Entries 200 - 176

ENTRY # 200
DATE:  02/07/07 (Wednesday)
SUBJECT:  A Preconditioned Tongue???

     I ran out of toothpaste last night. So, today, on my lunch hour, I went to Stop n' Shop to buy some more. I usually buy plain old AquaFresh but they were out of it. Instead, I purchased AquaFresh EXTREME CLEAN, the mint-flavored kind. I like mint. I chew mint gum, I eat mint Altoids, I drink mint tea, and I use mint Listerine. Mint is good. It's zesty.... it's refreshing... and it's supposed to be GREEN!!!
     When I went to use the new toothpaste this evening, I kind'a freaked out a little bit. It's orange.
     Hmph! I'm not happy...
     I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I'm used to certain colors tasting a certain way, y'know what I mean? For instance, black tastes like licorice, purple tastes like grape, white usually tastes like vanilla or coconut, brown usually tastes like chocolate, rootbeer, or coffee, yellow tastes like banana or lemon, green usually tastes like apple or mint, and orange obviously tastes like orange.
     I am not Harry Potter. I do not appreciate it when yellow tastes like ear-wax, green tastes like fresh-cut grass, brown tastes like boogers, and orange tastes like vomit. That's not how my world turns.
     This toothpaste is mint-flavored! This toothpaste is orange!
     I'm sorry, but that's just wrong!!!

ENTRY # 199
DATE:  02/06/07 (Tuesday)
SUBJECT:  Is There a Proctologist in the House?

     OK, apparently, I need someone to explain this to me 'cause I just don't get it...
     We have two bathrooms at work... and I work with two men. My boss was in one bathroom for 71 minutes.... and at the same time, the "Septage Sucker" was in the other bathroom for 48 minutes. I was answering phones, sending FAXes, taking care of customers, and doing a rather vigorous "Pee-Pee Dance" the entire time 'cause the guys were [*ahem*] preoccupied.
     I wanna know why men take forever in the bathroom. I've never understood this. All the men I know take either a newspaper, a book, or a magazine into the bathroom when it's time to do "Number Two." WHY IS THIS??? I don't get it!
     As far as I know, women don't have this problem. I know I don't... and none of my girlfriends do either. It takes me the same amount of time to do "Number Two" as it does to do "Number One." I have never needed "reading material" to keep me entertained when I'm trying to take a dump. I mean, seriously, it's a pretty simple procedure. Undress, sit, push, wipe, dress, flush, DONE. It's a five-minute thing. 5 minutes TOPS!!!
     Why are men stuck in the bathroom for over an hour?!?!?!? I don't understand this. What the hell are they doing in there???
     My boss... my step-father... all my ex-boyfriends.... my ex-husband... they're all the same. They all take forever in the bathroom. Are all men constipated every day of their lives?!?!?!? LOL. What the hell????
     I'm sorry, but if it takes you over an hour to pound one out, you need to see a doctor! Make an appointment, 'cause, um, that just can't be good.

ENTRY # 198
DATE:  02/04/07 (Sunday)
SUBJECT:  Things I'm Obsessed With (But Don't Know Why)...

1.  Body lotion, body spray, shower gel, perfume, & hand lotion:  Actually, just about everything you can buy at Bath & Body Works, LOL. I own seven bottles of body lotion, five bottles of body spray, eleven bottles of shower gel, seven bottles of perfume, and five bottles and/or tubes of hand cream. It's ridiculous.... but, whenever I go into the store, I always buy more.

2.  Candles:  In this four room apartment of mine, I've got exactly fifty candles! FIFTY! In four rooms. Good grief!

3.  Knee-High Stockings:  I buy Knee-Highs constantly. Whether I need them or not.

4.  Lip gloss:  I have nineteen tubes of lip gloss in my possession right now. Why, you might ask? I have absolutely NO idea!!! Hell, I've only got TWO lips! [*shrug*] I give up. You figure it out!

5.  Note pads and Post-It Notes:  I can't even tell you how many pads of paper are in this apartment. I honestly have no idea, LOL, but they're EVERYWHERE!!!! And I've got Post-It Notes of all shapes, sizes, and colors too!

6.  Pajamas:  I've got seventeen sets of pajamas! WHY??????

7.  Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea:  I can't get enough of this stuff!

8.  Propel Fitness Water:  If I'm not drinking the Pomegranate Tea, I'm drinking Propel water. Although, maybe these two things aren't "obsessions." I 'spose they could be considered "addictions." I don't really know....

9.  Sudoku:  Between my puzzle books, my hand-held electronic game, and online games, I'm playing Sudoku all the time. I solve at least six a day!

10.  Throwing Stuff Out:  I can't stand clutter! I am constantly lugging something out to the dumpster! And, yes, I am aware that this conflicts with the fact that I have fifty candles, seventeen pairs of pajamas, and nineteen tubes of lip gloss ... [*shrug*] Oh well... that's just how I am.

ENTRY # 197
DATE:  02/02/07 (Friday)
SUBJECT:  Q&A With Some "DDD" Readers (Part 3)...

     Q:  How's the cyst on your back? Did it ever come back? I'm only asking because I'm dealing with the same thing right now... (from Maryanne)
     A:  Nope, thankfully, it never came back. All I've got now is a small scar where the stitches used to be.

     Q:  There are no pictures anywhere on this site of you. What do you look like? And is that your eye peeking through the wooden fence on the "Bio" page? (from "J.J.")
     A:  Yup, that is MY eye looking through the fence. Cute, huh?
     Let's see... what do I look like??? Well, years ago - while I was in highschool - my volleyball team nicknamed me "Barbie" 'cause they said I looked like a Barbie Doll. Quite a few years after that, a friend of mine described me by saying, "She kind'a looks like a young Michelle Pfeiffer from Grease." And, a couple years ago, I was told that I have a "Julia Roberts" kind of smile.
     So... I guess I kind'a look like this:

     Q:  What did your Mom think of the "farting" entry? THAT WAS A RIOT!!!!!!!!! (from Cathy)
     A:  She said she was laughing so hard she was actually crying. Um... I don't know if that's good or bad though... probably a little of both, LOL.

     Q:  Last year you waited until December 1rst to turn your heat on. How'd you do this year? (from Krystal)
     A:  When I came home from work on December 8th, it was 44 degrees in my bedroom. The heat was turned on that same day!

     Q:  It's obvious you're a fan of music. Who have you seen in concert? (from Liz)
     A:  Oh.... damn... I've got to think about this for a minute...
     OK, I think this everyone...

Kenny Rogers (with Helen Reddy as the opening act)
The Platters and Little Anthony (during a local "Sock Hop" kind of show)
KISS (with AC/DC as the opening act)
Duran Duran (with ELO as the opening act)
Power Station
Iron Maiden (with Twisted Sister as the opening act)
The Spin Doctors
Macy Gray
Rick Springfield (3 times... so far!)

