Saturday, February 28, 2009

Common Courtesy (Lack of)

In Boston again yesterday to attended and complete day two of our training class. As usual I took the commuter rail in and again have found something else to complain about. Y'all aren't' surprised by this I hope.

Today's #1 complaint - lazy assholes and their wheeled bags! I'm not talking luggage here but rather small computer type bags that have built in handles and wheels. Now picture this, a commuter train pulls into South Station (the end of the line), stops and a gazillion people pile out and hit the platform and begin making their way, bumper-to-bumper like cattle, towards the station. Now picture a handful of lazy inconsiderate, misguided, dump-fucks who either don't care or who are completely oblivious that are puttering along pulling their bags behind them without a care in the world.

It's challenging enough to make this trek with nothing dragging behind you; often time people are walking in opposite directions, steel beams (roof supports), trash barrels and other obstacles in the way and in some areas a 4' drop off the platform. Now factor in these pricks with their wheeled bags in tow and you can see the problem of which I speak. C'mon now, are their bags really that heavy? If so, why? What can they possibly have in such a small bag that it requires wheels? I think NOT, rather these are useless, lazy, self absorbed pecker-heads! How bout they wait till the majority of people pass and then begin walking if they need such assistance.

I could go on and on and on; I have endless examples. The moral of the story is PEOPLE SUCK - that's all and have a nice day.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cell Phone Etiquette (Lack of)

I attended a training class today at our corporate office in Boston, which was a nice change of pace from my typical work day.

The preferred method of transportation into Boston is the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) or more specifically, the commuter rail (purple line). This is typically an adventure, however, today was relatively uneventful.

Now, don't let that fool you and if you know me you'll know that I''ll find something to complain about and today was NO different.

Today's #1 complaint - assholes and their cell phones or rather their cell phone conversations! It's ABSOLUTELY incredible at just how inconsiderate some people can be. These nimrods riding a standing room only train that's relatively quiet and talking on their cell phones as if they're in their own living room for everyone to hear. Hello dipshit, NO one needs to or wants to hear how wonderful you think you are and your business - SHUT THE FUCK UP!!

I could go on and on and on; I have endless examples. The moral of the story is PEOPLE SUCK - that's all and have a nice day.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Disney On Ice Surprise

Anytime is a good time to be a New England sports fan and this years is NO different!
The Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics are, and have been on fire ALL season long!
The picture below show ALL the "B" & "C" banners hanging in the rafters of the TD Banknorth Garden.

We took Emilie to Disney One Ice on 2/15 to the afore mentioned TD Banknorth Garden, which is in the heart of Boston and had a great time! We didn't tell her where we were going other than to take a drive into the city and boy was she surprised! She was dressed in her Snow White outfit and looked adorable. Whenever the commercial would come on she'd say she wanted to go, so we took her. Her expressions alone made it all worth it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

My "Man Rose" Bouquet

My valentine day gifts this year were alcohol based, boyeah! They consisted of a bouquet of "Man Roses" baby, which are (12) - 16oz Miller Lite Longneck bottles with screw caps, (4) nips and (3) bottles of wine - 2 Merlot and 1 Grenache. You can't beat that on a good day, so it must be love!

I must admit I'm not quite sure what message is being sent with the pink labeled bottle of wine. However, it does stir up some emotional memories that I thought I had overcome. You see, not too long ago I was given a bottle of ‘Fat Bastard’ wine, chardonnay I believe. I was taken back; on one hand it was a very nice gesture, but on the other I can’t help but think ‘they’ were trying to tell me something…Anyway, it’s a work in progress and I'm improving - I’m still working through the feeling and trying to keep positive. I’ve also begun working out too, go figure.

In the meantime I can’t wait to get my hands on and have a taste of that Bitch!

Amaryllis Excitement "Grows"

The growth on our new Amaryllis was approximately 4" tall when we first planted the bulb on 1/17. Today, 2/16, it's up to 12" - a whopping 8" in 30 days and growing fast. I'm guessing it was sitting around the store I purchased it from for quite some time and didn't look too good but it was marked half off and I enjoy a good challenge every once in a while, so I jumped at it.

The support/measure stick has been marked off in 1" increments using a red marker. The black marks show the height of the bulb when first planted, as well as the foot marks.

