Saturday, January 20, 2007

THIS WEEK ONLY! PHEW! / Cute kids!

Henry and I listened to music on the way over, then he asked how my week was: it was okay, all things considered. He'd just had school, and he figures that there'd be nothing wrong with a little healthy competition in ping-pong.. perhaps not! He asked whether I had a ride: yup, even though Melia doesn't live in Richmond! So I asked what was happening, and he told me: "Committee meeting." Generally acceptable excuse, although I did find myself wondering what kind of committee met every week to discuss things! (we only did it like once a month or so, when I was there...) Then we went to Awana, where things were clarified: IT WAS ONLY FOR THIS WEEK THAT I NEEDED A RIDE! Man, I must have misheard him the other day! PHEW... at least things worked out, since Michelle said she'd drive me home!

Amos, Andrew, and Jason had this "production line like child labor" thing going on when they tested the felts to see if they worked. Auntie Vivian thought they were crazy for having one person uncap the felt, one person testing to see if it worked, and one person to cap the felt again / throw it away. At one point, the Wong brothers were pelting Andrew with pens since (as Mike put it) they "had the worst aim in the world" for the garbage can! Then we talked about water intoxication: yeah, that lady's brain swelled a LOT and exploded! She didn't even win, but came in second place... Jason said that it would have been something if she HAD won the Nintendo Wii. A while later, the guys came back from the Awana store and Andrew was practically in hysterics. Then he played with my calculator, which was apparently very hilarious for him! I asked if I wanted to know what was so funny: no, he said. Jason added that he was drunk on vodka, which he denied. (better not be, at church around little kids and all...) Good times, I guess!

Eric also had this yard-long stick of bubble gum, which was a conversation piece for us leaders! Mike and Joey were teaching the kids something weird, which resulted in laughs and doing the limbo. After Awana, I talked to little Ian for a bit, asking him simple questions about his holiday experience in Hong Kong. No, he didn't buy anything. Yes, his cousin lives in Hong Kong. Yes, he liked Hong Kong. Heh, cute kid... he even yelled "BYE!" to me and Mike on his way out. Ryan and Ethan got some yogurt tubes from the church kitchen, then we all left with David to go home with Michelle. Cute kids: Ryan will go skating for his seventh birthday in a few days, and they talked about paper snakes and magnets. At least they're past asking me whether I know Chinese, haha! I also had to tell them that the S-word was bad. :P

Gas is under a dollar a litre here for the first time in a couple YEARS! 95.9, baby!

You Should Paint Your Room Purple

Sophisticated and exotic, purple can also be a deeply comforting color.
Your purple room will inspire you to trust yourself more and go with your intuition.
Purple has also been known to facilitate healing and a feeling of protection.

Sweet! One of my favorite colors!

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No stress!

From now on, I'm just going to chill in front of the computer on Saturdays unless it gets to be some ridiculous time and Henry's not here yet. No sense in getting all flustered and stressed over people running late, haha. Even waking up at 2:45 won't stop me now! *demonic laughter*

Checked blogs: Spoz has his normal weekend recap, Steph has the Vancouver Canucks' 6-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (Dave went to the game at the ACC courtesy of Tiffany), and she also has some resolution about running 35 miles in January. If she doesn't, she's making herself wear skirts to work for the first week of February... never mind that she doesn't actually own five skirts, heh.

And he's here now... great timing!

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Terrible cellphone reception, decapitations, KFC Mashed Potatoes

My brother's cell phone seems to have terrible reception! It sounds like he comes from the technological Borg / intergalactic alien force on another planet!

What he really said: "I just left Eric's."
What I heard: "I'm having sex" (there are some things I don't want to know...) or "Get on the bus." (What?! You're not driving me to ping-pong, but you'll drive Eric?!)

Death to bad reception! He claims that my phone sucks, but I don't have that problem with anyone else... weirdo. :P

Also, I just got an email from my mom addressing me as "my dear big baby" ... o_O

.... I don't think that means what she thinks it does! (it's about some holiday next week to Harrison Hot Springs / Banff with the parents and Grandma... right now, I'm not inclined to go, but that may change)

Today's Ripping Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A 16-year-old farmworker died a horrible death after being "swallowed" by a baling machine six days after he had started at the farm. Another worker, who saw the machine ripping apart Ricardo Mowries, has been having trouble sleeping since the accident. Jerome Geduld of the De Liefde farm near Wolseley was driving the baling machine in which Mowries' clothes got entangled about 17:20 on Monday, October 17, 2005. Mowries was decapitated, his right arm was broken and his right leg ripped off. Geduld said: "Ricardo was feeding the chaff into the machine and his jacket got caught in the machinery. His body was ripped apart within half a minute. It happened so quickly. My body was in shock, and I was disoriented. I didn't know where I was." Geduld described the teenager as a "good worker," saying young workers didn't normally work with such big machinery. Ricardo's mother, Ragel Mowries, said she was working in the vineyard when she and other workers heard a loud bang. "Two workers came running. I told the others: but there should be three of them. I walked up to them and asked what had happened. They told me my child had died. I wanted to go to him, but Jerome said he was too badly injured; I should stay away. I heard that his head was lying 12 metres from the machine. I keep seeing images of how he died." Mowries said her son had asked the manager for a job because she couldn't afford to keep him in school after Grade 7. "It was only his sixth day at work. I'm heartbroken, but I must accept it." Albertus Olivier, organiser of the Food and Allied Workers Union in the Witzenberg district, said: "It is against the labour laws to allow such a young child to do such hard work. Such a dangerous machine must be operated by an experienced person." Flip Viljoen, the farm manager, said through his lawyer, Nico le Roux, that the boy "knew exactly what he should do. He was merely a helper and didn't operate the machine." Le Roux said the case was being investigated by the labour department and the police. "It was a sad accident, and we are supporting his family."

Culled from: News 24
Generously submitted by: Rene


When I read stories like this, it almost makes me glad that the worst injury I'm likely to suffer in my job is carpal tunnel! *Almost.*


Follow-Up Du Jour!

Betsy sends me a follow-up on the drunk driving accident that was featured on the January 14, 2007 MFDJ. The drunk driver who slammed into the limo and killed two people has been found guilty of second degree murder. The article has interesting photographs of the wreckage - remember, this is the wreck where the mother held the decapitated head of her daughter in her arms as she sat dazed on the side of the road after the crash. Horrid.


Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Net Disaster allows you to take the perfect revenge against your most-loathed websites! Hours of destructive fun!!

Thanks to Magnoire for the link.



How fast do you have to be going to cut a car completely in two when you hit a tree? Looks like a bit over 90 MPH to me...

Thanks to Narkitten for the Power Point Presentation.

KFC Mashed Potatoes

The mashed potatoes are served and made by mix. It comes in a bag, so just add water and butter. Many people just come to KFC to get these potatoes and gravy.

2 1/2 cups Idaho Potato Flakes
1 stick Margarine
2 tablespoons Butter
2 1/2 cups Hot Water
3/4 cup Milk
1 teaspoon salt

Heat water, and add butter and margarine till melted. Add the salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the flakes and mix till it looks like regular potatoes. Add milk to get the proper consistency. Serve with gravy. Serves 6.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Black olives are NOT black grapes!

Just before I left, I convinced Corey to join getoffmyspace so he could see whatever I might link him to from that community, haha! Ping-pong tonight was okay... I threatened Jon with death if he didn't bring the birthday cards by next Friday at the latest, haha! Got to talk to a lot of people, and found out from Nathan that Vancouver had lost 4-3 tonight in a shootout to Buffalo. (Eric, Jon, and I were listening on the way over to the table tennis club, but only to the halfway point of overtime... DARN GOALS WITH 40 SECONDS LEFT IN REGULATION WHEN OUR BACKUP GOALIE WANTS THE WIN!) Learned that Eric's now doing the emailed announcements, which means I will definitely be cheering him on, haha.

