Rated “E”

This post is rated “E” for entertaining.  No, educational, uh, erratic.  THIS POST IS FOR EVERYONE … Whew?  Sure glad we got that out of the way.

Oh well, it is Tuesday, and as with all Tuesday’s I have my problems.  Much like a child in grammar school, I am never prepared for the lesson on Tuesday, I am geared up for recess instead.

Most of my days, were spent in desperate contemplation of the hour in Gym class and a considerable amount of time was devoted to “the fine art of pencil sharpening and the observation of the world’ just outside the window.  I excelled in that, but unfortunately, I found out later in life, not much demand for it in the marketplace.

I used to really get into recess, which should not come as any big surprise to anyone that is a regular reader of this page.

You cannot always effectively plan for the future, especially when you are young.  I remember when released from the U.S. Military, they told me that “I could use the skills that were taught to me in the service” in my civilian occupation.  So when I found out that American Airlines wasn’t hiring any tail gunners …. I went to work for the Railroad.

This is what happens to you when you major in recess, remember this.

USA Today is reporting that stress levels are up nationwide and surprisingly, the most affected, are not adults.  The highest stress levels in the past six months have been reported by the 18-24 crowd at 64% coming in second is the 24-34 bunch 55%, 35-44 at 47%, 45-54 at close behind, 46%.  The old geezers like myself, we are just laid back and cooling it, only 37% of them reported stress.

Which is reasonable, when you stop to think about it.  We moved all “those hard to live with people out of the house” years ago.  And we are not forced to watch “Dancin’ With The Stars” three nights a week.  Did you know that more American’s voted for the winner of American Idol than voted for Bush in the last election?  True.

Might be a good day to talk about that “three ring circus” (the great American Dog & Pony Show) in the Nation’s Capitol, but to tell you the truth, I am really tired of it.  So much like T.Boone Pickens latest book (The First Billion is the hardest – Crown Business, 260 pages, $26.95) I am going to take a pass.  Having the lowest stress levels in the above group did not “just naturally occur.”  Often you have to work at it.

Good and Bad News:

Phoenix, Arizona has told home builders there that they are to install water collection systems on new homes and that they are going to collect rainwater from these systems for the watering of plants and outside shrubs.  Which is a good idea and a bad idea.  It is good to be geared up to “green thinking” and all that, it is bad, because as anyone knows.  Phoenix is in the Sonoran Desert portion of the American Southwest and generally speaking …. It doesn’t rain there much, if at all.

Biting the hand that feeds them.

Hard to believe, but like beggar’s with outstretched hands the U.S. Auto companies are trying to entice the public to purchase a new car.  Only thing is, “they are going about it in the wrong manner or fashion” if you ask me.  Now they are telling us that in order to buy a new car, we need to bring MORE cash and a larger down payment is going to be required of us.

Tighter credit standards are forcing many car buyers to put up more cash in order to qualify for a loan.  The average down payment last month was $3,108.00 which is up 42% from the same time last year ($2,194.00).  It is like some kind of shark feeding frenzy on the American consumer these days.  General Motors wants to buy Chrysler and of course, they are lining up at the Federal trough to see if they can get some creative financing in the Great American Give-Away currently enjoying a nice run in Washington DC these days.

These dumb-bells ought to take a lesson from U.S. Oil, we stopped buying their products, and we effectively proved to them that we can do without oil based-products and we can do without these new cars too.

Eat Your Oil

OPEC (namely Venezuela and Iran) are crying the blues, they are now saying that they are cutting back on spending and projects in their respective countries because of the low demand for oil.  It seems that their profits are down some fifty percent and they are experiencing a hardship.  Now everyone …. All together now … One big collective sigh for our poor energy rich oil partners. Now didn’t that feel just swell boys & girls.  Actually that is a misnomer, we (America) get most of our foreign oil from places other than Venezuela and Iran.

Canada and Mexico for instance, are big suppliers to the U.S. and it is not $700 billion as previously reported but rather around $230 billion per year, big difference.

Anchor’s Aweigh

Not to be deterred, the Boys in Dubai went shopping this week, the oil rich energy czars bought the Queen Mary II and she is going to sail to Dubai on her last voyage.  After four decades of plying the oceans of the world she is being retired and will be converted into a five-star hotel in Dubai, the flashy Arab resort Center of the Middle East (United Arab Emirates).

This leaves the sister ship with the same name still plying the oceans for a little while longer, with peak oil, there will come a time in the not so distant future, when all of them are parked and converted.

“Uh, maybe the Woodpeckers were not a good idea?”

