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[tweetmeme] This is Oscar.  He is a “robot” at the Dutchess County Fair.
He moves slowly, but is great to watch for a while.
I don’t know his schedule, but when I saw him he was in the horticulture building.
If you look closely you can see he is wired for power 🙂

While I was watching he waved me over to shake my head.
Next he borrowed my sunglasses and struck a pose.
He’s a great attraction.

Have you visited the fair this year?
What’s your favorite attraction?

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You Are Massachusetts


You are smart, serious, and quite traditional. You don’t have a lot of time for junk in your life.

It’s likely that you’re well-educated and hard-working. You live a very goal oriented life.

You are probably socially liberal, but personally quite conservative. You would never be described as wild.

But you’re more diverse than people give you credit for. You’re equally comfortable at a business meeting and at a rowdy sports game!

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Baking Soda For What?


[tweetmeme] Last month I read an article about baking soda for camping in the Hints From Heloise column.

If you are planning a summer camping trip, there’s one essential item you should add to your checklist:  It’s my favorite – baking soda.  It will be useful for many things:

  • Freshen sleeping bags, tents, hiking boots or back-packed clothing by sprinkling with baking soda.  Do this the night before leaving and then take the items outside and give them a good shake or two to remove all the baking soda.
  • You can extinguish most campfires by pouring baking soda on them.  Before leaving the campsite, you must be sure to double-check that the fire is completely out.
  • Out of deodorant or forgot to pack it?  Dust your underarms with baking soda, and you’re ready for the day.
  • No toothpaste?  mix a little baking soda with water and put it on your toothbrush.
  • Burned dinner in a camping pot?  Use baking soda to get it sparkling clean without a lot of scrubbing.  Sprinkle in enough baking soda to cover the bottom of the pan, along with enough water to moisten.  Let it sit, and then scrub the gunk out.

What tricks do you know that use baking soda while camping or around your house?
I know that placing baking soda in your refrigerator will help remove odors…  what else have you got?

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[tweetmeme] About a month ago Michael and I were out driving around and noticed a car with two rubber strips hanging down off its bumper that just barely grazed the road.  I asked him what they were and if they had a purpose.  He wasn’t sure either, but remembered seeing them in Virginia when he lived there.

I looked it up online.  From the pages I’ve read it seems they’re called “Grounding Straps.”  The point of them is to ground the car so static electricity can’t build up.  They supposedly help prevent car sickness as well.   Additionally they were popular so toll takers weren’t shocked then they reached out to cars to collect tolls.  They were widely available in the 60’s & 70’s and are making a comeback.

Do any of you know more about these?

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I’m trying out HootSuite – Let’s see where this posts….

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I got an email today.  A section of it is pasted below.
Why do people who make blatant errors like this get the jobs and
yet I sit here unemployed?
This is beyond frustrating!

Have you ever made an error like this at work?
(That most likely thousands of people saw….)
Did you get into trouble?

And while you’re commenting…
Do you know of anyone hiring in Upstate NY?

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My Choices

I went online tonight to renew my registration on my truck.
These were the choices I was presented….

Would you pay another $45 to have the new ugly yellow plate?

I think they’re hideous!
I’m thrilled I can keep my current plates.

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There is a tattoo shop in the middle of the MALL in Tampa.  There were alot of people inside too!
What’s coming to the mall next?  This really caught me by surprise….

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While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my friend KristineKristine is a great gal who I met through our motorcycle club No Destination.  Since we’ve met she’s proven to be a great friend who is one of the most generous people I know, who can give un-biased advice when it’s needed.  (I know, I know run-on sentence….)  So… without further ado – here is Kristine.

Kristine

Name: Kristine Choma

Age: MYOB 🙂

Location: Upstate NY

Hails from: Queens NY

Relationship Status: In one

Children: 1 daughter Alicia & My Pom Bubba

Blog Link: http://shouldabeenablonde.wordpress.com

Occupation: Senior litigation specialist

What is the most challenging part of your job? Wishing I had my old job back with the special investigations unit.

You’ve been through quite a few tragedies in your life.  What’s gotten you through them?
Cases & cases of Michelob Ultra 🙂   Seriously, I credit my fighting spirit, I’m a scrapper & I can be stubborn as hell. When I went through  the Mold House chaos I was determined not be victimized; to raise public awareness about Toxic Black Mold; the fact there are no penalties for sellers of real property when they lie on disclosure statements; that Home Inspectors have no accountability for the info or lack thereof contained in their reports; lastly to have laws & some kind of standards enacted by the Dept of Health to protect the public. I was also determined not to perpetrate the same fraud I was a victim of on other people.  I lost everything I owned including a house I had only owned for 11 months before realizing it was slowly killing me & my daughter. This is a really long story as my battles were many w/multiple different agencies from the real estate agent who was related to & helped the sellers disguise the true condition of this home to the I.R.S. & lasted almost 2 years.

