Saturday, April 23, 2005
Picture a bad day...
I am out and about and when I return to headquarters (...) I learn that the neighbors have been rowdy... noisy, really... so I speak to them. In their eyes, I am wrong in wanting to enforce civilized tranquil living rules in the building where my dad lives - and they even concluded that I WILL GET KILLED ONE OF THESE DAYS for "making trouble" like THAT...?!?
If anyone of you had an ill parent under your care, wouldn't you demand peace and quiet for him...?
Is THAT "making trouble"...? OR IS THAT DOING WHAT'S RIGHT... WHAT IS IN FACT MY DUTY...?
I laugh at thinly-veiled death threats though... in fact, I invited the fiends to try ASAP... since they do know where to find me! I always dreamed of going down in a blaze of glory...
Friday, April 22, 2005
only in arkansas - take two!
After B.B.K. - I sure would like to see a statue of plain ol' B.B. - Brigitte Bardot! B.B. in her starlet days - but with a seal or two, to blur the lines between eras - if she only had taken to baby seals as much as she had to men in those bodacious days too...! *LOL*
Now there would be a well-endowed statue worth erecting, hmm...? ;)
holy moley, captain planet - it's earth day today, and I flushed the toilet one too many times - damn my uncaring attitude towards the environment!
TODAY IS INDEED EARTH DAY! Join a massive effort to protect wilderness areas from oil drilling in honor of Earth Day. The Earth Day Virtual March is spreading across the country - they say to make sure your town or city is represented! (Again, I am sure that polar bears will feel all fuzzy when they get wind of GenericSmallTown USA that was represented by one or two nature nuts (this said with affection!) who are even aware of their plight up there, as the icebergs melt away...).
On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans called for a cleaner, healthier environment. (Were they truly heeded...?). Their activism helped secure the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. (Is it really secure...?). Now, 35 years later, with the Senate's recent vote to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, that activism is needed to counter a growing threat to all hard-won environmental protections. (Absolutely... although it is a shock to the system to realize that Earth Day and I are basically of the same age! What were people doing before that...?!? Sheesh... And I thought the sixties enlightened!).
http://earthday.care2.com/index.html --- if the link works ; and if it's not too late!
Quote of the Day
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yeah - and it led to the downfall of mankind too!
Thursday, April 21, 2005
a little quatrain on thursday - for old times sake... *lol*
La grand montagne ronde de sept estades,
Apre???s paix, guerre, faim, inondation,
Roulera loing, abysmant grand contrades,
Mesmes antigues, & grand fondation.
The great mountain, seven stadia round,
after peace, war, famine, flooding.
It will spread far, drowning great countries,
even antiquities and their mighty foundations
Hmm... this would be the most unbalanced line-up of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse that I have ever seen, I am sorry to say Michel my man... *lol* (Michel de Nostredame - of course!). Peace?!? War, Famine - fine... Flooding? Of course it can be devastating - the tsunami proved that... still... The classic Biblical line-up is, obviously, Death, War, Famine and Pestilence. Some exegets will say Deception, Death, War and Plague - putting in hunger as a plague of sorts. Conquest has also been hailed as a "Horseman" (which makes you realize that Dubya's entourage is not alone in absurd abstract conceptualizations - as their war on Terror seemed to indicate that they were... wrong!)
Simply put, this quatrain is so vague it could be about all sorts of cataclysms - the key is to find this mountain that is "seven stadia round"... And frankly, I am not in the mood to search for it right now... *lol*
of hierarchies and e-mails...
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
new pope is rung in...
lookalike day... or look alike day?
Or... is this the day where we pinpoint who we look like the most... especially if it's an actor or actress who could play us in a prospective biographical film...?
A day where we go out of our way to find our clone (as opposed to our soulmate) for the mere fun of it...? An exercize in "separated at birth" comparisons... hmm...
Another waste of time so-called "holiday", in other words... *lol*
Quote of the Day
- W. L. Shirer
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Quote of the Day
- Thomas Wolfe
Hmm... to every other man - in every other country - tough luck pal! Do with what your country can do for you... since it wouldn't even appreciate what you could do for it, even if you bothered doing anything at all for it... of course!
two for tuesdays; vanity & pride go together like...?!?
