Wednesday, October 31, 2012

T-92 : Hallowe'en Grinch

I enjoy the dressing up part of Halloween.  I like seeing what ideas others come up with; though it's usually with thoughts of, "...why didn't I think of that..." going through my head.  What I don't like about the holiday is the candy and the greed it spawns.  I guess that's another sign that I'm getting older.  I was thinking just this morning as I saw the Coca-Cola truck making its delivery to Jimmy John's that soda pop and video arcade games are just precursors to alcohol and gambling.  Am I off base?  I've got to now go get some kids from walking on my lawn!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

T-94 : Relatively Defensive

I have kind of a history of being an offensive driver.  I've been getting better with age, I hope.  I make myself feel better when I compare myself to campus drivers.  It was especially rough in last week's 6-inch overnight snow.  Of course everyone besides me is either driving too fast or too slow, right?

T-93 : Foreign Prayers

Today at devotional the opening prayer was given by a person for whom English was obviously a second language.  My natural reaction to experiences like that is to be frustrated with why people like that can't speak louder, slower, and more clearly.  Today I realized that trying to understand what someone like that is saying makes me listen harder.  In the long run I think that's good for me.  So much of what I hear doesn't sink in because of the "firehose effect".  Paying extra attention when someone is a little difficult to understand helps me focus more.  I appreciate that.

T-95 : Scary Singing

Today I have found seemingly-contrasting, yet wise, thoughts:

“It is essential to our well-being and to our lives
that we play and enjoy life.
Every day do something
that makes your heart sing.”
~ Author Unknown

Do one thing every day that scares you.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

So, I guess if we can do both at the same time we're doing really good.  Some days I guess we may have to do a singy thing and a scary thing separately.

T-96 : 6-Cylinder Words

My old friend, Rich Bick, from Frenchtown, Montana used to remark that he "...didn't know none of them six-cylinder words..." whenever anyone broke out with any long ones.  This is wisdom.  We should be careful with those big words.  Another friend of mine, Inigo Montoya, used to say, ""You keep using that wordI do not think it means what you think it means." — Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride, after one "Inconceivable!" too many"

T-97 : Word Passing

If your password is on this list it might be time to get a new one.  Here's this year's list of worst passwords, complete with ranking changes from last year: 
  1. password (Unchanged)
  2. 123456 (Unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
  4. abc123 (Up 1)
  5. qwerty (Down 1)
  6. monkey (Unchanged)
  7. letmein (Up 1)
  8. dragon (Up 2)
  9. 111111 (Up 3)
  10. baseball (Up 1)
  11. iloveyou (Up 2)
  12. trustno1 (Down 3)
  13. 1234567 (Down 6)
  14. sunshine (Up 1)
  15. master (Down 1)
  16. 123123 (Up 4)
  17. welcome (New)
  18. shadow (Up 1)
  19. ashley (Down 3)
  20. football (Up 5)
  21. jesus (New)
  22. michael (Up 2)
  23. ninja (New)
  24. mustang (New)
  25. password1 (New)
                                                The 25 worst passwords of 2012 - The Week

                                                Thursday, October 25, 2012

                                                T-98 : Creamy Tryptophan

                                                Turkey CakeIf you're not planning on having Thanksgiving Dinner with us in Montana this year you might want to reconsider:
                                                Turkey Cake
                                                Wow them with this centerpiece of your dessert table. Choose your favorite ice cream flavor, glazed with sweet toppings. Be sure to enjoy the sugar cone turkey legs! Use Product code H-59 to place order.
                                                Missoula Baskin Robbins, prepare for my order.

                                                Wednesday, October 24, 2012

                                                T-99 : Incessant Melodies

                                                In my quest of counting down from 365 blog posts -- though it's taking me more than a year to complete -- I've finally reached 99.  It doesn't seem like I can pass up this opportunity to pay homage to one of my favorite childhood songs.  Here's the scoop from Wikipedia:
                                                "99 Bottles of Beer" is an anonymous United States folk song dating to the mid-20th century. It is a traditional song in both the United States and Canada. It is popular to sing on long trips, as it has a very repetitive format which is easy to memorize, and can take a long time to sing. In particular the song is frequently sung by children on long bus trips, such as class field trips, or on Scout and/or Girl Guide outings. The song is derived from the English "Ten Green Bottles".
                                                The song's simple lyrics are as follows:[1][2]
                                                Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, Ninety-nine bottles of beer.
                                                Take one down, pass it around, Ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall.
                                                Alternate line:
                                                If one of those bottles should happen to fall, Ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall.
                                                The same verse is repeated, each time with one bottle less. The song is completed when the singer or singers reach zero. Variations on the last verse following the last bottle going down include lines such as "No more bottles of beer on the wall, no more bottles of beer. Go to the store and buy some more, 99 bottles of beer on the wall." and simply "If that one bottle should happen to fall, what a waste of alcohol!". It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to sing all 100 verses.
                                                Sometimes, the word "beer" is replaced by the word "Coke" or "milk" when being sung by groups (such as religious groups) that consider the consumption of alcohol to be inappropriate.
                                                I don't know if I ever recall singing much more than about 10 verses.  How about you?  Would you rather sing the 12 Days of Christmas or The Song That Never Ends?  Or do you have a "favorite" that I'm forgetting?

