January 31, 2010

Music I Like

Here is a song I like that I finally found on YouTube:

It's different than most music I like... but there is something about this that I really like. Maybe its the sampling or remake of the Frida (of ABBA) song, I do love the old songs redone by other artists with a new beat and sound.

January 30, 2010

This date in history

1971 – Carole King's Tapestry album is released, it would become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide.

In this album is one of my favorite songs.


I'm really grateful for my friends! To those in my life now, those from my past, those near and far away. To the new blogger friends I have made in the last year, thank you for stopping by and for reading!

January 29, 2010

Good News and Bad News

The results of my MRI that I had last week are back...

The Good News: The doctor said there is no disc damage in my neck! No surgery will be required! YAY!

The Bad News; my left arms still has some aching and numbness.

But... at least I know it's something I can manage.

I got off of the pain meds almost a week ago and changed my pillow to one that is more firm. I am a side sleeper and a firm pillow is needed. Now if only I had a nice furry warm body to snuggle up next to me instead of the old limp little pillow I snuggle with now, then I'd be even better!

I have learned to watch for signs that I am getting stressed and letting my neck and shoulders tense up. It's been difficult since I've had a coworker who has been out all week and the end of the month is always a busy time in my line of work.

I just have to be happy in that bit of good news though... No surgery!



Good News: It's Friday! Woohoo!
Bad News: It's rainy and cold and could possible turn the streets icy! Boo!

January 28, 2010

Kreativ Award

I appreciate being mentioned for this award because I haven't felt like I've been very creative lately! And I still am in awe that so many people stop by my little corner of the great world wide web!

Here are the rules of the award:

1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you for this award.

Thank you Sassy Bear Sean! If you have not seen his "Undie Monday" pictures you're really missing out! I know that when we meet we will be instant friends! He is a handsome man, has a handsome husbear and a cutie-pie puppy!

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.


3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
Idle Eyes and Dormy

4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

1.) I grew up Mormon in a small town in Utah. There was only about 2000 people in the whole town. The next closest town was 20 miles away and Salt Lake City was a 3 hour drive away. But I love living in the city now!

2.) I was a Mormon Missionary in New Zealand. I came out when I was about 22 yrs old, but went back to the Mormon church to try to change and was in the church and reparirative therapy for 8 years. I came back out 10 years ago. I have written my life story about this for a website; gaymormonstories.com.

3.) I have a sweet tooth! I have really had to cut back. I still love all kinds of licorice, red and black. I love sherbet and have some almost every night.

4.) I have mostly owned and driven trucks. I have only owned 2 cars and 1 small SUV. If I had to guess I would say I've owned about 7 trucks in my life.

5.) I really do not like politics! But last night I did watch the State of the Union address. I liked it!

6.) I only started drinking alcohol in the last 5 years. It has taken me about 4 of those years to tolerate the taste of beer. Now I like it.

7.) I have 1 sibling that I don't have anything to do with and I doubt I ever will. It's a long story that maybe I'll share sometime.

5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers and post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.

Ultra Dave

gambrinous with griffonage

Al In The Country

A Journey By Myself

Homer's World

The Mangina Monologues

Spirit Of Saint Lewis

Juztick

6. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

January 27, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

Complete the sentence: A time I will never forget is ______________.

In 1987 I went for the first time to Europe. I went with Mike, a friend of mine to visit friends of his who lived in Paris. I will have to scan some pictures and post them with some stores of the time in Paris, but a time I will never forget is when we took the night train from Paris to Turin, Italy.

Mike's friends were planning a trip to visit the castles in northern France and Mike was planning on visiting some friends of his in Turin. What a decision! I could go in either direction and would have loved to do both. But since this was my first time to Europe I decided to visit another country. Mike and I booked beds on the night train, the TGV. The sleeping car we booked had 3 beds in bunk-bed fashion on each side of the small room and we were on the top bunks. It was too hot to sleep so I lay awake listening to Mike trying to talk to some Italians who were in the same sleeping car. Mike is fluent in Spanish, knows some French and he was trying to talk to and understand the Italians.

