Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Skullfucked By Christmas

It'll be easy, I thought.

Just go over to LensCrafters and order some new sunglasses
, I thought.

Just a quick trip to the Mall, I thought.

I can even grab some lunch and thermal underwear while I'm there, I thought.

Ok, I'm still a little shell-shocked from the experience, but I'll try and relate some of the bullet points:

1. Did you know they're selling fake pets now? They're called "Perfect Pets", and they're lifelike dolls that you put in little padded pet beds in your house, and it looks like you have a dead cat or dog or something.

2. The hot new thing for children this year is to have your 1 month old baby photographed with Santa. That's right, have your newborn infant, less than 10 pounds, cradled in the arms of a man wearing a suit that has been defiled in every possible way by legions of screaming children who just want a pony.

3. There are 5, count them, *5* different versions of "Let It Snow" on the mall's soundtrack. I know, because I heard all 5 during the hour and fifteen minutes I was there.

4. There is also at least one gangsta rap version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer", in which a picked-upon little freak named Rudolpho grows up, joins a gang of angry elk, and slaughters a significant portion of Santa's workforce in a sleigh-by shooting.

5. LensCrafters slogan, "Glasses In About An Hour", is actually, "Glasses In About An Hour From The Time You Order Them, Which Will Be 45 to 60 Minutes After You Walk In The Door." Needless to say, I won't be able to pick up my sunglasses until tonight or tomorrow.

6. 90% of the items available at Victoria's Secret are not sexy. (This is not new, but it has been highlighted by some of their Christmas-themed items...)

7. 1 4-year-old child is adorable. 2 4-year-old children are cute. 350 4-year-old children is enough to make someone contemplate suicide.

8. AND IT'S NOT EVEN FUCKING DECEMBER YET.

Did I mention we're not having a tree this year? ;)
posted by S.C. @ 1:03 PM | 3 comments

Men Explained : A Women's Handbook

You have to surf on over to The Daily Slacker, where the big Chief himself has posted a guide to help women understand men. The highlight I love:

Careful With Those Questions:
At times this can go both ways, but it tends to be much more for the women. Us guys are fixers, doers, problem solvers, or whatever. If you ask, we're going to try and answer. No promises on the validity of the answer though. Also, before you ask a question, contemplate the worst possible answer you could get. And I don't just mean getting a "Yes" to "Am I fat?" No, no. I mean an answer that might have been good intentioned, but will leave you with a complex. Something like "No, well, maybe your thighs a little." Even when we do think out answers well, sometimes what sounded good mentally doesn't work well vocally.


As a guy who once answered the question of "I wonder how old that tree is?" with "Well, we could cut it down and count the rings...", I know where this is coming from.

Go read it. Go go go. Shoo!
posted by S.C. @ 8:06 AM | 2 comments

Uplifting or Over-The-Top?

Edgy Mama posted about Christmas lights, which reminded me how much I needed to share the following home with you. The picture contains a Winter and a Spring shot of a house up in Northern Michigan...



Definitely Over-The-Top. For fun, try and find as many characters from children's movies / shows as you can...
posted by S.C. @ 7:55 AM | 3 comments

NYE, But Not Bill NYE

It's pretty much confrimed that The Redhead and I will be spending New Year's Eve in Atlanta this year. She has some friends down there who've just opened a gourmet food shop, and one of our favorite bands is playing a two-night run downtown, and I always like to ring in the new year with some damn good music.

Anyone else making their NYE plans yet?
posted by S.C. @ 7:32 AM | 0 comments

Chilly

With the weather hovering right around freezing this morning, it was a little chilly when I left the house.

Actually, it was a little chilly when I got out of bed, because my g*&#$%n programmable thermostat locked up again. I'm going to have to replace it, I can see.

Went out to the farm to have dinner with my mother last night, since my father is in Wichita getting trained on his newest toy, a brand new Beechcraft KingAir 200 (big plane or, as he says, a "PlayStation with wings"). Had dinner, watched some TV, moved some stuff for her, discussed the finer points of chemotherapy side-effects...

The good news is that her chemo run will be shortened, because her doctor has to factor in the pre-op chemo into her total numbers.
posted by S.C. @ 7:27 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Technical Tip

Here's a tip for anyone who asks me to fix their computer:

If I tell you that I need to completely format and clean the hard drive to fix the problem, and I ask if that's ok...

DO NOT tell me, 'Yes, that's fine', and then bitch at me afterwards because your files are gone. I just won't care.
posted by S.C. @ 2:48 PM | 0 comments

The Badass Of The Family

My younger brother Andy is getting his undergraduate degree in commerce right now, and he is part of a team that competes in business contests fairly regularly. They had one today up in Princeton and, despite their flight being cancelled last night, forcing them to get up at 4 this morning to travel to Newark, then drive to Princeton, and run like hell through the hotel to the conference room where the contest was being held, they managed to win the entire thing with enough flair that they were all offered jobs at Merrill-Lynch.

