Hey look, it’s back.
Wait, what did you think I was talking about?
Image credit: Karin Beil
Well, actually it never left. It just hasn’t made a lot of noise recently. That is, until now.
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Like many of you I’ve had quite a few cars since I got my driver’s license way back in 1988. Some are remembered more fondly than others. I’d have to say my current ride, a 2004 Ford Focus, is somewhere around the middle of that list. What do I like most about it? It’s paid off.
And it hasn’t had full coverage since.
However, there are a couple vehicles from my past I’d love to have back.
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Tagged 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III, 1976 Mercedes 450 SEL, 1986 Dodge Colt, 2004 Ford Focus, 80s, CAR, Chicago, commute, conversion van, Dodge, driver's license, full coverage, Idaho, Jackpot, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes, Nevada, New Jersey, Princeton, steering column, van, vehicle |
Chronologically my daughter is eight years old. Psychologically though she’s increasingly in a transitory state. Sometimes she acts more like four, other times more like 24. See seems to move between the two seamlessly.
I was the same way with my penchant for unnecessary formality.
I know this is perfectly normal; I’m not worried or anything like that. It’s just disconcerting as all hell.
Hi kids! Once again, tonight’s Friday Crap Roundup comes straight outta the 2T.
Now with 10 percent more urban decay!
Σ says she has a full weekend planned for me, so I’d better get cracking on this while I can still get enough sleep. That’s the theory, anyway ….
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Tagged 2013 Australian election, ADD, anti-Islam, asbestos, Australia, Australian House of Representatives, author, black Suburban, Canberra, food labeling, Goddess of Love, governor, halal, haram, INXS, Isa, Islam, Jeff Boss, Jesus, Jew, kosher, mall cop, mayor, mental health, Muslim, National Security Agency, nerd, New Jersey, New York City, New York Times Building, NSA, Obamacare, OCD, OMD, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, paranoid delusion, president, Queensland, Qur'an, Stephanie Banister, The Pacific Age, Travis Hill, urban decay, What You Need, writing |
S’mores are awesome. I would have definitely eaten more of them as a kid had I not despised camping so much.
Did I grow up in the wrong state, or what?
Image credit: CorrieRosetti
Still, there’s plenty of history in that three-ingredient delicacy. Like most things, a good portion of that history is a bit off.
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Tagged alcohol, Althaea officinalis, Ancient Egypt, aphrodisiac, Aztec, baking cocoa, cacao, camping, candy bar, chocolate, chocolate milk, Corn Flakes, diarrhea, Europe, excitement, fapping, fermented drink, food safety, gelatin, Girl Scouts, graham cracker, Graham Diet, Grahamites, health food, Hershey, Hershey squirts, Hershey's Instant, history, History Wednesday, Idaho, Jim Jones, John Cadbury, Kellogg's, Kool-Aid, marsh, marshmallow, masturbation, Michigan, milk chocolate, Oberlin College, Olmec, pepper, pepper shaker, personal trainer, Presbyterian, prohibition, Ralph Nader, s'mores, sex, South America, Spanish, spices, Switzerland, Sylvester Graham, teetotaler, The Jungle, traditional Chinese medicine, unbleached flour, Upton Sinclair, vegetarian |
Earlier today I came across a blog which despite having excellent subject matter and multimedia content was damn near impossible to read. The reason? Well, along with the obscene number of grammatical errors, run-on sentences and completely unnecessary transitions, the writer just didn’t know when to shut the hell up and get to the point.
I mean, I go off on tangents from time to time, but damn ….
There’s way too much of this out there in my humble opinion. Frankly I think English education has a lot to do with it.
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Tagged active voice, adverb, blog, college, composition, content, diarrhea, dictionary, education, Einstein, English language, essay, grammar, GUM, high school, Imodium, Kaopectate, Leonard Maltin, Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here, Milli Vanilli, movie critic, multimedia, newspaper, passive voice, run-on sentence, Russian, Schoolhouse Rock, sixth grade, sophomore, teacher, War and Peace, Webster's, word count, writing |
Bloody hell, I have nothing today. Absolutely nothing. Half an hour to midnight, and … nothing.
Once again, that’s what I get for staying in bed all day.
For the better part of my childhood I liberally used Yiddish insults and similar phrases in everyday speech. You know, terms such as “schmuck,” “putz,” “schmendrick” and “chutzpah.”
To this day I use the initials “FEH” when I log a video game high score.
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I grew up in the 2T and knew a grand total of zero Jews during my childhood. How the the hell did I pick this habit up?
Mad magazine of course.
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Tagged 80s, Al Jaffee, anti-censorship, Bill Gaines, childhood, chutzpah, comic book, Comics Code Authority, copyright, Don Martin, EC Comics, feh, Fold-In, Idaho, indecency, Jew, Mad magazine, Max Gaines, onomatopoeia, Prince, putz, schmendrick, schmuck, Sergio Aragones, usual gang of idiots, video game, William Gaines, Wonder Woman, Yiddish |
It’s been a while since I wrote a post on old media clips from my childhood. I should come back to this well more often.
Painful as it might be.
Ah, the things I subject myself to for my art.
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Tagged 80s, Beatles, Bee Gees, childhood, disco, how many licks, Macho Duck, media, Mickey Mouse Disco, Monchhichi, Rick Dees, Saturday Night Fever, Sgt. Pepper, Spike Jones, Tootsie Pop |
There’s no doubt about it, Boise is a great town for bicycles. Now while one doesn’t see the waves of two-wheeled humanity one would expect in places like Beijing, bicycles remain very popular. Yup, that includes the occasional motorized bicycle.
Insane gas mileage. Under $1,000 new. 30 mph top speed. No special licensing required in Idaho.
Image credit: Felix O
Although I’m not ready for the motorized version just yet, a couple months ago I figured it was a good idea to get back on this bandwagon.
Turns out I’m still trying.
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Tagged Beijing, bicycle, bicycle lock, Boise, Broadway, Curtis Road, driver's license, gas mileage, Idaho, Idaho law, Idaho Youth Ranch, Memorial Day Weekend, motorized bicycle, Orchard Street, pawn shop, thrift store |