Disclaimer: If you are easily offended by sheer honesty, or you think me having my own opinions is "being negative", then this is not the place for you, and I suggest you leave and head elsewhere. I call a spade a spade, and I don't sugarcoat anything.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pet Owning, A Thing of the Past

This is why I don't like either of this year's presidential candidates. Now I hear Obama is in with PETA and the HSUS. So that could mean, if you have a pet that you absolutely LOVE, you can kiss it goodbye if Obama gets elected. That goes for both dogs AND cats. If Obama gets into office, PETA will really be the ones having control over this country. I sure don't want that. We won't be allowed to eat meat or have dairy in our homes anymore, and I for one enjoy that. Maybe even that deal between PETA and Ben and Jerry's will become mandatory. If so, I'll never eat ice cream again!! But the one thing that bothers me the most is that we won't be allowed to have pets anymore.

Looks like I'd better trade grandpa's antique hunting rifle for a new one. One I can actually get ammo for. I lost my Groucho, and that hurt bad enough! I'll be damned if I'm gonna let PETA take my Vegas without a fight!!! In defense of my baby, I'll even take on the whole US Army if I have to. This is final: THEY ARE NOT GETTING MY BABY!!!!!!! I don't care how hard they get. Vegas has been with me since he was born, he would not be able to make it without me. I'll move to some place not affiliated with this country. Maybe Argentina. Better bone up on my Spanish!

The only thing that would not bother me if it is outlawed is the fur trade. I have nothing made of animal furs, I have no use for animal furs! I'm the type that thinks animal furs look better on the animals. I think skinning an animal is a stupid waste of life!! I would only agree to it with those animals whose meat can be consumed. But very few people actually wear cow skins. But animals like foxes and mink should stay in tact IMO.

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Oh yes! Katrina's right. People do too wear cow skins. She has a leather coat to prove it. LOL!! Geez!! I'm a dimwit!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

A New Farriss

Jon and Kerry had a baby girl, Avani Jillian Farriss. I think it's a lovely name! And she is such a beautiful little girl. I knew all along it was going to be a girl. Jon just seemed like the type that would throw female sperm. Not meant to embarrass him! In fact, I don't blame him for being so proud of this beautiful little angel!

Without any roasting or sarcasm of any kind, I want to congratulate Jon and Kerry for their latest member of the Farriss clan. I love the fact the baby is already smiling! Looks so cute on her, almost as if she knows she is in for a lifetime of laughs from that silly uncle Timmy of her's!! hehe! Well, he always made me laugh, in a good way!

Late-Term Abortions: My Views

All this talk about Obama being all for late term abortions got me thinking. It is a very cruel act! I've seen some sites and stuff about late-term abortions, that is abortions that take place in the third trimester of pregnancy (in case you didn't know). IMO, that is when the baby first starts to develop a personality. I think it might even be aware of the world around it. In my eyes, aborting a baby this late in the pregnancy is nothing less than murder! There are some exceptions though. If the mother is ill, and being pregnant would mean the mother sacrificing her life in some way to keep that baby inside her, then by all means there should be an abortion (if the baby is too young to survive outside the body). I remember when I was about 10 years old, my pa told me about his ma getting very ill one time when she was expecting, and that baby had to be aborted or she was going to die. The baby was only 6 months along in it's development, and the way it was aborted was the doctor speared it with a sharp object. I remember when he told me that, I had nightmares about it for some time. It made me ill just to hear about it. Necessary I know it was, but still. And there are women out there who would rather do this to their unborn baby, even though they are healthy and the baby is healthy. And Obama is OK with this!!

I know the debate between Obama and McCain is a never-ending battle, and so is the morality of abortion. Some people are all for it while others are against it. I am very surprised Obama is all for this, since he himself is a love-child!! His mama chose life, then handed that life over to her parents to take care of!!! Lazy-ass wimp!!! But anyway, it makes me think. I was once almost raped back in 1990. I say "almost" because he tried to get me to go behind some bushes with him, but I would not do it. I was a tough adversary even back then!! LOL! But what if I had been forced to do it? Then got pregnant by that unknown assailant? Would I have wanted to have that baby?? I say YES!! I would definately have had that baby! I just would more likely not have kept it. There is a thing called adoption, and I'm sure someone else, not knowing the child was a product of rape, would have been able to give that baby a good life somewhere else. I don't know if I could have looked at that baby and not think of the person who would have raped me. But then again, I don't know. I'd never really know unless I was actually in that situation. But I do know I would have felt worse if I'd had an abortion to get rid of that child who may have become a decent person (not take after it's father, LOL!) and helped somebody somewhere do something. Anyway, I'd hope that it's adopted parents would have raised it to become that way. This is just speculative though.

I don't know though if I would really have associated that baby with the guy who would have raped me. That's not in my nature. I don't judge people by their siblings or friends (or I try not to), sometimes I do find myself thinking "if so-n-so is a friend of whosit, I'd better be careful!" But at the same time I do realize everyone has their own personalities, and their own minds. A lot of people just choose not to use either! But anyway, I may or may not have associated the man who would have raped me with that baby. I'm really not saying either now. But I would have rather chosen life than abortion.

