2008 January : Oh Fair New Mexico

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by Karen Fayeth

Best line of the day**

January 31, 2008 by · Comments Off on Best line of the day**
Filed under: ABQjournal, borracho, guilt, New Mexico, Opinions, Rasquache, remorse 

(**Borrowing heavily from the NewMexiKen playbook, with acknowledgement)

Found in this brief story in the ABQjournal.

Background: a 24-year old man pleads guilty to shooting, from his moving vehicle no less, nine sheep or goats and one dog. That’s, count ’em, three felonies.

Shooting, for no good reason, really. Boredom? Borracho? Both?

“I have no idea what they were thinking, and I would venture a guess that they’re probably wondering what they were thinking then, too,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said.

That gave me a chuckle over lunch at my desk. Hope it’s true. A little after-the-fact remorse is a good thing, in this case.

You know what bugs me?

January 30, 2008 by · Comments Off on You know what bugs me?
Filed under: Bay Area, big weather, bugs, cursing, grumptacular, home, New Mexico, Opinions, the feline, The Good Man 

Bugs. That’s what bugs me.

Specifically, ants.

Those little teeny tiny black sh-thead ants.

With the torrential rains, they have decided that inside our home is a nice warm place to hang out.

Sonsabitches.

First they were all over the bathroom. In the tub, in the sink, on all the countertops, on the ceiling. : shudder :

So The Good Man (formerly known as The Cute Boy™) went to battle and cleaned up, shoved orange oil in all the corners and got them away from the bathroom.

It was only momentary peace.

This morning they’d formed a marching line in a circle around the kitchen. Across the hallway carpet, to the cat bowl, then under the cabinets where the crumbs go and back to home base.

Gah!

Now, I’m used to having bugs about. I grew up in New Mexico. I remember turning on the garage light and having the whole floor in motion as roaches ran.

And this home I live in now is pretty spidery too. Those are my least favorite of all.

But these ants. Oh! How they make me nutty! The Good Man encourages me to be Zen about them. “They do what they do” and “They are just trying to survive”.

He’s a better man than me, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, battle continues.

(this photo isn’t from our house, just one I found on the web. It’s pretty much what the INSIDE of our home looks like. GAH!)

W00t!

January 29, 2008 by · Comments Off on W00t!
Filed under: blogging, Celebration, w00t 

It took 319 days to reach the milestone.

200 posts.

Yay me!

They call it stormy Monday…

January 29, 2008 by · Comments Off on They call it stormy Monday…
Filed under: Bay Area, big weather, cursing, da blues, grumptacular, life, Opinions, weirdity, work 

…but Tuesday’s just as bad.

Or in this case, Monday was a sun soaked cakewalk.

And Tuesday’s a cold, rainy, work crazy, traffic jammed day.

In true proof of the Butterfly Effect, earlier today a BMW cut off a woman in a van, who lost control on rain slick streets, then careened into a tanker truck hauling gasoline causing it to overturn and spilling mass quantities of petrol onto Highway 101.

Thus shutting it down completely.

From the article in SFGate: “‘They don’t want the freeway to blow up under cars driving by,’ said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul McCarthy.”

Ah…yeah. That’d be great.

And with this one small act, an impatient driver of a luxury car has jammed up traffic for the entire Bay Area. The drive home on 280 (the “detour”) was really so much fun. Me, my iPod and singing at the top of my lungs. Good times.

…the rest of the song goes….”Wednesday’s worse…and Thursday’s also sad……”

Tis gonna be a long week, methinks.

(with all apologies to T-Bone Walker and his fine blues song)

It seems like a really bad idea…

January 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on It seems like a really bad idea…
Filed under: country music, Opinions, television, weirdity 

Found myself bored and channel surfing this evening and happened upon a new reality show entitled “Gone Country“. It’s hosted by one of my fave musicians, John Rich (the Big & Rich song “Big Time” never fails to make me sing along both loudly and badly).

It stars the likes of Bobby Brown, Sisqo,Dee Snyder, Maureen McCormick and Carnie Wilson. The website calls the mix “eclectic”. Unh huh.

Their challenge? To sing country music. And the one who ultimately wins will have a country record produced by Rich.

Oy.

What B and C list celebs won’t do for a little money.

It was painful to watch. I couldn’t get through the entire episode.

And somehow, I know that country music is going to be mercilessly made fun of.

I just….can’t watch this.

And tonight I light several dozen candles and say a novena for the writer’s strike to end and actual thoughtful, artistic shows to return to television.

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