Tuesday, February 26, 2008
This morning there was a bit of a haze over the horizon and a big cruise ship was off in the distance, it was pretty cool sight!
I've talked about cat food before. The last time I went shopping the grocery store had none of the stuff the cats like, only some strange looking stuff in a can.
I took my chances.
It didn't look so bad, I put some in the bowls. Well it hasn't gone over very well. They ate some of it for a couple of days, now they just look at the bowls and walk away.
Maybe this week the other stuff will come in.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
this time with a live band. It was really neat as the band really
rocked and they were LOUD! They played some great classic rock covers
to include some Zeppelin, Hendrix and Doors.
The band was composed of a Dad on guitar, son on lead guitar, son on
drums and cousin on bass guitar. At the end of the second set the bass
player and lead guitar swapped instruments and man oh man did the cousin
just wail on some Santana!
They sung some of the songs in Spanish which was kind of funny listening
to Free's "All right now" in Spanish (Hint: "Now your trying to trick
me in love! - 'Rock scream here')
No photos but maybe I can get some later.
Friday, February 22, 2008
We worked at Lynnhaven Mall as the food court garbage guys. Day after day strolling about the food court, talking about life and changing trash bags.
That's what I can publish, LOL : )
We had some crazy times together, he left for a stint in the Navy, me the Marines.
Kind of drifted apart after I went back into the the Marines in 89.
Really glad to hear from him.
(Compensatory) hours and I am using them tomorrow, so I don't have to go
to work, woo hoo!
Our summer schedule will be ending next month so no more half days on
Friday after that : (
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Really, I am just beginning to digest it myself so I will try to give you a 101.
You visit someones blog (eh hem) and think, "Hey, I like this post" so you comment, which of course is nice and appreciated (As long as it's not spam). But you really want to show some love, you send a trackback.
In a nutshell you create a post on your blog with the trackback URL of the post that you visited (If they have this option usually it will be shown as 'trackback url'), copy this URL and paste it in the body of your post with a message. Publish the post.
Next depending on your blogging platform (Wordpress, Typepad etc) send a trackback.
Make it easy on you, sign up at haloscan.com they make it easy to import the trackback code into your blogger template.
I have tried this a few times and was awed by the fact that trackbacks that I sent had appeared in the Google search engine in 3 minutes!
This probably went way over many of your heads, not to worry.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The famous "Doc" tattoo on my right forearm. Whats the story behind that you ask? Was it some seedy tattoo parlor in Jacksonville NC when you were a Marine?
Maybe he got it at a tattoo parlor in some exotic far off land? It really looks like a jail house tattoo...
Nope, none of that. The year 1981, I had just signed up for the Marines and was waiting to ship out. I had been spending lots of time with my friends, one of them Ken. We go back probably to 1979. Guess whats on his right forearm? A tattoo that says "Ken" that a friend of his gave him before he left Massachusetts (Yes I had to use spell check) for Virginia. I thought, what better way to remember my best friend? I asked him if he could give me a like tattoo on my arm. No problem.
We went to a arts and supply store and bought some India ink, somehow, I don't know I had a bottle of Southern Comfort (I know, horrible nasty stuff).
I thought it was necessary to get pretty tanked up for this hard core tattoo.
Ken proceeded to outline the tattoo with a pen, wrapped some thread around a sewing needle, dipped the needle in the India ink and the fun began.
I got sick from the Southern Comfort and of course wasn't necessary.
Here is a picture of me and Ken before I left for Uruguay.
So I decided to send Arlo a nice email. Wouldn't you know it a few minutes later Arlo says on the air "You've probably heard me say that I get email from all over the world, but this one takes the cake, Doc from Montevideo, Uruguay!" Later on he even gave a "Shout Out" to Doc in Uruguay!
He even followed up with an email, I thought that was pretty cool!
This is not my first time doing something like this. While I was in Sarajevo I picked some obscure classic rock station I think in Idaho and developed a email and chat relationship with the morning dj's there . They always mentioned me on the air, whats happening to "Doc in Sarajevo". They even sent me a CD of their comedy routines.
Friday, February 15, 2008
speed, spastic! Only knows one place to be, wherever I am! And to add
to that she gets into everything.
I can actually see the transformation in the apartment each day after
our housekeeper cleans up to all the stuff Tawny manages to get into!
This morning I was getting ready to go to work and I go into the
kitchen, water all over the floor! See we have a self waterer for the
cats. Tawny and Cricket tend to put their paws in the water
occasionally and move the waterer, spilling water so Chris put some non
slip padding under it. I guess it didn't work as Tawny managed to drag
it into the middle of the kitchen along with spilling water everywhere.
