janradder: (wtf?)
Watch the kid on the right.
janradder: (wtf?)
Between the weird caned audience and the overly earnest, head-nodding delivery of Virginia's governor, I half-expected Bob McDonnell to whip out a ShamWow or a Ronco Showtime Rotisserie to see if he could interest us in that while we check out the GOP's health care plan.


Dec. 9th, 2009 03:48 pm
janradder: (wtf?)
Apparently it's going to take FedEx 2 days to travel from Brooklyn Park to Minneapolis (the package I'm waiting for left Brooklyn Park at 2 am on December 8th and is not scheduled for delivery until tomorrow). I know, I know -- it's a whole whopping 15.78 miles for them to travel, and the only way to get between the two cities is by interstate so I should probably cut them some slack.
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1. Everyone in Upstate New York is inbred. Everyone. Especially people from Rochester. Also, people from the Dakotas, but most especially North Dakota. And West Virginia. And all of Scandinavia. with all those fiords.

2. The Roman Empire split into two empires -- the Holy Roman Empire and the Western Roman Empire. Then all that was left of the Roman Empire was the Holy Roman Empire until the Roman Empire dwindled to encompass just a small part of Germany. After that, because the Popes were trying to control everyone through the Holy Roman Empire, Martin Luther started the Reformation. This led to the final downfall of the Roman Empire.

3. That (the Reformation) happened around 1759 when it started the French Revolution. But it didn't really succeed in changing anything.

4. Lucy (the Australopithecus afarensis fossil found in Africa) is not the name given to an actual fossil, but is instead something symbolic. Also, Lucy is 300 million years old. But there's another fossil even older than the symbolic Lucy, and that fossil is the fossil of a neanderthal.

Of course I can't be sure, but I think these guys may have been from Upstate New York. Or maybe they're just Scandinavian.


Jun. 4th, 2009 07:51 pm
janradder: (charlie brown)
What is it about my kids that getting them to wipe their own butts is so freakin' difficult?


Jun. 3rd, 2009 02:15 pm
janradder: (wtf?)
An official Red Sox scratch-and-sniff watermelon scented hat? Really?
janradder: (laughing)
A couple weeks back, when I was in South Carolina visiting my father, we made a trip one Sunday morning to the local Wal-Mart (I know, Wal-Mart, but that's where we went) so he could get some groceries and I could buy a few things that we'd forgotten on our trip -- kids' shampoo, a couple of pillows for the boys, and a pair of sandals for Arie.  Fairly controversial items, I know, but we really needed them.

So we went to separate lanes to buy our respective items.  As we waited in line, Arie picked out a pack of gum to add to our purchases. When the cashier got to our items she looked at them and then at me.

"I'm sorry.  I can't sell these to you.  We have Blue Laws."

I looked at her confused.

"It's Sunday," she explained.  "We can't sell anything that can't be consumed before 1:30 on Sunday."

She was very nice about it and almost seemed embarrassed to explain the situation.

"They're right there," Arie said.  "You just have to ring them up."

I told him we'd have to come back later for those things, bought the gum because it was something which could be put into your mouth and, technically, ingested (though the same could be said about the other items as well), and left with Arie still unclear as to why we couldn't just buy the things we came for. In the car, on the way back to my dad's house, I explained to him how some people in the county of Aiken believed that selling things on Sunday was an insult to God and Jesus.

"That's stupid!" said Arie.


(Here's the kicker:  Though the purchase of a pair of pillows for my two sons to sleep on, a bottle of shampoo to wash their hair with, and a pair of sandals to protect their feet was considered a profane act which desecrated the very idea of Jesus, I discovered later in the day that, should I have cared to, I could have legally purchased as much booze as was humanly possible to carry from the store and gotten good and liquored up on the Lord's Sabbath since hooch can be imbibed.  Go figure.)
janradder: (frustrated)
Let's decompose & enjoy assembling.

Easy though it into the floor have fun.

[there is no 1.]
Hold A1 hand.
Put A2 and A3 on both side of A1.

Slide B1 and B2 on both side of A2 & A3.

Slide C1 for the side of B1 though the side of B2.

The instructions come accompanied with illustrations in which each part looks exactly like the other.
And none of the parts are actually labeled so there is no way to know the difference between A1, B1, or C1.
Sound like fun?  Good!
Now let's decompose!
janradder: (Default)
For the past two years, I have been receiving numerous calls to join AARP.  I can sort of understand this because my father, who shares the same name as me, is in his sixties and it is conceivable that there would be some mixup regarding bulk mailing lists.  My latest solicitation from the world of "Healthy Aging," however, comes from the insurance company which provides our family with health coverage.  The letter is inviting me to attend a free community meeting to learn more about how Medica can supplement my already existing Medicare package.  In addition, they'll help me to understand the complex Medicare rules and procedures and how to get the most out of these dual health plans.

I am 37 years old and, as far as I am aware, still around thirty years away from Medicare or joining thee AARP.  Recently, I was carded.  At a a movie theater.  For an R-rated movie.  By a teenager.  Apparently, to the outside world,  I look quite young for a man of my years -- a man who is steadily descending that proverbial hill, the zenith of which I've passed over long ago.
janradder: (Default)
This is just fucking insane:

Sox-Yankees spat cited in N.H. killing

Not that it's really all that surprising.  I've had run ins with Yankees fans where I actually began to feel physically unsafe.  Some of these fans need to realize that it's just a game.  Seriously.


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