Monday, October 31, 2016

This Week's Life Blogggaround

Grateful for Baseball Breathers... Cubbies are giving us a night off.  These games are so tension-filled, and for some reason, seemingly extremely slow - we haven't seen one less than 4 hours yet.  Glad there are only two max left.  I can watch Shameless and John Oliver tonight, and not worry about trick or treaters living out here in the middle of the boonies.

Speaking of Halloween - check out Bing's home page today.

8 days until D-Day.  Everyone says, I'll be so glad when it's over - but you know it won't be.  DT will either lose and complain, or we will be working more seriously on my husband's double citizenship with Italy.

That's an interesting thing. Since his grandparents were both immigrants (actually, 3 out of 4 were) - this is his paternal side - he can become an Italian citizen.  It's just a matter of getting all the BMDs in order - that's Birth/Marriage/Death certificates, for the non-genealogist.  He didn't want to do it at first.  Now....let's just say he's much more open to it.  And if he gets dual citizenship, *I can get it, and so can Bug.   Not bad, eh?

Going to go watch John Oliver.  Happy Halloween!  And don't forget to check that candy....


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Emails are Shit Compared....

....to this....

Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted.

That's not a picture I want in my head.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Scary.

The Cubs are frighteningly batless.

This at least is more fun.




Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Tuneage

Since there's a Cubs game tonight, Moi will be busy.....

Spend your day listening to some Annie Haslam ~~~ Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Two Birds, Lots of Stones

When I think of a hiking trail, I think of this.



Moi is not the most avid hiker.   Tending toward the klutz, and having had two foot surgeries over the last 10 years or so, walking on anything that isn't flat and smooth makes for entertainment....

So when Hub says, "it's nice out today, let's go do something," the last thing I think I'm going to be doing is climbing a rocky mountain.  Especially since I don't have hiking shoes.

The last thing I think of, when I think of hiking trail, is this.



Considering that we didn't have pet care, we decided to go someplace not too far - Hawk Mountain.  I had never been there before.  Hub neglected to mention the rocks.



All I can say is, Moi Ass Hurts.  

We did see a golden eagle....



And a falcon of some sort.



That was it.  No hawks.  Two Birds.  Or should I say, Two Raptors.  A junco, a titmouse, bird feeder birds.... and I don't count turkey buzzards.

It's very pretty at the top, though.




They have these charts all over the place, telling you how many birds they saw the day before.  I think they lie.



I can say that it took about 5000 steps to do the trails that we did, thanks to my tracker.  The uphill part was hard, but the cooler weather was a big help.  Coming back, the handrails were a big help - especially since there were slippery leaves, and my slippery sneakers were lacking in traction.  Some college kids saw that bannister and said, Oh Look!  A Shortcut!

I didn't see if they actually rode them down or not.





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GO CUBS GO!



Oh, and #FLYTHEW !!!!!!

That is all!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

There's a Light.....

Being a RHPS fan for many many many years, seeing it countless times at the TLA, I was skeptical about the new version starring Laverne Cox.

I'm not going to get into it, I think everyone should draw their own conclusions.  But it was....ok.  Not nearly as bad as it could have been.   People on IMDB are ranting about the casting.   Although I was not crazy about a few of them (Magenta, Dr. Scott), I don't think that was the problem so much as 1) it was shown on FOX, so it was way watered down, losing its edge, and 2) the director didn't really know the characters well enough to direct his actors in the right way.  

As for the costume director.....doesn't this look like Frank N Furter had a thing for Cast Away?  WILLLLLSON!!!!!!

 


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Do We REALLY Need This Again???

I don't know what the hell these companies think they are doing.   Maybe I should rephrase that.  I don't know what the communities think they are doing, letting these corporations run the pipelines through their waterfront areas....

