Friday, October 30, 2009

Heavy Post

Well, this is a post I have been putting off for a while now. I have been thinking of this blog, what it is, has been, and should or should not be.

When I started this blog I had no plan. There was no thought involved, really. As I have said before, it really was drunkenly accidental. Anyway, at the time we had started our search for a house - so that's what I posted about. Then we had our little changes, home projects, and of course the catbox saga. With summer, more personal posts about being on the lake, some family and holiday stuff. But as time went on, more posts about, say, music and odd/funny things that I liked. Less personal, more of what I once described as 'filler posts'. All that happened is that we just settled in to a more mundane, everyday lifestyle so there is less 'news' to share.

Also, when I said to myself, 'Aww hell, I can do this!', despite any preparation or planned focus at all, I envisioned it being more interactive. I figured that since I never really reach out to anyone, they could check up on me here and easily get my attention since I check the comments every time I log on. Alas, that hasn't been the case. My expectations were high, I was naive. I am not that important - My blog will not save the world.

I have followed my general stats since the middle of June, and I have seen them steady, rising, and recently go very low again. I have also realized that I paid too much attention to how many visitors I had each day. I had to turn O.F.F. my O.C.D.

So, Waaah. Things didn't turn out as I hopefully envisioned at the start. Hell, I had no vision at the start. I winged it, and still am, kinda. Does this mean I throw in the towel? No. It's a big enough internet that I can have my little corner of it. Eventually maybe more people will like my sense of humor and taste in music and come to see what I think. Or maybe I may as well send my words straight into oblivion when I hit 'publish post'. It doesn't matter as much anymore.

So, what will be here? There will be more posts on what I like with some personal posts when appropriate. The main difference is I will be doing it more for me. I won't try to impress anyone, feel obligated to post anytime, or try to emulate other blogs. (Speaking of which, no 'via' tags anymore for just viral things I pass on, and the like. I will give credit when credit is due.) I do plan on keeping all things SFW and Kids, except perhaps a clear warning before the break sometimes. ;)

I have been learning, I have been humbled, and I have relaxed about it all.

Well, that's what has been on my mind the last couple of weeks. Please leave any thoughts or questions in the comments. Or not.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Origin of the Universe

I watched this last night as well. A very comprehensible talk on the origin of the universe. This fascinated me.

Spooky Halloween Prank

This video almost had me in tears I was laughing so hard. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Letter Home From A New Marine

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine-Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much.

We go on ‘route marches,’ which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different. A ‘route march’ is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don’t bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don’t know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don’t even load your own cartridges They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home. I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake . I only beat him once.. He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5′6′ and 130 pounds and he’s 6′8′ and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,


via Bits & Pieces

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The New W.A.S.P. album

I pre-ordered mine a while ago, then the release date got pushed back a month. New arrival date estimated November 9-16. I have already heard the whole album by now, but only once, I'm waiting for the actual cd to play before I focus on it. See, Record Companies, even though it is widely available for free online, I love the band so I am buying the cd! There still is nothing like having the product in your hands for a band you want to support!

I know Blackie's music, I have followed him since the early 80's. My preliminary thoughts on the album, after 1 listen and 1 view of the following, seem to be similar to this video review. But again, I am waiting for the physical product in my hands before I will let myself fully enjoy it.

I know I've been absent lately, post coming soon.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cat Betrayed

This cat is getting bawled out by his girlfriend! The captions are hilarious!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ace Frehley National Anthem 10/4/09

Ace Frehley performs the National Anthem in Kansas City before the Chiefs football game.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Peter Criss had Breast Cancer

Haven't heard much from him lately, maybe this is why. Click the link to read the whole article.

(CNN) -- "A year after beating breast cancer, Peter Criss, a founding member of the rock band KISS, calls himself "the luckiest man in the planet."

While some men feel embarrassed because of "this macho crap," Criss said surviving breast cancer -- yes, men get it, too -- was actually a blessing. He was treated before the tumor could spread and said he's speaking about male breast cancer now -- during National Breast Cancer Awareness month -- to raise the profile of this rare disease....