I did some googling of sites that discuss late-term abortions, and the pictures are not pretty! I will not post any here because they are too gruesome! One site that has a lot of images was at this site: http://www.priestsforlife.org/resources/photosassorted/index.htm. But I warn you!! If you have weak constitutions, faint at the sight of human destruction, or are a hardcore Obama supporter, I advise you NOT to look!!! The images are very graphic!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Confession

I got this today in an e-mail, apparently these were Ben Stein's words, and so true!! This is why I always treat everyone like an equal, whether they realize it or not. True, there are some people I don't like, I just stay away from them for the most part. But people I like and even those I don't know, I still treat them like an equal.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.

And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.

I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a croeche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK. (Think about this one!)

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. (This is one reason why I never had children, spanking them has been made illegal. And now, a lot of parents are not even allowed to touch their own children to hug them. People now call it "molesting".)

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.' Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet? (I'm not. This is very profound!)

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. (I stopped worrying about what other people thought of me after Groucho died. Maybe that was the reason that happened. It just became not so important to me anymore. Really GOD's opinion of us should be all that counts, and HE has been good to me so far! Why would I care what mere humans think of me?)

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. (Tell your friends!)

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully, Ben Stein

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Story Discussion

I've discussed a few stories put out by our group on this blog, I'd like to point out a little bit more about some favorite stories I have. Yes, I do have some favorites. Some would say that is like choosing your one child over another to be your favorite, but I don't see it that way. I never choose any of my own stories as my favorites. It's always those of some of my friends. Likewise, they tend to choose some of my stories for their favorites. It's just a personal rule I have though not to favor any of my own over any of my friends' stories. Don't ask me why!! I cannot explain all my own weird personal rules!!

The Mischievous Mongoose is one story that faced quite a bit of controversy in the beginning. It was originally completed by Katrina O'hara in April of 1986, no this was not my baby sis. Just a very close friend. In those days, stories about mongooses were few and far between. In fact, when people saw the word "mongoose" anywhere in the story, the first thing that came to their minds was "Rikki Tikki Tavi". So in the beginning, Kate heard a lot of "This story sounds like Rikki Tikki Tavi!" Especially that originally, the story begins in a pasture in India and is about a mongoose who loses it's mother while she is on a hunting trip, and later on after being adopted by the hunter who killed her mother, stows away on a ship heading to Africa. So Kate re-wrote the story, and made the mongoose a larger example than the one displayed as Rikki Tikki, in a field in South America, where mongooses have been introduced, but not naturally associated with. The mongoose she created specifically for the story is one of these from my site:

That is a great leap from being "too much like Rikki Tikki"!! In fact, this is like a cross between a mongoose and a very large panther! It was great for the story!! Diana, as the mongoose was named, did keep her primordial instincts about killing snakes, and that may have also been a thing that confused the readers. But that's a mongoose for you, and one this big could really take on a 6-foot Indian cobra and win!! Not like Rikki tikki, who would have been killed instantly by those things that were probably 5 times his size!!!

In the final version of this story, Diana is born in a field in Chile, her mother is shot and killed after being surprised by a hunter and his dog and attempting to attack them. The hunter finds the orphaned cub hunkered down in the grass and brings her home. The next day while exploring, she winds up in a shipyard and is accidentally taken on board of a ship heading to San Diego. There, she meets Jasper, a lemur, and Katie, a squirrel. At first they are confused about what Diana is. They'd never seen a mongoose before, and especially none like Diana! Diana is homesick though and wants to go back, but Jasper and Katie don't know this and just think she is sick. So they take her to a vet. It is here that Diana gets her first glimpse of a snake, as a wild garter snake races across the floor of the waiting room. Her old instincts kick in and she chases it all over the place. Finally both wind up in the main gasline vent and the whole building explodes! Katie and Jasper are seen in the rubble. But in the midst of all that, Diana did get her quarry!! She proudly retrieves it back to Katie and Jasper who are still up to their necks in kindling from the explosion.

This actually goes on several times. Diana is as curious as any cub! And just as full of silly antics. When the story was completed I invited my ma to try it out on an unbiased audience. She babysat for 4 kids, all under the age of 7, at that time, and read the story to them. Now, there was a new complaint. The story was a bit too rough. Because Diana does kill snakes in the story, it is not really recommended for small children. Although that was in '86. Kids were still considered innocent back then. Kids today are not so innocent. They might be better able to handle situations like this now. However, I still classify it as not being suitable for children under 7, or even 10. I don't want some freaked-out parent coming on our site saying that the story was too violent and gave their 5-year old nightmares after reading that story (or it being read to them). At the same time, it is a funny story!! Kate was a funny person. It's a shame she died later that year.

Caroline, the Sequel is another funny story by the same author. It was first completed in February of 1984. It's kindof a companion to an earlier story, but not necessarily part 2. Caroline is a loony lemur (before I met Kate, I had no idea at all what a lemur is!) and she wakes up early one morning and cannot get back to sleep. Katie the squirrel is also in this story. She and Caroline are inseparable companions. But sometimes Caroline gets on Katie's nerves!! This story is one of those cases. So because Caroline cannot sleep, she bugs the heck out of Katie, asking her if she'd like to join her in their TV room. Katie is tired but she reluctantly complies. While they are in the TV room, Katie falls asleep on the sofa, as Caroline sits in front of the television watching whatever is on at that hour. It was then that Caroline hears a noise in the kitchen and thinks they may have intruders. So she wakes up Katie yet again and urges her to check out what is in the kitchen. It isn't until Katie herself hears these noises that she feels she should check it out. Before she even sees what, or who, is in the kitchen, she plans a counter-attack. Guess what she does find in the kitchen.....I cannot tell! I don't want to give away too much of the story!

