Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We found a new apartment right before Thanksgiving and I started my new job shortly after that. For a while now I have been commuting to Camp Hill from Bloomsburg three days a week. This isn't a bad commute since it only takes anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic and weather conditions.
We also have been moving our present residence to our new residence a bit at a time. And this is the part that is taking the longest time. But it's Christmas Eve so enough about the last two months. I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
And Happy Birthday to my daughter Lili who will be three tomorrow.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This was due to the fact that Miley, the maven of tweeendom and a Disney darling, shed her secret superstar image and performed on the MTV Teen Choice Awards as Britney Spears Jr clad in less clothes than some people put on a poodle in Winter. Miley even brought along her very own stripper pole.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
This is Champ. He is the mascot for the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. He was greeting people at the stadium entrance when we went to see what turned out to be a double header. The Yankees have had problems with the field drainage system since the 4th of July and the home games were scattered around.
So when we arrived to see our regularly schedule game, we arrived in the middle of a previous one. The Yankees were taking on their arch rival Pawtucket Red Sox. The Yankees won both games with very little difficulty which is what I expected.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
"You don't have to eat TV dinners alone. You don't have to pay bills alone."This is from a radio commercial for All About Singles, a local dating service. I definitely agree that eating TV dinners and paying bills are much better reasons to find a special some one than love and companionship.
Monday, July 27, 2009
This quote is from the blog of Andrew Sodergren, a sports writer for the Naples Daily News in Naples, Florida."Why the Mets even bring bats to the plate anymore, I’ll never know. They certainly never use them."
Sunday, July 26, 2009
my candle onto the wooden
keeping time with my steps
This house is old like myself
and so it moans and creaks
the sails are unfurled from
my bedposts waiting for wind
there are no ghosts here
just a bit of undigested cheese
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
So what is all this about?
What this is about is a t-shirt, or rather a busted tee. Bustedtees is a an online company that makes funny t-shirts like the one on the right. This t-shirt is a reference to a Seinfeld episode in which Newman and Kramer play Risk.
Here is a clip from that episode. Enjoy.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
This time around I am filled with desire to transcend my existence, if I can use that phrase, since my quest for meaning has been rather fruitless. In this Internet age, we are defined by what we do more than ever before and since my attempts to kick start a career have been dashed upon the rocks of recession I can not begin to define myself in those terms.
So I am driven to seek meaning elsewhere. The question is where? Like Fight Club's narrator I long for a better life but, unlike him, I don't believe I will find it in support groups and fight clubs.
So what is left then? I have absolutely no idea. I am Stan's Complete Confusion.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
The day after Michael Jackson died, I received two text messages which contained Michael Jackson jokes from an acquaintance of mine. These were so awful that I replied to them telling this woman, who is fond of tasteless humor, I did not appreciate receiving these and that they were not amusing.
Later I read a Facebook post by another acquaintance degrading Michael Jackson. This man continued in this vein with a post about Billy Mays and another poke at Michael Jackson.
Why do people feel the need to do this?
I know that when a famous person dies their demise will automatically become big news but there are much better ways to address whatever feelings or animosities you have toward that person than bad jokes.
Death is the one thing all of us have in common. Regardless of your socioeconomic status, your education, your political views or your sexual preference, eventually you will meet your manufacturer.
Let's try to remember that next time somebody famous dies and not vilify them or attempt to profit by selling their memorabilia on eBay. Shall we?
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
What makes it worth watching is the destruction of a marriage. After all, we are all guilty of slowing down to look at a scene of an accident for the gory details. This trend of deriving entertainment from other people's misery and pain is not new. I believe that it goes all they way back to Ancient Rome.
Back then, you see, the common folk had a famous chant "bread and circuses" which meant they wanted to be fed and entertained. The feeding part wasn't very hard the problem was how do you entertain people whose lives are at the mercy of the Roman Gods and could end at any moment. And so gladiatorial combat was invented.
I can see an Ancient Roman carnival barker now: "Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up and get your tickets to see a marvelous new interactive entertainment! Live human beings will fight one another to the death for no other reason than your enjoyment. Don't worry, these are slaves, Gods know we have a lot of them, and no actual Roman citizens will be hurt. There is still time to get front row seats so you can be close to the action. And did I mention the best part? You control the outcome of these fights. You decide who lives or dies! So what are you waiting for?"
Romans even invented what we now call sports arenas for the purpose of watching these fights. The Coliseum had a retractable roof and elevators which would bring gladiators and animals to the stage. If you don't believe me, go to Rome and look for yourself.
But what does any of this have to do with Jon and Kate Plus Eight?
Well, it seems that even though we have become a bit more "civilized" than the Ancient Romans we still like to watch a good fight now and then. We might not have the Romans' taste for blood, but we continue to crave conflict and other people's pain prominently displayed in our living rooms.
And nothing quenches our thirst for pain and suffering like Reality TV. We want to see real people put in front of a camera lens so we can watch them wriggle and squirm the same way inquisitive children do with bugs. But, of course, this is not true reality.
Just like Roman Gladiators the people we watch were selected for our maximum enjoyment. If this was actual reality, we would be sitting in front of our televisions watching other people sitting in front of their televisions. And who wants that?
Nobody! We all know what we want. We want "bread and circuses!" And we want them delivered to us in a form we have become accustomed to, television.
The invention of television eventually lead to the inventions of TV dinners and Reality TV. And these two combined allow us to have our "bread and circuses" in the comfort of our own domiciles.