Tuesday, November 29, 2005

More News From Back Home

Yesterday was the first day of Deer Season in NE PA yesterday. I always love the day after because they've got some priceless pictures in the paper.

The only thing that could be better for this picture is if the hunter had his tongue sticking out like the deer.

Now here's a proud family, you just know that Mom cooked a huge breakfast before they went out yesterday morning.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Fat Asses not good for Vaccines

Check out this article

Apparently a study was done to determine if people who had fat asses and received shots in the ass received an effective dosage of the medication.

My favorite line:

"We are the first to report that the majority of intramuscular injections into the buttocks are not effective in the Western adult population," said Victoria O. Chan.

Way to go North America! We should all be proud.

Reading the Hometown Paper

You've got to love the Internet. With it, I can read my "hometown" paper and see what's going on at all the way over in Pennsylvania. See how the people are arguing for/against Intelligent Design (ID) how they're pissed off at the Senators for voting themselves a raise outside of the normal timeframe for doing so, and seeing what kind of Buckwheat Cake suppers are going on in time for Hunting Season.

In today's paper, on the front page, was an article about a couple who had a baby 2.5 months early and that their hospital bill was $450,000.

The following passage is how they described the size of the baby when it was born:

"Jessica and Robert have photographs of Julia lying in the NICU next to a stuffed animal. She's the same size as the toy, which is the size of a squirrel, minus the tail."

Now I could just see that same article in the Chicago Times.....what would they refer that baby to to give a fair comparison? A pack of cigaretts, a bottle of Colt Malt Liquor....only in PA can you refer to the size of a Squirrel (without the tail) and everyone knows how big it is.....

I love the country!

My Butchness has been Extended

Since I had to change the tire on my car last week, I gave myself 6 months worth of Butch Points. I mean it wasn’t an easy task, it involved multiple pieces of equipment (jack, tire iron) and a heavy piece of metal covered by rubber, it’s worth at least 6 months.

Well today my account has been credited with 3 more months of Butch Points!

Got back from lunch and one of the girls on my team comes over and asks….do you have jumper cables? J just called me and her car won’t start so she wants me to come jump her car but I don’t have cables and I don’t know how to do it.

Of course I know how to jump a car I tell her, but alas I don’t have jumper cables….so we ask around the office and our Boss has, so we grab those and go jump the car.

Too bad, but the car wouldn’t start, I think it was her starter because it was turning over (so it had juice) but it wasn’t catching it was just doing that whirring sound. So I called her a Tow Truck and arranged for her to get to Sears.

So in the matter of less than a week I have:

- removed a flat tire and put the spare on
- attempted a jump start of a car in trouble

I’m Butch for the next 9 months! I’m so excited because I’m going to get something cool with the stamps they give you.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Overheard in Chicago

Overheard today while in line at the Walgreens:

Man on Cell Phone: Ok, you know what? At this point in our relationship you should be giving me crabs not Baccarat crystal.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thanksgiving in London

Last year Dave (formerly known as The Boyfriend) and I went to London over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

It was my first time so he was very gentle with me.

Check out the movie if you'd like

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A New Video

I promise that I won't make this a video blog but at least if you don't want to watch it you don't have to.

Check out this little movie I put together, I hope you enjoy it.

A Terrible Disaster has been Averted

You won't see this often
Originally uploaded by mlehet.
Yesterday morning I took my usual walk to my car to drive to work when what did I spy but a flat tire on my adorable little Ford Focus.

That's right a Flat Tire. Well let me tell you this, at 7:00 am I was not dealing with that shit, so I just grabbed the bus and went to work, fuck that shit!

During the day I stopped at Sears and grabbed one of those portable air compressors thinking I could just pump some air back into that fat little tire. Well that didn't work.

So the next step was Fix-A-Flat which is basically expandable insulation in a can that you're supposed to put in your tire. That didn't work either!

Fortunately since we're celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow work was really slow and we were allowed to leave at 2:00 pm (gotta love that). I jumped back on that bus and came home and immediately tackeled that flat tire.

