Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

weekend

And so starts another three day weekend. You just have to love working four 10 hour days. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do yet, but I'll think of something :D

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2nd amendment


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Odd fact

As I was heading home from work today, the weatherman gave us a strange fact. We have not hit freezing once, since the start of the new year. Imagine that, not once did we hit 32 degrees. I am almost afraid to go back and check how long it has been since we saw it. How sad to think you look forward to getting to that magical temperature.
They did finally sand our road. After 3 cars have gone in the ditch. Looks like they used five gallons worth of it, on our 2 mile stretch of road. (cheap buzzturds) All the other roads got loaded with sand, but not ours. Last time they bothered to do a decent job on our road was right after the school bus almost went in the ditch. That was probably 10 years or more ago.
Don't you just love country living :D

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dumb kids

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) - Two 16-year-old students at Chippewa Falls High School could face charges after one allegedly punched a classmate to earn $10 from the other.

A girl has been arrested on two counts of battery, and a boy has been referred to juvenile court on two counts of party to the crime of battery.

The rest of the article can be found here.

Looks like some people will do anything for a buck, regardless of the consequences. (shakes head)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Chat wandering

I was bored this morning, so I decided to wander around the rooms of Yahoo. Being a reg in two chat rooms, you kind of get use to how people talk and their personalities. You know who you can trust and who you shouldn't. (haven't been burned yet) So I went to see what it was like in some other rooms. It wasn't as bad as I would have thought. Every room had bots of some form, which I expected. They had a wide variety of people. From friendly to obnoxious. A/S/L (age/sex/location) is alive and well out there, which we don't use in the help rooms. We really don't need that in order to help you with your computer problem. So all in all, it was a nice experience, for the most part.
(I went into Police & Fire, Computer Lobby, and Pagan chat)

If you ever get bored, you might try it sometime.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

quiz

What your taste in art says about you

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

Simple, Progressive, and Sensual

21 Ukiyo-e, 8 Islamic, 7 Impressionist, -30 Cubist, -37 Abstract and 21 Renaissance!



People that chose Ukiyo-e art tend to be more simplistic yet elegant. They don't care much about new style but are comfortable in creating their own. They like the idea of living for the moment and enjoy giving and receiving pleasure. They may be more agreeable than other people and do not like to argue. They do not mind following traditions but are not afraid to move forward to experience other ideas in life. They tend to enjoy nature and the outdoors. They do not mind being more adventurous in their sexual experiences. They enjoy being popular and like being noticed. They have their own unique style of dress and of presenting themselves. They may also tend to be more business oriented or at the very least interested in money making adventures. They might make good entrepreneurs. They are progressive and adaptable.

You can take the quiz here.

This particular quiz had true and false statements about me. The orange highlighted phrases are true, the purple highlighted phrases are not true. The ones not highlighted are more or less neutral.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

work

Monday they started training me on a new machine at work. I didn't realize just how very brave (or stupid) my bosses are.

Since starting there 2 years ago, I have earned a bit of a reputation for breaking things. On the upside, I have also learned how to fix those things. The maintenance guys know they only need to show me once, leave me the tools, and I won't be calling them back.

So, on Monday I walk into work, and the supervisor tells me I'm going to be running the 62" rotary cutter. I gave a slight look of shock as I explained I hadn't run that machine yet. I get a five minute crash course, then I'm left to my own devices. The R/O (rate of operation) for that machine, with 2 people (I had a packer) was 4.1 cases an hour. Today they gave me my R/O evaluation, I made 8.1 cases an hour. (does the happy me dance. oh yeah :D ) One of my coworkers told me ahead of time I broke rate, because she had heard them talking about it in the office, but I was still surprised I almost doubled it my first time on the machine. I have a bit of a competitive streak in me, so my goal next time will be to best myself.

What they neglected to tell me ahead of time, was that the material I would be working with has extremely sharp edges. (it's only paper for gawd sake) The tops of my hands now look like I played with razor blades and lost.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New President

Today Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

I was going to give a little personal opinion (rant) on this particular subject, but I decided to save it for another day.
Let the new Pres. have his moment.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

California to withhold state tax refunds

"We can't pay you yet." That is what California is telling businesses and their residents.

