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when i was a kid both my mom and my dad wore glasses.  bifocals, all the time….  so i am going to blame this post on genetics.  i don’t wear my glasses at home, i take them off the minute i get home from work.  i have a relatively small house so this isn’t really a big problem.  i do have a relatively big yard though.  i have several solar garden lights in my yard.  they are strategically placed so that if i happen to wander out into the back yard after dark without my glasses i can tell where the big stuff is.  you know the stuff that i can trip over or walk into.  railroad ties around the flower bed, the corner of the house, the rocks around the other flower bed, the linden tree, the fence by the shed… the tree with the bird feeder.  now i just need to figure out how to attach one of those lights to my dog.  i also just noticed that the clothesline pole is conspicuously not marked, better take care of that! there could be a bloody nose in my future if i don’t… 

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today was one long ass work day… i had worked {what seemed like} 14 hours and it was only 11:20 am. then i worked [what seemed like} another 14 hours and it was 2:20 pm and it was FRIDAY, one long ass day!  i have got to figure out how to put photos on here, can’t be that difficult. i have all my photos on an external drive because my computer was so full of music and photos it was pissing me off by running slow.  not just middle of the afternoon, all the accountants are on the computer at work slow, it was aggravating.  then i would get impatient and click five or six other things and then it would just mock me by freezing up…  so to get back to the photo thing, i have to search for an interesting photo to put on this new blog.  i think i will upload the photo of my dog to finish off the post about his going to / from the vet.  it lent a better ending to the whole thing.  i did it! photo is a year old, he’s way greyer now than he was then ~ come to think of it, so am i! {i have the advantage of better living through chemistry in that department, not taking the dog to have his hair colored!} although that would be an interesting post.

i watched a movie last night ~ robert altman’s masterpiece “short cuts” which turned out to be an oxymoron since the damned thing was 3 hours and 15 mins long!  it was well directed, well acted, good cast, but i waited and waited to care about those people and i never really did.  can’t recommend it ~ too long for one thing…

have a good weekend! be back later

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I have moved my blog from xanga in a effort to maybe generate a comment once in a while…. I felt like i was typing to myself, which can be theraputic, but really boring and somewhat disappointing.  I copied over a few of what I call ‘gems’ from my other site – stuff that i was particularly proud of or memories that i would like to share.  So, if you find your way here and are really really bored, read a few of them, or all of them if you really don’t have anything to do.  be back soon…

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caveat emptor amazon.com ~ here’s the story.  i wanted to buy four books, my taste is reading material is weird – i like what i call ‘killer slasher’ books, but occasionally i will read something with some kind of literary substance.  this is not one of those times.  i saw a book in the hartford airport even vampires get the blues i didn’t have time to buy it, but filed the information away for future use.  i checked it out and found out that it was the fourth in a series [ok, i really really like vampire shit, books, movies, stories, angel and buffy, spike and buffy, dark shadows, forever knight, interview with the vampire, mick st john…..]  i had previously found two other much older vampire books on amazon.com, i thought i could possibly find these four on there also.  i hunted and pecked and found all four, used, ‘very good condition’, for approx $7.49.  [score!!!]  add shipping ~ total = somewhere around $27 and change!  WTF!

well then, hunt peck, hunt peck ~ i found all four brand new on amazon.com, free shipping over $25, 4 for 3 special offer, they used the total for all four books so i got the free shipping and the free book, total = $20 and just a little change.    BTW the other three are a girl’s guide to vampires, sex and the single vampire, sex lies and vampires.  almost sounds like a little copywrite infringement to me… will let you know how they are.

sometime in the last couple of months i was actually home on a weekday [it must have been some holiday, i don’t remember] and my front room window was hideously dirty.  i don’t usually see the window in the light of day during that time of year and it was really gross.  i took a bucket of hot water outside and washed it [i think it was about 20*].   it still looks all clean and shiny and gives me a good outlook on life.  what is the problem you are wondering?  well, occasionally a small bird will slam into the window and break its neck and i come home and find its stiff little carcass on my sidewalk.  i feel horrible about this!  i hate it that the poor little creatures are being murdered by my window.  a couple of weeks ago i came home and there was a small dead bird on the sidewalk.  i got a wind catcher and hung it in front of the window to discourage the birds from flying into the house.  well, yesterday i came home and there was a dead hawk on my sidewalk, it was awful, it had flown into the window just to the side of the windcatcher!  today i went and bought three wind catchers and hung them on my awning ~ hopefully that will be enough movement to warn the birds.  if it doesn’t work, i am never going to wash my window again dammit.  i usually only wash them once a year whether they need it or not anyway.  so if you drive by someone’s house with a bunch of crap hanging on it, that may be the explanation….  maybe next time i will try to explain all my wind chimes….

