February 2003 Archives

Friday Five

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1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?

I don't think magazines and newspapers really qualify as "literature", but they're not my favorite so I guess it doesn't matter.
I prefer fiction, mostly horror and science fiction. I also like a good collection of short stories or novellas.

2. What is your favorite novel?
The Stand, by Stephen King

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
No, I'm not much into poetry. ee cummings does some good stuff, but I'm not going to hunt it down for the sake of this post.

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
I wish I had more time to read period. I spend so much time surfing that I don't read books near as much as I used to. Probably my number one desire is to spend more time doing Bible study, followed by finishing the LOTR series.

5. What are you currently reading?
Black House, by Stephen King and Peter Straub
The Fellowship of The Ring
An Incomplete Guide to the Rest of Your Life by Stan D. Gaede
Java Message Service
Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide

Be a responsible pet owner

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Gone But Not Forgotten
This is the most depressing photo gallery I've ever seen. Anyone that hasn't had their pet spayed or neutered (and doesn't intend to breed litters) should be required to view it before they end up with puppies or kittens.
Adopting Bear (who was originally found as a stray) is one of the best things Mary Alice and I have done this year. Getting him fixed was the best thing we've done for him.
If you're interested in adopting an animal in Austin, check out:
Mixed Breed Rescue (also has many links to other shelters)
Town Lake Animal Shelter
Animal Trustees of Austin

It's not going to stop till you wise up

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Finally got a chance to watch Magnolia today, it's been on my list pretty much ever since it came out.

The geniuses at TXDOT

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183 Ramp Now Closed
Ok, guys. You just built the flyover from 35N to 183N a couple of years ago. You built one from 183S to 35S at the same time. First you did a half-assed job, only doing two of the possible four connections of two of the busiest highways in town. You only put one lane on each of the ramps, instantly creating another bottleneck.
You also apparently failed to remember that I-35 is one of the busiest interstates in the country. Didn't you notice that you had an on-ramp onto I-35 that that forced you immediately onto the flyover? Was it not obvious that a lot of people would be trying to get to the ramp in a very short distance?
Now everyone trying to go south on 183 will be forced to exit at St. John's, which is already dangerous enough because of the cross-traffic from people trying to get onto 35N from the frontage road or exit the interstate and go to Pappadeaux and Pappasito's.
Great planning, guys.

Saigon Kitchen

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"No one conquers who doesn't fight."
This is half a late update and half yet another attempt to see if my new ping function is working. I think it will this time; it's amazing what a little ampersand can do.
I think this fortune is for the U.S. as we head into Iraq. Or maybe it's for Saddam. Or maybe it's for neither, but instead intended for North Korea. That would be entirely inappropriate seeing as how this cookie followed Vietnamese food, but you never know.
I guess I need to go pick a fight so the fortune will be used up and we can all just get along.

Why do I keep posting things without subjects?

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Just thought I'd continue my frenetic posting today. How sad is it when two posts can be considered "frenetic"?
Anyhow, the oddball writing on this site appeals to me. Enjoy.

Friday Five

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1. What did you have for breakfast this morning? If you didn't have breakfast, why not?
I had a pancake, half a link of sausage, a bacon and egg breakfast taco with pico de gallo, two cups of coffee and two glasses of OJ.
This morning was a "birthday celebration" for co-workers born in January and February. Usually we just have donuts or bagels on Friday, but today I got to grub.
2. What's your favorite cereal?

Although I ran across this when searching for a picture of the box:
"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Kellogg USA has recalled a limited number of Kellogg's® Cracklin' Oat Bran® cereal products because they may contain undeclared egg, milk or soybeans and a limited number of Kellogg's® Smart Start® cereal club store packs because they may contain undeclared almonds and milk."
3. How often do you eat out? Do you want that to change?
Three to seven times a week. I like to eat, so I don't really want it to change that much. I also like to cook, but it conflicts with my current laziness.
4. What do you plan on having for dinner tonight? Got a recipe for that?
Whiskey and coke. Mix equal parts whiskey and coke in glass with ice, stir, and enjoy.
I am chef'ing it up tomorrow night, making some red beans and rice and seafood gumbo. This will be my first take on the gumbo, so wish me luck.
5. What's your favorite restaurant? Why?
Hmm, that's tough. It really depends on what I'm in the mood for. I'd say two of my top choices are Austin Land & Cattle Company and Dirty Martin's Place.

Know what I'm sayin?

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Bubb Rubb's Crib
The whistles go Woooooo Woooooo!
First saw the news clip on hornfans, glad to see Bubb is getting more pub.