The spread of food was impressive: smoked salmon, pate, crackers, chips, bottled water, Koala juices, grapes, veggies, sourdough bread with spinach dip, and other stuff. Quan tried convincing Joyce that black olives were black grapes, so I ate one of the black things: when I told Joyce that it was an olive, Quan teased her with "Ha! And you believed me right away when I said it was a grape!" Eric got my attention by lightly hitting me on the head with a ping-pong paddle, then offered me a mint chocolate stick: he'd won a box of them for being part of the winning table when Round 1 of the icebreaker rally game was played. Cool stuff!

Talked for a bit to Isabel, who said that the snack spread was basically her dinner: I knew the feeling! Entertained the toddlers Megan and Benjamin who were really curious / interested in the ping-pong games, and talked to their moms Winnie and Stella too. Cindy and Dianne were busy with the little ones, and Auntie Cathy said that she couldn't resist holding the children on Sunday... she feels it later on when she gets home after service, though! Said hi to Alan, Rich, Vivian, Sheena, Maisie, Angus, Uncle Daniel, Auntie Christina, Uncle Hansel, Ivan, Billy, and Chalaine: they're all doing well, so that's good. Sheena liked the darker red toque (without bow on top) that Auntie Fonda knitted for me: hey, it's one I can FIND in my room, haha! Uncle Daniel now knows about Harmony only because I told him about the "drunken debauchery tales" book she gave me for Christmas.

Randal and I discussed Missions Fest next week - I don't know if I'll go since Eric's gone from work these few years, but Randal might take the day off on Friday since he still has last year's vacation days to use up. If he does, he says he might go down to Richmond and pick me up: I told him to email me about that then, heh... he then wanted me to spoil 24 for him since he didn't watch much TV at all. Okay... I did, then he said he had to watch it on Monday. (I told Joyce what had happened in the episodes she missed, too) He'll use the ladybug stickers to decorate things, and still likes the Bathroom Reader calendar, although he can only look at one day at a time! (I've been remiss in looking at the yearly book he gave me, oops) He also asked what I'd done this week: stayed home and avoided the snow for the most part! Then I jokingly asked him: "You don't know me very well, do you? How well do you know me?" He admitted, "No... not very well, heh." He'll have to work on that one, hehe.

A bunch of people remarked on Jeremy's nametag: he'd written "White Jeremy" on it, which is what people know him as sometimes! Not that there was confusion tonight since Sam's brother wasn't there, but you never know! Eric had written something else on his own nametag: "Roger Federer AKA Eric" ... haha, sure you're that guy! I saw Hon for the first time in a long time, but he was very sick: he definitely didn't sound well at all, poor guy. When Angus and Melia left, Melia confirmed that I would need the Saturday home ride from now on... looks that way to me! (I'll ask Henry why tomorrow, haha) Karen Choo said she'd sent me an email asking how the new Bible Study group was going, and got worried because I didn't respond: maybe she sent it to my old account, but I did respond to the Evite so she knew I got THAT! (she also gave me a bag full of leftovers from tonight, saying she thought of me: cool stuff, even though I feel kinda weird taking it!) Andrea said her boyfriend Chuck is stressed because it's time for placement in his medicine degree... that's pretty understandable! I told Darren that he was out of luck looking for water since the clean-up crew had put those away: I got a bottle at the right time, yay!

Karen Lew and I got into a discussion about that woman who died of water intoxication: that's sad and horrible! Holding your wee for a Wii, indeed... brain swelling, body drowning, etc. is NOT the way we'd want to go! The "holding your wee for a Wii" headlines were funny, but not what actually happened... it's like Hurricane Durian's name being funny, but not the destruction! (What do they call their other hurricanes? Hurricane Mango? Hurricane Jackfruit? Haha, I'll have to tell Jeremy that... and Karen about the "ow! I just got hit by spiky fruit!" thing, too!) Then we saw some Ruffles chips: they were all-dressed (too much vinegar), but she took a bag anyhow even if it wasn't sour cream and onion. (her favorite) On the way out, there was a bit of a holdup because Dianne tripped on the way down the stairs (I'm assuming... I didn't see this happen, unlike what Eric thought)... the lady at the counter was trying to reduce her liability / likelihood of being sued by telling her to sit down and ice her ankle. Jon thought it was our usual loitering, but Jeremy clarified: "It's the 'stand around and see what happens when someone gets injured!' loitering!" She seemed to be okay, so that was good.

On the way home, we dropped Sam and Darren off at Zephyr in the Sky (no more Insomnia Karaoke Restaurant!) to meet Joey and Mike who were also coming from ping-pong: sweat smell is NOT going to impress the girls, much less the people at the minimum-charge place! (and their tales of Chris stinking up his place with farts during sleepovers didn't impress us either!) At my place, I got Jon's pate / crackers / chips / water out of the bag of food before taking it. Sourdough bread, butter, a box of orange chocolate sticks, fruits, veggies, and such is enough to last me a few days at least!

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Commenters with alternate journals for Scrapdog meme: Alternate Aliases!

These are all the people on my friends / community lists (past or present) who have multiple journals on LJ / GJ.

GJ people

xkissmekillmex TO candiies (Tobi)
draugr TO sarcasm_ (Emma)
_manifesto TO myg0t (Ruben)
tehflipside TO myg0t (Ruben)
x__watchandlurn TO deadtofall (Kris)
lies_that_lie TO cuddles___ (Mareah)
cuddles___ TO hello__dolly__ (Mareah)
nthsholyreality TO atomic_goo (Jenna)
stardustcity TO windritual (Amanda)
fairycircle TO windritual (Amanda)
halloweeen TO windritual (Amanda)
windritual TO skeletalembrace (Amanda)
fabala_fae TO today_4_u (Sarah)
like_a_dream TO today_4_u (Sarah)
st_kevin TO badpoet (Lev)
naomh_caoimhin TO badpoet (Lev)
pageturner TO green_carnation (Alyssa)
xanthos TO green_carnation (Alyssa)
green_carnation TO seamoon (Alyssa)
beauty_is_pain TO maryomalley (Mary O'Malley)
myonlyheartache TO maryomalley (Mary O'Malley)
cuddlesnugs TO maryomalley (Mary O'Malley)
x0secrets0x TO maryomalley (Mary O'Malley)
weirdinmyschool TO itmakesmesick (Jade)
periwinklepixie TO crushedice4u (Cathy C.)
cali_dreamin TO sweetface_ (Lindsay)
lalalindz TO sweetface_ (Lindsay)
_rck TO norsk (Kaitlin O.)
triptastic TO norsk (Kaitlin O.)
samoth TO norsk (Kaitlin O.)
norsk TO lordworm (Kaitlin O.)
lordworm TO deathwhispered (Kaitlin O.)
deathwhispered TO oligarchist (Kaitlin O.)
oligarchist TO opaeth (Kaitlin O.)
mrgrim TO murse (Billie E.)
geomancy TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
hitandrunlover TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
mournhold TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
laertes TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
kinsmen TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
x_hollow_x TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
zombified TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
___zombiefied TO thesurgeon (Hayley R.)
thesurgeon TO ladykerosene (Hayley R.)
troublesumloser TO __evident (Julie)
made27emogirl TO meteorfreak (Serena)
phoenixxcore TO meteorfreak (Serena)
monkeymeat TO jewishboxxx (Amber D.)
monkeyxmeat TO jewishboxxx (Amber D.)
xmonkeymeat TO jewishboxxx (Amber D.)
xmonkeydust TO jewishboxxx (Amber D.)
jewishboxxx TO xamonthiene (Amber D.)
aching_revenge TO confusions_song (Alexandra C.)
suckmybubblypop TO cockfight (Raegin W.)
gene_kelly TO hurrah (Maggie)
anti_me TO hurrah (Maggie)
_laypay_ TO arabians (Leila)
_greenscream_ TO housefires (Roisean)
x_teh_fashion TO crashcar_love (Alexandra)
hotxpinkxfairy TO __medicate (Christina M.)
rabitten TO supercricket (Kristen Anne)
supercricket TO comewithgirl (Kristen Anne)
lugubriouslass TO pained_poet
bntimmins TO usa (Nick T.)
usagi_sama TO usa (Nick T.)
funeral TO citygirls (Amy J.)
god_loves_uglyy TO feelingcouture (Kellie)
unprettyme TO feelingcouture (Kellie)
breath_in TO vanishthestars (Reeney)
yellowleopard TO polkadotgun (Terri)
twilightsrain TO shanaqui (Nikki W.)

