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Paradigm n. A typical example or pattern of something; a model. “The economic paradigm was flawed.
Attention all citizens of Thrace: terrorists have seized a Marine Assault Ship and have announced their intention of launching a kinetic bombardment of our world. Mandatory evacuations of cities is ordered to proceed immediatly...
I keep going offline since I'm trying to set up my life as a graduate a.k.a. a jobless hack. But yeah, I'm graduating this weekend so I'm super excited.
If you guys want to get a website done, just let me know, too. I can give you a great deal.
But yeah, hope to get back to writing in-between job-hunting. Thank God Youtube kinda helps
I'm close friends with 25 letters of the alphabet.
I don't know y.
Correction from a friend can be a difficult blow,
but will bring relief to your soul:
call it a succour punch.
Some friends invited me to play
"Name That Gregorian Tune,"
but I don't involve myself in games of chants.
An elderly, wealthy woman in Florida was boring fellow
beachcombers as she bragged on and on about her two
Unable to stand it any longer, a fellow sunbather interrupted her.
"Tell me, how old are your grandsons?"
The grandmother gave a grateful smile and replied, "The doctor
is four and the lawyer is six..."
The owner of a small deli was being questioned by the IRS
about his tax return. He had reported a net profit of $80,000
for the year.
"Why don't you people leave me alone?" the deli owner said. "I
work like a dog, everyone in my family helps out, and the place
is closed only three days a year. And you want to know how I
"It's not your income that bothers us," the agent said. "It's these
deductions. You listed six trips to Bermuda for you and your
"Oh, that," the owner said, smiling. "I forgot to tell you - we also
42.7 percent of all statistics
are made up on the spot.
Nat. Take Your Dog to Work Day(Fri of
/ the 3rd full week in Jun)
Nat. HVAC Tech Day
Nat. Onion Rings Day
Nat. Chocolate Eclair Day
Stupid Guy Thing Day
1990 - Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled
The crossing point on the sector border between East Berlin
and West Berlin had become obsolete with the fall of the Berlin
Wall in 1989. Today, the former checkpoint, including the
famous sign stating “You are leaving the American sector”, is a
1986 - Diego Maradona coins the phrase “Hand of God”
The Argentinian football star had scored a goal with his hand
during the FIFA World Cup quarter final against England. The
referee allowed the goal, the Argentinian team were later
crowned world champions. After the game, Maradona said that
the goal was scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a
little with the hand of God”.
1945 - Okinawa falls to U.S. troops
The Battle of Okinawa marked a decisive defeat for Japan
during World War II as the archipelago represented the last line
of defense for mainland Japan. The country surrendered two
months after the end of the battle when two atomic bombs
were dropped on the mainland.
1941 - Germany invades the Soviet Union
The initially successful attack soon proved a disaster for the
Germans as wintry conditions and fierce Soviet resistance
caused massive losses and ultimately forced them to retreat.
1633 - The Catholic Church forces Galileo Galilei to
renounce his heliocentric world view
The Holy Office concluded that the Italian scientist, by stating
that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe, was
“vehemently suspect of heresy”. Galileo spent the rest of his
life under house arrest.
1953 - Cyndi Lauper
American singer-songwriter, producer, actress
1949 - Meryl Streep
1940 - Abbas Kiarostami
Iranian filmmaker, poet
1909 - Katherine Dunham
1887 - Julian Huxley
2008 - George Carlin
American comedian, actor, author
1993 - Pat Nixon
American educator, 39th First Lady of the United States
1987 - Fred Astaire
American actor, singer, dancer
1969 - Judy Garland
American actress, singer
1874 - Howard Staunton
English chess player
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Any one here heard of this one? If you try it and
it works let others know, every little bit helps.
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Every persons' secret fear. That nobody will notice or even care.
RIP Joyce Vincent.
The next time you think no one can see you and you can finally scratch that embarrassing itch.
Surprise, BIG BROTHER is watching!!!
These Are The Top 15 Deadliest
Animals on Earth
NO# 9. Tapeworms: 700 deaths a year
Moving to parasites, the tapeworm is responsible for an infection called cysticerosis that kills an estimated 700 people a year.
