I am on the road again, this time to Williamson, VT. Mapquest says it's 18 hours from where I pick up the dogs which is 60 miles from my house. I have some help this time from a friend of Dr. Amber. We will be sharing the driving duties, but it's still a long trip. The good news is, with two drivers driving four hour shifts, we won't have to stop at a motel. That way we can be home on Saturday afternoon as usual.
Am I the last one to know? Did y'all know this. Mr. Six, the old man who danced while inviting everyone to Six Flags is really Danny Teeson of Queer Eye For The Straight Girl. It took some sever investigative reporting to find this out. I went to Google and put in Six Flags Old Man and there it was. Don’t ask me why. I just had one of those genius inspirational moments and thought I would see if I could find out who Mr. Six was.
Please! No more applause and accolades. I’ll dedicate my Nobel Prize in Literature to you, my peeps. Which brings up another question that has been bugging me lately. Is PEEPS plural for POOP? If so, I don’t mean to call each of you SHIT. I love yah too much for that.
I didn't really do this -- just forwarding. Maybe we should try this though!
Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.
Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference -- just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.
Judy, my beautiful friend and long-suffering wife of Jim Latchford (my long winded blogging buddy) had plans for a three day seminar in Atlanta, but she didn’t want to leave her baby, honey, husband, friend, lover… what ever she calls him…home alone. So we worked out arrangements for me to baby-sit him while she was in her meetings. They came in on Friday, but I couldn’t get away to meet them because my Judy (the wife formally known as Sweet Tea) was flying in from three weeks in NJ and we were going from the airport to meet the kiddies, Marni and Carl for dinner and then take the kiddies home. So Jim promised to be good and stay in his room until I could get there on Saturday morning.
I picked him up around nine o’clock and we headed off for Kennesaw Mountain to visit the Civil War battlefield and museum. We are both CW nuts and love to visit historical sites. The picture below is of us on top of the mountain. It was a cool 60 something degrees with a slight wind blowing. But it was a beautiful day.
From there we went over to Cheatham Hill to see where the fiercest battle around the mountain took place. That’s Jim next to the cannon. This is a well preserved battlefield and is reminder of how horrible war can be.
From there we went to Kennesaw to see the museum dedicated to the Great Locomotive Chase. The engine General is located here. The engine that chased them in reverse is at the Cyclorama in Atlanta. The two pictures below are of the big boy and with Jim.
I got him back to the motel in good shape. He was a good boy and I didn’t have to punish him one time. He was so good, in fact, we went back out on Sunday to the Cyclorama. From there we went up to my town of Woodstock and had lunch at the Right Wing Tavern (look it up) and had a good Republican lunch. From there we went to the battlefield of Altoona Pass. Most of the lower parts of the battle field are under the water of Lake Altoona, but the old railroad cut and several trenches and star forts are still there. Again he was a very good boy and I got him back to his motel in good shape. Tired but in good shape. I think Judy was pleased because I didn’t get a phone call from her. Plus, they are from the Tampa/St.Pete area, so you know he was happy Sunday night.
So, if any of you are in the area and need the services of Coffeypot Sitting and Touring Co. let me know. I would love to be your host.
LOSING A FRIEND (A Must Read)! This is a very touching story about life, death and friends. It's certain to strum your heartstrings and touch your soul. I normally don't post mushy stuff, but this one I couldn't help. ... I'm still choked up over it:
I am on my way to Niskayuna, NY, and other places in the general area again with a load of puppies and dogs.
I always look forward to the ubiquitous road work like the one above. But I have my audio books, so it isn't that bad.
I also have received three warnings and two speeding tickets in the past two years for speeding (both in the early a.m. with no one else on the road - I guess he had to do something to stay awake, too.) So now I only lease vans with cruse control. It kills me to be running 75 mph when I could be running 90 (and more comfortable at this speed.) But I must try to be good. I must try to be good. I must try to be good. (My new mantra)
I'll be stopping in Winchester, VA on the return trip tomorrow night, so I'll try to check in then. This weekend I will publish a new meme that I borrowed from Tookie Tails.
Marni e-mailed this to me and I chuckled all the way though it. I hope you do too.
CHILDREN WRITING ABOUT THE OCEAN
1) - This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly, age 6) 2) - Oysters' balls are called pearls. (Jerry, age 6) 3) - If you are surrounded by ocean you are an island. If you don't have ocean all round you, you are incontinent. (Wayne , age 7) 4) - Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She's not my friend any more. (Kylie, age 6) 5) - A dolphin breaths through an asshole on the top of it's head. (Billy, age 8) 6) - My uncle goes out in his boat with two other men and a woman and pots and comes back with crabs. (Millie, age 6) 7) - When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes when the wind didn't blow the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans. (William, age 7) 8) - Mermaids live in the ocean. I like mermaids. They are beautiful and I like their shiny tails, but how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really? (Helen, age 6) 9) - Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves into chargers. (Christopher, age 7) 10) - When you swim in the ocean, it's very cold, and makes my willy small. (Kevin, age 6) 11) - Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Divers can't go down alone, so they have to go down on each other.(Becky, age 8) 12) - On vacation my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won't do it again because water fired right up her big fat ass. (Julie, age 7) 13) - The ocean is made up of water and fish. Why the fish don't drown I don't know. (Bobby, age 6) 14) - My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the ocean. What he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and married my mom. (James, Age 7)
The first picture is sweet, with the little girls playing on the beach, The second picture is just a passing fantasy, now. The final picture make we wonder when they are going to quit fooling around and come back in and fix supper.
