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By: ricderr, 3:05 PM GMT on February 27, 2013
I know I'm a few days late with this topic but even though I'm trying to become a better blogger, I'm no where near the consistancy I once was. Give me time.
So Sunday night was the Oscars. Did you watch them? Was is the number one show you chose to avoid? Is the sight of overpaid actors and actresses, rather than revelling in the fact of how extremely lucky they are to do what they do, act like they are so self important enough to turn your stomach? I know different strokes for different folks and that's fine but personally I can't stand the Oscars. Of course as I grow older I find all award shows not to my liking and I have to wonder why? I used to love the grammy's. Who doesn't remember Michael jackson coming out and just blowing the world away with his performance or Tina Turner showing us that 50 looked good, damn good. Do you remember rap and rock coming together with Aerosmith and Run DMC? Again, I think I'm just turning old when I'd rather watch a documentary than an award show, but it does lead to the QOD:
Do you watch award shows and if so which ones?
By: ricderr, 4:44 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
It rained yesterday. In fact enough at .40 inches to set a record for the date. I know for most of you that's not much, but we are talking desert here. Today we catch the back of the front which will result shortly in high winds, tropical storm force with gusts above hurricane strength. They are already preparing for downed trees and power lines and damage to homes. Not that anyone out of the immediate area is aware of it, as it's not a named storm, the coverage area is small, but the next time you wonder how life goes on when some area is severely impacted by a named and nationally recognized storm, life goes on today for most as normal.
OK, let me climb off of my soapbox!
There is a new wireless company with service available in at least New York offering 19 dollars a month service for unlimited talk, text and wi-fi. Yes you heard it right, 19 bucks! I hope it starts a trend of lowering the cost of cell phone service. The story reminded me just how much all of our new found gadgets cost us. There's so much that we find as a necessity today that we pay for that growing up was unheard of. Our family has 4 cell phones, internet access, cable and Netflix and we can't forget Sirius radio all at the tune of about 400.00 a month. Do we need it? Of course not, but we think we do and it leads to the QOD:
What techno gadget is a must have for you and which ones can you live without?
By: ricderr, 11:43 PM GMT on February 18, 2013
Alright, someone guard the door and keep a look out, the Po Po is running wild around here and I'd like no spying eyes while we conduct a little business. You see them around just shout out 5-0, 5-0 and then everyone split different ways so at least they can't catch all of us.
So admin in their infinite wisdom, cough cough, announces that we the blogs now have "mall cops." Can't you picture them on their two wheeled scooters, safety helmet, blowing on their whistle at every pretend crime and hazard? What, is the average age of the blogs 11 where everyone will be all goody goody because "wanna be super hero" is lurking?
Nahhh, I'm just joking, I like the idea of blog moderators, but you know darn well some of them have already received warnings "watch out for that Derr guy," so I had to keep my admirers happy.
I guess the question is, will it work? Wiil Doc Masters blog be any saner during a hurricane event as the weather weenies try to be heroes and out guess the NHC's scientific forecasts? For that matter will the 5:00 NHC discussion quit being reposted 20 times before it's even been out 5 minutes? Sorry but it will never be a place for a reasonable exchange of ideas and probabilities during times od storms, but maybe that's not the intention in the first place. Will they be able to stop my friend the infamous MisterPerfect and his march to have 1 million aliases here? Not a chance, in fact for him I think this might just be encouragement. Now I expect it will stop spammers quicker and the time a raucous post lasts will be far less, but I know some moderators have mentioned they will try to steer conversations to a more moderate tone and I just don't see that happening. Good luck. I also don't think we saw any ladies on the moderators list. A little sexual bias there Mr Yakuza? Hey, if I don't get to harass the grand leader of the blogs why blog at all? We also might need to look at your ethnic diversity while we're at it. Will there be mistakes and errors on the part of the goon squad, errrr moderators? Of course just as their have been with the picture moderators and we can only hope that admin will deal with it accordingly. if not, we can always do a few "on strike" blogs. I know Yak Man, as if that scares you any. :-) My hope is that the time spent by admin policing the blogs turns into time improving the site as I love this place, errrr, like this place, errrr tolerate it, ok this place grows on you and I've been here long enough I've planted roots.
So for once I've answered my own blog and it leads to the QOD?
Do you like the fact there are now moderators? Good, Bad or Indifferent?
