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Several families wave goodbye ot loved ones in Charleston, SC, 1960.

Wave goodbye to the menfolk who must work so that we can vacation in 1960s Charleston, SC.

I’ve decided it’s time for a new web presence. I’ve changed my user name, my gravatar (to [almost] match my Facebook profile pic), and my primary blog.  That means I’m throwing in the towel here.  I haven’t updated in quite a while for a number of reasons, mostly because SciFi Chicks has kept me pretty busy these past several months.  But I’m saying goodbye there, too.

I’m combining my three WordPress.com blogs into one more streamlined blog, currently called “The NEW Stream of Consciousness.”  I plan to include a couple regular features, a few polls and other interactivity, and some entertaining stories.

If you’re one of the dozen followers here, please mosey over to The NEW Stream of Consciousness and follow me there.

[Photo Credit: Not in the News Today Poems by Pat Smith, via South Florida Food and Wine]

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Can you say “oxymoron?”

I was in Target today, between medical appointments.  They’re getting ready for Halloween.  They had a whole bank of greeting cards for the occasion, with an orange and black banner over them saying “Give ’em a card that gives ’em the chills.”  The first card to catch my eye was Hello Kitty.  😀

In doing a Google image search for Hello Kitty, I came across some pictures of crazy Hello Kitty merchandise. I was going to post, among other things, the Hello Kitty toaster (complete with Hello Kitty toast), but someone not only beat me to it, he found even better stuff!  But wait, it gets better!  There’s even a blog dedicated to everything Hello Kitty stuff including trains, tanks, and even bulimia.  That is Whack!

3 Disasters, 4 Plans

Today is a two-fer.  This isn’t really a Sunday Seven, but it has 7 items.

Disasters

  1. The East Coast earthquake.  I’m so glad I was at home.  The traffic that evening was horrendous.  One cup from an antique(ish) Japanese (almost Nippon) chocolate set broke.  And the cat’s water dish slopped over.  Honestly, this was unlike any earthquake I’d ever been through (went through a couple [one major] while stationed in Italy, but wasn’t this close to the epicenter).  Actually, as the quake progressed, I became more frightened than when the steel rod smashed through my car window.
  2. Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene:  I prepared for a power outage by loading books to my iPod and Nook.  And made sure they were charged.  Last night I watched an episode of Wallander on dvd (the one with Kenneth Branaugh).  I’m not sure I’ll watch any more.  They’re pretty depressing, and that’s the last thing I need right now.  (See Disaster #3 below).  The power went out sometime in the night.  So I slept late this morning.  I was playing with the Nook when it came back on before noon today.  Pretty lucky!  But then, it wasn’t all that bad here.  The sun is out now.
  3. Remember the person I fired?  Well, in an effort to call her on her shit, she has accused me of hitting her.  (No, I didn’t.  I just caught her doing something I told her not to do, and scolded her.)  Our stories are so different, but she has a history of lying.  As I was writing up previous incidents for letters of counseling (before the accusation occurred), I realized she must have some mental problems to be so angry and vindictive for so long; and she has now transferred her bile from her previous supervisor to me.  The unfortunate thing is, she has convinced others that I am an abusive person, and a young impressionable fellow with whom I’d had a good relationship has filed a complaint about something that happened last year.  And she continues to “hold court” with the other workers, vilifying me.  My boss recommended I file a formal complaint for defamation of character.  I may actually do so.  OH!  And I just realized this morning that when I’d talked with the team she’d been on, they didn’t want to have any accusations of her behavior attributed to them.  Now I know what they were afraid of.

Given all that crap, my reputation may be in the toilet.  I therefore need to make plans.  The good news is I’m now eligible to retire.  The bad news is I can’t really afford to.  So, here are some alternate plans.

  1. Stay at work until next January or June, but ask to be reassigned.  My reputation with leadership has been pretty good, but I’m not sure how this incident will color their perceptions.  In other words, I don’t trust the system.
  2. Brush up my resume and try to get hired by a government contractor (aka “Beltway Bandit”).  One person is already interested in me, but doesn’t have the contract yet.
  3. Take tax accounting courses and do taxes for 4½ months of the year.
  4. Work as a doggie day-care provider for PetSmart. (This is my favorite, but I have no idea what the pay is.)

I guess I need to just remind myself constantly that I have done nothing wrong.  Even if the worst outcome happens, I’ll know in my heart I was right.

Seasonal Greetings

Gosh, look what happens when you give me a little time off!  Who knows, maybe next I’ll actually go visiting others’ blogs.

Happy HolidaysSuzanne uploaded some really cute Christmassy Merry-owly Christmasuserpics the other day.  I’m totally grabbing two of them, even though I have no use for them here.  They’re just so gosh darned adorable.

Then she linked to this year’s edition of Christmas carol-singing animals on YouTube.  Last year it was Deck the Halls; this year it’s Jingle Bells.  I have to say, Gemma is my favorite singer this year.  Last year it was a tie between Jupiter (who also makes an appearance this year, if you’re quick enough to catch him) and the dog that forgot the words.  (I continue to laugh so suddenly I lose bodily fluids.)

(Oh, get your mind out of the gutter, it’s saliva.)

And I have a soft spot in my heart for last year’s Ginger, an orange tabby who drank from the faucet, just like my beloved Britta (also an orange tabby) did.

And since one good YouTube turn deserves another, I give you the Nativity Story for the social networking world.  Ok, you’ve probably already seen it, but it’s always good to have another laugh, yes?

We’re having a heat wave…

A tropical heat wave.

musicalness

(Sorry, I don’t know the rest of the song.)

It got up to 43 degrees today!  I even had to take my winter coat off while shopping, I got so warm.  But it’s just a one-day deal.  At least I had a chance to be out outside in the daylight for a change.

