Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Quotes and L (WWC)

Hello, my friend, hello
Its good to need you so
Its good to love you like I do
And to feel this way
When I hear you say
Hello

So Hello! :)

As you can see, I made it back from my biking trip in one piece. We had a good time, although a 17 year old member of our posse was the only one who caught any incriminating evidence of debauchery due to the breaking of Mr. J's glasses, but that's another whole story.

We started out way too early on Saturday morning because I thought we were supposed to meet the guys about 6 a.m., and he had said 7 a.m., so we woke up at 4 a.m. and could've slept longer, which I really wished I had in retrospect.

So we ate breakfast at Shoney's, had coffee and waited for everyone else who was supposed to head out with us to arrive. Finally we were off to hit the trail. Early in the day clouds were still taunting us, and we encountered a few showers, nothing major.

The scenery as we headed up through Tennessee and once we crossed over into Kentucky was beautiful. This is where I am upset. Normally I would be overjoyed, but as I was commandeering a motorcycle, then I was unable (or it would've been unwise) to snap pictures as I rode down the road... I couldn't ask the group to stop every time I saw something photo worthy either, as it would have probably gotten everyone edgy. We were trying to make time, as well as take the scenic route too. So I will have to think up a better photo strategy for bike trips. I am sure I can conquer this.

Therefore, I got only a few photos, some of the guys we rode with on the way as we stopped off at gas stations and the like. The others were shots from the Raceway in Bowling Green.

Since today is Weekly Words Challenge day I thought I would try to incorporate a few of those shots into this week's theme. This is my first attempt at getting back in the WWC game so bear with me. Here we go!


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You can join WWC here, or on Facebook or on Flickr.

Brought to us, as always, by Tink, formerly of Pickled Beef. This week's words are "Favorite Quote" and "L."


When you are traveling by bike, it's wise to pack Lightly!


Lightening Fast


Lewd and Lascivious


"Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly."
~Author Unknown



"We are fascinated by the darkness in ourselves, we are fascinated by the shadow, we are fascinated by the boogeyman." ~Anthony Hopkins


(self portrait in Chrome)
"The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome." ~Author Unknown


Fun fun fun... I'll talk more about the trip later. Meanwhile, the grindstone beckons this week.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Albummed

We had a slight delay in leaving for Bowling Green, but not to worry, I'm on my way. Just had a moment to throw down a quick couple of thoughts, that's all.

The rain is supposedly clearing up a bit, and it is about time. I know everyone has been getting edgy, agitated and catching the blues (not to mention of course Flu.

I promise some interesting story or picture(s) when I get back.

Until then, I will leave you with a couple points to ponder.

It all started with Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album. I don't know why I am just not paying attention to this, possibly because I have never had an interest in Mick Fleetwood's nether region. Have you ever wondered about this album cover? I'm sure that I am not the first by a long shot, and I'm probably way behind on this joke... But did they mean to do this, or do you think he just thought he was wearing a cool outfit and was oblivious?

What a ballsy album cover!

After researching that, I found a page about A Few More Terrible Album Covers.

Check em out... let me know about some other funnies, or leave your thoughts here.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Denied

Hardly able to post the last few days. Every time I try to start one I get interrupted. When I am home, Mr. J won't let me get a peaceful moment to myself to post a few words. It's hard to get quiet time with no noise.

Of course at work, I can't either, so I am doing the best I can now.

Quick note, I know I have fallen off my WWC, which nobody has been by to check in on that anyways, except my B.B.F.F. (Bloggin Best Friend Forever-ha-ha) Jay (Cynical Bastard). He keeps check on me.

Hopefully you guys don't hate me, but it's just been such a stressful whirlwind of stuff lately... I'm really tired of the daily grind and the hustle and flow... I need a mountain spring and a cold foggy lake morning with a hot cup of coffee. Luckily, we're going this weekend to Bowling Green so I'll have something new and interesting to talk about.

Meanwhile, if you guys could help me with WWC by telling me what the heck to do with it now. I am lost. I don't know where to start or what to do. I need a lifeboat for the Weekly Words Challenge. I'd like to continue participating, but haven't been able to take pictures or even get an idea for what to do. Any help is appreciated...

Miss you all my blog friends... AJ

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Long Dark Tea Time Of My Soul

Time for a Tea Break, what do you think?

The rain has been pouring off and on all week around here. I enjoy the calming effects of the rain, but I am kind of ready for some sunshine. So, it has a somewhat gloomy week. There have been quite a few thoughts floating around in my head as well, so I thought I would try to pin some of these down here if I can manage.

