Saturday, December 31, 2005
Happy New Whatever
Well I hope everyone is having a good New Year’s Eve. Ours is typical and boring, but I would probably have it no other way. I have to go back to work on Tuesday, been off since Friday the 23rd. So yeah, I am almost looking forward too it, but not really. Need the money, need the exercise. Christmas went really well I thought.
I slept on the couch, per my Christmas Eve ritual, and me and Ang spent most of the night putting together their stuff from Santa after they went to bed of course. She went to bed around 1ish, and I slept on the couch with the radio on. I fell asleep around 5ish. Ang woke me up around 10:30 to get the kids up on Christmas morning, they woke her up screaming to get out of bed, and I didn’t hear them because I could sleep through a bomb raid, and that is not even a joke. So the kids get up, and getting the diapers changed, kept looking over there towards all the presents and stuff saying “What is that, what is that?”. Well that’s what Santa brought, you silly goose! Sissy got to go in the gate (I mean the livingroom), first, and then bubby. They first were real apprehensive, just looking, and then they went from their new table and chairs to their new kitchen to their new other chair things, just looking, touching the big bows we put on them, and finally they started to get into the kitchen a little bit, and started to have a little fun. Then we introduced them to the new presents under the tree. This was their first real Christmas, so they are new to the whole present, wrapping rip-a-thon thing. So Angi helped them open their new presents, and I took pics. Because a camera lens is something I do not like to have in front of me. The kid’s kitchen was the best buy I have ever made, they are playing with that thing all day, every day, they love it! They also love their magna doodle things, so that is cool. At least they actually like their stuff, I mean it would freaking suck if they did not even like anything after all the trouble we went through. So you know, that’s good. Me and Ang did not get anything for each other, no cards or anything, which is okay since the kids is what this is about. I don’t think we fought on Christmas, so that is cool. But she is super syked for me to get back to work!
Have an awesome New Year!!!!
Friday, December 30, 2005
Holly Jolly Snotfest 2005
I'm Back, Baby, I'm Back
Except for the fact that the look really does not age very well, AT ALL.
Well, except for the tatoos on women, especially in cheerleader outfits, now THAT is timeless!!!
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Up On The Housetop
First of all, I love this song!!!
Up on the housetop reindeer pause
Out jumps good old Santa Clause
Down thru the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones
Ho, ho, ho!
Who wouldn't go!
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go!
Up on the housetop
Click, click, click
Down thru the chimney with Good Saint Nick
Did you know that NORAD tracks Santa? Well, they do!!! First of all NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defense Command. It is explained at this website:
NORAD is based at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. It’s website is here:
The design of the Cheyenne Mountain Complex will DROP YOUR JAW:
NORAD’s home page is here:
“ Deter, Detect, Defend." That is the motto of the men and women who serve in the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Since 1958, Canadians and Americans have been partners in protecting the airspace of Alaska, Canada and the contiguous 48 United States. The mission has evolved over the years. Until the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, NORAD's focus was almost exclusively fixed on threats coming toward the Canadian and American borders, not terrorism in our domestic airspace. Because of that day, NORAD's focus has increased to include domestic airspace. NORAD's mission is truly global.
Prior to Sept. 11, NORAD was a word that was associated predominately with the Cold War. The eyes and ears of NORAD were focused on aerospace threats that may come from sources far away from the shores of Canada and the United States.
Today, the highly skilled men and women of NORAD use ground-based radar, airborne radar, satellites, fighter aircraft, proven command structures and intelligence capabilities to enforce control of the skies over the United States and Canada.
This website is dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces in Canada and the United States who have given their lives to maintain the freedom we enjoy in North America. In their names we will continue to "Deter, Detect and Defend."”
NORAD has tracked Santa every year since it’s inception, and it has been showing it on the web since 1998, which is when I first found it.
“Canadian and American men and women who work at NORAD have responded to phone calls from children personally. Additionally, media from all over the world call NORAD on Christmas Eve for updates on Santa's location. Last year this Website was visited by millions of people who wanted to know Santa's whereabouts. This year, the information is provided in six languages.NORAD relies on many volunteers to help make Santa tracking possible. Many people at Cheyenne Mountain and Peterson Air Force Base spend part of their Christmas Eve with their families and friends at NORAD's Santa Tracking Operations Center in order to answer phones and provide Santa updates to the many thousands of children who call in.”
To see where Santa has been click here:
I use the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” to look how websites used to look, sometimes several years ago.
To see the story of how the idea and pure SCALE of The Internet Archive transpired click here:
MERERY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!!!!!!
Friday, December 23, 2005
Festivus, The Holiday For The Rest Of Us
Conan Fucking rocks! I am watching a rerun of Conan and it’s one of the best shows I have ever seen!!!! First he does the opening punchlines, and I laugh my ass off. And then, he goes into the audience to speak to a “normal, everyday person who is not a celebrity, or a famous person”. So he goes all the way to the tip top row, to speak to this person, and the guy gets up, says his name, and it’s somebody called Jerry Stiller. YES, the man who played George’s dad on Seinfeld!!!!! And after that, he goes back to his desk with thunderous applause, I mean Jerry was fucking hilarious!!!!!
So then, he goes back “TO THE YEAR 2000”!!!!!!!!!
On a side note, I love La Bamba, one of the band’s trumpet players, and he is the one that sings:
(In the Year 2 thousaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand),
before every fortune telling, of what will happen in the future, of what will happen in the year 2000.
