Archive for October, 2006

The Stuff

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 31, 2006 by Budd Black

Something made me think of this movie today.  Maybe becuase it is Halloween.  I remember this movie being pretty scary when I was in about the 4th grade.  I haven't seen it recently so can not attest to how well it holds up over time.  The concept behind the movie is great.  A yogurt type substance that people are eating is taking over the world. 


Live cultures!


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QotD: Ghost Story

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 30, 2006 by Budd Black

Do you believe in ghosts?  Have you ever seen a ghost? 
Submitted by Nancy.

Of course.  I believe in the Holy Trinity.  This includes the father, the son, and the holy ghost.  Christian theology lets you know that demons and demonic possession are real things.  I live near Adams, TN., and the Bell Witch is a truly freaky story

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 30, 2006 by Budd Black

So Nanowrimo is two days away. Will I make it? Will it drive me nuts? Follow me through and cheer me on. Below is the link to my page.

My Page!

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You think you know cute

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2006 by Budd Black

My oldest is in Tae Kwon Do (TKD), and in last nights class they did sparring. Ashli has been in the class for a week and this was her first time to put on the gear and actually fight another student. She was scared. I am proud to say that she was able to conquer her fear and actually enjoyed the experience. In her second match, she was very aggressive and dominated the match. But this isn't what was cute.

There are two three year olds in the class and they were matched up against each other twice. If you have never seen three year olds sparring in TKD tournament gear, you have not seen cute. They look like people in those giant sumo suits that you can get for parties. These three year olds are completely serious and are trying to land their punches and kicks. Whenever one of them would actually land a punch or a kick they would both fall down. Three year olds yelling "Hiya!" with every punch and kick is also a funny sound. All the parents were laughing and going into diabetic shock.

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Adopted again

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2006 by Budd Black

So, I am at the grocery store, and my daughter wants a free cookie sample from the deli. I wheel the cart over with my youngest daughter inside. There are no cookies out and I am about to tell my daughters this when the lady behind the counter sees them. She offers them both a cookie and then has tells me they are beautiful girls.

She should have shut her dumb redneck mouth at that point. She then tells me that there is another couple that come in sometimes with A-D-O-P-T-E-D kids. She then asks if they are S-I-S-T-E-R-S. All I can do is grin and nod as I want to reach over and rip the ladies eyes out of her head.

Yes, my children look exotic. They have a darker skin complexion and almond shaped eyes. The both have my exact color of brown hair, the oldest one in curls. Not just any curls but matching crazy curl tangles the mimic my own hair. The oldest looks least Asian, but the youngest looks more like me. I guess A-D-O-P-T-E-D kids kind of start looking like their new parents after a while.

The part that pissed me off is that she didn't even ask; she just assumed. Then to spell out words in front of my 5 year old, who is starting to break that code already, that could pass for a 7 year old size wise. The poor Asian adoptees may learn to speak English but they will never be able to spell in it. Idiots!

Why, you ask, does this piss me off? Because they are mine and I am proud they are mine. Like Mr. Sinister in the X-Men, I am proud of genetic experimentation. If I altered the genome correctly, they should be superior to just Caucasian and Asian people. I will call this new race Cauc. . . Crap the word Caucasian already has the word Asian in it.

They are my kids, my seed. Their beauty and brains come at least partially from me. I will take credit for it.

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Family Ties

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 23, 2006 by Budd Black

What keeps certain families and certain members of families together? I ask this because my sister has now come to the conclusion that she isn't really a part of my brother or my life. I have known this for some time. I have tried to rectify it on occasion. I am nine years older than her and that makes a difficult situation that much harder. She lived with her father isolated from me and my brother since she was about five or six. So it has been fourteen to fifteen years since I have spent more than a week a year with my sister. Most years I did not see her at all. This is in no way her fault, as she was a child at the time.

Now entering adulthood, it would seem that she could enter into my family as a presence, but we don't have that much in common. Situations from our childhood we remember differently. We did not have the years upon years of teasing and torturing that nurtures a brother/sister relationship. It is almost like I never knew her. Truth is, I don't. How much of that five year old is left. I have never known her friends and she was raised in a family different than the one I was.

I don't have this problem with my brother. We are only three years different and I lived with him most of my childhood. We were split up when I was about fifteen. We continued to see each other during summers and have made every effort to stay in contact with each other. We have always shared friends, and, to this day, we get along with our each others friends very well. Instead of growing apart while not together, we actually developed and became more like one another. Independently we grew the same direction.

I think my sister is jealous of this bond. She feels left out and it hurts her feelings. My brother and I grew up really fast and my sister still comes across as very immature to me. Maybe as she grows older and becomes more responsible our connection will become tighter. Maybe we will always be cordial to one another but never be close. I still love her, but I don't know who it is that I love anymore.

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Death Notice Update

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2006 by Budd Black

I decided to fight back against the email happy people that happen to work in the same building as me.

Here is the email that broke the camels back: Funeral services for XXXXXXXX's niece, YYYYYYY will appear in tomorrow's paper. Services will be held tomorrow from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

This email went to everyone in our agency. Around 4-5 hundred people. This was the second of three total emails we received about this person; not to mention the other emails of death and sickness that I get on a daily basis. My email to my supervisor that was hence forwarded up the chain of command is below:

> I hate to complain about something so sensitive as bereavement, but > the tirade of emails that I have be receiving lately are forcing my > hand.
> I can understand an announcement of the death of current or former > employee of DDS. I can even understand a notice of a loss of an > employees immediate family under limited distribution. I don't feel > it appropriate, however, to get notices of the death of an employee's > extended family. Especially when said notice is titled so eloquently > as "Death Notice."
> These "Death Notices" originate from a third party that sends them out > indiscriminately. Not to sound crass, but if you didn't know the > person beforehand, you likely do not care to hear about their loss. > There are so many people that die worldwide every day that I could not > possibly feel a loss for a fraction of them and keep my sanity. We > deal with people that are disabled and dieing every day here at work, > we do not need the additional trauma of being reminded of our own > mortality through these "Death Notices."
> Again, I apologies for the sensitive nature of the email. If I knew > the employees that incur these losses, I would hope to know from them > first hand. They would have my sympathies and prayers. I would be > the first to try and comfort them in their time of need. Agency wide > email is supposed to be reserved for messages that impact everyone. > The death of a family member of someone I did not know does not fit > that criteria. I feel that it is also insensitive to the person with > the loss. They may not want their loss advertised, especially to > those that they do not know.
> Thank you for your time and attention on this matter, >

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