Well, it seems the fire has done it's intended job.
Mar 30, 2008
I'm thinking I may not be going into work tomorrow at this rate.
Mar 29, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
Not to be confused with War Machine, by the way.
This site will let you 'create' your very own hero (or villian... if that's how you wanna roll).
Here's my feeble attempt at making Thor real quick during lunch:
You can use them for character references when you're gaming.
Use them as your online avatar in chatrooms (Yeah, baby. That REALLY is me!)
You can make trading cards out of them and share them with your friends.
If you don't add color to it, you can make your own coloring book.
Or just dink around online while you're bored at work and see how awesome (or dorky) a character you can dream up.
You know what song you can never get upset listening to?
"Linus & Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi.
I always feel a little bit happier whenever I hear it.
Mar 23, 2008
A Mr. T sock monkey!
Yeah, that's right sucka!
I had mentioned earlier that my friend Dug and I were making plans to meet up for lunch since I was off early on Friday.
In observance of Good Friday, my company let us out at noon. So I headed over to the Microsoft campus in Redmond to join Dug, get some lunch and take a short tour of the offices.
Not really a lot to report about the tour. We weren't able to access some of the labs, so I didn't get to see the blood, sweat, and guts of the 'inner workings' of Microsoft.
I did, however, get to see how their offices are laid out in a very relaxed environment, the cafeteria, and we visited the Microsoft campus store (where you can buy their software at really low prices!).
(these three pictures of Microsoft were NOT taken by me. I 'borrowed' them from the web)
We also had lunch at an Indian restaurant that was off-campus and is VERY popular. In fact, we got there after the noon lunch rush and it was still pretty packed.
Mmm... Tandoori chicken!
Afterwards, I went home to meet Hotness. She had vehicle trouble and ended up not working that day. It was double-jeopardy for her, as not only did the torque converter go out in her transmission but her horse had colic so she had to call a vet.
Not a very 'good' Friday for her, but all ended well as her truck got fixed and the horse is doing okay and back to his regular self again.
I had to take her back to get her truck, so after dropping her off I headed over to Dug's house to deliver a comic book for him that I'd forgotten to bring with me at lunch.
Well, that and to see my niece. I mean, c'mon... who could resist this little cutie?
She's at that age where you can tell her to say something and she'll repeat it even when she doesn't know what it means. Man that's fun!
Back home to have dinner and then off to bed.
On Saturday, we found ourselves in Bellevue.
Hotness had a hair appointment, so I took off for Bellevue Square Mall.
No incidents of scaring people there this time. I dressed a little more 'upscale' so as to blend in with the locals there.
Also, I didn't end up helping anyone as their personal shopper either, but I did manage to pick up a new tie and three new shirts. One of the shirts being a very sharp white one with French cuffs.
Except for some cuff links, everything else I purchased was on sale for a super-duper price.
In fact, the white shirt was originally $30.50 but I got it for $6.80. What a steal!
I love to shop and I love a bargain... and I'm straight. Go figure.
Her hair done and my shopping finished, we grabbed something to eat before going home and getting ready to leave again for the evening's event.
We bought tickets to go see Greg Behrendt at Laughs in Totem Lake along with her boss, his wife, her boss's brother and his wife. (*whew!*)
Our seats were right near the front since we got there early, so we didn't have to watch the show from the back of the room.
It was awesome. I have Greg' s CD (which is now out of print) and it is some some truly funny stuff.
Afterwards, we got to get his autograph and take a picture with him (or at least, Hotness did).
A very nice guy and we hope to see him again at a show.
So far it's been a great weekend.
Mar 21, 2008
"It really is better to give, than to receive", says a report in the paper today.
According to the study, people who spent money on others (i.e. charities, gifts for friends and family or even to strangers) made people feel happier and more cheerful.
I know I feel happy getting gifts for my friends, but really... they had to do a study on this to prove it's true?
Isn't this just a universal truth whether you believe in the Bible or not?
Or do some people just feel the need for validation in their spending?
I find it a little too convenient that we're hearing about this now as those IRS refund and economy stimulus checks start coming out in the mail for everyone.
Just remember, nothing says 'love' like spending large amounts of money on others.
Now you can feel good about it too.
Mar 20, 2008
I can relate (as I'm sure a lot of you can as well) with the folks in this video.