(In the Year 2 thousaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand)
Conan: U.S. troops in Afghanistan will admit that have yet to find Osama Bin Laden, but they have found the guy that played “Dauber” on the TV show Coach.
(In the Year 2 thousaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand)
Guest: Global Warming will melt the polar ice caps to the point of flooding coastal cities, and New York will be severely under water. To alleviate the human disaster, the U.S. government will bring in Kristie Alley, armed with a straw.
(In the Year 2 thousaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand)
Yeah, you get the idea. Oh, Conan always does the bit with his next guest, and this time it was JACK BLACK, the “School of Rock” guy!!!!
And yeah, Conan will be the host of “The Tonight Show” some day. Not because Jay Leno blows (which he does profusely), but because he is fucking hilarious, and a genius.
JUST YOU SEE.
I got tagged.
From Kellie. (thanks a lot by the way….)
THE RULES:1) Thank the person who tagged you
2) List 5 strange/weird/random things about you
3) Tag 5 people
Thanks Kellie, and yes, I am being sarcastic!!!!!!
1. I love the Seinfeld show, and my wife says that I am by far most like George Costanza. (not really a compliment at all)
2. I have been smoking at work the past few weeks, and nobody knows!!!
3. I am a video game junkie. I love my old 8-Bit NES, my 16-Bit SNES, and my PS1 and PS2.
4. My most favorite game series BY FAR is Dragon Warrior, which I own 1-4, 7, and 8. Five and six were only released in Japan. Slaying dragons most definitely is my thing.
5. I love the Yankees, Derek Jeter, Star Wars, LOTR, anything technologically related, my most favorite magazine is Popular Science, and I gues I should just shut my fucking nerd ass up. OH, and I cuss, A-LOT, comes from being a factory slubbo.
Yeah, that was fun (NOT). So I will pass it on to: (even though there is a 100% chance of them NOT doing it, because they are not lame, like me)
Bryan "Danger" Murphy,
Just A Mom (Jaye),
Well, I got home early tonight, at 9:30ish. We had an early out, because body shop ran nothing all day, and we ran the bank out. So, we basically did not have enough trucks to keep running, so our line time was 4.0 hours, (8:30 p.m.), and we had to fill our line, (I am on the tire line), so we had to go another .4 hours, and of course we had our group circle jerk, (I mean the weekly team meeting), and then we went home. Me and Ang just got done wrapping presants a little while ago.
Christmas is almost HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
But Baby It's Cold Outside
I love old Christmnas music the best. I mean like old horns and stuff. People like (and I know I will completely butcher their names): Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Sinatra, Burl Ives, Brenda Lee, Nat King Cole,Perry Como,Ella Fitzgerald,Mitch Miller, Johnny Mathis,Dean Martin,Tony Bennett,Elvis Presley,The Beach Boys,Bobby Helms,and I guess you get the point. I also like "newer" stuff, like the Band-Aid song, which is my favorite, and then others like John Lennon,Paul McCartney,Harry Connick Jr., and you know what? I need to get my fix. By that I mean slay some dragons on my (insert video game console name here).
I am what you would call a:
nerd (nûrd) n. Slang
A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I can't remember a word that you were saying.
Are we demented? Or am I disturbed?
The space that's in-between insane and insecure.
Oh therapy can you please fill the void?
Am I retarded or am I just overjoyed?
Nobody's perfect and I stand accused,
For the lack of a better word, and that's my best excuse.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
"Jarod's mother embraced Lebanon teacher Karol Aylor — whose 16-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash in 2002 — after reading a poem about lost loved ones.
"I love you all dearly.
Now don't shed a tear.
'Cause I'm spending my Christmas.
With Jesus this year." "
I wish I knew how to begin this. About a year and a half ago, I stumbled upon a couple of websites. I don’t remember exactly how I came across them, but I do remember that it was an accident. I pretty much just happened to run into them . Well, I should say, I ran into one, and then it linked to the other. I first ran into one about a six-year-old kid named Jarod Bennett. It was a memorial website posted by his parents. I remember reading it, looking at the pictures, and how he died tragically. I remember a few tears welling up. And then it linked to another girl’s website. It was another memorial website by another kid’s parents, but this time it was about a 16-year-old girl named Katie Ayler. Jarod’s linked to Katie’s because, when Katie died on August 27, 2002, her parents did not get a tombstone for her until December of 2003. Until they did, they used a cross that was put up by Katie and Brandi Cook (her friend)’s friends at their car crash site where they both died. Their friends put up a cross at the crash site, and the Aylor family used that same cross to mark her grave until they got the tombstone. On December 19, 2003, Jarod Bennett lost his 6 YEAR OLD life at his school, where a 290 pound cafeteria table collapsed on his head, killing him. When the Aylors heard about this, they offered the very cross that once marked their daughter’s grave, to the Bennett family, to mark Jarod Bennett’s grave until they got his tombstone. That is how the 2 websites, the 2 families, the 2 spirits of the 2 dead children, are forever linked. On December 19, 2005, exactly 2 years to the day that Jarod Bennett lost his life, the State of Ohio passed "Jarod's Law".
****Amazingly enough, the headstone for Katie Aylor's grave was placed on December 18, 2003, the day BEFORE Jarod would tragically die. Jarod Bennett was buried on December 23, 2003, on his mother's birthday.
