Saturday, April 25, 2009

Did you just call me a cow-boy?

This scene from "The Magnificent Seven" series always cracks me up! Robert Vaughn rocks even in his senior years! There are days when I could have used Buck & the guys to take care of business for me!

I just needed a good laugh today..

Friday, April 24, 2009

Shady Pines Ma!!!

Famous last words spoken by Dorothy Zbornak to her mother Sophia in many episodes of "The Golden Girls". It's hard to believe the first episode aired 24 years ago when I was just 15 years old. They came into our home every Saturday night and Grams and I would sit and watch laughing hysterically!

I loved the girls, they way they laughed, I loved the stories they told, the way they dressed, I just loved everything about them. When they first aired, I was already quite familiar with Bea and Rue from their "Maude" days and Betty of course, who could forget her as the slutty Sue Ann Niven in the "Mary Tyler Moore" show? The more I watched them, the more attached I became. It didn't take long for me to rate it my favorite comedy and it still is all these years later.

I've taken that "which Golden Girl are you" test a dozen times and every time I come out being Dorothy. No matter what I do, I'm still Dorothy, so I learned to love it. Dorothy had her own style, she was a little self-conscious but she had her own beat that only she moved to, and she was ok with that. She was the cautious one, the one who second-guessed everything and always gave good advice to others.

Estelle was the first to leave us and that was so sad. And now Bea, and it is a great loss. It feels like a part of my own family has died. That's a great actor, the one that can make you feel like they are a part of your family. I wished these girls would live forever because as long as they lived, I stayed young. Losing them reminds me I'm getting old.er because when I think of them, it takes me back to the days when I was just a teenager in high school. My parents were in their 40's, my grandparents in their 60's, we were all young, life was good.

I've often said I don't want to grow old alone. If I found myself facing that, I'd want to move into a house in a city much like Miami--as it was back then that is--with with three of my closest friends so we could share our laughter and tears together. Because you see, I'd like to think that there's a little "Golden Girl" in all of us.

RIP Bea, we'll miss you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I guess drinking and driving and killing someone is NOT a crime!

Donald Wood of High Springs, Florida had a blood alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal limit, when he slammed into Kyle Ford's bike, throwing Kyle off of it and killing him .

FHP investigated it, the Assistant State Attorney Andrea Muirheard made a judgment call and 9 months later, Donald Wood, a man who clearly does not respect vehicle safety laws, walked away a free man. Asst State Attorney Muirheard concluded there was not enough evidence to charge Donald Wood with a felony count of DUI Manslaughter.

I thought drinking and driving was a crime. I thought that killing someone in the midst of committing a crime was a very serious offense with very serious penalties. Apparently not.

Donald Wood's case was treated as a "traffic case" not a "criminal case" and received 90 days in the county jail, of which 60 can be served in a residential rehab facility, one year driver license suspension, 1 year probation and 100 hours community service.

This guy should be behind bars. How many DUIs does it take to get these people off the road for good?

That's the penalty for drinking and driving and killing someone.

I don't blame Judge Philman, he probably did the best he could given the charge. But I do blame the Assistant State Attorney who handled the case and the FHP as well.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Perez Hilton is the "dumb bitch" here..

OMG this is a travesty. The self-proclaimed flamboyant "Queen" of Hollywood Gossip has hit a new low.

Click to play. Be warned, you'll want to barf after hearing this maggot, I've seen him on TV and I can't stand him!

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I don't care that later he apologized for calling Miss California, Carrie Prejean, her a dumb bitch, he meant it. And there's nothing I despise more than radicals, of any kind. And that piece of dog squeeze Perez Hilton is just that.

Perez Hilton (who knows WHY this asshole was chosen as a judge!) mentioned that Vermont legalized gay marriage and asked her how she felt.

She replied, "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised."

Later, in an interview Carrie stated, "It did cost me my crown. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that's all I can do."

Well at least she was honest. I respect that. Honestly, I think that Miss California Carrie Prejean had the right to state her beliefs when asked about gay marriage.

