Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekly Rant, 10/28/2011

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I have commented on the whole 'Occupy' foolishness before...this sums it up nicely...



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I remember when I was growing up, there was the Halloween scare with people putting razor blades in apples, or otherwise poisoning or doing something with the candy. I think today, hospitals still offer to x-ray bags of candy and so forth. The only thing I ever worried about was getting candy bars. There always seemed to be at least one dentist who handed out toothbrushes and the people that gave you pennies or nickels. Quarters were always acceptable. That paid for a game of Pac-Man or Zaxxon.

I just bought 7 bags of candy for Trick or Treating - Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger, Thousand Grand, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Kit-Kat, Almond Joy, and Baby Ruth. Still need to buy smarties or dum-dums for kids that are too old or not in a costume.

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I can now download books to my Kindle from the Public Library...there is one government service that I already pay for that I will be using a bit more.

I am reading 'The Stand' right now...still need to finish 'Hood' though...stupid work cutting into all of my free time right now.

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Tracey and I were on the 'Murder Mystery Train' out of Blissfield last weekend. I bought her the tickets for her birthday. The food was decent, and the performance was good...but...a certain large group of people in one of the train cars were way too drunk and ended up 'getting sick' in the bathrooms on their car. So it seemed that everyone was using our trains restrooms during the 3 hour trip...and guess where our seats were?

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vacation - Hershey and Gettysburg, PA

I took the day off on Friday after a very long run at work without a day off, working weekends and long hours. Bought some items for the trip, got the oil changed in the car, double checked all the directions and printed confirmations for the hotels.

As we started to leave, had a bit of an accident involving Irelynn and Liam's bedroom door - which required a slight detour for Tracey to take her to the doctor to make sure her fingers were not seriously damaged. She was in a such a great mood and just wanted to get one of her dolls from room. She was running her fingers along the wall when they got caught in Liam's door as he was closing it - bad timing, but in the end - we were eventually on our way with her fingers in a splint.

We stopped somewhere in between Cleveland and the PA border, eating at a restaurant named Rockne's - not a bad place - had never eaten at one before. I cannot say no to Fried Macaroni and Cheese.

Back in the car, the kids had just finished watching the 'Zookeeper' and was now watching some Tom and Jerry and Spongebob videos on the dvd player in the backseat. They eventually fell asleep, but not before Liam took off his shoes to reveal the most hideous odor emanating from his feet...yikes! The kids finally asleep, we were able to listen to some Petros and Money on Fox Sports radio, and then some various tunes that we kept only hearing the ends of via XM Radio. This got us through all the tunnels in the mountains and eventually on to Harrisburg, PA - the city that has most recently earned the distinction of declaring bankruptcy. Gotta love it when the home of the state capital cannot manage its money. They even cancelled Christmas!

We drove into Hershey on Saturday and after Breakfast at Bob Evans, we visited Hershey's Chocolate World, where we went on the chocolate tour ride, watched the 3-D movie, and made our own candy bars.





We then when to the adjoining amusement park where I wished we remembered that we had a camera. Irelynn rode a few roller coasters with her hands up on both them, the little daredevil. The park was not quite as big as Cedar Point, but had plenty of rides including about 10 roller coasters.


On our way out, we stopped back in the Chocolate World and picked up some huge arse cupcakes...


Our hotel room at the Courtyard Marriott has some issues with the toilet. For our issues, we had a free breakfast in the morning and I insisted to the front desk the darn thing was not clogged - it was broken. Having a crappy toilet at the house - I know the difference. Also received some extra Marriott points for alerting them to this - so if you are in room 314, you can thank me for the brand new toilet.

On day three, we drove to Gettysburg which was only about 40 minutes away. Unfortunately, the camera ran out of juice because a certain guy by the name of Jerry forget to charge it. They now have a new visitor center (new since the last time we visited back in 2007) which is very nice and state of the art with a new movie theater and updated Cyclorama for viewing the refurbished Gettysburg painting.

Since I have no pictures...this will have to do

We drove the entire tour of the battlefield, stopped off at various spots to look at statues and monuments, and even made it to Culp's Hill and climbed the observatory tower located there - a picture from that would be pretty cool, eh?

We drove into town, ate at the restaurant we ate at 4 years ago - which was alot better 4 years ago...then walked around town a bit, went back to the hotel so the kids could swim in the pool.

