Friday, November 30, 2007

I Love Those J-I-N-G-L-E Bells

Broken record time here....

If you love the holiday tunes and can stream audio where you live or work, please try these links:

Ralphie's Radio
Live 365's free streams sound a bit scratchy, which works perfectly for these tunes from the '30's and '40's. You'll feel like Darren McGavin is about to head down to the basement and wrestle with the furnace!

The late, great 97x (Rain Man said, "Bam! The future of Rock and Roll.") went all internet a while back and offers another season of holiday songs on a third stream. From original tunes by Sufjan Stevens to DJ/Classic mash-ups and everything in between, this is a must from anyone who spent their formative years in the eighties and nineties. They even have some Regis and Kathy Lee here!


One of the web's great music experiments stretches as it offers holiday songs. Just type in the name of an artist followed by "holiday" and you get your own personal station.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Big Turkey

Dinner went off without a hitch and the weekend was pretty fun and relaxing. I purchased PGirl's gifts yesterday and am keeping my fingers crossed for them to score! I'm lost for anything else to write so I'll respond to my wife's tag:

Tagged by Preppygirl (and, in all honesty, looking for an easy post) - here goes:

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments. What is it?
1. Produce: Avacados
2. Bakery: Apple Fritters
3. Meat: Pork Tenderloin
4. Frozen: Vegetable Lasagna
5. Dry goods: Dry onion soup mix.

Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?
1. Casual, comfy khakis
2. Light, sweat shirt
3. sneakers

If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
1. "Fuck."
2. "What the Fuck?"
3. "Fuck!"
4. "Feck"
5."Come on!"

So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?
1. Shower.
2. Pick up or drop off the kids, see them off to school.
3. Talk to my wife.

Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
1. Bills for next month.
2. Fix something in or around the house.
3. Clean the floors.
4. Straightening up the computer area.
5. Take the dog for a long walk.

We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
1. Something to do with monkeys.
2. Petting zoo.
3. Insect house.

You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on t.v. of your choice. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?
1. The Office
2. Mythbusters
3. Pardon The Interruption
4. No Reservations

You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
1. Butter pecan
2. Peanut butter swirl
3. Pistachio

Somebody stole your wallet… in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?
1. Health insurance card.
2. CVS card.
3. Appointment cards
4. Receipts
5. Piccies of my kids and PGirl

If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?
1. Ask a girl out who is pretty cool. No pressure to sleep with her. Someone to talk to. You'll have a good time and you're not getting married to her anyway.
2. Work harder at basketball.
3. Go to the record store and pick up everything from SST that you can carry out.
4. Don't grow a mustache.

You're it Java!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


1. Link to your tagger and post these rules. My “tagger”: In Java, Literally

2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.

a. I was in the Boy Scouts for a while. Was sort of working toward Eagle Scout when I quit. Guess that is why I'm making less money than I should be.

b. I am obsessed with media, checking out several websites, blogs, newspapers and magazines each week.

c. I love video games, but can't own a system for long because of my addictive personality. I pretty much limit myself to Monopoly on my cell phone and Sudoku too.

d. I have little patience for people who break driving, parking and pedestrian rules. I use my horn to let them know my displeasure.

e. I dislike most of the local radio stations around Jamestown and company-owned stations in general.

f. I think U.S. politics and "Survivor" are among the most awful examples of how people behave.

g. I have night terrors.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).

Nick Dean
3 Carnations
Princess Slea

I'll link these up soon!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Oh Yeah...

....some more highlights of the weekend.

  • Set the DVR to record Food Network's Thanksgiving shows.
  • Set the DVR to record a new season of "Kenny Versus Spenny" on Comedy Central. Don't watch this show with the kids.
  • Wilco was on Austin City Limits!

Come On Feel The Illinois

Princess Slea, her sister-in-law, Fem-Monkey and the kiddoes came a calling this weekend. Fun was had by all. Some highlights:
  • Fem-monkey began the Wine Cellar's World Tour, which entails the drinking of over 40 beers served in-house. A T-Shirt and plaque entry await the survivors. Contestants are not expected to finish in one night. The Wine Cellar staff will keep your record card on file for years....
  • MonkeyJr. (aged 3) told me a variation on the Chicken crossing the road joke. Why? To eat the broccoli of course.
  • I found out that my god-daughter (Vampiress, aged 6) is dating a boy in her hometown. I proceeded to fake-phone the lad and threatened him to peals of laughter coming from PGirl Jr.'s room.
  • Ran with the dog down to Washington and 3rd streets downtown on Saturday morning. Felt good!
  • Listened as my poor PGirl's voice became more and more Suzanne Plechette-ish all weekend.
  • Made some too-salty chili for dinner yesterday.
  • Watched the Bills squeak by the lowly Dolphins. Our running back did have a good game, running in the sole-touchdown and following it with a two-point conversion.
  • I beat the top guy in my Fantasy Football League, with some help from the Patriots' bye week (this dude's team has Tom Brady and a few other Pats on it) and the fact that his second string QB was clobbered and taken out early yesterday. Trading deadline is Friday and the playoffs start in a few weeks, so I'm hoping for a trade. As of tomorrow, I should be in 4th place and playoff eligible, but that can change quickly...