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  • I loathe Passwords

    My grandmother's nickname and the year I was tower queen with an exclamation point and an ampersand or was it a dollar sign? and which of grandmother's nicknames? Yes, it is time to play " I don't remember my password" followed by the "change the password" game. If I were protecting the codes to the nukes, I would need an 9 character password with 4 digits and 2 capitals and a punctuation mark...I'm NOT. Add the unusual situation where the computer you are having to use (because yours has a virus) has the wrong default email and the joy when you finally succeed is even greater. I wonder is these things happen to anyone else?

  • Am I a ghost???

    This morning I went through the drive-thru at McDonalds on N. Broadway to get a breakfast biscuit. I placed my order and waited....eventually the voice on the other end acknowledged my order and I drove up to the window. The lady at the window had a strange look on her face as she asked me if I believed in ghosts. I replied that I wasn't sure as I'd never seen one. I said: "why do you ask? are there ghost around here?" She went on to tell me that some of the employees were scared about several incidents that had happened recently. It seems that sometimes there would be an order at the drive-thru and when they looked at the security camera that was trained on the lane, there was no car there and no one came to the window to collect their order! She said that the reason she asked me is because when I placed my order...the camera showed no car at the drive-thru lane!!! oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

  • Don't get mad...YOU texted ME!

    I keep a text thread on my phone from several years ago. I look at it whenever I need a laugh. It happened when I got a new phone and a new number. As often happens, this phone number belonged to someone else before me. I would get phone calls at all times of the night asking for Zak or Alex, and from the sound of it...these people were looking for "goods" from them. I would politely tell them that this number no longer belonged to Zak or Alex but the phone calls kept coming. Probably because the callers had used some of the "goods" supplied by Alex or Zak and had forgotten I had told them that the number no longer belonged to them. Finally the calls stopped, and then...I got the text! The following is an exact transcript of the text thread I keep on my phone. It makes me laugh:

  • What Makes Us Love or Hate Sports Teams?

    Why do people openly say they "hate" any particular sports teams? I am cheering for KU, even though I went to WSU and graduated from KSU. Why? Because I am a Kansas native and because KU has a huge history and just because. I find it hard to "hate" any team. I mean, aren't all teams made up of fallible players and coaches, all trying to do their best, to secure a place in history, and possibly to have a career in sports? Oh, sure once in awhile I suppose there really is a "dirty"player. Someone wanting to cheat or do serious damage to other players and maybe that player does not deserve my respect. But that is not often, I hope. I am such a sap that I love it when opposing team members help each other up after a fall and i love it when at the end of a game, opposing players congratulate each other on winning or on making a great efffort. Life can be hard, competiton can be tough, so can't we all just show each other some respect?

  • LOL!!! Laughing Out Loud...or not

    LOL! A great acronym that saves a lot of space in e-mails and text messages. Of course it means "laughing out loud" or "laugh out loud". I suppose it came about because "hahahahahahahahaha" was waaaay too many letters.

  • So Now it is all about K-State and Possibly KU for me

    I love all the Kansas many to cheer for so little time. In my family, we have three WSU grads, plus me a WSU attendee and a K-State Grad, a WSU attendee and Friends University Grad, A KU grad and a Washburn grad. SO, with WSU out of post season play there will be even louder cheering at our house for K-State and KU. Get out the purple, red and blue plates! Is it the same at your house?

  • The Loons, The Loons?

    My husband likes to watch birds. He is not a full-fledged bird watcher in camo with binoculars, but he just really likes birds. He's found a bird that looks like a Loon, only is all black. Can't find it in his bird book and was told it might be an egret. He can't find it under egrets either. Any ideas?

  • FPO

    A Great Quote By A Bad Speller

    Lori Anne Madison has just become the youngest speller eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  • Tired but not sleep deprived. wtf?

    Don't know what it is about the whole "spring forward" time change that makes me so tired, it doesn't make sense. I realize that we lose an hour but I still got plenty of sleep Saturday and Sunday night, no more or no less than usual yet I find myself doing those things one does when one is sleep deprived. Yesterday I needed some cash in my wallet. I like to have cash on me so I don't have to use my credit card for minor purchases. I went to the QuikTrip to use the ATM. I pulled in, pulled up to the gas pump, got out, put in my pump start card and started to put gas in my car didn't need gas! I fill my car up when the little light comes on and says I'm running low. My car wasn't running low. I was there to get cash and ended up topping off my car with gas!! No big deal but still it's one of those things you do when you are sleep deprived, you get a little absent minded. But I wasn't sleep deprived. What is it about the time change??

  • Go WSU!

    Wow! WSU is ranked higher than K-State as they head to the round ball championships.They are a number 5 seed after not even making the tourney since 2006! WSU rocks! Sorry to see they are in a bracket with KY...but look out VCU, Indiana and yes even KY...anything is possible.

  • Pat Robertson Blows Me Away

    Pat Robertson said recently that he favors the legalization of marijuana with some controls. He sees no reason for anyone to have a criminal record for possessing small amounts of marijuana and says it should be controlled like alcohol. He also says the war on marijuana is costly and has failed. Robertson also says he has never smoked marijuana and does not intend to start. Pat and I are exactly alike on this issue up to and including never having smoked it ourselves. I give the guy props for speaking out on a topic not popular with many of his peers.

