Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thought of the Day #147 - Soylent Green

Despite the fact that I used "green" in the previous TOTD, I am finding the cliched overuse of the term so overwhelming that it's making me question using the color in my wardrobe.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Thought of the Day #146 - Weed Control Going Green?

While travelling through parts of Capitol Reef National Park, I noticed
large portions of land where there was no brush, plant or weed matter.
Even in low-lying areas where the moisture level was high -- still no
plants. I assume that the area's ground is highly alkaline or acidic or
__ which prevents plants from growing. Maybe I'm just crazy, but I think
bagging up this soil and rocks (not from the actual park, obviously, but
nearby) as a natural anti-plant landscaping material would be brilliant
and "green", of course. Am I nutz or does that sound like a good idea?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thought of the Day #145 - Storms

On the way to Torrey, Utah tonight there were lots of really, really
dark clouds. The kind you might expect to do some severe damage.
Unfortunately, this is Utah, and most of the storms are tame compared
to those in Minnesota. I miss the wild energy of genuinely severe
thunderstorms. The kind that rattle thw windows, blow over all of the
deck furniture, flood sidewalks in five minutes, spin off little
tornadoes, and the like. Ah, well, the gentle rain and infrequent
lightening is nice, too.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thought of the Day #144 - Deep Fried

You know that pretty much everything comes deep fried if you look long
enough. Today? Deep fried jalapeno slices. Hot and greasy...and it
keeps on burning long after they're gone.

It's coming for you!!

I had to take a picture of this cactus last week. Looked too cartoon-y to pass up. I added the eyes and mouth, so don't you worry that that was natural.
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Thought of the Day #143 - Fiddle Faddle

I have an unnatural love of alliteration. For years I signed off my
emails with "love, luck and laughter" or "love luck and
literature"...or any other "L" word for the final word. I still do it
from time to time, but I no longer feel it's necessary. You see, I
noticed I had that unnatural love and as you know, the first step in
getting help is admitting you have a problem...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #142 - Garden Encouragement

We've got several veggies already "harvestable" in the garden --
spinach, swiss chard, asparagus and soon to be snow pea pods. For those
of you in the northern hemisphere, I would encourage you to get out and
plant something! There's still plenty of time to get some plants
a-growin' for the season. If you have any outside space at all, you've
got room for veggies! When I lived in downtown St. Paul, I planted
tomatoes and peppers in 5 gallon buckets some years, but not every
year. Every year I had flowers, but looking back I should have planted
more edibles. Live and learn! Anyway, give it a try if you're not
already gardening. You'll be glad you did.

A pretty Saguaro Photo

I took this while in the Saguaro National Park. Most of the cacti were blooming which gave them a unique crown look. This one was blooming mostly to the side. Dunno why...
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #141 - Economic Recovery?

Listened to a few economic theorists tonight on CNN, and they briefly
mentioned that the recovered economy may not ever return to "normal"
and that consumer spending habits may forever be changed.

It made me think that there has been shifts to this change for quite
some time prior to the full market tumble. The movement to buy away
from the major corporations or make it yourself -- the "crafting
revolution" that was born online and supported through sites like; the "buy local" movement; and the CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture) blossom -- all happened long before the crash. I foresee
that these once small trickles in the economy will be more of a driving
force as part of the economic recovery or in lieu of a recovery. I, for
one, see this as a huge positive in the often dark predictions.

Thought of the Day #140 - Saguaro vs. Joshua

Whenever I've travelled through Arizona, I've noticed that where you
see saguaro cacti, you won't see joshua trees. And in areas where there
are millions of joshua trees, no saguaro. Curious! Do they not get
along? Do they battle for resources and give up territory much like
gangs fighting for drug sales?