This is the Mold House after I "decorated" it for Halloween (in August) to vent my frustration. The tape says "Caution Do Not Enter & DANGER!"

For the house fire once again my fighting spirit, stubbornness & refusal to be victimized got me through. However, my knowledge of insurance probably contributed to saving the day in spite of All State’s attempted concealment of benefits we were entitled too & their claims handling philosophy of delay, deny, defend & then delay some more.  The beautiful thing about the fire was that so many friends came forward to help me out, especially an old elementary school friend (Big Shout out to Kim to whom I am eternally grateful); who gave us furniture, clothing, kitchen stuff etc etc to help get back to normal during the first couple of months while All State attempted to not pay our claim. The beauty of my many friends generous spirits was that it enabled me once we did start getting our claim paid is that I was able to Pay It Forward w/3 different families. I helped a man & his daughter starting over after a divorce. I helped a young woman & her daughter re-establish themselves after an abusive relationship; & a very young couple w/an infant & 3-year-old son re-establish themselves after they were exposed to Toxic Mold.

What was left of my '06 Road Guide after the house fire.

How do you manage being the mother of a rebellious teenager?
I don’t know.  Am I managing?  I just keep praying the day she snaps out of it is tomorrow.  But truly things have gotten better with her; she is slowly growing up.

What’s your favorite color? Don’t have just one; but Teal, (not aqua – teal like a peacock’s feathers) Crimson, & a paint color called Cougar are among my fave’s

What got you interesting in motorcycle riding? It’s all my Granddaddy, Charlie’s (pronounced Chahhlie) fault.  When I was a little girl I couldn’t wait to visit him in North Carolina. He would make me ‘beg him’ to take me for rides on his fully dressed Road King & I loved it. I knew he wanted to give me the ride as much as I did despite his teasing & pretending to be too busy.  I loved hanging out with him in ‘the Motorcycle House’. (Yes, his Harley had its very own house) & watch him wash, polish, change the oil etc. etc. while sneaking me sips of his beer when the ‘adults’ weren’t looking.  I loved watching his friends ride up to ask his help & opinion on how to fix what was ailing their bikes & the camaraderie they shared. The best is when my Mother or Ree-Ree (my Grandmother) would catch him letting me sip on his Schlitz. It was so funny watching him play innocent when he knew he was busted, but trying to get away with it anyway. Granddaddy was the best & I miss him terribly.

Chahhlie!

I know you have your own motorcycle license, so why don’t you ride your own bike?Actually getting my license taught me the huge responsibility & risk one takes when operating a motorcycle. Anyone who does not have a license doesn’t realize that the smallest thing like a pebble or twig in the road can cause you to drop your bike. After surviving a motorcycle accident while I was a passenger shortly after getting my license, I had to admit to myself I don’t have enough hours behind the handle bars to ride my own.  We went down because the transmission seized & the rear wheel locked. If I had been operating that bike when it happened, I would not have been able to control ‘the down’ & I’d probably be dead.

What’s your favorite destination to ride to? No destination – anywhere. So long as I’m riding.

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Don’t have one of those either.  I usually va-kay w/my family in Pennsylvania or North Carolina.  I do enjoy going to Laconia every year though & Puerto Rico was great!

Kristine in Puerto Rico

You have the cutest Pomeranian dog.  Tell us how wonderful Bubba is….
What can I say? Bubba is Bubba-licious. J  He truly is a one –owner Pom (a trait of the breed)  he follows me everywhere I go no matter where (except in the pool – Bubba don’t play dat.) He is a marvelous watch dog that never fails to alert me when the doorbell rings; or a door opens or closes. Doors opening & closing & door bells ringing mean people are coming & since he is so very protective of me he wants me to know people are on the way. He is very well socialized; loves all people & other animals.  He’s a big snuggle bear & loves to lay w/me & be petted & give me kisses.

Bubba-Licious!

I know you love to cook.  What is your favorite meal to cook?
THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!  I love to cook big meals & there is no bigger meal than Thanksgiving.

You’re known as the 50/50 Goddess….  What is the biggest pot you’ve ever had?
Well in excess of $1200.00

The 50/50 Goddess Hard at Work!

Who is the most interesting celebrity you’ve ever met?
That would be Sully Erna & the band Godsmack.  I won a contest w/Channel 103.1 (J.K. Rox) It was by far the most rockin’ experience of my life. I got to ride on their tour bus, hang out backstage & get autographs & then have dinner with them. It was amazing.

Godsmack! Look how skinny I was.


