Garfield, On The Oil Crisis

29 06 2008

A lot of folks can’t understand how we came to have an oil shortage

here in our country.
~~~

Well, there’s a very simple answer.

~~~

Nobody bothered to check the oil.

~~~

We just didn’t know we were getting low.


The reason for that is purely geographical.

~~~
Our OIL is located in
:
ALASKA

~~~

California

~~~

Coastal Florida

~~~
Coastal Louisiana

~~~

Wyoming

~~~

Colorado
 

 
~~~
Kansas

~~~

Oklahoma

~~~

Pennsylvania

and

Texas

~~~

Our dipsticks are located in Washington , DC

Any Questions? NO?…Didn’t think So

????????????????????

Advertisements




Blogging Holiday

28 06 2008

So, for my frequent readers you’ve noticed I haven’t actually written in a week…last saturday I mentioned my mother is coming to town tomorrow…she’s staying through next sunday…so, I’m kind of taking a blogging holiday until she leaves…I have some fun random stuff planned for you, but I won’t be online much so you’ll have to occupy your selves…

There is a second reason I’m taking a break…I started this blog to be open and honest more so with myself than anyone…kind of an online journal…I’m not a very good journalier…I have lots of pieces of journals I started of the years…I’d start one when things were bad, and then when things went back to mundane, I’d let it drop of the side of the bed and forget about…well…there’s a lot of stuff that I want to get out into the open, and i really haven’t done that, thus far…at least not the way I’d like…so…put up with some humor for a week or so, and then we’ll get our noses to the grind and see how messed up I really am 🙂 But if that’s not good enough, for right now, check out my blogroll…there are some pretty messed up people on there…(lol, just kiddin’ guys, but seriously check ’em out!!)





Blog Updates

22 06 2008


MySpaceGraphicsandAnimations.com

After lots and lots of issues with the WordPress image uploader, I have finally updated my Character Page and also added a page called Geography, so you guys will have an idea of where all the places are that I write about. Also on the right side (at the bottom) of the page is an added section that has some of my personal favorite post on the blog listed…if you have been a frequen reader you have probably already read them, but for some of my new readers you may want to check them out. 





Fireworks

21 06 2008

 

MySpaceGraphicsandAnimations.com

So, it’s another Saturday morning of awe-inspiring blogging written from my front porch here in good ol’ Chesapeake, Virginia. I’m feeling very optimistic this morning…got a good nights sleep, am eyeing the house work I have to get done, and I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as I thought, of course I am hoping to start tackling the den which is piled up with stuff, but between this weekend and next Sunday I’m hoping to have a futon and end table in there to make a makeshift guest room for my mom while she comes to visit for a week, should be an interesting week.

I live in an older neighborhood, not a ran down neighborhood and not one of those revived neighborhoods, but an established neighborhood… and as I set on my porch stoop and look out there is one house that just pokes out, you just can’t help but notice…because it’s so damn perfect…so perfect in fact, it’s dull. Two medium sized trees in the front yard, 3 little bushes in front of the house, each the same size as the next, and practically exactly the same shape, the yard which is perfectly manicured and completely green, and I mean green, green, like your yard is in the spring for those few precious perfect weeks when it’s just naturally growing well, and green. The white trim & stair case railing is WHITE, not grayish or was white and has a little dirt on it, it’s white, perfectly white…the brick is the color that only new brick can be…the house was built 4 years ago, and it looks as though it were just finished yesterday…and in side, is Mr. and Mrs. Perfect along with baby Perfect. I know, I know, no one is perfect…but you just have to see them to really believe it…he’s a military guy, yet, is always home in time for dinner, and he’s never on deployment…hmm…I’m still wondering how he manages that…she, is now a stay at home mom, so he’s apparently doing pretty well. She gets up early and takes the baby stroller and goes for a walk, and always looks nice and neatly dressed, not annoyingly over dressed, but in normal clothes, yet they look perfect on her… He always looks nice in khaki shorts and either polo shirts or button down shirts that always look fresh from the dry cleaners, yet I never see them bring in dry cleaning…Mrs. Perfect, no doubt. They have a family dinner every night and then go for a walk around the neighborhood taking the baby along and chatting about their perfect day…they wave at all the neighbors “Oh, aren’t they just the perfect little family.” I hear as I drive by on my home from work, and think how easy it’d be to have dinner on the table at 5 if I wasn’t working, at all…but less 45 hours a week. ..she doesn’t seem to shop a whole lot, but every Saturday when she goes to the grocery store, either he goes along or the moment she pulls up in the drive way he rushes out to grab all the groceries…they almost never really smile, yet always give off that vibe of happiness…and they never brag about being happy, even though the vibe is so strong you can smell it…and he wears sandals…and doesn’t even have creepy man feet…strange actually…he could almost be a foot model…and that means something coming from me…feet are creepy, but ecspecially man feel.

 

