Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Nearly 14 Months

It's been well over a year since I wrote this blog entry about The Bird.

I remembered what I wrote several weeks ago. Several weeks ago when I realized there was no tapping/attacking at our window.

It was strange. I saw a blue bird out in the yard. But I knew it was not OUR blue bird. How can I tell that? It's a bird. It's blue. Nothing very distinctive one bird from the next....

Our pesky bird friend did not return this year.

I enjoy the peace.

I mourn his passing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Year

A year ago this next weekend, I took the photo above from Zephyr Cove on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.

It breaks my heart to think of that view today.

My heart breaks for those who have lost their homes.

My heart breaks for my beloved Lake Tahoe.

Pray for the firefighters. Pray for the relief workers. Pray for those who have lost everything. Pray for the politicians who must find a way to balance the environment and the desire to rebuild. Pray for sanity in a fire protection plan for the entire Sierra.

I will try to take that photo again..... it will be years before it is the same.

Basketball and Sorority Teas; A Comparison

There are many clues that will lead you to determine whether you are at a professional basketball game or a sorority tea party.

Let us review:

There is more sweat at a basketball game. Raw, unadulterated sweat. The kind that comes from physical exertion. Not perspiration. Not a "glow". Sweat.

Ten men or women are running back and forth in a basketball game. They have a round orange ball. They throw the ball around. Sometimes they put it into a metal hoop with a net looking thing hanging down. This is called "the basket".

There is a lot of yelling at a basketball game. Lots. Not polite applause... raucous yelling and cheering.

The entire assembled body of people are likely to suddenly jump to their feet and yell in celebration or righteous indignation at a basketball game.

At a sorority tea, one might discuss one's plans for the weekend. One might discuss how events of the past week transpired. One will find friends at a sorority tea. No doubt one will love to chat and catch up with these friends at a sorority tea.

But girls.... let's pay attention. Let us distinguish between a BASKETBALL game and a SORORITY tea. And when I say "girls" I mean "you men who keep chatting like a bunch of girls at a sorority tea".

It's happened twice now. Once at the Kings vs Pacers game in March. Again tonight at the Monarchs vs. Liberty game.


Tonight's Chatty Cathy's show up AT HALFTIME and then chit chat.

There is something very very wrong with this picture. These MEN, who we can only presume paid their money (and those Kings seats were $165 per) to go to a SPORTING EVENT, are chit chatting while *I*, sports fan not so much, am trying to watch the game. Stay home and have your visit. Because us WOMEN want to watch the game. We're trying to see. We're trying to hear what that moronic call by the ref was, exactly.


I should not know about the soccer games and the marital problems and the new investments and the deals about to be made.

Good grief. The 12 year olds with us paid more attention.....

Monarchs 59
Liberty 46

Sunday, June 10, 2007


(again.... without Stacy, I'd never blog...)

ARCHAEOLOGY: the study of material remains
What's the oldest article of clothing you still wear? HA! I NOW wear a pair of capri's that have to be at least 5 years old...maybe more
What's the oldest article of clothing you won't get rid of? It isn't so much *I* won't, but my children won't. A big ol' cowl neck sweater dress circa 1982. Gen-U-Ine vintage 80's wear.
When was the house/building you live in built? 2000
What in your fridge needs to be thrown out? Most everything

BIBLIOLOGY: the study of publication
What are you reading? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. So I'm up to speed before the movie comes out.
Do you have a favorite quote? Of all time? No.
What's the most recent music you purchased? CD's of compliations of the Schoolhouse Rock music.
What book could you read again without being bored? As I was falling asleep last night I thought "I should read The Great Gatsby again..."

CARDIOLOGY: the study of the heart
How old were you the first time you fell in love? For real? Probably 20.
What charities do you have a heart for? Elk Grove Food Bank Services.
What's the best way someone can show their love for you? Do stuff for me.
Name five things you "love": THINGS? Hmmm.... I might remember to come back to this. (still got nothin'....)

PHYSIOLOGY: the study of physical function
Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right
Do you like your smile? Not especially
What's your best feature? My hair
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? The shorter list is what hasn't....
Which of your five senses do you think is keenest? Smell. I'm always the only one that "smells that".

OMNOLOGY: the study of everything
What color do you think looks best on you? Strong colors.
Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake? Not that I'm aware of
What's your favorite flavor of gum? Hate. Gum.
Where's the first place you went today? The bathroom.
Do you stand or sit in the shower? Stand.

AXIOLOGY: the study of the nature of values and value judgments
Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000? No.
Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100? Sure.
Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000? No.
What value is of utmost importance to you in a friend? Honesty
Would you accept an indecent proposal for $1,000,000? Depends. Is his name George Clooney? If so... we can talk. If not.... Is his name.... ;)

TECHNOLOGY: usage and knowledge of tools
What's the last movie you saw? Heh. Ocean's 12. RIGHT before that? Ocean's 11. Hey... Ocean's 13 is opening... gotta refresh the memory!
What's the first website you visit when you log on? ScrapShare
What's your ring tone? The stupid one that is the ONLY one available on my Razr.
Would you quit blogging for $25,000? Maybe.....
What piece of equipment do you wish you owned? Hmmmm...maybe a new MacBook Pro. Or a zippy new camera.

GENEALOGY: the study of relationships within families
Is there a specific family member you're really missing right now? No.
Who is your oldest living relative? Maybe Aunt Elsie.
Are you named after anyone? No.
Is there anyone really famous in your family tree? Yes.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Open Letter

This is an open letter to the woman in the silver Honda Civic in front of me in the drive-thru at Starbucks this morning.

First.... you cut me off. My car is bigger than yours and I would have hit you in your door. I would have won. Think about that....

Second.... if you have never used a drive-thru before, Monday morning at 7am at STARBUCKS is not the place to learn.

Third.... on Monday morning at 7am at STARBUCKS, in the drive-thru people just want their coffee. If you want breakfast, for all four people in your car.... Go. In. Side. At the VERY least, know what everyone wants and be ready to order it quickly. This is NOT the time to peruse the menu.

Lastly.... you are in the line at STARBUCKS. Wells Fargo Bank is next door and opens in 2 hours. If you NEED TO BREAK A FRICKIN' 50 dollar bill, they have some fancy schmancy new ATM's... Starbucks is not a bank. I know it's nice that they will take your credit card and I see that you used that. But asking the girl in the window to make change so you can give your kid in the backseat lunch money? Uncool. Especially since you, apparently, were particular about what kind of smaller bills, exactly, you wanted and seemed to get peevish that STARBUCKS could not provide you with exactly what you requested.

The 7 cars behind you.