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December 24, 2004


We hope it fits. It's a MOAT.

(Thanks to Leetie)


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Very sorry Mad. Losing a pet like that stinks.

Just so everyone is not confused... My 5:44 comment is supposed to go after Eleanor's 5:47 comment.

Crash - re Kenny Rogers -
Hum the first few bars of the following:

It's a small world after all
It's a small, small ,small, small world!

KR is very involved in one of our local casinos and is always on TV here doing commercials for them - "gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold em', etc.

I happen to like Kenny Rogers and think that "Ruby, don't take your love to town" is one of the greatest, "camp" songs of all time-

*hopes she didn't give anyone an earwig with all her musical renderings*

Scary Crash, but probably a typical S.Fla. drug deal gone bad.

Crash, I have a friend that lives in Goulds named Larry, do you know him?

I also have a mother-in-law and sister-in-law in Fla. City.

Yeah Joshkr, poetry. Lets see... There once was a man from Nantucket....no, I guess not.


Crash--ewww! When bodies get left in cars around here, they don't start to smell until the following summer.

hahaha! Here they smell within a half hour!

Blaaargh. Consider yourself lucky.

BigD, I went to middle school in Goulds. That's right! Skinny, white gurrl at Athur B Mays Middle. The cops across the street were afraid to stop the gang-fights, and the department down the street always had to respond.The streetlights don't turn red near my old Middle School. I got kidnapped at that school. We had bomb threats, fights, weapons, and I've never had so much fun!

I don't think I knew any Larrys. We did know the Hooker around the corner though.
I know a few people in Florida City.

Crash. you got kidnapped??? Yikes.

Did you look at the "slide show" for that story? How lame is that? 10 different views of people standing around the car holding their noses.

Hola MOATies! Hope all had a Happy X-mas and a Merry New Year! I hope I'm in the right MOAT, I followed the bread crumbs and ended up here. Y'all (not yous guys) have been busy while I've been away!

{{Mad}} My condolences, honey. I've lost 3 in the last two years and always hurts. Take heart in the fact that SoBe had a great home, great love and is not suffering. Heck, she had it better than most of the people I know...

Joshkr! Fantastic work on the calendars! I've been remiss on sending something via paypal - I'll do it tonight! I'm gonna see if I can dig up one of those spiral binder machines around the office and put your work on display! And I have to say, DAMN! There's some good lookin' people hanging around here!

On Romance - surprise is the key. Almost anything works (as long as she's not repulsed by it,) if you surprise her. She just wants to know that your thinking about her and wanting to her to be happy. Some ideas:

Invite her over for something mundane, like watching TV. When she arrives, she finds the entire place lit only by candles, a wonderful dinner already (or ready to be,) prepared, her favorite wine already chilled, romantic music playing and you dressed to please her (use your imagination!)

Drive by her work and leave a card or a note on her car.

Stop by her work unannounced and leave her flowers, candy or chocolate covered strawberries.

Plan a mundane date with her (Pizza and an action movie,) then have tickets to whatever chick flick she's currently into and reservations at someplace nice and romantic.

Take her dancing instead of hanging out somewhere.

Just always keep her guessing! ;-) But be careful of the level of expectations you set - make sure it's something you can keep up!

Lab - I agree, FFL was a blast this year! Can't wait for next year!

speaking of inboxes... just received this:

New Homeland Security Bill

*shudder @ bodies in cars*


Is it just me or is that Michael Jackson in that picture?

I need to stop glorifying Miami (motto: Don't Shoot! I'm Not a Tourist!) for a minute and explain that a random killing is very rare. Nearly every murder in Dade County is a result of organized crime.
Except for a few german tourists 20 years ago, but if you ask me, I think that was a fairly organized operation.

We lived in Biscayne Woods apartments for about a year (right behind coral castle) - lets see, about 19 years ago. Goes to get on the geezer bus.

Crash! EEeeeeekkkk! And Eeeekkk again!

The current Girlfriend 2004 4.0 (GF2K44.0) works at Wally World. She'll be thrilled to read that article! That'll motivate her to find a new job!

Hmmm, guess I should start calling her GF2K51.0, since she made it through the new year...

