Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #38


13 Random Things


1. Tropical Storm Andrea, the first TS of the year, is about 150 miles northeast of us. Thrills. Doesn’t that stupid storm know that hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1? I hate people who show up for parties too early.

2. I love styrofoam cups. A large diet coke from Whataburger will last me all afternoon, and still have ice in it when I head home from work. I don't care if it's politically incorrect. In fact, I like it more because of that.

3. We had a front come through our section of Florida Sun/Mon and it was sunny and breezy with highs in the 70s for a couple of days. Like heaven, I tell ya.

4. Now though, outside here in central Florida, it looks and smells as if there are forest fires nearby. It's really smoky and smelly. The forest fires are actually a couple of hundred miles north of us on the Georgia/Florida border.

5. Watching the show "Pet Star" on Animal Planet will give you a big laugh and have you smiling, even if you're depressed. That poodle doing back flips was awesome.

6. You should see our cat come through our pet door in our screened enclosure around our back patio/pool area. She bats it with her paw like a boxer on one of those little upside down balloon looking things (speed bag?) and when she has the rhythm right, scoots through. It's funny.

7. At work, in the evenings when everyone else has gone, sometimes the timer shuts off the lights in the room where my cubicle is. I stick my hand up and give a Queen Elizabeth wave and the motion sensor turns them back on.

8. Lovely Wife sure loves her some lighthouses. Her latest acquisition is one that goes by the pool, has a solar charged battery, and then lights up automatically when it gets dark. Really cool.

9. My "new" Soviet made Zorki-4 rangefinder camera is really nifty. It cost a bank acount crushing $39.99 on Ebay from Ukraine. It is solidly made and seems to work great, especially for a forty year old camera (1967). I have a roll of film in it now, and will post some photos taken with it when they are developed and I scan them. Really old-school.










10. Who thinks up paint color names? It's not "mother earth soil" it's BROWN. It's not "tropical azure", it's BLUE.

11. I'd like to give the man/woman that invented Lortab a big ol' hug.

12. The new French President-Elect, Sarkozy, is supposedly a conservative. Wonders never cease. A conservative president of France? Wow!

13. I think that Paris Hilton gives useless, spoiled, drunk-driving, trust fund babies a bad name.


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24 comments:

jennyr said...

i was wondering where i could comment...good thing u turn it on...hehehe! i'd like to comment on the camera, it's nice! and where you are at, FLorida is such a nice place...i'd love to visit there someday...never been to florida yet!

Angela/SciFiChick said...

"Mother earth soil"? Give me a break!

Mags said...

Ugh to styrofoam cups-they give me goosebumps like nails on a chalk board!

Dragonheart said...

I hope the storm passes you by - stay safe! Your cat sounds very cute and smart. :) My human dad would agree with you about colour names.

Babystepper said...

You sound like you're feeling better. Either that, or you've found a way to laugh at life through the pain.

Hilarious stuff. I'd love to see the cat doing his Ali trick, and you with your little "I'm still here" Queen Elizabeth wave.

Toni said...

I am a nut about Styrofoam cup with crushed or pellet ice! I go out of my way to go to a certain restaurant! Great list!

Special K Family

~**Dawn**~ said...

i just heard this morning that there are 220 fires burning statewide. something like 83000 square feet or something to that effect. the 220 is right though. we have a bunch of the here in Central FL: Green Swamp. Bartow. Polk City. Sanford. all over Polk County smells like a berbecue pit. =P

Christine said...

I didn't want you to think I was ditchin from commenting, but I couldn't find where to comment.
Cool camera, I'm going to have to surf ebay.
Aren't color names hilarious? I'm thinking of painting our bathroom "Lilac Garden".LOL!
I am so with you on #13!

Have a great Thursday!

Starrlight said...

Word on Paris!

Mitchypoo said...

Funny list! Would love to see Lovely Wife's lighthouse. Hope you visit my TT!

http://mitchypoo777.blogspot.com

This Eclectic Life said...

I come to parties early, but I don't like storms that do. Styrofoam...nope, won't use it. Cool camera!

uberstrickenfrau said...

Ha ha! Good list! Found you through SciFichick. Have to vist more often!

Angela Giles Klocke said...

My mom is so funny. When I told her we would never move back to FL and would move to CA if we ever got tired of Colorado (NOT LIKELY!), she said, "California has fires and earthquakes!" as if Florida has NOTHING! Oh, just hurricanes, tornadoes, rattlesnakes, gators in your backyard... ;)

Be safe!

Lady G~ said...

I understand that early uninvited guest put a damper on things, but good can come out of it. We need the rain. The 1000+ acre fire, in the Wekiva area in central Florida is less than 20 minutes from home. Our cars have had ashes on them this whole week. The air is thick with smoke. But... life goes on. There are baseball games to attend, groceries to be done...

Your Lovely Wife's lighthouse sounds very cool. You need to take a picture of it with your new antique camera. :o)

Oh, I was thinking of emailing my cousin who lives in Paris. I was going to congratulate her on their new President. Being that she's a radical, I don't think I'll get a nice response. I think I saw her rioting in the streets of Paris.

Don't get me started on Paris Hilton...

Great list! Hope you help your Lovely Wife have a blessed Mother's Day.

Cindy said...

Hi JAM! Hey, I'm so jealous that you have Whataburger! That's always a must-have when I visit Texas. I don't suppose you have Sonic too? I could sure go for a Cherry Limeade!

Qtpies7 said...

We don't have a place with styrofoam cups here, but I sure do love them in hot places, like AZ.

Janet said...

#7 cracked me the hell up!

Di said...

I think every tropical storm / hurricane should have the good sense to wait until hurricane season...or at least until stone crab season is over!

Kimo & Sabi said...

You has cats?! Can they come visit us on da internets?

Nancy J. Bond said...

This is a very interesting list -- I share quite a few things in your list. It's been beautiful here in Nova Scotia for the past three days as well; there are 30 forest fires burning in NS right now and it's really wreaking havoc with air quality; I, too, collect lighthouses, like your Lovely Wife; I also collect vintage cameras and your find is a keeper for sure; and I couldn't agree more about Paris Hilton. Thanks for your visit and comment. :)

scribbit said...

Zorki? I'd never heard of that. Shows how much I know about photography.

And styrofoam? I guess it at least makes you easy to buy for when it comes to birthday presents. Just a gross of cups and you're happy :)

Norma said...

That must be a very, very large Coke. Funny stories about the cat and the motion sensor. Maybe you could invent something for the kitty door.

Mert said...

Great list! I love the one about your cat, too funny. I agree with you on the last one too, you made me laugh!

Emily said...

"I love styrofoam cups...I don't care if it's politically incorrect. In fact, I like it more because of that.
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Haha! That is absolutely way awesome.