Sunday, March 30, 2008

Melting Snow

A mourning dove softly calls,
over the quiet sound of melting snow.
A soft sound, gentle on the ears,
ringing like a memory,
wind chimes in a gentle breeze.

Friday, March 28, 2008

TSA Officials require woman to remove her nipple rings to clear security check

TSA LogoTSA officials in Lubock Texas forced a woman to remove her nipple rings in order to clear security. The woman's lawyer said "The conduct of TSA was cruel and unnecessary. The last time that I checked a nipple was not a dangerous weapon."

On its Web site, TSA does warn that passengers "may be additionally screened because of hidden items such as body piercings, which alarmed the metal detector" and "If you are selected for additional screening, you may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to a pat-down search." The woman offered to submit to a pat-down search, and even offered to show her piercings to a female TSA agent.

TSA's Blog, Evolution of Security, has the tagline: "Terrorists Evolve. Threats Evolve. Security Must Stay Ahead. You Play A Part."

I feel more secure.

LinkedIn is like a Bridal Registry; you go there to see what the bride wants, but it doesn't get you invited to the Honeymoon.
• David J. Hinson •

Still Life with Goose Poop (aka Silicone)

Repairs to my washer's drain pump housing, epoxy & goose poop.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bananas for Twinkies

Back by popular demand, banana cream-filled Twinkies return to shelves. According to Wikipedia, the Twinkie was invented in 1930 and originally contained a banana cream filling that was replaced with a vanilla version during a banana shortage caused by World War II. Formerly only available for special promotions, the banana version is now here to stay.

More Twinkie fun facts:

  • About five hundred million Twinkies are produced each year
  • Twinkies don't last forever--the shelf life of a Twinkie is about 25 days
  • Bill Clinton chose a Twinkie as an "object of enduring American symbolism" for the National Millennium Time Capsule in 2000
  • In Latin America and Mexico, Twinkies are sold under the name "Submarinos" and come in regular or strawberry flavors

Want more mileage out of your Twinkies? offers tons of weird and wonderful Twinkie recipes including Twinkie smores, Twinkie tacos, Twinkie-misu, and Twinkie sushi.

by Amazon al Dente at 11:22 AM PDT, March 26, 2008

Sears Kenmore Appliances = Crapware!

OK, it is just MY opinion, but we've now had a top of the line Kenmore Elite microwave range hood crap out just after the warranty and a Kenmore Elite HE3t front-loading washer do the same. With the micro-hood, a circuit board went and the cost to repair with parts and labor was almost equal to a brand new micro-hood! With the washer, the door gasket ripped, allowing coins and bobby pins into the washer pump, cracking the housing. Parts and labor just for the gasket was about $250. The pump will be another hundred bucks for the part if I can't repair it with epoxy. At least I can do the labor myself.

Oh yeah, and the fancy matching dryer had a door switch go and I had to fix that.

Therefore, MY conclusion is Sears Kenmore = Crapware! Sure, they make some smart looking appliances, but Geez!

So I don't think we'll be buying from them again.
Elite my ass!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Cali Lewis - Pajamas to Work

Here is another post about Cali Lewis, Host of GeekBrief TV, from Episode 316. It must be nice to wear your pajamas to work.
Oh, wait a minute. I can do that, too!
P.S. to the Geek Fan Boys
I have a gallery if pics online, makes great smartphone wallpaper. You will find them all here at my SmugMug Cali Lewis Gallery! (

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Who We Are

We are who we are because of who we are.
- Lesras Martin -
as told by James S. Hirsch, in "Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter"

Friday, March 14, 2008


There are 62 lego bricks for every person on earth, enough to build 10 towers to the moon. Two more bricks are manufactured each year for every person on earth.

Source: How Do They Do It, Science Channel

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Reflection while listening to Steve Martin's autobiography, "Born Standing Up"

What is it that makes someone strive on to success after meeting blunt, unequivical rejection while others fade on into the oblivion of everyday lives?

For some, "Don't give up your day job" is a validation of their heart's desire. For me, it is just a confirmation if my crippling self-deprecation & lack of self-confidence.

At the Laundromat

At the laundromat,
Saranac Lake, NY,
hermits and cabin-dwellers gather for their seasonal washings,
loaded down with blankets & woolen coats,
dressed in well-worn dungaries,
slipping outside to roll a smoke,
and catching up on winter's gossip.
It is the community hall for mountain men & woman,
folks that still exist in seeming contradiction to this being the year 2008 everywhere else.
I probably don't fit it,
my jeans not being worn thin enough,
listening to an audiobook on my ipod
and posting to my blog on my Treo smartphone,
yet they smile at me none-the-less,
a fleeting part of their community
on this day.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Picnic Tables at the Adirondack Rest Area

Those little sqaures are the tops of picnic tables at the Adirondack High Peaks Rest Area, Adironack Northway (I-87 Northbound)
44°00'50" N 73°42'17" W

West Taghkanic

Where they have grey squirrels the size of whistle pigs!



Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Caterpillar

The caterpiller does all the work,
but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
- George Carlin -

Free Music Downloads

I have posted my songs as free MP3 downloads and encourage your fair use & sharing. Go to & look for the iLike link button. If that doesn't work, head over to my MySpace or Facebook page and look for iLike button there. You should find those links there at (I am on the road and can't check what links are there right now).

I'd love to hear what you think. I hope to havemy new abum, Summer Fading, featuring several new songs written at Meadowlark, in early summer.


It's a drag realizing how superfluous we all are in the world around us:
superflous to family, to friends, to acquaintances . . .
It is only by doing that we become relevant,
and we are only as relevant as the last good thing we have done.

Spring • Schroon Lake Rest Area

The days are longer,
the sun is stronger.
The snow is heavy,
melting & sublimating
in the March sun.
Schroon Lake stretches off
into the Adirondack foothills,
a white plain of snow & ice.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Cali Lewis - Pretty in Pink

In Geek/Tech/VideoBlog News, Cali Lewis, the lovely, cute & perky host of GeekBrief TV was extra beautiful in her pink shirt on a recent episode.

P.S. to the Geek Fan Boys
I have a gallery if pics online, makes great smartphone wallpaper. You will find them all here at my SmugMug Cali Lewis Gallery! (