Monthly Archives: March 2004

Various and Sundry

Becky and I made some big strides in the new design for the World Wide Wood site this weekend. I’m pretty excited about it… it’s a very different look and feel We have a few bits and pieces to finish up, but the overall design is complete, including a new color scheme and layout. We think you’ll like it.

Saturday night we hung out with my cousin Mark ( of Izotope|http://www.izotope.com/ ). His car gave us detailed computer-navigated directions to Taco Bell|http://www.tacobell.com/, where we had dinner. Speaking of TB, they have this great new feature on their hot sauce packets: little hot-sauce-related quotes. For example: “The road to mediocrity is paved with ketchup packets.” or “Why order hot sauce when you can ask it nicely?” or “Mild: It’s the new ketchup.” (P.S. For anyone who cares, “ketchup” is the preferred spelling, while “catsup” and “catchup” are variants) Becky made a chocolate-cherry cake for dessert, which was beyond excellent. It had a devil’s food cake mix at its core, but did not use the recipe on the box. Becky can post the actual recipe she used, but suffice to say, it rocked. There was a lot left over, so I brought it in to work today. It was quickly devoured. One choice quote from the office crowd: “It’s like cake on crack.” Many thanks to my wonderful wife and her drug lab… err, I mean, kitchen. 🙂

After dinner we partook in quality entertainment|http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0098546/ on DVD.

On the Mac front, the update to Mac OS X 10.3.3 was recently released|http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/macosxupdate_10_3_3.html, and I’ve got that installed on the Pismo and Sawtooth at home. It just keeps getting better.

cut to the chase

Something like three months ago I sent a cover letter and resume to “Zoo New England” for a position in their education department at the Stone Zoo and the Franlkin Park Zoo. I knew it was a long shot, but at this point in the game it seemed worth a try.

So, this afternoon I received an email from them. The content of the email will be self-evident once you see the subject line. Here goes:

                        "Subject: Rejection Letter"

Woah! Don’t be afraid to let me know how you really feel! C’est la vie!

a flaw in the system

I have a pet peeve when it comes to fast food resturaunts and thier pricing schematics. Here’s the deal. Yesterday, I drove through McDonalds wanting some McNuggets and a small Diet Coke. I had a moment to look over the menu-board and was faced with a frustrating decision. The two items that I wanted were the same exact price as a ‘combo meal’ containing the McNuggets, a Large Coke and a Large Fries. More food for the same money. hmmm.

My good sense of Value tells me that I should order the combo meal. For the same price I get much more lunch. I would be the first to jump on such an offer in many other settings; ie, buy 3 tires get one free, or buy-one-get-one-free boxes of cereal. However, this time I was trying to be healthy and not eat all those french fries!

Yesterday’s experience reminded me of one I had a while back. I wanted a bagel and a small hot chocolate at Dunkin Donuts. I went in and ordered. The kid at the counter, being nice-doing his job, let me know that it was actually cheaper if I bought the large cocoa with the bagel (again a combo meal deal). I didn’t want the larger drink and ended up paying MORE for less! How aggrivating!

I wish that I could say that I didn’t understand why places do this, but I do. People respond well to marketing that offers them more for less. And the combo meals are easier and quicker to order. It would just be nice to spend money in correct proportion to the amount of food actually purchased. How frustrating to be penalized for wanting less!

The Life-Stealer

It tastes so good that I had to pause in the middle of eating lunch to post this.

Last night Becky made one of my favorite dishes, “tater tot casserole”. I don’t know the exact recipe, but I do know that it involves ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese soup, and of course… tater tots. We had it for dinner, and there was enough left over for me to bring some in for work today.

I think that eating it has probably taken a couple of weeks off of my life, but oh… it’s worth it. Maybe Becky will be kind enough to post the complete recipe here later tonight.

How is this “OK”?