LJ people

scorching_wet TO unsuspended (Andre)
represent_ to wurby (Andre)
unsuspended TO wurby (Andre)
rogermellie TO harryroberts (Jim)
i_worship_feste TO exclamation_pnt (Amy Y.)
audioslave TO yamantha (Samantha)
airyca TO stairs (Erika)
joshua_e TO aint_no_nothin (Josh)
hostis_leti TO apollotiger (Asa)
ironicman TO slackananda (Bryan)
witlessowhitman TO slackananda (Bryan)
esotericgirl TO reeling (Heather)
lord_lacolith TO nouns_verbs (Turner)
sploitch TO scientz (Sarah Chepesiuk)
wishiwasy0u TO geoantada (Geo)
xhighlifex TO hey_eliza (Nicole)
hey_eliza TO murderoftwo (Nicole)
justgottasimmer TO lonelysarcasm (Caryn)
mascara_fiend TO mangoes (Andie)
meathook TO heizusan (Chris Hayes)
___asphyxiate TO ______ephemeral (Sam Dulton)
___________epic TO ______ephemeral (Sam Dulton)
007mac TO ex_007mac460 (Mac)
sunlight9090 TO ex_007mac460 (Mac)
006mac TO ex_007mac460 (Mac)
newjoural TO ex_007mac460 (Mac)
rimikins TO bitterwords__ (Rimi)
window_seat TO dear___somebody (Bliss)
mentira TO jigsaw (Meredith)
jigsaw TO seychelles (Meredith)
moon_thorn TO skeleton_kiss (Lucretia)
awkwardlastword TO unconventional (Maria)
ryan_liam TO de_stijl_ (Ryan)
twilightsrain TO shanaqui (Nikki W.)
mrs_beefcake TO the_fuzzy_bunny (Diane)
shanterusan TO acatsoclever (Chantelle)
chibi_blackie TO missblack (Natalie)
sarasaurusrex TO thegirlsheriff (Sara H.)
tiogardubh TO dontlickit (Aydin)

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Finishing Koka / Food ideas / Get off Myspace! / Quizzes

Finished the last of my Koka instant noodles (Tom Yam) that I got from that place by Richmond Sushi - I had to meet Eric out there last August, so I used my time efficiently. Would have finished the thirty packs way earlier, but I didn't realize that I had one last package. Good thing I found it now, since it expires on March 30! Plenty of time, I know... but still. :P

Ooh, new shiny stuff in email...

Eric: "I'll start off with some ideas: Fresh Hummus and Tzatziki with Pita Bread, Fruit Trays, Cookies, Taco Chips and Fresh Salsa, Hot Pepper Poppers / Potato Skins, Potato Wedges, Crackers with Cream Cheese and some kind of topping (Smoked Salmon, etc.) You can look here and other places on Google for more appetizer ideas."

Jon: "Eric, that stuff sounds good. We could also buy some really good cheese and crackers, or mole (haha), or melted cheese with chorizo sausages. I'll come back with more suggestions in a few days time. I'm volunteering Jer's kitchen to make some of this stuff." HAHAHAHA, good idea! :D

Haha. I just joined getoffmyspace on LJ. Thanks to sunshine2607's RT post, I knew it was open to new members for a limited time, so I decided to do it NOW in case I can't when I get home after ping-pong tonight! (I tried joining it earlier, but it was closed to new members)

You Have Many Alpha Tendencies

You're not a total alpha female, but you certainly know how to - and like to - get your way.
You're forceful without being intimidating. You're confident without being vain. A perfect mix.

You Sometimes Don't Get Enough Sleep

You're often more tired than you'd like, and you're probably not getting enough quality sleep.
Sleeping a little more could make you a lot more energetic and happy.
Try having a bedtime, keep your bedroom cool, and only eat fruit before bed.

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Favorite icons / Weird roadtrip complaining dream

Taken from Tim:

Reply to this, and I will tell you my favorite icon of yours! Then, repost this in your journal with your favorite icon!

I remember having this weird dream when I finally fell asleep. I was at church with a bunch of family friends and relatively newer people, and my mom said that our family was going to go on a road trip vacation with them. Too bad I showed up at the church then, I responded, because I'd have been able to enjoy a weekend at home ALONE if I hadn't! My mom said "TOO BAD! YOU HAVE TO!" and she was backed up in this matter by my dad. Amos, Jonathan, Andrew, and Jason didn't look too enthused about the prospect either... Andrew's twin Adam had escaped by virtue of having other important plans that day. Jonathan's dad (Uncle Patrick) said that Jason had to play piano and lead us in songs to bless our trip, so he did it. Only thing was that his songs from band and choir were in Russian - good plan!

I then dreamed that I wasn't able to sleep because of a pulsating light above the bed in the motor home - not being able to sleep happens enough in real life, and I don't need it in my dreams too! Then we went around to various places while the younger contingent got bored VERY quickly: maybe it was because the grandmas were shopping to their heart's content. We talked amongst ourselves for most of the trip, mostly complaining and getting to know each other better. For some reason, we took seven crocodiles with us. They were on this strict regimen of Ritalin... we saw the pill schedule on pink-and-yellow sheets, all right! Andrew had to drive for some of the trip, so that was interesting in itself. When we finally got home to a gated apartment complex, we found seven pigs and seven cats (who were also on that strict Ritalin regimen) waiting for us outside the front door. We had no choice but to take them in, and then the dream ended. Weird stuff!

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Ancient Breed / KFC Gravy

You scored as Dragon. You are a dragon. You very, VERY easily angered and are extremely protective. Take a chill pill and stop running around breathing fire on people. Chances are they're only trying to help you...









Shadow Spirit












What ancient breed are you?
created with

This is the perfect result! Huzzah! :D

KFC Gravy

The Gravy used to be made fresh with the Cracklings. Now it comes in a pouch: all you have to do is add water. Thank God for modified starch products.

1 1/2 tablespoons shortening, melted
3 tablespoons of Original Breading Flour*
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 can Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Stock
1 can water

First, we are going to make a roux with the melted shortening and 1 1/2 tablespoon of breading flour. Cook this over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the roux browns in color to resemble a nice milk chocolate color. Once the mixture turns brown, remove it from the heat. Add the remaining flour and slowly add the liquid(s) to incorporate it so there are no lumps. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to thicken, which takes about 3 to 5 minutes.

*That is just the flour that you use to bread the chicken with.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ride options, serial killer movies, getting electrocuted, and gore

I called Melia earlier, but Phil said she was busy doing the dishes. She called me back later, and I presented my problem to her... she wanted to know whether I preferred her to call other people for me, or whether I could do that. Being me, I said that I preferred her to do that. She said she'd see if Auntie Rebecca could drive me, and called me back yet again to say that normally it would be okay for her... but there was a meeting this week. She's going to talk to Michelle (Ryan and Ethan's mom) or Teresa (Gwyneth and Evelyn's mom) to see if they could drive me back, and asked if I felt more comfortable with either of them... I know Michelle a bit better, but it doesn't really matter to me! This week, I think I'm going to have to bribe either of my siblings into driving me back home / to another place afterwards! That'll be a true joy... not!

