Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 The Year in Review

So I have a friend that lives in Arizona. She's addicted to meme's and I figured I'd use some of them here so y'all can learn more about me. This one is going to be a yearly tradition on New Years Eve.

  1. Where did you begin 2008?
    In a crappy duplex with my ex and 2 roommates.

  2. What was your status by Valentine's Day?
    I was unfortunately on my way to becoming single. My relationship with my ex started to deteriorate by this time as I had signed up to become a MA instructor and working another full time job. This is also the day I lost that job.

  3. Were you in school anytime this year?
    Not this year but I have plans to be on my way to my DVM by this time next year.

  4. How did you earn your money?
    Most of the year as a MA instructor with USSD.

  5. Did you have to go to the hospital?
    Fortunately not this year. Although with the way we sparred as instructors it was a possibility.

  6. Did you have any encounters with the police?
    Yes. I was pulled over on the way to my mom's house for no insurance.

  7. Would you relive 2008 over and over again?
    Most of it no. There were quite a few good experiences this year but for the most part it sucked ass.

  8. What did you purchase that was over $1000?
    I didn't make any large purchases this year.

  9. Did you know anybody who got married?
    Yes. One of my fellow instructors at the Taylorsville studio got married.

  10. Did you know anybody who passed away?
    My ex's sister committed suicide this year.

  11. Did you know anyone who had a baby?
    Nobody that I know had a child this year. Although I know of a couple of people that are trying.

  12. Did you move anywhere?
    Yes. I moved twice. Once into my studio for a little while. Then into the place I am now.

  13. What concerts/shows did you go to?
    No concerts or shows in 2008. Gotta fix that for 2009.

  14. Are you registered to vote?
    Have been since I was 18.

  15. Do you still have the same job as you did in 2007?
    No. I was fired from that job in February, and I'm so happy that I was.

  16. Has anyone betrayed you in 2008?
    Yes! But we wont go into what my definition of betrayal is or how it happened.

  17. Where do you live now?
    In a basement room with some friends.

  18. Describe your birthday?
    My birthday was nothing special. I worked.

  19. What's one thing you thought you'd never do but did in 2008?
    I never thought I'd become a MA instructor. I thought I'd remain just a student forever.

  20. What has been your favorite moment?
    My favorite moment's of 2008 were in the studio. When I was able to explain something to one of my students and I could see the light turn on when they understood it.

  21. What's something you learned about yourself?
    I give too much of myself and don't have enough left over for me. I've become much more selfish these last few months.

  22. Any new additions to your family?
    No new family members, that I know of, this year.

  23. What was your best month?
    My best month would have to have been June when I was given my own studio.

  24. Were you in a relationship this year?
    Yes. It ended before I was ready for it to end, but that's usually the way they do. I have met quite a few new wonderful people since that relationship ended and am having a blast.

  25. What music will you remember 2008 by?
    That has got to be the Spazmatics. I love 80's pop and they're a local cover band. Since being introduced to them I haven't missed a show.

  26. Who has been your best drinking buddy/buddies?
    I don't really drink on a regular basis so I don't have any drinking buddies.

  27. New friends?
    Matt, my favorite Mormon friend. Chan and Brian, my roommates.

  28. Favorite Night out?
    The night I met Matt. We went to a hockey game, had sushi, and then saw the Spazmatics. Three of my favorite things.

  29. Would you say you've changed since the beginning of this year?
    Yes I have grown a lot this year. I have learned things about myself that have helped me to be a better person.

  30. Do you think 2009 will be better or worse?
    I can't tell the future so I don't know. I certainly hope it will be better. At least for me I know it will.

There you have it. The year in review 2008 in meme form. Look for it again next year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Totally Tubular Tuesdays

Woot time for more 80's awesomeness. Are you ready? Today we get We Got The Beat by The Go-Go's

Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's Meme Time

Found this survey/meme on a friends myspace page the other day. Thought I'd do it so y'all could have some basic facts about me. Names have been changed to protect the innocent. That would be me and my definition of innocent.

Name:No way you're getting this here
Birthday:February 26, 1979
Birthplace:La Mirada, CA
Current Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Black
Right Handed or Left Handed:Right
Your Heritage:Mutt
The Shoes You Wore Today:Tennis Shoes
Your Weakness:I feel too deeply
Your Fears:Not Being Loved
Your Perfect Pizza:Veggie
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:Back in school
Your Most Overused Phrase On an IM:Don't have one
Thoughts First Waking Up:What time is it?
Your Best Physical Feature:Eyes
Your Bedtime:When I'm Tired
Your Most Missed Memory:My Grandfather's smile
Pepsi or Coke:Diet Pepsi
McDonald's or Burger King:Mickey D's
Single or Group Dates:Single
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:Lipton
Chocolate or Vanilla:Vanilla
Cappuccino or Coffee:Cappuccinp
Do you Smoke:Yes
Do you Swear:Hell Yes
Do you Sing:I try
Do you Shower Daily:Yes
Have you Been in Love:Several times
Do you want to go to College:Yes
Do you want to get Married:Yes
Do you belive in yourself:Most of the time
Do you get Motion Sickness:No
Do you think you are Attractive:Yes
Are you a Health Freak:Hell No
Do you get along with your Parents:Yes
Do you like Thunderstorms:Of course
Do you play an Instrument:No
In the past month have you:
Drank Alcohol:Yes
been on Drugs:No
gone on a Date:Yes
gone to a Mall:Yes
eaten a box of Oreos:Can't stand em.
eaten Sushi:Unfortunately not
been on Stage:No
been Dumped:I'm not sure
gone Skinny Dipping:No
Stolen Anything:No
Ever been Drunk:Yes
Ever been called a Tease:Yes
Ever been Beaten up:No
Ever Shoplifted:Yes
How do you want to Die:While having sex
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:A DVM
What country would you most like to Visit:Scotland
Number of Drugs I have taken:1
Number of CDs I own:Unknown
Number of Piercings:8
Number of Tattoos:4
Number of things in my Past I Regret:0
In a man...
Favourite Eye Color:Green or Blue
Favourite Hair Color:Black or Brown
Short or Long Hair:Well kept
Height:Taller than me
Best Clothing Style:What looks good on them

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Totally Tubular Tuesdays

It's music time again here on KitKatsKnits. Here's selection number 2 for your Totally Tubular Tuesday.

It was going to be Parents Just Don't Understand by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince however none of the videos on youtube were embedable. So it's going to be Where The Streets Have No Name by U2

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Totally Tubular Tuesdays

I have decided to use themes for my days. That way it's not as difficult to come up with posts. Tuesdays will be Totally Tubular Tuesdays. I will be posting awesome 80's songs that I absolutely love and you can all enjoy along with me.

Without further ado here's your first selection.

I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and the News.

Friday, December 05, 2008

What I have had on repeat the last 4 days

I absolutely love this song. I have since the first time I heard it and can't stay away from it for long periods of time. It's Tanglewood Tree by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

You can read the lyrics here. I just love the imagery created by this song and can't get over how much it speaks to me and how I feel about love.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Trail head

Dear M,

After explaining to you some of the reasons I love spending time with you, specifically that you don't expect anything from me, you said that meant you were safe. I believe you're wrong. I believe that is exactly what makes you dangerous.

The idea that you're not expecting anything from me scares me a little bit. It makes you unique in my experience. It's one of the things that will allow me to eventually fall in love with you. Based on our differences in faith I believe that we have a very small chance of anything romantic lasting very long, and I'm afraid of getting hurt again.

It's like I'm standing at a trail head and can only see a few feet into the woods before the trail becomes shrouded in fog. From this vantage point it seems relatively safe. The ground is level. The trail is clearly marked and wide enough that two can walk abreast. There don't seem to be any beasties waiting to eat me.

It's what's in that fog that scares me. What happens when I get there? Will I get lost in a tangle of branches and undergrowth? Will I allow myself to go too far down the path and not be able to find my way back? Will I allow you to lead me down the path? Will I be eaten alive by a monster waiting for me just inside the fog? I don't know. I can't answer these questions. I'd have to take that first step down the path and see what waits.

That fear is what made me run last night. After the kiss. I could see that trail head beckoning with the fog just beyond and I got scared. I took the cowards way out and ran. Was that the right thing to do? Should I even bother questioning my feelings? Should I just go for it and hope that it all turns out right in the end? I've been hurt before and you have the potential to hurt me. I know that.

If I turn around from the trail head I can see the safety of the empty parking lot, but that's the problem. It's empty. There's nobody there to talk to. Nobody to listen to. Nobody to share good times with, or bad. Just me in a lonely empty parking lot that has been my life to this point.