In related news GF2K43.4 finally seems to be completely uninstalled. I haven't had a pop-up insult in weeks...

Crash, you were kidnapped? That's horrible! Did your parents have to ransom you?

Haha I thought it was funny they were holding their noses.

Yes, but not the whole ransom note spiel. Our bus driver went crazy. She took us north instead of south (I lived about 70 blocks south near Coral Castle), and she threatened to cut off all of our heads. After several hours she dropped us off at our respective stops. Haha We managed to wrangle about a 2 weeks out of school in group "trauma therapy" where we drew disturbing pictures and I got this one kid to cry everyday so that we could continue to skip class.

My grandparents moved to Miami when I was 3, so we went down there every summer for two weeks. It really ruined "vacation" for me--if it's not hot, sunny, loaded with palm trees and near a beach, it's not vacation.

My sister and I went to Key West 2 years ago and had a wonderful time. We drove by my grandmother's old house (in what is now Little Haiti) and stopped to take pictures. A big, scary-looking dude with dreadlocks came out of the house and demanded to know what we were doing. We explained and got the hell out of there, fast. We decided it wasn't a good idea to ask if we could go into the back yard.

At least in Alaska they have the common courtesy to burn a body rather than let it sit to stink next summer.

Weasel I think your'e (not your) Right!

Thanks for all the well wishes.
I love you guys!

Well Rita, Growing up there it's awesome because an excellent vacation will always be FREE as long as my parents don't move.
My mom wants to move to NC but my dad is REALLY against it. He's never lived outside of Dade County and I don't think he ever plans to, except to live on his boat whenever he finishes it.
He told me to get a job I could quit so that we could go to the Bahamas all summer.

I should really quit talking...


Lee - ya single? Oh. wait. I'm not. drats.

I stick with my earlier thought that the MOAT needs to write a "Romance for Dummies" guide ... I'll send the first edition to my husband.

Not to complain about him, 'cuz he really *is* wonderful, but it seems like the older the kid gets, the more romance seeps out of our relationship.

Now, when we get a night sans-kid, I want to go out to a nice restaurant and bask in our couple-ness and yadda yadda yadda.
He would rather stay home and fall asleep to ESPN.

It probably says wonders for our relationship that we're this comfortable with each other after such a short time, but dammit! I'm young. I need excitement... Guess thats what I get for pluckin' him outta a nursing home.


AUTHOR: Mike Weasel
EMAIL: hirsutemustelid@sbcglobal.net
DATE: 01/06/2005 06:26:36 PM
AUTHOR: Mike Weasel
EMAIL: hirsutemustelid@sbcglobal.net
DATE: 01/06/2005 06:26:36 PM

That was supposed to read *takes notes* but I stupidly used < and > signs instead of asterisks so the blog assumed it was some kind of html and ignored it.

Crash, will you ask your dad if he'll adopt me? I'm probably older than he is, but still.......

My grandmother moved from Miami to Virginia in 1990. Can you believe it? From warm most of the year to cold most of the year? I might add that she died a couple of years later, as a result of the move.

Well, she was 94; that might have had something to do with it....

Mad, I hope you're okay. It's so hard to lose one of our babies. I have a 14 1/2-year-old dog who's slowing down, doesn't see or hear as well, has a hard time jumping up on the bed, and I'm just dreading it.......

Rita - I'm holding it together for now. I was a wreck this morning. Just working and listening to some music (thanks to weasel). Trying not to dwell on it. I am sure going home it will all hit me again.

Weasel - You don't need to take notes. You are perfect just the way you are. I see your (not you're) love in every action and every word.

*apologizes for the sappy comment*

Booger Car

I remember growing up we were exploring on our bikes near Gables Estates. We went to the water's edge and there were blue crabs the size of dinner plates, boy did we eat well that night!

Bet it is hard to find a crab anymore.

NC is great, we came here to raise the kids since any reputable neighborhood was beyond our ability to afford.

This is a test... can someone tell me pls if this is viewable? Its a movie.