                                                T-100 : Relative Misery

                                                The Flying McCoysThis post is not about my in-laws.  It's about pain points and perspective.  My department at work is going through a reorganization.  I've been uptight about it for months.  As it's finally coming to completion and I'm near to finding out my new job description we ended up talking about it at dinner last night.  I realized that most of my immediate family has no idea what I really do at work all day, anyway.  They basically just know that I'm a computer guy.  In the end, that's all the really matters.  What role I play in IT is of second importance to the fact that I actually get to be an IT guy; a job that I really enjoy.  Thanks for the perspective, kids.  I thought I was hanging on the wall but I realize that I'm glad just to still be alive and kicking.

                                                T-101 : Poultry Pilfering

                                                I'm listening to Huckleberry Finn in my car these days.  Today this phrase caught my ear:
                                                Pap always said, take a chicken when you get a chance, because if you don't want him yourself you can easy find somebody that does, and a good deed ain't ever forgot.
                                                I think there's wisdom there.  Of course it's not always going to be a chicken.  But, if you're offered something, accept it graciously.  You can always pay it forward.  Does this come too close to re-gifting, though?

                                                Tuesday, October 23, 2012

                                                T-102 : Pulpy Bones

                                                Halloween special – Papercraft Skeleton by DigitpropI'm lobbying to make this a Family Home Evening activity next Monday night.  Someone always seems to get done with their jack-o-lantern more quickly than everyone else.  This can be the second activity that keeps us together a little bit longer.  Who's with me?

                                                Papercraft Skeleton, A Halloween Papecraft Project For Kids

                                                T-103: Social Diet

                                                Social Consumption PyramidWhile I don't always think it's appropriate, the online comic "Doghouse Diaries" continues to produce gems from time to time.  Today is one of those.  We'd do well to treat "in-person interaction" a little more like the fruits and vegetables in our lives and realize that electronic/digital interaction is a lot more like the sweets that we need less of to be a balance person.

                                                T-104 : Cassandra Pollyana

                                                The other day I was listening to the "Stuff to Blow Your Mind" podcast when they mentioned the terms, "awfulize" and "be a Cassandra".  I don't recall ever hearing either term before so I tweeted about them () hoping to remind myself to look them up later and/or to have someone help me understand.  I'd forgotten about that until tonight when I was reading Wired magazine and came across an article entitled "The Rules of Panic" by Clive Thompson.  In his closing comments he says, " the Cassandras of the past, I'm wrong to panic...".  So, I think I'm beginning to understand.  A Cassandra is someone who awfulizes or panics.  This seems a contrast to a Pollyanna, one who seemingly sees the positive in everything.  Maybe a healthy dose of each and some balance are the key.  Am I on the right track?

                                                Monday, October 22, 2012

                                                T-105 : Ketchup Icing

                                                We had meatloaf for Sunday dinner yesterday.  We got talking about what it's made of.  I mentioned that I wish there was not enough sauce.  Lo and behold today one of my favorite blogs, Indexed, had this Venn Diagram describing meatloaf with the comment that the ketchup was the icing.  Just like icing is my favorite part of the cake, ketchup must be my favorite part of the loaf.  How 'bout you?

