Sunday, November 11, 2007

What is Going On??????

WARNING: some readers may find the following post offensive. Reader Discretion is Advised.

I am increasingly disturbed with the state of things in this country. This site is selling bullet-proof backpacks. Seriously, that scares the pee out of me. People, this country is going to hell very quickly, and it seems that nobody notices.

What kind of world are we creating for our children? A place where it's every man, woman, and child for themselves. Our own President would rather spend millions of dollars to continue a war (why are our fathers and sons and brothers still dying there, by the way?), instead of creating a healthcare program for the children of this country.

God, help us all. This country needs some serious help. The school shooting epidemic in this country has started to spread. No wonder the whole world hates Americans.

It took something like 500 years for the Roman Empire to fall. It only took Bush 7 years... When is this country going to stop worrying about what's going on in the rest of the world, and start taking care of the atrocities happening here in our own country? Don't get me started on the movement to adopt foreign children...

Agree a little bit that "W" is up t no good? Read this aritcle.

Friday, August 24, 2007

A HOLE in the Universe??

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070824/ap_on_sc/universe_hole

So scientists found an area devoid of matter and heat. They say that means that there's nothing there. But I know a little bit about Quantum Physics. From what I know, that means that there is something there but we've never encountered it before, so we say it doesn't exist. I wonder what it is... maybe that's where Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa are.

Monday, July 23, 2007

To Dad

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Virthday, dear daaaaaaad...
Happy Birthday to you!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Do-Overs

I have noticed that a lot of artists are re-making “old” songs lately. I think that artists are realizing that all the GOOD songs have already been made, and so they feel the need to make good ones “better.”
Examples from my MP3 player:

Me and Mrs. Jones - Michael Buble (I have never heard the original, but love this one)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Amy Winehouse (if you haven’t heard her, do so!)
Life is a Highway – Rascall Flats (just a little more country than the original)
Always on My Mind – Michael Buble (every time it starts, I expect to hear Willie Nelson)
Bessie Smith – Norah Jones (again, never heard the original, but love it!)
Landslide – Dixie Chicks (just slightly better than Stevie Nicks)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

To Dad...

Happy Father's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Monday, May 14, 2007

Late...

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Mom!
Happy Birthday to you!

And Happy Mother's Day!

(My phone died yesterday, and I fell asleep before it was cahrged up. I'm a bad kid, I know )

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tunes

I'm a copycat, and I know it. Elissa posted about her favorite songs, so I decided to share the amazingly diverse selection of songs that are currently on my MP3 player.

Among the "hits" :
Hall & Oates - Private Eyes
Rascall Flats - Life is a Highway
Sugar Hill Gang - Apache (Jump on It)
Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger
Roger Miller - Mississippi Squirrel Revival
Luciano Pavoratti - La Traviata
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Jim Croche - Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (full album)
Bob Dylan - Stuck in the Middle With You
Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
CCR - Down on the Corner
ZZ Top - Cheap Sunglasses
James Gang - Funk No. 49
Jim Stafford - Spiders and Snakes
Heywood Banks - Yeah Toast!!
Pat Benetar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Janis Joplin - Piece of My Heart

There are plenty more, but I think that about covers every type of music...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Thank God You're Here...

There was a new show on NBC at 9:00 last night, called “Thank God You’re Here.” It’s HILARIOUS!
The premise of the show isn’t unlike “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”- a British Comedy Improv show that Drew Carey successfully introduced to the U.S. “Thank God You’re Here” takes 4 celebrities, puts them in costume, and sends them through a door: into a scene they know nothing about; onto a set they’ve never seen before.
If you did not happen to watch it Monday night, you’re in luck: it will be on again on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Gotta Love Toledo Weather

So the past two days have been beautiful: 70 and sunny yesterday, and I saw 72 today! We just had a storm pass through that dropped dime-sized hail, and plenty of it! The temperature, understandably, dropped almost 10 degrees since the rain stopped. (the poor puppy was out on the porch when it started)

I just want to share the forecast for tomorrow with you:

"Cloudy. Rain and showers likely in the morning. Showers possibly becoming mixed with snow showers late. Little or no snow accumulation. Much cooler with lows in the upper 30's..."

So, Teresa, that's what Jeff Foxworthy meant :)

New Neighbor

Bill & I have a new neighbor! My brother, Drew, moved in to the apartment next to ours this past weekend. We've got a balcony that connects our apartments, so he's over a lot. It's nice knowing and trusting our neighbor finally. And it's nice to have family so close. I know he is tickled pink that he can just walk across the porch and come over. Hopefully the boys won't hog the tv with video games all the time :)

Friday, March 02, 2007

HBD

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELISSA, TERESA, AND DR.SEUSS!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Lord Giveth and The Lord Taketh Away

Not necessarily in that order:

From MSN.com news:

Updated: 6:43 a.m. ET Feb 28, 2007

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Darmi Ali lost his three daughters and wife to the
2004 tsunami. The 44-year-old remarried, and last week became a father again—
of triplets, all of them female.

“I am overjoyed,” said Ali, a police officer who was back at work Wednesday at
regional headquarters in Aceh, the Indonesian province worst hit by the giant
waves. “I lost my three daughters, and now they have been replaced by three
other girls.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Cologne Monster, a Nasty Bug, and a Fridge

During high school, we would often visit family friends of ours during our trips to West Virginia. My friend, Susan, had a friend named Cameron who would occasionally visit while we were there. Cameron, I believe, must have been hard of smelling, for he wore WAY too much “Preferred Stock” cologne. (If you’re not familiar with this particular cologne, visit your local Meijer or Kmart and check out their fragrance section- you should be able to find it there.) Now, this particular scenario has been locked away in the far reaches of my memory for well over 10 years. “So why dust it off now?” you ask. Well, there’s a new / temp guy who bathed in the exact same cologne this morning, who is sitting in the cube next to me. The pungent odor is almost overwhelming, and giving me a serious headache.

