Feb 28 2007

>The Wait is Over!

>I can’t contain this. I’m so happy happy happy I have to write it here. And because I’m a complete and utter bitch, I’m going to make you wait for the good stuff just as long as I have to.

Today, I finished up my shift of answering phones. As I left, tired as usual, I phoned home to say I was on my way home so Steve knew generally when to expect me. And this is what happened.

steve: hello?

Me: hello.

Steve: How are you?

Me: tired…but whatever.

Steve: Well, wake up.

Me: huh?

Steve: I was heating up the grill and starting to make food when the phone rang. I didn’t recognize the number, so I let the machine get it. I checked a bit later, and discovered you have a message from…
(world suddenly begins to move in slow mo. I cannot breathe. I’m clinging to the railing)
the instructor at Guide Dogs!

Me: gasp. Shriek!
(runs for exit of building since I just shrieked and might have caused unnecessary alarm)

Me: Some incoherent babble and a lot of gasping, half laughing and half crying!

I ran down the street, probably looking like I was looped out on bad drugs. I was half expecting to get stopped and asked if I was ok. I was so giddy I didn’t care. Tears were streaming down my face as I ran because I’m such a terminal sap and cry when I’m happy too. I got to the bus and got on. Then, fate started teasing me, making this gift like those Christmas gifts you get that are wrapped in 3 boxes and you have to keep opening more and more boxes. The damn bus took 10 minutes to leave the damn square! When I got off at my stop, the damn sidewalk was covered in ice, snow, and assorted garbage, so it took even longer to get home than I wanted to! I ran inside, called back the instructor and…got his answering machine!

Arg! He’s done for the day. God damn damn damn it! But tomorrow, I will have my doggy class date, and as soon as I have it, it’s goin’ up here! Yeah! I’m goin’ to California! Start the countdown, baby!

I can’t even begin to express how this feels. All the anciness is over! I’m going! I feel drunk without taking a sip of booze. I’m incoherent and stuttering. I’m absolutely nuts with glee! And you’re all staring at me like I should really take a chill pill. Maybe I should. Na! I’m gonna enjoy this!

Feb 28 2007

>An Odd Combination Of Things

>Every day, I’m either sent or I come across a lot of funny or interesting things. Sadly, a lot of them don’t make it to the site for one reason or another. Sometimes they’re too short to make anything out of. I do 1 line posts from time to time, but you can’t do that with everything. Sometimes I just flat out can’t make something interesting out of something on its own but have nothing else to put with it to make it work. Sometimes I simply forget about them when something else grabs my attention. Because of this, a lot of pretty decent material has died on the vine over the years for no other reason than that I suck. So today I start trying to change that. No, not that, I’ll always suck. No amount of changing is ever going to fix that. But from now on, I’m going to do my best to make sure that all of you see more of what I see. Sometimes it’ll be weird news, sometimes it’ll be serious news. Sometimes it’ll be videos, sometimes it’ll be audio. Sometimes you’ll get quick jokes, sometimes you’ll get websites you can waste your life on. I don’t know how this will turn out from day to day or even if I’ll have enough to work with to make it a daily event, but I’ll do my best to make it as entertaining and hopefully as frequent as I possibly can.

Ok, now that we all understand what’s going on here, let’s get to it.

If you find that any of these links don’t go where they’re supposed to or don’t work at all, that’s not my fault. Things disappear all the time and there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s just the way the internet works, don’t yell at me.

*New Zealand resident A J Hackett is planning to
bungee jump
from 4920 feet in the air out of a helicopter. If the stunt is successful, he will double the current world bungee record. If not, funeral services will be held at the Church of Our Lady of What Were You Thinking?

*I think I’ve found
the next generation of contributors
to
Cover Letters from Hell.

*This
story
explains 2 things. One is the obesity epidemic, and the other is why people in less fortunate countries don’t seem to like Americans so much.

*
Wasn’t that a party?

*According to
How Many of Me.com,
there are 2 of me in the United States, 0 of Carin, and 133 of Matt. I mention this in an attempt to educate and inform, as well as to help you waste hours of your life without really trying.

