Saturday, April 30, 2005

Police: Ga. bride-to-be fabricated abduction tale

32-year-old surfaces in N.M., reportedly 'needed some time alone'

Glad to hear the Groom-to-be was not involved in this... poor guy, for the rest of his life he's now going to have the honor of being able to tell the biggest "Left at the Altar" story in America.

Sounds to me like this woman has quite a few issues in her personal life if she could do this at that age. At 32 I was raising 3 kids, the thought of running away from family and friends was a day dream, never allowed to become a reality. And my run-away- dreams were centered around running away to a spa for a week. LOL Her story smacks me more along the lines of "Smokey and the Bandit" with out the Bandit. She gets to play the part of Sally Fields.

That poor family. How embarrassing.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Whatchya think?

I've been watching this case of the missing bride-to-be in Georgia... I keep thinking it's going to turn out to be a loved one that did it. I think because everything thats been making the news in the past 10 years, the majority has turned out to be a family member or a neighbor.

Doese anyone know what the outcome was of the 2 yr old & 3 yr old brother and sister who's bodies were found drowned? Have they said who they suspect? Anyone?

I'm so tired of hearing it's a family member or neighbor. If I was being killed... I would want it to be someone I don't know and trust and/or love to be doing me in. I could fight against a stranger, but for it to be someone I know, trust, love... my heart would be breaking and I'd probably not have the will to fight them.

Thursday, April 28, 2005


What do you do when your scared - Your unsure of yourself & your future. Your basic needs and wants are minimal. All you really want is to be happy, safe & sure.

To have a job you can count on, be happy with & enjoy going to.
To have a home that is yours, with no fear it will be taken from you.
To be safe on the road, without fear of being stranded.
To be confident you can pay all your bills & still save.
To have people who love you.
To have fun enter your personal world weekly.
To not be scared anymore.


The buzz word in today's business world is marketing. However, people often ask for a simple explanation of the concept. Well, here it is -- everything you need to know about marketing.

You're a woman and you see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and say, "I'm fantastic in bed."
That's Direct Marketing.

You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One of your friends goes up to him and, pointing at you, says, "She's fantastic in bed."
That's Advertising.

You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and get his telephone number. The next day you call and say, "Hi, I'm fantastic in bed."
That's Telemarketing.

You see a guy at a party, you straighten your dress. You walk up to him and pour him a drink. You say, "May I?" and reach up to straighten his tie, brushing your breast lightly against his arm, and then say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed."
That's Public Relations

You're at a party and see a handsome guy. He walks up to you and says, "I hear you're fantastic in bed."
That's Brand Recognition.

You're at a party and see a handsome guy. He fancies you, but you talk him into going home with your friend.
That's a Sales Representative.

Your friend can't satisfy him so he calls you.
That's Tech Support.

You're on your way to a party when you realize that there could be handsome men in all these houses you're passing. So you climb onto the roof of one situated towards the center and shout at the top of your lungs, "I'm fantastic in bed!"
That's Junk Mail.

Go Work in China, Immediately. - But don't buy any stocks from there. By Henry�Blodget

"A few readers did resent the send-the-rookie approach, and others were annoyed by my requests for help, as if I were offloading work that I should have been doing on my own. To this I would say again, with deep gratitude, that many of the better stories in the series were gifts from Slate readers to Slate readers, with my playing the role of grateful delivery boy."

And it seems to ME that this just goes to show you how so many people in the world are out for themselves and only themselves. Because I'll bet most of them said "what do I get out of this?" rather than "What will it hurt to help someone else out?" Surely the answer to both would be "NOTHING". So what does it hurt to help someone else out if it hurts nothing? One thing you will get out of it though is a bit of self respect, knowing you contributed to someone elses growth, knowledge and maybe monetary gain, but it cost you nothing except a few minutes of your time.

It takes allot of inner strength for anyone to travel alone - imagine traveling to another country where they don't speak your language? Nothing is familiar, because your a part of the western world and they aren't... To go it alone is more frightening to me than anything else. If I had that strength I'd try doing this at any age. I could always come home again right?

No thanks - it's just too scarey!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Who Makes These Rules Anyway?