THIS IS THEIR STORY.
"On Friday December 19th, 2003 our lives were changed forever. It was six days before Christmas, and our children's last day of school before Christmas vacation. Our six year old son Jarod was attending an after school program (PrimeTime), run by Countryside YMCA, and held in the cafeteria of Louisa Wright elementary school, where Jarod attended as a first grader. On this day Jarod's mother (Jenny) arrived to pickup Jarod, and was met at the entrance of the cafeteria by a young boy screaming "call 911, call 911 Jarod's been hurt". In response, she rushed inside and was horrified to discover Jarod on the floor, unconscious, and bleeding severely."
Photos of Jarod
"Our daughter and sister, Katie Marie Aylor, died tragically at 5:20 PM on August 27, 2002 in an automobile accident on Oregonia Road in Lebanon, Ohio. She was only 16 years, 6 months and 26 days old. Her friend, Brandi Cook, was driving and also killed instantly."
Photos of Katie Marie Aylor
****The news story about 'Jarod's Law':
Taft signs law to boost school safety
‘Jarod's Law' triggered by death of 6-year-old boy’
By Lawrence Budd
Dayton Daily News
LEBANON Gov. Bob Taft joined a candlelight vigil on Monday inside the Warren County administration building after signing Jarod's Law — legislation designed to remove hazards from Ohio schools triggered by the death of a 6-year-old Lebanon boy exactly two years before.
"Thank you for transforming your loss into a very positive change," Taft said turning to the boy's parents.
Jim and Jennifer Bennett have pushed for the law since their son, Jarod, was killed on Dec. 19, 2003, when a collapsed cafeteria table, standing upright, fell over on him at Louisa Wright Elementary School, where he was attending an after-school program.
Although federal safety officials identified the tables as hazardous in 1987, they remain in use around the nation, officials said.
Jarod was the 15th child killed by the tables, according to lawyers representing the family.
Jim Bennett, said he'd been contacted in May by the parents of a Florida boy badly injured when a collapsible cafeteria table fell on him during karate class.
The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Tom Raga, R-Deerfield Twp., said no other state laws aimed at school hazards had been identified.
Jarod's Law will require state health inspectors to identify hazards such as the tables during inspections. Details will be ironed out by state health officials, Raga said, estimating the inspections could begin next fall.
Taft's visit marked the culmination of efforts in Ohio. He was among those who suggested Jarod's Law could spark a nationwide campaign to eliminate hazards from public schools.
More than 100 people encircled Jarod's family with lighted candles during the ceremony, which ended after people called out the names of lost loved ones they were missing during the holiday season.
Jarod's mother embraced Lebanon teacher Karol Aylor — whose 16-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash in 2002 — after reading a poem about lost loved ones.
"I love you all dearly.
Now don't shed a tear.
'Cause I'm spending my Christmas.
With Jesus this year."
Contact Lawrence Budd at (513) 696-4542.
IF I KNEW - by Lisa Wray
"If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord,
your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance to make everything just right.
There will always be another day to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance to say our "Anything I can do?"
But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,
That you didn't take that extra time for a smile,
or a kiss,
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear.
Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me,"
or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today."
Have a wonderful day, and remember, Christmas is just about here!!!!
And if you do anything please stop by the websites, and maybe leave a comment for the family of the lost children, Katie Aylor, and Jarod Bennett.
On Jarod's website I found the following in the comments section:
19 Dec 2005
Jarod , today was very hard, to imagine that you are never coming back , and i have to live christmas by christmas that you are now a memory in my head , b/c you just arent here with me any more , and its soo hard . it is. i miss you so much. i love you to death , and untill death. your big sis. you rest in my heart baby angel *jillian*
****Yeah, if you don't cry after seeing the websites,
(ALL OF THE PAGES!!!!!!),
you have no heart.****
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The Great Expedition To See Santa: 2005
We did it! WE actually did it! Angi protested quite vocally, but we did it. I thought it went all right. Angi thought it was a disaster. So we get up, get dressed, brush our teeth, mouthwash, then it’s time to get the kids. This is at 3ish. We are looking for the “dress up clothes” for the picture, and we can’t find them. So we find something for a backup. We go up and get the kiddos, actually Angi does. I get the camera, and stuff ready, start the Jeep, put the stuff in it, and move it so we can get the kids in it without killing ourselves, and yeah, the kiddos too. OKAY, while Angi gets sissy, she finds the dress up outfits on one of the dressers in her room. Cool! So we change the diapers, put the clothes on. Angi fixes their hair all nice and nifty, and yes they fought every step of the way. We get ‘em going, and we start out the door. Off we go. Got the xmas radio station on, and the kids, mainly sissy, is swinging her legs, dancing her head, and singing her little gibberish to the songs. She is quite the little singer/dancer. We get there, at the mall. Yeah, I’m not very good at details. It was a lot more complicated, but hey, what can I tell you?
