Monday, July 31, 2006

Money Pit

KG and I have finally decided to get serious about buying a house. If there is one thing I can thank the walking assholes upstairs for, it's that they have motivated us to do this.

Today I talked to a mortgage broker. Informative and frightening.

Wish us luck, we'll be needing it.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Imperial Duck Tour

That would be TK8103, the infamous Molius, and 11 other costumed Imperials tooling around Boston Saturday night on a Duck Boat.

A good time was had by all on board, and a lot of people walking the streets of Boston were left confused.

More pics here.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The cat's out of the bag

What were 25 members of the NEG doing marching around in full armor in a parking lot last weekend?

There was indeed a reason.... LFL is going to select 200 lucky troopers to march in The Tournament of Roses Parade!

Sweet! Here's hoping I'm one of the lucky ones that get selected!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Sodomy 101 for toddlers

This is Melanie, host of "The Goodnight Show" on PBS Sprout:
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PBS Sprout is a great little addition to our cable package. 24 hours of PBS programming for toddlers. Thomas, Dragon tales, Zoboomafoo, Barney, all that stuff. I like it because my 2 year old can watch it before bed.

Melanie is cute, but annoying as all hell. She's so frigging annoying, I've found myself sitting there, thinking terrible thoughts. Wanting to violate her in terrible, dirty ways.

Apparently, a poke in the ass would be right up her alley!

The Technical Virgin

Needless to say, it appears young Melanie is no longer working for Sprout. I'll miss you, you daffy bitch!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I Have Kung Fu Grip!

Well, not quite, but how cool is this...

Habro has created an exclusive 501st action figure! So, I could argue that I now have my very own action figure.

It doesn't take much to make me go "w00t!"

Monday, July 17, 2006


Oh, I've owned a few. In the 17 years I've been driving, here's what I've owned:

1983 Chevy Impala I called him Elwood. It was a former Maine State Police car. 380cc 4bbl. Piece of shit that cost me thousands, but I loved it.
1985 Chevy Citation this one only lasted a few weeks. I hated it.
1985 Reliant K Another short lived car. I lost the exhaust system and then returned it. I disliked this car as well.
1987 Grand Prix Probably the nicest looking car I ever owned. It was a piece of shit. No power at all.
1990 Geo Metro The Smurfmobile, so called because it was bright blue. I loved this car. Small, dorky, 40 miles to the gallon.
1988 Isuzu Pup My first, and only, pick up. This car was awesome, and I loved it. bright red, I called it Sniff. I drove that sucker into the ground.
1974 Chevy Nova Looked kinda like this, except it had 4 doors, was hand painted, and completely rusted out. I bought it as a project car. Apparently, the project was to pay $300 for a car, leave it in a driveway, and then pay $50 to have it towed and junked.
1988 Pontiac 6000 My parents gave KG and I this car. You could usually get it to start by jamming a screwdriver into the carb. The suspension went, it sat on the street and got towed away. We didn't notice. This "free" car cost me $600 in parking tickets and $100 more to have it junked.
1988 Plymouth Horizon Another "free" car, this was my first manual transmission. After driving it once, I had to replace the transmission. KG and I dubbed it "little Lisa". It last a month or two.
1998 Saturn SL-1 My current, and to date, best car. I really can't complain. In the 5 years I've had it, I've replaced the exhaust and brakes twice, replaced the tires, batteries and rear brake lights. Other than a leaking moonroof, it's done me well.

That's it, so far.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Fucking hot

Not much else needs to be said. It's hot, humid and uncomfortable.

Got to go swimming today, which was nice. Now I'm swimming in sweat. Not so nice.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

These sick days are gonna make me sick...

But what else can you do when you have a negative vacation balance due to paternity leave? Nothing. You call in sick.

You call in sick when you haven't slept for two nights. You call in sick when you plan to go to work and leave early to visit your mother in the hospital. But you drive down the street hearing your muffler dragging on the asphalt and realize you have to get it fixed. Right now.

A sick day costs $350 for a new exhaust. Then you get to go back on Saturday and drop another $600 because your brakes are shot to hell.

At least, if you're me, you're mother is doing as well as can be expected. It's hard to believe she had major cardiac surgery two days ago. She looks good, her vitals are good, she' strong.

It still sucks to spend the day at the hospital, looking at your mother in a johnny. Looking small and insignifigant. Seeing her face etched with pain. But... many others have been there, and most of them have had it worse.

Mind you, I'm not complaining. I'm just saying. These sick days are making me sick.

Monday, July 03, 2006

They Call me Mr. Misery

OK, perhaps that's being a tad dramatic.

However, it does seem that karmic forces are alined against me this week.

Izzy had her ultrasound today, the radiologist said her hips look fine. That is good news. She has her MRI on Friday to check for kidney reflux, so that is still hanging over our heads.

Had to work today, but I did have an awesome commute. I actually hit 85mph on the way in! The drive home was good as well, and a slow, boring day at work was made better by lunch at the 99 with the guys.

Yesterday my stepfather called to tell me my mom had been admitted to the hospital with chest pains. At the time it looked like she was OK, and we expected her to come home today. Well... just as I was leaving work, he called me to tell me that she was on her way to the ICU at NEMC. Seems she has a severe blockage in one of arteries, so she is having bypass surgery tomorrow.

So much for chilling and drinking on the 4th. Oh, yeah... my fucking mother! What's that about? She may not be a Rock of Gibraltar, but she is the one person in the family who has managed thus far to saty out of the hospital. It'll be a nerve wracking night while we wait to hear if her surgery was a success.

I love ya, Mom. Cut the shit, get better, and come home.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


TKJr is away for the weekend. The house is very quiet.

KG and I went to a cookout this evening so we could see Mycalls and his most excellent sig other, G. I also hadn't seen his parents in quite a while, so it was a real treat to see them again. Back in the Bickfords days, I spent a lot of time over there.

I also, for the first time in way too long, got to hang out with Dude. Dude and I were pretty tight for a long time. We had a bit of a falling out. The typical stupid thing: a girl. That was a long time ago, and while neither of us harboured any ill will over it, it's been hard to bridge the gap and reconnect.

I have his number, and I've been meaning to call. He had mine. But neither of us got around to it. Life gets in the way, you know? So, it was really, really cool to hang out and chat. Smoke some butts, meet each others new squeezes.

I've missed Dude. A lot. It feels really good to have re-established a connection. Now I will call him. We should grab a beer and try and fill in that gap.

Happy Birthday, JeeBee

My little sister just turned 31.

Damn, that makes me feel old.