I'm obviously the under-achiever of the family... ;)

EDIT

Holy crap, I just found out what they won. A new iPod and a check for $1,000...each.
posted by S.C. @ 1:11 PM | 3 comments

Crepe-y Crawly

Tried my hand at making crepes last night, ostensibly for dessert, but really just because I wanted to cook. Turned out pretty well, actually. I got the pan-flip thing down pat, which is a whole bunch of fun.

Which meant I got to have crepes for breakfast this morning... :)
posted by S.C. @ 8:56 AM | 2 comments

Monday, November 28, 2005

Awesomely Awful Hair

We were watching TV last night, I think it was "Sell This House!", and the woman who owned the house had the most incredible Femullet I've ever seen.

Seriously. It was one of those moments where you call your spouse / roommate / sig. oth. in from the other room to see it.

Thank God for ReplayTV. :)
posted by S.C. @ 10:07 AM | 1 comments

Turkey Weekend Recap

Ok, here's the recap of the whirlwind weekend:

Thursday
Got up late, had a late breakfast, then dressed all spiffy-like and went to Churchill Downs (the racetrack) for some quality family-gambling time. Did well enough (read:left with money in my pocket).

Went home to change, then headed out to my parents' house for the big dinner. Deep-fried turkey, creamed spinach, stuffing, gravy, sweet-potatoes (yams, for those of you who are northerners), cranberry sauce...despite all of this temptation, I successfully limited myself to one plate and one piece of pie.

During dinner, we were told the story of my mother's trip to pick up the turkeys she had ordered, and how the frazzled gentleman at the meat shop made the serious error of telling her that she hadn't ordered the turkies she thought she had, because he had taken her order and he knew what she had ordered. (Point of interest: the person who had taken her order was female) After she was done publicly dismembering him, he went into serious backpedal-mode and located one large turkey for her to have.

And that, children, is how my mother saved Thanksgiving!

Friday

Slept in, but The Redhead had to go in to work (not-for-profit employees have all the fun, I guess), so I got up out of guilt around 9 and puttered around the house, made the bed, did some laundry, cleaned the kitchen, that sort of thing. Went flying at noon, it was a beautiful day for it, and not a lot of people in the air, though it was fun to see the number of different small planes parked at the airports I visited. I went to Corbin, KY (off of I-75 if anyone's interested), and was shocked at the size of the personal jet that was sitting down there. It seriously took up most of the available parking space, I could've parked the plane I was flying underneath it.

Got back to Louisville, and settled in to take my Instrument written exam. As I've previously mentioned, I passed, though I did make some stupid mistakes on a couple of questions...

While I was testing, The Redhead was supposed to be carrying a banner (for a sponsor) in the Light Up Louisville parade being held downtown. Turns out, they were shorthanded on the inflatables crew (read: big balloons), so she was shunted over there. I got down there too late to see her expert balloon handling, but I did get there soon enough to provide her with hot chocolate to warm her up. Dinner with my parents, and then a trip back downtown to see all the lights and stuff.

Saturday
Trip down to The Redhead's hometown to visit her parents. Learned to play Rook, much to the dismay of my MIL, who seems to think that the card game will lead to our divorce. (Not fucking likely, I say ;) ) Came back to Louisville, saw Rent (so-so, music was great), and then snuggled in for a deep sleep.

Sunday
Slept late, ate brunch, lounged around the house while doing misc. chores (laundry, make grocery list, etc), then headed down to The Flame Run, which is a local glass shop, to blow some ornaments as gifts for our parents. Way cool. Made chili for dinner...yummy!
posted by S.C. @ 7:55 AM | 1 comments

Back To The Grind

Man, it's a little difficult to motivate myself to go back to work after a 4 day weekend...
posted by S.C. @ 6:47 AM | 1 comments

Friday, November 25, 2005

In Case You Were Wondering

I passed.
posted by S.C. @ 4:52 PM | 3 comments

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers. I will catch up with you on the flipside, hopefully with tales of turkies eaten, tests passed, and money won...

Until then, if you're traveling, be safe, and have a Happy Turkey Day.
posted by S.C. @ 1:35 PM | 2 comments

Bummer

Yeah, I'm really glad that today is my last day this week.

Having all 15 of your branch locations drop off the network is not a fun way to start the day.
posted by S.C. @ 9:55 AM | 0 comments

Stay Tuned For The Following Announcement

*ahem*

Being married ROCKS!


That is all...
posted by S.C. @ 7:48 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Major Milestone

Well, I've been studying hard for the last couple of weeks, and I finally think I'm ready to take the FAA Instrument Rating Written Exam, which I hope to do on Friday.

What, you may ask, is this exam, and why have you been studying so hard for it?