(CNN) -- The check isn't in the mail, and it's not going to be for at least 30 days, California will start telling some of its creditors in February.
Among those who will be left waiting for checks are thousands of businesses that provide services and products to the state; more than 1 million aged and disabled Californians who need to pay for rent, utilities or food; and individuals and businesses awaiting tax refunds to the tune of $1.91 billion.

The rest of the article can be found here

Um, just what exactly would happen if residents and businesses starting saying, "Sorry, I can't pay my taxes right now" ? Or if they decided to stop providing services to the state, for which they are Not getting paid, like most places do if you don't make your payments on time. How many more states will try that on their people? How many businesses will have to lay off workers , because they have no income coming in, with which to pay them? How soon before this country slips into total and utter economic destruction, because no one feels the need to pay who they owe?
Why is it, the state government has the right to say "nope not this month, and probably not next month either", just because they can't curb their spending? Why do innocent residents have to always pay the price ?
Can someone answer any of those questions for me??? Preferably in plain English, without all the governmental BS. I kind of doubt it.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Cute puppy video

video

Tucker sees himself in the mirror. He was not impressed.

Man Complains About Buddhas At KC Zoo

Here we go again.

The Kansas City Zoo has received a complaint about Buddha statues in an Asian-themed area.

Overland Park Man Calls Statues 'Infuriating To God'



Full article can be found here

I really wish people would just get over it. Although, I am kind of surprised that this time it's a proclaimed "Christian". I was under the impression Christians were taught tolerance. Maybe they are just tired of having everything they believe in slammed to the ground.
In God We Trust
being removed from money. Under God being removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Nativity scenes being removed from public places. Yeah, I can understand being cranky.

BUT........... How is it going to help your case to start acting like the rest of them.

Being Pagan, I don't get all upset over these little religious skirmishes regarding the removal of statues, phrases, scenes, what have you. I believe in: Live and let live. I also don't believe in forcing someone to follow my beliefs.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

What kind of American English do you speak.

You Speak General American English!
70% General American English

15% Upper Midwestern

10% Yankee

0% Dixie

0% Midwestern

You can take the quiz here.

Well that really isn't very surprising, at least not to me :D

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

doesn't it figure

Subject URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
Type High Wind Alerts
Expires 1/16/2009 12:00:00 PM
Updated 1/14/2009 3:32:35 PM
First Received 1/13/2009 3:12:09 PM
Severity Watch
Counties Vilas (Wisconsin), Oneida (Wisconsin), Forest (Wisconsin), Florence (Wisconsin), Northern Marinette County (Wisconsin), Lincoln (Wisconsin), Langlade (Wisconsin), Menominee (Wisconsin), Northern Oconto County (Wisconsin), Marathon (Wisconsin), Shawano (Wisconsin), Wood (Wisconsin), Portage (Wisconsin), Waupaca (Wisconsin), Waushara (Wisconsin)
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
323 PM CST WED JAN 14 2009
...DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED...
.A VERY COLD...ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL REMAIN ENTRENCHED OVER THE
UPPER MIDWEST INTO FRIDAY BRINGING DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS TO THE
AREA. WIND CHILLS OF 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH
OF THE AREA TONIGHT. WIND CHILLS WILL RECOVER SOME THURSDAY
AFTERNOON...THOUGH ARE EXPECTED TO DROP BACK DOWN INTO WARNING
CRITERIA THURSDAY EVENING.
VILAS-ONEIDA-FOREST-FLORENCE-NORTHERN MARINETTE-LINCOLN-LANGLADE-
MENOMINEE-NORTHERN OCONTO-MARATHON-SHAWANO-WOOD-PORTAGE-WAUPACA-
WAUSHARA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...EAGLE RIVER...RHINELANDER...CRANDON...
TOMAHAWK...ANTIGO...KESHENA...WAUSAU...WISCONSIN RAPIDS...
STEVENS POINT...WAUTOMA
323 PM CST WED JAN 14 2009
...WIND CHILL WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM CST FRIDAY...
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS CANCELLED...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY HAS CANCELLED THE WIND
CHILL ADVISORY. THE WIND CHILL WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL
12 PM CST FRIDAY.
WIND CHILLS OF 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED OVERNIGHT TONIGHT
AND THEN AGAIN ON THURSDAY NIGHT. WIND CHILLS THIS LOW WILL CAUSE
FROST BITE IN 10 TO 15 MINUTES. SOME RECOVERY IS EXPECTED
DURING THE DAYTIME HOURS ON THURSDAY...THOUGH CONDITIONS ARE STILL
EXPECTED TO REMAIN DANGEROUS.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND WINDS WILL
GENERATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROSTBITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT
TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT
AND GLOVES.


