Sunday, March 28, 2004

Headache from Hell

I've had one off and on now for about two weeks. This isn't even the one I've had for about 12 years, this is one I have ON TOP of that one. It borders on Migraine and sometimes crosses over but no matter what I cannot seem to get rid of it regardless of the amount of Alleve or Lortab I take. Just when I think it's gone it comes back again. I hate having to give it consideration whenever I plan to do something. I have to compensate for it and it just infuriates me to no end.

I'm really sick and tired of always being in pain.

Monday, March 22, 2004


Well, this isn't exactly an advertisement sign but a sign for a breakfast place in Wooster, Ohio...

Cafe Doughnot Restaurant

Notice the spelling. Just in case you didn't know that a cafe was an establishment where people eat they added the word restaurant as so to clear things right up.

I couldn't help but laugh yet again.
Southern Signs

As Seen in Rural North Carolina

HEY For Sale -- Call 555 . . .

As Seen in Houston, Texas at a Dry Cleaners

Comfoter Special 9.99 -- Limited Timed

These are the little things that brighten up my day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Still in Ohio

- amid 10 inches of snow but hopefully heading out tonight. After taking a break from writing for a while I feel I'm about ready to speak again. I've got quite a few things on my mind.

Until then, a funny story for you...

We're in a restaurant and the server comes up to take our order, the name on the tag is Kathi. S asks if it's short for Kathleen; I mistakenly think he says Katherine/Kathryn and she answers in the affirmative. She says she actually spells it with a Y instead of an I but her boss put in on wrong and she never got around to changing it.

I said so, is your name spelled with an "erine" or a "ryn" (remember, I think her name is Katherine/Kathryn).

This is actually what she says, no joke, "Uh, it's been so long I don't remember how to spell it."

We all just sat there, dumbfounded, trying our damnedest not to laugh.

Ahh, you just have to love the "Heartland of America."

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Ohio - well, I thought I'd have time to write for a bit but since I'm on a borrowed computer I'll have to get back to you later. Suffice it to say I'm in Ohio.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Hollywood Endings

As I am living just this side of broke at the moment when I want to indulge myself I have to do it cheaply. So last night's dinner and a movie consisted of woefully-unhealthy McDonalds and the Dollar Theater. Much to my surprise on Friday and Saturday evenings it becomes the Two Dollar Theater (while I'll refrain from making any comments about Two Dollar Anythings you may infer what you wish) and saw Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman in Paycheck.

As I have an affinity for action movies with explosions and gratuitous violence I'll have to say I liked it. Something has been lurking in the back of my mind though, rather like a small piece of rock stuck in your shoe?agitating and annoying. After all the bullets dodged, felonies committed, needless deaths, and unnecessary chase scenes the resolution was tidy, neat, predictable and, well, totally unrealistic.

Life is, pardon my homage to teenagers as I roll my eyes, sooooooooo not like that and I guess a part of me feels cheated. Life is messy, complicated, unfair, and sometimes the results of our actions can be disastrous. I don't understand it and am constantly confounded by the strange twists and turns my path takes.

I wanted a big plot twist or some sort of irony but it never appeared. I think it would have made the movie better if Affleck had really turned out to be the bad guy--but he didn't. Also, you really have to suspend reality if you want to enjoy this type of movie because if you follow things to their logical and consistent conclusion you will know it could never end up the way it does. Maybe that doesn't bother anyone else but it does bother me. I keep thinking about the damage to the FBI offices, downed police officers, destroyed police cars, and all other manner of collateral damage. Who pays for that? Are the insurance companies responsible and wouldn't the law seek someone's pound of flesh in return for everything? I know our hero was "wronged" but what about all the other people who were "wronged" is there no recompense for them?

I know, I know, like I said earlier you have to suspend reality to enjoy the movie. I just find it interesting how we will do the very same thing in real life--suspend reality--and expect a Hollywood-happy ending in our own lives. It's almost as if we think of it as our Hollywood-given right.

Friday, March 05, 2004

What was...

1. ...your first grade teacher's name?

Mrs. Harrison, who was expecting a baby and had to leave in the middle of the year. Her replacement was Mrs. Broughton. I was selected as Ambassador which means I was a glorified hall moniter. Woo Hoo.

2. ...your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

Superfriends and Scooby Doo definitely rank at the top. I pretended to be Wonder Woman for years with my mother's tiara, gold rope belt, and huge brass cuff bracelets (God Bless the 70s).

3. ...the name of your very first best friend?

I think my very first best friend was Angel. I don't remember her last name and she was only at my school during racing season each year. Her father was a jockey for the horseracing club. She was so much fun.

In Jr. High and High School my best friend was Melissa Moore. She moved to Fort Worth, Texas when we were in the 10th grade and we kept in touch through college but have subsequently lost contact. She embraced life to the fullest while I was usually on the sidelines watching it. I miss her vivaciousness and lust for life. It took me a long, long time to learn to relax and enjoy life. I still don't do it all the time but on the whole I'm a lot more mellow than I was at 16.

4. ...your favorite breakfast cereal?

Any cereal made with sugar since my mom didn't believe in letting us eat ANYTHING with sugar in it.

5. ...your favorite thing to do after school?

Ride my bike, watch Bewitched or I Dream of Jeanie, or play Fort with the neighbors Mark Sanders and Jason Morphew.