I made a concerted effort this past weekend to try to find them
together. The only instance I could find was the two closely residing
in an artificial environment, separated by a fence. I'm sure the fence
kept them from battling to the death.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Thought of the Day #139 - LODs

I'm writing this from a shitty-ass hotel room that we were lucky to get
'cuz "winging it" in Vegas on a holiday weekend is a bad idea. (By the
way "shitty-ass" is a generous descriptor.) Outside the window I can
hear several Loud Obnoxious Drunks (LODs). I also experienced on
particularly bad LOD in the casino earlier. Let me just say for the
record...LODs are never as entertaining as they think they are.

If you suspect you are a LOD, please pay close attention next time
you're "partaaaaaying." If people slap, ignore, or point at you and the
latter are security and or police, yet you think you're the life of the
party, you are not. You are just a LOD.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #138 - Getting Old

My dad seemed pretty good today, but when he talked of seeing purple
spots *sometimes*, it reminded me of the fact that getting old can be
pretty brutal.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #137 - Attitude

Attitude, while not *everything*, it can make the difference between a
good and bad day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #136 - Cats

I love cats, but apparently they're becoming an allergen to me.

I lived with Kipper for 18 years and never had any ill effects. He's
been gone for two years, and now picking up cats makes my eyes and nose
itch and I'm even starting to sneeze now. Booo. Maybe I have to adopt
another one and go back into full-on immersion therapy?

Pretty Poser

This mountain blue bird gave me plenty of time to take his (her?) picture. I think he liked the attention...
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Thought of the Day #135 - USPS

I thought today, I'd give kudos to an organization that rarely gets any
praise -- The US Postal Service. Do any amount of business through the
mail, and you've certainly experienced a lost or delayed package. With
the amount of mail, I'm surprised that the number of lost parcels isn't
higher. But that's not my thought thought today is in praise
of USPS's free parcel pickup service. Simply fill out a form online the
night before you want packages picked up, and your regular postal
carrier will go to the spot you designate to pick up the packages
during their normal stop at your house.

For me, having a lot of sales on Ebay and now Etsy, it's saved me hours
and hours waiting line at the local PO. I'm not exaggerating--I've
literally saved hours a month. Over a year's time, I've saved days!
It's absolutely one of the best things that USPS has done over the past
couple of years.

Combine this handy pickup service with online postage printing, and I'm
one happy customer.

Tomorrow, I have 15 packages that will be waiting on my front porch. If
I had to schlep these in my Beetle, I would have to take at least two
trips. BIG packages. Instead, I'll just put 'em out and off they go
'round about 2pm. Thanks, USPS!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Thought of the Day #134 - Airport Nakedness

I know I've mentioned this before, but it bears (bares! heh.)
repeating...if you're overly concerned about the airport screening
machines that show your body in some sort of quasi-nakedness, get over
yourself. You ain't got nuttin' special under those clothes.

I knew Jason Chaffetz was a numbnut before he was elected to Congress
this past year, but since he's a numbnut and a freshman congressman
from Utah, he's sponsored a bill trying to get this screening procedure
legislated. ( ) Because, you
know, we need to control all of this free-wheelin' nakedness going on at
the airport. My guess is that he's worried that his body image is going
to end up on YouTube along with all of the other guys with little
penises. Get over yourself! Lots of people have little penises. Lots of
people have big ones, too. Getting a blurry (or even not blurry) image
of your numbnuts in public should be the last of your worries, Mr.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Update on My Dad

It now looks like my dad didn't suffer a stroke, but rather had
metabolic encephalopathy due to several infections his body is
battling. They can't confirm the stroke without an MRI, and he can't
have an MRI due to his pacemaker, so metabolic encephalopathy sounds
like a good explaination for now. He's still in the hospital, but they
expect him to leave in a couple of days.

