CategoryCurrent Affairs

Christmas List

For the always nagging mother, this year’s Christmas list.

Pop-Up Hotdog Cooker at Hammacher Schlemmer

World of Warcraft: The Card Game – starter packs, booster packs, etc.

Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote

Nintendo Wii

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for Nintendo Wii

If none of this stuff fancies you, my amazon.com wishlist is where all the books, CDs, DVDs and other miscellaneous items are.

Happy Birthday To Me

Happy Birthday to me! Once every six years the big day falls on the big Turkey day. I’m currently spending time in Atlanta at my brother and sister-in-law’s house along with most of my immediate family (sister Zina couldn’t make it due to work). It’s really great to be around everyone – my two-year-old neice Skylar is getting huge! And it’s a little weird when being Uncle Todd really means just that! I’m used to being Uncle Todd to my friend’s daughter, Tori, but just in the “I’m-A-Friend-Of-Your-Daddy-And-Mommy-So-I’m-Called-Uncle” sense.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to all.

What’s Up With D.C.

Why in the world did Kerry carry (heh) the District of Columbia with such a huge margin?

Kerry  183,876   90%
Bush    19,007    9%
Nader    1,318    1%

A co-worker said there’s a large African-American population in D.C. Dunno if that’s true or not. Obviously, a number of it’s residents are politicians who officially live elsewhere. But even the surrounding states don’t have anywhere close to this kind of margin. Other than D.C., Kerry’s biggest win was in his home state of Massachusetts where he won 62% of the vote there.

What’s the deal?

Vote 2004

Thanks to early voting policies here in Florida, I was able to cast my vote for POTUS and other miscellaneous positions and amendments this past Sunday. I’m incredibly glad I got it done – I really didn’t want to deal with the massive lines that will be at the polls on Nov. 2nd. There’s a number of state constitutional amendments on the ballot this time around and I didn’t have a chance to read them over before I voted. I really should have. In fact, as I stood there reading them, I wondered how many people really don’t get the wording in some of these things.

Take this one, for instance. Repeal of High Speed Rail Amendment, Article X, Section 19:

This amendment repeals an amendment in the Florida Constitution that requires the Legislature, the Cabinet and the Governor to proceed with the development and operation of a high speed ground transportation system by the state and/or by a private entity.

If you read this one over real quick, and want the State to continue with development of the high speed rail, you’d vote YES, right? Wrong. It’s an amendment to REPEAL an amendment. Oy vey!

Actually.

I plan to take a look at this when I get home later:

In case you missed The Choice 2004, last weeks two hour Frontline special on President Bush and Senator Kerry, it is now available for viewing online. This program takes a good look at both of these men through their personal and political history in the most impartial way I’ve seen to date. [Via]

Bleah, kidney stone

Pretty sure I’ve got another one of these bad boys. There’s been two in the past. Doc prescribed Vicodin and I have an appt. for an ultrasound and xrays on Friday. Hopefully we can see it and make sure it’s not too big to pass on its own. Until then, I’m in constant pain and I’m glad to share that.

Bubba The Love Sponge fired again

Clear Channel Fires ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida radio personality “Bubba the Love Sponge,” who was accused of airing indecent material by federal regulators, has been fired, media group Clear Channel Communications said on Tuesday.

Full Article

For whatever reason, I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Bubba The Love Sponge. I was in a big cadillac-like car on my way to a bowling alley in Clearwater, FL, on the Gandy Blvd offramp northbound off of I-275 in St. Petersburg, FL. The station he was on at the time was the Power Pig 93.3FM WFLZ. Of course, it’s no longer “The Power Pig”, but it was known back then for edgy DJ’s and off the wall stunts – a perfect setting for Bubba The Love Sponge. As he has in the past, though, I’m sure he’ll find a new home somewhere on the air waves.