Depending on the level of sensitivity in the child, this story is recommended more for older children. Not necessarily a 7 or 8 year old. But more like 9 to 14.

Sandy, the Seal Who Feared the Water is another very good story. It was originally completed early in 1980 by Trisha Greenbush, the founder of our little group. She first wrote the story for her church daycare group. During the long sermons, the toddlers were kept in the basement of their church, which was converted into a school and daycare, with supervisors who read them stories, played games with them and gave the kids snacks. Well, Trisha would sometimes create stories for the daycare that the kids never heard before. The story has nothing to do with GOD or Jesus, it was just entertainment for the children while they waited for the sermon to end and the parents to pick up their kids. This story was a hit with the kids, and the parents!

Sandy is a seal unlike any other. She is too afraid to go into the water. Like a lot of people, Sandy fears the unknown, and the water is too deep and too dark to go into. So, she sits on the ice and just stares into this little opening to the ocean. She has one loyal friend, a walrus named Greta, who does all she can to get Sandy's confidence up enough to set flipper into the water. Even a threat by a polar bear cannot get Sandy to go into the water! She hides underneath a huge glacier instead. Greta eventually has enough and tries to force Sandy into the water. She pushes and prods but Sandy refuses to dip!! Finally, later on, Sandy does make it into the water. Guess how it happens? I cannot tell you, I don't want to give away the story.

This story is great for all ages, but it was mostly made with children under 10 years old in mind.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Strangest Party

I love that song!! LOL!! I still need the smiles, INXS gave them to me tonight. I was watching that Great Video Experience with INXS interviews, concert clips and some videos. There are some songs I am not fond of that INXS created, but they are actually quite few. I'm not that fond of Baby Don't Cry. I like most of the animals (except the panther), but the song leaves a lot to be desired. I'm not crazy about Never Tear Us Apart. I'm probably the only INXS fan on the planet that doesn't like that song!!!! It's just too hard to boogie to, and when I am in the car, the song always reminds me of how I get motion sickness. So I always skip it. That's what slow songs do to me. I love the faster songs that are easiest to boogie to. Like Kick, Devil Inside, New Sensation, I even love By My Side, for a different reason than the others, but I still love it!!!

I even saw the video for Time. That was the video that in 2005 made me fall in such a deep love with Kirk. I saw it again tonight and still got a bit weak in the knees. Too bad Kirk is such a jerk!!!! Well, if there is one thing I learned with that incident of someone supposedly being him commenting on here, it's that I know I am not as willing to "write him off" forever as I thought I was. I don't believe the person who came in and said Kirk's grammar was better than that person's, as I think most of the time, someone does the writing for the guys. (My guess was that individual was judging the grammar by those writings on his journal at inxs.com). But a small part of me says don't write him off, but the other part of me says forget about him. Well, all that has to happen is a 300-pound woman step up and say she has met Kirk and he was a perfect gentleman to her, and I will forgive him and forget about him snubbing me everytime I've met him. I will even apologize to him on this blog for all the horrible shit I've said about him. There is a catch. I must be able to trust the woman who speaks up, and she MUST be overweight, like me. A pic would help a lot too. There are some people whose words I wouldn't trust more than throwing horseshoes!! I know for example DonnaG is fat, but she also forces herself on people, and she is blind to these guys' faults. I know she had a photo-op with Kirk before, but if he was disgusted by her, she'd never see it. Not like I would have! (In the breeding game, that kind of disorder is known as "kennel-blindness". I don't know what one would call it when meeting your favorite band is your game). I can say I have met Kirk 3 times. Once snubbing I can forgive, even twice I can overlook. But after the third time there has got to be something personal there!! I wouldn't know what other conclusion I could come up with. Third time is supposed to be the charm, but not in this case. I once heard how Michael was always flirting with women, no matter what their size was. The one and only time I saw Michael was in 1991, and I was definately skinnier then!! I kissed him, but I never formally 'met' him. But I tell you, after meeting Tim, and him being such a charmer, it does not even bother me that I never formally met Michael anymore!! I used to envy those who have. But those are ancient feelings now, never to be felt by me again!!

Anyway, anyone besides me notice there are a lot of dogs in INXS videos?? INXS are obviously dog-lovers. There was even a dog on the cover of Shabooh Shoobah. Gives me a little encouragement for an idea I have. I could bring my babies to INXS concerts. I once saw a woman whose hobby was to take her french bulldog to concerts of different rock groups and allow them to play with the dog and pet it. True most rock stars have dogs at their homes and I am sure they miss them when they are on tour. It'd be great to brighten their tour with a surprise visit by someone with dogs they can pet and make friends with. Vegas is a good candidate, because he's the friendliest. Especially if one of them were to take their shoes off!! Vegas LOVES feet!!!!! Odessa, well she's the more nippy one, Kirk can have her!! LOL! Vegas needs to get used to men though. He's always nervous at first, but he never has bitten anyone before. Not like Odessa who is indeed an ankle-biter. She's also an ankle-scratcher. At least she is off-leash! Better leave her home!! Vegas the worst he does is bark and growl. That's all I've seen him do anyway. His bark is much worse than his bite though.