...The 63-year-old musician is now cancer free."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Mark Tauscher is back with the Pack.

Number 65 has been one of my favorites for a long time. I followed his career here in Madison with the UW Badgers, then through all his years as a Green Bay Packer.

I recently bought my first Packers jersey. I got number 12, Aaron Rodgers. I like Rodgers alot and I think he is gonna be good for a long time. Which is why I got his jersey and not, say, Donald Driver who is getting to the end of his career. Except for a few items the last couple of years, I have never spent really hardly any money on sports clothing for myself. If I had been one to indulge way back then, I'm sure I would have had a 65 jersey a long time ago.

Now, he's not the saviour for that offensive line. Those problems run deeper than one position. Ten months rehabbing is a long time, but as long as his (twice blown-out) knee holds up -and once he gets into game shape- he has to be an upgrade. GO TAUSCHHHHH!

Grocery store deals that make sense

Monday, October 12, 2009

U.S. National Debt Clock

Wow. Check out the U.S. National Debt Clock. There's a lot to see here.

Lazy Corner

What a lazy weekend. My wife even called it a lazy weekend, and she does alot of weekly cleaning. I guess I really only have one thing to show for my time. A small project at the front corner of the house. As a condition of buying the house the electric had to be upgraded. So the outside electrical box was moved to the other side of the house, so its not next to the driveway anymore. I can't remember what this corner looked like before, but it obviousy was altered for that work. So I fixed it up a little.


...and after. I think it looks alot better, and it took less time than Mrs S cleaning the bathroom!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Piano Stairs or Escalator?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

First Snow Of The Season

It's snowing outside. Barely flurries actually, but the first snow of the season nonetheless. I wanted to post a pic but it would be almost imperceptible. At least the only jobs I have left outside this fall (that don't involve leaves) are cutting down the plants and trimming the lilac bush. I have been waiting to do the lilac. Some say to trim in the fall, some late winter. I just want to do what is healthiest for the plant. I'll research it a bit more.

We were talking about projects last night, and again being thankful that this house has been kept up so well. All my projects are just little things here and there. I love our new house!

Wisconsin plays at Ohio State this afternoon. GO BADGERS!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


He was a bastard then, why wouldn't he be one now? In family safe terms, to heck with him!

It's a nice mash-up.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

KISS on David Letterman last night

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Packers Future and Past

Here's a good pic from after last night's game. I don't think there's any love lost between these two.

Petunia, Sticks and Packers

About halfway through the summer a lone petunia popped up out of the mulch. We have watched it grow all year, counting six at a time, eight and more flowers on it as it thrived. Now I believe the end is near. It had one lonely flower left this cool, windy and damp day. It will probably be the last with more cold temperatures coming.
I did say windy, and we have big trees. Here's a zoomed-in (blurry) pic of the sticks gathered from the shedding trees in the past 2 weeks or so.

Yes, last night's game was a bummer. The Pack lost 23-30 and showed how bad their offensive line really is. Good news: They brought Tauscher back in for a workout today. Expect him to be signed in the next few days. That will only help one position, however. Oh well, we get the Vikes here in less than a month! Hopefully that game will turn out differently.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Packers v. Vikings

Here it is, big game night.

If you take out the quarterbacks Minnesota has a little better team, I think. QB's are probably even at this point. The game is at the Metrodome, where thay had that big game winning pass at the end last week. It's gonna be a tough one, a close one early. Then the Packers need to adjust to keep the game from getting out of hand later to hopefully pull one out.

Enjoy the game, I'll be back tomorrow. GO PACK!

Friday, October 2, 2009

100 Posts!

Hmm, 100 posts, my first blogging milestone. I almost missed noticing. Aw what the hell, I'm having fun. Here's to maybe 100 more!


Yes, I have been playing around in Blogger and making a few little changes. The most obvious being the header picture. It may change again, we'll see. I plan to explore and learn some more this weekend when I have the time as well. Though, the less it rains the more I plan to get done outside. So if its dry I can actually get necessary things done.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy October!- New Alice Cooper