                                                T-106 : Baseball Names

                                                The NLCS just finished.  The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals and will now face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series beginning later this week.  The Giants have two of the best baseball names I can think of, Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey.  I can't help thinking of them as verbs.  Do you know any cool names?  Here's some I gathered from the InterWebs:
                                                Adam Baum
                                                Adam Zapel
                                                Al Bino
                                                Al Dente
                                                Al Fresco
                                                Al K. Seltzer
                                                Alf A. Romeo
                                                Ali Gaither, Ali Katt
                                                Amanda Lynn (a mandolin)
                                                Amber Green
                                                Andy Friese (as in antifreeze, a real race car driver)
                                                Anita Bath, Anita Bohn, Anita Friske, Anita Hanke (real person), Anita Goodman, Anita Job, Anita Knapp, Anita Mann, Anita Plummer, Anita Shower
                                                Anna Conda
                                                Anna Fender (an offender)
                                                Anna Graham
                                                Anna Prentice (an apprentice)
                                                Anna Recksiek (anorexic)
                                                Anna Sasin
                                                Anne Teak
                                                Annette Curtain
                                                Annie Howe, Annie Matter
                                                April May
                                                April Schauer (allegedly a real person)
                                                Aretha Holly
                                                Armand Hammer
                                                Art Major, Art Painter, Art Sellers
                                                B.A. Ware
                                                Barb Dwyer
                                                Barb E. Dahl
                                                Barbara Seville
                                                Barry Cade
                                                Bea Minor and Dee Major
                                                Beau Archer, Beau Tye
                                                Ben Dover, Ben Down, Eileen Dover, Skip Dover
                                                Ben Marcata (a musical term)
                                                Bess Eaton (donut shop chain)
                                                Biff Wellington
                                                Bill Board
                                                Bill Ding
                                                Bill Foldes
                                                Bill Loney
                                                Billy Rubin
                                                Bob Apple
                                                Bob Katz, Tom Katz, Kitty Katz
                                                Bonnie Ann Clyde
                                                Brad Hammer (carpenter joke)
                                                Brandon Cattell, Brandon Irons
                                                Brandy D. Cantor
                                                Brighton Early
                                                Brock Lee
                                                Brooke Trout
                                                Bud Light
                                                Bud Wieser (real college math teacher)
                                                C. Good (alledgedly a real eye doctor)
                                                C. Senor
                                                C. Worthy
                                                C. Write (another alleged optician)
                                                Cam Payne
                                                Candace Spencer (can dispenser)
                                                Candy Barr, Candy Baskett, Candy Kane, Candy Sweet
                                                Cara Sterio (alleged real person)
                                                Cara Van
                                                Carrie Dababi ("carry the baby" - Dababi is an Egyptian name)
                                                Carrie Oakey
                                                Casey Macy
                                                Charity Case
                                                Cheri Pitts, Harry Pitts
                                                Chip Munk
                                                Chip Stone (sculptor)
                                                Chris Coe
                                                Chris Cross
                                                Chris P. Bacon
                                                Chuck Waggon
                                                Claire Annette Reed
                                                Constance Noring
                                                Corey Ander
                                                Corey O. Graff
                                                Count Dunn, Count Orff
                                                Coyne Flatt (real person)
                                                Crystal Ball
                                                Crystal Claire Waters
                                                Crystal Glass, Crystal Snow
                                                D. Kay, DDS
                                                D. Liver
                                                Dan D. Lyons, Dan Deline
                                                Dan Druff
                                                Dan Saul Knight
                                                Darren Deeds
                                                Daryl Rhea
                                                Dilbert Pickles
                                                Dinah Soares
                                                Don Key
                                                Donald Duck
                                                Donny Brook
                                                Doris Schutt (Doris Open...)
                                                Doug Graves
                                                Doug Hole
                                                Doug Witherspoon
                                                Douglas Furr
                                                Dr. Croak
                                                Dr. Bender (Chiropracter)
                                                Dr. Butcher
                                                Dr. DeKay, DDS
                                                Dr. & Dr. Doctor (real married doctors from Norwalk, CT)
                                                Dr. E. Ville
                                                Dr. Gass (allegedly a real anesthesiologist)
                                                Dr. Gutstein
                                                Dr. Hurt (real pediatrician in Saginaw, MI)
                                                Dr. I. Ball (optometrist)
                                                Dr. Kauff
                                                Dr. Look (real opthalmologist in Hawaii)
                                                Dr. Looney - a psychiatrist of course!
                                                Dr. Payne (plastic surgeon in Sandusky, OH)
                                                Dr. Pullham
                                                Dr. Surgeon (another real doctor from Stamford, CT)
                                                Drew Peacock
                                                Duane Pipe
                                                Dusty Carr, Dusty Rhodes
                                                Dusty Sandmann (real person, submitted by his dad Roger Sandmann)
                                                Edna May (or may not)
                                                Earl E. Bird
                                                Earl Lee Riser
                                                Easton West (and of course Weston East)
                                                Eaton Wright and Liv Good
                                                Edward Z. Filler, DDS
                                                Ella Vader
                                                Eric Shinn
                                                Ernie Coli (E. Coli) owns a Mexican restaurant
                                                Estelle Hertz (it still hurts)
                                                Evan Keel
                                                Faith Christian
                                                Fanny O'Rear
                                                Father A. Long
                                                Ferris Wheeler
                                                Ford Parker
                                                Forrest Green
                                                Foster Child
                                                Dr. Frank Bonebreak (real doctor)
                                                Frank Enstein
                                                Gail Force
                                                Gail Storm (Wendy Storm, Dusty Storm and Rory Storm)
                                                Gene Poole
                                                Geoff L. Tavish (Gefilte fish)
                                                Gil Fish
                                                Ginger Rayl, Ginger Snapp, Ginger Vitus
                                                Gladys C. Hughes (glad to see you)
                                                H. Wayne Carver, MD (Connecticut medical examiner who carves up dead people.)
                                                Hamilton Burger (Ham Burger, character on the old Perry Mason TV series)
                                                Harden Thicke
                                                Harry Armand Bach, Harry Beard, Harry Caray (famous sports announcer), Harry Chest, Harry Legg, Harry Lipp, Harry R. M. Pitts, Harry Rump (real plumber from Freemont, Maine)
                                                Hazle Nutt
                                                Heidi Clare
                                                Helen Back
                                                Helen Waite (credit manager - if you want credit go to Helen Waite)
                                                Helen Wiells (hell on wheels)
                                                Herb Farmer, Herb Rice
                                                Holly McRell
                                                Holly Day, Holly Wood
                                                Howie Doohan
                                                Hugh Jorgan
                                                Hugh Morris (a "humorous" name, thanks to Shaun Oriold)
                                                Hy Ball
                                                Hy Lowe, Bea Lowe
                                                Hy Marx (scholar), Hy Price
                                                I.D. Clair
                                                I. Lasch
                                                I.M. Boring
                                                I.P. Freely, I.P. Daly
                                                Ileane Wright, Ilene South (West, East...)
                                                Ima Hogg (a real person, daughter of a Texas governor)
                                                Iona Ford
                                                Iona Frisbee (alledgedly a real person)
                                                Iona Stonehouse (also alledgedly a real person)
                                                Ivan Oder
                                                Ivy Leage
                                                Jack Goff (my uncle - no kidding!)
                                                Jack Hammer
                                                Jack Pott
                                                Jack Tupp (the perfect name for a car mechanic)
                                                Jacklyn Hyde
                                                Jasmine Rice (I found this one in my cupboard)
                                                Jay Walker
                                                Jean Poole
                                                Jed Dye (Jedi)
                                                Jerry Atrick
                                                Jim Laucher (gym locker)
                                                Jim Shorts, Jim Shu, Jim Sox
                                                Jo King
                                                Joe Kerr (joker)
                                                Jordan Rivers
                                                Joy Kil
