Rather have a steak dinner

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on September 12, 2008

1. If you’re too open minded, your brains will fall out. 2. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. 3. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic. 4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. 5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before. 6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. 7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. 8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. 9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program. 10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip. 11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks. 12. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. 13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway. 14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it. 15. No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes. 16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. 17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places. 18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming. 19. Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it. 20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on. 21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. 22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends. 23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator. 24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world. 25. Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.

Seven Years Ago

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on September 11, 2008

Many people are telling their 911 stories. Mine is not that dramatic. I was at work, and someone called out that someone had run a plane into the World Trade Center. I didn’t think much of it, until I heard that the second tower had been hit, then the pentagon, then the towers collapsed, then a plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
I focused on my job most of the day. There was always melodrama at that facility, and concentrating on my duties helped to keep me sane. 091101 was roughly the halfway point of my seven year tenure at this place. There was an unfortunate association with a professional Jesus worshipper. After the extent of the damage became known, he shouted
“ They are doing this for Allah”. He then prayed at his desk. After learning what a hateful loudmouth this man was, the spectacle of him praying was repulsive.

I became alienated from Jesus during these years. Once I had once been tolerant of Christians and Jesus, as one would be with an eccentric relative. I  came to loath the entire affair.I do not make excuses for Jesus. I hear of others who found comfort in religion during this difficult time, but that option was  not available for me.

Tastes Great Less Filling

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 10, 2008

One of the blogs I read everyday is “Puntabulous”. Written by a self described dork named Craig, Puta Punta is good, lightweight fun.
Earlier this week he posted “Why I hate Politics”. He listed the usual suspects. The hype, the cattiness, and the hypocrisy were all mentioned.
One time a man told a preacher, “I don’t like to go to church. There are too many hypocrites there” “There is always room for one more”
I add a comment.
1- Politics gives bloggers plenty to write about. 2- When two cars crash with bloody results, you can’t look at it and you can’t look away. 3- The system of bribes campaign contributions is what is really putrid. The corporate media loves this mess, because they can sell overpriced commercials to the criminal candidates. 4- There is equality. Black politicians are just as rotten as white politicians. 5- With state and local governments, there is no limit to the fun. I would say something to you about New York politicians, but I am from Georgia. 6- Two wrongs don’t make a right. Even if the wrongdoer is Ted Kennedy. 7- Just like amerikan politics, this comment is three items shy of a top ten list.

Edgewood Tavern

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 10, 2008

Pulling into the parking lot on Edgewood Avenue, I was still a bit uncertain whether I wanted to go inside. Then a car pulled out of the full lot. I took this as a sign to go inside.
The first part of the evening saw twelve people sitting down. John was making a name chart, which does help a newcomer with names. John said something about Panama, and Duane kicked in with a palindrome. This led to moosehunter Palin. Harassarah was the closest to a Palin drome I could think of, although we may soon have eight years to ponder this.
Later, the possibility of a post election Playboy spread was discussed for hockeymom. And yes, she is smarter than George Bush.
There was a first downstairs. John asked me what my blog name was, and what I was trying to do. The concept of pretty pictures and ugly opinions got talked about. I then learned that the gentleman who came in after me produced foto404. We discussed multi colored text…he finds it difficult to read…and music players that come on automatically…I think they are terrible.
While this was going on, the waitress did an excellent job with the table service. I got a cup of coffee, with one refill. There were separate checks. I got out with paying two dollars, including the tip. I didn’t order any food, but those who did seemed happy.

After a while, the party moved upstairs to the pool room. Several discussions broke out, on facebook friends, life at the fishwrapper, karaoke, going back to school, and trying to prove the big bang. John had an idea for a pool game…two people would start, and then hand the stick to someone else to take the next shot. When he found out that it was ten dollars an hour to rent the table, this was forgotten. Before long I was wondering when to leave. I got tired of waiting on others to say goodbye, and went down the stairs.

Grip on Reality

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 9, 2008

The phone rang at 1:45. All PG had to do with his blog post was add the pictures, hit publish, and look at the results. He knew it was Uzi calling about their sunday afternoon walk.
I looked for a nature preserve behind briarcliff high school, and i found another one over off north decatur. you must really hate the thought of going to piedmont park After a few minutes deliberation, the hikers agreed to meet behind the waffle house, and go down to the park.