Short version: As it stands now, without an instrument rating, I can't fly through clouds, which severly limits my ability to fly long trips. With an Instrument Rating, I'd be able to safely fly though most weather, which is a good thing.

To earn an Instrument Rating, a pilot must accrue a certain number of flight hours (I'm almost there), pass a written exam (hopefully Friday), undergo a certain number of training hours (hope to start after January 1), and then take a practical exam, which consists of an oral exam and a flight check (maybe in March?).

It's a flying thing, people. ;)
posted by S.C. @ 1:00 PM | 0 comments

Better Today

More stuff works, and there are less people at work, which translates into fewer phonecalls.

Yay!
posted by S.C. @ 11:11 AM | 1 comments

Car Chases of the Sky

So, I was picking my father up at a corporate hangar yesterday, and found him watching the news with our chief pilot. Turns out that Nike's new Gulfstream V had some gear trouble, and was trying to land safely, which makes the third televised event in the last couple of months where an aircraft has had some landing gear trouble.

Speaking about it, my father had an interesting theory. Airplane landing gear trouble, which is actually very common (approx 3 incidents per week nationally) has become the news media's replacement for California Highway car chases (approx 3 incidents per week...I guess), which have grown stale and boring for most viewers.

"Yes, Tom, it looks like the convicted felon is still driving...still driving...still driving...this car chase brought to you by Energizer..."

So the news media has turned to something that seems incredibly dangerous (truth be told, if pilot just bite the bullet and land without trying any heroic stunts like flying over a speeding car with someone trying to pull the gear down, there's not a whole lot of damage done, and very few injuries) to retain the attention of the viewership.

I wonder if I'll ever end up on the news that way...
posted by S.C. @ 7:03 AM | 0 comments

Monday, November 21, 2005

One Of Those Days

Well, Friday's server crash has had some unfortunate repercussions today, mainly that we have no access to the password list for the company. This is a problem, mainly because there are a number of people, I like to call them FUCKING MORONS, who did not take one of the many, many opportunities we presented them with to learn their new passwords before they were implemented.

So, my day has consisted of at least 30 variations on the following conversation:

S.C. : "Help Desk, S.C. speaking, how may I help you?"
F.M. : "Ah, yes, this is Harry Dickless down in Nashville, I didn't print out my password last week and I wasn't here on Friday, can you give me my password over the phone?"
S.C. : "I'm sorry, sir, but, due to a hardware failure, we don't have access to that information at this point in time. We're hoping to have it rectified sometime this afternoon, so could you please call back then?"
F.M. : "But, how am I supposed to do any work?"
S.C. : "I'm afraid I can't help you with that, because if you don't have your password, you can't get into the system. Have a nice day, and thank you for calling."

This is in addition to some of the other problems caused by the same hardware failure, which are of actual concern to me...

Sometimes, Mondays suck.
posted by S.C. @ 12:53 PM | 2 comments

Congratulations

Congratulations are in order for Anisa, who just got into grad school.

Don't ask me where, or for what, or if she even applied, just stop in and congratulate her.
posted by S.C. @ 8:43 AM | 2 comments

Christmas Shopping, Done Right

On Sunday, the Redhead and I went to a local Cracker Barrel to have breakfast with a couple of my friends from college who were swinging through town on their way up to St. Louis for the Thanksgiving holiday. CB's methods are ingenious, namely make sure there's a long wait, and have you wait in their gift shop. I retaliated, naturally, by finding their egg-timers and setting them all to go off within minutes of each other...you could hear the ticking several feet away...

Alas, I digress. My point is, you can take care of ALL your Christmas shopping needs at Cracker Barrel. Don't believe me? Then check out these fine items I've already picked out for fellow bloggers...

For The Chief Slacker



For Edgy Mama



For Jezzy



And finally, for Kira



Those of you who haven't been gifted yet, don't worry, the season has only just begun...
posted by S.C. @ 7:01 AM | 3 comments

Friday, November 18, 2005

Odd Headlines

"Comfort Foods: Women Like Sugar, Men Meat"

Yeah, not surprising.

But the headline sounds a bit...odd.

Woman: "Mmmm, pass me some more sugar. And some men meat!"
posted by S.C. @ 8:06 AM | 2 comments

Mmmm, Spam

I had a bizarre piece of spam waiting for me that I had to share:

"Watch your girlfriend closely dude!
If she's not cheating you with a shemale,
that's only because she haven't had a chance yet."


Well, hell! I didn't realize the shemale problem had become this epidemic. We need to be extra vigilent against shemale tyranny. If I had the chance, I'd probably cheat on *myself* with a shemale.
posted by S.C. @ 7:55 AM | 3 comments

Night Flying

I went out with an instructor last night to regain my night currency. For those of you who want to know, the requirements for night currency are:

3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop performed in the period beginning an hour after sunset and ending an hour after sunrise in an aircraft of the same category, performed within the last 90 days.