                                                Joy Rider
                                                June Bugg
                                                Justin Case, Justin Casey Howells, Justin Hale, Justin Inch, Justin Miles North (just ten miles north), Justin Time,
                                                Kandi Apple
                                                Kay Bull
                                                Keelan Early (dying young) - real person who submitted his own name
                                                Kelly Green
                                                Ken Dahl
                                                Kenny Penny
                                                Kent C. Strait (an optometrist, of course!)
                                                Kenya Dewit
                                                Kerry Oki
                                                King Queene
                                                Lake Speed (a real person, NASCAR race car driver)
                                                Lance Boyle, Lance Butts
                                                Laura Lynne Hardy, Laurel Ann Hardy
                                                Laura Norder (law and order)
                                                Leigh King (leaking)
                                                Les Moore
                                                Les Payne - should be an anesthesiologist
                                                Les Plack, a real dentist - proof HERE
                                                Levon Coates
                                                Lewis N. Clark (real person, he told me he drives an Explorer)
                                                Lily Pond
                                                Lisa Carr, Kitty Carr, Otto Carr, Parker Carr
                                                Lisa Ford, Lisa Honda, Iona Corolla, etc.
                                                Lisa May Boyle, Lisa May Dye
                                                Lois Price (bargain shopper) and her husband Hy Price
                                                Lou Pole
                                                Lou Zar (loser)
                                                Lucy Fer
                                                Luke Warm
                                                Lynn C. Doyle
                                                Lynn O. Liam
                                                M. Balmer
                                                Macon Paine (real name - Google it)
                                                Mark Skid (Skid, Mark)
                                                Manny Kinn
                                                Marlon Fisher
                                                Marsha Dimes (march of dimes)
                                                Marsha Mellow
                                                Marshall Law
                                                Marty Graw
                                                Mary Annette Woodin
                                                Mary A. Richman
                                                Mary Christmas
                                                Matt Tress
                                                Maude L.T. Ford
                                                Max Little
                                                Max Power
                                                May Day
                                                May Furst
                                                Mel Loewe
                                                Melba Crisp (real person who emailed me)
                                                Melody Music
                                                Mia Hamm (a real person)
                                                Mike Easter
                                                Mike Raffone
                                                Mike Reinhart (My Cryin' Heart - sounds like it could be a country song)
                                                Mike Stand (a real person)
                                                Milly Graham
                                                Minny van Gogh
                                                Missy Sippy (and her mom, Mrs. Sippy)
                                                Misty Waters (a real person)
                                                Misty C. Shore (a real person), Rocky Shore, Sandy C. Shore (another real person)
                                                Molly Kuehl
                                                Monica Monica (real person)
                                                Morey Bund
                                                Muddy Waters (famous blues singer, real name McKinley Morganfield)
                                                Myles Long
                                                Nancy Ann Cianci
                                                Neil Down, Neil Crouch
                                                Neil McNeil (submitted by his cousin)
                                                Nick O. Time
                                                Noah Riddle, Noah Lott
                                                Norma Leigh Lucid
                                                Olive Branch
                                                Olive Green
                                                Olive Yew (I love you)
                                                Oliver Sutton (all of a sudden)
                                                Ophelia Payne
                                                Oren Jellow
                                                Orson Carte
                                                Oscar Ruitt
                                                Otto Graf
                                                Owen Moore, Owen Bigg (should be tax collectors)
                                                P. Brain
                                                Paige Turner
                                                Park A. Studebaker
                                                Pat Downe (a real person)
                                                Patience Wait (a real person)
                                                Pearl Button
                                                Pearl E. Gates, Pearl E. White
                                                Peg Legge
                                                Penny Dollar, Bill Dollar (real people)
                                                Penny Lane, Penny Nichols, Penny Profit, Penny Wise
                                                Pepe Roni
                                                Pete Moss and his son Forest
                                                Phil Graves (cemetery employee, works with his brother Doug Graves)
                                                Phil Rupp
                                                Phil Wright, DDS (real dentist in Anchorage, AK, proof HERE)
                                                Phillip D. Bagg (partner of Robin Banks below)
                                                Pierce Deere
                                                Pierce Hart
                                                Polly Ester
                                                Post, Mark
                                                Price Wright (another real person)
                                                Priti Manek ("pretty manic", real doctor in Houston, TX)
                                                R. M. Pitt
                                                R. Sitch
                                                R. Slicker
                                                Raney Schauer
                                                Ray Gunn
                                                Ray Zenz (raisins)
                                                Raynor Schein
                                                Reid Enright
                                                Rex Easley (reportedly a real traffic safety teacher at Kamiakin High, Kennewick, WA)
                                                Rhea Curran
                                                Rhoda Booke, Rita Booke
                                                Rich Feller, Rich Guy
                                                Richard P. Cox (real person)
                                                Rick O'Shea
                                                Rick Shaw
                                                Rip Torn
                                                Rita Buch
                                                Robin Andis Merryman
                                                Robin Banks, Rob Banks, Robin Feathers, Robin Money, U. O. Money
                                                Robert and Reginald Soles (allegedly real brothers: R. Soles)
                                                Rock Pounder, Rock Bottoms
                                                Rocky Beach, Sandy Beach
                                                Rocky Mountain, Cliff Mountain
                                                Rocky Rhoades
                                                Rod N. Reel
                                                Roman Holiday
                                                Rose Bush, Rose Gardner
                                                Rowan Boatman
                                                Royal Payne
                                                Russell Leeves
                                                Russell Sprout
                                                Rusty Blades, Rusty Bridges, Rusty Carr, Rusty Dorr, Rusty Fossat, Rusty Fender
                                                Rusty Irons, Rusty Keyes, Rusty Nail, Rusty Pipes, Rusty Steele
                                                Ryan Carnation
                                                Sal A. Mander
                                                Sal Minella, Sam Manilla, Sam & Ella's restaurant
                                                Sally Forth
                                                Sarah Bellum
                                                Sawyer B. Hind
                                                Sandy Banks, Sandy Beech, Sandy Brown, Sandy Spring
                                                Seth Poole (poor guy has a lisp)
                                                Shanda Lear (daughter of Bill Lear, inventor of the Lear jet)
                                                Sharon Fillerup
                                                Sharon Needles, Sharon A. Burger
                                                Skip Roper, Skip Stone
                                                Sonny Day
                                                Sno White (real person)
                                                Stan Still - should own a 'stationery' store :->)
                                                Stanley Cupp
                                                Dr. Steven Sumey (Dr. sue me, real person in Fairmont, MN)
                                                Sue Flay
                                                Sue Ridge (sewerage)
                                                Sue Yu, Sue Jeu
                                                Summer Camp (allegedly a real person), Summer Day, Summer Greene, Summer Holiday
                                                Sy Burnette
                                                Tad Moore
                                                Tad Pohl
                                                Tanya Hyde
                                                Ted E. Baer
                                                Terry Achey (real name)
                                                Terry Bull (allegedly real name, and his brother Eddie Bull)
                                                Tess Steckle
                                                Therese R. Green, Teresa Green
                                                Thomas Richard Harry
                                                Tim Burr
                                                Tish Hughes
                                                Tom A. Toe
                                                Tom Katt
                                                Tom Morrow
                                                Tommy Gunn
                                                Tommy Hawk
                                                Trina Woods, Trina Forest (tree in the woods, tree in a forest)
                                                Ty Coon, Ty Knotts
                                                Viola Solo
                                                Virginia Beach
                                                Walter Melon
                                                Wanda Rinn
                                                Wanna Hickey
                                                Warren Peace
                                                Warren T.
                                                Will Power
                                                Will Race (real person who told me he races cars and on foot)
                                                Will Wynn (Mayor of Austin, Texas)
                                                Willie Leak (or won't he)
                                                Willie Waite
                                                Winsom Cash, Owen Cash
                                                Woody Forrest
                                                X. Benedict