     Q:  I hope you don't mind but I have a suggestion for your website. I really enjoy the photo pages you've put up, but it's hard to find them again when I'm looking for them because I can never remember the titles of the blog entries where the links are located. Do you think you could create some kind of an index page (similar to the entry index) that lists the photo pages? Or maybe you could email the URLs to me directly? Either way would be greatly appreciated. (from Janet)
     A:  No problem... consider it done. Actually, it IS done, LOL. If you visit the
Entry Index page you'll find a new section at the bottom of that page with all the photo links. I hope this helps.

     Q:  First of all let me just tell you that I'm SO GLAD you're back! I missed reading "The Dish" when you were away those couple of months.
     My question has to do with entry 185 when you were talking about Jennifer Hart. You said that you guess it's a good thing that you've learned to live with disappointment. I was just wondering why you'd say something like that....... after reading your blog for a while now, your life seems ok to me. (from Nita)

     A:  Well, when I was little I wanted to be just like Jennifer Hart when I "grew up." That comment was made while comparing my life NOW to Jennifer Hart's. It's not even close to what I used to fantasize about when I was a kid. Let me break it down for ya...

Jennifer Hart's life:  Lives in a huge multi-million dollar house...
My Life:  I, basically, live in someone's attic.

Jennifer Hart's Life:  She has a job she loves (she's a writer)...
My Life:  I, pretty much, hate my job.

Jennifer Hart's Life:  She married a guy who adores her, and lived happily ever after...
My Life:  I'm divorced, and I've only been on one date in the last nine years.

Jennifer Hart's Life:  Has Max, the "hired help"...
My Life:  I am the hired help.

Jennifer Hart's Life:  Has money, money, and more money...
My Life:  I have bills, bills, and more bills.

Jennifer Hart's Life:  Has traveled the world during very elaborate vacations...
My Life:  I travel no farther than my own living room during my vacations.

     This is not how I saw my life being when I was little. When I was little, I wanted the fairy tale life that Jennifer Hart had. She was a "role model" and I wanted to be just like her.
     Now that I'm all grown up, you're right... my life is OK. I'm happy, for the most part. I was just hoping for a little "more" out of life than what I've gotten. But, hey, it's not over yet, right???
     And I will say this... I am very glad I don't have to solve murders every week. That's always a plus!

     Q:  What are you reading right now? (from Larry)
     A:  The Web, by Jonathan Kellerman. I'm on page 210... it's pretty good. I'll probably finish it tonight.

ENTRY # 196
DATE:  01/31/07 (Wednesday)
SUBJECT:  Bullshit and Brilliance...

     A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged poodle named Cuddles, along for the company.
     One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and before long, Cuddles discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
     The old poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!"
     Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap the old poodle exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?"
     Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
     "Whew!", says the leopard, "That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!"
     Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.
     The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"
     Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?", but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says, "Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!"
     Moral of this story....
     Don't mess with old farts... age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill! Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience.

ENTRY # 195
DATE:  01/28/07 (Sunday) 11:00pm
SUBJECT:  The 13th Annual "Screen Actors Guild" Award Winners...

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series:  Helen Mirren (Elizabeth I)

Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture:  Little Miss Sunshine

Male Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series:   Jeremy Irons (Elizabeth I)

Male Actor in a Comedy Series:  Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Female Actor in a Comedy Series:  America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)

Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series:  The Office

Male Actor in a Supporting Role:  Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls)

Female Actor in a Supporting Role:  Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)

Lifetime Achievement Award:  Julie Andrews

Female Actor in a Drama Series:  Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)

Male Actor in a Drama Series:  Hugh Laurie (House)

Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series:  Grey's Anatomy

Male Actor in a Leading Role:  Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)

Female Actor in a Leading Role:  Helen Mirren (The Queen)

     Well, I'm disappointed. I think Megan Mullally should've won the category for "Female Actor in a Comedy Series" for Will & Grace. Megan's WAY funnier than America Ferrera in Ugly Betty.
     And I was really hoping Mariska Hargitay would win the category for "Female Actor in a Drama Series" for Law & Order: SVU... but she lost also, to Chandra Wilson in Grey's Anatomy.
     Oh well....

ENTRY # 194
DATE:  01/25/07 (Thursday)
SUBJECT:  Mammogram Results...

     When I got home from work this evening I found a message on my answering machine from my doctor's office. All it said was, "This is Linda, from Fairfield County Women's Health, calling with the results of your latest mammogram. All results were found to be normal. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our facility. Have a great day."
     So.... that's that. I guess everything's OK.

ENTRY # 193
DATE:  01/23/07 (Tuesday)
SUBJECT:  Gringo's Photos...

     As promised, here's some pictures of "Gringo" the Mouse. These were taken during his "Capture & Relocation" to the Mouse Half-Way House I've set up in the kitchen. The first three shots are of him still in the mouse trap... and then the rest are of him hangin' out in the aquarium tank, living in the lap of luxury...

Gringo's Photos

ENTRY # 192
DATE:  01/20/07 (Saturday)

     Mammogram Day!
     As mentioned previously, my appointment was at 10:30am this morning. I woke up at 8:00, took a quick shower, had some coffee, then headed over to the Radiology building. I ended up a half-hour early for the appointment but that was fine with them. I was the only patient there so they took me in right away.
     And, oddly enough, this whole "mammogram thing" turned out to be kind'a fun... for lack of a better word. After donning the medical gown (which was basically nothing more than a napkin with a hole in it) and coming face to face with the Boob-Smooshing Machine, there was only one question on my mind: "Is this gonna hurt?"
     After Rachel, the X-Ray Tech, assured me it was going to be quick and painless, I shared my Mom's words of wisdom on the matter. The laughter was so loud, it prompted the receptionist to poke her head in to see what was so funny. By the time I managed to rehash the whole story for her the mammogram was over, and in all honesty, I hardly felt a thing. There was no pain whatsoever! The only thing I felt was a little pressure being applied... and then it was over. Peace of cake!
     Before I left the X-Ray room, I saw that Rachel was still looking at the onscreen-slides she just took, so I asked if I could take a peek. Since I had never seen the inside of my own breasts before, I thought it might be kind'a interesting. When I stepped behind the computer monitor to take a look, there were four pictures. Two with "straight on" views, and two "side angles." And, even though I have no medical background at all, and really didn't know what I was looking at, I spotted the lump under my left arm right away. Actually, it was the only "spot" visible so it would've been literally impossible for anyone to miss.
     With more than a little hesitation I pointed to it on the screen and said, "Um, what's that thing?" Thankfully, in a don't-worry-about-it tone, Rachel simply said, "Oh, that's just a lymph-node. Nothing to be concerned about. These all look fine." Obviously, that was a major load off my mind!
     Before I left, I asked if actual X-Rays were going to be output and sent to my doctor... and Rachel said, "Nope, no X-Rays anymore. Everything's digital now. We'll send this file to your doctor's office today... so it's a lot quicker to get the results back... and you should hear something by Wednesday, maybe sooner." And that's all there was to it! I was in and out of there in 15 minutes!
     And, in case you're wondering, there was not one 8-inch dinner plate witnessed throughout the entire exam! Phew...