The other day I hear this annoying sound, I thought it was coming from
outside so I walk to the balcony as the sound stops, look outside
nothing. Go back to the office and the sound starts up again, walk
around the apartment as the sound stops again, nothing. Then just on a
hunch I open the guest bathroom, there's Tawny batting around an old
snail shell (See note) in a sink. The snail shell was in a glass
container with pebbles (Hard to describe how annoying that sound really
Fast forward to that night...CRASH! I wake up and thought, did I just
dream that? Sure, that was a dream because I'm dreaming, then I
realized, no, your awake, your eyes are just closed! I decided, maybe
it was just a dream. Next morning I'm getting ready for work and
thought about the crash, I knew where to head, guest bathroom. Sure
enough, glass jar tipped over, pebbles everywhere (Spill a jar of
pebbles onto a marble floor, it will wake you up!).
Hey, where is Chris in all of this? She's in the estados unidos (The
Note: Chris collected the pebbles and snail shells in Croatia. Funny
story as when she got it back to the U.S.A and brought them home, the
next morning she screamed when she saw snails crawling outside the jar!
She thought (As did I) they were empty shells : )
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It's not a "pretty" reading. I found myself at times reading the same paragraph over and over again wishing it would change! The author leaves you hanging at the end, again, you know what to expect but a few chapters later you find out the real answer.
I would highly recommend this book. It's required reading for Marines as it is in the Commandants reading list.
So hit Amazon and find a .99 used copy, VB "'m looking at you!
Oh, started reading, 'Lost Soldiers" by...James Webb!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The keepers of the Great Seal of the United States, the emblem on the back of the US$1 bill, want you to know what it is not. It is not a sign that Freemasons run the country, it has nothing to do with the occult, and it does not contain clues to a fabulous hidden treasure.
It is rather the nation's stamp of authority, sovereignty and power, gracing cash and embossing the most important of documents from its home at the State Department, which has held it since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the first secretary of state.
Not that the Seal's symbols — the all-seeing eye, the unfinished pyramid, the Latin phrases, the bald eagle clutching an olive branch and arrows and the number 13 — aren't powerful.
They are, historians say. Yet their meanings have been misidentified, misunderstood and misrepresented almost since the Continental Congress first commissioned the Seal in 1776.
It would be another six years before the original design was approved and another 128 before it evolved into its current form. Along the way, a movement to decipher the Seal's meaning with ancient Egyptian, mystical and otherwise other worldly explanations has gained currency.
The Internet age has seen an explosion in such conspiracy theories, many which have now been ingrained in public consciousness through the popular "National Treasure" movie franchise that serves up a combination of Masonic lore and historical myths in blockbuster Hollywood fashion.
—That the Seal proves the domination of the United States by a powerful, quasi-religious cult. The Ancient Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is a perennial favorite of conspiracy theorists as some Founding Fathers were Masons and the Seal uses several Masonic symbols.
—That the Seal draws on Satanism or polytheistic ritual to promote a universal new world order under which Earth would be ruled by a single omnipotent government.
—That repeated references to 13 — the number of steps in the unfinished pyramid, stars in the constellation over the eagle's head, arrows in the eagle's claw, stripes on the eagle's shield, letters in the phrase "Annuit Coeptis" — demonstrate the power of 13 American families.
—That there are two seals: one in which the eagle's head faces the arrows for times of war and another in which the eagle's head faces the olive branch for times of peace.
All rubbish, according to historians, who say the Seal's symbolism is far less ominous or revelatory than many believe.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Seal's current custodian, will inaugurate a new exhibition to commemorate its 225th birthday and trace the history and evolution of the symbolism.
The Seal will remain at the State Department but the interactive exhibit is designed to travel and curators hope it will dispel the rumors and educate Americans about the real meaning of the symbols.
Among the highlights:
—That known Masons like the first U.S. president, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin had no role in designing the final seal, which uses elements of traditional heraldry, such as the unfinished pyramid to symbolize a work in progress, arrows for war and an olive branch for peace. Masons share some of those symbols, but they have never been exclusively the domain of the order.
—That the phrase "Novus Ordo Seculorum" below the Roman numerals for 1776 at the base of the pyramid translates as "A New Order of the Ages" that began with independence and does not imply the United States will be the lynchpin of a sinister "New World Order."
—That the words "Annuit Coeptis" ("Providence favors") and the eye of providence that hovers over the pyramid refer to unexpected interventions of fate that assisted the colonists in creating a new country.
—That the references to 13 refer to the number of colonies that formed the original United States.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Bowl commercial, and then it occurs to me, for that matter, when was the
last time I saw the Super Bowl!
I didn't realize who was playing until I got a email from my Day yesterday.
Let's see, what was the last Super Bowl I saw, well, when was the last
time the Redskins played it? =-O
Friday, February 1, 2008
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long weekend? The reason, Carnival! Not to be confused with it's
cousin in Rio. I'll probably step out to the rambla and watch the
festivities. Gotta love a mandated paid vacation to party!
Oh, I found some photo's of the QE2 in Montevideo. I asked the author
if I could post them on my blog and he never responded so here is the link: