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Sunday, January 31, 2010

DanActive in the morning, 23 days in a row

So what am I immune to? Not from stuffed nose syndrome, for sure.

Desnowing the car, and of course, Tink and Addie pop up

This will teach me to look out the window on a post-snowy day afternoon. Yeah, I went out with the ice scraper even though I had, and still have, no intention of driving before Tuesday.

And despite the strange intentions of Tink and Addie, my chances of dins with Cantore continue to cruise in around 0.

But the car did get mostly clean.

4X4ing in the snow

First let me tell you, that the 4x4 I drove was bigger than yours. Much bigger. Think 4x4 diesel dually long bed crew cab. This was the truck you'd call to drag your mess out of the ditch. Or the side of a KMart.

I think I know a little about 4x4ing, and you first and foremost don't do it on public roads without compelling reason.

Note: The first snow in recent memory is NOT compelling reason.

Weather control using turkey tater soup

With the demise of the bean and burger soup today, it was time to refill the pot with something more likely to chase this cold mess to a more northern state. Turkey tater comes to mind, especially with some yellow corn.

So we brown the turkey and find a surprise in the taters.

After some amount of simmering that generally left the taters cooked, it's time for that onion that's been here some time over a month.

And yes, I know it's really a Sunday morning.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

This is unlikely by chance

We had a worse than usual ice storm last night, and the temperatures are headed to the mid-teens (F) during the next two nights. It'll be Monday afternoon before we break freezing.

Ice has formed on my south facing window, probably because the ice on the building face melts a little, and then refreezes on my window.

As I was watching a show on the History Channel regarding the end of time, at least as far as Christians go, I noticed the ice and the pattern it made with the ice on the ground.

Yes, I moved to heighten the effect and make the inverted cross more visible.

Now, I just need to start my own church.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

You would think that I would know better by now

House-bound already. I want some coffee. The gas station at the top of the hill has decent coffee with fresh half-and-half. I set my sites accordingly.

So I step out of the building. Can you hear the excitement in my voice?

On the way, we check on my frozen car. It'll stay that way until Monday or so.

At the main road at the bottom of the hill. Perilous living.

Back in the house where I apparently belong.

My abject failure with snow control

As you know by now, I worked hard yesterday to turn the snow storm. Although I believe I succeeded to a degree, it was Samo who last night called into question my methodology.

Let me present her accusatory vid.

She really knows how to kick a fellow when he's down. Here is my video response. And yes, I have a stuffed nose.

This morning, the source of my failure becomes clear.

I hate wintry weather.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I have waited for this evening

A peep from work is actively worried about my bleeding cuticles, and she delivered moisturizing gloves

With special moisturizer

Which I will use instead of the usual

Even if it means I will have to replenish that tube before my next plane trip.

That's the one. Now we'll do the other. ¡Hasta maƱana!

Location:Western Blvd,Raleigh,United States

Samo has called into question and suspicion my hard work today to keep the snow storm minimized

Samo has called into question and suspicion my hard work today to keep the snow storm minimized.

And yes, my nose is stuffed.

How can one child be so wrong?

Introducing Madison Elizabeth

Here she is.

18.25" 6 pds 10 ozs. Dark hair. Calm for the moment.

Yeah, we're both a little sideways tonight.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Jim Cantore stands me up for whatever is in Charlotte that he loves more than me

Jim Cantore, so close, but so far, in Charlotte, but not in Raleigh. I might need a counselor, if not a stiffer drink.

Yes, I could just SPIT!!

A day busy with work AND presnow antisnow activities

It's been a busy day, what with work AND antisnow activities.

Number 1.

Number 2.

Number 3.

Number 4.

I need to do more, but there are just humanly limits some days.

Samo made some soup

I'll be headed south in just a few minutes to raid Samo's kitchen for this HUGE pot-o-soup. Bif! Gotta have me some!

You know you want some! C'mon and go with me.

And my video response.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Should it stay or should it go: The journey pauses

I wonder if Journey Church deals with pauses? It should.