I was sitting around daydreaming in my garden today, kind of wishing I could own a coffee/book/herbal shop type of thing and of course call it "Herb-an-Culture" and then my mind started wandering as it tends to do and I was thinking of all the herbal remedies and then I wondered why the majority of the states in our country refuse to allow people with certain problems to be able to smoke pot, you know like folks with cancer - it gets rid of their queasiness and helps bring back their appetites. Why would our state and federal government disapprove that, but will allow someone to take other prescription drugs? Last I heard pot wasn't addictive, and is less harmful that oxycotton or morphine as two examples. I'm not deeply informed on this topic but it just got me wondering about it.

If certain groups wants us to be run less by government and more on our own personal responsibilities, why then should the government get involved in some of these cases we hear about - one being the Schivo case. That pretty much should have been left alone to the smaller local government, after all it was a 15 year old case.

Why is Michael Jackson so prominently in the news over his alleged child molestation case, but we hear so little about the Catholic Priests who allegedly molested children? The recent passing of the pope made allot of people speak highly of him, and yeah, he didn't seem like such a bad guy, and me not being catholic is probably going to piss a few folks off saying this, but what the hell ... the pope was just a man. Saint? I think not. He surely welcomed Jews into his church as well as attended a few of their religious ceremonies, but he had no tolerance for gays/lesbians. Sure being gay is not a religion - it's actually deeper than that, it's what someone is born. It's like saying I hate all women or all men or all blacks or all Mexicans... you hate them for what they were born? Damn.

I'm no pope, I'm no Saint, and God knows I'm no politician - but it just seems to me we really SHOULD be held accountable for our own personal responsibilities and use some common sense too! And if the pope couldn't tolerate gays, then he was no Saint, because even a non saint-like person should be able to tolerate the differences in human beings. Common sense says "The person has cancer - let him smoke some pot so he can feel better" "That person is what she was born to be, and I'll get to know her for who she is, not what she is" "That person has a personal belief that is different than mine - I'll share with them my belief and listen as intently to their belief, and we'll find a common ground to walk together on"

It's kind of strange to think that the young people of the 60's who made such radical changes in our lifestyles here in the USA... are the same old farts ruining the show today in our Governments. They were liberals when they were poor and became conservative when they got their 401k's - more folks need to become moderate to make this a better place. I like to say I'm a liberal with a side dish of conservative but the truth is, I'm mostly moderate. I believe we should have a death penalty, not because it's a punishment, but because it's more of a punishment to those of us who pay taxes to keep the murderers alive. So get rid of the trash. I believe a woman has the right to a choice when or when not to have a child. It's her body, her conscience, she who has to live with her choices. It sure as hell isn't hurting anyone and no do not tell me it's hurting that baby because hello... its not breathing yet. I suppose I could think deeper about that, and make myself believe that we are hurting it - but hey, we'd be hurting it worse by making it's mother give birth to it only to hate it, neglect it, raise it poorly with no morals etc etc etc... so let women have their choice. I believe also that if you do NOT vote - you do not have the right to spout your opinions to me. Voting doesn't cost you anything, and damnit, it's what makes us feel like we have SOME say in what the hell goes on in this country. Even if we lost our vote - we didn't loose our voice. Someone heard us when we voted for the other guy/girl.

Why isn't smoking pot allowed for people who need it? Or even those who don't... it isn't worse than alcohol, and non addictive. No I don't smoke it - I need to get a job in this nation of ours, that would preclude a urinalysis to get one don't ya think? Why isn't beating someone up for their sexual preferences as bad as beating someone up for being a different color? And why is killing someone because they are different so much worse than killing someone period? Murder is murder regardless the reason. Even in the south we no longer kill someone cause they needed killin' (though I wish we could sometimes!).

Anyway, that's pretty much how my thoughts ran... out of whack one thing leading to another, only I seem to be able to make the links.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Originally uploaded by Jenny.
I just had to share this... Is this not the CUTEST baby picture ever?! I just wanna pic it up and cuddle it against my ear so I can hear it purring!

Monday, April 25, 2005

A Very Easy to Make Recipe that is also VERY YUMMY!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Disturbing Movies

Do you ever watch movies that leave you feeling uncomfortable, unhappy or disturbed?