You scare me M. I don't know what to do. That fear has put me in a position I have never been in before. I don't like being afraid.

However, you intrigue me. I've never known a man quite like you. You're intelligent. You're funny. You're very strong in your faith. You know exactly what you want from life. You do what you love and you love what you do. Do you know how very few people in this world can say those things about themselves? You should be proud.

So I guess I'm going to head down that trail and see what awaits me in the fog. Are you coming with me? Or will this be a solitary hike?


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Definition of Hockey

I was bored at home the other day and playing around on the intrawebs. I somehow stumbled across Cake Wrecks. As I was browsing through the older entries I found one that had a picture of what was supposed to be a cake for a hockey fan.

The author wasn't familiar with the sport and asked her husband to explain it to her. This is what she heard:

"See, apparently they play this sport on ice - but they have to make sure the ice is really thick, or else their cleats will scuff it all up. The players wear lots of padding and helmets, and carry little butterfly nets on sticks with which to hit the ball around. The object of the game is to score a triple Hail Mary - which is just another name for a running slam dunk - and consists of knocking three other players down while simultaneously dunking the ball through one of the red rings. Players known as running backs try to kick the ball, but the other team's catchers use their heads and butterfly nets to deflect the ball away from their side's field goal. Any running backs who are able to push the other team's running backs out of the big circle in the middle get what's called a free throw, in which they're allowed to chuck the ball at the head of their least favorite player. If they miss, their team only scores a half-down, but if the ball hits the other player, they score a hole-in-one."

I just about pissed myself laughing after reading that. I don't think I've ever heard a more accurate definition of what most non sports enthusiasts hear when trying to understand a sport they don't care for or watch on a regular basis.

To see the cake in question and read her entire post go here

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fast Times at Liquid Joe's Part II

For those of you that are new to my blog I've only been in SLC for a little over 2 years. For most of that time I was a home body. I was addicted to EverCrack, so no partying. If I did go out it was to a friends house and not a club. So I've only been out a couple of times and only to Area 51.

I left it up to him to suggest where we were going and he said Liquid Joe's they had 80's music. Sweet, I grew up in the 80's listening to top 40 pop in LA with Rick Dees in the morning. The Spazmatics were playing and they were awesome. So many great songs that I remember listening to growing up. I danced and drank yummy Uinta Hefeweizen. I had a blast. Best time I've had in years.

I hadn't eaten in like 8 hours by the time we got to the bar. So the beer went straight to my head. Normally I can handle more than 2 before I start feeling nauseous but not last night. Had to switch to water. I also didn't want to be drunk later.

It was inevitable that we would end up in bed together. He even asked me point blank if I wanted to have sex with him. Which I thought was really cute. If you knew who he was and what he looked like the answer for everyone that finds males attractive would most definitely be yes.

So I was a little looser than usual. I had a first. I came in public. We were waiting in line at the bar for another drink for him and water for me and he managed to get his hand to my special place. Now normally I would have stopped anyone that tried to do that. I'm not a public kind of girl. However I had grown the previous three days and didn't really care what anyone else thought of me. Plus I wasn't about to stop him from making me feel good. That hardest part though was not screaming in the bar. I had to bite him to keep that from happening.

Not long after that we left. We couldn't wait anymore. The previous four days of tension with the flirty messages was just too much build up for us to wait. We get back to his place and the clothes just fly off. No nervous build up on the couch with another drink or anything like that. Just clothes making a mess.

I'm not going to give you all of the details. Needless to say he obviously made quite an impression. No body has ever received a two part post before. Not even my ex, and he had pictures attached to his post.

The only bad part is that we had to cut it short. His son became ill and he had to take him to the ER which I'm totally okay with. Back to that loving father thing I mentioned Sunday. Good thing is he's only got strep and should be feeling better soon with his medication.

Monday, November 17, 2008

166 ... I do have a life. I just like movies.

SUPPOSEDLY, if you've seen over 85 [of these] films, you have no life. I do have a life. I just love movies. There are 238 movies on this list.

If you would like to copy this to your blog and show the world how much of a life you don't have the rules are as follows.

  1. Copy the entire list.
  2. Bold the ones you have seen
  3. Post to your blog

  1. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  2. Grease
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
  5. Boondock Saints
  6. Fight Club
  7. Starsky and Hutch
  8. Neverending Story
  9. Blazing Saddles
  10. Airplane!
  11. The Princess Bride
  12. AnchorMan
  13. Napoleon Dynamite
  14. Labyrinth
  15. Saw
  16. Saw II
  17. White Noise
  18. White Oleander
  19. Anger Management
  20. 50 First Dates
  21. The Princess Diaries
  22. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  23. Scream
  24. Scream 2
  25. Scream 3
  26. Scary Movie
  27. Scary Movie 2
  28. Scary Movie 3
  29. Scary Movie 4
  30. American Pie
  31. American Pie 2
  32. American Wedding
  33. American Pie Band Camp
  34. Harry Potter 1
  35. Harry Potter 2
  36. Harry Potter 3
  37. Harry Potter 4
  38. Resident Evil 1
  39. Resident Evil 2
  40. The Wedding Singer
  41. Little Black Book
  42. The Village
  43. Lilo & Stitch
  44. Finding Nemo
  45. Finding Neverland
  46. Signs
  47. The Grinch
  48. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  49. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  50. White Chicks
  51. Butterfly Effect
  52. 13 Going on 30
  53. I, Robot
  54. Robots
  55. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
  56. Universal Soldier
  57. Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
  58. Along Came Polly
  59. Deep Impact
  60. KingPin
  61. Never Been Kissed
  62. Meet The Parents
  63. Meet the Fockers
  64. Eight Crazy Nights
  65. Joe Dirt
  67. A Cinderella Story
  68. The Terminal
  69. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  70. Passport to Paris
  71. Dumb & Dumber
  72. Dumber & Dumberer
  73. Final Destination
  74. Final Destination 2
  75. Final Destination 3
  76. Halloween
  77. The Ring
  78. The Ring 2
  79. Surviving X-MAS
  80. Flubber
  81. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
  82. Practical Magic
  83. Chicago
  84. Ghost Ship
  85. From Hell
  86. Hellboy
  87. Secret Window
  88. I Am Sam
  89. The Whole Nine Yards
  90. The Whole Ten Yards
  91. The Day After Tomorrow
  92. Child's Play
  93. Seed of Chucky
  94. Bride of Chucky
  95. Ten Things I Hate About You
  96. Just Married
  97. Gothika
  98. Nightmare on Elm Street
  99. Sixteen Candles
  100. Remember the Titans
  101. Coach Carter
  102. The Grudge
  103. The Grudge 2
  104. The Mask
  105. Son Of The Mask
  106. Bad Boys
  107. Bad Boys 2
  108. Joy Ride
  109. Lucky Number Slevin
  110. Ocean's Eleven
  111. Ocean's Twelve
  112. Bourne Identity
  113. Bourne Supremecy
  114. Lone Star
  115. Bedazzled
  116. Predator I
  117. Predator II
  118. The Fog
  119. Ice Age
  120. Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
  121. Curious George
  122. Independence Day
  123. Cujo
  124. A Bronx Tale
  125. Darkness Falls
  126. Christine
  127. ET
  128. Children of the Corn
  129. My Bosses Daughter
  130. Maid in Manhattan
  131. War of the Worlds
  132. Rush Hour
  133. Rush Hour 2
  134. Best Bet
  135. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  136. She's All That
  137. Calendar Girls
  138. Sideways
  139. Mars Attacks (Ack! Ack! Ack!)
  140. Event Horizon
  141. Ever After
  142. Wizard of Oz
  143. Forrest Gump
  144. Big Trouble in Little China
  145. The Terminator
  146. The Terminator 2
  147. The Terminator 3
  148. X-Men
  149. X-2
  150. X-3
  151. Spider-Man
  152. Spider-Man 2
  153. Sky High
  154. Jeepers Creepers
  155. Jeepers Creepers 2
  156. Catch Me If You Can
  157. The Little Mermaid
  158. Freaky Friday
  159. Reign of Fire
  160. The Skulls
  161. Cruel Intentions
  162. Cruel Intentions 2
  163. The Hot Chick
  164. Shrek
  165. Shrek 2
  166. Swimfan
  167. Miracle on 34th street
  168. Old School
  169. The Notebook
  170. K-Pax
  171. Krippendorf's Tribe
  172. A Walk to Remember
  173. Ice Castles
  174. Boogeyman
  175. The 40-year-old Virgin
  176. Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
  177. Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
  178. Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
  179. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  180. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  181. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  182. Baseketball
  183. Hostel
  184. Waiting for Guffman
  185. House of 1000 Corpses
  186. Devils Rejects
  187. Elf
  188. Highlander
  189. Mothman Prophecies
  190. American History X
  191. Three
  192. The Jacket
  193. Kung Fu Hustle
  194. Shaolin Soccer
  195. Night Watch
  196. Monsters Inc.
  197. Titanic
  198. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  199. Shaun Of the Dead
  200. Willard
  201. High Tension
  202. Club Dread
  203. Hulk
  204. Dawn Of the Dead
  205. Hook
  206. Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  207. 28 days later
  208. Orgazmo
  209. Phantasm
  210. Waterworld
  211. Kill Bill vol 1
  212. Kill Bill vol 2
  213. Mortal Kombat
  214. Wolf Creek
  215. Kingdom of Heaven
  216. The Hills Have Eyes
  217. I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
  218. The Last House on the Left
  219. Re-Animator
  220. Army of Darkness
  221. Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
  222. Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
  223. Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
  224. Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
  225. Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
  226. Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
  227. Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
  228. Ewoks The Battle For Endor
  229. The Matrix
  230. The Matrix Reloaded
  231. The Matrix Revolutions
  232. Animatrix
  233. Evil Dead
  234. Evil Dead 2
  235. Team America: World Police
  236. Red Dragon
  237. Silence of the Lambs
  238. Hannibal