Warning: Contains Mouse Thongs and Romantic Gestures


El -

Umm. I give up. I found the song you're looking for... but all the sites that actually have the song want to screw with my computer. So heres a consolation prize.
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town

You’ve painted up your lips
And rolled and curled your tinted hair
Ruby are you contemplating
Going out somewhere
The shadow on the wall
Tells me the sun is going down
Oh ruby
Don’t take your love to town

It wasn’t me
That started that old crazy asian war
But I was proud to go
And do my patriotic chore
And yes, it’s true that
I’m not the man I used to be
Oh, ruby I still need some company

Its hard to love a man
Whose legs are bent and paralysed
And the wants and the needs of a woman your age
Ruby I realize,
But it won’t be long I’ve heard them say until I not around
Oh ruby
Don’t take your love to town

She’s leaving now cause
I just heard the slamming of the door
The way I know I’ve heard it
Some 100 times before
And if I could move I’d get my gun
And put her in the ground
Oh ruby
Don’t take your love to town

Oh ruby for god’s sake turn around


On a side note... one of the pop-ups that keeps getting through tells me that "My computer clock may be wrong" ...

I keep reading "The Blog clock may be wrong" and going "We know that" before I realize that its just a pop-up and I'm talking to a computer.....

Mad - LTTG, but wanted to pass on my condolences for your SoBe. I went and hugged my little ratbag after I heard about your loss.

Crash - what part of NC is dad thinking about moving to? I used to live in Charlotte, and my brother is still in Greensboro.

Romance idea for Joshkr - leave her love notes around the house. I did it with Post-Its and was a great success.

Higgy, (I am not making this up) My Uncle Tom has a Cabin somewhere in the mountains. But my mother probably wants to live near the coast. Which I think is stupid because she's running from hurricanes. Not a whole lot a brains in that plan.
Plus it gets cold. I hate cold.

*scrolling up* I dissed KR??? But I usedta LOVE him!!!


*pondering Lee's gf editions, too*

*snorked @ Crash's boiled crab story*

heh heh heh.

*looks at clock*


*returns to email*


(really... in my inbox.... )


We were camping on Cape Sable one time, and we had caught a blue crab earlier in the day. When we threw it in the cooler the ice melted around it and so somehow the crab got frozen into this block of ice.

Later that night when we went to boil it, after about 3 minutes in the pot it came back to life and went crazy attack my dad's friend that was cooking it.

As a side note, I don't remember if this was the same trip, but that same friend was peeing off the back of the boat when we cruised by a chickee full of campers. He never noticed.

I can't believe it - I was gone for 90 minutes and it's taken me almost that long to catch up!

Just, I'm sorry I wrecked your computer but I loved the song if that helps! And I didn't think you were dissing KR - I thought I was when I said he got "big" and left The First Edition, so I was just (pun intended) trying to clarify:

You're once, twice, three times a lady...

sandy - we had a murder just like that here in San Diego a couple of years ago - daughter got 2 boys tokilee mom, etc - makes me wonder what she did for them to get them to do it! And i know we're a very large city, but it still got an enormous amount of publicity!

Also sandy - you thought the Wal-Mart photos were lame - you were maybe expecting to see the inside of the trunk?????

Just - I loooove the Homeland Security Bill - Diet Coke quirting funny!!

and Lee - I don't know you, but what - your girlfriends are all numbered??? or did I miss something?

I think I'm caught up for now.
Carry on.

Just, your comment ended up above some longer ones so I didn't see it for awhile. I just tried the link and got nowhere.

sandy ... I didn't think it would. *sigh* .. guess I'll have to do it on the y.

oh... and El ... I knew you were going to make a comment on Lee's gf numbering... see!!!

*boggling @ Blog Time Warp*

Apparently, some part of me finds mental defects attractive...

heh... you too???

Although, luckily I broke that trend with the one I married... but found that once I WAS married all the psycho ex's all of a sudden "Loved (me) and missed (me) and didn't know what to do without (me)" (true story. Sadly.. same ex works for the the City of Austin in a rescue capacity...

Is that common or is it just my great luck?
It seems like the amount an ex missed/loved/wanted me back was inversely proportional to how great he treated me...