And this is what I got....dirty hands!

I hate having dirty hands that's why I work in an office where I'm not forced to work with dirty implements.

So it is offical, I'm butch for the next six months, I don't wanna hear anything from you!

**Note: I've changed a lot of tires in my life (I grew up on a farm) so I'm this is just a dramatic portrayl for your enjoyment. It only took me 20 minutes to change, but I just wanted to bitch about it.

How they keep babies fresh

How they keep babies fresh
Originally uploaded by mlehet.
A big secret was revealed today.

I never knew how they kept babies fresh, I guess they just wrap them in Saran Wrap!

The First Thanksgiving

Since the Holiday Season is now upon us, I thought I’d tell you a little story about The First Thanksgiving. ‘ No not “The” first Thanksgiving and not “My” first Thanksgiving but the First Thanksgiving I ever made.

Picture it, Columbus, OH – November 1990. I had just moved from my parents house in PA 8 short months before and my family (sister included) agreed to drive to Columbus to have Thanksgiving at my “college apartment”

I was all excited about having my first Thanksgiving in my new home with my family, for weeks in advance I prepared. I made the menu I made the shopping list, I pined over what dishes should I use (plastic or paper) and what wine to serve (box or MD 20/20) finally the time arrived. I knew that it was going to be a chore cooking on my apartment sized stove (it was half the size of a regular stove), but I was ready for the challenge.

My parents and sister arrived on Wednesday night and spent the night at a Knight’s Inn (are they still around) about 5 miles from home.

Thanksgiving morning I got up early and prepared my bird and got it in the oven. About 2 hours after the bird had been in the oven, the unimaginable happened…..the electric went out….and I had an electric stove.

A call to the electric company made me aware that a motorist had hit a pole and that approximately 1000 people in my area were without electricity.

What’s a boy to do?

Well I met my family and we had a fun shopping experience at Meijers and a great breakfast at The Waffle House.

By the time we got done shopping the power was back on the turkey was cooking and we had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I hope that your Thanksgiving (if you’re celebrating one) is wonderful and exciting and that your electricity doesn’t go off a few hours after you put your turkey in the oven!

Have a great holiday (and for those of you outside the US – Have a Great Thursday)

Monday, November 21, 2005

A new movie

But this one is not mine, I found it today while I was surfing the web....I emailed myself the link so I could look at it at home, but I can't for the life of me remember WHERE I found this link. But I was just reminded where I found it:

Check out my friend Rob7534 where I've just found out that he's been posting ALL OF HIS SECRETS, it's some good reading!

This movie is amazing, quite spectaular actually and it really does deserve credit, I would like to thank the person who first made it.

So check it out:

Shopping for the Holidaze!

There’s a few of us that are going to be in town this year for Thanksgiving, so we decided that we would get together and have our own little dinner.

Yesterday we went shopping to prepare for the big day……we went to Whole Foods or perhaps you know it by it’s more well known name – Whole Paychecks.

Typically I like to shop at the big box stores, you know the ones that have pesticides and germicides on it’s vegetables and has more than one type of cracker to choose from…but the guy who is hosting wanted to go there, so I took him (since I’ve got a car, but that’s a whole other post)

Now I’ve been to Whole Paychecks before but Sunday morning there is crazy! First off it’s a small store and the aisles are close together but there were people bouncing off of each other everywhere you went. I said “excuse me” so many times I was hoarse.

There were a few things I discovered:

- The Granola crowd needs preservatives. I think that eating non-preservative foods has some how caused people to become irate, irrational and just plain rude. People were pushing and shoving trying to get at those grapes and oranges from South Africa. It was terrible. Dave accidentally backed into a woman’s cart and she about bit his head off, come on lady it was an accident and he couldn’t really help it because we were all crowded in there like cattle on the way to slaughter.

