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Jan. 8th, 2018


Note to self:

If you have less than 4 hours of sleep, stay far from Indian buffets.

Dec. 28th, 2017

nac mac feegles

Books, books, and more books!

Hi Livejournal, remember me?

I think seeing as how we are already on the last Thursday of the month, I can call it good for my reading list this year. (https://rubygloomrox.livejournal.com/1127688.html)

I didn't do so spectacular at first glance. But when you throw in home improvements and commuting around 90 minutes each way, it looks a tad better, no?
I'm going to try for 25 in 2018, but I may be changing, adding, or subtracting. In a new twist, I'll include more kinds of books as well. I'm still not including things like the sewing books or dieting/fitness books, but I do read a lot of management and leadership texts, and so I should throw those in, too. I'll carry some over from last year's list, but some of them seem like stinkers I can leave. I'll put a few of them last, because realistically I never get to them, I just don't want them to fall off my radar. In fact, they may be a few after 25. I'm keeping it super basic and easy, and even then I am assuming things will pop up, just as I'm assuming I'll eventually live closer to work and have my life back... But I think I'm going to HAVE to read the Trump book.
Here's what we have:

1. Collusion - Luke Harding
2. The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain - Judit Horstman
3. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - Michael Wolff
4. A Blackbird House -Alice Hoffman
5. The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza
6. Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want - Nicholas Epley
7. The GOAL Formula - Erik Therwanger
8. Macbeth - Jo Nesbo
9. The Odyssey - Emily Wilsontranslation
10. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
11. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
12. Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
13. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
14. The Good House - Ann Leary
15. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
16. The Black Echo - Michael Connelly
17. The Bitter Season - Tami Hoag
18. Secrets to the Grave - Tami Hoag
19. Economics in Wonderland - Robert Reich
20. The Antidote : Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking - Oliver Burkeman
21. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
22. Secondhand Souls - Christopher Moore
23. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
24. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength - Roy Baumeister
25. Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
26. The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - Will Buckingham
27. Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth - Chris Stringer
28. Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
29. Bonk - Mary Roach

Dec. 13th, 2017

stupid people 1


I love how everyone on social media is going nuts over Doug Jones winning in Alabama. We're even"capturing celebrity reactions." Really? Has the bar been set so low that we think not electing a pedophile is progressive? Wtf America?

Dec. 8th, 2017

big red

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That tax plan. Shrinking protected areas. Pouring gas on the Middle East. Now this: http://news.groopspeak.com/trump-admin-to-pass-rule-forcing-waiters-to-give-their-tips-to-employers/

I mean really, people. Get out and vote in 2018. It will probably be too late for net neutrality at that point. But it really is our only hope for this country's future. Possibly all our future in general. They just give zero fucks anymore.

Meanwhile, maybe if they keep us focused on sexual harassment charges we won't be worried about net neutrality. Remember when Democrats could at least get a hearing?

Wake up, people. This is just the beginning.

Nov. 7th, 2017

local revolution

Way to go, America

There was a great turnout today for the elections. I'm not saying that because it was a good night for Democrats. I'm saying that because people actually went out and voted. Could Americans finally be getting it? Keep it up folks. 45 is handing it over, basically. You just need to be willing to grab it.
Stand for something.

Having said that, go Virginia! Wow. Is Utah always going to be our embarrassing racist cousin?

Nov. 4th, 2017

amazon barbie

Meming to get writing again

51: think of a person. What song do you associate with them?

This is a tough one. Usually if a song reminds me of a person, then many songs remind me of that person. Then I can spend way too long trying to figure out which one to choose or which one should be THE song. But I know a lot of times when I think of my daughter, I think of Sinead O'Connor's version of Silent Night. When she was a baby and would get sick or have an ear infection, Sinead could calm her like no other.

52: What are your favorite memes of the year so far?

There have been some pretty funny anti-Trump memes. Funny but not.... There is another meme regarding songs I think I'll like. But honestly, I don't spend much time on the internet by the time I get home at night. It's all commuting and dogs at the moment. I'll do better once we move.

53: have you ever watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Heathers?Beetlejuice? Pulp Fiction? What do you think of them?

We used to go see Rocky Horror in Houston fairly often. Good times! The other three movies are classics, though I've probably watched Pulp Fiction the least out of them. I'm not as into violence in movies.

54: Who's the last person you saw with a true look of sadness on their face?

There's been all too much of that lately. 

55: What's the most dramatic thing you've ever done to prove a point?

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Oct. 15th, 2017


Blade Runner 2049

Were you planning to go see Blade Runner 2049? If not, then you should be. If you liked the first one, don't worry, you're going to like this one as well. You know how when a movie sequel or reboot comes out, it's always an updated version with our newer, modern styles, information, technology, etc.? This movie doesn't do that. It's a true continuation of the universe created in Blade Runner. They use practical effects more than CGI, and it's visually stunning. So much so that I am glad I didn't see it in Imax because I would have been distracted or overwhelmed. I also think the small screen (even on a large tv) wouldn't truly do it justice. This is one of those movies that will have you thinking about it later and appreciating it more and more as you do so.
They did an EXCELLENT job with this. We'll no doubt buy it and enjoy it on blu-ray, but I still say you need to see it on a really good regular screen movie theater. And that is really all I can tell you about it, because I wouldn't want to ruin anything else for you.
But it's SO well written. It's so well directed. All of the acting is really good. Yes, even Dave Bautista. The atmosphere of this movie, the absolute respect and love they have for the original comes through and makes this noir at its very finest.