I was telling Corey what happened, and he told me Henry was a serial killer! His evidence: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 2 - Mask of Sanity (1998), both of which he has and needs to watch. I remember reading about Henry Lee Lucas and his partner in crime Ottis Toole a LONG time ago in Law 12!

Now Eric M. wants me to take a shower... my MSN name of "skin smell" is just random, dude! :P

Edit: Steph is skiing in Kamloops till Sunday evening and can't believe I forgot about that. Jon is on the phone with Harmony, and says that he plans to see Curse of the Golden Flower / teach / go to a concert without a car. He wanted to know if Eric had said anything about ping-pong: he never does till the day of the event! (all he's doing is denying various things, AND playing games with his friend Korey) Dad says the latest he wants to leave work at church is 4:30 or 5, which wouldn't make much sense since Awana starts at 4:15! At this point, I was thinking I'd stay home instead... again. :P

Mom seems to think I can bus to / have someone drop me off at Langara, where I can read in the comfortable lounge till she gets off work and can drive me home. Knowing her, that'll result in more clusterfudge where I have to stay for dinner and then stay overnight. She also tried to interest me in lunch at Yaohan tomorrow or the next day: probably not a good idea! Melia did say she'd totally drive me home if worse came to worse, so I'll just need to take that option... all I have to do is guide her around Richmond since she doesn't know the city very well. I shouldn't leave it till I see her at ping-pong tomorrow, so I'll call her now... she'll try getting Michelle to do it, and if not, she'll drive me home. Phew!

Today's Live Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Five workers at a Thailand factory were electrocuted when a live lead from a radio fell into a pickled mango storage tank. Workers were removing mangoes at the time. One was electrocuted instantly and the others died as they tried to help their colleagues.

Culled from: Strange Deaths


See, this is a good example of how important it is in life to have morbid obsessions. When I was a kid, one of my favorite books to look through was an old First Aid book. I was fascinated by the pictures, which depicted potential hazards that one might stumble across in life, and I was particularly entranced by the photos of what to do in case of an electrocution. They showed someone laying across a live wire, and someone else taking a wooden broom handle and using it to move the first person off the wire. Now I naturally carry a wooden broom handle wherever I go, just in case this situation should reveal itself. I also carry several long sleeved shirts tied together in case I need to rescue someone from an icy pond. Yes, I have learned my lessons well.



Goreking.Com is a great forum on which to find the latest disturbing images. Squeamish need not apply!

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Weird nails and photo dream / Snacks are SNACKS, not love feasts! / Awana arrangements / Quizzes

I did indeed go back to sleep, as evidenced by a weird dream I had where we all lived in trees. We were looking at old black-and-white photos of Sophia and David, then the current ones with their babies. One of them even featured me in my pink flambé jacket and red beret! Then I was trying to nail things into a pipe side split into quarters, and learned things I didn't want to know about Brian Chan's parents! (Uncle Reuben and Auntie Christine) Methinks I don't want to figure out WHAT my subconscious is on!

I woke up and checked my email: someone's been hanging around someone else for too long if he describes the snacks our Bible Study group has to bring for the Spiritual Formation in three weeks as a love feast! Yes, I know there's Biblical history behind that appellation, and it's not just something specifically designed to make me cringe. I'm also all for bringing snacks for others because we've been slotted to do so, and doing the best job we can. But I dunno about that description... at least Eric has several ideas and a Google search to help us! :P

Henry just called to let me know that he can no longer drive me home from Awana, but he can still drive me to the church. I'm sure I can arrange a ride back, somehow... I hope Melia shows up tomorrow so I can figure things out with her! Or I'll just email / call her now, even though I'm sure she doesn't need that... then again, NEITHER SHOULD I HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT! (emo anger, haha) Better to see what can be done as soon as possible, hehe.

You Are Not Very Worldly... Yet

You haven't really traveled the world yet, but you'll get around to it someday.
In the meantime, it couldn't hurt to broaden your perspective a little.
Try a new type of foreign food or pick up a foreign movie to watch.
You can become more worldly without a passport!

You're Not Very Fit

And you're likely to admit that exercise just isn't your thing.
Maybe you need to experiment with new activities to find something you love.
Whether it's roller derby or surfing, just getting out there and moving will do wonders!

I'm so Proud!!
You should be proud to know the 4077 so well!
Alan Alda (Hawkeye) would be proud!
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You could be in the STAR SYNDICATE.
You are not accepting, funny, or original. You copy almost everything done by the GLOCK GROUP, but you spread hateful, unoriginal things. You are very mean to people that do not feel exactly the way you do, and you will stop at nothing to tear down the other groups.
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You are Gaia.
You are the spirit of the Earth. The environment and life in
general are the most important things to you. All life is derived
from you and the spirits of the world collectively make up every
part of your being.
Take this quiz at

What's in your Future?

there is no future, only "happy rainbow time"... just kidding - you will die alone
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You are SPRITE
You are SPRITE. You're a fun and bubbly person. You like meeting people. Mostly everyone's cool with you. You're often with friends at an event or just hangin'.
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How will you die?

a volcano erupts and you get frozen in place by the hardened lava
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Jared's Customers_Suck Posts / Ethnicity Survey / KFC Potato Wedges

Well, I *thought* I was going to get an early night in for once since I actually felt tired at 12:35 AM or so. However, my body had different ideas... this is why I got up at 4:25 AM instead of sleeping. Thank goodness I'm at home (unlike the LAST time I couldn't sleep!) so I can be semi-productive on the computer here. There's rain / wet snow outside, but I plan to stay home today anyhow. :D

Ah, here's something I can get into... satisfies my OCDL tendencies well enough, haha. Jared (smokedglass7429) asks if we RandomThought denizens can link his customers_suck posts for him. Sure, why not... I'm up now, haha! Might make interesting reading later on, too! ;)

First post... we can TELL that your phone has water damage, and your warranty is VOID and NULL because of it!
Teenagers and their mothers
We can't un-swap your phone since it has water damage... and don't assume we'll get you pissed off, either!
Don't bug me to fix your phone when I'm off the clock!
We can't help you with that because you're not on our service! Don't throw a hissy fit when I tell you there's an appropriate store a few blocks away!
Cingular employees are not your personal servants!
Don't drop the F-bomb in the store when there are children around!
I don't NEED to help you for three hours just because I used to be your bartender / waiter!
Correct responses to "How are you today?"
White trash and black trash
Overhead and days off
Old people and death
Pink phones and recalls
Don't stare at me and just expect me to help you!
No price matching online!
Don't complain about the pricing of the phones!
If you can't understand our simple automated menu, you don't NEED a phone!
Call me "pumpkinhead," and I won't help you!
I don't care if you leave the company!
I threw three people out of the Cingular store today!
I had a damn relaxing day at work watching TV and snacking!
I'm refusing service to you because you're a homophobe!
Upgrade bitch, part 1
Upgrade bitch, part 2
Which phone is more popular?
We're closed on Easter Sunday!
We are CLOSED... hello! I even let you into the store to verify this!
Online Comic
Don't shout your phone number at me!
You can read numerals in English or Spanish, right?!
I'm not going to steal your credit card number!
Cell phone etiquette
Phew... you got upgraded unexpectedly!
Racial profiling at the Cingular store! (255 comments... that got him flamed for WEEKS on a different community!)
Don't put porn on our computers yourself!
Little labels for every accessory?
My pen exploded, covering you in blue ink!
Stop making comments about my weight!
You need a walkthrough on a Blackberry tutorial?!
I *knew* she was going to return her Blackberry!
I hate Saturdays!
Ugh... I hate dealing with hippies!
You're not supposed to look at your account on MY screen!
My ideal company and its policies
Thanks, love you too... whoops, I so did not mean to say that to the customer!
Blanket spam email... corn-infested poop cube?
Cingular policy
Why are we open on Memorial Day?
Closings and coverage
It's so funny that this is what you get!
You're not entitled to a free phone!
I won't do that for you when the manager's not here!
We're not OPEN yet and you want me to do WHAT?!
Washington Post interview
Price tags
Dig through the trash for me, will ya?
I don't WORK there anymore, lady... get a clue!
I don't have to pay tax!