It'd be kinda cute to get a pic of Tim with Vegas! hehe! I've been getting him to give Timmy's pics kisses since he was born. However, I would have to leave the pics OUT!! If I do happen to start doing this, it would have to be professionally. I couldn't try all that fan stuff if I am to start doing these rounds. But it is a great way to socialize the dogs, and at the same time, bring some much-needed and well-deserved smiles to the faces of musicians. Maybe if Odessa is kept on a leash she won't do anything. But I would hate to chance it!! She does good at Petco, but I don't know how she would react with the music and stuff in the background at a concert.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Modern Animation Industry

I've been at it a little bit with someone on the SE forum about modern animated characters. One person was comparing modern anime and manga to old fashioned cartoon styles. I don't personally think there is anything better about anime and manga. I mean, check out this site: http://www.animenation.com/. Those characters are UGLY!! And they have absolutely no expression or individuality at all!!! The cartoonists all they seem to do is change the eye color and the hair color of each individual, but other than that, they all look the same!! People in the real world don't all look the same. Not even in the old fashioned cartoons does everyone look the same. Manga I might admit does look a little bit better than anime style. I mean, I used to collect Batman comic books and I admit manga-style is a lot like that. I loved those comic books!! I had some real rarities too!!!! Recently, I even found Batman vol. 1! Now there's a rarity!! But people these days aren't paying jack for comic books!

Well, that's not the worst of modern animation. How about ugly characters like these:

Those are absolutely hiddeous!! I don't know what the creator of these was drinking when they made these characters up, but I want to find out so I don't ever touch the stuff!! I never seen anything as stupid-looking in my life as this ugly thing with those big, bulging eyes, banana-shaped nose and goofy teeth...

Why that doesn't scare today's kids I'll never know!! It sure would have scared me when I was a kid!! Sea sponges are not even supposed to have teeth or eyes. And they sure aren't shaped like a dish-washing sponge!!!! Ever seen one of those natural bath sponges? That is how a sea sponge is supposed to look. So in essence, this is what Spongebob should look like:

Oh and check out these bits of work:

Talk about freak city!! Ugly, bulging eyes, no hairline, not even a chin on any of those characters!! They have a little bit of individuality, some expression, but they are still UGLY!!!! And Bart is nothing more than disrespectful!! And his father Homer is in serious need of anger management therapy!! My pa was never that bad!! It's no wonder kids today are such losers! They see this stuff on tv, and they think it's funny so they try to emulate it in real life! My ma would have killed me if she caught me doing any of the things Bart does on the Simpsons!!! Even their animals are ugly...

The only reason I know that is a cat and a mouse is because they say so. However, I never did really figure out what these are:

Someone once told me the red, fat, dumpy one is a cat and the skinny one is a chihuahua. Well, I've been around chihuahuas for most of my life and I've never seen one that looks like that!! I think it's a goat!! Not a chihuahua!! My chis would be insulted by that thing!!! And that so-called "cat"? Nah!! That ain't no cat!!! I've seen cats before and they don't look like that either!! I think that's a bear!! It looks more like a bear than like a cat anyway!!
What happened to the days when animals in cartoons looked like what they are supposed to look like? At least a little bit! Some of these aren't even close!! I mean, look at Bugs Bunny. He looks at least a little bit like a rabbit. You can always tell that's what he is even without saying. He has big feet like a rabbit and a short nose like a rabbit, and long ears like a rabbit, even a cotton tail like a rabbit.

I think I know what Bugs would think of the shameful drawings of today's cartoons...

I may not keep up to date with the latest style of modern animation, as I really enjoy the old fashioned way better. But at least my drawings are cute, have expression, and individuality. A lot like the old Bugs Bunny/Warner Bros. cartoons.

Friday, October 17, 2008

World's Dumbest Fans

Did anyone see this program last night? It was on TruTV. I saw it and I thought Good GOD!! And the delusional dumbasses thought me giving Timmy sheeps-eyes was bad!! LOL! There was this one girl who went to what I think was the grammys, and she got up in Hugh Grant's face (I think that was the guy) and asked him for a photo op. He graciously complied and she got her pic with him. But then she surprised him by handcuffing him to her. The actor was quite patient with her (more so than I would have been!) and asked her if she had the key. She said she didn't. Well, Grant told her that he is usually patient but that she was starting to piss him off and he wanted her to find the key. Finally the police got them free and took the girl away in handcuffs of their own. I say HA-HA!! That woman made a total ass of herself in front of her favorite celeb!!!

That has got to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard of any fan doing to anyone! But then again, I am not one of those types that actively goes around to fan sites, waiting for other fans to do something stupid. Most of the "stupid" stuff are things I might have done myself in the past. But I have never had the desire to handcuff my favorite celeb to me!! Not even on a dare!! There are some places a person just has to draw the line. But giving Timmy sheeps-eyes is basically nothing! I was not hurting him, I wasn't breaking the "unspoken code" about invading their space! I mean, I never even kissed Tim, or any of the guys of INXS!! Nor do I have any desire to do that! If they kiss me first that's one thing, but I would never reach out and grab them and kiss them in the mouth!!! I wouldn't want any of my fans (if I had any) to do that with me!!