We started back in December, growing this facial fur. A week ago, I realized it was time to figure out how to manage to growing mess.

And of course, we received suggestions, one from the UK that I will not follow.

And now we have an action plan with actionable items!

The first of which was excuted with a bib!

The results of the first action item head to work.

And a very cold reality calls for an end to further exploration.

We are where we shall remain for a while.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My antisnow chili

As you know from the YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/JimPenny), we are expecting wintry weather this weekend, and it's up to each of us to do out part to stop this impending tragedy.

As a first step, we're making antisnow chili.

Find the pot

And the olive oil

Splash some olive oil in the pot

Find the burger

And the stir fry beef

Put them in the pot like this

Add the lid and let the beef brown a while.

Note the color coordination.

When the beef is brown, pour in the salt and black pepper. Remember that my mama taught you already about being able to add more, but not being able to take out a single grain.

Now, slave for hours over the beans and maters.

Dump all four cans into the pot, stir, and cool your jets until it's all simmered and ready.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Your rejected pink razor

The pink razor joins the rest of the trash.

And now it's one step into oblivion.

And I am now known as the man who talks to the garbage.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Man arrested in slaying of Four Oaks couple




Barney Edward Gamble, 48, of King Mill Road in Four Oaks, was arrested at his home Friday. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree kidnapping, arson and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Someone should arrest the man's barber while we're at it in Four Oaks. I'm not sure a professional makeup artist could make him look any worse.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Musician: Conan Spent $500,000 On Tom Hanks's 9-Second Walk-Out Song


Conan's last show had Tom Hanks as a guest.

Tom Hanks was a final guest on Conan's last "Tonight Show," and if one trusty tweet is to be believed, Conan blew $500,000 on Hanks' walk-out song. When Hanks entered from behind a curtain to go to his seat, the band played The Beatles "Lovely Rita," which costs NBC half a million dollars.

The drummer tweeted: yo i hate spoiling but i will have you know that walk on song we just heard was half a milli. i know cause i got the list rate at nbc.


I need to find something that would net me a half million in the time it takes Tim Hanks to walk to center stage.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

What a pleasant way to awake on a Saturday

Waking at 6 am on a Saturday would normally leave me substantially grumpy, and it was with a grand harumph that I rolled over and reached for the phone.

What I found there left me flattered so early this morning.

Yesterday, I made a comment about a delightful collage one peep had made for another, and I even wrote about it here. That comment led to me being collaged, and yes, I am aware that I have just added a verb to the language. Sometimes we just have to do that.

Here are the base pics.


Hair!!! Not to mention the very good company of Mae West.



And #3


And here's where we wind up.

Diva? Methinks this one knows me bettterer than most.

Now, let's go fetch some tea.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's not easy to make the grade as a U.S. citizen


The Deal: One part of the process of becoming a citizen involves a civics quiz. Applicants study 100 possible questions and are asked 10. They have to get six correct.

Let me tell you right now that I build such tests as this for a living, and I can assure you that my name would never appear on such an exam as we see here.

It's way too short to be anything more than an arbitrary hurdle with very poor reliability.

BTW, I passed the exam on the site. I hope that means I may retain my passport.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Why we are who and what we are

Yes, it took some doing, and I doubt we're there yet, but we are on the way.

We need to give credit where credit is due.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

We went to visit Addie and found Graham

Yes, my daddy's glorious brother was visiting Addie when we arrived to see her.

He met his match that day in my mama.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

TDAD: The Day Addie Died

Yeah, you know you've been all a'quiver to hear this one.

We planted the old bird on a Good Friday, and then waited with some trepidation for Easter Monday.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Illegal cupcakes

I won't say who was involved or where or when or why but someone somewhere had a batch of perky cupcakes, and I hear they were exceptionally tasty, not that I know from direct experience as I would never participate in an illegal cupcake eating.