I was exhausted and finally fell asleep. I barely remember waking up as we stopped, we had crossed the Italian border and we needed to have our passports checked. We stayed with friends of his in the city and only did a few of the "touristy" things, like see the chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist where the Shroud is. We also were invited to a large family dinner in a small village outside of Torino. Walking around this small town was like stepping back 500 years in history for me. I had always loved history and I was in awe at everything I was seeing and experiencing.

Mike continued on to Rome and I was due back to the job and real life in a day or two so I caught the train back to Paris, this time it was during the day so I got to see part of the Italian Alps and the beautiful French countryside.



That was a great job down memory lane! When I get some time I will have to dig out the old photographs and get scanning!

What is a time that you will never forget?

January 26, 2010

New favorite TV show

History Detectives on PBS!

I love love LOVE this show! I don't care if you call me a geek for liking PBS.

I love it because it finds the truth in history. Many time a story is handed down by family members through many generations and the story barely resembles the truth or is lost. The History Detectives clear it up.

They also tell the stories of things not known anymore, like the story of the family that had some old thick paper and wanted to know if it was from a Japanese Balloon bomb during WWII. I had never even heard about these Japanese Balloon Bombs. Read about it here or go explore the PBS website on this link.

I find things like this very fascinating!

January 25, 2010

The One

Over the weekend I finally watched the movie 500 Days Of Summer.

Of those who saw it, did you like it?

I liked it but it really got me thinking. If you haven't seen it this will be a spoiler post so go watch it, then come back and read this post.

The movie starts off with an important statement. The guy believes that there is that one special person for everyone. That soul mate that is out there waiting to meet you, one that you're meant to be with forever.

I don't believe this.

I grew up believing it because Mormons feel this way. They believe that we made a bond with one person in our pre-earth life that we are meant to meet and spend the rest of our lives together.

But seeing how I believe that life is just random; things just happen to us and that it's up to us to make the best of whatever happens, this doesn't fit that just one person is meant for us. Things change, people change, we all make decisions in life that send us down very different paths that we can't see when we make the decision. I think that we can fall in love with someone and then fall out of love. We may change or they may change or circumstances change and a relationship ends. We can then move on to meet someone else who we can love and will love us in return.

But if we think and believe that we will know that this person we just met is "the one" for us, as the main character in the movie did, then we can ignore the signs and red flags that appear to let us know that the relationship isn't going anywhere, as was the case of the guy in the movie.

I know a lot of bloggers friend are in long term committed relationships, so I want to ask them; Do you believe in "the one"? Is a soul mate a lifetime contract? Or is it really just day to day living and loving? Is your partner your soul mate? I'd really like to know...

January 24, 2010

Unwritten Rules of my gym

The other night I was talking with my friends Scott and Todd at the gym. We were oogling the newest hottie that was working out. I was excited because I passed by him and got a 'nod'. Scott quelled my mood by asking; "was it an up-nod or down-nod? Because they mean different things." I informed him it was an up-nod which meant "hey!" and not the down-nod (like a really quick body scan) which means "Eeewww, get outa my way".

This lead us to the discussion of the "unwritten rules" of our gym. Our gym is unique in that probably more than half the attendees are gay and the others are people who work downtown and go workout right after work instead of sitting in traffic. So these rules are not common rules for all gyms, but must be strictly obeyed by all there.

These rules are in no order of importance and are only random.

1. If you talk to someone you don't know who is gay, you're stalking them. If they're not gay, you're OK as long as it was only once, if any more conversation happens then you're coming on to them and they'll forever shun you and you must never ever even make eye contact again!

2. When you do talk to your gay friends never assume the "I'm a little tea-pot" stance. You know this one; one hand on the hip while you gesture with the other! This screams to the whole gym "I'm a nelly queen!" And you might as well be in drag.