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fast Times at Liquid Joes Part I

Remember that post a few days back about me joining MySpace. Well I did. While I was there I figured I might as well use it as it's intended. To promote this blog and make new friends.

So I met this guy, but wait that's not the right way to start. We need to back up a little bit. Earlier this week I received a message from a wonderful man. He apparently found me while playing on Myspace. Here's an excerpt from his first message to me.

First of all, I think you're profile picture is amazing! Very mysterious, beautiful, and sexy all in one shot.

How am I going to ignore a message like that? So I respond like a typical bad receiver, more on the receiver part later, with thank you but... He responded back with this.

Something about that picture...makes me want to kiss you.

Well shit. Now how is a girl supposed to resist that? You tell me. So I send him a link to a larger version of the picture with the promise of another one that's a little more risque and he comes back with.

Yep, same effect. I still want to kiss her. Great mouth...

So know that I know that he likes kissing, one point in the go for it column, I have to meet him. We had been talking about other things in these messages as well. Like what kind of music we like, what topics we like to discuss, what we like to consume while having these discussions. Just general get to know you stuff. He knows quite a bit more about me than I do him at this point, because I am so candid here and most of his blog entries are about his children. Which I think is awesome. He loves his kids and really cares about them and their future one more point in the go for it column.

We decide that we have to meet. Bad thing is I have a three day seminar Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So I'm not available until Saturday night at seven. Of course the night I want to get out on time, or even early like the other two nights, we run long. S'ok though because he got called into work and wasn't available until later anyway.

We spent the next three days texting each other. On my breaks at the seminar, or just when I got bored, because just like any training company that has multiple courses they push the other courses while you're there. Like the last 45 minutes of each session was telling us how awesome these other courses are and we should go sign up now because it's only going to be this cheap this weekend. blah blah blah. Sense of urgency and all that.

Come back Tuesday for the rest.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

32 Wierd names found while trolling MySpace

Okay so I joined the dark side and have a myspace page. Mostly as a way to keep in touch with friends who wont do it any other way.

While I was "browsing" for friends the other night I ran across some rather interesting and funny profile names. Here they are in no particular order

  1. WHAT THE FRENCH TOAST!!!!!!! - Yes there really were 7 exclamation points I counted.
  2. king ding a ling!!!!
  3. ♠Something like a pimp♠ - This on a females profile
  4. JaggedlyMajestic - I didn't see anything majestic about this person on her profile
  5. Cudworth - I don't know if I'd advertise being worthy of being cow vomit
  6. NAME TAKEN - Pretty damn original, ranks right up there with making your password iforgot
  7. The Borough Creep - Looked pretty creepy in his profile pic
  8. Green Eyed Dork ^.^ - At least she's honest about what she is
  9. Boof Queen - What the hell is a boof and why would you want to be the queen of them
  10. The Love Burrito ♥ - The Love Burrito? Oh come on you couldn't come up with anything better than this?
  11. That One Girl - You know! That one that we saw at the thing!
  12. Res Ipsa Loquitor - How many people out there really know what this means (See here if you're one of those that doesn't know.)
  13. I changed my name to "His" chick - Who is he and why does he own you?
  14. Dream Seller - Ooh! I'll take a nice wet dream please.
  15. Hottie Mc.Awesome - She looks like she's about 12 in her pic
  16. Curlytoes - Why do we need to know this? Really I would have been happier with Hangstotheleft
  17. dont wear skinny jeans cause my knot$ dont fit - Rly? They dont? r u sur? Have you tryd l8ly?
  18. Punctuation, is? fun! - Only when used correctly sweetheart.
  19. Cheezy McCheeselson from Cheesleton - How cheesy.
  20. Take My Magic Marker and Blacked Your Left Lung - How do you propose I do this? Should I smoke it? Should I just try inhaling without lighting it? Or should I cut myself open and color on my lung?
  21. SEALED BENEATH THE SURFACE - Of what? Two week old pudding? Or are you trying to be all deep and emotional and you mean the real you is sealed beneath the surface you show the world?
  22. I'll Take The Rapist's For 200 - Really that's all you're worth?
  23. i make airplane noises when i swing - I'm sure all the men appreciate it.
  24. Ms. I Stay Fresh Like I'm Wrapped In Plastic - Wow that's a lot of last names. Must have been hard finding the husbands in the right order
  25. friend genetic vibes meet become urn friend - Ummmm, yeah.
  26. Mr Im doin me - Well thank you for sharing but you really should keep that to yourself unless you plan on charging people to watch.
  27. Are you Serious??? - Why yes I am. Thank you for asking
  28. eloquent delinquent - Okay just wierd
  29. Don Tomato - Are your goons named potato and butternut?
  30. KILLER POTATO ™ lovez FRANCE - Glad to know that potatoes love France. Especially killer potatoes
  31. Mumble Bee - Great so you buzz and don't enunciate. Must make talking to you really difficult
  32. C to the Lo - Okay but who's going to C to the Hi?

There would have been more but I got bored looking for more. It wasn't fun anymore. So there you go.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Bitching vs. Complaining

This is primarily a rant. If you don't want to read me bitching then skip this post. If you want to know what made me angry enough to post then read on.

A former instructor of mine always used to say, "Don't bitch, complain." What he meant by that was if you had a problem with someone or something don't whine about it to the people that can't do anything about it. Talk to the people that can. Most people don't want to hear you moan and groan about something if they can't fix it. If you're just ranting that's one thing, but if you're asking for advice then you're usually talking to the wrong person.

I was recently told by a friend that someone we both know had been talking about me. She felt awkward being put in this situation because she is friends with both of us and didn't want to hurt either friendship. She felt that she needed to defend me but was afraid to because she didn't know what this other person would think. She also only had one side of the story.

Why is it that when people have a problem with someone they don't talk to that person? I mean if I had a problem with my brother I wouldn't go talk to my mom. I'd talk to my brother. Seems like the right thing to do. Or am I wrong?

If you have a roommate that's not paying rent, or eating all your food, or leaving trash everywhere you tell them. You don't go whine to someone that's not involved in the situation and say you're angry, and then act like everything is okay when you see your roommate. That's not fair to either of you and the situation will never get better.

You can't fix something if you don't know it's broken.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

13 Books I've Read

I'm at a loss for what to list today. I guess my life is pretty boring. Not much goes on that I find cool enough to blog about. So I'm going to start with item number one on my list of lists. Things I have made.

Or at least I was going to until I scrolled down a little bit and saw that I have already done that list. So on to number two. Books I have read. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There isn't enough time in the world or enough space on the hard drive I call a brain for that list. This is just a list of 13 of the one's I remember reading and remember liking.

  1. Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  3. Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. L'Etranger by Albert Camus
  8. Beneath a Mountain Moon by Silver Ravenwolf
  9. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
  10. The Lord of the Ring's Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein
  11. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  12. Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams
  13. Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Friday, October 31, 2008

Sooooo Shiny...

Must have. Can't Knit until I have. Please, oh please, oh please somebody love me enough to buy these for me.

