Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I can see clearly now, for less.

Illinois is the first state to offer variable electric pricing based on market price. I signed up immediately. The image above is from the web page where I check current electric rates. As you can see, I can save considerable money by switching the use of major appliances to evenings and early mornings. I stay up very late anyway so this will be a big help! I like it mostly, of course, because I can check it very few minutes online!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

You will see this one coming...

Rooty has diabetics (a common side effect of chemo).

Rooty has to have two insulin shots a day.

Today was my first day giving a shot.

Instead of Rooty, I stuck my own finger.

Told you that you would see it coming.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In 1929, something to take your mind off the Depression.

William Fox (born Fuchs Vilmos) founded Fox Pictures and built a chain of movie theaters in which to show his films. Fox intended his theaters in St. Louis, Detroit, Brooklyn, Atlanta, and San Francisco to be spectacular. He succeeded. The picture above is the lobby of the Fox Theater in St. Louis, which has its own Wurlitzer.

The picture below is taken from the balcony. It makes the expression 'over the top' seem inadequate. The Fox Theaters in St. Louis and Detroit are almost identical twins.

Friday, April 17, 2009

It's Florida déjà vu

Stephen Colbert, of the Colbert Report, easily won the right to have the forthcoming addition to the Space Station named after himself. It wasn't even close: 230,539 write-in votes for Colbert vs. 40,000 for NASA's top suggestion Serenity.

Ignoring both the top vote-getter and its own recommendation, NASA chose Tranquility.

In 2006, Colbert won the public vote to name a bridge in Budapest, Hungary. They got him on a technicality, however, since the rules required the bridge designee to be deceased.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming!

And their bacon is ham!

The Canadians should be
rolling in in a few years or so, at least those who are good swimmers.

Canada north of the Great Lakes is tilting our way.

The first clue was the level of the Great Lakes being a little lower each year along the Canadian shores and, at the same time, being a little higher each year on the American side.

Goodbye Chicago!

The scientists have proven it -- the Canadian side is rising 1/10 of an inch each year. So, at one inch per decade and ten inches per century, it's only a matter of time. Baby strollers and little red wagons will probably come first.

Does anyone what to speak on behalf of Gary, Indiana?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New medication

Bad reaction.

Head spins when I stand up. And that's just on the outside.


ps. I toasted my Twitter account.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

This is new...

Have you ever noticed that most drivers use their right hand to hold their cell phone. That's right, they use their most dexterous arm for the least important purpose. Conversely, most are using their least dexterous arm for the most important activity (i.e., driving the car).

Today, I saw a driver holding her cell phone with her right hand -- but she was holding the phone to her left ear.

Try it. It's awkward and it's impossible to turn your head to the left (as you might want to do it you are making a left turn).

Then the fun began!

[NOTE: This will be the last post until Monday, April 13th.]

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

She Lost! See previous post.

Lost, big time, 33% to 66%

What we learned: Don't go campaigning in your new, white, 60K+ Cadillac Escalade during the worst recession since the Great Depression. It's called The Don't Rub Salt in the Wound rule.

And, if you do, don't park illegally.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Our own Blagojette

When the dogs and I came from town yesterday, we could not turn onto our street because two cars were blocking it. One was a big, white, Cadillac SUV, which was parked so it's rear-end was almost in the cross street. The other lane was block by some poor guy trying to make a left turn onto the cross street but, with the white SUV in the way, he could not see to his left. It's a dangerous left turn even when there is no SUV in the way since the is a hill and a curve to the left, and a hill and a slight curve to the right.

The big, white, Cadillac SUV had a politician's sign on its side. Can you see what's coming?

Our street is equal to two normal size blocks and is a dead end.

As soon as I got out of my car, a voice yelled at me: "I'm so and so, and I'm running for prom queen [or the equivalent city office]. Will you vote for me?"

"Is that your white SUV at the end of the street?"

"Yes. Will you vote for me?"

"I don't vote for candidates who do not obey the law. Your SUV is parked illegally."

"Oh, I didn't realize it was parked illegally."

"Well, I'm not sure you should be the [city official] if you don't know the city ordinances. 'Don't block a fire hydrant seems pretty basic to me.'"

Oddly, she didn't answer. She also didn't go move her SUV, she just continued going door to door.

If she wins, I might have to move, but it was worth it!

Is there just no end to this?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

You just know that no good is going to come of this!

In the upper right you can see two sane ducks in the lake!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Best April Fools Jokes of All Time

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And, don't forget to visit Wikipedia today!