Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Christmas is Over, Time To Play

Now the Christmas is over, it's time to play with our toys.  Yesterday, we took theKids skiing/snowboarding to make use of their christmas presents, and our as well.  Of course, theKids found a jump to try out:
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Friday, December 23, 2005

Animal Crossing

theFamily and I were driving down the road just the other day when we noticed an interesting sign. The sign has been there as long as we've lived here, but I never took notice of it before now. The sign is a duck crossing sign and I can honestly say that it's the only duck crossing sign that I know of. I see deer crossing signs all the time, but another duck crossing sign, I do not know of. The noticing and mentioning of this sign did inspire a question that at first seemed trivial, but has been playing in my mind ever since.

How does a city know where to put the sign? And how many times does an animal have to be seen crossing the road before the sign gets put up? And do people call the city when they spot an animal crossing the road when there is no sign posted?

Go ahead and laugh, it's ok. I did at first too. Before the day is up, however, or maybe the next time you see an animal crossing sign, you too will be thinking of these very questions. Do you have a valid answer for them? Unless you work for the city, than I should think not.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Jeans Poll

Last night theWife and I went into an Express store because their sign outside drew us in offering $30 off every pair of jeans. At first I thought that was a good deal, but then it dawned and me and I asked theWife, how much are these jeans in the first place, if they can afford to take $30 off?

As it turns out, they're normally anywhere from $70 to $108. $108 for Jeans? Do they make coffee? I doubt it. Do they last longer than a normal pair of jeans? I doubt that too. So the question is, would you pay $108 for jeans? If you vote yes, please leave your reason in the comments.

Free polls from
Would you pay $108 for Jeans?
Yes Are you smoking crack?

Daily links:
Why you should continue to date me; a series of charts and graphs - Sad and Funny, all at the same time.
Lightning Pool - Very Cool Time Waster.
.:: BUMPERBALL ::. - Another addictive time waster.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas Spirit

So many people are arguing about how to celebrate Christmas, that my light display next year will be so Christmassy, even though of us who do still celebrate Christmas will be overwhelmed:
Sparks flew when U.S. President George W. Bush sent out cards referring to the "holiday season," a leading Republican declared the decorated tree on the Capitol lawn a "Christmas Tree" and not a "Holiday Tree" and the logger who cut down the tree for the Boston Common was so upset when officials called it a "Holiday Tree" that he said he'd rather see it fed into a wood chipper.

"'Happy Holidays' and 'Season's Greetings' are not a substitute for 'Merry Christmas,"' said Manuel Zamorano, head of the Sacramento, California-based Committee to Save Merry Christmas, which organizes store boycotts over holiday advertising.

"Christmas is the holiday and 'Merry Christmas' is what we want to hear," he said. "It's political correctness gone amok."
Ok, maybe their going a little overboard, but it's about time someone did, before we lose the ability to celebrate every holiday we have always held sacred. Think I'm over exaggerating? In cauliflower, our children were not allowed to have Christmas or Halloween parties in school because it may offend the other children. Well, I'll tell you what, it's offensive to me not to celebrate. I'm with these people:
A school system in Texas found itself in court after teachers asked children to bring white -- rather than red and green -- napkins to a party, while Annapolis, Maryland raised hackles by calling its evergreen boughs and ribbons on public buildings the "Hanging of the Greens" rather than "Christmas decorations."
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En Garde! The Safe Bedside Table - My only question, is it bulletproof?
Do It For The Kittens - Sick and Wrong, I know but I still laughed.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Christmas Lights

In the past, theFamily and I have put forth great effort into our Christmas lights. When we lived in Cali, we took part in a contest. One year, we have over 16,000 lights, which I believe was the year we received an honorable mention for our display.

We've already come to realize one thing, here in the midwest. If we want a big display, we are going to have to start a lot earlier than after Thanksgiving. We only managed a few lights this year, mainly due to the cold weather.

What am I getting at? Next year, we're starting earlier. For now, check out the videos at In my honest opinion, their lights and videos are even better than these lights:

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Alcohol PSA

Not only does this guy make a great PSA for the evils of alcohol that I can show to my kids, but he's also in need of some crack spackle:

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Cold Outside

I knew, remembered from experience that is, that it got cold here, but this is ridiculous:

I'll take that over this anyday, though:

Daily Links:
The Jimi Handtrix Experience: Only watching this video will explain this one.
Scientists ponder Titanic discoveries: Two hull pieces indicate ship sank faster, researchers say.
Paintball is Fun Again!: File this one in the "You've got to be Kidding me" category. Pay to hunt people online with paintball guns.
Edna: Take Charlie Chaplin and cast him in Steven Spielberg films.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Good Friends

theClimber did thatBack in August, when I wasn't blogging much at all, we were visited by our good friends from our previous state of residence, cauliflower or something like that, which we had been looking forward to since our evacuation move. We were looking forward to having the kind of times we had while we were still in cauliflower. Wine tasting, tasting wine, playing dvd trivia games, sampling more wine, did I menting drinking wine? When we brought up our plans to our friends, they seemed a little more reserved than usual.

As it turned out, they brought along a stowaway and they didn't even pay for his, that's right I said his (sending y chromosome vibes their way) plane ticket. Our friends were pregnant, at least one of them was. So the fun had to be had without the influence of wine, which was no big task. We gave them a little tour of Cleveland and explained to them how much better their lives would be if they made the great cauliflower escape themselves. In the end they went back home and we were sad.

Last month, though, I got more good news from theFriends. He's blogging about the baby. theClimber has his very own baby blog set up. Yes, I know it looks similar, but I did not do it for him, I swear.

Either way, stop by and throw a comment his way. While your at it, throw a comment my way...I could use them too ya know.


Monday, December 05, 2005

Unpublished Car Ad

This is a car advertisement from Great Britain. When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. They found out that a person had been killed a year earlier in that exact same spot.

The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon.
Watch the front end of the car as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen and you'll see the white mist crossing in front of the car then following it along the road....Spooky!

Is it a ghost, or is it simply mist? You decide. If you listen to the ad you'll even hear the cameraman whispering in the background about it near the end of the commercial.

A little creepy but pretty cool!

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Two-Picture Story Book

I've received a few e-mails this week to let me know that the updates most of my readers receive, through bloglet, have headlines in them that can not be seen on my site. I wanted to give you a condensed explanation of this phenomenon. If I save a draft of something, like a link I plan on posting in my daily links section, it goes as a headline in my updates for that day, whether I actually end up posting the item that day or not. There's nothing I can do about it.

So, if you see a headline in your bloglet email, and you can not locate that on the site, you now know why. Notice the daily links today, most of the headlines you may not have been able to find earlier this week are there. Now, on with our two-picture story book today:

DSC05552theCats: That mean old dog can't see us up here. I think we're finally safe.

DSC05553theDog: Can't see you...but I can hear you!

Daily Links:
Cuckoo clock pulls voicemail off the Internet and plays it back:
Put this one on the wishlist.
5,000 Tv Channels for Free:
And there's still nothing good on TV.
Television commercials - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Edit it. What's your favorite commercials of all time.

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