- When we were checking out it was difficult to tell which buttons to push on the debit card reader because the NO button was almost completely worn off, I guess people don’t usually get cash back after they spend $10 for a few pounds of grapes. Yes that’s right Dave bought some beautiful grapes but they cost $9.92. Hell, I bought a few oranges, some ginger, a zester tool and my bill was almost $20. I just stuffed the receipt in the pocket and threw it out as soon as I got home I really didn’t care to know exactly how that bill broke down.

- The people that shop there really need some hair conditioner. I think eating organic food has caused something to happen to people’s hair. I have never seen sooooooo many people with bad hair as I did yesterday when we were shopping. It was quite interesting because I can’t believe that people would actually go out of the house looking like that….or if the did leave the house looking like that, what in the hell were they thinking?

Hope that you and yours (family, friends, whatever you want to call them) have a great Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 18, 2005

See What Flo Is Up To

Flo Bowling
Originally uploaded by mlehet.

That crazy Flo...you know Flo Mingo has been up to some wild stuff lately.

You should stop by and check out her adventures.

Click on the photo to be magically transported to Flo's World.

I think I just came up with the name for her serie's "Flo's World"

Friday Funny

I got this in an email so I can't give credit where it's due.

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, "It's all right?" Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, "That hurt, you stupid idiot?"

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

Just Because

You're in your car with your windows rolled up doesn't mean I can't see you picking your nose......and eating it! YUCK!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I've been found out

So last week or so I was going through my site meter log and I see "someone" going through the archives, which triggers an express interest in wondering who would want to read that.

Well come to find out, it was The Boyfriend. I had told him that I had a blog, but I didn't give him the address.....directly.

I have enough other places that link to this blog that I figured if he wanted to, he would be able to find it....well he found it.

He was a little surprised when I asked him about it, at first he said no but quickly changed his answer. Then he looked at me with a surprised look in his eyes and said "how did you know" I have my secrets.

The one thing he did mention was "So, I'm 'THE Boyfriend'" I told him I was protecting his identity, but then what the hell.

From this point forward, the character formerly known as The Boyfriend will be known as Dave (The Boyfriend).

I may post some stories about him.....in hopes that he doesn't come back here and read them (and correct my timeline and grammar).

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Boyfriend - Up Close

The Boyfriend
Originally uploaded by mlehet.
This is how close we were to the stage, it was amazing!

The Boyfriend - A Review

No not MY Boyfriend, The Boyfriend - the musical.

We went to see this show last night at the beautiful Chicago Theater on State Street, this theater is so beautiful inside I always enjoy going there. I’ve actually seen several shows there – Alicia Keys, The Shaolin Monks, Slava’s Snowshow and now The Boyfriend.

I should start by saying that I’m on the Chicago Theater’s email list and I constantly get emails about new programs coming…well back in June, yes June, I got one about this show and that it was directed by Julie Andrews, it was also the show that was her Broadway Debut way back when…so I went out quickly and got tickets. When I got the tickets the seats were AA but they have a funky way of doing their seats theres AAA-EEE and then AA-PP and then C-R, all on the floor?!? So if you think you’re in the front your probably not.

Well, let’s just say this, we had a great view of the orchestra pit we saw the sweat flying off the boys as they were dancing and it was very apparent to us that it was several degrees colder on stage than it was in the Theater (i.e. nippliage).

The show was written in 1953 but is actually set in Nice France, 1926 at a Finishing School for girls. Polly Brown is the most popular girl and the daughter of a millionaire, she’s so popular that she thinks the only reason boys want to be with her is because of her money, so she makes up boyfriends (The Boyfriend).

There’s a big Carnival coming up and all the girls have their costumes and their boyfriends have their matching outfits as well, except for Polly who’s waiting for her Boyfriend to motor in from Paris.

Sub-Plot – Polly’s father comes to town to visit, finds out that the Head Mistress (Ms. Dubonnet) is actually an old love interest, apparently they hung out in Paris at some time, but I couldn’t figure out when (they were both in their 60’s) so it had to have been in the 1890’s or so.

