Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Donnie says "Thinking about you". (Well, maybe I'd rather have heard from Marie instead)
Hallie B. Herrera asks "For Kidney" (Sorry, I don't have any to spare... and Miss Berry, when did you get married again?)
Edna Gill proclaims "I Imperial" (Well, you may be the empress of something, but it isn't grammar)
Heath Gibbons announces some joyful news in the Addams Family: "It It Twins"
Keva asks "Happy with yourself?"
Yes, I guess so.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
You know you're from Michigan when...
.... you define Summer as three months of bad sledding
.... you have ever gotten frostbitten and sunburned in the same week
.... you can identify an Ohio accent
.... you point at the palm of your right hand when telling people where you grew up
.... octopus and hockey go together as naturally as hot dogs and baseball
.... traveling coast to coast means going from Port Huron to Muskegon
.... a Big Mac is something you can drive across
.... you have no problem spelling Mackinac Island
.... you have as many Canadian coins in your pockets as American ones
.... you know that a place called "Kalamazoo" really exists
.... you bake with "soda" and drink "pop"
.... you don't have a coughing fit from one sip of Vernor's
.... you know what a Vernor's is
.... you know WHY Paradise is colder than Hell
.... your car rusts out before the brakes wear out
.... if you think of Indiana as the South
.... half of the change in your pocket is Canadian.
.... you know that Pontiac and Cadillac are cities (and people!) as well as cars
.... you can travel through Detroit and not get mugged
.... your idea of reaching Climax is driving just past Kalamazoo.
Any such lists for other states?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
"Russian missile shot down Chinese satellite."
"Chinese missile shot down Russian satellite."
"Russian missile shot down Chinese aircraft."
Yes, these three different spam titles might lead one to believe that the Bear and the Dragon are completely at each other's throats now. World War III is on and the only people kind enough to tell us are the ones who are trying to sell us bogus v1ARGA and OX1C1tIn via email. Does anyone have a spare bomb shelter for sale?
Ah. news-by-spam even has an editorial page.
I would suppose that the people of "Hey, I Can't Spell My Own Country Name" (perhaps Uzbekistan or Myanmar?) have launched intelligence operations against their bitter foes at the library and the bookstore.
I'm really not sure what this means. Perhaps someone has claimed ownership of Osama.
"Still down and tired"
This admission came from a spammer named Soledad. This is the only spam in the bunch where the name corresponds to that of a major network news anchor: Soledad O'Brien of CNN. It's nice when a major news anchor is really honest about how they feel. Imagine if Dan Rather signed off from CBS News saying "I've been up since 3 am and have a headache, and reading all this bad news to you has really made me sad, and now I'm going to bed" instead of saying "Courage".
"SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 12 PM AST SUNDAY."
What good is any well-rounded news report that doesn't include the weather? This weather report came from a spammer in Oregon. I'd better cancel that trip to Portland just to be safe. Or maybe I should cancel any trips to the AST time zone. Or why not both?
So what have you learned from spam?
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
My father liked to play the lottery, and he had a certain set of numbers that he always played. For the sake of the story, I'll say these numbers are 4 8 5 16 23 42 (but I do not recall the actual numbers).
He played these numbers many times, but did not win anything. He played them at home, and he played them when he traveled. When in Delaware, he played the usual 4 8 5 16 23 42 one day, listened for the drawing that night, and found out he did not win (as usual). Then he left Delaware. After he got home, he found out that the Delaware lottery commission drew 4 8 5 16 23 42 the following night for that next day's game. This was the day after he left, and was thus a day he did not play. If only he had scheduled his trip to Delaware to be one day later. It was a multi-million dollar jackpot.
Any interesting lottery tales?
Delaware and lottery comments are welcome, but if you insist on talking about unrelated topics such as tangerines, Buicks, or Zimbabwe, or any other unrelated thing, such comments will also be welcome as well.
I've been to the two remaining lighter-colored states, Texas and California, but in the case of Texas, I have really only experienced El Paso, and in the case of California, I have only experienced LA and San Diego (which leaves out all of Northern California and the interior). Hopefully I will rectify this some day. Based on past experience and certain laws of geography, I can imagine that the rest of California might be like a cross between LA and Oregon; and the rest of Texas might be a cross between Oklahoma and New Mexico. I might possibly have been in Kansas, but just do not remember it at all. I always wanted to go to Rhode Island more than most of the other states I have gone to, but I still have not made it there.
I really don't have a burning desire to go to Connecticut and Deleware, however, unless something or someone really sells me on them.
Friday, January 19, 2007
I figured I'd add an introduction when I found a photo I'd taken of an actual (replica) Voyageur canoe resting a riverbank at a pioneer festival from back in 2003. While canoes do tip, for this one only the camera was tipped to make for a better view.
What of the Voyageurs? From L'Histoire des Voyageurs: "The French Voyageurs were an integral part of the fur trade in North America. The early explorers to reach the nouvelle monde (new world) were Jacques Cartier in 1534 and Samuel would later become the city of Québec at the narrowing of the St. Lawrence River (Québec means "narrowing of waters" in a Native American language)."
The use of the name, however, is intended to denote adventure. This blog will have little or nothing to do with the fur trade or even the French. There might be a little concerning Canada, and there will be much concerning the United States and even some coverage of Europe. Along the way, there will be comments that appear without the cruch of a photo. Paddle on...
"For the 58th straight year, a mysterious visitor left birthday cognac and roses Friday at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe, author of the macabre, and was watched by more onlookers than ever, a faithful viewer said."
(read more here)
Unfortunately, it looks like this is turning into a Baltimore's version of Punxatawny's Groundhog Day spectacle. However, it's good that some traditions remain relatively undisturbed in the age of paparazzi and tell-all web sites. Hopefully next year he'll avoid RFID or GPS trackers attached to his shoes during the visit, but it might just be a matter of time. Some mysteries should remain mysteries.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
This marble statue of the legendary Greek hero Perseus has him displaying his grisly trophy: the head of Medusa Gorgon. Such creatures did not last long in the ancient Greece of legend: they had no endangered species act.
The mere act of looking directly upon Medusa would turn you into stone, so Perseus used a mirror to avoid this as he endeavored to cut her head off. He did avoid being turned into stone, didn't he?.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Let me see:
1) Junk spam lookup page...a dead end. Start over.
1) Spanish page with lookalike of singer Prince http://aeterni.blogspot.com/ No thank you.
2) An art designer's page http://renataportifolio.blogspot.com/ Looks nice enough, but there are zero comments, and I still do not know Spanish.
3) German game page http://mane83.blogspot.com/ Sorry, I do not know German either.
4) Foodie's Hope http://recipeindex-fh.blogspot.com/ Nice photos of food, but no recipes or discussion. Next...
5) http://gt16teatro.blogspot.com/ I STILL do not know Spanish. Next.
6) http://sisof4.blogspot.com/ Better than the others, but still I will move on.
7) "Adding My Views to the Mix" http://addingmyviews.blogspot.com/ Not bad at all. Not active enough yet, though. I will add a comment and keep an eye on it. However, much of it is political, and I just don't do politics.
8) Another Spanish one. I won't even link this.
9) Pretty good mountain bike/climbing page http://ibanmayoblog.blogspot.com/
10) And a second German one.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The cats were not friendly. They tended to stay away by themselves. Astonishingly enough, there are estimated to be 300,000 feral cats in Rome living in over 2000 colonies (http://goeurope.about.com/cs/rome/a/rome_cats.htm).
You will see some of the other cats in later entries in this blog, but not all 300,000.