As most of you have already heard, Charles McCoy, the prime suspect in the Ohio I-270 sniper shootings was arrested in Las Vegas|http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/03/17/ohio.highway.shootings/index.html. Meanwhile, his family back home in Ohio has issued this statement, acccording to CNN:

qqq|Charlie, we all love you very, very much, and we are very concerned about your well-being right now. Everything is going to be OK,” said Amy Walton outside the family home.|qqq

How exactly is everything going to be OK for him? What a load of baloney.

On top of all this, it appears that Amy|http://waltondammerunprwdot.org/g/ leads a parallel life back in Ohio. Think of the frequent flier miles! 😉

Copy Cat

Monkey See, Monkey Do…

LAYER ONE * Name: Rebecca Ann * Birthdate: January 10 * Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts * Current Location: Beverly, Massachusetts * Eye Color: Hazel (Brown/Green) * Hair Color: Brown * Righty or Lefty: Righty * Sun Sign: Capricorn * Innie or Outtie: Innie

LAYER TWO * Your heritage: English, Italian and Swedish * The shoes you wore today: Blue Hawaiian Print Converse Chucks Sneakers * Your hair: Long and super straight by nature * Your eyes: Change colors…kind of like “mood eyes” * Your weakness: small children (they melt my knees!) * Your fears: police lights in the rear-view mirror * Your perfect pizza: Hawaiian (ham and pineapple) * One thing you’d like to achieve: raising terrific kids

LAYER THREE * Your most overused phrase on IM: “ha!” * Your first waking thoughts: “what day is it?” * The first feature you notice in the opposite sex: eyes * Your best physical feature: my smile * Your bedtime: varied, but around 10 or 10:30 * Your greatest fear: Housefires * Your greatest accomplishment: being a wife * Your most missed memory: Oh, there are so many…

LAYER FOUR * Pepsi or Coke: Coke * McDonald’s or Burger King: McDonald’s * Single or group dates: both * Adidas or Nike: Like I can afford either! * Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Lipton * Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla * Cappuccino or coffee: Coffee stunts your growth!

LAYER FIVE * Smoke: No. * Cuss: No. * Sing: Constantly * Take a shower everyday: Absolutely * Have a crush(es): Sure * Who are they: Sean Astin, Ewan McGregor (teehee!) * Do you think you’ve been in love: Yes * Want to go to college: Been there, done that. * Like high school: Not particularly * Want to get married: I’ve been married since October 26, 2002 * Believe in yourself: yeah. I can be whatever I want to be! * Type with your fingers on the right keys: On the ‘correct’ keys. Yes. * Think you’re attractive: Um… that’s a relative term. * Think you’re a health freak: I’d like to be * Get along with your parents: Yes * Play an instrument: Yup. the Piano

LAYER SIX: In the past month, did you… * Drink alcohol: Yes, a very weak Cape Codder (made by my cousin,’Becky-style’) * Smoke: No * Do a drug: No * Make Out: Yes (with my Peter of course!) * Go on a date: Yes, again, see above * Eat an entire box of Oreos: No * Eat sushi: No * Been on stage: I was a bridesmaid, does that count? * Been dumped: No * Gone skating: Yes * Made homemade cookies: No * Been in love: Yes * Gone skinny dipping: No * Dyed your hair: No * Stolen anything: One heart

LAYER SEVEN: Have you ever… * Played a game that required removal of clothing: No * If so, was it mixed company: n/a * Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: No * Been caught “doing something”: ummm…I picked all the green blueberries off a neighbor’s bush once. I’m still being reminded of it! * Been called a tease: yes * Gotten beaten up: Yes * Shoplifted: No * If so, did you get caught: n/a * Changed who you were to fit in: I never wanted to put that much effort into fitting in. If people didn’t like me as me why hang with them.