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i know i watch WAY too much television, but i just saw jamie lee curtis hawk ativia three times in the last hour talking about “the natural culture bifidus regularis”.  the first time i heard that i thought ‘no one in their right mind would have named a bacteria bifidus regularis!’  i know a little of where i speak since during my 32 year college career i took about a thousand different microbiology courses….. anyway i am officially calling bullshit on bifidus regularis [i already know it’s bullshit because i  googled it months ago, but have not written an official tirade]  actually this blog says about all that needs to be said…

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do not stay up and watch [the alternate international version of] the pilot of twin peaks until 1:00 am and then go to bed and expect not to have really weird [like directed by david lynch weird] dreams!!!

twin peaks link is a serious spoiler ~ ***be forwarned!

oh, and just for clarification sake – if you think you may want to watch the whole series, do not watch the alternate international version of the pilot, it was made as a “stand alone” episode and the ending pretty much sucked and will just confuse you if you watch the original version. oh, and also do not go to the twin peaks link above [serious spoiler warning].

i know of which i speak, i ate donuts and drank strong coffee for every original first run episode

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Benjamin: “Look, maybe we could do something else together. Mrs. Robinson, would you like to go to a movie?”
the graduate is 40 years old this year… i heard that on the tv tonight.  then i immediately started to cry ~ let me try to explain ~ when the graduate was new and in theaters it was a big deal [it was a nasty movie for its time…]. the nearest theater it was playing in was 50 miles from my hometown. [and in utah county  happy valley for cripes sakes!!].  i had a boyfriend who had a honda scooter [well, actually at the time he wasn’t my boyfriend, we were just friends] he stopped by my house to see if i wanted to go for a ride for a few minutes, we were riding around and he said something like do you want to go see the graduate?  or we should go see the graduate or let’s go see the graduate… anyway, i remember it was a saturday afternoon and we headed off on this tiny little motorcycle that didn’t actually go fast enough to legally be on the freeway so we had to ride in the emergency pull off lane.  i think we were going about 35 mph so it must have taken about an hour and a half to get to provo.  the theater was pretty much empty [remember – utah county, nasty movie] the tickets for the matinee were probably about $.75 [that’s seventy five cents boys and girls] and i have no idea how i even got in because i don’t think i was old enough. [wait it’s possible that this was before movies were rated…just a minute, i will check] nope looks like it was rated R, i wasn’t old enough.  we sat in the empty theater and watched the movie for one hundred and five minutes, with previews and popcorn let’s round that up to two hours [ok, now i have been a.w.o.l. for approximately four hours, and if you had known my dad you would also know that this is a big effing deal!] movie is over, back on tiny little motorcycle, back onto the freeway emergency pull out lane on our way back to hometown [elevation provo 4551 ft, elevation goshen 4551 ft, elevation eureka 6430 ft ~ the importance of this little factoid will become relevant to the story about an hour and fifteen minutes after we leave the theater] also realize that now i have been missing for around five and a half hours [my dad is really going to be pissed, but i’m on an adventure so i’m not thinking about that right now] – if you have never traveled to eureka utah going up US highway 6 from goshen through elberta you have never gone up “the slant” – named because the elevation increases about 2000 feet in the last 5 miles or so…… now remember, we are on a 1967 honda scooter that can only go 35 mph on the freeway which is basically flat [refer to factoid above] and now we are going to have to climb 2000 feet in approximately five miles going oh around 5 mph…. add another hour onto my absence.  we get to “the turns” which means nothing unless you have been on this highway and there is the town cop waiting for us.  he says nothing, just follows us the rest of the way up the hill and right to my house.  to tell you the truth i can’t remember what happened next, i’m sure i was in deep shit but that doesn’t matter anymore.  that friend did become my boyfriend and we were together for 6 years…. he died in 2002 and sometimes memories like this just make me cry…..  i was 16.

[Offering Mrs. Robinson a coat hanger
Benjamin: Wood? 
Mrs. Robinson: What? 
Benjamin: Wood or wire? They have both.

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