Stay tuned for the budding results...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Find the Critter I

Although the temperature has been warmer the last week or so it's still winter time here in New England and cold. With that said, and of course, there are no insects out and about this time of year. Therefore, "Find the Insect" has been renamed to "Find the Critter", which will now include any critter from insect to mammal and make the game that much more challenging.

The first "Find the Critter" photo is below -

Can you find the critter in the above picture?

Maken Bacon

Ah, Spring is in the air here in New England. The warm weather is starting to move in with the snow melting and the woodland creatures beginning to stir. Of course with all this activity comes those amorous feeling, a.k.a. Pepé Le Pew and just in time for Valentines Day.

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

There is something unusual in the above photo (taken yesterday). Any ideas?!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Happy Birthday to You!

It's Emilie's ("Little Suzy Chapstick") birthday today!

The BIG #7!

Happy Birthday "M"!

Friday, February 06, 2009

The City Slicker

A city slicker bought some land in the country and decided he was going to take up chicken farming. He headed out to the local poultry dealer and said, “I’m taking up farming. Give me 100 baby chickens.” The salesman crated up the chickens for him and he went on his way.

The next week the new farmer showed up at the poultry dealer again and said, “Give me 200 baby chickens.” He took his chickens and headed back to the farm.

Again, a week later he was back for more. This time he said, “Hmm, give me 300 baby chickens.”

“A good supply,” the salesman commented. “You must be doing really well!”

“Nah, doing terrible,” said the man with a sigh. “I can’t figure out if I’m planting them too deep or too far apart!”

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Baaaaa bye...

One of these two grey squirrels is no longer a local resident and will therefore NOT be visiting and pirating the birds food from our backyard feeders any more.

As you can see these two smart asses were pillaging and pilfering where they shouldn't have been. After all there was a perfectly attractive and set trap with tasty, salmonella contamination free peanut butter begging for a licking not too far away.

Well, guess who got the last laugh?! One of these dudes, I'm not sure which one and it doesn't really matter as it's only a matter of time before the other one is caught, fell to temptation and WHAM he's caught. Off he went with me to work and his new home.

This is the first grey squirrel catch of the young 2009 season and I can only imagine that there will be more (they seem to come out of the wood work), so stay tuned. Last years totals, just in case your keeping track at home, was 10 with most being relocated and a couple qualified for swim lessons. The red squirrels, if caught and we have caught several, are released here immediately - we like and prefer the red dudes and with the thinning of the grey squirrel herd (is there such a thing as a herd of squirrels? someone please get back to me on this) the reds have a much better chance at flourishing. Plus they're much more attractive and much less of a nuisance and pest.

Think Spring!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Mr. Not-So-Nocturnal Opossum

While talking on the phone Sunday morning and much to my surprise what do I see marching out of the back woods towards me - Mr. Not-so-nocturnal opossum. Actually this was more like noontime.

It's was a beautiful sunny and warm day with a lot of melting taking place and as a result this short legged critter was having a tough time walking on top of the fallen snow. Almost every other step he took he'd break through onto his belly. Emilie and I watched as he navigated through the under brush as he worked his way towards the old woodpile. Once there underneath he went to what we thought was nite-nite, however, when we looked out a short time later there he was in front of the chicken pen, attempting to dig in and being a nuisance. This of course didn't sit well with the chickens, they were quite upset.

Well, we simply couldn't have that, so I sprung into action, a.k.a Steve Irwin (may he rest in peace), put on my boots, grabbed a pair of gloves and an empty trash barrel and away I went. Being that he's a opossum he had one strike against him in terms of speed or lack there of, secondly and even if he was quicker the snow was simply too soft and too deep for him to make a clean get away, so I pounced - TA DA I shouted (not really but in an effort to make this story more exciting I've added it) as I wrestled this dude into submission (hehehe). Actually, I just picked him up and plopped him in the trash barrel. Anyone for a bucket-o opossum? Them thar em good eatin varmits I recken...

On the ride to my uncles house to watch the Superbowl we took Mr. Not-so-nocturnal opossum for the ride. We relocated him far enough away that we won't ever see him again. When transferring him to the crate for transport he wrapped his tail around two of my fingers and seemed content (as content as possible under the circumstance) to just hang and dangle there.


The Guessing Game...

What are:


These are the expire dates off some of the condiments in my dad's refrigerator.

12/2004 = salad dressing
07/2005 = mayonnaise
02/2006 = cocktail sauce
07/2006 = salad dressing
08/2006 = ketchup
08/2008 = yellow mustard