Ethnicity survey, from Candy via Myspace bulletin:

[] You wear flip-flops all year.
[] You call flip-flops "thongs," not flip-flops.
[x] You love a backyard barbie.
[x] You know a barbie is not a doll.
[x] You love the beach.
[x] Sometimes you curse without realizing it.
[] You're a sports fanatic.
[] You are stacks tanned.
[] You're a bit of a bogan.
[x] You have an Australian something. (thongs, shirt, phone sock, etc.)
Total = 5

[] The Sopranos is a great show.
[] Your last name ends in a vowel.
[] Your grandmother makes her own sauce.
[] You know how a real meatball tastes.
[] You know a lot of Italian songs.
[x] You have dark hair and dark eye color.
[] You speak some Italian.
[x] You are under 5 feet 10 inches.
[x] Pasta is the best food in the world.
[] You talk with your hands.
[] You are naturally tan.
Total = 3

[] You say "member" instead of "remember."
[x] You speak a little Spanish.
[] YoU TyPe lIkE ThIs On Da CoMpUtEr. (EWWWW! NEVER!)
[] You are dark-skinned.
[] You know what a Bodega is.
[x] You talk fast.
[] If you are a girl, you have had highlights or dyed your hair.
Total = 2

[] You say "villain" as "Vee-lon."
[x] You get short-tempered.
[x] You know of somebody named Natasha.
[] You are white-skinned.
[x] You get cold easily.
[] Snow is fun for you.
[] You get into contests often.
[] You can easily make do with the cold weather.
Total = 3

[x] You think beer is the best.
[x] You have a bad temper.
[] Your last name starts with a Mc OR Murph or O' or Fitz, or ends with a ly / on / un / ani / ry.
[] You have blue or green eyes.
[x] You like the color green.
[] You have been to a St. Patrick's Day party.
[] You have a family member from Ireland.
Total = 3

[] You say "nigga / nukka" casually.
[] You have nappy hair.
[] You like rap.
[] You talk with slang.
[] You know how to shoot a gun.
[x] You like chicken.
[x] You like watermelon.
[] You can "sing" gospel.
[] Your parents said they found you in the jungle in Africa.
Total= 2

[x] You have slanty eyes.
[x] You like rice a lot.
[] You have played the piano.
[x] You have family from Asia.
[x] You laugh sometimes covering your mouth.
[x] Most people think you're Chinese.
[] You call hurricanes "typhoons."
[] You go to Baulko.
Total = 5

[x] You like bread.
[] You think American chocolate would be better with less sugar.
[] You drink your soda without ice.
[] You speak German.
[x] You know what schnitzel is, and you love it.
[] You are Catholic or Lutheran.
[x] You hate it when stupid people call you a Nazi.
[x] You went to kindergarten / preschool.
[] You're over 5 feet, 6 inches.
Total = 4

French (This isn't French! It's Canadian! Damn stupid ignorance!)
[x] You like / play / played hockey.
[x] You love beer.
[x] You say "eh."
[x] You know what poutine is.
[x] You speak some French.
[x] You love Tim Horton's.
[] At one point, you lived in a farmhouse.
[] You watch Degrassi.
Total = 6

The one you have the most points in is the one you are. Repost this saying "According to this test, I am..."
I am French, but it's really frickin' CANADIAN!!!!

KFC Potato Wedges

The Colonel was in the kitchen one day and had an idea what to do with the potatoes that he had, so he came up with the Potato Wedges. The used to be made fresh, but due to the invention of the frozen fry, they are sent to the stores frozen and ready to cook.

shortening for Frying
5 Baking potatoes cut into Wedges
1 cup Milk
1 egg
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon MSG
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
dash of garlic powder

Preheat shortening in to 375°F. Cut the potatoes into 16 to 18 equal-size wedges. Mix the egg and milk till well blended in a big bowl. Mix the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Put some potatoes in the milk and egg, then into the flour mixture till well-coated. Fry in fryer for 3 minutes. Remove from the oil and allow them to sit for one minute. Then cook them again for 5 minutes, or until cooked. It may take up to 6 minutes.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Rock 101, editing Firefox dictionary, caption results

Since I can't really listen to my radio for Rock 101, I'll just use their audio player on the website... much better! I love Matthew Good (Band), but there's only so much MGB that I can listen to. :P (even if I *did* have the habit of listening to certain Subwoofer songs all the time on repeat!)

To edit the Mozilla Firefox dictionary: C:\Documents and Settings\*user*\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\*profile name* persdict.dat holds the personal dictionary entries used by the spellchecker added by you. Right-click, use "Open With," and pick "Notepad." Find the stuff you want to edit, since it's just a big clump of words. Delete it or whatever. Then restart Firefox. (thanks, Corey... but that doesn't work!)

Close Firefox, go to your profile folder and edit persdict.dat with any text editor to remove the word. Another option is to install the SpellBound II extension. It includes the option to edit your personal dictionary. (thanks, Mozillazine Forums!) Restart Firefox, right-click in a text field, choose "Edit," go wild on the editing, disable the extension, and close Firefox before restarting it once more. :P

Today's Freaky Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

An inebriated Belgian woman died in a freak accident when she ended up beneath a heavy grave stone at a cemetery. The 33-year-old was on her way home from a bar in the Belgian town of Pulle in the early hours of Saturday, September 3, 2005 when she took a shortcut through the cemetery. But she urgently needed to relieve herself, and crouched down between two gravestones. As she lost her balance, she grabbed one of the stones which gave way and landed on top of her. The public prosecutor's office said she died of suffocation as she was unable to lift the heavy stone.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously submitted by: Paradox


See, here in Chicago, they lock up all the cemeteries after dark so this sort of accident can't happen. It's a pity, really - it would be an excellent way to eliminate Cubs fans...


Morbid Caption Contest Results!

Okay, after some long hours of procrastination, it's time to announce the winner of the latest Morbid Caption Contest! To refresh your memory, here's the lovely morbid fact that it is based on:

An elderly Romanian man mistook his penis for a chicken's neck, cut it off and his dog rushed up and ate it. It said 67 year-old Constantin Mocanu, from a village near the southeastern town of Galati, rushed out into his yard in his underwear to kill a noisy chicken keeping him awake at night. "I confused it with the chicken's neck," Mocanu, who was admitted to the emergency hospital in Galati, was quoted as saying. "I cut it ... and the dog rushed and ate it." Doctors said the man, who was brought in by an ambulance bleeding heavily, was now out of danger.

First, let me say that I received over 100 entries, and over 30 of them contained some variation of "Choke the Chicken." Now, while I consider that to be very amusing and I am amazed and appalled that I did not think of that myself... because there were so many similar entries, I decided to eliminate that theme from consideration for the top prize (although a couple well-constructed variations did make honorable mention).

There were so many excellent entries that I agonized for hours - absolutely EXCRUCIATING PAIN - trying to decide which was the best of the grim bunch. In the end, I decided to pick the entries that made me laugh out loud for the top five - and it's obvious that I'm a sucker for a catchy rhyme!

First of all, here's a list of Honorable Mention entries, which had originality, style, and excellent alliteration... but did not quite make me guffaw:

Mistaken mutt munches Man's mangled meat
Neck Checker Wrecks Pecker
Romanian man named "Pet Lover of the Year."
Weenie Whacker Wildly "Wings" Wang
Chicken Choker Severs Stroker
Man Minces Mistaken Member; Frisky Fido Feasts
Crazy Cutthroat Coot Clumsily Captures Clucker, Carelessly Cuts Cock; Confounded Cur Craftily Chews Cutlet
Local Man Chokes Chick, Chops Dick
Man Mauls Member as Mutt Munches, Fowl Play Suspected

And now for the top 5! (Drum roll........ CRASH!)

