Friday Five – Give Thanks

Okay, so it’s not Friday – But it IS Thanksgiving!


John Hiatt – Thank You Girl

Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Sam & Dave – I Thank You

Ernest Tubb – Thanks A Lot

And just for good measure… LEFTOVERS!:

John Lennon – Cold Turkey

WARNING! Don’t play the following video unless your name is Leah or Cassie, or for some bizarre reason that I don’t want to know, you’re an ABBA fan.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday Miscellany

Doodlebug Mom posted a little time-waster meme on her blog today, so I thought I would join in since I’m too busy to write anything that requires much thought.


Stuff ya Didn’t Know about Me or Wish you Never Knew!

1. Number of pets you have adopted or rescued over your lifetime: Too many to count. My childhood home was a prime pet dumping location for some reason.

2. Most embarrassing childhood memory: In Junior High, I had to wear a headband for a few months because of a surgical procedure on my forehead which was a direct result of a car wreck I was in. Except that my classmates didn’t know that; they just thought I was a big Loverboy fan or something.

3. Name a quirk: I am so obsessed with the embarrassment of having food on my face while eating in public; I can destroy a huge stack of napkins during a meal.

4. Favorite lunch: Whether it’s a sandwich or a bowl of chili, I just want it to be alone, engrossed in an online episode of the Daily Show or an interesting Podcast.

5. How you like your coffee: as agent Cooper said on Twin Peaks, “black as midnight on a moonless night.”

6. Name an interesting family “secret”: We are direct descendants of Sioux holy man, Sitting Bull.

7. Give us another one: That last “secret” was a total lie.

8. Current wish: For me & my whole family to be healthy & happy.

9. What I wanted to be when I grew up: My dad likes to tell the story that I once answered, “either a doctor or a shoe-shine boy”.

10. Most painful medical procedure: I would have to say that some of the dental procedures I have had done were far more painful than any medical procedure so far.

11. An insult that has been given to me: A piece of advice, never address a fat guy as “Big’un” or “Tiny”. They don’t think it’s funny or cute. Trust me.

12. Favorite color of clothing: Black.

13. How many trees in your yard? 9 or 10, there used to be more, but we’ve had several die in the last 5 years.

14. If I had 10 million dollars, I would: Open my own business that I loved doing whether it was profitable or not.

15. Meanest or craziest thing you’ve ever said: After being examined very thoroughly in a private place by an attractive female P.A. in an emergency room while passing a kidney stone (& whacked out on morphine), I turned to my wife and said, “I think I just got past 2nd base with her.”

Friday Five – Be-Bop-A-Lula

Since I’ve felt pretty well scattered, loopy & nonsensical this week, I settled on songs with nonsense titles for today’s five. Not to be confused with nonsense songs, because there are lots of nonsense songs that don’t have nonsense titles, but just nonsense titles whether the song itself is nonsense or not. (What?)

Now that we’ve cleared that up…


  1. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da – The Police
  2. Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison
  3. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies
  4. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) – Otis Redding
  5. Da Da Da – Trio

There are plenty more, so feel free to join in the fun if you feel so inclined!

Wednesday Fun

I am currently sitting at my desk getting more & more irritated. There are two things that I really need to be doing, neither of which can be done from my desk. But unfortunately there is a training class taking place in location number one, and my server room (location número dos) has been taken over by an extremely loud phone tech whose cell phone keeps ringing a very annoying ring tone. So my day is being spent plugged-in to the iPod and doing busy-work, like cleaning up my in-box & organizing files. But for some reason, I still feel like this guy;

Seriously, I’m normal!

Monday Miscellany


St. Louis Cardinals first-baseman Albert Pujols was just named the 2008 National League MVP. He is only the 11th player to ever be given that honor twice. He has finished in the top 10 in voting each of his 8 years in the majors and 7 of those in the top 4. He is a fantastically talented, consistent & classy player that any team would be proud to have on their team.

This award, along with several others this post-season almost makes up for the stink-fest of a season it was.

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I Like Pie

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They Grow Up So Fast

I have a great kid, I really do. When I visit Jason’s Chicago Dads blog and read about his struggles & joys with his baby girl, it almost makes me miss those days. But now that my little girl is not a teenager anymore I am experiencing heartbreak over things that I didn’t expect. Like seeing her make life-decisions on her own, having to take her off of my health insurance becasue her job has benefits, having to actually invite her over for supper and special events. It sounds crazy, but until you experience it you will never know how that feels.

She posted a MySpace meme this weekend called What I’ve Come to Realize, in which she wrote, “I’ve come to realize that my dad doesn’t want to control my life, but for me to be happy.” She’s right. Seeing her happy makes me happy and proud and satisfied and… (sigh) Did I mention I had a great kid?

Friday Five – Jesus Rocks

Today’s five is all about Non-Religious, or Secular Jesus Songs.


Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

800 Pound Jesus – Sawyer Brown

Jesus Doesn’t want me for a Sunbeam – the Vaselines

Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top

Jesus Etc. – Wilco

BONUS: Quite possibly my favorite song in this category. It’s been recorded by The Goldcoast Singers, Ernie Marrs, The Flaming Lips, Billy Idol, Jack Johnson, The Levellers, The Blackeyed Susans, and several others, but the version most people remember is Paul Newman from the movie Cool Hand Luke.

Cassoulet Forever – UPDATE

Bizarreness has reached new heights!

All I did was write a little post with a few possible answers to a much asked question, “What does Cassoulet Forever mean?” and something inexplicably exploded. Yesterday when I Googled “Cassoulet Forever” my blog was number three on the list. Today it’s number two.


It has also blown the roof off of my stat chart logging over 500 hits SO FAR today. (Which, by the way, is a lot for my “dull” little blog.)


They even briefly featured it on the French television show Le Petit Journal.


Which, according to Wikipedia, is where the sign originated. At least now we have an answer I guess!

Cassoulet enjoyed a burst of unexpected fame in the United States on election night, November 4, 2008, when a large “Cassoulet” banner along with a smaller “Cassoulet Forever” banner was repeatedly held aloft from a crowd gathered outside ABC News’ Times Square studios in New York. This banner was a joke made for a French TV show named Le Petit Journal presented by Yann Barthès (in Le Grand Journal, Canal+), that was broadcasting from New-York for the election. In a matter of hours, the word was actively looked for over the internet.

This has truly been an Adventure in Dullness!


Oh, and while I’m at it, I might as well capitalize on this bizarre phenomenon, right? Buy your CASSOULET FOREVER crap RIGHT HERE!

Question of the Day

Do giant inflatable creatures really help sell used cars?

Just wondering.

Monday Miscellany

Home alone today, and as much as I enjoy a quiet day off, I’m beginning to be bored out of my head! I don’t know how you people that do it all the time survive – just ain’t my thing.

So anyway, I just finished watching Good Rockin’ Tonight, a documentary/tribute about Sun Studios in Memphis, TN. So, not surprisingly, I’m feeling pretty rockabilly-centric right about now! Here’s a little Charlie Rich to share the mood…