Feb 232005

This past weekend was the annual trek to the Doherty Hotel in Clare, MI. A couple of our friends in Bay City have their birthdays in the same week, so every year we put on our kilts, get drunk on Guinness and homebrew in the pub, and act like silly teenagers. This year was no exception, if a little more low-key than previous years. Once again we wondered if a certain married member of that crew would finally act on his “curiosity” (he didn’t), if a different one would finally get punched out for being an ass (he didn’t), and if Cyndi could make us laugh hysterically, as usual (she did). We always have a good time with Cyndi & Kurt & Co. and are looking forward to Cyndi’s Annual 25th Birthday weekend at Camp Fishtales in April.

I had to do some work from the hotel room Sunday morning, but luckily it went smoothly and only took about an hour. After that was done we packed up and braved the winter storm for the trip back. It was a bit tense, but luckily the worst of it didn’t hit until after we’d made it home.

 Posted by at 9:01 am
Feb 232005

Prime Minister Martin, you fuckin’ RAWK!

Some highlights:

– “The Charter was enshrined to ensure that the rights of minorities are not subjected, are never subjected, to the will of the majority. The rights of Canadians who belong to a minority group must always be protected by virtue of their status as citizens, regardless of their numbers. These rights must never be left vulnerable to the impulses of the majority.”

– (on Vermont-style civil unions) “For instance, the British Columbia Court of Appeal stated that, and I quote: “Marriage is the only road to true equality for same-sex couples. Any other form of recognition of same-sex relationships…falls short of true equality.” Put simply, we must always remember that “separate but equal” is not equal.”

– “For a prime minister to use the powers of his office to explicitly deny rather than affirm a right enshrined under the Charter would serve as a signal to all minorities that no longer can they look to the nation’s leader and to the nation’s Constitution for protection, for security, for the guarantee of their freedoms. We would risk becoming a country in which the defence of rights is weighed, calculated and debated based on electoral or other considerations.”

 Posted by at 8:14 am
Feb 172005

For the last eight years, the Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch has sponsored a Wacky Warning Labels contest to pick the most absurd labels put on products to avoid frivolous lawsuits. This year’s winners were announced on Dick Purtan’s show on WOMC.

* First place is a disposable toilet brush that reads: “Do not use for personal hygiene.”
* Second place went to a label on a popular scooter for children that warns: “This product moves when used.”
* Third place was this warning on a digital thermometer: “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.”
* Fourth place was a label on an electric hand blender promoted for use in “blending, whipping, chopping and dicing,” that warns: “Never remove food or other items from the blades while the product is operating.”

Some of the previous winners were real gems too:

A label on a baby stroller warns: “Remove child before folding.”
A brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook on the end warns: “Harmful if swallowed.”
A household iron warns users: “Never iron clothes while they are being worn.”
A label on a hair dryer reads, “Never use hair dryer while sleeping.”
A warning on an electric drill made for carpenters cautions: “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.”

 Posted by at 8:32 am
Feb 172005

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

 Posted by at 8:17 am
Feb 162005

Can’t believe how quiet everyone’s been today; not many posts from anyone on my list. I’ve been bored out of my mind at work today so there’s really nothing to post about except some silly memes. mrimp is coming by after work to help de-porn the house before roadster_guy‘s parents get into town tomorrow. It’s not like there’s much, but sometimes when you leave something out for a long time, you stop noticing it. So we need a fresh pair of eyes, just to make sure. I want to go to the gym after work, but I’m so drained I don’t know where I’m going to get the energy. I just want to nap. I’m sure I’ll perk up a little once I actually get out of here in 10 minutes, maybe I’ll down a quick cup of coffee when I get home.

I can’t believe those words just came out of my mouth. Five years in the Navy, twelve years since the Navy, and I never became a coffee drinker. Get a Senseo machine and look what happens. I still don’t drink it often, and never more than one very small cup a day, but it’s made me a coffee snob already.

I also need to run a little laundry before the weekend before it gets out of hand. We’re going to be gone most of the weekend and I don’t want to be doing it on Sunday evening. Gotta make sure my kilt and Guinness t-shirt are clean for drinking in the hotel pub.