Communities downstream from Williamsport that take their drinking water from the Susquehanna River have been alerted there could be gasoline in the stream.
An 8-inch Sunoco Logistics pipeline was breached about 3 a.m. Friday in northern Lycoming County, allowing an estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline to get into Wallis Run, a tributary of Loyalsock Creek that flows into the river's West Branch at Montoursville.
As of late Friday afternoon, there was no confirmation any of the gasoline has reached the river, Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said.
The Department of Environmental Protection says that as a precaution, Shamokin Dam has closed its intake and Aqua PA is amenable to an emergency interconnect to serve the borough if needed.

Someone ran a gas pipeline about 1/4 mile from my house, downhill in a field, a few years back.  Government people came to our house, gave us a bunch of papers, and we had to read them, sign them, give them back.....I said, why would I sign away my right to sue you for putting this in my back yard?  I don't want it there.....

There is nothing any of us can do, I suppose.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

#TrumpBookReport

I am so surprised the mainstream media hasn't picked this one up....talk about a field day on Twitter - this is the #besthashtagever -


Those poor heights. They were wuthering. Wuthering so bad. Bigly wuthering. I'll make them great again. #TrumpBookReport @AntonioFrench — Callie (@calliembush) October 20, 2016

Let's just say I'm the better salesman. It's sad that he died, but I am better.#TrumpBookReport— Jonathan Speights (@jspeights) October 20, 2016

Catcher in the Rye. There used to be other grains. Terrific grains. The best grains. Hillary ruined this nation's farms. #TrumpBookReport 
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) October 20, 2016

Charlotte's Web ...Spider dies at the end... no stamina. What a loser.#TrumpBookReport— Cora Huggins (@Rangerswife1) October 20, 2016 

Friday Doggg Bloggging

When we got our little Zig, he didn't know too much.  He was not housebroken, he didn't do a leash well.  We figured that he was either a Christmas present that they didn't want (since they obviously didn't care enough to teach him anything) or he was dumped from an Amish farm since he wasn't a "perfect specimen" of a pedigreed dog.  He does walk like a champ; that and some other things sort of lead me to think he's purebred.

Here he is about 7-8 months old, learning to Stay.   He wasn't supposed to lay down.  I figured, he Stayed.  I don't care if he didn't want to sit!

Note Ollie giving him bad looks from the window....

video

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall Out

Lots of things fall into that category.  Crap that happens via POTUS elections and debates.   The weeds that are in and mess that is my garden, that I still need to work on.  Games that professional sports teams should be ashamed to say they played....so disrespectful to such a good manager.    Blog posts and comment threads on Facebook that escalate - or de-escalate - into the pits of hell....

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Concert Weekend....

And when it's Concert Weekend, I'm generally just not available.

So, listen to this, and when you hear the clarinet, pretend it's Moi;)


Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Varmint Bloggging

Pleez can we have some ice cream, too, Daddy?  



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Trump Exists? Or, Why, Trump Exists.....

This post is actually very interesting to me, as I live in one of these rural areas, and had lived in the city for many years as well.  (And have been wanting to move back.....)  I've seen both situations, yet, I don't feel as bad for the rural folks as the author might.

Let me first say that my childhood is a lot longer ago than the author of that article, because we didn't have videos, let alone video games as kids. Yes, I was a kid during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  I only ever went to the city on field trips - NYC and DC with the girl scouts, and Philadelphia to the Zoo in third grade, and some Phillies games with my dad on the fire company trips - including when they were at Connie Mack Stadium.  Yes, I can count the number of times I was in the city on 6 fingers.  NEVER ONCE did my parents drive there.  Although, Schuykill.   But to them, the city was a big, scary place, that to their dismay and utter fear, I went into on a regular basis once I left the isolation of our area and went to college.   And our town is not even an hour from the city.

Philly was a place I fell in love with, because people actually used their BRAINS there, imagine that....  Where I live, people actually TAKE PRIDE in their ignorance.  I am sorry, but there is no excuse for that.   I have had students whose parents guilted them into not going to college, because they never got to.  Didn't want the kids to have better than them, in their trailers or their run down farms.   Not that education would actually GET them someplace... The disrespect for education in and of itself offends me to no end.