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark . One: Don’t miss the boat. Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat. Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark. Four: Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. Five: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. Six: Build your future on high ground. Seven: For safety sake, travel in pairs. Eight: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs. Nine: When you’re stressed, float awhile. Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

Now, wasn’t that nice? Pass it along this Tuesday, tell all your friends, and make someone else smile, too

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Honey Wagon Xpress

Someone told me that in Korea, the truck that comes around and empties the septic tank and hauls off the human waste is refered to as the “Honey Wagon.” Which got me to thinking, “If that is the case, then there must be a REALLY BIG Bee Hive around here somewhere!” And if you think that is bad, try doing this woman’s job (A really stinky job) and then be glad you are where you are.

Senator Joe Biden has done nearly one hundred press interviews since being tapped as Obammers running mate on August 23rd. Alaska governor Palin has done three. September was a great month to write about politics on the Web. The Los Angeles Times had an all-time-high (137 million page views last month), the Washington Post (topped 33 million) and both Slate and the Huffington Post set their own traffic records.

It’s tempting to give Sarah Palin credit for these new waterlines—she’s ubiquitous on every site’s most-read lineup, among the most blogged-about people in the country (including celebrities and fictional characters), and far and away the most searched-for political figure in America.

So, how much credit does Palin deserve for driving page views to the media elite she so disdains? Beats me, but she is stirring up the pot that is for sure. Meanwhile I hear Obammer is speaking to a group of Missouri hog farmers, concluding that Democrats need candidates who “speak in language familiar to, among others, the disaffected hog farmers of Missouri.”

I also read where the Nobel Peace Prize’s have been awarded.

Finland‘s ex-president Martti Ahtisaari received the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to build a lasting peace from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Middle East.

George Bush did not receive an award for economics.

Iranian President Mahmoud I-got-my-dinner-jacket-on who famously claimed last year in New York that there were no homosexuals in Iran has conceded that “there might be a few gay people” in Iran practicing what he calls a “unlikable and foreign act.”

This from a guy who helps to provide and build roadside bombs in Iraq.

A Connecticut judge has given the brush-off to a blonde woman’s lawsuit claiming L’Oreal Inc. ruined her social life when she accidentally dyed her hair brunette with one of its products. Charlotte Feeney of Stratford says she can never return to her natural blonde hue, a shock that left her so traumatized she needed anti-depressants.

She says she suffered headaches and anxiety, missed the attention that blondes receive and had to stay home and wear hats most of the time. But most of all, she is going to miss being locked in the basement and being declared last year’s hide and seek winner.

Been There .. Done That … Got the Shaft.

Four miles under the ocean’s surface off Brazil‘s lush coast lie billions of barrels of recently discovered light crude — a treasure that could transform the country into an oil superpower. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called it “a gift from God” and pledged to end chronic poverty and narrow the country’s broad gap between the rich and the poor.

Yeah, that is what we thought too.

But before rhetoric becomes reality, Brazil must first get to the underwater reserves, among the world’s deepest, and then manage a massive influx of wealth — a formidable task that has left other national economies awash in corruption and even greater gaps between the rich and poor.

Meanwhile here at home. Oil tumbled more than $4 to a one-year low on Friday as growing fears that financial market turmoil will squash demand for fuel outweighed the possibility of an OPEC production cut at an emergency meeting in November.  But it has made driving to the unemployment office a little bit cheaper.

No Room At The Inn

Now here is something that is bass-ack-wards if I ever heard of it … Most Japanese inns and hotels that didn’t have foreign guests last year don’t want any in the future, according to a government survey released Thursday.  The survey carried out by the Ministry of Internal Affairs shows that 72 percent of establishments that didn’t have foreign customers in the past year don’t want any, and the majority are ryokans and hotels with fewer than 30 rooms.

While the majority of such establishments do accept foreigners, the survey showed the country’s more traditional inns are not as hospitable, even as the government mounts a major campaign to draw more tourists from abroad.  Duh?  I don’t think you have this right, if you want tourists, you don’t tell them they are not welcome. C’mon over here to America, everything is dirt cheap and we will leave a lite on in the window for ya.

PSST…can you keep a sexy secret?

The credit crunch is getting us all down but here’s some news to put a smile on your face: great sex is free! Sex therapists Georgia Foster and Beverley Anne Foster reckon they know four secrets to unlock your passion potential.

The secrets are revealed in their new book The Four Secrets Of Amazing Sex which says: “We focus on the mind as much as the body. It’s not a book about sexual positions. Anyone can have sex, but to have amazing sex, your mind needs to be participating.” So read the guide, below, and make going through the motions a thing of the past.

1. SEDUCTION

The first secret deals with how to sustain a heady passion. Most people assume they need to be seduced to feel sexy – wrong! We first create the desire in our own mind. It’s your responsibility to understand what turns you on.

