Thursday, September 3, 2009

Health Care Reform

How can anyone be against Health Care Reform? Please explain it to me. People are dying and going broke because they can't afford insurance. I don't understand the argument against it. Are people just happy with the way things are? Doesn't everyone have a right to affordable medical care? What's the deal here????????

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Conversation Between My Mom and her Sister In Law

My mom is almost 87 and her sister in law is in her 70's. They talk on the phone several times a week. I often ask her what they talked about. Here's my version of their conversation:

LaVerne: Hi! What are you doing?

Elsie: Eating a bowl of cereal.

LaVerne: What?


LaVerne: Oh, you’re watching a serial?

Elsie: YES

LaVerne: How are you feeling?

Elsie: Oh, not so good. I had a treatment Friday and I’ve had diarrhea and a sore throat since Monday.

LaVerne: Your diarrhea is sore and funny?

Elsie: Yeah.

LaVerne: I saw the new baby Nathan. He’s handsome. Boo calls Josephine “the baby”

Elsie: He’s a hand full? Boo does what?

LaVerne: YES

LaVerne: Well, I guess nobody is going to pick me up and take me to their house.

Elsie: A body was picked up at your house?

LaVerne: YES

Elsie: Well, what can ya do?

LaVerne: That’s for sure.

Elsie to Mary: LaVerne said that Nathan is something and she did something and I can’t make heads or tails of it.

LaVerne to Debby: Elsie said something about a serial and diarrhea. I can’t make heads or tails of it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Favorite Songs

These are my all time favorite songs. Enjoy!

1. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

2. What a Wonderful World - Louie Armstrong

3. The Dance - Garth Brooks

4. You Belong to Me - The Duprees

5. Wind Beneath My Wings - Gary Morris

6. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

7. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley

9. You Were Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson

10. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

11. At This Moment - Billy Very & The Beaters

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Betty made me watch these shows

We grew up with 3 TV channels (4 if you count PBS). And we had to get up and go change the channel. No remote controls. And the TV had an antenna you had to adjust to get the picture right. Anyway, I have one sister who is 3 years older than I. The TV shows I wanted to watch were mostly half-hour sit-coms. I liked The Monkees, My Mother The Car, My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, etc. Betty liked ADVENTURE and WESTERNS!!! Since she was older, I was forced to sit through every Taran movie, every Hercules movie and weekly series such as Rawhide, The Texan, The Wild Wild West, Sugarfoot, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Branded, Fury, The Real McCoys, Bonanza, Maverick, Daniel Boone, Paladin and any other show she deemed worthy. She would sit mezmerized by them and I would fidget and complain. The thing is that I can still sing every word to the theme songs of each of them and tell you who the stars were.
I think she still secretly loves those shows. Betty is a wise, successful, intuitive woman and I bet none of her friends, co-workers or social contacts know that she could tell you the names of every monster that Hercules ever fought or the entire history of Jason and the Argonauts.
Even now, when I amaze my friends with my obscure trivia knowledge of old TV shows they don't know that my usual refrain is "Betty made me watch it".
Ha! This cracks me up.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Pod Drivers

Something I've noticed when I drive on highways is that every 10 miles or so there seems to be these drivers I call Pod People. They drive in the left lane at the speed limit or slightly below it and refuse to move to the right lane and let other people pass them. That's ok unless there is a right-lane Pod Person who is doing the same thing and drives at the same speed as the left lane Pod Person. Nobody can pass either one of them and they create a Pod of cars that creep along at the same speed for miles and miles.
And just when you think you've managed to overtake one of them, you realize you have to exit for gas or something. Then you find that you've re-entered the Interstate and area once again behind them.
I don't really have a problem with the drivers who KNOW they are going to be going slower. The beat-up pickups with a load of crushed cardboard boxes or an empty trailer or something. They stay in the right lane and let you pass them. It's the nit-noids that are in the left lane just tooling along while everyone else has to maneuver around them while giving them the stink-eye that really get me.


