Wednesday June 30, 2004

What's in a Name?

When my sister and I were growing up, we didn't meet many other Keri's or Vicki's (not even many Kerry's or Vicky's). I don't think this was so much intentional on the part of our parents as was the fact that our mother simply liked the names Vicki and Keri.

The June 2004 Readers Digest contains a short "filler" piece on popular baby names. Apparently, some people really want their children to stand out from the crowd. The scary thing is, their choices still aren't unique.

In the year 2000, the most popular names were Jacob (really?!) and Emily. But some babies were named more... commercially:

BoysGirls
Armani (273)Lexus (353)
Stetson (103)Camry (56)
Evian 10)Ikea (5)
Dannon (7)Disney (5)

I can hear the voices from the future third-grade playgrounds...

Hey Lexus! Where's your license plates?
What's in a Name? ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Wed, 30 Jun, 22:17 Pacific

Monday June 28, 2004

Treasures 2004_26

"Life ... is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?"
-- Margot Fonteyn

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words, These are my Treasures for the past week. ...
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Treasures 2004_26 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 28 Jun, 21:48 Pacific

Sunday June 27, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 20 - Saturday June 26)

Fathers Day has come and gone. We went down to our favorite diner for lunch (having totally forgotten it was a Hallmark Holiday). It was _very full_. We got a table (eventually) and had breakfast. Later we found out it was the best (sales) day they've had this year!


The weather has been windy but mostly pretty (although the week started out grey). That's pretty much par for June. We understand it's been hot (90's) up in Forestville (North Bay; where some friends live) the last few days, but it's been in the 70's here with a breeze. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 20 - Saturday June 26) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sun, 27 Jun, 21:39 Pacific

Saturday June 26, 2004

Animusic

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Animusic is for anyone who appreciates rich, beautifully rendered, 3-D computer graphics.

Animusic is for anyone who has ever played in a band or orchestra.

Animusic is for anyone who appreciates music and who enjoys watching music being played.

If you generally listen to music with your eyes closed, open them for Animusic or you'll miss most of what makes this album special. ...
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Animusic ( in category Books, Movies, Music , Special Interests ) - posted at Sat, 26 Jun, 19:13 Pacific

Friday June 25, 2004

Well, Hello There!

While we were in the tub last night (around 9:30 pm), Rich suddenly said "Well! Hello there!". I turned and he had had his hand draped across the top of the tub with his fingers over the edge and one of the raccoons and come over and stood up and patted his fingers. Oh my.

No marshmallows last night; the raccoon wandered off after meeting Rich. I guess touching the hooman was enough for that evening's entertainment.

Well, Hello There! ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Fri, 25 Jun, 18:09 Pacific

Thursday June 24, 2004

Threesome By Three

[ Today's meme covers three sets of questions from Thursday Threesome ]
June 17, 2004
::Things that go bump in the night::

Onesome: Things that go-
What's the strangest contraption you've ever had to use to get from point A to point B?

Twosome: Bump-
Have you ever hurt yourself doing something you weren't supposed to be doing?

Threesome: In the night-
Do you believe in things that go bump in the night or anything supernatural?


June 10, 2004
"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do." -- Walt Disney

Onesome: When you're curious-
Is there a specific subject you're especially curious about? A person? A region of the world? An animal? A field of study?

Twosome: you find lots of interesting-
What do you consider your most interesting trait/ feature?

Threesome: things to do-
What's on your list of things to do everyday, whether you want to or not? Filing, phone calls, homework, chasing around after kiddos, cooking, cleaning, etc.


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Threesome By Three ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 24 Jun, 18:14 Pacific

Wednesday June 23, 2004

Close Encounters of the Ringtailed Kind

The raccoons came back last night. I knew they were around when we went out to the tub — first because Squirrel was pasted to the window watching something in the yard and then because I saw a raccoon on the fence while we were in the tub.

Two of them walked back and forth across the sunroom roof a lot after we went back inside. Raccoons are a lot like cats in that they walk along and then just... sit down. Then they start grooming. These kept getting up and walking a bit, then flopping down again and grooming something else. I shone a flashlight up through the glass to see them better. ...
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Close Encounters of the Ringtailed Kind ( in category Nature/Cats , Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Wed, 23 Jun, 22:39 Pacific

Tuesday June 22, 2004

The Neverending Saga

You may recall that back in May we were having a strange and frustrating experience trying to return a broken and unwanted shredder and get a refund. Apparently the experience isn't quite over yet. Some things just keep coming back to haunt you...

I returned home today after work to discover Yet Another brand-new Royal shredder had been delivered to our front porch.

What are these people Thinking?! Will they ever get a clue? Do they even know what clues are? Is there a charitable organization that will donate clues to the clueless?

I called UPS and refused the package; the UPS driver will come tomorrow to remove the latest shredder incarnation.

I keep wondering if it's the same shredder that was (mis)delivered in May... I'm not sure if I would really want to know.