Seeing as how I hadn't flown at night in the last, oh, 9 years (3285 days), my night currency was a little expired. Technically, I could've gone up myself and saved the cost of the instructor, but I wanted to have an objective set of eyes watching me while I took my first night flight, just as a safety precaution.

The night couldn't have been better. Clear, calm, cold (28 on the ground, colder in the air). Cold is good, because the airplane performs better (aerodynamically) in colder air. We flew up to Colombus, IN (KBAK) from my home base in Louisville (KLOU), and did a stop-and-go landing there. A stop-and-go is exactly what it sounds like: touch down on the runway, brake to a stop, then power up and take off without delay. This allows for a landing "to a full stop", as is required, but saves time in taxiing off the runway, then back down to the end, etc.

From there, we turned south again and headed to Clark County airport (KJVY) for another stop-and-go, then back to Louisville to call it a night. Not an exceptionally long flight, an hour and a half from engine start to engine stop, but enough for me to get a feel for night operations again, regain my currency, and log it as cross country time. (I'll explain why logging as cross country time is important some other time, seeing as I've exceeded my normal post length many, many times over)
posted by S.C. @ 7:44 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ashamed, Yet Proud

I'm spending the day doing my quarterly cubicle-cleaning. Some of the things I've found are...interesting.

Like, a coffee mug (that I thought I'd lost) from...a while ago. I believe that there is now an advanced civilization living in there...

Or, rather, WAS...
posted by S.C. @ 12:04 PM | 0 comments

"Sleeping Like A Baby"

For some people, the phrase, "Sleeping like a baby," connotes a very deep, stable slumber, usually producing a cute series of facial expressions...

For me, for some reason, that phrase connotes sleeping disturbed by random periods of wakefulness during which the sleeper makes as much noise as possible while soiling themselves from every orifice...

But I'm just crazy like that.
posted by S.C. @ 9:02 AM | 1 comments

HOW Cold Is It?

Woke up this morning, the house felt a little, well, chilly.

So, I check the thermostat, which cheerfully tells me it's 68 degrees (where it should be).

A moment later, I hear the furnace kick on, so I check the thermostat again, which nows say, "Whoops, did I say 68 degrees, I meant 60 degrees, my bad..."

Needless to say, I advised The Redhead to stay snuggled into bed for a while longer while the furnace did it's job (it only takes it about 20 minutes to warm the house 10 degrees, so she should be fine...
posted by S.C. @ 8:01 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Uber-Smooth

Fellow blogger Becki has just been on the receiving end of one of the smoothest random pick-up attempts I've ever heard of.

Check it out.
posted by S.C. @ 9:06 AM | 2 comments

Analytics

I just set up Google's free Analytics tracker on my site a couple of days ago, and I'm already getting some interesting results.

Like, who is visiting my blog from Sweden?

I'm pretty sure I know who's viewing from Penn., Conn., Texas, SC, NC, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and New York...
posted by S.C. @ 8:12 AM | 1 comments

They're Gifts, I Think...

The Redhead and I have come to enjoy the feeling of coming home, finding a box on the porch, and opening it to find a wedding gift inside. (Truth be told, it wasn't hard to adjust to...)

Last night, we open the box, and find these...











EDIT
I'm trying to figure out a tasteful way to add sound effects to the glasses...you know, so if you picked up the elephant glass, it would trumpet or something...
posted by S.C. @ 7:51 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tonight's Menu

Tonight's Menu:

Parmesian Crusted Chicken Breasts, Topped With Tomato-Basil Compote

Roasted Redskin Potatoes

Tomorrow's Crockpot Delicacy:
Beef & Mushroom Stew
posted by S.C. @ 4:14 PM | 5 comments

Slow Day

Yeah, I'm slow today. I've actually got a project coming due soon...
posted by S.C. @ 10:51 AM | 0 comments

Milestone

Ok, it's 9:45 in the AM, which means a month ago it would've been 10:45 in the AM, which means The Redhead and I have been married for a month.

Woohoo!

Pretty damn good month.
posted by S.C. @ 9:44 AM | 1 comments

MirrorMask

There's not much for me to say about this movie, other that WOW GODDAMN HOLY SHIT THAT WAS FUCKING SWEET!!!!!

;)

Honestly, one of the most stunningly beautiful movies I've ever seen. It absolutely blew me away to the point that I can't find a way to write a coherent review of the film...except to mention the sountrack, which had me enthralled. I'm trying to find a store locally which sells it, because I don't want to wait for Amazon to ship it to me...
posted by S.C. @ 8:57 AM | 2 comments

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Agony And The Ecstasy

The ability to track shipments via the web is a wonderful, terrible invention.

