Archive for July, 2008


This Is A Fun Gadget I Would Not Mind Owning

July 31, 2008

The Chumby:


This Week’s Netflix

July 30, 2008

We had a bit of an eclectic mix arrive from Netflix the other day.

First up is the first disc of the first season of Sex And The City.  The first few episodes really annoyed me.  The ladies have such a bleak outlook on love, it is no wonder to me they cannot find anyone.  I would not want to date any them.

Then we get to Oldboy.  It is a Korean movie and a bit twisted.  A Korean business man is imprisoned for 15 years and then mysteriously awakens out in the real world again.  He starts seeking vengence on those that imprisoned him and reveals a few dark (and twisted) secrets along the way.  It is good, but it takes a little nerve to watch.

Finally we watched the first disc of the first season of Jericho.  It is about a small Kansas town that survives a series of nuclear strikes around the country, the closest being in Denver.  They are isolated and have to figure out how to survive in this brand new world.  There are also a few mysterious people that have recently arrived in the town.  The first episode did not really grab me until almost three quarters of the way through, but then I was hooked.  I know at least one reader of this blog will be happy to hear Shoshannah Stern, the deaf girl from Weeds, is one of the stars.

The next batch of DVDs is already on the way.


My Mom

July 29, 2008

Today my mom had four growths removed from her liver.  She is resting comfortably.  She is in the ICU, but that is standard procedure after this surgery at this hospital, so it is nothing to worry about.  I cannot wait to talk to her on the phone.


Getting Ready For The Party

July 29, 2008

In June I turned 30.  We were going to have a big blow-out the day of my birthday, but that was so soon after we returned from Greece we never had a chance to plan it.  So, we are finally getting everything lined up.

The e-vite has been sent, and we have somewhere around 11 people attending.  Today I bought booze.  $120 did not go as far as I thought it would.  I keep looking at the bottles telling myself that 11 people are not going to drink 4 liters of liquor, but the host side of me keeps thinking we should get more booze.  We may break down and buy more.

The menu has been nearly finalized, and since we have some vegetarians coming, most of it will be meat-free.  I think only one dish will be meaty.

Now we just need to shop and clean.


Something That Made Me Feel Bad

July 26, 2008

Yesterday my friend Chris and I had a wonderful Indian buffet at Sangam.  We had a great time, talking about everything from Luc Besson to the Nintendo Wii to political action committees.  He is a great lunch buddy.

However, that is not what made me feel bad.  That happened as I was walking into the apartment building, and I see the Hispanic lady that is the complex’s maid on her hands and knees scraping something out of the grout between two of the floor tiles.  It just looked so demeaning.  I hope the complex is paying her more than I assume we pay her.

I think what bothered me the most about it was I had just gorged myself on this decadent buffet, and then I am smacked in the face with a lady doing a menial job for possibly less than I make working retail.  The juxtaposition made it all the more poignant.


Inappropriate Questions In The Workplace

July 25, 2008

I have been known to ask the odd question at work.  For instance, I once asked a co-worker if she had a rough night last night, because she looked tired.  It was not completely kosher, but it also was not overly terrible.

Now for a doozy that was unleashed yesterday.  A little background:  we have a girl working for us who is home for the summer from college.  One of the stock crew has had a bit of a crush on her.  Yesterday he asked her if she was going to be pregnant next year.

Yeah, you got me.  I think he was trying to flirt with her, but I really do not understand how that was supposed to entice her to go on a date with him.


Blogging From My iPod

July 24, 2008

So, I can now write blog posts on my iPod. This post is my first. I think I prefer a real keyboard, though.