5) Tipsy Gypsy Confuses Prick for Chick (Courtesy Thes-P-N)
4) Cockamaiming (Courtesy Mark)
3) "COCK-a-doodle D'OH!" (Courtesy Derekstef)
2) Chicken Attacked! Tally-whacked! Gave The Dog A Bone! (Courtesy John-Mark)

And the grand prize winner:

1) Geezer Aims For Gizzard, But Hits His Trouser Lizard (Courtesy IHeNdRiXIsGodI)

For this effort, IHeNdRiXIsGodI wins a Morbid Fact Du Jour 10th Anniversary T-shirt! Thanks again to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more contests in the future.


Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Who among us can resist a Jesus Is A Zombie T-shirt? No, please don't answer that!

Thanks to Remo for the link.



The next time you're involved in a high speed chase, please take a moment to put your seatbelt on. After all, you wouldn't want to end up like Damien Harrington (R.I.P.), would you?

Thanks to Dave for the link.

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Disorder survey! (PTSD Depression)

Here's a "disorder survey" from Kaitlin, via Myspace bulletin:

[] You have dry skin.
[] You're very weak.
[x] You hate your body.
[] You starve yourself.
[] You have low self-esteem.
[] You use laxatives.
[x] You need to be skinnier.
[] People think you are way too skinny.

ADHD (attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder)
[] You are hyper most of the time.
[x] You barely pay attention to anything. (well, sometimes...)
[] You cannot cooperate with people well.
[] You seem to never sit still.
[] You talk all the time.
[] You need attention 24/7.

Bipolar Disorder
[x] You can act wild at times, then you are severely depressed the next moment.
[x] You are very irritable.
[] You barely get any or no sleep.
[x] You are anti-social.
[x] You have very high self-esteem at times.
[] You abuse alcohol, drugs, or sex.
[x] You have thought of / attempted suicide. (thought of it a LONG time ago, NOT NOW!)

Bulimia Nervosa
[] You throw up all of your food.
[] You throw it up even when you don't feel sick.
[] You have no control over how you eat.
[] You use laxatives.
[x] You eat fast. (ha, my ex-friend Yazmine always complained that I finished my food way too quickly... probably only because she couldn't keep up with my NORMAL eating style! :P)
[] You have overly exercised to where you almost fainted / passed out.
[x] You always say you are fat. (it's true!)
[] People think you are way too skinny.

Conduct Disorder
[] You are a bully.
[x] You threaten other people. (not really... only in a joking manner with people I know very well)
[] You often find yourself in fights.
[] You have used a weapon that could cause injury to others. (ex: knife, bat, etc.)
[] You are cruel to humans and / or animals.
[] You have raped / molested someone.
[] You destroy property on purpose.
[] You always lie.
[] You stay out all night.
[x] You have ran away from home.

[] You are always sad.
[] You always are crying.
[x] You find no hope in your future.
[x] You no longer find excitement over the activities you used to love.
[x] You always find yourself around the house or in bed all day.
[x] You can be anti-social.
[x] You have low self-esteem. (at times, yes...)
[x] Everything bad that happens is always your fault. (rationally, I know it's not... stupid conditioning! :P)
[] You always seem to be weak or have physical features hurt.
[] You are failing school.
[x] You have thought of / attempted suicide. (as above, a LONG TIME AGO!)
[x] You have ran away from home.
[] Hope is no longer there for you.

OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
[x] You have daily rituals.
[] You have disturbing thoughts or thoughts you hate.
[] You have to do a certain thing until it feels right.
[x] You have to keep things in a certain order.
[] You are afraid you will get a STD, AIDS, or any kind of germs.
[] You have to check some stuff over and over again. (ex: checking door repeatedly)

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
[x] You repeatedly have flashbacks of horrible moments / memories in your life.
[] You have dreams of horrible moments / memories in your life.
[x] You sometimes think the event will happen again.
[x] You feel highly uncomfortable when remembering the event.
[x] You can be anti-social.
[x] You have lost interest in the things you used to love.
[] You have not had a lot of sleep lately.
[x] You worry about dying at a early age or dying at all.
[x] You can have angry outbursts.
[] You act younger than your age. (ex: thumb sucking, etc.)

[] You often have hallucinations (seeing things or hearing things that aren't there).
[x] You have strange, unusual dreams or thoughts.
[] You can be confused about reality and fantasy.
[] You think people are always staring or talking about you.
[] You have extreme anxiety or fearfulness.
[x] You have difficulty with relationships with family, friends, and the opposite sex.
[] You do not take care of your hygiene like you should.
[] You are very shy.
[] You often talk to yourself.

Now, add them up and see which has the most, and you'll figure out your disorder. :D
PTSD Depression, eh? Yeah, thought so!

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KFC Buttermilk Biscuits / I am NOT a jerk magnet! (quizzes)

KFC Buttermilk Biscuits

A favorite has to be the buttermilk biscuits. They are so light and fluffy that they just melt in your mouth. They were made fresh daily in every store. Now due to the popular demand of these biscuits, they come frozen.

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup club baking soda
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup butter milk
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups Bisquick Biscuit Mix

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Combine all of the ingredients. Knead the dough by hand until the dough holds together. Do not overknead. Flour your hands. Pat the dough flat to 3/4-inch thickness biscuits with a biscuit cutter. Bake on a greased baking sheet for 13 minutes, or until golden brown. When they come out of the oven, brush them with melted butter. Makes 18 biscuits.

Here are a bunch of online quizzes even though I should be doing more tagging work. Such is my life... at least I caught up on comments! :P

You Are Definitely Not a Jerk Magnet

You can spot a jerk very easily, and you know to stay away from these loser guys.
Your biggest problem? Noticing all the jerks that your girlfriends are dating!

You Are Picky When it Counts

Like most sane women, you want a great guy who will treat you well.
But you're also willing to put up with a few flaws in your Mr. Right.
You should congratulate yourself on having a realistic approach to dating.
You probably have quite a few great guys you can date!

Through Song...

Your significant other will write you a song to express just how much they don't like you.

Take this quiz at

Your Hippie Dude Name Is:


Your Hippie Chick Name Is:


Your Preppy Name Is...

Kimball Garrison Farnsworth the Fifth,
But most people know you as Mimi.

Your 80s Theme Song Is:

Devo, Whip It

What type of transportation should you own?

Take this quiz at

Doctor Who Quiz

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This is unacceptable.... you need to call your best friend right now and talk dirty....
..... Not like that, you perv.... Society has no place to accept your conversations.... besides, your conversations shouldn't be clean enough for them to hear! Get out there and fix that!
Take this quiz at

HAHAHAHA... is it wrong that I find this result highly amusing?

Your Random thoughts for the day.....

If something "goes without saying," why do people still say it?
Take this quiz at

magic 8 ball

Take this quiz at

magic 8 ball - just type your answer, then get your fortune!

things happen for a reason
Take this quiz at

who do you have a REAL crush on?

Take this quiz at

The only person I know named Conor is three years old or so... definitely NOT! GROSS!

How will you tell people you died!

I lit myself on fire.
Take this quiz at

Immolation... the only honest way to go... NOT!

Maybe you should try a live action role playing game. Or jump off a cliff. Either way, you will probably go to hell.
Take this quiz at

What will your son's / daughter's name be?

