Blogs and Newsgroups I find it amusing that when …

Blogs and Newsgroups

I find it amusing that when one expresses their opinion they’re labeled as an ‘incorrigible ass’. Are people that afraid of confrontation? What my detractors don’t realize is that lables like that are more complimentary to me than they realize.

Since starting and publishing this blog I’ve been accused of ceaseless self promotion which is rather suprising to me. I’ve been one to make that same accusation of others.

The Catholic Church in America As a seriously l…

The Catholic Church in America

As a seriously lapsed Catholic it seems to me that the best thing for all of us would be for the Catholic Church in the U.S. to break ties with the Vatican.

I believe that we should have women as priests. I believe that our priests should be able to marry. I believe that we should value every participant and not villify people as an agenda item.

But this will fall on deaf ears. The hierarchy controls all. The Vatican is the biggest corporation in the world.

But who am I to say this. My views on religion and faith are somewhere out in left field. On any test I’ve ever taken with regard to religious views, it always comes back that I’m either heavily Unitarian Universalist or Secular Humanist.

And socially I come out somewhat to the left of Ghandi.

The Annual Shipping Company Debate Personally I u…

The Annual Shipping Company Debate

Personally I use USPS. At the very least I live in a region (02903) where they actually seem to have their act together. Having participated in mail and package delivery studies with Price Waterhouse for several years I used to get reports on delivery accuracy, timeliness, etc. USPS always came out in the 94-96% range for each. Not too bad.

I’ve hated UPS for some time since they love to do tag and run with residential delivery. Matter of fact I’ve busted them quite a few times when they did this and made a stink about it. Needless to say my packages got delivered wherever I said they should be after that.

But someone on another blog posted a wonderful name for UPS: “UPS is absolute shit-wrapped-in-chiffon, though.”

I guess UPS invites this – they do keep calling themselves Brown. Whenever I hear “What can Brown do for you?” some very evil thoughts cross my mind.

Some ruminations post-Christmas/Saturnalia So all…

Some ruminations post-Christmas/Saturnalia

So all in all it wasn’t such a bad day. It was just a sort of subdued day. For once dear old dad was right, Grandma was going to die.

A totally expected event.

The gathering was just four of us which I liked better than if we’d had the eight or more. If you look at one of my prior posts you’ll see that this bigger/better thing doesn’t necessarily jibe with me.

I’m happy with what I got. Since I’m of the Seth Brundle School of Wardrobe Management hereby referred to as SBSWM it’s up to Keyron to find clothing I’d be comfortable with. Keyron is happy with what he got as evidenced by all the pictures I’ve uploaded to Flickr as of late.

And I find myself feeling out of place not going to work this week. Weird isn’t it.

Rest in Peace Dorothy Pelliccio At 10:15PM on 12/…

Rest in Peace Dorothy Pelliccio

At 10:15PM on 12/25/2005 Dorothy Pelliccio departed the corporeal world.

She was probably the biggest influence on my attitudes. Old Dorothy was known to say “Fuck em’ all” and was never one to mask her feelings about someone or something.

But she was a class act all the way.

I suppose having been born just before the Great Depression she came equipped with an attitude that ensured her life would be full and plentiful.

But isn’t it funny, particularly in the case of old Italian women that they tend to time their death to coincide with some major event or holiday.

Christmas Day 2005 Otherwise known as Saturnalia …

Christmas Day 2005

Otherwise known as Saturnalia 2005

Ok, so I got what I pretty much needed most for Christmas. Clothes. You see, I’m not the type that finds shopping for clothing exciting. To me clothes only serve the function of keeping one warm, cool, or unexposed in most social situations. If you remember the 80’s release of the movie “The Fly”? I’m of the Dr. Seth Brundle school of wardrobe management. That appeals to me as I’d rather use my mind to think about other things.

So it’s up to Keyron to steer me in the right direction when it comes to clothing. Here I am just chillin’ listenin’ to “Grown Folks Music” under the R&B heading on AOL music, whilst creating a database.

Here’s a self of Keyron and I:

And one of our strays, Charles catching a few Z’s before dinner:

Christmas – Why can’t it be simpler? Over the pas…

ChristmasWhy can’t it be simpler?

Over the past few years I’ve found that holidays in this household are less intimate events and more community events. While I enjoy the company I lament that holidays have become more like work.

Had I known it would be like this I would have had kids.

But it’ll be ok so long as the alcohol flows freely and liberaly.

What’s on the menu:

Potato Salad – Southern Style (ala Keyron)
Mixed Greens with corn dumplings
Baked Beans
Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Maple Carrots

Fortunately I’ve spent less on this meal than I did for Thanksgiving.

But the biggest lament is this. People can no longer afford to buy me the Christmas presents I want. My hobbies are just far too expensive.