Wonderful, because you get to see things like:
6:27 AM OUT FOR DELIVERY

Terrible, because you then get to see things like:
10:13 AM THE PACKAGE WAS MISSED AT THE UPS FACILITY, UPS WILL DELIVER ON THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY
posted by S.C. @ 10:57 AM | 1 comments

"Yes, I Am From The South"

Paraphrase of a speech I heard given about a month ago:

"Yes, like you, I am from the South, where there are three important truths: One, everything tastes better fried. Two, calling my father 'Daddy' is a sign of respect, not weakness. And, third, the three most important words in the month of March are 'Anyone. But. Duke.'"

:)
posted by S.C. @ 8:59 AM | 4 comments

A Good Weekend

Well, let's review, shall we?

Friday night, had a nice, quiet night in, went out and picked up some thai food, watched Bottle Rocket (first film from the group that gave us The Royal Tennenbaums and The Life Aquatic). Funny stuff.

Saturday, after a mid-morning brunch, The Redhead and I went flying. Louisville to Bowling Green for a touch-n-go, then to Owensboro, and then back to Louisville. It was a beautiful day to fly, even though the soldiers over at the Ft. Knox firing range had ignited a brush fire that was spewing smoke into the air...

As we were approaching Owensboro, The Redhead asked if we might stop and get some barbeque while in the area (there's a BBQ place in Owensboro called Moonlight BBQ, which is generally acknowledged as the best in the state). So, we land, park, borrow the crew car, and go for some take-out BBQ. The place is so close to the airport that we were only on the ground for about 20 minutes, then back into the plane for the return trip home...

Saturday night, The Redhead had a short work engagement to attend, from 9:20 to 9:40, so we did a split double feature. We saw an early showing of Good Night and Good Luck (excellent, easily a candidate for Best Picture, which I will review later), and after the work gig, we saw a late showing of MirrorMask (again, excellent, and will be reviewed later).

Finally, we went down south on Sunday to visit Red's parents. We had a nice lunch with them, chatted a bit, visited her grandmother, and came back late afternoon. We finished the day with errands and a quick dinner at Applebee's (we had a coupon). All in all, a very fun and productive weekend.
posted by S.C. @ 7:47 AM | 1 comments

This Means War

The cleaning staff are up to their usual hijinx with my trash can, with the added bonus that I slammed my foot into it this morning because they put it...wait for it...under my desk, right where my feet / legs normally go.

This means war.
posted by S.C. @ 7:29 AM | 0 comments

Friday, November 11, 2005

Mother Knows Best

Before we were married, The Redhead's Mother (hereby known as MT) was talking with The Redhead one morning, and asked if we had registered for a ladle.

"No," says the Redhead, "we don't use it that much."

MT was aghast at this. In her words, "Well, once you get married, you'll need a ladle."

(NOTE: I bit my tongue on this, because God only knows what we would be needing this ladle for after we were married...)

Anyhow, flash forward to last week, which was the first time we cooked at home after the wedding. The Redhead was finishing chili, and I was just pouring the mixture for a pecan pie into the crust, when I hear, "Goddamnit!"

I look over at my wife, who looks at me and says, "I need a fucking ladle."
posted by S.C. @ 11:37 AM | 5 comments

Difficult Choices

I cannot tell you how difficult it was for me to roll out of my sport in a warm bed, snuggled up to my warm wife, and come in to work today...
posted by S.C. @ 10:15 AM | 1 comments

Handsome Devils

Apparently someone who was at Yale the same time as my father held on to his freshman facebook for way too long, and decided to scan the pages and post them online, giving us a wonderful glimpse of my father at age 18.

My brother M took it one step further, and put up side by side pictures of my dad, M, and my brother A.



Of course, he left me and my brother C out...
posted by S.C. @ 9:01 AM | 1 comments

Ahhh, The Good Life

You know it's a good stretch when you feel lightheaded afterwards...

Plans for the weekend:
Birthday party for a friend tonight
Flying tomorrow afternoon
Visiting The Redhead's parents (or should I say, the In-Laws?) Sunday

(I'll state that I am the luckiest man on earth in that my in-laws are really cool.)
posted by S.C. @ 7:57 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Signs You've Got It

Ladies and Gents, I've made it to the bigtime.

Kira over at Wyrd made a second post this morning, a short little blurb about how she's officially a wine snob.

Then she tacked on this:

Hmmmmm and that's all I had to say, and I already made a post a few minutes ago...I think I just did what shall herewith be known as "S.C. posting style." S.C. posting styles means several short posts made throughout the day. Does this mean I'm an S.C. groupie? ;)

My dreams have come true. I have a groupie, and a style. ;)
posted by S.C. @ 10:44 AM | 4 comments

Signs You've Lost It

How badly do you have to suck as a mayor to lose your reelection bid to an 18 year old high school senior?