Take this quiz at

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Goodbye, French shirt which wasn't appropriate anyhow! / Tiger kills teenager, then is killed itself

I'm doing laundry right now while listening to the Killjoys' Rave and Drool. Something happened to my white T-shirt with French on it, and that disappoints me to no end. Don't know why those stains are persistent even when I wash the shirt over and over... goodbye, shirt that Dave liked a couple years back. :(

9 Emplois À Temps Partiel

Chaffeuse de taxi
Ange gardien
Gérante de banque

= 1 Maman À Temps Plein

It had great pictures, too... a yellow taxi, a birthday cake, a stethoscope / pill bottle / cup, a schoolbook with "ABC" on it / a sum with apples, a halo with wings and a heart, a blue couch with a picture and yellow rug with blue stars / green carpet, a few green dollar bills / a quarter / nickel / two dimes, a whistle with a rope attached, and a zoo logo with one ticket / balloons / party hat. Knowing my mom, she probably gave the shirt to me because it had French on it and she didn't know what it meant. Oh well, at least I still have my Avec les compliments de Victoire pink T-shirt for some French flavor! :D

Today's Restrained Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A Bengal tiger attacked and killed a teenage girl in August 2005 at a southeast Kansas animal sanctuary. Haley Hilderbrand, 17, of Altamont, Kan., was posing with the tiger for her senior high school pictures at the Lost Creek Animal Sanctuary. A news release from the Labette County Sheriff's Office said the big cat was being restrained by its handler, but it attacked the teenager anyway. The 7-year-old tiger was killed.

Culled from: ClickonDetroit.Com
Generously submitted by: Paradox


Poor tiger - he was just acting on the natural impulse to kill a teenager.

I will try and finalize the Morbid Caption Contest results either Tuesday or Wednesday night, depending on whether my ailing immune system allows it. Right now, sleep seems the only appropriate course of action... but, then again, when doesn't it?


Wretched Recommendations!

Mesbeth has a film suggestion for us:


A living-dead chicken struggling to survive among hungry humans discovers his own appetite for destruction in the offbeat fable Plucked!

Plucked! is a unique comedic recipe, blending elements of horror, science fiction and puppetry in an outrageous spoof. Follow the adventures of Fred, a headless but sentient chicken - the extraordinary result of an experiment gone awry during the Great Fast-Food Chicken Wars. Along the way, you will meet a good guy, a bad guy, and a hooker. Plus, you will encounter hordes of killer chickens.

Best (and cheesiest) of all, Fred and his fowl cohorts are meat puppets. That's right, chicken carcass marionettes! Nothing but the best of B-movie art for genre fans.


Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here's a fantastic Psycho shower scene doll set! Of course, in a perfect world, a doll of Norman / Mother would be included... alas...

Thanks to Magnoire for the link.

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Salmiakki licorice, Russians, expired Starbucks, Aberdeen dream

Hey, I got some salmiakki licorice courtesy of Taru (sinnarn) in the mail from Finland! From what I hear of salmiakki itself, it tastes very weird... hmm. I've been friended by another Russian in the last few days... oh well. Might as well do their dungeon before they unfriend me, haha. I wonder if it would be safe to drink this Starbucks frappuccino that expired sometime in November... o_O

I had a weird dream that involved a bunch of us at this conference... why do my dreams involve conferences these days?! Steph, Rachel, and Isabel were very happy to hear the news that we could go into the cafeteria kitchen and take home whatever leftovers were there. We all went in and took various food items and lots of milk. Some other people took pastries and chips, too. When we were done plundering the kitchen, we went outside to meet my mom. She was looking for my grandma, who was nowhere to be found. After a while, we decided to go without her to the mall... this looked like Aberdeen, weirdly enough. We were browsing various card displays and deciding whether to drink my milk carton or my sister's carton when my mom said that she'd found Grandma, who had been with her friends in another car, and somehow knew where to meet us. Then Rachel decided to sleep over at Isabel's place, so we dropped them off before going home ourselves. Interesting dream...

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Monday, January 15, 2007

"Jack Bauer makes me fat!"

24 tonight was AWESOME! I missed the bus that was supposed to take me to the place where I'd meet Eric on time, by seconds! But I figured I'd take the next one... while waiting, I finished off a bunch of sesame sticks that had been in the huge snack bag my mom gave me recently. Once I got off the next bus, I saw Eric at the bus stop in his yellow jacket: he said that he was there in case I needed help, so I thanked him for that. I barely needed any, but it was cool to have him there for me anyhow. In the car, we listened to a bunch of Vancouver Canucks hockey coverage which included terrific homer calls by announcers and one that made NO sense at all... like in the Canucks' 6-1 win over Toronto on the weekend: two goals 13 seconds apart? Sweet! (they're in Montreal tomorrow, but the Habs won't be happy since they lost to Detroit tonight) He mentioned that he'd had time to adjust to my being crazy, haha... and wondered why Isabel and I wouldn't play ping-pong on Friday: BECAUSE WE SUCK! (sure he sucks at table tennis too, relative to a Wimbledon champ... but still)

Jon let us in and asked if we were repeating yesterday's break-in techniques since I rang one doorbell, and Eric knocked on the door. Nah, but it was a good thing Mr. To wasn't home last night since there'd been no silver Caddy in evidence! Once we took off our shoes, Eric wondered what sort of meeting was going on if Sam and Joey were playing Dragon Ball Z! Jon, Christon, Eric, Joey, Sam, and Nathan quickly shifted into "meeting mode" - of course I knew that I didn't have to participate in their meeting, but my brother told me that anyhow. (I'm not THAT clueless, I hope...) For my eight dollars, I got five pieces of pizza (including two spicy ones) / two lettuce leaves / one cinnamon stick / a since-finished bottle of water from the kitchen since I finished the one I brought from home while eating the pizza! I figured that was pretty good, and answered the door when Steph got there at around 7 since the guys were discussing worship team dynamics. Went into Isabel's room for a while to ask how often she went home: on the weekends, but sometimes her family's not there! Oh well... the room looks nice, though!

The guys talked about less paperwork and photocopying (the codes are listed in the copy room - "I want to be... the Mandarin service today, and not the Daniel Fellowship!"), the Book of Common Prayer / being liturgical / consistency, Powerpoint, getting webspace (not necessarily on the church website since CCLI might hold the church liable for copyright issues) / a Gmail account to host a LOT of song MP3s and such (Mike would know about that!), hanging out with people, people doing too much (Floodlight / Resonate / Sunday service / Awana / various committees), and Ivan's mom being hardcore about his marks. He's on two worship teams so he has an excuse to get out of the house (especially now), but he should honor his parents in this case... his friends will find legitimate ways to give him a break, for sure!

I learned from Joey that Chris gets emo sometimes during practices and such (for example, refusing to play drums): Nathan had to ask what that was when Joey brought that up, haha! Then someone said that Chris had a legitimate reason to say, "You went to Pho without ME?!" So that set off another tangent... and there were plenty of digressions and such! Someone went on an age-related one about drinking beer / wine. The wine was bad at the dinner yesterday because Christon could taste the alcohol - even with his very limited knowledge, he knew it wasn't great! But you can't do that for hangout time since it looks bad after a CHURCH-related function... and when some people - Ivan, Stanley, Margaret, Mike, Joey's sister Emily, etc. - are under 19! Then there was the one Sam started about how J-Mak is totally addicted to Facebook now because the guys started a group there: THE MANHON (Mark Ho) FAN CLUB! He says that there are about 70 people in that group, and most of them don't know Mark... good times! Also, he says that Jon shouldn't join the site in general because it's way too addicting: okay, I'll take that as a warning for myself too! ;)

After she finished dinner upstairs, Steph joined us and found a book of Nathan's on financial accounting which he got for only six dollars - she is a GEEK! (but it IS sorta related to her work right now?) The guys FINALLY wrapped up at around 8, and we looked at the time... one minute after 8?! DARN PRAYER! :P (good thing the show was just recapping what went on beforehand!) Joey and Sam tried leaving as quietly as they could, and Isabel joined us. She tried doing homework when the commercials came on, but that didn't work out too well. Steph complained after the first hour that Jack Bauer made her fat because she needed to munch on something to calm her nerves. That show IS one for the "NO! DON'T DO IT! STUPID PEOPLE!" moments, heh. (boy, president, "loyal" person from Ally McBeal, etc.) We saw the news synopsis, and complained about the expected 10 centimetres of snow overnight... that'll make everything hellish!

