Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rules of the road

My brother Ben is always complaining about Boston drivers.

They're too slow, too fast, too distracted.

I've always told him that no matter what city he's in, there are bound to be terrible drivers.

Well, start gloating, Ben, because according to the Fourth Annual GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test many Mass-holes don't know the basic rules of the road.

In fact, the survey found that 33 million licensed Americans may be unfit for roads.

Georgia drivers ranked fifth behind New Jersey, Washington, DC., New York and of course Massachusetts. That's fifth WORST.


Feelin' hot hot hot

Remember that episode of "The Office" when Michael returns from his trip to Jamaica with Jan and he breaks out the steel drums and sings "Feelin' Hot Hot Hot" over and over again until a warehouse crew member runs over the drum set with a fork lift?

That was funny.

Anywho, I'm sorry about the hiatus. Morgan is home from Afghanistan on leave and we've been chillin'.

Have you guys seen this?

I can't believe Portland, Ore. isn't on that list. Haha Morgan. Guess all our family and friends are going to have to move to Columbus now!


Friday, May 16, 2008

The Tonya Tapes

Once upon a time, before she made Nancy Kerrigan scream, "Why me?" Tonya Harding was a respected figure skater.

Yes. She was a national champion, two-time Olympian and the first American female to land a triple axel in competition.

White trash across the county was so proud...that is until January 1994 when her then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, came up with the brilliant idea to pay someone to club big teeth Kerrigan in the knee.

As my brother, Ben, would say, she got merked.

Now, the banned skater and former professional boxer says she wants to set the record straight (read between the lines: She needs some money).

Hence, "The Tonya Tapes." In it she says Gillooly was the villain who masterminded the beating and that he raped and threatened her into lying about it to the FBI. Eek!

I don't know about you, but I'm so over Nancy, anyway. Let's bring Tonya back!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spark it up

Local readers of this blog likely know by now that there was a fire at the newspaper early this morning. Here's the story.

What I really want to share are the online comments that accompany Larry Gierer's poignant tale. Keep in mind I have not altered the spelling, grammar or punctuation of these comments. Here they are:

*We I hope no one was hurt at the L-E or with the public safety, with that said if your reporters and senior editor would stop worshiping satan, smoking dope , crack and whatever nonsense they are doing maybe this would not have happened. Or maybe they were trying to have a juiji board experience with Karl Marx
Posted by:anon

*Good thing we have computers!!!!
Posted by: Mrs Hall

*What happened? Did someone tip over their bong?
Posted by:anon

*Accidents happen!! We should all just be greatful that no one was injured. I'm sure that everyone at L-E is working hard and doing their best to get the News to their customers as soon as possible.
Posted by: BK

Posted by:anon

*Interesting...the fire did not start until 6:20 a.m. yet my paper is supposed to be delivered by 5:30 a.m.!
Posted by:anon

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


My friend, Stef, shared this story (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24585481/) with me.

To be honest, I feel really bad for that poor penguin.

Generation dumbass

Author Mark Bauerlein doesn't trust anyone under 30.

In his book, "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future," Bauerlein explains that ours is a generation that has been robbed by the very technology that was supposed to make us more intelligent.

Though I want to vociferously reject Bauerlein's views, I confess that I agree with much of what he says.

This country's youth (and I'm proud to still be a part of that club) is way over- stimulated and over-medicated for that matter.

How many phone numbers do you have memorized? How much time do you spend reading? When was the last time you actually wrote a letter (e-mails don't count)?

What do you think about this Bauerlein know-it-all? Are we doomed?

Anywho, this should help restore your faith in the kids.

Stay tuned because in the next couple of days I'll be reporting on a local soon-to-be college freshman who's just 16 years old. It should be cool so I'll post it here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

CEO's rawk

You know what's better than a MILF? Clearly, a DILF.

You know what's better than that? A rich one.

The real reason I even acknowledged this Boston Globe article is because it mentions Berklee College of Music and my friend, Jessie, works there. That and it really is a brilliant fund-raising idea, as one old rocker says.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Give this woman the Nobel

Irena Sendler saved thousands of children from the Nazis by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

The Polish social worker died Monday at a Warsaw hospital. She was 98.

As this generation of heroes passes on, documenting their stories becomes that much more important.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Leave 'em alone

Realizing I've already posted about the plight of Oregon sea lions, I just had to share this.

I understand the need to preserve the population of salmon, but there really is no need to kill these guys? State agents were in the process of shipping them out for God's sake!

And how about the part that says this incident may be linked to the shooting of three elephant seals in central California? The thought of a homicidal maniac traveling around the west coast picking off innocent sea life is just weird, right?


Monday, May 5, 2008

She did it!

I'm so glad this study didn't come out when my siblings and I were growing up. Here's the story.

Basicamente (it is Cinco de Mayo after all) the article says first borns take more crap from parents. It only confirms what my older sister, Emily, believed all along. She had the curfews, the rules, the restrictions. She was responsible for setting an example the other children could follow so she may have actually had it harder then myself or baby brother Ben according to this story.

I'm a middle child so my shtick was the everybody hates me, I'm invisible, no one cares about me routine. It worked in my favor.

Ben was just off in his own world. Pretty much after my sister and I entered our teen my mom was like, "stick a fork in me." I don't blame her. We were bad.

Where were you in the sibling chain? Does the study personally ring true?


Virgin Mary

Not that kind of Virgin Mary.

About five years ago my home town was thrust into the spotlight because of this.

I was reminded of the local VM sighting when I read an article yesterday on aol.com.

My best friend Jessie, who lives in Boston, said she made a pilgrimage to Milton Hospital to see the miracle for herself. Her reaction:

"Yes! I went up there to check it out ... and guess what, I still can't see it even in that photo in that article!"

Some people just aren't believers. :)