Go see this so we can talk about it.

Sep. 2nd, 2017

bite the power

True story


I know the reality of this article. I lived very close to that plant at one time, in fact. But you can't tell a Texan squat. Obviously now isn't a good time, anyway. And if they are willing to concede anything, they'll simply blame this all on the fact that they are French owned. But they will fight against regulation tooth and nail. I wish there were lessons learned from Harvey, but I would be really surprised.

Aug. 14th, 2017


I'm still here

So is she. For now. I came home today and she had either a mild stroke or seizure. She did some limping and a recovery. I don' think there's any way she's going to make it to Texas with us. I coudn't leave her. She pepped up and we went to her favorite store, the local pet store. That place is so great. Initially this was the second location to open by these folks, and people thought our town was a weird choice of to try and open something "specialty" when all the mom and pop shops barely make it a year. But they made it and they thrive and the past two years have opened up in a few other communities. And each store is local to that community. They know us. They know and adore our dogs. They know Ripley isn't doing so good. So today when I walked in, they gave her lovings and a soft treat that took her two tries to eat. I ended up having to carry her in the store. They had some of these treats she loves in as a sample. They are crunchy, but soft enough for her to still handle. Anyway, I picked her up and carried her around the store, and as the girl behind the counter was putting some of those treats in a bag to send home with us, Ripley sighed and put her head on my shoulder in the crook of my neck. The girl dumped all the treats back in the bag and said to just take it.
This is why we go there. Shopping at this store we spend more. Sometimes a lot more. But the bang we get for our buck is so worth it in quality and quantity, and they have so many frequent buyer programs and rebates that we get a lot back and the difference between them and the box scores becomes really minimal.
But when you shop local, it's more than that. You get community. In a world gone mad with increasing social isolation and strife, people outraged about everything, Neo-Nazi white supremacists who don't even feel the need to wear hoods and hide anymore, and almost no one willing to stop pointing the finger and take a thorough personal inventory of the role they play, every tiny little thing we do to build community is so important.

Jul. 10th, 2017

bite the power

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Someone posted a link to this on Facebook. I can't find it now to credit that person, but I am guessing it is someone from the LJ crew. Anyway, thanks.

I think it's an important article. It's easy to blame poor people for their issues. Especially when they seem to make the same mistakes over and over. It's easy to blame addicts for being addicts. It's easy to blame depression on the depressed. It's just easy to blame the victims. 

That is, if you've never been there or just can't relate. And if you're blaming them, please don't try to convince me you've been there. Because I have, and although I still marvel at how far I have been able to go, I won't ever forget where I came from or some of the people I left behind there. Generations of not mattering has a way of getting inside you. There is a cause and effect.  I was lucky enough to not just have a high IQ, but also to be gifted with purpose and someone out there I wanted to make proud. This essay about his mother who wasn't trash is just one of many stories. Appalachia is just one of many places feeling it. 

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Jul. 8th, 2017

working it

You know it's a habit when

You work things out so a two day "vacation" only causes one day of not weight lifting, but you still want to throw yourself on the floor and have a tantrum. Well, back to only walking 10 or more miles. 😂

May. 18th, 2017


Chris Cornell


I am just tired, y'all.

May. 14th, 2017

nac mac feegles

Troll: A Love Story

This book was strange but really good in its creativity and difference. I can understand why so many people would be disturbed or upset by what they are reading. But this book is looking at what it means to be human and what it means to be animal. It's meant to be thought-provoking, and let's not pretend people don't usually need a little prodding.
I like it. I don't love it, but it's worth a quick read. So quick that I thought about it more than I read it.

May. 4th, 2017

evolving man

Things you don't expect to have to say to your employees:

"Seriously, if I see even one picture of Tupac smoking weed, I will be bent."

Apr. 20th, 2017

calvin and hobbes

Celebrate celebrate dance to the music

So long Papa Bear, you absolute piece of shit. The damage he has done to this country not just by appealing to the ignorant and the bigots but by opening the door for more garbage to spew forth is not even estimable anymore.
I don't know enough about the exact allegations. So I can't help but wonder (and feel free to tell me if you know) if he would have been fired had the NY Times not looked into it and found that Fox has schilled out over $13 million to five different women due to O'Reilly's conduct. $13 million, five women. How many times has he bashed the Clintons over Bill's affairs and accused them of something far more sinister? So I don't know if this firing was already in the works or if the Times helped things along.
Oh, another trip down memory lane: Does anyone remember when Captain Falafel lost custody of his children for beating their mom? It turns out that dragging your wife down the stairs by her throat is frowned upon in our liberal and pussy-fied society.
All I know is this could be the beginning of something wonderful for our country. If it's not too late already.

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