We knew something was up when the camera pointed to the back of a bus for more than a second. (you know you've been watching too many of these types of shows when you wonder whether your car will explode if you start it, for example!) Then we found out that someone was a TRAITOR - no wonder they made eye contact! Certain civilian incidents were pretty tense, and Jack broke down at the end of the second hour... then he saw something that would make him want to continue his work. Man, those developments and twists were gripping! So many character developments and emotion in that show... too bad I can't tell you more! I'd find communities and such dealing with it, but I dunno.

Steph loves how Isabel and I instantly got addicted - Season 6 converts, we are! (Christon is Season 4 after seeing Season 3 in one day at Eddie's, and Eric is Season 5) She wondered if Jon would be coming with us, but he's sleeping over at Nathan's... fair enough! Christon said that he was reading recaps of the shows yesterday since he missed it to go to a boring dinner by the head chef of Bacchus (where his dad works) - he didn't want to see old people dancing to Justin Timberlake's Sexy Back! Then he read some spoilers for tonight's episodes... hey, I looked at Wikipedia articles for the show and avoided reading the spoilers for all the other seasons! :P (my mom taped last night's stuff for him, so that's good!) Last night, my mom apparently tried to pretend she didn't watch the show when Jon and Steph came home: she thought the biting scene was gross, and didn't watch the "stab in knee" scene since she was covering her eyes!

We dropped Christon off at Granville / 41st before going home to Richmond ourselves. ("I EXIST!" near the turn to get on Gilbert, haha) A lot of shows these days make a big thing out of continuity - you miss a LOT if you can't catch an episode! (Steph can only handle one show like that) My sister tried watching Lost once in the middle of the season last year, and didn't understand it since you had to be hooked from the beginning. Stuff like ER has subplots and such, but you can miss an episode or two and not miss a big chunk of the plotline. Or you can watch the SIMPSONS, and not have any continuity at all, haha. Steph and Eric said that the head of the CTU didn't have very good job security.... OR life security! We wondered if a certain character was really dead since you never know with these shows, but we knew he was: Jack Bauer does NOT miss when he shoots! (besides, we could see the character dying... and Jack puking afterwards) They can't kill another character because the show hasn't explored emotional attachments to others, haha. (Chloe is my sister's favorite!)

Now we all have to wait another week for more! Steph thought I'd go to Nathan's every week - I love Nathan and his place, but NO. Isabel can watch it with Nathan, and I will watch it at the townhouse! Supposedly, I can bus over earlier and have dinner with them at 7-ish since the show starts at 9 on Mondays. (it's only on at 10 if you watch Global) Nathan was trying to get Isabel and Steph addicted to HEROES as well, because that's a show with an invincible cheerleader / a scientist who can bend time and space / other interesting characters!

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Pizza and sextuplets

Corey bugged me on Gmail chat last night until I ordered him to switch to MSN unless he was hiding. Then he fell asleep soon afterwards: oh well...

I called Jon to see about the transportation plan to Nathan's: he was leaving in a few minutes to bus there, so I said I'd just brave the snow and ice (and the dark!) to meet Eric at the usual place. Eric had left me a series of messages on MSN asking whether I'd decided on any plans for tonight, and whether I was alive since I didn't answer for an hour or so... I WAS SLEEPING! Then I told him the bus times according to the Translink website, so I'll try for the 5:42 one if the ice doesn't kill me first. :P (so I'll leave at 5:15 and allow myself some extra time, I hope...)

He also mentioned that one of the Vancouver sextuplets died: he'd heard this on a CKNW news update, and wondered if I couldn't find that in a forum somewhere on the Net. (is there a website for breaking news in Vancouver or in general?) Time to update my MSN name to "surviving sextuplets" or probably something else entirely, haha. Then I was going on about dinner plans: he invited me to join them for pizza, but then he wondered if that was covered by the worship team budget. I called my brother about it, but then he hung up on me... idiot! :P (since Eric figures they're all chipping in for pizza, I can do that too... sounds good to me, thanks!)

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Horrendous heads and crashes / Stillborn baby gallery / Lego suicides and quiz / KFC Baked Beans

Today's Horrendous Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The mother of a 7-year-old girl killed in a DWI crash recalled yesterday the unimaginable horror of sitting on the side of the road with her daughter's remains while rescuers cut the rest of her family free. "The only thing that was left of Katie was her head," said a surprisingly poised Jennifer Flynn about her adorable, apple-cheeked girl, who was killed when an allegedly drunken driver slammed into a limo loaded with six people returning from a Bayville wedding. "I took her, just that, and sat on the side of the Meadowbrook [Parkway] watching the horrendousness going on around me," Flynn said outside Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, L.I. "I sat there for about an hour with her as they cut my entire family out of this crushed tin can," the devastated mother said about the limo, which was turned into twisted metal and shattered glass after the smashup in Freeport.

Flynn was the only one able to get herself out of the limo. Also in the limo was little Katie's sister, Grace, 5, who is still under observation at Nassau University Hospital; the girls' father, Neil, 36, who is in critical but stable condition; Flynn's father, retired Nassau cop Chris Tangney, 58, and her mother, Denise, 55, an aspiring Long Beach city councilwoman. Chris Tangney underwent his third surgery in just three days, this time to repair a fractured hip, while his wife is hooked up to a respirator. The 5-year-old girl is in good condition and should be released in the next few days, hospital officials said. The Long Beach family was on their way home from the jubilant wedding of Flynn's sister, Lisa — where Katie and Grace acted as flower girls — when they were rammed by alleged drunken driver Martin Heidgen, 24. "We were hit head-on by someone going 70 MPH on the wrong side of the road," Flynn said. "It was like an explosion." The limousine's driver, Stanley Rabinowitz, 59, was also killed instantly.

A photograph of the precious young girl smiling coyly for the camera as she played in the sand was snapped just hours before her tragic death. "Katie was stolen from us," the stoic mother said. "Her life was cut terribly short. "She only had beauty, and we are so grateful for that, but it was taken, and it was taken with drunk driving," she said. Heidgen, who was driving in the wrong direction, suffered a broken ankle and was arraigned at his bedside at Nassau University Hospital on Saturday. He faces two counts of manslaughter as well as drunken-driving charges. If convicted, he could spend more than 30 years behind bars. Heidgen's mother, Margot, said her son "feels horrible" about the accident. "It's terrible," she said. "This is a tragedy."

Culled from: NY Post
Generously submitted by: Jill


Imagine driving by THAT sight!!



What's the only thing that is more frightening than a newborn baby? A STILLBORN baby!

And what's more frightening than a stillborn baby? A GALLERY of stillborn babies!!

Thanks to Willow for the link.


Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Oh, I'm so disappointed I didn't come up with this idea for a photo contest!

The Lego Suicides

Thanks to william13 for the link.

KFC Baked Beans

The Colonel's Baked Beans used to be baked and made fresh daily. Now they're made with a can of Navy Beans made by Hanover and a bag of sauce and precooked frozen bacon. When it is needed, it is just microwaved.

30 ounce can Navy Beans, drained
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 teaspoons minced fresh onion
4 pieces bacon, cooked and then crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
dash garlic powder

Drain the navy beans and place in a microwave-safe dish. Add the precooked bacon. In a bowl, combine all the other ingredients to make a sauce. Pour the sauce over the beans, and mix well. Allow them to sit overnight in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve them, microwave them for 5 minutes... then stir and microwave again for 7 minutes, or till heated through.

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