Monthly Archives: February 2006

Show me your …


I’m not in the Big Easy today, but I wish I were there for Fat Tuesday – the Grand Finale to the 150th Mardi Gras celebration.

I love New Orleans. Newscoma and I have had many a fine time down there by the Mighty Mississippi. Anyone who has been there likely holds a fond place in their heart for NOLA. The food, the fun, the people – both tourists and natives alike – that make every visit to Nawlins something to remember.

And we will again someday make our way back there, no matter what damage Katrina may have wrought. The city is rebuilding and adapting.

To all those folks from along the Gulf Coast who’ve struggled through the last six months – Good luck to you and I’ll raise a Hurricane glass for a toast to you tonight.

‘Laissez le bon temps rouler’ loosely translated to “Let the squirrely good times roll.”

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Squirrels & Scout’s Mockingbirdisms


A coworker has started a new Web endeavor.

Scout, as she is known online, has a new blog entitled Mockingbirdisms And Other Local Chirpings.

She’s providing an outlet for local writers, giving them the publicity they often lack.

If you get a chance to read her own works, grab it and don’t let go.

The woman has mad skillz to go with a pretty sweet jumpshot, so I hear.

Squirrels & Banjos

The Squirrel Queen remains in a musical mood.

Thanks to Newscoma, I’ve got a little ditty not about a man named Jed.

Instead, it’s dueling banjos, squirrel style.

I wish I could take credit for this, but I can’t.
I did put together the little one-squirrel band to the left, but not the “music video.”

Get your daily dose of squealing pigs, the General Lee, Burt Reynolds, a squirrel, a penguin (?!?!) and strange chickens surrounding a burning KFC sign.

sounds and music

Trolling around the Internet today I came across a site, Rummage Through The Crevices, that offers links and downloads of interesting tunes, what they call “Musical Curiousities, Obscurities and Unearthed Treasures.”
There’s a lot of ambient music made from everyday common sounds and events.

I especially enjoyed the song that involved toothbrushes, dental hygiene and a balloon. You can download it on Rummage.

If you want, check out more of that artist’s ambient music here at Naing-Naing.

A criminal wiz

It appears a couple in McKeesport, PA. made an unfortunate “pit stop” at the local Kwik-E-Mart and gave an employee quite a scare with their urinal, err, I mean unusual request to heat up something in the establishment’s microwave.

Their need for warm urine to beat a drug test while using one of those infamous Whizzinators gave the cashier a fright with it’s physical similarity to a real human reproductive organ.

The good news for local customers is the store has replaced the microwave in question, so no need to worry when you’re heating your frozen burrito. mmmm, tasty.

five rings and some straight lines


To keep you in the Olympic spirit, here’s a fun cartoon covering both winter and summer Olympic events.
For a giggle, give it a click and check out Mr. Otto.

Bode blah, blah, yada, yada

The Olympics aren’t quite over yet, but I’m definitely “over” Bode Miller and all the hype and hoopla surrounding him in the past few weeks.
If I have to watch another Nike commercial where he waxes on and on about how his perfect Olympics would be not winning a medal but performing some Zen-like runs down the mountain, I think I’ll fling myself off the Matterhorn or at least Lookout Mountain.
His failures at Torino have left him with one last shot at a medal after not even finishing two of his events and managing a fifth-place finish and a sixth-place finish in his other two.
He’s had equipment issues and attitude issues.
We’ve all heard the term ski bum. Now, he’s got a bum ankle after an accident while playing basketball in Torino. I’m not going to give him grief for that, because according to some, hoops is one way the athletes blow off steam. They’re athletes, you can’t keep them under glass while they wait for their next event.
But a swollen ankle certainly can’t help Bodacious Bode in his final chance at a gold medal in 2006.
I think all the pre-Olympic Hype has certainly worn down what good will he had. That and his quote about skiing while inebriated and then the sort-of backpedalling to please sponsors and the U.S.Olympic committee followed by his blah, blah in the Nike commercials which were omnipresent in the opening week of the Games.
Nike, who has spent the last 20 years or so laughing at Reebok for their Dan vs. Dave commercial debacle, now has their own advertising albatross.
Oh well, I’m still celebrating the US men’s curling bronze medal.
Woo hoo.
And if you want to cheer for a US skiing medalist, raise a glass for Julia Mancuso, who earned a gold this morning.