The odd thing is, part of me really likes Mr. and Mrs. Perfect…they are the kind of people you just want to be friends with so you can in someway be closer to perfection…and then the other part of you, the evil part, wants to be friends with them so you can see inside their house and see if they are really as perfect as they seem….I’m sure they must fight sometimes, but, I never see it…never a hint of it…no one has ever stormed out of the house mad, they never seem annoyed when you say hello, or as you randomly sit on the porch unnoticed…and watch their every move…wondering…can they really be so perfect, yet the proof is there…but obviously I don’t have all the facts…

 

Suddenly, the other day, as I was watching the Perfect baby #1 (apparently #2 is on the way, according to a friend of the Old Hag’s) take some of his first steps across the yard trying to come see our puppy…and trying to make cute like whoofing sounds…They may be perfect, but my god their life is dull…there is no passion coming from over there across the street…My flower beds aren’t as perfectly manicured as theirs…my plants are each growing in their own unique way, and I let them…as long as they stay confined to the flower bed (which at the moment isn’t a problem)…our front porch has some dirt on it…but ever few weeks we sweep it off and make sure there are no dead leaves or sticks on it…about 2 times a year J pressure washes it, just for good measure…our lawn has a few bald spots in it, and one of my solar lights leans a little to the left (or right depending on what side of the porch you are looking from) J and I fight sometimes and one of us will storm out and going else where for our customary cool down sessions…our cars aren’t new, in fact, our newest one is a 98 Ford Taurus which is getting ready to break down every day….our garden hose is almost NEVER put up the way it should be…and out chair cushions pretty much have found a home draped over the porch banister, so when it rains on them, they are already hung up to dry…We’re not perfect by a long shot, but you know, I wouldn’t trade it for Mr. and Mrs. Perfect…I’d like to keep a few fireworks in my life…




3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

20 06 2008

 

I feel like I keep repeating myself when it comes to the Women’s Murder Club books, but, they really are excellent…this is the 3rd book in the series and it finds Jill, Claire, Lindsey, and Cindy chasing down a terrorist organization who is looking to disrupt the G-8 summit being held in San Francisco…The mystery starts with a house blowing up…while Lindsey just happens to be running by, and continues with strange mysterious message sent to Cindy, via email…Oh and don’t forget the cute Federal Agent guy that flies down from Washington D.C…from the very beginning you assume he and Lindsey will get together, typical story…it’s a very intriguing read, but something about this book was different than the other ones…When I first picked up the book I read on the cover that “Someone in the Women’s Murder Club is About to Die…” I assumed, that someone like Cindy or Jill or Claire (although probably not Claire) would get kidnapped (or some other form of entrapment in a bad situation) and Lindsey would come rescue them…man was I wrong, and pissed…(warning…slight spoiler coming)…they kill of one of the women!!! How can you do that?? To date there are 7 books written in the series…and I realize when they wrote book three they didn’t know there would be at least another 4 books…but, how can you kill off on of the main characters??? That’s just f***ed up!!!

 

So, because of that I give the book 4 stars…mean, maybe, but still how do you kill off one of the main characters??





2nd Chance by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

19 06 2008

The 2nd book in the Women’s Murder Club series ( For More Info See The Review on 1st to Die by James Patterson ) finds Jill, Cindy, Claire and Lindsey trying to solve a string of murders that all seem completely unrelated. First it’s a drive by shooting that kills a small black girl, then a hanging that kills an elderly black lady, and then a black cop is set up to be shot…besides race, nothing seems to link these killers…but we soon find out that’s not the case.  

