Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday Music Mambo

Greetings to all! April Fool's Day is coming up, and I need a Mambo topic. So . . .Nominate your Five Fools of Music (artists, producers, industry people, etc.)Thanks for mamboing!

Ok, well I took a Scientific approach to this challenge.. The definition of Fool in the Dictionary is:-

1. a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
2. a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the court fool.
3. a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.
4. an ardent enthusiast who cannot resist an opportunity to indulge an enthusiasm (usually prec. by a present participle): He's just a dancing fool.
5. a weak-minded or idiotic person.

So I thought I would nominate 1 person for each of the above definitions:-

1. - Obviously now knowing them personally it would be hard to judge, but I guess from all the negative press it would seem that Amy Winehouse lacks judgement or sense.
2. - A professional Jester, or to me a True Entertainer, would have to be Freddy Mercury. The outfits alone prove that!
3. - I reckon the Spice Girls were conned. The promise of big things with a serious singing career must have been difficult when their first single had the words "zig -a-zig ah!"
4. - An ardent Enthusiast - Robbie Williams. He can't resist the attention, sometimes to his detriment.
5. - Lee Harding - had a promising career ahead of him, but he blew all his credibility by releasing the crappy first single "Wasabi"

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cool Things I found This Week

If anyone wants to buy me a present (hey, there's no harm in asking) then I want these. My old friend Happy Bunny has turned up again and he's blue! Might have to look at infringement rights on this, SURELY I must have come up with BHB first! These are kinda cool too!
Also gotta find out how I get me one of these!

This guy is one of my Bartercard buddies. He has great tips on Health and Fitness... and who knows.. I may even pay a little attention to him one day! My favourite of his one-liners is "Get Fit and Stop Eating Sh*T" To the point huh!?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Things I Learned This Week

  • It never goes away
  • Thoughts become Things
  • Even strangers can help you through the darkness

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Lair of the Blue Happy Alien Bunny

This story is written by my new friend John Hulme - the brightest start in the constellation. He wrote this especially for me, and I am deeply touched and honoured. I couldn't wait to share it with my other friend(s). I'm gonna post it in chunks... to keep you in suspenders!

Liverpool, like any city, was a busy place, full of people rushing here and there (and usually back here again, before nipping over to grab something they'd forgotten over there). So there were quite a few people mulling around at the time, wondering what Peanut was looking at. But of course, Peanut didn't care. All he cared about was that the rumours were true - there really was a flying saucer perched in the middle of the city.

"OK, Mum," he said, "so you were right about theflying saucer. But I still don't believe there's a big blue alien rabbit in there - let alone an annoyingly cheerful one!

"Fair enough, thought Tracy. I probably wouldn't believe it either. But she knew she had to find out. She knew she had been destined to become the Blue Happy Bunny for a reason, and something told her the reason was up in that tower.

So they walked over to the little entrance door which, as they quickly realised, was clearly - and somewhat ominously - marked:
"Hmm," thought Tracy. "B...H...B... that just CAN'T be a coincidence, can it? There must be a blue happy bunny up there!"

As they approached the doorway, Tracy and Peanut were suddenly confronted with a somewhat unexpected apparition. Even in Liverpool, where strange and unusual things were frequently known to have rolled free from the cargo holds of lost ships, encountering a security guard shaped like a giant rabbit's foot would probably be considered "a bit of a shock" - to say the least. Even more so, when the rabbit's foot in question happens to be blue (and we're not talking a kind of vague greyish-blue here, either - we're talking seriously cobalt-y almost turquoise-y blue... so blue, in fact, that bits of green had actually hopped in to get in on the excitement).

Had it not been for the shiny black cap with the word "SECURITY" clearly embossed on it, they would probably not even have known it was a security guard. But, of course, everybody believes what they read on shiny black caps, no matter what city they come from -that's just a natural law of the Universe.

"Can we come in?" asked Tracy. "I kinda think we might be expected."

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Room 101

The annoying pout, those fake innocent eyes, the masses of frizz... but most of all.....
That banshee screech she spews forth... aaaarrrggggh! Her "voice" is like nails on a chalk-board to me. Listening to her "music" is like chewing aluminium foil. Can't stand the woman!!!
If I hear one of her "songs" on the radio I have to turn it off. If she is "played" at a social gathering I have to leave. I was forced to leave a lovely party for 6 minutes as a fellow attendee was a "fan". Even in the garden waiting for the torture to end with my hands over my ears I could hear her wailing.
I believe I know what hell sounds like :- "Wuthering Heights" on Repeat.
Things, people, places, situations etc you hate/loathe/dispise/don't like very much belong in Room 101. If you decide to do the same please comment or link as appropriate as I would love to hear yours too.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Quirky Tuesday

The good thing about my "day" job as a Fleet Manager is that it is always varied....
I got one of the tech's in Northern Territory a brand spanking new 4x4 Hilux with long range tanks, custom body, heavy duty suspension, all the latest safety gear, snorkel, gps etc... He's had it 4 weeks before this happened :-
yep, that's our truck floating in the sea! Maybe they should put in the manual that snorkels don't work when they are FULLY SUBMERGED!!