Well, that killed the last 10 minutes of work. Time to come back to life and vacate this place.

 Posted by at 3:41 pm
Feb 162005

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 Posted by at 8:40 am
Feb 142005

We were pretty much non-stop all weekend, and none of it involved me playing video games for hours. After my delayed breakdown on Friday over Chris’s death, my gaming addiction seems to have subsided. When something is really bothering me I tend to escape into virtual worlds as often as possible where life is much simpler, I have power over the world around me, and no one ever dies for more than a few seconds. Playing for entertainment and socializing is fine, but I was viewing everything in real life as an intrusion, and rushing through any obligations I had to get back in the game even after it wasn’t even really entertaining me anymore. Dealing with my grief did the trick, since I didn’t play all weekend except for about two hours on Sunday evening, and I didn’t miss it at all.

Friday night roadster_guy, mrimp, thafuzz, and I went to dinner at Agave downtown. It’s a cool place, and the food was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. They make a decent Mojito, but they need a bit more sugar in it. Cafe Habana still makes the best one I’ve had so far. We thought about going out to a bar afterward, but since Steve is still a bit sickly we all just hung out at our place for awhile, then called it a night.

Saturday we drove up to Port Huron to Aaron’s parents’ beach house and drove down the Pathfinder so his mom has a vehicle to drive while she’s up here for about a month. That night we went over to Windsor to see my friend Darren and his fiancee Amy. They showed us their new house and we had dinner at Blue Danube, which is one of only two Hungarian restaurants that we know of, now that Hungarian Kitchen has closed. Blue Danube was pretty good, but their chicken paprikas just didn’t compare to the Kitchen’s. Darren and Amy have been helping us get info on getting married in Canada, since they’re getting married in October. Apparently a marriage license in Ontario only costs $100, there’s no blood test requirement, and we have the number of a pastor who will perform a non-religious ceremony.
On the way back from Windsor we stopped at Gold Coast, where ldifazzio was celebrating his birthday. mrimp was there, but we’d just missed thafuzz. Also our friends Kevin and Mark & Buster. Most of them had been there since about 9:30, so by the time we got there at nearly 1 a.m. most of them were ready to go. Gold Coast has certainly improved since the last time I was there a couple years ago. They’ve remodeled the interior and there’s a much younger and larger crowd than there used to be. All of the dancers were really hot and I usually ignore them, having spent too much time at Gigi’s where all the dancers were toothpick twinks in desperate need of a steak dinner.

Sunday Aaron, Eric, and I met our friend Jeff down in Detroit, gave Eric a tour of Jeff’s very cool 100-year-old townhouse, then to Cafe de Troit to meet with the caterer to plan food for the reception. She had catered Jeff’s 40th birthday party and we were very impressed. Then Eric took us over to the Park Shelton to see the condo he wants to buy. They’ve done a great job renovating the place and even Aaron had that look in his eye that said, “I could so live in one of these”. If it wasn’t, you know, in Detroit.

Afterwards Aaron went shopping and made a bunch of food to freeze for his mom so she doesn’t have to eat out all the time while she’s in town, and I cleaned the bathrooms before playing CoH for a couple hours. This morning I had to be up at 5 a.m. for a conference call, but luckily that means I get to leave at 1:45. I kept waking up, anticipating the alarm, and at one point I dreamed the rep at my contract house called to tell me they were requesting to remove me from the firewall group because I had sent an email to someone at Chrysler, calling some proposal he’d made “rubbish”. So they were going to stick me in some group for “general administration, social chat” and a couple other trivial things. The actual call was mostly boring, especially since I had no idea what this project was about, I’d just been asked at the last minute to get on the call. I dropped out after an hour and a half and got ready to come into work when it was clear my part was done.

After work I have to go register for my next real estate appraisal class, which starts tomorrow night. It’s gonna suck that it’s at 275 & 6 Mile, but at least it’s only 2 nights a week for a month. After that dream I’m more committed to getting out of the IT field ASAP.

 Posted by at 10:43 am
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