Monday, October 27, 2008

11 Things found while doing yard work

So it's list day again. Yeah go list day! We were specifically asked to make lists that weren't useful. So here you go.

Our city is paying to put large dumpsters on the streets for about a week at a time for neighborhood beautification. In preparation we cleaned up all the trash and stuff lying around the back yard today. Shit that has been accumulating for years before I moved into my current residence.

  1. a rusted out bed frame
  2. shit loads of Styrofoam
  3. lots and lots of cans (beer and soda)
  4. like 4 hoses (who needs more than one?)
  5. dead soccer balls
  6. buckets
  7. old interior doors
  8. rail road ties
  9. lighters
  10. empty cigarette packs
  11. candy wrappers


Sunday, October 26, 2008

What my taste in Art says about me...supposedly

I found the What your taste in art says about you test on my friends blog. This is what it said.

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Conscientious, Fulfilled, and Spiritual

28 Renaissance, 5 Islamic, 27 Ukiyo-e, -32 Cubist, -38 Abstract and 0 Impressionist!

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence affected literature, philosopy, religion, art, politics, science, and all other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance artists looked at the human aspect of life in their art. They did not reject religion but tended to look at it in it's purest form to create visions they thought depicted the ideals of religion. Painters of this time had their own style and created works based on morality, religion, and human nature. Many of the paintings depicted what they believed to be the corrupt nature of man.

People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

Except for the being emotionally stable part I think it's pretty accurate. Go take your own test and see what some random images say about you.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

15 Names List

Found this the other night while listening to Flogging Molly and reading random knitting blogs. It's my list of names. Enjoy and create your own.

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car): Charlie Saturn

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):Vanilla Snicker Doodle

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name): K-Cha

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal): Purple Cat

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born): Joy La Mirada

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first): Chaka

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink): The Green Diet Pepsi

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers): Chuck Donald

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy): Red Special Dark

10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ): Jean Dean

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter): Perry Pittsburgh

12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower): Winter Iris

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”): Strawberry Sockie

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree): Nothing Willow

15. YOUR ROCK STAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”): The Knitting Snow Tour

Friday, October 17, 2008

Close Mindedness

I don't live in California anymore. I grew up there and even helped on the gubernatorial recall campaign that put Arnold in office. California is supposed to be the land of the crazy left wing liberals. At least that's what everyone says about it. Let me 'splain why this matters.

I recently got a new part time job to help pay the bills. It's for a company that does outbound survey's for everything from coffee to politics. With the elections only weeks away of course most of the surveys are about those.

I was tasked with calling people in California last night and asking them a series of questions about the upcoming elections. The first question was, "Tell me, in your own words, what is the MOST IMPORTANT Issue facing your community today."

Most of the responses were boring. Mundane crime and economy answers. One lady really pissed me off though and it was difficult for me to finish the rest of the survey. Her response was "Prop 8." Of course we are asked to probe for clarification, and I had no idea what Prop 8 was. When I asked her what it was about Prop 8 that concerned her she responded with, "That marriage is between a man and a woman. That my nieces and nephews will go to school and they'll teach them that it's okay to marry their same sex."

We're asked to continue questioning them until they say something along the lines of "That's all." Needless to say if my supervisors were listening to that call I would have been marked down on tone of voice and not probing enough. After that response I wanted to get her off the phone as quickly as possible.

How can people be so close minded to think that two people that love each other shouldn't be allowed to share that love in marriage? Whether it's two men, two women, or a man and a woman. Just because I don't find other women sexually attractive doesn't mean that I have the right to make sure that other women out there can't either. I don't care what you do in your bedroom just don't bring me into it, and I wont bring you into mine.

How hard is it to keep our noses out of each others business? I don't quite understand all these people that go about saying that they're trying to help us by taking our liberties away. Anti-Abortionists and Anti-Gay Marriage are the two biggest ones. Who the fuck are you to tell me what I can and can't do with my body? And who the fuck am I to tell you what you can and can't do with your body? It's ridiculous.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

100 Chart Toppers the Year I Tested Out of HS


Apparently Monday is LIST DAY. I was going to make Friday list day here, but noooooo. Miss abdpbt says that Monday's have to be list day. So fine! Here's my Monday list.

I was reading another blog recently. I can't remember which one it was and I can't remember where I found the list but here it is. The idea is that you go to this website, no I can't remember the address didn't I just tell you that, and find the list of 100 chart toppers the year you graduated from high school. Then you go through and bold the one's you liked. I have added comments on those bolded.

  1. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio
  2. One Sweet Day, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
  3. Because You Loved Me, Celine Dion: Yeah I know sappy schlock, but I liked it.
  4. Nobody Knows, Tony Rich Project
  5. Always Be My Baby, Mariah Carey
  6. Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman: How can I not like a song by someone with the same last name as me. Seriously I really do like this song. Probably one of like 3 songs by Tracy that I actually like.
  7. Tha Crossroads, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  8. I Love You Always Forever, Donna Lewis
  9. You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow, Toni Braxton
  10. Twisted, Keith Sweat
  11. C'mon N' Ride It (The Train), Quad City Dj's: You're probably thinking by now that this girl has no taste. She liked this song? What's wrong with her? I didn't like it so much for the lyrics but the catchy beat that made it easy to dance to. No I didn't do the train.
  12. Missing, Everything But The Girl: I don't remember why I liked this song just that I did.
  13. Ironic, Alanis Morissette: There were a lot of Alanis song's that I didn't like but this one I did. I also loved the video for this song. I saw her in concert once and OMFG does this girl have some energy. It's like she did an 8-ball before she came out on stage. She couldn't sit still.
  14. Exhale (Shoop Shoop), Whitney Houston
  15. Follow You Down/Til I Hear It From You, Gin Blossoms: Another one of those top 40 songs with a catchy beat.
  16. Sittin' Up In My Room, Brandy
  17. How Do U Want It/California Love, 2Pac
  18. It's All Coming Back To Me Now, Celine Dion
  19. Change The World, Eric Clapton: Who wouldn't love a song that starts "If I could reach the stars I'd pull one down for you". EC has got to be one of my favorite musicians of all time. I've loved him since he was in Cream.
  20. Hey Lover, LL Cool J
  21. Loungin, LL Cool J
  22. Insensitive, Jann Arden
  23. Be My Lover, La Bouche
  24. Name, Goo Goo Dolls: Sometimes I wish I had someone that I could hide from the world with. Where it didn't matter who I was or what my name was. I think that's why I still like this song.
  25. Who Will Save Your Soul, Jewel: I think that this song is a great commentary on where the world was at the time it was written and where we're still headed. Kind of sad but everyone is just looking for a quick buck.
  26. Where Do You Go, No Mercy
  27. I Can't Sleep Baby (If I), R. Kelly
  28. Counting Blue Cars, Dishwalla: I think the main reason I liked this song is because I was a new pagan at the time and really into the goddess figure and it refers to god as a woman.
  29. You Learn/You Oughta Know, Alanis Morissette: I liked this one because it tells you how you should live you life. Go out there! Make mistakes! That's how you learn how to be a better person and make better decisions.
  30. One Of Us, Joan Osborne: Again I think I liked this one because of my religious research. What if god was one of us? What would (s)he think of what we've done with the planet. I don't think (s)he'd be very happy.
  31. Wonder, Natalie Merchant
  32. Not Gon' Cry, Mary J. Blige
  33. Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio: As much as I dislike rap I did like this song. I liked the movie too.
  34. Only You, 112 Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
  35. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know), R. Kelly
  36. You're The One, SWV
  37. Sweet Dreams, La Bouche
  38. Before You Walk Out Of My Life/Like This And Like That, Monica
  39. Breakfast At Tiffany's, Deep Blue Something: "And I said what about, breakfast at Tiffany's. She said, "I think I, remember the film and as I recall, I think we, both kinda liked it" And I said , "well, that's the one thing we've got"". I liked it too. You gotta always look for what does work, not what doesn't work or you'll never make it.
  40. 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New), Coolio
  41. The World I Know, Collective Soul: I've been on the edge before. I was pulled back by love. I don't think I ever want to go there again.
  42. No Diggity, BLACKstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre)
  43. Anything, 3t
  44. 1979, The Smashing Pumpkins: Dude it's a song about the year I was born. And Billy Corgan is HOT! with his little baby face and those chubby cheeks you just want to pinch til he bruises.
  45. Diggin' On You, TLC
  46. Why I Love You So Much/Ain't Nobody, Monica
  47. Kissin' You, Total
  48. Count On Me, Whitney Houston and Cece Winans
  49. Fantasy, Mariah Carey
  50. Time, Hootie and The Blowfish
  51. You'll See, Madonna
  52. Last Night, Az Yet
  53. Mouth, Merril Bainbridge
  54. The Earth, The Sun, The Rain, Color Me Badd
  55. All The Things (Your Man Won't Do), Joe
  56. Wonderwall, Oasis: I think everyone needs a wonderwall in their lives. Someone that they can talk to and be saved by sometimes.
  57. Woo-hah!! Got You All In Check/Everything Remains Raw, Busta Rhymes
  58. Tell Me, Groove Theory
  59. Elevators (Me and You), Outkast
  60. Hook, Blues Traveler: I think this has got to be one of the most honest songs I've ever heard. It tells the truth about the music industry. It doesn't matter what they say or if they mean it as long as it's catchy.
  61. Doin It, LL Cool J
  62. Fastlove, George Michael
  63. Touch Me Tease Me, Case Featuring Foxxy Brown
  64. Tonite's Tha Night, Kris Kross
  65. Children, Robert Miles
  66. Theme From Mission: Impossible, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
  67. Closer To Free, Bodeans
  68. Just A Girl, No Doubt: I've felt like this many times in my life. Where someone else was controlling what they thought I should do. What they thought was right for me. I still feel like this sometimes. I'm just sick of everyone else telling me what they think will be right for me. I'm an adult. I'm almost freaking 30 for Christ's sake. Let me make my own decisions.
  69. If Your Girl Only Knew, Aaliyah
  70. Lady, D'angelo
  71. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First), John Mellencamp
  72. Pony, Ginuwine
  73. Nobody, Keith Sweat
  74. Old Man and Me (When I Get To Heaven), Hootie and The Blowfish
  75. If It Makes You Happy, Sheryl Crow:I can't say exactly why I like this song. I just did. Maybe it was the hook.
  76. As I Lay Me Down, Sophie B. Hawkins
  77. Keep On, Keepin' On, Mc Lyte
  78. Jealousy, Natalie Merchant
  79. I Want To Come Over, Melissa Etheridge: Who doesn't feel teenage angst at unrequited love for the popular guy at school. The thing that made it really bad is that we were friends. He even told me once if I was older then there would've been something. Goddamn statutory rape laws.
  80. Who Do U Love, Deborah Cox
  81. Un-Break My Heart, Toni Braxton: I think this one came out not long after my BF left me for my Best Friend. Joke was on him though. He turned her gay.
  82. This Is Your Night, Amber
  83. You Remind Me Of Something, R. Kelly
  84. Runaway, Janet Jackson
  85. Set U Free, Planet Soul
  86. Hit Me Off, New Edition
  87. No One Else, Total
  88. My Boo, Ghost Town Dj's
  89. Get Money, Junior M.A.F.I.A.
  90. That Girl, Maxi Priest Featuring Shaggy: I wanted to be that girl.
  91. Po Pimp, Do Or Die
  92. Until It Sleeps, Metallica: This is post haircut and most of their stuff post haircut I didn't like. But this one I do.
  93. Hay, Crucial Conflict
  94. Beautiful Life, Ace Of BaseI think I wanted to be happy no matter what. This song gave me that hope.
  95. Back For Good, Take That
  96. I Got Id/Long Road, Pearl Jam
  97. Soon As I Get Home, Faith Evans
  98. Macarena, Los Del Rio
  99. Only Wanna Be With You, Hootie and The Blowfish
  100. Don't Cry, Seal: This goes along with wanting to be loved. Wanting someone there to hold me and tell me it would be okay and I didn't have to cry.