SO we get there, and get in the mall. Once we go down a few stores, there is a stroller parking lot. The ones where you put your money in, and it unhooks the one you choose, after you put the certain number in. SEE, I told you I suck at details! So we try to get a stroller, because the kiddos are acting up a little bit, and it’s hard to handle two kids, camera bag, two kid coats, and you get the picture. We find a cool little two sitter that looks like a car, and each of the kids have their own steering wheel. So, yeah, that will work! OH wait….I forgot my wallet and check book in the Jeep. Son of a…….. So Ang sits down with the kids on a bench in the mall, and I run out back to the Jeep. Okay, got them, so I go to the machine where you put your money in. Son of a……. I don’t have ANY cash!!!! SOOOOOO… Angi has a hold of both the kids again, we go to an ATM which, thankfully, is right there. So, I get the cash, (Mer Fer charged me $2.50 to get MY money!!!!!!!!!!)….. Son of a……… OKAY. We got the cash, and now I have to break a twenty, because, it only takes $5 and $1 dollar bills. It takes five bucks to rent a stupid race car stroller. So, I run to a shop, where I can get something really cheap to break a twenty. I get a cookie from whatever shop it is, and get some five and ones. Angi still has the kiddos, and right about now, she is about to go ballistic, and have a heart attack, and head blow off, at the same time. I got the money! We get the kids into the cart thingy, and I go put the money in, and enter in the number, and whalaa, we got a kiddy holder. The kids are occupied, and they look around while steering their race car, and we go to find Santa. We go down a few different parts, and no Santa, so Angi goes into the Disney store to ask somebody, while me and the kids hang out looking at the window display. So, we are off again, to try to find Santa. We find the area, and we find the start or should I say, the end of the line. There is Rudolph, and the Abdominal Snow monster from the old Rudolph movie. The people in those suits had to be hot as hell. So we scootch up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up, and then, we get to the point where Rudolph and the Abdominal say hi, and shake the kids hands. AND THEEEEN we go and scootch up and up and up, scootch up and up and up, and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up, scootch up and up and up. And then we are next in line! Alright, I got some pictures of the kids hanging out, and some with the snow monster dude, now it’s the big moment!
Click on Thumbnail.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
So Much, With So Little
Oh, and Chris Farley was the best. Without a doubt. (PPPPBBBBHHHHTTTT!!!!!!)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Does ANYONE remember that song? I just heard it the other day, for the first time in like 7 years. Seriously. I LOVE IT!!!! One of our local stations (we got a BUNCH), is playing Christmas music 24-7. It’s awesome!!!!
“I don’t want crockadiles
All I want is
Well, how is everyone?? WE are freaking’ GREAT!!!! Life is SWEET! Today, I worked 8 hours. Yes, that’s right, 8.0 hours. WHOO HOOO!!!! This is the first time that has happened in at least a year, probably more. Not great for the ‘ole pocketbook, but it is wonderful for me as a person! WORK SUCKS. Why else would it be called work? Think about that one!
Me and Ang are doing better than in a looooooong time. I mean like, since 2003. So that is awesome, sweet, superfreaking cool! And, all I CAN say is: relatives SUCK. Angi, I got your back baby!!!!! No more Grinchy, mister! Yeah, I know you don’t like to talk about things, and I am trying to not talk to you about it, but I am a person that needs to talk things out. So, all I can say is, relatives SUCK, and the kids only need us for love anyway, we can give them everything they need, and then some. We have done well enough so far, and it only gets better from here!! I LOVE YOU. Thanks for last night. Boy, that was fun! (too much info) She ALSO was sweet enough to order some Papa John’s pizza. I mean the good stuff. We are talking garlic parmesan breadsticks, chicken alfredo pizza, apple icing and cinnamon icing sweet thingies (soooorry, I can’t describe it better than OH MY GOD), and let’s just say, I LOVE YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!! YOU are number one in my heart!!!!!!!! The way to a man’s heart is two things: food and sex. I AM absolutely serious. No shit. Well, okay, there IS more than that of course, but know this, we are doing better than ever.
We ARE taking the kids to see Santa this weekend. It has to happen. They have never seen Santa before. Hell, this is the first year they have had a Christmas tree up at home. This is also the first year we have put up our Christmas stuff siiiiiiiiiiiince around, 2001 I think. I hope you (whomever you may be) are doing well!!! I know I AM!!!!!
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Makes It All Worth The While (Part: 3)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Why I Love Her So Much
1. She Married me
2. She is the mother of my children
3. She fixes my work lunchbox every single day
4. She stayed with me after the Nov. 2003 incident
5. She has moved with me 7 times since 2000
6. She has moved with me to another state
7. She is the one who bugged me to get our black cat, when my friend wanted to get rid of him ( I got the grey one in Sept. 1998, when I still lived at home)
8. She puts up with my baseball/Yankees/Derek Jeter addictions
9. She puts up with my Seinfeld addictions
10. She puts up with my music addictions
11. She washes all the dishes
12. She washes almost all of the clothes
13. She takes care of the kids every single day
14. She occasionally leaves me love notes
15. She has got my back more times than not
16. She is artsy fartsy, and creative and junk
17. She has freaking sexy, beautiful hair
18. She puts up with my video game addictions
19. She loves technology as much as I do
20. She loves the internet as much as I do
21. She is a homebody
22. She loves to be a stay at home woman
23. She has a tattoo, and it wraps around her arm, and I think it is
24. She loves me
25. She is a girly girl, pink and fru fru
26. She is also one tough ass bitch when it’s needed (and when it’s not)
27. She is the conqueror of confrontation
28. She will make a stand
29. She will win every time
30. She can throw a punch.
31. She can occasionally snuggle, I wish she would more often
32. She can be a stallion
33. She can rock my world
34. She is the best I ever had
Saturday, December 10, 2005
The Santa Mommy Never Told You About
Friday, December 09, 2005
I Welcome The White Death
Cccccoooollllldddd mmmootthhherrrr ffffffuuucckkkerrrrrrrr……..