By: ricderr, 5:53 PM GMT on February 16, 2013
I laugh at myself as sometimes I follow a story and for some reason think everyone else must also. That happened this week when I said to a friend what did he think of Dorner's death? He asked me, who is Dorner. Oh well, if you do not know. Dorner was the fired LA cop who vowed vengeance on LA law enforcement claiming he was wrongfully fired and he ended up killing a number of people and causing a huge manhunt in LA and surrounding areas. He finally ended up surrounded in a cabin at Big Bear where he died in a fire. Now I'm not supporting what Dorner did, however the way that he died, I believe was purposeful to quiet him and take away the public scrutiny to the LA police force. It's one of the few conspiracy stories that I do believe in and it leads to the QOD:
Are there any conspiracy theories that you believe in?
By: ricderr, 6:04 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
Anyone notice that the right and left wing blogs have left now that the elections are over? Kind of nice if you ask me. I enjoy going back and forth with a few on FB once in awhile, especially because they don't become heated, but I think that is more the company I am with and not the norm as is here but I came across a topic where some felt a person was liberal by his comments and while doing some web surfing I saw others list the same person as conservative. So I'm asking for your observations and see what we come up with.
The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting?
Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB
You disrespect the office of the POTUS/Presidency and Commander in Chief. You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President.
Mr. Vice President, do your due diligence when formulating a concise and permanent national AWB plan.
Hillary Clinton. You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016
Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of shit.
It’s time to allow gay service member’s spouses to utilize the same benefits that all heterosexual dependents are eligible for
I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever feeling sorry for itself. –D.H. Lawrence
I didn’t vote in this last election as my choice of candidate, John Huntsman, didn’t win the primary candidacy for his party.
Gov. Chris Christie. What can I say? You’re the only person I would like to see in the White House in 2016
Revoke the citizenship of Fareed Zakaria and deport him. I’ve never heard a positive word about America or its interest from his mouth,
The honorable President George H.W. Bush, they never give you enough credit for your successful Presidency
Anonymous, you are hated, vilified, and considered an enemy to the state.
LGBT community and supporters, the same way you have the right to voice your opinion on acceptance of gay marriage, Chick Fil-A has a right to voice their beliefs as well.
David Gergen (political advisor to Nixon, Ford and Reagan), you are political geniuses and modern scholars.
Mr. Bill Cosby, you are a reasonable and talented man who has spoken the truth of the cultural anomalies within the black communities that need to change now. The black communities’ resentment toward you is because they don’t like hearing the truth or having their clear and evident dirty laundry aired to the nation.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants-TJ.
General Petraeus, you made a mistake that the majority of men make once, twice, or unfortunately many times in a lifetime. You are human. You thought with your penis. It's okay.I personally believe you should have never resigned and told your critics to shove it. You only answer to two people regarding the affair, your wife and children
And so I ask you, how would you characterize person A and B, conservative or liberal and the most important question, if all comments came from the same person how would you characterize that person?
By: ricderr, 4:26 PM GMT on February 11, 2013
Happy Monday to one and all. Cold here and a chance of snow flurries tonight. Nothing grand and nothing lasting but a chance to see what may be the last flakes of the year.
Just a note, if anyone has heard or knows of how to contact PBGoo email me please. Just one of the oldies I was thinking about.
Now, I have a dilemma, what in the hell do I get Jessica for Valentines Day? I would like something different than flowers and chocolates so it is the QOD:
What is the best VD gift you gave or received?
Now here is what I will NOT be getting her LOL
By: ricderr, 4:11 PM GMT on February 06, 2013
One of the things I enjoy on FB is the picture posts of things from our past asking if we remember these. Our children will grow up not knowing that the TV once came with a dial to change the channel. Music came on a vinyl disc and the player used a needle to play the sound. We used to only have cartoons on Saturday mornings and on and on. I'm not complaining about any of this, only noting that things change. It's inevitable. well, another has changed today as the Post Office announces that there will no longer be Saturday service. A long standing tradition is kaput, no more, finis and it leads to the QOD:
What long standing traditions do you miss or still enjoy?
By: ricderr, 3:18 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
I am a huge Forty-Niner fan and so today is a terrible day after their defeat last night. I've been a fan since the 60's and so I've watched them at their worst and best, however until yesterday I didn't know what it was like to lose the big game. It's not a feeling I want to get used to.
I watch the Super Bowl regardless of who is playing and like many one of the reasons is the commercials. There have been some good years and poor years and this year I would have to rate the entire crop as average. There were a few I really liked but I think the most noticeable to me was the one I didn't like. In fact I found it disturbing. It was the Go Daddy commercial where the pretty woman kissed the nerd boy. I felt the boy looked under 18 and as such was very uncomfortable. If the roles were reversed there would be mass complaints this morning, but when it's a guy we hardly seem to notice. Oh well, maybe I'm just getting old but commercials do lead to the QOD:
What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?
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