                                                T-107 : Ten Puns

                                                Tonight Emily was telling us how hard it was to read the board today because she was sitting in the back of the class.  I asked if she'd talked to her teacher about it.  She countered that it was just today and that it wouldn't be a big deal.  I told her to "keep an eye on it".  She laughed and asked me if the pun was intended.  I do have a quick wit at times, though it also can get me in trouble when I don't think before I speak.  Anyway, it reminded me of one of my favorite laughers:
                                                There was a man who entered a local paper's pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win.  Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.

                                                Sunday, October 21, 2012

                                                T-108 : Satisfaction Gettin'

                                                "Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries and as soon as he has, he wants to reestablish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys." - Henri Frederic Amiel
                                                Or, in other words immortalized by the Rolling Stones...
                                                I can't get no satisfaction 
                                                I can't get no satisfaction 
                                                'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try 
                                                I can't get no, I can't get no 

                                                When I'm drivin' in my car 
                                                And that man comes on the radio 
                                                He's tellin' me more and more 
                                                About some useless information 
                                                Supposed to fire my imagination 
                                                I can't get no, oh no no no 
                                                Hey hey hey, that's what I say 

                                                I can't get no satisfaction 
                                                I can't get no satisfaction 
                                                'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try 
                                                I can't get no, I can't get no 

                                                When I'm watchin' my TV 
                                                And that man comes on to tell me 
                                                How white my shirts can be 
                                                But he can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke 
                                                The same cigarrettes as me 
                                                I can't get no, oh no no no 
                                                Hey hey hey, that's what I say 

                                                I can't get no satisfaction 
                                                I can't get no girl reaction 
                                                'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try 
                                                I can't get no, I can't get no 

                                                When I'm ridin' round the world 
                                                And I'm doin' this and I'm signing that 
                                                And I'm tryin' to make some girl 
                                                Who tells me baby better come back later next week 
                                                'Cause you see I'm on losing streak 
                                                I can't get no, oh no no no 
                                                Hey hey hey, that's what I say 

                                                I can't get no, I can't get no 
                                                I can't get no satisfaction 
                                                No satisfaction, no satisfaction, no satisfaction 

                                                T-109 : Turn Offs

                                                Tara and I were recently talking about phrases that will usually turn people off.  Consequently, we try not to say them.  Here's a couple:

                                                • "On my mission..."
                                                • "In my old ward..."
                                                What other phrases peeve you?

                                                T-110 : Kid Shows

                                                Today I got a text from my brother, Bryan, simply saying, "Cannonball and Harvey".  I immediately thought of Hotel Balderdash, a kid's show from channel 4 in Salt Lake we used to watch back in the 70s.  Then tonight at family time we watched some old videos from YouTube of the Mickey Mouse Club, another show we used to watch after school.  Other shows we watched were The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, Gilligan's Island, and Captain Kangaroo.  What other shows do you remember?

                                                Thursday, October 18, 2012

                                                T-111 : Dollar Zingers

                                                I love thoughts.  Today I attended a forum in which Jonathan W. Bullen, President of Colmena Capital spoke.  Here's my favorite zinger out of all those he shared:
                                                We are not to judge thrift solely by the test of saving or spending.  If one spends what he should prudently save, that certainly is to be deplored.  But if one saves what he should prudently spend, that is not necessarily to be commended.  A wise balance between the two is the desired end. 
                                                Owen Young
                                                So, again, it comes down to B-A-L-A-N-C-E.  Where are you on the save/spend spectrum?