First of all, today's the anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's Death. Most of you who know me, know that Jimi Hendrix is a very favorite guitarist and writer of mine. I admire his music not only for the emotion he put into his songs, but for his ability to express things in color and words too.

It's just special to me, and I love everything about his music, not to mention the personal significance of it in my life (like for me and Mr. J, etc). I liked him so much of course, you should also know that my motorcycle is named after him. But anyway, nothing much else can be said about the man that hasn't already. He made a wonderful contribution to music that lives on and on. We could each only hope to leave such a tremendous legacy behind us. So, continue trying to R.I.P. Jimi, we know you are with us every day just as the rest of those we love who we've lost are only a thought away.

Since I am having to throw in my collective thoughts for the last couple of days, I am afraid that they won't be all that organized. But I will try.

As I was passing through the swimming pool area at our gym on the way to the Ladies' locker room, the clean, sharp Chlorine scent permeated my nostrils. It instantly took me back to another fistful of "good ol' days" when my sister Vickie was taking us to the "Y" I believe it was, for swimming lessons. I was too chickenshit to take the swimming lessons, but I enjoyed the experience nonetheless simply because I got to be around "The Kids" (which was the catch phrase used to refer to my neices). Anytime "The Kids" and I got to do something together, it was magical, or I thought so anyway. So the scent of the swimming pool really took me back to those good feelings, so long gone now as none of us seem to be able to spend time together anymore. Well they do, but not really with Me or Mom anymore.

Time... what're ya gonna do.

Before I forget, here are a few workplace annoyances:

For one, I can't stand when someone is waiting to talk to another person who happens to be on the phone, and they stop to talk to me in the meantime even though I am busy myself. I might not be on the phone, but I am in the middle of something, a thought that now broken will cause me to spend at least 15 minutes trying to "re-focus". I don't know, it's kinda irritating.

The environment we are in now is a very "open" one, nobody has any sealed off area, so any noise or loud conversations are pretty much audible and most likely distracting to everyone. However, nobody (Leads, Managers and the like) seems to be conscious or respectful to anyone else's need for concentration and quiet workspace. This is a "development" area, still they have to have all of their big conference calls loudly from next to someone regardless what work or discussion they are going through. Conference calls should be held behind closed doors in a quiet area where nobody else is disturbed. Not to mention that huge meetings should be held with the conference room door closed. Sometimes the buzz and the laughter is just overwhelming. What ever happened to Workplace Etiquette and respect for our fellow colleagues?

Also, I think that the cleaning crew is plotting against me because I have noticed things out of place before, and they always seem to put the cleaned garbage can way far away from where they KNOW I am obviously sitting--nobody sits on the other corner, so why do they move it a mile away from me despite where I keep it? Yes, I know it's minute frustration, still it is irritating too.

Any general "Snubness" or "Rudeness" I just find completely unacceptable... You do your work, I do mine (and I do it well), and you keep your personal opinions of me, my style, my ugly looks or whatever out of it. It's nobody's affair but mine and you don't know the real me, the one who struggles daily just to keep up.

That's really all I have to say about that, I generally try to refrain from blogging about professional stuff, but I just felt the need to get that off my chest.

The completely non-entertaining entertainment week in review. I'll make this as short as possible because I am over it. The whole VMA awards thing is over and done with, and I am surprised that the trending topics are still on Twitter about all these people. We've had things like the death of Patrick Swayze and other World Events that have gotten less attention than a racist, bratty rapper who can't deal with the fact that his music isn't the best ever, throwing his little fits. Seems like he is becoming more famous for this "Fit Throwing" than the quality of his music. I'm not saying he's not good, I like some of his stuff but I definitely see other artists whose music sends me way further than his. It's just fact and a matter of my opinion.

During my perusal of some of these songs and artists I started critiquing some, such as Jay Z, who I find pretty talented, but I don't like his voice tone that much. He has done work with various artists, one in particular named "Rihanna" has been quite popular. You may be a fan, or you may have heard of her recent issues with boyfriend Chris Brown who was reported to have domestically abused (basically beat her up). I was just listening to some tracks she sang on and I can only describe her voice as sounding like a "Honking Goose" to me... I just don't like the sound of it.

That Auto Tuner, what the hell is with everyone? I can understand using it for a little effect here and there, but it seems like these artists are relying on the Auto Tuner. Can't they sing? If they can't actually hit the notes, I don't think they should be there. Every song seems to be done with the Auto Tuner now... It is played in my opinion. On to the next trend please. Where is the individuality??

Now, Mariah Carey has done a remake of "I Wanna Know What Love Is" originally recorded by Foreigner. Wasn't the first one enough? I don't feel there was any need for someone to drag that song out of the music-mausoleum... indeed. (sigh)

Lastly, and I know my post is running way too long for anyone to really read and I totally understand if you skip out before you get to this point.