So Polly ends up meeting a boy, he’s a Messenger (he delivered her costume) they instantly fall in love musical style and start singing about how they could be happy together (what if he’s a junkie and she’s addicted to TV? I thought it was a little quick for me, but the show must go on). She tells the messenger boy that she’s a secretary so that he won’t be after her money.

Sub-Sub Plot – These two people are looking for their son who ran away from Oxford – well come to find out, it’s The Messenger Boy, but Polly thinks he’s a thief and loses her heart of him and is sad for the rest of the show.

Like all good musicals there was a happy ending, all the girls married their beau’s, Polly’s Father got it on with the Head Mistress in the Beach Cabana, The parents found their son, and Polly is sure to get some now from The Messenger Boy.

This was a great show, sitting in the front row it really felt as though they were putting on the show just for me, I would highly recommend front row seating for all future productions if you can afford it. The songs were really cheesy (think 1950’s) the dancing was really great, very energetic and upbeat and the set was very interesting (think cartoonish but stylish).

We never did see Julie Andrews the bitch must have been hiding backstage the whole time!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Reviews Reviews Reviews

We’ve been to a lot of movies over the last 2 weeks so I thought I’d tell you about them.

The first we saw was Capote starring that lovely chameleon Philip Seymour Hoffman. He truly became Truman Capote during this film with his affected voice and his personal “stylings”

PSH I think is really one of those actors who takes on the character he is playing and you have no idea who he really is as an individual, sort of like Johnny Depp. When you see a PSH or Depp movie you don’t say “Oh that PSH looks just like Capote” you say “Was that an actor playing Capote or was it really him.”

I’ve seen several of PSH movies, and he always comes across as the character instead of an actor playing a character.

Back to the Movie. The storyline of Capote is based around Truman’s last book – In Cold Blood (which if you haven’t read you should put on your list). Truman is sort of at an impasse and doesn’t know what to do when he runs across a clipping of the murders in Kansas.

So he gets the New Yorker magazine to pay for an article and he goes out there to investigate. The movie centers around his relationships with the murderers and how he was able to get into their minds and fish out the whole story.

Overall, PSH was GREAT, but I was able to take two little naps during the duration and was happy to find out that when I woke up I really didn’t miss much. Overall the movie was a little slow, but it was perfect for a Sunday afternoon. If you don’t catch it at the theaters you should catch it when it comes out on Video.

The next two movies we saw last week during the Chicago Reeling Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The festival was going on for more than 10 days and they had multiple movies playing every day, but we only got to see two of them.

The first was TransAmerica starring Felicity Huffman from Desperate Housewives. The only way that I can sum up this movie is to say that I really want to sit down and write a letter to Ms. Huffman and tell her what a remarkable job she did in this movie, she was absolutely amazing!

First, to give you an idea of the clientele who was watching this movie. A) it’s a Gay/Lesbian Film Festival b) It’s about Transexuals So not only were there boys and girls there, but sitting in front of us were 5 boys who were girls and 1 girl who was a boy. Good for them!

Bree (who used to be Stanley) lives in LA and is one week away from having her final surgery to become a woman. One evening she receives a phone call looking for Stanley who no longer lives there, saying that his son is in jail in NYC. But the thing is, Stanley never had sex so how could he have a child…well there was this one time in college.

Bree’s Therapist won’t sign the document letting her get the surgery because she doesn’t want her to have anything left over from that life, but there’s a 1 year waiting list for surgery and if Bree misses it, she’s got to wait another year.

Bree goes off to NYC and picks up her “son” who asks who this “lady” is and she tells him she’s from The Church of Potential Father. She ends up getting a station wagon and the two of them drive across the country. They camp out a few nights, the stop in Arkansas at a Transexual’s house where several of them are planning a trip, they have their car stolen and meet a Native American gentleman who ends up giving his number to Bree so she can call him if she ever makes it back to town.

During this time, the son figures out that Bree is actually a man (I’m not gonna tell you how). They finally make it to Phoenix where Stanley/Bree’s parents live, an old Jewish couple who accept/don’t accept Stanley for what he has done.