Add to that the fact that I am recovering from a nasty little bug that showed up late Friday, and has kept me out of commission until late yesterday afternoon. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a fever over 101ยบ… I’m hoping that I’ll be able to eat something today.

On a happy note, I am now the proud owner of my very own new-to-me fridge! Yeah, big whoop, but just about everything I own is a hand-me-down, so I’m excited!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Snow Day!

Ok, two snow days.

Since early Monday, the media was forecasting the "Blizzard of 2007." I'm trying to find out just how much snow we actually got, as there were very high winds all day yesterday. All I can seem to find right now is a blanket total of "6-16 inches in Northwest Ohio." I'd say here on the Mighty Maumee, just outside of Downtown Toledo, we got about 8 inches... but who really knows? All I know is that most of the day yesterday, we couldn't see anything across the river!

Anyway. None too comfortable with the idea that I may need to pilot a rear-wheel drive boat of a car through this reputed blizzard (as I am used to front-wheel drive, and a chicken,) I planned ahead. (I'm a good Boy Scout) I got to stay home, warm and dry yesterday, while all the other poor saps went in to work.

Dad would be proud: two computers, side-by-side, cranking away. I brought a laptop home from work, originally so that I could get a lot of work done after work, and this weekend. Lucky for me, I brought it home in time to work out of my "Executive Office." You should see my secretary: he's pretty cute :)

Monday, February 12, 2007

Simple Pleasures

Funny, the little things that we can get so excited about. Here are a few I've noticed myself appreciating in the last few weeks:

1. new socks
2. splurging on a good Cafe Mocha
3. a piece of dove dark chocolate
4. discovering Opera as good "listening at work" music
5. the smile on my god-daughter's face when she realizes who I am

Friday, February 02, 2007

C-O-L-D

That's what it is here in old T-town. They're forecasting frigid, arctic temps all weekend. Sounds like a good weekend to practice one's agorophobia (fear of leaving one's home.)

Small update: I have until noon-ish on Monday to have our package of about 200 drawings ready for "60% review." Good news is that I will be getting some serious overtime on my next paycheck(I'm at 10 now, and have a lot to do beofre Monday). The bad news: I have to actually work those hours. Good thing it's going to be miserable outside this weekend :)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Last Minute...

I need to whine a little, since I don't feel that I should complain to my boss.

The project that I am working on has a deadline of next Thursday. 90% of the work to be done rests solely on my shoulders. I don't mind. I know that it's up to me to make the 3 men in my group look good. I've been working my tail off, and even finding time to help out with 2 other projects that are in the red.

Here's the problem: I'm working 9-10 hours STRAIGHT to get these guys' drawings done. I rely on them to bring me markups or new drawings, and these drawings take time to do. But these 3 guys are waiting until the last minute to get work to me. They are constantly standing around talking about miscellaneous bull-stuff, completley unrelated to work. THEN the group leader has the gall to ask me to stay late. I'm there working for 2 HOURS before he even gets there!

Of course, if the package isn't ready in time, it's my fault. And that is a bunch of horse manure.

I need a beer :)

Friday, January 19, 2007

Hey Dad,


It's snowing.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

As I mentioned, Bill has started school. We got him a great drafting table/desk from my work, and he’s all set to get down to business. He’s taking a manual drafting class, as well as a CAD class. He’s also taking a Computer Diagnostic class, which will be a big help the next time the computer acts up. He took a friend along yesterday to buy his books, and his friend decided that he wanted to go to school, too. To quote a Rocky movie, “Be a thinker, not a stinker” (translation: why break your back when you can use your head).

As for me, I’m working hard. I’m a “contract employee” working with the Industrial Process group at an Architecture and Engineering Firm here in downtown Toledo. We’ve got a huge project in the works, with at least another year’s worth of work to do. Learning a new CAD program called MicroStation, which is fairly backwards from the programs I’m used to. But I enjoy a challenge, so don’t think I’m complaining. In my “down time,” I’m trying to design a house. (The house I’ll build when I’m filthy rich: ha ha) Here’s a look at the front view of it, which was my starting point. By the time I’m done, I expect the house to be totally 3D and beable to “walk” through it.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

First Day of School

Bill has started taking classes at Owens this spring semester. He has decided to study CAD Technology (the same program I went through), and so far has a lot of the same teachers I had.

He's excited and not looking forward to it at the same time. Who can blame him: he hasn't been in a classroom since... the early 90's (and that was in the Army.)

It will be interesting for me, to see what the curriculum is like now. I'm sure I'll get to help with his homework...

Monday, January 08, 2007

GO GATORS!

Not because I'm a Michigan fan (which I am, but keep reading).
Not because I hate Ohio State (which I don't).
But because I'm ornery and became a Michigan fan to "get the goat" of my OSU alumni/retired faculty family.

:) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Fortners!

P.S. I know that by the time anyone reads this, the game will be over. But hey, I'm me: I give people I love a hard time. They give it right back!

P.S.S. Ohio State didn't play any real team this year BUT Michigan. They played BGSU for crying out loud. USC would have killed them too!