Sunday, November 30

For the Not-So-Old Broards (and Ded)

May God bless and keep you always, May your wishes all come true, May you always do for others And let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung, May you stay forever young, Forever young, forever young, May you stay forever young. May you grow up to be righteous, May you grow up to be true, May you always know the truth And see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, Stand upright and be strong, May you stay forever young, Forever young, forever young, May you stay forever young. May your hands always be busy, May your feet always be swift, May you have a strong foundation When the winds of changes shift. May your heart always be joyful, May your song always be sung, May you stay forever young, Forever young, forever young, May you stay forever young.

Friday, November 28

WalMart Worker Trampled to Death

This is just lunacy.Where is restraint? Where is compassion---an eyewitness said while the man lay on the floor, shoppers just kept stepping on him without offering help.

Walmart, in it's capitalistic goodness closed for "several hours" after the incident, before reopening. Apparently the man's life was only worth a few hours of down time.

Of course these Neanderthal "shoppers" are to blame, but good ole American WalMart (with nearly everything it stocks being not made in America) has the lion's share of the blame. The advertising usually starts on Tuesday or Wednesday-- the big ads declaring "LIMIT 2 per store." Work those shoppers into a frenzy.

I hope those shoppers think of Mr. Jdimytai Damour of Jamaica, Queens when their loved ones are opening those "valuable" Walmart gifts on Christmas Day.

Thursday, November 27

Antibiotics don't cure viruses

I saw this on Telly and thought of emma for some reason, possibly the worst advert for a long time

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoy your day with your families and friends! I am going to see Role Models with my friend Karla then we are having Indian food in the Valley and I am giving her her b-day gift cuz her birthday is tomorrow. And my day started off really well because I had company stay over last night and he even brought me flowers :) Happy day to everyone!

Wednesday, November 26

A Thanksgiving Tradition: The Turkey Drop Scene from WKRP in Cincinnati

Sexist Pig!!!!

According to a news story:

"We might have some clue as to what kind of dog the Obamas are going to get. President-elect Barack Obama revealed during a recent interview he apparently doesn't want a "girly dog" in his White House."

Happy Thanksgiving to you

Happy Thanksgiving
To you all.
Good food, time spent with friends and family.
Much to be thankful for.

Monday, November 24


I don't get all this buzz and excitement about this movie Twilight. What the heck is it all about?

Sunday, November 23

What are your plans for the Thanksgivng Day holiday?

We are going to my sister's house in Muncie. She asked me to bring yeast rolls, the old stand by green bean casserole, and some appetizers. Anyone have and knock-their-socks-off appetizers?

Friday, November 21

which one is the turkey?

YouTube - KTUU 2008 Sarah Palin turkey interview this has put me off of eating turkey on thursday. thank you again sarah palin.

is it time to hunker down?

perhaps i should have paid a bit more attention to my grandparents discussion of surviving the great depression. but who would have thought that could happen again. i guess we should not have been so foolish.
there is one bright spot in my opinion. and that is that we will stop being so wasteful. we will appreciate what we do have. there won't be as much trash in the landfills. i guess that is more than one bright spot.

i have been reading some stories from the older generation, and their experiences during the great depression. they speak of closing off the entire house in the winter except for the kitchen and living room and all huddling together to stay warm at night. entire families moving into one house and surviving together. eating johnnycakes to fill the hunger in their stomachs. standing in long bread lines. getting an orange for christmas was the best treat ever.

i guess we might have to really toughen up.

Wednesday, November 19

Seven million

spidey's favorite girl can now pay the republicans back for all the ugly clothing she bilked out of them. Let's hope she'll go away after the book tour and that'll be the end of it.


Big 3

Some lawmakers lashed out at the CEOs of the Big Three auto companies today for flying private jets to Washington to request taxpayer bailout money. "It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo," one lawmaker said.


aint that the truth

So THIS is where the cool people went!

I had been hearing rumors, after started up, that various Bookshelf peoples had started an alternative weblog, but I didn't know where it was.

I am gratified and honored that Emma has graciously allowed me to be part of this little band of sisters, and I will do my best to be an adequate Old Broard.

May I ask that my humble weblog,, be added to the Blogroll?