The drive back was on Rte 30 and was over the mountains instead of the tunnels through the mountains via Rte 76.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dogs and Squirrels

As we were getting ready to leave on Friday (10/14) for our trip to Hershey, PA...


The squirrels in my neighborhood are getting quite brazen - hanging out on our porch in the front and in the back. I guess it has been a few years since Ash went on his kill spree, where he took down about 5 squirrels in the backyard including 2 in one day.

My dogs are 11 now, so maybe they are just getting a bit too slow.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weekly Rant, 10/20/2011

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Driving through PA, scanning XM radio and constantly catching only the ends of the songs we like, I thought of an old song I used to love and sung a few lines. Then about 1 minute later, Dr Hook's 'Cover of the Rolling Stone' popped up and we caught it from the beginning...almost woke up the sleeping kids I was so excited.



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Looks like Greece has FINALLY totally run out of other people's money...

http://news.yahoo.com/greece-riots-austerity-steps-1st-approval-195223157.html

...with a Socialist Party and a Communist Party, how could this have ever happened?

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I missed 'Big Chuck and Lil' John' all the years since moving to Toledo...now I miss them even more that they are off the air. One of my favorite skits...




... and Big Chuck's book is a good read, if you have not read it yet.

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I put my bowling ball in the garage for the road trip last week. I rolled into the bowling alley Wednesday and my bowling ball was still in my garage. I used my teammate's left-handed ball and still was able to roll 168-163-193, losing only one pin on my average, dropping to a 181. Now, if only I can stay above 180 for the rest of the season. And for the record, after 8 weeks, 'Jerry's Kids' are a whopping 27-5, but only in first place by 3.5 games.

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Regarding Issue 2...obviously my hope is that is passes...but this is Ohio and people in the big cities tend to vote Democrat, even though most of them could not tell you why. They will vote No on Issue 2, then complain that their taxes are being increased to pay for government services that are unsustainable.

But - IF Issue 2 passes, will this be like any other levy where they will keep bringing it back again and again until they get the desired result? Why do democrats criticize and complain so much when they are not in power, yet take a totally different stance when in power? If the roles were reversed, they would be getting plenty of air time on the Liberal network television stations talking about how the people put them in power and the Republicans should not be wasting time with a recall election...just saying.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

My Weekly Rant - 10/14/2011

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List of things to do next year:

1. Buy a battery powered generator for my Sump Pump before the next rainy season.
2. Get Married

A very short list, but I have my priorities...all my games are in the basement. I am banking on the fact that Tracey does not pay attention to this site.

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My newest board game for the collection: 7 Wonders. I had heard great things and did manage to play it once at work during a lunch break a few weeks back. Need to read the rules and play again soon.


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The things we talk about at work...this week, references to Mega Desk...Kingpin...Princess Bride...



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Vote YES on Issue 2!

Only 13% of the working population in the state of Ohio belongs to a union. If you took that number and figured out what percentage of these people belong to a public union, it would be even less.

Why should I have to take a paycut (in paying more taxes) while I still have to pay Social Security (Public unions don't pay social security with their government pensions) and my own private retirement (while Public employees actually get pick-ups from taxpayers) while paying even more for my healthcare (which does not compare to the public unions healthcare) when they pay next to nothing. Oh yea - public unions are exempt from Obama Care along with the representatives and senators that supported it - funny how that works, eh?

When and if Issue 2 does get turned down, will these same union people be complaining about getting layed off when there is no money or way for jurisdictions to negotiate realistic contracts? First one in, last one out; so the people making the most money keep their jobs while the ones making the least will get laid off. What about union solidarity and everyone taking a paycut for the greater good?

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While in Toledo, rallying other developmentally challenged individuals against Issue 2, Junior Hoffa said that he would like to 'Run Governor Kasich over with a truck'.

Stay classy Jimmy - violence is the normal way Teamsters like to settle disagreements.

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"Labor unions would have us believe that they transfer income from rich capitalists to poor workers. In fact, they mostly transfer income from the large number of non-union workers to a small number of relatively well-off union workers."

~ Robert E Anderson

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reaper Miniatures - October Deal

Reaper Miniatures at reapermini.com has a deal this month. Order $40 worth of stuff and get a neat little grab back of treats including 4 pots of paints, some candy, a deck of cards, and a trick or treat miniature. Also - Reaper always has FREE SHIPPING for any order $25 or more.