The cupcakes on the top rack were said to be far perkier than those on the bottom. In addition, the little beans made little bohuncuses upon close inspection.

Less close inspection left the illusion of nipplage atop the cupcakes.

From what I hear, a fine time was had by all.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

I'm not sure it could be any more queer

I saw this picture yesterday in a peep's office, and I nearly returned in the night to steal it.

So I wore my self-descriptive hat instead.

Location:Perimeter Park Dr,Morrisville,United States

They really do love me!

BD at work!

Gifts rolling in!

A fortuitous pea


I feel pretty!

Oh so pretty!

Location:Airport Blvd,Morrisville,United States

Dems Consider Scaling Back Health Care Plans


Scale it back? It's already a mere shadow of what it should have been.

This bill should have been written long before the Prez took the oath of office, dropped on Congress the day after the oath of office, and voted into law that next week.

This country is far to rich for any citizen to go hungry and without decent healthcare.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Thursday, January 21, 2010

TDTD: The Day Tink Died

This is the abbreviated version. We will reenact later when the sun shines for more than three minutes a day.

You know the best part is the tongue hanging out.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Frankie is still dead

I just can't believe he's still dead.

And you know he got all the beauty!

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Lunch with Bro

Yes, I said west when I should have said south. Could I be any more senile?

I just cannot believe Frankie's still dead.

The special just for me.


You know you want some!

Location:U.S. 70,Garner,United States

SAS again tops 100 best companies to work for


The Buzz: There's a new No. 1 in town: tech powerhouse SAS. Yes, even in a tough job market, some employers dole out perks like on-site saunas, discounted massages and classes on Wii bowling. Meet this year's top 100; profiles include maps, contact info and more.

Nope. Mine and likely yours is not in there, though they both try. It's an expensive list to crack.

The Whatzit: The software giant was an early adopter (1981) of onsite child care. It now has four centers caring for more than 600 children (cost: $350 a month).

Headquarters: Cary, NC
2006 revenue ($ millions): 1,900
Website: www.sas.com

2% turnover? Dream on, nonSASer.

Now if those peeps could just learn to merge on the interstate.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

How to sleep

Cosabella Sleepwear http://bit.ly/82Obyx (via @IntimateGuide)



Yeah, you know you want some. Who doesn't want, if not need, additional sleep.

Besides: A ”Look Great At Any Age” Makeovers segment featuring guest host Rita Wilson - actress, producer & style maven - just ran on the Oprah Winfrey Show 1/12 and highlighted sleepwear from Cosabella to support Rita’s tip #9 that all women should “Enjoy new bedclothes once a year”.

Sleep like Opra? I'll take me some of that!

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

How to Volunteer in Haiti


Diane Herbst is a freelance writer based in New Jersey, and a regular contributor to People Magazine.

OK, so you cannot text enough $10 contributions to assuage your American guilt. Click the link, and go find yourself a way to burn some unintended PTO, wield some leather gloves and a flat shovel, and prove how important you are in the white world.

Yes, Haiti can use the help. That is self-evident. They could also have used it last month when you were too busy to notice.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Same sex couples can be effective parents, researchers find


The Self-Evident: Same sex couples appear to do as well as those raised by parents of both sexes, suggests an international research review that challenges the long-ingrained belief that children need male and female parents for healthy adjustment.

If you find these results a surprise, then you need to get over your myopic little small-minded self and recognize what's real in this big, wide world that you have not yet bothered to visit.

The Take-Away: Sociologists Stacey and Timothy Biblarz of the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, spent five years reviewing 81 studies of one- and two-parent families, including gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples. "No research supports the widely held conviction that the gender of parents matters for child well-being," they conclude.

Tell me now that you really do not think that your genetalia counts more in the rearing of your children than does than amount you love the child!

Yeah, I could just spit.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Man tells cops he paid for sex, but didn't get it


The Thing: Police said the man called Marlborough Police on Monday to say he'd paid the woman and a third party $150 to have sex with him on Sunday, but she wouldn't follow through.