(BANG) - Kevin Costner hates the gym but is too vain to quit.
The 'Dances With Wolves' star, who turned 50 in January, admits he would love to stop exercising but is so worried about getting fat and losing his looks he can't give up.
He said: "I hate the gym. And I certainly don't like weights. But it's important for me to look good. So as much as I don't want to do this any more, it's vanity that keeps me going."
Costner, who is about to become a father again for the fourth time with second wife Christine Baumgartner, also says he is motivated to keep working out so he looks good for his wife and children.
The veteran actor recently gained 20lb for his role as a drunken baseball player in new movie 'The Upside of Anger', but believes if he let himself go permanently it would disappoint his family.
He added: "I owe it to my children and my wife."
Sting loses Hollywood star
(BANG) - Sting was left red-faced after he was spotted pacing the Hollywood Walk of Fame looking for his star.
The singer has revealed how he tried to discreetly find his golden accolade on the world-famous Hollywood Boulevard.
Eventually, after fruitless searching, he had to be pointed in the right direction by a fan.
The legendary musician told US TV host Jimmy Kimmel: "I walked very, very quietly, discreetly down the street and I couldn't see it. I walked back a little way and some guy said, 'Sting, your star's over there.' He knew exactly what I was doing."
Meanwhile, the tantric-loving rock star has admitted he is nervous of getting back on stage.
Sting, who performed an intimate show at Hollywood's famous Roxy club last night (28.03.05) before embarking on a US tour, added: "It's a public mistakes show, where you make your mistakes in public so you're so embarrassed that you never make them again."
Name that pope
The intricacies of electing a new pope though are still AU MENU DU JOUR and are, verily, truly fascinating... think about it, the pressure on those 115 cardinals as they are confined, sequestred, shut out from the rest of the world until 77 of them agree on the same candidate for new pope... Then again, maybe they are used to it already - their very lifestyle is to be cloistered from the rest of this cold cruel world to begin with...! Away from the pollution and the noise... ah, the bliss!
Ironic to note that today is CAR FREE DAY - we know that those cardinals won't need a ride anywhere today, that is for sure! *lol*
The luminous blog must apologize though - for having forgotten to properly celebrate STRESS AWARENESS DAY on the 16th of this month - however, for the author of this blog EVERY SINGLE DAY is STRESS AWARENESS DAY, so... making a big splash over THAT might have been a bit of overkill in this particular case...! ;)
TODAY though is indeed CAR FREE DAY so - quit polluting, you filthy humanoids - AND TAKE A WALK!!! *LOL*
Monday, April 18, 2005
pope couldn't be elected on patriots' day anyway...
John Paul II was the first Pope in history to visit a synagogue. In 1986, he went to the synagogue in Rome, where he referred to the Jewish people as "our elder brothers."
Black smoke billowed from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel where 115 cardinals gathered to elect a new pope today - the black smoke signaled "no go" basically...!
Aw, well - maybe tomorrow, eh?
If the new pope is to be the last, they got get it just right - prophecy has a special role for the last pope to play... ;)
the more things change... part deux - the trivial version
1998- WCW and the then-WWF (now WWE, since the Panda kicked its corporate butt in court) were rivals - competing for TV ratings, pay-per-view buy shares and assorted merchandizing sources of revenue... Today, WCW no longer exists - but so many elements of it thrive on, in both the WWE as in the "all-new" NWA-TNA (which is, for all intents and purposes, a repackaged WCW) that one could really say... nothing has changed here!