Tuesday, November 18


For some reason, when I came to the site this afternoon, all the blogs had been coverted-at least on my 'puter, to rss feeds.  Is this something I did unknowingly (always possible) or has someone else done it?

How, for the love of god, can I get my "old" blog roll back??  I'm begging you...


Yes, I know we've talked the Palin thing to death, but I swear, that woman is like a train wreck isn't she? I was looking around the NYT opinion page yesterday and found an op-ed piece by Dick Cavett that y'all need to read. A little help with the clicky would be appreciated (or someone could let me know how to do it)

Monday, November 17

Closet Soap Fans

Time to fess up ladies (and Ded).  Are any of you closet All My Children fans? I quit watching AMC about 6 years ago, but my sister-in-law still faithfully watches and has asked for my help in identifying a song played on Friday's (11-14) show.  Apparently, Jake and Taylor are dancing to a song that starts..."here I am"...then somewhere along it goes."I can see it in your eyes".  I've looked everywhere on the net that I can think of with no luck.

I know all of you are to busy to watch AMC, but if you tape it for viewing later and can identify this song I would be most grateful. I won't tell a soul...promise.

Sunday, November 16

Let's welcome a new old broard to this site:
Kathryn aka Kath aka "not a guy"

We got home--and we still have a home.

Thank God.

Some of our neighbors were not so lucky.  It looks like a war zone here.

I am more grateful than I can say for your good wishes and positive energy.  Maybe you're what saved us.

Has anyone heard from Verb?

I know the fires are pretty bad in that area and I swear the smoke I am smelling outside my place is from the Corona and OC fires because the Sylmar fire smoke is blowing away from me. Do we know if she had to evacuate?

Sunday Funny

If any of you ladies can turn this into a clicky, please be my guest.

Personally, I know just how the turkey feels ;-)
Since your blog is now public, I changed the Blog List so that people can see when you last update.

PS: I liked The Office Thursday. I think Andy Bernard might develop a crush on Oscar! (anyone's better than Angela)

Saturday, November 15

Ha, see how they like this!

So, since they want me to cover my little (about 1 sq inch) tat up with a bandaid, I picked up some today. They are Spongbob Square Pants and about 4 sq inches. That's what I am going to wear on Monday to work. And, they can't say anything because it's a bandaid and that's what they wanted. It's SO much more obnoxious than my tat it's hi-larious.

Also, in answer to your question Jilly, my boss literally told me that HR is held to a higher standard and that's why I have to cover mine even if others aren't being held accountable for theirs. Bullshit I know and that's why I'm fighting this. It's the principle and it's wrong and I'm going to be a huge pain in the ass over it.

We may be about to be evacuated

So what do you take?  We've already assigned who rounds up which cat.

Here's the view from my front yard:

Must be new math

We asked our students yesterday the following:

How many ounces in a pound of butter? How many ounces in a pound of feathers?

Their answers might surprise you.
butter: 7, 10, 15, 5

feathers: 0

We then explained the whole thing to them...a pound is a pound is a pound. A pound of feathers might be bigger than a pound of butter, but they'd weigh the same and have 16 ounces in them. We gave several examples: bowling balls/pillows, men/women, etc. Then we asked them which would weigh more, a pound of steel or a pound of marshmallows....and all but one said the pound of steel.

Friday, November 14

a good yarn

i've got scarf making down to an almost science. tonight i went to a fancy wool store. i'm not wool snob like some people, i buy what's pretty or what feels nice. this place was mainly for pro knitters, but they had some crochet stuff too. lord, some people pay $40 for knitting needles, give me a break! Some of the yarns were so high end, that I almost peed myself when I saw how much the chasmere yarn I was in love with cost for a skeen. I could buy groceries for a week for how much this yarn for a scarf would cost. Therefore, I put it back before I broke it and had to buy it.

In the end, I bought some lovely mid-priced lamb yarn in pale purple, medium purple, pale peach, medium rose, and chocolate brown. I think these will combine well in a mixed-matched sort of way. I also bought myself a wooden shawl brooch. It's a wooden diamond shape with a diamond shape cut out the center and a wooden pin to go with it. You push your knitted or chroched shawl through the hollow in the diamond and stab the pin through it to hold your shawl or scarf closed. It was just what my scarf needed.