While I typically shop online with 20-30% discounts, Reaper's website does offer many out of circulation miniatures as well as a great selection of 'bits' at really great prices.

The website stated that there is a 30% chance that you will get a 'Trick'...guess what I got?



Actually kind of cool that they packaged it the way they did.

I may just have to place another order before the end of the month for some Christmas presents...

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad season finale was a treat. There are very few shows that can really do what this show does. Every episode is tense and the writing is truly amazing. I don't know if the writers had all of this planned from day 1, but it sure seems that way. Everything flows together, from season to season, and just like in real life, there are no black and white characters. Everyone is a varying shade of grey.



Found this interview with the writer, Vince Gilligan...interesting to read about some of the very things I had just written above. Warning - Spoilers included in the link.

Here is the link to the official site at AMC where you can get more information.

Friday, October 7, 2011

My Weekly Rant - 10/07/2011

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Current Work Status - 12 straight days of 8+ hours...hopefully get some time off this weekend.

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RIP Charles Napier. We were talking at work, and this is the image I fondly remember from the Blues Brothers - the rest of the Good Ole Boys in the top bed of the camper during a chase scene...


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"France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country."

~ Mark Twain

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I hope every single imbecile that decided to 'Occupy Wall Street' puts this little hiatus from work on their professional resume.

Here are some of the 'Demands' these yahoos are making. They are all so unrealistic, I cannot even pick a favorite.

"Tea partiers didn't block traffic, sleep on sidewalks, wear ski masks, fight with the police or urinate in public... Then they picked up their own trash and quietly went home. Apparently, a lot of them had to be at work in the morning."

~ Ann Coulter...on the Lib Media comparing this to tea partiers...

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I created a monster for Tunnels & Trolls I am calling the 'Woe Hound'. I painted some GW Warhammer Fantasy miniatures that did not really fit into any monster type that I have used for any system. So, I came up with my first monster design for T&T. I will have a separate post for that later.

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Kindle Fire looks pretty cool. But, then I would have to finally update to wireless internet at the house...

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Obscure Lyric of the week:

"Crawlin' on her belly and Shakin' like jelly and I'm getting harder than Chinese Algebra"

~ Tom Waits, 'Pasties and a G-String', Small Change

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Comic Book Corner: All Star Western #1

What is light years better than anything Grant Morrison has ever written?

Anything written/created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

I have been a fan of Jonah Hex since I first bought Hex #1 way back when thinking he was some kind of rip-off of Mad Max, the Road Warrior.


Being so long ago, I would like to think that at some point in the 18 issue series, I realized that he was an old time DC western character, but heck, I was like 15 years old and thought Road Warrior was the best movie ever.

What really got me interested in the character was the more 'Weird West' tales written by Joe R Lansdale (later of 'Bubba Ho-Tep' fame) and illustrated by Tim Truman. 'Riders of the Worm and Such' and 'Two Gun Mojo' blended the Old West with the supernatural. I have never played the Deadlands RPG, but I have to believe these books probably inspired that world a bit. Zombies and other supernatural beings take on the scarred gunslinger in some of the best comics ever written.


While I always kept my eye out for the original Jonah Hex stories, I never really read them until I finally bought the black and white reprints.


The most recent Jonah Hex series by Palmiotti and Gray was great. The emphasis was on single issue stories and there were very few exceptions where a storyline stretched multiple issues. The series was one of my favorites over the last 5 or 6 years as both DC and Marvel slowly drove me away from super-heroes in general.



Grant Morrison ruined Batman, JSA was destroyed by horrid writing, and DC in general just went from one too many crises to another for this guy. So, when DC decided to relaunch all 52 books in September 2011, I only had interest in a single one, and that was All Star Western.

The artwork by Moritat (whom I have never heard of) was near perfect and once again, P&G deliver on a great story, staying true to the Hex character and also showing a very cool Gaslight version of Gotham City. It reminds me a lot of Chicago as depicted in 'Devil in the White City' by Erik Larson (not the comic book Erik Larsen). Mayor Cobblepot, and mention of the Wayne family should neatly tie things together into the DC Universe..but of course, I want nothing to do with the rest of that stuff going on in the DC Universe...those bridges have been burned down by poor writing and worse editing for good.


As long as Palmiotti and Gray are writing, I will be buying Jonah Hex.