*Speaking of which, if you’re looking for a way to waste time while still being somewhat productive and maybe even a little helpful, go
here
and tell everyone you know [other than me thank you very much] to eat fruit.

*If I believed in the death penalty, stupidity like
driving and checking your email
is the kind of thing I would think a person should fry for.

*Something tells me that this woman’s
messages from God being in violation of signage laws
is the least of her problems.

*I never thought that something so simple could be so dangerous, but the
11 deaths, 100 plus injuries and over 700 arrests at an annual kite-flying festival in Pakistan would seem to prove me wrong.

*If we have to pay people billions of dollars to act like children, why don’t we pay children to do it? It would make a lot more sense than paying people like John Baird to
present fake Academy Awards to the liberals for changing their position on environmental issues.
First of all, nobody has done a bigger “flip-flop” than the Conservatives on the environment, and second, if you’re going to act like a smartass and try to parody the Oscars, at least try to name the movie that they won for. I think even a child would have done that.

*If you really love Google, or if you’re just one of those people who likes to throw away money and for some reason don’t want to send me a donation, $124.95 US can score you your very own
official Google bean bag chair.
But if that’s not enough for you and you now find yourself in need of a few pairs of Google socks or even a Google lava lamp, then you’re going to love
the Google Store.
Looking at all this stuff makes we wish I was better at taking advantage of people’s desire to own stupid crap. By the way, be sure to ask about our Vomit Comet deluxe toilet seats and dinnerware before you leave.

*I think the people at Science in the Public Interest must think we’re idiots, either that or they just don’t visit the real world very often. I can come up with no other way to explain
their urging that restaurants be required to provide nutritional facts about the food on their menus.
I agree that we should all be able to easily figure out exactly what we’re eating, but if you think that labeling a giant cheesecake as a bad nutritional choice is going to stop anybody from ordering it, you’re probably wrong. Yes, people are stupid, but I have yet to meet a person who has ever confused a cake with a carrot.

*
This is definitely not cake,
but it’s one hell of a protest, I’ll say that much.

*Wanted:
Woman to take ass beating from angry wife in place of actual mistress.
And here’s the really funny part. As of the time this story came out, 10 people had already offered their services.

*
This is great video I seen all time all my life.
I love the Iron Sheik. And yes, I know this is old, but it never stops amusing me.

I dont’ think I’ll be able to top that one, so we’re done for today. Feel free to send anything you think I might want to see, I like stuff. If I use it, then I will have.

Talk to you all soon, and sorry about the recent lack of updates. We were doing pretty good for a while there, but all good things must come to an end sometime, and so too must our update streak.

Feb 22 2007

>Play A Jazz Chord!

>For some reason, perhaps the slight buzz I’ve got going right now, this joke cracked me up. Yes, I’m well aware that it’s stupid.

Stevie Wonder is playing his first gig in Tokyo and the place is absolutely packed to the rafters. In a bid to break the ice with his new audience, He asks if anyone would like him to play a request.

A little old Japanese man jumps out of his seat in the first row and shouts at the top of his voice “Play a Jazz chord! Play a jazz chord!”

Amazed that this guy knows about the jazz influences in Stevie’s varied career, the blind impresario starts to play an E minor scale and then goes into a difficult jazz melody for about 10 minutes.

When he finishes the whole place goes wild. The little old man jumps up again and shouts “No, no, play a Jazz chord, play a Jazz chord!”

A bit irritated by this, Stevie, being the professional that he is, dives straight into a jazz improvisation with his band around the B flat minor chord and really tears the place apart.

The crowd goes wild with this impromptu show of his technical expertise. The little old man jumps up again. “No, no. Play a Jazz chord, play a jazz chord!”

Well now truly irritated that this little guy doesn’t seem to appreciate his playing ability, Stevie says to him from the stage “OK, mister, you get up here and do it!”

The little old man climbs up onto the stage, takes hold of the mike and starts to sing… “A jazz chord to say I ruv you…”

Feb 22 2007

Keep It Down Up There!

Man mistook porn movie scream for rape

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin man said he broke into an apartment with a cavalry sword because he thought he heard a woman being raped but the sound was from a pornographic movie his upstairs neighbour was watching.