The unofficial election results from Hillsdale, MI, show that 18 year old Michael Sessions has won as a write-in candidate against 51 year old incumbant Doug Ingles
.

You know, I can't think of anything funny to say about this that isn't funnier than it already is.
posted by S.C. @ 10:21 AM | 0 comments

Who Does THAT Job?

You know, there's a long list of jobs that I've always wondered about, especially who did them and what they got paid for it. This morning, I was reminded about one of them...

First, a brief bit of background:
I am a pilot. Not as a perfession, just as a hobby. As a pilot, I deal with navigational aids called Airways, which are straight lines from one fixed point to another fixed point. Think of them as streets in the sky.

I also deal with Intersections, which are what you find when two airways cross paths (again, using the street analogy, just like the intersection at 4th and Main). The way the FAA identifies these intersections is with a five-letter code.

Now, what I want to know is, who comes up with these codes? Because whoever it is, they have a sense of humor.

Here are a couple of samples from my region:

GITAR - Outside Nashville, TN
PONIE - Outside Louisville, KY

My father flew out to South Dakota yesterday, and flew over HIS favorite intersection, which is high in the air above an Iowa cornfield: EIEIO

Finally, sometimes sequences of intersections are used for instrument approaches into airports, the pilot just has to fly from each intersection to the next. There's one sequence here that cracks me up:

TOADU -> NUNYA -> BNNIS

Say them out loud, see if you get it...
posted by S.C. @ 8:06 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Damn, I'm Sick

Of course, we knew that.

But, coming out of the free sneak of Zathura we saw (it's cute, good for ages 6-60), we were talking about bringing my young cousin to see a matinee of Curious George (there's a feature-length animation coming out soon). And then I chime in...

"Unless it's some weird adaptation of Curious George I've never heard about. Like a gay german porno or something.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TOUCH MY MONKEY???"

Yes, folks, I can make a porno out of ANYTHING.
posted by S.C. @ 8:56 PM | 0 comments

We're Fucked

I just got back from a lunch with the Louisville Forum, a group that (usually) does a really good job of getting 4 or 5 speakers with differing opinions together and having them discuss a topic while we chow down. This happens about once a month, and is generally very informative...

Today's topic was "The State of the Commonwealth" (who here knew Kentucky was a Commonwealth?). The speakers were:

Democratic Party - County Chair
Democratic Party - State Chair
Republican Party - County Chair
Republican Party - State Chair

It was like watching 4 fat old white men verbally bitch-slap each other for an hour. I got more information about current issues from my food than I did those guys. I'm surprised I didn't have an aneurysm from listening to both sides do nothing but redirect whatever question they were given into a slam of the other party.

My favorite part of the session was when a question regarding our current government scandel was asked of the Republican State Chair, who's reponse was to change the subject...to the topic of how the Democrats were always changing the subject when asked a direct question.

Needless to say, I almost choked to death on my dessert cookie...
posted by S.C. @ 2:32 PM | 0 comments

Another Addition

I've also added What A Crock Of Monkey Snot to my blogroll, check him out. A pretty funny Brit who's just started blogging, and I'd like to see him keep it up...
posted by S.C. @ 10:06 AM | 0 comments

Ok, I'll Admit It...

I cannot wait for Harry Potter to come out next weekend.

The Goblet of Fire is my favorite of all the books so far...
posted by S.C. @ 9:18 AM | 1 comments

Farewell, Old Friend


Well, that was tough, but not as tough as I thought it would be. It was made easier by the fact that Pablo was very obviously in a good deal of pain, and was having trouble breathing.

The only time I was really close to breaking down and crying was when the vet asked me if I wanted to stay with him while they did it...

An excerpt from my father's eulogy post:

"Pablo was a great companion - always enthusiastic and playful. Apart from his night hunting habits and his taste for farm varmints, he was a great role model for Casey and Abby. We'll miss him."
posted by S.C. @ 7:35 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Phonecall

I've been dreading the phone call since last week...

I've been asked to take the afternoon off and help get my parents' dog, Pablo, to the vet so he can be put to sleep.

I'm off for the rest of the day.
posted by S.C. @ 2:39 PM | 4 comments

And The Grammy Goes To...

Reading Anisa's blog, I came across an entry about how, though she feels she cannot sing, there's at least one song she would "belt out like (she) was performing at the Grammys..."

Which got me thinking...

Most of us probably have at least one song that fits this bill. I want to hear what songs my readers sing in the shower, or in the car, or while bungie jumping...

To start it off, my personal Grammy-Winning Performance is:

"Come Sail Away" - STYX
posted by S.C. @ 12:22 PM | 2 comments

So Cute When They Smile

Spent the evening with my cousin and her trio of screaming shitmachines...err...children. I was again struck by how, even though we worked from the moment we got in the door to the moment we left, we feel like we got the better end of the deal.