The Neverending Saga ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Tue, 22 Jun, 21:57 Pacific

Monday June 21, 2004

Treasures 2004_25

"Life ... is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?"
-- Margot Fonteyn

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words. These are my Treasures for the past week. ...
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Treasures 2004_25 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 21 Jun, 21:17 Pacific

Sunday June 20, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 13 - Saturday June 19)

The weather has been variable all week: foggy, blue, drizzly, warm, cool, windy, still.


Rich was out of town last weekend, as was our friend Gene. So I went to Fresh Choice for dinner Sunday (as I try to do whenever Rich is out of town) but sadly, had no one to go with. So I sat and people-watched and ate tapioca pudding.


There was a major Oops over the weekend at The Company; a water leak from the second floor resulted in the presence of large industrial dehumidifiers in my corner of the building all last week.


Rich got home Monday night. We spent about an hour unpacking the new insulating lid for the hot tub, tearing up the old one, cleaning the tub, putting the new lid in place and re-filling the tub. Unfortunately, as we did all of this after 7pm, the tub was not hot enough to use that night. Sigh. It was delightful the next night and, for a while, we've got 4by4's on the lid to hold it down — a brandnew hot-tub lid doesn't weigh much and May and June are the windy months in San Bruno. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 13 - Saturday June 19) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sun, 20 Jun, 11:26 Pacific

Saturday June 19, 2004

The Skit

This is the sequel I wrote for my "Cheerleader" essay for Daily Writing Practice


Mac OS System 7 added a new feature call "Balloon Help". When it was turned on, anything the mouse hovered over caused the Mac to put a little "balloon" on the screen with helpful information about whatever the mouse was on. This included all of the standard windows and buttons, so a normal session using the computer generated a LOT of balloons very quickly. Most of us got tired of Balloon Help within a very short time and turned it off, relishing the virtual "silence" that followed.

Our skit was about Balloon Help :-) ...
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The Skit ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 19 Jun, 22:34 Pacific

Friday June 18, 2004

The Cheerleader

The following was my response to a writing prompt from Daily Writing Practice.

The Cheerleader

I have discovered, at many companies where I have worked in the past, that the marketing and human resources people (in league with receptionists, department admins, and some project managers), take on the role of company cheerleader, setting up "games", "activities", and "Fun! events" for the employees. Unfortunately, I'm a software engineer; we don't tend to appreciate this sort of games. We tend to get twitchy whenever someone says the fateful words "Come on! Let's Play! It will be Fun!".

No, it won't. Can't I just go back to work now? I have this project I'm... Sigh. ...
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The Cheerleader ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 18 Jun, 23:37 Pacific

Thursday June 17, 2004

Who's That Walking up There?

We had three raccoons on the sunroom roof last night after we came in from the hottub. They were sooo cute! Woolly and furry. BIG feet. Bushy tails. All about the size of Squirrel. Walking about. Sitting on the glass. Scratching. Licking their paws. Licking each other.

I shone a flashlight up. Oh look! Raccoon bottoms!

Raven was funny. Raven hathed at the raccoons through the glass. ...
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Who's That Walking up There? ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Thu, 17 Jun, 19:01 Pacific

Wednesday June 16, 2004

DrizAir

The Company for which I am working suffered a minor calamity on Sunday. Apparently something on the second floor sprung a leak, or a pipe burst, or some such. On the first floor (where we aare), one cubicle was drenched, many ceiling tiles were damaged, and a large section of carpet was soaked. Several very large industrial grade dehumidifiers were in action when I arrived on Monday morning (and are still in place). ...
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DrizAir ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Wed, 16 Jun, 18:24 Pacific

Tuesday June 15, 2004

Change

The following was my totally off the wall response to a writing prompt from Daily Writing Practice

Write about change

Things were all so different before everything changed. ...
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Change ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 15 Jun, 23:50 Pacific

Monday June 14, 2004

Treasures 2004_24

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words,

I hope you'll consider starting your own list of Treasures. If you enjoy this sort of thing, take a look at the participation positives web ring.

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Treasures 2004_24 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 14 Jun, 22:52 Pacific

Sunday June 13, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 6 - Saturday June 12)

The weather has been quite variable; some days warm and sunny, other days foggy. It's been very windy at night. One day at The Job I felt chilled (my thermometer clock says 74F but I'm under a vent) so I went out to the car to get a shirt. I sat on the car for a bit. The car was nice and toasted. Sunload is amazing; the outside air was quite cool.


I trimmed the roses in the back yard (rescuing the lilac which was being throttled). That gave me an armload of pink to put in a vase (after I shook loose 4 earwigs, a ladybug, 2 small spotted beetles and a teensy weensy red spider. I kept the vase in the screen porch till Monday and then took it in to The Job where it lasted for two more days. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday June 6 - Saturday June 12) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sun, 13 Jun, 19:31 Pacific

Saturday June 12, 2004

Here's to "Down with Love"

Are you a fan of Rock Hudson & Doris Day? Do you miss the romantic comedies from the sixties? The ones with Tony Randall as the "best friend"? Do you think "They just don't make movies like that anymore"?