3. You shake hands with the straight friends you have, you fist bump your gay friends to show how butch you are but you never do any kind of 'jazz-hands' thing after the fist bump as again this screams "I'm a B.O.N.G." (Big Old Nelly Gurl)

4. Wear only the basic gym approved colors of black, gray, navy, white and occasionally red, but don't get crazy. A green or maybe a yellow shirt are OK with black or gray shorts but remember; nothing too bright! If you do make a mistake and wear a color that is too loud you must stay away from the gym for about 2 weeks so that everyone can forget the unfortunate incident!

5. Never wear running shorts or a mesh top! Or something too tight if you have double digit body fat.

6. When the 60+ year old man wears his running shorts and mesh shirt you are allowed to tell your gay friends; "I see your trick from last night followed you here again!" hehehe.

7. The mirrors in the gym are there for you to check your hair, check out the hottie working out near you or to make sure you look good while doing a particular free-weight lift. But beware; don't oogle the straight hottie behind his back as he may catch your reflection in the mirror!

8. You are never allowed eye contact with someone you don't know for longer than 3 or 4 seconds. You can only stare at someone if they are more than 25 feet away. At that distance its difficult to determine if it's a blank stare or you're actually cruising someone.

What unwritten rules does your gym have?

January 22, 2010

News worthy week

It's been a busy week in the news for hypocrites!

John McCain is sad that his wife Cindy and daughter Meghan McCain stood up for equality!?
WTF?


Sen. McCain’s office has released a statement saying that he respects differences of opinion among his family members, but that he still “believes the sanctity of marriage is still defined as between one man and one woman.”



Oh... sanctity of marriage? Like John Edwards? Only now admitting to fathering a child with his mistress! While his wife had cancer?
WTF?

"I am Quinn's father," Edwards said in a prepared statement, referring to Frances Quinn Hunter, the toddler he fathered with the videographer, Rielle Hunter. " . . . It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."

Edwards, 56, has been married for more than three decades to Elizabeth Edwards, 60, an attorney who played a high-profile role in his political campaigns, and who has been diagnosed with cancer.

The baby was born in February 2008, and Edwards said the affair took place "for a short period" in 2006.



And now a Centerfold has become a member of Congress!
WTF?

The GOP is jumping up and down with glee that the health care reform will probably be killed. So, they're excited that millions of people who don't have any health care at all probably won't get it for another 6 or more years? I'm just hoping that they (they meaning all those against health care reform) never lose their job and then get a major illness, because they will never be allowed to get insurance with a pre-existing condition. All because it "costs too much". Oh, like the "war" with Iraq didn't waste millions and possibly billions of dollars?



OK, sorry... I don't like to be political on my blog. I guess I just got caught up in all the hypocrisy this week.
WTF?



Oh well... happy Friday everyone!

January 21, 2010

Message for the day

My own middle brother has fallen pray to the 'ignorant American against Obama' mentality. He posted some Republican bullshit rhetoric on his facebook page.



Would any of you post a comment if it were your brother? Should I?
All I would say is "Where is the 'dislike' button?"

January 20, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

Talk about stress and how it affects your life.

I have some symptoms of stress affecting my health right now! I can tell when I start to feel stress when my shoulders start to rise and my neck feels pinched. This is what brought on my current health issue with the pinched nerve in my neck. Well, stress and the fact that I was holding the phone receiver up to my ear and not using a headset for work. But, getting back to stress...

I let stress affect me too much. If something major is going on I lose sleep and I lose my appetite! Good if I'm trying to lose weight, not so good otherwise. At least I don't have the stress symptom of over eating when I'm stressed! That would just make me depressed!

I am better than I was a few years ago and while growing up. I used to get stressed way more often than I do now. I would worry about all those things that I should have or could have done. I would worry about the things I did wrong and I would over analyze my every word and action. Eh... I don't worry as much now. I am who I am, it's OK to make mistakes and I have no set goal that I feel I have to live up to. I just do my best and deal with it. But still, all those years of worry do take a toll on one's health.

January 19, 2010

Stuff that inspires me

The the heart of downtown Dallas is the Nasher Sculpture Center. I have been there several times and love the sculptures and exhibits. It is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. Even outside walking around it feels like the skyscrapers of the city become part or the art. You don't realize that you are very near a 6 lane freeway! It really is peaceful and relaxing in the gardens. If anyone visits Dallas this should be a "must see" while you are here. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Nasher before he passed away a few years ago. He was quite the visionary man and he made this center a gift to the city.