Laura Schaefer, the author of Man with Farm Seeks Woman with Tractor, has this on MSN.com and I thought you peeps would like to see it - for the laugh, if not for the girly stuff.
Love is a many-slandered thing … and a very surprising thing, too. As if you needed proof of that, here are 25 funny little facts about love. Study them, scratch your head over them, and share them with someone you fancy.
1. Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don't.
2. People are more likely to tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of the left (65 percent of people go to the right!)
3. When it comes to doing the deed early in the relationship, 78 percent of women would decline an intimate rendezvous if they had not shaved their legs or underarms.
4. Feminist women are more likely than other females to be in a romantic relationship.
5. Two-thirds of people report that they fall in love with someone they've known for some time vs. someone that they just met.
6. There's a reason why office romances occur: The single biggest predictor of love is proximity.
7. Falling in love can induce a calming effect on the body and mind and raises levels of nerve growth factor for about a year, which helps to restore the nervous system and improves the lover's memory.
8. Love can also exert the same stress on your body as deep fear. You see the same physiological responses — pupil dilation, sweaty palms, and increased heart rate.
9. Brain scans show that people who view photos of a beloved experience an activation of the caudate — the part of the brain involving cravings.
10. The women of the Tiwi tribe in the South Pacific are married at birth.
11. The "Love Detector" service from Korean cell phone operator KTF uses technology that is supposed to analyze voice patterns to see if a lover is speaking honestly and with affection. Users later receive an analysis of the conversation delivered through text message that breaks down the amount of affection, surprise, concentration and honesty of the other speaker.
12. Eleven percent of women have gone online and done research on a person they were dating or were about to meet, versus seven percent of men.
13. Couples' personalities converge over time to make partners more and more similar.
14. The oldest known love song was written 4,000 years ago and comes from an area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. (It's title is, "Me give you cooked rabbit if you let me play with your squarrel)
15. The tradition of the diamond engagement ring comes from Archduke Maximillian of Austria who, in the 15th century, gave a diamond ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy.
16. Forty-three percent of women prefer their partners never sign "love" to a card unless they are ready for commitment.
17. People who are newly in love produce decreased levels of the hormone serotonin — as low as levels seen in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Perhaps that's why it's so easy to feel obsessed when you're smitten.
18. Philadelphia International Airport finished as the No. 1 best airport for making a love connection, according to an online survey.
19. According to mathematical theory, we should date a dozen people before choosing a long-term partner; that provides the best chance that you'll make a love match.
20. A man's beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.
21. Every Valentine's Day, Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet took place, receives around 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
21. When we get dumped, for a period of time we love the person who rejected us even more, says Dr. Helen Fisher of Rutgers University and author of Why We Love. The brain regions that lit up when we were in a happy union continue to be active.
22. People telling the story of how they fell in love overwhelmingly believe the process is out of their control.
23. Familiarity breeds comfort and closeness … and romance.
24. One in five long-term love relationships began with one or both partners being involved with others.
25. OK, this one may not surprise you, but we had to share it: Having a romantic relationship makes both genders happier. The stronger the commitment, the greater the happiness!
I received this challenge from Mary Taitt over at No Polar… Meme’s are so fucking fun, but she is holding my cat, Chaplin, captive until I do it. So to save Chaplin, here goes:
Let’s Play Four
A) Four Places That I Go To Over And Over: Waffle House, Bathroom, New York and New Jersey.
B) Four People Who Email Me Regularly: Chuck, Kristen, Judy and Someone trying to sell me Viagra.
C) Four Of My Food Favorites: Mexican, Chinese, Italian and Salads – with sweet tea or diet coke.
D) Four Things I’d Like To Do: Star in a porn movie (you always look bigger on the screen,) Race in a NASCAR event, Fuck Catherine Bell and Dana Delaney (at the same time if possible) and Be twenty years old again so I can have the stamina to fuck Misses Bell and Delaney.
E) Four People I Think Will Respond: To What? Two are Misses Bell and Delaney in a positive manner (ie without legal action.)
F) Four Things I Did Yesterday: Went to the Waffle House, Transported a King Ranch Ford to another dealer, bought cold medicine, slept the rest of the day.
If I have to pick four others to do this I choose, Special K, TruckinDog, Mr. Guinness, and/or Marni