More stuff happens but I’m not gonna tell you about that because it will ruin it for you, but this was a FIVE STAR movie, it was totally amazing. I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to see it before it is released later this year (In December, you really do need to go see this movie).

Did you know that Felicity Huffman is married to William H. Macy? I didn’t know that either.

The last movie we saw was “Exposed: The Making of Legend” a documentary based on the making of the gay porn flick “Buckelroos” which was supposed to be an old time cowboy/country/western boy on boy love story.

To give you an idea of the surroundings a) It was at a Gay/Lesbian Film Festival b) the topic was porn. The theater was filled with a smattering of younger guys, but primarily it was older guys (not a lot of women – we saw 3). It was a sell out show, so there was no personal space left in this theater, so it was no surprise when The Boyfriend turned to me and said “If this guy next to me touches me I’m gonna scream like a girl”

All I can say is UGH! I took about 15 naps during this 90 minute movie, it was seriously about 89 minutes too long. This movie was terrible for a documentary, everyone figured since it was about the making of a porn movie that there would be porn involved in the docu ----- wrong. Now don’t get me wrong we saw our share of willy’s and wankers but whenever anything “happened” they went to black or to a different scene, hey they want you to buy the movie they’re not gonna give it away for free.

Well I had no interest in the “characters” I use that term loosely because there wasn’t much acting being done, and the guys in the movie are not guys I’m typically attracted to….so…this movie sucked!

Quick Recap:

Capote – if you don’t get a chance to see it in the Theaters it is a good rental

TransAmerica – you really should go see this when it comes out in December you won’t be disappointed.

Exposed – I’m not even gonna go there

Monday, November 14, 2005


Wow, I didn't realize until I went up to my blogger admin page today that this is my 401st post.

How could I have missed the great opportunity to throw a party to celebrate 400!

Well I did, so I'll just have to party when 500 runs around.

I'm sorry I haven't posted much, work has been busy and the time change is really screwing with me this year. We left work today and it was already dark...ugh!

But I do have a few things that I promise I'll do in the next few days.

A review of the movie TransAmerica with Felicity Huffman (3 thumbs up) We saw this last week during the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

A review of the movie Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman (1.5 thumbs up) We saw this last weekend after it opened.

A review of the movie Exposed: The Making of a Legend (there is no Haffman in this if that's what you were thinking). This was also part of the G&LFF, but there's a bigger story here.

A review of the Musical/Play The Boyfriend which we're going to see tomorrow evening. I bought the tickets back in June if you can believe that.....but we are sitting in row AA seats 411 & 413 which are majorly in the "front of the house" I've never sat that close for a production before, so I guess it will be a totally new experience.

I hope that you are well.

Friday, November 11, 2005

New Movie

Check out my latest movie from Halloween. My friends Greg & Scott have an annual Pumpkin Carving Party, but lately it's been less carving and more drinking. Check out the madness. Oh, Audrey and Miss Swan do not make appearances in this film.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Here's more of those urinal things

WJT 2005 - 16
Originally uploaded by psychOsaka.
I'd have Uromisotisis if this is where I had to pee all the time.

**Bonus Points-for those "in the know"

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

I bet you thought that it was only a song didn’t you?  Well it is a song, but it’s a song with a purpose, sort of like that Boney M song Rasputin that Ms. Mac told us all about a while ago.