The babies have reached the point where they can smile, and that makes everything all right...
posted by S.C. @ 7:41 AM | 0 comments

Monday, November 07, 2005

Overheard Conversation : Housewarming Party

We were at our neighbor's housewarming party Saturday night, and I walk out to the back porch just in time to hear my lovely wife say:

"I tried it once, and my ass hurt for three days!"
posted by S.C. @ 7:58 AM | 3 comments

I Can't Prove That It's Good...

...but I can prove that it doesn't suck.

We saw proof in the theatre Friday night, and I must say that I enjoyed it immensely. I've never been a huge Gwenyth Paltrow fan, but she was fantastic in the lead roll, and the casting for the entire movie was very well done.

What impressed me the most was the screenplay. I honestly walked out of the theatre saying, "that should win the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar." Honestly, that's the first time I've ever said that phrase...

The movie was everything an adaptation should be. It was rigorously faithful to the original script, but it deepened the characters and their relationships in a way that only film can. A very good movie.

Now, the reviews were kind of bleh about it, but I'm convinced that, even with the mathematics dumbed down a lot, it still went over the heads of most movie critics. And if they don't understand it, they don't like it.

If nothing else, it's worth adding to your NetFlix list...
posted by S.C. @ 7:51 AM | 0 comments

Friday, November 04, 2005

Link Updates

I've made a couple of updates to my blog links, to the right.

First off, I removed "Making Memories Of...", as she has moved her blog and I do not have the new address.

Secondly, and most importantly, I've added Gruntled Centre, which the amateur sociologists among us will thoroughly enjoy. The topics are centered around family and childrearing, so I think that those readers with children of their own will enjoy his reading intelligent discourse...

Enjoy!
posted by S.C. @ 10:33 AM | 2 comments

Oh, and...

Our 'official' wedding photos arrived yesterday. I'm working on getting digital copies to share with my blog-pals...

They look good, though I do look like a dipshit in a number of them...
posted by S.C. @ 7:54 AM | 7 comments

Wild Weekend

No, not really.

Tomorrow I've got a platelet donation scheduled in the morning, a visit to the racetrack (horses, not cars) in the afternoon, and a visit to the theatre to see Second City's touring group perform in the evening.

Sunday, not much scheduled, but I'm going to try to fly if the weather holds.
posted by S.C. @ 7:52 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Wednesday Wist

Ok, for this week's Wednesday Wist (a meme so thoughtfully created by Amy)

So, how do you participate in Wednesday Wist? You take whatever music player you use, put it on shuffle, grab the first 5 songs and write what that song makes you remember. If it's a new song...and you can't relate it to a memory...do you like it? Leave a comment if you do it on your site and if you don't have a site, comment your wist here. Oh...and feel free to comment about my songs as well.

1. Charlie's Birthday Bar - Danny Elfman (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Soundtrack)
I always remember being tripped out by the boat ride scene in the original C&TCF with Gene "Crazy Hair" Wilder. Weird, psychadelic visuals, combined with his monotone rendition of "Where Are We Going", always kind of freaked me out.

As for the new version of the movie, I love it. Love it, love it, love it. One of the most


2. Vultures - Phish (07/21/2003 Noblesville, IN)

This song reminds me of a small indie film I worked on as crew a couple of summers ago. It filmed in a couple of locations in Kentucky, and had a really interesting and eclectic group of people working on it. As it was a shoestring production, there were no salaries, just the glory of having your name on the screen...unless you were left out of the credits...

*ahem*


3. The Coast - Paul Simon (Concert In The Park)
I remember watching this show on satellite one summer evening with my parents. I don't remember how old I would've been, but I was decently young at the time. I alternated between playing out in the back yard and watching some of the concert. Of course, I was thrilled when they played "Call Me Al" and Chevy Chase (FLETCH!) came out to play sax with Paul. Of course, they have since edited that appearance out of the concert footage (I've never understood that)...


4. A Whole New World - Brad Kane (Aladdin Soundtrack)
Don't laugh. Don't you fucking dare. So I like the Aladdin sountrack. So what? You want to make something of it? Huh?

It was actually the first CD I owned...not the first album I owned, but it was the first one I received after I got my first CD player. Which reminds me of the Christmas I got my first CD-ROM drive for my computer (a 486 with a math co-processor, blazing fast baby!) and freaked my mother out by installing it myself...


5. Chalk Dust Tortue - Phish (12/31/2003 Miami, FL)

I was at a loss for what to get The Redhead for Christmas the second year we were together, which was strange for me, because I'm usually really, really good at gift giving...

I knew that the public ticket sale for Phish's NYE in Miami was going to start soon, but I hadn't even entertained the notion of going. I wasn't even really thinking of it when I started checking flights, and hotels, and ticket prices...I think I finally realized I was going to do it when I actually got the tickets to the shows (they were doing a four-night run, and we went for the last two nights, the 30th and 31st).