Now, my hometown was the bedroom community for one of the larger steel mills in PA. And I know what happened to our town when that steel mill closed.  Not only did they close, but they yanked the pensions from countless widows of former workers.  They were the scum of the earth.  So I get that point of view, totally.

But to say this, is just His opinion.

But what I can say, from personal experience, is that the racism of my youth was always one step removed. I never saw a family member, friend, or classmate be mean to the actual black people we had in town. We worked with them, played video games with them, waved to them when they passed. What I did hear was several million comments about how if you ever ventured into the city, winding up in the "wrong neighborhood" meant you'd get dragged from your car, raped, and burned alive. Looking back, I think the idea was that the local minorities were fine ... as long as they acted exactly like us.

Methinks Mr. Wong was just oblivious. When I was a kid, the black kids lived in an area of town that wasn't right *in town.  They did not hang with the white kids. They still don't.  My mom, however was kind of like the classroom mom for all the black kids and poor kids in our class.  They loved her - over the years, they stopped to visit her, they appreciated everything she would do for them.  She would bring extra lunches on field trips for the kids whose parents could afford one or didn't pack them.  Mom grew up poor, with 9 brothers and sisters, and she "got it."

As for this generation, I can only say that the black kids in my sons class have never been to our house, even though Bug was friends with several of them.  When he invited them over to do things like play video games, they always had a reason not to.  Of course, that could have been his autism.....a different kind of discrimination, otherwise known as shunning.  But then the other day, he saw a kid working in the grocery store that he knew from school, and they hugged, the kid was really happy to see him.  Why he was on the list of all the gazillion kids who would never come over just does not make sense to me.

So I am going to leave it at the hope that Mr. Wong is oblivious.  Rather than ignoran.  Ignorance breeds ignorance.  But, oops, he seems to ignore that whole concept.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I Ain't Afraid of no Goats.

Baseball is the only team sport I have ever been interested in.  Grew up keeping score for my brothers little league teams, and we used to play neighborhood ball all the time - and I mean *all the time -in our back yard.  Which was fairly large, with home plate being at the top of said hill/house at the bottom, and which made for some interesting hits.  Also was great for sledding....but I digress....

Hub is a die hard Cubbies fan.  Grew up out there and so now, instead of knowing all the names of the Phillies , I know all the Cubbies.  And I have been loving this series, because all their pitchers are hitting home runs!

And Hub was thrilled to see Bill Murray the other day wearing his Goats T-shirt!   Yay!!!


You do know the Goat curse, right?  The reason the Cubs have never won in 71 years???  I know a lot of my bloggging peeps are from the northeast, or the Philly area, so all we know is that the Phils don't win because they just plain suck.


October 6th, a sad day in Cubs history. The Cubs entered game four of the World Series leading the Detroit Tigers 2 games to 1, and needing to win only two of the next four games played at Wrigley Field. A local Greek, William "Billy Goat" Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern and a Cubs fan, bought two tickets to Game four. Hoping to bring his team good luck he took his pet goat, Murphy, with him to the game. At the entrance to the park, the Andy Fran ushers stopped Billy Goat from entering saying that no animals are allowed in the park. Billy Goat, frustrated, appealed to the owner of the Cubs, P.K. Wrigley. Wrigley replied, "Let Billy in, but not the goat." Billy Goat asked, "Why not the goat?" Wrigley answered, "Because the goat stinks."

According to legend, the goat and Billy were upset, so then Billy threw up his arms and exclaimed, "The Cubs ain't gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field." The Cubs were officially cursed. Subsequently, the Cubs lost game four, and the remaining series getting swept at home and from the World Series. Billy Goat promptly sent a telegram to P.K. Wrigley, stating, "Who stinks now?" For the next twenty years, throughout the remainder of Billy Goat's life the Cubs would finish each season at 5th place or lower, establishing a pattern that would reverse the Cubs luck and term the team "The Lovable Losers." The World Series would become a dream, and "wait 'til next year" would become the team's motto. From 1946 to 2003, the Cubs would post a 4250-4874 (.466) record, have only 15 winning seasons, finish in first place a mere 3 times, have no pennants, no World Series appearances let alone wins, with only four post season experiences (1984, 1989, 1998, 2003) resulting in a complete reversal of their fortunes. The Cubs were and are a cursed franchise.