I am trying not to think about this one. Not even a triple dog dare you, would work on me.
(Another one bites the dust)
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A friend of my brother's has this recipe for chocolate eclair cake. You put Bavarian custard into a casserole dish, layered with whole Graham crackers. On the final layer of crackers, you add a chocolate glaze, then chill it in the fridge. As it sits, the crackers soak up some moisture from the custard, achieving that "choux" pastry texture. I really should get the recipe from him.
I got a job interview for the elementary position for next year! Of course, I was on hold in the queue waiting to talk to my medical insurance about nearly $500 of bills they're supposed to cover that Blue Cross keeps trying not to pay as part of our coverage when the principal called me... but I promptly took the call anyway and gave up my place to talk to him and arrange to interview at 10:30 on Tuesday. Then I called the insurance back, bawled them out per my typical constructive hostile negotiations tactics about the finer details of what exactly our benefits do and do not cover, and got the charges agreed to be paid TODAY because if I had to call back a 4th time, bad things would happen.
I'm pretty persuasive. And feeling pretty good about that job being mine next week.
Gah... this lag is frustrating. Right after I hit submit on a post, I noticed I made a typo, and I had to wait for over thirty seconds for it to finally post, and thus, allow me to edit it. Which, in itself, took another ten seconds.
Was feeling risqué and decided to write an...ahem...sexy times scene during my lunch break. I was sitting outside, writing in my notebook and listening to some great jazz music. All of a sudden, I see something out of the corner of my eye and look up to see a stranger.
I didn't scream, but I did say some choice words that are not appropriate for the workplace.
It was our new mail guy. He didn't know where to leave the mail since our office closes for lunch so he wanted to give it to me. I didn't hear him approach because of the music.
I have no idea how long he was standing there while I was describing [censored] in great detail. I decided that I had enough writing for the day, slunk back inside and I'm not sure if I can look our mail guy in the eye again.
Only me who really likes albums? (physical not digital) I just like looking at a collection of physical albums.
True. The recent songs that will probably be forgotten in a few months are in my phone but I like having albums of the unforgettable songs and albums, they have this little inexplicable something.
I recently went through my dad's albums collection and stocked my glove box with my favorites: U2, Texas, the Cranberries, the Cors, Telephone, Eddy Mitchell... Reminds me when I was a kid and on the weekend he'd put them in the radio while cleaning the house
” I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” - Martin Luther King
You sound like an interesting fellow. Your daily blogs take as long to read as the chapters of some stories.
What stories other than Northern Exposure do you follow? I'm following at least 20 now, although several have ended. The latest one that proved to be quite interesting is "Frankie Fey" by Quokka. He has written several stories that keep you interested.
Only had 1 hour of school, so I gave my little people Goldfish snack bags with a note that read: ‘O-fish-ally 1st graders.’
Last day is always bittersweet.. 😥
It has been a surreal morning. Someone called asking to speak to my father. Since he's been dead for 60 plus years, this isn't something I ever recall happening.
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Add to this I was awoken last night by a loud noise and grabbed weapons to lumber around the house searching for a possible intruder. This morning I was struck by the humor of what I looked like storming around with a cutlass in one hand and a pistol in the other, sort of like a pirate boarding a ship. Arrrr. Avast! Who be ye me bucko?
If you see nothing you could be grateful for, check your pulse.
It is what’s inside that matters - the fridge is a perfect example.
Change is inevitable, except from a parking meter.
"Bagel Shop Student"
"Hello Mrs. Frobisher" said the bearded guy
behind the counter at the bagel shop.
My husband and I looked at him but drew
complete blanks. "I'm sorry, do we know each
other?" I asked.
"Yeah, you was my English teacher."
Leaning over, my husband whispered, "Good
job, Honey, good job."
Saved by the Tomato
A story is told of an unemployed man who is desperate to support his family. His wife watches TV all day and his three teenage kids have dropped out of high school to hang around with the local toughs. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.