I love watching movies on rainy or cold or dreary days. Old movies or new movies, as long as it's good. But sometimes I've come across a movie that leaves me feeling yucky. Sometimes it's not so much the story line but the way it was filmed that bugs me. I really don't like seeing what the actor is seeing, I want to see the actor acting and whats going on with him/her. You know the kind of filming I mean, where the camara is pointing outwards and your stuck sitting there watching it all as if your the person IN the movie. I hate that.

Some movies that disturb me are "Mr. Buddwing" "The man in the moon marigolds" or something like that anyway, "Go Ask Alice", "The Childrens Hour" just to name a few. Some of them are the story itself that disturb me. "The bad seed" really gets to me, the child shoulda been spanked from birth!

Oh there's a whole slue of movies out there that bug the hell outta me - but there's 3 times as many I like. =)

Friday, April 22, 2005


Flickr Be Good damnit!

I think I love flickr almost as much as I love my blog... no actually I think I love flickr more because I love taking pictures so much. But then I also love to write so I dunno.

Too bad I can't get a job that pays me to do both - but I'd probably have to go back to school for that and I am done with school except to maybe take a class here or there on a subject I LIKE.

To the techies at flickr I just have this to say to you - "GET IT UP!"
(If they're males they probably love hearing those words)

I spent my morning planting tomatoes and taking photographs of the flowers that are presently in bloom. With the wind blowing, it was pretty cool to capture a few pictures where you can actually see the pollen blowing off the flowers. Maybe sometime soon (I HOPE!) I will actually get to upload them - depending on if I have room to upload, otherwise I'll have to wait till the 1st of the month *sigh*.

Ahh well... back to my Carolyn Hart novel - Death of the Party =)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

My Job

Well... I'm unemployed again.

I was working for a major bitch, and I kept my temper for 1 month and 2 days before I lost it.

My first week on the job the new boss took down a picture a friend of mine had given to me, it wasn't appropriate for work, but was behind my desk at foot level so that only I could see it and it was a picture of a road sign that said "For the love of Christ - get of your fucking phone and drive your car!" Since I was the only person who could see it I figured no big deal. Anyway, when I had come into work I found and envelope on my keyboard, which stated on the front of it "This is not appropriate for the work place" I looked and found the picture gone so figured that was in the envelope, I looked inside and yes it was... but ripped to shreds. That was her first mistake.

As the week went on and others followed, anytime I made mistakes (spelling, accidently putting a person into the system when they already were in it, simple fixable mistakes that a new person is likely to make) she would yell at me to come into her office and then point these mistakes out to me, rather than just pull up the mistakes and have me fix them which a normal person would do. And if I was the only one in the office she would come out of her office and get inches from my face, sometimes so much so that I'd literally have to wipe spit from my face, and that was her second mistake. And yes I told her to back up she was in my space.

Then... yesterday when I got to work I found this: You gave an appoint of Tom R to Brenda (She was his halper as of the prior week) and it should have gone to Pat (Both women are telemarketers and get bonuses for appointments... the fact is, when someone turns in the paper work for me to add to the data base, all I do is put in exactly what they wrote, and Brenda was wriiten on the paper - of which I copied the paper and left on her desk so she could kiss my ass) WORSE than that, you entered a new lead which was a duplicate and has been in the system since 2002. (Both the one I entered and the one she mentioned are in the delete bin so wtf? AND the one I entered was added by me on my very first day - get the fuck over it cunt) I Cannot have this. I only glanced at todays work and found these. Slow down and get accurate. I have talked to you about this several times and believe me I am serious. (More like she spit it at me several times and lets face it - my mistakes were all freaking fixable and any new person would be expected to make them, and I only made MAYBE a total of 20 in the month I was there. The girl who was suppose to be teaching me this stuff still made them and was there for the past year.

Well anyway, I'm not whinning about it, the point is, I sat there steaming about it for 3 hours, steaming about all her bullshit, and the way she spoke to me on a daily basis when being sweet as honey to my co-workers. SO I said to myself - "self, ya always said you wouldnt work someplace you hate going to each day so it's time to take a walk." So that's what I did. I packed up all my stuff right then (It was 11:30 am) and I left her a note on her desk cause she wasn't in, and I went home.

My note was very cordial and business like unlike hers which carried a tone of threat. Personally it wont bother me a bit to hear that she's died from a heart attach behind the wheel of her car just as a semi hits her. I'll just feel bad for the truck driver.