Looks like we’re not going to have a white Christmas.  I’m fine with that.  I’m even fine with it snowing on Sunday into Monday morning.  Because I’m taking Monday off.  😀  In fact, I’m taking a few days off, starting with today

Umm, I got nothin’ (else).

Thoughts on the end of the year, tv-wise

Scifi Chicks

It's time for some scifi tv reviews, don't ya' think?

About a month & a half ago, Television Without Pity, that website I love to hate, had a blurb on the best and worst season endings this year.  They gave four different ratings:

  • Best
  • More good than bad
  • More bad than good
  • Worst

The article inspired me to write my own reviews, but I waited since a few of the shows I watch hadn’t finished their seasons yet.  Now that Merlin has ended, here’s what I think.  (TWoP’s ratings are in parentheses).

  • Supernatural:  (More good than bad) Agreed.  Not the best season ending they’ve ever done , but then no season finale has been among my all-time favorites.  While TWoP poo-pooed the idea that Metallicar saved the day, I think it was fitting.  After all, for 3 years the car was the 3rd character.  (It was replaced by an increasingly useless trench coat-wearing angel in the last 2 seasons.)
  • FlashForward:  (More good than bad, I think.  It might have been More bad than good.)  I didn’t watch the series consistently enough to get too be engrossed in it.  But it did get better as the season progressed.  As for the final episode, I didn’t hate or love it.  It felt rushed.  Everyone’s flash forward had to be resolved, and the cast is way too large.  Nonetheless, I would have preferred FlashForward getting renewed over V.   (As a side note, I did not recognize Annabeth Gish.  She’s come a long way since her  Mystic Pizza and Shag days.)
  • V:  (Don’t remember this one, either)  Hated, hated it!   Ryan turned (or did he?) and Joshua (whom I totally loved) was killed only to be brought back to life.  Probably to be tortured next season.  I’ll probably watch next season for the same reason it’s hard to look away from a wreck.  I doubt it gets a 3rd season.
  • Modern Family:  (More good than bad, I think)  I agree with TWoP here.  It wasn’t bad, but I’ve come to expect better of this show.  The episode with Benjamin Bratt is still one of the best from this season.
  • Cougar Town:  (Best)  Absolutely agree!  Remember when I said I thought it sucked?  Once they changed the focus of the show (from being about a 40-something woman bedding 20-something dudes) to the wacky family and friends, it got good.  The cast, for the most part, is superb.  And the season finale has  many great moments:  Travis learning to deal with a raging girlfriend by becoming the “yes man” (Dan Byrd is delightful!), the Cheeto shaped like Bruce Willis, the “Relationship” remix tape, and “An Ewok!  He wants to make love to an Ewok!”
  • Parks and Recreation: (More good than bad)  Again, I agree.  While maybe not as funny as “The Possum” (my favorite of the episodes I’ve seen—I didn’t start watching until about 2/3 of the season had passed), it was funny enough that I kept it on my DVR to rewatch.  The addition of Ben as a possible love interest for Leslie (or so I’ve heard), is definitely working.  Amy Poehler and Adam Scott work very well off each other.
  • Community:  (I think TWoP said it was “more good than bad.”)  I give it an F.  (Ok, maybe a D).  I so wish they hadn’t gone to Britta being in love with Jeff.  About mid-season, I thought they’d abandoned the idea because there wasn’t much chemistry between the actors.  But they did go there.  I figured Jeff would end up with Annie, especially after their debate team kiss.
  • Legend of the Seeker:  I don’t if TWoP even rated this show.)  Much like the entire 2nd season, it was forgettable.  So much so, I almost forgot to include it here.
  • Stargate: Universe:  (The season hadn’t yet ended when TWoP did their thing.)  I give it a D.  I hate cliffhangers.  Not only was the season finale one, so were the previous two episodes.  I was going to say it was overkill, but that was the season ender—literally.  It’s like the writers couldn’t come up with a good ending, so they left everyone’s life in the balance.
  • Merlin:  (Same as SGU)  I loved it!  A+!  Easily the best episode of the season.  I have so much love for this episode, I think it deserves its own post.

Leverage has started its new season, Warehouse 13 starts this week, and several others next week.  So much for waiting for all “my” shows to end.

Your thoughts?

3-day weekend!

Woohoo!  Memorial Day Weekend is upon us.  That means Rolling Thunder is in town.  And just in case I’d forgotten (which I actually did for a moment) several of them just went roaring past my place.

Since I haven’t been invited to any barbecues or  parties, I could happily stay inside all weekend.  But instead I’ve going made plans to get out and about each day. Saturday the condo folks are hosting “coffee by the pool,” which I really enjoy—when I remember to go.  They don’t do it every weekend, so it’s not like it can become a habit.  And then I’ll pop over to the library.  My books are a few days overdue, and it’s time to pick up some new reading material.  I’m thinking I ought to try a Sherlock Holmes mystery.  As I recall, there’s only one I’ve ever read.

Sunday I’m taking the car to the car wash.  For some reason, my car has become a poop magnet.  Last week a bird pooped blueberries on the hood.  And today, when I got in it after work, there was poop on the passenger window.  And I’d purposely parked in the open, away from the bushes and the trees, just so that wouldn’t happen. Stupid nature.

I was thinking Monday I’d stop by Sears to look at refrigerators and ranges.  But the crossbar on my computer chair (which is actually a really, really old folding chair) just broke off.  I’ve been planning on getting a new chair for, oh, about eight years now.  Guess I’ve procrastinated long enough, huh.

How about the Law & Order finale?  Just in case Francesca hasn’t seen it yet…

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