    Can you guess what year I graduated? Or actually tested out. I didn't "graduate" in the strictest sense of the term. I tested out before graduation because I was going to college at the same time as high school and what I was learning in college was more advanced than what I was learning AT THE SAME TIME at high school. Isn't that the way it's supposed to work though? College = more difficult than high school. Am I right?

    Remember I did say guess. Not go plug one of these songs into a search engine somewhere to see what year they were on the charts. So guess. What year did I test out of high school?

Friday, October 10, 2008

16 Things I Have Made

This list will not include food stuffs. That list would be huge. It will however include some of the craft items I can remember.

  1. Numerous cross stitch items
  2. 2 pairs of socks
  3. Numerous fulled bags
  4. Numerous Market Bags
  5. Clapotis
  6. a couple of hats
  7. 2 chemises
  8. 2 pairs of shorts (with help from mom)
  9. 1 under skirt
  10. 1 over skirt
  11. 1 bodice (again with help from mom)
  12. curtains
  13. popsicle stick structures
  14. clay ashtrays
  15. beautiful finger painted landscapes (at least that's what I told my mom they were. They must have been beautiful because she usually put them up on the fridge.)
  16. And one time in elementary school, I made a mission out of sugar cubes (I don't remember which one it was though)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

1 Answer to a Hypothetical Question

A few days ago Dooce posted a question.

If you could donate some money to a starving family so that they could feed their children but were only allowed to do so if you also gave an equal amount to a crack addict to buy more crack, would you?

She left the comments open on this one. Which I have noticed she's doing more and more lately. I didn't respond to that question. Several thousand responses did come in, quite a few of them were blasting her for asking such an obviously political question. Which it totally wasn't. I am going to answer that question now though.

Having been in the situation where my mother had to decide if she would eat or my brother and I would, I would so totally give the money to the family. My logic is this. If that person takes my $20 or $50 and goes and buys crack eventually they will get bad shit or OD and die. One less crack addict to worry about. However, it might mean one mom or dad that doesn't have to do without and become ill because of a lack of or improper nutrition.

I know some of you may think that's callous and cold and I'm a major bitch for even thinking something like that. However if you're giving them money to buy crack they're not going to use it to get into rehab or buy food. You gave them the money to BUY CRACK. That's what they're going to do with it. Those kinds of people are not helpable, is that even a word?

I'm all for trying to help people that genuinely want the help. That are ready to give up their addictions and clean up their lives. We should have places for them to go where they're in a controlled environment relearning how to be human and not drug addicted monsters. I'm not trying to say that all crack addicts are hopeless. But the ones that are happy with their addictions? Fuck em. Let them kill themselves. I'll even help them on their way if it means that someone else gets the help they need.

Friday, October 03, 2008

A List of 26 Lists

So I have put up a few lists on things on my blog fairly recently. So much so that I was linked to be another blogger as being a list lover. She has challenged us to make lists. Not meaningful lists of anything of significance. Just a list of useless things. To that end I have decided to make a list of things you can make lists of.

  1. Things you have made.
  2. Books you have read
  3. Movies you have seen
  4. Reasons to keep hitting snooze in the morning
  5. People you love
  6. People you hate
  7. Things you need to do
  8. Books you need to read
  9. Books you want to read
  10. Books you need to read but don't really want to
  11. Stuff you need to buy
  12. Stuff you want to buy but don't have the money for
  13. Ideas for blog updates
  14. Knitting patterns you want to make
  15. Knitting patterns you want to design
  16. Crafts you want to learn
  17. Games you want to play
  18. Celebrities you want to fuck
  19. Celebrities you want to kill
  20. "Normal" people you want to kill
  21. Food you love
  22. Food you hate
  23. Cars you want to own
  24. Cars you have owned
  25. Hair colors you have had
  26. Hair colors you would like to have

This list could go on and on but I have to go get in the shower to get ready for work now. You can add more in the comments.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Blog Theft 101

  1. Find a blog you love.
  2. Steal ideas from it

It’s that simple. Granted the blog I stole this from stole it from another blog. Woo Hoo. Lots of fun.

The instructions for passing this list around the internet like a viral disease are as follows:

  1. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
  2. Italicize those you intend to read.
  3. Underline the books you love.

    Abdpbt has added to these instructions the following:

  4. Put in ALL CAPS the one that are also on the hypothetical list of books that Sarah Palin did not ask to have banned, but merely inquired about the theory of banning in general, a subtle and unimportant distinction.
  5. Strike through books that should not be on the list. This might be due to the fact that you hate them, or think they are not “literary,” or just because you are being capricious today.
  6. Color green those books that are propaganda or glorified trash. Feel justified in making these kinds of distinctions based on your status as both an ivory tower intellectual and a card carrying member of the media elite. Accuse naysayers of living in a “fly over” state. Drink organic coffee sweetened with agave nectar or stevia.
  7. Color red those books you haven’t read but “should” have, or which you have never heard of. Offer self-effacing, anti-intellectual explanations where necessary. Talk about how much you like popular culture as diversion tactic, and to make people think that you are “quirky.” Wear glasses with dark rims.
  8. Add books that should be on the list to the end. Take comfort in the fact that no list of this kind could ever be complete, and will always alienate someone. It is the problem with establishing canonicity. Pat self on back for using word “canonicity” outside of academic paper. Also, punch self in face for being tool.

