Monday, December 31, 2007

small pieces

1. new link in the sidebar. i know her name, but i dont think she wants you to.

2. woody and i were coming home from dinner tonight and we ran over a cat. we pulled over and he went to the door of the house, and they came out and got their cat and went to the emergency vet. it was still alive, and could walk, but was hurt. i cried.

3. interesting site. sometimes.

Friday, December 28, 2007

do me a favor

and text me with your name. that way i can add you to my new phone's contacts. my old phone doesnt have a copy to sim card option, so i have no names in my addresses.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

gift idea

just in case you need to buy me something, and are looking to spend $2000 or so, heres what to get me.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

christmas gifts

we went to my parents for christmas eve/christmas morning. we have always opened presents on christmas eve, and this year was no different. it works out well, because woodys family does christmas dinner (well lunch actually, but they call it dinner) and presents afterward.
i got some good presents, and have a couple of cool ones here:

these books were my great grandmas, the one on the left is titled 'beverly of graustark' and is one i have not heard of, let alone read. the one on the right is 'poems of edgar allan poe', which i have read some of, and enjoy.
the above photo is of the copyright for the 'graustark' book, september of 1904. impressive.
this is of the poe book, and the copyright is 1883, and not legible in this photo. anyhoo, pretty cool stuff.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

death certificates

so, one of the things i do at work is file death certificates. not like putting them in files, but get them filed with the county. when someone dies it is my job to contact their doctor (usually when a person dies they are seeing a doctor regularly up until they pass away) and get the persons causes of death. then i enter those causes into their death certificate (its all done electronically, on the internet, not on paper anymore) and submit them back to the doctor for their attestation (either verbally, to a machine, or by signing a paper that is then read by a machine) of those causes. the causes are then sent, by me, to the county for approval and to be made into a real paper death certificate that the next-of-kin uses for various things. sometimes its not quite like this (its the coroner instead of a doctor), but it all very similar. anyway, i was thinking today how interesting it would be to do death certificates for the people that die in the show, house. i mean, there are some strange causes of death out there, and i would like to see what the certificate reads for some of them. actually, up until recently it was acceptable to have the cause 'GOK' on the certificate, which stands for 'god only knows'. very interesting.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

too much time on my hands

i have a lot of printing to do today, so a lot of time is being spent doing nothing. heres what ive got to show for it. ill replace it with a better pic if i can find a better camera.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

funny commercial

the incredibles was on tv tonight, and we were watching it for a while (its a pretty cute movie) and a mcdonalds commercial came on that i made woody rewind. i had tears flowing down my face from laughing so hard. best commercial ever. i found it on youtube, but its better on tv. it helps to have sound (sorry, mike).

so funny.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

christmas gifts

we get quite a few catalogs in the mail, and newspaper print things, that the mailperson leaves on our porch because it never fits in the mailbox. anyhoo, i havent picked any of it up in about a month, and tonight i went through it all and have some great gift ideas for those of you that need to get something for someone (i suppose they would need to have my taste).

this is a bracelet, and actually the necklace that matches it is what i really wanted to show here, but there wasnt a good pic of it that i could post. its available through the sundance catalog, and is leather with pearls (i am not sure why i love pearls so much, but i do) and silver. the bracelet is $195, and the necklace 52", single strand that can be tripled when worn) is $225. now, that seems like a lot of money, and it is, but its soooooooooooooo pretty.

this next one is cool, but a bit cheesy. they are ballpoint pens from red envelope that are made from salvaged wood that used to be seats and various baseball stadiums. they dont offer candlestick park though, and i think they should (there are other companies that offer these pens and they probably have them) and they run from $170 - $250 depending on the park.

the next thing i dont have a picture of, and you need to see it to appreciate it, so click here. they are wine glasses, and apparently are on backorder till feb. but the company, uncommon goods, that offers them has some cool stuff.

thats really it, three things, and remember, qvc is on 24 hours for your shopping convenience as well.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

old hospital

this is a picture i took of the hospital that my dad was born at. many of you have likely seen it, its the abandoned building on fulton where the 180 exits. im not sure why its just sitting there still, but i think we should buy it, renovate it, and all live there. its pretty big, we could have parties every day.

Monday, December 10, 2007

things that bother me

1. people that dont stop at stop signs. it is probably the easiest rule to follow, all you have to do is stop. the vehicle does not move when stopped. the sign does not read 'roll slowly'. stop. thats it.

2. alternative music. its just junk.

3. women (and men i suppose) that think that because they dont want/like kids that i have done myself and society a disservice by having one. some of us want children, and dont want you to have them if you dont want them. how come you cant do me the same courtesy?