I suppose this dude will lose his license to live in New Hampshire for this act of stupidity. My question is: What did she offer that's worth $150?

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Basketball league for white Americans targets Augusta


The Story: A new professional basketball league boasting rosters made up exclusively of white Americans has its eyes set on Augusta, but the team isn't receiving a warm welcome.

The Rule: "Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," the statement said.

The Lie: "There's nothing hatred about what we're doing," he said. "I don't hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here's a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like."

You know, it's easy to understand the all-female, the all-gay, and the all-Indian teams. Such teams provide a place for those minorities to engage the world through a vehicle that is generally accepted.

Of course, now that minorities have about taken over that sport, the white people might have a point.

My question is what makes a white person these days. How many who wrap themselves in that mantel of purity have proven themselves through DNA testing?

What's that old saying about who's in the woodpile? It's likely true about your genetical history.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Flyboy cranks the Twinstar

Yes, you are impressed.

As am I!

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Should it stay or should it go: The facial hair

So many decisions here on the cusp of my 8th cycle beginning.

BTW, Damanda will be pleased to know that I washed the mirror with vinegar.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hairy promises

So they make straight hair curly and curly hair straight, and they also make people beautiful, while offering 50% off the first visit.

I really should fit in there some place, don't you think?

Makes me think I should run on out to Southpoint, which I felt was a lot more desirable for a destination when it had an "e" on the end.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Girls need three things

This will teach me to read the Indy. I see now why I am doomed.

It's that hair thing yet again.

But what happened to the trust fund? Surely one of those would make up for the dearth of the other, not that I have a trust fund, not unless a lottery ticket counts.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Cashing in my accumulated luck

I might see more if I looked up when I walked, but then I'd miss all the treasures and lucky money.

Lucky money going gown the drain.

With an interesting accumulation.

I'm even more surprised that I can take a picture of that screen.

$28.96 in the form of two strips of stamps and the rest in change.

Yes, I have letters to mail. Very important letters.

And one rejected penny.

It's been beaten to death where ever it's been. I believe I'll retain it as a self-portrait.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

The 10 Stupidest Things Pat Robertson Ever Said


The 10 Stupidest Things Pat Robertson Ever Said

10. "Lord, give us righteous judges who will not try to legislate and dominate this society. Take control, Lord! We ask for additional vacancies on the court." –Pat Robertson

>Pat and the Church Lady see eye-to-eye regarding saying a prayer against us. Anyone else would be charged with threatening SCOTUS.

9. "Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history." –Pat Robertson

>When last I checked, is was the evangelical Christians who were tying the homosexuals to truck bumpers for a little drag down the road. And then there's promoting the death penalty for gay and lesbian people in Uganda. Pat appears to have his good guys and bad guys confused.

8. "I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you, This is not a message of hate -- this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It'll bring about terrorist bombs; it'll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor." –Pat Robertson, on "gay days" at Disneyworld

>Do you suppose King's Dominion in Virginia has the sane problem? KD only has a single gay day each year. Maybe that was the problem with Randy Parton's Theatre in Roanoke Rapids.

7. "(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." –Pat Robertson

>Dang it! Women have an agenda too? And I can't even get hold of a copy of the gay agenda. I miss all the good stuff.

6. "I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period." –Pat Robertson

>Spoken like a real man, for sure. He should have mentioned the requirement for long hair to facillitate being dragged back to the cave.

5. "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected him from your city. And don't wonder why he hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for his help because he might not be there." --Pat Robertson, after the city of Dover, Pennsylvania voted to boot the current school board, which instituted an intelligent design policy that led to a federal trial

>The one thing I find missing from this theory of intelligent design is any form of intelligence. This one is ripe for a little attention from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

4. "God considers this land to be his. You read the Bible and he says 'This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No, this is mine.' ... He was dividing God's land. And I would say, 'Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the E.U., the United Nations, or the United States of America.' God says, 'This land belongs to me. You better leave it alone.'" --Pat Robertson, on why Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke

>Such the loving god, this fellow promotes. It's no wonder his minions are many.