Well, I did need a smile on my face today, so I just finished watching my INXS videos. I did a little checking out of Tim's ass!! hehe!! (Just checked it out!! I would never do anything more!!) When I cannot see him, I still find myself looking for him on the screen. Often I mentally push the others away (especially if Michael or Kirk is on the screen) just to see Timmy! But I wanted to get a good eyeful of his ass!! I especially love the videos where Tim is most prevalent. I also love watching him during the documentation. I needed the smile today and I got it!! Not just in seeing Tim, but also hearing their music. Once again, I feel better thanks to INXS!! I love these guys!!

Halloween Stories

I have decided since it is that time of year to share creepy stories and all, I thought I would share some of the most unusual experiences of my own life. I've had some past encounters with the unusual. We once lived in a house that was actually built on an Indian burial ground, and everyone knows how those areas can be some of the most haunted areas in the country. While we lived there, some very unusual things used to happen. I was about 6 years old then and we were there for a good couple of years. Every night ma used to say she would hear footsteps going up and down the stairs late at night when no one would be up. Sometimes she would hear what sounded like the rattling of chains. I never heard them at all myself because I was always asleep at the time she claimed to hear these things.

One of my first encounters with these ghosts came one morning when I woke up. Well, I wasn't fully awake, I was in that gray area between being fully asleep and waking up. I was sort of awake, but my eyes were not yet opened. Suddenly I felt something shoot out from under my pillow. It felt like a couple of fingers rubbing me on the back of my neck! At the very first instant I thought it was my pa. He used to have to get up early to go to work and sometimes he would come into my bedroom to say goodbye. He never did it that way though!! And I thought maybe he was playing a trick on me. I opened my eyes and looked and he was not in there. Meanwhile this thing kept rubbing the back of my neck. I looked around my bed and no one was in there with me! I lifted my back up off the bed thinking it was maybe a mouse or something, and it would scurry out and off the bed and get lost in the room somewhere, but nothing happened, and I could still feel those fingers rubbing me! So I sat up and screamed at the top of my lungs and my pa came rushing in. I was still screaming! After I had calmed a bit, pa asked me what was wrong and I told him I felt something touching me on the back of my neck. He looked, lifted my pillow up and saw nothing at all. I never did encounter that "thing" again!

While we were living there, I would never make my usual midnight "trips" without my ma or pa being beside me. One night though, deep in the middle of the night, I decided to try and brave it myself. That was unusual for me at that age in that house. I got to the one and only restroom in that house, turned on the light and closed the door. While I was in there I heard what sounded like footsteps with chains rattling right outside the door. They were very loud and clear, as if hearing someone in men's dress shoes walking on a bare floor, with chains strapped to their legs. I knew it wasn't pa or ma!! But whatever it was, sounded like it was pacing right outside the door. I thought it was going to come in and get me so I started screaming again at the top of my lungs!!! I know, I was a silly kid, but what else is a 6-year old going to think? Back then, kids that age were nothing like they are today. Anyway, my pa rushed down the stairs to "rescue" me and escort me back up to my room.

My most recent encounter with the unusual was when I was much older and better able to handle it. But it wasn't like hearing people who were not there walking around outside your bedroom. This encounter started with something as innocent as a balloon. My ma lived in this little old mobile home at that time. A friend of her's from her workplace gave her a balloon for Valentine's Day. It was just a regular, heart-shaped mylar balloon filled with helium. The funny thing about this balloon, I'd swear it had a mind of it's own!! Under it's own power, it would move from one end of the house to another. No vents were open, no windows, nothing. And that crazy balloon would start off in the kitchen, at one end of the house, it would crawl along the ceiling. And you'd swear I was lying, but when it came to the archway between the kitchen and the living room, it would duck down just enough to go under the archway, and head into the living room, crawl along the ceiling, go down the hall toward where their office was, then it would come to the doorway to the office, it would duck down just enough to get into the office, stay in there for a while, and make it's own way out the same way it got in!! Then it would go back down the hall way and make it's own way back to the kitchen only to repeat the same actions again! I swear I wouldn't have believed it either if I hadn't seen it do all this with my own eyes!! But there it was, doing it while I was there!! I joked to ma it looked like she had a new pet!!

Well anyway, those are my own personal ghost stories, believe them or not.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Too Soft To Live!!!

This morning I got into it with one of the damn PETA supporting jerks! I did something I never did before. I called him a moron!! I usually try never to call anyone names. That's not my style. I don't know, I think I'm too soft!! I have way too much heart for my own good. But heck! He was a moron!!!! He said cows were not meant to be eaten and I said yes they are. That is why their reproduction rates are so high. He brought up the argument that some cultures believe in eating dogs and cats. But those same cultures also believe in keeping cattle as pets the same way we keep dogs and cats as pets. Those cultures are also the cause of the bird flu going around now, as well as the pandemic that killed one out of 2 patients early in the 20th century. That's what happens when you allow these animals to breed out of control and don't allow their population to be kept in check the way Nature intended. It isn't hard at all for an animal with such a high reproduction rate to breed out of control. Not hard at all!! Everyone but the PETA jerks know that too!!! They make me so MAD!!!