LAYER EIGHT * Age you hope to be married: Already am, was 23 at the time. * Numbers and Names of Children: n/a * Describe your Dream Wedding: lots of family * How do you want to die: Without pain and in my sleep. * Where you want to go to college: n/a * What do you want to be when you grow up: a Mom * What country would you most like to visit: Egypt, Sweden, Japan, Russia, etc…

LAYER NINE * Number of men I have kissed: One * Number of boylfriends Ive had: One * Number of drugs taken illegally: 0 * Number of people I could trust with my life: Several * Number of CDs that I own: >15

“Shave My Poodle!”

(a fictional conversation with actual outcome) Jennifer: “10 bucks if you bid on that ugly orange chair.” Rebecca: “Okay.” [raises her bidding number 14 and wins the chair]

Viacom and World Wide Pants’ show, Ed|http://www.nbc.com/Ed/index.html, came to an end recently much to the chagrin of myself and Jenn. Luckily for us there was a way to soothe our pain.

This weekend in Norwood, New Jersey, more specifically at Stuckeybowl, there was an auction of all things Stuckey. The producers put up for sale all the props and such that were used on the set of “Ed”. It was quite an experience to get to go inside the building where most of the scenes were filmed and to see so many of the props, furniture and signs that were in the tv show.

Anywhoo… I came home toting a cute orange leather chair from Ed’s office [screen shot here|http://www.stuckeyville.com/show/gallery.asp?EID=59&action=thumbs. first row, second from the right, see it?] and Jennifer scored a nice stained glass window from Ed’s house. Cool. One thing to note is that when I came home on Sunday I checked out ebay and found one item|http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4002233424&category=18839 listed that had been sold at the auction on Saturday…Very Sneaky!

For photos with captions do the clicking thing…….here|http://gallery.prwdot.org/ed_auction

!!!bonus material!!! Thanks to Michelle|http://mikao.blogspot.com for pointing out that I hadn’t included a ‘real’ picture of the chair…oops! Click on the gallery link above and you’ll now find a pic there!

Radio Survey

Ok, this is a game almost EVERYBODY can play!

I thought up this little survey whilst driving around the North Shore tonight. All you need in order to participate is a radio with good FM reception and a scan button. Traveling in a car is a perfect place to take the survey, but you could also do it on a stereo at home if you get good reception in there (I only say this because the radios inside our house don’t get as much FM reception as the one in the car). If you don’t have a scan button, you can still participate, but you will need to scan through the stations manually. For the rest of the instructions, I’ll assume you’re using scan.

By the way, if you don’t usually listen to the radio in the car, you can still play. Just tune in to the radio for the purposes of this survey, then you can go back to whatever you normally listen to, or silence, or whatever.

To begin, tune your radio to the FM band, and set it to the lowest station. On my car stereo that’s 87.9. Next, hit the scan button to begin scanning through stations. Each time the radio stops on a station which has an audible, understandable broadcast, count it. If it’s too staticky to understand, don’t count it. At the same time, see if the broadcast is something you wouldn’t mind listening to – a song you like, perhaps, or a favorite talk radio show. If it is likable, keep track of it in a separate count, and try to remember which station, and who/what was being broadcast. But don’t stop the scan to listen, just let the radio keep scanning. When your radio has scanned to the end of the spectrum (107.9 or so), you should have a count of the number of stations which came in audibly, and a count of the programs that you might have actually wanted to listen to.

When you’ve got that, post it in the comments here, along with the name of any programs or songs you would have liked to listen to. Also, please make a note as to what time of day you were listening to the radio, and where you were (going?) at the time.

Oh, and feel free to go back and listen to the good programs, if any.

Old Home, New Website

I’m sure their website has been around for a while, but just today I discovered that my old hometown newspaper, The Mount Vernon News|http://www.mountvernonnews.com/index.html, has a website… and a pretty decent one at that. They even have an RSS feed! (Though the link isn’t public – you must make an email request to obtain it.) How progressive. Even Beverly’s paper|http://www.townonline.com/beverly/ doesn’t have an RSS feed. Let’s not even talk about the Salem paper’s website|http://www.salemnews.com/.