The advisory has been canceled, and we are now under a warning.
I just knew it. Mother Nature wasn't happy with just giving us frigid cold, she had to toss in high winds to go with it. Can someone point me in the direction of the nearest HOT deserted island? Come to think of it, I will even put up with people on it, as long as it is HOT.

Monday, January 12, 2009

brrrrrrrrrr


Thursday
Mostly Cloudy, High -2°, Low -6°

OK this is wrong on so many levels. When the daily high can't even break 0. This temperature is BEFORE any windchill is factored in. And from what I am seeing, we will be having some wind. Which means that number is going to drop like a stone.
Mother Nature, no offense intended, but would you QUIT this chit.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Oh well




Barack is very disappointed with me!


I only scored 20 on the Obama Test






Saturday, January 10, 2009

How the economy is affecting small towns

This is one of four car dealers in the small town nearest us. It was one of the longest runnings businesses around. Now it's gone. The auto bailout isn't going to help them any, and it isn't going to help the rest of the small dealers either. So while people in Detroit and all those other big cities whine about lost jobs if they don't get this money, our town has already lost them.

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cats

This is Chubs, yet another of our cats. He is what I call a semi-long haired fur ball. Chubs is one of our more anti-social cats.



Thursday, January 8, 2009

Kiefer Sutherland - Hunk of the month

Jack is back. The new '24' episodes are just around the corner. In honor of such a momentous occasion, I am posting a verrrrrrrry nice pic of Kiefer Sutherland. If you're a big fan of '24' you can also check out the blogs.4bauer website here.


Song of the week

I absolutely love classic rock. It is probably one of my favorite genres. I hadn't heard this song in forever and decided to post a link to it. It has a real nice beat, without being headbanging. (although nothing wrong with that kind of music either )
This is Winger - Can't Get Enough

Tucker

This picture was taken by my daughter. The puppy is growing fast. Don't let that innocent look fool you, when he goes into hyper-puppy mode, he literally flies around the house, bouncing off of furniture.

Monday, January 5, 2009

meme snagged from Snigs

Following Snig's lead, here is my take on this.


1. Do you like blue cheese?
nope, cheddar or nothing.

2. Have you ever smoked?
Yeppers.

3. Do you own a gun?
You mean someone doesn't have one? :O
rifles, shotguns, and a pistol, also have a couple crossbows.

4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite?
grape

5. Do you get nervous before a doctors appointment?
nope

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
quick lunch

7. Favorite Christmas movie?
The grinch who stole Christmas

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8. Favorite thing to drink in the morning?
coke

9. Can you do push ups?
yes, but I wimp out at 10.

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
a copper cuff bracelet with the sun and moon on it

11. Favorite hobby?
reading, playing on the computer

12. Do you have A.D.D.?
nope

13. What’s one trait you hate about yourself?
my smoking

14. Middle name?
Elizabeth

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
1. this is a really dumb commercial (credit report.come)
2. what was the name of that song I wanted to find
3. is it Thursday yet?