“Now I feel stupid,” said James Van Iveren, who has been charged in the case. “This really is nothing, nothing but a mistake.”

A criminal complaint said the neighbour told police Van Iveren pounded on the door and kicked it open without warning Feb. 12, damaging the frame and lock.

“Where is she?” Van Iveren demanded, thrusting the sword at the neighbour, the complaint said.

“Where is she?”

The neighbour told police Van Iveren became increasingly aggressive as he repeated the question, insisting he had heard a woman being raped. The complaint said, with the sword pointed at him, the neighbour led Van Iveren through the apartment, opening closet doors to prove he was alone.

The neighbour later played for police the part of the DVD he believed Van Iveren heard downstairs.

Van Iveren, 39, of Oconomowoc, was charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage and disorderly conduct, all while using a dangerous weapon, and is due in court March 5. Together, the misdemeanour counts carry a maximum sentence of 33 months in jail.

Van Iveren said Tuesday he heard a woman “screaming for help,” grabbed the sword, bounded up the stairs, kicked in the apartment door and confronted the man who lived there.

“I intended to hold it behind my back and knock. But I froze and instead, what happened happened,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.

Contesting his neighbour’s account, Van Iveren said he didn’t look anywhere in the apartment except the front room and he never threatened the neighbour with the sword.

“I had the sword extended. But that was all,” he said.

Van Iveren, who lives with his mother in the downstairs apartment, said he did not call police when he heard the noises because he does not have a telephone. He said he barely knew the upstairs tenant.

Police seized Van Iveren’s sword, which he said was a family heirloom.

That story reminds me a lot of
this one from 2004 about a guy who planned a fantasy rape with a woman in a chat room but then broke into the wrong house.
The only real difference between the 2 is that Van Iveren only wound up menacing a stranger because he thought he honestly needed to help somebody. So while he should definitely feel like an idiot, at least he had guts enough to react to what could have been a bad situation.

Feb 22 2007

>Cover Letters From Hell

>I should have written this up a few months ago when I found out about it, but since I’m a lazy hack, I just never got around to it.

Advertising agency
Killian & Company
has a hilarious section on their website called
Cover Letters from Hell
that features, well, cover letters from hell. The link above will take you to a complete explanation of what’s going on as well as to a whole mess of greatness known as the Cover Letter Hall of Shame.

This link
will take you to the newest batch of submissions, which is full of gems such as the following:

I recently seen your job posting on craiglists.com I have a very extensive background in Marketing Communications … I have wrote traditional copy for print catalogs Hammacher Schlemmer and Spiegel …

I have to commend you on your superfluous and otherwise over-the-top website.

During my student teaching, I touched many of the students, especially the boys.

I feel that a companies sucsess depends on customer satifation and each employees dedication to meet that goal. I also attached my resume online. I will be very excited to hearing from you.

“Hello! My name is _________. I spoke with the woman in charge of your hiring the other day, and she suggested I send in this resume. While it goes against my personal, cultural, and religious beliefs to take any sort of orders from a woman, I decided to send this on in for your consideration. I would be a very good asset to your company, and I know that I can advance quickly enough so that I would never need to take orders from your girl again.”

Go read the whole thing, and weep for humanity.

Feb 21 2007

>More On Telus. Wait, Make That Moron Telus

>In a quick update to something Carin
wrote
about a few days ago,it seems the spineless fairies at Telus have caved and will
no longer be offering their porn subscription service.

I have no more to say, Carin did a fine job of saying what needed to be said last week when the story came out.

Feb 21 2007

The Timing Sucks, But If You’re Going To Fight, The Hospital Is A Good Place To Do It

A routine appendix operation in Belgrade went horribly wrong when two surgeons started fighting and stormed from the operating room to settle their dispute outside.

according to a recent
report,
surgeon Spasoje Radulovic was operating when fellow doctor Dragan Vukanic entered and made a remark that started a quarrel.

“At one moment Vukanic pulled the ear of the operating doctor, slapped him in the face and walked out,” the on duty anaesthesiologist said when describing the fight for a local newspaper.