... the phenomenon always made me think of the song "I can Change" from the South Park movie (one of my faves)

/end musings

Eleanor, Just - The GF numbering thing comes from an old geek joke relating girlfriends to software - it jokes about the dangers of installing GF 2.0 before uninstallation of GF 1.0, GF 2.0 taking over your other applications, like your banking software and limiting your browser, etc.

Those who've been around here for a while know that I had a rather interesting time dating last year. GF 1.0 flaked out and started sleeping with a local drug dealer. 2.0 got scared because we were getting too close, 3.0 went completely psycho and started getting furious at me for things that never happened and then sent me nasty emails for days at time before wanting to make up. I won't even get into the number of weird dates I had. This was after my wife of 7 years and I split up because she was always pissed off about everything (and I mean everything!)

*singing* "Lets doooo the time warp againnnnnnn"

Loving the Blog time randomizer! Like we need any help being incoherent...

Lee - I figured the system from the time of the "vicki" conversations... just never knew the background. :)

More from Just's inbox:

THE GOOD SAMARITAN A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama. Then, she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, wounded and bleeding, what would you do?" A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw up."

STORY OF ELIJAH The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the steer in pieces, and laid it upon the altar. And then, Elijah commanded the people of God to fill four barrels of water and pour it over the altar. He had them do this four times. "Now," said the teacher, "can anyone in the class tell me why the Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer on the altar?" A little girl in the back of the room started waving her hand, "I know, I know," she said, "to make the gravy!"

LOT'S WIFE The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Johnny interrupted, "My Mummy looked back once, while she was DRIVING," he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!"

DID NOAH FISH? A Sunday school teacher asked, "Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?" "No," replied Johnny. "How could he, with just two worms."

POOR LION A Sunday school teacher was telling the youngsters about Daniel and the Lion's Den. She had a picture of Daniel standing, brave and confident, with a group of lions around him. One little girl started to cry. The teacher said, "Don't cry. The lions are not going to eat Daniel." The girl said, "That's not what I'm crying about. That little lion, over in the corner, isn't going to get any food."

HIGHER POWER A Sunday school teacher said to her children, "We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?" One child blurted out, "Aces!"

SUNDAY SCHOOL Nine year old Joey, was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. "Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then, he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved." "Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked. "Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!"

We had order?!?!?!


Ok... about to go brave the cold and traffic and crazy people ... Later all!

ooo.... simulpost with myself before El's post that was before mine!!!

I've got some crazy skills... :)

ummm... and that was written *AfTER* Blogchicks 7:18 post...


...Must... go... home... stuck... in ... Time Warp...

Oh ruby for god’s sake turn around

It's enough to rip your heart right out of your chest!!

I've totally lost the order and train of thought (if we ever had one) of the MOAT, so I'm just going to blurk for awhile, but if anyone wants to say anything to me, I'll be here -

whenever you call me, I'll be here...

No time to read through all the latest comments before posting; Wurm is picking me up for a movie soon. Gonna see Lemony Snicket. Woo! :)

Joshkr: I haven't gotten the calendar yet!!! Should I panic? I'm starting to panic.

On account of I fly back Monday, that is. Back to Russia. Til June.

Why can't I post AFTER El & Blogchick....

___This post is written AFTER Blogchicks 7:21 post___



Just - can I send you an e-mail??

Here's one version of the Girlfriend 1.0 joke:

Last year, my friend upgraded his GirlFriend3.1 to GirlFriendPlus1.0 (marketing name: Fiancee1.0). Recently he upgraded Fiancee1.0 to Wife1.0 and it's a memory hogger, it has taken all his space; and Wife1.0 must be running before he can do anything. Although he did not ask for it, Wife1.0 came with Plug-Ins such as MotherInLaw and BrotherInLaw.

Some features I'd like to see in the Upcomming GirlFriend4.0...
- A "Don't remind me again" button
- Minimize button
- Shutdown feature
- An install shield feature so that Girlfriend4.0 can be completely uninstalled if so desired (so you don't lose cache and other objects)

I tried running girlfriend 2.0 with girlfriend 1.0 still installed, they tried using the same i/o port and conflicted. Then I tried to unistall
girlfriend 1.0 but it didn't have an uninstall program. I tried to uninstall it by hand, but it put files in my system directory. Another thing that sucks in all versions of girlfriend that I've used is that it is totally "object orientated" and only supported hardware with gold
plated contacts.

