Today is the "championship" week of games for American football. The NFC (National Football Conference) game is first, at 3:00 pm EST, and it features the SF 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons. This is significant to me because I've been an avid 49ers fan since 1957. I'm old enough to have rooted for a team for 55+ years! And San Francisco has not won a Super Bowl since the 1994 season, so...quite the drought. (Although SF was the first team to win 5 Super Bowls, so it hasn't always been depressing!)|
Reply #1581. Jan 20 13, 9:02 AM
Boy has been out in the snow for hours. |
Up to the woods this morning, back here for a defrost and now he's trampling out complex designs in the garden. Think crop circles in snow, with added alchemaic symbols.
I have no idea! :D
Reply #1582. Jan 20 13, 9:19 AM
I had an aunt who had the most brilliant white linen in the neighborhood. This was when you dried your clothes on a line outside. One of her neighbors asked her what the secret to her whiter than white sheets. She replied "elbow grease". Her neighbor then asked "Where do you buy that"? LOL|
Reply #1583. Jan 20 13, 10:45 AM
I have just returned home from a night on the town and have found my son erecting a "Build it Yourself" storage shed in my backyard for his classic cars. I'm too worn out to argue and too tired to help. I'm thinking today's a couch day. A lay on the couch, football watching, nurse my hangover and move for nothing day. While I am doing this, can somebody please explain why I felt 17 last night and today I feel 100? |
Reply #1584. Jan 20 13, 12:16 PM
Once upon a time there was a little girl who was beautiful, shy and sweet. One day she turned 13 and was deluged in evil hormones, she noticed that boys were like totally different from girls. She went head over heels, she got lost in a muddle of mysteries, teen angst and a spark of wisdom. The spark grew and slowly grew into maturity. She became wiser and lived happily ever after!|
Reply #1585. Jan 20 13, 12:31 PM
At my workplace I am in charge of filling our ATM machines.This is usually done about two times a week.One day a few years ago I opened the machine and pulled the cassette out that holds the money. I took the cassette into the managers office to fill it.I used the key to open the cassette and was quite suprised to find a live mouse staring at me. |
Reply #1586. Jan 20 13, 12:44 PM
Two guys come out to a golf course to see if there are any open tee times. "You're in luck," the pro tells them. "Three guys in a regular foursome just cancelled. I'll put you into that slot with the remaining guy, Gus. He plays out here all the time. Nice guy."|
So, after customary greetings, Gus and the two newcomers tee off and start their round. When they get to the seventh hole overlooking a suburban boulevard, Gus tees up and addresses the ball. Just as he starts his backswing, a hearse comes down the road. Gus stops his swing, drops his club, and removes his hat as the procession goes by. When the mourners are out of sight, he puts his hat back on and picks up his club. As Gus starts to address the ball again, one of the newbies, overcome with emotion, says, "Sir, that was one of the most decent, respectful things I've ever seen."
"Well," says Gus, "I was married to her for over thirty years."
Reply #1587. Jan 20 13, 1:43 PM
Being a huge fan of Lee Childs books I am very dissapointed to see the part of Jack Reacher given to Tom Cruise.|
Cruise is Nothing like the character of Jack Reacher at all.
I feel a lot of much more suitable actors were overlooked in favour of Cruise.
I , for one will not even bother to watch this movie at all & as I have got a mental image of Jack Reacher from reading the books with This rugged character & Cruise doesnt even come close to Fitting that image.
I would be really interested to hear other peoples on this issue
Reply #1588. Jan 20 13, 4:31 PM
Just walked back to the hotel after seeing the Sunday matinee of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Scarlett Johansson. She wasn't as good as I had hoped---tried to convey Maggie's desperation with a staccato speech pattern that is the antithesis of deep south speech. Didn't work. Brick and Big Daddy were quite good, though (and the actor playing Big Daddy is Irish!)|
Reply #1589. Jan 20 13, 5:24 PM
I won a nice prize at our local trivia night at the club by knowing (or really, guessing)the answer to the question "What was Time Magazine's Man of the Year in 1982?". Thinking about that year, I remembered that it was the year we bought our son his first computer. Yep, that was the answer. |
Reply #1590. Jan 20 13, 8:27 PM
Tom Cruise may become an actor someday, perhaps when his pretty looks mature into a face with more character. I would NOT want to see him portray any of my fave characters on screen, rather keep my own image intact.|
Reply #1591. Jan 20 13, 9:34 PM
Went to Olive Garden today for lunch. They serve way too much food. I think I took enough home for another two meals.|
Reply #1592. Jan 21 13, 12:20 AM
I am sure I saw the devil many years ago, though at the time I had no idea that the apparition I saw was the devil. I was working as a computer programmer, at the time when the computers we used were called "mainframes" and were housed in a specially air conditioned room and usually stood on a false floor so that the cables between the actual computer and its peripheral equipment could be connected under the floor. I worked for a computer service bureau at the time, which would provide IT facilities to clients on a fee for service basis. The company was reasonably large and owned 3 large computer mainframes, 1 IBM370 configuration and 2 large Burroughs B6700 units, all disk and tape based. That's all by way of background, but the real story centres around an encounter I had at this. my workplace during the course of an extended work period between Friday nignt and Sunday morning on a particular weekend a few light years ago. It happened that a client of ours was peeved that his work was behind schedule and had become agitated and had issued an ultimatum. Large corporations are prone to do this, and most of our clients were larger corporations who as yet had not entered into in house data processing and were content with outsourcing their work until such time as their systems and procedures were suitable to accommodate their own computer requirements, and in most cases that was still some years away. I was delegated the task of doing what I could to retrieve the situation with the unhappy client by, if at all possible, completing any outstanding programming, system testing and debugging and producing the final outputs by the following MOnday. It was a