3. "Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up" –Pat Robertson, on nuking the State Department

>Foggy Bottom could also use a Metro stop while you're in the business of reconstruction.

2. "You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with." –Pat Robertson, calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

>Now isn't this the pot calling the kettle black?

1. "It may be a blessing in disguise. ... Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other." –Pat Robertson, on the earthquake in Haiti that destroyed the capital and killed tens of thousands of people, Jan. 13, 2010

>As Satan's public letter to Pat indicates, Satan doesn't work that way. A deal with the devil doesn't usually include an 80% poverty rate.

New York Post: Sarah And Bristol Palin Net $100K For In Touch Weekly Cover


The Unbelievable: Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol, earned an eye-popping $100,000 for their new In Touch Weekly cover, sources say.

Just when I thought it was safe to read the news on a sleepless night, I click into this one right after learning that my lottery ticket failed yet again.

Sarah had a lot thrust onto her lap when McCaint selected her for his running mate, and the old man received far more than he bargained on.

Very few have done so much with one failed VP bid as has Sarah Palin. Is there any doubt now as to why she left the govenor's office of Alaska?

Sarah knew that going rogue, selling books, making magazine covers, and reporting on Fox would require far more time than the gov's office would permit.

Of course, there's that pesky little issue of a megabuck salary.

God bless this laptop: London vicar welcomes techies


The Rev. Canon David Parrott blesses computers and mobile phones on the altar of the St. Lawrence Jewry Church in London Jan. 11.

The what: A venerable British church has done what e-mail addicts and workaholics have been doing for years — invoking the Almighty's blessing on their high-tech gadgets.

Blessing the tech?

We often hear a deity's name invoked regarding some piece of technology, most often a stapler in my case. However, a blessing is rarely what the petitioner seeks.

More often, it's simply a devine danging that the person has in mind.

Shanghai targeted in China phone porn crackdown


AFP/File – Mobile phones on display at a shop in China. Mobile users in Shanghai caught sending dirty short messages.

The what: Mobile users in Shanghai caught sending dirty short messages, photos or videos by phone could have their numbers cancelled as part of China's crackdown on pornography, state media reported Monday.

China is fighting a loosing battle yet again. No sexting allowed? People have sent sexual messages of all sorts since there have been messages.

However, I'm content to let the Chinese officials learn this mistake the hard way. Such seems to be the norm over there.

My concern arises in the false positives, and I cannot help but think that the situation with the Chinese language is little different than the situation we face.

Words carry different meanings depending on the context. A computer looking for naughty words is going to flag many innocent messages as naughty, and with China's population, that going to be a lot of messages to review, and we know that means the review will be slim and none.

People will be facing discipline based in the charges of a machine. There's just has to be a Twilight Zone episode in there somewhere.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Open letter to the deity in charge of today's weather

I am sorely disappointed th the weather management as demonstrated by whichever deity is in charge today, and I expect some corrective actions NOW!

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Flyboy and Dunkin Donuts

Flyboy might have demonstrated last night that he is smarter than I am.

Location:Clark Ave,Raleigh,United States

My lucky morning

W00T!!! This is my lucky day, at least so far.

Location:Beryl Rd,Raleigh,United States

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Stepping out

What possessed me? Two Saturday nights in a row? People will start to talk.

Bro and I started at the Burrough for dins. We succeeded. I fussed about the clever signage on the bathroom doors. I doubt they change the signs.

Afterwards, we went to Legends for the early drag show. Does it count for going out if you're drinking water? At 9 pm?

I thought not.

The ladies in blue came out. Would you be surprised to learn that I tapped my foot on occassion?

Mary first did Reba, then Dolly.

Later, I found myself in a pinball machine.

And lost myself in the tinkling serenade of the electronic fountain.

Meanwhile, my bottle of water sat in the darkness on the table just beyond the candle's gentle reach.

I do know how that bottle must feel.