Phillies have no such curse to blame.  They just suck, period.  And I am pissed at them for trading Chooch.  They are dead to me.   They are dead anyway.   It was sad to see Howard go, but, without him and Chooch, there would not have been a 2008 season.  Just sayin.

GO CUBBIES!!!!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Changed My Mind

I have to make note of this creeper stuff.....

'When this happens to me on a sidewalk, I basically start running'

Yeah, that.  And maybe someone threatening me with jail, too.


Photo courtesy of The Nation

Monday Moodz

Gotta take a break and drive the kiddo back to DC today.   So, kill some time on Columbus Day, and listen to some Serge.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Right Hand Column Issues

Evidently Blogger has been having issues with the Blogroll gadget. They are "working on it." In the meantime, they say we either have to wait, or put a new one in and then go searching for everyone's links again.  This really pisses me off, it took me a long time to find everyone.  Sigh.  And I use it to visit you all.   &^)$*^&^&#)^#@

Bug is home from DC, and I haven't seen him for a month, so we are sitting here, watching the Ozzy and Jack epis he missed, waiting for the debate.  And I am fixing my blogggrolls.

Been having lots of fun on la Facebook this weekend.  Have punted several rednecks I've been wanting to punt for a long time.....

Here's another right hand column thing - you know that ticker in the right hand column?   You would think that all the Trump supporter friends supposedly in hiding would know that Liking someone's post shows up in the ticker....lol.  YO STUPIDS - WE CAN SEE YOUR LIKES!

If any of my fellow bloggers are on on Facebook, send me a note with the link to your page, I'll friend you.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Grabbing a Moment

...yeah....in case you hadn't seen it yet.



So does this mean a Bush took Trumperoony down?  Much less the whole freeking Republican party.....LMAO

Update: OH and he "apologized".  Apologized my ass.  You don't apologize and talk about OTHER PEOPLE, you moron.



Friday, October 7, 2016

Disabilities Info, Or What 75% of Presidential Candidates Don't Give a Crap About.

Every year I say I'm going to do a post on what each candidate supports with relation to disabilities.   And every year someone beats me to it.  Fine with Moi, I like having my time back.

So, here's some of this year's scoop.....you can read the rest at the link.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Daddy Paid for His.

So, Trump wants to ditch the Department of Ed....

According to the think tank, these would be the actual results of demolishing the Department of Education:
  • ‘8 million students every year would lose Pell grants
  • 490,000 or more teacher positions could be eliminated $1.3 trillion in student loans would be at risk
  • 9 million low-income students would lose $15 billion of Title I funding annually
  • 5 million children and students with disabilities would lose $12.7 billion used every year to ensure that they receive a quality education
  • 750,000 or more students from military families, Native American students, students living in U.S. territories, and students living on federal property or Native American lands would lose $1.1 billion per year for their school
  • 4,000 or more rural school districts would lose more than $175 million used annually to help improve the quality of teaching and learning in many hard-to-staff schools
  • $700 million used by states to support the 5 million English language learners currently in public schools—representing close to 10 percent of all students—would be cut.

490,000 teachers.......8 Million in Pell Grants.....

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

VP Debacle.

All I can say is, Kaine should have taken a page from Hillary's book.  Kept his mouth shut the entire time Pence talked.  Numbers on the totals vary, but if he *had kept his mouth shut, instead of being up Pence by 23 interruptions, he'd be down by 37.  And people would be saying he won, instead of Pence.   The interruptions are unconscionable for someone who has his kind of court experience.

Oh, and he needs to get rid of the Dennis the Menace smirk.  It's not flattering.