2. SENSATION

The second secret is all about the six senses. Absorb the energy, as well as remembering smell, touch, sound and taste. The six senses are often overlooked in our busy lives, but without them sex is dull.

3. SURRENDER

The third secret is when you feel safe to surrender and have sex. Thanks to secrets one and two, your mind is ready and your senses alive. You need to feel you want to be there and your mind is present to feel connected.”

4. REFLECTION

If you’ve had fun with the first three secrets, reflection is about looking back on the experience and feeling you want to do it all again. If the experience is bad, people will look back on it negatively and may avoid a repeat performance and lack confidence.

Now here are some more tips to help create a new sexual you. Ignore that niggly voice in your head saying your thighs are fat or your bum wobbles and tell yourself you are gorgeous and believe it. Trying new moves in the bedroom can be scary, so agreeing on a non-verbal sign on when to call time can help build trust and confidence. Purchase a cheap police style whistle. Grab a moment to sit down with your other half and make a list of what originally made them turn your knees to jelly; it’s easy to forget why what you found attractive next to a mound of washing up. When you are down there, remember to breathe. When people are anxious they shallow breathe. A good relaxation method is; take deep breath, hold it for five and exhale. Repeat three times and feel your nerves melt. Make one small change each time you have sex. It will keep it fresh and stop you from just going through the motions. If you cannot remember who’s turn it is to get tied up … Do what me and the miss’es do …. Play Prisoner Of War instead.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST … THIS COULD BE TIP #5 … IT IS ALSO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT … YOU MUST FIND A WILLING PARTNER.

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Checking the mirror

You ever wonder why the hair on top of your head goes away, and the hair inside your ears, starts to grow? Just doesn’t make sense to me. When your eyebrows start looking better than the rest of your body, then I would say you are in trouble. This week I sent away for a free information package on the Burt Reynolds Toupee, maybe the answers are there.

I will post a picture later, right now you will just have to settle for a mental image. Just picture in your mind, if you can, a slightly balding old guy sitting in his chair in his underwear typing and singing and softly humming a catchy Garth Brooks tune …….. Yeah, that should do it.

Speaking of answers? If you are all caught up in the election debacle going on right now and need your daily dose of it. Here you go. Everything that you ever wanted to know about Sarah Yummy-Mummy. Everything you could possibly want to know here. Just pick out a topic and let ‘er rip!

I have sort of been out of pocket here this week, with all the recent rain from the hurricanes in the gulf, the grass has been growing in the backyard to beat the band. I have had to contend with that, and I have also been spending an inordinate amount of time out there practicing my Big Foot Mating calls. Never did hear the verdict on that, was it real or fake? Isn’t all this weird?

Yeah, well YOU try living a normal life in OKLAHOMA during football season.

Watched the news the other day, I am sort of like a Meth addict with 600% more tattoo’s than the rest of society. I know that this stuff is NOT good for me, but I find I still need it anyway. Afterwords I am depressed and down in the dumper, I should know better.

Every time something happens of a negative nature in this country, we seem to blame it on oil. I wonder if anyone might suspect these OPEC and other foreign oil fields may be producing close to their capacity?

If this is true, they cannot possibly continue to feed the world at these levels for much longer. Now if someone would just invent a car that would run on B.S. we would all be set. Plenty of that around here lately.

Think I might get out of the house today and see if I can locate some new CD’s and some music. I have signed up for a new class at the community college next month, “Perverted pumpkin carving for the criminally insane” thought I might find a sharp knife, some new tunes for my I-Pod and check that out.

I am not going anywhere and seem to find free time on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Grandson is coming over later on today; he has been showing me how to hot-wire a Dodge Mini-Van. We are so proud he is picking up marketable skills since he got out. Times are tough; it pays to have a skill these days. I am reading where a lot of cities are going to start charging us more for water, garbage pick up, all this stuff keeps going up, and we (our lifestyle) keep going down.

We keep hearing or have been told we are going to have pay more for less, and that kind of irks me.  Man that __________ me off!

In the past year, road user fee’s in the state of Oklahoma generated some $980 million dollars and only $520 of that actually went to the highways. I hit a pot hole the other day as big as the state of Vermont for cryin’ out loud. We produced 66 million barrels of oil for the nation last year, we are the third largest producer of natural gas in the nation.

Why are we being asked to pay more.

Now take a look north. Thanks to Alaska’s oil wealth, every man, woman, and child in that state will soon receive a check for $3,269.00. $2,069.00 is their cut of the state’s annual oil revenues, plus a special bonus this year of $1,684 to off-set soaring fuel costs.

What did you get?

If you are like the rest of America …You got a “promise” of change … that should tide you over, get you down the boulevard a mile or two.

