people can become heroes.
  • Even the wisest of us make mistakes.
  • Good guys don’t always wear white hats, bad guys don’t always wear black ones.
  • There is no magic stronger than love.

Per Daisy, feel free to share - just give credit where credit is due.
(I can't believe I'm beating [livejournal.com profile] filkertom to posting this, but:

Die Hard (in 30 seconds, as performed by bunnies)

Note: Starts immediately.

Well worth the watch!!!

Teh Cute

May. 31st, 2007 06:20 pm
Normally I don't post this sort of thing, but I just couldn't stand it:

Fifi the Shih Tzu from Daily Puppy.com

If you don't go awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, you have no heart. ;)
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Pi Day!

My favorite pi plate looks like this:

I haven't bought one yet, though. :(

I think I might have to pick up some pie on the way home...
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] syreene, I recommend this link to RPG Motifational Posters. Even if you're just a gaming widow, or only have a peripheral relationship to gaming, these are very, very funny.

I must say, though, that this is a personal favorite:

Any of my readers who know what a football fan/junkie I am must have wondered at the lack of football posts in the postseason. Well, I was nervous about jinxing anything. One of my other "dirty little secrets" is that I'm *very* superstitious. See, there were a couple of games we lost when I didn't wear my Colts jersey on game day, and I was worried. The next time I wore it, we won again, so fate had spoken. Even if I didn't end up wearing it all day, I *always* wore it during the game from then on. It didn't guarantee we won, but it made me feel better.

I'll admit, part of the lack of posting had to do with Real Life {tm} getting in the way; that silly feast took over a good chunk of my life - I'm just glad there wasn't a game last weekend, or I NEVER would've gotten any rest on Sunday. ;)

So, this Monday morning, cold & chilly in weather, I have only one comment to make:


Wow, it feels good to say that! And they deserve it, too. They worked hard, they fought hard, it was a good, tough game...


(Now I can take down my Colts holiday wreath - although Tony says I can leave it up a week in celebration.) :D


Jan. 7th, 2007 09:47 am
A most wondermous thing occurred Friday & yesterday; [livejournal.com profile] royalcrow won tickets Friday to the playoff game yesterday against Kansas City at the RCA Dome. There was initially some question as to whether or not he would get 1 ticket or 2, but eventually he got 2 and so we both went to the game. They were arranged for him by his boss, so it would've been "noticed" if he hadn't made it.

Anyway, we ended up getting treated to lunch at St. Elmo's Steakhouse - that's another long story - and then over to the dome. The seats were *very* good; upper tier, 5th row basically at the 20 yard line behind the Colts bench.

We had some concerns early on; for example, a defense showed up who was previously unseen in many regular season games - this was good. However, Payton Manning didn't appear to show up at the game until sometime late in the 3rd quarter, despite the fact that there was someone in the #18 jersey on the field. (Tony wanted to know if the coach was going to fine him for showing up late to the game - LOL!)

However, we screamed ourselves hoarse, had a wonderful time, COLTS WON, and overall it was a grand thing. I never thought I'd ever make it to a playoff game, EVER, and so that was just...well, it was awesome.

GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!
I am:
William Gibson
The chief instigator of the "cyberpunk" wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction.

Which science fiction writer are you?

...you *must* watch this video:

The Pachelbel Rant

(Thanks much to [livejournal.com profile] tmplrbob for sharing this gem!)

I am:
"You're probably one of those people who still thinks that getting a blowjob is not an impeachable offense."

Are You A Republican?

(Found via [livejournal.com profile] kightp)

LiveJournal is saying "sorry" for the recent outage, and if you have a paid members account, you can have your membership extended by a week. This is a limited time offer, which expires next Monday, 11/20/06.

Just in case you haven't heard.
Being all about the viral marketing, and helping people with cancer, I hereby pimp The Lime Project, a tastefully-done cheesecake calendar (of hot Internet chicks) to raise money for a woman named Heather with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I'm giving serious personal consideration to buying a calendar myself, but I'm currently broke. :( However, I'll pimp it and encourage others to buy calendars or donate.

Check it out!
As the wheel turns on this year, we have lost many. This year, as in previous years, I am posting the Litany of the Dead, as compiled by Dagonet Dewr. Feel free to pass this on as long as the attributions remain.

We turn the wheel... )

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] beldar for posting this list, as well as a link to Honorary Unsubscribe, which posts additional losses which may be missing from the above litany. Thanks also to the perennial favorite Dead People Server, which, as always is a fascinating read.

For myself, I would like to specifically make mention of the following who were not (or don't seem to be) included on the Litany list:

Michael Piller - Writer & Producer; Star Wars DS9, Voyager and The Dead Zone.

Barnard Hughes - American actor; Grandpa in The Lost Boys, among many many many other roles.

John M. "Mike" Ford - Writer & Science Fiction fan.

As usual, my apologies for anyone missed.

What is remembered, lives.


You are 40% experimental, 31% feral, 50% spiritual, and 30% square!

Congratulations! You're Alternate. The Alternate is, at first glance, the most mainstream of hippies. You are probably more into protecting disempowered people and the environment than expanding your mind or achieving a higher state of being, but you aren't so into nature that you choose to live in a tree. You even shower at times, and some people may not notice the passionate hippie lurking beneath the seemingly conservative exterior.

The hippie world needs you because you earth the other hippies, and form a bridge between them and the rest of society.

If you believe that opposites attract, you probably find yourself around Full-blown hippies. If you are more inclined to enjoy the company of those with similar attitudes, then other Alternates, as well as the Faerie-child, Treehugger, and Raver are for you.

The other categories are Neopagan, Mystic, Feral and of course, the Non-hippie

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on experimental
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on feral
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on spiritual
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on non-hippie

Link: The what kind of hippie are you Test written by pragmaticdreams on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
You scored as III - The Empress. The Empress is a maternal symbol. She is the mother figure who loves, nurtures and protects.
She will protect you, she will always be there when you are in trouble. When you fall over and graze your knee, the Empress will kiss it better.
Yet she is not a weak figure. Her compassion is strength. If her children are threatened she will stop at nothing to protect them. If well aspected in a Tarot spread, the Empress can symbolise security, protection and unconditional love. If badly aspected it can represent over-protectiveness, fear of risk taking and refusal to face the real world.


III - The Empress


VI: The Lovers


II - The High Priestess


XIII: Death


XIX: The Sun


XVI: The Tower


XI: Justice


X - Wheel of Fortune


VIII - Strength


XV: The Devil


0 - The Fool


I - Magician


IV - The Emperor


Which Major Arcana Tarot Card Are You?
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Your Geek Profile:

Geekiness in Love: High
Movie Geekiness: High
SciFi Geekiness: High
Academic Geekiness: Moderate
Music Geekiness: Moderate
Fashion Geekiness: Low
Gamer Geekiness: Low
General Geekiness: Low
Internet Geekiness: Low



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