4. not having lights up on my house for christmas. i am certainly not going up on the roof, i am much too dainty for that kind of stuff, and woody is too lazy and apparently doesnt listen to my nagging.

5. parents that teach their kids that 'hate' is a bad word. its not. it is ridiculous to say that it is. i mean, i dont want kids that run around telling someone that they hate them, but i also dont want them to tattle to me about some other kid that says hate either. its okay to hate things anyway.

6. alex trebek. love the show, hate the host.

and as a side note, hustle and flow was on tonight. that movie rocks.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

dream (for adam)

i tend to have very vivid dreams (as im sure i have told some of you) and last night i had one that i remember (for the most part) about adams contest. im not sure why i was around in the dream, watching adam make this small table (like an end table or so, nothing big like a coffee table), but i was, and the drawing above is what i remember. the four quadrants are a medium-color stain, and the grain directions for all four are at right angles to the one it joins to (using dove tails). you cant really see in the photo, but i penciled in the grain direction. the dots in the corners are holes drilled in all the way through the tabletop, with dowels stuck in them sanded flush with the surface and they go through the underside and meet up with this funky piece on the legs (picture to come tonight when i finish it). those are stained dark. the circle in the middle of the table is stained dark, and the details of it are fuzzy, i dont remember if it was one piece, pieced together, or what direction the grain was going. the rectangle is a birds-eye maple inlay.

now, i wont be offended when the piece you design looks nothing like this, but it would make a nice table (or cutting board).

this shows the table from the side. its hard to tell whats going on, but shows the dowels that go from the top through to the wooden pieces underneath.
this next one shows what the dowels are commecting to (and actually stick out of a little (like 1/2inch).
this last one shows a view from the bottom (i didnt bother drawing in the circle or dovetailing as they are too hard) so that you can get an idea of what im trying to depict in the above photos.

Friday, December 07, 2007

um, the 80s called...

you might be wondering what this is a picture of. well, i went to the costco in visalia today to get some tires and hot chocolate and on my way out i saw this girl entering costco. shes the one in a pink top and jeans that look like capris in this picture. this is why i took it actually, theyre not capris, but those are her gold lame boots worn over her jeans. very interesting. actually, not interesting, just ugly.

Thursday, December 06, 2007


my neighbor, josh, recently took a trip to romania. well, a while after the trip he found out how much i love salami sandwiches (well, salami anything really, but sandwiches are what i love the most) he told me about this store in romania (i think a regular grocery store) that he had to show me pictures of. it turns out he is a fan of salami and in romania they have myriad types (as you can see in the photos(and adam, how do you like my use of myriad?)) and they are made sans preservatives so once you open the package it needs to be eaten within a day or two (yum).
the picture above shows the lovely meat murals in the store.
and this one shows 1/3 of the salami selection in the store. 1/3!!!! can you believe it?? anyone want to go to romania??

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


this just in from the house with the noose in wasco:
it reads "NEW doper rehab 1 session guarnteed (toy gun glued to sign) PS god loves you, go see!

also, i am going to be staying in visalia at ambers until saturday. if anyone is in the mood for round table (i know you have those in fresno, but we dont in bakersfield) and are in the area, give me a call.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

funny stuff

adam mentioned a site a while back that he likes and today i read a post that made me laugh out loud. maybe its not funny to you, but i thought it was great.


at target they have a little speaker set for ipods in their christmas gift section for $5. i thought it sounded really cheap and didnt expect much, but wanted to have ipod access at work so i bought one. its great. i have been listening all morning and love it.

Monday, December 03, 2007

christmas music is here!

i love christmas music. mostly hymns, but some non-hymns as well. i love when radio stations play all christmas, all the time. thats the best. now, youre probably wondering which songs are my favorite. well, heres a list (in no particular order except for the first one):
o holy night (my favorite)
all i want for christmas is you (mariah carey version)
silent night
god rest ye merry geltlemen
hark, the herald angels, sing
o christmas tree (in both languages)

there are probably more, but i dont remember them right now, maybe ill update.
and really, i like most christmas songs, but the ones listed above i could listen to all year.


my neighbor emailed me a link to a story about a men of mortuaries calendar. ive seen it before, but i thought id give you the link that talks about it. also, here is the official website. it makes me wonder if theres going to be a womens version as well.

speaking of mortuaries, i had a long day this morning doing some reconstruction work. the whole time i kept wondering about why some people die and others live. how come some accidents seem so bad and people live, and others dont seam nearly as awful and those people die? i know we could have a huge discussion on that topic, but dont really care to. its just one of those thinks i wonder about.