Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Things I Want

As the holiday season approaches, family and friends start inquiring about possible gift ideas.  Rather than trying to remember all the things that have caught my eye, or captured my heart, I’ve started keeping a list of things I want.  You can go to and set up a list all those items you’ve seen online at various stores.  It’s pretty much like the wishlist feature on any number of commercial sites, but instead of being linked to just one store, you can collect items from all over the web in one friendly spot for folks to shop from.  When they click on an item you want, it will even take them directly to the store that sells the geegaw so they can easily buy it for you.  They can even view your list sorted by price, so they can avoid those high-priced, wishful thinking items like that new Ultra-mobile-PC you’ve been eyeballing.

For those interested in what I’m interested in, click the following link:

The Things I Want

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Posted by on November 17, 2008 in better living, family, gifts, holiday, internet, quality


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30 Minutes to Resolution

Recently, one of our local television stations changed it’s programming. A network known for filling the hours with humorless minority produced sitcoms, suddenly, and inexplicably, decided to load the docket with reruns of some of yesterday’s finest programs. The station now calls itself the “Retro Television Network.”

The afternoon starts with old detective/cop shows from before I was born, and works it’s way through detective shows of my youth as the evening moves on. Yes, once again, the streets are being made safe by the likes of Quincy, Friday, and Magnum. If you like a little more sci-fi with your entertainment, you can also enjoy the likes of talking cars and less talkative angry green monsters.

Why am I bringing all this up? Well, after a little over a month of being reunited with some old classics, I’ve got a few observations I’d like to share with you.

1. As I said, we’ve been watching RTN for over a month, and daily viewings of Dragnet have failed to even once yield the phrase, “just the facts, ma’am.”

2. KITT was kind of pissy.

3. The guys from Adam-12 turn up on Dragnet alot. Did they make a big deal and hype the crossover episodes weeks in advance back then, like they do when “Horatio Caine works a case with the New York CSI, in a very eventful must-see episode!”

4. David-he’ll-always-be-Bruce-to-me-Banner is as talented at falling into troublesome situations as Jessica Fletcher* ever was.

5. Higgins and KITT were alot alike, prissy, British, and employed by the extremely wealthy.

6. “Hey, that’s the third time this month that guy has been on this show! Last week he was the victim, and he had black hair!”

7. The A-Team is not coming on at 8:00 despite what the commercials say.

8. “Wow, I never noticed that dynamic when I was a kid!”

9. That feeling of dread that a pending “to be continued” elicits is just as potent with a 30 year old show as it is with a new series.

10. Man, what has happened to TV?

*Point of fact, Murder She Wrote isn’t part of the line-up, much to my Chagrin. The airwaves can always use more Angela Lansbury hotness.

You hear me, network execs?


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My Fanfic Moment Chapter 15

Well, this is possibly my shortest chapter yet, but hopefully you’ll find it fun.

Warning, mature themes ahead… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 11, 2008 in fan fiction, fiction, writing


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I Did My Civic Doodie

I voted today and all I got was this “dirty” feeling.

Well, I did it, I went and voted.  I weighed my options, I considered, I did all the fence riding I could do, and finally settled on how to vote.  I had few choices.  I sold out and voted for one of the major parties for president.  But I loaded the rest of my ballot heavily with people who support less government involvement.  It may be too late for this election, friends, but what we must do is carry on from here, and start talking, talking, talking about the solutions to our nation’s ills.  Third party candidates have historically had little chance of winning the presidency, but we can change that!  I’m sick and tired of voting for “the guy I hate less.”  We must send a message and at every opportunity do our best to educate those around us so that when they compare candidates against what they believe is the proper course of action, they will vote informed.  There is no reason that we must “settle” for a leader in this nation.

I urge everyone to pray that the coming years bring us better choices, and more open minds.

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Posted by on November 4, 2008 in better living, politics


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