Except that instead of computers... I'm envisioning people's heads.
Thank goodness the voices in my head keep telling me NOT to do it.
Thanks Dr. Zoltar for sending this my way!
*update* Hmmm... first time didn't work. Fixed the video so everything should be fine now.
Mar 19, 2008
Today went okay for the most part... until my boss left me hanging out to dry with a customer.
Yeah, good times at the office.
Aside from that, I met up with Senor Mysterioso himself... G-rod.
We drove up to the Comic Stop to get, what else? Comics. (if you were going to say "crack" you'd almost be correct)
Saw Technogreek and caught up on the latest, then went over to the mall to pay a bill and spend more money.
G & I went to Macy's so I could make a payment on my credit card and while we were there I wanted to look at a few new dress shirts and ties.
I should mention that my New Year's resolution to wear a tie at least once a week is still going strong. I was wearing one today, along with a nice dark blue shirt and black slacks.
I was looking sharp, if I might say.
So I'm standing there. Mixing and matching up ties and shirts and getting G's opinion when a woman came up to me and asked if I worked there.
I told her I didn't and she apologized.
She said, "I'm sorry to bother you. You just seemed to know what you were talking about and I thought you might be able to help me."
I told her if she had a question it would be no trouble to ask me. I might actually have an answer for her or could find someone who did. All I was doing was killing some time shopping.
She explained that she and her fiance were about to get married and she was looking for a particular type of shirt / pants / tie combination for him to wear.
The shirt she wanted to get needed to have French cuffs, but there weren't any to be found at Macy's in the style she was looking for.
I suggested she try Nordstrom's, and she said, "Yeah, they have them there. But with the pants, tie and vest it's over $400. I just can't afford that much."
I told her that if it were me, I would piece a few separate items together into one nice, whole outfit. Maybe get the shirt at Nordstrom's if they had what she wanted and find the pants, etc. elsewhwere. This seemed like a good idea to her also, so we went off to look for a pair of pants.
Shortly after that, I got a call from my buddy Dug who I'd been trying to contact before this Friday. (I'm off early, and we talked about meeting for lunch if that ever happened)
I turned around to see that the woman was back with a something in her arm and waiting to ask me another question. I got off the phone and she asked if I would mind looking to see if the pants she'd found would go with the vest she was holding.
The pants were black with a very fine, thin pinstripe but the vest was a solid black.
As she was holding them together, I just looked at it and my face kinda scrunched-up.
"It doesn't look right, does it?" she asked. "Mmmm... not really," I said.
She had mentioned that her husband worked in construction so I suggested that perhaps he would feel a bit overly-dressed by having a vest, since he's probably never dressed up like this before. He might be more comfortable in just the pants and a nice shirt and tie. She thought about it for a moment and said, "Yeah, I think you're right. He might think it's a bit too much."
"Do you think just a shirt and tie would be okay with these pants for him?" she asked.
I said based on what she'd told me about him, I thought he'd be more comfortable and still look very dapper if she went with that ensemble.
We went and looked at a few ties, and I found one that had a woven paisley print in black. When you moved, it caught the light just right and had a slight eggplant color to it (which happened to match the color in the trim of her dress).
She loved it and thanked me for being such a help.
I said it was no trouble at all and I'm glad I could offer assistance. Then I wished her congratulations and good luck for her wedding.
I also picked up a few more ties and even a nice, new copper-bottomed sauce pan to use in the kitchen. (They were having a really good clearance sale!)
When G and I were finished we took off to get my car so we could each head home.
Now I'm home and trying to wind down from the day's events.
We'll see what tomorrow brings....
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
A great article in the Seattle Times about organic and 'green' products on the market and the consumers who buy them.
Whoa! This's like my smallest post ever. So far....
Saturday evening Hotness & I went to the ballet.
As I've mentioned before, we have season tickets so we go to whatever pieces are being offered for the season (with the exception of the Nutcracker).
This time it was another night of four separate performances under the title "Director's Choice".
No pictures to accompany this post this time, but I'll keep it short so I don't bore you.
The first performance was called "Sense Of Doubt".
It started off a bit slowly but built up momentum and my interest as the piece continued.
The costumes were very unique and I think added to the dancers moves and the music being played.
It's funny how that kind of stuff kind make a difference, but it does.
