Tuesday, February 28, 2006


"We come. We go. And in between we try to understand." ~Rod Steiger

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."
~Flora Whittemore

I'm trying to decide if I should open a few new ones... I'm not that fond of closing any.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings Week 160

I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Baby step:: small one

  2. Wasted:: away again in Margaritaville. Looking for my lost shaker of salt

  3. Reggie:: Jackson

  4. Pitiful:: "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me"

  5. Acting out:: supressed emotions surfacing

  6. Tomato:: home grown

  7. Bad night:: more than a few, less than some others

  8. Trip:: yeah man, it was a real trip... ;-)

  9. Finance charges:: pay those monthly things off so they don't accumulate

  10. Sport:: a good one

Weekly word list found at Unconscious Mutterings

Friday, February 24, 2006

procrastination ...

It's been a week... and I've many personal things to catch up with, errands to run in different directions of town and some case management things to do -- so many that I feel overwhelmed... the sort of 'crawl under the blankets and hope to wake up when it's another day' kind of overwhelmed.
At any rate (I say that rather a lot, I think; possibly a habit I need to break), I was procrastinating and catching up on a few blogs -- finding this at Andy's

Deanna Troi seems a logical choice, but Geordi LaForge as a second at 65% is a hoot! ..think that's my geek/nerdiness showing again? I kinda wished Spock would have been a higher percentage though.
wink pink

Your results:
You are Deanna Troi
You are a caring and loving individual.
You understand people's emotions and
you are able to comfort and counsel them.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

Had to remove the listing of percentages of other characters as it misaligned the post...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

They want who to operate what????

"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks." ~Doug Larson

"Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business." ~Paul Valery

Before I read the CNN article, I didn't realize that most of our East Coast ports were previously run by a British port management company which has been sold to the U.A.E company in question ... and somewhere I read something about most of the West coast ports being run by a Chinese company. Of course, now I can't find that and I am not at all sure which Chinese... but surely that would be Taiwan?????..

I've real issues with outsourcing any government operations (including basic military supplies, data management, catastrophic medical supplies, etc) to any foreign government- and that includes the British or the Canadians (no offense, but let's face it, you all wouldn't want us running any of your government operations or infrastructure, either). What I don't understand is why that - outsourcing government operations- isn't a bigger issue with other folks.

I tend to agree with Kevin Drum's assessment of the "real scandal": Politically, this whole thing is astoundingly tone deaf, especially since Bush did it without consulting anyone in Congress. Substantively, though, I'm not quite sure I get the fuss. Would we really be any safer if P&O were acquired by a Singaporean company? Frankly, the real scandal is that we're not already handling port security as if every port management company in the U.S. had a member of al-Qaeda on its board of directors.

Ok, off my soapbox now. There'll be lighter fare later in the week including pictures along with other less 'scratch one's head in amazement' things.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Unconscious Mutterings Week 159

I say ... and you think ... ?
  1. Right time:: if you think it is

  2. Funeral:: 22 years ago this month, my mother's memorial service and subsequent wake

  3. Calculate:: time, energy, wages, expenses, goals...

  4. Believe me:: if you wish

  5. Chat:: not much for chit chat, but can think of a couple of people that I wish I could do this with

  6. Anniversary:: they all come so quickly these days, whatever they might be. I'm rather tired of remembering past events; the present is where I try to live

  7. Let you down:: I feel as if I did, 'admired one'

  8. Shout:: to the mountains

  9. Sweatsock:: euuuuuuuuwwww ;-)

  10. Prayer:: many ways, many kinds, much needed in the world
Weekly word list found at Unconscious Mutterings

Friday, February 17, 2006

White Flag

When all else fails, read the instructions... wink pink

On Wednesday night along with writing a quick post to return to blogging, I decided to download a song from a place I purchased singles from a long time ago. They still had my account active and I had no trouble logging in, finding the song I wanted, going through checkout, saving the receipt and seemingly through the quick download. But when I looked, the file was no where to be found. It was late, I was tired and Thursday was to be an early day with a couple of quarterly plan meetings scheduled for two different clients in two different locations. So I went to sleep.

Thursday night I searched my computer in a variety of ways, but still couldn't find the file. I scoured the download site to see if it might have been placed elsewhere or how I might download again. Tired, slow-brained, skim-reading me- didn't find anything helpful, not even how to download again.

Today, determined to find that song (it was only 99 cents, but I did pay for it) or obtain a new download, I discovered that it required MSIE to download!!!!! I was using Firefox of course. Opening the receipt with MSIE gave me a link that took me to a page where I could download again.

Simple stuff. If I had just re-read the full instructions instead of assuming that I correctly remembered the 'how to details' from the last time I purchased perhaps a year or so ago, I might have saved myself a lot of trouble.

And the song?
White Flag - Dido  (full text lyrics and a midi version)

I know you think that I shouldn't still love you
Or tell you that
But if I didn't say it, well I'd still have felt it
where's the sense in that

I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

And when we meet
Which I'm sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I'll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I've moved on

Now then- On to a day off that really isn't quite, but can be taken at a very slow and easy pace.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Returning in tiny bits....

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself." ~Lloyd Alexander

ah... well... perhaps. I do enjoy the search most of the time, but only when finding the answer isn't exceptionally crucial by need or time. I've need of many answers and information right now - searching and not finding most of them could be useful learning which I might recognize many years from now, but from this vantage point I think I would feel very frustrated.

There are so many things I might have written about in the last six weeks or so, but time and energy were increasingly difficult to find. It isn't much different right now.

But I decided that blogging was a habit I wanted to keep. So here I am, late at night with very few ideas of how to jump back in. Hopefully in the coming days that will grow easier.

January outside our front door