One of my favorite items there is a sculpture by an artist Anthony Gormley and I really am drawn to it. It is called Quantum Cloud (Tornado). At the first glance it may seem like a whirlwind of metal, on closer inspection there is a man in the center. Embiggen the picture to get a better view if you like.

I guess I relate to it because sometime we all have stuff flying around us; busy distractions, things going on, maybe even walls, that don't let people get close to the person inside. It is only when we stop and take the time to look that we see the real person within. The complex center and heart that we all have. But there is beauty in it, if only we step back or take the time to look past all the 'busy stuff' going on around.

You can visit Anthony Gormley's website here or the Nasher Sculpture Center here.

January 18, 2010

Random Thoughts and clarifications

Just some random thoughts today....

If you read my Top 9 Things from 2009 post, I want to clarify something. I didn't have a "date" but that didn't mean I was celibate! LOL! [evil grin]

Although I said I loved Avatar yesterday, let me clarify. I loved the first part of the movie. I hate that the film turned violent. I know that wars happen, I know that people have to stand up and fight for what they believe... but when I buy the DVD I think I'll turn it off before the killing spree begins.

It was nice to spend some time with friends yesterday at the gay sportsbar in Dallas called Woody's, while watching the Cowboys get spanked by the Vikings. I like watching professional teams, it's even better in person at the stadium, but I just don't get the loyalty to teams! I'm not going to learn and know 'stats' about players and history of the teams. I don't set weird bets on who's going to win. It all seems kind of dumb to me. But I know that people don't get my love of Renaissance Faires either. It's a trade off I guess.

The new season of Project Runway started this last week. Since I don't have cable I have to wait until the weekend to watch the full episodes on LifeTime.com.

January 17, 2010

I finally did it...

I finally joined the other millions of Americans and saw Avatar.
Loved it!

January 16, 2010

meme

A stolen meme from a few people now.
Y'all know I love these...

1. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up? Sarah Palin! I wish she would just go the hell away!

2. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be? Any Rap artists that promotes violence and hate! I don't listen to rap so I couldn't name anyone in particular.

3. Who would you really like to just punch in the face? One particular female co-worker who thinks that because of her position she can be rude to anyone that she feels is "lower" than her. BVR for any coworkers who read this!

4. What is your favorite cheese? A sharp Manchego from Spain! Pure heaven the first time I tried it!

5. You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your immediate disposal. What kind will you make? A philly cheese steak without onions, with butter, mustard, salt & pepper on a long roll. I know it's simple but it's delish!

6. You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie celebrity of your choice. We are talking no-strings-attached sex and it can only happen once. Who is the lucky celebrity of your choice? Bradley Cooper! Oh hell yea!!!

7. You have the opportunity to sleep with the music celebrity of your choice. Who do you pick? Brad Paisley! Oh hell yea!!

8. Now that you’ve slept with two different people in a row, you seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy shit, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it? Probably to the liquor store. I don't want to sound like an alcoholic or anything... but at the Renaissance Faire we all like to have something different in a flask to share with other people we meet. So I'd go buy some little known or expensive rum.

9. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go? Rio de Janeiro! I could quickly pack a short and tight speedo and be off!

10. Upon arrival to the aforementioned location, you get off the plane and discover another hundred-dollar bill. Shit! Now that you are in the new location, what are you gonna do? Use it to help pay for a swank hotel room!


11. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. It is…? Woodchuck Pear Cider!

12. Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there? England during the reign of Henry VIII. I would go see some of my ancestors who were living in Warwick Castle.

13. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place? No clothes allowed! hehehe... and you must go to the gym regularly!

14. You have been given the opportunity to create the half-hour TV show of your own design. What is it called and what’s the premise? "Shower Time with the NFL!" We just watched the game and we lusted after the players! Now we get to see what's under the uniforms! Of course this would have to be an late night cable show... or maybe even a "pay-per-view" show!! Would y'all pay to watch? I think you all would!

15. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck! Its a noun, adverb, adjective, exclamation and an "action verb"!! [wink wink] LOL

16. One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies aren’t really doing anything, they’re just standing around your bed. What do you do?Turn off the light and vow to never eat anything too spicy just before bed and tell myself, "that was a crazy fuckin dream"!

17. Your house is on fire, holy shit! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. Don’t worry, your loved ones and pets have already made it out safely. So what’s the item? Computer with all my photos stored in it.

18. The Angel of Death has descended upon you. Fortunately, the Angel of Death is pretty cool and in a good mood, and it offers you a half-hour to do whatever you want before you bite it. Whatcha gonna do in that half-hour? Call all my friends and family to tell them that I love them.

19. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What’s it gonna be? I think it would be cool to become invisible at will. I'd then probably spend a lot of time in celebrities showers or bedrooms! lol

20. You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again? [Um... how do I phrase this 'correctly' without being crass..] Let's just say that I was using my favorite cuss word as an action verb with an incredible hot man!

21.You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? Being teased in high school about being gay. I didn't have the self esteem to stand up for myself!

22. You got kicked out of the country for being a time-traveling heathen who sleeps with celebrities and has super-powers. But check out this cool shit… you can move to anywhere else in the world! Bitchin’! What country are you going to live in now? New Zealand or Australia.

23. This question still counts, even for those of you who are under age. Check it out. You have been eternally banned from every single bar in the world except for ONE. Which one is it gonna be? The Round Up in Dallas. I love to dance (When I two-step I'm bi-directional; lead or follow)

24. Hopefully you didn’t mention this in the super-powers question…. If you did, then we’ll just expand on that. Check it out… Suddenly, you have gained the ability to FLOAT!!! Whose house are you going to float to first, and be like “Dude, check it out… I can FLOAT!”? I'd float to work instead of having to deal with traffic and bad drivers.

25. The constant absorption of magical moonbeams mixed with the radioactive vegetables you consumed earlier has given you the ability to resurrect the dead famous-person of your choice. So which celebrity will you bring back to life? Would they be a zombie celebrity? Or would they look like they did when they were a living celebrity? I'd bring back Heath Ledger and let him go back to living as a normal person and not as a zombie.

26. The Celestial Gates of Beyond have opened, much to your surprise because you didn’t think such a thing existed. Death appears. As it turns out, Death is actually a pretty cool entity, and happens to be in a fantastic mood. Death offers to return the friend/family-member/person, etc. of your choice to the living world. Who will you bring back? My first partner Ken, he passed away way too young.

27. What’s your theme song?

You should believe me
And everything I choose to do
You should believe that I'll
Always come back to you

Life is discovering
The love that we create
Life is a mystery
We need to embrace

In every way
You need to let go
You'll see all your dreams will follow
In every way
You need to let go

People rise together
When they believe in tomorrow
Change the day to forever
This life keeps movin'

Open your mind and see
We have everything we need
Dream or reality
Fulfill its destiny

In every way
You need to let go
You'll see all your dreams will follow
In every way
You need to let go

People rise together
When they believe in tomorrow
Change the day to forever
This life keeps movin'

You need to let go...
You need to let go...

People rise
When they believe
Change the day
This life keeps movin'

People rise together
When they believe in tomorrow
Change the day to forever
This life keeps movin'

January 15, 2010

It's Friday!!


Happy Friday everyone!

This hellish week is over! Maybe this song will get me going to be able to make it through the day!! There is a big gay happy hour right after work!! Woohoo!

January 14, 2010

Meh


I haven't been feeling that great this whole year (all 2 weeks of it)!

My arm isn't hurting as much, although it's usually just my fingers now that start feeling numb at the oddest moments.

Haven't felt like doing much at all.

I'll catch up on reading everyone's blog this weekend since I'll be off on Monday.

Hope everyone else is having a better week!

January 13, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

Describe your childhood bedroom and how you felt about it.