But I was just thinking about everyone and their kids. Most of you guys have had 1-3 or even 4 kids by now in your life, and that's great. I hope that you are very happy with your decision to have a family. Hopefully, you have become fantastic parents because I feel that it is rare these days to be a really good parent, it is increasingly hard to raise and deal with issues about kids and it is probably harder than ever to do the parent thing. My hat's off to you guys.

In doing this, however y'all have really made me feel old. Your kids are all almost grown or have already grown up and are making you guys grandparents already. This is just scary to me. Of course if you know me, you should know that I have chosen not to have any kids. So in a way, I have never quite grown up myself and it is very hard for me to comprehend the idea of being so responsible for others' lives (with the exception of my cat and dog).

Honestly, in my heart of hearts I do not regret my decision... I feel confident in the fact that I was not meant to have children this go-round. I believe things all happen for a reason and it's part of my path that I did not do the parental thing.

Still, I wonder if I will some day feel regret. Or if I haven't already felt this (and I have not) will I? What do you think?? Should I feel weird about it? Should I feel guilty for not having regretful feelings, or having a "defective biological clock" I guess you could say? Feel free to make a comment about that if you want. I don't mind.

The only thing I have left to complain about really is those damn Memphis Drivers. I've done that so many times, and am tired of the Road Rage Rant really. Yeah, that's a lot of R's. ha-ha.
I will say though that I am so sick of idiots jumping in front of me only to turn at like the next drive. Most cases they could've jumped behind me and I wouldn't have inconvenienced them at all. They are only cutting people off simply to be an asshole I think. Well I am trying to curb my Road Rage, but it is extremely hard when this stream of constant idiots is oozing all over the road with the intelligence of a head of cabbage. It is highly infuriating.

I rarely get to see vindication, such as someone treating them the same way they just treated me--once in a while, but not often. It is virtually unheard of that I might witness them being pulled over by the cops when they are driving so stupidly. Yeah, the cops only seem to materialize when I go 5 miles over the speed limit. What gives? I guess I should try to overlook everyone but it's just hard...

Alright then, well, my dark little teacup is about empty, so I will bid you all a pleasant (but gloomy) little rainy afternoon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day's Of Our Lives

I had a quick moment at the end of a busy work afternoon to stop and toss together a blurb or two. So, here I am.

Today has been another rainy day in the River City, and while I enjoy rain, I am pretty ready for some nice weather so I can of course do some motorcycle cruising. I get antsy if I go too long without a ride. I cranked Jimi the other day just to test and juice the battery.

All was well with Jimi.

T.V. is in transition right now, and although I don't feel that I "overwatch" television, I do enjoy a few shows. My True Blood season 2 has ended. The finale was OK with me, the major part happened about half way through, so it left for some downtime in which we weren't sure what would happen, but it was still quite good. I enjoyed... the cliffhanger was mostly to be expected, but I was left with an overall feeling of satisfaction. We have books to tide us over until the new season anyroad.

With the finales of some shows, other shows are bringin in their fall season, so there is not really a gap. I love the show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" on FX- It has Danny DeVito in it along with a cast of funny characters. This is one of my favorite comedies, but it is for those with a special brand of sick humor I think. Check it out.

Richie (Mr. J) is excited about the new season of "The Ultimate Fighter" since he is a HUGE UFC fanatic... and I like to watch them too from time-to-time with him. Some of the fighters are quite good. Other than that, let's see... um- Oh yeah the new season of "Sons of Anarchy" is on, and I am enjoying that. I believe Californication comes on shortly too and I got addicted to that last season... So there's plenty to do, see and watch.

These things along with normal workload and daily obligations should keep my busy this fall and winter. I sure hope we have a nice cold winter with a good deal of snow, that would be a refreshing change in these parts.

Before I go, have a laugh at me in my band geek days. Here is a photo of our High School Drumline. I am the Band Nerd on the far right. Go ahead, giggle it up.

(click to enlarge)
"... and this one time... at band camp..."

That's about all I have to say, now I will leave you all to it... Enjoy your Hump Day Evening. Love, AJ

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Snot A Miracle

The Bible gets a fish miracle story, and then here I am with my seemingly limitless supply of snot. Where the hell does it all come from?

I think if I could harness the power of lugees then I would be able to take over the world, maybe even become dark overlord of the universe. I know, that's nasty. No nastier than this week in news, and I have grown so bored with it.