The human resources manager tells him, "You will be hired at minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address so that we can get you in the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms and advise you when to start and where to report on your first day."
Taken back, the man protests that he is poor and has neither a computer nor an e-mail address. To this, the manager replies, "You must understand that to a company like ours that means that you virtually do not exist. Without an e-mail address, you can hardly expect to be employed by a high-tech firm. Good day."
Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having $10 in his wallet, he walks past a farmers' market and sees a stand selling 25lb crates of beautiful red tomatoes. He buys a crate, carries it to a busy corner and displays the tomatoes.
In less than 2 hours he sells all the tomatoes and makes 100% profit. Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 and arrives home that night with several bags of groceries for his family.
During the night he decides to repeat the tomato business the next day. By the end of the week, he is getting up early every day and working into the night. He multiplies his profits quickly.
Early in the second week, he acquires a cart to transport several boxes of tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells the cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck.
At the end of a year, he owns three old trucks. His two sons have left their neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato business, his wife is buying the tomatoes, and his daughter is taking night courses at the community college so she can keep books for him.
By the end of the second year, he has a dozen very nice used trucks and employs fifteen previously unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work hard.
Time passes and at the end of the fifth year, he owns a fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse which his wife supervises, plus two tomato farms that the boys manage. The tomato company's payroll has put hundreds of homeless and jobless people to work. His daughter reports that the business grossed a million dollars.
Planning for the future, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically.
When the man replies that he doesn't have time to mess with a computer and has no e-mail address, the insurance man is stunned, What, you don't have e-mail? No computer? No Internet? Just think where you would be today if you'd had all of that five years ago!"
"Ha!" snorts the man. "If I'd had e-mail five years ago I would be sweeping floors at Microsoft and making $5.15 an hour."
"The missing link!"
At the diner, my breakfast arrived with only three sausages
instead of the usual four. The waitress explained that the
cook had dropped one and was making another. Soon the
cook dashed out of the kitchen.
"Here you are," he announced. "It's the missing link!"
I am always going the extra mile:
because I never stop for directions.
Nat. Selfie Day
Nat. Dump the Pump Day(3rd Thu in Jun)
Nat. Arizona Day
Summer Begins(longest day of the Year)
Nat. Seashell Day(1st day of Summer)
Nat. Day of the Gong
Nat. Daylight Appreciation Day(1st day of
Go Skateboarding Day
Nat. Peaches 'N' Cream Day
International Day of Yoga
Anne and Samantha Day(1st day of Winter
/ and 1st day of Summer)
Atheist Solidarity Day
Cuckoo Warning Day(1st day of Summer)
Internat. Surfing Day(1st day of Summer)
World Giraffe Day
Recess at Work Day(3rd Thu in Jun)
World Peace and Prayer Day(1st day of
World Music Day
World Handshake Day
World Humanist Day(1st day of Summer)
2009 - Greenland assumes self-rule
The island had been administered by Denmark (earlier
Denmark-Norway) for centuries. The Self-Government Act
grants Greenland full responsibility for its inner affairs, while
Denmark retains control of foreign policy.
2004 - SpaceShipOne completes the world's first manned
The privately funded spaceplane reached an altitude of just over
100 kilometers (62 miles). Mike Melvill was the pilot and
1985 - The body of Josef Mengele is identified
An international team of scientists confirmed that the skeletal
remains found in a cemetery in Embu, Brazil are those of the
Nazi war criminal. Mengele was a physician in the Auschwitz
concentration camp and conducted horrific experiments on
some of the inmates.
1963 - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini becomes Pope
The Italian pontiff is known for completing the Second Vatican
Council, addressing the Roman Catholic Church's relationship
with the modern world.
1895 - The Kiel Canal is opened by German Emperor
The 98 km (61 mi) long canal in Northern Germany is one of
the world's busiest artificial waterways. It connects the North
Sea with the Baltic Sea.