                                                Speaking of zingers, do you remember when those tasty snack cakes first came out?  I think I was in about 3rd grade so it would have been 1975ish.  They were like the cheap version of Twinkies.  If you want to read the rest of them you'll have to click

                                                T-112 : Bing Google

                                                In post T-182 ( I talked about pinging someone.  I've now been been introduced to the concept of binging something.  I've been watching Microsoft Office 365 presentations at work all week.  Over and over the presenters will use the term "bing" much as most of us use "google", as a verb; meaning "search".  Apparently if you work for Microsoft you drink the bing Kool-Aid.  Now you know.

                                                Wednesday, October 17, 2012

                                                T-113 : Gross Misconduct

                                                This morning on the radio I heard someone mention the phrase "gross misconduct".  I wonder how that's different than good old-fashioned "misconduct".  Am I perhaps thinking of the wrong definition of gross?  Does it mean "exceeding" the "net"?  Or does it mean that you can hardly look at it because it's so "gross"? defines it as:
                                                Indiscipline so serious (such as stealing, or work place violence) that it justifies the instant dismissal of an employee, even on the first occurrence.

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                                                Sounds like legalese to me!

                                                T-114 : Mindly Imaginations

                                                I was listening to a podcast the other day in which they actually said "Imagine in your mind...".  I couldn't help thinking that the phrase seems redundant.  Is there really a difference between "imagining" and "imagining in your mind"?  Where else could you imagine something BUT in your mind?  I imagine (in my mind) that I'll hear some good comments on this one.

                                                T-115 : Trash Closer

                                                In post T-164 a few weeks ago ( I talked about how I like to pick up trash as part of my civic duty.  I picked one up the other day, tossed it toward the can, and missed.  For some reason that I can't remember I was in a hurry and didn't follow my shot to put in the rebound.  As I walked away I wondered to myself, "Is it good or bad if I pick up litter, throw at the can, miss, and not retrieve the rebound?".  Whaddya think?

                                                Tuesday, October 16, 2012

                                                T-116 : Blogging Introspection

                                                One thing that getting into the habit of nightly blogging has done for me is caused me to engage in a lot more introspection.  Often times during the day I find myself observing and thinking of things then emailing myself a note to talk about that in more detail at a later time.  At this week's devotional Elder Paul E. Koelliker, First Quorum of the Seventy gave us a pattern that might help as we listen for messages the Lord wants us to hear.  He said to take out a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle.  List the important facts on one side.  List the spiritual promptings that come to mind while listening.  Later go back to the notes and find a scriptural reference for the thought you wrote.  As you do you'll have your understanding expanded.  I like to think I've already been doing a bit of that with my pattern.  I hope that I don't end up banging my head against the wall when I've finally counted down 115 more entries.

                                                T-117 : Auto Paper

                                                Automatic Paper Dispensers were recently installed in the restrooms in the Kimball Building where I work.  Seems like one wave isn't enough for anyone.  Most will wave and wait for a second or even a third sheet to flow.   I think it's a waste of time and paper.  The guy who gave this TED Talk ( would probably agree with me.  Whose side are you on?

                                                T-118 : Ahold Not?

                                                I tried to type the word "ahold" the other day but got the evil red squiggly underline telling me I couldn't do it that way.  So, I went in search of a second opinion.  Grammar Girl to the rescue!

                                                "Ahold" Versus "A Hold"

                                                The one-worder “ahold” often goes with the verb “get” and the preposition “of,” as in “Get ahold of yourself!” You could also say, “I grabbed ahold of his arm” to mean “I grasped his arm.” (1) calls the word “ahold” informal, but it’s been around since 1600 or 1610. As for the two words “a hold,” you could say, “He’s got a hold on me” or “I put a hold on that library book.” ( 

                                                So, if you want to get ahold of me to talk more about it just leave a comment. 

                                                Monday, October 15, 2012

                                                T-119 : Eye Pray

                                                Lately my eyes have been slow to close at the beginning of group prayers; that or they've popped open during.  I find myself thinking of my mom.  I don't know why but I recall her often having her eyes open during group prayers looking around at everyone in the group.  I guess I wouldn't have been able to notice it if my eyes weren't open, too.  Closing the eyes does seem like the ultimate act of reverence and focus. Some opening to view loved ones in a reverent state doesn't seem like such a horrible thing, though; especially if it's only occasionally.  What say you?  Do you ever find your eyelids light when prayer time rolls around?

                                                T-120 : Pepper Lives

                                                We have a cat that got a nip in the bum last year in one of his overnight gallivants.  Ever since then his hips have been degenerating.  He's at the point now where he can hardly walk.  Some might say we should have put him out of his misery long ago.  We keep talking about it but we just can't seem to get around to it.  In fact the kids have already dug his grave out back.  I guess we're all avoiding it or something.  Seems the best way to take care of it is to have a neighbor or friend come and shoot him.  I guess it's just a lot easier to keep procrastinating the day.  Got any good tips?

                                                T-121 : Tara Headaches

                                                Tara is not a headache.  The fact that she has frequent soreness above the neck does not cause her to be a pain in mine.  However, I do wish we could figure out what's causing them.  Today we talked about tomorrow's impending 50+ mph winds.   She mentioned maybe that's why she got a whopper yesterday.  If so I hope we can use her as a forecaster and throw some Ibuprofen down the hatch as soon as the barometer starts to drop.  Could it be that easy?