She says, “Listen, it’s my website and I make the rules. So I don’t want to hear any bitching. So without any further ado, the list:”

I have edited the list to reflect my changes with the above rules except rule number 1. I’m just too lazy to go try to find a copy of that list and compare.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I personally feel anything by this woman is useless drivel. If I want to read trashy romance novels I’ll go buy them on clearance at Big Lots for 50¢.
  2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: Loved every one of these books. I do reread them sometimes too. I did however get very angry with JK when Dumbledore died in book 6. Hope that didn’t ruin it for you.
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Had to read it in school. Don’t really remember it though.
  6. The Bible: I really should read this just to see what all the crazies are talking about and why they’re so fanatical about this book.
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell: I find it kind of scary that under the current administration, and possibly the next, we’re moving closer and closer to this state. Orwell was right just not on the date.
  9. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: I’ve heard this is a really good book. I didn’t see the movie but it seems like it might be fun. I’ll let you know once I’ve read it.
  11. Little Women by Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: abdpbt said this was the most depressing book she ever read until she got to one of the other books on the list. I however found it wonderful. Makes me want to keep going no matter how bad I think things have gotten just like Tess did.
  13. Catch 22 Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien: Read this as a child. I’ve always loved fantasy novels. Even the trash romance novels I read now are about things that probably can’t happen. Time travel and vampires and stuff like that. Some will say that this shouldn't have it's own place on the list as it's part of the LoTR Trilogy. In fact it is not a part of the trilogy. It's a prequel. (And OH MY GOD THE HELL! How much of a geek am I that I abbreviated it LoTR?)
  17. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  18. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger: Another book I was forced to read in high school. Don’t really remember much of it though. I do know I liked it.
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell: hated the movie, and I know everyone always says the books better but I don’t think I can make myself care about such a spoiled rotten brat as Scarlett.
  22. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald: Don’t really know what this one is about but I do know that there’s always a lot of hype surrounding it.
  23. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: This is one of those books you just have to read at least once in your life.
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Loved the movie, hope the books better.
  26. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Another one of those books you have to read.
  28. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: I like the other Steinbeck work I’ve read so I’m hoping this is good as well. I think I may have read this in high school but I don’t remember.
  29. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Loved the Disney movie as a child and didn’t realize quite how different they make things.
  30. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Love Mr. Toad’s wild ride and like books with anthropomorphized animals.
  31. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: This is one of those books I SHOULD read but probably never will.
  33. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis: Anthropomorphized animals. What more is there to say?
  34. Emma by Jane Austen: See number 1
  35. Persuasion by Jane Austen: See number 1
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis: See number 33
  37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: I’ve heard of this book and heard good things about this book. So eh? Why not?
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: Another one where I loved the movie and hope the books better.
  40. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne: Who hasn’t read Winnie the Pooh? If you haven’t there must be something wrong with you.
  41. Animal Farm by George OrwellMore anthropomorphized animals, and this one has a message.
  42. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: I read it because of all the hype surrounding the movie. It wasn’t as good as I had hoped but it was better than the movie.
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  45. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery: I read this as a preteen and thought it was boring. I still think it’s boring.
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy: I like his other work and therefore will hopefully like this one too.
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
  49. Lord of the Flies by William Golding: Another one of them required books.
  50. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  52. Dune by Frank Herbert: I liked the movies and this is another that I hope will be better.
  53. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: See number 1
  55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: I’ve heard Dickens is boring. I’ve been told a very verbose person. However if I can get through Hugo I could probably get through Dickens.
  58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: It’s another one of those future doom and gloom books but still there’s hope.
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Yet another required read. However this one I enjoyed.
  62. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: I’ve heard the story outline but never actually read the book.
  63. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: This want to read is based on comments other’s have left regarding this book.
  65. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I’m just not one for prison stories. I know it’s supposed to be a great story but thbbpt is kind of how I feel about it.
  66. On The Road by Jack Kerouac: I don’t really have anything to say about this one I just don’t think I’ll ever read it.
  67. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy: Another one of those that I think I might like because of my like of his other works.
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding: Hated the movies would probably hate the books. I mean I have enough blogs to read already. I don’t want to add another.
  69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
  71. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens: I like the musical that was adapted from this perhaps I’d like the book.
  72. Dracula by Bram Stoker: I’ve read lots of vampire stories. I usually like them all. This one was a fun twist on the usual story.
  73. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: I know I’ve read this but can’t for the life of me remember anything about it. Which means I was either really young or it really sucked.
  74. Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses by James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: This is one of those woman books. Right? Something every woman should read. Right? At least that’s what I remember hearing about it.
  77. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal by Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray: The plot of this book seems incredibly boring. I’m not really interested in intrigues and plots to get the dying aunts money and other such drivel.
  80. Possession by AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: Who doesn’t remember humbugs come x-mas time?
  82. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple by Alice Walker: I know Oprah was in a movie of this once. Or was in Whoopie. Shit I can’t remember and I’m not going to take the time to look it up.
  84. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro: If this is the one they made the movie out of never never never going to read it. The movie almost put me to sleep it was so boring. And since most of my reading is done in bed I’m pretty sure the book WOULD put me to sleep.
  85. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web by EB White: Loved this book as a child. We need more PEOPLE like Charlotte in this world. Willing to go out of their way to help others.
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom: How does this person know who I’m going to meet in heaven? Or even if that’s where I’m going? I mean come on. Did he die? Did he go to heaven? I know if I went to heaven I don’t think I’d ask to come back to write a book about who I met there.
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: This is bolded and italicized because I’ve read some of them and need to read the rest.
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: I just like the title. Sound all dark and dangerous. It probably isn’t though.
  92. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery: Read in the original French. Over the course of several months with my French-English dictionary next to me. I never was a good French student.
  93. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down by Richard Adams: All I remember is something to do with rabbits. Not sure if that was in the story or if it was just the picture on the cover. But I definitely remember rabbits.
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas: I’ve heard lots of things about the musketeers and what they did, what they stood for and all that I should probably read what all the fuss is about and really learn what Dumas thought they should be.
  98. Hamlet by William Shakespeare: Another one of those required reads in high school. And oddly enough one that I really did like. I know I said earlier that I didn’t care for intrigues and trying to get what you don’t really deserve but hey it’s Shakespeare.
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: The first time I read this, yes first time I have read it more than once, it was hard to get through. Damned Hugo and making the first 6 chapters about the history of what’s going on at the time.

    Books added by abdpbt:

  101. The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie.
  102. White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
  103. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding.
  104. Geek Love by Kathryn Dunn.
  105. Blindness by Jose Saramago.
  106. The Corrections by Jonathan Frantzen.
  107. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  108. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.
  109. Fury by Salman Rushdie.
  110. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
  111. The Monk by Mathew Lewis.

    Books I would add:

  112. The Hunchback of Notre Dame By Victor Hugo
  113. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
  114. The Complete Works of E.A. Poe
  115. L’Etranger (The Stranger) by Albert Camus
  116. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  117. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  118. Something Wicked This Way Comes By Ray Bradbury
  119. The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
  120. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonegut
  121. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Yes I have read all the books in my additions. Yes I liked them all. 113 is actually 8 or 9 books and 119 is at least 3, probably more.

As far as the books on the original list are concerned I have only read a quarter of them. Not great but still much better than abdpbt’s assertion that most people have only read 6 of the books.

So what would your list include?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Was Hitler a Great Leader?

This is becoming a trend for me. Getting my blogging ideas from Dooce's comments. I just can't help myself. The people that post to her comments are usually the funniest people in the world.

Yesterday she opened herself up to more hate asking for discussion. She posted a video clip of Republican VP Candidate Palin and asked why people were still so in love with her. One of the comments left was this, in regards to Democratic Pres Candidate Obama.

"Hitler was a great speaker, did that make him a good leader?

I think it's scary to have such a smooth talker in office. I'm not saying he's Hitler, but who knows. And I admit I like listening to Obama speak. But he gets away with saying some shit because he's so smooth...I don't care for that kind of pull."

