Oh Joy.  Do we get to play the snowball email game next?

P.Z. Myers, a noted scholar of evolutionary biology (and an outspoken atheist hero YMMV) who posts over at Pharyngula at Science Blogs, committed a social faux pas by standing up a group of his drunken fans while visiting Philadelphia.  Branded a sinner for his heresy, he has been ‘tagged’ by a fellow blogger, and as a result  “tagged” my friend Tim http://thetimchannel.com/ as well!   Tim was chosen at semi-random by PZ as a result of his ongoing participation in the comment section of his blog, and now Tim has tagged me.  Thanks so much, Timmy-boy.

You pay your money and you take your chances, and the rules for being “tagged’ are thus:

  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Post the rules on your blog.
  3. Write six random things about yourself.
  4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
  5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
  6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Six Random Things About Me:

1. I got married at 19, nearly 39 years ago.  Next month is our anniversary.

2. I have three kids, a boy and two girls, supposedly all adults now.

3. I have two elderly cats with health issues.

4. I’m not only a native Southern Californian, I’m a native of Los Angeles County. 

5. I make a mean pie; boysenberry, apple, pecan, they’re all killer.

6. I always want to have the last word. Want, as opposed to have to have.


My Chosen Six, some of whom will certainly not thank me,  are: Ranuel, of  http://ranuel.livejournal.com/, Elayne, of http://elaynocentricity.com/blog/, Fred http://jabberclarks.blogspot.com/index.html, Theo aka Teho (who probably has no clue who I am http://teho.vox.com/,  Christina http://sayingnothingcharmingly.blogspot.com/ , and Doug http://shyzaboy.blogsome.com/


I Feel Very Thankful

Especially after watching this:

“The Places We Live”

by Jonah Bendiksen.


It’s a photographic study of slums in Venezuela, India, Indonesia, and Africa. Four households in each area can be viewed as the owners tell their stories. Uses a 360-degree panning program.

Thanks to Elayne for showing me this site.

Joe has announced that he has a blog and it will only cost you $19.95 to read it.   That gets you a We Are Joe membership, or for $14.95 you can choose a Freedom membersehip.

That must be some blog.

A couple of weeks ago there was talk of a C&W record deal, but he’ll never be as good as Lyle Lovett.  Just sayin’….. and he’s got a book coming out, ” Fighting for the American Dream”.

This is just… wow!  I mean, he’s the embodiment of the American dream because he wants to buy a business that nets $250k annually and he…….. say what?  He only makes about $40k a year?  And now he’s lost his job? 

Maybe it was the Andy Warhol version of the American Dream, the 15 mintues of fame version.   We can only hope.

This is Joe, waiting for the offers to come pouring in.

And thanks, Dad. 

Fred Clark Edgeworth by you.


barack obama digitized reworked by Kris Kros.

So Go Vote, Already!

To find out where to cast your ballot, click the link:


How I Voted

This is how voted.  If you disagree with any of these choices it’s too late to convince me to vote otherwise.    You all had your chance.


  • US President: Barack Obama
  • US Representative 47th District: Loretta Sanchez D
  • State Assembly, 72nd District: John MacMurray D.  The incumbent is not so great and this is Orange Freaking County, and I am tired of the idiot candidates my Republican Party continues to support.    


  • Prop 1:  High Speed Rail. Yes. 
  • I am a bit worried about how we’ll come up with the rest of the funding for this high speed rail system, which is why I hesitate.
  • Prop 2: Farm Animals, Treatment of.  Yes
     Be nice to animals. 
  • Prop 3: Childrens Hospital funding.  Yes.
  • Prop 4: Parental Notification/Abortion.  No.  This is yet another parental notification.  We’ve voted this down twice before, and this proposal is no better than the others.
  • Prop 5: Drug offender rehab.  No
  • Prop 6: New Crimes and Penalties.  No
  • Prop 7: Renewable Energy Mandate.  No
    Smells like a large taxpayer gift to a very few.
  • Prop 8: Bans Same Sex Marriage.  No
    The irony of the Mormons defining marriage is mind boggling.  
  • Prop 9: New Rights for Crime Victims’ Families. No.
  • Prop 10:  Alternate Fuel Bond.  No
    A boon to T. Boone Pickens, not so much for the rest of us.
  • Prop 11: Redistricting Reform. Yes.
  • Prop 12:Veterans Mortgage Bonds. Yes.  Completely cost neutral and helps a lot of Californians buy homes.