In the meantime I'll be watching my garden grow.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Wilmington Air Show

Sunday was the air show. I totally enjoyed myself - despite the long lines at the port-a-jons that stank to the high heavens and despite that I completely crispified my face and chest by looking up into the face of the sun for 4 hours! (So crispified I was sick to my stomach and had to call in sick yesterday). But I'm all better now, aside from the stiff skin that will most surely peal by this weekend.

I love air shows, I've been going to them since I was a kid. And being an Air Force Brat, I spent allot of time around air bases ann planes. I personally feal that the air shows at Military bases are far superior to the ones at local airports. Maybe it the quality of air crafts we get to see at a military base that don't normally make it out to the civilian shows or maybe its the fact that we arent cramped in asses to elbows on a base versus a civilain air terminal - I dunno, I just know they're better. But no matter, cause I still like em all.

The Blue Angels are great too - however - being the true air force brat I am - The Thunderbirds Rule Baby! LoL. I'll post the other 24 photos at the first of the month on flikr.
The National Guard had this hummer over in Iraq and it picked up a bullet hole between the front and back doors. It got this special paint job when it came home.
Opening the Air Show we have this jumper with the flag, I thought this was pretty incredible.
4 out of 6 Angels
The Navy's Blue Angels

Thursday, April 14, 2005

It rained all day and then this... It was beautiful. But we've been hit with a cold front so we're back down into the 60's and that SUCKS!!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

This is that artsy pink flamingo I said I bought my mom, which of course I LOVE! Isn't he great?! LoL!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Southern Dialect Quiz

Are you a southerner or a northerner in your speach?

This was my score - 69% (Dixie). A definitive Southern score! I had a few west coast sayings but that was expected - it was the chicago or great lake region sayings I'm surprised I had!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

John Paul II remembered

John Paul II remembered
Originally uploaded by
A few people paying their respects to the late Pope John Paul II at the site he visited near Drogheda in September 1979. Shot taken @ 10pm on 6 April 2005.

I think this is a very nice picture.
Based on the events that took place in Florida (for the past 15 years) and ended several weeks ago, everyone should have a Living Will to help guide your family in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

The suggested Will below is written in such a manner that even your "less gifted" relatives will understand what you mean.

Living Will

I, _____________________ (fill in the blank), being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood ethically challenged politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.

If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to sit up and ask for a Rum and Pepsi with a splash of Grenadine, cup of coffee, cold beer etc. (substitute your choice), it should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse/significant other, children and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.

Under no circumstances shall the hypocritical members of the Legislature (State or Federal) enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the health, education and future of the millions of Americans who aren't in a permanent coma.

Under no circumstances shall any politicians butt into this case. I don't care how many fundamentalist votes they're trying to scrounge for their run for the presidency, it is my wish that they play politics with someone else's life and leave me alone to die in peace.

I couldn't care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf. They should mind their own business, too.

If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a living hell.

Signature_______________ DATE_____

Witness______________ DATE_____

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

I just HAD to do it! Thanks again Ethne!

You're a Classic Cup 'O' Joe.
You're a Classic Cup 'O' Joe!

What Kind of Coffee are You?
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I'm surprised I'm not the cup of tea... LOL

Autumn Sunset

Autumn Sunset
Originally uploaded by Mindmenagerie.
The picture is pretty isn't it?

I had a HORRIBLE nights sleep! Around 4 am I started dreaming about these kids playing on some railroad tracks and I could hear the train comming. I kept yelling at them to get off, but they ignored me or couldn't hear me, so I started running after them and then they seen the train comming and started screaming. Instead of getting OFF the tracks they just kept running down them. I woke myself in midstride in my bed - but I could still hear them screaming - for real! I got out of bed and walked towards the front door and still heard it, so I opened the door and low and behold there out on the street were about 20 cats... all screaming! And lights were comming on everywhere and we all started shouting SHUT UP! GAWD! What a racket! I finally got back to bed around 4:30 and about 15 minutes later a loud thump woke me... I investigated and found patches (J's cat) trying to get OUT of the bathroom cupboard where she had been sleeping on all the clean towels. *sigh* So back to bed I went again. The next thing I know the Fire alarm is going off and I'm yelling wheres the fire and Johns laughing saying it's just his new alarm clock. He deserves a smack for that don't ya think? I can't beleive they all slept through the night while poor lil ole me got shit for sleep!


Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Trying to capture the sunset - can you see the big orange ball behind the trees?
Music at the arts and crafts fair in Southport over Easter weekend.

Todays Thoughts

There was the person who sent ten different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Tomorrow we're closing shop at 3:30 and heading out for some big Bar-B-Q that's being put on for us.

My eldest daughter is currently upset with her younger sister for volunteering her to drive a friend home - at the current price rate of gas I sure don't blame her and of course the youngest who is now 16 but without her own wheels has no concept of the price - until she has to pay it herself. THEN it's a different story.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Why Age & Beauty are Better than Youth and Beauty

Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen her excitement -- not even her parents' nasty divorce.

Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear and would be the best dressed mother-of-the-bride ever!

A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father's new young wife had bought the exact same dress!

Jennifer asked her to exchange it, but she refused. "Absolutely not. I look like a million bucks in this dress, and I'm wearing it," she replied.

Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, "Never mind sweetheart. I'll get another dress. After all, it's your special day."

A few days later, they went shopping and did find another gorgeous dress.

When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother, "Are you going to return the other dress? You really don't have another occasion where you could wear it." She just smiled and replied, "Of course I do, dear. I'm wearing it to the rehearsal dinner!"

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Schiavo's Remains Cremated as Autopsy Becomes Part of Feud

Terri Schiavo's body was cremated on Saturday as disagreements continued between her husband and her parents, who were unable to have their own independent expert observe her autopsy.:

The cremation was carried out according to a court order issued on Tuesday that established that Michael Schiavo had the right to make such decisions, said his lawyer, George Felos. He said plans for burying Ms. Schiavo's ashes in Pennsylvania, where she grew up, had not yet been completed.

Ms. Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, said they wanted to bury their daughter in Pinellas County so they could visit her grave."

I don't blame him for wanting to bury her back where she grew up, any closer and it would become a shrine otherwise. At what point will they realize they're becoming petty? He is/was her husband, he gets to make all these decisions, would they expect their parents to step in and take the rights away from their own spouse? Doesn't matter that the Schiavo's havent lived as husband and wife in 15 years, he was still her husband.

They all should mourne her loss, rejoyce she's with her maker, and quit making the headline news.


Orton Plantation Grounds

I was flickrzened last March for a photo I took - that's pretty cool don't ya think? I am really loving the digital cam I was given last August. I had forgotten how much I loved photography. About the only thing I miss, is hand adjusting the lens, my brother got my dads really nice, expensive camera (non-digital). But my mom gave me the one I have now as a graduation gift. I love Nikon. My only bitch about the camera is that it's a refurbished one, and the original problem it had - the flash quit popping up, well it's done it to me too, and they took it back, fixed it and sent it back to me - now its doing it again. *Sigh*.

Saturday, April 02, 2005


Originally uploaded by scrubbles.
A little rosemary for rememberance in honor of the only Pope I remember in my lifetime. (I know I was a kid when he became Pope - but who pays attention to the world when the world still revolves around you? Especially in a non-catholic family?) Anyway, he was a good Pope - considering what I know of past Popes - nothing! Now it will be interesting to watch the new history about to unfold...

The pond

The pond
Originally uploaded by NCWench.
This pond is in the back of my office building with a gazebo that is kind of in the middle of it. But I like this picture, with the forsythia in bloom.
My office space - isn't it so many others? LOL I don't care, it's mine!

Friday, April 01, 2005

CDT POLICY POST Volume 11, Number 8, March 31, 2005 (OK so I didn't check my mail until this morning!)


High Court Hears Grokster File-Sharing Case

1. High Court Hears Grokster File-Sharing Case
2. Justices Grapple With Major Implications for the Internet, Copyright, and Innovation
3. Possible "Inducement" Liability Considered by Court
4. CDT FTC Complaint Demonstrates Better Enforcement Approach

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in MGM v. Grokster, arguably the most important copyright case before the Court in over two decades. The case, which seeks to hold peer-to-peer software developers liable for products widely used for illegal copying, is likely to have major implications for developers of new digital technologies and for free expression online.

For more info go to the above link.