I only have vague memories of having to share a room with my brothers. Dad built an addition on our home and added 3 more bedrooms above a carport when I was around 5 years old so I had my own bedroom. Our home became a patchwork quilt in carpet color as each of us got to pick what color carpet we wanted. I chose a royal blue while most of the first floor rooms were green.

I loved my room! It was my sanctuary away from my older siblings who were always picking on me. I would spend hours in there alone just doing my own thing. I also remember I would rearrange the furniture every couple of months. Here is a picture of me and Little Sister when I was about 9 or 10. The red thing on the wall was a shoe rack with some stuffed animals in the pockets! I don't think I ever used it for my shoes!

I strong memory I have about my bedroom is that it was at the bottom of the staircase in the house and right next to the bathroom. I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of the stairs creaking or someone going into the bathroom. I could tell who in the family it was just by the way they walked.

Anyone have a story to share about their childhood bedroom?

January 12, 2010

I can't believe I missed it!

I heard an interesting story on NPR as I was driving home last night. It was about the celebration of Plough Monday in northern England. I have never heard about Plough Day until last night!

Here is some information from some sites I visited last night:
The first Monday after Twelfth-day is called Plough Monday, and appears to have received that name because it was the first day after Christmas that husbandmen resumed the plough. On the Sunday before Plough Monday, ploughs are taken to church for a special blessing. On Plough Monday, however, you are supposed to decorate your plough and have your plough-boy drag your plough all over the neighborhood asking for "plough-money" which is supposed to be spent in "a frolic," and food and drink. At a banquet later that day, the whole village joins in Mummers' plays, enacting ritual combat and symbolic death and revival, and Molly dancing. A queen, known as Bessy, is then crowned and farm workers do sword dances around the ploughs.

Incidentally, if someone fails to give money to the Plough boy, they just take the plough and cut a big furrow right through the spoilsport's front lawn. What jolly fun!

Well, I'm sure this was watered down a bit, the version I heard on the radio was how the men dressed as women (to disguise their identity in fear of not being hired by a landowner later) And the "Molly Dancing" was done all day.

Here is what Wikipedia says about these Molly Dancers: Molly dancing has been recorded in many parts of the English Midlands and East Anglia. The dances performed included a tango, performed by two male dancers, one dressed as a woman. Molly dancing is most associated with Plough Monday, the first Monday after Epiphany. Tradition has it that as a way of filling the gap between Christmas and the start of the Spring ploughing season, the ploughboys would tour around the village landowners, offering to dance for money. Those who refused would be penalised in various ways including having a furrow ploughed across the offender's lawn.

The dancers, wishing to gain employment from those same landowners shortly afterwards, would attempt to conceal their identities by blacking their faces with soot and dressing up in a modified version of their Sunday Best, typically black garments adorned with colored scarves and other fripperies. It was originally an all-male tradition but with one of the members - the Molly - dressed up as a woman.

I even found this on YouTube:


Damn! I missed it all.
Oh well, there is always next year!


Or another night (next weekend) in the gayborhood!
And the dancing will be to some Techno or Lady Gaga mega-mix!
LOL!

January 11, 2010

Memories

This weekend I was cleaning out a drawer that I hadn't been in for quite some time. I came across an old journal and an address book from my mission in New Zealand in 1980 - 82. A flood of memories came back.

The first area I was sent to was Dunedin, New Zealand in September 1980. I don't remember my first flat as we were staying with 2 other Elders. My trainer was Elder Evan Green, I think he was also from a small town in Utah. After about a week we moved to a new flat (apartment) at 20 Te Ra Terr in an area of Dunedin called Anderson Bay. I loved getting milk delivered to our front door every morning and especially the half inch or so of cream on the top of the bottle. I was very nervous to be knocking of doors, what missionaries called "tracting".

It was fun to go back and look at Google Earth to find Te Ra Terrace. Dunedin was a fun city, the hills are so steep that they had stairs for the sidewalks. Difficult on a bike, we usually walked the bikes uphill and rode the brakes all the way down.

It was in Dunedin that I met Vicky Lee Hemi, she was the 5th runner up in the Miss Universe pageant in 1980. She was a Mormon and came to a meeting where I got to meet and have my picture taken with her.
I was 19 yrs old in this picture.

