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Halloween

Posted by pjsauter on October 31, 2011
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Thank goodness for Governor Snotball, who over the weekend explained to all us ignorant NYers (using his most patient “trying to explain complex concepts to stupid people” voice – the same one he uses when explaining why millionaires should keep getting tax cuts so they can keep creating the jobs that they haven’t actually been creating) how when there’s wet, heavy snow and the leaves are on the trees, the trees fall down. Thank goodness he explained all that. I think he mentioned he saw trees once when he was a kid, when his dad took him on a safari north of Westchester into the mountains and he saw a wild cow. Very scary.

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Saturday

Posted by pjsauter on October 29, 2011
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In case you missed it, St. Louis won the World Series, officially ending the 9-month baseball season. It’s starting to look like there’ll be no NBA this year (are these people really that stupid? Seems like everybody’s leaving an awful lot of money on the table), though I’m only slightly more interested in pro basketball than I am in baseball. Too many games that don’t eliminate enough teams from the playoffs, so any individual game is all but meaningless. Plus the players look bored most of the time. But I suppose if we still had an NBA team here, I’d feel a lot different.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on October 28, 2011
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I knew it was supposed to snow yesterday, but I wasn’t anticipating the near white-out conditions on part of my drive home last night, let any actual accumulation. Not that we got 11″ or anything, but damned if we didn’t get enough out my way to cover the grass. I even had to clear the dish off – and I don’t remember doing that at all last year, though, now that I think about it, I didn’t get the dish until spring, so I guess that’s why. Looks like I’ll be needing a broom with a longer handle. It’s cold this morning, too – like, 20 something. Things aren’t looking promising for that mild winter I was hoping for (though, as I mentioned previously, the woolly bears are predicting a rough start and end, with a nice long, mild middle). Still, I’m really not mentally prepared for this.

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Thursday

Posted by pjsauter on October 27, 2011
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Today is AHA day. Yes, a squadron of nurses (like, 2, but don’t let that fool you; more than one nurse in the same place is always dangerous. In fact, just one can be trouble) will descend upon my work location, admonishing people about their high blood pressures and tsk-tsking at those who refuse flu shots. Last I saw, the flu shot was rated as having a 60% efficacy rate across all age groups. The older you get, the less likely it is to do anything for you. I suspect that even that 60% number is inflated, and I’d love to see studies testing the efficacy of smudging your home sage and/or taking oil of oregano at the first signs of illness. Oh well, never try to get between people and their religion.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 26, 2011
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It’s rare that the lo-cal news morons make me laugh (except for the weather guy – he’s just so goofy, likable, and corny, I can’t help myself), but today they showed video of Chaz Bono being booted off ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and the anchor dude said Chaz “took it like a man.” :rofl2:

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Who Killed Created the Electric Guitar?

Posted by pjsauter on October 25, 2011
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I used to think Les Paul invented the electric guitar, but then I heard a story on NPR, which I think is this one here. Electric guitar-wise, Les Paul was more of an innovator than an inventor – and he certainly invented and innovated all kinds of stuff. As I recall, he didn’t want to amplify a hollow body guitar, but wanted to make a solid body one (and made one by putting strings and pickups on a 2×4 – affectionately known as “the log”). Apparently he nearly electrocuted himself while experimenting. Eventually he perfected it, and, displaying great prescience, the folks at Gibson said, “nah, that’ll never catch on.”

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on October 24, 2011
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I don’t get much of an opportunity to watch the NFL these days, and I knew the Colts were having an “off” year (to put it politely), but, damn, I see the Saints dropped 62 points on them yesterday. Cool. And the Lord Almighty led Denver to a victory over The Fish, using Timmy Tebow as His instrument. Seems God was wearing His orange and blue this weekend. Let’s hope He keeps it from now right through ’til March Madness (which ends in what, April these days?).

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Sleeplessish

Posted by pjsauter on October 23, 2011
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After being up for 23 or so hours, then getting less than 3 hours sleep and staying up for another 15, you’d think I’d have been able to stay in bed for a while this morning. Sadly, I was awake before 4:00. I’d heard this not sleeping thing happens when you get old, and while I never really thought it would happen to me, it appears this is just how my life will be from now on – which is probably OK, since I’m not that far from the ‘eternal sleep.’ Not that I’m looking to check out anytime soon, of course.

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Saturday

Posted by pjsauter on October 22, 2011
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I’m pretty tired right now, having stayed up way, way, WAY past my bedtime last night. I didn’t even get home until about 1AM, and then I felt compelled to watch a certain football game that I’d recorded while I was out. I only made it ’til halftime (guess I’ll have to watch the rest this morning – which ought to bore Granny to tears), but I still didn’t get to bed until about 3:00, and then I was up at six. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. It was nice to see Floyd Little at halftime (I don’t think I’ve seen him “in person” since I was about 5 years old), and the game wasn’t half bad either. It will be at least a few days before my voice comes back.

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Schwartzwalder Trophy Day

Posted by pjsauter on October 21, 2011
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I think I speak for every American who types for a living and/or as a hobby, when I say how happy I am that the former leader of Libya is now officially out of office. There are just too goddamn many ways to spell his name, and I’ve always tried to avoid it, though I mostly liked to think of him as Colonel Gadaffy Duck. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve had a special relationship with Col. Duck here in Syracuse, what with him ordering the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and all. Ironic that the guy they put in prison for that seems to have outlived the Duckman, isn’t it? I say “seems to” because I’m certain that we’ll be hearing the conspiracy theories soon that Gadaffy is actually alive and living on an island off the coast of Argentina with Hitler, Osama, Saddam, Elvis, Jim Morrison, and JFK. Yes, yesterday was certainly an exciting day, as exemplified by Sec State Hillary Clinton (who is letting her hair go long – I like it; she should let it go gray and get that whole crazy cat lady thing going), who, upon hearing the news, said, “wow.”

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