Sunday, September 21, 2014

Got Troll?

An increasing number of folks I know are getting what a friend and I refer to as Basement Trolls--adults who, for whatever reason, are moving home for whatever excuse they can think of.  A friend of mine thought she'd gotten rid of her Basement Troll, but they are kind of like bad pennies and come back when you least expect them.

In studying the behavior of Basement Trolls, I've found that they seem to like semi-subterranean rooms with wall-to-wall carpeting and wi-fi.  Being paid to do things around the house that would be expected as part of living at home, if they were younger than age 18, along with free room and board seem to encourage their nesting instincts and make it harder to root them out of their new lairs. 

While it's possible to prevent Basement Troll infestation through statements regarding the enforcement of rules, curfews, and daily chores, once they have settled in, anything outside of moving to a new home or cutting off their wi-fi connection won't remove them.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gurkhas of the Bird World

This is going to sound weird maybe, but I think that hummingbirds are the Gurkhas of the bird world.  Was watching them guard and fight over access to the two feeders I have out back and they are totally badass.  Their acrobatics, which Mr B tried to catch on video, was extreme--spinning around each other up into the sky; slamming together and crashing onto the deck and rising again.  I made the mistake of going out to move one of the feeders so there would be some space between the two and my only thought as they dove past my head was that I am glad I'm not their target. Little birds with big knife-like beaks.  Wow!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

US Troops should NOT be sent to West Africa

I called both senators and my US representative to express my dismay and opposition to US troops being sent to West Africa to help contain the ebola outbreak.  Our troops are not trained for this type of thing, it's a misuse of personnel, and even doctors who are trained to handle these things are getting exposed. 

In a tin-foil-hat kind of moment, I wonder if Obama is deliberately trying to expose our people in order to ensure a large-scale outbreak on US soil.  We've already got school-age children ending up in the hospital from being exposed to enterovirus EV-d68 and tuberculosis the growth of incidents, according to what I've read, are coinciding with the influx of illegals....

Regardless, sending our people deliberately into that cesspool is egregiously negligent, ill-advised, and imprudent.  Call your senators--don't know how much good it will do, but something needs to be said.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tango and Cash to Desperate Housewives...

Tango and Cash, starring Stallone and Russell, was on today.  Aside from it being a horrible movie with continuity issues out the wazoo, it did have a couple of redeeming points, namely bringing the acronym FUBAR to the public lexicon and Kurt Russell in drag.  Teri Hatcher, who was all over the place as a youngster but never took off until Desperate Housewives, was also in it.   Which lead me to this video from Night Court. 

Please to enjoy:


Monday, September 1, 2014

American or Un-American

Today is Labor Day.  Unlike a lot of folks, I have to work.  Got invited to a cookout. Upon being told I had to work, the person commented "That's Communism."  However, considering the history of Labor Day, wouldn't that be just the opposite?

Philosophical construction aside, still sucks to miss some tasty beef on a bun.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stupidest/most nebulous reporting ever??

In a world of stupid reporting, this pretty much takes the cake.  I was half-listening to the news yesterday morning and heard something about a 'threat' against Obama out of Connecticut, although I think he was in New Hampshire.  The actual reporting verbiage was:

"Authorities are looking for a person driving a car."

I am not kidding.  That's what was said.  By a talking head.  With a straight face.   Now neither Connecticut nor New Hampshire are huge states, but that's quite a few people and I'm sure a large portion of them have cars.



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mutts

Brigid has an interesting post up regarding some DNA testing and how it didn't quite come out the way she thought it would.  One thing that makes the USA different than every other country is the melting-pot-that-used-to-be.  I was told for a long time that I had Cherokee or Osage blood.  An uncle investigated and it turns out not to be true.  But I do have Scottish blood, and Irish, and French, and English, and some German thrown in there just because.  While there's no Native American, I do have a couple stars in the D.A.R. if I ever decided to pursue that avenue so some of my people have been here a while.  I'm American, not Scottish-American, or Irish-American, or Franco-American (although I love Spagetti-O's).

Bill Murray, I think, said it best....