ENTRY # 191
DATE:  01/19/07 (Friday)
SUBJECT:  The Caring, Tender, Soothing Words of Mom...

    OK... here's the deal. I'm having my "first ever" mammogram tomorrow morning. I scheduled this appointment weeks ago primarily because I found a lump under my left arm. However, there are some other factors that helped me make this appointment as well.... I've been an on-again/off-again smoker since the age of nineteen. I was on birth control pills for about ten years.... my "family history" is littered with Cancer.... and I'm 37 years old, which is right smack-dab in the middle of the age group recommended to begin routine mammograms. So, taking all that into consideration, I figured, yup, it's time to get off my ass and finally do it. Fine. No problem. And, oddly enough, even after finding the lump in my armpit, I'm not really worried. Not really. I'm concerned, yes... but worried, or scared? No. I've been pretty calm about the whole thing.
     Although.... I just got off the phone with my mother. Granted, this isn't verbatim, but it's pretty close to the conversation we just had:

Mom:  So... you all ready for tomorrow?
Dove:  Yeah, I guess...
Mom:  Remember, you're not supposed to wear any deodorant.
Dove:  Yeah, I know. They left me a message on my answering machine. It said no deodorant, no powder, no perfume or body spray. I'll just take a shower in the morning right before I go.
Mom:  What time is the appointment for?
Dove:  10:30...
[...and this is where I made the fatal mistake]
Dove:  I've heard it's kind'a painful...
Mom: Yeah, it's awful. It really hurts.
Dove:  Yeah, but, I mean... is it actually "pain," or is it just discomfort?
Mom:  Ohhh, no... it's pain. All the ones I've had were awful. It hurts. Yeah, it's painful, not just uncomfortable.
Dove:  Great...
Mom:  That machine's gonna make your boobs look like 12-inch dinner plates.
Dove:  [dead silence]
Mom:  It's gonna flatten you right out, of course it's gonna be painful.
Dove:  [dead silence]
Mom:  You might even have some bruising afterwards.
Dove:  [dead silence]
Mom:  Hello? Are you still there?
Dove:  12-inch dinner plates? I'm only a B-cup! 12-inch dinner plates??? Oh my God!
Mom:  Well, OK... probably not 12 inches...
Dove:  [dead silence]
Mom:  ...an 8-inch dinner plate maybe.
Dove:  Right.... 12 inches, 8 inches... yeah, I can see how that would really make a difference. Oh my God...
Mom:  I'll call you tomorrow afternoon to see how it went.
Dove:  Yeah, OK.... thanks.... bye.
Mom:  Don't worry, you'll be fine.
Dove:  8-inch dinner plates! How is that fine???
Mom:  I'll talk to you tomorrow. I love you.
Dove:  Right. Love you too. Bye.
     So..... it sounds like I'm in for a helluva ride tomorrow morning. And, obviously, Mom's words of encouragement didn't exactly help. It definitely wasn't the "Hallmark Card" conversation I thought we were gonna have.
     8-INCH DINNER PLATES! Jesus. That, um.... that just can't be good.
     Now I'm worried...

ENTRY # 190
DATE:  01/16/07 (Tuesday)
SUBJECT:  Random Ramblings...

     Health Care Stuff:  In the "Birthday Blog Entry" posted on January 13th, I mentioned that I had to leave work early on January 9th for a doctors appointment. That particular appointment was with my gynecologist for a Pap test to check for cervical cancer. To make a long story short - and to spare you all the yukky details - I finally got those test results back today. I'm very happy (and not to mention relieved) to report that the test was "normal." Thank God!!!
     My next doctors appointment is with a radiologist for a baseline mammogram. That's scheduled for January 20th, at 10:30am. There's a lump in my left armpit that I'm obviously concerned about, so I've got my fingers crossed that those test results will be "normal" too. We'll see...
     I also have an appointment with a "primary physician" scheduled for February 3rd... but that one's no big deal. It's just a routine physical exam... [*sigh*] ...getting older really sucks!

     The "Hart to Hart" DVDs:  I finished watching the second season already. I love that show!!! Now I'm kind'a bummed out though, 'cause I've got nothing left to watch. I should've limited myself to an episode a night to make them last longer. Oh well..... I can always start season one again. ;-)
     There's a total of five seasons, so hopefully the next one will be available soon! I've also learned that there were eight "Hart to Hart" movies made. Although, I'm not sure if I want to try hunting them down or not. They were just "made for TV" movies, so finding them all might take some work.
     After watching all 43 episodes, I've only got one thing to say.... I still wanna be just like Jennifer Hart when I grow up!

     Black is Bad:  I'm still diggin' my new car. So far, there have been no problems with her at all. However, I totally regret buying a black one. What was I thinking?!?!? OMG, the tiniest speck of dirt shows up... and now that the streets have been sanded/salted a few times because of a couple snow flurries, my car is disgusting! She really looks bad.
     I had her professionally "detailed" a while ago. They washed, waxed, and polished her all up... they vacuumed and dusted every little nook and cranny of the interior... they washed all the windows.... and they even treated the tires so they'd have that spiffy "wet" look. When the "detailing people" brought her back to me, she was so shiny I was almost forced to put my sunglasses on in order to look directly at her!
     She looked GREAT for about three hours, LOL. By the time I got her back home, she was covered with dust already. Good grief! I will never buy another black car!

     Update on Mouse #6:  "Number Six" has officially been renamed. His new name is "Gringo," thanks to Adriana. When we were on the phone the other night, she asked me what he looked like. After describing him to her, she informed me that American mice look completely different from Mexican mice. Now, of course, with my imagination being the way it is, I found this little tidbit of information highly amusing....
     Little fences with guarded Check Points that prohibit mice from crossing the USA/Mexico line??? No passports/travel Visas issued to stop all possible interracial mouse relationships??? Rodent Border Control??? Can you see where I'm going this? LOL, that's all I'm sayin'.
     Anyway, since the only true Mexican mouse I've ever seen is Speedy Gonzalez, I have no idea if there's any characteristics that actually separate mice by nationality, LOL. I know there are thousands of breeds of mice that circle the globe, but I can't imagine they're that different from one another, LOL. A mouse is a mouse, right?
     I've got pictures of Gringo on the digital camera. When I get around to transferring them to the computer, I'll post them here so you can decide for yourself...