What 3 things could you not live without?
Makeup
My Road Glide – I may not ride my own; but I own my own.  Lol
My boots.

My Road Glide

What if anything do you collect?
Sandals & boots; peacocks; & art by James Christensen.

Which is your favorite James Christensen?
I don’t have just one favorite.  I love everything James Christensen does. ‘Poofy Guy on a String’ was the 1st Christensen I ever purchased.  When I bought Poofy Guy; I was going through the Mold House drama. When I read the description that Poofy Guy’s wardrobe represented the baggage of a life time it touched me in my soul. Next came Twilight; then The Bride;  Gettin’ it Right; Superstitions; A Place of Her Own & Fairy Tales came last. A Place of Her Own is my 2nd favorite.  I came across that one right after the fire & a lot of people thought I resembled the woman in the picture. But there was so much about the painting itself that reminded me of things I’d owned but lost in the fire, or to the Mold House, I had to have it.

A Place of Her Own ~ James Christensen

Poofy Guy on a String ~ James Christensen

What is the biggest misconception about you?
That I’m Italian.

What do you like to spend money on?
Sandals, boots, Halloween Decorations & James Christensen’s art.

The house decorated for Halloween.

What’s your favorite board game?
Nightmare. It’s actually an interactive video board game. Creepy stuff, so naturally I luv it.

What would be the title of your auto-biography?
The Luckiest of the Unlucky

You were recently injured.  What’s the diagnosis?
Three herniated discs in my Lumbar Spine w/nerve impingement, & lesions of the sciatic nerve.

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This blog was inspired by my friend and local sex symbol Kevin Marshall’s blog “In The Present Tense.”  There are many things that I hate that other people seem to love.  Some of them I will probably never understand.

Napoleon Dynamite ~ 2004

Napoleon Dynamite has got to be one of the stupidest movies I’ve ever seen.  Can I please have my 82 minutes back that this movie robbed from my life?

Beer

Beer just doesn’t taste good to me.  I don’t know why.  I’ve tried it over and over.  I’ve tried many different kinds.  I just don’t seem to have a taste for it.  One exception would be Lindeman’s Framboise.   Though technically it is a beer (I think – my beer buddies can chime in) it doesn’t taste like traditional beer.  I call it “alcoholic soda.”

The Biggest Loser

I’m not a big fan of most reality TV shows.  I’ll admit, I’ve never watched The Biggest Loser.  Sitting around watching overweight people lose weight is not my idea of entertainment.  I watch TV for entertainment and information.  This doesn’t fall into either of those categories for me.

Paradise By The Dashboard Light

Now, I do NOT hate Meat Loaf, however, I do hate the song Paradise By The Dashboard Light that he recorded.  The song is long, the song is annoying, and I’ve heard it far too many times for this lifetime.

The Rockey Horror Picture Show ~ 1975

I don’t like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Maybe humor was much different before I was born?

The Bachelor

The Bachelorette

As I already mentioned I am not a fan of reality TV shows.   The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are both horrible.  First off – from what I understand – the people on the show sign a contract that if they’re the final girl/guy at the end they will marry the Bachelor/Bachelorette.  What if they like the person, but they’re really not “the one?”  This set-up makes a mockery of marriage.  When you marry someone it’s supposed to be for life.  On these shows these people spend all their time trying to make themselves look better than the person next to them.  They’re not spending their time in a normal environment getting to know anyone.  I watched some of The Bachelor this season and it was just ridiculous!

Swiss Cheese

I don’t like Swiss cheese.  It’s bitter.  I think it kind of tastes like what I imagine wax tastes like.  YUCK!

Tequila

Tequila is another thing I hate.  If it tastes like vomit going down, what does it taste like when it comes back up?  I’m sure a commenter can tell us….

WWE

I can’t stand WWE, WWF, or whatever they’re calling wrestling these days.  Why should anyone waste their time watching a bunch of grown men on steroids taking cheap shots at each other?  This is NOT a sport.  It’s over-sized stunt men and women.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

I’ve never been a fan of Ian Anderson or Jethro Tull.  I’ve seen Jethro Tull live and I wasn’t impressed.  He kind of reminded me of a little gnome dancing around the stage with his flute.  Can he play the flute?  Yes.  Can he sing?  No way!

Delurker Day is in January

I HATE HATE HATE when people lurk at blogs.  I understand if you feel you don’t have something substantial to contribute everyday.  But for the love of GOD I had hundreds of views to my blog yesterday and only 1 comment.  Seriously people, if you want to read blogs, participate once in a while!!  I ask a question at the end of almost every blog I write so you’ve got no excuse….

Today’s question:
Tell me what you hate that everyone else seems to love.
If you’ve got a few extra minutes tell me why you hate it.

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