BY GOD, if it is not Christmasy out, I don’t know what is! We got roughly a foot of snow out, and it is windy as hell, so, you know. It took me at LEAST a half an hour after work before I could leave. SUCK! So, I come home, and we have a snow drift 3 feet high against the garage door. Did I mention I don’t wear a coat? EVER? Seriously, every fucking single day, people coming in, and going out, of work say “Ain’t you cold?”, “Wear’s your coat?”, “Don’t you ever wear a coat?”, “I can give you a coat if you need one”, and so on. So far, my best reply is “Yeah, I’ve never heard that one before”. I am so lame. Fuck them!
By the way, just for the hell of it, I looked online here, and right now it is -2°F.
Did I mention I don’t wear a coat? Yeah, I don’t give a fuck. I don’t like coats. What’s so wrong with that???
Man, the kids totally love the Christmas tree!! She (Angelina), was the first to see it, in the morning, (we put it up the previous night), and she was pointing at it, and she kept on asking “What is that?”. It was SSOOOOO cute! So, then we tell her it’s a Christmas tree, and she goes “WOOOOOOOOOW.”. Just plain adordable, if I do say so myself. And then, they both started heaving their toys at it, and their attempts at entering the notorious “Christmas Tree Triangle of Death”, so far, have been unparalleled by any tedious and nefarious evil deeds they have managed so far, in their very, very, short, (and soon to be extremely shortened) life. You see, we thought it would be best to put a gate around the tree, because we have (VERY JUST) cause to reason that my son would try to climb the tree. He LOVES to climb. Adores it. He climbs on eeffffing everything, and I mean that in the most literal sense. As long as he is high, he is happy. NO, NOT THAT KIND OF HIGH! Well, he is not a teenager yet either.
We defiantly thought it would be best to cordon off the tree. And they SSSSOOOOOOO want to get in that gate to tackle that tree! The cats also enjoy the tree. I have only caught the grey fat one (Meow Meow), just once. I was sleeping on the couch after work, next to the tree with the lights on, and a rustling woke me up. I look over, my glasses were off of course, and I see a blurry grey tail sticking out of the bottom part of the tree. It is waving at me. I yell at him. “GIT!”. “ GIIIIT!!!”. “NOW!”. Nothing. Just a few tail twitches. So I start to get up, and slam my fist against the cushion. “GET DOWN FROM THEIR RIIIIGHT NOW!” That damn cat rustles in the tree, and then drops from under it. He was laying in the tree!!!!! Damn cats!!
Well, I guess I better go shovel some (a SHITLOAD!) of snow. And yes, I will where a coat. Because hey, I am dumb, not fucking dumb.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
A 10 $MILLION$ dollar bat mitzvah!!!!!!!!!!!!
David H. Brooks, the man who laid out $10 million for his daughter's bat mitzvah celebration, flew in Aerosmith, the Eagles, Stevie Nicks, 50 Cent, Ciara, Kenny G and Tom Petty to play at a party for his 13-year-old daughter . Brooks took over the two floors of the Rainbow Room for the event, installing hi-tech sound and light equipment.
History will forever record Elizabeth Brooks' bat mitzvah as "Mitzvahpalooza."
pictures from the night:
Rock Stars' Host Faces SEC Investigation David H. Brooks, the man who laid out $10 million for his daughter's bat mitzvah celebration, has been under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission since last year.
Brooks gained notoriety in the last couple of weeks when it was revealed he had hired Aerosmith, the Eagles, Stevie Nicks, 50 Cent, Ciara, Kenny G and Tom Petty to play at a party for his 13-year-old daughter this past weekend. Brooks took over the two floors of the Rainbow Room for the event, installing hi-tech sound and light equipment. Many of the acts are managed by Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman's powerful Los Angeles firm. But what reports of the lavish, over-the-top and some might say completely inappropriate party was who Brooks was, or what trouble he's been in. It's a lot. He's under a major SEC investigation, as I will report in a moment. That's not all. His company, DHB, as reported, is a defense contractor that makes bullet-proof vests for the Army. But what published stories did not report was that DHB is now and has been the subject of several class-action suits stemming from, among other things, a government recall of those bullet-proof vests. In May, the Marine Corps recalled 5,277 combat vests made by a DHB's subsidiary issued to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti because of concerns that they failed a test to determine whether they could stop a bullet. This occurred six months after DHB announced a $100 million contract with the Defense Department on Dec. 23, 2004. The contract, Brooks said at the time, could be worth as much as $500 million. Coincidentally, Brooks and the insiders at his company sold off about $200 million worth of DHB stock between Nov. 29 and Dec. 29, 2004. Brooks, according to publicly available filings, sold about $186 million himself, not counting another $50 million in sales that had already been planned. This seems curious to the outsider's eye. Today, DHB sells around $4 a share on the AMEX. Recently, DHB Industries reported it lost $41.7 million in the third quarter of 2005, the result of special charges, stock compensation and research and development costs. But things were a lot different one year ago today. In fall 2004, the stock began a sudden climb out of the $11-$12 range toward a high of $20. That's where it was on Dec. 23, the same day as the press release announcing the $100 million contract. Brooks and co. had already begun a huge sell off a few days earlier culminating in an even bigger one on Dec. 27. That's how he was able to bring in Aerosmith and friends for his daughter's party. Ironically, though, the SEC investigation into DHB had already commenced before that. The company acknowledges being investigated at first for "certain related party transactions between the Company and affiliates of Mr. David H. Brooks (the Company's Chief Executive Officer)." But they acknowledge that since then, the investigation has widened to matters relating to the Company's reporting and treatment of executive compensation (primarily relating to Brooks).The SEC investigation also comes from investors learning that Brooks purchased parts for his products made by a company owned by his wife. Meanwhile, Brooks has also been looking to become the Denise Rich of the Republican party. A quick check of political donations this year shows that Brooks contributed $25,000 this past June to the National Republican Senate Committee. A spokesman for Brooks, Manuel Rubio, said the company did not comment on their stock price. As for the party, Rubio told me, "I prefer country music."