Her colleague Miss Vermont felt differently. She stated, "Everyone has the right to their own actions. But I totally disagree with Carrie. I have a very different perspective on gay marriage and I would never have said what she said."


Right now I'm thinking of a word......integrity, Carrie Prejean has it, Perez Hilton does not.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Yeah, whatever, I know what I saw...

“It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah,” the aide was quoted as saying by Politco.com Wednesday.
....so says a Presidential aide.


You lie! He did bow, he didn't use both of his hands until after he raised himself up. You can see his left hand is to his side when he bows. I watched it in slow-mo.

Busted!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

We miss you pa.

Lately I've felt guilty because a day would go by and I hadn't thought of you as often as I had the day before. I suppose keeping busy keeps my mind off of the fact you have only been gone a couple of weeks. Sometimes I can't think about it. I still can't wear your necklace, the one mom gave me that you always wore---the Star of David with the cross in the middle. I want to wear it but I can't. Maybe soon I will be able to. I take your watch out and look at it every now and then. It's the watch mom says I gave you a few years back when I was living with you guys at home, long before Vin came along. I think I remember giving it to you LOL but so much has happened between now and then. You wore that watch all the time, you were wearing it when you died. I'd like to think that maybe a part of you is with that watch. I know semes corny doesn't it?

It still doesn't seem real but with each day it sinks in that you're gone. It isn't like you're just working or in the hospital, you're really never coming home.

Sometimes I get depressed, sometimes I cry, sometimes I get angry at you for leaving us. And then when all is said and done, I just miss you. But I am ok, each day gets better. Mom is doing fine, she's really holding together, much better than any of us expected. I told mom that she has really amazed me, that she is much stronger thn any of us gave her credit for. Dave, Kim, grams, we're all holding it together and helping each other, that's what you wanted.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Gee, hard up for cash are ya?

One of the fine things about working at an institution of higher education is that we have to pay to park there. In the past 15 years, I've paid about $4,000 for parking decals. Prior to a few weeks ago, only once in fifteen years did I ever receive a citation, which was waived. It was a hot day and the suction cups of my decal lost their suction, the decal had fallen off the windshield and lay on the dashboard. It was in plain view and yet I received a ticket anyway. Yep that's the way it was, the dumbass could see the decal, could see the numbers, could tell the heat popped it off, yet she wrote me a ticket anyway. I appealed it and won. That was in 1994.

Fast foward to 2009. Two weeks ago, DH and I had to drive both vehicles in to town. We dropped the car off at Town Tire to have something repaired, and we took the truck to work and had the decal in it. Later that evening we picked up the car, brought both vehicles home but I'd forgotten to take the decal out of the truck and place it back in the car. Next day, I'm at work and one of my coworkers comes in and tells me I'm getting a citation for not having my decal. I promptly appeal the $30 citation and received a letter in the mail the other day stating,

"The Traffic Hearing Authority has reviewed your appeal of the parking citation listed abote and rendered a judgment of "guilty" but has reduced the fine as shown. Pursuant to this judgment...."

and so they reduced it from $30 to $10.

Oh they're so kind. I wasn't appealing the ticket because I couldn't afford to pay it, I was appealing it on the basis that I have a valid decal, I simply forgot to put it in the car. Now, think about it for a minute, what is the point of charging me $10? A penalty for not having a decal at all or for having it but forgetting to put it in my car. These students who have no decals and aren't supposed to be parking in our lot are ticketed because they do not have a decal to park there. But they can't appeal it and expect to win because they have no decal period.

At least I have a decal, it takes two seconds for the appeal folks to check it out in the system, a longtime employee of 15 years, pays for her decal on time every year and the best they can do is reduce my fine?

I give a lot of time and effort to this institution and frankly I think the least they could do for employees is cut us some slack especially when they CONFIRM that the person appealing does in fact have a decal. Unlike students who do not have a decal at all and park there taking away a spot from one of us, I am legitimately entitled to that parking space because I do pay for a decal to park there.

UFf is so hard up for cash these days I guess it shouldn't surprise me they're charging me the $10.

You can best be sure I'll be sending a letter along with my check and it won't say "Have a nice day".