Doctor Radulovic followed him out and an all-out fight ensued, resulting in bruises, a split lip, loose teeth and a fractured finger.

In spite of the chaos, the operation was thankfully completed successfully by an attending assistant doctor.

Feb 19 2007

I am, Slowly, Going, Crazy, 1 2, 3 4, 5 6, Switch!

I’m ancy. Every day, I’m ancy. Some days, I can’t focus on anything, because I’m so ancy! I’m sure I’m driving Steve absolutely, positively nuts some days because I’m constantly looking at the clock wondering if I’m going to get a call. You wanna know why? Because I still don’t know when I’m going away for my new guide dog!

I think about it all the time. I dream about it. It’s causing me to put my life on hold because I can’t look for work not knowing what block of time I’m going to be gone for, and it really wouldn’t be smart to get a job and, during that fragile 3 months of probation, say “Gee, boss, I’m going to be gone for a month.” I’ve gotten mixed opinions about how it would go over if I told them right up front. Some say if it was a year off in the future, they could see no problem, some say even if it was right now, it wouldn’t be a problem as long as you told them right at the time they offered you a job, and some go “Why do you need one right now? That’s going to so screw you up.” So, since finding a job is hard enough with the whole blink factor, I’m waiting until after I come back with fido in tow. Anyway, I’m rambling.

Because I just couldn’t take the ancy feelings anymore, last week, I called the school. Plus I wanted to know because I have things that have to be taken care of, I.E. tax crap, student loan crap, at a certain time, and I wanted to find out if I have to make other arrangements. I’m so anal about deadlines that unless I know if it’s going to be done, it bugs and bugs and bugs and bugs me!

It took me so long to dial the number because I was so nervous. The phone rang, and I held my breath. I asked to speak to Admissions. They put me through. I asked them the status of my case, I.E. if they have any new information, and said that my email has been a bit weird and I wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. It hasn’t really been that weird, but I had to come up with a reason to not seem like a neurotic freak who was asking what was up, even though they said they’d give me 4-6 weeks’ warning. Time slowed down to a crawl, and I received…exactly no new information!

Raaaar!

All she could say was, “We’re looking for a match. We didn’t want you to have to come home in the snow. We’ll tell you as soon as we know.” Not even a remote idea about the chances of getting in in April, or May, or what.

I hung up the phone, and could feel the energy flowing out of me, like I was a balloon and someone had just done that thing where it makes that sputtering noise and flies across the room and lands flat on the floor, deflated. I lay on the bed, so sad. I know I shouldn’t have been sad, I wasn’t rejected or anything. But it was so disappointing to get no new information, no date to shoot for. I was suddenly afraid I could be going in June, or July, or August! Who the hell knows? I could be waiting for another year if they can’t find a match before the snow is flying again. They said something about a smaller, more manageable dog. My first thought was, how small? I can’t handle a giant, but Babs was a 50-pounder and she was a challenge but she was fine. Are they limiting their search too much? How long could my life be on hold, waiting, wondering, hoping, praying, thinking maybe now would be the time?

Let’s recap this little journey. I got the application packages from a couple schools, decided to go to the Ottawa school, came home with my beautiful Babs, had to retire her way too soon, had another interview way too soon, bombed it, said I’d try again when the spring came, then moved in the spring, had a second interview and aced it, and finally heard the news that I was accepted! I have invested so much time and hope and energy, it has to come true soon! It just has to!

So for now, I’ve started counting down to the day when Barbie goes for hers. 13 weeks and 6 days baby! That has given me something to look forward to, even though it’s not my own class date. I’ve been a geek and found the pages where the class dates are listed. I could be going in 6 weeks and 6 days, or 8 weeks and 6 days, or 10 weeks and 6 days, or 13 weeks and 6 days, or later, although hopefully not. I’m! still! ancy! God! damn! It!

Feb 19 2007

Don’t Drink and Drive People Nuts

When there’s a problem, people seem to find a need to pin the blame on someone, don’t they? It would be nice if they could figure out who the right person is to pin it on.