Dog Food and Toilet Paper

I never absolutely HAVE to go to the grocery store unless I need dog food and toilet paper. These seem to be the 2 things I can't go without. I can make do with all kinds of other stuff: food, cleaning supplies, make-up, beauty supplies, etc. But I can't do without dogfood and toilet paper. IF this dog of mine ever passes away (she's about 20 years old), I will only need TP to survive. YEA!!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The $700 rule

I remember many years ago when buying something for $50 was a big purchase. Then it went to $100. Well now it's $700. In the past few months I've priced flat screen TV's, computers and various other things that I thought might be nice to have and everything is $700. It's the new threshhold. Under $1000 but too exepentive to just go out and buy. We recently had a pest control company come out and rodent-proof the house. Price: $700. I had to have new tires for my car. Price: $700. Well, actually $820 but close enough.
I want stuff for $200!!!! I can come up with $200. I can't come up with $700 easily.
Now mind you, I can go to Wal-Mart and get a ton of crap for $200 but when it's something you really want or need, it's going to be $700.
Pay attention and see if you think I'm right about this.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

E-Mails That Make Me Cringe

I'm not sure why it bothers me so much that I get e-mails from friends that are links or downloads. I think I'm very impatient and I can read very fast so I don't like to take the time to download something that isn't that interesting anyway. I'd much rather people copy and paste something into an e-mail than to force me to click on a link to find out what they want to share. I have a problem with just deleting something from a friend so I end up saving 8 to 10 e-mails that have downloads on them thinking I will do it later. I mean, turning the speakers on, saving a download and watching an ad before a video just irritate the hell out of me. I also don't want any forwarded e-mails that start with "this is so cute" or "this is precious!". I don't want to scroll down or wait for something to load or be told that if I don't forward this to 10 friends, terrible things will happen to me. Just get to the damned point. Tell me something or ask me something and don't send me this crap!
Ok, that is way too much of a rant. Every now and then I get a very good video or clip of something. It's just that I get too many of them and the majority are just dumb.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


After 8 long years I finally feel like I can breathe again! We have a new President and he's not just "not Bush", he's OBAMA! I realize now that I've had such an edge of anger in me for everything that our government has done during the Bush administration. I didn't vote for him the first time or the second time. I was against the war in Iraq from the beginning. I feel like we've been lied to and cheated every step of the way. We have lost so much credibility that it will take years to recover but I feel that this man who is our new President is the one who can help us take the steps needed to recover.
I love hearing him speak. He is strong and inspiring. Unlike the bumbling, mumbling, lying, chuckling, wimp who liked nothing better than to call himself the Commander in Chief. The Decider.
Well, look who's decided now. WE have.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Farewell Speech: Good Riddance!

I don't know if I can wait 5 more days for a new President. What freaking self-serving gag-me speech Bush gave tonight! The line that got me was the one about how there is good and there is evil:
"But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense and to advance the cause of peace."
What??? By murdering the innocent to advance his ideoolgy?
This man is a delusional and mentally ill. Jeez, it just drives me crazy listening to him.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Your Flag Decal (aka: Yellow Ribbon)

John Prine wrote a song many many years ago during the Viet Nam era that I still know all the words to. It's called Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore. I think the song holds as true today as it did then. Decide for yourself:

Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore© John Prine

While digesting Reader's Digest
In the back of a dirty book store,
A plastic flag, with gum on the back,
Fell out on the floor.
Well, I picked it up and I ran outside
Slapped it on my window shield,
And if I could see old Betsy Ross
I'd tell her how good I feel.

But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
They're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.

Well, I went to the bank this morning
And the cashier he said to me,
"If you join the Christmas club
We'll give you ten of them flags for free.
"Well, I didn't mess around a bit
I took him up on what he said.
And I stuck them stickers all over my car
And one on my wife's forehead.

Repeat Chorus:

Well, I got my window shield so filled
With flags I couldn't see.
So, I ran the car upside a curb
And right into a tree.
By the time they got a doctor down
I was already dead.
And I'll never understand why the man
Standing in the Pearly Gates said...

"But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
We're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more."