History will forever record Elizabeth Brooks' bat mitzvah as "Mitzvahpalooza."
For his daughter's coming-of-age celebration last weekend, multimillionaire Long Island defense contractor David H. Brooks booked two floors of the Rainbow Room, hauled in concert-ready equipment, built a stage, installed special carpeting, outfitted the space with Jumbotrons and arranged command performances by everyone from 50 Cent to Tom Petty to Aerosmith.
I hear it was garish display of rock 'n' roll idol worship for which the famously irascible CEO of DHB Industries, a Westbury-based manufacturer of bulletproof vests, sent his company jet to retrieve Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from their Saturday gig in Pittsburgh.
I'm also told that in honor of Aerosmith (and the $2 million fee I hear he paid for their appearance), the 50-year-old Brooks changed from a black-leather, metal-studded suit - accessorized with biker-chic necklace chains and diamonds from Chrome Hearts jewelers - into a hot-pink suede version of the same lovely outfit.
The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from. Also on the bill were The Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh performing with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks; DJ AM (Nicole Richie's fiance); rap diva Ciara and, sadly perhaps (except that he received an estimated $250,000 for the job), Kenny G blowing on his soprano sax as more than 300 guests strolled and chatted into their pre-dinner cocktails.
"Hey, that guy looks like Kenny G," a disbelieving grownup was overheard remarking - though the 150 kids in attendance seemed more impressed by their $1,000 gift bags, complete with digital cameras and the latest video iPod.
For his estimated $500,000, I hear that 50 Cent performed only four or five songs - and badly - though he did manage to work in the lyric, "Go shorty, it's your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it's your bat mitzvah."
At one point, I'm told, one of Fitty's beefy bodyguards blocked shots of his boss performing and batted down the kids' cameras, shouting "No pictures! No pictures!" - even preventing Brooks' personal videographers and photographers from capturing 50 Cent's bat-miztvah moment.
"Fitty and his posse smelled like an open bottle of Hennessy," a witness told told me, adding that when the departing rapper prepared to enter his limo in the loading dock, a naked woman was spotted inside.
I'm told that Petty's performance - on acoustic guitar - was fabulous, as was the 45-minute set by Perry and Tyler, who was virtuosic on drums when they took the stage at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Henley, I hear, was grumpy at the realization that he'd agreed to play a kids' party.
I'm told that at one point Brooks leapt on the stage with Tyler and Perry, who responded with good grace when their paymaster demanded that his teenage nephew be permitted to sit in on drums. At another point, I'm told, Tyler theatrically wiped sweat off Brooks' forehead - and then dried his hand with a flourish.
Yesterday, Brooks disputed many details provided to me by Lowdown spies at the affair and by other informed sources, scrawling on a fax to me: "All dollar figures vastly exaggerated."
He added: "This was a private event and we do not wish to comment on details of the party."
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Why I Hate WALMART, And Everything About It PART:1
Posted 12/2/2005 4:56 PM Updated 12/2/2005 4:57 PM
Wal-Mart apologizes for bad check accusation
TAMPA (AP) — Wal-Mart apologized to a black man who was falsely accused of trying to pass a bad check when he went to buy thousands of dollars' worth of holiday gift cards for employees of his manufacturing company.
"I keep going over and over the incident in my mind. I cannot come up with any possible reason why I was treated like this except that I am black," said Reginald Pitts.
Employees of a Wal-Mart Supercenter called sheriff's deputies last week to arrest Pitts after he handed over a $13,600 check to pay for 520 gift cards for employees at roofing supplier GAF Materials Corp., where Pitts is a human resources manager.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sharon Weber said Friday that the company does not tolerate discrimination. "We probably could have handled it better, but I won't know until we complete the investigation," Weber said.
Pitts said that when he went to the store last week to pick up the preprinted cards, store managers stalled for about two hours while he waited. He had handed over his business card, his driver's license and phone numbers to GAF's bank. His accounting supervisor assured them over the phone that GAF was good for the check.
Later, two Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies appeared. One grabbed Pitts by the arm. He objected to the rough handling and asked if he was being arrested.
"We need to talk with you about this forged check that you brought in here," Pitts quoted one as deputy saying. The deputy said later Wal-Mart had called and reported that Pitts had committed a felony.
A short time later deputies, determined there were no grounds for a criminal charge.
Pitts' company decided to buy its gift cards from Target.