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
coke, coke zero, orange juice

17. How many siblings do you have?
three

18. Current hate right now?
political correctness

19. Favorite place to be?
home

21. Where would you like to go?
Australia, Ireland

22. Name three people who might complete this:
Larry, Moe and Curly ( I have no idea)

23. Do you own slippers?
slippers? what are those. no I have shoes on as soon as I get up.

24. What shirt are you wearing?
Navy blue t-shirt

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
sometimes :D

26. Can you whistle?
yes

27. Favorite color?
purple

28. Would you be a pirate?
can I have a sword?

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don't sing in the shower, I sing in the car though. classic rock

30. Favorite Girls Names?
Heidi, Nicole

31. Favorite boy’s names:
Jacob, Anthony

32. What is in your pocket?
no pockets

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
idiots in the chat room

34. What vehicle do you drive?
black jeep liberty, little suv with a lot of attitude

35. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
I have broke many things( arm, ankles, thumbs) that is the extent of injuries.

36. Do you love where you live?
if it was warm, I would love it.

37. How many TVs do you have in your house?
four

38. Who is your loudest friend?
can't think of any I would categorize as loud.

39. Do you have any pets?
8 cats, 2 dogs, 4 fish, 2 horses.

40. Does someone have a crush on you?
not that I know of

41. Your favorite book(s):
anything between a front and back cover
specifically sci-fi, mystery, crime

42. Do you collect anything?
books and music

43. Favorite Sports Team?
Minnesota Vikings

44. What song do you want played at your funeral?
Go rest high on that mountain

Sunday, January 4, 2009

football



Well, I saw it coming, and it has happened. Minnesota lost to Philly 14 - 26. Just once I would like to be proven wrong when it comes to my team. At half time it was close, at 14 - 16 they had a chance to pull it off. But NO, they had to go screw up once again.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

quiz

Your result for The 4-Variable IQ Test...

Mathematical

10% interpersonal, 20% visual, 20% verbal and 50% mathematical!


Brother-from-another-mother! Like mine, your highest scoring intelligence is Mathematical. You thrive on logic, numbers, things representing numbers, and sets of things that are sets of other things, with numbers nowhere in sight. You probably like the online comic called XKCD, and if you don't, check it out.

You probably knew you'd score "Mathematical" as you took the test, and mathy types are usually super-high scorers on this axis, and low on the others. Why? Because you (we) yearn for math.

Anyway, your specific scores follow. On any axis, a score above 25% means you use that kind of thinking more than average, and a score below 25% means you use it less. It says nothing about cognitive skills, just your interest.

Your brain is roughly:

10% Interpersonal

20%Visual

20%Verbal

50%Mathematical

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice to the world.

1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 20%.

2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 25%.

3. Don't have sex with someone if your math scores differ by over 40%. You might kill them.

Update: You can take the quiz here, Sorry folks .

Yep, that would be me to a T.

Robbers Target OxyContin In Grand Chute

Grand Chute - Police in Grand Chute are searching for two suspects that terrorized an elderly couple in Grand Chute in an early morning home invasion robbery.
Police Seargent Todd Zolkowski said one suspect had a gun, and the two demanded the prescription painkiller OxyContin when they entered the home around 2am Friday.
The two got away with the drugs and some cash.

According to police, there were two people in the home, a man and a woman, and one of them was hit in the head with the gun, causing a cut that required stitches. Both were taken to Appleton Medical Center, treated and released.

It’s the second of two home invasions in the area in recent months. In both cases the suspects demanded the prescription drug.

Police said there has been an increase in thefts targeting prescription drugs, and the thieves either sell the drugs or steal them for their own habits.

Police believe this was not a random act and are now searching for the suspects. They say the men are between 22 and 30 years old. The first suspect is either White or Hispanic, between 5’2’’ and 5’3, ” and was wearing a brown sweater and a black bandana. The second suspect was White, 5’8” -5’9.” He had Orange or Light Brown Hair and was wearing black clothing and a red bandana.

What's going to happen if they break in a place with no drugs? If they are indeed armed, things could go from bad to extremely ugly very quickly.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

change

And that is how fast the forecast changes in this wondrous state in which I reside.

they lied

According to the weather report, we MIGHT have a chance of late day snow. They LIED. It's only 1:00p.m. and it's snowing like crazy and blowing. Last time I checked 1 o'clock was NOT late afternoon.


I really need to find a nice warm island.

weather for the week


We might actually have a chance of seeing the sun this week.

New Year

Happy New Year! 2009
Hope you all had a safe and fun one. May the new year bring you nothing but joy and prosperity.