This week’s It List

1. Lost Dungeons of Norrath – My latest expansion pack for EverQuest. I’m so ready to install it and get back to my level 5 bard. I’m l33t!
2. XBOX – Still haven’t bought my mod chip yet, though I’m pretty sure I’m getting an Xecuter chip. Still trying to figure out the difference between the 2.3B Lite Plus and the new X3.
3. Mario Party 5 – Kristin just bought this the other night and we played almost a full game. The boards are more 3D-ish and hard to get used to at first. The mini games, so far, are all different, but similar in style to Mario Party 4. There’s your typical game where all you do is mash the A button as fast as you can for the duration of the clock, etc. Still fun, though.
4. Axis Mesh Leather Executive Chair – I needed a new chair for my desk at home cuz I had to bang on my old one with a hammer every time I got up just to fix a part that wouldn’t stay connected on the base. Eh, kind of hard to explain that one. Anyway, I’m real happy with this new one other than the fact that it doesn’t recline as much as I want it to, but it’s quite comfortable for both sitting at the desk and turning and leaning back to watch TV, which, come on, is the most important thing.
5. LSU football, National Champions. Congratulations LSU. You beat a team that didn’t look anything like a contender, much less one that had a quarterback that supposedly won the Heisman. Did Jason White really win the Heisman? Were they kidding? He was horrible. It’s a real shame, I suppose, that it was the only game in which I saw him this year. Now will Nick Saban move to the NFL? I lost count how many times the commentators during the game mentioned how ready he was for the big leagues. We’ll see.

Things that have my intereset

Totally ripping off Chris, but I think it’s a great idea, so I’ll give it a go.

This Week’s It List
1. Michael Buble – The next Harry Connick, Jr., and besides that, he’s really hot!
2. XBOX – I’m all about modding this thing as soon as I can get a chip. Til then, it’s Knights of the Old Republic.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past – With the addition of the Game Boy Player, I’m back to finish this one. Just finished Misery Mire. Almost there!
4. ACB web site – This thing really needs an update, and I may do something like StopDesign.
5. The Bucs – A solid win over a not-so-great team (the Texans). At least it’s a win.

Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19, 2003

NOTE FROM CHRIS:

Today, September 19, is “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Seriously! Check it out:
http://www.talklikeapirate.com

Always socially conscious, we here at TopFive thought
we’d help out by offering you a nice long list of
pirate-like things you can say around your workplace.

The Top 25 Things to Say at Work on Talk Like a Pirate Day

25> “No cover sheet on your expense report? Prepare yerself to be
walking the plank, matey.”
24> “Hop to it, dogs: Thar be leftover catering booty in the break
room for plunderin’.”
23> “Sixteen men an’ a copier mess — yo, ho, ho and a bottle of
toner.”
22> “Avast, men! Get a telescope full of the doubloons on *that*
vessel.”
21> “I’ll be keelhaulin’ the next one of ye what leaves ye filthy
Tupperware in the break room sink!”
20> “Arrr, matey, have your parrot call my parrot and we’ll
one day partake of noontime grub together.”
19> “No, Bob, I will not ‘shiver your timbers.’ I will, however,
call my attorney.”
18> “To arms, me lads! The spoils of the snack machine shall be
ours, to each in a fortieth share!”
17> “Me cell phone fell deep into Davy Jones’ locker!
Nobody flush… I’ll go get me hook.”
16> “Save that last donut for me, unless ya care to feel the
cold steel of my hook hand up yer arse, matey.”
15> “Be that a peg leg, or arrr ye just happy to cast yer eyes
upon me?”
14> “Fax ahoy, mateys!”
13> “Avast! A Team Builders meeting off our schedule’s port bow!
Scuttle yer productivity, mateys, and prepare to be bored-ed!”
12> “No increase in me pay? Arrr, boss, let me tell ye where ye
can store that hook!”
11> “Hold that elevator, ye whoreson bilge rat!”
10> “Ye bent my ear with yer lubberly questions WITHOUT tryin’
a reboot first? Arrr! It’s the plank for you, ye mangy
cur… and thank ye for calling Microsoft Tech Support!”
9> “Arrr, load the Canon, wench, and collate me copies!”
8> “Avast, ya scurvy knave! Brave be ye, for certain, but arrr
ye willin’ ta die fer that parking spot?”
7> “Twenty paces past the Magic Fountain of Water… bear ye
left past the Chamber of Meetings… and a minute’s voyage
down the Great Carpeted Hallway… the unisex bathroom’ll
be on yer port side.”
6> “Aye, if it’s a large treasure chest and amazin’ booty ye
seek, fix yer gaze upon the receptionist.”
5> “Boss, I’ll be borrowin’ a coupla doubloons from petty cash
fer some Ho Ho’s and a bottle of rum.”
4> “Aaaarrrrrghhh! Who among us floated the air mead?”
3> “Arrr! I’ve arrr!anged for Arrr!lene in arrr!chives to send
up that arrr!ticle on arrr!bitration.”
2> “Avast, ye demon copy machine! Taste the wrath of my arse!”

and Topfive.com’s Number 1 Thing to
Say at Work on Talk Like a Pirate Day…

1> “Arrr, I have made note of yer demands and I have but one
question for ye: Will ye be wantin’ slivers o’ potato fried
in the popular French style with that?”

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