Thought of the Day #133 - Silent Cars

I've read about legislators requiring engine noises in nearly silent
cars to keep blind people and other pedestrians safe. While I believe
there are other ways around this problem, like motion or car detectors
that the blind could carry along with them. But, I was thinking that
is electric cars are required to make noise, let's have them
customizable noises much like we have ring tones? Some could chirp like
birds and others could play Looney Toons songs. The possibilities are

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thought of the Day #132 - Goals

I've never been good at making goals. You know, the kind where you might
say, "In 10 years, I hope(or plan/will) to be (fill in your wish)."
Yeah, never really had an urge to do it, except when asked such things
in interviews.

But, as I'm close to the half-way point in life, I'm starting to think,
"Shit...I'm just adrift...with no real plans nor goals." I'm fairly
successful in my career, so while that's financially acceptable, I do
often wonder if I could have done soooo much more. Made a difference in
the world?

Maybe if I had set some goals in my early 20s? Ah, I dunno. How many
people who make goals actually complete them? I would think, to, that
if you set out with unrealistic goals, yet fostering sincerity in your
dream, it would be quite disheartening to fail. Could that lead to a
depressing existance? Maybe it's better to not have goals, or just keep
them simple like, "Be alive in 10 years?" Ya can't get much more
simplistic than that.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thought of the Day #131 - Energy Suckage

My batteries are running low today. No thoughts beyond the belief that
sleeping is a gift that should not be ignored. Me likey it a lot!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thought of the Day #130 - My Dad

After spending a few days in the hospital last week for pneumonia and
heart issues, my dad suffered a stroke today and is back in the
hospital. I don't know the full extent of the stroke, but I was able to
talk with him today. He was able to carry a conversation although there
was a lot of confusion about where I was and how it was really hot for
me. Not sure what stories were getting messed up. It could be that he
was remembering my phone call this weekend about my plan to come see
him next week and confusing it with my work or?? In any event, my step
mom told me that he's been suffering some bouts with dementia over the
past couple years, which I hadn't experienced previously. Kind of
depressing, really. He is 75, so well in the age of declining health
potential. Basically, my thoughts are with my dad today. With any luck
he'll recover as much as he can and have some quality of life remaining.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thought of the Day #129 - Nursery

There's so much promise and potential at a nursery. This applies to the
plant and human variety. The dreams of what is to come are evident all
around in a nursery. What will the future hold? Will they make it to
maturity? So much unknown...and still we plan...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Are you? Well, ARE YOU?

Are you stopping to smell the blossoms??
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Thought of the Day #128 - Interpretation

Every time I listen to "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap, I interpret it differently. Child abuse? End of the world? Thoughtless use of the world? Relationships ending? No idea, but I like that it makes me think. If you haven't heard it, give it a listen. What does it mean to you?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #127 - Gardens Goood

It's obvious, I know, but gardens are awesome. I say this after having a
yummy strawberry-rhubarb crisp which utilized the rhubarb from the
garden. Rhubarb is such an easy perennial that lasts for years and
years. Maybe I should be praising perennials, more than just garden far this year, rhubarb, asparagus, parsley, tarragon,
rosemary, thyme are all available for picking without hardly any work.
Gotta love that.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Thought of the Day #126 - Progress

I'm in Ogden today near about 100 homes which are abandoned and slated
for demolition. I'm torn between the idea that these little, old, often
delapitated homes should be left to find owners have love
again. With so many people not being able afford housing, little homes
like these could help a lot of people.

Then I think, yeah, these houses are long past their prime. Let them get
torn down and replaced by a huge development along this river. Put in a
giant parking lot, too.