I also found and loved a series of yarns made in India by women learning yarnmaking as a trade to survive because they left abusive spouses. These women also recycle old saris by cuting up the silk and either spinning it into yarn, weaving it into new abstract fabrics, or just selling the shredded cloth to those who make their own yarn or weave it. I think I will buy a hank of this next time i go and make something for myself, maybe a capelette.

Many of the things in the store were organic, fair trade, and supported projects for cancer patients, war orphans and women fleeing abusice relationships all over the world, so some of the high prices were somewhat justified. Not everything int he store was expensive though, some of it was $4.00 a skeen. They had a lot of funky random lacy yarn and sprakley stuff too. The owner offers classes and encourages customers to come in and knit or corchet in her comfy chairs. She participates in the pink scarf project (it's where local breast cancer patients are given hand made knitted goods and hats in the name of her mother, who lost her fight) and the red scarf project, for orphans in college. patrons are asked to make wool hats, scarves and other items to donate to local people in need.

With all of that said, I'm 2 scarves away from my christmas list being done (woohoo!) and if you'd like a scarf, send me the yarn and tell me what you want and i'll make it and send it back.


This would be exciting! Hilly would be fantastic!!

Democratic sources tell CNN that President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton had a "serious discussion" Thursday to gauge Clinton's interest in the post of secretary of state, if she were offered it. Clinton's response is unknown, although multiple sources agree that she was left with the impression that if she were interested in the post, it would be hers


hi, for those of you who hesitate to visit my blog cause you have to sign in, i have removed that
option, since i am quite lonely there, and even though you might find me boring, please stop by and say hi. yours truly, spidey


Ok, maybe it's just me being obstinate/stubborn/a pain, but this is pissing me off. I work in HR at my company and I know that HR is held to a higher standard. However, when I think of being held to a higher standard I think ethically, by conduct, etc. How is it that I am being harassed for the small tattoo showing on the back of my neck when it only shows because of chemo? When other people have tats showing on their feet, arms, etc just because and nothing gets said to them? This pisses me off because if I hadn't lost my hair it wouldn't show at all, never did before that, but somehow I'm suppposed to stick a bandaid on it or something even though a girl in my office had a big ass tat on her foot showing ALL SUMMER. It is just me, am I being unreasonable? I haven't even trimmed the back of my hair since it's been growing in so that it will be covered ASAP, but it's super curly and it's going to be a few more months before it's covered. Please give me your opinions on this.

Wednesday, November 12

cnn... sarah palin.... why????

so you are probably sick of me yapping about sarah palin, but damn if she isn't on the tv everytime i turn it on. tonight i turned on CNN and they were interviewing her and asking her what advice she has for Barack. i threw up a little in my mouth and then listened to her. it was the same old run around crap as usual. she talks but all i hear is yadda yadda blah blah gotcha dontcha know what was the question?

why in the world would he want any advice from her?

why is anyone asking her these questions?

Margaret and Helen

This blog was mentioned at Another Bookshelf, so I checked it out.  These girls (especially Helen) are a hoot.  Check it out.  I don't know how to do a link but here's the address:

Tuesday, November 11

sarah palin interview with matt lauer

she is still denying the shopping spree. she has on her pink thrift shop jacket during the interview. she is a good little fibber. she says she didn't go into neimen marcus or saks. i wonder if the sales clerks will be on with matt tomorrow? when will she go away?

Monday, November 10

rite of passage

This was very interesting to me--especially what Carter had to say about Reagan

who asked

What will we talk about after the election?
Apparently for some, the talk is what Republican will oppose Obama in 2012!!

:::::rolls eyes::::

Saturday, November 8

Is it just my household, or have you all noticed it too?

Those mass mailings for credit cards, pre-approved and bonuses for transferring balances used to come in the mail by the gob-fuls. Honestly, not a day would go by without someone in the household being offered a chance to own a credit card by AmEx, whatever Capital One was peddling that day, local stores and national chains. A lot of that seems to have dried up. Today we only had two offerings from Capital One- they changed the color of their envelope from white to sort of a light maize color and exhorted me not only to take them up on their limited time offer, but to recycle the paper it came on (I wanted to say,, recycle this, but being a suth'n lady with decorous manners, I refrained). Maybe the downturn in the economy will be a boon for the trees, or is junk mail a patriotic undertaking because it creates more jobs..... such a conundrum.
I just read that the author Tony Hillerman died.
Most of his mystery stories were set in the Southwest.
There was a female Shelfer who LOVED Hillerman,
but I've forgotten her name. I think she was a social worker?