Well, I usually don't like calling anyone names, I do however have to speak the truth. Sometimes that does require calling someone names. I don't like it, but if it's true it must be said!! Shoot! I'm even completely honest about myself!! So it's not like I only target other people!! I call myself a fat-ass, a dumbass, a bitch, a stick-in-the-mud, etc, etc, etc. Because it's all TRUE!!! Well, sometimes "bitch" is going a bit far because I am not always bitchy. I'm just honest. I only correct people who call me names that have absolutely nothing to do with my true nature, and are based solely on some personal vendetta that person has against me. Sometimes I don't even waste my time with that. But if someone reads how many boyfriends I have had, and calls me a slut, well, I have to correct them because it's not true. True I have had many boyfriends. Not as many since I've been fat but in the past have had many boyfriends. But I never went to bed or had sex with ANY of them!! IMO, and only my opinion, THAT is the only thing that would constitute a person being a slut. But I have been called a "slut" (mostly by DonnaG and her supporters) many times, probably because I had a lot of boyfriends in my past. Again I say, I think it's just typical foolish stereotyping people naturally do. Especially when those people have some kind of personal vendetta against me. Well, "slut" is a pretty serious allegation, and before calling someone that, a person should have ALL the facts. Not just previous personal observations and assumptions. I've never called anyone a 'slut' because unless I know for sure that person has had sex with and went to bed with more than 100 men (or so), I don't know for sure if they are!

Funny thing, I get along better with men than with women now. That's kinda funny. When I was younger I always got along better with women, or girls. WELL!! Internet men don't count!! They haven't seen me or met me. Anyway, I just don't like being hateful!! I do have some women friends, but I seem to make friends better with men. I don't know why. It's not a conscious choice I make, it's not something I can control. It just happens!

Anyway back to the original subject. Calling someone names just isn't in my nature. I think I am too soft!! I always feel though that being cruel doesn't help anything or anyone! However, that attitude has caused a lot of people to take advantage of my decency. Sometimes I think maybe I should start calling people names. I hate to do it, but it seems if I don't, those people are going to walk all over me!! Sometimes I don't even like being completely honest about others. I didn't like calling this one woman, Racquel, an air-head!! Well, I didn't like writing it at the time I did write it, but since it seems to have made her laugh, maybe I shouldn't worry about it! At least it's what I saw in her anyway. But that's my problem, I'm too soft for my own good!! That's apparently not good on the internet these days. I've been run-over too many times. It was different when I used to get into the chatrooms back in '98, if you were a decent person who treated everyone with respect, you were well-liked for it. I always felt there was no greater respect to a person than being honest. And nothing gets solved unless you are even sometimes brutally honest. But even though I can be brutally honest sometimes, I still treat everyone like an equal. That's not an easy task sometimes for someone like me who doesn't really like people in general. And especially not in a world where people always look down on me because I guess they think they're better than me. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't. I won't say I am superior to anyone because I haven't done anything world-shattering. I'm nothing more than a simple-minded, easy-going beachcomber who gives her opinions about life and people. I don't mind if people choose to think they are better than me, I don't care if you laugh AT me or WITH me. Just always remember, I am who I am. I cannot change that.

About laughing AT me, I get that a lot! I've learned to make people who laugh AT me, laugh WITH me. Most of the time, they don't even know they are doing it, because they take everything said in my blogs WAY too seriously!! hehe!! The only posts I have made in my blog that were not meant to be laughed at are those gripes involving animal cruelty. And I would HOPE those people who laugh at me would not find things like that funny!! Those are people I don't care to know in the first place! And GOD forbid if they have pets of any kind, I would have to feel sorry for those pets and hope someone with some sense comes by and takes their pets away from them in hopes of finding those animals a better life in a better home.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Favorite Musicians

I was doing another story for my memoirs, it's something I do typically to remember events that happened in the past. I have a whole collection of stories about me, past present and future. Yep, I've even looked into my future. I have a knack for that. Anyway, right now I am on a story about my memories as a fan of rock n roll music. As a young teenager, I was never really a fan of rock music. In those days I listened more to classical and disco music than modern rock n roll music. With the exception of the song Rock Me Amadeus by Falco. But the only reason I even listened to that song was because it was about my favorite classical composer at that time. But that was the only modern rock song I heard as a youngster. I was always pretty much set in my ways. Anna thought I was an odd duck! I told her she was right. But at the same time, I thought she was too trendy! She's always been one for following what was popular. In fact, she still is! She likes Justin Timberlake and I don't.

It wasn't until the late 80s that I started really listening to rock n roll music. It started when I heard Need U Tonight by INXS for the first time. It sounded fairly close to disco, or at least soul music. So that was why it caught my attention, but for a while, it was really the only modern song I was sure I liked. But it made me listen more to other rock n roll songs as well. By 1990, my interest in modern rock n roll music hit it's peak. That was also the year that I actually saw an INXS video for the first time ever. It was Need U Tonight/Mediate. The first thing that hit me was that INXS was a bunch of white guys!! It was shocking because Need U Tonight sounded like soul music!!! So I was thinking INXS was going to be somewhat like the Temptations!! LOL!! The next thing that hit me was how adorable the lead singer was! In those days, I was attracted to his hair and the way he tossed it around in the videos. Nothing compares to hair! (to quote a song I once heard as a skit mocking the Sinead O'connor song Nothing Compares 2 U). The last thing that hit me was the man standing at the end of the Mediate song holding the cards had a terrific set of buns!!!! When he turned to walk away I saw them and they were gorgeous!!!! Made me melt! I knew that wasn't the lead singer, I didn't know who it was back then. But I liked him!!! I've always had a weakness for men's buns!! This is what I remember most about seeing that video for the first time:

It wasn't until after Michael died that I learned his name is Tim. I learned Michael's name from my sis Anna, but she did not know the names of the other men. Michael became my first favorite in the band, and Tim was my second favorite for quite a long while.