***** BUG WARNING ********

Wife 1.0 has an undocumented bug. If you try to install Mistress 1.1 before uninstalling Wife 1.0, Wife 1.0 will delete MSMoney files before doing the uninstall itself. Then Mistress 1.1 will refuse to install, claiming insufficient resources.

Cool, I actually went back in time to post...

Just, I think it's common. GF2K43.4 really went over the top when I started dating GF2K44.0. First she tried to get me to go back to her. When I told her NO in no uncertain terms, she went nutz. Dated this poor sap and brought him into the bar to try and get to me. Then got drunk, started yelling at me and got both of them thrown out of the bar. The very next day, she got this poor sap to bring his male-model-looks smooth player dude to come in and try and steal 4.0 from me. Playa-boy slunk away with his tail between his legs. (Funny after note, poor sap dumped her after a few days and now hangs out us sometimes. GF2K43.4's best friend even got tired of her and called her a stupid crack-whore. He also hangs out with us. ;-)

Sandy, none taken! It's actually been kindof amusing, when it wasn't horrible... ;-)

slyeyes, going to the pool! Grrrrrrr! It's 39 here in Austin and going down to 37! I won't be able to hit the pool for 3 or 4 months! I don't live far enough south...

*wishing I was laying on a warm sandy beach right now! No offense!*

Just, reading Lee's GF posts might be making your husband look pretty good again.

No offense, Lee.

Holy cow! Y'all have been busy for the last hour or so!!

I poked my head in to do a quick read before heading home and to the pool, but I don't have enough time to catch up.

See ya later tonight!

Me, too, Lee! I have to settle for a warm rocky beach, though.

Elenor (7:46 post), I guess they do. But I just carry around one of those take a number gadgets and a "Now Servicing Number ..." sign. Makes it so much easier...
Ok, who kicked me? ;-)

But Lee, do they actually have names????

Hmmm, I haven't seen hot deon here today - maybe he's out getting his hair done!

Heck, I'll just settle for warm!

Just, reading Lee's GF posts might be making your husband look pretty good again.

Really sandy, isn't that the truth!!!

To paraphrase from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, "Who is this guy?"

I just did some checking. No Fed Duck since early Dec on the Moaty Python thread. Does anyone know if uberwinky@hotmail is really his email?
Slyeyes doesn't he live within hours of you? You haven't ducknapped him have you.

Lee - I am pretty sure Sly is swimming in an indoor heated pool at the Y since she is in St. Louis and I don't think it is too warm there right now. Seems like you have had a busy year since the departure of Wife 2K3. I guess a rolling stone gathers no moss right.

Eleanor - the monsoons haven't started here yet. I am hoping they hold off until after rush hour. It was nice to actually see the sun today.

On a different note, a question. For Christmas I got what I thought were a couple of strange gifts. The first from my Mother in Law was a 55lb anvil. The second odd gift was a Homer simpson Pez dispenser. Odd mainly because it is about 18" high, dispenses whole packages of pez and talks. I mean I like the Simpsons but really. I like both presents but do they seem a little off or is it me.

Thanks Mad I sent an email.

KingW - that Email should work for him. IT has in the past anyway.

Well, it's winter, silly. He must have flown south...

That's true Crash but you will say goodbye first. Judging by the times he posted it was from work. I hope he has just been busy and not the victim of random downsizing.

Hey you're right kingw.
I wonder where Duck's been...
But every now and then one of us seems to disappear.
I'll disappear for a whole summer.

Oh, well a heated pool at the Y is still nice! Rather be in the Caribeen, though! Yep, I been busy! Wife2K3 used up the social life for 7 years and I've been catching up with a vengence. No moss on me! I know, I had the Doctor check...

I'm just your average, normal, rebounding man-wh*re, as 3.0 called me once... ;-)

mmmmm beer. Stuck at work for a while tonight. Installing a new system. May take an hour probably take four. Although last time it was six.

TTYL, folks! I've got a hot date with a cold beer!