This is as far as I got Sunday. Before I finished this, I made a trip to Buckhead. On my way back, I heard a radio commercial. “The concert is free, with a donation to help keep Smyrna Beautiful”

“So this friend of mine has a blog. He has a post about dragon con, with lots of pictures. Then he had a post about the Republican Convention. My comment was, comparing Dragon Con and The Repub convention, which group had the better grip on reality? I like what Rush Limbaugh said. God, Guns, and Babes, we got us a candidate Lets go walk over here, there is more shade and I have an idea for a picture. I hear that dragon con has gotten republican anyway, with greedy owners squeezing every dime they can. Of course, I have never been to it This monument is neat. You can pose next to it and paste in whatever you want where the sign used to be. you know, people always seem to like it when you take pictures of their dog What are you going to do with all those dog pictures? Paste them onto that picture of Sarah Palin. The one with her in a bikini holding a rifle There had been irresponsible talk about taking the long route around the softball fields by Grady High School. The reality is that the first sunday of september is pretty hot in Georgia. The two humans then passed the doggie park, and decided to go for a walk, sans canines. The doggie park had big rocks for dogs, and a few benches for people. The dogs and the people were very well behaved. Where do we go from here? The most direct route to your car, with the most shade

Candidate Names

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 7, 2008

The big four candidates are known. It is time to look at the names.
All four are named for someone. The three men are two juniors and a third. The lady has the same first name as her mother.
Both Demoze are Juniors, and both have award winning middle names. Barack Hussein Obama Jr. has been loudly noted. His running mate is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. There is no word on the origin of Robinette.
Mr. Biden has a son, who is J. R. Biden III. Mr. Obama has two daughters, neither of whom is named Barack.
On the Repub side, John Sidney McCain III is the Presidential pick. He has a son, J.S. McCain IV.
The Vice Presidential choice is Sarah Louise Heath Palin. Her mother was Sarah Sheeran Heath. Wikipedia, a valuable resource for this article, does not say where Louise came from. None of Mrs. Palin’s children are named Sarah.
Spell check suggestions for this feature:
biden- widen, bidden, bide, bidet, boden
orgin- origin, organ
wikipedia- pediatric, cyclopedia, stipendiary

The cost of Football

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on September 6, 2008

Football season is here. While the games are fun to watch, the players are paying the price. Your health insurance premiums just might be affected.
Football is a contact sport. On every play, the linemen block other lineman to keep them from tackling a back. Someone gets hit on every play. Most of these hits are “clean” and cause only bruises. Some are “dirty”, and cause injuries. Even the clean hits can hurt someone.
It is estimated that 187,000 emergency room visits every year are due to football. What if an illegal drug sent 187k to the er annually? There would be a hue and cry to kill the pushers. However, football is different.
Knee injuries are especially prevalent. An estimated 45,000 knee operations are performed each year due to football injuries.
With all those helmets slamming into each other, head injuries occur.
“The researchers found that there is approximately one catastrophic head injury per every 150,000 athletes playing, or 7 catastrophic injuries yearly. There were 0.67 injuries per 100,000 players at the high school level and 0.21 injuries per 100,000 for college level football players.” Often, the coaches get caught up in the do or die spirit of a big game, and don’t get the player the medical attention that he needs. “Football is a very macho sport. Athletes are taught to play through pain,” …“But concussions range in severity and symptoms, so all a player may experience is a headache several hours after impact. High school players need to be educated in these symptoms and encouraged to self report.”
Even cheerleading squads are reporting more injuries, due to botched stunts.
When you see the players in their youthful glory, you don’t think what they will look like after they quit playing. Many players know this, but the lure of today’s glory justifies the pain of tomorrow.
It has been said that if you saw sausage being made, you would never eat it. A football is said to be made out of pigskin. Maybe the same rule is true here.

Get a Reciept

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 5, 2008

There is a stack of cds I am going to take back to the library today. If nothing else, this is something I can talk about other than Sarah Palin.
I give McNapalm credit…he has gotten excitement for his campaign. People are paying attention now, and a star is born. I saw the speech that hockeymom gave Wednesday, and she is quite a performer. If you don’t fact check, it is impressive.
In many ways, the Repubs have taken what the Demoze started and done better. BHO is a Reaganesque triumph of style over substance. Hillary has taken a sledgehammer to the glass ceiling. And now hockeymom has driven a snowmobile through the opening. She will be with us for a while, regardless of the outcome of this election.
I hockeymom credit for one thing. She did this on her own. Hillary is famous because of her husband. Hockeymom is famous for what she has done, and her husband is the decorative spouse.