This got me to thinking. I know I'm going to offend some people out there in the Interwebs with this post but hey that's why I love having a blog. I can write whatever I want and don't have to care who I piss off.

Mirriam Webster defines the word leader as:

" a person who leads: as a: guide , conductor b (1): a person who directs a military force or unit (2): a person who has commanding authority or influence"

By that definition Hitler was not just a good leader. He was a fucking phenomenal leader. His countrymen loved him, as evidenced by the atrocities they committed for him. He gave his people what they needed at the time. Which is what made him so powerful.

Granted he united his people with hate and did horrible things to people that didn't deserve it. He was still a great leader. While his country was in turmoil and being bombarded from all sides by those opposed to what he was doing he still managed to keep control and had a huge army at his command. While I don't like the things he with his "leadership" I do have to say that the man was and great leader.

Thursday, September 04, 2008


I usually try to stay out of the policital debates. That's not what I wanted my blog to be about. I wanted it to be about light and funny things. And I guess what I'm about to say isn't really a political debate, more of a debate/rant on censorship and the 1st Amendment.

I have tried to post openly and honestly about what I think and feel in life. I have always tried not to alienate anyone from reading my blog. We all know there aren't very many of you. I have censored myself with regards to certain aspects of my life. However, I have to open my mouth about what is going on in the comments of my favorite blog to read.

Heather Armstrong writes and publishes Almost always her posts are light and funny posts about her husband, child, or dogs. Every once in a while she'll get a bug up her butt and post about something important to her. Kind of like the bug I get up my butt every once in a while.

Today she, in my opinion, tactfully posted her feelings about the speech given by Republican VP candidate Palin. She posted a link to an AP article explaining how some of the things said in the speech were incorrect. She left this post open to comments. She usually closes comments on all of her posts. She has gotten tired of the hate spewed her way.

I can't begin to fathom why she left them open this time. I don't know her personally, although I do feel a certain amount of closeness with this woman who has opened her home and life to the world. I can only guess that it was because she wanted people to get together and actually TALK about what's going on in this election.

What I found somewhat disturbing was the amount of people telling her that she never should have posted about this. That she should have kept her mouth shut and posted about what she knew best. That a mommyblog was no place for politics. What are they thinking? This is America that she lives in and we have the 1st Amendment.

IT'S HER BLOG. sHE CAN POST WHATEVER SHE DAMN WELL PLEASES AND YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM HER. We are granted a certain amount of freedom of speech by the 1st Amendment. I know that freedom comes with responsibilty. I do not believe that she was being irresponsible in her post.

Although I don't agree with ALL of what she said I do agree with a lot of what she said. Whether or not I agree with her comments however has nothing to do with her ability or right to post them. It's her point of view on this issue.

Neither am I saying that the people that told her to shut up should not have been allowed to post. They could have, as some did, simply stopped reading the blog. If you don't like something that you can't control you stop subjecting yourself to it. If you can control it then by all means try to change it. To publicly attack someone the comments of thier blog and tell them that their stupid or don't know what they're talking about is, to me, akin to going into someone's living room and saying those things to their face. It's like the cyber bullying commercials, don't know if you have them where you live, but "If you wouldn't say it to someone's face why would you say it online?"

What someone else posts on their blog is none of my business. If I don't like it I don't read it. It's not like she's in these people's homes with guns to their heads forcing them to read her blog or look at pictures of her dogs. I know she lives within 25 miles of me but I'm not afraid she'll come over and "pay me a visit" if I don't read her blog on a daily basis.

So what the fuck is wrong with people that they think it's okay to tell her what she can and can't say on her own damn blog? Have we become so self-centered in this country that we can't accept that there are other people out there? That they might think differently than we do? That they have the right to think differently? That that is what actually makes this country great?

Soemtimes I get so fed up with the pettiness in the world.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Constipation Studies

So I'm driving to my studio this morning listening to the local oldies radio station. I hear a commercial for Lifetree Clinical Research. They're doing a study on constipation. Specifically on opiate narcotics and the effects on bowel mobility. The commercial wasn't clear on that point.

I've had constipation problems since I was a baby. My mom said the first time I had a solid movement it scared her because it was bigger than what she could do. Since then it hasn't gotten better. I'll go three or four days sometimes between movements if I don't take a laxative or get enough fiber in my diet; and I start getting nauseous after eating towards the end of that time.

When those blessed days come I can spend as much as 30 minutes on the toilet. I don't try to rush things. Just let them happen naturally. This is learned after one time trying to rush it and tearing myself. Not good.

So I call the number and I start talking to this lady who's accepting applications at the research center.

Me: "I'm calling about the constipation study."

Her: "Oh Great! You have constipation?"

Me: "Since I was a baby. Scared my mom once when I was still in diapers."

Her actually sounding like she really cares: "Oh my you poor thing. Well let me ask. Are you taking opiates?"

Me: "No. Is that what you're looking for? People taking opiate narcotics?"

Her: "Yes. Well...hold on a second let me check something really quick."

Hold Music

Her: "Are you still there?"

Me: "Yes"

Her: "We're not looking for control subjects at this time. But you know you can look online for other places that might be doing research that can help you." In her most concerned voice, "I'm so sorry we couldn't help you."

I just about pissed myself laughiong at that, after hanging up of course. She really felt bad that I can't shit on a regular basis. Or at least she sounded like she cared. She takes her job a little too seriously.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Why do non-funny people even try to be funny? It's just sad really.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Why does a hangnail or paper cut hurt so goddamn bad? I think I'd rather cut my finger off.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Why do adult children torture themselves with week long "vacations" driving their parents around Texas and Oklahoma?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Knitting Nightmare #2

The evil that is Fun Fur should be blasted off the face of the planet. As well as the person that invented it.

When I was still living with my mom my niece came to visit for Christmas. She saw me knitting and decided that she wanted to learn. So we went to the local Wal-Mart and bought cheap yarn and needles so she could learn how to knit. I didn’t want to let her use my expensive bamboo or wool. She decided that she wanted a bright blue fun fur. I tried to dissuade her and get some nice smooth light acrylic yarn. She poo poo’d that idea. So we get the fun fur and some size 10.5 needles.

We take it all back to the house and I try to teach her to knit by having her sit in my lap so she can see exactly what I’m doing and copy the movements. She gave up on the fun fur so I handed her some nice smooth light acrylic yarn. After about 3 minutes of this she gives up and says she can’t do it. I keep trying to get her to knit and she keeps saying she can’t. I eventually give up.

I still have this bright blue fun fur however and no idea what to do with it. She decides that she wants the little kerchief pattern on the ball band. So I cast on my one stitch and start the painful task of making a neck kerchief with a KFB of the first stitch on each row.

I hated this after the about the 3rd row and wanted to throw it away. However I had promised my niece that I would make her this damned kerchief and so I would finish it. It took me about 3 years. There were several times where I would pick it up thinking it won’t take me long to finish then I can be done with it. Those periods only lasted about 10 minutes before I became disgusted. Then I would throw it back in my bag cursing the evil that is Fun Fur. The periods in my bag lasted much longer than 10 minutes.

It’s done. I’ve bound off. I still have to weave in the ends and mail it to her though. Not sure if she even still wants it. It’s been so long since she said she did. Maybe I’ll give it to my local animal shelter for some cat to snuggle with. It’s not really good for much else.


Why do the firemen always eat at the pizza place down the strip from me? Not that I'm complaining. They're not bad to look at, but you'd think they'd try to eat something a little more healthy than pizza.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Breaking In

In case you’re new here I spent a month in Paris when I was 17. It was a graduation gift to me; and Uncle Sam. We went with a local Community College as a group of about 30 people. We stayed in the dorms at La Citè.

My room was on the troisième floor, which in America would actually be the 4th floor not the 3rd. The first floor is 0 in France and most of Europe for some strange reason. This was also the top floor of the dorm. My room was in the corner of the building by the street which meant that I could look out my window and see a beautiful park.

The windows in these rooms opened inward and had very deep sills. I spent quite a bit of time sitting in my window doing my homework. The buildings were old enough that they had large stone ledges around the outside of the building. Being on the top floor the roof sloped away pretty quickly from the ledge. I also spent time standing on the ledge and leaning against the roof.

I was hanging out with my friend Lily one day when it started to get late. We had class the next day and decided to call it a night. Lily had apparently forgotten her key. Her roommate was already asleep and wouldn’t wake up to the knocking on the door, or the ringing of the phone.

We looked out one of my rooms windows and saw that her roommate had left the window open. There was no AC in this building. Having been in the rock climbing club in High School I have no fear of heights or hanging onto stone with my bare hands.