     Chocolate Paws:  I was in Stop n' Shop the other day and happened to notice a huge display of Valentine's Day candy. I ended up buying a rather large heart-shaped box of Whitman's Chocolates. I thought it would be kind'a nice to keep it on the front counter at work so our customers would have something to nibble while they're being waited on.
     Yeah, right!
     In truth, the box is currently sitting on my coffee table in the living room. I opened it last night, and ended up sharing the entire thing with Sweety Face.
     And before I go any further, I just want to be up-front about one thing... NO, my cat does NOT eat chocolate. She's not allowed. Chocolate is not good for cats. I know this. My cat knows this because we've had many discussions about it. Whenever I eat some, she begs, and I always tell her the same thing: "Nope, you can't have any. It's not good for you." And, actually, she's fine with that because she doesn't want to eat it, she just wants to sniff it.
     There's something about "Dark" chocolate in particular that drives her nuts. She loves the smell of it for some reason. I call it the "Catnip Affect." She'll sniff at it, then roll around on it... or she'll sniff at it, then insanely claw at it... and when she's really "into" it, she'll sniff at it, then drool all over it.
     So, technically, what I mean by "sharing" is this: I managed to consume only four pieces, while Sweety Face had a rather lecherous affair with the rest of it. When I finally came to the conclusion that it was "time to take it away," the chocolates were thoroughly trampled, and my cat looked like she could use a cigarette.
     When I came home from work this evening - almost 24 hours after Sweety Face's "Whitman's Romp" - her paws still smell like chocolate.
     Ummmm... is it wrong that I actually sniff my cat's feet?

ENTRY # 189
DATE:  01/15/07 (Monday)
SUBJECT:  The 3-Minute Management Course: Lessons for Today...

Lesson One:

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?" The eagle answered, "Sure, why not?" So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate him.

Management Lesson:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson Two:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."
     "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients."
     The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally, after the fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him...

Management Lesson:

Bull shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Lesson Three:

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He laid there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Management Lesson:

  1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
  2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend...
  3. And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

ENTRY # 188
DATE:  01/14/07 (Sunday) 6:00pm
SUBJECT:  Some "Hart to Hart" trivia...

     Hey!!! I just noticed that the opening lines of the Season Two episodes are different than Season One. Now Max says,

     "This is my boss, Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire. He's quite a guy. This is Mrs. H. She's gorgeous. She's one lady who knows how to take care of herself. By the way, my name is Max. I take care of both of them, which ain't easy, 'cause when they met it was murder."
     I never caught that before. Just thought I'd mention it...

ENTRY # 187
DATE:  01/14/07 (Sunday) 2:30pm
SUBJECT:  "Hart to Hart"

     "This is my boss, Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire. He's quite a guy. This is Mrs. H. She's gorgeous. What a terrific lady! By the way, my name is Max. I take care of them, which ain't easy, 'cause their hobby is... murder!"
     OMG, those are the greatest episode-opening lines of all time! I love this show!!! ...which is a good thing, since I've been sitting in front of my TV for the last 20 hours (approximately) watching the entire first season, LOL!!!
     After finding the money order in the mail yesterday from Aunt Jean, I got dressed, went to the bank to deposit the money, then flew out to Best Buy in Orange. I grabbed Season One and Season Two off the shelf, paid for them as quickly as I could, then flew all the way home again so I could start watching.
     Including the original two-hour Pilot episode, Season One is twenty-three episodes long... for a total of 24 hours of nothing but Hart to Hart if seen on TV. Although, since there are no commercials on DVDs, it wasn't exactly 24 hours. Almost, but not quite. I started watching at 5:00pm yesterday afternoon.... and I never went to bed. I watched all 23 shows one right after the other. When the last episode ended this afternoon, it was almost 1:00pm. LOL, seriously, I have done nothing else for the last 20 hours (give or take a few minutes). I've been glued to my television watching Hart to Hart all night and all day (so far)! And y'know what? I had a blast doin' it too!
     Since it's been about 25 years since I've seen any of these episodes, I've forgotten them all. As I was watching them, it was as if I was seeing them for the very first time... which made it even better. It was actually kind'a funny, sitting there watching them one right after the other like that, 'cause I never realized how many times they were forced to say, "Are you all right?" and "He's dead!" Both those lines were written into every single script, and in some cases, more than once, LOL.
     Season Two is twenty episodes... and since it's only 2:30, I think I'll start watching those now. See ya.......

ENTRY # 186
DATE:  01/13/07 (Saturday) 3:30pm
SUBJECT:  As Luck Would Have It....

     WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I just went outside to check my snail-mail box and I found a birthday card from my Great-Aunt Jean. And... guess what??? Inside the card, she tucked a $200.00 money order!!!! I am going to Best Buy RIGHT NOW to get those "Hart to Hart" DVDs!!!!!!!!
     WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!   [Dove does the happy dance]   Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me-ee. Happy Birthday to MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

ENTRY # 185
DATE:  01/13/07 (Saturday) 2:00am
SUBJECT:  The REAL Birthday Blog Entry...