I was watching "TNA IMPACT" the other day (a show that could easily be mistaken for some entirely-different brand of "entertainment" right there... *lol*) and could not believe how much it resembled the WCW of old... all the way down to its supporting cast / mid-card cast of characters made up entirely of up-and-comers... and the tired old-timers in the main events! Gentle Giant Kevin Nash (boring) - NWA world champion Jeff Jarrett (technically-sound but boring - as ever) - "6-Pack" Sean Waltman (skinny wimp who got roughed up by his GIRLFRIEND Joanie Laurer of former WWF/WWE/Playboy fame as "Chyna"... boring in a sad, wimpy way...). And then there's even... DDP. Diamond Dallas Page, who rose to fame in WCW as, already back then, a too-old-to-wrestle "people's champion"... What can he be labeled as NOW... years later?!? Like 6-PACK there, DDP is wrestling to forget his lovelife woes - as he has been dumped recently by his once-beloved KIMBERLY. Her breaking of the "diamond cutter"'s heart is reminiscent of yet another WCW case of matrimonial infamy - when dumb blonde Debra dumped Horseman Steve "Mongo" McMichael, who soon became so distraught over it he gained pound after pound and quit the Four Horsemen and wrestling all-together... Debra went on to work with the WWE, first with... Jeff Jarrett & Owen Hart (who died shortly thereafter in a tragic if dumb accident - the bad karma of having a dumb blonde around, surely...) and then with Stone Cold Steve Austin, with whom she remarried. Austin though wasn't as conciliant as Mongo - and he mustn't have been as impressed with the alleged stunner because he gave HER a patented "stunner" of his own - actually, this did not take place in a staged bit of ring action but in real life... He hit her, they divorced and she has not been seen since. She wrecked Mongo's life - hers is in shambles too. What goes around, comes around... hmm?
Kudos to DDP for not letting his Kimberly dear wreck HIS life like that; ironically, before returning to wrestling, DDP's main project was a reality-TV series with none other than... Stone Cold! They are buddies, you know... 6-PACK is another buddy too. Divorcé and notorious alcoholic Scott Hall is another. Maybe they should all get together and form a new stable - "the Lonely Broken Hearts Club".
TNA has recycled a number of WCW talent AND ideas alike - all the way down to archaic talent such as perennial favorite DUSTY RHODES (who looks like he is in his seventies now...? I could be wrong... but he sure looks it! *lol*). TNA has caged dancers even - in a near-strip club atmosphere...! Of course, the girls wear skimpy outfits all the time - and will never remove them. In comparison, WCW's NITRO GIRLS were truly classy (especially that Whisper gal - she was tall and all but reserved in an exuberant kind of way - is that ambiguous enough for ya? *lol* Why did SHE have to wind up marrying the "Heartbreak Kid"...?!? Why couldn't it have been Terri Byrnes aka Fyre instead - the redhead of the group? Or... or... Chae I think it was - the Asian gal of the group? Honestly though, I forget who else comprised the "nitro girls" - called such because they danced choreographic numbers on a show called WCW MONDAY NITRO - on TNT, the network once owned by Ted Turner! There were at least 8 girls in all - and they were led by... Kimberly Page. But that is history...)
The pathetic thing about it all is that, even back in 1998, when WCW was number one, there were many who mistook it for Vince McMahon's product, WWF/WWE... Today, with many former WCW mainstays to be found in WWE (such as Ric Flair) that erroneous perception is likely reinforced...! And new competitor NWA-TNA, born out of the ashes of WCW, is likely perceived by those same casual fans / observers as some sort of farm-club for the big club, Titan(so-called)Sports' WWE...
The Good Guys can never win.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
the more it changes -and allegedly evolves- the more it stays the same...
The 21st Century - and CNN reported that there were THOUSANDS of cases of LEPROSY in the UNITED STATES...!!!
The 21st Century - and we are still at the mercy of pandemics ; shaking in our collective booties at the thought of an outbreak that would not be containable (mainly because the medical personnel nowadays is not ready to contain it...!!!).
This despite the wondrous accomplishments of science - which, recently, even linked the medieval plague to AIDS - but in a good way, somehow...! It appears that the Black Death and other great plagues in the Middle-Ages apparently caused a genetic mutation in the european populace which now has resulted in making 10% of Europeans far more resistant to HIV infection... which, in turn, explains the non-fear of Aids in many European countries and the subsequent resulting debauchery...! You gotta take the good with the bad I guess... *lol*
Wondrous discovery - made in the UK - but one that only explains a pattern of wild behaviourial depravity that still doesn't make sense, in the face of AIDS... and one that only shows how much dumb luck Humanity has had over the centuries - for it sure wasn't any human accomplishment that triggered this resistance to HIV...!
In the end though, resistance is not immunity (the French know all about that - in many, many ways too...) and AIDS is still the Great Plague of TODAY... until a surprise ebola-like one hits that is!