ON THE FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER
For years I used to take a picture of the same scene almost every day during the month of October in order to record the progression of fall coloring. I say almost every day because I used to use a disposable camera so I wouldn't have to tie up my 35mm Canon for an entire month, and disposables have just 27 shots, not 31; I'd skip fours days in-between. However, I'd always take a picture on October 1st and October 31st. The coloring was always green on that first day, and by the 31st, the trees were almost bare if not entirely bare. I stopped recording the coloring a couple of years ago as it seemed so redundant. But since I now have a digital camera, I decided to try again. This time I'll take a picture every day and post it here. Here is the first.
INTERBLOGATORY BLVD OF DREAMS
A man after my own heart, Head Butler explains how to make great coffee:
As gifted butlers --- and a great many civilians --- know, inferior coffee is totally unnecessary. Great coffee beans are readily available at reasonable prices, as are quality coffeemakers. And the Rules of Good Coffee are few. The ritual of making Good Coffee is simple and, if I may so say, satisfying. The pleasure of drinking it is beyond words.
There are surely people in your life who say coffee is bad for you. Well, they know nothing. Coffee contains antioxidants. A good thing. And caffeine. An even better thing. And when you make it right, it's the best-tasting, most soul-satisfying drink in the world. So don't settle....
Chris, at LuckyDawgNews, has got the goods on BM. Scroll down to Bill Maher crossed the line:
To understand Maher’s actions, one must understand what a sorry waste of a skin suit Bill Maher is. … Bill Maher is a mean drunk that really abuses women.
The never-shy Gayle on HURRICANE KATRINA – My (jaundiced) View!:
The left liberal controlled media and every one of their Kool Aid drinking synchophants in politics have been having an absolute party since Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on Louisiana AND Mississippi. No wild-eyed fiction has been too extreme for them to report. Murders and rapes abounding in the Superdome. Didn’t happen but hey – it made for good coverage, didn’t it?
Moxie has a confab with a liberal in the john mccain excuse:
HIM: Just because I think Bush is an idiot doesn't mean I am a liberal. John McCain is my favorite Senator. If you looked deeper, you wil see the real me.
ME: Hard to look deeply into a liberal. You can go BLIND!
Before you take that next drink …
Rachel remembers James Dean on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Just like James Dean but with dark hair.
Some mighty fine deals on cameras & equipment!
ONE RINGY DINGY
Remember that great bit on Seinfeld when Jerry gets a call from the telemarketer? I love that. Personally, I try to screen my calls with call with the answering machine. Telemarketers have never left a message.
But this works, too:
The phone rang as I was sitting down to my anticipated evening meal, and as I answered it I was greeted with, "Is this Wilhiam Wagenhoss?" This didn't sound anything like my name, so I asked, "Who is calling?"
The telemarketer said he was with The Rubberband-Powered Freezer Company something like that. I asked him if he knew Wilhiam personally and why was he was calling this number? I then said off to the side, "Get really good pictures of the body and all the blood." I then turned back to the phone and advised the caller that he had entered a murder scene and must stay on the line because we had already traced this call and he would be receiving a summons to appear in the local courthouse to testify in this murder case.
I then questioned the caller at great length as to his name, address, phone number at home, at work, who he worked for, how he knew the dead guy and could he prove where he had been about one hour before he made this call. The telemarketer was getting very concerned and his answers were given in a shaky voice.
I proceeded to tell him we had located his position at his work place and the police were entering the building to take him into custody. At that point, I heard the phone fall and the scurrying of his running away.
My wife asked me as I returned to our table, why I had tears streaming down my face and so help me, I couldn't tell her for about fifteen minutes. My meal was cold, but oh-so-very enjoyable.
Thank you, BLUE!
"RISKY" ENDING PAYS OFF
I had been anticipating Krueger's Mercy Falls for months, partly because I had read all of the others in his Iron Lake series and partly because he talked about taking a risk with this ending. I'll be honest; I was hoping the risk to which he referred was killing off Cork O'Connor's wife, Jo. Because she cheated on him once. (I'm employing a double standard here.) Because other than that she seems impossibly perfect. I won't divulge the ending, whether she lives or dies, whether she cheats on him again or not. I will say that she's tempted. I'm terrible at solving mysteries, which is fine with me. I did figure out one part of the mystery, and just when I thought I knew the "risky" part, I was stumped by the ending. Floored, even. And I loved it because it works so well. Kent can't crank them out fast enough for me.
QUESTION: What kind of characters to you like? For example, I don't like to read about impossibly perfect women, and I like them to have a sense of humor instead of being whiny and bitchy. I like strong, protective men. Rugged men, and, like the women, somewhat flawed. Cozy, tidy marriages/relationships piss me off. Boring! What kind of characters do you like?
EASIN' INTO MONDAY
BIG AD :) If you haven't already seen you should. It is not only just plain funny, it has also become a bit of phenomenon in it's own right. It pokes fun and the whole concept of big ads with big budgets trying to capture people's attention for stuff that isn't really that exciting by itself. And doing so on the internet generate huge buzz - and actually tons of impressions ... before it even aired on TV.
MORE GENEROUS: PAGE SIX gets results! After our story revealing that multimillionaire TV shrink Dr. Phil was paying his transcribers just $7 an hour, the rate was raised by a buck — to $8 an hour. Our spy adds, "You get a few extra perks if you work the graveyard shift. Eight dollars an hour is better, but most transcription jobs pay $12 to $14 an hour or $17 to $20 an hour." Dr. Phil's rep did not return requests for comment.
Morons on Message: It was obvious that no one was turned away. If you were an angry citizen, or an even marginally annoyed immigrant, you were required to join in, as the mentally disturbed organizers were clearly in no position to judge. At this point, why not break out the down-with-capitalism signs? Why not draw the obscure Hitler-Bush comparison? And while you're at it, why not have a 10-hour rock concert next to the Washington Monument?
Hysterically funny Soldier Kittens! h/t Aaron
Canada Geese vs. Wooden Dogs h/t Blue
Once you've watched the BIG AD (above), you've got to see the SMALL AD :) h/t Ed Small
WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR WRIST
Anyone can have their own bracelet made. Like Miss Snark. Actually, she gave me the idea when she posted an answer to a reader's question and titled the post "WWMSD?"
Check 'em out at Band-Together, Wrist-Bands and Mammoth Discount, among numerous places.
Click here for a larger view to read the blurb.
I was reminded of that picture when I read this in today's Page Six:
[W]hen Barbra Streisand dined at Megu with hubby James Brolin, she insisted on eating in the private dining room, where prying eyes couldn't see her "bad" side.
Hmmmmmm, I see what she means.
THE DOC AND THE 'FAT' MODEL
Which makes a nice segue into this ...
IN his new book "Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon," doctor-to-the-stars Cap Lesesne offers a bonanza of blind items about some of his famous patients.
Lesesne, who briefly dated Katie Couric, recalls when legendary photographer Francesco Scavullo was shooting "Anna," a Danish model, for a Victoria's Secret ad campaign. The lensman called up Lesesne because "he was bothered by a little smidge of hip fat pinching over the [bikini] string," the doctor writes.
"He needed to finish the shoot in three days," so Scavullo forced the girl to go under the knife right away. "I did the procedure the next morning, a Saturday," Lesesne relates. "We put iced towels on her until Sunday evening, and Scavullo shot on Monday, using concealer to cover what was left of the bruise."
Haven't they ever heard of Photoshop?
I posted a great Sean Delonas cartoon on LifelikePundits to go along with a piece on our local gas price wars.