January 10, 2010

Facebook stats


I have divided my "friends" into categories;
Blogger Friends: 32
Hometown/High School friends: 56
Family: 40
Str8 Friends: 40
Dallas Friends: 148
Dallas Acquaintances: 47
Out of town friends: 14
That leaves 106 people I have never met and I probably just added them as a "friend" because I thought they were handsome! LOL

January 9, 2010

New Words

The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:

1. Bozone (n.) The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
3. Cashtration (n.) The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
4. Giraffiti (n) Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
5. Sarchasm (n) The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
6 . Inoculatte (v) To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
7. Hipatitis (n) Terminal coolness.
8. Osteopornosis (n) A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
9. Karmageddon (n) It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
10 .Decafalon (n.) The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things tha! t are good for you.
11. Glibido (v) All talk and no action.
12. Dopeler effect (n) The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.) The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
14. Beelzebug (n.) Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
15. Caterpallor (n.) The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:*Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an *******.

January 8, 2010

iPhone fun

I have a new favorite iPhone application... Face Goo!

You can take a photo like this:


And alter it to look like this:

or this:


I bought the upgraded version and you can take photos with it to alter.
This is me at work (in my reading glasses):

See all the fun I have with Face Goo!




I have pictures of most all my co-workers too, but none of them would let me post their pictures here. I wonder why...??

They tell me I have too much time on my hands.


I agree!
LOL!!



Happy Friday everyone!

**UPDATE** One of my coworkers said I could post a picture of her! YAY! Thanks Norma!

January 7, 2010

Updates

Before


After

Can you tell where the touch up was done?


And yes... I'm a hairless twink! Just in time for the freezing temps in Dallas today! Aarrgghhhh!

Y'all said hair grows back fast.... right??

January 6, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

How do you respond when someone criticizes you? How do you feel?

Why does this question come up when I'm due for my annual work review? Karma I guess.... Maybe I need to get mentally prepared!

This is the only time I can think of where an adult receives criticism. Unless one is competing for something where they are asked to be judged, like American Idol or Dancing With The Stars.

I don't know when I was last criticized. If a friend were to criticize me I would be very indignant! How dare someone judge me? Unless I asked them to give me their opinion or advice.... I think that unwarranted criticism is rude and uncalled for and I have no problem letting someone know that!

In the workplace this is a common practice though and we need to be able to handle it with maturity and professionalism. If it's warranted, as in a yearly review, it needs to be noted and worked on. If it is unwarranted then it needs to be addressed in a professional manner.

Criticism can be a positive thing if it is constructive. If it is mean spirited then I have a problem with it and will let you know how I feel!

I did find a site that talks about handling criticism, click here.

Has anyone been criticized lately? How did you handle it? Was it good or bad?

January 5, 2010

Monday fun

About 3 or 4 weeks ago my left arm was getting "achy". Not constant pain, but more like a muscle cramp. Well, last Wednesday afternoon it started to hurt! A constant stabbing pain between my shoulder blades and in my shoulder. Thursday it moved down to my tricep, Friday it was at the elbow, Saturday it moved to my forearm and Sunday it moved to lower forearm and wrist and my fingers were tingling. I was ready to call Dr. Spo to ask him to send something useful he had just laying around. I didn't want to spend a buttload of money by going to the emergency room over the long weekend so I finally went to the doctor yesterday.

Of course "pain in the left arm" made the doctor office buzz. The EKG machine was soon rushed into my exam room. The nurse then had to shave my chest so that they could get a good reading! Then I was led into the x-ray room where they did a photo shoot similar to America's Next Top Model.

I could tell by the relieved look of the nurse's face that my heart was OK. But let's go back for more pictures of your back and neck! Oh the life of a supermodel!! [dramatic pose as I sigh loudly] hehehe.

I could've told them I had a pinched nerve in my neck! But they never listen to me... Anyhoo I did get some prescriptions for some "hill-billy crack" (aka - Lortab) LOL. At least I finally got some sleep last night!!