Back to the cds. The first was “Doc at the Radar Station” by Captain Beefheart. CB is some kind of sidekick to Frank Zappa, who enjoyed moderate success. He has since retired from music and is a painter. “Doc…” was released in 1980, and is a bit past his prime. His shtick gets a bit tiresome after a while, and I probably won’t miss this much after I return it.
He did a show at the Great Southeast Music Hall after they moved to Cherokee Plaza. In those days, I would stop by if there were cars parked outside, and if the second show had started, then I could often get in free to see what was left. I saw a lot of music this way in the seventies. So, the magic band was playing, and I showed up. There were people hanging out in the parking lot, and I talked to someone I knew in high school. You needed to show a ticket to get into the hall, so I went home. Such is life.

I timed it a bit better with the next artist, Patti Smith. The cd is got is her first, “Horses”. The cover is by Robert Mapplethorpe, who was once Ms. Smith’s bf. ( This was when the expression ms. was becoming popular. Someone, who may have been Patti Smith, said in print that ms. Sounds like a sick bumblebee).The music sounds great 30+ years later, and it is easy to see why she created such a buzz. The fact that she still performs…with two kids in her band…is astonishing. That might surprise some people who knew her then.
She played a show in 1979 at a venerable buckhead facility, which was still known as the Capri. It was summer, and the side door was open. I walked in and saw a few numbers. Her current album was “Wave”, and she did that, and “So you want to be a rock and roll star”. Lenny Kaye stood tall and seemed to be in control.
Her bass player, Ivan Kral, was in the band for Iggy Stooge the next year at 688. He came on stage with this white thing coming out of his nose. He did not play the entire show.

There are three more cds, but I am tired of writing. If you want to read more, there are 100 million blogs to satisfy your craving. If you have not had your fill of Palintudes, go here and especially here. People who know her in Alaska seem to have things to say.

This feature may never get posted. Here is more about hockeymom. There is a picture of Todd Palin’s former business partner. He is trying to get his divorce records sealed.

I will return this music in a while, and I WILL GET A CHECK IN RECEIPT. Once I returned some cds, and the scanner did not catch one. I got a phone call later saying that I had not turned in “Shake your Booty”. Yes, it couldn’t be Patsy Cline or quixie’s golden oldies…it was a disco collection called “Shake your Booty”. Fortunately, the cd was on the shelf when I went to straighten out the mess, and the county was no longer mad at me. I learned my lesson…when you return cds to a library, GET A CHECK IN RECIEPT.
Spell check suggestions for this feature:
demoze- demote
reaganesque- romanesque, grotesqueness,  arabesque, kafkaesque
cd- cad, cod, cud, cpd, ed, id, rd
kral- karl, koral, oral, aral, ural,
palintudes- amplitudes, platitudes,  palindromes, altitudes


Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 3, 2008

A friend of mine likes to say that life is bad fiction. He could be thinking about Sarah Palin.
Lets go over this. On the morning after BHO’s moment of triumph in Denver, JSM announces his choice for Vice President. He chose the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Louise Heath Palin. Mrs. Palin is a former beauty queen and a staunch conservative. The reactions tell more about the pundit than the politician…Repubs think she is pretty cool, (both puns intended), and Demos are not so sure.
There was the story about her youngest son, Trig. Mrs. Palin was told during the pregnancy that he had down’s syndrome, but she chose to keep the baby.
Who is going to care for a four month old baby while mother is running for Vice President? This looks good to the “Pro Life” crowd. It is a tough call either way, and this is nothing I would hold against her. The following story I am not so sure about:
In April, reportedly 36 weeks pregnant, Palin flew to Dallas to give a speech. Before the speech, she began to leak amniotic fluid. Tough Alaska moose-hunter that she is, she gave the speech anyway. She called her family doctor, who is not an OB-GYN, who allegedly told her it would be OK to fly back to Alaska. For the record, there are hospitals in Dallas.
Having given up the governor’s private plane, Palin flew commercial, not telling Alaska Airlines that she was in labor and that her water had broken. No airline personnel seemed to note her as a woman about to give birth.
Her looooong Dallas to Alaska flight had a stopover in Seattle. There are also hospitals there.
So Palin finally arrived in Anchorage, where the airport (ironically named after Alaska Sen. Ted “Bridge to Nowhere” Stevens) is six miles from possibly the best medical facility in the state, Providence Hospital. Providence is one of two hospitals in Anchorage that has a NICU unit, which could come in handy for a 40-plus woman, just off a long flight, about to give birth to a premature baby with Down syndrome.
Palin, however, drove (or was driven) approximately an hour to the much mediumer Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Palmer, Alaska, which does not seem to have a NICU unit.