Just in case there's a shortage of Blog Butter(tm), there's apparently been a big spill over on the main blog. Although since it's in Minnesota, I imagine it's all frozen by now.

Mad - it was great to see the sun today - it's been a while - and we are definitely sun people -The name of our area after all is "sunny southern CA! It's hard to believe that "The Perfect Storm" is on the way - I guess I'll watch the local weather tonite - although they've been talking about it on CNN all day - and when the weather in so.ca. makes the national news, you know something's up!

It's good to hear from you - and I hope the sun helped a little bit to lift the gloom re SoBe - the best cat I ever had was a big, very furry, kind, loving cat named Harvey (named for Harvey Wallbangers - a phase I was going through at the time - Anmyway, I sent him an ESP message - we were very close - and told him to be on the lookout for SoBe and to show her around Kitty Heaven - I know he will.

Weasel - it's sad that people are out of work, but otherwise the Minnesota butter story is just hilarious - the visual in your mind, butter like a lava flow down the street and into whatever body of water they have!!!

Hmmm. I haven't said anything in a while.

Hi all!

Much to catch up on since work, seems like the busier I am in RL, the busier it is here. I still am no where near catching up on the MB, and can't really catch up now as I have work that I came out here to do. Maybe from home later I'll catch up.

Blogchik, Lemony Snicket was good. I liked the books better I think.

What else? Hmmm. Psyco exes. I haven't really known any psycos, some came close though. And the love you-miss you-need you was a common thing. I never felt the same though. So the big sad eyes full of need just creeps me out a bit.

Fed-I had wondered where he was.

Off to really really get the news done.

Mad, if you need to mourn, then do it. Holding it back just makes it worse. I was sick for three days after Chessie died. Fortunately for me, it was August and school didn't start for another week. I buried her beside the house and planted flowers on her grave.

When I sold the house, we took her back to the farm she was born on, and my son buried her next to the barn. I figured it was appropriate.

And for that we are all thankful, Android...

Android, I wasn't really trying to be mean - it was just such a great set-up that I couldn't stop myself!
How you been?


Mazel tov on your new car! Very exciting!

I was just teasing you this morning!
Anyway, this was just my last check-in for the night - I have some stuff going on - so I'm glad I saw you!

We're expecting our monsoon (I hope I'm exaggerating!) tomorrow so we'll see!

Until then,
nite everyone....

Jeff, congrats on the new car. I drive a Subaru Forester too. I liked my Outback better but oh well.

I have a few more hours of youth left... guess I'll go to sleep.

G'night all!

Mad Scientist, my condolences on SoBe's passing....

I think I should start writing a story, too. By "story," what I mean is random strings of words that form sentences that may or may not work well together. Anyway, I think I should write a short story and then post it here, all at once, using multiple windows, in multiple posts, and let the blog decide which order the posts will appear in. Okay, it won't be funny to anyone but me, but...


Memo to self: use those two words at the end of all your posts from now on!

Belatedly Hi Lee!

Glad to see you're still playing the game. And it seems you've already learned tic-tac-toe! ;-)

Not to forget to say Helloooo to the rest of y'all (including sexy MeLjel :-)

This olde kitty is trying the new trick of bookmarking various local traffic / weather sites since currently there is *Aaaugh* the threat of snow here. (Or in certain immortal words, "Don't Panic!" ;-)

Elsewise, of course I'm LTTG and G'nite All!

Jeff M. and Rita - I can top or at least tie, northward movings. My wife's parents moved from Maui, where they had retired, back to their original home. In Billings, Montana.
But then I grew up in Dade County, and now live in West Virginia, so I'll wind up retiring to Baffin Island, probably.

Happy Birthday Leetie. Looking as good as ever, I guess.

My Ma was made in Texas and now resides in New York.

BTW, I am currently loading as many CDs as I can fit into my CD carrier which has room for 100 CDs. I didn't realize I had this much music. Dang.

At home I mostly listen to the radio, but I bought these CDs with one day going overseas in mind. And then I left without them! Go figure. Not this time, baby.

I may have to buy another CD case or something. Who would have thought?

