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June 26, 2011


sirocco \suh-ROK-oh\ , noun;
1. Any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
2. A hot, dry, dust laden wind blowing from northern Africa and affecting parts of southern Europe.
3. A warm, sultry south or southeast wind accompanied by rain.

So that's the name of the blast furnace-like gusts around here.

That's two weather-related words in a row that apply to the weather around here. I hope the next word is "precipitation".


torrefy \TAWR-uh-fahy\ , verb;
1. To subject to fire or intense heat.
2. In pharmacology, to dry or parch drugs with heat.
3. To roast, as metallic ores.

Torrefy this area any more and hell won't have nuthin' on us.

It Took ME Up & Dropped Me

You Should Take Up Photography

You are often indecisive and conflicted. You see all sides of every issue.

You often prefer to observe than to take a stand. You find it more interesting to notice every detail.

You need to do something to understand it. You learn best with hands-on training.

You notice the little things that others just pass by. You know how to make the mundane interesting.


Amazon Needs a Language Translator

Several times a week I get an email from Amazon with items of which they think I might be interested. I had looked at popsicle molds this last week, so that was the theme of the email - sticks in bulk, how-to books, flavors and such.

The mold I had looked at was a large one made of plastic and in one of the reviews someone had mentioned the product had BPA in it and recommended another mold made of stainless steel. I looked at that one (that's the one I would buy IF I were to buy one, I think) and then noticed one of the related items at the bottom of the page, a Dr Pepper popsicle, already made, ready to freeze then eat.

(I'd link to it, but I think the numbers and such in the URL would go to my account. Better safe than sorry) The name of the product is:

Dr Pepper "SODA POPS" Freeze & Eat Frozen Treats

I've mentioned before that sometimes the comments after an article are more interesting than is the article and the comments and reviews after Amazon products are no exception. If someone writes a comment that gushes about the product, there will always be someone who comes along and accuses the poster of working for the company. (Sometimes I wonder myself) Other times people gripe about the product not being as advertised, then someone will post a reply saying something like "It SAYS at the top the serving size is only 4 oz, you dumbass!" I've seen flame wars on Amazon rival just about any I've seen on political sites.

Under the Dr Pepper pops there was this fractured English review. If someone is spoofing, it's still funny. If not, it's hilarious.

Good thing but look like freezy turd delicious and good for babie eating for good and brittle bone i am from the ukraine sorry englais not arsome but i think all should 2 buy because for fast eating kids! Thank you for all of the shipping and fast times with no wait for delivery all the way to glorious ukraine, where sale of frozen soda in cafeteria is forbidden on penalty of goats. love the thank you sir!

On second thought, if they're like "freezy turds" then I might NOT want to purchase this item. I'm also very glad I live in a country that doesn't eat "babie" and where goats aren't penalized...or are the penalty, either way.

The mangled wording made me wonder if my favorite Russian made her way back home? I bet she's got some fast eating kids by now but hope they don't have brittle bones from eating those freezy turds.

June 24, 2011


jujitsu \joo-JIT-soo\ , noun;
1. The ability to accomplish a task with no apparent effort or resistance.
2. Method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.

I know jujitsu...and several other dangerous words.

June 20, 2011

My Pop

A little late for Father's Day, but it's pretty much spot-on. I had issues with my dad, but I never thought he didn't love me and always knew I was safe with him around.

Your Dad Was the Protector

When you were growing up, your dad didn't want anything or anyone to ever hurt you.

Your dad did his best to protect you, and it was hard for him to let go and watch you make mistakes.

You never doubted your dad's love for you, but you often felt frustrated by his strict rules and ideas.

You wish you had been given a little more freedom... it would have meant battling with him a lot less.

June 18, 2011


eisegesis \ahy-si-JEE-sis\ , noun;
1. An interpretation that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.

Or, the content of the six o'clock news on TV or just about any newspaper article, especially those in the New York Times.

June 9, 2011

It's Hard to be Sweet

When you're in a diabetic coma.

You Are Sweet Because You're Brilliant

You have your own thing going on, and you love it. You enjoy the path not taken.

You are a natural strategist. You always like to formulate a plan of attack.

You are brainy and you love difficult intellectual challenges. You don't shy away from difficulty.

You are original and independent. You're making your own trends and carving your own path.

It's not a brilliant thing to polish off an entire pint of chocolate ice cream, trust me.

June 6, 2011


pangram \PAN-gruhm\ , noun;
1. A sentence, verse, etc., that includes all the letters of the alphabet.

Example: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

I'm not sure my entire vocabulary includes all the letters of the alphabet.

June 3, 2011

Another Cheesy (cake) Quiz

You Are a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

You are honest, even if it costs you a friend. You want to live an authentic life.

When times get tough, you get philosophical. You never forget the meaning of life.

Even when you're in a bad mood, people find you friendly. You put on a brave face.

You want to experience the world without judgment. You are totally open to experiences.

June 1, 2011


catarrh\kuh-TAHR\ , noun;
1. Inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions.

This is like when the Beej sneezes on me. He'll blow snot that will land on me and I'll yell "Cat! Arrh!"

Storage Wars

Ever watch Storage Wars on A&E ? (link is to Facebook page)  I've watched it a few times, but it seems to be going the way of many so-called reality shows, namely that it is slowly becoming "scripted".  The confrontations between the bidders looks to be fake and *some* of the treasures found are just too good to be true.

Also, if the show expects to last any time at all, the producers need to get some new episodes in the pipeline.  On tonight is a show that's been on at least four times - I know, because something pops into my head each time I read the TV listings.  This particular episode is

"War on the Shore"
A 12-inch piano may be priceless; Dave and Darrell feud.

All the bidders are ALWAYS feuding, but that's not what makes this show stand out in my mind; it's the 12-inch piano.

What I'd like to know is this:  If you have a 12-inch piano, wouldn't you need at least a 9-inch pianist to play it?

"Look ma, no hands!"

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