Friday, October 31, 2008

Best thing of the day

If you deal with the business world regularly, as I do (until next week), you've probably seen countless photos of traders making faces on the New York Stock Exchange floor.

At last, somebody has decided to spice up the same old, same old, and thus:

Sad Guys on Trading Floors

"Lowest of the low"

Hey, politicians?

Want a reason why American voters feel disillusioned?

How about this ad from Elizbeth Dole, who I used to respect:

In the 30-second ad, a narrator says that a leader of the Godless Americans Political Action Committee recently held a "secret fundraiser" for Hagan.

The ad then shows members of the group, which promotes rights for atheists and the separation of church and state, declaring that neither God nor Jesus exists.

"Godless Americans and Kay Hagan," the ad continues. "She hid from cameras. Took 'Godless' money. What did Kay Hagan promise in return?"

The ad ends with a picture of Hagan and a voice that sounds like hers declaring, "There is no God."

But the application said Hagan never made that statement or accepted money from the group.

North Carolinians, if you were on the fence before, I think this should tell you everything you need to know about the kind of person Dole has become.

And to heck with partisanship and party lines, that disgraceful classlessness ought to be enough to get you to vote for Kay Hagan.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Let's take a little quiz, shall we?

Via the delightful Miss President, with whom I shared a line or two at Six Flags "Wait Adventure" the other weekend.

I could survive for 1 minute, 9 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

Created by Bunk

Strange thing of the day

Just go read this.

I don't even know what to say. But it's awesome.

Lucky charm?

Last night, my best buddy Dave's Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series.

Earlier this year, my second-best buddy Ed's New York Giants won the Super Bowl.

Not since I won money in three straight office pools have I been on a streak like this (at least by proxy).

(For the record, it was the World Cup pool and the March Madness pool - OK, so the third one was for finishing last at fantasy football... I still won my money back!)

Who's next?

Well, my buddy Stewie's Redskins are 6-2...

But Phil's Oilers are looking like a longshot for the Stanley Cup.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'm dreaming of a white... Halloween?

First snowfall today.

This may not really be a big deal to those of you readers from Wisconsin or Canada.

But those in the Tri-State area may sometimes hear the New York radio stations refer to "north and west of the City" as the area where the bad weather hits. That's where I live.

And thus, we get winter a little sooner than many other Jerseyans. Like today, when it rained in Newark. And we had 3 inches of snow on the ground when I headed out into the Sussex County afternoon.

The last 35 minutes of my daily 50-minute commute took 35 minutes.

The first 15 took two hours.

That was fun.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thought for the day

Only a vegetarian would get stopped for speeding on the way to a farmers' market.

Back in black!

OK, now that most of the chaos in my life has straightened itself out, I'm back in action. Sort of.

For now, at least, I think I'm going to stick with a variety of short-form random thoughts and things of that nature, rather than the long-winded posts for which I'm probably best known to all of you.

My apologies for the delay, and thanks for your concern. Suffice it to say everything is going to work out fine, more or less.

As always, let me know what you think of the changes.

Editor's note: Also, watch for some adjustments to the various bits and pieces of the sidebars and the like. If there are any you want to see stay, or want to see go, by all means speak up!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Taking a TV timeout

I'm at a very difficult point in my life right now, which in the wake of the very pleasant changes in my personal life was followed by what may be a very painful and difficult job transition.

The net result may be very, very positive, but right now it's not feeling so much that way.

In short, those who know me know how fragile my psyche can be, and right now it's at its most fragile.

Which is a long way of saying I'm giving a lot of thought to the things I'm involved in and reprioritizing a lot of them.

And let's be honest, this blog is just an entertaining hobby, and thus pretty far down my list of things to focus on.

So let's consider me on hiatus for the time being. I will be back, and not away too long, I think. I hope.

I just couldn't tell you when right now.

Thanks for all the reading and commenting and so on. It's always fun to share my little slice of the world with y'all.

Thought for the Day

Because it's been too long since I've posted anything and, well, after a darn good weekend - including Marisa's birthday - this week pretty much already sucks and it's barely Tuesday.

Thought for the Day:

The other day, Sarah Palin told Katie Couric, in the course of butchering her interview that, in essence, she was qualified in foreign affairs because Alaska is in between Russia and Canada.

Which, I keep telling people, is like me saying I'm qualified to treat a sprained ankle because my next-door neighbor is an athletic trainer.

(That probably wasn't worth the effort, was it? But I forgot my other Thought for the Day and I'm too depressed for a real post.)