                                                Sunday, October 14, 2012

                                                T-122 : Girly Kisses

                                                Each night before Emily settles down she has to come in and have a brief snuggle and a goodnight kiss from her mom.  I like that and hope it continues.  Years ago her mom stopped tucking her in because she wouldn't stay in.  It would be tuck, go to own room, wait for Emily to come in for another snuggle/kiss.  So, over time, Tara just resorted to going to bed and waiting/expecting for the daughterly affection.  I like that they're connecting and hope it stays that way.

                                                T-123 : Up Down

                                                Each night around 9:00 p.m. we gather around the upstairs family room computer for what's become known as "night stuff".  We usually watch short video clips or look at pictures gleaned from the likes of Mental Floss, Laughing Squid, and others.  Some time ago we were turned on to the PBS series "Sherlock".  In the process of watching a few episodes I also signed up for the PBS Masterpiece electronic newsletter.  While we're waiting for a new season of Sherlock to start the newsletter came the other night and a show called "Upstairs Downstairs" caught my eye.  We watched the first 3 episodes (all of season 1) in 2 nights on the upstairs computer then watched an episode from season 2 on the downstairs TV tonight.  So we watched "Upstairs Downstairs" upstairs and downstairs this weekend.  It's quite a bit like "Downton Abbey".  We watched a few episodes of that before 2 guys started kissing; which turned us off.  Anyway, for the most part I guess we kind of like them British folk; at least the ones who produce television shows for us.

                                                T-124 : RV Not...

                                                Yesterday while waiting in the mall for the family to shop I perused some magazines at Barnes & Noble.  I learned from an iPad magazine that I can get an app to put the weather on my lock screen.  I learned from The Saturday Evening Post that there are things in Ireland called follies.  And I learned from a magazine called Trailer Life that I don't think I want a trailer/RV/MH (I also learned that MH stands for Motor Home and that there's a RV/MH museum in Iowa) after all.  I think I'd much prefer a GoldWing and a hotel rewards card.  Of course that'll have to wait until the kids are gone.  Until then we'll plod around in the Corolla.  What's your advice?

                                                Saturday, October 13, 2012

                                                T-125 : Country Slicker

                                                Growing up I always used to think the city was glamorous.  Dad would often come home after school on a Friday afternoon and we'd make a quick trip to Salt Lake.  The running joke was that we'd call Grandma Bodily back in Preston to tell her that we had "car trouble" and that we were going to stay overnight.  I loved those trips.  I definitely looked forward to seeing the bright lights of the big city and wanted to get rich and live there someday to prove that I was successful.

                                                Today we took off after lunch and went to our "big city" of Idaho Falls.  We shopped around a bit but were back home by dinner time.  I still like traveling and going to cities I've never been to and being a tourist.  I don't so much like being a consumer, though.  We went to a few stores but there was nothing that I really felt like I wanted or needed.  I'm pretty happy with what I've got.  I guess these days I'm from the country and I like it that way.

                                                T-126 : Lyrical Loser

                                                I think I've mentioned before that I really like music.  As much as I can recognize many tunes I'm not that great at lyrics.  Today I found a Cat Stevens album at the thrift store.  I came home and placed it in my collection then promptly fired up some Cat tunes in Spotify.  Moonshadow came on.  In this case I can sing the lyrics -- at least the chorus -- but I realized I don't understand what I'm singing.  If I'm being followed by a moonshadow is that a good thing or a bad thing?  I looked up the wikipedia article to see that it references Cat's having grown up in the city amongst bright lights then having gone to the country where a bright moon cast his shadow and he was amazed.  I guess that's a good thing, then.  Getting out of the city and into the country get's us closer to our roots and to what really matters, right?  I think I like being followed by a moonshadow.

                                                T-127 : Fan Recognition

                                                Today I nearly bumped into a guy in the grocery store that was wearing a USU shirt.  I also had my USU jersey on.  I didn't realize it was really happening at the moment but just as he passed I replayed in my mind what had just occurred.  He tried to catch my attention.  I could see in his eyes that he saw and recognized that we were both wearing USU gear and thus had something to speak about.  I looked at him and - a bit more slowly - recognized that he wanted to say something.  My eyes said back to him that I did not want to talk.  We passed harmlessly by each other and no harm (nor good) was done.  I guess this highlights the fact that I, by nature, am somewhat reclusive and introverted.  I'd like to be a bit more balanced; though I doubt I'll ever be ultra-gregarious.

                                                Thursday, October 11, 2012

                                                T-128 : Counting Up

                                                I find it noteworthy that today is 10/11/12.  I'm not sure why.  Googling a bit finds some people calling days like today "numerically significant" or "magical".  On a somewhat related note I read today that you're more likely to die on your way to buy a lottery ticket than you are to actually win the lottery.  That's a bit morbid perhaps but maybe it'll scare someone into saving a dollar.  I like the thought.  I've never actually bought a lottery ticket but I do call buying a candy bar with a "you could win" advertisement on it the "legal lottery".  In fact I've even been known to choose a candy bar based solely on whether it gives me a chance to win.  How about you?  Do you feel lucky?

                                                T-131 : Faithful Wife

                                                Tara went to the temple today and I'm grateful.  She's been trying to go once a week since the beginning of the year.  I haven't checked or asked lately -- perhaps she'll comment -- to see if she's keeping up with her commitment.  The fact that she made the commitment in the first place, though, and that she's striving is attractive to me.  When she commits to something she struggles when she can't fulfill the commitment.  That's a good example to me.  Do you have a faithful partner?