     OK, here's the real blog entry for my birthday. The one I put up earlier this morning was just a "quickie" because I was at work and didn't have time to write much else.
     And speaking of being at work, I gotta tell ya, this is the first birthday I've had in the last ten years or so that I actually spent at work. I usually take my birthday off as a vacation day. I mean, really... who wants to spend their birthday trapped at work all day, right? So, I usually take the day off. Not this year though. This year I couldn't take it off because on January 9th (three days ago) I had to leave work early for a doctors appointment. Being that I had already lost three hours, I didn't want to take any more time off. And let me just say this, having to work today sucked. I highly doubt I'll EVER work on my birthday again!
     Anyway... after work I raced home to feed Sweety Face, then I raced off again to meet Adrienne for my "birthday dinner" at Bennigans at the Trumbull Mall. We started off with Death by Chocolate martinis! They were incredible!!! And then I ordered the Rosemary Chicken, which is the same meal I had the last time we were there, LOL. Seriously, folks, that's the best damn chicken I've ever eaten! Good stuff!!! Adrienne ordered some kind of "samplers" meal which looked equally yummy! We both declined dessert 'cause we were stuffed, but - of course - the meal just wouldn't have been complete without topping it off with coffee.
     After dinner, we decided to stroll around the Mall for a while in hopes of working off some of the meal we had just consumed. We ended up in a store called FYE (For Your Entertainment) where they sell music, and movies, and some other electronic stuff. In the "DVD Television" aisle, Adrienne spotted an old show called "Hart to Hart," starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. When she grabbed one of them off the shelf to show me, I almost fell over! "Hart to Hart" was my all-time favorite TV show when I was little. That was the one night a week my Mom would let me stay up late (on a school night) so I could watch it.... and I remember, when I was little, I wanted to grow up to be just like Jennifer Hart.... she was beautiful, she lived in a fabulous house, she had a cute little dog (Freeway), and she also had a drop-dead gorgeous husband who adored her. What little girl wouldn't want to grow up like that, right? Hmmm... looking at my life now (twenty-five years later), I guess it's a good thing I've learned to live with disappointment, LOL.
     Anyway, I stood in the middle of the aisle holding the Hart to Hart "Season One" box in my hand, practically drooling all over it for about five minutes. I finally said to myself, "How broke am I? Can I actually afford to get this right now?" It didn't take long for me to make up my mind. My Mom had just sent me $200.00 for my birthday, so - rather quickly - I decided to save half of it, and to spend the other half. With Season One already in my hands, I grabbed Season Two also, and off to pay I went!
     At the register, I handed the girl a personal check and she says, "Oh, we don't take checks for over a hundred dollars." This totally pissed me off. First of all, that's a ridiculous rule for ANY store to have.... and second of all, she stood there watching me write out the check the whole time without sharing this information with me until AFTER the check was written. What the hell??? I was pissed. Since I didn't want to "charge it," I ended up leaving FYE empty-handed and totally bummed out. Oh well.... it's probably better that I didn't spend the money anyway. I'll survive. But FYE has definitely lost a customer!!! I won't be going there again. No checks over a hundred bucks?!?!? That's bullshit!!!
     When I got home, I changed into my pajamas, and Sweety Face and I hit the couch to watch "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (another favorite show of mine). At 11:50pm my phone rang. Since it was almost midnight, I had no clue who was calling. When I picked up the phone I was delighted to here my "sister's" voice. It was Adriana calling, all the way from Mexico, to wish me a Happy Birthday! What a great present that was!!! We ended up on the phone for almost two hours! OUCH!!! I can't even imagine how expensive her phone bill will be. She keeps telling me, "Don't worry, don't worry, it's cheap to call, it's really cheap!" It might be cheap, sure, but it ain't free, LOL. A two-hour phone call to another country has GOT to cost a pretty penny! I called her once about five years ago... we only talked for eleven minutes and that added a $35.00 charge to my phone bill. This time we talked for two hours?!?!? YIKES!!!!
     Even after working all day, and not being able to purchase the Hart to Hart DVDs, I still had a pretty good day. Dinner with Adrienne, and a phone call from Adriana.... both gifts were awesome!!!
     It's kind'a funny though... I "spent the day" with two of my closest friends, both of which live in two different countries, and they share the same name. Small world, ain't it? LOL!

ENTRY # 184
DATE:  01/12/07 (Friday) 9:30am
SUBJECT:  Dove's Birthday...

     "Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to Me!! Happy Birthday to Me-ee! Happy Birthday to Me!!!!"

Famous Birthdays:
Andy Lawrence
Melanie Jayne Chisholm
Rob Zombie
Jeff Bezos
Kirstie Alley
Howard Stern
Rush Limbaugh
Joe Frazier
Glenn Yarborough
Ray Price
Luise Rainer
Tex Ritter
Jack London
Charles Perrault

ENTRY # 183
DATE:  01/11/07 (Thursday)
SUBJECT:  A Blonde Moment...

     A blonde's car gets a flat tire on the Interstate one day. She eases it over onto the shoulder of the road, and carefully steps out of the car and opens the trunk. She takes out two cardboard men, unfolds them and stands them at the rear of the vehicle facing oncoming traffic. The lifelike cardboard men are in trench-coats exposing their nude bodies to approaching drivers.
     Not surprisingly, the traffic became snarled and backed up. It wasn't very long before a police car arrives. The Officer, clearly enraged, approaches the blonde of the disabled vehicle yelling, "What is going on here?"
     "My car broke down, Officer," says the woman.
     "Well, what the hell are these obscene cardboard pictures doing here by the road?!?!" asks the Officer...
     "Oh, those are my emergency flashers!" she replied.

ENTRY # 182
DATE:  01/09/07 (Tuesday)
SUBJECT:  Quote, Unquote...

     It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. - Sherlock Holmes

     The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can not read them. - Mark Twain

     If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

     There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island... and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life. - Walt Disney

     Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. If some books are deemed more baneful and their sale forbid how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Events, not books, should be forbid. - Herman Melville

     No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. - C.S. Lewis

ENTRY # 181
DATE:  01/08/07 (Monday)
SUBJECT:  Moses: The Early Years...

ENTRY # 180
DATE:  01/07/07 (Sunday) 8:00pm
SUBJECT:  Bird Watching, Anyone?

     Bald Eagles are finally making a "come back" in the United States. If you're interested, here's a link to an "Eagle Web-Cam," located in the state of Maine...

The EagleCam

     It's a pretty cool site. The screen "refreshes" itself every 15 seconds. If you visit and don't see any eagles in the nest, don't be discouraged. There are quite a few photos that have been archived for your viewing pleasure.
     Also, here's a tip... don't bother visiting the link during "night time" hours. It'll be too dark outside for the camera to photograph anything. All you'll be able to see is a black box.

ENTRY # 179
DATE:  01/07/07 (Sunday) 7:30pm
SUBJECT:  Bitchology...

     I received this email the other day from my Aunt June, and thought it was amusing enough to post here:

When I stand up for myself and my beliefs they call me a bitch.
When I stand up for those I love, they call me a bitch.
When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way, they call me a bitch.
Being a bitch means I won't compromise what's in my heart. It means I live my life MY way. It means I won't allow anyone to step on me.
When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak against it, I am defined as a bitch.
The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish. It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I should be.
I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!
So try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, and try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within myself. You won't succeed.
And if that makes me a bitch, so be it. I embrace the title and am proud to bear it...

B - Babe
I - In
T - Total
C - Control of
H - Herself

B - Beautiful
I - Intelligent
T - Talented
C - Charming
H - Hell of a Woman

B - Beautiful
I - Individual
T - That
C - Can
H - Handle anything

ENTRY # 178
DATE:  01/06/07 (Saturday)
SUBJECT:  Getting Caught Up (Part Two)

     All righty then, here I am again, as promised, trying to get "The Dish" up-to-date where it belongs... I'm not sure if I can get everything down today or not. It might have to be continued tomorrow in "Part Three," but I'm not sure yet. Here goes...

