Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Literary Limerick – Deathly Hallows, Part One

Today’s Music: Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home

Well, here we are, rapidly closing in on the finish. Almost all the adult authority figures that are going to die importantly already have. And so, the final journey begins.
After much walking and walking and running and walking, Sam and Frodo Harry and Hermione (and Ron) finally end up with a proper plan that they hope will work.

So let us begin the limericky bastardization of book seven of JK Rowlings magnificent Opus! (Not the penguin.)

Book Seven – Part One

Find the Horcruxii was what Harry must do.
Set off with friends to defeat You Know Who…
But just like the flick –
though it might make you sick –

this limerick will be split into two.

*Apologies to Elyse for following the movies (not the books) to get in that extra limerick, and Lisa, who might actually dislike limericks.

For those of you with calendars (or a low tolerance for pain), we will wrap this up on 31 July, Harry Potter’s Birthday.
So you may want to steer clear until after that…

Friday Foolishness – Kelvin edition

Today’s Music: AC/DC – Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
Note on Today’s Music: In a recent post, L&L said I should go with songs I like. She’s absolutely right. This one, the lyric at 2:48 – 2:50, says it all for me. I like the rest of the song too.

Well, that was unexpected. Almost didn’t make it here this week. Fortunately, there was some sleeping going on by others that let me grab enough time to cobble this together. So the planets aligned, and here we are, on another glorious Friday!
And despite having no time to post (yesterday’s took several days to write and still felt hurried), I did manage to get some good reading in.
Thypolar’s daughter did really well at the National American Miss competition.
Edward Hotspur is continuing his exploration of 80s music with a poll on the Best Band of the 80s. Smaktakula Came Out in support of gay folks . Probably about as supportive as he’ll ever get, and we sincerely approve! And Pudding Girl nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award. If you aren’t reading her, you should really take a minute to check her out.
Thanks to them and everyone else for the great reads this week.
I’m looking forward to catching up on the stuff I missed as soon as I get a chance.
But no time for that now. Because we have to go over last weeks adventure!

A bit more explosive than I meant…

Last week, in the midst of a plethora (ok, two) national festivitudes, we jumped on the spirited bandwagon and asked how you’d celebrate. Or specifically, asked you to finish the thought I Want To Blow Up…
And boy, did you guys not disappoint! Here’s what you said. (As always, my comments sparkle in italics):

Certain Passive Aggressive persons, very aggressively. GingerHasSnaapped
(Don’t sugarcoat it, Ginger. Tell us how you really feel.)
The entire cast of Jersey Shore! (wordsandotherthings)
real good. John Phillips

(I’d agree. It’s through the roof!)

Ted Nugent, just because I think the world would be a better place. Live Clay
(Okay, but do it in a quarantined environment, in case cat scratch fever is an airborne disease…)
In communist Russia, up blows YOU! – Hotspur
(Sure, until it collapses under Gorbachev’s forehead tattoo…)
Donald Trump’s hair to see if it moves. Lvernon
(Could we blow up Donald Trump instead and just donate his hair to science? Or the circus?)
Gallagher (for those poor watermelons) Carrie Cannibalistic Nerd
(Revenge is sweet! And has a thick rind.)
the flag. Our flag, your flag, all flags. I just hate them. butimbeautiful
(Sounds like you’re waving the white flag.)
because blowing down isn’t as much fun. sandylikeabeach
(Up and down are relative to how you’re… nevermind.)
another kiddie pool that I can keep pee-free for me: Jenn Worrell
(Aren’t “kiddie pool” and “pee-free” mutually exclusive?)
the penguin on top of the TV. –cowgirliz
(Wouldn’t it be smarter to blow up the penguin in a big empty field instead?)
doll! blow up doll. deluxe please. Lizzie C.
(Doesn’t deluxe come with anchovi- Ohhhh. nevermind.)
My husband! 😛
(But then who would you have to blame stuff on?)
I cannot answer this question without legal representation (Elyse 54.5)
(Surely the statute of limitations has run out on that by now…)
my television provider…asshats! ugh…KJ
(You could make it a pay-per-view special!)

Congratulations to Nicole Marie for this weeks winning answer! And from the offered choices, the most popular was Can’t we all just get along?!? Everyone who voted for that needs to start running the world. Now.

And once y’all are ensconced in your new positions of power, let’s consider this week.