James Patterson delivers a suspenseful thrill ride in this novel. As with the first novel, 1st To Die, this book has lots of pages accompanied with lots of chapters…so again you have about 3 pages per chapter…. it keeps you hanging on your seat and wanting more…I completed the novel in a 48 hour time frame…would have been quicker except for that evil thing called work …go ahead and buy it, you want be disappointed…for $7.99 (as always US price, in US dollar) you’ll get your money’s worth! I give this 4 ½ stars…it left me aching for more…so, I had to rush out and get the 3rd book titled 3rd Degree…give me another day or so and I should be done with it also.





1st To Die by James Patterson

18 06 2008

 

I don’t read James Patterson…just something about him, I just never would pick up one of his books…In all fairness, as I never like to criticize something I haven’t tried, I did try reading his book The Beach House, once…never could get in to it, so I never tried any of his other books… until now…I don’t know how many of my readers are from the United States but ABC has a show on called The Women’s Murder Club (Psstt…if you click on this link you can watch the shows on this site for free) I’m a HUGE fan….love it…I envy the characters for their great bond and amazing skills in their chosen professions…so, I decided if the TV shows were that great then the books had to be even better, you know the old thing, how the movie and TV shows are never as good as the books…so my expectations were set very high on this one…I wasn’t completely disappointed…The main 4 characters are about the only thing that are the same between the book and the TV show…on the show Tom is the lieutenant who also happens to be the main character, Lindsey Boxer’s ex-husband…not so in the book, he’s a lawyer that’s now completely out of her life…the Kiss-me-not killer from TV…not in the books (at least not yet)…Jill is married in the book, not so on TV, and Jacobi (her police partner) is black on TV, not in the book, also Lindsey out ranks him in the book, but is subordinate on TV…so a lot of differences, but…if you take the book and analyze it completely separately from the show…then it’s a good book. It’s completely suspenseful and a super quick read. At 462 pages it has 126 chapters…so that’s like, 3-4 pages a chapter, which helps in the “only one more chapter, it’s only 3 pages” then you hit the end of the chapter and you’re still thirsting for more…makes you keep saying “just one more chapter”…

 

The basic summary of the story is there is a serial killer loose in San Francisco, and he’s killing newly wedded couples…on their honeymoon (romantic, huh?)…So the four main characters Lindsay, a homicide inspector with the police department, Jill, an assistant District Attorney (D.A.), Claire a medical examiner and Cindy, who’s a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. They “unofficially” join forces to try and figure out who the killer is and how to stop him.

 

The only part I didn’t like about the book is how quickly Patterson makes the 4 women bond…I mean I realize that’s part of the book, but he makes it happen SO quickly…it’s like they become best friends over night…I realize that chasing a killer can make you bond pretty quickly, but still, it felt a little unnatural…as a woman anyway…maybe that’s part of why Patterson had trouble with that, he’s a guy…other than that little thing, he does a very nice job…It’s scary how easily he made it seem for him to become a female narrator…but lends to the quality of the story…if you enjoy mystery novels that aren’t grimy and gross, then you’ll enjoy this…it examines personal relationships and gets into the minds of people…I would defiantly recommend it and have to give it 4 and a half stars.


The basic summary of the story is there is a serial killer loose in San Francisco, and he’s killing newly wedded couples…on their honeymoon (romantic, huh?)…So the four main characters Lindsay, a homicide inspector with the police department, Jill, an assistant District Attorney (D.A.), Claire a medical examiner and Cindy, who’s a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. They “unofficially” join forces to try and figure out who the killer is and how to stop him.


The only part I didn’t like about the book is how quickly Patterson makes the 4 women bond…I mean I realize that’s part of the book, but he makes it happen SO quickly…it’s like they become best friends over night…I realize that chasing a killer can make you bond pretty quickly, but still, it felt a little unnatural…as a woman anyway…maybe that’s part of why Patterson had trouble with that, he’s a guy…other than that little thing, he does a very nice job…It’s scary how easily he made it seem for him to become a female narrator…but lends to the quality of the story…if you enjoy mystery novels that aren’t grimy and gross, then you’ll enjoy this…it examines personal relationships and gets into the minds of people…I would defiantly recommend it and have to give it 4 and a half stars.