     November 9th THRU November 20th, 2006 - Sweety Face went back to the Vet. If you're a regular visitor here, you'll probably remember that she was sick about six months ago. At that time, the doctor said her Thyroid was "borderline," and he wanted to see her again in six months...
     This appointment was her six-month follow-up. She had another Thyroid test done, and the doctor was very pleased with the results. Her weight is good, her temperature is good, her teeth are in great shape, and the over-all blood test results were exactly where they should be for a cat her age. No diabetes, no kidney or bladder problems, and no diseases and/or cancer. AMEN!!!
     However, we were sent home with yet another prescription for ear medication. Her ears have been a constant battle for years, so I've got my fingers crossed that this medication will actually work.
     On Nov. 20th, we went back to the Vet for another look at her ears, after administering the drops for ten days. Again, the doctor was very happy. Her ears looked great, so he said I could lay off the drops for now. That is definitely good news, since putting drops in Sweety Face's ears is not the easiest of activities.

     November 23rd, 24th, 25th, 2006 - Happy Thanksgiving! I drove up to Worthington, Massachusetts Thanksgiving morning, to spend the holiday at my Mom's house. It was a great trip. Since I left my house before the crack of dawn, I hit absolutely no holiday traffic at all! And I came home on Saturday (the 25th), instead of Sunday, so there was very little traffic that day too!
     As always, the Thanksgiving feast was excellent. Turkey with all the fixings, plus six different desserts. Homemade pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate cream pie, mince meat pie, plum pudding (with hard sauce) and a raspberry cheesecake topped off the meal. Good grief. The diet went right out the window that day!
     You'd think that my Mom was cooking for about 25 guests, but it was only the four of us.... Mom, Dad, Grandma and myself. We did have friends come over (RJ and Leonard) to help us eat up the desserts but they also brought a coffee-cake along, which only added insult to injury, LOL! Regardless, it was another lovely Thanksgiving.

     November 25th THRU December 1rst, 2006 - Right after the four-day weekend for Thanksgiving, I was on vacation. Didn't have to go back to work 'til December 4th. It was a very relaxing week off. I did absolutely nothing except for reading, and channel surfing. It was awesome. In fact, now that I think of it, it would've been an excellent opportunity for updating "The Dish," but - for some reason - I just didn't feel like sitting in front of the computer. Hell, I barely even signed on to check my email that week. Oh well.... whatever... too late to worry about it now, I 'spose, LOL.
     Oh... I did do something productive that week. I went to PayLess and bought myself two new pairs of snow boots for the winter. Although, as I write this - today is January 6th - it's 65 degrees outside, so I don't know if I'll be needing any boots this winter, never mind TWO new pairs, LOL. We'll see.
     I managed to pick up a couple more Christmas gifts too, but that's about the extent of my vacation. Like I said, I did a whole lot of nothing.

     Mid-December, 2006 - I can't remember right now if it was the weekend of the 9th or the 16th, but it was one of them... I was back in Massachusetts at my Mom's house. I drove up early Saturday morning and spent the night.... and then Sunday morning my Mom and I drove to Newton, Massachusetts to visit my Great Aunt Jean. My Mom packed a lunch for all three of us so my Aunt wouldn't have to "serve" us anything.
     It was a nice visit.... and, not to mention, it eased my mind a little too. Aunt Jean is 90 years old now... and I hadn't seen her since my step-grandmother's funeral two years ago. And, y'know, when someone is 90 years old, you never know how much longer you'll have them around.... so, needless to say, I'm very thankful I was able to spend some time with her. My Uncle Johnny and Aunt Annette showed up too, so that made the visit even better!
     Whichever weekend it was (for the life of me I still can't remember if it was the 9th or the 16th, LOL), it was the perfect time for a weekend get-away. When I woke up that Saturday morning, I had no hot water. I called my landlord to report this fact, and she told me to go down into the basement to see if there was a puddle of water on the floor. Yup, there was a puddle all right! In fact, the entire basement floor was covered with water. Apparently the hot-water heater burst in the middle of night. Super! But, since I already had plans to be "away," I really didn't care about it. It was fixed by the time I got home from work Monday evening, so I only had to go without hot water Monday morning, while getting ready for work. Considering I HATE cold showers, the water-heater couldn't have burst at a better time!

     December 22nd THRU December 26th - Merry Christmas! On Friday, December 22nd, after work, I drove up to Greenland, New Hampshire to spend Christmas with my Dad. I arrived at his apartment around 11:00pm that night.... and we never went to bed 'til 3:00am. We stayed up talking just about all night long, LOL.
     Most of Saturday was spent in front of the television watching the mini-series "Return to Lonesome Dove." Even though it wasn't Tommy Lee Jones playing Captain Call, I still found the movie rather enjoyable. Some parts of it bothered me a little, since the story strayed from Larry McMurtry's original novels, but - hey - for the most part, the movie rocked!
     Sunday afternoon, we watched New England beat Florida in a "too-close-for-comfort" football game! When the game ended, we picked up Reggie (my Dad's girlfriend) and headed over to Reggie's daughter's house for a Christmas Eve buffet feast. Ate lots of food, gave some gifts, got some gifts, then headed back to Greenland to relax for the rest of the evening.
     On Monday, Christmas day, I left my Dad's house around 2:00pm to head home. Made record time, too! I was amazed at the lack of traffic. COOL!!! I was home long enough to unload the car, and to call my Mom and Step-dad to wish them a Merry Christmas, before I was off again. I reloaded the car and, this time, headed up to Naugatuck to spend the remains of Christmas day with Jen, Mark, and Zachary. Ate another good meal there, did the "gift exchange thing" again, and was home by 11:00pm.... and then I collapsed on the couch out of pure exhaustion!
     Had to work all day on Tuesday (the day after Christmas)... that sucked 'cause I was so tired from the whirl-wind weekend, but I got through the day at last. As soon as I got home from work, I called Adrienne to see if she was still up for doing "The Christmas Thing" that evening. She said, "Sure, come on over," so I did.
     By the time I made it home from Adrienne's house and unloaded the car for what felt like the umpteenth time, it was almost midnight. I was totally beat, but felt good at the same time. I spent four whole days with people I love, so it was a great Christmas!
     Oh, and I got the iPod "Shuffle" from my boss for a bonus this year. Honestly, at first, I wasn't too impressed. But, when I opened it up, I found my name engraved on it. That really shocked me! I thought that was just the coolest thing!!!

     December 30th, 2006 - Update On the New Car - My Kia Spectra is exactly six months old today. She had her first oil change last month, and her tires rotated just in time for winter. She's been driven approximately 6,500 miles, give or take a few.... and I still like her. So far, she's proving to be a much better car than the Rio ever was. (knock on wood!) Hopefully she'll keep on keepin' on.