Well, they made one. ...
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Here's to "Down with Love" ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Sat, 12 Jun, 22:16 Pacific

Friday June 11, 2004

Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion

I watched "The Haunted Mansion" tonight. As a friend of ours might say, it's charming. The plot is a little thin but the movie makes up for that in set, costumes, effects, and set.

The movie is based (very loosely) on the Haunted Mansion, one of my favorite rides at Disneyland. It contains many of the elements from the ride - the hitchhiking ghosts are there as is the masked ball, the singing statuary, pictures that move, long dark hallways, a medium inside a glowing crystal ball...

Eddie Murphy stars, but it's really a team effort. The two children have major parts and were likeable. Wallace Shawn (Vizzini in The Princess Bride) has a small part that's perfect for him.

Did I mention the set? The set is gorgeous. The special effects are mild compared to a lot of recent movies, but quite good, especially the disappearing/reappearing ghost effects.

It's worth the rental fee.

Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Fri, 11 Jun, 23:24 Pacific

Thursday June 10, 2004

Small Regrets

This was a recent prompt on one of my online writing groups (I forget which and I lost the original). The prompt was

Talk About Small Regrets

Initially, I agreed with one list member who said "All regrets are large regrets". However, recently, I've found cause to have second thoughts.

Small regrets are regrets that don't last very long and don't really matter in the long run. Tonight, for example, I regret choosing the "Chocolate Seduction" instead of the Apple Crisp for desert. The Chocolate was good... but not wonderful. The Apple Crisp is always wonderful. In a few days, it will all be forgotten. That's a small regret. ...
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Small Regrets ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 10 Jun, 22:20 Pacific

Wednesday June 9, 2004

Bulletproof Monk

If you like fast-paced action movies, especially if you like fast-paced martial arts action movies where Good triumphs over Evil, you should like Bulletproof Monk. The movies stars Yun-Fat Chow (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the likeable "Monk without a name" (and this time the hero survives the movie!). ...
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Bulletproof Monk ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Wed, 09 Jun, 21:48 Pacific

Monday June 7, 2004

Treasures 2004_23

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, that make me feel happy or thankful or interested. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words,

I hope you'll consider starting your own list of Treasures. If you enjoy this sort of thing, take a look at the participation positives web ring. ...
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Treasures 2004_23 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 07 Jun, 22:15 Pacific

Sunday June 6, 2004

Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday May 30 - Saturday June 5)

This week contained a Monday Holiday, so I had both a long weekend and a short work week. Wheeee.

The weather has been variable. A few nice days, followed by several days of heavy fog and low clouds. On Friday I could see bits of blue between the clouds from The Jobsite. It finally cleared up at the house by late afternoon. There's been lots of wind in the evenings as well. ...
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Weekly Wrap-up (Sunday May 30 - Saturday June 5) ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Sun, 06 Jun, 13:28 Pacific

Saturday June 5, 2004

When I grow up...

When I was nine years old I wanted to grow up to be...

What? A doctor? An artist? An astronaut? In honor of my step-daughter's ninth birthday today, tell your readers and fellow Slanters what you wanted to grow up to be when you were nine. Tell us how that differs from what you did grow up to be, and why the difference.

[ Today's question is from Saturday Slant ]

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When I grow up... ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 05 Jun, 14:00 Pacific

Friday June 4, 2004

Week 5 on The Job

Today marked the end of my 5th week on The Job (depending how one counts; I started on a Tuesday and there has been one holiday). The Job was originally spec'd as a 6-week temporary contract. Now the question is — will they keep me on?

This particular contract is short-term, but if you are enthusiastic, do good work, and we like you, there might be more work in the future.

I've tried to be enthusiastic (hmmm... I've actually left a few meetings wondering if I've been perhaps too enthusiastic...). I believe I've done good work. I surely hope they like me; I've received complimentary feedback from several co-workers.

I'd like to stay on. ...
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Week 5 on The Job ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Fri, 04 Jun, 22:34 Pacific

Wednesday June 2, 2004

Shaolin Soccer

Having purchased the DVD a couple of months ago, we finally watched Shaolin Soccer last night. It was a good night for mindless entertainment.

This is one of those fun, must-see, good bad movies. It's silly, it's inane, it's very funny. The subtitling is pretty bad (which adds to the fun). ...
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Shaolin Soccer ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Wed, 02 Jun, 20:54 Pacific

Tuesday June 1, 2004

Into My Garden

[ This was a writing prompt from Daily Writing Practice ]

Who stepped into my garden?

We live on the edge of a ridge, a string of lakes, a watershed, and a wildlife preserve. In the daytime, visitors to our garden include various sorts of birds and (after 15 years!) grey squirrels. In the summer, we often get quail (they are so cute).

At night we get raccoons, occasional skunks, and (much more rarely) an opossum. ...
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Into My Garden ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Tue, 01 Jun, 23:40 Pacific