There was an intermission and then we had the second piece which was "Fur Alina".
From the program notes, this promised to be a sparse musical piece played on the piano for the dancers.
"Oh great," I thought, "Some 'plinky-plinky' piano music. This'll probably be b-o-r-i-n-g."
It actually surprised me and was quite good.
Well, the dancers were quite good anyway. The music was still rather.... eh, 'plinky-plinky'.
A brief pause and then the third piece we had was called "Vespers".
Performed by all female dancers it was meant to evoke the feeling of "urgency & restraint" (according the PNB website), like one would experience during prayers.
I thought this would be rather cool because of the way they described it, but turned out not to be all that exciting... in my opinion.
It received a very enthusiastic applause from the audience, so again, it's just my opinion. Obviously others at the performance felt differently.
Another intermission and then we had the last piece called "One Flat Thing, Repeated".
This is difficult to say whether I enjoyed it or not.
It was a very interesting piece, but I found myself asking "How does this qualify as ballet and not modern dance?"
It was very organized chaos on the stage.
In a nutshell, the dancers dragged out a bunch of tables and set them up equally spaced on the stage. (Table = 'one flat thing' / bunches of tables = 'reproduced'. See? It kinda makes sense after you've been going for a while like we have)
Then they proceeded to bend, stretch, twirl, jump and all manner of types of movement between, under, over and on top of the tables.
It was amazing to see, but as ballet... it wasn't.
And the music. Yeah, this was probably what kept me from really enjoying the piece all that much. It was very discordant and pounding with no real sense of rhythm.
If you know me, you know that I have a VERY broad sense of taste in music. There is little that I will not listen to. But this music definitely falls into the "nope, don't like it" category for me.
I guess I'm sort of a fuddy-duddy, but this just wasn't quite ballet for me.
I have to give credit to the artistic director, however.
He's taken some real chances with the Pacific NW Ballet and tried to appeal to different types of crowds.
While I don't always think that a particular performance is all that great, at least he took the chance to present it and let me make the decision. I've been quite surprised by some of the performances he's offered and each one gives me a deeper appreciation for the dancers' abilities.
We can't always have Swan Lake every year, after all.
That being said, the next performance will be "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
It's more in the classic style and is fantastic. I like it much better than the Nutcracker.
I'm telling you, if you ever want to experience a ballet AND have fun, this'll be it.
After the ballet, we went to Pompodoro for late dinner and then drove home.
Nothing spectacular to report. The food was great as always and I recommend you go there when you get a chance to.
Let me know what you think if you do. And tell them I sent you.
(They know us pretty well there. Just mention "The guy and his girlfriend who brought a bunch of people from a comic book convention". They'll know)
We tried to sleep in late the next morning, but it just didn't work.
The cat walked all over us until somebody finally got up to feed her.
Then Hotness had to go to the barn and tend to her horse while I went and played Heroclix with some friends for the day.
That's about it for the weekend.
Just pretty mellow and laid back.
Mar 15, 2008
You know.... with the right kind of spin, you make make anything sound like something it isn't.
And let's not forget these "family classics"
Fistfights! Payday! Near-death collisions! Grilled cheese sandwiches!
With a day involving all of that, it's a wonder I lived to see this morning.
Yesterday started out just like any other day.
Get up, get ready and drive in to work. Answer phones all day and take orders. Blah blah blah....
But it was also payday (finally!) which came at just the right time, since I was out of money and needed to get my comics. It's convenient how that worked out.
During a lull in the day, I managed to post over on the Comic Stop Blog for the Friday Night Fights and get an entry mentioned on Bahlactus's site.
Then after work, I drove over to the Comic Stop to get my weekly dose of four-color crack.
On my way home.... wait. Let me back up a bit.
You know how I sometimes mention that Hotness & I live "way out in the woods"?
Without going into detail ('cause I don't need to post an open invitation to break into my home), we live about 8-10 miles outside a rural farming town. So when I say "out in the woods", it really is.
So, on my way home as I turned off the main road and took the winding road to get home I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting a deer that jumped down from the hillside and into the road in front of me. Luckily I missed him (or maybe it was her), but it just stood there for a moment looking at me. I looked around to try and find out where it came from and saw another one sliding down the hillside and on the road beside me.