Before long, a rumor began to spread about the maternity of Trig. Thats right, maternity. Usually it is paternity that is open to discussion. It seems some were saying that Trig was really the offspring of Bristol, the 17 y.o. daughter of Sarah. The story quoted above has some comments about this, and there do seem to be strange things going on.
But, there was an answer to these rumors. Bristol Palin was indeed five months pregnant, and could not have been the mother of Trig.
Sarah Palin is a social conservative. She is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest. She favors “abstinence only” sex education. There would seem to be a disconnect here. Life is bad fiction.
All of this raises questions about the decision making ability of JSM. One of the most important jobs the President has is appointing people. This is his first big appointment, and apparently it was not a good one.
The press continues to say more about the pundit that the subject. The Demos are saying that they do not approve, that Mrs. Palin was poorly vetted, and that this is a mistake. The Repubs are calling this a high tech lynching, and are in full victim mode. The “MSM” is once again the villian. This tells me that the Repubs know they have made a mistake.
The last thing in this feature is a letter from Wasilla, Alaska. The author is not fond of Mrs. Palin, and does not paint a flattering picture. To be fair, the author notes
” she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship” Is this fair? Maybe not, but the woman might have her hand on the trigger that fires the bomb. JSM is 72 y.o., and has had cancer. If Mrs. Palin gets to be vice president, she may very well get to be President.

Spell check suggestions for this feature:
palin- patin, plain, paling, pain, pal
sarah- Sarah, tarah, Zarah. saran
BHO’s- hbo’s, rho’s, who’s bo’s
looooong- woolongong, onlooking, looming, flooring. loosing
abstenience- convenience. provenience, abstention. lenience, abstinence
Wasilla- fusullade, drusilla, sibilla, willard

Those at the Trough

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 2, 2008

whats the blog of the day ,PG
haven’t written it yet, but there are only 100 million others
well yours will blend
i just read a thing about lowering the drinking age, and that is always good for a few ill thought words
to what age ?
it is not going to happen, big brother federal government will not let it
well thats reserved for individual states
but if they want federal highway money the states must play by uncle sams rules
it all goes back to too much power in Washington
i agree..
and who lets them have it
*holds up mirror
PG it’s 7 years bad luck if that thing breaks
i won’t let you look at it then
they buy power with all the entitlement prograns
dang PG, Mr. D has corrupted you and turned you mean LOL
the liberal conservative riff is a smokescreen, the cons love big government
and so do those at the trough
having 160k troops eight time zones away is big government, period
so thats the only issue ?
no, there are lots of others
how about the economy?
what about the economy
another issue
sending trillions of dollars to saddam land does not help our economy
I never said it did
wait til China calls in all these loans
PG the military does not eat up as much as all the entitlement prograns
it’s a;; of it that is a problem
republicans are just as bad at entitlement peograms
yes they are
I cant type for s### tonight

Autry Mill Nature Preserve

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 1, 2008

Now that PG was driving, he was more willing to push for an otp destination. For a while, Uzi did the driving. This was when Wonder, the blind dog, was their companion, and PG was all too happy to let Uzi’s car smell like a dog. However, Wonder was old and feeble, in addition to blind. With Wonder left behind, PG drove, and would push for destinations like the Autry Mill Nature Preserve.

Autry Mill is a chunk of land off Old AbbalamaAlabama Road. PG knew the way, and realized that it wasn’t that far otp. After the usual anxiety about finding the place, there was a big sign and a paved road leading to a parking lot.

Autry Mill is a very well organized Nature Preserve. There are signboards, a fully equipped farmhouse, and a restroom. The hikers found a path behind the farmhouse, and went into the wild.

This is a well organized place. There were boardwalks all over the place, often over dry land. Many of them had bronze signs, indicating an eagle scout project. Before long, the hikers were at the bottom of a hill, beside a creek. The creek was adjacent to a broken sewer line, and had lovely brown fuzz at the bottom. A couple of minutes later, the hikers came to a crossroads, where you could go this way on this trail and that way on another trail. Since they had only been walking for ten minutes, they took the longer trail.

The idea of a nature preserve is to get lost in nature. AMNP was between a subdivision and a water works project. There was barely a mile of trails all around, and no danger of getting lost and struggling back to the parking lot. On the other hand, the trees and creek did look better than a subdivision.

As PG and Uzi peaked the last hill, past the concrete cartoon characters, the organization reared its head again. A group of people were building a shelter. This would compliment the dozen or so amphitheaters, picnic shelters, and gazebos already there. As PG went up to the recently painted mens room, a lady invited Uzi to come out and help build something.

This wasn’t enough outdoor adventure for a Sunday, so the hikers stopped at a park by the River on Holcomb Bridge Road. The park was more of a picnic facility than a nature preserve, but it did afford a few nice views of the river. It also had a sign, which struck both PG and Uzi as being in excellent taste. It was also misspelled.