Monday, October 30, 2000

WATCH OUT FOR THE OTHER GUY

that was a "saying" long ago. it was on signs and bumper stickers. and it still applies. there are some c-r-a-z-y people on the roads these days. who are these people? our families, friends, co-workers? everyone talks about them, but they are strangers. they are the "other guy" that we need to watch out for.

and we are thinking of letting our 16-year-olds out into that world? they are in their own world, one which doesn't see outside. doesn't allow them to relate to others, to give messages, notice their surroundings. (as my friend fred says, "can't even operate and IRON, and you're gonna let them drive a CAR?") am i going to allow MY 16-year-old to get her license? is a 16-year-old REALLY capable of SEEING what is happening on the road around her? can she anticipate what that car on the right is going to do? if that car behind her sees that she is going to turn? if that one on the left is going to cut her off? is she going to bother to let others know what she is going to do, like will she use a blinker? will she still be too interested in changing the radio stations? i have alot of questions, and i am have got to be sure on this one.

i think this is the FIRST real decision i have had to make as a parent. i know there were others, but boy-oh-boy this one seems really important.

sorry, anna, i know i was rambling, but this is b-i-g.
i used my "extra hour" i got for daylight savings time to do something "productive".
most people used it to sleep.

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

really, i don't know what a "box" is......... email me.

Friday, October 20, 2000

"DO NOT BLOCK BOXES
FINE PLUS 2 POINTS"

These signs are posted in new york city. on the highways and in manhatten.

what's a "box"?
My friend, richard, doesn't even know that he keeps sending me "bloggable" material.... thanks richard:

The answer to the eternal question "Is it better to be a jock or a nerd?"

Michael Jordan having "retired," with $40 million in endorsements, makes
$178,100 a day, working or not.

If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.

If he goes to see a movie, it will cost him $7.00, but he will make $18,550 while he is there.

If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he will make $618 while boiling it.

He will make $3,710 while watching each episode of Friends.

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.

If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every second.

He will probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.

Assuming he puts the federal maximum of 15% of his income into a tax deferred account (401k), his contributions will hit the federal cap of $9500 at 8:30 a.m. on January 1st.

If you were given a penny for every 10 dollars he made, you would be living comfortably at $65,000 a year.

He makes $7,415/hr more than minimum wage. He will make about $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.

While the common person is spending about $20 for a meal in his trendy New York restaurant, he will pull in about $5600.

This year, he will make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents have for all of their terms combined.

Amazing isn't it?

However...

If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 450 years; he would still have less than Bill Gates already has today.

Game over. Nerd wins.

Saturday, October 14, 2000

ok, so don't try the links..... i don't know how to do it.......... tim, h-e-l-p!

Tuesday, October 10, 2000


this picture is why i haven't been blogging.

it's the cruise mode.

i am leaving shortly for my vacation and i am overwhelmed. i spend all my free time on line looking at cruise sites! i read the cruise boards, getting (and giving) hints to other travelers to make their and my vacation a dream come true. i lead a good life. this picture is actually from two cruises ago and it epitimizes the ideal vacation to me. it says it all, and i want to be there again. and i will be. soon. i read all the cruise reviews i can, and maybe this time i'll write my own, now that i've become a "writer" and even have an "audience". i read about cruise news, who's who and even sanitation reports on board. anything i can get my hands, eyes on. i read about the ports i'll be going to -- altho i'm not a site seeing person, i want to find out where the best beaches and/or casinos are! seems like i want to make every minute of this trip count! i check the layout of the ship, plan my route from our cabin to the (casino) pool. look for meeting spots. find which restaurants on board serve french pastries and at what time. where the ice cream is served and who the cruise director or calypso band is. i look at pictures of the ship and imagine myself walking on those floors i point to the ship and say - there's my cabin - and yes, it is a going to be a reality in a very short time.

so i am obsessed. but this is the best part about a vacation... planning, it's what keeps you going, i can stay in this mode forever, it's the aftershock i don't want to come.
Again, for the second time, recently, (i emphasize recently, as this happens to me quite often) i left the mall looking over my shoulder for security to be chasing me..... i really thought the woman was going to call them this time. it was a different store... but the same story.

i am very sorry, but i REFUSE to give my name, address and phone number when i make an even exchange, or ask for a cash refund.

it seems to cause a commotion when this happens, i simply say "no" and leave. there is alot of yelling about "this is a legal form" and "you HAVE to fill this out" and i even heard the word "bitch". (oh, wait, that was me - after she snagged my license and refused to give it back)

no one wants to know who i am when i hand them the cash, but when they give it back, for some reason, hey want to know who they are giving it to. sorry. not giving in on this one.

Saturday, October 07, 2000

last night, i sprung for the movie, "meet the parents" with anna and adam. (my first time in a theater since TITANIC!) on the way home, my kids comented over and over again how i was laughing too loud, when no one else was laughing at all!! well, guess what, it was funny. i find that happens to me alot. i see humor when no one else does. and i explained to them (well, to myself) that writers actually put the humor there and only the "special" can see it.... ( i was laughing at the appropriate times also)
i know that my sister would have seen it also, that's one thing i've learned lately from this blogging stuff.... WE HAVE THE SAME SENSE OF HUMOR. not alot of people do. our other sister's don't. but ted does.
they recently introduced me to Dr. Laura - where have I been? altho she is not always ON THE MARK (MY mark) - altho she sometimes is, she cracks me up!!

Friday, October 06, 2000

so, did you notice that on my previous blog??? i actually used the link thingy AND i was able to emphasize with BOLD. This is because i am at my work place (off hours) and able to utilize the computer lab with the finest equipment... no MACs here..... god, i love this job.
"I really enjoy blogging--not all the time--just when I have something to say.
But then again,I guess I would be on the computer all the time if I had my wish.

"What I really wish is that I could write about all the crazy things I see in my everyday life. I really think I come across more than the average share
of crazies. At least I see crazy people EVERYDAY and everywhere.
Unfortunately I just can't write about them."


The above QUOTE was not written BY me, but it could have been................ it SHOULD have been, so maybe we'll pretend it was. in my family, this is known as "blog stealing" or as my favorite nephew would say, "borrowing"

Thursday, October 05, 2000

my employer is right smack in the middle of a $1 billion expansion..... and how are they able to afford this? not without the support of their "core", their employees, and they have (once again) given us a BONUS. This is, in my eyes, awesome. Thank YOU for thanking ME.

However, it would be best received (by me) to have a "representative" of the employer, perhaps my boss, to HAND IT TO ME, with maybe a mention of why we are able to receive it, or a comment or two of any such thing.

instead, those of us who are scheduled off on the "official" day the checks are passed out, are forced to ASK for our check, (NOT me, i overheard someone else) to which the reply is, "you'll have to go down to the 'office' (an equivalent of 3 1/2 city blocks) to get it"

As far as I am concerned, i think it is a privilege and i am not going to beg for it. i will never ASK for something that is not owed me and i will not EXPECT it either.

(ok, so that's my blog. i still can't figure all this out, i have no bold or italic button to emphasize, but i am hoping you get the picture..)