Anyway, INXS was not the only band I liked back then. I was one of those kids with raging hormones! I saw some videos of MC Hammer and I thought he was cute!! I had a boyfriend at that time (since moved away) that looked just like him. The spitting image! I was pretty serious about that boyfriend too, but he was in the army, and I didn't want to marry an army man. And he wound up moving to North Carolina last time I heard. I went to Hammer's concert too. I was just amazed how much he resembled my former boyfriend! That was when he looked like this:

This is what he looks like now:

Still not bad-looking!! I don't know if he is still doing old school though. That's the only kind of rap I'll listen to. Not just from MC Hammer, I also like Biz Markie too, and a few others.

I also had quite a big crush on Richard Marx. The funny thing was, at that time, I'd heard Too Late to Say Goodbye by Rich Marx and then heard No Myth by Michael Penn. I hadn't seen either video or singers yet. But I have a habit of making pictures in my mind of what the singers look like. The funny thing about that was I pictured Michael Penn to look like what Richard Marx really looks like and I pictured Richard Marx to look like what Michael Penn really looks like! IF that makes any sense!!! I had no idea that Michael Penn was really related to Sean Penn, otherwise the ideas I had before seeing them might have been reversed.

Richard Marx in 1989

Michael Penn

Here is Rich Marx today, a pathetic shell of his former self:

Roxette was probably my utmost favorite band at that time. I had a huge crush on Per Gessle!! He is the band's leading guitarist and co-singer. He had something of a sexy voice. I remember when their album for Joyride came out, and I was at the record store the following day to purchase that album. I also asked the clerk if I could take home one of the promo-posters that was hanging in their store. CD stores don't do that anymore! But back then, they did. So the young lady goes into their back storage room and comes out with one of the posters, and I take it home and hang it up immediately. I kept that poster at a level where I could kiss Per Gessle any time I wanted to. hehe! He was such a handsome man! And talented too!! But that was my taste back then...

Roxette in 1989.

This is what they look like today:

To me, Per Gessle in this picture reminds me of:

Not that that's a bad thing, mind you!! He still looks great!! But my interest in Roxette was doomed to extinction as INXS became the masters of my affections! To quote Roxette on one of their own songs describing how I feel about them now, "It must have been love, but it's over now."

Oh yes, one more thing, the last group I was into was----brace yourselves---- New Kids on the Block!! Yes, I fell into the abyss of fanhood for this destined-to-go-nowhere group. Like I said, I was a kooky kid! But one person stood out in that group, as you can see in this pic:

NKOTB in 1990.

It was Jordan Knight. I had a major crush on him. This group is now making a comeback and to tell you the truth, Jordan still looks quite good!!

Jordan today
I wouldn't mind falling in love with him again. But just HIM!! None of the other band members ever appealed to me!!! But who knows how popular this band will become now? Most of their fans are grown like me. Who knows if kiddie-pop still appeals to them. It does nothing for me anymore.
Out of all these bands, INXS is now my overall favorite. I like these bands, but I don't like any band to the extent that I love INXS. And no one else in musical history is as handsome as the fabulous Tim Farriss!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008


Well, one of my MySpace buds has posted me a link to a clip from Australian Idol. I took a peak, and I noticed Tim is not on there much. In fact, it seemed the whole episode centered around Kirk. Bummer!! My leastest favorite band member. In fact, he's not a favorite in any ways, shape or form!! I don't even like to mix the words "Kirk Pengilly" and "favorite" in the same sentence!! I wanted to see TIM!!!!!!!! He was on the show for only a few short minutes. What's up with that??? But there is a bright side to all this. The few minutes that Tim was on the show, he was incredibly HANDSOME!!!!! IMO, he stole the show!! I guess it is true that the fairest flowers are only in this world (or in Tim's case, the limelight) for such a painfully short time, and the ugliest gets all the attention.

Well at least I can feel happy for the Kirk fans, of which I do have several buds who love him. One of them, who called herself "Kirk's Pick" on the Switchboard, has always been one of my most favorite internet buds! I kinda wonder if she saw the show. If so, I hope she liked it. I love INXS, but I don't like Kirk!!! I don't believe that just because he is a member of the band that I have to like him. Shoot! I don't even believe they are obligated to like all their fans. I have a gut-feeling that Tim doesn't like me. I don't know why I have that feeling, I just do. But even if he doesn't, I still love him and I still love the band. But as for Kirk, well, I have my standards, and I won't compromise just for him. I don't know him well enough to do that!!

Well, Tim has got so handsome, I just could not take my eyes off him!! I found some captures someone else did. Tim is looking so young and so beautiful!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tim to Mentor on Australian Idol!!!!!!

YAY TIMMY!!! I'm so happy for him, and he is a fan of the show!!! He gets to mentor the last contestants of the show, I sure do wish I could see it!! I've been missing seeing his face on my TV screen. Just this morning, I was doing a slideshow with his pics because I miss him so much! But I am so happy for him he gets to help mold these contestants into the future great musicians of tomorrow! Oh yeah, Kirk will also be there too.