There’s a neighbourhood of…what should we call them…outraged area residents? Sure. Sounds good. They’re mad because they live near the main office of a cab company, and on a regular basis after the bars have closed, drunken hooligans come by, bang on the cab company’s window and demand a cab. Of course, this wakes up sleeping neighbours, and I understand why they’re pissed if it happens all the damn time. Apparently, it’s been happening for years, and they’ve tried to call the police, work with the cab company, come up with solutions, but nothing’s working.

But here’s where I part ways with our sleep-deprived neighbours. They’re trying to blame the problem on the cab company and put the onus on them to fix it! Ok? And how do they propose they do that? Pay the city to keep the buses running? Have lines of cabs at the bars to pick people up like at the train station? turn down the drunks and risk their cars getting smashed and cabbies getting hurt? How is the cab company going to stop drunks from being toolchests? At least these people are asking for cabs, not driving home and killing some poor area resident who happens to be out on the street. Then the rest of them would be really outraged. Would they tell the bar to pay for the person’s funeral?

Feb 17 2007

>They’re Going to Get it Done, Come Hell or High Water

>This just creeps me out. Does it creepyou out?

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion is prepared to take “extraordinary measures” to boost the ranks of women candidates in the next election, including barring men from seeking nominations in some ridings.

During last year’s leadership race, Dion promised that under his watch at least a third of the party’s candidates in the next election would be women.

But campaign organizers have concluded that the ambitious goal will be impossible to reach without some intervention to secure nominations for female candidates.

So-called green-light committees, set up to run the party’s nomination process in each province, have been empowered to ensure the 33 per cent target is met. Among other things, the committees can set dates for nomination meetings and approve or reject nomination papers from those seeking to carry the Liberal colours.

Where necessary, the committees will be able to simply refuse to allow men to run for nominations in some ridings.

“We’re trying to find the techniques that are consistent with our democratic processes to the greatest extent possible,” said Gerard Kennedy, Dion’s special adviser on election readiness.

Local riding associations are being encouraged as much as possible to find women to seek nominations. But, with an election possible as early as next month, Kennedy said the party simply doesn’t have the luxury of a lengthy recruitment drive.

Consequently, he said the party will have to use more drastic measures to ensure a sufficient number of women wind up on the Liberal election roster.

“We’re still studying and discussing some of the techniques that we might use, such as women-only contests or what have you. But I think those measures will be somewhat exceptional,” he said.

The leader retains the power to simply appoint women candidates, bypassing the nomination process altogether, but insiders say Dion wants to use that power sparingly, if at all. Appointments have in the past set off controversy, particularly from would-be candidates who frequently had spent months preparing to fight a contested nomination.

Dion’s campaign strategists contend that declaring certain ridings off-limits to men at the outset will ultimately be fairer to all concerned. Still, they acknowledge that the measure is bound to be controversial.

“We’re going to pay some price,” Kennedy said. “We’d like it to be a relatively small price . . . but the price we’re paying is because we didn’t quite make as much success as we should have (recruiting women in the past) and everyone has come to the realization that we have to take extraordinary measures, that the Liberal party has to become a political organization that reflects the face of Canada.”

In last winter’s election, only 26 per cent of Liberal candidates were women, although women make up slightly more than half the Canadian population. The challenge of reaching 33 per cent next time is all the greater because Dion has promised to protect all incumbent MPs from nomination challenges.

Chew on that for a while. That whole thing makes me feel sick. I can’t even put into words the level of dread that gives me. Sometimes it already feels like democracy is a fraud. Now people are trying to fix the system so the numbers fit some kind of quota.

I’d love for there to be more women in politics. But this isn’t the way to do it. It would make me sick and angry if a guy who I knew would fight for my interests was prevented altogether from even running and the only alternative was a woman who I knew didn’t care. And don’t you just love the element of panic in that article? Damn those commercials from the Conservative party. All I can think is, We didn’t get it done!

And here’s something I don’t get. They say they want the party to better reflect the face of Canada. Women make up over half of that face. But 33% of his members have to be women, and that’s the figure he’s sticking with? That doesn’t make any sense if he was truly trying to make the party match the face of Canada. What is the real motive?

Man I hate politics. And I hate the direction this is going.

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