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Overheard in the Living Room

Girlie Bear – So, Dad, do you remember when you guys got me a digital camera for Christmas and I lost it?

Me – No.

Girlie Bear – OK, so, Dad, do you remember when you guys got me a digital camera for Christmas?

Movie Quotes – Day 297

Commissioner Anabell Brumford: Do you realize that because of you this city is being overrun by baboons?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Well, isn’t that the fault of the voters?

– The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

Well, we’re coming into the home stretch of the 2014 election.  I can’t wait for the recounts, recriminations, crying, and gnashing of teeth to start.  To be honest, I’m sick of the whole thing.  Can’t we think of a better way to do this?  What about gladiatorial fights between the candidates, but only arm them with chop sticks and frozen tunas.

A pox on all of their houses.

Seriously, if I see one more attack ad or get one more spam email promising dire consequences if I don’t donate right now, I’m going to get stone drunk, crawl under the porch, and sleep until mid-November.


  • Am I the only one whose teeth get on edge when they hear someone say “I repeat” on the radio?
  • You know your life wife loves you when she drives an hour, round trip, to bring you the spare set of truck keys after you lock both your primary set and your laptop in the truck.
  • It’s amazing how unproductive I am without my laptop.
  • I’ve finally reached the age where three aspirin and a fish oil capsule counts is a night-cap.
  • Just when I started to have some faith in humanity, I read the comments on a YouTube video of music from The Hobbit.
  • The only thing more frustrating than arguing with a jackass who is on the opposite side of a controversial subject as you is arguing with a jackass who is on the same side of a controversial subject as you.

Movie Quotes – Day 296

I’m not responsible for what people think, Pat, only for what I am. — The Big Country

I realized just how much of the baggage from growing up I had lost when there came a day when I just quit caring about what people think of me.  At least, I don’t care what most people think.  There are a few people in my family, my friends, and my co-workers who I respect, and I value their opinion.  But the vast majority of humanity, while I care about them as fellow human beings, can take a walk off a pier if they form an opinion about me.   I do the best I can, I take care of my own, and if someone wants to either respect or dislike that, it’s no skin off my nose.

Today’s Earworm

Rest in peace, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment.

Movie Quotes – Day 295

Oh, please, God, please tell me none of this is real. Please tell me I had a nervous breakdown at my wedding and I’m in a mental hospital and I’m on medication that’s giving me hallucinations. — Monsters vs. Aliens

Reality sometimes seems very surreal, but it is what it is.  Wishing for things to be different gets you nowhere.  Regrets are even less helpful.  Accept what is, and if you don’t like it, find a way to either change it or make it no longer matter to you.

Blogs Roundup

  • Robb is spreading around some Grade A wisdom.
  • Commander Zero has good advice on figuring out what is enough, and how it varies from person to person and from situation to situation.
  • Kathy reminds us that the Four Rules are there for a reason.  Failure to follow them can lead to tragedy.  She also has some good advice for safely assembling and disassembling during cleaning and maintenance.  I use one of our elevated tomato beds as a backstop when I do mine.
  • Peter has an interesting take on some of the furor over religious-minded people being forced to either provide services to gay couples who wish to get married or go out of business.
  • Joe is trying an interesting experiment.
  • Heroditus Huxley brings a smile to my face on a gray day.

Movie Quotes – Day 294

We gotta get outta here! We gotta get out! I gotta start packing, Your Highness! Only essentials, we gotta travel light. I’ll bring the guns, the weapons, the knives… And uh, how about this picture? I don’t know, I think I’m making a weird face in it… — Aladdin

There’s going to come that time when you have to get out of Dodge quickly.  Maybe it’s a flood or a fire.  It could be civil strife.  Heck, it might be your mama’s fallen and she can’t get up, and you have to get over there to spend a few days helping her out.  But the time to figure out what you need to grab and getting it together is not while you’re warming up the car.  Take time now to figure out what you need, where it is, and how you’re going to pack it.

And no, “I’m going to back up the truck and put the gunsafes and ammo boxes in the bed.” isn’t good enough.

Today’s Earworm

Movie Quotes – Day 293

I was hiding under your porch because I love you. — Up

This morning, I was woken up by a cold nose on my cheek.  No, it wasn’t Irish Woman commencing the annual season of body warmth thievery.  It was Moonshine, who wanted me to know that he was happy I had survived the night.  He wasn’t hungry, nor did he need to go outside.  Girlie Bear takes care of that when she gets up to go to school.  He just wanted me to know that he loved me.

Try and get that from your goldfish.  Heck, even Koshka only checks to make sure I’m breathing when she’s either cold or hungry.


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