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Posted 12/5/2005 12:07 AM Updated 12/5/2005 12:10 AM
Growing opposition frowns on Wal-Mart
By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — In a nondescript office blocks from the White House, Paul Blank chats with staffers near the start of another 12-hour workday. The beige walls are plastered with hand-lettered, cardboard signs bearing slogans "Always High Costs. Always" and "Buffy the Wal-Mart Slayer."
Despite his 80-hour workweeks, Blank settles into a chair looking energized.
This is more than a job to him, he explains. It's a crusade.
Blank is the campaign manager for the labor-union-backed www.WakeUpWalMart.com. Behind the scenes at the headquarters office, staffers work at a dizzying pace. Their goal: to reform Wal-Mart, the biggest retailer in the world.
"There is a drumbeat every day that's building," says Blank, who previously worked as political director for Howard Dean's presidential campaign. "The question of whether Wal-Mart is good for America is being pushed to the forefront of a national debate."
As the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, Wal-Mart is facing the most formidable opposition to a retailer since the 1930s, when a campaign was waged against Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea (better known as A&P), which subsequently lost its domination of the retail market.
In just the past year, two union-backed groups have formed with the shared mission of challenging the megaretailer's business, labor, environmental and social standards.
Another labor-supported group, Wal-Mart Watch, is housed in a corporate-looking downtown Washington office with plush leather chairs and curving stalks of pale green lucky bamboo in the waiting room. The mostly young staff is dressed in jeans and khakis. The organization has 36 employees, including 14 who work in the field.
Both organizations have gotten or now get funding from labor unions, which have tried unsuccessfully for years to unionize workers at the retailer. Wal-Mart Watch was launched in April by Andrew Stern, a union leader whose Service Employees International Union left the AFL-CIO last summer.
The board includes Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope and a Republican, Ed Goeas of the Tarrance Group, an Alexandria, Va.-based polling group. Partners include such national groups as Sojourners, American Independent Business Association, National Council of Women's Organizations, Sierra Club, Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers International union.
www.WakeUpWalMart.com is a project of the United Food and Commercial Workers International union and gets its funding from the labor organization.
Praise and pressure
They're facing a giant foe — if Wal-Mart were a country, its economic output would be the 20th largest in the world, according to a recent speech by its CEO, Lee Scott. And as the anti-Wal-Mart publicity machine intensifies, Wal-Mart is working to get its own message out that the retail giant is good to its more than 1.2 million workers, and also good for America.
"For us, there is virtually no distinction between being a responsible citizen and a successful business," Scott said in a recent presentation. "They are one and the same for Wal-Mart today."
Now that Wal-Mart is facing stiff competition from the likes of Target and Costco, the assault on its image could have an impact on the retailer's bottom line.
"Is this campaign hurtful to Wal-Mart? Of course. It's costing them megabucks. The financial impact on Wal-Mart is enormous," says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, a New York-based national retail consulting and investment banking firm. "They're spending on public relations, getting their story out, spending more time to get certain stores."
But Wal-Mart, which refutes the claim that the opposition is hurting it financially, has also gotten praise from others. Wal-Mart this year was named one of the 30 Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise magazine.
An independent study by Global Insight found that Wal-Mart saved each American household, on average, $2,329 in 2004. It found Wal-Mart also had a net positive economic impact in the form of a 0.9% increase in real wages and the creation of 210,000 jobs nationwide. Global Insight is a privately held economic analysis, forecasting and financial information company.
"There are positive impacts," says Chris Holling, executive managing director at Global Insight. "Overall, there did seem to be the impact of overall retail employment being higher. They stimulate the retail industry."
Still, pressure is coming from other areas. Some states are trying to pressure employers such as Wal-Mart into improving health benefits by publicizing the names of companies that have the most employees in public health programs. The efforts are known as "Wal-Mart bills," and they're being championed largely by unions and Democratic state legislators.
Among the retailer's woes:
• Last month, a new $1.8 million documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, by filmmaker Robert Greenwald, takes a blistering look at Wal-Mart.
The documentary will be seen at more than 7,000 screenings in churches, private homes, union halls and other locations, and it claims in part that Wal-Mart doesn't pay workers enough and that many must rely on public assistance.
Wal-Mart officials have said the documentary contains inaccuracies, and they're also promoting another more upbeat, independently made movie, Why Wal-Mart Works & Why That Makes Some People Crazy.
"Our aim was to create a theme of dueling movies, to create a dialogue of issues," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams says.
• In October, a memo from a Wal-Mart benefits executive leaked to Wal-Mart Watch suggested the retailer could lower its health care costs by dissuading unhealthy people from working at its stores.
Wal-Mart countered by saying the memo was a snapshot in time of the debate going on at Wal-Mart, and all around the USA, as companies cope with rising health costs.
The company also says it insures more than 568,000 associates and more than 948,000 people in total, who, as of January, will pay as little as $25 a month for individual coverage and $65 for family coverage. And 160,000 associates now covered by insurance had none before joining the discount retailer.
Other criticisms against Wal-Mart are long-standing. The anti-Wal-Mart groups say employees don't qualify for health care or can't afford it. Wages are too low, they say, and the retailer discriminates against women. (Wal-Mart is facing the largest class-action lawsuit in history from 1.6 million current and former female employees who are suing for discrimination.)
Anti-Wal-Mart organizers also say the company hurts communities, small businesses and the environment.