Nope. Don’t need air conditioning. But let”s not talk about the heating bill…

It’s been hot. Fry an egg on your bald neighbor’s head hot.
Well, maybe not that bad (and I don’t suggest trying it)(But if you do take pictures!!!)
But pretty darn hot.
So how do you do it, folks? How do you keep your temperatures from running too hot?
That’s the question of this week’s poll. Answer honestly, answer often. But answer soon. Because this one closes at 2359 EST on Thursday, 19 July.
And if you leave a way to identify you in your “other” answer, I’ll link back to you next week when we (hopefully) do this all again.

And to keep you entertained until next time, I thought we’d stick with the theme of great comedians.
First off, Jonathan Winters

And to finish up, Lucille Ball.

Have a great week everyone! See you ’round the sphere.

The Splendiferous Soliliquation of a Selebratory Sirthday

Today’s Music: The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

There are five letters in the name Sandy. Each of those letters encompasses a world of wonder about a fantastic blogger named (coincidentally) sandylikeabeach.

To celebrate sandylikeabeach’s birthday, I was going to write in her style of the Stream of Cosciousness Sentence.
But it would be a sad effort compared to the mistress of it.
So instead, I’m going to pick a letter of her name: S. because that’s where it all Starts.
Sandylikeabeach was one of the first bloggers I met when I started. And I can’t tell you how lucky I was. Right from the beginning, I could see she could be both Silly and Serious (sort of), Sublime and Supportive.

But there’s so much more to it than that. Sandy’s posts range far and wide (and wide and far), telling about her Steps on the dance floor, or her creative mischievous streak where she encourages you to Steal. (But in a playful way, so no one does jail time.)

If she isn’t where you expect, she might be out on the Sea, paddling away, or maybe passing a week just Sitting in someone’s house.

As for me, I’d just like to wish her a happy birthday, and think she’s relaxing with a nice drink, Sleeping on a beach that is sandyasablogger.


P.S. – The adverbial/adjectival story continues with the rest of her name!!! (You didn’t think it could all be contained in one post, did you?!?)

The Party Goes On at Kayjai’s!!!

And catch the whole thing!!!
S ______A ______N ______D ______Y

Friday Foolishness – Explosive Edition

Today’s Music: George Michael – Freedom! ’90
Note On Today’s Music: Not a huge fan of George Michael. But this song has a good message, and stuff blows up. Plus, since I may have gone a tad far in one of the poll replies from last week, this one is for Madame Weebles as a preemptive apology.

Well, it was an important week. Canada Day. The Fourth Of July. A Melted Hose In My Car.
Ok, maybe that last one isn’t important to you, but it was pretty important to me.
And as always, there was nothing but good reading in the ‘sphere. Zannyro posted nature porn in the form of Bumpie clouds.
Cowgirl Liz returned to blogging with a subject close to my heart – beer! And sandylikeabeach continued her Blogigirthary celebration.
And in other news, Shalvika P was kind enough to bestow a Versatile Blogger award on me. Honored, I am!
Thanks to all of you for the great posts, and another thanks for all the encouragement and well wishes. You made this week seem a lot less heavy, and I really appreciate that.
Just further proof that I know the coolest people on the web.

mmmm….so tasty when flattened…

Yet despite the honors, there’s still stuff to do. Like tally the votes from last week’s poll. Y’all came up with some combinations to delight and astound! (And just a few to revolt, but hey, that’s how it goes sometimes…).
So here they are, your responses to last weeks question, What should Peanut Butter be teamed with? (As always, my comments are spread in italics).