     December 31rst, 2006 to January 1rst, 2007- Happy New Year!!! I spent New Year's Eve and part of New Year's Day with Zachary...
     On Saturday, December 30th, my phone rang. When I answered it, I was a little more than surprised to hear Zachary's voice on the other end. After all, he's only six years old, LOL. He asked if he could sleep over. Apparently, he had so much fun when he slept over the last time, he wanted to do it again. Once I talked to his mother, Jennifer, we agreed to let him sleep over on New Year's Eve.
     Jen and Mark dropped him off Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. So, basically, from 2:00pm 'til about 9:00pm that evening, I was pretty busy keeping little Zachary fully entertained. We played multiple games of Connect Four and Jenga... we colored for a couple of hours... and we watched three movies, The Lion King, Harry Potter, and Dinosaur. It was fun, and the afternoon literally flew by.
     I guess I did a pretty good job at wearing him out, 'cause he never woke up 'til almost 8:00am Monday morning. Jennifer called around 9:30 to see how things went.... and about two hours later, she arrived at my apartment to pick him up. By noon, I was passed out cold on the couch. He managed to wear me out too, LOL!

     January 4th, 2007 - Diet Update - I'm still dieting, in a way, LOL. I'm watching what I eat, but I haven't been exercising at all... so, in six-months time, I've only lost 20 pounds. It's not much, but it's better than nothing, I guess. I'm sure once I get back to walking and doing the step-aerobics the weight will come off a lot faster. Once I get that new iPod loaded with my favorite tunes, I'm positive "working out" will be MUCH more fun!!! I hope so, anyway.

     The "Mouse Hunting" Update - Well, back in August I released "Little Stevie King" back into the wild where he belongs. From August to the first week of November my kitchen drawer remained "mouse free." Then, all of a sudden, I came home from work and found Mouse #5 in the trap. Unfortunately, though, he was already dead. And I gotta tell ya, I was crushed. I felt so guilty. All I kept thinking was, "OMG, not only did I kill it, but I also tortured it to death."
     You see, these mouse traps are set up in such a way, it makes it impossible for the mouse to get to the bait, even when the mouse is inside the trap. They can smell the food, but can't get to it...
     The death of "#5" was bad enough.... but, the fact that "#5" died while having to sniff his last meal (which remained constantly out of his reach) made it even worse. It must have been torture! I still feel kind'a bad about it, even now. I mean, damn, the whole point of buying these HUMANE traps was to catch and release mice without inflicting harm. I keep telling myself that he must've been sick already (upon entering the trap), because no healthy mouse would die in eight hours time, but it's not helping my conscience any. I guess I just have to face the facts.... I killed a mouse.
     I caught "Mouse #6" a few days after I disposed of "#5." Thankfully, Mouse #6 is perfectly healthy and is still doing great, even though he's been in my custody for almost two months. He's living in the lap of luxury in the mouse "Half Way House" set up in my kitchen.
     However, since I caught him so late in the season, I am now faced with a minor dilemma... We are now in the month of January. Even though it's been a ridiculously mild winter so far, it could snow tomorrow. So, my problem is this: Do I release him now, and keep my fingers crossed that he can find a nest and plenty of food before it snows? Or, do I keep him in captivity until Spring, when he's got a better chance of survival? I can't figure out which is the most humane route to take. I think - at this point - I'll just have to keep him 'til Spring...
     Oh, and to make matters even worse, do you remember how I released "Mouse #1" and "Mouse #2" in the parking lot where I work? Well, guess what?!?!?! I now have mice at work! I am positive these mice are MY mice! They've got to be! It just seems a little too coincidental, y'know what I mean? I've worked there for over nine years, and we've never had problems with mice before. Now, all of a sudden, after I release two in the parking lot, we've got mice??? LOL, makes sense to me! They are definitely MY mice. (*shrug*) Oh well.... my heart was in the right spot. I don't know where my BRAIN was, but my heart was definitely in the right spot. I mean, "Duuuuuhhh!" I should've expected them to move into the closest building, right? LOL!
     I suppose, eventually, I'll have to recapture the Work Mice, and re-release them again. Good grief, what have I gotten myself into? LOL!!! This Rodent Relocation Program is getting just a tad out of hand, I think.   ;-)

     Hmmm.... I think that's just about everything. I believe it's safe to say that "The Dish" is now up-to-date. Well, as up-to-date as it's gonna get. I'm sure I've left some stuff out here n' there, but I can always fill in the gaps later, I guess, as things come to me. But, for now, I'm done. Ciao for now! ...and thanks for being so patient.

ENTRY # 177
DATE:  01/05/07 (Friday)
SUBJECT:  Getting Caught Up (Part One)

     Considering my last real Blog entry was back in July, I figured I'd finally sit down and TRY to get "The Dish" up-to-date. So.... here I am. Hi, all! I'm baaaaaaaaaack!!!
     Being that it's been so long since I've written, I wasn't sure how I'd write about everything that's happened during the last five months. Originally, I planned on writing an individual entry for each subject, but after some consideration, I realized that would take forever and a day. Instead of writing long, descriptive narratives, I've decided to just group everything together in "summary" form....
     So... in a nut-shell, here's what's been going on in the world of Dove:

     July 30th, 2006 - After using the same old computer for the last eight years, I was forced to purchase a whole new system. I knew the time was coming for a new one, but I was hoping to get another year out of it at least. Considering I had just bought a new car the month before, I didn't want to dish out even more money this soon. But (*sigh*) I just wasn't able to put it off any longer. And, actually, it really was time for a new one. My old Compaq had been on it's way out for quite some time.... the floppy drive quit working about two years ago; the CD drive died about six months ago... and then, the straw that broke the camel's back (wallet?), was when the modem finally blew. Plus, since the Compaq was so old, I was still using Windows 98, LOL!
     My new computer is an HP Pavilion, and it's pretty cool. It's got a built in CD/DVD burner, and I'm finally using Windows XP (the Media Center Edition). Oddly enough, one of my favorite features on this thing is the aquarium screen saver. It looks so real!!!! Sweety Face likes it too. When it first came on, she sat right in front of it for about an hour watching all the fish swim around.
      Temporarily, my old computer is hooked up on the kitchen table. I don't have any photo editing software on this new one yet, so - for now - I'm still using the old one for that kind of stuff. Hopefully, when I get around to buying a scanner for this new system, it'll come with an editing application that I actually like.

     August 5th, 2006 - I haven't used the DVD burner yet (and probably never will), but I'm having a blast burning my own audio CDs with this new computer. After making a few copies of entire CDs to play in the car, I thought I'd experiment a little and create a Compilation CD... LOL, it's definitely an "interesting" collection of music, to say the least. Since it was my first attempt, and I had no idea if it would even work, I didn't put any thought into selecting the songs. I simply grabbed about twenty CDs off the shelf, and randomly selected one tune from each one... Here's the track listing:

Dove's Cruisin' Music - Volume One
1.  All For You (Janet Jackson)
2.  All Jacked Up (Gretchen Wilson)
3.  Bo Diddley (Stephen King with the Rock Bottom Remainders)
4.  Cvalda (Bjork - from the "Dancer in the Dark" soundtrack)
5.  Dark Lady (Cher)
6.  Hound Dog (Elvis)
7.  Human Touch (Rick Springfield)
8.  I Drove All Night (Celine Dion)
9.  Intuition (Jewel)
10.  Jailhouse Rock (Elvis)
11.  Joyful, Joyful (from the "Sister Act II" soundtrack)
12.  Metamorphosis (Hilary Duff)
13.  Miss Independent (Kelly Clarkson)
14.  Music (Madonna)
15.  New Religion (Duran Duran)
16.  Oh, Happy Day! (from the "Sister Act II" soundtrack)
17.  Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak (Macy Gray)
18.  Splish-Splash (Barbra Streisand)
19.  Tears of Pearls (Savage Garden)
20.  Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On (Jerry Lee Lewis)

     I guess eclectic would be a good description, huh? I haven't had time to create a "Volume Two" yet, but I'm sure I will soon.

     Sometime Over the Summer (I can't remember exactly when) - My Dad moved into a new apartment. For the last thirty years (give or take a year or two), he was located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, while renting a one-family house. Well, his landlord died.... which meant he was forced to move. He's now renting an apartment in Greenland, New Hampshire, a mere hop, skip, and a jump away from Portsmouth.
     Thanks to finally having a new car, I was able to make the trip up to Portsmouth/Greenland to help him move into the new place. It had been almost two years since I'd seen him (due to not trusting the Piece of Shit Rio I was driving), so it was a great weekend for both of us. My Uncle Merle and cousin Billy also helped with the move, so that was awesome too! I hadn't seen them in years either, so it basically felt like a mini family reunion!
     Anyway, we managed to tow everything from Portsmouth to Greenland in a matter of hours.... and nothing broke, so the move was successful. The new apartment is a little smaller than the old place so he had to downsize his amount of "stuff" a bit, but it's a great apartment for one person! It's a really cute place. I like it. I hope he'll be happy there!

     August/September, 2006 - I finally sat down and read all of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" books. FINALLY!!!!!! The first book (The Gunslinger) was a little boring, but the remaining six novels were terrific! I enjoyed them all....
     However, I was a bit disappointed with the direction of the story-line. The last two or three books have a lot to do with the accident King was involved in back in 1999, when he was hit by the Dodge van, driven by Brian Smith...
     Considering King started writing these books about twenty-five years ago, "the accident" was obviously not part of King's original thought-process/idea(s) for the ending of the Dark Tower saga.
     I enjoyed them as written, yes, but I'm very curious about how they would've panned out if King had never been hit. (*sigh*) Oh well... nothing can be done about that now.

     Labor Day Weekend - September 4th, 2006... While visiting my Mom and Step-dad for the long weekend, I learned of Steve Irwin's death. I was shocked and appalled by the news. I am a huge fan of the "Crocodile Hunter" show on Animal Planet. Even though I never knew the guy, I'll miss him.
     I tuned into Steve's Memorial Service that aired on the Animal Planet a few weeks after his death.... it was a beautiful service, but very hard to watch. When little Bindy took the stage to say a few words about her father, I fell apart. I cried through the remainder of the show. My heart goes out to his wife and children.

     September 10th, 2006 - My friend Jennifer celebrated her 36th birthday today. Her birthday is actually September 11th, but we had the party on the 10th instead since it was the weekend. The party was held at her Mom's house in Shelton.... and, of course, there was TONS of food involved! Even though I'm dieting, I still managed to sample a little of everything!

     September 13th, 2006 - Whitney Houston filed for divorce. LOL, that's about all I have to say about that. I mean, really, is anyone surprised by this????

     September 15th, 2006 - Just want to give a quick "Shout Out" to my buddy George Beahm. September 15th is his birthday so, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!" I know I'm writing this four months after the fact, but - hey - better late than never. And, speaking of birthdays, George shares his with actor Tommy Lee Jones!

     September 19th, 2006 - Diana Krall's new album was released today. It's called "From This Moment On." I bought it shortly after it came out, since she's one of my favorite artists. It's pretty good... but I still think "Love Scenes" is her best album so far!

     September 21rst, 2006 - A quick "Shout Out" to Stephen King. "HAPPY 59th BIRTHDAY!!!!" God, I can't believe he's almost sixty! Yikes!!!

     September 23rd, 2006 - Jennifer, Mark, Zachary, and I all went to The Big E (the Eastern States Expedition) today, in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It rained all day long, but we had a blast anyway. Lots of walking around, amusement rides, food... and I even managed to get some Christmas shopping done.

     September 25th, 2006 - another quick Happy Birthday "Shout Out" to my friend Marcel. If I remember correctly, he was born in 1932... so that would make him 74 years young! My goodness... time sure does fly. Back in 1984, he came into my life as a Latin teacher during my freshman year of highschool. And, for the last 22 years, he has somehow managed to put up with me. God bless him for that!!!

     October 19th, 2006 - Instead of going to work, I spent the day in Court for Jury Duty. Goody, goody! I usually hate Jury Duty, but this time it was kind'a interesting. I got as far as being interviewed for a case. I ended up NOT being chosen as a juror, thank God, but being interviewed at least made the day seem worth while. I "took the stand," got "sworn in," and then both lawyers (one for the Defense, one for the Prosecution) took turns asking me a whole bunch of questions. It was pretty cool, actually... but I'm really glad I didn't get chosen for the trial. It was a car accident/insurance battle, and it could've dragged on for weeks.

     October 24th, 2006 - Stephen King's new book, Lisey's Story, was released today. I read it shortly after the release date.... and, unfortunately, I have to admit that I hated it. I thought it was awful.

     And that's enough for today. I'm getting tired of sitting here. I'll pick up where I left off tomorrow. Ciao for now!

ENTRY # 176
DATE:  09/18/06 (Monday)
SUBJECT:  The White Background...

     By the way, I just wanted to mention the new white background you see here is intentional; you're not experiencing some kind of weird computer glitch. When I visited my father over the summer, he mentioned that white text on black is hard for him to read; it bothers his eyes. So, as soon as I got home, I switched it to black text on white instead.
     I guess he's right. It does seem a little easier to read, but now I'll have to stay away from using certain colors when I'm HTMLing. For instance, yellow text doesn't show up very well on a white background. I'll try to remember that once I'm back to writing on a more "routine" basis.
     This cold sucks. Even after downing a few shots of NyQuil last night, it's still no better. I sure hope it's not the Flu! Keep your fingers crossed for me! PLEASE!

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