Since her bedroom window was open I decided to walk along the ledge outside the building to get into her window and let her into her room. Needless to say when I jumped down inside her dorm room her roommate woke up. Pounding on the door? No. Screaming telephone? No. 17 year old girl landing in her room? YES!

She wasn’t very happy. She started screaming at me to “Get out!!” I tried to calm her down by letting her know who I was but that just seemed to make her even angrier. She actually got out of bed and started chasing me towards the door.

Meanwhile Lily is waiting out in the hall for me to open the door. When I finally get there to open it she has this huge smile on her face, like she’s trying very hard not to laugh. I’m sure had I seen a mirror I would have seen the same expression on my face.

We both laughed our asses off about it the next day. Thought it was the funniest thing on the trip so far. This was about one week in. There was a lot more hilarity after this.

Our teacher from the states, who grew up in Paris and wasn’t staying at the dorms, came to talk to me the next day. Tried to yell at me and tell me he was going to send me home early. When I explained the situation and what we had tried first he changed his mind. This woman, whose name escapes me, was less than pleased to see me on the bus for the field trip the next day.

She tried to get the rest of the students after me too. When Lily and I explained what had happened they all laughed along with us. She didn’t make very many friends in Paris.

Come back later for more installments of my fun times in Paris. Like the time three of us chased a beggar off the metro.


When will the hot go away?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Knitting Nightmares #1

When I first learned to knit I taught myself. It was prescribed as physical therapy after having a cystotomy in my wrist. After just a couple of months I was back to full flexibility, able to touch my thumb to my forearm.

I learned to knit by watching Knitty Gritty on the DIY Network. Apparently I didn’t watch close enough. For the first 6 months of my knitting career I was always knitting through the back loop. I was apparently also wrapping the yarn backwards when purling. So you’d think that with the twisting of the knitting and the twisting of the purling they’d cancel each other out. But noooo, not the way it works.

I couldn’t figure out why my knitting was so damned tight. My fabrics didn’t move the way they were supposed to. They just sat there like hard little lumps. Like some sort of cyst. See what happens when you try to do something for yourself? I was about to give up then I found my LYS and a very helpful women.

She told me about her beginner’s knitting class and it wasn’t until I took that class that I realized what I was doing. Even then it took the instructor looking at my knitting to tell me. I still have that little bright pink baby sweater. With the first half of the back with twisted stitches. I’m such a perfectionist that if I did it now I’d rip it out and start over. However it was my first ever piece of knitted clothing and it will stay with twisted stitches forever, and probably unseamed as well.


Said in the voice of a 5 year old. "Intraweb...Can I ask you a question?...Can I have a hug?"

Friday, August 08, 2008

Bastille Day 1996

In 1996 I tested out of high school. I only stayed long enough to go to my senior prom, what a nightmare but that's another post. I was going to college at night and high school during the day and had been for 2 years. I was sick of school.

As a graduation gift to myself, and ostensibly to earn more college credits, I took out a student loan and spent a month in Paris. I have lots of stories to tell and lots of things I miss.

I went with a group from my local community college and lived in the dorms at La Citè. We attended classes at the Sorbonne. We all know the real reason to go there was to party like it was 1999. There were many nights where we didn't get back to the dorm until 3 or 4 in the morning. Hey! I was 17 and in a foreign country with no parental supervision. I was going to study?

We went during the month of July. I missed my favorite holiday. The 4th. But I was in Paris for Bastille Day. The 14th. Bastille Day is France's independence day. It is so called because in 1789 the French proletariat stormed the Bastille, Paris's main jail, which they felt was a symbol of the corrupt political system. It was the beginning of the French Revolution and the beginning of the downfall of the Monarchy.

The entire city shuts down and huge parties are held everywhere. Even along the banks of the Seine River that runs through the middle of Paris. My two best Paris buddies and I found ourselves along the banks of the Seine partying all night long. We danced and drank cheap French wine and ate good food and had a huge blast. One of my friends, Anastacia, was a line dancer back home in LA. She would go to cowboy bars and dance several times a week. She knew them all. The Achy Breaky, The Boot Scoot Boogy, and most importantly the Electric Slide.

Lily and I didn't know any of these dances. Stacia decided to teach us the Electric Slide since it was the easiest. So there we were, three american girls that spoke bad French at best, on the banks of the Seine river in Paris at a huge party doing the Electric Slide. We were having fun and ignoring everybody else. After about 5 minutes of us doing this constantly, the music never stopped, we started to gain an audience. People were noticing we were doing the same moves, in unison, and too the beat.

I don't remember how exactly it happened but our audienced eventually turned into students. We were teaching the young, what we thought were the cool, French how to do the Electric slide. By the end of the night we had about 200 people behind us doing the Electric slide along the banks of the Seine to European techno music. We only stopped when we were about to fall down. This was about 2 am. We'd been dancing since 4 pm.

The thing that really makes this story great is the fact that we missed the last Metro to La Citè by about 15 minutes. So we had to walk. At 2 AM. Through the middle of Paris. In our "Party Clothes". Three young, attractive, American girls walking through Paris, half-drunk, trying to find our way back home. Needless to say we found we didn't find La Citè. We DID find an all night Mickey D's and a phone book to call a cab. Which only cost us about $10.

So not a bad evening. I'm surprised I can remember most of it. come back tomorrw so i can tell you more tales of my exploits in Paris. Like the time I was walking around on the 4th story ledge of my dorm.


Why do they put the ashtrays at 7-11's right by the propane exchange tanks? For that matter why do they even have ashtrays at gas stations? It's almost like they're encouraging you to smoke and blow up the corner.

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Does laughing at someone else's misfortune make you a bad person?


I just watched Highlander again last night. Haven't watched it in a long time and thought it might be fun. I wasn't right. Oh. My. Fucking. God. There was alot of sword fighting. Like 75% of the movie.

I know. It's a movie about a bunch of men trying to cut each other's head's off. Of course there's going to be sword fights, but can't we have a little bit more story.

AND. What did I ever see in Christopher Lambert? The scenes where he's in a kilt with the long hair and clean shaven not too shabby. But the scenes in the 80's where he hasn't shaved in a week and his hairs a mess and he just basically looks dirty. Blech!

Now Sean Connery on the other hand. I still fuck him given the chance. I know he's old enough to be my grandfather and all that. I just want to hear him whispering my name in my ear in that oh so wonderful accent of his. Getting "happy" just thinking about it.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Why doesn't Utah weather make up it's mind?

Pink Scarf

Back in January I made a comment about some yarn being repurposed from one project to another. I said that would be a story for my other blog. Well since there is no longer an "other blog" I've decided to post it here.

When I was working for one of the world's largest hotel chains in their reservation center I made a friend. We had some past in common. We both worked in the complaint department. We had both been in Guest Relations for Disney. Me in Cali her in Florida. We were both comfortable with ourselves as far as our sexuality was concerned. Or so I thought.

We were constantly "flirting". Blowing each other kisses. Smacking each other on the ass. Groping each other. Granted all of this was out in the parking lot, the break room, or at each other's houses. Never on the call floor where others might be offended and get us in trouble for sexual harassment. The kind of stuff women do that their men hope would go further but never does. We were friends. I taught her how to knit.

One day when I was at a LYS they had a bunch of balls of different textured pink yarn in their dollar basket. I bought them thinking to make her a fun fashion scarf. Shortly after purchasing the yarn she was moved laterally from Guest Relations to a department that made reservations direclty for the hotels when they had groups coming in. After that happened she all of a sudden thought she was better than anyone else there. I didn't quite realise the change in her until it was too late.

One day I was walking past her on my way back to my desk after a smoke break, I used to smoke but quit just over a year ago. As per our established pattern I smacked her on the ass on the way by. She said nothing. Just ignored it and we both went about our days. A few days later I get called over to my supervisors desk to find out that she had made a sexual harassment claim against me. I was needless to say very angry. It was something mutual that SHE STARTED. I was just going along with it. It didn't bother me in the slightest as I am secure in my sexuality.

Nothing ever came of the claim as I explained the back story to my supervisor and he basically ignored it. What really pissed me off is that she didn't even have the balls to come to me and say somthing like, "I realize that this is something that we used to do in the past but I am no longer comfortable with the situation and would prefer if it wouldn't happen again." Granted I would have been confused but I would have said okay and that would have been the end of it. The fact that she went to my supervisor and bitched only made me lose all respect for her. Never spoke to her again after that and boy am I glad I'm out of that hell hole of a job.