1986 - Lana Del Rey
American singer-songwriter, model
1982 - Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
1964 - David Morrissey
1953 - Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani politician, first female Prime Minister of Pakistan
1905 - Jean-Paul Sartre
French philosopher, writer
1970 - Sukarno
Indonesian politician, 1st President of Indonesia
1940 - Smedley Butler
American marine general
1908 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
1527 - Niccolò Machiavelli
Italian historian, philosopher
1377 - Edward III of England
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No matter what I say, some one would be offended.
So I choose to say nothing.
These Are The Top 15 Deadliest
Animals on Earth
NO# 12 & 11. Elephants: 500 deaths a year
Hippopotamuses: 500 deaths a year
Elephants are also responsible for a number of deaths per year - a 2005 National Geographic article said that 500 people a year are killed in elephant attacks.
Far more elephants have been killed by people.
Yesterday was the last day of school for the year at the middle school. Man, I'm tired. I knew from day one that I didn't really have a job in the program since it relies on student numbers each year. Upside, my boss and one of our resource teachers recommended me to the principal and a resource teacher at a nearby elementary school. Somehow all district para jobs were removed from the district listings a day later, but our teachers told me to email the principal/teacher about my interest. Within 3 hours the principal had the job reopened and asked me to send him my resume/references. So I did that on my lunch break on my last day in between loading back up the ice chests and 5 gallon bucks I donated to the school for our field day event that morning. Nothing like multitasking!
Did I relax for my first day of summer vacation? HA! Do you know me? Up at 5, read till 6:30, chores/online stuff till 8:30, went to a book sale from 9-10, drop off some books I got for my BFF at her house, errands with kids for rafting trip supplies for son/hubby, chores, pick up daughter's friend, more errands, online book management for my kindle library, rafting trip meal prep, take girls to go hang out with friends at the park, run to the store, more chores, went and did a 30 minute speed walk, dinner, dishes, daughter and her friend back to her house for a sleepover, home to do more cooking for rafting trip and more dishes... and now I'm here to do some blogs and stuff.
Upside, my daughter is 14 and her friends were playing things like lava monster on the play structure and hide and seek when I went up to walk on the lower track area. Yes, they're loud, and most of them live in t-shirts, basketball shorts, weird socks, tennis shoes, and maybe could learn how to brush or do something with their hair (other than color it blue) but I adore that they're so sheltered and innocent still to play those games, even if my daughter did invite over a boy her BFF has a crush on who doesn't even know she does.
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OMG, Cia. How exactly are you retaining your sanity?! Mainlining chill pills?
Seriously, I think you’re just an old hat at this kind of regimen, you must be by now—nothing seems to faze you.
Me, I might make it through the day, but I might work myself into a comatose state with (more than) a few drinks at the end of the day. “You kids go have fun now. Daddy’s taking a breather. See ya tomorrow.”
I am glad that I checked in before it was to late(midnight). It has been a long while since I visited. I hope all is well with you. I see that you are a fellow devotee of George Granger. A select and discerning group if ever there was one(well, I think so).
Well, old man(anyone older than me is an old man), I hope you had a very Happy Birthday today and tasted a very fine wine to help celebrate it.
my best to you
(66 yrs young)
Ok so if you didn't know already my favorite book is Stephen King's IT. They just started production of IT Chapter 2 and they are including the Adrian Mellon subplot. For those who don't know, Adrian Mellon was a gay man who was accosted in Derry by a bunch of homophobes while his boyfriend Don Haggarty watched. The adult part of the book takes place in the 80s. Adrian was the first victim of Pennywise in twenty seven years restarting his reign of terror. I think I'll start a book blog too... Hope @Myr doesn't mind me starting one too...
- Last week
Just booked my flight to Denver...my body doesn't know whether it's hella excited or hella nervous, so I'm feeling a little bit of both right now, lol.
"It's a doggy-dog world...?
Well, don't take it for granite!"
For my peeps in the Northern Hemisphere, Merry Summer Solstice.
For my peeps in the Southern Hemisphere, Merry Winter Solstice.
Merry met. Merry part.
When viewing videos on YouTube about wildlife and their adaptations, I discovered that there's a lizard that can shoot blood out of its eyes!