But Wal-Mart officials say such criticism is coming from union groups whose real goal is to shore up their own membership.
"The groups are watching out for their own interest," Wal-Mart's Williams says. "They wake up every morning thinking, 'How can we hurt Wal-Mart?' Why are they doing this? To what end? Organized labor is so splintered. This is that one thing that seems to unify members: a war on Wal-Mart."
Counters WakeUpWalMart.com spokesman Chris Kofinis: "What's uniting us is Wal-Mart's own negative effect."
Meanwhile, Wal-Mart says it pays an average wage of $9.68 an hour, which is almost twice the minimum wage of $5.15. And Wal-Mart says the proof is in how many people want to work at Wal-Mart: A store opening in August in Oakland had 12,000 applicants for 400 jobs.
Cindy Galati, 45, is a district manager in St. Louis who has worked at Wal-Mart for 24 years, starting as a cashier. She bristles at the anti-Wal-Mart publicity.
"You have a small group of special interests who want to portray to the world what we are not," Galati says. "We are a good company and want to do the right thing. How do I feel? I take personal offense at it."
Both of the labor-backed groups challenging Wal-Mart are trying to drum up support in local communities where Wal-Mart stores are located. Over the past four decades, Wal-Mart has grown from a small chain to a global enterprise with 5,000 stores in 10 countries.
Wal-Mart critics include former shoppers such as Caroline Vernon, 44, of Davenport, Iowa, a stay-at-home mother of four who this year became a community activist at www.WakeUpWalMart.com.
"I used to shop at Wal-Mart all the time," Vernon says. "Wal-Mart has just been exposed. There has been a snowball effect. It's really about what vision of America do you have, big-box retailers as the only way to shop or mom-and-pop stores? Mom-and-pop is what America is all about."
And that's just how the Wal-Mart activists hope to apply pressure, by relying on local community members. This fall, Vernon and others went to their local Wal-Mart and handed out fliers criticizing the retailer's health care coverage.
The retailer is launching a counteroffensive, an approach summed up by CEO Scott in a presentation this year. "After a year of listening, the time has come to speak, to better define who we are in the world," he said.
Analysts such as Mark Husson of HSBC Securities says the company has typically not responded because it hadn't felt as threatened.
In January, the company launched a website, www.walmartfacts.com, that touts statistics to counter critics' claims. Among the statements: "Wal-Mart offers affordable health care benefits to our associates."
The company is doing more to muster political support. Wal-Mart has doubled its number of Washington lobbyists to eight and ratcheted up political spending.
Wal-Mart gave $1.5 million in 2002 through its political action committee, making it No. 82 on the list of top donors. In 2003-04, Wal-Mart gave $2.2 million. That boosted it to No. 22 in the ranking of top donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research group in Washington. The bulk of the money has gone to Republicans.
This fall, Wal-Mart hired public relations firm Edelman to help devise its strategy and create an instant-response team at company headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. They've also hired Michael Deaver, who helped shape former president Ronald Reagan's image.
Says analyst Husson: "They do feel unfairly maligned."
But he also says the attacks are not unexpected as the company expands from its stronghold in the so-called red states to the blue states — urban, mostly Democratic states largely on the East and West coasts, where Wal-Mart stores are not as plentiful.
"They have to open and get coverage in states that are more urban, blue states," he says.
Still, organizers also say their struggle is larger than changing Wal-Mart. For some, the goal is also to force a debate on larger social issues — issues such as advancement for women, affordable health care for workers and better pay for all.
"Wal-Mart is facing a perfect storm of negativity," says Kofinis of WakeUpWalMart.com. "People are rallying around this movement. It's not just workers. It's rippling out and becoming a real debate about values."
But Wal-Mart officials say the critics overlook all the good that Wal-Mart does.
"We help give struggling families a sense of pride, because our prices enable their children to start school with fresh supplies and new basketball sneakers, so they are no different from other kids," Williams says. "Wal-Mart is good for America, because we are the great equalizer for the people of this country, and no one else has stepped up to that role."
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Monday, December 05, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Ring, Ding, Ding-A-Ling
WE ARE putting up our Christmas stuff up this weekend, there is no two ways about it! It WILL happen! I love Christmas!!! I still stay up all night Christmas eve, and just, well, I don’t know, it is just an amazingly fun and childish thing to do, and I LOVE IT!!!
OKAY, I will stop putting Green Day videos up here…………..did you notice I said Green Day? SOOOOO, I still might put some other ones up, just for fun. What’s that you say? You siad who cares? Yeah, neither do I!!!!! (I fibbed)
You want to know something else????
I don’t care what it takes, I am getting some sort of action this weekend damnit!!
Betcha didn’t want to know that, huh???
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Are You Talkin' Ta Me???
HIYAH!!!!! How is life on the flipside?
ME: James Matthew Baker
James, Jim, Jimmy, Jimmy Matt, Matt, Matty, Matty bear, Matty moe moe, Bake, Baker, Boo Boo, Boo, Sweety, Sweetheart, Baby, Babydoll, Dear, Chewbop, Mattchew, Haus, Precious, G-Q Smooth, Tadpole, Puddin’, Mr. harley, Fucker, Motherfucker, Constipation, Mr. Constipation, Charlie, and I am sure there is a bunch I have forgotten by now………
and that’s my name………..
And don’t you FUCKING wear it out!!!!!!