                                                T-132 : Grandma Marbles

                                                Grandma Bodily's kitchen used to have an un-level linoleum floor.  I don't know what caused it or whether it was a bad thing for the house in general but I do know that it made for great marble rolling time.  We'd start a marble at a certain place in the floor and then just watch it roll.  And it wouldn't simply roll from one side to the other.  It was like it was being guided in squiggles around the floor by some underneath magnet or something.  Perhaps we were easily entertained but that was good fun.  We'd also roll marbles down the canyons of our Naugahyde beanbag chair at home.  It was all fun and games until I...lost my marbles.


                                                T-129 : A Polis

                                                I heard something on the radio about Indianapolis and it got me thinking about Minneapolis and Annapolis and wondering why they're apolises (apoli?) in the first place.  When I mentioned it around the dinner table Emily said that they'd just studied "polis" in Social Studies earlier that day!  Apparently, according to the ol' Wikipedia:
                                                "Polis plural poleis literally means city in Greek"
                                                Now my thoughts go beyond Indiana, Minnesota, and Maryland to Superman's adopted hometown of Metropolis and even the ancient Greek city of Acropolis.  Do you know any more polises (poli?)?

                                                T-130 : Poli Ticks

                                                Bound and GaggedI watched the entire vice-presidential debate tonight.  I don't like politics but I believe it's my civic duty to be informed so I'm trying to understand.  What I don't really get is why the debate has to be so negative.  Why can't they occasionally say to each other, "that's a good point"?  Even if they were to do so I'd expect it would be an ulterior motive to further some agenda.  Can anyone help me be less jaded?

                                                Wednesday, October 10, 2012

                                                T-133 : Joking In

                                                I heard the phrase "In on the joke" the other day and it made me take stock of my situation.  It's not that I hadn't heard the phrase before but I think I often feel clueless.  Maybe I'm just too needy but it seems like others often know more than me and they're either hiding it from me or just assume that I already know.  Sometimes I'm aware but mostly I'm naive about what's "really" going on.  Don't hesitate to lead me along slowly.

                                                Tuesday, October 9, 2012

                                                T-134 : Sports Geography

                                                I remember as a kid many times in sacrament meeting making up a game where I'd sketch a map of the USA and then attempt to place pro sports teams on the map in the correct area.  I don't remember if I ever went home and corrected myself but I likely did using my cool pencil box or collector cards or something.  Anyway, I found an ESPN app for iOS this past weekend that allows you to play a similar game and keep score!  If only I'd thought of that about 35 years ago...

                                                T-135 : TnT Fears

                                                Today I read:
                                                "Teratophobia is the fear of giving birth to a monster."
                                                 I think it's funny that the word is so close to TaraTonyPhobia; which would -- of course -- be the fear of my wife and I.  Years ago when we were first starting our computer consulting business we briefly toyed with the idea of naming it TaranTony.  That would have been especially good if we'd branched out into web design, huh?  Get it?  Tarantula...  Anyway, here's hoping you don't give birth to a monster...nor fear doing so.

                                                T-137 : American Migration

                                                When we lived in Montana a common refrain was a that there were too many Californians moving there and spoiling things for the rest of us.  I probably participated in that at times.  However, I've come to realize that we all came from somewhere.  Is anyone truly "native"?  This is an interesting map that shows which counties people came from and are going to.  How's your area; growing or shrinking?


                                                T-136 : Opined Onions

                                                Today when I pulled into the garage I smelt the definite smell of onions.  I'm grateful that Tara enjoys preserving foods for a rainy day.  Speaking of words that end in "nion", my opinion is that this quote from a feller I hadn't previously heard of is one that definitely doesn't stink:
                                                We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
                                                ~ John Stuart Mill
                                                On Liberty, 1859

                                                There's one specific person at work that I have had the hardest time dealing with because his ideas are so drastically different than mine.  Recently I was forced to spend some time with him and came out better because of it.  I now respect the fact that we can come up with better ideas when we work together than either of us would have been able to alone.  Differences have value.  In fact, we'd be worse off without them; in my opinion.

                                                How do you deal with others who have opinions different than yours?

                                                Monday, October 8, 2012

                                                T-138 : Truth Circumscribed

                                                In the television show "The X Files" the tagline was, "The truth is out there".  There was an anti-smoking campaign a few years ago where truth was called the anti-drug.  I've always been drawn to truth.  I believe that all truth can be circumscribed in one whole; that it's all part of one eternal round.  This past weekend I listened to a number of sermons given from godly men and women in the semi-annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I heard many truths.  It's hard for me to keep the whole picture in mind at all times but I do believe that each little aha moment has a profound effect on me as I grow and strive to become more like the Savior.  The truth is out there; it's also in there, inasmuch as you internalize it and make it a part of you.  True?

                                                T-139 : Rocket, Man!

                                                This past weekend we drove to the Salt Lake area to be present at baby Clara's blessing.  It was a sweet time.  We left Friday night intending to visit many folks.  The folkiness part didn't work out but we did spend some time seeing our old stomping grounds at USU, the rocket display at ATK (formerly Thiokol), the Golden Spike Monument, the Spiral Jetty, Snowville, Nevada, Wendover, Tooele...  It was a memorable time but here's a travel tip.  If you consider going around the other side of the Great Salt Lake you might want to reconsider.  It's a long way to Saratoga Springs from Snowville that way!

                                                Thursday, October 4, 2012

                                                T-140 : Dental Duh

                                                Eek!Today we found out that both boys need their wisdom teeth out.  Erik even has 6!  A few weeks ago we found out that Emily needs braces.  Just prior to that I found out that I have one cavity and need a 1/2-dozen crowns replaced.  So, do we try to get the stuff done now or wait until the new year starts?  Any financial/insurance specialists out there care to opine?