OK, so I was interested about the Kanye West topic from the MTV VMA awards on Sunday night, so yes admittedly I looked up the trending topics and tried to see what happened after the fact. I read about his apology to Taylor Swift and peeked in on Leno last night just to see what he'd say. I bought into it and took my place among the sheep... Yes, I am ashamed.

The fact of the matter is, I am not taking sides for either West or Swift. I like all types of music, am not a racist and am sick and tired of everyone who IS twittering, blogging and yapping about this whole incident saying it is about race. He should not have interrupted someone winning an award... no matter who it was. That in itself is about "RESPECT". He would've demanded it if he was up there. I hate to say it but Kanye seems like a racist to me. Racism should stop somewhere, it has to stop with someone if it is ever going to stop, but nobody wants to be the bigger man or woman there. It sucks. There are way more problems in the world today than who's skin is darker or lighter, and people screwing each other over because of it.

We are all here trying to figure this whole plot out, we should be there for each other. However, that's not what humans do, humans take the "Race" literally, and stomp each other down to make sure that they are in First place on the road to nowhere. So be it I guess.

There is such a bigger picture though. Honestly.

Ok, that's all I am going to say on that subject, it is over for me.

The rest of the week's news was about the same, stupid, rude and senseless. Some sad, I can't help but say that Patrick Swayze passing on was kinda sad for me just because of all the movie memories that I have. He was a cool guy, I liked him. He fought a hard battle for pancreatic cancer, usually that takes someone way quicker. Wherever you are Patrick, I wish you the best. Thanks for your contribution to the movies of our youth.

Other than that I am just hanging out, making my way through the work week.

Haven't had a lot of interesting things to blog about lately, but I try to throw in a post whenever I can collect a few stray thoughts.

Hope you are all still listening... Miss you guys. -AJ

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Y' Gotta Fight For Your Right...

To party? And of course "self expression"Check it out. Seen at a Walmart store somewhere in Oklahoma (Should it be changed to Rocklahoma?)

Captioned:

"Cause I Like To Party"

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"Let’s run through my rock star list….Mullet? – check; big sunglasses? – check; heart shaped tattoo? – u know i love my mom; Cut jean shorts? – are there any other type of shorts?; wife beater tied at the midriff – check;….. He is an official ROCK STAR!"

Yes... and where did I find this little jewel? Over at a little site called People Of Walmart (peopleofwalmart.com). An old friend of mine forwarded that link to me. Believe me there are a lot more funny ones to see there, so check it out. I'm still venturing through the laughs.

In other news, we saw a pretty good Mullet at the casino last night when we went for Mr. J's brother's birthday dinner. I am serious, it was a real winner. A very "Wizard of Oz Lion" golden blonde, with a choppy short top and long luxurious wavy back. I am sorry to say we didn't get a photo to show of this magical mullet, but you'll just have to use your imagination. I am not sure if it was a woman or a man. So there you go.

Oh, alright... I'll share another "People Of Walmart" photo for you, just because I am obsessed now and can't stop reading through them. This one is a funny one too.

Captioned:

"All Smiles"

Walmart Store Somewhere in Texas

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"You know you don’t have to dress as the logo to shop there, right?"

And finally, I guess EVERYTHING really IS bigger in Texas!!

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Yes you see that correctly. It is an old man with big supple delicious looking breast implants.

Honestly y'all, I could post all night, but you're gonna have to see it for yourself.

All rights of the photos here go to Peopleofwalmart.com, I'm just spreading the good word.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Yet Another 9/11 Post

It is September 11th, and I can't go without saying that today. I still feel for everyone affected by 9/11, everyone who experienced the loss and the stark change that was September 12, the day after. This is every single one of us, we have all been affected in some ways, whether it was loss of loved ones, or growth of our hatred towards another, changes in views, hopes or whatever the case may be. It definitely changed everything.

In Memphis this morning, they had a 9/11 Observance and Fire Fighter's Memorial service down at the Fire Museum area. Would've seen some of that had they not moved our offices. So let me make my own observance here. We will never forget those who have given their lives helping during this great tragedy, or the lives that were lost on that day.

Now, I know this is a little creepy, but I have to share it.

Can't remember what drove me to run across it, but I was looking at these 10 Creepy Vintage Ads some of which are really creepy, others kinda funny.

creepy ad!

But when I saw the photo above, I couldn't deny how uncanny it was that an old ad could seem this way (in retrospect) and the fact that I happened across it today of all days, 9/11. Coincidences? Well, I don't know... Just thought I would share though.

Also, check out the 12 Funniest Homeless Signs for a giggle.

That's all I have for you today class, when you're finished with these materials, you may leave.