Because I am not- NOT! NOT! going back to Russia without my music. No way no how. Uh uh. Ain't gonna happen.

One of these days I gotta get an MP3 player. Just as soon as I can get somebody to walk me through the whole process, because like Tina (where is Tina anyway?) I am totally a techno-tard.

From MAUI to Montana? Are they insane?

Mad, my condolences on your cat. It's hard to lose a member of the family. I'm sure Sobe is having fun in Cat Heaven right now (don't tell me there isn't one, I won't believe you).

BTW, just saw the Lemony Snicket film with Wurm. Very artsy- kind of sepia-toned. And they put the credits at the end, just like an old movie- I mean ALL the credits. Jim Carrey made a great over-the-top villain. Now I want to read the books.

Who is this Liam Aiken kid and WHY does he look like a young John Cusack? He must be related. He MUST be. He's the spitting image of John Cusack. Can somebody clear up this mystery for me, since I'm going to be wondering about it for ages...

OK, just for the record, the top post was written AFTER the post below it.

*cue Twilight Zone music*

Eleanor you said FLUSHING!

Thats all I got.
Nite anybody still out there and/or blurking!

Blogchik, you know that 100 is merely a minimum! You could, I assure you, fit quite a bit more in there. As they say, "there's always room for a little more." (Ok, 'they' were talking about food, but it's a close link to CD's).

Blogchik, you know that 100 is merely a minimum! You could, I assure you, fit quite a bit more in there. As they say, "there's always room for a little more." (Ok, 'they' were talking about food, but it's a close link to CD's).

hmm. Did I hit post twice? Never have before, so I can't figure out how that happened. I guess it is official, the blog is broken. And so is the clock.

*** Warning - Brat Geek Alert***

Work is so much hurry-up-and-then-wait, it drives me Bratty (snork). But sometimes its the only time I get to read the MOAT

Just - I didn't see anyone answering your question about the pop-ups, so I thought I take a stab at it.

First Be wary of lyrics sites. They seem to be havens of the adware jerks. I've even had warnings about viruses in lyrics sites that I've never seen anywhere else. I've started trying to go to sites somewhat associated with the artist if I can. In any case, DO NOT accept anything in the way of a certificate or toolbar from these guys. It's like inviting in a colony of termites.

Second What I think you have is AdWare. Serveral of my friends have complained of this kind of pop-up madness.....to the point that they really couldn't use their PC to get on the net.

When geeks-on-call (Me) dug in and fixed it, it involved AdWare. And, it wasn't easy. What seems to happen is that once they get inside, they install a program that runs other programs of theirs. That way, if you find and delete the program that is causing the pop-ups, the next time you turn your machine on....it starts all over again. There is a series of thingies (technical term there) in the windoze registry called Run keys. These are commands to Windoze to start a program when it starts. This is where the problem must be fixed. It means you have to do the following (not for the faint of heart)..

Use the Task Manager to figure out which con-sarned process is doing the pop-ups (if this makes no sense.....skip to the next post, cause you should probably get someone to physically come help you)

Google the processes you don't recognize looking for sites that describe their purpose (lots of those). These sites usually tell you how to exterminate these villians.

Restart your pc and see if the bad guys have dissapeared. If yes....sigh, curse, have a moatarita and come back to join the "fray". If not....start all over again

Somebody told me that Norton may have an AdWare removal tool, but I haven't checked that out yet.

**** End of Brat Geek Alert *****

P.S. *wonders if this post will arrive before the post the postscript is post scripted for*

*doesn't care*

Also, that site I linked to will detect the stuff automatically, so just hang out in the main page for a minute until it says you have problems (or not, in which case it is probably lying). Great googely moogely (chud)!

Spybot and Ad-Aware (both free programs) will find and remove spyware and adware from your computer.

Why is my post slipping slipping slipping into the future?



Enjoy a wonderful, wonderful day!!

Leetie - SpyBot-search-and-destroy and Ad-Aware have missed many of the ones I fixed. I started with them, then used HiJackThis, StartUp-Cop, and others. In the last several weeks, I had to do things manually. These adware guys keep one step ahead of the adware removal people just like the virus writers do the anti-virus software vendors.

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