Here's what his boss told me:-
a couple of technicians were attempting to launch Jack's boat off a boat ramp in Darwin, whilst attempting to turn the vehicle the new Toyota slipped off the concrete ramp and into the mud and subsequently became bogged and the vehicle could not be driven out via 4WD
Over a few hours and several broken tow straps the vehicle became submerged with the rising of the tide, eventually the vehicle was removed via a tow truck and is presently sitting in a holding yard awaiting further instructions.

what the claim form says:-
vehicle got stuck in beach. Tide came in and swamped the vehicle whilst launching boat. Tow truck firm phoned straight away but could not respond until 2 hours had passed.
Fire station attempted to help but vehicle was too far gone. Tow truck firm finally arrived. The cab of the vehicle allowed it to float and they were able to recover the vehicle.
Gonna get the buggers a Honda Scooter next time... let's see them try and tow a boat with that! ;)

Quirky Tuesday will have a different topic each week, to tell everyone about a quirk / ritual / obsession / routine about that subject. As little or as many as you like if you're playing along at home. (I sound like a game show host!). Readers can meme it on their own blogs or just comment on here. Don't forget to link!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Money :: can't buy happiness
Unhappy :: Feelings
Joking :: Laughing
Chipmunk :: Alvin and the...
Date :: Dinner and Movie
Slideshow :: Jewellery Photos
Chicago :: Hope
Lifetime :: Achievements
Skid row :: Sebastian Bach
Edward :: Scissorhands, Norton.

Hello Hello !!

Sorry I have been away. T/L and I having a tough time at moment, and very very busy with work AND the business... something had to give for a while...

I might be a bit hit and miss over the next few weeks so bear with me.

And thanks heaps to Jennie Boo for her concern.... soooo great to know my reader(s) care about me

Lotsa hugs xxx xxx xxx xxx

oh, and if I miss a Quirky Tuesday or Room 101 feel free to post me your ideas, as I often suffer from lack of imagination.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pointless Art

It was very hard to pick the correct title on this one....

Firstly it was to be "contemporary art" but some of that can be quite beautiful.
Then I decided it should be "modern art" but again that doesn't narrow down the offenders enough.
So, I have picked out examples of what I consider "pointless art". I have tried to focus on the one's in Melbourne that spurred the idea of this banishment, but I am not picking on my hometown, as they have beautiful works also, and there are plenty of other towns, cities and countries that have their own.
This is a typical offender. Thousands of dollars spent on a sculpture that a 5 year old could easily do for about $1o! It is supposed to be an eagle... (correct name for this piece is "Bunjil")
Named "The Vault" but known to all who hate it as "the yellow peril" Why on earth did we commission a broken metal box!
This one is called "Cow up a Tree" I definitely think the artist was laughing all the way to the bank on completion!

I could go on all day, but I'm sure you now get my point. If you are that way inclined you can see more examples of the weird, whacky and beautiful of Melbourne here, here, here and here.
oh, and I found this article very amusing.
Things, people, places, situations etc you hate/loathe/dispise/don't like very much belong in Room 101. If you decide to do the same please comment or link as appropriate as I would love to hear yours too.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Quirky Tuesday

I'm not the only one who:-

  1. Unzips before entering cubicle
  2. is in their 30s and loves Charmed
  3. has their second toe longer than their first

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Psycho Mom!

I went to C's basketball game tonight. Normally just my mum takes him but she urged me to attend seeing it was his last one.

I turned into schizo mom from hell. This little brat on the opposite team obviously decided that chasing the ball wasn't working as a tactic and instead decided to going round kicking all opposing players! This wasn't just sly digs when no-one was looking... these were obvious, malicious full frontal kicks to the shins!

Normally I wouldn't get involved... but I must have had a short circuit or something, and went on to the court when he was laying into C's ankles for the third time and shouted at the little shit.

What the hell made me go off at a little kid! On the drive home I had flashbacks to those news stories of parents beating up referees and rival players.... I can see the headlines now...

"psycho mom makes 5 year old cry at basketball match"


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Room 101

Phone Shocker Ringtone Ads

Very very very annoying - crappy and annoying. It wouldn't be so bad if they are just one or 2 every few hours, but they seem to buy up huge blocks of cheap ad space, and consequently you get inundated with the inane ramblings time after time after time in the same show - and even recently I have seen the ad twice in the same ad break!!!

Even worse are those ones that advertise those ring tone quizes - the ones that are designed to get kids to spend thousands of dollars in sms fees trying to win the latest ipod. Pathetically easy questions to get you to spend your hard earned dough.

While I am ranting and throwing ads in the depths of 101, I'll also include those ones that encourage the lonely and desperate to text names to find their true love! What the!!

... and don't get me started on those phone chat and sex line ads!!!!!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Quirky Tuesday

Fantasy Rock Band.
If you could have the best players in your band.. who would they be???

Phil Collins on Drums
Flea on Bass (from Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Cameron Muncey on Lead Guitar (from Jet)
Scott Weiland - Lead Vocals (Stone Temple Pilots)
Chris Martin - Keyboard & Backing Vocals (Coldplay)

and their first hit? Hmmm I'll try them out with "Smooth" originally by Santana & Rob Thomas.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Manic Monday

You find that your best friend has stolen money to pay for medical treatment for a seriously ill relative. What would you do?
I was probably driving the getaway car!

What three things you regret not learning to do?
  1. Play a musical instrument... I would kill to play the bass guitar now!
  2. Speak Italian .. beautiful language, but much harder to learn when you are an adult.
  3. Ride a motorbike... I'm going to attempt to rectify the situation but am extremely nervous now about doing so.