I really don't know which side should win. It's a good thing I don't
work in city planning -- nothing would ever be decided.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #125 - Goldilocks

No bears in this post, but there is a chair that's too big for me. Papa
Bear's chair aka the office chair I recently bought online is huge.
It's wide, which I like, but at 5'5" tall, this chair is just a bit to
high for me. When I sit in it, I can't comfortably put my heals to the
floor, even when the chair is in it's lower position. My last office
chair served me well, but the tension holds on two of the wheels were
well worn, and they would fall off the chair fairly often. So, now I've
got Papa Bear's chair until I can 1. find some matching replacement
wheels for my old chair, 2. grow longer legs or always wear heels, or
3. buy a new chair, which is always iffy business for fat people.
Finding a reasonably priced chair that support me 8 hours a day and
last for more than a year's time is tricky. I best start taking some
human growth hormone to see if I can extend my legs' reach...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #124 - NightFlix

I've been going through a period of heavy dreaming. The dreams are very
detailed and quite quirky. I'm not sure what my brain is trying to
figure, and I hope I don't discover it for a while so that I can
continue to enjoy more "nightflix". Cheers to the pillow! I will see
you soon!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #123 - Cinco de Taco

I've never met a taco I didn't like. From the Americanized seasoned
ground beef, hard shell variety to the roasted pork street taco in
small, thin soft corn tortillas, it's all tasty. I can only think of
one bad taco experience...on vacation in Mazatlan, I had a chicken taco
that featured a chewy load of chicken skin. Aside from that yucky
experience, tacos are all good.

Thought of the Day #122 - Odyssey

I'm waxing nostalgic about the first video game system that we had as a kid -- the Odyssey. It had plastic overlays that you applied to your television screen. It was slow and not very exciting...except that it *was* exciting back then. My favorite game was the one that had the haunted house overlay. If I remember right, there was a gun and the point was to shoot at the dot that showed up behind the overlay. I was a ghost hunter, dang it! I was able to find a picture of the overlay online. Ahhh, classic goodness. I wish I had the overlays now, although I don't know what I'd do with them? Use them as dust shields on the HDTV?

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #121 - Fitting the Fat

I've watched a few "International House Hunters" on HGTV, and have been
especially impressed at the small size of the flats in Europe...and
then it dawned on me.... We're animals and we potentially adapt to
surroundings as any other animal. What if we are fatter in the West due
to the amount of potential growth space??

As an example, if I grew up in a flat in Paris and the bathroom was the
size of one of my current thighs, I probably would have adjusted my
eating/activity level in order to be able to use the bathroom.

In the West, McMansions are VERY common. Master bedroom suites are the
size of European homes. So, with the size of the rooms, maybe
consciously or completely subconsciously we allow ourselves to be

Or maybe it has to do with population density? In overpopulated
countries and cities in Asia, you don't find very many fat people. Why
is that? In the midwest of the US, you'll find less densely populated
areas...and more fat people, too. Coincidence?? I propose that it is

(Ok, I don't necessarily believe it, but it is a theory...)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #120 - Rainy Day

Getting rained on is fun unless getting warm and dry is hours away.

Thought of the Day #119 - Wannabe Sick-o

So, I understand that there are emergency rooms being flooded with
wannabe swine flu victims. They come in with sniffles and minor coughs,
and because of the news coverage, they believe they're on death's door.
I'm guessing that none of these people have ever had a flu before,
because if they had, they'd know how genuinely crappy the flu makes
you. The aches, chills and overwhelming fatigue combined with the "kill
me now" thoughts that race through the head. More than likely, you
wouldn't be able drag your own sorry ass to the ER. So, if you're not
feeling like death-warmed-over, it's not the flu. Just turn off the
news and drink plenty of liquids, you probably just have a cold, and
you'll see the sun shining in a couple of days.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Thought of the Day #118 - Lusty Month of May

Tra la! It's May!
The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes
Blissfully astray.
Tra la! It's here!
That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts
Merrily appear!
It's May! It's May!
That gorgeous holiday
When ev'ry maiden prays that her lad
Will be a cad!
It's mad! It's gay!
A libelous display!
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes,
Ev'ryone breaks.
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes
The lusty month of May!

Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?
What sweet feelings does its scent transmute?
Whence this perfume floating ev'rywhere?
Don't you know it's that dear forbidden fruit!
Tra la la la la! That dear forbidden fruit!
Tra la la la la!