I proceeded to drive off slowly and continue home.
I got about a mile-and-a-half away from the house when what should happen? ANOTHER deer leaped out in front of me!
This time it leaped over the guardrail from between some trees. SURPRISE!!!
*Screech!!* Go my brakes again and I missed hitting it.
Round the corner, turn at the fork in the road, go up the hill... and what should happen yet again?!?
No, not a deer this time.
A little black duck waddling across the road!
Luckily I was going uphill and was driving much slower than before, so it didn't take much to miss the little guy, but it was dusk and he was a black duck on an asphalt road so actually seeing him there was lucky. Otherwise he'd have been duck pate under my car.
I pulled into the parking area at our house and went inside.
Hotness was already home and I told her how the little forest critters were out to get me, then I started dinner.
Chicken noodle soup & grilled cheese sandwiches. Easy, quick, and filling. Yum!
Later, I got online to check my email and found out that I had the knockout punch for Friday Night Fights and won a hardcover edition of "Marvel Zombies: The Covers" from Bahlactus.
Awesome! Not bad for a first time try!
Then I did my taxes (Yay! I get money back!) and went to bed.
I bought a couple of lottery tickets, so hopefully my luck will hold out this weekend and I can change the name of this blog to "What's That MILLION DOLLAR Smell?"
Don't worry, I won't forget about all of you if it happens.
I'll just have even more interesting stories to talk about. Like almost hitting a herd of zebras with my car while rally racing in the Serengeti. .... It could happen!
Tonight, Hotness & I are going to the ballet.
A post-show review will be forthcoming.
Have a great weekend!
Mar 13, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
As I mentioned I would do earlier, here I am with more birthday wishes for my mom.... and an embarrassing photo!
But it is my mom's birthday today.
Happy Birthday mom!
And while she probably will never read this post (let alone this blog), I want her to know that I wish her all the best today and I hope she's enjoying it.
(I'll probably get online later this evening and give her a proper 'birthday-worthy' post, complete with embarrassing pictures!)
In other other news;
Hotness has been out of town the last three days on business. (Not far, though. She's still in the same state.)
She's coming home today, so I guess I should've cleaned up all the pizza boxes and beer cans from the living room before I left for work, huh? Ah well, at least she'll have a surprise when she opens the door, right?
(Just kidding! There are no pizza boxes or beer cans all over. Just porn DVDs. Sheesh! What kind of slob do you think I am?)
I'm glad she'll be back finally.
I never sleep well when she's gone, so I'm looking forward to getting a full night's RESTFUL sleep tonight.
Pretty pathetic, huh?
While I've been up late, I've been able to watch some movies:
A Night At The Roxbury
Ugh! Another SNL skit that should've been killed at birth.
Eh... I liked the story but I didn't like the CGI-enhanced actors. I think this would've been a much better film as live action (with CGI monsters).
... besides, who wants to see a naked CGI-version of Angelina Jolie? Real would've been much better. (Speaking of which, I need some 'alone time' now...)
Mar 10, 2008
(Feeling a bit of insomnia so what better to do than blog about the weekend?)
Mar 5, 2008
For lunch the other day I treated myself to Wendy's.
If I leave work right at noon, I can usually get there, order and get out and back to work in about 20 minutes. Pretty good for 'fast food'.
Anyway, I ordered the el Cheapo meal and a 5-piece chicken nuggets. I think my grand total was less than $4 altogether.
The meal came with a 'small' soda, but the cashier asked if I wanted to get a larger size.
"No thanks, a small will be fine," I said.
So she grabbed a 20 oz. cup and filled it up.
20 freaking ounces of soda! That's H-U-G-E!!!
No wonder Americans are fat and diabetic, we keep shovelling in the sugar like that and thinking "well, it's a small so I'm not having too much".
In just 20 years, portion sizes of food of increased radically along with obesity statistics.
See for yourself what portion sizes should be.
You can also take this test to see how portions have changed over the last 20 years.
I'd been trying to be good. I've been working out at the gym and was drinking water or tea at lunch, but thought "Eh, what the heck! I'll get a soda today."
Now I gotta work two-and-a-half times harder to make up for all the sugar I just put into my body.
Mar 2, 2008
I have awesome friends.
Mar 1, 2008
Hey there! Happy March 1st!