Marmite don’t you know anything? Check out Marmageddon, it’s hell over here!!!
(mmm…it’s like culinary napalm!)
my finger. (zannyro)
(Well, I guess it’s better than butter fingers…)
The roof of a dog’s mouth. (Stacy Lyn)
(Because that’s kind of amusing?)
The roof of a dog’s mouth b/c it’s hilarious! (Stacy Lyn)
(Ah, got it! ;))
vaginas…It’s Time to regulate Against The Word Vagina
(I trust you’ll be supplying the recipe details?)
Where is the chocolate option!!?? Love & Lunchmeat
(Busted! I was keeping that for myself.)
fava beans and a nice chianti. John Phillips
(Nice, but then you get peanut butter all over the rim of the glass)
George Michael. Because that poor bastard deserves a comeback.
(Should we just have the paparazzi follow Peanut Butter to the rendezvous in the park restroom.)
(btw the George Michael vote was from Madame Weebles)
(Thank you, Madame Weebles. Please see above for my apology!)
oh yeah, p’nut butter and MAYO!!! Not miracle whip, real MAYO!!!
(Can I interest you in a can of cold gravy-flavored Coke from a few polls ago to go with that?)
and bananas, of course B’Kat & not just cuz of banana above!!!
(Admit it – you can’t get that song out your head!(me either. Sigh.))
Just the traditional sammich. Instead of bread though, use chocolate bars.
(Ok, so not really a traditional sammich at all.)
-Choco bar sammich comment by BrainTomahawk 🙂
(You made an excellent comment. But I thought you were making sammiches?!?)
My belly!!!! As in “get in my belly!” Michelle at Motley News
(Wow, that’s just..I mean…- Oops – I googled “on” my belly. Ouch.)
Chocolate. Dark chocolate. No, wait. Hold the peanut butter. Red.
Wasabi, melon, garlic, chives and lamb gravy – Hotspur
(Show off.)
Um, hello, CHOCOLATE! – I don’t joke about such things. Gripping Life
(Of course not. It’s a serious topic. And don’t call me chocolate.)
Peanut Butter and Phyllis Diller Sandwich; filling and entertaining! LindaV
(Much better than a Peanut Butter and Phyllis Schlafly sandwich. That’s just sour.)
pork chops Stay Abnormal
(Peanut butter flavored applesausce?)
flea medication – makes it go down better ~whatimeant2say
(I tried that with my insulin Couldn’t fit it in the syringe…)
Dill pickles, of course!What? No,I’m NOT pregnant again,thx for asking.SnaapyG
(Thank god for small miracles!)
Larry the Cable Guy in an hilarious buddy cop film. –
(Larry declined. He was worried Peanut Butter would get all the good lines.)
Nutella and the tears of children.-Lily
(A triple decker delight of extra deliciousness!)
Jam (apricot or nothing) Kanerva
(Is there a lot of sugar in nothing flavored jam?)
Chili, garlic & whatever else goes in satay, and make it chunky! Kanerva again
(Waitaminute – there’s no jam in that.)
Bananas…obviously. KJ
(In all seriousness, I never understood that, kayjai.)
(Stick to the poll please, with no commentary on it’s author, thankyouverymuch.)
chewing gum in my kid’s hair so I don’t have to buzz her head–Jennifer Worrell
(With the amount of washing that will need, a buzz might be easier…)
chocolate, port, my lady, and more port (Frank)
(Have to say, I’m surprised your lady doesn’t come up until third. But other than that, I like where your head’s at!)
Nutella….seriously. Drool.
FLUFF!!!!! It’s a fluffernutter. 🙂 —Mel
(Oh, sorry, I stand corrected. FLUFF IS THE DEVIL’S SPREAD!!!)
Nothing at all, because I don’t like it!
(They make a pill for that, you know.)
Congratulations to Red. for this weeks winning (and non peanut butter???) answer. And from the offered choices, the most popular was JELLY, YOU HEATHEN!!!. Because people love tradition!

I had some half-formed ideas for this weeks poll – founding principles, nation types, cheez whiz. You know, the usual.
But I noticed a commonality during the North American celebrations this week: Fireworks! And what are fireworks but happy explosions?
So this week, I’d like to ask you to let your inner arsonists out, and tell us what you think should explode.
As always, if you leave an Other answer, let me know who you are and I’ll link back to you next week. but get your answers in soon, because this one enters the history books at 2359 EST on Thursday, 12 July.

So until next time, I thought I’d leave you with these.
Andy Griffith passed away this past week. Well known for The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, here’s something you might not have caught before.

And here’s Andy singing the words to the theme song of his show. I didn’t even know it had words!

Have a great weekend, everyone, and a great week to follow!

Useful Information? Here?!?

Today’s Music: Blondie – One Way Or Another

A quick note for all you internet users out there.
Which is all of you.

Many PCs have been infected with malware.
Here’s the abbreviated version:
Many computers have been infected over time with software that points them to bad servers when they look up internet website addresses.
So many computers were infected, that when the FBI shut down the group, they left up clean address servers to keep all the infected machines online.

Those servers are being shut down at 1201 AM EST, Monday, 9 July.

To check if your machine is infected, go to to test.

Also, this Washington Post article has more information and useful links to check and repair your computer if necessary.

Because if you got knocked off line, you wouldn’t be able to visit Guapola.
And that would just suck.