Should I shave off the rest of the chest hairs or leave some bald patches?

January 4, 2010

Neologisms

The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest,in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

1. Coffee (n.) the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.) appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.) to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.) impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.) describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.) to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.) olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.) a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.) a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.) the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon (n) a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster (n.) a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.) (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent (n.) an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

I also want to wish my niece Jamie a Happy Birthday! I still swear she was named after me... that's why we're so close now! Love ya Jamie!

January 3, 2010

Buddha quote

Nothing is permanent

This is comfort for me when things are not going so well in my life or when I'm feeling sick. I believe the only constant thing in life is change. But how often do we want the good times to last forever? Everything changes.

I was talking with a lot of friends this weekend about change. The last 3 or 4 years I have spent Christmas Day with Ed and Kory. Friends of theirs have come into town and it's been a lot of fun. However this year Ed and Kory aren't together, the friends that have come in from Kansas City are not together any more either.

Other friends have lost parents or close friends. The holidays are a hard time when you've lost someone close to you. I think that knowing that life always changes is important. How will we deal with those changes?

So be it either good or illness and sorrow, things will change. We have to accept what life gives us and make the best of it. This is what 'living in the moment' means to me.

January 2, 2010

Firsts and lasts

FIRSTS AND LASTS OF THE DECADE
(Stolen, Lifted, Borrowed the idea from Erik.)

LAST BOOK I READ: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
FIRST BOOK I’LL READ: Bleak House by Charles Dickens. I only have about 600 plus pages to go.

LAST BOOK I PURCHASED: Fool by Christopher Moore, bought it for a gift to a friend.
FIRST BOOKS I SHALL PURCHASE: I haven’t decided yet. I'm sure Jay will tell me to buy one, (he's bossy like that).


LAST MOVIE I SAW IN THE THEATER: Julie and Julia
FIRST MOVIES I PLAN ON SEEING: Sherlock Holmes

LAST MOVIE I BOUGHT: The Hangover, the unrated version!
FIRST MOVIE I PLAN ON BUYING: 500 Days of Summer, just bought it to watch this weekend.

LAST MEAL: Chicken and Rice soup.
FIRST MEAL: Scrambled eggs with cheese and biscuits.

LAST CD I PURCHASED: Rockferry by Duffy
FIRST CD I SHALL PURCHASE: I haven’t decided yet.

LAST PODCAST I LISTENED TO: Groove Cafe`
FIRST PODCAST I SHALL LISTEN TO: Same as above. Click on the link, I love the music.

LAST MAGAZINE I READ: Men's Fitness.
FIRST MAGAZINES I’LL READ: I need to go pick up the newest issue of the Dallas Voice, our gay paper.

LAST PERSON TO GET ON MY NERVES: A co-worker on Thursday.
FIRST PERSON TO GET ON MY NERVES: The stupid driver in front of me last night.

LAST PERSON I SAW DRUNK: My friend Jim, we were at the country dance bar, The Round Up on NYE.
FIRST PERSON I SAW DRUNK: Jim's partner Paul.

LAST PHONE CALL: My drunk cousins in Atlanta.
FIRST PHONE CALLS: Jay in Minnesota.

LAST TV SHOW I WATCHED: The news on Thursday evening.
FIRST TV SHOW I WATCHED: The Doctors. The main one is a hottie!


THE LAST EMAIL I RECEIVED: If I order right now I can get some free eye cream from Origins!
FIRST EMAIL I RECEIVED: From the HOA, my payment was received.

LAST PERSON I KISSED: Jim
FIRST PERSON I KISSED: Paul...
and NO, there was no 'manwich' LOL!

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

I'm wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

I can't believe a decade has passed when so many people thought the world would stop at 2000. But time marches on, bringing new things, new people and new experiences into our lives.

I like to keep my New Year's Resolutions simple. This year's "theme" is: Live Simple. I need to do the little, simple things to stay in the moment. I will enjoy friends for who they are in person and I will try to spend less time on-line.

I'm also starting the new year with a new look for the blog.

I hoping all your dreams for the new year come true!