I managed to keep it to myself until we got to Christmas, which was damn hard, let me tell you. Understandably, there was squealing when I told her what my present to us was (I mean, I was going with her, right?).
posted by S.C. @ 8:26 AM | 4 comments

Baking, The Second

I decided last night that I was going to make my first loaves of the season today. Since I'm a big fan of pre-fermenting the dough (I'll explain in a moment), I wanted to make the pre-ferment (or 'sponge') this morning before work. To make that easier, I decided to measure out the ingredients before bed last night. Everything was going very well until it came time to measure out the flour, and I got a nasty shock.

*gasp*

No all-purpose flour! Not even bread flour! What was the house coming to?

Luckily enough, after an emergency trip to the grocery, I came back with plenty of milled goods...we also took care of our outstanding grocery list.

As I said a moment ago, I'm a big fan of pre-fermenting the dough, which is exactly what it sounds like. Basically, you take a percentage of the total flour in a recipe, mix it with a percentage of the total water in a recipe, and add about half the yeast from a recipe, and mix them all together. The percentages of flour and water vary, depending on the type of pre-ferment, or starter, you want. A wet starter is usually referred to as a sponge, and it contains about equal measures of flour and water. Bakers like wet starters because you can wisk air into the mixture before you let it ferment. On the other hand, a dry starter, or biga, uses about half the measure of water as flour, which bakers like because it gives the dough a deeper flavor than a wet starter.

The purpose of the starter is to create a more complex flavor in the bread by allowing some yeast to slowly do their thing. After about 8-10 hours in the refrigerator, the starter is ready to be incorporated into the main dough ball (which should be about the time I get home from work tonight).

And what, pray tell am I making?

Why, a cinnamon-spiral bread with dried cherries in't. ;)
posted by S.C. @ 7:52 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Domestic Bliss

The Redhead and I are rediscovering some of the joys of domesticity that we'd lost over the last two months...

Like cooking. Cooking is fun, and quite often yummy. We haven't cooked in at least a month (everybody likes to take you out to dinner), but we've finally got the kitchen into usable form...chili Monday, chicken lasagna (YUMMY!) last night...

And having friends over is cool too.

You know what's the coolest? HAVING A WIFE. ;)
posted by S.C. @ 10:46 AM | 3 comments

"Civil Twilight"

What's so civil about it, anyhow?

Civil twilight, for those of you not in the know, is the period ranging from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunrise, and sunset to 30 minutes after sunset. (Technically, it is defined as the period between sunset and sunrise where the sun is less than 6 degrees below the horizon...) And it's a beautiful time to fly...

I went up last night after work, just a little pattern practice, touch-and-go landings, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I got to see all the color on the trees, and watch the sunset at the same time...in little snippets, of course, because not crashing is priority numero uno when it comes to flying. ;)
posted by S.C. @ 7:31 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The WHAT, Now?

So, what does this vehicle do, exactly?

Also, notice the vehicle name on the upper right hand corner...

posted by S.C. @ 10:56 AM | 1 comments

"Your Daddy Must've Been A Baker...

...because you've got a wonderful set of buns."

I love to bake (yes, I don't really segue, do I?). I REALLY love to bake. I'm short some of the more important tools of the trade (a good stand mixer, etc.), but I'm getting there. More baked goods will be forthcoming.

Any bakers among my readers? Any favorite recipes (bread, cake, pie, etc.) that you'd like to share?
posted by S.C. @ 10:49 AM | 2 comments

Dem' Chemical Blues

My mother started her second round of chemo yesterday. Unlike the first round, where she was wore a pump that dripped the chemo continuously for 4 weeks, this time she goes in to the hospital for 3-4 hours every other Monday. They start her with 30 minutes of anti-nausea drugs, then two rounds of two different drugs, then they hook up the pump and she has a slow drip for two days.

So far, she didn't have any major negative reactions, which is a good sign. Of course, each treatment will be a little more intense because of the residue from the last, but at least she didn't break out in hives like some people do. I think it's all going to go very well.

The point of this round of chemo is to flush out any cancer cells that may have moved around the body. They haven't found anything, but they want to make sure...
posted by S.C. @ 9:01 AM | 2 comments

Another Thing To Love About Fall

Chili Weather!

I eagerly await the first killing frost of the year, because it signifies that it is again time to brown the beef, pulp the tomatoes, chops the peppers, and grate the cheese.

I have had a lifelong love affair with chili, it's true. Chili with crushed Saltines and melted cheddar cheese...heaven.
posted by S.C. @ 8:05 AM | 3 comments

Losing The War

I seem to be in a war with our custodial staff at work, a war I seem to be losing...

Every morning when I come in, my trash can is in a different location in my cubicle.

I'm trying to think up a proportional response...
posted by S.C. @ 7:42 AM | 0 comments