Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Random Blog Surfing

Since the creation of this blog, I've found a few great bloggers by sheer random "Next Blog" button happenstance.

So, I figured, why not try it again?

Let's see what I can find to hold my interest for longer than 2 seconds:

. First hit of the button: Some photography at The Way of the Blog. Not bad! I'm feelin' lucky tonight....let's hit it again!

11:36pm. Spoke too soon. Holy hell, this is going to be harder than I thought. There is an awful lot of blogcrap out there.

11:37pm. Oh EW. I just stumbled upon a blog with nothing but pictures of mutilated and disfigured penises. I shall not link it, because lord knows I want no connection to THAT.

11:39pm. Almost as disturbing as the penis blog. Almost.

11:50pm. This dude deserves a link for the simple reason that I could actually read his blog, AND I was listening to Hot Hot Heat's "Elevator" at the exact same time I started reading about him listening to it...

12:00am. Oh, I give up! This little experiment was almost enough to make me hate blogs. and bloggers.

But not you. Obviously.

Let me just say a very sincere "Thank You" to each and every one of you who actually posts readable content that does NOT make my head explode. I love you for that.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Memo to Dave

To: Dave Barry
From: The Universe
RE: Get your ass back to work

Examine this and this.

Sure you've linked to them in your blog, but can't you see that these stories require the kind of in-depth column-length commentary that only you can provide?

Dude, this is like your Bat Signal.

Get back to work.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

What I'm doing on my Summer vacation.

Now that school's out for the summer, my after-school tutoring job is non-existant for a few months. To make up that loss of income, I've returned to a job I used to have in college, working with emotionally disturbed teenagers at a residential treatment center.

In college, I worked mainly with younger girls with documented abuse and psychiatric problems. THAT was a wild ride, I tell ya.

This time around, I'm working in a group home for boys, adjacent to the main building. Working with boys is so much different. Wow. Not necessarily better or worse....but just shockingly different.

For example, one of my first nights on the job the first time around, I had to break up a fight between two girls. The fight came about because one girl accused the other of stealing a hair scrunchie from her TWO YEARS earlier, at an entirely different treatment center. Boys aren't like that.

On the other hand, girls don't spit on the ground as much. Maybe one of you guys can explain the boy spit thing to me, because I just don't get it. NOBODY needs to spit that much.

I think I'm going to like this job though. Today I worked 12 hours straight, and in that time I was paid to go see Cinderella Man, grill out in the backyard, play (and win!) Trivial Pursuit and watch Spaceballs. Not a bad way to earn a paycheck!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Is he REALLY this stupid? Really?

Every once in a while, I think that perhaps President George W. Bush isn't all that stupid. Maybe it's all an act, and he's really just evil incarnate instead. Stupid....Evil.....Stupid.....Evil....It's a toss-up really.

Then he says something that forces me to come down on the "Stupid" side of the debate.

Speaking about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

“The president ran on a peace platform,” Bush said of Abbas. “You know, maybe somebody will run on a war platform--you know, vote for me, I promise violence. I don’t think they’re going to get elected, because I think Palestinian moms want their children to grow up in peace just like American moms want their children to grow up in peace. As a matter of fact, I think the people that campaign for peace will win.

I had to re-read that twice. And I searched all over for the punch-line.

Let's take a quick review Bush's peace platform:

"The reason we start a war is to fight a war, win a war, thereby causing no more war!" --First Presidential Debate

Well, if that's not a ringing endorsement of peace, I don't know what is!

"And the reason why I'm so strong on democracy is democracies don't go to war with each other." --November 12, 2004

Nope, we just go to war with other countries.

"Security is the essential roadblock to achieving the road map to peace." -- Washington, D.C., July 25, 2003.

Um...I don't really know what that means...but sure! That sounds peace-y enough.

"...[A]s we insist that Congress be wise with your money, we're going to make sure we spend enough to win this war. And by spending enough to win a war, we may not have a war at all." -- Kennesaw, Georgia, February 20, 2003.

OK. That makes no sense at all. I can't even fake it.

"We don't have a beef with Muslims." -- Washington, DC, October 25, 2001

Because we are a peaceful nation, y'all. Duh.

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." -- Saginaw, MI, September 29, 2000

No wonder we elected the man! This just clears it all up for me.