  • Picture Taking Time

    Today Phil and I are getting our pictures taken again . The photos on the website needed freshening. I have always dreaded "picture Day". My main concern is always my "baby-fine" hair. It decides how it wants to look. The last time it looked good in a "head shot" photo was second grade. Not sure how that happened but it couldn't be repeated, as my third grade picture features me with all my cowlicks and fine hair stuffed under a "Brownie beanie", If only I could find that brownine beanie for today....and look 8 years old again to pull it off.

  • Food In Motion

    I've always been facinated by food in commercials. There are actually "food stylists" that are hired to make food look colorful and appetizing in these commercials. The commercials that really get me are the ones where the food is in motion, being "tossed" or "thrown" into the air. You know those commercials: where the succulent shrimp and salad meet in mid air and collide and the splash of water comes off of them signifying the freshness of their shrimp salad. Or when a piece of food, ie: a strawberry is being dipped into something, ie: chocolate sauce and the sauce comes slowly wafting over the edges of its container. These food movements are usually done in slo-mo. Well, there is one commercial that is running right now that kinda freaks me out. Maybe it's because I'm so tuned in to the "food in motion" aspect that I really noticed this one. It's a commercial for Montana Mike's Steakhouse. There is an already cooked T-Bone steak being placed on a grill for cooking, this is done in slo-mo as most food in motion commercials are but in this case the steak is so thin, when it hits the grill it wiggles as it lands. IT WIGGLES for about 4 or 5 seconds in slow motion! It's really kind of creepy. Or it could be that I waaaaaaay over analyze things!! But watch for it next time you're watching T.V. and I guarantee if you're watching for it, you'll see it.

  • The Mystery May Be solved, But Another Mystery Remains

    A Coroner in British Columbia has, after years of study, gone on record with a theory as to the cause of death of dozens of individuals whose dis-embodied feet (usually in rubber-soled boots) have washed ashore in lakes in Washington state and B.C....cause of death suicide by bridge jumping. There are numerous suicides in our city each year. I bet there are more suicides than murders. We don't talk about them because we still view suicide as shameful. So instead of viewing suicide as something to combat, we view it as something to hide. That is the shameful part.

  • FPO

    I used to use "alot" a lot.

    I am not a guy who is grammatically correct all the time. It's been a long time since I've been in school so the rules of grammar sometime elude me. I'm sure this is obvious in some of my blogs. However I think the rules of grammar can be broken in texts. Example: the use of "u" instead of "you". Or not using capital letters or an apostrophe when texting things like ive or its. I'm O.K. with that when it comes to quick text messages. I even used to think the word "alot" was a real word. I used it so much that a friend of mine finally sent me a blog about how the word "alot" is not a word at all. It's such a great blog I feel the need to pass it along. And by the way, I say "a lot" now! Click on the link below and read a very entertaining take on the word.

  • I Am On Pins and Needles

    The Shockers are in the spotlight, I sure hope they can go all the way in the MVC Tourney. They earned the title of MVC champs and to me, this tournament seems extraneous. What would really be strange and what could, but I certainly don't want to happen, is WSU could lose the weekend but then go to at least the sweet 16 in the NCAA tourney. I think that would further vindicate my thoughts, that other than a way to make money, the MVC tourney is worthless...Why not have 3 tourneys? 4 tourneys? In any event, GO SHOCKERS!!!!

  • Best R.I.P. message ever!

    Davy Jones of the Monkees passed away from a heart attack. There were of course condolences and messages left from people far and wide remembering Davy. By far the best remembrance message I have ever read came from his bandmate Michael Nesmith who wrote:

  • The "Shut it Now" look

    It seems more and more that people feel perfectly comfortable imposing their "private" conversations on others both while talking on the phone or even in a restaurant! I know give what I call the "SHut it Now Look" to those who choose to interrupt my day with their loud mouthiness. Anyone else have a solution to this problem?

  • Lefties, Can They Be Outsmarted

    Left-handed people, I recently found out, can be more easily persuaded to like something (i.e a plan, an idea, an advertisement) if it appears on the left side of the page. Hmmmm, so if I want my concept of backyard landscaping to be popular with my husband, I should place the design plan I like to his left and another plan I like less to his right. I may try this. He tends to make more of the decisions about the outside of the house. This could be an interesting experiment.

  • Fake Leap Day Wedding

    A lot of people get married on Leap Day because they think they will only have to worry about celebrating their anniversary once every 4 years. An old radio partner of mine got married on Leap Day but not for that reason. And he didn't really get married on Leap Day...follow me? No? Okay, he actually went on the air and promoted the fact that he would take a "leap of faith" on Leap Day by getting married. There was a minister, groomsmen, bridesmaids, limos, a reception, cake, guests the whole nine yards. We even held a bachelor party at a strip club the night before. The thing is, it was all an elaborate hoax. An April Fools Day hoax. Confused? I understand. He took the "leap of faith" on Leap Day and then revealed it was all a hoax on April Fools Day. He actually had to keep up the appearance of being married to this girl for an entire month!! Even his close friends and family didn't know it was all fake. In the end it worked out, everyone was fooled and it was a great stunt. And on a side note, at the fake reception, he ended up meeting the girl he would eventually marry for real. She was one of the fake bridesmaids!! And a side note to that side note, they are now divorced. Anyway...Happy Leap Day!

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