While “change” was the most used word by speakers at the Democratic convention, the Republicans top word was “taxes”, mentioned an average of 46 times per every 25,000 words spoken (and that was only Joe Biden, we don’t have he statistics on the other speakers). The next word that was extremely popular was the word “business.” The tie for third place tie was “God” and “change.”

It appears that both sides are disingenuous here, and when they talk business, the rest of us take it in the shorts. I spotted a bum downtown yesterday, lying in a pile of trash bags with a sign that read: “If you lived here, you would already be home.” I guess he didn’t get a check either. Meanwhile McSame says he believes that the economy is fundamentally sound and in great shape.

Hello?

Checking the mirror I see … A life lesson for me. Never forget the hand that helps you up … Or the boot that shows you to the door. No matter what it is that I have in life, it is never gonna be ‘euff .. I am always going to want more.

See-U-Later.com

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Parting shot: “Politics is a serious matter that needs NOT to be left to just only Politicians.  A Conservative Government is in reality a semi-organized body of hypocrisy.”

Territorial Loons …

I don’t do windows … A strange invention. Clear Tech self-cleaning glass. The glass is coated with titanium dioxide, which is photo-catalytic, meaning that it has a chemical reaction to light. When sunlight hits the glass, it breaks down material on the window into smaller and smaller particles. The coating is also hydrophilic, meaning that rainwater won’t form droplets on the glass … it forms as an even sheet that flows down the window, taking dirt away with it. (If it doesn’t rain often enough, I suppose you would have to hose it down every now and then) Japan’s Nippon sheet Glass Company began test-marketing the glass for large office buildings and airports, but they were soon overrun with requests from individual customers, so now it is made for homes too.

Better late than never … Utah begins phasing out highway signs that refer to the 2002 Winter Olympics. New signs will feature geographically specific images, such as Zion National Park and Lake Powell.

More Loons … Laconia New Hampshire is reporting that a census of the state’s loons showed a slight increase in the population, but a decrease in population. Yes, you read that right. Didn’t make sense to me either. The Loon Preservation Committee, (not to be confused with the Republican Party … The Grand Old Party that is somewhat short of fresh faces), surveyed 119 lakes and found the number of territorial pairs of loons increased from last years count, 125 chicks were hatched, but unfortunately only 95 actually survived.

The Loon Count from Minneapolis-St Paul isn’t in, but I am sure that the number of “matched territorial pairs” has increased from four years ago.

Dirty Money … Americans are now the biggest cocaine users in the world. This is the conclusion of a study of paper currency from nations around the world, which found MORE cocaine residue on U.S. Dollars than on currency from such countries as Spain, Canada, and England. The cocaine is passed onto the bills by the same fingers that directly touch the drugs or the wrappings.

Some coke users also use rolled bills as straws to sniff the drug (usually a hundred dollar bill, if you are classy dude) and cocaine is not the only substance that you will find on the money.  It appears money also has some other nasty stuff on it.

Also included in the study was the $1 bill which usually circulate for about 12 months on average, and they show traces of E.coli and other disease-causing bacteria. Might think about this the next time you stick a wad of money in your mouth, while searching for your car keys in the other pocket.

Big Payday … Thanks to high oil prices, the member countries of OPEC cartel collected $645 billion in revenue in the first six months of this year, that is DOUBLE their combined incomes for the entire year of 2007. Meanwhile, the U.S. Economy still continues to erode. The Mafia in New York City is rumored to have cut off five Federal Judges.

Things are not improving …….

Ethanol … The EPA won’t back down. A coalition of environmentalists and oil companies had requested a suspension of the governments demand that 9 billion gallons of Ethanol be added to the nation’s oil supplies. Reasoning that the increase in corn production is hurting wildlife habitat and consumers while failing to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. The EPA said that the Ethanol requirement didn’t cause “severe economic harm.”

Which is in total compliance with the Bush administrations policies concerning the planet. The current administration continues to monitor the situation with an attitude of outright venality  Which is basically summed up as the governments’ abuse of Human Rights is only exceeded by its destruction of the environment.  If you are hungry … tough. If you are a frog … even worse.

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men his age, the boy didn’t really know what he wanted to do, and he didn’t seem too concerned about it. One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy’s room and placed on his study table four objects.

1. A bible.  2. A silver dollar. 3. A bottle of whisky. 4. And a Playboy magazine.

“I’ll just hide behind the door,” the old preacher said to himself. “When he comes home from school today, I’ll see which object he picks up.  If it’s the bible, he’s going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up the dollar, he’s going to be a business man, and that would be okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he’s going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be. And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he’s going to be a skirt-chasing womanizer.”

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son’s foot- steps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while he admired this month’s centerfold.

“Lord have mercy,” the old preacher disgustedly whispered.

“He’s gonna run for Congress.”

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: No group of people have worse hairstyles than men in Government.”