Today is the 30th anniversary of the sinking of The Edmund Fitzgerald.  Wow, I always thought it was much longer than that, because I always knew the song by Gordon Lightfoot

I can tell you all about it, but Gordon does a great job of explaining it in his song, so here are the lyrics:

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on downOf the big lake they call Gitche GumeeThe lake, it is said, never gives up her deadWhen the skies of November turn gloomy.With a load of iron ore - 26,000 tons moreThan the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed emptyThat good ship and true was a bone to be chewedWhen the gales of November came earlyThe ship was the pride of the American sideComing back from some mill in WisconsonAs the big freighters go it was bigger than mostWith a crew and the Captain well seasoned.Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firmsWhen they left fully loaded for ClevelandAnd later that night when the ships bell rangCould it be the North Wind they'd been feeling.The wind in the wires made a tattletale soundAnd a wave broke over the railingAnd every man knew, as the Captain did, too,T'was the witch of November come stealing.The dawn came late and the breakfast had to waitWhen the gales of November came slashingWhen afternoon came it was freezing rainIn the face of a hurricane West WindWhen supper time came the old cook came on deckSaying fellows it's too rough to feed yaAt 7PM a main hatchway caved inHe said fellas it's been good to know ya.The Captain wired in he had water coming inAnd the good ship and crew was in perilAnd later that night when his lights went out of sightCame the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.Does anyone know where the love of God goesWhen the words turn the minutes to hoursThe searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish BayIf they'd fifteen more miles behind her.They might have split up or they might have capsizedThey may have broke deep and took waterAnd all that remains is the faces and the namesOf the wives and the sons and the daughters.Lake Huron rolls, Superior singsIn the ruins of her ice water mansionOld Michigan steams like a young man's dreams,The islands and bays are for sportsmen.And farther below Lake OntarioTakes in what Lake Erie can send herAnd the iron boats go as the mariners all knowWith the gales of November remembered.In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayedIn the Maritime Sailors' CathedralThe church bell chimed, 'til it rang 29 timesFor each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.The legend lives on from the Chippewa on downOf the big lake they call Gitche GumeeSuperior, they say, never gives up her deadWhen the gales of November come early.

Poor Flo

Poor Flo
Originally uploaded by mlehet.
She hasn't been feeling well, she's on her way to the doctor.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Card Shopping
Originally uploaded by mlehet.
If I were to admit to having a fetish, I would have to admit that it is office and stationary supplies.

I don't know what it is about a mechanical pencil or colored markers, but I can sit and look through a Staples Catalog with the same vigor that a 5 year old looks through the Sears Christmas Wishbook.

In fact, I used to work with this girl and every Sunday morning (we were waiters) we would drool over the Office Depot circular that was in the weekly paper.

My other big like is stationary and cards. I love finding unique and interesting cards, there are millions of them out there. There's nothing like finding the perfect card for the perfect situation, even if you haven't come up to that situation yet.

I also enjoy stationary, there are so many colors, designs, textures that it's overwhelming. In this day of email the interweb cell phones and blackberry's I think there's nothing nicer than opening up your mailbox and finding a card or a handwritten letter. Granted my handwriting sucks, but I do like to sit down and just "drop a line" to someone.

I used to do this with my Grandmother, several times throughout the year I would send a card, a package, a letter and she would send a letter in return.

I found a few of those letters the other day. At the time they seemed so usual, so normal, but now looking back over them, I see how precious they are.

She would have been 88 years old this past week.

I'll miss you Grammy.


Originally uploaded by mlehet.
Our newest Blog Correspondant:

Miss Flo. Mingo

Please take a moment to welcome Flo to our family I know that she'll soon become a vital part of the organization.

Flo will be our "on the street" reporter, she'll give us her reviews on restaurants, movies and just things in general.

The girl in the picture is the shop girl that was keeping Flo company until we came along. She was sad to see Flo go as she said she was always making a lot of noise and getting the rest of the animals into trouble.

Keep an eye out for Flo's first report, her review on the movie Capote starring that lovely young man Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Another Reason Why AOL Sucks

I used to have AOL, to give you an idea of how long ago that was, it was way back when you had to pay for usage by the hour. I think it was like $6.00 which was like $0.10 a minute which doesn't sound like much...but like Andi I got that one bill that totally freaked me out and made me realize how much time I was spending on there.

My first bill for AOL service was like $150 (and this was more than 10 years ago) when I was poor and didn't have an extra $150 sitting around to give to AOL.