Have a great weekend all! :)

Down In The Park


Down in the park
Where the machmen meet
The machines are playing `kill-by-numbers
Down in the park with a friend called `five

I was in a car crash
Or was it the war?
Well, Ive never been quite the same
Little white lies like I was there

Come to zom-zoms, a place to eat
Like it was built in one day
You can watch the humans
Try to run

Oh, look, theres a rape machine
Id go outside if it looks the other way
You wouldnt believe
The things they do

Down in the park
Where the chant is death, death, death
Until the sun cries morning
Down in the park with friends of mine

We are not lovers
We are not romantics
We are here to serve you
A different face but the words never change

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Nines, Xs and Ohs

The number 9 is my favorite number. It's also Mr. J's favorite number. Isn't that cute? It was like that wayy before I met him, so we honestly did not copy one another. Our first things in common were "9" and "Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix.

I had a baseball jersey (still do) that I wore to a party, from the radio station in fact that I worked at, with my last name and the numbers '999' on the back. His "band nickname" was in fact "9". So there you go... I thought it was interesting, and probably the most fated and romantic thing about our union to date ;)

So today is 9/9/09. I think that should mean something cool, but so far the day has just been a coughing catch-up festival for me, and a work day. Still waiting for my magic portal to open.

(dramatic pause, followed by the clearing of throat and a nose blow)

Now what was I going to mention?? Hmmm, let me ponder...

Oh yes, this was something I was going to talk about the other day, but encountered an error and lost the entire day's worth of thoughts. It really annoyed me, because I felt like I had a good post. Now, this one will probably be terribly put together and not be worth publishing.

It all began with a thought... Have you ever been somewhere with your current spouse or significant other, in a store, or even in the car on the way somewhere, and seen someone with whom you had a previous relationship / encounter with? The person you are with has no idea that they are in the vicinity with this Map Marker from your past, and you're all just moving along like nothing. It's a strange feeling to me, thinking about that. It hasn't happened that many times to me really, just a couple maybe. It just makes me wonder if I've ever been unknowingly in the vicinity of any of Mr. J's conquests. ha-ha.

My other complaint, which was brilliant but has been cut short by loss of my post was about days when I look like crap (as opposed to days when I don't?) It is irritating when someone happens to come up to me when I am in a state like this, and mentions "You look red, have you been in the sun?" I am forced to lie basically and say "Why yes I have been outside or riding my bike a little, so I may be a little red." When the truth is basically that I was in "IDGAS" or basically a "DILLIGAF" mode that morning and forwent my make-up in favor of sleeping late and looking like a turd on a stick.

Finally, I'd said something about how we always seem to 'hit the highway' hoping to find a life change, but that the place we run away to has someone there who merely wants to hit the highway and find another place themselves. Then as the vicious (grass-is-greener) cycle continues, one after the other we all end up going in a great big circle chasing the proverbial pot of gold at the end of a fading rainbow until we eventually end up right back where we started. Why is 'where we are this moment' never good enough?

Then I wrapped the entire masterpiece up with some brilliant and philosophical line about how I am merely happy just hitting the highway, and that the "long way around" has never failed me, yet no matter which out of the way route I take, I always end up finding my way "Home".

It sounded so much more poetic and profound before it evaporated into thin air, I swear.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Adopt Your Pets, Don't Buy!

Take Just Four Minutes, Watch This Video, And Pledge To ADOPT Your Next Pet. Between three and four million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in animal shelters in the United States. But if more families looking for a pet this year would adopt their new furry friend from a shelter, we could put an end to this tragedy.

That's why I encourage you to watch this inspiring music video to the song "I Need Love" by Daylight for Deadeyes. Then take our pledge to adopt your next pet -- you will be saving a life!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Post Is Toast

I had an entire post all put together and completed, and something happened to my connection. When I hit "Submit" the whole thing got lost. I will try to remember and reconstruct it but I am very P/O'd right this second.

September Mourn

Wow, the year is really flying by... the days and weeks are chugging along! Happy September everybody! That means we have a holiday coming up for Labor Day (here in the U.S.)

Honestly, I started a post, and kept trying to jot down ideas for what I wanted to say, but each time I would get ready to put something to it, I would get interrupted by things that I had to do, work or some issues that demanded attention.

I'm telling you it has remained so crazy and tiring like that. I love to blog, and it relaxes me, but I just can't seem to get time to clear my mind and focus. A nice long Vacation and R&R is much needed by your dear Aunt Jackie, I swear...

I don't think many people are stopping in these days, so not much is getting missed... but still, it's my blog and I'll rant if I want to... that is, when time is kind enough to allow.

Maybe I can get in a good one tomorrow. Damn "The Man"!!