tall order, but it was achievable provided I had same data preparation resources available to me and unrestricted computer time. It was Friday afternoon and arrangements were made with a couple of data preparation key punch operators to work on Saturday to help with the job. At this stage of the computer evolutionary cycle, card decks and such like were commonplace, as were reel to reel magnetic tapes. The jobs themselves weree designed and operated in batch mode with all the data validation being performed by the job at execution time, error reports and such like being actioned off line and corrections introduced back into the system to be applied to the files through an update job as part of the batch stream. It was tedious work and laborious to say the least, but eventually late on Saturday night, the customer's files were clean and so the production of his outstanding price lists could now commence assuming that the rest of the system worked as it was meant to. At this stage, I hadn't slept for approximately 40 hours, and I was alone in the building. Things just kept fouling up and bugs in the rest of the system kept emerging, and when they did, I would fix them although my efficiency was flagging. Time passed by, and eventually it was about midnight on Saturday night. I was at the main console of the B6700 when I gradually started to feel uneasy. This feeling increased with the passage of time and at about 2 AM I glanced to my left and upward for no real reason, and. there in the false ceiling tiles above my left shoulder, I saw what appeared to be a fuzzy blur. Fortunately, the job was proceeding ok at this stage, and all I was doing was waiting for an unexpected abort, but that hadn't happened at that stage. My uneasiness persisted and I kept glancing up at this "blurry smudge" on the ceiling, and as I did, it gradually became clearer. After about half an hour or so, it took the shape of the head of an animal, and became quite well defined, though not in stark contrast with its background. My job crashed, and as luck would have it, the patch deck to the program concerned was in a card drawer upstairs. I was now faced with the task of going upstairs to a deserted floor. which was in darkness, and I was unsure of where the light switch was located for that floor. This apparition was still hovering above my left shoulder, and was becoming much more defined and three dimensional, and was certainly an animal of some sort. I was gradually freaking out, but I made the trek upstairs, managed to retrieve the required card deck, and went back downstairs and recompiled the program after correcting the bug, and resumed the job. All the while, this "thing" kept hovering above my left shoulder, all the way up the stairs and all the way down again, and all the way through my activities in the computer room, it was there. Gradually I became used to it, and started chatting to it as though it was an old friend. It was really quite absurd, and through all of this my anxiety increased and quite frankly I was becoming a trifle scared.|
The sun rose on Sunday morning, and it was a welcome sight. I had finished the job, and I was having a cup of coffee in the lunch room and was feeling rather pleased about the success of my work, when I realised that the anxiety and unease had now gone. I looked above to see if my friend was still there, but all I could see were those mundane false caeiling tiles with those little holes in them. I went home soon afterwards and slept like a log. I thought no more about my strange experience.
Some months later, my partner and I were visiting another couple. I had enjoyed playing chess with John over the years, and also enjoyed the company of his wife Erica who was into all things "alternative" and especially into the occult. We had had many discussions about some of her interests in those areas, and agreed on very little. John and I had just settled into a game of chess, and I could hear Sue and Erica chatting in the kitchen. John decided he needed coffee and he left for the kitchen, I got up to stretch my legs, and wandered across to the bookshelf. I noticed a book lying on the shelf, and its title caught my eye, "Mediaeval Witchcraft". I opened and browsed, and then I saw it. My apparition. There it was exactly as it had appeared on the ceiling. It looked like the head of a goat. It was described as, "Mediaeval Representation of the Devil". I was never into the occult, nor into reading about it. It simply never interested me. I had never seen that picture before to my knowledge. To this day, I don't know whether I really met the Devil, or whether it was an hallucination induced through lack of sleep. however, I can't account for the likeness of the image. I remember the incident so clearly, perhaps one day I might meet him for real in circumstances that I would rather not countenance.
Reply #1593. Jan 21 13, 3:31 AM
I would like to know who is A in the Pretty Little Liars.|
Reply #1594. Jan 21 13, 4:41 AM
Yesterday I was the emcee for a children's orchestra concert. I had so much fun! The turnout was low - holiday weekend, football (I'm in Massachusetts) - but the crowd was enthusiastic and the orchestra outdid themselves. |
During one interactive segment, a little girl stood up and told me we should have dancing with this particular song. I told her she could dance if she wanted to - so could all the kids - and soon she was organizing a whole line of children and instructing them in what steps to do while the orchestra played and the rest of the audience sang. Spontaneity is good!!
Reply #1595. Jan 21 13, 7:34 AM
Wow! Eyesight can get better with age! I now see better at distance with my glasses off than on. Time to get the prescription checked. And 3 weeks in a row this year dropping a little bit of weight. Let's make it four next week!|
Reply #1596. Jan 21 13, 9:37 AM
I am still crying over the school shooting last month. First the mall shooting at my local mall and then 3 days later, all those poor little first graders! What their parents must be going through! For goodness sake, I have a first grader and I thank God he's okay.|
Reply #1597. Jan 21 13, 12:18 PM
This message hopefully will increase my Medium score to 98.|
Reply #1598. Jan 21 13, 12:20 PM
The wonder of Skype: my wife's family all live in Mauritius which costs a fortune to phone. Thanks to a family friend she can now speak to and see her sisters, nieces and nephews for as long as she likes.|
Reply #1599. Jan 21 13, 1:35 PM
It's cold out today so I am working on a quiz for the challenge and just finished up my "10 Great Westerns From the 1960's".|
Reply #1600. Jan 21 13, 2:34 PM
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