Friday, November 7

Does life seem kind of....empty, now?

The Onion tells you why.

can't blame the Democrats for this

Apparently McCain aides are blowing the whistle on Palin--
and boy is she pissed

barack's news conference

wow, intelligent and a sense of humor.

i am blown away.

Thursday, November 6

Ten Things Old Broards Are

1. Smart
2. Opinionated
3. Chatty
4. Feisty
5. Busy
6. Snarky, but only a wee bit
7. Simmering, like soup
8. And I mean really, really yummy soup
9. Able to clean their cache at will
10.And then help others!

Ten Things Old Broards Are Not
1. Shy
2. Apathetic
3. Passive
4. Conventional
5. Uninterested
6. (that) Old
7. Female (necessarily)
8. Possessors of Dried up Poons

GREAT pic of Obama

I don't know how to get the picture here (feel free to do that if someone knows how) so here's the link.

scottish romance

Scottish Romance

Who said Scots Romance is dead! These are REAL ADS from the
lonely-hearts column.

Grossly ov erweight Buckie turf-cutter, 42 years old, Gemini, seeks
nimble sexpot, preferably South American, for tango sessions, candlelit
dinners and humid nights of screaming passion. Must have own car and be
willing to travel. Box 09/08

Aberdeen man, 50, in desperate need of a ride. Anything considered.

Heavy drinker, 35, Glasgow area, seeks gorgeous sex addict interested
in beer, cigarettes, Celtic football club and starting scraps on
Sauchiehall Street at three in the morning. Box 73/82 .

Bitter, disillusioned Dundonian lately rejected by long-time fiancée
seeks decent, honest, reliable woman, if such a thing still exists in
this cruel world of hatchet-faced bitches. Box /41

Ginger-haired Paisley troublemaker, gets slit-eyed and shirty after a
few scoops, seeks attractive, wealthy lady for bail purposes, maybe more
Box 84/87

Artistic Edinburgh woman, 53, petite, loves rainy walks on the beach,
writing poetry, unusual sea-shells and interesting brown rice dishes,
seeks mystic dreamer for companionship, back rubs and more as we bounce
along like little tumbling clouds on life's beautiful crazy journey.
Strong stomach essential. Box 12/32

Chartered accountant, 42, seeks female for marriage. Duties will
include cooking, light cleaning and accompanying me to office social
functions. References required. No timewasters. Box 3/45

Bad-tempered, foul-mouthed old bastard living in a damp cottage in the
arse end of Orkney seeks attractive 21-year old blonde lady with big
chest. Box 40/27

Devil-worshiper, Stirling area, seeks like-minded lady for wining and
dining, good conversation, dancing, romantic walks and slaughtering dogs
in cemeteries at midnight under the flinty light of a pale moon.
Box 52/07

Attractive brunette, Maryhill area, winner of Miss Wrangler competition
at Frampton's Nightclub, Maryhill, in September 1978, seeks nostalgic
man who's not afraid to cry, for long nights spent comfort-drinking and
listening to old Abba records. Please, Please! Box 30/41

Govan man, 27, medium build, brown hair, blue eyes, seeks alibi for the
night of February 27 between 8pm and 11.30pm

Wednesday, November 5

What???? You mean Africa is a CONTINENT????


Sarah Palin's out-of-control shopping problem


Newsweek has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported.  While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy.  One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist.  But instead the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family--clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.  According to knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill.  Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards....
One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband.  Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost.  An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

Sarah Palin as President

Wanna have some fun?  Click on this link, then drag your cursor around the picture and click on things.  Funny things will happen!