To Timmy: You go get 'um, gorgeous!!! Show them everything you know!!

To Kirk: Go suck a stonefish!!!

Why does Kirk have to be the one on there?? Why can't Timmy be accompanied by Andrew? Andrew has just as much talent, if not MORE, than Kirk. Plus he's nicer and much better-looking!! Or how about Jon? Jon is gorgeous and talented, and a sweet man all-over. Or JD? Who else to epitomize the Rockstar/Idol scene than JD? He was the one who got to join INXS in much the same manner.

Anyway, here's the link to the story: http://www.inxs.com/news/news.php?uid=2416
Hope that works!

I also read about INXS's logo turning up on the Simpsons. I just thank GOD they didn't have the band members of INXS in that episode (or any other Simpson's episode!) I just cannot see my favorite, beautiful guys drawn in that typically ugly Simpsons-style animation!!! I saw once they had U2, that is close enough for them!!! Bono is homely anyway (a nice guy, but homely!!) He fits right in with the Simpsons look. But try to make Timmy look like one of them, well, it just would NOT work!!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Oh no, what happened??

JD what happened? You look like either you are ill or have been working too hard. Or maybe you overdid it with the make-up? Either way, dude you need the rest!! You don't look so well.

I know he may see this and tell me to mind my own business, I'm just concerned about these purple circles around his eyes. I hope it's nothing more than just bad lighting or make up tricks, or maybe he just needs some sleep. I don't want to mention what circles like that can also mean, I want to keep this in a positive direction. And I wouldn't want to scare him or his fans. Either way, I hope he takes care of himself. And after I just named an animal on my checklist after him!! hehe! I did that this past week, I created some more critters for my list. I named 3 animals after the Farriss brothers (one for each), and one for JD, and one for Garry. I even named one for Michael!!!! Told ya I might!! I actually was not sure if I wanted to or not, but I did it anyway regardless of what I first thought. I even named some after my buds on Facebook. Consider it the highest form of flattery I can give!! Well, some of my Facebook friends anyway. There are a couple I don't know well enough to name anything after them, I'm not even sure we're really friends at all. I just keep a safe distance from them, see what happens. Though I do recall sending birthday greetings to them this year, but as I have learned over the years, that means nothing!! All I know about them is they are Switchboard fanatics. So, basically I just stay away and get to know them at a distance until I am positive they mean no harm. But I will not name anything after someone I hardly know and have never spoken to under friendly terms. IAGH!!

I even created a whole new genus of a rhinoceros-like hog. Creating new species for the future is FUN!!!! I get to use my mammology skills, as well as my imagination. Many of these mammals would look strange to us today, but they are tops in evolutionary standards. I put the checklist up on my website, I've been saying I was going to do that, and I finally got it mostly prepared this past week, and did it. I did notice a few little errors!!! I need to go in and fix them, and put the list back up again. But for the most part they are just minor errors. Nothing grossly inadequate. Later, I've been telling people, I am going to do a page for reptiles and invertebrates of the future. But those don't come until later on. I did a page on flightless birds, and it seems to be a hit. During this time period, flightless birds are going to be more common I figure, because bats will be taking over the skies. Especially pteropods as they are the most intelligent and could be the most adaptable.

As for reptiles I have a sea crocodile that has flippers instead of feet, and an arrow-shaped tail. It is basically the shark of the warm Metazoic oceans. Yes, I figure the world of tomorrow will be much warmer than it is today. For instance, the average year-round temp of Washington state in the Metazoic will most likely be 80 degrees. By then, this whole area will also be part of one big island. All of Washington, Oregon, California and Baja, California will separate from the rest of the USA. I call the island San Diego Is. Others call it Baja Island. I call it as I see it though. But that's not all the changes that will take place. The USA and South America will separate, making South America a huge island. Antarctica will become more temperate, Africa will slide into Europe, Australia will collide with Asia, the Hawaiian Islands will get bigger. Maybe instead of creating separate islands, they will mass together and create one big island. Half of Africa will also cut off, down the Nile River (known in the Metazoic as the Nile Channel). Anyway, there is a pic of the world tomorrow on my site. It shows everything. My site really is turning into a sort of online book of evolution, and I am currently at work on another group to put up. The checklist took all my time away these past couple of weeks so I haven't worked on any new families for my site since the armadillos. The only reason I worked on them is because of the episode of Jurassic Fight Club I saw that week. They were displaying an armored dinosaur called Gastonia, who has a chainsaw-like feature of the armor on it's tail. I saw that and thought "I have an armadillo listed in my book with that very same feature!" I called it Grammoclavia. It has both the chainsaw-like armor as well as the club at the end of the tail, so it has 2 offensive mechanisms to defend it's self against a predator. Funny, I thought up that animal back in 1995, LONG before I even heard of Gastonia. In fact, I hadn't even heard of Gastonia until I saw that episode of Jurassic Fight Club! Some people accuse me of my ideas not being scientific enough. Now, I have nothing against those people, but this proves exactly the contrary to what they say!!

Well as for JD, I heard he will be touring the World again on his own this time. I certainly want to wish him well. I don't know if he will be coming to this town but I don't know if I would want to travel all the way to Seattle to see him without INXS. Just ain't much fun without seeing Jon, Andrew, Garry and especially not any fun without Tim!!! Katrina might go see him, she thinks he's cute. If she does, hey! Have fun, hon!!!