Saturday, November 25, 2006

Weblogs: One-third peeled

El Oso, El Moreno, and El Abogado: "But then, lying in bed one evening, your until-death-do-us-part mentions a chapter she just read in her self-improvement book of the month: the importance of open and healthy communication in a relationship."

(See this rambling discourse on aterciopelado and pelarse -- which seems to be another way to say "oh shuck it all" or "go shuck yourself.")

Media: Movies - The Fountain

In Moviette, according to Google and Technorati, I am apparently the only one to notice the similarity between Moby and a bald, spacefaring Hugh Jackman in The Fountain. "We are all made of stars!" (I have had that tune in my head since seeing this majestic movie Wednesday night.) Leave it to Darren Aronofsky to make a movie that defines how stupendous a movie can be!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Musings: They're not "hot dogs"

They're "industrial meat facsimile."

Typos: can't-get-out-of-bed-itis

There was no actual typo in the ad headline I saw out of the corner of my eye, but I had to look twice because I thought I had seen "can't-get-out-of-bed-tits"!

Neologisms: eminiscently

Nobly, tenderly, with a sense of divinely ordained mission.

Email: Netflix Support

Title request: Chicks, Man

Raves: Java-Log

I haven't tried burning a Java-Log yet, but these fireplace logs made of used coffee grounds sound spiffy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Email: Netflix Support

Title request: The Witches of --eastwick

Weather: 'S nippy

Frost all over the field and blanketing every uncovered car--and it's 34 degrees out right now! That's nippy for Houston, which rarely reaches 32, even in December!

Weather: Takes a licking

I don't have to lick my finger and hold it to the breeze, but my sense for guessing temperatures just keeps on ticking. Molley wanted to go out at 3 a.m. and I guessed it was 39 degrees -- I was even getting chilled in my flipflops, jeans, and flannel shirt before her snizzin' was dizzin' -- then came in to find that 39 was right on the money.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Media: Actors - Howie Mandel

I have heard about Howie Mandel now and then for years but never knew if I had seen him before. After the Drabble comic strip today, I looked him up and was able to confirm that I have never seen him before on TV, in a movie, or anywhere. Nada, zip, zilch. This guy is completely below my radar.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Weather: Warmer than a cooler

I usually figure that 44 degrees and colder is "cold" because that's the temperature they set for grocery cooler sections -- and if you've ever stood in one, stocking the shelves, your fingers get cold and then numb. (I've also cleaned buckets of smelt in 50-degree water outdoors, much to the same effect.) So this morning as I walked Molley to a temp in the mid- to upper-40s, I was wearing my usual jeans jams and flip-flops. I waved to a woman on the sidewalk who would pass near us.

Woman: "Aren't your feet cold?"
Self (shrug): "Nah." (pause) "It's cold for Texas."
Woman: "Where are you from?"
Self: "Minnesota."
Woman (laugh): "Ah, then this is just a cool breeze!"
Self: "Yeah."

No frost, though. Pooh. Then we went back in.

Email: No tongue [EH]

I think it's the greatest sign of a boor when a man puts his tongue in a woman's mouth immediately and invasively. He has no sense of boundaries not to mention tenderness and intimacy, and should be run away from immediately.

Weather: Frost on Friday

This post has been delayed but on Friday morning, the vacant lot across the street was half-covered in frost (on the northern side, leeward of the superette)! The official temperature was 50 degrees so go figure -- cool though, for Houston!

Email: 100-calorie snacks [EH]

It's the same issue either way (big bag or bite-size portions): self control! They package the treat small enough but you really do have to "just have one." (Of course, Lay's dares people to eat more than one because all these vendors really prefer to sell much more than "just one.")