Roseanne Barr on Prop 8

yes president obama is an awesome president who will listen to the people!
the bitter: prop 8 passed, and will now be used to make opinion into law. be very afraid. we must seek to rid the churches of their tax exempt status...they cover miles of real estate in this country and do not pay their fair share for the police protection and the fire protection that they enjoy as a result of being huge owners of property. for the churches of america to have spent 80 million dollars on ads to train old women who long for freedom and for justice into becoming hate mongers who deny legal rights to the over 70,000 LIVING CHILDREN (in califonia alone)of gay unions, and weep and gnash their teeth over unborn fetuses...shame on you in the name of the lord jesus christ! your churches are not political action committees...the church telling people how to cast their votes is illegal under the constitution of this land. you satan worshipper anti-christers are going down, in the blink of an eye...your hatred makes you abhorrent to the lord. REPENT RIGHT WING ENEMIES OF FREEDOM IN AMERICA!!!!! for the followers of the prince of peace who said: there are no rich in heaven, your ministers and your priests are fake and they are perverse!!!! accept christ now into your heart and mind or be lost!!! who else but the churches and the synagogues and the mosques steal money from widows and orphans? rapes the children and then tells them its their own fault and then allows the homeless to sleep under bridges? who else marches their neighbors to their deaths? who else but the religions...all damned to hell in this new day of the LORD...who heralds the return of she who is and is now come.
this info is here for you for free ...please do not return here unless it is to discuss my writing. lots of work for people who care about the world and peace to get busy doing---pressuring obama from the left to do the right thing.

Michael Crichton dead at 66


Tuesday, November 4


sarah sarah sarah

i just saw you declare on tv that you plan on waking up tomorrow as the VP elect.

ummmm... i don't think so caribou barbie. time to return to the great white north. don't forget to leave your $150,000 wardrobe behind.

I love election day!

I wouldn't vote early for anything, because I get a thrill out of getting out there with everybody else and being a part of the greatest experiment in self-governance in human history!

I never fail to get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye.

Early Voting

Last night on the news, the figure of 42% of all registered voters in NC had already voted was given. What a fantastic number. I just hope it doesn't mean that no one will vote today. Daughter drove by our normal polling place where in 2004, the line was 3 hours long and she said no one was there. It is also raining, so that may hurt turnout today.

In other news- 11/3/08 MSNBC in their discussion of who will be the next secretary of the Treasury said that the Bush White House has provided unprecedented amounts of material and help to both campaigns about the economic situation so that for whomever wins, they will get up to speed quickly and to help them as they are picking their Treasury sec to look at the problems and see which of their folks may best fit the bill. Apparently more information is being shared and more open communication than ever in history from an outgoing president and administration.

learning to walk

the leadership at my school is really bad, so they keep using our work days to "invite" motivational speakers in (really means pay someone upwards of $10,000 to torture us). I was okay with the speaker until he asked everyone with a child between 1-2 to stand up and then proceeded to ask us personal questions about our kids. His point was to get us to agree with him that babies magically follow a natural learning process without prodding or teaching. His example? Rolling over, sitting up crawling and then walking. Okay I agree some things are natural to some people. Then he made a comment about not having to load the kids into an SUV and take them to walking lessons in a sarcastic way and laughed. I took a deep breath and then explained to captain asshole that actually, my kid has to go to "walking lessons" and we had to spend massive hours with OT and PT to get her to roll over, sit up, crawl and now walk what little she does. That when she does something new, like is able to use a sippy cup or pick up food to feed herself, I feel like we climbed a mountain. I just felt snippy that someone had the stones to lecture me for several hours on sensitivity and then flippanty brushed my daughter's struggle under the rug while I stood there. I know I need to just let it go, but it's hard.

Monday, November 3

Do You Know Where to Vote?

obamas grandma

I was very sad to hear that obamas grandmama died.

so sad she didn't see him win the election.

Sunday, November 2

"The Sad Grandpa"

If you missed SNL last night, The Sad Grandpa is one of John McCain's new campaign strategies.
The opening with McCain and Fey-as-Palin selling stuff on QVC was funny, but what was really hilarious was Ben Affleck as Keith Olbermann. He was WONDERFUL. Tree, I know you love Olbermann too, so find the spot on and watch it if you didn't see it.

For those confused by Clanks blog

click here and of course you can be shocked by it on youtube if you click here

Saturday, November 1

election thought

I just hope that Rag and Saria are prepared for the orgasms they'll have when Obama wins on Tuesday. They've both probably forgotten what one feels like.

Michael Palin for President