But I digress......I actually got rid of AOL about 2 years ago. I got DSL and didn't need to use AOL for dialup any longer, but I lowered my service plan and kept it on, and then eventually decided to cancel.

They really make you go through hoops to cancel their service, I guess they figure if you get frustrated enough you'll just keep paying the $14.95 a month and say WTF. I think when I canceled I talked to at least 4 people, the first person tried to offer me something, she said let me let you talk to this guy to cancel, etc. etc.

Finally after they were offering me the world, and I was totally pissed off, I said, "do you really want to know why I'm canceling AOL?" The guy said, "Why yes, we always want to know why customers choose to leave."

"Well," I started, "I met this girl (lie #1) in one of your chat rooms, we chatted for a while and eventually met up, she was really hot, we had coffee and got it on, it was REALLY HOT, if you know what I mean. Well after about a week of seeing her almost everyday it started to burn when I peed, so I went to my doctor and I found out I had gonorrhea." I could hear the guy audibly gasp, "So I got that taken care of and then I found out the bitch gave me herpes. But the real reason I'm canceling my AOL service, she was only 15 and I'm going to jail so I'm really not gonna need AOL there because I'm gonna be making a whole lot of other friends. So can you just cancel my account?"

Wouldn't you know it, the guy canceled my account and actually gave me a 3 month credit because he felt so bad.

But the real reason AOL sucks, they keep sending me those CD's to re-join (can't blame them) but on the last CD they sent me there was a little piece of paper that said "10 Free Games on this CD" so I decided to see what games were on there.

The bastards didn't put any games on the CD, they just gave me the paper to make me think that there were games on the disc. The directory location they provided on their paper didn't even exist.

So I think I'm gonna sue, anyone want to join me? They offered me something but didn't follow through on their side of it, that sucks!

How stuff works

For as long as I can remember I've always been interested in how things work.

Whether it's a toy, a VCR or a magic trick, I've always been fascinated to figure out "how'd they do that."

Growing up the first thing I did when I got a new toy was tear it apart, see how it worked and then put it back together. Most of the time I was able to get it back together and it could still actually work, but there were cases where I figured out how it worked but then it never worked after that, oh well there have to be sacrafices don't there?

I've always been intrigued by magic, because it's obvious that there is some kind of gimmick, something that makes it work because let's face it, no one (even David Copperfield) has magical powers, if one person has them then everyone should have them right?

Unfortunately once I discover "the magic" behind something, I'm not as intrigued as I was before I found out, but then isn't that how it normally goes?

Most "tricks" I can sort of figure out, others I have to do some research on the web, books, etc. But there is one trick that I can't figure out how it's done.

Several years ago (at least 8 years now) I saw David Copperfield perform, his "trick" that year was his ability to fly across the stage. It really was the most amazing "trick" that I've ever seen (and I've seen David Copperfield more times than I can count on two hands), to this day I've not been able to figure it out.

But that's not what this post is about.

I found this really cool website today called Cool Stuff Being Made that showcases how they make things.

The one thing I found very interesting was a 12 minute movie on how they make Aluminum Cans it was very educational and really made me think about all of the effort that goes into making a single can. Check it out see what you think?

There's also this other site called How Stuff Works

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ask The Fruitcake Lady

I apologize that my recent posts have been crap! But I'll be back to posting regular crap very soon, it's just been a busy week. Halloween really took it out of me.

It's hard being a girl, so kudo's to all of you out there.

A friend shared this video with me and it's hilarious, check it out.

I don't typically watch Jay Leno, I'm more of a David Letterman fan (I guess Jay's chin sorta scares me a little bit, plus he's in California and Dave is in NYC), apparently this is a bit from the Tonight Show with Jay, not sure how often she is on but I think you'll love her.

Just in time for Turkey Day

Just in time for Thanksgiving.

Check out this e-card that a friend sent me this morning

Michael work picture

Michael work picture
Originally uploaded by mlehet.
Our Team had photos taken for a brochure we're going to distribute to our customers.

This was the best out of my glamour shots campaign.